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28 Food & Drink

38 Home & Garden

62 Entertainment

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Community News


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Find out about Lincolnshire’s most haunted places to visit

28 Wine Expert

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30 Spooky Not Stirred

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34 Kitchen Shortcuts

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38 Upcycling

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42 October In The Garden

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58 Citizens Advice

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62 The Entertainment Guide

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Community News Conservation Volunteer Programme Restarts at Mareham Pastures


leaford’s Local nature reserve Mareham Pastures restarts its popular conservation volunteer programme again in October, with monthly activities being run through to 2018.


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oin in with ghostly fun and activities at the 18th century Cogglesford Watermill in Sleaford on 31 October. The creaky old Cogglesford Watermill will be celebrating Halloween with spooky activities on Halloween evening. Explore the mill and follow the terrifying trails before settling down with some spooky stories. Fancy dress is welcome, the evening is suitable for all ages. The event is free entry and runs from 6:00pm-7:30pm at Cogglesford Watermill, East Road Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 7EQ.

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The Linc-Con: Lincoln’s Comic Convention L incoln’s Engine Shed is excited to announce that the ever-popular Super Hero ComicCon event will be returning on 7 October 2017 to Lincoln.

This year’s event will build on 2016’s success with much more to see and more to do, offering everything that made 2016 great and more. All of your favourite heroes and villains, gaming, attractions, more stage acts and more. From cosplay and anime, to comics and movies – there’s something for everyone at this year’s Lincoln’s answer to Comic-Con. The event will be held at The Engine Shed, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, LN6 7TS. For more information and to book tickets, visit:

Guided Walk through Belton House’s Parkland


isit Belton House for A National Trust Event on 8 October to explore Belton’s parkland. Join Head Ranger Chris, for a guided walk through Belton Park during the rutting season. Discover how the ranger team manage the heard of over 300 fallow deer at Belton. Followed by a tea or coffee in the Stables Restaurant. Booking for the event is essential. Dogs on leads are welcome. Gates open 09.30, the walk will start at 11.00am and end at around 13.00pm. Meet at Visitor Reception prior to the walk. To book tickets and for more information, call: 01476 566116 or visit:

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Both schools will be open to parents and their children who are considering admission to the school in Year 7 in September 2018 on Wednesday 18 October 2017 from 9.15am until 12.30pm. Tours of the school will be conducted by students and members of the senior team will be available to discuss admissions. Appointments are not required.

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uskington Methodist Church welcome you to their special evening event on 26 October with Len and Barbara, contemporary Christian singers and songwriters who live locally in Sleaford. They spent eleven years in Cyprus, where they were part of the leadership in a Filipino Church. With this experience, they share their encounters with God through music and words. Admission is free with a retiring collection. The evening begins at 7:30pm at the Ruskington Methodist Church, Chapel Street, Ruskington. Everyone is welcome.



Lincoln Sausage Festival at Lincoln Castle V isit one of Lincolnshire’s most popular food events this month. Each October, the Lincoln Sausage Festival celebrates the county’s most iconic export - with visitors tucking into more than 30,000 individual sausages on the day.

This year’s festival is on 14 October, with free entry for children, just £1 for adults and a picturesque setting of cobbled streets and dramatic castle, it’s no surprise that the festival is one of the region’s top foodie events. Against the backdrop of the newlook Lincoln a host of stalls will fill the castle grounds and the surrounding Castle Square. As well as the best Lincolnshire produce from award winning Select Lincolnshire members, there will also be children’s entertainment, live entertainment and cookery demonstrations. The Rotary Club of Lincoln Colonia, in association with Select Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire County Council, Lincoln

Castle, and the Lincoln Business Improvement Group, host the Lincoln Sausage Festival. The event will run from 10am-5pm, tickets are available on the day from Rotary Club outside the Castle gates.


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Toy Collection Fair at Lincolnshire Showground


ased in the Exhibition Hall, Lincolnshire Showground are hosting an exciting toy collection fair on 8 October, from 10am2:30pm. Showground regulars J & J Webb Fairs have more than 25 years’ experience making all their events enjoyable whether you’re buying or selling. The 200 table event is a trove of collectables, where you’ll find an endless variety of collectables, potentially including Corgi, Lledo, Efe, Matchbox, Hornby, Bachmann, Model Railways, Sci Fi, Star Wars, film and TV related items, Military Vehicles, Lead and Plastic Figures, Scalextric, Action Man, Dinky Toys, Planes,

Buses, Modern Trucks, Tractors and Farm Models, Display Cabinets and very much more. The fair is open to everyone - collectors and enthusiasts, young and old. For more information, call 01522 880383 or visit

Laura Ellen Bacon: Rooted in Instinct at the NCCD in Sleaford


his Autumn, The National Centre for Craft & Design is proud to present Rooted in Instinct —a new collection of work developed especially for NCCD by Woman’s Hour Craft Prize nominee and British Sculptor, Laura Ellen Bacon. Rooted in Instinct is a unique exhibition demonstrating an evolution of the intuitive making process that has dominated Bacon’s practice to date. It is a pivotal moment in the artist’s career, featuring unexpected and familiar forms in willow and new explorations in thatch, further developing the possibilities of traditional hand weaving and knotting techniques. In response to NCCD’s history as an old seed warehouse, new abstract sculptures create height, density and detail. The forms are all at once majestic, immersive and ‘protective’ with a unique sense of connectivity to

the heritage crafts and architecture of the Lincolnshire landscape. Laura’s collection will be exhibited from 21 October, until 14 of January in the Main Gallery.

Alternative Therapies & Natural Healing Event


easingham Village Hall is hosting an organised community event this month aimed at anyone affected by autism, mental illness including stress, depression and anxiety, full time carers and anyone who is interested in alternative therapy and natural healing. Held on 21 October, the event will have some great therapists offering advice and testers for various alternative therapies, with multiple workshops running throughout the day. The wellbeing event

will also host a coffee corner for people to sit and chat to like-minded people and get support. An information station will also be available to help signpost visitors to groups and organisations that could help them on a long term basis. The day will run from 10am-4pm at Leasingham Village Hall, Chapel Lane, Leasingham, NG34 8LB. For more information, visit: events/258901961290354/?ti=cl

Barnsdale Hall celebrates 25 years as a worldwide holiday destination with RCI Group


arnsdale Hall Hotel has recently celebrated 25 years as a worldwide holiday destination with its association with RCI Group. Since affiliating with the RCI Holiday Exchange programme in 1992, Barnsdale Hall’s relationship with RCI group has continued to grow with impressive results.

Vice President Dimitris Manikis commented on Barnsdale Hall’s success: “Barnsdale Country Club affiliated to the RCI Holiday Exchange programme in 1992. Benefiting from a prime location in England’s smallest county, Rutland, overlooking the beautiful Rutland Water conservation area, it has long been a much-in-demand holiday option for our members. At RCI we do everything in our power to ensure the resorts affiliated to our programme provide a quality holiday experience in every way. The staff at Barnsdale have always been one hundred per cent behind us in this, having held a top RCI resort quality award for the entire 25 years of its operation and affiliation with RCI. For the past 14 years, Barnsdale has held the RCI Gold Crown quality rating and it can be very proud of that fantastic achievement.” This is of course a great success for Rutland’s Barnsdale Hall, General Manager Russell Waters echoed this excitement “This is a fantastic achievement for Barnsdale Hall Hotel and with this close relationship with RCI creates a much bigger exposure worldwide for Rutland, the smallest county in the UK”. For more information about Barnsdale Hall, visit:

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The Spires and Steeples Challenge will celebrate 10 years this year inspiring more people to get out and enjoy the great outdoors


his year’s Spires and Steeples Challenge will take place on Sunday 15 October and is a 26 or 13 mile run or walk from Lincoln to Sleaford following the Spires and Steeples Arts & Heritage Trail, an off-road trail that winds through the picturesque villages of North Kesteven in aid of WheelPower which provides sports wheelchairs, training and support to disabled people. Participants are also welcome to raise funds for their own respective charities. Now in its 10th year, the Challenge has attracted participants from across the country; from serious runners to newcomers, the Challenge welcomes participants of all ages and abilities. With options to walk and run as well as the choice of a 13 or 26 mile challenge the Challenge aims to encourage as many people as possible to take part. “We’re really looking forward to this year’s Challenge!” said events organiser Jade

Oliver, “we have some great ideas planned for this year and really looking forward to cheering everyone over the finish line and celebrating their fantastic achievement!” The route follows the Spires and Steeples Arts & Heritage Trail which is a village to village trail giving participants a chance to experience Lincolnshire’s countryside at its very best; not to mention the beautiful artworks scattered along the route linking the trail to the communities living in villages along the route. Entries cost £18 per person for the 26 mile run/walk and £15 per person for the 13 mile run/walk. Participants must be 16 years and over to enter the 26 mile run, however anyone aged 14-15 years may enter the 26 mile walk or 13 mile walk / run but must be accompanied by an adult. To enter online, visit spiresandsteepleschallenge and follow the online entry link. Please note there will be a small admin charge. For telephone entries please call 01522 694353 and the events team will take your booking over the phone – this is a free service. You can also enter by post – application forms can be found on the Spires and Steeples Challenge Facebook group or you can call the events team on 01522 694353 who will happily send you a copy. The event will also include entertainment at the finish for participants and their family and friends to enjoy. It will also create a great atmosphere for when

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incolnshire is one of the most historic counties in the UK, so it’s unsurprising there are some haunting tales to tell from some of its ancient sites, with spooky sightings dating back through many generations. If you dare to visit these haunted spots, get your bundles of sage and garlic at the ready for Lincolnshire’s most haunted places to visit.

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Ghostly sightings on the allegedly haunted stretch of the A15 road are amongst the most well known in Lincolnshire’s spooky history. Most of the unsettling sightings are reported along the Southern stretch of the road, with many ghoulish figures seen such as a little girl dressed in pink, a phantom cyclist, a hitchhiker in a leather jacket and even phantom horses. But these sightings are just the tip of the haunted iceberg, as the even spookier tale of the ‘Ruskington Horror’ has been circulating locally since the sixties. This infamous figure has figured in many reports of ‘something’ running out in front of people’s vehicles as they approach to turn off for Ruskington. The male figure has been depicted by reporters in many ways, but mainly as a man with his arm raised who abruptly appears in front of the car. Even more strangely, some drivers initially believe they have struck a pedestrian and stop and get out, but nobody ever finds a trace of the spooky figure. Sightings have been recorded since the sixties, so watch out if you’re braving the spooky southern stretch of the A15.

in Lincolnshire GREESTONE STAIRS A focal point for paranormal activity in Lincoln is Greestone stairs. With many sightings and unexplained goings-on in the area, there seems to be hauntings from various different ghosts at work. One of the most common sightings is a report of the spirit of a woman said to come from Saint Joseph’s convent. She has been frequently seen carrying a baby in her arms, people also report seeing the spirit of a cleric on the stairs standing under a crooked lamppost.

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BROWN’S PIE SHOP This popular pie shop in Lincoln is home to one of the most famous ghosts in Lincolnshire. With a mysterious yet telling history, the shop has been visited by many paranormal investigators including Derek Anchora from Most Haunted. Thought to have been built in the 17th century, Browns Pie Shop was originally a pub called the Fox and Hounds. Eerily, Mrs Williamson, wife of then owner John Williamson died in the building at midnight on the 17 July 1800. More recently, Browns Pie Shop is now

frequently contacted by their resident and popular ghost, named Humphrey. He makes himself known to kitchen staff by making them feel like they are being watched, his mischievous presence is usually felt in the morning. A past head chef became accustomed to Humphrey by learning to greet him upon arrival at the kitchen, to avoid smashed plates or moved objects. Although Humphrey is a friendly ghost, reports of a more sinister presence on the upper floor of the building have been frequent. Cold sensations and witnesses seeing keys being ripped from doors make for a chilling tale.

Named the most haunted building in Peterborough, the museum has been visited by numerous paranormal investigators including the popular TV show Most Haunted. The original building was made as a private home for the local magistrate in 1816, but was built upon the foundations of a much older property whose cellars still remained. There has been a wide and frequent level of paranormal activity reports. When Most Haunted visited, the heavy cellar doors shut with no explanation, amongst other phenomena. The most well-known ghost at the museum is a figure named Thomas Hunter, an Australian soldier that passed away from his wounds in the building back when the museum was a hospital in 1916. Reports suggest a nurse who treated him saw his spirit first, just after his passing.


GAINSBOROUGH OLD HALL The infamous Grey Lady that supposedly resides at Gainsborough Old Hall is a famous ghostly figure in Lincolnshire. Sightings of the Grey Lady walking the ‘Ghost Corridor’ have been part of local legend from before the Victorian era. Dressed in grey and in Tudor style, the grey lady walks the length of the corridor and turns right before the end to disappear through a wall. In the 1960’s, the lath and plaster removed from this wall revealed a Tudor doorway – at the exact spot where the grey lady walks through the wall! Local legend says the Grey Lady is thought to be the daughter of the Lord of the Manor who fell in love with a poor soldier and planned to elope with him. Her father discovered the plan, locked her away in the tower where she died from a broken heart. Supposedly, the girl’s spirit still wanders the tower and the corridor endlessly waiting for her lover to arrive. This tragic tale attracts many visitors to the Old Hall.

With its rich history, Lincoln Cathedral has some haunting tales to tell. In 1349, the Black Death swept over Lincoln. The city’s population decreased rapidly as the bubonic plague took its toll on the city’s inhabitants. There was a shortage of space in the city to deal with the dead bodies and the church couldn’t keep up with

the amount of corpses that needed to be blessed and buried on consecrated church ground. As a result, the bodies were piled up and given a mass burial on grounds to the right of the cathedral, near the top of Greestone steps opposite the cathedral doors which are nicknamed ‘the judgment porch’. It is said that once a year, on the anniversary of their burial, the ghosts of those buried in the grave rise from the ground and march in procession to the judgment gate, singing for the salvation of their souls, as they attempt to end the struggle of being stuck between heaven and hell. Spooky stuff !

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Top health benefits of


he flavour of pumpkin has hit food trends in full force, with pumpkin-spiced lattes being a staple in coffee shops, and pumpkin seeds being sprinkled over every salad. But we shouldn’t dismiss the pumpkin itself, its super-food health benefits place it as one of the healthiest options to eat amongst all this month’s Halloween sweets.

HEALTHY HEART Protect your heart this Halloween by adding pumpkin to your diet. Research shows that consuming foods that are high in fibre can reduce the risk of heart disease. Looking to fruits and vegetables as your source of fibre rather than less healthy options like bread is the best option.

BETA-CAROTENE BENEFITS You’ll save pumpkins for more than carving after hearing these benefits. Pumpkin is one of the best known sources of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that gives orange fruits and vegetables their vibrant colour. Once it’s eaten, beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A. Consuming vitamin A can reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer, offer protection against heart disease and asthma, and delay aging and body degeneration.

SECURE YOUR SLEEP Avoid ghostly nightmares this Halloween with pumpkin seeds, as they are rich in an amino acid called tryptophan that helps sleep. This ingredient contributes to that post-meal sleepiness and also helps the body make serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter than helps you unwind. Pumpkin seeds improve your sleep and your mood.

BOOST YOUR BLINKERS See what goes bump in the night with better vision by eating pumpkin. 225g of pumpkin impressively contains almost twice the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which promotes good vision, especially in dim light. The antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene have all shown to support eye health and prevent degenerative damage. LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE Vampires won’t catch you out this Halloween if you start eating pumpkin seeds, as they are high in potassium which helps reduce blood pressure. Increased potassium intake is also associated with a reduced risk of stroke and protection against loss of muscle mass. Pumpkin seed oil contains particularly high levels of phytoestrogens which is beneficial to preventing high blood pressure.

Pumpkin seeds can help improve your sleep.

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Herbal Halloween T

he nights are drawing in as the clocks go back and there is a definite nip in the air! Between the warm balmy summer days and the frost of winter lies Halloween. Steeped in tradition going back over 2000 years, Samhain, is an ancient Celtic celebration, marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter and is still recognised today. According to the Celts, the boundary between the dead and the living was at its thinnest on Samhain allowing spirits to ‘pass through’. The celebration is now more typically known as Halloween, taken from All Hallows Eve, which in turn was shortened to Hallow Evening (Hallowe’en). Come the 31 October, I rather like the opportunity to dress up in something ‘witchy’ and tell ghost stories round the fire with friends and neighbours! I also got to thinking about the use of herbs during Halloween or Samhain and the history of their use. A little research threw up a few interesting ones which I thought I would share with you. While connected with the tradition of Halloween, the herbs below are used extensively today by Herbalists for their medicinal qualities. However, while we may still use a pestle and mortar and have a mixture bubbling away on the stove, we tend to leave out the eye of newt and toe of frog!

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Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary)

Certain botanicals were thought to align with the energies of the season, one of which being rosemary. During Halloween, the herb was used to symbolise remembrance of passed loved ones. Rosemary was also put over the cradle of babies for protection as well as under pillows. As a herb of remembrance, rosemary was often carried in funeral processions, playing a significant part in burial ceremonies. The quote ‘rosemary for remembrance’ has merit. The herb contains certain constituents that have been shown to improve concentration and memory (Perry, et al., 217). It’s not just memory that rosemary is ‘remembered’ for though. The Arabic physicians Dioscorides and Galen noted its properties in helping circulatory weakness, cold sluggish conditions, apoplexy and all manor of palsies from head to toe (Wood, 2008). Perhaps that

is why they saw it as a ‘protective herb’ at Samhain. The herb is used today for several conditions and disorders including respiratory, digestive, circulatory, mental and emotional, a nerve and brain tonic, joint ailments and has also been shown to help improve immunity (McIntyre, 2010)

Sambucus nigra (Elder)

The ancient druids considered the elder tree to be magical, possessed by an old women or sage (Lady Ellhorn) who was to be treated with respect as she carried messages between the dead and the living. Apparently if you stood under the tree around the time of Samhain or Halloween, you would be able to see the faery king! Drying the leaves and hanging them from the door of the house (not inside as that was considered unlucky during Samhain), or wearing the leaves around the neck also protected the individual or home from evil spirits. The elder tree also grows relatively quickly from any part symbolising regeneration and life force which, it could be said, alludes to its amazing properties and many uses (Grieve, 1931). Historically, elder was a firm staple in the medicine cabinet and both the flower and the berry are used extensively today, due to its many health benefits. The herb has many great qualities including immune enhancing, antimicrobial, anti-

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HOW WITCHES FLY!? Witches flying about on broomsticks is always portrayed in Halloween movies and books, but where did that association come from? Well, historians suggest it was the use of certain psychoactive herbs typically from the Solanaceae (nightshade) family. These include Atropa belladonna (deadly nightshade), Datura stramonium (thornapple) and Hyoscyamus niger (henbane). Containing tropane alkaloids (hallucinogenic chemicals), these herbs were likely used during the middle ages to make witches brews and salves. The hallucinogenic, mind altering and lucid dreaming properties of these herbs would be a likely explanation for ‘flying witches’ and other such Halloween tales. A word of caution with the herbs mentioned above and psychoactive herbs in general. As a medical herbalist, I know these herbs have some great medicinal qualities when used correctly. However, they should only ever be used by a qualified medical herbalist. They are powerful herbs and as such can be powerfully dangerous • Elderberries fresh or dried – as many and deadly. So please do not go out picking or using herbs/plants from the as you like depending on how much nightshade family and enjoy your Herby Halloween! you want to make. You can start with a cupful and always make more later! • Ginger 1 tablespoon per cup of berries if said to ward off evil. Yarrow was a typical inflammatory and as a decongestant and fresh or 1 teaspoon if dried ingredient wise women would use when anti-catarrhal, useful as we enter the ‘cold • Ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon per cup of preparing a witch’s potion as it was thought and flu’ season (McIntyre, 2010). Studies berries to help them fly (Grieve, 1931). Considered indicate that Elderberry can reduce cold • Ground cloves ¼ teaspoon per cup of ‘master of the blood’ by early traditional and flu symptoms and duration and not berries western herbalists, it is still known for its just during the winter season. Those holiday • Raw honey local if possible actions on the blood and circulatory system, flights where you end up catching a cold among its many other properties. These the first few days you arrive can benefit METHOD: Collect fresh elderberries include as an aid to digestion, relieving from a prescription from the elderberry making sure the berries are black on red congestion in colds and flu inducing a medicine chest (Tiralongo, et al., 2016) stems (ripe). Remove as much of the stem sweat helping to break a fever, boosting the as possible. Place in pan and add water at immune system, anti-inflammatory and a ratio of around 1:1 water to fresh berries. improving circulation (McIntyre, 2010). You can use dried elderberries for an equally Yarrow leaves were traditionally tasty and healthy syrup. Place your dried In the middle ages, yarrow was used to keep applied to staunch bleeding elderberries in a pan and add water at a ratio away evil spirits, tied to a toddlers cradle to wounds and I have used it of 2:1 water to berries (so more water). Add prevent the child’s soul from being stolen by myself for this purpose ginger (fresh or dried), cloves and ground witches. Placed across thresholds, it was also with great effect! cinnamon. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and let simmer for around 20 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool slightly and once cool strain through cheesecloth or a sieve. Make sure you get all the lovely juice out! Measure the juice and add an equal amount of honey to juice – stir well until fully mixed. Decant into sterilized jars. Take a spoonful daily to ward off colds and flu, put in yogurts, on pancakes and it tastes great! Keep in a cool place or preferably the refrigerator and this syrup should last up to a year.


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Le Montrachet

The apogee of



ver the past few months I have looked at wines for enjoying at BBQs and summer parties. These events lend themselves to easy-drinking wines, rustic but fun and lower in cost because they tend to involve larger numbers of guests. That’s all well and good but sometimes, either for a special occasion or when you have the sort of friends over who enjoy great wines, it’s a great opportunity to open a few of your favourite bottles.

If I could only ever drink one white wine again, it would be a Chardonnay and only from Montrachet. If one goes back to the 1990s a conversation might go like this. What would you like to drink? Ooh, a white wine please but ABC. ABC? Yes, Anything But Chardonnay! The 1980s and 1990s were a period in winemaking across the world that were driven by influential critics scores. United States based Robert Parker, perhaps the most listened to wine critic in the world, would highly score wines with huge flavours, of great power and which were heavily oaked. Winemakers began to make their wines to suit his scoring and thus a decade or more of atypical wines followed. I think we can all remember the full-throttle Australian whites of the period that tasted more of butter and vanilla than grapes! Chardonnay’s curse is that it can grow practically anywhere. It is found in the oldest wine growing region in the world (reputedly to be Georgia) and extensively across the New World. It is even commonly grown in the UK, where grapes struggle to ripen, because of its flexibility and adaptability. It is a fairly neutral wines

whose aromas and flavours can be easily influenced by the manner in which it is grown and where it is grown (what type of soil, altitude, sun hours, water levels etc.) and how the wine is actually made, most notably, the influence of oak ageing. The Chardonnay grape can deliver wines of enormous variation, from savoury to rich, citrus to spicy as well as being the unrivalled base wine for Champagne. If ever a grape was chameleon in its malleability, Chardonnay is it. However, grown in perfect locations and attended by meticulous winemakers, Chardonnay can more than match any other white wine variety. It is in this context that I return to Le Montrachet, the spiritual home of Chardonnay and the absolute pinnacle of this grape variety and arguably, any white wine in the world. The hill of Montrachet spans the two communes of Puligny and Chassagne

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Montrachet at the southern half of the Cote D’Or in Burgundy. The Grand Cru site of Montrachet itself covers 20 acres and is surrounded by various almost-as-good delimited vineyard areas such as Batard-Montrachet, Bievenues-Batard Montrachet and Chevallier Montrachet, all fantastic in their own right but never quite reaching the summit of Montrachet itself. The main reason for Montrachet’s unrivalled quality is twofold: firstly is ancient limestone marl soil and secondly, its near perfect south-easterly exposition, meaning it has the sun from dawn ‘til dusk ensuring great health, ripeness and quality of its grapes. The wine pictured is a Le Montrachet, Grand Cru, 2006 from esteemed producer Marc Colin. His wines come from the Chassagne side of the Hill and exhibit more fatness and structure than those from the Puligny side. However, all Montrachet Grand Cru wines have smouldering power, depth, concentration, complexity and presence. That is not to say they are over-oaked, heavy, blousy and flabby. On the contrary, they have precision, focus, a great core of minerality and perfect balance. The wine is a deep lemon-gold, clear and limpid. On the nose we have a lemon citrus note with a touch of almond and white stone fruit. The flavour is pronounced; unctuous, silky and rich. Glorious notes of citrus fruits (great acidity and lift), nutty almond and honeysuckle with ripe pear and soft white fruit undertones. It is a hugely complex wine; a veritable peacocks tail of flavours, wave after wave. The finish goes on and on. A genuine 19/20 wine. Quality comes, as you might expect, at a price. This wine, if you can find it, would cost around £400 per bottle today. Clearly, its not an everyday drinking wine but for a very special birthday or wedding, maybe. However, don’t let that put you off because for 10% of the price you can enjoy 75% of the quality of Le Montrachet if you know where to look. Try to seek out wines from the communes of PulignyMontrachet or Chassagne-Montrachet. Look out for, from the Puligny commune, premier cru’s Clavoillons, Perriers, Les Referts and especially, Les Pucelles and from the Chassagne commune, Les Chevenottes, En Cailleret and Les Ruchots. Expect to pay around £40 per bottle, minimum. Your best bets, apart from specialist wine merchants are Waitrose, M&S, Adnams, Amps of Oundle, Majestic and the Stamford Cheese and Wine Shop. These wines are a perfect match for chicken, pork or white fish. In fact the best wine-dinner match I have ever enjoyed was a roast turbot dish with a Domaine Leflaive, Pucelles, 2002 at Rick Stein’s fish restaurant. Truly, a match made in heaven! For a special occasion, these wines will really shine and I know you will have immense enjoyment. Wine is something to be shared and enjoyed and no more so that when pushing the boat out. Nunc Est Bidendum!



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not Stirred Five Easy Halloween Cocktails


alloween for kids is all about dressing up, trick-otreating, and an over-consumption of confectionary. But why should all the Halloween fun just be for them? For the adults who love getting into the Halloween spirit, these cocktails are just for you. If you’re planning on hosting a ghoulish get-together, or simply want to try your hand at creating something spooky, impress your friends and family with these easy yet impressive seasonal cocktails that’ll give an extra paranormal punch to your party.


Bloody Mary You can’t get much more Halloween than a classic Bloody Mary. Whether you’re preparing them for your party, or to cure the hangover the next morning, these deliciously sharp cocktails are not to be missed out on your Halloween checklist. INGREDIENTS 50ml vodka 150ml/5fl oz of tomato juice ½ lemon, juice only 3 dashes of Tabasco sauce 6 dashes of Worcestershire sauce A pinch of salt and pepper Celery stick METHOD

1. To prepare, fill a tall glass with ice. 2. Pour in the measure of Vodka and add tomato juice. 3. Add your Tobasco and Worcestershire sauce, plus the salt and pepper until you achieve your desired taste. Make sure you stir it well before tasting on each occasion. 4. Garnish with a celery stick or two, and a straw. For a Halloween twist – coat the rim of the glass with sugar and black food dye, and perhaps place a fake spider in the cocktail.

Vampires Kiss You might get more than you bargained for with this blood-thirsty martini, a staple for the vampires amongst us. Simple to prepare and rich with raspberry flavour, add an extra twist with red or black salt around the rim of your glass for an extra kick to your vampire’s kiss. INGREDIENTS 60 ml raspberry vodka 60ml Chambord or raspberry liqueur 90ml cranberry juice METHOD

1. Before serving, chill your martini glass by adding ice and water. 2. Put the vodka, raspberry liqueur and cranberry juice into a cocktail shaker and shake thoroughly.


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Blood Orange Margarita Margaritas are a classic cocktail choice, why not give them a Halloween twist by using vampire-attracting blood oranges. Rich in colour and full of citrus flavour, these blood orange margaritas are a firm favourite.


Witches Brew Looking for the things that go bump in the night? This neon cocktail could light the way to your ghost-hunt with its bright colouring. Striking in appearance and refreshing taste, you’ll want to invite your friends over for some witches brew. INGREDIENTS 170 grams of lime gelatin 360ml of pineapple juice 240ml vodka 500ml of Sprite METHOD

1. Prepare your lime flavoured gelatin per packet instructions. Use a fork to break down the jelly pieces so they are small enough to put through a straw. 2. Add your jelly to a large pitcher at least a litre in size. 3. Add pineapple juice and vodka to the pitcher and stir well. 4. When you are ready to serve, add the Sprite until the pitcher is full. For best results, pour Sprite from a higher distance than you normally would so that there’s extra fizz on top of the drink. Serve and enjoy.

INGREDIENTS 90ml fresh blood orange juice 20ml fresh lime juice 60ml Tequila 30ml sugar syrup Mint for garnish Blood orange slices for garnish


1. Keep your margarita glass cold with ice and water and remove before serving. 2. For the salted edge, rub the rim of your glass with the edge of a blood orange slice. Swirl the rim through a small pile of sea salt to salt the rim of the glass. 3. Combine fresh orange juice, lime juice, tequila, and sugar syrup into an ice filed cocktail shaker and shake for 15 seconds. 4. Add a few ice cubes to your chilled glass and pour the cocktail contents over to enjoy.

(Sugar syrup is a 1:1 ratio of sugar dissolved in water and is easy to make at home)

The Devil’s Sangria Ironically, this Halloween inspired sangria recipe serves 6, add another two 6’s and you might summon the Devil himself. Packed full of dangerously dark fruit and rich wine flavour, you’ll be sure to impress with a big jug of this crowd pleaser. INGREDIENTS 600g blackberries 4 black plums 1 bottle of red wine 120ml vodka 140ml cherry juice 240ml soda water 60ml simple syrup Ice METHOD

1. To prepare the fruit, halve the plums and remove the stones. Cut each half


into 4 equal wedges. Place the plums and blackberries into a pitcher. 2. Pour in the wine, vodka, soda water, juice and simple syrup into the pitcher. Stir to well combine all the ingredients. 3. You can either serve immediately, or rest for 1 to 2 hours (or overnight!) to let the fruit, juice, and wine flavours combine together for even more flavour. 4. Pour the sangria into glasses, filled with ice if desired and garnish with a few pieces of fruit from the sangria. / 31

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Autumn food


i, I am Nathan - I run Shrub and Grub which is a food based business originally an artisan bakery without additives, preservatives or sugar in our everyday breads. I love Autumn. It is by far the most motivational time of the year for me. The colours of love and passion that naturally occur are striking from the deep reds, oranges and browns that together show warmth when the weather is the opposite as it turns cool and sharp. Food this time of year to me is the healthiest and most wholesome. Root vegetables, stews, casseroles, rich meats and the not so healthy part that I love - stodgy British greatness like pies and crumbles. Being in Lincolnshire we are inundated with amazing fresh produce. You can grow your own, you can barter a neighbour who grows their own, or even purchase at supermarkets that should be full of Lincolnshire’s finest crop.

Key things to know for October: • Ginger is amazing, a little goes a long way - fights infections and inflammations • Turmeric is great for assisting your immune system with colds and flu • Garlic is a tiny but powerful immune booster and lowers cholesterol • Water - easy to pass on a glass of cold water when it is cold. However, dehydration is one of the biggest issues in the colder months. Even if you drink hot drinks, drinking more water is always a good idea!

Nathan’s Favourite Autumn meal: A basic Chicken & Leek Pie topped with puff pastry. The pastry adds the stodgy autumn feel. I only top the pie because I want to reduce my fat intake without going without the pastry! Autumn is full of simple foods that are perfect for time - poor cooks. Get those slow cookers out and join me in loving what this autumn has to offer!

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reating the perfect meal in the kitchen can sometimes be therapeutic, when you have the time. The endless steps of preparing a home-cooked meal can be tedious when the sofa’s calling, cutting corners isn’t something to feel guilty about in the kitchen. We’ve come up with a list of kitchen shortcuts that can save you time and sometimes money.


shortcuts MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR MICROWAVE LOVE YOUR LEMONS Getting the most juice out of your citrus fruits is a tough gig with squeezing alone, but zapping them in the microwave for ten seconds breaks down cells and makes the juice flow faster. This is a good tip to remember when trying to get the most of your lemon to make vinaigrette. GOING FOR GARLIC GOLD There’s nothing worse than the lingering smell of fresh garlic on your hands A microwave can help with after peeling. It’s a laborious more than just cooking. task that many of us dread when we see the need for it SANITIZING in our recipe. Fear not, there’s SPONGES an easier way to peel garlic that’s practically Our kitchen hands-free. Heat a head of sponges see a garlic in the microwave lot each day, from for 20 seconds dirty dishes to messy and the cloves work tops. They will fall consequently can effortlessly out of the harbour a lot of germs, what you think may be skins. cleaning your kitchen surfaces might not be doing the job. To avoid constantly No need to peel - just buying sponges, microwave your sanitize them in the microwave, garlic and the cloves as it kills up to 99% of bacteria. will fall out!

GO FOR THE GRATER OH SO SIMPLE ONIONS Onions are a notorious enemy to prepare in the kitchen. We’ve all heard the many tips and tricks to avoid your eyes streaming when cutting an onion, but this alternative saves time as well as tears. When you need super fine onions and can’t bear to spend an afternoon chopping, reach for a grater and you’ll get all the hard work done with minimal effort. LIKE BUTTER WOULDN’T MELT Recipes that involve butter can sometimes throw a spanner in the works if your’s has been in the fridge. There’s also nothing more annoying than when the toast pops and your butter is too hard to spread. To avoid this problem, grate butter when it’s too hard to soften it. Grate butter to soften it

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LAZY PREPPING FIDDLE-FREE TOMATOES If you thought slicing tomatoes quickly and perfectly was only achievable at chef standard, think again. Sandwich cherry tomatoes between two storage container lids, hold in place and cut through in one go with a sharp serrated knife. Perfect tom’s in seconds. PASSIVE PEELING After a long day at work, even the thought of peeling potatoes can make us want to curl up into a ball and cry. But you can enjoy your spuds without the fuss by boiling skinned potatoes until a fork can be easily stuck in, draining the hot water and running them under cold – the skin should then fall right off.

Boil skinned potatoes and the skin will fall off

PIZZA CUTTING HERBS Slicing herbs in an organised and speedy fashion is a tough task with a knife, unless you’re Gordon Ramsay. Use a pizza cutter to chop up herbs in seconds.

If you’ve bought them in bulk and are worried about them going off, cut and freeze in freezer bags.

SIMPLE SMOOTHIE PACKS Smoothies are a great way to incorporate fruit and vitamins into your diet and a fun way to get the kids

healthy too. They take seconds to make in a mixer, but chopping up fruit each time can be time consuming. A trick to make this process faster is to buy fruit in bulk, chop and freeze in freezer bags. You can create different combinations and even add spinach leaves for extra nutrients. When you’re ready to use, add juice, yoghurt, or milk and blitz for the perfect smoothie.

How to have a stress-free SPEEDY FROZEN FLAVOURS


Use instant mash mixed with a few herbs as a crumb if you have no breadcrumbs

FROZEN WINE CUBES Although leftover wine happens once every blue moon in many households, saving the last dregs to add to stews and sauces can add a real depth of flavour to a meal. Pour wine into ice cube trays and freeze to use whenever lthough it’s meant to be a holiday, Christmas can often be a really stressful towork think needed.time. WhiteNeeding and sparkling bestabout presents, food and entertaining the family can be exhausting. It is important to take some time for in creamy or clear sauces and brothy soups, while red wine goes well with yourself and start the new year on a high. tomato or beef-braised varieties. Add a few generous splashes per portion.


Planning ahead

BREADCRUMB TRICKS BREADCRUMBS IN A BLITZ Whip up gourmet bread crumbs in a pinch with this trick. If you’ve got any leftover bread, whether that is burger buns or a stale loaf – tear into pieces and freeze in a zipper top bag. Once you’re ready to use breadcrumbs in a meal, ten to twenty pulses in the food processor will transform the content into ready-to-use bread crumbs with no thawing necessary.

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e all have a creative side within us, whether it comes to design in furniture, food, or fashion. But finding the confidence to pursue a design project, however small, can be difficult when you’re not sure where to start. Upcycling furniture has huge benefits for the environment and on a smaller scale has great positives for you as the creator. Upcycling reduces waste, encourages material sourcing from small businesses and offers a great sense of achievement when completing your piece. Whether you want to give a vintage piece a fresh feel, or give your modern furniture a quirky finish – we have some top tips on getting started with upcycling.




Look for attractive details like intricate woodwork.


Before starting your upcycling venture, it’s important to choose the piece you want to work on wisely. Whether you’re sourcing something pre-loved from an auction or car boot, or already have something at home you’d like to transform, choosing a piece with character will help you create something unique. Look for attractive details such as turned legs, scrolled backs and intricate woodwork when finding your upcycle treasure. If you want a more modern look, opt for simple and clean lines, straight legs and flat-front drawers. Don’t be put off by small scratches as they can be

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Preparation is key – the smoother the base, the better finish you will achieve. distress, as its matte finish and fast drying will allow you to add detailing. Spray painting is another popular upcycling option as it is a fast process without any brush marks, this however does need priming and a top coat for best results. Invest in good quality brushes for hand painting to give you the best finish and to avoid brush hairs coming out onto your furniture. If you want to avoid brush strokes altogether, use a foam roller instead for an even finish.


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the room and the drying process. Working in natural light will give you the true colour of your work, be sure to protect the floor from paint drips and accidents.


Any furniture will benefit from sanding before paint application, as the smoother the base you begin with is, the better the finish. If your furniture has deep scratches or an oily surface, sanding is really important for an even result. However, if your piece has a veneer surface that’s damaged, peel off and remove rather than sand. Make sure your furniture is clean before starting. When using chalk paint, stir before painting. Apply 2-3 coats leaving half an hour between coats to dry. Work in direction of the wood grain when possible, especially on final strokes. After the final coat, leave for 4 hours to dry fully. Don’t

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t the time of writing this, the sun’s shining and it is a beautiful, crisp autumn day, just perfect for being outside in the garden. The weather this month can be very changeable with sunshine and showers one day and high winds and torrential rain the next and a noticeable drop in temperature. Don’t despair, on a cheerier note, when it isn’t raining there are plenty of jobs that need doing around the garden that will help to keep you warm.

The big autumn clean up LEAF SWEEPING: This was one of my favourite jobs when working at Barnsdale Gardens, it’s great for beating off the cold. It’s important to remove fallen leaves from plants and lawns promptly to prevent damage and disease. Don’t be too pristine on bare soil as leaving a covering of leaves can provide winter homes for beneficial insects. So what to do with all those leaves you have so contentiously collected? Make leaf mould, of course! LEAF MOULD: The simplest way I have found is to punch a few holes in a black bin liner fill it with well damped leaves and tuck it behind the shed for a year. You will be rewarded with a wonderful material that is brilliant for making your own compost or as a treat for woodland plants. CUTTING BACK: By all means cut back anything that looks unsightly but leave some perennial stems standing over winter, some look spectacular covered in frost, Seed heads others have seeds make a great to feed the birds e.g. display in Sunflowers, Eryngiums winter and even things you might BUG HOUSES: not expect like Buddleia and Cut stems, tied in bundles or placed in Lavender and some provide bug houses, encourage beneficial hibernation sites for insects. insects to hibernate in your Small twigs and woody Make a bug house from garden material can be used hollow stems When you do cut down to make log piles in your perennials, stand secluded spots for the hollow stems in a wildlife. Alternatively, corner to dry before they can be shredded cutting into lengths and together with of about 15cm/6”, tie perennial flowers can in bundles, place in all be added to the climbers or shrubs to compost bin. I keep the provide more hibernation hollow stems to make sites for insects. bug houses.

COMPOST WHAT Make use YOU CAN: of this free This is a good commodity time to sort out your compost and make use of this delicious free commodity. I put some on the garden every year whilst the ground is still warm and moist then I get a flush of forget-me-nots and calendula but they weed out easily enough. If your compost is very weedy try digging trenches and burying it, the nutrients, organisms and bulky material will still benefit the soil.

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BONFIRES: Surplus woody or diseased plant material that you don’t want to add to the compost bin could be burnt if you have the facilities to do so. Please check for hibernating hedgehogs before you light bonfires.

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DIGGING: The best job in the world for warming you up but only if the ground is still workable. Great exercise and a good way to incorporate organic matter. PLANTING: All manner of things can be planted now, like bare root roses, perennials, shrubs, fruit canes, bushes and trees. Container grown plants can be planted at any time of year but will require more attention in hot dry weather. Don’t plant if the ground is too wet or frozen. So there are plenty of jobs to put a glow in your cheeks! Bulb planting is the other pressing task to do this month, but it’s not nearly as energetic as cleaning the greenhouse, particularly inside, now that will keep you snug. If the weather won’t permit all this wonderful outdoor activity, then you’ll be very sensibly sitting in the warm with a hot drink, browsing through seed catalogues or the latest copy of your favourite gardening magazine and planning what to plant for next year.

Whilst you are snuggled up in the warm, spare a thought for the wildlife. They will need plenty of high energy food and a fresh supply of water. Wrap up warm and rake that lawn!

I’ve seen blackbirds jumping up to grab the ripe berries from this easy to grow shrub. It grows quite large but can be cut almost to the ground each year. It is happy in any garden in sun or partial shade and looks great in a woodland setting. It can be propagated by seed or softwood cuttings.

Jobs to do in October

• Keep watering to a minimum. Compost needs to be moist not wet.



• Remove leaves from the crowns of plants to prevent them rotting. • Lightly tidy the borders, clear weeds and cut down flower stems. Leave seed heads for the birds.

• Reduce mowing and keep the lawn clear of leaves to prevent damage to the grass. • Last chance to sow or lay a new lawn this month or wait till spring.


• Leave seed heads standing in the border for the birds and for winter interest. • Increase bird feeding and keep birdbaths ice free as the weather gets colder.


• Protect salads or late root crops with fleece. • Lift carrots and potatoes still in the ground for storing.


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• Plant up with winter/spring bedding displays if not already done so.

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MASTER THE MICROCHIP Firework phobias are relatively common in dogs and cats, worryingly they can get worse and worse each year and can also develop in pets who had no previous fear of noises. Unfortunately, many rescue organisations across the country see a significant increase in stray cats and dogs that have become lost after fleeing from the firework noise. To avoid losing your pets, make sure they are micro chipped and that the data is up-to-date to help you become reunited with your pet should this happen. PLAN YOUR SPACE The most important thing when preparing your pet for the firework season is planning ahead, as it takes time for your cat or dog to recognise the space you’ve created for them as safe and secure, prior to the fireworks. Prepare a pet safe haven for your furry friend, this space should ideally be in the quietest area of your home to block out the most noise. This small den for your pet should be a space where they feel in control and secure, so don’t interfere with them when they are in that area. To train your pet into associating their safe haven as a positive place, leave their favourite soft toys and chew treats out for them to enjoy, but put them away when they aren’t in use to avoid your pet getting bored.


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Autumn Summer may have come to an end, but never fear, there’s still a lot of fun to be had this Autumn




utumn is the season for long walks; crunching through the woods and local parks, the month for feeling CIRCULAR refreshingly WALKS crisp air on your face, for splashing in puddles and for snuggling under blankets with a mug of hot chocolate. Here are a few of our favourite things to do in Autumn… B1241



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Many local museums are free to explore or only ask for a small donation. The Museum of Lincolnshire Life has a rich and varied social history collection which reflects and celebrates the culture of Lincolnshire and it’s people from 1750 to present day. Throughout its many displays and exhibitions you will be sure to find something to captivate the imagination of the whole family. For more information visit Sleaford Museum offers a fascinating insight to the history of the town something to capture the imagination. For more information visit



Once we hit Autumn we know that the party season is literally just around the corner. We also know however that Autumn and Winter are the times that we all love to tuck into our favourite comfort foods. Adding exercise into your daily routine is the best way to make sure you can still enjoy your favourite winter stew and keep yourself feeling fabulous in your party outfits. Local gym the Fitness Zone has the facilities and a range of classes to help keep you in shape.

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1: High Wood and North Rauceby Car Parks North (4.75 miles) High Wood & North Rauceby South Rauceby & Rauceby Hall From the car park at High Wood turn Alternative Stepping Out Route right (west) along Church Lane for approximately 1.3km, until you see an 7 area of pine woodland called the Century 6 4 Autumn is a great season for 5 Plantation on your left. A DEFRA footpath 7 crafting; leaves, chestnuts, 8 can be found as anthe alternative route from 8 pine cones, acorns off er so High Wood Car Park. This access has 9 3 many possibilities. not visit been provided underWhy the Department for 6 The NationalFood Centre CraftAff and 9 10 Environment, andforRural airs’ farm 2 B A Design located at Navigation Wharf, C conservation schemes and is a permissive 1 5 Carre Street, for right inspiration or attend access route. Turn opposite the pines onea of themarked many workshops? onto way farm track. Keeping the 4 1 hedgerow on your right, follow this track 3 D 2 for 400 metres until you reach an area of hard standing with a copse beyond. Courtesy of North Kesteven District Follow the way markers to the left around the edge of the copse and, as the From the traditional, spooky Jack copse ends, follow track as it turns left One of the bestthe things O’Lantern to jolly or elagant, pumpkin and about heads Autumn in the direction is the of Ermine Street carving needn’t be just for Halloween. 2: South Rauceby and Rauceby Hall Farm. fruit it bears. After From the Bustard Inn car park (please As you approach the farm you will see foraging, freeze the park in top car park), step onto Tom tallhave hawthorn in front of you. fruits ayou picked hedge to Lane and turn left walking down the hill Turn rightinalongside this hedge, keeping it later be used an array of for a few yards to Main Street. Turn left on yourpies, right, and follow delicious crumbles and the grassy path onto Main Street and pass through South along of the field for 570 metres jams thatthe canedge be made and Rauceby with parkland on your left until until you reach a low stone wall with a pine enjoyed all year round. you reach Pinfold Lane. copse beyond. Turn left onto Pinfold Lane and follow Turn left and follow the wall for for 400 metres until the lane turns right approximately 100 metres until you and you see a track forking left, through see a gap in the wall. Go through this gap the park. onto a track, you will now have the wall trackinwhich leads towards on your leftofand right. Many our the localcopse pubson areyour offering scrumptious Follow Autumnthis menus buildings at Holdingham Anna. At this stone buildings This their trackcosy willand takecomfortable you aroundrestaurants. the edge ofWhy not the visit The Three Kingsof Hall Farm. point a path to your right takes you to a Ignore Out way marker the copse and through open countryside, in Threekinham or the Tally Ho Inn at Aswarby andthe tryStepping out something parking layby on the A17, which may be finally turningfrom left their leading towards Rauceby leading off into woodland on your right delicious extensive menus. used to access walks on both the Rauceby it’s for leaflet number 6b, the Eastern Slea. Grange. and River Slea leaflets. Once you reach Hall Farm the track Follow the track as it bends left towards For a circular route, follow the forks. Take the right fork, keeping the the grange and look for a stile on your Yes, we may be waving goodbye to way markers left, keeping the farm farm buildings to your left and head into right, which takes you into a small field. Summer,tobut nowright is the time toabefarm buildings your and join Cross over this stile and look diagonally left open countryside. Continue along this planting your spring blooms. Bulbsthe canfibe track. Th is leads right along eld track as it turns left towards a copse. where you will see a second stile leading planted right up to December. Visit Four edge. Keep an eye out for a way marker back onto the track. Seasons Gardenthe Centre indicating routeforofa alarge crossrange fieldof path. Go over this second stile and turn colourfulTurn and vibrant spring bulbs. left onto this path and cross the right, back onto the track. Stay on this field to gain a second field ahead. Turn track for approximately 1km as it leads right here and follow the field edge up the you through fields featuring the wave-like hill towards Drove Lane. undulations of ridge and furrow cultivation Turn right onto Drove Lane for and passes the site of a much larger approximately 1.7km, heading back medieval settlement. westwards towards North and South As the track emerges into the village of There’s a certain thrill that comes with conker picking. Children of all Rauceby. North Rauceby, turn right onto Main ages (and grown-ups too) can’t resist collecting these shiny, Autumn When it joins Tom Lane, turn left, Street and follow this until you see the gems. They make great Autumnal decorations in the house, plus they passing the village school on your Th e track takes you through the copse stone village cross on your right. are said to keep spiders away. right and Rauceby Hall on your left. This and then heads right around the edge Turn right onto Church Lane with its road will take you back to the Bustard Inn. of the copse. Look out for the carved characteristic wide verges and follow Boggart’s Bench for a rest or a coffee it for approximately 1.3km back to High break! Wood and your car. Continue along this track for Location: Bustard Inn, South Rauceby approximately 1km until you can see Walk Length: 4 miles / 6.5km. Please Sumner’s Plantation across the field to Location: Car Park at High Wood allow 2 – 2 ½ hours to complete this your left and Field Farm to your right. Walk Length: 4.75 miles / 7.5km. Allow walk. The changing weather that comes Follow the way markers left, keeping the roughly 3 hours to complete this walk. Type ofthe walk: A pleasant walk through with changing of seasons can play plantation on your left up a gentle rise, Type of walk: A pleasant walk through countryside, woodland and along farm havoc with our skin and hair. Treat yourself to a past the plantation, and follow the track countryside, woodland and along farm haircut,tracks. or how about an invigorating facial? across Field Beck stream to the farm tracks. There are stiles on the walk.


















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Have a go on the greens


ewcomers to the sport of indoor bowls are being given a chance to get a taste of the game with Sleaford and District Indoor Bowls Club. Several free open days have been scheduled to give people a chance to get hands-on experience of the game. The clubhouse, nestled behind the leisure centre swimming pool on the East bank of the river Slea with convenient car parking, boasts a six-rink flat green bowling facility. It is supported with a fully licensed bar, tea and coffee bar, and a viewing area that gives good coverage of the playing area. A chance to meet with friends and family to watch games and pick up some tips. Thought to be a ‘game for the retired’ indoor bowls holds many surprises. Ask your doctor and they will confirm how

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beneficial the gentle pace, together with the amble up and down the green, is good for your cardiovascular system. Even if you are not quite up to the mark health-wise, the game is flexible enough to accommodate many ailments including bowl lifters to cut down on the bending and an adapted wheelchair. The bowl sizes and weights vary from a junior range of woods up to the heavy weights that can be used by an accomplished player to ‘turn’ a game around with one well aimed shot. The club is looking to extend its membership across the age groups and will be holding free fun open days when families are invited, along with children and grandchildren who are ten years or older. No experience necessary. There will be equipment available, and to take part you can either wear a pair of flat

soled shoes or slippers, or you can bowl in stocking feet (no bare feet please). All open days are free and include tea, coffee or soft drink and members will be on hand to welcome you and show you around the facilities. If you prefer a ‘buddy’ to keep you informed and show you the ropes, feel free to ask and it will be arranged. Refreshments such as bacon rolls and sausage rolls will also be available. Contact Lynda or Jo on 01529 413755 for more information. Reserve your place between 2pm and 4pm on 10 October, 18 November or 2 December. If you do not receive aDESIGN reply, please. PRINT leave your. WEBSITES name and telephone number with the words ‘FUN DAY’ and someone will ring you back.

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Hill Holt Wood & Other Woodland Walks H

ill Holt Wood is a 34 acre deciduous woodland situated on the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire border. The wood is managed using traditional methods and has many fascinating areas to explore.

Visitors can explore the Teepee, Roman Villa area and discover the many carved sculptures dotted around the wood. The ongoing management involves the coppicing of hazel to promote regrowth and provide a sustainable supply of timber. Over the years rhododendron and other invasive plants have been removed allowing woodland flora and fauna to thrive. The management of the wood aims to maximise the bio-diversity of this most quintessential of British environments. If you visit on a Sunday, you can enjoy some refreshments at the Hive Cafe. 60 /

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Hill Holt Wood Hill Holt Wood is operated as a social enterprise with the mission statement “proving the value of ancient woodland in the 21st Century”. The management of the wood is approached in a traditional sense, as a habitat to be conserved but also look to the future and utilise the natural resources to achieve employment, education and training goals. The Stepping Out walk takes you around the wood, guided by way markers which lead from the car park, over the small wooden bridge. You can discover the Green Man, the Teepee and many other fascinating sights. Not least of these is Wood Hall which is built entirely of sustainable materials, from the rammed earth walls to the reciprocal roof made from whole tree trunks.

Hill Holt Wood is a ‘working wood’ with students and rangers busy during the week, therefore use is recommended at weekends and during school holidays. Please take time to read the rules of access when you arrive to ensure your safety and enjoyment whilst in the wood.


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More walks in the area Millennium Green, North Hykeham North Kesteven District Council is the sole trustee of Millennium Green which is a public open space of approximately 41 acres. The park has a large lake around which winds a mile long footpath. This footpath is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs and visitors are welcome to use the picnic area.

includes a café, shop, exhibition area and indoor activities for children.

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Location: Hill Holt Wood can be found directly off the southbound A46 between Swinderby and Winthorpe roundabouts. Visit for directions.

Starting Points: Hill Holt Wood car park, LN6 9JP can only be accessed from the A46. Walk Length: 0.5 miles/0.8km

Type of walk: A woodland walk with lots to see along the way. In good conditions the path is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Stapleford Woods

Whisby Nature Park

Whisby Nature Park is a Local Nature Reserve, famous for its ponds and lakes, several bird watching hides and over six miles of footpaths suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Whisby also hosts The Natural World Centre and the award winning Little Darters Wildlife Adventure Area. The Centre

Owned and managed by the Forestry Commission, the wood was purchased from Trinity College Cambridge in 1945. The 750 acre wood was clear felled during the First World War and much of it was replanted in the 1950s, predominantly with exotic conifers to supply local industry. The Commission has now embarked upon an ambitious plan to remove the exotic conifers and restore the wood to its original broadleaf state / 61

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American Made IN CINEMAS NOW

Tom Cruise wears aviators and a cheesy grin as he slips into the pilot seat of his fast plane, however this is no Top Gun. American Made is the incredible, ludicrous yet true story of Barry Seal, a commercial pilot, who was recruited by the CIA to fly over South America and take pictures for their intelligence. One thing leads to another and Barry becomes a drug smuggling, arms dealing chum of Pablo Escobar, working for both sides and earning so much cash that he runs out of places to bury it in his garden. ‘You couldn’t write it’ sums up this film entirely; although far-fetched and absurd, the truth of the story enables the audience

to believe the unbelievable. “I do tend to leap before I look” Seal admits in narrative home recordings as he stumbles between risky ventures and close calls, not being able to believe his own luck. Although he becomes one of the biggest criminals in the world, he is irresistibly likeable; he’s a normal family guy, falling into profitable opportunities with a naïve aura we can all relate to. The film doesn’t follow the generic structure of an action movie, it is a constant rollercoaster of ridiculous scenarios that Mr Seal manages to pull off as he is ‘the man who always delivers’. You might find yourself saying ‘here we go again’, as it can get quite repetitive and exhausting watching Seal cope with a new fiasco every 10 minutes. You are reminded of the era through the soundtrack, political events such as

Atomic Blonde IN CINEMAS NOW

Promotional Poster for ATOMIC BLONDE starring CHARLIZE THERON. Copyright © 2017 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Based on the graphic novel ‘The Coldest City’ by Antony Johnston, Sam Hurt’s illustrations have been brought to life by Charlize Theron and James McAvoy who star in this sexy, savage; and ridiculously complex spy movie, Atomic Blonde. Lorraine (Theron) is an MI6 spy sent to Germany to retrieve a confidential list following the fatally failed mission of her colleague. She works alongside David Percival (McAvoy) to complete the mission and locate the mysterious traitor. Unfortunately I can’t expand on the storyline any further, not because I don’t want to reveal spoilers; but because I have no further recollection or understanding. Feel free to Google the plot - it’s the first thing I did after watching the movie. Despite feeling confused for 2 hours, the movie makes up for this in cinematography and soundtrack. Every shot is very artistically filmed; a subtle treat for the eyes. The music plays a huge

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the Iran-Contra scandal and presidential announcements by Ronald Reagan, but mostly by Cruise’s mullet. Stressful and exhilarating, American Made seems to lack the emotional depth that it could have used to connect with the audience. Nevertheless, a classic rags-toriches tale, but with more cocaine.

role in holding the film together, placing you in the timeframe by using classic 80s music by artists such as Bowie, Queen and The Cure. Loud 80s music also covers many of the vicious fight scenes scattered throughout the movie. Although extremely violent, this is contrasted by the inherently sensual vibes effortlessly portrayed by Charlize Theron, who could look sexy in a bin bag. She manages to bring the Bond-like sexiness to spy-work as she seduces the audience, just as much as she seduces Sofia Boutella’s character. With cringingly gruesome violence, harsh swearing and almost full frontal nudity and sex, I’m not sure why it’s only rated 15, what does a movie need to be rated 18 in this day and age? However these mature factors are appropriate to the style and tone of the film; it wouldn’t work without them. Sexy, artistic and a bit confusing, Atomic Blonde keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very last second; I challenge you to keep up. Reviews by Isabella Bronze (

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Island Of Secrets

The Late Show

by Patricia Wilson

by Michael Connelly

Patricia Wilson was inspired to write this debut novel whilst living in the village of Amiras in Crete. A large part of the novel is based on real stories told to her by the oldest women of Amiras. The author really brings to life the tragic history of Amiras with her great characters. It is a real page-turner, full of raw emotions, family vendettas and hidden secrets. All her life, London born Angelika has been intrigued by her mother’s secret past and now, planning her wedding, knows she must visit the remote Crete village her mother grew up in. Angie’s estranged Cretan grandmother, Maria, is dying. As she welcomes Angie with open arms, it’s time to unburden her self and tell the story she’ll otherwise take to her grave. It’s the story of the German occupation of Crete during the Second World War, of horror, courage and of the lengths to which a mother will go to protect her children. It is also the story of secrets that broke a family apart and of three strong women who come together to heal the wounds of two generations.

A new book by Michael Connelly is always to be eagerly anticipated and “The Late” Show is a double bonus, not only a new thriller but a new character in detective Renee Ballard who works the night shift (“the late show”) in the Los Angeles Police Department where she has been exiled for filing sexual harassment claims against her boss. Working the night shift means she is obliged to hand over to the day shift any challenging cases that come her way. But Renee is a dedicated detective who values justice and after the savage beating of a woman and a mass shooting in a nightclub Renee breaks the rules, refusing to delegate these cases; her ex-boss becomes an implacable enemy. The quality of this novel is not just the usual gritty realism of the daily work and politics of the LAPD police department, but the heroine of the story – Renee Ballard. Through the book we learn more and more about her, not through biographical details, but through watching how she does her job, and her motivations for the actions she takes. The story is gripping, genuinely exciting and takes many different turns, including a very clever twist in the closing pages. Don’t miss it! If Connelly can continue to write novels of this quality may he go on for ever!

Review by Hilary Vamplew, Sleaford Library

Review by Denzil Shepheard, Sleaford Library



Author Visit: SARAH WARD at Sleaford Library on Thursday 19 October at 2.00pm - 3.30pm

Join us for a talk by popular crime novelist Sarah Ward, who will also be signing and selling copies of her third novel, ‘A Patient Fury’ published this September. Tickets are free but spaces are limited so to avoid disappointment please contact the library to book your seat.

HALLOWEEN CRAFTING Friday 27 October, 2.00pm - 3.30pm

Join us for a fun children’s session with spooky stories and Halloween crafts.

See library staff to book your child a place


INTERNET TASTERS Come and have a taste of the internet in a relaxed informal setting. • Mon 30 October 2.00pm-3.30pm • Tues 31 October 10.30am-12.00pm • Wed 1 November 2.00pm-3.30pm See library staff to make a booking.

Everyone has a story to share

Human Library Workshops Tuesday 10 October 2017 2.00pm-4.30pm Where books are human and reading is a conversation... Come along and borrow a ‘human book’ for a 15 minute ‘read’ in relaxed surroundings. Tea and coffee will also be available. Ask library staff for more detailed information.

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Theatre &CINEMA


Hey Beatles Sleaford Playhouse, 54 Westgate, Sleaford, NG34 7PP Date: 7 October Tickets from £10 Box Office: 0333 666 3366 Get ready to “rattle your jewellery” to Hey Beatles on Saturday 7 October! Making their third appearance at The Playhouse, Hey Beatles return with an all new show incorporating the band’s biggest hits. They will play a mix of new and later songs, spanning the full breadth of the Fab Four’s material. Hey Beatles initially formed in late 2008. The brainchild of Jon and Sam - old friends from their university days- practice began in earnest when Jon’s best buddy, Ben Johnson expressed an interest in drumming for the band. After a year of research and vocal practice, they hit the road playing to happy faces across the country. And the rest, as they say is history!

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Limehouse Lizzy Lincoln Drill Hall, Freeschool Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EY Date: 5 October, Tickets from £15 Box Office: 01522 873894 Renowned for an action-packed pyrotechnic-fuelled explosion of a show, Limehouse Lizzy continue to keep the spirit of Celtic rock icon Philip Lynott and his band Thin Lizzy alive, well and dominating stages worldwide. We’re pleased to announce that BBC Introducing supported act, Kings & Bears will be supporting Limehouse Lizzy. Kings & Bears are a power trio from Lincolnshire who play ‘Sunk Reck’ music, inspired by soul, funk, reggae and rock. Since forming the band have released their first five track E.P and recorded a live session for BBC Introducing.

Sinfonia Viva: Making a Song & Dance Lincoln Drill Hall, Freeschool Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EY Date: 8 October, Tickets from £8, Box Office: 01522 873894 Join Sinfonia Viva, the orchestra of the East Midlands, for this afternoon concert exploring composers that took folk and popular tunes as their inspiration. Featuring some of the most stirring and powerful music from some of the world’s most important and timeless composers, ‘Making a Song & Dance’ features instantly recognisable works such as Barber’s Adagio, Copland’s Appalachian Spring and Grainger’s Country Garden and Molly on the Shore. Other musical treats include Elgar’s Sospiri and Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes.

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Sherlock Holmes & The Crimson Cobbles

Lincoln Drill Hall, Freeschool Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EY Date: 11-12 October, Tickets from £5 Box Office: 01522 873894 The world premiere of a brand new Sherlock Holmes caper delivered at breakneck pace in a hilarious, deeply daft theatrical explosion for adults and family audiences. Holmes and Watson are called upon to investigate the Whitechapel murders that are sending shockwaves through London. But when the evidence points to only one possible and ridiculous conclusion about the identity of Jack the Ripper, is our super sleuth prepared to believe the unbelievable? This world premiere of a brand new Sherlock Holmes caper is a laugh-a-minute pastiche of Conan Doyle’s investigative pair delivered at breakneck pace and a raucous night at the theatre.

The Knights of Comedy Sleaford Playhouse, 54 Westgate, Sleaford, NG33 7PP Date: 14 October Tickets from £10 Box Office: 0333 666 3366

The Romans Are Back! Lincoln Castle, Castle Square, Lincoln, LN1 3AA Date: 21-22 October, Tickets from from £7.20, Box Office: The Imperial Army of Rome once again return to Lincoln. See the fully armoured soldiers drill and demonstrate a variety of weapons under the instruction of the Centurion. The world famous Ermine Street Guard will perform displays and there’s a chance for junior visitors to enlist in the army too! There’s even chance to take a visit to the Roman surgeon for all those battlefield injuries!

Following a great response back in April, the Knights of Comedy are set to return, bringing you another shining line-up of the hottest pro comedians in the UK in a standup extravaganza. The evening will be starring Scott Bennett and will see performances from Stephanie Laing, Paul Mutagejja and Chris Norton Walker. All of this will be joined together seamlessly with the evening’s compere Tony Barnett. Five incredible comedians, a historic theatre and an evening of comedic delights. Book now to be part of Sleaford’s newest comedy entertainment and reserve your place at the Knights of Comedy.

Buddy Holly & The Cricketers New Theatre Royal, Clasketgate, Lincoln, LN21JJ Date: 28 October, Tickets from £19 Box Office: 01522 519999 For quarter of a century, this breath-taking show has rock ’n’ rolled audiences across the globe from Cardiff to California, Barking to Bangkok and Swindon to Sweden and is guaranteed to have everyone singing along to the music and dancing in the aisles. It stars some of the finest actormusicians in the UK whose combined West End credits include Buddy, Lennon, Forbidden Planet and Jailhouse Rock and was endorsed as Britain’s most popular Buddy Holly act when the boys guested on BBC One’s Saturday night live programme, “The One and Only”, hosted by Graham Norton. The show rarely pauses for breath and is, quite simply, the most compelling concert of its kind. / 65

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ife gets busy and when we’re against the clock, it can be hard to not splurge for convenience, but these saving hacks can help you save over a hundred pounds in just one day. Enjoy our step by step daily guide on how to cut your spending.

6:30am It may seem early to start your money saving, but making your own lunch instead of buying it each day is a big way to cut spending. Most of us buy lunch for convenience and to save time in the morning, but with certain foods like leftover pasta, soups, or stews you can prepare and pack up the night before. Your homemade options will taste better and be more fulfilling than most meal deals, so get creative. Average daily saving: £5

7am If your morning workout is a vital part of your routine, find ways to save money on your gym membership. Go for a free trial in your chosen gym to see if the facilities are right for you, opt for a no-frills contract when you do sign up, research cheaper options such as memberships for off-peak times. Alternatively, work out at home, there are a huge variety of workout routine videos on YouTube free of cost. Hit the pavement and start running. Exercising doesn’t have to come at a huge cost. Average monthly saving: £20

8am Travelling to and from work is a huge cost, both for you and the environment. If you commute on the road, opting to car share will not only give you company on your way to work but will save you big on fuel costs. You can even sign up to to find other commuters on the same route as you. Average daily saving: £4.80

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6pm Mid-week meals out don’t have to break the bank. If you want to meet friends after work for food and drinks, or to squeeze a date night in with your partner that you’ve been meaning to plan, using discount codes or coupons is a great way to save money at restaurants. Sign up to websites such as and to find brilliant deals, from 40% off main meals, to a free glass of prosecco. If you’re in a rush before your meal, google the name of your chosen restaurant with ‘discount code’ or ‘voucher code’ to find current deals beforehand. Typical one-off saving: £7

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The Sleaford Marketplace October 2017  

Welcome to your October issue of the Sleaford Marketplace.

The Sleaford Marketplace October 2017  

Welcome to your October issue of the Sleaford Marketplace.