One of the many fallouts of the coronavirus pandemic has been the general sense of uncertainty it has caused us all. We’re not sure what life will be like in coming months and what the ‘new normal’ will mean. 

In addition to the bearing on wellbeing, there’s also an impact on long-term financial planning, including savings and investments. 

If all this sounds familiar, it might be worth considering a funeral plan which offers both emotional and practical reassurance. A plan allows you to tailor make your funeral arrangements at today’s prices.

Instead of some insurance policies or over 50s plans – which may not cover the average cost of a funeral – our Funeral Plan makes sure that whenever it is used, the full cost is covered if Lincolnshire Co-op arrange the funeral and the requirements haven’t changed.

Boston Funeral Director Alan Barks said: “It’s about trust. Clients make the arrangements with Lincolnshire Co-op – their local co-op – and they know we’ll be the ones carrying them out.

“We’ve been around for over 150 years and many of our clients seem to appreciate that security.”

A funeral plan can also offer emotional security. You can rest assured that all arrangements have been taken care of, so your loved ones aren’t left with difficult decisions.

“When they come to use them, families are relieved to know the arrangements have been made,” said Carla Kennedy, Gainsborough Funeral Director.

Between 1st April and 30th April 2021, we’re offering members a minimum £200 discount or a minimum £200 dividend on funeral director’s charges when you buy a Lincolnshire Co-op funeral plan, depending on which payment option you choose. 

Find out more on our website or contact your local branch – www.lincolnshire.coop/funeral

Terms and conditions apply.


Year 13 UTC student Georgina Smith is currently working towards a BTEC Extended Diploma in Engineering whilst completing an industrial placement with local component manufacturer and laser processing specialist Micrometric.

Georgina said: “I started my placement at Micrometric last October and I’ve spent each day learning something new, from using advanced CAD software to operating cutting-edge machinery. Most recently, I have been working on my own project to design and manufacture an airtight welding chamber.

“I am really grateful to have been able to continue my placement throughout lockdown. I can now evidence the practical application and development of my engineering skills, and this experience will be invaluable as I come to the end of my studies at the UTC with hopes to secure an apprenticeship.”

Lincoln UTC has a significant number of employer partners involved in the delivery of the curriculum. By working in tandem with local businesses, students benefit from educational opportunities grounded within real industry experiences.                                                                                                     

Neil Main, Managing Director at Micrometric and Governor of Lincoln UTC said: “By giving engineering students an opportunity to learn about the precision components and state-of-the-art equipment we use, they are able to increase their knowledge and abilities not just in engineering, but in design, innovation and even organisation. 

“As a company we feel proud that we’re able to support the next generation of bright and enthusiastic engineers who have coped particularly well despite the challenging circumstances. It’s been a pleasure and they have helped to keep a sense of the working culture.” 

This initiative is unique to Lincoln UTC and is one of the many reasons why UTC graduates are highly employable. There are still a few places left in year 10 and year 12 for September 2021. To find out more or to apply online visit www.lincolnutc.co.uk. 

Andrews Car Centre have recently opened their MOT testing centre at their site on Dixon Close in Lincoln. 

The new installation includes high-tech wheel alignment equipment which will enable the team to extend their busy service department. 

Customers can also take benefit from a new COVID-19 safe waiting area where they can watch their car being MOTd or the daily news.

Andrews Car Centre was established in 1929, and is still in the same area as their original showroom where John HB Andrews began the business selling motorbikes. 

The new MOT centre, teamed with their sales side, offers a one stop shop for all your motoring needs. 

To celebrate the opening customers can take advantage of MOTs for only £29 until the end of June 2021, and wheel alignment for £36.

For more information give the team a call on 01522 520747, email them at [email protected] or visit www.andrewscarcentre.com. 

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