Extracts from 2014 Witham Staple issues 

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

This page selects some extracts published during 2014 that provide a flavour of the prevailing themes.

February

March

April

May

June

July /August  

September

October

November

December

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February 2014

Editorial:

Unfortunately the storm surge in December caused a great deal of devastation across the country of which we appear to have got away with it quite lightly compared to some, who our thoughts are with and we hope they can manage to get back to normality as soon as possible. The excitement of Christmas is now over, New Year Celebrations done and dusted and brave, courageous resolutions probably by now abandoned… The cold and miserable grey weather continues and has to be endured for a little while longer yet I’m afraid, but what ever comes our way in the next few weeks we still always have the spring to look forward to. Don’t you feel the bonus of the cold weather is a hot crackling fire in the sitting room – most of us have central heating to warm our toes but there is nothing quite like an open fire to chase the winter blues away. We hope the magazine continues to be a coffee table must have in your house, to browse through at your leisure and enjoy when you take a break from your busy day. So, until next month ……

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

This month’s front cover is “Butterflies” by Lucy Davis Winner of The Witham Staple cover design competition 2013 for 12 to 15 years.

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Bassingham Community Options Group (COG)

The next stage in the community consultation for the Bassingham Village Community Led Plan (CLP) is a questionnaire. This can be completed either by filling in the paper version, two copies of which will be delivered to each household in Bassingham during the weekend of the 8th and 9th February, or by using the online version which can be found at:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BASSINGHAMSURVEY

The questionnaire should be completed and returned by the 28th February 2014. Details of how to return paper version can be found in the instructions section of the questionnaire, the online version will be automatically captured when you have completed it.

Responses to the questionnaire, along with views and opinions collected at the COG launch event, village show and postcard responses will be collated to form an Action Plan (the Community Led Plan (CLP)) that will provide the community with clear priorities for the development of Bassingham’s facilities, services and environment over the next 10 to 15 years. As such, it will be an essential part of any grant applications made to undertake projects and will be an opportunity for residents’ views to influence decisions made by Bassingham Parish Council, North Kesteven District Council and Lincolnshire County Council.

The CLP should reflect the views of the whole community and this will only be possible through your participation. We would be very grateful therefore if you take a little time to complete the questionnaire.

This is your village and this is your opportunity to influence how it develops in the future by having your say.

Website: www.mybassingham.co.uk

Tel: 789758

Email: yourvillageyoursay@mybassingham.co.uk

Twitter: @myBassingham

Facebook: MyBassingham

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Hammond Tower Building Commences in Bassingham

We are pleased to announce that work on the new Hammond Tower building, which will occupy the site of the old building, will begin at 7.30am on Monday 3rd February 2014. The new building is essential for the village but its construction will cause inconvenience from time to time during the build, which is planned to be complete at 5pm on Friday 4th July 2014. In, particular, parking space in the Community Car Park will be reduced to about half of the present slots, possible fewer. Occasionally, the Car Park may be closed, without warning, for short times to permit unloading or safe movement of materials.

We regret the extra hassle that all this will cause and we ask for your tolerance and understanding. Please be nice to the contractors and to each other. With relief, we can assure everyone that the Fish and Chip van will operate normally. Thank you for your support.

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1st Bassingham Scout Group

Do you have a spare few hours each week?

Do you want to help young people acquire new skills?

CUB SCOUT LEADER NEEDED TO SUPPORT OUR THRIVING GROUP

An opportunity has arisen for a leader within the Scouting movement in Bassingham. With no prior experience needed, as full training is provided, this is a chance to improve the lives not only of the children but as a volunteer there are also huge benefits:- Scouting is proven to improve physical skills; increase confidence and show a recognised qualification on a CV. With over 400,000 members, the Scouting Organisation is a much sought after out of hours activity for boys and girls and we hope you will want to be part of it with us.

The Group is currently represented in Bassingham by the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. At the present time, we are looking for a volunteer to assist in the Cubs (ages 8 to 10½ years old). You would be part of a supportive team with fantastic parental support, who all enjoy the activities and the challenges of allowing children to explore the world and experience hands on learning.

If you can spare a couple of hours a week, the Cubs meet on Mondays from 6.30pm to 8pm school term time only. Ideally, we are looking for someone who can attend each week and is prepared to undergo full uniformed training as an Assistant to the Leader. However, if that seems too much of a commitment to begin with, we can accommodate you with any age group depending on your age preference and skills.

For more information, look at our website. http://www.bassinghamscoutgroup.org.uk/ or contact: alison@bassinghamscoutgroup.org.uk or ring Alison on 788241.

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Why is Lincoln Road Bassingham in Three Parts?

This is the most recent enquiry I have received about Lincoln Road – the following may clarify the matter. The stretch from Linga Lane to Eastgate was BACK LANE. From Eastgate to the Torgate Lane junction was CARLTON ROAD (The Bugle Horn is shown as on Carlton Road in former census). From the next junction to the War Memorial was RECTORY LANE. I can find no mention in Parish Council records of the change of names – and when I took over as Clerk I received official documents addressed to Back Lane. Rumour has it that when new houses were erected the owners did not like the address Back Lane!

Helen Ash

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Give way at the Crossroads!

Despite better road signs and clearer road markings at the crossroads junction of Bassingham Road and Broughton Road in Carlton le Moorland, too many motorists are still failing to give due regard to the Give Way signs. One of the greatest dangers is caused by those drivers who continue straight ahead from Bassingham Road into Vicarage Lane without slowing sufficiently to ensure that the road is clear. Worryingly, a significant number of those ignoring the two sets of Give Way signs and road markings are local residents, who ought to be aware of the potential dangers.

In addition, following the welcome improvements to Broughton Road, other drivers are entering the village at far too high a speed, causing particular difficulty for drivers trying to emerge from Vicarage Lane and whose view is restricted by the bend.

Come on drivers - please take more care and obey the road signs and the speed limits. They are there for a reason!"

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Lincs 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 (Includes recent crimes in your area). Members are also able to provide information to the police. You can unsubscribe at any time or choose to personalise your messages.

Benefits of the system include:

If you would like to receive updates, visit our website at www.lincsalert.co.uk and click the "register now" button. You can unsubscribe at any time or choose to personalise your messages.

The system currently supports the following Watch schemes:

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Hykeham Rural Police Report

Hello to you all, I hope you had a good Christmas and New Year!

My last update was before Christmas, So I will bring you right up to date with what has been going on in our communities, right after the year to date performance figures.

In the Hykeham Rural villages the figure stands at 33 less crimes at a 12% reduction, with a detection rate of 24%.

The teams have been working hard this past month and have increased the patrols and late night plain clothed activity in the Bassingham area, following the increase in burglary reports. Since September there have been six recorded incidents, the most recent being on the 1st January. The evidence gathered by the investigating team has led to the arrest of a Lincoln male on the 5th December, this individual is currently on bail pending further enquiries. The team however will continue to patrol and target harden the areas affected.

Again please use light timers in these dark evenings, many of you will be returning home to a house in darkness, which only signals to wannabe criminals that no one is at home. All the burglaries above were committed / attempted whilst the occupiers were out, so don’t let the criminals get the upper hand, light up and lock side gates, make it harder for them please.

Christmas and New Years Eve went by with almost no incidents of anti social behaviour, or fighting, save for a few fireworks. This was a busy period for us with the policing of the Lincoln City football games, but like our town and villages, it passed with little police action needing to be taken and of course the wind and rain took its toll, with many trees down in our area and the subsequent traffic collisions and accidents.

So we are into February already, the teams have been sitting on the Neighbourhood Priority Panel Meetings and I will report back to you with their findings over the coming weeks.

We will continue to patrol the streets and talk with as many of you as we can, but please remember I am available to answer any of your questions at any time on the details below.

The teams details are below, but please remember any reports of crime must be made to the 101 number, or 999 in an emergency.

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Farming for Success

The Natural World Centre’s latest exhibition ‘Farm the Land’ has opened and is proving to be a hit with visitors.

‘Farm the Land’ focuses on local agricultural history gleaned from contributions from the public who share the same interests. The Natural World Centre has been working hard throughout 2013 to involve local people, groups and organisations to make the exhibition as comprehensive as possible and provide lots of information about Lincolnshire’s farming history.

There are various contributions that have been made which include photographs, memorabilia, artefacts and paintings which will be on display until Friday 28th March. Contributions include paintings with a contribution from Sally Lidgett and photographs taken by James Milnes and Robin Wheeldon, all of whom are local residents.

Ray Brewer, a born and bred Lincolnshire-man will also be sharing his memories as a child growing up on a farm in Eagle. The latest contribution to the exhibition is a scale model of a traction engine from Mr M J Phelps, a local resident who constructs scale models.

There has been a great number of visitors to the exhibition already showing the public’s keen interest in Lincolnshire agricultural history. Theresa Hobbs, Business Manager at the Natural World Centre said "We’ve had lots of interest in the exhibition with the film footage being a real favourite. It gives an insight to younger visitors and a wander down memory lane for others."

Come and learn about your local heritage or maybe share what you remember? Our history is what makes us and should be remembered for generations to come.

For further information, the Natural World Centre on 688868 or

email whisby@litc.org.uk. Alternatively, please visit www.naturalworldcentre.co.uk

For regular updates on events and activities, find us on Facebook /Natural-World-Centre or follow us on Twitter @WhisbyNatureP

 

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March 2014

Editorial:  

The main purpose of the community magazine is to inform you the read of local events, notices, community information and church occasions, as well as giving advertisers the chance to showcase what they have to offer but we also like to have the opportunity to entertain you with local stories and news as we go along. If you have any news or interesting stories you would like to share please let us know. If you are sending in an article, advert or story etc. can we remind you that deadline is the 15th of each month, this gives us time to produce and print your magazine in time to be delivered to you before the 1st of the printed month. If your advertised event or activity is ongoing you need to advise us of this each month as the editor will not presume its inclusion. We won’t mention the weather! But remember Sunday 30th March British Summertime begins and we can knock those clocks forward one hour nearer to some summer sun. Also don’t forget when you’re all bleary eyed from an hour less sleep it’s also Mothering Sunday…

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Front Cover of Magazine:

"Best in Show" by William Davie

Winner of The Witham Staple cover design competition 2013 for 8 to 11 years.

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Free Health Walks In North Kesteven

North Kesteven Social Strollers is a free health walk scheme, and is available to all. A health walk is a purposeful, brisk walk undertaken on a regular basis which is designed for the purpose to improve an individual’s health.

There are walks available 7 days a week in a range of locations – pick an NK Social Strollers leaflet or visit www.nkoutreach.co.uk or for information. Walks range in distance and ability. These are gentle – a 30 to 45 minute gentle paced walk, stroll – a 1 hour brisk walk and striders – a 1½ hour brisk walk. All our walks are lead by one of our friendly, experienced and qualified volunteer health walk leaders. Please call us prior to any walk as time and meeting points may vary.

Does a walk need setting up in your area?

We are always interested in setting up new walks and getting more people involved. If you think where you live should have a walk, please call or email us and we can look in to arranging something.

If you would like further information, please contact the Carly Togher on 870252 or email nkhealthandsports@litc.org.uk. You can also find regular updates on facebook, twitter @nkhealthwalks or on the NK Outreach website www.nkoutreach.co.uk

The NK Social Strollers is a part of the NK Outreach Team and now have 15 regular health walks in North Kesteven, with regular walkers and volunteers.

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Hykeham Rural Police Report

My last report was on the 8th January, so this review is taken from that time, to date. I will break the routine slightly this month and start with the anti-social behaviour (ASB) figures. These are run from April to April and divided into two groups: Firstly the incidents that cause Fear and Concern (Street drinking, environmental and vehicle nuisance); secondly those "other" incidents such as neighbour disputes and trespass.

The figures for 2012/13 were:

Hykeham Rural Villages 79 (F&C) 165 (Other) = 244

To date the figures read:

Hykeham Rural Villages 40 (F&C) 152 (Other) = 192

Now back to how I usually start for those that feel a little uncomfortable, the crime figures (Year to date) are: Hykeham Rural Villages – 25 less crimes (8.8%) with a 24% detection rate.

There have been further reports of property stolen from sheds and garages, the areas concerned in the rural villages were reports on Sorrel Road and Rookery Close (Witham St Hughs). Items taken were push bikes and tools. Bassingham village remains a focus of the teams attention following a report of an attempted burglary on Lincoln Road, a motorbike stolen on Linga Lane and copper pipe stolen from a back garden on the same road.

There was an arrest made in December, but we are continuing our enquiries, so please report any suspicious activity to the police.

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The Birds and the Trees

Elaine Thompson returns to the Natural World Centre to exhibit her unique artwork drawing influence from the birds and the trees!

Starting on the 5th April, the Natural World Centre welcomes back by popular demand, pyrographer, Elaine Thompson. Elaine is a Midlands artist working in wood. She makes irregular shaped pictures from pieces of English hardwood using the grain as the inspiration for the work.

"It is interesting to see the wealth of shapes and colours in the wood of different types of tree. The curved lines of the grains in the wood suggest natural subjects, so most of my work features birds, animals, trees, plants and landscapes, and for this exhibition I have worked mostly on trees, drawing tree shapes that integrate into the natural patterns in the wood."

This will be a selling exhibition so why not take the opportunity to buy a piece of this unique artwork, an ideal gift or even better for your own enjoyment!

Elaine will also be holding a free drop in session on Saturday 12th April between 11am – 3pm, a chance for you to have a go and create your own small piece of work to take away. You can see and replicate pictures in the grain and Elaine will be on hand to answer any questions and talk about her inspirations, different woods and the techniques she uses to create her artwork. This event is suitable for adults and supervised children aged 8 years and over.

For further information about this exhibition please contact the Natural World Centre on 688868 or email whisby.exhibitions@litc.org.uk. Alternatively, please visit www.naturalworldcentre.co.uk

For regular updates on events and activities, find us on Facebook /Natural-World-Centre or follow us on Twitter @WhisbyNatureP

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Construction Companies lend a Hand to Bassingham Scout Group

A scout group has been given somewhere safe to store their equipment after two Lincolnshire firms teamed up to help. Employees at Focus Consultants have been working with the 30th Lincoln 1st Bassingham Scout Group to help them find the funding to provide a new equipment store to replace old buildings which have to be demolished at their headquarters in Bassingham.

Focus spotted a 20-foot metal storage container which had come to the end of its useable life span and which was owned by Linden Homes, a company that Focus has been working with on their Oasis development at Carholme Road in Lincoln. The development is now in its final phase so the timing was perfect for Linden Homes to come to the rescue by donating one of their old storage containers from the site to help the Bassingham Scout Group.

Jon Blanchard, site manager for Linden Homes at the Carholme Road development said: "We were only too pleased to help out with this as it fits in with our community engagement work we do as part of the Considerate Constructors Scheme where we are always looking at how we can go the extra mile."

Senior building surveyor Darren Booker, from Focus Consultants, said: "As funding and building consultants we always strive to find new ways of helping projects succeed and are very pleased to help, especially when the local community benefits."

Alison Kelly, who is the Bassingham Group Scout Leader, said: "We can’t thank Focus and Linden Homes enough for their help and donation. As a charity we are always looking to find new ways of funding equipment and activities for the children because without funding and volunteers we could not function; and it is times like this we really appreciate the generosity and thoughtfulness of people such as Linden Homes and Focus Consultants. With support like this from local businesses it helps to make our funding stretch that bit further."

Focus Consultants has offices at Endeavour Park, Boston, and Manor Farm, Aubourn near Lincoln, as well as branches in Nottingham, Leicester and London. It provides a range of consultancy services to the construction industry, including construction and property services, project and programme management, energy carbon sustainability support and economic development and funding advice.

Linden Homes, part of the Galliford Try Group, is a leading homes builder, with branches across the country. Linden Homes is an award-winning housebuilder and the sixth largest residential developer in the UK.

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The Ascent North Hykeham’s very own indoor climbing wall right on your doorstep!

The Ascent at the North Kesteven Centre, North Hykeham is NK Outreach’s indoor climbing facility and is a modern indoor climbing room with 13 climbing lines totaling 26 routes and 2 traversing routes. This facility has been designed to cater for all climbing abilities allowing for a mixture of instructed sessions and training courses.

Join us for instructed indoor climbing sessions every week for all abilities from beginners through to advanced. There is sure to be a climbing experience available for all ages 5 years +. (The reason for 5 years or over is due to harness size). There is at least one session available each week, for each level, so there should be a chance for everyone to enjoy climbing.

All climbing equipment is provided and we ask that all climbers wear tight comfortable trainers or plimsolls for the best climbing experience. All climbers must have a NK Outreach Registration form for their first visit. Please visit www.nkoutreach.co.uk for more information.

The Ascent is also qualified to deliver the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) at level 1 & 2 and is designed to promote climbing development and accredit individual achievement on artificial climbing structures. Once you have completed level 2, you will be qualified to climb on any UK indoor climbing wall, without having to undertake costly and time consuming competency assessments. Courses are available for both children (7 years+) and adults (18 years+). Please contact the extreme sports coordinator on 870252 for dates and further information.

If you’re already confident to climb alone, The Ascent also offers an unsupervised ‘pay as you go’ service and is available for climbers to use on a paired basis. All participants must be over the age of 18 and be able to do a rethreaded figure of 8 knot, put on a harness and helmet correctly and belay safely. Anyone wishing to use the facility unsupervised must complete a BMC declaration at the North Kesteven Centre reception or download and bring with you.

For more information call the NK Outreach team on 870252, or email the extreme sports coordinator on extremenk@litc.org.uk. You can also book a place by calling the North Kesteven Centre on 883311

For regular updates like us on facebook –

The Ascent Climbing Wall or follow us on Twitter @nkoutreach

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Snap Up Prizes in the Year's Photography Competition - The Natural World Centre

This year marks the 5th annual Photographic Competition at The Natural World Centre and is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of the sunny weather whilst you walk around Whisby Nature Park, capturing the beautiful flora and fauna through the camera lens. This year will be sponsored again by Kodak Express, Guildhall Street, Lincoln who will award some fabulous prizes to the chosen top three winning entries as chosen by them!

All entries will be on display in the Upper Gallery Exhibition Space 5th to 30th May; with the winners will feature in our 2015 calendar.

To inspire the inner travelling photographer within our visitors, we will be hosting Objects and Art’s photographic exhibition ‘An African Wildlife Journey’. This exhibition depicts a recent 6000mile overland trek through Africa from Uganda to South Africa via Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia capturing the beauty of the wildlife, including mountain gorillas, lions, cheetahs, rhinos, hippopotamus and elephants, as well stunning views of African mountain, savannah, desert and coastal landscapes.

All the photography will be on sale so no reason for you not to take a little bit of wildlife back home!

We also wish all the best to Lorna Burland – our catering assistant at the centre will also be heading to Africa this October as a part of a 3 month voluntary placement with the charity African Conservation Experience. There will be a display within the Centre outlining Lorna’s African adventure and what she will be doing in the conservation of animals. We shall keep an update of her experiences within the Centre until her return in the New Year.

We are accepting entries for the photographic competition from 1st March, all entries need to be received by the 25th April and must be A4 in size and framed. The Photographic Competition is FREE to enter and is open to all ages with a limit of one entry per person.

All photographs must be taken within the Whisby Nature Park, Little Darters Play Park and The Natural World Centre.

For full information and an application pack please contact 688868 or email whisby.exhibitions@LITC.org.uk or visit www.naturalworldcentre.co.uk

For regular updates on events and activities, find us on Facebook /Natural-World-Centre or follow us on Twitter @WhisbyNatureP

Last year's winning photo by Elizabeth Dunn

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Garden Waste (Brown Bins) Paid Collection Reminder

I thought it would be useful to give you an update regarding the above. On line payments for the 2014/2015 garden waste collections opened on Monday 3rd February after around 16,000 existing customers were emailed inviting them to join. (Email addresses were gathered from those paying online and over the phone last year.) Those existing customers not on email will towards the end of February have received a personalised letter inviting them to rejoin. Payments by phone and other means will be available from Monday 3rd March when additional Customer services staff will be available to deal with the demand.

The use of e-mail has enabled the Council to make significant savings in its postal bill and the staff in Customer Services will again this year seek permission from residents to obtain e-mail addresses both for future waste related correspondence and for more general Council correspondence.

As at today 3,200 households have already rejoined the garden waste scheme which is an excellent start. We anticipate that we will repeat the success of last year when almost 29,000 households joined the scheme. In order to attract new customers there will be an article and advert in the forthcoming NewsNK. Customers joining the scheme will be sent their new garden waste sticker and their garden waste collection calendar from the end of February.

This year there is no ‘period of grace’ being offered – residents who have not paid for a garden waste collection by the end of March will not receive any further collections until they have paid. If any Member has any questions in relation to the 2014/2015 garden waste scheme please contact either myself or Nina. We are also in the final stages of planning the implementation of a route review to optimise our collection routes for all waste streams. I expect to be able to write and update you on the details of that project and its implications in the coming weeks.

Regards Mark Taylor. Head of Environment and Public Protection

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Letter to the Editor from Resident Expresses Concern about Expansion of Witham St Hughs

Recently I attended the consultation evening at the village hall in Witham St Hughs about the future expansion plans to double the footprint of the village. Upon reflection about this event I have serious concerns about the plans and their failure to address certain existing and future problems within the infrastructure of the village that is already there and will be exaggerated if these proposed plans go ahead.

With only one major access and egress road (Munjac Way) being proposed in the blueprint, the increase in the volume of the vehicles will have a dramatic effect on the safety of the road with it being so close to the school and surrounding roads.

The problem is peoples attitude towards parking, every household in Witham has at least one and if not two parking spaces allocated to their property but yet people still park on the road closest to their home, this is human nature. The problem arises when they constantly park in a give way area allocated, one would assume, would be in place for the road for the traffic calming system we have in place on the major roads throughout the village and then you have a long line of vehicles from there just parked, this creates a major hazard for both road users and pedestrians alike due to the lack of vision.

This also applies to the persons who park directly on the corners of the off shoot roads leading to the houses again creating the same hazard. This is not just residents doing this but it is the employees of people running businesses from their homes who leave their vehicles there and go out with their employer.

How do we tackle this, Education or Enforcement? Education- There has been a lot of comments expressed on the way certain households constantly park their vehicles in the area in many different forums but still to no effect, so how do we educate by Enforcement in my opinion. Enforcement- would mean putting DOUBLE YELLOW LINES down for twenty five metres at these strategic areas such as the traffic calming measures and street corners to remove this hazard of inconsiderate parking and making sure that it is enforced correctly.

I believe that it is only a matter of time before there is a serious incident whether it involves a child or vehicles if this situation is allowed to continue. As far as I am aware a lot of the developed area has not been taken over by LCC who are responsible for the roads and NKDC who we pay our council tax to, due to the development roads and paths not being up to the correct specifications.

Until this situation is resolved we have little or no chance of seeing any action. So I would propose to the council, stop granting planning permission to the developers until what has been put in place already has been brought up to an acceptable standard and all the infrastructure has been accepted and taken under the councils control, or maybe the involved councils do not want to take responsibility for the whole area because of the possible effect on their budget. One more thing to do with parking issues is the increased number of white vans and work vehicles being parked on roads and pathways in the village, is this really necessary and would it not be more considerate to park you’re vehicle in the

village car park overnight rather than half on the path and half on the road. Surely it is as safe there as outside your home. Probably it would be an idea to put CCTV up at the village hall car park to improve security and thus it would encourage these people to park the work related vehicles there when not in use, after all it is not too far from anyone’s home in the village to walk too or from.

I am sure that this will provoke some reaction but if you are offended by these comments ask yourself why? Are you one of these people who knowingly create one of these hazards and think you have the right to compromise the safety of other road users and pedestrians? If so please take a look at yourself and think about your actions before you react. Witham St Hughs is not a bad place to live and certain groups of people are successfully trying to create a good community spirit, let’s all take this to heart for the future development of the village. But we need to get the infrastructure that is already in place functioning properly and its ownership sorted out first before we proceed with any further development. When we do continue to expand the footprint of Witham St Hughs, the health and social welfare of the villagers needs more consideration and this needs to be taken into account by the involved councils and developers.

Faithfully yours IDL

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April 2014

Editorial:

Knock, Knock April’s here! Yes you read right its April, the fourth month of the year already can you believe it!! Did you know its name derives from the latin word aperit, which means to open. As April for us in the Northern hemisphere is considered to be the month of the growing season when tress and flowers begin to bloom and "open" you can understand why. It is also believed that the month is named after the Greek goddess, Aphrodite (Aphros). April’s birth flowers are the daisy and sweet pea and your birthstone this month is the diamond which symbolizes innocence. April is also well known for its showers and lets hope after all the beautiful early spring sun we have been treated to, showers are all they’ll be. Here we go then 30 days kicking of with fool’s day, then a new financial year begins, Easter celebrations and St George’s day on the 23rd to name just a few. For your local events and activities what better place to start than right here, there could almost be something for everyone, meetings, gatherings, local attractions, Easter holiday fun, fayres and much more so sit back read on and don’t miss out.

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

"April Showers" by Paul Hubbard

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Hykeham Rural Police Report

Good Morning to you all, Sound of the 60’s is on the radio and I thought what better time to sit and send you my monthly report, before the daily incidents start to come in! My last report to you was on the 4th February, so this will bring you up to date with the areas crime and happenings.

We are heading towards the 1st April, at which point the year to date (YTD) statistics are zeroed, we have over this past year seen a decrease in crime since last autumn and the detection rate has been steadily hovering around 30%.

Hykeham Rural (Villages) has shown a rise of 4 crimes YTD again at 1% and a detection rate of 27%. The crime rate was influenced by the commercial / farm breaks last year, where heating oil, lead and metals were targeted. This again has declined and crime target hardening, along with the new Scrap Metal Act has aided in dealing proactively with offenders. A list of authorised scrap collectors is issued by North Kesteven District Council and distributed to my officers, unauthorised collectors are moved on / prosecuted and have been literally escorted off the beat area to their homeland nearer the A1.

Travellers have moved onto Teal Park (Siemens site), and we are engaging with them and with our partners in Lincolnshire County Council and North Kesteven District Council.

The Hykeham Rural village of Bassingham has seen a rise in crime this period, this month we have had reports of garage, shed, and vehicle breaks (12 in total) which occurred overnight on the 5th March. This started in September with the first report of a burglary on Aubourn Road, in the past seven months we have had seven burglaries and a further garage and vehicle break. The local community would have a noticed an increase in visible patrol activity and "street surgeries" held at the SPAR shop. We have also been out in the hours of darkness, on plain clothed foot and cycle patrols, as well as driving around in unmarked hire cars. Dog and Traffic units have also been patrolling the village and surrounding area. We have made some ground on the intelligence and evidence gathering and will continue with our patrol activities.

The key times from looking at the offences are mid afternoon to late evening for burglary and over night (11pm to 5am) for the garage and shed breaks. It is obvious that the criminals are in the village watching and picking their targets, so please report all suspicious activity, even if you think it would be silly, please pick up the phone and report it.

All the above incidents were released on to the LincsAlert system, so again I strongly recommend that people sign up to it.

Kindest Regards Jon Hammond Community Beat Sergeant

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Bassingham Local Access Point Change of Location

From Wednesday 2nd April 2014 the Bassingham Access Point will be operated through partnership with the Parish Council. The joint venture will have seen the office in Torgate Lane close on Monday 24th March and a new base open at The Hammond Hall on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9am to 1pm, operated by the parish clerk Roger Hales (Tel: 789758).

As with all Local Access Points, customers will be able to view local planning applications, report street light problems, holes in the road, fly tipping and missed bin collections, arrange collection of large items, pick up local information about the area, view the electoral register, collect application forms and information leaflets and much more.

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Bassingham Charity

This article is to inform readers of the existence and function of the above charity. People of the parish who benefit at the moment are the over 85’s and surviving spouses upon the death of a partner. We have also helped with the cost of visits to hospital for long-term treatment and students with the purchase of books and the cost of field trips.

The charity, which has seven trustees, was set up some 200 years ago by some far-sighted land owners in the parish. It is for ‘relief in need’. Anyone in Bassingham village who has fallen on hard times financially could be helped. The charity does not have unlimited funds but if you know of anyone who needs help, please speak in the strictest confidence to either myself or Canon Nick Buck.

George Marsh. Hon Secretary

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Local Plans and Site Allocations

The Central Linc’s Strategic Planning Committee, of which I am a member, comprises the districts of North Kesteven, West Lindsey and Lincoln City. We aim to develop a comprehensive plan for sustainable growth up to 2036. Planning shapes the environment that we live in, where we work, shop and play. It also determines where new homes, offices, shops and leisure facilities go. What you, the community thinks, matters and we want you to have your say.

There are local consultations planned later in the year which we hope you will attend. Or perhaps you will go to your parish council meeting where site allocations are sure to be on the agenda at some point. This is your chance to be involved in possible development in your village!

Cllr Pat Woodman MBE

Bassingham Community Plan Scheduled for Later in 2014

The Community Options Group would like to thank all those who completed the recent village questionnaire for Bassingham. In total approximately 400 questionnaires were returned which is an excellent response. Following the collation of all the data from the questionnaires the group will commence the task of analysing the results. This will then lead, later in the year, to the production of the Bassingham Community Plan.

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History of the Bassingham "Tower"

It is good to see the "Tower" being replaced by a purpose built facility which will be an asset to the community but some may not know its origin. The tower is all that remained of the Women’s Land Army Hostel. The Hostel was built to house girls drafted in to replace male farm workers who had enlisted and gone off to war. It comprised two long single story timber-built structures in an L-shape abutting onto a brick part, which housed the ablution block. The tower was necessary to elevate a large hot water tank to provide a sufficient flow of hot water for the baths. Of the two timber rooms, one was used as a dormitory and the other for everyday living.

When the Hostel was given up by the War Department, it was decided to purchase it at a price of £600 (about £18,000 in today’s money) to serve as a village hall. A loan was taken out with Lloyds Bank, Newark, the interest being less than 5%.

Then began the search for furniture, crockery, etc. As a form of rationing was still in force, many items were donated - the baths were sold to boost funds. Fire buckets and extinguishers were purchased, an application made to the Food Office for a Catering licence. A Tea urn was purchased. The flat, which had been occupied by the Warden Miss. Knocker, was let free of charge in exchange for caretaking duties. (Vick Peacock was the first Caretaker). The garage was let for 8 shillings a month (less than 50p but £12 today.) Finally, a Social evening was arranged for 21st November, 1950 and Alderman Flintham was asked to "sort of open the Hall." Sports clubs had rooms and a stage was erected. In this form, It served the village very well for 20 years. Later, Chance to Share with the school became the village hall and the two timber parts were sold leaving just the old brick Tower, rather ugly but fondly regarded.

As for the new Tower, it is hoped it will house the old photographs that were formerly in the Heritage Room.

The above historical information is from the remains of the loose pages of a minute/accounts book dating from the time of the Hostel.

Helen Ash (Feb.2014)

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"THE LAST POST" A Community Play Celebrating the Sacrifices Made During the First World War

In the Lincolnshire Archives there are 300 letters, bequeathed to the City of Lincoln by the granddaughter of the late Amy Beechey who lived locally in World War One. The letters are the correspondence Amy’s eight sons wrote home during the conflict from the training camps, trenches, dugouts, hospitals and wherever else they found themselves. All eight Beechey brothers volunteered for the Army: five were killed and three returned - one crippled. The Lincoln Mystery Plays Community Theatre Company will bring those letters and the lives of the family behind them into focus during Armistice Week this November. Two volunteer local writers have pored over the letters and met with their benefactor to create a community play of great poignancy and power to be performed at the Lincoln Drill Hall - their Drill Hall - in commemoration of the Great War's centenary.

The Last Post is inspired by the letters those eight brothers wrote home to Avondale Street. It is their story, told in their words and through the experiences of their mother Amy and sisters who waited anxiously to receive news from the boys. One of her daughters, Edie, helped to preserve all the letters and it is through her eyes that the play unfolds. The play explores how the family members conducted themselves during the war, how they reacted to extreme pressures and reveals how their collective resilience became a shining example of courage and fortitude from the most tragic of situations.

The Last Post is a tribute to this remarkable Lincoln family; to their dignity, patriotism and extraordinary sacrifice. With the Mystery Plays company poised to launch this great endeavour, an appeal reminiscent of the famous Lord Kitchener poster goes out to say Lincoln, "Your Community Needs You." In order to fully capture the stoical spirit of the family, the city, the nation and the times, the company is looking to recruit in all areas - both to the acting frontline and in all areas of staging, support and production.

The launch event is open to everyone, on

Monday 31st March at 7.30pm

in the Old Staff Room at Bishop Grosseteste University, Newport, Lincoln.

Under 16s to be accompanied. Volunteers of all ages - male, female, babes in arms to life-experienced - would enrich the story and creative vision through acting, singing, sewing, costume dyeing and making, set design and construction, music, front of house and publicity.

If you are unable to attend but would like to be involved, or know more, please email Janie@lincolnmysteries.co.uk or call Janie on 537838.

Pupils of two Lincoln schools and students at Lincoln College have already learned of the soldiers' experiences, imagined themselves in the trenches and composed their own letters home in preparatory workshops for Sinfonia Viva's performance Dark Clouds are Smouldering into Red. Here The Last Post writers and artistic director collaborated with Sinfonia Viva to help bridge the century and begin the process of today's Lincoln revealing an astonishing and poignant story of past sacrifice which received national notoriety and the compassion of the King.

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NK Walking Festival 14th to 20th July 2014

North Kesteven is privileged to a vast open countryside with fascinating heritage and diverse wildlife. The district offers many walking opportunities for all ages and abilities ranging in distance from location to location.

The NK Walking Festival has been created in order to celebrate these opportunities and to be proud of what North Kesteven has to offer. It will be a week-long event taking place from Monday 14th to Sunday 20th July and will incorporate the existing walking routes available within the district. These walks are designed for all ages and abilities and we want to encourage as many people as possible to take part.

These walks are taken from the current walking provision in North Kesteven which are:-

- The Stepping Out Network,

- North Kesteven Health Walks,

- Waddle Toddle Family Walks and

- The Spires and Steeples Arts and Heritage Trail

The week will consist of a number of each of these walks in different locations and times to encourage as much participation as possible. A full list of events will be published at a later date. Each walk will be led by a walks leader and are free to attend.

On Saturday 19th July, there will be a charity walk in conjunction with Macmillan Cancer Support at 10am at Whisby Nature Reserve. This will be a 5k walk and everyone is welcome to attend. Please contact Donna Lill on 870273 or email eventsofficer@litc.org.uk for a sponsorship pack.

If you would like to take part in any of these walks please note that booking is advised. Please contact Donna Lill on 870273 or email eventsofficer@litc.org.uk

For regular updates follow us on Twitter @NKWalking or find us on Facebook /NK Walking Festival. Alternatively please visit www.countrysidenk.co.uk

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May 2014

Editorial: Well hello… what’s there to say? Simply already, cor blimey it’s May!!! Hope you are well, enjoying the fine spring weather and ready to read on as this month is jam packed full of things to see, do and entertain. Kicking straight off then with:- THE WITHAM STAPLE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Tuesday 6th May at 7.30pm Meeting Room St Michael’s Church, Bassingham The Annual General meeting is open to everyone and everyone in the Witham Staple area is most welcome. The committee looks forward to seeing you and would be pleased to see anyone interested in finding out more about how the magazine is produced or who would like to be involved in the monthly process. Each month the team between them produce, print, collate, staple and deliver well over 2400 copies, one to every household in the community. We hope to see you there.

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

"Blue Bells" by Bunny Allport

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Hykeham Rural Police Report

Good Morning to you all, Well British Summer Time has arrived and brought with it the dust from the Saharan dust cloud, so to avoid breathing in the sandy air, I have sat down to write my monthly report to you, my last being on the 8th March. The crime statistics are taken from April to April, which gives us the Year to Date information which I always present to you, so I will start with how we performed this past year. North Hykeham Town ends at a rise of 2 crimes (0.4%) and a resolution rate of 31%. Hykeham Rural ends at a rise of 4 crimes (1.2%) and a resolution rate of 26.6%

If you compare this with the figures at the end of September 2013 when North Hykeham Town was showing a rise of 30.5% in crime, you can see how hard the teams have worked on our community engagement initiatives and a proactive / reactive response to crime.

I have also reviewed the anti-social behaviour (ASB) reports, concentrating on those incidents that cause fear and concern. The total number to date was 78 reports since April 2013. In comparison to past years there were 108 reports 2012/13 and 137 reports 2011/12. I have taken a stand on reported incidents of ASB, named offenders are visited at home in the days following any reports and given a Parental Letter, with the advice that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated. If this is not heeded, then it is followed up by positive action, which has included the issuing of police cautions.

There have been some significant arrests made, with the apprehension of two males on Linga Lane in Bassingham, suspected of being involved in the recent burglaries. A male arrested for two burglaries in North Hykeham Town and a further arrest and charge for a male concerned in bike theft in the town. The recent reports of shed and garage breaks have led to the arrests of four males, and a further five arrests for bike theft.

The teams have worked hard and many of you would have seen us patrolling in the Town and Villages, but perhaps not when we were out in plain clothes in the hours of darkness, taking a proactive stance on the reported crime. This is not withstanding the support from the communities, who were reporting anything suspicious that they saw, which included a keen gardener who found a crow bar hidden in the shrubs!

Our progress was released on LincsAlert, Twitter, and Facebook, so if you haven’t joined up, please do and encourage others to join.

We have a new PCSO joining the team, straight from this year’s recruits and arriving at North Hykeham Police Station in May/June. So she will be soon to tread on the tarmac and slabs of the beat areas.

Insecurity crimes have raised to the headlines again. There have been reports in Witham St Hughs, where cars have been left unlocked and promptly entered easily and items taken from inside. So we will once again be pushing out crime prevention advice to our communities.

That’s all folks, don’t forget to call 999 in an emergency, 101 if you are reporting a crime or anything suspicious.

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Bassingham Open Gardens Sunday 8th June 2pm until 6pm

A number of gardens in Bassingham will be open to welcome you for this annual event held on the Sunday afternoon of Scarecrow weekend. There will be a plant stall on Christmas Tree Corner, delicious home-made teas will be served in a beautiful garden and Dennett’s ice cream will be on sale in another. Tickets, in the form of a programme with a map and description of each garden, will be on sale in advance from Saturday 24th May from Greens and The Hammond Hall, on the day from 1.30pm on the Hammond Hall car park and from 2pm at each garden, price £3. Accompanied children enter free.

The money from this event goes to the Bassingham Playing Field Charity which is currently involved in building the new Tower. Would you like to help to make the afternoon a successful and enjoyable occasion for everyone? Donations of plants for the plant stall, large or small, are always very welcome and this year we are including garden sundries, your surplus pots or seed trays, maybe tools or unwanted seeds. Contact Jan 788793. Could you make a cake for the tea garden or maybe you could give an hour on the day to help serve teas. Contact Sandra 788213 or Susan 788459 who will be delighted to hear from you.

Please join us and enjoy a delightful afternoon in a good cause.

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Bassingham Scarecrow Weekend

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June

This years theme is 'Pantomine Characters' If you are able to display a scarecrow this year, would you be kind enough to lets us know, so we can ensure that all the scarecrows on show are included in the 'Scarecrow Trail' For any further help etc.. ring Mike or Christine on 788086.

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Lincoln Street Pastors - Handy App

The Lincoln Street Pastors team is encouraging more people to download its FREE App - which aims to ensure everyone enjoys a safe night out in the city after dark.

Levypayers are urged to check out the yournight.mobi App - www.lincoln.yournight.mobi 

and spread the word about this easy-to-use tool, which helps people to track down bars, pubs, eateries, car parks, taxis and more. The street pastors, who can be spotted out and about in Lincoln city centre on Friday and Saturday nights between 10.30pm and 4am, offer unconditional help to anyone who needs a listening ear. A spokesman for the Pastors said: "We devised the App so that it is simple to access and designed to be used by people of all ages."

In addition to signposting people to city venues and taxis, the App features some really useful contact numbers for a variety of agencies, including those which can be of real help to people who perhaps don’t know who to turn to in the middle of the night. Accessing the Your Night App is easy using a personal computer or mobile web browser and it is tailored to suit iPhone, Android or Windows systems. The App has also been adapted for use in many other places across the UK – the latest include Liverpool, Kent and Scotland.

For further information contact Joy Liddle at: Lincoln@streetpastors.org.uk 

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Hammond Hall End of Year Report April 2014

This year has been a time of growth for the Hammond Hall and sports centre. The newly refurbished multi-sports-area is used on a weekly basis throughout the year by both the Bassingham Belles netball club and the rush hockey sessions as well as being utilised by the junior football club for winter training sessions. The school has also made use of this excellent village facility. All in all the total footfall for the first 11 months of use has been well over 4000, which exceeds the predicted levels when the project was started.

The main hall and meeting room has seen an increase of about 20% in club bookings for the year and with the local access point now being based in the Hammond Hall, meeting room 3 mornings per week, there are now only a couple of time slots left to fill for weekday usage. Private bookings for the year have been a bit slow due to the unlucky ‘13’ in the date putting off potential brides, but we already have 5 weddings in the diary for this year and 3 private bookings confirmed for 2015.

The friends of the Hammond Hall have again been an enormous help in the running of coffee mornings, bingo sessions, quizzes and tabletop sales. The success of these events has raised over £10,000 since the club was formed in February 2011. The club has spent over £6,000 on improvements for the hall. The latest acquisition being a state of the art audio system to be used in the rooms for conference work and guest speakers. Once again, I would like to give my personal thanks to the friends, because without you, life at the Hammond would not be the same.

Moving forward, the new tower replacement building will be opening in August, giving the Hammond Hall and the village much needed storage space for clubs as well as an additional 60 square metre function room. This will also house some of the village heritage memorabilia as well as filling the gap left in hireable space by the loss of the heritage room.

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Free Health Walks In North Kesteven: Branching Out With NK Social Strollers

The NK Social Strollers health walk scheme has branched out to start working in partnership with children activity providers, to offer family style health walks across North Kesteven. North Kesteven Social Strollers is a free health walk scheme, and is available to all. A health walk is a purposeful, brisk walk undertaken on a regular basis which is designed for the purpose to improve an individual’s health.

Come and join our friendly and informal family walk groups for some exercise in the fresh air around your local village. Walking is the best activity to improve your fitness, aid in weight loss and also is proven to improve your overall mental health and wellbeing. Enjoying a 3 mile brisk walk can burn approximately 300 calories!

With one health walk a week you will be able to achieve, on average, 6,000 steps; more than half the recommended average by the government. You will also feel more motivated and confident to continue to increase your physical activity levels. Also, if you complete just three walks with us, you get a free pedometer!

Walks are currently available in Washingborough every other Monday morning at 9:30am, Billinghay every other Tuesday morning at 10am and Waddington every other Friday at 12:30pm. Each walk start the local children’s centre and refreshments are available after each walk. For more information please contact Carly on 870252 or email nkhealthandsports@litc.org.uk

Does a walk need setting up in your area?

We are always interested in setting up new walks and getting more people involved. If your group of mums, or you as a children’s activity provider wish to start up your own buggy walk, please call or email us and we can look in to arranging something.

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Join Free Bike Rides In Lincolnshire With Skyride Local!

With cycling more popular than ever, now is the time to get out on two wheels in Lincolnshire! Free guided bike guides are returning to Lincolnshire this spring and residents are being encouraged to dust off their bikes and take to the saddle.

In partnership with Lincolnshire Sport, the Sky Ride Local programme of bike rides provides opportunities for individuals, families and groups to take part in varying lengths of guided rides, as well as meet some new people and have fun while doing some exercise.

Sky Ride Local events are open to everyone and they’re organised and guided by British Cycling trained Ride Leaders, who are on hand to offer encouragement and support throughout. There are rides for all ages, with varying levels from easy-going through to more challenging rides.

British Cycling Ride Leader, Ray Whitehouse, said: ‘There are so many opportunities to get out on your bike with Sky Ride Local. As well as the family-friendly easy-going and steady rides, the challenging rides can really give you an idea of what it is like to take on the hills and push yourself – just like the pro riders!’

The first rides taking place in Lincolnshire are:

Sky Ride Local Le Petit Grand Prix

Saturday 10th May at 10am

Spatrail – Woodhall Spa to Horncastle - 20 miles

Saturday 17th May at 2pm

Bassingham - Norton Disney Countryside Loop – 9 miles

Sunday 18th May at 9.30am

Southrey Social – Woodhall Spa - 15 miles

Friday 23rd May at 6pm

Wheeling round Welton

Sunday 1st June at 10am

Skellingthorpe – Doddi Loop

Saturday 7th June at 10am

Harby Loop – North Kesteven Centre

Sunday 8th June at 10am

Skellingthorpe – Fledborough Viaduct – Trains, Planes and Cycle Lanes

Sunday 8th June at 10am

To register for one of these exciting rides or to find out more about other

Sky Rides happening in our area, visit www.goskyride.com/lincoln

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Volunteers Sought For New Lincolnshire Volunteer Force Programme

A new programme designed to train and recruit sport volunteers has launched in Lincolnshire.

Following on from the success of the Games Makers at the London 2012 Olympics and the national programme Sport Makers, Lincolnshire Sport has launched the brand new local initiative called Lincolnshire Volunteer Force to increase physical activity and sport throughout communities in Lincolnshire.

The role of a Lincolnshire Volunteer Force team member is to work with Lincolnshire Sport to assist and deliver events such as the Lincolnshire Sports Awards and the Market Rasen 10K, be a community focal point for physical activity events and be part of a team of volunteers that helps get the county active. It will also include recruiting, retaining and rewarding other volunteers in your area, as well as supporting individual volunteers where necessary.

Volunteers will benefit from free specific training, free volunteering uniforms as well as the opportunity to up skill qualifications.

For more information or to request an application form visit www.lincolnshiresport.com or contact Tom Armstrong on 585580

or email tom.armstrong@lincolnshiresport.com

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Spires & Steeples Challenge 2014

A 26 or 13 mile walk or run along the

Arts & Heritage Trail from Lincoln to Sleaford

Are You Ready For The Challenge?

The Spires and Steeples Challenge returns for 2014!

The seventh annual Spires and Steeples challenge; taking place on Sunday 12th October is now open for entries. The Challenge is a charity 26 mile or 13 mile walk or run starting in Lincoln or Metheringham and finishing in Sleaford, in aid of Wheel Appeal which provides sports wheelchairs, training and support to disabled people.

Leisure in the Community Events Officer, Donna Lill, who is organising the Challenge has said, “The Spires and Steeples Challenge is now in its seventh year and following last year’s bad weather we hope to make this year the biggest yet. It is a very popular event and with preparations firmly underway I’m looking forward to another successful challenge.”

Sponsorship is a vital element to the organisation of the event; financial contributions from sponsors go towards funding the vitally important resources of First Aid and communication links. Following their consistent involvement over the years, Lincolnshire Co-operative is once again the main sponsor for this years challenge. Member Engagement Manager at Lincolnshire Co-op, Richard Whittaker said; “We’re delighted to be supporting the Spires and Steeples Challenge again in 2014. It’s a fantastic event which takes in some of the most stunning scenery that Lincolnshire has to offer. We plan to have a team of our staff taking part this year to raise money for our Charity of the Year – Alzheimer’s Society and we hope that lots of local people will also take part.”

Entry costs have been frozen from last year’s challenge and remain at £15 in advance and £18 on the day and places are limited to 1000. You must be aged 16 years or over to take part in the 26 mile run but children between the ages of 14-16 years can take part in the walks and the 13 mile run as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

To enter the Challenge or to see how you can get involved, please contact Donna Lill on 870273 or e-mail EventsOfficer@LITC.org.uk. Online entries are also being taken; visit www.runnersworld.co.uk/spiresandsteeples2014 to enter today! You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter @Spires_Steeples to be kept up to date with the event.

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The Ascent - North Hykeham’s very own indoor climbing wall right on your doorstep!

The Ascent at the North Kesteven Centre, North Hykeham is NK Outreach’s indoor climbing facility and is a modern indoor climbing room with 13 climbing lines totaling 26 routes and 2 traversing routes. This facility has been designed to cater for all climbing abilities allowing for a mixture of instructed sessions and training courses.

Join us for instructed indoor climbing sessions every week for all abilities from beginners through to advanced. There is sure to be a climbing experience available for all ages 5 years +. (The reason for 5 years or over is due to harness size). There is at least one session available each week, for each level, so there should be a chance for everyone to enjoy climbing.

All climbing equipment is provided and we ask that all climbers wearing tight comfortable trainers or plimsolls for the best climbing experience. All climbers must have a NK Outreach Registration form for their first visit. Please visit www.nkoutreach.co.uk for more information.

The Ascent is also qualified to deliver the National Indoor Climbing Award Scheme (NICAS) at level 1 & 2 and is designed to promote climbing development and accredit individual achievement on artificial climbing structures. Once you have completed level 2, you will be qualified to climb on any UK indoor climbing wall, without having to undertake costly and time consuming competency assessments. Courses are available for both children (7 years+) and adults (18 years+). Please contact the extreme sports coordinator on 870252 for dates and further information.

If you’re already confident to climb alone, The Ascent also offers an unsupervised ‘pay as you go’ service and is available for climbers to use on a paired basis. All participants must be over the age of 18 and be able to do a rethreaded figure of 8 knot, put on a harness and helmet correctly and belay safely. Anyone wishing to use the facility unsupervised must complete a BMC declaration at the North Kesteven Centre reception or download and bring with you.

For more information call the NK Outreach team on 870252, or email the extreme sports coordinator on extremenk@litc.org.uk. You can also book a place by calling the North Kesteven Centre on 883311

For regular updates like us on facebook – The Ascent Climbing Wall or follow us on Twitter @nkoutreach

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June 2014

Editorial: On Tuesday 20th June 1837 King William IV died of pneumonia, his niece Victoria had been designated the heir to the childless king from her birth and so Queen Victoria became monarch. The country was almost medieval in many ways. People relied on candlelight, suffered medicinal leeches for some sort of cure, could travel for the most part only at walking pace or if rich, by coach and horses and news took months to come from India, Africa or America. By the end of her reign which was just over sixty years there had been many changes, largely due to new inventions and discoveries – steamships, trains, telegraphy, indoor plumbing, photography, anaesthesia, gas lighting, refrigeration, telephones, recorded music, cars, motion pictures, radio and tens of thousands of little things, from bars of soap to push-along lawnmowers. You could write a sequel now, covering the reign of our current monarch, space flight, computers, mobile phones to name a few plus the many advances in medicine which is helping so many of us to live longer than our forebears. How blessed we all are. Enjoy your June?

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Front Cover of Magazine:

"Cygnets" by Paul Hubbard

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Bassingham Community Options Group (COG) Update

We have now concluded all inputting of the village questionnaire into Survey Monkey. Survey Monkey has the ability to allow the COG team to interpret the information, analyse it and ultimately produce a document that will highlight the answers of the questionnaire into a readable format.

The final stage of this process will be to produce a Community Led Plan (CLP) document, we are hoping the final document will be available late summer for public distribution. All in all we had 419 completed questionnaires and for information, 112 people had expressed an interest to volunteer to help out at village events or joining a committee for example.

As a by product of this questionnaire, it highlights statistical data for a number of user groups that can substantiate an application for funding for example. If anyone has a request for information in the meantime before the CLP document is produced, please contact myself.

On behalf of the COG team, I would like to thank all residents for taking the time to complete the questionnaire, your valued input will shape how Bassingham will evolve over the coming years.

Colin Coulson

[WS June 2014]

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48th Bassingham Show Saturday 9th August

It's that time of year again for everyone to book Bassingham Show's date in their diaries and to get their fingers working so you can enter items in the Handicraft Section. The classes on offer are:-

A hand knitted article.

A piece of hand embroidery.

A handicraft item not listed above - Textiles.

A handicraft item not list above - Non-textile.

A photograph (own) colour print - Sun Rise/Sun Set.

A photograph (own) colour print - Any Building.

A quilted item.

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

We look forward to seeing your entries at the Show

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Hykeham Rural Police Report

Good evening to you all.

It has been a busy month for us all, with the Parish Council AGM’s taking precedence, at which I was glad to see a good turn out from the local community, as you too were also glad to see a turn out from the local constabulary. I think I have managed to attend most of them and I have taken away some actions from them which I will update the Parishes with once complete.

My last report was on the 5th April, so I will reflect firstly in the time honoured manner, on the crime figures to date. Not forgetting that we have moved into the new Year to Date range from 1st April 2013, which has in essence zeroed the clock.

Hykeham Rural Villages shows a fall in crime by 24% with a 7% detection

Insecurity crime has been highlighted all over my daily occurrence book, since my last report to you there have been 31 crimes recorded, 19 of which were premises / cars assumed to have been left unlocked.

The simple fact is that there are criminals that are moving between residential areas across Lincoln, North Hykeham, Cliff Villages and the Rural Villages, just chancing their luck by trying doors and windows. In the most part they have been successful, we have, due to our proactive patrol efforts, been very close to the targeted areas, when the offenders have been disturbed by members of the public, who in turn have called the police, who have been nearby. This has happened on Newark Road, Nero Way, Ash Grove, Chestnut Road, and Bakewell Mews. The intelligence gap is closing on those responsible and there has been two significant arrests.

High value cars have also been targeted by professional criminals, so I would urge you to ensure that doors and windows are locked and car keys are not left out on display. If you have an exterior light, please ensure it is working and garden gates etc are locked. These measures may act as a deterrent. The reported areas have been in South Hykeham, North Hykeham Town and Thorpe on the Hill. The investigative enquiries have led to the recovery of a car in a neighbouring county.

The team have been out and about on their Police bicycles this past month, cycling out through North Hykeham Town to the villages in a continued effort to improve our community engagement. Last weekend I covered over 50 miles on my saddle and have still managed to sit down to write this report. Refreshments have been sought at the local church coffee mornings en route, which has led to some very good conversations on local issues. Not to mention the key engagement venue of Daisy Maid in Skellingthorpe, I still think rhubarb ice cream is a criminal offence.

I have also been out to witness the increase of traffic in Thorpe on the Hill, on which I will be feeding back to the Parish Council.

On a lighter note, we had a report of fly tippers disguised as Parish Councillors, which turned out to be actual councillors on a clean-up mission!!

That’s all really, please do not hesitate to contact me, or any one of my team, if you have any questions, or just want a chat. Not forgetting that all incidents are to be phoned through on the 101 number, or 999 in an emergency.

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July /August 2014

Editorial:

Wow, middle of the year already, the longest day has past and the nights are pulling in!! No don’t worry we’ve got two whole summer months of fun, games, activities and events to look forward to and its all squeezed in so let’s get on with it.

 

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Front Cover of Magazine:

 

 
“At the Beach” Artist unknown

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IMPORTANT NOTICE REMINDER LOCAL INFORMATION SHEET

September sees the annual re-issue of the Local Information Sheet. This sheet gives us information on local groups and associations as well as public services and utilities, where to find them and a contact number. Please can you courteously let the Editor know if the contact information on the sheet for your group or association is correct or if any changes need to be made to it, by the end of July? The information sheet is widely used and given out throughout the year to new residents moving into the area, therefore it is only useful if it is up to date and accurate. So please take a moment to have a look at a copy, if you don’t have a copy it can be viewed on the Witham Staple web site and let me know if it’s wrong! Contact details for Editor are below. Remember by the end of July Please.

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Hykeham Rural Police Report

You may have noticed already that this isn’t your usual sender but the Sgt has taken some hard earned holiday and I am hoping to fill his shoes this month! It would be remiss of me to start anywhere other than with the crime figures to date, these are taken from the 1st April where we restart the figures every year to offer us the comparison to last years’ statistics.

Hykeham Rural Villages currently shows a 14.7% increase on crime to date whilst this seems high this actually equates to an increase of 10 crimes across the whole area. Insecurities are again the flavour of the month, we have an increase in both areas of Theft from Motor Vehicles. The majority of these offences have been insecure vehicles where no damage was caused whatsoever when gaining entry. Thieves are still targeting the areas hoping that they will find insecure vehicles, sheds, garages and unfortunately they have all too often been successful. This encourages them to return at a later date to do the same. We are actively targeting the areas that have been affected in an attempt to locate the offenders.

As this goes to press there has been, today, several shed / garage burglaries in the North Hykeham area, a number of high value items have been taken but it seems that pedal cycles have been the main item targeted. There have been many items located local to the area which had been hidden by the offenders so they may return at a later date to collect them. Fortunately we have had some eagle eyed members of the community who have spotted these items and we have been able to return them to the owners.

The team have been making the most of the better weather by getting out on our Police pedal cycles as much as possible. We attended the first Summer gala of the year at Thorpe on the Hill. The weather was excellent and there were a great number of people in attendance and we were able to speak to many locals about issues that affect them the most. I am sure we will be around for as many of those as we can during the summer and fingers crossed the weather is equally sunny on those days. We are always looking for engagement opportunities in the local area so if you think of anything then please let us know.

That’s about all from me this month I hope it hasn’t been too dreary and I am sure that normal service will be resumed next month! Please don’t hesitate to get in contact with me in the meantime if you want to discuss any issues at all.

Not forgetting that all incidents are to be phoned through on the 101 number, or 999 in an emergency.

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Bassingham Primary School Trip To London

 “Year sixes over here please!” bellowed Mr. Briston as he gathered up the ecstatic children. The anticipation of the day ahead was huge as nobody knew what exciting times would lie in the day ahead.

Three long and tiring hours later we were on the edge of our seats as we entered London. Pictures were taken as we rolled past many famous monuments. “We’re here, we’re finally here!” shouted many over-excited children as the boat came into sight.

Once the queue had vanished, we were helped aboard the boat and then we could see the true beauty that was London. What a view! All of a sudden we heard a loud BEEP as the tour guide started to explain the things we were going past. Thirty minutes ticked by and we were abruptly escorted off the boat. After this we caught a boat back to where we started, at Westminster. We jumped off the boat and trekked to where we were supposed to meet our tour bus. However this is not what happened!

“Honk HONK” was all we heard as we approached the two o’clock taxi protest. Immediately the fear of missing the bus crept over the group and dread spread quickly. Our teachers thought on their feet and decided that we should do our own mini tour of London instead of waiting for the tour bus. What an adventure lay ahead! We did many interesting things such as: having selfies with policemen, inspecting the Horse Guards, exploring Trafalgar Square, strolling to Buckingham Palace and speeding through the National Gallery. Once we had rushed to our coach, we were on our way back, thinking about everything that we had experienced in our jam-packed day.

So that was our day in London. It was full of hurdles to go over but we made it in the end! By Charlotte and Joe Year 6

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48th Bassingham Show Saturday 9th August

Bassingham 48th Annual Show Saturday 9th August 2pm to 5pm at Bassingham Playing Field Hammond Hall & School Hall (LN5 9HQ)

Also The Official Opening of The New Building at 2pm By Mrs Helen Ash

It’s that time of year to let you know that Bassingham Show is fast approaching. For those of you that are new to the Village this is a chance for all to get together and enjoy a fun filled day for both young and old all proceeds from the day go back into the village (please see article re the charity on page 5). We have a lot of activities that all can share in, one of the main events is our indoor show (in the School Hall) where all can exhibit, this is open to all age groups be it vegetables, cooking ,craft or flower arranging, we also have a children's section that we would love as many children of the village to enter, we also have a Male section so no excuses all you budding Master Chefs!!!!! Schedule's will be available from The Spar, Greens Stores, The Doctors Surgery and The Hammond Hall or on show day. We look forward to seeing a record entry. Presentation of cups Approx 4.30pm followed by the Raffle Draw.

Also on the day we have something new to us this year A display by a medieval group firing one of their cannons and also including the children in a fun filled finally. Other attractions are Hill Holt, The Lincoln Band, Morris Dancers, Donkey Rides, Bouncing Castle, Tug of War, Children's races, Grand Raffle, The super Act Two Bottle stall, vintage cars, Steam engine rides, Dennett's Ice cream, Refreshments and Bar facilities and many, many, more activities. St. Johns will also be on Hand along with the local fire engine (barring call out).

In last months Staple the COG reported that there findings had shown that there were 112 people who expressed an interest in helping out at village events, to that I would like to encourage those to come forward to help us out on the day, we find it increasingly difficult to involve people/groups from the village to help out on stalls/games/ activities on the day, if you feel that you can spare us some time be it doing the BBQ (all food supplied) manning a stall/game or helping set up or clear up it would be much appreciated.

We also have a car boot sale that can be set up from 1pm (Charge £5) also if you would like to hold a craft stall we charge £10 per table (please bring your own table) please note that these tables are not for profit making for groups.

If you feel that you can help us out to make this an enjoyable day for all please contact the Show coordinator Julie Thomas on 789425 or 07527 378 647 Look forward to seeing you all on the 9th August.

 

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September 2014

Editorial:

Well its September folks!!! Unfortunately there is already a count down on a social network site displaying the number of Fridays left till you know when!!! However, away from all this high speed social media, it is still worth taking a moment to just pause and look up and around. In the real world we are still not that much different from nature. Note the swallow, they have travelled a great distance with many obstacles on the way. They have paired up, built a home meticulously raised their young together and now gather in large numbers ready for the next stage in their life cycle and the big journey ahead. The similarities between us are there, as we travel on our own journey in life, our young, which we have built a home for and raised will have recently received their exam results and will be ready to spread their wings, fledge the nest and gather in large numbers themselves as they start out on their own journey. So as the swallows gather to fly south for winter, our own young also start out on a journey whether it is starting nursery, school, big school, college, university or even work. Let’s wish them all good luck.

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From the archives. Artist unknown

Hykeham Rural Police Report

Hello to you all and I hope you are enjoying the warm summer holidays, or should I say have enjoyed as there is a slight delay in this going out in the Parish Magazines. So as you sit there with eager anticipation for the crime statistics, in the knowledge that North Kesteven has now been officially recognised as the safest place to live in England. I should let you know I have tweaked my article slightly and will be concentrating on the Rural Villages only from now on, but if you thirst for Town news, I am sure someone will lend you a copy of the “Hykeham Gazette”.
Overall the crime has not been too bad, but we have suffered from the “insecurity” theft increase April to July, so my teams engagement has been focused on crime advice via leaflet and media outlets and in patrol activities. There have been significant arrests and the spike in offences has slowed, but it has affected the overall crime statistics.
Hykeham Rural Villages are showing an increase of 46 crimes, due in part to the reported burglaries and theft from cars. Nearly all of these were committed on insecure door / windows, a point on which I tend to labour. So I can feel the medal being taken from me for contributions to safer neighbourhoods and being replaced by a crime reduction leaflet being pinned to my tunic. So please spare me the public disgrace and lock your cars!
Anti-social behaviour has not been too bad so far considering we are at the start of the summer holidays. Those responsible for ASB in Thorpe on the Hill have been spoken to and the team are visiting those responsible for the recent criminal damage on cars. There has been a link through them to the ASB reported in Eagle a couple of months ago on the playing fields, so I am hoping to achieve a resolve shortly.
So if you are laid in bed and you hear a disturbance outside, note how many there are, capture their descriptions and call 101. My team will then come out and use your evidence to get to those responsible, it’s not right that you should put up with nuisance in the street, or worse become a victim of criminal damage.
That’s me done, so take care and keep safe!
Kindest Regards Jon Hammond

What is a Neighbourhood Panel?

Your Neighbourhood Panel consists of local people, and representatives of the community, who live or work in the area. The panel’s purpose is to identify issues that are affecting the community taking into account the views of the community.

What does the panel do?

They meet quarterly and assess all the information collected at the meeting and consider all the issues raised. The panel then agree on neighbourhood policing priorities to be focused on during the next three month period. The Neighbourhood Policing Team then adopt a problem solving approach and are encouraged and empowered to work locally with NKDC and government agencies to address the priorities set.

Your current priorities set by the Panel for this area are:

1. Tackling thefts from vehicles in the villages.

The next panel meeting will be held at:

Swinderby (Venue TBC) on Tuesday 7th October at 7pm

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Affordable Housing Development: Torgate Lane, Bassingham

The 23 affordable homes currently being built for Waterloo Housing are due to be completed in December. The properties range from 1 bedroom flats, 1 and 2 bedroom bungalows and 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses. Fifteen of the homes are for Affordable Rent and eight are for Shared Ownership (also known as part rent; part buy).

Priority for the homes will be given to local people with a connection to Bassingham Parish or the adjoining Parishes of Aubourn & Haddington, Carlton le Moorland, Norton Disney, Thurlby, Boothby Graffoe, Coleby and Navenby. To have a ‘Local connection’ you must either, be a current or previous resident, work in or have immediate family in one of the Parishes.

Rental properties. North Kesteven District Council has first nomination rights to these homes which will be advertised and let through the Lincs Homefinder website. To be eligible to bid when the properties are advertised, which is expected to be in October, applicants must first be registered with Lincs Homesfinder via the website at www.LincsHomefinder.co.uk or by contacting NKDC on 699699.

Shared Ownership properties. Waterloo Housing is dealing with applications to these homes and is compiling a list of people who are interested in the properties.

Further information is available on their website at www.waterloohomes.org.uk  or by phoning 0345 450 3995.

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Bassingham Online
More and more the world is turning digital…
don’t be left behind. Are you over 55?
Come and chat to a Digital Champion at one of our Online events.
Thursdays between 9am and 1pm.
Hammond Hall, Bassingham (LN5 9HQ)

Never used a tablet or laptop before? Then try one of ours! We will have a few for you to try out. Got your own tablet or laptop? Bring it along and get help or advice with basic IT skills. Pop along and let Community Lincs help you, or someone you know, to get online. Find out about using the internet to:
 

Stay in touch with family and friends
Find information about local events
Shop online
Register for Lincolnshire alert
Find information about your hobbies
 

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Bassingham Defibrillator

Bassingham Parish Council is pleased, on behalf of the community, to record our gratitude to Stuart White, Teresa Tenwick-Ford and Emma Tenwick-Ford for their generous donations, which, with personal contributions and fund raising events, provided the Defibrillator that is now on stand-by at the Hammond Hall. As was said, "This is a gift that we hope will never be used".

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NK Community Champion Awards 2014

We are proud to announce that in August we launch the 4th annual North Kesteven Community Champion Awards, in association with Lincs FM, The Lincolnite and the Sleaford Target. The NK Community Champion Awards are your chance to say thank you to a person, group or business that has made a real difference to your local community. People who work quietly, tirelessly and voluntarily in the district and their efforts will be celebrated at a special event at The Venue, Navenby on Thursday 11th September, hosted by Lincs FM’s John Marshall.

Categories:

1. Young Achievers Award: A young person aged 19 or under who has shown amazing bravery or excelled in any way, perhaps under adversity or through leadership.

2. Community Business of the Year: A company or sole-trader whose business initiatives have made a difference to their local communities.

3. Community Spirit: Personal service to the community through hard work, dedication and commitment.

4. Contribution to a better environment: A group, school, club, business or individual whose actions have a positive impact on the environment, locally, in a broader way or globally.

5. Contribution to the Arts & Culture: Any group, school, club, business or individual whose actions have a positive impact on the cultural richness of the District.

6. Contribution to Sport: A group, school, club, business or individual whose actions have a positive impact on sports and physical activity locally.

7. Contribution to Health & Wellbeing: an individual or group that has contributed to the wellbeing of others, or made positive healthy lifestyle changes – both physical or psychological – for themselves or others.

8. Sustainable Transport Award: an individual, group or business which has had a positive impact on sustainable travel within the community.

Chairman of North Kesteven District Council, Cllr Lance Pennell, said: "Now in their 4th successful year, the NK Community Champion Awards are a fantastic opportunity for local people to say thank you to a special person in their community. After an unprecedented number of nominations for last year’s awards from all over the district, this year’s promises to be bigger and better than ever before. "Whether someone is aged eight or 88, this is their chance to be recognised for their outstanding efforts."

 

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October 2014

Editorial:

Gather. As predicted the swallows gathered and migrated, younger family members gathered with friends old and new at school, college or university, the harvest is safely gathered in, autumn is gathering pace, leaves will start to gather on the ground, the dark nights are closing in and earlier each night we draw and gather the curtains to shut it out. Yes it’s got to that time again another new month and time to sit down gather our thoughts and read the latest issue to find out what gatherings are taking place and where you can go to meet up and gather with friends and neighbours. November is next, but just before you remember, remember the 5th November! Remember to turn your clocks back an hour as British summer time ends on Sunday 26th October and for that brief moment that only comes around every 365 days, you get that satisfactory feeling of an extra hour in your day to do with what you may. Till we will gather here next month…

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African Violet by Bunny Allport

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Hykeham Rural Police Report

Hello to you all, I trust you are well and braced to receive my monthly update! It’s been a mixed month really, good as the reports of anti-social behaviour have fallen, but bad because we are still receiving reports of "Theft from vehicles (TFMV)", all of which were left open for anyone to take what was inside.

The crime figures really reflect that, with the Rural Villages showing an increase in 49 crimes and North Hykeham Town an increase of 3 crimes. But when you crunch the figures down to the reports of Burglary and TFMV they read :

Hykeham Rural (Since 1st April 2014). Burglary 5 reports - TFMV 45 reports

North Hykeham Town. Burglary 18 reports - TFMV 31 reports

So you can see the increase is due to the vehicle crime, which is almost all down to the owners not locking their cars, a factor I have no control over. We have dropped leaflets in and around the areas I believe would be affected and used various media outlets to advise the community. On top of this I have deployed officers out on high visibility patrols, as well as those that have gone out in plain clothes in unmarked cars. There have been some arrests, but there are still thieves out there that are attracted to the "Easy pickings".

Commercial plant machinery theft also saw a slight increase in reports this past fortnight, but there has been a significant arrest of three males this week believed responsible for it.

A snap shot of the crime reported since my last report on the 4th August is, for the rural villages: Doddington – Car stolen on Kennel Lane, Lawn mower stolen on the same street, North Scarle – Village hall broken into and money taken from the pool tables, Norton Disney – Trailer stolen, Brant Broughton – Lawnmower stolen on Mill Lane, Thorpe on the Hill – Garage broken into on Blacksmiths Lane, TFMV x 2 on Lincoln Lane, Aubourn – Lawn mower stolen on Bassingham Road, TFMV on Royal Oak Lane, Swinderby – JCB stolen, Thurlby – Cable theft on Moor Lane, Skellingthorpe – Diesel theft on Lincoln Road

That’s it really on the business front. The teams are now fully up to strength, with the addition of another PCSO last week, so the set up for your community police is:

Sgt Jon Hammond your Community Beat Sergeant

Mobile: 07500 920 185 - Office: 805721

Email : jon.hammond@lincs.pnn.police.uk

Hykeham Rural Villages

PC Jess Goodall 07825 100 370 - PCSO Sarah Lingard 07944 776 791

PCSO Jo Mackie 07825 100 379 - PCSO Donna Hill (No mobile at present)

Email : NorthHykehamRural@lincs.pnn.police.uk

Facebook "HykehamNPT" Twitter @HykehamNPT

Don’t forget to call 101 to report any crime / incident and 999 in an emergency.

Thanks you, and take care. Jon Hammond Community Beat Sergeant.

What is a Neighbourhood Panel?

Your Neighbourhood Panel consists of local people, and representatives of the community, who live or work in the area. The panel’s purpose is to identify issues that are affecting the community taking into account the views of the community.

What does the panel do?

They meet quarterly and assess all the information collected at the meeting and consider all the issues raised. The panel then agree on neighbourhood policing priorities to be focused on during the next three month period. The Neighbourhood Policing Team then adopt a problem solving approach and are encouraged and empowered to work locally with NKDC and government agencies to address the priorities set.

Your current priorities set by the Panel for this area are:

1. Tackling thefts from vehicles in the villages.

The next panel meeting will be held at:

Swinderby (Venue TBC) on Tuesday 7th October at 7pm

 

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Affordable Housing Development: Torgate Lane, Bassingham (Update for October 2014)

Adverts for the Affordable Rented homes currently being built for Waterloo Housing will appear on the Lincs Homefinder website during October:

www.lincshomefinder.co.uk .

If you would like to apply for one of the properties, you must bid (register your interest) when the properties are advertised or you will not be considered. Bids can be made via the website, by phone or in person at NKDC offices.

The properties will be advertised on the website and bids accepted during the following times only:

From 00:01 on the Wednesday until 12 noon on the following Monday.

The properties will be advertised in batches over a number of weeks and applicants can bid for up to 2 properties each week.

Further information is available on the Lincs Homefinder website at www.lincshomefinder.co.uk or by contacting NKDC on 699699 and asking for the Housing Needs team.

Shared Ownership properties

Further information on these is available on the Waterloo Homes website at www.waterloohomes.org.uk or by phoning 0345 450 3995.

 

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Bassingham Community Plan Scheduled for Later in 2014

The Community Options Group would like to thank all those who completed the recent village questionnaire for Bassingham. In total approximately 400 questionnaires were returned which is an excellent response. Following the collation of all the data from the questionnaires the group will commence the task of analysing the results. This will then lead, later in the year, to the production of the Bassingham Community Plan.

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Building Proposal off Thurlby Road Bassingham

Some of you will be aware of a proposed development of 120 mixed use properties on Thurlby Road Bassingham by Gladman Limited. Gladman will not build any houses, they have been appointed by the landowner to gain planning permission on what is currently an agricultural field outside of the village curtilage. The land could then be sold to a developer. There is strong feeling in Bassingham about this and the potential for any future developments that this may lead to which may have an adverse effect on Bassingham and the surrounding villages.

If Bassingham continues to grow what affect will it have on our community and its facilities?

How will this affect YOUR village?

There was an open meeting on 22nd September at The Hammond Hall in Bassingham to discuss this proposal. Please keep an eye on the Witham Staple website for updates. If you would like to have your say or find out more about this development please email bassinghamvillage@hotmail.com

 

A leaflet about the proposed development was distributed to some households nearby.  The contents of that leaflet can be viewed at:

http://www.your-views.co.uk/bassingham/

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Photographs of Bassingham in Former Years

The photographs and books which were available for inspection in the Heritage room at the Chapel can now be seen at the Hammond Hall when the Parish Office is open. A good opportunity is every Monday at the coffee morning 9am to 12noon. These include pictures of the school children, clubs.

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Learn to Run with Witham Runners

Local running club is affiliated to England Athletics

It’s time to dig out that running kit! After almost four years of successfully introducing people to running, Witham Runners is pleased to announce that they are now officially affiliated with England Athletics. To celebrate, the club is launching a new 8-week Learn to Run course, commencing with an open night on Thursday 9th October at 6.30pm.

Witham Runners was established in October 2010 and slowly developed from a group of friends into an affiliated running club. Through its growing number of Coaches and Leaders in Running Fitness, the club has helped runners of all abilities achieve their aims whatever the distance from 5km to ultra-marathons. If you have never run before, why not try the club’s latest innovation, an 8 week introduction to running? Targeted at those who have never run before, or are returning to running after an extended break, this programme is designed to build your confidence and your fitness at a sustainable pace. Our experienced leaders and coaches will be there for you every step of the way to encourage and support you. As an added bonus, should you decide to join the club at the end of the course, the cost of the course will be deducted from your joining fee.

Michelle Mortimer, Chair of Witham Runners, said: “We have been running as an informal group for almost 4 years now, but demand from our members and a growing responsibility to our community has meant we decided to affiliate to England Athletics, which brings us insurance, support and access to many coaching resources, as well as many discounts and opportunities for our athletes. We have a wealth of experience now in our running leaders and coaches and have introduced countless people to the benefit of running in an organised group.”

To pre-register for the Learn to Run course, contact Michelle Mortimer on 07789 953 380 or michellemortimer@me.com  The Learn to Run course costs £10 and successful completers receive a club t-shirt or a discount off the club joining fee. The club meets every Monday and Thursday at 7pm outside the Co-op in Witham St Hughs. Mondays are dedicated to training and Thursdays are a run. To find out more about joining Witham Runners, find them on

Facebook or Twitter @witham_runners

Witham Runners will also be marshalling at Newark Parkrun on 27th September

A photo of our club in their new kit can be seen below:

Witham Runners in new club colours sponsored byAccess LN6 and in association with UKRunChat.

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Domesday Book / Book From Winchester

This has been a recent fascination of mine; I found it interesting to compare the villages of our parish. Over the centuries the book has been proven to have many inaccuracies so make of it what you will! If nothing else the Lords names are interesting, they seem to epitomise that ‘middle earth’ feel of the time!

Diane Swales

Commissioned after the Norman conquest of 1066 by William, formerly Duke of Normandy, now the first Norman King of England. It is fascinating to note the change of names from Anglo-Saxon to French. The lives of the people must have changed dramatically with the arrival of the French. Nothing changes! William used the information to assess and record the fiscal rights of the king. Royal officers were sent out to collect information.

The book is an assessment and record of land, resources, landholders, tenants, free men, villagers, slaves, animals, fish ponds, bees, churches, castles etc. in England in 1085. Land was often measured in hides (hides being a measure of land value, not size), each hide being of a taxable value. Plough teams, this term is used to determine the taxable amount of land that can be ploughed by a team of eight oxen.

The books (a large one and a smaller one) give the value of land, before the conquest and after it. The large book was completed in August 1086 and was the work of one scribe. The smaller one of East Anglia was unfinished. They were written in Latin short form. There were 13,418 settlements in the English counties south of the Scottish border.

From the 12th Century the book was known as Domesday. The people saw its information, now known to the King, as irreversible, comparing it to the Last Judgement in the Bible, when the deeds of Christians were placed before God for judgement.

Next month Diane’s article will continue with information on our village entries.  

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Pat and Sue your district Councillors updating you…..

The social housing on Torgate Lane Bassingham is progressing well. Many people have indicated their interest and these dwellings will be allocated to local people who are registered with the Lincs Homefinder website. We have been asked what "bidding" entails, it is simply to express an interest in a particular property when it is advertised, (possibly in October), for consideration. All applications are listed and prioritised according to circumstances and local connections. Further details are shown above on this page.

Please be aware that the new Local Plan, which is being drafted, is open for consultation between October 1st and November 11th. It contains proposals for distribution of growth, settlement hierarchies, jobs, health, green spaces, sustainability and renewable energy. Please make time to look at it and make your comments.

50,000 of the resident population of NK are in employment and we employ 7 apprentices. The 3G artificial sports pitch at NK sports centre was opened by the Chairman of the district Cllr Lance Pennell. He hosted a community football festival raising funds for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance.

Congratulations go to Cloe Hubbard for completing the Great North Run and raising funds for Diabetes UK.

Congratulations also to Brant Broughton Parish Council for the innovative idea of issuing 30mph stickers to be placed on wheelie bins on their Main Street to encourage drivers to slow down. Let's hope it works!

Take part in NK's photographic competition for a calendar, see NK website for details.

Cllr Pat Woodman MBE & Cllr Sue Howe

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Sign Up To Lincolnshire Energy Switch and Potentially Save Money on your Energy Bills*

Councils across Lincolnshire have joined forces to help you make savings on your energy bills. Register for free by Monday 13th October and we will let you know if you could save money and give you the opportunity to ‘Switch and save’ Remember to register you will need your energy bills.

Find out more or register now at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/switch 

or call 01529 301990. Lines are open 9am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday

*Lincolnshire Energy Switch does not guarantee to provide a cheaper price than your current tariff. Savings are accurate on the day the offer is made, you have the right to cancel the offer within 7 days of accepting.

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Bassingham Surgery Patient Reference Group

If you feel you would like to have some involvement in decisions made by the practice’s Patient Participation Group but do not have a lot of time to spare to attend meetings etc, we would like to invite you to participate in our Patient Reference Group (PRG), this involves patients responding to an occasional short questionnaire which will be emailed to you in order to help us monitor what our patients think about the practice. Any feedback received from our Patient Reference Group Members will be passed to the Patient Participation group. Information and ideas will be discussed at their meetings and considered for further action and development.

If you wish to be involved in either of the groups please contact the surgery on 788250 or via the feedback facility on our website www.bassinghamsurgery.co.uk and let us have your details along with your email address.

Using SystmOnLine

SystmOnLine is a facility within the practice’s clinical computer system that offers patients the opportunity to order their repeat medication, update their address and contact details and manage/book GP appointments. If you are interested in making use of this facility you will need to register by asking at reception for a username and password. In order for us to comply with rules regarding confidentiality we cannot post out this information or hand it to anyone other than yourself, so you must apply in person. Once this is done you can access SystmOnLine via a link on the practice website.

Text message reminders

If you have a mobile telephone number registered with the practice and you would be happy to receive text message reminders when you book appointments please let our receptionists know. Details of your verbal consent will then be added to your record which will enable automated reminders which will then be sent to your mobile telephone whenever you book GP and nurse appointments at the surgery.

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November 2014

Editorial:

Here we go then the nights are pulling in, the weather is changeable, those odd mild autumn days, rain, fog, chilly nights and the strong winds from dying out hurricanes racing across the Atlantic can only mean one thing yes were in to November the month of remembering!! Did you remember to turn your clock back for the end of British summertime… then remember, remember the 5th November for Guy Fawkes and remember Remembrance Day on the 11th and look out for local services around the same time and let us all spend that 2 minutes with our thoughts to think about and remember members of the armed forces who have lost their lives in the line of duty. Have you remembered to feed the turkey and more importantly have you remembered to put the sprouts on? Just a slow simmer for now!! After all that remember to read and digest this month’s issue, as always there is lots on locally and if something catches your eye remember they always appreciate your support. Remember your December January Double issue is next so get your details in including festive treats and New Year cheer.

 

Front Cover of Magazine:

"Conkers" by Paul Hubbard

Hykeham Rural Police Report

Hello to you all, this month’s crime report for the area contains further incidents of insecurity crime, so I will steady myself with some diaphragmatic breathing whilst I type away, I don’t really want to continue on my rant as it becomes a lingering feature of my monthly report.
The Neighbourhood Teams remain fully up to strength, the only absentee being PCSO Donna Hill’s mobile phone, which has been ordered and should arrive soon once they have assembled it at Nettleham. So in an unusual step and keeping with the current theme, I will give you the teams contact details first:
Sgt Jon Hammond your Community Beat Sergeant
Mobile: 07500 920185 - Office: 805721
Email : jon.hammond@lincs.pnn.police.uk
Hykeham Rural Villages
PC Jess Goodall 07825 100 370 - PCSO Sarah Lingard 07944 776 791
PCSO Jo Mackie 07825 100 379 - PCSO Donna Hill (No mobile at present)
Email : NorthHykehamRural@lincs.pnn.police.uk
Facebook “HykehamNPT” Twitter @HykehamNPT

 

It is encouraging that we continue to receive calls from the community, but please ensure you call 101 to report a crime and 999 in an emergency.
 

The teams and I have continued to get out and about on patrol and to talk to as many of you as we can, there is nothing more reassuring than seeing an officer on uniformed foot patrol. The area we now police from North Hykeham Town Police station has grown and continues to expand. I recently did a review of the ground we patrol, the breakdown of which shows the challenges we face. The Teams police a population of 27,360 over an area of 95 miles², which consists of 25 villages and North Hykeham Town, 13 Primary Schools, 2 Secondary Schools, 18 Business Parks and 23 Public Houses.
All from an old Police House built on Chatsworth Drive in 1955 !


The theme of “insecurity crime” is still having its impact on the crime figures (Year to date), the Hykeham Rural Villages show a rise of 76 more crimes (46%) and North Hykeham Town a rise of 21 more crimes (8%). I will now take you on a whistle stop tour of the policing wards, so steady yourselves, and hold tight on to that cup of tea!
 

Hykeham Rural Villages – Commercial burglaries have been reported in the villages of Norton Disney, Witham St Hughs and North Scarle, where criminals have targeted power tools, diesel and plant machinery. In Bassingham there was an attempt break into a shed on the High Street and a burglary on Croft Lane. In Doddington a skip was stolen from Main Street and in Brant Broughton, lead was stolen from the roof of St Helens Church in Brant Broughton.
I will sign off from this report by quoting one of the Peelian Principles that I install in my teams, as we strive to build on and improve our engagement and patrol activities – “To maintain at all times a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and that the public are the police, the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence”
Kindest Regards Jon Hammond
Community Beat Sergeant North Hykeham Police Station

 

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HYKEHAM RURAL Neighbourhood Policing Team. What is a Neighbourhood Panel?
Your Neighbourhood Panel consists of local people, and representatives of the community, who live or work in the area. The panel’s purpose is to identify issues that are affecting the community taking into account the views of the community.
What does the panel do? They meet quarterly and assess all the information collected at the meeting, and consider all the issues raised. The panel then agree on neighbourhood policing priorities to be focused on during the next three month period. The Neighbourhood Policing Team then adopt a problem solving approach and are encouraged and empowered to work locally with NKDC and government agencies to address the priorities set.
Your current priorities set by the Panel for this area are:
1. Tackling rural dwelling burglaries
The next panel meeting will be on
Tuesday 13th January 2015 at 7pm
In Witham St Hughs Village Hall (LN6 9TN)

So if you have an issue, please contact your local team
Hykeham Rural Mobile contacts on page 22
Based at Hykeham Police Station, Newark Road, North Hykeham
Tel: 101 Extension 5720 or 5721. Or visit www.police.uk and enter your postcode
YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD – OUR BEAT

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The Sustainable Bassingham Village Group

Who are we? A group of local residents who would like to see Bassingham continue to grow sustainably and who are concerned about the number and size of proposed developments in the village. We are doing what we feel is the right thing for the village and currently consist of:
Nick Bell, Darren Booker, Chris Booth, John Braithwaite, Mark Brown, Julie Church, Cathy Churchill, Sarah Coulson, Colin Coulson, Patrick Doody, Mary Green, Elaine Harris, Jane Jones, Emily Markham, Owen Mathias, Steve McCracken, Terry Paling, Gail Pessol, Carol Ritchie, David Wall, David Williams.
We can be contacted at bassinghamvillage@hotmail.com  and are also developing a website.
We have met a several times now and are looking to engage the services of an external planning consultant to advise us the best way to maintain the existing character of our village for the benefit of its residents.
 

Latest Proposed Development - 38 New Homes
Lindum Homes have proposed 38 new homes off Whites Lane in Bassingham and there was a consultation in October to hear the views of local residents. Be aware that such events only assist the developer in shaping their plans. All objections should to be submitted to NKDC once a planning application has been submitted. We are able to offer you guidance for these objections.
Please bear in mind that NKDC has identified Bassingham as a ‘Limited Growth Village’…suitable for developments of ‘….up to 9 dwellings’
 

Neighbourhood Plan
Approx 100 residents attended the Bassingham Parish Council in October to propose a ‘Neighbourhood Plan’. We would like to thank those who attended and also the Parish Council for being receptive to such a large number of visitors. A Neighbourhood Plan would allow a local committee significant say in what developments happen and where. If you would like to be involved in this initiative or would like further information please email rogerhales@live.co.uk
PLEASE ALSO ADVISE OUR GROUP OF YOUR INTEREST.
 

Fundraising
In order to fund the groups’ we have organised two activities:
Bassingham Children's Christmas Party

Race Night (see November 2014 magazine for details)

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Domesday Book / Book From Winchester

This month the second part to Diane’s article on the Domesday book / book from Winchester with information on our village entries. Third and final part next month.
Diane Swales

 

Our village entries
 

Aubourn/Adburne 20 households /12 geld units: Value to Lord in 1066 = £5 - after conquest - £6. 14 villages, 4 smallholders, 1 freeman, 1 priest, 12 ploughhands, 2 Lord’s plough teams and 4 men’s plough teams. Meadow of 100 acres, 1 mill, 1 fishery, 1 church. Lord at 1066 Lord Thorgot Lag - Lord at 1086 - Berengar of Tosny. Tenant in chief 1086 Robert of Tosny.
 

Bassingham/Basingchi: 45 households /24 geld units: Value to Lord in 1066. Value: Value to lord in 1066 £25. Value to lord in 1086 £16. 35 villagers. 8 smallholders. 1 freemen. 1 priest. Ploughland: 16 ploughlands (land for). 2 lord's plough teams. 6 men's plough teams. Other resources: Meadow 420 acres. 2 mills, 1 church. Lord in 1066: Earl Morcar. Lord in 1086: King William. Tenant-in-chief in 1086: King William.
 

Carlton le Moorland/Carletune: Value to lord in 1066 - £10. Value to lord in 1086 - £9. 9 villagers. 10 smallholders. 9 freemen. 1 priest. Meadow 255 acres. 1 church 16 ploughlands (land for). 2 lord's plough teams. 5 men's plough teams. Lord in 1066: Earl Morcar. Lord in 1086: Drogo of la BeuvriËre. Tenant-in-chief in 1086: Drogo of la BeuvriËre.
 

Haddington/Hadintune: Manor of Doddington, 15 Households, 12 geld units. Entry 1: Value to lord in 1086 £1. 13 freemen. Ploughland: 4.3 ploughlands (land for). 3.5 men's plough teams. Lord in 1066: Aelric son of Mergeat. Lord in 1086: Baldwin of Flanders. Tenant-in-chief in 1086: Baldwin of Flanders. Entry 2: Head of manor: Aubourn. Households: 2 villagers. Meadow 6 acres. Woodland 3 acres. 2 ploughlands (land for). 0.5 men's plough teams. Lord in 1066: Thorgot Lag. Lord in 1086: Berengar of Tosny. Tenant-in-chief in 1086: Robert of Tosny.
 

Norton/Nortune: Households: 18 - 12 geld units. 11 villagers. 7 freemen. Meadow 12 acres. Woodland 6 furlongs, 7 ploughlands (land for). 5 men's plough teams. Lord in 1066: Earl Morcar. Lord in 1086: Osbern of Brouay. Tenant-in-chief in 1086: Countess Judith.
 

Stapleford/Stapleforde. 38 Households, 12 geld units. Value to lord in 1066 £7. Value to lord in 1086 £8. 3 villagers. 3 smallholders. 27 freemen. 1 priest Meadow 5 furlongs, 60 perches mixed measures. 1 church 0.5 church lands. 5 ploughlands (land for). 2 lord's plough teams. 7 men's plough teams. Lord in 1066: Earl Morcar. Lord in 1086: Osbern of Brouay. Tenant-in-chief in 1086: Countess Judith.
 

Thurlby/Turulfbi: Entry 1, Head of manor: Eagle. Households 22. Geld units 12 Value to Lord 1066 £1. Value to Lord 1086 £0.8 Villagers, 1 smallholder, 3 freemen. 14 freemen. Ploughland: 3.8 ploughlands (land for). 4 men's plough teams. Lord in 1066: Earl Waltheof. Lord in 1086: Countess Judith. Head of manor: Eagle. Tenant-in-chief in 1086: Countess Judith. Entry 2. Value to lord in 1066 £1. Value to lord in 1086 £0.8. Households: 4 villagers. 1 smallholder. 3 freemen. Ploughland: 3 ploughlands (land for). 2 men's plough teams. Other resources: Meadow 3 acres. Lord in 1066: Bothild. Lord in 1086: Odo the bowman. Tenant-in-chief in 1086: Odo the bowman.

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December 2014

Editorial:  Christmas and New Year Double issue of The Witham Staple
The end of yet another year approaches! Advent for 2014 has begun and 2015 is just around the corner. At this time of the year the Witham Staple Committee wish to take the opportunity to thank all those who have given their time each month in 2014, to help produce and deliver The Witham Staple to you and your neighbours covering over 2400 homes within the eight villages. We hope that it proves to be a special time for everybody and we wish all our readers, contributors and advertisers a very Merry Christmas and Prosperous New year.

 

Front Cover of Magazine:

 

"Santa's Workshop" by Paul Hubbard

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The Sustainable Bassingham Village Group

AN UPDATE
Gladman have this week submitted an application for 120 new homes on Thurlby Road.
This is likely to be followed by an application from Lindum for another 38 properties on Whites Lane.
Neither application is acceptable to a village with Limited Growth status.
More applications are likely to follow.
If passed they will:
o Increase the size of Bassingham by 25%
o Potentially Increase the population of the village by 30%
o Add another 200 vehicles to the roads in and around Bassingham
o Put a significant strain on the medical services available to us all
o Put pressure on our currently full school
Comments and objections to the Gladman application must be made within the next few weeks.
Sustainable Bassingham will consult with professional experts and submit meaningful objections.
Individual letters from every adult in every household to every individual on the planning committee with meaningful objections have weight – Sustainable Bassingham will guide you with this.
WE MAY NOW ONLY HAVE UNTIL THE 13th DECEMBER TO PREPARE AND STOP BASSINGHAM FROM BEING A SMALL SUSTAINABLE RURAL VILLAGE TO BECOMING A SMALL TOWN JUST OFF THE A46.
IF YOU LIVE IN BASSINGHAM OR ANY OF THE SURROUNDING VILLAGES AND WANT TO HELP PLEASE ACT NOW AND EMAIL YOUR DETAILS TO bassinghamvillage@hotmail.com
Your Village…..In Your Hands

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Winners Announced At Lincolnshire Sports Awards 2014
Sportspeople, volunteers, coaches and individuals came together to be recognised at the annual Lincolnshire Sports Awards, which saw people from across the county awarded for their fantastic sporting achievements over the past year. Sports broadcaster Ed Chamberlin presented the awards evening, which was sponsored by Lincolnshire Media and took place at the Lincolnshire Showground. Over 350 guests celebrated Lincolnshire’s year of sporting success at the annual event organised by Lincolnshire Sport to recognise those involved in sport and physical activity from across the county.
Link to a full list of all the winners

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HYKEHAM RURAL Neighbourhood Policing Team. What is a Neighbourhood Panel?
Your Neighbourhood Panel consists of local people, and representatives of the community, who live or work in the area. The panel’s purpose is to identify issues that are affecting the community taking into account the views of the community.
What does the panel do? They meet quarterly and assess all the information collected at the meeting, and consider all the issues raised. The panel then agree on neighbourhood policing priorities to be focused on during the next three month period. The Neighbourhood Policing Team then adopt a problem solving approach and are encouraged and empowered to work locally with NKDC and government agencies to address the priorities set.
Your current priorities set by the Panel for this area are:
1. Tackling rural dwelling burglaries
The next panel meeting will be on
Tuesday 13th January 2015 at 7pm
In Witham St Hughs Village Hall (LN6 9TN)

So if you have an issue, please contact your local team
Hykeham Rural Mobile contacts on page 22
Based at Hykeham Police Station, Newark Road, North Hykeham
Tel: 101 Extension 5720 or 5721. Or visit www.police.uk and enter your postcode
YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD – OUR BEAT

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Bassingham Primary School Supports Children in Need
After a week that started with two very respectful services at the village war memorial the children turned their attention to fund raising for Children In Need 2014. Various super heroes arrived at school on Friday morning, lots of Pudsey accessories and quite a few teddies as well!
School assembly was very lively and then the children in Class 4 produced a fabulous dance performance to a keen audience of their families. The School Council had been inspired by their rehearsals and they had planned to organise a talent show later that day. However, we had encountered a rather pleasant problem – more entrances for the talent show than we could possibly fit in! Our efforts for Pudsey will continue into the next week…Children in Need 2!
Thank you to everyone who has already contributed close to £200 so far.

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Volunteer Car Drivers Wanted

Do you enjoy driving and want to make a real difference to the lives of disabled and older people, who without our service really struggle to get out and about? We are launching a community car scheme in your area and are actively recruiting volunteer drivers with a car to transport our vulnerable clients. Expenses of 45p per mile will be paid for all mileage incurred. Your volunteering commitment would be totally flexible to work around your availability.

Contact us today on 800100, or drop in to see us at Lincoln Bus Station and find out how rewarding being a driver with us can be.

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Photographs of Bassingham in Former Years

The photographs and books which were available for inspection in the Heritage room at the Chapel can now be seen at the Hammond Hall when the Parish Office is open. A good opportunity is every Monday at the coffee morning 9am to 12noon. These include pictures of the school children, clubs.

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Domesday Book / Book From Winchester

This month the third and final part to Diane’s article on the Domesday book / book from Winchester with information on our village entries.
Diane Swales

All our villages were in the Hundred (a subdivision of a shire) of Graffoe, Kesteven area. Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Suffolk had the largest rural population at the time of the census, although both Devon and Yorkshire had more settlements. The north of England suffered from villages being razed during the conquest and had only a small population and isolated settlements for some years after.

It’s not possible to give the total population as only heads of households were counted. Pasture and meadow was measured and taxed in terms of how many sheep or pigs the area could support. Bees were extremely important for both their honey and wax, which was used for a multitude of uses.

The system of landholding was based on a social hierarchy called the feudal system, imposed in England by William the Conqueror. Rather than being owned, land was held from a member of society higher up the social tree. The King at the top, granted land to tenants-in-chief - usually lords or members of the Church, in return for their help in the Norman Conquest. Below those tenants in chief were sub-tenants, Lords and Ladies. The chain eventually went on to peasants and villagers who earned the right to a small plot of land and finished with slaves who never owned any land.

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