Garrett Withington


With a strong interest in politics, I have come to Stonebow Media to pursue a career in journalism. I am currently on work experience, writing for The Lincolnite, Lincolnshire Reporter and Lincolnshire Business.

A Lincoln village nurse has been recognised for her work with people living with a terminal illness by being nominated in the ‘Going the Extra Mile’ category at the annual Marie Curie Peacock Awards.

Karen Playford, who lives in Coleby, joined the charity 11 years ago, and beat over 2,700 nurses, doctors and other health care officials for the nomination.

Since 2006, Karen has dedicated herself to helping hundreds of people with terminal illnesses and their families, as well as coordinating the rapid response service and working extra shifts regularly.

She said: “It was very much a surprise to be nominated, I certainly wasn’t expecting it. I’m very honoured, and I feel very proud.

“I love my job and the patients I look after are obviously very important to me.”

Jayne Unwin, who nominated Karen, added: “I am able to totally rely on Karen to provide good care and help the team.

“I feel very lucky to have such a hard-working, helpful, caring, knowledgeable and honest member of the Lincolnshire Rapid Response Service.”

The prize is just one of three on offer, with the awards also set to recognise those who have distinguished themselves in leadership and innovation, with the event as a whole demonstrating the care and dedication by staff across the charity.

The awards will take place at the Foundling Museum in London on Tuesday, November 28.

Parliament is to be given a vote on the final Brexit bill before the UK leaves the EU, but should the public get another vote too?

The Lincolnite took to Lincoln High Street to find out how many voters were making the case for a second say:

MPs have this week been debating key Brexit legislation this week in parliament.

Line by line scrutiny of the EU Withdrawal Bill is due to be completed next month.

The UK is due to leave the European Union in March 2019.

In another festive first for Lincoln, three local theatres will give shoppers a sneak peek at their Christmas shows

Lincoln Drill Hall, Lincoln Performing Arts Centre and the the New Theatre Royal will prepare a showcase to take part in the Theatre Festival Live which will take place on November 30.

The event, organised by Lincoln BIG and supported by its sister organisation Visit Lincoln, will construct temporary pop-up stages and seating areas in City Square, with trailer performances taking place between 5pm and 8pm.

Visitors will also be able to enjoy a spot of late night shopping as stores keep their doors open till 8pm and especially as free parking will be provided by the newly constructed Lincoln Central car park. 

Jack & The Beanstalk will be staged by the Lincoln Drill Hall but, not to be outdone the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre will be hosting both Robin Hood and Maid Marian: Winter in Sherwood, as well as The Winter Whale.

Finally, the evening will be topped off by a pantomime performance of Aladdin, held by the New Theatre Royal Lincoln.

Michael Armstrong, Lincoln BIG events and promotions manager pointed out that it was another first for Lincoln and said ”the idea is to give people a flavour of what the city’s entertainment venues are offering during the festive season”.  

Guests partaking in the late night shopping will be able to enjoy the live entertainment by purchasing tickets from the on-site pop-up box office.

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