Extracts from 2011 Witham Staple issues 

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

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

This page selects some extracts published during 2011 that provide a flavour of the prevailing themes.

February

March

April

May

June

July /August  

September

October

November

December

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February 2011

Editorial:

A belated but Happy New Year to all our readers, we hope you all had a peaceful Christmas and are refreshed and keeping warm after what turned out to be the coldest December on record. While the weather continues to be indecisive during the start of the New Year, the community battles on regardless. As you will read this month we have all the usual fun and exciting events such as coffee mornings, lunches, afternoon tea, bingos, discos, dancing and yoga classes to keep us busy during February, plus all other monthly group meetings and if you have a moment one or two interesting articles to read too. So don't miss out start reading through and note it down and we'll see you back here in March.

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

This month's front cover is, “Cyclamens” Artist unknown".

 

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting - South The neighbourhood panel came together on the 10th January and the following priorities were agreed.

 

Our priorities are currently:

Speeding 7am to 9am / 4pm to 6pm Aubourn and Thurlby

The next meeting is Monday 11th April at a location to be confirmed.

 

This Month’s Crime Witham St Hughs We are still receiving reports of Theft from Motor vehicles and garages. We have had a recent spate in Witham St Hughs on 3rd 4th January and 8th 9th January. ALL VEHICLES/GARAGES TARGETED WERE LEFT INSECURE! Below are a few tips on how to keep your 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.

 

Doddington We are appealing for information following a burglary at the Doddington Hall Farm Shop in Main Street, Doddington that was discovered at just before 3am on Monday 20th December when the alarm on the premises was activated. Offenders had broken into the shop and entered the safe, stealing cash. CCTV images show three offenders, all believed to be aged in their 20s, and of average height and build. One was wearing a hooded top with a light coloured upper part and a dark coloured lower part, trousers and gloves. A second person wore a dark parker-type coat, a dark baseball cap, dark trousers and white trainers. The third offender wore a dark coat and trousers and dark footwear. Anyone who saw or heard any suspicious activity in the area during Continues on page 23 - 23 - the early hours of the morning on Monday 20th December, or who has information which may help with the investigation is asked to contact Lincolnshire Police quoting incident number 21 of 20th December 2010. Alternatively, call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

 

POLICE COMMUNITY PROJECTS Witham St Hughs – Boxing Sessions We are pleased to announce that the Boxing sessions will commence on the 31st January. This will be an 8-week Introduction to Boxing Course. Two sessions will run - one for the younger and one for the older youths, 10 to 14 year olds will be from 5.30pm to 6.45pm and 15 to 19 year olds will be from 6.45pm to 8pm. There will be a minimal charge of £1 to attend each session, which will cover running costs and a one off payment of £5 to register will be required. 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!

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Chernobyl Childrens Lifeline

HOST FAMILIES needed to host a child or children for one month during June and July 2011 the children are aged 10 to 12 years old and have been affected by the Chernobyl disaster.

 

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Hill Holt Wood Update

Wow! That was some proper snow we had at the beginning of December, in fact you would have to go back 20 years to the 1990-91 winter when our area had comparable snow at that time of year. Whilst it made for some fantastic photo opportunities it wasn't quite as good news for some of our wildlife. The large bird feeders outside the café windows were alive with Blue Great and Coal tits, sometimes as many as 30 or 40 jostling for position. This is no surprise as these little birds have to eat about 40% of their bodyweight each day just to survive. Imagine a 12 stone man having to eat about 70lbs of food a day! Another factor that influences survival rates of small birds in the winter is the presence of nest boxes; when it gets particularly cold they use these as roosting spaces and there have been reports that as many as 20 can be found huddled in one nest box on freezing nights.

 

Another relatively scarce bird that I see fairly frequently in the wood, although never on the feeders, is the beautifully marked Bullfinch. This bird has recently been moved from the red list to the amber list, indicating a slight increase in the population, although the number of breeding pairs in the UK is still only approx. 190,000 pairs. Compare this to the 6 million pairs of the similar looking Chaffinch. The reason for the Bullfinch's decline was due to the reduction in quantity and quality of woodland margins and hedges and increased grazing by deer. This is another example of when sympathetic woodland management can greatly benefit native species. One of the more distressing sights during the cold weather was the discovery of a dead Barn Owl, frozen solid in the snow, having almost certainly starved to death. This species can get hit particularly hard during periods of prolonged snow coverage as they are unable to hunt the voles that they are primarily dependent on for food and therefore survival. However as the vole population increases significantly during these times then this has a knock-on effect on the owls that do survive, nature does have a way of redressing the balance. The increase in the voles means the owls have larger broods, the chick mortality rate drops markedly due to the abundance of food and within a year or two the numbers are regained.

 

On a more positive note the beehive at the back of the garden was demonstrating just how remarkable the Honey bee's life cycle is. They say that bees never die of the cold but can starve to death in the winter. They don't hibernate as such but go into a tight cluster, about the size of a football, around the queen; the bees contract their flight muscles to create heat within the hive maintaining a temperature between 32 and 36 degrees centigrade. The bees move from the inside of the cluster to the outside and back again so they all can benefit from the heat generated. When the snow was about 6 inches deep on top of the hive a circular area on top of the hive roof in the middle was completely free of snow, indicating perfectly that heat was being generated in the hive even though the outside temperature was often well below freezing. Aren't bees amazing!

 

If I could also mention that we are still running our free weekend courses and that there are a few places still available, more information on the website hillholtwood.com and also that our Rammed earth community hall and café area is available to hire for meetings, conferences or any other event that you feel would benefit from the more unusual, eco-friendly and definitely tranquil setting then please give me a ring for details.

 

Remember, as Caitlin Matthews wrote, 'keep your sense of proportion by regularly, preferably daily, visiting the natural world'

 

Oliver Woodman. Site manager.

 

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Chapel Heritage Project

As is widely known, the Bassingham Methodist Chapel and former School Room (Heritage Room) are being prepared for sale, probably as a single lot. Bassingham Village Hall and Playing Field Committee is pleased to report that Mr Darren Booker, of Focus Consultants, has identified an opportunity to bid for funds to acquire these cherished buildings for the village. Under his guidance, the Committee has submitted an application for funding a feasibility study into purchasing and converting the buildings for a wide range of community activities. Of course, these are early days and a successful outcome is not guaranteed. We should know more by the end of February. Meanwhile, the Methodist Church has been informed of our interest and the actions taken.
 

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Hammond Hall is Now Open for Bookings

Bassingham Playing Field, Lincoln Road, Bassingham LN5 9HQ

Available for hiring 8am to midnight

Please contact Roger Hales

BOOKING DETAILS
Main Hall  (including use of kitchen)
ELECTORS OF BASSINGHAM & THURLBY
Private & Public Events
(Up to 4 Hours - extra hours at ¼ of basic charge)
£60.00
Regular Meetings (per hour)
£14.00
NON ELECTORS OF BASSINGHAM & THURLBY
Private & Public Events
(Up to 4 Hours - extra hours at ¼ of basic charge)
£65.00

Meeting Room (including use of kitchen)
ELECTORS OF BASSINGHAM & THURLBY
Private & Public Events
(Up to 4 Hours - extra hours at ¼ of basic charge)
£40.00
Regular Meetings (per hour)
£8.00
NON ELECTORS OF BASSINGHAM & THURLBY
Private & Public Events
(Up to 4 Hours - extra hours at ¼ of basic charge)
£44.00

 

The New Year's Eve Disco Dance was a huge success with approximately 100 people attending. It was made possible by all the volunteers who helped to organise, prepare the hall, man the bar, sold raffle tickets and cleared away afterwards-many thanks to all the helpers. It is intended to hold regular events to provide various types of entertainment for all residents, but

 

I Need Your Help
I need to find volunteers to help me in the following areas:
 

To identify various types of entertainment to satisfy the various needs of our residents - Help with setting up the event - Help with clearing away
 

My idea is to have a number of volunteers who I can call upon as required in order that no one feels committed for every function. e.g. an individual / group to lead a specific event say a “barn dance”
 

Any help in whatever capacity would be greatly appreciated – no matter how small. The Hammond Hall is for YOUR BENEFIT – please help me if you can. Please contact me to offer your help or chat over any queries. Thank you
Roger Hales (Manager)

Why Is It Called The Hammond Hall?

Les Hammond who lived at Willow Farm, Water Lane, died in February 1999, with no children - his wife Elsie (nee Walker) had predeceased him. In his will, Les left money to the Parish Church, The Methodist Church and the Village Hall. The legacy to the Village Hall was used to kick start the project to build the new Hall and it was felt that the name acknowledged his great attachment to the village and its people.

 

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Witham St Hughs Village Hall is now up and running

The new Witham St Hughs Village Hall is now up and running and should be fully licensed for all types of events from the 1st January 2011. From its opening until now, a temporary license has been issued for parties etc. but in the future this will not be necessary.

The Village Hall Management Committee is responsible for the running of the venue and we are looking for interested people from the village to join the committee to assist in running the venue and helping to ensure the venue meets the needs of all the residents.

The next meeting will be in early January so if you are interested in joining the committee please contact the Chairman and I will give you more information about what is involved and how we are intending to progress over the first year.

John Phillipson

(Chair - Witham St Hughs Village Hall Management Committee)

 

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North Kesteven District Council

 

LCC/NKDC Independents Budget

Unprecedented cutbacks have been imposed by the coalition government onto our local councils. LCC receives 11.2% less next year and NKDC is losing 30% over two years. Rural councils like ours are still not getting their fair share and we shall be paying more for less next year. We used to think the Labour governments treated rural areas unfairly, but now it appears they all do! The capping mechanism means that Councils will be heavily pressurised into showing a nil increase on the rates bill and receive an equivalent 2% grant instead. Independents have worked together to call for savings by more joint working with other organisations, reducing management and spending less on consultancy and legal fees. I am pleased to see these have been taken on board and included in the proposals for both councils, though more is needed in some areas.

 

The LCC budget does not yet reveal detailed effects of the proposed cuts.

 

However, our campaigns to protect the PCSO‟s, all day concessionary fares, community grants and road maintenance have been successful and are in the proposals. At NKDC, more savings are needed on reducing management and improved joint working. I have serious concerns about the proposal to halve the budget to the village access points which carry out council business very efficiently in partnership with the Parish Councils. This could be funded from the 2% govt grant not yet included. Other concerns are the proposed cuts to community safety in ceasing CCTV in 2013, cutting debt advice, abolishing the pest control service and paying more for parking. There is a proposal to charge for all preplanning advice, but I am calling for the first 20-30 minutes to be free, helping ordinary people with small applications, but still charging for big applications, where the current fee does not cover the costs, which is unfair.”

 

liNKup

Look out for this new initiative heading your way. We are holding a series of liNKup workshops for voluntary and community groups. The sessions are aimed at key people who are involved with local groups in some way. So if you are part of a sports club, U3A, WI, gardening club, play group or drama club, or whatever else you are involved with this is for you. The theme of the workshops will be „Stronger Together‟ and we will facilitate sharing information; looking at similarities and opportunities; concerns and barriers; and help to find ways in which working together could be mutually beneficial for small organisations. The workshops are not specifically aimed at Parish Councils unless an individual member is also a member of a local group or club and attends in that capacity. If a group has a paid staff member then they could attend. The events will be held in various locations based on the parish "clusters" used by NKDC for supporting Parish Councils, as these seem to be an accepted grouping that already works. If you are not sure which "cluster" your village or parish falls into please contact Tim Barzycki at VCS North Kesteven for further information.

The event in the Bassingham cluster area is on:

Wednesday 9th February at 10.30am to 12.30pm

In The Hammond Hall, Bassingham

There will also be a second round of meetings from May onwards. We hope you feel able to attend and that you will find it useful.

 

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Does Your Area Need More Sports Facilities?

The Lincolnshire Active Community Network is asking community centres, schools and village halls whether they need more sports facilities. In September 2010, Lincolnshire Sports Partnership and Lincolnshire County Council launched a new project; the Lincolnshire Active Community Network, to ensure that our county‟s village halls, community centres and green spaces are being utilised to encourage more people to participate in sport and physical activity.

 

Nearly every village in Lincolnshire has a village hall. In fact, there are 350 village halls in total across the county and that means that there are potentially 350 venues, plus schools, community centres and green spaces, that can be used for badminton, hockey, dance, tai chi and lots more. Various partners across the county are taking advantage of this new project, which develops facilities through a series of innovative programmes and aims to increase the number of facilities for sport and physical activity in Lincolnshire.

 

Dave Carter is the Facilities Improvement Manager for the Lincolnshire Active Community Network. He wants Parish Councils, local schools and village halls to come on board with this new scheme: “The Lincolnshire Active Community Network has been set up as a community investment company; the project is 100% focused on the community and it is my job to ensure that more village halls, community centres and green spaces are being utilised to their full potential. We want more people taking part in sport and physical activity and creating more art and cultural links and this is a fantastic way to make sure that your community is involved.”

 

In 2009 a pilot scheme for this project was established in Leadenham; a small village on the border of Lincolnshire between Sleaford and Newark. Using the village hall and tennis courts that were already established in the village, Leadenham Junior Hockey Club began to utilise the village hall as a clubhouse and using the outside green space as somewhere to train. Now, sixty nine youngsters and thirty seven adults participate regularly in the sport. As a result, a number of junior and adult hockey teams have been developed and David Overton, a member of the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme (LEAP) who began his career at Leadenham Junior Hockey Club, now plays for Great Britain as the U18 Goalkeeper.

Facilities Improvement Manager Dave Carter is now in the process of liaising with a number of Parish Councils across Lincolnshire to develop the Active Community Network for Lincolnshire.

 

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Dog Fouling

It’s not his job……. it’s YOURS! Please clean up after your dog.

Thank you. (Bassingham Parish Council) Be Responsible!

 

I am a responsible dog owner and over the last few weeks whilst walking around the footpaths, bridleways and lanes of Carlton le Moorland it has become evident that more dogs appear to be leaving their trademark without any attempt by the owners to clean up. There are sufficient bins sited within the village to dispose of the mess so there is no excuse to leave it, however some attempts are made to clear up but the hedgerows seem to be the choice of disposal rather than the bins provided.

 

The recent snow has made the evidence even greater, I have found dog mess in my front garden so dogs allowed off their leads are not being controlled. Also the snow has brought out children wishing to snowball or play in general only to return home covered in the mess left by dogs, the outcome, if children are infected by the bacteria in the mess the consequences can be tragic.

 

Dogs themselves cannot be blamed, it is down to the owners to take responsibility for their pet‟s behaviour. I have notified the parish council regarding this issue but at the end of the day it is the dog owners who can rectify this ongoing problem - an easy New Year Resolution. Carlton resident.

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Are You in Need of Affordable Housing?

Every household in Bassingham should be receiving a questionnaire to find out if anyone is in need of affordable housing now or in the near future.

 

Community Lincs is undertaking a detailed housing needs survey to provide reliable evidence to show whether or not there is sufficient need in the village to warrant the provision of additional affordable homes for rent or shared ownership for those people with a strong local connection. “We've found elsewhere that some local people simply cannot afford to live in their own community and this is a crying shame”, says Roy Pell, the Rural Housing Enabler for Community Lincs. “The loss of rented houses through the Right to Buy scheme, inflated land prices and the housing market‟s focus on high value general housing have led to a rapid shortage of affordable homes, especially in rural areas. Not only does this make life difficult for those people in need, it makes for an unbalanced and vulnerable community”.

 

In order to tackle this problem, Community Lincs need to be certain of exactly how much and what type of need there is. So they hope as many people as possible will fill in the questionnaire, which you can return in the freepost envelope or leave in the collection box in the post office. Additional affordable housing would only be considered if it is required by people with strong local links. This could include local people who have had to move away because they couldn't find anywhere affordable in the villages, local youngsters wanting to set up home, families breaking up but wanting to keep in touch and people working in the locality or needing to care for elderly relatives.

 

The Parish Council will be kept informed at all stages of the survey but if you want any further information you can go along to the Hammond Hall between 3pm and 6pm on Thursday 10th February when the Housing Enablers will be able to answer any of your questions.

 

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March 2011

Editorial:

Here we go then left - right – left - quick March! Hold onto your hats? it may well be that quick… January just a memory, February forgotten where does time go. With the passing of time, Easter falls late in April so this month we have Shrove Tuesday for pancakes and Ash Wednesday to signify the start of lent, what will you forgo? David and Patrick both have Saints days to celebrate and British Summer time is upon us, shortening the passage of time even more as we leap forward an hour. Plus there’s all the usual goings on around the community from coffee mornings to lunches and Easter fairs to Bingo. One last thing, if you pick up next month’s issue a little late then you will miss the Mothers Day note as it falls on April 3rd. Don’t forget you have been warned!! See you in April.

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1. Front Cover of Magazine:

 

This month's front cover is, “With Lincoln in View” After Roy Fisk.

 

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

We would like to welcome PCSO Jo Brooker back to the team. She has been on maternity leave and will be back working the area from 1st March. Her contact details can be found below.

 

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting - South
The date for the next meeting is Monday 11th April at a location to be confirmed.
 

This month’s crime
Sometime overnight between the 7th and 8th February, lead was stolen from St Michael‟s Church roof, High Street, Bassingham. If you live near a church and you see anything suspicious please contact Lincolnshire Police immediately. The incident number for this theft is 208 of the 8th February.
 

Police Community Projects
Witham St Hughs – Security Lighting

The team is pleased to report that some residents in Witham St Hughs have been issued with security lighting. This is for vulnerable and badly lit areas in order to deter crime and Anti-Social Behaviour. All lights have now been issued, however we are trialling a different type of security light at the moment and if this proves successful further lights will be issued to those that have shown an interest.

 

Be On Your Guard
You may have read in the press or even seen on the news recently how the rural villages are being targeted by thieves for our oil. The Witham Staple has received reports of this crime in the community and wants to advise residents to be on their guard. Because of the increasing prices of heating oil during the winter months it has become a magnet to thieves. Ensure your tank is secure, check it regularly for any signs that it has been tampered with and above all report anything suspicious to the police.

 

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Hill Holt Wood Update

Our regular Monday afternoon meeting was pleasantly disturbed by the arrival of a male Sparrowhawk, which came and sat on the fence adjacent to the bird feeders. He remained there for perhaps 30 to 40 seconds, completely unruffled by the twenty pairs of quizzical eyes watching his every move, before ghosting back into the depths of the wood. You often see glimpses of this fabulous bird flying down hedgerows at speed, swooping from one side to the other in an attempt to frighten out the small birds on which it preys. It is particularly fond of chaffinches and tits but 120 different species have been recorded as having been taken by this supreme hunter. They usually pluck their prey at a favourite stump known as a plucking perch and often this is the only sign that they are present in a locality as they spend much of their time sitting motionless in deep cover. They have made a good recovery from the effects that agricultural pesticides had on the wildlife population and now they match the Kestrel in numbers of breeding pairs, 'hovering!' around 40,000 pairs.


On the bird of prey theme one of our senior rangers, Ben, is currently training to own a Harris Hawk that will be housed at the wood. This is the result of Hill Holt's five year award plan where staff members who have completed five years service get the opportunity to train in something that they have a personal interest in but that will also benefit the learners that we have on programme. Ben intends to teach the young people in the basics of Falconry and also have the bird as another point of interest for the wood and its visitors. At present he is busily constructing a bespoke aviary to accommodate what will be a most welcome and interesting addition to the team. On the training front I am currently attending a beekeeping course at Whisby nature park that will hopefully stand me in good stead for the first season of Hill Holt Hives. Hopefully in years to come we will not only be training young people in the fascinating art of beekeeping but also running introductory courses of our own for people in the local community. Andy Wattam, the National Bee Inspector, is coming over shortly to see how our first swarm of bees have faired this winter, fingers crossed!

We not only aim to teach our own students about all things environmental and sustainable but also university undergraduates who are looking for practical experience. We recently hosted 50 students from Nottingham Trent University who came to have a tour around our exemplar eco-buildings and also get hands-on with the basics of straw-bale building. The whole visit was a great success and we are looking forward to repeating this type of event with other educational establishments.

The wood is a bit drab and muddy at the moment but it won't be long before the beautiful wood anemones start to poke through and the rides and glades are filled with carpets of bluebells, roll on spring! 'There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night and spring after the winter.' Rachel Carson.

Oliver Woodman Site Manager.

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North Kesteven District Council

 

LCC/NKDC Independents Budget

Unprecedented cutbacks have been imposed by the coalition government onto our local councils. LCC receives 11.2% less next year and NKDC is losing 30% over two years. Rural councils like ours are still not getting their fair share and we shall be paying more for less next year. We used to think the Labour governments treated rural areas unfairly, but now it appears they all do! The capping mechanism means that Councils will be heavily pressurised into showing a nil increase on the rates bill and receive an equivalent 2% grant instead. Independents have worked together to call for savings by more joint working with other organisations, reducing management and spending less on consultancy and legal fees. I am pleased to see these have been taken on board and included in the proposals for both councils, though more is needed in some areas.

The LCC budget does not yet reveal detailed effects of the proposed cuts.

However, our campaigns to protect the PCSO's, all day concessionary fares, community grants and road maintenance have been successful and are in the proposals. At NKDC, more savings are needed on reducing management and improved joint working. I have serious concerns about the proposal to halve the budget to the village access points which carry out council business very efficiently in partnership with the Parish Councils. This could be funded from the 2% govt grant not yet included. Other concerns are the proposed cuts to community safety in ceasing CCTV in 2013, cutting debt advice, abolishing the pest control service and paying more for parking. There is a proposal to charge for all preplanning advice, but I am calling for the first 20-30 minutes to be free, helping ordinary people with small applications, but still charging for big applications, where the current fee does not cover the costs, which is unfair.”

 

It is the right time for people to let us know what they think and help us get this budget right.

Marianne Overton

 

Setting The Record Straight

Pat and Sue, your North Kesteven District Councillors want to reassure residents that the Witham Office will remain open for business-although with slightly reduced hours. North Kesteven's budget cuts, approximately £3.5 million over the next two years, will be made with a view to maintaining essential frontline services. We shall be pleased to answer your queries. More details of the budget are available on the North Kesteven website.

Pat Woodman, Sue Howe

[WS Mar 2011]

 

VCS NK: We are offering some great training workshops such as:

Governance and management committee roles

Race equality and culture

mproving your funding successes

Funding beyond grants

Confidence building

Risk assessment

Monitoring and evaluation

Please use the link below to find out more and obtain a booking form.
 

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An Uphill Challenge For The Alzheimer’s Society
Paul Ostryzniuk from Witham St Hughs is to cycle the Tourmalet 500, a challenging event through France finishing atop the Pyrenees. He'll cover 500 miles in an attempt to raise over £2500 for dementia charity Alzheimer's Society
 

Road cycling fanatic Paul, who works as a designer for a Nottingham brand communication agency, plans to complete the journey in seven days. Starting early on July 2nd after an overnight ferry, Paul will begin his ride in St Malo in the North of France. He hopes to arrive in Biarritz on July 7th, and then tackle the dreaded Col du Tourmalet – a 7,000ft mountain made famous by the Tour de France and the highest road in the Pyrenees – with as many of the other 19 riders as possible on the following day.
 

Paul is currently training around Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire countryside in preparation for the event, which will see him ride up to 90 miles a day. His training consists of around 2000 miles of riding to condition his body in preparation for the challenge. Paul rode for the Alzheimer's Society in 2010, raising money whilst achieving a personal goal of riding 300 miles from London to Paris in just four days. He says: “London to Paris was a great event and it raised over £1000 for the Alzheimer's Society. This year I want to do something even more challenging and the Tourmalet 500 is a massive increase in endurance. Hopefully the donations to this great charity will reflect this!” So far Paul is at the early stages of raising money and those wishing to help him can donate via his Just Giving page.


He has been lucky enough to find one corporate sponsor that has pledged to match the final donation total, meaning that every pound donated can make even more difference. The Alzheimer‟s Society is the leading UK care and research charity for people with the disease and other dementias, their families and carers.

 

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Free Books
Saturday 5th March 2011
Bassingham Readers' Group will be giving away nearly 800 NEW books, as part of the first country-wide World Book Event. We will be giving out books at
Green’s Shop from 8am to 6pm
and at The 5 Bells from 1pm to 3pm and 6pm to10pm
There will be several titles being distributed, including Nigel Slater's “Toast”, Kate Atkinson's “Case Histories” and John le Carre's “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold”; there's guaranteed to be something to suit all tastes.
We look forward to seeing you. Come and claim your free book.

 

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Music Grants For Older People

The registered charity, Concertina, makes grants to charitable bodies which provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly. The charity is particularly keen to support smaller organisations which might otherwise find it difficult to gain funding. Since its inception in 2004, it has made grants to a wide range of charitable organisations nationwide in England and Wales. These include funds to many care homes for the elderly to provide musical entertainment for their residents. The next application deadline is the 30th April 2011. For details view www.concertinamusic.org.uk/Grants.php

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TV Digital Switchover
Television is going digital all over the UK and in August 2011 the traditional television signal will be switched off in our area. If you don't have a digital television by the time of the switchover, your television screen will go blank. But you don't need to worry; the Help Scheme run by the BBC is here to help. If you are eligible, assistance can be given to help you switch to digital. Are you eligible?
 

Help can be given to anyone who:

• is aged 75 or over

• gets Disability Living Allowance, Attendance or Constant Attendance Allowance or Mobility Supplement

• is registered blind or partially sighted

So, do not rush out and buy a new television.............you can switch to digital and you won't even have to change your television set! For more information, drop into the Witham Office, NKDC Local Access Point where there are leaflets about the help scheme. Or call the Help Scheme on 0800 40 85 900
 

There will be a drop in session about the Digital Switchover in April when a representative from the Switchover Help Scheme will be on hand to answer any questions.

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Lions Issue Cycling Challenge
In March 2008 Ann Stafford was diagnosed with Breast Cancer but she is lucky because she was treated at Lincoln Breast Unit. Now Ann and her fellow Lincoln Lions are organising their first ever charity cycle ride which will be in aid of the Unit. Known as the 3 Fifties Ride, the event will be held Sunday 29th May. Ann’s dream is to see at least 50 people cycling the 50 mile circuit, each raising at least £50 in sponsorship for the Lincoln Breast Unit and all wearing pink t-shirts! The 50 riders don’t have to be regular cyclists. Several people, including Lions, who have already signed up haven’t been on a bike for years but are training especially for the event. The 50 mile circular route starts in Saxilby and passes through some beautiful villages including Aubourn, Branston, Heighington, Washingborough, Cherry Willingham, Nettleham and Scampton. The Lincoln Breast Unit helps those throughout Lincoln and the county. The minimum £50 sponsorship that each cyclist raises will support their work. As the event is being organised by Lincoln Lions, every penny raised in sponsorship will go to The Unit. The cycling challenge is the brainchild of Lincoln Lions President Ann Stafford who is now recovering from breast cancer. Ann said “This is an exciting opportunity for people to get fit, cycle round Lincoln and raise money for a truly deserving cause. It’s also my opportunity to show everyone that, even after two major operations, there’s nothing I can’t do.”
 

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Bassingham Badminton Club Update

I would like to start by saying thank-you to everyone who contacted me with an interest in a Badminton Club in Bassingham. To date I have had well over 60 people of all ages who would like to see a club in the Hammond Hall & Sports Centre. Following the decision by Bassingham Parish Council (PC) to deny lines to be applied to the Sports Centre’s floor for the purpose of Badminton, I wrote a letter of complaint to the PC, they eventually replied stating that as the decision was made on the 14th Oct 2010, under it’s Standing Orders, a decision of the Council could not be re-visited for 6 months from the date of the decision unless 6 members of the Council had delivered a written application to do so, suffice to say, to date, the decision remains.

The PC has suggested that we could use a Badminton mat, cost would be in excess of £4000, weight approx 400kgs and nowhere to store it or use the School Hall, which is very prohibitive for when we could hire the hall and is a less suitable venue for Badminton. This decision is very disappointing as there is an obvious desire for such a club, not only does it provide us with an additional leisure and sporting activity for the community, encouraging a more healthy lifestyle but it also would provide additional income to help with the upkeep of the building, and secondly, I believe we are poorly placed as a village if we were to seek additional money for the Hall from any Sports Funding bodies. In conclusion, singly I cannot change the decision of the Parish Council, the desire for such a club for the community is there, we have a Sports Centre ideal for this activity but we don’t have the approval from the Parish Council, perhaps those people who are interested in a Badminton Club could write individually to the Parish Council expressing their desire for such a club? Please contact me if you have any questions or ideas.

Colin Coulson

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Coast To Coast Sponsored Challenge
On May 31st I will begin my challenge of running the Wainwright 'Coast to Coast' route as fast as possible and by running through the night. I am a keen distance runner anyway and having done some calculations, I believe that the record of 39 hours and 36 minutes is achievable, but having said that, I would be delighted to just complete the route and do the challenge some justice.
I will be running on behalf of Breast Cancer Care and would really appreciate any donations that the residents of Witham St Hughs and surrounding villages could spare. I have a sponsorship page which is:-
www.justgiving.com/Paul-Samways.
The title of my challenge is 'Coast to Coast without sleep' and my address is 23 Tall Pines Road, Witham St Hughs should you need to send me any literature. If you need to contact me at all, my mobile is 07952 201 641, Home 868963. I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my request and I look forward to hearing from you in the not too distant future.

 

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Population in Bassingham
This month the National Census will take place. The 2001 census showed the population of Bassingham as 1308. The changes shown in earlier records may be of interest;-
1801 - 413
1811 - 484
1821 - 613
1831 - 704
1841 - 792
1851 - 892
1861 - 927
1871 - 853
1881 - 725
1891 - 648
1901 - 614
1911 - 647
1921 - 606
1931 - 582
War
1951 - 622
1961 - 651
1971 - 731
1981 - 824
1991 - 1043

 

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April 2011

Editorial:

April wow! Spring is here, Easter approaching, a Royal Wedding and more bank holidays than ever! What else could there possibly be to do? Well read on. There are meetings, greetings, it’s AGM season, coffee mornings, lunch dates, concerts, kids entertainment, sports, talent contest, running club, knitting club, competitions, Bingo and much more plus a special thank you to Helen for over 50 years as Parish Clerk. Before we dive into all this month’s issue has to offer can we first take a moment to look back and think of those less fortunate, after a catastrophic earthquake followed by a tsunami pictures are transmitted from the other side of the world of the devastation in Japan, whilst many thousands are lost many more thousands have their lives to rebuild. Till May take care.

 

The Witham Staple Annual General Meeting

Tuesday 10th May at 7.30pm 

Hammond Hall Social Room The Annual General meeting is open to everyone and everyone in the Witham Staple area is most welcome. The committee would be pleased to see anyone interested in finding out more about how the magazine is produced or who would like to be involved in the monthly process. Each month the team between them produce, print, collate, staple and deliver well over 2400 copies to every household in the community. Hope to see you there.

 

Letter from the Chairman

The Witham Staple is keen to encourage individuals to contribute articles of local community interest. In order that this is done within an acceptable framework The Witham Staple Committee has agreed the following guidelines for articles and letters:

• Articles and letters should not attack another body or organisation. Such issues are better addressed directly with the individual organisation concerned rather than using The Witham Staple as a vehicle to bring grievances into the public domain.

• Articles and letters should not be offensive to any other party or seek to score a point in public at the expense of another party.

• The name and address of authors must be given in full. In extreme cases only and at the discretion of the editor, publication of the author’s name and address may be withheld.

• If an item is contentious the Editor retains the right to delay publication in order to seek advice or alternative views.

• The Editor's decision is final. The Witham Staple Committee will offer advice when requested by the Editor.

Opinions expressed in articles and letters which are not authored by the Editor or The Witham Staple Committee do not necessarily express the opinions of the Editor or The Witham Staple Committee. Where necessary the Editor may restate this in conjunction with specific articles that are published because they possibly reflect only minority opinions held within the community. The above guidelines should help to ensure that The Witham Staple is able to publish articles and information that reflect the wide range of views and opinions held within our community through a sensitive and structured framework. Finally this is your magazine and if you wish to voice your opinion, I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at the AGM on 10th May.

Mike Allport, Chairman (March 2011)

Beautiful Bird

There is a beautiful hen pheasant in my garden, she has been attracted here by the seeds that drop from the seed feeders. She walks around with such a gentle elegant step and has the loveliest tortoiseshell mottled feathers and the brightest eyes. Now and again she gives herself a shake and her feathers billow out like a giant ruff, I am watching her now as I write. She has become very confident and is nearing the door when she sees me in the hope that I will feed her, which I gladly do. Last week she brought two cock pheasants into the garden with her, the sun was shining and it lit up their glorious iridescent plumage. Then I hear the noise of the "sports guns" in the far distance. The idea that I should pick up a gun and shoot dead these glorious creatures, not to provide my family with food, but for "sport " is utterly unthinkable.

Christine Forster

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

This month’s front cover is, “St George” by Paul Hubbard.

 

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

We would like to welcome PCSO Jo Brooker back to the team. She has been on maternity leave and will be back working the area from 1st March. Her contact details can be found below.

 

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting - South

The date for the next meeting is Monday 11th April at a location to be confirmed.
 

THIS MONTH’S CRIME
Bassingham. We have had a number of reports of eggs being thrown in the areas of High Street, Lincoln Road and Battersby Close in Bassingham. If anyone is experiencing these problems, has seen anyone throw the eggs or has any information can you please contact either PCSO Boyle or Czajkowski as we are keen to catch the culprits!
 

POLICE COMMUNITY PROJECTS

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!!!!!
 

Witham St Hughs – Boxing Club
The club is going from strength to strength and we now have 37 members. We are still looking for donations of equipment or sponsors to buy equipment, please get in touch if you can help or want to get involved. The club will also be donating its subscriptions for the 21st March to Comic Relief. New members always welcome!
 

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North Kesteven District Council

POD IN CARLTON LE MOORLAND
The new mobile play centre or POD is coming on
Saturday 23rd April from 11am to 5.30pm
at Carlton le Moorland Village Hall car park
The POD has a plasma TV, console games, a Blu-ray player, four computers, a mixture of arts and crafts activities as well as sports equipment…….
or just come and chill!!
It will be parked at the Village Hall and is aimed at children 0 to 16 years of age
It is free to access so if your children are at a loose end……..
please send them along!
Please note if children are aged 0 to 8 years a parent or carer must accompany them. For further details contact NK Outreach, North Kesteven Centre, Moor Lane, North Hykeham.

 

Wildlife Watch Group
For children 8 to 13 years
Sunday 17th April 2011
Explore at Ben Light’s Wood, Ancaster
Orchids, fossils, bird and bat boxes, Bring food for the BBQ
The group continues to be an enjoyable way to gain knowledge and enjoyment from our local natural world. Called West Kesteven Wildlife Watch and RSPB Explorers they hold monthly events for the youngsters. They visited Whisby for a treasure hunt and guided tour of the wildlife in February. In March ecologist Jane Southey lead a riverside walk in the lowfields below Harmston.
A calendar is available from registered Leaders
Andrew from Fulbeck or Marianne.
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Witham St Hughs Day

Saturday 9th April
All residents of Witham St Hughs are invited to take part in a day of events in the village on Saturday 9th April starting at 10am outside the village hall with a litter pick. Last year's event cleared the village of most of the rubbish but this year we want to remove all rubbish. Bags and litter pickers will be provided by the Parish Council. Once again volunteers from Synergy Impact will join us alongside staff from Hill Holt Wood.
There will be a bouncy castle in the car park in front of the hall and regular hall users will be putting on displays and encouraging new members to join them. The Tuesday afternoon tea club ladies will be providing tea, coffee and cakes from 10am to 2pm in the hall and a hot food van will provide all the hotdogs and burgers you can eat.
 

QUIZ NIGHT
In the evening there will be a quiz night, ploughman‟s lunch and a bar available. The quiz night commences at 7.30pm and includes a ploughman's lunch. It is restricted to pre-booked teams only. Teams should be a maximum of four and a charge of £5 per head is required. The winning team will be presented with a hamper. Bookings with the fee of £20 per team should be sent to Sue Lane, Clerk to the Parish Council c/o 28 Gibson Green Witham St Hughs. Lincoln LN6 9GB. The number of teams is limited so it will be on a first come first served basis. The bar will be available from 7pm to 11pm and residents are welcome to use this even if not taking part in the quiz. There is an age restriction of 18 on the use of the hall unless accompanied by an adult at all times and on the quiz night the bar is restricted to those over 18 only.
A raffle is being run throughout the day and evening with a number of exciting prizes; details will be given nearer the date.
The Village Hall Management Committee are hoping to have new fencing and hedging around the hall by the 9th and plan to have a paved patio area in place for BBQs as soon as possible. All proceeds from the day will help to develop your village hall facility so please support us on the day.
John Phillipson
Chairman Village Hall Management Committee

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Lions Issue Cycling Challenge
 

Lincoln Lions Three Fifties Ride in aid of Lincoln County Hospital Breast Unit


Lincoln Lions are incredibly busy at the moment and there are a number of opportunities for people to become involved in making a real difference in our local community. Our main focus at the moment is the Three Fifties Cycle ride on May 29th in which over 50 cyclists will be attempting the challenge of cycling 50 miles around Lincoln's villages to raise funds for the Lincoln Breast Unit. It's going to be a great event and we need more people to take up the challenge of cycling but also to offer their help on the day.
 

The Annual Duck Race will take place from Brayford Pool on Saturday 30th April, this year we shall be raising funds for the Royal British Legion and support is required to make this event a real success.

 

The other projects we will be involved in during the coming months are the Diabetes Walk, the Peace Poster competition, promoting “message in a bottle”, the Lincoln Steam Rally, community action days and our continuing work with schools and local voluntary organizations. We'd really welcome your support in organising this packed programme.


Paul Stafford

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2011 National Census

From 7th March 2011 every household in the country will have received a Census Questionnaire. The Questionnaire is due to be completed on 27th March 2011. If you have any questions or need any help a Census Officer will be present at the Coffee Morning in Bassingham Church from 10.30am to 11.30am on 2nd April to give assistance. Please feel free to drop in.

 

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May 2011

Editorial:

Editorial:

Hey, hey it's May! The fifth month and already a quarter of the year gone! We must have reached the point of the year where the long days put the cold weather in the distant past and we can start to plan for the warmer summer days ahead. We continue on this month with the theme from April, another two bank holidays to look forward to one upon us before we start as it's May day to kick us off and we end the month with Whit week. It's been nothing but long weekends and celebrations bet you'll be pleased when June arrives and you can get back to work as normal!!!! Before then, however, what is there to do? The Royals are wed and we are set, there are all the usual goings on in the community plus seasonal events and fairs too. June will be quite soon!! TNM.

Been There! Done That, Got The T-Shirt!!
It's Sunday evening and as I complete paging up I find myself with a bit of space should I go with a puzzle, a recipe or maybe bore you with my weekend, the later it is? Let me start by taking you back if I may to a cold wet Sunday morning in February. Cloe and Thomas had previously got me to register them for the East Midlands Trials for the Virgin London Mini Marathon 2011, so I did and off to Holme Pierrepont in Nottingham we went. There was a good turnout, lots of familiar faces and some new ones. Everything was set the distance was 5km for all ages which simply worked out to be once round the rowing lake at the National Water Sports Centre. First 6 boys and first 6 girls in the three age groups automatically qualify for the Mini Marathon in April. Thomas was in one of the first races and as the rain fell, off they set, a good race was run and they all came home with a good time unfortunately not in the top six for him but a good race experience nevertheless. After a quick sit in the dry and a warm drink, back out we go for the older girls and yes it was still raining. Off they went a good strong field of girls under 17 made their way to the first corner and as they disappear into the distance out towards the top end of the lake all we could do was wait. It isn't long however before we get the halfway announcement and second place is a name we recognised, all our ears prick up and we start to wonder could this be. It seems to take forever for them to come into clear view down the long straight and towards the finish. First and second place came through and headed for the line just as our attention was drawn to the third and fourth place battle. A heal to heal sprint towards the finish, I can tell you I have never shouted so loud. Fourth place and Cloe is going to London with the East Midlands team. What can I say fantastic if you've ever been in this position you'll know what I mean? Well that as I said was all back in February. It's now Sunday night on the 17th April and we have just returned home from the big weekend in London and I don't know if many of you have ever been on marathon weekend, but what an experience. We left Cloe with the team bus at Loughborough University at 1pm on Saturday afternoon and then at around 10.45 Sunday morning we picked her out in the field as she ran down Birdcage Walk and passed us where we were all stood anxiously waiting in St James's Park, 5km in 20 minutes. Congratulations and well done Cloe. To see the finish in front of you is breath taking hundreds and hundreds of children streaming across the line all in the same colour vests is a true sight to see and the look of achievement on their faces for what they have just done. Because of the unbelievable organisation Cloe was easily found in all the hundreds of young runners and we then made our way back to the course to catch some of the other 35,000+ marathon runners pounding the streets of London. What a spectacle from the elite front runners right through all the club runners and fun runners everyone with a personal goal, its almost impossible to put into words. A huge well done to Cloe from all the family and to anyone else reading this who on that same sunny Sunday morning took part, we hope you achieved what you set out to do and in the process also raised some money for a worthy charity. Oh and yes she did get a t-shirt!
Paul Hubbard

 

Superstitiously May is an unlucky month. Superstition said?
May was considered an unlucky month particularly for those getting married.
“Marry in May and you’ll rue the day”
Being born in May was also thought to produce a sickly child!
Never buy a broom in May or wash blankets!
Wash a blanket in May
Wash a dear one away
Cats born this month were considered unlucky too it was said that they would not be good rodent catchers and even worse, will bring snakes into the home!

The first day of the month of May is known as May Day. In Britain, as in most parts of Western Europe, May day marked the end of the harsh winter months, welcomed the beginning of Summer, and optimistically looked forward to the bright and productive months. For our ancestors, largely in rural areas, it was a major annual festival and was celebrated throughout the country, especially on the first of May with music, dancing and games.
Traditional May Day celebrations included dancing around maypoles and the appearance of 'hobby horses' and characters such as 'Robin Hood' and 'Jack in Green'.

 

 

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

This month’s front cover is, “Delphinium” by Bunny Allport.

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

 

News

Anti-Social Behaviour
A reminder as to what it is!
“Behaviour by a person that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more other persons who are not of the same household as the person.” Examples include vehicle nuisance, criminal damage, and youth disruption to name but a few. If you are experiencing ASB then please get in touch. We regularly liaise with our partner agencies including the ASB team at North Kesteven District Council.
 

Police Community Projects
 

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 you are out in the garden, make sure the rear/front door is locked as thieves can easily gain access whilst you are busy working! 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!!!!!
 

Witham St Hughs – Boxing Club
The presentation evening was held on the 4th April with 39 young people receiving their first ABA boxing award. The club had a two week break over Easter and commenced back on 25th April. Details will be given to current members nearer the time. Any new members wishing to join please get in touch with one of the team. We are looking into the possibility of facilitating a training session for adults whereby we offer a drop in session to use the equipment for a small fee. If this is of interest please register with PCSO Chris Boyle on the number below.
 

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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Post Office Consultation Carlton Le Moorland
The Post Office branch closed in Carlton le Moorland in December 2010. The Parish Council and Post Office have been working together since November 2010 to try to restore a service in Carlton le Moorland.


A Hosted Outreach Service is being proposed which will operate weekly in the Village Hall on Wednesdays from 2pm to 4.30pm and Fridays from 1.30pm to 4pm. It will be provided by a subpostmaster from Lincoln Road, Newark and will offer the same wide range of Post Office products and services.
 

The Post Office would welcome your views and the public consultation ends on 12th May. Notices are displayed at the Village Hall and on the noticeboard with all the details of the proposed service.
 

If you would use this service, please pledge your support by writing to:-
Post Office Limited. c/o National Consultation Team. PO Box 2060, Watford. WD18 8ZW.
 

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North Kesteven District Council

Nature’s Explorers
Tuesday 31st May (morning)
on Millennium Green, North Hykeham.
Meet in the Memorial Hall car park, North Hykeham
Join Countrysidenk on beautiful Millennium Green and be an explorer for the morning! We will imagine you have arrived in a new country and need to report back on your findings. A chance for would-be junior explorers to investigate their surroundings and see nature from a different perspective and discover how it works.
Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.
Please book for the event by contactingTheresa Hobbs.
There will be a charge of £1 per child for this event.
[WS May 2011]

 

Volunteers Week 1st to 7th June 2011

For many local voluntary and community groups, volunteers are their lifeblood and in some cases organisations simply wouldn‟t be able to function without the tireless support they receive from their volunteers. Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which celebrates the fantastic contribution that millions of volunteers make across the UK. To highlight this contribution, there is a burst of activity during 1st to 7th June when organisations hold events and activities to highlight their volunteers and the volunteering that they do.
If you are planning an event and would like us to promote this for you please contact us at VCS NK.
 

VCS NK: We are offering some great training workshops such as:

Governance and management committee roles

Race equality and culture

improving your funding successes

Funding beyond grants

Confidence building

Risk assessment

Monitoring and evaluation

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Fund Raising Events for Charities

Lincoln Lions Three Fifties Cycle Ride Update
People from all over the Lincoln area are getting on their cycles and getting ready for the three Fifties Ride, which will be held Sunday 29th May. The aim is to see at least 50 people cycling the 50 mile circuit, each raising at least £50 in sponsorship for the Lincoln Breast Unit and all wearing pink t-shirts! The good news is nearly 50 people have signed up. However there is still time to enter!
You don't have to be a regular cyclist. Several people, who have already signed up, haven't been on a bike for years but are training especially for the event.
The 50 mile circular route starts in Saxilby and passes through, Harby, Thorpe on the Hill, Coleby, Branston, Washingborough, Cherry Willingham, Nettleham and Scampton.
The Lincoln Breast Unit helps those throughout Lincoln and the county. The minimum £50 sponsorship that each cyclist raises will support their work. As the event is being organised by Lincoln Lions, every penny raised in sponsorship will go to The Unit.
Lincoln Lions President Ann Stafford said "I've been overwhelmed by the response so far, but I think there are more people out there who can take up the challenge, my message to them is , go on have a go!"
 

In March 2008 Ann Stafford was diagnosed with Breast Cancer but she is lucky because she was treated at Lincoln Breast Unit. Now Ann and her fellow Lincoln Lions are organising their first ever charity cycle ride which will be in aid of the Unit. Known as the 3 Fifties Ride, the event will be held Sunday 29th May. Ann’s dream is to see at least 50 people cycling the 50 mile circuit, each raising at least £50 in sponsorship for the Lincoln Breast Unit and all wearing pink t-shirts! The 50 riders don’t have to be regular cyclists. Several people, including Lions, who have already signed up haven’t been on a bike for years but are training especially for the event. The 50 mile circular route starts in Saxilby and passes through some beautiful villages including Aubourn, Branston, Heighington, Washingborough, Cherry Willingham, Nettleham and Scampton. The Lincoln Breast Unit helps those throughout Lincoln and the county. The minimum £50 sponsorship that each cyclist raises will support their work. As the event is being organised by Lincoln Lions, every penny raised in sponsorship will go to The Unit. The cycling challenge is the brainchild of Lincoln Lions President Ann Stafford who is now recovering from breast cancer. Ann said “This is an exciting opportunity for people to get fit, cycle round Lincoln and raise money for a truly deserving cause. It’s also my opportunity to show everyone that, even after two major operations, there’s nothing I can’t do.”
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Bassingham Open Gardens & Scarecrow Trail 2011
A number of gardens in Bassingham will be open to welcome you on Sunday 12th June from 2pm until 6pm
Entrance programmes, which include a map showing the locations of the gardens, teas, ice creams & Pimms, scarecrows and the plant stall, will be on sale in advance in Bassingham Post Office and from 1.30pm on the day at Bassingham Village Hall car park price £3 – accompanied children free.
 

The Scarecrows will be on display around the village on
Saturday 11th June and Sunday 12th June 2011
Maps for the scarecrows only will be available on the Saturday price £1
The event is run in aid of the Village Hall & Playing Field charity and your support would be greatly appreciated. If you are able to help by donating plants please contact Jean Solven on 788949 or if you could offer a cake for the teas Sandra Nelson on 788213 would be delighted to hear from you.

See selected photographs from some of gardens and scarecrows on display in 2005 to 2010.

 

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Keep Our Village Safe (Neighbourhood Watch)
The village of Norton Disney is a No Cold Calling Village. The scheme was set up about two years ago by the Lincolnshire County Council Trading Standards Service in conjunction with the Police and our Village Neighbourhood Watch Group. We don’t appear to get as many uninvited doorstep callers so the scheme seems to be having some effect. It is recommended that if you are confronted with an unknown caller please tell them politely that this is a No Cold Calling Village and if you have a door/window sticker which indicates and explains that we do not purchase items at the door, then point it out to them.
If you would like a No Cold Calling and Neighbourhood Watch sticker I have a small supply and also if you would like to mark your valuables with your Post Code then pens are also available to do this.
Everyone can be a Watcher to make our Village safe. Top of the Pops list of thieves are Heating Oil (see Village Poster) Electric fence batteries, lead from roofs and scrap metal. If you see anyone suspicious always phone the Police on 0300 111 0300.
For further information phone Gordon, NHW Co-ordinator on 789229.

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Coast To Coast Sponsored Challenge
On May 31st I will begin my challenge of running the Wainwright 'Coast to Coast' route as fast as possible and by running through the night. I am a keen distance runner anyway and having done some calculations, I believe that the record of 39 hours and 36 minutes is achievable, but having said that, I would be delighted to just complete the route and do the challenge some justice.
I will be running on behalf of Breast Cancer Care and would really appreciate any donations that the residents of Witham St Hughs and surrounding villages could spare.
The title of my challenge is 'Coast to Coast without sleep'. I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my request and I look forward to hearing from you in the not too distant future.

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June 2011

Editorial:

June so soon! By the 21st we'll have reached the mid-summer solstice and then the nights will start pulling in. (Oh thanks Mr Editor Sir but would you cheer us up). Summer days and lazy ways, maybe you're preparing for holidays, checking the sell by date on the sun cream, dusting the cobwebs off the suitcase or maybe it's tending to the flourishing garden whatever it is just enjoying the summer sun is grand. Obama got Osama, United 19th title, City won the cup, Lincoln got demoted, the blue square conference beckons. The County has a show and lots of people go? Our community is buzzing with lots of things to do, read all about it here and you'll then know where, when and who.

Paul Hubbard

 

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Front Cover of Magazine:

This month’s front cover is, “Honey Bees” by Georgina Spray.
Winner of The Witham Staple cover design competition 2010 for 8 to 11 years

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

 

News

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting - South
The neighbourhood panel came together on the 11th April and the following priorities were agreed. Our priorities are currently:
1 – Speeding – 7am to 9am / 4pm to 6pm – All Villages
2 – Inconsiderate parking – All villages, all days/times
The date for the next meeting is Monday 11th July at a location to be confirmed.
 

POLICE COMMUNITY PROJECTS
Summer Fete/Shows

If anyone requires us to run a stall or be present at a village show/fete please can you get in touch with the details as soon as possible so that we can register these events?
 

Witham St Hughs – Boxing Club
Classes have restarted after the Easter break. Two sessions are running - one for the younger and one for the older youths, 10 to 14 year olds are from 5.30pm to 6.45pm and 15 to 19 year olds are from 6.45pm to 8pm. There will be a minimal charge of £1 to attend each session, which will cover running costs and a one off payment of £5 to register will be required. If you are 10 to 19 years of age and interested then turn up on a Monday night at the Village Hall to get involved.
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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Hill Holt Wood Update

The commotion in the chicken coop was akin to the sound the birds make when a fox is plundering this forbidden larder, but it was the middle of the day so what was causing these frantic alarm calls? Closer inspection revealed the cockerel fiercely defending one of the hens, she was cowering in the corner and he was standing guard in front of her, he looked like he had been in a battle. But what was he defending her from? Then it became clear, under the coop, wings mantled, was a Goshawk busily tearing at one of two hens he had obviously killed. He looked a bit bedraggled, probably moulting which explained why he had gone for this relatively easy meal. The jesses on his legs indicated that he was a captive bird that had obviously decided that he wanted a taste of freedom; this had now come to an end as Nigel managed to corner and catch him quite easily. He spent the night in the aviary that ranger Ben had built for his Harris Hawk and the next day the bird was reunited with his owner, who lived locally and had asked us to keep an eye out for him a couple of weeks previously. It was fascinating to witness this superb predator close at hand with his piercing eyes and razor sharp talons. An unexpected interlude during the unchecked march of spring; what glorious weather we have enjoyed, but as I write some welcome rain is drumming on the conservatory roof.

There are several stories about how the month of May was named, one of the most fitting is that it was named for Maia, the Roman goddess of spring and growth. The ability for nature to come back to life, seemingly overnight, never ceases to amaze me. It seems only weeks ago that we were watching the weather forecast with temperatures plummeting to -15c and the whole landscape and its wildlife held in some sort of frost shrouded suspended animation. Now the ponds are alive with tadpoles, the woodstore robins have already raised their first brood and the bees are filling the hives with honey at an incredible rate. Out in the wood we have cleared large areas of bramble and thinned out the pioneer species, Birch. This will allow the remaining trees to attain reasonable height and trunk diameter, which in turn will shade the woodland floor, restricting the growth of bramble and encouraging more diverse ground flora. In areas where this has been done the swathes of Bluebells and Wood Anemones have been stunning this year and it is my intention to introduce and encourage a wild orchid area as well.

Down at Norton Bigwood the rhododendron and bracken clearance is going well and already we are starting to see an increased and more diverse flora and fauna. This all bodes well for the emerging Eco-minds project and we are pleased to have on board Nikki Gibson who is an Occupational Therapist with specialist skills in mental health. Nikki will be working with the Hill Holt rangers to develop innovative and therapeutic strategies to assist people with mental health issues; this will be centred around the known benefits of exposure to the natural environment. As Einstein said 'look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.' The visitor hut is up and running at the car park at Hill Holt and contains lots of information about the wood and it's wildlife, do come and have a walk round and don't forget to fill in the visitors book!

Oliver Woodman Site Manager.

 

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Bassingham Annual Show 2011

Saturday 6th August

HANDICRAFT SECTION

(Exhibits not previously shown at this Show).

52. A hand knitted article.

53. A piece of Hand Embroidery.

54. A handicraft item not listed above - Textiles.

55. A handicraft item not listed above - Non-Textile.

56. A Photograph (own) Colour print - 'A Winter Scene' - not to exceed 7"x5".

57. A Photograph (own) Colour print - 'A Summer Scene' - not to exceed 7"x5".

58. A Quilted item.

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

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Bassingham Ball

Saturday 10th September 2011
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 Fields on September 10th this year. You will be treated to a hot, served, 3 course meal and be entertained with live music from
“Soul Solution” until 1am.
Tickets will be on sale from 9am on Saturday 2nd July at £43.50 each
(Cheques payable to Bassingham Ball) and are available from
Judy Robertson, 32 Water Lane, Bassingham Tel. 789423.
Sarah Coulson, The Old Rectory, Torgate Lane, Bassingham
Alison Peacock, 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. The Ball is not being backed financially by any group or organisation in the villages. Its success is purely dependent on tickets being sold. Any surplus made will be used for improving village amenities. Past examples have included the Hub and Christmas Trees.
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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July /August 2011

Editorial:

Summertime double issue is here and there is lots going on, so much in fact this month it would have been easier to squeeze a whale into a tin of sardines!! There are all the usual monthly events and much, much more to keep you busy right through the next two months and on into early September. The drought was called off after 6 days as the rain drove in from the west but this will hopefully clear to leave us dry and sunny for all the summer shows, fairs and events in store. Whatever you’re doing and wherever it takes you enjoy the summer and we’ll meet back here in September. Read on digest and enjoy.

Local Information Sheet 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!

Paul Hubbard

The Editor

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Front Cover of Magazine:

This month’s front cover is, “Summer time” by Sophie Coulson. 
Winner of The Witham Staple cover design competition 2010 for 12 to 15 years
 

The Witham Staple Cover Design Children’s Competition
(in conjunction with Bassingham Show on Saturday 6th August)

Three classes: 1. Seven years and under
2. Eight to eleven years
3. Twelve to fifteen years
Rules:
1. The design must fit a square measuring 12.5 cm by 12.5 cm.
2. It must be drawn in black and white on white paper (for copying)
3. It can be of any subject of your choice.
4. It must be your own original work – not traced or copied.
There will be one winner from each class, the winning entry in each class will be used as a cover for a future edition of The Witham Staple.
Entry forms are contained in the Show Schedules available from Bassingham Post Office and Greens Stores.
THE COMPETITION IS OPEN
TO CHILDREN FROM ALL THE WITHAM STAPLE VILLAGES
You have just over a month so pens at the ready, steady GO.

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

 

News

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting - South
The date for the next meeting is Monday 11th July at 7pm
in The Ark, Witham St Hughs.
Welcome
The team would like to announce the arrival of PC 1168 Tim Hewson who has joined the team as of the 31st May. His contact details can be found below.
 

POLICE COMMUNITY PROJECTS
Dog Control – Carlton le Moorland
We have received numerous complaints in relation to nuisance dogs in the village. Please remember that dogs must be kept on leads at all times in public places. Anyone found not picking up after their dogs could face prosecution and a fine up to £1000. You have been warned so please be responsible dog owners.
 

Malicious Communications
We have received various complaints/concerns in relation to social networking sites – facebook/msn etc. Please be aware that the Police will look into any malicious communications, inappropriate comments in this forum. In open discussion it is advisable not to refer to people and their private lives. There are certain criminal offences linked to such reports such as harassment, malicious communications, Anti-Social Behaviour and threats.
You can contact us via the following:

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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Bygone Bassingham… New DVD Out This Autumn


A new nostalgia DVD out this autumn will reconnect Bassingham with its 1950s history. The 1958 “village film” has been improved, narrated and set to music for the first time in an initiative by Lincoln-based Blow by Blow Productions. In 1958 local cine enthusiasts Jim Donnelly and Ken Franklin decided to film village life and follow the seasons around. They filmed scores of fellow villagers and many activities.

 

They went everywhere from the school sports to the summer floods, from the bowls team to the Blankney Hunt meet. They ventured into the fields to see harvesting with the tractors and combines of the day and as far as Norton Disney (for Mrs Norah Pacey's house-warming) and Thurlby (for a Conservative fete attended by Joe Godber MP). They recorded four precious reels of 8mm colour film providing a unique record of the village life of the time. The reels have now been lost for years – but fortunately the three that survived the longest were transferred to VHS by Bassingham Parish Council in the 1980s. Working from this sole surviving VHS Master, and using the post production techniques available to today's editors, Bygone Producer Andrew Blow has gone through the entire film shot by shot to improve the viewing experience.

For the first time a narration has been added identifying who did what and an attractive music bed of nostalgic piano music has also been added. The resulting 48 minutes will be seen on Bygone Bassingham DVD, out this autumn, pre-launch price £12 before July 31st and £14.95 after launch. Andrew Blow, Producer of three Bygone Lincoln DVDs and one on Bygone Newark and District, said: "I'm told by people who know the original that I have improved it significantly. At the pre-launch event on the big screen at the Hammond Hall the Bassingham film looked as good as any of the old footage from elsewhere.” Blow by Blow was assisted by a grant from the Bassingham Heritage and Community Association.

An autumn launch is being planned at which there will be a film show of clips from various local nostalgia DVDs.

 

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North Kesteven District Council

CountrysideNK’s Next Event

Bat Detectors!
Friday 15th July (evening)
Hill Holt Wood, Norton Disney

Hill Holt Wood lies just off the A46 between Lincoln and Newark. It is carefully managed using traditional methods to conserve and encourage the wildlife found in abundance there. One such group of mammals are bats which swoop amongst the trees at dusk snatching up the many insects. Often given bad press, bats are actually fascinating animals with over 17 different species resident in Britain.

 
Bats can be recognised from the different frequencies of their high pitched calls which are detectable using special „bat detectors‟. Why not join North Kesteven District Council's Countryside Rangers, Watchnk, for a moonlit walk through Hill Holt Wood in search of bats. You can learn how to identify some of our native bats and find out more about their fascinating habitat and lifestyles.


An Evening Stroll Around Aubourn And Haddington

Wednesday 24th August at 6.30pm Meet in the Royal Oak car park, Aubourn

A distance of 3.75 miles, there are stiles on this walk. Join Countrysidenk for a summer‟s stroll around the villages of Aubourn and Haddington. The walk will follow the „Tale of Two Churches‟ Stepping Out walk and discover the fascinating tale behind the two churches which grace these villages, including a chance to explore inside both of these beautiful buildings.

For more information contact Countryside Promotion Officer, Theresa Hobbs.

 

Wildlife Watch Group
Aimed at children from 8 to 13 years
Saturday 27th August
Camping Weekend at Hilltop Farm, Welbourn LN5 0QH

Spend the evening looking for bats and singing round a camp fire, bird ringing in the morning. From 6pm Saturday to 10am Sunday. £5 per young member.
 

Shelter Building With CountrysideNK
Thursday 1st September (morning)
Meet at Skellingthorpe Community Centre car park before driving on to Skellingthorpe Old Wood. Always a favourite event - join WatchNK expert, Alan Eley, to learn tips on how to make a warm and water tight shelter from nature‟s own resources. From Grandads to grandchildren, you‟ll all get involved in building your home from home!
Please book for this event by contacting Theresa Hobbs.

 

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The Pod In Carlton Le Moorland

The new mobile play centre The POD is coming on Wednesday 6th, 13th and 20th July 1pm to 2.30pm for 0 to 5 years 3pm to 5.30pm for 0 to 12 years 6pm to 8pm 13+ years Thursday 4th August from 11am to 5.30pm It will be parked in the Village Hall car park It is free to access so if your children are at a loose end… please send them along!

What is, The Pod? It is a mobile play bus that offers 0 to 16 year olds the chance to interact with others, learn new skills and generally have lots of fun. Brought to you by PlayNK, The Pod travels throughout the North Kesteven district all year round. Equipped with the latest technology, welfare facilities and many fabulous activities, The Pod will have something for everyone to enjoy! It offers a FREE timetable of exciting, challenging and creative experiences. With a range of toys and games, play equipment, parachutes, art and crafts, music, interactive digital games, plus much more on board, you are bound to leave having had a great time. Visitors to The Pod will be able to choose what they want to do and in some cases this could mean getting a little messy! All children under 8 years using this facility must be accompanied by an adult. The Pod is also available to hire for your own parish, personal events or parties.

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Bassingham Open Gardens and Scarecrows (June 2011)

Photographs of the events
 

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Lincoln Thursday Late Night Shopping

Starts Thursday 7th July
Independent and shopping centre businesses have joined the growing list of names who are throwing their weight behind Lincoln's Late Night shopping initiative. Retailers, such as Stokes Cafe on High Bridge, jeweller John Greed and outlets in the Waterside Shopping Centre, are swelling the number of traders who are counting down to launch night on July 7th. From then on, shops will be staying open until 8pm every Thursday, year round. Lincoln BIG events and promotions manager Michael Armstrong said: "We are excited because this move will bring Lincoln in line with other major cities. If we can get it firmly established in the High Street, we are hoping that other areas such as Bailgate can come on board in phase two of the scheme."

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September 2011

Editorial

Welcome back we hope you all had a good summer? Here we go then straight into September, with that much to fit in the introduction is cut to two sentences!

Local Information Sheet   [Click to Download]

Enclosed in the centre of this month’s magazine is an updated copy of the September 2011 local information sheet. The local information sheet gives residents contact names and numbers of all the local community groups within the eight Witham Staple villages as well as other district services.

Paul Hubbard

The Editor

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

This month’s front cover is “A window box”. 
 

The Witham Staple Cover Design Competition at the Bassingham Show on Saturday 6th August

CONGRATULATIONS TO:

Esmèe Bridge…………seven years and under

Yasmin Stamp…………eight to eleven years

Caitlin O'Bierne…………twelve to fifteen years

Well done to our winners and thank you to all who entered there was a record 73 entries this year. The winning designs will be used as the cover for The Witham Staple over the next six to eight months, so keep your eyes peeled.

Designs For The Witham Staple Cover

The Witham Staple would like to congratulate all those children who entered the competition at the Bassingham Show to design a cover for the Witham Staple. The number of entries was impressive with Bassingham Primary School being very supportive in encouraging children to enter the competition. The overall standard of drawing was good and it was clear that the children had taken a lot of care in the design and presentation of their work. The winning entries from each age category will be used as part of the range of cover designs for the Witham Staple during the coming year. Well done to everyone who entered. 

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

News

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting - South
The neighbourhood panel came together on the 11th July 2011
and the following priorities were agreed.
Our priorities are currently:
1 – Speeding, all villages at key times.
2 – Inconsiderate parking and other minor motoring offences in the rural villages, all times/days
The date for the next meeting on the south side is Monday 10th October at a location to be confirmed.
This month’s crime

• This month's crime is mainly related to opportunist type thefts from out buildings and garages, with power tool's being the main items being targeted, please remain vigilant by closing shed and garage door's even during the day, so that passing criminals cannot view what is behind your doors.

• We are also continuing to see thefts of lead from our churches and rural buildings such as school's and hall's, the team has carried out audits on all our church's with a view to slowing down the trend, please report anything you deem as unusual to the team any small bit if information may help the team progress a prosecution.

• In relation to the above crimes, we have a number of property marking kits available free of charge!! Just contact a member of the team if you wish to have one.

 

Anti-Social Behaviour
A reminder as to what it is!
“Behaviour by a person that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more other persons who are not of the same household as the person”
Examples include vehicle nuisance, criminal damage, and youth disruption to name but a few. If you are experiencing ASB then please get in touch. We regularly liaise with our partner agencies including the ASB team at North Kesteven District Council.
 

Police Community Projects
Witham St Hughs Boxing Club

The Witham St Hughs boxing club continues to grow, with its members now achieving the next level in Aba accreditation, new equipment has been purchased and we are pleased to announce a further donation of £300 from Co-operative limited of Lincoln. Training will re-commence on Monday 5th of September, sessions costing only £1. If this is of interest please register with PCSO Chris Boyle on the number below or just turn up on the night.
 

Seasonal Crime


Avoiding Scams. At our last North Panel meeting it was requested that we bring you up to speed about various recent scams, in particular internet based ones. By definition, a scam is a dishonest or fraudulent scheme designed to cheat someone. A common feature of scams is to pressure to commit victims straight away or an offer that seems too good to be true. Before you commit to buy or invest in a company then you need to check their credentials. If a company uses an overseas address, a PO Box number postal address or telephone numbers starting "07" or "09" then the chances are that they are not creditable or regulated. Checking a company on the internet may lead you to realise that they are not what they purport to be and if in fact other persons have been scammed in the same way. Direct mail/email scams are often based around you winning lotteries or prize draws that you didn't enter. There are lots of "advance fee" email scams originating from Africa and particularly Nigeria. Usually the initial email explains that the sender has money or something valuable to move in return for a fee. The victims are asked to provide their bank details and the fraudster removes money from the account. Another common scam involves identity theft whereby you may receive a telephone call or email from your bank or a financial institution, asking you to confirm your bank details or personal information. Banks and institutions will never ask you for you PIN number, password or other security information. One other recent example is a massive EBay scam originating from Lagos in Nigeria whereby high value small electronic items such as telephones are purchased and the seller later receives a fake Papal statement stating the buyer has transferred funds into their bank account and the goods are then posted to Nigeria. Once the item is posted then the goods cannot be returned, even when the seller realises that the funds have not been received.

 

Fake Air Ambulance Charity Appeal
Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust has announced that a company leafleting homes in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire asking for clothing donations to support an air ambulance appeal is a fake. The leaflets, branded Air Ambulance Service, asking people to leave good quality clothing in bags, claim that the clothes will be sold to raise money for the service and give the impression that this is a charity supporting air ambulances on a national basis. However no such charity exists. Supporters of the Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance are advised not to support this appeal and to warn others. All of their own clothing collection bags are clearly marked that they are in support of the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance. The matter has been brought to the attention of the police, Trading Standards and The Charity Commission.

 

A good contact in these circumstances is Action Fraud on 0300 1213 2040 a National helpline that gives advice on fraud, both preventing it or what to do if you do fall victim to it.
 

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The Labrador Lifeline Trust
The aim of The Labrador Lifeline Trust is to help Labradors in need.
Would you like more information about us?
Do you have a Labrador that needs to be rehomed?
Could you offer a good home to a Labrador?
Could you offer some time to help us?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, please contact one of the following…Alma Baker on 869007 e-mail: hollydog1208@googlemail.com
Joan Falvey on 01636 643740 e-mail: hollybolly1@talktalk.net
Registered Charity 1076061.
Patrons Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Johns GCB KCVO CBE
Lady Elizabeth Graydon DL
 

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Hill Holt Wood Update

At last the resident Peacocks in the wood have stopped booming out their insistent mating call. They normally start their quest for a mate in March and continue well into the summer, but for the moment relative peace has returned to the wood. They have now shed all their iridescent tail feathers which are highly prized among small children and anglers alike, the latter using them for bespoke fishing floats. For durability and buoyancy these are only surpassed by porcupine quills. Nature's summer cycle is well under way now and is demonstrated everywhere we look. The Honeybees in the garden expanded their colony rapidly once the nectar flow started, to such an extent that I had to split the hive to prevent them swarming. Although this slows the honey production down for a while it has the benefit of creating two colonies and happily both are now doing really well. I am just working on an original logo to go on the jars of Hill Holt Honey that will soon be available for sale.

 

Continuing on the Bee subject there are quite a few Bumblebee nests in the wood, these are often made more obvious by signs of excavation by Badgers trying to dig the nests out. Interestingly predation of this type isn't the most common cause of nest destruction; this is done by Field Mice. These small animals destroy the combs and nests and are particularly damaging in woodland areas where there is a low density of domestic cats, these being a major mouse predator. We have hosted quite a few events over the last couple of months including our first wedding celebration which was extremely well received. 70 guests enjoyed Pimms on the deck on arrival and the Bride was then piped into the reception to rapturous applause. The meal was followed by dancing and revelry with a local Ceilidh band and the evening guests were sustained by excellent BBQ food.

 

We also hosted a meeting of the charity MIND who brought along 40 Senior Managers from all over the country for a team-building event, thankfully it was a beautiful day and they were all blown away by the venue, which is so different from the normal conference facilities that they are used to.

 

The Business has also been fortunate to win two major awards in the last couple of weeks. Firstly we won the award for 'The Best Sustainable Woodland in the UK' presented by the Royal Forestry Society, achieving the highest points score in the award's 70 year history. It was really rewarding to be recognised for our efforts in promoting effective woodland management and wildlife habitat enhancement. Secondly, Karen Lowthrop, our CEO, won one of two awards presented by Ernst and Young, recognising the best Social Entrepreneur in the UK. Well done Karen for having your hard work and dedication rewarded again I know how self effacing you are and your thoughts about awards are aptly summed up by Natalie Portman; "awards are so unnecessary, because I think we get so much out of our work by just doing it. The work is a reward in itself"

Oliver Woodman Head of Operations

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North Kesteven District Council

 

Wildlife Watch Group
Aimed at children from 8 to 13 years

Saturday 24th September 2011 Changing Wildlife

9am for early bird ringing, 10.30am talk finishing with lunch at 1pm.

Changing Wildlife at Hilltop Farm Welbourn. Joint meeting with the British Trust for Ornithology and the Society of Biology- more for keen youngsters. (Younger children would need alternatives on hand, could be arranged.)
 

Shelter Building With CountrysideNK
Thursday 1st September (morning)
Meet at Skellingthorpe Community Centre car park before driving on to Skellingthorpe Old Wood. Always a favourite event - join WatchNK expert, Alan Eley, to learn tips on how to make a warm and water tight shelter from nature‟s own resources. From Grandads to grandchildren, you‟ll all get involved in building your home from home!
Please book for this event by contacting Theresa Hobbs.

 

Lindum Squash Club are providing a heavily subsidised six week course for just £3.00 through Sportivate; a national programme encouraging young people aged 14 – 25 years to take part in sport.

The six sessions will take place at three locations in the city at the University of Lincoln, Yarborough Leisure Centre and Birchwood Leisure Centre with Squash Coaches Nigel Jubbs, Iain Jubbs and international squash player Russell Watkins.

The sessions take place on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday evenings depending on location.

Nigel Jubbs, coach, said: “Lots of young people think sport isn’t for them, but I would like them to have the chance to discover a new sport, and I hope that squash is something they will really enjoy. This programme is about introducing young people to a sport they have perhaps never even considered playing before.”

Beginners are encouraged to attend the sessions, and despite the programme being specifically aimed at 14 – 25 year olds, Nigel and Iain have confirmed that they will be offering similar courses for older adults also.

Lucy Blakey, Children and Young People Officer at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: “Sportivate not only provides a great opportunity to encourage young people to get involved in sport; it provides a huge financial incentive for sports clubs, schools, leisure facilities and others, to deliver more sport across Lincolnshire. These sessions across Lincoln are a great opportunity to promote a sport that young people may have not had chance to take part in before.”

 

Help Your Community Flourish

Would you like to be involved with your community?
Do you have an idea for a new project, group or social enterprise?
Does your club or community organisation need support or funding?
Want to help out but don’t know where to start?

Come along and find out how you can turn your ideas into action.

These events will include workshops on topics such as getting funding, setting up new groups and finding people with the skills you need.

Workshop places will need to be booked in advance.
To register our interest for these FREE events and get further information about the workshops contact Debra Dawson.

Post: Debra Dawson, North Kesteven District Council, Kesteven Street, Sleaford, Lincs. NG34 7EF

Waddington                             Sleaford
Tuesday 20th September         Thursday 13th October
2.30pm-7pm                             2.30pm – 7pm
Waddington Village Hall         North Kesteven District Council
Mere Road                               Kesteven Street
Waddington                             Sleaford
Lincs LN5 9NX                          Lincs NG34 7EF

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Carlton Le Moorland and Bassingham Pathway Group

The Pathway Project Takes A Big Step Forward

The Pathway Group is delighted to announce that the long awaited walking and cycling route between Carlton le Moorland and Bassingham will soon become a reality. We have reached agreement on all land purchases, subject to contract and we have secured most of the funding for land, construction and signage and seating.

After five years effort, the community group expects construction to begin in the autumn. Stan Underwood (Chairman) said “The Pathway will make a very real difference to the lives of local people, providing for present and future generations of children, their families and older people an independent, safe means of moving on foot, by bicycle or mobility scooter between our two villages and venturing easily into the countryside. It will make an invaluable contribution to the quality of life of all those who use it. The Pathway will enable safe, off-road travel between Bassingham and Carlton.”

The route is part of Sustrans Connect2 project, which is extending the charity's National Cycle Network [NCN] into the heart of communities across the UK. The project received £50million from the Big Lottery Fund in 2007 and part of this grant will be spent on the Carlton-Bassingham route. Major funding has also been received from other sources.

It was good to see so many people at the OPEN EXHIBITION on Saturday 13th August in Carlton le Moorland Village Hall and Bassingham Hammond Hall and to share their enthusiasm for the Pathway. If you were unable to be there but would like further information, please contact Stan Underwood, Andy and Sue Sceeny or any of the Steering Committee members.

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Lincolnshire Old Churches Trust Annual Sponsored Bike Ride & Stride
 Saturday 10th September from 10am to 6pm

Why not help save part of our beautiful heritage by cycling or walking from church to church? Half the money you raise can go to a church or chapel of your choice, the other half going to the churches and chapels via grants from the Trust. Many hundreds of Churches have benefited from grants by the Trust. Collect a sponsor form from your local Church or Chapel and get sponsored, why not make a family day of it and visit some of our beautiful and historic Churches in your area some parishes will be providing a cooling drink before you move onto the next Church.
See the posters displayed locally for more details.  

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Carlton Le Moorland Village Association
 

Village Event 2012
The Village Association wants to organise a whole village event in the summer of 2012. Next year is the Queen‟s Diamond Jubilee and of course we are hosting the Olympic Games, so there is plenty to celebrate. We hope to have something to appeal to all in the village, so we need your ideas!
We invite you to the Village Hall on
Wednesday 7th September at 7.30pm
to discuss:

where and when the event should be

what kind of event and how to appeal to everyone

how people can get involved by putting forward ideas and offering help

BINGO
Saturday 10th September at 7.30pm
In Carlton le Moorland Village Hall
All ages welcome
LUNCH
Monday 12th September at 1.00pm
In Carlton le Moorland Village Hall
Please order meals by Wednesday 7th September to assist the cooks and avoid waste! Orders to Jackie Davies 07929 395 757 or Sue Sceeny 788303
£3:50 per meal
Provisional menu this month is Chicken and Apple Sponge
Everyone (All ages) Welcome

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Bassingham Scout Group - Beaver Leader Needed Urgently

The Bassingham Scout Group urgently need a Beaver Leader For the Beaver Colony to continue a warranted Leader or Assistant Leader is required. The Beavers are aged between 6 and 8 years and meet on a Wednesday night in Bassingham Village Hall. Duties are to work alongside the current Leader in the planning and running of the colony.

 

Bassingham Scout Group 1 Mile Fun Run

The Scout group wish to apologise to anyone who was hoping to take part in the planned fun run at this years Bassingham Show. Problems outside the groups control meant the event had to be cancelled at the last minute. The group are hopeful these problems can be resolved and are now planning to host the event at the Bassingham Show 2012. Please look out for details in the Witham Staple early in the New Year. Thank You Bassingham Scout Group Leaders

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Witham Staple Delivery Help Wanted Witham St Hughs
The houses in Juniper Way Witham St Hughs are becoming occupied and magazines need to be delivered to this area. The Witham Staple needs an enthusiastic dedicated person to join the delivery team and cover this area.
 

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October 2011

Editorial:

Is time getting faster? It seems like no time at all since we were here? September’s introduction was one of the shortest ever! This month it’s more a case of what to say. Have you got back into the routine after summer? Back to work, starting or back to school, college or even university. Whatever it is summer is over and we are heading on into autumn. The weather is changing (not that it ever got that hot) the fields bare and ploughed, the morning dew has been seen and the leaves are starting to curl and tumble. We are just a stone’s throw away from Christmas, but just before that the community has a whole host of things to see and do, so get stuck in and read what’s in store for you…

Paul Hubbard

The Editor

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

This month’s front cover is “Wisteria” by Bunny Allport. 
 

The Witham Staple Cover Design Competition at the Bassingham Show on Saturday 6th August

CONGRATULATIONS TO:

Esmèe Bridge…………seven years and under

Yasmin Stamp…………eight to eleven years

Caitlin O'Bierne…………twelve to fifteen years

Well done to our winners and thank you to all who entered. There was a record 73 entries this year. The winning designs will be used as the cover for The Witham Staple over the next six to eight months, so keep your eyes peeled.

Designs For The Witham Staple Cover

The Witham Staple would like to congratulate all those children who entered the competition at the Bassingham Show to design a cover for the Witham Staple. The number of entries was impressive with Bassingham Primary School being very supportive in encouraging children to enter the competition. The overall standard of drawing was good and it was clear that the children had taken a lot of care in the design and presentation of their work. The winning entries from each age category will be used as part of the range of cover designs for the Witham Staple during the coming year. Well done to everyone who entered.

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

News

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting - South

The date for the next meeting is Monday 10th October 2011 at 7pm at a venue to be confirmed.
 

This month’s crime
We are receiving reports of thefts from garages and sheds especially in the Skellingthorpe area. 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. Please be extra vigilant and report anything you deem is suspicious.
We are still experiencing a number of calls in relation to suspicious scrap vehicles visiting our villages. We have seen theft of lead from roofs, garden ornaments, signs and farm equipment being taken. Scrap value at the minute is still 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.
 

POLICE COMMUNITY PROJECTS
Neighbourhood Watch - Police Drop In Clinic – Witham St Hughs
Wednesday 19th October at 5.30pm to 7pm. In the Village Hall
The Neighbourhood Policing Team is holding a Neighbourhood Watch Drop In Clinic in the above village to give existing members an opportunity to discuss issues/problems or for those of you who are interested in joining to find out a bit more. Please drop in at any point! If you are not able to come along and see us on this date and would like to speak to us please get in touch.
 

Witham St Hughs – Boxing Club
Classes have restarted after the Summer break. Two sessions are still running on a Monday evening - one for the younger and one for the older youths, 10 to 13 year olds are from 5.45pm to 6.45pm and 14 to 19 year olds are from 6.45pm to 7.30pm. Please note the change of times. The fees remain the same.

 

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Hill Holt Wood Update

Those long, hot, hazy days of summer were few and far between this year but when the sun did blaze down out of an azure blue sky then there were marvels of nature to be seen all around. Bumble bees humming in and out of the profusion of flowers and Buzzards soaring effortlessly on the rising thermals, but one of my favourites were the Dragonflies patrolling the small ponds around the wood. The colours of some of these insects are amazing ranging from the iridescent blue-green sheen on the Emperor Dragonfly to the subtle russet of the Common Darter. The Dragonflies' scientific name is Odonta which comes from the words tooth-jawed, this is because the Entomologist who named them studied their mouths in order to identify the different species.

 

The Dragonflies we see flitting across ponds in this country may seem quite big but there are some in Costa Rica that have a wingspan of nearly eight inches, but even these are dwarfed by the long extinct dinosaur dragonflies which had an unbelievable wingspan of 30 inches! If you visit the Wood then one of the best ponds to spot Dragonflies is the one near to the new Eco-building; on warm days they like to sun themselves on the railings adjacent to the decking surrounding the pool. This area will soon become equally attractive, we hope, to the many visitors that come to the Wood as we are opening the Cafe area for business on Sunday the 2nd of October. This venture will be run by local young people who are hoping to develop it into a Social Enterprise operation that can offer employment opportunities to the surrounding communities. They will be serving hot and cold drinks plus an interesting selection of homemade soups and light meals and delicious home-baked cakes, please do come and sample their wares as I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the quality and value they offer. Their aim is to provide home grown, local and organic food to promote a healthy lifestyle which embraces our vision of sustainability.

 

The building which houses the Cafe has been officially named as the Wood Hall in a ceremony overseen by Cllr Marion Brighton OBE, whilst the grand opening of the Hall was presided over by Lord Victor Adebowale, the first people's peer. These events marked the culmination of over four years hard work by the Rangers and learners at Hill Holt Wood and the fulfilment of a long held ambition of Nigel and Karen to build an exemplar eco-structure that could be used by the community.

We are all very proud of our achievement and would like to thank everybody who had an involvement with the project. As Confucius said ' Do not be desirous of having things done quickly. Do not look at small advantages. Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.'

 

Oliver Woodman Head of Operations

 

Wildlife Watch Group

Aimed at children from 8 to 13 years

Saturday 15th October

Hill Holt Wood, Norton Disney

See sustainability in action: offices made of straw and a conference hall made of earth, using renewable energy and home produce.

Woodlands managed for conservation and the economic use.

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Hammond Hall Forthcoming Events October 2011

Table Top Sale 8 October

Halloween Event 28th October

 

A Date For Your Diary!!

Bassingham Village Hall and Playing Field Committee are pleased to announce

that celebrations to mark the Diamond Jubilee will take place on:

Saturday 2nd June 2012

in the Hammond Hall and on the village playing field.

More information will be printed in the Witham Staple over the coming months.

The event will be known as Bassingham Jubilee Jamboree and will run from 3.30pm through to 11.30pm. In the afternoon there will be games/races and other activities and in the evening there will be a live band and disco.

A band of willing volunteers has had a couple of meetings with various ideas being put forward. However, it isn't too late to volunteer to help or to put forward your own ideas and suggestions. Please contact Stuart Barnett or Jane Root if you would like to find out more.

 

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North Kesteven District Council

Walk And Talk For Free In North Kesteven

North Kesteven Social Strollers are an accredited health walks scheme, we offer instructor led health walks across the North Kesteven District. There are currently six different walking groups within the scheme which all operate on a weekly basis, offering walks of between 2 and 4 miles in length, generally lasting up to an hour. A health walk is defined as "A purposeful, brisk walk undertaken on a regular basis, as part of a led group". Not only are these walks a great way of improving or maintaining fitness levels, but they are also a fantastic way of meeting new people and making friends in your local community. Come and join NK Social Strollers free of charge at any of the locations listed below:
 

Day

Time

Walk

Meet Location

Monday

10am

Billinghay

Billinghay Childrens Centre LN4 4HU

Tuesday

1.10pm

Sleaford

Sleaford Leisure Centre NG34 7ET

Wednesday

11.30am

Whisby

Natural World Centre LN6 9BW

Wednesday

1.30pm

Ruskington

All Saints Parish Church NG34 9EL

Thursday

11am

Leasingham

Leasingham Village Hall NG34 8LB

Friday

11am

Metheringham

Metheringham Library LN4 3DZ


If you would like any further information, please contact:
Donna Lill, NK Health and Sports Outreach Officer, on 870252
or email NKHealthandSports@leisureconnection.co.uk

 

Help Your Community Flourish

Would you like to be involved with your community?
Do you have an idea for a new project, group or social enterprise?
Does your club or community organisation need support or funding?
Want to help out but don’t know where to start?

Come along and find out how you can turn your ideas into action.

These events will include workshops on topics such as getting funding, setting up new groups and finding people with the skills you need.

Workshop places will need to be booked in advance.
To register our interest for these FREE events and get further information about the workshops contact Debra Dawson.

 

Waddington Sleaford
Tuesday 20th September Thursday 13th October
2.30pm-7pm 2.30pm – 7pm
Waddington Village Hall North Kesteven District Council
Mere Road Kesteven Street
Waddington Sleaford
Lincs LN5 9NX Lincs NG34 7EF

 

NK Community Champion Awards Winners

The winners of North Kesteven District Council's NK Community Awards 2011 were announced at a ceremony at Whisby Natural World Centre. Finalists were invited to rub shoulders with the "great and the good" at the event on Tuesday 19th July as a thank you for their selfless commitment to their communities. The winners of each of the six categories were then announced.

Winners:

 

1. Young Achievers Award (sponsored by Pygott & Crone)

 

WINNER: Joseph Hayat, Sleaford

 

2. Community Business of the Year (sponsored by Duncan & Toplis)

 

WINNER: Branston Ltd

 

3. Community Spirit (sponsored by Lindum Group)

 

WINNER: Mikela Conboy, Swinderby

 

4. Contribution to a Better Environment (sponsored by the Lincolnshire Co-operative)

 

WINNER: Reg Johnson, Billinghay

 

5. Contribution to the Arts & Culture (sponsored by DPS)

 

WINNER: Jim McQuade, Sleaford Concert Band

 

6. Contribution to Sport (sponsored by Leisure Connection)

 

WINNER: Keven Roberts, Rauceby

A panel of judges drew up the shortlist from hundreds of entries. Finalists were then chosen taking into account the following criteria:

 

 

Chairman of North Kesteven District Council, Cllr Ian Cartwright MBE, said the number of entries had been unprecedented: “The NK Community Champion Awards Ceremony was a wonderful way to say thank you to some really outstanding people. “This year‟s awards were bigger and better than ever before – with six different categories to honour those individuals, businesses and groups that have made a real difference to their communities.” This year's NK Community Champion Awards were held in association with the Sleaford Target and Lincolnshire Echo and sponsors Duncan & Toplis, Pygott & Crone, Lincolnshire Co-operative, Lindum Group, DPS, Leisure Connection.

‘Best Of British’ Sa Fire In Sleaford

Saturday 29th October between 6pm and 8pm

Visitors to the town will be able to experience stunning site specific sculptures, inventive performance, elegant dance, beautiful music and fantastic pyrotechnics. The Sa Fire Festival is the largest project of its kind within the North Kesteven district. It is about celebrating the Cultural Olympiad as well as our own local history and heritage. Taking local stories, the creative team at artsNK and Rhubarb Theatre, plus a team of artists and local people, are re-telling these stories through dynamic lighting, giant puppets, pyrotechnics, dance, music and extravagant performance.

Get involved by joining craft workshops and the intergenerational choir, or simply come along and enjoy the spectacle!

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Carlton Le Moorland Village Association
 

Village Event 2012
The Village Association wants to organise a whole village event in the summer of 2012. Next year is the Queen‟s Diamond Jubilee and of course we are hosting the Olympic Games, so there is plenty to celebrate. We hope to have something to appeal to all in the village, so we need your ideas!
We invite you to the Village Hall on
Wednesday 7th September at 7.30pm
to discuss:

where and when the event should be?

what kind of event and how to appeal to everyone?

how people can get involved by putting forward ideas and offering help?

Jubilee Celebration 1935 Style

After attending a meeting to discuss next year’s Jubilee made me have another look at a poster in Carlton le Moorland Village Hall. This is what it says:-

Carlton le Moorland Silver Jubilee Celebration

Monday May 6th 1935

11am. United Public Service in St Mary’s Church

1.30pm. Sports in Vicarage Field

Cycle Race (open) Men / Cycle Race (open) Ladies

Junior Section

Flat Race Girls 14/16 12/14 10/12 under 10

Flat Race Boys 14/16 12/14 10/12 under 10

4pm. Tea in Parish Hall Children 4-5pm, Seniors 5-6pm

6pm. Senior Section Sports

Flat Race (open) Men. Flat Race (open) Ladies

Sack Race (open) Men. Sack Race (open) Ladies

3 Legged Race (open) Men, 3 Legged Race (open) Ladies

Walking Race Men over 50, Walking Race Married ladies

Potato Pitching Men over 50, Potato Pitching Ladies

Walking Race Men 30/

Tug of War Men and Tug of War Ladies

and other events as required.

Dusk. Grand Firework Display and Social Evening in Parish Hall.

It looks a very tall order for any committee but I suppose 70 odd years ago, although the village was half its present size, everyone would probably work, school and shop in the village and it would be a close knit community. Villages aren’t quite the same these days but hopefully Carlton will be doing some form of celebrations to recognise 60 years of dedication and devotion by the Queen to this country.

Mrs Smith

BINGO
Saturday 10th September at 7.30pm
In Carlton le Moorland Village Hall
All ages welcome
LUNCH
Monday 12th September at 1.00pm
In Carlton le Moorland Village Hall
Please order meals by Wednesday 7th September to assist the cooks and avoid waste! Orders to Jackie Davies 07929 395 757 or Sue Sceeny 788303
£3:50 per meal
Provisional menu this month is Chicken and Apple Sponge
Everyone (All ages) Welcome

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Mikki Wins Show Jumping Gold

14 year old Mikki Bailey from Norton Disney and her 9 year old welsh cob Rhydcledan Reflection (Dafydd) qualified for the 3' 3" Show Jumping Championships of Great Britain at Foldingworth EC on the 10th June. The time seemed to fly by and next thing we know we were on the 5 hour drive to Wales. This was the 1st time our welsh cob had been back to Wales since we went there to get him at 4 months old and we knew that his breeder and friends down there were waiting to see how he did and he didn't let them down.

When we got there we couldn't believe our eyes, there were hundreds of lorries, tents and caravans, over 600 stables in use and it was pouring down with rain so we got the boys in their stables and back to the lorry for pizza. Next day up at 6am and then the 1st of the speed classes, they had a pole down but still got 6th place. Day 2 classes began at 8.30am that was a speed class and Dafydd and Mikki got 2nd place. The afternoon was the 1st of the 3' 3" championship. They had a very nice 1st round and in the jump off they were drawn 6th to go. They were flying and at the 2nd to last jump Dafydd took a stride out and took the biggest leap and by the time they made it to the last jump Mikki had no reins or stirrups and the commentator said "I can't believe my eyes how did you do that and all in 35 seconds". No one could better that time and they took the 1st place in the championship.

Next day classes started 8am. 1st up were the speed classes and Dafydd just seemed to be flying, he took 1st place. Then next up was a speed class for Mikki's new horse semi precious (Sammy) 16.2hh French tb x-race horse. He had a very fast round and was only knocked into 2nd place by a 100th of a second. Then it was back with Dafydd for his 2nd championship class, he had a lovely clear 1st round and as they were the winner from the day before they were last to go in the jump off. We all got more and more nervous as each rider knocked poles down so when they went in last there were no clear rounds. Every jump was nerve-racking and as they went clear over the last, the crowd let out a cheer. That win meant that they finished on maximum points 255 and had won gold in the 3'3". When all the championship classes had finished they brought the podium in and David Broome presented the medal to all gold, silver and bronze places and the atmosphere was great, people were so friendly. It ended the long weekend off so well. For them to have won the gold was unbelievable I think we floated all the way home the next day.

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November 2011

Editorial

After a surprise start to October with a record breaking warm spell, this seemingly long month had five Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays a phenomenon we only experience once every 823 years apparently. We now charge on into November the eleventh month of 2011 already. The clocks have gone back and there‟s a cold November rain, but when your fears subside and there's no one left to blame, never mind the darkness as we still can find a way, because nothing lasts forever, even cold November rain. Next stop Christmas…

The Editor

 

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

This month’s front cover is “Robin” by Caitlin O'Bierne 
Winner of The Witham Staple cover design competition 2011 for 12 to 15 years. 

 

The Witham Staple Cover Design Competition at the Bassingham Show on Saturday 6th August 2011

CONGRATULATIONS TO:

Esmèe Bridge…………seven years and under

Yasmin Stamp…………eight to eleven years

Caitlin O'Bierne…………twelve to fifteen years

Well done to our winners and thank you to all who entered. There was a record 73 entries this year. The winning designs will be used as the cover for The Witham Staple over the next six to eight months, so keep your eyes peeled.

Designs For The Witham Staple Cover

The Witham Staple would like to congratulate all those children who entered the competition at the Bassingham Show to design a cover for the Witham Staple. The number of entries was impressive with Bassingham Primary School being very supportive in encouraging children to enter the competition. The overall standard of drawing was good and it was clear that the children had taken a lot of care in the design and presentation of their work. The winning entries from each age category will be used as part of the range of cover designs for the Witham Staple during the coming year. Well done to everyone who entered. 

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

News

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting - South

The neighbourhood panel came together on the 10th October and the following priorities were agreed. Our priorities are currently:
1 – Metal Thefts and Rogue Scrap Metal Collectors
The date for the next meeting is Monday 16th January at 7pm at a location to be confirmed.
This month’s crime
We have seen numerous theft of lead from roofs, garden ornaments, signs and farm equipment being taken over the past couple of months. Scrap value at the minute is still high so if you see any vehicle or persons acting in a suspicious manner or you think a crime has been or is being committed we please urge you to call on the numbers below, obtaining any vehicle information relevant immediately.
Crime Prevention - Burglaries
We would like to make you aware of a spate of burglaries that have recently been reported in Lincoln and some of the surrounding areas. Homes have been broken into when the owners have gone on holiday, taking their caravans from the property. We would ask you to ensure that any resident who owns a caravan and intends to go on holiday in the near future, be made aware of this crime. We have not experienced such crime in this area but would like you to remain vigilant, report all suspicious incidents and inform a trusted neighbour who can keep an eye on your property. If you would like any more advice, please do not hesitate to get in contact with one of the team who would be more than happy to help.
Police Community Projects
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 16. Please stay safe over this period. Our patrols will be more visible during this time.
 

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No Mains Gas Discount

Information

I have become aware that many electricity suppliers will grant a “No Mains Gas Discount” to those consumers who are unable to access mains gas supplies and are thus denied the opportunity to claim a discount for dual fuel usage. Several of our villages do not have a mains gas supply. It is worth checking therefore, with your electricity supplier, to see if they would be prepared to grant the No Mains Gas Discount. The ruling was instigated in 2008 and it may be possible to back date the discount. My understanding is that the amount of the discount varies with each electricity supplier but is likely to be in the region of £20 per annum.

J. Rowland  

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Hill Holt Wood Update

There was a buzz of excitement and anticipation in the Hive Cafe on the opening Sunday; would it bee busy or wouldn't anybody come and experience the Hive's 'famous' Honey Cake or tackle the Forester's Stack, a giant roll crammed with bacon, egg, sausage and mushrooms? Half an hour passed and all was quiet, maybe it wasn't such a good idea, doubts crept in. We needn't have worried, first a couple, then a family who had been for a walk around the wood, then more people gradually filtered in, before we knew it every table was occupied and the outside picnic tables were pressed into operation as well. There was a lovely hubbub of conversation, people sharing stories about the wood, enquiries about the facilities and products that we could offer and a generally convivial atmosphere. It felt really rewarding to see the building being used so productively, a building that I had seen as just foundations and then spent nearly three years assisting in the construction of, great stuff! Do come and experience it for yourself, at this time of year the bird feeders are alive with avian activity, if you're lucky you might catch a glimpse of a Nuthatch or a Greater-Spotted Woodpecker or maybe even a Sparrow hawk ghosting in from the wood.


Nature-wise in the wood this is the time of year when a multitude of Mushrooms and Toadstools start to poke their heads above the leaf litter and damp, mossy woodland floor. Also, although the weather is getting cooler, things start hotting up for Spiders who start looking for a mate. They become more visible to us in the Autumn as the females start fattening up in an attempt to attract a courting male. Spiders have seven different types of silk glands that produce silk with different properties, amazingly this silk is five times stronger than steel of the same diameter! This silk is a key element in the world of the spider. It can be used as a web to catch prey, used as a swathing silk to immobilise any unwilling dinner option, architecturally knitted together to form shelters and egg sacs, and used to tactically manoeuvre between areas through ballooning. As with other insects, spiders do not have bony skeletons and their internal organs are held in place by muscles attached to their outer skin, their exoskeleton.
 

These seasonal changes in both wildlife activity and the life cycles of the woodland flora and fauna are not only fascinating to observe but also serve as a reminder that we are but a small cog in the overall scheme of things. As George Santayana said, ' to be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring'
Oliver Woodman Head of Operations

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Hammond Hall End Of Year Report

We have completed our first year of business at the Hammond Hall and I would like to bring you up to date on the running of the hall, although I have been asked to do a yearly report I would like in the future to tie this in with the councils financial year, giving you another report at the April meeting and then yearly after that.

It has been a very good year with the hall permanently booked 4 nights a week and the meeting room being used 4 days a week. The clubs and associations using our facilities include: Bridge club, weight watchers, zumba, pillates, Bassingham Choir, knitting circle, patchwork group, beading group, friendship lunches, toddlers club, Witham investment group and the friends of the Hammond hall, producing a revenue of £9391, As some of these clubs have been running for a short period the amount of revenue from these should increase for next year.

We have had a variety of private bookings to date including 3 weddings 4 christenings, several birthday parties as well as club run functions bringing in £2904.50 in hiring charges and £8755.93 in bar takings, for next year we already have 5 weddings and 2 private parties booked not to mention 6 private bookings and 3 friends club events between now and the new year, all utilizing our bar facilities, which again should see an increase on this years revenue. The hall is now fully equipped to offer a wide range of services to the public which makes us a much better hiring proposition than the usual village hall set ups, a lot of the extras that we now offer have been donated through the friends of the Hammond hall who have raised £1513.46 since January of this year providing a microwave, dishwasher, pa system, 100 new plates 40 coffee mugs a wii system, various knives and kitchen sundries and a toaster all from running coffee mornings, bingo afternoons, quiz nights and parties open to everyone. There have also been some very kind donations from villagers towards this fund which enables the Hammond to have the facilities it needs without taking any more money from the public purse than is needed for running costs and maintenance.

The Bassingham ball committee very kindly had an outside electrical supply fitted to the Hammond which enables us to supply power safely to outside events and is utilized weekly by the mobile chip shop again bringing in extra income.

Looking forward with the help of the Lincolnshire sports partnership we will be setting up a table tennis club, aerobics group and tai chi lessons to complement the success of the new net ball club which has been running for 3 months has over 30 members and is looking to start to play competitively.

 

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North Kesteven District Council

Walk And Talk For Free In North Kesteven

North Kesteven Social Strollers are an accredited health walks scheme, we offer instructor led health walks across the North Kesteven District. There are currently six different walking groups within the scheme which all operate on a weekly basis, offering walks of between 2 and 4 miles in length, generally lasting up to an hour. A health walk is defined as "A purposeful, brisk walk undertaken on a regular basis, as part of a led group". Not only are these walks a great way of improving or maintaining fitness levels, but they are also a fantastic way of meeting new people and making friends in your local community.


If you would like any further information, please contact:
Donna Lill, NK Health and Sports Outreach Officer.

 

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Carlton Le Moorland and Bassingham Pathway Group

Construction has Begun!

As you have probably noticed, the long awaited Pathway build is now under way. This exciting local amenity should be completed within the next few weeks. There may be a small amount of disruption during construction, but this should be minimal as the majority of the route is behind the hedge. As a bonus, the Torgate Lane junction will be modified to improve visibility for cars.

 

Can you help? We would like a clear photograph of a local 2nd World War Land Girl. If you have any family photos of a local land girl we could borrow, please contact Stan Underwood or Andy/Sue Sceeny. We need these as a Land Girl is one of the three figures we would like for the Portrait Bench. The final choice will be the one best suited to the technical process of conversion into a silhouette figure.

A.G.M.

Wednesday 16th November at 7.30pm

in Carlton le Moorland Village Hall

Please come along. Everyone welcome.

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Lincoln Lions Make History
Lincoln Lions have presented a cheque for £10,001.50 to the Lincoln Breast Unit at the Lincoln County Hospital. This was the largest amount that the Lions have raised in a one day project in their 41 year history! The money was raised from sponsorship from the Three Fifties Cycle Ride which saw people, aged from 16 to 71 years of age, gamely cycling a 50 mile circuit around Lincoln on 27th May. This was a magnificent achievement for all on what was a very windy day. Lincoln Breast Unit will be using the money to purchase vital equipment to allow lypomodelling procedures for which ladies have to travel much further a field at the moment.
Lincoln Lions also have made a major announcement, new initiatives that they will be promoting in the next 12 months. This announcement covered environmental projects, key fundraising events, an emphasis on new youth initiatives and the launch of the Three Twenties Cycle Challenge!
The Three Twenties Cycle Challenge will see Senior School students, aged between 11 and 18, cycling 20 miles around a special course inside RAF Scampton, each raising at least £20 in sponsorship for teenage Cancer Trust. It is hoped that each of the schools in around Lincoln will nominate at least 20 students to take part. It is envisaged that the event will be held on 29th April 2012.
Paul Stafford
President Lincoln Lions

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TREE TOP CLUB

Bassingham Pre-school. Lincoln Rd, Bassingham Lincoln LN5 9JN

Wrap around Care for children 3 to 11 yrs

Monday to Friday (Term Time Only)

Breakfast Club 8am to 8.50am and After School Club 3.30pm to 6pm

Caring for your child before and after school.

Offering a wide range of activities to suit all age groups

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Keep Our Village Safe (Neighbourhood Watch)
The village of Norton Disney is a No Cold Calling Village. The scheme was set up about two years ago by the Lincolnshire County Council Trading Standards Service in conjunction with the Police and our Village Neighbourhood Watch Group. We don’t appear to get as many uninvited doorstep callers so the scheme seems to be having some effect. It is recommended that if you are confronted with an unknown caller please tell them politely that this is a No Cold Calling Village and if you have a door/window sticker which indicates and explains that we do not purchase items at the door, then point it out to them.
If you would like a No Cold Calling and Neighbourhood Watch sticker I have a small supply and also if you would like to mark your valuables with your Post Code then pens are also available to do this.
Everyone can be a Watcher to make our Village safe. Top of the Pops list of thieves are Heating Oil (see Village Poster) Electric fence batteries, lead from roofs and scrap metal.

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Bassingham Scout Group - Beaver Leader Needed Urgently

The Bassingham Scout Group urgently need a Beaver Leader For the Beaver Colony to continue a warranted Leader or Assistant Leader is required. The Beavers are aged between 6 and 8 years and meet on a Wednesday night in Bassingham Village Hall. Duties are to work alongside the current Leader in the planning and running of the colony. If you are interested in finding out more please contact Alison Kelley on 788241 or Paul Hubbard on 789673.

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Witham Staple Delivery Help Wanted Witham St Hughs
The houses in Juniper Way Witham St Hughs are becoming occupied and magazines need to be delivered to this area. The Witham Staple needs an enthusiastic dedicated person to join the delivery team and cover this area.
For more details or to join the delivery team please contact Elaine on 869062

A deliverer is also needed please from January to deliver to Hannah Crescent and Gibson Green, Witham St Hughs. The Witham Staple needs an enthusiastic dedicated person to join the delivery team and cover this area from January.

 

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Mark Worsdall's Bassingham Pictures - Identification Required

Mark is the son of Robin, grandson of Wallace, he has sent some pictures of Bassingham people in to me and your help is needed to try to identify them. Please contact me at 18 Lincoln Road or Tel. 788220 if you may be able to help. Also don't forget I have 15 books of photographs of local people, clubs, events and places you are welcome to view. If there is a picture you wish me to copy for you I shall be pleased to do so. These photographs were on display in the Heritage Room until it closed.

Helen Ash.

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December 2011

Editorial:

Welcome to the December 2011 January 2012 Festive Double Issue of The Witham Staple. The Witham Staple Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who gave their time each month in 2011 to help produce, print, collate and deliver The Witham Staple to more than 2400 homes within the eight villages. We hope that it also proves to be a special time for everybody and we wish all our readers, contributors and advertisers a very… Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year

The Editor

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

This month’s front cover is “Christmas Candle” by Bunny Allport

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

News

The Beat Team would like you to continue to be vigilant over the Christmas period 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 date for the next meeting is
Monday 16th January at 7pm in Norton Disney Village Hall.
 

New Non-Emergency Police Number
Please be aware that a new national non-emergency number 101 is being rolled out across the country as part of a Home Office initiative. The number is now live in Lincolnshire. This means Lincolnshire Police now has just two main contact numbers – 999 in an emergency and 101 in a non-emergency
Please note that calls from landlines and mobile networks cost 15 pence per call, no matter what time of day or how long you are on the phone. The service is available 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. If a member of the public is deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired they can: textphone 18001 101
 

Witham St Hughs – Parking
We are receiving numerous complaints in relation to parking, especially outside the shopping area at Witham St Hughs. The team is looking into various solutions, with enforcement being one of them - please save yourself a fine and use the car park. It has been put there for a purpose!
 

Road Safety
Stay Safe this winter – with the dark mornings and nights upon us can we please remind pedestrians and cyclists that they are less visible to vehicles. We encourage people to wear reflective clothing especially school children on their way to and from school and for cyclists to make sure their lights are in working order on their bikes.
 

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

 

Witham St Hughs – Boxing Sessions
The club is going from strength to strength with new members coming through the doors week by week. The group are busy working towards their next award and we are also looking into developing the senior members into sports leaders and coaches. Any new members are always welcome with costs still only £1 per session!! Please get in touch with PCSO Chris Boyle to find out more.


Witham St Hughs boxing club goes from strength to strength.
After looking for ways to combat Anti-social behaviour in the village, the Neighbourhood Policing Team enlisted PCSO Chris Boyle to look at diversionary activities to direct the children into positive engagement. A partnership was formed between Lincolnshire Police and Lincolnshire County Council to pilot a non-contact boxing club for eight weeks. The initial pilot was so successful with over thirty children signing up, it has continued as a permanent activity co-ordinated by the Positive Futures, Sports Development Manager Dave Sampher.

 
Weekly sessions include a boxing themed regime incorporating, squats, punches, jabs and upper cuts together with team building exercises designed to encourage comradeship.

Local organisations have supported the boxing club including the Parish Council and most recently, Lincolnshire Co-operative awarded a grant of £300 to enable the club to purchase additional equipment to further the activities and fitness of club members. Two tube trainers were purchased and routinely put the members through their paces at training sessions. Lincolnshire Co-operative employees, Chris Freeman, Retail Area Manager and Nikki Chapman, local store colleague, visited the club on 14th November to see first hand how the equipment has benefited the club.

Chris stated ”We are pleased to be able to support local children and young adults and to have an active input in a local community where our local Co-operative shop opened just over a year ago”

 
You can contact us via the following:
For reporting crimes or incidents, that need immediate action, you
should always call 101 for this purpose or 999 in an emergency.
 

Carlton Le Moorland Village Hall – Post Office

A Post Office service has re-started in Carlton le Moorland Village Hall on Wednesdays 2pm to 4.30pm and Fridays 1.30pm to 4pm A comprehensive range of Post Office services is being provided including Vehicle Road Tax and Foreign Currency.

 

Please come and use your local Post Office!

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Mobile Library Service  

Please make a note of the new Bassingham Mobile Library timetables. The current mobile library days and timings are about to change. The Library Service have made these changes because of 'Health & Safety' issues with over 50 users at the Five Bells stop within a one hour period. In future this service will extend to 2 hours. This change will mean that the 'St Michael Church’ stop will move to Wednesday's but at the same time 3.45pm to 4.15pm. These changes will mean that Mobile Library facility will visit 

The timetable for the Mobile Library service in the area for the next 2 months

Thursday 22nd December and Thursday 19th January

Carlton le Moorland Church 1pm to 1.30pm

Norton Disney Village Hall 1.45pm to 2.15pm

Bassingham Five Bells 2.30pm to 4.30pm

Wednesday 7th December and Wednesday 4th January

Bassingham outside St. Michael’s Church 3.45pm to 4.15pm

Tuesday 6th December and

Tuesday 3rd and Tuesday 31st January

Aubourn Royal Oak lay-by 11.15pm to 11.45pm

Haddington Dovecote Lane 12noon to 12.30pm

Every effort is made to ensure the mobile library arrives at each stop on time.

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The Carlton le Moorland Library Box Scheme

Advanced Notice

The Library Box Scheme comes to Carlton le Moorland in the New Year. It has been a long time coming but it’s here at last! Under this scheme Lincolnshire Library Service will deposit a collection of books which Carlton le Moorland residents may borrow and return! The books will be changed monthly to reflect local interests. Our Library will operate in the Village Hall with the permission of the Parish Council. The Scheme will rely on volunteers, who can give a few hours each month to run the service.

Starting on the morning of Saturday 4th February

the provisional opening times are:

Every second Wednesday of the month between 6.30pm and 7.25pm

Wednesday afternoons between 2.30pm and 4.30pm

Once a month on Saturday mornings combining with a coffee morning

If you would like to volunteer to help or have questions or comments about the scheme please phone Andy Sceeny on 788303. More details will be in the February edition of the Witham Staple.

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Witham St Hughs Village Hall Forthcoming Events

Thursday 8th December

Bingo at Bar Night in the Large Hall Eyes down 9pm

Saturday 10th December 10am-4pm

Christmas Fayre.

Everyone welcome. Inside Crafts hall and a Food hall in the Marquee. Browse and buy some great Christmas Gifts and Treats.

 

Saturday 17th December

Children’s Christmas Party.

0-5 years 1.30-2.30pm and 5-11 years 3-4pm.

Santa’s grotto, Entertainer and Mini Disco.

Tickets available on a first come/first served basis on Sunday 27th November 10am-11am at the Village Hall.

 

Saturday 17th December

Adults Christmas Party.

Rock/Indie band Before The Fall will be performing. Xmas draw and Bar Open.

 

Saturday 31st December 7pm-1am

Witham St Hughs First New Years Eve Party

Drink on arrival, Full Hog Roast, Disco and Party Games.

 

Bar Nights also on:

Thursdays 3rd,17th and 24th November

and 1st, 15th, 22nd and 29th December.

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Carlton Le Moorland and Bassingham Pathway Group

IT’S ALL HAPPENING!

AFTER more than five and half years, the Pathway is now well on the way to being completed. We can all see for ourselves exactly where it runs, starting right in Carlton le Moorland at the Broughton Road-Bassingham Road crossroads and leading out into the country to Bassingham, then all the way through the village and finishing right in the centre at the East Gate-Lincoln Road junction. We shall be able to join it and leave it at various points along the route.

Only when the whole length is completed and all access and crossing points safely constructed will it be ready and open for use. There will be a minimum number of appropriate highways-approved signs and the Pathway Group is working on the provision of seating, along the route, the three figures of the portrait bench, and some interpretation panels.

The Pathway is for all to use and enjoy: whether on foot or bicycle, wheelchair, pushchair or mobility scooter. We shall have a celebratory opening in more favourable spring weather, but look forward to using it well before then.

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Cubs Christmas Post

The Cubs will be running their usual Christmas Postal Service. Why not for a small donation let the Cub Scouts deliver your local Christmas cards. Post boxes will be in place from Thursday 1st December and the last Post will be on Saturday 17th December. All post will be delivered by Wednesday 21st 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. Further details next month.

Post boxes will be located in Bassingham at the:-

Post Office, Green’s Stores and Spar Shop.

and in Carlton le Moorland at Merchants Mill Store

Alison Kelly (Akela)

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The Newark Nativity

December 16th/17th St. Mary Magdalene church, Newark, 7.30pm.

A dramatic re telling of the Nativity Story, the play examines the relationship between Mary and Joseph as they come to terms with the fulfilment of Messianic prophecy and God's revelation to humanity. A powerful and affecting production, set to an evocative soundtrack, The Newark Nativity is the one Christmas event not to be missed!

Tickets £4 adults, £2 under 11s from Newark Tourist Information.

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