The training that had been scheduled to take place in St Wulfram’s church on Saturday 3rd and 10th October will now be held online.
Grantham Ark are sorry for the change to the planned training. Since the information was published last week St Wulfram’s have received updated information from the Church nationally on how the new Government guidance, which came into effect on 28th September, affects what they can do safely.
The first priority at St Wulfram’s is always to ensure that people are as safe as possible and Grantham Ark agree completely with this approach.
If you were intending to come along to the training and haven’t yet been in touch with Grantham Ark, please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the information on how to join the training.
South Kesteven District Council is bringing the management and operation of its four leisure centres in-house to give it greater flexibility on how the leisure facilities are managed and potentially accelerate SKDC’s leisure improvements programme.
Under the proposals all staff employed at the centres will transfer on their existing pay and conditions to a new wholly owned council company called LeisureSK.
The council’s contract with management company 1Life, who currently operate the centres at Grantham, Stamford, Bourne and Deepings, is due to end in the New Year.
Moving the operation to LeisureSK provides a short to medium term solution that will enable the smooth continuation of services while the council is reviewing how sport and leisure should be provided district-wide.
Leader of SKDC Cllr Kelham Cooke said: “Leisure services play a key role in helping to maintain the physical and mental wellbeing of our residents. We have embarked on a leisure improvement programme that will support this and the new arrangement will give us full control over it.
“In addition, the formation of a new company for the council means the service will have the backing and support of a major employer, experienced in delivering a wide range of services. The transfer of existing staff at the leisure centres to LeisureSK will mean that the company retains their knowledge and expertise.”
The council is currently undertaking feasibility work on providing a new leisure centre for the Deepings and is looking to make major improvements to its other leisure facilities.
Cllr Barry Dobson, SKDC’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Growth and Leisure, said: “We have had a long and successful partnership with 1Life but, with our current contract due to end in the New Year, this is an appropriate time for a change.
“As a council we are committed to investing in and developing our leisure facilities, which will have a positive impact on the wellbeing of residents by helping them to be active and stay healthy.” All leisure centre memberships and bookings will remain in place and the centres will continue to operate within Covid-19 guidelines
Chief Inspector Pat Coates talks about the recent changes to Coronavirus restrictions. From Monday 14th September, gatherings will be limited to six people indoors and outdoors, including in private homes. Find out more.
Chief Insp Pat Coates
I’m being a total Karen right now but a huge bunch of kids at the Market Cross screaming shouting mopeds , left this disgusting mess I am so ashamed of them and so should their parents…
Yesterday, Lincolnshire Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner are the recipients of the Everyone’s Business Award, presented by charity Hestia, recognising their efforts to support their employees experiencing domestic abuse.
One in four women and one in six men will experience domestic abuse at some point in their lifetime* and a large proportion are also targeted in the workplace.
To achieve the Everyone’s Business Award, both organisations had to meet a range of criteria to demonstrate what they were doing to support their employees. This includes a joint domestic abuse policy for staff experiencing domestic abuse, specialist domestic abuse awareness training and supporting a growing network of champions within the organisation who can signpost to support. The awarding panellists includes consultants from across business and human resources sectors as well as Public Health England.
The accreditation forms part of Everyone’s Business, a programme of support to employers delivered in partnership between Hestia, UK SAYS NO MORE, Employers Initiative on Domestic Abuse, The Corporate Alliance Against Domestic Abuse, Cardiff Women’s Aid, Surviving Economic Abuse, Woman’s Trust, Bulbshare and TecSOS. Since the programme launched, Everyone’s Business has supported over 60 employers and reached over 300,000 employees with domestic abuse messaging.
Patrick Ryan, Chief Executive at Hestia said: “Businesses have a unique role to play in breaking the silence around domestic abuse and ensuring victims can access the help and support they need. The Covid-19 crisis has compounded that, with employers now often the only point of contact for victims. For too long domestic abuse has been nobody’s business. We are delighted to be working in partnership with employers across the UK to make sure it becomes Everyone’s Business.”
Deputy Chief Constable Jason Harwin said: “Domestic abuse is not something we only deal with in the job. One in four women and one in six men experience abuse in their lifetime. It’s vital that we recognise that not only will our colleagues be amongst these numbers, they can face additional barriers in coming forward.
“If our colleagues endure or witness domestic abuse we must do everything we can as an organisation to support them. A member of our staff may have reservations about using local services because they come into contact with them on a professional basis. This is why we not only signpost to help, but also emphasise that this help can come from outside of the county if preferred.
“We are pleased our efforts have been recognised but our work here is far from done. We will continue to educate and train our staff on what abuse is, how to spot the signs and what to do about it. We will continue to communicate that domestic abuse is abhorrent, whether it is within our communities or within our organisation, and if you are affected, we are here to help you
Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones said: “Domestic abuse is a vile crime that affects all genders, age groups and sectors of our society. It creates deep scars in our communities, often out of sight and we must do everything we can to ensure people know they will be supported when they come forward for help, which I would always urge those affected to do. I am delighted that this award recognises the work we are doing to offer such support in our own workplace and training our staff to recognise it both at work and in the community. Tackling domestic abuse has been a keystone of my crime plan and will continue to be a focus of our work going forward.”
|From today (Tuesday 14 July), friends and family will once again be able to visit their loved ones on wards at Lincoln and Boston hospitals.|
This will be possible by booking a visiting slot in advance, so that numbers of people on wards can be closely managed whilst the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing.
To be able to carry out the medically urgent and cancer surgeries at Grantham,The trust maintains a need to maintain a COVID-free Green site, which means visiting remains suspended on wards at Grantham hospital.
Director of Nursing Karen Dunderdale said: “I’d like to thank patients and their loved ones for their support during the lockdown when visiting was suspended for the majority of patients at our hospitals.
“This is a really positive development for our patients, who get so much from visits from family and friends during their stay in hospital.
“We ask for patients’ families and friends to continue supporting our staff by making sure they book a time slot in advance so that we can ensure social distancing in our hospitals and minimise the risk of spreading coronavirus.”
All visitors should adhere to the following advice:
All visitors must book an appointment in advance by contacting the ward where their loved one is staying between 8am and 2pm. Contact numbers for each ward can be found on the Trust’s website.
There will be a maximum of one visitor per patient per day, except at end of life or other exceptional situation when two visitors may be considered if social distancing can be maintained.
This decision rests with the nurse in charge.Social distancing must be maintained and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as masks must be worn as directed.Visitors should read the ‘Visiting during COVID-19’ leaflet which explains all of the arrangements and precautions.
This is available on the Trust website and can also be requested by emailing pals@ULH.nhs.uk
People must not visit if they have any symptoms of COVID-19 (a high temperature, a new persistent cough, loss of taste or smell).Visitors must also consider whether someone in their home who may be shielding or in a high risk vulnerable group may be at risk if others from the household visit.
Anyone with concerns or queries about visiting should speak to the ward, or the Patient Advice and Liaison teams at Pilgrim: 01205 446244 and Lincoln: 01522 707071.
Teamwork and community spirit were key to the successful expansion of markets in South Kesteven last as more stalls returned following the Government’s decision to ease some lockdown restrictions.
There were eight stalls in Bourne, 35 in Stamford and 15 in Grantham.
Customers were asked to observe the two-metre social distancing guidelines, and South Kesteven District Council placed signs and barriers are key points to support shoppers and traders and remind them of the regulations.
The markets in Grantham on Saturday and Bourne last Thursday used the same successful formula and format that was adopted at the beginning of the lockdown to ensure South Kesteven District Council could keep its markets open for fresh food.
SKDC’s Cabinet Member for Culture and Visitor Economy, Cllr Rosemary Trollope-Bellew, said: “Key to the success of keeping our markets open has been the community spirit and mutual respect and responsibly shown by everyone involved. Like many other businesses, traders have had a very difficult time and I am delighted that we have now been able to open our markets to more of them offering a wider variety of goods.
“All three markets were well-run and busy. Public safety remains a priority and stallholders were advised to follow Government guidelines on hygiene and use hand sanitiser regularly. Customers were asked to use contactless payment methods when possible.
“There is no doubt that keeping our markets running throughout the pandemic stood us in good stead for when the easing of restrictions allowed more traders to attend.”
The Lincolnshire Virtual School Games, a programme of sport inspired challenges, has been keeping children across Lincolnshire active at home since the end of April. Active Lincolnshire, and the School Games Organisers of Lincolnshire, have today launched the final competition in the programme, the Primary Tri-Golf Challenge. The organisation is encouraging as many children as possible to get involved in this final competition.
To launch the competition Active Lincolnshire have enlisted the help of Lincolnshire professional golfer Ashton Turner, who has demonstrated the three games that make up the challenge. Watch his video at: https://youtu.be/X0kaX-D-UJE
As with previous challenges, no specialist equipment is needed – instead of a golf club and ball children can use a tennis ball, a cricket bat, tennis racket or even a broom!
The best entries from KS2 children in each of the eight School Games areas, will go forward to the Virtual County Final. Finalists will be shared and celebrated and winners from all eight competitions announced on Wednesday 1st July at 10am.
Jess Lovett, Project Delivery Officer at Active Lincolnshire commented:
“The aim of this series of competitions is to ensure that the spirit of the School Games is able to continue despite the social distancing restrictions currently in place. It’s been fantastic to see so many children getting involved in these virtual competitions over the past seven weeks, and we’re looking forward to celebrating the achievement of the participants, winners and finalists at the Virtual County Final on the 1 July. We are really pleased that Ashton Turner has been able to help us launch the Tri-Golf Challenge, and we hope he will inspire young people across the county to take part, and make this one of the most popular challenges yet!”
Entries to the Tri-Golf Challenge are open until Friday 19 June. Also currently open is the Secondary Netball Challenge, which closes on Friday (12 June).
More details for each competition and entry forms can be found on Active Lincolnshire’s website
|WE ARE DELIGHTED TO BE RE-OPENING|
ALL OUR BOUNDARY STORES ON
MONDAY 15TH JUNE
Of course, the safety of our customers and co-workers remains the highest priority so we have been working hard to welcome you back safely.
We’ve introduced new measures so you can enjoy a safe and comfortable shopping experience.
Stores are open from 10am – 5pm Hand Sanitizing Stations
Please use the hand sanitizing stations placed around our stores
Our stores and restrooms are regularly cleaned throughout the daySafe Distance
Keep a safe distance of at least 2 metres or 6.5ft
There is a safe maximum number of customers allowed in our stores at one time
Our fitting rooms are closed
Card payments are preferred
Please be patient if there are queues at the tills and catering areas and follow the direction of our staff at all times.
BB Coffee Shop will be open 10am – 5pm daily for takeaway cold drinks, biscuits, cake and crisps. Takeaway only. Card payments only.
As previously announced on Grantham Matters, Downtown Garden Centre is now successfully reopened and the company are also looking forward to reopening Downtown stores in Grantham & Boston on Monday 15th June.
A spokesman said: “We have really missed seeing our wonderful customers, never, in our 216-year history, have we been away from them for so long – so we are very excited about the 15th.”
Residents are being asked to come forward with their opinions on a proposal to build much-needed council properties on a patch of informal open space in Grantham.
The 65 properties, planned for the former Blessed Hugh More School site, would be for people on the South Kesteven District Council housing register – those who most urgently need a home.
The 2.8-hectare site lies east of Grantham Town Centre and is bounded by Rosetti Court, Tennyson Avenue, Burns Close, Windsor Drive, Scotney Drive and Sandringham Drive
Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning, Cllr Robert Reid, said: “Social housing is needed across the country and a development like this would help SKDC meet its housing priorities.
“There would be a mix of house types and sizes built to the Lifetime Homes Standard, which will support residents’ needs now and into the future.
“This proposal is sensitive to the surrounding area, with new homes no closer than 21 metres from existing properties. It would include public green spaces, improved pedestrian routes and footpaths to nearby countryside.”
It is being considered as part of the council’s Housing Strategy to meet the needs of residents, supply new housing for a range of tenants and tenancies, and provide good quality, sustainable and secure living, in an environment where people can thrive and achieve.
The consultation will close on 5 July. SKDC will assess any changes that may need to be made before finalising the proposal and submitting a planning application. The normal planning procedure will allow further comments.
Notes for editors:
Comments can be submitted online at https://blessedhughmoresite.commonplace.is
Anyone unable to access the survey and information online can obtain all details by contacting the SKDC development team on 01476 406080 or BHMDevelopment@southkesteven.gov.uk
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A new food store in Grantham will open its doors tomorrow, Thursday 14th May, offering people in the area a new shopping choice during lockdown and beyond.
There will be no ceremony or ribbon cutting die to the current pandemic crisis
The £1.5m outlet on the corner of Hanbury Avenue and Springfield Road has created 15 jobs. There will be a range of services on offer including groceries, baked goods from Gadsby’s Bakery, food-to-go options and chilled beers and wines.
It will also stock products from Lincolnshire Co-op’s Love Local range, which features goods sourced from the area, including Grantham Gingerbread, Grantham Gin and dressings from the Lincolnshire Drizzle company.
The outlet features a car park and will open from 7am until 8pm, seven days a week. There will be social distancing measures in place including a limit of 10 customers at a time, markings on the floors to mark out two metre distances, till screens and a sanitising station at the entrance. The store may also sometimes need to temporarily close or close off aisles to allow for restocking.
It was due to open last month, but this was postponed due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Food Store Manager Kieran Hitch said: “It’s a challenging time for everyone and we’re glad we can now open this store and start providing our services to the community. We have social distancing measures in store to protect our customers and our colleagues and we’re sure the local community will work together with us to ensure we all stay safe.”
It’s the first Lincolnshire Co-op food store in the area, joining the Society’s Barrowby Gate Pharmacy and Grantham Travel Branch – which is still taking calls from customers, though it has closed to people visiting for the moment.
Other stores are mainly GreaterNottingham Co-op
Lincolnshire Co-op is an independent co-operative society with its head office in Lincoln and its own dividend card scheme. People in the local area can sign up to be members here: https://www.lincolnshire.coop/applynow
A RISING judo star from Grantham, who hopes to strike gold at the Olympics one day, has moved a step closer to achieving his dream after securing funding to support his training.
Armandas Jursys (15) will train at UFC GYM in Nottingham, which offers specialised mixed martial arts (MMA) training, after Grantham-based engineering firm BGB stepped in to cover the cost of his membership.
During his first tour of the gym, which took place before the COVID-19 restrictions came into force, the Bluecoat Meres Academy pupil said:
“This is a really good opportunity for me to work on my goals and take my training up to the next level.”
Armandas – whose hero is mixed martial artist Khabib Nurmagomedov – started judo and karate at the age of five-years-old in his native Lithuania.
Having developed a passion for judo at a young age, the active youngster poured all his energy into training despite moving to Spain and back to Lithuania, before settling in the UK.
He normally trains four or five times a week with Vale Judo Club in Oakham and has won gold at national tournaments. He also watches YouTube videos avidly as he continues to hone his technique and will continue training at home while the restrictions are in place.
Joining Armandas and his PE teacher Alastair Weir for the gym tour, was James Tupper, marketing manager at BGB, who presented the young athlete with the first instalment of funding.
He said: “We are really pleased to be supporting this talented and highly-motivated young man on his journey towards Olympic success and then on to becoming a professional UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) fighter.
“BGB is covering his membership, which includes weekly strength and conditioning classes to complement the one-to-one coaching that UFC Gym is providing free-of-charge, from UFC GYM Nottingham Head Coach, Tolly Plested, who holds black belts in judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
“I am a martial arts fan myself, so I’ll be following Armandas’ progress with great interest. He is really driven and his enthusiasm for the sport is clear for anyone to see – he’s a real credit to his school.”
Alastair got in touch with BGB, which develops rotary solutions for wind turbines and othermechanical applications, because of its long-standing connection with the school.
He said: “BGB is a well-respected local employer and close to us geographically, so I thought they might want to help. We had no idea that James and the CEO David Holt are passionate about MMA too.
“The donation will enable Armandas to develop his skills, strength and fitness even further, so he can win more national tournaments and compete internationally.”
Open to all ages and abilities, UFC GYM offers group fitness classes, private MMA coaching, and personal and group dynamic training. Its MMA-style youth programme is available to children of all abilities, from the age of six upwards.
Grantham College were at Grantham Hospital yesterday represented by their onsite salon, R&R and the Refectory.
They gave over 3000 pairs of gloves and disposable aprons.
South Kesteven District Council say from that from yesterday the cemetery will be locked to the public for general access. Families attending funeral services will still be allowed in to the grounds.
One of the members of staff from the crematorium will be at the gates 15 minutes before a service commences and establish whether people are here to attend a funeral in order to let them in.
When the funeral hearse arrives they will unlock the gates only to let it and any following family vehicles in.
When the service is over they will open the gate.
The number of attendees at services is still as per the previous guidelines that can be found on a separate post which we made last week.
Dom Degnan says…
I am a local entertainer from Grantham and I will be broadcasting a live event on Facebook this evening (Friday) in the hope of giving the people of Grantham (and beyond) an entertaining and also interactive evening of music, games and prizes.
The group and banner has been renamed to Friday Night Live Lock-Down 90’s Dance Party as I may be streaming from another platform, however it will still be shared through my Facebook group.
There will be three prize draws/games during the evening and I have a competition currently running for children to join in.
More information on the games can be found on the group page. Prizes have been donated by various Grantham businesses and Grantham local residents.
The stream will start at 8:30pm.
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Dom will be on BBC Radio Lincolnshire talking about this event between 6:30 and 7pm tonight. Don’;t miss either event!