Take A Break From The Christmas Rush

Lincoln BIG today encouraged city residents, Christmas shoppers and tourists to make time and join the thousands who traditionally flock to a special annual festival. Organisers of the Bailgate Guild Advent Wreath Festival, Shirley and Chris Brook, have just put the finishing touches to this year’s display, which usually attracts 3,000 to 4,000 visitors to The Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene. Shirley said: “This wonderful event is a celebration of the commercial and community life of the Uphill area, and people will be able to see at least 70 beautifully decorated wreaths provided by individual businesses, schools and organisations. “We have been running this event for more than 10 years and it covers an area from the bottom of The Strait right up to Newport and the areas nearby.” The wreaths were blessed by St Mary Magdalene’s Reverend Adrian Smith. Chris said: “This is a real showcase event highlighting the businesses and organisations within our community. We are encouraging people to visit the church, to enjoy the displays, perhaps light a candle to say thanks, or in memory of someone special, and take a few minutes away from the bustle of everyday life.” Shirley and Chris said many of Lincoln’s Christmas Market visitors usually thoroughly enjoy the displays at the Church, which is located on the corner of Castle Hill with Exchequergate. The Festival will be open for visitors on December 1 and 2, between 2pm and 4pm; during the Lincoln Christmas Market from December 6 to 9 from 12 noon to 6pm daily – with short carol services at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm – and revert to opening between 2pm and 4pm on December 15 and 16. Residents and shoppers also have the opportunity to pop into the Wreaths Festival on weekdays between 10.30am and 11.30am, between now and Christmas. Lincoln BIG Operations Manager Richard Baxter said: “This is always a fabulous event.  It is great that it is also a real attraction for local people and businesses.  We hope those who go along will enjoy the experience and seek out some of the local traders and that tourists will tell other people and encourage them to visit our wonderful city. “Donations are given by members by the public.  Half of the money raised will go towards the ongoing restoration of St Mary Magadalene Church and half to the Diverted Giving Campaign. “The Church feels this is...
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Unlocking Big Screen Expansion

Chartered surveyor Banks Long & Co today revealed it is continuing to play a key role in the multi-million expansion of a privately-run cinema chain. The Lincoln-based firm acted on behalf of Savoy Cinemas to source a site for, and deliver, a new state-of-the-art six-screen venue in Corby town centre. The development – built by Mulberry Developments on the Tresham College site – marks the ongoing regeneration of this Northamptonshire town. The landmark scheme also features three new restaurants, let to Prezzo, Nandos and Spur Burgers. Savoy is maintaining its roll-out programme. Banks Long & Co Managing Director Tim Bradford said it had also found another site for Savoy, in Doncaster. The proposed cinema is now going through the planning process. Savoy, which acquired its first cinema in Nottingham in 1994, before adding Boston’s West End cinema in 2002 and launching a new venue in Worksop in 2012, is showing its confidence at a time when major blockbusters are causing a real buzz among cinemagoers. “It is very satisfying to see such an impressive new cinema and restaurant scheme open in Corby and good to know that it  has provided a 900-plus seat entertainment venue and also created about 20 jobs,” said Mr Bradford. “We are progressing with a number of new opportunities and I can announce that Savoy is committed to acquiring a new six-screen cinema in the cultural/civic quarter of Doncaster. “A planning application has been submitted and we are working with Muse Developments, which has already completed an impressive new office building for Doncaster Council, the Cast Theatre and public realm works. “The proposed new cinema will be built next to new restaurant units and will complete the regeneration of the Waterdale area in Doncaster.” Savoy Cinemas Managing Director James Collington said: “We are delighted with the new cinema in Corby. This venue has created jobs and is already trading above expectations. “We are keen to acquire more sites and, with Doncaster now in for planning permission and other locations being progressed, we are confident that the quality of the Savoy brand can be taken to many other locations across the UK over the coming months. The UK Cinema Association (UKCA) – which represents the interests of more than 90 per cent of cinema operators by number and market share – said that June figures revealed that cinema admissions rose 30 per cent on the same...
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