British Heart Foundation shop was decorated as part of work experience
Colourful Easter displays made by Grantham College art and design students have been a big hit with a charity shop in the town centre.
The displays in the British Heart Foundation furniture store, on High Street, are the creations of Level 2 students Ella Fisk, Gaile Gumbiene, Ronnie Merritt and Tomasz Stasiewski.
The designs were made as part of the students’ work experience placement, and have proved to be effective in grabbing the attention of potential shoppers.
A large rabbit has been placed on a bed in the front window, a tree branch decorates the entrance while rabbit ears have been dotted around the store.
Maria Wright, the store’s assistant manager, also said the displays impressed the British Heart Foundation’s area manager.
She added: “The students were absolutely brilliant. They are welcome to do as much work as they like here.”
A new ‘Explore South Kesteven’ guide to attractions across the district has been produced by the Discover South Kesteven team at InvestSK.
The handy size folding leaflet lists 28 attractions from castles to carriage rides and antiques to alpacas, with an easy to follow map showing locations.
It lists attractions large and small, including gardens, heritage sites, stately homes, crafts, antiques and niche shopping, encouraging a visit to the district’s newly launched web site to find out more – www.discoversouthkesteven.com
For a breath of fresh air, the guide lists outdoor adventures including carriage rides, narrowboat trips, sculpture trails and quad biking.
Green spaces are not forgotten, encouraging visits to Bourne Woods, Temple and Twyford Woods as former WWll air bases and the parkland walking offered by Belton House, Grimsthorpe Castle and Burghley
Andrew Norman, Head of Visitor Economy at InvestSK, South Kesteven District Council’s growth and regeneration company, said: “Our aim with this leaflet is to gather together and showcase the amazing variety of things there is to see and do in South Kesteven.
“We have a district that is unbelievably rich in attractions, and we wanted to present a collection as attractive to those who live here as those who are visiting from further afield. So many of us simply do not appreciate what’s on the doorstep.”
Leaflets are available from Grantham and Stamford Arts Centres, Wyndham Park visitor centre, Downtown Garden Centre first floor visitor information point and Market Deeping Library.
Grantham’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health service (CAMHS) has received a large charitable donation from the Grantham Freemasons.
The fraternity presented a cheque for £750 on behalf of the society, to Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT).
The Freemasonry has charity at the heart of their organisation as they teach by practicing concern for others to help those in need. All donations are given directly from members themselves as no donations are collected from the general public.
Kevin Roberts, Master of the Grantham Lodge Freemasons fraternity at the time of the request said: “We are very passionate about helping local charities within our community. Donations are made every week by members through collections and fundraising events that take place throughout the year. Each year four charities that we feel would benefit from a donation are put forward for voting.
“The Trust was suggested by a fraternity member who is familiar with the work of LPFT. They felt care in mental health for children in the local area was important to highlight, therefore the donation was made to the Children and Adolescent Mental Crisis and Home Treatment Team.”
The CAMHS Crisis and Home Treatment is a service available for children and young people who suffer with mental health that requires urgent input to enable a young person to remain at home as opposed to a hospital admission. The team support multiple mental health issues and provide continuity of care for service users.
Gina Legg, CAMHS Crisis and Home Treatment Service clinician described how the money would be put to use: “The donation will be used to help facilitate the emotional first aid group. This service works to help young people recognise and manage their emotions through helpful and safe coping strategies.
“Individuals are able to take away a self soothe box, which acts as a starter kit to continue these strategies to help maintain positive mental health. We would like to take the opportunity to thank the Freemasons and Kevin for raising awareness of children’s mental health within the local community through this donation.”
Philip Jackson, Chair of the Trust’s Charitable Funds committee said:” This is a wonderful donation made to our Trust which will support us to provide the best possible care for our patients that use these services.
“This money will help us to provide our young people and their families with support, by offering them the tools to help them manage when they feel they are struggling.”
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A van parked on South Parade, Grantham, was broken into last night (Sun/Mon) and had all his Makita power tools and radio were taken.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police tel: 101 quoting incident no 45 of 15.04.2019
- 2/3 of women believe that men should not be allowed free rein when choosing the design.
- Over half of Brits believe that men should also wear engagement rings.
- The UK’s perfect engagement ring design revealed in CAD images
There are so many different rings to choose from out there, and not all women have the same taste! In order to offer some assistance to potentially baffled and bewildered blokes, heritage jewelers, William May, conducted a survey of 2,000 British women to find out what they would describe as the perfect engagement ring. Features they were able to choose from included the material of the band, the setting, the feature stone and the cut.
Drum roll please…
British women overall described their dream engagement ring as having a white gold band (25.4%), with a round cut (27%) half-carat diamond (24.6%) in a solitaire setting (36.3%).
Some of the other choices the women could pick from included platinum, yellow or rose gold bands; sapphires, rubies or opals; three-stone, vintage or halo settings; and oval, marquise or emerald cut stones.
When broken down across the UK, the perfect engagement ring design changed styles slightly. Women in Grantham described their perfect engagement ring as having a white gold band (24.3%), with a round cut (25.9%) sapphire stone (26.6%) in a solitaire setting (34.7%).
To help inspire those currently in the market for an engagement ring, but with no idea where to start, William May had the UK’s ‘perfect’ engagement ring designed using the latest Computer Aided Design (CAD) techniques and then rendered to photo-realistic quality:
Take note of the design gentlemen, as the survey found that British women know exactly what they want. Almost two thirds believe that men should not be allowed free rein when choosing the design. But don’t get down on one knee without the ring either – over one third (38%) of Brits say that when proposing, it is necessary to have the ring in hand.
If you’ve already popped the question however, has your partner really confessed what they thought about your choice of ring? 54% of women admit that if they didn’t like the ring their partner chose, they would keep quiet and pretend they liked it! On top of this, almost a quarter (23%) of women admit they’ve lied to their friends about liking their ring when in fact, they didn’t!
1 in 10 women say they would post a photo of their engagement ring online, so let’s hope you’ve made the right choice gents!
The survey also found that engagement rings aren’t exclusively to be worn by women: 52% of Brits believe that men should also wear engagement rings.
Don’t always leave it up to the men to propose either ladies; time are changing and expectations around who should pop the question have too. William May found that 42% of women believe they should be equally responsible for getting down on one knee. And whilst proposals from women are more commonly associated with leap years, there are still another 11 months to go!
‘Proposals are joyous occasions for all parties involved,’ says a spokesperson of William May. ‘At least now those in doubt have some guidance when it comes to making the right decision for their significant other’.
Course leader Judi Fisher is thrilled that hard work has paid off
Course leaders have expressed their delight as all current Access to Higher Education students have been offered university places.
Providing they meet their requirements, 18 Grantham College students will advance onto courses in September at universities such as York, Bristol and Bishop Grosseteste.
Judi Fisher, course leader of the programme, is extremely satisfied for the students. She said: “Returning to education is never easy.
“Each of these students has now successfully demonstrated to their chosen universities that they are capable and committed to studying at degree level. We’re very proud of them all.”
Aaron Foster, who has been offered a place at the University of Lincoln to study mental health nursing, added: “It’s amazing to be doing something I never thought I’d be doing.”
A new initiative has been launched at the local mental health and learning disabilities trust to benefit carers who are visiting their relatives in hospital.
Carer leads at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) will be starting to wear bright orange lanyards, whilst on shift to enable them to be easily identifiable to visiting carers who may need to speak to them about their family member.
Carers visiting their relatives in hospital are often anxious and don’t always feel able to approach busy staff to ask questions, for example about their relative’s care and treatment.
Donna Bradford, Service Manager for Carers and Peer Support Lead, developed the idea after seeing a similar scheme in another trust.
She said, “We have been told carers can see staff are busy and they don’t want to feel like they are being a nuisance by talking to staff and taking their time away from patients.
“Therefore it was apparent that visitors needed to be able to easily identify staff that can answer their questions and alleviate their concerns.”
The scheme was discussed at a carer group meeting and further developed after the approval of attendees.
Carer lead staff who wear the lanyards have easy access to carers assessments and have had carers awareness training or family therapy training. Wards that do not wear lanyards for safety reasons, wear the orange lanyard on their security belts.
Community teams have carer leads identified too and these staff also wear orange lanyards on shift, so carers attending outpatient appointments can speak to a carer lead easily.
Jane Marshall, Director of Strategy at LPFT said: “By ensuring that the carer is listened to and cared for, they are better informed to cope with their relative’s illness and better supported by our staff. Carers say to us that if they are informed, supported and understand what is happening to their relative whilst in our care, then they are better able to continue to help their relative following discharge from our services.
“Patients also benefit as the carer is often the main source of support and care when people are back at home.
“I commend those staff who have put themselves forward to be part of this initiative to show how much we value those people who are carers”.
This initiative was part of the submission that helped LPFT gain reaccreditation to the Lincolnshire Carers Quality Award; as it showed the continued improvement and quality the Trust provides for carers. The awarding body described the orange lanyard initiative as ‘a simple yet creative idea’ to have bright orange lanyards for carer leads to make them more visible for carers.
The Trust is now working on sharing this best practice with partner organisations. The Carers FIRST charity is already onboard and will be informing carers who have patients under LPFT’s care, to approach staff wearing orange lanyards for support, when they have appointments at the Trust or their relative is in hospital.
The initiative is currently being rolled out across the Trust with increasing numbers of staff wearing them.
From a very proud Emma Pattison
The annual Easter Egg run was a again a great success with 437 machines travelling from the Rutland Arms, Bottesford, to Meres Leisure Centre.
They delivered Easter Eggs and other goodies for the less well off children of Grantham.
They were received on their behalf by the Mayor, Coun Lynda Coutts.
All pictures by Lou Short.
Fire crews from Grantham and Newark attended a shed fire off Main Road, Long Bennington just after 6pm yesterday.
Fire damage to 20% of shed & contents.
It was extinguished using a hosereel jet and thermal imaging camera.
Police are appealing for witnesses to a serious collision.
Incident 23 of today refers to a serious injury road traffic collision involving a HGV and a VW Passat blue saloon on the A1 North Bound near to Long Bennington.
This occurred at approximately 1am this morning (Sunday)
At one time queues were backed up seven miles.
Three people – two men and a woman, sustained serious injuries and remain in hospital.
Could any person who witnessed the collision and or has dash cam footage of the incident please ring 101 and quote incident number 23 of 14/4/19.
With astronauts, rockets, planets and even a friendly alien, BRICKLIVE Outer Space is a LEGO® brick built adventure into the solar system!
Running at Lincoln Castle from Wednesday 1st May to Sunday 2nd June, the carefully selected models provide a fun mix of learning and photo opportunities that are guaranteed to delight everyone viewing this exciting new touring show.
Kimberley Vickers, general manager, said: “Last year’s Brick Kingdom was really popular with visitors, and we’re sure BRICKLIVE Outer Space will be equally successful, especially given that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings.
“The new collection will include models of famous astronauts Neil Armstrong, Yuri Gagarin and Valentina Tereshkova, as well as some extra-terrestrial visitors!
“It promises to be an out-of-this-world experience, and just one of the many exciting events we’re hosting this summer.”
A Lincoln Castle day ticket or Lincoln Castle annual pass is required for entry. Seewww.lincolncastle.com for further details.
Belvoir Castle has been revealed as a ‘Garden of the Year’ finalist, a public voted awards organised by Historic Houses Association designed to celebrate the best gardens in the UK.
With voting now open, the Leicestershire Estate is the only attraction to fly the flag for the East Midlands as it competes for the national title against seven other historic houses from all corners of the UK.
Emma Rutland is the 11th Duchess of Rutland: “We’re delighted to be up for Historic Houses’ Garden of the Year. Spring is the perfect time to explore our tranquil gardens, with camellias, daffodils and magnolias in bloom and lots of walking trails available. With the public vote now open, we hope everyone who loves visiting our beautiful landscapes will support us.”
Ursula Cholmeley, Gardens Editor, Historic House magazine, says: “What makes the gardens of Historic Houses special is the people who live in them, and we want to see their ideas and passion coming through in the way the garden is evolving.
“Our great country houses are, rightly, protected from much significant physical change, so it’s often only in the garden that a new generation of inhabitants of these much-loved family homes can really make their mark, leaving their own legacy for future generations. These shortlisted gardens are all ones where we can see that personal imprint.”
The gardens at Belvoir Castle were designed and landscaped by the fifth Duchess of Rutland, Elizabeth Howard, and regarded as one of the greatest gardens north of London in the 18th century. Over the years, the gardens have been lovingly cared for with several Duchesses leaving their own mark. The 11th Duchess is determined to continue redeveloping these beautiful gardens to restore them to their former glory.
This year marks the beginning of a £200,000 restoration of the Rose Garden, following the rediscovery of the original plans drawn up by the 19th century designer Harold Peto in the Castle archives. These reveal that the Rose Garden is shaped like a boat, with the Chinese horse at the bow, and the circular seat at the stern. Visitors can explore the classical formal gardens, woodlands and views across the rural countryside from the castle’s hilltop position.
Capability Brown Tours have been launched as part of the 2019 season. Following a two-year restoration programme led by the 11th Duchess, which cleared over 500-acres of woodland and brought the lost plans of Capability Brown to life, visitors can explore the stunning vistas designed more than 250 years ago by the English landscape architect with a head set tour narrated by the Duchess from the new electric bus.
The Belvoir Flower and Garden Festival (13 & 14 July) also returns for its second year, a quintessential british day out with beautiful garden inspiration and ideas. Specialist plant growers, garden furniture, sculpture artists, show gardens, border displays, tools and crafts as well as Expert Horticulturists will be on hand to answer gardening questions.
Admission to the Gardens only at Belvoir start from £12 for adults; £7 for children (4-16 years) and £34 for a family pass (two adults and up to three children). As a listed RHS Garden, Belvoir Castle opens its doors to RHS members in June for free of charge.
To vote for Belvoir Castle to be crowned Historic Houses’ Garden of the Year, visit: www.historichouses.org/goya2019.html. Alternatively, members of the public can cast their vote by making a post on Facebook that includes Historic Houses (@HistoricHousesUK), the words ‘My Vote’, the name of the garden they want to win, and the hashtag #HHgoya. Voting closes on 30 September and the winner will be revealed in November.
Police have been pro-actively patrolling hotspot off-roading areas within the Grantham area.
Please be aware, if you are seen driving in an anti-social manner or driving an unregistered vehicle on a highway, then they will have no choice but to seize your vehicle #notworththerisk
Detectives are investigating a series of thefts-from-vehicles that has taken place over the last four days.
Since 6 April, we have received multiple reports around the county that work vans have been targeted and tools taken. These have occurred county-wide including areas such as Boston, Sleaford, Lincoln, Gainsborough, Bourne, Spalding and Grantham.
If anyone does have information or has seen a work van being targeted, please contact us on 101 quoting incident 89 of 6 April or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
We would also like to issue advice on preventing vehicles from being targeted:
- Remove all tools that are essential to your day-to-day business, if this is possible
- Fit additional security deadlocks that are separate to the vans central locking system
- If your vehicle uses keyless entry, store the van keys in a good quality RFID bag when not in use
- Consider fitting a Thatcham approved Ultrasonic alarm that protects both the rear load and cabin areas of your van
- Mark your tools and register them for free at immobilise.com
Grantham College HNC Media students and staff have worked extremely hard creating the promotional trailer for Grantham-based Chantry Dance Company and can now finally share the full trailer.
Ryan Doncaster and Alexander Ansell worked alongside Neil Riley and Mark Fowler for the Chantry Dance Company to create a trailer for their upcoming UK Ballet tour of Alice in Wonderland through the Looking Glass.
Assistant Principal for Higher Education, Dr Steven Peacock quoted “It is fantastic to see Media students collaborating with local partners on such an innovative project”. The promotional trailer will be sent to theatres across the UK for screening and will be available to watch on the website for the Chantry Dance Company.
Watch the promotional trailer now!
Interested to know more about HE Media at Grantham College,? Why not pop along to our next open day on Thursday 2nd May between 5-8pm where you can talk to the tutors about your options.