Extracts from 2009 Witham Staple issues 

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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 2009 that provide a flavour of the prevailing themes.

February

March

April

May

June

July /August  

September

October

November

December

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February 2009

Editorial:

Christmas and New Year over, January came and went. We step forward into February. The month, that along with January was introduced onto the Roman calendar by Numa Pomilous to make the year twelve months long. The word February comes from the word ‘februe’ which means cleansing or purification and reflects the rituals undertaken before Spring. We start on the 2nd with Candlemas Day, the ancient festival marking the midpoint of winter (halfway between the shortest day and the spring equinox.) Then we have St Valentines, Thinking Day, Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and Kissing Friday! Yes kissing Friday the Friday after Ash Wednesday when it is said that English schoolboys were once entitled to kiss girls without fear of punishment or rejection, a custom that lasted until the 1940’s. Residents of Sileby in Leicestershire called it Nippy Hug Day, rejecting a kiss from a young man would result in the pinching of the ladies posterior. So ladies beware on Nippy Hug Day!!

 

Take care and until next month.

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

 

This month’s front cover is: A snow scene by Jean Britnell

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

Hello Again From Your Local Beat Team

We hope all our readers had a lovely Christmas and a happy new year to all.

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting The Panel meeting took place on the 13th January. 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 (remain a priority)

2 – Reduction of the Misuse of Controlled Substances in Villages

3 – Reduction of Dwelling Burglaries

The next panel date has been set for 7pm on Tuesday 21st April, location TBC.

This month’s crime We are continuing to see properties being burgled in the areas of Carlton le Moorland, Norton Disney and Brant Broughton. At the moment it tends to be at weekends and early evening.

 

POLICE COMMUNITY PROJECTS SID (Speed Indicator Device) Over the past few months, Sid has been deployed in all villages at least twice. Watch your speed and make SID smile.

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 drinking whilst under the influence of alcohol. We had a very good response of a high standard which c continues on page 22. made the judging even harder for Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership Delphine Norton but the winners were announced and in a presentation ceremony received their prizes.

Congratulations to:

10-year-old Miriam Larocque from Bassingham Primary School who won first prize: a £100 worth of go-karting vouchers kindly donated by EFK Go-Karting on the A46.

10-year-old Darcey Dunne from Brant Broughton Primary School scooped second prize: a £50 gift voucher for Argos

10-year-old Emily Mills also from Brant Broughton Primary School who won third prize of a family ticket to Wheelgate Adventure Park donated by the park.

Congratulations also to Witham St Hughs who came 4th and 5th.

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 for the 3rd year running. School Junior PCSO (Playground Council Support Officer) Challenge The School Junior PCSO Challenge cup is underway. The three primary schools are competing throughout the year in various tasks to be crowned winners of the challenge trophy. The first task involved them organising and presenting an assembly on Bullying to the rest of the school. This including them directing their peers in role-plays and doing a powerpoint presentation. Each assembly was judged by Lincs Police Force Control Supervisor Helen Gilbert. Currently Bassingham are top of the league shortly followed by Brant Broughton and Witham St Hughs. Watch this space for the next challenge!

 

Youth Football/Netball Projects We have various football/netball projects for both males and females about to start. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact PCSO Chris Boyle on the contact details below. Sessions are free of charge and transport provided. Please get in touch!

The Beat Team would like to congratulate Nathan Holland of Brant Broughton and Alex Atkins of Bassingham for their success in being scouted by Nottingham Forest and Boston Utd.

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The Bugle Horn Bassingham New Owners

The two directors of Bishop's Eye Trading Ltd (named after the Bishop's Eye window in Lincoln Cathedral) are pleased to announce that they took over The Bugle Horn inn at Bassingham on 8th December.

The team are committed to personally running and developing what is already a thriving community business and intend to build upon its excellent reputation for food, by extending opening hours, reopening the restaurant area, offering the function room to the local community to use free-of-charge for community events and increasing the choice of real ales, offering a greater menu with brunch on Saturdays and coffee and home-made muffins in the mornings following the school run.

We will continue to offer real fires.

As a community business, the team would be happy to take suggestions from villagers as to what they want to see put in place at The Bugle Horn; it is intended that the pub will extend its range of activities to complement the existing ones there, suggestions to date include French lessons and a book group.

The first month's trading has already exceeded all expectations, both in the levels of trade and the welcome from local people.

David Hurst, one of the three directors has a long association with Lincoln and was General Manager at both the Posthouse Hotel and the White Hart Hotel in the 90s.

Matthew Walsh, has had a long career in tourism and hospitality in the UK and overseas. From Wednesday 21st January The Bugle will be serving Pensioner’s Lunch time special every Wednesday 12noon to 2pm A Main course and Tea or Coffee for £5 Booking recommended but not essential

Regards Matthew Director Bishop's Eye Trading

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Bassingham Old Maps

 

Old maps of the village have been deposited in the Heritage Room which you may find of interest.

Also a booklet about H.M.S. Bassingham

 

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In Memory

Interesting and sadly possibly true:

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

Knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, life isn’t always fair and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6 year old charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate, teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses and the criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap and was promptly awarded a huge settlement…

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents Truth and Trust, his wife, Discretion, his daughter, responsibility and his son reason.

He is survived by his four stepbrothers, I know my rights, I want it known, someone else is to blame and I’m a victim.

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone. If you still remember him pass it on. if not, join the majority and do nothing!

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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?

 

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Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Brant Broughton Community Fire Station

Desperately requires Retained Duty System Firefighters

 

Unless we are able to recruit more Retained Firefighters, Brant Broughton Fire Station will be short of cover, especially during weekdays and the station may even have to go “off the run”, meaning the area around the station will not have immediate emergency cover in the event of fires, road accidents and other emergency services provided by the local station.

Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue are asking the local population of Brant Broughton, Leadenham, Fulbeck, Carlton-le-Moorland, Caythorpe, Stragglethorpe, Welbourn, Beckingham, Wellingore and Navenby area, both male and female, if they would like to contribute to the safety of their community by becoming a Retained Firefighter.

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March 2009

Editorial:

March was originally the first month of the Roman calendar and was named after Mars, the God of War. The Anglo-Saxons called it ‘Hlyd monath’ meaning Stormy month. It continued to be the beginning of the calendar year up till 1752 when the new style Gregorian calendar was introduced. Traditional games are played all through Lent including marbles and skipping. The games were stopped on the stroke of twelve noon on Good Friday, in many places this was known as marble day or long rope day. The origin of marbles goes back hundreds of years and historians say that it may have originally started by rolling eggs. In the past round stones, hazelnuts and even cherry stones have been used.
 

March 1st St David’s Day, 17th St Patrick’s Day, 22nd Mothering Sunday and Simnel Sunday are just some of the festivities of the month, for all other events march on through the magazine and find out what’s going on in March across your local community. Take care and happy reading.

Take care and until next month.

 

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

 

This month’s front cover is, A frog on a leaf by Emily Usher. Winner of The Witham Staple cover design competition for 12 to 15 years

 

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

Hello Again From Your Local Beat Team

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting
The next Neighbourhood Panel Meeting will be held on Tuesday 21 April at a location to be confirmed 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.

Our priorities are currently
1 – Speeding in the villages
2 – Reduction of the Misuse of Controlled Substances in Villages
3 – Reduction of Dwelling Burglaries

This month’s crime
On Tuesday 10th February at approximately 1.30pm, two males went to a property in Carlton Le Moorland, purporting to be from the water board. They have kept the occupants busy turning on taps etc whilst they have conducted an untidy search of drawers and have consequently stolen cash. The males were described as wearing dark blue clothing and both have dark hair and Irish accents. One of the males is believed to be in his 30’s and the other in his 40’s.  Should you have any information regarding this crime, please contact Lincolnshire Police quoting incident number 178 of 10th February. 

Bogus Officials
We wish to warn you 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 being from Social Services. Please be aware bogus callers will often provide identification in the hope that you will assume it is genuine and let them into your property. 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. Remember if in doubt keep them out, any genuine caller will not mind you checking out their identification, they will expect you to!
 

POLICE COMMUNITY PROJECTS
Security Marking

In January we arranged sessions in Brant Broughton and Witham St Hughs schools for the children to bring along bicycles and electrical items to be security marked. Security marking makes your valuables easily recognisable as belonging to you, this assists in the prevention and detection of crime and the return of stolen property to the rightful owner. If the property can be easily identified as belonging to you then you can be contacted and reunited more quickly. Security marking also makes the property harder to sell and effectively marking your property is a fundamental step in avoiding theft. Thieves hate marked items because they are exposed to risk if caught with them and they cannot sell them on. If anybody would like the team to mark bicycles or valuable/electrical items, please contact one of us and we can arrange a convenient time to attend at your house.

School Junior PCSO (Playground Council Support Officer) Challenge
Junior PCSOs Face their Next Challenge!
Schools from Bassingham, Brant Broughton and Witham St Hughs have gone head to head in the second Junior PCSO Challenge. Pupils have learnt about the effectiveness of the North/South Kesteven District Council CCTV mobile unit and how it is used to tackle crime and disorder in the Lincoln Rural policing area. The pupils have had the chance to have a go with the cameras and have then undertaken a practical challenge. Times have been recorded and I can now reveal that Brant Broughton did exceptionally well and came top in the challenge, closely followed by Witham St Hughs and then Bassingham. Points won will be added towards each schools total which could see their school winning the annual challenge along with the prestigious trophy, which will be presented in June. Currently after two challenges Brant Broughton are now top of the league followed by Bassingham and Witham St Hughs. It is extremely close and is changing as each challenge is accomplished.

The Junior PCSO scheme was set up in June last year as an innovative way of engaging the schools. The scheme promotes what the adult role of a PCSO (Police Community Support Officer) entails and how they support Police Officers. In addition, the scheme helps the pupils understand how they can help the police by being good citizens and setting an example to their peers. The pupils appointed as the Junior PCSOs all get a florescent vest, a badge and a pocket book to write down any issues that their peers bring to them.

Fairplay Football
Due to the success of Fairplay Football held on Friday evenings at NK Sports Centre last year this initiative to start again began on Friday 20th 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. We are also currently seeking mentors to assist us with the running of teams on the night, if you are interested please get in touch. 
 

Youth Football/Netball Projects
We have football/netball projects about to start on the 4th March. If you are female and aged between 12 to 16 years old and interested in getting involved, please contact PCSO Chris Boyle on the contact details below. Sessions are free of charge and transport provided.  Please get in touch!

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British Summer Times Begins Sunday 29th March - put your clocks forward 1 hour.
Let us spring forward into longer days and summer sun.

British Summer Time or BST is the civil time during the summer months in the United Kingdom during which the clocks are advanced from Greenwich mean time by one hour. It was first established by the Summer Time Act of 1916, was amended by subsequent acts and is now defined by the Summer Time Order of 2002 which laid down that it would be ...the period beginning at one o'clock, Greenwich mean time, in the morning of the last Sunday in March and ending at one o'clock, Greenwich mean time, in the morning of the last Sunday in October.

 

Double Summer Time. Did You Know?
British Summer Time or BST was introduced during World War I as an energy-saving measure. During World War II, a further hour was added to establish British Double Summer Time or BSDT.

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Mothering Sunday Sunday 22nd March

Mothering Sunday is always the fourth Sunday of Lent. Also known as 'Refreshment Sunday' or 'Mid-Lent Sunday'. It was often called Refreshment Sunday because the fasting rules for Lent were relaxed in honour of the Feeding of the Five Thousand, a story in the Christian Bible. While here in the UK we celebrate Mother’s Day on the fourth Sunday in Lent, it is celebrated on different days around the world. It is a time when children pay respect to their Mothers. Children often give their Mothers a gift and a card. Many churches give the children in the congregation a little bunch of spring flowers during the Mothering Sunday service, to give to their Mothers as a thank you for all their care and love throughout the year.

 

Mothering Sunday also known as Simnel Sunday or Refreshment Sunday because of the tradition of baking Simnel cakes. The most favoured cake was and it still is in some families the 'simnel cake'. People began honouring both their mothers and the church.

‘I’ll to thee a Simnell bring ‘Gainst thou go’st a mothering, So that, when she blesseth thee, Half that blessing thou’lt give to me.’ Robert Herrick 1648

The Simnel cake is a fruit cake. A flat layer of marzipan is placed on top of and decorated with 11 marzipan balls representing the 12 apostles minus Judas, who betrayed Christ. The word simnel probably derived from the Latin word ‘simila’, meaning fine, wheaten flour from which the cakes were made. A Simnel is still made in many parts of England today although it is now more commonly made for and eaten on Easter Day.

 

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Lace Helpers Required LACE supply Home Helps to the over 50’s.

 

Our criteria in order that we can offer service is that the person requesting help either suffers a disability or a chronic illness and they find it difficult to undertake the tasks which they request us to help with. Our client base is mainly persons aged 85 years to 95 years who with a little help can keep their independence and stay in their own home. Our referrals are normally received from hospitals after an admission, doctors, social services and family. During recent months we have seen an increase in referrals in the villages covered by The Witham Staple Community Magazine. Unfortunately we are having difficulty in supplying staff for these commitments and we are looking for staff to cover the help requested. Our staff are paid £6 per hour plus holiday pay and we charge for our service £8 per hour. If you are interested in finding out more or would like to help please contact Jack Thompson Service Manager LACE Community Services A division of (Age Concern Lincoln)

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Are You Part of A Group?

 

Do you need funding advice or assistance? Do your committee members understand their roles? Do you have any training needs? Do you or your group require any kind of information or support?

Voluntary Centre Services North Kesteven (VCS NK) are holding outreach sessions at The Witham Office Heritage Room Bassingham Tuesday 10th March 10am to 12noon A member of staff from VCS NK will be on hand to discuss your needs or make arrangements to see you at a later date. Please feel free to drop in and discuss your needs.

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Bassingham Youth Group

The Lincolnshire youth mission has stopped sponsoring our group so we are now sponsored by St Michael’s Church the Methodist Church and Withamside United Parish which covers the same area as the Witham Staple. There is a new constitution and committee made up of representatives of St Michael's, the Methodists, the Parish Council, the Police, the voluntary youth service, a villager and two teenage members of the group. The Youth Leader is Sheila Dalziel aided by Annie Cunningham, Steve Saunders and other volunteers who offer their skills from time to time.

Before Christmas the Youth Group baked biscuits and mince pies which they took to the care home. They did a dance, sang carols and ran the bingo. The residents enjoyed it so much that they have asked the Youth Group to come back.

The present project is a service/drama to take place on Easter Sunday 12th April time to be announced St Michael’s Church Bassingham All villagers are welcome to come along and support the youngsters

 

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A High River Witham at Bassingham in February 2009

Kerry Blackbourn recently provided two photographs of the River Witham following the snow melt in Bassingham.

 

 

 

 

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April 2009

Editorial:

“Luck can visit a fool but it never sits with him!” April - a month for fools, saints and showers. The snowdrops are dying back and the daffodils burst into bloom, spread across the ground like a blanket of gold, their bright yellow trumpets light every last little bit of ground showing spring the way. Thinking back though, it did actually snow last year on Easter day didn’t it? And Jack Frost is still making the occasional visit early in the morning, so we’re not out of the woods just yet. Did you remember to turn your clocks forward to at least make summer time official in a sense if not yet in the weather. With a bit more daylight it’s time to start planning the garden, sowing seeds, tending shoots, preparing the ground and getting ready for summer! After your preparations for summer and back to the present, there must be something for you to do? With all the usual events going on plus this month the added extra of Easter treats. Kettle on, feet up, take a break from all that digging and have a read.

 

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

 

This month’s front cover is Sunflowers by Mrs B Cooper.

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

Hello Again From Your Local Beat Team

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting

The next Neighbourhood Panel Meeting will be held on Tuesday 21st April at a location to be confirmed 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.

Our priorities are currently: 1 – Speeding in the villages 2 – Reduction of the Misuse of Controlled Substances in Villages 3 – Reduction of Dwelling Burglaries

This month’s crime We are pleased to report that crime again this month has fallen, however we are experiencing more calls in relation to nuisance vehicles, both road and off road type vehicles being involved. We have however issued a number of section 59 notices already this month which hopefully will reduce the problem before it gets any worse, a section 59 warning can be issued to any person who is causing alarm, annoyance or distress by vehicle related offences, if the person or vehicle is caught again once a warning is already in place then the vehicle in question will be seized at the time and payment will have to be made to get the vehicle returned. Anyone experiencing problems with vehicle nuisance should contact the team as soon as possible so we can assist.

POLICE COMMUNITY PROJECTS MISUSE OF DRUGS WITHIN THE RURAL VILLAGES. We are pleased to report we are continuing to be successful in our quest to reduce the misuse of drugs in the rural villages, a number of search warrants in the area have been executed and have fielded positive results, we do rely on your intelligence to continue to progress this problem, so anything you think may be suspicious or related to the misuse of drugs please pass this information on to us, your name will not be used and anything passed to the team will remain confidential. You can also pass information on via crime stoppers on 0800 555 111. Again this is a confidential service.

Fairplay football is now nearly at the halfway stage and we are pleased to say our teams from Bassingham and Witham are doing very well, Witham have won the last two weeks with Bassingham coming second only losing to Witham on penalties. This is a fantastic achievement considering teams from all over Lincoln are taking part, the lads concerned have been very committed and extremely well behaved. Anyone wishing to get involved in the project should contact PCSO Chris Boyle on the numbers on page 26.

Youth Football/Netball Projects. The girls from Witham and Bassingham turned out in force last week, for the kick off of this initiative, we had over twenty five girls involved learning the art of netball, this is continuing for six weeks with week four being the start of the football coaching. This takes place on Wednesday evenings at Bassingham tennis court from 6.30pm to 7.30pm and is FREE! Please contact PCSO Chris Boyle on the numbers on page 26 and get involved.

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Birds In Bassingham

Last year we lost an old barn on Lincoln Road, this year we are about to loose a range of outbuildings and barns on the High Street Bassingham both nesting sites of the beautiful Tawny Owl. Can I ask those who live in and around Bassingham and who have suitably high sites to please erect some owl boxes where possible, also many of the mature trees on the High Street site have been cut down which were the nesting sites for the woodpecker so woodpecker boxes would soon attract the displaced birds. If you are lucky enough to attract these birds you will be rewarded with hour upon hour of pleasure. Could I appeal to cat owners too to please attach a bell to your cat’s collars just for the next couple of months to give the nesting birds time to rear their chicks and for the chicks to fledge. Thank you.

 

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The Witham Staple Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 21st April at 7.30pm  at 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 2000 copies to every household in the community. Hope to see you there.

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Witham St Hughs Spring Clean

 

This will be held on Saturday April 25th between 10am and 2pm at the village square – all are welcome to come along even if only for an hour - where small groups of village volunteers will tidy up parts of the village nominated by residents. To help just come along on the day or if you would like to nominate areas to spring clean or have a community group that could be involved please e-mail Mrs S Lane on lanesue@sky.com. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Now the snowdrops and daffodils are springing up, the village spring clean is still very much on the agenda for April. We have set a date see above, but this does of course depend on the availability of you to volunteer to help. Thank you to those residents who have already offered their time and expertise and we again invite residents and local groups to register their interest at keepwithamclean@hotmail.co.uk. We hope, weather permitting that this event will be the first of many events held on the village square.

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April Fool's Day

The First of April, some do say

Is set apart for All Fools Day;

But why the people call it so,

Not I, nor they themselves do know.

April fooling became popular in England and Scotland during the 1700s. April Fool jokes usually involve persuading someone to do something silly or some non-existent thing. However, you can only play April Fools on people before midday, at midday the fun stop or the trickster is told:

April Fool's Day is past and gone,

Your’re the fool and I am none.

 

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St. Tiburtius’ Day 14th April

 

The cuckoo sings from St. Tiburtius' Day to St John's Day (24th June).

Superstition If you should hear the cuckoo sing on St. Tiburtius' Day, you should turn over all the money in your pockets, spit and not look at the ground! If you do this and are standing on soft ground when you do it, you will have loads of good luck. However if you are standing on hard ground, the cuckoo's call means bad luck.

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May 2009

Editorial:

May. The fifth month of the year already with thirty one days, three letters to its name and two bank holiday Mondays. Also did you know in both common and leap years, no other month begins on the same day of the week as May. In Britain, as in most parts of Western Europe, May Day marks the end of the harsh winter months, welcomes the beginning of summer and optimistically we can look forward to the bright and productive months ahead. A May Day superstition for young ladies was to rush out into the garden first thing on the morning of May 1st and wash their faces in the May morning dew. Why you cry? There is an old tale that says that May dew has magic properties and that anyone who washes their face in it will have a beautiful complexion all through the year. The dew magical powers were supposed to remove freckles, spots and pimples. So there you go a quick wash in the morning dew, then sit down and digest the content of this month’s issue. With two bank holidays plan your month of extra time with all that’s going on in the community

 

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

 

This month’s front cover is, “Swallows fly in” by Paul Hubbard.

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

Hello Again From Your Local Beat Team

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting The Neighbourhood Panel Meeting was held on Tuesday 21st April in Bassingham heritage room at the rear of the chapel. Members of the public attended the meeting to pass on any concerns or issues that the Neighbourhood Panel/Police Beat Team could assist with before the priorities were discussed and agreed.

 

Our priorities are currently:

1 – Speeding in the villages

2 – Reduction of the Misuse of Controlled Substances in Villages

3 – Reduction of Dwelling Burglaries

 

This month’s crime We are pleased to report that crime again continued to fall, however we are experiencing more calls in relation to nuisance behaviour especially in the Witham St Hughs area. We have visited the local schools and delivered lessons surrounding these issues and spoken with local children directly with a view to ease the problems. Anyone experiencing problems of this nature should contact the team as soon as possible so we can assist. We are still receiving numerous complaints reference parking at Witham St Hughs, the team will assist where possible but please try and help your fellow neighbours by parking considerately. If you do have a problem please consider approaching your neighbour about the issue first to try and resolve, before asking the police team to attend. Sometimes issues can be resolved locally without police action.

 

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1000s Dive In For Free

A new Government scheme to encourage the over 60s and under 16s to swim for free has been well received in the North Kesteven area. Over 2000 people have swum for free in the area since the scheme began on April 1st. Aimed at encouraging more people to get more active more often, the scheme will run up until the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The two pools taking part in the scheme are at the NK Centre in North Hykeham and Sleaford Leisure Centre. Both are managed by Leisure Connection working in partnership with North Kesteven District Council. Alex Bedford, Contract Manager for Leisure Connection, said: “We’re really pleased with the number of people who are taking up swimming for free. It’s a great opportunity to get fit for free, especially in the current economic situation. “Swimming is a really popular way to keep fit. Your body works harder in the water, so 30 minutes in the pool is worth 45 minutes activity on dry land. It’s a low impact sport, which makes it great for people who have problems with their joints or find exercise difficult.”

If you are interested in signing up to swim for free, you will need to fill out an application form and register for your FREE swim pass in advance of your swim.

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Fit To Run

Sunday 24th May 10:30am Sleaford Town Runners. Only £1 Entry (On The Day) Please complete the Entry Form and bring it on the day, if you would like to train with us before or have any questions please E-Mail Us Start & Finish at The HUB Sleaford. Start time 10:30am This event is in partnership with Leisure in the Community and Leisure Connection.

Facilities include Parking, Toilets, Coffee Shop, Baggage Dump.

Certificate for each finisher. No minimum age limit. Under 14's must be accompanied by an adult. Under 18's must have form signed by parent or guardian. This event is a Run or Walk for people of all abilities, you don't need to be super fit! Just put on a pair of trainers that are comfy and turn up. The route will be easy and well marshaled. Many coaches from Sleaford Town Runners will take part and will take round the less experienced people in groups.

ALL ABILITIES WELCOME Running is not just for Elite. A Sleaford Town Runners we value every members ability and qualities. We have a NEW Run / Walk group designed specially for total beginners. As a club we cater for all standards, that is just one thing that makes us special.

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Morpeth Flood Victims Appeal Fund

Morpeth, a market town in Northumberland, was badly hit by a devastating flood last year and my mother was one of a number of people evacuated from their homes. My mother was one of the lucky ones; she was able to return to her home after just 24-hours and no water had entered her property. Others were not so lucky and are still in temporary accommodation today.

In an attempt to help raise funds, I am attempting a bike ride from here in Bassingham to Morpeth. The route I am taking is 295 miles and I am hoping to do this over the second Bank Holiday weekend in May. I am in training now having not been on a bike for nearly seven years; you may well see me looking red in the face in and around the village over the coming weeks!

If anyone would like to support me, I have opened a bank account for people to donate directly into; I have added the details below. Obviously I will also be happy to receive donations or sponsorship directly to me or my home at any time. The appeal fund is not a registered charity so unfortunately I cannot make use of gift-aid but we will be handing over all money raised to the local Lions Club, who are administering the appeal, for them to distribute.

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Community Cooperation

With grime and weathering obscuring many of the inscriptions on its War Memorial, located on the junction of Bridge Road and Bassingham Road, Aubourn and Haddington Parish Council recently took the decision to seek tenders for refurbishment. Consequently several contractors were invited to visit the site and assess the work required; but it was the offer from the Lincolnshire Co-op Monumental Masons which took the Parish Council completely by surprise! They offered to do the work completely free of charge as a community project! Needless to say their offer was gratefully accepted and the excellent result of their work is there for all to see. The Parish Council wish to express their gratitude to the Lincolnshire Co-op for doing such a splendid job at no cost to the parishioners.

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Bassingham Scarecrow Festival 2009

We will have our annual scarecrow exhibition in association with the Open Gardens during the weekend of Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June Our theme this year is Films

Please let me know as soon as possible who your scarecrow will be and where you live, so as to avoid duplicates and to allow me time to make a scarecrow trail map. Thank you

Please phone Jill Evans on 789728

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Local Drama

 

Act Two Theatre Company

Double Bill of One Act Plays with Theatre Supper Thursday 28th, Friday 29th & Saturday 30th May Including… “Beast of the Baskervilles” a play by Tim Kelly ”Temptation Sordid, Virtue Rewarded” a melodrama by Winifred Phelps (with Kind Permission of Samuel French).

 

Leadenham Players

The tradition goes on and there will be a ‘new’ pantomime for next January/February. This is currently being written for the Players and will incorporate many of the characters which are so familiar to followers of this enduring form of theatre. We are a friendly Amateur Dramatic group who have been performing productions at Leadenham for nearly 30 years. The Players have drawn its members and its support, from Leadenham and the surrounding villages including the Cliff Villages and are always on the look out for new members. The company comprises both young and old and it is possible that there are those of you who might be interested in being involved, experience is not necessary. This could be on stage performing; helping behind the scenes with scenery, music, costumes, lighting, etc. in fact anything that you will have seen on a visit to the theatre. If you are interested in being involved, in whatever capacity, in next year’s production, this could be your chance to get close the smell of the greasepaint and enjoy the ‘magic’ of theatre. Believe me it is ‘magic’.

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June 2009

Editorial:

June has crept up on us and we push on into the middle of 2009 already. For Dads the 21st June is not only father’s day this year but also the longest day, so a good excuse not to do anything, “its fathers day put your feet up” and more time to do it! After that the nights start pulling in, however, to cheer you up! The moon is not commonly known for being used to predict the weather. Some people say that the bad weather we have endured over recent years coincides with there being 13 full moons in those years. However this year the moon cycle will only bring 12 full moons thus predicting better weather. Fingers crossed! Then if that’s cheered you up try this, on the 26th June this coming Christmas will be nearer than last Christmas was!!! No, loads of time yet though sit down and have a read through this month’s issue. There’s plenty going on to keep you out and about supporting the community for this month. Please make a note that next month is the July/August summer double issue so get all your events in on time ready for every ones attention and let’s get ready for summer.

 

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1. Front Cover of Magazine:

 

This month’s front cover is, “Cygnets in June” by Paul Hubbard.

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting The Panel meeting took place on the Tuesday 21st April. 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 (remain a priority) 2. Reduction of the Misuse of Controlled Substances in Villages (remain a priority) The next panel date has been set for Thursday 30th July at 7pm in Beckingham Village Hall.

This month’s crime We are currently experiencing a spate of Theft from Motor Vehicles across the area. Please remember to always lock your vehicles and DO NOT leave anything of value on view. We urge everyone to report anything they deem is suspicious including doorstep sellers etc

We are still receiving numerous complaints reference parking at Witham St Hughs, the team will assist where possible but please try and help your fellow neighbours by parking considerately. If you do have a problem please consider approaching your neighbour about the issue first to try and resolve, before asking the police team to attend. Sometimes issues can be resolved locally without police action.

We have received numerous reports of vehicles being driven inconsiderately around our villages. Please continue to report these vehicles to us and try to 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. We are pleased to report we have issued several Section 59 warnings already this period and have also seized a number of vehicles. Continue on p26 Rural South Neighbourhood Watch/Joint Agency Meeting On Thursday 11th June at the Enterprise Centre Aubourn, we will be holding a Neighbourhood Watch/Joint Agency meeting. People from all our villages are welcome to attend and express their views and concerns or simply to listen and get involved in Neighbourhood Watch in your area. Guest speakers including Trading Standards, Fire & Rescue, NKDC-ASB Team, Lockrite (Lock Smith) and more will be there as well as your local police team. The meeting will commence at 6pm and finish around 8pm, please feel free to come along as and when you can. Your support in this worthwhile venture would be appreciated. Refreshments will be provided.

The beat team will also be planning police surgeries over the coming months in your area, please watch this space over the coming weeks for dates and times etc.

POLICE COMMUNITY PROJECTS Fairplay Football The Fairplay Football presentation took place on 16th May at Lincoln City Football Club. We are pleased to report that there were a high number of our lads in the top 16%. They were rewarded with certificates, trophies and a day out at Lincoln City Football Club. Well done to all involved.

Witham St Hughs Football Due to receiving a number of complaints from residents about youths playing football in the streets, we have purchased and erected 2 football nets and posts at the rear of the derelict building. These are for your use, please do not abuse them as they will not be replaced.

We have arranged for some football coaching in the May Half Term for boys aged 9 to 15 years. The sessions will be taking place from 6pm to 7pm on 27th, 28th and 29th May on the area behind the derelict building. Please just turn up on the night. Any queries please ring PCSO Chris or Vicky, numbers on page 27.

Good News Our congratulations go to Gordon Bancroft of Norton Disney who has recently received an award from NKDC for his outstanding contribution to the community. We would also like to say a big thank you to Gordon for all his help with Norton Disney Neighbourhood Watch

Near Miss Warning! Several reports have been received with regards near misses between joggers and motorists. The reports are mainly along the tight, blind bends along Rinks Lane. Could both Joggers and Motorists be made aware of this issue and to take care when out on our local country roads whether it be on foot or in a vehicle.

 

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Exciting Time For Lincolnshire’s Best Kept Secret

Adults Supporting Adults (ASA) is a 3 star, excellent rated, countywide community based charity regulated by the Care Quality Commission that offers a number of services for people who require support to develop and maintain an independent lifestyle.

Originally established as an Adult Placement Scheme with Lincolnshire Social Services Directorate ASA became a not for profit charity 5 years ago. To support further development of services ASA are now recruiting across the county.

Adults Supporting Adults offer a range of bespoke, person-centred services including:-

Respite: a flexible service offering clients and their family carers a break from each other. The service can be provided for up to 28 days, the client staying with a family based provider or the provider coming to the supported adult’s home. Extended Stay; is an opportunity to live with a supportive family to learn the skills necessary for independence. Families support clients, responding to each person’s individual needs. Day Time Provision; a support community based service designed to suit the individual. At Home Day Service; is based in a provider’s home for people who have dementia.

We can make a difference to a person’s life, this is Stephen’s story.

Stephen has lived with Julie, Tony and their daughter Sarah for over a year. He has a mental health issue which has undermined his self-esteem and ability to socialise. Being part of a family has enabled Stephen to feel safe and given him opportunities to try new things. Stephen also receives 1 to 1 support from Robert, a daytime provider, who supports him to engage with his local community. Robert has encouraged Stephen to access a computer course, find a voluntary work placement valeting cars, as well as develop his own network of friends. Stephen’s confidence has grown so much that he will now take himself into town and even catch a bus with his friend Terry to visit friends.

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A New Women's Institute (WI) For Witham St Hughs

Wednesday 10th June from 7.30pm in The Ark We are planning to start a WI in Witham St Hughs. Following a very successful informal meeting at the end of April it was agreed to progress this further so another get together is being held on Wednesday 10th June at The Ark from 7.30pm. The Women's Institute has changed its image in recent years, jam making and cake baking is NOT essential. If you would like to find out more do come along either on your own or with a friend, we shall be more than happy to see you.

 

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Bassingham Scarecrow Festival 2009

We will have our annual scarecrow exhibition in association with the Open Gardens during the weekend of Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June Our theme this year is Films

Please let me know as soon as possible who your scarecrow will be and where you live, so as to avoid duplicates and to allow me time to make a scarecrow trail map. Thank you

 

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 ‘ACROSS LINCS’ Pilgrimage on Foot from Sempringham to Lincoln

 

Churches Together in Bassingham and Through Faith Missions From 3rd to 14th June a group of six Christian men will be making a pilgrimage on foot from Sempringham to Lincoln and another group of six will walk from the Humber to Lincoln. Along the way they will be making the most of opportunities to tell the story of their faith.

‘Churches Together’ in Bassingham, that is St Michael’s Anglican Church and Bassingham Methodist Church, are delighted to be hosting a team of 6 walkers as they pass through Bassingham and the surrounding area on their ‘Spine Walk’ through Lincolnshire between the 10th and 12th June. The team of 6 male walkers will be out and about in the local area and working with the church communities over a period of 48 hours or so. They will be wearing brightly coloured t-shirts to identify themselves! There are a variety of events going on as part of their visit:

Wednesday 10th June from 7pm A supper party at Norton Disney. Please call Alan Haines on 788753 if you’d like to go along to meet them ‘Why share your faith?’ event at St Michael’s Some members of the team will be in local pubs during the evening look out for them!! Thursday 11th June from 6pm Members of the team are taking part in a variety of activities through the day including spending time at Witham St Hugh’s, Bassingham School and morning communion at St Michael’s. In the evening there will be a Barbecue at St Michael’s from 6pm onwards. You’d be welcome, call John Rowland on 788652 for details.

The team will also be calling house-to-house in some of our villages so you may well get to meet them. On Friday morning we say goodbye to the team as they go off on the next leg of their walk to Birchwood.

Pilgrimage is a very old way of making a spiritual journey. It doesn’t often happen in Lincolnshire! We wish them well and pray they’ll be a blessing to us.

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July /August 2008

Editorial:

The summer double issue! Welcome to July the second month of summer and on average the warmest month in the northern hemisphere. Don’t get your hopes up it’s only an average! July once called Quintilis in Latin was the fifth month in the Roman calendar now though in the modern calendar our seventh and we push on into the second part of the year and head for August, known as Sextilis in latin because it followed July as the sixth month in the ancient Roman calendar. This was started about 735 BC under Romulus, a traditional founder of Rome, appearing in Roman mythology as a twin son of the Vestal Virgin Rhea Silvia, fathered by the god of war, Mars. Romulus served as the first King of Rome. Our weather no doubt will be a mythology or is that just a mystery. One thing however, not a myth or mystery but a certain fact, your local community as always has plenty going on over the next two months to entertain you. Happy holiday!.

 

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

This month’s front cover is, “Gone for an ice cream” by Paul Hubbard.

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 Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

Hello Again From Your Local Beat Team, North Hykeham Rural South News.

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting. The next Neighbourhood Panel Meeting will be held on Thursday 30th July at the Beckingham Village Hall 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.

Our priorities are currently: 1 – Speeding in the villages (remain a priority) 2 – Reduction of the Misuse of Controlled Substances in Villages

This month’s crime We are pleased to announce that crime again has been relatively low across the area, although there has been a dwelling burglary and a garden type theft at Stragglethorpe. We have also had a dwelling burglary at Beckingham and The Beckingham Public House was broken into sometime overnight on 4th - 5th June. Please be extra vigilant and report anything you deem is suspicious.

Rural South Neighbourhood Watch/Joint Agency Meeting On Thursday 11th June at the Enterprise Centre Aubourn, we held a Neighbourhood Watch/Joint Agency meeting. We are pleased to report that the event was a success and wish to thank all the people who turned up to listen and the various speakers for giving up their time to come along and support this meeting.

POLICE COMMUNITY PROJECTS Fairplay Football The Fairplay Football presentation took place on 16th May at Lincoln City Football Club. We are pleased to report that lads from our villages did extremely well with James Brown and George Brewer achieving excellence awards. A special well done to these two lads and everyone else who attended during the eight weeks. We are trying to organise a local summer football event so anyone with ideas or interested in organising a team etc please get in touch with PCSO Chris Boyle. Witham St Hughs Football Due to receiving a number of complaints from residents about youths playing football in the streets, we have purchased and erected 2 football nets and posts at the rear of the derelict building and organised three sessions of football coaching for 11 to 16 year olds, this was a huge success with each session very well attended. Unfortunately there has been some damage to the posts and lots of litter being left on the playing field. REMEMBER this is your area!! If you abuse it, it will be taken away so please put litter in the bin and look after the nets etc. Littering and criminal damage is an offence!!

Drugs Talks in schools Over the next few weeks, the beat team has organised for the older pupils at Witham St Hughs, Bassingham and Brant Broughton Schools to have an input into some drugs education. If there are any parents / guardians wanting to receive an input into this subject, please contact the team and we will endeavour to put together a session.

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Local Company Leads The Way In Social Enterprise

Hill Holt Wood has become the first Social Enterprise in the East Midlands to be awarded the Social Enterprise Mark. The award winning business, based on the Nottinghamshire/Lincolnshire border will act as a champion for the Mark and aims to inspire other social enterprises in the East Midlands to achieve it. Hill Holt Wood CEO Karen Lowthrop remarked "We are delighted to receive the Social Enterprise Mark which identifies companies who trade for people and planet”, “This mark is a very visual way of informing our customers of the wider social, environmental and community impact dealing with social enterprise can offer and allows us to take advantage of an ever increasing trend in ethical and fair consumerism.”

 

Based near Norton Disney directly off the A46, Hill Holt Wood is an environmental social enterprise operating from a small; 34 acre woodland. As a community owned business Karen and the Hill Holt Rangers are running a self-sustaining and socially aware organisation with the aim of helping both the environment and the local community. Hill Holt Wood is also a place of learning for around 50 students who learn a diverse range of valuable skills, ranging from eco-building techniques and construction to woodworking and numeracy.

 

The program offered at the wood has been proven to help reduce youth crime and has received multiple national awards in recognition of its work. This is an exciting year for the Social Enterprise with the opening of the ground breaking Community Woodland Hall this coming September. The architect designed building pioneer’s modern design with eco-build techniques. This new building in the heart of ancient woodland will provide the local community with a unique venue for a variety of events and functions such as weddings and conferences.

 

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Channel 4 Seeking Volunteers For TV!

Channel 4 is looking for volunteers from across the UK from all walks of life to take part in “Power Struggle”, an important televised event.

• This will be a unique educational experience designed to understand human behaviour.

If you’re interested, and are aged 18 or over, please apply.

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NK Summer Holiday Fun!

 

Whether its performing arts, extreme sports, arts and craft workshops or nature trails you enjoy, all these activities, plus more, are on offer this summer!

Join in the fun over the holiday at Northgate Sports Hall and the North Kesteven Centre, North Hykeham, this summer! From climbing and parkour to skating, badminton, football and basketball, there’s a wide range of activities to keep youngsters entertained. Why not try fun workshops including drumming, comedy, break dance, street dance and playing junk instruments, or work with different types of media, such as film, music, and the internet to create stories of people’s lives?

Little Darters Wildlife Adventure Area is new to Whisby Nature Park this summer! This interactive outdoor children’s play park has sand pits, tunnels, periscopes and much more to explore!

Don’t forget to register for free swimming at the North Kesteven Centre, North Hykeham, or Sleaford Leisure Centre too! All youngsters aged 16 and under can swim as many times as they like for free! Just register at the centres before the swimming session starts to take advantage of this great offer!

Many of these activities are free so don’t miss your chance to keep the children busy this summer, all for a great price! There is plenty to do, so don’t let your kids complain of boredom to you!

 

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1st Bassingham Rainbows and Guides - Can You Help?

 

Help needed urgently Bassingham Rainbows meets on a Tuesday evening 4.45pm to 5.45pm at Bassingham Village Hall. We are a thriving unit with 15 lively energetic Rainbows aged from 5 years to 7 years. We are looking for a Volunteer Unit leader and a Unit helper to continue running the group from September 09. If you are interested in finding out more about this rewarding opportunity please contact Alison Hackett.

 

1st Bassingham Guides is a new unit but we are growing rapidly and we need another leader. Can you help us? You don't have to have been a Guide yourself and you don't have to have any experience, just be over 16 and be willing to join in and have lots of fun.

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Lammastide Celebration

Until the early part of the 19th century, harvest festivals took place on 1st August to celebrate the first fruits of the harvest. This was an important occasion in this area as by early summer the villagers would often be very short of wheat, beans and barley that had been stored from the previous harvest. A few years ago, we revived the celebration of Lammastide in Norton Disney and another celebration will be held on

Saturday 1st August in Norton Disney Village Hall at 7.30pm.

The evening will take the form of a slide show by the award winning photographer Andrew Parsons. The photographs are of birds, animals and the countryside in the Newark area. This will be followed by a supper (including drinks) and then a short service of thanks for the coming harvest. Suggested donation of £3 to cover the costs of the evening. all are very welcome.

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The Newark Pod: Barnbygate, Newark, Notts. NG24 1PX

Have you got a couple of hours free to be a volunteer for The Newark Pod, supporting people with learning difficulties. We need help for the following classes: Pottery - Computers - Arts and Crafts

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Annual Bassingham Village Open Show

 

The 43rd Annual Bassingham village show will take place on Saturday 8th August from 2pm until 5pm The inside of the village hall will feature exhibits of vegetables and flowers, flower arrangements, culinary exhibits, artwork and handcrafts. There will also be a Children’s competition section. We will have a full afternoon of outside activities, including a grand raffle, stalls and displays. These will be on the village playing field and will include a Punch & Judy show, a Bouncy Castle, the Lincoln City Band, Two Display dogs teams, a Morris Dancing Group, Donkey Rides, a selection of vintage cars and other interesting vehicles, AND much more! In addition, there will be a car boot sale on the far side of the playing field. Various refreshments will be available throughout the afternoon. All profits from this event will go towards the Bassingham Village Hall Charity and the new Village Hall Community and Sports Project.

Handicraft Section (Exhibits not previously shown at this Show)

A hand knitted article.

A piece of original Artwork (preferably mounted or framed).

A piece of Hand Embroidery.

A handicraft item not listed above - Textiles.

A handicraft item not listed above - Non-Textile.

A Photograph (own) Colour Print - 'Snow Scene' - not to exceed 7" x 5".

A Quilted Item.

A Handmade 'Coming of Age' Card.

There will also be a Class in the Children's Section Age 10 and over - Your Best Scarecrow photograph.

 

Vintage Vehicles Saturday 8th August Once again at Bassingham Show and Gala we are having a display of Vintage Vehicles. Please bring your ‘Pride and Joy’ along on the day and let our visitors enjoy seeing these spectacular vehicles. For further information please contact Stuart Barnett.

 

Show Schedules for those wishing to exhibit will be available from Bassingham Post Office and Greens Store in July.

Please come along with family and friends for a fun afternoon.

 

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September 2009

Editorial

Welcome back, hope you had a good summer whatever you did? Even without the weather man‟s predicted BBQ weather. What is that anyway? Surely the British BBQ is one that starts sunny then the cloud rolls in and the rains come leaving you to sit and sample that fine British delicacy of a char grilled rain soaked re-heated burger in a soggy bun with a splash of red sauce washed down with a warm beer!! Is that not the traditional BBQ weather? Here we go then, holidays over and we head on into autumn! Kids going back to school and whether they are just starting pre-school, reception, moving up to secondary or just a new class we wish them all the best and hope they enjoy it, listen and take care. Demand this month has been huge which can only show how popular the magazine continues to be for the local community. We are bursting at the seams with all your information, what you've supported in the last two months with the thank you's and whats in store for the next month with forth coming events, so please read and digest every last inch and get the low down on all that's going on locally. NOTE: for those expecting to find a copy of the local information sheet in the September issue. With all the editorial details to deal with and paging it all up we have had to re-schedule the local information sheet to be issued in the October edition of the Witham Staple.

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This month’s front cover is, “Back to school” by Paul Hubbard.

 

THE WITHAM STAPLE COVER DESIGN COMPETITION

Competition held at the Bassingham Show on Saturday 8th August

CONGRATULATIONS TO

Will Monaghan………seven years and under

Georgina Spray………eight to eleven years

 

Well done to our winners and thank you to all who entered. The winning designs will be used as 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, North Hykeham Rural South News.

 

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting. The Panel meeting took place on the Thursday 30th July. 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 – Deal with Road Traffic Offences
2 – Reduction of the Misuse of Controlled Substances in Villages
3 – Enforcement of “No Cold Calling Zones”
The next panel date has been set for Thursday 12th November at 7.30pm in Brant Broughton Heritage Room.
This month's crime. We are currently experiencing a spate of theft from motor vehicles.
 

POLICE COMMUNITY PROJECTS
Junior Crimefighters. During the summer holidays the Beat Team has run a Junior Crimefighters course for children at the schools in Witham St Hughs, Brant Broughton and Bassingham. It was a two-day course at each school designed to give the kids a taster of some of the things we get involved in. Some of the things that we organised included personal safety, first aid, prison talk, Fire & Rescue Input, a tour of the CCTV van and the day ended with a murder mystery. The whole initiative was a huge success again for the second year running and thoroughly enjoyable. The Beat Team would like to thank the helpers who gave up their time on the days to come along and lend a hand. Our thanks go to James Brown, Callum Rogers and Ben Chamberlayne.
 

Witham St Hughs – Residents Access. There have been several calls to the team in relation to people using private side access gates as a short cut. Can we please respect our neighbour's privacy and where a gate is present or a sign stating "private" displayed not use the gate and go around the correct way. Remember trespass is a civil offence!
 

Reporting of Unlicensed Vehicles on the Public Highway. Did you know that you can report un-taxed vehicles on the DVLA website. Simply go to www.dvla.gov.uk and click on the link "Online Services" and complete the simple electronic form under "Reporting of Unlicensed Vehicle on the Public Highways." This is a quicker way to report unlicensed vehicles than going through the beat team. We are happy to deal with these incidents but if you don't want to contact us then please report online which is easier and will get things moving faster.

 

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Lincolnshire Criminal Justice Board's Strategic plan for 2008/2011

 

The Lincolnshire criminal justice board have produced a leaflet outlining the Strategic plan for 2008/2011. The contents of the leaflet  are shown below. if you would like to receive a copy of the full strategic plan or would like to know more about Lincolnshire Criminal Justice Board please contact Sarah Virr programme manager.

Lincolnshire’s Targets 2009/2010

1) Number of asset recovery restraint orders to be secured:13
2) Number of asset recovery confiscation orders to be secured: 68
3) Value of asset recovery confiscation orders to be secured: £870,000
4) Value of confiscation enforcement to be collected: £750,000
5) Number of outstanding fail to appear at court warrants reduced to a maximum of: 500
6) Execution rate for category A fail to appear at court warrants: 75% in 14 days
7) Execution rate for category B fail to appear at court warrants: 70% in 21 days
8) Execution rate for category C fail to appear at court warrants: 65% in 28 days
9) Stock flow ratio for fail to appear at court warrants: 2.5
10) Standard licence recall: 6 days in 75% of cases
11) Emergency licence recall: 3 days in 75% of cases
12) % of community penalty breaches to be resolved within 25 days: 62%
13) Average number of working days from failure to resolution for community penalty breaches: 35 days
14) % of community penalty breach warrants executed within 20 working days for adults and 10 working days for youths: 75%
15) Unresolved breach cases over 35 working days old: 100

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HERITAGE OPEN DAYS 2009

Thursday 10th to Sunday 13th September

Heritage Open Days celebrates England‟s fantastic architecture and culture by offering free access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. Every year on four days in September, buildings of every age, style and function throw open their doors, ranging from castles to factories, town halls to tithe barns, parish churches to Buddhist temples. It is a once-a-year chance to discover hidden architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which bring to life local history and culture. Free of charge and literally on people‟s doorstep, Heritage Open Days is an event for everyone, whatever their background, age and ability.

 

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Communities in Lincolnshire could benefit from "cashback" from criminals

Communities in Lincolnshire could benefit from "cashback" from criminals as millions of pounds in seized assets are to be spent on worthwhile projects nominated by members of the public. The £4 million Community Cashback fund will be made available for local schemes nominated through a dedicated website, at neighbourhood policing meetings or through Citizens‟ Panels. Successful bids will have to show how the local community is involved in suggesting the project, demonstrate good value for money and be related in some way to tackling antisocial or criminal behaviour locally. The Lincolnshire Criminal Justice Board will be able to submit project proposals for funding up to their area maximum of £95,000.

 

“If you would like to nominate a project, or vote on those proposed please visit http://cashback.cjsonline.gov.uk all we ask is that bids meet the criteria.”

 

Until now money recovered from criminals has been split between frontline services, such as the police and Government departments involved with the criminal justice system. This is the first time a portion of that money is being paid directly back into communities. The Home Office also announced the latest figures for payments made to police and other frontline agencies under the Asset Recovery Incentive Scheme. The scheme means that 50% of the total money recovered through asset recovery is repaid to agencies including the police, courts, Crown Prosecution Service, Serious Organised Crime Agency, HM Revenue and Customs to go directly back into their frontline work.

 

The figures show that a total £23.6 million recovered between January and April 2009 will be paid back, with a total £7 million to be shared between all police forces in England and Wales. The Home Office figures also show the value of assets recovered from criminals this year has risen to an all time high of £148 million for 08/09. This is up from last year‟s £137 million.

 

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CARLTON LE MOORLAND AND BASSINGHAM PATHWAY GROUP

 

THE SUMMER FÊTE was held again in the beautiful setting of the garden of The Grange at Carlton le Moorland, and the weather smiled on us too! It proved once more to be a most agreeable village event, with people enjoying the traditional garden fête games like skittles and spinning jenny. And there were strawberries and cream, tea and cakes, a barbecue and real ale, plants for sale and a big bouncy castle. The £559.82 raised towards the cost of the Carlton le Moorland & Bassingham Pathway demonstrates the community‟s continuing commitment to the project and takes us a step further towards its completion. Thank you to everybody who helped to make it such a happy, successful occasion.

 

FURTHER GOOD NEWS. The Pathway Group has recently been awarded two important grants: North Kesteven District Council has made a contribution of £20,000 and the Links to Schools scheme, administered through Cycling England has made a very sizeable grant deriving from Central Government funds. This is a huge leap forward in our fundraising and brings us very close to what we expect our total cost to be. The Pathway Group is very appreciative of these significant awards, which betoken very substantive endorsement of our project and recognition of its value to the community.

 

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Older People's Advice Days

 

Over 50? We are holding two Older People's Advice Days

 

Friday 2nd October 9.30am to 12.30pm North Kesteven District Council, Kesteven St. Sleaford

Thursday 8th October 9.30pm to 12.30pm Memorial Hall, Newark Road, North Hykeham

 

Pop in and talk to organisations about • Benefits • Housing • Pensions • Crime prevention • First Contact • Trading Standards • Powers of Attorney • Wills and Inheritance Tax • Health and Wellbeing • Employment Advice • Fire Safety • Transport • Support for Carers • and more • Refreshments available

 

No transport and unable to access public transport? Unable to visit the Older People‟s Advice Days but would like an information pack? Contact Rachel Wilson or Debra Dawson.

 

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SLEAFORD LIGHT NIGHT CELEBRATE  - THE HISTORY AND ART OF SLEAFORD

Experience an explosion of light in Sleaford

Saturday 26th September

Light Night sees the return of Sleaford Arts Festival! Come along and watch as the historic market town becomes illuminated and discover its hidden gems all for FREE. Take a walk around the town enjoying spectacularly lit historic buildings and let history be brought to life as you listen to a podcast with fascinating facts about the town. Various entertainment will be on offer too from live street theatre to live music, there‟ll be something to please everyone! Treat yourself or a loved one to a unique gift at the artists‟ market in Navigation Yard. While at the market, make sure you pay a visit to Navigation House and learn the story of the Navigation and the part it played in Sleaford‟s history. There‟s something for the kids too, as they can take part in various craft activities during the event. Sleaford BID will provide FREE glow sticks so that visitors can create a sea of light as they travel through the town.

The night will begin at the Hub National Centre for Craft & Design, at 7pm to 10pm and is FREE for all visitors to enjoy. Free parking is available at Eastgate car park off East Road, next to the Hub. You can then experience the trail throughout the town centre. Hire an MP3 player, or pick up the trail guide from the Hub before setting off.

To find out more, please call Jayne Olney Events Officer.

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My Favorite Memory at Bassingham Primary School

“My Favourite Memory at Bassingham Primary School is when I finally, after a lot of hard work, finished my SATs! Hooray! I am very excited about secondary school but upset about leaving Bassingham!”

 

“I have had lots of brilliant moments at Bassingham, really good friends and kind helpful teachers. However the recent trip to PGL was one of the best events. My favourite memory is when I conquered my fear of heights of the giant swing because I was really scared. When I got on it we went higher and higher… then Oaki pulled the white string and we both screamed …we eventually slowed down and came back down to the ground…safe and proud of my achievement!”

 

“My first favourite memory was when I first came to school and I met all of my teachers. They were very friendly and helped me make lots of new friends. My new friends showed me around the school and the next day, I knew my way around the school off by heart. I really enjoyed Bassingham Primary School and I am very sad that I am leaving.” By Georgia Lilley

 

“Over the past 7 years I have had millions of wonderful memories at Bassingham Primary School. But the one which stands out the most was when my friends and I were in the cabin at PGL and we were packing for the last day. We had loads of stuff and it was really tricky so we all decided to pull everything out of the drawers and chuck it all on the floor. In the end we sat in the middle on soaking wet clothes and had our photo taken!” By Katie–May Coulson.

 

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FUNDING FAIR

Find funding for your Community Project! Wednesday 14th October 1pm to 5pm

 

Join our speed table sessions with a variety of funders. Find out more about where you get funding from, what is full cost recovery, how to make your fundraising tax effective. Representatives from the following organisations will be in attendance.

 

Lincolnshire Sports Partnership • Train to Gain • Groundwork • LCC •

Community Foundation • National Lottery • Grantnet • LCDA • VCS NK

At Billinghay Village Hall, Ringmoor Close, Billinghay, Lincoln. LN4 4EU

 

To book your place contact Voluntary Centre Services NK

 

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Spires & Steeples Challenge

Sunday 18th October
The Challenge will test walkers and runners over a full or half marathon distance following the Spires & Steeples Arts and Heritage Trail from Lincoln to Sleaford. The Challenge will start from Lincoln Castle, taking in the picturesque Lincolnshire villages that sit alongside the B1188, the churches as well as a wide variety of beautiful and interesting artworks, as it winds its way to Metheringham for the 12 mile finish and Sleaford for the 26 mile finish.

 

The Challenge takes place on the 18th October. With regular checkpoints, drink stations and first aid facilities you‟ll be in safe hands! So get your running shoes and walking boots at the ready, for what promises to be a fantastic event!


OR, can you spare time on the day to assist us with the race as it passes through the villages? You could act as a marshal along the route, record the walkers/runners at the checkpoints or help with handing out refreshments.

The Spires & Steeples Challenge is being organised by Leisure Connection and artsNK in partnership with North Kesteven District Council and Sleaford Town Runners. The event is sponsored by Lincolnshire Runner, Branston Ltd, Lincolnshire Co-operative and Jonathan Hobbs (Registered Osteopath).

 

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Angry Residents in Witham St Hughs

 

Issue 1. After living in Witham St Hughs for nearly two years now and although a fantastic place it is, since the opening of the shop, child presence and noisy behaviour has ensued, as too has the number of vehicles (usually speeding) increased, can these drivers not use the village car park instead of abandoning their vehicles on the junction of the roundabout and at the junction of the shop. This happens all day which makes entry to the local school and roundabout very difficult?

 

There is more litter than ever before bottles, paper, crisp packets all over, have people forgotten how to use a rubbish bin?

 

Local children hang around the shop, ride around on their bikes, go round the round-about not just once, but the wrong way continuously to on-coming traffic dangerous or stupid? We also have primary and secondary age children abusing the local play park usually until 9 or 10pm nightly, either by abusing the facilities there or making so much noise that open windows have to be closed due to the volume of noise they are making, and keep residents awake until they decide to go home. We live in Fox Hollow and prior to the shop(s) opening we never had a problem with kids playing when we got home from work, but now every day we have to ask children to stop playing outside our houses on their bikes riding constantly up and down the drainage ditch, usually loudly together with swear words and obscenities that go with their behaviour, the beeping of car horns warning as they drive past to ensure they are off the road. When we do ask them to move on and play where they live, we are greeted with abuse, rude gestures, ignorance and hostility. Some of the young boys then take to throwing stones at either the bus shelter or on-coming cars. Where has the respect gone for people‟s property, privacy and feelings?

 

We are now greeted during the evening, usually when younger children are in bed and it is time to unwind, with young boys/men riding motor bikes in the village car park and youths gathering behind the old derelict building attached to the village car park seeing and hearing physical violence towards each other. Not nice when you are trying to relax after a hard day at work! We all want the village life for our children and take the advantages this offers seriously, however this is not a nice place to live at the moment. The community police are very helpful, however they can‟t be here 24 hours a day and when you have been at work all day, a battle with obnoxious children/teenagers does not make for easy living, especially when you look forward to coming home to what was once, a quiet and subdued environment.

 

Issue 2. Hedge Lane Witham St Hughs residents have noticed lately there is a lot of dog fouling going around their neighbourhood and a lot seems to be left around front doors .Residents mention this subject in the Witham Staple magazine as it is not only disgusting, but there are a lot of children in this area and it is very dangerous if they were to handle it, there is a fixed penalty fine for this offence and owners are reminded to clear up after their dogs.

 

Whilst the Witham Staple appreciates the concerns of local residents with regard to these ongoing issues it wishes to advise residents that they should approach the appropriate authorities such as the Parish Council, District Council and the local Police and Police support team with any issues they have for enforced action and hopefully bring these matters to an end.

 

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October 2009

Editorial:

Another issue of the Witham Staple already! Yes! September came and passed in a flash as we plough on into October, Harvest celebrations, Halloween and the fast approaching autumn fall, plus of cause all the usual community events and more to keep you entertained, occupied and distracted from the onset of the end of British summertime and gloomy dark nights. No, come on let‟s have a more cheery note, let‟s stop and think on to all those late autumnal sunny days, the dew on the lawn, the mist over the water and the low autumnal sunlight reflecting all the natural shades of gold and orange that nature brings us at this time of year. As always ever forward and reading on to pick out and enjoy the delights on offer this month and before you know it we‟ll be right back here and into November with a WIZZ a POP and a BANG!

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

This month’s front cover is, “Kicking Leaves” by Paul Hubbard.

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

This month’s crime

We are still receiving reports of Theft from Motor vehicles.

Summertime News

We are pleased to report that crime over the summer months has been quite low, although we have seen an increase in anti-social behaviour in the village of Witham St Hughs. This is mainly youth related problems in the form of large gatherings of young people reported to be drinking alcohol and being abusive to residents. Please don’t let this kind of behaviour go unreported, if you see it happening and it affects your way of life let us know and we will do all we can to stop it. NKDC also have the power to deal with anti-social behaviour and have designated officers to do so.

POLICE COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Junior Crimefighters

During the summer holidays the Beat Team has run a Junior Crimefighters course for children at the schools in Witham St Hughs, Brant Broughton and Bassingham. It was a two-day course at each school designed to give the kids a taster of some of the things we get involved in. Some of the things that we organised included personal safety, first aid, prison talk, Fire & Rescue Input, a tour of the CCTV van and the day ended with a murder mystery. The whole initiative was a huge success again for the second year running and thoroughly enjoyable. The Beat Team would like to thank the helpers who gave up their time on the days to come along and lend a hand. Our thanks go to James Brown, Callum Rogers and Ben Chamberlayne. We are pleased to announce the winners of ‘Top Cop’ as follows = Witham St Hughs - Oliver Reid, Bassingham – Oaki De Mooy-Sell, Brant Broughton – Phoebe Morgan.

Witham Side Youth Football

The Beat team is looking to organise some drop in sessions at Bassingham multi surface court for budding footballers aged 11yrs upwards, the sessions will be free of charge and open to anyone from any village. If you want to find out more please call PCSO Chris Boyle on 07939312796.

Parking Offences / Obstruction

Did you know that you could receive a £30.00 fine for parking in a restricted area or causing an obstruction to other motorists or pedestrians? This can include things such as yellow lines, single or double, bus stops, school safety zones or even drop down kerbs or pavements. Please assist your fellow residents and leave these areas clear for their original purpose.  

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BASSINGHAM COMMUNITY & SPORTS CENTRE Buy a brick scheme

The Hub needs a final push to reach its goal to raise £380k We are selling bricks with your name or organisation engraved on the face, these bricks will be displayed in the front entrance of the new village hall. Bricks are being sold for £25 each, a maximum 32 characters can be engraved onto the brick, i.e. 16 per line. For further information, please contact The Hub Project Team on 789689 Thank-you for your help.

 

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ST PETER’S CHURCH AUBOURN Bulb Planting

Saturday 10th October from 10.30am (weather permitting) We are going to plant some more bulbs in the churchyard. If you would like to donate some bulbs and or help to plant them we would be grateful. Our Harvest Thanks Giving is on Sunday 4th October at 10.30am and any bulbs we get before, we will take to Church as part of our Harvest. All are welcome to the service on the 4th and the planting of the bulbs on the 10th.

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NORTON DISNEY NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH Ours is a NO COLD CALLING Village

The scheme has been running for seven months and is partially successful. When a cold caller asks if you have any scrap or if any hedges want cutting or trees lopping etc. please inform and explain that we are a “no cold calling village” and in the eyes of the Police and Trading Standards Office they are committing an offence if they persist in calling.

 

Please telephone the Police on 532222 Lincoln Trading Standards on 08454 04 05 06 Or Gordon on 789229

 

Please display the window stickers from the Information pack on your front door glass

 

Our Village has very little trouble – we want to keep it that way! The NHW Co-ordinators are:- Barbara Foottit, Jenny Wright, Revd. Jim Rooke and Keith Gore

 

If anyone sees or hears anything suspicious, report it to the Police or in an emergency dial 999 NHW Village Co-ordinator Gordon Bancroft. 789229

 

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2009 Bassingham Surgery Flu Clinics

THIS YEAR THERE WILL BE A DROP IN FLU CLINIC

SATURDAY 10TH OCTOBER FROM 9AM TO 3PM

IF YOU HAVE DIABETES, COPD, ASTHMA, A HEART CONDITION, HAVE HAD A STROKE, HAVE KIDNEY PROBLEMS OR WILL BE 65 YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER ON 31.3.10. YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE FLU VACCINATION

If you are unable to attend on the above date please telephone the surgery to arrange an appointment on an alternative date

Please note this is the usual seasonal flu vaccination and not the swine flu vaccine

 

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WILD BIRD WEEK

Bassingham Primary School will be running a "Wild Bird Week" during week commencing Monday 9th November, when all classes will be focusing on how to support and protect wild birds. The event will be supported by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), who have kindly provided briefing materials. Local RSPB members will also be coming in to talk to the children. In support of school funds, the school will be selling wild bird seed and feeders to parents and the local community so that our local wild birds can be supported through the coming winter months. The bird seed will be weighed and packed by the children. More details about how to order your bird seed and feeders will be published shortly.

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Mobile Library Service

In April 2008 Lincolnshire County Council reduced the mobile library visits from fortnightly to monthly and also reduced the five stops to just one. Library users completed a petition to present at these changes and despite three meetings with the County Council nothing has changed. However following a meeting with library officials to voice our concerns yet again, they have now agreed to visit the village to review the situation. They plan to visit the mobile library and take a serious look at the size of the village and the distance many users have to travel to get to the bus. We would urgently request that all library users in the village and surrounding areas make a real effort to visit between 2.30pm and 3.30pm on Thursday 29th October to make our presence felt and to meet Council Officials to express our concerns. We may only get this one chance to reverse these cuts and a full attendance will be essential…… it‟s the old adage „Use it or lose it‟. Hope to see all library users on the 29th October

 

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WITHAM ST HUGHS 2nd COMMUNITY FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA

Wednesday 4th November 6pm to 9pm Witham St Hughs Primary School ALL WELCOME For ease, convenience and time, book your tickets now online! Discounted tickets now available to purchase online log on to… www.ptfa.biz DONT DELAY.....BOOK TODAY!! or full price tickets available on the gate on the night. Volunteers on the night urgently required. For further info tel. 07599 936187

 

BASSINGHAM FIREWORKS & BONFIRE

Saturday 7th November The bonfire will be built on Saturday 31st October in a field at the end of Torgate Lane. If you have any suitable material for the bonfire please bring it along between 9am and 12noon and we will be available to help you unload it. PLEASE REMEMBER for health and safety reasons we cannot accept anything made of plastic or metal nor can we burn upholstered furniture or mattresses. Look out for full details of Bonfire Night in the November Staple.

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BASSINGHAM VILLAGE SHOW 2009 This year‟s village show, the 43rd that we have had, was a great success. We had a record attendance and there were more show entries than in previous years. The show is an annual fun day for Bassingham and the surrounding district and a time for the local community to get together and have fun. At the same time money is raised for the Village Hall and Playing Field Charity and this year a record amount was raised, over £2,250, which will go towards the building of The Hub – The new Village Hall.

 

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BASSINGHAM BROWNIES NEEDS YOUR HELP

We are currently celebrating 100 years of Guiding. After Christmas we will be down to 2 Adult Leaders for 28 Brownies. The Brownie pack cannot run with this number of Leaders. If you are available on a Tuesday evening from 6pm to 7.30pm and would like to help on a regular basis we would love to hear from you. We would hate to close down during our Centenary Year!!

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November 2009

Editorial

Editorial:

Whiz, pop, crackle, bang, crackle, pop, whiz, BANG. „Penny for the Guy Mister‟. Yes it‟s November, the clocks have gone back, it‟s cold, dark and that Autumnal feel and colour is slowly drifting into the dark bare winter months. No, come on it‟s not that bad, “never mind the darkness, we still can find a way, cause nothing lasts forever, even cold November rain”. Come on get your winter woollies out and let‟s see what there is to do this month to cheer us up, from joining friends and family around the blazing bonfire for a warm as the fireworks pop overhead, through to Christingle on Advent Sunday, there‟s something for everyone so please take a moment with a nice warm drink sit down and digest this month‟s issue and we‟ll see you all next month as we start planning for Christmas and all the festive fun. Talking of festive fun? Looking ahead and getting ready there‟s already a number of Christmas events listed and no doubt several more to come, don‟t forget to get your details in by the 15th November for the December issue and remember too that this is the double issue including January, so we need all your after Christmas New Year events too. Have fun, keep warm, safe and we‟ll see you in December.

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

This month’s front cover is “Fish” by William Monaghan. Winner of The Witham Staple cover design competition for 7 years and under.

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

News


Neighbourhood Panel Meeting
The next Neighbourhood Panel Meeting will be held on Thursday 12th November at the Brant Broughton Heritage Room from 7.30pm. 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.
Our priorities are currently:
1 – Deal with Road Traffic Offences
2 – Reduction of the Misuse of Controlled Substances in Villages
3 – Enforcement of “No Cold Calling Zones”
 

This month’s crime
Sometime overnight on Friday 2nd Saturday 3rd October, a quantity of lead was stripped from St Marys Church, Church Street, Carlton Le Moorland.
Between Friday 2nd Sunday 4th October, 21 Interlocking cattle handling gates were also stolen from Woodgate Lane, Beckingham.
If anyone has any information regarding these crimes or saw anything suspicious on these days can they please contact one of the beat team on any of the contact details given in this magazine.
 

Summertime News
We are pleased to report that crime over the summer months has been quite low, although we have seen an increase in anti-social behaviour in the village of Witham St Hughs. This is mainly youth related problems in the form of large gatherings of young people reported to be drinking alcohol and being abusive to residents. Please don‟t let this kind of behaviour go unreported, if you see it happening and it affects your way of life let us know and we will do all we can to stop it. NKDC also have the power to deal with anti-social behaviour and have designated officers to do so.
 

POLICE COMMUNITY PROJECTS
Skate Park at Witham St Hughs

On Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November between 10am and 3pm the Mobile Skate Park will be in Witham St Hughs on the Village car park near to the shops. It is free of charge to use! Please come along and have a go!
 

Seasonal Projects. Halloween and Bonfire Night
We will be 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.
 

Witham Side Youth Football
The Beat team is looking to organise some drop in sessions at Bassingham multi surface court for budding footballers aged 11yrs upwards, the sessions will be free of charge and open to anyone from any village. If you want to find out more please call PCSO Chris Boyle on 07939312796.
 

Parking Offences / Obstruction
Did you know that you could receive a £30 fine for parking in a restricted area or causing an obstruction to other motorists or pedestrians? This can include things such as yellow lines, single or double, bus stops, school safety zones or even drop down kerbs or pavements. Please assist your fellow residents and leave these areas clear for their original purpose.
 

Police Drop In Clinics
The Neighbourhood Policing Team are holding Drop In Clinics in the following villages to give you an opportunity to discuss issues/problems with the team or to simply come along and meet us. We will be at the following locations on the below dates from 6pm to 7.30pm. Please drop in at any point!
Brant Broughton – Wednesday 25th November in the Village Hall
Bassingham – Thursday 26th November in the Heritage Room
Witham St Hughs – Monday 7th December in the Police Office at the Ark.
We know people don‟t like to contact the police with what they believe to be trivial matters but this is what these clinics are for, to inform us what the problems are in the villages. This is a good opportunity to just come along and meet the team. We hope to see many of you there!

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BASSINGHAM COMMUNITY & SPORTS CENTRE

 

Buy a brick scheme

The Hub needs a final push to reach its goal to raise £380k We are selling bricks with your name or organisation engraved on the face, these bricks will be displayed in the front entrance of the new village hall. Bricks are being sold for £25 each, a maximum 32 characters can be engraved onto the brick, i.e. 16 per line. For further information, please contact The Hub Project Team on 789689 Thank-you for your help.

The Hub Bassingham Community And Sport Centre
A brief update on where we are with the Hub (Bassingham's new Village Hall)

• Plans have been approved by the Parish Council and have been submitted for approval by the planning authorities.

• The aim is to have the building up and available for use by late summer 2010.

• We are currently only £20,000 short of the money needed to fund the project, so if anyone has ideas on where this can be found then please get in touch.

• If there are companies out there who would like to sponsor either materials or finance to pay for certain chunks of the building, then we would like to hear from them.

Finally, we hope that this will give a new lease of life to the community of Bassingham and the surrounding villages.

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Introduction to Safeguarding Children: What to Do If You Are Worried About A Child

 
Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board are running half-day events suitable for all those who need a basic knowledge of the safeguarding process. The events are aimed at anyone who comes into contact with children and families in their everyday work.
The session will help participants to understand:

• the indicators that a child is at risk of, or is subject to, physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect;

• what to do if they are concerned about the welfare of a child;

• the local arrangements for safeguarding children and promoting their welfare, and what happens when concerns are reported.

Thursday 19th November
Morning session 9.30 to 12.30 and Afternoon session 1.30 to 4.30
At Boston West Golf Club
There will be further courses in early 2010. Contact Julie Rimington on 555505 or Lynda Leighton on 550922 for further details and a booking form.

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Carlton Le Moorland And Bassingham Pathway Group
Progress Update. The Pathway Group is pleased to confirm that, in addition to securing the greater part of the funding we require, we have now reached agreement to purchase the land for the longest section of the route. When completed the pathway will enable us to travel safely off-road from within Bassingham all the way into Carlton and similarly in the other direction. We are working to finalise agreements on the remaining land and thus bring the whole scheme nearer to realisation.
The Pathway Group is very appreciative of your continued support for the pathway, which will make a very real difference to the lives of local people, providing the present and future generations of children, their families and older people an independent, safe means of moving on foot, by bicycle or mobility scooter between our two villages. It will make an invaluable contribution to the quality of life of all those who use it.
Annual General Meeting
Wednesday 11th November at 7.30pm

In Carlton le Moorland Village Hall

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A Woodland Wander
Sunday 22nd November at 10.30am
Meet at Skellingthorpe Community Centre car park
before driving on to Skellingthorpe Old Wood.
For the third year running, CountrysideNK invite you to Skellingthorpe Old Wood to learn more about our ancient woodland, including tree identification and woodland management. WatchNK ranger, Steve Donagain will guide you through the woods and explain how the exotic conifers introduced in the 1950s are being removed to allow the wood to return to its native glory.
The event is free of charge, children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. Wear suitable footwear and clothing for a walk in the woods. For more information contact Theresa Hobbs.

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Help For 18 Community Groups
Community groups in Lincolnshire will benefit from £13,700 worth of grants, thanks to Lincolnshire Co-operative. The Society is owned by its members, who are people from the trading area of Lincolnshire and Newark. Those who sit on the Member Services Council are asked to make decisions on applications for Community Dividend grants. Community Dividend is one of the ways Lincolnshire Co-op shares its profits.
This time, 18 different groups have benefitted. £6,970 has been allocated to the Central area which includes Lincoln, £2,050 to the East which takes in Mablethorpe and Louth, £1,980 to the North which incorporates Market Rasen and Kirton in Lindsey, £2,000 to the South, which encompasses Spalding and £700 to Newark.
Membership and Community Manager Sam Turner said: “We‟re a local co-operative business and we share our profits with our members and their communities. There are lots of great schemes we‟ve been able to support in this round of grants and we wish all the community groups every success.”
The grants are spread across the County and for the local area we have benefited from £700 to Bassingham Village Hall committee to go towards building a new community and sports facility.

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‘Inspirational’ Visit To Lincolnshire By Sarah Payne
Victims’ Champion Sara Payne visited Lincolnshire Criminal Justice Board on September 18th. Following the death of her daughter Sarah in 2000, Sara has worked tirelessly as a child protection campaigner and was appointed as the National Victims Champion in January 2009. Sara met volunteers who sit on the Lincolnshire Voluntary Advisory Panel. These are members of the public who have suffered serious crimes or who are family members of victims; and who now advise local justice chiefs on how the Lincolnshire Criminal Justice System can be as effective as possible.
Commenting on the Voluntary Advisory Panel Sara Payne said:
“As part of my work as Champion I need to understand how the justice system is working for victims. For too long the victims‟ voices have not been heard clearly and initiatives such as the Panel have helped to make sure that victims cannot be ignored.”
The panel was set up in 2005 and provides an external perspective to the Criminal Justice System and how it meets the needs of victims. Being formed from people who have themselves been a victim, the panel gives a direct perspective for those that make decisions about the justice system in Lincolnshire.
Sarah Virr, Programme Manager for Lincolnshire Criminal Justice Board said:
“The volunteer panel demonstrates the commitment we all have to making the journey through the system for victims and witnesses as sensitive and smooth as possible,
“This was a great opportunity for us to show how the Panel has a direct impact on the services that we provide.”
Throughout the year Sara Payne has been meeting victims, witnesses and the people that support them. Her findings from this study are going into a report that is due to be published at the end of October which will inform of reforms in the Criminal Justice System.
Sara concluded:
“Victims and witnesses must be a primary consideration in ensuring justice. My report in the autumn will set out the key areas where the justice system needs to reform. The work of the people I am meeting on the Lincolnshire Voluntary Panel is playing an instrumental role in the recommendations that I will make.”
Jaswant Narwal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Lincolnshire and member of the Lincolnshire Criminal Justice Board, commenting on the day said:
“The visit was very successful and hugely inspirational. Not only was it a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the significant contributions that the panel has made to improvements in the Criminal Justice System but it was also a unique opportunity to showcase our innovative and pioneering work”
 

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There Could Be No Bassingham Show In 2010
The above headline is not yet fact but it is a distinct possibility.
This popular fixture in the local calendar for last 43 years cannot continue unless sufficient people are prepared to organise it. This year‟s attendance was at record levels but the show does require planning. Over the years it has continued thanks to just a few dedicated people working tirelessly to ensure that the ”show goes on”. We have now reached the point where greater involvement is a critical necessity. The absence of The Show would be a great cultural loss to the community and would also represent a substantial loss of income required to support the upkeep of our Village Hall and playing field. If you care about your community and are prepared to help in any way, no matter how small, with the planning and running of The Show, you are invited to come along to an Informal Discussion Group to be held in the Social Area of the Village Hall
Monday 16th November at 7.45pm
Wine and soft drinks will be provided
The level of response to this invitation will determine whether or not the Headline above becomes fact. It is up to you.

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Lincolnshire Police Release Funds in Pilot Scheme for Charitable Causes

 

Lincolnshire Police are inviting members of the public, community groups and people in need of assistance through disability hardship, to apply to them for funding in support of charitable causes, projects or events. The pilot scheme makes available four grants of up to £500 to help towards any charitable or worthwhile cause. This money will come from the Police Property Act Fund.

 

The Police Property Act Fund is an account whereby allocations are received from the sale of recovered stolen goods or property that has been found or seized. If the owners of the property are not traceable, then the goods are sold at auction. The monies from the sale of goods are then redistributed for charitable purposes.

Anyone living in Lincolnshire is entitled to apply for funding. Applications which help to further any of the areas below are particularly welcome. An explanation of these areas, along with an application form, is available on the Lincolnshire Police website under the „Initiatives‟ - "Grants for Pilot Scheme" section on the main page. Alternatively, contact Gill Finn at Police HQ.

Reduction of crime - Reduction of anti social behaviour

Partnership working - Social/Project Development

Community Cohesion - Disability Hardship

The deadline for applications is 30th November 2009. No applications will be accepted after this period. Decisions on whether applications will receive support should be made within 14 days of their receipt. Should you have any further queries, or wish to submit an application form, please contact: Mrs Gill Finn, Community Safety Unit, Lincolnshire Police Headquarters, PO Box 999, Lincoln, LN5 7PH.

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Young People’s 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 educational/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 educational/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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December 2009

Editorial:

The Witham Staple Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who gave their time each month in 2009 to help produce, print, collate and deliver The Witham Staple to more than 2400 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 and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

This month’s front cover is “Three Wise men” by Brenda Cooper..

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

News

The Beat Team would like you to continue to be vigilant over the Christmas period as we saw an increase in domestic burglaries this time last year, we require anybody to report anything they feel is suspicious. The Neighbourhood Beat Team would like to wish all our residents a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
 

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting
The Panel meeting took place on the Thursday 12th November. 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 – Deal with Road Traffic Offences
2 – Enforcement of “No Cold Calling Zones”
3 – High Visibility Patrols
The next Panel date has been set for 7.30pm on Thursday 18th February 2010 at Carlton Le Moorland Village Hall.
 

This month’s crime
There have been a few incidents in relation to farm equipment and livestock being taken in quiet rural locations.
Between 15th & 16th October an electric supply box was stolen from a field on Linga Lane, Bassingham Fen. Crime Number DD/09/1775 refers.
Another battery and an energiser used to power an electric fence were stolen from a field on The Clays in Brant Broughton sometime between 9th &11th November. Crime Number DD/09/1883.
Also, on 12th November at approx 10.45am, approx 20 partridges were stolen from a field on Bassingham Road, Carlton le Moorland. Three males were seen to take the partridges and leave in a Blue/Silver old Shogun style vehicle and head towards the A17. Inc 98 of 12/11/09 refers.
If anyone has any information regarding these crimes or saw anything suspicious on these days can they please contact one of the beat team on any of the contact details given in this magazine.
Please be extra vigilant now the dark nights have drawn 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!
 

POLICE COMMUNITY PROJECTS
Skate Park – Witham St Hughs
Apologies to all those that attended the Skatepark at Witham St Hughs but unfortunately due to bad weather it had to be cancelled on Saturday 31st October & Sunday 1st November. We will be re-scheduling on another weekend when the weather gets better. Watch this space!
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 to highlight 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 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 to children.
 

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!
We ran anti-bullying workshops in November to coincide with Anti Bullying week. Year 6 pupils 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.
 

Neighbourhood Watch
We often get asked what is Neighbourhood Watch? Well - Neighbourhood Watch is a method of developing close liaison between households in a Neighbourhood, the local Police and the local authority. The aim is to help people protect themselves and their properties, to reduce the fear of crime and improve their local environment by:

• Improved home security

• Greater vigilance

• Fostering a community spirit

• Improving their environment

A Day In The Life Of Your Neighbourhood Policing Team
Hykeham South Rural Beat Team

The Hykeham Rural South Police Beat Team who may be familiar to many of you is made up of a Community Beat Manager, PC Matt Roberts nowadays referred to as a CBM but many of you would call him the local Bobby and two Police Community Support Officers (PSCO) who many of you will know as Vicky Czajkowski and Chris Boyle. Together with the CBM they form the Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) or the Beat Team as it is commonly known.
It is apparent to the Beat Team that some members of our public are astounded by the array of activities and tasks that we undertake, many may wonder what we actually do when they can’t see us beating the streets as perhaps they would like to see us doing!
To address this we were asked at our last Neighbourhood Panel meeting (NHP, more of that later) to produce a day in the life of the Beat Team narrative to paint a picture of what we get up to on a day to day basis. Before we do that, it is necessary to explain how the Beat Team fits into the bigger picture of the Home Office’s Policing model.
The Bassingham Cluster Area sits in what is known in policing circles as the South Rural Sector. Resident to the Bassingham Cluster Area is the Hykeham Rural South Beat Team. The Beat Team’s remit is to deal predominantly with neighbourhood issues but they will if available respond to urgent 999 calls on their area. Working alongside the Beat Team are other policing departments such as Response and Patrol Officers, Roads Policing Unit, Dog mobiles and where appropriate departments such as CID, SOCO and other specialist departments too long to list. Working in partnership with us are also our partner agencies such as NKDC.
To give a pen picture of what we do is no small task no two days are the same.
The nature of police work is extremely unpredictable. Flexibility remains key to our work whilst trying to maintain a plethora of appointments and commitments. The key to neighbourhood policing is engagement within the community. The Beat Team tends to work “daylight” hours i.e. 7am to 10pm so we can best engage and converse with our public. That isn’t to say if there is a problem over night that we won‟t change our shifts to sort the problem as we have done on a number of occasions.
A typical day for both PCSO and CBM begins by reviewing incidents that have occurred overnight. In many cases these incidents will have been attended by Response Officers and may need follow up visits to provide reassurance, obtain statements or do door to door enquiries in daylight hours. We never really know what we will be met with when we arrive at work.
The Beat Team responds to concerns in the community. In one guise this is delivered to us via a Neighbourhood Panel. The NHP are volunteer members of the community that have set up a Panel to serve our cluster area. The NHP identifies concerns from the community and offers policing priorities for the Beat Team to address at quarterly meetings. These priorities can be found listed on village notice boards, in local shop windows and in local village magazines within our cluster area as well as the Lincolnshire Police internet site under the link of Neighbourhood Policing Teams. The Beat Team reports back to the NHP at the following meeting and gives feedback with results, conclusions and advice.
The variety of incidents that the Beat Team may get involved in is diverse. In recent months the Beat Team has responded to reports of burglary, thefts, assaults, drug dealing and drug production, possession of illegal firearms, theft of motor vehicles, theft from motor vehicles, fraud, malicious communications, criminal damage, public disorder, harassment, threatening behaviour, arson, domestic incidents, self harm and suicide, sudden deaths, road traffic collisions, bogus callers and even prostitution. The attendance at such incidents is just the start of any process. An arrest results in hours spent processing prisoners in custody, interviewing and writing up evidence to present to the CPS. Often search warrants will follow arrests in the hunt for stolen property or drugs etc. Again this is time consuming and needs lengthy documentation. The end result of an arrest and successful investigation is the compilation of court prosecution files and attendance at court. On top of these commitments are the inevitable training sessions that all members of the Beat Team have to attend to keep us up to date with ever increasing legislation and the occasional abstractions to other duties such as policing major events within the county.
All of the above is the common perception of modern police work when really it is just the tip of the iceberg. Investigations can be very time consuming, prior to and after arrest. Observations and intelligence need to be obtained, evidence gathered, that may be statement form or video recording, informants or seizure of property and evidence, all of which requires the correct legislation and documentation applying. Add the incoming incidents and reports received on the radio or beat phone and a whole host of other commitments to the mix and you will realise the working day begins to fill quite rapidly!
The Beat Team has a diary full of commitments to fulfil before the day even begins so each day is a constant assessment of sliding priorities. An engagement diary for the NPT can also be found on our web pages. This demonstrates well the diversity of activities undertaken by the team even before the spontaneous events impact upon us!
The Beat Team is regularly found in our three primary schools leading activities such as drug education, bike safe schemes, talks on anti social behaviour (ASB), prevention harm lessons about alcohol, bullying, road safety, internet safety, stranger danger and the list goes on. The Team also has positive engagement with the Hill Holt Wood Pupil Referral Unit who unbeknown to many carry out an awful lot of good work clearing up fly tipping we report to them. Outside of school hours the Beat Team has diversionary ASB schemes in place such as the Fair Play Football scheme run by PCSO Chris Boyle. Many of these schemes attract venue, transport, funding and sponsorship issues that are again time consuming. Other schemes are held during school holidays such as Junior Crime Fighters and Junior PCSO’s. The purpose of these schemes is to involve young people in community issues and activities in a constructive way whilst diverting them away from trouble. The Beat Team knows a large number of the younger people by name in our villages as a result of these schemes. This is an investment for the future, both in diversion, intelligence, and crime prevention and detection.
“No Cold Calling Zones” (NCCZ) have been set up by the Beat Team in most of our villages. These are intended to provide a protective umbrella to our most vulnerable in order to deter bogus callers and distraction burglaries. Installation of signage in these zones indicates to offenders that residents are hardened to their actions as well as providing education and support to them. This gives residents the confidence and means to contact either their wardens or the Beat Team directly on the Beat Phones to report the presence of these cold callers to police. Speakers from Trading Standards have attended sheltered accommodation to speak to residents about the dangers of cold callers offering building work, tree cutting services and offering strategies to deal with them or verify their true identity. Other input by the Beat Team has been the instalment of security lights in these areas as well as alarms, spy holes and intercoms.
Central to our efforts against crime in our rural areas is Neighbourhood watch (NHW). There are established and effective NHW schemes operating in our villages who pass on information to the Beat Team and who receive real time information from the police by email, fax and telephone about emerging threats in our area.
The more recent priorities set by our NHP includes concerns about the manner of driving on our roads and enforcement of the NCCZ. Seven drug warrants have been executed in our beat area since February. This illustrates the effectiveness of Neighbourhood Policing Teams gathering valuable intelligence and acting upon it. A significant amount of people have been arrested and charged with drug related offences, some are still pending conviction. Whilst it is acknowledged there is still a presence of controlled substances being used in our area the intelligence is constantly developing and police are aware of an amount of information that the offenders may be oblivious too. The work to combat the misuse of drugs and bring offenders to justice will continue. Wider policing involvement is bid for through the Beat Team, an example is the input of the Roads Policing Unit to assist us in dealing with offences such as speeding and other traffic offences. Amongst all this other activity the Beat Team deploys a Speed Indicating Device (SID), which you may have seen at the road side, hopefully smiling at you! The SID is a passive measure designed to draw the driver‟s attention to their speed in that area. Where persistent speeding is identified the Beat Team will adopt a more proactive approach and issue fixed penalty tickets to offending motorists.
As a Beat Team we hope this “blog” gives the reader a better understanding of the work we do and the role we fulfil. None of us on the Team are under the impression that we will please everyone all of the time but we hope this will go some way to helping people understand how we fit into the policing model within Lincolnshire Police. The urban myth about Bobbies sat in the station drinking tea isn‟t true at all, policing is a highly intensive job. In fact it is fair to say that PC Matt Roberts has a very poor reputation as he never makes a cup of tea but will always willingly accept one made for him!

 

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1st Bassingham Cubs  ‘New Village Hall Brick’ Fund Raising Project

Each six has been set a challenge to raise money to buy a brick for the Hub Bassingham new Village Hall. Blue six have already raised £30 by being soaked with wet sponges, other sixes are making and selling pom pom animals, organising games and selling drinks and biscuits at our Christmas party and Cub football matches. Yellow six are planning a sponsored walk so if anyone in the village wishes to support them please ring Akela on 788241 who has a sponsor form at hand.

 

The Hub Artwork Project

As part of the development of The Hub community and sports centre in Bassingham, the Project Management Team is keen to encourage members of the community to come together to produce some sort of artwork for the new building. Anyone that might be interested in being involved in such a project is invited to attend an initial meeting to discuss the idea.
The meeting will be held on
Tuesday 8th December at 6pm
in the Heritage Room
Everybody is welcome to attend.
Fur further information please contact Andrew Keeling

 

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1st  Bassingham Scout Group  Cubs Christmas Post

Let the Cub Scouts deliver your local Christmas cards for a donation. The Cubs will be having their usual Christmas Postal Service.

Post boxes will be located in Bassingham at the:-

Post Office, Green’s Stores, Spar Shop and St Michael’s Church.

A Post box will be located in Carlton le Moorland Post Office too.

Post boxes will be in place for first post on Tuesday 1st December and the last Post will be on Friday 18th December. Deliveries for local villages only please, to help us deliver correctly please can you address your cards fully as a name and village is not really sufficient. All proceeds will go towards Cub funds.

The Scouts and Cubs will be bag packing at Asda on Wednesday 23rd December between 10am and 4pm. Please come and support us as the money collected will be going to funding the activities of the Scout Group as a whole.

Alison Kelly (Akela)

 

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Bassingham Primary School

Open Day. The [November 2009] open days were very successful. The feedback was very positive, with lots of encouraging comments, especially concerning the superb behaviour of the children. The displays around the corridors and classrooms were also remarked upon, as well as the warm, friendly atmosphere of the school.

 

Bird Week. As part of Bassingham Bird Week, there was a visit from the RSPB. The children were given the chance to ask questions and find out lots of information about our bird population. The pupils from Class four visited Aubourn bird hide and they also planted hedging around the school. The children from Reception made bird feeders which they hung in the wildlife area. Everyone supported the occasion by buying bird food and feeders, which helped to raise funds for the school and will keep the birds happy during the winter. “The talk by the man from the RSPB was really interesting. I knew a lot of the bird sounds because Mum takes me to Hartsholme Park and I listen to the birds.” Phoebe, class 5. “At Aubourn, it was good because when we went into the woods you could hear all the birds and the sounds were amazing.” Sam, class 4

Sporting Success. The school netball team won the recent NK tournament. The team played exceptionally well and won every match. They will now go through to the finals in March.

 

Christmas. It's that time of year again when tea towels and dressing gowns are turned into nativity costumes. Christmas is always a very exciting time of the year in school. The children from Key Stage 1 will be putting on a performance in the hall and Key Stage 2 will be staging a carol concert in the Church.

 

The PTA Christmas Fayre takes place in the Village Hall on Friday 4th December at 3.30pm to 5pm and it is hoped as many visitors as possible take the chance to support the school.

 

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Bassingham Heritage Room
 

In the absence of a crowd of eager volunteers, the present members of the Management Group Committee have all agreed to serve for another year and the Chairman is yet again Madeline Vickers, the Treasurer Anne Lanes and the Secretary Jo Hughes. We've had some good speakers during the past year and thanks to Helen and Jean, have smartened up the archives: next year we shall be having a 'Then & Now' event asking for additions to our memorabilia as well as viewing what we already have. Recently we've also had two very successful workshops - a mobile ceramics studio and a craft afternoon.

Could we reassure all users and potential users of the Heritage Room that everything is as normal for the time being: sadly the Chapel is to close, but not until August 2010 and as yet we don't know what will happen to the Heritage Room. As soon as we do, we shall put the information in the Witham Staple and in the Heritage Room itself.

Please note that the Art Club will not be meeting after 14th December until 11th January. The Mosaics Group, the Patchwork & Quilting Group and the Bridge Club will not be meeting during the week before Christmas nor the week after, but the Bridge Club will also not be meeting in the Heritage Room on 17th December. They will be back to normal from the week beginning 4th January. The Mosaics Group will re-start on 12th January. Season's greetings to one and all from the Heritage Room Management Group.

 

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Bassingham Fireworks & Bonfire Photographs

Darren Peet attended the event on Saturday 7th November and kindly provided these photographs:

 

 

 
 

 

 

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Sleaford Hub Festive Market
Saturday 12th Sunday 13th December 10am until 4pm

 

Intricately designed Christmas decorations, beautiful jewellery, stunning glassware and tantalising pickles and jams, all just a taste of what’s on offer at the Hub’s Christmas Craft Market free entry.
 

The Hub National Centre for Craft & Design in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, will once again host its annual Craft Market and invite many local craft makers, all selling a wide range of spectacular items. So why not come along and treat a loved one to something special this Christmas? Visitors will be given the opportunity to purchase unique, high quality gifts from the artists themselves. Indulge yourself in handbags, textiles, ceramics, ornamental metalwork, mosaics, garden decorations, gifts and homeware, plus many more seasonal arts and craft. With crafty Christmas decoration drop in workshops and a traditional fairground carousel, funded by Sleaford BID, at their fingertips, children are most definitely guaranteed a great time at the market!
 

Ruskington Roundelay Choir will serenade audiences with classic Christmas carols, while the Bretherton Hand Bell Ringers will offer some extra seasonal cheer to passers by. Don’t miss Sleaford Ukulele Orchestra either, as they bring their unique and beautiful sound to the town.
For all those wannabe James Martins out there, fabulous Christmas cake decoration demonstrations will be on show inside the Hub – so come and learn some handy hints and snippets of advice! If it‟s a little chilly outside, why not spoil yourself with a warming glass of mulled wine from the Rotary Club of Sleaford’s stall, or visit the Hub’s Riverside Café for a scrumptious cup of hot chocolate and marshmallows? This year, the Hub will not only have a craft market, but also a whole weekend full of activities. The fairground carousel will be open for rides on both days. To add to the festivities, there will be family workshops taking place in the Hub throughout the weekend. Families are invited to watch an animated Christmas classic on a large cinema screen in the Hub too.
 

So, whether its last minute Christmas gifts or a pleasant family day out you are after, the Hub’s Christmas Craft Market weekend has it all! Make sure you come along and enjoy a wonderful winterland of Christmas crafts and activities!
 

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Bassingham Choir Presents

“Hallelujah, Alleluia, Hallelujah”
A programme of Christmas Music and Readings
Saturday 12th December - Temple Bruer Church
Wednesday 16th December - St Mary’s Church Carlton le Moorland
Friday 18th December - Bassingham Methodist Chapel
All concerts start at 7.30pm 

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Christmas Tree Festival Newark

 

Saturday 5th to Sunday 13th December

at St Mary Magdalene, Newark

St Mary Magdalene Parish Church Newark is staging a Christmas tree Festival from 5th to 13th December this year. Featuring around 40 trees all decorated by local schools, groups and organisations. The Festival will create a great atmosphere at this magical time of year, enhanced by the magnificent building of St. Mary‟s at the heart of the town. Throughout the Festival, besides the opportunity to view some beautifully and imaginatively decorated trees, refreshments will be served, seasonal music played and there will be stalls to buy gifts and a wide range of Christmas cards.

Openings times are:

Saturday 5th & 12th December 9.30am to 5pm

Sunday 6th & 13th December 11am to 4pm

Monday 7th & Friday 11th December 10am to 5pm

If you have any queries, please ring the vestry on 01636 706473 from 9am to 4pm (excluding lunchtime) or the Parish Office on 01636 611778 from 9am to 1pm.

Entry: £2 adults; accompanied children are free.

Do come and enjoy yourselves!

 

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85 or Over? 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 2009 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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