The winner of Lincoln Cathedral’s first ever artist of the year competition has now been crowned.

The competition was held in the Cathedral grounds at the start of September and open to all amateur and professional artists. They were given a brief of capturing any part of the cathedral of the surrounding area.

Thirteen artists took part, with one travelling from West Yorkshire to be involved, and they had four hours to create their work.

The three finalists were chosen as Rosie Ablewhite, Rosemary Burke, and Sally Kheng, with the latter announced as the winner.

Sally Kheng’s winning picture.

Sally’s picture will now be framed and exhibited for the next 12 months in the new cathedral visitor centre.

The competition was judged by the Very Revd Christine Wilson, Dean of Lincoln, and local artist Dominic Parczuk, who was the Cathedral’s artist of residence in 2017.

It will return again next year with details of the 2022 competition to be announced on Lincoln Cathedral’s website and social media pages.

Sally said: “I’m delighted to have won the competition and that my painting will be displayed in the new visitor centre. I’m usually a landscape artist and so this was a big challenge for me.”

Dean Christine Wilson said: “We have the joy and privilege to see this wonderful building every day and in all seasons, and it remains a wonder every time, but to see it through new eyes by the artworks which have been created as part of this competition is refreshing and rewarding.

“I want to thank all those who have taken part, choosing a winner was not an easy decision, but Dominic and I loved the energy and passion that Sally’s picture conveyed. I hope it inspires others to uncover their creative talents and enjoy looking in detail at the world around them.”

The Avro Lancaster PA474 returned to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) at RAF Coningsby on Saturday, September 11 after ten months away for routine maintenance.

The aircraft underwent routine scheduled depth maintenance with the Aircraft Restoration Company at Duxford.

The PA474, which is one of only two Lancaster bombers still flying today, can now rejoin the rest of the BBMF fleet for the remainder of the season.

The Lancaster was away for 10 months for repairs. | Photo: Lisa Harding

Officer Commanding BBMF, Sqn Ldr Mark Discombe said: “It is with great excitement and pride that the BBMF welcomes back our Lancaster.

“The minor servicing, conducted at Duxford, has been a whole force endeavour with both service personnel and contractors working closely together.

“The BBMF hangar at RAF Coningsby has felt empty without the Lancaster, not just because of her size but also her sheer presence.

“The Lancaster represents the bravery of the Bomber Command air and ground crews that fought during the Second World War, with many paying the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

“After a short period of training we are looking forward to getting the Lancaster up and in the public eye once more.”

The PA474 is one of only two Lancaster bombers still flying today. | Photo: Lisa Harding

Lancaster pilot Flt Lt Seb Davies said: “It is absolutely fabulous to have the Lancaster flying again following an extended period of maintenance. We can’t wait to show her in her native environment in the coming weeks.”

Restoration works to improve the lake at Boultham Park in Lincoln are now complete, boasting a new viewing area and boating access.

A special event to celebrate the completion of works was hosted at Boultham Park on Friday, September 10, and was attended by Lincoln’s Mayor Jackie Kirk, as well as officers from City of Lincoln Council, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and Boultham Park Advisory Group.

The original works began with contractors Ebsford Environmental in January 2021, and after £658,700 of funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the lake restoration is now complete.

The project was aided by over £650k of National Lottery funding. | Photo: CoLC

Improvements to the lake included the addition of a viewing platform, bank restoration, under-storey planting on the lake edge, provisions for fishing pegs, access for occasional boating and improving water quality, among much more.

The FCC Communities Foundation has also awarded the council a further £58,969 to help improve the water quality even more, as well as increasing biodiversity and engagement in and around the lake. These works will be finished by the end of 2021.

A welcome event was hosted at the revamped lake area on Friday. | Photo: CoLC

Cllr Bob Bushell, Portfolio Holder for Remarkable Place at City of Lincoln Council said: “I’d like to personally thank all of those involved in these vital park works. I am very proud of the works that have taken place and know from residents I have spoken to that these improvements have been welcomed by many.

“Now more than ever, open green spaces are essential for both physical and mental health, and we are excited to see residents and visitors enjoy what our parks have to offer.”

Work started on restoring the lake in January 2021. | Photo: CoLC

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