The Nosey Parker pub in Lincoln loves creating a food challenge and The Lincolnite went to check out one of their latest – the Ultimate Chip Butty.

The Ultimate Chippy Butty is a whole loaf of bread, hollowed and filled with chips, cheese and lashings of gravy. The challenge, which is also suitable for vegetarians, is also served with two jugs of gravy for dipping.

The challenge, which was introduced at the Greene King pub off Tritton Road in August, is priced at £8.99. Should you be successful, unlike us, you get a certificate and your photo on the pub’s Wall of Flame.

Inside the Ultimate Chippy Butty. It’s bigger than it looks! | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Pouring on some extra gravy. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The Lincolnite reporter Joseph Verney (left) staring at the challenge awaiting him, with the Nosey Parker’s Duty Manager Ronnie Byrne (right). | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

When the food arrived, I felt a sense of hope that maybe, if I finished my loaf, I could successfully complete the challenge, but it wasn’t to be. Maybe I just wasn’t bready enough.

After a fairly confident start, with the chips and cheese especially going down a treat, the bread really started to take its toll.

In some ways it may not look like too big a challenge, but to eat that much bread in one sitting proved an even bigger task than expected.

The Ultimate Chip Butty is priced at £8.99.| Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Ronnie Byrne, Duty Manager at Nosey Parker, told The Lincolnite: “The new menu came out just over a month ago, and the new challenges have gone down a storm!

“The Ultimate Chip Butty has been one of our best sellers so far, no doubt.

“Everyone thinks it’ll be a walk in the park, but, like The Lincolnite, they’re quickly brought back down to earth! It’s basically a whole loaf of bread and a tonne of chips, cheese, and gravy.

“Anyone who can tackle that is braver than I, and the reporter, as we learned today!”

A pair of Lincoln mums have created a company and teamed up with a school choir to release a song helping children to keep safe in the water.

Steph Wilson and Rachael Ladd came up with the idea after seeing a spate of drowning incidents over the course of last summer, and they felt that key water safety messages were needed to prevent incidents like this from happening.

They formed SWiRL Global together in 2020 and are now campaigning for greater access to aquatics for young people, as well as promoting safety in the water.

SWiRL Global promotes inclusion and community in aquatics, as well as safety. | Photo: SWiRL Global

Steph is a former swim teacher herself and had the idea of creating a song that could help children remember the key to staying safe when in water.

The pair worked with Lincoln Minster school head of music Caroline Wilkinson to make the tune accessible for children while also raising money for the community.

All funds raised from SWiRL goes towards swim lessons for the community. | Photo: SWiRL Global

The song, called ‘5 Little Pirates’, has a catchy nursery rhyme style to make it memorable, and teaches younger children to roll over and float should they fall in the water.

It features the Lincoln Minster school choir on vocals and is available to stream or download on most digital platforms now, with every penny raised going towards swimming lessons in the local community.

SWiRL co-founders Steph Wilson and Rachael Ladd. | Photo: SWiRL Global

Steph says: “I’d had the song for a while and used to sing it in lessons, in the office, and even during a zoom call with the head of the RNLI.”

Caroline Wilkinson, head of music at Lincoln Minster, said: “What a pleasure it was to be asked to provide the vocals parts for this project. The Lincoln Minster choir did a great job as always.”

As well as the song, SWiRL will also raise money by selling unique items such as swim robes and swimming aids on their website shop.

Environmental campaigners who blocked the M25 have been branded “domestic terrorists” by Lincolnshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Members of Insulate Britain staged several demonstrations on the London ring road on Wednesday – leading to dozens of arrests and frustrating motorists during the morning rush hour – as part of a campaign to get the government to pledge greater action on the climate emergency.

In a Tweet on Thursday, Marc Jones  said: “My personal view. If you knowingly and purposely block major roads, rail, supply of food and or utilities then you are committing a form of domestic terrorism and should be treated as such swiftly and robustly.

“Clearly we cannot continue to accept this kind of behaviour.”

Questioned further by Local Democracy Reporter Daniel Jaines, Mr Jones said he believed in “everyone’s right to protest but equally everyone’s right to go about their business too”.

“Whilst the overarching aims of environmental groups may be laudable I believe they should consider the need to take the public with them to gain wider support if they are to be successful,” he said.

“It is not acceptable that the national infrastructure of this country can be interrupted by any group for their own ends.”

Mr Jones said the police crime and sentencing bill – which is currently going through the House of Lords – would provide the police with “the tools they need to tackle the ever-changing challenges of policing including the appropriate managing of protests”.

Mr Jones said he would not dictate policing tactics to officers, but would support policing to “deliver appropriately robust action to keep our economy working and our way of life protected”.

Following the events on Wednesday, Insulate Britain said they would continue to take direct action.

It is the latest in a series of protests in recent years, some of which have seen central London areas blocked off for days at a time.

In Lincolnshire, Extinction Rebellion has actively blocked off roads, protested outside local firms, and covered cash machines outside local banks in stickers.

Prior to the pandemic, in 2019, almost half of all Lincolnshire Police-attended protests were Extinction Rebellion or climate change events.

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