A weekly pay and play badminton session aimed at people who want to have fun and meet new people is launching on September 2nd in Branston.
The badminton sessions, which are set up to encourage adult beginners and improvers to keep fit and be active, provides a fun, social environment where people can play for enjoyment, rather than competitively.
The sessions will take place every Tuesday and Thursday evening at Branston Community Academy, Station Road, Branston from 7.00pm – 9.00pm. The sessions costs £3.00 per person and are open to anyone aged 15 and above. The first session will take place on Tuesday, September 2.
Roger Burke, Community Badminton Coach at Lincolnshire Sport, says: “The weekly badminton sessions are purely for people who want to enjoy themselves in a social setting and play a new sport without taking it too seriously. There are a lot of people who have played badminton before but wouldn’t feel comfortable joining an established league club. This group will provide a fun and social environment for people to keep fit and be active, without having to play too competitively.”
Participants are encouraged to wear sensible footwear and clothing. Rackets can be provided and coaching is available if required.
For more information call Roger Burke at Lincolnshire Sport on 07940 937 689.
Thie Modified Live event at Cadwell Park will mark the venue’s eightieth anniversary year in style with modern Formula 1’s debut appearance at the Lincolnshire track!
A Benetton B190, raced by triple World Champion Nelson Piquet, will take part in a high speed demonstration run around the undulating Lincolnshire track on Saturday 9th August. Piquet used the B190, penned by legendary McLaren and Ferrari designer John Barnard, to great effect, winning the 1990 Japanese and Australian Grands Prix in his penultimate F1 season. The car, which is now owned by enthusiast John Reaks.
John says, “I’ve driven many laps around Cadwell Park and it’s one of my favourite circuits, so I can’t wait to drive a Formula 1 car around there. It’ll be challenging, probably a bit like Monaco, but lots of fun and the Mountain should really be special. I’m looking forward to making history!” Other powerful single seaters at the event will include a Formula Nippon machine.
Modified Live will also include the thrilling Time Attack Championship, where drivers compete against the clock in highly modified machines. Cadwell Park is one of the trickiest circuits on the championship's calendar and the most spectacular, with drivers pushing to the limit. This Saturday will also witness the debut of the Classic Time Attack class, for historic cars.
Visitors can take part by lapping the circuit, also known as the ‘mini-Nürburgring’, in their own car for just £25 by booking via www.modifiedlive.co.uk. Off-track activities at the event will include a trade village, car club and show truck displays, plus a show-and-shine competition.
Tickets for Modified Live at Cadwell Park are available from £12 with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information please call 0843 453900 or visit www.cadwellpark.co.uk.
Tucked at the side of the road near Tallington and Market Deeping in the south of the county, The Granary is perhaps the most captivating property we’ve seen in years.
Most homes Lincolnshire Today visits have that undeniable je ne sais quoi, otherwise we wouldn’t feature them, but once in a while you are faced with something truly special. A single photo sent over had us interested, a delightful, cosy and light room dubbed ‘The Orangery’ and we had to find out more.
Pulling into The Granary, the first thing you notice is the mill pond and the imposing and splendid granary building that spring into view. Your eye is then drawn to the bridges that litter your immediate eyeline. As well as a beautiful home, owners Colin and Ming Ming have also transformed the twelve acres of accompanying land into some of the most breath-taking gardens we’ve ever seen. As well as the sheer amount of space, the gardens house no less than five rivers and more bridges than we can count linking the banks and ‘islands’ in which different styles have been adopted.
Inside the house, which dates from 1773, its tall ceilings and natural beams create a traditional picture, but as a keen pair of travellers, Colin and Ming Ming have created an oriental-inspired style that consists of a dominance of wood carvings, gorgeous furniture and a sense of privacy in each room that gives them all an individual style. The top floor for example houses an area given over to a library and music room, accessed by beautiful spiral stairs. But it comes with a relaxing air, books cover the walls and the views over the surrounding fields and gardens are fantastic.
Elsewhere, a drawing room that is both light and airy and cosy is perfect for entertaining large groups when the weather isn’t great, but would be lovely to cosy up in too.
Colin explains however, that the house is not all their living space: “I like to call it dispersed living, whereas most people use their annexes to store things, we have used every available space to mean we have a myriad of choice.”
He’s not wrong, outside the main house there are so many areas both outside and in that you’d still have places to entertain after a week of parties. By the mill pond outdoors and the mill wheel is a canopied seating area where you can listen to the tumbling sound of the mill stream before you get to a formal Japanese garden and a stone built wine store which keeps the bottles at a perfect temperature. You then move on to a covered barbeque which is perfect for gathering around and whiling away the day.
Look to the other side of the mill pond, which is fed by water features too, and you’ll see outbuildings that at first glance you might guess to be storage or garages. That’s not quite right, on investigation, the triple garage is a high-ceilinged and beamed building that has under-floor heating that has doubled up as entertaining space for particularly large parties.
Walk through the garage and you’ll come across the room which first captured our interest. The Orangery as the couple call it, has a traditional Japanese table on the floor in one corner, an eye-level open fire in the other with soft seating and on a lower level, a long wooden table and benches, perfect for informal dining and games nights. The high-glassed roof gives it an abundance of natural light and it’s a pleasure to be in. Open the French doors and a small path leads to a covered fire pit, which can be used to stay warm around on summer evenings or for cooking on. The surprises this home throws at you at every corner mean you are constantly dumfounded. Most homes will have one or two areas in which you’d be proud to entertain guests, The Granary has dozens.
The gardens are a whole different world, the sheer breadth and the intelligent layout and structure mean the surprises keep coming. A well-stocked orchard and veg patch as well as a timber-built greenhouse made from telegraph poles and railway sleepers mean the couple are nearly self-sufficient. They also share the extensive land with a whole menagerie of wildlife. During our walk around, pheasants, woodpeckers, grey wagtails as well as a heron and two families of swans with goslings make their way around the styled, but still very natural gardens.
There’s woodland areas, a meadow full of long grass and more wildlife, oriental gardens and more areas to sit and ponder in than you can imagine. Turn one way, there’s an artisanal bell to ring and hear the sound waves last forever, turn another and there’s a lovers’ swing by a pond.
As Colin puts it: “You have to come here to really appreciate what it is that makes this place such a joy, this house absorbs people and far from a place to maintain and look after, it’s a place to enjoy. When I set out to walk around, it’s not to see what needs doing, it’s more like a walk in a park.”
We’re inclined to agree, The Granary and its accompanying gardens are like a little slice of heaven, peaceful and dramatic, you stop at every turn and just stand agog. Truly remarkable, it’s a gem that we’ve been inspired by.
The Granary is currently on the market with Fine & Country.
Cadwell Park is to celebrate its 80th anniversary in style with a birthday party shared with motorcycling legends and featuring fantastic machinery on and off the track.
Three celebration races will head the competitive action on the track, the Classic King of Cadwell, Charlie’s Trophy, and Tommy Wood Trophy covering a host of two-wheeled machinery from across the decades.
A host of celebrity riders are set to take to the track on famous bikes in th! e Classic Racer Champions of Cadwell Parade, including local legends Guy Martin, Derek Chatterton and Steve Plater.
TT, North West 200 and British Superbike Championship race winner Plater, from Woodhall Spa, is looking forward to reliving great memories of his local track: “In March 1994 I had my first race meeting at Cadwell Park and I won a race. For me it was like winning a Grand Prix. There’s always a great atmosphere there and as a rider, when you are sat on the start line, the crowd are so close. It always produces good racing, and nowhere in the world has the Mountain.”
Swallow’s Derek Chatterton raced against the world’s best riders at Cadwell Park in the 60s and 70s and often stole the show. He recalls: “My best memory of Cadwell Park was when I beat Giocomo Agostini on th! e 500MV. Nobody had beaten him round there before. Being local, you realised that everybody was gunning for you, so you’d do the best you can. Cadwell’s a really good circuit, I think it’s one of the best in the country.”
Fans booking in advance can take advantage of camping on Saturday night, with a Clubhouse concert from The Tuesdays. Sunday’s celebrations will include displays of classic motorcycles and cars, and there will be a classic bike trials display, plus more live music throughout the day from The Stolen Fridays.
Tickets for the Cadwell Park 80th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday 3 August are available in advance for £14, or £24 including camping (please note that camping tickets are not available on the gate). For more information spectators should call 0843 453 9000 or visit www.cadwellpark.co.uk
A council-run scheme has helped 44 people to take their first step onto the property ladder in Lincoln.
Run by the city council with Lloyds TSB, the Local Lend A Hand Mortgage Scheme means first time buyers only need a five per cent deposit, with the council guaranteeing a further 20 per cent, giving them access to lower mortgage rates.
Over the first phase of the scheme the council has supported one loan every fortnight and members of the Executive Committee will consider earmarking a further £1 million to extend the scheme.
Council Leader Ric Metcalfe says: “We are extremely pleased with the success of the scheme, especially as we exceeded our target of supporting 38 house-buyers.
“Unfortunately, there are currently no lenders willing to take part in the scheme due to the Government’s Help to Buy initiative, which offers similar advantages. However, the local authority scheme offers the most favourable interest rates on mortgages and we are hopeful we may be able to relaunch the scheme in the future.
“This scheme has been a real help to people who could afford a mortgage but were struggling to save a big enough deposit to buy a house. By helping people take that first step onto the ladder, we are also helping the local housing market and the local economy, through spend on solicitors, removals, painting and decorating and buying furniture for the house.”
During the first phase of the scheme the council has provided indemnity of £846,000. House purchases supported by the scheme represent a total spend of £4.6 million on property within Lincoln and £4.4 million on mortgage lending.
At tonight’s meeting the Executive Committee will consider whether to retain a further £1 million, subject to a willing lender coming forward.
Lincolnshire racing driver Jack Harvey has added yet another podium finish to his tally of results in the 2014 Indy Lights Championship. Sunday’s third place finish at Toronto means Jack has now scored podium finishes in a staggering two thirds of the Championship.
The Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver from Bassingham currently lies third in the drivers’ standings, and is continuing to close the gap to second place, race by race. Jack also leads the battle for highest placed rookie of the season with five rounds to go.
Despite it being Jack’s first visit to the 1.75-mile Canadian street circuit, he was immediately amongst the front-runners in the first practice session of the weekend, posting the second fastest time. The young Brit followed this with another strong showing in the second practice session, which he ended in third.
Ahead of qualifying, the rain began to fall, so the field were left divided on the best set up for their cars. Jack and the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team elected for a dry set up, whilst most of the other cars went for a inter set up. The gamble was made in the hope that the track would dry out, and the decision proved to be the correct one. While Jack struggled for lap times in the opening part of the session, as the track dried, the sector times started to come together and Jack had the pace for a pole position lap time. However, luck wasn’t to be on Jack’s side and a series of yellow flags and traffic meant that his four quickest laps were affected and ended the session in fourth, three tenths off the pole time.
Due to the rain overnight the track was damp for Sunday’s race, but drying rapidly, so the team elected to leave the dry set up on the car from qualifying. Jack got a good start and by lap three was up to third, however, the two Belardi cars in ront were able to pull out a significant gap as they were on an inter set up. By half distance though, the track was almost dry and Jack began to rapidly close the gap to the leading pair. In just fifteen laps Jack took eight seconds out of the lead with some of his laps half a second quicker than the leaders.
Harvey continued his storming drive and on lap 34 set the fastest lap of the race. By the time the checkered flag fell after 40 minutes of racing, Jack was just 1.5 seconds off second, and crossed the finish line in third, collecting a further 36 Championship points.
Jack says, “This was probably the most promising weekend of the season so far. We were very fast all weekend and, if it hadn’t been for the yellow flags and traffic during qualifying, we would have very likely been on pole. During the race as the track started to dry our race pace was also very fast so we can come away from Toronto with a lot of positives.
“It’s obviously a little disappointing that the win didn’t happen that weekend, but with the pace we have been showing and the six podium finishes to date, we’re confident that we won’t have to wait much longer. With five rounds to go our focus is to achieve better results than the two guys ahead of me in the standings so we can keep closing the gap to them. I’m looking forward to Ohio, we had a good test session there and we will be pushing hard for two good results."
This weekend, Soper of Lincoln are celebrating the launch of the BMW i8, the world’s most progressive sports plug-in hybrid.
Along with the revolutionary BMW i3, this stunning new arrival embodies our vision for the future which marries unprecedented sustainability with unforgettable driving dynamics.
Join the Soper team from 10am to 4pm, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th for a champagne reception, where a BMW Genius will be on hand to answer any questions you may have on the new generation of electric vehicles. The BMW i8 is not one to be missed.
For more details, visit the Soper website or call 01522 690000.
Soper is on Roman Way, South Hykeham, Lincoln, LN6 9UH.
We've come across some wonderful gardens over the years as part of our regular feature, but a new study has revealed that gardens in care homes could provide promising therapeutic benefits for patients suffering from dementia.
The research is published in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association and by critically reviewing the findings from 17 different pieces of research, has found that outdoor spaces can offer environments that promote relaxation, encourage activity and reduce residents’ agitation.
Conducted by a team at the University of Exeter Medical School and supported by the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Applied Health Research and Care South West Peninsula (NIHR PenCLAHRC), the systematic review also found that gardens could offer welcome spaces for interactions with visitors, helping to stimulate memories for dementia patients whilst providing wellbeing opportunities for families and staff.
Dementia is a global public health priority, with reports suggesting that 7.7 million new cases are identified each year. Almost half of the elderly people living in residential care have dementia or dementia symptoms, a figure which increases to more than three-quarters in nursing homes.
The study’s lead researcher, Rebecca Whear, says: “There is an increasing interest in improving dementia symptoms without the use of drugs. We think that gardens could be benefitting dementia sufferers by providing them with sensory stimulation and an environment that triggers memories. They not only present an opportunity to relax in a calming setting, but also to remember skills and habits that have brought enjoyment in the past.”
The research represents the first attempt to bring together findings from a range of studies and has also highlighted several factors that must be overcome if gardens are to be useful in the future care of dementia patients. These include understanding possible hazards that a garden might represent to residents, and ensuring staff have time to let residents enjoy an outdoor space to its full potential.
Despite its positive findings, the study’s authors were keen to point out that this area of research is currently understudied and undervalued by policy makers. Dr Ruth Garside, an expert in evidence synthesis and one of the paper’s authors, says: “There’s a lot we don’t know about how a garden’s design and setting influences its ability to affect wellbeing, yet it’s clear that these spaces need to offer a range of ways of interacting – to suit different people’s preferences and needs. We want to pursue these answers to ensure that care experiences can be maximised for sufferers of dementia, their carers and families.”
This research coincides with the development of a new garden at Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and Julie Vale, Acting Consultant Nurse for Older People, says: “We’ve long recognised the importance of therapeutic outside spaces for patients, particularly the frail elderly and those living with dementia. We’ve created the Trust’s very own Devon Garden to allow patients to come away from the clinical environment and experience nature. The garden design incorporates an innovative sound system, a telephone box with stories from Exeter and a safe, calming water feature.
"The Trust is delighted that the findings from the University of Exeter Medical School support the approach we’ve adopted in identifying new ways of improving care for patients with dementia.”
Lincolnshire racing driver Jack Harvey secured his fifth podium of the season, this time at Pocono, Pennsylvania. Of the eight rounds of the Championship contested so far, Jack has secured podium finishes in over half of them. As a result of this stretch of strong results, the Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver currently lies third in the standings.
Unusually, the race weekend for this round of the Championship fell on the Friday and Saturday. Unfortunately, heavy rain meant that Friday’s practice sessions were cancelled so Jack’s first experience of the Oval was on Saturday morning where a practice session was immediately followed by the qualifying session. Despite the limited running, the Bassingham driver had a strong qualifying and posted the second fastest time. On Saturday afternoon, Jack lined up on the first row of the grid for start of the forty lap race.
Jack had a challenging start to the race and dropped back to fourth. However he was up to third by lap seven. A full course caution was brought out when Razia spun off. At the restart, race leader Chaves, and Veach in P2, began to pull away from the Brit. However, Jack was able to close the gap again and by lap 25 the top three were only separated by two seconds.
The three cars then ran nose to tail for the final three laps of the race, with the three drivers matching each other lap for lap. After forty laps of racing and with no way past the two drivers ahead, Jack was forced to settle for third place and a further 35 Championship points.
Jack says, “It’s a good feeing to be coming away from the weekend third in the Championship and with another podium finish. With just four rounds left it’s all to play for and our aim remains the same; to secure race wins and to ultimately score more points that the two guys currently at the top of the standings at each of the four remaining races.
“Although we’re pleased with another podium finish, it’s still disappointing not to have come away with a win. It’s proof of how close the Championship fight is that we are actually disappointed with a podium finish! The races are challenging as the new tyres for this year mean that you can’t run as close to the cars in the dirty air as in previous years so it’s tough to make up positions during the race. We head to Toronto next where we will be looking to get a strong qualifying result and covert it into a race win."
Cadwell Park's 80th anniversary season delivers a further treat with a chance to look back into motorsport’s rich heritage courtesy of the Historic Sports Car Club's Wolds Trophy. The annual event, held on 21st and 22nd June, features contests for retro single-seaters, sports cars, GTs and touring cars.
The Wolds Trophy has established itself in recent seasons as a celebration of Formula Three competition, recalling an era in which the world's finest young prospects frequently raced in the category at the Lincolnshire circuit. Two classes for this form of racing will appear on the bill, with the Historic F3 races featuring machines from the period between 1964 and 1970, in which Sir Jackie Stewart and Emerson Fittipaldi competed on their way to F1 stardom. Contemporary F3 cars last competed at Cadwell Park in 1983, amidst a tumultuous title scrap between Ayrton Senna and Martin Brundle, and machines from this generation will also race, in the HSCC Classic Formula 3 Championship.
Further single-seater entertainment will be provided by Historic Formula Junior, which dates back to 1958, when it was conceived as a popular first step in the world of single-seater racing. During the following half-decade Formula Junior boasted a number of high profile graduates, including Jim Clark. In recent seasons the category has enjoyed a historic revival, with grids often having to be split into two for front and rear-engine models, as will be the case this weekend.
Open-wheel entertainment will extend beyond the F3 contests, however, with races for Historic Formula Ford as well as its slicks-and-wings cousin, Formula Ford 2000. The single-seater line-up will be completed by the HSCC's Classic Racing Cars, which is open to a myriad of different machines from the sixties.
One of the mostly hotly anticipated battles of the weekend will be that for the Mini Coopers, Lotus Cortinas and Hillman Imps in the Historic Touring Cars - machines that typically tackle corners sideways or with a wheel or two off the ground.
The racing line-up will be completed by sports and GT action from the Historic Road Sports, 70s Road Sports and Classic Clubmans. Road Sports contests are only open to road-legal production sports and GT cars, with extra points awarded for driving the car to and from the circuit. Clubmans, on the other hand, are front-engined sports-prototypes, many of which are completely unique following years of tinkering and modification by their owners.
An open paddock format at this event enables spectators to get a close look at the beautiful machines in race preparation, before heading to one of the many vantage points at the country’s most picturesque sporting venue.
Tickets for the HSCC Wolds Trophy at Cadwell Park on 21st and 22nd June are available online at www.cadwellpark.co.uk.