Continually striving to make a difference!

Our mission as a Catholic Voluntary Academy is to provide the highest possible standards of education for all students, delivered within the context of gospel values. Our community is made up of many faiths and backgrounds, although our Catholic ethos underpins everything we do.

We provide a safe environment so students are academically successful allowing them to become very well educated people with strong Christian values. Success at St Peter and St Paul Academy stems from careful planning of the curriculum so that every student is studying appropriate and challenging courses and we combine this with high quality teaching and support for each individual student. 

We are so proud as a school community that the results for Summer 2016 were the best that the Academy has ever achieved and in June 2017 the Academy was rated ‘Good’ in all areas by Ofsted. Our extra-curricular activities play an integral part of a young person’s development and all of our students are encouraged to embrace the breadth of opportunities available.

We welcome visits at any time so do make an appointment to come and see us at work.

For more information:

T: 01522 871400

www.sspp.lincs.sch.uk

Historical events theme to annual village Scarecrow Trail!

If you happen to be walking around one particular Lincolnshire village this weekend, be sure to have a look in the front gardens. You may well find some famous looking visitors lurking as part of a regular two-day festival of fun for the entire family. The popular Bracebridge Heath Scarecrow Trail is back with a vengeance and now in its seventh year. Organised by the village Events Group, residents are asked to create their own scarecrows and display them in their front gardens as part of a treasure hunt with a twist.
 
Every year the trail has a specific theme - this year’s being historical
events – and group member Bob said that as in other years, it’s always
a great opportunity to bring the whole community together. 

 
“A trail map is available that shows where the scarecrows can be found, and people can do it on foot, on their bikes, or even in their cars at their own pace,” said Bob.
 
“Refreshment are available along the way and there’s also a quiz with a question based on each scarecrow.  A prize is awarded to the first correct quiz sheet out of the postbox on the Sunday night.”
 
By popular request the event is being held over two days again this year, to allow families more time to get around the village and the route will also feature a number of yard sales, similar to last year.
 
The Scarecrow Trail takes place over the weekend of 23 and 24 September.  Maps costs £1 and can be purchased from the village Co-op from 9am on the Saturday.
 
Quiz sheets need to be returned to box in the Co-op by 8pm on the Sunday.

Celebrating 40 years in showbusiness this year!

Magician and Children’s Entertainer Andy Carando’s interest in magic started at a very early age with a box of magic tricks given to him at the age of eight! He spent many hours learning and perfecting new tricks to show his friends and teachers at school.

As a young man Andy competed in and won many of the local seaside talent competitions which led on to auditions for national TV talent shows!

After leaving school he started out in professional show business as part of a double act with his sister Carole. They joined Equity, the Actors and Entertainers Union and went on to perform in the UK and abroad together for 25 years as a Magician and Ventriloquist act under the name of ‘The Carandoes & Henry the Dog’.

Many years ‘treading the boards’ entertaining at holiday camps, cruises, clubs, theatres, & cabaret etc. earned Andy along with his sister Carole Winners of the ‘Best Speciality Act’ in Lincolnshire. Andy was chosen to be Compere for Skegness & Mablethorpe Illuminations Switch-ons for several years running.

After Carole retired from Showbusiness Andy went on to specialise in children’s party entertainment and created The ‘Andy Carando Magic Fun Show’. He performs his popular show at Children’s Birthday Parties, Christmas shows & special events all over Lincolnshire with the help of his ‘Roadie’ Martin.

A long serving Honoury member and four times President of The South Lincs Magical Society along with Magician of The Year at the Grimsby Magic Circle voted by his fellow Magicians are among his many achievements in the last 40 years.

Andy is as keen today as he was right at the start of his career and prides himself on giving the best children’s parties which stay in their memories forever.

To book your Children’s Party or Special Event: T: 0845 0941589  www.andycarando.co.uk

Facebook: Andy Carando’s Entertainments

Striving to Achieve!

Sir Robert Pattinson Academy is a school where students are valued, happy, challenged and strive to achieve their best. The Academy provides rich learning experiences both in and outside of the classroom, resulting in a great education.

Staff pride themselves on ensuring that our pupils are not just well-educated but encouraged and supported to become valued members of society. The Academy makes sure that understanding and preparing for the world of work are priorities for our students. They are integrated fully alongside a first-class education in a calm and caring environment where all students can succeed.

The Academy has a strong ethos that every student should value, enjoy and be excited by learning and the world around them, giving them a unique opportunity to be successful. Students are inspired to take part in our excellent International Programmes, local projects and they actively engage with businesses and universities.

In the latest OFSTED report last year inspectors rated the Academy as ‘good’ after praising its leaders for improvement of ‘all aspects of the school’.

The Academy’s facilities are continually updated, extended and refurbished. This next year we will see new Art rooms, new classrooms and refurbishing of the PE changing area.

To see the campus and meet the staff for yourself, why not come to our Open Evening on Wednesday 20 September 6pm-8pm.

Inspiring their imaginations...

Welcome to Shooting Star Parties!

We specialise in providing interactive themed entertainment for children, and here you will find everything you need for your child’s party.

Whether it’s a birthday party with 15 children, or an activity day with 1,000 guests, we are passionate about the work we do. Our brilliantly talented entertainers and are professional actors,

and can create fantastic, realistic characters your child will love. We provide the entertainment, costumes, music, and props, to make your party out of this world.

We also create bespoke kids’ parties, tailored to your specific requirements. Whatever your idea, no matter how big or small, we can transform it into something truly magical. If your child can think of it, we can put it together!

We currently operate across the whole of the East Midlands, Parts of the West Midlands, Yorkshire and London. We are members of the actors union Equity, and all of our entertainers are covered by public liability insurance. Got your interest? Have a look around to find out more about what we do.

•    All staff are professional actors and equity members

•    Wide range of themed parties available

•    Available 7 days a week

•    Bespoke parties tailored for each individual

•    Full public liability insurance

Absolutely brilliant company! So caring and brilliant in everything they do! – Matthew Ash

I will recommend shooting star parties to everyone I know. My daughter had an absolutely brilliant time. I was so amazed by how well you kept the children of all different ages entertained for 2 hours! We will definitely be needing you again soon.

The little pottery studio has exciting news!!

We are relocating 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.

We are teaming up with ‘The Bear Builder’ to offer building your own teddy parties, children can choose their teddy to create!.

The Little Pottery Studio was established in 2015 and is growing everyday! We are so excited to welcome you all.

Please keep an eye out on our Facebook page for all opening day details.

For further info: T: 01522 536535

Facebook: The Little Pottery Studio 

www.thelittlepotterystudio.com

A magical themed elf and fairy door hunt in the park...

On 17th September 2017 Jubilee Park will host a magical themed elf and fairy event.

The park will be filled with captivating delights designed to thrill the children and set their imaginations running wild!

Children will be treated to the enchanting tale of the missing fairies. The story is designed to wake the children’s imagination and fill them with excitement and anticipation as they begin the magical hunt for tiny doors.

Imagine a time when elves, fairies, wizards and humans all lived together happily.  A time when there was no need for laws and rules, as everyone lived together harmoniously, as they all accepted the ancient codes of conduct written by a great warrior known only as “The Blue Knight”.

The children will be directed around the hunt, where they will gather the clues and solve the puzzle in order to unlock the largest and final door behind which an exciting surprise awaits!

The Park will be alive with activity.  There will be many more attractions on the day that promise to entertain and provide a fun day for all the family.

Other activities include:

•    Children’s entertainer – Mike Jackson, joining us all the way from Australia!

•    Wand making

•    The Coningsby & Tattershall strummers

•    Bouncy castles

•    Outdoor games

•    Face Painting

•    Fairy tales

•    Fairy cakes

Tickets are booking fast and are on sale through Jubilee Park website:

jubileeparkwoodhallspa.co.uk

Rescue Horse Wins ‘Back from the Brink’ Animal Hero Award

Emerald, a rescued resident at equine welfare charity, Bransby Horses, has won a national award for her remarkable recovery from severe neglect. The Arab mare was formally recognised at the Animal Hero Awards 2017, hosted by Amanda Holden at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, winning the ‘Back from the Brink’ category.

The award winners were chosen by an expert panel, including some of Britain’s most dedicated animal advocates and professionals. When Emerald was rescued in January 2016 by the RSPCA and Bransby Horses, it was touch and go as to whether or not she would survive. The dedicated team at Bransby Horses cared for Emerald around the clock, lifting her by hand with a special harness every few hours, until she had the strength to stand alone. Emerald is now in good health and following veterinary approval, she has started the backing process with the charity’s Rehoming Team. It is hoped she will find a loving foster home in 2018.


Bransby Horses is eternally grateful to its supporters who funded Emerald’s care and to the RSPCA for their assistance with Emerald’s rescue and for prosecuting her owner. Special thanks also go out to the attending vets from Tower Equine and the team at the charity’s Animal Reception Centre for their resilience and dedication when nursing Emerald. Said Ryan Rouse, Bransby Horses’ Head of External Welfare: “This rescue was one of the most shocking cases of neglect our team had ever seen and it took months to nurse Emerald back to full health. We are delighted the RSPCA subsequently got the case to court and that Emerald’s owned was sentenced; we take great pride in continually supporting the dedicated inspectors with welfare cases.”
The vital

rescue and welfare work carried out by Bransby Horses is funded entirely by legacies and public donations. For further information please contact Bransby Horses on 01427 788464 or
visit www.bransbyhorses.co.uk.

Going that extra mile – time to nominate your Lincolnshire NHS heroes

Shock horror.

I penned a column about the health benefits of breastfeeding last month. For those who read it, you may recall me predicting our little Betty would inevitably fall ill as a result. If you didn’t, or need reminding, here is a link to that piece: www.mollysguide.co.uk/blog-1/2017/8/9/breastfeeding-is-a-subject-that-divides-opinion

As if by magic, fall ill our poor little toddler did. Her heart racing, laboured breathing and 40-degree temperature at gone 10pm and Mel and I rushed Betty up to the GP Out of Ours Service at Lincoln County Hospital.

Of course, both the Accident and Emergency Department and Out of Hours Service were heaving. The NHS is clearly under severe pressure.

Betty was barely moving in Mel’s arms (I crave for the day she finally wants to be held by her daddy by the way) and was clearly in discomfort.

We were sent straight to A&E once the triage nurse had seen Betty – her age and breathing difficulty making the condition more concerning. But our worry was short lived.

As many will know, I work in the NHS and will sing from the hill tops about the remarkable individuals I come across every single day in this job – but even I was pleasantly surprised by the extra mile trekked by A&E staff that evening. I hasten to add, I am no NHS hero – I merely work in PR and have the privilege to promote all the tremendous work being done by those on the frontline.

The triage nurse handed Betty a teddy for keeps and that, along with doses of Calpol, Ibuprofen and a piece of chocolate from daddy (!), there was an almost-immediate improvement in her mood.

 

Due to Betty’s tender age, and the fact it must have now been around midnight, she was given a bed immediately.

 

It was at this point, as biased as I am, I became truly amazed at the lengths severely under pressure A&E staff went to in order to make our Betty’s stay as warm as it could be. Just about every clinician on duty in the department that evening must have come in to personally speak with Betty.

 

From nurse number one who brought her a bottle of bubbles to blow, to the doctor who came in for a personal chat with a girl with ‘an unusual name for one so young.’ There was a paramedic who regularly popped in to our bay to ask her: “You all right mate?” To which Betty repeatedly laughed back: “All right mate?”

 

And then there was nurse number two who even super quickly took part in a hide and seek game as Betty gradually bounced back – as kids do so quickly, right?

 

And before we eventually said our goodbyes after all tests had been done at 2am, a different doctor popped in to show concern for a bump on Betty’s head. It was a minor injury she had sustained following a fall in the park the previous night. This was the first time this particular doctor had met Betty and had not been involved in her care at all that evening. I remember thinking, wow, you really care don’t you?

I wish I had remembered all names of the people we’d met because, they all contributed in some manner, to making Betty feel so much better that night. She wasn’t perfect and was put on antibiotics but the lengths clinicians went to when, if we’re honest, really didn’t need to, was incredible. 

The paramedic, who I really do wish I’d noted his name, was a hero. Every time he popped his head round Betty’s bay curtain, she giggled. I guess for professionals under intense pressure, having a giggle with a two-year-old as charismatic as Betty is light relief.

This got me thinking in the days after. Lincolnshire Media is hosting its first ever Lincolnshire Health Awards on November 14. There are 15 categories in total and patients are being encouraged to nominate their NHS hero. Maybe someone who has gone that extra mile with your child, or even yourself?

It may be a nurse, a doctor, a midwife, a support worker or a team. There are many categories to select your hero from.

Without these people, especially those on the frontline every day and night, where would we be? These people get up every day to help others – save lives in many cases.

Please nominate your NHS hero here: http://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news/health/time-recognise-health-care-professionals-363434

Family fun at Lincoln drill hall this autumn!

There’s no better family theatre experience than panto. Silly characters, stunning sets, dance numbers, sing-along songs and special effects, panto has something for everyone - kids, Mum and Dad and Nana and Grandad alike!

The spectacular production Jack and the Beanstalk at the Drill Hall (5 December – 2 January) includes all of those all-important elements PLUS a 15-foot giant - and as it’s the Drill Hall’s tenth panto there’ll be lots of anniversary surprises too!

Ahead of the festive season, there’s a huge Autumn of family entertainment, with particular emphasis on the half-term break. Heading up the action and fresh from a smash West End run is The Hunting of the Snark on Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 October. This wonderful adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic poem is a sparkling musical comedy adventure, performed by high-energy actors and featuring life-like puppets, catchy songs and lashings of daft humour. The perfect half-term treat for the whole family!

Or follow Penguin Blue and friends as they go on an acrobatic Antarctic adventure in Metta Theatre’s Blown Away on Tuesday 24 October, an innovative family show featuring breath-taking circus skills, magical puppetry and lots of songs.

Fans of Horrible Histories will love Snail Tales’ The First King of England…in a Dress on Friday 27 October. This action-packed storytelling show is suitable for ages 3+…and arrive early for face-painting.

And with lots of songs and dances to join in with, The Teddy Bears’ Picnic (Saturday 28 October) will have pre-schoolers giggling until they’re tired little teddy bears.

Also coming up this Autumn are three outings for Diddy Disco, the Drill Hall’s regular dance party for under 7s, the Happy Monday Club weekly play sessions for pre-schoolers, which includes storytelling, making, music and dance, Fishtank Youth Theatre for ages 7-11 and 11-16s and Hartbeeps weekly musical adventure classes for newborns, babies and toddlers.

For further information: T: 01522 808080

E:  info@drillhall.com  www.lincolndrillhall.com

Exciting forthcoming entertainment!

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre is such an inspiring place for children to visit, especially if it is their first experience of theatre.

And it’s not just in the theatre itself that the magic happens; at this year’s POP OUT Festival, taking place 11th September to 1st October, family shows and urban arts activities are popping up all over the place!

In addition to the return of the much loved Roundabout by Paines Plough, POP OUT Festival 2017 will establish a new performance space inside the Waterside Shopping Centre. A vacant shop unit will be transformed into the Waterside Pop Out Theatre, with a vibrant and fun foyer full of activities for families and a small studio space, which will host professional performances from UK touring companies alongside special community events.

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre has a well-established reputation for bringing big names and top quality family theatre entertainment to the region and this season is no exception. From the producers of The Hairy Maclary Show, join Timothy and his Elvis loving Dad on their adventures in this fun-filled family musical based on all three of Nick Sharratt’s award-winning Shark in the Park books. When Timothy Pope receives a brand new telescope for his birthday, boy is he excited to test it out at the park! But wait...is that really a shark he can see?

Given that 2017 celebrates 800 years since the Charter of the Forest, what better story to tell this Christmas than that of The Adventures of Robin Hood and Maid Marian: Winter in Sherwood!

The in-house production sees this familiar tale masterfully reimagined in a snow-covered forest, alive with magic and adventure. The boy-king Henry III rules an England in civil war and the Sheriff of Nottingham sees his chance to seize control. The people need a hero but who will step forward and fight for them? This wintery quest is suitable for families and children aged six up.

The creative team behind last year’s sell-out winter show for younger children are bringing another heart-warming tale to life in the studio with The Winter Whale. Two friends, the adventurous Anja and her best friend Karl find themselves cast adrift on an epic journey.

Through rolling waves and frozen seas the children search for the magical Winter Whale to help guide them safely home. Due to popular demand this production will run right through the Christmas period up to New Year’s Eve.

 

Tickets for all these shows are available now.

You can book your tickets online at www.lpac.co.uk

over the phone on: 01522 837600 or in person at the box office

in Zing Café Bar within Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

just because the summer is over doesn’t mean the fun has to stop!

Lincolnshire County Council’s Heritage Service still has an array of fun to keep the little ones entertained this autumnPack up a picnic and settle in for the evening to watch cinema under the stars as Lincoln Castle teams up with Luna Cinema for A Knights Tale on Friday 22nd September.

Celebrate Lincolnshire Day in style at The Museum of Lincolnshire Life as the Museum comes to life with costumed characters, let the museum sets take you back to a time that once was in Victorian Lincoln. See a traditional sweet shop, a working printing press and take in the smells of the Victorian kitchen on Sunday October 1st.

www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/museumoflincolnshirelife

Lincoln Castle also has a whole host of events to keep the little ones entertained this October half term with Imperial Army of Rome once again returning to Lincoln. See the fully armoured soldiers drill and demonstrate a variety of weapons under the instruction of the Centurion. The world famous Ermine Street Guard will perform displays and there’s a chance for junior visitors to enlist in the army too! There’s even chance to take a visit to the Roman surgeon too for all those battlefield injuries!

From Monday 23rd to Sunday 29th October delve into the darker side of Victorian England for Lincoln Castle’s Spooky Prison Week. Meet some unsavoury characters and hear ghastly tales of times gone by. www.lincolncastle.com

The Collection will once again join in on the national campaign Museums at Night on October 27th, this time with a ghostly themed event to get you set for Halloween! The museum will open its doors from 4pm–8pm for a truly thrilling experience!

www.thecollectionmuseum.com

Admission prices apply to certain events and craft activities. Visit the websites for more information.

Look out for daring knights, amazing aircraft & hot bangers!

Youngsters may be back in the classroom, or have rejoined their friends at playgroup, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty for families to look forward to in the weeks ahead – whether at the weekends or the eagerly-awaited half-term.

Think daring knights, soaring aircraft, digital installations, ghostly tales and tasty bangers. And don’t forget to look out for a great competition involving a large, cuddly yellow duck!

On September 9 and 10, it’s time to look to the skies during the exciting Scampton Air Show. Inspiring youth will be at the heart of this event, which will feature an interactive Techno Zone aimed at young people. Kids can attend the show for Free.

We’ve had a stunning Summertime in Lincoln, boosted by activities linked to the fantastic Lincoln Knights’ Trail and its sister Education Knights’ Trail. Scores of children have taken part in our special Knights’ Quest and had fun putting their creative talents to work in a variety of activities at Knights’ Central, which Lincoln BIG opened in the Cornhill.

But the fun isn’t over yet.  Families missing the “stars” of the Lincoln Knights’ Trail and their “half-sized” cousins will get the chance to see them again in all their glory.

“The “stars” of the main trail are being spruced-up ready for their reunion in the grounds of Lincoln Castle, where families can visit them for free and take even more smartphone selfies, from September 20 to 27.

The sculptures in the Education Knights’ Trail will be having their own reunion in the Waterside Shopping Centre, where they can be seen from September 5 to 27.

On September 16, if your family is feeling brave, there’s a chance to experience something different by hopping aboard Lincoln’s Ghost Tour. The bus leaves Minster Yard at 6pm and the tour lasts until 7pm. Places cost £6. (see more at www.visitlincoln.com)

October brings more unmissable events to enjoy. On October 14, families will find an irresistible urge to follow their noses in the direction of the fabulously tasty Lincoln Sausage Festival, which is taking place in and around the grounds of Lincoln Castle.

Watch out for great cooking demonstrations, your favourite sausages and characters including The Cosmic Sausage, Juggling Jim, Mr Sausage and, of course Lincolnshire chef Rachel Green.

In October, the Lincoln Loves Kids team (from Visit Lincoln, Lincoln Mums and County Heritage Services) will be back on the scene. The team was at The Beach in City Square earlier this Summer, introducing families to their fun-loving giant fluffy duck mascot and the Lincoln Loves Kids brochure, which is packed with exciting things to do.

(see www.visitlincoln.com/kids)

We’ll be asking people to try their luck in our “Name the Duck” competition – in a contest that lasts right through to the end of half-term!

While half-term is in full-swing don’t miss the fantastic, 10-day, Frequency Festival, with its theme of displacement (Place and Displacement) which forms part of the celebrations of the 800th Anniversary of the Charter of The Forest.

Frequency runs from October 20 to 29 and it will feature extraordinary art installations and amazing events, which fuse virtual and augmented realities!

To find out more details contact Laura Stones
Telephone: 01522 559 515
email: laura.stones@stbarnabashospice.co.uk
www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk/gary17

Special Moments...

There are moments in your life that are special. I’m sure you’ve all had them, the ones that give you the warm fuzzy feeling in your tummy, well this is one I’ve had recently I’d like to share with you...

A 20 month old little boy was brought to me by his mother for spectacles. Fortunately the mother had noticed a problem with his eyes and had been sent to the hospital via his GP. The family are current patients of mine and he’d been refracted at the hospital due to his age. She brought him to me to try spectacles.

This little boy was deeply untrusting of medical professionals after what he’d been through at the hospital for his examination (which no doubt involved drops) so he automatically presumed spectacles were some alien torturing device which were going to cause him great pain. He fought me and to get anything on his face for longer than a few seconds before they were thrown to the floor, whilst he was crying and screaming, was an achievement.

After a few triesI managed to work out what would fit him and find frames his mother approved of so she whisked him away to try and soothe him and you can imagine I was looking forward to our next meeting to try and fit the specs when the prescription was in!

And so the day came. I blocked an hour out of my diary so the practice would be quiet and less intimidating for him. I walked towards the little boy and his face filled with fear. I popped the glasses on him... and this was the magic moment.

He looked around the shop with utter amazement and awe. He was now seeing the world as he should not the blurred version he was used to. Not once did he attempt to remove the glasses and his beaming smile was something special to behold. He kept looking around the shop fascinated with what he could see. He ran up to a mirror and looked at himself, seeing himself in a different and new way for the first time. He was fascinated with the laminate flooring in the shop as previously he would not have noticed the wood grain and all of a sudden he could see it.

This was truly a warm and fuzzy moment for me. Watching him “see” the world for the first time was amazing. He walked out the shop holding his mother’s hand and not once tried to remove the specs. My job was done!

I cannot stress enough how important it is to get your children’s eyes tested even if you think they are ok. The younger the child the easier it is to resolve issues that hopefully will not affect them in later life. I am happy to examine children from two and a half years old but will have a look at younger children if you are concerned. I examined an 8 month old the other day as the mother wanted her checking.

I hope my story gives you a glimpse into my daily life as an optician and how rewarding it can be. I hope you get a little warm and fuzzy feeling too.

 

T: 01522 542121

E: enquiries@clearviewopticians.co.uk

www.clearviewopticians.co.uk

Chiropractic is for the whole family!

Whether you’re an anxious mum-to-be, a dad struggling with a fretful toddler or a parent worried about an older child’s headaches – chiropractic care could put you on the road to a happier future.

Epoch, Lincoln’s newest chiropractic centre is an oasis of calm. It has been set-up by Directors chiropractor Dr Tom Waller and his partner Sarah Maplethorpe and they are passionate about helping families to achieve the best of health and fulfil their potential.

Dr Tom and Sarah, who is centre director, are delighted to be based at the heart of the community on Lincoln’s Birchwood Shopping Centre and using their expertise to help everyone from newborn babies to great-grandparents – often at the same time! One of their top priorities is to dispel any misconceptions that people may have that this holistic practice is all about “cracking the bones” or using heavy pressure, when in most cases it only requires a light touch.

Epoch is light and spacious, with a calming ambience and non-clinical air. Modern and bright, its design reflects Dr Tom and Sarah’s enthusiasm. The décor is highlighted with eye-catching statements underlining what chiropractic is really about – helping the body to heal itself.

The Epoch team offer patients a warm welcome and direct them into the waiting area, with its cheery cushions, bowl of fresh fruit and dispenser of fruit-infused water. A large blackboard and children’s stools instantly make youngsters feel at home. An individual’s chiropractic care starts with an “orientation,” to learn more about chiropractic and their journey.

“Orientation sounds complicated, but the term simply covers the process of explaining chiropractic to patients, telling them how they will be assessed and how we make “adjustments” to the body,” said Sarah, who is also training to be a chiropractor.

After a “warm-up” on the wobble cushions, Dr Tom invites regular patients into the open plan adjusting area, where there are three couches. These are great when family members attend together, because they can enjoy a shared experience.

Epoch also has a private consultation room and state-of-the-art, same-day, digital X-ray facilities and spinal scanners developed by NASA. Reports are produced within days, without a patient having to visit another professional for their results.

So how does chiropractic work and why is it suitable for everyone, from the mum-to-be to a baby or older child? Dr Tom, an international speaker who hosts talks and takes the chiropractic message out to community groups and businesses, is happy to explain.

“The brain and spinal cord control every function in the body. Any misalignment in the spine – which protects those two areas which are in continual communication – can have dramatic effects,” he said.

“The technical term for any misalignment is subluxation. Wherever this occurs, it will knock the body out of kilter, physically or otherwise. When I make adjustments, I relieve interference on the nervous system and help the body to start healing itself.

Chiropractic adjustments are gentle enough to help prepare a pregnant woman for a more positive labour and a natural birth.

“Mothers often find labour to be a calmer and quicker experience after regular chiropractic care through pregnancy. A newborn might be affected by a traumatic birth, if their skull and spine are misaligned. Chiropractic adjustments relieve pressure on the nervous system.

“I have helped one-day-old babies, but the most pressure used is no more than that of putting a finger on the shell of an uncooked egg,” said Dr Tom.

Dr Tom and Sarah are serious about helping communities to understand more about chiropractic.

On Wednesday 20th September, from 7pm-8pm Dr Tom will be giving a special talk at the Centre – “Do Kids Bounce?.” It’s free – call 01522 681100 to book.

NEWARK VINTAGE TRACTOR & HERITAGE SHOW...

On 11 & 12 November, the largest UK show of its kind will be held at Newark Showground.

 

This family-friendly event attracts crowds not just for the hundreds of lovingly restored vintage machines on show but also for the wide variety of trade stands, entertaining demonstrations and educational displays of all things agricultural. In addition to the rare and vintage tractors and horticultural equipment, there is entertainment for the whole family, with ‘war horse’ enactment displays and rides around the show on the tractor driven barrel-train, always a big hit with the children.

The Rare and Native Breeds display, including sheep, goats, ponies and cattle and located in the John Eastwood Buildings, will both educate and inform the visitor and provide a unique glimpse into the UK’s farming heritage that has shaped our island. There will be plenty of displays and demonstrations to keep our young visitors fascinated. 

The show attracts a wide variety of indoor and outdoor trade stands offering opportunities to shop for products such as country wear clothing, crafts and gifts, footwear, sweet and savoury snacks, as well as items that will appeal to agricultural machinery enthusiasts.

The website, www.newarkvintagetractorshow.com is regularly updated as is the trade stand list so you will be able to check which trade stands will be present.

The Sunday morning Remembrance Service, will again be led by Revd. Dr Alison Milbank of Southwell Minster and the organisers are extremely grateful for this support. The service is held amongst the vintage tractors displayed in the George Stephenson Exhibition Hall and is always well attended.  The poignant sound of the lone bugler signalling the two minutes’ silence to remember those lost at war is particularly evocative. Come early to be sure of a seat.

There is the usual Brown & Co auction on Saturday and the popular Sort Out returns on Sunday.  Everyone is welcome to attend the Saturday Night Do held at 6.30pm in The Cedric Ford. Tickets must be bought in advance and are great value at just £15 each for a two-course dinner with a glass of wine.  This year’s speaker is the highly entertaining and informative Mark Spencer, local farmer and MP for Sherwood.

 

If you are interested in sponsoring any aspect of this year’s show, please contact the show team, tractor@newarkshowground.com or see the website for further details.

Performance by no.1 Gary Barlow tribute act

Dan Hadfield is set to support St Barnabas Hospice by performing his world class Gary Barlow set list.

On Saturday 11th November, from 7pm, the World’s Number One Gary Barlow tribute act – Dan Hadfield – will be performing at Gainsborough Golf Club to raise money for St Barnabas Hospice.

Guests can enjoy a delicious one course meal before Dan takes to the stage at 8.45pm, and will then be able to spend the rest of the night at the disco, which runs until midnight.

Dan has performed with Gary himself, and tours all over the world with his solo show. He has also appeared on the Xtra Factor with Gary, and has even been voted Britain’s Best Lookalike.

His uncanny resemblance in looks, mannerisms and vocal performances has left audiences stunned by his likeness to Gary himself.

Dan Hadfield said: “I’m very happy to be supporting St Barnabas Hospice. What St Barnabas does for patients and their families is outstanding, and their support is absolutely crucial. “As a Lincolnshire lad, I’m pleased to be involved in what will be an amazing night, and I hope you see you all there to help raise as much money as possible.”

Tickets are currently available on an exclusive early bird offer, and can be purchased for £25 each until 28th July when the price will rise to £30 per person.

Laura Stones, Events Fundraiser for St Barnabas, said: “Dan came last year to do a similar gig in support of St Barnabas, and it was a complete sell out! We’re hoping for the same outcomethis year.

“Last year, we raised £3,000 from the Dan Hadfield gig, so we’re hoping to exceed this in November. The guests will all have an amazing night, as Dan knows exactly how to work the audience and is a true professional.”

To find out more contact Laura Stones

Telephone: 01522 559515

Email:laura.stones@stbarnabashospice.co.uk

www.stbarnabashospice.co.uk

Lincoln’s early pregnancy service

ScanLinc Early Pregnancy Service is a private ultrasound scanning studio based in Lincoln.

ScanLinc is designed to provide care and reassurance to women and their families in the early weeks of their pregnancies. Every scan performed follows the safety guidelines as set out by the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS).

Our main services include:

• Early Pregnancy Reassurance Scans

• Early Pregnancy Emergency Scans

• Gender Scans

• Harmony Prenatal Screenings

• Full Well-Being Packages

Creating by an experienced midwife and sonographer, ScanLinc is owned and independently run by Samantha Northway.

“My aim for every appointment at ScanLinc is to provide a first-class personalised service, catering for both the physical and emotional needs of each family, resulting in a positive and valuable experience.”

For you working ladies and mums, ScanLinc Early Pregnancy Service has evening appointments for all our services. Find out more at our website www.scanlinc.co.uk

A Knight (Trail) To Remember

It’s the final weekend of the Lincoln Knights’ Trail, before they disappear off our streets for good.  Molly’s blogger Desperate Dad urges us all to take up the challenge…

With our lunches packed and loins suitably girded, we sally-forthed into oblivion and boldly went somewhere similar we've been before. Not ones to leave things last minute, the Lincoln Knights' Trail has finally been chalked off our holiday 'to do' list and with only a few days to spare. This summer the city has once again been transported back in time, 800 years to be exact, to 1217 to mark the historic knight infested Battle of Lincoln and reissuing of the Magna Carta. 

No less than 36 model Knights are proudly displayed across the city, much like the brilliant Barons we all enjoyed hunting a couple of years ago. With so many to claim this time around we were prepared to have to split proceedings into two parts on this occasion.

Nonetheless, armed with enough snacks to put Nestle out of business, we braved the overcast skies and hit the streets to see just how far we could get. In essence, the trail is divided into three sections: the Cathedral Quarter, High Street and Brayford Pool area.

Some of the designs were particularly dazzling. Highlights in the Bailgate (cathedral) area included the eye-catching Robin Hood inspired 'Lincoln Green' and the evocative nod to Bomber Command 'Knight of the Skies' knights. A lunchtime pit stop in the beautiful grounds of Lincoln Cathedral, spurred us in our quest and careering down Steep Hill we notched up 'The Knight Has A Thousand Eyes' and 'Knight Jigsaw' with consummate ease.

A bit out of the way sit the Usher Gallery's 'The Spirit Of Lincoln' and Monks Road's 'Knight Time', a tad tiring for wobbling little legs, but these were easily negotiated by whispered ice cream promises. These were duly delivered, along with essential liquid refreshments for mummy and daddy, on the bustling Brayford Pool via a quick memory lane mooch around the University of Lincoln.

Here we were disappointed not to be able to view the intriguing 'magic' knight, our Apple iPhones unfortunately not compatible, but it was still fun ushering the boys around their old folks' previous stomping grounds. As we made our way back up the High Street, spirits were buoyed as we realised we'd cracked the entire thing in one fell swoop.

'Libertas Per Sapientiam' the final knight ticked off with glee.

Badges and certificates in the bag, the consensus was that this was one adventurous quest we all thoroughly enjoyed undertaking. A terrific trail with some incredible artwork and a fantastic advert for our wonderful city yet again.

Where do we sign up for the next one?

www.knightstrail.com 

Lincolnshire in world war one.

This project aims to tell the story of the importance of Lincolnshire during World War 1.

A series oftravelling exhibitions will be held all over Lincolnshire and based in Village Halls, Heritage Centres etc and will not only focus on urban areas but also on rural areas and small communities. These exhibitions will stay at each location for between 7-10 days and we are hoping to be able to work with local schools, youth groups and village organisations.

There will also be information packs available for the communities to use on self-directed visits. These exhibitions will commence in July 2017 and continue through the duration of the project, ending in 2020.

During the summer of 2018, our two major static exhibitions will be held at RAF Scampton Heritage and Ethos Centre and also at The Collection Museum in Lincoln. Scampton will house an authentic reproduction of a WW1 airfield complete with aircraft whilst The Collection will focus on the work carried out on the design and production of aircraft as well as the threat to the Country of the Zeppelin and Lincolnshire’s role in defeating this menace.

Education sessions will also accompany these two exhibitions and details will be sent out to all Schools nearer the time.

For further information on this exciting opportunity or to find out when we will be in your area, please contact Brian Riley, Project Officer: brian.riley@lincolnshire.gov.uk

or Sue Miller, Education Co-ordinator: sue.miller@lincolnshire.gov.uk