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Well-established family business All watches half price Every single watch at half price! Brands include Rotary, Citizen, Sekonda, Seiko, Oasis, Avia, Timex and many more… Stamford’s very own watch shop @ Morrison’s Batteries and straps fitted while you wait

Any enquiries please contact Paul on 01780 762692 or 07872 600392 2

The Right Time in Morrisons @ Stamford

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Community Health & Beauty Book reviews Garden Scene Interiors Lunch review Haycock Royal Wedding Recipe Review Golden Pheasant Motoring What’s on Garden of Surprises Family & Craft Scene Useful numbers

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Lighter evenings and Spring sunshine – hooray! We arrived in British Summertime on 27 March and welcome you to the April edition of the Stamford Scene to boot. April is awash with holidays and celebrations, starting with Mother’s Day on the 3rd, Good Friday on the 22nd, Easter Bank Holiday Monday on 25th and of course the Royal Wedding on Friday 29th. We have a lovely feature on the Royal Wedding, including Kate Middleton fashion you can emulate (pages 42 & 43). There are some great local events coming up, (pages 36 & 37) and it’s time again to get out into the Garden of Surprises (p38 & 39). With so many features this month including Health & Beauty, Motoring, The Garden Scene, Interiors and Travel you really must pull up a chair (in the garden on a beautiful Spring day!) and give yourself some ‘Scene time’. We are also online, so have a look through our website and you can read current and past editions and share them with friends and family, including the new Wedding Scene magazine too!

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Helpston Playhouse The new award-winning home of Helpston Playhouse has been officially opened by the Deputy Mayor of Peterborough. The new building has numerous green features making it one of the most environmentally sustainable pre-schools in the country. The fantastic new facilities are providing Ofsted-rated ‘outstanding’ care.

01733 253243 The Bunny Bop Easter Egg Trail is a two mile sponsored walk around Thurlby village, Bourne. The trail will have hidden treasures along the way for your little bunnies to count up and have the chance to win an extra special Easter prize! All mummy and daddy bunnies are invited too take part and when we arrive back there will be craft stalls, fun and games and more prizes to be won! So get signed up today for a Bouncy Bunny Bop Easter! Please contact Hannah on 01476 591010 Fundraising for St Barnabas is about enjoying yourself whilst raising money for a local cause. If you have ever thought about doing something for charity, call the fundraising office where we offer to work alongside you with press releases and the printing of posters, raffle tickets, programmes, and media contacts. Go on give the fundraising office a ring on 01522 540300.


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Want a dentist white Smile? £199

For you can have Professional Tooth Whitening (including an oral assessment to ensure suitability)


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After Lucy Chessor Practice Manager SpaDental 3rd Floor Market Chambers Cathedral Square Peterborough PE1 1XW

Every Woman Wears The Same Until Dressed By.....

Local football courses for children One Touch Football Soccer School will be running football fun and development day courses over the Easter holidays for boys and girls aged 4 to 12 years old. Beginners through the more experienced players welcome. Head Coach Glenn Vaughan, is a Nottingham Forest FC club scout who will be attending to coach and develop individuals. Locations include Stamford, Bourne, Grantham, Peterborough, Market Deeping, Cottesmore and Colsterworth. Goal Keeping training days will also take place with a qualified goal keeping coach in Stamford, Bourne, Grantham and Peterborough. Places are limited and offered on a first come, first served basis.

Glenn Vaughan 07880 703784

It’s a Knockout in Stamford The Rotary Club of Stamford St Martin’s is excited to introduce the ‘It’s a Knockout’ challenge to Stamford, in aid of their chosen Charities. On Sunday 22nd May 2011 Gable Events will run an It’s a Knockout, promising to be a fantastic day out for spectators and competitors alike. There will be a BBQ, bar and entertainment for all of the family. It’s a Knockout is a great team challenge, involving inflatable games, water and foam. This is the ultimate corporate team building event for you and your colleagues! It could also be a chance to do something a bit different with your friends. Why not really increase the competition and challenge a rival group to take part! There is a prize up for grabs… not only will the winning team be crowned the first ever Stamford St Martin’s It’s a Knockout champions, they will also receive a donation of £500 to their chosen registered Charity. Other ways to support this event are available, such as sponsorship, banners and t-shirts. Contact Amelia Collins on 01780 763471

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Health & Beauty

Fishy Foot Spa

Garra rufa (also known as Dr Fish) are an exotic fresh water fish found naturally in the warm springs of Turkey where locals have been using this method of dead skin removal for years, helping with skin disorders such as psoriasis.

The Beauty Spot @ The Cottage For all your Luxury Beauty Treatments

Put Spring back into Your Step for Easter. Pamper Yourself or the Special Lady in Your Life to a Pedicure £22.50 or Facial £28.00 and receive a Free Eye Brow Make-over. Offer Valid until April 30th. Relaxing Facials Waxing and Brazilian Waxing Manicure / Pedicure Eyelash/brow tinting Make-up for special occasions (lessons also available)

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It is scientifically proven that the Garra rufa fish are very effective at helping to improve the skin. While removing the dead skin from your feet by gently nibbling (don’t worry they have no teeth!), the fish secrete Diathanol which is an enzyme well known to improve the regeneration of skin cells. The fish are also very therapeutic gently gliding over

Avocado Green! Home made Face Mask Avocado & Honey

your skin. Most people find the Garra rufa produce a pleasurable Avocado is perfect soothing massage sensation! for dry or mature Serenity in Bourne skin and through care for all clients the winter our skin by checking their feet and washed by has dried out with a member of staff the cosy central before every heating on! treatment. Avocado oil is rich To ensure a high standard of hygiene in essential fatty acids, vitamins and for both our clients minerals. Honey is incredibly nourishing and our fish, all and anti-inflammatory so helps with clients have their sensitive skin. feet checked and washed before treatment. The tanks have two separate UV filtration systems and filter the water Mash 1 avocado with a 3-4 times in a 15 tablespoon of honey and smear evenly minute session, so each client has over the face. Leave for 15 minutes and fresh clean water. rinse off with warm water.

Make your Own Mask

Water Water everywhere....but do you drink enough?

Water is the main constituent of our bodies and forms 50-60% of body weight and around 75% of volume. It is generally recommended that adults should drink around two litres of water daily and considerably more when we perform exercise and/or the weather is hot. Telephone: 01780 783613 | April 2011


Eating out guide

Health & Beauty


Vegetable-based soups, steamed seafood or fresh juice.

Avoid Fried, cheesy or creamy appetizers.

Whole grain or rye breads without butter.

Limit your bread consumption by asking your waiter to remove the basket from your table.

Salad dressing on the side High fat extras like cheese, bacon, and mayonnaise based salads High Fat Fried, sautéed, batter dipped, creamed, cream sauce, cheese sauce, marinated in oil, special sauce, crispy

Low Fat - Steamed, baked, roasted, boiled, wine sauce, grilled, stir-fried poached

Main course Fish and poultry

Dessert Fresh fruit or sorbet

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• Have an apple or glass of water before leaving for the restaurant to curb your appetite. • Alcohol may stimulate your appetite. Limit your consumption. • Have your waiter remove your plate as soon as you are finished.

Ask for your meal to be served without butter, sour cream or cheese topping and order sauces on the side.

Dessert Large, cream based desserts – if you can’t resist, share a portion! A fresh start to the day An unhealthy start to the day can mean the rest of the day follows suit. By having a healthy breakfast,such as a smoothie, your metabolic rate is stimulated which will help burn the fat you have stored. Concentration levels can also be boosted, so it’s a good often for children before school.


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How To Make: 100g pineapple juice or quarter of a pineapple 1 apple 100ml low fat milk Place everything into a blender and blend until smooth

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Local business continues to expand Devonports Kitchens & Bathrooms can celebrate its latest success with the expansion of the locally based business, as it welcomes its newest member of staff, trainee fitter, Lewis Hall and also experienced fitter Steve Threadgill. A second team of fitters allows Stephen & Sarah Devonport to continue to grow the business and meet the increased demand from local homeowners wanting to improve their kitchens and bathrooms. Stephen has over ten years experience in the kitchen and bathroom industry and brings his desire to be able to offer customers tailored solutions, with quality products and fitting. The showroom opened in July 2009 and brings Wentworth kitchens to South Lincolnshire. These kitchens are made to order by skilled craftsmen and all offer a 10 year guarantee providing each customer with peace of mind for present and future. Whether you are looking for an entire new bath or shower room or a smaller change such as a radiator or mirror, Devonports can help you. Devonports are also part of the local community through the sponsorship of the Under 9’s Deeping Rangers Football team. The showroom can be found in Deeping St James, open six days a week from Monday to Saturday from 10am – 5pm.


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Freya North’s Top 3 Reads

Author of 10 bestselling novels and winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year, Freya’s 11th novel, Chances, is published on March 31st

MUM KNOWS BEST by M and J Hanks Square Peg, 3rd March 2011, £8.99 There’s a big market for these type of books – the Dangerous Book For Boys being the most famous. What I loved about this book is that it’s full of down-to-earth helpful hints. It’s the sort of book I keep in the loo but once you dip in, you find yourself absorbed for hours. In our lives, where we assume we have to buy a gadget or gimmick for every task, this book is a wonderful and useful reminder that there’s a better, cheaper and more practical alternative. Every domestic dilemma is catered for with no-nonsense instructions. Stained mugs or cups? Rub in a little kitchen salt with water. Dirty microwave? Pop in several lemon slices in a bowl of water and cook on high for a few minutes. A great spring clean read!

THE WORLD ACCORDING TO LUBKA by LAURIE GRAHAM. Quercus, £7.99 Laurie Graham is one of my favourite authors – and greatly underrated. My mum and I often read her books at the same time. Graham is an author with a huge heart, a brilliant turn of phrase razor sharp wit – and she always finds fascinating subjects whether fictitious or historical (Gone With The Windsors – a fictitious diary set around the time of the Abdication – is one of my all time favourite books). This is her most recent novel and it’s gorgeous – both tender yet laugh-out-loud. It’s a wonderful, funny, warm tale of the friendship between women, whatever their age. Read it while your mum reads her copy.

NEW BEGINNINGS by FERN BRITTON HarperCollins 17th March 2011, £12.99 This is Fern’s debut novel and she takes as her theme the dilemma of how to have a career but also be a good mother. Her likeable heroine, Christie Lynch, is a journalist and single mother of two when she gets a lucky break – an appearance on a daytime TV talk show, the fabulously named Tart Talk. Spotted by a successful talent agent, Christie’s life changes in an instant when she lands a high-profile presenting job. Written with warmth, insight and humour, the book charts Christie’s journey as a mother and career woman – and the choices and the sacrifices she must make will ring true for many readers. Telephone: 01780 783613 | April 2011


April in the garden

In The Garden

by Joseph Whitehead

All aspects of carpentry & Joinery work undertaken and finished to the highest standard. Design service available. References available upon request, full portfolio Fully insured.

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“April weather, rain and sunshine both together”. A fickle month where weather is concerned, pleasantly warm of late but anything’s possible. Busy, busy in the garden, plants are growing; seeds need sowing and frustratingly, weeds already need hoeing!

Ornamental garden • On warm days open the vents in the glass house. Watch out for pests like aphids, red spider mite, and mealy bug that can quickly multiply. A tell tale sign on the leaves is black sooty mould growing on sap secreted by these tricky suckers! Soft soap sprays, systemic insecticides, or biological controls will help. • Prune back hard the stems of Cornus and Salix grown for their winter colour as the newest growth is the brightest. • Feed roses with a proprietary rose fertiliser. Spray fortnightly with a seaweed based foliar feed, containing sequestered iron. • Prune spring flowered shrubs like Chaenomeles and Forsythia immediately after flowering.

Kitchen garden planting & preparation • Plant second early potatoes in the first half of the month • Sow in modules or pots: Autumn/ Winter cabbages, calabrese, late sprouts, courgettes and squashes, cauliflowers, early runner beans and early sweetcorn. • Direct in the ground: french beans, carrots, mid season peas and broad beans, salads and beetroot. • Keep some potted strawberry plants in the glass house or cold frame for an early crop, to improve fruit setting hand pollinate with a paint brush transferring pollen from flower to flower.


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Naked Beauty A profusion of beautiful pink flowers born on naked stems, makes the Judas tree a unique and most wonderful addition to the spring garden if you have the space. A small tree 10-15m, requiring full sun and good drainage. Telephone: 01780 783613 | April 2011



Flooring Think about the volume of traffic and how


much cleaning will be required when considering which flooring to choose. If you are having carpet make sure you get a hardwearing, stain resistant one with good underlay. You don’t have to choose a dark carpet, just make sure you have the facility for people to wipe their feet properly before they enter. If you are opting for a wooden or tiled floor, a non-slip door mat is essential and remember, only use a runner if it is necessary and there are no tripping hazards.

Function Next regard the function of the area - have

Make an entrance By Sue Hessom

We welcome our family and friends into our homes through the hallway. As it’s the first internal part of our home that they see it’s important that it gives the right impression. Too many people neglect this space with the excuse - ‘its just a walkthrough’. It might be just a walkthrough, but a badly designed hallway can leave your home feeling unwelcome, no matter what design surprises you may have hidden behind closed doors. Hallways come in various shapes and sizes and can be one of the hardest areas to decorate successfully, so give your design ideas some serious thought and do some research. Once you have an idea of the image you want to achieve, stand at your front door to visualise exactly how you are going to create your look.

Colours Remember that there are no rules when it comes to decorating your home, so don’t be afraid to inject some of your personality into your hall area. Many people still choose white walls to help keep the space light and airy, but with high traffic volume the walls can soon start to look shabby and dirty, so only opt for white walls if you are happy to maintain them. Instead, why not consider painting the hallway two colours - one dark, one light. Paint all the walls that are left facing; light, and all the right facing ones; dark - this will not only add visual interest but will help to create a feeling of warmth and open space. If you are adamant in having wallpaper in your hallway, why not try something different? Find a wallpaper that reflects you and put it on the stair wall only. Then add some framed pieces of the wallpaper to the opposite wall - not only will this will look fantastic but the overall effect will not be too heavy.


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you got room for furniture or storage items? Consider this carefully as the last thing you want is for people to struggle getting in or out of your home. Console tables can look nice in a hallway and are functional for displaying fresh flowers and storing post and keys - just make sure your purchase the right size and don’t go too big. If you are struggling to find one that meets your needs, why not consider making one yourself? Likewise, if you want coats and shoes to be stored search the internet for some clever storage solutions - there are plenty out there that are multi-functional and take up minimal space.

Finishing Touches Accessories should always complement your

décor. Mirrors are brilliant for reflecting natural light and will help any area look wider. Display some unusual pieces of art to get people talking, or use black and white photographs in the same finished frames; or a themed display of pictures to generate an area of interest. Finally, think about the small finishing touches that will complete your look and help create that wow factor - replace boring white plastic light switches and plug sockets with trendy silver ones. And if you can’t afford to update your radiator, either paint it or consider purchasing a radiator cover.

Lighting If you have natural light coming into the hall-

way, try not to block it out. Think about your window coverings and try to keep them to a minimum. However, if you like the idea of heavy curtains, design it so they can be pulled back during the day to let the light flood in. If you have no natural light, consider replacing full wooden internal doors with half glass ones - you will be surprised at the difference it makes. If you have a high ceiling then don‘t be afraid to showcase a stunning chandelier. If not, think about adding spot lights to the ceiling and stairs, or use a couple of strategically placed lamps to add an array of artificial light.

Whether you are selling, letting or simply wanting to update your home contact Sue for an informal chat. Tidy Interiors Tel 01476 564035 | Mob 0754 061 2143 Telephone: 01780 783613 | April 2011


Lunch at The Haycock Hotel, Wansford

The Haycock, a stunning hotel in the centre of Wansford, offers luxurious accommodation, mouth-watering food and a friendly service in an overall spectacular setting. The Scene team and I recently went for lunch at The Haycock, to sample their delights. We sat in the bar whilst we perused the menu and we decided to order different starters so we could share and have a taster session. The favorite was definitely the garlic mushroom Bruschetta with a poached egg (different and totally delicious), it was out of this world. Personally, for the main course, I was deciding between Confit of duck leg or oven roasted corn fed chicken breast, I eventually came to ordering the very flavorsome duck which was delicious, and would definitely recommend it. We also ordered good old fish and chips (homemade).

The food itself was presented perfectly, with some dishes served on a slate platter which was a talking point between us all. The portions of food were perfect for lunch and filled us up to the point where we could barely leave the restaurant; we couldn’t even squeeze in a dessert, which shocked us all, especially as the choices were so tempting; Belgian Chocolate and Nut Brownie with Butterscotch Sauce and Citrus tart with Raspberry Coulis. The staff’s attitude towards us was incomparable to anywhere I have been in a long time; they didn’t over do their presence or leave us feeling ignored. The Whole experience was very positive, it was very relaxing and enjoyable, I couldn’t have asked for a nicer or more pleasant lunch.

Fun 2 Dance An evening of Ballroom & Sequence Dancing with organist Robert Davies

Saturday 14th May

7.30pm - 11pm Coronation Hall, Market Deeping Ploughmans, Raffle, Licensed Bar £12 per person Tickets to be purchased by 30th April 2011

Bourne Classes

Bourne Abbey Church Hall, Church Walk, Bourne

Afternoon Tea Dance (Every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month) General Ballroom & Sequence Dancing in a fun and friendly atmosphere - 2-4pm £3 per person

General Dancing with Sequence Tuition Every Tuesday Evening 7.30pm – 9.30pm - £5 per person

Deeping Classes Sunday social evening every 2nd Sunday of the month General Ballroom & Sequence Dancing 7.30pm – 10.30pm - £5 per person Coronation Hall, Halfleet, Market Deeping

Contact Cheryl 01733 359450 or 07961 486933


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Feature - Royal Wedding

Feature - Royal Wedding

St. Andrews Dress

The Royal Wedding 2011

Kate and William’s return to St. Andrews University late in February once again raised the fashion stakes. She appeared in an outfit apparently ‘from her wardrobe’, i.e. not bought specially for the occasion. Her instinctive knack for choosing what flatters her was once again apparent and consisted of a red pencil skirt, a red jacket flaring at the waist and a black turtle-neck, which may be less flattering for the bigger-bust, but can be adapted with a black scoop-neck vest or black blouse. If you aren’t a massive fan of your legs, a short skirt may not be your first choice; instead, opt for a below-the-knee pencil skirt which will hug at all the right places and give you a slimmer figure.

By Charlotte Chorley

A copy of Kate’s skirt can be found in a variety of colours in Marks and Spencer, Next and River Island, whilst a similar jacket can also be spotted in Marks and Spencer.

The Wedding Dress London? Paris? New York? Or Milan? No, sorry, none of these. Undoubtedly, the biggest fashion event of the year is the Royal Wedding and so far, all eyes have been on the attire of one Kate (or Catherine as we are supposed to call her) Middleton, our future Queen. You may not be marrying the heir to the throne, but you too can afford her effortless elegance – and at a fraction of the price. So, without further ado, here is how to copy Kate...

The Engagement Dress

Given her fondness for the creations of Danielle Issa Helayel, the Brazilian-born designer, it was little surprise that she chose an Issa dress for the public announcement of her engagement. This style would suit most women regardless of age, weight or height. The long, or mid-length, sleeves will hide any upper arm concerns, and the demure flared skirt sits just above the knee meaning it’s not too frumpy or too sexy. Meanwhile, the deep V-neck flatters the bust, and the ruching around the waist creates that desirable hourglass shape. from a label called Ingenue or Marks and Spencer.


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The real question, though, is who will be designing the dress of the century that is sure to be replicated for many years to come.Yvonne Yorke, the Huffington Post ‘s royal contributor, has revealed that Middleton’s wedding dress is now a work in progress, and is being created inside Buckingham Palace. There’s indication that Catherine has gone for a young, ‘little-known’, British designer, but for now, it’s a mystery. The world will get their first full view of the spectacular dress when the bride alights from the carriage at Westminster Abbey. I can’t wait!

The Royal Wedding in this area 29 April The Golden Pheasant in Etton ‘Royal Garden Party’ 01733 252387 Castle Bytham Recreation Field off Glen Road Royal Wedding Picnic From 12.30pm

St Martins Street Party Celebrate the Royal Wedding with us and our Neighbours! BBQ, live music and oodles of Patriotism!

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Harvesting The Earth’s Natural Energy This is a genuine opportunity to:

Why is now a good time to install solar panels?

Benefit from solar powered savings by installing solar PV panels on the roof of your premises

Get an 11-14%*, index linked, return on your investment Reduce your overheads Generate electricity for your home & business Improve energy savings and work towards becoming more energy independent

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You can then use this energy yourself, saving you the costs of buying that energy from an energy company and export any unused energy back to the national grid for which you will receive an additional payment. The tariffs have been set at levels to provide you with a return on your investment of around 11-14%* over the expected lifetime of the technology - far higher than current interest rates from any high street bank or building society! The prices paid for the electricity your solar panels generate are guaranteed for 25 years and index linked to allow for inflation.

Generate an additional income

Visit our new specialist solar PV web site:

The government’s Feed in Tariff guarantees that energy companies will pay you for electricity you produce from renewable energy technologies.

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Bountiful Botswana

Now Accessible For More Budget Conscious Travellers

17% of the land mass is dedicated to game reserves, and as MD, Steve Daykin points out, if you want to see nature in its most uncompromised state, Botswana is greatly suited.“With a population of only 1.3m, Botswana provides ultimate escapism, offering a break from the concrete jungle and a chance to connect with all the fruits of nature. With its magnificent range of different ecosystems and abundance of wildlife and birdlife, Botswana is simply stunning, and now accessible for all”. For those with a tad more cash to spare, Botswana can be combined with visits to many of the highlights of the surrounding regions – maybe visit the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls or chic Cape Town or spend some idyllic beach time on the Indian Ocean islands of Mauritius or Mozambique. Inspirational Travel tailor-make itineraries to cater for varying durations and budgets.

Traditionally a holiday destination that thrived on high yield and low impact tourism, Botswana isn’t famed for attracting the more budget conscious traveller. All that is set to change with a new series of affordable itineraries created by local travel company, Inspirational Travel.


Botswana’s key tourist destinations, during peak season, have asked as much as USD $1,200 per person per night (approx £750.00). Inspirational Travel, however, are now offering safaris starting at just £1,200 per person. Managing Director, Steve Daykin explains; “Botswana is a fabulous place to visit, but previously this hasn’t been possible for many individuals and families due to excessive pricing. Now, what with the economy forcing purse strings to tighten, holidays to Botswana have become seemingly beyond reach. However, we have worked diligently with our strategic partners to design exciting, affordable itineraries to suit those travelling on a more modest budget”. April 2011 | Email:

Inspirational Travel has created a range of exciting safari itineraries of varying lengths and start with their 4-night “Affordable Botswana” safari with prices from just £1,200 per person. The itinerary includes 2-nights in the Okavango Delta at Kanana Camp and 2-nights in Moremi Game Reserve at Okuti Camp. The price of £1,200 includes shared accommodation, flights within Botswana, game activities, all meals and drinks, laundry service, park entrance fees and departure taxes. Botswana is a vast land of contrasting flora and fauna. The country is landlocked between South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia and is covered by savannah scrub and the dry, arid Kalahari sands, which are then broken by the breathtaking Okavango Delta, the saltpans of Makgadikgadi and the swamps and flood plains of the Chobe River. Collectively these areas constitute a range of eco-systems unparalleled in Africa and are abundant in bird, plant and wildlife.

Contact Inspirational Travel on

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Dog Hosting with Barking Mad Many hosts with Barking Mad have previously been dog owners. If you have missed that companionship from having a pet, but you can’t commit the time to have your own dog, then maybe becoming a host for Barking Mad is the answer.

Hot Chocolate Fondant Local Home From Home Pet Care Your dog’s daily routine for feeding and walks maintained by our hosts Local hosts in your area Suitable for dogs with a wide range of needs Remember, it’s their holiday too Loving home environment with very special hosts Established 4 years Keeping you informed about your dog’s holiday Bourne | Deeping | Stamford | Rutland | Spalding

This great gooey chocolate pudding can be made up to 3 days before cooking. 10oz butter 10oz dark chocolate 10 eggs, 5 whole and 5 egg yolks 4 ½oz caster sugar 2oz plain flour

White Chocolate Ice Cream

• 300ml Milk • 150ml double cream • 3tbsp glucose syrup • 3 eggs yolks • 1 ½oz caster sugar • 2oz white chocolate chips 1. Put the milk, cream and glucose in a pan and bring to a simmer. 2. Beat the eggs and sugar together until pale. 3. Add the milk mixture and bring to the boil. 4. Fold in the white chocolate until melted. 5. Sieve the mixture, cool and churn in an ice cream machine. 6. This works best in an ice cream machine but can be put into lidded container but should be mixed every 20 minutes.


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1. Melt butter and chocolate together in a glass bowl over a saucepan of heating water. 2. Beat the 5 eggs and 5 yolks with the caster sugar until pale and fluffy.

Kerry Wells - Barking Mad Tel: 01775 720382 Email: Website:

Not only can you have a visiting companion, but you can address that niggling need for more exercise and get out into the beautiful countryside surrounding you. Worried the dog might need more exercise than you can manage? Don’t be concerned; you will be matched with a suitable dog for your sake and theirs. Contact Kerry Wells now on 01775 720382 to discuss hosting in more detail.

3. Add the melted chocolate and butter to the eggs and sugar. 4. Then add the flour and gently fold together to keep the mixture light. 5. Butter and flour 6-8 Dariole moulds or ramekins dishes. Portions will depend on the size of the dish. 6.Add the mixture then pop into the oven (gas mark 6, 400f, 200.c. ) for 15-20 minutes. The puddings should be nice and moist inside. Serve with cream, crème fraiche or if you’re feeling really adventurous, try making my white chocolate ice cream to go with it. Chefs note: don’t bin your 5 spare egg whites, make some Meringues! Telephone: 01780 783613 | April 2011


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The DS3 is also packed with technology to further entertain and assist the driver. For portable music players, the car can be kitted out with auxiliary, USB and Bluetooth connectivity. MyWay, Citroën’s integrated widescreen colour satellite navigation system, can be specified - and for excellent acoustic performance, a new eight-speaker Hi-Fi system creates a rich audio experience in the cabin. The Citroën DS3 is a great alternative to other ‘premium’ small cars like the Mini, Fiat 500 and Alfa Romeo MiTo. It is also competitively priced, starting at just £12,100 for the petrol VTi 95hp DSign, rising to £16,300 for the top-of-therange petrol THP 150hp and diesel HDi 110hp DSport models. The DS3 certainly doesn’t look like any other car on the road today – so if you’re in the market for a supermini, and being noticed is on the agenda, then this charismatic


DS3 DSport 1.6i 16V 150 It’s great to feel 17 years old again. That’s how I felt driving the Citroën DS3 – and it’s no bad thing because it shows that the French offering is a fun, funky and lively motor. All good things as far as I’m concerned.

By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Writer

Citroën could be for you!

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Max speed: 133 mph 0-62 mph: 7.3 secs Combined mpg: 42.2 Engine layout: 1598cc 4 cylinder 16v petrol

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Max. power (bhp): 155 at 6000 rpm Max. torque (lb.ft): 177 at 1400 rpm CO2: 155 g/km Price: £16,300 OTR

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Fun √ Performance√ Grip √ Road noise intrudes X

The 1.6i 16v 150 sport version, on test here, was a blast to drive. It rips up the black stuff with aggression and grips corners with ease. Its 17 inch alloy wheels let some road rumble into the cabin at speed and the interior is a bit cramped, but it’s no big deal, because the DS3 delivers such an engaging drive that you forget all about the niggles. However, the DS3 isn’t all about being a boy-racer. The car delivers a sophisticated and comfortable ride, and quality is evident inside and out. On the ever important safety front, the Citroën DS3 has a five star Euro NCAP rating for occupant protection; high levels of standard safety equipment include six airbags, a reinforced body structure and two IsoFix child seat anchorage points.

“The car delivers a sophisticated and

comfortable ride, and quality is evident inside and out

One of the best aspects of the compact Citroën is that it redefines ‘bespoke’ motoring with an unrivalled choice of personalisation options - to reflect each driver’s individual performance, style and technology preferences. That means no DS3 need ever be the same, thanks to the array of different option combinations available. Customers can specify exterior and interior colour variations, materials, finishes, trims and equipment - even the key fob is tailored to the driver’s chosen body or roof colour. So, the Citroën can be masculine and sporty or feminine and chic. My test car was in sport red and onyx black with ‘urban-tribe’ roof graphics, white wheels and a personalised number plate spelling out ‘BOY’. That was enough to satisfy me that I was in a more male oriented car!

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Stamford Corn Exchange Theatre

Whats On

Recreation Ground Road

Box office - 01780 766455 12 – 16 April Performances start at 7.30 pm with a Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm. Stamford Amateur Musical Society (SAMS) is proud to present the stage adaptation of the hit movie,

Formed in November 2008 in Stamford, Recreation Ground Road started recording an album in 2009 called ‘It’s not depressing, it’s deeply spiritual’. In February 2010 Ben Caffrey joined on guitar and in December 2010 Staceman became the new tub thumper. Mike Williams takes vocals and guitar and Darren Cummings plays Bass Guitar. Influenced by favourites such as Radiohead, Rival Schools, Jimi Hendrix, Blur, Beatles, Beck, Foo Fighters, Nirvana.....go along and support Recreation Ground Road at Man on the moon in Cambridge on 8 April and District 7 in Peterborough on 22 April.

The Full Monty. Set in

Easter Fun

Easter Egg Trail

Children’s Easter Activities

Clare Cottage, Helpston Starting on Tuesday 12 April, 2pm – 3.30pm For children aged between 7 and 12 years. Easter bonnet making, spring planting and egg hunt. 01733 253330

Belton House, Grantham 01476 566116 Good Friday, Easter Saturday & Easter Sunday: 12:30pm to 5pm Easter Monday: 11am to 3.30pm Trails on Saturday & Sunday from 10.30am – 4pm Adult £9.95 Children (over 4 yrs) £5.93 30 April - Peterborough Greyhound Stadium - Choice of 6 or 10 miles - Entry fee £15


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Buffalo, New York, where the unemployment line keeps growing ever longer and times are hard, this hilarious story sees six guys hatch a crazy plan to form there own striptease act - Hot Metal. TICKETS FROM £12 TO £15.00 01780 766455

Stamford Arts Centre Cinema Box Office 01780 763203

THE DRIFTERS Sunday 17 April, 7.30PM Tickets £23.00 Prism Music Group is pleased to announce that The Drifters will be back on tour in the UK this year to coincide with the release of the group’s Greatest Hits album The Drifters ‘Up On The Roof’ - to be released on Sony Music on March 21 2011.

Tangled PG 15, 16 & 17 April

Rango PG

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THE GARDEN OF Contemporary sculpture in an historic setting. On entering the Sculpture Garden visitors are welcomed by a mixed array of trees and shrubs for all seasons, many framed with an evergreen backdrop of common laurel. These shrubs form a major structural element within the gardens, forming archways and external rooms where discreetly hidden sculptures can be found. Annual exhibitions of sculptures run from April to October along with permanent pieces, which can be viewed all the year round, including the grass maze designed by Peter Randall Page which gives fun to the young and old.

Garden of Surprises Features The Copper Tree Fountain

Opening times The Gardens are open daily from 19th March to 30th October from 11am to 5pm. The last admission is at 4.30pm.

The Mirror Tree The Water House Can you fill the water column? The Three Fountains The Paddling Pool The Caesars’ Heads The Longitude Dial Convex and Concave Mirrors

The gardens will be closed for four days from 1st-4th September during the Burghley Horse Trials. Festival of surprises 30th July-12th Aug 2011 admission charges House and Gardens Gardens of Surprise Only Adults £13.50 £7.80 Children (3-15 years) £6.70 £5.00 Seniors/Students £12.00 £6.50 Family (2 adults and 2 children) £35.00 £24.00 Audio guide £2.50

The Dark Moss House Neptune’s grotto The Emperors Triumph The Transforming Obelisks Merrelles in the Theatron Water Curtain.

Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th April South Gardens Open for the National Gardens Scheme Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th April Burghley Fine Food Market Easter Sunday


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Family & Craft Netmums is a unique local network for mums and dads offering parenting information, activity ideas as well as local boards to network in your local area.

Craft Fairs In The Area

Easter Egg Heads A little trip down memory lane with Cress Egg Heads – I bet you can smell that cress just from a school day memory!

Spring Storage

Spring is a natural time to get those 9 April cupboards 10am – 3pm cleared, Handmade Art & Craft winter boots design fair packed away Bourne Corn Exchange and windows V & A Events flung to let in some fresh 16 April bulb scented 10.30am – 4.30pm air. A clean Cuckoo’s Nest slate and great storage solutions can give Art & Craft Fair us all a lift. From simple baskets, to mid Victoria Hall, Oakham range shelving these could work for you. Small stair baskets mean all those bites 1 May and pieces get taken upstairs in one go! 10am – 4pm Gorgeous felt style baskets can be Fineshade Woods 6 miles South West of Stamford tailored to your room style, so whilst they are practical, they look stylish too. NN17 3BB. Shelving can be coupled with baskets, or kept open if you’re a tidy person! The 15 May under stairs cupboard area can be a bit of 10am – 4pm Stamford Artisans Guild Spring a dumping ground. Only keep the essentials – be ruthless and make a Crafts Market decision to reduce, reuse and recycle!

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Useful online sites for ideas and tips, with local stores for friendly advice • • • • •

Internet Safety For You And Your Family ZIP IT

Keep your personal Stuff private and think about what you say and do online.


Block people who send nasty messages and don’t open unknown links and attachments.


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Pain during exercise or movement, Lower back, knee, hip and neck pain? Exercise specialist Postural correction Tel: 07701008431 Email:

CB’s Domestic Cleaning Services Reliable and Trustworthy. Competitive rates. One off’s, weekly or fortnightly visits



Supply and Fit Domestic and Commercial JAMES COTTAM Tel: 01778 424288 Mob: 07793 488466 Home visits to suit you | Price match promise – like for like

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