The Lincoln College Group held its annual awards, celebrating the achievements and success of its students in the past year.

The ceremony on December 2 was held at the Monks Road campus, with hundreds of students, staff and stakeholders enjoying a three-course meal and entertainment from the Performing Arts students.

Thirty student success and determination stories were celebrated on the night, with Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Chris Haward being the guest of honour at the ceremony.

Lincoln College Group CEO Gary Headland opening the evening and addressing guests. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Hundreds attended the evening to celebrate. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

At the drinks reception, Daniel Ionescu, Editor of The Lincolnite (centre), with Julian Havenhand (L), Simon Shaw (R) from Optima, and Stonebow Media Partnerships Manager Katrina Burrill.| Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The Lincolnite/Stonebow Media team sponsored the event and got into the festive spirit. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Lincoln Police Chief Constable Chris Haward was the guest of honour and held a speech about the importance of education. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

James Pinchbeck, Chair of the Lincoln College Group Board of Corporation, wrapped the night. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Mark Locking, the Managing Director for Education and Training Delivery at Lincoln College Group handed out the awards.

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| Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

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| Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

| Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Full list of winners:

  1. Performing Arts and Creative Arts category – Jack Shaw
  2. Construction Apprentice Award – Paulius Rafanavicius 
  3. Construction Student Award – Oscar McLaren
  4. A-Levels and Access to HE Award – Tye Kirk
  5. Care College Student Award – Chris Charumbira
  6. Care Services Apprentice Award – Rachel Kelman
  7. Care Services Student Award – Sophie Blackburn
  8. Business and Education Apprentice Award – Gillian Macias
  9. Business and Education Student Award – Shane Dale
  10. English and Maths award – Andrew Thursby
  11. Hair and Beauty Student award – Gemma Cotterill
  12. Hair and Beauty Apprentice of the year – Lucy Sprigg
  13. Engineering and Technology Student Award – Georgia Davey
  14. Engineering and Technology Apprentice Award – Osvaldas Milasius
  15. Sport, Public Service or Animal Care Performance Award – Charlotte Johnson
  16. Commitment to Sport, Public Services or Animal Care Award – Kyle Storer
  17. Award for Community Education and ESOL – Toni Kime
  18. Service Sector Student Award – Jack Fairweather
  19. Service Sector Apprentice Award – Rhiannon Gillings
  20. Philip Dawson Foundation Learning Award – Ellie Kennedy 
  21. Made in Gainsborough Apprentice Award – Philip Brackenbridge
  22. Air and Defence Student Award – Faith Stephens
  23. Policing College awards – Lochlan Chamberlain and Dominic Capewell
  24. Richard Arbon Award for Overcoming Adversity – Daisy Hackney
  25. Most Improved Student Award Ben Craig
  26. Apprentice of the Year – Rachel Kelman
  27. 16-to-18-year-old Student of the Year Award – Shane Dale
  28. Over 19 Student of the Year Award – Andrew Thursby
  29. KryptoKloud Award for Digital Learner if the Year – Megan Thompson
  30. Entrepreneurial Achievement Award – Kerry Gabbitas

The Lincoln Imp Trail auction at Lincoln Cathedral on Lincolnshire Day October 1 raised over £128,000 for the St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice charity.

The 31 statues went under the hammer at an average selling price of £4,000, with lot 23, A Little Lucky Imp, fetching the highest bid at £10,000 — but the new owner will remain private for now.

The popular Imp Trail was organised by Lincoln BIG and ran over the summer across the city, before coming to an end last month ahead of the farewell parade and auction.

The trail had its tricky moments, with several imps being damaged, some accidentally and some intentionally, over the course of their time in Lincoln. They were all of course repaired before the auction.

Overall, it was a successful trail and a landmark moment for Lincoln BIG CEO Sarah Loftus, who will be moving on soon to her new role as Managing Director at Make it York.

Sarah Loftus said: “It was a great evening in support of St Barnabas, and we would like to thank everyone for participating in the trail, our sponsors, artists and partners who made this trail the success it’s been, especially after the one year postponement due to the pandemic.”

Ian Walter from JH Walter ran the Imp Auction on the night, which raised over £128k for charity. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Ian Walter previously actioned for charity the Barons trail statues which raised £167k in 2015, and the Knights in 2017, raising almost £180k. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Professional auctioneer Ian Walter from JH Walter was the man with the hammer running the proceedings at Lincoln Cathedral on Friday night, and you can watch back the entire event on The Lincolnite‘s Facebook page, where it was streamed live.

The Lincolnite loved being involved in the trail, and adopted Wind, one of the five community imps, who toured Lincolnshire, including going on a rollercoaster, boat, and bus!

The Lincolnite Managing Editor Daniel Ionescu with Lincoln BIG CEO Sarah Loftus at the reception before the Imp auction. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

And the auction begins! | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The Imps sold for an average price of £4,000, with lot 23 A Lucky Imp sponsored by Chestnut Homes fetching £10k. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Meet the proud Imp owners — Pictured, Pete Watson from Distract. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

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| Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The judging panel for the Lincolnshire 30 Under 30 has selected the 2021 finalists on Friday, September 17.

The Lincolnite’s 30 Under 30 showcase is a celebration of the best and brightest in Lincolnshire, putting our young talent on the map regionally and nationally.

This year’s longlist had 161 nominations, a record number of entries — with only 30 able to make the cut.

The panel of event sponsors from Sparkhouse, Ringrose Law, Streets Chartered Accountants and Lincoln College Group had the tricky task of selecting the next crop of Lincolnshire young talent to watch out for.

After they enjoyed afternoon tea at Lincoln Cathedral’s new cafe (conferencing suite), the panel has picked its shortlist.

Finalists will be contacted privately in the coming week to join us a for a photo shoot ahead of the celebration event on October 28 at the Lincoln Cathedral Chapterhouse.

What the judging panel said:

Hard at work judging: Charlotte Baxter and Susan Cadd from the University of Lincoln Sparkhouse/Think Tank. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Charlotte Baxter, Enterprise Manager at the University of Lincoln, said: “We were really impressed with the caliber of applicants this year. The range of applications from our Lincolnshire under 30s have been both inspiring and motivational.”

Tricky choices to be made: Jim Newall and Claire Lloyd from Lincoln College Group. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Lincoln College Director of Marketing Jim Newall said: “Wow, what an amazing bunch of driven and inspiring young people. The future’s bright for the local economy.”

Judges had to bring down the longlist from 161 to only 30 finalists. Pictured are Alexis Outram and James Pinchbeck from Streets Chartered Accountants. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Streets Chartered Accountants Marketing Partner James Pinchbeck also said: “What a truly inspirational group of young people we have across Lincolnshire – individuals who see no barriers, overcome adversity and through their efforts have created new enterprises, pursued sporting interests and have made such a positive impact on the local community.”

Decisions, decisions, decisions: Alex Bennet and Costa Kyriacou (an 30 Under 30 alumni) from Ringrose Law. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Ringrose Law Marketing Partner Alex Bennett commented: “A very impressive and diverse mix of applications this year. Brilliant to read about all the achievements in our region. Congratulations to everyone.”

The Lincolnshire 30 Under 30 2021 judging panel hard at work. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Daniel Ionescu, Founding Editor of The Lincolnite, said: “Thanks to everyone who nominated the wealth of talent that Lincolnshire has to offer. It was an enjoyable but tricky afternoon to bring it down to only 30 people, but we are confident we will have a great batch of people to showcase this year.

“We’d also like thank all our sponsors again for making the event and project possible, and working with us to bring to life our ideas.”

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