New Beginnings With Mandarin Fitness

New Beginnings With Mandarin Fitness

New Beginnings With Mandarin Fitness – The same Old Story

Mandarin Fitness by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

New beginnings with Mandarin Fitness – Exercise, diet, protein, carbohydrates, High Intensity Interval Training, Injury….. You’ve heard it all before.

It’s January and all of these topics have probably been bombarding you from morning till night.  You can’t escape it because it’s January and you are ‘expected’ to have a New Year resolution. The expectation is that you will want or need to lose weight and get fit.

Reality Check

The realities are though that the majority of people who take up exercise and a new diet plan in January are doomed to failure.  Why though? Is it because you have been pressured into it by the media, celebrities, friends, families and Personal Trainers?

Perhaps you feel under pressure to conform with what is expected of you?  Here is a question and answer for the ladies:

“How do you get a bikini body?” The answer is simple “put a bikini on!”

Bikini Diet with Mandarin Fitness by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

The picture on the left is the real image. The picture on the right has been edited to portray ‘the perfect body’ image

New Beginnings With Mandarin Fitness – Don’t Be Pressured

The point I’m trying to make here is that whatever happens, you mustn’t feel pressured or bullied into conforming to the ‘skinny body’ picture that you may have in your mind.  The ‘six pack’ may never happen for you.  It’s a fact and I would like you to hold that in your mind.

We are all different and that is a fact too.

Body Type

Ectomorph, Mesomorph and Endomorph are three distinctly different body types.  You are what you are and, like it or not, that’s the way it is.  You can search any of those body types on the internet for a full description to save me rambling on here but the reality is that regardless of how many nuts and seeds you eat or litres off water you drink your body type will never change.

However, this doesn’t mean that you can just give up and pretend that any weight issues you may have just don’t matter.  On the contrary, we know that an increased waist circumference is linked to heart disease, stroke and some cancers.  We also know that too little body fat carries health problems too.

Morphology with Mandarin Fitness by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

Morphology – you are what you are!


So where does this leave you? Hopefully not confused!

Do you need to exercise? Of course you do!  Your body type may dictate that you will never be lean with a six pack so do you stop considering what you eat? Of course not!  Remember, “Everything in moderation

New Beginnings With Mandarin Fitness – Your Health Is In Your Hands

If you don’t enjoy exercise and prefer to eat comfort food then consider this:  “Your health is in your hands” – you should love yourself and the body you’re in so don’t try to reach the unreachable goal.

You can change habits though and there is plenty of professional help around from health professionals to fitness professionals. Consider ‘functional fitness’ as a goal.  Many of you may not want to go to the gym or take up running but can you get out of your chair easily? Could you run or jog a short distance if you need to? Can you lie down and get back up again with ease?  If the answer to these questions is ‘no’ then perhaps you need to consider your perception of fitness.

Take your body type (whatever it is) for a walk, swim or cycle. Don’t cut out carbohydrates from your diet but you can drastically cut down by reducing confectionary.  It’s a good start!

If you are new to exercise, self conscious, unable to move as well as you should but would like to make improvements then you might like to contact me for help. I will visit you for a dedicated 1 to 1 consultation but I’m afraid there will be the normal charges for that service.

If you have any questions about starting exercise please don’t hesitate to contact me.


March is my busiest month of the year. Why? Because so many people are too enthusiastic at the start of their fitness/activity journey and trainers often push people to exercise beyond their safe limits.  March is the time when my phone is most active with people asking for help.  Don’t be a statistic. Take your time to ease into exercise. There is no rush, you have the rest of your life to get it right!

Biomechanics Coaching for injury prevention and rehabilitation with Mandarin Fitness in Lincolnshire by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

Biomechanics coaching with Mandarin Fitness in Lincolnshire for injury prevention and injury rehabilitation

Until Next Time…

That’s it for now. I hope you find this blog useful. If you have any comments or would like any more information please do get in touch.

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You can email or call me on 07966 174878.  You can also visit the website or for a quick response you will find me on twitter @MANDARINLEISURE @MandarinFitness @MandarinMothers of Facebook MandarinFitness

LincsConnect Stars

LincsConnect Stars

LincsConnect Stars

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

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

LincsConnect Hour 

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

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

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

LincsConnect Hour 10 April 2023

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

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

Lincolnshire LincsConnect Stars

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

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

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

LincsConnect Stars

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

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

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

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

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

Join The Lincolnshire #LincsConnect Stars Club

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

The Stars – In No Particular Order

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

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

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

Sponsored By:

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

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


How It Works

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

LincsConnect Stars

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

Your Editorial Here

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

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

Congratulations J&S Plumbing & Heating

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

J&S Plumbing & Heating “Quality as standard”

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spread The Cost With J&S Plumbing & Heating

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

Congratulations to Serena Twibell Arts

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

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

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

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

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

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

Painting And Creating

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

LincsConnect Stars featuring TwibellArts by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

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

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

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That’s It For Now


Nordic Walking In Lincolnshire

Nordic Walking In Lincolnshire

Nordic Walking In Lincolnshire With Mandarin Fitness

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

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

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

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

Nordic Walking In Lincolnshire (Lincoln) Monthly Timetable

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

Location Change

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

24 Feb 24 – location change due to excessive rain over the last few days. Now meeting at the Community Centre Car Park, Skellingthorpe LN6 5UU

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

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


Nordic Walking Master Instructor

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

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

Getting to Grips…

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

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

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

Beginners Nordic Walking

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

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

Getting To Grips With Nordic Walking

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

Know Your Limits

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

Nordic Walking In Lincolnshire – Benefits And Exercise In Disguise

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

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

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

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

Classes In Lincoln

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

Nordic Walking & Complementary Therapies

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

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

Mandarin Therapies mobile massage in Lincolnshire

Click the picture above to see the latest Mandarin Therapies blog

Nordic Walking And More…

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

Mandarin Leisure for Mandarin Fitness, Mandarin Therapies and Mandarin Mothers

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

By Request…

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

Nordic Walking with Mandarin Fitness by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

Nordic Walking with Mandarin Fitness by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

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

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

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

Gift Vouchers

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

Guest Blog

Let's move Lincolnshire Nordic Walking blog

Nordic Walking by ‘Let’s Move Lincolnshire’

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Christmas Is Coming To Lincolnshire

Christmas Is Coming To Lincolnshire

Christmas is coming to Lincolnshire. Use LincsConnectChristmas by LincsConnect the LincsBlogger

Christmas is coming to Lincolnshire

Christmas is coming to Lincolnshire – Three Months And Counting Down…

As I write this blog (25 September 2020) it’s exactly three months until Christmas.  Yes, I’ve said it again …. Christmas is coming to Lincolnshire and businesses need to be ready for it.  I’ve been talking about it for a few weeks and now the BBC have finally caught up with me. Dare I say, if you haven’t started gearing up for Christmas you’re already late to the party!  The major shops are gearing up for Christmas NOW with predicted record online sales. To those of you who groaned when I mentioned Christmas I sincerely hope you manage to catch up with the traders who are already planning. The big spending retailers ‘will’ take your market from under you so isn’t it time to get your advertising sorted?

Don’t forget, Christmas ‘is’ coming to Lincolnshire so make sure you’re prepared.

#LincsArtCraftHour every Monday at 12.00pm by LincsConnect the LincsBlogger

Click on this picture to find out what you’ve been missing on Twitter


Time To Catch Up

You may already know about the Lincolnshire based #LincsArtCraftHour and #LincsConnectChristmas hashtags on twitter but did you know that the hashtags also work on Facebook? Try it today because it’s free and local. Just type in #LincsConnectChristmas to your Facebook search bar to see what and who are there. FREE and it’s LOCAL sounds good so isn’t it time you engaged with the hashtags?

Search for the hashtags on Google, you’ll find that they’ve been ‘trending’ – now ‘that’ really is impressive! Follow the links below to go to the relevant pages for the Lincolnshire people who’ve already started planning and producing fabulous creations for Christmas.  The blue links under their logos will take you straight to the relevant pages to make life easier for you too.

Christmas is coming to Lincolnshire So Join The List

To have your name added to this list just join in the Twitter hour on Monday lunchtime to qualify. It doesn’t matter if the day or time doesn’t fit in with your schedule because the hashtags are always there and ready for you. Shouldn’t you try it when you have a moment? Additionally, if you’d like to have a feature here and a link to your website please talk to me about advertising. The rest is FREE.

Remember, the #ShopLocal hashtag doesn’t work as a medium to get local customers because it’s used so widely around the world. Trust me, ‘I’ invented it!  As a result I went on to invented #LincsConnect and can assure you that this hashtag ‘does’ work. After all, it’s truly local to Lincolnshire and our neighbours.  You can use and search the #LincsConnect hashtag on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to find your truly local traders so why not give it a try today?

Christmas ‘is’ coming to Lincolnshire so shouldn’t you be a part of it?

#LincsConnect is here for you 24/7/365.

Christmas is coming to Lincolnshire. Follow Mel Langton Artist for gift ideas

Twitter:      @MelLangtonArt Facebook:                       Mel Langton Art

Twitter: @BurtonWardCraft Facebook: BurtonAndWard      Etsy/Folksy          BurtonWardStudio

Christmas is coming to Lincolnshire. Follow Fiona Duncan for Original art gifts

Twitter:      @origartprints Facebook:        fiduncart

Twitter: @elliestreasures Facebook:     elliestreasures     Etsy/Folksy:    elliestreasuresuk

Twitter    @chrisdobbinart Facebook:     watercolourportraits    Etsy/Folksy:   ChristineDobbinArt

Twitter: @Amanda_Schonhut Facebook:          aschonhutphotography

Twitter:  @jpbphotography Facebook:                 Light And Dreams Photography

Twitter: @Scarletimpress1 Facebook:                    Scarlet Impressions Art                      Etsy/Folksy Scarletimpressions

Christmas is coming to Lincolnshire and Create England has handmade gifts for you

Twitter:    @EnglandCreate Etsy/Folksy:            Create-England

Christmas is coming to Lincolnshire so follow Shalini Austin of Stamford for gift ideas

Twitter:         @ShaliniAustin   Facebook:      Shalini.Austin

Twitter:       @Blackbird1976 Etsy/Folksy:   HDArtandIllustration

Christmas is coming to Lincolnshire and KC Braids & Beads have beaded gifts for you

Twitter:      @KcbraidsBeads Facebook:                       KC Braids And Beads   Etsy/Folksy:     KCBraidsandBeads.

Twitter: @Anitas_Cards_4U Etsy/Folksy:  HeCraftsAndSheCrafts

Twitter:         @TuluDraws    Facebook:                                Tulu Draws 

Christmas is coming to Lincolnshire. Contact Jane Haigh Art for art commissions

Twitter:    @JaneHaighArt Facebook:                         Jane Haigh Country Art

Christmas is coming to Lincolnshire. 2021 visual arts centre have a selection of locally produced gifts

Twitter:     @2021VisualArts Facebook:                            20-21 Visual Arts Centre

Christmas is coming to Lincolnshire so look for Made With Mud on Instagram for gift ideas

Twitter:    @MadeWithMud Facebook:                           Made With Mud Etsy/Folksy:               Made With Mud

Christmas is coming to Lincolnshire so follow Fiona Hodges for gift ideas




Fiona Hodges Art 

Advert – Because Christmas Is Coming To Lincolnshire

Christmas is coming to Lincolnshire so contact Mandarin Therapies for bespoke gift vouchers

Christmas is coming so now is the time to order your Lincolnshire Christmas Gift Voucher for that extra special gift. A luxurious Mandarin Therapies bespoke massage from the comfort of your own home. What better way to let someone know how much you care? Call now to book your voucher 07966 174878. Click on the picture to start the video

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Help Me, Help You

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What are your thoughts on holding more LincsConnect dedicated Twitter hours? Try following the link above to read some of my ideas and perhaps come up with some of your own.  The more people interact with these hashtags, the more we will be able to help each other.  Give it a try.

If you’re a Lincolnshire blogger and would like to have a link to your blog on here?  I’ll be more than happy to hear from you.

Download The Covid-19 App

The NHS Covid-19 App by LincsConnect the LincsBlogger

Get the Covid-19 App NOW. If you haven’t got it already, click on this picture to go straight to the NHS website that will help you produce the required posters and direct you to the .Gov link to produce your own QR code. It’s easy – even I can do it!

Create A Coronavirus QR Code For Your Venue

Coronavirus QR creator by LincsConnect the LincsBlogger

Click on this picture to go straight to the relevant .Gov website page 


If you are a Lincolnshire business, charity or organisation that has a venue or multiple venues you need to generate a QR Code for visitors to scan using the new Covid-19 App.  The QR code will be sent to your email address for you to print and display.

Mobile businesses can still generate a QR code with your home or office address as the location. On arrival ask your client(s) to scan your QR code.  The App will scan distances between smartphones and will send an alert to the person or people you have been in contact with if there is a risk of infection.  It’s pure voluntary and does rely on people having the App on a smartphone but, as the saying goes, ‘every little helps’.  Obviously it isn’t a substitute for keeping a 2m safe distance, washing your hands or wearing a suitable face covering over your mouth and nose but it is another tool to be utilised in the fight against this invisible virus.

Stay Safe

Be good to yourself and to others.  Keep your distance, keep washing your hands and keep a mask that covers both your nose and mouth with you and wear it as instructed.

You can find Lincs Connect on twitter @LincsConnect or on Facebook Lincs Connect

Shopping In Lincolnshire With LincsConnect

Shopping In Lincolnshire With LincsConnect

Shopping in Lincolnshire with LincsConnect by the Lincolnshire blogger, LincsBlogger

Click on the picture to go to the Twitter hashtag. You’ll see lots of local goodies there so give it a try for ‘Shoping made easy in Lincolnshire’

The Funny Thing Is…

Shopping in Lincolnshire with LincsConnect – use Hashtags! Do you find them confusing? Do you use them but don’t know why? The funny thing is that many people don’t really know how to use them so let me try to quickly explain:

A hashtag is just a label or name given to a section in a very large database.  That’s it!  It’s just a database.  Every time you write a post and use a hashtag your post will go to the appropriate folder in the database.  If you use two hashtags your message will go to two folders in the database. Use #LincsConnect and #ShopLincs for your shopping and online shopping in Lincolnshire.

Use The Search Bar 

To search for your messages just go to the search bar in your chosen social media platform and type in the name of the hashtag.  If you do you’ll find your post as well as every other post with the same hashtag.  However, be aware that the hashtag is specific to the social media platform you’re using so if you type a message on Twitter you won’t be able to find your post if you search for it on Facebook.

The hashtags go to a huge database which is used globally so if you use the hashtag ‘#Lincolnshire’ you’ll see what’s been posted for our County. If you search the hashtag ‘#LincsConnect’ you’ll find all of the messages that have been using the hashtag in Lincolnshire.  However, if you search the hashtag ‘ShopLocal’ and see how many countries are using that hashtag you’ll realise that it is anything but ‘local’.

Be Specific

Choose your hashtags wisely.  If you’re trying to get the attention of your local community the #ShopLocal hashtag is no good to you but the #LincsConnect hashtag is very specific to Lincolnshire and our close neighbours. For shopping in Lincolnshire with LincsConnect don’t forget to add the hashtags #LincsConnect and #ShopLincs

At this point you may be wondering what the hashtag has to do with Shopping Made Easy In Lincolnshire?  The answer to that is quite simple of course.  Using Twitter just type in #LincsArtCraftHour to your search bar to see what local art, craft, sculpture and photographic posts have been included over the last few years.  You’ll find everything from needlework to paintings, cards and photography and the list is growing steadily.  Not only will you find pictures but you’ll also discover links to local Etsy & Folksy shops and Facebook pages too so you really can shop on line while keeping your money in the local economy.  It’s a win, win situation don’t you think?  To make life even easier for you I’ve included links to the most recent artists & crafters below.

Shopping in Lincolnshire with LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger, LincsBlogger

Not on Twitter? Not everyone is of course so if you’re a Facebook user don’t despair because you can still access some of the messages from the local artists by typing in #LincsArtCraftHour to your search bar.

Facebook #Hashtags

If you’re a Facebook user please don’t despair because you can type in the hashtag #LincsArtCraftHour to the search bar to find everything that’s been posted there.  You’ll find several blogs as well as some posts by the local artists.  I haven’t tried it on Instagram yet but I can assure you it will be coming.

What’ve You Missed?

Lots of gift ideas have been posted including Christmas decorations and cards but the question really should be ‘who’ have you missed?  That’s easy to remedy; You’ll find a list below which includes some contact details too.


Park Street Eatery, AgeUk Lincoln - Shopping in Lincolnshire with LincsC connect the Lincolnshire blogger, LincsBlogger

Breakfast £3.70, Afternoon Tea £7.50 and 3 course dinners available too. What’s not to like? Why not visit The Eatery, 36 Park Street, Lincoln, Lincolnshire next time you’re in town? Please get in touch first though to book your visit. Just click on the picture to go to the Lincoln Age UK Facebook page or follow them on twitter @ageuklsl It’s all for charity and you get fed at a bargain price too! 

The Local List:

Shopping in Lincolnshire with LincsConnect – This list is set to grow and grow so please do make a note to keep checking in to see who else has joined us:

Twitter                                        Facebook                                        Etsy/Folksy                                      Website

@MelLangtonArt                        Mel Langton Art

@BurtonWard9                          Burton&Ward                                     Burton Ward

@origartprints                            fiduncart artist 

@elliestreasures                       elliestreasures                                     Ellies Treasures UK

@chrisdobbinart                       watercolourportraits

@Amanda_schonhut               Amanda Schonhut Photography

@jpbphotography                    Light And Dreams Photography 

@Scarletimpress1                   Scarlet Impressions Art                        Scarlet Impressions

@EnglandCreate                                                                                  Create-England

@ShaliniAustin                        Shalini.Austin

@Blackbird1976                                                                                   HDArtIllustration

@KcbraidsBeads                     KC Braids & Beads                              KC Braids & Beads


@TuLuDraws                          TuLuDraws

@HeyBeretDesigns                                                                             Hey Beret Designs

@JaneHaighArt                     Jane Haigh Art

@2021VisualArts                   20-21 Visual Arts Centre

@MadeWithMud                    Made With Mud                                    Made With Mud

Advert – Shopping In Lincolnshire With LincsConnect

Mandarin Therapies - mobile complementary therapies in the Lincolnshire area on LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger, LincsBlogger

Mandarin Therapies and @MandarinMothers provide a bespoke mobile complementary therapies service throughout the County of Lincolnshire and beyond. Call 07966 174878 to book your appointment today. Click on the picture to go straight to the Mandarin Therapies Facebook page.

More To Come 

So far the active hashtags are #LincsConnect #LincsConnectJobs #LincsConnectChristmas and #LincsArtCraftHour but keep watching as there will be more interesting hashtags coming very soon.

In Case You Missed It…

Here are some quick links to take you to some more blogs that you may find interesting:


AgeUK, Lincoln - Shopping in Lincolnshire with LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger, LincsBlogger

AgeUK Lincoln & South Lincoln are a registered charity needing your donations. However, you also have the chance to purchase an inexpensive meal here and be pleased to know that the profits will be going straight to the charity.

Let’s face it, you’re older now than when you first started reading this blog! Age creeps up on us all so it’s nice to know there is a charity here to help us when we need it.  If you would like breakfast, afternoon tea or a full meal don’t forget to book your place early.  Breakfast starts at 9.30am.

Stay Safe

Please go ahead and enjoy yourself but lease also remember to stay safe.  Keeping a social 2m distance, regular hand washing and wearing a mask when required will help you, your family, friends and everyone around you.