St Barnabas Hospice has launched their brand new event, Mighty Mudder, taking place in September 2019.
On Sunday 22nd September 2019, St Barnabas Hospice will be hosting Lincolnshire’s first Mighty Mudder event at Ancaster Leisure. The Hospice has introduced this 5k obstacle course run event to the county to help raise vital funds to support end-of-life care locally.
With more than 60 obstacles to overcome, the Mighty Mudder will see participants run through fields of mud, crawl through tunnels, swing through trees, slide down 50ft drops, wade through muddy water and battle their way up hills, all whilst completing a 5k course.
Opening at 10am at Ancaster Leisure, Wood Lodge, NG32 3PY, participants will have the opportunity to visit the event village before they start the event, which is full of food, drink and games. They will be set off in waves of 100, which they can pre-select online when signing up. There is also plenty to do for friends and family members, including places around the course which are brilliant to stand and watch the participants as they go past.
Melissa Gaffney, Events Fundraiser at St Barnabas Hospice, said:
“I started working for the Hospice earlier this year and I’m so excited to be launching this brand new event already. In my spare time, I often take part in mass participation sporting events, so it’s great that I can bring this passion to our event.
“Since joining St Barnabas, I’ve met so many amazing people who come together at these events to raise money in memory of loved ones, reach personal goals or to have fun. Mighty Mudder is the perfect event for those wanting a challenge that’s a little different, whether you want to raise sponsorship money or not.”
New for this event, St Barnabas has decided to offer two different types of tickets. Participants wanting to raise money for the Hospice will be able to pay a lower registration fee of £25, providing they pledge a minimum sponsorship of £50. Alternatively, participants can pay a £55 registration fee if they decide not to raise sponsorship money. These are early bird prices and will be available for a limited time until Sunday 28th July.
Children aged 14-17 can also take part for a flat rate of £10 and are encouraged to raise as much money as they are able. The Hospice does ask that there is one adult per two children when signing up.
Early bird tickets are now on sale for this exciting new event. To sign up or view more information, visit www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/mightymudder19
A donation of £75,000 from Lincolnshire’s Freemasons has given a welcome early boost to a relief fund set up in readiness for the rebuilding of homes in and around Wainfleet after the floods.
The fund has been set up by the Lincolnshire Community Foundation, which is bringing together fundraising efforts behind the long-term recovery plan which will swing into action once the floodwaters have receded.
Already there have been about 500 people from a number of agencies working around the clock to provide an emergency response to the incident, which has forced the evacuation of almost 300 homes.
But it is the recovery phase that will take time, and that’s where the Freemasons’ donation will be directed. Provincial Grand Master Dave Wheeler said: “To see anyone driven from their home by flooding is heartbreaking, especially when it’s in your own community.
“The emergency response to the incident has been extremely effective through the days after the torrential rainfall followed by the breach of the banks of the River Steeping, but that is only part of the story. The recovery phase will be long, and will take considerable effort.
“I’m pleased that we have been able to move so quickly in making this donation of £75,000. It underlines that Lincolnshire Freemasons are determined to help put the heart back into this part of Lincolnshire, and we have every confidence that the Lincolnshire Community Foundation will make sure the money is used effectively in making that happen.”
The donation is made up of three Masonic grants of £25,000 each, from The Province of Lincolnshire, the Mark Benevolent Fund, and the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The latter two are national charities subscribed to by Freemasons all over the country, including those in Lincolnshire.
James Murphy, Joint CEO of the Lincolnshire Community Foundation, said: “There are lots of people for whom properties in Wainfleet are their ‘forever home’. We shall be doing what we can to return things to normal for this community. It’s when something like this happens that you find out how good a community is, and Wainfleet’s is particularly strong.
Sue Fortune, Joint CEO of the Lincolnshire Community Foundation, said: “We are standing by with grants and support, ready to help people begin the long process of rebuilding their lives. This amazing contribution from the Lincolnshire Freemasons will enable us to get grants out to people sooner than we expected. Our application page will launch on our website in the next few days”
The Lincolnshire Community Foundation is working in partnership with the Recovery Coordinating Group to raise funds and support Wainfleet and the surrounding area. Money donated will help to relieve hardship, complete repairs, make good loss or damage, help to prevent the flooding happening again, and to improve the response in the event that it ever does. 100% of donations will be spent in and around Wainfleet,” he added.
To donate online, please go to: https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/wainfleetfloodappeal
Great Grantham stars of music and comedy had got together to stage a concert for the vitims of the Wainfleet floods, on Lincolnshire’s East Coast.
Grantham-born Vince Eager says the plight of the residents of Wainfleet and the surrounding areas of Lincolnshire who were flooded out of their house and homes made him want to do something.
He said: ” Only four days ago, four of my pals from Grantham, Ms Ali James, Mr Brian “Licorice” Locking, Mr Trevor Leeson and Mr Terry Carey offered to appear in a show to raise funds for the flood victims if I could arrange it.
“The Embassy Theatre had one date we could have and that was Wednesday 3rd July.
“With the help of my good pal from Skegness Coastal Radio, Mr Chris Tucker who will also be our host for the event, we decided to go for it.
“If you live in the area of Lincolnshire we would appreciate your company at the show, “Yellow Bellies Unite”.
Many thanks and I’ll keep you informed as to our progress. It’s a 7.30pm start
Partially blocked and queueing traffic due to bridge struck by vehicle on A52 Barrowby Road both ways between Green Hill Road and Mount Street. A lorry has collided with the railway bridge.
Around 2,150 children took part in the annual inspire+ Mini Olympics at South Kesteven District Council’s Meres Leisure Centre in Grantham this week.
Youngsters from primary schools in Grantham, Stamford, Market Deeping, Spalding and the surrounding villages participated in the three-day event with the theme The Greatest Sports Show 2019.
Charity Ambassadors including Paralympian track and field athlete Sam Ruddock, Paralympian high jumper Jonathan Broom-Edwards, Olympic swimmer Sophie Allen and multi-marathon runner Ben Smith joined the celebrations.
Cllr Helen Goral, SKDC’s Cabinet Member for Growth and Leisure, said: “The Mini Olympics is such a magical event for everyone involved. It has become one of the highlights of my year.
“It’s important that we continue to support, encourage and accommodate sport and leisure facilities within the district as events like this inspire people to try new sports, become more physically active and lead healthy lifestyles.”
Inspire+ Chief Executive Vincent Brittain, said: “We are delighted that the Mini Olympics has now grown to a three-day mass participation event which this year has seen thousands of children taking part.
“We hope the experience is an inspirational one encouraging young people to try different Olympic and Paralympic sports which will develop skills and inspire them into a lifestyle of physical activity.”
Local business sponsors supported the event, and the charity’s Young Ambassadors played a key part in setting up and running the games.
On Sunday 23rd June, from 10 am onwards at the Warehouse Strength and Conditioning, Unit 2, Dankerwood Road, South Hykeham, the strongest Police Officer in the UK will be revealed.
Officers from across the country will converge to take part in strength testing events including dead lifting and ten tonne truck pulling.
Kirsty James (pictured right), Risk Management Officer for Lincolnshire Police, also undertakes the voluntary role of Fitness Mentor for the Force. Enjoying and competing in the sport in her spare time, Kirsty decided to volunteer to host the national event in Lincolnshire. She said:
“The reason I decided to host this was due to competing in the sport for over three years and falling in love with it.
“I became involved as my gym was hosting a Novice Strongman/ Strongwoman competition in June 2016 with the owner challenging me to enter, which I did and won!
“Unlike most sports that only require one particular type of focus or element, Strongman is so diverse with each competition different from the next, meaning you have to be well skilled and practiced in as many as five or six different events for a competition.
“From my first competition I have entered a further three competitions and came first in two of them. I am currently the third strongest woman in England for my bodyweight.
“Throughout my fitness journey I have met so many different people, of all shapes and sizes who have become lifelong friends who share the same passion and interests, but who have also helped me to recognise that there is no one size fits all model when I comes to health and fitness, which was why I wanted to extend this sport to the police and I found that there was already a police strongman competition held each year.”
It’s a full day event, in aid of raising money for the Police Dependants Trust and MIND; both pivotal charities in helping the policing family overcome tragedy, trauma and any subsequent mental health issues that arise as a result. Donations will be accepted on the day although entry is free for all.
Kirsty wanted to put Lincolnshire forward as host county to reinforce the Chief Constable’s ethos around fitness and wellbeing. She said:
“I thought it was important for me to host it this year as I feel that the way Chief Constable Skelly has steered the force in the direction of wellbeing has taken tremendous effort, with Lincolnshire Police now being one of the driving forces for the wellbeing agenda.
“I want to show that whilst the day is about being physically strong I have wanted to raise the awareness of the struggles that officers and staff face whilst protecting the “thin blue line”. I think UK’s strongest police officer is a great day to showcase the strength, teamwork, dedication and passion that are all important qualities needed in modern day policing whilst showing that wellbeing takes many forms from yoga and meditation- to pulling 10 tonne trucks!
“This sport is for everyone of all abilities with me coaching a Strength and Conditioning class every Sunday to help with such events as my passion for the sport continues I want to give others a chance to experience it and try something new.”
Chief Constable Bill Skelly offered his best wishes for the day and is hoping to attend the event if commitments allow. He said:
“I am delighted that Lincolnshire is hosting UK’s Strongest Police Officer 2019. It is another great example of our commitment to wellbeing for all our people. Kirsty has done a fantastic job bringing the event to the County and I’m looking forward to watching 50 officers and staff each try and pull an HGV! I hope you are able to come along and support the event with big cheers and (perhaps!) a small donation to the Police Dependants Trust and MIND.”
There are currently 47 entrants from all over the UK, with officers and staff coming as far away as Northern Ireland and Scotland. There are currently three officers from Lincolnshire Police taking part.
Over the course of the day they will be taking part in 5 events:
- Truck Pull- 10 tonne truck to be pulled a distance of 10m with a rope and a harness
- Overhead medley- Axel Bar, Log, Olympic bar, BD/ Monster DB- 60 second time limit, should all elements be completed athletes will use the remaining time to “rep out” the DB.
- Axel bar deadlift- head to head- 50mm/ 2inch thick axel bar weighing 20kgs- 60 second time limit
- Yoke into farmer’s walk- 15m Yoke to be ran, than 15m farmers walk- 60 second time limit
- Atlas stones- ascending weight- 60 second time limit
The event is free for spectators however please bring some change if you would like to make a donation to the above mentioned charities on the day. There will also be a raffle which gives the winner a chance to train with Laurence Shahlaei, a renowned UK Strongman and a previous winner of Europe’s Strongest Man.
Are you a fitness fanatic and always in the gym, or do you wish you led a more active life?
Whatever your lifestyle, InvestSK wants to hear from you. People living in South Kesteven are being invited to a series of events next month which aim to build and improve sport and exercise services in the area.
The consultation will feed into the new Cultural Strategy for South Kesteven: helping connect local people, community groups, sports clubs and physical activity providers. It will also look to gain insight into the challenges faced by those living within rural communities.
Physical activity consultations, as well as 15-minute drop-in sessions, will be held in Stamford, Market Deeping, Grantham, Bourne and surrounding villages.
This series of events builds on the popular and engaging Cultural Conversations already held across the district, and will add to the information already collected, but with a specific focus on sport and physical activity.
Dominic Fieldhouse, Sports Development Officer at InvestSK, will host both the consultation evenings and the drop-in sessions, to gain valuable insight into sports and activity provision and facilities in South Kesteven, and what more can be done.
Dominic said: “This is an exciting opportunity to connect the community with activity providers; sharing the barriers faced, and ultimately contributing to encouraging and enabling people to lead a more active lifestyle.
“We are looking at all the generations, from primary and secondary schools to the older generations, and we really aim to bring communities together.
“We are trying to reach those who are inactive as well as those who are active but want to do more. We need to assess people’s interests and their motivations so that all partners can work together to help them more effectively.”
Cllr Helen Goral, Cabinet Member for Growth, commented: “Physical activity is important not only for our physical but also for our mental health and wellbeing. We need to understand what barriers people might face that put them off being active, and see how our physical activity strategy can help overcome those barriers.
“We have also set out a bold vision for new or enhanced leisure centres across South Kesteven and we want to make sure these meet the needs and aspirations of our local communities, and that they underpin our drive to increase physical activity and sports participation.”
The drop-in sessions, which must be booked in advance, will be held between 4pm and 7pm on the following dates:
- Wednesday 10th July – Long Bennington Sports Pavilion
- Monday 22nd July – Ancaster Village Hall
- Wednesday 24th July – Colsterworth Village Hall
- Friday 26th July – Billingborough Village Hall
To book a 15-minute session, email Dominic.email@example.com or call 01476 406374.
The consultation evenings will be held between 7pm and 9pm on the following dates:
- Tuesday 16th July – Borderville Sports Centre, Stamford
- Wednesday 17th July – The Guildhall Ballroom, Grantham
- Thursday 18th July – Corn Exchange, Bourne
- Friday 19th July – Community Centre, Market Deeping
To find out more about these sessions and to register your interest, contact Dominic Fieldhouse at Invest SK on 01476 406374 or 07855 105405, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plans by South Kesteven District Council to tackle littering in Grantham took a further step forward this week with the installation of a ballot bin for cigarette ends – the most common form of litter in the district.
SKDC hopes that encouraging smokers to have a bit of fun whilst also getting rid of their cigarette butts in an environmentally friendly way will reduce the amount of smoking-related litter.
The bright yellow bins have been successfully trialled in other parts of the country. Each bin displays a question and two answers. Smokers vote by putting their cigarette end in the slot beneath their preferred answer. The litter stacks up behind the clear glass front in two columns, showing which answer is more popular.
Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations, Cllr Dr Peter Moseley, said: “We hope the light-hearted voting system will encourage people to use the bin to help keep the town centre looking its very best. The first question is ‘Pineapple on Pizza – Yes or No?’
“People may not realise that cigarette filters contain plastics and other chemicals that don’t degrade, and these can be harmful to wildlife if they end up in surface water drains leading to rivers. So, despite our light-hearted approach, our message is clear: don’t drop litter.”
The ballot bin, attached to a lamp post in Grantham Market Place, near its junction with Westgate, is part of SKDC’s work to keep the district looking attractive and clean for residents and visitors. The question on the bin will be changed on a regular basis.
Cllr Dr Moseley added: “Innovation like this reflects our commitment to a Higher Street Standard throughout the district which already consistently exceeds the national average. If the trial is a success, further bins could be installed in other areas.”
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 have to realise that they cannot drop cigarette butts, or any other kind of litter, without risking a significant financial penalty.
“These prosecutions show we are serious in our intention to help make sure a minority of people do not spoil the environment for those who want to enjoy it.”
Grantham’s first Portuguese-English Festival will officially open at 10.30am on Saturday (22 June) with a VIP curtain-raiser to the colourful two-day event.
South Kesteven District Council Chairman Jacky Smith will welcome a host of Portuguese guests and civic dignitaries to the event which centres around St Peter’s Hill and the Market Place.
Crowds will enjoy musical performances and gastronomic treats, with entertainment for young and old. Traditional Portuguese food stands, pastry sellers, a barbecue and a Portuguese gin bar will add to the atmosphere.
Cllr Smith said: “We’re pulling out all the stops to make sure visitors of all nationalities feel welcome in Grantham for our first Portuguese-English Festival. We are very proud to be able to host this event and I hope that people from all over the district will be able to come and join in the festivities and extend their friendship to local people and visitors.”
Counsellor for Portuguese Communities Antonio Cunha is the latest special guest, joining Portuguese Consulate General, Jorge Cruz, who will be in Grantham on behalf of the country’s UK Ambassador, with two members of the Portuguese Confederation of Culture and Sport, Veladimiro Castilho Matos and Anabela Henriques Lanca.
Portuguese performers, Rui Bandeira and Monica Sintra, will be supported by fellow musicians Joana Lobo Anta and Natalia Cerqueira, and a number of local bands.
The main stage live music line-up on Saturday is: Alex Cavan: 2.30pm – 3.30pm; Pete Wayre: 3.45pm – 4.45pm; Natalia Cerqueira: 5pm – 6pm; Hi Boys Trio: 6.15pm – 7.45pm; Monica Sintra: 8pm – 9.30pm. Sunday (23 June) starts with Chasing Embers: 12.30pm – 2pm, then Naturally Sourced: 2.30pm – 3.30pm; Joana Lobo: 3.45pm – 4.45pm; 23 Reasons: 5pm – 6.30pm; Rui Bandeira: 6.45pm – 8pm
The event is being hosted by SKDC and its economic growth and regeneration company, InvestSK, with PT Connections – a community non-profit organisation to foster friendship and cultural exchange between the English and Portuguese communities, grow unity within the community, as well as strengthen ties with other communities.
The event will take place at St Peter’s Hill opening at 10am each day and closing at 10pm on 22 June and 8pm on 23 June. To find out more visit www.southkesteven.gov.uk/marketevents
Villagers in Great Ponton are campaigning against plans for a 270,000-bird poultry unit submitted to South Kesteven District Council.
They claim odour noise, contamination of the will affect village life, especially being close to the local school.
There was a small proest outside the school gates on Thursday morning.
The unit would include workers‘ dwelling , six poultry sheds, feed bins, heat exchangers, a water tank, pump house, a generator, storage barn and associated infrastructure provision and improvements to access to the site from Ermine Street.
The area of the proposed development site is 4.7 acres, located 1.5km to the north east from the centre of Great Ponton, which is currently being used as an agricultural field. It is also part of the wider field network which is bounded by High Dyke to the east and Dallygate Lane to the south.
The planning applications claims the site is considered to be the most suitable for a poultry unit given its distance away from residential properties and the surrounding road network providing it with good transport access to the region’s road network.
The applicant says it will offer local employment opportunities.
One villager told GM: “We get as many people to oppose this as much as possible!
“The village cannot cope this the extra traffic flow and the residents and school will be affected!”
For details of the application visit www.southkesteven.gov.uk/planning
South Kesteven District Council’s Cabinet Member for Commercial and Operations, Cllr Dr Peter Moseley, is calling for a summit to be held aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour in Grantham.
It follows complaints by Labour councillor Charmaine Morgan of incidents at Welham Street Multi-storey car park.
Dr Moseley is planning to invite the Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Bill Skelly and the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones, together with representatives of other partner agencies to meet with him to discuss the issue of anti-social behaviour in our towns and what can be done to stop it.
“It is only a very small minority who seem to think anti-social behaviour is acceptable but It is not, and we all have a role to play in tackling it,” said Cllr Dr Moseley.
Cllr Dr Moseley also appealed for parents to help the efforts to tackle anti-social behaviour.
“I would urge all parents to be vigilant about where their children are and what they are doing, especially in the evenings,” he said.
In a joint statement, SKDC and Lincolnshire Police said: “We work closely together and take any reports of anti-social behaviour very seriously.
“We recognise the impact such behaviour has on communities and the misery it can cause and we adopt a multi-agency approach to address any concerns.”
Coun Morgan called for an investigation following reports of
Drug dealing in the stairwell
Youths sitting on the high ledges shouting abuse at members of the public below.
Youths skateboarding in the car park
Three youths aged 12-14 years alledgedly throwing ta large chunk of flooring material/concrete off the roof only missing a Harrowby Road resident by inches.
The police have been informed and are investigating the incident.
All photos by Balint Beni
Keyless Car theft is on the increase
There are a two main ways to prevent this.
“One is to make sure car keys are kept away from front doors and windows so that the signal can’t be picked up and relayed back to the car, or in a Faraday bag, which completely blocks the signal.
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Police are investigating an unexplained death in Sleaford.
At 11.43pm on June 16th we attended an address in London Road, Sleaford, following a report of a concern for safety.
The body of a deceased man was found at the property.
Police are treating the man’s death as unexplained while we carry out investigations.
Four people, three men and a woman have been arrested in connection with this and are being questioned by officers.
Anyone who can assist with this investigation can call 101, quoting incident number 439 of June 16th.
Reference: 439 – June 16th