Noi Sear is Lincolnshire County Council’s first Thai councillor who gained the Mablethorpe seat for the Conservatives from Labour in last Friday’s election results on May 7.

She beat Labour councillor Graham Cullen by a majority of 211 votes ousting him from his seat and pledges to “put Mablethorpe on the map,” standing for “all the little villages around” her town.

What inspired Cllr Sear to stand for her county council ward was her passion for helping the community, shown by her ‘meals on wheels’ service she has been running since the pandemic started.

Cllr Sear has been cooking and delivering free meals for the elderly and food banks in Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea during the pandemic every Saturday for around 14 months.

“I’m really passionate about community, for the people of this area,” she added.

Cllr Sear, 59, moved to the UK 40 years ago from Thailand. She married her husband David Sear 16 years ago and moved to Mablethorpe 17 years ago from Yorkshire.

She has two daughters and five grandchildren and says she is very “proud” of them.

She is also actively involved in ‘Thai Night’ where she cooks and raises money for charities in her local area.

Cllr Sear cooking her ‘meals on wheels’ for the community.


“I have no gimmick, people see the way I am, not who I am.”

Cllr Sear wants to focus a lot of her efforts as newly-elected councillor on combatting COVID-19 and potholes in her area.

The county council election result was a Conservative gain for Mablethorpe with Noi Sear gaining 1,480 votes to Graham Cullen’s 1,269 from Labour.

Cllr Sear delivering food packages around Mablethorpe.

Cllr Martin Hill, leader of Lincolnshire County Council said: “I am looking forward to working with Noi at the county council.

“Noi is well known and very popular in her area  – and I understand she has been doing a great job supporting her community during this pandemic.

“I’ve seen some of the pictures of Noi’s cooking for her ‘meal on wheels’ service – and I must say it looks very good indeed!”

Cllr Sear giving food packages to people of Mablethorpe.

Craig Leyland, leader of East Lindsey District Council congratulated Cllr Sear on her victory last Friday.

Each month in 2021, The Lincolnite and publishers Stonebow Media will offer our support to a local charity, with free advertising and promotion across our website and social media channels, to help them raise funds and awareness.

This month is the turn of Mablethorpe Wildlife Rescue, a charity that funds the rescue and care of hundreds of seals and sea birds.

The team have rescued over 1,000 seals since they began in 1974, normally helping between 30 to 60 a year, as well as sea birds such as puffins and goslings.

Reaching out for your help. | Photo: Mablethorpe Wildlife Rescue

The charity operates on the grounds of Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary & Wildlife Centre, as well as running a seal sanctuary shop in Mablethorpe town centre.

The centre is just 20 minutes away from Donna Nook, a hotspot for grey seals in Lincolnshire.

Seals are a star attraction at the rescue. | Photo: Mablethorpe Wildlife Rescue

Dennis Drew, director at the rescue, has said the last year of coronavirus has taken its toll on the charity.

“We’re doing our very best, but funds are really low, without public support this could be our last year.

“Restrictions have kept charity shops closed, and we haven’t been eligible for government support, but the public have been so good for us, they are fundamental to the charity’s progression.”

There are over 360 animals on site. | Photo: Mablethorpe Wildlife Rescue

There are currently over 360 animals on site at Mablethorpe Wildlife Rescue, all of which are rescued creatures that were either injured or in need of help.

Dennis said that he is excited for May 17 and the subsequent school half term holidays to get more people coming to the rescue.

You can see a wide range of animals at the park, including this cheeky monkey. | Photo: Mablethorpe Wildlife Rescue

“Since they have reopened on April 12, we have seen a marked increase in financial support from our charity shops, but numbers at the rescue itself are still quite low.

“We’ve got a whole host of activities to look forward to, including seal, meerkat and lemur talks and lots of other fun ideas.”

The trustees are responsible for the food and care of all the animals. | Photo: Mablethorpe Wildlife Rescue

There is currently a one way route around the centre, and the indoor areas will stay closed until May 17 in line with government guidelines.

Treating and looking after these animals is not cheap, and Mablethorpe Wildlife Rescue is in danger of liquidation if donations don’t come in.

Trustees are responsible for the running of the seal and wildlife hospital, as well as buying fish, paying for vet expenses and caring for the animals before releasing them back into the wild.

It has been an incredibly difficult year for the charity. | Photo: Mablethorpe Wildlife Rescue

How to support Mablethorpe Wildlife Rescue

Make a donation to the rescue here (the option to make this a monthly payment is available).

Visit the seal sanctuary and wildlife centre, open every day from 10am until 5pm. £9.95 for general admission, children under 3-years-old go free and aged 3-15 costs £6.95.

Visit the gift shop: all profits go towards care for the animals.

Police arrested a drunk man who allegedly threatened people with a knife in Mablethorpe on Thursday evening.

It happened just before 6pm on May 6, when Lincolnshire Police received several reports that a man, thought to be under the influence, was making threats to people at the skate park on Quebec Road.

Officers rushed to the scene and, with the help of a member of public, the man was located in the nearby gardens.

He was arrested in connection with the incident and remains in police custody at this time.

Nobody was injured during the incident.

A number of officers were still on scene last night and would like to hear from anyone who may have witnessed the incident and who has not yet spoken to police.

If you have any information that can assist our officers in their enquiry, please get in touch:

  • By calling 101 – quoting incident 360 of 06/05/2021.
  • By emailing [email protected] – don’t forget to quote reference 360 of 06/05/2021 in the subject line.
  • You can also report anonymously via the independent charity CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.

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