Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Estuary TV launches TODAY!

Ladies and gentlemen, today is the day that Estuary TV launches across North Lincolnshire and East Riding of Yorkshire! Make sure you refresh and tune into Freeview Channel 08, and Virgin Media channel 879, at 5:40pm for the big switch on. 

For details on whether Estuary TV reaches on, and how you can be involved, visit www.estuary.tv

Good luck to everybody involved!

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Estuary TV: Meet the Presenters (part one)

It's just less than TWO weeks to go until Estuary TV begins to broadcast on Freeview channel eight, and so over the next few days, I will be introducing the faces you will be seeing a lot more of.

Emma Lingard: News Editor

Emma has been working as a journalist in the northern Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire region for more than 20 years, beginning her career as a Trainee Journalist for the Grimsby Telegraph and moving onto a weekly newspaper, the Epworth Bells, based on the Isle of Axholme near Scunthorpe. Here she worked her way up to Senior Reporter before moving to BBC Radio Humberside where she became a Broadcast Assistant on Andy Comfort and Lara King's Breakfast Show.

In around 1998, Emma advanced to the new local television channel which was being established, the then Channel 7, to set up the news operation. She thoroughly enjoyed this position, being very hands on and creative, working with volunteers without budgets and looking after work experience students from the Grimsby Institute, which then lead to a teaching position at the Institute, becoming a teacher of Journalism. As the Grimsby Institiute took ownership of Channel 7, Emma found herself back at the broadcasting station, and in August 2013, she left  her teaching position to become News Editor of the rebranded channel, Estuary TV.

Some of Emma's career highlights to date include reporting on a murder that occured in Healing, North East Lincolnshire, and sharing an appeal from two sisters who's father had gone missing from his home in Brigg; both of these stories proved the importance of local media and the value it has in the community.

In her spare time, to escape the demands of her job, she enjoys spending her time with her horse and walking her dog.

James Dunn: Multi-Platform Journalist

For the past three years, James has been working as a reporter for the Grimsby Telegraph, reporting on everything from village fetes to court cases. He says his career highlights to date have been his in-depth reports that have been published as double-page spreads within the daily newspaper, such as his investigation into housing in the North East Lincolnshire area which included thorough information on problems in the area, targets that had to be met, government legislation and what exactly was being done in that situation, as well as some controversies too.

In his new role as a Multi-Platform Journalist at Estuary TV, James will be responsible for finding stories, researching them and presenting them on camera to viewers. James is mostly looking forward to going out with the camera, recording events and news in a new format and just generally being out and about and speaking with people.

In his spare time, James. a self-confessed movie buff, likes to read and go to the gym, and enjoys taking part in outdoor activities in the summer such as power kiting and cycling. As he is not from the Lincolnshire area, James enjoys exploring new places.

To send in your news stories, and to reach the news team, email news@estuary.tv or call 01472 315561.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Guest Post: Where to eat in Lincolnshire, by Alex & Ben of Snap It. Taste It. Blog It.

 Autumn is always a very exciting time for Lincolnshire - the UK's best food county (as named in the Love British Food poll in 2011!) is just bursting with all kinds of foodie events. It's a great excuse to experience some of the county's best produce, and to visit some of the notable eateries too.

In this guest post, Alex and Ben from the awesome Snap It. Taste It. Blog It. share some of their favourite places to eat in Lincolnshire.

Alex & Ben's Where to Eat in Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire has always been a melting pot of incredible produce and delicious food. Now, with such an emphasis of eating healthy and supporting local businesses, eateries in the county have come to the forefront, with incredible results.

Here at Snap it. Taste it. Blog it. we’re always on the hunt for cheap, local and tasty food and, being partly based in Lincolnshire, travelling around the county and discovering the latest flavour is a particular pleasure. There are many more places to unearth, but here’s a sample of some the best local places we’ve come across on our travels so far.

Thatched Cottage 

Low-beamed ceilings, delicious food and outstanding service make The Thatched Cottage in Sutterton one of the best places to eat in South-Lincolnshire. This beautiful restaurant, with a farmshop on site, serves up local produce in a rustic and delightful way, harking back to the traditional days of pub food. Ask for Jason for a truly stellar dining experience.

Sack Store 

The ultimate hidden gem in Boston, Lincolnshire, Sack Store. The quaint restaurant finds its home in the loft of this 19th Century building, the ground floor a labyrinth of every possible home good you could think of. Nearly every aspect of the restaurant is for sale, be that the tables you're eating on or the paintings that decorate the walls. Great food, great prices - the Boston Sausage Panini is a must.

Wig and Mitre  

A historic building at the peak of Lincoln's Steep Hill, the Wig and Mitre is a wonderful place to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With an enthralling atmosphere, this traditional English pub is in the heart of this beautiful city, serving the finest local produce that the county is known for. We prefer the breakfasts in particular - a thick-cut egg and sausage sandwich proves to be the best way to start your day in Lincoln.

Royston’s Deli 

Royston's Deli is a small shop packing big flavour. Found on Queen Street in Louth, this delightful deli has everything from terrines (the ham hock is mind-blowing) and pastries, to pate and freshly-baked bread, all created to perfection by Chris & Roxy. They create a wonderfully familial feel to their establishment, putting as much effort into their craft as they do making sure their customers are happy coming in and leaving the shop. Don’t go without trying the chocolate brownies.

To read more about Alex and Ben's foodie travels, visit their blog at SnapTasteBlogIt.com.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

New TV Channel Launching Soon!

This is a very, very exciting time for local media, especially here in the North Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire region; in a little over four weeks' time, a brand new local television channel will be making its way onto our screens.

Estuary TV, which is dedicated to the North Lincolnshire and East Riding of Yorkshire area, will be broadcast on Freeview Channel 8 from Tuesday 26th November.

Working very closely with independent television producers and the local community, the channel will be delivering a host of quality programming, ranging from entertainment, chat shows and sports to news, current affairs and historical, to over 370,000 homes.

This is the first local television channel to be launched under the government's new local TV licences, with cities like Leeds, Nottingham and London following in late 2013 and 2014. The channel itself was formerly known as Channel 7, and was broadcast on Virgin Media 879. It was first established in 1997, making it the longest running local television channel in the country.

Lia Nici is the Executive Producer of Estuary TV, she said: "The name was chosen because the OfCom coverage area covers the Northern Lincolnshire and the East Yorkshre area.

"This is a great opportunity for people to engage with us and learn about what we can offer and how we can work together."

The channel will launch with an all new local news service, which is being set up and headed by local Journlaist and Broadcaster, Emma Lingard. Martin Samuels has been brought in to manage programme development.

Estuary TV will also work with local businesses and provide them with advertising opportunities through broadcast advertisements, sponsorship and product placements, as well as ways to be involved with the programming itself.

For more information, visit the Estuary TV website, follow the team on Facebook and Twitter, or send an email to info@estuary.tv. Don't forget to send in your local news stories to news@estuary.tv, or calling on 01472 315561.

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Chocolate Week 2013: Homemade Chocolate Truffles (part 2!)

During the Christmas period, I became pretty obsessed with making chocolate truffles - the homemade 'Ferraro Roche' type of goodness. Any opportunity I had, I made them, even for Christmas Day dessert!

But after finding out about my nickel allergy back in January (and the fact that chocolate contains very high levels of nickel, who knew?), I gave them up.

Then, three weeks ago, DC asked if I'd make up a batch for his work's Macmillan Cancer coffee and cake fundraiser, and so I had to say yes!

But this time, I made them a little different. Instead of opting for the usual homemade Nutella truffles, I wanted to try gooey chocolate truffles, so I found this recipe from BBC Good Food that shows you how to make chocolate truffles with just four ingredients.

And what better time to share it than during Chocolate Week!

The full, original recipe is available at the BBC Good Food website, but here is a little guide.

You will need...
  • 100g good quality chocolate
  • 100g double cream
  • 18g butter
  • and something to coat the truffles.

Firstly, chop up the chocolate. I used Green & Black's milk chocolate which has a bit of a stronger taste than other brands, but isn't as overpowering as dark chocolate. Then put it into a large mixing bowl.

Next, melt the butter (18g) and the double cream (100g) in a saucepan over a very gentle heat until the cream starts to bubble. Pour it over the chocolate and mix...

... until you are left with a gooey, chocolatey mixture.

Put the bowl in the fridge and leave to set for at least four hours. Then you can start scooping out small balls; the BBC Good Food recipe suggests using a melon scooper, but since I do not have one, I just used a teaspoon.

If you want to make your truffles into a perfect round shape, start rolling each piece of mixture in your hands. At first I followed the recipe and coated my hands in sunflower oil, but this got a little bit too messy for my liking. So, I just started to roll each ball in the coating until it had become round, and then lightly rolled it again so the truffle was thoroughly covered.

For my coatings, I chose crushed wafers...

... and cocoa powder.

And there you have it!

Pop them back into the fridge until you are ready to eat them, or if they are going to be left out on the table for people to eat, put them in the freezer for a while so that they don't melt while they are waiting to be eaten - although, I am sure they'll be snapped up before they have a chance to melt!

Coating them in chocolate will also help them to keep their shape; the BBC Good Food recipe tells you how to do this. 

Whereas my Nutella truffles from Christmas where terribly sweet, these little balls of gooey delight are incredibly rich - as for which is better... I honestly can not decide!

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

*Hairstyles for Headscarves with Mizpah Designs

For hundreds of years, women have been wearing headscarves for many different reasons - to keep hair in place, for religion or culture, or simply as an accessory.

In the 1920s, headscarves were worn to cover the head the whole head and tied at the nape of the neck, or were placed just above the brow line and tied around the head, often leaving long tails.

The 1940s brought the 'Land Girl' style which gave a peek of victory rolls, or even hair still in curlers, underneath.

Then came the 1960s, with beehives towering above the headscarf, or worn covering the hair and being tied around the neck.

But over recent years, it seems as though headscarves lost their popularity (with the exception of the bandana in the 1990s). However, when browsing Pinterest, you may notice that headscarves are making an appearance in outfit posts, modelling shots runway photographs, and there are so many ways in which they are being worn.

Sarah Hall is a designer and creator of silk headscarves based in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, and she takes her inspiration from the 1960s: "I bought my first headscarf at 14 and that marked the start of an interest in 60s inspired fashion and styles. I am rarely seen without a headscarf or a 60s twist to my outfit! I think its the effortless glamour, the bold and happy prints, the infusion of 'fun' that marks this era that I like. To me it means freedom of expression, pushing the boundaries and reveling in the creation of something new."

She designs the artwork which is printed onto silk, and ultimately these are sold in her Etsy shop, Mizpah Designs: "My scarves are all made from cotton silk and handstitched. I upload and my designs and get them digitally printed onto the fabric in the US and then shipped over. I then measure, make and sew all the headscarves myself.

"I started Mizpah Designs because I wanted to have a go a something I am really passionate about. Being a wearer of headscarves myself I got bored of buying other people's designs and wanted to wear my own. I am also passionate about products that are unique and meaningful to the person wearing them- I don't want to wear a generic item that 10,000 other people have got, I want to wear something that is unique. I think the best kind of art is art that can be worn- to me fashion is like an art form, a way to express yourself on the outside."

As for how to wear them: "There's lots of ways! They look good over your hair pulled back in a high bun, and they can also look good tied straight across with your hair down in a wavy/boho hairstyle. You can wear them tied in a knot at the front with a high pony tail and styled quiff at the front. They can also be worn over a half beehive up do for a proper 60s look."

Here's how I like to wear mine...

The 60s Look.

After backcombing a section of hair at the crown to create a mini beehive, comb the front sections back over it for a smooth, more polished look. Simply place your headscarf across the base of the bouffant and tie underneath your hair.

The Messy Up-Do.

Pull your hair into a high ponytail (add texture with salt spray if your hair is fine like mine) and place the middle section headscarf around the bottom of the back of your neck with the two ends pulled upwards above your head. Tie the scarf in two knots, then tuck each end under to secure it; taking one end to the left and tucking it under from the front, and the other to the right and tucking it under from the back.

Sarah sells her full rnage of headscarves from her Etsy Shop, and you can find more information at the Mizpah Designs Facebook Page.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Dancing on the Beach

On a sunny Saturday, dancers were spotted all over Cleethorpes throughout the day. After ballet dancers at the Boating Lake...

 ... and Parkour at the old amusements...

  ... some of the dancers from Pat Yarborough Dance school were livening up The Pier...

They attracted a crowd...

...but then something else started to happen at the other end of the seafront.

A&Ms started showcasing their street dance skills...

Each piece of dance was being filmed by East Coast Pictures, but what was it all for? I'm sure you'll find out soon enough.

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