Features

FEATURE: A feature wall can bring a room to life

If all of the walls of a room are decorated in the same colour or pattern, it creates harmony but can be a bit plain. By picking out one wall and giving it a different, bolder colour, you can change the mood of a room or highlight a particular feature. Feature walls are most often used when the rest of ...

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FEATURE: How you can make the most of school open days

Many schools hold open days to give parents and children the chance to look around and get a feel for the place and help them in their decision in which school to choose. During an open day prospective parents and pupils can visit the school during a working day. You’ll be able to visit classrooms, and often pupils will show ...

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FEATURE: Help your child get a headstart at primary school

Some parents start worrying about primary schools when their children are still babies. This may be unnecessary, but it pays to think ahead. For example, you may think about moving house to be closer to a particular primary school. Talk to local parents about the schools in your area – playgroups and children’s centres are good sources of information. But ...

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FEATURE: Help your child get a head start at secondary school

You’ll probably already have some ideas about your local secondary schools, through talking to parents at your child’s primary school. It’s important to include your child’s views about which secondary schools to apply to. Your child may be keen to continue school with current primary school friends and could be influenced by friends’ choices of secondary school. Consider your child’s ...

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Give your horse the best care this winter

During the warmer months the rewards of horse ownership are obvious; whether you compete or simply appreciate spending lazy summer days in the company of your four-legged friend. For all the enjoyment your horse brings in those months it’s essential to provide the best winter care possible to reap these benefits again next year. The horse has evolved to eat ...

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Taz walks over hot coals to help others feel better

Few people familiar with the quiet, leafy streets of Cowbit would think the village might be home to an international empowerment expert, who helps people to step into their personal power with a trademark mix of deeply peaceful and extremely challenging activities. With TV appearances, national magazine mentions and a book deal under her belt, Taz Thornton is fast growing ...

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NEW HOMES: Why it can be best to buy a new house

With more than 160,000 new homes being built across the UK every year there is an enormous amount of choice when it comes to buying new. Here are a few good reasons why buying a new-build could be the right choice for you. 1. Energy Efficient – New homes are well insulated and include double-glazing as standard making them cheaper ...

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Tips to help you choose the perfect pre-school for your child

It is important to choose the right preschool (which could be a playgroup or a nursery school) for your child and the right age for your child to begin in this childcare setting. Most playgroups start taking children from two years, nine months although some are registered to take children from two years so it worth getting in touch to ...

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No time like the present to book your Christmas party

Ok, it’s only just September and you don’t want to be talking about Christmas. But we’re here to tell you why you should get booking your Christmas party as soon as possible! Whether you love it or hate it, Christmas is already starting to loom and there’s no excuse for leaving it to the last minute, like most of us ...

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FEATURE: Warm welcome for all at Market Deeping camera club

A camera club which has been going strong for 30 years is inviting potential new members to go along and find out more. Established in 1985, Deepings Camera Club (DCC) is growing year on year and in the past 12 months has enjoyed great success in a number of competitions and exhibitions. Many members had their work selected for these ...

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Chance to try out a new hobby or revisit old ones

Older people are being given the chance to find new ways to love and enjoy later life through a free fun and friendly course. The Active Living Programme consists of four two-hour sessions where the over 50s can find out about and try activities available in their area that help the health of both body and mind. The course is ...

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The importance of properly fitted shoes

Buying new shoes is part of the “Back to School” tradition and there’s good reason to ensure your children’s footwear is a good fit. Children’s feet are not fully formed until they’re in their late teens. Until then they need properly fitted shoes that give their feet room to grow healthily and happily. Shoes that don’t fit properly can prevent ...

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MOTORS: VIVA pays homage to history but is designed for modern life

With a familiar name, cheeky looks, generous equipment and a level of quality that confounds at a sub-£8k entry price, the new Vauxhall VIVA has just arrived in Taylor’s of Spalding showroom, just four months after its Geneva Show debut. VIVA joins Vauxhall’s growing small-car family, which already includes ADAM and Corsa, but is clearly defined from these models by ...

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Get out and about in a new or used caravan

South Lincs Leisure, in one form or another, has been promoting the “Great Outdoors” since 1992 by specialising in the sale of new and used touring caravans. From its origins as South Lincolnshire Caravans, trading from a small site at Hoffleet Stow on the A17, the business has evolved through a successful formula of hard work and total dedication to ...

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Wigwam ‘glamp’ site brings tourists to area

The first visitors are set to try out a new “glamping” site in Spalding. Third generation farmer TW Mews and Son, based in Quadring Eaudyke, have set up Crowtree Wigwams, a Wigwam Holidays franchise, to bring “glamorous camping” to the area. Wigwam Holidays has more than 60 sites across the UK and a large following of clients who enjoy camping ...

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Support your town on Independents’ Day

Independent businesses, whether they be shops, restaurants, salons or gyms, are the lifeblood of any town centre. Statistics show that for every £1 spent at an independent retailer, between 50p and 70p goes back into the local economy. On July 4, independents in Spalding and across South Holland will be inviting customers to support them for this year’s Independents’ Day ...

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DAY IN THE LIFE: Alan Hardwick – Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire

Alan Hardwick is Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire. The first person to be appointed to the role, he will mark three years in the job in November. He says: “I am determined to be a strong and fair leader of Lincolnshire Police. I will fight for a better deal for the county that will help us continue to effectively fight crime. ...

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Top tips to enjoy food ‘al fresco’

As summer hots up, there can be nothing nicer than throwing a tasty sausage or two on the barbecue and eating outdoors with family and friends. But food poisoning cases double over the summer, so remember these simple steps to help keep food safe. Food poisoning is usually mild, and most people get better within a week. But sometimes it ...

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ELDERLY VOICE: ‘Best practice protocol’ to help older people find work

Age UK has joined a fight for a “best practice protocol” to give older people a better chance of finding work. The charity which champions older people is partnering with the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) in a campaign to fight age discrimination in recruitment. With four out of ten unemployed older workers out of work for more than a ...

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Top tips for happy summer motoring

Checking your vehicle before setting off on a summer journey is by far the best way to make sure that your trip to the seaside doesn’t turn into a disappointing trip to a hardshoulder or lay-by. During periods of hot weather the RAC often experiences a 20 per cent increase in call-outs and this can even get as high as ...

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