Extracts from 2010 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 2010 that provide a flavour of the prevailing themes.

February

March

April

May

June

July /August  

September

October

November

December

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February 2010

Editorial:

Firstly if a little belated a Happy New Year to you all and here we go headlong into 2010 or 20-10 (whatever you prefer). February already, what happened to January except for Brrrrrrrrrrrrr!! and the outlook is for it not to get warmer just yet, but it will be less cold, the difference? Warmer means you don‟t need your coat, less cold means you still do need it!! While we are all safe and wrapped up during this cold snap we should all take a moment to reflect and think of those less fortunate in Haiti. After the devastating earthquake that hit the small Island in January our thoughts are of sorrow as we hear of thousands lost and hundreds missing and then to the moving scenes as we see dedicated rescuers from around the world finding survivors young and old in the aftermath of rubble eight days later. As we look forward to the warmer sunny days of spring, others will look to the future and their whole lives to rebuild again. That bit of snow we had somehow never seems that bad in the end does it? This month‟s issue has all our usual events to read about plus more and even some to put on your calendar later in the year. Till March take care.

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

This month’s front cover is “Winter Scene” by Kimberley Atkin.

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

News

We hope all our readers had a lovely Christmas
and we wish you all a Happy New Year.
 

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting
The next Neighbourhood Panel Meeting will be held on Thursday 18th February at Carlton le Moorland Village Hall 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 e-mail one of us with anything.
Our priorities are currently:
1 – Deal with Road Traffic Offences
2 – Enforcement of “No Cold Calling Zones”
3 – High Visibility Patrols
 

Lincolnshire Police – New Contact Number
The Lincolnshire Police has a new contact number;

As of the 1st January the number 0300 111 0300 will work alongside 532222 for the next 2 years, when 532222 will be taken out of the system. 0300 111 0300 will work all over the Lincolnshire Police Force Area and will connect the caller with the Force Control Centre. This is the new number for contacting Lincolnshire Police when it‟s not an emergency. The Single Non-Emergency Number, as it‟s officially called, is part of an initiative to speed up police response to non-emergencies. If it is an emergency – a life threatening or violent situation, a crime in progress, or a road traffic collision causing injury or serious traffic problems – contact 999.
We have a new Police Force Web page coming out on Monday 11th and the number will be shown.
 

This month’s crime
We continue to see livestock and farm equipment being taken in quiet rural locations. Overnight on the 22nd 23rd December six sheep were taken from a field situated off Newark Road at Bassingham. Large quantities of batteries that are being used to power electric fencing are also being stolen in the Norton Disney, Bassingham, Carlton le Moorland area.
Any information regarding any of the above please call one of the numbers below and quote Incident 213 of 24/12/09.

 

Witham St Hughs – Unauthorised Waste & Rubbish
Residents have made us aware of an increasing problem that some residents are abandoning items such as electric goods, furniture and bags of rubbish in communal areas. Not only is this unsightly it is also inconsiderate and classed as anti-social behaviour. Offenders where identified will be liable to prosecution under Environmental Legislation.
 

POLICE COMMUNITY PROJECTS
Seasonal Projects – Drink Drive Competition “Shattered Dreams”
During the months of November and December the Beat Team ran the annual drink drive competition at Witham St Hughs, Bassingham and Brant Broughton Primary Schools. This entailed us going into the older children‟s lessons and talking to them about speeding and drink driving. The children were then asked to design a poster illustrating the dangers of speeding and driving whilst under the influence of alcohol. We had a very good response of a high standard, which made the judging even harder for Victoria Burt, Youth Outreach Development Manager for Leisure Connection Ltd, North Kestevan Centre in North Hykeham. The winners were announced and in a presentation ceremony received their prizes. Congratulations to 11-year-old Katy Acaster from Brant Broughton Primary School who won first prize: an activity day for the school using either the climbing wall, mobile skate park or parkour equipment kindly donated by Victoria Burt and the Outreach Team. 10-year-old Freddy from Witham St Hughs Primary School scooped second prize and 10-year-old Sam Diprose from Bassingham Primary School won third prize. The Danwood Group Ltd, Witham St Hughs kindly donated 3 Nintendo DSi's with a game for 1st 2nd and 3rd places. Congratulations also to Rebecca Parker from Brant Broughton School and Abigail from Witham St Hughs School who came 4th and 5th. They received prizes donated by Delphine Norton from Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership. 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 4th year running.

 

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The Hub New Year Update

Funds have been increased as we have managed to get £5000 from the Garfield Weston Trust thanks to Pat.

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Community Association Or Group

It has been suggested that we form a group in Bassingham for people of any age during the day on a week between the lunch group dates.

The first meeting will be on

Thursday 11th February from 2pm to 4pm

in the Heritage Room Bassingham

We will discuss a programme and elect a committee.

Entrance fee £1, tea & cake provided.

There will be a display of materials provided by the British Red Cross. The Co-op Moorland Mobility Centre and Lakeland. There will be a short discussion on which items have proved helpful.

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Bassingham Primary School

Lincoln Road, Bassingham, Lincoln LN5 9HQ

Telephone: 788395. Fax: 789467

Email: enquiries@bassingham.lincs.sch.uk

www.bassingham .lincs.sch.uk

Headteacher Mr Ian Howells

A Happy New Year from all the children and staff of Bassingham School.

The snow has ensured that it has been a very exciting start back to school. Every child has been giving the teaching staff regular updates on the weather report. Every snowfall was greeted with glee.

It is back to normal after the very busy build-up to Christmas. All the hard work and effort put into producing the KS1 and KS2 concerts paid off, with outstanding performances from all the children.

The PTA held a successful Christmas Fayre. Thank you to all who supported the event. All monies raised will go towards outside play equipment.

Congratulations to Sam Diprose, who came 3rd with his poster for an anti-drink driving campaign, which was organised by the community police.

Children from years 5 and 6 will be working together this term focusing on the environment, “Good to be Green”. If there are any local businesses which are involved with environmental issues, we would welcome their input.

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Bassingham Heritage Room & Chapel
As you have probably heard by now, the Bassingham Chapel is, sadly, having to close and there is obviously the question of whether the Heritage Room will also have to close. Everything will go ahead as normal until the end of August after that, we don’t know. A meeting with NK officers, local District Councillors, Bassingham Parish Council and representatives of the user groups was scheduled for January, but any report of that meeting was too late to be included in this month’s magazine. Any further information will be printed in this magazine whenever possible.
 

However, something to look forward to on Saturday 27th March Sarah Hassnip will be telling us about her and Mike walking the Pilgrims’ Route last year, starting from Bassingham but joining the traditional route at Winchester, walking all the way down England, across France and finishing at Santiago in Spain four months later! Details of the evening will be printed in the March issue.

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HELPING ‘LIVES’ TO SAVE LIVES
Specially trained volunteers are on standby to give vital medical help at emergencies across Lincolnshire and we can all support them. IMAGINE how rewarding it feels to save another person’s life.
Stephen Hyde of Lincolnshire charity LIVES, their fundraising and marketing officer, often describes LIVES as the fourth emergency service. LIVES work in partnership with NHS EMAS (East Midlands Ambulance Service), with a dedicated LIVES desk in the ambulance emergency room.
LIVES medics and responders are specially trained volunteers and attended over 13,000 999 calls last year, saving just over 300 lives. When a 999 call comes in the LIVES desk contacts the nearest on-call LIVES responder, who is usually able to arrive at the scene within five to six minutes of the call.
The LIVES responders live in the same village as the person needing an ambulance, so they can be at the incident very quickly. This is important in a large rural county like Lincolnshire. The first few minutes after a cardiac arrest, stroke or heart attack are critical for someone‟s recovery or survival. Responders can give oxygen to someone or in serious incidents administer Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to the patient. Timing is critical – for every minute after a cardiac arrest without any treatment the chances of survival decrease by 10%. Sometimes by acting quickly, it is possible to prevent a heart attack from developing into a life threatening condition, by giving oxygen, reassuring the patient and calming them down.
There are currently 98 groups around Lincolnshire, but LIVES need another 45 groups. Most groups are based around a village and need a minimum of five responders, including one medic and a number of administrators. So why not do it for real by training as a volunteer with Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service (LIVES), the rewards and satisfaction are immense, especially the knowledge that you‟ve saved someone‟s life. Volunteers need to train once a month and volunteer for a minimum of one day or night on duty a month. Most do a lot more than that. However if responding is not for you perhaps you can help by becoming a „Friend of LIVES‟.
How to support LIVES

• Anyone can volunteer as a LIVES responder providing they are over 18, able to drive and fit enough to kneel down and administer Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). There is no age limit, all training is free and all equipment is provided.

• LIVES need almost £1m to keep going each year, and to expand to cover more of the county. You can help LIVES by supporting their fundraising events or becoming a Friend of LIVES. For £20 a year you‟ll receive a car sticker, metal pin badge and a regular newsletter.

• LIVES will also do First Aid At Work training for employees in a business. By law all businesses of 50 or more must employ first aiders. LIVES prices are very competitive and all surplus cash after expenses go to the charity.

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Mobile Library Service

Mobile Library In Bassingham

An Extra Mobile Library Stop For The Village.

Thank you to everyone who turned out on Thursday 29th October, when representatives from LCC library services visited our village to examine our complaints regarding the severe reductions with the mobile library service.

It has been decided following their review to re-introduce another stop in the village this will be in addition to the existing stop opposite the "Five Bells" public house from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

The new stop will be for 30 minutes from 3.45pm to 4.15pm. It will be outside the Church on Newark Road, Bassingham. Unfortunately the council are unable at this stage to guarantee any future return to a fortnightly service. The Mobile Library will visit outside the Church on it's next scheduled round on Thursday 18th February . We will leaflet all the houses in the village and also place posters in the village at prominent points.

We would urge all current library users and indeed potential new members to take advantage of this essential community service, otherwise it's a service that's always going to be under review.

We would remind all villagers that there is an "Access Mobile Service" that provides books on a "Home Delivery basis" for anyone who has a disability or ill health. There is no charge for this service and books are delivered to your door. To check if you are eligible call 782010.

The timetable below details the Mobile Library service in the area for the next month.

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Supporting Managing Volunteers

Wednesday 10th February 10am to 3:30pm

Lunch included

For anyone who is supporting or supervising Volunteers

Explore motivations and techniques for managing people who are not paid

Looking at ways to prevent and deal with problems.

Limited spaces so book your place now!

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A New Book Group In Witham St Hughs

A new book group is starting up in Witham St Hughs, meeting once a month to discuss books chosen by the members.

 

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GREENS STORE

Your local General Store is now under new management

Hello from Mayur and Kunjal Shah

Our new stores opening times are

7am to 7pm Monday to Saturday

7am to 1pm on Sundays

Greens Stores Bassingham

 

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March 2010

Editorial:

“The Grand Old Duke of York he had ten thousand men he marched them up to the top of the hill and he marched them down again”. Just like the Grand Old Duke we too march on into the month of March and with it the ups and downs of life! As we head on into the third month of 2010 we finally start to reach the dawn of better things, the snowdrops have almost departed and the daffodils are on their way, yes finally spring is in the air. The cold winter months have passed and you can now put on your wellies and start the pruning, digging and sowing in preparation for summer. To help us out with this don‟t forget to adjust your clocks on the 28th to British Summer time giving you that extra hour of light to work under. As Easter approaches next month we must remember the fourth Sunday in lent is Mothering Sunday the 14th March and Mum will need pampering whether it‟s chocolates, flowers a card or even simply a big loving hug and a thank you, just show your love and appreciation to mums everywhere. Mum! Remember if you gave it up for Lent, Sundays are a celebration and there is a reprieve in fasting for the day so indulge yourself. Onward and upward then and off we go, read on there is plenty to do and we'll see you soon.

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

This month’s front cover is “Village Church” by Georgina Spray. Winner of The Witham Staple cover design competition for 8 to 11 years..

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

A REMINDER - Lincolnshire Police has a new contact number; from the 1st January the number 0300 111 0300 will work alongside 532222 for the next 2 years, when 532222 will be taken out of the system. 0300 111 0300 will work all over the Lincolnshire Police Force Area and will connect the caller with the Force Control Centre. This is the new number for contacting Lincolnshire Police when it's not an emergency. The Single Non-Emergency Number, as it's officially called, in an emergency you must still call 999.

 

This month’s crime. Heating oil continues to be a target from properties across the area. In January there was a report of theft of heating oil from a property in Brant Broughton. More recently we have also had a large quantity of heating oil stolen in Aubourn. At the same property in Aubourn a motor vehicle was also broken into. If you have an oil tank on your property we would like you to be extra vigilant and if you see any suspicious persons or activity, to contact Lincolnshire Police. We would like to make you aware of a report that we have received from a homeowner in Swinderby. Their post box is situated at the end of a long drive way and over the past couple of months some post has been stolen. Please be extra vigilant and be very careful regarding the security of your post in external letterboxes.

 

POLICE COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Witham Side Youth Panel. Are you aged between 12 and 17? Want to make a difference in your Community? Then we want to hear from you. We are in the process of looking to set up a Witham Side youth panel. The panel will meet once a month to discuss concerns/potential youth projects etc Please contact PCSO Boyle

 

Sport Aid. To support this year's Sport Aid the team are organising a six-a-side sponsored football tournament to be held at Bassingham on Sunday 21st March. You need to be aged between 10 to 17years, male/female. Each team will have 6 players. Trophies and prizes will be given on the day. Entry fee per player will be 50p and the money raised will go towards the purchase of football nets and equipment for the Witham St Hughs area. For sponsor forms and more information please contact PCSO Chris Boyle. Security Marking. In January we arranged sessions in Brant Broughton, Bassingham and Witham St Hughs schools for the children to bring along 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 & 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.

 

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Bassingham Scout groups have been busy raising funds for “Donate a Brick”

The Beaver Scouts held a coffee morning last October where along with morning coffee and tea cakes they put on a selection of games, activities and a raffle. The Cubs raised their money as part of their Six Challenge. Each six thought up, planned, arranged and held an event to raise money. Blue six charged cubs, parents and Mr Howell to throw wet sponges at them, Red six made and sold pom pom creatures, Green Six ran a 'Spot the Ball' and Bingo at the Christmas party, Yellow six did a sponsored walk and White six sold hot drinks and biscuits at the Cub Football matches. Each six raised £25 towards their own Brick. Thank you to all Beavers, Cubs, Leaders, parents and local residents for all their support. On Monday 1st February the Scout group invited The Hub committee along to the Cubs meeting to present them with their forms and money raised. During the presentation each six presented their money and explained what they had done to raise it. Chief cub Thomas Holm Johansen also showed and displayed his scale model of the new Hub which he had been working on.

 

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Train Your Way Out of the Credit Crunch and it’s Free

Protocol-Skills one of the largest UK independent training providers is appealing to local companies to take up free training in a bid to help businesses out of the current financial crisis. Protocol-Skills are currently offering NVQ‟s at level 2 and 3 from the age of 16 to retirement for employees and volunteers with a real emphasis on the 16 to 24 age group. This is all part of the governments drive to upgrade the skills level of UK employees and the funding is available through the Learning and Skills Council. Protocol-Skills deal across the UK with many national accounts including Primark, Currys, P C World, New Look, Maplins, Clinton Cards etc but this funding is available to any business of any size. Protocol specialise in the retail, hospitality and business areas and “Employers and Employees should be making the most of this fantastic and genuine offer” say's Iain Jubbs Sales Executive. “Giving staff additional skills the added confidence that investing in their training brings is one of the best ways of ensuring that your business is in a strong position to trade out of the economic downturn”

 

One of the current drives is for placed apprentices as advertised by Alan Sugar. The way this works is when companies are looking for new staff they contact Protocol Skills who then place the job advertisement on the government apprenticeship website and at local connexions saving the company any advertising costs. Once enough applications have been received then all applicants are pre interviewed by trained Protocol staff who will produce a list for the employers of the most suitable candidates. There then follows a second interview by the Employer who will make the final decision on whether they take on a suitable apprentice. The apprentice will work for a maximum of 35 hours a week for a minimum of £95 per week during the length of the apprenticeship which will be approximately 11 months. At the end of the successful apprenticeship the employer will have a competent well qualified and valued member of staff for future employment and the apprentice will have a career.

 

What Protocol offers is a win-win situation resulting in motivated staff, better retention rates, qualified employees all at no expense.

 

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Bassingham Heritage Room
 
We held a meeting with NK officers, District Councillors, the Parish Council, the Church representative and other interested parties in January, the upshot of which is that various options are under investigation. The general feeling seemed to be in our favour, but if nothing can be done, then the Heritage Room will close at the end of August 2010. If you feel that the Heritage Room should not be lost, thereby also losing an essential part of Bassingham's history, as well all the craft groups, the archives and the Witham Office (although strictly speaking the Witham Office is not part of the Heritage Room but will also have to relocate), please write to the District Council Chief Executive Ian Fytche, making your opinion known.
 

However, something to look forward to on Saturday 27th March, 7.30pm Sarah Hassnip will be telling us about her and Mike walking the Pilgrims’ Route last year, starting from Bassingham but joining the traditional route at Winchester, walking all the way down England, across France and finishing at Santiago in Spain four months later! Entrance £1.50, which includes refreshments. There will also be a raffle.

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Norton Disney Neighbourhood Watch 
I'm delighted to say over the past year crime in our village has been very low. By saying this I hope I am not tempting fate The Police always praise our village at the meetings for being vigilant. Top of the list for thieves are copper, batteries, computers, car radios, satellite navigation, shed items and tools.
Being a “no cold calling” village seems to be working as we don‟t appear to have as many doorstep callers. If you have not displayed a “no cold calling” sticker on a window, please do so it gives the indication that callers are not wanted. I have a few on hand if you want one.
Really I should not be writing this having recently been offered by phone two “foreign holidays”. Beware of phone scams!... Neighbourhood watch posters on the village notice board and on the tree on Main Street will tell you the new way of answering the phone is by just saying “hello” and not giving your name or phone number.
The village co-ordinators Barbara Foottit, Jenny Wright, Irene and Keith Gore, Jim Rook and I have pens to loan to mark your valuables. I don‟t mean just your gold and silver, but cameras, binoculars, phones, TV's, computers, cycles, lawn mowers or anything which is easily removable. If recovered they can be more readily identified if marked with your post code and initials.
If you see anything suspicious phone the police on the new phone contact number 0300 111 0300. You can still use the old number 532222 which will be in use for the next two years or in an emergency dial 999. Just be vigilant at all times.
Gordon Bancroft. Village Neighbourhood Co-ordinator

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The Wellingore U3A
The Launch Meeting.
We extend an invitation to all interested people to attend a meeting to be held on Friday 26th March at 2pm in Wellingore Memorial Hall.
We hope to meet residents from all the surrounding villages to this start-up meeting. We will explain how a U3A is run and find out about your skills, hobbies and ideas for starting interest groups. We would also like to help you to form a steering committee. The only criteria for joining a U3A are that you should not be in full-time employment!

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COUNTRYSIDENK Guided Walks And Events 2010

Winding through North Kesteven‟s delightful countryside are over 130 miles of way marked Stepping Out walks. Accompanied by detailed walk leaflets, they are an ideal way of discovering the woodlands, villages and country churches which make up our landscape. These events are designed as an introduction to the walks and North Kesteven‟s glorious countryside. With many events guided by expert rangers from WatchNK, North Kesteven‟s Countryside Ranger Service, there will be lots to see and do! All events are free of charge. Please book in advance. Suitable clothing and footwear should be worn for outdoor walking. Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. Unless otherwise stated the events will last for approximately two hours.

 

The next planned event is the Easter Treasure Hunt on Thursday 15th April at 10.30am Millennium Green, off Station Road, North Hykeham, LN6 9AQ Join CountrysideNK for a cunning Easter treasure trail round the delightful lake tucked away on Millennium Green. A cunning list of clues will guide you around the lake in search of answers to lead you to our hidden chocolate treats! A good pathway winds for about a mile around the lake which is bordered by native trees and shrubs ideal places to hide those tricky clues! For more information contact Countryside Promotion Officer, Theresa Hobbs.

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April 2010

Editorial:

Watch out for the fool! April is here, the sun has heat in it, the garden has flowers in it, the trees are in bud, there are bugs in the air, lambs in the fields, birds are nesting and prick back your ears and listen out for the Cuckoo? Yes! Spring is finally here. The cold winter months have gone and it's time to look forward to warmer brighter days. It is a magical time as everything around us springs back into life and flourishes around us, you too have awoken from your winter hibernation and sprung into action planning and arranging your activities and events. Your details have flooded in for inclusion in this month's issue, which is jam packed to all four corners of every page with all your exciting things to do. So without further delay sit back and have a read to make sure you don't miss out on what‟s going on in the community this month. There is everything from coffee mornings, a pie with St George, meetings and greetings, singing and sales, walks and talks to news and sitting on pews. All that is left is to wish you all a HAPPY EASTER and we'll see you all here again in a month…

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

 

This month’s front cover is “Derelict Farm” by Brenda Cooper.

 

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting

The Panel meeting took place on the Thursday 18th February. A Neighbourhood Panel is where representatives of the community and the Local Neighbourhood Policing Team collect a range of community concerns. The Panel considers these concerns and are then responsible for setting up to three local priorities for that area. The panel then work with others (the police, partner agencies and other community members) to address the local problems. The Panel can help to improve the quality of life for people who live, work and visit the area.

 

The Panel decided that the priorities for the next 3 months would be:

1. Fly Tipping and Littering Offences in Stapleford Woods Public Amenity Areas

2. Targeting Drivers using Mobile Phones and Driving Below the Required Standard.

The next Panel date has been set for Tuesday 18th May 7.30pm at Beckingham Village Hall.

This month's crime

Bassingham. Sometime overnight on Thursday 25th – Friday 26th February a property on Brocklebank Close, Bassingham was entered by an insecure patio door. Various items were stolen including a handbag and DVD player. Occurrence number 32100006736 refers.

Witham St Hughs. Overnight on Monday 1st – Tuesday 2nd March a Red Vauxhall Corsa was stolen on Elder Close, Witham St Hughs. Occurrence number 32100007042 refers.

Also on Tuesday 2nd March at approx 9pm, unknown offenders have smashed the passenger window of a Silver Vauxhall Astra parked on Moorhen Close. A Sat Nav system was stolen. At the time of this incident a Silver Citroen Saxo and a Black Vauxhall Corsa were seen in the area. Occurrence number 32100007186 refers.

A Blue Honda Pantheon Motorcycle was located on Juniper Way on 7th March at approx 7.30pm being smashed up by 3/4 males who made off in a dark coloured vehicle with no lights on. This motorcycle was earlier stolen from a property on Nettleton Drive. Occurrence number 32100007955.

In the early hours of Saturday 13th March some vehicles on Robins Crescent and Partridge Green had damage caused to them. Unknown offenders had tried to steal fuel from the vehicles and in the process used tools to lever up the fuel caps on vehicles. Occurrence number 32100008507 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 Police contact details given in this magazine and quote the occurrence number.

Beat Team Structure

We are sorry to announce that PC Matt Roberts is no longer with the team. Matt has moved on to another post to further his career development. In the meantime PC Paul Truelove is overseeing the area and can be contacted on the numbers below. Please continue to contact PCSO Vicky Czajkowski and Chris Boyle as normal.

 

POLICE COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Witham Side – Youth Panel Are you aged between 12 and 17? Want to make a difference in your Community? Then we want to hear from you. We are in the process of looking to set up a Witham Side youth panel. The panel will meet once a month to discuss concerns/potential youth projects etc. Please contact PCSO Chris Boyle on the number/email below.

 

Bassingham – Dog Walkers We have received a number of complaints in relation to dogs being walked in and around the village off leads. As well as being irresponsible this is also an offence and dogs must be kept under suitable control at all times when in a public place.

 

Seasonal Crime

With spring upon us please be aware of garden related crimes which may increase over the coming months, please secure your shed/garage with a good quality lock and please don't leave valuable power tools on show as they will disappear if you do. If anyone does want property marked by the team with your postcode then please get in touch via the contact details below, this service is FREE!!!!!. On this matter can we ask all parents to take responsibility and make sure if your child is playing out that you know where they are, what they are up to and return home at a suitable time. We would hate there to be an incident where a child disappears.

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Witham St Hughs Volunteers Needed

Witham St Hughs Parish Council Fundraising Sub-committee On 17th February the Fundraising Sub-committee held its inaugural meeting with the intention of setting out the remit and intentions of the group. Present were Mrs Gill Finn, Cllr Emma Surphlis and myself, Cllr Rachel Haith. It was decided that the purpose of the group would be fundraising for Witham St Hughs community projects which could be anything from a sports pitch to allotments or projects such as a youth shelter. It is our intention that at least one Parish Councillor will be present at each meeting but it is very important that the village has a voice so this is your opportunity to volunteer if you would like to get involved in fundraising for our village. If you are interested then please contact Mrs Sue Lane, the Parish Clerk, with your details; we look forward to hearing from you.

Witham St Hughs Needs Your Help
Would you like to get involved in the community? The Witham Staple is looking for volunteers to help deliver the magazine in Witham St Hughs. Any help is always welcome but we urgently need help with the delivery of around 55 copies in the Sorrel Road area.

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END TO END Charity Cycle

 
I am a resident of Witham St Hughs and this June I will be supporting two friends who are embarking on the ride of their lives from Lands End to John O‟Groats. Richard Sutton and Mark Robinson from Lincoln are currently training hard to get themselves ready for this trip and are looking for support for their cause.

They aim to complete the challenge in 13 days covering approx 80 miles per day come rain or shine. Why are they doing it - to raise as much money as possible in order to make a small contribution to our chosen charity of Cancer Research UK that just might make a big difference to the lives of others. All three of us have sadly lost loved ones to a cancer related illness and like many of you, also have close family and friends living and coping with such illnesses today.

Please visit our Just Giving page to make a donation and help us reach our target.
Your donations will not only be helping others but easing the miles by that Richard and Mark will be covering.

 

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North Kesteven District Council
Council Focus On Affordable Housing
Residents in need of affordable housing in North Kesteven are a step closer to getting a home as two initiatives are given the green light.
Garden Sharing Sprouts Into Action
A garden sharing project has started to blossom in North Kesteven as the first green-fingered tenants sign-up for the scheme.
Rent Level Increases Kept Low
Tenants in North Kesteven are still seeing improvements to their homes and communities, despite low rent level increases.
Resident Benefits No More
Claiming housing benefits whilst not being entitled, has resulted in a man being sent to prison for 12-months.

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COUNTRYSIDENK Guided Walks And Events 2010

The next planned event is the Easter Treasure Hunt on Thursday 15th April at 10.30am Millennium Green, off Station Road, North Hykeham, LN6 9AQ Join CountrysideNK for a cunning Easter treasure trail round the delightful lake tucked away on Millennium Green. A cunning list of clues will guide you around the lake in search of answers to lead you to our hidden chocolate treats! A good pathway winds for about a mile around the lake which is bordered by native trees and shrubs ideal places to hide those tricky clues!

Spring Forage on Saturday 24th April at 11am
Meeting in the Hub reception, Navigation Wharf
Join in with the Hub's "Grow Well, Eat Well" event, which is designed to offer lots of inspiration to eat healthily and grow your own food. We take it a step further by exploring the green areas around the Hub with WatchNK's expert Countryside Ranger to discover the free foods and resources that nature offers.
 

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Carlton Le Moorland Library Box Scheme
Thank you to everyone for completing the recent Library Box survey.
Replies indicated:

1. Good support for the scheme and enough volunteers to make it viable.

2. Support for a monthly Saturday morning opening (with coffee) and for monthly evening and afternoon sessions.

3. Many residents indicated an interest in children’s books. Adult fiction and non-fiction were also requested.

What next?

We need bookcases for display. If you have an unwanted bookcase, please let me know!

The “Library” will operate in the Village Hall with the support of the Parish Council.

The Village Hall is short of storage space. The Parish Council is addressing this issue but it will be a few months before it is resolved.

The County Library Service has agreed to regular renewal of the book stock.

The “Library” will open as soon as possible; I will let you know about the opening date!
Finally, I want to thank the 40%+ of households who completed the survey form or expressed support. A full survey report is on the village noticeboard.
For more information, ideas or offers of bookcases, phone Andy Sceeny

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Community Lincs: Petition For Prime Minister
Community Lincs would like to petition the Prime Minister for dedicated Big Lottery Funding to improve and develop community building facilities in rural areas. Rural community buildings come in all shapes, ages and sizes. They are essential for the vitality and vibrancy of community life. This usually means the village hall but could be a community owned shop, church hall, or similar. There is often no other meeting place in a rural community for local activities and service delivery. The work to keep these buildings functioning and in a state of good repair falls to its management committee. These are local volunteers whose role is an increasingly complex one in the face of the growing legislative and regulatory framework for such facilities.
The Government has identified the importance of increasing the number of community assets as a central part of community cohesion. The main message has been about the transfer of buildings into community ownership. However in rural areas the majority of multi purpose community buildings are already owned and run locally. The dominant issue is finding the funds to improve and manage these facilities. This petition, run via the Number 10 website, will continue until 30th April.
 

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May 2010

Editorial:

As we move into May we celebrate a mile-stone, this is the 50th issue we have spent in each others company. So what do we have to look forward to this month? Saturday 10th  April brought us the warmest day so far this year and hopefully fingers crossed not the warmest day of the year! As the wind turns back to a northerly so the temperature drops again and we once more get out our coats. The northerly air stream this time has not only brought with it the cold, but as we go to print Eyjafjallajökull continues to erupt in Iceland, beneath the glacial ice the eruption is creating small glass particles, as the cold water from melting ice chills the lava quickly causing it to fragment into glass, this is then carried in the eruption plume 13 kilometres into the air. As this glass-rich plume spreads across Europe on the air stream it is causing extensive air travel disruption across large parts of Europe stranding millions of travellers as fears that particles ejected by the volcano could damage aircraft engines. The largest air traffic shut-down since World War II. Eruptions were continuing on the 19th April, but less explosively; the plume only raising to 5 kilometres rather than 13 kilometres and not high enough to travel across Europe. After 6 whole days air travel grounding was finally lifted and flights began once more. Hopefully by the time you receive this issue normality has resumed and everyone is where they should be and ready to read on and find out what’s on this month.

 

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

 

This month’s front cover is  “Smiling flowers” by Harriet Berrington-Hughes.

 

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting
The next Neighbourhood Panel Meeting will be held on Tuesday 18th May at the Beckingham Village Hall at 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. Fly Tipping and Littering Offences in Stapleford Woods Public Amenity Areas
2. Targeting Drivers using Mobile Phones and Driving below the Required Standard.
This month‟s crime
Witham St Hughs. During March there have been incidents of criminal damage and vandalism to various units on Swinderby Airfield. Due to this can parents please make sure that children are not left wandering around on this site alone. There have also been two burglaries to units on The Swinderby Airfield. Electrical items were taken from one unit and a blue Vauxhall Astra/Corsa was seen acting suspiciously in the area at the time.
Occurrence number 32100010657 refers.
Sometime between 5pm on Saturday 27th March and 3pm on Sunday 28th March a Mini Digger parked up on the Co-op building site, Muntjac Way had its windows smashed. Occurrence number 32100011016 refers.
On Sunday 4th April at approximately 11.30pm 2 garden planters were stolen from Partridge Green. Occurrence number 32100011552 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 Police contact details given and quote the occurrence number.
 

POLICE COMMUNITY PROJECTS
Witham St Hughs/Bassingham
The beat team would like to thank all that attended the Sport Relief football tournament and the Synergy event. These initiatives proved a great success and the young people raised a considerable amount of money for charity. Please watch this space for projects coming up.
Bassingham Residents Association
North Hykeham Rural South Neighbourhood Police Team have recently funded 34 new external security lights for elderly residents in Bassingham. This was in conjunction with North Kesteven District Council who have funded the cost of fitting the lights. The idea was raised by the local police team in partnership with the Residents Association of Bassingham. The lights have all been installed and members of the press are invited to come along to take photographs and speak to the Neighbourhood Policing Team and residents. This opportunity will be at Chestnut Crescent, Bassingham from 12 midday till 1pm on Tuesday 4th May.
 

Bogus Officials / Seasonal Crime
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, please continue to be vigilant and always ask for identification or use the contact numbers below if unsure. Also with summer upon us please be aware of garden related crimes which may increase over the coming months, please secure your shed/garage with a good quality lock and please don‟t leave valuable power tools on show as they will disappear if you do. If anyone does want property marked by the team with your postcode then please get in touch this service is FREE!!!!!.
 

Witham St Hughs - 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.

 

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Scarecrow Weekend & Open Gardens

Nine gardens in Bassingham will be open for you to visit on Sunday 13th June from 2pm to 6pm Why not follow the scarecrow trail and visit the gardens on the way, enjoy home made teas and ice creams, buy plants and meet friends and neighbours. Programmes £3, admit one adult (and accompanied children free). Available in advance at Bassingham Post Office or on the day from 1.30pm at the Village Hall Car Park. All proceeds will be given to The Hub.

 

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Securing the Future of the Bassingham Heritage Room
 

As many people will know, Bassingham Chapel is to close from the end of August this year. This means that the Heritage Room, which, too, is owned by the Methodist Church, is also under threat of closure. The Heritage Room, together with the new Hub and the Bassingham School Chance to Share scheme, provide the user groups with accommodation for a comprehensive range of facilities reflecting the social, educational and recreational needs of the community. If the Heritage Room were no longer available, this would jeopardise the continued presence in the village of a number of activities and services that could not be relocated to either the new Hub or the School Chance to Share scheme. These include the Witham Office and Local Access Point, the production of the Witham Staple community magazine, a unique place of learning for our school children and some of the craft groups currently based in the Heritage Room. In addition, the community would lose a building of significant local historical interest and the home for the Bassingham museum. At the Annual Parish Meeting on April 8th, a proposal was agreed to give the Parish Council a mandate to explore ways to purchase the Heritage Room for the village. The Parish Council will discuss this at their meeting on May 13th.

 

The fate of the Heritage Room is clearly a concern for the whole community. Thus the key parties - Methodist Church, North Kesteven District Council, Bassingham Parish Council and the Heritage Room Management Group - are of one mind to secure it for Bassingham for generations to come.
 

A detailed Position Statement prepared by the Bassingham Heritage Room Management Group explains all the issues and is copied below.

 

Bassingham Heritage Room Management Group

[WS May 2010]

 

The Heritage Room -A Position Statement Based on an Analysis of the Issues
This paper is intended to provide a balanced view about the issues related to maintaining the Bassingham Heritage Room as a community facility in order to help the Parish Council come to an informed decision about how best to proceed.

The premise which underpins the document is that maintaining the Heritage Room is in the best interests of the community. The new Hub, the Bassingham School Chance to Share Scheme and the Heritage Room each provide a distinct facility for the wide range of activities and services based within the community. Together they make up a coherent and comprehensive unit. They complement each other in terms of the provision of accommodation, storage, working facilities and environment.

This document also explores possible alternative solutions for current user groups of the Heritage Room if it is closed for community use and identifies likely consequences.

CONTEXT
The Methodist Church has decided to close Bassingham Chapel from the end of August 2010. If the site is to be sold for residential use, then the Charities’ Commission may take the view that the only way to secure planning permission is to incorporate the Heritage Room in order to provide adequate off-road parking. This would enable the Methodist Church to realise their assets most effectively. If this is the stance taken then the Heritage Room would be lost for community use. However, it is also possible the Charities Commission and the Methodist Church may take a different view and look at the needs of the local community as well as the financial case.

The timing of the closure of the Chapel and the associated doubts about the future of the Heritage Room are problematic. First, the facilities in terms of space and storage in the new village Hub are not yet fully determined and may not be for some time. Secondly, the current economic climate means that Statutory bodies like North Kesteven District Council are looking to make financial savings wherever possible. NKDC have already indicated that they wish to transfer the running costs of all their heritage rooms to local communities.

WHY SHOULD THE COMMUNITY KEEP THE HERITAGE ROOM?
• The Heritage Room is an historic building within the village and has made a significant contribution to the life of the community over many years. It was built in 1855 and is set within the Conservation Area.
• The Heritage Room is the Bassingham Village “Museum” and houses a range of historical documents and materials of local interest.
• Currently the Heritage Room provides a permanent venue with appropriate storage and working facilities for the following activities:

Witham Staple printing and collating
The Witham office and NKDC Local Access Point
Mosaics group
Quilting group
Art group
Bridge club
Weight Watchers

In addition to the above permanent groups the Heritage Room also provides a suitable venue for the programme of talks organised by the Heritage Room Management Group.
It is available for general community open meetings and events including meetings organised by the Community Police and NKDC Tenants Association.
Bassingham Primary School makes use of the Heritage Room as an extension to their curriculum provision.
It is possible that the Chapel congregation would also wish to use the Heritage Room for meetings once the main Chapel is closed.
• Significant money has been spent on the Heritage Room by the community, North Kesteven District Council and Grant Bodies to make the building fit for purpose. If the Heritage Room is no longer available for community use this investment will be wasted.
• If the Heritage Room were closed for community use then it is almost certain that the production of the Witham Staple would need to be completely outsourced and transferred to Lincoln. This would be a significant loss to the community in terms of control and flexible use of the Witham Staple equipment for other community printing tasks e.g. in addition to the Witham Staple, the equipment is also used to produce the Bassingham Show Schedule, Act Two programmes and tickets, Open Gardens programme, Carlton Spring Show schedules and Church service sheets. It is a facility for the community to use and if the equipment is transferred to Lincoln, the access will be significantly limited. This would be another example of a rural community losing control of and access to a facility built up over many years.
• The Heritage Room provides a convenient and centrally located venue for the Witham Office and North Kesteven District Council Local Access Point.
If the Heritage Room were closed then the Witham Office and Local Access Point would need to be relocated. This facility is used extensively by the local residents and especially older members of the community and those who are in rented council properties. Whilst this problem is for NKDC to solve, it is difficult to see where in the village a similar dedicated facility could be located. This leads to the possibility that the Local Access Point would be lost to the residents of Bassingham and this would lead to an erosion of social cohesion through the loss of a key facility.

WHAT ARE THE FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF KEEPING THE HERITAGE ROOM?
CAPITAL COSTS

The capital requirement to purchase the Heritage Room for its current community use has been set at £50,000. This will need official clarification but is the sum currently being used for discussion. In addition a further sum would be needed to build a toilet for use by people accessing the Heritage Room facilities. If the Parish Council were persuaded that it was in the best interests of the community to purchase the Heritage Room through recourse to a loan, then this would have implications for the whole community in terms of the Bassingham PC share in the Council Tax Bill for individual households.

It is likely that grants would be available to build toilet facilities for the Heritage Room but these would only be accessible if the Parish Council made the decision to purchase the building.
RUNNING COSTS
North Kesteven District Council currently budget for an annual cost of about £8,500 to run the Heritage Room. This figure could be reduced to between £4,000 and £5,000 through savings. The income generated by the Heritage Room through charges to user groups and events etc is in the region of £1,000 per annum. North Kesteven District Council has indicated a willingness to pay £1,000 to rent the Witham Office but this figure may need to be re-negotiated in the light of their use of the building and the impact on other user groups. The Witham Staple does not currently pay a rental to use the Heritage Room because they are deemed to be a community resource rather than an interest group. It might be possible for the Witham Staple to make a contribution towards the running costs of the Heritage Room. However this decision is entirely a matter for the Witham Staple Committee and as yet the issue has not been discussed by the Committee.
There is likely to be a shortfall in running costs, therefore, of between £2,000 and £3,000 per annum. The Heritage Room Management Group and the Parish Council would need to prepare a business plan in order to address this issue and the day to day running of the Heritage Room.

ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH THE CLOSURE OF THE HERITAGE ROOM
It may not be possible to keep the Heritage Room as a community resource for a number of reasons. First the Methodist Church may decide to sell the Chapel and Heritage Room as a single lot. Secondly the Parish Council may decide it is not in the best interests of the community to purchase the Heritage Room. Thirdly the Heritage Room Management Committee may decide that the funding gap in the running costs of the Heritage Room is too great to manage on an annual basis.

If the Heritage Room closes what are the consequences for the user groups, the community and the building? The following ideas are based on assumptions of the perceived needs of the user groups and the possibilities in terms of the facilities available either in the new village Hub or within the existing Chance to Share Scheme. No discussions have taken place with the individual groups concerned so their views are not represented by these ideas. The ideas simply serve as possibilities.

The first issue for all users of the new Hub will be storage. All groups will be in competition for the limited storage that will be made available and this could present a limiting factor for some potential Hub users. At this time there is no real indication of the likely dedicated storage space that will be available to user groups. The limitation for the Chance to Share Scheme is that the Village Hall facilities are unavailable between 8-00 a.m. and 6-00 p.m. because this is when the school has sole access to the rooms.

It would seem that the Art, Quilting and Weight Watchers groups could possibly relocate to the new village Hub since their storage requirements are minimal. However, there may be issues in terms of working space for these groups which might necessitate using the larger of the two rooms in the Hub and this could have cost implications.
The Bridge Club requires storage for their tables and other equipment which are not insignificant. This could make relocation to the Hub problematic.

The Mosaic Group has special requirements in terms of both storage and working conditions. The Hub is unlikely to be able to accommodate the Mosaic Group. However, the Social area in the Chance to Share Scheme would be available in the evenings. It has a suitable floor surface and the Village Hall work tables would be suitable for mosaics and stained glass work. For this solution to work, the Village Hall Committee would need to agree to a storage cupboard being built in the Social area for all the Mosaic group equipment. If this was not agreed it is likely that the Mosaic group would not be able to be relocated and would cease to function.

Any meetings or ad hoc groups could clearly use either the new Hub or the Chance to Share Scheme. However, the scale of the Heritage Room does create a pleasant environment for small scale events and talks.

If the Heritage Room is no longer available for community use then Bassingham Primary School would lose access to a curriculum enrichment facility and the children would lose part of the history of the village.

The Witham Staple production could not be relocated into either the new Hub or the Chance to Share facilities. The storage and equipment requirements plus the space needed to produce the magazine make it impossible to relocate the Witham Staple into either of the two available venues. The only realistic solution for the Witham Staple would be total outsourcing of production into Lincoln with all the associated loss of community control and accessibility. This is a clear example of the erosion of social cohesion in a small rural community.

It is extremely unlikely that the dedicated requirements of the Witham Office and Local Access Point could be relocated to either the new Hub or within the Chance to Share Scheme. This would represent a significant loss to the local community and would again be an erosion of the social cohesion in terms of services that bind rural communities together.

The historic nature of the building may be under threat if it is sold for development. The building does not have listed status and it is not difficult to imagine a developer taking the view that it would be more cost effective to demolish the current building and replace it with purpose built units. If this were done, then in addition to losing an important historic building, the main mosaic in the village and the one that was based on the historic and natural aspects of Bassingham village would be lost forever. It is very unlikely that it could be removed and relocated without significant damage.

The contents of the Heritage Room “Museum” could be relocated. Whilst this sounds feasible it is not clear how the current open access to the historical records and documents could be made available in a new venue. This aspect of the Heritage Room is significant since, in addition to more local interest, some visitors including tourists from abroad do use the materials to trace family histories and to look at the development of the village over the years.

CONCLUSION
Why is Bassingham village such a popular place to live?
The key factors are:
• The location of the village is advantageous for commuting and working
• The village is in a pleasant rural area
• The village has a good range of housing stock
• The village has an excellent village Primary School
• The village has two shops and an excellent well established Post Office
• Excellent health care is provided by the surgery
• The Church is an important feature in the life of the village
• There is an excellent range of activities and groups that form the social heart of the village
• The village has a strong sense of community and belonging

All of these aspects of the village lead to social and community cohesion. When elements start to be taken away then that cohesion starts to crumble. The Heritage Room is part of the provision that binds the community together and is therefore an essential part of the life of the community.

It is clear that the continuation of the Heritage Room as a community facility would meet the needs of all user groups and would maintain the current levels of provision both in terms of services for the community and by the community. It would continue to support community cohesion by maintaining key services and facilities for user groups. The Heritage Room provides an integral part of the total range of facilities available to support all the activities within the community.

Bassingham Heritage Room Management Group  8th April 2010

 

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Norton Disney Village Hall Recycling Banks

As you may be aware the paper and can recycling banks have been removed from Norton Disney Village Hall car park, however we are informed by North Kesteven District Council that the glass re-cycling facility will remain until 31st August 2011. The Village Hall committee wishes to thank everyone who has used this facility in the past and hopes that you will continue to use the glass banks until they are withdrawn. 

 

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North Kesteven District Council
 

NKDC’s first Aviation Tour a huge success

A two-day Aviation Tour of North Kesteven has been a huge success. ‘Behind the Scenes Aviation Past & Present’, organised by North Kesteven District Council with partners in the RAF across the District took place on 19-20 March 2010.

Building Control receives award

North Kesteven District Council’s Building Control Unit has recently been recognised for meeting high customer standards.

Honours for community heroes

North Kesteven District Council has thanked 10 people for the positive difference they have made within their communities.

Council Focus On Affordable Housing
Residents in need of affordable housing in North Kesteven are a step closer to getting a home as two initiatives are given the green light.
Garden Sharing Sprouts Into Action
A garden sharing project has started to blossom in North Kesteven as the first green-fingered tenants sign-up for the scheme.
Rent Level Increases Kept Low
Tenants in North Kesteven are still seeing improvements to their homes and communities, despite low rent level increases.
Resident Benefits No More
Claiming housing benefits whilst not being entitled, has resulted in a man being sent to prison for 12-months.

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COUNTRYSIDENK Guided Walks And Events 2010

The next planned events are the Walk amongst the Bluebells Sunday 9th May at 10.30am Managed by the Woodland Trust, Skellingthorpe Old Wood is a delightful area of ancient woodland which is brimming full of bluebells at this time of year. For over two years, CountrysideNK has been teaming up with VIP Pet Services for a series of walks designed to allow dogs and their owners to socialise and introduce new places to walk. To take advantage of the beautiful spring flowers found throughout the woods, a walk around Skellingthorpe Old Wood is a must. Guided by Bob Huntley from WatchNK, North Kesteven's Countryside Ranger Service, Bob will take you to best parts of the wood so you can enjoy this charming woodland with or without your canine companion! The event is free of charge. Children under 16yrs must be accompanied by an adult, please wear clothing and footwear suitable for a woodland walk. We aim to promote responsible dog walking so please make sure you have a lead and poo bag. To book for this event, please contact Theresa Hobbs.

 

Stepping through Time in Metheringham Saturday 15th May at 10.30am Marking the halfway point on the Spires & Steeples Arts and Heritage Trail, Metheringham is steeped in history. To celebrate this, a fascinating leaflet has been produced, guiding you around the fine historical artworks and newly refurbished stone cross and splendid war memorial. Join us for a walk with a local historian to learn more about this delightful village.

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You The Community And Your Witham Staple

Do you belong to a small community group in one of the eight local villages and have you ever wondered how to get your message out to local residents and neighbours. Well that's what the Witham Staple strives to do. A community magazine geared around you the community. Why not send us a small piece about your group, what you do and when. Let the community know you're there and encourage residents to join in and get involved. Or maybe you're thinking of starting a group and looking for interest. If it's local news, events or weekly or monthly meetings then this is the place to print it. Serving every household in the eight villages.  

 

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Walking For Pleasure

We occasionally do a walk in a different area and have discovered some really nice spots not far from home. Recently we’ve noticed some gaps in hedges and tracks have been blocked by bales, wire, etc. we can only presume this is a result of people trespassing on land. If this is the case, it’s up to everyone to stick to proper paths or the pleasure of walking is spoilt for many by a few. We do not live in a right to roam area. Farming is a business and no-one would think of trespassing on other business premises. If we live in the country, we should all try to live in harmony with the countryside, wildlife and the farming community. B. M. Smith

[Editorial comment: It is also disappointing to see so many footpaths ploughed up by farmers particularly between Aubourn and Bassingham!  Farmers also have a role to play here!]

 

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1st Bassingham Scout Group

A range of opportunities for volunteers in the community. Bassingham has a well established Scout Group which has flourished for many years. The Scout Group is made up of three sections. These are a Beaver Colony, a Cub Pack and a Scout Troop. There are three appointed leaders and a number of assistant leaders and parent helpers who work with the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. There is a very healthy waiting list of young people who would like to join the different sections of the Bassingham Scout Group and we are in urgent need of additional volunteers to join in and help with the various activities. If you live in the area and think that working with young people in this way could be something you would enjoy then why not come along to one of the sessions to have a look.

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June 2010

Editorial:

June! Yes it’s June and we’re half way through 2010 already. "Where does time go?" a very popular saying it would seem these days. So what do we have to look forward to this month after May brought us some of the coldest frosty nights in a decade and Eyjafjallajökull continues to erupt in Iceland causing disruption again to air traffic across Europe? June brings us the longest day yes the summer solstice is here already and the 24th is mid summers day. Can someone please give summer a wake up call before autumn gets here! Firstly the 20th is Fathers Day and Dads need pampering! If he’s sporty you will probably find him in front of the TV as World Cup fever hits us. The national teams will be in South Africa hoping to follow on in the footsteps of the Cricket team and lift the world cup! There’ll be some tennis at Wimbledon and ladies can throw on their posh frocks for Royal Ascot. Not a sporty person? Then what about Glastonbury? Rock the weekend away with a 150,000 other people in a field and camp out in a tent, it will rain and be muddy. Failing all that maybe you’re just happy to stay nearer home? See a play whilst enjoying supper, finish your scarecrow, tidy the garden, have a coffee with friends, bingo, even ice skating this month or just put your feet up and relax in the summer sun (fingers crossed some one woke it up). That’s it just remember that next month is the double issue so you need to get your August events in too? Cheerio.

 

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Front Cover of Magazine:

This month’s front cover is  “Scarecrow trail” by Anne Drummond.

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting
 

Restructure of the Area
Hot off the press is the news that the North and South Teams are to merge together to come under the combined umbrella of “North Hykeham Rural". This will mean that there will be one Beat Manager for the area, PC Paul Truelove. PCSO’s Chris Boyle, Vicky Czajkowski and Jo Brooker (soon to go on maternity leave) will work together, covering the combined area. We will also be keeping the services afforded by our three Special Constables who generally help us out at the weekend. These officers are volunteers, but have the same powers as a Constable and are a valuable part of our Policing family. We have lost PCSO Andy Hayes who is moving to one of the Bracebridge Heath policing teams. It will also mean that the size of the area will be reduced slightly, as responsibility for Policing the parishes of Beckingham and Stragglethorpe will be moving to PC Pete Hanson and his team at Bracebridge Heath West. We will try and Police the area the same as we have to date, but we will have to fundamentally review and reassess our current working practices to deliver the best service we can to the community. We will retain the two Neighbourhood Panels for the time being -North and South. But will set a target of two priorities per panel meeting for each area, rather than the three we normally set. The Team will not be moving into the new Community building currently under construction at Witham St Hughs. The room set aside on the original plans is not of sufficient size to accommodate our team and following a recent site meeting and discussions with Witham St Hughs Parish Council, a proposed larger room was ruled out. We will therefore remain at the Ark for the foreseeable future and will be looking for an alternative long-term base. The Team would like to thank Gill Finn, from Witham St Hughs, for her tireless efforts fundraising and keep us at Witham St Hughs.
 

This month’s crime.
We are currently experiencing a spate of garden related crimes including theft of hanging baskets, break into sheds and scrap from gardens being taken across the area. Please do not leave anything in view that you do not wish to be taken.
Across the rural area there have been reports of thefts from churches. We are pleased to announce that two suspects have been arrested and are helping us with our enquiries.
In the early hours of 25th April there was a deliberate ignition of a wheelie bin on Squirrel Chase at Witham St Hughs which spread to nearby vehicles and fencing. The incident number is 339 of 26th April.
Sometime between the 9th and 10th May a bench that was in the Playing Field, on Lincoln Road, Bassingham, was damaged. The bench was situated at the Torgate Lane end of the field. The occurrence number for this crime is, 32100017662.
Also on the 9th May, there was a report to the Police of a window being removed from the tennis club at Bassingham. Entry was gained into the premises. The incident number for this burglary is 245 of the 9th May.
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 Police contact details given in this magazine and quote the occurrence/incident number.
 

POLICE COMMUNITY PROJECTS
Young Citizen of the Year.
The beat team nominated James Brown from Carlton le Moorland and are pleased to announce that he actually won the Young Citizen of the Year award through North Kesteven District Council. Congratulations James!
 

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Scarecrow Weekend & Open Gardens

BASSINGHAM SCARECROW FESTIVAL

We are having our Annual Scarecrow Trail in association with the Open Gardens. Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th June. The theme this time is “Occupations”. Please phone Jill Evans on 789728 for more information.

We are displaying our village scarecrows again this year at the 'Bassingham Show' on Saturday 7th August. If any of our village scarecrow exhibitors, would like to save their scarecrows after the Open Gardens weekend and have them on display at the Bassingham Show please contact Michael and Christine Herod.

 

BASSINGHAM OPEN GARDENS & SCARECROW TRAIL

Sunday 13th June from 2pm until 6pm

As well as ten gardens to visit, there will be home made teas, ice cream, Pimms and of course the plant stall. Programmes, with a map of the locations are £3 (accompanied children free) and will be available from 1st June in Bassingham Post Office and at the Village Hall Car Park from 1.30pm on the day. A map of the Scarecrow trail is included. If you hear the familiar noise, look up and you may see the Lancaster. Open gardens this year is in aid of The Hub, for which we urgently need to raise more money. Can you help by donating your spare plants to the plant stall or making a cake for the teas?

 

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Securing the Future of the Bassingham Heritage Room
 

At the May Parish Council meeting, the Parish Council formally adopted the proposal to buy the Heritage Room, in line with the mandate given by the public at the Annual Parish Meeting in April. To that end the councillors voted unanimously to apply for a loan of £60,000 from the Public Works Loan Board: this amount includes a sum to cover the cost of installing a W.C. and any other immediate work required. From a different quarter we have also been assured that although the Methodist Church relinquishes ownership at the end of August, the Heritage Room will continue to be available to users. With all this good news the Management Group is now going ahead with the planned autumn exhibition of our collection of memorabilia and especially photographs, entitled 'Then & Now'. We would also like you to bring along your own local photographs etc and allow us to copy them then and there. We shall give details of date and time in the July/August edition.

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Norton Disney Village Hall Recycling Banks

As you may be aware the paper and can recycling banks have been removed from Norton Disney Village Hall car park, however we are informed by North Kesteven District Council that the glass re-cycling facility will remain until 31st August 2011. The Village Hall committee wishes to thank everyone who has used this facility in the past and hopes that you will continue to use the glass banks until they are withdrawn. 

 

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Hill Holt Wood Update

It's been sometime since we last contributed to the magazine and I hope that once again it will become a regular monthly feature. There have been lots of things happening at the wood in the last year as it continues to be a thriving and expanding Social Enterprise, now employing nearly 30 full time Rangers. One of the major developments has been the construction of our Woodland Community Hall, this includes a two storey super-insulated timber framed building that includes much needed office space, kitchen and state-of-the-art composting toilets! It also includes a twelve-sided conference hall made from rammed earth and a cafe area which will seat about 60 people. Interesting features include a double reciprocal roof, the timbers being felled at Skellingthorpe Woods by ourselves and a 'green roof ' which contains a unique planting medium where individual bags are used to create micro-climates that are easily moved and tended. In early June a twelve-sided mosaic is being laid in the rammed earth hall to mirror the twelve parishes that helped set up Hill Holt Wood. This is being created by Bassingham Mosaic Group facilitated by Arts NK who are also designing a unique circular boardroom table and chairs. We hope to have the facility finished by mid-June so any visitors can not only have an interesting walk around the wood but will also be able to purchase a cup of tea and other refreshments.

 

Another major project that we have become involved in is the Future Jobs Fund programme. This is a Government fund to support the creation of jobs for long term unemployed young people and others who face significant disadvantage in the labour market. We currently have between 40 and 50 people on the programme mainly from the Gainsborough area which suffers from a high level of unemployment. These people are working both on community projects in that area and also as part of the team at Hill Holt Wood. The calibre of people has been excellent to such an extent that we are taking at least 3 people on full time after their initial 6 month contract, a measure of the scheme's success.

 

We are still managing the Watch NK contract which sees both the Rangers and students doing community orientated work including litter picking, pathway maintenance and grass cutting and we also do garden maintenance for the vulnerable and elderly.

 

If anyone out there is interested in Green construction or Environmental conservation then we are running free short courses on several weekends in the future, please ring the wood on 01636 892836 to book your place or alternatively visit the website www.hillholtwood.com  for more information. As you can see there is a lot going on at the moment and the added bonus is that we get to work in a beautiful ancient woodland where the emerging springtime leaves and flowers are making the area all the more magical. Do come and have a walk round and see it for yourself, we are open 7 days a week from 8.30am until sunset. Oliver Woodman Site manager.

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North Kesteven District Council
 

Training At Voluntary Centre Services NK

Voluntary Centre Services NK is able to run free training for volunteers and staff in the voluntary, community and volunteer-involving sectors over the coming months. Places are limited and booked on a first come, first served basis.

Training in 2010

Volunteers & the law. Wednesday 16th June 10am to 3pm (inc lunch). A basic introduction to key legal issues which may affect your work with volunteers including benefits, tax, contracts, health and safety, copyright and working with vulnerable people.

CIEH Level 2 Health & Safety. Tuesday 22nd June 9am to 4.30pm (inc lunch). This certificated course is designed to make people aware of the hazards with which they work as well as the moral obligations placed on them within an organisation.

NKDC’s first Aviation Tour a huge success

A two-day Aviation Tour of North Kesteven has been a huge success. ‘Behind the Scenes Aviation Past & Present’, organised by North Kesteven District Council with partners in the RAF across the District took place on 19-20 March 2010.

Building Control receives award

North Kesteven District Council’s Building Control Unit has recently been recognised for meeting high customer standards.

Honours for community heroes

North Kesteven District Council has thanked 10 people for the positive difference they have made within their communities.

Council Focus On Affordable Housing
Residents in need of affordable housing in North Kesteven are a step closer to getting a home as two initiatives are given the green light.
Garden Sharing Sprouts Into Action
A garden sharing project has started to blossom in North Kesteven as the first green-fingered tenants sign-up for the scheme.
Rent Level Increases Kept Low
Tenants in North Kesteven are still seeing improvements to their homes and communities, despite low rent level increases.
Resident Benefits No More
Claiming housing benefits whilst not being entitled, has resulted in a man being sent to prison for 12-months.

 

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The Summer Solstice

The longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice is on or near the 21st June. This year the exact point is 21st at 11.28am. It’s the day when the sun is at its most northerly point and this is why it is the longest day. On this day you can see a very old custom at Stonehenge in Wiltshire. These stones have stood in Wiltshire for thousands of years and no one knows how they got there. They are not local stone and so whoever placed them there had to somehow transport them over several miles.

Stonehenge is one of Europe’s biggest stone circles. A lot of stones are ten to twelve meters high. The earliest part of Stonehenge is nearly 5,000 years old. It is thought that the Druids used Stonehenge as a calendar. The Druids were the priests in Britain 2,000 years ago. They used the sun and stones at Stonehenge to show the start of the months and seasons.

Every June hundreds of people go to Stonehenge to watch the sun rise. The sun shines on one famous stone (the heel stone). For the Druids this was a very important moment of the year. The Heel stone is a single large block of stone standing within the Avenue outside the entrance of Stonehenge. Heel stone is an eroded pillar 254ft from the centre of Stonehenge circle. It leans towards the Southwest at nearly 27 degrees. Myths and legends of the Devil striking a "Friar's Heel" with a stone resulted in its eccentric name, Some claim "Friar's Heel" is a corruption of "Freyja's He-ol" or "Freyja Sul", from the Nordic goddess Freyja and (allegedly) the Welsh words for "way" and "Sunday" respectively. It is doubtful whether any prehistoric standing stone has experienced as many name changes and interpretations.

Midsummer's Day

The middle of summer comes after the longest day and it is a time associated with witches, magic, fairies and dancing.

Celebrations also take place on midsummer’s eve. Bonfires were lit all over the country to praise the Sun God, for the days were getting shorter and the sun appeared to be getting weaker, so people would light fires to try and strengthen the sun, whose power was greatest at the Summer Solstice. The fires also represent an attempt to ward off the coming of winter. Practice of this ancient ritual, which also includes a Summer Solstice Circle Dance, now mainly confined to Cornwall, the West Country and London’s Hampstead Heath.

Midsummer's Superstitions, Roses are of special importance on Midsummer's Eve. It is said that any rose picked on Midsummer's Eve, or Midsummer's Day will keep fresh until Christmas. At midnight on Midsummer's Eve, young girls should scatter rose petals before them and say: “Rose leaves rose leaves, Rose leaves I strew. He that will love me, Come after me now.” Then the next day, Midsummer's Day, their true love will visit them.

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July /August 2010

Editorial:

July 2010 we seem to be crossing the months off quicker than the days at the moment. Pulling a real blank this month, brain will not engage! What can we talk about? We have a government that wasn't actually on the voting slip, the Gulf continues to fill with oil and who invented the vuvuzela? We could try the tactic of not mentioning the weather it may get upset and try being nice for a change so we talk about it again? We have a new face of Royal Ascot, a new Wimbledon champion and only 8 games left before we crown the world cup champions, which means just another 720 minutes to endure the BBBBRRRRRRRR of the vuvuzela!!!! With what we seasonally call summer we have our double issue spread across July and August to keep you entertained. Read on to see what we have in store for you, Summer Fetes, Village Shows, Coffee Mornings, Children's activities, local talks, group events, lunches, running, walking, dancing, yoga and even bat watching night. Come on something must grab you? No then maybe you're off on your holidays. What ever you‟re doing home or away have a good time take care, apply plenty of sun cream and we'll be back in a flash with the September issue.
 

September sees the annual re-issue of the Local Information Sheet. This sheet gives us information on local groups and associations as well as public services and utilities, where to find them and a contact number. Please can you courteously let the Editor know if the contact information on the sheet for your group or association is correct or if any changes need to be made to it by the end of July? The information sheet is widely used and given out throughout the year to new residents moving into the area, therefore it is only useful if it is up to date and accurate. So please take a moment to have a look at a copy and let me know if it's wrong!

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

This month’s front cover is  “Village Show” by Anne Drummond.

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting South
The neighbourhood panel came together on the 18th May and the following priorities were agreed;
1 – Rogue Scrap metal collectors (daytime).
2 – Speeding 7am to 9am / 4pm to 6pm.
The team has addressed the priorities as below;
1 – Fly Tipping and Littering Offences in Stapleford Woods Public Amenity Areas
2 – Targeting Drivers using Mobile Phones and Driving below the Required Standard.
This month’s crime
We are currently experiencing low level criminal damage type offences across the area; these are crimes such as damage to motor vehicles, which have been mainly occurring in the Bassingham area. We have also been experiencing act‟s of vandalism in the Bassingham area which have been mainly occurring in the playing field area in and around the cricket pavilion and changing rooms, we will not tolerate this and anyone found causing damage or anti social behaviour in these areas will be dealt with accordingly via positive means. We are also experiencing a number of calls in relation to suspicious scrap vehicles visiting our villages, scrap value at the minute is extremely high so if you think these vehicles are acting in a suspicious manner or you think a crime has been or is being committed please call on the numbers below, obtaining any vehicle information relevant. REMEMBER – These are your villages, help us to keep them crime free. 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 Police contact details given in this magazine.
POLICE COMMUNITY PROJECTS
School’s Junior PCSO’s;
The school year is coming to a close and the PCSO School‟s challenge is gathering pace!! There last task was a crime prevention theme and all three school‟s did a tour of their village with us noting things such as open windows, cycles and toys left insecure and many other points in relation to crime prevention, a survey of each village was completed in relation to alarms being present, which was surprisingly low!! The PCSO‟s will present their findings in school assembly and will be marked accordingly. We will know the winning school soon, so watch this space!!

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BASSINGHAM COMMUNITY & SPORTS CENTRE

Thank you to everyone who has donated a brick to help fund the HUB building, which will be called 'The Hammond Hall & Sports Centre'.

 

We will be arranging the first layout shortly after 21st July so that the bricks will be on the wall for the opening of our new community facility. If you would like your brick to be there please donate your brick now. F

Please remember to DONATE A BRICK
 

Hub Update
Work Started on Monday 29th March 2010
 

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Bassingham Village Show 2010
Saturday 7th August
A forward note for all who would like to enter in the Handicraft Section at the forthcoming Show
A Hand Knitted Article.
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 - "A Snow Scene" - not to exceed 7" x 5".
A Quilted Item.
A Handmade Greetings Card.
A Piece of Original Artwork (preferably mounted or framed).
Vintage Vehicles At The Show
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 on 788459.
Tombola Stall
Act Two will be running the 'Bottle Stall' once again at the Show. If you could help us to swell the funds by donating any sort of bottle, can or something that shape please leave your contributions in the box in Bassingham Post Office. All funds raised on the stall go to the Village Hall Charity.
Thank You For Your Support

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Bassingham Ball
Saturday 11th September
Come and join in a fantastic night of live music, good food and good company. Invite all your friends and book a table (or part of one) at the Annual Bassingham Ball, which will be held in a marquee on the Memorial Playing Field this year. You will be treated to a hot, served, 3 course meal and be entertained with live music from “U-No-Hoo” until 1am
Tickets will be on sale from 1st July at £40 each
(Cheques payable to Bassingham Ball) and are available from
Judy Robertson, Willow Tree Farm, Bassingham. 789423
Sarah Coulson, The Old Rectory, Torgate Lane Bassingham
Alison Peacock, Farmlands, 37 High Street, Bassingham
 

You can buy individual tickets or a complete table of 10 or 12.
Closing date 31st July
 

The dress for the evening will be Black Tie, however, we are conscious that not everyone owns or wants to hire a dinner suit for the evening. Black trousers, white shirt and a bow tie will be quite acceptable. If you would like to help organise this event, then please get in touch. Your ideas, help and input really would be more than welcome.
 

The Ball is not being backed financially by any group or organisation in the village. Its success is purely dependent on the tickets being sold. Any surplus made will be used for improving village amenities. Past examples have included the Hub and Christmas Tree.
If you do not wish to come to the ball, then please be advised that live music will be played until 1am from the marquee.
 

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St. Wulfram’s Church Grantham
Is holding a
FESTIVAL of MUSIC and THE ARTS

Saturday 3rd July to Saturday 17th July
A bonanza of music from Jazz, R & B, Virtuoso Performers, Swing, Organ, Choirs, Quartet and Orchestral, with an Art Exhibition by local Artists.
PLUS Workshops in Textiles, Flower Arranging, Painting and Photography.
A Guided Talk on our magnificent Windows and Tracery.
Some things cannot be missed!!
Meanwhile, give yourself a reminder on your calendar or in your diary.
Visitors to St. Wulfram's are welcome throughout the summer months, most Days 10am to 4pm, check online for details + coffee shop opening times.

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Hill Holt Wood Update

The transition from spring to summer is in full swing now and with the recent heavy rains coupled with periods of warm sunshine the wood is bursting into life. The bluebells have now given way to foxgloves and rosebay willow herb and in the organic garden a wild Angelica plant has already reached two metres in height; seemingly growing before our eyes. The ponds are fringed with Yellow Iris and we have our Common Spotted Orchid in its regular location.

 

The majority of the bird boxes are occupied and the one in the garden has seen a pair of Blue tits successfully raise eight young, this in spite of being regularly viewed by visiting schoolchildren due to its position only four feet off the ground! There is also a Great Spotted Woodpecker nest in a hole in the dead tree near Pike pond, and a pair of Treecreepers decided that the roof in the composting toilet in the Roman Villa Clearing was a good place to raise a family. Roe deer and Muntjac tracks abound in the wood and the other morning a big Roe stag jumped across the track in front of my car before melting into the undergrowth.

 

On hotter days we often see Buzzards circling above the wood rising on the thermals until they are a mere dot in the sky; the most we have seen at once is eleven! I was lucky enough to see one hovering above a field adjoining the wood the other day, something you don't often see. We have had several school visits in the last couple of weeks and the pond dipping in particular has been particularly productive. Ranger Richard has identified Great Diving Beetles, Dragonfly larvae, Water Scorpions, Caddis Fly Nymphs, Waterboatmen, Freshwater Shrimps, Bloodworms and Leeches, and one of the learners saw a Grass snake swimming in one of the ponds. There are scores of Common Blue Damselflies flitting around the water as well as Four-Spotted Chasers and Southern Hawker Dragonflies.

 

If any schools would like to have an educational visit to the wood to enjoy a wide range of activities then please get in touch with Oliver and we can tailor your visit to meet your specific needs. Remember everyone is welcome to come and enjoy a relaxing walk in Hill Holt Wood and experience for themselves some of the super flora and fauna on offer. We hope to see you soon.
Oliver Woodman Head of Operations

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The Hub National Centre For Craft & Design Sleaford
Lincolnshire Artists Society - Squaring the Circle
Thursday 10th June to Sunday 1st August

The Hub National Centre for Craft & Design, Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford, Lincolnshire NG34 7TW. The exhibition is a showcase of new work by the Lincolnshire Artists Society. Seen together, exhibits look at the symbolic relationship between a square and a circle. This exhibition investigates the physical and philosophical challenge of squaring a circle, making the impossible possible. Exhibits have been selected by the Lincolnshire Artists Society along with the Hub. Free entry
Let's Play Records!
Saturday 17th July to Sunday 5th September

This exhibition will showcase a vast array of album covers throughout the ages, from the widely known to the underground. Displayed amongst the unique Lets Play records! performative installation, this exhibition will be an exciting event to attend this summer where all can get involved and play records! Free entry
 

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Collingham Railway Station
I had an interesting meeting the other day with the East Midlands Station Inspector, Derek, whose job it is to tour round the various stations sorting out small problems. It was he who replaced the damaged perspex cover on our noticeboard in the canopy on the Newark-bound platform, and is checking and frequently repairing the drain-hole in the corner of the shelter on the Lincoln-bound platform, which floods when there is heavy rain. I am also pleased to report that Network Rail staff have re-strapped the D94 notice on the platform signal.
Now to bigger things – East Midlands Trains have to refurbish all the trainsets which they use on our line – the 153 single cars, and the 156 two car ones, and having finished updating the 158s (which we see only rarely on our line), have now committed £5.3 million to doing all ours, starting from June 2010. You may see more 158s while the other ones are being done up – you can recognise them from the new red seating, and the fact that they have air-conditioning.
 

The planning application for the new car park has been submitted to NSDC, although only for 28 cars, which given that some days we already have 29 parked on the verge, seems a bit short-sighted!
 

The timetable is staying the same for the next few months, the next big change being expected on 22nd May 2011. At this point, it is currently planned for East Coast Trains to run services from London Kings Cross to Lincoln. During most of the day there will be no room for the present Lincoln – Northgate shuttles, so there is much to campaign for if we are going to maintain a reasonable service. If you can help with this, do contact me. It is for that reason that we launched our questionnaire. If we are going to argue for improvements in our services, we have to justify that to every stakeholder who can influence what happens. A copy of the questionnaire can be found on the Collingham website our page and there is a leaflet dispenser on each platform within the shelter. There is post box above the leaflet dispenser on the Newark-bound platform. We need a large response if we are going to justify the demand for the service.
 

The huge changes on the East Coast Mainline are being monitored carefully, but I am leaving Newark Business Club to push for better services at Newark. On behalf of our village I have commented to the consultation only regarding the services between Lincoln and Newark Northgate, all of which currently stop at Collingham, which we are likely to lose unless someone would like to fund a lengthening of our platforms to handle 5 car trains!
 

As always, if you find anything good or bad about our station or the service, please do contact me.
Bob Imrie, Chair of Friends of Collingham Station
4 Rio Drive, tel 893799, email bob@creditlaw.co.uk

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North Kesteven District Council 
 

Training At Voluntary Centre Services NK

Voluntary Centre Services NK is able to run free training for volunteers and staff in the voluntary, community and volunteer-involving sectors over the coming months. Places are limited and booked on a first come, first served basis.

Training in 2010

Volunteers & the law. Wednesday 16th June 10am to 3pm (inc lunch). A basic introduction to key legal issues which may affect your work with volunteers including benefits, tax, contracts, health and safety, copyright and working with vulnerable people.

CIEH Level 2 Health & Safety. Tuesday 22nd June 9am to 4.30pm (inc lunch). This certificated course is designed to make people aware of the hazards with which they work as well as the moral obligations placed on them within an organisation.

To book onto any of the above courses or for more information on our training, please contact us by calling 01529 308450.

 

NKDC’s first Aviation Tour a huge success

A two-day Aviation Tour of North Kesteven has been a huge success. ‘Behind the Scenes Aviation Past & Present’, organised by North Kesteven District Council with partners in the RAF across the District took place on 19-20 March 2010.

Building Control receives award

North Kesteven District Council’s Building Control Unit has recently been recognised for meeting high customer standards.

Honours for community heroes

North Kesteven District Council has thanked 10 people for the positive difference they have made within their communities.

Council Focus On Affordable Housing
Residents in need of affordable housing in North Kesteven are a step closer to getting a home as two initiatives are given the green light.
Garden Sharing Sprouts Into Action
A garden sharing project has started to blossom in North Kesteven as the first green-fingered tenants sign-up for the scheme.
Rent Level Increases Kept Low
Tenants in North Kesteven are still seeing improvements to their homes and communities, despite low rent level increases.
Resident Benefits No More
Claiming housing benefits whilst not being entitled, has resulted in a man being sent to prison for 12-months.

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NKDC Countryside Events
Tunman Wood has recently been bought by a partnership consisting of North Kesteven District Council, Lincolnshire County Council and Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. The woodland has now been opened up and is an ideal location for countryside events. The events are free of charge, if you would like to attend any of the events please book by contacting Countryside Promotion Officer, Theresa Hobbs on 694353 theresa.hobbs@leisureconnection.co.uk Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.
 

BAT DETECTORS!
Friday 16th July at 9.30pm
Tunman Wood near Thorpe on the Hill
Join WatchNK Countryside Rangers for a moonlight walk through Tunman Wood in search of bats. Learn how to identify some of our native bats and find out more about their habitat and lifestyles. As this involves walking through woodland in the dark this event is not suitable for children under 14 years. Please remember to bring a torch!
 

A DAY IN THE WOODS
Thursday 26th August from 10am to 4pm
Tunman Wood near Thorpe on the Hill
Join us for a whole day in the woods to discover lots of woodland skills. Find out what our woods have to offer and learn how to identify woodland animals from their tracks. Please bring a packed lunch.
 

FAMILY FUN DAY!
Thursday 29th July from 1pm to 4pm
Lollycocks Field, Sleaford
With a pond teeming full of wildlife, and a delightful wildflower meadow, there‟s lots to see and do on Lollycocks Field. Join us for an afternoon of pond dipping, exploring and much more to learn about our wildlife and just have a fantastic time in the great outdoors! Booking required.

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Saving Conservation Areas
Living in a 'listed building' we respect and maintain the ethos of a conservation area. It is a pity that the council and relevant authorities, do not do likewise. We were keen to seek out a location which was in a conservation area which would retain the character of the surrounding vicinity and maintain the balance between the buildings, open spaces and trees. Although the traditional red phone box in the village has now been saved after apparently, there was a problem with previous correspondence regarding listing. B.T. were actually in the process of having it removed. Re-submitted application for listing, got approval from English Heritage in March 2010 and the phone box is now officially saved! The integrity of the 'conservation area' is being eroded in such a short space of time though. Apprehensive about development close by left us extremely upset when mature trees were removed from site. We understand that the developer appealed and was given 'the green light' by NKDC, to go ahead. The individual character of the conservation area has been changed and it is only a question of time, before places like The Grange and established, mature walnut trees within its garden, are eventually scrubbed up for new development.

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St. Swithin's Day
St. Swithin's Day is 15th July a day on which people watch the weather for tradition says that whatever the weather is like on St. Swithin's Day, it will continue so for the next forty days. There is a weather-rhyme that is well known throughout the British Isles since Elizabethan times.
St. Swithin's day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain St. Swithin's day if thou be fair
For forty days 'twill rain nae mair.

Who was St. Swithin? St. Swithin (or more properly, Swithun) was a Saxon Bishop of Winchester. He was born in the kingdom of Wessex and educated in its capital, Winchester. He was famous for charitable gifts and building churches. Why do people watch the weather on St. Swithin's day? A legend says that as the Bishop lay on his deathbed, he asked to be buried out of doors, where he would be trodden on and rained on. For nine years, his wishes were followed, but then, the monks of Winchester attempted to remove his remains to a splendid shrine inside the cathedral on 15 July 971. According to legend there was a heavy rain storm either during the ceremony or on its anniversary. This led to the old wives' tale (folklore) that if it rains on St Swithin's Day it will rain for the next 40 days in succession and a fine 15th July will be followed by 40 days of fine weather. However, according to the Met Office, this old wives' tale is nothing other than a myth.

It has been put to the test on 55 occasions, when it has been wet on St Swithin's Day and 40 days of rain did not follow.

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September 2010

Editorial

So the sizzling hot summer sun slips slowly south and suddenly September surreptitiously sneaks in under the doorstep catching us by surprise and signalling autumn term and the start of school. Yes September, pack the kids off back to school and start planning ready for Christmas! No you’re right sorry, too soon!! Did you all have a good holiday? A break from the norm somewhere hot maybe or did you stay at home (somewhere wet)!! We hope you had a good time whatever you got up to, recharged your batteries and are ready to go. It’s hard to believe two whole months have passed by but they have and autumn is creeping up slowly, the scenery is changing daily as the nights pull in and the harvest is gathered. Sadly Bassingham Methodist Chapel has closed it’s doors for the last time along with it the Heritage Room. Many small groups have had to move to new locations to run their events, so has the local access point. The Witham Staple is also affected as all printing equipment and collating machines are re-homed. So read on to find out what, where and when it’s going on.

The September 2010 updated copy of the local information sheet was distributed with this month's printed magazine. The local information sheet gives residents contact names and numbers of all the local community groups within the eight Witham Staple villages and district services.

 

Misunderstanding Rural Rights of Way “Irate Farmer” The article “Irate Farmer” fuelled opinions amongst the community and although the Witham Staple does not condone trespass or crop damage they feel the community magazine is not the place to air issues of this nature. Trespass or damage is a criminal offence and incidents of this nature should be reported to the Police direct. Their contact details can be found in the magazine. We all live together in this rural community so it is worth us from time to time reading up about how we can share in the countryside. Type Countryside code into your search engine and read up to date information on the do’s and don’ts of enjoying the countryside. Details can also be found on District and County Council websites and by picking up leaflets that are always available locally, lincolnshire.gov.uk is a very good website to look at as they have maps showing bridleways and footpaths in our area. If we, the public, take note of these Countryside codes then farmers alike will welcome the use of rights of way so we can all enjoy our surroundings together. The Editor.

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

This month’s front cover is  “Preserving” by Brenda Cooper.

The Witham Staple Cover Design Competition Competition held at the Bassingham Show on Saturday 7th August Congratulations To:

Oliver Robertson…………seven years and under

Georgina Spray…………eight to eleven years

Sophie Coulson…………twelve to fifteen years

Well done to our winners and thank you to all who entered.

The winning designs will be used as the cover for The Witham Staple over the next six to eight months, so keep your eyes pealed.

 

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting - South
The neighbourhood panel came together on the 18th May and the following priorities were agreed. Our priorities are currently:
1 – Rogue Scrap metal collectors (daytime)
2 – Speeding – 7am to 9am / 4pm to 6pm
(Witham St Hughs, Thurlby, Norton Disney, Brant Broughton & Stapleford)
The next Rural South Panel meeting will be held on Monday 4th October at the Aubourn Enterprise Centre, Time TBC. (Please Note the change of date and location)


Neighbourhood Panel Meeting - North
The neighbourhood panel came together on the 8th July and the following priorities were agreed. Our priorities are currently:
1 – Underage drinking and ASB – 6pm to 10pm (schools, parks & green areas)
2 – Enforce weight restricted roads in villages – All times
The next Rural North Panel meeting will be held on Thursday 4th November from 7pm, venue TBC.
 

This month's crime
On the sector we are currently experiencing theft of pedal cycles from outside shops and burglaries especially in the North Hykeham/Skellingthorpe areas. We urge everyone to lock their pedal cycles up, postcode them and report anything they deem suspicious. Across the villages we are also experiencing the odd burglary and theft from motor vehicles. Please remember to always lock your vehicles and DO NOT leave anything of value on view. Please remember to lock doors and windows at night as a good proportion of the burglaries have been via an insecure door/window. We are still experiencing a number of calls in relation to suspicious scrap vehicles visiting our villages, scrap value at the minute is extremely high so if you think these vehicles are acting in a suspicious manner or you think a crime has been or is being committed please call on the numbers below, obtaining any vehicle information relevant. REMEMBER – These are your villages, help us to keep them crime free. If anyone does want property marked by the team with your postcode then please get in touch via the contact details below, this service is FREE!!!!!

 
POLICE COMMUNITY PROJECTS
Witham St Hughs
We have been informed by local residents of concerns of small children playing in the car park areas at the back of properties especially on Moorhen Close and Sorrell Road. We urge parents to please keep a check on where their children are. We would hate there to be a serious accident. We have noticed an increase in alcohol related litter in the Ball Park. We understand that there is currently no bin at this facility. However this is no excuse and WE WILL be issuing fixed penalty notice for Littering Offences. Remember this is your facility – look after it or lose it!
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 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, a tour of the CCTV van and the day ended with a murder mystery. The whole initiative was a huge success again for the third 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, Oliver Reid, Phoebe Morgan, Ryan Finn and Alex Morley and congratulations to the winner Abigail Fenton.

 

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The Homemade House

I have set up a homecraft school in Sleaford with a team of professional tutors called The Homemade House to help teach local people how to knit, sew, patchwork, cook, bake, cake decorate and much more. The Homemade House is a social enterprise, which means that it is not for profit - in other words, any profits made are ploughed back in and used to subsidise children‟s craft courses, so that we continue to pass down these valuable skills which are in danger of being lost - Now more than ever, there is a lot of interest in learning to make do and mend, creating and maintaining food and clothes, reducing waste and discovering the simple pleasures in life and we would like to enable people to learn the skills to be able to do this locally.

 

We will be taking classes for adults and for children during school hours, Saturdays, evenings and school holidays, so everyone should be able to join in.

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Bassingham Heritage Room is Closed
This month's notice is a melancholy one as the Heritage Room is now closed, and the contents dispersed. The photographs are now with Helen Ash at Walnut House and she is willing to have them available on request: the record books and papers have been boxed up, ready for if and when we find a new permanent home for them locally. The Millennium Panels are going to the Bassingham Care Home Community Room. Thank you to all of you who have supported our events over the past years: we hope this is not the end, but that we shall eventually find a new home and we shall once again enjoy your company.
 

Kay Mumby, Manager of the Care Home, has kindly agreed to allow our various groups to hire the Care Home Community Room, and details are given below.
The Mosaics & Glass Group – Tuesdays 7pm to 9pm
Patchwork & Quilting Group – Wednesdays 2pm to 4pm
Bridge Club – Thursdays 7pm to 10pm
Witham Staple printing & collating monthly
The Art Group will now meet on Mondays from 1pm to 4pm
in the Enterprise Centre, Aubourn
 

THANK YOU. The Bassingham Heritage Room Management Group would like to say thank you to everyone who helped in their fight against closure, in particular the Parish Council, who made a valiant effort on our behalf, investigating the possibility of a loan and inviting the views of the local residents at a public meeting, who voted overwhelmingly to support them in their attempt to buy the Heritage Room. Thanks too to the Revd. Ian Hill and County Councillors Woodman and Howe. We appreciate your endeavour and are sorry that it was to no avail, but thank you anyway.


Because of the foregoing 'Then & Now' advertised for Saturday 4th September is now cancelled.

 

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Act Two Theatre Company Pantomime Auditions

Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 22nd September at 7.30pm

Upstairs in the Bugle Horn Bassingham.

Junior auditions Monday 20th September at 7.30pm in the Social Area of Bassingham Village Hall

Children must be in School Year 6 and upwards

Production dates January 26th to 29th January 2011

Any more information required please contact Sharon Laughton on 789631

 

Act 2 next Musical Production "A Trip through the Movies" Production 28th to 30th October

Tickets on sale Sunday 10th October

 

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Spires & Steeples Challenge
Do you enjoy walking in the countryside? Do you relish the challenge of running 26 miles across country?

Or do you simply like to watch and marvel at the stamina of others?
 

If you fit any of the above then the 3rd annual Spires & Steeples Challenge taking place on Sunday 17th October is for you. Walk or run the entire 26 miles from Lincoln to Sleaford or the shorter 13 mile section from Metheringham to Sleaford enjoying the beautiful artworks and picturesque villages and communities along the route or help us make this a safe and successful event by volunteering as a marshal.


The Spires & Steeples Challenge (sponsored by Ringrose Law, Lincolnshire Co-op, FirstAid4Sport and John Hobbs Osteopath) attracted over 400 participants last year, coming from as far away as Edinburgh, Swansea, Liverpool and London as well as regional and local towns. We‟re expecting even more people this year!


So either volunteer your help or get your running shoes and walking boots at the ready and start training for yet another fantastic local event.

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North Kesteven District Council

 

North Kesteven District Council
Witham Office – Community Access Point
Please Note That Due to the Closure of Bassingham Heritage Room the Witham Office has Re-Located From
Tuesday 31st August 2010 to :-
The Old Doctors Surgery, 16 Torgate Lane, Bassingham

New Opening Times
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9.30am to 12noon
(Closed on Bank Holidays)


 

Training At Voluntary Centre Services NK

A new Network for Voluntary and Community organisations Monday 16th September Networking meeting 1.15pm to 3pm Light Lunch 12.30 to 1.15 At Ruston Sports and Social Club Newark Road, Lincoln LN6 8RT

 

Exchange, ideas, solutions and information Don’t miss this opportunity to discuss your group with others, find out about funding and training.

 

Meet support organisations who can assist you.

 

Book your place now Voluntary Centre Services North Kesteven and Volunteer Centre Kesteven

 

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NKDC Countryside Events

BUSHCRAFT!
Thursday 2nd September at 10.30am
Meet at Skellingthorpe Community Centre car park before driving on to Skellingthorpe Old Wood.

This is becoming a firm favourite as children and adults alike join WatchNK’s expert, Alan Eley, to discover amazing bush craft tips. From shelter building to learning about the wood’s natural resources, there’s lots of fun to be had whilst learning new things about our woodland.

For more information contact Countryside Promotion Officer, Theresa Hobbs.

 

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Le Mans Marathon 3rd October 2010

I am currently training to run the first ever Le Mans Marathon on 3rd October in Sarthé France which is held on the famous track that plays host to the Le Mans 24 hour endurance race. I am trying to raise money for „Parkinsons‟ who are a support and research charity who work to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's disease. Running the actual marathon on the day will be (relatively!) straightforward as long as I have done the training. So instead of asking for sponsorship to run the marathon, PLEASE would you sponsor me to TRAIN? I have a total of 15 weeks training for this event and have over 500 miles to run before I get to do the actual race. Your sponsorship of a training run would really give me the motivation to get out on those wet/windy (or even hot) days. I am only asking for £1 a mile so if you want to sponsor me for a Monday night its only £2. So I could potentially raise £500 for this very worthy cause. Feel free if you fancy joining me for a run! Nick Bell Thurlby Road Bassingham

 

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October 2010

Editorial:

It's over 70 years now since the Prime Minister Winston Churchill delivered a famous speech in the House of Commons stating: "The Battle of France is over. I expect the Battle of Britain is about to begin..." and it did, now in 2010 we commemorate 70 years since the air campaign was waged by the German Air Force against Great Britain during the summer and autumn of 1940. From the 10th July of that year and continuously until the end of October the largest and most sustained aerial bombing campaign to date raged above us. The failure of Germany to achieve its objectives and their first major defeat were to be a crucial turning point in the war. Today we read and watch stories of heroism as young men took to the skies in fighting machines to defend our country. As only a handful of hero‟s survive today it is left to us to not only remember but contemplate what it must have been like up in the sky and down on the ground, the sacrifices made and lives lost. From devastation and rations, to victory and rebuilding, life continued and Great Britain became Great again. Here we are the here and now welcoming the 265th Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI on his Papal visit to Britain. This is the first Papal visit to Britain since Pope John Paul II in 1982. Met by the Queen in Edinburgh his Holiness takes a 4 day whistle stop tour of Britain at a cost of £12m. That's one Italian travel agent that won‟t go bust this summer!! Till November then!

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1. Front Cover of Magazine:

 

This month’s front cover is "Halloween" by Alistair Drummond 

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting - South
The neighbourhood panel came together on the Tuesday 18th May and the following priorities were agreed. Our priorities are currently:
1 – Rogue scrap metal collectors (daytime)
2 – Speeding 7am to 9am / 4pm to 6pm (Witham St Hughs, Thurlby, Norton
Disney, Brant Broughton & Stapleford)
The next Rural South Panel meeting will be held on Monday 4th October at the Aubourn Enterprise Centre from 6.30pm. (Please Note the change of date and location)
This month’s crime
We are still receiving reports of Theft from Motor vehicles. Below are a few tips on how to keep your car/vehicle and contents secure:-
Don't leave things on display - it's a prime invitation for passers-by. If you can, take your belongings with you. If you can't, lock them out of sight in the boot at the beginning of your journey.
Lock your doors, windows, boot and sunroof EVERY time you leave your car - even if you're parked on your own driveway.
Keep your keys in a safe place at all times and remove the ignition key every time you leave the vehicle. It only takes a few seconds for someone to jump into your car and drive away.
Fit an immobiliser, either electronic or mechanical (such as a steering wheel or gear stick lock). You could also think about an approved car alarm if you haven't already got one.
Fit a removable stereo or one with a front that can be taken off. Consider marking this with the Vehicle Registration Number or other unique identifying number.
Arrange to have the Vehicle Registration Number etched onto all glass surfaces including the side windows and headlamps. Or consider using the last 7 digits of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or some other unique identifying number, etched in this way.
When parking put your aerial down to stop it being snapped off.
Keep valuables out of sight when driving. Thieves can steal items from your car while you are stationary or in slow moving traffic.
If you have a garage - use it and lock it! How many of you have got £50 worth of rubbish in the garage and £10,000 worth of car outside on the drive?
Always try to park in a well-lit, open location. When parking in a public car park look for one that is well supervised, with restricted entry and exit points, good lighting and security cameras. Avoid dark corners.
Please be extra vigilant and report anything you deem is suspicious.
REMEMBER – These are your villages, help us to keep them crime free. If anyone does want property marked by the team with your postcode then please get in touch via the contact details below, this service is FREE!!!!!
Police Community Projects
Witham St Hughs
With the new Co-Op Store now open. We are noticing an increase of vehicles parking illegally in the vicinity. Please use the car park provided and help create a safer environment. We will be issuing fixed penalty notices for offences of this nature.

 

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Hammond Hall & Sports Centre Grand Opening

Hammond Hall & Sports Centre Grand Opening Saturday 16th October at 3.30pm On behalf of Bassingham Parish Council & the HUB Project team, we invite all Witham residents to come and view The Hammond Hall & Sports Centre We will officially open the new building on Saturday 16th October at 3.30pm, followed by an opportunity for all to come and view our new facilities. We have planned a number of attractions for the afternoon and evening for all the family, these will include:- Children’s Entertainer / Football Competition / Disco Bungee Trampoline / Live Band / Choir Throughout the afternoon, the hall will be laid out with a number of attractions to help showcase what the hall can be used for:- Wedding Reception – Children’s Parties Indoor Sports - Coffee Mornings Flu Clinic – BBQ - Live Bands -Disco Food & drink will be available throughout the day.

 

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Bassingham Bonfire & Fireworks Saturday 6th November

Do come and enjoy our village bonfire and fireworks on Saturday 6th November. The bonfire will be lit at 7pm and the firework display will start at 7.30. Why not make a Guy Fawkes to put on the bonfire. Refreshments will be on sale. Entrance is by donation at the field gate – please give generously as we must cover costs for the event to continue. On Saturday 30th October from 9.30am to 12.30pm there will be a team on the field near Middlegate to receive suitable, burnable material for the bonfire. Please do not bring mattresses, glass or cans. More details in the November issue of The Witham Staple

 

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Carlton Le Moorland Looks To Hosts

I am a relatively new resident to Carlton le Moorland and the purpose of my advert is to enquire whether the local community would be in favour of and would love to hear from anyone who would be interested in:- ATTENDING – HELPING – DONATING – SUPPORTING One or more off the following activities BINGO – WHIST DRIVE – PENSIONERS CHRISTMAS LUNCH The initial idea is to bring the village together with regular events and finish it all of at the end of the year with a Christmas Lunch. Before we can get any of this up and running I am looking to residents for interest. Firstly would anyone be interested in attending any of the proposed events if they were held? Secondly and more importantly would anyone be interested in helping to organise and run any of the events to bring the community together? Thirdly any local businesses that maybe able to support us with donations? Are you interested, whether it will be to attend, donate, or help please get in touch? Drop a note through my door Jackie Davies 2 Bells Court, Carlton le Moorland and include your name, contact and mark it interested in (BINGO – WHIST DRIVE – XMAS LUNCH) and (ATTEND – HELP - DONATE) Thank you

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Inner Wheel Club of Newark

 

The Inner Wheel Club of Newark is raising funds for the Swaziland Schools Project. A meeting will be held on Tuesday 19th October at 2.30pm at Norton Disney Village Hall The speaker will be Mr Keith Fossey, a trustee of the Project. Keith has visited Swaziland on two occasions with the last visit being in March of this year. The Withamside United Parish has raised funds for the Project for several years and a welcome is extended to anyone who is interested in the Project. Tickets are £6, to include afternoon tea and are obtainable from Ann Haines.

 

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Norton Disney Neighbourhood Watch

Am I tempting fate by quoting the Police in saying our Village is recognised as an almost crime-free village. Thanks are due to my fellow Watchers – Jenny Wright, Barbara Foottit, Jim Rooke and Keith Gore. As the nights close in we have to be more vigilant. Most of the messages received from the Police relate to crimes that could be avoided such as leaving doors, windows, sheds and cars unlocked. Sometimes we feel that it doesn't occur round here – “it can‟t happen to me” THINK AGAIN! Better be safe than sorry! All our watchers have marker pens which can be borrowed to mark anything which would be readily saleable if stolen – T.V.s, Computers, Cameras and Cycles. It has a better chance of being returned if marked with your Post Code House number or abbreviated House name.

 

There are lots of nasty people about and we don‟t want them round our Village. You can all be Neighbourhood Watchers and let the Police know if you feel or see anything suspicious, phone 0300 111 0300 or let me know. If you have a phone call telling you that you have won £1000 in a Spanish Lottery, put the phone down!!! Have a safe Winter. Gordon Bancroft Neighbourhood Watch Village Co-ordinator.

 

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Hill Holt Wood Update

It was relatively peaceful at the wood during the Summer, with a lot of the learners on holiday and many of the Rangers on annual leave. But with the Autumn term upon us it is once again a hive of activity. We have several new projects on the go and these include a new reception area being built on the front of the timber office building; this has eco-friendly hemp-crete insulation and a 'living roof '. We are also building a new classroom with a storage facility for archive material in the roof. Interestingly this is being built on foundations made of used tyres rammed with earth. Both of these have been designed by our own team of student architects who have spent their fourth year living and working in the wood. Two of them, Tom and Sam, have recently left and we wish them every success in the future.
 

One of our newer Rangers, Lewis is skilled in Bushcraft and is going to be running some one and two day courses in the near future. These will include friction fire lighting, shelter building, simple crafts, wild food and outdoor cooking. So if you fancy spending a night under the stars in a shelter you have built, eating oak-smoked pigeon then give us a ring on 01636 892836 or email admin@hillholtwood.com for more information and prices.
 

Nature wise an interesting find was a wasp's nest that had been dug up by the resident badgers, apparently they often do this in late summer in search of the large, juicy grubs. Also one of the learners found a Vapour moth caterpillar which is extremely pretty, having little shaving-brush like hair tufts on it's back; these look great but can cause a nasty rash if you touch them. At the beginning of the summer we put an old bee-hive at the back of the Organic garden, essentially because it looked very nice. To our surprise and delight it was occupied by a swarm within a few weeks, apparently once they have had bees in them hives retain their pheromones and bees that are ready to swarm can detect this and will come and re-colonise the vacant hive. We enlisted the help of Bassingham based Andy Wattam, who is the National Bee Inspector and he is going to assist us in over wintering the colony so we can develop our own Apiary next year. So hopefully in the future we may have Hill Holt Honey from Hill Holt Hives!
Oliver Woodman. Site manager.

 

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North Kesteven District Council

Funding And Information Fair Wednesday 6th October 1pm to 6pm Washingborough Community Centre Fen Rd. Washingborough, Lincoln, LN4 1AB For community and voluntary organisations. Climb the ladder of success with us. Stuck for funding ideas? Want to know what funds are out there? For more information contact Janet Clarkon 01529 308456 Spires & Steeples Challenge A charity running and walking marathon from Lincoln to Sleaford Sunday 17th October Run or walk 26 miles from Lincoln to Sleaford Run or walk 13 miles from Metheringham to Sleaford Or can you spare time on the day to assist us with the race as it passes through your village? You could act as a marshal along the route, record the walkers/runners at the checkpoints or help with handing out refreshments.

 

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NKDC Countryside Events
 

NKDC Countryside Events Fungi Foray Saturday 9th October at 10.30am Meet at Skellingthorpe Community Centre car park before driving on to Skellingthorpe Old Wood. Join CountrysideNK and local expert, Ken Rowland for a foray around Skellingthorpe Old Wood in search of fascinating fungi. Find out how to tell a shaggy ink cap from a penny bun, and all whilst enjoying a walk in these delightful woods.

For more information contact Countryside Promotion Officer, Theresa Hobbs.

 

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Change To Policy Direction For The Big Lottery Fund Have Your Say The Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) sets the policy and financial framework within which the distributing bodies for National Lottery grants operate. There are proposed changes in policy direction from the Big Lottery and the DCM has opened a consultation seeking views about this. DCMS would like to know what lottery players, grant recipients, voluntary and community groups and all those who have an interest in this change feel about it. The consultation ends on Friday 29th October.

 

Cutting Red Tape For Street Parties And Summer Fetes Communities Secretary Eric Pickles wants to “stem the flow of relentless form filling, high costs and red tape for organising summer street parties and fetes” "Summer fetes and street parties are a great British tradition that we risk losing to overbearing bureaucracy. When it comes to putting on street parties, it's like a red tape tombola for organisers depending on which council is processing their application.” Says Mr Pickles there are examples of local communities having to apply for up to five separate licences, pay up to £5,000 for a temporary road closure and obtain insurance cover for £2million for a typical outdoor event. There is often an inconsistent approach by councils who charge different fees and use a number of conflicting regulations, which can present barriers and confusion for small voluntary groups. The Communities Secretary is working across government to agree a consistent approach for councils to follow. This will result in good practice guidance being set out for councils and more upfront transparency on what organisers need whether it's public liability insurance, road closure notices or health and safety assessments.

 

EQUALITY ACT 2010 The Equality Act will become law in October 2010. It replaces previous legislation (such as the Race Relations Act 1976 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995) and ensures consistency in what employers need to do to make their workplace a fair environment and to comply with the law. The 'Equality Act 2010 Acas Quick Start Guide for Employers', is a good starting place to learn about what is new from October.

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November 2010

Editorial

While we watched with bated breath as 33 Chilean miners were rescued from over half a mile below ground where they have been trapped for 69 days, we have their miraculous story to warm our hearts as we head on into autumn. The miners seem to be the only thing being raised up at the moment!! Everything else is on the downward spiral… the temperature, the fog, the leaves, day light and days left in 2010. No wait, congratulations must go to all those involved in the new Hammond Hall and Sports Centre, it’s up, complete, mission accomplished a new exiting architecturally designed building to bring the community together opened it’s doors on the 16th October. As we are drawn into autumn it seems only yesterday we discussed amongst us the dilemma whether we say 2010 or 20 - 10 and here we are thinking is it 2011 or 20 - 11? Yes… Christmas is a coming and the goose is getting fat! November kicks off with bonfire night, followed closely with the start of our communities‟ festive activities to tempt and delight us, put the kettle on sit back and take a moment to divulge and digest what’s on offer this month, there’s all your usual events and activities plus stories, information, new ideas and opportunities for all to read. Finally before we leave you to your copy can we remind you that next month is the December January double issue so not only do we need all your Christmas delights but also all your New Year wares too. 

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

This month’s front cover is "A Robin" by Anon.

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

 

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting - South

The neighbourhood panel came together on the 4th October and the following priorities were agreed. Our priorities are currently:
1 – Witham St Hughs (New Part) Anti Social Behaviour (evenings & weekends)
2 – Speeding 7am-9am/4pm-6pm (Aubourn, Haddington, Bassingham, Carlton)
The next Rural South Panel meeting will be held on Monday 10th January at the Witham St Hughs Village Hall from 6.30pm
This month's crime
We are still receiving reports of Theft from Motor vehicles. We have had a recent spate in Witham St Hughs & Bassingham. All vehicles targeted were left insecure! Below are a few tips on how to keep your car/vehicle and contents secure:
Don't leave things on display - it's a prime invitation for passers-by. If you can, take your belongings with you. If you can't, lock them out of sight in the boot at the beginning of your journey.
Lock your doors, windows, boot and sunroof EVERY time you leave your car - even if you're parked on your own driveway.
Keep your keys in a safe place at all times and remove the ignition key every time you leave the vehicle. It only takes a few seconds for someone to jump into your car and drive away.

• Fit a removable stereo or one with a front that can be taken off. Consider marking this with the Vehicle Registration Number or other unique identifying number.

• If you have a garage use it and lock it! How many of you have got £50 worth of rubbish in the garage and £10,000 worth of car outside on the drive?

• Always try to park in a well-lit, open location. When parking in a public car park look for one that is well supervised, with restricted entry and exit points, good lighting and security cameras. Avoid dark corners.

Please be extra vigilant and report anything you deem is suspicious.
REMEMBER – These are your villages, help us to keep them crime free. If anyone does want property marked by the team with your postcode then please get in touch via the contact details below, this service is FREE!!!!!
 

POLICE COMMUNITY PROJECTS
We have had a report of cyclists been seen out on the rural roads at night without wearing any reflective clothing/accessories and having no lights on the cycle which is making it difficult for motorists to see you. We would hate there to be an accident and encourage all cyclists to wear reflective clothing and/or accessories (belt, arm or ankle bands) in the dark. At night your cycle MUST
have white front and red rear lights lit. It MUST also be fitted with a red rear reflector (and amber pedal reflectors, if manufactured after 1/10/85). White front reflectors and spoke reflectors will also help you to be seen.
 

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.
The team is looking into the idea of starting a youth boxing class to be held at Witham St Hughs, this will be for ages 11 to 17 years, if you have children who may be interested or are interested in helping out with this venture please contact PCSO Chris Boyle on the contact details below.

 

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Bus Service Information

Finding out about public transport in Lincolnshire has never been easier, thanks to a new website from Lincolnshire County Council. www.lincsbus.info  has maps and timetables to help you find out about services near to you and further a field. It's a one-stop shop for those travelling in the county. The website also has an interactive map to help you plan your route and timetables to make it easy to get where you want to go. To make this website even simpler to use, the county council has produced limited edition smart buttons that plug into your computer and take you straight to the public transport pages with just one click.

 

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Bassingham Bonfire & Fireworks Saturday 6th November

Do come and enjoy our village bonfire and fireworks on Saturday 6th November. The bonfire will be lit at 7pm and the firework display will start at 7.30. Why not make a Guy Fawkes to put on the bonfire. Refreshments will be on sale. Entrance is by donation at the field gate – please give generously as we must cover costs for the event to continue.

On Saturday 30th October from 9.30am to 12.30pm there will be a team on the field near Middlegate to receive suitable, burnable material for the bonfire. Please do not bring mattresses, glass or cans. More details in the November issue of The Witham Staple

 

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Carlton Le Moorland Looks To Hosts

Following the recent article in the October issue I am pleased to say that a number of people have contacted me with an interest in

Bingo

Dick has very kindly offered to do the Bingo calling in the village and asks only that he receives help with the other things that need doing i.e. setting up tables chairs taking down selling raffles etc.

Keep ears and eyes open for more on this

 

Whist Drive

Someone has indicated that they would be willing to resurrect this in the village more on this to follow

 

Senior Citizens Christmas Lunch It has been agreed to go ahead with this in the Village Hall near to Christmas, the date has to be set yet but it will be on a first come first seat basis. Our Local SPAR in Bassingham has agreed to some sponsorship for this event - thank you very much and donations toward the lunch have been offered and some received already. Anyone who wishes to come to the lunch please contact Jackie Davies or Andy and Sue Screeny. We look forward to hearing from you

 

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Fibre Optic Broadband

Over the next five years BT is rolling out superfast fibre optic broadband across the UK. If you're not on the announced roll out plan The Race to Infinity gives you the opportunity to fast track your area to get BT Infinity next. BT has announced that they are running a national survey/competition to find out which areas want fibre optic broadband (who doesn't!). The five areas with the largest percentage of votes by December 31st 2010 will win the chance to bring superfast broadband to their area. BT will also donate £5,000 of computer equipment to a local community project."

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Hammond Hall Now Open for Bookings

Bassingham Playing Field, Lincoln Road, Bassingham LN5 9HQ

Available for hiring 8am to midnight

Please contact Roger Hales.

 

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North Kesteven District Council

 

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NKDC Countryside Events
Walkies around Welbourn
Sunday 7th November at 10.30am
Meet in Welbourn Village Hall car park
A great opportunity for finding new places to walk your dog and enjoy a spot of canine socialising. With miles of Stepping Out walks around Welbourn you can choose a long walk of six miles, or a more gentle shorter option.
A Woodland Wander
Sunday 21st November
at 10.30am
Meet at Skellingthorpe Community Centre car park
before driving on to Skellingthorpe Old Wood
Join WatchNK Ranger, Steve Donagain, to learn more about our ancient woodland, including tree identification and woodland management.
These events are FREE, please book by contacting Theresa Hobbs.

 

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Saving Conservation Areas
Living in a 'listed building' we respect and maintain the ethos of a conservation area. It is a pity that the council and relevant authorities, do not do likewise. We were keen to seek out a location which was in a conservation area which would retain the character of the surrounding vicinity and maintain the balance between the buildings, open spaces and trees. Although the traditional red phone box in the village has now been saved after apparently, there was a problem with previous correspondence regarding listing. B.T. were actually in the process of having it removed. Re-submitted application for listing, got approval from English Heritage in March 2010 and the phone box is now officially saved! The integrity of the 'conservation area' is being eroded in such a short space of time though. Apprehensive about development close by left us extremely upset when mature trees were removed from site. We understand that the developer appealed and was given 'the green light' by NKDC, to go ahead. The individual character of the conservation area has been changed and it is only a question of time, before places like The Grange and established, mature walnut trees within its garden, are eventually scrubbed up for new development.

 

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Post Marathon Thank You
Well the marathon is finally over and I thought I would take the opportunity to say a BIG thank you to everyone who sponsored me. Things didn’t go exactly to plan on the day unfortunately, my GPS watch decided to pack up the ghost, so I opted to keep up with the guy with a big 3:45 flag attached to his back. I didn’t want to push myself too early so I dropped back, but caught up with him again at about 8 to 9 miles. My half marathon time (1:51) put me in 447th place out of 800 runners, so I was on target for a PB.
Then disaster struck at 17.5 miles my hamstring was really giving me a lot of pain and I had to stop to stretch, got going again but the pain was getting really bad, then my carves cramped up and I had three bouts of lying at the trackside in unbelievable agony trying to explain this in broken French!
I certainly wasn’t trying to be a martyr or looking for sympathy, but since this was for charity I felt I had to complete the course so walked/hobbled and even jogged a few meters! of the last 7 to 8 miles and finished in 4:58 in 719th place.
Initially I was gutted, but in hindsight I finished and that’s the main thing and we managed to raise around £720 for a great cause which is being put towards some pioneering research that is being driven by the local Parkinsons Group in Newark, so thanks for your bit!
As for next year, I’ll be going to watch the Le Mans 24hr in June, but I need a bit more time for my legs to recover before I think about doing the Marathon in October!
Thanks again for your support and good wishes. Nick Bell

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December 2010

Editorial:

The Witham Staple Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who gave their time each month in 2010 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 . 

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

This month’s front cover is "Christmas Tree” by Oliver Robertson, the winner of The Witham Staple cover design competition for 7 years and under.

 

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

Post boxes will be in place for first post on Wednesday 1st December and the last Post will be on Saturday 18th December. All post will be delivered by 22nd 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 Thursday 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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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

 

The Beat Team would like you to continue to be vigilant over the Christmas period and 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 - South
The next Rural South Panel meeting will be held on Monday 10th January at the Witham St Hughs Village Hall from 6.30pm
 

This month’s crime
We are still receiving reports of vehicles and garages being left insecure in the Witham St Hughs and Skellingthorpe areas. Overnight on the 1st and 2nd November two garages and another vehicle left insecure were targeted in Witham St Hughs. Please be extra vigilant now the dark nights have drawn in, and if possible use a house alarm and timer lights when appropriate, lock all vehicles, outbuildings and house doors. 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
Witham St Hughs – Boxing Sessions
Towards the end of January the beat team will be running an 8 week Introduction to Boxing Course along with trained professionals. Two sessions will run, one for the younger and one for the older youths. There will be a minimal charge of £1 to attend each session, which will cover running costs and hopefully sustain this project beyond the 8 week period. If you are 10 to 19 years of age and interested then please get in contact with us for more information and so we can get your name down on the list as there are limited spaces!
 

Witham St Hughs – Youth Panel
The first meeting for the Witham St Hughs Youth Panel is set for Thursday 2nd December at 6.30pm in the Village Hall. To find out more about this scheme come along on the evening. Everyone welcome.
 

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 also 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.
 

Police Drop In Clinic
The Neighbourhood Policing Team is holding a Drop in Clinic in the following village to give you an opportunity to discuss issues/problems or to simply come along and meet us. We will be at the following location on the below date from 5.30pm to 7pm. Please drop in at any point!
Witham St Hughs Wednesday 15th December in the Village Hall.
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!
You can contact us via the following:
For reporting crimes or incidents, that need immediate action, you should always call 0300 111 0300 for this purpose or 999 in an emergency.
 

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Vintage Footage Wanted! "A Century of Youth"

Nottinghamshire YMCA has launched  "A Century of Youth" – a new film project exploring the lives of young people in the East Midlands over the past 100 years. Combining archive footage and new interviews, it will be led by 16 young people who need your help! Anyone with footage which could help tell this exciting story is asked to get in touch with the project team. If you have old cans of film, VHS tapes or photographs that offer an insight into growing up in the East Midlands at any point over the last century, they want to hear from you.

 

Nottinghamshire YMCA is working with the Media Archive of Central England to safely view and transfer relevant archive footage into digital formats, so your footage is in safe hands. Footage can either be returned to you or can be placed into safe storage and preserved for future generations to enjoy. The young people from across the East Midlands will be led by professional film makers, who will guide them through the process of planning, filming, editing, marketing and distributing their film creations.

 

Over 100 people of all ages and backgrounds will share their memories and experiences of their youth for the film, which will be screened in several cinemas across the region.

 

If you have a hidden treasure, please call Rebecca Lawson or Thomas Hall at Nottinghamshire YMCA's Film and Video Department. This project has been enabled by EM Media and the UK Film Council's Digital Film Archive Fund supported by the National Lottery.

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Rainbow Leader Wanted
Volunteer Unit Leader needed
for the 1st Bassingham Rainbow Unit.
We meet on a Tuesday evening 4.45pm to 5.45pm
at Bassingham Village Hall
We are a thriving unit with 15 Rainbows aged from 5 years to 7 years.
If you are interested in finding out more about this rewarding opportunity
please contact Susie Carlisle on 07743 869 933.

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Hill Holt Wood Update

As I write the wind is howling in from the North-West trying to dislodge the last remaining leaves from the trees and the fires have been lit every day this week, a sure sign that we are in the transition from Autumn to Winter. The feeders outside my office window are alive with birds all trying to keep their energy reserves topped up for the winter. Mainly Blue-tits, Great-tits and Coal-tits periodically ousted from the feeders by the more aggressive Nuthatches. We are also just coming into the coppicing season; this is the process of cutting trees down and allowing the stumps to regenerate for a number of years, usually 7 to 25 and harvesting the resulting stems.

 

There are several species that can be coppiced but we mainly do Hazel. The word coppice is derived from the French word 'couper' which means to cut and the coppice trees and their produce is known as underwood. The cut tree stump is known as the stool and the shoots of the hazel are known as poles. These can be used in sheep-hurdling, fencing and furniture making. A hazel tree may typically live for about a 100 years but coppicing significantly increases their lifespan, we have one particular coppice stool in the wood that is estimated to be between 300 and 400 years old. Another major benefit of coppicing is the effect on woodland biodiversity by improving structural diversity. Put simply, coppicing allows more light to penetrate down to the woodland floor encouraging the development of herbaceous ground flora. Animal biodiversity in a woodland is to a great degree dependent on the variety of plants other than trees growing within the woodland. For example, most woodland butterflies have caterpillars which feed on the herbaceous plants in a wood. Thus the number of individuals as well as the number of species of butterflies is greatly enhanced by coppicing. The demise of coppicing in most modern woodlands has been a contributing factor to the decline of many British woodland butterfly species.

 

You could learn about this and lots of other interesting woodland practices on one of our experience days. These are held once a month and involve up to six people being given a walk and talk of the wood, discussion about biodiversity and sustainability with Nigel Lowthrop, the founder director of the wood, lunch and the chance to do some practical work such as green woodworking. Finally, it is with some sadness that we are saying goodbye to one of our most popular and long serving rangers. Bob Huntley has been with us for nearly five years and is now moving on to pastures new. We all wish him every success in his new job, thanks Bob. I hope you all have a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas and don't forget that a good walk around the wood is a great way to burn off all those festive excesses!


Oliver Woodman. Site manager.

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Halfway Home Dog Rescue Christmas Winter Appeal
Halfway Home dog rescue, based just outside Collingham takes unwanted and stray dogs from the council pounds – dogs who end up here are only a few days away from potentially being put to sleep. After 7 days, if not claimed by an owner or re-homed then the council can and often do, put healthy dogs to sleep just to make room for more strays to come in.


Winter is always a very busy time both for the pounds and for us in Rescue, there seems to be more dogs than ever needing our help and it can take longer to find the right forever home for some dogs. We always have a variety of dogs large and small, some young and sadly some older dogs looking for new homes.
 

If you would like to help we would really appreciate donations of tinned dog food please. The varieties we use are: Butchers, Chappie or Winalot we try to keep the same sort as much as possible as it is better for the dogs as too many changes in diet can upset some dogs. If you would like to donate a few tins please contact Mick.

 

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North Kesteven District Council

 

Supporting A Stronger Civil Society

 

Voluntary Centre Services North Kesteven are holding two events to give voluntary and community sector organizations an opportunity to have their say on the shaping of the coalition Government's Big Society.

 

The events are taking place at Ruston Sports and Social Club on Monday 6th December and at The Source, Sleaford on Tuesday 7th December. Both events take place from 9.30am to 2.30pm with lunch provided. So if you are involved with a charity or voluntary or community group please attend and make your views known. The events are part of a formal consultation where your views will be fed directly back to the government's Office for Civil Society.

 

They have issued ten questions which will be the focus of the two events. Your responses at these events will be crucial in developing the shape the Big Society takes in the future and therefore it is vital that as many people attend as possible.

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A Plea To All Drivers - Watch Your Speed!

Recently our much loved 13 year old cat was run over at night in what should be a quiet, country lane. Now whilst I accept cats are a law unto themselves, increasingly I hear cars coming up and down our lane and the High Street at ridiculous speeds. This is a “hurry world” that we live in and we all live busy lives, but I suspect the majority of us choose to live in a village because we prefer a slower pace of life. So please just spare a thought when you are returning to the village, SLOW DOWN, cats can't judge speed so well especially in the dark.

From the Woodman Family, Brewery Lane, Carlton le Moorland

Web Editor's Comment: The issue of cars speeding is impacting all our villages and making them less safe and less pleasant environments to walk around.  A little consideration for others would go a long way here in addition to safety issues.

 

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Bassingham Heritage Room Member Groups
 

Although the Heritage Room no longer exists as a meeting place, our member groups are all still functioning. The Bridge Club still meets on a Thursday evening at 7pm and the Patchwork & Quilting Group is still meeting at 2pm on Wednesdays, both of them in the Hammond Hall, as is the Weightwatchers Group on Monday evenings.
 

The funds of the Heritage Group are now being managed under the new title of the Bassingham Heritage & Community Group and are being used to finance the framing of the Millennium Panel and its attendant art works and their installation in the main hall of the Hammond Hall. We are also arranging, under the auspices of Helen Ash, for the storage of the photographs and archive materials. Helen has also very kindly agreed to make the material available to anyone interested in these details of the life of the village in times gone by.

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