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So thaist ishaCvehriwsetmdoanse., .. wh We have put together a sparkling festive edition designed to fill you full of festive spirit. Our pages are brimming with gift ideas as well as tips and tricks on how to survive one of the busiest but most enjoyable times of year. There’s a gift for everyone within our gift guide pages. We have ideas for him and her and haven’t forgotten our four legged friends. We have sourced some of the finest local food for your Christmas table, from award winning savoury pies to yummy mince pies and delicious cakes and savouries. We even have a guide on how to cook the perfect turkey and recipe ideas on how to create delicious meals with the leftovers. Our time plan will help you get organised for the season ahead and our guide on to how to have a stress-free Christmas with tips on surviving the run up to the big day will make it seem like a breeze. Over the past year North Kesteven District Council’s tourism team held a photographic competition which was open to amateur photographers to show what they love about the Heart of Lincolnshire. The winners of this competition feature in a special calendar for

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We should all be aware that Christmas is about more than shopping, it’s about giving and sharing too. Why not give the ultimate present and give someone the gift of your time. Voluntary Centre Services tell us how giving up a little of our time can bring so much reward. We take a look at Sleaford Street Source, a group of volunteers that visit the streets of Sleaford on Saturday nights to help those who are in need. Read all about this group of volunteers and the vital work they do in helping individuals keep safe. Christmas is busier than ever for Citizens Advice with up to 3 in 4 people not knowing their rights when shopping, working or borrowing money. Read their article this month and you may be better informed of your rights. With all the running around shopping, wrapping and cooking, don’t forget to take time to enjoy these festive weeks and the special moments that this time of year will bring.

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Training Aircraft at Cranwell From Propellers to Jets, explore the fascinating development of training aircraft at Cranwell. Open to the public until March 2017, Training Aircraft at Cranwell is Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre’s latest display detailing Cranwell’s history as a training school, giving visitors the opportunity to learn about the types of aircraft that have flown at Cranwell over the last 100 years. The display shows the development of aircraft through the years and was inspired by the success of their 100 Years of Aviation exhibition which was held earlier in the year to celebrate the centenary of Cranwell opening as an airbase. The exhibition received over 300 visitors over three days and was extended due to its popularity. “Cranwell has such an extensive history,” says Heritage Assistant, Angela Riley “there are nearly 40 aircraft that have flown at Cranwell, all with fascinating facts which visitors will be able to explore whilst enjoying the display.” Training Aircraft at Cranwell will be open to the public until Friday 26 March 2017

Festive Bin Collections If you usually have your refuse or recycling bin collected on a Monday, that will change over the Festive Period. Collections due on Monday, December 26 will take place on Saturday December 24 and those due on Monday, January 2 will be picked up on Saturday, December 31. Otherwise all bin collections by NKDC will remain as usual. In all cases please have your bin out by

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Christmas Crafts at Navigation House As the National Centre for Craft and Design host their annual contemporary Christmas market, visit Navigation House on Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 December between 11am and 4pm and get in to the festive spirit and make some Christmas crafts for you to take home and enjoy. On Saturday, Fiona Gurney from Box of Frogs will be there making beautiful mosaic decorations; and for just £1 you can make your own to take home and hang on your tree. On Sunday there will be another chance to get crafty as the team will be making Christmas cards for you to take away for free. The house will also be festively decorated so stop by and spread some early Christmas cheer.

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Join Cogglesford Watermill for their last milling day of the year on Sunday 11 December. See this historic building come to life and watch the huge water wheel rumble into action turning the millstones to grind grain. The mill has been producing flour since the early 18th century and has been beautifully preserved by North Kesteven District Council, giving a real insight into milling in days gone by. As it is the last milling day of the year, it will be beautifully decorated for Christmas and visitors can enjoy a free mince pie and mulled wine. Whilst you’re there you can learn about the history of the mill and its millers, try your hand at grinding grain and explore the mill. Why not take home a reminder of your day with a bag of Cogglesford Watermill’s very own flour, on sale in the shop. The milling will take place between 11am and 4pm. For more information about the Milling Day or other places to visit and things to do during this season visit or contact North Kesteven District Council on 01529 308102. For more information please visit or call 01529 413671. You can also find us on Facebook /heartoflincs or follow us on Twitter @Discover_NK

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Leasingham Seasonal Events

Leasingham Christmas Fayre - will take place in the Village Hall on Saturday 10 December between 10 am and 12 noon. There will be a variety of stalls including a grand seasonal raffle, all prize card tombola, mystery bags and parcels, mini-hamper draw, homemade cakes and preserves, gift mugs and a St Barnabus Charity stall. There will also be a variety of homemade refreshments with fairtrade beverages served. Free entry to the event. All proceeds towards the pew cushions fund in the Village Church. Further details from Zena Anderson - 01529 302620. Leasingham Church Carol Service - will take place at St Andrew’s Church on Sunday 18th December at 3pm. The Service will have the Traditional lessons read and the seasonal

Can you spare some time? North Kesteven District Council are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join their tourism team. Proud to champion tourism, North Kesteven District Council supports four visitor centres within the District offering a unique experience for all ages. Open to the public all year round, each venue has a distinctive story linking the site to local history, capturing the imagination of visitors young and old and giving people the opportunity to learn about their local heritage. The tourism team at North Kesteven District Council are looking for new, enthusiastic volunteers to join their team at



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Over the past year North Kesteven District Council’s tourism team held a photographic competition open to amateur photographers of all ages encouraging visitors and residents of the district to get out and about and show what they love about the Heart of Lincolnshire. There were a variety of entries from across the district capturing the distinctiveness of the area as well as showcasing some wonderful places to visit all year round. All entries were shortlisted by the public and the top 13 now feature in their 2017 Calendar available to buy for only £3.99. Calendars can be purchased from Cogglesford Watermill, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre and Navigation House during opening hours. Within this magazine we preview some of the fantastic photographs that are featured within this Calendar (see page 10).

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Just a couple of hours a week can make a massive difference to someone’s life. You could:

Become a Befriender: Evergreen Sleaford runs a volunteer befriending service for older people in the Sleaford area who may be isolated and in need of friendship and support. They’re always looking for volunteers who can give the gift of friendship through becoming a Befriender. Volunteers can be from any walk of life, aged 18 or over and willing to give a little time to develop a one to one relationship with an elderly member in the community. Training and support for befrienders is provided. Host afternoon teas: Contact the Elderly is the only national charity solely dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among older people. Supported by a network of volunteers, the charity organises afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people aged 75 and over, who live alone,

offering a regular and vital friendship link once a month. Afternoon Tea Hosts and Drivers are always needed in the area. Become a listener: Samaritans are volunteers who befriend people in confidence who are feeling desperate or suicidal. They provide sympathetic, caring and non judgemental support for those whom life seems too much to bear. Give a gift of time by volunteering for Samaritans - it can change your life.

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If you can’t commit your time regularly, you can still make a difference: Lincolnshire Rucksack Project help those that are currently living on the streets by providing essentials such as sleeping bags,

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The role of friends and family when learning to drive often crops up with my pupils and their parents; is it wise to go out driving with them, should I be paying attention to how they drive or the things they say to me? It is of course quite natural in our enthusiasm to learn to make use of Grandad or Mum or Dad and get on the Sleaford roads to practise. It makes good use of spare time and it is of course free. Likewise, the influence of family and close friends when we are learning to drive can be quite significant. Over the years I have experienced different approaches taken by families with quite dramatic differences in the result. Personally, I am all in favour of my pupils gaining more ‘driving hours’ behind the steering wheel, as it is vital experience to drive in differing driving conditions - my driving school ethos is after all “Drive more, experience more, to learn more”. However, let me outline just a few easy little traps that people can fall in to.

• Keep it fun, enjoyable and stress-free. Only practise what you have been working on with your Driving Instructor, so as to consolidate and build on those particular subjects. It is so easy to have a “free for all” where Dad and son or daughter just “go for a drive” with no goals in mind, no thought as to the best location and sometimes that can have negative outcomes for eroding confidence and increasing stress in the car. • Beware of the effect of differing standards. This is a much under-estimated point which can create a great deal of confusion for Learner drivers. BIG TOM Driving Instructors will use techniques that create good driving habits so as to develop longterm safe drivers. If a member of family advises differently, or has differing views relating to normal driving behaviours, then this creates confusion - in effect it starts to undo the time and money spent learning safe driving techniques. • Keep things positive and light. A ‘learning environment’ based around criticism and judgement is really not effective. Encouragement and praise goes a long way. • Last but certainly not least is safety. At BIG TOM Driving School this is our number

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Christmas and New Year are fantastic times for the family, filled with food, drink, presents and more. However, it can be a danger zone for your family pets. The adorned Christmas tree in pride of place, which the cat wants to climb and the succulent carved Turkey, that the dog wants to scoff. It is poisoned cats and dogs which make up most of the emergencies seen over the holiday period. Chocolate poisoning being the most common. It contains theobromine, a methylxanthine like caffeine. The risk depends on the amount of theobromine the chocolate contains and it is greatest in plain/ dark chocolate. Other food poisons include: macadamia nuts, onions, garlic, grapes, raisons, currants and sultanas. Combine any of these with Xylitol, a naturally occurring sugar alcohol used as a sweetener in baked goods, and you have an unknowingly lethal poison to dogs, ie: the Christmas Cake! Signs to watch out for: vomiting, abdominal pain, excitability, wobbly, panting and then leading to twitching, tremors and seizures. Other lethal hazards to cats are Lilies which cause irreversible kidney damage. We also suggest you keep an eye out for any Christmas decorations, tinsel, wrapping paper or any bones if the Turkey goes missing! These are the most common foreign bodies removed over the festive periods. If you are in any doubt, call your Vet immediately to ask for their advice. Sleaford Vets: tel. 01529 414525.

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he party season is upon us. So take some time out of your busy schedule and treat yourself to a pampering to ensure you’ll be looking your best at the festive celebrations.

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SPARKLE Whether it’s a work party or an evening out with friends or family, Christmas is usually the busiest time in our calendar. We pressure ourselves to fit everyone into the diary who we must see before the holiday ends even if we don’t have the time. And, the added nerves of catching up with old friends or

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Getting your nails done for a party or an event is a great way to feel that extra sense of glamour, also suggesting a well-kept appearance. The benefit to getting your nails done at the salon is that they are long lasting, and will usually see you through the crazy three-week party period without chipping or breaking. When choosing which nail type is best for you, if you want a varnish that’s more durable with a glossy finish, a gel coat on top of your natural nails is a great option. False nails can also look sophisticated – a gel top coat on acrylic nails is more long lasting than standard varnish, but is more of a statement look rather than natural. Try a shimmering shade for the festive season. The nail shape you choose is also important, there’s no need to opt for a stiletto if you want a softer look, rounder shapes include oval and almond, with other squarer types like ballerina and square.

remaining professional with colleagues can prove stressful. Amongst all this meeting and greeting, dressing to impress is vital to suggest composure – a staple outfit, new hairdo, and a fresh coat of nail polish shows we have our lives together, even if our to-do lists suggest otherwise.

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At this point in the year we’re not only fighting the elements, but tiredness too. Winter is a tough time for your skin, coping with colder temperatures combined with long hours in centrally-heated homes or offices can cause dryness and a dull complexion. To battle the winter blues hydration is key, to protect your skin from the inside out.

During such a busy and stressful time, it’s important to take a moment to ourselves, pampering is relaxing, fun, and beneficial to your Christmas party look. We’ve got some beauty hacks to beat the party season meltdowns, and to impress your colleagues, friends, and family with. If you’re a caffeine addict, try drinking a glass of water with each cup of coffee to counteract the dehydrating effects. A good quality day moisturiser and night cream is essential for keeping your skin supple in the harsher climate. Look out for products with SPF in to avoid photo-ageing at Christmas events. Exfoliation is also a great addition to your skin routine in the winter, as it speeds up the cell turnover that becomes more sluggish in the cold. If your skin is sensitive, opt for a gentle exfoliator. Pair your scrub with an in-shower moisturiser for after exfoliation, to lock in those natural oils. / 29

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The last thing you want to notice is streaky orange when you shake hands at an office party, so make sure you apply with a mitt or glove – but don’t forget to carefully apply some to hands after for an all-over look. Give your tan enough time to dry before your event, any last minute applications run the risk of stained clothing if you’re in a rush. If applying product, yourself fills you with fear, opt for a spray tan for guaranteed results. Or start the sun beds weeks prior to events, for a real glow to make friends, colleagues, and family envious.

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For naturally curly hair a quality taming mousse is vital in harsher winds and rain, pump into locks before blow-drying to maintain your natural ringlets or waves without frizz. The method in which you blow-dry your hair can also seal the deal for your evening look. If you’re looking to pump up the volume, try switching to the cool setting after drying, flip your hair over and dry as you would normally for a couple of minutes – this tousles hair for extra fullness and will set any serum you’ve applied when wet. A glittery accessory is another great addition to a festive season look, especially for an up-do, to add extra sparkle.

If you’re getting your pins out for your Christmas party, or feel that your skin needs a pick me up from winter dreariness; fake tan can provide an extra glow that sits beautifully with sparkly Christmas accessories. To avoid any last-minute orange disasters however, make sure your skin is prepped for the occasion. Dry or patchy skin does not make a good base for the application of tanning products, so making sure your skin is exfoliated and moisturised especially on dryer areas like knees and elbows is vital for an even colour.

Keeping your locks tame in the winter is another tough battle, annoying flyaways or last minute frizz is the last thing you want for the Christmas party photo. To work against outside aggressors leaving your hair sleek for the evening event, invest in a hair serum to run through ends before drying, or in dry hair just before you walk out the door.

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The festive party season warrants the wear of heels more than any other time of year. From stiletto to wedge, your feet will be on show more than usual, so it’s important not to neglect your heels and toes in the beauty regime. Use a pumice stone in the shower to exfoliate your heels, and apply a foot balm or cream after to avoid the appearance of cracks or dryness. Getting a pedicure at a salon with a gel varnish is a perfect way to avoid chipped polish, but if you’ve neglected your toes last minute - paint and let dry for one or two minutes naturally, then dip in cold/iced water to speed up the drying process. With Christmas parties having the potential to carry on until early hours, the high-heel hangover is definitely a factor to consider. High heel insoles are a great way of preventing the pain, allowing you to dance the night away for longer. Soaking feet and braving bare for a few hours the morning after is an ideal way to heal the wounds, but if you’re unlucky enough to have work the next day wear your comfiest flats to maximise comfort.

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lthough it’s meant to be a holiday, Christmas can often be a really stressful time. Needing to think about presents, food and entertaining the family can be exhausting. It is important to take some time for yourself and start the new year on a high. Planning ahead

Most importantly, you need to plan ahead. It can seem tempting to say “I’ll do it tomorrow”, but the more you delay the more you’ll end up having to do the next day.

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Make a list of all the things you absolutely have to do on Christmas morning, and work backwards. Don’t overestimate how many things you can get done in a day; it’s important to also leave time for yourself. Prioritise: what is the minimum you can do each day? Plan for food, shopping, presents, and travel and sleeping arrangements so that you have everything in one place. Include other people on your to-do list and delegate whenever possible.




Prepare food in advance Plan ahead for shopping and presents.

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Make time for friends – go out shopping with a mate.

There are certain scents and sounds that can help as well. Try lighting candles (citrus scents work well for the season) and playing jolly tunes.


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Make Christmas Day all about you and your family. Say no to work or homework and turn off all technology. If you’ve done enough planning, everything will hopefully fall into place, and you can grab a bit of time for yourself. If you do find yourself getting too stressed out, grabbing Light a candle a power nap can help you to help you relax. recharge. Learn some breathing patterns, too, that will help you relax.

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when required, or rustle up a couple of soup bases. Get a variety of breakfast items, but don’t stress that you can’t get everyone’s favourites. Have stuff that other people can grab if you’re not around.

Write a card list

Create a list with addresses of people you want to send cards to, along with the last post dates. Buy your cards early from charity shops and spend a night or two watching films whilst writing them. To save even more time and to avoid writing personal notes in each one, write a newsletter letting everyone know what you and your family have got up to over the past year.

Eat well

To reduce stress and tiredness, we’re often told to cut out caffeine and alcohol, but there are also things we could eat more of at Christmas. Turkey, and other foods like nuts, red meat and some cheeses, contain tryptophan that helps to promote serotonin and lower stress levels.

Finally, once Christmas is over, don’t rush to clear everything. It’s nice to leave decorations up so the house can have a little colour. Beds that guests have slept in don’t need stripping the moment they’ve left. Take a bath and treasure the quiet. And keep your planning list handy so that you can mark what went well and what you could improve upon next time.

Plan time with friends

Just because you have family around doesn’t mean you have to drop your daily routine. If the in-laws are starting to drive you mad, consider going out shopping with a mate to vent about everything, or invite someone around; an extra party can help to diffuse a situation. Put escape plans in place for when it all gets too much; say you need to post some more cards or visit the bank.

Clear out the clutter

Too much dirt and clutter can be stressful. Spending time cleaning can also take time away from doing other chores. Consider getting a cleaner in to do a thorough vacuum and wipe-down before the holidays begin so that you have a fresh start. Also, accept help from other people; if your mother wants to wash up all the dishes after the Boxing Day meal, say yes.

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Structures: Add interest with well placed structural elements in the garden. Try using plants such as trees, standard roses and evergreens. Man made objects like obelisks, pergolas, pots, ornaments and even garden buildings can help to provide the bones of the garden. Ground layout: If it’s curves you’re after, even if they are organic as opposed to geometric, make sure they are strong, sweeping and clean not weak, wiggly, wavy lines. If straight lines are your thing then have them strong and straight. Consider having

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Christmas Wines That Won’t Cost the Earth


ts closing on in on that wonderful time of year, when thoughts turn to celebrating Christmas. Whether or not your primary focus is on the religious aspect, it is a chance to remind ourselves of the importance of spending time with friends and family. Inevitably Chez Johnson, this means opening some of our best bottles of wine.

Most of us like to push the boat out at Christmas and in vinous terms, this means buying somewhat grander wines than we might think of as “every day” wines. However, with all of the other facets of Christmas placing their own demands on that last pay packet of the year, wine is not necessarily top of your priorities. So, the aim of this article is to highlight some absolutely standout wines, that won’t break the bank but will nonetheless totally hit the spot on Christmas day. A number of my regular readers have got in touch to say their ideal spend at Christmas is between say, £20 and £30 a bottle so this is where I have focussed. The first point to make is that turkey is such a versatile food and will go equally well with white or red wine. The bird itself is quite neutral, taste wise, and it is usually the accompaniments that really bring out the flavours. Breast meat and a rich bread sauce lend themselves to a pronounced white wine, something that has enough acidity to cut through and yet rich enough to avoid seeming comparatively lean. Leg meat, red cabbage, cranberry sauce and gravy cry out for red wine. I have looked at a number of wine lists from supermarkets and wine merchants to see what is likely to be available over Christmas and at what price. The following is a broad example of these wines. If you would like specific details, get in touch via Bells Farm Vintners Facebook page. First of all, let me look at the white wines. I can heartily recommend any of the following: Jean-Louis Chave, PulignyMontrachet, 2014, Burgundy between £28 and £35. This is a superb, village (pronounced vil-lahj) wine, taking grapes from across the appellation. There is a steely back-bone which will cut through the richness of the sauces and a wonderful white stone fruit thrust that goes so well with turkey.

Another excellent wine is the HamiltonRussell, Chardonnay, 2015, South Africa, around £25. Because this is from a warmer climate, this wine has more tropical fruit flavours. The acidity is rather more muted but the wine still has great freshness and lift. Expressive notes of white peaches, pineapple, toasted almonds and pear, this wine is a sure fire hit. Lastly, one of the most consistently outstanding examples of New World Chardonnay is the M3 from Shaw and Smith, Adelaide Hills, Western Australia at around is a hugely interesting wine with great aromas £25 per bottle. This wine is a perfect bridge and flavours. between the elegance, finesse and restraint Lastly and a particular favourite one mine, of Burgundy and the exuberance of the New is the La Rioja Alta, Gran Reserva 904, World. Wonderful aromas of lemon peel, 2005 at £35 or so. This is a traditionally made peach, white flowers and toasted almond. On Rioja, matured in American oak, which gives the palate, bright acidity and lift, citrus zest, it a sweeter, spicier taste. Although Rioja almonds, ripe white stone fruits and a long can age incredibly well, this wine is already finish. An exceptionally classy wine. absolutely on song. It picks up all the flavours Turning to the red wines, generally, wines of Christmas dinner and delivers a wine that with softer tannins work best. That includes bounds on faultless. If you have more than 4 aged cabernet sauvignon and Syrah’s but more adults for dinner, try and find a magnum. often than not, because supermarkets do not There are so many options for matching really stock aged wines, we tend to favour wines with Christmas diner but you will not wines naturally low in tannins at outset. This go wrong with Chardonnay for white wine means the best match is often Pinot Noir or and Pinot Noir or Rioja for red wine. If you Rioja (Tempranillio grape). need more specific advice or want to look for An excellent wine would be the Dog Point something within a particular budget, contact Pinot Noir, Marlborough, New Zealand, me and I will reply with personal guidance. 2012 at around £30. The wine makers made May we wish you a wonderful Christmas; their name at Cloudy Bay and produce enjoy and share one or two special bottles with outstanding wines year after year. This family and friends. wine is characterised by red and black summer fruit, Asian spice and white pepper. Leigh Johnson Equally successful is the is a holder of the Nicolas Potel, Code de Advanced Certificate Nuits Village, Burgundy, from the Wine and Spirits 2014 at around £16. Educational Trust and This shows what is an avid wine collector Burgundy can produce and enthusiast. You can at modest cost in the follow his wine thoughts hands of a master. Notes on Facebook by searching of wild strawberries, Bells Farm Vintners. undergrowth and earth, it

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Top tips for the festive roast


urkeys will be taking pride of place on thousands of tables on Christmas Day. Teresa Andrew from traditional family butchers Sandalls Butchers shares her advice on how to make sure this year the turkey is cooked to perfection. There is a wealth of advice about the best way of roasting a turkey – cooking times and extra touches will vary but the basic technique is always the same.

1. When you get your turkey home, remember to wash your hands and then remove all packaging. Take out the giblets, remembering to check both cavities and place these in a covered bowl in the fridge. Pat turkey dry with kitchen towel and place it in or on something large enough to catch any juices then place on the lowest shelf in the fridge, well away from any ready-to-eat foods.

2. Ensure that your turkey is at room temperature before it goes into the oven (even if this means leaving it out of the fridge overnight, but in a cool place where no pets can nibble at it)

3. Calculate your cooking time correctly – many of us have been overcooking turkey for years. Allow 20 minutes per kg (NOT per lb) plus 90 minutes at 180°C (fan) / Gas Mark 5. Your turkey is cooked when the thickest part of the breast (AND the stuffing in the body cavity if applicable – see the next point) reads 74°C or above on a meat thermometer or cooking probe.

4. To stuff or not to stuff ? It is safe to stuff either or both cavities as long as you allow additional cooking time for the extra weight of the stuffing. If you decide not to stuff your bird, then put in chunks of onion and some fresh herbs – sage, thyme, rosemary, a few garlic cloves if you like and even an orange or lemon cut in half, just to add some extra flavour.

6. Cook the turkey upside down, with the breast side down, for the first half of the cooking time.

7. Halfway through cooking, turn the turkey the right way up and baste the breasts with pan juices or cover with streaky bacon. Pork leaf fat, which comes from the inside of a pig’s ribcage, is a good choice. Lay the thin sheet over the turkey breasts, securing with a couple of cocktail sticks. (Anyone who would like leaf fat for your turkey should order early as supplies are limited). 8. About 30 to 40 minutes before the end of the cooking time, remove bacon or remaining fat to allow the skin to colour and crisp.

9. The flavour and texture of any joint of meat or poultry improves greatly if it is allowed to rest after it is cooked, before carving. This allows the juices to be reabsorbed, making the meat succulent, tender and easy to carve. A turkey can quite happily rest for an hour, in a warm place, or covered with foil. This frees up oven space for must-haves like roast potatoes and allows plenty of time to make the gravy. Don’t forget to include this resting time when working out what time to put the turkey into the oven.

10. Make ‘proper’ turkey gravy with the giblets. This will make enough for 8 adults. Early Christmas morning, or Christmas Eve, make the stock. Put the giblets (but not the liver as this can make the gravy bitter) into a large pan with some black pepper, a bouquet garni, an onion peeled and halved, a carrot peeled and halved, a stick of celery and a couple of chopped bacon rashers. Cover with 1.5 litres of cold water. Bring to the boil, cover, lower the heat and simmer for a couple of hours. Strain into a large jug. 11. After removing the cooked turkey from its roasting pan, pour off the pan juices into another jug. Once this liquid has settled, skim the fat off the top with a tablespoon and discard. Put the tin on a low heat on the hob. In a separate bowl, mix the flour gradually with 4 or 5 tablespoons of the juice. When it is a smooth paste, put it back in the roasting pan and cook for a couple of minutes, stirring with a wooden or metal spoon to scrape up any bits from the bottom of the pan, keeping the heat low so that it doesn’t burn. Still stirring, gradually pour in about 800ml of your giblet stock, plus two good tablespoons of redcurrant jelly or cranberry sauce and slowly bring to the boil. Add more stock if the gravy is too thick. Lower the heat and allow to simmer for a few minutes and then serve.

5. Season the skin lightly all over with salt and pepper. You can baste the raw turkey with olive, rapeseed or other vegetable oil, or rub butter all over it, but if you follow the method below, the turkey produces enough of its own fat for basting.

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Your Christmas


• A fresh bird is always best, contact your local butcher in good time to ensure you get the weight you want



• Many butchers offer turkey hampers to save you time and money

• Look for the Quality British Turkey mark for assurance of best standards in welfare, food safety and traceability


• Write a shopping list – check the cupboard for essentials such as herbs, spices, oil



• Make a separate shopping list for fresh ingredients

• Make the brandy butter and refrigerate. • Make and freeze the breadcrumbs for the stuffing • Decide on table decorations to buy or order


• Buy the bulk of your shopping eg Christmas pudding, custard, chocolates etc



• Buy all the dry ingredients required for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and not forgetting Christmas Eve


• Buy fresh food including the turkey (if you haven’t ordered one)



• If cooking a frozen turkey take it out in time to defrost thoroughly  • Don’t forget to order chipolata sausages or buy ahead and freeze


• Collect fresh turkey, sausages and any other orders




ere is your ultimate guide to preparing for the Christmas meal.


• Prepare the stuffing and the gravy. Chill until needed to cook

• Prepare the sprouts and other vegetables. Cover and store in the fridge



• Peel the potatoes, cut to the required size – cover in water with a slice of lemon • Make the cranberry sauce – cover and chill • For a frozen turkey check it is thawed – there should be no ice crystals in the body cavity

M S B R R N F T o S


• Don’t forget to remove giblets from the turkey. Check both neck and cavity!

• Cover the turkey loosely and leave in the fridge overnight at a temperature of no more than 5C • Calculate your roasting times • Lay the table

Visit or call the British Turkey Hotline 0800 783 9994


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he sight of Christmas leftovers fills us with content. Despite the initial ‘I’m too full’ denial, they often taste just as good if not better than the dinner itself. Just when you thought you couldn’t possibly fit in another bite, the comforting scent of bubble and squeak rises from the pan to tempt our taste buds. The cheeseboard may be the last thing you want after the second helping of Christmas Pud, yet the mentality of ‘waste not want not’ stands deeply within us, the Stilton’s staring and it’s hard to say no. But why stick to the traditional turkey sandwiches when it comes to our chosen bird? The British Turkey Information Service at not only provide useful tips on how to prepare your turkey for the big day, but also offer some inventive leftover recipes that will inspire us all to get creative. Here are some of the recipes we found most appealing, and a December Plan to help you get organised.

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Serves: 4

Preparation time: 20 mins Cooking time: 30 mins


• 350g lean British turkey mince • 2 tbsp any oil, plus extra for greasing • 2 small onions, chopped • 2 cloves garlic, chopped • 400g can chopped tomatoes in juice • 200ml water • 10g vegetable stock cube • ¼ tsp chilli powder • 1 tsp dried oregano • 8 small soft tortillas or pliable corn tortillas • 200g Cheddar cheese, grated • 150ml reduced-fat sour cream

chilli, oregano and turkey mince. Mix really well then simmer for 15 minutes. (The mix needs to be quite firm, so it makes it easier to roll, but not too thick). Once thickened, season well with salt and set aside half of the mixture. Lay out the tortillas and divide the cheese into two. Place a little of one half of the turkey mix onto one of the tortillas, then add a little of one half of the cheese. Roll up and place into the prepared dish. Repeat until all the tortillas have been used up. The tighter you can pack them the better. Spoon over the rest of the mince mixture, sprinkle over the rest of the cheese and bake for 15 minutes until brown. Serve with the sour cream. ©Phil Vickery, May 2015


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Preparation time: 10 mins Cooking time: 20 mins


• 2 tablespoons miso paste • 1 tablespoon honey • 1 tablespoon sesame oil • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar or rice wine • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice • 3 tablespoons olive oil • Sea salt • Freshly ground black pepper • 50g of kale • 2 British turkey breasts • 1 tbsp of butter or coconut oil • 30g of toasted flaked almonds • ½ pomegranate • 1 avocado • 2 tbsp of freshly chopped mint


Add the miso, honey, sesame oil, vinegar and lemon juice to a medium bowl, whisking to combine. In a slow, steady stream, whisk in olive oil until emulsified. Season to taste with salt and black pepper. Finely chop the kale into thin slithers and place in a large bowl, and drizzle over ¾ of the dressing. Using your hands, work the vinaigrette throughout the greens, tossing and massaging for 3 minutes until the kale wilts. The leaves should be glistening with vinaigrette, not swimming in it. Leave this to the side while you make the rest of the salad. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large pan. Season the turkey with salt and pepper and pan roast for 6 minutes each side until cooked through. Leave to the side to cool. Cut the avocado in chunks and dip in the rest of the dressing. Mix the avocado with the kale. Remove the pomegranate seeds and mix with the salad. Shred the turkey and mix in with the salad, throw over the flaked almond and freshly chopped mint and serve.


Preparation time: 30 mins Cooking time: 110 mins


• 2 x 500g/1lb 2oz British Turkey boneless turkey breasts • 2tbsp olive oil, plus extra for greasing • 125g/4½oz portobello mushrooms, peeled and finely chopped (or white cap mushrooms) • ½ red pepper, deseeded and finely chopped • 3tbsp chopped fresh parsley • 100g/4oz fresh breadcrumbs • 1 egg, beaten • Salt and black pepper • 550g/1½lb ready to use puff pastry • Milk or beaten egg, to glaze


Heat the oil in a pan and add the mushrooms. Fry for 5 minutes, then add the red pepper and cook for a further 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and transfer to a bowl. Stir in the parsley, breadcrumbs, beaten egg and seasoning and leave to cool. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Spread a large sheet of foil on the work surface

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and brush with olive oil. Place one turkey breast in the centre, cut side up and spread with the stuffing, pressing it down in an even layer. Lay the second breast on top, cut side down. Wrap the foil around the turkey, folding the edges over to make a tight seal. Lift into a shallow roasting tin and cook in the oven for 1¼ hours. Leave to cool before unwrapping the turkey. Roll out about one-third of the pastry to an oblong, lift on to a baking sheet and place the turkey in the centre – the pastry should be large enough to leave a border of about 2.5cm/1in all around. Roll out the rest of the pastry large enough to cover the turkey, brushing the pastry edges with milk or beaten egg and pressing them together to seal. Decorate the parcel with any pastry trimmings, brushing these with milk or beaten egg to fix in place. Chill for 30 minutes or until ready to cook. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Brush the pastry with milk or beaten egg to glaze and bake for about 25 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Serve with a selection of vegetables. Tip: when cooking the pastry-wrapped turkey, use a baking sheet with a lip or a shallow roasting tin to prevent any juices that run out burning on the bottom of the oven.


Preparation time: 15 mins Cooking time: 40 mins


• 1 tbsp of melted coconut oil • 800g British turkey breast mince • 1 small onion, finely diced • 1 small red pepper, finely diced • 1 clove garlic, minced • 2 tbsp chopped fresh organic parsley • A pinch of sea salt and fresh pepper • 2 free range eggs Sauce: • 1 onion, chopped finely • 2 tablespoons coconut oil • 1 garlic clove (crushed) • 1 teaspoon dried thyme • 1 tsp of oregano • 2 x cans of chopped organic tomatoes • 1 teaspoon sea salt


Preheat oven to 180°C. Place all the meatball ingredients in a medium bowl and mix everything together. Roll into 1½-inch size balls. For the sauce fry the onion in a little coconut oil and salt. After five minutes add the rest of the ingredients. Cook for 10 minutes. Place the meatballs on a roasting tray, evenly spaced and pour over the freshly made sauce. Place in your preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes. Enjoy with a side of your favourite vegetables or courgetti. / 55

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Preparation time: 15 mins Cooking time: 15 mins


• 400g spaghetti • 200g British turkey breast fillet, cut into 2cm cubes • 2 tbsp olive oil • 150ml double cream • 3 egg yolks • Salt and pepper • 75g Parmesan cheese, grated


Cook the spaghetti according to the pack instructions, then drain and keep warm. While the spaghetti is cooking, heat the oil in a deep saucepan. Add the turkey and stir fry for 3-4 minutes until cooked through (but not overcooked). Add the cooked spaghetti and mix well. Place the cream and egg yolks into a bowl, whisk well and season with a little salt and pepper. Pour over the hot spaghetti and turkey and mix well off the heat – the yolks will thicken nicely. Finally, add the Parmesan and mix well again. Serve straight away. ©Phil Vickery


Preparation time: 25 mins Cooking time: 45 mins


• 50g butter • 1 tbsp olive oil • 3 sweet potatoes, cut into chunks • 225g chestnut mushrooms • 400g leftover cooked British turkey breast, cut into chunks • 2 garlic cloves, crushed • 2 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only • 1 tbsp brandy • 100ml chicken stock • 150ml double cream • 75g Stilton, crumbled • 375g pack ready rolled puff pastry • 1 small egg, beaten • rock salt

the mushrooms, cooked turkey, garlic and half the thyme and cook for a further 4-5 minutes. Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas mark 6. Pour the brandy over the turkey mixture and allow to bubble for 1 minute, then add the stock and cream and warm through gently. Remove from the heat and stir in the Stilton. Unroll the pastry. Cut 4 pastry lids slightly larger than the 400ml dishes you are using Divide the filling between the 4 dishes. Wet the rim of the dishes with water. Lay the pastry circles over the top and press to the rim firmly. Brush with beaten egg and scatter with rock salt and remaining thyme. Bake for 20 minutes until golden.


Heat the butter and oil in a large frying pan and fry the sweet potatoes and cook over a low heat for 8-10 minutes until just beginning to soften. Stir in

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Seasonal spirits with an international


orget the ghosts of Christmas past, present and yet-to-come, these drinks from around the world are more likely to put you in the holiday mood. Cheers! Proost! Salute!

Cola de mono

A traditional drink for a Chilean Christmas, Cola de Mono translates as ‘Monkey’s Tail’. Nobody really knows where the name comes from, but most assume it has something to do with the high alcohol content making you want to swing from the rafters, like a monkey. To make six to eight portions of this drink, combine a litre of milk (of any kind) with 150g of sugar, 5 cloves, a cinnamon stick, a teaspoon of vanilla extract and a pinch of ground nutmeg in a saucepan and bring it to a gentle boil. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then add 3 tablespoons of instant coffee. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature, then removing the cloves and cinnamon stick. Add aguardiente (or white rum or brandy). You can go for up to 250ml, but be careful because it will be very strong. Then chill for four hours, and serve.


The making of this drink from Germany is even more spectacular than its taste. Its name, translating to ‘Fire Tongs Punch’ may give you some indication. Indeed, there are festivals in Germany dedicated to watching the film of the same name and creating the beverage for the whole town to taste. To make enough for ten or twelve, fill a large pot with three bottles of red wine, 2 cinnamon sticks, and 5 cloves. Also cut up a couple of oranges and lemons and squeeze them, then add to the saucepan. Make sure you do not boil the mixture. Place a German sugar loaf (a sugar cube will do) above the punch. This can be done on a metal rack or in tongs, as the name suggests. Slowly pour high-proof rum on the sugar and let it soak in, then set the loaf on fire (you may wish to light the rum first before you pour it, if this is easier). Ensure the flame doesn’t burn out until all the sugar has gone by adding more rum. The caramelized sugar should drip into the mixture. Serve in mugs.

Sorrel Punch

No, not sorrel the green herb that looks a bit like spinach. This drink is made from the Jamaican flower, probably more commonly known to us as hibiscus. Brewed like a tea, you can choose to have this as an alcohol-free drink or with rum. To make enough for 6 servings, mix 15g coarsely chopped ginger with 50g dried sorrel flowers (find them at Caribbean grocers). Cover with 1.5l boiling water and steep overnight. In a saucepan, combine 200g sugar with 200ml water; boil and stir until dissolved, then allow to cool. Strain the sorrel mixture, then add the sugar water to taste. Chill. Serve with ice and lime wedges, sparkling water, or rum and lime.

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Although not technically a Christmas drink, this Korean cinnamon punch is often served at Thanksgiving and New Year. It can be drunk either hot or cold, with some recipes even suggesting partially freezing it to really bring out the flavours and enjoy a thoroughly refreshing drink, which is really what we all need at Christmas time.

Poppy Milk

In Lithuania, this is part of one of the twelve dishes served on Christmas Eve. Small sweet pastries, kūčiukai, are soaked in poppy milk, and served alongside dishes such as herrings, soups and sauerkraut. There is another drink, kisielius, that is often saved for dessert because the cranberry flavour is so rich. To make enough poppy milk for four servings, place 1kg of poppy seeds in a bowl and cover them with hot water. Leave to sit for at least 10 minutes, then transfer into a blender and blend until smooth. Allow to cool. Get a nut milk bag, or several layers of cheesecloth, and spoon the mixture into the bag over a bowl. Squeeze, discard the pulp, and repeat. Finally, whisk in 2 tablespoons of sugar and a teaspoon of almond extract, and put in the fridge until cool.


This cocktail which originated in Venice, this cocktail is becoming a staple in Italy on Christmas Day. With a name that means “untie”, it is refreshing and perfect for helping your massive Christmas dinner go down. And the recipe is so simple, as well! Half-fill a champagne flute with Prosecco. Add a dash of vodka, followed by a scoop of lemon sorbet. Finish off with fresh mint leaves, and serve.

To make enough for a litre of punch, add 20g skinned and thinly sliced ginger to a half a litre of water in a saucepan. Meanwhile, boil another saucepan with half a litre of water and add the cinnamon sticks to it. Boil both on a medium heat for 40 minutes. Drain the water from both into a larger saucepan (removing the ginger and cinnamon sticks). Add 85g of brown sugar to the saucepan and boil for a further 10 to 20 minutes. Then allow the punch to cool. At this stage you could transfer a little to the freezer and freeze for a few hours, then combine the two punch mixtures again. To serve, you can add pine nuts, dried dates and dried persimmons, to enhance the flavour and scent. / 59

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Sweat out the season in Estonia

Christmas Eve is considered the most sacred, and Estonians really know how to detox before the festive feasting begins, as one of their traditions is bathing in a sauna before mass. With it being one of the oldest holiday traditions, these steam baths may not seem hugely appealing to participate in with all your family members, but undoubtedly it is an icebreaker for those awkward distant relative conversations. Despite Estonians also claiming that their Joulund (Christmas) has no connection with Christianity, another tradition involves bringing home genuine ‘Christmas straw’ which supposedly symbolises the manger. Bathing in a smoke sauna before mass is an Estonian tradition


f you’ve wondered how other countries around the world celebrate Christmas, here is a selection of some weird and wonderful traditions from shoe-tossing to rollerblading! Reykjavik at Christmas

Santa’s competition in Iceland

If you thought one gift-bearing visitor was enough to meet your children’s needs, think again with the Icelandic tradition. From a young age children are taught about an ogress named Grýla, a part troll part animal character living in the mountains with her 13 mischievous sons, her third husband, and black cat. Each year her and her sons come down from the mountains, and for the 13 days leading up to Christmas children receive either sweets or rotten potatoes from each Yule Lad, dependant on how they’ve behaved. Iceland’s Christmas festivities begin on the 23rd December and end on Epiphany, January 6th.

Posada parties in Mexico

Mexicans combine religious traditions with party performances during the festive season. Posada processions represent Mary’s plight for shelter to give birth to Jesus, as Posada means inn or shelter in Spanish. Mexican children re-enact the search for shelter with candles, clay figures, and songs. Every night a different house holds the Posada party, when they eventually find a place to stay, the success is celebrated with food, fireworks, and games. One of the most popular games played during the Posada parties is the piñata. On the final performance on Christmas Eve, a baby Jesus is placed in the manger before midnight mass. Piñatas are popular at Posada parties

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Rollerblading sweeps the streets of Caracas

A festive mood in the Old Town Square, Prague

Get your skates on in Caracas, Venezuela

The capital city of Venezuela travels to Christmas Mass in style, as the unconventional tradition of rollerblading sweeps the streets, blocking off roads to allow the whole city of church-goers to skate to early morning mass. Children take the tradition on with serious dedication, tying one end of a shoelace to their toe whilst hanging the other end out the window, allowing the early morning skaters to give a friendly pull to the lace as they pass – what a wakeup call! During the festive period that begins on December 16th, Venezuelans also light firecrackers and ring bells to wake worshippers in the early hours of the morning ready for mass.

Romantic fates sealed in the Czech Republic

Single folk in the Czech Republic who are looking for love set all their hopes on the tradition of shoe-tossing during Christmas Day. The shoe determines just how successful their love life will be during the following year - as women stand with their backs to the front door they toss the shoe over their shoulder. If the shoe lands pointing towards the door they will be married soon, if it doesn’t they have to patiently wait for more luck next year. A tradition with much more pressure than a simple kiss under the mistletoe!

A Christmas market in Frankfurt. Inset: Chocolate figures of Krampus and St Nicholas

St. Nicholas’s evil shadow in Germany

Not quite the Santa’s Little Helper you’d expect, the unnerving legendary figure Krampus is said to be the ‘Son of Hel’ in Norse mythology. Krampus has continued to frighten German children into behaving themselves before both St. Nicholas and Krampus come to visit, as they run the risk of being whipped and dragged into the demonic figures lair if they don’t – a questionable parenting tactic to say the least. December 6th holds two contrasting traditions for Germany’s children, with being both Nikolaustag meaning St. Nicolas Day where they await to see if their shoe or boot has been filled with rewards from the trusted St. Nic, whilst also being Krampusnacht or Krampus Night, where the fearsome figure comes to punish the bad. A unified front from both characters is sure to make kids think twice during the festive period in Germany.

Unusual festive delicacies in Greenland

Greenland is believed to be the home of Santa Claus

If you thought brussel sprouts were bad, Christmas cuisine in Greenland is sure to make you think twice. ‘Mattak’ is a delicacy consisting of whale skin with a strip of blubber inside. Supposedly tasting like coconut, the dish can sometimes become too chewy to taste like much at all. But aside from the unusual cuisine, Greenland is the hub of Christmas cheer for children as it’s believed that Mr Claus himself lives there in a place called Spraglebugten, with other traditions including illuminating houses with festive lights and children singing carols.

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Nativity scenes and friendly witches in Italy

Celebrating Christmas is a lengthy affair in Italian tradition, covering several weeks from early December until the day of Epiphany on the 6th January. The iconic nativity scene derives from Italy, with St Francis renowned for creating the first nativity scene in 1223. Father Christmas, known as ‘Babbo Natale’ delivers gifts to children on Christmas Eve, but they can only be exchanged on January 6th – the day of Epiphany, the day after the good witch ‘Befana’ has made an evening delivery. Legend has it that she searches each house to find the ‘Christ child’, sweeping the year’s problems away with her broom as she goes. / 61

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3 in 4 people don’t know their rights

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hristmas is busier than ever for Citizens Advice with up to 3 in 4 people not knowing their rights when shopping, working or borrowing money- make sure you do. This month, Julie a volunteer adviser at the local Charity answers a selection of questions from her clients.

Q: I am not sure if my friends and family will like what I’ve bought them for Christmas. If they don’t like their presents can they exchange them? A: You don’t have an automatic right to get your money back if you just change your mind about something you’ve bought and there’s nothing wrong with it. It’s the same no matter how expensive the item was it’s really down to the seller whether they offer you anything so if you think that the recipient might want to return your gift, check the retailer’s policy on returns before you buy. Even though they don’t have to do it by law, lots of shops will say you can return gifts within a certain time frame as long as they’re not used. The shop’s returns policy might be written on your receipt, or you could check their website or call your local branch to ask. Your rights are different if you bought

goods online, over the phone or by mail order. You automatically get a 14-day ‘cooling-off period’ when you buy something you haven’t seen in person. The cooling-off period starts as soon as you receive your order, and there doesn’t need to be anything wrong with the item for you to get a refund. There are some exceptions, for example you won’t get a coolingoff period when you buy something that deteriorates quickly - like flowers & food or an item that was personalised or custom-made for you. If you think that there’s a problem with the item you might have different rights. For further information visit: www.

or telephone the Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06.

Q: I have recently lost my job and I haven’t got enough money to buy my children many presents this year. Where is the best place to go to get a loan? A: As you are now out of work, Citizens Advice can check that you are claiming all of the money that you are entitled to for your family, and we can help you to budget. Before you think about borrowing call us on 03444 111 444 or drop in to your local office for further help. Citizens Advice always sees a big surge in debt problems in the New Year with people in a desperate state because they’ve run up thousands of pounds worth of debt just to cover their Christmas spending, and they have no idea how

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they’re going to pay it back. No one wants to see their children go without presents and we all deserve a few treats but the heartache of spiraling debt is not worth blowing your whole budget. It’s all too easy to overspend, but a bit of planning before the festive season can stop you falling into debt . The Money Advice service’s Christmas money planner can help you to prepare for Christmas: www. moneyadviceservice. christmas-money-planner. For those intending to borrow money, here are some handy tips for taking out a loan or using credit cards: • work out your budget before you borrow to make sure you can afford the repayments • always look at the total amount you will have to repay when borrowing money. A shorter repayment period may be better than a slightly lower Annual Percentage Rate • make sure you know the difference between secured and unsecured loans. A secured loan means you can lose your home if you don’t keep  up the repayments • be careful about borrowing more money to pay off existing debts. This might seem like a good idea in the short-term, but can too often lead to more serious longer-term problems • beware of loan sharks. Lenders have to be authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). People who lend money without being FCA authorised are breaking the law, they are known as loan sharks and often work from home, charge

very high rates of interest and don’t give you much paperwork to confirm the arrangements they have made with you. Loan sharks often take other illegal action to collect the money they have lent you, such as threatening violence, taking away your credit cards or valuables and have been known to force non-payers into prostitution and drug dealing. You can find out whether a money lender is authorised by checking the register on the FCA website at If you borrowed money from someone who isn’t FCA authorised, you haven’t broken the law, they have. If you think a loan shark is operating without being FCA authorised, call in confidence to the Illegal Money Lending Hotline on 0300 555 2222.

Q: I am 16 and employed as a temporary seasonal worker. Do I have a right to be paid the minimum wage?

and casual workers, people on zero hours contracts and agency workers. Some people are not entitled to the minimum wage for example if they are under 16, in the armed forces, an apprentice, volunteer or doing work experience. You can check if minimum wage applies to you  using the TUC’s checker on www. - or call the ACAS helpline on 0300 123 1100. If you think that you’re not getting the minimum wage when you should be getting it try having an informal chat with your employer. Ask them to explain how they’ve worked out your pay, and to tell you why they think you’re not entitled to be paid minimum wage. If you need further help call in to your local Citizens Advice office, contact us on 03444 111 444 or visit: www.

Citizens Advice Sleaford Office: Moneys Yard, Carre Street, Sleaford, NG34 7TW Open: Monday - Wednesday 9.00am - 4.00pm Thursday 9.00am - 3.00pm & 4.00pm - 7.00pm Friday 9.00am - 4.00pm

A: The national minimum wage for age 16 – 17 year olds is £4.00.Most people who work are entitled to get paid at least the National Minimum Wage. This includes temporary

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The Good, the Bad and the Smug by By Tom Holt

This is the fourth in the YouSpace series. Things are changing in Goblinland. The new king, Mordak, has presented a manifesto of New Evil which is receiving a critical response; the she-Elf Efluviel has journalistic ambitions which will lead her to a surprising participation in world events; and Rumpelstiltskin has arrived from an alternative universe to disrupt the economic equilibrium. Who will be able to restore the balance – and how much of a balance is it, really? If you like Terry Pratchett and J.R.R. Tolkein you will enjoy this book. The first three in the series are: Doughnut, When It’s A Jar, The Outsorcerer’s Apprentice

Review by Jane McQuade, Sleaford Library

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Author Nick Hornby also wrote amongst other titles High Fidelity and About a Boy. Funny Girl has been adapted as a stage musical in London starring Sheridan Smith. Set in the 1960s the story tells of local Blackpool girl Barbara Parker who is crowned Miss Blackpool. However, in spite of having no experience, Barbara’s sights are set on finding fame and fortune in London as a comic actress. Her heroine is the American comic star Lucille Ball, whose act Barbara learns by heart. She leaves Blackpool and her family and becomes Sophie Straw with a successful comedy series of her own. Her dream has come true. The story is fictional, but interweaved with factual references from the world of entertainment, music, fashion of the “Swinging Sixties”. This lends a believable background to the character of Sophie Straw and her fellow actors. The result is a humorous, engaging and sharply observed novel which I thoroughly enjoyed. Review by Jane McQuade, Sleaford Library

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