Alex Knowles delighted to qualify after RAF career
The newest Engineering lecturer at Grantham College has become the first Armed Forces service leader to graduate through the Further Forces programme.
Alex Knowles, who served in the Royal Air Force, will begin his new role teaching Anglian Water apprentices in September.
The Further Forces programme, an Education and Training Foundation initiative, helps create paths for service leaders to retrain as further education lecturers.
Alex began work at Grantham College in September of last year while gaining his PGCE at Nottingham Trent University.
The newly-qualified teacher hopes to pass on his vast experience as an engineer to all of his future students.
He said: “After leaving the Royal Air Force I knew I always wanted to have a career that had the opportunity to make a difference and inspire others to get into engineering.
“Engineering has taken me to some fantastic places and seen incredible things. I hope that my students get the same memories throughout their careers.”
The NHS trust which provides mental health and learning disability services to the people of Lincolnshire is looking for members of the public to sit on its Council of Governors.
Public governor elections for Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) are taking place this summer, with nominations open until Tuesday 30 July 2019.
LPFT governors gain invaluable skills that can help with future employment. By becoming a governor they can build their CV and enhance their listening, decision making and influencing skills.
Governors take part in a number of activities throughout the year promoting mental health and learning disability services and encouraging people to talk openly about emotional wellbeing. They also play a vital role in ensuring that people’s views are heard and that the trust’s services continually improve.
Following the election, governors will carry out a number of important statutory duties, representing the public and holding the Board of Directors to account.
Samantha Swindell, Governor and Membership Officer said: “Many of our current governors take great pleasure from knowing that they’re influencing services for their community. Being a governor helped them to grow their self-esteem, learn how to challenge constructively and be a team player.
“I’d like to encourage anyone who would like to support the Trust to volunteer and put their name down for elections. We are looking for nominations for the following seats: service user, carer, young people carer, City of Lincoln, West Lindsay and surrounding areas.”
Trust Chair, Paul Devlin said he hoped people passionate about improving mental health and learning disability services would put themselves forward for nomination this time around.
“Our governors play an important role in holding our Board to account, ensuring we do the very best for our patients and maintaining a strong link to our local communities.
“Being elected as a governor is a privilege that can bring real personal reward, and we’d like people to come forward who want to drive forward service improvements to ensure the Trust continues to deliver the highest standard of care.
“We’re looking for people with fresh ideas who can bring their passion and expertise to the Trust for the benefit of everyone who uses our services.”
Nominations will remain open until 5pm Tuesday 30 July, with voting taking place throughout August.
A reward of up to £1,000 is being offered for any information that leads to the arrest of Stephen Tierney (39).
The information is to be given through the anonymous charity, CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111, or report online at crimestoppers-uk.org
Convicted rapist, Stephen Tierney absconded from North Sea Camp on Wednesday 3 July and officers are investigating potential sightings in the Norfolk, Northamptonshire and Leicestershire areas – Tierney has links to all of these areas.
Tierney poses a risk to the public who are advised not to approach him. He also poses a high risk to anyone who enters into a relationship with him.
Officers urge Tierney to hand himself in immediately and advise that anyone found to be assisting Tierney to evade capture will be subject to prosecution. This carries a maximum sentence of 14 years imprisonment.
Police would like to thank the excellent response from the public so far and encourage anyone with information to contact CrimeStoppers without delay.
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The museum is marking its 50th anniversary with a weekend of family fun.
On Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July, the popular Lincoln attraction will have a host of activities on offer, including:
- Hands-on crafts
- A museum trail for children
- Penny farthing demonstrations
In addition, the traditional sweet shop will be open, and children will also have a chance to produce a print on the Victorian printing press.
There will also be a special exhibition in the Gatehouse Gallery, featuring photographs of the museum’s official opening in July 1969 and a varied selection of objects from its past, many of which have not been on show for years.
Cllr Nick Worth, executive member for heritage, said: “After 50 years, the Museum of Lincolnshire Life is still going strong and attracting thousands of people each year.
“The museum is now a part of the county’s history itself and we’ll have a special exhibition telling its story through the years.
“There’s also a range of fun activities going on, making it a great way to kick-start your summer holidays.
“So come along and join in the celebrations.”
Over the weekend, the museum will be operating a ‘pay-what-you-decide’ approach, with visitors able to choose how much to donate for entry.
For more on the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, visit www.facebook.com/museumoflincolnshirelife
Three projects in Lincolnshire are set to share over £164,000 secured from Government, which will support vulnerable young people and boost community integration and education.
Lincolnshire County Council has successfully bid for the money from the Government’s Controlling Migration Fund, designed to help ease pressures on local services resulting from recent migration.
“This funding will help support a care leavers project and two community projects in Boston and Spalding aiming to boost integration and education for migrant families”, said Councillor Mrs Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children’s Services.
“It’s important that we support vulnerable young people and their families, help them with their education so that they can access services and also help them to integrate and contribute to the communities where they live. And our care leavers project will give young people much needed support to access education and develop their skills for future careers.”
Funding has been awarded to the following three projects:
· £75,553 for Little Talkers: Learning for Life in Boston
This is aimed at supporting communication development of children aged 0-5, alongside improving parents’ English skills, access support services that they are entitled to as well as improve their future. It will include dual language borrow bag resources, translation support for settings and translated welcome and information packs for families in four key languages.
· £55,647 for Education and Employment support to care leavers who were former Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC)
This will fund a co-ordinator to support 18-21 year old UASC care leavers, helping them to access sustainable education, employment or training, ensuring they all have an Education and Employment Plan. It will also serve as a pilot with a view to rolling out to all care leavers in the following years. Nationally, care leavers have poorer educational outcomes than their peers, but this trend is thankfully changing.
· £33,699 for a Grow and Share Project in Spalding
The project will work with migrant families to support integration in the community by learning to grow their own fruit and vegetables on a shared allotment site, with support centred on language, skills and working together in a healthy, productive way. Recipes and ideas will be shared to produce a community ‘Grow It and Cook It’ book that celebrates cultural richness. The project will develop learning and understanding of different cultures and promote interaction, positive community cohesion and integration.
The Controlling Migration Fund was first announced in November 2016 and the latest allocation of £28m across the country supports 123 projects in total.
Developers, architects, builders, landowners and property agents gathered in Stamford yesterday (17th July) to hear about the investment opportunities that are being promoted in South Kesteven.
InvestSK – South Kesteven’s economic development and regeneration company – joined forces with the ambassador programme Team Lincolnshireand South Kesteven District Council to showcase investment opportunities across the district.
The networking event took place at the former Cummins Generator Technologies site which, when combined with land from the Burghley Estate, is to become St Martin’s Park, a 35-acre mixed-use development blending employment space, commercial use and housing.
This is just one of a number of development sites totaling more than 300 acres across South Kesteven which were highlighted by an InvestSK delegation at the international property expo MIPIM in March.
Among the other development opportunities promoted at the event were Riverside Business Park in Bourne, Gonerby Moor in Grantham and Exeter Fields in Stamford.
Those attending the event heard speeches by Councillor Matthew Lee, the Leader of South Kesteven District Council and Councillor Kelham Cooke, the Deputy Leader of South Kesteven District Council; Councillor Colin Davie, Executive Councillor for Economy and Place at Lincolnshire County Council and a Board Director at the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership; and Tim Downing, Director of Pygott & Crone and Team Lincolnshire member.
The event was hosted by Jon Hinde, Head of Economy and Skills at InvestSK.
“St Martin’s Park is indeed a bold, crucial, statement of intent – but it is just one piece of a far bigger and inspiring vision for the district of South Kesteven,” said Councillor Lee in his address.
“My vision is clear: I want to boost economic prosperity for all, create a better quality of life for everyone living in the district, drive down social injustice and ensure that everyone has equal access to those new opportunities through the right skills, housing and employment.
“To achieve our vision, we will be investing our own council funds with the intention of unlocking up to £400 million pounds of private sector investment. We are already putting the right mechanisms in place – such as arm’s length companies like InvestSK – and most crucially, we want to work closely with the private sector to make that vision a reality.”
Councillor Cooke said: “Cummins’ decision to withdraw from this site for business reasons was disappointing, but at the same time it created an opportunity that was quite simply too good to miss for South Kesteven District Council to acquire the site. Working alongside our partners, Burghley Estate, we are determined to seize the opportunity that St. Martin’s Park offers.
“When I look around this site, what I envisage is a world class mixed-use development that blends employment and commercial uses with housing that meets the needs of all generations.
“If we are not bold, we risk missing growth and investment opportunities and allowing Stamford to become a rather beautiful and charming dormitory town. For SKDC and Burghley Estate, that option simply is not on the table.
“We know there are local companies looking to grow and expand, and new companies that want to move into the area. Our task is to enable this to happen.”
South Kesteven is strategically located beside the A1 and the East Coast high speed mainline, just over an hour by direct train to London and Leeds, and well connected by road and rail to the cities and industrial heartland of the Midlands.
Its 6,000 businesses contribute just under £3 billion a year to the national economy and growth and productivity levels consistently outstrip national rates.
To find out more about investment and development opportunities in South Kesteven, visit https://investsk.co.uk/why-south-kesteven/development-opportunities/ or call InvestSK on 01476 406374
Two NHS workers faced the challenge of a lifetime after taking part in a 100km ‘ultra-marathon’ to help raise funds for patients on their ward.
Deborah Birch and Hayley Norton, who both work for United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT), recently took part in the infamous Race to the Stones – covering 100km in 24 hours and raising more than £1,000 en route.
The firm friends, who are both avid runners in their spare time, wanted to raise money for ULHT’s Frailty Assessment Unit, to help improve the environment for frail and older people and those with dementia who are admitted to hospital.
They have been training for months and Assistant Practitioner Hayley, said it was a test of endurance she’ll never forget.
“I’ve always been a runner, but the furthest race I had ever done was 10km,” said Hayley, who works at Lincoln County Hospital.
“I’ve entered the London marathon seven times and never got a place, so when Debs said she wanted to do an ultra before she was 50, I asked if she fancied some company.
“One of the hardest parts of the race was the hills. They were impressive and my legs are certainly not thanking me for it.
“The atmosphere from the start line to finish was unbelievable, everyone only had words of encouragement or giggles – we laughed so much.
“The patients I have spoken to have been amazed and thankful for the dedication we have had for the training – we have had a lot of families asking about it, most thinking we are absolutely bonkers.
“I also had a patient who I had chatted to about the race, who came back in to thank us on the ward and gave a lovely donation to the cause.
“The money will likely go towards equipment and resources to make the ward more dementia friendly, but anything to help make the patients stay more comfortable.”
Although both Deborah and Hayley had trained for months and were as mentally and physically prepared as they could be, their race was not without incident.
Disaster struck for Deborah at the 80km mark, when an injury to her knee forced her to retire, leaving sidekick Hayley to complete the final stretch of the trek on her own.
“I have no idea what happened – it was about 1am and Hayley and I had just left pit stop seven, with about 70km already covered,” said Deborah who works Trust wide for ULHT.
“I started to get a pain in my left knee that just got worse and worse, to the point where there was just no chance of running – even walking was proving a challenge.
“Pulling out was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do and having to watch Hayley go off into the dark on her own to continue was gutting.
Despite her setback, Deborah said that the experience on a whole was extremely worthwhile. She has also been confirmed her medal – with 80km under her belt well worthy of an ultra-marathon title.
“The atmosphere was unbelievable,” added Deborah.
“I hope the money we raise helps in some way to improve the experience of someone who is frail having to come into hospital.
“It can be such a scary time for them so if we can do something that makes that slightly easier or helps to distract them from being in hospital it has been worthwhile.”
You can still donate to Deborah and Hayley’s cause. Visit their JustGiving page here.
For more information on the Race to the Stones visit the website at www.racetothestones.com
South Kesteven District Council has installed one of the bright yellow bins in Grantham Market Place encouraging smokers to dispose of their cigarette ends in an environmentally friendly way and have a bit of fun at the same time.
The bin displays a question and two possible replies. Smokers vote by putting their cigarette ends in the slot beneath their preferred answer. The litter stacks up in two columns behind a clear glass front showing which answer is more popular. It was a resounding ‘no’ on the first question: Pineapple on pizza – yes or no?
The question is changed regularly, and, after the weekend’s incredible sporting excitement, the next vote may be a little closer: Best summer sport – tennis or cricket?
“There’s no doubt the ballot bin has had an impact,” said SKDC’s Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations, Cllr Dr Peter Moseley.
“It’s a light-hearted approach to what is a serious problem because smoking-related litter is the most common form of litter in the district.”
Most of SKDC’s on-the-spot littering fines are issued to people dropping cigarette ends. Income from £100 fixed penalty notices goes towards the cost of maintaining the district’s higher street standards.
Cllr Dr Moseley said: “We have pledged to crack down on littering and other anti-social behaviour that can blight our communities. People who drop cigarette butts, or any other kind of litter, risk a significant financial penalty.”
The 22nd of September 2019 will see the inaugural Jon Egging Trust Ride (JETRide) launch from the Royal Air Force College at Cranwell.
JETRide is a cycle sportive that will give cyclists the option to ride either a 50 or 80 mile route, heading off into the beautiful, rolling Lincolnshire countryside.
The ride starts and finishes beside The Royal Air Force College Hall, around 6 miles to the West of Sleaford. It is an imposing and impressive building, and at the end of the ride cyclists will have the opportunity to ride around the smooth red tarmac circle that forms the parade ground from which Royalty and British heroes such as Douglas Bader have graduated at the end of their Officer Training.
For those that aren’t of a cycling ilk, a sportive is a long distance, non-competitive ride, and this one will include individual timing, feed-stations, and a fully signed route that will take in some of the quietest and most picturesque roads that Lincolnshire has to offer. As well as the physical challenge of riding a long distance, JETRide will allow riders to experience the thrill of riding within a large group, get fit and have a great day out.
The charity that the ride is supporting, The Jon Egging Trust, is a youth engagement organisation that was founded by Dr Emma Egging in 2012 after her husband Jon lost his life when he crashed at Bournemouth whilst flying as Red 4 in the RAF’s famous aerobatic team, The Red Arrows.
The Trust aims to help young people that may not benefit from the opportunities that most youngsters are given. It does this by developing teamwork, confidence, leadership and initiative; the aim of JETRide is to raise awareness and funds for this incredibly worthy charity. If you want a challenge in 2019, why not sign up for the event? Once you sign up you can take advantage of a training plan provided by JETRide coach Mark Griffin, and enjoy nutritional expertise from pro cyclist, Claire Steels. Anyone can do it, even if you haven’t cycled long distances previously! To see the routes, what you can expect from the day and to get involved, visit www.joneggingtrust.org.uk/JETRide and get involved!!
Paylink Solutions has made a senior business development appointment to nurture new customer relationships as it continues to push into the lending and debt management sectors.
Paul Nicholson has joined Grantham-based technology company as Senior Solutions Consultant and is now developing a sales strategy, which will deliver the company’s ambitious plans for growth.
Paul said: “Fintech is increasingly being embraced by the UK, particularly in terms of collecting customer data more quickly, conveniently and securely. Now is a great time to use this opportunity and put Paylink Solutions’ firmly on the technology provider map.”
He joins Paylink Solutions after being instrumental in launching AccountScore as one of the first providers of Open Banking. Prior to that, Paul worked within the credit and non-mainstream lending markets as Business Development Manager at TransUnion.
Paul continued: “I’m really excited to join Paylink Solutions and looking forward to building relationships across the collections and lending industries, whilst developing the brand as a leading technology company.
Paylink Solutions designs and integrates digital platforms which improve businesses’ application, credit checking and collections processes. It’s grown from providing in-house IT solutions for the Totemic Group to delivering customised data capture software to improve online processes for clients and their customers.
Susan Rann, CEO of Paylink Solutions said: “Paul’s extensive knowledge of the UK’s technology sector, combined with impressive business development skills means he is going to play a fundamental role in evolving Paylink Solutions. We’re delighted to welcome him to our team.”
Start your summer holidays with Access Lincoln’s free dinosaur hunt in Boultham Park on Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 August.
There are 11 dinosaurs on the loose around the park! If you can track them down, you’ll be rewarded with a roar-some prize!
The dinosaurs have been created by local artist Rosie Ablewhite using locally-sourced wood, including some from Hartsholme Park.
Alison Mackfall, Access Lincoln project co-ordinator, said: “With each dinosaur you track down you’ll find a letter.
“Once you’ve collected them all, simply unscramble the anagram to claim your prize.
“It’s a great opportunity to get out in the open air and get some exercise, and the ideal way for you and the family to start your summer holidays!”
To take part, simply collect an activity sheet from the Access Lincoln marquee, near the café, anytime between 10am and 3pm.
You can find Access Lincoln on Facebook at www.facebook.com/YourAccessLincoln or on Twitter @AccessLincoln.
For more on all Access Lincoln has to offer, visit www.accesslincoln.co.uk