Extracts from 2008 Witham Staple issues 

Topical issues are aired and forthcoming events detailed each month in The Witham Staple printed magazine: 

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The Witham Staple is mandated to reflect what is happening in our Lincolnshire community (i.e. the villages of Aubourn, Bassingham, Carlton le Moorland, Norton Disney, Stapleford, Thurlby, Witham St Hughs and the rural areas surrounding these villages).

This page selects some extracts published during 2008 that provide a flavour of the prevailing themes.

February

March

April

May

June

July /August  

September

October

November

December

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February 2008

Editorial:

 

As we roll on into 2008 and head on into February, we can look forward to St Valentine’s Day, a chance to romance a loved one and pancake day an excuse to indulge in something sweet, Shrove Tuesday is early this year, why! Easter, known as the moveable feast is fixed by the moon. Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the full moon that occurs on or after the Vernal (Spring) Equinox called the Paschal Full Moon. So as the Spring Equinox is March 21st and this year so too is the Paschal Full Moon this means Easter Sunday is the 23rd March and 47 days before that is Shrove Tuesday on the 5th February. Then comes Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent, give it up, go on you know you want to!   
Shall we mention the weather? No you’re probably right it’s not worth it! The year will slowly creep on and during these cold wet days think on and look forward to the warmer drier days of spring. In the meantime you have your latest copy of the Witham Staple at hand to read and digest the many events to entertain and news to keep you up to date and well informed. Till next month then, take care, keep warm, be good.

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

 

This month’s front cover is by Scarlet Rowland - winner of The Witham Staple cover design competition for 8 to 11 year olds.

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

Hello Again From Your Local Beat Team
 

NEWS

We hope all our readers had a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!

Community Panel Meeting

The next Community Panel Meeting will be held on the 26th February at The Ark, Witham St Hughs from 7pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend the beginning of the meeting to pass on any concerns or issues that the Community Panel/Police Beat Team can assist with before the priorities are discussed and agreed. If you are unable to attend this meeting, please feel free to email one of us with anything.

Dog fouling & dogs not under proper control, Witham St Hughs

The beat team has again received reports of owners not cleaning up after their dogs and dogs being let off their leads to roam around resident’s gardens. This appears to be happening in the area of Thyme Walk. Not only is this unpleasant but dangerous for the children who play in this area. Dog owners are reminded to please keep their dogs under control at all times and to CLEAN up after them. The beat team will be patrolling the area more and anyone seen will be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice for the offence of dog fouling. We understand that the dog bin on Thyme Walk is full at the minute and will be working to resolve this problem with the Parish Council but this is no excuse. You have been warned!

Leverett Chase – Witham St Hughs

We have recently received a complaint with regards to children playing in the area and throwing stones etc at properties in this location. Can we ask residents to contact us if they are aware of any further problems such as this in order that we can investigate this further and take the necessary action.

Bogus Caller

With the dark nights still upon us, we ask all residents to remain vigilant and report anything they feel is suspicious in relation to bogus officials or traders calling at your address. These criminals often use bogus uniforms such as water, gas or electricity type work wear. If the incident is happening there and now, please use the emergency number and not the beat team mobiles to report this.

Neighbourhood Watch

A neighbourhood watch meeting has been arranged for Carlton le Moorland on Monday 18th February at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. Everyone welcome, this is also a chance to come along and meet your local officers and raise any worries or concerns you might have.

A neighbourhood watch meeting has also been arranged for Witham St Hughs on Wednesday 26th March starting at 7pm in the Primary School. Anybody interested in finding out more information will be most welcome to attend the above meetings. Please do come along we need your support! We still require more volunteers for the Brant Broughton, Stragglethorpe Neighbourhood Watch, if you feel that you can offer any of your spare time please do get in contact with us. We really do need more coordinators to be able to make the Neighbourhood Watch a success.

Children In Need

The community beat team took part in a sponsored bike ride for Children In Need on 15th November. We rode our bikes all day believe it or not and managed to get around a lot of our villages stopping off for a cuppa here and there. We raised £156 and would like to thank all of those people who sponsored us to do this.

Drink Drive Competition

Shattered Dreams During the months of November and December, the beat team ran the annual drink drive competition at Witham St Hughs, Bassingham and Brant Broughton Primary Schools. This entailed us going into the older children’s lessons and talking to them about speeding and drink driving. The children were then asked to design a poster illustrating the dangers of speeding and driving whilst under the influence of alcohol. We had a very good response of a high standard which made the judging even harder for NKDC Councillor Pat Woodman but the winners were announced and in a presentation ceremony received their prizes. Congratulations to 10 year old Holly Mammatt from Bassingham Primary School who won first prize: a family day-pass at Sherwood Forest donated by Centreparks. 11 year old Robert from Witham St Hughs Primary School scooped second prize: an all in one printer, scanner and copier donated by Forum Computers in South Hykeham and finally to 11 year old Hannah Churchill also from Bassingham Primary School who won third prize of a family meal deal takeaway donated by Pizza Devil/The Generous Briton public house in Brant Broughton. The winning posters were displayed across the area in post offices, public houses, shops and notice boards etc. The beat team would like to thank all of the people who made this initiative a success.

 

   

         
   

 

Photographs of the sponsored cycle ride, poster designs and winner presentation.

Speed Watch

The beat team is still in the process of setting up and piloting Community Speed Watch. This is a new initiative involving the beat team and members of the public spending one hour a week in Bassingham, Brant Broughton and Aubourn with a speed gun. We are still looking for volunteers for these three villages to help us with this project. All that is required is one hour of your time a week, at a time that suits yourself and us! We are currently starting to train the volunteers. For more information call one of your beat team, help will be appreciated.

Fairplay Football.

Due to the success of Fairplay Football held on Friday evenings at NK Sports Centre last year this initiative is set to start again in February. We are looking for anybody between the ages of 12 to 16 years to get in touch if you wish to be involved or to find out more information.

Contacting Your Local Police Community Beat Team

 

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Norton Disney Village Hall Christmas Fayre

 

With the Hall beautifully decorated and most of the helpers in Santa hats or antlers, the scene was set for a most enjoyable Christmas fayre. The new layout gave us more  room and people could move from one stall to another with ease. £676 was the total raised for Hall funds and the small committee worked wonders so it was gratifying to see our supporters enjoying the evening as a reward for all the hard work in bringing the village together. The lottery prize was won by Lesley Rose with Bonus Ball 26. Thank you to those who gave so generously to our house to house collection. The St Vincent Arms, C & G Concrete, Cemex and Arthur Swallow Fairs for their donations and big thank you to everyone who helped in any way.

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Carlton Spring Show Saturday 29th March

Handicraft Classes

Embroidered picture or tapestry from a kit.

Hand knitted garment

Hand knitted soft toy

A painting

A wooden item

A sewn item (NO LARGER THAN 18" X 18")

A handmade greetings card

MUST BE OWN WORK

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The Witham Staple AGM

Thursday 17th April at 7.30pm

Bassingham Village Hall Social Area

The Annual General Meeting is open to everyone and everyone in The Witham Staple area is most welcome. The committee would be pleased to see anyone interested in finding out more about how the magazine is produced or who would like to be involved in the monthly process. Each month the team between them produce, print, collate, staple and deliver well over 1500 copies to every household in the community. Hope to see you there.

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Carlton-Le-Moorland Post Office Customers Public Notice

 

With effect from Thursday 28th February this Post Office will change status to a Community Post Office, this means that the hours of opening will be as follows.

 

MONDAY to THURSDAY……….9am to 12.30pm

FRIDAY……………………………9am to 12.00pm

 

The services provided during these hours will remain the same for both post office and shop and the sub postmaster asks for your continued support to ensure that the village retains this valuable asset.

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Explore, Discover, Experience The Countryside

North Kesteven’s Countryside team are kicking off the New Year by bringing the countryside indoors - to The Natural World Centre at Whisby!

Wood turning, creating your own countryside creature or simply enjoying a walk in the fresh air - these are just some of the things you can do when you visit Countryside, North Kesteven’s exciting exhibition from 19th January to 6th February.

Featuring the district’s delightful network of Stepping Out walks, come and find where the best places are to explore the district, discover its jewels and experience the many places to visit!

The exhibition will be launched on Saturday 19th January when Countryside Promotion Officer, Theresa Hobbs, will be on hand to answer all your countryside questions. Kids, (or even grown ups!) will be able to make their very own countryside creature or try their hand at wood turning with Watch North Kesteven ranger, Alan Eley.

Theresa will also be organising guided walks around the nature park for those keen to get started on their New Year’s walking. She will be providing details of lots of Countryside North Kesteven guided walks and activities to keep you and your family busy throughout the year.

The Natural World Centre is open daily from 10am. To find out more please telephone the Centre on 688868.

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Bassingham Community & Sports Centre - The Hub Project

The Lottery authorities have told The Hub Project team that The Hub bid would not be going forward to the next stage of consideration for a grant award. In giving their reasons, the Lottery stated that the total value of bids far exceeded the available funds. They explained that they had to sort the bids by merit having regard to the geographical area of the bids, who would benefit, what that benefit would be and what the outcome would be for those who benefited. The Lottery praised the quality of the bid and the work by John Weir and the team who put it together but decided that, in the terms of this competition, lottery money would be better spent on other projects.

The team wish to emphasise that this is a setback, not a fatal injury.  The hard work continues with outside assistance to contact other sources of funding - we are still planning a build of around £600k - £770k. Further, the architect, Alison Davies, who is presently working without fee, will shortly provide plans for a building appropriate to this target. In parallel, a paid consultant engineer, briefed by the architect, has visited the site to advise on systems for the proposed building. By the time this note appears, his detailed report will be with the team.  Be assured, The Hub is taking shape. Please keep up your support.

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March 2008

Editorial:

Not too much rain then in February! Haven’t we had some glorious sunny days, those cold crisp mornings when a white blanket of frost lays across everything and sparkles in the morning sun as it breaks over the horizon. The morning songbirds tune in your ear and the crisp fresh air to fill your lungs. Wrap up, keep warm and summer will soon be here.


As we head on full steam into March, we get started straight away with St David’s day on the 1st, Mothering Sunday on the 2nd nice card bunch of flowers? St Patrick’s day on the 17th for the Irish amongst us. Springtime begins with the summer equinox on the 20th. Good Friday is 21st followed by Easter Sunday and Monday. Nearly there but just before the fool arrives we turn our clock forward into summertime on the 30th. Well that should have worn you out? No! then read on because there are meetings, AGM’s, concerts, fayres, monthly events, choir, group outings, sales and more, young and old, tall and small there really is something for all.

 

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

 

This month’s front cover is by Emily Usher - winner of The Witham Staple cover design competition for 12 to 15 year olds.

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

Hello Again From Your Local Beat Team
 

NEWS

Dog fouling & dogs not under proper control. Witham St Hughs & Carlton Le Moorland.

The beat team has again received reports of owners not cleaning up after their dogs and dogs being let off their leads to roam around private gardens. This appears to be happening in the area of Thyme Walk, Elder Close and Gibson Green in Witham St Hughs. Not only is this unpleasant but dangerous for the children who play in this area. Dog owners are reminded to please keep their dogs under control at all times and to CLEAN UP after them. The beat team will be patrolling the area more and anyone seen will be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice for the offence of dog fouling. Environmental Health have been contacted and signs will soon be erected. We understand that the dog bin on Thyme Walk is full at the minute and will be working to resolve this problem with the parish council but this is no excuse. You have been warned!

 

Leverett Chase, Witham St Hughs.

We have recently received a complaint with regards to children playing in the area and throwing stones etc at properties in this location. Can we ask residents to contact us if they are aware of any problems such as this in order that we can investigate. At present we have only had one person contact us on several occasions. We have conducted house to house enquiries nearby and received no further complaints. We have patrolled the area more with no trace of youths. The caller is insistent that it is happening, please can you contact us either way to let us know if you have or haven’t experienced any problems.

 

Bogus Caller.

With the dark nights still upon, we ask all residents to remain vigilant and report anything they feel is suspicious in relation to bogus officials or traders calling at your address. These criminals often use bogus uniforms such as water, gas or electricity type work wear. If the incident is happening there and now, please use the emergency number and not the beat team mobiles to report this. We are conducting a presentation at the Bassingham Lunch Group from 12.30 to 2pm approximately in the Wesleyan Chapel on Tuesday 25th March. This will include representatives from Trading Standards, Age Concern and Fire and Rescue. The advice will be free but a £3 charge for meal and drinks will be taken on the day. Please contact one of us if you wish to attend by the 20th March, as we will need to pass numbers on to the organisers for food and drink. Everyone welcome! Continue on page 22

 

The Police Office, Witham St Hughs

Please be aware that the office does not have opening and closing times. The beat team when on duty is at the office for a very limited period of time. For the majority of our shift we will be out patrolling the villages and dealing with incidents. It is best to contact us on one of the mobiles below so as not to have a wasted journey.

 

This month’s crime

Over the past month we have received numerous reports of damage to external letterboxes whereby the offender has placed an unknown explosive (firework) into the box, which has caused them to explode. We are in the process of investigating these crimes and have received some good community intelligence. If anybody has any further information regarding these crimes please contact us as soon as possible. We have had a couple of incidents of heating oil being taken from people’s external tanks in the area of Brant Broughton. Please can everyone be vigilant and report anything they feel is suspicious.

 

POLICE COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Neighbourhood Watch

A neighbourhood watch meeting has been arranged for Witham St Hughs on 26th March at 7pm in the Primary School. Anybody interested in finding out more information will be most welcome to attend the above meetings. Please do come along, we need your support! We still require more volunteers for the Brant Broughton/Stragglethorpe Neighbourhood Watch, if you feel that you can offer any of your spare time please get in contact with us. We really do need more coordinators to be able to make the Neighbourhood Watch a success!

 

Speed Watch

A good proportion of the volunteers have now been trained with the speed gun. As you can see the Speedwatch signs have been erected in Bassingham, Brant Broughton and Aubourn. We are still looking for volunteers for these three villages to help us with this project. All that is required is one hour of your time a week, at a time that suits yourself and us! We are looking at starting this initiative in the next couple of weeks. For more information call one of your beat team, help will be appreciated.

 

Fairplay Football

Due to the success of Fairplay Football held on Friday evenings at NK Sports Centre last year this initiative is set to start again on Friday 15th February. We are looking for anybody between the ages of 12 to 16 years to get in touch if you wish to be involved or to find out more information. We currently have teams for Witham St Hughs and Bassingham ready to go.

 

Beat Street League

We are looking for volunteers to form a youth football team in Aubourn between the ages of 11 and 18 for the Beat Street League. Aubourn Parish Council have kindly donated some funds for equipment. Please get in touch if interested.

 

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Bassingham Brownies Leader Wanted

 

The Bassingham Brownie pack requires a new Brownie Leader to start from September. Experience is not necessary but someone with lots of enthusiasm would help to keep this thriving unit running.

 

For further details on the position or to put your name forward please contact Mags Smart on 789671.

 

 

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Bassingham Open Gardens & Scarecrow Trail

Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th June 2008

 

Follow the scarecrow trail in Bassingham on 14th & 15th June. This year's theme is 'Village Life'. If you would like to make and display a scarecrow in your garden please call Jill Evans on 789728 who will be delighted to hear from you.

 

Gardens in Bassingham will be open for visitors on Sunday 15th June from 2pm until 6pm. Don't forget that we will be delighted to receive your spare plants for the plant stall and if you would like to help with the event in any way, please contact Jan & Geoff Culpitt on 788793.

 

Proceeds from these events go to the Bassingham Village Hall charity which, as well as running the Village Hall and playing field, is trying to raise money for The Hub.

 

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Carlton Spring Show Saturday 29th March

 

In Carlton le Moorland Village Hall Staging from 8.30am to 10.30am

 

Come along from 2.30pm to see who the winners are.

 

There will be a raffle, refreshments, tombola and more.

 

The Show Group would be very grateful for any donations of Raffle, Tombola Prizes, refreshments etc.

 

Why not have a go and enter the show, there are classes to suit everyone.

 

Handicraft Classes

Embroidered picture or tapestry from a kit.

Hand knitted garment

Hand knitted soft toy

A painting

A wooden item

A sewn item (NO LARGER THAN 18" X 18")

A handmade greetings card

MUST BE OWN WORK

 

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Explore, Discover, Experience The Countryside - Stepping Out in NK

North Kesteven’s Countryside team are kicking off the New Year by bringing the countryside indoors - to The Natural World Centre at Whisby!

Wood turning, creating your own countryside creature or simply enjoying a walk in the fresh air - these are just some of the things you can do when you visit Countryside, North Kesteven’s exciting exhibition from 19th January to 6th February.

Featuring the district’s delightful network of Stepping Out walks, come and find where the best places are to explore the district, discover its jewels and experience the many places to visit!

The exhibition will be launched on Saturday 19th January when Countryside Promotion Officer, Theresa Hobbs, will be on hand to answer all your countryside questions. Kids, (or even grown ups!) will be able to make their very own countryside creature or try their hand at wood turning with Watch North Kesteven ranger, Alan Eley.

Theresa will also be organising guided walks around the nature park for those keen to get started on their New Year’s walking. She will be providing details of lots of Countryside North Kesteven guided walks and activities to keep you and your family busy throughout the year.

The Natural World Centre is open daily from 10am. To find out more please telephone the Centre on 688868.

Countryside Events Countryside Guided Walks and Events 2008 Stepping Out In NK

 

Sponsored Crocus Walk Sunday 9th March at 10.30am Starting at Sleaford Tourist Information Centre. In aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity, along the River Slea walk, you can walk as far as you want! For more information, contact Sleaford Tourist Information Centre on 01529 414294

 

Easter Egg Hunt Friday 18th April at 11am High Wood, Church Lane, Rauceby. Search through High Wood for your store of chocolate treasure! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please book in advance with Sleaford Tourist Information Centre 01529 414294.

 

All events are free of charge. Suitable clothing for outdoor walking should be worn. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For details of nearby Stepping Out walks, further information on local attractions, events or accommodation, please call or visit Sleaford Tourist Information Centre, Money’s Yard, Carre Street, Sleaford. NG34 7TW.

Go Stepping Out!

 

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Lincolnshire Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving for Organ Donation and Transplantation
Sunday 30th March at 2.30pm Bailgate Methodist Chapel, Lincoln

 

This service is dedicated to all whose generosity has transformed the lives of others.
 

Many people would not be alive today if it was not for the skill of the teams of surgeons, doctors and nurses working on organ transplantation. A service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance for Organ Donation and Transplantation will be held at the Bailgate Methodist Chapel the 30th March. People affected by organ donation and transplantation will speak of their experiences, and there will be the chance to remember the 7500 very ill patients who are still waiting for a transplant. The service will include poems and readings, and there will be an Act of Remembrance for those whose lives have been touched by transplantation. Each person who receives a new lease of life from a transplanted organ is very grateful to the donor. But donor families often have to cope with the death of their loved one while making choices that improve life for the transplant patient.
 

It’s a lot to be grateful for, and the event has been organised by The Lincolnshire Kidney Patient Association, Lincolnshire Hospital Chaplains, the Renal Department at Lincoln County Hospital and the Donor Family Network. The service will give donor families and transplant recipients the opportunity to take part in a Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving for Organ Donation and Transplantation. Information stands and refreshments will be available following the service and it will be possible for children to be cared for during the service if required (please mention if you will be bringing children with you when you book a place at the service).

 

Kidney transplants help over 2000 very sick patients each year. But it’s not just kidneys that are involved, hearts, lungs, livers and pancreas can all be transplanted, and last year over 2000 people had their sight restored through a cornea transplant. Join the NHS Organ Donor Register.

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April 2008

Editorial:

No one knows for certain how April got its name, but it may have come from the Latin word ‘aperire’ which means ‘to open’. April is, after all, the month when in the northern hemisphere buds begin to open and things start to grow again after the winter. Eostra monath or Eastremonath was the Anglo-Saxon name for the month. The name of the Christian Festival of Easter comes from this Anglo-Saxon word.

April begins with a day of fun and jokes, April fool’s Day. No one really knows when this custom began but it has been kept for hundreds of years. It is believed that the April fool came about because of the change of calendars. In 1585, Pope Gregory introduced the new Gregorian calendar which is the calendar we use today. In the old Julian calendar New Year was celebrated from March 25th to April 1st. In France some people were forgetful and others refused to accept the new calendar, these people still celebrated New Year on April 1st and others would play tricks on them and call them fools.

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1. Front Cover of Magazine:

 

 

This month’s front cover is by W.C. Graham "A dream of Summer".

 

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

Hello Again From Your Local Beat Team
 

NEWS

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting - The Panel meeting took place on the 26th February.

A Neighbourhood Panel is where representatives of the community and the Local Neighbourhood Policing Team collect a range of community concerns. The Panel considers these concerns and are then responsible for setting up to three local priorities for that area. The panel then work with others (the police, partner agencies and other community members) to address the local problems. The panel can help to improve the quality of life for people who live, work and visit the area.

The panel decided that the priorities for the next 3 months would be:
1 – Anti-Social Behaviour, Bassingham
2 – The beat team to make the community more aware of incidents
occurring in the villages
3 – Parenting/Drug Talks

 

Bogus Caller

With the dark nights still upon, we ask all residents to remain vigilant and report anything they feel is suspicious in relation to bogus officials or traders calling at your address. These criminals often use bogus uniforms such as water, gas or electricity type work wear. If the incident is happening there and now, please use the emergency number and not the beat team mobiles to report this. There was a suspicious incident recently in Norton Disney.

We are conducting a presentation at the Bassingham Lunch Group from 12.30pm to 2pm approximately in the Wesleyan Chapel on Tuesday 25th March. This will include representatives from Trading Standards, Age Concern and Fire and Rescue. The advice will be free but a £3 charge for meal and drinks will be taken on the day.

 

This month’s crime

In last months beat team view we informed you that there had been letterboxes blown up in several villages. You will be glad to here that two people have been arrested and have admitted to several offences.

Overall crime has increased in villages over the last few months, please remain vigilant at all times.  And remember to lock your doors to your house, garage and car as a large amount of incidents that have occurred have been insecurities.

                                                

POLICE COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Neighbourhood Watch

Neighbourhood watch meeting were held in Carlton le Moorland on 18th February, and Witham St Hughs on 26th March I would just like to thank everyone who attended the evenings and joined the scheme as a co-ordinator. We really do need more coordinators to be able to make the Neighbourhood Watch a success!

 

Community Speed Watch

Speed watch is now up and running and is proving successful.

We still need volunteers for Brant Broughton area. Are you interested in helping to reduce the speed of vehicles in your village. Please contact a member of the beat team. 

 

Fairplay Football

Fairplay football is still on every Friday evening, we have 2 teams from Witham St Hughs and 2 teams from Bassingham in the league. Due to players missing certain weeks because of holidays etc, we still require more players, please get in touch if interested.

 

Beat Street League

We are looking for volunteers to form a youth football team in Aubourn between the ages of 11 and 18 for the Beat Street League. Aubourn Parish Council have kindly donated some funds for equipment. Please get in touch if interested. We are hoping to arrange games during the Easter holidays, anyone else wishing to get involved please give us a call.

 

Playground Council Support Officers

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new school’s Playground Council Support Officers, these are Primary School, year 6 children, who have been elected by fellow pupils to assist in the safe running of playtimes etc and deal with playground bullying and pupil mediation. They will work alongside ourselves and will be equipped with a yellow vest and badge and have use of a pocket notebook to log incidents in the playground and school as they happen. They will deliver presentations on the issues they come across to the rest of the school, and recently have visited the force control room and the police dog trials. There are 4 School Pcso’s per school and are re-elected each term.
Watch this space for more on what the School Pcso’s are getting up to.

 

FIX MY STREET.COM

The above website can be used to report local issues such as fly tipping, condition of roadways (mud on the road) etc and basically anything you think is local issue that needs fixing.  The website is user friendly and once you have reported the issue it will get sent to the correct authority to be dealt with. We as a beat team even use the site as it saves time and cost in making long telephone calls to local councils to report minor issues. So please give it a go.

 

Scam Letters

We are still receiving reports reference various scam letters doing the rounds, please, please do not respond to these letters unless you are 100% they are genuine. Give the team a call and we will advise you on anything you are unsure about.

 

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Bassingham Brownies Leader Wanted

 

The Bassingham Brownie pack requires a new Brownie Leader to start from September. Experience is not necessary but someone with lots of enthusiasm would help to keep this thriving unit running.

 

For further details on the position or to put your name forward please contact Mags Smart.

 

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Bassingham Open Gardens & Scarecrow Trail

   Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th June 2008

 

Follow the scarecrow trail in Bassingham on 14th & 15th June. This year's theme is 'Village Life'. If you would like to make and display a scarecrow in your garden please call Jill Evans on 789728 who will be delighted to hear from you.

 

Gardens in Bassingham will be open for visitors on Sunday 15th June from 2pm until 6pm. Don't forget that we will be delighted to receive your spare plants for the plant stall and if you would like to help with the event in any way, please contact Jan & Geoff Culpitt on 788793.

 

Proceeds from these events go to the Bassingham Village Hall charity which, as well as running the Village Hall and playing field, is trying to raise money for The Hub.

 

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The Continuation of Dog Fouling in Witham St Hughs

 

There is a feature on this problem in every edition of the Witham Staple but the message seems NOT to be getting through. As more people are moving into the village and more dogs are being walked there is becoming more of a problem as you walk through the village. It is really not necessary. Dog fouling is an offence so please take some bags with you and clean up after your dog and keep pathways clear for other walkers to enjoy.

 

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St George's Day Celebration - 23rd April

 

Carlton Le Moorland invites the Witham Villages to join in a celebration of St George’s Day
Wednesday 23rd April from 7pm
Bring your singing voices!…
And join in community singing of traditional English songs at 7pm in St Mary’s Church, Carlton le Moorland
Followed by:
The lighting of the beacon and festivities on The Sands from 7.30pm

Music led by Carolyn and Neil Howlett with additional items by local soloists.
Festivities on The Sands arranged by Di Swales.

 

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Explore, Discover, Experience The Countryside - Stepping Out in NK

North Kesteven’s Countryside team are kicking off the New Year by bringing the countryside indoors - to The Natural World Centre at Whisby!

Wood turning, creating your own countryside creature or simply enjoying a walk in the fresh air - these are just some of the things you can do when you visit Countryside, North Kesteven’s exciting exhibition from 19th January to 6th February.

Featuring the district’s delightful network of Stepping Out walks, come and find where the best places are to explore the district, discover its jewels and experience the many places to visit!

The exhibition will be launched on Saturday 19th January when Countryside Promotion Officer, Theresa Hobbs, will be on hand to answer all your countryside questions. Kids, (or even grown ups!) will be able to make their very own countryside creature or try their hand at wood turning with Watch North Kesteven ranger, Alan Eley.

Theresa will also be organising guided walks around the nature park for those keen to get started on their New Year’s walking. She will be providing details of lots of Countryside North Kesteven guided walks and activities to keep you and your family busy throughout the year.

The Natural World Centre is open daily from 10am.

 

Countryside Events Countryside Guided Walks and Events 2008 Stepping Out In NK

 

Easter Egg Hunt Friday 18th April at 11am High Wood, Church Lane, Rauceby. Search through High Wood for your store of chocolate treasure! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please book in advance with Sleaford Tourist Information Centre 01529 414294.

 

In Search of Spring Flowers  - Sunday 4th May at 10.30am
Starting at Nocton Village Hall car park. Follows the Nocton Village walk (3 ¾ miles). A walk through woodland and open countryside to discover our delightful spring flowers.

 

All events are free of charge. Suitable clothing for outdoor walking should be worn. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For details of nearby Stepping Out walks, further information on local attractions, events or accommodation, please call or visit Sleaford Tourist Information Centre, Money’s Yard, Carre Street, Sleaford. NG34 7TW.

Go Stepping Out!

 

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NCCPG Plant Fair Aubourn Hall - Sunday 27th April 12 noon to 4 pm

 

National Council for the Conservation of Plants and Gardens and Macmillan Nurses will jointly benefit from this annual event, held in the grounds of Aubourn Hall, Aubourn by kind permission of Mr & Mrs C Nevile.

Over 20 specialist nurseries from throughout the county will offer a wide and varied selection of plants for sale.

Refreshments available with proceeds to the beautiful 12th Century Parish Church of St Peters, located in the grounds, which will also be open on the day of the plant fair.

For further details please contact Aubourn Hall’s Head Gardener, Simon Moore on 07816 202353

 

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REFLECTIONS: A new club for divorced, separated and widowed people
 

We meet every Thursday night 7.30pm to 11.30pm at the Pride of Lincoln.
 

We have a great disco and DJ to match. We have all suffered different traumas, but staying at home isn't the answer. Come along, meet people and make new friends who are in the same position as you are. There is a great atmosphere and everyone is made to feel very welcome. Don't be nervous, take the plunge and come along. You never know, you could find true love.
 

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Bassingham Rainbows - Funds Raised for Guide Dogs
 

Well done to all the Rainbows for collecting £148 for the Guide Dogs for the Blind by doing a sponsored silence.
If you want to come along and join in the fun at Bassingham Rainbows and you are a girl between the ages of 5 and 7½ please phone Sally Ripley on 788321 for further details.

 

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Bassingham Junior Football Club - Congratulations & Good Luck
 

To the Bassingham JFC under 10’s Squad on making it through to the Cup Final on Wednesday 9th April
From Steve, Paul and committee

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May 2008

Editorial

The first day of the month of May is known as May Day. It is the time of year when warmer weather begins and flowers and trees start to blossom. It is said to be a time of love and romance. It is when people celebrate the coming of summer, expressions of joy and hope after a long winter. Although summer does not officially begin until June, May Day really marks its beginning. May Day celebrations have their origins in the Roman festival of Flora, goddess of fruit and flowers, which marked the beginning of summer. The traditional May day dance is known as Maypole Dancing. On May Day, people used to cut down young trees and stick them in the ground in the village to mark the arrival of summer. People danced around them in celebration of the end of winter and the start of the fine weather that would allow planting to begin. Many English villages still have a maypole, and on May 1st, the villagers dance around it. The tallest maypole is said to have been erected in London on the Strand in 1661; it stood over 143 feet high. It was felled in 1717, when it was used by Isaac Newton to support Huygen's new reflecting telescope.

 

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

 

This month’s front cover is by Christine Forster and her Grandson Tyler.

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

Hello Again From Your Local Beat Team
 

NEWS

Neighbourhood Watch Meeting, NORTON DISNEY

Please come along on Wednesday 4th June at 7.30pm in the Village Hall, Norton Disney. This event includes a presentation from the Police, Trading Standards and the Fire Brigade and of course your neighbourhood police team will be there for you to raise any concerns you may have.

All agencies have got together to organise this event with the help from Gordon Bancroft, the Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator.

The presentation will be about NO COLD CALLING ZONES, we need the support of residents to support this. If supported, signs will be put up in the village. The fire brigade will also give a presentation and can offer risk assessments in your home etc. Come along and support this event! I am told tea and coffee will be available for free!!

NO COLD CALLING ZONES

We are looking to introduce these zones in our villages over the next couple of months. The initiative requires 51% participation in the identified zones so as you can appreciate we need a high level of support to be able to implement these zones.

We will be canvassing the area of Bassingham on Thursday 15th May.

Mini-motos/Motorbikes

We have received several reports of people on mini-motos/motorbikes wearing no helmets in Aubourn, and Bassingham, If you are caught committing these offences you can have your vehicle seized, and will have to pay to get it back.

Dovecote Lane, Haddington

Dovecote Lane is access only to residents. This Lane is still getting used as a short cut. Please be courteous to the people that live here and do not use this as a short cut. If you get caught by the police you will be issued a £30 fixed Penalty Ticket.

This month’s crime

You will be glad to here that crime has reduced again over the last month.  There is no specific crime trend at this present time. 

 

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Mobile Library - Changes

The amended times for the Library have not yet been announced. From the end of April the service will change and only attend the villages monthly. For further detail please call 782010. A new timetable will be printed in the magazine once it is known?

 

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Countryside Events: Countrysidenk guided walks and events 2008

Stepping Out In NK: In Search of Spring Flowers

Sunday 4th May at 10.30am

Starting at Nocton Village Hall car park. Follows the Nocton Village walk (3 ¾ miles). A walk through woodland and open countryside to discover our delightful spring flowers.

 

Sue’s Walk

Sunday 25th May at 10.30am

Starting at Welbourn Village Hall car park. To stretch your legs, join keen walker, Sue and WatchNK ranger, Anthony Gwynne, on a 6 mile hike following the Parish Walk around Welbourn.

 

All events are free of charge. Suitable clothing for outdoor walking should be worn. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For details of nearby Stepping Out walks, further information on local attractions, events or accommodation, please call or visit Sleaford Tourist Information Centre, Money’s Yard, Carre Street, Sleaford. NG34 7TW.

Go Stepping Out!

 

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Spires & Steeples Arts & Heritage Trail

May Day Bank Holiday Events

Saturday 3rd Sunday 4th Monday 5th May

Celebrate the new Spires & Steeples arts and heritage trail from Lincoln to Sleaford! Spires & Steeples is an inspirational new 26 mile arts and heritage trail from Lincoln Cathedral to St Denys’ Church in Sleaford! Perfect for a weekend of walking, the trail is crammed full of art works, churches, typical Lincolnshire landscape and picturesque skies. Nestled away in the heart of Lincolnshire, the Spires and steeples trail starts at the stunning and beautiful Lincoln Cathedral. The trail is being officially opened on May Day Bank Holiday 2008 and we would like to invite you together with your friends and families, to join in with any of the events in this leaflet to help celebrate! Although 26 miles in length, you can walk as much or as little of the trail as you like at a time! We have written route descriptions and designed special maps to help you along your way. These will be available to download by May Day Bank Holiday from our website or you can phone artsNK for your free walks brochure. The brochures will also be available at local Tourist Information Centres and other tourism venues.

 

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Walking & Riding On The Nevile Estate

Most of you will know that the Nevile Estate in Aubourn has put in place permissive routes that have given walking access to more areas on the Estate than the public footpaths alone.

 

Some of these permissive routes have been for the use of both walkers and horse riders, however from the 1st of April this year we have changed the permissive routes to WALKERS ONLY.  The reason for this change is that the Estate has now moved into a Higher Level Stewardship agreement, which calls for greater environmental control not only in respect of specific areas, but of the Estate as a whole. We have had many instances over the last 12 to 18 months where horse riders have strayed from the paths and there has been damage to crops, field corners and also areas of woodland. This is not acceptable under our new arrangements.  

 

The news is not all bad though for horse riders as currently we are in the process of establishing an Aubourn Estate Ride which will be clearly signed and marked and will provide a safe riding route of approximately 5 miles.  However, to ensure that we know who is riding on the estate it will be a “members only ride” which we are initially implementing for our own DIY Livery clients who will be clearly identifiable as having permission to ride on Estate land.   We are hoping that by the time summer is here we will be able to offer a reasonably priced annual membership to other riders in the area.

 

Please remember that access to permissive footpaths is on the basis that dogs must be kept on a lead to protect both game and wildlife and that you must keep to the designated routes.

 

For enquiries regarding the Members ride please contact Vanessa Compton in the Estate Office between the hours of 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday on 788224.    

 

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Lincoln Book Festival

9th to 18th May

Colin Dexter, Hairy Bikers, Steven Berkoff, Ian Banks, Nigel Rees, Chris Addison, Louis de Bernieres and much more!

 

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Tranquility 2008 (Concerts)

The Spires & Steeples Edition. A series of concerts in Special Places

TRANQUILITY CONCERTS

This year's series is linked to the Spires and Steeples Trail, an arts and heritage trail from Lincoln Cathedral to St Denys’ Church, Sleaford. The concerts have been organised with the parishes along the route to usher in the spring throughout the month of May. The first concert is at St John's Church, Washingborough, on 3rd May, the launch day of Spires & Steeples and the final concert is at The Hub in Sleaford on 29th May. This year's programme has both an international and a local dimension. It includes Umdomo Wesizwe, from Zimbabwe and Diamik from France. Other artists include Lincoln-based classical guitarist Rob Johns and electronic composers Split (John Stafford and Maurice Mulligan). The venues are all in picturesque villages. Or in the case of Sleaford, on the top floor of the Hub with beautiful views across the town's skyline. You can go directly to the venues for the concerts or why not spend part of the day of each concert walking some of the Spires & Steeples trail? To find out about any of the concerts please call artsNK.

 

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Doggy Diaries – What Is A Dog’s Life?

Dogs are considered by those who love them to be “mans best friend!” They greet us with an unsuppressed welcome wag, love us seemingly without condition and provide companionship and protection when we need it most. In return we feed, exercise and nurture them providing training to keep them on the straight and narrow – hopefully! The resultant bond has endured many thousands of years and the success of this relationship has in the main part been attributed to by the phenomenal adaptability of the domestic dog, fitting in with changes in both our lifestyles and culture.

 

At the University of Lincoln we are particularly interested in the way in which 21st century dogs have adapted to live in the multitude of differing homes and lifestyles that occur in the UK today. We want to know about their eating habits, their exercise routines, sleeping schedules and time spent with both their canine and human friends.

 

Currently information on these activities, which are so important for ensuring you have a healthy, happy dog, is surprisingly lacking! In order to gauge the factors that are most important for the dogs and look at the potential consequences if they spend too much or too little time on each of them we are launching a new internet based survey which will tell us how the UK pet dog population spend their time.

 

Ultimately we hope to use this information to advise new or potential dog owners so that they have a better understanding of what dogs need and the time commitment involved in owning a dog. They can then make an informed decision as to whether owning a dog will fit in with their current lifestyle.

 

We are looking for as many dog owners as possible to complete our ‘doggy diaries’ survey which will provide us with the information we need on how dogs currently living in the UK spend their time.

 

If you would like to take part, you will need:

·         To live in the UK

·         To be a current dog owner and have owned a dog for at least 6 months

·         To have acquired your dog primarily as a pet or companion (not for working/showing/breeding etc.)

·         A computer with internet access

Thank you, your contribution is very much appreciated and will be used to help future generations of dogs and their owners to enjoy the benefits of this very special and unique human animal bond

 

Claire L. Brown BBVMS MRCVS

University of Lincoln

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Bassingham Junior Football Club: CONGRATULATIONS!

BASSINGHAM JFC UNDER 10’s SQUAD Division 2 Cup Final winners On a cold but sunny Monday 14th April the under 10’s squad headed for Newark to meet Muskham Cougars in the cup final. The evening kick-off got off to a cracking start with a goal from Karl inside 30 seconds. Then 2 goals from Tom in the second half secured victory and we came out triumphant 3 – 0 winners. Well done boys.

From Paul and Steve

 

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Witham St Hughs: Helpers Desperately Needed

We now produce and distribute 800 copies of this magazine to homes in Witham St Hughs, this is a huge task and with future planned housing developments the task is going to get even greater.

 

Currently, we only have 12 volunteers who produce and distribute the magazines and they really are getting overloaded. We desperately need more helpers to ensure you and your neighbours continue to get their magazines. It will only take an hour or so of your time and it will help enormously.  And you never know, it could also help generate better community relations in our new village!

 

PLEASE can you help?

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June 2008

Editorial:

Weather–lore for June, Taken from beliefs and sayings
‘A calm June puts the farmer in tune’
‘June damp and warm, does the farmer no harm’.
It is claimed that summer doesn’t start until the elder is in flower.

 

June is the sixth month of the year and takes it’s name from the Roman goddess Junno, the goddess of marriage. For this reason, June has always been looked upon as the best month in which to marry.

 

PLEASE NOTE:
Next month is the double issue for July and August so you need to remember that all your events, activities and dates over the two Summer months need to be in by June 15th.

September’s issue will see the update of the local information sheet, the sheet gives details and contacts for all the local groups and organisations within the Witham Staple area. So if you are on it and shouldn’t be or not on and should be you need to be letting me know

 

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Front Cover of Magazine:

This month’s front cover is Spring Lambs by Paul Hubbard.

 

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

Hello Again From Your Local Beat Team
 

NEWS

Your Local Beat Team

Please be aware that PC 1304 Diamond (Community Beat Manager) for the area is currently seconded to Acting Sergeant and will therefore be unavailable for the next 3 months. Please continue to contact PCSO Boyle and PCSO Czajkowski with any issues or concerns.

 

Neighbourhood Policing Panel Meeting
The next Panel Meeting will be held on Monday 2nd June at The Ark, Witham St Hughs from 7pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend the beginning of the meeting to pass on any concerns or issues that the Neighbourhood Panel/Police Beat Team can assist with before the priorities are discussed and agreed. If you are unable to attend this meeting, please feel free to email one of us with anything. We are currently looking for an additional panel member for Norton Disney, if anyone is interested in finding out more, please get in contact.

 

Neighbourhood Watch Meeting, NORTON DISNEY
Please come along on Wednesday the 4th June at 7.30pm to the Village Hall, Norton Disney. This event includes a presentation from the Police, Trading Standards and the Fire Brigade and of course your neighbourhood police team will be there for you to raise any concerns you may have. All agencies have got together to organise this event with help from Gordon Bancroft, the Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator. The presentation will be about NO COLD CALLING ZONES, we need the support of residents to support this. If supported, signs will be put up in the village. The fire brigade will also give a presentation and can offer risk assessments in your home etc. Come along and support this event! I am told tea and coffee will be available for free!!!!

 

Dovecote Lane, Haddington
Dovecote Lane is access only to residents. This Lane is still getting used as a short cut. Please be courteous to the people that live here and do not use this as a short cut. If you get caught by the police you will be issued a £30 fixed Penalty Ticket.

 

This month’s crime
We are currently seeing an increase in the theft of number plates being stolen across the area. Please be extra vigilant and anybody who witnesses anything they feel suspicious no matter how small, please let us know.

 

Bogus Officials
We also wish to warn you again about Bogus Callers in the Rural Sector. They continue to target more vulnerable people and use a variety of excuses in order to enter the property. More recently it has been in relation to turning off the water supply and they give various reasons for this i.e. a digger has burst a water main. Please be extra vigilant and report immediately anything you feel is suspicious. We would urge you to remind all of your neighbours that under no circumstances should anyone be allowed to enter a property without first having shown identification, and the Company contacted to confirm the caller is an employee working legitimately in the area. Please advise your neighbours of the Nominated Neighbour Scheme, and get in contact with one of your beat team if you require more information

 

POLICE COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Neighbourhood Watch
We still require more volunteers for Witham St Hughs Neighbourhood Watch, if you feel that you can offer any of your spare time please get in contact with us. We really do need more coordinators to be able to make the Neighbourhood Watch a success!  Anyone who would like to find out more contact one of your beat team.

 

Drugs/Parenting Talks
We have organised a very informal talk/chat session to include topics such as the dangers of drug misuse, signs & symptoms and any general concerns. This is the opportunity to have your questions answered and raise any issues. Tea and Coffee will be provided.  There are 2 dates planned Tuesday 8th July 7pm to 8pm for parents/guardians to attend and Wednesday 9th July 7pm to 8pm for both parents/guardians and young people to attend. Both sessions will be held in the Heritage Room at Bassingham.

 

Street Briefing – Bassingham
On Friday 30th May between 10am and 12noon we will be holding a street briefing outside the Post Office, High Street, Bassingham.  Members of the team will be available to speak with anybody who wishes to discuss concerns, problems or simply say hello. Everyone welcome to come along!

 

Climbing Wall
Are you 11 to 19 years old? On Wednesday 28th May, there will be a climbing wall for all to use. The wall will be located on the playing fields in Bassingham in the morning from 9am to 12noon and moving on to Witham St Hughs at the Primary school in the afternoon from 1pm to 4pm. The event is completely free so please come along and join in the fun!

 

Beat Street League
We are looking for volunteers to form a youth football team in Aubourn between the ages of 11 and 18 years old for the Beat Street League. Aubourn Parish Council have kindly donated some funds for equipment. Please get in touch if interested. Beat Street League will be starting again very soon, now that Fairplay has finished and the light nights are here. A possible start date in May will be set soon so watch this space and get in touch if you want to get involved in any capacity.

 

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Bassingham Open Gardens & Scarecrow Trail

Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th June 2008

 

Follow the scarecrow trail in Bassingham on 14th & 15th June. This year's theme is 'Village Life'. If you would like to make and display a scarecrow in your garden please call Jill Evans on 789728 who will be delighted to hear from you.

 

A number of gardens in Bassingham will be open to welcome you on Sunday 15th June from 2pm to 6pm in aid of the Bassingham Village Hall & Playing Field Charity and The Hub Entrance programmes, which include a map showing the locations of the gardens, teas, ice cream and the plant stall, are available in Bassingham Post Office from 1st June and on the Village Hall car park on Open Gardens Day from 1.30pm, price £3, accompanied children free. Follow the Scarecrow Trail too, with a map, as you walk around our village!

 

Don't forget that we will be delighted to receive your spare plants for the plant stall and if you would like to help with the event in any way, please contact Jan & Geoff Culpitt on 788793.

 

Proceeds from these events go to the Bassingham Village Hall charity which, as well as running the Village Hall and playing field, is trying to raise money for The Hub.

 

Scarecrow Exhibition The Bassingham Show Committee would like to invite all those who are exhibiting for the Scarecrow Trail to keep their scarecrows and exhibit them again at the Bassingham Show on 9th August. If you would like to exhibit at the Show will you please contact Christine and Mike Herod on 788086.

 

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Bassingham Beavers And Cubs… Does your child want to join?

 

After a period where the waiting list of both the Beaver and Cub Groups has been full we are now able to invite parents to help us update the list by expressing an interest in joining either pack. For information the age at which we accept Beavers is 6years old and 8 years old for the Cub pack. Beavers meet on a Wednesday evening in Bassingham Village Hall 6pm to 7.15pm and the Cubs at the same location on a Monday 6.30pm to 8pm. If you have any queries please speak to any of the committee or if you simply want to add your child to the waiting list please phone Pat Doody (membership officer) on 788964. As ever we are always on the lookout for parent helpers/leaders and their children are given priority in joining so please also consider this and let us know.

 

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Countryside Events Countrysidenk guided walks and events 2008 Stepping Out In NK

 

Lincolnshire Show Wednesday 18th & Thursday 19th June Lincolnshire Showground. Join the Countryside Team in the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) marquee.

Wheels in the Woods Saturday 28th June at 10.30am Stapleford Wood car park Especially for users of wheels, whether wheelchairs or pushchairs, join WatchNK ranger, Ben Wilson, as he guides you around an all-ability trail in Stapleford Woods and explains the beauty of our woodlands. The route is slightly less than a mile and we will be stopping periodically to enjoy our surroundings so it’s suitable for almost everyone. (If the weather has been particularly wet please contact the Natural World Centre 694353 before attending this event) For further details contact Theresa Hobbs on 694353 or email theresa.hobbs@leisureconnection.co.uk

Suitable clothing for outdoor walking should be worn. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For details of nearby Stepping Out walks, further information on local attractions, events or accommodation, please call or visit Sleaford Tourist Information Centre, Money’s Yard, Carre Street, Sleaford. NG34 7TW. T

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The Witham Office : Bassingham Heritage Room

 

The Witham Office opening times are:- Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays 9.15am to 12.15pm. and the first Saturday of the month 9.15am to 12.15pm. (closed on Bank Holidays) Have a question for the Council? Look no further; you do not need to know if the District Council, County Council or the Parish Council deals with the service. Just pop into your Community Access Point and we will help you.

You will be able to:

• View local planning applications

• For those who are 60 and over you can apply for and collect concessionary fares (bus pass or travel tokens) including taking a photograph for your bus pass. Just bring with you two forms of ID to apply, one which shows your date of birth (e.g. passport, driving licence or birth certificate) and one with proof of your address (e.g. utility bill or bank statement)

• Get help with a benefit and housing forms

• Report a wasp nest, vermin etc.

• Report street light problems, hole in the road, fly tipping

• Rubbish, arrange collection of large items, report a missed bin etc.

• Report a council house repair

• Pick up local information about the area

• Photocopying (5p per copy for A4 and 10p per copy for A3) and fax facilities.

• Broadband internet access is available free of charge. The North Kesteven District Council and Lincolnshire County Council websites can also be viewed from this facility.

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July /August 2008

Editorial:

'July' is for Julius, ‘August’ is for Augustus
The Roman Senate named the month of July after Julius Caesar to honor him for reforming their calendar, which had degenerated into a chaotic embarrassment. August named after Julius's grandnephew Augustus who defeated Marc Antony and Cleopatra, and became emperor of Rome. The Roman Senate decided that he too should have a month named after him  and they also decided that since Julius's month, July, had 31 days, Augustus's month should equal it. Under the Julian calendar, the months alternated evenly between 30 and 31 days (with the exception of February), which made August 30 days long. So, instead of August having a mere 30 days, it was lengthened to 31, preventing anyone from claiming that Emperor Augustus was saddled with an inferior month. To accommodate this change two other calendrical adjustments were necessary: The extra day needed to inflate the importance of August was taken from February, which was now reduced to 28 days (29 in a leap year). Since the months evenly alternated between 30 and 31 days, adding the extra day to August meant that July, August, and September would all have 31 days. So to avoid three long months in a row, the lengths of the last four months were switched around giving us 30days in September, November, April and June

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

This month’s front cover is Lapwings and Golden Plovers by Paul Hubbard.

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

Hello Again From Your Local Beat Team

Please be aware that PC1304 Diamond (Community Beat Manager) for the area is currently seconded to Acting Sergeant and is therefore unavailable at present. Please continue to contact PCSO Boyle and PCSO Czajkowski with any issues or concerns.

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting
The Panel meeting took place on the 2nd June. A Neighbourhood Panel is where representatives of the community and the Local Neighbourhood Policing Team collect a range of community concerns. The Panel considers these concerns and are then responsible for setting up to three local priorities for that area. The panel then work with others (the police, partner agencies and other community members) to address the local problems. The panel can help to improve the quality of life for people who live, work and visit the area.

The panel decided that the priorities for the next 3 months would be:
1. Anti-Social Behaviour
2. Crime Prevention Advice for the Elderly/Vulnerable
3. Parenting/Drug Talks & Awareness

 

This month’s crime
We are currently seeing numerous thefts of drain covers being stolen across the area. Anybody who witnesses anything they feel suspicious no matter how small, please let us know. We recently had a spate of Theft from Motor vehicles in Carlton le Moorland, Witham St Hughs and Bassingham. Good news is that the culprits are being dealt with.

POLICE COMMUNITY PROJECTS
Drugs/Parenting Talks

We have organised a very informal talk/chat session to include topics such as the dangers of drug misuse, signs & symptoms and any general concerns. This is the opportunity to have your questions answered and raise any issues. Tea and Coffee will be provided. There are 2 dates planned Tuesday 8th July 7pm to 8pm for parents / guardians to attend and Wednesday 9th July 5.30pm to 6.30pm for both parents/guardians and young people to attend. Both sessions will be held in the Heritage Room at Bassingham. Please note the time has changed on Wednesday 9th from what was previously published.

Joint Agency Presentations. Aubourn & Haddington
Please come along at 7pm on Tuesday 1st July in the Enterprise Centre, this will be a joint agency meeting with representatives from trading standards, fire and rescue and of course your local police team, issues relating to neighbourhood watch are also looking to be addressed on the night, so if you’re interested in the scheme or have a suggestion or concern please come along and have a chat. The Trading Standards presentation will be about NO COLD CALLING ZONES; we need the support of residents to support this. If supported, signs may be put up in the village. The fire brigade will also give a presentation and can offer risk assessments in your home etc. Everyone will be welcome! Please watch out for posters advertising this soon!

Drop in Surgery/No Cold Calling Zones. Carlton le Moorland
On Wednesday 2nd July there is a drop in surgery for all to attend from 6pm to 7pm in the Village Hall at Carlton Le Moorland. Come and discuss any matter no matter how small with your Local Police Beat Team. Also present will be Trading Standards to answer any queries reference No Cold Calling Zones. We are currently canvassing villages, liaising with Parish Councils and Trading Standards to set up No Cold Calling Zones, this is an ideal opportunity to learn more about the scheme. We hope to see you there!

Bassingham. No Cold Calling Zones
We are pleased to say we have implemented the zones in various places around the village, Torgate Avenue, Battersby Close and Chestnut Crescent are all now part of the scheme and signs have been erected to endorse this, packs have also been issued to residents in these areas, we are still looking at getting Eastfields on board in the scheme, so watch this space!!!

Climbing Wall
On Monday 4th August there will be a climbing wall for all to use. The wall will be located on the playing fields in Carlton le Moorland in the morning from 9am to 12noon. The event is completely free so please come along and join in the fun!

Beat Street League
We are pleased to announce the league has now started, on the first session we had 25 players involved, along with some expert advice from an ex professional!! Teams from Witham St Hughs and Bassingham played each other on the day results will be displayed in a later issue. Thank you also to our team mentors on the day Ash Deakin, Mark Walker and Pat Howarth. We still want teams to get involved especially from Carlton le Moorland and Aubourn so please get in touch to find out more.

NKDC Youth Award.
We are pleased to say that we entered Emma Tenwick Ford for the above award in the female category, and guess what she won!!! Emma has received £100 for this award so a big WELL DONE FROM ALL THE TEAM, This is a fantastic achievement.

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Bassingham Beavers And Cubs… Does your child want to join?

 

After a period where the waiting list of both the Beaver and Cub Groups has been full we are now able to invite parents to help us update the list by expressing an interest in joining either pack. For information the age at which we accept Beavers is 6years old and 8 years old for the Cub pack. Beavers meet on a Wednesday evening in Bassingham Village Hall 6pm to 7.15pm and the Cubs at the same location on a Monday 6.30pm to 8pm. If you have any queries please speak to any of the committee or if you simply want to add your child to the waiting list please phone Pat Doody (membership officer) on 788964. As ever we are always on the lookout for parent helpers/leaders and their children are given priority in joining so please also consider this and let us know.

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Countryside Events Countrysidenk guided walks and events 2008 Stepping Out In NK

Countryside Events
Countrysidenk guided walks and events 2008
Stepping Out In NK
Bushcraft!
Saturday 19th July at 10am
Meet at Skellingthorpe Community Centre car park before moving on to Skellingthorpe Old Wood. Join CountrysideNK and learn some of the skills required to survive in the wild! From shelter to food, you’d be surprised what the wood has to offer! The event is free of charge, children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information contact Theresa Hobbs on 694353 or email theresa.hobbs@leisureconnection.co.uk

Heckington Show
Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July
Come and visit our stand and find out more about what’s going on in the countryside.
Mini Beast Hunt
Saturday 23rd August 1pm to 4pm
Lollycocks Field, Sleaford. Join WatchNK ranger John Feneley as he discovers what lurks below and above the pond’s surface! Numbers are limited so please book in advance at Sleaford Tourist Information Centre 01529 414294

Suitable clothing for outdoor walking should be worn. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For details of nearby Stepping Out walks, further information on local attractions, events or accommodation, please call or visit Sleaford Tourist Information Centre, Money’s Yard, Carre Street, Sleaford. NG34 7TW. T
Go Stepping Out!

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Bassingham Hub Progress Report - June 2008

WRG Communities Challenge Application Following the unsuccessful application to the Big Lottery Community Buildings Programme, the Hub Project Management Team has now submitted an application to the WRG Communities Challenge. The application is for £250,000 towards a total project cost of £500,000. This will match the £250,000 that has already been raised by the community over the last 10 years, the money allocated to The Hub project through the Section 106 Agreement on the Redrow Homes housing development and funding from the Parish Council. The project is to build a main hall, stage area/ community room, kitchen/bar and toilets. The application will be assessed in June and July and if successful will go forward to Round 2 of the selection process in September and October. Final decisions on applications will be announced in January 2009. If the bid is successful the project would be able to start on site in September 2009 following a period of detailed design and planning. Completion of the building would be in March 2010. For further information about the application please contact John Weir, Chairman of The Hub Project Management Team (789086) or Andrew Keeling, The Hub Project Funding Co-ordinator (789442).

Fund Raising The Auction of Promises on 26th April raised a grand total of just over £2,400 to go towards The Hub Project Fund. Many thanks to Jane Root and Jean Solven for their sterling work in organising the evening and to all those that attended and bid so generously for lots. Fund raising is continuing over the summer with the Bassingham Open Gardens in June, the Bassingham Show in August and the Bassingham Ball in September. Please support these events as much as you can.

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Calling All Those Lady Runners Seen Out And About

 

Fancy joining a Ladies Running Club in Bassingham and the surrounding villages?

All levels included, from beginner to advanced, Affiliated to UK Athletics. The idea would be to have regular runs where all abilities could join in, enter events as a club and generally enjoy the social side of running.

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Dog Fouling In Witham St Hughs

Residents continue to be plagued with the following issue. It has been reported in the magazine quite regularly, the comments about the dog fouling issue in Witham St Hughs. We are now receiving comments on dog owners who pick it up but don’t discard the waste appropriately. These kind people actually bag their mess up and then see fit to throw it into the ditch and hedgerow outside our houses. This is repeated on several occasions and so isn’t a one off. How would they feel if residents found out where they lived and returned it to them? Bags aren’t biodegradable and so throwing it into the hedgerow seems to be a very irresponsible thing to do and also not very nice for residents to have to look at. Dog fouling is a criminal offence please clear up after your dog and dispose of it appropriately in either the dog bins provided or take it home to your own bin.

Thank you very much

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Bassingham Pre-school Committee

Bassingham Pre-school is a charity organisation run by a committee. In September 2008 a new committee will be elected at the AGM and we are now looking for new members. Your involvement is necessary to ensure the continuation of Pre-school. If you are able to help, in any capacity, please come along to one of our monthly meetings or make yourself known to a member of the Pre-school staff.
Date of next meeting:
Monday 7th July at 7.30pm in the Bugle Horn.

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WE DID IT! - London Marathon

On Sunday 13th April two Flora London Marathon Virgins made their way to the starting line for the 2008 Marathon! They had done the training through snow, hail and cold winds (that wind across the Fen is nasty), their families had put up with months of ‘running talk’, long Sunday morning runs and endless fund raising and within a few hours they would know if that epic journey was worth it....and you know it was worth it. Every step of the 26.2 miles brought us closer to achieving our own personal goal and it was all in getting the medal (which is still carried round in the handbag to show to those who have the misfortune of asking ‘how did it go’. Look out 2009 we’ve a time to improve on!!! We have raised a grand total of £2247.50 and with Gift Aid that makes it nearer £2500.

So thank you to our families who helped us with Easter Egg trails, Jumble Sales and supported us out in the field!! Thank you to our friends who helped us in fundraising events (you know who you are). To those of you who let us leave ‘clues’ on your properties for the Easter Trail, to our many sponsors and those who supported our fund raising events.

Also we must thank those car drivers who made allowances for ‘runners on the road’, (as car drivers ourselves we tried to make sure we ran considerately), but to those of you who did a good job of trying to run us off the road, may I say your gesticulations were unwelcome and we can lip read! In future please show consideration for all road users, ‘better to arrive late in this world than too early in the next’ Julie O’Dell and Cathy Churchill

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Young Peoples Trust Carlton Le Moorland

Registered Charity No.521826

The Young People’s Trust would like to remind organisations, schools and clubs in the area which have one or more child or young person from Carlton le Moorland attending, that funds are available to make grants for recreational purposes, i.e. sports and play equipment, out of school trips and activities etc. individual applications are also invited from young people from the Parish of Carlton le Moorland for recreational purposes.

If you wish to apply please obtain an application form from Mrs A W Merchant. 15 Sands Lane Carlton le Moorland Lincoln LN5 9HJ.

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Free Bus Pass Usage

North Kesteven District Council, have agreed that from the 1st July your free bus pass can be used at any time of the day on the buses.

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Vandalism Witham St Hughs
It’s with sadness that residents have to speak out over the appalling behaviour of a group of children who are rapidly ruining the appearance of Rose Hip Walk in Witham St Hughs. What was an attractive, quiet walkway has now turned into a daily ‘punch bag’ for neighbouring children to vandalise after school. Not content with almost wrecking the trees at the junction with Hedge Lane, they have now channelled their energy into scarring the landscape of the gulley which runs adjacent to Rose Hip Walk itself littering it as they go. They are dismayed that these children, a number of which are in their school uniform, are just being let loose straight after school to misbehave like this. If you’re a parent of one of these children and are aware of what they’re doing, do you condone this behaviour? It is assumed they aren’t allowed to do this sort of thing in their own garden so please do the responsible thing and let’s put a stop to it, now, please!

Photos of the vandalism are shown below:

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The Aubourn & Haddington Children's Playground Association 50/50 draw

The Winner of the June 50/50 draw was Mrs A Baggley
Would you like to join our 50/50 monthly draw?
This would comprise of a lucky number being drawn, with 50% of funds raised being allocated in prizes and 50% being kept by the Association to help with maintenance and insurance of playground equipment. If you would like to become a member, it would be £1 per month charge, collected every six months.

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September 2008

Editorial

Harvest festivals are traditionally held on or near the Sunday of the Harvest Moon. This is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox. The Autumnal Equinox signals the end of the summer months and the beginning of winter. At this time of year days have been shortening since the Summer Solstice some three months earlier and the Equinox is the point where nights reach the same length as days. After this point, the Sun will shine lower and lower on the horizon until the Winter Solstice in about three months' time. The full moon nearest to the Autumn Equinox is called the 'Harvest moon' and is no ordinary full moon, it behaves in a special way. Throughout the year the Moon rises on average, about 50 minutes later each day. But near the autumnal equinox the day-to-day difference in the local time of moonrise is only 30 minutes. The Moon will rise around sunset this night and not long after sunset for the next few evenings. That came in handy for farmers who were working long days to harvest their crops before autumn. The full moon, low in the sky and appearing larger, gave an extra dose of lighting to bring the farmers valuable extra time to gather in their harvest and so giving the full moon its name. Have a look? full moon (Harvest moon) Monday 15th September when it will be low and bright in the sky and your Autumn Equinox is Monday 22nd September at 3.43pm.

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

This month’s front cover is of a wild hedgerow.

 

The Witham Staple Cover Design Competition Conglatulations to:

 

Oliver Robertson………seven years and under

Emily Usher….….…..twelve to fifteen years

 

Well done to these young people and thank you to all who entered. The winning designs will be used for the cover of The Witham Staple over the next six to eight months.

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

Hello Again From Your Local Beat Team

Your Local Beat Team We are pleased to inform you that PC1293 Matt Roberts will be covering the Beat Manager’s post in the absence of PC 1304 Diamond. PC Diamond is still seconded to acting sergeant and is unavailable at present. Unfortunately PCSO Boyle is currently off work with a broken leg, so is non contactable. Please contact PC Roberts and PCSO Czajkowski with any issues or concerns.

 

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting The next Neighbourhood Panel Meeting will be held on the 8th September at The Heritage Room in Bassingham from 8pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend the beginning of the meeting to pass on any concerns or issues that the Neighbourhood Panel/Police Beat Team can assist with before the priorities are discussed and agreed. If you are unable to attend this meeting, please feel free to email one of us with anything.

 

Crime Prevention - Protect your Property from Burglaries Reduce the risk of burglary happening to you by making sure you’ve taken these simple precautions: If your house is going to be left empty make sure all windows and doors are closed and locked and the burglar alarm is set. Use an invisible marking pen to code electrical goods such as TV’s and DVD players. Mark the property with your house number and postcode. By doing this we're working to make it harder, riskier and less profitable for thieves to use or dispose of stolen goods. Lock away ladders or portable items that could be used to reach upper windows. If you are in the rear garden of your property it is essential you still lock your front door and garage. Burglars are often opportunists and it can take only a few minutes for them to sneak in to your property and steal your purse, house and car keys. Fit dusk to dawn lighting, as illuminating a thief often deters them. Fit a burglar alarm. There are many alarms on the market, they range from the expensive, top of the range alarms which are professionally fitted, to cheaper alternatives that can be purchased from a DIY store. Ensure the systems meet British standard BS4737 (professionally fitted) and BS6707 (DIY).

 

Never leave a spare key in a convenient hiding place such as under a doormat or flowerpot. Never leave a garage or garden shed unlocked. Fit strong padlocks and make sure the doors are solid. Sheds and garages are usually full of expensive electrical equipment and need securing. A thorny hedge along the boundary can act as a good deterrent but ensure you can still see the property as you don’t want to hide the thief. If you are going away for a length of time, ensure your milk and papers are cancelled, avoid leaving your curtains drawn and ask a trusted neighbour to check on your property a few times a week. Try and give the impression that someone is at home by using timers on your lights.

 

If anybody would like a Crime Prevention Survey, let us know. All we do is pop around to your property and offer crime prevention advice; it doesn’t take long and could be really beneficial to you. Also if you are interested in Neighbourhood Watch, please get in touch.

 

POLICE COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Climbing Wall On Monday 4th August there was meant to have been a climbing wall for all to use on the playing fields in Carlton Le Moorland. Unfortunately this had to be cancelled at short notice we apologise to anybody that this inconvenienced.

Beat Street League Due to PCSO Boyle being absent, the Beat Street League has had to be postponed.

 

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Norton Disney Village Hall Summer Fete 2008

 

After months of planning the fete day arrived. Early blue skies but a poor weather forecast of heavy showers meant a decision had to be made, outside on the pub field or inside in the hall. “Go for it” was the cry of the helpers outside so the hard work of setting up began. Once again we were lucky, one heavy shower in the morning and a few spots during the raffle draw to conclude a most successful fete. A grand total of £964 was raised which will help to fund our kitchen revamp.

Committee would like to thank the people who gave donations and supported the house to house collection and the helpers on the day. Well done.

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Countryside Events Countrysidenk guided walks and events 2008 Stepping Out In NK

 

Countryside Events
Countrysidenk guided walks and events 2008
Stepping Out In NK
 

History Trail Sunday 21st September at 10.30am Starting at Dunston Fen Stepping out car park and picnic site. Join CountrysideNK and Linconshire Heritage Trust’s Jo Hambley on a walk along the ancient roman car dyke and learn some of its fascinating history.

Suitable clothing for outdoor walking should be worn. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For details of nearby Stepping Out walks, further information on local attractions, events or accommodation, please call or visit Sleaford Tourist Information Centre, Money’s Yard, Carre Street, Sleaford. NG34 7TW.

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Bassingham Hub Progress Report - September 2008

WRG Communities Challenge Bassingham Village Hall On Saturday, 05 Jul 08, the Hub Project Team received the following feedback on our application for funding through the WRG Challenge from Simon Settle the Northern Area Manager of Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd.

I am pleased to be able to tell you that your project has been successful at Stage 1 and has been selected to progress through to Stage 2. At Stage 2 of the Challenge, your project will be sent to one of our local Advisory Panels for Assessment. They will be tasked with selecting the two projects that they believe deserve to make it through to the final judging stage for your operational area. Each Advisory Panel will be looking at a maximum of four project applications for each operational area.

If your project is selected, the WREN Project Manager for your area will contact you and arrange a suitable time to come and meet with you to look at your proposed project and to discuss any issues that were highlighted either as part of the Stage 1 judging process or by the Advisory Panel. They will also ask you to write and be able to handover to them at the site meeting a two sided A4 brief entitled, 'The Difference Our Project Will Make', in which we want you to tell us what difference you feel your project will make to the local community?

Well done for getting this far, out of the 120 project applications that were submitted to the WRG Communities Challenge, only 59 across Scotland England and Wales have been selected to progress through to Stage 2.

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Possibility of a First Aid Course

 

 Would you be interested in an attending a 1st Aid Course and getting a certificate in 1st Aid. The course would be held locally in Bassingham. Anyone interested can email the Editor (paul@withamstaple.com). If sufficient numbers are interested then a course will be held in the future.

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Search for Crew Members Of Stirling Bomber Eh977

Dear Editor, The following article appeared on your web site. *Still Remembered after Sixty Years Stirling Bomber EH977 * George Marsh's account of this wartime incident, which he says was seared into his memory as a toddler who witnessed it, is the most graphic reminder of the awesome cost in human lives of the Second World War. It also gives us some idea of what people in this part of Lincolnshire lived through, day by day, during those sombre years.

At 02.40 hours on the 5th November 1944, Stirling EH977 crashed at Wirelocks Farm, Bassingham Fen, killing all seven crew members. The bomber had taken off from RAF Swinderby on a training flight to the Wainfleet Bombing Range when it developed engine trouble. It turned back towards Swinderby, losing height and crashed into the Sand Syke Drain, bursting into flames. The crew consisted of a pilot, navigator, flight engineer, bomb aimer, wireless operator and two air gunners. One air gunner is buried in Thurlby Churchyard. I often ask myself if the aircraft had cleared the drain, would the crew have survived, as the adjacent field was a flat grass field. The answer is almost certainly not, as large flat fields in Lincolnshire had had eighteen-foot-high posts erected across them some three years earlier to help counter any German invasion.

I can vividly remember seeing the fireball some 500 yards from my bedroom window. Two heavy farm horses in the nearby field were badly burnt, having been covered in aviation fuel. One was recovered in a short time, the other bolted and was not found until daybreak. One horse was put down; the other, after much care and attention, recovered and went back to work but was virtually uncontrollable when aircraft were about. The emergency services were at the scene almost on impact but could do nothing. The aircraft had a round-the-clock guard until the bodies were removed. George Marsh [WS Nov 2004]

One of the aircrew who was killed was, Michael Arthur RAND service no. 1880956 Sgt Flt Engineer. His uncle, Adrian Pitts is a member of the World War 2 mailing list and he asked the mailing list members to help him find details of the crash which we have been able to do. He has asked if the names of the other crew members are known. He knows from his uncle's letters that, two were Australian, two were from Lancaster, one from Birmingham and one from Kingston. I wonder if there would be a local memorial which gives their names or maybe there was a local newspaper report at the time which will mention who they were.

I would be very pleased to hear from you if you are able to help us find out who the aircrew were at the time of the crash. Yours sincerely, Patrick Holland. Perth, Western Australia.

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Bassingham Pre-school Committee

Bassingham Pre-school is a charity organisation run by a committee. In September 2008 a new committee will be elected at the AGM and we are now looking for new members. Your involvement is necessary to ensure the continuation of Pre-school. If you are able to help, in any capacity, please come along to one of our monthly meetings or make yourself known to a member of the Pre-school staff.
Date of AGM:
Monday 22nd September at 7.45pm in Bassingham Village Hall.

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October 2008

Editorial:

The celebration of Harvest in Britain dates back to pre-Christian times when the success of the crop governed the lives of the people. Saxon farmers offered the first cut sheaf of corn to one of their gods of fertility in order to safeguard a good harvest the following year. The last sheaf was thought to contain the Spirit of the Corn and its cutting was usually accompanied by the ritual sacrifice of an animal often a hare. Later a model hare made from straw was used to represent the continuity of the Spirit. This practice eventually led to the making of plaited 'corn dollies' symbolising the goddess of the grain. These were hung from the rafters in farmhouses until the next year. When the harvest was in a celebratory supper was held to which the whole community was invited. Traditions continued after Christianity arrived in Britain sometimes in a slightly different form. There were ceremonies and rituals at the beginning as well as the end of the harvest and church bells were rung on every day of the harvest. A corn dolly was made from the last sheaf of corn harvested, which was held aloft and carried with great ceremony to the celebrations and was kept until the following spring. A magnificent harvest feast was held at the farmer's house and games played to celebrate the end of the harvest.

The tradition of celebrating Harvest Festival in churches began in 1843, when the Revd. R Hawker invited parishioners to a special thanksgiving service at his church of Morwenstow in Cornwall. This led to the custom of decorating churches with home-grown produce for the Harvest Festival service much like we celebrate today.

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

This month’s front cover is "Partridges" by Paul Hubbard.

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

Hello Again From Your Local Beat Team

Your Local Beat Team We are pleased to inform you that PC1293 Matt Roberts will be covering the Beat Manager’s post in the absence of PC 1304 Diamond. PC Diamond is still seconded to acting sergeant and is unavailable at present. Unfortunately PCSO Boyle is currently off work with a broken leg, so is non contactable. Please contact PC Roberts and PCSO Czajkowski with any issues or concerns.

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting The Neighbourhood Panel Meeting was held on the 22nd September at The Heritage Room in Bassingham from 8pm not as previously published on the 8th September. Matters discussed will be published in a later issue.

Dovecote Lane, Haddington is access only to residents. This Lane is still getting used as a short cut. Please be courteous to the people that live here and do not use this as a short cut. If you get caught by the police you will be issued a £30 fixed Penalty Ticket.

This month’s crime: Over the past month there has been considerable damage caused on the building sites at Witham St Hughs where the offenders have smashed windows and lights on various vehicles. Other crimes include sheds being broken into in Haddington where chain saws, hedge trimmers and a trailer were stolen from premises and there has also been a vehicle stolen from the Satterley Close area in Witham St Hughs. This was later found burnt out in South Hykeham.

Please be extra vigilant and report anything suspicious. We are also getting numerous reports of scrap vehicles acting suspiciously in the area. Thank you to those who have so far reported these incidents and please continue to do so.

Police Community Projects

Neighbourhood Watch We still require more volunteers for the Witham St Hughs Neighbourhood Watch. It requires very little work on your part, for a chat about the scheme please contact PCSO Vicky Czajkowski if interested.

 

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Witham St Hughs Campaign Group

Residents of Witham St Hughs, this is an appeal for your support to form a campaign group to develop the village facilities and amenities. From reading the magazines it is evident that numerous residents would like to see a thriving community village with an infrastructure that permits us to live and grow into a supportive community that can acknowledge and support difference and campaign for real and effective change that enables a diverse community to participate in activities of daily living. Whether that is shopping for provisions, using health facilities locally, changing attitudes with regards to litter and pet issues or providing productive activities for the youth in the community. We already have a school which is a good start. It does seem to me that we do need to join together to develop future facilities. If you would be interested in some campaign work, raising funds to pay for the work, gaining an understanding of the local community needs, liaising with all sections of the community councillors, police, local business and developers then please do get in touch.

 

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Spires & Steeples Challenge Event Sunday 19th October

Lincoln to Sleaford …a charity running and walking marathon in aid of Wheel Appeal!

Join in with the momentous Spires & Steeples Challenge Event! A running and walking marathon in aid of the charity Wheel Appeal. The marathon follows the wonderful and intriguing, newly created Spires & Steeples Arts and Heritage Trail through Lincolnshire. Starting in Lincoln, you can walk or run the full 26 miles to Sleaford, or complete half the route which leads you to the village of Metheringham. A four mile all ability route that runs from Beech House, Waterside South in Lincoln to Washingborough and back is also available to choose. The participants will raise money for the Wheel Appeal charity. Wheel Appeal aims to raise enough money to purchase 2,012 sports wheelchairs in time for the 2012 Paralympics. The Spires & Steeples Arts and Heritage Trail includes beautiful art works designed and made by local people. Spires & Steeples takes in the beauty of the Lincolnshire landscape from fen land to heaths, via picturesque woodlands and flowing streams as it winds its way from village to village and church to church. You can find out about local history along the way, visit quaint country pubs and walk through a variety of enchanting landscapes. See and visit all of this whilst completing the Spires & Steeples Challenge Event. For a copy of the application form of for further details of the event contact Tanith Batterham, Events Officer

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Countryside Events
Countrysidenk guided walks and events 2008
Stepping Out In NK
 

Fungi Foray Wednesday 8th October at 10.30am Meet at Skellingthorpe Community Centre before moving on to Skellingthorpe Old Wood. Join CountrysideNK and local expert, Ken Rowland, in a foray into the wood in search of fascinating fungi.

Nature Detectives Thursday 30th October at 11am Lollycocks Field, Sleaford. Come and test your nature knowledge to see if you can follow the nature trail and unravel the secrets of Lollycocks Field.

Suitable clothing for outdoor walking should be worn. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For details of nearby Stepping Out walks, further information on local attractions, events or accommodation, please call or visit Sleaford Tourist Information Centre, Money’s Yard, Carre Street, Sleaford. NG34 7TW.

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Mingles Singles Club

Previously named “Reflections” has now finished and been taken over by a group of people and renamed Mingles Singles Club.

Opening night Friday 10th October 7.30pm to 11.30pm at the Civil Defence Club, Chaplin Street, Lincoln This should be a good meeting place for single, widowed and divorced people within the area to meet new friends in a friendly environment. Reflection membership honoured.

 

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November 2008

Editorial introduction, not quite firing on all cylinders this month and stretching the brain cells!! But a high standard must be met and something good to read. October gone and past us by, it is hoped that you are not running around an hour ahead of the rest of the country and that you remembered to turn your clocks back on the 25th. It has been brought to the Editor’s attention that the information on British Summer Time ending was missing from the October issue, no excuses, sorry! However we push on into November, the end of the year drawing near. The cold dark nights closing in, the Autumnal colours all around! No, cheer up, with the crisp bright blue sky and sunny mornings it is almost better than summer!! Winter coats, hat, scarves and gloves at the ready no more witches, ghouls and ghosts to fear as Halloween has gone. Now it’s time for bonfire night, Christmas markets Christmas fairs, entertainment, coffee mornings, crafts, talks, services and much more to keep you busy. So sit back read on and find out what’s going on.

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

This month’s front cover is  a boat by Oliver Robertson. Winner of The Witham Staple cover design competition for 7 years and under.

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

Hello Again From Your Local Beat Team

Your Local Beat Team We are pleased to announce the return of PCSO Chris Boyle. The beat team is now back to full strength.

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting. The Panel meeting took place on the 22nd September. A Neighbourhood Panel is where representatives of the community and the Local Neighbourhood Policing Team collect a range of community concerns. The Panel considers these concerns and are then responsible for setting up to three local priorities for that area. The panel then work with others (the police, partner agencies and other community members) to address the local problems. The panel can help to improve the quality of life for people who live, work and visit the area. The panel decided that the priorities for the next 3 months would be: 1. Speeding in the villages 2. Crime related to the Swinderby Antiques fair

The next panel date has been set for Tuesday 13th January.

Bonfire Night – Aubourn Parking The annual Bonfire event at the Public House on 5th November is fast approaching. Whilst we do not want to spoil the festivities we are aware that there were considerable parking problems last year. We please ask that anyone attending this event park considerately and lawfully. We urge people not to block local resident’s driveways, allow enough room for pushchairs/wheelchairs to get past on the pavements and allow enough room for larger vehicles to pass by. We do not want to have to start issuing fixed penalty tickets for unnecessary obstruction.

Witham St Hughs – Residential Parking Over the past two years the Neighbourhood Policing Team and Parish Council have received numerous complaints about illegal and inconsiderate parking around the residential areas of Witham St Hughs. We would ask you to be considerate when parking your vehicles. If you have access to a garage or other allocated parking space we would urge you to use it whenever possible. We would ask that you consider other residents when parking and the access of larger emergency vehicles when parking on the roadside. If you have to park your vehicle elsewhere please do not park it in front of access to parking areas where it can cause an inconvenience to other residents. This would constitute an offence of unnecessary obstruction and a fixed penalty ticket may be issued. Please refrain from parking on bends and within the confines of junction markings. Parking in these areas causes reduction of driver visibility and impacts upon road safety. Again offenders will be liable to receive a fixed penalty ticket for these parking offences.

This month’s crime We are still getting numerous reports of scrap vehicles acting suspiciously in the area. Thank you to those who have so far reported these incidents and please continue to do so. Last year around this time, the area saw an increase in theft of central heating oil. We have not had any reports as yet of any thefts such as this but please be extra vigilant and report anything you feel is suspicious.

POLICE COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Neighbourhood Watch We still require more volunteers for the Witham St Hughs Neighbourhood Watch. It requires very little work on your part, for a chat about the scheme please contact PCSO Vicky Czajkowski if interested.

Seasonal Projects - Halloween and Bonfire Night We have been attending local schools in relation to safe trick or treating and the consequences of vandalism and criminal damage that may occur over this period. Local shops will be asked to support ourselves by not selling eggs etc to youths under the age of 18. Please stay safe over this period. Our patrols will be more visible during this time.

 

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Bassingham Charity Trust

If you have been a resident of Bassingham for at least three years and achieve the age of 85 years by 31st December 2008 then you are eligible for a £20 Christmas bonus.

Please write your name, address and date of birth on a piece of paper and place it in the box in Bassingham Post Office.

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Countryside Events Countrysidenk guided walks and events 2008 Stepping Out In NK

 

A Wander in the Woods Sunday 16th November 10.30am Join WatchNK ranger Steve Donagain in Skellingthorpe Old Wood to learn more about our ancient woodland. Owned by the Woodland Trust, Skellingthorpe Wood is being returned to its natural origins by the removal of many of the coniferous trees planted in the 1950’s. The wood is then allowed to regenerate with native, deciduous trees, providing a natural habitat for woodland flora and fauna. Meet at Skellingthorpe Community Centre at 10.30am before moving on to the wood.  The event is free of charge. Please ensure you wear clothing suitable for outdoor walking. Children under 16 years should be accompanied by an adult. Go Stepping Out!

 

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Request to Cat Owners

 

There has been a plea from local residents to all cat owners. If you don’t already would you please consider fitting a bell to your cat’s collar. This will help prevent the unnecessary killing of the local wildlife. A cat’s instinct is to pray on the wildlife but your domestic cat only does this for play and not to survive! The hunting and playing around with garden birds and other wildlife by your cat leaves an end result which is not very kind to the wildlife in our gardens. A simple bell attached to your cat’s collar will give the wildlife a sporting chance at least.

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Stir-Up Sunday

The last Sunday of the Church Year, or the Sunday before Advent, is often called 'Stir-up Sunday'. Advent begins on Advent Sunday, which is four Sundays before Christmas the 30th November. So Stir-up Sunday this year is on the 23rd November.

 

Why is it called Stir-up Sunday? The name “Stir Up Sunday” comes from the opening words of the collect for the day in the Book of Common Prayer of 1549 and later (that is the prayer of the day that “collects” up the themes of the readings). That same prayer, adapted into more modern language, is now the Church of England's prayer after communion for this Sunday. "Stir-up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen."

 

Christmas Pudding Day. Stir-up Sunday is the traditional day for everyone in the family to take a turn at stirring the Christmas pudding, whilst making a wish. Before Christmas puddings were sold ready-made in foil containers, they were always made at home. On Stir-up Sunday families returned from Church and gave the pudding its traditional lucky stir. Children would chant a rhyme while they stirred: Stir up, we beseech thee, The pudding in the pot; And when we get home We'll eat the lot.

 

Traditions. A proper Christmas pudding is always stirred from East to West in honour of the three Wise Men. A Christmas pudding is traditionally made with 13 ingredients to represent Christ and His Disciples. Every member of the family must give the pudding a stir and make a secret wish. A coin was traditionally added to the ingredients and cooked in the pudding. It was supposedly to bring wealth to whoever found it on their plate on Christmas Day. The traditional coin was an old silver sixpence or threepenny bit. Other traditional additions to the pudding included a ring, to foretell a marriage, and a thimble for a lucky life.

 

Why not try making your own Christmas Pudding on Stir-up Sunday and make a wish.

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December 2008

Editorial

The Witham Staple Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who give their time each month to help produce, print, collate and deliver The Witham Staple to more than 2200 homes within the eight villages. We hope that it also proves to be a special time for everybody and we wish all our readers, contributors and advertisers

A Merry Christmas ...

& A Happy New Year

 

 

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

This month’s front cover is, A nativity window by Paul Hubbard

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

Hello Again From Your Local Beat Team

Merry Christmas!

Please continue to be vigil over the Christmas period, we still require anybody to report anything they feel is suspicious. The Neighbourhood Beat team would like to wish all our villages a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

This month’s crime

Between 6.30pm and 8pm on 1st November, properties in Brant Broughton, Beckingham and Carlton le Moorland were broken into. The offenders forced rear windows to gain entry and then untidy searches were carried out. Various items were stolen. We feel this could be connected to the festivities on the night of Brant Broughtons Bonfire. They are described as two white males, both in their 20's, both wearing black clothing, hats and gloves, and one is about 5 foot 10 inches in height. Please be extra vigilant now the dark nights are drawing in and if possible use a house alarm and timer lights when appropriate. If anybody would like a Crime Prevention survey carried out please contact one of the beat team, they are free of charge!

We are currently receiving numerous reports of vehicles being driven inconsiderately around our villages. Please continue to report these vehicles to us, obtain as much detail as possible including registrations we will then endeavour to deal with these offenders by way of Section 59, which could lead to the vehicles, being seized.

POLICE COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Speedwatch & SID (Speed Indicator Device)

Speedwatch is back! We are currently running a further three-month trial in the locations as before (Aubourn, Brant Broughton and Bassingham). We are looking for volunteers from any village that can help with this project. Very little of your time is required, a maximum of an hour every other week, maybe less if we can get enough volunteers. Remember these are your villages, we need your support! For more information contact the team. SID has arrived. The device will be deployed in every village over the coming weeks, so make SID smile and watch your speed!

Seasonal Projects - Halloween and Bonfire Night

During the run up to Halloween and Bonfire Night the Beat team ran practical workshops at all our schools highlighted safe trick and treating, vandalism and criminal damage issues. One example of this was teaching the kids how difficult it is to wash off eggs, tomatoes and flour thrown at windows. We are pleased to report that we had very few reported incidents of this type over the period. So hopefully this has done the TRICK! The beat team would also like to thank the local businesses for assisting us during this period by not selling eggs and flour.

Seasonal Projects – Drink Drive & Anti-Bullying

We are actively going into our schools over the coming weeks to educate year 6 pupils on the dangers of drink driving. We will be running our annual poster competition in December so watch out for the winning posters in local shops. We ask that parents lead by example and do not Drink Drive over the festive period!

We have also be running anti-bullying workshops in November to coincide with Anti Bullying week. Year 6 pupils have received a toolkit on how to effectively deal with incidents of bullying and to also help their friends with similar issues if it should occur.

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Witham St Hughs Campaign Group

Residents of Witham St Hughs, this is an appeal for your support to form a campaign group to develop the village facilities and amenities. From reading the magazines it is evident that numerous residents would like to see a thriving community village with an infrastructure that permits us to live and grow into a supportive community that can acknowledge and support difference and campaign for real and effective change that enables a diverse community to participate in activities of daily living. Whether that is shopping for provisions, using health facilities locally, changing attitudes with regards to litter and pet issues or providing productive activities for the youth in the community. We already have a school which is a good start. It does seem to me that we do need to join together to develop future facilities. If you would be interested in some campaign work, raising funds to pay for the work, gaining an understanding of the local community needs, liaising with all sections of the community councillors, police, local business and developers then please do get in touch.

Contact Sue on 869401. E-mail mcmanusgeoff@gmail.com

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Request to Cat Owners

 

There has been a plea from local residents to all cat owners. If you don’t already would you please consider fitting a bell to your cat’s collar. This will help prevent the unnecessary killing of the local wildlife. A cat’s instinct is to pray on the wildlife but your domestic cat only does this for play and not to survive! The hunting and playing around with garden birds and other wildlife by your cat leaves an end result which is not very kind to the wildlife in our gardens. A simple bell attached to your cat’s collar will give the wildlife a sporting chance at least.

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Newark Air Cadets

Expand Your Horizons NEWARK AIR CADETS ARE RECRUITING Open Evening for potential recruits aged 13 and their parents on Tuesday 24th March 2009 7.15pm 2nd Floor, The Cadet Centre, 12–14 Sherwood Avenue, Newark on Trent, Notts. NG24 1QQ. bFlying-Gliding-Climbing-Survival-Sports-Leadership-Target Shooting Overseas Trips-Qualifications-Adventure Training-Duke of Edinburgh Award.

 

Adult Volunteers Wanted Help the youth of Newark by volunteering to help run 1260 (Newark & District) Air Cadet Squadron as an:-

Officer – SNCO - Civilian Instructor - Civilian Committee member

No Experience needed.

Commitment depending on your grade is up to two evenings a week and some weekends.

Meetings are held on Tuesday & Thursday 7pm to 9.30pm

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Christmas Parties
 

Would you like Father Christmas to visit your
organisation's Christmas celebrations? Bassingham
Village Hall Committee have a complete outfit for hire for £8.
We may be able to find someone to 'act the part' for you as well!

Contact Geoff & Jan Culpitt on 788793

 

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Aerial Photographs of Bassingham

Kerry Blackbourn's uncle recently took a number of photographs whilst flying over Bassingham. The photos have been sent in to The Witham Staple and some of them are included on this website (aerial photos).

 

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Bassingham Youth Group

Tuesday evenings from 6.45pm to 8.30pma at St Michael's Church Bassingham
 

The youth group has resumed meeting, the young people are currently working on putting on a show sometime in the New Year, as well as representing young people in the area to have a voice in what is needed for young people and their communities in the district of North Kesteven. They have also been busy over the last few weeks putting together a team of junior football coaches and learning how to deliver a lesson to primary school children, thanks to the patient training of Bassingham’s experienced Junior Football Coach, Dave Budd. In addition, the young people set up and ran a profitable stall at our Village Bonfire Night, donating proceeds from the sale of sweets, pop and crisps to the fireworks display.

We are seeking a trained Youth Leader to come on board and take over the running of this established group and we can access funding to pay for two workers in the New Year. It has been suggested that one of the workers could come from Bassingham. There is a great deal of support from voluntary workers. Is there anyone out there willing to apply for these posts when advertised?

Contact Sheila Dalziel on 07939 529950

 

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 Witham St Hughs Community Fireworks Extravaganza - A Great Success

As a resident of Witham St Hughs I would like to congratulate all those involved on November 4th in the organisation and running of the Witham St Hughs Community Fireworks Extravaganza. It is important that a new community such as ours develops 'events' and opportunities to bring people together and anyone who attended will have seen how well this event achieved this. The fireworks display was excellent, in fact it was one of the best I have seen and should encourage everyone to go next year. If you missed it (you must have heard it) make sure you support this event next time.

The only issue that may have concerned some residents was the closure of Warren Lane from Robins Crescent to Hedge Lane and the diversion of traffic round Robins Crescent. Unfortunately Robins Crescent was not made one-way so it was somewhat congested due to parked cars and conflicting traffic movements. I am sure this can be resolved next time so it is a big thank you and WELL DONE to all those involved. Cllr. John Phillipson.

 

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1st Bassingham Scout Group Xmas Post Cub Scouts

I would like to thank all those who supported the Cub Christmas Postal Service last year. We will be delivering cards with the help of our Beaver Scouts again this year for a small donation to our funds. We deliver around the local villages.

Post boxes will be found in Bassingham at:-

Green’s Stores,

Spar Shop,

St Michael’s Church,

the Post Office

and Carlton le Moorland Post Office too.

Post boxes will be in place for first post on Monday 1st December and the last Post will be on Thursday 18th December. All cards will be delivered by Saturday 22nd December. Deliveries for local villages only. To help us deliver correctly please can you address your cards fully as a name and village is not really sufficient. Alison Kelly (Akela)

 

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