Lovers of exotic gin are in for a festive treat when they attend Lincolnshire Showground’s popular Food & Gift Fair on December 2nd and 3rd 2017.
Award winning Pin Gin – a boutique London dry gin lovingly distilled and bottled in Louth – will be at the event for the first time, with visitors invited to try a small taster.
Thought to be the first ever gin to be produced commercially in Lincolnshire, Pin Gin was launched by Louth couple Alan Bottomley and Amy Conyard in March. Designed to capture the sights, tastes and smells of the local countryside, their recipe incorporates rose and lavender notes, hints of cucumber, black pepper and citrus, finishing off with liquorice, almonds and cinnamon.
Alan and Amy, who run their business as Bottomley Distillers, are excited to be exhibiting at the fair and are keen to teach people about their gin.
Amy said: “It’s a great opportunity to get out there and show off our brand. Making sales would be great but it is also about getting brand awareness and branching out to a different audience.”
Pin Gin takes its name from “pin”, as in pine needles, as Alan originally intended to sell Christmas trees as well. Currently producing 200 bottles of gin a week but set to expand, Bottomley Distillers was named producer of the year at the recent Select Lincolnshire Awards 2017 so make sure you stop by their display at the show and get a taste of some quality local spirits.
An exciting collaboration between La Luna Publishing, Barton based author Nick Triplow and students from Franklin College will reach fruition on Thursday 30th November when The Moon On The Water on Cleethorpes Seafront will host the launch of a new poetry collection entitled In Case of an Emergency. The book also features photography and original illustrations.
The launch will feature some of the young writers performing their work. Copies of the book will be available to purchase.
The anthology has been produced with support from Arts Council England and their funding has meant that the young writers have had the opportunity to receive critical editorial feedback on their work from professional writers and editors Josie Moon and Nick Triplow. They have also benefited from workshops with professional poets Antony Dunn and Helen Mort.
“It would be wonderful to have a great audience at the event to show support for these talented young people and the work they have done,” says Josie Moon, director at La Luna.
The book showcases the talent and courage of its authors so if you’re a poetry enthusiast why not take a trip down to the Moon on the Water and lend your support. The event begins at 7.30 pm and entry is free.
For further information please contact Josie Moon by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Issue 55 with the 2018 Planner inside is now available at major supermarkets, Freshney Place and lots of other venues across town!
Coastal, situated on the Meridian Point Arts & Crafts Centre Cleethorpes, is a treasure trove of beautiful things, created by Andrea, John and son Jack with support of the coastal crew. The top dog at Coastal is Flossy the 11 year old Parsons Jack Russell terrier who always seems to steal the show.
Together they create wonderful bespoke silver jewellery and driftwood art incorporating locally found sea glass and much more.
They also run a range of workshops where you can get some hands on experience of the jewellery making process, ideal if you fancy trying something different with your friends, family, partner, children or even your bridesmaids or colleagues.
If you fancy trying out one of their one and a half hour taster sessions then why not give them a call. You’ll have a great time and go home with new skills and a beautiful hand crafted piece made by you.
Stacker Ring Workshop £25
Stacker Bangle Workshop £35
Charm Ring Workshop £30
Charm Bangle Workshop £40
Mens Chunky Ring Workshop £40
This includes all materials, you can choose to do any of the above in the session. Daytime workshops by appointment.
Contact us for availability. Evenings times are from 5pm or 7pm start and there’s free parking at the rear of shop
You can find Coastal at Meridian Point Craft Units, Cleethorpes DN35 0AR, contact them by phone on 07578 266621 or find their website at www.coastalsilver.co.uk
If you’re keen to get back into the workplace and you’d like to improve your chances then Community Learning has a range of courses that could help you find the job you’re looking for.
Community Learning is an established learning hub, based on Freeman Street Market, that offers a range of programmes to help learners find their way back into the workplace. The service is friendly and adaptable and their aim is to meet the needs of individual learners, helping them break through barriers, overcoming their insecurities about entering the job market and understanding what is required to gain employment suited to them.
There are lots of courses available, all tailored to suit the particular needs of individual learners with options including Over 45 And Entering The Job Market Again, Overcoming Your Fear Of The Computer and Returning To Work After Children. There’s also a range of full and part-time courses including English, Maths, Art and ICT, employability skills and confidence building.
They’re always enrolling, so you don’t need to wait before signing up and they’ll work with you to decide what your education and employment goals are and then give you the skills and resources to get you there. In addition to free courses the service offers funded childcare and extra help to those who need one-on-one guidance.
If Community Learning sounds just right for you then check out what’s on offer by visiting the skills hub at the back of Freeman Street Market. You can also get in touch by phone on 01472 323540 or email to email@example.com. And they’re on Facebook and Twitter.
It’s time to let all that music out for everyone to hear!
If you love to sing then you’ll love the Humber Belles, a group of ladies who meet to sing each Thursday at Wendover Hall from 7.15-9.30pm.
The Belles will be holding a short course in close harmony singing soon after Christmas. These sessions, which will be held in a happy and relaxed atmosphere, should help to banish those Post-Christmas Blues! They’ll be lots of fun and help improve your technique too so for further information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit their website or contact Vere Conolly on 01472 695836 for further details
Whatever your favourite hit may be – and you’ve got the likes of Take Me Back Home, Mama We’re All Crazee Now, Come On Feel The Noize, Gudbye To Jane, plus many more to choose from – there’s no doubt that Slade are the most Christmassyest band in the world and we’ve got tickets for their show in Hull on December 23rd to be won!
Just go to our Facebook page, find the Slade promo image and like and share.
You’ll be in the draw for the best show on either bank of the Humber this Christmaaaaastime and we’ll see you there for what should be a fantastic night of proper old fashioned glam.
There’s a fabulous weekend of dance in prospect at the beginning of December when Grimsby Auditorium plays host to two of the world’s best loved ballets – Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker (on Friday 1st) and Swan Lake (Sunday 3rd).
Both are directed and choreographed by former Bolshoi Ballet Soloist, Konstantin Uralsky and performed by the company and orchestra of The Russian State Ballet and Opera House.
Swan Lake is a tale of two young women, Odette and Odile, who resemble each other so closely one can easily be mistaken for the other. It’s a tragic romance in which a princess is turned into a swan by an evil curse and captures, like no other ballet, the full range of human emotions – from hope to despair, from terror to tenderness, from melancholy to ecstasy.
And of course Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a trip to your local theatre for a dazzling production of the most famous ballet in the world – The Nutcracker.
Based on “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” written by E.T.A. Hoffmann, it tells the story of Marie, a rather sad little girl, whose godfather Drosselmeyer gives her a nutcracker doll as a present on Christmas Eve. Expect snow flurries, sweets, princes, magic, love, victories and defeats and more.
To book tickets call
Box Office: 0300 300 0035
Book on line
or book in person at the Grimsby Auditorium pay cash for no booking or transaction fees
or call into the Cleethorpes TIC
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High on the Yorkshire moors trouble is brewing. Romantic novelist Janet Preston has murdered her husband (who happens to be a bank robber and thoroughly bad egg) and stashed his body in the study until she can find a way of disposing of it. But before she can drop it into the local tarn events take an unexpected turn and her best lain plans threaten to unravel.
Intent To Murder, playing all this week at The Caxton Theatre, is a sharply written drama/thriller from the pen of Leslie Sands (the original Inspector Frost on radio and fondly remembered in our house at least as TV’s Inspector Cluff) and, directed here by Steve Skipworth, it’s pacey and taut and the dialogue is has enough quality to allow the cast to create an air of real tension.
Caxtons debutant John Flint is convincingly menacing as bank robber George Bates and Gemma Dodds is excellent as Janet Preston, a character with whom our sympathies lie at the opening of the play but whose ruthless streak becomes more and more apparent as the piece progresses. As Larry and Chris, a young couple who are drawn unwittingly into the schemes of the main characters, Jack Scott and Tara Lidgard (another debutant) acquit themselves admirably, although without much help from the script which doesn’t give them a lot to work with.
Scene stealing awards this time go to Bruce Forster whose inquisitive and perceptive Dr Henderson is as insouciant as Father Brown, as tenacious as Columbo and as Welsh as a bag of dragons and Geraldine Godwin, who turns her considerable comic talents to the role of the gossipy cleaning lady Mrs Bunting.
Intent To Murder will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last and it runs at The Caxtons until Saturday 21st October 2017. To book tickets visit www.caxtontheatre.com or call into the Grimsby or Cleethorpes TIC Or contact them by phone on 01472 323111
In recent years singing, especially choral singing, has become one of the most popular social activities in the UK, due in some part to increased television exposure but mostly, we think, thanks to the joy that raising one’s voice in song can create.
If you’ve got a hankering for flexing your vocal chords in the company of some like minded others then you might care to pay a visit to Great Grimsby Community Choir at their new home at St Mark’s Church on Laceby Road. They meet every Monday at 7.30pm and anyone aged 14 and over can join. There’s no audition all you need is enthusiasm. The fee is £4 per week.
They’re a friendly and inclusive group, meeting weekly, performing regularly and with a wide variety of material in their ever expanding repertoire.
For further information please contact musical director Josie Moon (pictured right) at email@example.com.