Deeksha Teri


Deeksha Teri is a local news reporter at The Lincolnite. She is also currently pursuing MA Journalism from University of Lincoln.

April 5, 2018 8.32 am This story is over 41 months old

A series of autism-friendly events has been brought back to Lincoln Castle by popular demand.

Four Lincoln Castle Explorer Sessions have been planned between May and December, offering families and young children with autism a specially-tailored environment.

Events take place in the grounds of the castle, including the Victorian Prison and Magna Carta experience vault.

The castle’s team, who are trained in specialist autism awareness training, will be available for help and education spaces will be equipped with sensory toys, in case someone requires a moment away or a safe space.

The Langton’s Café will also be open and serving food and drinks from 9am.

The sessions will be held on the following dates:

  • 20 May (9am-10am and 5pm-6pm)
  • 15 July (5pm-6pm)
  • 1 September (9am-10am and 5pm-6pm)
  • 29 December (9am-10am)

The series has been brought back due to its popular demand after last year’s autism friendly sessions.

Jack Walker, Visitor Experience Team Leader, said: “Our previous explorer sessions received really positive feedback, with people telling us that they helped take a lot of worry and stress away.

“Our team have undergone autism awareness training and worked alongside Lincoln’s Parent Support Group PAACT, which is affiliated to the Lincolnshire Autistic Society, to create the ideal environment for visitors with autism.

“And we have a brand new easy-read guide, which is specifically designed for young children and adults with autism to take on their way around the castle. It can be downloaded and you can find out how to reserve your own temporary ear defenders while visiting us.

“And remember: your Lincoln Castle Annual Pass allows you and your family to visit all of our Lincoln Castle Explorers sessions year round for just £75.”

More information about this can be found through the accessibility statement.

Lincoln historian David Stocker has been appointed as a new trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) by the Prime Minister.

David is an archaeologist and architectural historian who is an honorary visiting professor at the University of Leeds. He also sits on HLF’s East Midlands Committee.

He will be a part of a 14-strong board that runs HLF. He will be responsible for steering the policy and direction of the funds, and take decisions on grant applications.

Until this date, HLF has awarded £7.8 billion to 48,000 heritage projects across the UK. Its grant budget for 2018-19 is £190 million.

HLF has also invested £42.4 million in 85 heritage projects in Lincoln.

Professor David Stocker said: “I’m delighted to be given this opportunity to participate in directing the activity of the HLF, and I’m looking forward to the next six years hugely.

“HLF is not just about helping to conserve buildings and places, but we do so in collaboration with people, and during my term of appointment I’ll be aiming to ensure that projects we support across the nation bring significant benefits to the communities in which they are set.”

David is also a trustee of the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology; trustee and President of the Lincoln Record Society; and Council for British Archaeology (CBA) nominee to the Council of the National Trust.

Sir Peter Luff, Chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund, welcomed Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision of appointing David as the new trustee.

He said: “As HLF moves into a new phase, I welcome David who will bring significant value and expertise to the current Board.”

Resurfacing, manhole patching, adjustments and drainage repairs will begin on the Lincoln East West Link Road from Monday.

The £22 million road, which was opened in November 2016, will see two weeks of nighttime closures between 7pm and 6am, subject to weather conditions.

The improvements will take place across the link road’s route, including the High Street/Tentercroft Street junction; Tentercroft Street; Portland Street; and the Kesteven Street junction with Canwick Road.

Councillor Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “Since opening in late 2016, the East-West Link Road has made a real difference to how people get about in Lincoln. Not only does it provide an easier route across the city, but it’s also helped cut traffic congestion and journey times.

“These works are essential to ensuring that the road itself continues to operate properly, from both a drainage and a surfacing perspective, and continues to ease the pressures we see on the road network in and around Lincoln every day.

“Due to the nature of the works, there will inevitably be some temporary disruptions, however we’ll be doing everything we can to minimise this – for example, planning all of the works to take place overnight and arranging for any noisier works to be carried earlier in the evening each night.

“We will be concentrating on different areas each night, so ask for your continued patience while these works are carried out.”

The signed diversion routes throughout the works are:

High Street /Tentercroft Street closure

  • Eastbound traffic to travel via Tritton Road, Dixon Street, High Street, South Park and Canwick Road, and vice versa for westbound.
  • Northbound traffic on High Street via Dixon Street and Tritton Road instead of St Marks Street.

Portland Street closure

  • Northbound traffic on Canwick Road wishing to turn left onto Portland Street to use A15 Melville Street northbound, Saltergate, Bank Street, Silver Street, A15 Melville Street Southbound and Kesteven Street.
  • Eastbound traffic on Tentercroft Street wishing to turn right on to Portland Street to use Kesteven Street, A15 Canwick Road, South Park, loop back at South Park roundabout and onto A15 Canwick Road.

Kesteven Street closure

  • Southbound traffic on A15 Canwick Road wishing to turn left on to Kesteven Street to use South Park, loop round at South Park roundabout, back onto A15 Canwick Road and Portland Street.
  • Traffic wanting to access A15 Canwick Road from Kesteven Street to use Portland Street, A15 Melville Street, Saltergate, Bank Street, Silver Street and A15 Melville Street southbound.

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