Click on the picture to discover the Easton Walled Garden (EWG) ‘Whats On’ page and don’t forget to add Sunday 6 September into your calendar for the Autumn Country Market. You’ll be pleasantly surprised I’m sure and you can even sign up to the EWG newsletter too.
The #LoveCultureWeek was from 17 – 23 August but in reality we have so much to see and celebrate in Lincolnshire and our boarders that it simply isn’t possible to fit everything into a single blog. In fact, if I did list everything in one week you couldn’t get around all the fantastic locations in a short time frame anyway! With that in mind, I’ve decided to ‘drip feed’ the blogs for you so that you can plan your adventures for this month, next month or even next year!
Easton Walled Garden
Driving out of the County from Ancaster towards the A1 you’ll see a brown sign directing you to Easton Walled Garden. It’s one of those hidden gems that you really need to make the effort to see. It’s so close to the A1 (Colsterworth) that you might be forgiven for thinking that its probably just a small garden hidden away next to a busy road that will just take an hour or so to glance around and move on. If that’s what you’ve been thinking, you really need to read this and have a rethink.
The gardens are open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays until 27 September. However, with the weather set to change (it’s a dull Autumnal feeling day as I write this on 28 August) over the weekend with Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday forecast to be quite pleasant. It’s a good job then that Easton Walled Garden is also open on Bank Holiday Monday. Make sure that you make plenty of time to wander though as the grounds cover a full 12 acres of gardens. You’ll be able to discover new plantings and the latest additions while exploring the 80m long borders. I’m reliably informed that the plantings have been designed to peak ‘now’ for your delight.
It’s been 400 years in the making (and growing) and has the River Witham flowing through its grounds. The cafe is open for takeaway hot and cold drinks along with the all important ‘cakes’ to keep you sustained during your ventures around the grounds. The shop (both physical and online) is the place to be for your seeds and lovely gifts and there are even holiday cottages for those of you who want to stay for your next local break. I’m sure there is quite a bit that I’ve missed off here so I recommend you visit the Easton Walled Garden website to make your own discoveries. There is no need to book as the grounds are extensive but you will obviously need to adhere to the normal social distancing rules. The gardens are posting on social media of course so for a quick update follow @EWGardens on Twitter.
Woolsthorpe Lock is just West of Grantham and is a great area to visit to see the current engineering work that’s going on to restore the Grantham Canal.
The boat trips may be cancelled due to the Covid-19 restrictions but the @GranthamCanal (find them on twitter) is still worth a visit. I thoroughly recommend you take your camera with you and be prepared to be amazed! The lottery funded work is really impressive and the volunteers deserve all the praise they can get. You’ll be able to see what they’ve been doing if you search for them on Facebook too. To make life easier I’ve included a link here: Grantham Canal Society If you like what you see you can join the team as a volunteer and/or make financial donations to help the project along. For more information about this project and more canal walks and adventures have a look at the www.canalrivertrust.org.uk website. You’ll find lots of information here including free guides for days out, maps, walking and cycling routes plus much more.
National Garden Scheme
While you’re in the Belvoir/Rutland area you might like to take a visit to some of the lovely gardens in the Rutland area. Redhill Lodge is open on Sunday 30 August for a small charge of £5.00 but you’ll need to follow this link to book your visit: Redhill Lodge
The Lincoln branch of the National Garden Scheme are great supporters of #LincsConnect and are often advertising gardens to visit. Click on the picture to find them on Twitter
I was going to write about the National Garden Scheme to explain what it is and how it works but, to be honest, I can’t put it any better than the words on the official website so here’s what the site has to say:
“Thanks to the generosity of garden owners, volunteers and visitors we have donated a total of £55 million to nursing and health charities, and made a record annual donation of £3.1 million in 2018. Our beneficiaries include Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK and The Queen’s Nursing Institute.
By opening your garden, you’re not only giving people a great day out – you’re also raising money to help those in need. What’s more, you are joining a community of thousands of other like minded garden owners, all passionate about great gardens and raising money for great causes.”
Why not organise a visit to a garden in Louth? The Secret Garden of Louth is taking bookings and visits cost £2.50. Click on the picture for more details
Mere House, Sturton by Stow is another garden to visit. Admission is £6.00 (children free). Clicking on the picture will take you to the website where you can book your visit.
Here are a few links to earlier blogs which I hope you find interesting. There’s lots going on at #LincsConnect and there is even more planned so please keep an eye to for new features and events.
Christmas Is Coming…
Don’t forget that the #LincsConnectChristmas hashtag along with the #LincsArtCraftHour hashtag goes live on Monday 7 September. ‘Now’ is the time to start your preparations so look out for the hashtags and shop early & safely for Christmas.
Bank Holiday Pharmacy services in Lincolnshire. Click on the picture for details of pharmacies that will be open near you and follow @ULHT_News for your health updates.
NE Lincs virtual mental health support – just a Zoom away… If you’re in need of mental health support in the evening get in touch with @NAVIGOCARE by clicking on this picture to go straight to their website.
Stay safe everyone. Hand washing and social distancing is still the key to our continued success so keep up the good work. Have a lovely Bank Holiday and don’t forget to put your rubbish in the bin or take your litter home with you.
It’s Not Just Lincolnshire…
Just putting the record straight to prevent any ambiguity; There are a whole army of extra volunteers across the country who have stepped up to lend their help during this Covid-19 pandemic. They are working in the community and from home and I’m sure the whole nation supports their selfless actions and deeds. I salute you for your kindness.
Whether you use social media or not you must surely be aware by now that there are some fantastic initiatives across the County of Lincolnshire so by touching on just a few here I hope it highlights the hard work that everyone is putting in. Writing about this single initiative will hopefully help to highlight the many, many other selfless acts of kindness (too numerous to mention) that are happening here daily.
When Charity Really Does Start At Home
Nerves of steel – I wonder how many onions Barry has had to chop in his kitchen?
When the staff of the NHS, police, fire, first responders and many others were asked to step up to the mark and the lockdown was announced a whole army of volunteers sprang into action to lend a hand. Barry is the head chef at The Pyewipe Inn Lincoln but with the lockdown he had no customers and nothing to cook. That is of course until he teamed up with his neighbour Laurance in Bardney to start cooking from home for the frontline services! Apparently you don’t need a kitchen the size of a small village hall to cook a thousand meals as these two have proven. Cooking from home in a domestic kitchen while spending no money and having no ingredients is a pretty tall order. However, the generosity of local businesses and the public knows no bounds. In fact, people have been so generous that Barry and Laurance have managed to prepare and cook over a thousand meals for delivery to the staff at Lincoln County Hospital, Grantham Hospital, Sleaford Fire and police crews, Nettleham police HQ, Metheringham Fire station, ambulance crews….. With over a thousand meals produced there will be far too many to mention here!
The men behind the meals… You can find them on Twitter @BarryLaurance or click on this picture to find them on Facebook
Personally I think I might have caved in after chopping my way through my second or third batch of onions so hats off to these guys. They could see the queues at the local supermarkets and experienced the empty shelves so decided to put their skills to good use to make sure that our frontline services were fed. Having food and ingrediants delivered from The Pyewipe Inn, (Lincoln), The Old Angel Inn (Bardney), Jordans/Ryvita (Bardney) and Moy Park (Sleaford) to name just a few the meals are produced at home then locals collect and deliver the finished products to the front line workers.
Cooked and portioned.
Lids and labels.
Baked with love
Appreciated by all
It’s Not Just About Feeding The Frontline
Taking meals to the workers isn’t just about making sure they are fed and able to do their job. I think it’s much more than that; many of us have struggled to get the ingredients we need for our meals (thankfully that has eased considerably lately) but we have managed to get something. Perhaps putting the situation into perspective and showing a greater understanding and appreciation for the jobs and risks of our key workers is paramount. We all know what a fantastic job all the NHS staff, police, fire crews and paramedics are doing at this difficult time but the key worker list is much bigger than that. I think the farmers in the picture would have been surprised to receive their free lunch but without them we won’t be getting fed in the future. #StayHomeSaveLives is still a very important message for most of us but perhaps we tend to forget just how many key workers there are who still have to go to work to make sure we can be safe at home and have a future to look forward to. It’s not just about the food then, perhaps it’s also about the recognition and gratitude. Being on the receiving end of a gift is always nice but perhaps in these difficult times it means so much more.
Delivering 250 Meals Each Week
You don’t need to be too much of a mathematician to work out that delivering 250 meals a week will soon lead to 1000 delivered. In fact, the 1000 milestone was reached last Monday so it won’t be long before we are looking at 1500. The whole system relies on people delivering the raw ingredients and then others collecting the cooked meals for distribution. Logistically it must’ve been a bit of a headache and I’m sure the pressure has been pretty high since day one. The project would never have taken off without the enthusiasm of Barry and Laurance, the support and more than generous food donations from Sarah Pickles (The owner of The Pyewipe Inn) and help in the kitchen by Julie Ann Clark who also helped to provide some of the fresh veg. You can visit Julies charity shop in Horncastle and visit her on Facebook too Thrifty’s Community Charity Shop. Huge respect to everyone involved but especially to Barry and Laurance who had the vision, skill and foresight to make it all happen.
The Tin Pigeons are a duo from Rutland…
Being a music lover I follow quite a few local bands, orchestras and choirs so I thought you might like to hear what I’ve found. I follow @TheTinPigeons on twitter and this one is from their back catalogue (click on the picture above to hear their song ‘Steel’). If you like what you hear why not nip across to their YouTube channel, give them a follow on twitter or Facebook
Revivalry – A young band from Cleethorpes
Revivalry are a young up and coming band from Cleethorpes who I’ve also been following on Twitter @RevivalryBand and I’m really pleased to be able to post their first studio recording ‘Run’ here today. If you click on the picture above you can have a listen through YouTube. I get the feeling this won’t be their last studio recording and it may well be the beginning of something rather big. You can follow them on Twitter, Facebook or on their YouTube channel. Enjoy
If you would like to hear more Indie bands you could give Dave a follow on Twitter @Laamb4 or better still give his website a visit https://www.laamb.co.uk where you’ll find an update for lots of local music and arts plus regular charts and much more:
“This site is dedicated to promoting Artists and Musicians in Lincolnshire. We aim to combine the marketing of local art and music, with features and sales of material produced within Lincolnshire.”
Click on the picture to go straight to LAAMB
That’s just about it for this edition but let me leave you with one more note. Please keep it in mind and pass it on whenever you feel it’ll be appropriate:
If you know someone who may be affected call 0808 801 0327