Lincoln City Fundraisers and Star Striker Raise Monday For Local Hospice

St Barnabas Hospice are benefitting from a group of Lincoln City fans who are fundraising alongside star striker, Matt Rhead, this season

Lincoln, 15th January 2018 – Following on from the success of last season, a group of Lincoln City Football Club fans have pledged to raise money for St Barnabas Hospice this season, alongside fan favourite, Matt Rhead.

Branding themselves as ‘The Mattadores’, the group of twelve fans each donate £1 to the Hospice when Matt Rhead either gets an assist, scores a goal, or gets Man of the Match in a Lincoln City game, so £12 per goal/assist/award in total. So far this season, this has raised £144 for the Hospice.

As well as this, Matt Rhead has also donated a signed Lincoln City home shirt to The Mattadores to help with their fundraising. This shirt has been auctioned on Ebay, and has brought in a wonderful £237.01 to add to their total.

Jon Clack, spokesperson for The Mattadores, said:

“Last season when we first sponsored Matt, we asked him to name a charity for us to donate to if he scores any goals. In the end we managed to raise £1,400 for Matt’s chosen charity -The Douglas Macmillan Hospice in Staffordshire. This was from winning the league, the amazing FA Cup run and several very successful auctions and fan donations.

“This season, we have moved the charity closer to home and are hoping that Matt and the fans can help us raise a good amount for St Barnabas Hospice.

“Fingers crossed that Matt can score lots of goals and we can have a successful cup run in the Checkatrade Trophy, as well as gaining promotion to League 1!”

Hospice care is close to Matt Rhead’s heart, as two of his grandparents have been treated at Douglas Macmillan Hospice in Staffordshire.

Adrian Oke, Fundraising Manager at St Barnabas Hospice, said:

“We can’t thank this group of fundraisers enough for their amazing efforts in order to raise money for our Hospice.

“It costs £11 million each year for us to continue providing free care to people in Lincolnshire living with a life-limiting or terminal illness, and their families and carers.

“The Mattadores have set a brilliant example to people about how easy it is to create a fundraising group for our Hospice, whilst doing something they love.”

St Barnabas is currently in the running to become one of two charities that Lincoln City Football Club will be supporting this year. You can vote for St Barnabas by visiting https://fans.vote/v/ACsaFyGnFmQ, sending your vote to charity@lincolncityfc.co.uk with your name and post code, or placing your vote in the box at the Lincoln City club shop. The deadline for voting is Thursday 18th January.

Eagle-eyed school children to look out for Lincolnshire’s favourite birds

The RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch – the world’s biggest schools’ wildlife survey – returns today with more than 70,000 children expected to take part.

  • Last year over 750 children and teachers in Lincolnshire took a break from their usual lessons to take part.
  • A recent survey of teachers and school children found that an overwhelming majority believed it was important to experience nature at school.
  • The Big Schools Birdwatch is the perfect opportunity for school children to get outside, learn and make their first discoveries in nature.

Starlings, herring gulls and black-headed gulls are at the top of the checklist for school children across Lincolnshire this week as the world’s biggest schools’ wildlife survey kicks off.

The RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch – which takes place during the first half of the spring term (2 Jan – 23 Feb) – is a chance for children to put down their books and get outside to experience and learn about the nature that lives in their local community. The Birdwatch involves children spending an hour watching and counting the birds that visit their outdoor space, before sending the results to the RSPB.

A recent survey of 200 teachers and 1200 school children from around the UK revealed that 96% teachers believed it was important for children to experience nature at school, while 77% of pupils agreed. With close to a million school children taking part since its launch in 2002, the RSPB Big Schools Birdwatch is the perfect opportunity for schools to get outside, learn and make their first discoveries in nature.

Last year, 750 children and teachers in Lincolnshire contributed to the 73,000 who took part nationally, counting more than 100,000 birds across the country. The starling was the most common playground visitor in the county with 10 birds on average being spotted in schools during the watch. Herring gulls, black-headed gulls and blackbirds also featured prominently in the results. With over 70 different species recorded in the 2017 survey, it is likely there will be a few surprises in schools this year too.

Sharon Sanderson, RSPB Education, Families and Youth Manager in the East, said: “The Big Schools Birdwatch is the chance for children to get a taste of the wild side where they live and go to school. It’s fun, easy and simple to set up, it works for all ages, and even if it’s a dull, rainy January day you can still gaze out of the classroom and see a flash of colour.

“Sadly, children are spending less time outside in nature, meaning they are missing out on the positive impact nature has on their education, physical health and emotional wellbeing. The Birdwatch is the perfect chance to experience nature first hand, make exciting discoveries and help provide scientists with valuable information.”

For the first time the RSPB has partnered with Cbeebies favourites Twirlywoos to provide exciting new activities and resources specifically tailored to Early Years, to help get their mini Birdwatches off to a flying start.

The Big Schools Birdwatch is a free activity and only takes an hour to complete. Teachers can pick any day during the first half of the spring term to take part, with the flexibility to run it as a one off or as the centre piece of a cross-curricular study, project work or a way for the children to improve their outdoor space.

To take part in the Birdwatch and help the next generation of children start their own wildlife adventure, visit www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch

Local Charity Seeking Volunteers for 50th Anniversary Year

Bransby Horses was founded in 1968 and over the last five decades has rescued, rehabilitated and rehomed thousands of horses, donkeys and mules. In 2018 Bransby Horses celebrates its 50th anniversary and is looking for new volunteers to help with exciting projects throughout the year. 

The Donated Goods and Tack Shop is run entirely by volunteers and Bransby Horses is seeking new and enthusiastic individuals to ensure the smooth running of the enterprise throughout the week. The shop is set in the idyllic courtyard at the Visitor Centre and is sure to be a hub of activity during the 50th year celebrations.

As the year is packed with activities and events the charity is also searching for volunteers to help with community engagement. This role will be varied and can range from internal activities at the charity, to visiting county shows to raise awareness of the vital rescue and welfare work; no day will be the same!

A new and exciting community gardening project will mark also the charity’s 50th anniversary and volunteers are needed to help with the initial set up of the gardening club, including renovation of the garden area, as well as growing and maintaining plants to display around the site throughout the year.  

Volunteering at Bransby Horses can be a rewarding experience and an opportunity to meet new people, as well as gain additional skills and knowledge. If you are interested in dedicating some time and improving equine welfare, please email volunteering@bransbyhorses.co.uk or phone 01427 788464. 

Panto Treat in Store!

More than 300 disadvantaged youngsters are in for an extra special treat after Christmas!

The Feucht Frohliche Neustadter (FFN) (Lincoln Section) is taking 320 children and their carers to see a matinee performance of Jack and The Beanstalk at The Drill Hall in Lincoln on December 30, when they will be taking over the whole “theatre.” 

The visit has been organised with the help of Lincoln City Radio and the young people will be joined by members of the Lincoln Civic Party and FFN President Paul Brewer. 

And there’s more!  The FFN will be giving every child a goodie bag and buying them an ice cream during the interval. This has been made possible thanks to the generosity of donors, including Chris Illsley of Running Imp, the Cooke & Connell charity, Lincoln MP Karen Lee and others, who wish to remain anonymous. 

Members of the FFN are looking forward to helping theatre staff to make this a great afternoon out for everyone. The organisation also hopes it can also become an annual event. 

Discover what's new at rand farm park

There have been lots of very exciting changes at Rand Farm Park since the summer with even more planned over the coming months.

You can not fail to see and be impressed by the new Large Animal Barn which although it was originally hoped would be ready for the new academic year in September, actually opened its doors a few weeks ago in time for the October Half Term holidays.

This new purpose-built 100’ x 120’ building will allow access to the animal pens throughout the day adding to the hands- on learning experiences

for Residential Visitors and students from Lincoln College participating in the Animal Management courses.

Hands-on activities will still form a major part of all visits with everyone being encouraged to “Look, Feed, Hold and Cuddle” the animals at Rand Farm Park.

The rabbits and guinea pigs were some of the first to move into their new housing which includes realistic models of Lincoln Cathedral and Castle and this has allowed a new Air Cannon Arena to be installed in their old penning which will be themed in different ways throughout the year... Halloween, Christmas and Spring but generally “Randolf’s Sweet Shop” as a new Coffee Kiosk with “something sweet” will be added before too long.

Next will come the transformation for Christmas. “It is our vision to become a major venue for a Real Christmas Experience over the next few years” said Joshua Waring, Operations and Development Manager steering the future of Rand Farm Park.

Our Christmas offer in 2016 was well received as we had added “Decorating Gingerbread Biscuits with Mrs Claus”, “Rudi and Rossi’s 

Reindeer Feed Station ” and “Santa’s Post Office” to the ever popular “Living Farm Nativity” before arriving at “Santa’s Home in the Forest”. This year will see two further activities

- “Elf Academy” and the “3D Enchanted Forest” with other traditional games along the way.

“But it’s not all for the children” said Joshua. “There are surprises for the parents as well. We like to offer something for everyone at such a special family time. But I’m not saying any more... The only way to find out all is to come along and join in the fun and as in previous years, there is still the opportunity to have Breakfast with Santa as well.”

And then it will be 2018... once we have all eaten too much Christmas Pudding, it will be back to work for the next step including “Role Play”.

For further information: www.randfarmpark.com

A beautiful tale makes for a beast of a panto!

From the producers of 2016’s sensational production of Jack and the Beanstalk and 2015’s magical fairytale Cinderella comes Beauty and the Beast, an enchanting pantomime bursting with brilliant costumes, bewitching music, side-splitting slapstick and bags of audience participation. We’ve gaped at the gargantuan Giant, now marvel at the unbelievable Beast!

Our story begins as a handsome prince is cursed to spend his life transformed into a hideous beast. Join us to discover if Beauty and her friends, the ‘glamorous’ Dame Dorothy Do-It B.U.M (Buster of Unsightly Mess) and her wilfully witless son, Willy Do-It, can outwit the arrogant bully Eugene and his odious sidekick, Pimple, and lift the curse. Be whisked away on Dorothy’s turbocharged hoover and engage in a race against time filled with fun, adventure and laughter!

Soap star Jonathan Wrather will be baiting the
boos as baddie Eugene. The actor, best known for recently taking on the villainous role of Pierce Harris in Emmerdale says “doing panto is always enormous fun. Playing the baddie in one is great fun too as you get such strong reactions from the audience. Beauty and the Beast is a terrific story and I can’t wait for rehearsals to start.”

The Palace is also delighted to welcome back Tim Freeman whose performance as Dame Trot in last year’s Jack and the Beanstalk had the audience in stitches. He’s looking forward to returning and says “the Palace is such a lovely theatre with a great crew! Best of all though are the Newark audiences who are always up for a laugh!”

With spectacular scenery, incredible special effects and loads of festive fun, Beauty and the Beast is a delight for all to enjoy. Don’t miss out on the chance to make your family’s Christmas with a trip to the Palace Theatre Newark!

Beauty and the Beast runs from Friday 8 December 2017 until Wednesday 3 January 2018.

To book tickets call The Palace Box Office: 01636 655755 or visit www.palacenewark.com

Go bonkers for ‘Conkers’ this Christmas

If you’re a family who just can’t get enough of the great outdoors, then a trip to the Conkers activity centre is an absolute must.

Nestled somewhere between Nottingham and Leicester, right in the heart of the National Forest, is where you’ll find this all action, interactive nature trail, which has a few unexpected twists thrown in for good measure.

At Conkers you can explore 120 acres of woodland and lakes, brave the sensational sensory Barefoot Walk and enjoy a variety of different play areas, both inside and out.

And for the really adventurous ones, don’t forget the High and Low Ropes Ariel Adventures, featuring climbing nets and high-level walkways, all suspended 30 feet off the ground.

At this time of year there’s even more on offer to keep the whole family entertained as well.

Santa’s on hand in his Christmas Winter Wonderland and the forest is decked out in sparkling lights to help get everyone firmly in the Christmas spirit. There’s also singing reindeer and a Christmas train display new for 2017.

Even though it might be frosty outside, when you’ve finished with all the festive stuff, the excellent indoor visitor centre complete with simulation tree-top walk and 4D cinema show is more than enough to keep cold feet occupied for a couple of hours.

It’s all housed in the enticing Discovery Centre, which includes the Enchanted Forest indoor play area with around 100 exhibits and interactive forest floor. 

So if you fancy braving the elements and getting active this Christmas break, Conkers could be right up your street.

Conkers is open 10am to 4.30pm throughout December and January.  Visit www.visitconkers.com for more information.

Cold And Frosty Mornings

Imagine if you will, a time when the school run is just a thing of your past. When your mornings aren't madness and the dash to work is slightly less hectic. No toothbrush tussles or uniform unrest, but breakfast at a leisurely pace, with bathroom time your own.

Seems impossible doesn't it? 

We are roused from our slumbers each morning, impeccably on time, to usher our little whinging warriors out of the doors - but this won't last forever. These are but fleeting moments, frozen in time, and there will come a day when their coats won't need fastening, hands won't need holding and lunches won't need packing anymore. 

No need to nag about clean pants and PE kits, or scour every cupboard this side of IKEA for the missing shoe. One day suddenly, it won't be required. 

We walk those well-trodden village paths, past the same houses, postboxes, trees and gardens each morning and afternoon - avoiding the park at all costs! Mums and dads on a march with a mission, greet each other with a smile and a nod.  Passing strangers in brief encounters - because sometime soon this will stop. Soon that cold, crispy school run morning will fade into the background, won't regiment and structure your life.  

It'll be just another memory gathering dust on the shelf of parenting milestones.

When primary becomes secondary, we'll be obsolete, perhaps not required to escort troublesome teenagers to bigger school gates on time. We'll be laughed at, disbelieved when we explain 'you couldn't put your own socks on, or shoes on the right feet'. Those days seem so far off, a future unimaginable, scary and uncertain. But they're edging ever nearer, as inevitable as the lost party invite hidden in the darkest depths of the bottomless book bag, and so much harder than homework.

These moments will always be a part of us - tugging at our heartstrings when we think back to those far off days, long ago.

For now it is our time, a time we will never forget and cherish as we jettison them into the sanctuary of their tiny school haven. It's a cheeky giggle about the day ahead, a run with friends into the playground, a ruffle of the hair, and a 'good morning' grin.

Kisses goodbye, and a knowing look until home time comes around. That last bell will ring sooner than you think, so enjoy the chaos while you can.

Madagascar! A Musical Adventure

Madagascar The Musical is to be performed at the Lincoln Drill Hall in March 2018 by students aged 5-8 and 9-16 years.

This fun filled famous musical adventure comedy, follows Alex the Lion and his friends, as Marty the Zebra’s quest to find the world outside Central Park Zoo.

With fabulous shows like Hairspray, Oliver!, Grease and many more, young people from Lincolnshire get their chance to tread the boards and see what show business is really about.

If you’re passionate about starring in your very own production and learning the craft of theatre, then here is your chance Sessions available for young people aged 3-5, 5-8, 6-11 and 9-16 years. New Youth Theatre, established in 2001, has gone from strength to strength; they have numerous successful franchised centres in several counties. The founders themselves still teach 450 children aged 3-16 each week and put on shows three times a yearat local Theatres.

New Youth Theatre also offer Holiday Camps, School Workshops and LAMDA acting classes too, call us for full details. Centres in Lincoln and Newark.

So whether it’s a fun time or a career in show business, New Youth Theatre is the place to be.

REHEARSALS COMMENCE JANUARY 2018 - BOOK YOUR PLACE ONLINE TODAY.

Providing Dance Classes In Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Street and Acro...

We treat each child individually and whether they just want to have fun or focus on exams, we can help them achieve their goal.

We welcome students of all ages and abilities. We understand that the social aspect of dance lessons is just as important as the technique! Offering graded exams with BBO and IDTA as well as other ways to gain recognition for their hard work and dedication.

Opportunities to take part in our annual Dance Show held at The New Theatre Royal in Lincoln.

“Come along and see the facilities and book in for a free class.”

Our instore dancewear and accessory boutique stocks Bloch, Capezio and Pineapple dancewear, shoes, bags and accessories. We also have a beautiful range of hair accessories, stationery and gifts perfect for Christmas presents. Look for the 10% voucher for use in the shop throughout November and December.

For more information
T: 01522 691292 www.passion2dance.co.uk

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St Barnabas Hospice to host brand new Spring Fun Run for Lincoln.

Following a successful year of new events for St Barnabas Hospice, a further brand new event has just been launched taking place in Lincoln City Centre. The Spring Fun Run is due to be held on Sunday 25th March. This untimed run is open to all, with a 2.5k and 5k routes to choose from. The charity is encouraging those wanting to get involved to wear their best spring themed outfits for the fun run. There will also be a prize at the end for the best dressed.

Laura Stones, Events Fundraiser for St Barnabas Hospice, said: “We are really looking forward to bringing a brand new event to the centre of Lincoln and think this is something that all the family can get involved in. There are no age restrictions and child entry includes a free mask to decorate and wear on the day.

“We want to see everyone dressed up in their best Easter themed outfits and there will be a special prize for the best dressed. We think this event will bring together the whole family for a fantastic cause, whether you are running in memory of a loved one, or just to have fun!”

On the day there will be a warm up, an array of merchandise, cakes and a chocolate tombola. Spectators are also welcome to come along for a day out and enjoy another fantastic charity event.

Laura said: “Events like this Spring Fun Run are crucial in helping raise the funds needed to continue caring and supporting over 9,000 people across Lincolnshire that are living with a life-limiting or terminal illness.

“St Barnabas works tirelessly to ensure patients and their families make the most of every second they share, regardless of how much time remains.”

To take part, adult tickets are only £10, and children’s tickets (under 15’s) £5, the children’s entry includes a free mask to decorate and wear on the day.

There are a number of corporate sponsorship opportunities available, for more information please get in touch with the Corporate Fundraiser Caroline Swindin on 07435 970309.

Register online at:

www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/spring18

What is Colourimetry?

Does your child suffer with dyslexia or visual stress? Do they have other reading difficulties?

WHAT IS VISUAL STRESS?

Visual Stress refers to reading difficulties, light sensitivity and headaches from exposure to disturbing visual patterns. It can be responsible for print distortion and rapid fatigue when reading.
The severity of these symptoms can vary from person to person. The symptoms can occur despite normal vision. Alternative names may be used to describe this condition including, Meares-Irlen Syndrome, Irlen Syndrome and Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome.

The prevalence of visual stress has been reported as occurring in 5–20% of the population, many
of which suffer unknowingly or may be misdiagnosed. In people with dyslexia this is thought to be higher at around 35-40%.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

  • Movement/blurring of print

  • Letters changing shape or size, fading or

    becoming darker

  • Patterns appearing, sometimes describes as

    “worms” or “rivers” running through print

  • Illusions of colour – blobs of colour on the page

    or colours surrounding letters or words

  • Rapid tiring

  • Headache or eyestrain

 

SIGNS

  • Moving closer to or away from page
  • Becoming restless

  • Using finger as a marker

  • Skipping words and lines

  • Rubbing eyes and blinking excessively

  • Low self-esteem

  • Lack of concentration/disruptive behaviour

  • Symptoms of visual stress are not always immediately obvious. Many individuals who suffer with this condition believe the discomfort they feel when reading or the distortions they experience
    on the page are “normal” and experienced by everyone. That is until someone presents them with an appropriate colour and they realise that reading can become more comfortable and even enjoyable.

If you would like to book a colourimetry assessment please contact Annabelle:

T:01522 542121 www.clearviewopticians.co.uk

The Little Studio Has Exciting News!

We have moved to the Cathedral Quarter in Lincoln. Our new premises will be at The Lawns adjacent to the new Stokes Cafe.

The new premises will be able to offer lots more crafts for the whole family to enjoy. We also have a ceramicist coming on board to offer workshops and courses from handbuilding to the potters wheels.

The Little Pottery Studio was established in 2015 and is growing everyday! We are so excited to welcome you all. Please see our Facebook for our ceramic workshops and special events.

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Christmas in Wonderland at Doddington Hall!

Imaginatively decorated for this year’s theme ‘Christmas in Wonderland’, Doddington Hall will be open especially for the festive period. Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, the Hall will be creatively transformed with displays filled with Christmas adventure and wonder.

It’s an opportunity to soak up the festive atmosphere in a treasured family home, which has seen a lot of Christmas mornings over its 400 year plus history. A chance to see what the present day family and staff have created and to think about how Christmas may have looked and felt through the centuries.

This year, as in previous years, the displays will have been created by a team which includes Claire Birch, who runs the Doddington Estate with
her husband James, several staff members, resident cutting gardener florist Rachel Petheram of Catkin Flowers and lighting and production designer Howell Thomas with students from Lincoln College.

Elsewhere on the Doddington Estate, there is plenty of magical atmospheric shopping to be enjoyed including the colourful Bauble Barn and freshly-cut homegrown trees in the pretty Stable Yard. Doddington at Home and Country Clothing are both full of inspirational gift ideas and the Farm Shop has plenty of seasonal produce and gift ideas for both under the tree and on the table.

Doddington Hall will be open to visitors every Wednesday – Friday 2-6pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am-4pm between Saturday 25 November - Friday 22 December plus Thurs 28 and Fri 29, 10am- 4pm. Admission, Adult £9, Child £4.50 (under 3yrs free). Shops and Cafes open daily.

For information about Christmas at Doddington T: 01522 694308 www.doddingtonhall.com

Imps in the Community

Here at Lincoln City Football Club we are very proud to have a strong community aspect to the organisation and over the past few years have supported a wide range of groups.

This work is delivered by Imps in the Community, a registered charity whose mission it is:

“To create and provide opportunities that inspires individuals and communities to improve their physical, social or mental wellbeing through active participation”

Within the community we are delivering a wide range of programmes that support schools, families, businesses and other organisations. It is important to us that we work with the local community to provide positive experiences and showcase that Lincoln City FC is not just about playing football. Throughout this article we will showcase some of these programmes and how you can get involved.

Are there any girls out there that want to get involved in playing football? Do you want to take part in girls only sessions?

Then why not come and join us here at Lincoln City Football Club on a Tuesday evening. This year we have introduced our Girls Development Centre as we want to encourage girls to get involved and potentially try the sport for the first time or have some extra training.

This is part of our ever expanding Women and Girls programme where we have a wide range of sessions that includes Walking Football and Soccercise (mums this could be for you), informal football so you can meet likeminded people and socialise at the same time all as part of the Lincoln City family. It is important to us that we cater for all different types of participants so hopefully we have something for you.

For more information on any of these opportunities then please contact us on football@lcfcset.co.uk

Deck the Halls & Enjoy Some Festive Cheer!

Walking through the doors at the Petwood feels like coming home to a grand country house with a friendly feel. The real Christmas trees and open fires warmly welcome visitors and the festive menus offer a taste of Christmas with a nod to the excitement to come.

The splendid gardens are fabulous to explore at
any time of year and so be sure to pack your boots and enjoy a stroll around the Petwood grounds and woods – perfect for capturing the imagination of mini explorers. Whether walking through Woodhall’s pinewoods after a film at the Kinema, or making
use of the new play equipment across the road at Jubilee Park, the Petwood makes a perfect finish to a family day out in Woodhall Spa.

From Friday 1st to Saturday 23rd December, you can enjoy some delectable Christmas treats in the Terrace Bar, from festive bar lunches to the return of the Petwood’s popular Champagne Christmas Afternoon Teas. Add to the mix some mince pies and mulled wine, festive local ales and boozy hot chocolates, and there is a warming yuletide treat for grown ups too.

On Saturday 9th December, the fabulous RAF Spitfires Choir will sing during the latter half of afternoon tea service to add that extra dose of festive cheer. For more information, see www.petwood.co.uk.

For families getting together prior to Christmas and wanting to experience the fun and food without
the organising and washing up, why not consider hiring a private room? The Squadron Bar seats up to 16 people and the Garden Room up to 25, both of which are available for exclusive use. To find out more, contact the Events team on 01526 352411.

For menus and more information on specific service times of the Terrace Bar and Afternoon Tea menus, see www.petwood.co.uk. For tickets or more information on any of the hotel’s events please call 01526 352411.

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Braver, stronger & more resourceful’, that’s how children feel when they attend creative school workshops created by Magic Minds

Magic Minds is the new addition to the Supporting Minds family founded 3 years ago in Lincoln by Jenine Butroid.

The new contracts they have with schools allow them to deliver awareness workshops with a craft element. Themes include; anxiety, grief & loss, self- esteem, emotions & self-care. They’re also able to offer affordable 1:1 counselling for their pupils.

Jenine, a psychotherapist and trained nurse
says: “The aim of SM has always been to provide affordable counselling to adults and couples;
now, under the Magic Minds brand we are helping pupils across the county boost their self-belief and emotional wellbeing.”

A spokesperson from the award winning Spilsby Primary Academy says: “Our children’s welfare
is extremely important to us so we are working in collaboration with experts, trainers and counsellors at Supporting Minds.”

“Several of our children were being failed by the ‘Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services’ so we decided that our school would provide these services.”

“Not only does it assist those children in need of support but it also makes a difference to
the classroom environment as a whole, one notably the levels of anxiety associated with the transition to secondary school.”

“The workshops have very much been written in as a toolkit to provide the children with strategies and to make them braver, more resourceful, less anxious and believe in themselves.”

Anna-Jo Keenan, 35, recently attended a ‘Grief and loss’ workshop at Supporting Minds, she said: “Shayla, my five-year-old daughter lost her Grandma last year and has lots of questions about where she is. When we left, I asked Shayla if she enjoyed the workshop. She said, “Can we do this all the time Mummy, I love it!”

In the car, Shayla was quiet, usually, I’m faced with a journey of twenty questions at a million miles an hour! I asked if she was okay. She said, “Yes, I’m just thinking about the workshop.” Her questions had all been answered that day.”

Celebrate Christmas Present with Links to the Past...

Lincoln Castle has a whole host of festive events taking place this Christmas. For young visitors to the Castle, maybe a visit to Father Christmas himself might be just the ticket?

An Audience with Father Christmas – 16th, 17th, 20th – 21st December. Experience the magic of Christmas at Lincoln Castle by joining Father Christmas in the Victorian setting of the Bath House at the Castle. Sit back

and listen to stories of Christmases past and enjoy finding out more about Father Christmas himself. Every child receives a Victorian style gift and has the opportunity to share their Christmas wishes.

Tea with Father Christmas – 20th December. A new family friendly special event. Children and families are invited for a special after-dark tea time treat - a visit to the Victorian Prison for a storytelling performance of “A Christmas Carol”. Costumed characters along with a host of puppets bring to life Dicken’s famous tale. After the 30 minute performance all are invited to the Castle café for tea when special guest, Father Christmas, will take time from his busy schedule to meet everyone!

What The Dickens – 20th, 21st December. Especially for the School Christmas holiday,
and set inside the Victorian Prison, Inner State Theatre perform their festive family favourite – “A Christmas Carol”. Two costumed characters – Sir Henry Greatham and Lady Lydia will tell the story of Scrooge in Dickens’ famous tale.

To book, or for details on admission and times for all of the above events - please go to: www.lincolncastle.com

Over at The Collection the fun continues with a great selection of Christmas activities for little ones.

Festive Story Times will take place on 21st and 28th December at 11.15 am; and these are completely free to pop along to and enjoy.

The popular festive themed Craft Activities
will be returning too and running throughout the holidays, as will the “Collecting Christmas” Craft Trail. Both are £2 each to take part.

Visiting Lincoln Christmas Market this year?

Take the weight off your feet and pop into The Museum of Lincolnshire Life on Burton Road and their Victorian Christmas Tea Room for a warm and restful refreshment stop. The Tea Room will be open from the 8th – 10th December (Friday to Sunday of the Christmas Market) 10am to 4pm.

For more details check: facebook.com/Museumoflincolnshirelife

Victoria Whitworth, Deputy Head of Lincoln Minster Pre Preparatory School on the importance of mindfulness in school...

We have adopted a variety of strategies from nursery to Year 3. For example, in nursery, sensory stones have been introduced with expressive words being used to describe how they look
and feel. Year 3 pupils have listened to guided meditation whereby they can use their imagination to create relaxing imagery in their minds.

We have noticed an improvement in pupils’ responses to situations and their focus during lesson time. Whether a child is able to calm themselves through practising breathing techniques or their descriptive language and imaginative capacity have improved as a result of first hand sensory experiences, it is clear that there are many benefits of incorporating a mindful approach into everyday school life.

Having a happy child, who is focussed, enthusiastic and keen to learn is becoming even more essential at a time when academic excellence is being emphasised and expectations placed on children are high.

Meditation is recognised as an important life
skill, encouraging the development of emotional intelligence. Current research has determined that meditation increases resilience to stress, boosts self-confidence, enhances performance and focus, reduces anxiety, encourages good behaviour and improves overall attainment.