Andrew Abbott's Blog

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Lincolnshire this week.

The county joined the rest of the nation to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee despite the dire weather. In Lincoln the main event was the at the Castle where there was a medieval themed event. This continues on Monday. Boston’s Central Park has a celebration similar to the successful party in the park knees ups and this takes place on Monday. There will be cabbage throwing, you read correctly and karaoke and a picnic. Heighington will hold its own Jubilee flotilla with boats made by local children being launched into the village beck. Skegness held a street party whilst the “bunting babes” were busy in Rippingale near Bourne created four miles of decorations to hang around the village. Belton House, Gainsborough and Doddington Hall all held events to commemorate the Jubilee.

Continuing with the Jubilee theme Grantham museum reopened a year after it closed it’s doors when Lincolnshire County Council ended it’s funding. A special 1950’s themed weekend was held to coincide with the you know what.

Network Rail held two exhibitions in Lincoln this weekend to give local residents a chance to see and make comment on the proposed footbridges over the railway at High Street and Brayford crossings. Your correspondent was at one such event, at the Waterside shopping centre to hear that the bridges really were to go up. Both the High Street and Brayford Wharf will be made one way to allow space for the bridges. Doing nothing is not an option we were told. Unlike governance of Lincoln for many years but lets not criticize the powers that be for trying to alleviate this embarrassment although the solution, which will still feature level crossings, is hardly space age.

Part of a restoration project on one of England’s largest churches has been completed and will be opened by the Princess Royal. St Botolphs Church, otherwise known as Boston Stump now has a new gift shop, cafĂ©, toilets and offices. Princess Anne who is a patron of the fenland masterpiece will do the honours at a topping out in July. Fundraising manager Peter Coleman said: "We're really looking forward to the opening because it's obviously a really special year for the Royal Family.

"Her Royal Highness is coming to visit us late afternoon on 17 July and will perform the opening ceremony."

Talking of churches if you have £30000 to spare you can have your own as the church of St Mary, West Torrington goes on the market. You can’t however turn the place of worship into a home. One enquiry could see the grade II listed building into a recording studio. Judy Crowe, secretary of the Closed Churches Uses Committee for the diocese, said the Church of England was not a "bottomless pit".

She said: "Unless people who live in these communities support their local churches, then the future for them isn't very good.

Sue Heron, former churchwarden said it was extremely sad as the building brought people together – then revealed the only local using it was herself! The church originated from the 14th Century but was rebuilt in 1869

North Hykeham is the latest venue for Lincoln's long awaited park and ride following the allocation of £5million to alleviate traffic problems in South West Lincoln. The funding could see improvements to the towns railway station which has a large car park. Can you see where this is going? An application has been made to East Midlands Trains which could result in four extra trains into Lincoln per hour meaning a traffic free solution to travel into the centre. Good job those bridges are going up. More buses could also be provided as well as cycle lanes for the area. North Hykeham town councillor Wallace Lee told the Lincolnshire Echo: "This is incredibly good news for people in North Hykeham and Lincoln.

"One of the biggest problems that both Lincoln and North Hykeham face is traffic congestion. This will greatly ease that problem.

"North Hykeham has a population of 14,000 and is getting bigger and bigger. It's about time something like this happened.

"We have put in a bid to East Midlands Trains for a bigger, more comprehensive service and this could work brilliantly with buses and cycle routes.

"It will be a great facility."

The station itself would have a makeover too with a properly surfaced car park, shelters and a cafeteria.

Time to hit the road myself, have a good long weekend, if this rain ever stops.

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