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JANUARY 2014

JANUARY

JANUARY

2014

THE BEST OF

THE COUNTY EVERY SINGLE MONTH

LincolnshirePride

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ISSUE 138

ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS OF OUR GOOD FOOD AWARDS...

Revealing Our Winners

Eating Out in Boston

Winter Weddings - Motoring Education - Fashion - What’s On

White Hart Hotel

2014

Sleaford

Mamma Mia!

The Event

Big changes for a little market town

Meet Italian chef Gino D’Acampo

Champagne in Grimsby

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J A N U A R Y

JANUARY

2014

LincolnshirePride

THE BEST OF

THE COUNTY EVERY SINGLE MONTH

LincolnshirePride T H E

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ISSUE 138

THE nuMBER onE CounTY MAGAZInE

Welcome to January’s Lincolnshire Pride - an edition which will, we hope, really warm up your winter.

Revealing Our Winners

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

Eating Out in Boston

White Hart Hotel

Sleaford

Mamma Mia!

The Event

Big changes for a little market town

Meet Italian chef Gino D’Acampo

Champagne in Grimsby

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Winter Weddings - Motoring Education - Fashion - What’s On

The big news this month is the announcement of our Good Food Awards: our Restaurant of the Year, Bistro/Coffee Shop of the Year and Food Hero titles.

This month’s cover: Horkstow Bridge at sunrise by Mark Lindstrom - see our feature later in this edition and see www.lindstrom.me.uk.

Congratulations to all of our winners, those who were shortlisted in their respective categories, and of course, thanks to our readers who have voted for their favourite establishments, making our awards unbiased, comprehensive and trustworthy.

Pride Magazines Elm Grange Studios East Heckington, Boston Lincolnshire PE20 3QF Tel: 01529 469977 Fax: 01529 469978 Web: www.lincolnshirepride.co.uk enquiries@pridemagazines.co.uk

Elsewhere in this edition we take a trip to Sleaford, enjoy a bite to eat at Boston’s White Hart and we meet Italian chef Gino D’Acampo in Market Rasen.

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Our best wishes for a very happy new year!

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Enjoy!

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With best wishes from the Lincolnshire Pride team... Publisher: Julian Wilkinson. General Manager: Ian Bagley. Group Sales Manager: Jayne Broughton. Executive Editor: Rob Davis. Customer Care Manager: Mandy Bray. Accounts Manager: Sue Bannister. Sales Manager: Zoie Wilkinson. Sales Executives: Charlotte Aiken, Elaine Hall, Jo Leadbitter, Rachel Frisby, Rachel Jones, Emily Brown, Sami Millard, Andy Taylor, Lauren Chambers, Chloe Griffiths, Donna Hodgett. Sales Support: Amy Whiley, Kelly Hames. Distribution Manager: Paul Dixon.

Enjoy Lincolnshire Pride, read it cover to cover. Pick it up, put it down and when you have finished with it pass it on. When everyone has had a good read, pop it in the recycle bin!

Weddings

Eating Out

Hobbies

The Event

Suggestions for winter weddings with bright colours and lovely ideas to make your day so personal.

A brace of exciting winter restaurants Farndon’s Boathouse and The White Hart Hotel in Boston.

Revive a simple pleasure and discover knitting this winter with our local expert.

Events including a champagne supper and the launch of a new fashion retailer in Branston.

WInTER 2013

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CountyNews

Send your press releases and county news to: Rob Davis via editor@pridemagazines.co.uk.

Successful excavation of Lincoln’s Saxon sarcophagus... Archeologists working on Lincoln Castle Revealed open tomb, found whilst creating lift shaft as part of the project Lincoln Castle’s late-Saxon sarcophagus, recently discovered during the Lincoln Castle Revealed project, has been successfully unearthed. A team of archaeologists began the excavation early this morning, with the project lasting throughout the day. The sarcophagus was discovered earlier this year during works taking place as part of the Lincoln Castle Revealed project. “The first step was to take a 3D scan of the coffin itself.” Mary Powell, programme manager for the Lincoln Castle Revealed project, says. “Then we carefully opened it up to see what was inside. The body appeared to be wearing leather boots or shoes, which was usual for this period.

January cover...

250 acre, £100m Quadrant development set to create a ‘gateway to Boston’ in 2015 Two phases, 500 homes, 450 jobs and £3m marina

This would suggest that it was someone of importance. Finding a sarcophagus from this period that’s still undisturbed is extremely rare, so this discovery is of national significance.” “The next step will be to thoroughly analyse both the sarcophagus and the remains to learn as much as we can from it. This will increase what we know about Saxon Lincoln.” The stone coffin was found three metres down from today’s ground level in a small area being excavated for the construction of a lift shaft. It appears to have been part of a previously unknown church that is at least 1,000 years old. For the latest information on the all the improvements happening at the castle, see www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/historiclincoln.

Boston could be transformed by a new development, known as The Quadrant, which will see new houses, retail spaces and a new football stadium created. A planning application will be submitted to Boston Borough Council next month. The project’s first phase could start as early as 2015 and will see the creation of a southern gateway to the town with a community football stadium, 500 new houses by developer Chestnut Homes, a retail park and possibly a hotel.

Our thanks to Paul Ruddock, who took last month’s cover shot, supplied by Lincoln Cathedral. We didn’t know the identity of the photographer when we went to press, but have since been informed that it was Paul, so we’re happy to credit him personally for a really superb image!

The second phase, Q2, will include a £3m Marina, more retail and leisure areas, and could see the creation of a much-needed link road. The development would be situated on land between London Road and Tytton Lane East in Wyberton.

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CountyNews

Send your press releases and county news to: Rob Davis via editor@pridemagazines.co.uk.

Butcher Gary scoops Butcher’s Shop of the Year award for 2013... Sleaford butcher Gary Simpson was recently awarded the coveted regional title of Midlands & East of England Butcher’s Shop of the Year 2013.

Gary said it was an amazing feeling to have won the award; “We pride ourselves on buying only the highest quality meat from locally sourced suppliers... my thanks go out to our staff for their hard work, and our customers for their continued support.”

Established in 2001 and based in Heckington and at Sleaford’s Four Seasons Garden Centre, Gary’s experience and knowledge has rapidly gained the business a valued reputation for supplying the best products to local customers and restaurants.

International Air Show lends support for Bomber Appeal

Lighting up Lincoln with colourful characters and pantomime fun...

£50,000 boost for memorial fund aiming to recognise the efforts of the 125,000 airmen who flew from Lincolnshire during the war... Waddington: Last month saw the presentation of a cheque for £50,000 from the Trustees of the RAF Waddington International Air Show in support of the Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial and Interpretation Centre appeal. Station Commander, Air Commodore Al Gillespie, handed the cheque over to Trustee Lady Sarah McCorquodale and Working Group Chairman Air Vice Marshal Paul Robinson at a ceremony at RAF Waddington. RAF Waddington was at the heart of Bomber Command Operations during the Second World War and suffered the highest losses of any station, with over 345 planes and 2,100 aircrew, all volunteers and with an average age of 21, being lost. The light that, during the war, marked the top of the Cathedral can now be found on the administration building on the Station.

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Chairman of the Trustees and Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, Tony Worth said: “This is a fantastic contribution to the appeal and will help progress our plans significantly. I am delighted that the International Air Show and the RAF have given us their support and look forward to progressing our relationship with both over the coming years.” Tony’s father served in Bomber Command during the war and thankfully survived. With a great passion for his county he deemed it an important project during his tenure as Lord Lieutenant. Bomber Command had 125,000 airmen serving during WWII, with an attrition rate of 42% making it more dangerous to serve in the Command than as an infantryman in WWI. Of those deaths 46% flew from Lincolnshire never to return.

Lincoln: Hundreds of families helped Cinderella to turn on the Christmas Lights at St Marks shopping centre in Lincoln last month as part of a fun filled family Christmas event. Pantomime characters Cinderella and Buttons, from the Lincoln Drill Hall production, were joined on stage by a crowd of happy children to officially mark the start of Christmas. The Lights Switch On event, was run in conjunction with Lincs FM and presented by radio DJ John Marshall.

More can be found about the appeal at www.lincsbombercommandmemorial.com.

Cinderella runs from mid December until 4th January, with performances from 2pm and 6pm and tickets from £11/conc, £15/adults; call 01522 873894 for tickets and further details.


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Zoie Wilkinson (centre) and colleagues.

Red Carpet Ready’s models Jaden Allen, Siana Hellings, Miss Lincolnshire 2013, Emily Harman and Naomi Robinson.

THE EVENT Red Carpet Ready's VIP Launch Party Red Carpet Ready held its VIP launch party last month, with over 150 guests wishing owner Kirsty Gale well with her new business whilst enjoying champagne, canapés and music from one of London’s finest Funky House Music DJs. The boutique, based in Branston, eight minutes from Lincoln city centre. It will be the region’s largest dress stockists and will specialise in prom, party, pageant and evening wear offering dresses in every colour, style and size with celebrity brands not stocked for miles around. Add to that a range of matching shoes, clutch bags and accessories, with the location of this luxury boutique too, it’s guaranteed to become a key shopping destination. The company is currently searching for ‘Miss Red Carpet Ready 2014’ – could this be you? If so, apply via their website. For opening hours and further details on Red Carpet Ready visit www.redcarpetready.co.uk or Facebook page, searching for redcarpetreadyltd.

Red Carpet Ready Model, Jade Clay, Winner of ‘Face of the World’ 2013.

Lisa Meen, Joe Bradley Gray and Alexandra Stevens.

Prom, ParTy & EVEning WEar sPECialisTs Eight minutes from lincoln City Centre


THE EVENT Red

North Kesteven School Prom Committee.

Siana Hemmings, Miss Lincolnshire 2013 and Councillor Marianne Overton.

Carpet Ready' s VIP Launch Party

Jess Turk, Samuel White and Helen Allison.

Kirsty Gale, owner of Red Carpet Ready.

Staff from Total FX Salon.

The region’s largest dress stockist promises a shopping experience like no other • Buy & Hire • Celebrity Brands • Every taste, style & colour available Visit our website for full details & our opening hours

Olivia Tew, part of the Red Carpet Ready Team and Allan Yates.

Lisa Pocock, Holly Robinson, Abi Rogers and Leah Rogers.

40 Hall Lane, Branston, Lincoln LN4 1PY Telephone: 01522 793777

www.redcarpetready.co.uk | facebook.com/redcarpetreadyltd


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THE EVENT Red

Carpet Ready' s VIP Launch Party

Dean Sterry, Isabella Sterry and Emily Parker.

Visit www.redcarpetready.co.uk for their opening hours.

Sarah Tye, Ellie Bourne and Molly Wishart, The Priory Academy LSST.

Lauren Reynolds, Eloise Palmer, Reanne Evans and Alison Biskup from Branston Community Academy.

Prom, ParTy & EVEning WEar sPECialisTs 40 Hall lane, Branston, ln4 1Py Telephone: 01522 793777 10

www.redcarpetready.co.uk facebook.com/redcarpetreadyltd

Eight minutes from lincoln City Centre

The region’s largest dress stockist promises a shopping experience like no other • Buy & Hire • Celebrity Brands • Every taste, style & colour available Visit our website for full details & our opening hours


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Enjoy... Sleaford

A New Year, and a New

Sleaford... 2014 heralds a new start for Sleaford. The town is already looking to the future with a new power station and its £2.8m leisure centre. This year, it’s anticipated that work will begin on a new supermarket which will spur a regeneration of the town’s historic Bass Maltings. This will also create a relief road for the town and kick-start a regeneration which will see 4,000 new homes being created over the next 25 years... Main Image: Star trails over the Bass Maltings by Mick Thornley, Clear Images Photography, www.clearimagesphotography.co.uk.


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A New Start for

Sleaford More than any other town in Lincolnshire, Sleaford is looking to grow in size, with a number of exciting development opportunities planned. From 2014, it will gradually be transformed, all thanks to a forward-thinking District Council... There’s a good deal happening in Sleaford at the moment... but a good deal of controversy and divided opinion, too. The town’s new power plant will begin operating this month, and will heat Sleaford’s fantastic new £2.8m leisure centre free of charge. The town’s dilapidated cinema has been transformed into a new restaurant, too. But there’s more change to come for the town, starting in 2014. North Kesteven District Council will next month seek a ‘compulsory purchase order’ for land on the town’s recreation ground, which Sleaford Town Council is reluctant to see sold. This will be used to create a link road - the Sleaford South East Regeneration Route - with access to a new Tesco superstore for which planning permission has already been granted. NKDC leader Marion Brighton believes the road will boost the town’s economy by £100m annually and create up to 1,000 jobs. Once complete, to road will enable a £56m redevelopment of the town’s historic Grade II* Bass Maltings by developer and leaseholder Gladedale/Avant Homes. The Maltings were created in 1905 at a cost of £350,000, and were decimated in a fire in 1976. Currently an eyesore, their potential will only be realised when the Tesco development proceeds and there’s suitable access to the site. The Maltings redevelopment itself will see the creation of new retail units and 500 new jobs. It will also see the closure of the town’s level crossing to improve traffic flow and it will facilitate a further regeneration of the town centre. The central Lincolnshire Master Plan has identified Sleaford as an area for growth, and anticipates the creation of over 4,000 new homes in total over the next 25 years, with a 148 acre site in Quarrington

THE LANDMARK

The River Slea. Image by Melody Shanahan-Kluth.

already earmarked for 1,400 new homes, to be known as Handley Chase, which Sleaford Property Developments Ltd is seeking to create. Should the compulsory order that will kick-start Sleaford’s regeneration go ahead, the town’s ‘rec’ will lose 47 trees and 0.4 hectares of land. This will be replaced by 100 newly planted trees, 0.7 hectares of land, a £450,000 ‘landscape mitigation’ scheme... but crucially, the prospect of a very bright future indeed.

Sleaford Little Theatre SLEAFORD Little Theatre company purchased the town’s Playhouse in 1994 and re-opened it in October 2000. As Pride goes to press the theatre hosts its panto, Aladdin. 22nd February will see medium Andrew Dee come to the theatre, whilst the company will present JB Priestley’s Laburnum Grove in March. See www.sleafordplayhouse.co.uk for details.

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Eco2’s REP... What is it? A new power station which runs on straw. It has been under construction since May 2012, had its ‘first fire’ in October and will be feeding its first supply of electricity into the National Grid this month. Renewable Energy: The plant will generate nearly 40megawatts of energy - enough for 65,000 homes. It’ll save 230,000 tonnes of CO2 each year and will give farmers a £10m market for their waste product - straw. It will employ 30 people and a further 50 in supply, and the ash will be recycled, to be used as fertiliser. Praised: PM David Cameron recently praised the project and said it was ‘at the forefront of the green energy revolution.’


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Seeking supper in Sleaford?

Places to Eat Recommended restaurants and perfect pubs, compelling coffee shop and the best bistros Sleaford’s town centre is home to The Italian Connection, MIA, and No20 for those seeking Italian and Mediterranean cuisine. It’s also the home of Thai Sabai and The Agra for fans of Thai and Indian cuisine.

The Finch Hatton Arms, Ewerby.

Our suggestions for high quality winter dining, however, are Ewerby’s Finch Hatton Arms and Kirkby la Thorpe’s Queen’s Head. Both are high quality pub restaurants, with chef John Hilton’s Finch Hatton Arms newly extended. There’s a great dining environment with wood panelling and lots of character, not to mention high quality English cuisine and great service. “You can prepare delicious and well presented food, but it means absolutely nothing if the service is poor. I would do

The Queen’s Head, Kirkby la Thorpe.

it all if I could - prepare it, cook it, and serve it!” says John. Kirkby la Thorpe’s Queen’s Head provides à la carte dining, plus steak and fish themed evenings with two courses and wine for just £13.95 a head on Thursday and Friday evenings respectively. Both restaurants are highly recommended, and use only the highest quality local produce.

PICK OF THE PROPERTY

The National Centre for Craft and Design... Sleaford’s Hub is now known as the National Centre for Craft and Design. The Hub was created following the closure of Heckington’s Pearoom and opened in July 2003 with an official opening later in October by HRH The Princess Royal. “Over 100,000 people visit the NCCD annually.” says Rosamund Wells. “We’ve a beautiful riverside setting in Navigation Wharf, and the centre is a unique and ambitious gallery that exhibits the most innovative, challenging and accomplished artists practicing within the craft and design arena today.” The centre has four exciting exhibition spaces including the largest gallery space in England dedicated to craft and design, plus a roof top gallery and a vibrant window space. Leasingham Hall is currently being marketed by estate agents Winkworth of Bourne; 01778 770012. The Old Rectory at Kirkby La Thorpe is on the market with Fine & Country Grantham; 01476 387016.

For those who enjoy English food, Cogglesford Mill provides restaurant dining and light lunches by Sleaford’s pretty Slea navigation - great in the summer.

Its programme is built around the themes of each exhibition and includes many participatory events including talks, workshops, conferences, clubs, groups, activities, lectures, seminars, screenings, short courses, and demonstration days.

LEASINGHAM HALL - £1M

KIRKBY LA THORPE - £745,000

A mile from Sleaford is Leasingham Hall. Ten bedrooms, six reception rooms and seven acres of land. A fine country property!

Impressive former Victorian rectory in nearby Kirkby la Thorpe. Six beds, four en suites, new family kitchen and lots of character.

Discover Cogglesford Mill COGGLESFORD MILL is Sleaford’s Grade II listed working watermill, open to the public with three storeys and recently replaced stones used to grind artisan wholemeal flour. It’s open to the public from Easter with free admission, and hosts baking events throughout the year.

“A shop on the ground floor provides a visually stunning and inspirational area for demonstrating and promoting creative talent. The centre also has a licensed café that serves locally sourced produce and is a popular destination for local families and business people seeking a creative respite. The National Centre is ‘home’ to the very best designer-makers in craft practice today.” The NCCD’s current exhibition explores the world of video gaming and its impact on popular culture. It runs until 5th January, in the centre’s main gallery; admission is free. 15


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Market Rasen retailer Peter Rhodes won a window display competition the prize for which was an appearance by Italian chef Gino D’Acampo.

THE EVENT Gino D’ A campo in Market Rasen Italian superstar, chef Gino d’Acampo cooked up a storm to an audience of over 200 people in Market Rasen recently. The chef visited electrical retailer Peter Rhodes in Market Rasen where he conducted a cookery demonstration, preparing a Tiramisu, and signed copies of his book, Gino’s Italian Escape, based on the recent ITV series. Gino was absolutely hilarious, with very cheeky humour, and he flirted shamelessly with his female fans, even reducing 13 year old Amy Jellis to tears of star-struck delight. The chef only makes four or five such appearances over the course of a year because of his other commitments, so the retailer was lucky to win his appearance, organised by electrical goods manufacturer Zanussi following a window display competition. We’ve also secured a sneak preview of his latest book iDiet and have reproduced a few of his never-before-seen recipes later in this edition! Photos: Rob Davis.

Gino performed a cookery demonstration in front of an audience of 200.

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THE EVENT Gino

D’ A campo in Market Rasen

Mamma Mia! Lincolnshire Pride’s Mandy Bray meets her hero...!

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A WINTER WARMER FOR THE NEW YEAR

Farndon Boathouse If you’re suffering from a case of the post-Christmas blues, we’ve the perfect antidote in the form of a restaurant that’s warm, welcoming and great fun. Farndon Boathouse’s food is inventive, delicious and beautifully presented, too!

Seasonal: Roast chicken breast with potato terrine, seasonal wild mushrooms, Serrano ham and buttered curly kale.


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RESTAuRANT OF THE MONTH

Left: Curry roasted scallops with mini-onion bhaji and Bombay potato purée. Below: An elevated riverside location affords diners the opportunity to enjoy the view of a frosty Trent this winter.

Left: The 110 seater restaurant is open plan with two main dining areas, each with contemporary open fires. Below: An unusual dessert of white chocolate and tarragon arancini balls with raspberry foam and hazelnut crisps.

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ou’ll have a tough time finding a restaurant that works harder than this month’s eating out recommendation. Farndon Boathouse spends a lot of time getting its dishes just right, then creates its own bread & ice creams. Then, it grows its own herbs, roasts its own coffee and makes its own petit fours, too! Farndon Boathouse is just a few minutes out of Newark, less than half an hour from Grantham, Sleaford or Lincoln and less than an hour from Stamford or Boston. The restaurant nestles within a riverside location, its diners enclosed in a timber-framed, raised building with huge glass panels overlooking the frosty Trent this month. The industrial look of the building with its grey surfaces, concrete screeded floors and modern fireplaces are a nice change from the area’s traditional pubs and with dark wood, leather and tweed chairs, it’s a cosy, tactile place that never feels cold despite its swish contemporary look. This impression is further supported by regular live music in the venue, usually acoustic jazz and easy listening genres. It’s a relaxed, fun place to be, lively but still polished in terms of its service and the standard of food on offer. The Boathouse hosted its fifth anniversary bash this summer with a VIP garden party attended by 600 guests, with live music, guest DJ and fireworks, and it had good reason to celebrate. Formerly The New Ferry Restaurant, in 2008 the building underwent a massive renovation and redevelopment under new owners Dan Garner, Nathan Barton and co-directors Adam & Robin Perkins. The restaurant’s à la carte menu runs all year round and comprises 10 starters, 12 main courses, five grill options and five desserts. Five of the dishes on the menu have been given Early Bird status, which enables you to enjoy discounted dining during both lunchtime and evening service throughout the summer, with two courses for £14.95 and three courses for £17.95. 19


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Sample M enu £ STARTERS Tapas £4.50 Warm home made breads, slow-roast garlic, olive oil and aged balsamic dips for two to share. Black Pudding £5.95 Clonkilty black pudding, soft poached egg and fried bread with crispy bacon salad and wholegrain mustard dressing. The Mussel Pot £6.95 Scottish mussels steamed with cider, leeks and bacon, served with home made French stick.

£ MAINS Mutton £18.95 Braised shoulder of mutton with roasted loin, served pink. Sweet pea purée, goats cheese and potato terrine. Fish Bowl £16.50 Thai fish bowl with coconut milk broth with chilli, lemongrass, coriander and lime, salmon, white fish, prawns, mussels crayfish and rice noodles. The Butcher’s Block £26.50 16oz t-bone steak taken from the whole sirloin with oven dried tomato, hand-cut fat chips, and watercress salad.

£ PUDDING Lemon Tart Freshly made lemon tart with home made raspberry sorbet.

£6.50

Cheese Board £8.95 one of two cheeseboards from £6.95. Mrs Kirkham’s cheddar, Colston Basset Stilton, Bosworth Ash goats cheese and organic Golden Cenarth. Petit Fours £4.50 Home made petit fours with coffee, for those too full for a dessert!

£ OPENING HOURS Monday-Saturday: 12noon-3pm, 6pm-9.30. Sunday: 12noon-9.30pm.


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Our starter options were a curried scallop dish that was flavoursome and imaginative. Like the rest of the dishes on the menu it was beautifully presented, glistening in the late afternoon sunlight that streamed through the huge glass doors that fold back onto the restaurant’s decking. Our main course options were a pan fried sea bass dish and the chicken with potato terrine and wild mushrooms featured on our opening spread. To supplement a choice of formal dishes there’s also a number of grill options including a ‘served pink only’ flat iron steak which, cut from the shoulder of the beast, promises a rump-steak-like texture but with a richer, juicier taste. Other grill options include the Butcher’s Block 16oz t-bone steak - not for the fainthearted and a gourmet burger option served in a brioche bun with crispy pancetta and Emmental cheese. If you’re a fan of chocolatey desserts, our brownie was flavoured with whole hazelnuts and was served with a home made pistachio ice cream, chocolate sauce and an Amaretto biscuit crumb. Those with more adventurous tastes can opt for our other dessert; white chocolate and tarragon arancini balls with raspberry foam and hazelnut crisps. It was difficult to anticipate the flavour of this one, but in hindsight I’d liken it to a cross between a sweet Scotch egg tasting rice pudding, with a fresh, zingy raspberry foam. It was interesting, sweet and delicious!

Local ingredients feature prominently at the Boathouse and at its sister restaurants, The Riverbank in Nottingham, and Gunthorpe’s Tom Brown. The former both have at least one AA rosette for the quality of its dining, Tom Brown has two stars, and each restaurant is serviced by the best suppliers Dan, head chef Steve Munn and his 10-strong brigade can find. That means fish arrives daily via Grimsby, Ray Campbell John and Doncasters supply the Boathouse’s meat, whilst Southwell’s Maxeys provides fresh veg each day. A wine list, put together by Dan, consists of 21 whites and reds each, plus a selection of rosé, sparkling and dessert wines. These range from reasonable £15 house wines - a Pinot Grigio-esque Trebbiano and a light Italian Rubicone to exclusive drops like the £75 Montrachet 1er Cru, and a £60 Valpolicella. Look out for regular special occasions and live music performances like the restaurant’s Sunday Sessions, with live music from 7.30pm each week, and you’ll enjoy great food and fantastic entertainment, too. The amount of effort that goes into each of the restaurant’s dishes and their fantastic presentation means Farndon’s Boathouse provides an amazing experience. It always feels ‘special’ but with reasonable prices, the restaurant is the perfect post-Christmas pick-me-up that’s as reasonably priced as its is innovative and stylish.

FARNDON BOATHOUSE Farndon, near Newark

The Riverside, Farndon, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG24 3SX To book a meal call

01636 676578 www.farndonboathouse.co.uk

From Lincoln: Take the A57 out of Lincoln and join the A46 signposted Lincoln South, Newark, Grantham A1. Continue for approx five minutes and at Doddington roundabout take the A46, signposted Newark, Grantham. At the A17/A46/A1 roundabout at Newark, take the third exit, signposted Leicester, Mansfield, Nottingham. Continue for five minutes then take the fourth exit signposted Fosse Road. Turn right onto Long Lane, left onto Marsh Lane, right onto Nursery Avenue and finally right at North End.

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LOOKING FORWARD TO 2014 WE HAVE RELEASED OUR CALENDAR OF EVENTS WHICH WILL FEATURE A VARIETY OF THEMED NIGHTS, INCLUDING:

Our Romantic Valentines weekend with a sumptuous meal while being serenaded by Chloe Rose who will be singing a variety of popular love songs. A Champagne Evening with Pol Roger, a sommelier from this fabulous Champagne house will guide you through the range alongside our stunning menu. Wine Tasting Evening with House of Townend; showing you a variety of wines from their vast collection. Our Murder Mystery Night will have you on the edge of your seat while providing an evening of great entertainment. Mother’s Day Laceby Fete, which will be held in our Garden Room, we will be inviting the people of Laceby to hold stalls and sell homemade produce, flowers, cakes and much more. There will also be a special Mother’s Day menu in the main Hotel for lunch time. Father’s Day Beer Festival in association with Bateman’s brewery who will set up their beer tent in our garden, there will also be fun for all the family and a sit down menu offered in The Comfy Duck Bistro. Also; we are looking to hold a Clairvoyant Night next winter as there are more Clairvoyants in this area than anywhere else in the country. This one will be very interesting! Please contact the hotel for more information and to book with us! 22


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A GREAT WAY TO WARM uP YOuR WINTER

White Hart, Boston There’s lots going on at one of Boston’s best restaurants - the White Hart Hotel on the town’s High Street. With new dishes for the season, new menus, and greater flexibility there’s never been a better time to warm up your winter...!


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Opposite: The restaurant is introducing its flat iron steak otherwise known as Butler’s Steak. We’ve tried it and the flavour has to be tasted to be believed! Right: The Grade II listed restaurant.

Left: Our main course of garlic and lemon roast chicken. It’s a new dish on the revamped menus, which also provide à la carte dining in the hotel’s Courtyard Bar. Below: The hotel’s bar and cocktail lounge has just been the subject of a full refurbishment.

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f ever a building was deserving of a little TLC, Boston’s grand dame of hospitality, the White Hart Hotel was that building. Despite its beauty, its Grade II listing, and the age of the building - it can be traced back to as early as 1557 - it fell into a shameful state of neglect and current owners since 2006, Kevin and Lily Charity and partner Mark Porcher, turned it around when it became part of their Bulldog Hotel Group. Since then it has gone from strength to strength, and its transformation is not just cosmetic. Whilst it is a smarter place to dine, the company has also invested a great deal of time and energy into ensuring the food it provides in the hotel can compete with the best gastropubs and hotel-restaurants in Lincolnshire. From this month diners will be able to enjoy the ‘restaurant’ menu in the bar too, providing greater flexibility and choice this month on. Not only that, the format of the hotel’s winter menus have changed too, providing additional grill options and new seasonal dishes in the more formal à la carte section of the menu. “We’re giving diners greater choice how and where they dine, and in response to the popularity of our grill options, we’re launching new dishes like our traditional flat iron steak which will be served in a really quirky way too.” says the hotel’s General Manager Alan Bloomfield. We were delighted to try the new steak for ourselves on the hotel’s new rustic driftwood serving platters. The flavour was pretty stunning and it was a tender cut, served pink with a choice of three sauces. If you are a fan of steak the White Hart Hotel will quickly become your favourite restaurant! Also new to the menu is a piri piri chicken dish, served in the same way, and there’s a selection of sizzlers served on a hot platter with a choice of chicken, Chinese five spice duck, and Cajun salmon. In total the menu offers seven starters and 18 main courses as well as sharing boards and five desserts. 25


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Sample M enu £ STARTERS Mushrooms Baked mushrooms with Stilton crust and apple crisps.

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Terrine Baked chicken, date and duck terrine with raspberry sauce.

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Fishcakes Salmon and crab fishcakes with lime mayonnaise.

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£ MAINS Roast Chicken £14 Garlic and lemon roast chicken with rosemary gravy, roasted new potatoes and seasonal vegetables. Sea Bass £16 Lightly grilled sea bass with saffron and ginger infused white wine and prawn sauce with sautéed potatoes. Flat Iron Steak £16 Flat iron or ‘Butler’s’ steak served pink with hand-cut chips, roasted vine tomatoes, and flat cap mushrooms with choice of peppercorn, mushroom or stilton sauce.

£ PUDDING Sticky Toffee £5 Sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice cream. Banoffee Sundae £7 Layers of sliced banana with toffee sauce, meringue and vanilla ice cream. Cheese Board £8 Lincolnshire Dambuster, smoked Applewood , Brie and Lincoln Blue with grapes, celery and red onion marmalade.

£ OPENING HOURS Courtyard Bar: 11am-6.30pm. Restaurant: 6.30pm-9pm.


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Food arrives courtesy of Head Chef Grant Dawson, who has a pedigree of heading up kitchens in country house boutique hotels. “We’ve kept a number of our popular classics but wanted to supplement them with some really warming, innovative winter dishes.” Our starters of baked mushroom, served with a Stilton crust & apple crisps, and a chicken, date & duck terrine, exploited the best winter ingredients. These are supplied from prominent local names like Ruskington’s Mel Wards, neighbour and winner of one of Lincolnshire Pride’s Good Food Awards 2013, Boston Sausage, fish sourced from Grimsby each day, and locally farmed vegetables. Our main courses, meanwhile, included a garlic and lemon roast chicken dish with rosemary gravy and seasonal vegetables, were equally vibrant and well-presented. Desserts included a vanilla cheesecake with winter berries and a sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce. Bar diners have a similarly extensive menu with sandwiches, ciabattas, pub favourites, and a range of salads and sharing boards. To accompany, there’s a wine list with 10 reds, 10 whites, rosé options and both sparkling wine and Champagne options.

The hotel is one of seven in the Bulldog Hotel Group, with each one aiming to create a warm, friendly boutique hotel feel but with plush surroundings and food that’s up to the standard of the highest quality fine dining restaurant. Our dining experience reassured us that there was something for everyone; a grill menu with its new flat iron steaks, formal à la carte dishes with brilliant presentation, and for all diners, attentive service and a great environment. “We’ve transformed the menus and made dining more exciting and accessible” says Alan. “With further improvements to the hotel already made, including the addition of two new bedrooms, taking the total number to 26, plus a complete renovation of the Courtyard Bar and creating the best coffee lounge in the area. This means that we are starting 2014 in a way that’s really optimistic as the White Hart Hotel is going from strength to strength and has never looked better”. The hotel did a roaring trade last year with summer riverside al fresco dining and coffee and cocktail trade proving very popular. The setting is just perfect all year around with the Stump in the background. If this new seasonal menu proves anything it is that the White Hart Hotel is a great winter venue too, making it this month’s eating out recommendation.

WHITE HART HOTEL High Street, Boston

01205 311900

Additional Facilities: The Hotel offers 26 well-appointed en-suite bedrooms and executive rooms. The hotel has been furnished to a high standard and is situated over three floors. Executive rooms offer a superior level of comfort with spacious lounge areas, air conditioning, large flat screen TV’s and both bath and shower facilities.

www.whitehartboston.com

whitehartboston@bulldogmail.co.uk

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The Good Food Awards Back in October we asked our readers to nominate their Restaurant of the Year, their favourite Coffee Shop or Bistro and to name a local ‘Food Hero’. The results are in, so congratulations to all of our winners and to those who were nominated! Words & Images: Rob Davis.


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Award: Chefs and front of house staff at The George of Stamford.

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Electric: Lincoln’s Electric Bar at Doubletree by Hilton offers superb views of Brayford Pool and excellent cuisine, too.

Electric Bar & Restaurant: Pan roasted chicken breast ballotine of the leg, fondant potato, baby leek, wild mushroom, madeira jus.


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ongratulations to our three Restaurant of the Year winners - The George of Stamford, Lincoln’s Electric Bar and Restaurant at the city’s Doubletree by Hilton, and to traditional pub restaurant The Brownlow Arms at Hough on the Hill. We’re delighted to see that this year’s top ten includes both formal dining rooms like Stamford’s George Hotel and Scunthorpe’s Winteringham Fields headed up by Great British Menu winner Colin McGurran, as well as pub restaurants like Hough’s Brownlow Arms, demonstrating that the best dining experiences aren’t necessarily the most formal ones. There’s a great mix in our top ten, with a breadth of both established talent inspiring and teaching the next generation of chefs; The George of Stamford’s Paul Reseigh, as well as up and coming chefs like the Brownlow Arms’s Ruaraidh Bealby who has been Head Chef at the venue for less than six months.

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Our thanks to all of our readers who voted, and in particular to Thorpe on the Hill’s Rachel Barrett, whose name we’ve ‘picked out of the hat’ to win meals out at our partner restaurants in 2014!

The George of Stamford Electric Bar & Restaurant, Lincoln Brownlow Arms, Hough on the Hill The William Cecil, Stamford The White Hart, Lincoln The Queen’s Head, Kirkby La Thorpe Winteringham Fields, Scunthorpe The Sebastopol Inn, Minting The Red Lion, Bicker The Barley Mow, Friskney

Above: Paul and Lorraine Willoughby of the Brownlow Arms, Hough on the Hill. Head Chef Ruaraidh Bealby is pictured far left. Below: Mathew Riddell and Phil Henson, Head Chef, celebrate at The Electric Bar and Restaurant in Lincoln’s Doubletree by Hilton.

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Coffee Shop/Bistro of the Year 2013 Stokes High Bridge Café, Lincoln The Sack Store, Boston Archie Hardwick, Boston Abbey Parks Farm Shop, Heckington The Cheese Society Café, Lincoln Jenny’s Fine Foods, Stamford The Old Stables, Horncastle Pimento Tearooms, Lincoln Bott’s Coffee Shop, Horncastle Four Seasons GC Restaurant, Sleaford

The second category in our Good Food Awards invites nominations from those seeking casual dining. This includes coffee shops and bistros that are suitable for light lunches, meeting for coffee, or afternoon tea with a slice of home-made cake... hen you’re pursuing the January Sales in Lincoln this month and want a bit of respite from the weather, our readers recommend Stokes High Bridge Café.

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Also on our list of ten great places for daytime dining is Boston’s Sack Store, an eclectic bistro headed up by Brian Batley offering high quality brunches and big fat slices of homemade cake this month. Delicious!

The company has become synonymous with quality in the county, importing and roasting its own coffee.

Congratulations, also, to Archie Hardwick, established in 2009 with a delicatessen added in 2011 and a giftshop, Sparkledust, too.

The firm both retails and wholesales its single estate and blended coffees, and provides great afternoon teas, snacks and light meals.

It’s a great venue for light lunches, morning coffee, and home made cakes.


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hat’s a ‘Food Hero?’ That’s the question we posed to our readers with our final award. The winners are an eclectic mix of celebrity chefs, local suppliers and societies supporting food producers and farmers. Our top award goes to Boston Sausage. First established in 1852, the company was taken over by the Mountain family in 1904 and has certainly moved with the times ever since, it is now retailing its English pork, lamb and beef from its Boston shop, online and from a retail outlet on London’s Borough Market. Also recognised in our awards is Myers Bakery and Modens, with Lincolnshire’s plum loaf standing out as one of our most well-loved food products.

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We’re delighted to see the county’s most famous brewery honoured too. Batemans was first established in 1874, but is still continuing to grow, with 67 of its own pubs plus 350 free-trade accounts and UK-wide distribution to wholesalers and supermarkets. The brewery produces the equivalent of over 7,000,000 pints every year from its premises in Wainfleet.

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Above: Jaclyn and Stuart Bateman of Lincolnshire’s most famous brewery. Right: Robert Myers of Horncastle’s Myers Brewery. Below: Scott Palmer of Boston Sausage.


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hen January comes around, we all feel motivated to make changes, but adopting a healthy eating regime can turn into a soul-destroying endeavour... that’s why people lose motivation and good intentions stall. Celebrity chef and star of TV’s Gino’s Italian Escape, Gino D’Acampo believes that healthy eating doesn’t have to be a chore. His new book, iDiet, is a collection of 100 Italian recipes that are healthy and delicious, the perfect way to warm up your winter with an enjoyable healthy eating regime. Why the iDiet? “Based on the Italian way of eating, this is a diet book like no other.” says Gino. “Rather than focusing on typical ‘diet’ elements - calorie-counted ready meals and restrained eating - it’s a celebration of food. You won’t find lists of foods to avoid or need to go in search of weird and wonderful ingredients you’ve never heard of. Instead, you’ll find the pages packed with familiar, fresh and delicious foods that are typically eaten as part of a traditional Italian diet.” A less obvious choice? “Opting to eat like an Italian may not seem the obvious choice when you want to lose weight or eat healthily. After all, Italian dishes come in huge portions and are packed with calories and fat, right? Actually, wrong! Many of us think that typical Italian food consists of stodgy, deep-crust pizzas loaded with meat and cheese, cream-laden pasta sauces or large platefuls of fatty meat, salads swimming in oil and bows of tiramisu. In fact, meals served up in traditional Italian homes and trattorias are nothing like this: instead, ingredients tend to be fresh and portions small.”

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“Vegetables are an important part of meals, herbs and garlic are used to flavour food, wine and water are on the table and fruit is eaten for dessert.”

“In reality, a true Italian diet is an extremely healthy way of eating, so it can help us to keep well, get slim – and more importantly, stay that way.” “The Italians are living proof that it works, too.” the chef adds. “People living in Italy are amongst the slimmest in Europe and are far less likely to be overweight or obese than Brits. They also live longer and are less likely to die from cancer or heart disease.” “What’s more, they manage to achieve this without constant ‘up and down’ dieting. But perhaps the best news is that Italians enjoy good health and slim bodies whilst still savouring delicious food they actually want to eat.” Enjoy with wine! iDiet is the diet you’ll want to follow... why? Predominantly because it’s about pleasure; from shopping to preparing to enjoying your meals. Also, meals featured in the book are simple and easy to prepare, with readily available ingredients. No foods are banned, either; you can still enjoy pasta, bread and you can eat a starter, main course and a dessert, too. It’s a permissive ‘diet without the dogma,’ and best of all... you can still indulge in a glass of wine or two with your meal. That’s enough to convince us! 37


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PIZZA TOPPED WITH MOZZARELLA, MUSHROOMS & HAM “Often people have the misconception that making your own pizza is extremely difficult. This is definitely not the case; very few things can go wrong during the process. Once you make sure that the dough is made properly and you have bought the right ingredients for the topping, the rest is just following a few simple instructions to assemble it!”

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To prepare the dough, mix the salt and yeast together in a jug with the water. Place the flour into a large bowl, make a well in the centre and add the water mixture, along with the oil. Use a wooden spoon to mix everything well to create a wet dough.

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Turn out the dough onto a clean well-floured surface and work it with your hands for about five minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place in a bowl and cover with a tea towel. Leave at room temperature to rest for at least 30 minutes until the dough has nearly doubled in size.

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Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 220ºC/425°F/gas mark 7. Heat a tablespoon of the oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and cook the mushrooms for 3 minutes until tender, stirring occasionally. Makes two pizzas, serves four

For the Base Pinch of salt 2 teaspoons dried yeast 280ml warm water 360g strong plain flour, plus extra for dusting 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for greasing

For the Topping 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 100g button mushrooms, sliced 400g passata 1 teaspoon dried oregano salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 mozzarella ball, drained and cut into small cubes 20 pitted green olives, halved 6 slices of lean cooked ham, cut into strips 8 fresh basil leaves

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Once rested, turn out the dough onto a floured surface, and divide it into two. Use your hands to push each out from the centre, creating two round discs about 25cm in diameter. Place the pizza bases on two oiled baking trays.

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Spread the passata on top of the dough using the back of a tablespoon and season with salt and pepper. Divide the mozzarella, mushrooms and olives between the pizzas and drizzle with the remaining extra virgin olive oil. Cook in the middle of the oven for about 20 minutes or until golden and brown.

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Two minutes before the end of the cooking, scatter over the ham and the basil and continue to cook.

Gino’s Cherry Tomato

Crispy Focaccia 450g strong plain white flour 2 teaspoons dried yeast 1/2 teaspoon salt 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (plus 1 tablespoon for brushing) 300ml warm water 300g cherry tomatoes Salt and freshly ground black pepper Handful of fresh basil leaves 2 tablespoons pesto Genovese

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Sift the flour into a large bowl, stir in the yeast and add the salt. Make a well in the centre, pour in three tablespoons of oil and the water and mix everything together with a wooden spoon. Knead for 10 minutes, and leave to rise in a warm place for an hour.

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Brush with oil a baking tray measuring about 40 x 40cm. Knock back the dough and place on the oiled tray. Stretch to shape with no more than 5mm thickness. Preheat the oven to 230ºC/450ºF/gas mark 8.

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In a small bowl, mix together three tablespoons of water with 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Brush the stretched dough with the water and oil and transfer the tray to the middle of the preheated oven for about 20 minutes.

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Taken from: The I Diet by Gino D’Acampo, Kyle Books £14.99. Photography by Kate Whitaker, front cover photography by Christian Barnett. It’s available from this month in all good bookshops.

Washed and quarter the tomatoes, place in a bowl with basil and the pesto. Drizzle over the olive oil and mix well. At this point the pizza base should be ready: remove it from the oven and cover it with the tomatoes and pesto.


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Rotolo di Pollo Ripieno ai Funghi ROLLED BREAST OF CHICKEN STUFFED WITH MUSHROOMS AND ROSEMARY... Cozze allo Zafferano

Mussel Stew with Saffron and White Wine 1.5kg mussels 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 100ml white wine 100ml double cream 3 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley 1 sachet (125g) of saffron salt and freshly ground black pepper 8 slices of ciabatta

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Wash the mussels under cold water. Discard any broken ones and any that do not close when tapped firmly.

“As you start to prepare this recipe, your taste buds start working overtime. the smell from blending the ingredients together is amazing, as everyone will comment when entering your home whilst you are making it!” Serves four 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, about 100g each 2 garlic cloves 1 carrot, chopped 100g closed cup mushrooms 1 large tomato, de-seeded 1 tablespoon freshly chopped rosemary leaves salt and freshly ground black pepper cocktail sticks and baking parchment

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Place the rest of the ingredients in a food processor and season with salt and pepper. Blitz until you have a finely chopped and combined mixture.

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Spread evenly the mushroom mixture on one side of the four chicken breasts. Roll up the breasts to encase the stuffing and secure with cocktail sticks. Cut four squares of baking paper and wrap each roll carefully. Place the parcels on a baking tray and cook in the middle of the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until thoroughly cooked.

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Once ready, unwrap and remove the cocktail stick from the breasts, slice into rounds and serve immediately with fresh salad of your choice.

Once ready, remove the lid and pour in the cream with the parsley and the saffron. Season with salt and pepper, stir and continue to cook for a further two minutes, uncovered. Once the sauce has slightly thickened, serve the mussels immediately with the sauce, discarding any that are not fully opened. Serve with some warm crusty ciabatta.

Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas mark 6. Place the chicken breasts between two sheets of clingfilm on a board. Use a meat mallet to beat out until about half a centimetre thick.

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Frutta Fresca al Forno ROASTED FRESH FRUITS WITH GRAND MARNIER... “At the beginning of 2008 I spent two weeks in Tuscany searching for new ideas and ingredients for this book. I came across this recipe as I was dining at my friend’s house and I thought it would be a great idea to share with you. It’s so simple that I challenge anyone to mess it up! If you have any left over you can always add yoghurt to it and have it for breakfast... waste not want not!” Serves four. 2 pears, quartered lengthways and cored 2 plums, halved and stoned 4 fresh figs, halved 2 peaches, quartered and stoned juice of 2 oranges 3 tablespoons Grand Marnier

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Lemon Sorbet “Every time I go to Sorrento, in the south of Italy, this is one of the first things that I crave. It cleanses the palate and is really refreshing...!” 2 limes 1 litre cold water 100g caster sugar 350ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6. Place the pears, plums, figs and peaches in a single layer in a roasting tin.

Finely grate the zest from the limes and set aside. Squeeze the juice from the limes and place in a medium saucepan with the water.

Squeeze over the juice from the orange and bake in the centre of the oven at 200º for 18 minutes.

Add the sugar and the lime zest to the saucepan and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved.

Remove the tin from the oven and pour the Grand Marnier over the fruit. Bake for a further six minutes.

Remove from the heat, stir in the lemon juice and allow to cool. Once ready, pour into a shallow freezerproof container and freeze until crystals form around the edges.

Divide the roasted fruits between four serving bowls and serve hot or warm.

Find Out More... Taken from: The I Diet by Gino D’Acampo, Kyle Books £14.99. Photography by Kate Whitaker, front cover photography by Christian Barnett. It’s available from this month in all good bookshops.

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Remove, stir the mixture vigorously with a fork, then return it to the freezer. Repeat this process every 20 minutes over the next few hours until no liquid remains in the container.

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The USA has been taking the competition to the French for many years now, and Napa is the place to find the best wines. This featured wine is a big rich and juicy Cabernet, beautifully balanced, with lovely blackcurrant fruits on the palate and a long smooth finish. Great for winter evenings!

Following the New World theme comes this Chardonnay from Monterey County on California’s Central Coast, good use of oak and lovely buttery vanilla flavours on top of crisp grapefruit notes. A lovely wine that’ll remind you of the warmer months to come!

Spicy, jammy, and bursting with blackberry fruit, this is big wine and not for the faint hearted. It has been one of my favourite New World wines for a long time, and never fails to impress, beautiful with game or red meat this winter, so serve it with your Sunday roast!

From a producer that used to supply its grapes to Marlborough legends Cloudy Bay, and is now producing its own wines instead. The focus here is on restraint rather than overblown fruitiness. Cheaper than its superstar rivals with gooseberry and passionfruit flavours and soft, clean acidity.

For those of you who thought that Marlborough only produced Sauvignon, think again! The quality of Pinot Noir that is now coming out of New Zealand is nothing short of superb. Very fruit forward with raspberry and cherries on the palate. A lovely quaffing Pinot that’s great with game.

every single month in 2014!

This month’s features wines are recommended by: The Stamford Wine Company, 10 St Paul’s Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire, PE9 2BE Tel: 07538 228337, www.thestamfordwinecompany.com.


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BUSINESS FEATURE

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PEACE OF MIND WITH WILLS AND PROBATE

MAKING IT EASIER, FOR YOU AND YOUR LOVED ONES... Where there’s a will, there’s a way forward. That’s the golden rule of wills and probate, according to Hegarty Solicitor’s Jo Wild. This month, the Stamford and Peterborough law firm tells us how to make attending to your affairs easier for those you leave behind... Words: Jo Wild.

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ow that the festive season is over and we have all started the New Year, making plans for 2014, why not make this the year to organise your estate? We often give some thought to putting our health in order at this time of year: we join a gym, start a new diet or take up a new hobby, so why not take the time to think about putting your estate in order too. The first step I would recommend is making a will. Only by doing so can you be sure that your estate passes to those family, friends, loved ones or charities that you would like. By making a will you can leave clear instructions about how your estate should be dealt with. If you do not leave a will then the intestacy rules will say how your estate will be distributed and it might not be passed to the people that you would otherwise have chosen. Unrelated friends do not benefit under the Intestacy Rules. By making a will you can choose who should be dealing with your estate - your Executors. Without a will your closest blood relatives will have to apply to be able to administer your estate and this can cause difficulties and delay. If you have a will you can choose, and you might want to have friends, more distant relatives or professionals such as a solicitor or accountant to act as your executor. If you have young children you will also be able to appoint guardians for them in your will, which can offer great peace of mind if the worst were to happen. By having a will you can also decide to leave gifts to who you would like, to make sure that family heirlooms continue to be treasured, or

“Only by making a will can you be sure that your estate passes to those family, friends, loved ones or charities that you would like...”

to pass on a keepsake to a good friend. You also have the chance to remember other friends, family or a charity by making cash gifts in your will. Gifts to charity might also help if you have a large estate and inheritance tax might be a concern for you.

deal with matters for you and can impose what restrictions and administrative requirements they see fit (which will always be done in your best interests but which can impose quite a burden on those having to deal with matters via the court for you).

If inheritance tax is a concern then by making a will you might be able to plan to lessen the likely amount payable or consider life time planning together with your will. A professional advisor can assist you with this planning and your family might inherit significantly more from you than if you had not planned ahead.

In my view it is always better to plan ahead for all eventualities so that you can rest easy knowing that you have organised your affairs and can reassure your family and friends that you have a will and a lasting power of attorney in place.

In the spirit of being organised you should also give some thought to planning for the unexpected and difficult circumstances that can happen to any one of us if either physical or mental frailty occurs. This is often thought to be something that only the elderly or infirm should be thinking about, but I would recommend that we all consider the options available so that if either should hit unexpectedly we have made decisions ahead that will make matters much easier for our family or friends to deal with. The simplest way to organise yourself concerning this is to prepare a lasting power of attorney to deal with either your property and financial affairs or health and welfare, or indeed both. By having a lasting power of attorney you can decide in advance who you would like to deal with your affairs in the event that either you are no longer able to do so, or, in relation to your financial affairs, because you would like them to do so. This might be because you are intending to be away from the UK for an extended period or because it would just be more convenient to have someone else running your financial affairs. If the worst were to happen and you were no longer able to manage your affairs and you do not have a valid lasting power of attorney (or previously a valid enduring power of attorney) in place, then ultimately the court of protection will decide who has the ability to

Some people put off such documentation in the mistaken belief it is expensive but a simple will costs as little as £210 and a power of attorney £300. A court also imposes a registration fee of £110 (though this can be paid at a later date) and the benefits are immeasurable.

£ Finding Out More...

£ Hegarty Solicitors is a Peterborough & Stamford based law firm providing family law, employment, wills, trusts & wealth management, conveyancing, corporate law and much more. £ 10 Ironmonger Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire. Tel: 01780 752066. £ 48 Broadway, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. Tel: 01733 346333. £ www.hegarty.co.uk.

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Chattertons is, of course, a familiar name throughout Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire and all other offices will continue to trade under the name of Chattertons although the merger is effective across the entire firm.

MERGER AND NEW LINCOLN OFFICE It is an exciting time in the local legal world as the merger between Chattertons Solicitors and McKinnells Solicitors has created an oďŹƒce in Lincoln with some 60 lawyers and support sta, trading as Chattertons McKinnells.

The 6 partners of McKinnells have all joined Chattertons McKinnells as partners. All existing staff of McKinnells and Chattertons Lincoln office are now working together from McKinnells offices in West Parade just off the High Street in Lincoln. Although there will no longer be an office on Doddington Road, Chattertons are just as close to their clients and contacts in the LN6 postcode as ever, and will continue to support this thriving business community . The merger increases the partnership to 30 and the total number of staff to 160 and as a result of the merger the firm will be a major provider of legal services in the area.

Joint Managing Partner, Edward Conway, who specialises in Dispute Resolution, has moved over from Chattertons Boston office to run the enlarged Lincoln office. In addition, David Young, a specialist in corporate law, has recently joined the business services team at the Lincoln office. David, together with the support of his colleagues in the commercial property and employment law teams, will manage any business transaction with efficiency and expertise. Clients will also continue to have access to specialists from the firms other offices across Lincolnshire and in Newark. The merger has brought two major players in the local legal world together. With the combined talent of two well known and respected law firms now operating as one in Lincoln, the firm offers an extensive range of legal and financial services to personal and business clients tailored to their individual needs.

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WELCOME HOME

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The Pump House: There’s an industrial legacy behind what is nowadays a property with masses of character. It has five reception rooms and five bedrooms, and is currently on the market for £995,000.

T H E P U M P H O U S E , G A I N S B O R O U G H

The owners of ThIs monTh’s feaTured properTy were afTer ‘a bIT of a projecT...’ gemma and anThony brownson’s grade II* pumpIng sTaTIon was cerTaInly ThaT! by her own admIssIon gemma had To be ‘dragged kIckIng and screamIng’ for a vIewIng, buT afTer purchasIng and renovaTIng The buIldIng, she admITs ThaT IT’s a unIque and sTylIsh dream home! 53


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e’ve seen some unusual properties during the course of writing our Welcome Home features, but Gemma and Anthony Brownson’s former pumping station at Misterton near Gainsborough is easily the most dramatic! Dating back to 1828, it’s actually two separate buildings, joined in the middle with an atrium, and carrying a Grade II* listing.

“Basically we needed to build a whole new house within the shell.” says Gemma. The couple also created an industrial looking conservatory between the two buildings, which cleverly creates two completely separate buildings, which proved ideal when the couple’s children, now in their 20s, were teenagers, as noise doesn’t travel between the two wings.

Above: ceilings soar to around 40ft in the two main atriums, creating a sense of drama and space.

Stepping through the front door, the first thing you notice is the soaring ceilings - around 50ft high. Features like the French doors leading onto the terrace, the front door and the family piano are dwarfed by the stone capped timber framed windows. However the family is suitably rewarded by a huge

“I had to be dragged kicking and screaming for a viewing.” says Gemma. “I’d walked the dog past it so many times, and at the time we were looking for a period property that would give Anthony’s brother Christopher, an architect based in London, us a project to work on. I had never considered anything on proved that the two buildings - one created in 1828 and a later, this scale though!”

separate one in 1839 added for more pumping capacity - could home...

A friend suggested they make an unusual and surprisingly practical family converted The Pump House, which sounded preposterous amount of light, a sense of space and the shimmering ripples initially. Anthony’s brother Christopher, an architect based of colour, which dance across the massive expanse of wall in London, soon proved that the two buildings - one created space, when light is reflected off the water. in 1828 and a later, separate addition in 1839 added when more pumping capacity was needed - could make an The house has a formal drawing room with epic proportions, unusual and surprisingly practical family home. a cosier snug and separate study, all in the north wing - the The couple, who work as GPs in the area, purchased the buildings in 1993 and began converting them in 1994, moving in after about a year. Because their listing was upgraded with a star, they were able to obtain grants but these were used to maintain and reinstate various features. The property was without a roof and also needed new staircases and floors. 54

newer part of the property. This also includes a first floor games room on a mezzanine level, plus two guest bedrooms and a bathroom. The older south wing of the property has a large entrance hall and dining room, shown above, with a staircase made of steel and glass. This gives way to a kitchen and breakfast room created in an industrial chic style with terrazzo floor in black and white, stainless steel splashbacks


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WELCOME WELCOME HOME HOME

Left: The kitchen features solid beech cabinetry, stainless steel splashbacks, terrazzo floor and a reclaimed refectory table.

Left: solid oak floors and stone capped timber framed windows in the large reception rooms. These huge rooms used to contain the beam pumps.

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and solid beech cabinetry created by a local cabinet maker with appliances such as the catering fridge/freezer, Britannia range cooker and Smeg dishwasher. French doors lead onto a breakfast terrace and herb garden, whilst a separate utility provides lots of practical storage. Two further floors on the south wing give way to two further bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor. On the second floor, there’s a master suite with dressing room, newly fitted en suite with drench shower and spectacular views over the open countryside. “We also had the garden landscaped and it’s surprisingly low-maintenance.” says Gemma. “We’ve tried to create zones, and there’s a gravelled area, herb garden and English country garden to enjoy. The plot is around two thirds of an acre but there’s a five acre paddock too, ideal for anyone with horses. The gardens are a Site of Special Scientific Interest so as you might expect the waterway, which is a mother drain connecting to the Trent, attracts amazing wildlife.” Looking at the tranquil property, it’s hard to imagine noisy oily machinery thundering away or the constant rhythmic cranking of the beam engines. The property may be unusual, but it’s also really practical with massive versatile spaces, loads of natural light and plenty of character - ironically all characteristics that developers of modern properties struggle to incorporate into their purpose-build residential properties! With the children having left home and the couple looking to downsize, Gemma has put the house on the market and is looking for another project. The family’s hard work has created a truly unique home, but now it’s time for new owners to enjoy one of the county’s most quirky properties. 56

The Pump House Misterton, nr Gainsborough Style: former pump house on a mother drain near the Trent, located ten minutes from gainsborough. Receptions: five, currently arranged as drawing room, dining hall, games room, snug and conservatory. Bedrooms: five, with one en suite and dressing room to second bedroom.

Other features: separate annexe for conversion, mezzanine levels, study, five acre paddock, outbuildings. Price: £995,000 Estate Agency: jackson-stops & staff, 23 high petergate, york, yo1 7hs. Tel: 01904 597044. Web: www.jackson-stops.co.uk.


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CUSTOMER

SERVICE

OF THE YEAR FINALIST

congraTulaTIons To elIxIr baThrooms of lIncoln - fInalIsT of The kITchens, baThrooms and bedrooms cusTomer servIce of The year award... Elixir Bathrooms has had its commitment to customer service validated with a Customer Service of the Year nomination from the KBBA - the profession’s industry body. The company was founded 13 years ago and specialises in high end bathrooms. From their showroom of 25 displays they are happy to spend time discussing your bathroom needs and see it through to complete installation and 100% satisfaction. “We’re delighted to be nominated for an award which acknowledges how hard we work to ensure our customers are really satisfied with their new room.” says Phil.

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Unsurpassed Quality, Affordable Craftsmanship Bespoke Kitchens, Bedrooms and Bathrooms - full project management and free quotations

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

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

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a better night’s sleep...

GUARANTEED There’s a revolution going on between the sheets right across the county. wool bedding wIll help you to sleep better; The wool room guarantees it. start 2014 with better sleep and find yourself with more energy and Words: rob davis. greater concentration all year long...


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Improve Your Sleep

with The Wool Room

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here’s a lot we still don’t know about sleep. We don’t know for sure why we dream, for example. What we do know, however, is that humans can’t function without good sleep. Adults need between seven and eight hours of sleep a night, and without it, we suffer.

One of the best ways to ensure good sleep is to change your synthetic or feather bedding to wool; it’s better at regulating temperature, and more hygienic. Leading the campaign to encourage us to enjoy better sleep, and underwriting a promise of better sleep with a money back guarantee is The Wool Room’s Jennifer Warr. “Difficulty in sleeping can cause increased anxiety, impaired concentration, impaired memory and irritability.” says Jen. “The first step to having deep fulfilling sleep is to make your environment as comfortable as possible and the bedding you choose is key.”

What’s more, wool bedding can be used all year round, it’s naturally hygienic and hypoallergenic as it doesn’t provide a conducive home for allergen-causing dust mites. The Wool Room’s exclusive ‘Deluxe’ range of British wool bedding can also be machine washed on a wool cycle at home. The Wool Room’s products include duvets from £63, pillows from £30, wool bed blankets from £65 and wool bedding sets that guarantee a better night’s sleep from £230. The company is offering this sleep guarantee when customers choose to make the switch to a complete wool bedding set (duvet,

Above: The wool room’s range of wool bedding is scientifically proven to improve your sleep... the company guarantees it!

“We passionately believe in our wool bedding, and it’s been scientifically proven that wool bedding provides a better quality of sleep.” says Jen. “It will deliver 25% more regenerative ‘deep’ sleep than conventional bedding.”

Wool is guaranteed to give you a longer, deeper more fulfilling sleep. Wool bedding maintains a more even temperature thereby increasing comfort. It initially raises skin temperature so that you are warm, it insulates you from the cold but also stops you overheating whilst you sleep. It also decreases your relative humidity which will not only allow your body to breathe but ensure you feel less clammy. A wool duvet can also adapt to two different body temperatures - meaning that comfort for both under one duvet is at its optimum!

pillows and a mattress topper or protector) from any of its ranges, there is a 30 day money back guarantee if you don’t see an improvement to your sleep. “We passionately believe in our wool bedding, and it’s been scientifically proven that wool bedding provides a better quality of sleep.” says Jen. “It will deliver 25% more regenerative ‘deep’ sleep than conventional bedding.” “That’s why we’re inviting everyone to change their bedding this month and embark on a new year’s resolution that’s simple and fulfilling, and easy to follow: to give yourself better sleep in 2014!”

For more information: visit The wool room, star lane, stamford pe9 1ph. call 01780 767927 or see www.thewoolroom.com.

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At Lincolnshire Tiles, quality, choice and service is our aim. we are committed to maintaining a high level of product quality and the main focus is customer service. because of this we have built the business based on recommendation and reputation. as a family run independent retailer we offer a more caring and expert level of service to our customers. at lincolnshire Tiles our showroom has an array of Tiles, creatively displayed on large fixed displays to show a diversity of style and colour. we offer a wide range of kitchen and bathroom, wall and floor tiles, from rustic and traditional to modern and contemporary designs. we can give you every assistance in creating the bathroom or kitchen of your dreams. and also we have a full fitting service all carried out by experienced fitters, who take the greatest of care to ensure each job is undertaken with the minimum of disruption to your home and lifestyle. we welcome the opportunity to discuss your Tiling requirements. with extensive customer parking available we are open monday to saturday 9.00am till 5.00pm (wednesday & saturday 9am till 2pm ).

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COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES FOR SALE

81-83 HIGH STREET, LINCOLN

£299,500 FREEHOLD

1 & 3 BRANT ROAD, LINCOLN

£395,000

Prominent Showroom & Office Premises with Workshop Accommodation & Car Park/Yard. Due to relocation, we are pleased to offer for sale this substantial, well presented and prominently located showroom/office building with the unique benefit of an enclosed yard/car park and workshop to the rear. The property is therefore considered suitable for a variety of retail and business uses. The overall floor area extends to 241.5m² (2,600ft²).

A large detached house which is divided into seven self-contained bedsits which has Planning Consent for conversion into 2 large apartments, a substantial 4 bedroomed Period detached house which also has Planning Consent for conversion into 2 apartments if required and land to the rear which has the benefit of a Planning Consent for a detached bungalow.

132 STATION ROAD, NORTH HYKEHAM, LINCOLN

THE HOLLIES, 41 VICTORIA ST, NEWARK, NOTTS

£200,000 FREEHOLD

£445,000

INVESTMENT PROPERTY FOR SALE. This prominently located, fully let mixed-use Residential/Commercial Investment Property is being offered at a competitive asking price and is fully let generating a gross income of approximately £20,000 per annum.

We are delighted to offer for sale this beautifully refurbished and most tastefully appointed Guest House which is fully equipped to provide three high quality double letting bedrooms, each with private en-suite facilities together with a separate owner's apartment, two guest reception rooms and a spacious and very well equipped, high quality fitted kitchen. The Hollies has the added advantage of a private, large rear garden with summer house and secure off-street parking for two cars.

VILLAGE GENERAL STORE,WITH OFF LICENCE, LOTTERY & POST OFFICE, MAIN ROAD, LAUGHTERTON £195,000 PROPERTY & BUSINESS

26 & 26A FEN ROAD, METHERINGHAM

We are pleased to offer for sale this well presented property comprising a busy General Store and Post Office together with spacious living accommodation located centrally within the heart of this popular village. This attractive period detached property has the benefit of spacious self-contained two bedroomed living accommodation, an attractive enclosed rear garden, a detached single garage and additional outbuildings.

OFFERS AROUND £129,950

Excellent opportunity to acquire a freehold retail building comprising of 2 self contained retail units, currently inter-connecting and are therefore available individually or combined. The accommodation has been fully re-furbished internally and is well presented. In addition to retail uses, the premises are considered suitable for a variety of other commercial uses subject to any necessary planning consents. Consideration will also be given to a letting of this property at a rental of £8,000 per annum.


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rediscover a simple pleasure this winter

Purls of Wisdom... It’s cold and wet outdoors, Christmas has left us exhausted and there’s nothing on TV. Not to worry though, because a trio of enthusiastic women this month launch Knit Camp in the county, which aims to resurrect the simple pleasure of knitting...

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Knit camp online

Rediscover this Simple Pleasure

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nitwear designers Libby Summers, Kat Goldin and Joanne Scrace are getting their needles warmed up ready for this month’s launch of Knit Camp in the New Year 2014, following on from the success of Crochet Camp, run by Kat in the summer 2013. In a bid to help busy people who are keen to learn to knit, these three talented designers have created a free online course which will teach all the basics of the craft to new or rusty knitters.

There are three free patterns available to those who join in online. Each is designed specifically for the course both to help participants develop their skills, but give them something really special to keep and use, too. Kat has designed a pair of wrist warmers, Joanne a knit flat hat, and Libby a mini hot water bottle. These items are all designed in Libby Summers Fine Aran, a beautiful blend of alpaca and Peruvian Highland wool, which will help to keep out the winter chill. Materials for the projects are available in

above: Libby appears regularly in Knit Today, and has also had patterns published in Knit Now, Simply Knitting and Yarnwise magazines. She works from her workshop right here in the county and is married with three children.

Knitting has been seeing a huge revival in recent years, but due to its unpopularity for a time, there are lots of people who missed out on learning this skill as a child, as well as others who put their knitting needles aside when hand knitting went the course will cover knit and purl stitches, simple shaping out of fashion, and who would now welcome a refresher course. techniques, adding texture and colour, finishing techniques

Learning to knit requires a and more. photos and easy instructions will guide students commitment of time and effort, through their knitting journey... but the experts’ online course, supported by photo tutorials and kits from the Knit Camp site at www.knitcamp.bigcartel.com. left: Retailers like online chat, is the ideal way for busy people to fit knitting You can also buy yarn for Knit Camp from your local Uppingham’s Stitch Upp into their lives, or rather, to fit their lives around knitting! independent wool retailer, as Libby’s Fine Aran is stocked in (01572 850032) and Stamford’s Ewe Wool “Friends and customers have, for a while, been asking for an knitting shops across the county, (see her website for stockists). Shop (01780 765351) online knitting course, as many of them just can’t commit to Those living in Lincolnshire or Rutland, can purchase the provide both the going out to a workshop or course in their local knitting wool from Ewe Woolshop in Stamford and StitchUpp in inspiration and the shop.” says Libby, who lives in the county. “I am really supplies you need. Uppingham. hoping that this will bring many more people into the community of knitters, who otherwise wouldn’t have made it. Once you’ve obtained your wool, step-by-step tutorials for I am thrilled to be working with Kat and Joanne on this techniques and projects will be provided free on Kat’s blog project, as they are both incredibly talented designers and Slugs on the Refrigerator (www.slugsontherefrigerator.com). bloggers, and three heads are so much better than one!”

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Below: Discover a relaxing and rewarding winter hobby this month with our experts’ online course.

our Knitting experts... The trio of experts resurrecting the simple pleasure of knitting this winter.. £ Joanne: Known around the web as Not So Granny. She specialises in seamless construction, often vintage inspired but always with a fresh modern feel. As well as teaching and designing, she freelances as a tech editor. £ Libby: Libby believes simplicity is the best principle of good design. Her work is inspired by people and places. In 2013 she launched her own designer yarns with supporting patterns. She is writing a knitting book for beginners for release in 2014. £ Kat: Kat is pretty sure that the last time she was bored was sometime in early 2007. As well as knit and crochet designer, she is a professional photographer too, and leads crochet workshops. Her first book, Crochet at Play, is out with Kyle books.

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Above: Your Knit Camp counsellors will guide you through every step of the process with a free online course designed to help you create these lovely projects and beat the winter chill. You can create a pair of wrist warmers, hat (opposite) and a mini hot water bottle. Shown above is week three’s project, a mini hot water bottle; handy for saving on your energy bills and great to snuggle up to! You can take your time as the course will stay online after 31st Jan. Knit Camp can be completed from the comfort of your own home and will help you to take your first steps in this rewarding hobby.

Buy Your Materials Online the full Knit camp kit includes: three colours of Libby Summers Fine Aran in the right amounts to make the three patterns, a mini Hot Water Bottle, Knitting Needles, a Tapestry Needle and A5 booklet with all of the patterns, all in a giftable box with instructions for how to join in. Perfect for surprising a crafty person on your list this season. The free course starts on the 6th of January at: www.slugsontherefrigerator.com and run until 31st January.


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Knit camp online

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The course will cover knit and purl stitches, casting on and casting off, simple shaping techniques, adding texture and colour, finishing techniques and more. Clear photographs and easy to follow instructions will guide students through their knitting journey. Learning to knit this way will not be a lonely experience either, as participants can join a closed Facebook group, Knit Camp, which will be an informal forum for discussing techniques, getting help from the designers and others, and for sharing project successes. Joanne says; “I love teaching and passing on my skills so was delighted to be asked to be a ‘camp councillor.’ Last year’s Crochet camp was such a lot of fun and the Facebook group is still so active. If you want to learn to knit then do come and join the fun. The Knit Camp kit is the perfect new year hobby!”

Find out more: Information about Knit Camp, and links to buy the patterns and kits are available at Libby Summers website www.libbysummers.co.uk, Kat’s website www.slugsonthe refrigerator.com or via Joanne’s website at notsogranny.blogspot.co.uk.

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Five simple steps to Get You Going...

In order to begin knitting, you’ve first got to cast on; here’s our five step guide to getting started...

1. make a slip Knot Cross your yarn over and pull the short end through with your needle. Pull tight to create your first stitch.

2. insert needle Insert needle into first stitch, with ball of yarn on right hand side and end of yarn on your left.

3. wrap around Wrap yarn around the needle, going under the needle, then over the top. Hold yarn against right hand needle with your right hand to secure.

4. secure Yarn With yarn secure against your needle in your right hand, gently coax needle through the loop of previous stitch, bringing yarn with it to create another stitch.

5. new stitch Put new stitch on left hand needle, inserting left hand needle through front of new loop. Repeat until you have desired number of stitches.

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BESPOKEQUALITY For over 46 years, MG Dales Joinery has been creating beautiful bespoke work in homes across Lincolnshire and Rutland. Now, with the launch of Christian Dales Furniture by Design, the company is providing a style-led service to customers seeking to create both complete rooms and individual items of furniture that looks great and will stand the test of time...


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Business Feature

MG Dales

A reputation for quality has ensured that, for over 46 years, MG Dales’s architectural joinery, furniture and freestanding pieces have been seen in homes belonging to those who appreciate quality. Now, with the launch of Christian Dales Furniture by Design, the company is expanding its role as designer craftsmen, providing everything from freestanding furniture and one-off pieces to whole rooms like kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and studies in Lincolnshire and Rutland. Christian took over the business from his father Dickie five years ago, and has always had a passion for the design and making of bespoke interiors and one off pieces of furniture.

One particular client was specific about the handles they wanted and so Christian had chrome handles custom-designed and fabricated. The company can also source appliances, sinks and floor tiles and will personally oversee the whole installation process if required. The staircase pictured here is a custom design which demonstrates the company’s breadth of expertise and willingness to provide completely unique rooms and furniture.

Christian Dales Furniture by Design works with a client to create a completely bespoke product, this allows full design flexibility with the ability to explore all timbers, veneers, stone, glass, metals and fabrics.

With an 11-strong team and over 10,000sq ft of workshop space, the company still provides bespoke windows, staircases, timber-framed conservatories and architectural joinery, but has sharpened its focus on providing quality interiors in Lincolnshire and Rutland, and can compete with the UK’s best names, offering a much more competitive price and the best customer service.

Full attention to detail and workmanship is given to each commission. Over 300 man hours were spent of the kitchen featured on the opposite page. A typical example of the company’s work, it was crafted in sustainable UK-sourced oak, with solid cabinetry and designed as an on-trend oak and painted combination.

“We’ve always offered exceptional quality, but design is also important to us, and whether you want a contemporary or traditional room, we can provide full project management, great design and, working as part of MG Dales, the exceptional quality our customers have always appreciated.” says Christian.

£ FIND OUT MORE Christian Dales Furniture By Design is part of MG Dales, covering both Lincolnshire and Rutland. The company is based at Sharpes Lane, Leverton Lincolnshire PE22 OAR. For more information telephone 01205 760275. www.christiandalesfurniture.co.uk www.dalesjoinery.co.uk.

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TRADITIONAL RESTORATION... ...can install double glazed units in original sash and casement windows. This improves the energy efficiency of the property, whilst keeping the original features. They can also be draught proofed for extra insulation and noise reduction, overhauled and repaired. James removes any patches of rot then uses a combination of timber and Repaircare resin. James has a local workshop and can make new replacement timber windows with either double or single glazing, and a choice of standard or

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in the Garden

A Winter of Discontent...?

If you’re disconcerted by the way your garden looks in winter, we’ve the solution. Whether you’re looking for a ‘quick fix’ for instant colour or seeking to make plans for the long term appearance of your garden in January, our ideas will help...


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right: Whilst paths should be kept clear, a thick layer of snow is highly insulating and offers excellent protection to your plants. main: Encourage birds into your garden by feeding them over winter - they’ll naturally predate garden pests.

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ow is the winter of our discontent Christmas is over, the nights draw in early, it’s cold outside and the Quality Street are all gone (except the unpopular coffee ones, which are always left until last). It can be a dispiriting time, not least because our gardens lack the usability that summer brings, or the colour and richness of autumn. All is not lost though, because whether you’re seeking a quick fix of colour or long-term all year round appeal, there’s a way to counter the bleaknesss of winter. Weather Check Snow, rain, heavy frost and strong winds are all on the cards. January is usually the coldest month of the year inland. Average daytime temperatures range from 6-8ºc in the south down to 2-4ºc in the north. The average minimum temperature is about 1.5ºc in our county. Snow is statistically less likely than 20 years ago but more likely in January than any other month. So, keep an eye on your local weather forecast and protect tender or young plants against frost, and icy winds in particular, with horticultural fleece and cloches. Quick Fixes It’s easy to find heathers, winter flowering pansies and bulbs in bud, each of which will brighten your garden. Set these in frost-proof pots and elevate them to ensure water can drain out of them - this will prevent moisture freezing and cracking your pots and will also reduce the chance of rot.

right: Eranthis hyemalis winter aconite - is one example of bulbs that make an appearance in January. They can be used to cheer up even the most miserable winter! Far right: Cloches will help you protect less hardy plants in your garden all year round.

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£ A thick layer of snow offers excellent protection to your plants. Snow is highly insulating. However a layer of snow can press heavily on conifers with upward branches, which can cause the branches to bend and even snap off. Remove the snow in order to make sure that the tree isn’t permanently deformed.

£ Bare-rooted trees and hedge plants are ideal for planting now. Plant them as soon as possible, unless it is freezing. If you don’t have the time do so straightaway, entrench them temporarily: dig a trench, place the plants in it or lay them in at a slant, and cover the roots with soil.

£ Remove dried-up fruit that are still hanging in fruit trees: they are real sources of infection. They can contain fungus spores which can give problems later. Redcurrants, whitecurrants, blackcurrants and gooseberries can be pruned now.

£ An ice preventer helps ensure that your pond does not freeze over entirely. Harmful gas should be allowed to escape from the water so oxygen can get in. This keeps the pond healthy even if the water is covered in ice.

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Our concept of winter gardening changed dramatically in the late 1970s - that’s when ‘universal’ winter pansies and violas appeared, making their way to the UK from America. Violas tend to be more weather-resistant, both create spectacular displays in winter. Plant them as plugs this month or from seed from next month for later flowering displays too. Looking Ahead Assuming you’re hardy enough to work out in the garden this month, it’s a great time to get ahead for the season. Long term solutions for ensuring your garden looks great even in the bleaker months include planting hollies, camellias, and ferns. Honeysuckle, witch hazel and shrubs like viburnum bodnantense adding lots of colour and fragrance, flowering from late autumn. Lonicera fragrantissima lives up to its name and produces sweet-smelling creamy-white flowers from December onwards whilst sarcococca humilis is a dwarf evergreen shrub with pink-tinged, white winter flowers which provide beautiful fragrance. Alpine seeds should be sown now so that they can be exposed to the cold - this is essential for germination, and sweet pea seeds can be sown in an unheated glasshouse or conservatory ready for a spring and summer display. And Finally... On the days when it’s not appealing to be outdoors, make the time for a little armchair gardening. Seed catalogues, plant guides and the internet are a fantastic source of inspiration. Rough out your ideas on paper for making the garden even better this year.

above: Prune wisteria vigorously now by cutting back last year’s growth to just three buds from the main stem. This will encourage the formation of flower buds. top right: Snowdrops are a low-maintenance way to cheer up slopes and banks. Plant in part-shade in clumps during late winter and early spring. right: January is a good month to force rhubarb for spring and to mulch the kitchen garden.

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Krystina and Stephen Turner Marriage is like a pint of bitter - but don’t take our word for it, ask the hilarious vicar who married this month’s featured bride and groom. Their ceremony was a wonderful wedding following a Christmas proposal, complete with champagne and a big surprise! Find out why the couple’s recent wedding was ‘simply the best!’

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“I’m now Krystina Turner - or rather, ‘Tina’ to my friends, so it’ s unsurprising that Simply the Best was requested on the night!”

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tephen and I met 11 years ago through friends in the local pub and really hit it off! Our relationship stood the test of a two year long distance relationship whilst I temporarily moved up to Liverpool. After this, we moved in with each other very soon afterwards and have never been apart since! He proposed after being together for nine years. Our families were in on the surprise after Stephen sought advice from his parents and, following tradition, asked my father for permission to marry me! It was Christmas Day, we were all opening our presents, taking it in turns to open one at a time. Stephen gave me a fluffy stocking with a bottle of my favourite champagne poking out! He passed it to me and I hurried to pull the bottle out, only to find there was a jewellery box beautifully tied with a purple ribbon in the bottom. I genuinely thought that he had brought me some earrings. I hurriedly opened the box and discovered a beautiful ring! It was an aquamarine baguette with diamonds on each side... I was speechless! Walking down the aisle with my dad and seeing Stephen stood there looking so handsome, with the biggest smile on his face, made my heart melt! Our vicar was amazing – Revd Marcus Purnell. He described how marriage was similar to a pint... he even supplied props.

To everyone’s surprise, Stephen turned down the offer of a sip, the vicar didn’t! My dress was a Mori Lee gown, in ivory. It was a fishtail-line dress with a modern touch; beaded from the sweetheart top. It was pulled in at the waist by a beautiful satin belt, with a beaded and crystal detail in the centre. I felt a million dollars in it! Our reception was better than we could have wished for! The team at Barnsdale Hall Hotel did an amazing job with the decorations. We were so lucky with the weather, and had our arrival drinks, canapés and group photos outside, something that we had really hoped for, but with the weather being the only thing that we could not plan, someone was smiling down upon us that day!

the venue: Barnsdale Hall Hotel www.barnsdalehotel.co.uk

The wedding breakfast was so much fun. We decided to have the speeches first, hoping that our fathers and Stephen would then be able to enjoy the rest of the day. The day was beautifully captured by our photographers Laura and Andy, with so much emotion without anyone realising that they were there.

wedding Flowers: Pollen Florist 01572 724404

Finally, we spent our honeymoon in Africa; a special treat and the honeymoon of a lifetime! Stephen and I didn’t fancy a beach holiday, so we opted for a safari in Tanzania, covering parts of the Serengeti Parks, and surrounding national parks. It was eight days of pure luxury!

wedding dress: Matchmaker Bridal 01780 753466

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Fall in Love with Winter

Traditionally brides have always wanted to marry in the warmer months, but winter weddings have increased by around 15% in the last year, now accounting for around a third of weddings. Ali Lovegrove is a fan of winter weddings and here, she’s styled one to prove how beautiful they can be! images: Ali Lovegrove Photography; www.alilovegrovephotography.com.

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winter weddings are up by 15% in some areas and now account for over a third of weddings. Many venues offer competitive packages for winter weddings, but that’s not the only reason to consider having one. Photographer Ali Lovegrove has created this styled shoot to demonstrate that winter weddings can have a unique style, colour and personality all of their own. Hand-made stationery with a subtle design theme, bottles with winter berry smoothies, popcorn and vintage sweets all make this wedding really personal. Stunning photography, meanwhile, is achieved by means of lightpainting, blowing confetti into the lens, and of course, Ali’s photos are helped by the bright, high-key backdrop of a snowy country house hotel!


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top: A pink and white table theme with hand-made stationery and cymbidium orchids give a warm feeling. above/left: Snow on the ground provides a high-key look for photos, and this confetti shot is really cute! left: Use candles and hand-cut letters to brighten up corners of your reception venue.

Embrace winter with warm Pimms, winter berry smoothies or shakes, cheerful vintage prints and hand-made finishing touches... left: Ali created a table of ‘vintage sweetshop’ favourites; candy canes, sundaes and marshmallows finished with edible glitter.

Below: Roses, freesias and cymbidium orchids are shown here with bouvardia and asparagus fern.

Winter weddings are the perfect place for ‘treats’ our shoot’s winter berry smoothies were served in bottles with candy-stripe straws.

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above: Photographer Ali used a technique known as light painting to create this effect. Ali took a long exposure photograph whilst the couple ‘painted’ the word love in the sky with sparklers. centre: Crimson table linen and hand-cut red hearts created a luxe effect for the top table. Cutlery tied with parcel string softened the look making it a little more rustic. right: A three tier cake featured a fruit and two sponge layers. Hand-cut heart shapes gave a lovely gradient colour from light pink to violet.

Consider personalised wedding umbrellas matched to your colour scheme, and a basket of ‘ w edding slippers’ for guests... left: Ali put loads of time and effort in styling the day. The vintagelooking silver table pots were found online, filled with freesia, lisianthus and asparagus fern.

FINDING OUT more

Hand-cut canvas flags had transfers ironed onto them. images: Ali Lovegrove Photography; www.alilovegrove photography.com.

All of our featured suppliers are happy to work across both Lincolnshire and Rutland...

£ Photography: Ali Lovegrove (pictured left), www.alilovegrovephotography.com. £ Cake: Darren, No82 Cake Studio 0797 101 48 48, www.no82cakestudio.co.uk. Sweets from www.facebook.com/goodiesoflincoln. £ Stationery: Golden Apple, goldenappledesigns.co.uk. LettersEtc, www.notonthehighstreet.com, Bunting by www.emma-bunting.co.uk. Straws by www.peachblossom.co.uk. £ Flowers: Flowers by Suzanne, 01522 690105. £ Hair/Makeup: www.tinabrocklebank.co.uk. £ Dresses: Oh My Honey, ohmyhoney.bigcartel.com, Caroline Chamberlain, www.carolinechamberlain.co.uk £ Venue: Washingborough Hall Hotel, 01522 790340, www.washingboroughhall.com.


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SAVE THE DATE SUNDAY 26 JANUARY 2014

WEDDING OPEN DAY lincoln’s washingborough hall is delighted to be hosting their Wedding Open Day on Sunday 26 January 2014. Selected suppliers have been invited to exhibit from 10.30-2.30pm, these include Ambience chair covers, Aperture photography, Hoppers jewellers, Robert Stubbs floral, Doves 4 Love, Lincoln luxury cars, SP Magic and many more. Entrance is free with goodie bags for the first 100 registered brides. Dates are available for this year and bookings have just started for 2015. Washingborough Hall specialises in Exclusive, tailor made weddings, a personalised service creating bespoke weddings for all sizes. Washingborough Hall also specialises in special occasions and private dining’s, perfect for gatherings of celebration and remembrance too. The Dining Room Restaurant can seat up to 50 guests and has just been awarded a two rosette accolade! Open all day, every day to all, we serve breakfast, morning

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coffee, bar lunches, afternoon teas and dinner, both to resident guests and the local communities. Perfect for Parties, Wonderful Weddings, Beautiful Bedrooms and Breakfast, Lovely Lunches, Delicious Dinner, Come for a Conference, Respectful Remembrance teas, A list Afternoon Teas, all delivered in a Superb Setting, Amazing Ambience with a Tremendous Team! From an afternoon tea for 2 to a special Dinner, bed and breakfast break, Washingborough Hall’s gift vouchers are the perfect gift. For more information visit Washingborough Hall Hotel on Church Hill, Washingborough, Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN4 1BE. Alternatively, call 01522 790340. Email: enquiries@washingboroughhall.com or visit the hotel online at www.washingboroughhall.com


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FindinG Your dream weddinG dress When bridalwear retailer Joanne Wilkinson married earlier this year, the experience she has gained from helping over 100 brides every year find their dream wedding dress inspired her to create her wedding day look. Subsequently she has launched her own ‘made to measure’ Jdezire Exclusive wedding dress range... words & images: Rob Davis.

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hen she gets engaged, a bride-to-be usually makes finding her wedding dress her first task, and the most enjoyable one!

Joanne Wilkinson felt the same when she married earlier this year, and the bridal wear retailer, armed with a fashion design degree, and experience of helping 100 brides a year find their dream wedding dresses, set about creating her own range of dresses. Designing her own dress inspired Joanne to create her newest range of made-to-measure gowns, with eight designs available and a price tag of up to £1,300. “We’ve a range of ready to wear dresses starting at around £400 and designer wedding dresses starting at £650.” says Joanne. “We’ve over 100 dresses in our studio, but we wanted to create something really special - a range of exclusive designs that were no more expensive than most designer dresses.” Joanne works from a dedicated studio on her family’s 1,000 acre farm just five minutes from Lincoln city centre, and created her collection with a view to providing brides with the opportunity to alter each dress’s cut, neckline, shoulder and sleeve detail not just to suit each individual bride, but to ensure she could offer designs that reflect the industry’s latest trends. “The pleasure for me is providing a really personal, bespoke service that really wows the

bride.” says Joanne. “In creating my Exclusive collection I’ve been influenced by current trends like the abundance of layered lace, and beautiful trim.” “Soft, sparkly tuille and beautiful chantilly laces gives the collection a real depth. In terms of cuts, our fit and flare dresses are designed to give each bride a flattering, smooth shape.” “We’re mostly working with brides for winter 2014 and summer 2015 weddings. Vintage dresses inspired by the 1920s are popular thanks to Downton Abbey and The Great Gatsby, which seems to have inspired designers, and subsequently brides.” says Joanne. “Capped shoulders and long sleeves are popular with brides at the moment too.” In addition to her Exclusive collection, Joanne has a range of 50 bridesmaid dresses in an adjacent barn, plus a range of jewellery, veils and accessories. “We’ve some stunning looking gowns but I’d hope it’s the personal service, friendly feel, and the fact that we go the extra mile for every one of our brides, that we’re most well-known for.” “It’s a really magical thing to help a bride find a wedding dress that she loves. We’ve some beautiful dresses, but we’re hoping with the launch of our new made-to-measure collection, we’ll provide a really unique service and create some really individual dresses that brides will look back on, with really happy memories, for the rest of their lives!”

£ A Wedding Venue in the heart of Lincoln! Joanne’s wedding was held on the family’s Lincoln farm, and was such a happy occasion that the family decided to make Fen Farm available to other brides, too. The reception venue is suitable for small and medium weddings and is fully heated, with holiday homes on site too, for the bride and groom, plus the availability of catering and venue styling companies. The farm is situated just five minutes outside Lincoln city centre and has stunning views of the Cathedral on the horizon - ideal for photographs! For more information on Joanne’s range of made to measure and designer dresses, contact Jdezire on 01522 682636 or visit www.jdezire.co.uk. For details of Fen Farm visit www.LincolnCountryWeddings.co.uk

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AIDAN CLARKSON PHOTOGRAPHY

aidan clarkson is a professional wedding photographer based in Louth working across the whole of the Lincolnshire and the UK. His relaxed approach to wedding photography ensures his clients feel at ease and allows him to produce beautiful, natural and timeless images. Aidan considers his wedding photography style to be classic with a modern and natural feel, which combines both contemporary reportage and traditional imagery. Fads come and go within the photography world, a tint here, a forced tilt there which could look dated in a few years time. You’ll get none of that from Aidan, just stunning photography that will endure the test of time. For any other questions or enquiries, please contact Aidan on 07816 528678 or email aidan@aidanclarkson.com .

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health, selF and happiness

HOW TO BE

happY Desiderata, The 1927 poem by American writer Max Ehrmann, had a simple message: ‘be cheerful, strive to be happy.’ It’s easy to say, but potentially more difficult in practice. That’s why we this month present suggestions to beat the January blues and make resolutions you’ll be glad to stick to... words: Rob Davis.

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he ‘January blues’ isn’t just a myth. According to the Department of Health, 14% of men and 20% of women are likely to experience depression at some point in their lives. 10% of the UK’s 60m population overall suffers serious clinical depression at some point and you’re most likely to encounter severe depression if you’re a woman, and if you’re aged between 45 and 64. January sees a noticeable rise in cases of depression with people spending around 15 hours a day in their homes over late December and early January, and experiencing ‘cabin fever’ as a result. It’s estimated that couples argue for eight minutes longer every day in January than any other month in the calendar. More couples divorce on 12th January than any other day and 20th January, ‘Blue Monday,’ is set to be the most depressing day of 2014 - with the arrival of bills and most households awaiting their pay packets. All pretty miserable so far, but the January blues isn’t inevitable. Being happy is easy once you give yourself permission, and once you feel motivated. It’s for this reason that New Year’s resolutions often fail; people tend to take on too much and put too much pressure on themselves to make changes that are too dramatic.

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“If you make resolutions on the spur of the moment, or at a time of disruption to your normal routine (i.e.: Christmas and New Year), or if you try to make too many changes all in one go, your promises will probably mean less to you and you won’t give them your all. Failing to achieve your ambitions is often psychologically harmful because it can rob people of a sense of self control.”says psychologist Richard Wiseman. “The most successful way to achieving your goals, to feeling good and to beating the January Blues is to set goals you can stick to, and to ‘go easy on yourself.’” Here, we’ve a number of suggestions for positive changes you can make for your health, self, and happiness...

FOR YOUR health... right: Stave off your sleep crisis and treat yourself to wool bedding which is better at regulating your body’s temperature. Below/right: Jamie Oliver’s winter salad comprises rocket, blood oranges and pomegranate with mozzarella and pecorino... If you must diet, pick a diet with food you’ll enjoy!

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Don’t be a slave to healthy eating. Conventional wisdom says that dieting means eating food you hate. Fad diets that require you to starve or give up the food you enjoy will de-motivate you and lead to inevitable failure. This month’s recipes by chef Gino D’Acampo are all about enjoying the food you eat, and allowing yourself the odd treat. Only ever embark on a diet if you enjoy the food it advocates.

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The Sleep Society surveyed 20,814 people recently, of which 40% were women between 40 and 60 with sleep quality decreasing with age. They discovered that Britain was in the midst of a sleep crisis. 82% of respondents said they were kept awake by ‘persistant thoughts’ e.g.: ‘what have I got on tomorrow?’ or ‘how long have I been awake?’ A further 67% reported being kept awake by bodily discomfort and 36% by noise. The NHS says that bad sleep results in lower immunity from colds, and that long term ‘sleep debt’ carries an increased risk of depression and anxiety. Healthy sleep also helps to prevents diabetes and wards off heart disease.

ASK THE experts If you’re seeking to make a resolution you’ll be happy to maintain in 2014, Sally and Amanda can help... £ The Yoga Teacher: Sally Worth is now 63 but first discovered yoga at 26, becoming a British Wheel of Yoga affiliated instructor over 30 years ago. “It’s definitely the New Year’s resolution people should adopt.” says Sally. “It can help to relieve stress by quieting the chattering mind. It’s like restarting a computer to reset it - it helps you to reconnect with yourself.” 01522 543985, www.yoga-lincoln.co.uk. £ The Life Coach: Amanda Williamson is a life coach working in and around Rutland. “Seeing a Life Coach is like seeing your life through the eyes of another person and it can have dramatic results.” says Sally. “With the skilled help of a Life Coach you can be supported to find and use your individual strengths and skills to solve life issues, and set and achieve personal goals.” 07717 754802, www.spirallifecoaching.co.uk.

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treatments on trial

Does it work...? £ acupuncture: The NHS spends £25m on acupuncture each year, but after 3,000 clinical trials, its efficacy for many conditions from stress to arthritis is unproven. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence has only approved it for use in treating lower back pain.

£ meditation/Yoga: Deep relaxation and yoga are definitely beneficial and breathing exercises help to oxygenate the blood.

£ spa treatments: The NHS acknowledges that there is evidence that massage is beneficial, and any treatment (e.g: facials) which relaxes you, relieving stress, is good for both the body and the mind.

left: Acupuncture and spa treatments - are they worth it?

the nhs says bad sleep results in lower immunity to colds and flu, and that long term ‘sleep debt’ can lead to depression and anxiety. sleep helps to prevents diabetes and wards off heart disease... Meditation or deep relaxation exercises before you sleep will ensure you drop off more easily, as will avoiding caffeine and large meals. Don’t try to go to sleep immediately after doing jobs, having a phone conversation or an argument; try to have a ‘cool down’ period. Keep to regular sleep patterns, turn off your mobile phone and keep TVs & laptops out of the bedroom. Invest in wool bedding (see The Wool Room’s recommendations earlier in this edition), to ensure a comfortable climate for healthy sleep.

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Rediscover water. Too many of us need a sugar or caffeine boost to get us started in the morning. Drinking water will improve your skin, aid digestion and give you with more energy. If water’s too bland, try caffeine-free camomile or ginger tea.


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There’s no avoiding exercise. It’s essential, not optional, for your body and mind. That doesn’t mean you have to become a slave to a regime you hate. Take up swimming with a friend; it’s the best form of exercise there is, and by co-opting someone to join you, you’ll appreciate the company and the conversation, you’ll motivate one another and you’ll be more inclined to keep up your weekly workout.

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Practice breathing. We breathe 18 times a minute, 26,000 times a day, unfortunately we tend to take sips of breaths, and when stressed or anxious, breathe in a really shallow way. Learning how to breathe - drawing in a breath deeply, ‘wide breathing,’ and ‘body breathing’ as well as improving your posture will make you feel more relaxed, and load your blood with oxygen. Consider taking up yoga (of which breathing is an integral element) with someone like instructor Sally Worth.

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Seek a style consultation. Many women habitually gravitate towards the same style of hair, makeup and outfits. Change is proverbially as good as a rest and even if you reject a look suggested by beauty counter makeup staff, or staff in your local clothes shop, it doesn’t hurt to seek a consultation now and then.

above: Swimming is a low-impact workout best pursued with good company. Drinking lots of water is essential during any exercise. right: A style consultation with your local independent fashion retailer will help you update your style.

techniques like ‘body breathing,’ as well as improving your posture, will make you feel more relaxed, and will load your blood with oxygen. that’s why breathing is an integral element of yoga...

KillinG calories: incorporate exercise into your daily routine and watch the weight fall off... £ Exercise: An enthusiastic 30 minute cardiovascular workout in the gym will work off 274 calories, whilst martial arts burn off 318.

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Decluttering your home, your finances or even just clearing out a cupboard is immensely rewarding. There’s something really therapeutic about a good spring clean... even one that’s a few months early.

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There’s enough unhappiness and unpleasantness in the world, yet each week, 5,000,000 of us tune into soaps like EastEnders for a top up. One US study has proved that soaps contribute to feelings of depression, and that we take on any feelings of anxiety the characters experience. Turn off the soaps and watch something uplifting - or even better...

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...spend time with your partner. Figures released this year by the Office of National Statistics found that being married is 20 times more important to a person’s well-being than their earnings, and that, on a scale of 1-10, co-habiting or married people are 1-2 points happier than single people. So spend a little time together and enjoy each other’s company; make an effort to have a ‘date night’ or a TV-free evening once a week.

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And finally... bake! TV show The Great British Bakeoff has inspired more people to get back into the kitchen to enjoy the simple pleasure of making fresh bread and yummy cakes. Shops have seen a 20% increase in sales of baking equipment, so why not spend January rediscovering the joy of baking too? 108

£ Housework: Bad news perhaps, but housework will burn 122 calories, washing the car 116 calories and gardening 159 calories every 30 minutes.


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health, selF and happiness

Since TV’ s Great British Bakeoff, Shops have seen a 20% increase in sales of baking equipment, so why not spend January rediscovering the joy of baking too?


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he only private hospital facility in Lincolnshire, where profits are returned to the NHS for the benefit of all local NHS patients. Patients enjoy privacy and individual attention whilst having the reassurance that The Bostonian is adjacent to the sophisticated services of The Pilgrim Hospital, with its expert diagnostic and emergency medical and surgical facilities.

H Award Winning Sleep Apnoea Service Please visit our website to view the full range of services we offer

www.the-bostonian.co.uk Comfort & Peace of Mind The Bostonian is the private wing of Pilgrim Hospital and is set in its own grounds and gardens. There are 19 en-suite single rooms with digital TVs and telephone. Our dedicated housekeeping team ensure continually high standards of cleanliness and hygiene.

Professional Expertise Almost any condition can be treated at The Bostonian by our dedicated team of professionals – most of our Consultants live only minutes away. We welcome self referral and provide 24 hour medical cover.

Range of Payment Options Available We deal with all the major insurance companies and also offer Fixed Price packages for the uninsured.

The Bostonian Private Wing, Pilgrim Hospital, Sibsey Road, Boston, Lincs PE21 9QS Telephone: 01205 360606 / Facsimile: 01205 311442 www.the-bostonian.co.uk • ISO 9001:2008 accredited

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STATE OF THE ART DENTAL STUDIO Vanessa Drive, Gainsborough Lincolnshire, DN21 2UQ Telephone: 01427 615 117 www.theforumpractice.com

NEW YEAR, NEW START AND A BRIGHT NEW SMILE!

Amazing winter offer at The Forum to start 2014 with a dazzling new smile

Teeth Whitening – £199 (normally £350)

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The Scent of Relaxation Relaxing, Reviving Rejuvenating... Aromatherapy in January

es-scent-tial oils The Aromatherapy Associates brand is used in spas across our region, but with a range of products to use at home too, we this month recommend essential oils that will help you to beat the January blues... words & photos: Rob Davis.

>> Refinery is a new range of aromatherapy products for men with nine lines available. Shave foam £15/150ml, eye gel £26/15ml, moisturiser £38/50ml, post shave balm £29/100ml, eye gel £26/15ml.

<< Collection; 10 therapeutic oils to use in the bath or as massage oils. Includes Relax, De-Stress, Revive and Inner Strength RRP £35/10x3ml.

>> Revive, Nourishing and Renewing massage, bath and body oils. De-Stress, Relax, Polishing and Support also available. £24/100ml.

Find your nearest Aromatherapy Associates stockist at www.aromatherapyassociates.com.


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TRESPASS: Girls casual padded jacket DAKOTA, RRP £26.99, Outlet Price £13.49.

TRESPASS: Girls casual waterproof jacket GIZELLA, 116 RRP £54.99, Outlet Price £27.49.

TRESPASS: Mens high performance outdoor jacket WALSENBURG, RRP £199.99 , Outlet Price £99.99.

TRESPASS: Womens high performance outdoor jacket WELDONA, RRP £199.99 , Outlet Price £99.99.


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HOTTERS: Mens Viking in Black, RRP £115, Outlet Price £55.

HOTTERS: Mens Victor in Espresso, RRP £99, Outlet Price £50.

HOTTERS: Ladies Mere in Deep Teal, RRP £95, Outlet Price £45.

TOG24: Top left and bottom right, Vidar Tec down jackets – men’s and women’s available in a range of colours , RRP £99.95, Outlet Price £69.95. Top right and bottom left, Mason 3in1 jackets – men’s and women’s available in a range of colours, RRP £149.95, Outlet Price £99.95.

SPRINGFIELDS everything you need for the Winter ChiLL HOTTERS: Ladies Haze in Mushroom, RRP £99, Outlet Price £55.

Beat the winter chill with Springfields! With over 55 retailers you will find a great range of warm clothes to ensure you look great all winter long, as well as outfits and accessories for special occasions, saving up to 75% every day. Pay a visit now and take advantage of one of the centre’s cafés and restaurants to warm up your winter with a bite to eat and a hot drink to warm you up at Costa Coffee, Subway or the festival garden Centre restaurant. Springfields Outlet Shopping, A16 Spalding or find out more at www.springfieldsshopping.com. All outlet prices are correct at the time of going to print, but may be subject to change. All products featured available while stocks last and subject to availability.


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A New Look for the

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thiS month’S feAtured fAShionS, from the County’S indePendent retAiLerS, WiLL enAbLe you to StoCk your WArdrobe With outfitS And SePArAteS thAt CAn be mixed And mAtChed for true verSAtiLity Words: mandy bray.

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ou’ll love designer Joseph Ribkoff ’s latest collection, which represents true versatility, with separates and complete outfits that can be accessorised for any occasion. The collection includes versatile dresses for all occasions, day or evening, plus eveningwear for all formal occasions and even a sportswear line that offers customers on-trend items that are not found elsewhere. Joseph Ribkoff ’s reputation is built on the values of innovative versatility, affordability and quality of their collections along with their unmatched excellence in customer service. Joseph launched his first collection in 1957 at a time when women’s fashion was undergoing a complete revolution.

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Claret perpetuum top with black dress.

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<< £ AFRICAN INSPIRED Animal inspired print tunic and trousers. >> £ AZTEC PRINT Aztec inspired black and white tunic print dress.

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New Year << £ LEOPARD Leopard print mohair effect jumper.

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£ MONO MAGIC Monochrome abstract print jacket with pencil black skirt.

£ FRIENDLY FUR Black fur-effect top with silver trim.

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BO PEEP

CHILDRENS BOUTIqUE Bo Peep boutique opened in october just in time for the first icy blasts of winter. the independent childrens boutique caters for ages from premature babies to twelve years and aims to provide a relaxed and pleasurable shopping experience, with a play area and comfy seating for companions. Well stocked with designer coats, wellies, hats and scarves they were ready for rain, snow and frost. for cosy nights in the range of hatley, frugi and Piccalilly pyjamas and sleepsuits with their wonderful fun motifs brightening up the dark evenings. for the party season french Connection dresses sparkle and Sarah Louise outfits for boys and girls provide a classic Christmas outfit with beautiful hand finished smocked dresses, red and blue tartan and velvet coats. european styling is showcased by Spanish brands mayoral and tutto Piccolo and dutch brand Cakewalk. Lelli kelly have all the girls feet sparkling and they have now introduced mini melissa shoes including a vivienne Westwood design.

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the event Laurent Perrier Champagne Evening... Grimsby’s Oaklands Hall Hotel recently held a six course champagne supper in association with Laurent Perrier and house of townend. the event took place in the hotel’s garden room, and was attended by over 120 people. guests enjoyed a glass of fizz on the way in, accompanied by - what else - oysters, presented with warm bloody mary gel and a ‘dry ice’ lemon mist. A menu of ham hock & foie gras terrine, crispy fried sole with lobster bisque, fillet of beef, Lincolnshire cheese board and raspberry créme brûlée followed. With each course, a suitable champagne was served, and guest speaker Stuart birtles from Laurent Perrier was on hand to introduce each glass. Photos: Rob Davis.

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THE EVEnT Oaklands

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Independent

Schools Rutland County College, Stamford Very academically able students are making fantastic progress at Rutland County College due to in no small part to our outstanding Russell Group University Entry Programme. This year alone over 20 students are applying to top Russell Group Universities such as Warwick, York, and Durham, two students are expected to gain places at Oxbridge; one in Maths and the other in Geography, 30 students have in excess of 5 A*/A grades at GCSE and are on the Russell Group Programme and several have over 10 A*/A grades at GCSE. We were very proud this year to report that nearly 10% of our students achieved the gold standard AAB grades (or above)

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in the facilitating subjects (national average is 8.6%) and our value added for all students including the most able is equivalent to nearly a grade higher in every subject at A-Level (+0.7). Compare this with other sixth form colleges by using the BBC education website (performance tables) to see how well we do. Many grammar schools with a highly selective intake perform little better which is proof of the value we add to the results of the most academically able. Quite simply, academically able students perform as well and often better at Rutland County College than they do at many grammar schools and other sixth form colleges so you can rest assured that if your child is very academically able they will get to the best universities by coming to Rutland County College.

Choosing a school, college or higher education establishment either for yourself or your child is important. Our featured places have all of the help and advice you need...

New College, Stamford If you’re considering studying for a university-level qualification but are daunted by the rising costs of relocating, fuel and public transport expenses or just want to stay close to home, New College Stamford could be the perfect place for you. Offering Higher Education programmes for more than 20 years, New College Stamford has a wide range of courses and qualifications available right on your doorstep. Higher National Certificate, Higher National Diploma, Foundation Degree or specialist work-related qualification, our courses have been designed with employment in mind, giving our students the vital skills they need to move into their chosen industry or to change career.

We keep our fees as low as we can and supply all our students with comprehensive financial advice as soon as they apply. Whether you need to know about loans and grants or scholarships available, our experts are on hand to guide you through the process. Higher Education at New College Stamford is accessible to everyone – our current students range in age from 18 to over 60 and come from an assortment of backgrounds. So whether you have just finished your A-Levels and are looking for the next step or are a mature student searching for a new challenge or a career change, an affordable university-level qualification could be just around the corner. Our 2014/15 Prospectus is available now, so to find out more about the courses we offer, please visit our website at www.stamford.ac.uk, or call 01780 484311.


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Education

Opposite: Kesteven & Grantham Girls’ School. This page: Kip McGrath, New College Stamford.

KGGS Girls School, Grantham Recently celebrating its centenary and occupying an attractive site overlooking the town of Grantham, Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School provides excellent teaching facilities for today’s generation of students. It is ranked among the best performing secondary schools and was graded as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2011. Currently, an additional teaching block and extension to the sixth form area is being added. It is due to be completed by April 2014. When finished, the building will house new classrooms, another drama studio and an exhibition space. The school is proud of the broad range of academic subjects it offers and has high expectations for all its students.

It is a particularly popular destination for girls who wish to pursue AS and A-Level courses and attracts a large number of students who stay on after Year 11, as well as those who join the sixth form from other schools. Last year, an impressive 90% achieved their first choice university place, with many securing places with the prestigious Russell Group. So, you are seeking a first class education for your daughter and are looking for a school that combines the best in terms of traditional values and the latest in classroom innovation, why not contact the school and arrange a visit. Alternatively, visit www.kesteven grantham.lincs.sch.uk to find out more. Places are often available throughout the year and across all Key Stages to girls who meet our admission criteria. Selective entry is by the Lincs Grammar Schools Consortium 11+ exam.

For more advice visit The Independent Schools’ Council’s website at www.isc.co.uk.

Kip McGrath, Professional Tuition When the mornings are frosty and the evenings dark, summer examinations can seem a long way off. However, May and June often come around more quickly than parents and students expect. The first Kit McGrath education centre opened in Australia over 30 years ago and there are now more than 650 centres in 20 countries around the world - it’s also available to those wishing to learn in both Lincolnshire and Rutland. The centres provide a positive and supportive learning environment to help students reach their full potential. Following an assessment, at a Kip McGrath Education Centre, an individual programme of tuition is prepared which will help fill in gaps in a student’s

knowledge, improve their confidence and provide additional practice at examination questions. Some may need to catch back time lost though illness or changes of school whilst others could be performing well at school and wish to extend their knowledge further. This helps to build confidence and make learning enjoyable. All Kip McGrath tutors are qualified teachers. Students are usually aged between 6 and 16 and attend centres for tuition for a variety of reasons. If you think your child might benefit from additional support to prepare for SATs or GCSE examinations now is the time to put those thoughts into action. To arrange an assessment in English or Maths at any level, from age 6-16, call Diane Fitzpatrick on 01522 533885, or see www.kipmcgrath.co.uk.

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Education

This page: Copthill, Bishop Grosseteste. Opposite: Trent College.

Copthill School, Uffington, Stamford We live in a world where we expect services to be tailored to our specific requirements – from our ringtone to the right to make an appointment with our doctor via email at a time that is convenient to us. What could be more important than applying this principle to our children’s education? At Copthill this is the foundation on which education is built. We focus on the individual needs of every child. Learning Conferences and meetings with tutors are vital in enabling teachers to discuss specific targets and initiatives with every pupil. The curriculum we offer is adapted to the needs of our children. At Copthill, we use

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streaming in Maths and English to ensure that all pupils achieve their potential. In Year 6, teaching is also tailored to the specific entry requirements of a wide range of secondary schools and all pupils take part in a huge variety of activities every day. Experienced staff recognises potential across the curriculum so children are encouraged to attend extra Music, Sport, Art and Drama activities. The Copthill Challenge Scheme is a unique programme, encouraging our pupils to tackle a wide variety of physical and mental challenges, accept responsibilities and carry out voluntary service outside the school community. Nothing is more individual than a child and nothing should be more individual than their education.

Bishop Grosseteste Bishop Grosseteste University offers undergraduate, postgraduate and work-based foundation degree courses, with an emphasis on enriching the lives of its students, staff and the community it serves. The past few years have seen considerable growth in student numbers, and there are currently just over 2,000 students studying at the university. Named after a thirteenth century Bishop of Lincoln, BGU was established as an independent Anglican teaching college in 1862. It received full university college status in 2006 and was renamed Bishop Grosseteste University in 2012. The university still occupies its original site in uphill Lincoln and the original Victorian

buildings are still in daily use, though these have been extensively extended and refurbished. Today the attractive 18-acre site houses many modern developments, including a newly renovated library, a state-of-the-art cinema and dedicated facilities for subjects such as music, drama and sport. Other recent developments include a brand new accommodation block, along with ‘Refectory’ – a spacious new dining facility in the heart of the campus. And there are always plenty more developments in the pipeline, with the university always looking for new ways to improve the lives and experiences of BGU students in the years to come. A full prospectus is available to download from the university’s website. For more information about the university visit www.bishopg.ac.uk.


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EDUCATION

Worksop College, Worksop Be known, be challenged, be excited; be the best that you can be at Worksop College. After a full day of lessons, there’s a choir rehearsal in the College’s magnificent chapel over lunchtime, whilst other students are attending a masterclass at our local university on, ‘The Arts in the time of austerity.’ In the bus on the way to the masterclass, some celebrated their qualification for the UK rocketry finals whilst others recounted their recent success at the Sheffield University Model United Nations as Best Delegate. All this, before sitting down to complete a busy homework schedule in dedicated sessions that are supported by full time teachers, on hand, to give advice, if needed.

Tomorrow some of the same students will participate in the college’s Elite Sports Programme, hoping to follow the recent steps to glory taken by former students who have played in the England Cricket and Hockey teams. For too long we have given youngsters watered down versions of reality, safe in the adult expectation that, ‘they cannot cope’ when the reality is that they can cope and indeed they flourish. Worksop College is a non-selective school and that matters. What matters, too, is what a child achieves relative to their potential; strength comes from diversity and excellence comes from knowing your potential and having the self-confidence and external leadership to achieve that potential. At Worksop College, strong teaching and the best academic results must come as standard, not an optional extra.

Trent College, Long Eaton, Notts Trent College is a thriving and popular Independent Day, Boarding School & Sixth Form situated in beautiful grounds on the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire border at Long Eaton. For boys and girls aged 11-18, (or from 0-11 with our onsite Nursery & Junior School, The Elms), the school offers a vibrant community which can offer your child an excellent education and an outstanding preparation for life. At Trent, we offer something much broader, an education which celebrates all; the academic, the creative, the physical, the spiritual and the emotional. What makes Trent so distinct, so different from many other schools, is the breadth of

For more advice visit The Independent Schools’ Council’s website at www.isc.co.uk.

education that we offer and the level of support and care that we give to each student. If you were to ask current parents why they chose Trent College for their son or daughter, they would tell you that the children here are happy, bright, confident, at ease with themselves and others and full of an infectious energy and enthusiasm for their school life. The boarding community at Trent College is vivacious and friendly, with excellent pastoral care and readily available academic support. Headteacher Gill Dixon has worked hard to ensure the school provides a homely atmosphere in each boarding house, which allows pupils to make friends and also to establish their own identity. International and British boarders are fully integrated from a range of nationalities, immersed in traditional boarding school life. 135


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Make A Show Of Your Talent...

Is this you... If you’re a ‘first thing I think about when I wake up’ go-getter, a “let’s make it better”, a cold coffee drinker, a mid-morning thinker, a missed lunch groundbreaker, an afternoon risk taker, a falling to sleep with your spreadsheet reader... You’ll appreciate an equally dedicated marketing leader.

There's no business like show business, or so they say, and at New Youth Theatre you can see why. With fabulous shows like Hairspray, Annie, and many more, young people from Lincolnshire get their chance to tread the boards and see what show business is really about. If you're passionate about starring in your very own production and learning the craft of theatre, then here is your chance. Sessions available for young people aged 3 – 5, 6 – 11 & 9 -16 years. New Youth Theatre also offer Summer Camps and LAMDA acting classes too. So whether it's a fun time or a career in show business, New Youth Theatre is the place to be. To join the cast and book your place, call New Youth Theatre on 01522 787601 Lincoln Centre or 01522 244365 Grantham Centre. Or alternatively, visit our website at www.newyouththeatre.co.uk

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NEW YEAR, NEW OUTLOOK! MAke TIMe IN YouR LIFe To peRMANeNTLY FoSTeR oR ADopT A ChILD IN LINCoLNShIRe, AND WATCh TheM FLouRISh! With the New Year upon us, Lincolnshire Fostering and Adoption Service is highlighting its on-going recruitment campaign to attract new carers. Did you know that almost half the children waiting in Lincolnshire are part of a sibling group who need to be placed with their brothers and sisters? Did you know that we need adopters for older children, not just for babies? At the moment we have 42 children who are waiting for permanent carers who will look after them until they are adults. We need people from a variety of different backgrounds within our local communities who can welcome these children into their families. As an adopter or foster carer you could get involved with our fostering and adoption communities. We offer opportunities for foster carers and adopters to meet up and be involved in our service. We recognise our foster carers’ achievements and are able to pay increased allowances to those foster carers and adopters who show they can care for some of Lincolnshire’s most vulnerable children. If you feel that you have what it takes to care for these children, we would love to hear from you. Lincolnshire Fostering and Adoption Service will be 'on tour’ across the county from the beginning of

January until the end of March. Come along and see us for more information and an informal chat about what you have to offer, and some of the rewards you can benefit from. Make becoming a foster carer or adopter your New Year Resolution, and show Lincolnshire’s children and your community what you can do! For more information about fostering and adoption, contact our Customer Service Team on 0800 093 3099, or log on to www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/adoptionandfostering

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ON THE FARM

BARRY POSTON Will this month yield a happy new year for farmers? our sage of the soils looks ahead to what January has in store for the arable and livestock industries...

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ry spells of weather will be required in December to enable most arable farmers to finish off 2013 in a satisfactory manner. In the wheat sector probably the most important crop in terms of farm income the end of the year sees yields up, but prices down. The strength of sterling, no doubt, is the primary reason for this reduction, together with an improved world output. Most potato and sugar beet crops were lifted early in good conditions but a wet late autumn meant that farmers struggled to clear their last fields. This puts considerable strain on and presents the risk of damage to - machinery and soils. Conditions for spraying blackgrass in wheat deteriorated and only the earlier crops which were treated yielded any satisfactory control. Most oil seed rape was sown in good conditions and the crop looks to have grown well - no doubt it will be very attractive proposition to birds, presenting the annual problem of pigeon control. With a number of anaerobic digester units being built in the county, together with those applying for construction for similar units, there has been an upsurge in the amount of land wanted for maize production, which is the main feedstock of these units.

Words: Barry Poston

With the price of agricultural land increasing rapidly, together with other costs, producers will need to look very closely at the economic viability of these units if prices for input tariffs are reduced. However, the maize crop will help provide a useful additional break in most farmers rotations, especially useful in the control of blackgrass. News recently broke of a new £13½ million agricultural college in our region. This will be twinned with Bishop Burton College in Yorkshire and should provide the vital education and training of students looking for an agricultural career. January is generally a quite time on farms with general tidying up, checking farm drainage, and repairs to machinery and buildings. It is also the month when LAMMA will hold its annual show, which this year has been transferred to the Peterborough Showground and takes place on January 22nd and 23rd. There will also be a whole selection of meetings and discussion groups holding meetings when local farmers should have time to attend.


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MOTORING NEWS

BMW i3 Electric Car It may look like an oddball, but the BMW i3 is no concept car, it’s one of the first compromise-free electric cars, and the first to challenge conventional executive saloon cars in terms of the room, range, performance and specification it offers...

Oddball: Unique looks are unusual to say the least, but the i3 is as much about compromise-free electric vehicle ownership as it is about concept-car style.

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s Pride goes to press, Tokyo is hosting its motorshow, and like other events of its type - Geneva, LA, Detroit, Brussels manufacturers will display, in addition to their showroom-ready models, their concept vehicles, too. These represent automotive experiments, designed to showcase the technology and design trends that each company is incubating. Many concept cars are wacky, silly, impractical or just too ‘way out’ and different to appeal to buyers here and now. Take a look at BMW’s i3 and you’d probably think you’re looking at just such a car, but no: the new model, available as Pride goes to press, is the concept car you can own right now, in 2014... if you’re brave enough to stand out from the crowd! Two things mark the i3 out from the firm’s rather more sober-suited saloons. Firstly, there’s the looks. The i3 is definitely unique; at 384cm in length it’s nearly a metre shorter than the 3-Series saloon. It’s a four seater, roughly the size of a Ford Fiesta, with a boot that has a similar capacity to Ford’s sub-Fiesta sized Ka. With a list price of around £30,000, that makes it sound pretty costly for what is, essentially, a strange looking small car. However, the i3’s real unique selling point is the fact that it’s BMW’s first all-electric production car. Its initial purchase price, then, is offset by the fact that the car should prove dramatically cheaper to run.

There are plenty of hybrid cars on the market - the Toyota Prius, Lexus CT200 - which supplement a petrol engine with an electric one, but still rely on petrol. All-electric vehicles are rarer, chiefly because of their limited range between charges and lack of charging points when you run out of juice. What makes the BMW i3 different from these, however, is that it’s a full electric vehicle, not a petrol powered vehicle, with a realistic, practical range. On electric power alone the car will travel between 80-100 miles. That makes it the first mainstream electric vehicle from a premium manufacturer that you could feasibly use, day to day, without experiencing range anxiety or running out of battery miles from a charging point.

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Above: The i3’s cabin is supermini-esque, with three interior ‘themes’ available, and lots of standard kit. A standard auto gearbox makes city driving a cinch.

Two versions are available; the standard i3 has a 170hp motor, reaches 60mph in 7.2secs and 93mph flat out, and can go 80 and 100 miles on a single charge. An additional model that has an engine - albeit a much smaller one than hybrid cars - carries a £3,000 premium, is nearly a second slower to 60mph and emits 13g of CO2 compared to the all-electric model’s 0g. However, with its 650cc motorcycle engine and nine litre fuel tank, this ‘Range Extender’ version increases the car’s range to over 180 miles - we think the extra peace of mind makes this version worth the premium, and the CO2 and performance penalties are negligible. The big question, though, is how much money the i3 can save you in fuel. BMW believes the car’s biggest potential market is for commuters who travel into a city each day. 145


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Assuming you drive 8,000 miles a year, the monthly cost to charge the i3 will amount to around £21 (£9 if you’re on an Economy 7 tariff). The equivalent fuel cost for a diesel car achieving 50mpg would be £87. There are no costs to tax the i3, and no congestion charge if you travel to London. What’s more, if you’re a company car driver paying 40% BIK, you’ll pay £613 over three years for the i3, compared to £3,698 for an Audi A3 with a 1.6 diesel engine, or £8,866 for an Audi A4 2.0TDIe.

The impression you’ll get from the i3 is that it’s VERY nippy. That’s because unlike a petrol engine, the full power of its electric motor is available immediately, as opposed to a petrol engine that has more power as its engine revs increase... The first issue to arise then, is how to charge the thing. If you happen to have an electric charging point right outside your office, a £165 cable enables you to simply plug it in then access a third party ChargeNow account via a credit card system.

BMW i3 From: £30,680/£33,830. On Sale: Now. Engines: 168hp electric/ electric+range extender. Range: (Range extender) 150-186 miles. Equipment: Sat nav, DAB radio, park sensors, auto lights/wipers, Bluetooth, cruise/climate control.

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Until such public charging points proliferate though - and they’ll be a while coming to our neck of the woods - you’ll need BMW’s iWallbox Pure - a 32 amp charger that, for £315, is installed in your garage. A standard charge is automatically administered and will take less than seven hours. For £560 you can also pay for DC (as opposed to AC) charging preparation, which will enable a full charge using public stations to be completed in less than half an hour. Driving the i3 is, thankfully, a lot simpler than deciding how and where to charge it. The gearbox is automatic, so there’s no clutch, and the steering rack is borrowed from the

forthcoming new Mini, so it’s sharp and precise. The ride is car-like but firm - a tendency that’s expected from BMW’s sporty small cars. Above all though, the impression you’ll get from the i3 is that it’s VERY nippy. That’s because unlike a petrol engine, the full power of an electric motor is available immediately, as opposed to a petrol engine that has more power only as its engine revs increase. Because the i3 claws back battery charge when you take your foot off the throttle, you don’t need to brake too much around town it’ll ‘brake’ as soon as you take your foot off the accelerator. With no engine vibrating away under the bonnet and smooth gearchanges too, i3 offers a relaxed, refined drive, albeit with a little wind noise as a side effect of its concept-car-esque shape. Likewise with no transmission tunnel, a flat floor and no pillar between the front and (small) rear doors, front access is good, and the cabin more spacious than the car’s size would lead you to believe. A generous level of standard equipment (alongside the lack of petrol bills) goes some way to justify the model’s £30,000 price tag, with Bluetooth, DAB radio, sat nav, parking sensors, auto lights and wipers all standard. Options include three ‘interior worlds’ - Loft, Lodge and Suite with leather & trim upgrades, plus heated seats, electric sunroof and adaptive cruise control. Ultimately, your driving habits will dictate whether the i3 is the vehicle for you. Many would feel anxious committing £30,000 to a vehicle that can’t yet be refuelled in most major towns and cities. However, if you’re a city-dweller or you don’t venture far enough for range anxiety to be an issue, the i3 is an electric vehicle you can live very comfortably with day to day. Otherwise, the firm’s 75mpg 116d Efficient Dynamics hatch, at £10,000 less, might be a safer bet.


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Celebrate the wonder of ballet at Baths Hall in Scunthorpe on 29th January from 7.30pm. Moscow City Ballet presents Swan Lake and, accompanied by a full orchestra, performs to the highest standard.

Rock ‘n’ Roll legend Vince Eager returns to his home town of Grantham to the town’s Arts Centre and presents a very special evening of entertainment on 18th January from 7.30pm.

Returning for the fourth year is St Barnabas Strictly Ballroom. 40 of Lincolnshire’s novice dancers (20 female, 20 male) are being sought to take part in the charity’s fundraising event.

Audiences will enjoy the unique style and artistic integrity of the late SmirnovGolovanov’s own choreography, as well as original versions of the great classical Russian repertoire. The company was formed in 1988 and is committed to bringing SmirnovGolovanov’s heritage of classical ballet in the Moscow style to audiences including young ballet-goers, all over the world. The team hand picks some of the most promising young graduates all trained in the best traditions of the Russian school. The costumes and sets are beautiful, colourful, and a feast for the eye when the curtain goes up! Tickets from £17.50 to £31.50, booking in advance is essential. www.bathshall.co.uk 08448542776

Vince Eager has performed with Marty Wilde, The Shadows and Roy Clarke and his busy diary is proof that his popularity endures. Also appearing is Ali Jay with her hilarious comedy and powerful voice - Vince has finally got his wish and is thrilled to introduce her into the mix. www.guildhallartscentre.com 01476406158

For those who feel they have two left feet, free tuition will take place every Sunday evening for ten weeks beforehand to ensure that everyone will be able to put their best foot forward. As the dance lessons are completely free, all the charity asks is that you raise £100 minimum sponsorship over the course of the ten weeks. Training commences on the 12th January at the Holy Cross Church on Skellingthorpe Road. It costs £5.00 to take part and each couple will learn two different dances with a grand finale to be held on Sunday 23rd March at The LPAC Lincoln in front of a live audience and judges. Details for tickets to the final will be announced at a later date. www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk 01522559516


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Aladdin in Boston 1st-5thJanuary:Aladdin, the family panto, comes to Boston’s Blackfriars from 1st-5th January courtesy of Polkadot Pantomime. Call 01205 363108 for details.

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Lincoln Symphony Orchestra is pleased to present an afternoon New Year style concert of Viennese music on Sunday 12th January from 3.30pm.

Head to Spalding for one of Shakespeare’s lesser known plays on 19th January from 7pm. National Theatre Live is broadcasting the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Coriolanus, Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge. When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. £11.50-£13,

The event features waltzes, polkas, marches and more from the Strauss family and others. Based at Drill Hall with tickets from £10/conc to £12/adults. www.lincolnsymphony.co.uk 01522873894

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Working with Lincolnshire Archives, Whisby’s Natural World Centre’s fascinating exhibition explores farming through the ages.

Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole and his cast of 20 take you on a journey of music and dance. Strictly’s most charismatic choreographers and performers, will treat you to an evening of ballroom magic and Latin excitement in a live show not to be missed. Music from across the ages and something for everyone in a production set to wow audiences in 2014 on 30th January at Grimsby Auditorium from 7.30pm; £28.90-£38.90.

With lots of historical information and memorabilia together with recollections from local farmers, the exhibition will take you on a trip down memory lane. 13th Jan-2nd March, free admission. www.visitlincolnshire.com 01522688868

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1st-5thJanuary:Pantomime fun at Scunthorpe’s Plowright Theatre. Tickets from £11-£13.50, call 0844 854 2776 for details.

Jack & The Beanstalk in Grantham 1st-4thJanuary:Jack and the Beanstalk at Grantham’s Guildhall Arts Centre. £12, £10/conc. Call 01476 406158.

Robin Hood in Lincoln 1st-12thJanuary:Robin Hood and the Babes in the Wood at Lincoln’s Theatre Royal stars panto favourites Cannon & Ball. Tickets from £11.50-£19.50, 10.30-11am, 1-2pm and 6-7pm start times. Call 01522 519999.

Sleeping Beauty in Louth 1st-14thJanuary:Sleeping Beauty is this year hosted by Louth’s Playgoers, with weekday performances from 7.30pm and weekend performances at 1pm and 6pm. Tickets £8.60 and £5.30/under 16. Call 01507 600350.

Snow White in Spalding 1st/2ndJanuary:Snow White appears at Spalding’s South Holland Centre with seven cheeky dwarves, and tickets from £12.50/£13.50. For more information call 01775 764777.


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thE EVEnt Inner Wheel District Rally WoodhallSpa’sinner Wheel District 127 recently held its District rally at Woodhall spa’s Petwood hotel. the event was a chance for ladies to enjoy the splendid setting of the Edwardian hotel, with around 150 members attending the event. “our clubs usually meet once a month with fun and fellowship high on the agenda.” said organiser sue limb. “our programmes include speakers, outings and special projects. clubs often adopt a local, national or overseas charity and enjoy getting involved. We work together with our corresponding rotary clubs on joint fundraising or community events.”

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FaMILy hOLIDayS as teenagers grow up, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re less inclined to spend time holidaying with their parents - so if the kids are getting older and this might be your last holiday together, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve some sterling suggestions for making some great memories! Words:rob Davis.


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Florida:Disneyland will turn even the most cynical, moody teen into a fun-loving child, even if the effect is only temporary!

Onceinalifetime: swim with dolphins in Dubai’s aptly named Dolphin Bay for around £4,000.

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a poignant milestone - the moment when the children feel too old to go away with the parents. and immediately before it there is that final attempt to please all parties. the needs of older teenagers and younger children in the family can easily cause a schism in the family when you’re trying to work out where to go on holiday. that’s why we’ve come up with five ideas for all budgets for that final family holiday before teenagers are ‘too cool’ to go away with their parents and want to embark on scary visits to greek islands for sun, sea and probably a little too much to drink. in general, adventure holidays or holidays with water parks work well. in this country, resorts like centre Parcs (www.centerparcs.co.uk) are really adaptable; there are plenty of activities you can choose from day by day, depending on the mood of your teenager. if you’re looking for adventure holidays, consider booking with dedicated experts such as the adventure company (www.adventurecompany.co.uk), which specialises in wildlife, astronomy/northern lights and trekking holidays - tiger spotting, trips to the galapagos islands and family safaris. our featured suggestions are designed to give you that last family holiday before parents and teenagers go their separate ways. ideal for creating some amazing memories, they’re equally suitable for those with slightly younger children too, so even if there’s an age gap, you’ll have no problems keeping everyone happy. Prices quoted are based on two adults and two children mid-June. All prices are guide prices, correct at time of going to press.

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If you’re looking for a relaxing sun filled break you can’t beat Barbados. With flights departing daily from the UK it couldn’t be easier to get to, minimising the hassle of travelling with younger children. The official language is English so there’s no language barrier. For true luxury stay at Turtle Beach, the only ‘all inclusive’ hotel on the island. This hotel is all about a safe, relaxed, yet lively environment, which makes it popular with families. It also has the Flying Fish Kids Club, open daily for children aged 3-12 years and lots of watersports and adventure for older children too, plus there’s the island’s famous spawning turtles. Expect to pay around £5,885 for this five star luxury hotel.

Right:Waterparks in tenerife like this one on the costa adeje offer respite from the arid heat! above:hogwarts Express at universal studios in orlando. three Disney’s All-star Resorts in Orlando in July summer holidays will cost around £4,420, and as a bonus, Universal Studios is just a few miles away, and the fascinating Cape Canaveral is just an hour and a half drive away too.

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With a flight time of just over four hours Tenerife is an ideal family beach holiday, and with year round sunshine it’s a perfect winter getaway. Costa Adeje lies on the southwest of the island. It has everything to keep both adults and children happy; water sports can be found at the local beaches, as can top golf resorts, Siam Park amusements and a water park. Stay at the Iberostar Grand Anthelia in Costa Adeje in October 2014 half term; prices from £3,300

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For year round sunshine, head to Dubai a cosmopolitan city which has a vast array of shops, Museums and Art Galleries and stunning beaches. If you’re travelling with children, stay at The Atlantis, which boasts its own waterpark, an on site aquarium and its own Dolphin Bay where you can swim with dolphins too. For a week during the summer holidays for two adults and two children, expect to pay around £3,999.

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If you’re looking to achieve months of best behaviour through bribery, a trip to Walt Disney World is a good place to start. With 25,000 acres of rides, slides and general Disney magic at stake, you can hint, tease or bribe your way through months of domestic bliss. Who knew parenting was this easy? Staying at one of

If you’re holidaying on a budget, look no further than Keycamp. Stay in France’s Gascony region; staying at Sylvamar is ideal as it is close to the beach, has an on site waterpark and better still, a week in a two berth classic caravan prices from £1,571 (this includes a ferry crossing with car).


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Horkstow Bridge... Horkstow Bridge, located on the River Ancholme in North Lincolnshire, is one of the earliest surviving examples of suspension bridges in the UK. Dating back to 1835-6, the bridge remains substantially as designed by John Rennie, who was also responsible for the building of London Bridge which opened in 1831. Horstow Bridge links Horkstow with Winterton and comprises stone arched towers and wooden Words: Mark Lindstrom. decking; it is quite small allowing just a single vehicle to cross at a time...

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took this photo, of the bridge around the autumn equinox a couple of years ago. At that time of year, and again during the spring equinox, the sun more or less rises so that it shines through the arches of the two towers. Thankfully, during Autumn and Spring, sunrise shots are a more civilised affair than in summer, with the sun rising around 6:20am. This still means however that I had to be on location ready to go well before 6am. It was a shot I had been hoping to take for some time, though with the window of opportunity being limited to a few days a year either side of each equinox, weather conditions always

conspired against me and continued to do so even for this shot, as I wasn’t able to get the ideal conditions until a good few days after the equinox. Thankfully, living only a few miles from this wonderful location meant that I was able to get moving very quickly once I had had a quick peek out of the window on this particular morning. The morning was chilly but dry, with not a cloud in the sky. Shooting sunrises is always problematic; the sun not only is potentially harmful to the camera’s sensor but obviously can be dangerous for the human eye as well, so caution is needed. For this particular shot I positioned the camera slightly to the right to mask the sun behind the right edge of the front tower in order to retain

definition of the rear tower. Neutral density graduated filters were used to get the effect; these work by blocking the light from either the top or bottom of the picture (depending which way round you use them) so that you can balance the exposure. I used a Canon 5D Mk2, 17-40L F4 lens, and tripod. Some post production was required to tweak the saturation in order to make the golden colour pop and also to remove a couple of poles which were a distraction. My normal photography is weddings, portraits and pets, which can be a little hectic at times and so landscape photography provides a more peaceful experience, especially during


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the early morning. It is an area that I am seeking to expand by supplying images to photo libraries and also direct sales to the public. I am happy to providedetails of prints for this image on request. Although having had an active interest in photography since the early eighties when I bought my first SLR camera (pre digital of course), it was only upon my retirement as a Police Officer five years ago that I began working professionally. My previous work means that I am well versed with dealing with people and also in dealing with the unexpected problems that can often arise on a busy wedding day. n

About the Photographer: Mark Lindstrom is a professional photographer based in North Lincolnshire, just near the Humber Bridge. Mark specialises in contemporary wedding photography but is also available for commercial and portrait photography. Prints of his Lincolnshire landscapes are available by request and his work and be viewed on his website. For more information see www.lindstrom.me.uk or call 07513 048974.


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Lincolnshireco-op’sBostonTravelhas opened on the 2nd floor of Oldrids Department Store, in Strait Bargate. The Society has invested £40,000 in the new branch, which features three booking desks and a bureau de change. A team of four highly-experienced travel advisors are on hand to help customers book holidays – Manager Zane Ground, Assistant Manager Jodie Limb and Sales Consultants Ashley Cilek and Lizzie Brackenbury have a combined total of almost 60 years in the industry. Members of Lincolnshire Co-op are able to use their dividend card to pay for services and collect dividend points on their bookings. Every time the members divided card is used a donation will also go towards a local charity or community group. Travel Group Manager Wayne Dennett said: “We’re delighted our first Lincolnshire Co-op travel branch has opened in Boston. We know that holidaymakers in the area will appreciate our experienced team’s knowledge, our independent advice and that the team prides themselves on ensuring that every customer who walks through the door is given a holiday to suit their individual needs.” The Lincolnshire Co-operative Boston Travel team are on hand for an informal and informative chat 6 days a week. Why not pop into the branch to find out more.

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ISSUE 137

Revealing Our Winners

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Christmas Enjoy Lincoln’s Christmas Market {Page 13}

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Eating Out in Boston

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Crosswords... cRyPTIccROSSWORD Test your lateral thinking skills with this month’s Cryptic Crossword. Each puzzle has a set of perplexing clues to unravel, and as every lover of logic knows, the frustration is all part of the fun!

acROSS 9. High-spirited in nature, be wild about kiss (9) 10,21. Book by 2 4 having bad-tempered sound (5,7) 11. Composer's proverbial ignorance (5) 12. His Nobel honour ultimately excited this physicist (5,4) 13. Collect opinions from son on piece of art (7) 14. Exactly 50% of work of 2 4 in this country (7) 17. Legal expert in no military outfit (5) 19. One making a killing during prolonged squeeze (3) 20,26. Yellow furniture made from noble metal, work of 2 4 (5,5) 21. See 10 22. A superior assistant (7) 24. I'll be upset by nasty person endlessly defamatory as writer (9) 26. See 20 28. Writer repeatedly included by lover, never neglected (5) 29. In middle of a kingdom, cover tropical tree (5,4)

DOWn 1. Part of speech in extremely short book (4) 2. One Roman emperor related to another (6) 3. Wrongly use a prison as way to influence behaviour (10) 4. British composer's village on Thames (6) 5. Way to shorten list briefly added to 24 down in work of 2 4 (2,6) 6. Performs parts in play (4) 7. First principle of medicine awfully hard on MO (2,2,4) 8. Ruler needed for measurements, arguably (4) 13. One involved in funny business, yet often upstanding (5) 15. Like some amusing drama, can be strangely liberating (10) 16. Benefactor's name inscribed in entrance (5) 18. Be artful in novel form — this subject of 2 4 was (8) 19. French dance lesson in castle (8) 22. Influence on 2 4, who produced 3 and 27 (6) 23. Pairs of drums — sailor turned up holding another (6) 24. Something to declare to court, or nothing (4) 25. Song from European to be first in audition (4) 27. So-called heroine of 18 in work of 22 down (4)

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1. I'm Candy (anag) — full of beans (7) 8. Distress severely (7) 9. Childish fit of rage (7) 10. Continue going forward (5,2) 11. Authority to make or allow something to happen (3-2) 13. Where the Grand Ole Opry comes from (9) 15. Having more than one possible meaning (9) 18. Short-lived fashion (5) 21. Eat salt (anag) — if nothing else (2,5) 22. Syrupy medicine to relieve sore throats (7) 23. Cleanliness (7) 24. Hero met (anag) — principle that's proven (7)

1. Sated (anag) — fruit (5) 2,19. First woman to sit in the British House of Commons (5,5) 3. Chestnuts cooked in syrup and given a shiny coating (7,6) 4. University grounds (6) 5. Sparkle (13) 6. Listen (anag) — yarn interwoven with glitter (6) 7. Upright posture (6) 12. Smallest particle in an element able to take part in a chemical reaction (4) 14. Jump in figure skating (4) 15. Indifference (6) 16. Great Russian sturgeon — Arctic whale (6) 17. Vent (6) 19. See 2 20. Classic racecourse (5)

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