A special lights show celebrating Lincolnshire’s plants will take place at Boultham Park on Saturday.

The Lincspirational Lightshow will start at 5.30pm on October 23 after the original event was postponed earlier this month due to the weather forecast.

The free show is the final of event of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trusts’ LoveLincsPlants project.

The evening will feature a lightshow parade, artwork projects, park illuminations and music inspired by nature from Sinfonia Viva. During the event the 30 artworks created by the public will be projected onto a large screen.

There will also be an opportunity to bid on the 130 artworks submitted as part of the exhibition. They will be available via an online action, with the 30 winning pieces starting at £40.

The evening will feature a lightshow parade, artwork projects, park illuminations, and more. | Photo: Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

The money raised from the sale of the artworks will help fund nature’s recovery in Lincolnshire. It will also help the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust create wildflower rich habitats across the county.


There have been 4,051 cases of coronavirus so far this week in Greater Lincolnshire, as UK scientists call for Plan B to be ready for “rapid deployment”.

The figure is just slightly down on the 4,075 (about -0.6%) cases at the same point last week. There have been 796 new cases in Friday evening’s figures.

The latest government data also shows there have been eight deaths of Lincolnshire residents this week – down from 12 last week – and eight deaths reported at Greater Lincolnshire’s hospitals, up from six last week.

The latest COVID stats for Lincolnshire are:

  • 796 new cases of coronavirus in Greater Lincolnshire with 592 in Lincolnshire, 93 in North East Lincolnshire and 111 in North Lincolnshire
  • No further deaths were recorded in the government figures for Friday
  • Hospital data showed one further death at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust

The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) has told the government that Plan B measures, which include compulsory mask-wearing, should be ready for “rapid deployment”.

As government leaders resist bringing back COVID-19 controls, the committee said that advising people to work from home could have the greatest impact on stopping viral spread.

“Cases and admissions are currently at much higher levels than in European comparators, which have retained additional measures and have greater vaccine coverage, especially in children,” the scientists say.

“Reducing prevalence from a high level requires greater intervention than reducing from a lower level.”

It comes as in national figures today the Office for National Statistics has estimated that one in 60 people in the UK had coronavirus up to the end of October 16.

Lincolnshire’s coronavirus cases up to October 22. | Image: GOV.uk

The highest age group was among school years seven to 11 which saw the infection rate increase to 7.8% – up from 7.1% the week before.

The latest increases mean England’s R number – which estimates the average number of people each COVID-positive person passes the infection on to – has risen from 0.9-1.1 to 1.0-1.2, an equivalent of between 10-12 people.

A report by The Times has found that four in 10 people admitted to hospital with COVID were not fully vaccinated.

Of the 300 people aged 18 to 29 who were admitted to hospital in recent weeks, about 66% had not been vaccinated.

Elsewhere, an investigation into a private Immensa Health Clinic lab in Wolverhampton, which have out an estimated 43,000 false test results, has found the issue began six days earlier than previously thought.

However, the UK Health Security Agency has said the findings have not changed the estimated number of people which were affected.

Coronavirus data for Greater Lincolnshire on Friday, October 22

131,914 cases (up 796)

  • 87,641 in Lincolnshire (up 592)
  • 21,604 in North Lincolnshire (up 111)
  • 22,669 in North East Lincolnshire (up 93)

2,384 deaths (no change)

  • 1,742 from Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 328 from North Lincolnshire (no change)
  • 314 from North East Lincolnshire (no change)

of which 1,434 hospital deaths (up one)

  • 880 at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (up one)
  • 44 at Lincolnshire Community Health Service hospitals (no change)
  • 1 at Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust (no change)
  • 509 in Northern Lincolnshire (NLAG) (no change)

Coronavirus data for Greater Lincolnshire on Thursday, October 21

131,118 cases (up 3,255)

2,384 deaths (up eight)

of which 1,433 hospital deaths (up seven)

Coronavirus data for Greater Lincolnshire on Sunday, October 17

127,863 cases

2,376 deaths

of which 1,426 hospital deaths

Just over a quarter of councillors took up a diversity course at South Kesteven District Council, as an opposition member renewed calls for training to be mandatory after the council’s vice chairman was suspended for using the n-word in a meeting this week.

A spokesman for the authority confirmed 15 of the 54 members attended equality and diversity training over two sessions held on June 7, 2021.

Liberal Democrat Councillor Amanda Wheeler, who last year successfully pushed through a motion for diversity training to be offered, is now drafting up a new motion calling for it to be mandatory for councillors who want to be members on all committees – not just licensing or planning.

Vice chairman of the council Councillor Ian Stokes this week was suspended from his party after using the n-word in a committee meeting. He has reportedly apologised but has faced calls to be removed from his post and to step down.

Councillor Wheeler said the attendance figure was “not good enough” and that getting councillors to join the course could help avoid similar situations.

“I’d like to think [Cllr Stokes] used the words in ignorance, and if that’s the case the training would have made him aware,” she said.

“There were things in it that made me more aware of my own use of language.”

“For example the phrase “uppity” – I wasn’t even aware it had racist connotations having been used in history to refer to black people who didn’t know their place.

“I don’t think I’ve ever used that word before, but I don’t think I would have reacted negatively to that word being used, whereas I think the N-word is a much more obvious racial slur.

“You can’t force councillors to take training to be a councillor because all they have to do is be elected, but you do get to choose who is on a committee,” she said.

“Training should be mandatory – certainly for councillors who hold positions of responsibility.”

She hoped to bring the motion to Full Council on November 25.

South Kesteven District Council has been contacted for comment.

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