Ian Pugsey Parker says…
Grantham Council amaze me .
There are two exceptionally good florist’s in Westgate – Glen Esk & Helens.
So what does the council do? Gives a grant for someone to open another flower shop, right between the two establishments, hence maybe eventually killing off one another.
I could say more but it is truly a case of who you know not what you know .
Police and ambulance services were called to a property on North Parade, Grantham, yesterday afternoon, following a report of a sudden death.
This was not suspicious and the coroner has been informed.
Action Fraud is warning the public to spot the signs of romance fraud.
This comes as reports made to Action Fraud reveal that a staggering £50,766,602 was lost to romance fraud in 2018 – an average of £11,145 per victim and a 27% increase on the previous year.
One case study reveals how she lost nearly £10,000 to a romance fraudster who claimed to be in the British Army.
What is romance fraud?
Romance fraud happens when a person thinks they have met the perfect partner through an online dating website, app, or through social media, but in fact a fraudster is using a fake profile to form a relationship with them. They will gain the person’s trust and ask for money or enough personal information to steal the victim’s identity.
New statistics released today reveal that many people across the UK continue to fall victim to this type of fraud, often with devastating consequences. In 2018, 4,555 reports of romance fraud were made to Action Fraud, with victims reporting to have lost over £50 million.
Not only are victims losing vast amounts of money, the emotional impact this may have can be even more difficult to come to terms with. In a report produced by Action Fraud, 42% of victims described falling victim to romance fraud as having a significant impact on their health or financial well-being.
The report also showed that the average age of a romance fraud victim is 50 and that 63% of dating fraud victims are female who lose twice as much on average than males.
Action Fraud believes that these numbers do not accurately represent the true scale of the problem. Some people may feel embarrassed to have fallen victim which may discourage them from coming forward to report their experience.
Action Fraud is working with the Date Safe to raise awareness of the risks of romance fraud in the UK. The group’s members include Action Fraud and the City of London Police, Get Safe Online, the Metropolitan Police, Age UK, Victim Support, Scamalytics and the Online Dating Association (ODA).
Date Safe tips on how to avoid a #fauxmance
- Don’t rush into an online relationship – get to know the person, not the profile and ask plenty of questions.
- Analyse their profile and check the person is genuine by putting their name, profile pictures or any repeatedly used phrases and the term ‘dating scam’ into your search engine.
- Talk to your friends and family about your dating choices. Be wary of anyone who tells you not to tell others about them.
- Evade scammers by never sending money to, or sharing your bank details with, someone you’ve met online, no matter what reason they give or how long you’ve been speaking to them.
- Stay on the dating site messenger service until you’re confident the person is who they say they are. If you do decide to meet in person, make sure the first meeting is in a public place and let someone else know where you’re going to be.
Angela Lambert, crime prevention and partnerships for Lincolnshire police, said: “The cost to victims, both emotionally and financially increases each year, as does romance fraud.
“The emotional damage of falling victim to romance fraud can often be far more difficult to come to terms with.
“Heartless fraudsters are cruelly targeting vulnerable victims and exploiting those looking for love online.
“Together with our partners, we are urging people to spot the signs of romance fraud and to follow the ‘Date Safe’ advice this Valentine’s Day and in the future.”
CEO of the Online Dating Association, George Kidd, said:“ Dating services are part of our social fabric, accounting for about a third of all new relationships. They are enjoyed by millions and we want everyone to have a great and safe experience.
“We ask users to stay alert online just as they would in any other walk of life: use the in-built messaging services and be wary of people who want to get you away from this. Be wary of those who shower you with loving messages instantly, but may not want to meet. And, no one you meet online should ever ask you for money.”
Chief Officer at independent charity Victim Support, Diana Fawcett, said:“Romance fraud affects victims both emotionally and financially and for many the impact can be long-term.
“These scams can be extremely sophisticated and victims should not feel ashamed or embarrassed and shouldn’t blame themselves in any way.”
There are still a few places available on ASIST training in Lincoln this March!
18 & 19 March 2019
9am – 4.30pm
Greetwell Place, 2 Lime Kiln Way, Lincoln, LN2 4US
Learn how to recognise those thinking about suicide and work with individuals to keep them safe and supported.
ASIST is the world’s most widely taught, evidence based and evaluated training in suicide intervention skills – The 2 day course is suitable for all adults in all situations.
We charge just £175 per place. You can show the training on your CV, and will receive a certificate of attendance.
Apply for places via Eventbrite or contact direct:
For further information, email Mary Anne Crook at firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 07795 388330
or see the Livingworks website www.livingworks.net
Don’t worry if Lincoln is not convenient for you,
we can train anywhere in the UK!
If you would like to know more about booking a half-day suicide alertness training (safeTALK) or the 2 day ASIST training for your organisation or locality, please just ask for details. This can bring the per capita cost for ASIST down to less than £105 per person. Our clients include Local Authorities, NHS, MIND branches, Universities, Training companies and private businesses. Those selling on our skills can income generate from our very reasonable charges.
St Barnabas Hospice’s brand new Forget Me Not Appeal will bring hundreds of iron Forget Me Nots to Lincoln Castle
Lincoln, 15th February 2019 – St Barnabas Hospice has announced a brand new appeal that involves offering supporters the chance to remember a loved one with a hand-crafted, iron Forget Me Not flower for a suggested donation of £30.
The flowers will be part of a display at Lincoln Castle running from 6th – 21st April. Clusters of the flowers will be placed in the Castle Grounds, displayed similarly to how real Forget Me Nots grow naturally.
On April 21st, the final day of the display, supporters are invited to come and collect their pre-ordered flowers from the castle to display them in their own homes and gardens. There will also be a variety of entertainment and fun for all the family on the day.
Waterer, Individual Giving Fundraiser for St Barnabas Hospice said: “The fact
that these Forget Me Nots are handmade and bespoke to St Barnabas really adds
to their character and meaning. I can’t wait to see the display at Lincoln
Castle knowing that each flower represents treasured memories.
“A Forget Me Not flower can be dedicated to absolutely anyone, they don’t need to have used St Barnabas services or accessed any hospice care.”
To dedicate your flower today, please visit: StBarnabasHospice.co.uk/fmn and fill in the donation form.
To ensure your flower is a part of the display, your dedication must be made by March 29th.
Supporters who dedicate their Forget Me Not after this date, or who are unable to collect from the Castle on April 21st, will be able to pick up their flower from a number of pick up points from April 29th.
The flowers themselves are handcrafted by a local artist in Lincolnshire. They are made by Stefanos, a traditional blacksmith at The Old Smithy in North Ferriby where each petal is cut and shaped individually, making no two Forget Me Not flowers the same.
Jenny Peake, Individual Giving and Data Manager for St Barnabas Hospice said: “We want to say a huge thank you to Lincoln Castle and to our sponsors Tanglewood Care Homes and Waterside Shopping Centre for all of their help and support in making this happen. I’d also like to thank Stefanos and Roz at The Old Smithy for designing and making our Forget Me Nots non-stop since January!
“We hope that everyone loves the Forget Me Nots as much as we do. It’s a beautiful way to remember a loved one and also raises vital funds for the Hospice. These funds will allow us to continue providing high quality care for patients and their families and carers across Lincolnshire.”
For more information about the Forget Me Not appeal, please visit the St Barnabas Hospice website at StBarnabasHospice.co.uk/fmn or contact Sam Waterer, Individual Giving Fundraiser on 01522 540 300.
Lincolnshire police have received a number of reports of criminal damage in the Grantham Town West area over the past couple of days.
Residents should report any suspicious activity to the police on 101, or 999 in an emergency.
Martina Baker says…
Got a dam parking fine from Morrisons due to being 20 minutes over time. due to being unable to leave car park on 29 December.
It was just after Christmas and the traffic was so bad cars, everywhere, took us over 15 mins to park up as hubby has blue badge.
Then on leaving the traffice was bad again so I over run on the 2 hour slot while queueing
i will go tomorrow and find why the cameras they have no grace period for traffice build up leaving.
Anyone else got one ??
The corrugated roof was removed from Belton’s boathouse, on the banks of the Witham, on Saturday.
Pop along during half term to see the craftsmen prepare to reinstate the signed fish-scale slates.
The last chance to sponsor a slate and leave a mark on Belton’s boathouse is next Sun, 24 Feb:
The Lincolnshire Heart Centre is not only helping to save lives in the county, but also on the other side of the world.
The team, which is based in the specialist centre adjoining Lincoln County Hospital, was one of the first in the country to use injectable devices to record heart rhythms and has been helping to set up similar services in countries as far away as Australia and New Zealand.
The heart loop recorders are implanted just under the skin of the chest and monitor the electrical activity of the heart. The results are then downloaded via a ‘hub’ in the patient’s own home that sends the information electronically to the heart centre for review.
Previously, similar devices required surgical implanting in a theatre type environment, but the new devices are 87% smaller and are implanted in a day case environment. This means less pain and discomfort for the patient and a lower risk of infection.
The centre, has fitted more than 1,000 of these injectable devices since 2013. The majority of which have been done by advanced clinical practitioners (ACPs), specialist nurses who have undergone extensive additional training.
The team has published its excellent results in various journals and shared at conferences around the world, including the British Journal of Cardiology, the European Society of Cardiology Congress and Heart Rhythm UK Congress.
After publishing its results, the centre was approached by hospitals throughout the UK and beyond asking for help in establishing similar services.
Alun Roebuck Consultant Nurse said: “After our article on fitting loop recorders out of the cath lab by non-doctors was published, we were approached by nurses and physiologists from both the UK and afar.
“Unfortunately, it was too far for our colleagues in New Zealand to visit so we shared all of our information and our experience electronically and gave them some moral support. Fantastically, New Zealand now has their own service up and running.”
The Lincolnshire Heart Centre has now joined forces with the North Shore Hospital in New Zealand so the teams can continue to share best practice and benchmark their results against each other.
Team members are also advising the National Centre for Health and Clinical Excellent (NICE), this is the Government’s health watchdog on the development of national guidelines. The team at Lincoln are sharing their experience on how this new technology could and should also be used in the care and management of patients who have suffered a stroke.
Grantham children and young people are set for a week of fun and games at Grantham Christian Ministries Trust’s annual holiday club! Pyramids, pharaohs, camels and crocodiles will all be found at Grantham’s Church of the Ascension as this year’s theme is ancient Egypt.
The holiday club takes place over three days. Each session will be full of creative teaching, games, craft, songs, prayers and Bible readings as children learn about how wide and long and high and deep God’s love is. The holiday club runs from 10–12 noon from 19th -21st February and is open to all children aged 5 to 11.
The holiday club is being led by School’s Worker Jennie Fytche. She is a familiar face to Grantham’s primary school children from her regular visits to local schools as part of her work with Grantham Christian Ministries Trust.
Jennie is delighted to be running the event. ‘I’m really looking forward to this year’s holiday club. It will be great fun, we’ll learn a lot and it will be fantastic to have lots of children coming along.’
Grantham Church Ministries Trust is registered charity that works with schools throughout Grantham. As well as leading collective worship in schools and running after school and lunchtime clubs they also offer pastoral support to teachers and staff.
So far, 40 children have signed up, so a great time is promised
As the days start to get longer you’ll no doubt be planning ways to enjoy your garden through spring and into summer.
SKDC’s garden waste collection service can help with that. They will be starting fortnightly collections for the 2019/20 scheme from Monday 1 April, so it is almost time to renew your service.
It’s an easy way to save time, money and hassle, with no need for trips to the tip or to mess up your car with bags of garden waste.
SKDC’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Dr Peter Moseley, said: “This is a popular and useful service that is easy to join.
“All of the green waste collected across the district is taken to a local composting facility where it is turned into compost that is suitable for agricultural use.
“We’ve frozen the cost to match last year’s price. You can pay just one annual fee and there is no limit to the number of garden waste bins you can buy.”
Existing customers will shortly be invited to re-join the scheme. You will be able to renew or register from Tuesday, March 5, using direct debit by visiting www.southkesteven.gov.uk/greenbin
Customers will receive their bin sticker and/or bin in time for the start of the new collection year which begins on 1 April, so remember to put your sticker on your bin as soon as you receive it.
Don’t worry if you don’t receive it by 1 April, as they will still collect your bin if you have paid to join or re-join the scheme.
| Grantham-based professional choreographer and contemporary dance artist Rae Piper, a director Chantry School of Contemporary & Balletic Arts, was thrilled to be invited to work in Italy.|
It followed the success of one of her private students who won both the Classical and Contemporary sections at the International Winter Festival of Lake Garda.
Rae has been coaching five elite student dancers at Art Studio Danza in contemporary technique and competition work, and created five different contemporary and neo-classical solos for the students to compete with. Rae had a lovely week and was honoured to work with Antonella Mandanici and Art Studio Danza.
Every year, history is made in the historic setting of Belton House, near Grantham and one of this year’s top events is coming soon (29-31 March)!
County News is offering up to 1,000 readers the chance to save 30% on online Saturday and Sunday tickets purchases. The offer is available using the discount code CN30 at www.bede-events.co.uk
Belton Horse Trials, which attracts thousands of visitors, is by kind permission of the National Trust. Over the years, it has established a well-earned reputation, not only for the quality of its sport and international reach, but as an event which appeals to everyone, from town and country.
Throughout the last weekend in March, BEDE Events is hosting a wide range of festival attractions to make this an unrivalled day out. And this year is set to be the best yet, with exceptional eventing and arena action.
There will also be mouth-watering food, with trucks, bars and picnic areas to keep you going throughout the day, offering everything from beer-battered fish and chips to succulent burgers, gin dens and festival Pimms!
For the latest food and retail offerings at this year’s Belton Horse Trials, please check their website and social media pages.