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FEBRUARY 2020

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COMMUNITY NEWS Supermarkets Provide Festive Cheer O

nce again at Christmas, some of Bourne's supermarkets rallied round to support Toolbar, the local charity that helps the unemployed back to work. By providing foodstuffs and a few goodies, they contributed to Christmas bags being offered to Toolbar 'guests,' many of whom are on very basic benefits. The volunteers at Toolbar like to be able to offer a bit of festive cheer and wish to thank the management and staff of Sainsbury's, Lidl, and Elsea Park Co-op for helping them again for Christmas 2019.

Friends of Bourne Woods W E D N E S D AY 1 9 F E B R UA RY, 6 . 4 5 P M , WA K E H O U S E

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riends of Bourne Woods will be holding their Anual General Meeting on Wednesday, 19 February. The meeting will start at 6.45pmand will be held at Wake House in Bourne. If you would like to attend, please contact Sarah on 07760 468 052.

Pancakes & Coffee Morning S AT U R D AY 2 2 F E B R UA RY 9 . 3 0 A M TO 1 2 N O O N

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ancakes & Coffee Morning at Bourne Methodist Church will take place on Saturday 22 February from 9.30am to 12noon. Come and enjoy homemade pancakes and have a chat. Everybody is welcome.

The Waggon & Horses Celebrating 5th Anniversary

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pecial congratulations are in order this month to Deborah and Richard Moore of The Waggon & Horses Langtoft, who mark their 5th anniversary of taking over this popular pub and restaurant. Husband and wife team Deborah and Richard have worked tirelessly over the past five years to put The Waggon & Horses on the map as a destination pub. Richard is a trained chef, therefore, heads up the kitchen while Deborah is in charge of front of the house. It is a recipe that has proved very successful, and the pub and restaurant have now been placed firmly on the map as a regular for many.

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Deepings Summer Ball A

highlight of the Deepings summer calendar – the Summer Ball! But how did it come about and how long have we been putting on the glitz and raising huge sums of money for charity, while eating the best of the local food and dancing the night away to some of the top bands in the area?

Well, the answer is that the Ball has been held for seven almost consecutive years (one was missed when Sharon married Michael) in support of the Deepings Sports and Social Club. It started off as a fleeting thought in Andy Tanner’s mind and was kicked around by a group of friends, including a Director of the Club, Michael Roberts, the late Norman Fowler, Kevin Davenport and Pat Flynn. But it was Sharon Roberts (then Sharon Paul) who took the Ball, so to speak, and ran with it! Supported by Jackie Wayte, she hired the sumptuous marquee and the band and for one day a year only transformed the cricket pitch at the side of the Sports and Social Club bar off Towngate East into a space worthy of one of London’s top hotels! With a definite eye for decoration with pizzazz, guests are welcomed into a fabric-clad foyer leading on to the marquee set for dinner but with a glittering tombola, silent auction, and an array of auction prizes to view en route. Over the years auction prizes have included transport by private jet to the Isle of Uist for a round of golf for four, trips with the pilot cutters in the port of Boston, punting on the Cam in Cambridge, tickets for the rugby and athletics – the list goes on and on.

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The most memorable, poignant and successful Ball was the one when Deeping’s own Calendar Girls – all recovering from breast cancer – launched their calendar: Steph Tarrier, Michelle Davenport, Sharon Post, Kerry Ash, and Caroline Clifton had tastefully posed in a calendar whose sales were to skyrocket, but just on that evening alone raised £10,000 for charity. Over the years Parkinson’s UK, the Deepings Men’s Group, Dementia Support South Lincs, the Deepings Youth Group, and Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance have all benefited, and two of the defibrillators in Market Deeping and Deeping St James were bought with proceeds from the Ball – which has topped over £35,000 over the years. Starting with just 170 guests in the first year, numbers have topped 300. To realise the potential of the Summer Ball, the decision has now been made to relocate to a country venue in 12 acres of land surrounded by atmospheric water features and romantic gardens. ‘The Granary at West Deeping is the perfect location,’ enthuses Sharon, who has plans for a red-carpet welcome, a

champagne reception in the Stables Bar and sensational cocktail and gin bar to greet guests before they make their way into the marquee, where candelabras and chandeliers will grace the tables set for a four-course gala dinner prepared by renowned caterer, Rachel Clarke of Hanthorpe Bourne. Graham and Glenn from the Granary, as is the way with all the events that they stage at the Granary, have proved to be very helpful as plans evolve and are proud that their historic watermill will provide a backdrop for such a prestigious occasion! Sharon is pleased to announce the charity for the ball is Dementia Support South Lincs, based at Wake House Bourne. The fundraising at the event will help people with Dementia in Bourne and the Deepings. Preparations are already underway: the date, Saturday 4 July set and the USA the obvious theme! Already people with a special birthday or anniversary to celebrate have seized the opportunity to book tickets for this stellar event to celebrate their special day in some style. Whether you’ve single, a couple, or fancy a get together with good friends, the ball can entertain you all. The Live entertainment from The Kommitments is a 10 piece band playing fantastic tracks from the film The Commitments. Some surprise elements added to the mix in what promises to be the most glamorous Summer Ball to date! What are you waiting for? To buy tickets, visit www.deepingsummerball.co.uk, for enquiries, contact Sharon Roberts 07523 861289, and find us on Facebook The Deeping Summer Ball.

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Mark of Approval for CCTV Operation T

own centre cameras that increase public safety have been given the official thumbs up by the Government's CCTV tsar.

South Kesteven District Council's CCTV team has received a one-year Certificate of Compliance after its CCTV monitoring operation was found to comply with the national code of practice. An independent assessor carried out a review before assuring the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Porter, that SKDC's operation of the system fully complies with his requirements. Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations, Cllr Dr. Peter Moseley, said: "The cameras give residents peace of mind and help our partners in law enforcement to increase public safety and reduce crime across the wider area. "We welcome the independent scrutiny of our CCTV operations, and I am delighted we have received this recognition. It is a tribute to the hard work of our CCTV team who play a significant role in crime prevention." The seal of approval applies to the council and all systems under its control, but there was a specific focus during the assessment on the town centre cameras (Public Space CCTV) operation.

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The certificate provides reassurance to the public that the cameras are effectively managed and that information gathered is used appropriately. The code of practice aims to balance the need for cameras in public places with individuals' rights to privacy. SKDC operates more than 70 cameras covering public open spaces in Grantham, Stamford, Bourne, and The Deepings. They are monitored round-the-clock. In the 2019/20 year, so far, SKDC cameras have recorded 2,421 incidents that

have been reported to Lincolnshire Police, leading to 548 arrests. Surveillance Camera Commissioner Tony Porter said: "I am delighted that South Kesteven District Council has demonstrated its commitment to transparency, standards, good practice and protecting the public by achieving my third party certification mark. "Certification allows organisations to visibly demonstrate that their systems comply with the 12 principles in the Surveillance Camera Code of Practice."

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Juniors on The Run Early Steps to a Healthy Lifestyle I

t's never too early to lay the foundations of a healthy lifestyle - and the opportunity to do just that is available in Wyndham Park, Grantham.

The parkrun phenomenon has swept the country, and now it's youngsters who are continuing its runaway success. The Wyndham junior parkrun, open to four to 14-year-olds, takes place every Sunday at 9am over a 2km course in South Kesteven District Council's picturesque park. Best of all, it's free. SKDC Cabinet Member for Health, Communities, and Wellbeing, Cllr Robert Reid, said: "Everyone is welcome at parkruns, regardless of ability. It's a great way to be active and enjoy being outdoors. "We are delighted to open up the park for such a good cause. It is encouraging youngsters to put down their digital devices and exercise outside." The junior parkrun is open to youngsters of all abilities and can be tackled for fun or as part of a training plan. SKDC has worked with Grantham Running Club, Grantham Athletic Club, Belvoir Tri Club, and the Rotary Club of Grantham's annual Swimarathon to set it up, and around 128 children have taken part since it started, with a weekly attendance of up to 72. The co-event directors are Kate Marshall and Edina Burns. "Running is obviously good for you, and children really love it," said Kate. "They are encouraging their parents to bring them here and the mums and dads then get the bug as well." Kate and her husband, Fraser, are regulars at the 5k parkrun held at Belton House

The team of parkrun volunteers

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The parkrun start line

on Saturdays at 9am, and she is sure of the benefits it brings. "It's not about winning, it's about getting out there, taking part and encouraging people to be active," said Kate. "Three years ago, I couldn't run to the end of my street but will be taking on my first marathon in April." Their children, Olivia (12) and Grace (11) are also keen athletes and have embraced the parkrun spirit. Both run and volunteer at the Wyndham junior parkrun and encourage other children to get involved. The runs are safe and easy to take part in, with the options of running, jogging

The co-event directors Kate Marshall (left) and Edina Burns

or walking. The course is marshaled by volunteers so the juniors can be seen by at least one adult at all times. Before their first run participants have to register via the Wyndham junior parkrun website at www.parkrun.org.uk/wyndhamjuniors/ Times are recorded each week, so progress can be recorded. "It doesn't matter how fast or slow you are, everyone is welcome," said Kate. "The junior parkrun is a great way of improving health and fitness and offers an opportunity for all the family to get involved." Edina took up running on the advice of a friend after completing a Couch to 5k course at Grantham Running Club. "By the end of the course, I had started going to the Belton House parkrun near Grantham," she said. Edina was keen to help her son, Antonio, be more active and started taking him to Newark junior parkrun. "When Kate asked me to be involved here, I was delighted as it was something I was very interested in, and I've enjoyed being involved in the set-up of Wyndham junior parkrun."

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Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants The Illustrated World of Nick Sharratt U NT I L 2 9 M A R C H , P E T E R B O R O U G H M U S E U M & A RT G A L L E RY

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irates, Pants and Wellyphants. Pirates, Pants and Wellyphants is a wonderfully bright and colourful touring exhibition all about Nick Sharratt and his illustrations. There are loads to look at, from drawings he did as a boy and student to original picture book artwork. There are sections on how picture books are made, lots of activities to do, including dressing up,

creating your own 'Sharracter' and working in his studio. There will be charged entry during February half term (17 - 21 February) for 'What's a Wellyphant?' which includes family activities across the museum. Exhibition opening times: Tuesday Sunday (incl. Mondays on Bank Holidays and during school holidays) 10am - 5pm (last admission 4.30pm).

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Saturday 8 February 2020, 10:30am-4pm. £50, 18yrs+, all materials provided, suitable for all abilities.

The repetitive playing motion of a spinner ring is designed to help relax and calm the mind. Explore silversmithing techniques, surface finishes, and learn how to create your very own unique ring.

Mindful Stitch with the Sleaford Embroiderers

Saturday 8 February, Thursday 20 February & Saturday 7 March, 11am-2pm. Free, drop-in sessions, everyone welcome.

Join the Sleaford Embroiderers for the opportunity to learn the benefits of slow, mindful sewing. If you're looking to find peace and calm while sharing your love of crafts with others, then this is the perfect session. There is no experience necessary, and there is no pressure to produce a final piece, the session is all about the process and well-being benefits of mindful stitching.

Mindful Creativity with Visual Artist Kajal Nisha Patel Saturday 15 February 2020, 10:30am-4pm. £40, 16yrs+.

Join Kajal for a relaxed session of asanas (postures) and pranayama (breathing). Learn essential techniques to manage anxiety and stress through the art of yoga, writing and making.

Collage & Printing Workshop

Saturday 15 February 2020, 11am-3pm. £32, 16yrs+, all materials provided, suitable for all abilities. Inspired by Charlotte Hodes’ exhibition, create your own artwork using lino print and collage. Participants will learn basic printmaking techniques following their own design.

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ith Valentine’s day just around the corner, February is very much the month of love. It’s certainly in the air in my garden with sparring Blackbirds and squabbling Sparrows. It also won’t be long before frogs start spawning and hedgehogs start to venture out of hibernation. With this in mind, this month is all about allowing wildlife access into your garden.

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INVITING THEM IN EASY ACCESS

In order to make our properties private and secure we are inadvertently keeping the wildlife out of our gardens. Do pest eating ground dwellers, e.g. frogs, newts and hedgehogs have access into your garden? Consider ground dwellers next time you put up a fence or install a gate. Does it need to be solid, could it have an open design, or space at the bottom? A 4”/15cm hole is all that’s needed. Hedges are favourable but if a fence or wall is essential, add a means of access and cover it in wildlife friendly climbers. For security very prickly hedges will deter intruders but still allow access for wildlife.

HEDGES FOR HOGS (& bees, butterflies, birds and other critters) THE BENEFITS OF HEDGES: They can demarcate your boundary, provide privacy and security and create essential wildlife corridors. Hedges are great windbreaks, they absorb sound and pollution and are less likely to blow down in a storm. A mixed hedge will provide a refuge from predators, shelter from the weather, roosting and nesting sites. They are also a source of food for a diverse selection of creatures thus encouraging wildlife to visit, feed and breed in your garden. If you can’t plant a new hedge try to incorporate more wildlife friendly plants into an existing one.

THERE IS STILL TIME TO PLANT BARE ROOT HEDGING! Here are some of my favourite wildlife friendly hedging plants: Top of my list are Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn/May flower), Prunus spinosa (Blackthorn/Sloe) and Pyracantha (Firethorn). These three provide flowers,

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berries and foliage as food to a huge number of insects, mammals and birds. Their dense thorny habits offer safe nesting sites for birds. As does the holly - Ilex aquifolium with the added benefit of providing deep, dry leaf litter in which Hedgehogs and small mammals can feed and hibernate. Female holly plants produce berries so they may need a male nearby. Check varieties. For flowers which are favoured by hoverflies and bright red berries which are a food source for birds try Viburnum opulus (Guelder Rose) or Viburnum lantana (Wayfaring Tree) For something a little unusual try the stunning Euonymus europaeus (Spindle). A deciduous, native tree whose insignificant flowers are followed by unmistakeable seed pods. The leaves are food for the larva of moths, the holly blue butterfly and aphids which in turn attract predator insects and birds. If you can dare to go wild, in hedges or for fences and walls: The flowers of Rubus fruticosus (blackberry/bramble) are a food source for bees and other insects. The leaves are eaten by caterpillars and some grazing mammals including deer. The ripened berries are a favourite with birds but also badgers, foxes and humans. The scented, summer flowers of Lonicera periclymenum (Honeysuckle) attract many insects which in turn are food for birds and bats. In autumn it provides berries and shelter for birds and small mammals. Love it or hate it Hedera helix – Common Ivy is one of our most precious native evergreen plants and plays a vital role for British wildlife. It is an essential food

before hibernation for bees, hoverflies and wasps and provides berries for birds. It also provide food for caterpillars of butterflies and moths, and nesting, roosting and shelter for birds.

SOME OTHER SUGGESTIONS: Hedging packs of natives include crab apple, hazel, rowan, field maple, alder, bird cherry (caution it is toxic to livestock), wild privet and common elderflower.

WHAT ABOUT MAINTENANCE? Native field hedges are only cut once or twice a year. In a very small garden you might need to rein it in a bit more often. On the up side there’s no painting involved and you’ll never have to replace a broken panel!

WHAT DO YOU GET IN RETURN? A fragrant, floral backdrop to your garden, laden with colourful berries in the winter. Hours of entertainment from all your wild visitors. Pollination and natural pest control helping to ensure healthy, productive plants. Until next time... Invite them in an reap the rewards!

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February in the

Garden IN THE FLOWER GARDEN • Plant bare root roses, shrubs and hedging. • Create new beds and borders. Look for plants that will appeal to wildlife. • Plant out potted early spring bulbs and flowers only if the weather is mild and dry.

• Sow early leaves and radishes, in pots or in greenhouse borders for a salad feast within 6-8 weeks. • Ventilate at every opportunity.

POTS AND CONTAINERS

• Start chitting seed potatoes indoors. • Plant bare root fruit trees/bushes and canes (weather permitting). • Prune autumn fruiting raspberries.

• Deadhead winter pansies in pots and baskets to keep them going. • Create spring displays by combining bulbs, small evergreens, rock plants, or compact perennials. • Top dress permanent plantings with fresh compost and fertiliser.

IN THE GREENHOUSE

LAWN CARE

• Sow early brassicas, peas, broad beans, lettuce, leeks and onions in pots and early potatoes in pots or old compost sacks.

• Keep off the grass whenever possible or lay down a temporary path. • Mow only if the weather is mild and dry. • Prepare the ground for a new lawn.

IN THE VEGETABLE GARDEN

LOOKING AFTER THE WILDLIFE • Food: Keep feeders full of high energy food. Avoid using fat from cooking, particularly poultry fat, for home made fat balls as it can go rancid and carry viruses. • Water: Continue to provide a fresh supply of water and keep the pond ice free. • Plan and build a wildlife pond ready for the frogs to move in. • Clean or install bird boxes if you haven't already, ready for the new breeding season.

Rosa canina (Dog Rose) If you want to plant a rose this month consider this one. This climber uses curved spines to weave its way between other shrubs for support. It bears leaves that smell of apples after rain and large pink or white, faintly sweet scented, flowers in May & June which are an important nectar source. The striking, red, oval, hips which mature in September/ October are a valuable food source for birds.

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Industrial Metal Welly Boot Rack is the absolute must for your doorway this season, keeping your home free of a mountain of muddy wellies. It’s designed with two rows of vertical rods at different heights, for larger wellies at the back, to smaller wellies at the front. Spacious enough to fit four pairs, it really is perfect for the whole family and even friends. £67.50 from www.thefarthing.co.uk

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eng Shui has ancient roots in the East and has often been used in the Western world to enhance material wealth, but there are many other benefits of applying feng shui practices in the home including creating a better quality life, better relationships, attracting more harmony and building a successful career and many more. The principles are set around the flow of energy in spaces as all areas of properties should encourage free flow of energy and some areas may need a little help. In February as the weather may be a little miserable, why not work on the inside of your home and head towards Spring with new hope. Here are a few tips to create a harmonious home.

CLEAR THE CLUTTER Everyone is guilty of a little clutter around the home but if you want a good flow of energy this means addressing those clutter problems that could be stopping harmony. This means piles of things dropped into crowded cupboards too. Clearing unwanted and unnecessary things out will be therapeutic with a mental clearing of the rubbish too.

ENCOURAGE GOOD QUALITY AIR AND LIGHT

This one is pretty self-explanatory. Open the windows albeit a little each day. Letting fresh air in cleanses the space and allows negative air to flow out. Light is important too, after dark winter days we get stuck inside in artificial light. Our house as well as ourselves benefits from the natural light so open up those curtains and blinds and let light shine into every corner.

DEFINE THE FENG SHUI MAP OF YOUR HOME Download or find a copy of a Bagua feng shui map. This will show you which areas

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EMBRACE THE ELEMENTS OF FENG SHUI

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Eating For Health HERE’S OUR GUIDE TO THE SUPERFOODS YOU SHOULD BE INCLUDING IN YOUR DIET THIS YEAR.

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lant-based diets and ‘superfoods’ have exploded into the mainstream recently, and in a bid for optimal wellness, ‘superfoods’ are now seen as a direct pathway to radiant health and boundless energy.

While in 2019 we turned to the healing properties of turmeric, macadamia nuts and maca powder, this year edible clays, matcha and hemp products are set to be huge, according to experts. And the new alternatives, though a little strange sounding on the face of it, claim to offer myriad health benefits and are of course environmentally sustainable. Here, we take a look at some of the health food trends predicted to be huge in 2020, and reveal what could well be set to become your new nutrition normal.

Hemp Seeds These small seeds are rich in essential fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids, including omega-3s, which can help fight coronary heart disease, cancer, and even symptoms of depression. Hemp seeds are also a rich source of the polyunsaturated fatty acid gamma linolenic acid, or GLA, which has been known to help with a number of maladies, ranging from allergies and attention deficit disorder, to lowering cholesterol levels.

Chicories Haven’t heard of this one? Chicories are those bitter winter greens like endive and escarole or purple radicchio. They are a good source of vitamin C and may also help boost heart health.

Pomegranate Pomegranates are known for their antioxidants and are an excellent source of fiber and vitamins C and K.

Matcha Chock full of polyphenols, matcha is lauded for its anti-aging properties. Importantly, it may help lower the risk of certain cancers and heart disease. And if you’re trying to stay focused on your goals this year, sip on this. Matcha is known to boost mental alertness too without the jitters you might get from other caffeinated drinks.

Activated Charcoal Activated charcoal can help you get purer skin and whiter teeth, as well as absorbing the standing tannins found in drinks like coffee and red wine.

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Açai Native to the rainforests of South America, the açai is a small purple berry that has been touted as a weight-loss and anti-aging aid. The fruit contains very high levels of antioxidants in the form of anthocyanins, which help fight cancer and heart disease.

Seaweed Unlike their land-bound counterparts, seagrown vegetables are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which may prevent sudden heart attack and stroke. Seaweed is also full of important minerals, such as bone-friendly calcium and magnesium, as well as iron, potassium, iodine and zinc.

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Goji Berries Goji berries have become a common sight on supermarket shelves, and for good reason: they contain a lot of vitamin C. Native to Tibet and Inner Mongolia, these orangered tangy berries have been used by Chinese herbalists for centuries to treat visual ailments and poor circulation and to help boost the immune system. Scientific research has yet to support such claims, but there’s no denying that goji berries are rich in plant-based antioxidants and compounds.

Chia Seeds Native to Mexico, these nutrient-rich seeds have become all the rage among superfood seekers. And it’s no surprise - chia seeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and calcium.

Nutritional Yeast Not to be confused with active dry or brewer’s yeast, nutritional yeast is made from deactivated yeast and has no leavening power. It’s a great source of protein and fiber and is also among the only vegan-friendly sources of vitamin B12, which is essential for normal brain and nervoussystem function but found mostly in meat and dairy products.

Green Tea This ages-old health secret has been used as a natural remedy for everything from cancer to heart disease. The secret to this delicious drink? Antioxidants. The main superhero here is Epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, a phytochemical that slows irregular cell growth, which could potentially help prevent the growth of some cancers.

Black Garlic Black garlic has long been prized for its health benefits, but it became widely available in Western markets only a few years ago. The black bulb is created by fermenting raw garlic through prolonged exposure to heat and humidity, giving it a sweet, mellow flavour and an inky hue. In addition to the sulfuric compounds that provide garlic with its hearthealthy and anticancer benefits, the fermented cloves are a source of important probiotics.

Kale Move over spinach, you’ve got some fierce competition. Kale contains a type of phytonutrient that appears to lessen the occurrence of a wide variety of cancers, including breast and ovarian. Though scientists are still studying why this happens, they believe the phytonutrients in kale trigger the liver to produce enzymes that neutralize potentially cancercausing substances.

Quinoa This teeny-tiny, grain-like seed packs some serious nutritional prowess. With a mild, nutty flavour and a texture similar to rice or couscous, quinoa is one of the only grains or seeds that provides all nine essential amino acids our bodies can’t produce themselves. And it’s filled with protein - eight grams per onecup serving, to be exact.

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Salmon Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids, which the body cannot produce by itself. These fatty acids reduce inflammation, improve circulation and increase the ratio of good to bad cholesterol. Salmon is also a rich source of selenium, which helps prevent cell damage, and several B vitamins.

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t’s that time of year, we’ve spent all January focusing fully on sticking to our New Year’s resolutions but the temptation to slack is creeping in and our fitness goals seem more difficult to achieve than before. But not all is lost, there are great ways to re-frame your ambitions to get yourself out of the dreaded fitness rut with some simple tips on how to get back on track. You may feel that all your efforts haven’t been worth it after a couple of weeks off-plan, but there’s no better time to get back on the fitness wagon than right now.

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DETERMINE YOUR READINESS There is nothing more frustrating than not feeling fully motivated to get back on track with your fitness and diet. It’s important to determine when is best, mentally and physically, to invest yourself wholly into reaching your goals. If you know you have a few boozy social events to attend this month, whether it be a wedding or a birthday, try and plan ahead on when is best to start

after those. This doesn’t mean you should splurge throughout until your schedule allows a healthy routine, but trying to restrict yourself during social events offering unhealthy choices that are somewhat unavoidable will make you feel more disappointed longterm. Make sure you are mentally motivated to start your fitness journey again and you will be more likely to stick to it.

RE-EVALUATE YOUR GOALS Just as you need to be ready to re-start your fitness journey, you also need to re-evaluate what you want to achieve. Setting goals is a great way of maintaining motivation, but make sure you stay realistic – smaller steps are more obtainable than over ambitious targets that will leave you feeling disheartened. Set out a timeline of the next few months and map out what you’d like to achieve each week, however small. Whether this be weight loss goals or fitness targets – realising what you truly want to gain from your fitness journey will help you remain positive along the way. It’s also important to remember that you won’t see results overnight, trust the process and be patient with your efforts and you will achieve your goals long term.

FIND A NEW ROUTE One of the most common reasons we fall off the fitness wagon is through boredom. It’s easy to get complacent with our routines and sticking to our comfort zones when exercising will hinder results. If you are a runner, walker, or hiker, find new routes to explore. Try adding a new element to your gym routine, mixing things up will stimulate you mentally to push your boundaries and will keep exercise fun as well as beneficial. Get creative with your routine, ask your friends and research online for inspiration.

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someone to help push you. Hiring a personal trainer can give you routine and will help you understand the reasons behind nutrition and exercise. They can also help you create a meal and fitness plan that will be tailored to your fitness levels and goals. Make sure you choose a fully qualified trainer.

PACK YOUR GYM BAG AND PREP YOUR MEALS THE NIGHT BEFORE

A seemingly simple tip, but packing your gym bag the night before will mentally motivate you to follow through with your routine the next day. You’ll be less tempted to just skip the gym after work, integrating work outs into your routine will make it easier to stick to exercise, and will help you achieve long term results. Meal prepping is a great way to stay on track with your diet and can also help you save money when cooking in bulk for the week. Mix up your meal plans to keep your diet interesting, this will help you stick to your goals.

SET WEEKLY CHALLENGES Although sticking to your fitness routine can seem like a mammoth task in itself, pushing your limits by adding new challenges to your routine can help you stay motivated. You may feel like you can’t hit that many reps, or swim those many lengths, but you’ll feel even more motivated to continue your fitness journey when you achieve something you couldn’t have done a month ago. It can be easy to get too comfortable with your routine, so if you feel like you’ve hit a plateau with your results, try and mix up your work outs with weekly challenges to see results.

ALLOW SLIP-UPS One weekend binge is not detrimental to months of hard work, it’s important to change your mentality on ‘cheat days’ and embrace that sometimes, you will slip up on your routine. Accepting this and moving onto a new week with fresh motivation will only inspire you further to achieve more. If you dwell on a bad day or week, you’ll be more likely to give up all together. Be kind to yourself, brush yourself off and move forward to a fresh and healthy week.

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ortugal is known the world over for its unique fortified wine: Port. Port has been made here since the 12th century and from those early beginnings, the British have been one of Portuguese producers’ largest markets. The global acknowledgement of this wonderful beverage is both a blessing and a curse. It places Portugal firmly in the limelight as a leading actor on the vinous stage, but it tends to overshadow their still wine production.

In a wine world where international grape varieties dominate, (think Cabernet Sauvignon and Blanc, Chardonnay, Syrah/ Shiraz, Merlot, Pinot Noir etc.) Portugal has a very useful secret weapon – local varieties, all 248 of them and therefore, original and very different flavours. The most famous grape variety is Touriga Nacional, used extensively for Port production but also increasingly for high quality still red wines. Other indigenous red grape varieties are Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz (known as Tempranillo in Spain), Baga and Trincadeira. White wines are largely made from Loureiro, Alvarinho, Bical and Encruzado. There are many, many others. Single varietal wines are common but blending different grape varieties is becoming increasingly popular. Portugal is a small country, roughly 360 miles long and 130 miles wide. The topography from top to bottom could not be more dissimilar and with both an Atlantic influence along the coastal regions

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and continental heat inland, it is little wonder there is such diversity in Portugal’s wine industry. Perhaps the most widely acclaimed red wine region is the Douro, situated to the East of Porto. The Douro valley, famous for its Port production now sees around half of all wine production being still wines. Look out for Douro DOC on the label. Thanks to an influx of financial aid from the World Bank and more recently, the EU, Portugal’s wine industry is wellfinanced and the quality has grown exponentially. As the highest quality wines from France, Italy, Spain, The USA and Australia have risen in price five-fold over the last decade, so the price of Portugal’s wines has become increasingly attractive, both in absolute terms and on a relative basis.

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The area is incredibly steep and vineyards have been created in wonderful looking, but almost impossible to build, step terraces. It makes tending and harvesting by hand almost exclusively the only option, with very few tractors and a dearth mechanisation. This, coupled with extremes of diurnal heat make the Douro a most improbable success, but a success is indeed what it is. Try the Waitrose Douro Valley, Reserva Quinta da Rosa at around £11.50 to get a real taste of the region. Its full bodied, with ripe black fruits, tannic and has a long finish. This is a well structured, complex wine that would be excellent with lamb or beef and is available at a great price. Moving northwards, you come across one of Portugal’s most famous white wine regions, Minho, home to Vinho Verde wines. Minho is Portugal’s wettest regions and vines, untended, sprout more leaves than they ripen fruit so careful handling is an absolute necessity to ensure quality fruit production. Nevertheless, in the

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hands of skilled winemakers, the region does produce an outstanding quality white wine. Made almost exclusively from the Alvarinho grape, Vinho Verde wines tend to be best drunk young when the fruit is at its most pronounced. We are looking for freshness and lift, a juicy wine to be enjoyed on its own, or as an accompaniment to light food dishes. Try the Porta 6, Vinho Verde from Majestic at around £9 a bottle. A multi award-winning wine, it’s made by the acclaimed Vidigal winery and offers up greengage and lime notes, a hind of thyme and excellent freshness. It would be wonderful with simple pan-fried sea bass or a soft goats cheese. Portuguese still wines represent a veritable wine bargain which is reason enough to buy, but coupled with the outstanding quality now being achieved, makes for a compelling reason to do so.

Leigh Johnson

is a holder of the Advanced Certificate from the Wine and Spirits Educational Trust and is an avid wine collector and enthusiast. You can follow his wine thoughts on Facebook by searching Bells Farm Vintners.

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Crazy About

GIN F

rom its less tasteful beginnings as ‘mother’s ruin’ in the 18th century, to one of the trendiest hipster drinks now – the gin and tonic craze has taken our drinking culture by storm. Us Brits are obsessed with the cocktail craze, and the market for gin has boomed, along with new and creative lines of tonics to get your taste buds tingling. But what is it about this humble drink that gives it such a complex history, and how has it found its revival in drinking trends across our pubs and bars? We take a look at the reason behind the gin and tonic craze.

Records show the first production of gin began in Holland, in the 16th century. Originally created for medical purposes to treat gout and stomach complaints, British soldiers discovered it while fighting during the Dutch War of Independence in the 1580’s, coining the nickname ‘Dutch Courage’ for its warming qualities. British troops took their new-found tipple back with them, and it proved popular on home soil. Production boomed at low cost and consumption reached all-time highs during the first half of the eighteenth century. The gin craze soon became an epidemic on London’s streets, as the abuse of alcohol by the poor became a huge problem. Gin was renowned as ‘mother’s ruin’ and caused moral outrage with extreme drunkenness on the streets. The government introduced The Gin Act to combat the problem, making gin incredibly expensive. Riots broke out and the new law was largely broken, as production rose by around fifty per cent. The act was repealed in 1742 and was replaced by new laws maintaining relatively high prices and licence retailer supervisions, much like it is today. This inspired the gin market to reach high society. The reforms made the balance of gin’s ingredients more refined, becoming the delicate traditional flavour we know and love today.

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GIN IS BOOMING

The gin boom has seen sales soar in the UK this year, as the sale of spirits has earnt more than beer in tax for the first time ever. The Wine and Spirit Trade Association announced that Gin sales have risen by 12 per cent in the last year, with a 35% increase of British gin exports in the last five years. Experts credit the gin boom to a few factors, the rise in small distilleries, the cocktail craze that has inspired bartenders to go back to basics and experiment with classic flavours, and the spirits versatility in its ability to create a variety of cocktails that can evolve with new trends.

FINDING YOUR LOCAL GIN FIX Hunting down the perfect marriage of gin and tonic is easy with many local options to choose from. The White Horse in Baston offers an extensive list of quality gins and Fever-Tree tonics to choose from. Whether you prefer the traditionally dry cocktail using Sipsmith London Dry gin, with classic juniper notes and Indian tonic water, or a more delicately floral taste using Hendericks gin, infused with cucumber and rose petal, mixed with elderflower tonic, The White Horse has something to suit everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tastes.

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TRENDY TONICS

Alongside the resurgence of gin has come the success of tonic waters on the drinks market. The variety of opportunities with gin as a base for cocktails has allowed companies to experiment with new blends of flavours, companies like Bottlegreen have recreated the classic tonic with notes of elderflower, pomegranate, and quinine. Fever-Tree are considered the biggest gamechangers in the tonic world, with a fresh approach to the drink offering a refined alternative to cheaper supermarket tonics. Their Mediterranean tonic is a popular choice, fragrant with rosemary and thyme with hints of citrus. Their elderflower tonic also boasts soft and subtle flavours of freshly handpicked elderflower give a perfect balance to the tonicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s natural quinine. Choosing the right tonic to accompany your gin is just as important as the gin itself, which is why the tonic market is so popular with cocktail culture continuing to experiment with new flavours.

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Medicinal

HERBS in disguise

Put some spring in your step with these common garden weeds

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y now we should be noticing the days are a little longer and spring bulbs are well on their way to flowering, evidence that nature is indeed waking up! However, it is not always that easy for us human beings to find some spring in our step. With 60% of us reporting feeling tired all the time, lowered immunity due to the dreaded winter colds and flu and those aches and pains that always seem to get worse in winter, it can feel like a bit of a hurdle trying to feel fit and well.

Maybe it’s time for a spring detox! Spring has traditionally been the time to clear out all those toxins and stagnation from the Christmas and New Year excesses and lower activity that often occurs this time of year. While the term ‘detox’ can often have us thinking of hitting the gym and strict diet regimes, there are also plenty of simple ways in which you can help your body detox naturally, either in conjunction with the gym and diet or used on their own. In order to help bring your body back to how nature intended, it is important to look at all the elimination organs including the liver, kidneys, bladder, lungs, lymphatic system and skin. A great way to do this is by introducing some herbal teas

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into your daily routine, including those that grow in your garden. Take a look at these three for starters!

DANDELIONS

(Taraxacum Offinale) Dandelions, also known as ‘dents de lion or lion’s teeth’, are typically a gardener’s nightmare however, I rather like their bright yellow flowers and the fact that the herb is a great source of vitamins A, B and C, zinc and potassium. The herb is traditionally known for its detoxifying properties, acting on the liver, gall bladder, kidneys, digestion, lymphatic system and the skin. The leaf is

predominately used as a kidney tonic acting as a diuretic helping to flush out toxins from ‘winter congestion’. The root is more of a liver tonic, working on the liver and gallbladder and stimulating the kidneys to remove toxins. As a bitter digestive tonic, taraxacum also helps to stimulate appetite and relieve dyspepsia and ‘sluggish bowels’, so be aware, it can be mildly laxative! Dandelion flowers are sweet and crunchy and can be added to salads. The leaves can be too, however their bitter taste is not always palatable. Try the smaller ones or add them to soups or stir fry’s. As a poultice, the flowers have been known to soothe inflamed skin and promote healing in cases of eczema and sores etc.

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STINGING NETTLE (Urtica Dioica)

Stinging nettle, is another herb which according to folk law was used traditionally as a spring detox to help clear the blood of impurities. Full of vitamins and minerals, there was a good reason for it being taken in spring. The winter period with less food and sunshine could easily have resulted in nutritional deficiencies which urtica helped to put back! Urtica root is great for urological symptoms including benign prostatic hyperplasia and urinary frequency (Mills & Bone, 2000). Urtica leaf stimulates kidney and liver function to help clear toxins. In addition it has been shown to reduce blood glucose levels, encourage excretion of uric acid (useful in cases of gout and arthritis), act as a diuretic in urinary conditions including cystitis, an antihistamine in hay fever and allergies and an immune system booster. Anti-inflammatory properties also help in cases of rheumatism, arthritis and skin problems such as eczema and urticaria (Chevallier, 2001). Dating back to Roman Times (Allen & Hatfield, 2004), stinging nettles were

CLEAVERS

(Gallium Aparine) Cleavers, often known as ‘sticky willy’, is a prolific little herb traditionally used as a cleansing spring tonic. A great tonic for the lymphatic system, gallium helps the body cleanse itself , helping relieve a congested lymphatic system. It is often used in cases where the lymph nodes are swollen and inflamed, for example ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome and post-viral fatigue syndrome). After long periods of medication use, gallium can help in the detoxification process. Due to the anti-inflammatory, astringent and mild diuretic properties of gallium, it is beneficial in treating urinary tract infections, especially when combined with herbs such as psyllium seed, also known as plantago, another common herb often considered a weed by gardeners. The blood cleansing and anti-inflammatory actions of gallium, as for taraxacum and urtica, help in cases of arthritis and gout. Skin disorders such as acne and psoriasis have also been shown to improve due to the cleansing action of gallium while a skin wash made of the herb helps soothe cuts, bruises, insect bites and calm down irritating skin eruptions from infections like chickenpox.

By Mother Nature, Sleaford

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applied directly to the skin in patients suffering from rheumatic conditions with said patients gaining relief from the pain. Now I am not sure I am ready for that just yet however, studies do back up how effective urtica can be in helping to relieve pain ( Johnson, et al., 2013) Urtica can be included in all manner of meals or added to soups and of course drunk as a tea. Pick the young fresh growth and the tips of the plant for the best taste and nutrient value.

DANDELION & NETTLE LEAF TEA Can be made individually or drunk together  2-3 teaspoons of young fresh dandelion or nettle leaves

 1 cup of boiling water (approx. 250ml)  Pour the boiling water over the dandelion or nettle leaves and leave to steep for 10-15 minutes.

 Strain and enjoy

 Take 2-3 cups a day

NB There are a couple of contraindications with these herbs. Dandelion - Consult a health practitioner or medical herbalist if you are suffering from liver or gall bladder problems. Avoid in cases of bile duct and/or gall bladder obstruction. Nettle - avoid in cases of impaired cardiac or renal function and if you are taking diuretics or antihypertensives. Teas are, as a rule, well tolerated however, it’s always best to consult your local health store or medical herbalist for advice.

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6 ROMANTIC

UK Weekend Breaks This is the perfect time of year to start thinking about a romantic weekend break, whether it is special for Valentine’s Day or is an early Spring treat.

EDINBURGH

Edinburgh is a beautiful city to explore. Check in to a cosy hotel and enjoy a tea and cake river cruise where you can relax taking in the views. Have a date night at the theatre and catch a show at the Edinburgh Playhouse or go stargazing at The Royal Observatory and enjoy the romance of looking at the winter skies. Explore the streets hand in hand and shop for something special or follow in the footsteps of Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze at The Ceramic Experience where you can create your own piece of romantic art. Take a trip to the Gin Distillery if you‘d like to learn a little more or hold each other tight on a City of the Dead Ghost Tour.

BRIGHTON

This eclectic coastal town is the perfect spot to watch sunrises and sunsets together. A bracing beach walk followed by a picnic or lunch at one of the fine restaurants is perfect. Go for a private wine tasting at Ten Green Bottles or learn to salsa and lindy hop and dance the afternoon away. If you are feeling adventurous you could charter a boat out of Brighton Marina, or have lunch in one of the lovely restaurants there. Book a box at the Theatre Royal or indulge in a little chocolate heaven at Choccywoccydoodah’s. If you are celebrating why not book a VIP capsule on the Brighton Wheel, imagine sipping champagne as you take in the stunning views of the sea and the downs. Walk ‘The Lanes’ and indulge in a little retail therapy or stop for a naughty afternoon cocktail.

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BATH

Thanks to its beautiful Georgian architecture, Bath is a renowned romantic city offering everything from great outdoor activities to fabulous spa experiences. The Roman Baths are Britain’s only naturally warm, mineral rich waters and from here you can relax in an open-air rooftop pool with spectacular views over the city. If you are feeling a little more active head to Prior Park where you’ll find serene woodland walks and a great photo opportunity at the famous Palladian Bridge.

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YORK

York is a beautiful city for romance. Drop your bags and head to Lendal Bridge landing and catch one of the York boat cruises. Trysts by the fireside in a cosy inn, hand-holding strolls along the sunlit Shambles and kisses under the Heart of Yorkshire window in the Minster, this is what romance in York is about. Enjoy dinner and a date night with a show at the Theatre Royal. Walk hand in hand on an Essential York Walk and gain fascinating insights into this historic city. Spend hours wandering the little shops and buy a special something for your loved one or take afternoon tea at Betty’s on St Helen’s Square.

CHESTER

Chester is a wonderful place for romance, walk the cobbled streets hand in hand, go to the races and dine in one of the many fine restaurants in the centre. You can walk the historic wall, explore the 1000 year old Cathedral and meander down the river side before popping into a pub offering a cosy fire. There are plenty of places to shop in the 700-year-old shopping rows and if your passion is a little retail therapy, Cheshire Oaks designer outlet is around 30 minutes out of town. Of course, Chester Zoo is perfect for getting up close and personal with beautiful animals but book tickets. You can explore the city on an open top bus ride or guided walking tour.

LONDON

Treat yourself to a 5-star hotel and enjoy some of the finer points of our capital. Take in a show on the West End, lunch in the Shard enjoying some fabulous views and then shop till you drop on Oxford Street. Of course, you don’t have to spend a fortune for a little romance in London. Stroll along the South Bank people watching, lunch in an intimate local café and take in a matinee or go to the cinema. Amble in beautiful Kew Gardens or take a river boat cruise down the Thames.

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Socialisation VS Exposure! PART 2

Last month we started to look at socialising your dog and highlighting that many people are unsure as to what good dog socialisation entails. So this month we are exposing another socialisation myth and highlighting some key tips. MYTH TWO The act of exposing a dog to fearful experiences will automatically cause the dog to forget his fears, right? Wrong! The purpose of socialisation is used to present the dog with new experiences in the hopes that it prevents him from becoming fearful in the first place. If your dog is already fearful of something, behaviour modification is required to change how they feel about a situation. Some key things to remember when socialising or working with a fearful dog: • Go slowly • Distance is your friend. Stay at a distance where your dog’s body language remains relatively relaxed • Don’t go over threshold • Use food! Pairing things your dog LOVES when he is around things he doesn’t can ultimately change his emotional state, and therefore his reaction to them. TRAINERS TIP: Did know that you can use your dog’s willingness to eat food as a gauge for how well he is coping with a new experience? When a dog is overwhelmed and fearful he shuts down emotionally and will refuse to eat food. If your dog or puppy refuses to eat a treat that he normally loves, then this is a sign that you need to either create more distance, or your dog is not ready for this new experience. • Keep your sessions short - sometimes the relief of pressure can actually be a reward • Have realistic expectations • Find a trainer that can help you! Get in touch with us if you would like some help to socialise your dog!

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ancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday as it is more traditionally known, has been celebrated for hundreds of years and was the traditional Christian feast before the start of Lent - the 40 days leading up to Easter.

Research shows that Brits find pancakemaking a real challenge - and it’s not just the predictable flipping and tossing catastrophes that happen on Shrove Tuesday. Ripping, sticking, burning and lumps are also the cause of many pancake traumas. A third of those surveyed by British Lion eggs have experienced their pancakes ripping or falling apart in the pan and 30 per cent have suffered from them sticking. Around a quarter have produced a lumpy mixture or burnt them. And 13 per cent have problems with pancakes falling on the floor or sticking to the ceiling when they are flipped. Surprisingly, only a quarter could name all three ingredients – plain flour, eggs and milk. Andrew Parker, Chairman of the British Egg Industry Council, said: “Given that pancakes are really easy to make, basically just an egg, some flour, milk and a little ‘elbow grease’, the survey results did take us by surprise.” Try one of these simple, tasty pancake recipes. Delish!

SAVOURY PANCAKE PUFF WITH PARMA HAM, TOMATOES, FETA AND PESTO Ingredients 3 British Lion eggs 70g plain flour A pinch of salt 2 tbsp melted butter 300ml milk 3 slices of Parma ham 5-6 cherry tomatoes halved 50g feta 1 tbsp pesto Preheat the oven to 220oC. Whisk together the eggs, salt, one tablespoon melted butter and milk until combined. Whisk this mixture into the flour.

Heat an ovenproof 20cm frying pan on a high heat. Add the remaining butter then pour in the batter mixture.

SERVES: 2, PREPARATION: 8 minutes, COOKING:

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Scatter the top with tomatoes and feta then place the whole pan in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until risen, set and lightly golden. Remove from the oven, add torn Parma ham pieces and a drizzle of pesto then serve.

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ORANGE LOLLYPOP PANCAKES Ingredients 150g plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 2 tbsp caster sugar Zest of 1 large orange 150ml milk 1 large British Lion egg, beaten A little vegetable oil for frying

For the sauce 50g good quality dark chocolate 25g butter 150ml double cream 1 heaped tbsp caster sugar 6 tbsp of roasted chopped nuts

Place the flour, sugar and baking powder in a bowl and whisk lightly to break up any lumps of flour. Add the eggs, orange zest and half of the milk. Whisk to a smooth batter then whisk in the remaining milk until smooth. Leave to stand for a couple of minutes. Heat a large non-stick frying pan on a medium heat. Add a dash of oil then swirl around the pan.

Using a small ladle, add four separate puddles of batter making four small pancakes at a time. Place a lollipop stick on top of each one.

Once bubbles start to appear on the top, turn them over and cook until golden brown. They should rise to about one centimetre thick. Repeat with the remaining batter and lollipop sticks.

Make the sauce by breaking the chocolate into small pieces and placing them in a bowl. Heat the cream, butter and sugar together, but do not boil it. Once hot pour over the chocolate and stir until the chocolate has melted. Serve the pancake lollipops alongside the sauce and nuts for dipping.

SERVES: approx. 20, PREPARATION: 12 minutes, COOKING: 10 minutes

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SERVES: 2, PREPARATION: 12 mins, COOKING: 10 minutes

STRAWBERRY & RICOTTA ROLLUPS Ingredients 150g plain flour 300 ml semi skimmed milk 2 large British Lion eggs A little vegetable oil or melted butter 150g strawberries, hulled and sliced 200g tub of ricotta Zest of 1 lemon 1 tbsp honey The seeds of 1 vanilla pod Icing sugar to serve Sieve the flour into a bowl to get rid of any lumps. Add the eggs to the flour and around a quarter of the milk. Whisk until smooth then gradually whisk in the remaining milk.

SERVES: 4, PREPARATION: 5 minutes, COOKING: 12 minutes

Pour about three tablespoons of batter into the pan, then swirl it around so that it thinly covers the base of the pan.

TRADITIONAL LEMON & SUGAR PANCAKES

Mix together the ricotta, lemon zest, vanilla and honey.

Ingredients 150g plain flour 300 ml semi skimmed milk 2 large British Lion eggs A little vegetable oil or melted butter Lemon to serve A sprinkle of sugar to serve

Heat a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Add a small amount of oil or butter. Using a few sheets of kitchen paper, wipe around the pan so that it is lightly greased.

Cook for 45 seconds or until golden brown then flip it over using a fish slice and cook for 30 seconds on the other side. Remove from the pan and place between sheets of baking paper and repeat the process with the remaining batter.

Spread a heaped spoonful of the mixture on the surface of a pancake then scatter with strawberry slices. Repeat the process with another pancake then place it on top of the first one.

Roll the stacked pancake up into a tight roll then cut into 2cm thick pieces and serve with a dusting of icing sugar.

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Sieve the flour into a bowl to get rid of any lumps.

Add the eggs to the flour and a quarter of the milk. Whisk until smooth then gradually whisk in the remaining milk. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat. Add a small amount

of oil or butter. Using a few sheets of kitchen paper, wipe around the pan so that it is lightly greased. Pour about three tablespoons of batter into the pan, then swirl it around so that it thinly covers the base of the pan.

Cook for 45 seconds or until golden brown, then flip it over using a fish slice and cook for 30 seconds on the other side. Remove from the pan and eat straight away or place between sheets of baking paper and repeat the process with the remaining batter. Serve with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of sugar.

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SERVES: 4, PREPARATION: 10 mins, COOKING: 18 minutes

RASPBERRY RIPPLE PANCAKES WITH QUICK COMPOTE Ingredients 150g plain flour 1 tsp baking powder 2 tbsp caster sugar 150ml milk 1 large British Lion egg, beaten A little vegetable oil or butter for frying 4 tbsp of raspberry jam, mixed until smooth For the compote: 400g raspberries 1 tbsp honey 1 tsp vanilla paste or vanilla extract The zest of 1 lemon A few mint leaves

Place the flour, sugar and baking powder in a bowl and whisk lightly to break up any lumps of flour. Add the eggs and half of the milk. Whisk to a smooth batter then whisk in the remaining milk until smooth. Leave to stand for a couple of minutes. Place the jam in a squeezy bottle or a piping bag. Make the compote by warming together raspberries, honey, vanilla and half of the lemon zest in a pan until the raspberries start to release their juices.

Heat a large non-stick frying pan on a medium heat. Add a dash of oil then swirl around the pan.

Using a small ladle, add two separate ladles of batter making two pancakes at a time. Add a swirl of raspberry jam on top of each pancake.

Once bubbles start to appear on the top, turn them over and cook until golden brown. They should rise to about one centimetre thick. Remove from the pan and set to one side. Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve stacks of pancakes alongside the raspberry compote with a little extra lemon zest and mint leaves.

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SERVES: 2, PREPARATION: 10 minutes, COOKING: 7 minutes

BANANA PANCAKES WITH HONEY BANANAS Ingredients 2 bananas 2 British Lion eggs 30g rolled oats ½ teaspoon baking powder A pinch of salt A little vegetable oil A small knob of butter 2 banana (not too ripe), cut in half lengthways 1 tbsp honey A few walnut pieces All recipes courtesy of www.eggrecipes.co.uk

In a blender, blitz together the bananas, eggs, oats, baking powder and salt until combined but not smooth. Heat a little oil in a frying pan then add two separate ladles of batter into the pan, making two round pancakes.

Fry on one side until golden brown and bubbles start to appear on the surface then flip them over and cook on the other side until golden.

In another frying pan add the butter and fry the bananas cut side down for a couple of minutes. Add the honey and walnuts and allow it to warm through. Serve the banana pancakes with the honey bananas and walnuts.

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itizens Advice Mid Lincolnshire is expecting 120 clients to seek advice for debt concerns in January, including council tax arrears, debt relief orders, credit card debts and water debts.

Analysis of national data over a 12-month period reveals that on a single day - 29 January 2019 - Citizens Advice offices helped 2,776 people. This is 24% above the daily average. In 2017 and 2018, the busiest day for debt advice fell on 31 January, with 2,762 and 2,775 clients seeking help respectively. This means over the past three years one person sought help from Citizens Advice every 10 seconds on our busiest days for debt advice. Kingsley Taylor, Chief Officer of Citizens Advice Mid Lincolnshire, said: “There is a surge in demand for our debt advice towards the second half of January. We know that dealing with debt can be hugely stressful and that Christmas is often an additional burden for anyone already in financial difficulty. Citizens Advice can offer free and independent advice and support to help you deal with your debts and get back on your feet.” To help people kick off 2020 on a stronger financial footing, Citizens Advice Mid Lincolnshire is sharing its six top tips to help people get their finances in order for the new year.

statements, contact your creditor to find out what you owe. 2. Prioritise your debts - Your rent or mortgage, energy and council tax are called priority debts as there can be serious consequences if you don’t pay them. These should always be paid first. Separate these and work out how much you owe. 3. Work out how much you can pay Create a budget by adding up your essential living costs, such as food and housing, and taking these away from your income. Any money you have spare can be put towards your debts. Citizens Advice budgeting tool can help.

4. Paying urgent debts - You might have to contact priority creditors quickly in urgent situations, like if you are about to be evicted. Tell them you're seeking debt advice so you can find a way forward. You could try to pay them something if you can afford to. 5. Paying non-urgent debts - If you have any money left after paying priority debts, consider getting a free debtmanagement plan. You’ll make one monthly payment to the plan provider, who will handle paying your creditors. Or contact your creditors and offer them what you can afford to pay. 6. If you can’t pay your debts - If you’ve got little or no money spare to pay your priority debts seek advice from us straight away.

CITIZENS ADVICE MID LINCOLNSHIRE’S SIX TOP TIPS TO SORT OUT YOUR DEBTS.

REDUCING YOUR REGULAR LIVING COSTS

1. Work out how much you owe - Make a list of whom you owe money to and add up how much you need to pay each month. If you don’t have your most recent

If you’re struggling with money, there are steps you can take to save on your regular living costs. You might be able to save money by:

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• getting a discount on your council tax • switching to a cheaper deal for your gas and electricity • getting a water meter fitted • switching to a cheaper broadband, TV, or phone deal • getting cheaper travel • paying for your prescriptions in advance

CHECK IF YOU CAN PAY LESS COUNCIL TAX If you’re on a low income or claim benefits, you might be able to get Council Tax Reduction. Each local council runs its own scheme, so what you can get depends on where you live. You might be able to get a council tax discount for your property - for example if: • no one lives there • you live alone • you live alone apart from a live-in care worker • people you live with are full-time students or apprentices • someone you live with has a severe mental disability • you need a bigger property because someone has a disability

SAVING MONEY ON YOUR GAS AND ELECTRICITY You might be able to save money on your energy bills by switching to a better deal. You could stay with your current supplier or switch to a new one. Use our price comparison tool to compare deals and prices. If you’re in debt to your

energy supplier you’ll need to follow a different process for switching. You might be able to cut your energy bills by installing insulation, glazing or a more efficient heating system in your home. If you're on a low income you might be able to get help with the cost of making improvements. Energy Champions at Citizens Advice Mid Lincolnshire can help explain and provide information about switching energy supplier and other energy cost saving measures. To speak to an Energy Champion at Citizens Advice Mid Lincolnshire e-mail outreach@citizensadvicemidlincs.org.uk, call 03444 111 444 or pop in and see us.

CHECK IF YOU COULD SAVE MONEY ON YOUR WATER BILLS If you have a water meter you’ll only pay for the water you use. Use the Consumer Council for Water calculator to check if having a water meter installed could save you money. If a water meter doesn’t save you money you can change back within 12 months of installation. After 12 months you can’t go back to unmetered billing. If you’re on a low income you might be able to get a cheaper rate from your water company. This is called a social tariff. Find out more about social tariffs on the Consumer Council for Water website.

SWITCH TO A CHEAPER BROADBAND, PHONE OR TV DEAL You might be able to save money by switching to a different broadband, phone or TV provider.

Check your terms and conditions before you switch. If you’re part way through a fixed-term contract you might have to pay to leave early - this is called an ‘exit fee’. Exit fees can be expensive and it might be better to wait until the end of the contract before switching.

IF YOU’RE GETTING BENEFITS You might be able to get cheap phone calls and broadband through BT Basic if you get any of: • Income Support • income-based Jobseeker's Allowance • the Guarantee Credit element of Pension Credit • income-related Employment and Support Allowance • Universal Credit We are here to help, for further information and advice on Debt and money contact Citizens Advice Mid Lincolnshire or visit https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/debtand-money/

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THEBOOK REVIEW The Rosie Result BY GRAEME SIMSION

THE WONDERFUL FINAL INSTALMENT TO THE INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING SERIES THAT BEGAN WITH THE ROSIE PROJECT. Big-hearted, hilarious and exuberantly life-affirming, The Rosie Result is a story of overcoming life's obstacles with a little love and a lot of overthinking. Meet Don Tillman, the genetics professor with a scientific approach to everything. But he's facing a set of human dilemmas tougher than the trickiest of equations. Right now he is in professional hot water after a lecture goes viral for all the wrong reasons; his wife of 4,380 days, Rosie, is about to lose the research job she loves; and - the most serious problem of all - their eleven-yearold son, Hudson, is struggling at school. He's a smart kid, but socially awkward and not fitting in. Fortunately, Don's had a lifetime's experience of not fitting in. And he's going to share the solutions with Hudson. He'll need the help of

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WITH OVER A MILLION COPIES SOLD, read the Sunday Times and No.1 New York Times bestselling, recordbreaking 2019 thriller that everyone is talking about - soon to be a major film. Alicia Berenson lived a seemingly perfect life until one day six years ago. When she shot her husband in the head five times. Since then she hasn't spoken a single word. It's time to find out why. The Silent Patient is the gripping must-read debut thriller of 2019 - perfect for fans of The Woman In The Window by A.J. Finn and The Girl Before by JP Delaney.

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The Whisper Man BY ALEX NORTH old friends and new, lock horns with the education system, and face some big questions about himself. As well as opening the world's best cocktail bar. If you liked The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, and The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, then you'll love The Rosie Project series (As recommended on Bill Gates' Summer Reading List). 'Incredibly funny, life-affirming and warm-hearted' Heat, 'A fastpaced enjoyable journey. Genuinely heartwarming' Independent.

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Blood Orange BY HARRIET TYCE

THE INCREDIBLY GRIPPING, MUST-READ SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER. Fierce, unflinching and provocative, Blood Orang will hold you in its grip until its final, heartstopping conclusion. Alison has it all. A doting husband, adorable daughter, and a career on the rise - she's just been given her first murder case to defend. But all is never as it seemsâ&#x20AC;Ś Just one more night. Then I'll end it. Alison drinks too much. She's neglecting her family. And she's having an affair with a colleague whose taste for pushing boundaries may be more than she can handle. I did it. I killed him. I should be locked up. Alison's client doesn't deny that she stabbed her husband - she wants to plead guilty. And yet something about her story is deeply amiss. Saving this woman may be the first step to Alison saving herself. I'm watching you. I know what you're doing. But someone knows Alison's secrets. Someone who wants to make her pay for what she's done, and who won't stop until she's lost everything.... 'Utterly compelling... I couldn't put it down' Lisa Jewell, No.1 bestselling author of The Family Upstairs, 'A classy thriller with complex and compelling characters' Clare Mackintosh, bestselling author of I Let You Go, 'Fans of Apple Tree Yard and The Girl on the Train will love this' Guardian.

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THIS IS HIS INCREDIBLE TRUE STORY. Where is your break point? Is it here? Facing the gruelling SAS selection process on one leg, with a busted ankle and the finish line nowhere in sight? Or here? Under heavy fire from armed kidnappers while protecting journalists en route to Baghdad. Or is it here? At the bottom of a bottle, with a family in pieces, unable to adapt to a civilian lifestyle, yearning for a warzone? Ex-Special Forces soldier and star of TV's SAS: Who Dares Wins, Ollie Ollerton has faced many break points in his life and now he tells us the vital lessons he has learnt. His incredible story features hardened criminals, high-speed car chases, counter-terrorism and humanitarian

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THE MULTI-MILLION COPY BESTSELLER SOON TO BE A MAJOR FILM A NUMBER ONE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. For years, rumors of the 'Marsh Girl' have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived

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Clare Teal and Her Trio Guildhall Arts Centre, St Peter’s Hill, Grantham NG31 6PZ Date: Thursday 13 February, Tickets: £20 (£18) Box Office: 01476 406158, www.guildhallartscentre.com

Good Grief Five Deserts in Search of My Father and I Stamford Cellar Bar Date: Wednesday 5 February Tickets: £10 (£8) (includes £1 off first drink voucher) Box Office: 01780 763203 www.stamfordartscentre.com Author, musician and adventurer Jon Lawrence presents a poignant, moving, yet amusing one-man show detailing his remarkable treks over five deserts on five continents to raise money for a cancer charity in memory of his father. In an intimate show which incorporates footage from some of the most remote landscapes on earth, as well as original acoustic music and poetry, Jon explains how his journey enabled him to deal with grief and depression. Good Grief will have you laughing, crying and thinking... and is not to be missed.

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Award winning jazz vocalist and Radio 2 presenter Clare Teal’s concerts with her Trio are constantly evolving and renowned across the country for their fabulous arrangements interspersed with Clare’s warm and witty storytelling. This brand new show promises a rich jazz infused repertoire in its many forms bringing you more exhilarating swing as Clare and her Trio celebrate 100 years of pop music. As one of the UK’s greatest interpreters of song and much loved performers, Clare and her Trio guarantee an evening of inspired music and unbridled entertainment performed by the very best.

Tina May Jazz in the Cellar Bar Stamford Cellar Bar Date: Friday 7 February Tickets: £12 (£10) (includes £1 off first drink voucher) Box Office: 01780 763203 www.stamfordartscentre.com Tina May is a multi-award winning vocalist who has established a well deserved reputation on the UK scene as a Jazz singer of great sophistication. With more than a dozen CD’s to her name she is widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading vocalists.

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Jonny Awsum Is Coming To Town Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre, Broad Street, Stamford PE9 1PX Date: Friday 7 February, Tickets: £15 (£13) Box Office: 01780 766455, www.stamfordcornexchange.co.uk

Jonny Awsum shot to fame on Britain’s Got Talent with his performances of ‘This Is A Musical’ with Ant and Dec, and ‘The Triangle Song’ with David Walliams, winning standing ovations and unanimous approval from the judges and achieving over 50 million online views of his performances. Following BGT Jonny enjoyed a whirlwind 18 months including a sellout five-star reviewed run at the Edinburgh Fringe, a starring role in his first pantomime and tour support to both Lost Voice Guy and Tape Face on their hit UK theatre tours. After being inundated with requests to perform his own tour, Jonny is delighted to announce that he’s finally coming to town! His very first solo tour will include brand new material together with the greatest hits from his TV and comedy club sets. Please note this show is not suitable for kids. Recommended age 14+.

Bye Bye Baby Celebrating Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre, Broad Street, Stamford PE9 1PX Date: Saturday 8 February Tickets: £26 Box Office: 01780 766455 www.stamfordcornexchange.co.uk

Bye Bye Baby takes you back in time on a musical journey through the career of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, whose songs graced such films as The Deer Hunter, Dirty Dancing and Grease. From their early beginning in the 1950s, when Frankie first joined the group, this show celebrates the greatest hits such as Beggin; Big Girls Don’t Cry; Walk Like A Man; Lets Hang On; Who Loves You; December 63 (Oh What A Night); Bye Bye Baby; Can’t Take my Eyes off You; Fallen Angel and Grease through to a superb grand finale medley of more of the group’s greatest hits. The combination of world class vocals and harmonies, together with the falsetto heights of Frankie Valli, along with snappy choreography and a vast catalogue of hits makes for a memorable and unforgettable night of nostalgia.

RANT - Scotland’s Finest Fiddle Players Guildhall Arts Centre, St Peter’s Hill, Grantham NG31 6PZ Date: Saturday 8 February, Tickets: £16 (£14) Box Office: 01476 406158, www.guildhallartscentre.com

Nominated ‘Folk Band of the Year’ - Scots Trad Awards 2016 RANT is the meeting of 4 of Scotland’s finest fiddle players, two from the Shetland Islands and two from the Highlands. Nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014 for Best Traditional track, they tour their unique brand of ‘chamber-folk’ far and wide. Bethany Reid, Jenna Reid, Lauren MacColl and Anna Massie join forces to create a sound which is both rich and lush, yet retaining all the bite and spark synonymous with a Scottish fiddle player. Using just their fiddles, they weave a tapestry of melodies, textures, layers and sounds. Known for their work as soloists and with various bands, this is a celebration of the instrument they all have a passion for.

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The Chantry Gala Guildhall Arts Centre, St Peter’s Hill, Grantham NG31 6PZ Date: Friday 14 February Tickets: £12 (£10) / £8.50 students Box Office: 01476 406158 www.guildhallartscentre.com Join the International Artists of Chantry Dance Company for an evening of ballet, contemporary dance, musical theatre & more! Featuring a thrilling variety of work including extracts from Chantry’s previous productions, as well as new contemporary and jazz choreography, classical ballet favourites, and songs from West End Musical Theatre shows. This superb production is brought to you by the choreographers of the Olivier-Nominated production of David Walliams’ Gangsta Granny and Billionaire Boy, and features Shannon Parker, former Principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet and Britain’s Got Talent Finalist. The Gala celebrates all aspects of Chantry’s work, so we are delighted to also include performances from the Diploma students who study on the full-time professional performance course at Chantry School of Contemporary & Balletic Arts, and our Associate students. For more information visit: www.chantrydancecompany.org

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Feinstein Ensemble Classical Season Stamford Arts Centre, 27 St Mary’s Street, Stamford PE9 2DL Date: Saturday 15 February Tickets: £18 (£17) / £10 under 26s Box Office: 01780 763203 www.stamfordartscentre.com The Feinstein Ensemble specialise in the historically accurate performance of music from the 18th century, and their concerts and recordings of the Baroque repertoire have been acclaimed both in the UK and internationally. They are the resident period orchestra at St Martin-inthe-Fields in London, and their Bach Weekend at Kings Place has become one of the highlights of London’s musical calendar. Collaborations with their sister group, the London Bach Singers, have resulted in critically acclaimed performances of all of Bach’s major choral works, including the Mass in B Minor, the St John and St Matthew Passions, the Magnificat and the Easter Oratorio. They will be bringing to Stamford a programme of music to celebrate Georg Philipp Telemann, ‘The Forgotten Genius of the High Baroque’. That Telemann was a genius of the baroque period is not open to doubt, but currently, the best known composer from the baroque era is J.S. Bach. However, in 1722 and 1723, both Telemann and Graupner (see the October concert details above) were offered the position of Kantor at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig before Bach, hence providing an idea of how contemporary musicians regarded each of these composers.

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Cyrano De Bergerac - NT Live STAMFORD THEATRE SATELLITE SCREENINGS Stamford Arts Centre, 27 St Mary’s Street, Stamford PE9 2DL Date: Thursday 20 February Tickets: £14 (£12) / £10 groups and under 26s Box Office: 01780 763203, www.stamfordartscentre.com Fierce with a pen and notorious in combat, Cyrano almost has it all - if only he could win the heart of his true love. James McAvoy returns to the West End in an inventive new adaptation of Edmond Rostand’s masterwork by Martin Crimp, with direction by Jamie Lloyd.

Messy Zoo Co Creative Guildhall Arts Centre, St Peter’s Hill, Grantham NG31 6PZ Date: Monday 17 February Tickets: £8 (£7) / £24 family of four Box Office: 01476 406158 www.guildhallartscentre.com Meet Daisy. She’s got a messy brain and a messy bedroom. No matter what she does, ‘The Mess’ just seems to follow her, which makes it very difficult to look for stuff. Important stuff. Like Mr Twiggy – the class hamster who Daisy has been chosen to look after! Multi-award winning Zoo Co present this magical, visual story complete with original music, puppets and tap dancing! Created in partnership with the ADHD Foundation.

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Toyah - Acoustic, Up Close and Personal Stamford Arts Centre, 27 St Mary’s Street, Stamford PE9 2DL Date: Saturdat 22 February, Tickets: £22 (£20) Box Office: 01780 763203, www.stamfordartscentre.com

From punk princess to cult stage actress to high priestess of TV, TOYAH WILLCOX is a uniquely gifted performer and an inextinguishable flame. Charismatic, outspoken and impossible to categorise, she is one of Britain’s iconic household names – an awardwinning rock legend as well as a muchloved stage/screen actress and music composer. In a career spanning over 40 years Toyah has amassed thirteen top 40 singles, recorded twenty-four albums, written two books, appeared in over forty stage plays, acted in twenty feature films and presented hundreds of television programmes. This is a unique chance to experience Toyah up close and personal. A lively unplugged/ storytellers style gig, it will include Toyah performing an acoustic set of her loved hit singles and classic songs, alongside recalling stories from her colourful, forty year career. Toyah will perform stunning, lively acoustic arrangements of the hits It’s A Mystery, Thunder In The Mountains, I Want To Be Free and Good Morning Universe with her acoustic band. Alongside songs from her latest album Crimson Queen which charted in the UK album charts, April 2019.

The Cellist - Dances at a Gathering PRESENTED BY THE ROYAL BALLET The Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF Date: Tuesday 25 February, Tickets: £17.50 (£14.50) / £11.50 children Box Office: 01733 207239, www.vivacity.org Cathy Marston has previously been an Associate Artist of the Royal Opera House and Director of Bern Ballett, and is much in demand internationally. The inspiration for her first work for The Royal Ballet Main Stage is the momentous life and career of the cellist Jacqueline du Pré. Jerome Robbins’s elegant and elegiac classic forms the second part of the programme. This exercise in pure dance for five couples, set to music by Chopin, is a masterpiece of subtlety and invention.

Agrippina Met Opera SATELLITE SCREENINGS Stamford Arts Centre, 27 St Mary’s Street, Stamford PE9 2DL Date: Saturday 29 February Tickets: £20 (£18) Box Office: 01780 763203 www.stamfordartscentre.com

The Merry Opera Company Presents

Don Giovanni

Stamford Arts Centre, 27 St Mary’s Street, Stamford PE9 2DL Date: Wednesday 26 February Tickets: £14 (£12) / £5 under 26s Box Office: 01780 763203 www.stamfordartscentre.com

Handel’s tale of intrigue and impropriety in ancient Rome receives its first Met performance, with star mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato as the controlling, powerhungry Agrippina and Harry Bicket conducting. Sir David McVicar’s production ingeniously reframes the action of this black comedy about the abuse of power to “the present,” where it should loudly resonate. The all-star cast features mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey as Agrippina’s son and future emperor Nerone, soprano Brenda Rae as the seductive Poppea, countertenor Iestyn Davies as the ambitious officer Ottone, and bass Matthew Rose as the weary emperor Claudius.

Merry Opera brings Mozart’s fabulous music to Stamford Arts Centre with a staging of Don Giovanni in an English translation by Amanda Holden. A supernatural comedy-thriller occurring in breakneck real time; beginning with murder, ending with a hellish sentence passed on the legendary seducer; the epic downfall of a man who always knows what we need, always makes us happy, but eventually realises he is out of time. Polarising audiences for centuries, startlingly modern yet a dinosaur, can Don Giovanni still make us love him as he hurtles through his final hours? Directed by international opera director John Ramster, with music direction by Cannes prizewinner Gabriel Chernick. English translation by Amanda Holden.

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Contact Dean on: 01778 423678 / 07805 901617 email: dandmlandscapers@outlook.com

Landscaping

Lawnmower Servicing

All aspects of landscaping & garden services

Bespoke handmade kitchens and joinery . Custom fitted furniture Construction and renovation work . Installation services Call TimberWerx on 07775 931397 or find us on Facebook, Instagram and web - www.timberwerx.com

Key Cutting

Patios & Block Paving Groundworks Walling Stone Fencing & Bespoke Sheds Garden Maintenance Grass & Hedge Cutting

Over 15 years experience

Working to the highest professional standards

01778 570609 / 07720 251955 WWW.DWLANDSCAPES.CO.UK

Units 5 & 6 Graham Hill Way, Bourne, PE10 9PJ OPEN: Mon-Thurs: 7am-5pm, Fri: 7am-4pm

Plumbing & Heating

KEYS NOW CUT AT OUR BOURNE BRANCH

BOURNE BRANCH: Cherry Holt Road, Bourne PE10 9LA TEL: 01778 42 66 77 WEB: www.branchbros.co.uk Branches Also In: Deeping St James & Holbeach

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THEDIRECTORY Plumbing & Heating

Sewing Services

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Sewing Solutions

HEATING & PLUMBING

Boiler Installation Service â&#x20AC;˘ Repairs Landlord safety certificates

All domestic plumbing work undertaken Leaks â&#x20AC;˘ Pipes â&#x20AC;˘ Taps â&#x20AC;˘ Radiators

JUMBO WASTE Cost effective Waste Collection

Skip Free, Hassle Free Fill At Your Leisure

Janet Halliwell ~ Dressmaker

NO CALL OUT CHARGE Tel: 07910 155635 / 01778 345755 Email: douglas.lythgoe@btinternet.com

Dressmaking Alterations Repairs Curtains Home fitting & collection available

Waste Disposal

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Please Call For A Free Quote

Phil On: 07850 544193

TEL: 0845 671 5544

Windows & Doors VERY SECURE, VENTILATED, DRY AND CLEAN SELF STORAGE

PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

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t: 01778 570803 or 07885 445888 e: janet_halliwell@yahoo.co.uk

â&#x20AC;˘ 20 foot and 10 foot Specially Made Storage Containers â&#x20AC;˘ Security Fencing â&#x20AC;˘ Flood Lit â&#x20AC;˘ 24 Hour CCTV â&#x20AC;˘ Automated 7 Day a Week Access â&#x20AC;˘ IDEAL FOR FREEING UP GARAGE SPACE, MOVING HOME, CAR STORAGE, SMALL BUSINESS ETC.

Telephone: 01778 421554 Pinfold Road, Bourne, Lincs, PE10 9HT

Skip Hire

Stylish Windows & Doors

In PVC, Timber & Aluminium

Environmentally friendly Product range as wide as your imagination

'A' Rated Energy Saving Windows Available

UPGRADE YOUR PVCu WINDOWS AND DOORS Install The Latest Energy Saving Units To Your Existing Windows

We Can Repair: Broken Handles Locks Hinges Misty Sealed Units

Secondary Glazing Now Available

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LINCOLNSHIRE BOW Local Family Business For Over 20 Years FREEPHONE: 0800 9701469

Unit 6, Holt House Business Centre, Cherry Holt Road, Bourne

Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm | Sat 9am-1pm

Window Repairs

LOCAL SKIP HIRE GREAT SERVICE & GREAT PRICES

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01778 394 044

See the website www.bourneskiphire.biz

Tree Services

ALL ASPECTS OF TREE WORK INCLUDING: Tree Inspections & Tree Removal Pruning & Dead Wooding Stump Grinding & Hedge Work F R E E Q U O TAT I O N S Tel: 01778 426792 . Mob: 07990 706750 Fully qualiďŹ ed, NTCP certiďŹ ed, ÂŁ5 million Public Liability Insurance

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WEBSITES DESIGN PRINT Studio: 7 Victor Way, Cherry Holt Road, Bourne PE10 9PT t: 01778 423 813 e: studio@nettlbourne.co.uk

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11+ Testing Information Evening (Bourne Primary Schools) Monday 2 March 2020 7pm at Bourne Grammar School Parents of Year 5 students from Bourne WestĂ&#x17E;eld, Bourne Abbey and Bourne Elsea Park Primary Schools are invited to attend an Information Evening on the 11+ testing process and applying for a Year 7 place. There will be a short presentation on the format of the 11+ tests, the scoring procedure and the testing arrangements for Bourne Primary Schools. Refreshments will be served after the presentation and there will be an opportunity to collect an information pack, register your child for the test and to ask any questions of the Headteacher and Admissions StaďŹ&#x20AC;. Pre-registration is not required and parking is available on site.

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The Village Marketplace February 2020  

Welcome to your February issue of the Village Marketplace.

The Village Marketplace February 2020  

Welcome to your February issue of the Village Marketplace.

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