Free Advertising In Lincolnshire

Free Advertising In Lincolnshire

Free Advertising In Lincolnshire With LincsConnect

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This is probably the shortest and most important blog you have ever read!

We all like something that’s ‘free’ but we probably also know that nothing is truly free! Twitter – that’s free! Facebook and Instagram are also free too so where’s the catch? Simple! If you want ‘free’ advertising/exposure on social media you’re going to have to invest your time. By investing your time your posts are more likely to be seen and acted upon. Would you like to know how to do it?

Ditch The ‘Like’ Button

Lincolnshire Free Advertising by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger Ditch the Like Button on Twitter

Free Advertising in Lincolnshire – Ditch the Like button

Free Advertising In Lincolnshire with LincsConnect – Ditch The Like Button

If you’re using Twitter (rules vary from Twitter to Facebook/Instagram) I highly recommend that you ditch the ‘Like’ button.

Twitter is an interactive platform so your best results will come from interacting with your followers. That’s one of the main differences between Twitter and other platforms. What does the ‘Like’ button say about you on Twitter?

  • I don’t have time for you so I’ll just press the like button instead of saying ‘thank you’ or interacting.
  • I’m not that interested in you so I’ll just press the Like button and hope that you read my posts.
  • I don’t understand algorithms and how they work so I’ll press the Like button and hope for the best.
  • I can’t be bothered to talk to my followers.

When scrolling down your twitter timeline you will see tweets from people you follow, sponsored (paid advertising) tweets and tweets that have been retweet by your followers.  You’ll never see a ‘Liked’ tweet!

The ‘Like’ button does have its uses though.  It’s a good way of saving tweets for future reference. Beyond that, I’m struggling to think of a good reason to use it on Twitter!

Free Advertising And Social Media Interaction With LincsConnect

I’ve said it many times before; the clue is in the name. ‘Social’ media should be exactly what it says in the title. Actually ‘talk’ to your followers.

There’s a TV advert for a room freshener implying that the character has gone ‘nose blind’.  In social media terms, if you post, post, post with no interaction your followers will see your posts but they won’t register in their mind.  However, if you ‘talk’ to your followers they’ll remember you as that nice person/business who takes an interest.  Obviously talking to your followers doesn’t mean telling them how good you are and what you have to sell them.  Instead, you need to show an interest in other people to let them know you care about them. Given time they will ask you what you do and what you have to offer.  As a result, you don’t need to do the ‘hard sell’.

#WhatsOnLincs – New To The LincsConnect Website

WhatsOnLincs is the new web page for sharing What's on in Lincolnshire posts by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger, LincsBlogger

“…WhatsOnLincs is the new community web page on the LincsConnect website. You can use it to post free adverts from markets and car boot sales to charity events and entertainment, jobs, volunteering plus much more. You can even include pictures as well as links to websites.  It’s all FREE so be sure to use it to find out What’s on in Lincolnshire…”

Take a look at the blog link below to read the full #WhatsOnLincs blog. Don’t forget to recommend it to your friends and out of town visitors too so that they can discover what’s on in Lincolnshire.

Helpful?

It’s probably my shortest blog ever read but I hope you find it useful.

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That’s It For Now

I hope you found this Free Advertising blog useful.

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Gala Events Pyro Picnic By LincsConnect

Gala Events Pyro Picnic By LincsConnect

Gala Events Pyro Picnic By LincsConnect For #WhatsOnLincs

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

Gala Events Pyro Picnic By LincsConnect

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

It’s Been A Long Time Coming

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

Daylight Fireworks

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

Gala Events Pyro Picnic By LincsConnect For #WhatsOnLincs

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

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

Light Fuse, Stand Well Back… 

Gala Events Pyro Picnic By LincsConnect For #WhatsOnLincs

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

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

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

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Gala Events – Fireworks And More

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

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

These credentials speak for themselves:

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

Gala Events Pyro Picnic – Meet The Directors

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

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

Gala Events Ltd

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Gala Events Pyro Picnic – Running Order

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

17.00Hrs  Gates Open

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

19.30Hrs  Mororbike Stunt team

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

21.00Hrs  Daylight Fireworks Show

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

22.00Hrs  Grand Finale

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

Gala Events Pyro Picnic – Relax

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

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

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

Contact Gala Events

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

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Gala Events Pyro Picnic - Gala Fireworks Shop

Click on the picture to visit the online Gala Fireworks Shop

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

Post Event…

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

Gala Events Pyro Picnic – Setting Up

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

Gala Events Pyro Picnic By LincsConnect For #WhatsOnLincs

Final adjustments…

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

Gala Events Pyro Picnic By LincsConnect For #WhatsOnLincs

Final checks and adjustments

Gala Events Pyro Picnic By LincsConnect For #WhatsOnLincs

The sound guys helping keep us all entertained

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

Gala Events Pyro Picnic By LincsConnect For #WhatsOnLincs

Food and drink to keep the picnic going

Jaguars on parade…

Live Entertainment

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

Gala Events Pyro Picnic By LincsConnect For #WhatsOnLincs

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

Gala Events Pyro Picnic – Daytime Fireworks

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

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

Gala Events Pyro Picnic Daytime fireworks By LincsConnect For #WhatsOnLincs

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

Gala Events Pyro Picnic – The Sky Darkens

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

The Pyro Picnic as dusk falls

Gala Events Pyro Picnic – As Night Falls

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

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A stunning display and a silhouette

The Official Display Video

Enjoy…

Until Next Time…

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

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

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

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Valentines In Lincolnshire

Valentines In Lincolnshire

Mothering Sunday In Lincolnshire

Whether it’s Valentines Day in Lincolnshire of Mothering Sunday in Lincolnshire you’re looking in the right place to gather some special gift ideas.

Mothering Sunday – A Brief History

Mothering Sunday (in the UK) shouldn’t be confused with the American ‘Mother’s Day’ (although we often refer to the day as ‘Mother’s Day’).  In Britain, during the Middle Ages, children often moved away from home to work from as early as just 10 years old. Mothering Sunday grew as a tradition when the children were allowed home on the fourth Sunday of Lent to visit their home or ‘mother’ churches, and their mothers.  Christian festival of Lent.

Mothering Sunday In Church

It has become traditional for children to receive flowers in church to take home for their Mother and Sunday Schools often help children to make small gifts and pictures to take home to Mum too.

It’s A Gift

We associate mother’s day with gifts of flowers but that isn’t always practical.  Mothers of all ages deserve to be remembered and celebrated so where children may surprise Mum with flowers or a hand made gift there is plenty more to consider as the children get older and become wealthier.  A gift voucher is an ideal way to treat your Mum when you live a long way from home but for those who are closer or are able to travel perhaps a gift of a meal out (or in) might be just the job.

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What would your Mum appreciate for Mother’s Day on this Mothering Sunday 10 March 2024

Let Your Imagination Help You

Have you considered chocolates? Perhaps a hand made gift, a book, a weekend retreat or a complementary therapies voucher. There are lots of local traders who have Etsy shops and sell from websites so do let your imagination (and this blog) help you when it comes to buying a gift this year. Have a look at the advertisements below to get some inspiration.

Valentines In Lincolnshire

Valentines In Lincolnshire. There’s lots on offer from our great County of Lincolnshire so please explore this blog to discover what’s here for you. You may even be surprised by some of its history too.

 

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Valentines in Lincolnshire

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 now is the ideal time to change it again.  Here’s how to make Lincolnshire Valentines fitting for more modern times.  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 a time when you focus your love and gratitude toward people around you.

Taking the notion further, perhaps Valentines could be a time to make a pledge to each other. Not like a New Year resolution, but something meaningful for you as a couple, friendship or family. What would you pledge? Perhaps it will be something along the lines of  ‘meeting once a week or month for quality time together’?  The ultimate pledge may be a proposal of marriage of course. Health and happiness are high on the agenda so if making a pledge is your goal, make it thoughtful and meaningful.

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.

Valentines In Lincolnshire – Time For Change

We’ve become used to living in challenging times.  Rising above Covid restrictions, economic worries and other challenges is what makes us so unique. It’s time to think differently once again.  As a result, changing the Valentines In Lincolnshire ‘norm’ is definitely what’s needed.  Start by broadening our 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.

Say It With Flowers

Flowers make a lovely gift at any time of the year. They are an ideal gift that can say so many things from “I love you” to “Happy Anniversary” of even “Get Well Soon”. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could give a gift that will be a daily reminder of certain events or commemorations? Regardless of the size of garden, patio, tub or windowsill a plant or packet of seeds could say so much more than a single item. The planting, nurturing, expectation and delight of a plant, bulb or seeds really are a labour of love.

Have you ever considered planting a wild meadow of your own? A flower bed doesn’t have to be restricted to flowers and shrubs. Try mixing in some vegetables with your flowers when you create your flower bed. An edible gift that helps the planet and pollinators surely has to be a positive

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Valentines in Lincolnshire with Simon's Seeds on WhatsOnLincs, what's on in Lincolnshire by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger, LincsBlogger

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Valentines In Lincolnshire – Dining In Or Dining Out?

Restaurants should be fully booked but dining out isn’t always an option.  You can still celebrate with a meal though, simply by using the click and collect or delivery options that we became used to during Covid lockdown. Contact your local hotel, restaurant, pub or takeaway to see what they have to offer.  Choose somewhere local and place your order today.  Get creative. We did it during the lockdowns so if distance or work patterns mean you’re apart 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 our local eateries who have so readily shown their support for us over the years.

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Valentines in Lincolnshire Award winning chef Barry Liversidge at the award winning Best Restaurant 'Queens Head, Kirkby-La-Thorpe on WhatsOnLincs, What's on in Lincolnshire by incsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger, LincsBlogger

Book early to enjoy the gastronomic delights at the award winning Best Restaurant ‘The Queens Head’ at Kirby-La-Thorpe. ‘Chef of the year’ head chef Barry Liversidge never fails to produce a superb dining experience using top quality local produce. You can book by phone (tel 01529 300750) or email. The menu changes with the seasons so whenever you book you’re sure to be delighted. Follow the team on social media: Barry on Twitter @LiversidgeBaz and The Queens Head on Facebook 

 

Valentines in Lincolnshire at The Bottle and Glass, Harry on WhatsOnLincs, what's on in Lincolnshire by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger, LincsBlogger

Dining out at its finest is certainly on the cards at the award winning The Bottle & Glass in Harby. From breakfast through to evening meals, you won’t be disappointed. Get cosy by the fire and celebrate with your loved one at The Bottle & Glass, Harby. For more details, contact info and bookings click here to go straight to the website book ng page. You can also call 01522 703438 for the quickest and easiest way to book your table

Valentines In Lincolnshire – Dining In

Dining in can be just as romantic as dining out of course so if you aren’t able to get to a restaurant you still have other options.  ‘Ambience’ is everything so if you’re cooking a surprise dinner I recommend that you set the scene.  A table set for two or a dinner party is definitely the way to go. Put your creativity to work to make the table look special. Attention to detail is key so have a search around to see what you can find that will work well.  We have many inspirational platforms to search these days so make the most of sites like YouTube and Instagram to get your creativity flowing.

Valentines in Lincolnshire with Gelston Lamb on WhatsOnLincs, What's On In Lincolnshire by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

Lamb is perfect for home cooking so why not give it a go? Visit Gelston Lamb on Facebook and @GelstonLamb on twitter for information, tips and cooking ideas. This link takes you to the Gelston Lamb website for your can online purchases. Don’t forget that you can also find the team at lots of events around the County. Click this link for dates and locations. Alternatively, give them a call on Tel 01400 251501.  Local Lincolnshire food at its best!

One of my favourite lamb recipes (mainly because it’s super tasty but also because it’s so easy to cook) is grilled lamb chops with a local honey and mustard glaze. Serve it up with fresh seasonal vegetables and add some vine tomatoes to spruce it up with a bit of red (and flavour of course). I’m not a fan of mustard but this recipe really works. You won’t be disappointed I’m sure:

Recipe Tip

Two lamb chops per person.  Heat the grill, spread a thin coating of whole grain mustard onto each lamb chop, sprinkle some brown sugar or drizzle some local honey onto each one then cook under the grill until the glaze changes colour. Turn the chops over and repeat. The whole cooking process takes just a few minutes. Be careful not to over cook the chops though as they are best served tender.  Even ‘I’ can cook this one!

Valentines In Lincolnshire – Dining In

It’s time to cook up a feast so when it comes to dining in, you’re going to need the right kit.  From personal experience I can recommend Stuart Wallace Electrical Ltd in Branston when it comes to purchasing a new cooker. Delivered locally with the price backing of the Euronics team. A very friendly service with no fuss and a nationally backed scheme to ensure a very competitive buying power to rival the big High Street chains.

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Valentines In Lincolnshire with Stuart Wallace Electrical Ltd of Branston on WhatsOnLincs, what's on in Lincolnshire by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger, LincsBlogger

Stuart Wallace Electrical Ltd in Branston is a member of Euronics and has the buying power to be very competitively priced, Take a look at www.stuartwallace.co.uk for cookers and everything else electrical. You can call the shop on 01522 791496 and follow on Twitter (X) @SWEuronics for up-to-date offers

Valentines In Lincolnshire – Dining In The Warm

Whether you decide to dine out or dine in it’s always nice to have a cozy home. A real fire during the cold weather is lovely (and romantic too) but not all of us have that option.  All is not lost though as we can achieve that warm and cozy feeling with central heating or even air conditioning. A properly serviced boiler and radiators are more efficient than tired and neglected ones so it’s worth considering a service plan.  Something I hadn’t considered until recently is ‘air conditioning’. Warm in the winter and cooling in the summer. That should help to keep your home feeling perfect all year round.

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Valentines in Lincolnshire with J and S Plumbing & Heating on WhatsOnLincs what's on in Lincolnshire by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger, LincsBlogger

Call J&S Heating & Plumbing for your boiler servicing, replacement or air conditioning installation. You can book online through the website or call 01522 708 208. Follow the team on Twitter @JASPlumbLincs and Facebook J&S Plumbing and Heating too. Don’t forget to ask about the 10% OAP and Blue Light discount

Valentines In Lincolnshire – It’s A Gift…. Voucher

Buying a gift and supporting a local trader at the same time may not always be 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 or Christmas gift for him or for her search Twitter and Facebook for the hashtag #LincsConnectChristmas or #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.

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Mandarin Therapies & Mandarin Mothers provides bespoke mobile complementary therapies in the comfort of your own home. 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 with bespoke blends of essential oils.

Valentines In Lincolnshire – Special Offer

Mandarin Therapies is celebrating 33 years in business on 14 February this year so as a special treat you could order a Valentines eVoucher for just £33.00 (normal price £60.00) between 1st and 14th February.

Valentines in Lincolnshire with Mandarin Therapies on WhatsOnLincs what's on in Lincolnshire by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger, LincsBlogger

Enjoy your treatment in your own home when the time suits you.  Now ‘that’ is a bargain!  Check Mandarin Therapies on Facebook or @MandarinMothers on Twitter daily and follow the instructions there. All Armed Forces, Emergency Services and NHS staff are automatically entitled to 20% discount so make sure you have your proof of employment handy when booking.

Visit www.mandarinleisure.com

Valentines In Lincolnshire – 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 #LincsConnect hashtag.

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, glassware, jewellery and edible artistry too.  You’ll find something you like for your ‘Valentines in Lincolnshire’ gift for him or for her either here or on the #WhatsOnLIncs website.  We are all individuals with individual tastes so take a look to find that unique gift for that special person this Valentines Day.

Valentines In Lincolnshire – 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. A pledge can even be free! Have a look at the advertisers here to see what’s on offer and make your choice.

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Valentines in Lincolnshire No. 12 Chocolatier for delicious edible artistry the Valentines on WhatsOnLincs. What's on in Lincolnshire by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger, LincsBlogger

Edible artistry – that’s a fabulous combination. You can buy these (and more) handmade chocolates from No. 12 Chocolatier in Kirton in Lindsey or have them delivered from the online shop. Either way, you’re in for a treat so why not order a special gift today? Don’t forget to follow No.12 Chocolatier @No12Chocolatier on Twitter (X) too for updates and offers.

 

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 when you want to buy a gift.

Valentines In Lincolnshire – Local Authors

We are blessed with some fabulous local authors in Lincolnshire so it’ll be no surprise to you when I recommend a book…. or two, or more for a Valentines gift. Whether it’s the physical ‘book’ with pages and writing or an e-book, the sentiment is the same.  What a fabulous gift for your partner or friend.

Valentines in Lincolnshire Marie Sinadjan, Lincoln author on WhatsOnLincs, what's on in Lincolnshire by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger, LincsBlogger

Marie Sinadjan is a local author based in Lincoln. Writing pure escapism in her novels is just one element of her writing skills so click on the link Marie Sinadjan Linktree to discover more. You’ll also find her on social media too so for Twitter users you’ll need to follow her her @marienettist and on Facebook you’ll find here here Marie Sinadjan

 

Valentines in Lincolnshire with Tracy Baines local author on WhatsOnLincs, what's on in Lincolnshire by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger, LincsBlogger

With an ever growing collection of novels Tracy has her heart firmly set in Lincolnshire. Her books are centred around her beloved Cleethorpes & Grimsby areas so you’ll be sure to find some local references as you read. You’ll find more information on the website www.tracybains.co.uk and can follow her on Twitter (X) @TracyFBaines and on Facebook Tracy Baines Author

Valentines In Lincolnshire – A Walk In The Park

Having mentioned ‘pledges’ as part of the gifting idea, have you ever considered going for a walk together?

Lincolnshire is blessed with some fantastic parks, many of which are wheelchair friendly too. Living close to Lincoln I can think of four wheelchair friendly parks that have many miles of pathways.  Thinking further afield I can think of at least two parks in the Lincolnshire Wolds and numerous pathways along our coast.  Make a pledge today to explore new parks and walks together. Whether you’re kicking fallen leaves, admiring the spring flowers, summer blooms or winter chills, being ‘together’ is the key.

Take the pledge further by joining a group walking session. Being together doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be hand in hand or shoulder to shoulder for the whole walk.  In a group walking session you can be together as a couple or friends but be ready to accept new friends too.

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Valentines in Lincolnshire Nordic Walking with Mandarin Fitness in Lincolnshire by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

Nordic Walking with Mandarin Fitness is a great social hour which has the added advantage of helping you to maintain your fitness and health goals. This friendly group meets each Saturday morning in various locations around the City area. For an up-to-date timetable take a look at the Mandarin Fitness Facebook page or call Master Trainer Martin on 07966 174878 to chat and book your place. You can also check the Twitter feed on @MandarinLeisure 

Valentines In Lincolnshire – The Lincolnshire Coast

Lincolnshire is blessed with a very large coastline and lots of coastal walks.  We have the traditional arcades too of course and it’s always nice to support our local businesses.  Why not plan your next coastal walk today? Perhaps you could combine a romantic coastal walk with an evening out.  Skegness, Mablethorpe, Sutton on Sea and Cleethorpes all have lots to offer with local coffee shops, cafes, restaurants and, of course, fish and chip shops.

While you’re out, why not consider a bit of retail therapy? There are lots of family orientated places to visit so if you’re out as a couple or taking children with you there is definitely something for everyone in Lincolnshire.

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Valentines in Lincolnshire with Hildreds shopping centre in Skegness on WhatsOnLincs, what's on in Lincolnshire by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

With a large variety of shops to browse, Hildred’s Shopping Centre in Skegness is certainly worth a visit. It’s not ‘just’ shopping though! You’ll almost always find children’s entertainment happening in the centre so take a look at the Hildred’s Shopping Centre website for information and don’t forget to follow on Twitter @HildredsSC and Facebook Hildred’s Shopping Centre for regular updates

 

Valentines In Lincolnshire – 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 2024 deserves 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 2024 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 post pandemic concerns or today’s financial worries.  Food for thought!

Valentines In Lincolnshire – Time To Escape

Sometimes you just need to escape!  Exotic holiday retreats are lovely of course but then there are the uncertainties of rail, bus and local transport.  The obvious answers are often right in front of us!  You could consider a short (or long) stay locally to re-charge your batteries and re-connect with the person or people you love. Relaxing with a glass of something nice in the hot tub or walks in the countryside; getting away is the ideal way to reconnect with friends and family.

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Valentines in Lincolnshire with the Lincoln Holiday Retreat on WhatsOnLincs What's on in Lincolnshire by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

The Lincoln Holiday Retreat is just on the edge of Lincoln City centre. It’s close enough to get to easily, but remote enough to be a little holiday hideaway. This relaxed, tranquil, hidden gem is situated in a natural wildlife habitat. It boasts majestic skyline views of Lincoln and lovely local walks. Surely this is the perfect getaway location. Click this link Lincoln Holiday Retreat to go to the website. Don’t forget to follow @Lincoln_Retreat on Twitter or Lincoln Holiday Retreat on Facebook for regular updates.

 

Is Valentines Ever Complete Without Chocolate?

I’m guessing that the majority of us are chocolate lovers so, as a result, chocolate is probably high on the gift list.  I have to admit that I am a chocolate lover so Valentines Day is just ‘one’ of the days I enjoy this sweet treat.  Having been lucky enough to have attended a specialist chocolate tasting event in Lincolnshire a few years ago my appreciation for this sweet treat has increased immensely. Did you know that there are even special ways to savour the flavour of chocolate?

Chocolate has long been a ‘must have’ luxury on Valentines Day so we are lucky to have so many dedicated chocolatiers in our County.  When making your selections I highly recommend that you look beyond the supermarket big names. Instead, seek out some of our fabulous local chocolatiers to discover what delights they have to offer.

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Valentines in Lincolnshire Cocoa Encounters in Lincolnshire by Katherine Laverick. Written by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

Let Kathryn guide you through the intricacies of chocolate tasting with an ‘in person’ or online experience. Learn how to discover some of the hidden flavours which are locked into some of the finest chocolates from around the world. Click on the picture to go to the website but don’t forget to email to book yourself, your partner or your group onto one of the sessions. Email Kathryn today at cocoaencounters@gmail.com and don’t forget to follow her on Instagram cocoaencounters and Twitter @KathrynLincs for regular updates and chocolate chat.

Valentines In Lincolnshire – Arts And Crafts

If, like me, you enjoy discovering those handmade, hand painted, hand stitched, bespoke gems of quirkiness and delightfulness, you’re in the right place. Venturing outside of the realms of Valentines you’re sure to find something of interest on the #LincsConnect hashtag from Valentines to Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter and Christmas with everything else in between. I highly recommend that you pop in to the chat to see what’s happening. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the #WhatsOnLincs website too where you’ll find all sorts of interesting posts. You’re sure to pick up a bargain too.

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Valentines in Lincolnshire with Twibell Arts I WhatsOnLincs, What's on in Lincolnshire by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

From exquisite original paintings to delightful hand sewn gifts and fabulous felt creations, Serena has something for everyone in her online shop.  For your home or as a gift, every artwork is unique. Click on this link to go to the online shop and follow Serena on Facebook Serena Twibell and Twitter (X) @TwibellArts

 

Valentines In Lincolnshire – Fine Dining Or Diamonds?

Champagne, fine dining, diamonds…. Well, “two out of three ain’t bad” – in moderation of course! Who doesn’t like fine dining, fine foods and lovely jewellery? Valentines Day is a time when we feel the need for luxury and pampering. Christmas is behind us and summer seems quite a way away so why not enjoy a little of what you fancy?  I really enjoy a fine dining experience and I’ve even been know to splash out on some expensive jewellery too. There’s nothing wrong with that!

Looking forward to summer (and the rest of your life) it doesn’t take a genius to understand that occasional indulgence is fine but regularly over eating and excessive drinking will take its toll on our health. The diamonds though… well, they’ll take a toll on the bank balance!

We all know what we need to do to stay healthy. When it comes to weight loss it’s worth remembering that 20% of weight loss is accounted for by exercise and 80% is accounted for by diet. We need both of course and sometimes we need a little help to stay motivated, on track and injury free. Never be afraid to ask for help. Both physical and mental health are both of the utmost importance to our wellbeing. Oh, and with the right planning, you’ll be able to indulge a bit more throughout the year without feeling guilty.

#ShopLincs 

Whether you’re shopping for Valentines, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, birthdays, Christmas or ‘thank you’ gifts don’t forget to support local traders. Use #ShopLincs on your social media tags.

ShopLincs in Lincolnshire on WhatsOnLincs, what's on in Lincolnshire by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday will soon be upon us (10 March) so if you know of something special that needs to be in a local blog give me a call.  Contact me on 07966 174878 or martin@lincsconnect.co.uk

Now is the time to get in touch if you would like to advertise on the next blog. Don’t delay as it may just be the route to your next customer.

Domestic Abuse Is Real

A repeat message I know but by watching the video and 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 website www.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.

 

Bright Sky – Domestic Abuse App

Bright Sky Domestic Abuse App by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

If you are suffering domestic abuse or are fearful for someone who is, click on the picture above to download the App to your phone. Please make sure that your phone is completely private and is not being monitored by the abuser before downloading. In emergency dial 999

Domestic abuse – know what to do. Bright Sky provides practical support and information. Click on the picture above to go to the website where you’ll find more information.

Advertising And Lincs

Please do get in touch if you would like to advertise on this blog or share a link to your own Lincolnshire blog

 

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Mandarin Leisure Valentines anniversary celebrating 32 years in business. By LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

Mandarin Leisure Valentines Anniversary. Celebrating 32 years in business

 

Don’t Rely On Algorithms For Lincolnshire Connections

 

Happy Impulsive New Year

Valentines In Lincolnshire. There’s lots on offer from our great County of Lincolnshire so I hope you found this blog useful.

Take care

“Putting the social back into social media” #LincsConnect is always here for you.

 

 

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.

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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

@Anitas_Cards_4U 

@TuLuDraws                          TuLuDraws

@HeyBeretDesigns                                                                             Hey Beret Designs

@JaneHaighArt                     Jane Haigh Art

@2021VisualArts                   20-21 Visual Arts Centre

@MadeWithMud                    Made With Mud                                    Made With Mud

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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:

Charity

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.

Shop Local In Lincolnshire

Shop Local In Lincolnshire

Shop Local in Lincolnshire by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

How to shop local in Lincolnshire

Shop Local In Lincolnshire – follow the # Hashtags

Do hashtags really work? The simple answer here is ‘yes’ and ‘no’!

How many times have you seen posts on social media with the hashtag #ShopLocal on it?  As crazy as it may sound, the hashtag really isn’t much use if you’re using it to help people find you.  It’s fine as a statement of fact on your post but when you search for it you’ll find that the posts are anything but local.  In fact, the posts you’ll find are from all around the world! If you’re expecting people to find your cheese that you produced in Sleaford I strongly suggest you think again!  Try using and promoting the #ShopLincs hashtag instead.

When I set up Lincs Connect in 2012 I experimented with several hashtags and names before settling on #LincsConnect.  Other examples of my trial hashtags included #ShopLocal (ironically I created this hashtag in January 2011 for use on my @MANDARINLEISURE account but scrapped it because it went global) #SupportLincolnshire #SupportLincolnshireBusiness #SupportLocal #SupportLocalBusiness with the latter being shortened to #SLBiz.

Early research made me realise that the ‘Support…’ hashtags were just too long so people refused to use them. Another reason for scrapping them was because they start with the word ‘Support’.  When searching social media for relevant hashtags about Lincolnshire you’ll find that typing the letters ‘Linc’ into the search bar will give you LincsConnect on twitter and Lincs Connect on Facebook in the top three names to visit. Compare that to typing in ‘Support’ which will give you all sorts of connotations from TwitterSupport to a whole host of other national and international business support sites.

It makes sense then that the hashtag to use on your tweets needs to be #LincsConnect as it is at the top of your searches and is truly local to Lincolnshire.

How To Use A Hashtag

If you’re happily adding hashtags to your post but never searching them you’ve truly missed s trick!

Here’s what to do:  Type in #LincsConnect in your search bar then press enter. Don’t click on the account @LincsConnect as that’ll take you to the account only which means you’ll miss all the good information.  Once your device takes you to the messages on the #LincsConnect timeline you need to look for the ‘Latest’ tab at the top of the Twitter page.  If you type #LincsConnect into the search bar on Facebook you’ll need to look for the ‘Posts’ tab at the top of the page (this’ll also show you related Instagram posts).

Once you’ve discovered these pages you’ll realise that there is a huge amount of information, business posts, personal posts, charity posts and requests for help etc etc that are all related to our local area.  Try it now to see what you can find.  It’s a fantastic way to network and find out what’s going on locally.

Shop Local in Lincolnshire by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

Supporting Local In Lincolnshire

How do you support local?  Is it as easy as going to the local shops and picking something from the shelves?  In case you hadn’t considered it before, let me share some of my ideas about shopping and supporting locals:

  1.  Shop locally – supporting local traders by buying their produce in local shops, garden centres, farm shops and markets
  2.  Online – Many local traders have online shops.  A more cost effective way of selling may be via platforms like Etsy shops or even selling directly via social media
  3.  Don’t forget the local charity shops.  Dropping off your unwanted items is absolutely crucial but don’t forget they are there to help raise funds for the many worthy causes that otherwise would’t survive without our support.  Buying from the shops is absolutely essential if the charities are to survive.
  4. Social media – Since I’ve been running #LincsConnect I’ve noticed big changes in how people use the various platforms.  I’ve noticed a big rise in the professionally run accounts (some companies run several accounts for different clients) and I’ve also noticed the reluctance of many accounts to share anyone else messages or support others.  I’ll talk more about these two subjects later.

Obviously there are many other ways to support local businesses, charities and organisation but I’ll focus on my main observations first if that’s OK?

Shop Local In Lincolnshire

Shop local in Lincolnshire – this concept certainly isn’t new.  However, during the Covid19 pandemic it became much more important and (thankfully) much more prolific.  We know how important our local CoOp, Post office, newsagent and Spar shops are.  Many of them are in walking distance (for those who are able) and stock locally produced products.

Perhaps, with the use of ‘people power’ they might be able to stock more local produce to help our economy even further.  A polite request from customers or local traders may be all it takes.  It’s worth a try! In addition to helping to support local traders (including the shop owners and staff) it must have also come to your attention that during the lockdown there were less emissions, less fossil fuel burned and less litter.  All of these positives are good for the planet so let’s see if we can learn the lessons.

Shop Local In Lincolnshire online by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger

If you can’t physically support local businesses you could try supporting them online

Shop Local In Lincolnshire – Online

This isn’t something I ever considered for my own businesses before Covid19 but it is something that I explored during the lockdown.  FaceTime and WhatsApp video calling is still a fantastic way to maintain contact with my clients while reducing my fuel usage in my truck.  It’s definitely a practice that I’m committed to. During the lockdown I was busy writing blogs and searching for companies who sell online.  Some are using Etsy, some use Facebook and others use Twitter.

I’m sure there are other platforms that are equally as good or even better.  I haven’t come across them yet but the obvious choice and probably the most popular is direct selling from personal/company websites.  Many people have their own eCommerce shop on their website which is easily maintained by the trader and convenient for the customer.  If, like me, you’re a bit of a technophobe you’ll be able to find website designers to build a site for you. They’ll even help you with your existing site.  If you’d like to get in touch with any designers please feel free to ask me for some suggestions.  After all, that is what Lincs ‘Connect’ is for!

Charities

I often include charities in my blogs because I feel they need all the help they can get.  I’ve focused on very small, medium and large charities and the one thing that they all have in common is their use of social media.  The posts may not raise funds directly but their constant presence certainly helps to raise your awareness of them and they help you to shop local in Lincolnshire.

Share The Love

Looking at the various accounts on social media I often make up my mind whether I should support them or not simply by looking at their posts.  The ones who never share anyone else posts, have conversations or try in any way to support anyone else is a big red flag for me.

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I find myself asking the question “why should I support them when they don’t support others and are very unlikely to support me?” I’m a big believer in helping others so when I find someone who shows no interest other than to post their own tweets I tend to move on to find someone who is more sociable and supportive.

Buying And Selling

I’ve noticed Fiona @OrigArtPrints on Twitter while searching the #LincsConnect hashtag and really like what she has been painting on old maps.  Her main sales come from Craft Fairs but during covid she turned her attention to Facebook and Twitter for her sales.  Facebook has been successful but Twitter less so.  However, her Twitter account is a good platform for showcasing what she does and for directing people to her Facebook account.  It’s important to use more than one platform on social media if you want to increase your client base.  It’ll be interesting to see if future sales turn more towards social media and less towards the craft fairs.  Only time will tell.

As a consequence of lessons learned during the covid lockdown I’m pleased to see that Fiona has turned her attention to Etsy for her sales too. An online presence is great way to keep customer engagement. Shop Local in Lincolnshire by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger LincsBlogger I think these paintings on old maps are fabulous.  You have to admit, they do bring the map to life. Here is another example:

Shop Local In Lincolnshire – Use Websites, Social Media And YouTube

I’m no expert of course but it appears to me that one of the best ways to find a website (given that you probably didn’t know the sites name or even that you wanted to make a purchase) is through social media.  I’ll say that bit again just to clarify, “through ‘social’ media”.  Why the emphasis on ‘social’?  Because I’ve noticed far too often that many people are using Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to show off their products but don’t realise that they need to talk to followers to get continued engagement and sales.

Put it this way, if you don’t talk to me on social media I’m not likely to notice you!  Likewise, if you talk to me but I don’t talk back you’ll soon stop talking to me.  Either way, I would be the loser so that’s why it’s always best to be ‘social’ on social media!

While being pre-occupied with social media I almost forgot about YouTube.  Surely I can’t be the only person who searches YouTube on a very regular basis for music and information?  I do think it’s a great platform for showing your products (you’ll have seen some of my YouTube videos if you’ve been reading my other blogs), courses and skills.

While the social media could drive potential customers to your website the same driving force could apply to your YouTube channel.  I sometimes feature a local band on twitter. Invariably I find them on Twitter or Facebook first then either follow a link to their YouTube channel or take a few seconds to search for them in the YouTube search bar.

This band (Saboteurs) from Sleaford have really got my attention .  You can follow them on Twitter @sabsbanduk for regular music posts and updates.  Alternatively go straight to their website www.saboteursband.co.uk for lots more info and a chance to purchase their albums.

Have a listen to one of their albums by clicking on the YouTube link above.

Shop Local In Lincolnshire With YouTube

YouTube is arguably more useful than Instagram.  They are both popular of course and Instagram has a huge customer base. However, YouTube is a constant.  When a video is posted on YouTube it’s there to be found at any time until the originator deletes it.  Finding a specific post on Instagram is much less easy.

As a shopper it’s easy to go to YouTube to search for what you are looking for.  A good video will show you the product before you decide to buy. Subsequently, as the originator of a YouTube post you are able to upload the link to any social media platform or your own website at any time.  An uploaded video can be an ongoing advert for many years because the link can be copied and re-posted multiple times.

Uploading a video to YouTube (this one is about Nordic Walking with @MandarinFitness) can be timeless.  This video is often posted on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to help encourage new customers to join the sessions.  Simply following the link from the social media platform takes you straight to the advert.

The videos don’t need to be long or even professionally produced. Simply upload a video clip from your smartphone to YouTube then copy the link and post it onto your social media platform.

I hope you’ve found the blog useful.  Don’t forget to shop locally wherever possible to support our local traders.

See You Soon…

I hope you like my brief blog about using social media for selling and finding new customers.  Please feel free to leave a comment below and share the post with your friends and contacts.  Hopefully I’ll see you when I search the #LincsConnect hashtag again soon.

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