LincsConnect Stars

LincsConnect Stars

LincsConnect Stars

Join the Lincolnshire #LincsConnect Stars by visiting the hashtag to support others

Read on to discover how you can join the Lincolnshire LincsConnect Stars and be in with the chance of a featured spot in this blog.

LincsConnect Hour 

Join the LincsConnect Hour stars on Monday evenings on Twitter at 8.00pm. You’ll find new friends every week so search  #LincsConnect and stay there to follow the chat. Likewise, you’ll find your friends on the #LincsConnect hashtag every day so pop in for a chat.

#LincsConnect Hour on Mondays at 8.00pm on Twitter by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

Join us for the #LincsConnect Hour on Mondays at 8.00pm

LincsConnect Hour 10 April 2023

The Hour was hosted by me and I ran the Hour along the lines of ‘Simon Says’.  Starting off with introductions including individual personal adverts then proceeded with instructions to read and retweet (not ‘Like’) two tweets from the introductions.

The Hour continued on the same theme so attendees were able to post four adverts and have multiple retweets.

Lincolnshire LincsConnect Stars

LincsConnect. Use the hashtag to promote yourself and support others on a daily basis by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

Use the #LincsConnect hashtag daily for your advertising and networking. It’s free and simple to use

I’ve seen people post their messages but get no response.  You can use the #LincsConnect hashtag on your posts to reach out to a wider local audience but for best results you need to visit the hashtag regularly to chat and retweet for others.

LincsConnect Stars

Taking the Hour  a stage further it was suggested that I should produce a Gif for #LincsConnect so that’s exactly what I’ve done.

#LincsConnect Be A Star Gif by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

People who join in with the #LincsConnect Hour on Twitter are given the opportunity to post multiple adverts but also invited to win the virtual star.  Enter this daily fun competition daily which simply requires you to visit the Lincolnshire #LincsConnect hashtag to support others there.

The competition runs every day with a new member being selected according to how many people they support on the hashtag.  In addition, one of the lucky winners will be selected to have a feature in this blog.

The blog will be updated each month with the new winner so play the game to be in with a chance of being featured here.

Join The Lincolnshire #LincsConnect Stars Club

The #LincsConnect Stars are the ones who take the time to chat to others and share posts.  You too can become a #LincsConnect Star by utilising the hashtag regularly to support others there.

The Stars – In No Particular Order

As a result of following the instructions to support your fellow #LincsConnect members to reach out to a wider audience you will be in with a chance to win a virtual star and a feature in this blog.

Advertising isn’t free of course so it’s going to cost you in time. Spending a minimum of 5 minutes of your time each day is perfect. The more visits you make to the #LincsConnect hashtag to support others, the greater your chance of winning the Star and blog feature.

Don’t forget to post your own free adverts on the #LincsConnect hashtag too if course.

Sponsored By:

Mandarin Therapies is one of the LincsConnect Hour Stars providing bespoke mobile complementary therapies across the whole county and beyond by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

Mandarin Therapies and @MandarinMothers provides bespoke mobile complementary therapies across the whole County and beyond. Go to the bio to discover more and click on the picture to go to the website

 

How It Works

One visit to the #LincsConnect Hour won’t instantly make you famous or popular with other #LincsConnect members.  One Hour may not even get you any sales but taking the concept and applying it daily will help you to gain more recognition and may well lead to increased sales. Spend a few minutes each day chatting with and sharing posts to maximise your impact on social media.

LincsConnect Stars

Join the fun to make good connections and helped each. As a result, your adverts will reach a wider audience so join us for the #LincsConnect Hour on Mondays at 8.00pm and on the #LincsConnect hashtag every day.

Your Editorial Here

As a special ‘thank you’ to those who interact with the #LincsConnect hashtag there will be an opportunity for an editorial here. One winner each month will be chosen so make sure you’re taking part. You have to be in it to win it!

The editorial will include a picture of choice and links to websites etc. The editorial will update each month. To increase advertising opportunities winners are encouraged to use the blog to post on their social media pages. As a result more people will see the blog which will increase awareness of the competition.

Congratulations J&S Plumbing & Heating

J&S Plumbing & Heating services in Lincolnshire by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

J&S Plumbing & Heating “Quality as standard”

Jason dedicated just a few minutes each day to searching the #LincsConnect hashtag on Twitter. As a result he has won this free editorial – congratulations Jason. In addition to the free editorial J&S plumbing & Heating have increased their profile on Twitter and are steadily increasing their following.

Jason has also launched his own Twitter hashtag #JASSafetyTips so if you have any questions about your plumbing and heating or would like to see answers to questions you hadn’t thought to ask, just search the hashtag.  You’ll find J&S Plumbing & Heating on twitter under the name @JASPlumbLincs and on Facebook under jasplumbandheat so be sure to give them a follow.

J&S Plumb & Heat in Lincolnshire by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

Click on the picture to go straight to the J&S Plumbing & Heating website

As a satisfied customer I have no hesitation in recommending Jason for your boiler purchase, servicing, and maintenance. We had two large old boilers which Jason removed and replaced with a single new efficient Worcester boiler. Quick, clean, efficient and at a fair price so naturally I’m very pleased with the job.

One year later a service is due so I received a text reminder with a link to the website. As a result, one click took me to the right page and after filling in my name and address the service it was booked. By following the simple instructions I even had a choice of preferred days and times for the visit. A follow up text to confirm the appointment followed just minutes later. That’s what I call good service.

Spread The Cost With J&S Plumbing & Heating

There are 5 fully qualified heating engineers on hand to look after you. As a result it’s unlikely that you’ll have a long wait for your work to be booked in and carried out. Jason even has monthly payment service plans available to help you spread the cost. Qualified in gas, oil and LPG heating systems J&S Plumbing & Heating have you covered. Their strap line says it all: “Quality as standard”

Congratulations to Serena Twibell Arts

LincsConnect Stars Award featuring Serena TwibellArts by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire Blogger LincsBlogger

@TwibellArts on Twitter and Etsy. and Serena.Twibell on Facebook. Click on the picture to go straight to the shop

Always here to support other #LincsConnect users, Serena has surely deserved her prize of a free editorial here.  When Serena isn’t painting or or creating hand sewn lovelies & home decor pieces from felt and vintage fabrics (never far from a cup of tea of course) she and her husband are collecting vintage items to go on sale in their shop at Hemswell Antiques.

The stock is always changing of course so I strongly recommend that you pay a visit to Canberra Antiques Centre (Unit 52) to have a look for yourself.  When you get there you’ll find that the very helpful reception staff will be pleased to guide you to Twibell Arts.

LincsConnect Stars featuring Serena Twibell at Canberra Antiques Centre, Hemswell by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

Unit 52 at Canberra Antiques Center, Hemswell. Click on the picture to find Canberra Antiques Centre

Painting And Creating

Serena is truly gifted as you’ll discover when you follow her on Twitter and look at her Etsy Shop.  Again, the stock is constantly being updated as the artwork and creations are all original. However, you’ll be able to keep up to date with what’s new by following @TwibellArts on Twitter or Serena.Twibell on Facebook

LincsConnect Stars featuring TwibellArts by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

Incredibly detailed miniature paintings as well as exquisite creations, Serena has every gift occasion covered so a visit to her Etsy shop is a must. Click on the picture for a shortcut to the shop.

Call 01522 708 208 to book an appointment today or click on the links above to go to the website and social media sites.

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Nordic Walking In Lincolnshire

Nordic Walking In Lincolnshire

Nordic Walking In Lincolnshire With Mandarin Fitness

Nordic Walking with Mandarin Fitness in Lincolnshire (Lincoln) by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

Nordic Walking in Lincolnshire with Mandarin Fitness. It’s suitable for all levels from complete beginner to seasoned athlete

It ‘is’ just walking with poles! You may be surprised to learn that there is some technique to master before you can truly call yourself a Nordic walker though. Thankfully Mandarin Fitness is here to guide you so read on for more information.

Martin from Mandarin Fitness has over 32 years experience in the health and fitness industry and runs weekly classes. As a result, you can rest assured that you are benefitting from a wealth of experience and learning from one of the best.

Nordic Walking In Lincolnshire (Lincoln) Monthly Timetable

Client safety is always a priority so please do check here for any updates and changes to the timetable.

Location Change

As winter wraps itself around us we may need to change the locations from time to time when bad weather makes certain locations difficult or dangerous. Please keep your eyes on this blog for any updates.

Mandarin Fitness Nordic Walking in Lincoln, Lincolnshire on WhatsOnLincs, what's on in Lincolnshire by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

Call 07966 174878 to book your session and poles and click on this link to Mandarin Fitness for additional information

 

Nordic Walking Master Instructor

Qualified as a Master Nordic Walking instructor in 2007 and level 3 Personal Trainer in 1991 Martin is the man to go to for your safe tuition.

Master Nordic Walking Trainer - Mandarin Fitness in Lincolnshire by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

Getting to Grips…

Getting to grips with the basics is key to learning Nordic Walking. Martin will show you how and when to grip the poles and when to release.  You’ll even learn the Nordic Walking ‘swagger’!

With one arm forward the other should swing back whilst pushing on the pole to propel you forward (similar to marching with poles). You’ll learn to grip, release, twist, push and stride simultaneously.

The whole package is the goal but it’s important to start with the basics and build on the technique as each skill is learned.  The technique can take anything from 10 minutes to 6 weeks to master.  One or two clients have taken to it immediately while others need to learn at a slightly slower pace. Whatever learning level you are at, Martin will help you to achieve your goal of learning Nordic Walking.

Beginners Nordic Walking

With the right instructor there is no need to have to join a dedicated beginners Nordic Walking class.  Getting the technique right at ‘your’ pace is the most important consideration for beginners because it will help build confidence. Learning to walk with poles as tools is important so get used to holding the poles and discover how you naturally start to utilise them as time goes on.

To begin the learning journey, start with a loose grip of the handles then walk with your arms locked down by your sides. Progress (within around 15-20 seconds) to relaxing your shoulders and arms then note how they naturally swing as you walk.  At this stage you should be dragging your poles. Once you feel comfortable with this you should try to exaggerate the arm swing. If (or when) you feel it going strong simply keep walking but lock your arms down by your sides ad start the process again.

Getting To Grips With Nordic Walking

Learning to grip, release, swing, push, pick up, chat, laugh, enjoy the scenery and company will all come in time.  It takes a little patience and some expert instruction but you will definitely master it!  Martin is here for you and the group members are always keen to welcome you to the group.

Know Your Limits

You’ll be reminded throughout that your limits are personal to you so it’s important to be the best ‘you’ can be.  Copying others and feeling that you have to ‘keep up’ is a good way to pick up an injury.  To avoid injuries you must do what is comfortable and resist temptation to push too hard.  Martin will have a watchful eye on you all the time – even when you don’t realise that he is watching!

Nordic Walking In Lincolnshire – Benefits And Exercise In Disguise

Nordic Walking encourages participants to include upper body actions to a greater extent than normal walking. The perception is that the hour long session was just a normal walk but the reality is that participants can burn up to 40% more Calories just by using the poles properly. That’s a huge benefit over normal walking without poles. In addition to the Calorie burning benefits, there are also the social benefits to consider as well as the balance aids the poles give for those who are less steady on their feet.

Walking in the fresh air is a well documented stress buster, as is laughing and social interaction.  You’ll get all of these things in abundance when you’re Nordic Walking with a group.

Injury need not be a reason to not take up Nordic Walking. On the contrary, Nordic Walking can be a great benefit when on the road to recovery after injury or illness.  Join a class today to start getting the benefits of Nordic Walking.

Mandarin Fitness provides the right coaching at the right level to make sure your workout is safe and effective.

Classes In Lincoln

Classes are held each Saturday morning in the Lincoln, Lincolnshire area from 10.30am. All abilities are welcome to come along so contact Martin on 07966 174878 for more information and to book your session and poles. The updated timetable is posted each month here and on the Mandarin Fitness Facebook page.

Nordic Walking & Complementary Therapies

The two actually fit well together. Nordic Walking provides physical and mental health benefits and the complementary therapies helps with the emotional benefits as well as the obvious muscular aches and pains. Combining the two will give you a complete package. Ask about the discount schemes for block bookings too. All treatments are mobile and cover the Lincoln and Lincolnshire surrounding areas.

If you would like to know more about the Mandarin Therapies treatments look at the blog below:

Mandarin Therapies mobile massage in Lincolnshire

Click the picture above to see the latest Mandarin Therapies blog

Nordic Walking And More…

If you would like to learn more about Mandarin Fitness, Mandarin Therapies and Mandarin Leisure have a look at the website below:

Mandarin Leisure for Mandarin Fitness, Mandarin Therapies and Mandarin Mothers

Click on the page image to go straight to the Mandarin Leisure website

By Request…

It was requested that I should add in a little background information to help readers understand a little more about Mandarin Fitness and Nordic Walking.  The article below was written and published in local newspapers in 2014 but after all this time, it’s still relevant and very real.  Have a read:

Nordic Walking with Mandarin Fitness by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

Nordic Walking with Mandarin Fitness by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

Addiction doesn’t go away but it can be managed. As a result, the decision to quit running and swap to Nordic Walking was a game changer.

Nordic Walking is a sport for all so you can use it to get fit and stay fit.  Fresh air and friendship are key elements to both mental and physical fitness. Rest assured that after 32 years of Personal Training you’ll be in good hands with Mandarin Fitness. ‘Master instructors’ are few and far between but with the wealth of knowledge and experience gained over more than 32 years as a fitness leader Martin is pretty unique!

Low impact, high energy, great fun and fabulous friendships.  Whatever your ability or level of fitness, Martin will tailor your sessions to you. Call 07966 174878 to book your sessions or ask about special individual or group sessions.

Gift Vouchers

Mandarin Leisure gift vouchers and eVouchers are available for you to purchase. Email martin@mandarinleisure.com for more information.

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Gala Events Pyro Picnic By LincsConnect

Gala Events Pyro Picnic By LincsConnect

Gala Events Pyro Picnic By LincsConnect For #WhatsOnLincs

Gala Events Pyro Picnic at the Lincolnshire Showground on 23 & 24 July. Click on the picture to book your tickets

Gala Events Pyro Picnic By LincsConnect

The Gala Events Pyro Picnic by LincsConnect blog has been written as part of the Lincs Connect #WhatsOnLincs series of blogs.  If you would like a blog writing for your local event please do get in touch.  contact details are at the end of this blog.

It’s Been A Long Time Coming

Gala Events Pyro Picnic by LincsConnect for WhatsOnLincs:  With the end of the pandemic lockdown very much in sight, now is the time to celebrate. What better way than with a ‘pyro picnic’ by Gala Events?  The whole event will be at the Lincolnshire Showground and includes food stalls, drinks, music, fairground and more.  Just in case you aren’t quite sure about ending the Covid19 restrictions, you’ll be pleased to know that the whole event will include a drive-in or walk in experience.  The news just seems to get better and better. Gala Events are putting on one of their championship winning fireworks displays for our delight.

Daylight Fireworks

Gala Fireworks are the proud winners of the British Fireworks Championships 2016.  Previous winners at Belvoir Castle Gala Fireworks have been more than used to taking the centre stage on the winners podium.  Victory after victory after victory – it’s a constant case of ‘updating’ and ‘pushing the boundaries’ of pyrotechnic displays to get to the top and stay there.  Having spoken to the Director Andy I can sense his enthusiasm for what he and Co Director Aaron do.  Together, along with the rest of their team I have absolutely no doubt at all that we’re in for a real treat on 23rd and 24th July.

Gala Events Pyro Picnic By LincsConnect For #WhatsOnLincs

With a pedigree like this I just know that we are all in for a big treat. Click on the picture to go to the Gala Fireworks website or why not email your enquiry to info@galafireworks.co.uk

Believe it or not, the first display will be visible in the daylight thanks to the paint powder technology.  It’s all brought to you with smoke effects, vivid colours and sound.  That’ll be followed by the evening display which will surely be an unforgettable experience.  Make sure you have your phone or camera charged up because you’re going to want to capture these special memories.

Light Fuse, Stand Well Back… 

Gala Events Pyro Picnic By LincsConnect For #WhatsOnLincs

When you’re a championship winning Firework Display Team you don’t tend to rely on a box of matches… Click on the picture to see the rest of this video from 2015 on YouTube. For telephone enquires call (01522) 214966 – no event is too big or too small.

Now is the time to celebrate with a ‘pyro picnic’ but don’t expect anyone to be lighting the fireworks with a match!  If you haven’t already, I suggest you click on the picture above to see how it’s done.

It’s a huge operation that takes skill and a lot of double checking. A large dose of passion to please the audience is right up there with their list of priorities too.  Based in Lincoln and Boston these guys are local and proud of it.  They are pushing the boundaries both with the artistic content of their displays and the quality of training of their staff but the company doesn’t define itself with their firework expertise alone.

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Mandarin Therapies provides bespoke complementary therapies from the comfort of your own home throughout Lincolnshire and beyond. Therapies range from individually blended oils for your aromatherapy to Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) massage as well as Antenatal and Postnatal massage and tuition.  Call Mandarin Therapies @MandarinMothers on 07966 174878 to book your next appointment. For more information have a look at the website Mandarin Therapies 

Gala Events – Fireworks And More

You can be forgiven for thinking that Gala Events are centred around firework displays but read on to find out more:

Gala Events can organise everything from your event management to providing the bar, flowers, photography/videography, the marquees and even the portaloos. The firework displays need not always be on a huge scale either as they cater for weddings and parties.  If you have a group of 20 or 20,000 Gala probably have the event solution for you.

These credentials speak for themselves:

“We won the British championships in 2016 in Plymouth.
We have won the following firework Champions events….. Belvior Castle in 2013, Eastnor Castle in 2014 and Stanford Hall in 2016.
2nd place at Belvior Castle in 2017.
And 2nd place at the British pyromusical championships in Southport in 2014.
As Gala Events, We also won the Central England prestige award in 2020 for Event Entertainment Specialist of the Year.”
Pretty impressive don’t you think?

Gala Events Pyro Picnic – Meet The Directors

Gala Events Pyro Picnic By LincsConnect For #WhatsOnLincs

Meet Andy and Aaron, the two directors of Gala Events.

Gala events are a Lincolnshire company but don’t underestimate their national presence.  These two gents have been very busy all over the country with events to suite all occasions.I could ramble on and on but perhaps it’s best to let Andy and Aaron give you a glimpse of what they can offer.  Follow the link below to their Facebook page and scroll through for a bigger sample of what they provide:

Gala Events Ltd

Andy is the Operations Manager.  Everything you don’t see, do experience and certainly do enjoy is down to him.  Our safety is down to everyone but Andy oversees the operation of the projects. Here’s a little resume from the website:

“Andy has been around the professional firework display arena since 2002. He has fired many hundreds of displays and project managed some of Gala’s big successes, not least the 2016 British Championship win. Within the Gala family, he takes responsibility for many of the things that go on behind the scenes including the legal and financial elements of the business. He is constantly looking for new effects, and innovative ways to improve the final delivery ensuring Gala stay on top of their game.”

Aaron is the display and design manager so the heavy burden of what we see is down to him!  That’s a pretty hefty responsibility don’t you think?  Here’s what their website has to say:

“The magic you see from a Gala Display is all Aaron’s work. Aaron has a vast knowledge of effects, unrivalled enthusiasm, and a broad musical range. These all contribute towards his ability to design displays to any genre or for any occasion. Aaron has been producing breath-taking displays for many years. Always looking for that new effect or combination of design sequences that put Gala one step ahead. He also controls social media activities to keep the public up to date…   If you want to talk fireworks – Aaron is your man!”

Having chatted to Andy it’s refreshing to hear that Gala Events are passionate about supporting local businesses.  That’s a theme that I’ve been running on Lincs Connect since its start.  In fact, you could say that supporting everything Lincolnshire is a passion of mine so it’s nice to hear this team share my enthusiasm.

Gala Events Pyro Picnic By LincsConnect For #WhatsOnLincs

Click on the picture to go straight to the box office. Grab your tickets early before it’s too late!

 

Gala Events Pyro Picnic – Running Order

The running order is subject to small changes depending on the light on the night but here is a fairly accurate itinerary for the Pyro Picnic evening:

17.00Hrs  Gates Open

The air will be filled with family friendly music played by the resident Gala Events DJ.  He’ll be taking requests on the night via social media so make sure you’re following in advance.

19.30Hrs  Mororbike Stunt team

Aaron Stannage has been performing motorbike stunts with the team from the age of 3 and is now running the Stannage Stunt Team.  A quick check of the website gives you an insight into what we will be treated to.  You might want to have a look for yourself: www.stannagestuntteam.co.uk

21.00Hrs  Daylight Fireworks Show

You’ll need to see it to believe it but this aerial show is certainly going to be fabulous.

22.00Hrs  Grand Finale

The evening will have been fabulous I’m sure but this is probably ‘the’ event you’ve been waiting for.  What display could be better than a championship level display?  Be prepared to be wowed by the perfectly timed fireworks display with music. Make sure your camera is fully charged!

Gala Events Pyro Picnic – Relax

The gates open at 5.00pm but don’t stress if you’re still travelling home from work as the show doesn’t start until around 7.30pm.  However, the earlier you arrive, the more chance you’ll have to enjoy everything else that has been organised for you.  You won’t be able to miss the fun fair of course so if you want to enjoy the rides make sure you make your way over there early. Alas, I get travel sickness on the Children’s ‘Tea Cup’ ride so I’ll have to be content with watching the fun.  I know my son and friends will be enjoying themselves here though.  I just hope they discover the fun-fair before finding the bar!

Ferry Ales Brewery will be taking care of your drinking needs throughout the evening and I can personally recommend them.  Gala Events have thought of everything of course so if your priority list doesn’t include the funfair or the bar there is still a shopping village to keep your attention.  You’ll find lots of local traders there from wax melts and other gift stalls to holiday Travel Counsellors and sweets.  If that doesn’t appeal perhaps you might like to talk to Soper BMW about your next car.

Whether you take your own picnic or buy food from one of the many local stalls you’re bound to have a good time.  If you like what you see so far, don’t forget that there is more to enjoy than is printed in this short blog!

Contact Gala Events

The team are contactable through their websites Gala Events Ltd (currently under re-construction) and Gala Fireworks  If you’re on social media follow them on Twitter @Gala_Events_Ltd and Facebook Gala Events.  The social media platforms will be live during the events for you to make requests with the resident DJ so follow early and to keep up to date with this and other events.  As always, there is always the telephone back up so why not give them a call on (01522) 214966

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Gala Events Pyro Picnic - Gala Fireworks Shop

Click on the picture to visit the online Gala Fireworks Shop

The Gala Fireworks shop is located at Mad Mac’s, 2 Maud Street, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE21 6TP.  A supply of top quality fireworks is always in stock to cater for your celebrations from small wedding gatherings to birthday parties, work events and much more. Pop in to see what is available today.  Stock can be seasonal so, for your convenience, why not visit online?  You can check prices and availability as well as place your order from the comfort of your own home. Click on the picture above or this link Gala Fireworks Shop to go straight to the online shop.

Post Event…

The Pyro Picnic has happened and was a great success.  I thought it would be nice to share a few insights with you along with a few more pictures and a video.  Enjoy…

Gala Events Pyro Picnic – Setting Up

Just another day in the office! The fireworks are all set up and the display is ready to go – just a few final adjustments to be made by Aaron on his laptop.  When you’re out in the field, the field becomes your office and the desk is covered in grass!

Gala Events Pyro Picnic By LincsConnect For #WhatsOnLincs

Final adjustments…

When only the best is good enough it’s best to check and check again. Those final adjustments make all the difference…

Gala Events Pyro Picnic By LincsConnect For #WhatsOnLincs

Final checks and adjustments

Gala Events Pyro Picnic By LincsConnect For #WhatsOnLincs

The sound guys helping keep us all entertained

The party wouldn’t be right without some local food and drinks of course so here are a few snapshots of some local traders:

Gala Events Pyro Picnic By LincsConnect For #WhatsOnLincs

Food and drink to keep the picnic going

Jaguars on parade…

Live Entertainment

Using bikes, quads and a fair amount of petrol the stunt team certainly kept the crowds entertained during the day

Gala Events Pyro Picnic By LincsConnect For #WhatsOnLincs

Single and two bike jumps plus the human torch to entertain the crowds during the day

Gala Events Pyro Picnic – Daytime Fireworks

We all know how spectacular the fireworks are at night but these daytime fireworks add a different dimension.  A perfect choice for wedding and family celebrations during the daytime. The video doesn’t really do them justice but here goes anyway…

It’s all done with special paints and sound to complete the daytime effect.  The end result is both a ground level and airborne display.

Gala Events Pyro Picnic Daytime fireworks By LincsConnect For #WhatsOnLincs

Meanwhile, close to ground level, the colours are pretty spectacular

Gala Events Pyro Picnic – The Sky Darkens

As the sun disappears and the darkness depends it’s time for a quick video to show off the event from the vantage point of the back of my truck:

The Pyro Picnic as dusk falls

Gala Events Pyro Picnic – As Night Falls

While others took their seats for the main event I took to the tailgate of my truck to gain good vantage point. The reflections on the cars show just how bright the fireworks were.

Gala Events Pyro Picnic By LincsConnect For #WhatsOnLincs

A stunning display and a silhouette

The Official Display Video

Enjoy…

Until Next Time…

That’s it for now.  I hope you enjoyed this special blog.  I’ll be grateful for any comments and feedback so feel free to email me at martin@lincsconnect.co.uk

Advertising comes with a FREE link to the blog for as long as you want it so you can use it again and again to help promote your business or charity.  If you would like a blog about your upcoming event or business please get in touch.  You can email me at martin@lincsconnect.co.uk or call me on 07966 174878

Look after yourself and each other but above all, ‘have fun’

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Around Me In Lincolnshire – Sleaford

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Sleaford

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Sleaford Through The Eyes Of LincsConnect

Around me in Lincolnshire – Sleaford by LincsConnect. This is the second of my series of blogs ‘through the eyes of LincsConnect’.  I’m sure you’ll find it useful.

It’s funny how a pre-conceived blog can change so much and so quickly.  I’ve been fortunate enough to visit Sleaford many times so the layout of the blog was already pre-conceived.  However, my research made me realise how little I know about the town.

Sleaford – Getting There

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Sleaford is conveniently located between Grantham (15 miles), Newark (19 miles), Boston (17 miles), Lincoln (20 miles) & Stamford (29 miles)

Split Sleaford into three areas and you’ll realise that there is more to the town than meets the eye.  We have Quarrington, Old Sleaford  and  New Sleaford (or ‘Sleaford’ as we know it now).  New Sleaford has enveloped both Old Sleaford and Quarrington during its recent ‘growth spurt’. We can therefore be forgiven for not realising how much the landscape has changed. In fact, the landscape has changed dramatically.  Over the last 250 years or so we now the ‘Old River Slea’ and the ‘New River Slea’ plus a railway line or two.  I’ll talk more about the rivers later though.

The A15 running North/South come to Sleaford from Lincoln in the North and Peterborough from the South.  Driving East/West the A17 links Boston through Sleaford to Newark.

The Sleaford railway station was opened in 1857 nd led to the ultimately demise of the canal.  It’s the only station in the region to offer North/South ‘and’ East/West destinations.  Trains run from Peterborough and Skegness as well as Nottingham and Lincoln.

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Sleaford (Quarrington)

Quarrington is worthy of a mention on its own but is now part of the larger town of Sleaford.

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St Botolph’s Church, Quarrington. Click on the picture to go to the website

The St Botolph’s Church (click the link to find them on Facebook) was originally built in the 13th Century but was rebuilt in 1812 and its tower was restored in 1887. Sunday services are being held weekly at 11.00am* with evening services via Zoom at 6.00pm.  *The obvious Covid19 restrictions apply so if you would like to attend the service please pre-book by emailing your request to stbquarrington890@gmail.com

Quarrington is located South West of Sleaford centre with the A15 to its West and A153/B1517 to its North and is thought to be the ‘mother’ parish of Old Sleaford. The walk from Quarrington is regarded as ‘easy’ and is just 3-4 miles round trip to Sleaford depending on your route:

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Around Me In Lincolnshire – Sleaford (Old Sleaford)

Old Sleaford, as you might expect, had its (Northern) border running along the Old (original) River Slea.  I’ve also read that there was a Roman road running through Sleaford from Tattershall to Ancaster.  My research so far suggests that I have a choice of either King Street or Bloxholm Lane. You can probably guess what town my next blog will focus on then!

Old Sleaford was possibly an iron-age tribal centre but since then it has had links with William the Conqueror in 1086 and had a castle built by Bishop Alexander of Lincoln in around 1120/30.  Sadly though the castle fell into disrepair and was demolished in around 1600.  During its popularity it played host to both King John and Henry VIII (separately of course)!

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The site of the castle is still visible and is shown in this aerial picture. The picture was taken from Wikipedia but there is no evidence of the originator to reference here I’m afraid.

“The visible remains are now only a moat, a scrap of masonry (one small, toppled portion of a wall in the north-east corner of the inner bailey) and associated earthworks”.  For more information visit the Wikipedia site.  I’ll be paying a visit to the site soon and hope to be able to provide updated pictures.

Further reading Indicates that there was a large Manor House (the Hussey Manor House, build in 1400) at Old Place, Sleaford.  It included a moat, gate house, chapel, kiln drying oven and extensive outbuildings.  Sadly it was demolished in 1822 to make way for the new building.  If you’re planning a visit to the area look up ‘Old Place’, Sleaford.

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Sleaford Navigation

The river Slea surfaces to the South West of Ancaster at West Willoughby (West of Sleaford) and flows through Sleaford to South Kyme. Here it becomes the Kyme Eau and then joins the River Witham at Chapel Hill.

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The diagram shows the seven locks used in the new River Slea while the blue line to the right shows the course of the Old River Slea

The River Slea and the Nine Foot River (or Nine Foot Drain) merge in Sleaford to become one River Slea.  As the river passes through the town it becomes part of the Sleaford Navigation.  The 12.5 miles canalisation was opened in 1794 to allow continued navigation.  Inevitably (with the advent of the railway) it became redundant and fell into disrepair.  Thankfully much of it has now been restored and re-opened.  The Old River Slea was allowed to run its normal course (South of the canal) and the two rejoin at Cobblers Lock before becoming the Kyme Eau at South Kyme and eventually joining the River Witham.

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Sleaford Navigation House

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Navigation House visitor centre, Sleaford. Go to the Sleaford Navigation House website and follow them on Twitter here: @NavigationHouse 

 

The old clerks office (Navigation House) serves as a visitors centre for the canal and incorporates a shop selling local produce.  More importantly though it houses a museum and information centre with wall maps, information boards, TV and audio rooms and lots of interesting articles to inform the young and old alike. Built in 1838 this grade II listed building is a piece of history in its on right.  When visiting be sure to make your way to Navigation Yard to have a look. I know you’ll be impressed so make it a date in your diary.  For up-to-date information give them a follow on Twitter @NavigationHouse

Their current opening times are Friday to Monday 12.00pm-4.00pm.  You can ring them on 01529 305904 or email navigationhouse@n-kesteven.gov.uk to book group tours too.

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Sleaford Cogglesford Mill

Covid19 is still threatening its ugliness across the world but you’ll find the staff at Coggesford Watermill are very friendly and have your safety in mind.  Please do contact them prior to your visit (see the YouTube video above for details).  Don’t forget your mask while looking around this historic building though.

From Navigation House you’ll find Coggesford Mill just a short walk away.  Look out for the Kingfishers while you’re walking along the river bank.  If you’re lucky you’ll see a flash of bright blue as one goes fishing for a snack.

If you’ve come from Navigation House hopefully you bought some duck food for the inevitable feeding spectacular.  It’s always a special moment for childen if you have any with you.  However, for the adults you’ll find an array of freshly ground flour and other local produce in the shop at Coggesford Mill and if it’s a sunny day you may want to buy an ice cream there too.

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Coggesford Water Mill – if this picture downs’e tempt you to visit I don’t know what will…

The mill was originally a single story building but was later extended to three stories. Built in the 18th Century it’s still producing freshly ground flour to this day.  Its history goes way back to Saxon times so the building we see today with its two sets of millstones is relatively modern!

Seeing and hearing the mill in action is a real treat so I do hope you get to experience it.  I’ve noticed that there was a virtual tour as well as special school trips so please do get in touch by email cogglesfordwatermill@n-kesteven.gov.uk for more information and to book. Follow Cogglesford Mill @Cogglesford on twitter too for regular updates.

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Sleaford Museum

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Discover more of the history of Sleaford by visiting the museum. Currently open every Saturday between 10.00am and 3.00pm. Click on the picture to go to the website or follow them on Twitter @MuseumSleaford 

This local history museum is a charity run by volunteers.  Opening times are limited as I write this blog but please do visit the website and twitter page for updates as additional opening times will inevitably follow the easing of Covid19 restrictions.  Don’t forget to book in before arrival to make sure they have a slot available as visits are limited to four people at a time. Keep up to date on Facebook at Sleaford Museum

Historically (excuse the pun) the museum has had exhibitions but they are limited at the moment.  Checking the website will give you the full up-to-date details though.

Local history talks take place at St Deny’s Church rooms (off the Market Place) and start at 7.30pm. Follow this link for a timetable:  Events and Talks

St Deny’s Church is visible from Eastgate (A153/B1517) and is a ‘must see’ Grade I listed building dating back to the 12th Century.  Click on the blue links to read more and find them on Facebook here St Deny’s Church Sleaford

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Getting there: The address is 81 Southgate (contact number 07518 972016) with plenty of parking and a rail link

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Sleaford Places Of Interest

Sleaford certainly is a gem in the Lincolnshire countryside with lots of interesting things to do and places to visit.  It’s a market town with regular markets on Mondays and Fridays plus a famers market every first Saturday of the month.  It also has a thriving shopping area too with independent shops as well as some big chain stores.  If you fancy some shopping and a bite to eat or a drink you’ll be spoilt for choice.   Just 7 minutes drive from St Deny’s Church in Sleaford is Kirkby-La-Thorpe. Here you’ll find the 12th Century small church which also happens to be called The Church Of St Denny’s.

The Queens Head Bar And Restaurant

Kirkby-La-Thorpe is worthy of a mention because of its church of course but also the village pub which was formerly called The Queens Head Inn (on Boston Road).  The original pub achieved the prestigious Top 13 Pub in the UK award with its fantastic food and great value. It closed in early 2019 due to a combination of COVID19 and the death of a former owner.  Since then it has been taken over by a new team who’ve been putting in the hours and hard work to completely renovate and rejuvenate it.  New menus are planned with the emphasis on locally sourced produce.

The Queens Head team have been posting their progress on Twitter so if you would like to follow their journey click on this link: @QueensKirkby now. You can join in with the chat there and watch the changes being made as well as the new menus coming to life.

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New beginnings means a new logo and I think this one is very smart. It’s modern and fresh which reflects nicely what the new owners aim to achieve. You can follow them on Twitter @QueensKirkby For reservations call 01529 305743 or visit the website www.thequeensheadpub.com

Cocktails At The Queens

Here is the new Cocktails List for the New Pub. Why not save the list to your phone and place your order when you get there?

The Queens Head is set to open its doors once again as a pub on 19 July 2021 and the restaurant will be opening shortly after.  Put Sunday 1 August in your diary for the restaurant but don’t forget to book your table in advance to avoid disappointment.  I have no doubt that this is going to be a very popular local pub and restaurant once again.

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Sleaford Music

You can’t really write about Sleaford without mentioning the Saboteurs so sit back and have a listen to one or two of their songs.  They bill themselves as ‘alternative’ and ‘grunge’ but I just like their modern Indie feel.  Have a listen and make up your own mind.

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The Saboteurs bill themselves as ‘Alternative’ and ‘Grunge’ but if you like modern indie music I think you’ll agree that whatever labels they put themselves under, they’re simply ‘very good’. Click on the picture to hear a different sample of their music.

Sleaford seems to have more that it’s fair share of music opportunities so it wouldn’t be right to omit the Sleaford Live Fest which is (normally) held in May every year.  Follow them on Twitter @Sleaford_Live and Facebook Sleaford Live Festival where you’ll find lots of links to local music and arts events.  Indie rock or folk music isn’t for everyone of course so if you prefer choral music, Sleaford has that too. Normal rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings with at least three concerts each year.  However, with the onslaught of the dreaded Covid19, rehearsals have been put on hold until August 2021.  For more information take a look at the Sleaford Choral Society website and don’t forget to follow them on Twitter too @ChoralSleaford

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WhatsOnLincs – Sleaford Oktoberfest

The annual Oktoberfest organised by Sleaford round Table has been around since 2011 but had the obvious break during the Coronavirus pandemic.  As a charity fund raising event the Oktoberfest raised a whopping £11,500 in 2019.  With your help I’m sure it’ll raise even more this year.

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Sleaford & District Round Table presents the 10th Sleaford Oktoberfest Click on the picture to go to the website

With drinks, music and entertainment planned it’s bound to be a good event. Sixteen different breweries will be involved including five from Lincolnshire. In addition there will be lager, cider and perry on sale too plus a gin and schnapps bar.  I think pretty much all tastes will be catered for!

The bar will be open until midnight each night (from 6.00pm on Thursday and Friday and from 12.00pm on Saturday) with an Oompah band entertaining from 4.00pm and 7.15pm on Saturday.  The band line up can be found by visiting the Sleaford Oktoberfest website.

It’s all happening at the Boston Road Recreation Ground and free parking is available. It’s a ticket free event so please pay at the entrance where you’ll be issued with a wristband to prove payment.

More Places To Visit

This blog really could go and and on as there are so many places to visit in the Sleaford area.  The blog isn’t a definitive ‘what’s on’ for the area though so as a result I’ll cut the next bit short just to give you a taster:

Rauceby Hall will be opening its gates to welcome visitors once again from 14 to 18 July 2021.  Visitors to Rauceby Hall are invited to see the performances of  ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ which will be performed by Sleaford Playhouse Theatre who can be found on Facebook and Twitter @SleafordTheatre

Tickets are on sale for the performances so if you want to join the fun just click on the picture below to go to the ticket office:

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Click on the picture to book your tickets

If walking is your preferred form of relaxation and mindfulness then Sleaford has certainly got you covered.  The River Slea and Canal offer scenic routes with locks and mills being just part of the delights.  This is one of the routes provided by Sleaford Navigation which I’m sure you will enjoy.  Keep your eyes open for the Haverholme Priory too.  Follow the link to read about the sad demise of the priory building.  Personally I think it’s really quite tragic.

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Click on the picture to read and download the walk which has been uploaded by Sleaford Navigation

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Sleaford – Charity

Charity begins with you and me but with so many charities needing our help it’s difficult to know which ones to choose. This North Kesteven website has a list of local charities in Sleaford so if you’re able to donate or volunteer please do click on the picture below for more information:

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Are you able to help a local charity? Click on the picture to go to a list of local charities in Sleaford. Perhaps you can volunteer or make a donation?

Additional Blogs By LincsConnect:

Take a look back at some of the previous blogs to see what you might have missed.  Click on the picture to go straight to the blog:

Around Me In Lincolnshire - Gainsborough through the eyes of LincsConnect

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Gainsborough

 

LincsConnectJobs hour for jobs and courses

#LincsConnectJobs Hour for jobs and courses

 

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Around Me In Lincolnshire – Sleaford

That’s it for now.  I hope you enjoy my local ‘Around Me’ blogs.  I’ll be grateful for any comments and feedback so feel free to email me at martin@lincsconnect.co.uk

You may also like to read the ‘Aviation Trail’ blog by Visit Lincoln.  Have a look to discover more about the Sleaford area

Aviation Trail by Visit Lincoln

Aviation Trail by Visit Lincoln

If you would like me to visit your town please do let me know.  Advertising comes with a FREE link to the blog for as long as you want it so you can use it again and again to help promote your business or charity.

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Lincolnshire Christmas Social Heroes

Lincolnshire Christmas Social Heroes

Click on the picture to hear the new single and have the opportunity to buy your own copy. Every purchase will help someone local so that will make you a Lincolnshire Christmas Social Hero too!

 Christmas Angel by Jake Newby

Lincolnshire Christmas Social Heroes are all around us and this charity fund raising single is a perfect example.  It’s been a pretty bad year for most of us and it’s fair to assume that the local (and national) charities have been hit very hard as we tighten our belts and reign in our spending.  It’s important to remember though that if we don’t have the cash to spend we might be able to use our talents and skills to help others.  Jake Newby from Louth has done just that!  You can click on the picture above to go straight to his website to listen to the new song ‘Christmas Angel’. If you buy a copy you’ll instantly become one of the Lincolnshire Christmas Social Heroes too!

Why? Because all proceeds will be going to help local food banks!  Not only is it a lovely song by a very talented singer but it’s helping those who may be experiencing hardship right now. In addition to his website you’ll also be able to find him on Facebook Jake Newby.

You can also download a copy from iTunes.  Just follow the link by clicking on the picture below:

Click on the picture to download your copy from iTunes

You Can Donate To Become One Of The Lincolnshire Christmas Social Heroes

Find out more by clicking on this picture. Gemma will be really pleased to hear from you and you can become a Lincolnshire Christmas Social Hero too.

On the subject of Lincolnshire Christmas Social Heroes, meet Gemma from @vegoutlincoln on Twitter who is collecting cash donations through her Just Giving page. You can help by donating a little bit of cash of course. Just click on the picture above to donate if you can.  Here’s a quote from Gemma to explain: “This Christmas we would REALLY love to be able to support our local community by building plant based food packages for the Lincoln Food Bank… As a business we will be compiling food packages ready for delivery to the food bank on 18th December.”  It goes without saying of course that your donations will be funding plant based meals for those with special dietary requirements.

Local Lincolnshire Food Banks

I know the subject is Lincolnshire Christmas Social Heroes but The Lincolnshire Food Partnership is very active in our region all year.  They work tirelessly to make sure as many people as possible have access to food. It’s a partnership of several different organisations who come together to coordinate and distribute food to those who need it.  You can find them on twitter @food_lincoln or click on the link above/picture below to go to their website.  Being in food poverty is a real problem and has been heightened during the current pandemic.  If you can help them in any way please do contact them. If you’re in need of help in any way please don’t be afraid to ask.  The food banks are here to help.

Click on this picture to go straight to the interactive map and locate a food bank near you.  They’re there to help but will also be grateful for donations

Getting Around Lincolnshire At Christmas With The Lincoln DialaRide Social Heroes

Food is vital of course but it’s important to remember other aspects of what it takes to be a Lincolnshire social hero.  I’ve been watching the ‘comings and goings’ of the Lincoln DialaRide team over the past few months and it’s fair to say they’re doing a fantastic job. Lincoln Area DialaRide Ltd is a Registered Charity. It’s managed by a Board of Trustees that includes users of the DialaRide (DAR), Voluntary Car Scheme (VCS) & Shopmobility services.” That pretty much sums up the description don’t you think? There is still more and more, and more…. to add but the list of good deeds they do is far too big to mention it all here.

Staffed mainly by volunteers the Lincoln DialaRide has been serving the community for 30 years.  Not only does it provide local transport to hospitals and shops but the service also takes people to funerals.  Delivering food for the Food Bank to those unable to collect as well as being a drop off point for collections. This really is just scraping the surface of the huge amount they do for the community.  Other services include providing mobility for shopping for those who are less able.  If you would like to volunteer for your community you might like to contact Lincoln DialaRide.  Here are the links for Twitter, Facebook and their website:   Twitter @lincolndar Facebook Lincoln.dar website www.lincolndialaride.co.uk

#NoExcuseForAbuse

Domestic abuse affects women and men regardless of age, education, religion, race or sexual orientation.  It’s not something we should tolerate in our society but it’s possible that some ‘victims’ may not even know that they are victims! If you would like to reach out for help End Domestic Abuse Now (EDAN) @EDANlincs is here for you.  You can follow them on Twitter or check out their website : www.edanlincs.org.uk where you’ll find a handy ‘Escape From The Website’ button on the top right of the page.  Take a look at this video on Facebook or YouTube:

Domestic abuse is never OK. If you’re in danger of harm call 999. EDAN Lincs is here to support you. Click on the pictures to view the video on Facebook or YouTube

                                                                         

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Christmas Presents Needed In Lincolnshire

Well, maybe not too cold if you’re indoors with the central heating on but spare a thought for the homeless. Circumstances can change quite quickly if bad luck hits; It could mean you don’t have a roof over your head!  Thankfully there are several fantastic charities in our area who regularly ‘step up to the mark’ to help those in need.  I don’t want to try to list them all because I’m bound to miss out someone important.  The Lincoln YMCA is one of several organisations that help to get people off the streets and into housing.  Would it surprise you to know that they have 175 residents currently in shelter at the moment?

The Lincoln YMCA Shoebox Campaign 2020 need our support. Be a Lincolnshire Christmas Social Hero. Just Click on the picture to go to the website for more information or find them on Twitter @YMCAlincs

If you have any spare shoe boxes please donate them to the YMCA.  Better still, if you can provide any of the items listed in the picture above please feel free to include them too. Don’t forget to mark the box ‘Male’ or ‘Female’ though for certain items. Moving up to the North of our County you’ll find more projects underway with the YMCA Humber team.  You can support them by organising your own fundraising events.  Take a look at the picture below for more information:

Support @YMCAHumber with their project ‘Give As You Live’ by setting up your own fundraiser challenges. You too can be a ‘Lincolnshire Christmas Social Hero’ Click on the picture to find out more

 

A Lincolnshire Christmas Together

We may not be able to physically spend a Lincolnshire Christmas together but I’m sure we’ll do our best to to make it festive and fun.

If the Covid-19 virus restrictions allow I hope there’ll be some form of limited travel allowed. On a personal note I think I prefer to spend my time with my family at home.  Yes, it’s going to be different and difficult but ‘hopefully’ it’ll be a restriction for just this year.  I’ve no doubt it’s going to be lonely for many people but with a little lateral thinking and our community spirit I’m sure we’ll find a way to reach out….. Read More

Click on the picture to read more about ‘A Lincolnshire Christmas Together’

For A Lincolnshire Christmas Use #LincsConnectChristmas

If you’re wondering who is posting on the hashtag I suggest you have a look today. For a Lincolnshire Christmas use #LincsConnectChristmas on your tweets to reach more local people. Don’t forget to search the hashtag too because you’ll find lots of lovely gift ideas there.  The hashtag isn’t just for Twitter though;  There are posts on Facebook and Instagram too so go to your search bar and type in #LincsConnectChristmas to see what comes up…. Read More

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That’s All For Now…

That’s it for the blog at the moment but I do intend to update this one and post several more blogs too.  Get in touch with any requests by emailing me at martin@lincsconnect.co.uk

Stay Safe

 

 

A Lincolnshire Christmas Together

A Lincolnshire Christmas Together

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A Lincolnshire Christmas Together

A Lincolnshire Christmas Together

We may not be able to physically spend a Lincolnshire Christmas together but I’m sure we’ll do our best to to make it festive and fun.

If the Covid-19 virus restrictions allow I hope there’ll be some form of limited travel allowed. On a personal note I think I prefer to spend my time with my family at home.  Yes, it’s going to be different and difficult but ‘hopefully’ it’ll be a restriction for just this year.  I’ve no doubt it’s going to be lonely for many people but with a little lateral thinking and our community spirit I’m sure we’ll find a way to reach out.

Christmas Is Coming Early

Obviously Christmas Day won’t be changing – December 25th will still be the day to celebrate with presents.  FaceTime/Zoom/Teamer etc will help with an element of ‘cyber togetherness’ even if we can’t celebrate with physical togetherness. What will you be doing?  You can make time for others less fortunate of course.  I’ve made contact with a few agencies in the County and will post a few links later for those of you who are willing to have a look.

I’ve heard back from Cath who runs the Grimsby Food Kitchen and she told me that the traditional Chinese/Indian buffet will be held on 13 December for the homeless thanks to a generous £500.00 donation y Micky Dalton.  Meat has been paid for by generous public donations and the outstanding support of Gary’s Meat in Freeman Street, Grimsby.  As always though they need donations so please make a donation of £2.00 if you can.  You’ll find more info on their Facebook page.

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A Lincolnshire Christmas Together – Click on the picture to go to the Grimsby Food Kitchen Facebook page

Christmas Decorations In November…

Is that a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’ for you? Many people don’t want to think about Christmas before December but we’re in uncharted territory this year!  I’ve been talking about Christmas  since 7 September and trying to get people enthused.  Why? Because it’s been a bad year for most traders and general public alike.  If I can encourage people to plan their online shops early perhaps we can salvage some of the poor sales. In addition, if more people shop early for Christmas and, most importantly, shop locally, we’ll have a better survival rate for local businesses into 2021. ‘A Lincolnshire Christmas together’ really is our key to success.  It’s not just about spending the day with family and friends (or not as the case may be) but making sure we stick together by shopping locally.

Black Friday?

Black Friday is an American tradition so why it’s popular over here I have no idea!  In Britain it used to be the ‘end of season sale’ or ‘the winter sale’ followed by the ‘January sales’ and ‘Boxing Day sales’.  It would be nice  to get back to our own traditions wouldn’t it? At a time of financial uncertainties how useful is a big sale before the biggest spending season of the year? Looking at Black Friday with my cynical head on, it’s just a way of trying to get us to part with our hard earned money in the big stores.

Cyber Monday

The last Monday in November has become known as cyber Monday.  It follows Black Friday and is, for many, the last pay day before Christmas.  Many bargains can be had online but please don’t forget to support our local traders in their online shops and on the #LincsConnectChristmas hashtag.  Please be aware that scammers and hackers will have posted ‘bargains’ too and they will do whatever they can to steal your money.  Please stay vigilant and remember ‘if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is’!

Lincolnshire Discounts

How would you feel about having a ‘free to use’ local discount scheme?

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       A Lincolnshire Christmas Together for all of us

A window, till or website sticker advertising local discounts will be appealing to shoppers. A screenshot of the discount logo presented at the till when making a local purchase will be easy to use.  Terms & Conditions being open to shop and service owners for individual discount as appropriate will be easy to manage.  Each provider setting a specific discount or offer rather than having a set figure imposed will make the scheme more workable too.  Creating a special discount on ‘end of range’ items, ‘buy one, get one half price’, 10% off selected range or donations made to charity etc will give the provider the flexibility needed to make the scheme workable.

Tailored to fit your own requirements, a dedicated App will be the obvious next step.  By working together we can create our own County wide scheme that will benefit everyone. I’ve mentioned it on twitter and it certainly generated some interest so do let me know if you’d like to join in.  I’ll be interested to hear from traders and customers so please feel free to email me with your thoughts: martin@lncsconnect.co.uk

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A Lincolnshire Musical Christmas

If you’ve read my previous blogs you’ll know that I like to support everything ‘local’ and that includes music too.  The @LincsConnect twitter account has a weekly featured artist, band or choir so that’s definitely worth popping over to see.  With that in mind, I thought I’d share a song by a group of youngsters who’re surely destined for greater things.  You’ll find them on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube so please look them up.  These youngsters hail from Cleethorpes and their average age is 15.  Yes, that’s ‘FIFTEEN’ – unbelievable!

 

A Lincolnshire Christmas Together by LincsConnect LincsBlogger featuring Revivalry

Have a listen to the latest recording by Revivalry by clicking on this picture. Link to YouTube

Lincolnshire Shopping Lists

Do you make a shopping list?  Santa likes a list so when you’re looking for Christmas gift ideas visit the #LincsConnectChristmas hashtag on twitter and Facebook.  There are lots of lovely gift ideas so have a look at the posts by our local traders. After all, every penny spent there will be helping someone local and keeping the local economy going.

A Lincolnshire Christmas Together by LincsConnect LincsBlogger #LincsConnectChristmas

A Lincolnshire Christmas Together – Click on the picture to go straight to the #LincsConnectChristmas hashtag

A Lincolnshire Christmas Together – #LincsArtCraftHour

If you like arts, crafts and hand made jewellery etc visit the #LincsArtCraftHour hashtag for local inspiration.  We’re really lucky to have such talented people in our County so please do support them.

A Lincolnshire Christmas Together by LincsConnect LincsBlogger #LincsArtCraftHour

Click on the picture to visit the hashtag but better still, please do join us on Twitter if you get the chance

A Lincolnshire Christmas Together – Local Shopping

During the recent #LincsArtCraftHour sessions we have seen quite a few artists and crafters joining in and showing their gift ideas.  The hashtags highlight some of them so please take a look to see what they have to offer. Clicking on the picture below will take to some of our fabulous traders.

After all, Christmas ‘is’ coming and I’m sure that you’ll agree that it’s good to support our local traders:

A Lincolnshire Christmas Together by LincsConnect LincsBlogger #LincsConnectChristmas

For a Lincolnshire Christmas use the hashtag #LincsConnectChristmas and don’t forget to click on this picture to find some local traders who have lots of goodies for you

Dark Side – Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse ….. Rather than going away, this ugly and often hidden form of abuse is now more prevalent than ever.

Locked in together can cause some anxieties and tension for families but we usually have coping mechanisms and rational thinking that allow us to overcome the tensions with simple distractions.  However, abusers and those suffering from abuse (physical, mental, emotional or financial) can really be finding life even more difficult now. Domestic abuse doesn’t have age limits or gender preferences. If you know someone who is suffering call the police today.  You’ll find some useful numbers here but if there is an immediate threat of harm call 999.  The Covid 19 lockdown won’t stop the police from carrying out their duties.  They’re here for us 24 hours a day.

 

#LincsConnect Domestic Abuse

Click on this picture for more information. There is ALWAYS someone to help you

 

#LincsConnect Domestic Abuse

Click on the picture to go to the Lincolnshire Police Facebook page

Help Me Help You In Lincolnshire With #LincsConnect

Help me help you in Lincolnshire with #LincsConnect by interacting with the many local users. It can’t have escaped your attention that I’ve been busy on your behalf. #LincsConnect help and support is a given with retweets on twitter and posts on Facebook to help promote your business and events. Blogs too of course! I know you appreciate what I do and I appreciate the fact that you share what I’m doing too. I still need you to help me, help you in Lincolnshire though.

#LincsConnect – is here to support all things Lincolnshire but it only works when we work as a team. With 11,000 Twitter followers (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’re heading for a major recession and rise in the cost of living so working together as a team is even more important than it ever has been.  You’re still posting your work using LincsConnect and I’m very grateful.  LincsConnect is trying hard to share your work around Lincolnshire, Newark, Retford and Hull 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….!

Additional Blogs By LincsConnect

If you would like to read more about the ideas and tips please follow the link in the picture:

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To see more about how you can Help me, Help You In Lincolnshire just click on this picture

That’s All For Now…

That’s it for the blog at the moment but I do intend to update this one and post several more blogs too.  Get in touch with any requests by emailing me at martin@lincsconnect.co.uk

Stay Safe