A planning application has been approved for alterations to the former Ruddocks store in Lincoln to become Carousel bar and Quickdraw virtual shooting range, with work already starting on the site.

City of Lincoln Council have approved internal and external alterations to the building, including a new cocktail bar, beer garden and cellar, kitchen, toilets and flagstone tiled flooring.

Carousel was supposed to open in September 2020 but was delayed due to the pandemic so in October, a pop-up simulation shooting range opened at Home nightclub in Lincoln, with technology used by USA police and replicas of real guns.

This is all part a concept operated by Lindum Leisure, which has links to a group of businesses including Home, Curiosity Shop and Craft. Lindum Leisure is currently leasing the building from Ruddocks.

Ruddocks of Lincoln closed in 2017 and was a family-run business for more than 160 years.

The changes are set to take shape by March this year.

The pop-up at Home nightclub in October. | Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Operations Manager David Nejrup told The Lincolnite in October: “We are really excited to bring this concept to Lincoln. It’s a really tough time for everyone in hospitality at the moment.

“For the past 10 years our company has always defined hospitality by engaging with our guests in a unique and insightful way, and now I we feel that with the current environment, that definition is more poignant than ever.”

Proposed ground floor plan for Carousel.

South Kesteven District Council will take control of four leisure centres in the area with its new leisure company.

LeisureSK Ltd, South Kesteven’s wholly-owned new leisure company, will take over centres in Grantham, Stamford and Bourne, as well as a new centre at the Deepings, in the new year.

The company takes over from 1Life, with existing staff transferring to be part of the LesiureSK team, saving jobs in the process.

Meres Leisure Centre in Grantham will be in the hands of LeisureSK. | Photo: SKDC

The centre’s new management will come with a discounted deal for new members, an offer of four months’ membership for the price of three, contract free.

The leisure centres have been designated as COVID-secure and will have strict guidelines in place, including screens at reception, mandatory mask wearing and hand wash stations.

Gym and swim sessions and group exercise classes will be bookable on a new website and mobile app, while members will have membership transferred over to LeisureSK from 1Life.

Existing membership cards will continue to allow access, and the direct debit amount and date will stay the same as previous.

New management for Stamford Leisure Pool. | Photo: SKDC

Cllr Barry Dobson, deputy leader of South Kesteven District Council, said: “We have a duty to support the health and wellbeing of residents and remain committed to investing in a major improvement programme for a new leisure centre in the Deepings along with improvements to our other leisure facilities.

“Leisure is an important part of maintaining strong and healthy communities, one of the council’s top five priorities for South Kesteven.

“This change will have a positive impact on the wellbeing of residents by helping them to be active and stay healthy.”

Five cinemas in Lincolnshire have received almost £700,000 in government support from the Culture Recovery Fund.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announced a £16 million slice will go towards arts and cultural organisations in a bid to support the industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has decimated cinemas financially.

The most money granted in Lincolnshire – £282,169 – was to the Playhouse Cinema in Louth (Parkway Entertainment Company Ltd).

Kirsty Dobson, Manager at Playhouse Louth said: “The Playhouse will be 99 years old this Christmas, and the contribution from the Culture Recovery Fund towards all of our new safety measures has been brilliant.”

She added: “We’re a traditional cinema dating back to 1920, so knowing that there’s help and support to help us keep the cinema alive and safe is wonderful.”

Here’s what the other Lincolnshire cinemas have been awarded:

  • Kinema in the Woods, Woodhall Spa (Cinema in The Woods Ltd) – £139,201
  • Savoy Boston (Savoy Cinemas (Boston) Ltd) – 121,313
  • Savoy Grantham (Savoy Cinemas (Boston) Ltd) – 121,313
  • Loewen, Sutton-on-Sea (Loewen cinema) – £19,240

Kinema in the Woods

Philip Jones, Managing Director, Kinema in the Woods: “We are very grateful to the Culture Recovery Fund for supporting the costs of putting into place safety measures and providing PPE which meant we could safely reopen our doors.”

Savoy Boston and Grantham

James Collington, Managing Director of Savoy Cinemas (Boston) Ltd: “Our staff will continue to be employed and we will now focus on remaining the primary leisure and cultural offer for the towns in which we operate, ensuring that we can continue our unique and diverse programming – including mainstream and event cinema along with subtitled, autism, educational and senior screenings.”


Loewen Cinema

Marcus Earl, Owner Manager, Loewen Cinema: “The support that we received from the Culture Recovery Fund is a much needed life line meaning we can see a future for cinema. Stepping in to help us literally means we can continue and offer entertainment in Mablethorpe and the surrounding area.”

Cinemas can apply for a further £14 million in grants from the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund.

Some 202 cinemas have received funding so far from a £30 million pot allocated by the British Film Institute (BFI), on behalf of DCMS.

In many cases, the fund comprises of a health and safety award (capped at £10,000) and/or a business sustainability award.

Some cinemas which have received health & safety funding may also be in the process of applying for business sustainability awards.

The deadline for productions to register for the scheme has been extended until April 2021.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “The magic of film is such an important part of the festive period and this investment will help protect our independent cinemas so they’re around for many Christmases to come.”

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