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ALL SYSTEMS GO! ENTRIES OPEN FOR THE 2018 ØRSTED GREAT GRIMSBY 10K

It’s time for keen local runners to mark one of the most important days of the year into their diaries because entries have opened for the third running of the Ørsted Great Grimsby 10k on 22nd July 2018. Next year’s race will be bigger than ever after race organisers Tape2Tape upped the entry limit to 5,000, so even more runners can participate.

The first running of the DONG Energy Great Grimsby 10k happened in July 2016 (which is when our pictures are from), thanks to a collaboration between North East Lincolnshire Council, partners from the public sector, race organisers Tape2Tape and some of the town’s best known businesses.

Last year’s race saw nearly 3,000 people cheered on by big crowds as they made their way around the course from near Grimsby Town Hall to People’s Park.

The race has a fresh look for 2018 after the headline sponsor, DONG Energy, changed its name to Ørsted. The company is now entirely focussed on green energy and the new name is inspired by the curiosity, dedication and interest in nature of one of Denmark’s best known scientists, Hans Christian Ørsted.

Race directors Nicola and Neil Pattison commented:
“The Ørsted Great Grimsby 10k has grown beyond all our expectations and that’s down to the commitment of the hundreds of people it takes to stage an event like this. We’d like to thank everyone, from sponsors to the army of volunteers and supporters, who have helped make the race a huge success. We’ve made some changes to the start and finish arrangements so we can give more people the chance to experience what a superb event this is.”

Cllr Jane Hyldon-King, portfolio holder for health and wellbeing at the Council, added:
“I had a brilliant time at the race this summer and it was good to see so many people from local disability groups in the fun run. Great Grimsby really did itself proud and I look forward to seeing everyone on the start line in 2018.”

Runners will follow a flat course starting near Grimsby Town Hall, heading to Nun’s Corner, through Scartho towards New Waltham before returning to Grimsby via Peaks Parkway and finishing in People’s Park.

Entry fees have been kept low thanks to the generosity of sponsors, so far including Ørsted, North East Lincolnshire Council, Young’s Seafood, Associated British Ports (ABP), North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Wilkin Chapman LLP, HMT St Hugh’s Hospital and ENGIE and places are filling up fast so don’t hang around – get your entry in as soon as possible!

You can enter at www.greatgrimsby10k.com for just £13 for affiliated running club members and £15 for unaffiliated.

ROLAND GIFT BRINGS CLASSIC 80s POP TO THE WELLY FOR A GREAT HOMETOWN GIG

This was the first club I ever went in, back in the days when I was underage. We all were.

The club in question is the Welly on Beverley Road in Hull and the speaker is Roland Gift, formerly of the Fine Young Cannibals and here tonight for a solo gig in his former home town. Judging by the warmth of the reception he gets there are plenty of people here with fond memories of the venue and of the era and of Roland himself.

The place is pretty well packed and the temperature at the front is terrifying. The Welly has ridden out the Year of Culture urge to gentrify and is still doing what it’s supposed to – being a proper old fashioned sweatbox rock and roll venue – one of a dying breed these days.

Gift is a very cool performer, chatting with the audience (many of whom he seems to recognise) about the City Of Culture bunfight, and sipping tea between songs. He arrives on stage in a white kurta and blazer combo with a ballpoint pen clipped in the top pocket, in case inspiration should strike or he feels the need to take any names.

There’s a sly air of mischief about him and he’s happy not to take himself too seriously, pausing the show half way through to draw a raffle for a huge bag of meat (including a nice rack of ribs and some venison sausages) into which everyone who has made a purchase at the merch desk has been entered. There is of course a meat free option – it’s a 5lb bag of potatoes. I guess you don’t get that many vegetarian cannibals.

Time has done remarkably little to his vocal and the trademark effortless falsetto is still in fine order and the set is a crowd pleaser, taking in all the hits, but it’s the variety of the Cannibals output that is most striking. Until this gig I hadn’t revisited the Fine Young Cannibals or The Raw And The Cooked (did they really only make two) albums for some time and it’s amazing how fresh they sound today and tucked in among the tunes we all remember (like She Drives Me Crazy and Johnny Come Home) are several that have slipped my mind and come back fresh and shiny as new, in particular covers of Suspicious Minds and The Buzzcocks’ Ever Fallen In Love, reminders of an era when UK pop music hadn’t been consumed by posh boys and girls and we were all under age, at least for a while.

COLLABRO AND THEIR GUESTS BRING THE MAGIC OF THE MUSICALS TO THE AUDITORIUM

A packed house was treated to a fantastic evening of music and song on Tuesday night at Grimsby Auditorium as Britain’s Got Talent Winners and multi platinum album sellers Collabro and their guests came to town.

Opening the show was Sheffield born gospel country singer Philippa Hanna whose set showcased the songwriting and vocal skills which have taken her to the top of the UK gospel charts. Highlights of her set were I Am Amazing, taken from her 2016 album Come Back Fighting, which allowed her to show her marvellously fluid voice to maximum effect and Arrow which has a great up-beat Country vibe and an inspirational message well suited to her Christian background.

Collabro are everyone’s favourite masters of the big show tune that goes like this, starts off soft and low, and ends up with a kiss and this evening they delivered a masterclass in showmanship with a fine six piece band, elegant staging and costumes and a setlist that ranged from Les Miserables to Miss Saigon taking in Wicked, The Lion King, Phantom and lots of other modern musical theatre favourites on the way as well as pop hits like the Mumfords’ I Will Wait and a lively Don’t Rain On My Parade.

Their main set ended with Stars, the tune which first brought them to our attention and then we were treated to a fantastic encore which climaxed with a crimson jacketed December 1963 (Oh What A Night) that had the audience up on its feet and dancing to the Jersey Boys classic.

The nicest surprise of the evening was Collabro’s special guest, Mansfield born Carly Paoli who is one of those fortunate artists whose talent allows them to excel across genres. She has a cool precision that’s well suited to the classical repertoire but also the emotional expressiveness required for musical theatre.

Having fallen in love with the classic film musicals at home she studied at the Royal Northern College of Music and she’s certainly a performer whose star is on the rise, having duetted with Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo and had one of her own songs, Ave Maria, selected by the Vatican as the official song for Pope Francis’ Jubilee Year of Mercy.

She first appeared to join Collabro for a stunning Over The Rainbow and then treated us to a selection of tunes from her recently released debut album Singing My Dreams. She’s due to headline a show at the Cadogan Hall in London on February 15th 2018 – and it promises to be a great show at one of the most famous venues in the capital.

Not bad for a little girl from Mansfield who fell in love with the magic of the great MGM musicals and never looked back! We’re sure that we’ll be seeing a lot more of her in the future!

A PERFECT START TO THE CHRISTMAS SEASON AT THE LINCOLNSHIRE FOOD AND GIFT FAIR!

If you’ve still got presents to buy for your loved ones or you need choosing something special for your Christmas feast or even if you just fancy treating yourself to a nice bottle of something warming to keep the winter chills out then a visit to the Lincolnshire Food & Gift Fair is just what you need to make your festive season complete.

We had the chance to go to the launch event last night and what a fantastic event it was, with everything you could possibly need to make your Christmas perfect, much of it from local artisan producers and craftspeople.

Our favourites included Mablethorpe’s very own Dam Raider Gin, (and local rival Louth based Pin Gin too) but the stalls were packed with cheeses and chutneys, pies and sausages, as well as a huge variety of gift ideas including superb decorations, clothing and hampers.

The Lincolnshire Food & Gift Fair is open from 9am to 4pm on 2nd and 3rd December 2017 at the Lincolnshire Showground and visitors will have access to free parking. Tickets for the fair can be bought online or over the phone at £5 each in advance, and are £6 on the gate. Under 16s go free when accompanied by an adult.

LIGHT UP A LIFE SERVICE AT GRIMSBY MINSTER TO REMEMBER LOVED ONES NO LONGER WITH US

Lights will shine brightly for loved ones no longer with us at a special ceremony hosted by St Andrew’s Hospice inside Grimsby Minster on Saturday 9th December.

Light Up A Life is one of the best loved and most poignant events of the St Andrew’s Hospice calendar and is a chance for families and friends to gather together and remember those we love, who sadly are no longer with us.

The event will feature readings, music and quiet time for reflection; there will also be a special reading of a remembrance scroll. It is open to everyone, not just those who have lost someone they love in the hospice.

Those making a donation to St Andrew’s Hospice through Light Up A Life, you will be added to our remembrance scroll and will also receive a commemorative card.

These donations will allow the Hospice to continue to light up the lives of patients and families at what can be one of the most difficult times of the year.

There is no parking at Grimsby Minster, limited street parking is available nearby but there are pay and display car parks near the Minster.

LOUTH LONDON DRY GIN AMONG EXOTIC EXHIBITS AT LINCS FOOD & GIFT FAIR

Lovers of exotic gin are in for a festive treat when they attend Lincolnshire Showground’s popular Food & Gift Fair on December 2nd and 3rd 2017.

Award winning Pin Gin – a boutique London dry gin lovingly distilled and bottled in Louth – will be at the event for the first time, with visitors invited to try a small taster.

Thought to be the first ever gin to be produced commercially in Lincolnshire, Pin Gin was launched by Louth couple Alan Bottomley and Amy Conyard in March. Designed to capture the sights, tastes and smells of the local countryside, their recipe incorporates rose and lavender notes, hints of cucumber, black pepper and citrus, finishing off with liquorice, almonds and cinnamon.

Alan and Amy, who run their business as Bottomley Distillers, are excited to be exhibiting at the fair and are keen to teach people about their gin.

Amy said: “It’s a great opportunity to get out there and show off our brand. Making sales would be great but it is also about getting brand awareness and branching out to a different audience.”

Pin Gin takes its name from “pin”, as in pine needles, as Alan originally intended to sell Christmas trees as well. Currently producing 200 bottles of gin a week but set to expand, Bottomley Distillers was named producer of the year at the recent Select Lincolnshire Awards 2017 so make sure you stop by their display at the show and get a taste of some quality local spirits.

LA LUNA & FRANKLIN YOUNG VOICES LAUNCH THEIR NEW POETRY COLLECTION

An exciting collaboration between La Luna Publishing, Barton based author Nick Triplow and students from Franklin College will reach fruition on Thursday 30th November when The Moon On The Water on Cleethorpes Seafront will host the launch of a new poetry collection entitled In Case of an Emergency. The book also features photography and original illustrations.

The launch will feature some of the young writers performing their work. Copies of the book will be available to purchase.

The anthology has been produced with support from Arts Council England and their funding has meant that the young writers have had the opportunity to receive critical editorial feedback on their work from professional writers and editors Josie Moon and Nick Triplow. They have also benefited from workshops with professional poets Antony Dunn and Helen Mort.

“It would be wonderful to have a great audience at the event to show support for these talented young people and the work they have done,” says Josie Moon, director at La Luna.

The book showcases the talent and courage of its authors so if you’re a poetry enthusiast why not take a trip down to the Moon on the Water and lend your support. The event begins at 7.30 pm and entry is free.

For further information please contact Josie Moon by email at msjosiemoon@gmail.com

Silversmithing Workshops At Coastal Silver

Coastal, situated on the Meridian Point Arts & Crafts Centre Cleethorpes, is a treasure trove of beautiful things, created by Andrea, John and son Jack with support of the coastal crew. The top dog at Coastal is Flossy the 11 year old Parsons Jack Russell terrier who always seems to steal the show.

Together they create wonderful bespoke silver jewellery and driftwood art incorporating locally found sea glass and much more.

They also run a range of workshops where you can get some hands on experience of the jewellery making process, ideal if you fancy trying something different with your friends, family, partner, children or even your bridesmaids or colleagues.

If you fancy trying out one of their one and a half hour taster sessions then why not give them a call. You’ll have a great time and go home with new skills and a beautiful hand crafted piece made by you.

Stacker Ring Workshop £25
Stacker Bangle Workshop £35
Charm Ring Workshop £30
Charm Bangle Workshop £40
Mens Chunky Ring Workshop £40

This includes all materials, you can choose to do any of the above in the session. Daytime workshops by appointment.

Contact us for availability. Evenings times are from 5pm or 7pm start and there’s free parking at the rear of shop

You can find Coastal at Meridian Point Craft Units, Cleethorpes DN35 0AR, contact them by phone on 07578 266621 or find their website at www.coastalsilver.co.uk

IMPROVE YOUR CHANCES IN THE JOB MARKET WITH COMMUNITY LEARNING

If you’re keen to get back into the workplace and you’d like to improve your chances then Community Learning has a range of courses that could help you find the job you’re looking for.

Community Learning is an established learning hub, based on Freeman Street Market, that offers a range of programmes to help learners find their way back into the workplace. The service is friendly and adaptable and their aim is to meet the needs of individual learners, helping them break through barriers, overcoming their insecurities about entering the job market and understanding what is required to gain employment suited to them.

There are lots of courses available, all tailored to suit the particular needs of individual learners with options including Over 45 And Entering The Job Market Again, Overcoming Your Fear Of The Computer and Returning To Work After Children. There’s also a range of full and part-time courses including English, Maths, Art and ICT, employability skills and confidence building.
They’re always enrolling, so you don’t need to wait before signing up and they’ll work with you to decide what your education and employment goals are and then give you the skills and resources to get you there. In addition to free courses the service offers funded childcare and extra help to those who need one-on-one guidance.

If Community Learning sounds just right for you then check out what’s on offer by visiting the skills hub at the back of Freeman Street Market. You can also get in touch by phone on 01472 323540 or email to cls@nelincs.gov.uk. And they’re on Facebook and Twitter.