#EatOutToHelpOut Ends But…
The #EatOutToHelpOut scheme officially comes to an end on Bank Holiday Monday 31 August and I sincerely hope it has been a great boost to our local businesses and economies. Not all of us have been able to take advantage of course as we’ve experienced some serious income deficits during the lockdown period. However, ‘every little helps’ so let’s hope that the restaurateurs have been able to recoup enough income for them to feel confident to spend more of their money locally.
We’ve heard the stories about the recession and possible price rises over the coming months but there are also stories about ‘green shoots’ in the economy and the resilience of the British people to get on with their businesses to make money and pull the economy forward. There’s much speculation with stories of ‘doom and gloom’ but I think it’s important to remember that many of the stories are literally just ‘stories’ written by journalists (trained or untrained) who may have an agenda unbeknown to us. With that in mind, my cup is definitely half full. Focusing on the bright side and being determined to make business work is what I do. I truly believe that we (that’s you and I) are capable of making our businesses successful regardless of the circumstances surrounding us. Do we need help? Do we need to collaborate? Do we need to focus on the good things? Absolutely! I’m prepared to accept help and advice all day long and I believe it’s one of the keys to success. Knowing when you’re out of your depth and needing help is crucial as is knowing when to employ an expert to do a job properly. When we work together we can often achieve much more so let’s Keep working and talking to each other.
Use the hashtag to promote your business, charity gift idea or event this Christmas
After a pretty dreadful summer I believe we need to look forward to a bright Christmas. We don’t know what the future will bring with Covid-19 but we do know that Christmas is coming! Whether you like it or not, celebrate it or not, or even believe in it or not, the fact remains that it will be here on 25 December and we need to be prepared for it. We may not be out partying as we have in previous years but we are resilient enough and creative enough to make it a good celebration.
#LincsConnectChristmas starts on 7 September to coincide with the new #LincsArtCraftHour. Combining the two will give us the opportunity to see what our local talented and creative people have to offer. We’ll have the opportunity to shop early and safely by avoiding the usual Christmas rush because, well, let’s face it, we really don’t know yet if there will be movement and shopping restrictions in place to avoid a second Covid-19 wave of destruction.
A Christmas Hamper
In previous years we’ve had a virtual Christmas hamper where we’ve been able to add items of our own or recommend items from other traders. The idea seemed to work well so I think it’ll be a good idea to do it again.
It’s time to start filling the Christmas Hamper…
The hashtag works on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram so let’s start thinking about filling it up with lots of local goodies. Perhaps an example here might be useful. How about these messages:
“I think the #LincsConnectChristmas hamper needs some speciality chocolates. I highly recommend @BonBonLincoln who produce exquisite designer chocolates”
“No #LincsConnectChristmas hamper will be complete without some bespoke Christmas cards by @CardsOfGrimsby”
Adding a picture with each message will soon get the attention of local shoppers and will make the #LincsConnectChristmas hashtag the place to look for local independent Christmas shopping. With your help we can get this hashtag noticed and talked about around the County and beyond to turn it into the ‘shop window’ for everyone to see.
A Christmas Meal
With no #EatOutToHelpOut scheme in place hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars will want to advertise their special meals and party events so the #LincsConnectChristmas hashtag is going to be ‘the’ place for them to advertise and I’m sure they’ll appreciate our support.
Let’s Work Together
I’m sure we can make Christmas a huge success but I do think that we will have to work together to achieve it. Am I confident? Absolutely!
Put It In Your Diary
The #LincsConnectChristmas and #LincsArtCraftHour both start on Monday 7 September at noon. Use the hashtags, search the hashtags and tell your friends about the hashtags. They’re here for ‘you’.
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A message from Supt Paul Timmins of Lincolnshire Police following some sad and tragic deaths on Lincolnshire roads recently:
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We see far too many road deaths in Lincolnshire so please always ‘be aware’ and don’t become a statistic. We love you just the way you are…. ‘alive’!
Domestic abuse doesn’t have age limits. 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.
A Helpful App
Visit your App Store to download this free App to your device
Let’s pretend you’re out walking or have gone for a drive when you come across an accident. You dial 999 to contact the emergency services for help but then you don’t know exactly where you are. You know you’re in the middle of a field or on a country road but you couldn’t direct the emergency services to the incident. I imagine you might feel completely helpless!
I saw a post on Twitter asking the public to download the App What3Words so obviously I did. I didn’t expect to ever have to use it but thought it would be a good ‘insurance policy’ should the unexpected ever happen. I have actually used it though. I was able to give the three words that were displayed on my iPhone screen to the control room who directed the fire service to the field fire that I had discovered on my way home last winter. That’s it! It really is that easy. All you have to do is open the App and you’re immediately given 3 unique words that identify your exact location.
When opening the App you’re given the option to share the 3 words via social media or email or send it directly to one of your contacts so it’s a great way to pass on your location to friends if you are meeting them in town. Typing the three words into the search bar your friends are able to navigate directly to you using the App so as well as being the all important navigation tool in emergencies it’s also a brilliant tool for finding your friends.
Perhaps you could try out your new What3Words App with your friends. If you’re on your travels why not pop in to Louth Museum? It’s open to the public again and there is no need to book. The museum is over two floors (stair lift available for those who may need it) and you’ll be respectfully requested to wait outside if the museum is full when you arrive. Covid-19 regulations are in place of course so don’t forget your mask. I’ve had a look at the website www.louthmuseum.org.uk and discovered a virtual tour as well as Ruth’s Blog page. I thought you might find this interesting; It’s a factual account of the Louth floods on 29 May 1920. Imagine seeing a 2m wall of water heading into town…
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Just imagine how useful What3Words would have been in this situation if it had been available then. Technology has certainly moved on at a remarkable pace!
That’s the blog done for now but if you have something that you would like me to include or would like to advertise please get in touch. Have a lovely Bank Holiday everyone. Look after yourself and look out for your neighbours.
On The Plus Side…
Covid-19 has wreaked devastation across the world with many lives lost while others have become (and remain) seriously ill as a result of this deadly virus. ‘Normal’ has changed over the last few months with travel, work and personal restrictions causing much disruption and heartache. Finances have been seriously challenged for all of us be that directly or indirectly but we have also shown remarkable resilience and a desire to keep going. Some industries have carried on as normal while others have had to significantly increase working practices to cope with demand. Others, on the other hand, have suffered greatly with many paying the ultimate price of permanent closure.
On a positive note though, many of us have adapted our working practices to keep going which has in turn resulted in a significant reduction in pollution, fossil fuel emissions and litter. On a personal note I have significantly reduced my vehicle use by taking my work online. The knock on effect of that has been that my clients have been able to manage injuries, carry on with their rehabilitation programme under personal instruction, maintain their strength and monitor fitness levels as my training programmes have been adapted for home exercise. Those training at home have also had reduced car usage of course so the reduction in the burning of fossil fuels has been reduced even further.
While I’m used to visiting clients in their home, the lockdown has made me re-evaluate my working practices. The home exercise sessions really do seem to be the way forward and I will definitely keep them going. I had been looking for ways to become more environmentally friendly with my working practices so this is definitely a step in the right direction.
I’m Not Alone
Since many people have turned to working online through Zoom, WhatsApp Messenger or FaceTime video sessions my thoughts have turned to those who have been doing it for some time. I do wonder why it’s taken me so long to catch up of course but having been forced into a new practice I wonder how many others will continue with the online working practice too. It’s not until I start to apply the ‘grey matter’ that I realise how many businesses have already been working successfully online. How many can you think of? I’m aware that authors have been selling online for some time as we have become accustomed to buying books for our e-readers. Many courses and tutorials have been firmly embedded into the online platforms too while shopping online has become the norm.
Lincolnshire Libraries (@lincslibraries on twitter and Lincolnshire Libraries on Facebook) are set to reopen on 13 July with a phased reopening of their larger premises first and hubs/mobile libraries opening later in the season. However, although there is a real joy (well, there is for me anyway)! to be had when browsing through the physical books on the shelves it has to be said that our libraries have really stepped up their online services to keep us all happy. Perhaps you’ve been enjoying some of their audio books, e-books or music from their ‘Freegal Music’ selection? It’s all online and free with your Library card so if you haven’t already experienced it perhaps now is the time. Not only will you be accessing the library from your home or mobile device but you’ll be helping to save the planet too by reducing your travel requirements.
If it’s a good read that you’re looking for and are a regular browser of the amazon or Apple libraries youo may have a favourite local author who has been keeping your reading habits and imagination alive. Some of them have been mentioned in previous blogs of course from the very imaginative books by local Grimsby author Lynette Creswell who sells her books on Amazon (find her on Facebook ‘Lynette Creswell Author’ or via her website www.lynettecreswell.wordpress.com ) and has a new book of short stories ‘The Cat Thief’
Lynette Creswell – A local author based in Grimsby with quite a collection of published books now has a new book ‘The Cat Thief’ – click on the picture for more information.
to factual eBooks about growing vegetables in straw bales. Simon Gibbins has produced both an e-Book and a DVD which can both be purchased through his website www.strawbaleveg.co.uk
Simon Gibbins is based in Waddington, Lincoln but his e-Book and DVD are both available from his website. Click on the picture for more information
Home fruit and vegetable growing has certainly seen an upsurge during the lockdown so with fresh food readily available in our own garden perhaps shopping habits are set to change again as even more people discover the joy and convenience of home grown produce. If you fancy giving it a go you can contact Simon through his website or on twitter @strawbaleukman where he also has information about his seed sales as @SeedsSimon
While many of us have utilised the lockdown to learn new skills (it’s been blogging for me) it’s worth remembering that many local businesses have been providing their services online for quite some time before the virus hit us. Rosemary from Inavanti Learning has been providing language courses on an individual basis with online learning to compliment her sessions but during the lockdown she has moved exclusively to online sessions. It can’t have escaped your notice that Lincolnshire is a large County so for a business based in Grantham it’s important to be able to reach customers both near and far. ‘Online’ is most definitely the way forward, not just for reach and accessibility but for reducing traffic and helping to look after our planet. Schools have had to embrace the technology to keep in touch with students but as the schools gradually return to building based lessons it’s important to know that personalised online learning is very much available for you. ‘Thank you’ to the dedication and hard work of private tutors like Rosemary.
Inavanti Learning – click on the picture to go straight to the website. This could be the start of your next journey…
Inavanti Learning – Click on the picture to watch the Inavanti video and get a feel for your next learning experience.
Music is part of the online and download revolution with lots of platforms available to artists of any genre. I often search YouTube to listen to local artists so, as I’m writing about ‘online’ I thought it would be a good time to share some local bands here:
Trak3 Official is a Grimsby based band singing rap. I’ve chosen ‘Caught Up’ as a featured track here but please keep in mind that other tracks of theirs do contain swearing. Click on the picture to hear the YouTube track and don’t forget to give them a follow on Twitter @TRAK3_Official
If you fancy something different this very young band from Cleethorpes definitely deserves a listen. This group of youngsters really have been doing some good things and have been getting their name around the music scene quite successfully too. Have a listen to ‘Bullet’ and don’t forget to see what else they have on their Youtube channel:
Revivalry – A band of youngsters from Cleethorpes doing some great things. Click on this picture to hear the track and don’t forget to give them a follow on Twitter too @revivalryband
Another great Lincolnshire band destined for great things is Shout Inferno. They’ve appeared on my tweets and blogs before as one of my featured local bands of the week so it’s no surprise to see them here again:
Shout Inferno – Live at The Sweet Factory. Click on the picture to go to their youTube channel and hear another great song from their library. You can also follow them on Twitter @ShoutInferno
The Saboteurs have also featured as one of my ‘Local Bands of the week’ and I’m sure you won’t mind if I feature them here too:
Saboteurs – Click the picture to hear ‘Coraline’ – it’s the latest single from the band and it really is a good one. @sabsbanduk were also a recent addition to my local band of the week feature on twitter and when you hear this track you’ll understand why. I think this band from Sleaford are destined for big things.
Follow The Leader
If you like local music you need to follow Dave @laamb4 on twitter or visit the website for lots more music and arts information. As usual, you can click on the picture to go straight to the website:
Laamb – Click on the picture to go to the website. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
A Word From The Sponsor
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After the recent few months of lockdown stress levels certainly reached a peak for many people and for some those stress levels are still very current. Many of us have been confined to our home while others have been working at heightened levels of pressure, stress and anxiety. We are looking forward now to the end to the lockdown and the stress levels experienced by our emergency services and key workers may well be levelling off. However, where some stress levels are lowering, others may be finding that their stresses are really only just beginning. The latter is a reference to the teachers and shop owners who have had to make big changes to the way they work in order to keep themselves safe as well as the pupils, staff and customers around them.
Massage For Stress
It’s well documented that massage helps to reduce stress and anxiety levels. The physical touch and deep relaxation experienced during a massage can last for hours, days or even weeks afterwards. If you’re familiar with research methods you’ll understand that researching this subject will be difficult, if not impossible! However, you might like to take a look at this post by Prof James Lake Massage Therapy for Anxiety and Stress
Touch can certainly help to improve your emotional state but unfortunately during the recent lockdown human contact and touch has been severely restricted. Humans are naturally ‘social’ so these restrictions are bound to have had a detrimental affect on our wellbeing. However, the good news is that regular massage sessions can help to reverse that problem. The massage effect can certainly be enhanced with the use of essential oils too. They have been used with massage for thousands of years and the benefits can be quite extraordinary. Each essential oil has its own unique properties but you can be forgiven if you thought they are ‘just’ about the smell. Over the years I’ve witnessed some remarkable outcomes with my Aromatherapy massages. I’ve used them to treat headaches, insomnia, PMS, fluid retention, back pain, anxiety, stress, depression, and many other problems including pre & post cosmetic surgery treatments
Treatments range from 1 to 2 hours and are all conducted from the comfort of your own home. Relaxing? Oh yes! I have clients who leave the massage treatment and go straight to bed leaving me to pack up, put the cat out and lock up! The last treatment of the day is around 9.00pm so a 2 hours massage will be finishing at 11.00pm. That’s the perfect time for those who, for whatever reason, have problems sleeping at night. The salon experience really does come to your home – a professional couch, towels, pillows, oils, relaxing music and over 27 years of experience. What more could you ask for?
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Although the treatments are all on hold until the official government restrictions are lifted it is still possible to purchase your treat now to enjoy later. Personalised gift vouchers are available for 1, 1 1/2 or 2 hour treatments from £50.00. There will be a price rise in August but buying your voucher now will secure the price as the voucher will be valid for 12 months. Perhaps now, as we can see the end of the Covid-19 restrictions in sight, is the time to purchase your vouchers for a treat for yourself or as a gift for someone special in your life. It really is the ideal gift.
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Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to meet some genuinely nice people who have kept a special place in my heart. I used to visit one dear lady who, following a car accident where someone drove into the back of her vehicle, suffered with fluid retention her legs. I visited her twice weekly to perform Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) massages. We had a routine where I would leave to wash my hands while she got undressed and climbed onto the couch. The routine worked well until one day when I came back into the room I sensed something wasn’t right. Hazel was on the couch as normal but her arms were by her sides instead of on the cradle. During the 30 seconds conversation that took place about her arm placement I realised that something was seriously wrong! Hazel had suffered a stroke. I immediately dialled 999 and the paramedics and ambulance arrived within minutes. Being with her at that moment, having the immediate attention that she needed and the follow up care that was provided by the Stroke Unit at Lincoln County Hospital made all the difference. Hazel made a full recovery and was soon back home doing her daily The Times crossword. Her brain was as sharp as ever and her mobility was no worse than it was before she suffered the stroke. There is no doubt in my mind that my quick phone call and the rapid response by the emergency services saved Hazel from suffering irreversible damage. Hazel died of old age at 92. I still miss you hazel X
F, A, S, T.
- Face (first check for facial weakness. The face may have drooped on one side. The person may not be able to smile. Mouth or eye may have drooped)
- Arms (check for arm weakness. The person may not be able to lift both arms)
- Speech (check for impaired or garbled speech)
- Time (dial 999)
Museum Of Lincolnshire Life
Museum Of Lincolnshire Life – Front entrance. This picture was taken in 2017 so the Lincoln Knight won’t be outside the gates anymore but there will be a new trail soon for the ‘Lincoln Imp’ so it’s worth checking out and putting in your diary.
There really is far too much to know about the museum to put in one blog so click on the picture above for a ink to the website or click here to go straight to the same website Museum of Lincolnshire Life The museum covers Lincolnshire culture and life through the ages from 1750 right up to the present day. The exhibits (over 250,000 of them) even include a world war one tank. For those of you who weren’t aware, the tank with its caterpillar tracks was actually developed in Lincolnshire. Lincolnshire has a very strong engineering history and many of its historic pieces are displayed here and I have no doubt that some of the pieces may well still be in operation around the world today.
As you can see, the red brick building has a rather grand looking entrance. It is actually an old Victorian barracks and was home to the Royal North Lincoln Militia.
Make plenty of time for your visit to this museum as it really is fascinating. When you’re ready to leave, turn right out of the entrance and right again at the crossroads. You’ll now have the museum and its car park on your right. Walk down Upper Long Legs Road and stop at the right turn to Mill Road. Before turning onto Mill Road take a look at the wall on your right and notice how thick it is. It’s not until you take a proper look that you realise that this wall is actually solid! I’m reliably informed that there was another wall on the other side of the road and a chain would have been strung between the two walls. Believe it or not, this was part of our WW II home defence; had Britain been invaded by Germany this chain will have acted as a tank trap. The chain will have been pulled tight to stop the tanks thus enabling the home guard to execute an ambush.
Continue onto Mill Road…
Ellis Mill Built in 1798
For those of you in the Lincoln area this’ll be an unmistakeable landmark. It’s easily visible from the Grandstand and West Common area of Lincoln as it stands proud on the Cliff Top to the left of Lincoln Cathedral. I wonder how many of you have actually visited it though. The normal opening times are Saturday afternoons from 2.00pm until dusk during the months of October to March and Saturdays & Sundays 2.00pm – 5.00pm from April to September. The entry fee is ‘free’. If you don’t manage to get there at the right time to look inside it’s still worth a visit for its photo opportunity. The picture above was taken from the footpath using my iPhone so in case you were wondering, ‘yes you can get that close!’
Built in 1798 the mill has seen a few owners (as you can imagine) and is currently owned and run by Lincoln County Council and is maintained by some dedicated volunteers. It survived a fire (just) in 1974 but was restored and re-opened in 1981 and is still producing flour today. Unsurprisingly you’ll find the mill on Mill Road, Lincoln. Parking is difficult in the area as the streets are narrow so I suggest walking from the Museum of Lincolnshire Life.
Entry is free (check before you go to make sure it isn’t closed for maintenance or for the current Covid-19 lockdown) but the visit won’t take you long so I suggest you make it part of a general sight seeing trip.
Mill Road To Burton Road
Continue walking along Mill road and note the different ages of the buildings and their architecture. The road is quiet but very narrow so be careful if you’re forced to walk on the road. You will however, be facing the oncoming traffic on the one way system. When you reach the end of Mill Road turn right and cross when it’s safe. If you look at the old outhouses along Mill Row you’ll notice that they all have chimneys. They may well have been where the household washing was done. I can imagine it must’ve been quite smokey in that area on wash day! Continue along Burton Road to the award winning Burton Road Chippy on your left. If you have time and are feeling peckish I can highly recommend a visit.
Award Winning Burton Road Chippy. Click on the picture to go to the website.
They have both take away facilities as well as a restaurant but if you want to sit down for a meal you really do need to book. It’s also worth noting that they are closed on Mondays too. They have a very varied menu (including vegetarian & gluten free (first Tuesday of the month) with the expected battered fish of course but also many other options. The fish is traced as is the local potatoes so you can be sure of freshness and quality. How they keep turning out such a high quality is beyond me but I guess that’s why they are award wining!
You can easily be mistaken for thinking you’re in a local village when you walk down Burton Road. With its local shops and thriving community it really does take on that village feeling. Do stop to browse and buy in the local shops then carry on towards the Museum of Lincolnshire Life. Keep walking past the museum and carry on to the mini roundabout then turn left onto Westgate. Historically this is where the gallows were housed. You’ll notice the pub on the opposite side of the road called ‘The Strugglers’ – apparently named after the people who were hanged but didn’t die instantly. We do have quite a gruesome past in the UK! Carry on walking until you reach The Castle Hotel then turn immediately left onto the cobbled street (Westgate Bight) at the side of the hotel. Just a short walk on the cobbles will take you to a notice at the entrance to a small passageway. The notice informs you about the history of the Roman wall directly behind you. If my memory serves me well, this section of wall is the highest standing section of wall in the city. I could be wrong though as I’m going from memory (which is notoriously bad) but the site is worth a visit nonetheless.
Double back on yourself from here then turn left onto Westgate again. You’ll be entering the Bailgate area which has a whole history all of it’s own. Turning right in the Bailgate will take you towards the Castle and Cathedral. Once you’ve had a look around this area make your way back through the Bailgate walking past Westgate (where you came in) and carry on to the Newport Arch.
Newport Arch – Part of the Lincoln Roman wall
Carry on through the Newport Arch then stay on the footpath to the left side of the road. You’ll see BBC Radio Lincolnshire on your right. This building has had a long history too with previous guises being both a supermarket and a cinema. Turn left onto Cecil Street and stay on the left side of the road. Part of the way down you’ll notice that the old terraced houses give way to a newer red brick building with a large arch into the car park. Immediately in front of you (inside the car park) you’ll see a remaining section of the roman wall that links the Newport Arch to the largest section of Roman wall that you will have seen earlier. Carry on to the end of Cecil Street then turn left onto Rasen Lane. At the end of Rasen Lane you’ll find yourself back at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life. Congratulations, you’ve just done a mini walking tour of the Burton Road & Bailgate areas of Lincoln.
Staying In Lincoln?
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