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1. Front Cover of Magazine:

March 2018


An Eagle by Brodie Watson (age 8)

Cover Design Competition
(in conjunction with Carlton le Moorland Spring Show on Saturday 7th April 2018)
Two classes: Children’s 16 Years’ and under. (include age on entry)
Adult’s 16 Years’ and over.

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2. Extracts from Magazine


The Witham Staple requires delivery help in Witham St Hughs

The Witham Staple is looking for deliverers who are needed please as soon as possible to deliver the Witham Staple Magazine to the new houses currently being built on Thistle Road Witham St Hughs. The Witham Staple committee are looking for enthusiastic dedicated people to join the delivery team in Witham St Hughs and help cover the area as listed above please. For more details or to join the delivery team please contact Elaine on 869062


Each month a team of volunteers produces The Witham Staple, organises printing, distribution and delivery to 2500 homes in the Witham villages. Each year the number of copies increases and we need more help to ensure we maintain our high standards.

Could you help in any of the following ways?

·         sharing or taking on delivery to about 30 homes each month

·         being a reserve deliverer

·         helping with distribution to deliverers a few times a year, or each month

·         working alongside the print manager, liaising with the printer

·         assisting the editor (particularly if you have IT skills)

·         assisting the web manager, to keep the website updated

·         working alongside the business manager, dealing with advertising

·         assisting the treasurer


As Witham St Hugh's continues to grow, help with distribution or delivery would be most welcome. Please contact Elaine on 869062.

We know the community relies on and appreciates the magazine, which has been going for over 50 years on one form or another. With your help, it will continue well into the future. Please give serious consideration to volunteering. Every little helps

If you would like to volunteer, or would like more information, please contact:

Andy Sceeny (Chairman) 788303 or Stan Underwood (Vice-Chairman) 788461


Animal By-Products Processing Facility Being Planned For Norton Disney

The Witham Valley Park Preservation Group (WVPPG) have continued to campaign against the proposed animal rendering factory at Norton Disney, which will potentially affect up to 10,000 people in the surrounding villages. Key events to date have included:-

Website: www.withamvalleyppg.net : Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/withamvalleyppg/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WithamValleyPPG

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/WithamValleyPPG/



Lincolnshire Family History Society - Lincoln Branch

All our meetings are held at Bracebridge Heath Village Hall, Red Hall Lane, Bracebridge Heath, LN4 2LB. We meet from 1.45pm to 4pm approx. unless otherwise stated. There is ample car parking we have our bookstalls, raffle and refreshments. We also welcome non-members to our meetings. This month’s meeting is on:-
Saturday 10th March from 1.45pm. Vic Hughes – ‘Manor Court Rolls’
A centre for a Celtic tribe, a major Roman then Viking city, second largest city in the country, Brayford being the fourth largest port in England and Bishops of Lincoln Diocese stretching from Humber to the Thames, just some of Lincoln’s history.
Our Research Centre at Monk’s Way provides one-to-one support and a wide range of research tools. For further details please email lincolnbranch@lincolnshirefhs.org.uk or ring Tracey Fairhurst on 07941 245 322
(registered charity no. 10000724)



Showing Support for Daniel

Daniel Harris was just 6 years old when he died in his sleep. He lived in Fernwood, Newark, where some of our students live. He was a happy, energetic, fun-loving little boy who used to love to play footie & dab! We just wanted to come together as a community to show support. This happened during a Fire Drill in January and the photographs were taken with our school drone.

Next half term Sir William Robertson Academy will be having a non-uniform day to raise money for the Air Ambulance – the family’s choice of charity, in Daniel’s name. #dab4Daniel


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Carlton Le Moorland Spring Show Saturday 7th April 2018
in Carlton le Moorland Village Hall (LN5 9HP)
Staging from 8.30am to 10.30am on the morning of the Show
Show opens for viewing at 2.30pm come along to see who the winners are.
There will also be a raffle, refreshments, stalls, tombola and much more plus
Enjoy Afternoon Tea with friends
Donations of Raffle or Tombola Prizes and refreshments would be very
gratefully received by Paul (1 Wheatley Lane) or Debbie (28 High St)
Why not have a go and enter the show, there are 53 classes to suit everyone
Flowers and Pot Plants ~ Photographs ~ Floral Art ~ Handicrafts ~ Cookery
Children’s Section. 5 years and under ~ 6 to 10 years ~ 11 to 16 years
We will also be running a competition to
Design a front cover for the Witham Staple magazine
Full detailed schedules will be available in mid March from
Green’s Store, Carlton le Moorland Church, Paul on 789673 or visit www.carltonlemoorland.org.uk and download the pdf file


Carlton Le Moorland Parish Council Village Hall Update

In response to residents' questions, this is a quick update on

progress towards the new village hall.

1. The National Lottery has awarded the Village a grant of £500,000

2. We still need to raise about £50,000

3. The Lottery will not release any build money until all funding is secured.

4. We have two bids in progress, each for £50,000, but will not know for several months if either has been successful. We are cautiously optimistic that at least one of them will succeed. We were not able to apply earlier because both require detailed plans, quotes and planning permission to be submitted with the bid.

5. As a contingency, we have applied for outline planning permission on land currently used for two allotments. This land would only be considered for sale if both bids were to fail and we would otherwise be at risk of losing the lottery funding which we have worked for five years to secure.

6. We do not want to sell allotment land and are hopeful that it will not be necessary, but we cannot risk losing this opportunity to build a new hall.

7. The only other option is to consider a loan, which would mean a significant increase for every household in the Council Tax precept (the parish council’s share of the tax). In principle the Parish Council has resisted this because it would be a burden on future generations for many years.

Thank you for your continued support: if further information is required


Sir William Robertson Academy to Become a Multi Academy Trust (the Aspire Learning Trust)

Bassingham Primary School to join the Aspire Learning Trust

Sir William Robertson Academy is delighted to share the exciting news that its Multi Academy Trust application has been approved. Sir William Robertson Academy is currently a stand-alone academy but will now establish the Aspire Learning Trust as its Multi Academy Trust. The school is also delighted to announce that an academy order has been signed by the Regional Schools Commissioner to enable Bassingham Primary School to join the Aspire Learning Trust. Bassingham will become the first primary school to join the Trust.

Mark Guest, Headteacher commented: “Eighteen months have now passed since we submitted our application and I am delighted to share the news that our Multi Academy Trust has been approved. We are all very excited about this next stage in the development of our two schools which share many common values and place children at the centre of everything we do and believe. Our Trust will be one of the first Lincolnshire-based cross-phase Multi Academy Trusts and we believe it has fantastic potential to improve learning opportunities for local children.”

Within a Multi-Academy Trust all schools which join are governed by a single academy trust. The schools' individual governing bodies will become Local Governing Bodies, subject to the oversight of the Multi-Academy Trust which has ultimate responsibility for the running of all of its academies. The Multi-Academy Trust will be accountable and responsible for the performance of all of the academies in the Trust and will delegate a range of decision-making powers to the Local Governing Bodies of the individual academies.

From February 2018, both Sir William Robertson Academy and Bassingham Primary School will be run by the newly formed Aspire Learning Trust. Both academies will have representation on the main Trust board and each will have its own separate Local Governing Body.

Bassingham Primary School will concentrate on developing the primary phase of the Trust and Sir William Robertson Academy will develop the secondary phase. It will be very much business as usual at both schools. Collaboration between the two schools will bring new opportunities for pupils and enhance learning in both settings.


Life Saving Charity (LIVES) Receives Funding Boost

A Lincolnshire charity will be able to respond to more emergency call outs thanks to a new funding grant. LIVES, who provide a much needed first response service to emergencies across Lincolnshire have been awarded a grant of £15,270 from CDS Action which is the charity set up by community dental social enterprise CDS-CIC to support projects in the communities where it operates. The additional funding will be used to recruit and train three additional medical responders.

The first minutes following a major trauma or serious illness can make the difference between life and death. Providing the right medical treatment within that window, not only save lives, it can help to ensure better patient recovery and outcomes. In Lincolnshire, the combination of a highly dispersed population and a very rural landscape and road network makes it extremely difficult to reach patients fast to provide clinical assessment and deliver the necessary care.

LIVES utilises volunteer medics to bring the hospital to the patient, wherever they may be, minimising the delay in getting life-saving treatment underway. Medics are volunteers who are health care professionals with full or part time paid employment, volunteering in their spare time between shifts. CDS provides community dentistry services across much of the East of England, including Lincolnshire.

As a social enterprise, any surplus is reinvested back into the support it provides for patients or into community health and well-being projects through the charity CDS Action. So far, £125,000 has been awarded in grants to charities, social enterprises or community groups. Groups interested in applying for a grant should visit www.communitydentalservices.co.uk

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Bassingham Surgery: Dispensing Medication Rules Changing

Due to the expansion and continued growth of Witham St Hughs; regrettably the Surgery are no longer able to dispense medication to patients living within 1.6km of the Witham pharmacy. This is because of NHS England regulations. NHS England’s decision is now being enforced because registered patient numbers in this location are now exceeding 2750. Bassingham Surgery has no right to appeal this decision as it is based entirely on the NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2005. Therefore with effect from Friday 18th May 2018 all patients living within 1.6km of the Witham Pharmacy will be changed to non-dispensing status and they will no longer be able to get prescribed medication from the dispensary at the Surgery. They will have to collect prescribed medication from a pharmacy of their choice. NHS England will be contacting patients by letter shortly to advise of the change. If you have any queries regarding this please speak to Reception. Juliet Brewer. Practice Manager

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South Lincolnshire Blind Society

Registered Charity Number 214140 We are South Lincolnshire Blind Society and have offices in Grantham and Boston. We help Blind and Partially Sighted people to live as independently as possible by providing advice, emotional support, equipment and information on different eye conditions. We also have a variety of groups and clubs ranging from coffee and social mornings, craft clubs, books clubs and even a swimming club to help tackle social isolation and enable them to stay independent. We are celebrating our Centenary Year this year and our society President David Carter has launched our Centenary Appeal where we have set ourselves a target to raise £100,000 within the next 12 months. We are hoping to be able to develop and improve the work of the society and to better support our many wonderful volunteers. We have already held our first Centenary event this year and are looking forward to arranging many more so we may reach our target with time to spare! We are always looking to promote our services for Blind and Partially Sighted people and let people know where we are and what we do…Can you help? We are very reliant on our wonderful volunteers who help with our fundraising, home visiting and telephone befriending but are always looking for more volunteers – Can you help? Call our helpline today 01476 592775 e-mail slbs@blind-society.org.uk www.blind-society.org.uk Open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm.

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Madness Musical ‘OUR HOUSE’ a Sell Out Success
Sir William Robertson Academy’s 2017 school production of Our House, the Madness musical which ran for three nights before Christmas was a resounding success and a sell-out. 60 pupils from years 7 through to year 13 were cast in their version of the West End hit musical which they have been rehearsing for since the summer. The production was put together by Sir William Robertson Academy’s Drama and Music Departments and led by Miss Bryony Burrough, Head of Drama and Mr Mike Willson, Head of Music.
Our House is a musical with music and lyrics by Madness based on a book by playwright Tim Firth. The show features songs from the ska/pop band Madness and was named after one of the band's popular hit singles, "Our House". One song ‘It Must Be Love’ was written by Labi Siffre. Premiering at The Cambridge Theatre in London’s West End in 2002, Our House was the winner of the 2003 Olivier award for Best New Musical and has since gone on to tour both nationally and internationally to great acclaim. Through the music of Madness, writer Tim Firth explores the themes of love, family values, growing up, responsibility and dealing with losing the people that shape us.
The story follows Camden lad Joe Casey who, on the night of his 16th birthday, makes a decision that will change his life. Trying to impress Sarah, the girl of his dreams, Joe breaks into a building development overlooking his home on Casey Street. But things take a turn for the worse as the police turn up. Joe’s life splits into two; the Good Joe who stays and gives himself up and Bad Joe who flees and leaves Sarah to run from the police. The role of Joe was played by year 12 student Ewan Armstrong from Newark and his girlfriend in the show, Sarah, was played by year 13 student Katharine Bradford from Coleby.
Show Director and Head of Drama, Miss Bryony Burrough commented: “Once again I have been amazed at the talent of our students. Our House has been our most ambitious show yet, both on the stage and behind the scenes. Our lead, Ewan Armstrong who played Joe Casey, changed costume 25 times per show, making it 100 costume changes throughout show week! On top of this the production team, made up of Sir William Robertson Academy's finest students and PGCE student Mr Barnes, were juggling revolving doors, a very heavy Morris Miner and a lightsaber or two each night. I have been truly impressed with the maturity and motivation that our Drama and Music students have given this year, their acting, singing and dancing improves year on year and our school shows would not be as successful without their dedication. I would like to say thank you to all of the students for making the show such an enjoyable experience for myself, Mr Willson and Mrs Jex. There is so much talent at Sir William Robertson Academy and the students have made us extremely proud. We are very much looking forward to what our next production brings.”
Our House follows the two paths that Joe’s life could take after that fateful night; one path means a criminal record and social exclusion, while the other will lose him the girl that he loves. Over a period of seven years and two alternative lives Joe deals with the consequences of that night.
Whilst one Joe fights to keep Sarah, the other is marrying her in a glitzy Vegas wedding and ultimately, while Good Joe fights to save his house on Casey Street, Bad Joe is determined to demolish it with tragic consequences. All this is watched over by Joe’s deceased father, who pulls the two stories together. Joe’s Mum was played by Harriet O’Leary year 13 from Caythorpe and his Dad was played by Jack Fawkes year 12 from Newark. Mr Pressman was played by year 12 student Jake Shaw also from Newark. Other key cast members included Jake Stamp as Reecey, Molly Burgess as Billie, Rebecca Dwane as Angie, Natasha Burton as Shazza, Aaron Simons as Emmo and Joe Statham as Lewis. The show received fantastic reviews on his Facebook page with comments including:
“It was brilliant. Can’t praise all of the cast and staff highly enough, showing Will Rob at its very best!”
“The show was amazing, we absolutely loved it! The standard was incredibly high and my daughter loved being a part of it…looking forward to next year already.”
“We were blown away with the talent and professionalism of all cast/crew. Well done to all.”
Mr Willson and the cast members organised a day of fun Our House workshops around four primary schools – Welbourn, Bassingham, Witham St Hughs and Caythorpe primaries in late November and these schools came to see the show at a matinee performance on Wednesday 13th December.

Sir William Robertson Academy, judged as Ofsted ‘Good’ in all areas, offers comprehensive education for 11-18 year olds. The school is quite unique with its safe, rural location between the villages of Welbourn and Leadenham in Lincolnshire but easily accessible from Lincoln, Grantham, Sleaford, Newark and surrounding villages

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Pay £30 to Rejoin Garden Waste Service
Customers are invited to re-join the District Council’s garden waste collection service online from February. This seamless service is cheaper, easier, cleaner and quicker than taking hedge trimmings, grass clippings and garden waste to a tip and continues to represent great value for money. There are no changes to the cost of the collection, which remains at £30 for the collection of a single brown garden waste bin. The collection period will run between 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019 and during this time we will empty brown bins every other week, except during December and January when the frequency reduces, or when other factors stop us, such as very bad weather. The alternatives are to compost at home, take the materials to a household recycling centre, or arrange for a licensed handler to collect them.
To re-join or take-up the paid-for service, go to
or call on 01529 414155 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).
One of the simplest and most convenient ways to pay for your garden waste service is to set up an ongoing subscription by Direct Debit. Sign up by Direct Debit before the 28th March 2018 to be automatically entered into our free prize draw to win a £30 national garden centre voucher. Direct Debit renewals will also be entered into the prize draw. Collection of all bins within North Kesteven follows a well-established pattern across an alternate-week cycle, with garden waste dates advised at the time of sign-up. Collections due on a Bank Holiday Monday are consistently brought forward to the preceding Saturday and Good Friday collections are unchanged. Changes because of Christmas and New Year holidays will be advised through a range of methods.
If you ever lose track of your collection day for any of your bins,
you can look it up at www.n-kesteven.gov.uk/findmybinday

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Councils Herald 100 Years Since Women First Won the Vote
Women who successfully campaigned for the right to vote and changed our public and political landscape forever have been commemorated in a new list of more than 100 pioneers, with the first names being unveiled today. The first female councillors, magistrates and mayors are among those highlighted from across the country who made a lasting impact in their areas, to coincide with today’s centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 which first extended the vote to certain women. The Women’s Local Government Society (WLGS) has been working alongside the Local Government Association to help gather nominations and draw up the list, to celebrate the lives of the many suffragists and other campaigners who were active in the extension of the franchise and who went on to use their extra rights in a positive way locally including running for public office. The first 45 pioneers have been published today, with the remainder to be announced on International Women’s Day on 8th March. Among those due to be named on the full list is Lincolnshire’s Margaret Wintringham, who became the first British woman to take her seat in the House of Commons where she continued the campaign after 1918 to expand the vote to all women, as well as on equal pay and for state scholarships for girls. Others include Catherine Alderton, the first Lady mayor of Colchester and first female member of Essex County Council, who in 1913 led a ‘pilgrimage’ of suffrage supporters from all over Eastern England to a rally in Hyde Park. Reading’s Phoebe Cusden went on to make a significant mark in her town and beyond as a councillor and campaigner for nursery schooling, later leading on the development of town twinning when moved to help the children of Dusseldorf affected by Second World War bombing. Lifelong women’s right campaigner Jessie Stephen became the first female president of the Trades Council and served as a borough councillor for Bermondsey in London and later as city councillor in Bristol, where her life is commemorated with a blue plaque. Mother and daughter Sarah and Marjorie Lees from Oldham helped advance the suffrage movement, with the former part of the suffrage pilgrimage and who established the Council of Social Service, while Sarah was Mayor and Freeman of the Borough as well as being a dedicated activist. Alice Collinge, another nominee, was an early candidate for Bolton Town Council and chaired the local Women's Peace Crusade. Cllr Marianne Overton, LGA Vice Chairman and Vice Chair of the WLGS, said: “These female pioneers are rightly being recognised for their courageous campaigning and determination to achieve what was a historic milestone on the path towards gender equality and democracy for all. The centenary of the Act passing into law is a timely opportunity to remind ourselves of those that came before us and made it possible for women today to play a full and active role in our democracy. However, there is still much more to be done to improve women’s participation in public life, including local government and especially in leadership roles. Our town halls need to fully reflect the people they represent. We cannot afford to miss out on the skills and experience which women hold if we are to make the best decisions for our communities. This gender gap is still very much at the top of today’s public agenda and we should not have to wait another hundred years to achieve full equality of pay and representation.
Councils will continue to be at the forefront of driving this change to address this imbalance, through initiatives such as offering shared parental leave, childcare support and flexible working. We also need political parties, of all persuasions, to play their part by encouraging and supporting the next generation of aspiring councillors. Our female leaders of tomorrow need only look around their own communities to find inspiration in those that came before them.”
WLGS founder and Chair Cllr Lesley Clarke said. ‘We know the hundred or so local pioneers we have identified so far represent so many more activists in this period. Women who fought for the vote didn’t just fade away in 1918. Many were already actively involved in improving their local communities alongside their work to win the vote. They had more opportunities to do so after 1918, and more to do. They were suffragists, suffragettes, and so much more’.
Today’s centenary is being celebrated by local authorities in many ways, through exhibitions, parades, talks, plaques and many other commemorative events.
 Nottingham has been chosen as one of seven ‘Centenary Cities’ across the country with special links to the suffrage movement, where the council is working with local history and women’s groups to highlight its connections, as well as promoting equality and support for young women to register to vote.
 Oxford City Council has organised its own gathering to celebrate the life of its former Lord Mayor and Chairman of Oxfordshire County Council, Olive Gibbs, who was born in 1918.
 Surrey County Council is hosting its March of the Women, in recognition of it being home to activists and witness to scenes in suffragette history, including Emily Davison stepping out in front of the King’s horse at the 1913 Epsom Derby. This will be told through contemporary letters, photos, books and newspaper stories, to be brought together online for the first time.
Wishing you good health, happiness and success.

Councillor Marianne Overton MBE


Bassingham House Wins National Award

When Nicola Jones and Paul Rea bought some land in Water Lane in Bassingham, their aim was to build an environmentally friendly home from energy efficient, sustainable materials that fitted in with neighbouring buildings. They decided upon a timber framed house, with hempcrete walls and a render finish. (Hempcrete is a mixture of chopped hemp stalks, lime and water and uses only a third of the energy of a brick structure). Triple glazed windows and under floor heating with an air heat source pump keep the house warm and water is heated by solar thermal panels and a wood burning stove. Further solar (PV) panels provide electricity, so that the property is a net exporter of electricity. Having won the District and Regional competitions, the house was entered for the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) National Building Excellence Awards and was awarded the title of Best Individual New House for 2017. This is an amazing achievement for a self build project and many congratulations to Nicola and Paul.


Life Saving Charity (LIVES) Receives Funding Boost

A Lincolnshire charity will be able to respond to more emergency call outs thanks to a new funding grant. LIVES, who provide a much needed first response service to emergencies across Lincolnshire have been awarded a grant of £15,270 from CDS Action which is the charity set up by community dental social enterprise CDS-CIC to support projects in the communities where it operates. The additional funding will be used to recruit and train three additional medical responders. The first minutes following a major trauma or serious illness can make the difference between life and death. Providing the right medical treatment within that window, not only save lives, it can help to ensure better patient recovery and outcomes. In Lincolnshire, the combination of a highly dispersed population and a very rural landscape and road network makes it extremely difficult to reach patients fast to provide clinical assessment and deliver the necessary care. LIVES utilises volunteer medics to bring the hospital to the patient, wherever they may be, minimising the delay in getting life-saving treatment underway. Medics are volunteers who are health care professionals with full or part time paid employment, volunteering in their spare time between shifts. CDS provides community dentistry services across much of the East of England, including Lincolnshire. As a social enterprise, any surplus is reinvested back into the support it provides for patients or into community health and well-being projects through the charity CDS Action. So far, £125,000 has been awarded in grants to charities, social enterprises or community groups. Groups interested in applying for a grant should visit www.communitydentalservices.co.uk



We have a small but thriving population of hedgehogs in our villages but as you know they are increasingly coming under more and more pressure to survive as habitats are lost and motor vehicles take their toll. Please help the hedgehogs. Whether you feed them, provide a habitat for them at the bottom of your garden or just look out for them on the road or before lighting bonfires. In a safe and respectful manner let us help the little chaps out and ensure their survival.


Telephone Scam

North Kesteven residents are being reminded to be cautious of giving bank details out to cold callers after becoming aware of a possible telephone scam operating in Lincolnshire. Cold callers have recently been contacting a number of elderly residents insisting that their Council Tax had been reduced. They suggest it is due to the properties being re-valued and that they would be eligible for a refund if bank details were provided.

Residents should always be careful if they are ever asked for their bank details from someone calling them and where they have not initiated the call themselves. If you do receive a call from the Council’s Revenues and Benefits department and are unsure - end the call and ring back.

The only – and very rare – circumstances in which the Council would ask a customer about their bank details is to verify the information it already holds.


Welbourn: Firing of the Forge

Welbourn Forge is now under new ownership. The former forge and blacksmith’s workshop, which dates from 1864, was bought by North Kesteven District Council in 1987 as a heritage asset. Following a review by the authority into its retained sites, a deal has been concluded to sell the Forge to the Parish Council, with volunteers continuing to run the Forge and host monthly open days on the first Saturday of each month between 10am and 12.30pm. Back when NKDC initially purchased the Forge, it worked with Welbourn Parish Council and a group of local volunteers to repair and re-wire the site. Tools and stock were photographed, sorted and catalogued. In 2000 the forge fires were lit for the first time in more than 30 years, culminating in the volunteer group organising an open day with blacksmithing demonstrations for the visiting public to show the important role of it even in today’s modern world remembering horses need shoes - a job for the blacksmith. Although NKDC has sold the Forge, it will continue to support its efforts and promote events that are held there.

For more information please contact the North Kesteven District Council tourism team on 01529 308102 or email discovernk@n-kesteven.gov.uk


1st Bassingham Scout Group Urgently Requires a New / Replacement Leader

A range of opportunities available for volunteers in the community.

Bassingham has a well established Scout Group which was founded 50 years ago and has flourished for many years. The Scout Group is made up of three sections. These are a Beaver Colony, a Cub Pack and a Scout Troop. There are three appointed leaders and a number of assistant leaders and parent helpers who work with the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. There is a very healthy waiting list of young people who would like to join the different sections of the Bassingham Scout Group and we are in need of an additional Leader to help run the Cub pack to join in and help with the various activities and keep the group going. If you live in the area and think that working with young people in this way could be something you would enjoy then why not come along to one of the sessions to have a look. For more details contact Alison on 788241.


Research about the History of the Carlton le Moorland Baptist Chapel

For just over a year now I have been researching the history of the former Baptist chapel in Carlton le Moorland. I have been using family history sources as well as documents available in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire County Archives. The chapel it seems was built around 1789 by local Baptists who used to meet in a house in the village prior to that. There was a small but active religious community centred there for the best part of 19th century which started to fall into decline from the First World War onwards until the chapel closure in 1950s. These "dissenters" from the established church were a proud independent group of local people drawn from Carlton and surrounding villages, with strong links with other "dissenters" in Collingham, Newark, Nottingham and Northamptonshire. I have discovered one account of its history online written in 1946 which you may find of interest search... (https://biblicalstudies.org.uk/pdf/bq/28-4_184.pdf)

So far I have not heard from those in the Witham Staple area who may have their own connections with the chapel or have documents mentioning its history, family members who worshiped or are buried there or even have photographs of the chapel in days gone by. I am particularly interested if anyone knows anything about the Fillingham, West, Williams and Curzin families who were strongly connected with the chapel. I would be very happy to hear from you if you have any information you could share and I can be contacted on 789630 or via email richard.parker05@gmail.com

Richard Parker


Bassingham Playing Field – No Fit Place for a Dog?

Persistent dog fouling continues to be an unpleasant feature of Bassingham Playing Field and a proven health hazard. Some dog owners plainly don’t care but it annoys those who clean up after their dog and it provokes fury in many people that a minority cause the problem and the rest suffer. The certain answer would be to exclude dogs from the Playing Field. No dogs: no dog poo: no health hazard: no furious parishioners: everybody happy. Except that, as of today, not everybody would be happy and anyway, exclusion could not be enforced.

We are advised that education of owners is the best way of dealing with the problem. For a start, we could ask everyone to accept that, over time, the formal public attitude in Bassingham will be that ‘taking a dog onto the Playing Field is an antisocial act’. We could allow ourselves 2 years to get used to the idea and agree that from 1st January 2019 anyone taking a dog on the Playing Field and anyone responsible for a dog seen on the Playing Field will be the subject of social disapproval. Please let us know how you feel about this proposal. Meanwhile, it would be helpful to us if images of dogs, accompanied or unaccompanied, which are suspected of fouling the Playing Field were forwarded with any comment you wish to make on this matter to:


Bassingham Parish Council

Bassingham Village and Playing Field Charity

Dog Fouling Torgate Lane Bassingham (September 2017)

Someone or some people are allowing their dog(s) to foul the footway at the Middlegate end of Torgate Lane Bassingham. Instead of acting responsibly and picking it up, they are leaving the foul piles as a hazard and affront to residents. What is worse, many of these heaps and there are a lot, have been deposited close to the local Dog Bin. These selfish dog walkers have no shame but they can be punished. Residents are asked to keep a sharp lookout and report any identified sightings, with camera shots if possible, to North Kesteven District Council, which has powers of enforcement. The District Council Local Access Point is open from 9am to 1pm at the Hammond Hall on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.


Police Neighbourhood Panel Meeting

What is a Neighbourhood Panel? Your Neighbourhood Panel consists of local people, and representatives of the community, who live or work in the area. The panel’s purpose is to identify issues that are affecting the community taking into account the views of the community.

What does the panel do? They meet quarterly and assess all the information collected at the meeting, and consider all the issues raised. The panel then agree on neighbourhood policing priorities to be focused on during the next three month period. The Neighbourhood Policing Team then adopt a problem solving approach and are encouraged and empowered to work locally with NKDC and government agencies to address the priorities set.


Bassingham Open Gardens

Sunday 10th June 2018 help required

Gardeners, we need your help again. Last year’s event has made a great contribution to the Village Signs project which is now under way all thanks to your support. The Village Charity has other projects to fund and you can help by saving and bringing on spare plants for the plant stall. Perennials, shrubs, annuals and houseplants are all very welcome. The plant stall will also be delighted to receive ‘gardenalia’ – any odd garden tools, larger pots, ornaments or even furniture which does not fit in your garden or shed any more. June is not far away. Any questions - please contact Jean on 788949 or Jan on 788793. If you would like to help on the day by giving an hour selling programmes please contact Geoff on 788793. If you could make a cake or cakes or perhaps give an hour to help with teas please call Sandra on 788213.

Bassingham Scarecrow Festival

Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th June 2018
in conjunction with the Open Gardens on Sunday 10th
This year’s theme for our Scarecrow weekend is 'THE MUSICALS'...
and we can look forward to another year of amazing creations....
our village seemingly has lots of very talented and imaginative people.
For any help or further information contact Mike or Christine on 788086


Click for photographs  of June 2017 event



Slow Down for Horses

Local horse riders regularly ride around the villages at various times of the day. Where possible they try to avoid the more busy roads however depending on which route taken it is inevitable on occasions that they have to use one of the busier roads. When doing so they have on occasions been concerned that car drivers do not always treat horses with the respect they deserve. We forget that they are large and powerful animals; they are also 'flight' animals which makes them unpredictable and easily scared. If something like a speeding car or a barking dog frightens a horse, its natural reaction will be to get away from whatever scared it. This will be sudden and could take them straight into the road and the path of your car - even an experienced rider on a well-behaved horse will struggle to control a horse in this situation. A very calm and traffic wise horse will even at times jumps sideways when startled or unhappy out into the road. Fortunately on these occasions there has not been any traffic near but in this rural environment birds, cows etc can startle a horse causing it to jump sideways.

The AA recommends If you meet a horse on the road while driving: Slow right down and be ready to stop - Give them a wide berth, at least a car’s width and pass slowly - Avoid any actions likely to spook the horse(s) - splashing them with puddles, sounding your horn or revving your engine for example - Watch out for signals from the rider to slow down or stop - Don’t expect all riders to raise their hand in thanks when you drive considerately, it’s not always possible to take a hand off their reins and maintain control most will smile or nod their thanks instead - Accelerate gently once you have passed the horse. The above guidance relates to the Highway Code rule 215. So please on behalf of all local horse riders please be aware of horses and treat them with respect.


Newark Community First Aid

We are a local charity based in Newark serving the town and 90 villages in the surrounding 15 miles. We have been to many local villages over the last few years delivering FREE first aid training and first aid cover at events. As we enter our 4th operational year we would like to make local people aware of the services we provide, what we have achieved and our future plans. We are particularly keen to encourage more people to attend our FREE training on basic life support, as we have some of the worst survival rates in Europe of a sudden cardiac arrest. We also need more volunteers. See press release.

Kind regards Philip Jessop

Operations Manager Newark Community First Aid



Young People’s Trust Carlton Le Moorland

Registered Charity No. 521826

The Young People’s Trust has funds available to make a number of grants to the young people of the parish of Carlton le Moorland under the following aims and objects: ‘Subject to payment of administration expenses the Managing Trustees shall apply the income of the charity from the permanent fund in providing or assisting in the provision of facilities in the interests of social welfare for the care, education, recreation or leisure time occupation of the children and youth of the parish of Carlton le Moorland with the object of furthering their development through learning, sport and recreational activities and improving the conditions of life for the said children and youth.’ Over the years the trust has given over £30,000 in grants in support of the young people of the parish in the form of individual grants to help with the cost of educational trips and grants to organisations of which they are members including Cubs, Scouts, Brownies, Mothers and Toddlers and the Junior Act Two Theatre Group. Most recently we have been a primary source of funding for the improvements to the Carlton le Moorland Playing Field. To receive an application form please call or text: David Merchant on 07943 760 155


Little Darters Extends Children’s Adventure And Play at Whisby Natural World

A new extension to the award-winning Little Darters outdoor play area at the Whisby Natural World Centre has opened, extending free opportunities for adventurous play. Under the second phase of a £250,000 investment by owners North Kesteven District Council in facilities at the popular free-access attraction, the Wildlife Adventure Area has been re-modeled to increase the potential for more physically demanding thrills and challenges. There is now a new look-out tower, assault course, balance beam, climbing net, fireman’s pole and scramble board, extending Little Darters’ appeal to older children. This adds to the existing attractions which include water chutes and sand pits, super-sized wooden creatures to climb on, rope bridges and towers to clamber over and an underground cave giving a mole’s eye view in the world.

Through the refresh, Little Darters now inspires children of all ages to be more active, more often. Inside the centre, the new Otters’ Reach play area continues to be a real hit, bringing adventurous play to those too small to fully explore the outdoor wonders of Little Darters. Little Darters was initially opened in 2009 by the TV wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan and quickly won an award as the best-designed children’s play facility of its kind in the country. It all adds to the free attractions and facilities which form a part of the much-valued Whisby Nature Park experience. The Nature Park is open dawn to dusk every day and the Natural World Centre from 10am to 5pm. Both are entirely free apart from a £2 day-long parking fee – proceeds of which finance the ongoing improvements and investment and are easily accessed from the southern end of Lincoln Bypass. In the final phase of improvements, the centre’s basement is being remodeled to provide a conference and exhibition gallery and a separate meeting room.

Repeatedly awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, the Natural World Centre remains popular with approximately 200,000 visitors each year. Both Otter’s Reach and Little Darters can form the core to children’s party experiences arranged through the Centre. Details on 688868 or www.naturalworldcentre.co.uk Advisory age ranges across the Little Darters facilities, Little Darters’ sand pit and water area - little tots; Otter’s Reach – 3 to 8 years; Little Darters, in general 4+ Little Darters’ new extension 8+ in the new extension.

Jason Hippisley Communications & Media Manager NKDC


Power Cut! Council Supports Launch of 105

North Kesteven District Council is backing the launch of a new number that aims to support members of the public if they ever experience a power cut. Research has shown that many people don’t know who to contact during a power cut and wrongly call the electricity supplier they pay their bill to. 105 has been set up to help the public get through to their local electricity network operator – the company responsible for the power network. It’s a free, easy-to-remember number that people can call to report or get information about a power cut in their area and it puts the caller through to those who will repair their network and restore their power. 105 is available to electricity customers in England, Scotland and Wales. The number can be accessed from most landlines and mobile phones. It doesn’t matter who you choose to buy electricity from – anyone can call 105. The service is jointly funded by electricity network operators – the companies that manage the cables, wires and substations into homes and businesses. People can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put them, or someone else, in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk to life the emergency services should be called. Visit powercut105.com to find out more about 105 and electricity operators.


Old Photographs of Bassingham Village (some of which were shown at The 50th Bassingham Show) can be seen at 18 Lincoln Road home of Helen Ash. Tel. 788220


Bassingham Village Health Walk

Every Wednesday at 10.30 am

Meet outside Five Bells Bassingham (LN5 9JZ) The walk will last approximately an hour and is led by a volunteer walk leader. All are encouraged to stay for refreshments after the walk, at the Five Bells Bassingham. Free to attend no booking required just turn up on the day. You are required to complete a registration form before your first walk, so please arrive in good time to complete the form and still be ready to depart for the walk at 10.30am. Suitable footwear for muddy footpaths is advised. For more information please contact the scheme coordinator, Dean Reed on 870272 or email dean.reed@1life.co.uk For regular updates you can find them on Facebook - North Kesteven Social Strollers Health Walk Scheme or follow them on Twitter @NKHealthWalks.



Free Health Walks in Your Area

The North Kesteven Social Strollers are a health walks initiative based in North Kesteven and currently has 16 walks available across the district ranging from 30 to 90 minute walks which are designed to help improve fitness and wellbeing.

Sleaford offers many places to walk, in the town or out in to the countryside; there’s plenty to see not to mention the wealth of historic buildings that the town has. Sleaford’s weekly health walk takes place every Thursday meeting at Sleaford Leisure Centre at 1.30pm. Please allow up to 60 minutes for this walk.

There will also be free refreshments at the end of the walk including 1 free swim pass per walker attending their first walk.

The scheme also recently set up a new health walk in Bassingham which takes place every Wednesday meeting at the Five Bells of Bassingham at 10.30am.

If you would like further information, please contact Dean Reed on 01522 870272 or email dean.reed@1life.co.uk. For regular updates you can find them on Facebook - North Kesteven Social Strollers Health Walk Scheme or follow them on Twitter @NKHealthWalks.


Big Wood Goes Bats!

It is now just over 6 years since Hill Holt Wood undertook an extensive woodland management plan at Norton Disney Big Wood, up until that point no management had taken place for years and the area was overrun with bramble and bracken but especially Rhododendron. The wood was also closed to the public, so this potentially vibrant local amenity wasn’t available to the local residents and wider public.

The aim was simple; to improve the habitat and therefore the biodiversity and also to ensure that it was accessible for the local community and general public to enjoy.

At Hill Holt Wood we believe in ‘benefit stacking’ which means that every activity that we undertake has multiple benefits. At Big Wood therefore we initiated a mental health recovery programme and under supervision, encouraged the service users to undertake the woodland management. Their mental health started to improve and the woodland began to recover also, so a win win.

In order to support a complex and rich diversity of plant and animal life, woodlands need to be well managed. Ideally you want the 4 layers of trees and plants; Climax- mature Oak and Ash trees. Understory- Hazel, Holly, which are shade tolerant. Field Layer- grasses and wildflowers and the Ground Layer- mosses and lichens and fungi. Each layer supports different invertebrates which in turn support larger and larger animals which make up the food chain.

We concentrated on removing the rhododendron which is a toxic, invasive species and only supports 5 insect and mite species. Compare this with an Oak tree which can support up to 423 insect species! We also coppiced the Hazel stools which had become derelict and would fall apart and die in time and also coppiced and thinned some poor Ash trees, whilst clearing the Bracken. This all had the effect of opening up rides and glades, increasing the light at ground level which in turn increased ground flora. So you get the flowers and fungi which increase the insects and butterflies which in turn increases the bird and bat numbers and species and ultimately the larger mammal species.

All good work but has there been any evidence of an improvement in bio diversity? Initially there were only 30 bird species recorded but our latest survey results showed just over 100 species as being recorded, a massive improvement. But it is the number of bat species that have been the biggest success, Matt Cook who is a Natural England Licensed Bat Ecologist has conducted some surveys and the results are impressive he says “We had an incredible nights batting last night and you have a very special woodland reserve for these nocturnal critters. We caught all 11 species that you can realistically catch in the East Midlands, in less than a km square - common pip, soprano pip*, another Nathusius' pip, brown long-eared*, Daubenton's*, Natterer's, whiskered, Brandt's*, noctule*, a juvenile Leisler's, and no less than 6 barbastelles*! 5 of which were breeding females (the * denotes breeding females). I've not had a night as diverse as that before. Whatever your management plan is there it seems perfect for bats! He is keen to undertake some studies of the bats at Big Wood which is part of a national survey and feels that Big Wood should gain SSSI status.

I would say that this is irrefutable evidence that the work we have undertaken has had enormous benefit to the flora and fauna at the wood. It is there for everyone to enjoy and is open to the public 7 days a week, come and have a look round, it’s a lovely walk, especially at the end of the wood where the mature oaks surround the Wood land burial area and it will begin to look even more stunning as everything awakes from its winter slumber.

Oliver Woodman

Head of Operations at Hill Holt Wood


Norton Big Wood Open For Woodland Burials

Situated in Ancient woodland, Norton Big Wood burial ground offers a beautiful and tranquil resting place for your loved ones. The designated area is set deep in the woodland, surrounded by mature oak trees and will not be managed as manicured parkland but will remain a stunning green woodland space.

Simple, natural and reasonably priced, Norton Big Wood offers a unique opportunity; it is an alternative to traditional graveyard burials and crematorium ceremonies and provides a permanent connection with nature. Norton Big Wood offers burial plots, ashes internment and the scattering of ashes, all within easy access of parking facilities.

A beautiful venue is available at our sister wood Hill Holt, just five minutes away, to celebrate the life of your loved one with refreshments and music.

Call us today on 01636 892 836 and ask to speak to our Operations Manager to arrange a visit or have an initial conversation.

Norton Big Wood is part of the Hill Holt Wood Social Enterprise Group "Proving the Value of Ancient Woodland in the 21st Century"


Dementia Activities in North Kesteven

This past year the Sport & Physical Activity team have been working hard to improving their dementia services within the North Kesteven District. The team now offer two Friendship Hubs which take place each month and are a suitable and safe environment for people living with dementia and their carers providing them with the opportunity to become more active and have fun. The Friendship Hubs offer stimulating activities as well as offering the opportunity for carers to socialise and share information. Activities include painting, dancing and games such as new age kurling. Everyone is welcome including carers, family members and friends. Monthly Friendship Hubs take places once a month at:

One NK, Moor Lane, North Hykeham, Lincoln, LN6 9AX

Every first Tuesday of the month, 10am to 12pm

St. Wilfreds Church, Church Walk, Metheringham, LN4 3HA

Every second Tuesday of the month, 10am to 12pm

Parking is available at the Star and Garter Pub, just a short walk from the venue.

Sensory Strolls are still proving to be very popular at Whisby Nature Park and are designed to stimulate the senses and to enjoy the outdoors. Refreshments are also available to purchase from the Boardwalk Bistro afterwards. Sensory strolls take place on the last Tuesday of the month at 11am. Please meet outside the Natural World Centre – please note there is a £1 parking charge.

One NK in North Hykeham also offer

Dementia Friendly Swim Sessions every Thursday from 11am to 12.45pm. Sessions are free to attend and are run by qualified Dementia Friends.

For more information please contact Dean Reed, Health and Wellbeing Manager on 870272 or email dean.reed@1life.co.uk.


Success at Dementia Hub Opening at One Nk

A new Dementia Friendship Hub opened earlier in September at One NK North Hykeham offering a range of services for people living with dementia and their carers. Over 25 people were in attendance enjoying the activities and getting to know the staff involved running the new monthly sessions. Taking place on the first Tuesday of the month, the new hub will be a suitable and safe environment for people living with dementia and their carers providing them with the opportunity to become more active and have fun. The hub will also act as a source of information for anyone to find out information about further opportunities and support services.

As a member of the Dementia Action Alliance, 1Life work with training volunteers and partner organisations to lead on a range of activities such as creative arts, singing workshops, vintage dance workshops, seated exercise, new age curling, table top games and much more. Each session will also be supported by ‘Dementia Friends’ trained staff who will provide a relaxed and informal environment.

The Dementia Friendship Hub takes place at One NK, Moor Lane, North Hykeham, LN6 9AX. The hub is free to attend and refreshments are available. For more information about the Dementia Friendship Hub please contact Dean Reed on 870272 or email dean.reed@1life.co.uk. For more information about the 1Life Health & Wellbeing Service in North Kesteven, visit http://www.1life.co.uk/north-kesteven-district-council/nk-sport-physical-activity/health-wellbeing/.


Volunteers Wanted – Dementia Cafes

We are looking for Volunteers for our Dementia Cafes in (Lincoln, Skegness, Sleaford, Grantham, Gainsborough, Market Rasen) Dementia Cafés provide a safe, comfortable and supportive environment for people with dementia and their carers to socialise. As well as offering a range of fun and engaging activities, Dementia Cafés give both carers and people with dementia a chance to get information and advice and talk to others with similar problems. In offering your time at one of our groups, you will help with:

• Setting up the room

• Welcoming and greeting visitors

• Making and serving hot drinks and refreshments

• Socialising with people

• Joining in with activities

We are also looking for volunteers at our Singing for the Brain groups in (Lincoln, Middle Rasen) Singing for the Brain is a structured musical activity that provides musical stimulation for people with dementia to enjoy with their carers and family. It also helps to reduce isolation as music and singing are known to improve wellbeing. The sessions are led by a trained musical facilitator and there are a number of ways volunteers can support:

• Meeting and greeting people as they arrive

• Making and serving tea and coffee

• Socialising with people with dementia

• Encouraging participation

• Joining in with singing and activities

• Passing round song books and instruments

• Helping to set up the room and tidy away afterwards

If you are interested in the above volunteer opportunities, or would like more information, please contact Phil Measures on 692681 or phil.measures@alzheimers.org.uk 


Message In A Bottle Scheme  - Providing Useful Information in an Emergency

How well do you know your friends and neighbours? In the event of a medical emergency would you know what medication they were on, if they had any allergies, what numbers to call to contact family members, or if they had children, pets, or relatives dependant on them? Help is at hand - Thanks to The Lions Club, who sponsors the message in a bottle scheme. It is FREE and designed to assist the Emergency Services. All you need to do is obtain a Lions Emergency Container from your doctors or local pharmacy, complete the form inside and place the whole thing in your fridge door. There are 2 stickers supplied, one should be placed on the fridge door and the other on the inside of your front door. The Fire, Police and Ambulance services then know at a glance where to find the information they need to help you.

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3. Hammond Hall Events

Bassingham Playing Field, Lincoln Road, Bassingham LN5 9HQ

Available for hiring 8am to midnight

The Hammond Hall booking clerk:

Please contact Roger Hales Office : 789758 - Home : 789741 - Mob : 07738 172 449

[For Bassingham Village Hall booking please contact Vanessa Morris on 789244]

Conferencing facilities available on request
Secure internet access - Fully licensed premises


Bassingham Multi Purpose Area

Open 7 days a week 9am to 10pm

Tennis – Basketball – Netball - 5 aside

For more info please ring Roger on 789758 e-mail basspc@btconnect.com 


Bassingham Defibrillator

The defibrillator that is on stand-by at the Hammond Hall.

please contact Roger Hales, Hammond Hall, 789758


4. Other Events and Information from the Wider Community

Youth Council Make Statement With Rainworks: Anti-bullying and Raising Self-esteem Campaign

YouthNK have stepped up their anti-bullying campaign through subtle messages spread around secondary schools in the District. ‘Choose kindness’, ‘You are limitless’ and ‘Love who you are’ are just three of the messages that have been expressed as part of the Smile, anti-bullying campaign which is focused on addressing bullying and raising self-esteem in young people across the District.

Using a product called Rainworks, members of YouthNK spread the messages which are only visible when wet, in the hope that students across the District will see them and feel inspired, or have a positive impact on the way they feel on a wet and rainy day as they cross the school yard. The anti-bullying campaign is just one of the priorities of the Youth Council, but one that they feel is significant to the young people of the District. If you would like to find out more about the campaign or the work of YouthNK visit their NEW website www.youthnk.co.uk or like their Facebook page www.facebook.com/youthnk A video also supports the campaign and shows the use of Rainworks https://youtu.be/P7fkeVkyhM0


Dementia Activities In North Kesteven

Each month a dementia hub takes place in Metheringham for people living with dementia and their carers. The activity hub which takes place on the second Tuesday of the month and is designed to offer stimulating activities for those living with dementia as well as offering the opportunity for carers to socialise and share information. Activities include painting, gardening and games such as new age kurling. Everyone is welcome including carers, family members and friends. The hub currently attracts over 25 people each month which takes place at St Wilfrids Church Hall in Metheringham, LN4 3HA. Refreshments are provided throughout the morning. The next activity hub will take place on Tuesday 14th March from 10am to 12pm. Parking is available at the Star and Garter pub on Princes Street, LN4 3BX and is just a short walk to the church hall. For more information please call 870272 or email nkhealthandsports@1life.co.uk


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Drop Into Find Out More About Restoration

Anyone wanting to find out more about the restoration of Mrs Smith’s Cottage is invited to attend a drop-in session taking place this month. Last year North Kesteven District Council was successful in securing money from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the largest heritage funder in the UK, to help bring the Navenby tourist attraction, which has been closed to the public since 2013, back into use. The drop-in session will take place at NKDC’s Navenby office, in North Lane, from 10am to noon on Wednesday 15th March for anyone to pop along and find out about the project, look at information on what is happening, get involved in future volunteering, tell us their opinions and share any memories of the cottage and Mrs. Smith.

Tea and coffee will be available and those working on the project will be available to answer questions and gathering research as part of their consultations. For more information, please call 811469 or email msc@n-kesteven.gov.uk

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Explore, Discover, Experience Lincolnshire, Free

North Kesteven’s top attractions take part in this year’s Discover Lincolnshire weekend! This year’s Discover Lincolnshire weekend will be offering visitors the chance to get a great deal this spring by opening many of its top tourist attractions for free! Attractions across the county will be offering free admission or special discounts as part of the Discover Lincolnshire Weekend from 18th to 19th March.

North Kesteven is home to a vast variety of tourist attractions from arts and heritage to aviation and countryside walks. This year, thirteen attractions will be taking part with special events and offers throughout the weekend for everyone to enjoy. Discover the history of Cogglesford Watermill, Sleaford and see the mill in operation for the first time this year*. You can also take a stroll down the Sleaford riverside and discover the history of life and trade on the River Slea at Navigation House. Across Navigation Wharf, stop by the National Centre for Craft and Design where you can see their latest exhibition – The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful as well as a free lace making demonstration by Louise West on the Saturday. Sleaford Museum will also be open all weekend from 10am to 3pm where you can explore the history of Sleaford’s past, its people and the local area.

Take a trip to Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre and discover the history of RAF Cranwell, through interactive exhibits, archive film, story boards and artefacts. Rauceby Church will also be open on the Saturday from 10am to 4pm where they will have free refreshments as well as the Rauceby census returns available to view. Local artist Iain Harkess will be selling his paintings, as well displaying some of his work.

Visit the UK’s only remaining eight sailed Windmill at Heckington. Heckington Windmill is free admission all weekend and is open from 12 to 5pm. The Manor House Stables in Martin also have a taster day onSunday 19th March where you can have a go at making bread, jam, cheese & chocolate as well as natural bath and beauty products.

Heading towards Lincoln, the International Bomber Command Centre will have an open day on Sunday from 10.30am to 3.30pm. See this iconic memorial first hand and meet their tour guides who will be available to answer any questions and to give information on the project. Refreshments will be available. Why not stop by the Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum which houses a collection of over 65 vintage cars, buses and commercial vehicles spanning over 80 years of road transport history. The museum will be free all weekend and will be open from 10am to 4pm. Just up the road, take a trip to the Natural World Centre where their current exhibition – Birds on the Wing will be open to the public for free. There will also be a Swan Facts section which is informative and also include a mini me exhibition and trail aimed at young children.

Experience traditional ironworking demonstrations at Welbourn Forge on Saturday 18th March from 10am to 1pm. This authentic Victorian workshop dating from 1864 is in full working order normally open on the first Saturday of each month. Last but certainly not least, the Hive Café at Hill Holt Wood will be open on Sunday from 9.30am to 4pm and are offering free refills on hot drinks. They will also have a tempting selection of cakes made from Lincolnshire ingredients and Lincolnshire sourced breakfasts. For further information about any of these events or for the latest Discover Lincolnshire Weekend attractions and events, visit www.visitlincoln.com/discover. Alternatively please contact the DiscoverNK team on 01529 308207.

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Milling Days at Cogglesford Watermill

National Mills Weekend Sunday 14th May, 11am to 4pm Cogglesford Watermill joins in with this national celebration as the mill rumbles into action, grinding the mill’s own stoneground flour. They will be joined by M H Preserves who will be offering tastes of their homemade jams and chutneys and Greenfield Bakers who produce delicious bread using traditional wood fired ovens. For more information please contact Cogglesford Watermill on 01529 413671 or the District Council tourism team on 01529 308102. Alternatively please email discovernk@n-kesteven.gov.uk

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History Walk at Wellingore & Temple Bruer

Come and join our WatchNK ranger on Saturday 20th May for a history walk at Wellingore & Temple Bruer. Find out about Temple Bruer Church and the history of the Knights Templar in this area, the old Wellingore airfield and other points of historical interest along the way.

This walk is 6 miles. Please meet at the St John the Baptist Church, Temple Bruer, Wellingore Heath, Lincoln, LN5 0DE* at 10.30am. Please allow roughly 2 hours to complete this walk. This route will mainly consist of footpaths and quiet country roads.

*On a minor road between Wellingore and the A15.

For more information or to book please contact our Countryside Officer by emailing countrysidenk@1life.co.uk or call 688868.

Wellingore and Temple Bruer is number 9 of the collection of Stepping Out walks. All the walks have been developed in to an easy to read booklet with step by step directions to help you along your way which are available to download from www.countrysidenk.co.uk. You can also call us on 01529 308207 or email discovernk@n-kesteven.gov.uk for a hardcopy to be posted to you.


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SwimAbility sessions at Sleaford Leisure Centre

Fun and interactive family swim sessions are available at Sleaford Leisure Centre designed to encourage parents and carers involvement in activities for individuals of all ages that require additional care and support needs.

SwimAbility sessions take place on the first and third Saturday of the month at Sleaford Leisure Centre from 6 to 8pm. Sessions cost only £3.50 per person with a free carer. Over 30 swimmers currently attend sessions with a wide age range from 3 to 30 years old. There are no restrictions other than the usual pool safety rules, which give parents and carers an extremely relaxed two hours in the pool. The Woodlands Splash is also therapeutic for both carers and clients. Some toys which are kindly supplied by Sleaford Lions Club are used mainly for physio and therapy. The centre has two disabled changing rooms allowing families to change together as well as a pool hoist for full access.

For more information please contact Sleaford Leisure Centre on 01529 303081 or email sleaford@1life.co.uk. For more information about Sleaford Leisure Centre please visit www.1life.co.uk


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Can You Spare Some Time?

North Kesteven District Council are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join their tourism team.

Opportunities are available at Cogglesford Watermill, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre, Navigation House and Welbourn Forge. You will be a part of a hardworking team who are committed to delivering results, promoting tourism wherever possible and attracting new visitors to the District. There are no minimum hours required and times are flexible to suit you. Minimum age for all volunteers is 17 years old. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, and would like an informal discussion, please contact Theresa Hobbs on 01529 308102 or email Theresa_hobbs@n-kesteven.gov.uk


Try Your Business Idea In Sleaford

Have you thought about running your own shop but don’t know where to start? Are you already in business and looking to branch out but want to test the market first? Pop Up NK could be the answer!

Partnership NK is considering running a pop up shop so whether you’re an artist or crafts person looking to sell your creations, or have an idea for a shop that you want to try out or a business looking to expand – the opportunities are endless. The facility will be ideally located in the heart of Sleaford at Navigation Yard right next to the ever-popular National Centre for Craft and Design and will mean that all units on the site will be occupied with a range of businesses, including a hairdressers, charity and heritage organisation. Anyone wanting to register the interest in Pop Up NK can do so by filling in a form online at www.n-kesteven.gov.uk/popup. Once these have been received, an informal drop-in session will take place where potential shop owners can find out more information with expert advice on offer – including small business support and employment guidance.

For more information on the project please visit www.n-kesteven.gov.uk/popup 

or email partnership_nk@n-kesteven.gov.uk


A Real Celebration of the North Kesteven Countryside!

The NK Walking Festival was in full swing in July 2016 packed full of led walks across the district ranging from history walks to herb walks; there was a walk for everyone! The festival’s aim is to celebrate the many walking opportunities available within North Kesteven. The week-long event took place from Saturday 9th to Sunday 17th July and incorporated many of the existing walking routes available which are designed for all ages and abilities. Following feedback from last year, the festival programme increased in size and offered a wider range of walks including longer distance and evening walks. This year’s festival hosted 36 led walks across North Kesteven with approximately 170 miles walked throughout the week. The week was thoroughly enjoyed by all with great attendances to many of the walks. Walks included an Introduction to Geocaching, Spires and Steeples Poppies:Wave walk, Waggy Tails walks, a Curry Night at the Natural World Centre, herb walks plus may others ranging in length and themes. Other walks also featured North Kesteven District Council’s Stepping Out walks, aimed to get people out and about and enjoy the great outdoors as well as the NK Social Strollers Health Walks.

The week was rounded off with a celebration finale – a 7.7 mile walk starting in the village of Coleby walking along the Jurassic ridge and taking in four villages along the way. The walk also followed the Viking Way which celebrates its 40th year this year and was the perfect way to end a fantastic week of walking.

If you are interested in taking part in the 2017 walking festival please contact Donna Sutton on 694353 or email donna.sutton@1life.co.uk to be added to the mailing list. For details of the walking opportunities available within the district please visit www.countrysidenk.co.uk or alternatively contact Faye Coulson on 694353 or email marketingnk@litc.org.uk


Photographic Competition Winner

The winning photo: ‘Nightingale at Whisby’ by Leslie Marshall

North Kesteven District Council’s second photographic competition opened last October in a bid to encourage people to get out and about and explore what’s right on their doorstep and showcase their favourite place in NK. Open from October 2015 to June 2016, people were asked to capture their favourite place in the district, whether it be a favourite walking spot or local historic site; the tourism team at North Kesteven District Council invited residents to capture the distinctiveness of the district and the wonderful things we have to see and do. The competition closed in July and from then all entries travelled to Heckington Show, Cogglesford Watermill in Sleaford and North Hykeham Town Council where visitors were able to vote for their favourite images. The most popular images were then put into the team’s 2017 calendar which will be on sale soon. The winner of this year’s competition was ‘Nightingale at Whisby’ by Leslie Marshall. Steve Hatton from Electric Egg who judged this year’s entries said “Electric Egg are delighted to pick ’Nightingale at Whisby’ as the winner of this year’s photo competition. Wildlife photography requires great technical skill, an eye for composition and patience. The judges thought the photograph was not only technically very proficient but also that the use of the branches as a natural frame gave the image a pleasing and balanced composition.” Leslie will not only have her image featured on the front of the calendar but will also get to spend half a day with Steve to gain some hands on advice about professional photography.

You can view all of this year’s entry on the tourism team’s Facebook Page facebook.com/heartoflincs. For more information about great places to visit and things to do in North Kesteven, visit www.heartoflincs.com or email discovernk@n-kesteven.gov.uk.



Lincolnshire Sport Creates More Opportunities for Volunteers with a Disability

Disabled people across the region are being encouraged to volunteer in sport, thanks to a new project supported by Lincolnshire Sport. ‘IMPACT Volunteering’ aims to recruit and train 120 volunteers with a disability or sensory impairment and provide disability awareness training to 40 clubs or organisations in the East Midlands, following a £60,000 project grant from Sport England. The 12 month project – a collaboration between four sports partnerships in the region – aims to identify a link between disabled volunteers and participation, before encouraging people with a disability to start volunteering within a sporting environment. The scheme will also create more sporting opportunities for the local disabled population and deliver awareness training for volunteer coordinators. For further information about IMPACT Volunteering and to get involved, please contact Ian Brown on 730325 or email ian.brown@lincolnshiresport.com


Milling Day Success

Over 250 visitors saw Cogglesford Watermill rumble in to action as they opened their doors for their Loving Lincolnshire Milling Day.

Cogglesford Watermill is thought to be the only Sherriff’s watermill still in operation in England. Dating back to Saxon times, the mill is brought to life on the second Sunday of the month from March to December grinding grain to make flour as if it would’ve done more than 200 years ago. Sunday 14th the mill opened their doors for their ‘Loving Lincolnshire’ milling day which saw 250 visitors who were able to see the mill in operation and enjoyed bread making demonstrations with Sherry Forbes from the Manor House Stables. Select Lincolnshire were also be in attendance on the day raising awareness of using local produce and celebrate the very best of what Lincolnshire has to offer for both businesses and consumers. Their popular shop also featured items from local suppliers and producers, such as honey, jams, curds, chutneys, woodcrafts, books, card, gifts, souvenirs including homemade preserves from M H Preserves. The mill has been producing flour since the early 18th century and the mill has been beautifully preserved by North Kesteven District Council, giving a real insight into milling in days gone by. The next milling day will take place on Sunday 11th September and will be a part of the national campaign Heritage Open Days. For more information about the Milling Days or anything else about the Mill please visit www.cogglesfordwatermill.co.uk. For other places to visit and things to do during the summer visit www.heartoflincs.com or contact North Kesteven District Council on 01529 308102. You can also find us on Facebook /heartoflincs or follow us on Twitter @Discover_NK

Both Cogglesford Watermill and Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre have announced that they have received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence. Now in its sixth year, the achievement celebrates hospitality businesses and attractions that have earned great traveller reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a quality customer experience. The Certificate of Excellence accounts for the quality, quantity and recency of reviews submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12 month period. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.


Waggy Tails Walks

NEW walks with your four legged friends getting you out and about exploring the great outdoors with CountrysideNK.

Come along for a guided walk with your furry friends and enjoy the beautiful countryside of North Kesteven. A polite note that all dogs must be kept on a lead at all times. For more information please contact our Countryside Officer by emailing countrysidenk@1life.co.uk or call 694353.

Nocton and Dunston is walk number 13 of the collection of Stepping Out walks. All the walks have been developed in to an easy to read booklet with step by step directions to help you along your way which are available to download from www.countrysidenk.co.uk. You can also call us on 01529 308207 or email discovernk@n-kesteven.gov.uk for a hardcopy to be posted to you.


Mrs Smith’s Cottage (Navenby)

Plans to bring Mrs Smith’s Cottage back into use as a tourist attraction are one step closer after receiving support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Mrs Smith’s cottage in Navenby closed its doors to members of the public in early-2013 after a routine structural survey identified problems. Since then, both North Kesteven District Council and the Friends of Mrs Smith’s Cottage have fought hard to gain funding to bring it back into use. The HLF are the largest heritage funder in the UK, helping to bring back into use, restore and protect our country’s history. Mrs Smith’s Cottage being just that! The district council has now been successful in gaining the first of a two phase funding application, meaning plans can be put into place to establish the project and exactly what will need to be done before proceeding with a second application to deliver and undertake the work required. The total funding needed to carry out the works will be just shy of £600,000; £187,500 for phase 1 and £403,800 for phase 2.

In phase one the roof will need to be completely removed to establish the extent of the damage and what is required to make the cottage structurally safe once again. The overall ambition is to have a restored cottage which is fit for purpose as a visitor venue. It is also hoped that the funding will allow the council to revamp the visitor centre with interactive exhibits to enhance the overall experience.

Keep up to date with plans on our website

www.n-kesteven.gov.uk or www.mrssmithscottage.co.uk 

Michelle Rose. Press & Publications Assistant NKDC


New Health Walk Launched In Sleaford

North Kesteven Social Strollers are increasing their popular walks timetable this month and have launched a new health walk in Sleaford.

The North Kesteven Social Strollers are a health walks initiative based in North Kesteven and currently has 15 walks available across the district ranging from 30 to 90 minute walks which are designed to help improve fitness and wellbeing. The NK Social Strollers is a free health walk scheme and is available to all. There are walks available 7 days a week in a range of locations – pick an NK Social Strollers leaflet or visit www.walkingforhealth.org.uk for more information.

If you would like further information, please contact Carly Togher on 870272 or email nkhealthandsports@1life.co.uk. For regular updates you can find them on Facebook - North Kesteven Social Strollers Health Walk Scheme or follow them on Twitter @NKHealthWalks.


Men in Sheds Project

A new project is starting up in North Kesteven at Hill Holt Wood based on the very successful Australian Men’s Shed movement. The project is aimed at men aged 60 and over and put simply, aims to encourage men (who are statistically the worst at engaging with others!) to be part of a group, socialise with others and put their skills to good use.

The project will be run from a well-equipped hobby workshop where the group can work together on a range of practical activities. Members can share their knowledge, learn new skills and generally put the world to rights over a cup of tea/coffee or whatever else they fancy!

If you are interested in finding out more about the Men in Sheds project, please contact the Partnership NK team on 01529 414155 or email partnership_nk@n-kesteven.gov.uk


Free Health Walks In North Kesteven: Branching Out With NK Social Strollers

The NK Social Strollers health walk scheme has branched out to start working in partnership with children activity providers, to offer family style health walks across North Kesteven. North Kesteven Social Strollers is a free health walk scheme, and is available to all. A health walk is a purposeful, brisk walk undertaken on a regular basis which is designed for the purpose to improve an individual’s health.

Come and join our friendly and informal family walk groups for some exercise in the fresh air around your local village. Walking is the best activity to improve your fitness, aid in weight loss and also is proven to improve your overall mental health and wellbeing. Enjoying a 3 mile brisk walk can burn approximately 300 calories!

With one health walk a week you will be able to achieve, on average, 6,000 steps; more than half the recommended average by the government. You will also feel more motivated and confident to continue to increase your physical activity levels. Also, if you complete just three walks with us, you get a free pedometer!

Walks are currently available in Washingborough every other Monday morning at 9:30am, Billinghay every other Tuesday morning at 10am and Waddington every other Friday at 12:30pm. Each walk start the local children’s centre and refreshments are available after each walk. For more information please contact Carly on 870252 or email nkhealthandsports@litc.org.uk

Does a walk need setting up in your area?

We are always interested in setting up new walks and getting more people involved. If your group of mums, or you as a children’s activity provider wish to start up your own buggy walk, please call or email us and we can look in to arranging something.

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Volunteers Sought For New Lincolnshire Volunteer Force Programme

A new programme designed to train and recruit sport volunteers has launched in Lincolnshire.

Following on from the success of the Games Makers at the London 2012 Olympics and the national programme Sport Makers, Lincolnshire Sport has launched the brand new local initiative called Lincolnshire Volunteer Force to increase physical activity and sport throughout communities in Lincolnshire.

The role of a Lincolnshire Volunteer Force team member is to work with Lincolnshire Sport to assist and deliver events such as the Lincolnshire Sports Awards and the Market Rasen 10K, be a community focal point for physical activity events and be part of a team of volunteers that helps get the county active. It will also include recruiting, retaining and rewarding other volunteers in your area, as well as supporting individual volunteers where necessary.

Volunteers will benefit from free specific training, free volunteering uniforms as well as the opportunity to up skill qualifications.

For more information or to request an application form visit www.lincolnshiresport.com or contact Tom Armstrong on 585580

or email tom.armstrong@lincolnshiresport.com


The Ascent - North Hykeham’s very own indoor climbing wall right on your doorstep!

The Ascent at the North Kesteven Centre, North Hykeham is NK Outreach’s indoor climbing facility and is a modern indoor climbing room with 13 climbing lines totalling 26 routes and 2 traversing routes. This facility has been designed to cater for all climbing abilities allowing for a mixture of instructed sessions and training courses.

Join us for instructed indoor climbing sessions every week for all abilities from beginners through to advanced. There is sure to be a climbing experience available for all ages 5 years +. (The reason for 5 years or over is due to harness size). There is at least one session available each week, for each level, so there should be a chance for everyone to enjoy climbing.

All climbing equipment is provided and we ask that all climbers wearing tight comfortable trainers or plimsolls for the best climbing experience. All climbers must have a NK Outreach Registration form for their first visit. Please visit www.nkoutreach.co.uk for more information.

The Ascent is also qualified to deliver the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) at level 1 & 2 and is designed to promote climbing development and accredit individual achievement on artificial climbing structures. Once you have completed level 2, you will be qualified to climb on any UK indoor climbing wall, without having to undertake costly and time consuming competency assessments. Courses are available for both children (7 years+) and adults (18 years+). Please contact the extreme sports coordinator on 870252 for dates and further information.

If you’re already confident to climb alone, The Ascent also offers an unsupervised ‘pay as you go’ service and is available for climbers to use on a paired basis. All participants must be over the age of 18 and be able to do a rethreaded figure of 8 knot, put on a harness and helmet correctly and belay safely. Anyone wishing to use the facility unsupervised must complete a BMC declaration at the North Kesteven Centre reception or download and bring with you.

For more information call the NK Outreach team on 870252, or email the extreme sports coordinator on extremenk@litc.org.uk. You can also book a place by calling the North Kesteven Centre on 883311

For regular updates like us on facebook – The Ascent Climbing Wall or follow us on Twitter @nkoutreach


5.  Royal Voluntary Service

The brochure RVS provides details of help this group can provide, including: "Home from Hospital", "Meals on Wheels" and "Good Neighbours". Also "Get a Lift with US". Contact 01522 300506.

Do You Need Transport?

If so, then RVS Lincoln may be of assistance to you. We run a countywide Community Transport Scheme especially for older people. This is a door to door service that gives you the freedom to get out and about. Whether it be to visit family and friends, go to a lunch club or do some shopping, health appointments, such as visits to hospitals, dentists, chiropodists or any other health related matters. All journeys are mile based, so all you have to do is tell us where you would like to go and we will give you a cost for the journey. Most times our drivers will wait for you, so you are safe in the knowledge that the person that has driven you will also be able to help you if necessary. All our drivers have been DBS checked and carry identification. All you need do is ring our Transport Desk with your request whether it be a short local journey or a more distant destination. The Transport Desk is manned between the hours of 10.00am to 15.00pm on a Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, all other times just leave a message on our answerphone and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Our only stipulation is that you give us at least 3 working days notice to allow us time to sort one of our lovely drivers out for you!

Our Transport Desk number is 300506

While the scheme has been up and running for some time, we feel now is the time to expand it to help older people who struggle with either, mobility or do not have the confidence to get out using other transport means, to lead a better quality of life throughout the County.

We Also Need Volunteer Drivers

If you are one of the lucky people who do not need to rely on others for transport and get on well with people then perhaps you might consider becoming one of our volunteer drivers. If you could spare some time (the amount you do is entirely up to yourself) and have the inclination to help others less fortunate then we would love to hear from you. You will receive gener generous expenses towards your costs. Interested? Then ring RVS Lincoln on 305313.


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6. Carlton Le Moorland Village Hall

Please contact Mrs. Margaret Hutchinson for bookings and availability Tel: 788489

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7. Witham St Hughs Village Hall

John Phillipson   -Chair Witham St Hughs Village Hall Management Committee


Village Hall Lettings: Contact the Parish Clerk  Tel: 869643

Mrs S Lane Parish Clerk  email: withamsthughspc@hotmail.co.uk

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