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.