August 15, 2022 12.02 pm

Hundreds of people from near and far joined us at the Merrye Olde Market on Saturday, where they enjoyed a day of free and inexpensive entertainment.

The historic market included vintage fairground rides, a carousel, a vintage organ, costumed characters and nostalgic entertainment throughout the day. There was even three FREE performances from Professor Paul Temple’s Punch and Judy show, as seen on TV.

Professor Paul Temple said: “I’m proud as punch to be able to entertain at the Merrye Olde Market.”

And he impressed audiences with three-year-old Erin from Gainsborough exclaiming “I really liked it. It was funny when Punch hit people on the head”.

Erin’s Grandmother echoed her excitement saying: “It’s excellent to see the Market Place so full”.

Cllr Milne attended the event and couldn’t believe how busy the town centre was, she said: “What an amazing day for both adults and children. West Lindsey District Council have done an amazing job.”

Organiser of the event, Townscape Heritage Activity Co-ordinator, Theresa Workman said that she was delighted with the turnout. She said: “Although it has been an incredibly hot and sunny day, we were delighted to see so many people come out and enjoy the Market Place.”

Information regarding volunteering opportunities was also available throughout the day. One of the founders and Chairman of the Gainsborough Heritage Centre, Andrew said: “We’ve had a really good day, and we have potentially got three new volunteers for the centre.”

Those attending the event were also able to #ThinkLocal, and buy some homemade and handmade products during our monthly Farmers’ and Craft Market.

Fiona from Goddard and Page Fine Cheese said: “It’s been an amazing vibe here, there’s lots of different stalls available and entertainment for both adults and children. It’s brought in many people from outside of Gainsborough as well as in town.”

Roz from The Old Smithy said: “It has been fantastic from the moment I set up, we’ve managed to sell lots of stock and the atmosphere is amazing.”

Visitors were able to see that the work is progressing on a number of buildings in the town centre as we work to restore the shop fronts, and they were also able to ask about the future plans for the town centre.

Local resident Liz attended the event and said: “I enjoyed speaking to the levelling up team about the future plans for Gainsborough.”

  • Attractions on the day included:
    Professor Paul Temple’s Punch and Judy show, as seen on TV, 3 FREE performances throughout the day
  • FREE children’s carousel rides
  • A real fairground organ
  • Vintage fairground Striker
  • Costumed characters from our local heritage attractions will provide free activities on the side stands
  • Information about visiting your local sites
  • Information about volunteering

The free entertainment was made possible by Gainsborough’s Townscape Heritage Initiative which is funded by the National Lottery and the Government’s Levelling Up Fund. We would like to thank all players of the National Lottery.

For more information about out Townscape Heritage Initiative visit:

August 12, 2022 9.06 am

West Lindsey District Council is continuing its proactive approach to the problem of illegal fly-tipping.

High visibility tape and stickers are now being used by the Council’s Community Safety Team to raise awareness of the issues caused by the illegal dumping of items across the council area. The tape and stickers serve to reassure the public that the Council is aware of the fly-tip and in the process of dealing with it.

The team works across the district daily, to identify those responsible for fly tipping, in a bid to put a stop to it.

West Lindsey’s Senior Licensing and Community Safety Officer, Kim Enderby said: “The tape and stickers are being used at the sites of illegally dumped waste and rubbish.

“If members of the public see the tape they know that my team are aware and investigating the offence. It also sends a message to the individuals involved in the illegal dumping that we are actively looking for those responsible.

“We will use every tool in the box to stop this type of anti-social behaviour. The tape is part of a wider strategy which utilises proactive patrols by council officers across the whole district, joint patrols with Lincolnshire Police, deploying cameras in identified fly tipping hotspot areas, sharing intelligence with other local authorities to identify suspects and issuing Fixed Penalty Notices.”

Chairman of the Prosperous Communities Committee, Councillor Owen Bierley said the authority will not tolerate fly-tipping. He said: “As a council we will do everything we possibly can to deter activity of this type.

“What we also rely on is the support of our local communities. They can help tackle the problem of fly tipping by letting us know where in the community this is happening and by reporting suspicious activity.

“Also, by ensuring they dispose of any waste materials through one of the many legitimate routes available they can prevent offences occurring.

“In the past two months Fixed Penalty Notices have regularly been issued to individuals found responsible for offences of this type, ranging from £75 for throwing takeaway food packaging from a car to £400 for the fly tipping of commercial waste.

“As a Council we want to ensure that West Lindsey remains a safe and vibrant place to live, work and socialise.”

West Lindsey District Council is also part of The Lincolnshire Environmental Crime Partnership which is made up of key organisations across the county – including councils, the police and The Environment Agency – that have all pledged to seek new ways of working together to tackle fly-tipping.

This multi-agency approach encourages the sharing of resources, intelligence and data to carry out effective enforcement action against waste criminals; ensuring that they do not slip through the cracks between organisations’ individual responsibilities or simply to move from one area to another.

To report a fly tipping please visit:

We provide a bulky waste collection service for household items such as washing machines or mattresses, for more information please visit:

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