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LOUTH-based gin producer Pin Gin has been announced as this year’s winner of Lincolnshire Showground’s annual ‘Grow with the Show’ competition.
Award winning Pin Gin – a boutique London dry gin distilled and hand made in Louth – will be at the Lincolnshire Showground on 20 and 21 June for the first time, trading in front of more than 60,000 visitors.
Believed to be the first ever gin to be produced commercially in Lincolnshire, Bottomley Distillers, was set up in March 2017 by Louth couple Alan Bottomley and his partner Amy Conyard.
Thanks to the growing popularity of gin across the UK, the start-up has had an exceptional first year of trading, producing an average of 200-300 bottles every week.
Amy said: “It is an honour to win the competition and we are incredibly excited to be exhibiting at the Lincolnshire Show. It is always amazing to win something, but an award associated with the Showground is extra special!”
Grow with the Show is open to young entrepreneurs aged 18-35 years old and aims to help Lincolnshire start-ups by giving them the platform and tools required to excel in the early stages of becoming a new business owner.
It is open to businesses under three-years old and offers the winners a chance to have their very own stand at the 2018 Lincolnshire Show.
Amy added: “The show gives us a great opportunity to make people aware of our brand and show off what we do. Each time we exhibit somewhere, it is all about brand awareness and in each new place we are getting the chance to meet new people and a different type of audience.
“Visitors will not only be able to sample and purchase Pin Gin from our stand but we will also have a bar in the food court with a small seating area so people can sit back and enjoy a gin and tonic! We have also just launched our new strawberry infused gin just in time for summer so we are expecting that to go down well with gin fans!”
Pin Gin will also receive a £250 cash prize, expert mentoring from Sparkhouse, an invitation to the Lincolnshire Media Business Awards and free business stationery designed by Root Studio.
The runner up of Grow with the Show was Market Rasen-based Designed for Dogs, which specialises in making luxury dog products. The business will receive £100 and two society guest badges providing free admission to the Lincolnshire Show over the two days and access to the exclusive members’ area.
Holly Bryant, owner of Designed for Dogs, set up the business in April 2017 which produces luxury handmade dog beds and blankets using high quality materials, including memory foam and a waterproof lining.
Holly said: “We are thrilled to get second place in Grow with the Show and we have never been to the Show before which makes it even more exciting! We were initially drawn to the competition because of the business mentoring aspect, which as a new business it is really important to get all the help and support you can. The Grow with the Show competition is a great idea to help new businesses get off the ground.
“We will be at the Show with all our products which will be available to buy and we will also be able to take orders for made to measure products. It is a really exciting time for our business and we are really grateful for all the support from the Lincolnshire Showground.”
Lincolnshire Show takes place on 20 and 21 June and will host an eclectic mix of entertainment, food, shopping, music, horticulture and agriculture.
The theme for this year’s Show is RAF100 and as well as exciting performances and attractions there will be an array of RAF themed activities and stands including a Dakota flypast, a Spitfire flypast, a replica Red Arrow, mini tank driving for children and a special aviation themed treasure hunt trail.
Advanced tickets are £20 for adults, £17 for 17 to 22-year-olds, children are £6 and under-fives go free. Family tickets, admitting two adults and up to three children are priced at £42. Car parking is free on both days.
For more information on tickets, exhibiting, sponsorship opportunities, membership or hospitality packages, please visit www.lincolnshireshow.co.uk
For more information about Pin Gin visit www.bottomleydistillers.co.uk
For more information about Designed for Dogs visit www.designedfordogs.com
“When police officers are attacked they become victims just like any other, being abused or assaulted is never ‘just part of the job’,” – Chief Constable Bill Skelly.
Over the last three days nine of our police officers in Lincolnshire were assaulted as they carried out their duties. On Friday two of our PCs were bitten and kicked while arresting a man; on Saturday a Sgt was spat at and head-butted – causing his lip to split open – while attending an attempted robbery; and on Saturday six officers were injured while dealing with a woman who was trying to kick down a door. The officer most badly injured in that incident was bitten so hard that the bite went straight through the finger nail and nail bed. The suspect also spat and kicked at other officers who were trying to get her to release her bite on the PC.
Mr Skelly said: “There is no other word for this type of behavior other than appalling. This number of assaults on staff in such a short space of time really highlights how our officers and staff are placing themselves in harm’s way on a daily basis. They do so in order to protect the vulnerable, keep communities safe and to prevent and detect crime.
“We have a duty to protect the public but we are all too often prevented from doing so due to violent individuals who choose to attack those who are there to help them.
“All too often police officers and staff are subjected to assaults and threats. While the severity of such attacks changes, the impact upon society does not. It is never acceptable to assume that assaults upon police officers and staff should be tolerated; they are not simply ‘part of the job,’ and any presumption that a member of the police service should expect to be, or should accept being abused or subjected to violent behaviour, is wrong. While it is clear that the nature of policing requires members of the organisation to handle difficult and hostile situations, assaults upon them are serious and unacceptable. “
271 officers and staff were assaulted in Lincolnshire in 2017. Those assaults not only impact on our ability to provide a safe Lincolnshire because they cause absences from work but they also acutely affect the morale of others who see their colleagues injured on duty.
Mr Skelly continued: “We have taken steps to try and prevent assaults happening, including the introduction of spit and bite guards and the option to use Taser, but the only thing that will really change these numbers is that people quite simply stop being violent towards police. We will never use force unless the situation dictates and would always much prefer to deal with and resolve a situation in as peaceful, safe, and calm a way as possible.
“Most importantly it should be remembered that police officers and staff are people, they are fathers, mothers, sons and daughters. When they are attacked they become victims just like any other, but victims who have been attacked while trying to protect others from being victimised.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones said: “All emergency services workers do a fantastic job in very difficult circumstances and don’t deserve to face the level of violence and abuse they encounter daily.
“Keeping our front line officers safe is absolutely paramount. That is why I have given my unwavering support to introducing new tasers and spit guards and supported new laws to hand out harsher sentences to people who attack officers and the service animals that support them.
“I will continue to support the chief and his team in their drive to keep officers safe and on the streets protecting our communities.”
The recent assaults in Lincolnshire have come at a time when the Police Federation of England and Wales have released a video in which emergency service workers share their harrowing experiences of being assaulted on duty.
A full length version of the video will be screened at the Federation’s annual conference on 22-23 May before being released online – this year’s conference theme is ‘Protecting the Protectors: The Reality of Policing’.
Today, two atmospheric teasers of the upcoming video have been released. They include a female paramedic who was sexually assaulted by a patient, a prison officer horrifically slashed across his head and face with a razor blade and police officers who were respectively bitten, choked unconscious, attacked with a machete, slammed against the ground, kicked in the face.
To watch the videos and for more on the campaign please visit www.polfed.org/ptp and use the Twitter hashtag #ProtectTheProtectors.
Police are appealing for help in identifying this man in connection with an investigation into a robbery at the BetFred betting office, on High Street, Stamford.
If you know who the man in the video is, please contact police on one of the following ways:
By clicking on the email link email@example.com- please remember to put the reference 412 of 7 April in the subject box.
Via the non-emergency number 101, quoting 1800 01 56 661.
Through the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.
Reference: Incident 412 of 7 April
CCTV of robbery at BetFred Stamford, 7 April 2018
20 Apr 18 2:59 PM
Former Cathedral School Teacher and Boarding House Master, Roy Griffiths, 82 years, has admitted six indecency offences at Lincoln Crown Court today. He was sentenced to a total of six years and seven months by Judge Hirst.
Today’s sentencing of Roy Griffiths is the culmination of one part of the Operation Redstone inquiry into abuse at Lincoln Cathedral school in the 1960’s. The police investigation began in January 2016 after the safeguarding officer for the Diocese of Lincoln identified a previous concern from a former pupil of the Lincoln Cathedral school about the potential abuse of pupils by staff in the 1960’s.
Officers from Operation Redstone spoke with the former pupil and began the complex task of trying to identify and locate pupils from the sixties – which was not straightforward as most of the records from the Cathedral school had been destroyed after it merged with others to form the Lincoln Minster School in 1996. However more than 250 former pupils and their families and staff from Cathedral School were identified by the investigation team and most have been contacted including those now living in Australia, Canada, France, Poland and Spain. Former teacher and house master at the Cathedral School, Roy Griffiths was traced to Dorset and arrested and interviewed in October 2016. He was bailed pending further investigation and then charged in April 2017 with eleven indecency offences and more recently, in February this year, a further two offences against children.
Griffiths consistently denied committing any offences throughout the police investigation but today, Friday 20 April, admitted his guilt on six charges. Some remaining charges were allowed to lie on file*.
Senior Investigating Officer on Operation Redstone, Detective Superintendent Rick Hatton said that Griffiths had shown no remorse for his actions. “The nature of his offences has been devastating for his victims and their families,” said Mr Hatton.
“Today will be one step towards closure for the victims of the 13 offences he admitted to. The effects of the suffering of the victims from Griffiths’ abuse will probably never leave them but I hope the conclusion of this case today will assist them in their recovery. I want to pay tribute to the courage of those victims in being prepared to give evidence in court following our initial efforts to trace them,” he said.
“Our Operation Redstone enquiry into alleged abuse is continuing. I obviously do not want to undermine the integrity of the ongoing investigation so am not able to discuss it further at this stage.”
If there are any other former pupils or family members that would like to speak to the officers on Operation Redstone, then please contact Lincolnshire Police on 101 quoting Incident 59 of 20/04/2018.
*Roy Griffiths admitted to six offences of indecent assault on a male (Contrary to the Sexual Offences Act of 1956) in relation to six boys under the age of 14 between 1963 and 1970 at the Lincoln Cathedral School. Of a further seven indecent assault allegations on a male and indecency with a child (Contrary to the Indecency with Children Act of 1960) five were allowed to lay on file.
Have you seen a man acting suspiciously on Empingham Road, Stamford?
The first offence happened about 7.30 pm on Tuesday 13 March, the second at about 8.45pm Monday 19 March and the third offence reported to us happened about 10.40pm on Thursday 5 April. We think there may be other people who have been approached and have not thought to give us a call. We are determined to locate this man and stop this criminal and offensive behaviour.
Sgt Emma Crisp, Neighbourhood Policing, for Stamford, said “We are and will continue to patrol Empingham Road and the streets around. Please speak to one of our officers or call on 101 if you have concerns or are worried by anyone’s behaviour.
“We have not provided a description on this occasion as we would like any witnesses to tell us what they have seen and provide their own accounts.”
If you do know anything about these incidents, please contact us on one of the following ways:
By clicking on the email link firstname.lastname@example.org– please remember to put the incident number 519/04 in the subject box.
Via our non-emergency number 101, quoting incident number 519 of 4 April.
Through the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org
On Tuesday 3rd April three men and a 17 year old youth, all from Surrey, were found guilty of trespassing in the pursuit of game. This related to an allegation of hare coursing at Gedney Hill on 13th December.
He is also banned from being on private land in Lincolnshire with any other type of dog without written permission of the landowner. He was also given a requirement to have his dogs microchipped.
Alfie Chambers (39) of Molesey Close, Hersham, Surrey received fines and costs totalling £690. Leonard Doe (36) of Bishops Grove, Hampton, Surrey received fines and costs totalling £620 and the court ordered that his car was forfeited. The youth received fines totalling £370.
An application for forfeiture of the three dogs used for hare coursing was not granted.
Superintendent Mark Housley said: “This is Lincolnshire’s third Criminal Behaviour Order for hare coursing. This, coupled with the heavy fines imposed, gives a clear message that hare coursers are not welcome in Lincolnshire.”
Local sexual assault referral centre, Spring Lodge, which helps around 400 victims of serious assault and rape in the county each year, has been awarded the contract to continue their invaluable service for a further three years.
Spring Lodge is the only specialist sexual assault referral centre for the county, dedicated to providing a comprehensive service in a safe, confidential and caring environment to men and women who have been raped or sexually assaulted.
This includes collection of forensic evidence following an incident, providing emotional and practical advice on the options available and continued support for anyone who wishes to proceed with a criminal conviction, throughout the criminal justice process.
The service has been operating from their Lincoln base for eight years and following a competitive tender process was successfully awarded the contract by NHS England and Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner to continue to provide the free, confidential service to anyone over the age of 18 living in Lincolnshire.
Amanda Farquhar, service manager for Spring Lodge said: “We are extremely pleased to be able to continue our work with victims of sexual assault and rape and that the service is remaining as part of local mental health services provided by Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Our services are well placed to support someone with the help they may need during a difficult time in their life.
“This new contract means we are able to continue to help the many people we are currently supporting and be here to guide and advise anyone who may need us in the future.”
Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Marc Jones, who together with NHS England has funded the continuation of this vital service in the county, said: “It is absolutely crucial that victims of sexual crimes are able to get assistance that is both emotionally supportive and practical.
“I take very seriously the responsibility for commissioning essential services for victims and survivors of all crimes but ensuring our provision for serious sexual assaults is the best we can provide is paramount to me.
“I am delighted the high standards of care we have provided to date will continue for both men and women across the county.
“No-one should suffer through this kind of ordeal alone and the services provided by Spring Lodge will offer help and guidance for anyone who needs it from evidence gathering through to trial.”
Detective Superintendent Rick Hatton, Head of Public Protection Unit for Lincolnshire Police added: “This service is fundamental to the continuing care we give to victims. Having such a specialised service, independent of the police, is key in providing reassurance and access to specialist staff.
“We have worked for many years with this excellent facility and invested heavily in our partnership, which has seen service users receiving first class care and recovery services which meet and exceed their needs. The service not only provides care for those within the Criminal Justice arena, but also confidential services for those who seek them. I have found the staff incredibly professional, skilled and supportive and this contributes to the success of the centre.”
Anyone over the age of 18 can access Spring Lodge for support or advice following a serious assault and rape. The service is open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday but can be contacted at any time or any day for help.
- Telephone – 01522 524 402 (office hours, 9am – 5pm)
- Telephone – 0800 953 4130 (all other times) or call 999 in an emergency
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FAMILIES can expect ‘eggs-cellent’ fun this April at Countryside Lincs, when children will be given the chance to explore the world of the chicken including ‘eggy’ cooking demonstrations and egg decorating from one of Lincolnshire’s popular family run egg producers.
Lincolnshire based business LJ Fairburn & Son has been producing eggs in Alford, Lincolnshire since 1951 and the company has transformed to become one of the largest independent egg producers and packers in the UK.
The family run business, which delivers more than 17 million British Lion approved eggs every week, will be exhibiting at the family-friendly event on Sunday 8 April at the Lincolnshire Showground, which will feature all things animals, food, farming and the countryside.
Sarah Louise Fairburn, brand and sales director at LJ Fairburn & Son, said: “This year it is all about educating children about the importance of eating well and we will be doing just that through teaching children about the goodness of eggs and examples of what you can make with them.
“Local Lincs award-winning celebrity chef Rachel Green will be doing live cooking demonstrations with our eggs including pancakes, egg curry, and corn beef and egg hash. It isn’t all about eating though – we will be giving children the chance to get creative with egg decorating and our agricultural manager will also be on hand to teach and educate children about the birds.”
National award-winning farmers Redhill Farm will also be exhibiting at the hands-on event who will be showcasing its highest quality, ethically farmed, free-range pork.
Jane Tomlinson, managing director at Redhill Farm, said: “Countryside Lincs is the highlight of the year for us – it’s our favourite! Our pork pie making proves to be hugely popular year on year with the children, which will be held in the Food Zone from 10am -11.45am and again at 2pm – 3.30pm.
“One of the best parts about the event is seeing the children’s reactions when they see their finished product and we really enjoy teaching children about the importance of high quality locally sourced produce.
“In the Food Zone ‘Lincolnshire Food Market’ visitors will be able to buy our award-winning produce including Lincolnshire sausages and pork pies and outside on our catering stand we will also have a children’s friendly menu too.”
The one-day event will also be offering a range of activities including meeting farmyard animals big and small, trying a range of local foods and getting a taste of life on the farm with tractor rides and exhibitions.
Rosie Crust, education and development officer for the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society, said: “There is so much on offer at this year’s event with a packed timetable in the Countryside Ring and seven different zones for children to explore. In the Make It Zone, children will be able to discover all there is to know about beekeeping and can have a go at rolling candles by Lincolnshire Beekeepers Association.”
Families will also be able to get up close and personal with animals from White Post Farm, Rand Farm Park, the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and explore the story of milk and dairy cows from R.V Winter & Sons.
Rosie added: “We have designed the event with education and child-friendly fun activities in mind that will teach children about the importance of agriculture, farming and where their food comes from. Educating the next generation in an enjoyable way is one of our main focuses and we hope to do exactly that at Countryside Lincs.”
Tickets are now on sale for the event, which is open from 10am – 4pm on Sunday 8 April at the Lincolnshire Showground. The family fun-day is packed with a huge variety of indoor and outdoor activities for youngsters to make, bake and explore, making it the perfect all-weather family day out.
Advanced tickets are priced at just £18 for a family of four, £7 for adults, £4 for children and under 5’s are free.
For more information visit lincolnshireshowground.co.uk/countryside-lincs
The County Council is enhancing the Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park and the experience for visitors, to this beautiful part of the county.
It’s been given a new look with signage specifically designed to enhance the association with local communities situated within the Coastal Country Park itself. In addition, the signage will help people to be more informed and to recognise when they’re entering a special part of the coast.
Cllr Colin Davie, executive member for economy and place, said: “This is an important addition to the park and further strengthens our vision of a sustainable coastal environment, providing high quality facilities for communities and visitors, improvements for wildlife and contributing to a healthy local economy.
“With a great range of events and things to do, not least to mention the imminent opening of the North Sea Observatory, the coastal country park really is a fantastic asset to the county and one of which we should all be very proud.”
The welcome or ‘gateway’ signage is sited in key, safe locations where the principle routes meet the general boundary of the Country Park: i.e. the A52 at Sandilands to the north end; the A52 at Hogsthorpe to the south and the B1149 to the west.
A specifically adapted sign at the entrance to the North Sea Observatory at Chapel St Leonards will highlight it as a ‘hub’ for facilities and information.
For more information on the Lincolnshire Coastal Country Park and full listings of events and activities please click here.
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This summer, St Barnabas Hospice are bringing the magic of the movies to Lincoln with their new outdoor cinema
On Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd June, St Barnabas Hospice are hosting their brand new Barnabas Big Screen event at Daisy Made Farm, bringing Lincoln a summer film festival to remember.
Thanks to Big Event Screens, there will be an outdoor screen showing three different films over the two days. On the Friday night will be a popular chick flick film beginning at 8pm, with gates opening at 6.30pm. Saturday afternoon will show a family friendly film at 2pm, with gates opening at 12pm. A movie classic will be shown on the Saturday evening at 8pm, with gates opening at 6.30pm.
The films are yet to be decided, but that’s because St Barnabas wants to put the choice in the hands of the public! Head to their Facebook page on Monday 19th March where the vote for the chick flick film will be open for a week. The vote for the family film will run for a week from Tuesday 20th March, and the vote for the classic film will run for a week from Wednesday 21st March. You could also win a pair of tickets by voting!
Laura Stones, Event Fundraiser for St Barnabas, said: “We would like to thank Paperwork UK, who is the headline sponsor for this brand new event and will be providing our event tickets.
Alex Colman, Sales Director at Paperwork UK, said: “Paperwork UK specialises in ticket and event media for theatres, stadiums and international events and we wanted to show our support for such an exciting occasion happening on our doorstep.
“Being a Lincolnshire business, we’re familiar with so many people who have been touched by the wonderful work carried out by St Barnabas, and we’re very proud to be a sponsor.”
Donations are crucial to the success of this event. There are no set prices for the tickets – St Barnabas simply asks that you make a donation of what you feel it is worth.
£10 would fund two three-course meals for a patient at our Inpatient Unit, £20 would allow St Barnabas to care for a patient in their own home for an hour, and £34 would fund a physiotherapy session for a St Barnabas patient.
Amelia Mochan, Event Fundraiser at St Barnabas Hospice, said: “We are excited to announce the launch of our first ever Barnabas Big Screen this summer. It’s a great way for the local community to come together and have fun whilst raising money for charity.
“A lot of our events are quite physical, so we wanted to bring a large scale event to Lincolnshire that was something completely different.”
As well as being able to relax in the sunshine and watch a movie, people will also be able to buy hot and cold food, including classic cinema snacks and drinks. There will also be plenty of ice cream!
Alcohol will be available for over 18’s to purchase at the event, and we ask all members of the public not to bring their own in. Any members of the public who are behaving in a disorderly manner will be escorted from the event.
The Barnabas Big Screen is open to everyone, but children will be unable to register for tickets unless accompanied by a paying adult. Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on a lead at all times. If a dog causes disruption or mischief, St Barnabas reserves the right to ask them to leave the venue with their owner.