Nature notes from the farm

Thanks to Nicholas Watts at Vine House Farm in Deeping St Nicholas – his observations are always fascinating. Continue reading

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Summer 2019 Turn up and play!

Children aged between 8 & 13 across the district will have a summer to remember as ENC teams up with Freedom Leisure and town/parish councils across the district to bring activities to local children from 5 – 23 August. Continue reading

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100+ FREE or cheap things to do with kids this summer – incl free tennis coaching, 50% off Alton Towers, free festivals & get a letter from a royal

Summer’s here. Half the country are jetting off abroad. Half are staying at home. And another half are doing both. The final half need maths lessons. Last week we did our overseas holiday checklist, so now we’ve help for those staycationing or just looking for days out to keep the kids entertained. We’ve a giant list of 100+ free or cheap things to do (esp with kids ) – here are some of our favourites to whet the appetite:

  1. 50% off Alton Towers, Sea Life & Warwick Castle. Find a voucher on £1ish hand soap. See theme park deal.
  2. New. 18 FREE (or very cheap) ways to create a magical summer for little‘uns. MSE Jenny’s new blog has tons of unusual ideas to wow kids, from free tours of massive Amazon warehouses to hugely popular ‘painted rocks’ treasure hunts and even writing to the royals – and you may just get a reply. Summer magic
  3. Free tennis sessions, incl coaching. At 350 venues across Britain this weekend (20-21 Jul). Free tennis
  4. 40+ London MoneySaving tips. Incl £3.50 ‘flight’ over the Thames and £5 Shakespeare tix. Cheap London days out
  5. Get 3x Clubcard vouchers’ value on days out, incl the Eden Project & Eureka. Also at restaurants. Tesco boost
  6. 45+ free festivals this summer – see Liberty X & The Coral. Rock up to a free festival near you.
  7. Kids go ‘free’ to West End August shows. With paying grown-ups to WickedThe Gruffalo, Horrible Histories etc. Cheap theatre
  8. Grab a gold bar at the Bank of England (at its museum, so you have to give it back…) – one of 180+ free UK museums & galleries. An educational day out can be worth its weight in gold. Free museums and galleries
  9. Free Lego, Hobbycraft & Pets at Home workshops for kids. Check for a store near you. Free workshops

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How to survive falling into cold water

The RNLI has 5 great tips if you should be unlucky enough to fall into cold water, especially on a hot day…

Respect the Water is the RNLI’s drowning prevention campaign, highlighting the risks of cold water shock. When you fall into water below 15°C, you instinctively gasp for air, increasing your chance of inhaling water. Instead, relax and float for around 90 seconds to minimise this risk.

5 steps to float

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The balloon’s … er… come down!

It’s Tuesday evening, just after 9pm, and I’ve just come in from attending a hot-air balloon that came down, in the field next to Gadsby Field where Messenger have their offices and Heritage Centre.

I was late to the party, but as the balloon was still partially inflated when I walked over and made sure there wasn’t anything I could do to help. Luckily, the big red walloper was fine, so were all of the people involved, and the crop had already been harvested. The descent wasn’t the one they’d planned, but apparently there was never any risk to nearby properties.

Not much of a news story then… but sometimes that’s the best news!

And no, I’m not a news reporter, and I’m not going out to take pictures. 🙂


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Found a baby bird?

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Found a bat?

Found a bat? Before you call the Out of Hours (OOH) Helpline please follow the advice on this page . Our OOH is 0345 1300 228 – it operates weekdays 6pm-10pm and weekends + bank holidays 10am – 10pm

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Still want to go to Wittfest this Saturday?

Your last chance to get tickets for Wittfest has been EXTENDED, THIS FRIDAY 12th July between 5pm – 7pm. Wittering Parish Hall. Remember to bring ID for each adult ticket needed plus utility bill for proof of address. You will also need to carry photo ID on the day.

If you didn’t manage to get to the village hall on any of the earlier dates, this is wonderful news!

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How to weed in a wildlife-friendly way

Alys Fowler explains why we should change how we look after our outdoor plots.

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How sheep get away with murder

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