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YourLocalLincs February 2012

The Lincs Group of Directories




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TAKE A BREAK With our new puzzle page


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Your Local Lincs Welcome inside every issue weddings & celebrations 7-11 craft shops & leisure trade talk pet talk garden services health beauty & wellbeing home & interiors professional services motoring services community pages children’s services useful numbers


Weddings and Celebrations Create a day to remember Get Plastered Vets Voice Garden View Tips for romantic and memorable Valentine’s day Positive Thinking Compulsory online VAT return filing Document storage Get Your Finances Fit for 2012 Spring Servicing Lincoln Mystery Plays Heckington Players Panto review Joel’s Quest update and events Princes Trust MISSING- Flash the Bassett Hound Silhouette Cyclists inspire


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Win a £50 beauty voucher from Palms Win a celebration cake from Cakes Unlimited


Puzzle Page Lateral Thinking Solutions

Publisher: Lincs Group of Directories Managing Editor: Karen James Assistant Editor: Simon Harvey Design & Layout: Karen James & DPS Sleaford Administration and Accounts: Julie Costa Sales: Karen James & Lorna Hodgson See us on Advertising: 01529 303963 Features & Articles: 01529 303963

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ello and welcome to the February issue of Your Local Lincs magazine. This month we have reached our 7th birthday!! To celebrate, we have created a fresh new look for the magazine which I hope you will agree looks great! January has been a busy month for the magazine and, for me personally, a very sad one. My family have had to say goodbye to my father-in-law, who lost his battle with cancer. We would like to thank the Marie Curie nurses and the Tulip rooms at Spalding for the wonderful care they gave to him. They are amazing people. Thanks also go to Macmillan Cancer Care and St Barnabas Hospice for their support in helping our family through the past month and the coming ones. On the other hand, it has been positive with our campaign to help my son Joel achieve independent walking. We have launched the campaign to raise £50,000+ to fund a specialist operation that will change his life and allow him to run around and play football instead of facing life in a wheelchair. See pages 59 -61 for full details on how you can become involved! There are two this month; YourLocalLincs competitions pamper yourself by winning RATE N CELEB YLE a £50 beauty voucher from Palms on page 6 and IN ST WI e With our wedding featur celebrate a special occasion by winning a 8” decorated cake from Cakes Unlimited. 7 Have a great month! February 2012

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Best Wishes


To contact us email or call us on 01529 303963 or by post Unit 1 Clover House, Boston Road, Sleaford NG34 7HD

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Your Local Lincs Competition



alms is a beauty therapy business run by Sleaford’s very own Kim Rasen. Based in her specially adapted salon at her home in Sleaford, Kim offers a wide range of treatments, ranging from holistic therapies such as Indian head massage and Hopi ear candles through to massage treatment, waxing, lash extensions, facials and of course the ever popular manicures and pedicures. Kim even offers something for the gentlemen; gent’s facials, waxing and the relaxing aromatherapy back massage. The winner can choose from any of the treatments that Palms offer up to the value of £50. For a complete listing of treatments contact Kim on 01529 300552 or mobile 07970 537158 For an example of Palms rates:


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All facials use ‘Thai Skin Therapy’ products. Normal skin £30 Hydrating for dry skin £32 Sensitive skin £32

Holistic Indian head massage (45 mins) £22.50 Reflexology (1 hour) £27.00 Hopi Ear Candles £22.00


Swedish Back, Neck, Shoulder (30 mins) £22.00 Swedish Full Body (1 hour) £32.00 Aromatherapy Full Body (1 hour) £38.50


BEAUTY ROOM Beauty & Holistic Therapy Full range of beauty treatments. • Facials • Massage • Reflexology • Eye Lash Extensions

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To be in with a chance of winning a £50 beauty voucher, find Linx somewhere within this month’s magazine and send your answer and contact details on a postcard to: ‘Palms’ Competition, Unit 1 Clover House, Boston Road, Sleaford, Lincs, NG34 7HD. Alternatively e-mail, stating your name, contact details and answer. Closing date for entry is 27th February and the lucky winner will be notified by 29th Feb. Good Luck! Names of winner will be published in the March edition of YOUR LOCAL LINCS. If you do not wish your name to be published please notify us in your entry. Thank you. No cash alternatives given. Full terms and conditions on our website

Professional Barbers Colour Technicians Wedding & Prom Packages Retailers of Flip In Hair products and Military £2 oFF every cut with ID 5-16 yrs Girls’ Salon Parties Open Mon-Sat 9am-5pm

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Weddings & Celebrations


t is often said that your wedding day is the biggest day of your life. It can certainly be one of the most expensive! There are constant reminders on TV and in magazines of lavish, opulent celebrity weddings and peer pressure to make your day bigger and better than the rest. If you’re already reeling from the constant bombardment, take a step back and follow our useful tips on making your day truly special without the financial or emotional headaches that are all too often part of the wedding planning process. Remember what the day is all about. It’s all about you – the happy couple. It’s about love and commitment and the chance to celebrate your love for each other with your family and friends. Don’t feel pressured in to conforming to someone else’s ideal wedding day – make it your own special day and do it your way. Set a budget – and stick to it! First of all, decide together what the most important elements of your wedding are. If you both enjoy fine dining, concentrate on the food. If music is your thing, think about a live band. If you both love travelling, consider a wedding abroad, or have a low-key wedding but a spectacular honeymoon. There are many ways to save money if you’re on a tight budget. Make your own stationery, place cards and table plans using a computer or buy kits from craft shops. If you’re not very arty, ask friends to help! Your guests will appreciate the personal touch – they won’t be judging you on the cost. Be practical about your wedding dress - think about having one made that can be altered or dyed afterwards and used as an evening dress. The same goes for bridesmaids’ dresses; consider buying off-the-peg summer or evening dresses and accessorize with sashes or bows. Wedding cars can look wonderful and if you’ve always wanted to arrive in style, make sure you book your Rolls Royce. Make the most of your wedding car and maybe stop off at a local beauty spot for photographs


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Create a day to remember…

en route to your reception. If you’re on a tight budget, use a tin of polish on an uncle’s BMW or borrow a vintage VW Camper from a surfing friend! Hotels are usually the first choice for wedding receptions, but village halls, marquees and even farmer’s barns are lower-cost alternatives. Catering can also be done quite affordably – fish and chips is a trendy alternative to a three-course meal. Consider a buffet sourced from local producers or perhaps a hog roast or barbeque. Wedding cupcakes look very stylish, can be made in different flavours and are perfect as the dessert course.

Beautiful gowns by Samantha Bertins Victoria Kay & Gino Cerruti Bridal Gowns Bridesmaids Evening/ Ballgowns Prom Gowns & Accessories Bespoke Service Available

Don’t cut corners There’s a big difference between cheap and good value. A cheap DJ can ruin your reception by turning up late (or not at all), playing inappropriate music and shouting over the microphone all night long. The food is also important – poor quality catering could result in an inedible meal, so make sure you sample the caterer’s efforts beforehand. Your photographs will be your most important record of the day, so choose carefully and find one whose work you like and you can get along well with. If you have your heart set on a particular venue, but it’s more than you’ve budgeted for, instead of settling for a cheaper venue, think about a hot buffet rather than a three course meal. Your guests will most likely prefer the chance to mingle and choose exactly what they want to eat. Add the personal touch The day is all about you, so make your wedding a reflection of your personalities. If you like travel, give Continued on page 10

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He has been a photographer for over 12 years, originally working in the midlands, and has now recently relocated to Lincolnshire. He has a large modern purpose built Photographic Studio in the grounds of his home. Mac’s business, known as Mclean’s Studio has a range of photographic services which include: Classic and Reportage Wedding photography: Portrait photography in studio setup: Portrait photography at home or on location: Portfolio photography: Events: Photograph restoration & image manipulation. Mac has a reputation for his attention to detail and professionalism, and combines a flexible approach with a sense of fun added to make the whole photographic experience enjoyable at reasonable down to earth prices. He specialises in stylish, informal photographs of families, babies, children, model makeover and pets in both black & white and colour.

For more Information please call 01529 400290 or 07830 200228 or visit email: eamonn@

Helpringham, Sleaford, 01529 400290

Portrait Photography Bump to Baby Weddings Model Makeover Events

Weddings & Celebrations


amonn Mclean (Mac) is an active member of the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers and lives in the village of Helpringhham, Sleaford.


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or provide some light snacks and refreshments. A simple treasure hunt can be great fun, especially if there are lots of families at your wedding. Just think about the weddings you’ve been to and how you felt as a guest. Whatever you choose to do on your wedding day, spending time planning the little details can make all the difference. The day will be more enjoyable for your guests and memorable for you – the perfect start to married life! your wedding a travel theme – name the tables after favourite destinations, make the invites look like flight tickets or luggage labels. This also works for films – mini film posters for the tables and cinema tickets for the invites. For the more extrovert couple, why not wear movie-themed outfits? Ice breakers are always a good way to get your guests relaxed and chatty, particularly if they don’t already know each other. Put a trivia question, a film quote or maybe a true-or-false statement about yourselves on the back of each place card. As your guests challenge each other with the questions, they will soon be enjoying themselves. Don’t forget your guests Even though the day is all about you, weddings can have long periods when nothing much happens, so bear this in mind when planning your day. You might spend an hour having pictures taken, or there may be a lull after the meal and before the evening’s entertainment starts. Think about getting a musician to entertain your guests whilst you’re not about,

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Sleaford Wedding Cars We offer: Early arrival so that you have plenty of time for photos and a tour of the car. Optional ribbons and rear window bouquet decorating the car. Multiple trips to the ceremony so that your parents, bridesmaids, best man or important guests can arrive in style. Our chauffeur will wait at the ceremony and reception venue to allow you to have as many photos as you wish, both inside and outside the car.

Sleaford Wedding Cars know that your wedding day is the most important day of your life to date. You can expect only the best service for your special day. Booking with us will give you peace of mind and complete confidence.

For a free quote contact Jamie. Tel: 01529 307115

A classic wedding car is not only a means of transport, but an essential contribution

Mobile: 07841 646824

to the overall style of your day. We can help with your travel arrangements to en-


sure it is the happiest day of your life.

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Using the revolutionary Charbecue, all cooking is undertaken on site, using locally sourced fresh produce.

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Your Local Lincs Competition


akes unlimited was established by Jane Newman in 2000. She has a long association with sugarcraft and creating bespoke celebration cakes. Jane qualified in 1997 at Bracknell & Woking College, gaining a City & Guilds qualification in sugarcraft and working design. This led to a teaching qualification in adult education. Jane uses only the best quality ingredients. Her customers may choose from rich fruit cakes, vanilla or chocolate flavoured Genoese sponge. Decorations are crafted by hand with sugar and flour paste. If you provide Jane with your cake, she will decorate with your chosen design. Jane also makes cakes with themes; call Jane if your wedding or celebration has a special theme and a personalized design can be done.


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To be in with a chance of winning an 8 inch diameter fully iced and personalized fruit cake, find Cooper somewhere within this month’s magazine and send your answer and contact details on a postcard to: Cakes Unlimited Competition, Unit 1 Clover House, Boston Road, Sleaford, Lincs, NG34 7HD. Alternatively e-mail competitions@, stating your name, contact details and answer. Closing date for entry is 27th February and the lucky winner will be notified by 29th February. Good Luck! Names of winner will be published in the March edition of YOUR LOCAL LINCS. If you do not wish your name to be published please notify us in your entry. No cash alternatives given. Full terms and conditions on our website

Ring Sara on 07725 465216 for more information

Would you like to learn to make stained glass? Tools, materials and patterns provided, choice of dates.

Contact Gillian for information and booking on 07714 458813 or

14 High St, Ruskington, Lincolnshire NG34 9DP Tel: 01526 832131 Email:

Patchwork Fabrics

Quilting Threads

Embroidery Wadding Cross Threads • Aida Stitch Kits Knitting Yarns



Shop open Mon - Sat, 9am - 5pm.

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We offer a comprehensive range of locally sourced beef, pork, lamb, poultry and bacon with full traceability available. Home-made pork-pies, meat pies, sausage rolls, pasties, sausages, burgers, cooked meats and much more. We are proud winners of multiple gold and championship awards for our home made products. We stock one of the best B.B.Q displays you will find anywhere. We also cater for any requests for Christmas. Please come and visit, see for yourself.

Four Seasons Garden Centre 11 Cameron Street, Heckington, London Road, Sleaford, Sleaford, Lincs. NG34 9RW Lincs. NG34 8NY Tel: 01529 460403 Tel: 01529 414505 Open Open Monday 7:00am – 1:00pm Monday – Saturday 8:00am – 5:00pm Tuesday–Friday 7:00am – 5:00pm Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm Saturday 7:00am – 4:00pm

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Last Wednesday of the month 6.30pm UNIT 9, next to the hub, sleaford

Free to attend – just bring yourself and something to drink! We are a group of women of all ages (20s, 30s, 40s, 50s) who come together once a month to knit, sew, crochet or simply enjoy any craft that we are working upon. We natter, gossip and laugh and share our craft knowledge and experience. We are looking for new members, so if you’d like to meet new people, improve your craft skills and enjoy a good natter (and cake!) why not come along and join our friendly, relaxed group?

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For all your Motoring and Cycling Needs Not only do we sell bikes and accessories, we can service and repair them too!

Ask about our Christmas Club!

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01526 830249 Open 7 days a week

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Telephone: 01529 306087 56 Southgate, Sleaford NG34 7RR

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Highland Fling, Scotland (including admission to many attractions) Queens Jubilee Pageant (sharing a twin/double room) London Theatre Break We Will Rock You & Jersey Boys Brussels Christmas Markets (sharing a twin/double room)

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Ian’s Taxis 4, 6 and 8 Seaters available

Local Airports Schools Hospitals Holidays


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Aerial and Satellite Service Excellent Service Guaranteed ds! Great Deals on Electrical Goo

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Sunday Carvery Now available 12 noon till 2pm

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Chimney Sweeping Service Brush & Vac Fully Insured Cleanliness is our Priority Bird cowls supplied and fitted

NACS Certificate issued with every chimney swept Competitive rates ÂŁ35.00 per chimney

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Covering Sleaford and surrounding villages

Roofing, Building & PVCu Specialist • • • • • • • • •

General Building (including garage and loft conversions) Tiled Roofs (renew or repair) Flat Roofing Chimney Stacks & Leadwork Authorised Installer of PVCu products Fascias, Soffits, Gutters & Down Pipes Windows, Doors & Conservatories Replacement of misted sealed units & door panels Over 30 years experience

For your FREE, no obligation estimate

Tel: Gary on 01526 834750

Steve Russell Plumbing Installation, Commissioning, Repairs, 24 Hour Call Out, Servicing & General Plumbing

Call Steve on 07840 531403

The Oil Tank Company

We install the latest efficient and environmentally safe PLASTIC Tanks for Domestic, Industrial and Commercial use. • New tanks installed • Old tanks removed. • Oil transferred. • Emergency pump out service. • Single and Double skinned tanks available. • Free site visits and estimates.


Bathrooms & Tiling

DOMESTIC PLUMBING Complete Bathroom Installations Floor & Wall Tiling

Oil Tank Company ltd. Oil Storage Solutions

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Electrical Services


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Mobile: 07739 827111 e-mail

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OFTEC Registered

Rewires • Extra sockets Extensions • Electric gates Testing & Inspection All your electrical needs DOMESTIC & COMMERCIAL ELECTRICIAN

Part P registered.

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Oil Fired Boiler Engineer


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SBI Home

For all your indoor & outdoor needs


Replacement upvc fascia’s, soffit’s & gutters Flat roofing. Kitchen and bathroom fitters Wall and floor tiling/carpentry Roofing work including ridge tiles, chimneys, new valleys, re-pointing. uni-dry verge systems for gable ends and ridge tiles

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Electrical - Heating - Plumbing • Electrical Installations, Maintenance & Repairs. Testing and Inspection. All electrical work undertaken. Part ‘P’ and 17th Edition • Heating Boiler Installations, Repairs and Servicing. Central Heating System Repairs. Gas Fire Servicing. Landlords Gas Safety Records • Plumbing All aspects of domestic plumbing undertaken. From minor repairs to full installations.

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Paul Burton Electrical

Your local domestic electrician Over 20 years experience. No job too small. Free quotes

Call Paul on 07973 385548 or 01529 306850

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UPVC Repairs Cloudy Windows Misty Windows Draughty Windows Patio Doors Doors

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Roof Tiler & Slater Free Quotes 20 Years Experience Repairs & Leadwork undertaken

We replace cloudy, misty windows and steamed up double glazed units. We do double glazing repairs for all UPVC windows and doors. We fix faulty window and door locks and handles. We replace worn, damaged window and door seals and broken hinges. We solve draughty windows and doors.

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• Central Heating • Plumbing • Gas • Oil • LPG • Power Flushing • Boiler Repairs and Breakdowns

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ARC Plumbing Services Anything from a leaky tap to a full bathroom refit Free Estimates From you local City & Guilds qualified plumber

Call Andrew on 01400 261412 or 07789 172012


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AK SERVICES • Interior & exterior decorating • Floor & wall tiling • Bathroom fitting • General DIY

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All aspects of plastering Competitive rates 20 years experience

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All types of fencing, railings & gates Supplied & Erected Call Phil for a FREE no obligation quote

01529 410071 Over 20 years experience – full liability insurance Licensed waste carrier

Are you in need of a plasterer? Then give us a call on

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All aspects of plastering and home improvements CIS & CITB Registered Fully Insured Reliable, Good Quality Work Full References Available Any Distance Covered


PRL Servicing For Domestic Oil Fired Boilers Servicing & Repair

Call Paul on

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All aspects of Plumbing Installation, maintenance & servicing undertaken Bathroom & Shower Installations a speciality Installation and servicing of unvented hot water systems

Call NOW on 01529 303266 Mobile 07590 057038

Best priced repairs on tv’s, videos, hi-fi, etc. All tuning and set up jobs at the best price.


Call Sean on:

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Family Run Business with 25 Years Experience • Decking & Fencing • Decorating & Home Maintenance • Door Hanging • Fitted Kitchens & Wardrobes • Laminate & Solid Wood Flooring • Made-To-Measure Pine Furniture • Wall & Floor Tiling Please call for a free estimate

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All aspects of: Internal and External Plastering and Rendering Artexing • Coving and Cornice work • Floor screeding • Lafarge Flowing Screeds All types of Wall and Floor Tiling Soverign Backed Damp Treatment and Renovation Work Insurance Work and Repairs Also undertaken Complete Bathroom and Kitchen Re-Fits Property Alterations and Garage Conversions CIS, CSCS and CITB Registered. NVQ and City and Guilds Qualified CRB checked. Comprehensive portfolio available to view Written references and previous work also available to view Call me any time for a free no obligation quote or for free advice on:

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Garage Door Repairs • New doors supplied and fitted • Automatic openers installed • Replacement springs, cables, rollers, handles, locks etc

Fast local service No call out charge

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GUTTERCLEANSE Broken, leaking or blocked guttering at your home or business? Conservatory roof needing cleaning or fixing?

Don’t know who to call? Guttercleanse can help! Emergency call out, Gutters cleaned and repaired, yearly health checks of your guttering, Conservatory roof cleans Fully public liability Insurance

No job too small or too big

Call Dave on 01529 410380 07877 362941

Inhouse Locksmiths Problems with your lock?

Locked out of your home? Locks repaired and replaced Including UPVC door locks

Call Dave on 07919 535228 or 01526 268309

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Graffoe Plumbers & builders Bathroom Refurbishments Boilers fitted Central Heating Full Property Maintenance Drainage work Plastering

Tel: 01529 306501 or mobile: 07767 611166 Service & Repairs to Gas Fires, Boilers & Cookers


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Painting & Decorating Wallpapering • Wallpaper Stripping Property Maintenance ODD & Renovations

BEESknees Creative Painter & Decorator


Free Estimates & Advice

Tel: 01526 343559 Mobile: 07957 480028

IW Electrics

DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Ruskington based covering up to a 30 mile radius Partial to full rewires – New Consumer unit – Lighting & Sockets Full Inspection & Test – Landlord Certification Emergency Call out – No Job to small 17th Edition Part P Qualified

Call Ian 01526 832706 or 07730 979795

Local, reliable‌. No job too small

From an extra socket to a complete installation... All work undertaken Inspection and Testing

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Jon Louth Electrical

TEL: 01529 305515 MOB: 07855 057715 Email:

Please call for a free estimate

Call: 01529 414195 or 07835 016281

metric brickwork brickwork contractor New Builds Extensions Garden Walls Re-pointing Groundworks All work undertaken by quality tradesmen

07731 199903 or 07742 097712 or 01529 410834


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LINCS CARAVAN STORAGE Quarrington Nr Sleaford

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Secure & screened location Double gated entrance 200 + spaces Please contact Sleaford

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LANGHORNE handyman An honest, reliable service. We‘ll be happy to quote you, quickly and free of charge. No job too small.

Plumbing, painting and decorating, hedge/tree work, patio jet washing, appliance installation, drains, general DIY, small building work. 24-hour emergency call out. Very competitive prices.

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SKIP HIRE • 100% Recycling • • All Skip sizes • • Value for money • • Same day service •

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From little drips to power showers! Free estimates All work guaranteed Fully insured Call Neil

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Initial free consultation, design service and complete project management.

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Get Plastered... ...and avoid those morning-after regrets!


oday I’m going to tell you the secret of obtaining a good result when plastering. Are you sitting comfortably? Good, then I’ll begin. The all-important secret of plastering success is... to use a professional. I’m not kidding either. Believe me, plastering is not a job for the uninitiated. Most professional plasterers have trained for years to become masters of their craft. Plastering is part art, requiring tremendous eye-hand co-ordination, and part chemistry. Add water to dry plaster mix and you begin an irreversible chemical and crystallization process. The water and air content of the mix is critical, and timing is everything, as the plaster has to be ‘finished’ at just the right time.

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promote best practice and all will mediate in the event that you are dissatisfied with the services of any of their members. To ensure that when you get plastered, you don’t end up with a dreadful headache the morning after—use a professional. You know it makes sense.


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My poor husband learned the hard way that if it all goes wrong - and if you’ve never done it before, it will go wrong - no amount of paint or wallpaper will make that surface look good. So what does a plasterer do? Plasterers work internally and externally. They mix and apply finishes to external walls using sand and cement, pebble-dash and stone-effect materials. Internally, they mix and apply various types of plaster to walls, floors and ceilings. As we discovered, they are also pretty adept at fixing DIY fiascos. Solid plastering is the application of a wet finish to an internal surface or a protective covering such as pebble-dash on to an external surface. The plasterer will use a range of hand tools and sometimes spraying equipment in the case of pebble-dash. Fibrous plastering involves making ornamental plasterwork such as ceiling roses, cornices, ornamental columns and architraves using moulds and a plaster and short fibre mix. Dry lining is the construction of internal partitions using plasterboard or wallboards fixed to a timber or metal frame. For more information, contact one of the trade associations below. All the organisations

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Complete Dog Grooming Services Bonnie Simmons V.N Listed Veterinary Nurse. Based in Ruskington

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fter being accused of being a new vet last summer, due to putting on a few pounds, this happy, mildly plump vet has tried every diet in the book. The latest I can describe as ‘The Desert Donkey Diet’. Being fed, by my other half, a mixture which tastes like sand, tumbleweed and unlimited water is supposed to turn me into a slim Jim... Time to rebel! I checked out the Chief Medical Officer’s recommendation, a credible, sensible lady. “It’s a matter of what you eat, how you cook it and portion size” So let’s just look at the plethora of pet diet foods on the market. As I understand it, the manufacturers of the donkey diet add things of marginal palatability and zero nutritional value (maybe peanut husk, cellulose, even lots of carrots) or they puff up the product with air to con the stomach it is full. Our pets then become ravenous, just like me. So we give them a little more diet food...... Call me a cynic, but does that not mean we buy more? So, what did the UK Chief Medical Officer say again? “It’s a matter of what you eat, how you cook it and portion size” I presume all this pet food is a balanced diet and does what it says on the packet. I know it is well cooked to standards even we humans could eat. What are we left with? Unfortunately it’s the big one - PORTION SIZE. Sadly we have to gently, by whatever means, reduce the portion size over a lengthy time period using perhaps “diet foods” and hope all of our stomach’s size ambitions can be conned into wanting less. So tumbleweed and sand are out. I, the rebel, am simply eating a bit less and watching an all-too-slow gradual drop on the scales. If you want to weigh your pets (or even yourselves) pop into any of our clinics and our nurses will record the result. As we grow older, growing has stopped and we need less. We slow down and circle the park less. We use less fuel and of course have more time and want to eat more! At the end of the day as we and our pets enter the change of life it does demand a life change!


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SBI LandScapeS Sleaford Based

For all your outdoor requirements Fencing, patio’s, drive-ways Tree work, gardens cleared & landscaped Jet washing for patio’s, drives, tiled roofs etc.


All makes and models of horticultural and garden machinery sharpened, serviced and repaired We have a “ring before you bring” policy

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he snowdrops maybe in full bloom right now, but as February marks the month of love, there is another flower which cannot go unmentioned. This is of course the rose. Roses have been the symbol of love for hundreds of years, and where would our florists be without them? Come to think of it, where would men be without them? We’d have to make a decision as to which single flower to purchase, to show our affection to our intended. Roses had a great ‘boom’ period in the 60’s where homeowners and councils alike removed geometric shapes from their lawns, creating island beds filled with roses. Equally spaced and pruned accurately, these hardy, woody shrubs lived on for years and examples of these schemes can still be witnessed. Associated with bare soil, manure, flat caps and the dreaded ‘P’ word (pruning), these woody and often stumpy plants, with their short lived blooms in vile colours, would eventually be seen off with a white talcum powder-like coating of powdery mildew by late summer... I really don’t

understand why they ever went out of fashion! Well, thankfully those days are gone and I reckon it’s about time our roses made a 21st century comeback. Just as dahlias did a few years ago, I think roses deserve a second chance. Some of the modern roses, with great pest

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Prune Wisteria (search spearjac on for my video ‘how to’ guide)


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and disease resistance and an instinct for repeat flowering, have been crossbred with the old fashioned sweet smelling types to make wonderful garden plants. In addition, there are roses for every situation, from pergolas and pots to hedges and even partially-shaded walls. They look great planted in a mixed border, especially when under-planted with a free-flowering hardy geranium. It’s not too late to buy your bare root roses, but act quickly, as ideally they need to be in the ground before the end of the month. Soak the roots in a bucket of water for around 30 minutes, while you dig a very generous hole about 40cm deep and 30cm wide. Incorporate well-rotted manure or compost into the planting hole and plant slightly deeper than you would normally, so the graft (knuckle) is under the ground. Back fill with soil and firm well. Don’t prune until next month. And as for the variety you choose, be it Rosa ‘Sexy Rexy’, ‘Buxom Beauty’, or one of the more sophisticated named cultivars, be sure to go for a repeat flowerer with great scent. Until next time, happy Valentine’s Day!

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Thur Leasingham Village Hall 9.30-10.15am Zumba Toning (new) 10.20-11.00am Fitness Yoga (pre-book course) Grantham Walton Girls School 6.00-6.45pm Zumba Bourne Westfield School 7.30-8.15pm Zumba 8.15-8.45pm Zumba Toning Fri Grantham Guild Hall 5.45-6.30pm Zumba Toning (new Feb start) South Witham Village Hall 7.00-7.45pm Zumba (new)

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Valentine’s Day

rom its earliest origins, Valentine’s Day has been associated with love. Centuries ago, the Romans celebrated a feast every February called Lupercalia. The celebration included a ritual for matching young, single men and women. Names were placed in a box, a drawing was held and couples randomly matched together were partners for a year - after that it was up to them. The Valentine’s Day gift you choose for your loved one and how you decide to spend the day says a lot about the quality of your relationship, so give something that has real meaning to you. Gifts from the heart don’t have to be expensive. Since the traditional gifts of flowers or chocolates don’t last forever, here are some creative ways to express your love. Create your own Valentine’s Day card. Compose a poem or an expression of love that expresses your personality. Package it in a heart-shaped box or tied to fresh flowers. Create a “recollection collection” scrapbook filled with favourite photographs, love letters, keepsakes from special occasions, and cherished mementos. Make a CD of your favourite songs as a couple including love songs that you both enjoy listening to. Buy some romantic CDs, classic videos or DVDs and wrap them all together with red ribbon.

Jewellery is always a favourite. For the woman in your life, what about a heart-shaped locket and put a picture of yourself in it!! For your man, the classic sterling silver ID bracelet could be a winner. Cuff links for special occasions, maybe custom-engraved? Tie pins seem to be making a come back check out the local jewellers. Give silk or glass flowers, which will last forever. If your beloved has a green thumb, give a flowering plant to put in the garden to enjoy year after year. Prepare your loved one’s favourite dinner and serve it on a romantically set table and dine by candlelight on Valentine’s Day. For the sweetheart with a sweet tooth, make a decadent dessert such as a chocolate fondue with melted chocolate. Give the man in your life a personalized gift for his favourite hobby such as personalized golf or tennis balls that say, “I love you,” “You’re a hit!” or “Be mine,” The gift of togetherness is precious, given today’s busy lifestyles. Plan a romantic, surprise weekend travel getaway. Take lessons together to share in each other’s interests like dancing, cooking or sailing. Hire a personal trainer to inspire you to exercise together, or visit a spa together. Spend a night out at the theatre and have dinner at a quiet and romantic candlelit restaurant.

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Tue Grantham Walton Girls School 6.00-6.45pm Zumba Bourne Westfield School 7.30-8.15pm Zumba Corby Glen Church Street Rooms 8.30-9.15pm Zumba (new)

Ruskington St George’s School 5.45-6.30pm Zumba Sleaford Girls High School 6.00-6.45pm BodyBlitz 6.45-7.30pm Pilates 7.30-8.15pm Zumba


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Mon Leasingham Village Hall 9.30-10.15am Zumba 10.15-11.00am Stretch n Tone Sleaford Girls High School 5.40-6.10pm Zumba Basics (new) 6.15-700pm Zumba 7.00-7.45pm Zumba Toning 7.45-8.30pm Fitness Yoga Billingborough Village Hall 8.15-9.00pm Zumba

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Positive Thinking


t this time of year when the fun of the festive season is behind us and we are still counting the cost, it is not surprising that many people feel low. Do you spend February huddling indoors bemoaning the cold weather and broken new year’s resolutions or are you out in the garden looking for crocuses and daffodils as a sign that spring is just around the corner. In other words, are you a glass half-full or glass half-empty person? If you do tend towards a negative outlook on life, can you change? Should you even try? Research has indicated that people who are optimistic experience greater resistance to colds, lower rates of depression, reduced levels of stress and even an increased life expectancy. By exchanging negative for positive thinking you may be able to increase your levels of optimism and so reap these benefits. Here are some examples of negative thinking: Filtering. You ignore all the positive aspects of a situation and remember only the negative ones. For example, you cook a delicious three course meal but one of the dishes is slightly overcooked – that is the only one you remember. Personalising. When something bad occurs, you automatically blame yourself. For example, an evening out with friends is cancelled and you assume that no one wanted to see you. Catastrophising. You automatically anticipate the worst. For example your partner comes home from work late and you assume he or she is cheating on you. Polarising. You see things only as either good or bad: you feel that you have to be perfect or that you’re a total failure. Here are some ways to try and turn your negative thoughts into positive thinking: Talk positively to yourself. Give yourself encouraging messages, such as “I am a self-confident individual who has much to offer.” Avoid telling yourself what you should do, instead tell yourself

what you might do or what you can do. If you have a negative thought, consider it rationally and try to turn it into a positive. Give yourself permission to smile or laugh, especially during difficult times. Check yourself. Stop during the day and evaluate what you’re thinking. If you find that your thoughts are mainly negative, try to find a way to put a positive spin on them. Surround yourself with positive people. Try to mix with mainly optimistic, supportive people you can call on to give helpful advice and feedback. Negative people may increase your stress level and make you doubt your own abilities. Take care of yourself. Exercise when you can, eat healthier foods, and learn some relaxation techniques to help with stress. Changing the way you think is probably not something which can happen overnight; it may take a lot of practice. So it is a good idea to start slowly by focusing on one particular area of your life which you feel negatively about, e.g. your work or maybe a relationship, and try to make changes there before tackling your whole outlook on life. If you find that your negative thinking is getting the better of you an initial visit to your local GP is always advisable. At Sleaford counselling and mentoring services we offer Cognitive behavioural techniques to further identify and challenge negative ways of thinking. If you would like to find out more information about what is available please call or email: For an appointment please call or email: Telephone: 01526 833 249 Mobile: 07704 114 865

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we’re exploring elements and supporting skills development through the workshops,” said John. They take place at Bishop Grosseteste University College, Newport, Lincoln, on Sundays from 2.30pm for a prompt 3pm start, up to 6pm; repeated on Wednesdays, 6.30pm for prompt 7pm start, up to 9pm.They are signposted, but are mainly in the room above the Student’s Union. On Sunday February 12, 2.30pm to 6pm in Bishop Grosseteste’s Dance Studio, it is hoped that everyone who wants to bring their skills in acting and all forms of theatre craft will attend at the beginning of the formative stage, with casting workshops being held during the month. For further details, contact Producer Rebecca Sutherland on rebecca@ or visit the 2012 website

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he creative process building up to this summer’s Lincoln Mystery Plays is stepping up a gear, with casting set to start within a few weeks. Although the 2012 Lincoln Mystery Plays Cycle is not due to be performed until July, the preparatory work is well underway for a unique presentation of the medieval masterpiece. Community groups, organisations and individuals are invited to join the ongoing weekly workshops exploring the script and its themes and concepts to inject extra dynamism, energy and meaning. They are also welcome to a big event on February 12th, where the vision and schedule for the July plays will be outlined and the casting process begun. Artistic Director John Bowtell said anyone with a curiosity about the Mysteries and community theatre should feel engaged as the plays emerge through joint exploration. “I’m really keen to widen the appeal of the Mysteries and involve participants from all sectors, whether they have any theatrical and acting experience or not. My vision is to return the plays to their origins in that they are essentially all about groups of people coming together to produce one play as part of a larger series of plays. Precise arrangements for the performance are still being developed to ensure maximum audience appeal and accessibility, but the main focus will be on the Cathedral from July 7 to 21. “Although the Mystery Plays are a long and established part of Lincoln’s cultural heritage, they can seem a bit obscure, which is why


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n Friday January 20th, I took my husband and two youngest children to see The Sleeping Beauty at Heckington Village Hall. The pantomime was performed by Heckington Players ADS and was written and directed by Kei Bailey and Andrew Key. Not having been to an amateur production for a while, I was not sure what to expect and was very impressed with the whole performance. The production was extremely professional, from the actors to the costumes, sets and back stage crew. I am told that the Heckington Players have well over 1,000 people through the doors over the two weekends

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remember how many costume changes she, oh sorry, he, had! He is obviously very comfortable in his role as a panto dame‌ All the costumes were designed and made by Ann Grimshaw and I was especially impressed with the amazing array of outfits all the cast were placed in. They all fitted the story so well. Hats off to Anne and all her hard work! The sets were equally impressive and the lighting design and operation was perfect. We could see that choreographer Debbie Savage had done a wonderful job making sure everything went as planned; all the routines performed seemed perfect. Dark Ada, the Wicked Queen (played by Niki Kirk), was extremely convincing, along with her sidekick Pimpleworm the Naughty Goblin (played by Stuart Wyle). The younger members of the cast were all extremely professional and played their parts well. As with all pantomimes, there was, of course, a happy ending; the prince married his princess and they all lived happily after. I can now understand why each year their panto is SOLD OUT. Heckington Players produce three productions a year; their panto in January, then a spring and autumn show. They are always keen to recruit new members and they also have a junior section. If you would like further information about getting involved, please call Tina Silkstone on 01529 460508.

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Joel’s Quest Update JOEL’S QUEST help make my dreams come true!


his month I thought I would give you an update on how things have been developing with Joel’s Quest since Christmas. On the evening we went to print, we had the news that Joel has now been accepted for the SDR operation in the USA with Dr T.S Park at St Louis Children’s Hospital. This is fantastic news!! However, that means that we will need to raise a massive £50,000+ to cover his surgery, aftercare, therapy, equipment and accommodation. We have not yet given up on the NHS funding the operation in Bristol, but at the moment we have no news to report so have decided to go ahead and book Joel in for his operation in the States. We have teamed up with The Tree of Hope, a children’s charity that helps sick and disabled children. It has a Just Giving web page where people are able to donate online: go to www.justgiving. com/joelsquest. Our website is now up and running at You can also

This is a poem that has been sent to me by a parent at Joel’s school it moved me tears!


By Susie Buchanan walking, running, jumping; how nice it must be To do all these things so effortlessly What most boys my age take for granted Is like climbing the highest mountain for me. When I was little they found out I had Cerebral Palsy The muscles in my legs are tight and can’t work properly It makes me unsteady on my feet; tripping and falling I try so hard but it often gets the better of me. Every day I wear splints and have physiotherapy I use a wheelchair; I’m pretty good so watch out for me! I wish I could play football and keep up with my friends From the difficulties and discomfort I long to be free. There is an operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy It could change my life but I know it won’t be easy My family and friends are trying to raise the funds So if you can, please help me.

follow us on Twitter @JoelsQuest1 and find us on Facebook - Joel’s Quest. Please feel free to join us or support us where you can. We have, through the local press, already had lots of support and donations; to be honest I am overwhelmed and very grateful to everyone. There are already a number of events planned for February onwards, including a curry night at the Agra, a band night/ waxing and head shave at The Barge and Bottle and Fire Walking at The George Hotel in Leadenham. For full details see our website. If you would like to take part in or hold an event for Joel, or perhaps do your own sponsored event, we would be very pleased to hear from you. Please contact Karen on: 01529 303963 or mobile 07900 916763. Email: info@joelsquest. Thank you for your support.

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Sunday 26th February - Quiz Night at the Barge & Bottle Sleaford, 7.30pm £10.00 for a team of four. Come along and don’t worry if you don’t have a full team as you can join up with others on the night! Come and join us for a fun evening for Joel! Pay on the night and there will also be a raffle. Friday March 2nd, 8pm onwards - Band night, Head Shave and Waxing at the Barge & Bottle pub/restaurant in Sleaford. Local bands will be appearing , Henry Scott will be performing along with others. The chef of the barge along with a good friend of mine Rachel Fyfe will be having their heads shaved for Joel! The chef is also having his chest, back and legs waxed!! There are also other brave people including Joel’s Dad who is having his back and chest waxed! We are looking for sponsors/pledges for this all to happen. Please let us know if you are willing to sponsor or pledge to pull a wax strip OUCH!!! for your pledges via just giving and please add that you are pledging/sponsoring the waxing and head shaving! Just turn up on the night. Sunday 25th March, 6pm onwards - FIRE WALKING! - The George Hotel Leadenham. We are looking for volunteers to do this it will be an amazing experience! Contact Alison who is organising this event for full details and a sponsorship pack on 07884272288. GO ON BE DARING YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO! Closing date for inclusion is February 18th. April - Date to be confirmed - Where’s Wally - Family Fun Run - Sleaford. Full details and confirmed date to follow shortly. End of April - “Escape back to Essex any which way we can!” Joel’s Mum Karen and her school friend Natasha are going to be sporting jail outfits and a bright pink t-shirt. They will be leaving Sleaford and getting back to Harlow, Essex where they are originally from. There will be rules, but they will be allowed limited money but it will be up to them to “blag” their way back using any form of transport, whether it be , walking, biking, train, bus, boat or by any other means!!! Updates on progress will be posted onto Facebook as they make their journey down to Essex. Pledges now being taken, contact Karen on 07900 916763 for details on how to pledge, or go to the just giving page and donate there Please tell us it is for Escape Back to Essex. Many thanks. MAY - Jump for Joel! Tandem Skydive. Are you brave enough to jump for Joel! We already have seven volunteers including Joel’s brother! Please contact Karen for full details: 07900 916763 End of June - 13 miles a day for 13 days Personal Trainer Julie Spencer has challenged herself to run 13 miles a day for 13 days and has challenged me (Joel’s mum) to accompany her on my bike! This will be quite a challenge as it has been a while since I have ridden my bike! Training has commenced!! FULL DETAILS ON HOW TO SPONSOR JULIE OR MYSELF WILL FOLLOW SHORTLY.

Thursday 23rd February 2012, The Agra Indian Restaurant, Sleaford, 7.30pm-Late, ÂŁ18 a ticket Ticket includes your meal and a prize draw ticket Full listing of auction lots, coming to the website shortly All proceeds to

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ncouraging young people to better themselves is the aim of The Prince’s Trust Team Programme, a 12 week personal development course aimed at 16-25 year olds. The national programme, which is run in the county by Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Youth Engagement Team, is designed to encourage youngsters to learn new skills and boost their self-confidence. They also attain nationallyrecognised qualifications, all of which are geared to improving employability, teamwork and community skills. The course is run at various locations across Lincolnshire, Students from the recent Lincoln course including Sleaford, on their outdoor activity week which has just welcomed its 10th set of students. Programme Team Leader Lorraine Carson explained that, unlike school or college, attendance was not compulsory; “We don’t make the students attend, they have to want to. If they’re not interested, they can leave.” It is giving responsibility to the students that is one of the keys to the success of the course; “We treat them as adults and encourage them to respect themselves and each other.” The students had drawn up their own rules for behaviour on the course, which included turning up on time, not swearing and not taking drugs during the day. As Lorraine pointed out; “Some of the students have serious social issues, including unemployment, drugs and alcohol misuse. Some have criminal records. The course is a chance for them to find a direction for their lives.” 18 year old Jordan is one of the students on the current course. He grew up with his mother in Manchester, but as he explained; “I was kicked out so moved to Lincoln to live with my Dad. That didn’t work out so I ended up at the Foyer in Sleaford.” His motivation for taking the course was; “To get some qualifications, sort my life out and get off drugs.”

George, a 17 year old from Sleaford, had joined the course to build his social skills and become more confident; “I wanted the chance to meet new people and have already made new friends in just a couple of days.” The first week of the course covers behaviour and social issues, such as drug use and sexual health. These sessions are delivered in discussion groups and workshops, with the emphasis on involvement from all the students. In the second week of the course, the students head off to an outdoor activity centre. Lorraine Carson explained that; “It’s about giving the students a physical challenge and getting them to push themselves to do new things.” Help for local community groups The course also includes two community-based modules; the Community Project and the Team Challenge. The Community Project lasts for two weeks and aims to benefit the local community. The current course students will be carrying out their project from 13th February and are keen to hear from community groups that would be interested in receiving help. The Team Challenge is about the students working with members of the community they would not normally come into contact with. The organisers would like to hear from any groups or organisations that would like help. Your Local Lincs will be talking to the students again in a few weeks’ time as they come towards the end of the course. In the meantime, if you’d like to get in touch with the organisers, please call Lorraine Carson on 01522 582222 Ex. 342 or email

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Flash as a pup in 2003, with our son Oliver

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Dear Local Lincs If you are able to help us in any way with our search for a much loved pet, it would be very much appreciated. On 28 December 2011, sometime in the afternoon, our beloved family pet dog, ‘Flash’ disappeared from Shelley Drive (off Boston Road Sleaford), without a trace. We think he may have uncharacteristically slipped out whilst the children were playing in front of our house. He is a tricolour, neutered & microchipped Basset Hound, 8 years old with a bad heart condition. He has a collar with a tag and can’t walk very far. We have searched high and low with no success. We have contacted local vets, dog warden, RSPCA, Dogs lost UK etc and have been overwhelmed with everybody’s help and kindness, but still, Flash remains missing. We are absolutley devastated. We recently lost our cat (old age) and have had a bereavement in the family just before christmas and to lose ‘Flash’ this way is heartbreaking. Our children, Oliver 9 & Cerys 7, are very upset and have posted over 300 flyers in the area. We can only assume that someone picked him up as we live near to Boston Road, for whatever reason. We realise you must get many requests like this, but we are desperate. Kind regards Nicola, Jez, Oliver & Cerys Batt


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Your Local Lincs What’s On Town Council Wednesday evenings are when the Town Council and its committees meet - see schedule.htm for full details of this month’s meetings. Most meetings are open to thae public (except where stated) and there are opportunities for questions from the public at the start of Full Council meetings. Agendas and Minutes are also available on the website Sleaford Market Don’t forget Sleaford Market managed by Sleaford Town Council – please support our thrice-weekly market on the Market Place, Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays (except Bank Holidays), from 8.00am each day. Busy Needles Every Monday morning 10.00am to 12.00noon, Busy Needles - Sleaford, Knitting group meets at Sleaford Youth Centre, Money’s Yard, Sleaford. All abilities welcome, full disabled access. Call Val Allen 01526 378197 for further details Healthy Walks Every Tuesday at 1.00pm - Healthy Walks – starting from Sleaford Leisure Centre. Quarrington W.I. Meets every second Monday each month at the Catholic Church Hall, Jermyn Street, Sleaford, at 7.15pm. Many interesting and varied speakers make the evenings fun and educational. A good way to meet new people. Please just turn up on the night and you will be made very welcome. Sleaford Mountaineering Club Every Thursday evening, Sleaford Mountaineering Club meet at The Waggon & Horses, Eastgate – for people who love getting away to the mountains. For more details call Andrew 07801 980465 or Salvation Army Every Saturday morning 10am - 12noon. Coffee Morning and Bric-a-Brac sale at the Salvation Army Hall. Free admission.

Craft Club Every 3rd Thursday in the month. Sewing, flower arranging, card making, glass painting 2pm-4pm at the Salvation Army Hall, Westbanks Sleaford. For information call Ann 01400 261392. Leasingham & District Gardening Group Meet at Leasingham Village Hall in the Jessop Room on the first Thursday of each month, starting at 7.30pm. All welcome. Contact: Ian Cox 01529 413969 or John Edwards 01529 303323 Cameo Club Meet every Monday at 2pm at the Salvation Army Hall, Westbanks, Sleaford. Come and meet a friendly, social group. All will be made very welcome. Sleaford & District Cats Protection We are looking for help with our fundraising efforts. If you love your cats and would like to help out with raising funds, supplying goods, ideas etc. we would love to hear from you. We are also looking for new fosterers. Do you have time on your hands, would love to feed and give TLC to the cats looking for new homes? Do you have room in your garden for a large shed? If you are interested please ring 01529 488749 and leave a message (answerphone) – you will be contacted by our coordinator within 24 hours. Ruskington Health Walks Meet every Wednesday at 1.30pm at All Saints Church for a 40-50 minute walk around the Ruskington area. The walks are intended for the over 50’s and those being advised to take more exercise on medical grounds. But everyone is welcome to improve their fitness. The walks are FREE and are supported by trained walk leaders. For further information please contact 01526 834586 Ruskington Scrabble Club Meets every fourth Wednesday of the month at the Winchelsea Centre from 7.00pm. New members always welcome

Sleaford Country Market The market opens from 11am to 2pm in the hall at the rear of riverside Church, Southgate, Sleaford. on alternate fridays as follows: 10th & 24th february, 9th & 23 March

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Sleaford and District Branch of the Royal British Legion We meet on the second Tuesday of each month (except August) at the Legionnaires Club, Southgate, Sleaford, at 7.30 pm. New members are always welcome and branch membership is open to all members of the community, not just ex-service personnel. For more information, contact the Branch Secretary on 01529 410174 Sleaford Craft Fair Last Saturday of every month at the Catholic Church Hall – 10am to 3pm. For all enquiries contact Denise 01529 455619. Ruskington Badminton Club Meets every Thursday at St George’s Academy School (Ruskington site) in the sports hall between 7.15pm & 9.15pm. New members always welcome (must be 18 years & over) Arthritis Care Sleaford branch meets every third Wednesday of the month at the Catholic Church Hall, Jermyn St—2pm-4pm. Guest speakers, varied topics and outings. Refreshments. New members welcome. For more information please contact 01529 300212. February Kiera’s Cupcake Factory Monday 13th February - Valentines Cupcake course devoted to Love. A fantastic day out or a great gift for a loved one. Call 07949 310929 or Carre Gallery 28/29 Carre Street, Sleaford - Current exhibit “New Year New Work” previously unseen work. Lincolnshire artists. Exhibit ends 4th Feb. “Mixed Exhibition” starts 5th Feb till 10th March. Open 10am till 4pm Mon - Sat. Admission is free. Contact 01529 415056 Carre Gallery is available for hire. Contact us if you know of or are running an event in Sleaford and the surrounding area For the latest information about local events, visit our website at


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Sleaford Centre W.I. Meets every second Monday of the month (except August). Held at the Salvation Army Hall, Westbanks, Sleaford, starting at 7.15pm. All kinds of opportunities for all kinds of women, friendship and fun! Please just come along, you will find a warm welcome or ring Lynda on 01529 413226 for more information. Gentle Exercise Group Meets every Wednesday 10am to 11am at The Source in Sleaford. Contact Gwyn Coaker on 01529 306450 for more details. Coffee morning & 100 club monthly draw 1st Saturday of every month – 9.30am – 11.30am. Anwick Community Centre. Proceeds to St Edith’s Church Anwick. KFA Body Moves Meets every Monday at the Winchelsea Centre, Ruskington, 10am – 11am. £2.00 a session. Suitable for all abilities. For more information contact Hazel 01529 413392 Leasingham Ladies Club Meet in Village, 2nd Tuesday, every month. 7.30pm - 9.30pm. Open to all ages. All welcome. Contact Ollie Moxon, 01529 304906 or June Ridley, 01529 302687 Sleaford Organ Club Concerts by professional organists held on the second Thursday of each month (except August) at 7.30pm at the New Life Centre, Mareham Lane, Sleaford. Admission £5, includes interval refreshments. For more details tel 01529 303884 or visit Sleaford Art Group Meet in the village hall Leasingham on the first Wednesday of each month at 7pm. All abilities welcome. Please contact Mary Newman on 01529 415272 or Carol Bratley on 01529 304114 Sleaford Craft Fair Last Saturday of every month. NEW VENUE - Catholic Church Hall, 10am to 3pm. For all enquiries contact Denise on 01529 455619 Sleaford Bridge Club Sleaford Bridge Club is looking for more players to join our small friendly club. We meet to play duplicate at the Indoor Bowls Club (behind the swimming pool) in Sleaford every Tuesday evening at 6.45pm. For further details, please contact the secretary on 01529 307210. Sleaford Gardeners Society Meets every second Thursday of the month at The Solo Club, Sleaford Market Place at 7.30pm. Guest Speakers, Competitions and summer outings. NEW MEMBERS WELCOME. Call Rosemary on: 01526 378544 Heckington Gardening Club Meets every last Wednesday evening of the month, at The Methodist Church School Room, Church Street, Heckington, commencing at 7:30pm. Guest Speakers, Summer Events, and many topical tips regarding your garden. NEW MEMBERS ALWAYS WELCOME. Please call Judi on 01529 460273 for further information. Sleaford University of the Third Age - U3A We encourage and enable older people no longer in fulltime employment to help each other to share their knowledge, skills, interests and experience. Regular branch meetings are held at Great Hale village hall at 2pm on the last Wednesday of January, March, May, July, September & November. Call Pauline on 01529 309654 for information. South Kyme W.I. Meets every second Monday each month at South Kyme Coronation Hall at 7.30pm. New members always welcome, please come along to join in the fun, make new friends and learn about a variety of interesting subjects. Contact Sue 01526 869118. Jam and Jerusalem our way! Women’s Section of the Royal British Legion - Sleaford Branch Meet on 1st Tuesday of every month in the Legionnaires Club, Sleaford at 7.30pm. For more information please call 07796 573542


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he inspiration of three determined local cyclists will put power into the pedals of others using the new cycle path linking Leasingham and Sleaford. The enhanced bridge and path across the A17 ensures safer cycling and walking between the village and the town and, as part of the link, a bench has been commissioned which features silhouette portraits of three well-known local cyclists - cycle shop owner the late Nev Crane, retired dental surgeon Mark Gould and cycle-crazy 10-year-old Oliver Harding. All three were chosen by the community group overseeing the Connect 2 route’s creation, from nominations made through a public appeal. Oliver, Mark, their families and Nev’s family are all thrilled with the landmark sculptures, which make a striking addition to the popular path created by North Kesteven District Council in association with the County Council and sustainable transport charity Sustrans. Former Sleaford cycle shop owner Nev Crane, known as ‘Mr Cycle’, travelled the world competing and regularly took part in the Milk Race – winning a stage in 1964. He provided generations with their bikes from shops in Westbanks and Southgate, taught cycle safety, helped to found the Wheelers cycling club, organised races and promoted cycling widely. Even at his funeral the back of the church was filled with pushbikes and a procession of cyclists formed part of the cortege.

His widow Jean Crane said he would be hugely impressed with the Connect2 route, the bridge and the bench he now features on: “Given all the efforts Nev made towards safer cycling in Sleaford it’s great that through the bench his memory can continue to have a positive influence.” For 30 years, dentist Mark Gould cycled between his Leasingham home and Carre Street practice four times daily. His wife Pat said, “We walk along the path now and always remark at what a great initiative it is. It’s completely transformed the trip into Sleaford and we’re pleased to see so many people use it for leisure use and daily commuting.” 10-year-old Oliver Harding, a pupil at Leasingham Primary School, said he was really proud to be added onto the bench: “The path’s really good because it’s a safer and quicker way to get across the A17 and means that we can easily get on to the other cycle paths for longer journeys.” The bench is funded entirely by Sustrans as part of its support for 79 similar routes across the country, all designed to encourage increased cycling and walking between communities. In addition to Sustrans’ contribution from a £50m Lottery grant fund, finance for the whole Connect 2 route is provided by partners including NKDC and Lincolnshire County Council and its delivery is directed by a local steering group including schools, parish and town councils. The project was instigated by residents of Leasingham in response to dangers in crossing the A17.

Mark Gould, Nev Crane’s widow Jean and Oliver Harding in front of the sillouettes.

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Your Local Lincs Parent & Toddler Parent & Toddler Groups Baby & Toddler Group Osbournby Village Hall/School, Mondays 10am-11.30am (Term Time only), all welcome Mother and Toddler Group Every Monday in term time 9.45-11.45am at Brown’s Church of England Primary School, Sandygate Lane, Horbling, NG34 0PL, please call 01529 240367 for further details Riverside Ducklings Baby and Toddler Group Every Monday in term-time 9:30-11;30am, Riverside Church Hall, behind the Source, Southgate, Sleaford, call 01529 309161 for more info Ewerby Parent & Toddler Group The Reading Room, Main Street, Ewerby, Sleaford, Tuesday 10.30am-11.45am Cheeky Monkey’s Parent & Toddler Group Every Tuesday in school term time 10.00am-11.30am, at Rippingale Village Hall, call Wendy 07989 803147 for more details Toddle-In St Gilbert of Sempringham Church of England Primary School, West Road, Pointon, NG34 0NA, a group for young children aged birth to four years and their parents/carers, Tuesday 10.30am-12noon (term time), tel: 01529-240465. K-Kids’, Parent and Toddlers Every Tuesday North Kyme Village Hall 10.30am-11.30am term time only, please contact 01526 860279 or 861504 for further information Tiddlywinks Every Tuesday during term time 10am-12 noon, meet in the Parish Room behind St. Botolph’s Church, Quarrington, for more details contact The Rev’d Sandra Benham 01529 306776 or email Billingborough Toddler Group Village Hall, Chapel Street, Billingborough, Wednesday 10am-12noon St Deny’s Parent & Toddler Group St Deny’s Church Hall, Market Place, Sleaford, tel: 01529 414616, Wednesday 9.30am11.30am Little Acorns South Lincs Church, Ruskington, Weds & Thurs 9.15am-11.15am, £1.50 entry term time only Great Hale Parent & Toddler Group Village Hall, Little Hale Road, Great Hale, contact Nicky on 01529 461486, Thursday 1.30pm-3pm Time for Tots Riverside Church, Southgate, Sleaford, Thursdays term time 10-11.30am, no charge, contact Linda Faber 01529 415344 or just turn up. Digby Tea, Tots & Talk Digby Village Hall, Beck Street, Digby, Friday 9.30am-11.30am Scredington Parent & Toddler Group Scredington Community Centre, contact Maureen on 01529 304312, Friday 10am-12pm.

Playgroups & Pre-schools Brown’s Butterflies Brown’s Church of England Primary School, Sandygate Lane, Horbling, NG34 0PL, please call 01529 240367 for further details, from 3 years to school entry, Monday to Friday 9.00am-3.15pm during term time. Osbourn-Bees Pre-School London Road, Osbournby, NG34 0DS, tel: 01529 455397, from two years to school age, MondayFriday, 9am-12noon, Tuesday & Wednesday, 9am-3pm, Redcroft Pre-school, 31 Mareham Lane, Sleaford, NG34 7JY, tel: 01529

414262, from 2 years 6 months to school age, Mon-Fri, 9.15am11.45am & 12.15pm-2.45pm term time only St Gilbert’s Kindergarten St Gilbert of Sempringham Church of England Primary School West Road, Pointon, NG34 0NA, Ofsted registered care for children from 2 years to school entry, Monday-Friday, 9.00am-3.30pm (term time), tel: 01529 240465 Busy Bees Pre-School Playgroup (Leasingham) The Pavilion, Village Playing Field, Spring Lane, Leasingham, NG34 8JZ, contact 01529 304962, from 2 years 6 months to 5 years, Autumn, Winter & Spring terms Tuesday-Friday, 9am-12noon, Summer term Monday-Friday, 9am-12pm. Cranwell Romper Room Old School House, Old School Lane, Cranwell Village, NG34 8DF, tel: 07950 685716, from 2½ to 5 years, Monday-Friday, 9am-12noon Daisy Chain Pre-School Billinghay Methodist Chapel Rooms, Victoria Street, Billinghay, LN4 4HQ, tel: 07799 091281, from 2-5 years, Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm Digby Village Pre-School Digby C of E School, Church Street, Digby, LN4 3LZ, tel: 01526 322254, from 2 years 1 month to 4 years 11 months, Mon, Wed & Fri 9am-12 and Tues and Thurs 9am-3pm. Heckington Pre-School Howell Road, Heckington, NG34 9RX, tel: 01529 469567, from 2 to 5 years, Monday-Friday, 8.30am3.30pm Rauceby Pre-School The Village Hall, Main Street, South Rauceby. NG34 8QQ, tel: 01529 488087/07780 958465, from 2-5 years, Monday-Friday, 9.15am-12.15pm, and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons til 2.45pm Quarrington Pre-School Quarrington Church Hall, Grantham Road, Sleaford, NG34 7NB, contact Mrs Hardy/Mrs McHenry on 07519 179297, from 2 to 5 years, Monday-Friday, 9am12noon,Tuesday & Thursday, 9am-3pm Kidzone RAF Benevolent Fund Childcare Centre, 87 Wellesley Way, RAF Cranwell, Lincs. NG34 8HB, tel 01400 262621, email: Ruskington Rascals Playgroup Ruskington Village Hall, Parkfield Road, Ruskington, NG34 9HS, tel: 07545 954412, from 2-5 years Monday, Thursday & Friday 9am-12noon, Tuesday & Wednesday 9am-3pm Sleaford Methodist Pre-School Church Hall , Church Lane, Sleaford, NG34 7DA, tel: 07885 301827, from 2-5 years Monday-Friday 9am-12noon & 12.45-3.45pm Sleaford New Life Pre-School New Life Centre, Mareham Lane, Sleaford, NG34 7JP, tel: 01529 304281, from 2 years to school entry, Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm Tim Tin Playgroup Linwood Road, Martin, 01526 378627, open Mon-Fri term time only 9.15am-3.15pm, from 2yrs to school age Billinghay Church of England Primary School From 3 years to school entry, 15 hours free Nursery Entitlement over 2½ days or 5 mornings a week, Fen Road, Billinghay, Lincs, LN4 4HU, tel: 01526 860786

Out of School Care Brown’s Explorers Brown’s Church of England Primary School, Sandygate Lane, Horbling, NG34 0PL, please call 01529 240367 for further details, from 4-11years, Monday-Friday, 8.00am9.00am & 3.15pm-6.00pm during term time. MEGA Youth Fridays 7:30-9:00pm, held at church hall, Jermyn Street, 11-16years, a great night to kick-start your weekend and inspire you to live a mega life, entry fee: £1. Fusion Kids Wednesdays (term time only) 6:00pm-7:30pm, a fun, fast-paced and action-packed club for any children (4-11yrs), includes games, activities, stories and lots of fun! Wednesdays, 6:00-7:15pm, South Lincs Church, Ruskington, Fridays, 6:00-7:15pm, Church Hall, Jermyn Street, Sleaford Both are term-time only, for primary-school children, entry fee: 50p. Includes games, activities, challenges, stories and lots of fun, entry fee: 50p, Cotelands School, Ruskington 01526 834275 Pointon SAS (Stay at School) Club St Gilbert of Sempringham Church of England Primary School, West Road, Pointon, NG34 0NA, Ofsted registered care for children from 3 to 11 years, Monday-Friday, 7.45am-8.45am & 3.30pm-6.00pm (term time), tel: 07946 159005 Billingborough After-School Club Billingborough Primary School, Victoria Street, Billingborough, NG34 0NX, tel: 01529 240437, from 4 to 11 years First Steps Nursery Out of School Care Meadowbrook, Ruskington, NG34 9FJ, tel: 01526 832518, from 4 - 11 years Kidzone Kids’ Club 87 Wellesley Way, RAF Cranwell, NG34 8HB, tel: 01400 261201 ext 7694. 3pm-5.30pm, tel 01400 262621, email: from 3 months - 14 years

Redcroft Out of School Club 31 Mareham Lane, Sleaford, NG34 7JY, tel: 01529 414262, from 4 to 12 years Sleaford Day Nursery Out of School Club The Drove, Sleaford, NG34 7AP, tel: 01529 414464, from 4 years to 11 years 11 months Tim Tin Kids Club Linwood Road, Martin, 01526 378627, open Mon-Fri term time only 8am-9am & 3.30pm-6pm, from 2 to 11 yrs Church Lane Primary School and Nursery - The Nutcracker Club Church Lane, Sleaford. NG34 7DF, tel 01529 302696,, term time 8am-9am and 3pm-6pm and 8am-6pm in the holidays Monday to Friday.

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Mon Ami Childrens Day Nursery High Street Swineshead, PE20 3LH. Tel:01205 821244, open 51 weeks of the year, MonFri, 7am-6.30pm, before and after school care and holiday club available First Steps Nursery Meadowbrook, Ruskington, NG34 9FJ, tel: 01526 832518, from 1 month to 4 years 11 months, MondayFriday, 7.30am-6pm Kidzone 87 Wellesley Way, RAF Cranwell, NG34 8HB, tel: 01400 261201 ext 7694. 3pm-5.30pm, from 3 months to 4 years, tel 01400 262621, email: kidzone.cranwell@homecall. Prelude Nursery Ensign House, High Street, Osbournby, NG34 0DN, tel: 01529 455788, from 6 weeks to 8 years Redcroft Day Nursery 31 Mareham Lane, Sleaford, NG34 7JY, tel: 01529 414262, from 6 weeks to 5 years Monday-Friday, 7.30am-6pm Sleaford Day Nursery The Drove, Sleaford, NG34 7AP, tel: 01529 414464, from 6 weeks to 4 years 11 months, MondayFriday, 8am-5.45pm The Paddocks Nursery and Ofsted registered pre-school Kyme Road, Heckington Fen, Sleaford, NG34 9NE, 01529 462003,, open 50 weeks of the year, Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm, from 2yrs to school age The Village Kindergarten Church Walk, Brant Broughton, Lincoln, LN5 0SN, Tel: 01400 272678 Email: info@thevillagekids. Website: Opening hours Monday-Friday -, from 0 - 5 Years

Holiday Clubs First Steps Nursery Holiday Club Meadowbrook, Ruskington, NG34 9FJ, tel: 01526 832518, Monday-Friday, 7.30am-6pm, from 4-11 years Kidzone Holiday Club 87 Wellesley Way, RAF Cranwell, NG34 8HB, tel: 01400 261201, from 3-14 years, tel 01400 262621, email: Redcroft Holiday Club 31 Mareham Lane, Sleaford, NG34 7JY, tel: 01529 414262, Monday-Friday. 8am-6pm, from 4-12 years Sleaford Day Nursery Holiday Club The Drove, Sleaford, NG34 7AP, tel: 01529 414464, Monday-Friday, 8am-5.45pm, from 4-12 years. Tim Tin Kids Club Linwood Road, Martin, 01526 378627, open Mon-Fri during school holidays 8am-6pm, from 2 to 11 yrs Church Lane Primary School and Nursery - The Nutcracker Club Church Lane, Sleaford. NG34 7DF, tel 01529 302696,, Monday-Friday 8am6pm for 3-11 year olds. Disnical Adventures Dancing, singing, drama, crafts and games. Ages 5-11. £20 per day or £80 per week. Go Dance Studios, Unit 2 Oak Park, East Road, Sleaford. NG34 7EQ. For more information, go to or call 01529 300930

Physical & Creative Play Musical Minis “Where learning is fun”, for information on classes available in your area please contact Janie on 01778 570340 or visit, also available for children’s parties. Music Bugs Fun & lively music classes for children aged 6 months to 4 years. Booking essential. Classes in Sleaford & the surrounding areas, call Sarah on 08445 781015 or email sarah@ Gymbabes/Tumbletots “The Springboard to confidence for your child”, Tumble Tots is a structured, active physical play programme for children from 6 months to 7 years, classes held in Sleaford (Go Dance Studio), Wednesday and Grantham (Christian Fellowship Hall), Friday for further details and timings, please contact Tina Hargrave, tel: 01778 570467 or email: tina. or web grantham. Jolly Babies/Music with Mummy/Three Four Time Lively music classes, tailored for each age range, with a mixture of traditional songs and brand new ones, with a wide range of instruments to explore, it’s never a dull day with Music with Mummy or Daddy, Nanny, Grandpa. Classes in RAF Cranwell, Bourne and Grantham, call Mary Harrison 01529 497131 or email


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