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Community News Poppy Appeal 2016 Funeral Directors Michelle Meynell and David Fawcett from R J Scholes in Bourne are continuing a long-standing relationship with the Poppy Appeal having assisted in the delivery of poppy boxes to business premises in Bourne. Michelle said, “We are here to support all good causes in Bourne and the surrounding Villages in whatever way we can and are proud and honoured to be associated with the Poppy Appeal”. Peter Garrat PAO of Bourne branch of the Royal British legion said “The poppy drop as it is known took place on October 27 this year and we are very appreciative of the help that R J Scholes has given us again this year and over the many years – thank you for all your help and support”.

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Scott Rendle has taken over as vice-chairman of the Bourne branch of the Royal British Legion. Scott has been a member of the Legion for over 10 years, first joining when living in France. Scott and his wife Ros lived in the Pas de Calais, so many First World

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Springtime in Scopwick by Carole Smith, Scopwick


ver 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.

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Inspired by Christmas

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he holidays are coming, so a certain TV advert likes to tell us, and often Christmas can inspire people to want to give something back to their communities. Whilst it’s a lovely thought to want to help out on Christmas Day itself, it’s worth remembering that loneliness, homelessness and other issues in our community aren’t just problems at Christmas. Organisations that provide crisis services do so tirelessly all year round so if you are thinking about giving a little time, here are a few things to consider.

Give time, little and often!

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.

Can’t give a regular commitment of time?

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,

warm clothes, toiletries and flasks. They’re always looking for donations of this type and also for people to be a collection point for the items. For more information on how you could help the Project, please contact Kylie Davies on 07943 171269 or look for Lincolnshire Rucksack Project on Facebook. The Rucksack Project New Life Church Ministries do lots to help the local community. They run the Community Larder, which provides a three day supply of food items for those who find themselves in temporary hardship, with no other source of money or support. They mainly rely on donations of food and non perishables. To find out more please contact the New Life Church on 01529 413063, email or look for New Life Community Larder Sleaford on Facebook. New Life Community Larder

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SUPPORT on the streets


leaford StreetSource is a group of volunteers that visit the streets of the town on Saturday nights to help those who may have gone out clubbing, or just those in need. The group started in Sleaford in 2008, unaware at the time of a national initiative which had started in 2003 by CNI, Christian Nightlife Initiatives, which had the same aims as this small local group. CNI is an umbrella organisation that supports and resources work within the night-time of towns and cities. The Sleaford branch is just one of 130 local projects which operate not only in the UK, but also in Spain, the Seychelles, Australia and Brazil, to name but a few.

The Sleaford group is based at Riverside Church on South Gate, where they also run a café between 10:30pm and 2am on Saturday nights and big holiday nights. This provides a safe, warm space, where you can talk to one of the volunteers and have free tea, coffee and toast. You can even just use it as a meeting place, or to wait for a taxi. “We care about anyone who just wants to come in and sit down for a while,” said one of the volunteers. “StreetSource is about caring for the community. We are there to serve anyone who needs us.” Every Saturday, whilst a group of volunteers stays at the café, another group patrols the streets. In their bags, they carry a variety of 8

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items including water, foil blankets, and flip flops. “You might be surprised to know that the flip flops are our most popular item given out,” said another volunteer. They also check the train station, to make sure nobody has fallen asleep on the platform. But it’s not just about night-time revellers. The group supports all sorts of people in all stages of life. Last month they talked to students who didn’t get the grades they needed to go to university. Volunteers have also had opportunities for training in the use of defibrillators, and in the best way to help the homeless. Although Sleaford doesn’t have many homeless people, when a homeless person does appear, the team at StreetSource is able to provide them, if appropriate, with a small meal and a sleeping bag, as well as a packed lunch and a bottle of water. They also invite them to the Source Café, where they can have a cup of tea and a friendly chat. Their job is not about judging others but about reaching out in service to help. Whether someone has had too much to drink or has been dragged into a fight, StreetSource’s only aim is to be there for the community, and to help in any way that is appropriate. They are not linked to the police or paramedics, but can

contact the appropriate authorities if required. Mostly, they just aim to help all the people they can, no matter who they are or where they are from, regardless of background or religion. Having just celebrated their eighth birthday, Sleaford StreetSource were excited to receive some new volunteers. Now with a range of volunteers aged between 20 and 70, they go out in all weathers to help those who need it most. If you would be interested in helping out with this fantastic scheme, by giving just a few hours of your time to help others, get in touch via Sleaford StreetSource’s Facebook (/SleafordStreetSource) or Twitter (@SStreetSource) pages, or by dropping into the Source Café.

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he Southern & Thorpe Butchers of Ruskington have won Best in Class Champion for their All Day Breakfast Pie in the Lincolnshire Poachers Competition. Crafted on the premises using their awardwinning sausage, free range local egg, award winning black pudding, home cured bacon and fresh vine tomatoes. The butcher is a family-run business established in 1982, Neil Johnson shop manager said ‘they are very proud that their pie has won this prestigious award’. The business believes in providing customers with top quality products using as many

locally sourced ingredients as possible. Why not go along and taste the pie for yourself or try some of the other seasonal meats and accompaniments available for Christmas and pre-order your all important festive turkey.

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How to have a stress-free



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.

Make a list and prioritise

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.

Preparing food in advance and freezing it can save you so much time later down the line.

Prepare food in advance and freeze it. Instead of trying to come up with something with culinary brilliance for every meal, embrace leftovers, snacks and frozen food. Make a large lasagne that can be reheated

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Light a candle

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.

Turn off the tech

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.

Keep exercising

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

If you have opted for

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then don’t forget to leave plenty of time for this to defrost completely before the big day. The Food Standards Agency has useful advice – see

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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


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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

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