Schemes move forward at accelerated pace

Lincoln is making the most of its historical assets while ensuring the right infrastructure is in place for years to come – with projects aimed at boosting the local economy and attracting visitors being helped further by the easing of national restrictions. By Melanie Burton.

With Covid restrictions being lifted, halted projects can be resumed, works that have been progressing slowly can be pushed on at a faster pace and planned improvements can be completed.

All will help to give the local economy a much needed boost and help make the city of Lincoln a more attractive prospect for business, leading the way to future investment and growth.

Work to deliver Lincoln’s Western Growth Corridor can now progress after the Government decided not to ‘call in’ the scheme’s planning application, meaning the proposals will not now be scrutinised.

The plans for the £500m Western Growth Corridor project were approved by City of Lincoln Council in January and the project will be jointly delivered by the council and Lindum Western Growth Community Ltd. It will be the largest project undertaken in the city for decades, bringing more than £500 million worth of investment into the city over its lifetime and providing hundreds of jobs locally.

The development will see a 3,200-home development in Swanpool, a leisure village with a regional sport and leisure complex, an industrial park, a primary school, hotel, bars and restaurants, transport infrastructure that will help alleviate some of Lincoln’s worst traffic problems, and even a new stadium for Lincoln City Football Club.

Significant time has been taken to plan transport infrastructure which will improve the overall road network in the area, including a new spine road, which will run through the centre of the development, providing a main road to connect the development to the city centre and surrounding area.

Traffic modelling undertaken by independent industry experts shows that, once in place, the planned improvements would take significant amounts of traffic away from Skellingthorpe Road. It includes linking Skellingthorpe Road to Tritton Road via a new bridge over the railway, which will play a major part in helping ease current congestion at the railway crossing.

To further assist delivery of the Western Growth Corridor project, there have been extensive independent studies and surveys conducted, including flooding and water management strategies, which will help ensure the development and wider area are protected from flooding, with suitable mitigation in place.

There have also been a number of ecology studies, to assist developers in ensuring that any disturbance to the site’s natural assets such as trees and wildlife is kept to a minimum, with large areas of green space still available and preserved.

Now that the call-in has been refused, initial works on site are expected to begin later this year.

Leader of the city council, Councillor Ric Metcalfe, said: “We are very pleased that the Secretary of State has rejected the call-in request for the Western Growth Corridor planning application, giving city councillors the ability to make the ultimate decision for the site.

“The planning application has significant local importance; it is policy compliant and allocated within the Local Plan. Government has responded quickly and favourably in refusing the call-in and allowing us to progress with the project.

“The decision notice for the site has now been successfully issued, and I look forward to the project starting in the near future.”

Lindum planning director, Mark Foster, said: “We are delighted that the plans have not been called in by the Secretary of State and we are now looking forward to re-engaging with the local community, ward councillors and Lincolnshire County Council as highways authority, to deliver a scheme that’s right for Lincoln.

“We have taken note of concerns raised during the application process and want to work together to ensure we get this right.

“It has taken many years of hard work to get to this point and we are pleased to see the scheme now gathering momentum.”

Another project that has been ongoing in the uphill tourist area of the city for many years will be helping to enhance the visitor experience for the millions of tourists that come to enjoy Lincoln’s many attractions – and in particular Lincoln Cathedral.

Essential restoration and renovation works have been carried out and the West Front of Lincoln Cathedral is now free of scaffolding for the first time in more than 35 years. Owing to conservation works on the 12th-century Romanesque frieze, and the subsequent copy carvings that will be going inside a new Exhibition Centre, scaffolding has been constantly required in recent years.

The project to clean and protect the carvings began in 2016, after the Cathedral received £1.5 million of National Lottery Heritage Funding.

The panels of the frieze carvings were extracted from the West Front so that their condition could be assessed in the workshop.

Owing to the deterioration of the sculpture, it was decided that only one of the original panels could be returned. As a result, copy carvings were made and the original carvings have been conserved and mounted as an exhibition.

The series of high-relief panels running from the north-west corner of the Norman West Front to the southern side of the building depict scenes from the Old and New Testaments, and were carved probably between 1120 and 1160.

Seventeen complete panels of the frieze now survive: eight to the north of the central recess and nine to the south.

The work was undertaken as part of Lincoln Cathedral Connected, a Heritage Lottery-backed project to improve the Cathedral’s setting and visitor experience.

The West Front works also included the conservation of the beautiful 14th-century ‘Gallery of Kings’, the carvings of 11 kings sitting above the largest door of the Cathedral, and the conservation of the gable at the top of the West Front.

Anne Irving, programme manager of Lincoln Cathedral Connected, said: “Following the successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund, we are really excited to see the significant work to the West Front which is essential in allowing us to continue to protect the Cathedral.

“The Romanesque frieze on the West Front has been covered for many, many years so this work to unveil the carving and stone work has been a long time coming.

“It’s an exciting time for the Cathedral and it is fantastic that we have the funds available to do these necessary and important works.

“It’s vital that we preserve the rich history of the Cathedral, which has stood over Lincoln for the last 900 years.”

The Lincoln Cathedral works department undertook the West Front conservation and repair work.
To help judge the number of visitors to the area, footfall counters were installed at key points within the city, namely Castle Hill, High Street (TGI Fridays and Boots), Sincil Street (Central Market and Lincolnshire Co-op) and south High Street (Magistrates’ Court and St Mary’s Guildhall).)

Between December 2020 and June 2021 the footfall counters have recorded that there were nearly 44,000 average venue visits per week and 6,093 average visits per day.

Lincoln Business Improvement Group chairman and one of the founders, Ursula Lidbetter, said in the group’s latest annual report that what was so special about Lincoln’s unique DNA was its power to attract rising numbers of shoppers and visitors from further afield, whilst enjoying success in encouraging local people to shop locally.

“Our mix of major national brand stores and niche retailers – many of which are based in the city’s uphill area, close to historic attractions – creates a superb offering, with something for everyone.

“Lincoln continues to capture the interest of major companies who are keen to bring their names to a university city which is becoming increasingly diverse.

“This changing scene also ensures that Lincoln always has something new and fresh to offer locals and visitors.”

Siemens is one of Lincoln’s biggest employers and one of its divisions has already reached an historic milestone this year.

The company’s Bogie Service Centre (BSC) in Waterside South, which services bogies for the full range of Siemens trains operating in the UK, including Velaro Eurostar e32, Thameslink Class 700, Transpennine Express Class 185 and West Midlands trains Class 350/2 and 350/4, has recently overhauled its 1,000th bogie.

The achievement comes after only three years of operations, and just 15 months after its 500th bogie overhaul.

Managing director of Siemens Mobility Limited, Sambit Banerjee, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for our Bogie Service Centre. Reaching this milestone so soon after the 500th overhaul shows how the capabilities of the Lincoln facility are growing at pace.

“The Lincoln service centre is state-of-the-art and can service the full range of Siemens trains in the UK – maximising their efficiency throughout their life cycle.

“We are incredibly proud of the growing number of hard-working employees in Lincoln who have helped the centre go from strength to strength over the last three years.”

Having successfully completed the overhaul of the Class 350/2 and 350/4 bogies for the King’s Heath depot, the BSC is now showcasing its wide range of capabilities in overhauling the Class 374 high-speed Eurostar bogies and the Class 185 Desiro Classic bogies.

The £8m BSC facility opened in December 2018 with 44 technicians but has grown so quickly it now plays host to a total of 118 current employees – 72 technicians accompanied by a number of technical administrators and seven apprentices – and further recruitment is ongoing.

As well as providing jobs, the BSC has worked hard to give back to the local community.

Community engagement is a vital part of Siemens Mobility’s UK footprint, which continues to grow with the construction of a new £200m train manufacturing plant in nearby Goole in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

The facility, which is due to open in 2023, will manufacture and commission new generation trains and is set to create up to 700 skilled jobs.

As more and more people start to return to our city centres, much work has had to be done to improve the street scenes to enhance the visitor experience – and in the case of Lincoln to restore historic buildings back to their former glory.

City of Lincoln Council in partnership with Historic England has awarded more than £250,000 in funding to help restore six historic shopfronts in the city, including 38-44 Sincil Street, as part of the High Street Heritage Action Zone scheme.

In April 2020, the council received a successful bid for funding of £1.68 million from Historic England, which enabled the programme of historic building restorations designed to revitalise the area and uncover its rich history.

The first shopfronts to be restored, located at 8-10 St Mary’s Street, are complete with further works now taking place at 38-44 Sincil Street, some of which have been vacant for a number of years.

CEO of Lincolnshire Co-op Ursula Lidbetter said: “We are delighted with the public reaction so far to the development of The Cornhill Quarter.

“This funding will allow us to continue our work in conserving the heritage of Sincil Street, which includes the buildings behind the shops that were built in the 1800s as back-to-back court housing.

“There are very few examples of these types of buildings still in existence in the country, so we are delighted they can be preserved as part of the restoration works.”

Councillor Neil Murray, Portfolio Holder for Economic Growth and Historic Environment Advocate at City of Lincoln Council said: “There are many unique heritage aspects and locations within Lincoln that need to be preserved so that Lincoln’s special character is maintained, and that includes its shopfronts.

“This project will bring the buildings back to their original glory and help balance heritage townscape investment towards the northern end of Sincil Street, connecting with the Central Market development.”

David Walsh is principal advisor at Historic England. He added: “Heritage led regeneration in The Cornhill Quarter has shown the transformative effect that investing in Lincoln’s historic buildings can have.

“We are delighted that funding from Lincoln’s High Street Heritage Action Zone will allow further restoration of historic shopfronts on Sincil Street.”

Occupying the site of the south Roman gateway of Lindum Colonia, the Guildhall and Stonebow is one of the most important late medieval gateways still standing in England.

The Mayor and council first started meeting on the site over 780 years ago, and the last recorded major work was completed in 1520. The Guildhall, situated above the arch, is still the meeting place of the City

Council and the official home of the Right Worshipful the Mayor of Lincoln, one of the oldest Mayoralties in existence.

Home to a collection of nationally important Royal Charters starting in 1157 AD, and Civic Regalia including the sword of King Richard II and mace of King Charles I, the Guildhall offers visitors an insight into over 1,800 years of Lincoln’s history. Recognised by Visit England with awards for Hidden Gem and Best Told Story, a tour of the Guildhall is not to be missed.

How many times have you looked around your kitchen or bathroom and wished it could look and feel so much better? Have you ever wanted to redesign the space to improve functionality, or craved a more modern, user-friendly room? The answer is that with the right help and professional advice, anything is possible!

With spring the ideal time to treat your home to a revamp, the friendly, experienced team of design consultants at Turnbull Kitchens & Bathrooms can help you breathe new life into your living spaces with inspirational ideas, designs of floorplans, as well as technical advice, such as improving space flow and more.

With more than 40 years’ experience, Turnbull is a well established family-run business, whose many loyal customers remain dedicated to buying local and supporting a trusted brand with a reputation for delivering on both quality and service.

So should you choose a simple cosmetic fix such as a straightforward paint job, change of appliances, or is it time to invest in a full redesign for your bathroom or kitchen? According to the Turnbull team, if your kitchen has become a space that you don’t love to be in, that’s a sign for a change.

Investing in new appliances to improve functionality, updating the backsplash, or replacing a worktop can be a simple but effective solution to improve your space. If you’re thinking about something on a larger scale, it’s probably time to get a professional designer involved.

Using their expert knowledge of working with the trade and opening doors to retail customers, the highly skilled Turnbull team offer a professional planning and free design service tailored to reflect each individual home, taste and lifestyle. Designers don’t work on commission, so they’re focussed on getting the best results for customers.

With over 7,000 sq ft of displays over two floors at the Lincoln Kitchens and Bathrooms Showroom, which is situated just off Deacon Road, you will find ranges from Europe’s leading suppliers such as Neff, Quooker, Duravit, and Burlington to name a few. Turnbull also provide free hyper-realistic 3D renders of spaces to customers before they buy.

Book an appointment online and visit the award-winning showroom to speak with a dedicated designer: Turnbull Kitchens & Bathrooms, Deacon Road, Lincoln, Lincolnshire LN2 4JB. Tel: 01522 214366. Alternatively head to the website for inspiration and to see previous work:

What our customers say:“Turnbull helped us create a space perfect for entertaining in but still stylishly practical for when our family grows. They have listened to us, accommodated each tweak, and helpfully guided us when we needed it. And, oh what a result! A big thank you to Iain and the rest of the Turnbull team, we couldn’t recommend you more.”

A young pony cruelly dumped like rubbish on a landfill site in Lincolnshire has been rescued from this dangerous situation by Lincolnshire-based equine charity, Bransby Horses.

The charity assisted the site owners in their attempts to trace the pony’s owner, but when all efforts were fruitless, they were able to offer him a home where he will be forever safe.

Named ‘Stig of the Dump’ after the popular children’s book, the rescue pony is about two years old and thankfully had no immediate health concerns.

It can cost around £30 a day to care for a pony like Stig and his rescue was only possible thanks to regular donations from the public.

Currently, Bransby Horses has more than 900 equines in its care; 343 live on the 600-acre site in Lincolnshire and 555 in foster homes across the UK.

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Golding Young & Mawer are an established firm of Auctioneers and Valuers based in Lincoln and Lincolnshire since 1864. They serve the county through the sale and valuation of art, antiques and household goods and their services include sale of goods, house clearance, insurance and inheritance tax valuations and much more.

The ever-changing market place brings with it new fashions and trends so it is vital that you know the value of your items before choosing how to dispose of them. Golding Young & Mawer’s Lincoln, Grantham, Bourne, Stamford and Louth teams are always on hand to assist with this. The team consists of a number of experienced valuers covering many specialisms and they are always ready to assist with the best advice. Do not delay and ensure you receive the best advice as soon as possible.

Get in touch with the saleroom team on 01522 524984 or visit for further details.

As Lincolnshire’s electric bike specialists, the experienced and helpful team at Pedal Electric Cycles offer expert advice and extensive product knowledge on the latest range of e-bikes and accessories.

As one of the most fun and exhilarating modes of transport, electric bikes not only inspire and drive independence, but have a positive effect on our physical and mental health, as well as our local environment. There are now models and styles available to suit all types of riders and budgets.

With a showroom in Navenby and workshop in Bracebridge Heath, you can choose from a great range of quality brands that includes Riese & Müller, Europe’s most sustainable and bespoke e-bike range, which is configured to your individual requirements.

The Riese & Müller models are manufactured in Germany and built by Pedal Electric Cycles, at its new Lincoln based workshop, before being handed over by a specialist, at customers’ homes throughout the county.

Electric bikes are also available for hire to leisure riders and independent businesses, such as cafes, grocers, florists and pharmacies that deliver locally.

“As specialists and members of ACT (Association of Cycle Traders), our team are on hand to support your needs, whatever your level of riding experience, fitness or age, helping you to make the right choice – so don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your options or book a free demonstration.”

For more information visit the website

Digital or tech professionals looking for the perfect alternative to home working can find a range of facilities and opportunities at Mosaic.

With the digital sector in Lincolnshire growing at a rapid rate, an increasing number of professionals are looking for an alternative to working from home and Mosaic Digital Hub in Lincoln city centre offers just that.

Launched at the end of 2019, Mosaic has three levels of membership including hot desks, dedicated desks and office membership offering super-fast Wi-Fi, 200 Degrees Coffee, networking/collaboration opportunities, access to a like-minded community of people as well as professional and social events.

Mosaic also offers meeting rooms that are open for external hire for any use. The rooms range in size and can host one person who needs a private space to take a Zoom call, or 10 people for a board meeting. All rooms are fully equipped, with refreshments available on request.

Ben James, engagement manager at Mosaic, explains that the hub was launched as a professional working environment for digital or tech businesses or professionals to come together to collaborate, innovate and develop.

“Working from home isn’t for everyone, it’s not one size fits all. For many the novelty of working from home is wearing off and people are looking for different options and a co-working space allows them to have that professional environment but with the flexibility we now crave.

“Covid has changed the way people work, with employers much more open to employees working remotely, whether that’s from home or in alternative spaces like Mosaic.

“There are so many benefits from working in a co-working space like this, including mental health, providing a routine, and getting people out of the house and socialising face-to-face, not just through a screen.”

Ben points out that during the pandemic it was reported that 80% of people admitted to having negative mental health issues, not helped by working at home without their normal support network around them.

“Employers are really starting to think more widely about their team’s wellbeing, with their colleagues’ mental health at the forefront of their minds,” he explains.

“A co-working space is much more than a desk or office; it’s a way of introducing us back into that working environment but with the flexibility people want. It gives you the social interaction, professional relationships and friendships, along with structure that can improve your mental health and productivity in a unique and collaborative space.”

As one satisfied member sums up: “Mosaic is a collaborative, friendly environment where I have not only benefitted in terms of increased productivity but it has benefitted my mental health and I have made some fantastic friends. Mosaic is a truly unique environment for people to flourish in.”

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Canwick House is a 20-bed care home situated in the beautiful village of Canwick, just one mile from Lincoln city centre. It is registered for residential and dementia care.

As deputy manager Gemma and resident Marlene relax in the recently refurbished sun lounge, they reminisce about ‘days gone by’ when Marlene worked for HM Revenue and Customs. After 34 years’ service, she chose to retire and was honoured with a quality timepiece to represent her years of dedicated service. “Length of stay is important for me, as you can see with my years at HM Revenue and

Customs. Choosing Canwick House, in the midst of the pandemic, was both a necessary and easy choice for me and my family.”

Gemma agrees as she tells Marlene the same went for her as she commenced her management role in August 2019, and recently relocated to be even closer to work. “There is a family feel here and the Home remains small and privately run. This really makes the difference. It’s all in the detail.”

Canwick House strives to make things special, their service is delivered with compassion and care and each resident is given the time, space and care they need. “We warmly welcome visitors to come and get to know us, as you consider care for your loved one.”

Please call to book 01522 522275 or visit

Exploring more than a thousand years of history, from early worship in Lincoln and the Cathedral’s foundation to the work undertaken today, visitors can discover the fascinating stories of the people connected to the building, whose dedication and devotion can still be seen, continuing through the centuries.

Alongside the internationally significant centrepiece, the Romanesque Frieze, the Exhibition Gallery showcases previously unseen collections, including the Cathedral’s 12th-century Chapter Seal and the 1072 writ founding the Norman Cathedral, plus many other incredible objects that tell the stories of key historical events and figures.

The Exhibition Gallery will also host changing exhibitions that support the wider programme of events in the Cathedral and will bring together items from across the Cathedral collection.

The programme for 2022 includes:
• The Hunchback of Notre-Dame & The Mystery Plays – Putting on a Show: Looking at the Cathedral’s history of hosting live performances and a look forward to some of the shows to come!
• Vision Flower Festival – Symbolism of Flowers: Discover the hidden meaning of flowers within the Cathedral, exploring flower decoration across stonework, silverware and beyond.
• The 600th Anniversary of the Medieval Library: As part of a year of events hosted by Lincoln Cathedral’s Library, the gallery will host highlights from the medieval manuscript collection selected by the Cathedral Librarian.

The opening of these new visitor spaces is the final phase of a £16m project, funded largely by the National Lottery, which has seen essential conservation work to Exchequergate arch and the West Front of the Cathedral, the addition of a new lighting scheme, landscaping around the Cathedral and the creation of the new visitor centre which includes a shop, café and learning centre as well as the Exhibition Gallery and Discovery Centre.

The latest development of a £250,000 outdoor learning and play facility at Lincoln Minster Preparatory School is now complete.

Developed by Timotay Playscapes, it includes spaces for role play, adventurous climbing areas, running water play, tipis and woodland campsite features.

The works took four months to complete, having started in October 2021, and will be available to all

Preparatory School pupils, from Reception to Year 6.

Maria Young, Lincoln Minster School headteacher, said: “Providing an inspiring environment for outdoor learning and play is important for us here at Lincoln Minster School.

“The interactive and stimulating outdoor learning environment will provide our pupils with an enriched learning experience and give them the opportunity to build their confidence and learn new sets of skills.”

The latest development comes after the school was recently ranked in the top 40 UK Preparatory Schools in The Sunday Times Parent Power Guide 2022.

Mark Burton, Lincoln Minster Preparatory head, added: “The Lincoln Minster Climbing Adventure and play facilities are an exciting addition to our beautiful grounds.

“The children are looking forward to using the equipment, which will offer a fun, alternative teaching space and work as an extension of the classroom.”

Parents, applicants, prospective families and selected members of the community will be invited to an unveiling event later in the year, giving those who attend the opportunity to network, speak with staff and see the new facilities in person.

Alternatively, Private Tours and Open Events are available to book through the Lincoln Minster School website.

Spend some quality time together this year and treat your mum to a truly special experience you know she deserves. Nestled by the marina at Burton Waters, Beauty Temple is the perfect choice for those wanting to show their mum just how much they care by letting them sit back, relax and put their feet up, whilst the team look after you both and take care of your every need.

You’ll enjoy a truly decadent Afternoon Tea, including finger sandwiches, fluffy scones with clotted cream and jam, delicious cakes and a selection of tea and coffee, followed by a treatment that will leave you both feeling revitalised.

The latest addition to the group of salons across Nottingham, Loughborough and Castle Donington, Beauty Temple Lincoln brings with it an extensive range of treatments designed to aid wellbeing and leave you feeling at your best. From nails, lashes and brows, to muscle melting massages, they’ve got you covered, from head to toe.

A note from Lucy
“The client experience has always been at the heart of everything we do, it’s our vision that from the moment you step inside you should feel cared for and that every interaction is a step towards rejuvenation, taking you away from the world outside and to a place where you can let go of your worries and find the time to focus on yourself.

“I know we live in a busy world and we all have so many commitments, but I personally believe to be the best mother, wife, daughter and friend I can be, I first need to take care of myself and I’d like everyone to find a little bit of that here. So let’s all make some time for ourselves every once in a while.”

Perfectly polished
As a fully licensed salon you can also sip away at their Prosecco Nail Bar, or sit back and soak off at a pedicure station. So whether it’s a catch up with friends, a big night out, or that important interview, you’ll leave Beauty Temple perfectly polished.

Situated in the heart of the city, the University of Lincoln is ranked as one of the best in the country for graduates wanting to start their own business.

Research has revealed that the university has produced almost 600 start-up businesses in recent years, the most in the whole of the East Midlands region and sixth most of any university outside London.

The research was carried out by leading business financial platform Tide and refers to graduates between the 2014/15 and 2019/20 academic years.

Ruchi Aggarwal, associate professor and director of business development, Lincoln International Business School, said: “We are delighted the university has been recognised nationally for such an important agenda as the creation of start-up and growth mind-sets via student businesses.

“The University is dedicated to working with students and organisations to find solutions that enhance the contribution of business to society. For our students, that means developing their business skills and knowledge so they can graduate and make a difference in industry as responsible leaders ready to meet the challenges of the 21st century. This accolade is testament to that focus and vision.”

The university has established an international reputation for the quality of its teaching and research and is placed among the top 20 universities in the UK for student satisfaction in both the Complete University Guide 2022 and the Guardian University Guide 2022. It was listed in the world’s top 150 universities in the Times Higher Education’s (THE) Young University Rankings 2021 and features in the QS World University Rankings 2021 of the world’s top 1,000 universities.

Established since 1979, Lincoln Print & Copy Centre’s highly-skilled team are committed to delivering the best solutions for businesses, both large and small, as well as schools, churches and community projects looking for an expert print, design, copy and scanning service.

Situated on Stonefield Park Industrial Estate in the city centre, with free parking outside, Lincoln Print & Copy Centre offers a wide variety services to suit all budgets and requirements, with printers and print finishing equipment to produce leaflets, booklets, NCR pads, folders and brochures, as well as posters and plan prints, in addition to graphic design services.

As an Ordnance Survey Map Data Centre, they can also provide maps for planning applications, as well as historic and area maps from the Ordnance Survey archive.

“Our experienced design team have worked in print for many years so we understand what’s required in the worlds of commerce, industry, hospitality, culture and tourism to get the company message across while making sure that the most important information doesn’t get lost.”

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As a specialist supplier of new and second-hand cameras, lenses, and photographic equipment, a visit to the well established London Camera Exchange in Lincoln is a rewarding experience for those looking for a dedicated service from a highly skilled team.

With digital technology improving at breakneck pace, the desire for the latest digital equipment has not been overlooked and the helpful staff are on hand to offer both practical and useful advice to customers.

As a Nikon and Canon Pro Centre, the store also carries the full range of Nikon DSLR cameras, lenses and accessories, together with the full Canon EOS system; DSLR, lenses and accessories.

In addition to everyday photographic requirements for enthusiasts and professionals alike, including memory cards, here you will also find binoculars, telescopes and associated accessories together with a competitively priced range of new and used items with an excellent range of part-exchange offers too.

For more information visit

Making the move to a care home can be a big decision. Some people find the whole process daunting, but for others it can be a relief to find that they are no longer on their own and can enjoy being cared for in the company of others.

Neale Court Care Home in North Hykeham, part of the Country Court group, provides residential care to 31 people and their staff will support your family through the process of moving to a care home.

Finding out about day-to-day life in the home is an important aspect to consider when choosing your home. Neale Court’s philosophy of providing person-centred care means that residents choose what they would like to do each day according to their interests and hobbies. There is always plenty going on, from crafts, gardening, games and sing-alongs to day trips.

Residents at Neale Court recently enjoyed participating in the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. They made fat balls and a bird box, then spent an afternoon in their garden watching and counting the birds. “We had a great time making the fat balls,” said Becky Bourke, wellbeing coordinator. “Lots of the residents were keen to join in with the activity. It was great to see everyone interacting together, it was a great opportunity to build friendships.”

Residents have been taking advantage of the hair salon at the newly refurbished home and have enjoyed some relaxing pamper afternoons. They love their new entertainment suite and have been putting in their requests for the next film night. Residents have also been making the most of the opportunity to get out and about. They have enjoyed a trip to a local café for coffee and cake and staff are keen to ensure people retain their connections with their community and continue to be part of local life.

The staff team at Neale Court get to know each resident individually; birthdays are always celebrated with a personalised cake. The home has an on-site catering team tasked with providing nutritious, healthy meals presented to five-star standards. The daily menu is tailored to personal tastes and preferences whilst taking account of seasonal changes and special days or events.

One relative commented: “My dad has been at Neale Court since July and being 92, I was concerned whether he would settle in, but I needn’t have worried, as there was always someone to help him find his way around, and the activities are absolutely brilliant, which he thoroughly enjoys.

“The main reason we chose Neale Court was purely and simply the staff, all of whom work hard but remain cheerful, helpful and caring.”

To find out more about life at Neale Court Care Home, contact customer relations manager Nina Rogers by telephone on 07568 128 217 or email

Photographs: Mick Fox

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