Extracts from 2012 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 2012 that provide a flavour of the prevailing themes.

February

March

April

May

June

July /August  

September

October

November

December

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February 2012

Editorial:

A belated but Happy New Year to you all, the festive activities are now a distant memory and so too possibly are your New Year resolutions! After what seems to have been an incredibly mild winter and a stark contrast to last year, the frost, as this is written on the 14th has not cleared all day from the lawn. So what does lie ahead, the snowdrops are out, buds are looming and the birds have hardly touched the feeds which still hang full around the garden. Have you found this to be the case too? An article in the journal Nature Geoscience has reported that the next ice age has been delayed by 1500 years thanks to global warming, let’s hope it wasn’t meant to be 1499 years ago!! So no Ice age in fact up to now very little ice at all to worry about, so don’t just scratch the surface dig deep into this month’s issue and find out what’s going on out and about in February.

The Editor

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

 

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

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

News

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting - South

The date of the last meeting was Monday 16th January in Norton Disney Village Hall. Priorities agreed will be published in the next issue.

Cycle Thefts

I am sure that many of you out there have either bought or received a bike over the Christmas period; equally there will be many of you that do not have full details of your bike recorded. The theft of bikes is a major issue, as people often do not lock them due to being in a rush, or just nipping into the local store / library. Returning to where you left your bike to find it stolen is a depressing and costly experience. The good news is that with a few simple precautions the majority of these thefts can be prevented and a little work now could greatly increase the chances of getting your bike back if the worst should happen.

Bicycle lock £30. New bicycle £100s

LOCK both wheels and the frame to a cycle stand or other immoveable object

REGISTER your bike details onto online property databases such as Bikeregister.com

KEEP A RECORD of the frame number, make and any other marks that can identify your bike if it’s stolen and if possible a photograph.

If anyone would like a member of the team to security mark their bicycles or any other property please get in touch with one of us.

Thefts from Motor Vehicles & Garages

We are receiving reports of theft from motor vehicles and garages in North & South Hykeham. This is a reminder to not become complacent – Lock everything up at night, DO NOT leave valuables on display and report anything that you deem suspicious.

Facebook & Twitter

We would like you all to be aware that we are now using social networking sites as a means of communicating with our local residents. If you are using Facebook or Twitter you may find it useful to make contact with us.

To find us on Facebook search Hykeham NPT and add us as a friend.

To find us on Twitter we are @HykehamNPT 

Witham St Hughs Boxing

The boxing club is now again in full swing. We have had to change venues due to increased numbers and the sessions are now being held at Witham St Hughs Primary School on Muntjac Way. Session times are 6.15pm to 7pm age group

10 to 14 years and 7.15pm to 8pm for 14 years and above. We are also looking at introducing an adult session due to interest shown. If you are interested please give Chris Boyle a contact on the details below.

Witham St Hughs – Real Bus

Every Thursday until the end of March there will a mobile youth drop in bus parked up from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at the Village Hall Car Park. All welcome to drop in and use the facilities at any point.

For reporting crimes or incidents, that need immediate action, you

should always call 101 for this purpose or 999 in an emergency.

You can email or call direct through to us on the above numbers, these are the mobiles held by the Beat Team when they are on duty. These numbers should not be used for reporting incidents or crimes.

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Local Bus Service Information

Lincolnshire County Council has amended the number 47 and 48 bus services in this area (Sep 2011). PC Coaches have invested in 2 brand new low floor vehicles to operate this service with passengers needs in mind. The new time tables for these services can be viewed at www.lincsbus.info  and the most up to date timetables and leaflets are also available in the Witham Office, Hammond Hall and Bassingham Post office for anyone to pickup.

 

To make the www.lincsbus.info website even simpler to use, the county council has produced limited edition smart buttons that plug into your computer and take you straight to the public transport pages with just one click.

To get your free smart button call 782070 or email accessibilityandpolicy@lincolnshire.gov.uk 

So don't miss the bus - that web site again is www.lincsbus.info

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Save Leadenham And Whisby Waste Disposal Sites

On 10th January, Lincolnshire County Council made a decision to change the distance residents will have to travel to their nearest waste disposal site from 7 miles to 12 miles (as the crow flies). This means that both Leadenham and Whisby sites face possible closure with residents forced to make longer and more expensive journeys to Lincoln, Sleaford or Grantham.

A number of local Parish Councils have voiced their concerns as the review of these sites by L.C.C. was not publicly known and more importantly the residents who use these services have not been consulted for their views. Many Parish Councils are supporting the retention of these sites in some form as they provide an important service to our rural communities and without them fly-tipping could increase significantly. Residents are being urged to register their support to keep Leadenham and Whisby open by writing or e-mailing the Councillors and Officers dealing with this matter at Lincolnshire County Council. A decision is expected to be made on the budget on 17th February so please make your comments known quickly and well before this date.

Please contact the following:- County Councillor Lewis Strange

Portfolio Holder for Waste Services & Green Issues

Lincolnshire County Council, County Offices, Newland, Lincoln. LN1 1YL

e-mail: Cllrc.strange@lincolnshire.gov.uk 

Sean Kent – Waste Officer L.C.C. e-mail: Sean.kent@lincolnshire.gov.uk 

County Councillor Martin Hill e-mail: cllrm.hill@lincolnshire.gov.uk 

Leader of Lincolnshire County Council

A petition has been introduced at Troops Garage in Leadenham where residents can also register their support. Please go and sign!

 

Recycling Facilities To Close?

Below is a response from Councillor Strange Lincolnshire County Council Waste Management Department after concerns were expressed by residents following details in the last issue of the Witham Staple.

Dear Resident

Thank you for getting in touch about your concerns regarding the county’s Household Waste Recycling Centres.

As you are aware, due to the national economic situation, the County Council has to find substantial savings to help restore the national finances. Wherever possible, we have tried to protect vital services such as road gritting, and the protection of vulnerable people and children. However, this does require some difficult decisions to be taken. We are determined to maintain the county’s excellent recycling rates, as well as providing adequate household waste recycling centres for the convenience of residents. As part of our current budget consideration, we are thinking of changing the hours of opening at all our sites, as well as being mindful of those sites that have the best performance in terms of cost and recycling rates.

Leadenham, which is managed on our behalf by a contractor, is expensive to run. It costs £108,600 per year for a three day week and has a recycling rate of 50.2% compared with the average recycling rate across other sites in Lincolnshire of 74%.

Whisby is expensive to run, costing £183,020 per year for a 5.5 day week and has a recycling rate of 44.8% compared with the average recycling rate across other sites in Lincolnshire of 74%.

Residents will still be able to use Sleaford, Lincoln and Grantham sites. I know that this potential news is probably unwelcome to you, but we feel that it is a necessary alteration in order to protect other important services which we know are valued. I thank you for your contribution and your views and others will be taken fully into account when we make our decision. We will also be consulting with parish councils and other interested parties.

Yours sincerely Councillor Lewis Strange

Executive Portfolio Holder, Waste Management and Green Issues

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Great British Fish and Chip Supper

Friday 18th May 2012

“Hold a Fish and Chip Supper to help spinal cord injured

people live full and independent lives.”

Want to do something different? Want to raise money where you live or work? Want to eat Fish and Chips, while raising money for charity? Hold a fish and chip supper whilst raising awareness of spinal cord injury and supporting SIA’s information and support services.

You can hold a fish and chip supper in your own home, at work or hold a larger supper at your local community centre.

SIA will provide a fundraising pack containing hints and tips, recipes, invitations and donation envelopes. By inviting 7 friends and asking them to donate an additional £5 means you will raise at least £35 from your supper but we will also give you additional fundraising ideas to raise even more money for SIA. Last year we had over 100 suppers taking part in England and Wales and we raised £6,000. In the three years we have been running the event we have raised £20,000 to support spinal cord injured people.

The money raised from the suppers will help the Spinal Injuries Association offer support to individuals who become paralysed and their families, from the moment a spinal injury occurs and for the rest of their lives by providing services and publications which enable and encourage paralysed people to lead independent lives. Every year in the UK over 1,000 people experience a spinal cord injury and there are an estimated 40,000 spinal cord injured people in the UK alone.

Community Fundraising Officer, Elizabeth Wright, says, “The Fish and Chip Supper is a wonderful opportunity for a great evening with friends and family. We are also encouraging people who work to hold a Fish and Chip Lunch in their work places to raise even more funds. You may be even a local community group wanting to run a fun evening with your group. Be a part of something special and make a real difference to help spinal cord injured people gain access to the information and support they need to enable them to live full and independent lives.”

For more information or request a fundraising pack call Elizabeth Wright  

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Do You Want Better Broadband?

Lincolnshire has been allocated government funding to improve rural broadband but unfortunately, not every local community will benefit; there just will not be sufficient funds. You can help the chances of improving our local service by registering at:www.Onlinelincolnshire.org 

Don't delay, do it today!!

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Fuel Poverty

Fuel poverty is an issue of national and local importance and a group of seven Lincolnshire County Councillors is examining how best to tackle fuel poverty in Lincolnshire. When completed, a final report with recommendations will be produced. These recommendations will then be considered by the decision makers at the County Council and it is hoped that they will support any recommendations the group make.

One of the main aims of the review is to investigate current initiatives to tackle fuel poverty in Lincolnshire. The group would very much like to hear from any organisations in Lincolnshire that work with those who are in fuel poverty, whether by offering advice or support to individuals or by providing practical assistance through home improvements. For further detail please contact Liz Jones, Scrutiny Officer.

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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!

Christmas Over 60s Lunch. This was a great success and we wish to thank all those who donated, helped, entertained and attended. This was a wonderful community event with over 70 people contributing to its success.

A.G.M

Tuesday 9th February at 7.30pm

in Carlton le Moorland Village Hall

All welcome. Come and find out more about your Village Association.

LUNCH

Monday 13th February at 1pm

in Carlton le Moorland Village Hall

£3.50

Provisional menu is Fish Pie and Sponge Pudding.

BINGO

Friday 17th February at 7.30pm

in Carlton le Moorland Village Hall. All ages welcome

CEILIDH EVENING

Saturday 10th March 7.30pm to 11pm

Live Ceilidh Band in Carlton le Moorland Village Hall, Bar applied for.

Tickets £10 to include light supper must be ordered in advance please, by 3rd March. Book your tickets early for what will be a good evening for all ages.

Contact: John Brogan

 

Carlton Le Moorland Spring Show

Saturday 28th April

Carlton le Moorland will once again be holding its spring show.

All the usual classes and entertainment from previous shows and more.

The show is run by a small number of volunteers from the village, anyone interested in getting involved or wishing to help out on the day

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More Free Library Resources For Coaches And Volunteers

Sports coaches and volunteers can utilise a range of new resources in the Coaching Collection at libraries in Lincolnshire. New books have been added to the collection which are free for sports clubs, organisations and individuals to borrow and although the stock currently sits in the Lincoln Central Library, it can be transported to any library within the county on request.

Lizzie Couling, Workforce Development Manager at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: “Resources can be costly so the Coaching Collection enables clubs and individuals to borrow the books and resources for free from any library in the county. In conjunction with our new volunteer programme, Sport Makers, the resources are a great tool to engage new volunteers with your club.”

Books added to the collection include Running Sports ‘Recruiting volunteers from outside your club’, Running Sports Top Tips, Running Sports ‘Valuing your Volunteers’ and Running Sports ‘Managing People’.

Lincolnshire Sports Partnership has recently launched a new volunteer programme called Sport Makers which aims to train 548 new sports volunteers in Lincolnshire over the next two years. It is hoped that the resources will help clubs and volunteers with the programme.

 

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The Carlton le Moorland Library Box Scheme

Advanced Notice

The launch of this mini-Library is on

Saturday 4th February 10am to 12noon

in the Village Hall in Carlton le Moorland

The opening will include a Coffee Morning

What is the Library Box Scheme?

Each month Lincolnshire Library Service will deposit a collection of books for Carlton le Moorland residents to borrow and return! You do not need to be a County Library member.

The book collection can be changed monthly to reflect local interests, so tell us about your preferred types of books.

The provisional library opening times will be:

The first Saturday morning of each month between 10am and 12noon

The second Wednesday of each month between 6.30pm and 7.25pm

We also hope to open on some Wednesday afternoons

The Library will be run by volunteers. If you would like to volunteer to help or have any questions or comments about the scheme please phone Andy Sceeny on 788303.

Hope to see you on Saturday. Come along, drink a coffee and choose a book!

 

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1952-2012 Bassingham Jubilee Jamboree

Bassingham Village Hall and Playing Field Committee are pleased to announce that celebrations to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will take place on

Saturday 2nd June 3.30pm through to 11.30pm

in the Hammond Hall and on the Village Playing Field.

In the afternoon there will be games/races and other activities and in the evening there will be a live band and disco.

A meeting to discuss progress and arrangements for this event is being held on Tuesday 7th February at 7.45pm in the Meeting Room at the Hammond Hall. It isn’t too late to volunteer to help or to put forward your own ideas and suggestions. Please contact Stuart Barnett.

 

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Witham St Hughs Village Hall Forthcoming Events

Tea Together

Here’s an opportunity to meet others in Witham St Hughs!

Come and join us for tea, cake and chat.

Bring along your own ideas and we will provide the tea!

Every Tuesday 2pm to 4pm during school term

In Witham St Hughs Village Hall

For details call Ann Baker on 868977 or Elaine Eagles on 869062

 

Make Do and Mend

Bring along any clothing you would like to mend alter etc to the

Witham St Hughs Village Hall on the 1st Tuesday of the month

2 to 4pm in term time. Friendly help will be at hand! Cake and

drinks provided by Tea Together.

Because life just doesn't get better!  

 

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West Kesteven Wildlife Watch Group & RSPB Wildlife Explorers

Saturday 4th February 10am to 12noon

Rockingham Forest

near Corby, beautiful Medieval hunting forest

Wild Red kites – see the aerial acrobatics of one of our most beautiful birds.

Park at Welland Gliding Club 3pm for a special talk, then guided walk with expert Chris Andrews, finishing at dusk about 4.30pm.

All meetings 10am to Noon and £1 per young person, unless otherwise stated

It is better to book, in case there have to be changes to the programme

For details and to book, contact Marianne Overton or Jean Martin or Young Leader, Jake Beatty.

 

THE POD

The POD has various activities including arts, crafts, play, computers, music making, interactive gaming plus lots more. All aged 0 to 8 years must have an adult accompany them but those aged 9 or above can self register.

All POD activities are free and the POD is disability friendly.

The POD is in the area on

Thursday 2nd & 9th February 3pm to 7pm – all ages

The Enterprise Hall Car Park Aubourn

Saturday 18th February 11am to 5pm – all ages

Hammond Hall Car Park Bassingham

Monday 20th & 27th February 3pm to 8pm – all ages

Village Hall Car Park Norton Disney

Friday 24th February 5pm to 9pm – Youth

Village Hall Car Park Witham St Hughs

 

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Carlton Le Moorland and Bassingham Pathway Group

IT’S ALL HAPPENING!

What a delight to see so many people using the Pathway as soon as it was anywhere near usable! So many of us were able to get out and try it over the Christmas and New Year holiday, stopping and greeting people and comparing notes, and the weather has been on our side.

There remain one or two adjustments to be completed, particularly within Bassingham, where for example some of the utility posts have yet to be removed. It will be a while yet before the verges green up and complete the picture. The Pathway Group will be installing seats and other features over the coming months; watch this space!

The Pathway is ours – for us all to use and enjoy: whether on foot or bicycle, wheelchair, pushchair or mobility scooter (Please note: it is not for horses or motorised vehicles). Let us each ensure that we and everyone else appreciates it and shares it considerately and safely. We shall have a celebratory, festive opening in more favourable spring weather. The Pathway Group would welcome any thoughts you may have. You can contact chairman Stan Underwood or any member of the committee.

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Lincoln Lions Issue Cycling Challenge to all Teenagers

On 29th April Lincoln Lions are organising a Three Twenties Cycle challenge which is open to everyone aged between 11 and 18. The aim for the participants is to cycle 20 miles around the perimeter road inside RAF Scampton and to raise at least £20 each in sponsorship for Teenage Cancer Trust. It’s going to be a brilliant day with over 300 young people from all over the Lincoln area taking part in the challenge in a totally safe environment. Every participant will be given a pink tee-shirt to wear on the day and we are encouraging friends to ride together to make it a real fun experience. Mums and Dads can come along to watch too.

 

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Lincoln AGE UK

Helping to keep you safe and independent in your own home.

People aged 60 and over are able to access free information and advice from a range of organisations through one point of contact. The First Contact leaflet contains a simple form which helps people to identify the information and services they could benefit from. Return of the form by post, or e-form if completing on the website, results in the most appropriate organisation/s contacting people at home by post, telephone or a home visit. Depending on the service required, they could be offered advice by Adult Social Care, the Pension Service, Age UK’s Help in the Home or Falls Prevention team, the Carers team, Police, Fire Service, an NHS Health Trainer or District Housing.

First Contact leaflets are available from your local GP surgery, Info Links or Parish Office.

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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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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 Readers in Brant Broughton

 

For many years Alan Bradley, Family Butcher, has made available in his shop, a small number of Witham Staple magazines for residents of Brant Broughton.

 

Mr. Bradley has now retired. If anyone in Brant Broughton is interested in collecting a few copies from me on a regular basis, for the benefit of residents in Brant Broughton, please contact Sheila Wood.

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March 2012

Editorial:

So that’s what was to lie ahead, Snow, Frost, Ice Rain, Fog and temperatures not getting above freezing for days! Even the birds have had to make table reservations it’s been so busy around the feeders! The worst appears over and still nothing like last year, luckily. Here we go then the month of March and signs of spring should be in the air. By the end of the month the clocks go forward for summer time and don’t forget Mothering Sunday on the 18th. For all other things to do or events to support settle down and have a good read through so you don’t miss out. We’ll see you all back here next month ready for April, Easter holidays and lots more. So whatever you’re doing make sure it’s something local!

The Editor

 

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

 

This month’s front cover is “Butterfly” by Yasmin Stamp.

Winner of The Witham Staple cover design competition 2011 for 7 to 11 years 

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

News

Move of Beat Team

For those of you who are unaware, the Beat Team has moved from our office at Witham St Hughs and we are now operating from North Hykeham Police Station. Our contact details remain unaffected.

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting - South

The neighbourhood panel came together on the 16th January and the following priorities were agreed. Our priorities are currently:

1 – Metal Thefts and Rogue Scrap Metal Collectors

2 – Inconsiderate Parking – Obstructing Footpaths

The date for the next meeting is

Monday 16th April 7pm at a location to be confirmed.

 

Cycle Thefts

I am sure that many of you out there have either bought or received a bike over the Christmas period; equally there will be many of you that do not have full details of your bike recorded. The theft of bikes is a major issue, as people often do not lock them due to being in a rush, or just nipping into the local store / library. Returning to where you left your bike to find it stolen is a depressing and costly experience. The good news is that with a few simple precautions the majority of these thefts can be prevented and a little work now could greatly increase the chances of getting your bike back if the worst should happen.

Bicycle lock £30. New bicycle £100s

LOCK both wheels and the frame to a cycle stand or other immoveable object.

REGISTER your bike details onto online property databases such as Bikeregister.com

KEEP A RECORD of the frame number, make and any other marks that can identify your bike if it’s stolen and if possible a photograph.

If anyone would like a member of the team to security mark their bicycles or any other property please get in touch with one of us.

 

Burglaries – Brant Broughton & Bassingham

Between 6pm on Friday 20th January and 8.15am on Sunday 22nd January, two properties in Brant Broughton and one in Bassingham have been broken into via rear or side facing windows and items removed from within. A single credit card from one and misc jewellery and an Ipad were also stolen. Please remain vigilant during the coming weeks and report any information relating to these crimes by calling 101.

 

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Leadenham and Whisby Waste Disposal Sites Saved

Lincolnshire County Council met on the 17th February to decide the future of Leadenham and Whisby tips. They have decided to keep both services open!

 

A RESULT!! Thank you to local residents who kindly signed the petition or wrote to Cllr. Lewis Strange.

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Carlton Le Moorland Village Hall

 

The Carlton Le Moorland Mini Library

The March opening times are as follows:

Saturday 3rd March 10am to 12noon

Wednesday 14th March 6.30pm to 7.25pm

Wednesday 21st March 2.30pm to 3.30pm

in Carlton le Moorland Village Hall

Remember to borrow books from the mini-library you do NOT have to be a member of the Library, just tell us you live in Carlton le Moorland and promise to return the books!

 

CEILIDH EVENING

Saturday 10th March 7.30pm to 11pm

Live Ceilidh Band in Carlton le Moorland Village Hall, Bar applied for.

Tickets £10 to include light supper must be ordered in advance please, by 3rd March. Book your tickets early for what will be a good evening for all ages.

Contact: John Brogan 07932 806 966, or email johnbrogan21@hotmail.co.uk

 

BINGO

Friday 16th March at 7.30pm

All ages welcome

 

LUNCH

Monday 19th March at 1pm

£3.50

Menu is Cassoulet Pork/Lamb/haricot bean stew and Bread and Butter Pudding

Please phone 788303 to book, by Wednesday 14th March

 

QUIZ EVENING

By popular demand, there will be another quiz on

Saturday 31st March at 7.30pm

in Carlton le Moorland Village Hall

Bring your own drinks. Ploughman’s Supper included

Ticket £5 per person, with teams of four.

Book your place phone 788303 or 07932 806 966

 

AGM: This was held on 9th February.

The verified accounts are displayed on the village notice board.

Information on the Village Association can now be viewed on the Parish Council Website http://parishes.lincolnshire.gov.uk/carltonlemoorland/ 

 

Carlton Le Moorland Spring Show

Saturday 28th April

In Carlton le Moorland Village Hall

Staging from 7pm to 8pm on Friday 27th and

8.30am to 10.30am on the Saturday morning

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

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

The Show Group would be very grateful for any donations of Raffle, Tombola prizes and refreshments etc. You can place these in the box located in the Village Hall during Post Office opening hours or drop them into 1 Wheatley Ln.

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

Schedules will be available from Greens Store, Post Office in Bassingham, Witham Office or St Mary’s Church from the end of March.

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Hammond Hall

Forthcoming Events

 

Table Top Sale

Saturday 3rd March 10am to 12noon

£3 a table - Stall holders entry 9am

Teas, Coffees, Cakes & Raffle

 

A Tutored Wine Tasting

Friday 9th March at 7:30pm

in the Main Hall

Wines from around the world

£10 a ticket to include all wines and cheese and biscuits

 

Prize Bingo

Tuesday 13th and Tuesday 27th March

Eyes down 2pm

In the main hall - Refreshments available

 

Yoga in the Hammond Hall

Starts Monday 16th April 1.45pm to 3.15pm

Weekly except bank holidays

£6.50 a session - pre book 6 week course for £33

Beginners, mixed ability, more experienced

Qualified trainer

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North Kesteven District Council

Lincolnshire Sports Partnership

Replace your medicine with a dose of exercise

What medicine can help you lose weight, sleep better, reduce aches and pains, is cheap and has no negative side effects? Exercise.

People in Lincolnshire who have medical conditions which may benefit from exercise are being encouraged to speak to their local GP about what’s on offer in their area. Every district in Lincolnshire offers Exercise Referral; a programme funded by NHS Lincolnshire and the Health and Wellbeing Fund, and managed by Lincolnshire Sports Partnership. Exercise Referral is a 12 week programme of low, or no, cost physical activity with your very own exercise programme, tailored to improve your quality of life. Sarah Ferneyhough, Physical Activity Manager at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: “Around 3,000 people are being referred to the programme every year; receiving guidance and support to become more active. Participants are eligible for subsidised rates at leisure centres as well as lots of information on how to improve their health. We want to raise awareness of Exercise Referral so that more people in Lincolnshire can ask their GP about how it can benefit them.”

Exercise Referral programmes currently take place at 19 facilities across the county with on-going programmes so participants can start at any time. One member of the Exercise Referral programme said: “The staff were very supportive and encouraged me; I now have a positive outlook on life.”

To be eligible to take part in an exercise referral scheme, participants must have a medical condition such as: Coronary Heart Disease; Cardiovascular Disease; Stroke; High blood pressure (hypertension), high cholesterol and risk factors for CHD; Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes; Obesity; Asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease; Depression, anxiety, stress, or other mental health problems; Learning disabilities; Osteoarthritis; Musculo skeletal problems, such as joint or back problems; Overweight pregnant women; Cancer; Epilepsy or Degenerative diseases.

For more information, call Sarah on 585580 or contact your local GP. A list of local Exercise Referral facilities in the area are: Yarborough Leisure Centre, Birchwood Leisure Centre, YMCA Gym Monks Road, Carres Grammar School Sleaford and Grantham Meres Leisure Centre.

For further information, contact Hayley Cook at the Lincolnshire Sports Partnership.

 

West Kesteven Wildlife Watch Group

& RSPB Wildlife Explorers

Sunday 18th March

Welbourn Village Hall

Bring your camera and find out how to capture that elusive kingfisher

Famous guest photographer, Geoff Trinder will be showing us how he takes superb wildlife photos.

All meetings 10am to Noon and £1 per young person, unless otherwise stated

It is better to book, in case there have to be changes to the programme.

 

New Year, New Aviation Events!

North Kesteven District Council has unveiled a new programme for 2012 of exciting aviation-infused events in the District. The District Council’s hugely successful ‘Behind the Scenes’ Aviation Heritage Events have been taking place over the past few years and have attracted visitors from across the country. Lincolnshire is commonly referred to as ‘Bomber County’, due to its vast aviation heritage. North Kesteven, in the heart of the county, has many Royal Air Force stations across the District – including three active bases in Waddington, Cranwell and Digby.

Behind the Scenes Aviation Events 2012

Tour of RAF College Cranwell

Friday 23rd March 9.30am to 3.30pm

Spend a day at the first military air academy in the world. Enjoy a tour around the facilities, learn about the history of this fabulous building, meet service personnel and partake in some refreshments and lunch. Tickets are just £15 including lunch and refreshments.

Tour of RAF Digby

Friday 25th May 9.30am to 3.30pm

A guided tour around RAF Digby. Enjoy lunch and refreshments in the Sgt’s Mess, and pay a visit to the Lima Sector Operations Room. Tickets £15.

Tour of RAF Waddington

Friday 5th October 9.30am to 3.30pm

Go behind the scenes at RAF Waddington. Meet service personnel and take a tour of their fascinating Heritage Room. Tickets £15.

Booking for all 3 events is essential. Contact North Kesteven District Council’s Tourism Team

 

TV Chef Advises NK Residents To ‘Buy Local’

Have you ever wondered what to do on a dull day? Maybe you just fancied a bite to eat and fancied trying somewhere new?

The 2012 Heart of Lincolnshire Visitor Guide has been published this month and it is full of useful information for local residents as well as those from further afield. The new Visitor Guide also features an exclusive interview with TV celebrity chef Rachel Green, a Lincolnshire resident with a passion for our local produce. Rachel advises visitors to North Kesteven to “go local”! The county was voted Britain’s Favourite Food Spot earlier this year, so the 2012 guide has a ‘food feel’ to it in honour of this commendation. A big fan of the Lincolnshire Sausage, Rachel has also furnished the Heart of Lincolnshire Visitor Guide with a special sausage-themed recipe to encourage readers to get cooking!

Rachel said: “My crusade to educate people about local produce is kept alive with my role as the official champion for Tastes of Lincolnshire. So if you are in North Kesteven in 2012, make sure you go local and look out for the Tastes of Lincolnshire logo and take advantage of all the great Lincolnshire produce on offer to you!”

The guide also features information on North Kesteven District Council’s Stepping Out Walks, which span the entire district and cover over 135 miles of way-marked paths from Norton Disney to the south; as well as the area’s distinct history – from aviation heritage to the origins of some of our 100 flourishing communities. Pick up your copy from North Kesteven District Council outlets such as NKDC’s Witham Office.

 

Volleyball volunteers wanted

Volunteers are being encouraged to take part in a major volleyball event in April.

Volleyball England is offering the opportunity to be involved in the Super 8 Play Offs and National Cup Finals, featuring some of the best volleyball players in England.

The events take place on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April, and Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th April, at the National Volleyball Centre in Kettering.

Volunteers will be needed for a variety of jobs and no volleyball experience is needed.

Janet Inman, Chief Executive of Lincolnshire Sports Partnership and Development Director at Volleyball England, thinks that this is a great opportunity for sporting enthusiasts in Lincolnshire. She said:

"You don’t have to have any volleyball experience, you just have to be enthusiastic! This is a great opportunity to get involved in a National sporting event in our Region. It will provide event experience and will look great on your CV."

Expenses for travel and food will be paid for by prior arrangement, and accommodation can be offered in some circumstances.

For more information, please contact Ilona Berry.

 

Sports coaches utilise resources at Lincolnshire libraries

Sports coaches have borrowed over 400 resources from Lincolnshire Libraries in the past six months thanks to a partnership between the Lincolnshire Coaches Network and Lincolnshire Library Services.

Coaching stock including sport specific resources, training principles and coaching have proved very popular with sports coaches and activity instructors across the county.

The most popular loans included Leadbetters Quick Tips; the very best short lessons to fix any part of your golf game, Running Well; run, smart, run faster, avoid injuries and enjoy it more, and Go Ski.

Lizzie Couling, Workforce Development Manager at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: "The resources available at Lincolnshire Libraries are proving very popular with our coaches. It is a great tool for coaches, teachers and volunteers; books like these are often very expensive to buy so this partnership allows coaches to still receive the information, but at a reduced cost."

All coaching stock is hosted at Lincoln Central Library, but can be transferred to other Lincolnshire libraries when required. There is a loan charge of 25p for self-loan, or 50p if loans are carried out by library staff members.

 

Celebrate the Games locally

People in Lincolnshire can celebrate the London 2012 Games by becoming a Local Leader.

London 2012 has launched Local Leaders; an opportunity for people across the UK to plan celebrations for the Olympic or Paralympic Games.

The programme provides access to ideas, hints and tips; help with organising events and guides and templates for any celebration.

Janet Inman, Chief Executive of Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: "Local Leaders provides a great opportunity for communities in Lincolnshire to get involved and celebrate the London 2012 Games together. Whether you’re planning something for the Torch Relay in June or want to get friends together on the Opening Ceremony, why not sign up as a Local Leader and be part of the legacy?"

Local Leaders encourages individuals to plan celebrations for the Games, but whether they invite three friends or the whole community, the programme provides the tools to support any event.

Over the next few months, those signed up to Local Leaders will receive planning guides, ‘Save the date’ cards, decoration ideas, exclusive offers and much more.

 

NK Voluntary Centre Services

Success for our Volunteer Centres - Funding success for Lincolnshire’s charity support services - Early Presentation of Cancer Programme (EPOC) in Lincolnshire - Anglian Water’s Keep it Clear Project - The Co-operative Group - Community Fund - ‘Responders to Warmth’ launched - Football Foundation opens it’s Grow the Game funding programme - Workshops and Events in March

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Carlton Le Moorland and Bassingham Pathway Group

A PERIOD of really wintry weather in February gave us an opportunity to see what the Pathway was like under such conditions. It was wise to go carefully while there was any ice, but the snow quickly cleared from the surface. In fact, the Pathway continued to be used by people on foot and on bicycles throughout.

The Pathway is already proving its worth: the number of daily users back and forth, both during the week and at weekends, illustrates well what a significant and long-overdue amenity it is. Most of these local journeys would previously have had to been made by car– or simply not made at all.

We have installed dog waste bins at the start of the in-field section at Old Brickkiln Lane and at the other end near Sands Lane.

 

CELEBRATORY OPENING OF THE PATHWAY

Saturday 21st April 2012

Everybody is invited. More details to follow

Please remember – and remind others: The Pathway is for users on foot or bicycle, wheelchair, pushchair or mobility scooter. It is not for horses or motorised vehicles. The Pathway Group welcomes any thoughts you may have. You can contact chairman Stan Underwood.

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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

 

Easter Holiday Club

We are running the club Monday 2nd to Thursday 5th April 8am to 6pm

The cost is £20 per day per child. Various activities to suit all ages.

For more information then please contact Mellissa (Manager) or Phyl (Deputy).

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Bassingham Scout Group - Challenges

Lincoln District Scouts this year celebrates a 100 years of Scouting in the District. To celebrate the District Commissioner has set a challenge for all groups to participate in. A whole list of challenges has been set. One of these is for members to write about what we have been up to. Below is the thought of a Beaver from a recent outing:

Tuesday 3rd January

Our Bassingham Scout Group walk started at Clumber Park. I went with my Mum, Dad, Brother and our dog called Dave. It was very cold so we had to wrap up warm. We had a quiz to do on our walk we had to look at trees and birds. I enjoyed the walk and I liked playing with my friends. We played a lot in the trees. We also played tig and hide and seek. On the walk I took lots of pictures. I really enjoyed the walk.

Sam age 7

Bassingham Beaver Scout

 

Storage Problem

The Bassingham Scout Group have a storage problem and are appealing for anyone locally who may have a dry, empty space where we could store our camping equipment. We were lucky enough to be awarded a grant from the Coop’s 150 Birthday celebrations last year to buy a new marquee but we can’t buy it as it will have nowhere to live!! If anyone can help, we are looking ideally for a space approx 20’ x 8’ and we will be happy to pay a modest charge for this facility. Please contact Helen Gilman if you can help us.

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April 2012

Editorial:

A hose pipe ban, no it’s not an April fool. We are ending the driest winter in over 30 years some rivers and groundwater levels are already lower than during the drought of 1976 so fingers crossed for plenty of April showers or it will be no showers in May!! Spring is in the air, the clocks have gone forward and lighter nights lay ahead. This month there is an array of things to see and do. Preparations are also in full swing to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, so to find out what’s on when and where and who’s having a jubilee event look no further than the Witham Staple full and up to date with all your local news. Then before you can say, we’ll be ready for May.

The Editor

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This month’s front cover is “Busy Summer Garden” by Esmee Bridge

Winner of The Witham Staple cover design competition 2011 for 7 and under.

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

News

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting - South

The date for the next meeting is Monday 16th April at 7pm in Witham St Hughs Primary School.

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!!!!!

 

School – Junior PCSO’s

Over the past couple of weeks you may have seen us walking around the estates with year 6 pupils. The pupils have been learning about crime prevention and have been spotting potential crimes in their area, looking for security measures taken by residents and taking photos to use in their presentations back to the rest of the school. We have now watched all presentations which have been judged by Chief Inspector Housley/Sgt Hammond and we were very impressed with the efforts. Well done to all students!

 

Witham St Hughs – Boxing Group

The Witham St Hughs boxing group is now open to adults wishing to join our club, the adult session will run alongside the 14 year plus group. Sessions are 6pm to 7pm for 9yrs to 14yrs and 7pm to 8pm for 14yr plus including adults. Membership costs £5 which is lifetime membership, then just £1 a session thereafter. All sessions are held at the Witham St Hughs Primary School.

Anyone wishing to get involved just come along or contact PCSO Chris Boyle on 07939 312 796

 

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New Opening Times For Local Recycling Centres

Following Lincolnshire County Council’s recent decision not to close the local Household Waste Recycle Centres they have shortened the opening times. The list of new opening times below is effective from the 1st April.

Leadenham. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 9am to 4pm

Whisby. Open Monday, Thursday and Friday 9am to 4pm. Saturday morning.

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Carlton Le Moorland Village Hall

The Post Office service in Carlton le Moorland Village Hall is on

Wednesdays 2pm to 4pm and Fridays 1pm to 4pm

A comprehensive range of Post Office services are provided.

Please come and use your local Post Office!

 

Jubilee Olympic Weekend

Don’t forget to put the following dates in your diary.

Friday 1st June and Sunday 3rd June

Friday 1st June - GREAT NEWS - we have been able to book a live band for this evening, in Carlton le Moorland Village Hall. They are a good band who can play a wide variety of music. Look out for more details in the next Witham Staple.

Sunday 3rd June - this afternoon will be an event not to be missed! Already we have confirmed that there will be:

A children’s entertainer - Maypole dancing - A live band

A variety of fun games and races for all ages

A commemorative memento for each child resident in Carlton le Moorland

Look out for more details.

Maypole dancing: Any boys or girls in key stage 2 (7 to 11 years) who live in Carlton le Moorland, who would like to take part in the Maypole dancing, please contact Mrs Marland.

 

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Casino Night

Saturday 28th April at 7.30pm

Bassingham Village Hall

Black Tie – Bar – Cocktails – Cards - Roulette

Tickets £12.50

If you book 8 or more tickets together you will receive a free bottle of bubbly.

Betting chips included with a prize auction at the end of the night.

 

1952-2012 Bassingham Jubilee Jamboree

Bassingham Village Hall and Playing Field Committee are pleased to announce that celebrations to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will take place on

Saturday 2nd June 3.30pm through to 11.30pm

in the Hammond Hall and on the Village Playing Field.

In the afternoon there will be games/races and other activities and in the evening there will be a live band and disco.

A meeting to discuss progress and arrangements for this event is being held on Tuesday 7th February at 7.45pm in the Meeting Room at the Hammond Hall. It isn’t too late to volunteer to help or to put forward your own ideas and suggestions. Please contact Stuart Barnett.

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West Kesteven Wildlife Watch Group & RSPB Wildlife Explorers

Saturday 21st April

Conservation area, Hilltop Farm Welbourn

Learn bush craft skills from a guest master of the craft

All meetings 10am to Noon and £1 per young person, unless otherwise stated

It is better to book, in case there have to be changes to the programme

 

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Carlton Le Moorland and Bassingham Pathway Group

CELEBRATORY OPENING OF THE PATHWAY

Saturday 21st April 2pm to 4pm

Bassingham Playing Field & Hammond Hall

Join us for the Grand Parade walking and cycling, leaving Carlton le Moorland Village Hall at 1.30pm, all the way along the Pathway to Bassingham Hammond Hall.

Fancy dress optional. Decorate your bike!

Noise – musical instruments / bells / hooters / whistles!

Fun and Games on the Playing Field - Tea and cakes in the Hammond Hall

Everybody is invited! Limited parking – leave the car at home!

DO YOU have a bell on your bike? Make sure people on the Pathway in front of you can hear you BEFORE you ride past them.

Please remember – and remind others: The Pathway is for users on foot or bicycle, wheelchair, pushchair or mobility scooter. It is not for horses or motorised vehicles. The Pathway Group welcomes any thoughts you may have. You can contact the chairman Stan Underwood or any member of the committee.

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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

 

Easter Holiday Club

We are running the club Monday 2nd to Thursday 5th April 8am to 6pm

The cost is £20 per day per child. Various activities to suit all ages.

For more information then please contact Mellissa (Manager) or Phyl (Deputy).

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Dr Osborne Johnson’s Printing Blocks Uncovered

A good few years ago my father, who lived near Newark, met an old man who I believe was living in a mill. Soon he was to move to another property so had to get rid of all his 'treasures'. I don't know any more of the circumstances but Dad told me that he bought a couple of adzes and some old printing blocks. Dad didn't want the printing blocks but thought that they would be lost forever if he didn't buy them! The printing blocks were passed on to me. For many years they sat in their newspaper wrapping. About twenty years ago I decided to have prints made. I took the blocks to a local 'old school' printer - just to see what they were. The printer was pleased to be able to do some 'proper printing' and expressed his delight at how well the blocks printed.

I have thirteen printing blocks of various pictures by Dr Osborne Johnson but only recently did it occur to me that I might find out more about them online! Looking online I discovered The Witham Staple and there I found the picture of Bassingham Church just as it is on my block!!

Details and pictures of the blocks are located on this website in the "Archive" section on the "History" page. They include: “Carlton le Moorland. A windmill and horse”, “The Farmers Turnout”, a large bull, a fortified house, “The First Lady Smoker in the Twilight” and “The Leaning Tower Dry Doddington”.

I have a few questions about the pictures portrayed in these blocks that a Witham Staple reader might be able to answer for me.

Who was the delightful lady smoker?

Who was the turned out farmer?

Was the bull a prize winner?

Where is the fortified house?

Is the tower of Dry Doddington Church still standing?

Are the thatched cottages at Westborough and Aubourn still standing?

Jenny Thomson jterwbant@hotmail.com

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May 2012

Editorial:

The Witham Staple is your community magazine, produced with information provided by you. On Tuesday 8th May it’s the magazine’s Annual General Meeting. Why not come along and find out what’s happened in the last year and learn more about the magazine that lands on your doormat each month. You may even like to get involved. Let us know what’s missing, what do you know, what would you like to read about? why not have your say, advertise your event or share with others interesting stories you have, please just remember don’t be offensive, no finger pointing, articles of human interest and none promotional items will all be considered for inclusion in a future issue. Hopefully we’ll see you on the 8th but if not then back here and ready to tackle the month of June.

The Editor

From Strength To Strength

We travel the length and breadth of the country, we sit in the middle of wet muddy fields and it often rains, on occasions vertically. The temperature is usually just hovering around freezing and on a very rare occasion the sun makes an appearance! Why do you do this I hear you cry? Cloe’s passion for Cross Country Running a winter sport held in some strange and may I say very inaccessible places for some of us but where’s there’s a will we find a way. 2011/12 has been quite a season for Cloe. She has gone from strength to strength at under 17 level. She trains everyday without fail and requires no encouragement to do so. This determination has paid off this season. With each race around 5km (3 mile in old money) in the North Midlands Cross Country League matches she came 4th, 3rd & 1st to take an overall bronze position. At the Linc’s Cross Country Champs in Louth she came 1st and is now under 17’s County Champion, achieved 1st and 3rd in the Lincolnshire English Schools first two rounds, 3rd at the Anglian Schools and qualified for the English Schools Finals in Taunton last month. At the National Cross Country Championships held at Parliament Hill in February she came 43rd out of 196 competitors and two weeks later was 27th out of 261 at the Inter Counties Cross Country Championships in Birmingham. So there you go that’s been our winter weekends. Track season has now started, she has moved up to under 20’s and at the first meeting last week not only did Cloe run a PB in the 3000m but also broke the Newark Athletics Club record at that distance and age. Finally this weekend April 22nd she is running for the East Midlands team at the Junior Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon. A big well done to Cloe and all the other athletes from the Witham Staple area that compete for Newark Athletics Club as I know there are quite a few.

Paul Hubbard. Assisting coach, time keep, photographer and taxi

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This month’s front cover is "A walk along the new path” by Paul Hubbard.

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

NEWS

Suspicious Incidents

It has come to our attention that over the past month there have been two incidents involving air rifles being used inappropriately. Anyone caught will be dealt with accordingly. If you are an owner of an air rifle please use it for the purpose it is intended and responsibly. Anyone witnessing misuse of air rifles call 101 immediately.

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!!!!!

POLICE COMMUNITY PROJECTS

Boxing Camp

The boxing camp is an introduction to the sport of amateur boxing as a game of skill, discipline, respect and self control. It teaches the importance of a healthy lifestyle and is a fun programme for young people of all ages and abilities, sessions are ABA accredited and awards are given as the individuals skill develops.

The Witham St Hughs boxing group is now open to adults wishing to join our club, the adult session will run alongside the 14 year plus group. Sessions are every Monday 6 to 7pm (9 to 14yrs), 7 to 8pm (14yrs plus including adults). Membership costs £5 which is a lifetime membership, then just £1 a session thereafter. All sessions are held at the Witham St Hughs School.

North Hykeham - A new session will be starting on 26th April at the North Hykeham Youth Centre on Middle Street. Every Thursday 5 to 5.50pm (10 to 14yrs), 6 to 6.50pm (15years plus). The first night will be an introduction night. Costs are a £5 one off registration and £1.50 per session. For further information please contact Chris Boyle on the numbers below or Dave Sampher on 07834 411 558. All welcome to attend.

Witham St Hughs – Youth Drop In

WANTED - helpers to assist in the running of a new youth drop in session at Witham St Hughs - if you are interested in getting involved please contact PCSO Chris Boyle on the numbers below.  

 

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Hammond Hall End of Year Report 2012

The Hammond Hall has now been open for 18 months and the footfall through the hall keeps growing from month to month. The main hall is solidly booked Mondays through Wednesday day and night and Thursday nights and Friday mornings, the meeting room has also seen a growth of usage over the last 6 months. Sports and fitness activities in the hall have been a great success and we are looking at increasing our level of service all the time.

The new car park has been of huge benefit, allowing the elderly and less able members of our clubs and groups to park nearer the building and also stopping the stressful bottlenecks at school times.

The Friends of the Hammond Hall have been putting in a great deal of effort and thanks to the coffee mornings, bingo sessions, table top sales, wine tasting and quiz nights as well as helping in the kitchen for corporate events, they have raised over £3000 to date as well as helping to raise the awareness of the variety of uses for the hall.

We now produce a monthly what’s on guide for the activities in the hall, which is posted on both the Hammond and Parish notice boards, keeping people aware of the clubs and activities in the hall, as well as showing what dates are still free to hire. We are currently looking at setting up a website for the Hammond Hall, with pages for individual clubs and associations, as well as an event calendar for activities and village events.

I would like to personally thank all the people who have given freely of their time and ideas to make the Hammond Hall a success, without you I couldn’t make this place function.

Looking forward there will always be room for improvement in the service we give, so anyone who has any ideas, constructive criticism or offers of help, please feel free to contact me at the hall or pop in for a coffee and a chat.

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Lives Witham Group

Steve Morrell has now taken over as co-ordinator for the Witham LIVES group. The group needs help both financially and for new volunteers if it is to maintain its help to people in the Witham Staple area.

If you are holding any fund raising event please don't forget us but if you live in the Witham Staple area and could spare a small amount of time each week then we would love to hear from you. Training will be given.

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Mile In Memory of Local Baby Lost to Cot Death

The community from Witham St Hughs is holding a sponsored walk on Saturday 12th May 3.30pm

in memory of a local baby they lost to cot death.

Thea died at just 3 months old in February of this year. Now her Parents, Family and Friends are organising a Mile in Memory Walk which will begin at 3.30pm from Witham St Hughs Village Hall and will be followed by a group balloon launch, then a family fun day with a BBQ, bar, inflatables, raffle, face painting and many more fun activities.

The day will finish with an evening of live music from two local bands, The Freefall and Hometown Prospects who are both giving up their time to help raise funds for FSID. The event is one of many being held simultaneously across the UK by supporters of the cot death charity, the Foundation for the Study of Infant Deaths (FSID).

Thea's Parents said ‘losing Thea was a devastating experience which we will carry for the rest of our lives’. This walk is our way of paying tribute to Thea and all the other babies taken too soon. We hope as many people as possible will attend. There is no entrance fee so even if you are unable to make it to the walk, please still come along and enjoy the many activities going on.’ If you would like to join the Mile in Memory please meet at Witham St Hughs Village Hall at 3.30pm.

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Dr. Johnson's Pictures

Response from article in April 2012 Witham Staple.

I have answered Jenny's queries about the pictures but I should like to draw your attention to the book of drawings which I have at my house, 18 Lincoln Road. If you wish to see these please call. I am also storing the pictures which were in the Heritage Room and I shall be pleased to let you see them.

I cannot identify the "lady smoker" but the "Farmer's turnout" is a carthorse in its glory with brass medals and chains. First Prize, Newark and Bassingham 1951 owner Mr. Medley. This picture was drawn by Dr. Johnson at Bassingham Gymkhana 28th July 1951, when he was 90 years of age.

Helen Ash

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June 2012

Editorial:

King George VI died in 1952 and Elizabeth II took to the throne at the age of 26. This month we celebrate her Diamond Jubilee, 60 years on the throne. Back in 1952 we were just recovering from World War II and things ran at a much slower pace. The average weekly wage was £8 10s (£8.50p), a loaf of bread cost 6d (2½p), a pint of beer 1s 2d (6p) and a trip to the cinema 1s 8d (8p). Today, well you know how far things have developed, the Queen’s rule has been during a time when progress has grown faster than possibly any other time in history. Man has walked on the moon, satellites orbit the Earth to supply our endless collection of communication tools, plus just about anything else you can think of that you use or do today. So whatever you are doing enjoy yourselves and we’ll be back for the July/August double issue, two months news in by 15th June?

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This month’s front cover is A Cherry Blossom Tree” by Catriona Lee age 7.

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Local Bus Petition

Please note there are Bus Petitions in the Post Office, Greens Store, The Spar and The Doctors Surgery in Bassingham. The aim is to get as many signatures as possible to try and get the County Council to improved bus services for all local villages. The Petitions will be collected in at the end of June please go along and sign one thank you.

 

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Carlton Le Moorland and Bassingham Pathway
WHAT a fantastic turn-out for the Opening on 21st April despite the very unpromising weather! More than 150 people – young people, older ones, families, bikes and buggies too, with drums and whistles, bells, a trumpeter and men on stilts, completing the grand parade from Carlton le Moorland to the Hammond Hall in Bassingham. Over 200 people altogether. A tremendous show of support and a much appreciated endorsement of what the Pathway Group has managed to achieve for us all. Commemorative mugs were given to the children. Many thanks to everyone who made it such a memorable occasion

We now have the stunningly impressive portrait group near the Navenby Lane crossing and the interpretation signs for wildlife and farming are in place at different points along the route. We can look forward to the seats being installed before long, where you can rest and enjoy the view. Specially commissioned artworks will appear too later in the summer, all making Carlton le Moorland and Bassingham Pathway a very special experience.
Cycling is now at last a safe way of moving between Carlton le Moorland and Bassingham. To complement this, the Pathway Group is pleased to have been able to provide cycle parking in several locations in the two villages. The Pathway Group welcomes any thoughts you may have. You can contact chairman Stan Underwood on 788461 or any member of the committee.

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Carlton Le Moorland Village Hall

Diamond Jubilee Night

Friday 1st June 7.30pm to Midnight

Carton le Moorland Village Hall

Live “Elegantly Wasted” band and disco

Tickets £10 including BBQ

Bar: Beer/Larger £2 pint, Wine, Spirits, Soft drinks

Please order your tickets by Thursday 24th May

Sunday 3rd June - this afternoon will be an event not to be missed! Already we have confirmed that there will be:

A children’s entertainer - Maypole dancing - A live band

A variety of fun games and races for all ages

A commemorative memento for each child resident in Carlton le Moorland

Look out for more details.

Maypole dancing: Any boys or girls in key stage 2 (7 to 11 years) who live in Carlton le Moorland, who would like to take part in the Maypole dancing, please contact Mrs Marland

 

Jubilee / Olympic Weekend

Don’t forget to put the following dates in your diary.

Giant Picnic

Sunday 3rd June

All Carlton le Moorland residents are invited to come to the playground from 1pm to 5pm, with your picnic, drinks, table, chairs and enjoy an afternoon with neighbours and getting to know more people from our village. There will be:

A tea stand offering free tea, coffee, squash – but bring your own mugs!!

Two portable toilets - A children’s entertainer - Maypole dancing (local children)

A live band - A variety of fun games and races for all ages

A commemorative memento for each child resident in Carlton le Moorland

Watch out for a flyer to each house towards the end of May, with details and reminders. If you want to know more about what is happening, come to a meeting in the Village Hall on Wednesday 2nd May at 7.30pm.

 

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Hammond Hall Events

1952-2012 Bassingham Jubilee Jamboree

Bassingham Village Hall and Playing Field Committee are pleased to announce that celebrations to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will take place on:

Saturday 2nd June 3.30pm to 11.30pm

at Hammond Hall & Village Playing Field

Children’s fancy dress parade "kings and queens", donkey rides,

bouncing castle, games, races and crafts till 5.30pm

For the teenagers a jamming session in the Hammond Hall from 5.30 to 7.30pm please bring your own instruments.

Evening- live music from "local heroes" plus disco, bar, hog roast & bbq.

Raffle tickets will be on sale from 3.30pm drawn at 9pm.

Dennetts ice cream will be on sale.

Look forward to seeing you all for a fun filled day to celebrate the jubilee.

See posters for more details or contact

Stuart Barnett on 788459 or Jane Root on 789758

 
Bassingham Summer Music Festival
Saturday 30th June 6.30pm to 12.30am
at The Hammond Hall, Bassingham
Enjoy an evening of local live music

 

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Alzheimer’s Society Launches First “Singing For The Brain” Group In Lincoln

A new singing group for people living with dementia is being launched by Alzheimer’s Society in partnership with Age UK Lincoln. “Singing for the Brain” is a programme developed by Alzheimer’s Society for people with memory problems. It is only the second group of its kind in Lincolnshire and met for the first time at Age UK Lincoln's Activity Centre on Park Street, Lincoln on April 23rd. Last month, Alzheimer’s Society launched its first ever Singing for the Brain group for the county, which now meets regularly in Gainsborough. The Singing for the Brain programme promotes communication through singing which can help with articulation, concentration, focus and motivation. Specially trained facilitators deliver a varied programme of vocal, rhythmic and gentle physical exercise and dance, along with songs from different eras and styles.

Paula Colburn, Alzheimer's Society Support Services Manager in Lincolnshire says, “There are more than 10,000 people living with dementia in Lincolnshire and that number is expected to reach 15,000 in ten year’s time, so it’s vital that good quality services are provided. Singing for the Brain is great fun and is uplifting for those who take part. It’s also an opportunity to build friendships, gain support and share experiences with others who understand what it is like to live with dementia”.

People who are interested in joining the group should contact Alzheimer’s Society Lincolnshire, 15 Sixfield Close, Lincoln, LN6 0EJ. The group will be meeting on, 11th June, 25th June, 23rd July and 13th August and then every other Monday after this date. The group will meet at 10am to 11am at Age UK Lincoln, Park Street, Lincoln. All people affected by dementia are welcome to join the group – both carers and people with dementia. To find out more about Alzheimer’s Society or Singing for the Brain visit:

www.alzheimers.org.uk/singingforthebrain

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Able Community Care

Able Community Care is a nationwide, live-in care provider. Established in 1980 the company has enabled thousands of people to remain living in their own homes as the alternative to moving into a residential care home.

The Founder of Able Community Care, Angela Gifford is still Managing Director and like Angela, many of the live-in carers and staff have been with the company for many years. In addition to long term care schemes, carers are also available for respite periods to relieve family carers, to accompany a person on holiday and to provide home from hospital care.

Able Community Care has a wide range of knowledge that we are happy to pass on free of charge to people who have a care problem and would like some guidance.

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Bassingham Community Options Group - An opportunity to help shape the future of Bassingham

At the Village Hall Annual General Meeting a group of volunteers was mandated by the community to begin to look at the Chance to Share scheme and to seek possible ways forward for the benefit of both the community and the school. The Bassingham Community Options Group (COG) was thus established. During the initial meetings of the group clarity began to emerge about the need to seek a broad based community plan that would underpin any proposals to replace the Chance to Share scheme with additional purpose built facilities and also provide a vision for the future development of Bassingham village. The initial group of volunteers has worked to produce a clear structure for the group which will lead to the production of a Community Led Plan. The Community Led Plan will:

· Be owned by the community;

· Provide a vision for the development of Bassingham village over the next few decades;

· Be an essential tool to support any grant bids that may be made to build additional purpose built facilities for the village;

· Inform Parish Council decisions.

 

The success of the plan, in terms of reflecting the needs of the community, will rely on the whole community being involved through the consultation process.

 

The current members of the Bassingham Community Options Group are now seeking to expand their membership in order to undertake the tasks involved in creating the Community Led Plan. If you would like join the group please contact Colin Coulson. Current Members of COG: Colin Coulson, Val Wiltshire, Sue Barnett, Andrew Francis, John Rowland, Liz Clarke, Mike Larocque, Geoff Culpitt.

Colin Coulson, Chairman of the Bassingham Community Option Group.

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Volunteers In The Cliff Villages Wanted To Help Relieve Loneliness In Older People

An initiative to help tackle loneliness amongst older people needs more volunteers in the villages to the south of Lincoln to help it launch a new group.

Contact the Elderly is a national charity, which aims to relieve the acute loneliness and isolation of very elderly people in the UK who live alone, without family or friends nearby. The Contact the Elderly model is based on a simple yet very effective concept: free, monthly tea parties for small groups of older people within their community - which develops fulfilling friendships and support networks. Contact the Elderly currently has almost 450 groups in England, Scotland and Wales, which provide a regular, consistent and vital friendship link every month to over 3,500 older people, aged 75 and above. In order to set up a new group, we are looking for volunteers to host the tea parties in their own homes, and drivers to collect the older guests from their homes and accompany them to the tea parties. Being a host requires a commitment of just a couple of hours, once or twice a year and a home with easy access and a downstairs toilet. Volunteer drivers take the older guests to and from the tea parties and the hosts welcome small groups into their home for tea, chat and companionship.

One in five people over 75 go for a week without seeing any family or friends, according to the last Census, while research by Contact the Elderly shows that 86% of older guests feel happier and less lonely as a result of the monthly get-togethers. Contact the Elderly’s Midlands Development Officer, Pamela Walker, said: “The charity is committed to offering a lifeline of friendship to the oldest and loneliest people, but to do this we need to recruit more willing volunteers. Our volunteers genuinely get as much out of the experience as our older guests, so I’m calling for anyone who is interested in giving something back to their community to please get in touch with me as soon as possible.”

Local residents interested in becoming a volunteer for Contact the Elderly can contact either Pamela Walker, Midlands Development Officer or Jane Barringer, Volunteer Group Coordinator.

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Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee July 1887

BASSINGHAM. Three or four triumphal arches were erected and various Maypoles, profusely decorated with evergreens and flowers, were placed at different parts.

The children were taken round the village in carriages and wagons kindly lent by the parishioners, singing all the while to the accompaniment of an excellent band. Afterwards there was tea for the young folk and a thoroughly good knife and fork tea for adults.

Sports of all kinds were indulged in till dusk. About 10pm. there was supper, to which many went: others going to Mr. Johnson's field, where they had a bonfire and some fireworks, including rockets, only a dozen of which, however, were obtainable, such was the demand for them in Lincoln.

Helen Ash

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Litter Causes Concern in Aubourn
Letter to the Editor

“Despite objections, a new bench for the use of the public is being sited adjacent to the bus shelter on Royal Oak Lane in Aubourn. Of late there have been numerous problems with school children and teenagers leaving litter including, cans, plastic bottles, crisps and sweet packets inside the bus shelter whilst waiting for the school bus in the morning. Aubourn is a very pretty village, yet it appears a small minority of people abuse the facilities provided. I trust those responsible for their actions, will not cause additional litter problems in the vicinity of where the new bench is sited.”

Yours Sincerely
Mr Metcalfe

[WS June 2012]

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Prisoners of War Living at The Old Rectory, Bassingham?
An enquiry has been received from the son of Antonio Minniti asking about his father's time at Bassingham. Please can you supply any information about this person? I have received several enquiries about POWs at Bassingham - it would be helpful if I could compile a list of names, where they worked and what happened to them after the war and anecdotes about their time in this area. Antonio told his family that he had nothing but good things to say about his years in England. He was treated very well and enjoyed working on the farms.

Helen Ash

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Bassingham Open Gardens

Sunday 10th June 2012 from 2pm until 6pm

Enjoy a great afternoon out in Bassingham with friends and neighbours!

Delicious teas with homemade cakes, and ice creams, the plant stall, a children’s quiz and of course, delightful gardens and the scarecrow trail will all be on the map in the entrance programme, price £3 (accompanied children free). You can buy the programme in advance from Bassingham Post Office (available from Monday 28th May), on the Village Hall car park from 1.30pm on the day or at any of the gardens.

This annual event is run in aid of the Village Hall and Playing Field charity.

If you are able to help by donating plants, please contact Jean Solven or Madeline Vickers and if you can make a cake for teas, Lyn Baker , Sandra Nelson, or Jan Culpitt will be delighted to hear from you.

 

Bassingham Scarecrow Festival
We are holding our Annual Scarecrow Trail. The festival takes place on
Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June
in conjunction with Bassingham Open Gardens.

The theme this time is ‘Sports.’

Would everyone anticipating exhibiting scarecrows please confirm direct
to Mike and Christine Herod so they can be included onto the Scarecrow trail map.

 

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Bassingham Scout Group - Cub Leader Required

The Bassingham Scout Group urgently need a

CUB LEADER

For the Cub pack to continue a warranted Leader or Assistant Leader is required. The Cubs are aged between 8 and 11 years and meet on a Monday night in Bassingham Village Hall. Duties are to work alongside the current Leader in the planning and running of the pack.

If you are interested in finding out more please contact Alison Kelley.

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Lincolnshire Active Community Network: Countryside Sports Days

Adults had the chance to try their hand at countryside sports at an event held at Riseholme College.

Following on from the success of the Young Shots Day last year, Lincolnshire Active Community Network organised the event to give adults an opportunity to try fly fishing, archery and clay shooting, as well as other countryside activities.

On a beautiful sun-drenched day, with Riseholme Hall in the background, the participants received tuition on fly casting from the Lincoln Salmon and Trout Association.

Then under the expert tuition of Neil Mumby from Woodside Falconry of Langworth, everyone had the opportunity to fly one of his Hawks. This was followed by rifle target shooting with the help of Scunthorpe and Gainsborough gun clubs.

Lincoln Archery Club once again supported this event by giving people expert tuition to hopefully spark interest in the sport.

The participants, ranging in age from 23 to 80, also got to meet two world champions, Paul Zaitschenko and John Winn. They helped dispel the myth that shot gun shooting was painful due to the kick from the gun, by demonstrating the correct technique and that with a properly fitted gun everyone can achieve success.

Barbara Shaw, who attended the event, said: “I enjoyed the day so much that I went out and put a deposit on a shotgun. I have already filled in my application for the Ladies Day and can’t wait.”
 

Local ferreter Graham Bailey also demonstrated the use of long nets and purse nets. He went on to explain the principals of this countryside tradition where ferreting is used to control the rabbit population and supply a source of fresh edible meat.

LACN Managing Director Dave Carter said: “We are grateful to the staff at Riseholme College for their help and support, as well as the Firearms Division of Lincolnshire Police. We would not have been able to run this event without the support of all the clubs and volunteers. We hope this is the start of a journey for those who took part as several people achieved an incredibly high standard, even though they had never tried that sport before”.

Further countryside days will take place on Thursday 12th July from 10am - 3pm for ladies and on Saturday 22nd September from 10am - 3pm for youngsters aged 7 to 17.

Lincolnshire Active Community Network is a Community Interest Company and is owned by Lincolnshire Sports Partnership which has charitable status.

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July /August 2012

Editorial:

It is truly amazing in this day and age that one single individual can unite and bring together thousands of people to celebrate and rejoice. We have neighbourly brought the United into Kingdom and put the Great into Britain. God bless the Queen. Unfortunately like all good things it has to come to an end, the Diamond celebrations are over, as too are the Euros. We now prepare for another great spectacle the chance of Bronze, Silver or even Gold. The Olympics are finally here. Just before all that, kick off your shoes, sit down and have a run through the July/August Double issue. There is so much going on there wasn’t room to fit it all in, so take a look on the website too for all the extras including the children’s front cover competition in association with Bassingham Show.

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

 

This month’s front cover is “Stapleford Wind Pump” by Paul Hubbard .

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British Judo Champion For Witham St Hughs!
Sophie East, 8, attends Witham St Hughs Academy and has been going to judo at Lincoln Judo Academy ever since she was 6. Sophie has won many medals and trophies over the years and attended her first British Judo Council (BJC) National competition in May, which was held in the Benham Arena in Northampton. Sophie won the under 44kg category, which was very tough as the girls she fought were older and heavier than her with more experience. Sophie won each fight with ippon, meaning she threw her opponents correctly and with suitable force.

‘When Sophie attended the Nationals we did not expect her to actually win the title, although we knew she would do very well, despite her young age’ said Barry Cooper, Sensei at the Lincoln Judo Academy, himself a national champion several times in his youth. ‘Sophie shows how good you can be at judo if you put the time and effort into it. She has a fantastic attitude to the sport and trains hard. She has great balance, strength and fitness, which she has gained through her dedication and her mum’s encouragement to succeed in a sport she clearly loves to do’

Sophie has trained with Ashley McKenzie, who comes to support the club often. He is in Team GB at the London Olympics and recently won the European cup. ‘Sophie’s bedroom is full of medals and pictures of Ashley and her together, she even has an old medal of his and one of his Team GB back numbers, which she treasures’ said her mum, Karen. ‘Sophie is looking forward to seeing Ashley again before he goes to London to compete in the 2012 Olympics and he will be going to Sainsbury’s in Lincoln with the Lincoln Judo Academy to meet with the public and help us pack customers bags for charity on the 30th of June’.

We would love to see more kids come to Norton Disney, so if you want to make new friends and join a really friendly, family oriented club then come along!! We host many events for the kids, such as discos, fundraising events, barbecues and family days out and have just returned from an international competition in Bulgaria. We are hoping to go to France next year!

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Hammond Hall Events

Forthcoming Events

An Evening with Spiritual Medium with
Bryan Gibson One of the UK’s Leading Mediums
Author of “Is There Anybody There?”
Wednesday 8th August. Doors open 7.30pm for start at 8pm
In the Hammond Hall
Join celebrated Medium Bryan Gibson,
one of Lincolnshire’s own, in an intimate evening of sensitive, lively clairvoyance with love and laughter from your family in spirit

Charitable event, proceeds divided between St Barnabas Hospice and Hammond Hall.

Tickets £5 (advance booking only) Plus: Raffle draw, refreshments and Bryan’s new book “Is There Anybody There?”

50-50 Auction
Saturday 27th October at 1pm
You supply the goods and we auction them, you get half the proceeds the other half goes on improving the facilities of the hall. Items for auction will be accepted at the hall on Friday 26th October 4pm to 8pm. Pre-sale viewing from 9.30am on Saturday 27th October, tea and coffee on sale at the viewing.

For more details please contact Andrew Francis, Roger Hales or Chris Ward.

CEILIDH “COME AND JOIN THE DANCE”
Come and enjoy a fantastic evening of folk dancing, food and beer. Ceilidh originates from the Old Irish and was originally an informal gathering for conversation, music, dancing, songs and stories.

The music and the calling of the dances will be led by the
HIGGLEDY PIGGLEDLY BAND

Saturday 22nd September 8pm until 11.45pm.
The Hammond Hall, Bassingham
Tickets: £10 (including ploughman’s supper)
Tickets will be strictly limited and will be available from
Bassingham Post Office
Proceeds to support the churches in the Withamside Parish

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Ask Your GP About Exercise Referral
People with a medical condition that would benefit from exercise are being encouraged to speak to their GP about ‘Exercise Referral’.

Every district in Lincolnshire offers Exercise Referral, funded by NHS Lincolnshire, and over 20 medical conditions across the county could benefit from exercise. The offer is open to anyone aged 18+ with a medical condition that would benefit from regular physical activity. Lincolnshire Sports Partnership is helping to coordinate Exercise Referral schemes across the county, and Physical Activity Manager Sarah Ferneyhough is hoping more people will take up the offer. She says: “Individuals may reduce medication, increase their fitness level, feel and look better after completing the 12-week course, and I hope that more people in Lincolnshire will see the benefits of Exercise Referral. Lincolnshire is very fortunate to have a scheme like this, other counties have had their funding cut, and around 3,000 people are being referred onto the programme every year.”

As part of the programme, Level 3 instructors will help individuals get started and review their progress as they increase their activity levels. Individuals will be eligible for subsidised rates at their leisure centre, and will receive lots of information about improving their health and keeping fit. Conditions that are accepted onto the scheme include cardio-vascular conditions, diabetes, joint or back pain, asthma, high blood pressure and cholesterol, stress and depression. The 12-week course has also been very effective for rehabilitation and weight loss. Jim Barley noticed that as he was getting older everything took more effort, so he asked his doctor if he would make a referral. Going to the gym twice a week has given Jim back his independence, helped raise his self-esteem, and allowed him to have more quality time to himself.

He said: “My wellbeing, confidence and general quality of life has greatly improved, and as a bonus my fitness levels have increased.”

For more information on how to get on the scheme, contact your local GP.

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Are You a Carer of Someone with Dementia?
We can now carry out Carer Assessments and Emergency Plans for carers of people with dementia or any type of memory problem on behalf of Lincolnshire County Council Carers’ Team.

We have a telephone befriending service for people with dementia and their carers. We have support groups for carers across the county.

For more information please call the Alzheimer’s Society.

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Carlton Le Moorland and Bassingham Pathway Repairs
You cannot have failed to notice the major remedial work carried out on the Pathway in early June. Unfortunately, the original construction of that section of the route had not been carried out as expected: the surface level was too high, the curves in the line too sharp and there needed to be a gulley to lead off water that was standing after heavy rain. Fortunately, the new build is a great improvement.

The newly seeded verges are growing well, and the hedgerows have filled out nicely, giving plenty of cover for the small birds and others creatures. It is good to see so many people using the Pathway and taking full advantage of the better weather to enjoy it.

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46th Annual Bassingham Show

Saturday 11th August 2pm to 5pm

On the Playing field and Village Hall and Hammond Hall

Exhibition Hall includes the following that we would love you all to enter

Fruit, Vegetables, Flowers, Arts & Crafts and Children Classes,

Not forgetting the MALE SECTION

Schedules will be available from Greens Store, Post Office and Hammond Hall

Also on the Day

City of Lincoln Band, dog Agility, Dancing Display, Act two, Vintage Cars, Punch & Judy, Bouncing Castle, Donkey Rides, Car Boot, Refreshments,

Ice Cream, BBQ ,Raffle, Bar and much More.

Look forward to seeing you all on the Day.

Bassingham Show Tombola

Act Two are running their usual bottle stall for the Show on Saturday 11th August. Please help us to raise money for the Village Hall and Playing Field Charity by donating a bottle - or something a similar shape and size? There will be a box in Bassingham Post Office for your contributions from Saturday 28th July or Jan would be delighted to receive them at The Old Black
Swan, Water Lane. Thank you so much for your help.

Vintage vehicles at the show

Once again at Bassingham Show and Gala we are having a display of Vintage Vehicles. Please bring your ‘Pride and Joy’ along on Saturday 11th August and let our visitors enjoy seeing these spectacular vehicles. For further information please contact Stuart Barnett.

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Charity Cycle Ride
My name is Beth Haywood and on the 15th July I am doing a 19 mile charity bike ride around Nottingham to raise money for the scoliosis campaign fund a charity that is very close to me as I have been affected by this. I have a condition called scoliosis where your spine is curved and the only way to get it straight again is to have a life saving operation or to wear a spinal brace, I had the operation when I was 2 years old and I am doing the bike ride to raise money for what is an amazing charity SCF (scoliosis campaign fund).

The bike ride is the Great Nottinghamshire bike ride on 15th July and I am doing the 19 mile class and all money raised will go to Scoliosis campaign Fund (SCF), who help children and adults come to terms with dealing with scoliosis and people that are going through the surgeries that they may need.

Thank you Beth

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September 2012

Editorial

Breathtaking, what a summer? Although it did start with the usual 2 year anguish of yet another penalty shoot-out defeat in a major competition this time at the hands of the Italians in the Euros, an Englishman did lift our hearts by winning the Tour De France for the first time. Then straight into the biggest sporting event we may ever see in this country during our lifetime, London delivered and the Olympic Games were golden. Did anyone have time to go on holiday, notice the weather was quite nice for a change, or were we all just struck by Olympic fever? Amongst all this excitement we still have to read and hear about the tragedy of Tie Sharp and the continued massacre in Syria, for all the glory, there is still heartache so we must remember to spare a thought for others less fortunate, maybe even just a thought for the poor chap stood behind Adrian Bayford on the shop CCTV!!! Septembers looking promising so get stuck in and enjoy and we’ll see you all here in October.

 

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.

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

 

This month’s front cover is “Getting in the Harvest” by Paul Hubbard.

THE WITHAM STAPLE COVER DESIGN COMPETITION
Competition held at the Bassingham Show on Saturday 11th August
CONGRATULATIONS TO:
Ciara O’Beirne…………seven years and under
Lucy Davis…………eight to eleven years
Sam Carlisle…………twelve to fifteen years
Well done to our winners and thank you to all who entered there were 8 entries in all. 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 for all the winning pictures.

 

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

NEWS

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting - South
 

The neighbourhood panel came together on the 16th July and the following priorities were agreed. Our priorities are currently:

1 – Deployment of the Speed Indicator Device

The date for the next meeting is Monday 8th October at 7pm at the Hammond Hall, Bassingham.

 

POLICE COMMUNITY PROJECTS
Lincolnshire Alert
Lincolnshire Alert (Lincs Alert) is a community messaging system run by Lincolnshire Police. The messaging system acts as a tool for the Police to give information to registered members on crime reduction and community safety issues. Members are also able to provide information to the Police. If you would like to receive updates, visit out website at www.lincsalert.co.uk and click the ‘register now’ button. You can unsubscribe at any time. If you do not have the internet or have any questions regarding the system please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of the team who will be able to assist.

 

Boxing Camp
The boxing camp is an introduction to the sport of amateur boxing as a game of skill, discipline, respect and self-control. It teaches the importance of a healthy lifestyle and is a fun programme for young people of all ages and abilities sessions are ABA accredited and awards are given as the individual’s skill develops.

 

Witham St Hughs – will be re-starting on Monday 10th September 6pm to 7pm (9 to 14yrs), 7pm to 8pm (14yrs plus including adults). Membership costs £5, which is a lifetime membership, then just £1 a session thereafter. All sessions are held at the Witham St Hughs Primary School.

 

The Lincolnshire Police website promotes crime prevention measures and also has a fantastic Interactive page.  Go to http://www.lincs.police.uk  and then look under Safety Advice. The team also offers free property marking visits if anyone is interested, get in contact. 

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CEILIDH “COME AND JOIN THE DANCE”
Come and enjoy a fantastic evening of folk dancing, food and beer. Ceilidh originates from the Old Irish and was originally an informal gathering for conversation, music, dancing, songs and stories.

The music and the calling of the dances will be led by the
HIGGLEDY PIGGLEDLY BAND

Saturday 22nd September 8pm until 11.45pm.
The Hammond Hall, Bassingham
Tickets: £10 (including ploughman’s supper)
Tickets will be strictly limited and will be available from
Bassingham Post Office
Proceeds to support the churches in the Withamside Parish

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APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR UNIQUE CHRISTMAS GIFTS FAIR
Saturday 10th November 2pm to 5pm
at the Hammond Hall Bassingham
Application are invited for The Unique Christmas Gifts Fair.

We already have a number of applications and places are limited.
Applications forms and enquiries: Christine Forster.

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Atrsnk

Please call Muriel Marr on 01529 410595 or email artsnk@leisureconnection.co.uk  to obtain more details.

Alternatively, log onto www.artsnk.org.uk  1952-2012 1952-2012

 

Calling All Photographers!

Are you a keen photographer? Would you like to be a keen photographer?

artsNK’s photographer, Jane Harrison is teaming up with the Natural World Centre to form a group of enthusiastic photographers who can help to create a bank of images for use in an art installation to be displayed within the Centre.

“Whisby is such a fantastic place to take photographs” explained Jane “this is an opportunity for photographers of all abilities to develop their skills and create a bank of images which then be used to form a mosaic of images showing the Nature Reserve throughout the seasons.”

Jane will be leading four photography walks around Whisby Nature Park to capture each season with the first taking place on Tuesday 11th September at 6.30pm.

The group is open to anyone over 16 years of age who is interested in photography. For more information or to book your place, call the Natural World Centre.

Each person per walk will be charged £3 which will cover the costs of producing the photography to be displayed at the Centre. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

 

Athletes Can Apply Now For Leap 2013 Funding

Applications for the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme (LEAP) 2013 are now open. Sportsmen and women from Lincolnshire, who are competing at County, Regional, National or International level, are encouraged to apply for the programme for funding and support throughout 2013.

Working with a variety of partners, including Lincolnshire County Council, District Councils and Corporate Club organisations, LEAP supports 50 athletes each year. The benefits include support with funding, mentoring, promotion and marketing, support through Sports Massage and Remedial Therapy company CS-SMART, opportunities to attend training courses and a performance camp with double Olympic medalist Bryan Steel.

Rachel Belcher, LEAP Project Officer at Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, said: “This year, we have funded 50 athletes and donated nearly £20,000 to sportsmen and women across Lincolnshire. We want as many athletes as possible to apply for the programme.”

The deadline to apply is Friday 5th October.

 

Jog Lincolnshire wants Run Leaders

20 subsidised places are on offer for a Leadership in Running Fitness Course.

Managed by Lincolnshire Sports Partnership and the Lincolnshire Athletics Network, Jog Lincolnshire offers led runs across the County, but needs people to lead the groups.

Lynsey Norris, who co-developed Jog Lincolnshire, said: “This is a great opportunity for people who already enjoy running to inspire others to get more active and start running. Jog Lincolnshire’s website will manage all the bookings. The run leaders will just need to lead a run around their chosen location.”

The course, which normally costs £90, will focus on the safe organisation of running activity and how to lead a group of inexperienced runners. It will show the leader how to provide a safe and enjoyable running experience for people of any level of ability, age, size and shape.

The qualification as a Leader in Running Fitness will provide insurance to lead a group within the limits of the course content.

If you have an interest in running for fitness and you would like to lead a group, then this course is for you. Lincolnshire Sports Partnership will subsidise the one-day £90 course for all Run Leaders who sign up through Jog Lincolnshire and deliver two 10-week sessions.

The Leadership in Running Fitness course takes place on Sunday 4th November 2012 from 8.45am – 5pm at Carres Grammar School, Northgate House, North Gate, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 7DD.

To request an application form, please contact Lynsey Norris or Rachel Belcher. The closing date to apply is Friday 19th October 2012.

 

5th Annual Spires & Steeples Challenge

Do you enjoy walking in the countryside? Do you relish the challenge of running 26 miles across country? Or do you simply like to watch and marvel at the stamina of others?

If you fit any of the above then the 5th annual Spires & Steeples Challenge is on Sunday 14th October Walk or run the entire 26 miles from Lincoln to Sleaford or the shorter 13 mile section from Metheringham to Sleaford enjoying the beautiful artworks and picturesque villages and communities along the route or help us make this a safe and successful event by volunteering as a marshal. The Spires & Steeples Challenge attracted over 400 participants last year, coming from all across the country as well as regional and local towns. We’re expecting even more people this year!

You could act as a marshal along the route, record the walkers/runners at the checkpoints or simply help with handing out refreshments and cheering the participants along. We have checkpoints at Branston, Metheringham, Digby, Ruskington and Leasingham Moor as well as the Lincoln Castle start, Metheringham Playing Fields start and Sleaford finish. If you live in or near any of these villages and can help out on the day please contact Donna Lill via her email eventsofficer@leisureconnection.co.uk to get more information.

Maybe you are a keen walker or runner and ready to take the 26 mile challenge, or perhaps you’d like to have a go at the shorter 13 mile distance first. Get your running shoes or walking boots at the ready and start training for this fantastic local event. Following footpaths and bridleways, negotiating stiles and kissing gates, this route really does offer an interesting alternative to the usual road race as well as giving you the chance to pass through all the lovely villages along the Spires & Steeples Arts and Heritage Trail. So either volunteer your help or get your running shoes and walking boots at the ready and start training for yet another fantastic local event.

 

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What is a Community Led Plan (CLP)?
A shared vision for the community for the next ten to twenty years.
A detailed action plan stating who, what, why, when and how for achieving the shared vision.
It is based on a consultation with the Bassingham Community, which will gather views through participation events, workshops and questionnaires.

What are the Benefits of a CLP for the Community?
Better access to grants and funding for projects.
A stronger, more cohesive community, better able to tackle issues locally.
The community is active in deciding the future of Bassingham; the CLP informs Parish Council decisions and priorities.

What’s in it for you?
An opportunity to voice your opinions about the things that are important to you in Bassingham.

How can I get involved?
Your ideas and contributions are vital to the success of the CLP.
Get involved in the community consultation activities.
Encourage others to get involved in the consultation.
Complete and return any questionnaires.

Talk to the COG:
Many thanks to all of you who contributed your answers to the following questions at the Village Show:

What is important to keep the same?
What would you wish to be different?
What is your vision of Bassingham in the future?

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Carlton Le Moorland and Bassingham Pathway
 

HORSE OWNERS: please note that the Pathway is not a bridleway and so is not for horses, either being ridden or led.

THE WILD FLOWERS: along the Pathway verge have been quite spectacular. It is amazing what seeds remain in the soil and come to life when given a chance! Just to mention a few that have appeared this summer: common poppy; opium poppy; long-headed poppy; corn marigold; white campion; slender thistle; tufted vetch; pineapple weed; bugloss; field forget-me-not; field pansy; scentless mayweed; yarrow.

BARN OWLS: a young pair moved into our nestbox in the spring but the awful wet weather meant their young did not survive. Let’s hope they have better luck next year. The young male has been ringed.

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BASSINGHAM VILLAGE HALL AND PLAYING FIELD COMMITTEE
Registered Charity No 521819
From midnight on Friday 31st August 2012, the Chance-to-Share arrangement between the Charity and Bassingham Primary School will cease and the Charity will revert to its former title:

BASSINGHAM PLAYING FIELD
Registered Charity No 521819
The purpose of the Charity remains: “improving the conditions of life for the inhabitants of the Parishes of Bassingham and Thurlby”, concentrating initially on improving the playing fields and acquiring much needed storage facilities.

The AGM will be held in the Meeting Room of the Hammond Hall on
Monday 1st October at 7.45pm (new date)
 All of us in Bassingham and Thurlby aged 18 years and over are entitled to vote. Come along, have your say and vote in the future.
Contact: Geoff Culpitt.

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Bassingham Ball
Saturday 8th September
Tickets £43.50 each
Tickets will go on sale on Friday 29th June from 7.30pm 
at Willow Tree Farm, Water Lane, Bassingham.
A maximum of 12 tickets will be allocated per person, 
if you require more than this, bring a friend.
Bookings of less than 10, may find their table is made up to 12 from other parties.

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OLYMPIC GOLD - Volunteers
Wow!! Come on, was that not fantastic. Admit it, even if you’re not a sports fan I bet just once you screamed come on at the television?? London truly did deliver and Britain is Great. Unfortunately Hull, Leeds and Sheffield are as close as this community can be to a gold medal. No gold post or telephone boxes for us. However, and as both Lord Sebastian Coe and Jacques Rogge said in their closing speeches the games were also a success thanks to the thousands of volunteers who helped. Well, we do have some of those on our doorstep. Newark Athletics Clubs application was accepted and after all their trips to London for training the time to shine finally came. Twelve members of the club made up the team of game makers that served the worlds best athletes in the Olympic Stadium for the first 4 days of athletics. Basket carrying and lane marking amongst some of their duties, the eagle eyed amongst us may even have caught a glimpse of them as they went about their duties. (You had to be quick and rewind facilities were a must)!! Well done to you all and especially to those from the community Cloe Hubbard, Eleanor Ripley and Linton Taylor. A truly unforgettable life experience that you can look back on in years to come and say yes I was part of that. Photos of the team in London can be seen below:

 

 

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October 2012

Editorial:

Well what a week to discover how much some of us have come to rely on the everyday simple invention the internet. I am sure you’ll all agree when it works it’s great but when it doesn’t well!!!! Mine went down 36 hours before deadline day! You check all the plugs etc. give it a few hours, then go through all your settings, turn it off count to ten then do it all again. Then panic sets in, how is it going to be possible to retrieve information to complete Octobers Issue? Ring the service provider, wait on hold for what seems like an age. Operator then gets you to turn it off and on, check all the plugs and settings which you have done twice maybe three times already and then tells you they can’t establish what the fault is and will have to send out an engineer which will be in three days. Engineer arrives, turns it off and on again, checks all the plugs and settings, still unable to locate the fault he requests another engineer to check the exchange. Still no internet! But still on time enjoy?

 

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

 

This month’s front cover is The Royal Oak” .

 

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

NEWS

Neighbourhood Panel Meeting - South
The date for the next meeting is Monday 8th October at 7pm in the Hammond Hall, Bassingham.
 

POLICE COMMUNITY PROJECTS
Neighbourhood Watch - Bassingham
The Neighbourhood Policing Team is holding a Neighbourhood Watch Meeting in the following village to give existing members an opportunity to discuss the scheme or for those of you who are interested in joining to find out a bit more. We will be at the following location on the below date from 7pm. Please come along and share your thoughts!
Tuesday 6th November in the Hammond Hall
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.
 

Lincolnshire Alert
Lincolnshire Alert (Lincs Alert) is a community messaging system run by Lincolnshire Police. The messaging system acts as a tool for the Police to give information to registered members on crime reduction and community safety issues. Members are also able to provide information to the Police. If you would like to receive updates, visit out website at www.lincsalert.co.uk and click the ‘register now’ button. You can unsubscribe at any time. If you do not have the internet or have any questions regarding the system please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of the team who will be able to assist.
 

Boxing Camp
The boxing camp is an introduction to the sport of amateur boxing as a game of skill, discipline, respect and self-control. It teaches the importance of a healthy lifestyle and is a fun programme for young people of all ages and abilities sessions are ABA accredited and awards are given as the individuals skill develops.

Witham St Hughs – On Mondays, sessions at 6pm to 7pm (9 to 14yrs) and 7pm to 8pm (14yrs plus including adults). Membership costs £5, which is a lifetime membership, then just £1 a session thereafter. All sessions are held at the Witham St Hughs Primary School. ** For those in Bassingham who wish to attend, free transport has been arranged – Pick up in the School/Village Hall car park at 5.45pm and drop off at 7.45pm.

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Local Bus Petition

Please note there are Bus Petitions in the Post Office, Greens Store, The Spar and The Doctors Surgery in Bassingham. The aim is to get as many signatures as possible to try and get the County Council to improved bus services for all local villages. The Petitions will be collected in at the end of June please go along and sign one thank you.

 

Use It or Lose It

Lincolnshire County Council are going to tender for an hourly bus service, serving Lincoln, Hykeham Station, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Asda, Witham St Hughs and Bassingham this subsidy is for a three year period and it is important that it is used as much as possible thank you to every one that signed the petition now you need to.

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Voluntary Centre Services North Kesteven
We still have a few spaces left on the following popular training workshops:
Introduction to Volunteer Management – The Ark, North Hykeham
Friday 12th October 10am to 1pm, Free
An introductory workshop for anyone considering taking on volunteers, or anyone new to managing them. Also a useful refresher for the more experienced manager looking for inspiration!
Recruiting Volunteers – VCS North Kesteven, Sleaford
Wednesday 14th November 10am to 3.30pm, Free
This course will help you to develop effective recruitment methods, consider the type of volunteer roles you will be offering and makes some suggestions on how to avoid common pitfalls. This course is aimed at those with some experience of managing volunteers, but is also suitable for anyone taking the first steps.
Funding and how to get it – VCS North Kesteven, Sleaford
Wednesday 21st November, 10am to 1pm, Free to volunteers
Get hints and tips on writing grant funding applications to increase your chances of success. This workshop also gives you a chance to find out about alternatives to grant funding and other opportunities to generate income for your group.
 

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Bassingham Community Options Group (COG) - An opportunity to help shape the future of Bassingham

COG Consultation Launch Event

Saturday 17th November 10am to 2pm

In the Hammond Hall

Drop-in and enjoy complimentary tea/coffee and biscuits whilst you tell us:

 What is important to keep the same in Bassingham Village?

 What would you wish to be different?

 What is your vision of Bassingham in the future?

The Bassingham Community Led Plan (CLP) is your opportunity to help shape the future of Bassingham Village. Be involved in the start of the community consultation process. Find out what is happening next and discuss your ideas with members of the COG.

Website: www.mybassingham.co.uk 

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BBC TV'S THE ONE SHOW Seeks Community Projects in Need of Help Across the UK
GRANT finder has been asked by the BBC TV's The One Show to draw your attention to a proposed initiative for community projects. The show is looking for community projects across the UK that needs a helping hand. It wants to use its influence to galvanise volunteer efforts in different schemes for a new weekly feature on the programme in the coming months.
For example - Perhaps you have a community hall that needs a lick of paint and a good tidy up but haven't been able to organise a volunteer day to sort it out - Let The One Show see what it can do. Has your local fireworks display/concert been forced to cancel? Maybe The One Show can help. Is your community bus service at risk unless more volunteers are found? Let the One Show spearhead the search to keep it going.
Or maybe you have a dedicated community stalwart who deserves a big thank you? Let the One Show organise a suitable celebration.
Planning is currently at an early stage but please get in touch as soon as possible if you think you have suitable project or idea.

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Bassingham Village and Playing Field Charity

As you probably know, ownership of the former Village Hall, Social Area and Community Room has been transferred permanently to Bassingham Primary School. However, the community has not been shut out. Regular hirers have come to an agreement with the School to continue much as before. Potential new users are welcome to contact the School Secretaries during school hours.

I am currently gathering views on what the schedule of work should be for the charity now that it does not have to devote money, time and, frankly, worry to the sharing arrangements with the School. It is easy to take shelter from the hard thinking by waffling in management speak about challenges, goals, capturing the issues and that most irritating of expressions "going forward". More difficult but much more important are questions such as, "On what are we going to spend our money, currently in the bank?", "When we urge people to give money to the charity at the Bonfire, Open Gardens and the Village Show, what are we going to say it is for?".

Matters requiring immediate attention are how the space on the playing fields, including the Multi Activity Play Area (soon to be refurbished as part of the Olympic Legacy) should be controlled to promote access for everyone and how are we going to satisfy the urgent and growing need to acquire/provide storage for groups such as Baby and Toddler, ACT2 and Scouts/Guides.

I hope that people will still come forward to be Management Trustees of the charity. The Parish Council will continue to be the Custodian Trustee. I should like to see charity trustees as members of the Hammond Hall Sub-Committee of the Parish Council Facilities Committee. In broad principle, I think that the Parish Council should maintain existing facilities such as the play park, and the charity should work for improvements - by fund raising and turning the spade.

What do you think? Please tell Geoff Culpitt. Thank you for suggestions already received.

 

Bassingham Playing Field Registered Charity No 521819

The purpose of the Charity remains: “improving the conditions of life for the inhabitants of the Parishes of Bassingham and Thurlby”, concentrating initially on improving the playing fields and acquiring much needed storage facilities.

The AGM will be held in the Meeting Room of the Hammond Hall on:

Monday 1st October at 7.45pm (new date)

All of us in Bassingham and Thurlby aged 18 years and over are entitled to vote. Come along, have your say and vote in the future.

Contact: Geoff Culpitt.

 

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November 2012

Editorial

The rollercoaster of life, if producing a staple without internet was at times taxing, producing this month’s with a son in hospital puts the internet into perspective! When we are faced with hard times, it is easy to give in to feelings of hopelessness or a desire to inflict wrongs upon others. It takes strength to be positive and to look ahead to the times when we maybe contented. The love of friends and family will help us weather the storms and trials that plague us all from time to time. People who have faced difficulties are often far more generous, sharing with others in need, having once been in those shoes. Wow yes it really is November, the clocks have gone back, the witches, ghouls and ghosts have dispersed into the dark of the night and the chances of that Indian summer are now quite slim! Guy Fawkes will whizz in with a bang, time will be taken on the 11th to remember “Lest we forget” and then the festive festivities, love it or hate it, will begin. Next month is Double issue???

 

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1. Front Cover of Magazine:

 

 

 

This month’s front cover is Walk in the Woods” by Christine Forster.

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

NEWS

From 1st October the Response Officers have been merged with the Neighbourhood Policing constables creating one team known as ‘Community Patrol’. These larger teams will provide response to urgent and priority incidents and in the investigation of reported crime. Sitting within these teams will be the community beat managers (CBM'S) who will be responsible for:

 Problem-solving on their beat.

 Anti-Social Behaviour.

 Directing and supporting PCSOs on their beats.

 Crime investigation: where the crimes are those that are of greatest concern to the local community.

 Provide extra resilience for Community Patrol Constables.

There has been a balance of police officers across the Kesteven District and the policing Districts as a whole, this has resulted in the merging of the two Hykeham teams under one Community Beat Manager, that being PC Paul Truelove. The Police Community Support Officers are unchanged. The new model Local Policing Teams will continue to get added support from the Community Police Constables, allowing the Teams to concentrate on local community issues. I remain in post as the Community Beat Sergeant based at North Hykeham with joint responsibility for the North Kesteven Rural areas. So onto the crime affecting our communities...

Hykeham Rural is showing an overall reduction in crime of 24%.

The main theme of crime across all of the Ward areas has been that of heating oil theft, metal theft, and Insecurity Crime. With the onset of the darker evenings, comes the environment liked by criminals, so crime prevention is always the best counter measure that the communities can take. I will naturally increase patrol activity in the areas worse affected, but still maintain visibility on the Wards as a whole. I will say though that the majority of our area crime concerning theft from motor vehicles and burglaries is due to doors / windows being left open. The villages of Brant Broughton, Skellingthorpe, Thorpe on the Hill, and Bassingham, along with North Hykeham Town, have shown offences of this type in August and September. A number of initiatives have been in place, and this has resulted in the arrest of persons for heating oil theft this month in the force area. October has seen the sitting of the Neighbourhood Panels, so I will report the details of the Priorities in next months issue.

 

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NK Community Champion Award Winners Announced!

North Kesteven’s most community-spirited individuals, groups and businesses have been announced at the 2012 NK Community Champion Awards. Those short listed for an award, together with the person who nominated them, were invited to an awards ceremony at Whisby Natural World Centre on 18th September, where the winners were announced.

The event saw people of all ages from across the District nominated by members of their community for their outstanding achievements. A shortlist was judged by a panel of Members, Officers and members of the NK Youth Council. Lincs FM Presenter John Marshall hosted the ceremony with Leader of North Kesteven District Council Cllr Mrs Marion Brighton OBE.

Cllr Marion Brighton said: “The NK Community Champion Awards are our way of commending the efforts of some truly community-spirited people. Everyone who was nominated for an award was a winner in their own right, and this ceremony is our way – and their community’s way - of thanking them for their efforts.”

Amongst the 2012 Winners were

Contribution to a Better Environment (sponsored by Lincs FM)

Stan Underwood, Carlton le Moorland. Stan is Chairman of the Bassingham to Carlton le Moorland Pathway Group. Under his leadership the group has brought organisations such as Lincolnshire County Council, Sustrans and various local landowners to facilitate construction of a major pathway linking the two villages.

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

COMMENDED:

Hill Holt Wood, Norton Disney. Hill Holt Wood approaches the management of woodland in a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable way. The Wood seeks to engage with disengaged youth and those marginalised from society, teaching them vital skills, while maintaining and managing the District’s woodland.

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Witham St Hughs Community Firework Event

in partnership with Witham St Hughs Academy PTFA & Village Hall Management Committee

Saturday 3rd November gates open at 5.30pm

Guy competition 6.30pm

Bar open from 5.30pm, bonfire, BBQ, funfair, entertainment etc.

Ticket prices held from 2011.

Advance tickets £2 pp and under 4,s free on the gate £3 pp for all

All welcome

 

Bassingham Bonfire & Fireworks

Saturday 3rd November

Don’t forget our village bonfire and fireworks on the field close to the junction of Middlegate and Torgate Lane.

The bonfire will be lit at 7pm and the firework display will start at 7.30.

Bring your Guy Fawkes before 7pm if you want him on the bonfire.

Refreshments, including hot dogs, burgers and mushy peas will be on sale.

Entrance is by donation at the field gate.

please give generously as we must cover costs for the event to continue.

 

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Carlton Le Moorland Village Association

BINGO

Friday 16th November at 7.30pm

All ages welcome

 

LUNCH

Monday 19th November at 1pm

£3.50

Menu is Pork and Baked Sponge Pudding.

All ages welcome

Please phone Andy and Sue to book your meal by Wednesday 14th November, to make shopping, preparing, cooking etc easier and to avoid waste.

 

OVER 60’S CHRISTMAS LUNCH

Saturday 15th December

We would like to invite all residents of Carlton le Moorland who are 60 or over to the Christmas Lunch. There is no charge as this will be funded by proceeds from Village Association events in 2012.

Guests: Please let us know if you or other residents you know would like to join us. We must have numbers in advance, so please book your place by 5th December at the latest.

Helpers: We need lots of help for this to be successful. Could you spare time to help: decorate the hall, prepare food, cook, serve, wash up, set up hall, or clear away?

Donations: Could you support this event by donating any of the following: food or wine, raffle prizes.

To book your place, contact Sue or Andy Sceeny.

 

CEILIDH EVENING

Saturday 24th November from 7.30pm to 11pm

By popular demand, we welcome back the ‘Ploughmen’s Bunch’ Ceilidh Band. Tickets £10 to include hot supper. Numbers are strictly limited and the last Ceilidh was a sell-out, so to avoid disappointment, get tickets early, from John Brogan 07932 806 966 or Andy and Sue 788303

 

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY

Sunday 2nd December

Carlton Village Association is delighted to announce their first children's Christmas Party. We would like to invite all children aged 11 and under, living in Carlton Le Moorland, to join us. For further details please call Carole Marland, Margaret Hutchinson or Sue Sceeny.

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE

Advance Notice: Join us at our New Year’s Eve Dance, with live music from Elegantly Wasted’? More details in next edition.

Reserve tickets now from John Brogan 07932 806 966

All events will be held in Carlton le Moorland Village Hall

The Carlton Le Moorland Mini Library
In Carlton le Moorland Village Hall

The October opening times are

Saturday 6th October 10am to 12noon

Saturday 20th October 10am to 12noon

Come and see the new book stock and enjoy a coffee or tea

as you choose your book!

Lot's of reasons for visiting the Library and there's coffee too! The book stock has been changed!

If you have not tried the mini-library yet, summer is a good time to visit the library!

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Christmas Market

Saturday 24th November 12noon until 2pm.

The Hammond Hall and Sports centre

In Aid of St Michael’s Church Bassingham

Stalls, Food, Games, Tombola, Raffle, Plants etc.

Come and enjoy a Pre- Christmas event

 

Quiz Night

Saturday 15th December doors open 7:30pm 8pm start

£5 entry inc ploughman’s supper

Maximum 4 in a team. Places to be booked by Tuesday 12th December

Bar till 12:30am - raffle

To book please contact:  Jean Solven, Lyn Baker or Roger Hales.

 

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Bassingham Community Options Group (COG) - An opportunity to help shape the future of Bassingham

COG Consultation Launch Event

Saturday 17th November 10am to 2pm

In the Hammond Hall

Drop-in and enjoy complimentary tea/coffee and biscuits whilst you tell us:

The Bassingham Community Led Plan (CLP) is your opportunity to help shape the future of Bassingham Village. Be involved in the start of the community consultation process. Find out what is happening next and discuss your ideas with members of the COG.

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Carlton Le Moorland and Bassingham Pathway
 

The last of the seats and artworks are now installed at points along the Pathway. The Pathway Group hopes that they will add to the interest and enjoyment of people walking and cycling along the route.

The oak seat in the middle field with carvings of the green man has been made by Hill Holt Wood from oak grown in the wood.

The wagon seat was made by Anwick Forge and is modelled on the traditional Lincolnshire horse-drawn farm wagon. These were traditionally painted orange in this county!

The wood sculptures are all by local sculptor Nigel Sardeson: the owl on the post at the Eastgate end is a tawny owl; a little owl sits on the post at the Carlton end of the route. You can sit on the crouching hare near Torgate Lane if you like. The life-sized Shire horse surely steals the show. His body is made of cedar and his legs of oak. You can safely stroke his nose or pat his neck, but its best not to stand too close to his hind legs!

The Pathway Group AGM

Thursday 22nd November at 7.30pm

Carlton le Moorland Village Hall

~ Everybody is welcome to attend ~

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HORSE!!!

WOW was my out loud exclamation this morning as I was driving out of Bassingham along the road towards Carlton le Moorland when from over the hedge reared a magnificent horse, I could almost imagine I was outside the walls of Troy. What a splendid addition to the footpath he is along with the hare and the owls. A tremendous effort from all involved and the best is yet to come in the spring when the thousands of bulbs planted along the margins are in bloom, what a glorious sight it will be. I can hardly wait.

Christine Forster

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Bassingham Charity Trustees  - Gift to Residents Over 85

The Trustees will be giving a Christmas Gift to residents of Bassingham who are over 85 years on 26th December. This is subject to the 3 year residency rule. All gifts are at the discretion of the trustees. If you qualify please put your name and address into the box provided at Bassingham Post Office. Previous recipients need not take any action.

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Bassingham Rainbows Needs You!!

Yet again, I’m in desperate need of another Unit Helper from January. If anyone can spare an hour and a half every Tuesday from 4.30pm to 6pm to help look after a lively group of Rainbows it would be much appreciated. We are a very friendly group and the Rainbows are great fun. Please telephone Mags Smart for more details.

 

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£168K To Help Prevent Mental Health Problems

A second wave of funding available for groups and organisations that help people affected by mental health problems was launched on Monday 1st October.

The Mental Illness Prevention Fund is now open for applications to help people who are recovering from mental illness or who are living with mental illness for the first time. Monies can be used to reduce the risk of people, aged from 18 to 64 years becoming unwell so that they can enjoy a good quality of life. The fund was first introduced in January 2012 by Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Lincolnshire County Council. To date £200k has been given to some 50 different projects to benefit about 2,500 local people through social support and friendship groups, formal and informal learning, skills and qualifications, supported volunteering and community participation activities.

Paul Jackman, Associate Director at the Trust said: “This is the second wave of funding this year to help volunteer groups and other organizations build on and improve the services and support that they already provide. We would encourage new groups to apply and organizations with new projects that could help people with mental health problems throughout Lincolnshire.”

Paul added, “We especially want to see the funding used for people who are unlikely to qualify for support from the adult social care services.”

The fund is only available to community and voluntary groups and independent organizations. Applications need to be made by 7th December.

For more information about the Fund, how to apply and the help that is available if you are thinking about making an application, please contact: Sophie Deeks. 

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Bassingham Show 2013

I know it is a long way off but we will be having a new item in the show, with it being the right time of the year to get going I thought it would be useful to know in advance.

Hedgerow Spirit (e.g. Slo Gin, Blackberry Vodka and much more)

Look forward to your entries.

Julie Thomas 2013 Show Coordinator.

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December 2012

Editorial:

The Witham Staple Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who gave their time each month in 2012 to help produce and deliver The Witham Staple to over 2400 homes within the eight villages. We hope that it also proves to be aspecial time for everybody and we wish all our readers,contributors and advertisers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

 

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.

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This month’s front cover is “Seeing in the New Year”.

 

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Lincolnshire Police Beat Team View

NEWS

There has been a general increase over the last year of heating oil thefts from commercial and private properties, Thorpe on the Hill is one of the forty one villages in the North Kesteven district that rely on oil with little or no gas supply and remain susceptible to crime given the rural location and close proximity to major road routes, those being the A46 and the A17. Communities and businesses have not had the need in the past to upgrade the security of the tanks, but as the UK’s recession continues, the reports in thefts of diesel, metal, heating oil, catalytic converters, etc continue. We have urged everyone to upgrade their security, lighting, padlocks and chains etc, to combat these trends.


Thorpe on the Hill School and community centre have become repeat victim locations over the past three months. The teams have encouraged the security upgrades as previously mentioned and I have raised the villages profile at the Police Tasking meeting. This has manifested itself with an increase of overt patrols and community awareness. This increase in patrol activity has led to the arrests of two males on the 17th October in Leadenham, for going equipped to steal diesel / oil, the arrest of a male for a burglary in Brant Broughton on 14th October and the identification of a vehicle and persons seen in the Thorpe on the Hill area on each occasion that the heating oil thefts have occurred.


The increase in patrols, evidence gathering and the raising of awareness now comes under police Operation Lembata. Lincs Alert messages have gone out and I would encourage you all to join this service (It is free) and for the rural communities to call the police on 101 every time they see suspicious activities in their village, as all these pieces of information will enable me to complete the intelligence puzzle.
Over all reported crime in the rural areas is shown as 23.9% less at this time compared to last year, with only 24 reported incidents of anti social behaviour. Burglary – Church Lane Brant Broughton one male arrested and charged.
 

There has been a slight change to the make up of the Local Policing Team, with PC Marc Horsewood taking over as the Community Beat Manager, your PCSO’s remain the same. Marc will be out and about in the villages over the coming weeks with the teams and I look forward to meeting you.

 

OIL THEFT - BE ALERT

There have been increased cases of the theft of oil from oil tanks in local village areas, namely at community facilities (village halls etc) and also private properties.

This type of offence, obviously has a significant impact on you if you become a victim and we urge that you to be mindful of this type of crime and checking that your oil tanks are secure and report anything suspicious. There is some excellent crime prevention advice and guidance on the Lincolnshire Police website that can be accessed, which I would urge you to look at and share with friends and neighbours.

Community Safety Manager

North Kesteven District Council

 

Norton & District Riding Club Annual Presentation

The Club held their 2012 annual presentation evening on Saturday 10th November at Swinderby village hall. It was one of the best awards evening I have attended, the hall was full to the rafters with family and friends of the trophy winners. The food was great thanks to Jane Radley and family they made over 960 sandwiches that day. But the highlight of the evening was having our own local girl and former Norton and District Riding Club competitor Sophie Wells Paralympic gold and two times silver medal winner to present the winners with there trophies. She really did inspire a generation she stayed all evening signing rosettes, having her photo taken with everyone who wanted it she also had her medals with her for all to have a look at and hold. So everyone at Norton and District Riding Club would like to give her great big thank you for making it a night to remember. Also we would like to say a big thank you to Jill Golland, the committee and their families for all their hard work to give us a great 2012 season even with all the rain this year also thanks to Ian Cotton and family and Sharon Tomlinson for their help this year.

Mandy Bailey

A photo of Sophie Wells and the 2012 trophy winners (and Sophie with her Paralympic medals inset) is shown below.

 

Carlton Le Moorland Village Association

 

OVER 60’S CHRISTMAS LUNCH

Saturday 15th December

We would like to invite all residents of Carlton le Moorland who are 60 or over to the Christmas Lunch. There is no charge as this will be funded by proceeds from Village Association events in 2012.

Guests: Please let us know if you or other residents you know would like to join us. We must have numbers in advance, so please book your place by 5th December at the latest.

Helpers: We need lots of help for this to be successful. Could you spare time to help: decorate the hall, prepare food, cook, serve, wash up, set up hall, or clear away?

Donations: Could you support this event by donating any of the following: food or wine, raffle prizes.

To book your place, contact Sue or Andy Sceeny.

 

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY

Sunday 2nd December

Carlton Village Association is delighted to announce their first children's Christmas Party. We would like to invite all children aged 11 and under, living in Carlton Le Moorland, to join us. For further details please call Carole Marland, Margaret Hutchinson or Sue Sceeny.

CHRISTMAS CHARITY BINGO

Saturday 15th December. Eyes down at 7.30pm

Prizes for all the family, special children’s line and full house. Free half time refreshments! Donations of prizes for games gratefully received – to Dick Richardson, 17 Brewery Lane Carlton le Moorland, by 7th December. Come along out of the cold for a night of fun for all the family. Proceeds to Lincolnshire Air Ambulance.

 

NEW YEAR’S EVE

Join us at a New Year’s Eve Dance, with live music from the popular ‘Elegantly Wasted’ Band. There will be a bar. Come and celebrate the New Year with your friends. Tickets, only £10 including a light supper, now available from John Brogan.

 

LUNCH

Monday 21st January at 1pm

£3.50

All ages welcome

Please phone Andy and Sue to book your meal by Wednesday 16th January, to make shopping, preparing, cooking etc easier.

All events will be held in Carlton le Moorland Village Hall.

 

The Carlton Le Moorland Mini Library
In Carlton le Moorland Village Hall

There will be no mini-library in December, sorry!

The opening times in January will be Saturday 12th January 10am until 12noon Saturday 26th January 10am until 12noon

Perhaps your 2013 resolution is to read more. Why not start at the Mini Library! There is a surprising range of books! More information from Andy Sceeny.

 

THE HAMMOND HALL

BASSINGHAM SPORTS DAY
Work to regenerate the multi-purpose play area on the playing field will take place over the winter. The update includes replacement netball posts and tennis nets and introduces recessed football goals and basketball backboards.
To mark the opening of this improved facility (late April beginning of May 2013), Bassingham Parish Council are sponsoring a Village Sports Day. All interested parties (sports clubs or individuals) who can provide ideas or help on the day are invited to a meeting on
Monday 14th January at 7pm
in the meeting room of the Hammond Hall

 

Grand Christmas Coffee Morning

Monday 24th December 9am to midday Mulled Wine and Mince Pies - Raffle

Christmas related stall holders welcome. Contact Roger Hales 789758 In spite of being so busy Santa is hoping to call in in the Main Hall

Enjoy a cuppa with friends old and new and catch up with what’s going on

PRIZE BINGO

Tuesday 8th and Tuesday 22nd January

Eyes down 2pm

In the main hall - Refreshments available

 

BASSINGHAM LUNCH CLUB

Tuesday 11th December at 12noon

and

Tuesday 8th and Tuesday 22nd January at 12noon

in the Hammond Hall

Cost £5. All welcome

For more details please contact Tom Solven.

 

Quiz Night

Saturday 15th December doors open 7:30pm 8pm start

£5 entry inc ploughman’s supper

Maximum 4 in a team. Places to be booked by Tuesday 12th December

Bar till 12:30am - raffle

To book please contact:

Jean Solven, Lyn Baker or Roger Hales.

 

Community Bible Study International

Bible study for novices and the knowledgeable and all of those in-between. Everyone can find out more about God’s plan for their life in a CBSI Bible study.

Meet in the Hammond Hall, Bassingham 7pm to 9pm fortnightly on Wednesdays from Wednesday 26th September

This is a 7 week course studying the letter of Paul to the Colossians.

Simon and Ann Baker or Elaine Eagle.

 

Open Gardens and Scarecrows 2013

The theme for the scarecrows next year will be 'NURSERY RHYMES' and we hope to arrange a workshop at the Hammond Hall in March to offer some ideas on Scarecrow designs etc.

 

Treasure Trove

Saturday 10th November saw The Hammond Hall transformed into a sparkling treasure trove of delights by the ladies of the Krafties Group and others who joined them bringing along their stunning works of art. Painting, stitching, threading, wood turning and numerous other techniques went into the making of the beautiful unique items on display. Many hours of studious work were invested into each item, all made with the greatest attention to detail resulting in a stunning array. One gentleman joined us, we hope for more of you next year, we know you are out there. The Krafties Group would like to thank all those who participated and came along on Saturday afternoon, Paul and Mat of Newark Signs for the beautiful professional signs and help on the day and Jan for the artwork on our pretty promotional fliers. Thanks also to the very young men who ran a successful tearoom, Greens Store and the village Post Office for displaying our fliers and the manager of the Hammond Hall for his help and advice setting up the hall. This was our very first endeavor and by public demand we are already preparing for next year when we will be holding our Annual Unique Christmas Gifts Fair.

Enquires to Christine Forster.

 

Applications For Year 3 Sportivate Funding Now Open

Sports clubs, leisure centres and sports organisations targeting young people can apply for Year 3 Sportivate funding in Lincolnshire. Over 200 projects have received funding since July 2011 allowing clubs and organisations to offer sports sessions for children and young people across the county.

Sports clubs, schools, community groups, NGBs, local authorities, universities, youth clubs, colleges, leisure facilities and workplaces targeting 14 to 25 year olds can all apply for funding. Projects are asked to base their applications on £40 per head for six to eight weeks of sport sessions. The deadline to apply for the next round of funding for projects from April to June or July to September 2013 is Friday 25th January. In particular, people are being encouraged to apply if their project focuses on NEET, disability and post 16 age group.

Sportivate is a national programme and is part of Sport England’s ‘Places, People, Play’ strategy; the legacy for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

 

1st Bassingham Scout Group Christmas Post

Let us deliver your Christmas Post to our Local Villages

Aubourn, Bassingham, Carlton, Norton Disney, Stapleford and Thurlby

for a donation to our Funds.

Post Boxes will be located at :-

· Bassingham Post Office

· Greens Stores, Bassingham

· Spar, Bassingham

· St Michaels Church, Bassingham

· Merchants Shop, Carlton le Moorland

First Post Saturday 1st December - Last Post Tuesday 18th December.

All post will be delivered by Friday 21st December.

Please make sure that there is a full address on all cards.

 

Witham Residents ‘Rally’ support For Charity Challenge!

Witham St Hughs residents Simon Murphy and Ed Baker are set to undertake an epic 7 day, 2,000+ mile road-trip across Europe in a clapped-out £300 car, taking in ten countries in seven days, all in an effort to raise money for charity.

Simon and Ed decided to enter the 2013 Motoscape Banger Rally when they learned about the story of a family in Witham St Hughs who in 2012 tragically lost their baby daughter Thea to cot death. Thea’s family were helped and supported by specialist charity FSID when they most needed it and Simon and Ed thought it would be great to raise money for FSID in Thea’s memory, while enjoying a great road-trip adventure into the bargain!

Simon said “We have both entered similar car rallies in the past and thoroughly enjoyed the experience, so when we had the opportunity to be involved with this one and raise lots of money for a charity close to home at the same time, we jumped at it!”

The rally begins in September in northern France, takes in countries such as Germany, Austria, Italy, Hungary and the Czech Republic and includes a lap of the fearsome Nurburgring race-track and a descent of the famous Stelvio Pass in the Italian Alps, if the car can stand up to it! If that were not enough, the rally’s competitors will also be subjected to daily challenges to test their ingenuity!

Thea’s mother said ‘We really appreciate what Simon and Ed are doing to keep our daughter’s memory alive. Losing a perfectly healthy child and not knowing the reasons why, is one of the hardest things a parent can ever go through. By helping them raise funds for FSID, we can help save other precious babies, we can stop other parents feeling this terrible heartache and we can make cot death a thing of the past.’

Ed and Simon will be keeping you all up to date on their progress and planning leading up to the Rally next year, and intend to keep a daily video diary of the adventures and scrapes they get into on the Rally itself!

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