Sleaford

An innovative art exhibition which uses reflections and light to make those looking at the sculptures feel a part of the project, is coming to The Hub in Sleaford.

Michael Shaw’s ‘Activate / Participate’ exhibition will open for a private view on Friday, September 24, before opening fully the following day.

The centrepiece of the project will be ‘U-too’, a giant inflatable sculpture made of highly reflective fabric, mirroring visitors as they move around the gallery.

U-too is the centrepiece of the exhibition and uses highly reflective fabric to mirror visitors. | Photo: The Hub

It has been specially created for this exhibition by Shaw and the dimensions are for the sole purpose of use inside The Hub building.

Weaved between the U-too sculpture, which covers the majority of the main gallery, will be original industrial features that nod to The Hub’s history as a seed warehouse.

Michael Shaw has used anti-camouflage surfaces and played with light to form his exhibition. | Photo: The Hub

As well as this, other smaller inflatables will be on display to explore and play with light and anti-camouflage surfaces. And a series of kinetic textile pieces complete the exhibition.

Michael Shaw is a widely successful artist who has seen works displayed all over the country, including being commissioned for a project at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

U-too weaves in and out of the building’s structure. | Photo: The Hub

You can see the Activate / Participate exhibition on The Hub’s first floor main gallery between September 25, 2021 and January 16, 2022, or to take part in the private view event the day before you can arrive between 6 and 8pm.

Working calves now has a different meaning for Ross Booth who made a pandemic career change, swapping life on the family farm to becoming a personal trainer running classes and farm-style boot camps.

Ross, 32, grew up in Leadenham on the family’s arable farm where his dad Rod and brother Rory still work, harvesting wheat, barley and sugar beet.

After attending university in Loughborough, Ross worked for a recycling company before going back to the family farm four years ago. He said working on a farm can at times feel quite isolated and he wanted to work with more people, so RB Fitness was born in April this year.

Personal trainer Ross Booth (right) on the family farm with his brother Rory (left) and father Rod (centre).

RB Fitness runs a range of classes and packages from farm-style bootcamps to 1:1 personal training and sports performance coaching from Ross’ studio at 57 High Street in Leadenham (Monday to Saturday). After people complete the sessions they can then visit the lambs in the field next door.

For the bootcamps, Ross uses tractor tyres, weighted cans and battle ropes, and will also use hay bales within his fitness sessions.

Ross would like to a-tractor lot of new members. Classes cost £7 or £3 for members, while personal training packages range between £25 to £40. Memberships cost £26 per month with discounted packages available.

Members can join online here or by calling RB Fitness on 07951 660256, and go to the studio for an initial free consultation. All members will also receive recipe packs monthly from Ross, who is qualified in level 5 nutrition.

Ross Booth is the founder of RB Fitness in Leadenham.

Personal training using tractor tyres at RB Fitness.

Ross told The Lincolnite: “Working in farming is great, as is being outdoors, but it can feel quite isolated.

“I enjoy working with more people and wanted to make the most of the environment, which is very different to any city or town gyms. I wanted to create something more unique.

“I loved the idea of creating a community, especially after the year we’ve had and people feeling isolated. I wanted to create unity and allow people to regain their confidence. Personal training gives people the confidence and then unlocks so much more than physical benefits.

“It’s been really positive so far. It has surprised me that people are travelling from Peterborough and North Lincolnshire, it feels great and I’ve been overwhelmed with the support everyone has given me.”

One of the farm-style boot camps in action.

RB Fitness also offers personal training and circuit training.

Although Ross is fully focused on his personal training business, he still works on the family farm from time to time including on the tractors and combine harvesters.

Ross loves to keep fit in his spare time too. He played hockey at a high level in the National League for Peterborough, where he was captain for eight years, alongside coaching at Leadenham Hockey Club.

He played in his own testimonial match for his current team Lindum away against his former club Peterborough, who are two divisions higher, on Friday, September 3. Ross managed to score a hat-trick in the 5-2 win for Lindum, having only netted once for Peterborough in the last three years.

A truly eventful day is in store for Sleaford with a series of events by organisers, from classic wheels and a planned Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast weather permitting, to food, town crying, cycles, crafts and climate action – all for free and magnified with a map trail and more linking them all. 

A number of fun-filled events are taking place in the town on Saturday, September 4, free and for the enjoyment of all:

  • The Sleaford Classic Car and Motorcycle Show, with over 120 cars and motorcycles from around the world and 100 years of automotive history on display, plus a BBMF flypast weather permitting, at Lafford Terrace off East Road, from 10.30am-4.30pm. 
  • Town crying competition, drawing town criers to Sleaford for the prestigious contest of Loyal Company of Town Criers members for a parade and two rounds of ‘crying, a 10.45am parade from Navigation Yard to Market Place and competition 11am-12.15pm and 2pm-3.30pm.
  • Artisan market, food and craft galore with live music to enjoy between, taking place at Millstream Square, 10am-3pm.
  • Farmers’ Market, the best of seasonal and high quality produce at the Farmers’ Market held on the first Saturday of each month, at Market Place in Sleaford, 7.30am-4pm (traders may finish earlier).
  • Love Our Planet at the Hub, family friendly ways to help the planet with stalls, demonstrations and activities, taking place at Eastgate Green at the Hub with partners Sleaford Climate Action Network and Global Sleaford, supported by Sleaford Town Council and a presence from North Kesteven District Council, from 11am-3pm.
  • The bike shed, showcasing cycling and more including options for happier and easier cycling with Pedal Electric Cycles, cycle tips from the Sustrans, saddling up with the Sleaford Wheelers Cycling Club, discovering all the attractions Sleaford has to offer with Heart of Lincolnshire, and more two-wheeled fun, all at Eastbanks Green next to Sleaford Leisure Centre, from 11am – 3pm. 
  • Navigation House also open for visitors, from midday – 4pm, at Navigation Yard 
  • Riverside walk, for those who fancy an amble along the River Slea towards Cogglesford Mill, currently closed while its waterwheel undergoes restoration, to enjoy its setting ready for a return visit when the mill reopens.

These events, brought to life by partners and organisers, are being magnified by North Kesteven District Council which is using a share of the Government’s Welcome Back fund to help promote them under a single banner – Eventful Sleaford.

A leaflet will be available to pick up around the town centre outlining the events and joining them up on a map. There’ll also be signage to help visitors make their way around and enjoy all that’s on offer, along with various other promotion of it. 

There’ll also be decorated bicycles to spot as you walk, and other crafty touches to the town centre to create further excitement on the day. 

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

Leader of North Kesteven District Council, Councillor Richard Wright, said: “Sleaford is a vibrant place that’s well worth a visit at any time. Whether you are looking for a shopping trip along a unique and varied high street, a bite to eat and drink or a place to stay, searching out leisure and exercise or are looking for an attraction to visit, there are a variety of things to see and do.

“It’s wonderful for all these events to be taking place in Sleaford, forming a single fun-packed day for all on September 4, and we’re proud to help promote the efforts of the organisers by showcasing what’s on and encouraging visitors along. 

“Whether you think you’ve seen all Sleaford has to offer, or have never been before, there is something exciting and engaging for everyone on this eventful day.” 

Sleaford Classic Car and Motorcycle Show Chairman Emma Kiteley-Connon said: “The Sleaford Classic Car and Motorcycle Show Committee are getting really excited to welcome everyone back. It’s been a difficult year, but we are really proud of what we’ve managed to achieve for our visitors. 

“We have over 100 different vehicles booked in from decades of motoring so there will be something for everyone to enjoy. There will also be food and trade stands to look at, the Sleaford Museum on the Road team will be there, and there will be a flypast from a member of the BBMF in the afternoon, weather permitting. This flypast will be able to be enjoyed by people visiting the other amazing events that are taking place on the same day.

“September 4 will be a great day to visit Sleaford as there is so much going on, not only our show, which is nearly 30 years old, but the town crier event, the artisan market, and the farmers’ market  to name but a few.”

Sleaford Classic Car and Motorcycle Show

Craft and community groups are also invited to help bring the town centre to life with yarn-bombing decorations. 

There are plenty of spots where yarn-bombing can happen – from post boxes and sign posts to phone boxes and the green car-shaped cycle racks in the town centre. 

Any woollen creations will need to be out on Friday 3 September or before 10am on Saturday 4 September. Email [email protected] to find out more. 

If you’re travelling in, do consider cycling with plenty of safe cycle parking throughout the town, walking, or parking slightly further out at Grantham Road for just £2 for the whole day.

Other car parks throughout town offer great value parking too. Details are at www.n-kesteven.gov.uk

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