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An Azuma train has hit an obstruction on the line at Grantham railway station.
Consequently, trains between Grantham and Doncaster may be delayed by up to 30 minutes. This issue mainly affects services travelling northbound.
Grand Central services are not affected by this incident.
- Hump day revealed as the best day to pass your driving test in the UK according to new research by thortful.com
As of yesterday (Wednesday 22nd July), driving tests are back on the move in the UK. But, when should budding drivers look to take their test?
Greeting cards company, thortful.com recently polled* UK drivers that have passed their test in the last five years to determine the best days and times to pass. Having analysed the findings, thortful can unveil that Wednesday aka “hump day” is the day you’re most likely to pass with flying colours.
So, for those looking to book their test, they might want to consider booking a slot on the following days:
- Wednesday (19%)
- Tuesday (18%)
- Thursday (17%)
And, the top three times to book are as followed:
- 10-11 am (26%)
- 9-10 am (17%)
- 11-12 pm (12%)
Driving instructor of 13 years and owner of Parrys Fleet Services, John Parry offers three handy tips to help people best prepare for their driving test:
It’s recommended that you mix lessons with a qualified ADI and also with family or friends. But make sure you are insured on their vehicle and they are eligible to teach you. Do get as much practice as possible because that way, you will know you are ready to take your test as you’ll be able to get from one place to another without help, only direction.
If you make a mistake, it may not be as bad as you think, so it is best to just keep your focus and forget what you have just done and keep up with your driving. People often panic and assume they have instantly failed which causes them to make further mistakes. So, the calmer you stay, the better.
Be prepared, but not only with the practical side of the test. Have your licence ready and place it in the vehicle where you and your instructor can see it, so you know you have what is required when you arrive at the test centre and you’re not adding extra panic by looking for your licence. Another tip is to have a bottle of water, so if you feel you need it, you can ask to stop and take a drink. You will also be asked to park up a few times whilst on your test, so use this time to take a few deep breaths and prepare yourself for the next step of your test.
To find out more about thortful or to view their driving test card range, go to: https://www.thortful.com/cards/congratulations/driving/test
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InvestSK, South Kesteven’s economic growth and regeneration company, has appointed Mary Powell as Interim Lead for Visitor Economy. Mary, who joins on secondment from Lincolnshire County Council, will provide the strategic framework to drive South Kesteven’s tourism sector recovery following the impact of Covid-19.
Leading InvestSK’s visitor economy team, Discover South Kesteven, Mary’s primary focus will be to set out a way forward to support the district’s tourism and hospitality sector to reopen and recover, while planning a refreshed marketing approach to encourage visitors back to the district for day trips, weekends and holidays.
Steve Bowyer, CEO of InvestSK, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Mary to the team. InvestSK has done some great work to drive the visitor economy in recent years and, through its ‘Discover South Kesteven’ brand, has set strong foundations to support the sector to recover from the impact of Covid-19. I know Mary will provide additional energy, knowledge and strategic guidance to make our long-term ambitions a reality.”
Cllr Rosemary Trollope-Bellew, South Kesteven District Council’s cabinet member for culture and visitor economy, said: “Having worked extensively in tourism across Lincolnshire, Mary brings a wealth of experience to South Kesteven and we’re thrilled to have her on board.
“Tourism is a major sector in the county, and incredibly important to South Kesteven’s own economy, so we need a focused approach to drive its recovery. Our first priority is to support local businesses and attractions to reopen safely, but then we need to look to the future, and Mary’s input will be vital for that.”
Speaking of her appointment, Mary said: “South Kesteven has such an extensive and unique proposition – historic market towns, beautiful countryside, rich heritage and an active arts and culture scene. Combined with such fantastic connectivity, it’s the perfect place to explore and holiday – as a resident or a visitor. I’m excited to be joining InvestSK to play my part in promoting the district.
“As well as supporting businesses through recovery, we’ve also got an eye on the exciting opportunities for growing South Kesteven’s visitor economy, like securing a Government tourism sector deal for Lincolnshire which will deliver vast benefits to South Kesteven through greater collaboration and essential funding.”
Originally training as an urban planner, Mary starting her tourism career at Derbyshire Dales District Council before joining Lincolnshire County Council as Tourism Manager in 1991. She has secured tens of millions of pounds in external funding for initiatives to promote the county and its visitor attractions and successfully managed the £22 million restoration of Lincoln Castle over a ten year period.
In 2006, Mary was awarded an MBE for services to tourism.
|A team dedicated to growing and nurturing local health and care talent from within Lincolnshire has been recognised with a top national accolade and commendation.|
The NHS Talent Academy provides opportunities for people to get the experience and skills they need to progress with a career in healthcare. They support everyone from school age pupils, to those studying for a career in medicine and anyone looking for a change in career.
In Lincolnshire, the academy works with the county’s three NHS Trusts, the Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Lincolnshire County Council, the Lincolnshire Care Association and St Barnabas Hospice. Placements are available in clinical and non-clinical roles, in almost every area of healthcare.
All requests are managed through a digital centralised work experience service which has been awarded the national FairTrain Gold standard quality mark and also a commendation.
Anyone interested in gaining experience can create a profile via the academy’s website and look and apply for suitable work experience placements with just a few clicks.
The simplicity and ease of the system is one of the reasons why it has proven popular with local organisations and those seeking experience alike. The academy was launched in 2015 with just 53 students on work experience. Since then there has been a 1,138% increase in the number of students taking part in placements and a 4,713% increase in the number of potential opportunities available.
The academy’s Strategic Lead, Claire Flavell, said: “Receiving this recognition is great news. The system and process is testament to five years’ continuous development to meet the needs of our audience, but also a reflection of the engagement of our partner organisations without whom we would not have a service to deliver.”
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the team has had the challenge and opportunity to think about how to develop and extend work experience and employability services in the county. This will include more virtual and coaching opportunities in addition to more traditional work placements.
During the last year, the service has also expanded and now delivers on behalf of other NHS Trusts and integrated care systems from across the country.
For more information about the NHS Talent Academy, please visit their website https://www.lincstalentacademy.org.uk/
Parking charges suspended by South Kesteven District Council to support key workers at the height of the Coronavirus pandemic are to be reinstated in council-run car parks from Saturday.
SKDC temporarily suspended charges at the end of March as part of its response to the pandemic. The decision was reviewed at the start of June when free parking was extended to July 31 to cover the first phase of the re-opening of town centres.
The Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations, Cllr Dr Peter Moseley, said: “The suspension of parking charges was a temporary measure and we have ensured it remained in place while the outbreak was at its peak. During that time the car parks have mainly been used by key workers and those having to make essential journeys.
“Parking charges are an important revenue stream that help pay for essential services provided by SKDC and, with lockdown restrictions easing, the time is right for them to be reintroduced.”
The charges will be back at car parks in Grantham at Welham Street, Guildhall Street, Watergate, Wharf Road, and Conduit Lane, and in Stamford at North Street, Bath Row, St Leonards Street, Scotgate, Wharf Road and Cattle Market.
Cllr Dr Moseley said drivers should continue to follow social distancing guidelines and consider others when getting in and out of their vehicles.
He said: “Public health remains a top priority and anyone using the pay and display machines should also remember to apply hand sanitiser as a precaution after they have done so. There is also the option of paying by mobile phone, details of which are on the ticket machines.”
From the Daily Express, 1956
The Lincolnshire Sport & Physical Activity Awards 2020 have launched today.
The annual awards, organised by Active Lincolnshire, are ordinarily a chance to celebrate Sport and Physical Activity successes across Lincolnshire, recognising excellence in competition, personal achievements and positive life changes. For 2020, in response to the unprecedented impact Covid-19 has had on everyday life, the theme of the awards will be a community celebration. The awards will highlight and say thank you to some of the incredible people, groups and organisations who have stepped up and proactively responded to the situation, helping the people of Lincolnshire to keep active and healthy throughout these difficult times.
Nominations for the awards are open between now and 30 August.
There are thirteen award categories for 2020, 11 of which are open to pubic nomination:
- Active Community Award
- Contribution to Sport & Physical Activity Award
- Volunteer Commitment Award
- Inspirational Sportsperson Award
- Workplace Wellbeing Award
- Fundraising Award
- Active Change Award
- Active Club Award
- Active School Award
- Social Media Influencer
- Community Champion Award
- Local Authority Recognition Award (not open for public nomination)
- Key Worker Thank you (not open for public nomination)
Donna Sutton from Active Lincolnshire commented:
“Although lockdown and social distancing meant that sporting and physical activity events, clubs and sessions were unable to take place in the same way this year we know that many individuals and organisations in Lincolnshire have leapt into action to inspire, motivate and encourage people to stay or start being active, whether that was virtually or in a socially distanced context.
Sports Clubs, volunteers and individuals have also been giving up their own time to support the most vulnerable in their local communities, as well as fundraise through physical challenges. We felt it was important to recognise these endeavours and say thank you to the unsung heroes of the sport and physical activity sector who have had such a positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing during this challenging time.”
A virtual awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 12th November 2020.
To nominate an individual, club or organisation for an award please visit www.activelincsawards.com
Police are advising farmers and NFU members to check their security measures following a number of reports of criminal damage and burglaries.
Since March this year they have received a number of reports of incidents across the county including:
- Ducks released from an outbuilding on to a field
- Graffiti to a village butchers shop
- An unknown male in chicken sheds at a rural farm
- Damage and graffiti to sheds and equipment at another rural farm
- A burglary at a different rural farm
- Sheep slaughtered in field, including two set on fire alive
Lincolnshire Police, working in partnership with the NFU, are advising farmers to take extra precaution and ensure they have security measures in place.
Chief Inspector Phil Vickers said: “We are investigating all possible lines of enquiry to find out who was involved in these incidents.
“In the meantime, I would like to advise all farmers to check their security measures such as outside lighting, CCTV and to carry out physical checks of their outbuildings, particularly overnight, and to report any suspicious activity.”
The NFU’s Rhonda Thompson and Danny O’Shea work closely with Lincolnshire Police and are asking farmers to follow the force’s advice.
“Our partnership with Lincolnshire Police works really well, and we would encourage NFU members to follow these wise precautions to help keep the number of incidents to a minimum,” said Rhonda.
“As we get into the 2020 harvest, I would also ask our members to make sure that all farm machinery is secured and that keys are kept in a safe place, like a key safe.
“Harvest is a particularly vulnerable time for farmers – and criminals are all too aware of how to take advantage.”
For further advice please visit https://www.lincs.police.uk/reporting-advice/wildlife-and-rural-crime/farm-theft/
To report a non-urgent crime call 101, or 999 in an emergency.
Check which chain restaurants have registered for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.
27 results found
- Shiva shakti company limited – 1 Wharf Road, Lincolnshire, NG31 6BA
- CM Restaurants (Holdings) Ltd – McDonalds , Bridge End Road, Lincs, NG31 7ES
- Finkins – 20a High Street, 15-16 Finkin Street, Lincolnshire, NG31 6QZ
- Tinel Ltd – 14 Wharf Road, Lincolnshire, NG31 6BA
- Teaspoon tea company – 19 High Street, Lincolnshire, NG31 6PN
- KATANA JAPANESE CUISINE,GRANTHAM – UNIT 1 GEORGE SHOPPING CENTRE, GUILDHALL STREET, LINCOLNSHIRE, NG31 6NJ
- Kings Walk Cafe – 2-3, Kings Walk, Lincolnshire, NG31 6NL
- Knightingales – 4 Guildhall Court, Guildhall Street, Lincolnshire, NG31 6NJ
- The Leaf Restaurant – 15 Westgate, Lincolnshire, NG31 6LT
- The Black Dog, 19 Watergate, Lincolnshire , NG31 6NS
- Conduit Tea Gardens Ltd 3, Market Place, NG31 6LQ
- Eden Wine Bar – 6 Market Place, Lincolnshire, NG31 6LJ
- Angelos coffee – Westgate House, 30 Westgate, Lincolnshire, NG31 6LX
- Kitchen and Coffee – 77 Westgate, Lincolnshire, NG31 6LA
- Grantham Bowl – Grantham Bowl, Dysart Road, Lincolnshire, NG31 7LE
- Fun Farm Grantham – Fun Farm, Dysart Road, Lincolnshire, NG31 7LE
- BURGER KING-Grantham – Unit B, Harlaxton Road, Lincolnshire, NG31 7SA
- KFC, Harlaxton Road, Lincolnshire, NG31 7SA
- Belton Garden Centre – Cafe, Belton Garden Centre, Grantham Road, Lincolnshire, NG32 2LN
- Syston Park Farm Shop Ltd – Syston Park, Lincolnshire, NG32 2BZ
- BB’s Coffee Shop c/o Boundary Mills Stores, Gonerby Moor, A1, Lincolnshire, NG32 2AB
- Downtown Grantham Restaurant – A1 Gonerby Moor, Lincolnshire, NG32 2AB
- Downtown Garden Centre – A1 Gonerby Moor, Lincolnshire, NG32 2AB
- Crown & Anchor – Crown & Anchor, Main Street, Welby, Lincolnshire, NG32 3LP
- The Stag – Church Street, Barkston, Lincolnshire, NG32 2NB
- The Green Man – 24 High Street, Ropsley, Lincolnshire, NG33 4BE
- The Olde Barn Hotel – Toll Bar Road, Marston, Lincolnshire, NG32 2HT
Despite the trials and tribulations of COVID-19, staff at Grantham College were adamant that the hard work of students would not go unnoticed.
Every year, the marketing team hosts a celebration evening to congratulate the award winners. Sponsors get on board, VIPs and guest speakers attend to motivate and inspire, and awards are presented with pride, however 2020 had other plans for us all.
Students are nominated for by staff members for overcoming challenging times, for working particularly hard or for achieving even better things than they had hoped for at the start of the year.
This year saw Jack Godson take Student of the Year after being nominated by Head of Curriculum for Engineering, Theresa Cope. Theresa comments of Jacks achievements: “Jack has been an outstanding student throughout the year, producing work to the highest standard. He is always willing to help other students who need support and never misses a deadline.”
Among students, three employers also take home awards for offering high quality placements and going above and beyond while working with the College and its students.
Moy Park won Business Development Employer of the Year, SourceCloud took home Industry Placement Provider of the Year and Engineering firm BGB Innovation were crowned winners of Work Experience Placement Provider of the Year.
Breeze Rowlands of BGB Innovation who worked closely with the students they took on for a work experience placement is thrilled with the award: “Placements allow BGB’s behaviours to shine, they are the foundation that underpin everything we do, this award demonstrates our value ‘in your shoes’ we are able to allow hands on engineering experience in a safe environment. We make their time onsite interesting & enjoyable, providing advice and inspiring the next generation. We are proud to be recognised for this.”
Employers have been presented with a certificate and a trophy to thank them for their contribution towards students’ futures. Student award winners have received a certificate and a Love2Shop voucher.
Principal & Chief Executive, Paul Deane has congratulated all award winners and thanked them for their hard work through particularly challenging times via a short video clip which can be found on the Grantham College website and social media channels.
Grantham College thanks Ruddocks for providing the printing and sincere thanks also go to all other sponsors: RAF Wittering, Anglian Water, LiNCHigher, Great Space Media Group and Bishop Grosseteste University.