Shop & Garden
Joseph Banks shop bucks the trend
Despite all of the grim news detailing the plight of our high streets and the demise of small shop keepers the Banks centre shop has had a super Christmas and start to 2016.
The last year has been a year of technical and systems progress with the implementation of a new bar coding system with management tools and this together with the strengthening of our team of staff and volunteers meant that the rush of trade over Christmas was a breeze to deal with. (At least that’s how it appeared to the non-participants)
We also had a very busy Summer period enhanced by our super garden café which catered for many hundreds of people who wanted to sit and enjoy the garden with a coffee and cake. We also held craft fairs in the garden where our Joseph Banks Craft Guild members displayed and sold their fantastic hand made products. One such member is 17-year-old Vicki Simons who runs Snowdrop gifts.
Vicki makes superb jewellery, which she has been selling in our shop for about 2 years, but like many of our crafters she has a more altruistic reason for doing this. Vicki attends Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Horncastle and is studying for her A levels. Recently she has started to plan an expedition to Nepal with a group from her school in 2017. The purpose of the trip is to help to develop a local community in Nepal and to improve their quality of life. Therefore all of the funds raised from the sale of her products in the shop are going towards funding this adventure but also to help the people of Nepal. Vicki is already producing new products to help towards this goal but will also take on commissions, next time you are in the shop make a point of asking to see the snowdrop gifts stand.
Joseph Banks Tribute Garden
The High Sheriff of Lincolnshire J. A. C. Godfrey CBE formally open the Sir Joseph Banks Tribute Gardenin 2010, the garden was supported by the Big Lottery Fund, Greenshoots and East Lindsey District Council and displays a large selection of planted species associated with Sir Joseph the noted 18th century botanist and long serving President of the Royal Society. The project was coordinated by the Vice Chairman Jean Shaftoe from Fulletby with the hard landscape design by Vee Reed and the planting scheme by the late Gwen Grantham.
Much of the work was carried out by trainees from the Linkage Community Trust.
Today we have an established garden which attracts many visitors, our garden team led by Lady Sally Bruce-Gardyne is currently looking forward to the new 2016 season when we hope to have more information material available for visitors.
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