Lots of businesses in Whaplode

Churchwardens Clare Christie (with son Daniel) and Roy Willingham. SG031013-111NG
Churchwardens Clare Christie (with son Daniel) and Roy Willingham. SG031013-111NG
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At a time when many villages don’t have a pub or a shop, Whaplode has both of these – and much more!

There’s the Lamb and Flag pub, Spice Cottage Indian restaurant, Chinese take-away Golden Kitchen, two filling stations with shops – and the Co-op contains the village post office.

There is also a sewing shop, a car repair and maintenance firm, major employer LFP, patchwork/quilt show plus motoring events organiser Grosvenor Shows Ltd, and Green Patch, an environmentally friendly cold asphalt company.

The village also has a cycle shop, J R Cycles, run by John Simpson for about 13 years.

The business is described as a “one stop shop for cycle repairs and new and re-conditioned bikes”.

John says he started working with bikes when he was a young lad, employed by a shop in Holbeach.

Following a career in engineering John finally returned to bicycles, and the bike shop in Whaplode.

The village’s other business is also a tourist attraction – the Maze in Maize.

Said to be one of the largest in England, the maze is operated by farmer Lance Whittington who, with his father-in-law Maurice, grows daffodils, alliums, and alchemilla as well as wheat, potatoes, sugar beet and other crops on M & G Congreve’s farm in Whaplode.

However, the Whaplode maze has more than maize in it: after the end of the season in late September, the team organise Fright Nights at the maze, when monsters are said to be lurking within.