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Concern over relatives driving with dementia

The onset of dementia and a general decline in the power to think clearly is the greatest concern that families have about elderly relatives driving, according to recently compiled research.

In Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire, nearly half of all people are worried about it, a survey by the Institute of Advanced Motorists has found.

Forty-two per cent of people who have concerns about an older relative driving have tried to discuss this with them.

Kate Bunkall reports:

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Cash boost for North Lincolnshire maternity units

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Maternity services in Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Goole are set to benefit from a share of a £10million Department of Health fund.

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust has secured £84,500 to spend on improvements to maternity care settings for local women.

Ward 26 at Scunthorpe hospital, the home-from-home unit at Goole hospital and the honeysuckle, jasmine, holly and blueberry wards at Grimsby hospital are the areas set to get a revamp with new equipment.

Julie Dixon, head of midwifery at the Trust, said: “This is such good news for local women as it means further enhancements to the maternity environments we can offer them and their partners.

“This investment in our services will not only enhance privacy and dignity, birthing options and the quality of care and choice of care for women in pregnancy and childbirth. It will also give their partners more opportunity for involvement.”

Job opportunities for apprentices double in Barnsley and north Lincolnshire

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The number of vacancies for apprentices and opportunities for trainees has almost doubled in Barnsley and North Lincolnshire over the past year.

A report out today reveals almost half of businesses plan to take on apprentices in the next five years, compared with 36% this time last year. Rotherham also fared well with an increase of 47 per cent.

Campaign to rename Humberside Airport

Humberside Airport Credit: PA

People in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire are being asked to vote on changing the name of Humberside Airport to the John Harrison International Airport.

One of the people behind the survey, Telegraph columnist Dr Robert M Jaggs-Fowler says the word "Humberside" was forced upon the residents in the area in 1974, and it evoked instant resistance.

Other supporters of the name change say that despite being abolished as a county 18 years ago, the word "Humberside" continues in the name of a number of local institutions; Humberside Airport being one.

They feel clock-maker John Harrison, who lived in North Lincolnshire, would better represent the area.

Harrison invented a reliable sea-watch (known as H4), a long-sought device that solved the problem of establishing the East-West position or longitude of a ship at sea.

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Facts about Haxey Hood

  • It's one of the oldest traditional events in England. Its roots can be traced back to 14th century
  • It takes place in the Village of Haxey in north Lincolnshire on the 12th day of Christmas, January 6th each year
  • It is like a large rugby scrum ( called the Sway) which involves pushing a leather tube called the hood to 1 of 4 pubs in the parish
  • Thirteen characters from the original story take part: there is the Lord, the fool and eleven Boggins
  • Where the hood ends up it will stay there until the following year

North Lincolnshire schools to receive £60m

Eight schools in North Lincolnshire will receive 60 million pounds to help rebuild and refurbish some of the buildings.

The schools that will receive the Government money are: Baysgarth School in Barton, The Vale Academy in Brigg, Burton-Upon-Stather Primary School, Crosby Primary School, Oasis Academy Henderson Avenue in Scunthorpe, Brumby Junior School and Ashby's Grange Lane Primary School.

The work is set to start in 2015 and will take until 2017 to complete.

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