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Pinchbeck councillor is hoping to put South Holland's uniqueness and beauty on the map

We may ‘never be the Cotswolds’ but our area has its own ‘uniqueness and beauty’, says the councillor responsible for promoting the area’s heritage.

Coun Elizabeth Sneath wants to raise awareness of the many attractions of the district as she takes on a new cabinet role for South Holland District Council.

Visit England lists places to visit in Lincolnshire on its website but many of those seem to be concentrated around Lincoln, The Wolds, or the coast. Newark and Sherwood Council is also running an advertising campaign to promote its attractions.

Coun Elizabeth Sneath helping to tidy up the heritage areas at Spalding Cemetery. (42160960)
Coun Elizabeth Sneath helping to tidy up the heritage areas at Spalding Cemetery. (42160960)

“I am involved with the Chain Bridge Forge (a museum and early 19th-century blacksmith’s workshop in Spalding) which is open and there is Ayscoughfee Gardens, which is always such a joy and a gem,” Coun Sneath added.

“We have lovely walks and I think walking along the riverside is such a joy - and the heritage; I am someone who loves to walk around the town and just look at the heritage. As a lot of what we have is closed at the moment it is more about what we have outdoors around the area. In Holbeach and Long Sutton, they have lovely parks. It is about the great outdoors.

“I want to raise awareness locally and nationally that this is a lovely place to live. We have these big skies and scenery. We are so lucky to live here. We are never going to be the Cotswolds but we have our own beauty and uniqueness.”

The district council’s website also highlights key attractions in the area. These include Moulton Mill, the Pinchbeck Engine Museum, Crowland Abbey, Spalding Gentlemen’s Society and the Burtey Fen Collection in Pinchbeck (a privately owned music hall). But many venues have had their ability to open affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Coun Sneath, who also sits on the county council, has long been involved with the Friends of Spalding Cemetery, another important heritage site.

“It is such a gorgeous place and there is so much history there. We’ve had a group doing a lot of tidying up and as it’s outdoors people have said how much it good it has done them during the lockdown.”

Promoting health, wellbeing and safeguarding, are also included in her role.

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