Mablethorpe

Old reserve recordings by Bill Oddie, from around a quarter of a century ago, have been discovered and used in a new nature audio trail for Lincolnshire’s Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe Dunes National Nature Reserve.

The recordings were rediscovered in the corner of a Natural England office this year and have been brought back to life, digitised and made available to download, along with an illustrated map as a new nature trail.

The original audio guides were recorded by Oddie, who is a birder, conversationist, author, comedian and television personality in 1994/95 for Natural England.

Four recordings are available, one for each season, with the trail beginning at Rimac car park and taking visitors through some of Lincolnshire’s largest and oldest dunes, past scenic ponds and to viewpoints overlooking the wildlife-rich freshwater marsh and saltmarsh habitats.

The new guide can also be listened to on a mobile phone and allows users to connect with nature and learn about the wildlife of the reserve while remaining socially distanced.

A new accompanying illustrated map of the reserve was created by Tish Cookson of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.

The new audio trial is part of the Dynamic Dunescapes project and has been launched by Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and Natural England.

The project aims to restore 7,000 hectares of coastal sand dune habitat in England and Wales. It is funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and the EU Life Programme.

Four recordings are available for the new nature audio trail, one for each season. | Photo: Natural England/Peter Roworth

Tish Cookson, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s Engagement Officer for Dynamic Dunescapes, said: “Finding this old tape recording by Bill Oddie was like dusting off an antique natural history book.

“It tells the story of Saltfleetby-Theddlethorpe NNR throughout the seasons, and will open your eyes to all the strange and wonderful wildlife that call this place home. I hope our little bit of ‘spring cleaning’ helps you connect with nature on this amazing reserve.”

A man from Mablethorpe whose wife died of breast cancer has won a £1 million house after donating £10 in a charity raffle.

Ian Garrick, 56, entered the competition in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust after his wife Julie died from breast cancer in 2015.

He entered the competition in August, in hope of a fresh start after the turmoil of losing his wife five years ago.

In the end his £10 donation went a long way, and he was announced as the winner of the million pound home in Cheadle Hulme, Greater Manchester.

The property comes with a hot tub and landscaped garden, as well as a home office, four bedrooms and four bathrooms.

The competition was run by fundraising company Omaze, as it aimed to raise £1 million for the Teenage Cancer Trust charity over the next three years.

Ian became the first ever UK winner of the competition, with more prize draws expected in the future.

Ian was lost for words when he found out he had won. | Photo: Omaze

He was revealed as the winner in a video made by Omaze, as the heartwarming moment Ian realised he had won was caught on camera.

It was a moment that brought both Ian and the presenter to tears, as Ian basked in the life-changing realisation.

The exact moment Ian realised he had won the grand prize. | Photo: Omaze

Ian was speechless when he won, and clearly overcome with emotion at the situation as he said: “I don’t know what to say. I can’t even think straight.”

He added that he would sell the house if he won, which was valued recently at just over £1,000,000, which would make him an overnight millionaire.

Work will begin on site in early 2021 after plans were approved for a new Tesco superstore and petrol filling station in Mablethorpe.

Tesco was granted full planning permission by East Lindsey District Council for the site located off Golf Road in the Lincolnshire seaside town.

It will create jobs for around 200 people in a variety of roles as the decision marks a major investment in the town.

The development will use solar panels for renewable energy and over 100 native trees will be planted as part of the site landscaping.

Keith Jackson, Tesco’s Local Communications Manager, said: “We’re delighted to be investing in a new Tesco store in Mablethorpe. We hope to start work on the site early in the New Year and look forward to serving the Mablethorpe community when we open our doors later in 2021.”

Councillor Steve Kirk, East Lindsey District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Coastal Economy, said: “I’m very pleased that Tesco have been able to secure planning permission for their new superstore.

“This represents a huge investment in Mablethorpe which, in addition to creating a significant number of sustainable employment opportunities for our residents, will provide a huge boost to the town through the fantastic community work that Tesco do.”

The new store will also take part in a number of community programmes run by Tesco to give back to the community it serves, including its Community Food Connection food surplus redistribution programme.

Community Food Connection has now donated over 50 million meals worth of surplus food to local charities and community groups across the UK. Across Lincolnshire, Tesco stores have provided over 400,000 meals to groups in the local community so far.

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