‘One Small Candle’: Make Your Own Lantern for Illuminate 2020!

One Small Candle Lantern

Get creative with our lantern toolkit and light up our community this November.

This November, Gainsborough’s annual Illuminate event commemorating the town’s links to the Mayflower Pilgrims’ story will be a bit different, like so many other things that have changed recently. For the past three years, a fantastic parade of lanterns has taken place in town but sadly, it will not possible this year. Instead, we are inviting you to get creative at home using our specially designed toolkit full of templates, ideas and inspiration for making your own lantern.

Display your lit lantern in a window at home on the evening of Thursday 26 November (the date of Thanksgiving), and share a photo on social media tagging in #OneSmallCandle to be part of the commemorations and to join others across our region connected by a shared heritage.

Continue reading “‘One Small Candle’: Make Your Own Lantern for Illuminate 2020!”

New Car Parking System launches at Marshalls Yard

Marshall's Yard car park

Marshalls Yard in Gainsborough will launch a new car parking system on Tuesday 13th October which will accept Cash and contactless card payments on site, plus the addition of payments made via the Phone & Pay app.

The 330 space car park will be managed by Creative Parking Ltd using an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) system.

Customers will need to enter their full registration number into the new pay and display machines when they pay to park at the centre. The pay and display machines are located by M&S, Timpson’s, The Works and Snap Fitness (formerly DW Fitness).

Continue reading “New Car Parking System launches at Marshalls Yard”

Gainsborough is set to host Farmers’ and Craft Market this October

Pickles Preserves

Gainsborough is set to host its monthly Farmers’ and Craft Market on Saturday 10 October from 9am to 3pm.

Since its reopening in June, the outdoor market is bigger than ever thanks to support from a growing number of traders and shoppers.

Following the recent move to Market Place, the market offers a widely accessible area in which to browse the variety of stalls selling seasonal produce, sweet treats, bespoke crafts and gifts.

Continue reading “Gainsborough is set to host Farmers’ and Craft Market this October”

Browns department store links with another great local company!

Rochelle Rose

The independent department store Browns is the first High Street retailer to stock a new beauty and skin care range produced by local salon, Rochell Rose.

Both Browns and Rochell Rose are located at Marshall’s Yard in Gainsborough and a strong partnership has been formed through what has been a difficult time for both the retail and beauty industry.

Browns department stores are open in Gainsborough, Beverley and Helmsley with the flagship store in the centre of York. The Gainsborough store which has been open at the shopping centre for eight years will be the only store to stock the new range initially.

Continue reading “Browns department store links with another great local company!”

Local photographer expands business at Marshalls Yard

Emma Walker

Award winning Gainsborough Photographer Emma Walker has opened a new photography studio at Marshalls Yard this week.

Emma has been working from a detached home studio for the past 3 and a half years but has now outgrown the space and is expanding into a new premises at Marshalls Yard’s Pattern Store.

The new Photography Studio specialises in maternity, newborn, milestone and family portraits as well as pet portraits. There is a wide range of luxurious outfits, backdrops and props available for you to use during your portrait session.

Continue reading “Local photographer expands business at Marshalls Yard”

New Cardzone Store Opens at Marshall’s Yard

Marshall's Yard Entrance

The greeting card and gift company Cardzone has opened a new store at Marshall’s Yard in Gainsborough.

Cardzone opened its first shop in Sheffield in 2005 and now has more than 100 stores across the UK with the new Marshall’s Yard store the latest to open its doors to shoppers.

The brand-new store at Marshall’s Yard opened on Saturday September 19th with a special ribbon cutting with the staff who were joined by area manager Andy Hicks. The Cardzone team pride themselves on offering top brands at affordable prices.

Continue reading “New Cardzone Store Opens at Marshall’s Yard”



Forming a ‘civil body politic’

Once they arrived on the shores of America in mid-November, the Pilgrims faced a hard winter, realised they needed a new legal agreement, and managed to survive thanks to help from the Wampanoag Native Americans who already lived there.

The ship stopped just off the coast of modern-day Provincetown in Massachusetts, some way off from their intended destination to the south in Virginia. They needed to find a suitable place to live, so some of the men were sent out to scout the coast around Cape Cod. The rest of the passengers stayed aboard the ship for some weeks.

Continue reading “Compact”

Snap Fitness to open new Gainsborough gym!

Snap Fitness

The global fitness brand Snap Fitness is opening a brand-new 24-hour gym in the former DW Sports Fitness unit at Marshall’s Yard.

The Snap team are planning to launch the new gym in December and customers can register their interest in joining through the company’s website.

The new look gym is currently being fitted out with the latest state of the art fitness equipment and will house cardio and resistance areas as well as a large free weights section and spacious fitness studio with a timetable of free group classes.

Continue reading “Snap Fitness to open new Gainsborough gym!”

Mayflower Choral Commission

Mayflower ship

David Fawcett – Cantata: A sure refuge

Composer David Fawcett has written ‘A Sure Refuge’, a major new 50 minute cantata reflecting on the Pilgrims’ story and its resonance today. David, a former student at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School in Gainsborough and Head Chorister and Organ Scholar at All Saints’ Parish Church, is also a choral director and professional musician. His work will be performed in the town next year.

This piece of work was commissioned by West Lindsey District Council supported by funding from Arts Council England.

Continue reading “Mayflower Choral Commission”

TV Historian Dan Snow Commemorates the 400th Anniversary of the Sailing of the Mayflower

Anna Scott at Gainsborough Old Hall

West Lindsey District Council recognises this historic date by raising awareness of the area’s links by contributing to the online documentary.

Wednesday 16 September is an important date in history, marking the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower.

Gainsborough has a special connection to the Mayflower anniversary through the Separatist movements that originated in this region, some of whom later led the journey to America.

Presented by well-known TV historian Dan Snow, the documentary will reflect the story of the Pilgrims’ roots and their journeys, the impact on the Native American people who helped them when they first arrived and the wider colonial context of the Mayflower’s voyage.

Continue reading “TV Historian Dan Snow Commemorates the 400th Anniversary of the Sailing of the Mayflower”