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COLUMN: £25m invested in upgrading hospital sites across Lincolnshire

We have been reflecting on the extremely hard work our staff have been doing as we prepare for the upcoming visit from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in October, writes Dr Suneil Kapadia.

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OBSERVER: Add more gems and make boards sparkle

I have to say that the recent installation of notice boards in various parts of the centre of the town has been one of the better ideas from our ‘leaders.’ They – the boards! – are quite informative and not too over-sized to be a nuisance on market days.

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COLUMN: A closer look at the yaffling woodpecker

Hello again! Chris from the RSPB reserves of Frampton Marsh and Freiston Shore, here again with your look at what is happening in the natural world in and around Boston. After looking at flowers last time, we’re back to the birds. I’d like to look at what is becoming an increasingly common garden bird, the woodpecker.

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OBSERVER COLUMN: It’s time for action –and fewer meetings

Borough Council meetings and minutes have been a fascination of mine for a number of years – sad, I know, but it’s often interesting to read how or why decisions are made which reflect eventually on all ratepayers. It’s often said that councils seem to move slowly in making decisions for one reason or another, and minutes of an Environment & Performance Committee meeting held on 30 June this year seem to bear this out.

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Andrew Morgan.

COLUMN: Stay healthy in winter

Without meaning to make the summer a distant memory so soon, winter is coming, writes Andrew Morgan.

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Matt Warman.

COLUMN: It’s vital we get the Boston barrier right

Anyone who saw the devastation caused by the tidal surge in 2013 will know that the Boston Flood Barrier can’t come soon enough, writes Matt Warman.

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OBSERVER COLUMN: It’s time for action over market future

Over the past few years I have commented many times on the apparent loss of many of the market stalls which used to be in the Market Place and on The Green.

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Dr Suneil Kapadia.

COLUMN: How to keep your cool in the hot weather

Here at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust our vision is to provide consistently excellent and safe patient-centred care, through highly skilled, committed and compassionate staff working together, writes Dr Suneil Kapadia.

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Kristina Johnson.

COLUMN: Mud, glorious mud! How and why you should let your children get muddy

Getting muddy is not a bad thing for children – especially on International Mud Day! Kristina Johnson from Mon Ami Children’s Nurseries explains how and why you should let your children get muddy from time to time…

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OBSERVER: Great to see events in the park - more please!

The sun certainly brought out the crowds last week for ‘all the fun of the seaside’ in Central Park. Following on from the success of last year’s sandy beach, the council decided this year to almost double its size and it proved quite a success. Along with traditional attractions like donkey rides, there were also bouncy castles, games and competitions. And for once it was free: yes, something in Boston which was actually free!

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COLUMN: Spotlight on chicory

Hi there! Chris from the RSPB reserves of Frampton Marsh and Freiston Shore, here again with your look at what is happening in the natural world in and around Boston.

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OBSERVER: Why 10,000 of you deserve a voice

News that the petition calling on health authorities not to downgrade Pilgrim Hospital has reached over 10,000 signatures is to be welcomed. Apparently this total ‘triggers’ a response from the government and while the organisers acknowledge it won’t necessarily stop any downgrading it does show the support for the campaign from the area.

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TASTE OF LINCOLNSHIRE: Foraging frees up tasty gems

“Whoever coined the saying ‘there’s no such thing as a free lunch’ had certainly never been foraging”, says columnist James Waller-Davies. “Foraging gives you food for free and as fresh and natural as you can get.”

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Boston and Skegness MP Matt Warman

COLUMN: ‘Not an issue under the sun where I can pass the buck’ says MP Matt Warman

Parliament sits in Westminster from Monday to Thursday and on the occasional Friday: the summer recess is a chance to catch up with all the events that happen earlier in the week, and to go to the wealth of things that cater to tourists both local and from further afield. So whether it’s a village show or a concert, I’m looking forward to a summer that is a chance to talk informally to constituents about the host of issues that are top of their minds. Past experience tells me there will be a host of issues raised, of course from Europe to the situation in the Middle East. But it is the local ones that come up most often: the time it takes to get an appointment at a doctor’s surgery, broadband, the state of the roads and local parking charges. All of these are topics that I’ve talked about at length to the local councillors whose direct responsibility they are, but what strikes me every time is that this is a great strength of our parliamentary democracy. All of those issues might be administered locally, but each is ultimately funded by general taxation that is overseen by Parliament. So in a sense there is not an issue under the sun where I can pass the buck. It makes every fete or concert as varied as it is possible to imagine – I look forward to seeing you there.

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COLUMN: Pros and cons of incorporation

The issue of whether to run your business as a company or a sole trader or partnership is an important decision. There are advantages and disadvantages to each structure and potential tax savings to be made by operating as a company.

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COLUMN: Vital work of carers and volunteers

There have been two notable dates in the diary over the last month which have given an important reminder about two groups of often unsung heroes in our midst.

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OBSERVER: Vote sees people make their point

Well, I certainly didn’t expect the result we got.

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Coun Patricia Bradwell, executive member for children's services, Lincolnshire County Council.

COLUMN: We’re all focussed on great education

I feel I must respond to Sir Michael Wilshaw, Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, and his misleading comments naming the East Midlands as the worst performing region in the country on a range of key education indicators.

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Matt Warman. (Photo: Daily Telegraph)

MP’S COLUMN: Jo’s murder offers sharp perspective

When I got married in 2008, I asked my best man and my ushers to wear a single, billowing white ‘avalanche’ rose in their lapels.

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OBSERVER: Why go ahead in times of austerity?

Boston councillors made a very important decision a couple of weeks ago in our name: they agreed to become part of the proposed Greater Lincolnshire, joining nine other councils and the Greater Lincolnshire Enterprise Partnership to become one entity.

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