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ver 80 students from across all year groups at Stamford High School and Stamford School have performed a showcase of dance, themed around ‘Alice’s Wonderland Adventures.’ Students have been rehearsing for the production since the start of the Autumn

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term, fitting in rehearsals around their studies and other co-curricular activities. Using a narrative provided to them alongside some staff guidance, the students choreographed each section of the show, allowing them to develop their teamwork, musicality and the artistry they can display through dance. Mrs. Nicola Watson, Teacher of Drama and Producer of the Dance Showcase, said: “The students have worked tremendously hard and have shown clear commitment when choreographing and polishing their dances. We have some very talented choreographers and outstanding performers. There has been a real team spirit, with students working in mixed age group teams. It’s been so great to see the inclusive nature of the show, with our students who are newer to dance performing alongside more experienced performers.”

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Best Kept Village winners rewarded W

inners of South Kesteven District Council’s 2019 Best Kept Village competition have received certificates to reward their hard work with parish councillors attending special presentations.

Deeping St James took top honours in the competition organised jointly between SKDC and the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), running in parallel to the county village awards. The runner up was Kirkby Underwood. In a Past Winners category, open to any village with a population under 7,000 which had won its class in any of the previous four years, Barrowby was judged the winner, with Claypole as the runner up. SKDC chairman Cllr Jacky Smith presented certificates after Cllr Dr. Peter Moseley, SKDC Cabinet member for Commercial and Operations, announced the winners at a meeting of the full council. “We are here to celebrate the efforts our villages have put in to keep them looking terrific for their residents and visitors,” said Cllr Dr. Moseley. “It’s a great legacy of the Big Clean, and we are working hard to ensure that the competition continues.”

Cllr Smith and Cllr Dr Moseley (right) with Deeping St James parish councillors Christine Halls, Phil Dilks, Judy Stevens and Jill Thomas

Cllr Smith and Cllr Dr Moseley (right) with Barrowby parish council chairman Phil Cupit, vice chairman Brian Inglis and councillor Tim Lees

Cllr Smith and Cllr Dr Moseley with Kirkby Underwood parish councillor Jackie Kenwood

Cllr Smith and Cllr Dr Moseley (right) with Claypole parish council chairman Claire Simmonds and community volunteer Laurice Barnascone

A Century of Valour Talk: Caterpillars, Guinea Pigs, Goldfish and Beyond! 7 M AR CH - SAT U R DAY A F T E R N O O N TA L K AT 1 P M A N D T H E E X H I B IT I O N O F L I N CO L N SH IR E ' S AV I AT IO N G A L L A NT RY OV E R T H E L A S T 1 0 0 Y E A R S


qn Ldr Art Stacey AFC served as a pilot in the RAF for nearly 45 years. Now retired, he is Chairman of the Goldfish Club, a small but rather unique club whose aim is to keep alive the spirit of comradeship arising from the mutual experience of members surviving ‘coming down in the drink.’ He qualified for membership himself on 16 May 1995 when...! Well, why not come along and find out for yourself just how he qualified.

The exhibition includes the Victoria Cross awarded to one of the nation's great military heroes, Wing Commander Guy Gibson of 'Dambuster' fame, will be the centrepiece of an exhibition exploring Lincolnshire's aviation gallantry over the past 100 years. This is a unique opportunity to see the medal, along with other rare artefacts, in the exhibition entitled "A Century of Valour," telling the story of bravery in the air and on the ground through three significant periods in Lincolnshire's military history - World War One, World War Two and The Cold War.

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Poetry Swaps WE D N E S DAY 1 1 M A RC H, THE C E LL A R B A R , S TA MFORD

Stories include the heroism of aircrew and ground personnel who risked their lives to support their comrades, Bomb Disposal Officers defusing devices on their own, the impact of animals such as explosives detection dogs and homing pigeons and modern-day stories of bravery in Afghanistan. Previously unseen memorabilia are also on show from the famous fighter ace Douglas Bader, including his logbook and artefacts from his time in captivity in Colditz Castle. There are rarely told stories from the Cold War through the eyes of Vulcan bomber crews as they patrolled the skies of northern Europe ready to unleash terrible retaliation to the Soviet threat. On display, you can see


his regular poetry-exchange takes place every second month at The Cellar Bar, where top poets from Stamford and the surrounding area are invited to present their poetry. Come and enjoy a drink while you listen. FREE entry! a tactical nuclear weapon that the aircraft carried and examples of crews' flying kit, including a Vulcan pilot's ejection seat. The exhibition is at The Collection, Danes Terrace, Lincoln LN2 1LP. The talk starts at 1pm, and booking is recommended. Entry is Free. Visit: www.thecollectionmuseum. com/exhibitions-and-events/view/acentury-of-valour-saturday-afternoon-talks for more information.

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Peterborough Sings! A Choral Celebration

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he city’s unique music education charity Peterborough Sings! Celebrates ten years of singing in the city with a choral celebration at the Cresset on Friday, 6 March.

It’s ten years since William Prideaux was appointed director of Peterborough Male Voice Choir, now widely regarded as one of the country’s finest male choirs, going on to establish women’s choir Peterborough Voices, Peterborough Youth Choir and the Peterborough Sings! charity, forming a choral organisation of over 200 singers... and the rest is history! During the last ten years, the choirs have collaborated with world-famous performance partners including the King’s Singers, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Band of the Royal Air Force, legendary soprano Leslie Garrett, folk hero Jon Boden of Bellowhead and Foden’s Band - among many others - in spectacular venues across the country, including the Sage Gateshead, St John’s Smith Square and Birmingham Town Hall; Peterborough Youth Choir have performed in the national tours of Joseph and Evita and been featured on BBC One’s Songs of Praise. Later this year, the choirs will perform with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in the stunning setting of Peterborough Cathedral. The choirs perform and compete both nationally and internationally, with an impressive record of competition success. Peterborough Male Voice Choir won the male voice class at the North Wales Choral Festival in 2018 and at the Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts in 2017 when the adjudicators described their performance as ‘vocal magic.’ Not to be outdone, Peterborough Voices swept the board at the 2019 Huddersfield Mrs. Sunderland Festival and the choirs were jointly awarded the Centenary Trophy for the ‘most outstanding individual item of the festival’ for their performance of the Kyrie from Rheinberger’s Mass for Double Choir. Peterborough Sings! Aims to make singing as accessible to as many people as possible and one of the significant ways this is achieved is through their very successful pop-up charity projects Men United in

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Song, supporting Prostate Cancer UK, and Sing for Life, supporting Thorpe Hall Hospice, which between them have raised many thousands of pounds for charity as well as introducing thousands of local men and women to the joys of group singing. Such is the enthusiasm to continue singing from participants in these projects that the Peterborough Sings! Community Chorus has recently been launched, making their debut performance in Christmas Magic at Peterborough Cathedral, which was broadcast on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. Peterborough Sings! Works in partnership with Peterborough Music Hub to deliver the Arts Council England-funded schools’ singing strategy which allows hundreds of local primary school children to rehearse and perform on stage in ‘big sing’ events with live musicians. Another strand of the charity’s outreach work is the ground-

breaking Peterborough Boys’ Singing Project, working with boys in schools across the city to keep them singing into adulthood. Join the choirs with their special guests for a fantastic evening of music celebrating all they have achieved over the last decade and looking forward to the next... watch this space! • Peterborough Sings! A Choral Celebration will be at The Cresset at 7.30pm on Friday 6 March. Tickets at peterboroughsings. org.uk, on 01733 265705 or at The Cresset Box Office. • Classics at the Cathedral with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be at Peterborough Cathedral on Saturday 12 September. • Tickets at peterboroughsings.org.uk or on 0333 666 3366. • Peterborough Male Voice Choir, Peterborough Voices, and Peterborough Youth Choir welcome new members: call 01733 425194, email info@peterboroughsings.org.uk or visit peterboroughsings.org.uk for information.

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the national slimming club because of her success in supporting slimmers to reach their dream weight and the super service she provides to those members. Achieving this award from November is extra special, as in 2019, Slimming World celebrated its 50th Golden Birthday year. The accolade is given to Slimming World Consultants who consistently have 100 or more members in their group over several months, and who provide such exceptional service that members come back week after week because they’re losing weight beautifully and wouldn’t miss their weekly group for anything. It represents the highest level of service in slimming and makes Dana one of the most successful of Slimming World’s 5,500 Consultants, meaning Bourne is home to some of the best slimming support in the UK. Dana says: “I am delighted to have received the ‘Gold’ award I absolutely love my job. I’m passionate about helping people to transform their lives by losing weight, and seeing them succeed is reward enough, but being given this recognition for the Photo is Dana and Margaret Miles-Bramwell OBE (Founder and Chair of Slimming World)

whole group really is the icing on the cake. This award belongs to the Monday evening group’s 182 members. They’re the ones who make our group the success that it is, with their fabulous commitment, the incredible support they give each other every week, and, above all, their impressive weight losses while following Slimming World’s Food Optimising eating plan. They make the group a fun, buzzy place to be and I can safely say I always look forward to going to work. I genuinely believe I have the best job in the world.” “Obesity is at record levels everywhere in the UK, and many people here in Bourne are suffering a range of weight-related health problems from diabetes to heart problems and feelings of low self-worth that impact on their working and personal lives every day. It’s never been more important that people who struggle with their weight get the support to make the changes needed to lead healthier lives – both for themselves and their children, too.” To join the Bourne Monday evening group, which is held every Monday at 530pm and 730pm at the Darby and Joan Hall, South Street, either pop along or give Dana a call on 07896 990504.

Discover South Kesteven Visitor Guide launches for 2020 D iscover South Kesteven visitor guide launches for 2020. The 64-page guide is the latest step in an ongoing campaign to put the district on the tourism map, attract visitors from far and wide, and encourage local people to re-discover what’s on the doorstep.

South Kesteven’s 3.4 million annual visitors now generate nearly £189m within the district economy, securing 2,700 jobs. The 2017-18 figures added an impressive extra £3m to spend compared to 2016-17. “Few destinations in Lincolnshire offer such an exciting and diverse array of things to see and do as South Kesteven,” says Cllr Rosemary Trollope-Bellew in her introduction to the guide as the council's Cabinet Member for Culture. She cites examples including scarecrow festivals, England's great Elizabethan house at Burghley. Corby Glen's ancient sheep fair, aviation heritage, and Woolsthorpe Manor as the birthplace of the founding father of modern science Sir Isaac Newton. "We really do have an amazing district, one that continues to draw people from all over the country and all over the world," said Cllr Trollope-Bellew.

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“Our new Visitor Guide is an invaluable method of illustrating just what we have to offer, encouraging those who live here to discover what’s on their doorstep and attract those from further afield.” The guide, produced by the visitor economy team within InvestSK, South Kesteven District Council’s economic growth company, has full features on Treasured Homes and Gardens, South Kesteven's market towns, and its cultural heritage from museums to churches. SKDC’s Isaac Newton-inspired Gravity Fields Festival is showcased alongside film and TV locations. There is also an update on The Explorers Road, opening up visitor attractions and accommodation either side of the A1 to the travel trade from Germany to America and New Zealand. Culinary delights, old curiosity shops, local arts, and crafts, parks, and animal attractions also figure, with a directory of accommodation. Copies can be obtained from the tourist

information centres in Stamford and Grantham, Downtown’s Garden Centre, Wyndham Park Visitor Centre, and the Deepings Community Library or for larger quantities on request, email discover@southkesteven.gov.uk. A digital version of the brochure, along with more information about the area, can be found on the Discover South Kesteven website www.discoversouthkesteven.com

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SKDC to share £600,000 to help tackle rough sleeping S

outh Kesteven District Council will receive a share of almost £600,000 from a government fund set up to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping. The money from the latest round of funding from the Rough Sleeping Initiative will be split between South Kesteven, North Kesteven, South Holland, and West Lindsey district councils.

It will pay for a 14-strong team that will help to reduce, through prevention, the number of rough sleepers and the number of ‘repeat’ rough sleepers; improve their physical and mental wellbeing, and provide more support in settled accommodation. The team will include outreach workers, lettings officers, intensive support officers, and a physical health professional. SKDC Deputy Leader, Cllr Barry Dobson, said: “This has been a genuine partnership approach across the four districts to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping. Working together, we can help some of the most vulnerable people in our communities. “The main aim of the funding is to make contact with people sleeping rough and enable them to access and sustain safe accommodation.” The Rough Sleeping Initiative was announced in March 2018 and is administered by the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government.


Pint of Poetry WE D N E S DAY 2 5 M A RC H, THE C E LL A R B A R , S TA MFORD


he last Wednesday of every month, Stamford poets (and budding poets) perform live stand-up poetry. Come along with a poem you’d like to perform and enjoy reading aloud to an appreciative crowd. Or if you prefer, simply enjoy the poetry of others over a beer, glass of wine, tea or coffee in the Cellar Bar. Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick MP said: “No-one should have to face a night on the street, and we have a moral duty to support those who need help the most.”


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that make all the difference - sewing and mending in exchange for a gardening job, a home-made cake in exchange for help moving some furniture. A cup of tea and sandwich in return for a conversation about a shared hobby. The opportunities are endless” Favourshare is providing a real sense of community spirit which is lovely for our users and is really knocking on the head this sense of social isolation and loneliness. You will quickly find someone near you

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Stamford Music Events Pange Lingua - Kingfisher Chorale Saturday 14 Mar, Barn Hill Methodist Church, Stamford, PE9 2AE Kingfisher Chorale concert. Josquin, Victoria, Byrd, Todd. Musical Director: Giles Turner. Suitable for everyone.

Stamford Choral Spring Concert Saturday 28 Mar, Oswald Elliott Hall, Stamford School, PE9 1Q Beethoven's Mass in C Major with Organ Accompaniment with additional works by Mendelssohn.

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Paddington's First Concert Stamford Chamber Orchestra Saturday 21 Mar, Barn Hill Methodist Church, Stamford, PE9 2AE

Children's Concert with fun for all the family - music will include Jupiter by Holst, Pomp, and Circumstance March No. 1 by Elgar, Morning by Grieg, and items by the SCO Children's Choir. Free entry for children.

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Stamford Students win ‘All the World’s Your Stage’ competition S

tudents from the Stamford Endowed Schools have won a multitude of awards for their performance in the ‘All the World’s Your Stage’ modern foreign language drama competition, held at the Girls Day School Trust in Nottingham.

Forty students competed from five schools, creating their own short plays in French and Spanish, exploring themes relevant to their current academic studies. The day culminated in a showcase of the students’ linguistic talents, as teams performed their plays. Stamford won the overall competition, being presented the award for ‘Best Play,’ with two students also receiving individual awards. Eloise QuetglasPeach, Year 12, took home the prize for ‘Best Actress’ for her impersonation of an elderly French grandmother, while Heidi Hooper, Year 13, won a prize for the ‘Best Comedy Actress,’ after her comical imitation of a French Pâtissier. The Stamford Endowed Schools team comprised of six Year 12 students;

Eloise Quetglas-Peach, Lizzie Clark, Robert Couchman, Lottie Pike, Thomas Skillen, and Lidia Curtis, alongside Heidi Hooper, Year 13. Lizzie Clark, Year 12, said: “The day was a huge success and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. It really helped to build our confidence, especially in speaking a foreign language. “To those wishing to study, or who currently are studying, a foreign language, I would highly recommend this experience. It presented many new opportunities and really helped me to step out of my comfort zone.”


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and encourage leaders and curriculum managers to explore the benefits of Arts Award as part of our partnerships: Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that support anyone aged up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through setting personal challenges in art forms of their choice - from fashion to film making, pottery to poetry. Offered at five different levels (Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver & Gold), young people get to: • discover the enjoyment of participating in any art form • develop their creativity, communication and leadership skills • learn new skills and share them with others • get to work with or experience the work of creative arts professionals • gain experience and knowledge to progress into further education and employment

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Help children’s charity make a splash in Peterborough A

giant ball pit and huge slippery slide will be among inflatable obstacles at a brand new Peterborough fundraiser, Splash Out! The fun run, featuring foam, water, and four obstacles, will be at the Embankment on Saturday, 16 May. Taking place over 1.5km, participants will be able to double their enjoyment, if they wish, and complete the circuit twice. Money raised will go to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH). The inflatable obstacles are Treacherous Tunnels, through which people run and slide on their bellies; Dive to Victory, fences over or through which people take a running leap; Flume of Doom, a bouncing slide covered in foamy water and running down a slope; and Giant Ball Pit, an 8m (26ft) long pit with over 10,000 balls floating in water. Sian Hewitt, EACH Cambridgeshire Events Fundraiser, said: “Splash Out! in Peterborough is sure to be a great day out with family and friends. Participants can walk, jog, or run around our 1.5k

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course with four inflatable obstacles. Tickets include entry, a Splash Out! T-shirt and medal, as well as full access to our event village with food and drink, stalls and activities to make it a fun day out.” Tickets are £16 for anyone aged over 16 and £9 for children, who must be at least four years old to take part and accompanied by paying adults. Family tickets, for two adults and two children, are £45, and tickets for teams of six adults or more are £14 per person. Sian added: “Splash Out! has no official

fundraising target, but we’d ask everyone to try to raise a minimum of £15 as registration fees just cover the cost of the event. By doing so, you'll be helping EACH continue to provide specialist care and support for children with life-threatening conditions, and their families, across the region.” Participants will set off in waves starting at 10.30am. Tickets are available at www.each.org.uk/splashout. Dive in!

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p until April, The National Centre for Craft & Design gallery spaces will feature four outstanding exhibitions examining the relationship between arts & health, approached from a variety of perspectives. Alongside exhibitions will be a new wideranging programme of exciting workshops and events relating to the same theme, giving visitors a taste of how beneficial art can be for our physical and mental wellbeing. At the heart of this arts & health season is a new exhibition, Body & Mind: Seen & Unseen, which has been curated by the NCCD team and features 12 artists and collaborators working in incredibly different ways, but all exploring what it means to be well. The exhibition explores themes covering memory loss, Parkinson’s disease, mental health, and cellular disease, to name a few. Contained in the exhibition are works by artists collaborating with professionals in the field of medicine; the potential of a process or material to expand our understanding of biomedical science and our changing relationship to healthcare are common themes in their work. Alongside these are works by artists who have used the restorative power of making to aid their own healing. While elsewhere, the exhibition explores works by artists who have used making to interpret and share an experience

of illness and clinical treatment. As the title of the exhibition suggests, Body & Mind: Seen & Unseen examines both mental and physical health, considering the clearly visible aspects of wellbeing, alongside those that are less obvious and sometimes completely hidden. To coincide with Body & Mind: Seen & Unseen, NCCD welcome three other arts & health-inspired exhibitions; Charlotte Hodes: Remember Me - Papercuts and Ceramics, Liz Pearson: Sense of Self and Ellie Turner: Props for Play. Charlotte Hodes’ work deals with themes of the female figure as well as challenging accepted hierarchical structures. In Sense of Self, Liz Pearson has produced her own work in glass in response to a collection of objects, photographs, and artworks by the subject of her work, June, who is living with dementia. Inviting the viewer to explore their own sensory preferences, Ellie Turner has created a series of interactive objects that have

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very year Mother’s Day comes around and we often find ourselves at a loss as to the day’s events. What should you do? What gift should you get her? How do I tell her I appreciate her without the help of an impersonal card? Go the extra mile this year and treat your mum, grandmother or mother-in-law to something special, with the help of our guide to Mothering Sunday (March 22). We've even put together gift ideas if you need some last-minute inspiration for that perfect pressie.

COOKING CLASSES If your mum loves to cook, treat her to a cookery course and inspire her to explore her passion. Whether it’s cooking alongside a renowned master chef, picking up new skills at a famous restaurant’s kitchen, or simply enjoying the opportunity to get to know some quality ingredients with an informative tasting experience, there’s plenty of gourmet treats to excite the palate of every amateur chef or Bake-off star in the making.

ENJOY A NOT-SO-ACTION PACKED DAY What better way to escape the hustle and bustle of a busy working week than a day of pampering? From soothing one-off treatments to sumptuous day packages, treat your mum to some rest and relaxation. Check whether your local spa has any Mother’s Day specials or vouchers and if you can’t afford to spend the day at the spa, a candle, bath set or aromatherapy oils always go down a treat - namely because there's nothing better than a relaxing soak.

BREAKFAST Either make reservations at the most delicious place in town or if that’s not your

mum’s style, have the whole family practice their cooking skills before the big day. Start the morning off right and whip up her favourite breakfast before she even has the chance to roll out of bed. A traditional breakfast tray will surely bring a smile to her face, and as a bonus, a mug filled with her favourite tea could be the perfect final touch.

TREAT HER TO DINNER OR LUNCH Sure, you love her famous shepherd's pie, but Mother’s Day is the time to take her to a restaurant where she's not the one behind the kitchen counter. Find out where she would most like to go and do some real planning – getting the whole family together takes work but will be seriously meaningful. Want to up your game even more? Get tickets to a pre/ post-dinner cultural event like the ballet or the opera.

COOK More often than not, mums are the best cooks in the family and while it’s quite an honour, it’s also quite a burden to bear. Though the rest of the family might not share her talent, cook up one of her favourite meals, grab a nice bottle of wine and leave the kitchen spotless when you're done. If you end up burning something, she'll forgive you. It'll still serve as a reminder of how much you really appreciate her.

SPEND A DAY TOGETHER Set aside all other plans and turn the day into an adventure. Grab the whole family and head to a favourite park, lake or ocean. Spending the time together (preferably outdoors) is what really counts, so have a picnic, go for a bike ride, take a hike, or do some gardening together.

AFTERNOON TEA Afternoon tea is the ultimate indulgence. From classic sandwiches, scones and clotted cream to quirky afternoon teas with a glass of champagne, the combination of tasty delights and your company will be sure to have your mum enjoying a lovely afternoon.

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GIFTS Mother’s Day isn’t all about relaxation, there are gifts to be opened too. An intuitive tip: a bland kitchen accessory probably won't impress her. Clothing is a good choice, but make sure you get the right size. Jewellery is another hit, but consider her tastes and your budget before committing to an expensive purchase. Stuck for Mothering Sunday present ideas? From fancy truffles to a fabulous flower bouquet, here are some thoughtful gifts that any mum will love come March 31.

CHOCOLATE What better way to win your mum’s heart than to treat her with a box of chocolates? From purist-pleasing dark chocolate to artistic creations that (almost) look too good to eat, the regions chocolatiers really do raise the bar when it comes to cacao.

FLOWERS When it comes to Mother's Day, it's hard to go wrong with a bunch of flowers. Make sure to surprise your mum with the loveliest of bouquets bursting with her favourite flower arrangements. With so many companies keen to do the leg work for you too, all you have to do is fill in some details and voilà - flowers straight to her door.

CANDLES A stylish candle is one of life’s little luxuries and one that mothers will surely appreciate.

LIQUOR Why shower her in love when you can shower her in prosecco? Treat mum to a bottle of her favourite tipple this Mother's Day.

GARDEN-INSPIRED GIFTS Whether she's a master gardener or just has a penchant for pretty bouquets, garden-inspired gifts will delight any botanically minded mum. From kneelers and tools to vases and books, the horticultural market is overgrown with potential green-fingered mumpleasing pressies.

SOMETHING SPECIAL Perhaps your budget doesn’t stretch to spa days and restaurants? That’s ok, you could make something instead. Cake always goes down well, or perhaps you have a hobby that could help you create a thoughtful and unique gift?

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Native or non-native? It’s ok to have a mix of native and non-native plants in your garden as many non natives still provide valuable nectar. Natives, however, may also be the food plants of particular species of moth, butterfly and other insect larvae. These are essential for the survival of certain species.

If you feel that a new border is in order and now’s as good a time as any to create one to afford some much needed refuge.


Consider their placement carefully. Island beds or borders sweeping out from boundaries across the garden create a ‘surprise and delight’ element as you can’t see what’s beyond.


Dig up and relocate stray, self sown plants I rescued almost 20 foxglove seedlings from the borders of my greenhouse and potted them on to plant out later around my garden. Consider buying a few key plants but to fill a border cheaply or for free, consider seeds and divisions. It’s the perfect time to divide plants to fill new spaces. Repeating the same plant around the garden creates a sense of continuity

provided growing conditions are suitable i.e. light and moisture levels.


Consider the wildlife value when choosing plants for your garden. Will they provide food, shelter or nesting sites?

CLIMBER CLAD STRUCTURES: Any permanent feature is important as it adds bones to the garden, particularly in winter, so consider placement of these carefully. We can make these more appealing to wildlife by adding green roofs, green walls or cladding them in climbers and bug habitats.


Lawns are of course very important for sparring blackbirds and as feeding grounds. If you do have a lawn, avoid mowing it to within an inch of it’s life. Consider making it a flowering lawn. Let it grow a bit longer and let the daisies, clover and prunella flower to offer a succession of nectar for the bees. Your lawn will also appear greener during hot, dry weather. “It is not spring until you can plant your foot upon twelve daisies” If, for practical reasons, you don’t have a lawn, then perhaps you need to ramp up the planted areas to provide hunting grounds for the birds. Lawn or no lawn, you could allow an area of grass in a neglected corner to grow longer.


Butterflies need long grass for breeding and native wildflowers for feeding and breeding. To be of real benefit, nettles and thistles need to be in wild area, along a hedgerow perhaps.


Great expanses, solid paving are not good for wildlife or the environment, due to ‘run off ’. It is preferable to have permeable paving whenever possible with gaps in between paving slabs or a permeable jointing compounds. Will you be creating a safe environment for the wildlife in your garden this year? Till next month...

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• Spring clean borders, cut back and weed but do be mindful that creatures might still be hibernating. • Last chance to prune and tidy all roses if you have not already done so. • Shrub Pruning rule of thumb: prune evergreens in growth and deciduous plants when dormant. There are always exceptions to the rule. If in doubt, check!

• If you haven’t done so already, then spring clean the greenhouse ready for the new growing season. • Open doors and vents on warm days to help the air circulate and prevent mould forming on plants. • Promptly remove leaves that show signs of pests or disease to prevent problems escalating. • With heat you can now sow aubergines, chillies, peppers, tomatoes, half-hardy annuals and bedding.

• Mow the lawn on dry days if necessary. • Keep the edges neat and the borders will look neat too.

IN THE VEGETABLE GARDEN • Don't be tempted to plant in cold wet ground. You could be wasting time and seed. • There’s plenty that can be sown and planted this month but only if conditions are favourable. • Protect new plantings and spring shoots from slugs. Anything planted outside this month will need the protection of cloches or fleece.

POTS AND CONTAINERS • Top dress permanent plantings with fresh compost. • For spring displays, combine bulbs, small evergreens, rock plants, or compact perennials.

LOOKING AFTER THE WILDLIFE • Invite the wildlife in by providing plants with berries, seeds and nectar as well as fresh water. • Continue providing additional high energy food to see birds safely into the breeding season. • Remove netting from ponds, cut back and divide marginal plants. In warm weather start to feed fish.

Muscari (Grape Hyacinth) These little bulbous perennials are not fussy about where you plant them. Some can be a bit thuggish but that's fine if you want some ground cover under shrubs. They grow about 20cm high and have delightful blue flowers in spring. It's Mother's Day this month so why not treat Mum to some lovely spring bulbs. Live plants will keep on giving and if you choose my plant of the month it'll keep on giving to the bees as well.

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There are a few different ways you can actually make your bathroom look and feel bigger than it is, without adding on any square footage. With a few little changes, you could transform your bathroom from a restricted room to a serene space:


Using a range of contrasting colours in your bathroom décor can make it look smaller. Keep the walls and floors the same colour, preferably white, and only introduce new colours when it comes to adding accessories. Using white paint and tiles will reflect light, opening up the room and making it feel much more airy and spacious. Use a light fixture or cabinet to add a splash of colour and keep the ceiling a shade lighter than the walls.


Lighting can also really help to brighten up a room without taking up any room. You can install a skylight in your bathroom if your budget allows, or simply place skylights across the ceiling. If there are

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any low-light areas in your bathroom, add a lamp or a light fixture, as this will trick your brain and eyes into thinking there is more space than there actually is.


A great way to save space and make your bathroom look bigger is to replace any floor cabinets you have with wall cabinets – replacing bulky ground-level storage units will free up more floor space. Install floating shelves where you have space around your bathroom and utilise the back of your door as much as possible – you can get some great hanging storage units that will hold your shampoos, toiletries, and more.


A favourite when it comes to creating the illusion of space is using mirrors. A well-placed mirror will reflect light into the room, making it much brighter and giving the impression it’s bigger than it is. Vertical mirrors will make a space seem taller than it is, and horizontal mirrors will create a wide effect. Place your mirror opposite the bathroom window for the best results, as this will help bounce light around the room.


Transparent materials like glass are great for opening up a room. When a room is broken up by thick, dark materials, such as wooden shelves or a frosted shower door, it makes the space feel much smaller than it actually is.

Install transparent shelving and glass around the shower or bath, as this will mean you can see the whole room from wall to wall without the space feeling divided up. If glass is not in your budget, then using a transparent shower curtain will also have a similar effect.


In the majority of rooms, accessories look great - cushions on the sofa, trinkets on the mantelpiece, and photos round your bedroom. In the bathroom though, too many accessories can make the room feel cluttered. Try and use one or two large decorative accessories to give a sense of grandeur in your bathroom. A large floor rug and a focus piece of art on the wall will help to give the room an enlarged feeling and make the most of the space available.

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asting broadly across a wide range of wines is the surest way to establish the type of wines you particularly like. The easiest way to achieve this is to attend a commercial wine tasting or, gather a group of friends and organise a home-grown tasting. I have been a member of a local wine club for about twenty years. We meet bi-monthly and take turns in hosting. For a group our size, that means hosting the tasting occurs about once every eighteen months. The host gets to choose the theme. These tend to range from wines from a particular country, region or area to wines from around the world that all share the same grape variety, or even all the same wines, just of different vintages. Some hosts do a formal tasting and then a dinner afterwards; others combine the wine tasting with dinner, on the basis that this is most commonly the way wine is consumed. The host usually bones up on the chosen theme in advance so they can provide an educational element or at least make reference to some points of interest. Where the wine comes from, how it is grown, the age of the vines, the reputation of the producer, the vintage variations; there is so much that can be easily found out and this makes for much more

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hence the need to buy two bottles of each wine. The host choses how much to spend on each bottle and how much to set aside to cover the cost of the food. If the host decided to arrange the tasting for say 4 whites and 4 reds, providing two of each would require 16 bottles. If say, the host decided to allow £7.50 for each person for dinner, that would leave £350 for wine and therefore, an average of £21.87. Or, at 5 whites and 5 reds, the cost per bottle would be adjusted to £17.50 per bottle. We have a very active wine group and as real enthusiasts, hardly anyone sticks to the budget and any shortfall between the amount raised and the amount spent, is just covered by the host, as its their choice. The main point is, it need not be an expensive evening and to enjoy several wines and a dinner for £50 a couple is less than eating out at a mid-range restaurant. No more than half an average glass (175ml serving) is necessary. We find that around a 75ml splash tends to be sufficient. That provides enough of a sample to have two or three small mouthfuls

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to be able to assess each individual wine. Doing the simple maths indicates that if you have a tasting of ten wines, each with an average of 75ml in the glass, you would each consume about 750ml of wine in an evening, or a bottle per person. That seems about right to me. Any wines left over from the tasting are enjoyed with the dinner that follows. Dinner tends to be at the discretion of the host or hostess. It can either be a lavish diner-party style three course affair or a simple lasagne and a cheese course. It really doesn’t matter as the wine is the main purpose of the evening, not the food, and regardless of the format, it is a most enjoyable and convivial way to spend an evening with friends and to learn a bit about wine. I would really encourage you to consider setting up a wine group with friends. Its very straightforward to do and is a huge amount of fun and something that can be managed within everyone’s budget. Cheers!

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NOT REMOVING YOUR MAKE-UP BEFORE BED Every woman knows that feeling of dread when you’re just too exhausted to cleanse your face before going to bed. But your skin will soon show you how this neglect can impact on your complexion. However tired you are just 5 minutes of cleansing and moisturising will mean your skin will look soft and dewy in the morning.

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OVER-EXFOLIATING A gentle facial scrub and a more powerful body exfoliator can be great in small doses to remove dead skin and leave you feeling soft and clear, but exfoliating too often can cause long term irritation and dryness. Using this step in your beauty regime is important but should certainly not be an everyday habit unless you are using a gentle product like Decleor or Liz Earle Polish. Always make sure you moisturise after exfoliation to replenish your skin with much needed hydration.


WRAPPING WET HAIR UP IN A TOWEL The tightness of this hair wrap can actually cause damage to our locks. Hair is more vulnerable to breakage when wet, so if you’re trying to strengthen your hair, this method is not for you. Be gentle!


NO MORE BEDTIME SNACKS Not an obvious bad beauty habit, but giving into snacking late at night does not do wonders for our waistline. These calories unfortunately remain unburned at such a late hour, thus resulting in weight gain, being bloated, and even puffy eyes in the morning. Curb cravings with a herbal tea, a large glass of water or a warm glass of milk to help you to sleep.


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FORGETTING A DAILY SUNSCREEN It’s perhaps a habit that most of us don’t even consider in our daily routine, but protection against UVA damage should be just as important as brushing your hair or teeth. Regardless of the weather, our skin is susceptible to daily damage without sunscreen so it’s vital to protect all year round. Make sure your makeup and/or moisturiser has SPF coverage in it to keep your skin safe and strong.


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NEGLECTING YOUR DECOLLETAGE We spend a huge amount of money on face creams to stay youthful, but tend to forget that the decolletage is a tell-tale part of the body when it comes to ageing and should be protected from the elements just as you would with your face. Using moisturiser and sunscreen on this area is a vital part of everyone’s beauty regime.


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’m from Austria and I know I need to apply for Settled Status as the UK leaves the European Union. But I’m really confused about what documents I need in order to apply for me and my children. We’ve lived in England for six years and I’m worried that if we don’t apply before the end of the month, we might have to leave. You don’t need to apply by the end of the month - your rights won’t change until 31 December 2020. However, you should apply as soon as you can in case of any delays. After the transition period ends on 31 December you might be asked to prove your right to do things like get a job or use a service like the NHS. Having your status sorted will make this more straightforward. To get settled status, you need evidence that you’ve lived in the UK for 6 months out of every 12 months for 5 years in a row. As you say you and your children have lived in the UK for six years, you should be eligible for this. In order to apply, you’ll need to have a few things. These include a passport or national ID card, a digital photo, your National Insurance number or proof of how long you've lived in the UK, a mobile number and an email address. If you’ve been working, you can find your National Insurance number on your pay slip. If not you can contact HM Revenue and Customs National Insurance Helpline on 0300 200 3500 to help find it. It may be easier to make your children’s application after you’ve made your own. This way you’ll be able to ‘link’ your child’s application to yours, using the application number you got when you applied for yourself.

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will resonate with parents everywhere. Essex-born Giovanna Fletcher is an actress, blogger, vlogger and presenter. Not only that, she is a patron of CoppaFeel! and a Number One Sunday Times bestselling author.

The Family Upstairs

From Sunday Times bestselling author Fearne Cotton, this is the handbook for modern life we all need. Including expert advice, ideas to put into practice, adventures to complete and interviews with everyone from Bryony Gordon to Billie Piper, Quiet seeks out ways to help you tune out the negative backchat that holds you back, so you can hear the positives that will guide you forwardsâ&#x20AC;Ś "This book is about taming the bad inner voice - the one that has the power to overthrow gut instinct and talk us out of new adventures. We are all brimming with inner wisdom, yet we allow negative thoughts to confuse us. We forget how capable and strong we can be. There is confidence there even if it's hidden; there is courage, beauty, wisdom and belief - we just need some quiet to notice it." Love, Fearne.


From the #1 bestselling author of Then She Was Gone. In a large house in London's fashionable Chelsea, a baby is awake in her cot. Well-fed and cared for, she is happily waiting for someone to pick her up. In the kitchen lie three decomposing corpses. Close to them is a hastily scrawled note. They've been dead for several days. Who has been looking after the baby? And where did they go? Two entangled families. A house with the darkest of secrets. A compulsive new thriller from Lisa Jewell. 'I swear I didn't breathe the whole time I was reading it. Gripping, pacy, brilliantly twisty.'

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Clare Mackintosh, 'Creepy, intricate and utterly immersive: an excellent holiday read.'

Guardian, 'A twisty and engrossing story of betrayal and redemption.' Ian Rankin, 'Rich, dark and intricately twisted, this enthralling whodunnit mixes family saga with domestic noir to brilliantly chilling effect.' Ruth Ware, 'You don't read a Lisa Jewell book, you fall into it. It takes huge talent to establish a whole world in the turn of two pages.' Erin Kelly, 'This is my pick of the crop of thrillers out this month... Lisa Jewell is brilliant at creating a menacing atmosphere and this is almost unbelievably tense at times.' Good Housekeeping, 'It's SO GOOD!' India Knight.

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The Mirror and the Light BY HILARY MANTEL

England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn is dead, decapitated in the space of a heartbeat by a hired French executioner. As her remains are bundled into oblivion, Thomas Cromwell breakfasts with the victors. The blacksmith's son from Putney emerges from the spring's bloodbath to continue his climb to power and wealth, while his formidable master, Henry VIII, settles to short-lived happiness with his third queen, Jane Seymour. Cromwell is a man with only his wits to rely on; he has no great family to back him, no private army. Despite rebellion at home, traitors plotting abroad and the threat of invasion testing Henry's regime to breaking point, Cromwell's robust imagination sees a new country in the mirror of the future. But can a nation, or a person, shed the past like a skin? Do the dead continually unbury themselves? What will you do, the Spanish ambassador asks Cromwell, when the king turns on you, as sooner or later he turns on everyone close to him? With The Mirror and the Light, Hilary Mantel brings to a triumphant close the trilogy she began with Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies. She traces the final years of Thomas Cromwell, the boy from nowhere who climbs to the heights of power, offering a defining portrait of predator and prey, of a ferocious contest between present and past, between royal will and a common man's vision: of a modern nation making itself through conflict, passion and courage.

Unexpected Lessons in Love BY LUCY DILLON

From the author of Where the Light Gets in and All I Ever Wanted . What happens when 'I do' turns into 'I don't know'? Jeannie always wanted to fall in love, and now she's finally got the whirlwind romance she dreamed of. Dan's gorgeous, he's a successful young vet, and he flew her to New York and proposed on Brooklyn Bridge. Jeannie has to remind herself this is actually her life. It seems too perfect, too magical, to be real. Yet it is. But now she's on her way to the wedding she can't shake off the tight sensation crushing her chest. Is it just nerves… or is this all happening a bit too fast? Jeannie has one last chance to shout, 'Stop!' But just as she grabs it, a twist of fate throws everything she knows into the air like


The unmissable brand new novel from Rachel Hore, Sunday Times bestselling author of Last Letter Home, a 2018 Richard and Judy Book club pick. A young mother's sacrifice. A child's desperate search for the truth… London, 1917 When nineteenyear-old Alice Copeman becomes pregnant, she is forced by her father and stepmother to give up the baby. She simply cannot be allowed to bring shame upon her family. But all Alice can think about is the small, kitten-like

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child she gave away, and she mourns the father, a young soldier, so beloved, who will never have the chance to know his daughter. Edith and Philip Burns, a childless couple, yearn for a child of their own. When they secretly adopt a baby girl, Irene, their life together must surely be complete. Irene grows up knowing that she is different from other children, but no one will tell her the full truth. Putting hopes of marriage and children behind her, Alice embarks upon a pioneering medical career, striving to make her way in a male-dominated world. Meanwhile, Irene struggles to define her own life, eventually leaving her Suffolk home to find work in London. As two extraordinary stories intertwine across two decades, will secrets long-buried at

confetti. What Jeannie learns about Dan, about her own heart, and about the power of love itself, will change her world for ever… 'Real, heart-breaking - I loved it' Katie Fforde, 'My heart is smashed and repaired for reading this wonderfully romantic and strong piece of fiction.' Milly Johnson, 'A heartwarming romantic comedy that tells us to be brave and to listen to our hearts.' Veronica Henry, 'Brilliantly well-written and believable, this book is a real class act.' Fabulous, 'An incredibly touching & insightful story' Penny Parkes.

last come to light? Brilliantly evoking the changing attitudes of the time, The Love Child is a novel about love, family, separation, despair and hope, full of tenderness and deep feeling.

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Genesis Connected Bourne Corn Exchange Date: Friday 6 March Tickets: £20 standard (seating is unreserved) Box Office: 01476 406158 www.guildhallartscentre.com Genesis Connected is a tribute show celebrating the music of Genesis and the biggest selling acts connected: Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins and Mike & The Mechanics. This show has an incredible mix of material, from atmospheric anthems to chart toppers that will get the crowd dancing in the aisles. Hits spanning from the late 70s onwards including; Turn It On Again, Sledgehammer, In The Air Tonight, Over My Shoulder, Against All Odds, That’s All, Solsbury Hill, You Can’t Hurry Love, The Living Years and many more. The frontman, Pete Bultitude, is not only an incredibly versatile vocalist, he is also a truly gifted drummer just like Phil Collins, So expect the show to include the iconic “double drums” element as featured on every Genesis and Phil Collins tour.

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LIVE STAND UP COMEDY CLUB Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre, Broad Street, Stamford PE9 1PX Date: Friday 6 March Tickets: £11 Box Office: 01780 766455 www.stamfordcornexchange.co.uk With PAUL FOOT (Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 8 out of 10 Cats, Would I lie to you) CHRIS McCAUSLAND (Live at the Apollo, Would I lie to you, Have I got news for you)

Andrew Wood Trio feat. Tony Kofi: Tenor Legacy - Jazz in the Cellar Bar The Cellar Bar Stamford Cellar Bar Date: Sunday 8 March Tickets: £12 (£10) Box Office: 01780 763203 www.stamfordartscentre.com This talented East Midlands based piano trio are joined by Nottingham born and now internationally acclaimed saxophonist Tony Kofi, as they explore the music of the great Tenor players. The band has been playing as a unit since 2015, and on this outing will be exploring material by John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Sam Rivers, Wayne Shorter, Joe Henderson & Dexter Gordon amongst others as they pay homage to the giants of the tenor saxophone throughout jazz.

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Phil Wang Philly Philly Wang Wang THE 2019 EDINBURGH FRINGE SELL-OUT HIT Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre, Broad Street, Stamford PE9 1PX Date: Sunday 8 March, Tickets: £16 Box Office: 01780 766455, www.stamfordcornexchange.co.uk

Following a sell-out 2018 tour, and fresh from a 2019 Edinburgh Fringe run that sold out in advance, Phil ‘Philly Philly Wang Wang’ Wang is back on tour with his newest show. Phil has made a name for himself (that name being Phil Wang) exploring sex, romance, politics, and his mixed British-Malaysian heritage with shows that delight in his unique Wang brand of smart and silly. This one is about morality and the modern sense of self. Swell! As seen on Taskmaster, Live at the Apollo and Netflix.

Rob Auton: The Time Show The Addams Family: Mk Arts Productions Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre, Broad Street, Stamford PE9 1PX Date: 10-14 March, Tickets: £16 (£14) Box Office: 01780 766455, www.stamfordcornexchange.co.uk

The Addams Family is a comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, features an original story and it’s every father’s nightmare: Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family - a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before - keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.

Billy Mitchell & Bob Fox Guildhall Arts Centre, St Peter’s Hill, Grantham NG31 6PZ Date: Wednesday 11 March, Tickets: £16 (£14) Box Office: 01476 406158 www.guildhallartscentre.com

Two great voices, impeccable musicianship, a set full of memorable songs and infectious good humour, the mix of material is sparkling, full of punch and beautifully executed. Their ability to connect with the audience is immediately evident as they lead you through some of their favourite songs including Lindisfarne classics and trad folk arrangements: Sally Wheatley, Meet me on the Corner, Dance to your Daddy, Collier Laddie’s Wife, Big River, Galway Shawl, Old Peculiar Feeling and many more.

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The Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF Date: Thursday 12 March Tickets: £13.50 Box Office: 01733 207239 www.vivacity.org ’The Time Show’ is the latest comedy/theatre/spoken word show by writer and performer of some of what he writes Rob Auton. Following on from his critically acclaimed shows about talking, hair, sleep, water, faces, the sky and the colour yellow, “the Fringe’s comedian laureate” (British Comedy Guide) now turns his attention to time. He will be asking questions such as “What time is it?” and “What is it time?” (Age Guidance: 16+). ‘A genuine original. Poetical, philosophical, humane, completely charming and funny to boot.’ The Guardian, ‘Charming, eccentric and uplifting, Auton is a talent to watch.’ The Independent, “From eye-wateringly funny one-liners, to meandering musings on what it means to live in the moment, ‘The Time Show’ is beautifully uplifting” Three Weeks, “eccentric, off-beat and absurd humour…The Time Show leaves you feeling a little bit mind-bended, but all the better for it” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine.

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Clive Anderson: Me, Macbeth & I The Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF Date: Saturday 14 March Tickets: £20 Box Office: 01733 207239 www.vivacity.org The host of Whose Line Is It Anyway, Loose Ends and Talks Back takes to the road with his muchanticipated first ever solo tour, in a one-man show guaranteed to be funnier than Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy. ‘A complete delight’ The Telegraph, ‘An assured and entertaining show’ The Times.

Kinky Boots - The Musical STAMFORD THEATRE SATELLITE SCREENINGS Stamford Arts Centre, 27 St Mary’s Street, Stamford PE9 2DL Date: Thursday 19 March, Tickets: £15 (£13) Box Office: 01780 763203, www.stamfordartscentre.com With songs from Grammy and Tony award winning pop icon Cindy Lauper, book by legendary Broadway playwright Harvey Fierstein (La Cage Aux Folles), and direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray), the musical is based on the film written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth. Inspired by true events, this huge-hearted hit tells the story of two people with nothing in common - or so they think. Charlie (Killian Donnelly) is a factory owner struggling to save his family business, and Lola (Matt Henry) is a fabulous entertainer with a wildly exciting idea. With a little compassion and a lot of understanding, this unexpected pair learn to embrace their differences and create a line of sturdy stilettos unlike any the world has ever seen! But in the end, their most sensational achievement is their friendship. This unmissable musical theatre event celebrates a joyous story of British grit transforming into a high-heeled hit as it takes you from the factory floor of Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan!

Matt Richardson: Imposter The Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF Date: Sunday 15 March , Tickets: £16 Box Office: 01733 207239, www.vivacity.org So Comedy & Broken Robot Productions by arrangement with Blue Book Artist Management presents. Following an acclaimed season at the Edinburgh Festival, the multi award-winning comedian takes to the road with a brand-new nationwide tour. Fresh from appearances on ITV2’s The Stand Up Sketch Show, Celebrity Juice, & Love Island: Aftersun, and Comedy Central’s Roast Battle, join the Red Bull Soapbox (Dave) host for a trademark hour of ‘high wattage stand up’ (Guardian). Plus support. ‘High wattage charisma from a talented young comic whose star is on the rise’ The Guardian, ‘Hilarious and Charming’ The Mirror, ‘Sharp, Funny and Warm’ Heat Magazine, ‘Hilarious... Richardson delivers the kind of crude which has you giggling into the palm of your hand... one of the top comedians at the fringe’ Theatre Weekly.

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Fagin: Kick In The Head Productions Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre, Broad Street, Stamford PE9 1PX Date: Thursday 19 March, Tickets: £13.50 (£12.50) Box Office: 01780 766455, www.stamfordcornexchange.co.uk

Who was Fagin? Was he the Fagin in Dickens’ Oliver Twist? Was he the Fagin in Oliver! the musical? Was he based on a real-life character? Join Fagin as he reviews his situation during his final night in prison before being hanged. As madness envelops him he is ‘visited’ by some old acquaintances. Find out who he really was and how he ended up as one of the best known, yet unknown, of Dickens’ characters. “This powerful new play gives a fresh twist on Dicken’s criminal Fagin.” Think you know Fagin? Think again. Written and directed by Simon Downing.

See Through: Claire Gaydon Presents Stamford Arts Centre, 27 St Mary’s Street, Stamford PE9 2DL Date: Thursday 26 March, Tickets: £10 (£8), £5 under 26s Box Office: 01780 763203, www.stamfordartscentre.com

Last year, 34% of young people voted YouTuber as their top career choice. Claire was intrigued. She decided to have a go. Part documentary, part live performance, part parody, part desperate as f*ck, Claire does everything she can to entertain her online audience. While remaining 100% totally authentically real. Examining validation, confession and the cost of sharing, See-Through is an edited, unedited, live, pre-recorded, reality show that invites you to see behind the camera. Developed with support from Arts Council England, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, Derby Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre and The Old Church.

Martin Harley Stamford Arts Centre, 27 St Mary’s Street, Stamford PE9 2DL Date: Wednesday 18 March, Tickets: £17 (£15) Box Office: 01780 763203, www.stamfordartscentre.com In 2019, British guitarist and songwriter Martin Harley is making a change. Having created a deep impression on the acoustic blues roots and Americana scene with his last two Nashville recorded albums, his highly anticipated new record finds a new and exciting sound. An intimate and gritty analogue album, recorded in a remote chapel deep in the wilds of Pembrokeshire. Taking country blues riffs to the electric bottleneck slide guitar, served with sweet vocal harmonies and the driving rhythms of co-producer and drummer Harry Harding (Yola Carter / William the Conqueror). Through his road worn song writing style this record explores hopes and fears for fast changing times, offering gospel like comfort and consolation. The song Roll with the Punches implores the listener not to get dragged down when challenges seem unsurmountable. Coming Home asks questions beyond the end of life and explores freedom from worldly desires. In 2018, Martin Harley was ranked #16 in the world’s greatest acoustic guitarist poll in Total Guitar Magazine and he was nominated as Instrumentalist of the Year at the Americana Music Association UK Awards.

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Live At The Key The Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF Date: Saturday 21 March Tickets: £21.50 Box Office: 01733 207239 www.vivacity.org London’s biggest and best long running comedy night, Live At The Chapel is on the road and heading straight for Peterborough with an amazing line up of exceptional comedians! Headlining the inaugural event is SHAPPI KHORSANDI; one of comedy’s most recognisable faces, the star of Have I Got News For You and QI makes an anticipated return to The Key Theatre. Age guidance: 16+ “Makes live comedy thrilling” Evening Standard, “Joining Shappi is Mock The Week regular and star of his own Radio 4 series RHYS JAMES ‘A clever wordsmith with great timing... A cut above” Independent.

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f you are a savvy traveller you will know how and where to get the best deals but if you are not then you may have always played it safe just using your tried and trusted travel agent. Here are our top tips for booking a holiday on your own. DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT AND YOUR BUDGET It may sound silly but the first thing to look at is what kind of holiday you are looking for. If you just need somewhere to stay and a flight then things are a little easier than booking an adventure holiday up Mount Kilimanjaro. Every savvy shopper has a budget and with travel this is particularly important so you have more to spend when you get there.

BOOKING YOUR FLIGHTS Booking your flights is the important first step in creating a great trip. The best time to book flights varies, but as a rule of thumb, the earlier you book, the better deal you will get. Make sure you subscribe to the low-cost carriers’ emails as deals will come out regularly – one recent offer was book on a Tues/Weds in November and get flights for £2. Don’t dismiss tour operators either, some do have some great deals and Jet2 are one of those. Scheduled airlines such as EasyJet and British Airways also push some very good deals. If you are flexible on the airport you’ll fly from, the world really is your oyster. One tip to remember is clear the cache on your computer regularly as if you search a website frequently you’ll notice the prices will go up each time, this is down to the clever cookies on the operators website remembering what you’ve searched for. Flights don’t always go daily to some destinations, so it is wise to book your flights before any other part of your trip.

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HOW TO FIND A GREAT HOTEL There are plenty of sites providing accommodation by the night; booking.com; lastminute.com; secretescapes.com and part of the fun here is making the time to do your research properly. TripAdvisor is a great place to start once you have found a hotel you like. Read the reviews and get a fair picture of your choices. Sometimes booking direct with the hotel is cheaper than going through one of the above sites... again it is all about the research to get the best deal possible. Depending on the time of your flight you may need an airport hotel too, so book early for the best price. Most holiday/ tour operators use this model now – early booking means better price.

DO YOU NEED TRANSFERS OR A HIRE CAR? If you are going on a city break you won’t really need a car as most cities are geared up for tourism with great rail and bus links. Google is your ally when searching for car hire. Simply Google, for example, ‘Car hire in Spain’ or ‘Car hire in Crete’, and a list of providers will come up. Money Saving Expert usually has lists of this kind of thing too. This is another area where research is key. We’d definitely recommend you book all these bits of your holiday puzzle on separate days as it is always about getting the best deal. Car hire can be a bit of a minefield. Some operators are well-known for requiring large sums of money to be held off a credit card and, if you are not in this position, then read the terms and conditions of a company’s hire before booking. Most companies require you to have a credit card when picking up the car precisely for this purpose, but the savvy shopper can look at ‘no or low deposit car hire’. It is out there if you look.

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The Village Marketplace March 2020  

Welcome to your March issue of the Village Marketplace.

The Village Marketplace March 2020  

Welcome to your March issue of the Village Marketplace.


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