Help Me, Help You

Help Me, Help You

LincsConnect has been busy on your behalf and things are set to get even busier. Click on the picture to see what’s been happening…

Can You Help Me?

It can’t have escaped your attention that I have been rather busy here on your behalf.  All of the retweets on twitter, the additional posts for you, The Facebook posts to help promote your business and events, not to mention all the blogs! I know you appreciate what I do and I appreciate the fact that you share what I’m doing too.  #LincsConnect only works when we work as a team and with 11,000 Twitter followers and steadily growing I know that your help is working for me too.  However, at the risk of sounding cheeky, I still need more help.  We are heading for a major recession so working together as a team is even more important than it ever has been.  You are still posting your work using LincsConnect and I’m very grateful.  LincsConnect is trying hard to share your work around the County and along our borders but I really need to ask more people to search the hashtag #LincsConnect (on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) to help share the messages and support each other.

Just imagine, if all 11,000 local followers each searched the #LincsConnect hashtag and shared just one message there….!

How Can LincsConnect Help You More?

What else can The account do for you?  Please let me know as I have plans for the account and need to know that it isn’t missing something important.

#LincsArtCraftHour

If you read my last blog you will recall that we have a dedicated weekly hour set aside on Monday lunchtimes to help promote artists, crafters, jewellery designers and sculptors.  Please take a look at the link below to refresh your memory:

#LincsArtCraftHour

Keep your eyes open for the #LincsArtCraftHour.  Click on the picture to go to the blog

I have a question for the Artists who will be joining us and those of you who will be looking to see what masterpieces and bargains are on offer:  Which hashtag would you prefer?  Are you happy with #LincsArtCraftHour or do you thing it would be better as #LincsArtCraft hour?  The latter is shorter and more general as it can be used at any time while the original idea is very specific to the Monday lunchtime hour.  Please do let me know so that I can make sure I get it right for you.

Guest Blogs

Do you have something to say that you would like to have included in the regular #LincsConnect blogs?  Please do get in touch if you would like to have your work included here as it’s always nice to see you here.

If you would like to collaborate with your blog here please email me at martin@lincsconnect.co.uk 

 

Featured Twitter Hour…

Do you have any featured hours that you would like to see on twitter? How about #LincsAuthors, #LincsMarkets, #LincsIT, #LincsHousing, #LincsGardening#LincsCharities #LincsRestaurants …..?  Who do you think should have their own featured hour?  The hashtag is here to help you so whether you’re a trader, a charity or a potential customer, I wan’t to make sure that #LincsConnect has something for you.  Please do send me your suggestions in the comments block at the bottom of this blog. Perhaps you would like to run your #LincsConnect hour?  I’m always open to suggestions so please do get in touch.

Here To Help

If there is something you need would you like to do a skills swap?  Would anyone be interested in a #LincsSwaps hour?  An our each week where you can offer your skills to swap for something of equal value?  Some of us may be finding finances a little tight at the moment but are willing to trade to get what we need.  Here’s an example:  A local restaurant may be in need of leaflets for a local leaflet drop and be willing to swap a meal to the value of £xxx in return for 200 hundred leaflet.  That’s just an example of course.  The exact figures would have to be agreed privately by the restaurant and the designer/printer but you get the idea I’m sure.  Again, if this interests enough people I’ll happily organise it.  You’ll need to get in touch though so that I know whether to go ahead with the idea or not.

Advertising/Local Discounts

Advertising space is always available on the blog of course so if you would like a spot here please let me know.  I could also arrange a feature with your advert to help highlight your business/organisation.  Again, just get in touch to make arrangements.  You can email me at martin@lincsconnect.co.uk

Perhaps you have a special offer or would like to offer readers a discount?  You could have a voucher on here to share across the County.

20% discount on Mandarin Leisure services for all NHS, 999 and military members across the County.

Featured Song Of The Week By A Local Artist

Each week I include a local artist, band or choir on twitter to highlight their work and show off the great talents that we have in our county.  If you have a favourite band with music on YouTube that you think should be featured please let me know.

All last week I featured Alex Cavan from Grantham with his song ‘Waterfall’.  If you would like to hear him just click on the picture below to go straight to his YouTube upload.

To hear Alex singing ‘Waterfall’ just click on the picture and if you would like to follow him on Twitter you’ll find him at @AlexCavanMusic 

It’s For You…

The blog is here for you to support everything from the North to South, East and West of the County and bordering towns and villages too.  It’s for you and the rest of our community so please, please, please do share this blog and lets see if we can get more people reading it and interacting.

Stay Safe 

Stay safe everyone, keep your distance and keep washing your hands.  We’re not in the clear yet so we need to ‘Stay Alert’

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Saving The Planet – Online

Saving The Planet – Online

On The Plus Side…

Covid-19 has wreaked devastation across the world with many lives lost while others have become (and remain) seriously ill as a result of this deadly virus.  ‘Normal’ has changed over the last few months with travel, work and personal restrictions causing much disruption and heartache.  Finances have been seriously challenged for all of us be that directly or indirectly but we have also shown remarkable resilience and a desire to keep going.  Some industries have carried on as normal while others have had to significantly increase working practices to cope with demand.  Others, on the other hand, have suffered greatly with many paying the ultimate price of permanent closure.

On a positive note though, many of us have adapted our working practices to keep going which has in turn resulted in a significant reduction in pollution, fossil fuel emissions and litter.  On a personal note I have significantly reduced my vehicle use by taking my work online.  The knock on effect of that has been that my clients have been able to manage injuries, carry on with their rehabilitation programme under personal instruction, maintain their strength and monitor fitness levels as my training programmes have been adapted for home exercise.  Those training at home have also had reduced car usage of course so the reduction in the burning of fossil fuels has been reduced even further.

While I’m used to visiting clients in their home, the lockdown has made me re-evaluate my working practices.  The home exercise sessions really do seem to be the way forward and I will definitely keep them going.  I had been looking for ways to become more environmentally friendly with my working practices so this is definitely a step in the right direction.

I’m Not Alone

Since many people have turned to working online through Zoom, WhatsApp Messenger or FaceTime video sessions my thoughts have turned to those who have been doing it for some time.  I do wonder why it’s taken me so long to catch up of course but having been forced into a new practice I wonder how many others will continue with the online working practice too.  It’s not until I start to apply the ‘grey matter’ that I realise how many businesses have already been working successfully online.  How many can you think of?  I’m aware that authors have been selling online for some time as we have become accustomed to buying books for our e-readers.  Many courses and tutorials have been firmly embedded into the online platforms too while shopping online has become the norm.

Libraries

Lincolnshire Libraries (@lincslibraries on twitter and Lincolnshire Libraries on Facebook) are set to reopen on 13 July with a phased reopening of their larger premises first and hubs/mobile libraries opening later in the season.  However, although there is a real joy (well, there is for me anyway)! to be had when browsing through the physical books on the shelves it has to be said that our libraries have really stepped up their online services to keep us all happy.  Perhaps you’ve been enjoying some of their audio books, e-books or music from their ‘Freegal Music’ selection?  It’s all online and free with your Library card so if you haven’t already experienced it perhaps now is the time.  Not only will you be accessing the library from your home or mobile device but you’ll be helping to save the planet too by reducing your travel requirements.

If it’s a good read that you’re looking for and are a regular browser of the amazon or Apple libraries youo may have a favourite local author who has been keeping your reading habits and imagination alive.  Some of them have been mentioned in previous blogs of course from the very imaginative books by local Grimsby author Lynette Creswell who sells her books on Amazon (find her on Facebook ‘Lynette Creswell Author’ or via her website www.lynettecreswell.wordpress.com ) and has a new book of short stories ‘The Cat Thief’

Lynette Creswell – A local author based in Grimsby with quite a collection of published books now has a new book ‘The Cat Thief’ – click on the picture for more information.

to factual eBooks about growing vegetables in straw bales.  Simon Gibbins has produced both an e-Book and a DVD which can both be purchased through his website www.strawbaleveg.co.uk

Simon Gibbins is based in Waddington, Lincoln but his e-Book and DVD are both available from his website. Click on the picture for more information

Home fruit and vegetable growing has certainly seen an upsurge during the lockdown so with fresh food readily available in our own garden perhaps shopping habits are set to change again as even more people discover the joy and convenience of home grown produce.  If you fancy giving it a go you can contact Simon through his website or on twitter @strawbaleukman where he also has information about his seed sales as @SeedsSimon

Lockdown Hobbies

While many of us have utilised the lockdown to learn new skills (it’s been blogging for me) it’s worth remembering that many local businesses have been providing their services online for quite some time before the virus hit us.  Rosemary from Inavanti Learning has been providing language courses on an individual basis with online learning to compliment her sessions but during the lockdown she has moved exclusively to online sessions.  It can’t have escaped your notice that Lincolnshire is a large County so for a business based in Grantham it’s important to be able to reach customers both near and far.  ‘Online’ is most definitely the way forward, not just for reach and accessibility but for reducing traffic and helping to look after our planet.  Schools have had to embrace the technology to keep in touch with students but as the schools gradually return to building based lessons it’s important to know that personalised online learning is very much available for you.  ‘Thank you’ to the dedication and hard work of private tutors like Rosemary.

Inavanti Learning – click on the picture to go straight to the website. This could be the start of your next journey…

 

Inavanti Learning – Click on the picture to watch the Inavanti video and get a feel for your next learning experience.      

 

Download It…

Music is part of the online and download revolution with lots of platforms available to artists of any genre. I often search YouTube to listen to local artists so, as I’m writing about ‘online’ I thought it would be a good time to share some local bands here:

Trak3 Official is a Grimsby based band singing rap. I’ve chosen ‘Caught Up’ as a featured track here but please keep in mind that other tracks of theirs do contain swearing. Click on the picture to hear the YouTube track and don’t forget to give them a follow on Twitter @TRAK3_Official 

If you fancy something different this very young band from Cleethorpes definitely deserves a listen.  This group of youngsters really have been doing some good things and have been getting their name around the music scene quite successfully too.  Have a listen to ‘Bullet’ and don’t forget to see what else they have on their Youtube channel:

Revivalry – A band of youngsters from Cleethorpes doing some great things. Click on this picture to hear the track and don’t forget to give them a follow on Twitter too @revivalryband 

Another great Lincolnshire band destined for great things is Shout Inferno.  They’ve appeared on my tweets and blogs before as one of my featured local bands of the week so it’s no surprise to see them here again:

Shout Inferno – Live at The Sweet Factory. Click on the picture to go to their youTube channel and hear another great song from their library. You can also follow them on Twitter @ShoutInferno 

The Saboteurs have also featured as one of my ‘Local Bands of the week’ and I’m sure you won’t mind if I feature them here too:

SaboteursClick the picture to hear ‘Coraline’ – it’s the latest single from the band and it really is a good one. @sabsbanduk were also a recent addition to my local band of the week feature on twitter and when you hear this track you’ll understand why. I think this band from Sleaford are destined for big things.

Follow The Leader

If you like local music you need to follow Dave @laamb4 on twitter or visit the website for lots more music and arts information.  As usual, you can click on the picture to go straight to the website:

LaambClick on the picture to go to the website. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

A Word From The Sponsor

If you would like to sponsor the next blog please do get in touch.  I hope you like what you see and can see the value in it for local businesses, charities and organisations.  Until next time though, I’ll leave you with a short video by @MandarinMothers who provide bespoke complementary therapies from the comfort of your own home:

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Back Soon

If you have any suggestions for future blogs please do let me know.

Stay Safe

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Food Glorious Food…

Food Glorious Food…

15 Years And Going Strong

There have been some lovely stories emerging about the organisations that have sprung up recently who’re providing food for those in need during the Covid-19 pandemic but we mustn’t forget the organisations that have been providing food and support for the homeless and vulnerable all year round.  I can think of several and during this lockdown period I have had time to contemplate and decide what I value and what I am truly grateful for.  As I look around and see more and more people doing wonderful things for the community I realise that I could and should (and will) be doing more.

I find a lot of my contacts through Twitter and several people really stand out for their kindness, selflessness and community spirit.  Some of the things they do without the need for praise or recognition is truly humbling and it’s worth remembering that they don’t have to do what they do.  They could have an easy life and leave the volunteering to someone else.  That said, if all the volunteers stopped what they were doing to leave the help for others to do, nothing would get done and the country would really be in dire straights!  Society owes the volunteers a great debt and with that in mind, I hope to write about some or all of them in my blogs to let their stories be known.

One such group is the Grimsby Food Kitchen which is run Cath and Ken with help from some of their lovely volunteers.  In normal circumstances (outside of the Covid-19 restrictions) Cath and Ken provide emotional support to the homeless and vulnerable people in the area with hugs and smiles flowing freely.  I can’t imagine what it must be like to be homeless and without human contact but I can imagine that the Grimsby Food Kitchen is much more than just a place to visit for Sunday lunch.

Grimsby Food Kitchen – The GFK provide so much more than just Sunday lunch. The smiles and kind eyes say so much more… Click on the picture for a link to the Facebook page

Sometimes, when you’re faced with the worry of having to move premises the answer is right on your doorstep.  A very generous donation by Pete and Tricia saw the GFK move into new premises rent free for as long as they need it.  Along with a donation of £4000 from the Lincolnshire Community Foundation @LincolnshireCF as well as generous donations from the Rotary International, Humberston Lions and many others including the general public of course plus outstanding support from the local press who regularly contribute on their twitter feed @GrimsbyLive and through their website GrimsbyTelegraph.co.uk  Cath and Ken are able to make bulk food purchases from the cash and carry in order to cook the Sunday lunches and Wednesday hot dogs.  Support is always helpful of course but when you’re volunteers providing a no cost service I’m sure you’ll agree that the support is pretty vital.

 

5.00am Start

GFK Ready for service on Sunday and Wednesday lunch times

Alas, it’s not just a case of ‘turn up for work, cook, serve and leave’!  There isn’t a kitchen in the centre so Cath cooks everything at home then transports it to 18 Clethorpes Road, Grimsby where she, Ken and their volunteers prepare for service from 11.30am through until around 1.30pm.  The additional voluntary help is essential if everything is to run smoothly.  Cath and Ken are always on hand to ‘dish out’ the smiles, hugs and support to those who need it and guide people to other agencies for additional support when required.  I can imagine that the room is normally full of chatter and laughter but, with the Covid-19 outbreak they have had to adapt to a take-away service and social distancing.  That must be difficult on many levels I’m sure.

I had a lovely chat with Cath yesterday and she explained how everything works.  Although it’s very generous of people to turn up with a food parcel you can imagine the storage needed for small items of perishable foods – it just isn’t practical.  The new Wednesday Hot Dog lunch sessions alone will need around 150 sausages each week so bulk buying is really the only practical way forward for this project.

Having chatted with Cath I can tell you now that she just isn’t the sort of person who will ask for glory, praise, recognition…… or cash!  So, on her behalf, I’ll ask for her.  If you can spare ‘any’ cash please get in touch via Facebook Grimsby Food Kitchen or Twitter @CathHomewood to make your own arrangements.  Let’s also keep in mind that the GFK isn’t the only charity in the County that needs your financial help so if you would like to make a donation to a charity in your local area perhaps this short blog will have helped to jog your memory.

I would also like to say a special thanks to @GrimsbyLive for the use of their pictures for this blog.

 

“Never Betray Anyone’s Trust”

When dealing with people it’s important to be approachable and trustworthy.  That applies every day of course but when you’re talking to vulnerable people it’s important that they are able to trust you.  Cath told me that she won’t tolerate ‘he said, she said’ conversations where people are talking about others.  It’s probably fair to say that the people who are turning up for food are like an extended family so when they need help or advice they need to know that the person they are talking to will be there for them.  In Caths’ own words “never betray anyone’s trust” seems doubly important.

Bless you Cath and Ken, you’re doing a fantastic job.  Keep smiling and keep cooking.

 

Did Someone Say Food?

This year the Louth Pie Day (#LouthPieDay) had a bit of a setback.  Just about to celebrate it’s second year….. and then we had the lockdown for Covid-19.  Not to be disheartened Justine and Kiat made a subtle change to the hashtag and called it #VirtualLouthPieDay.  What a brilliant idea!  The idea of Louth Pie Day is to encourage visitors to visit the various shops in Louth to sample and buy a variety of pies and if there is any competition going on I certainly wouldn’t like to have to select an overall winner from the many entries.  What’s your idea of a pie?  Is it a pork pie?  What about a steak and ale pie?  Vegetarian pie or vegan pie?  Oh yes, and then there’s the fruit pie of course…

Click on this picture to go straight to the Facebook page

Unfortunately the shops were closed for customers this year so there were no pies to be bought.  However, the #VirtualLouthPieDay was conceived and facebook and twitter followers were invited to make their own pies and share pictures of their creations on the Facebook and Twitter @LouthPieDay pages.  If you would like to see what happened just type in #VirtualLouthPieDay to your search bar on twitter or Facebook to see all the pictures and comments.  You might also like to follow the pages to make sure you don’t forget to enjoy the fun next year.

#LincsConnectJobs

The #LincsConnectJobs hashtag is still live so if you have any jobs to advertise Just add in the hashtag to your advert and tweet it or post it on Facebook.

To follow @LtsaSCITT on twitter just click on this picture to go straight to their profile, click the follow button and search their tweets for more information.

If you’re considering a carer in teaching, recruitment is still going ahead for 2020 via Zoom.  If you are interested email pslack@lincstsa.co.uk today for a Zoom link and an appointment.  Don’t let Covid-19 deter you.  Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

 

Are You A Reader?

Author Lynette Creswell from Immingham

Author Lynette Creswell has several books to her name already and has now produced a book of short stories which is due to be released very soon.  Being dyslexic I much prefer to read short stories so this book will be perfect for me.  Do you have a preferred genre or do you just pick up a book that takes your fancy at the time?  I know some people can read a whole book in a weekend (or even faster) but I’m afraid a ‘normal’ sized paperback can take me up to a year to read.  It’s odd that I can enjoy writing so much and can plan a blog like this one in my head in seconds and take around half a day to research it, put it together and post it but when it comes to reading….. Well, a year to read a paperback kind of tells you what I’m like at reading!

There’s an empty space where a book should be!

I’ve been invite to the ‘Cover Reveal’ for the new book of short stories titled ‘Cat Thief’ and I’m pleased to be able to extent that invitation to you too.  Don’t worry, it’s all online so we’ll all be safe and secure;  Hopefully I’ll see you (virtually) there on Saturday 2 May from 11.00am to 12.30pm

Click on the picture to book your virtual place….

 

Looking Forward…

I’m certainly looking forward to getting back to some sort of normality and I’m sure everyone else is too.  With that in mind, I’ll leave you with a gift voucher idea that’ll give you something to look forward to.  You can buy your voucher now and look forward to enjoying a bespoke massage from the comfort of your own home later in the year.  What’s not to like?  If you would like to order your e-voucher just email massage@mandarinleisure.com

Click on the picture to go to the Mandarin Therapies website

 

Stay Safe everyone

Are you a reader or a writer?

Are you a reader or a writer?

 

Kids Book Fest 7-8 March 2020

A reading, writing and illustrating treat

I’m hoping this is going to become an annual event in Scunthorpe as it’s promising to be a real boost for authors and illustrators as well as local publishers. If you have a children’s book in your head and wonder what you can do with it, this event may be just what you need. Perhaps teachers would like to get involved too by taking their children along to be entertained and enthused at the North Lincs Kids Book Fest.

Every day is a learning day

Every day is a learning day for children and adults alike of course but when you have some experts on hand to help you expand your creativity wouldn’t it be a good idea to go along to see what they have to offer?

The event is being brought to you by Rabbit Hole Brigg and Pink Pig Farm and will be held at Pink Pig Farm (The North Lincolnshire Kids Book Fest 2020 – follow the link to book and for more info).

A few words from Nick…

I’m sure you will agree it’s best to hear direct from one of the organisers so here’s a summary by Nick from the ‘Rabbit Hole Brigg’

Who will be there?

I understand that there will be quite a few authors and illustrators on hand over the weekend but these are the ones I have information on:

 

 

 

“All of these authors and many more will be at the Pink Pig Farm on 7 & 8 March as will The Rabbit Hole. For more information about these guest authors please feel free to look at their personal websites.

“The Rabbit Hole Brigg are passionate about trying to get more authors and illustrators into this area and we are very excited to be taking this first step towards our goal of hosting an annual event”

For more information please email therabbithole.brigg@outlook.com ot telephone Nick on 01652 408534

More to come…

This is my longest blog so far but there is much more to come.  If you would like to have your local event/interest/hobby/charity featured here please email me through the LincsConnect website.

Thats it for now, but keep watching for the next blog as it’ll be here soon.

M