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
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.
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 email@example.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:
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)!
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.
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
Navigation House visitor centre, Sleaford. Click on the picture to go to the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 is now a virtual tour as well as special school trips so please do get in touch by email email@example.com for more information and to book. In fact, please do get in touch before visiting anyway as the Covid19 situation is continually changing.
It’s worth noting that Cogglesford Watermill l is undergoing some improvement and maintenance work at the moment. As a result it is temporarily closed. It’ll be open again in September though in time for the children returning to school. If you’re a teacher and would like to organise a trip please do get in touch. Follow @Cogglesford on Twitter for regular updates.
Around Me In Lincolnshire – Sleaford Museum
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.
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
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.
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 @QueensKirkbyFor 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.
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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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:
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:
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.
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:
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?
In Case You Missed It
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
#LincsConnectJobs Hour for jobs and courses
Great Grimsby Day 2021
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Around Me In Lincolnshire – Gainsborough, Through The Eyes Of LincsConnect
Around me in Lincolnshire – Gainsborough near Lincoln UK. Gainsborough was once (in 1013) the capital of England. England was ruled from the Gainsborough Castle which is now the site of the Gainsborough Old Hall. The status was short lived but if ever there was a claim to fame, ‘this’ has to be a pretty good contender.
Managed by English Heritage, the Gainsborough Old Hall is closed at present but will reopen in summer 2021 (3 July). Follow @GainsOldHall on twitter for updates. Click on the picture to go straight to the English Heritage website page to book your advance tickets.
Getting To Gainsborough, Lincolnshire
Located on the banks of the River Trent, Gainsborough (capitol of England in 1013) has historically had easy access routes. Moving on, you’ll see on this map that Gainsborough is still easily accessible from the M180 to the North, the A1 to the West, the A15 to the East and the A57 from the South. These routes make Gainsborough ideally situated for your next outing to explore our rich heritage in Lincolnshire.
The Trent Bridge was completed in 1791 (there was formerly a ferry crossing) which put an end to commercial shipping as larger boats are unable to navigate under the bridge. However, rail links are very much alive and available. With two train stations (Lea Road and Gainsborough Central) rail travel is easy. Trains run direct from/to Retford, Sheffield, Doncaster and Lincoln from Lea Road. The Gainsborough Central station has direct routes to Cleethorpes and Brigg. It’s even possible for travellers to get to Gainsborough from the new capital (London) with just one change.
Gainsborough, Lincolnshire – easy access from every direction.
The Gainsborough Heritage Trail
Gainsborough Heritage have produced a free booklet which includes a 90 minutes walking route. To download the .PDF click on this map
The brochure which has been produced by Gainsborough Heritage is an easy to follow and very informative glossy paper pamphlet. As a result it will easily fold into your pocket or bag. If you’d like a copy click on the picture above to download a .PDF to print at home. If you prefer a printed paper version email your name and address email@example.com The .PDF is ideal for carrying on your mobile phone. For more information follow Gainsborough Heritage Association on Facebook.
Around Me In Lincolnshire – Gainsborough With Call Connect
Call Connect provide an affordable and convenient bus service throughout the County. Click on the picture to go to their website. You can also follow them on Twitter for regular updates @CallConnectBus
Call Connect provide a valuable bus service throughout the County. Gainsborough is well serviced by the buses so if you would like to book a journey simply register on their Call Connect website then book your journey. Obviously they are adhering to all of the Covid-19 safety measures so you’ll be required to sanitise hands and wear a face covering before your journey.
News News News
EU Settlement Scheme
Time is running out so if you or someone you know are from the EU and you wish to settle and work in the UK you need to act NOW!
For help with completing your application to settle in the UK contact South Lincs Citizens Advice NOW. Click on the picture or the blue link to email your interest.
A Note from Citizens Advice South Lincolnshire
“With just weeks to go before the EU Settlement Scheme deadline, our support helpline has seen a large increase in calls and referrals and we are working hard to help each and every client that contacts us for support with their application. Many of the enquiries were from people unsure whether they need to apply to the scheme or not, many are from people who did not yet make applications for their children and we are also seeing queries from people trying to track their applications that have not yet been concluded or are facing issues accessing their application or need to provide further evidence.
Our support team are working hard across Lincolnshire to meet the demand and we aim to help as many clients as we can in the run up to the deadline.
As well as providing telephone advice and online support, we also have drop in sessions and can offer face to face advice in different locations across Lincolnshire.”
“..EU citizens, EEA and Swiss nationals and those who hold an EEA family permit not to wait until the last minute to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS).”
Where To Go For Help
Click on the picture to find the freephone number and link to download the application NOW.
Opening the blue picture above will show you the FREE 0800 448 0734 number to call for assistance and the website will also give a link to download the application. Multi lingual posters and more information are posted by@eusssupportlinc on Twitter.
If you know someone who may be wanting to stay in the UK please pass this information on
Click on the logo to go to the latest blog
Two thousand one hundred and sixty four and counting…. That’s how many Greyhounds this fantastic local charity have managed to re-home. That’s a fantastic achievement. To top it off they have a policy of guaranteeing to accept any dogs that are returned. It’s not ideal to have dogs returned but some new owners find they can’t cope with the reality of owning a dog. That said, looking at the percentages across other charities you’ll find this Gainsborough trust are performing well.
As a charity they are always looking at ways of raising funds. One of the successful fund raisers is their lottery. For just £1.00 a week you’ll be in with a chance of winning a cash prize and, with a limit of 216 members it’s pretty exclusive. Follow @LincsGreyhounds on Twitter for regular updates but if you would like to join their lottery visit the website Lincolnshire Greyhound Trust or call today:
07941 313 025
Around Me In Lincolnshire – Gainsborough – Trinity Arts Centre
Actually, ‘I’ won’t be entertaining you but the fabulous people at the Trinity Arts Centre will. Pantomime tickets are already on sale so if you want to book your moment of ‘normality’ you’ll need to get a move on. Aladdin opens on 10 December 2021 with the last show on 2 January 2022. Click on the picture below to go straight to the booking page and follow them on Twitter @TrinityArtsGain for regular updates:
Panto season will soon be here so NOW is the time to book your tickets for the fun packed show. Family fun for everyone even if you aren’t taking children
Beginning life as the Church Of The Holy Trinity in 1843 this listed building has been completely renovated inside to become what we now know as the Trinity Arts Centre. Just in case you were wondering, yes it is located on Trinity Street – obviously! As expected, the Centre offers a large and diverse range of entertainment to cover most tastes. As a result this little snapshot of what you can expect is by no means exhaustive. Click on the picture to see more:
Just a taster… There’s lots more to see at the Trinity Arts Centre so click on the picture to go straight to the calendar and bookings pages.
Around Me In Lincolnshire – Gainsborough – Bearded Fishermen
The Bearded Fishermen are a Gainsborough based charity supporting Mental health and Suicide Prevention. If you need help give them a call NOW:
0300 365 0019
The team are always available to help and have a proven track record. If you’re suffering, don’t suffer in silence! The Bearded Fishermen are here for you and offer support by phone, in person (face to face) and via video. So if you need them, call them NOW. The picture will take you straight to their website where you can access more information so don’t delay. You can call them on 0300 365 0019 or find them on Twitter @Brdfishermen_uk and Facebook Bearded Fishermen Charity
Not all super heroes wear capes – some wear beards. Don’t suffer with poor mental health and suicidal thoughts. click on the logo to go straight to the website for help
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Gainsborough has far more to offer than I can include in this blog but I hope you have enjoyed this little taster.
Something missing? Get in touch if you would like something adding to the blog. Local advertising is always welcome too of course so call me on 07966 174878 to have yours included here. The phone may go to answerphone if I’m with clients so you can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
In Case You Missed It:
Click on the pictures to go straight to the most recent blogs:
Sorry, Not sorry, Thank You
Around Me In Lincolnshire – Gainsborough
That’s it for now. I’ll be doing more ‘Around Me’ blogs so get in touch if you would like me to feature your town.
LincsConnectJobs hour for jobs and courses. To be more precise, it’s a hashtag so you need to add #LincsConnectJobs to your posts to help people find you. When you’re posting vacancies or searching for jobs and courses #LincsConnectJobs is the place to be. The hour starts at 10.00am every Monday and is open to all agencies and businesses or charities who wish to get their vacancies and courses noticed in the local Lincolnshire area. In addition, it’s the place for everyone to go to when searching for a job or course. It’s a local hub to help you find good connections as well as jobs and courses.
LincsConnectJobs Hour For Jobs And Courses – It’s Here For ‘You’
#LincsConnect is the established hub (database) so when posting vacancies or courses I recommend the following format:
#Location (Where is the vacancy/course)? Use a hashtag for the location to make sure you reach out to people searching for news in their area. Include brief details about the vacancy.
#YourHahstag Include your own hashtag to let everyone know that they can search for your specific uploads.
Include a link to either yourself or directly to the vacancy information
Include a picture or video wherever possible as an attention grabber.
An example of a tried and tested format. Note the use of both #LincsConnectJobs ‘and’ #LincsConnect to get as much exposure as possible
Tried And Tested
The format in the picture above is tried and tested over 11 years so I know it works.
#LincsConnectJobs Is The Hub
#LincsConnectJobs isn’t trying to replace the work of others or steal their hard earned followers. Quite the opposite in fact. The #LincsConnectJobs and #LincsConnect hashtags are designed to be the hub or the ‘go to’ place for people to look to find you. Adding the two hashtags to your tweets on a daily basis will undoubtedly increase your readership and following.
LincsConnectJobs Hour For Jobs And Courses – Team Work Works
It may sound obvious but being precious about your own account and not sharing posts from others will only lead to your own posts stagnating. When we work as a team we can increase followers and readership for each other. It shows that you’re an ‘all inclusive’ site and improves your standing and respect on twitter. If you’ve been posting but only getting one or two retweets or interactions increasing your readership can only be a good thing!
Get Noticed To Get Results
Making sure you tell your followers about the #LincsConnectJobs hour will improve readership for everyone. That brings us back to ‘Team Work Works’. Using the #LincsConnectJobs hashtag is excellent but it needs a little time (and your input) to make it into ‘the’ place to look across the whole county. With that in mind you need to include the #LincsConnect hashtag too (not the @LincsConnect address) as it has been established for more that 11 years and is already recognisable across the county. Using both hashtags will help drive people to the #LincsConnectJobs hashtag so it’s a win, win situation.
If you know of any colleges, schools or universities that are offering courses please point them to #LincsConnectJobs. After all, the courses are designed to lead to self improvement and self improvement may lead to fresh job searches.
#LincsConnectJobs Hour For Jobs And Courses – The Format
LincsConnectJobs hour for jobs and courses – Start each hour with a quick introduction. Let everyone know who you are, what you do and what you have to offer. some of you may be on a fixed wage while others may be an agency working on fixed fees or commission. We all have to live and pay bills so don’t be afraid to be ‘up front’ with your charges.
Can’t Make It In Person?
Life is often hectic and committing to a dedicated hour each week can be difficult at best! Scheduling tweets is perfectly acceptable but do consider what you put in your posts if you are away from your desk. Here are some examples that I’ve found work well:
Introductory post: Good morning everyone, apologies for not being able to make it in person today. I’ve scheduled a few tweets for the hour but will visit the hashtag later to retweet for you and show my support.
Subsequent posts: My advice is to stick with the theme that you are not participating in person. I recommend that you use the hour to post informative messages about yourself. Tell people what you do. Let them know if you have a particular reputation in engineering or any other speciality recruitment. The hashtag is live 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Anyone can visit to read the posts at any time so make your posts relevant. Letting people know who you are and what you do is important if you want people to follow you. It’s really not ‘just’ about the job vacancies!
That introductory post is perfectly acceptable as you have pledged to support others. With that in mind, the others should feel comfortable retweeting your posts and offering you their support.
Be Part Of The Team
Would you like to host the hour? Hosting the hour will help to show your personality and will let people get to know the person behind the tweets. My diary is open so please do let me know if you would like to be a host.
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LincsConnectJobs hour For Jobs And Courses – Getting It Right
Perfection is a good goal but getting it right every single time is a difficult task. We are all human so be prepared to make a few errors (I still make lots of mistakes but try to learn from them). LincsConnectJobs hour for jobs and courses will only work if we are all consistent. By working together we will have the hashtag trending on Twitter, Google and other platforms (I’ve made that happen several times before).
I hope you find this post useful. Please do feel free to email me at email@example.com if you have any questions or suggestions.
Sorry, Not Sorry, Thank You. A strange title that needs explaining. During February, March and April my mother was taken ill so I took on the task for the family of being the sole carer. Looking after my Mum in Harrogate, travelling up and down the A1 to be with my family in Lincolnshire while running my businesses through a difficult Covid period certainly took its toll. I’m not alone of course. I’m aware that many, many people have been doing similar and have felt the stresses and strains just as I have.
I always set myself high standards so when I fail to meet them I experience frustration, guilt and even anxiety. Having posted many blogs for LincsConnect in support of others I was conscious that I could no longer meet that self imposed obligation. In my mind, the only logical thing to do was to post an apology on social media. Surely that was the right thing to do?
Having spent more than 10 years supporting others on social media I felt obliged to post my apology and reason for my lack of attention here. It wasn’t the wrong thing to do but… It felt right. I wasn’t prepared for the reaction though!
My Apology and your reaction
Having spent many hours caring, travelling and finally ‘grieving’ I posted this on Twitter. I was (and am) genuinely sorry for not being able to give everyone my full attention but when I was able to revisit the post to read the comments I realised the I had not need to apologise at all. The outpouring of support took my breath away! Thank You all for your kind messages and support. I really wasn’t expecting what I saw but it made me realise just how much love and support there is around me from people I have never met. You have no idea how much your messages have touched me.
The follow up message having still not read the reactions from the previous tweet.
Having not been able to bring myself to read the replies to my first tweet I was still feeling guilty in May so posted my second tweet. Once again the support was outstanding.
I’m conscious that I still have some catching up to do and some broken promises to repair but having read your messages of support I now realise that I have time because I have your understanding.
Thank You Once Again
I want to write to you all individually but I know that’s not practical. I know that when I post this blog there will be many of you who’ll miss it if I don’t post it to you individually. In that case, I shall do my best.
Sorry, Not Sorry, Thank You
I was and still am sorry that I couldn’t carry on doing what I have done for so many years. However, your messages made me realise that I don’t need to say sorry because you all understand how difficult that period had been for me. Thank You again for your understanding. This is the first blog I’ve written since January and it’s taken me a whole day to pluck up the courage to log on to write it.
It’s In The Post
Literally! Instead of posting individual cards out to everyone who took the time to write to me (I know others would have done too if they had seen the tweets) I’ll post this blog to you personally. When I say ‘personally’ I really mean it. Thank ‘you’ for your support. You have all helped me and I’m extremely grateful.
Take care of yourselves, your family and your friends and please stay safe.
Valentines In Lincolnshire 2021 For Him And For Her
Valentines In Lincolnshire 2021 for him and for her. There’s lots on offer from our great County of Lincolnshire
Valentines in Lincolnshire 2021
Where to start? We all know how we interpret Valentines Day now but it wasn’t always the same. If the notion of Valentines day can change over time then 2021 is the ideal time to change it again. Here’s how to make Lincolnshire Valentines fitting for 2021; Don’t (solely) focus on Valentines Day as a day (or weekend) of gifts, cards, vouchers and displays of affection for partners and lovers. Instead, make Valentines in Lincolnshire 2021 a time when you focus your love and gratitude toward people around you.
Ancient & Modern
St Valentines Day in the 11th Century was about ‘Courtly Love’ referred to the act of ‘loving’ rather than love. In France around the time of the first Crusades (1099) Courtly Love was a term used where a knight would win the affections of his employers wife by performing deeds to impress her (there is no reference to sex or to ‘love’ as we understand it today). Times have changed and the modern interpretation of deeds to impress takes many forms from sending a card anonymously (closer to the Courtly Love idea where the affection would remain secret), to gifts of jewellery, chocolates and meals out.
Clicking on the picture takes you to the Shalini Austin website where you’ll find lots of information. Shalini is based in Stamford but has an online shop for her handmade creations. Click on the shop link to see what is available now. For Valentines in Lincolnshire ideas follow on twitter: @ShaliniAustinValentines gifts for him and Valentines gifts for her
Valentines In Lincolnshire 2021 For Him And For Her – Time For Change
I don’t want to mention the dreaded ‘C’ word but you all know that 2020 and 2021 has been decidedly different. Rising above the restrictions is what makes us so unique so it’s time to think differently. As a result, changing the Valentines In Lincolnshire ‘norm’ is what we need to do. Start by broadening your horizons; The people you love need not be your lover. If a friend or neighbour has been particularly kind and helpful you can make Valentines day the perfect opportunity to show how much you care and appreciate them. Local Valentines gifts for him and Valentines gifts for her are all around us. Search for your perfect gift today.
These are Scooby Cakes and they taste as good as they look! Click on the picture to go straight to the Scooby Cakes Facebook page to see the full range. Deliveries are within 15 miles of Heckington. Order through Facebook or by phone/text 07790841431 but be quick…
Valentines In Lincolnshire for Him And For Her 2021 – Dining In Is Not An Option!
Restaurants should be fully booked by now but dining out isn’t an option this year. You can still celebrate with a meal though simply by using the click and collect or delivery options. Contact your local hotel, restaurant, pub or takeaway to see what they have to offer. Choose somewhere local and place your order today. It’s time to get creative so you could order a meal for yourself and someone else and enjoy it over a Zoom, Teams or FaceTime catchup. We ‘are’ creative and we ‘can’ do it so get it organised before all the delivery slots are gone. It’ll be a wonderful way to show someone how much you care and how thankful you are for their support. Oh, and you’ll be supporting a local eatery who desperately needs your custom right now.
Click on the picture to order your Afternoon Tea from the Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa for £15.00 per person. Available Saturday and Sunday 13/14 February. Click and collect yours or as a treat for someone you care about for Valentines in Lincolnshire 2021. The perfect Valentines gift for him and for her.
It’s A Gift…. Voucher
Most shops are closed so buying a gift and supporting a local trader at the same time may not be so easy. Now is the time to consider a gift voucher. A voucher for a meal out, manicure, massage, go-carting experience etc etc is the perfect way to support our local service sector while showing someone how much you appreciate them. If you’re looking for a Valentines gift for him or for her search Twitter and Facebook for the hashtag #LincsConnectValentines to see what’s on offer locally. Failing that, I’m sure your preferred internet search engine will come up with something for you.
Mandarin Therapies & Mandarin Mothers provides bespoke mobile complementary therapies in the comfort of your own home so order your eVoucher now and enjoy the massage later in the year. Contact Mandarin Therapies on Facebook and @MandarinMothers on twitter. All emergency services and armed forces are entitled to 20% discount too. Show someone how much you care by ordering a 1, 1 1/2 or 2 hours massage. Tel 07966 174878. Aromatherapy (including Antenatal & Postnatal) treatments are available throughout Lincolnshire and beyond.
Special Offer Ends Midnight 14 Feb 21
Mandarin Therapies is celebrating 28 years in business on 14 February this year so as a special treat you can purchase a special Valentines eVoucher for just £28.00 (normal price £60.00). The voucher will be valid for a full 12 months (expires 13 February 2022) so you can enjoy your treatment in your own home when you feel safe to do so. Now ‘that’ is a bargain! Contact Mandarin Therapies on Facebook or @MandarinMothers on Twitter before midnight on 14 February 2021 to book your eVoucher and have it delivered by email, Messenger or WhatsApp. You can print your eVoucher to give as a gift to someone you love and care about or keep it on your device to show electronically. Not on Twitter or Facebook? Don’t worry, you can book your eVoucher by calling 07966 174878. Show someone how much you care about them in 2021. Ts&Cs apply. Visit www.mandarinleisure.com
Valentines In Lincolnshire for Him And For Her – Look For The Unusual And Unique
For those of you who know me you’ll know that I like art and all things ‘arty’. Alas, I can’t even draw a stick man properly so I’m lucky there are so many talented artists around doing what they do best. Creating art is a true gift but liking art is a very personal thing. Variety is key so if you’re looking for local art as a gift I highly recommend taking a look at the #LincsArtCraftHour posts on twitter. Scroll back to before Christmas to see what’s available and join us on Mondays at 12.00pm.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that all art consists of a picture in a frame. Yes, you’ll find watercolours and oil paintings in frames as well as some very creative photography but you’ll also find other things like bespoke pottery and glassware too. You’ll find something you like for your ‘Valentines in Lincolnshire’ gift for him or for her. We are all individuals with individual tastes so take a look to find that unique gift for that special person this Valentines Day.
For something different Fiona has the perfect gift solution. Painting onto old maps to create memories really does work and the paintings have been transferred onto cards and coasters too. Click on the picture to visit Fionas Facebook page or follow her on Twitter @origartprints All of Fionas work is suitable for him and for her so take a look today.
Valentines In Lincolnshire 2021 For Him And For Her – A Treat Wherever You Are
Treating a loved one and saying a special ‘thank you’ to someone special is what this blog is all about. You can make a difference to someones health and wellbeing simply by saying thank you. Gifts don’t have to be big or expensive to show how much you care. A small gift will show how thoughtful you are and how much you appreciate someones love, dedication, help and support. Have a look at the advertisers here to see what is on offer and make your choice. Showing your love and expressing how much you care will really say a lot about you.
Look beyond Valentines In Lincolnshire and consider sending your gift from Lincolnshire to friends and family further afield. Remember too, it’s not just about Valentines Day so look to the future and try to support our local traders.
You’ll find some beautiful gifts on offer from @KcbraidsBeads so click on the picture to go straight to Kates shop. You’ll find lots of lovely Valentines gifts for him and for her with much more besides. In addition, Kate is offering 15% discount (on orders over £20.00) until the end of February 2021.
Valentines In Lincolnshire 2021 For Him And For Her – Made To Last
Traditionally we may have thought of a valentines gift as a short term gift designed to last a day or so. Jewellery is the exception to that rule of course but what about something quirky that’s made to last? Better still, something individual that’s made to last and is a ‘one off’ design! Finding a gift like that might be difficult in a normal shop but a bespoke painting or piece of art may be just what you’re looking for. I think I may get into trouble if I bring home any more paintings or vases but I’m always looking and sometimes I come across the perfect piece that captures the mood.
Valentines in Lincolnshire 2021 ‘is’ going to be different so now is your chance for some creative thinking. Something that captures the essence of your feelings during the last year as a gift sounds like a tall order. I recommend thinking about what your goal may be. A gift to show undying love is our usual idea for Valentines Day but in 2021 you may have broader considerations. A thoughtful gift to say thank you to a friend, neighbour or family member for their help and support may be the way to go. The gift may be as a thank you token for a hero and saviour whose help, support and love you couldn’t have done without during the pandemic. Food for thought!
Click on the picture to go straight to the Light’Artedly website where you’ll find lots of design ideas for bespoke, ‘quirky’ but definitely not boring hand made copper lights. You’ll find some excellent ideas but you’ll also be encouraged to let your creativity run wild. A bespoke lamp – what an excellent idea. Find @ArtedlyLight on twitter too.
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Domestic Abuse Is Real
A repeat message I know but by watching the video nd learning the signs you may actually be able to help someone.
Domestic abuse is a daily worry for many people across the UK and Lincolnshire is no exception! Do you know someone who used to be bubbly and outgoing but now seems more withdrawn? Perhaps you never see your friend alone anymore because the partner is always around to keep a ‘watchful eye’. These are just two signs of potential domestic abuse. Some signs (bruising) are obvious but control and abuse can take many forms. What can you do about it? You can contact @edanlincs (End Domestic Abuse Now in Lincolnshire) via twitter, through their websitewww.edanlincs.org.uk or by phone 01522 510041.
Call the National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247 if you need help. If you need immediate help call Lincolnshire police on 101. If you are in danger dial 999 and if you need a silent call add 55. As a direct result the police control room WILL monitor and trace your call and will dispatch staff to rescue you. Don’t suffer alone. Do seek help. If you need refuge follow this link to REFUGE which is open 24 hours a day and has a ‘quick exit’ button for your safety.
If you know of someone who is or may be suffering, ‘do something about it’. There is a ‘domestic abuse’ button on the Lincolnshire Police website which will be useful for information and reporting. As a direct result, you could save someone a lot of pain and heartache.
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That’s it for now but you know the routine: ‘Stay Safe’ – Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds, wear a face covering over your mouth and nose when asked to do so and keep a safe distance from people around you.
Great Grimsby Day 2021 will be on Friday this year (traditionally held on 22 January each year) but celebrations will undoubtedly be low key due to the pandemic restrictions. Trying to research the origins of the day has proven difficult. The earliest mention of Great Grimsby Day that I can find is via theBBC Radio Humberside website in 2008. Despite searching and searching I haven’t been able to find anything earlier or even the origins of the day. However, the further I delved into the research, the more I found. If you would like to find more search for Great Grimsby Day 2021 or #GreatGrimsbyDay
Grimsby has a long history with the first charter being granted in 1201. Grimsby is famous for being Britains seafood town of course but the deeper I delve, the more history and diversity I uncover. The Grimsby Minster (pictured above) gained its Minster status on 16 May 2010 but its history goes way back to before 1114. Click on the picture above to go to the Minster website.
I thought it was fitting to add this YouTube video from the Minster featuring The Choirs of Grimsby Minster
Finding the opening subject of a blog featuring a town with so much rich history as Great Grimsby is bound to be difficult but I hope you’ll agree that The Grimsby Minster fits the bill pretty well. If you would like any more information about the Minster, its services and what it has to offer the community you can follow them on Twitter @GrimsbyMinster or Facebook Grimsby Minster
Fishing From Grimsby
A huge part of the history of Grimsby revolves around the fishing industry. Searching online I came across this wonderful Youtube video by Paul Cleary which was posted in 2014. Paul is the son of a fisherman and is donating all proceeds from the video to the R.N.L.I and R.N.M.D.S.F.
Life And Fishing Move On
Technology and science has led to changes in fishing methods of course and JCS Fish have taken a different approach to the deep sea trawling methods:
Supplying Salmon to shops and restaurants across the country JCS Fish are at the forefront of salmon fishing and production. You can find them on LinkedIn as JCS Fish
Picture taken following a visit to JCS Fish Ltd in 2016 when they had a charity cake sale. The words ‘charity’ and ‘cake’ were enough of an invitation for me to make the trip from Lincoln! Apologies for the quality of the picture though – I’m pretty sure it would have been take using an iPhone 5. It is a lovely view though isn’t it
Grimsby, fish and smoked all seem to go together well so if you like smoked fish you need to visit award winning Alfred Enderby for smoked haddock and smoked salmon. Visit the website to place your order and have your selection delivered.
Click on the picture to go to the website. We all deserve something special and I think this will hit the spot. Follow Alfred on twitter for regular updates @AlfredEnderbyGY
A Trip Worth Making
I’ve never visited on Great Grimsby Day but 22 January 2022 is in my diary now to make sure I pay another visit to take in the sights and smells of land and sea. It would be silly to make the trip and not take in some light refreshments of course so I can recommend a visit to Riverhead Coffee for a brew and a bite to eat. This cheeky picture was take during the same 2016 trip when I stopped off at the nearby Cleethorpes cafe. There is a second shop in Grimsby too of course so even during the lockdown you’ll be able to buy your supplies for Great Grimsby Day 2021 of goodies including Stokes Coffee
A coffee at Riverhead Coffee is bound to raise a smile – Click on the picture to go to the Facebook page
Food, Drink And More…
The whole of Lincolnshire is always buzzing with activity. Famed for its food production, fantastic cafes and restaurants, warm hospitality and beer. We have a huge brewery industry on the rise across the whole County so it would be amiss of me to not include Docks Beers in this blog. Brewing craft beers in an old church on King Edward Street since 2018 the team deliver beer both locally and nationwide. There is no keeping a good idea down so as a result the team have expanded to include spiced rum and gin too.
It would be unusual to complete the Lincs Connect blog without including some music and entertainment so here goes; Docks Beers also includes the outstanding Docks Academy where you’re sure to find the best live music, comedy and events. Sadly the latest Red Herring Comedy Club events scheduled for February and March have had to be postponed. Another casualty of the Covid-19 lockdown precautions but the good news is that the tickets will remain valid and the event will be re-scheduled. Supporting local and big name bands and artists this surely has to be one of the ‘must visit’ venues in the UK.
Celebrating Great Grimsby Day 2021 without including a local band would be like….. well, ‘fish without chips’!
I’ve heard all of the Trak3 singles and in my mind, this is their best recording yet. These guys are just getting better and better. You can follow them on Twitter @Trak3_Official but don’t forget to hop over to their YouTube channel to see what else they have to offer. This one is called ‘About You’ and I think it really deserves a listen.
Indigo Bay are producing some great music too and deserve a listen. They’ve featured on BBC Introducing @BBCLincsIntro and I’ll be really surprised if they aren’t one of the big bands of the future. Have a listen to ‘Reservoir Relaxing’ then give them a follow on twitter @theindigobay and Facebook Indigo Bay plus their YouTube channel too of course.
Great Grimsby Day 2021 – Advert
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Your local police force @HumberBeats is here to help and inform when you need it. As a result, they have set up a ‘My Community Alert’ scheme for you to get information when you need it:
For more information and to sign up to the alert system go the the Humberside Police website by clicking on this link: www.mycommunityalert.co.uk
Grimsby has so much more to offer than I can ever list here. You’ll find shopping at Freshney Place, Abbeygate and markets at Freeman Street,Victoria Street and of course Grimsby Top Town Market. Between them they’ll have all of your shopping needs catered for from clothing to stamps and from farm produce to flowers. For more information visit www.nelincs.gov.uk
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