Two employees of CEF (Alma Park Estate) Braved the Shave this week, raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
They also sold cakes on the day and are taking donations next week too.
Two employees of CEF (Alma Park Estate) Braved the Shave this week, raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.
They also sold cakes on the day and are taking donations next week too.
Keats Avenue near Tesco Express was looking great after the recent improvement work with high kerbs installed and the grass verges reseeded.
But of course there’s always one isn’t there…
Guessing this is a scam. But looks official to some people
Four people have been charged following an incident at Stamford Welland Academy, on May 18.
Police were called to the school at around 3.50am after being alerted by a local resident and found damage to model railway exhibits which had been set up for a display later that day.
The males – three aged 16 and one aged 15 – have been charged with criminal damage. They cannot be named for legal reasons.
They are due to appear at Lincoln Youth Court on August 19.
New, environmentally-friendly vehicles are to be introduced as the county council works to become carbon neutral by 2050.
The authority’s three large mobile libraries are coming to the end of their life and need to be replaced.
In future, the council will be using smaller, environmentally-friendly vans to serve 234 stops across Lincolnshire. To make sure communities have easy access to books between visits, the county council is approaching a number of parish councils to offer a collection of books to be based within the local community.
Cllr Nick Worth, executive member for libraries, said: “The council has already reduced its carbon footprint by 40 percent since 2008, and changes like this will help us achieve our aim of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.
“The new and improved vehicles are cleaner and greener and far more practical for our narrow, rural lanes, which can be challenging for the larger mobiles.
“They also offer much better value for money. Most lease companies, including the one used by the council, no longer supply larger mobiles as they can be unreliable and are expensive to maintain.
“We’ll be selecting the books held in each vehicle so that they match the interests of customers along that particular route.
“People can also make sure they get the ones they’re after by reserving them in advance, either online or by speaking to staff during their stop.
“That way, we can ensure our customers continue to get the books they want, while also doing our bit for the planet.”
The changes to the mobile library service are expected to be introduced later this year.
As the brand-new 2019-20 season draws ever closer, publication of fixtures lists for all three senior Kesteven Rugby Club teams – Men’s 1st and 2nd, and Ladies – are focusing hearts and minds as pre-season preparations continue.
Kesteven Ladies will be Kesteven Rugby Club’s first senior team to open their 2019-20 season account. In an historic match for the Club, the side will make their Women’s NC 2 North (East) league debut against league stalwarts, and local rivals, Sleaford Ladies away on Sunday 8 September.
The Black Army Ladies’ first league match promises to be a gripping derby to open the season. This inaugural league match is scheduled exactly a year after Kesteven Ladies’ first-ever competitive game in the Cockburn Lucas 4 Women-sponsored shirt – also against Sleaford Ladies.
Says Kesteven’s Head Forwards Coach, Nathan Smith, who refereed that day: “Officiating at Kesteven Ladies’ first match last September was one of the proudest moments of my career. Kesteven Ladies lost that encounter, but rugby is not all about winning. The progress everyone has made over the last 12 months and their team spirit have been impressive.
“The squad is definitely planning that all the hard work they and the coaching team have put in over the past 12 months will pay off in a competitive match and worthy first league appearance. Win or lose, we know that 8th September will be a big cause for celebration, and another emotional special day for us all at Kesteven Rugby Club.”
Kesteven Rugby Club Men’s campaigns kick off on 14 September
In what is sure to be another enthralling curtain-raiser to 2019-20, Kesteven Men’s 1st XV opener takes them to Mansfield in an away game on Saturday 14 September.
Pulling on their Price Whiting Hodgson Financial Planning-sponsored shirts, the Men’s 1st XV will seek to assert dominance over the Nottinghamshire side, who ended last season ninth in the league – four places behind Kesteven’s fifth.
League rugby union returns to Kesteven Rugby Club’s Woodnook ground for the first time in the 2019-20 season the next day, when Kesteven Ladies take on Scunthorpe Ladies on Sunday 15 September. Kesteven Ladies then face Driffield Ladies away on Sunday 22 September, coinciding with the start of the home nations’ Rugby World Cup campaigns in Japan.
On Saturday 28September, Kesteven Men’s 1st XV face a newly promoted Mellish side at their first home league game of the season at Woodnook. Again, Ks will look to carry on the momentum from an inspired run of form that closed out 2018-19.
For Kesteven Men’s 2nd XV, the season officially kicks off away to Bingham 1sts on Saturday 28September. Setting out its stall for the season as 2018-19 league winners, Kesteven Men’s 2nd XV then hosts Notts Moderns 2nd XV at Woodnook the following Saturday, 5 October. Here the 2nds will be looking to repeat their resounding 63-7 win against the side in their last match of the season.
One Club, One Family, One Fantastic Journey
Commenting on the newly announced calendar of fixtures, Kesteven Rugby Club’s Director of Rugby, Fereti ‘Freddie’ Tuilagi, said: “All Kesteven Rugby Club’s senior teams are working hard and training together to face the challenges of the coming season. The mindset is very positive.
“Kesteven’s 2nds won their league in 2018-19. Kesteven 1sts also had a great run of unbeaten form to end the season, with both teams clearly really enjoying their rugby.
“For Kesteven Ladies, it’s all to play for as they step up this season from an RFU development side to become a league squad.”
Alongside the growing contingents of senior men’s and women’s squad players, and the dedicated coaches who support all age groups – including Kesteven’s Minis, Junior Girls and Boys, and Colts – more people across a huge range of age and experience across Grantham are enjoying the reality of the Black Army’s rallying cry “One Club, One Family, One Fantastic Journey”, and getting involved in activities at their local rugby club.
Touch Rugby takes off at Kesteven Rugby Club
Non-contact Touch Rugby is now a permanent, year-round and very popular week-night feature on Kesteven’s Woodnook pitches. Geared for everyone of any ability, size or fitness level aged 11 and upwards, Touch Rugby is successfully attracting people of every age and entire families – from complete rugby novices to full-contact veterans – who play in short matches in the spirit of the game with its teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sporting ethos.
Says Graeme Roberts, who organises the friendly sessions at Kesteven each Wednesday from 6.30pm. “Touch Rugby is taking off in a big way at Kesteven Rugby Club. It is for everyone, not just members. Touch Rugby is ideal for anyone looking to get exercise in or looking to take up a non-contact sport.”
Members of Kesteven Rugby Club’s age-banded junior teams are among those relishing their mid-week Touch Rugby sessions. Many – and often their parents too – are seeing it as a fun and friendly opportunity to burn off excess energy, sharpen their skills further and maintain fitness before their weekly Sunday training starts at the end of August.
Watch the Rugby World Cup at Woodnook
Says Angus Shaw, President of Kesteven Rugby Club: “The Rugby World Cup in Japan coincides with the start of the Senior teams’ league campaigns. But it’s not just the home nations going places! Closer to home, Woodnook, the home of Kesteven Rugby, is going to be even more buzzing with fantastic rugby from all of Grantham’s teams – Minis, Junior Girls and Boys, Colts and Seniors – all hopefully inspired by great World Cup performances.
“We are in exciting times at Kesteven Rugby Club. These pre-season Senior league announcements are just the beginning. I invite everyone to come and see and consider joining our rugby family on our journey, either as a player or supporter – everyone will be made very welcome! It would be fantastic to see match-day support up at Woodnook continue to grow.
“Kesteven Rugby’s family – players, supporters and sponsors – cannot wait to start our 2019-20 journey. Most important is that we have fun on the way. Watch this space for more information on Rugby World Cup-related events for all at Kesteven Rugby Club!”
Interested in joining us? Please call 01476 564887, visit www.kestevenrugby.club, join our Kesteven Rugby Facebook page www.facebook.com/groups/KestevenRFC – or just rock up!
Staff nurse Alice Davies took a break from her ward rounds at Lincoln County Hospital recently to represent Great Britain in the European triathlon championships in Romania.
The part-time endurance athlete, who competes in regular competitions throughout the year, battled to her third place podium spot in the blistering heat of Transylvania earlier this month.
Alice qualified for the Transylvanian challenge after finishing fourth in Nottingham’s infamous Outlaw Half triathlon last year, which meant she could join the British Triathlon Federation.
Her obsession with the race stems back to 2013 however, after she spent a week volunteering at a gala event in London.
“I supported elite and para-triathletes who were competing for the title of world champion,” said Alice.
“At that point it was my dad and little brother who did all the racing and I never once thought that one day it could be me up there.
“I joined the Lincoln Tri Club that year but only as a way to build my fitness and was a bit too scared to take on a race of my own.”
Fast forward to 2018 and Alice had seriously caught the bug. She started signing up to smaller races in and around Lincoln before joining a training team for the Nottingham meet.
The European triathlon consisted of a 1900km lake swim (without wetsuit), an 83km hilly bike ride and a 20km run – all in 30 degree plus heat.
“My friends on the ward think I’m bonkers but have been very supportive and the triathlons have allowed me to make many new friends”, added Alice who works on Shuttleworth Ward.
“The Romanian race was the hardest I’ve ever done due to the heat but the atmosphere was amazing and kept me going.
“There were hundreds of competitors all cheering each other on and the entire town came out to support the race, even staying to watch the very last athlete over the finish line.”
An accident on the A1 Southbound near to the Marston turnoff has led to one lane being closed. Traffic is very slow as of 17:20
Increasing delays on A52 Westbound between Denton Lane and Grantham Road. (near the Muston Gap) Average speed ten mph. This is reportedly due to an accident involving a lorry.
This Sunday, 14 July, a group of volunteers – all welcome! – are taking time this weekend to pick up a paintbrush, pressure washer or litter pick to get Woodnook spick and span in preparation for the start of the 2019-20 rugby season.
The day begins at 9:00am, but jobs will be available for as little or as much time as you can give all through the day until 4:00pm. It’s a great way to support Grantham’s local rugby club ahead of next season and help make Woodnook an even more special place for everyone in Grantham.
There’s a range of activities anyone interested in coming to support their local club and volunteer can get involved with.
From grass cutting and strimming (please bring your own mower/strimmer) to weeding around the Clubhouse, window cleaning, painting (please bring your own brushes and rollers!), as well as litter picking – ideal for younger volunteers and this tasks comes with sweetie rewards!
Any help will be gratefully received and volunteers will be rewarded with a lunchtime barbecue!
During our 16 day expedition in Cambodia our nine man team of A-level students from The King’s School,Grantham, will be trekking through rain forest lead by a local guide, completing charity work alongside ‘Better Lives’, which aims to help to sustainably develop communities and will help us to learn about the rich history and fascinating, complex culture.
The experience will inevitably come at a cost and during the next 12 months we will embark on a number of fundraising events such as, bag packs and tuck shops. We are looking for any potential sponsors who would be willing to contribute any money towards our great cause, in exchange for their business being advertised on our t-shirts and at our events, the shirts will also be worn on the expedition itself.
All donations will be greatly appreciated as will any proposed sponsors.
We are also conducting a raffle at our sports day next Thursday, if anybody is willing to donate a prize before then, it would be greatly appreciated,
Will Feehily Year 12
Consultant Psychiatrist and Medical Director for Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Dr Ananta Dave will be visiting the United States this month to research how services are supporting and preventing suicide in healthcare professionals, as part of funding from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.
Dr Dave will be seeking to learn more about how the US has set up support services to treat doctors, and other healthcare professionals, with mental health and addiction problems. There are lots of good examples of how organisations have changed the culture in the medical profession and set up services and online communities to support professionals, which she hopes to learn more about and bring back ideas to the UK.
Dr Dave said: “Caring for the carers is vitally important if we are to safeguard our most precious resource in the NHS, the people who work for us.
“Over the years, I have lost medical friends and colleagues to suicide and seen good people become traumatised by the work they do. I have also seen the devastation of suicide in the words, faces and grief of loved ones.
“There remains significant shame, stigma and secrecy associated with doctors (nurses and other healthcare workers) seeking help and it is important that they have access to a sensitive, confidential service provided by trained competent clinicians. We need to speak up, help colleagues speak up and set up systems and services that work for them and I hope my research in this area will help the profession develop strong support systems in the future. I also look forward to being able to share the learning and good practice in our local trust and how we can continue to improve the wellbeing support we offer our staff.”
The visit is funded by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, and Dr Dave is one of 150 fellows selected from almost 1,800 applications to receive the research grant. Each year the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust awards fellowships to carry out research projects overseas. Projects are designed to exchange ideas and best practice, and build greater understanding between peoples and cultures, in order that professions and communities can benefit from international collaboration.
Dr Dave will travel to the United States this weekend (13 July) and will spend six weeks meeting a wide range of professionals, patients and carers across the country as part of her learning.
Rigger Mortiss says,
Earth moving at last, phase two southern relief road , shame to lose access to footpath under the a1
We start at home to FC United of Manchester, in a repeat of the 2012/13 season, before visiting Stafford Rangers then Atherton Collieries.
Gingerbreads Manager Paul Rawden is even more excited to get going “To host FC United on the opening day is great. It’s going to be a real test against a side who return to this level after their relegation form the National League North. Obviously, Danny Racchi is a former player for them. Hopefully we’ll start with a good attendance and we get a good start”
“The rest of fixtures fall quite nicely, we’ve got an even amount of Tuesday nights which are at home and away. And the long journeys fall on a Saturday.”
“The hardwork is now to continue to the start of the season starting with the match at Harrowby on Saturday”
Grantham’s new Arts Trail, taking place on 14 and 15 September as part of Imagineer Productions ‘Bridge’ project, is giving artists in the area a chance to exhibit and sell work in a variety of locations around the town.
The Arts Trail is a new initiative supported by InvestSK and for its first year, will be part of ‘Bridge’, an outdoor arts, engineering and social change project which aims to attract between 1,000 to 3,000 visitors to the town.
Grantham based organiser and artist Dawn Wesselby said: “The aim is to give artists the opportunity to show their work, network with other artists and introduce people to new spaces. By making this year’s Trail part of the Bridge Project, we hope to achieve a good level of footfall and make it a great day out for visitors.”
Venues supporting the Arts Trail include Wyndham Park Visitor Centre, St Wulfram’s Church and Grantham Museum.
Dawn said: “There are limited opportunities for people to exhibit and sell work in Grantham so this is about opening up unusual spaces for that purpose, similar to Belper Arts Trail – an event which started in 2014 and is now hugely successful.”
Exhibitor fees are £20, which includes space in one of the participating venues, inclusion in the Arts Trail visitor programme and a page on the website.
The trail will also include programmed elements as part of the Bridge project which aims to share stories of bridge-building and making a difference. Bridge events will be taking place around Grantham and South Kesteven from Saturday 7 to Sunday 15 September, with a large-sale outdoor performance on and around a large bridge structure in Grantham Market Place on Saturday 14 September.
Grantham Bridge producer Claire Carrington said: “Bringing art into community venues stops it from being something that happens behind closed doors in exclusive spaces.
“Art is for everyone and this will hopefully inspire people to get creative and get involved.”
InvestSK is supporting this initiative as an ongoing event that will help promote local talent and bring visitors to the area.
For more information and to download an Arts Trail application form, visit www.granthamarts.org
For more information on the ‘Bridge’ Project, visit www.imaginebridge.co.uk
The latest news and updates can be found on Facebook, @granthamartstrail and @GranthamBridge2019
Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Seeks Judicial Review of College of Policing scheme to require all new police officers to obtain a degree
In an exceptional legal move, the Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Bill Skelly, supported by Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones has begun the first stage action to take the national College of Policing to Judicial Review over the new degree requirement recruitment scheme being imposed on the police service. The College of Policing is the national body which was established by the Home Office in 2012 and Mr Skelly is taking issue with its plans to implement a new officer recruitment process which requires all recruits to have an academic degree or be prepared to commit to study for one in work time.
But he says it will mean 40 fewer officers at any one time for front line policing – roughly 10% of his deployable strength – because the study time has been significantly increased compared to the current recruitment programme, increased turnover and failure to complete the course. In addition, there will be extra cash costs to pay for contracts with local academic providers and a requirement for more training staff within the force. There is no estimate for the impact across England and Wales but if it is 40 officers for Lincolnshire, it could easily be over 4,000 for the country.
“I have been raising these concerns with the College of Policing and the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) for more than two years since the impact of PEQF became clear,” he said. “The College has pushed forward ignoring the growing evidence that demonstrates the impracticality of their proposals for Lincolnshire. Their most recent communication states the intention to change Police Regulations to enforce the Police Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) recruitment process from next year,” says Mr Skelly.
He is being fully supported by Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones who is funding the court action. “All I am asking for is a stay of implementation (to the summer of 2023) to give time for a legitimate evaluation of the new system being imposed across the country and for the results to be assessed and any adjustments made,” says Mr Skelly. “In the meantime we are developing an enhanced initial training package that meets the requirements of the modern police officer without creating an unaffordable impact on the police service in Lincolnshire.”
In addition to the financial costs, Mr Skelly says that no assessment has been made on such issues as the additional strain on the Police Pension Scheme or on the impact on equalities. Mr Skelly has also questioned the future of the Special Constabulary under PEQF. He said “The College is requiring that every new police officer to be a degree holder and have undertaken years of initial training. At present, Special Constables have the same police powers as our regular officers but do so after a limited period of training and a lower required level of educational qualifications. I see this as unsustainable after the introduction of PEQF”.
Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones has also written to his PCC colleagues in England and Wales saying that many of them share his views on the introduction of PEQF.
“I was elected by the people of Lincolnshire to represent them and act in their best interests regarding policing and crime. Put simply, if I did not challenge the imposition of these untested and far reaching changes that will see fewer officers on the streets of my county and the country as a whole, I would be failing in my duty. The public did not support a council tax rise earlier this year so we could put extra cops in classrooms and to have fewer than ever fighting crime and protecting communities. I would have expected the College to present a single business case that includes a detailed academic rationale, full financial assessments, detailed equalities assessments and a full benefits realisation plan,” said Mr Jones. “Protecting the people of Lincolnshire is our number one priority and to do that we cannot support a further loss of officer numbers to this ill thought through scheme. We believe that losing around 40 officers from the front line without challenging the College would be unforgivable and the costs to the public both financially and in loss of service leave us with no choice.”
KEY FACTS & IMPLICATIONS OF PEQF
The following research has been done by Lincolnshire Police which covers abstraction, failure demand, turnover, diversity and ethnic minorities, cost, rational, existing workforce and other significant issues; with a brief description of each below:
The Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) represents a substantial change from the status quo in policing, with significant potential to impact upon the Statutory Duties and Obligations of the Service in general and of PCCs & Chief Officers in particular. These range from the Chief Constable’s duty to avoid discrimination in employment and other areas, through to those relating to the maintenance of business continuity and interoperability.
Definition of Abstraction: For the purpose of this report we define abstraction to be the withdrawal of a police officer from operational duties for the purposes of learning and assessment.
Diversity and Ethnic Minorities
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