For Christmas In Lincolnshire Use #LincsConnectChristmas

For Christmas In Lincolnshire Use #LincsConnectChristmas

For Christmas In Lincolnshire Use #LincsConnectChristmas

#LincsConnectChristmas and #ShopLincs for your Christmas posts in Lin colnshire by LincsConnect the Lincolnshire blogger, LincsBlogger

For Christmas in Lincolnshire use #LincsConnectChristmas and #ShopLincs on your social media posts to reach more local people. Use the hashtags to post our gift ideas and bargains then encourage your followers to search the hashtags to discover more.

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#LincsConnectChristmas is a seasonal hashtag which ‘trends’ globally each year so use it to reach out to your new customers. The #LincsConnect hashtag along with #ShopLincs are here for you every single day of the year so I recommend using them all.

The #LincsConnect hashtag trends most weeks during the #LincsConnect Hour so make sure you use it to your advantage. You’ll find more information later in this blog.

For Christmas In Lincolnshire Use #LincsConnectChristmas – It’s Free Advertising 

Competition at this time of year is fierce so ‘NOW’ is the time to advertise websites and online shops.

Social media may not be the place to sell at Christmas but it is an ideal platform to guide readers to shops and websites. Include links on your posts to make life easier for readers to find your shop. Use social media to highlight offers and promote what you have to offer and make time to follow up any enquiries.

You can’t expect everyone to find you and buy your products so make sure you use your social media platforms to guide customers to your shop. I am repeating myself but I’m happy to do that if it helps you to understand the usefulness of social media as a tool to reach out to new customers.

#LincsConnect Hour

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The #LincsConnect Hour takes place on Twitter every Monday evening from 8.00pm. You can use it to reach out to local people with your adverts, chat and general support.  The hashtag trends most weeks too which makes it the perfect platform for advertising yourself or organisation.

Hosting the #LincsConnect Hour on Twitter is FREE and an ideal way to reach out to locals. Get in touch today to arrange a date to host your Hour. I’ll say it again “For Christmas In Lincolnshire Use #LincsConnectChristmas“.

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For Christmas In Lincolnshire Use #LincsConnectChristmas & Advertise On WhatsOnLincs

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.

New categories are being added as demand increases. As a result, there are new categories including ‘ShopLincs’ and ‘Christmas Events’.  You can use this categories to advertise yourself, your Ofers and Christmas events.  Advertising is FREE on the site too so please to make the most of it.

Once you have posted your advert you can copy the link to post on any social media platform. This will save you from having to type new adverts each time.

Here To Help

LincsConnect has been working hard to help local traders, organisations and charities but we do need to help each other.  By posting links from the website to your social media platforms you will be helping to promote the free website. That’s all I ask of you!

 Be A Sponsor

You can pay to advertise on the website of course.  Each sponsor will have their logo and website/socials link on each page of the website.  Anyone who views the site or posts a free advert will see you.  If you would like to become a sponsor and would like more information please get in touch.

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WhatsOnLincs – Sleaford

WhatsOnLincs – Sleaford

WhatsOnLincs – Sleaford Through The Eyes Of LincsConnect

WhatsOnLincs – Sleaford by LincsConnect. This is the second of my series of blogs ‘through the eyes of LincsConnect’.  I’m sure you’ll find it useful.

It’s funny how a pre-conceived blog can change so much and so quickly.  I’ve been fortunate enough to visit Sleaford many times so the layout of the blog was already pre-conceived.  However, my research made me realise how little I know about the town.

Sleaford – Getting There

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Sleaford is conveniently located between Grantham (15 miles), Newark (19 miles), Boston (17 miles), Lincoln (20 miles) & Stamford (29 miles)

Split Sleaford into three areas and you’ll realise that there is more to the town than meets the eye.  We have Quarrington, Old Sleaford  and  New Sleaford (or ‘Sleaford’ as we know it now).  New Sleaford has enveloped both Old Sleaford and Quarrington during its recent ‘growth spurt’. We can therefore be forgiven for not realising how much the landscape has changed. In fact, the landscape has changed dramatically.  Over the last 250 years or so we now the ‘Old River Slea’ and the ‘New River Slea’ plus a railway line or two.  I’ll talk more about the rivers later though.

The A15 running North/South come to Sleaford from Lincoln in the North and Peterborough from the South.  Driving East/West the A17 links Boston through Sleaford to Newark.

The Sleaford railway station was opened in 1857 nd led to the ultimately demise of the canal.  It’s the only station in the region to offer North/South ‘and’ East/West destinations.  Trains run from Peterborough and Skegness as well as Nottingham and Lincoln.

WhatsOnLincs – Sleaford (Quarrington)

Quarrington is worthy of a mention on its own but is now part of the larger town of Sleaford.

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St Botolph’s Church, Quarrington. Click on the picture to go to the website

The St Botolph’s Church (click the link to find them on Facebook) was originally built in the 13th Century but was rebuilt in 1812 and its tower was restored in 1887. Sunday services are being held weekly at 11.00am* with evening services via Zoom at 6.00pm.  *The obvious Covid19 restrictions apply so if you would like to attend the service please pre-book by emailing your request to stbquarrington890@gmail.com

Quarrington is located South West of Sleaford centre with the A15 to its West and A153/B1517 to its North and is thought to be the ‘mother’ parish of Old Sleaford. The walk from Quarrington is regarded as ‘easy’ and is just 3-4 miles round trip to Sleaford depending on your route:

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WhatsOnLincs – Sleaford (Old Sleaford)

Old Sleaford, as you might expect, had its (Northern) border running along the Old (original) River Slea.  I’ve also read that there was a Roman road running through Sleaford from Tattershall to Ancaster.  My research so far suggests that I have a choice of either King Street or Bloxholm Lane. You can probably guess what town my next blog will focus on then!

Old Sleaford was possibly an iron-age tribal centre but since then it has had links with William the Conqueror in 1086 and had a castle built by Bishop Alexander of Lincoln in around 1120/30.  Sadly though the castle fell into disrepair and was demolished in around 1600.  During its popularity it played host to both King John and Henry VIII (separately of course)!

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The site of the castle is still visible and is shown in this aerial picture. The picture was taken from Wikipedia but there is no evidence of the originator to reference here I’m afraid.

“The visible remains are now only a moat, a scrap of masonry (one small, toppled portion of a wall in the north-east corner of the inner bailey) and associated earthworks”.  For more information visit the Wikipedia site.  I’ll be paying a visit to the site soon and hope to be able to provide updated pictures.

Further reading Indicates that there was a large Manor House (the Hussey Manor House, build in 1400) at Old Place, Sleaford.  It included a moat, gate house, chapel, kiln drying oven and extensive outbuildings.  Sadly it was demolished in 1822 to make way for the new building.  If you’re planning a visit to the area look up ‘Old Place’, Sleaford.

WhatsOnLincs – Sleaford Navigation

The river Slea surfaces to the South West of Ancaster at West Willoughby (West of Sleaford) and flows through Sleaford to South Kyme. Here it becomes the Kyme Eau and then joins the River Witham at Chapel Hill.

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The diagram shows the seven locks used in the new River Slea while the blue line to the right shows the course of the Old River Slea

The River Slea and the Nine Foot River (or Nine Foot Drain) merge in Sleaford to become one River Slea.  As the river passes through the town it becomes part of the Sleaford Navigation.  The 12.5 miles canalisation was opened in 1794 to allow continued navigation.  Inevitably (with the advent of the railway) it became redundant and fell into disrepair.  Thankfully much of it has now been restored and re-opened.  The Old River Slea was allowed to run its normal course (South of the canal) and the two rejoin at Cobblers Lock before becoming the Kyme Eau at South Kyme and eventually joining the River Witham.

WhatsOnLincs – Sleaford Navigation House

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Navigation House visitor centre, Sleaford. Go to the Sleaford Navigation House website and follow them on Twitter here: @NavigationHouse 

 

The old clerks office (Navigation House) serves as a visitors centre for the canal and incorporates a shop selling local produce.  More importantly though it houses a museum and information centre with wall maps, information boards, TV and audio rooms and lots of interesting articles to inform the young and old alike. Built in 1838 this grade II listed building is a piece of history in its on right.  When visiting be sure to make your way to Navigation Yard to have a look. I know you’ll be impressed so make it a date in your diary.  For up-to-date information give them a follow on Twitter @NavigationHouse

Their current opening times are Friday to Monday 12.00pm-4.00pm.  You can ring them on 01529 305904 or email navigationhouse@n-kesteven.gov.uk to book group tours too.

WhatsOnLincs – Sleaford Cogglesford Mill

Covid19 is still threatening its ugliness across the world but you’ll find the staff at Coggesford Watermill are very friendly and have your safety in mind.  Please do contact them prior to your visit (see the YouTube video above for details).  Don’t forget your mask while looking around this historic building though.

From Navigation House you’ll find Coggesford Mill just a short walk away.  Look out for the Kingfishers while you’re walking along the river bank.  If you’re lucky you’ll see a flash of bright blue as one goes fishing for a snack.

If you’ve come from Navigation House hopefully you bought some duck food for the inevitable feeding spectacular.  It’s always a special moment for childen if you have any with you.  However, for the adults you’ll find an array of freshly ground flour and other local produce in the shop at Coggesford Mill and if it’s a sunny day you may want to buy an ice cream there too.

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Coggesford Water Mill – if this picture downs’e tempt you to visit I don’t know what will…

The mill was originally a single story building but was later extended to three stories. Built in the 18th Century it’s still producing freshly ground flour to this day.  Its history goes way back to Saxon times so the building we see today with its two sets of millstones is relatively modern!

Seeing and hearing the mill in action is a real treat so I do hope you get to experience it.  I’ve noticed that there was a virtual tour as well as special school trips so please do get in touch by email cogglesfordwatermill@n-kesteven.gov.uk for more information and to book. Follow Cogglesford Mill @Cogglesford on twitter too for regular updates.

WhatsOnLincs – Sleaford Museum

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Discover more of the history of Sleaford by visiting the museum. Currently open every Saturday between 10.00am and 3.00pm. Click on the picture to go to the website or follow them on Twitter @MuseumSleaford 

This local history museum is a charity run by volunteers.  Opening times are limited as I write this blog but please do visit the website and twitter page for updates as additional opening times will inevitably follow the easing of Covid19 restrictions.  Don’t forget to book in before arrival to make sure they have a slot available as visits are limited to four people at a time. Keep up to date on Facebook at Sleaford Museum

Historically (excuse the pun) the museum has had exhibitions but they are limited at the moment.  Checking the website will give you the full up-to-date details though.

Local history talks take place at St Deny’s Church rooms (off the Market Place) and start at 7.30pm. Follow this link for a timetable:  Events and Talks

St Deny’s Church is visible from Eastgate (A153/B1517) and is a ‘must see’ Grade I listed building dating back to the 12th Century.  Click on the blue links to read more and find them on Facebook here St Deny’s Church Sleaford

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Getting there: The address is 81 Southgate (contact number 07518 972016) with plenty of parking and a rail link

WhatsOnLincs – Sleaford Places Of Interest

Sleaford certainly is a gem in the Lincolnshire countryside with lots of interesting things to do and places to visit.  It’s a market town with regular markets on Mondays and Fridays plus a famers market every first Saturday of the month.  It also has a thriving shopping area too with independent shops as well as some big chain stores.  If you fancy some shopping and a bite to eat or a drink you’ll be spoilt for choice.   Just 7 minutes drive from St Deny’s Church in Sleaford is Kirkby-La-Thorpe. Here you’ll find the 12th Century small church which also happens to be called The Church Of St Denny’s.

The Queens Head Bar And Restaurant

Kirkby-La-Thorpe is worthy of a mention because of its church of course but also the village pub which was formerly called The Queens Head Inn (on Boston Road).  The original pub achieved the prestigious Top 13 Pub in the UK award with its fantastic food and great value. It closed in early 2019 due to a combination of COVID19 and the death of a former owner.  Since then it has been taken over by a new team who’ve been putting in the hours and hard work to completely renovate and rejuvenate it.  New menus are planned with the emphasis on locally sourced produce.

The Queens Head team have been posting their progress on Twitter so if you would like to follow their journey click on this link: @QueensKirkby now. You can join in with the chat there and watch the changes being made as well as the new menus coming to life.

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New beginnings means a new logo and I think this one is very smart. It’s modern and fresh which reflects nicely what the new owners aim to achieve. You can follow them on Twitter @QueensKirkby For reservations call 01529 305743 or visit the website www.thequeensheadpub.com

Cocktails At The Queens

Here is the new Cocktails List for the New Pub. Why not save the list to your phone and place your order when you get there?

The Queens Head is set to open its doors once again as a pub on 19 July 2021 and the restaurant will be opening shortly after.  Put Sunday 1 August in your diary for the restaurant but don’t forget to book your table in advance to avoid disappointment.  I have no doubt that this is going to be a very popular local pub and restaurant once again.

WhatsOnLincs – Sleaford Music

You can’t really write about Sleaford without mentioning the Saboteurs so sit back and have a listen to one or two of their songs.  They bill themselves as ‘alternative’ and ‘grunge’ but I just like their modern Indie feel.  Have a listen and make up your own mind.

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The Saboteurs bill themselves as ‘Alternative’ and ‘Grunge’ but if you like modern indie music I think you’ll agree that whatever labels they put themselves under, they’re simply ‘very good’. Click on the picture to hear a different sample of their music.

Sleaford seems to have more that it’s fair share of music opportunities so it wouldn’t be right to omit the Sleaford Live Fest which is (normally) held in May every year.  Follow them on Twitter @Sleaford_Live and Facebook Sleaford Live Festival where you’ll find lots of links to local music and arts events.  Indie rock or folk music isn’t for everyone of course so if you prefer choral music, Sleaford has that too. Normal rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings with at least three concerts each year.  However, with the onslaught of the dreaded Covid19, rehearsals have been put on hold until August 2021.  For more information take a look at the Sleaford Choral Society website and don’t forget to follow them on Twitter too @ChoralSleaford

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WhatsOnLincs – Sleaford Oktoberfest

The annual Oktoberfest organised by Sleaford round Table has been around since 2011 but had the obvious break during the Coronavirus pandemic.  As a charity fund raising event the Oktoberfest raised a whopping £11,500 in 2019.  With your help I’m sure it’ll raise even more this year.

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Sleaford & District Round Table presents the 10th Sleaford Oktoberfest Click on the picture to go to the website

With drinks, music and entertainment planned it’s bound to be a good event. Sixteen different breweries will be involved including five from Lincolnshire. In addition there will be lager, cider and perry on sale too plus a gin and schnapps bar.  I think pretty much all tastes will be catered for!

The bar will be open until midnight each night (from 6.00pm on Thursday and Friday and from 12.00pm on Saturday) with an Oompah band entertaining from 4.00pm and 7.15pm on Saturday.  The band line up can be found by visiting the Sleaford Oktoberfest website.

It’s all happening at the Boston Road Recreation Ground and free parking is available. It’s a ticket free event so please pay at the entrance where you’ll be issued with a wristband to prove payment.

More Places To Visit

This blog really could go and and on as there are so many places to visit in the Sleaford area.  The blog isn’t a definitive ‘what’s on’ for the area though so as a result I’ll cut the next bit short just to give you a taster:

Rauceby Hall will be opening its gates to welcome visitors once again from 14 to 18 July 2021.  Visitors to Rauceby Hall are invited to see the performances of  ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ which will be performed by Sleaford Playhouse Theatre who can be found on Facebook and Twitter @SleafordTheatre

Tickets are on sale for the performances so if you want to join the fun just click on the picture below to go to the ticket office:

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Click on the picture to book your tickets

If walking is your preferred form of relaxation and mindfulness then Sleaford has certainly got you covered.  The River Slea and Canal offer scenic routes with locks and mills being just part of the delights.  This is one of the routes provided by Sleaford Navigation which I’m sure you will enjoy.  Keep your eyes open for the Haverholme Priory too.  Follow the link to read about the sad demise of the priory building.  Personally I think it’s really quite tragic.

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Click on the picture to read and download the walk which has been uploaded by Sleaford Navigation

WhatsOnLincs – Sleaford – Charity

Charity begins with you and me but with so many charities needing our help it’s difficult to know which ones to choose. This North Kesteven website has a list of local charities in Sleaford so if you’re able to donate or volunteer please do click on the picture below for more information:

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Are you able to help a local charity? Click on the picture to go to a list of local charities in Sleaford. Perhaps you can volunteer or make a donation?

Additional Blogs By LincsConnect:

Take a look back at some of the previous blogs to see what you might have missed.  Click on the picture to go straight to the blog:

Around Me In Lincolnshire - Gainsborough through the eyes of LincsConnect

Around Me In Lincolnshire – Gainsborough

 

LincsConnectJobs hour for jobs and courses

#LincsConnectJobs Hour for jobs and courses

 

Great Grimsby Day 2021 by LincsConnectGreat Grimsby Day 2021

WhatsOnLincs – Sleaford

That’s it for now.  I hope you enjoy my local ‘Around Me’ blogs.  I’ll be grateful for any comments and feedback so feel free to email me at martin@lincsconnect.co.uk

You may also like to read the ‘Aviation Trail’ blog by Visit Lincoln.  Have a look to discover more about the Sleaford area

Aviation Trail by Visit Lincoln

Aviation Trail by Visit Lincoln

If you would like me to visit your town please do let me know.  Advertising comes with a FREE link to the blog for as long as you want it so you can use it again and again to help promote your business or charity.

Look after yourself and each other

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Your own Lincolnshire Blogger – Copied but never bettered. “Putting the social back into social media” #LincsConnect is always here for you.

 

 

Valentines In Lincolnshire

Valentines In Lincolnshire

#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.

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Add #ShopLincs to your local shopping adverts

Fathers’ Day In Lincolnshire

What will you be doing to celebrate Fathers’ Day this year? A special gift perhaps or some quality time together? A meal out is always a popular choice but if the budget doesn’t stretch that far you can always find a locally made gift. Perhaps a walk in the countryside might be ideal? Whatever you decide, I hop you have a lovely time with your father.

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 – 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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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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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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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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.

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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

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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.

 

 

After The Coronavirus In Lincolnshire Part 1

After The Coronavirus In Lincolnshire Part 1

After The Coronavirus In Lincolnshire Part 1

After the coronavirus in Lincolnshire part 1 – What have we got to look forward to? Lincolnshire has lots to offer so get set to explore.  As this is part 1, the title indicates that there are more parts to this blog and, by definition, more and more things to look forward to.

After The Coronavirus In Lincolnshire Part 1 – Let’s Socialise

The list is almost endless of course.  The Coronavirus won’t be with us for ever I’m sure so it’s nice to be able to think ahead to life after ‘lockdown’.  What would be your choice?  Fish n’ chips perhaps?  What about fine dining or a lovely pub meal?  Perhaps a trip to the seaside or a visit to your local church?  A really important thing to focus on is the social aspect of our lives.  It’ll be lovely to just socialise again wouldn’t it.

The Kinema In The Woods

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The Kinema In The Woods, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire

Perhaps it’s not an obvious choice for some but what about a trip to the cinema?  Have you ever been to The Kinema In The Woods in Woodhall Spa?  If you haven’t, I can personally recommend a visit.  Blockbuster movies are available but something you might not have realised is how The Kinema has maintained its history.  Yes, there are some new screens but the ambiance remains the same.  You can still enjoy a good movie on the big screen but you’ll also enjoy an intermission to purchase your ice cream and drinks at ‘normal’ prices.  If you’re lucky you’ll be able to enjoy the dancing feet of Alan Underwood as he entertains on the spectacular organ and remote piano.

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The Kinema In The Woods, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire

Such is the fame of The Kinema that you will no doubt be able to find numerous pictures and videos of it when you search the internet.  These pictures have been borrowed from their website but I’m sure The Kinema will be more that happy to see your pictures too if you care to share them on Twitter @TheKinema – I’m sure they will be delighted if you would follow them there too.

It goes without saying of course that The Kinema has suffered the same fate as the rest of us due to the Coronavirus lockdown.  However, if you fancy purchasing some vouchers for birthday, Mother’s Day or any other day for that matter I can’t think of a nicer way to treat someone during our period of isolation.

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You can order your vouchers by clicking here

The Petwood Hotel

Skipping across the village (just around the corner actually) you’ll be able to visit the fabulous Petwood Hotel.  Yes, I know I’ve mentioned it before but it is a beautiful hotel with fabulous staff and, as the spiritual home of LincsConnect it does hold a special place in my heart.

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The Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire

The grounds and building are always spectacular and each season helps to create a special magic.  Not only have I organised Nordic Walking sessions from the hotel but Emma was kind enough to host the LincsConnect networking meetings on Friday evenings too.  With a bit of luck they will return in the not-too-distant future (let’s keep our fingers crossed).  However, in the mean time The Petwood Hotel is a lovely place to visit for Afternoon Tea, lunch, or a delicious evening meal.  The history housed in the hotel is really quite breathtaking too so if you get the chance to visit for a coffee, a glass of wine or a G&T in the gardens be sure to take a wander around inside.  You won’t be disappointed whatever the weather.

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The Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire

It would be a poor show if you couldn’t get a gift voucher so the Petwood Hotel is ready to deliver (excuse the pun) there too.  You can order and have a bespoke gift voucher delivered as a .PDF to your email address.  What could be more convenient?

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To order you Petwood Hotel gift voucher click here

Time Alone

There are so many lovely places to visit and things to do in our fabulous County of Lincolnshire so let’s not forget how diverse it is.  From the beautiful towns and villages to the wide open spaces of the fens and the rolling hills of the Wolds.  We really are lucky.  Socialising, whether we realise it or not, is something we have (perhaps) taken for granted.  It’s not until we’ve had the luxury taken away from us for a while that we realise how much we crave it.

I’m talking from a personal point of view of course but I wonder if I’m expressing the thoughts of many?  I often like to be on my own;  Walks alone, bike rides alone, driving alone….. ‘home alone’…  but now I realise that I’m never really alone.  Family is everything to me so now I realise that my periods alone are just times to reflect and rejuvenate.

After The Coronavirus In Lincolnshire Part 1 – What Next?

Being such social creatures perhaps it’s the simple things that we have missed the most?  By the time this is all over will we have re-evaluated our priorities?  I’m only speculating of course but will we be moving away from the big corporate organisations and move instead to the family run businesses and sole traders who will offer us the quality we want without the ‘designer label’ price tags?

As we become more ecologically aware will we be less inclined to travel so far and more inclined to value what we have on our doorstep?  Let’s face it, we have so much on our doorstep that it’s difficult to decide what we want and what we are looking forward to the most.  Personally I’m looking forward to getting back outside with my Nordic Walking groups to enjoy good company in the ever changing environment that Mother Nature serves to us.

After The Coronavirus In Lincolnshire Part 1 – The High Street Is Changing

The High Street is changing and will probably not change back to what we had become used to.  Perhaps now is the time for the sole traders and small businesses to step up to the mark and become the national or even global kings and queens of the future.  Could we do it?  I’ve seen things change around me in a very short space of time.  Politicians of all persuasions are talking to each other like never before while at the same time big High Street shops are closing their doors with little or no likelihood of them re-opening again.

All of this makes me ask the question; What have we got and what are we looking forward to…?

Fish and chips?  How about Fish and chips at the seaside?  A family day out with happy people making the most of our lovely coastline.  Am I allowed to have a favourite?  Skegness, Mablethorpe, Sutton-on-Sea, Anderby Creek…. They are all fabulous seaside resorts but my personal favourite is Cleethorpes.  There is just something about it that has a draw for me and makes me want to be there.  Lovely walks along the sea front eating my fish and chips from @PapasFishNChips located on the pier, crossing the light railway and spending time around the boating lake with a coffee from the cafe in the  Discovery Centre

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Fish and chips from @PapasFishNChips located on the pier

 

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Boating lake & cafe at the Cleethorpes Discovery Centre. It’s always a ‘must visit’ place for me. Find them on Facebook and Twitter and give them a follow.

Grimsby & Cleethorpes – Two ‘Must Visit’ areas of Lincolnshire

Just a short drive away form Cleethorpes is Grimsby.  If you get the chance to visit there please make a point of going to the Grimsby Central Hall.  I have visited there several times and can highly recommend it.  I once saw a performance of ‘The Armed Man’ (A Mass For Peace) performed by the Grimsby Philharmonic and was extremely impressed by the performance and also by the acoustics of the Central Hall.

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Grimsby Philharmonic led by Susan Hollingworth BEM – if you get the chance to hear them perform you’re certainly in for a treat. Click here to visit their website.

The Grimsby Central Hall is really worth a visit.  I was lucky enough to be given a tour once and was really surprised at what I saw.  I’m not going to give too much away as I think the Hall is worthy of a blog of its own.  However, in addition to being a fabulous building on the outside with a grand staircase on the inside and superb acoustics for performances, it also houses a Fishermans Chapel dedicated to local fishermen & Merchant Seamen who lost their lives at sea.

I’m not a historian or an architect but I really do love learning local history and taking in the architecture around me.  If you see me walking around somewhere new I’m usually the one looking up.  If you haven’t done it, I recommend you give it a try.  Look up above the boring flat glass shop windows and doors and marvel at the fantastic building above.  I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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Grimsby Central Hall – It’s not the best picture but it does show the grandeur and size of the building. Click here to go to their Facebook page

Scunthorpe

I know Scunthorpe has a lot to offer but right at the top of my list of things to do and places to visit in the area is the Appleby Frodingham Railway Preservation Society (Find them on twitter as @AFRailway).  I’m not an avid train enthusiast or train spotter but this has really captured my imagination.  I’m looking forward to the end of the Coronavirus restrictions so that I can pay a visit here.  If you haven’t heard of it before I suggest you take a look at their website www.afrps.co.uk.  You can email glenn@afrps.co.uk who I suspect will put you on a mailing list to let you know when their services begin again.  In short, the trip involves a rail tour around the steel works at Scunthorpe.  I have a feeling that it’ll be extremely interesting.

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Appleby Frodingham Railway Preservation Society

How Long Should A Wish List Be?

In a County as big as Lincolnshire I think this wish list could go on and on!  Perhaps it’s best if I pause for breath now though.  I still have walks in the Wolds, expeditions in the Fens and outings in Grantham (the canal springs to mind) and lunches in Stamford to fit in.  I think I’m going to have to do a series of blogs on the subject don’t you?

After The Coronavirus In Lincolnshire Part 1 – Any Recommendations For Part 2?

My list of things to do and places to visit after the Coronavirus restrictions are lifted is very long but not by no means complete.  I know there will be many things that I haven’t visited but really ought to so if you have any suggestions please let me know.

“Stay Home Save Lives”

Have a good week everyone and keep smiling.  We shall get through this pandemic if we work together.  Don’t forget that #LincsConnect is here for you 24/7

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