Extracts from 2017 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 2017 that provide a flavour of the prevailing themes.






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February 2017


Welcome one and all, a belated but Happy New Year to everyone. We hope you have all had a merry and joyful Christmas. As long ago as it seems already we’re guessing everyone has now settled back into the rat race of life and is raring to crack on with 2017. As the nights noticeably start pulling out, we head into February, a short month but still with plenty as always happening out and about in the community to keep you out of trouble! Although a little fresh at the moment the weather has been kind to us so far, the forecast had promised us strong biting north winds, snow, ice and even flooding but all this came to no avail. So we keep our fingers crossed that Jack Frost and Frosty the Snowman are busy elsewhere and forget to call and we can start an early plan for spring? The bulbs are having a look and whether it’s a blanket of white from the snowdrops or a flash of golden yellow from the daffodils I’m sure you will all agree it’s a welcome sight to see.


Front Cover of Magazine:

by Oliver Robertson Winner of The Witham Staple cover design competition 2016 for 12 to 15 years.

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1st Bassingham Scout Group Urgently Requires a New / Replacement Leader

A range of opportunities available for volunteers in the community.

Bassingham has a well established Scout Group which was founded 50 years ago and has flourished for many years. The Scout Group is made up of three sections. These are a Beaver Colony, a Cub Pack and a Scout Troop. There are three appointed leaders and a number of assistant leaders and parent helpers who work with the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. There is a very healthy waiting list of young people who would like to join the different sections of the Bassingham Scout Group and we are in need of an additional Leader to help run the Cub pack to join in and help with the various activities and keep the group going. If you live in the area and think that working with young people in this way could be something you would enjoy then why not come along to one of the sessions to have a look. For more details contact Alison on 788241.

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A Very Busy Time at Bassingham Primary School.

Well done and thank you to everyone who has helped make our Christmas celebrations such a success. The wonderful enthusiasm and spirit of the children and staff has carried us through a terrific last two weeks. Every show has been special and a joy to watch. The children grow so much after the chance to rehearse and perform together (see photographs below). We have produced more shows than ever and each time the audience has been packed - thank you for your support. Our Christmas jumper charity day for Little Hearts Matter and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation raised a total of £141. The Christmas raffles at our shows managed a fabulous amount of over £350 which will totally cover a whole year’s support for our ‘Lincs with India’ sponsored girl. A special well done to our Class 5 for their carolling and socialising at Bassingham Care Home - you made a very tired head teacher very, very proud.

Headteacher: Mr Ian Howells




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Research about the History of the Carlton le Moorland Baptist Chapel

For just over a year now I have been researching the history of the former Baptist chapel in Carlton le Moorland. I have been using family history sources as well as documents available in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire County Archives. The chapel it seems was built around 1789 by local Baptists who used to meet in a house in the village prior to that. There was a small but active religious community centred there for the best part of 19th century which started to fall into decline from the First World War onwards until the chapel closure in 1950s. These "dissenters" from the established church were a proud independent group of local people drawn from Carlton and surrounding villages, with strong links with other "dissenters" in Collingham, Newark, Nottingham and Northamptonshire. I have discovered one account of its history online written in 1946 which you may find of interest search... (https://biblicalstudies.org.uk/pdf/bq/28-4_184.pdf)

So far I have not heard from those in the Witham Staple area who may have their own connections with the chapel or have documents mentioning its history, family members who worshiped or are buried there or even have photographs of the chapel in days gone by. I am particularly interested if anyone knows anything about the Fillingham, West, Williams and Curzin families who were strongly connected with the chapel. I would be very happy to hear from you if you have any information you could share and I can be contacted on 789630 or via email richard.parker05@gmail.com

Richard Parker

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Police Neighbourhood Panel Meeting

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.

The next panel meeting will be held on Monday 3rd April at 7pm in Skellingthorpe Parish Office, Lincoln Rd Skellingthorpe (post code) Your current priorities set by the Panel for this area are: Tackling school parking problems in the villages.

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2017 Leisure Guide to North Kesteven -Season Launch!

We've got an exciting season of exhibitions, special events and workshops coming up in 2017 and we can't wait to tell you all about it! The 2017 Leisure Guide to North Kesteven is now available. This guide is an A5 full colour publication containing essential information for visitors to the district as well as local residents including where to stay, where to go and where to eat. You can find the guide online by following this link – https://issuu.com/discovernk/docs/161102-ja1_discovernk_leisure_guide

Our 2017 events programme is now also available and covers events at our three visitor venues: Cogglesford Watermill, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre and Navigation House. To find out what’s taking place this year, follow this link –


Our February to May season opened on 27th January at 6pm with a Private Viewing of our next main gallery exhibition - 3D Printing: The Good, The Bad & The Beautiful. We look forward to welcoming you to The National Centre for Craft & Design!

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The Natural World Centre - Whisby

Wander through the years of Whisby  in new exhibition at the Natural World Centre

Whisby has a long history from agricultural fields and gravel pits through to the tranquil nature reserve it is today. The exhibition includes pictures, maps, artifacts and memories. There is also a children’s area to sit, draw and be inspired by our own Mammoth’s tusk! Through the Years – A History of Whisby is open to the public until Sunday 26th February. For more information, please contact the Centre

Taste of the Orient

Friday 24th February. Tables available to book for 7pm & 7.30pm

A delicious 5 course menu with dishes from across Asia. Delicious and authentic oriental flavors and hospitality. Enjoy a romantic meal with a loved one or a social evening with friends and family. £16.95 per person. For more information or to book please contact Natural World Centre on 688868 or email whisby@1life.co.uk

Charity Puddle Jump & Welly Walk at Whisby Nature Park!

Join the Natural World Centre and Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust for their charity Puddle Jump and Welly Walk on Wednesday 15th February! There will be a Puddle Jump session at 10am to 12pm at the Wildlife Trust Education Centre, finishing with a Welly Walk at 1.30pm meeting outside the Natural World Centre. Join us for just one or both! These events are free to attend but donations are being taken to raise funds for the North Hykeham Lions; who last year supported the site by contributing to the purchase of the community defibrillator just outside the Natural World Centre. There’s no need to book, just turn up! For more information please contact the Natural World Centre

Birds On The Wing Friday 3rd March to Sunday 25th June

A stunning exhibition that explores the life and beauty of both garden and wetland birds, a range of media, craft, art and photography has been created by local practitioners, with all work on display available to purchase. There will also be a Swan Facts section which is informative and also include a mini me exhibition and trail aimed at young children.

National Pie Week Monday 6th to Sunday 12th March

Calling all pie lovers! Indulge in one of the Nations favorite dishes with a delicious selection of classic and traditional, sweet and savory pies throughout the week.

For more information on any of the above please contact the Natural World Centre on 688868 or email whisby@1life.co.uk - www.naturalworldcentre.co.uk

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March 2017


Before we get started on March we must first mention the minor collating issue we had with the February magazine. A few of you may have found that your copies contained missing pages and pages not necessarily in the right order. This was due to a problem during collation, fortunately there were only a small number of magazines affected by this problem. If you were unfortunate to receive one of these copies we apologize for any inconvenience but hope it did not disrupt your read too much and you managed to find another magazine or sourced the missing pages by viewing the magazines electronic version online. With that out the way we head on into March and fingers crossed all your pages are present and in the right order. We start with Ash Wednesday on the 1st and before you know it we will be celebrating Mothering Sunday on the 26th. In-between these two dates the community has a whole host of thing to entertain you as usual. Therefore let us hope for a bit of spring weather and the opportunity to get out there and join in.


Front Cover of Magazine:

"Spring lamb amongst the daffodils” by Paul Hubbard

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Four explorers scouts from Bassingham, Robert Thompson, Robert Braithwaite, Alexander Lee and Lucy Davis, were awarded the Chief Scout Platinium award last month. This award - equivalent to the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award requires the candidate to complete four main activities, these are:-

1) Voluntary service over at least 3 months

2) Learn a new skill or hobby

3) Take part in a physical sport or hobby

4) Complete a 2 day expedition

Typically this takes over a year of effort to achieve and congratulation must go to the four members for achieving this award. Their next challenge is the Chief Scout Diamond award, which is even harder to achieve.

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Dementia Activities In North Kesteven

Each month a dementia hub takes place in Metheringham for people living with dementia and their carers. The activity hub which takes place on the second Tuesday of the month and is designed to offer stimulating activities for those living with dementia as well as offering the opportunity for carers to socialise and share information. Activities include painting, gardening and games such as new age kurling. Everyone is welcome including carers, family members and friends. The hub currently attracts over 25 people each month which takes place at St Wilfrids Church Hall in Metheringham, LN4 3HA. Refreshments are provided throughout the morning. The next activity hub will take place on Tuesday 14th March from 10am to 12pm. Parking is available at the Star and Garter pub on Princes Street, LN4 3BX and is just a short walk to the church hall. For more information please call 870272 or email nkhealthandsports@1life.co.uk


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Walking Festival Returns For 2017

The NK Walking Festival will return for 2017 With two full weeks of wonderful walking opportunities this July. The events team at 1Life are pleased to announce that the NK Walking Festival will return for 2017 showcasing the walking opportunities across the district as well as the breathtaking scenery and fascinating places to visit that are right on your doorstep. Starting on Saturday 8th July, the festival is planned to be a two week event packed full of walks for all ages and abilities. Last year’s festival saw themed walks such as herb and photography walks, a Curry Night at the Natural World Centre and even a visit to Poppies: Wave at Lincoln Castle included in our Spires and Steeples walk in the first weekend. The 2017 programme is currently being put together and the events team are inviting anyone who is interested in leading a walk for the festival to get in touch as well as any suggestions for walks to take place. The programme will be available at a later date. To get in touch with the team or to register your interest in this year’s festival please contact Jade Oliver at countrysdienk@1life.co.uk or call 694353. Keep up to date with what’s happening by following us on Twitter @NKWalking or finding us on Facebook /NK Walking Festival.

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Drop Into Find Out More About Restoration

Anyone wanting to find out more about the restoration of Mrs Smith’s Cottage is invited to attend a drop-in session taking place this month. Last year North Kesteven District Council was successful in securing money from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the largest heritage funder in the UK, to help bring the Navenby tourist attraction, which has been closed to the public since 2013, back into use. The drop-in session will take place at NKDC’s Navenby office, in North Lane, from 10am to noon on Wednesday 15th March for anyone to pop along and find out about the project, look at information on what is happening, get involved in future volunteering, tell us their opinions and share any memories of the cottage and Mrs. Smith.

Tea and coffee will be available and those working on the project will be available to answer questions and gathering research as part of their consultations. For more information, please call 811469 or email msc@n-kesteven.gov.uk

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Could You Take Part In Clean-Up?

A campaign to get half a million people out and about cleaning up their local communities in March is being supported by North Kesteven District Council. The brand new Great British Spring Clean will roll out for the first time this year, with a view to it becoming an annual event helping to bring people together and clean up the country. It is being held from Friday 3rd March to Sunday 5th March and NKDC is encouraging groups and individuals who want to ‘do their bit’ to help clear up the litter in streets and parks. Anyone who wants to take part can contact the authority for some special ‘Great British Spring Clean’ bags.

Many organisations will also be supporting the clean up including the Women’s Institute, the National Trust and the RSPCA, as well as a range of businesses. Litter remains a huge problem across the country, causing harm to the environment and wildlife, with councils in England having to spend over £700 million on street cleaning services every year. To take part in the campaign and set up you own clean up event visit www.greatbritishspringclean.org.uk If you would like some of the ‘Great British Spring Clean’ bags please call 01529 414155.

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Explore, Discover, Experience Lincolnshire, Free

North Kesteven’s top attractions take part in this year’s Discover Lincolnshire weekend! This year’s Discover Lincolnshire weekend will be offering visitors the chance to get a great deal this spring by opening many of its top tourist attractions for free! Attractions across the county will be offering free admission or special discounts as part of the Discover Lincolnshire Weekend from 18th to 19th March.

North Kesteven is home to a vast variety of tourist attractions from arts and heritage to aviation and countryside walks. This year, thirteen attractions will be taking part with special events and offers throughout the weekend for everyone to enjoy. Discover the history of Cogglesford Watermill, Sleaford and see the mill in operation for the first time this year*. You can also take a stroll down the Sleaford riverside and discover the history of life and trade on the River Slea at Navigation House. Across Navigation Wharf, stop by the National Centre for Craft and Design where you can see their latest exhibition – The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful as well as a free lace making demonstration by Louise West on the Saturday. Sleaford Museum will also be open all weekend from 10am to 3pm where you can explore the history of Sleaford’s past, its people and the local area.

Take a trip to Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre and discover the history of RAF Cranwell, through interactive exhibits, archive film, story boards and artefacts. Rauceby Church will also be open on the Saturday from 10am to 4pm where they will have free refreshments as well as the Rauceby census returns available to view. Local artist Iain Harkess will be selling his paintings, as well displaying some of his work.

Visit the UK’s only remaining eight sailed Windmill at Heckington. Heckington Windmill is free admission all weekend and is open from 12 to 5pm. The Manor House Stables in Martin also have a taster day onSunday 19th March where you can have a go at making bread, jam, cheese & chocolate as well as natural bath and beauty products.

Heading towards Lincoln, the International Bomber Command Centre will have an open day on Sunday from 10.30am to 3.30pm. See this iconic memorial first hand and meet their tour guides who will be available to answer any questions and to give information on the project. Refreshments will be available. Why not stop by the Lincolnshire Road Transport Museum which houses a collection of over 65 vintage cars, buses and commercial vehicles spanning over 80 years of road transport history. The museum will be free all weekend and will be open from 10am to 4pm. Just up the road, take a trip to the Natural World Centre where their current exhibition – Birds on the Wing will be open to the public for free. There will also be a Swan Facts section which is informative and also include a mini me exhibition and trail aimed at young children.

Experience traditional ironworking demonstrations at Welbourn Forge on Saturday 18th March from 10am to 1pm. This authentic Victorian workshop dating from 1864 is in full working order normally open on the first Saturday of each month. Last but certainly not least, the Hive Café at Hill Holt Wood will be open on Sunday from 9.30am to 4pm and are offering free refills on hot drinks. They will also have a tempting selection of cakes made from Lincolnshire ingredients and Lincolnshire sourced breakfasts. For further information about any of these events or for the latest Discover Lincolnshire Weekend attractions and events, visit www.visitlincoln.com/discover. Alternatively please contact the DiscoverNK team on 01529 308207.

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Milling Day at Cogglesford Watermill

Cogglesford Watermill will open their doors this month for their first milling day of the season on Sunday 12th March from 11am to 4pm Cogglesford Watermill is thought to be the only Sherriff’s watermill still in operation in England and is a rare survivor from a river that once boasted some 18 watermills at the time of the Doomsday Book. It belongs to a group of mills considered to be most valuable from Lincolnshire and amongst the most important in the country.

The mill has been producing flour since the early 18th century and the mill has been beautifully preserved by North Kesteven District Council, giving a real insight into milling in days gone by. Visitors can see the mill in operation during special milling days which take place on the second Sunday of the month. The millers will be busy on the 12th March as the huge water wheel rumbles into action turning the millstones to grind the grain producing wholemeal flour using certified organic wheat.

Whilst you’re there you can learn about the history of the mill and its millers, try your hand at grinding grain and explore the mill. Why not take home a reminder of your day with a bag of Cogglesford Watermill’s very

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April 2017


We hope you all had a pleasant March and are set for a busy April. We have finally reached what many of us may consider to be their favourite time of the year. The cold winter months are behind us and the year stretches out ahead, full of possibilities, promise and adventure. As always the magazine is inspired by you and is here to advertise all the brilliant ideas and things you have to entertain us. Read on as we continue on with our journey united together and find out about all the different ways the community delivers. Let us embrace and recognise the achievements that our community brings us and show our support at the many great things they do. The clocks have sprung forward and so must we? With all this extra daylight there’s plenty to do and even more to see. Pruning and digging, tending and nursing, drinking and chatting, singing and dancing! Come on then, don’t be fooled and don’t be foolish, there really is no excuse.


Front Cover of Magazine:

“Scarecrow” by Daniel Robertson Winner of The Witham Staple cover design competition 2016 for 8 to 11 years.

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Bassingham Primary School: Muck, Mess and Mixtures

This term our topic is called Muck, Mess and mixtures. We have had so much fun! First we had a ‘messy’ morning, we read George’s Marvellous Medicine and we made marshmallow crispy cakes. We also made our own fizzy magical medicines. We have even made our own snozzcumbers. One of our favourite activities was going into our Forest School and making mud pies and mud pizzas. They were yummy, our topic is amazing.

The photographs are from our sandwich making afternoon with visitors from Warburtons.

By Dan and Charlotte Class 2 Bassingham Primary School

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Bassingham Village Health Walk

Meet outside Five Bells Bassingham (LN5 9JZ) The walk will last approximately an hour and is led by a volunteer walk leader. All are encouraged to stay for refreshments after the walk, at the Five Bells Bassingham. Free to attend no booking required just turn up on the day. You are required to complete a registration form before your first walk, so please arrive in good time to complete the form and still be ready to depart for the walk at 10.30am. Suitable footwear for muddy footpaths is advised. For more information please contact the scheme coordinator, Carly Togher on 870272 or email Carly.Togher@1life.co.uk


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NKDC Report

We are about to enter a new financial year and fortunately North Kesteven District Council has been able to balance its budget with just a £5 council tax increase for a band D property. This enables us to promote Economic and Employment growth by supporting small businesses and jobs and also promoting regeneration. We are increasing the supply of housing in the district and providing high quality housing services. We want to continue to increase tourism by making the district a vibrant and attractive place to visit. Our Airfield trail brings thousands of visitors, with RAF Cranwell, RAF Waddington and Metheringham Airfield there is plenty to see and explore. We are also supporting the Bomber Command Memorial, situated at the top of Canwick Hill. Although it is still under construction and therefore not open to the public, free guided tours can be booked by visiting. www.internationalbcc.co.uk/events Fundraising is still continuing, so any donations would be most welcome. Our aim as a council is to be customer focussed, give you value for money and be open and accountable.

Cllr Pat Woodman MBE

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Consultation on Bassingham Neighbourhood Plan

Bassingham Parish Council, along with the help of the local community, has prepared a neighbourhood plan for the parish. The plan sets out the vision for the future and planning policies, which will be used to determine any planning applications within the area. This neighbourhood plan has been formally submitted to the District Council to be subject to a period of publicity. The public consultation began on Wednesday 8th March and runs until Wednesday 26th April. The plan, supporting information and the response forms can be downloaded from the North Kesteven District Council website via: www.n-kesteven.gov.uk/BassinghamPlan/ In addition, paper copies of the plan can be viewed at the District Council Offices, Bassingham Post Office and libraries in Bassingham and Metheringham during normal opening hours. Copies of the response forms are also available at these locations. Any comments on the neighbourhood plan must be submitted in writing to North Kesteven District Council using the response forms and should be received by 5pm on Wednesday 26th April. Completed forms should be returned via email to: NeighbourhoodPlanning@n-kesteven.gov.uk or by post to: Community Initiatives Team North Kesteven District Council District Council Offices Kesteven Street Sleaford Lincolnshire, NG34 7EF An Independent Examiner, who will report on the plan prior to a local referendum on the final document, will consider all comments received. If you wish to be notified of the District Council’s decision on whether to accept the Examiner’s recommendation and any future progress with the plan please state this in your representation. Please note that all representations received will be made available to the public. For further information, please contact the Community Initiatives team of the District Council by e-mail at NeighbourhoodPlanning@n-kesteven.gov.uk or by phone on 01529 414155.

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Welbourn: Firing of the Forge

Saturday 1st April, 10am to 1pm See traditional ironworking in a traditional Victorian forge located in the heart of the village of Welbourn. For over 100 years Welbourn Forge has served the needs of farmers and tradesmen in the area. The forge opens on the first Saturday of the month and now exhibits old photographs, displays and memorabilia along with a restored earth privy.

Welbourn Forge is now under new ownership. The former forge and blacksmith’s workshop, which dates from 1864, was bought by North Kesteven District Council in 1987 as a heritage asset. Following a review by the authority into its retained sites, a deal has been concluded to sell the Forge to the Parish Council, with volunteers continuing to run the Forge and host monthly open days on the first Saturday of each month between 10am and 12.30pm. Back when NKDC initially purchased the Forge, it worked with Welbourn Parish Council and a group of local volunteers to repair and re-wire the site. Tools and stock were photographed, sorted and catalogued. In 2000 the forge fires were lit for the first time in more than 30 years, culminating in the volunteer group organising an open day with blacksmithing demonstrations for the visiting public to show the important role of it even in today’s modern world remembering horses need shoes - a job for the blacksmith. Although NKDC has sold the Forge, it will continue to support its efforts and promote events that are held there.

For more information please contact the North Kesteven District Council tourism team on 01529 308102 or email discovernk@n-kesteven.gov.uk


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May 2017


May we have your attention please!! May is here and would you not agree possibly the best month of the year, not only is it barely two week since Easter bank holiday weekend but with May 1st falling on a Monday we dive straight into the month with yet another bank holiday weekend, May day we love you. Then in the blink of an eye May also offers up yet another treat, spring bank holiday just before we jump into June. Three bank holidays within the space of six weeks how lucky we are, if only the weather would join in!! Colder over Easter than it was at Christmas, you just don’t expect it do you? Never the less find yourself a comfy spot (hopefully in the spring sun) read on as we continue on with our journey and find out together all the different ways the community delivers its entertainment to you. As always the magazine is inspired by you and is here to advertise all you have to entertain us. Enjoy your long weekends and we’ll meet up again in June.


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This month’s front cover is “Easter Rabbit” by Poppy Morris, age 8.

A Carlton le Moorland Spring Show Witham Staple cover design competition entry.


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51st Bassingham Show and Gala

This year it is the 51st Bassingham Show and Gala and is almost upon us again. Planned for Saturday 12th August, we hope to provide fun and enjoyment for all family members. Craft Stalls, Arena Events, Children’s races, classic cars, Brass Band, beer and scrumptious foods indeed all that goes with a truly Village Gala. Please come and support an event, put on by the people of Bassingham, for the people of Bassingham. For this to happen we are always in need of extra hands on the day, so if you are new to the village, regular stalwarts, or just fancy doing something different for a day, even joining the friendly committee, please come along and make yourself known. Ideally contact myself, Steve Harrison (Show Co-ordinator) on 07800 997 112, or E-mail steveharrison619@aol.com. Look out for the leaflet and Raffle Tickets dropping through your door, please help support the event. I look forward to seeing you on the day.

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Bassingham Open Gardens

Sunday 11th June 2017 2pm to 6pm

A number of different 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 the Hammond Hall and Pimms will be on sale in one of the delightful gardens and ice cream in another. We may even have a fly past from one of The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight aircraft.

Tickets, in the form of a programme with a map and description of each garden and a scarecrow map, will be on sale in advance from Saturday 27th 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 £3.50. There is no charge for accompanied children.

The money from Open Gardens this year will be reserved by the Bassingham Village & Playing Field Committee for the village signs project. Would you like to help to make the afternoon a successful and enjoyable occasion for everyone? Donations of plants for the plant stall, annual, perennial or indoor and large or small, are always very welcome and this year we are including garden sundries, your surplus large pots or seed trays, maybe tools, unwanted seeds or extra garden chair. Contact Jan on 788793 or Jean on 788949 for more details. Could you make a cake? Maybe you could give an hour on the day to help to serve teas. Contact Sandra on 788213 or Susan on 788459 who will be delighted to hear from you.

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

Scarecrow Festival

Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th June 2017

This year’s theme is 'Disney Characters'

It’s that time of year again to put our thinking caps on for this year’s scarecrows. Last year was amazing with over 30 scarecrows around our village, and the standard was excellent. It will of course be in conjunction with 'the open gardens' which take place on Sunday 11th June.

If anyone needs any help or ideas, please contact Mike and Christine on 788086.

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Sir William Robertson Academy, Welbourn

SWRA Wear A Hat Day Raises over £750 for Brain Tumour Research

Students and staff from Sir William Robertson Academy, Welbourn are delighted in raising over £750 for Brain Tumour Research by holding its first ever ‘Wear A Hat’ fun fundraising day on Friday 31st March. Students and staff were encouraged to come dressed in all types of hats and non-uniform, paying a £1 each towards this great cause. People also showed their support for the charity by buying fun hat badges which have been on sale at Reception over the last few weeks. The idea for the fundraising day was the brain child of Miss Leanne Haigh, Receptionist at the school.

March was Brain Tumour Awareness Month and their national ‘Wear A Hat’ day was part of a huge fundraising campaign by the charity. Brain tumours are the biggest Cancer killer of children in the UK and the charity is hoping to raise £7 million for its continued research.

Allister Spence, a Year 9 student from Newark created his very own amazing top hat from hundreds of pompoms and incorporated fairy lights and light reactive light bulbs. His hat certainly brightened the day and made everyone smile! The school is driven by the aim to ASPIRE and this directs the work of all staff and pupils. In recent years it has become one of the most sought after schools in Lincolnshire, with parents recognising the benefits of choosing a very successful school in a safe, rural setting with superb pastoral care. The addition of the Sixth Form facility means that parents are confident that their children can continue their education in this supportive environment with high academic results. Sir William Robertson Academy is judged as ‘Good’ in all areas of the school following its Ofsted inspection in 2015.

The school has been recognised as being one of the ‘Top 100 non-selective state-funded schools in England’ in a letter from Nick Gibb MP – Minister of State for Schools. The school offers comprehensive education for 11 to 18 year olds and is quite unique with its safe, rural location between the villages of Welbourn and Leadenham but easily accessible from Newark, Grantham, Sleaford, Lincoln and surrounding villages – with school buses serving each of these areas.

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Telephone Scam

North Kesteven residents are being reminded to be cautious of giving bank details out to cold callers after becoming aware of a possible telephone scam operating in Lincolnshire. Cold callers have recently been contacting a number of elderly residents insisting that their Council Tax had been reduced. They suggest it is due to the properties being re-valued and that they would be eligible for a refund if bank details were provided.

Residents should always be careful if they are ever asked for their bank details from someone calling them and where they have not initiated the call themselves. If you do receive a call from the Council’s Revenues and Benefits department and are unsure - end the call and ring back.

The only – and very rare – circumstances in which the Council would ask a customer about their bank details is to verify the information it already holds.


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Natural World Centre’s Annual Photographic Competition

The Natural World Centre’s annual photographic competition returned in April giving visitors the chance to snap up some great prizes whilst snapping their favorite spots of Whisby Nature Reserve.

This year marks the 8th annual Photographic Competition at The Centre and is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of the sunny weather whilst you walk around the Reserve, capturing the beautiful flora and fauna through the camera lens.

This year’s competition will be sponsored by Guildhall Studios and opened to the public on Saturday 22nd April. This year will have four categories independently judged with short listed entries being displayed in the Boardwalk Bistro at the Natural World Centre during October. Visitors will also have their chance to vote for their favorite which will become the face of the 2018 Calendar which will go on sale in the shop.

Entries are being accepted from Saturday 22nd April. It is FREE to enter and is open to all ages with a limit of four entries per person. All photographs must be taken within the Whisby Nature Reserve.

For more information or for an application pack, please contact the centre on 688868 or email whisby@1life.co.uk For regular updates on events and activities, find The Natural World Centre on Facebook or follow @WhisbyNatureP on Twitter


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History Walk at Wellingore & Temple Bruer

Come and join our WatchNK ranger on Saturday 20th May for a history walk at Wellingore & Temple Bruer. Find out about Temple Bruer Church and the history of the Knights Templar in this area, the old Wellingore airfield and other points of historical interest along the way.

This walk is 6 miles. Please meet at the St John the Baptist Church, Temple Bruer, Wellingore Heath, Lincoln, LN5 0DE* at 10.30am. Please allow roughly 2 hours to complete this walk. This route will mainly consist of footpaths and quiet country roads.

*On a minor road between Wellingore and the A15.

For more information or to book please contact our Countryside Officer by emailing countrysidenk@1life.co.uk or call 688868.

Wellingore and Temple Bruer is number 9 of the collection of Stepping Out walks. All the walks have been developed in to an easy to read booklet with step by step directions to help you along your way which are available to download from www.countrysidenk.co.uk. You can also call us on 01529 308207 or email discovernk@n-kesteven.gov.uk for a hardcopy to be posted to you.


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SwimAbility sessions at Sleaford Leisure Centre

Fun and interactive family swim sessions are available at Sleaford Leisure Centre designed to encourage parents and carers involvement in activities for individuals of all ages that require additional care and support needs.

SwimAbility sessions take place on the first and third Saturday of the month at Sleaford Leisure Centre from 6 to 8pm. Sessions cost only £3.50 per person with a free carer. Over 30 swimmers currently attend sessions with a wide age range from 3 to 30 years old. There are no restrictions other than the usual pool safety rules, which give parents and carers an extremely relaxed two hours in the pool. The Woodlands Splash is also therapeutic for both carers and clients. Some toys which are kindly supplied by Sleaford Lions Club are used mainly for physio and therapy. The centre has two disabled changing rooms allowing families to change together as well as a pool hoist for full access.

For more information please contact Sleaford Leisure Centre on 01529 303081 or email sleaford@1life.co.uk. For more information about Sleaford Leisure Centre please visit www.1life.co.uk

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June 2017


The sixth month of 2017 is here. At this junction in the calendar we reach the 21st which brings us to the longest day of the year already and by the 25th we will inevitably be one step closer to this Christmas than we are able to step back on last!!! There, said it even before shop displays are out (but maybe only just). Spring sprung but like your pens, unruly spring, when you try and put in a refill it seemed to disappear without trace. But let us not despair just yet as summer is still upon us. It may not seem like it when you stick your head out the door but it is and your community is planning to bring you some welcome warmth. There is a multitude of entertainment planned for June and beyond to get you in the summer mood. Without further ado let us share together through the receiving of your magazine all that is happening around us. From beginning to end this 32 page issue must honestly have something for all somewhere along the way. Journey on

Front Cover of Magazine:

“Scarecrow” by Grace Hickson, age 9.

A Carlton le Moorland Spring Show Witham Staple cover design competition entry.


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Fun in the Sun:  Bassingham Primary School Class 4 School Trip to West Runton (Norfolk)

Class 4 at Bassingham Primary School have just returned from a very exciting and rewarding residential trip to West Runton in Norfolk. They had the chance to climb a huge tower, zoom down a zip wire and drive a very sporty go kart.

The children and staff kept up their energy levels for many other exciting team challenges and adventurous activities. Their conduct was impeccable and the staff at the specialist centre all complimented them on their excellent listening skills, cooperation, resilience and good manners.

The children particularly enjoyed their time on the beach and (we suspect) secretly enjoyed having to make their own beds and compete against each other in the room inspections.

Well done and thank you to all those involved – great memories and lasting experiences.

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Aubourn & Haddington Community Playground to Close

It is with deep regret that the Aubourn & Haddington Playground Committee have decided to close our community playground with effect from 31st August 2017. This is due to the ongoing maintenance and repair costs that we are finding increasingly difficult to generate. The founding members of the committee have been responsible for the playground for the last 14 years and we no longer feel able to provide the level of commitment required. As a committee we are immensely proud that we have been able to provide a playground for the community of Aubourn and Haddington since 2003 and we would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the years. We would also like to extend our thanks to the Neville family for their generosity in allowing the local children and their families to use their field. A & H Playground Committee Chairwoman: Jackie Maddox

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Witham St Hughs Village Hall Committee Your Village Needs You

We currently have vacancies for committee members – do you have time that you can commit to join us? For those who don’t have the time to commit to joining the committee, we are always looking for volunteers to assist in preparing for event days; working on the day and then helping after the events. This could include helping erect and take down the Marquee when it is required – set up for events – marshalling on the day – manning the BBQ or the Bar – helping run a stall – cleaning up after events. If you can help us with any of the above or would like to sit down and have a chat about joining the committee please contact us on wsh.vhec@gmail.com

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Hammond Hall End of Year Report 2017

The Hammond Complex has been used for a total of 2784 hours this year, the Main Hall 1119 hours, Tower Room 406 hours and the Meeting Room 1259 hours, which is the highest year to date. Moving forward new clubs starting for 2017/18 year are yoga classes and a chess club, Heighington Bridge Club are moving to the Hammond, Caterpillar music has added another session every week and toddlers group have moved to weekly sessions from bi-weekly. The Friends of the Hammond Hall have had another busy year running coffee mornings, Bingo sessions, quizzes, music nights and table top sales, they have installed new hoops to the gravelled area adjacent to the multi-use area, installed new paving outside the Multi-Purpose Area, provided a new sign for the car park and provided new fridges, vacuum cleaner and laptop for use in the Hammond Hall. Once again I would like to thank everyone involved in the running of this fantastic facility and the people that use it, I am always looking for new events and activities to put on for the village, so if you have an idea but do not know where to start, pop in to see me for a coffee and a chat and I will help set it up.

Roger Hales (Parish Clerk)

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Youth Council Make Statement With Rainworks: Anti-bullying and Raising Self-esteem Campaign

YouthNK have stepped up their anti-bullying campaign through subtle messages spread around secondary schools in the District. ‘Choose kindness’, ‘You are limitless’ and ‘Love who you are’ are just three of the messages that have been expressed as part of the Smile, anti-bullying campaign which is focused on addressing bullying and raising self-esteem in young people across the District.

Using a product called Rainworks, members of YouthNK spread the messages which are only visible when wet, in the hope that students across the District will see them and feel inspired, or have a positive impact on the way they feel on a wet and rainy day as they cross the school yard. The anti-bullying campaign is just one of the priorities of the Youth Council, but one that they feel is significant to the young people of the District. If you would like to find out more about the campaign or the work of YouthNK visit their NEW website www.youthnk.co.uk or like their Facebook page www.facebook.com/youthnk A video also supports the campaign and shows the use of Rainworks https://youtu.be/P7fkeVkyhM0

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Harmony Lincs Barbershop Chorus

Everyone is working harder than ever on rehearsal nights and the in between days as well in order to get ready for getting the really big event off the ground. It’s all sounding good! As we are all dedicated to keep on improving we always make sure it’s fun with a serious intent. Our Music Director Jeremy Curtis always keeps us focused. On the 17th March we performed at the 75th Music and Drama Festival at the Central Methodist Church in the High Street, Lincoln. We came second with a distinction. If you couldn’t make it you missed a great evening. The Convention we have all been working so hard for is held in Bournemouth this year over the four days of the May Bank Holiday weekend of 26th to 29th and will see us perform two great songs:

We will be performing our entries on the Saturday morning at 8am with these two numbers and are looking forward to performing these songs for the Convention judges where we are confident they will observe our ongoing improvement.


During March at the time of the Music and Drama Festival we were interviewed by the Lincolnshire Pride magazine and an article was written about us, which was published in the May issue of the magazine.

Harmony Lincs Quartet Extraordinnaire

One of our Barber Shop quartets were interviewed and photographed, which showcased them as looking very dapper and the great ambassadors for Harmony Lincs that they are. The article (we appear on page 34) can be found at:- https://issuu.com/pridemagazines/docs/lincolnshire_may_178_for_issue

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July /August 2017


Hi folks, July 1st we’re 182 days in with a 183 to go, so welcome to half way in 2017. With all the excitement of June being the hottest for some years where day after day we had 30 degrees plus. Being British there are those of us who bask in it and traditionally those who just think it’s all too much!!! Well like all good things British it’s no doubt going to be short lived. Who knows what the next two months will bring us, but the longest day was reached, so for sure the nights are starting to pull back in and by the time the magazine resumes again in September we’ll probably be hoping for an Indian summer to warm us and cheer us up a bit before winter. Whatever the weather there is always something to do and in true British style it will go ahead. Read on, get on and get out there, enjoy the summer, support the community events and after our month off we’ll see you in September.

Front Cover of Magazine:

“Bygone High St Bassingham” by Paul Hubbard.

A Carlton le Moorland Spring Show Witham Staple cover design competition entry.

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Bassingham Cubs Win Lincoln and District Centenary Challenge

Last year Cub Scouts had been running for 100 years and as part of the celebrations Lincoln District Assistant Commissioner set the various District Cub Packs 100 challenges which would be recorded in a Scrap Book. Bassingham Cubs Pack decided to take part and the Cubs took part with great enthusiasm, supported by their long suffering parents. The Scrap Book was compiled to show what they achieved detailing the activities with pages of photographs of Cubs’ handiwork such as homemade rope, bunting, cards and comments from the Cubs themselves. The Front cover was ‘a painting made up of 100 thumb prints’ and all the Cubs who had taken part through the year signed the back.

Our Scrap Book was judged as the overall winner and on Monday 5th June the Assistant Commissioners presented the Bassingham Pack with a cheque for £100 of Camping equipment vouchers. Parents joined the Cubs and Leaders to celebrate this land mark with a cup of squash and celebratory piece of cake.

The Challenges set were wide ranging from outdoor challenges of adventure camps, cooking on camp fires, walks, cycle rides and canoeing down a river to crafts such as making a pack banner, a miniature garden, sewing buttons on to material in the shape of 100, and origami. Environmental challenges were also set, the Cubs made bug boxes, fat balls to feed the birds, went star gazing and made weather stations. Some brain work was also needed in finding the Cub badges of 1916, writing a story of 100 words, how many words that could be made out of CUBS ARE ONE HUNDRED (the cubs found 304) and different fun activities including snail races, making clothes out of bin bags and holding a scary animal. The Cub Mascot (Bear Grylls) had travelled around the UK and Europe and 4 pages of pictures followed his travels.

The Pack were also to join with other packs in the district e.g. St Georges Day parade and visit to the Cathedral for tea. We joined with the Cubs from Witham St Hughes for 2 meetings to complete some of the challenges and the Packs sang carols to the residents of Bassingham Nursing Home. This was a success and we are meeting with them again this year.

The front cover was another challenge, a painting made up (partly) of 100 thumb prints. We are delighted with our Scrap Book and it will treasured by the Group as part of our history. Bassingham Scout Group takes young people from the Local Villages, Aubourn, Bassingham, Carlton le Moorland, Norton Disney, Stapleford, Thurlby, Brant Broughton and Stragglethorpe, for further details phone Alison on 788241. Photos of the challenge can be viewed above or visit the Scout group website at www.bassinghamscoutgroup.org.uk

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Bassingham Primary School's Year 5 and 6 Trip to PGL (Activity Holiday)

If you are looking for an exciting and great place to go to on a school trip, PGL is the place to go. There are a variety of activities from Giant Swing to Orienteering. You get an instructor to take you to your activities. The teachers who accompany you might do a Room Inspection!

You have your own dormitories that you share with your friends. They are fully equipped with an en suite and three bunk beds. For breakfast you need to get up quite early: but it’s worth it! You get provided with either, a fry-up, cereal, toast, porridge or fruit.

The journey takes 5 to 6 hours depending on the traffic. You’ll definitely have to stop at a service station at least once. Fortunately we stopped at PGL for a week. On the last night you stay there you get a mini disco.

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Morgan Scores a Hat-Trick At England U16s Football Tournament In France

(Morgan Whittaker – Year 11 Sir William Robertson Academy)

Congratulations to Morgan Whittaker (Year 11) who made his England under 16’s debut in the Montiagu tourna-ment in France during the Easter holidays. Morgan is our first ever pupil to represent their country in football and we are incredibly proud of him. Morgan played three full games during the tournament playing against Portugal, China and Belgium. To add to this achievement Morgan scored a hat-trick against China with one of the goals being voted goal of the season!! The team won this match 4-0 in their final group stage in the tournament.

Head of PE at Sir William Robertson, Mr Symmons commented: “What has been just as impressive has been the humility Morgan has shown since coming back to school. Many people are not even aware of his achievements as he hasn't boasted about it. The whole school are extremely proud of Morgan and we wish him well for future international appearances and a long career in the game.”

Morgan plays for Derby County as a forward in their youth squad and featured in all three of the Three Lions group games – initially featuring as a substitute in the opening 1-1 draw with Mexico, before making his first start in the 3-0 defeat to Portugal and then notching a treble in the comfortable victory over China. Justin Walker, Derby’s professional development phase coach, headed out to France to watch Morgan in action and said: “It is a good level to be playing at and Morgan really has done himself proud. What was more important for me was that he looked physically and mentally capable at that level – it was great to see. I think when players go away with their country, sometimes it can feel restricted in terms of what they natural attributes are. With Morgan scoring a hat-trick, that’s proof that he’s playing his natural game! We’re all delighted for him.” Morgan has been playing with the Year 11 football team which had a stunning run in the Lincs County Cup making it all the way to the County Cup Final against Boston Grammar School. Sadly this final match didn’t end with the result they hoped for but the team did incredibly well making it so far, beating Spalding 6-2 in the semi-final match.

Morgan and the Year 11 Football team were recognised for their amazing achievements at a special assembly for Year 11 on 17th May where Mr Costello talked about their journey as a team over the years and along with Mr Symmons and Mr Quincey presenting the members of the squad with a team photograph. Mr Symmons congratulated Morgan on his success and how proud the school was to have a pupil represent his country. The school have had Morgan’s No 20 shirt framed with some photographs of him in action and this will be hung in school to recognise his achievements. Well done Morgan...we are very proud!

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Bassingham Scarecrow Festival and Open Gardens

June 2017 theme was 'Disney Characters'

Click for photographs

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to another wonderful day. We had over 35 scarecrows scattered around our lovely village, they were very creative and yet again a wonderful standard..... we have so much talent here in Bassingham. We now look forward to the Bassingham Show on August 12th and if you would like your scarecrow to have a day out, we will display them all together making an amazing display. We can pick them up and bring them home safety at the end of the day. Let us know if you want your scarecrow to have a big day out. Ring Mike or Christine on 788086. A note for your Diary next year’s Open Gardens will be on Sunday 10th June 2018.

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September 2017


You always seem to get a strange feeling when you leave. Not only will you miss the people you love but you will miss the person you are at this time and this place because you will never pass this way ever again. August please don’t forget us and all the things we did. A summer we will always remember and people we’ll never forget. The passing of time, a calendar is like a good book you just can’t put it down. As we turn the page on Augusts end we start a new chapter. September, a new dawn a new day and a new start for so many. Possibly the busiest month of the year for new starts! Whether it’s a new school, just a new class, college or loved ones off to university. Maybe even graduates as they embark on life and work after education. For the old ones amongst us there’s the love and loss as those closest to us spread their wings and embark on all that life offers. Cherish it, embrace it and most of all enjoy it. Autumn and October looms on the horizon.

Front Cover of Magazine:


“Church Bells” by Hannah Kirsopp age 9.

A Carlton le Moorland Spring Show Witham Staple cover design competition entry


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Mark Quince – London to Paris Cycle in Aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind

I am a 57 year old man from Aubourn with the goal of raising some money for Guide Dogs by taking part in the London to Paris Cycle between the 13th & 17th September, a distance approximately 482 km over a 4 day period. The ride starts from the Crystal Palace Stadium and ends at the Eifel Tower with the 4 day route taking me via Dover, Calais, Abbeville and Beauvais. My aim is to raise as much money as I can for ‘Guide Dogs for the Blind’. My Guide Dogs supporter reference number is 13753219. The event is organised by Skyline Events, with full medical, technical and logistical support for all the riders, their registration No. is 209617, SCO38979.



I also have set up a charity page for this event where you can kindly donate. This also generates ‘Gift Aid’ for Guide Dogs to claim (25% at no cost to those who donate). My charity page for donations online is: www.doitforcharity.com/Mquince

Please have a look and see who has donated so far. There are other ways to donate if you don’t like the online option, as follows:

By Phone: Call Guide Dogs events team between 9-5 Monday to Friday on 0345 143 0200

By Post: Send a cheque to – Guide Dogs, Hillfields, Burghfield Common, Reading, RG7 3YG

By BACS: Paid directly into Guide Dogs bank account: HSBC Bank Plc, Windsor, Account Name: The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, Account number: 11087231, Sort code: 40-47-02

‘Please’ whichever way you chose, please use the reference 13753219 / E17GLO001 (which means the donation will be credited to my total) thank you

Why? It costs Guide Dogs around £48 million to provide the guide dog service and other mobility services each year. The Guide Dogs have trained and partnered more than 30,000 guide dogs to date, transforming the lives of people with sight loss and this number continues to grow year by year. To train one dog alone costs £39,700 and a further £13,000 in support until the dog retires. Guide Dogs help provide mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people, also campaigning for the rights of people with visual impairment, whilst educating the public about eye care. The organisation has been expertly breeding and training guide dogs for over 75 years delivering confidence building rehabilitation services to adults, young people and children. I have taken part in other events over recent years, namely the Great North Run, The London Marathon and The Great South Run for the Guide Dogs and indeed another charity Cystic Fibrosis. Now at the tender age of almost 57, my knees will no longer allow me to run like I did, therefore, I have taken to cycling in order to maintain my fund raising efforts.

The cycle ride itinerary is:- Day 1: London to Calais, 152 km. Day 2: Calais to Abbeville, 120 km. Day 3: Abbeville to Beauvais, 112 km. Day 4: Beauvais to Paris (Eifel Tower) 96 km. On Sunday 17th September I will travel back to London, with my bike, via Eurostar and then return later that day to Aubourn, having hopefully surpassed my target in raising a lot of money for the Guide Dogs for the Blind. Please note, I am not an experienced road cyclist but like everything I am putting my heart and soul into it, training hard, getting fitter and losing weight too. I aim to be fully prepared for this event, however, it is a very long way with 4 consecutive days of long distance and some pain. I am determined to do this for this great charity and good cause, to help improve the lives of those persons who are blind.

Thank you for your help & support. Best wishes Mark

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51st Bassingham Show. A BIG Thank you.

The Committee of the Bassingham Show, would like to express our thanks to all who helped make the day a success. It is a long day for many of the officials and helpers, but the show could not take place without such willing volunteers. Especial thanks to all our sponsors, the WI and contributing societies, all of whom enable such a Show to be staged and finally to you the villagers and public alike for attending and making such a Great Day. Thank You, Steve Harrison (Show Coordinator).

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Bassingham Primary School

What a busy and exciting final term the children and staff had! Various class trips (3 residential), sports events, theatre shows in school, charity fund raisers, Healthy Eating week, music workshops, lots of great learning and tests! Our Year 6 children leave to go to their various secondary schools, we wish them all every success. We look forward to welcoming the new reception children in September, as they begin their school life with us. We do have some spare places in some year groups in September, if you are interested in your child joining us, please call the school office on 788395 to discuss. Our school hall is available to hire outside of school hours, for parties and social events. Please contact the school office for availability and prices.

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October 2017


As we trip into October, stumble over into autumn, drop in on the dark nights, what is it about the changing of the season? It always happens and never a surprise but there is always that hate some of us have for the bare field, the sadness we endure during the long dark nights. Then there are those that see the beauty in the golden browns, oranges and reds as they fall from the trees and leave a patch work blanket across the land. The way the sun crosses low in the sky and glints and glistens off the morning dew, spiders neatly weaved webs or just the reflections in the autumnal air. For those that see the light we must embrace those that fear the dark and those that fear the dark must embrace the help of light. Whatever your feeling’s or thought’s the magazine can draw you all together in community spirit through all the good it endeavours to bring. Whether you read this regularly, occasional or for the first time as always there is plenty on offer.

Front Cover of Magazine:

“Ann on Shantilly” by Ann Meredith

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It's Great News From Carlton Le Moorland: Village awarded £500,000 by National Lottery

After five years of research, consultations and bid writing, Carlton le Moorland Parish Council is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a grant of £500,000 from the National Lottery towards the re-building of the Village Hall. The rebuilding of the hall means that community activities will both be able to continue and also expand well into the future. The Council has put a lot of work into this successful application and it recognises the support and guidance received from the community through many consultations. The results of these consultations have been taken into account in the final design of the new hall. The Council also appreciates the work of the Fundraising Group and all the events it has organised which have been so well supported by the community - but the fundraising continues! The Lottery Grant of £500,000 is a lot of money, but the Parish Council still has to raise a further £50,000; nevertheless, it is still hoped to start building during 2018. Let's hope for more good news before long! Thanks to everyone for what you have done so far.

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The Carlton Le Moorland Defibrillator Is Now In Service!

Following the successful installation of the Defibrillator in the telephone box on Church Street, the Carlton le Moorland Defibrillator Group is excited to announce that the Defibrillator is now in service and available for use to the residents of Carlton le Moorland! Thank you to all those who have supported the project. Special thanks go to Pat & Fred Jacques and Andy Sceeny who have helped renovate the telephone box and to John Clarke and Steve South who helped to install the Defibrillator. We all hope the Defibrillator never has to be used, but it is great to know that it is there just in case! In the event of a Cardiac Arrest, when you call 999, the operator will give you the code to unlock the Defibrillator. The Defibrillator will then take you step by step through how to use it, via a video screen and voice on the actual machine. Thank you all for your continued support. The Carlton le Moorland Defibrillator Group

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Bassingham Junior Football Equipment Stolen

The majority of the junior football equipment has been stolen from the lock up on the Bassingham Playingfield. The theft took place between Wednesday 6th and Friday 8th September and has left the club with virtually nothing. The incident has been reported to the Police so if anyone has any information or saw anything suspicious in this area please call Lincolnshire Police on 101 thank you. Incident number 451 (8th Sept 2017 refers).

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We have a small but thriving population of hedgehogs in our villages but as you know they are increasingly coming under more and more pressure to survive as habitats are lost and motor vehicles take their toll. Please help the hedgehogs. Whether you feed them, provide a habitat for them at the bottom of your garden or just look out for them on the road or before lighting bonfires. In a safe and respectful manner let us help the little chaps out and ensure their survival.

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Best Ever A Level Results For Sir William Robertson Academy

Sir William Robertson Academy’s fourth only cohort of Year 13 students is celebrating their best ever exam success with the school’s fourth full set of A2 Levels. Celebrating its five year anniversary of the Sixth Form in September, the school and its students have been working hard towards their AS and A2 examinations and building on the fantastic results achieved previously including their record breaking year in 2016.

Most of their delighted Sixth Form students have gained places at their first choice Universities. Mr Mark Guest, Headteacher commented: “We are absolutely delighted with this year’s A Level results. Once again our students achieved a 100% pass rate and they have even out-performed last summer’s record-breaking results in terms of the average grade achieved. It is wonderful to see so many of our students securing A and A* grades in their A Levels and fantastic to have matched last year’s achievement of the average vocational qualification grade being a Distinction Star – the highest grade possible. These results provide a great platform to enable our students to take-up their chosen courses at their first-choice universities.” Miss Charlotte Wilson, Head of Sixth Form added: “I am absolutely delighted with the students' results. They have worked exceptionally hard and thoroughly deserve their successes. We are pleased that so many of our Year 13s are now in a position to go on to universities, apprenticeships and employment where we are sure they will continue to accomplish great things. Our Sixth Form is rapidly expanding and we are excited to continue our achievements in the next academic year.


Adam Saxby from Carlton-le-Moorland who is going into the RAF

Year 12 students are also celebrating exam success with some superb AS Level results. The school is driven by the aim to ASPIRE and this directs the work of all staff and pupils. In recent years it has become one of the most sought after schools in Lincolnshire, with parents recognising the benefits of choosing a very successful school in a safe, rural setting with superb pastoral care. The addition of the Sixth Form facility means that parents are confident that their children can continue their education in this supportive environment with high academic results. Sir William Robertson Academy is delighted as being judged as ‘Good’ in all areas of the school following its Ofsted inspection in June 2015. The inspection report praised developments across the school, highlighting the progress and behaviour of pupils and their engagement in their learning as a particular strength. All aspects of the school were inspected ranging from leadership and management; behaviour and safety of pupils; quality of teaching; achievement of pupils to its Sixth Form provision and found all areas to be ‘Good’. The school has been recognised as being one of the ‘Top 100 non-selective state-funded schools in England’ in a recent letter from a letter from Nick Gibb MP – Minister of State for Schools (February 2016). It is the Best Performing Secondary School (similar schools) within a 75 mile radius (DFE Performance Tables 2015 & 2016). The school offers comprehensive education for 11 to 18 year olds and is quite unique with its safe, rural location between the villages of Welbourn and Leadenham but easily accessible from Newark, Grantham, Sleaford and Lincoln and surrounding villages – with school buses serving each of these areas.


Students from Sir William Robertson Academy, Welbourn are also delighted with their GCSE success with many gaining A* and grades 8 and 9 across several subjects. The majority of these students will be joining the Sixth Form along with over 50 others as they move into Year 12 to study their AS/A2 courses. Six students from other local schools will also be joining the flourishing Sixth Form which celebrated its best ever A Level results last week.. Mr Mark Guest, Headteacher commented: “The school matched its excellent results from last year with 54% of students gaining GCSEs in English and Maths at grades 4-9. This is an outstanding achievement as the new GCSEs are designed to be much tougher and to raise the bar for all students nationally. Our congratulations go to all of our students and their families. In the light of these excellent results we are looking forward to welcoming record numbers into our Sixth Form.”

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New Dementia Hub to Open at One NK In North Hykeham

A new Dementia Friendship Hub has opened at One NK North Hykeham offering a range of services for people living with dementia and their carers. Opening on Tuesday 5th September, the new hub is suitable and safe environment for people living with dementia and their carers providing them with the opportunity to become more active and have fun. The hub will also act as a source of information for anyone to find out information about further opportunities and support services. As a member of the Dementia Action Alliance, 1Life work with training volunteers and partner organisations to lead on a range of activities such as creative arts, singing workshops, vintage dance workshops, seated exercise, new age curling, table top games and much more. Each session will also be supported by ‘Dementia Friends’ trained staff who will provide a relaxed and informal environment. The Dementia Friendship Hub will take place on the first Tuesday of the month, 10am to 12pm at One NK, Moor Lane, North Hykeham, Lincoln, LN6 9AX. The hub is free to attend and refreshments are available. For more information about the Dementia Friendship Hub please contact Dean Reed on 870272 or email dean.reed@1life.co.uk. For more information about the 1Life Health & Wellbeing Service in North Kesteven, visit http://www.1life.co.uk/north-kesteven-district-council/nk-sport-physical-activity/health-wellbeing/.

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November 2017


As the editor’s fingers dance across the keyboard there is an eerie feel to the mid October day that the editorial is being typed, as storm Ophelia charges across the Atlantic hitting Southern Ireland it brings with it temperatures we’re more used to in July. Then there’s that strange orange glow as the sun penetrates through the dust, sand and forest fire smoke Ophelia has dragged up from Europe and Africa on its southern flanks. However by the time you’re settled down and reading this we should be back to the normal November weather we’re used to. The golden autumnal colours will be fading away leaving us a familiar bare barren landscape. Let us not despair at this thought or get downhearted because thanks to Robert Catesby’s failed grand plan to assassinate King James I during the State opening of Parliament in 1605 we can get November off to a proper whizz, pop, fizz, whoosh and a bang. Go on, beat the winter blues, slip on your shoes and pop out.

Front Cover of Magazine:

By Oliver Robertson age 13. Winner of The Witham Staple cover design competition 2017 for 12 to 15 years

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Animal By-Products Processing Facility Being Planned For Norton Disney

Lincoln Proteins Ltd (A Hughes and Son), Jerusalem Farm, Skellingthorpe, Lincoln are currently in the very earliest stages of preparing a planning application to redevelop the site at Villa Farm, Folly Lane, Norton Disney for a state-of-the-art animal by-products processing facility. They are holding a public exhibition on Wednesday 1st November between 10.30am and 7.30pm in Norton Disney Village Hall Members of the company’s development team will be on hand to discuss the plans in more detail and answer any question you might have. You will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposals at the event. Residents are encouraged to attend the event to find out what an animal by-products processing facility is and does and what effect it could have on the local environment. There are already plans to raise the profile of this impending planning application with the local MP and any other bodies of influence to attempt to prevent the development going ahead in what is otherwise a rural idyll. Any support from the local community would be very gratefully received.


Important Notice Issued to Local Households by Concerned Residents in the Norton Disney Community in October in Response

Dear Homeowner,

Last week, a few properties received a letter from a firm called Lincoln Proteins Limited advising that they intend to submit a planning application for a new animal by products processing plant at Villa Farm, Folly Lane, Norton Disney.

This would be a factory that receives lorries loaded with dead animals and waste products (many tonnes per day) and turns these into products like pet food or fertilisers. They have confirmed that this will include Category 1 waste, which is carcasses infected with dangerous communicable diseases such as TSE, BSE (mad cow disease) and so on.

They already have such a facility at Skellingthorpe. The smell that this produces all over that village is revolting — this is what is coming to Norton Disney unless we put a stop to it !

They have not yet put in a planning application but intend to do so very soon but the sooner they receive overwhelming opposition, the better. They have rented the Village Hall in Norton Disney for a "public exhibition" between 10:30am and 7:30pm on Wednesday 1st November 2017. They did not initially advise the Parish Council why they wanted to hire the hall.

Clearly the intention is to demonstrate to the Planning Committee that they were pro-active in consulting with the residents but at the same time, doing everything possible to keep it low-key so they can imply that we are all happy. We are not!

Please attend the "exhibition" and make your feelings firmly known. Your health and well-being may depend on it. An action group is being formed and will be formalised immediately after the "exhibition".

If you can get involved in any way, please send your address and details to


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Bassingham Village & Playing Fields Charity

The AGM for the above charity was held on Monday 2nd October and it was agreed for the Chairman's report to be printed in this month’s Witham Staple to inform residents of the Charity's activities during the past year. I must start by saying I can’t believe that 12 months has passed since we last held our AGM. I would like to commence our AGM by saying thank you to Andrew Francis Vice Chairman, Sue Barnett Secretary, Roger Baker Treasurer and Pat Doody Auditor along with our Elected Members, Co-opted Members and Executive Members from our Organisations for their support throughout the year and hopefully for everyone’s continued support for the year ahead.

Many discussions were held at our Charity Meetings during the year covering a wide variety of topics enabling all to express their views and opinions ensuring all decisions made were for the good of the Village and I would like to remind everyone what the Charity has been involved in. (By us holding these meetings it has facilitated the Charity to ensure the Village prospers appropriately.)

Firstly it was brought to our attention that there were problems with the French Drain adjacent to the Multi Use Area, it needed protecting from damage by vehicles and we were informed that the Hammond Hall Sub-committee were looking into ways of how this area could be safeguarded. Early on in the year a suggestion was made for ideas to be brought forward to the Committee for projects that the Charity could be involved in whether they be short term or long term ventures. From this suggestion four projects were proposed –

1. The Village Clock housed in the Church Tower was needing extensive repair.

2. A Village Seat – which was later withdrawn.

3. A Sensory Walk.

4. Village Signs.

5. Safety Surfaces for the Playpark.

As you can imagine these ideas brought interest and enthusiasm from a variety of individuals who agreed to research each specific project and feed back to the Charity with their findings. Each project produced their own progress reports and it was agreed in principle that the Charity take on all four projects (the Village Seat had been withdrawn) and I would like to bring everyone up to date on each project’s progress and development.

The Village Clock – as I said previously this needed costly extensive repair and I am happy to report that the Charity has been able to be part of the fund raising along with the Church and the Parish Council enabling the repairs to go ahead.

Sensory Walk – this produced an informative talk including pictures and pencilled drawings and suggestions for the siting of such a walk – this is something that could be a long term project and is very much in early information gathering stages.

Village Signs – this idea brought much enthusiasm to the Committee Members and I personally would like to give my thanks on behalf of the Charity for all the hard work that has been put in and time given by Andrew Francis and Vanessa Morris. From the information and research collated and the design styles and options available this project is very much at a stage of decision making by the Committee and hopefully we may see a Village Sign welcoming us to Bassingham in the not too distant future.

Safety Surfaces for the Playpark – lengthy discussions were held at the end of which it was agreed that the Charity would make a donation to the Parish Council towards this refurbishment – this joint working together has enabled the work to go ahead and be completed.

Before I finalise with my thanks I would just like to draw your attention to three other items the Charity has been involved in...

Bassingham Village Expo 2017 - this was planned to run at the Hammond Hall in July as per last year (which was very successful) but unfortunately I have to report that the event was unable to go ahead due to the lack of interest shown by our clubs, societies and interest groups – my thanks goes to Roger Hales for trying to organise what could have been an extremely successful and enjoyable event.

Bassingham Website - the Charity has also been able to look at the possibility of Bassingham forming its own Website. This is work in progress and is dependent on the input of our organisations/representatives/villagers and the Parish Council for their contributions. Hopefully by next year I will be able to report that the administration of the website is complete and successful.

Hammond Hall Garden Borders – what a fantastic display of flowering shrubbery we have been able to experience and enjoy as we either walk to or drive past the Hammond Hall on a daily basis – it certainly puts a smile on your face – thank you to all you ‘Green Fingered Percy Throwers’.

As can be seen the Charity has had a very busy 12 months and I would like to personally thank everyone who have been/are involved in the smooth running of the Charity albeit financial, man power and time, research in ongoing projects all for the good of our prospering Village. Lastly I would like to thank you for all the fund raising that has taken place during the year – Open Gardens, Scarecrow Display, The Village Show and Bonfire Night – well done everyone. What a fabulous village we all live in and let’s hope we can continue to flourish and prosper in the coming year.

Val Wiltshire. Chairman

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A Letter From Down Under - Mike Allport

I now have 12 points on my driving licence! A lot of things are done very differently Down Under. You start with 12 points on your licence and then points are deducted for traffic offences until you have no points and lose your licence - in a way this is more logical. However, they do mangle the English language i.e. our Monarch is pronounced Mon-Ark and many place names are pronounced phonetically as they are spelt Launceston, Norfolk etc, as is Anthony. I have yet to find Cholmondley or Featherstonehaugh though. You don’t need to know what the word root is slang for here!

Selling a house is very different here too. We have had to store most of our furniture and minimise so that the house is ‘styled’ ready for twice weekly inspections before going to auction if there are sufficient buyers. We hope that the proceeds from our 5 bedroom house will pay for our two bedroomed Seniors Living apartment on a headland overlooking the ocean, which should be ready next March.

We make proper use of Skype and social media to keep in touch with extended family and friends including watching our former next door neighbour’s, the Roddams, lovely children and beautiful grandchildren grow up. I am sure that smartphones are de rigueur in UK too. One of my most important apps is Willy Weather, which includes the tides so that we can time our beach walk for low tide - firmer sand, better for walking.

Australians don’t go abroad, they go ‘overseas’ as there are lots of places to visit in this massive country. We did a fortnight driving trip to Melbourne and Adelaide last year and came back across the Hay Plain, allegedly the flattest place on earth and very boring. We had covered the bottom right hand corner of the country. Since then we have flown further afield but have still only visited places along the East coast up to and including the Great Barrier Reef.

We love Australia and have no regrets moving here as we enjoy living with one daughter, her Aussie husband and two lovely grandchildren and close to our other daughter on the other side of Sydney (better than on the other side of the world), but we do miss a lot of things and of course, our friends in the UK. We miss St Michael’s Church, the pubs, Green’s Store, Act Two, Open Gardens, Village Fetes, coffee mornings etc and have TWS to thank for keeping these fond memories of quintessential English village life alive.

Now it is time to blow the froth off a tinnie, slap another prawn or snag (sausage) on the barbie and hang with my mates. G’day cobbers.

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Sir William Robertson Academy to Become a Multi Academy Trust (the Aspire Learning Trust)

Bassingham Primary School to join the Aspire Learning Trust

Sir William Robertson Academy is delighted to share the exciting news that its Multi Academy Trust application has been approved. Sir William Robertson Academy is currently a stand-alone academy but will now establish the Aspire Learning Trust as its Multi Academy Trust. The school is also delighted to announce that an academy order has been signed by the Regional Schools Commissioner to enable Bassingham Primary School to join the Aspire Learning Trust. Bassingham will become the first primary school to join the Trust.

Mark Guest, Headteacher commented: “Eighteen months have now passed since we submitted our application and I am delighted to share the news that our Multi Academy Trust has been approved. We are all very excited about this next stage in the development of our two schools which share many common values and place children at the centre of everything we do and believe. Our Trust will be one of the first Lincolnshire-based cross-phase Multi Academy Trusts and we believe it has fantastic potential to improve learning opportunities for local children.”

Within a Multi-Academy Trust all schools which join are governed by a single academy trust. The schools' individual governing bodies will become Local Governing Bodies, subject to the oversight of the Multi-Academy Trust which has ultimate responsibility for the running of all of its academies. The Multi-Academy Trust will be accountable and responsible for the performance of all of the academies in the Trust and will delegate a range of decision-making powers to the Local Governing Bodies of the individual academies.

From February 2018, both Sir William Robertson Academy and Bassingham Primary School will be run by the newly formed Aspire Learning Trust. Both academies will have representation on the main Trust board and each will have its own separate Local Governing Body.

Bassingham Primary School will concentrate on developing the primary phase of the Trust and Sir William Robertson Academy will develop the secondary phase. It will be very much business as usual at both schools. Collaboration between the two schools will bring new opportunities for pupils and enhance learning in both settings.

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The Natural World Centre’s Annual Photographic Competition Winners Announced

The photographic competition closed at the beginning of September and there have been a great number of entries all capturing the beautiful landscape and creatures found within Whisby Nature Reserve. The winners of each category are as follows:

Best Close Up – ‘Happy Robin’ by Ade Wildsmith

Best Landscape – ‘Silver Bark’ by Betty Dunn

Best Wildlife – ‘Rabbit’ by Paul Sutton

Best Under 16s – ‘Feather Drops’ by Isla Perkins aged 13

The competition is now in its eight year and was sponsored by Vantage Point Photography, Lincoln in association with artsNK. They also had the difficult task of choosing the winners along with the Natural World Centre. Each winner will receive a fabulous prize along with receiving and featuring in the Natural World Centre’s 2018 calendar.

Photographic Competition Exhibition

Visitors will have the chance to come and view all shortlisted entries on display in the Boardwalk Bistro at the Natural World Centre from Friday 29th September to Sunday 7th January 2018. The Natural World Centre would like to thank everyone who took part and congratulate all that won. Next year will be the ninth year of the competition and all involved hope to encourage more people to pick up a camera and get involved. If you are interested in taking part, please get in touch with us at whisby@1life.co.uk or call the centre on 688868.

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The Future of the Annual Bassingham Show

The committee that runs the annual Bassingham show need YOUR help, if the show is to continue in its present form people are needed to help organise the outside part of the show (arena, stalls, car boot and games). The show committee are asking for people to come forward to give a few hours of their time to set up a sub-committee to organise the outside show. The date of next year’s show is 11th August. If you are able and willing to help out with the future of this flagship village event please contact in the first instance either:-

Roger Hales, email - basspc@btconnect.com or call 789758

Niall Cartwright, email - ncartwright02@gmail.com or call 07807 393 968

Steve Harrison, email - steveharrison619@aol.com or call 07800 997 112

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Success at Dementia Hub Opening at One Nk

A new Dementia Friendship Hub opened earlier in September at One NK North Hykeham offering a range of services for people living with dementia and their carers. Over 25 people were in attendance enjoying the activities and getting to know the staff involved running the new monthly sessions. Taking place on the first Tuesday of the month, the new hub will be a suitable and safe environment for people living with dementia and their carers providing them with the opportunity to become more active and have fun. The hub will also act as a source of information for anyone to find out information about further opportunities and support services.

As a member of the Dementia Action Alliance, 1Life work with training volunteers and partner organisations to lead on a range of activities such as creative arts, singing workshops, vintage dance workshops, seated exercise, new age curling, table top games and much more. Each session will also be supported by ‘Dementia Friends’ trained staff who will provide a relaxed and informal environment.

The next Dementia Friendship Hub will take place on the Tuesday 7th November 10am to 12pm at One NK, Moor Lane, North Hykeham, LN6 9AX. The hub is free to attend and refreshments are available. For more information about the Dementia Friendship Hub please contact Dean Reed on 870272 or email dean.reed@1life.co.uk. For more information about the 1Life Health & Wellbeing Service in North Kesteven, visit http://www.1life.co.uk/north-kesteven-district-council/nk-sport-physical-activity/health-wellbeing/.

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December 2017


The end of yet another year is upon us! Advent for 2017 has begun and 2018 is just around the corner. At this festive 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 2017, to help produce and deliver The Witham Staple to you and your neighbours covering over 2400 homes within our eight villages. We hope that it proves to be a very special time for everybody and we wish all our readers, contributors and advertisers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Front Cover of Magazine:

“A Winter Walk” by Paul Hubbard

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30th Lincoln 1st Bassingham Beaver Scouts - Night Ramble for BBC Children in Need.

The Bassingham Beavers continue to work hard at earning their challenge and activity badges. This term they have looked at and discussed what they could do as an activity whilst at the same time raise funds for a good cause. The majority decision was to support the BBC Children in Need by doing a sponsored walk. We took ideas from details in the Countryfile Ramble organisers pack and the beavers came up with the idea of doing a ramble at night around Bassingham. So they all got busy getting friends, family and neighbours to sponsor them. Then on a dry but chilly dark night on Wednesday 18th October we hit the footpaths, byways and jetties of Bassingham. Armed with maps and torches we zigzagged our way around the village and in the given time the Beavers managed to notch up just over one and half miles of brisk ish! walking.


The Beavers all did a great job getting sponsors and on the night they were all really well behaved, sensible, responsible and even managed to keep the noise down. Beavers comments when we got back were “I was really excited about going on the walk at night” “It was great fun” “When we switched all our torches off it was really dark” “I like being out at night” “Some parts were dark and spooky” The group leaders are all really proud of the effort the Beavers have put into this activity and when all sponsor money is collected in we hope to have a nice total to donate to Children in Need. Thank you to all the Beavers for their hard work and to everyone involved in the activity or for sponsoring the Beavers.


Bassingham Primary School Children in Need

Our school won a spot on the BBC Children in Need Pudsey Roadshow. We had a fantastic time together thinking of ways to help raise funds. Grace from Class 6 was even on the radio! We have chosen to play a huge game of bingo in the morning and our school house teams will play football against each other in the afternoon. See Photos of the visit.

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Hykeham Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team and Panel

Your current priorities set by the Panel for this area are: Tackling antisocial behaviour in Skellingthorpe & Witham St Hughs. The next panel meeting will be held on Wednesday 7th February at 7pm The Memorial Hall, Newark Road, North Hykeham To report crimes and incidents Tel: 101 In an emergency dial 999.

Hykeham Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team PC Nick Stenner - PCSO Jo Mackie - PCSO Sarah Lingard Based at North Hykeham Police Station, Chatsworth Drive, North Hykeham

Email hykehamrural.npt@lincs.pnn.police.uk

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The Witham Valley Park Preservation Group
The Witham Valley Park Preservation Group (WVPPG) is the new name for the residents and business owners who have come together to express concern around the proposed Animal Rendering Plant at Villa Farm, Norton Disney. You can join or find further information, including details on how to send feedback to the County Council’s Planning Department, at:
Website: www.withamvalleyppg.net
Twitter: @WithamValleyPPG
Email: withamvalleyparkpreservationgr@gmail.com
The group will be posting a monthly update intended to communicate facts and information that may be useful to its readership. A manager from Lincoln Proteins and a consultant from JH Walters attended the Norton Disney Parish Council meeting on Wednesday 15th November. Over 50 residents from the surrounding area attended. Many questions were asked during the 90 minute Q&A during which representatives from Lincoln Proteins and JH Walters acknowledged that:
 There will be an odour impact and a visual impact if this new plant goes ahead and that they are considered to be a ’bad neighbour’
 The proposed factory will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
 Lorries will be making deliveries through the night
 Up to 75 HGVs may enter and exit the plant each day, plus 40 additional vehicles
 Transport Assessments are still underway regarding the proposed A46 exit at Folly Lane but the current viewpoint is “few improvements will be required, if any.”
 Lorries will be permitted to cross the A46 dual carriageway
 This will be a CAT 1 plant which will process Specific Risk Material including spinal cords.
 The Skellingthorpe plant has received consistent complaints regarding odour
 The technology planned for the Villa Farm Plant is not currently used elsewhere in the UK (there is a plant is Serbia) and thus not tried and tested.
 The plant’s odour control technologies will not be in place for the lorries bringing in the dead animals
 According to the Lincoln Proteins manager, these lorries will smell - an ‘insurmountable problem’ as the vehicles are ‘the weakest link’.
 When pressed for exact chimney emissions, the company responded that it depends what is put through the system but may include sulphur dioxide (SO2) and ammonia
 The company believes the two Thermal Oxidizer machines in the factory will have 99% odour control effectively.
 When questioned re actual volume of gas the escaping 1% of odour equated to, Lincoln Proteins were not able to provide a figure
 The Flue height of the extraction chimney, visible to surrounding residents, has been increased since original plans were shared; this chimney will now be 25m tall
 Other site buildings will be up to 13m in height, 30m in width and 100m in length.
 A reduction in house price is not a valid reason for objecting to the Council against the proposal however it was acknowledged that it is likely to have an impact on house prices.
 Meeting attendees requested that a legally-binding financial agreement be put in place by Lincoln Proteins that guaranteed financial compensation if the air quality changed. This proposal will be taken back to their MD
Not all of the Specialist Reports have been received by Lincoln Proteins to date (as at 15th Nov) however the Planning Application is expected to be submitted before 25th Dec. 2017

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Halloween Fungus Hunt Wildlife Watch/RSPB Explorers and the Royal Society of Biology

Halloween is a prime time for Autumn Fungi to be at their best. There are 102 fungi on our checklist for Twyford Woods and in the past, we have found as many as 92 species on this annual survey. This year was a disappointing year for both diversity and abundance of fungi. Despite good warm, damp conditions over the preceding weeks, we had the lowest number of species in 30 years of recording: just 26. Sadly, it appears to be a picture reflected across the county, for instance, in the low numbers reported elsewhere this year for insects and birds. (References. Guardian article, Toby Collett, Frampton Marsh).

Two species, however, were new records: the Earth Star, Geastrum triplex and the Tripe Fungus Auricularia mesenterica both very good finds indeed. Another good, but not new, find was of several colonies of the wonderful Gymnopilus junonius (the Laughing Cap). The fruiting bodies we see are, of course, a small part of the extensive mycelium which extends out of sight through the ground or wood. Expected but absent were whole groups, such as the beautiful, colourful waxcaps (Hygrocybe, spp.); the dripping Ink Caps (Coprinus, spp.) and the classic woodland mushrooms: Amanita, spp. (the Death Caps), the Russulaceae and the Tricholomataceae. Only one species of Mycena, M.pura (the Lilac Bonnet) was found, rather the usual half-a-dozen or more.

We had a good turnout of around twenty people, coming along to discover the exciting world of fungi amongst the Autumn colours of Twyford Woods. The Wood has a good range of different habitats, with both pine and deciduous woods, some wet grassland and some open areas where there used to be an RAF airfield during the war. The magic was enhanced by glimpses of Roe Deer and the fact this site was the home of a Dr Who series.

Thanks to local expert Jane Ostler for her wealth of knowledge shared with such interesting and entertaining stories. Thanks also to microbiologist Dave Feld FLS, CBiol, MRSB, MIScT for his expertise and support. Thanks also to the Forestry Commission for permissions granted. The event was organised as part of a series of family events aimed at getting children engaged in learning about our local wildlife. The West Kesteven Wildlife Watch and RSPB Explorers Group is a local group which forms the junior part of the Wildlife Trusts and RSPB. Anyone interested in the series of monthly family events, please contact Marianne Overton MBE on marianne.overton@biosearch.org.uk or Jean Martin on jcmartin0448@gmail.com 01636 626176.

Marianne Overton MBE

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Sir William Robertson Academy Celebrated Pupil Achievement at Lower School Awards

Sir William Robertson Academy recently held its Lower School Awards Ceremony to celebrate the success achieved by individual pupils in last year’s Year 7 and Year 8. Pupils were recognised in each of their individual subject areas for both their progress and achievement throughout the last academic year.

The prizes were presented by special guest speaker, Mr Tom Fremantle, former Chairman of Woodard Corporation who gave an inspirational talk after the presentation of prizes. Pupils were also recognised for their outstanding Attendance and presented with certificates. Mrs Kerry Hamilton, Governor and Chair of the Teaching & Learning Committee welcomed pupils and their families to the special awards’ afternoon. Headteacher, Mr Mark Guest, gave a review of the year outlining the key activities and events the school had been involved with during the busy academic year. Ashlie Richardson, a current Year 8 student provided musical entertainment playing the piano. Head Boy for 2016/17, Joshua Kilcullen attended the event and prefects Hannah Grindley and Tom King helped give the vote of thanks and present Mr Fremantle with a gift. Sir

William Robertson Academy, judged as Ofsted ‘Good’ in all areas, offers comprehensive education for 11-18 year olds. The school is quite unique with its safe, rural location between the villages of Welbourn and Leadenham in Lincolnshire but easily accessible from Lincoln, Grantham, Sleaford, Newark and surrounding villages. See full report, list of achievements and photos.

Sir William Robertson Academy is also busy rehearsing for its 2017 school production of Our House, the Madness musical.  More than 70 pupils from years 7 to 13 are cast in their version of the West End hit musical.

Our House by Tim Firth
Music and lyrics by Madness

Wednesday 13th to Friday 15th December at 7pm
At Sir William Robertson Academy
For tickets call 01400 272422. Tickets £5

See full report and pictures

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