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1. Front Cover of Magazine:

December 2018

“A Christmas Welcome” by Jan Morgans.
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2. Extracts from Magazine

The next Bassingham Show will be held on Saturday 27th July 2019

The previous dates have always fallen on a weekend of ‘Trips Weeks’ and for various reasons make certain arrangements and staffing quite awkward. Trips weeks are not really relevant in today’s society, as people take holidays whenever, so hopefully the date change will help the organizing.

Secondly this year’s show raised just short of £ 3000. This, I am informed by our Treasurer, is an all-time record. The money is destined to help establish the Scouting camp site down Fen Lane.

Thirdly, THE CRUNCH!! A number of the Show Committee have this year decided to ‘hang up their boots’ as it were. Many of whom have sat on the committee since its inception 50 years ago. A well-deserved retirement it is too and I think all the villagers and beyond will be expressing their gratitude for all the hours spent, in whatever capacity to make the show happen.

We had a greater turnout of stalls etc. this year and while the foot-fall was comparable to last year, it was a very successful and enjoyable event. Not so enjoyable when only a handful of people are having to clear up following the event. We need new Blood, new hands, new ideas, all with a little commitment to make putting on such a Traditional Village Show easier for all concerned, rather than everything falling on the usual few.

It is NOT an onerous task. We have meetings at approximately two month intervals in the Hammond Hall, they normally last no more than an hour and a half. We have teams for the various aspects, so you do not have to get involved with the whole shooting match if you don’t want to. Pick the areas that interest you or to which you can direct your particular area of expertise. We need Hands. Many hands do make light work, certainly when setting up and clearing away at the end.

So – If you think you can help, in any way, we desperately need to hear from you.

Without additional Input the Show will not be possible Next Year

Please contact myself Steve Harrison – Show Co-ordinator on 07800 997112,

or Roger Hales – at the Hammond Hall on 789758.



A new extension for growing Bassingham Pre-school and Treetops

There have been some exciting changes happening at Bassingham Pre-school and Treetops over the past few months, resulting in some extensive building work happening that is now at an end. With a bright and airy new extension Bassingham Pre-school looks transformed. Supported by Lincoln County Council the new extension means the pre-school now has a dedicated area for 2 to 3 year olds. The extension has created a homely, comfortable area for the younger children, whilst enabling them to also be part of the activities with the older children throughout the day. The new build also encompasses a newly improved free-flowing outdoor play area, opening the scope for extra outdoors activities with the children.

A growing vision. The extension is a part of the pre-school’s vision to create a friendly, welcoming and safe community pre-school setting for young children to attend where they can learn, have fun, make friends and prepare for primary school in a bespoke environment. With a team of 13 supporting manager, Allison Hatfield, all staff are delighted with the newly improved facilities. Allison comments “It’s been a busy first half of the year here at Bassingham Pre-school and Treetops and the new extension is already making a difference to the pre-school. The new space means the younger children have a cosy and friendly environment in which to play and learn, but allowing them to interact with the older children at certain points of the day. Plus the improvements being made to the outdoor play area will allow the children to grow their own vegetables, grow plants and flowers and learn outside as well as inside. The team, parents and children have given some great feedback at how everything looks and we are thrilled with now being able to cater for more 2 to 3 years old from the local community.”

The increase in space has also been beneficial to the Treetops element of the Pre-school which provides wraparound care and holiday club, enabling the children to have dedicated space. Supporting local areas to Bassingham such as Aubourn, Norton Disney, Thurlby, Navenby, Collingham, Swinderby, Witham St Hughs, and Brant Broughton, the Pre-school also sits within the grounds of Bassingham Primary School and have a close relationship with the headmaster and staff for supporting the transition of children from one setting to the other. If you would like to have a look at the new facilities of Bassingham Pre-school and Treetops for your child or children, just call Allison on 789492. (photos of the new build can be viewed on the electronic version of the magazine).


"Battle's Over"

On Sunday 11th November Stapleford held its tribute to the ‘Battle’s Over‘, what an amazing event it turned out to be. Around 200 people arrived at the Laurels, (by kind permission of Geoff and Sandra Nelson). They were greeted by the Salvation Army playing some beautiful music. At 6.15pm The Reverend Dee Freeman started a wonderful service, the Bassingham Choir, joined the Salvation Army in our chosen hymn ‘Oh god our help in ages past‘, after which prayers were said. Barbara, Graham, Daisy, Euan and Kirsten then read out all the names of those who fell and served in the Great War, Mrs Clark and Madeleine read out their family names, this was followed by my family of 3 generations reading my grandfather’s name.

Two of our residents from the RAF Craig and Matthew read a very moving an apt ‘Tribute to the Millions’. Reverend Dee then read ‘In Flanders Field’ and ‘The Soldier‘ followed by ‘Our moment of Remembrance. At 6.55pm The Salvation Army played The Last Post, two minutes silence was observed and Reveille, followed by the Kohima Epitaph. At 7pm and on time under the watchful eye of Mitchell Atkin, Craig and Matthew then lit the beacon which was part of the 1000 beacons being lit all over Britain and the commonwealth, as it was being lit the choir sang so beautifully ‘We Will Remember Them’ Reverend Dee said the closing prayers.

At 7.05pm The bells of St Peters Norton Disney rang out, also as part of the 1000 bells signalling the end of the war, unfortunately it is sometimes difficult to hear them, Julie Banks had taught herself to play the handbells, this was followed as a surprise to Dee by the sound of bells ringing out so beautifully around the barn, a recording done by Wayne and Dawn (cosmic sounds) residents of our village. Wonderful refreshments were then served. A little while later The Salvation Army played and the choir sang for everyone to join in Land of hope and Glory and finally The National Anthem.

I will be here for another page if I had to thank everyone who has helped me, I have bartered, fluttered my eyelashes! begged, so I am really proud to tell you all the expenses the afternoon tea and this event was all covered by a friend of mine’s donation £100 to me in the first place and the rest has followed, so to Morrison’s, Asda, Waitrose, Odlings, my wonderful friends, new friends, but of course mainly all of you for attending and making the whole event possible and giving everyone a wonderful memory to treasure which was my whole purpose. Donation boxes raised £225 for our 3 armed forces.

Thank you. Jennie x


The Witham Staple requires delivery help in Witham St Hughs

The Witham Staple is looking for deliverers who are needed please as soon as possible to deliver the Witham Staple Magazine to Owl Close and part of Robin’s Crescent Witham St Hughs. The Witham Staple committee are looking for enthusiastic dedicated people to join the delivery team in Witham St Hughs and help cover the areas as listed above please. For more details or to join the delivery team please contact Elaine on 869062. [WS Dec 2018]


Each month a team of volunteers produces The Witham Staple, organises printing, distribution and delivery to 2500 homes in the Witham villages. Each year the number of copies increases and we need more help to ensure we maintain our high standards.

Could you help in any of the following ways?

·         sharing or taking on delivery to about 30 homes each month

·         being a reserve deliverer

·         helping with distribution to deliverers a few times a year, or each month

·         working alongside the print manager, liaising with the printer

·         assisting the editor (particularly if you have IT skills)

·         assisting the web manager, to keep the website updated

·         working alongside the business manager, dealing with advertising

·         assisting the treasurer


As Witham St Hugh's continues to grow, help with distribution or delivery would be most welcome. Please contact Elaine on 869062.

We know the community relies on and appreciates the magazine, which has been going for over 50 years on one form or another. With your help, it will continue well into the future. Please give serious consideration to volunteering. Every little helps

If you would like to volunteer, or would like more information, please contact:

Andy Sceeny (Chairman) 788303 or Stan Underwood (Vice-Chairman) 788461


Animal By-Products Processing Facility Being Planned For Norton Disney

Witham Valley Park Preservation Group

As of 11th May, Lincoln Protein's Planning Application to build an animal rendering factory at Norton Disney has been validated by Lincolnshire County Council. You can view and comment on Lincoln Proteins' application (PL/0036/18) at LCC's planning portal: http://lincolnshire.planning-register.co.uk.

You can also lodge your comments

You can read more about how to object and relevant grounds for doing so in the "Get Involved" section of the WVPPG website (www.withamvalleyppg.net) or you can come along to one of our "Presentation & Letter Writing Workshops" to find out more on either:-

Website: www.withamvalleyppg.net : Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/withamvalleyppg/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WithamValleyPPG

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/WithamValleyPPG/



Bomber County Gateway Trust

On 15th May, the Trustees of the Bomber County Gateway Trust honoured veterans and celebrated 100 years of the RAF at a Ground Breaking Ceremony held at the build-site, close to Brills Farm in Norton Disney. This landmark art installation being built on the county border of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, is a full-size representation of a Lancaster Bomber, to be called "On Freedom’s Wings". With a 31-metre wingspan, the Bomber will be similar in size to the Angel of the North. We were honoured to welcome Squadron Leader George "Johnny" Johnson MBE and veterans from Bomber Command.

Senior Aircraftman Matthew Jeffrey and Squadron Leader Adrian Wood presented the RAF 100 Baton, currently traversing the length and breadth of the country for 100 days to celebrate 100 years of the RAF. Following a blessing of the ground - Reverend Dee Freeman of Withamside United Parish, the Veterans were invited to break the ground with a silver spade. School children from all of the local schools scattered wild flower seed across the meadow where this iconic installation will hover ‘in flight’ on its way to RAF Swinderby, just 3km away.

Afterwards, Veterans were hosted at a traditional English Afternoon tea at Brills Farm, Norton Disney and were presented with silver salvers and a print of a painting of the Lancaster Bomber by Mr Clive Moles. The event was reported on BBC and ITV's evening news and images featured across the national press including the Daily Telegraph.

We are seeking corporate sponsorship, technical expertise and donations (www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/bombercountygateway); please get in touch if you would like to be a part of this incredible project. For further information, please contact: Oli Husemeyer - PR and Comms & Trustee, oli.husemeyer@gmail.com

Ken Sadler - Build Director & Trustee, bombercountytrust@gmail.com



26th Lincoln (Witham St Hughs) Scout Group Hall

The Scout Group in Witham St Hugh is looking to raise funds to build its’ own meeting hall. The group was formed in answer to a local need and request for provision of community activities for young people within the village. Since opening in September 2013 with just 8 Cubs we have surpassed all expectations. The Group has grown exponentially since opening and ideally, we would benefit from opening a second Cub Pack and Beaver Colony to accommodate those children on our waiting lists. We have waiting lists for both the Cub and Beaver sections with in excess of 80 young people in the Group over three sections; Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, with an age range of 6 to 14 years.

As members of the UK's biggest mixed youth organisation, 26th Lincoln Scout group offers 6 to 25 year olds fun and challenging activities, unique experiences, everyday adventure and the chance to help others so that we make a positive impact in communities. We are a very active and adventurous group, with several camps every year along with other activities including pioneering, hiking and bushcraft. We currently meet in the local school (Witham St Hughs Academy) which is the largest structure in the village but is now not big enough for our needs. Our problem is our own success; as our numbers have increased, the need for more space to accommodate the numbers has grown.

In addition to this we are collecting a sizeable amount of camping and activity equipment all of which needs to be looked after and stored. Currently the majority of our equipment is kept in an ISO container that we were given, which is currently situated next to the start of where Phase 3 will start.

The Parish Council have agreed to lease us land on a 99 year lease in the newly approved Phase 3 expansion and planning permission for the proposed Scout Hall has been approved. We are currently fundraising through various channels, from charities and foundations to bag packs at the local supermarkets as well as speaking to local businesses for sponsorship and our funds are slowly moving in the right direction.

If you, your company or if you know anyone that could support us and the wider community with this project, either financially or other assistance, please point them towards the link below, come and see the Group on a Tuesday evening at Witham St Hughs Academy school or email markaplin@live.co.uk To view proposed plans please visit our website http://26thlincolnscoutgroup.co.uk

Many thanks, Mark Aplin. Assistant Group Scout Leader


Bassingham Scout Group New Campsite

Bassingham Scout Group is embarking on an adventurous new project to develop our Scouting activities by setting up and managing a camp site. Not only will this allow us to develop camping skills for our young people but also their environmental skills and adventure skills and give us an area for barbecues and other social activities. This will be available to all age groups within the Scout Group (6 to 18 years old) and we hope that other youth organisations will be able to make use of these facilities in the future. We have taken our first step of applying for planning permission. The site will be in a field just outside the village boundary along Fen Lane, Bassingham. Our next step is fundraising, starting with the perimeter fencing. We are very grateful for the support being given to us by Bassingham Village and Playing Field.


30th Lincoln 1st Bassingham Scout Group. The Scout Group would like to give a huge thank you to Bassingham Village and Playing Field Charity who this year have supported the Scout Group’s new campsite plans by donating money raised from this year’s Open Gardens. The donation will be put towards boundary fencing and hedging around the perimeter of the site making it safe and secure for the scouts. Thank you also, to everyone that came along on Sunday 10th June to enjoy the gardens and allow us to fulfil our dream. If you have any suggestions, or can offer any help, support or knowledge towards the proposal please get in touch by emailing us at:- campsite@bassinghamscoutgroup.org.uk


1st Bassingham Scout Group  -Volunteers Wanted

A range of opportunities are available for volunteers in the community.

Bassingham has a well-established Scout Group which was founded over 50 years ago. Scouting continues to be very popular and the Group is thriving. Each of the three sections (Beavers, Cubs and Scouts) are continually expanding to meet the demand for places. Each Section has an appointed Leader and a number of Assistant Leaders and Parent Helpers who work with the young people on a weekly basis. Due to a very healthy waiting list and the continuing enquiries from those who would like to join Bassingham Scout Group, we find ourselves in urgent need of additional help. In order to keep these Groups running and comply with health and safety rules we need more Volunteers. Anything from Leader to Occasional Helper are required to join in and help with the various Scouting activities.

If you think that working with young people in Scouting is something you would enjoy, then why not come along to one of the meetings to take a look for yourself, for more details of the Beaver, Cub, or Scout meetings or to express an interest please contact Alison on 788241 or alison.kelley@bassinghamscoutgroup.org.uk


Scarecrows. Thank you to everyone who helped to create our wonderful scarecrows yet again. They were very imaginative and help to make everyone smile and contributed to a really successful weekend. Well done everyone.

Photographs of the June 2018 Open Gardens and Scarecrow Event


Carlton Le Moorland Parish Council Village Hall Update

Carlton le Moorland Parish Council are delighted to announce that we have secured the last piece in the funding jigsaw and now have all the money needed to start the new building. We have been successful in our application for a £60,000 grant from WREN's FCC Community Action Fund. This will pay for the kitchen, bar, toilets, heating and flooring in the new hall. We hope to open the new Hall early in 2019.

This project will make such a difference for people in Carlton le Moorland and the Witham villages. We look forward to the many and varied activities, both old and new, which the new Hall will facilitate.

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through Landfill Communities Fund.

This project started in 2012 and has involved an enormous amount of hard work. The Parish Council thanks all who contributed to the consultations and continued to take an interest through all the ups and downs. Particular thanks are due to our tireless fundraising group, who organised a multitude of events and raised over £20,000 in total. We look forward to welcoming you to the new hall early in 2019.

[WS July 2018]

In response to residents' questions, this is a quick update on

progress towards the new village hall.

1. The National Lottery has awarded the Village a grant of £500,000

2. We still need to raise about £50,000

3. The Lottery will not release any build money until all funding is secured.

4. We have two bids in progress, each for £50,000, but will not know for several months if either has been successful. We are cautiously optimistic that at least one of them will succeed. We were not able to apply earlier because both require detailed plans, quotes and planning permission to be submitted with the bid.

5. As a contingency, we have applied for outline planning permission on land currently used for two allotments. This land would only be considered for sale if both bids were to fail and we would otherwise be at risk of losing the lottery funding which we have worked for five years to secure.

6. We do not want to sell allotment land and are hopeful that it will not be necessary, but we cannot risk losing this opportunity to build a new hall.

7. The only other option is to consider a loan, which would mean a significant increase for every household in the Council Tax precept (the parish council’s share of the tax). In principle the Parish Council has resisted this because it would be a burden on future generations for many years.

Thank you for your continued support: if further information is required.


Carlton Le Moorland: Our Hall, A nostalgic look back

Although Carlton le Moorland is having a new hall, let’s have a nostalgic look back at the present one. Built back in the 1930’s and maybe looking a bit old fashioned and shabby to some but to me it still retains a certain character and has served Carlton le Moorland very well all these years. When we came to live here back in 1958 the hall did not have its two extensions and no mod cons until the late 1960’s. The kitchen was two enamel bowls set in a wooden bench and manned faithfully by four stalwart ladies at most functions, mainly weekly football, whist drive and W.I. The hall was heated by a cast iron stove which sat in the middle of the hall and was lovely and warm once you got it going.

There have been many events, classes and shows over the years for young and old and many family celebrations which in nice weather extended outside. Let’s give thanks for the pleasure the hall has given to the community and I am sure there are plenty of photos around showing many wonderful times. If the hall could talk it would tell of the happy occasions and the heated discussions, of lots of laughter, lots of hard work and lots of money raising and also of the halls very own referendum! (The turnout for this was probably higher than the turnout for Brexit)!

Mrs Smith


Operation Christmas Child - Bassingham School

This year Bassingham School are going to be involved with "Operation Christmas Child". Operation Christmas Child sends a message of hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes. We are asking all the children in the school if they would like to be involved in this project by filling a shoe box and sending a donation. We would like to invite everyone in the community to become involved. If you would like to help please visit the school office to collect a leaflet with the details. The more Shoeboxes we can send, the more children we can help.

We are asking that the boxes are brought into school week commencing Monday 19th November but no later than Thursday 22nd November. The boxes will be collected by the Samaritan’s Purse on Friday 23rd November. Thank you very much for helping us to support Operation Christmas Child as we hope to put a smile on the faces of hurting children around the world.


Bassingham School Trips to Norfolk

The Year 5 and 6 Classes thoroughly enjoyed their residential trip to Norfolk at the end of March, activities included canoeing, rafting and climbing. Year 4 have also been on a residential trip to Norfolk during May and had a fantastic time, there was buggy racing, laser tag, group challenges, archery and many more activities and there was even time on the beach in the sunshine!

Finley from year 4 wrote ‘My three favourite activities are zip wire, laser tag and side by side driving. I enjoyed laser, how to drive a car and I learnt how to climb a wall. Well, I have learnt to be confident to ride a zip wire and I enjoyed being in a team with my group. I would tell the children that might go next year just to have fun, spend time with your friends and don’t let anyone stop you doing what you want to do. I learnt that I can sleep elsewhere instead of my own bed.’

Damage to Forest School

Unfortunately, due to malicious damage to our Forest School, we will be installing CCTV cameras in the area. If you see anyone in the Forest after school times please report the incident to the Police.


Fourteen Schools join SWRA Primary Maths Challenge

Sir William Robertson Academy was delighted to welcome 56 Year 5 and 6 pupils from fourteen primary schools from Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire to their annual Primary Maths Challenge on Thursday 22nd March. In its third year, the Maths Challenge was the biggest one to date with all the pupils doing amazingly well. Congratulations to Navenby Primary School who were declared overall winners with 171 points closely followed by Our Lady of Good Council Catholic Primary School, Sleaford in second place with 160 points and Rauceby Church of England Primary in third place with just one point behind on 159 points!

Other primary schools taking part in the Challenge included: Coddington, Claypole, Witham St Hughs, Cranwell, Bassingham, Brant Broughton, Winthorpe, St Botolph’s Sleaford, Waddington All Saints, Ancaster and The Mount Church of England School Newark. The Maths Challenge was organised by Mr Scott Henshaw, Lead Practitioner in Maths and Miss Lauren White, Maths Teacher. The day’s activities included rounds in Logic, Cross Number, a Group round and a Relay round. The teams of four were made up of Year 5 and 6 pupils. All participants were presented with certificates, goody bags and the winning Navenby team received trophies.

Sir William Robertson 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, Lincoln and surrounding villages – with school buses serving each of these areas. The school looks forward to welcoming Year 4 and 5 primary school pupils to its Summer Opening Evening on Tuesday 26th June 6pm to 8.30pm or its Open Week 17th to 19th September with another Open Evening on Wednesday 19th September.


Holocaust Survivor visits Sir William Robertson Academy

On Wednesday 25th April, Sir William Robertson Academy’s Year 9 and 10 GCSE History students and Year 12 History students had the privilege of meeting Holocaust survivor Joanna Millen.

Joanna spoke to a very attentive audience about the way in which anti-Semitism developed in Germany and Eastern Europe as well as the history of her family who lived largely happy and successful lives in Germany before the Nazis came to power in 1933. Joanna also shared the experiences of her family once anti-Semitic laws were passed and provided a rare and invaluable insight into the impact that these laws had upon the Jewish population of Germany.

Mr Matthew Davies, Head of History who helped organise the visit in conjunction with the Holocaust Education Trust commented: "Joanna told the moving and tragic story of how she survived in Theresienstadt Ghetto as an orphaned three year old as well as her life and research after the war, once she moved to England. Joanna very kindly answered questions which students asked in a very thoughtful and sensitive manner. We are very grateful for Joanna’s visit and hope to have the opportunity to work with the Holocaust Education Trust again in the future."

Joanna was born Bela Rosenthal in August 1942 in Berlin. At the beginning of March 1943 Bela’s father was taken from the streets of Berlin and sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau where he was killed on arrival. Later that year in June, Bela and her mother were taken from their home and sent to Theresienstadt, a concentration camp 50 miles outside of Prague. In 1944, when Bela was 18 months old, her mother died of TB leaving Bela orphaned.

Bela was one of 140,936 Jews deported to Theresienstadt in German occupied Czechoslovakia, which saw up to 50,000 Jews present at one time, seven times the amount the camp was designed for. They lived in filthy and cramped conditions. Surviving on a meagre diet of watery soup, potatoes and bread, one in four died. On 3rd May 1945, the Red Cross took over control of the camp and Bela was liberated by the Russians. On 15th August along with 299 other surviving orphans, Bela was flown to England. When they arrived there were in fact 301 children including a little boy who had stowed away.

After living in two children’s home with other Child Survivors, Bela was adopted by a childless Jewish couple from London. Her name was changed to Joanna, and she was told to forget her past and forbidden to contact the other child survivors. Her adopted parents pretended that she was their natural daughter and told her to keep her identity secret.

Latterly Joanna married and had three children. Her only memory was of being in the childrens’ home and she knew she was adopted and had been in Theresienstadt. When she was in her early forties, she was contacted by Sarah Moskovitz, an American academic. She had read a study by Anna Freud of Joanna and the other 5 youngest survivors of Theresienstadt.. Both she and Joanna’s husband pushed her into discovering her past. This has been an extraordinary and difficult path for Joanna. She has now managed to discover much of her family’s history and has found living relations all over the world. For the past 25 years, Joanna has told her family’s story throughout schools and universities in the UK and latterly in China. Sixth Formers Jessica Tagg and Elizabeth Richardson presented Mrs Millen with an orchid to thank her for her visit and fascinating and moving talk.


Lives Calls In Four-Legged Volunteers
to Boost Life-Saving Service

On 1st April LIVES saw its first new recruits respond to 999 medical emergencies across Lincolnshire. Year on year the Lincolnshire charity has seen the number of patients it is called to help increase, reaching a record number of 21,550 patients in 2017. For every patient helped by LIVES, the charity knew there are many more patients they could simply not get to. Their dogged determination to help more people in 2018 has seen LIVES recruit this new breed of responders.
One of LIVES responder dogs, Hugo in CPR training Recruiting responder dogs, will help LIVES reach more people during 2018, particularly focussed on those in cardiac arrest where a rapid response is essential. So when you're feeling really 'woof' and dial k-999 you might just get a four legged response. The idea developed from seeing a dog perform CPR as part of a performance at Crufts in 2017.

The dogs will work alongside LIVES' normal volunteer responders who have welcomed the new recruits with open arms. All responders undergo intense training with LIVES to deliver that immediate and often lifesaving treatment to patients before handing over to the ambulance service. Day or night, whatever the weather, LIVES aims to be with patients in Lincolnshire wherever they may be, in time of greatest need. It costs approximately £1000 to keep each LIVES responder on the road, much more for one of the volunteer doctors who bring additional treatment and care to the patient. LIVES is nearly 50 years old and although the responder dogs scheme is currently a pilot, LIVES hopes that people and businesses will consider sponsoring its human responders so that they can continue to serve Lincolnshire in 2018 and beyond.
For more information, please contact Amy Rose at LIVES
on 01507 525999 or 07876 390 482 email arose@lives.org.uk

LIVES Want Lincolnshire To Turn Into Superheroes For The Day

As part of their annual Everyday Heroes campaign, LIVES is asking the people of Lincolnshire to dress up as a superhero for the day to celebrate their volunteers. On Friday 20th July, LIVES is encouraging schools and businesses across the county to don their capes and masks in support of the 700 volunteers who respond for LIVES. The Everyday Heroes campaign celebrates the amazing work LIVES volunteers do every day. Last year, LIVES responders helped 21,550 people across Lincolnshire. This is our opportunity to say ‘thank you’ and shine a spotlight on these ordinary people that save lives in their spare time.

All LIVES responders require training and a kit with life-saving equipment. It costs £1,000 to keep a LIVES responder on the road for a year and £2,000 to recruit and train a new responder. It costs a further £5,000 - £10,000 per year to ensure our skilled medics are trained and equipped. The celebrations will run over the Everyday Heroes Week, which runs from 16th to 22nd July. LIVES will also use the time to introduce their new superhero mascot, with the opportunity to name him in the ‘Name the Mascot’ competition. The winning school will receive the first visit from the mascot himself. If you or someone you know has been helped by a LIVES responder, now’s the time to show your support. For anyone wanting to take part, a pack can be obtained from https://lives.org.uk/everyday-heroes/

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Dogs and The Community
DOGS have been part of the man's social and domestic life since prehistoric times and never more so than today. A dog can be an ideal companion and a real friend for young and old. It is a delight to see healthy and happy dogs enjoying life here in these villages.
Those of us who have a 'dog in the family' know that we have a responsibility to keep the dog healthy, properly fed and exercised. But we also realise we have a responsibility for ensuring that our dog is an acceptable member of the community. So, for example, we don't let our dog wander unattended in the streets or the fields, where he or she might cause a road accident or chase farm animals.
Problems do arise, however, where owners allow dogs to defecate in unacceptable public places: anywhere within the villages or on footpaths outside the villages. The dog is not to blame – after all, he is by now house-trained. Sadly, the culprit is the owner who is just not yet street-trained! With such easy access to quiet lanes out of the village and dog waste bins, there is no excuse for dragging the dog along to the nearest verge or footpath to leave its faeces. Such antisocial behaviour of the few can spoil the enjoyment of the many.
Apart from the unpleasantness of finding dog dirt where we want to walk or push a baby’s buggy, there’s a real danger for toddlers who walk on the grass being contaminated by the dangerous toxocara worm. So let's behave as responsibly to the others in our community as we do to our dog – and make sure that other dog-owners do so too!
Stan Underwood

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News from your local, Independent Councillor,
Marianne Overton MBE

Monthly Report

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Bassingham Surgery: Dispensing Medication Rules Changing

Due to the expansion and continued growth of Witham St Hughs; regrettably the Surgery are no longer able to dispense medication to patients living within 1.6km of the Witham pharmacy. This is because of NHS England regulations. NHS England’s decision is now being enforced because registered patient numbers in this location are now exceeding 2750. Bassingham Surgery has no right to appeal this decision as it is based entirely on the NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 2005. Therefore with effect from Friday 18th May 2018 all patients living within 1.6km of the Witham Pharmacy will be changed to non-dispensing status and they will no longer be able to get prescribed medication from the dispensary at the Surgery. They will have to collect prescribed medication from a pharmacy of their choice. NHS England will be contacting patients by letter shortly to advise of the change. If you have any queries regarding this please speak to Reception. Juliet Brewer. Practice Manager

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South Lincolnshire Blind Society

Registered Charity Number 214140 We are South Lincolnshire Blind Society and have offices in Grantham and Boston. We help Blind and Partially Sighted people to live as independently as possible by providing advice, emotional support, equipment and information on different eye conditions. We also have a variety of groups and clubs ranging from coffee and social mornings, craft clubs, books clubs and even a swimming club to help tackle social isolation and enable them to stay independent. We are celebrating our Centenary Year this year and our society President David Carter has launched our Centenary Appeal where we have set ourselves a target to raise £100,000 within the next 12 months. We are hoping to be able to develop and improve the work of the society and to better support our many wonderful volunteers. We have already held our first Centenary event this year and are looking forward to arranging many more so we may reach our target with time to spare! We are always looking to promote our services for Blind and Partially Sighted people and let people know where we are and what we do…Can you help? We are very reliant on our wonderful volunteers who help with our fundraising, home visiting and telephone befriending but are always looking for more volunteers – Can you help? Call our helpline today 01476 592775 e-mail slbs@blind-society.org.uk www.blind-society.org.uk Open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm.

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Councils Herald 100 Years Since Women First Won the Vote
Women who successfully campaigned for the right to vote and changed our public and political landscape forever have been commemorated in a new list of more than 100 pioneers, with the first names being unveiled today. The first female councillors, magistrates and mayors are among those highlighted from across the country who made a lasting impact in their areas, to coincide with today’s centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 which first extended the vote to certain women. The Women’s Local Government Society (WLGS) has been working alongside the Local Government Association to help gather nominations and draw up the list, to celebrate the lives of the many suffragists and other campaigners who were active in the extension of the franchise and who went on to use their extra rights in a positive way locally including running for public office. The first 45 pioneers have been published today, with the remainder to be announced on International Women’s Day on 8th March. Among those due to be named on the full list is Lincolnshire’s Margaret Wintringham, who became the first British woman to take her seat in the House of Commons where she continued the campaign after 1918 to expand the vote to all women, as well as on equal pay and for state scholarships for girls. Others include Catherine Alderton, the first Lady mayor of Colchester and first female member of Essex County Council, who in 1913 led a ‘pilgrimage’ of suffrage supporters from all over Eastern England to a rally in Hyde Park. Reading’s Phoebe Cusden went on to make a significant mark in her town and beyond as a councillor and campaigner for nursery schooling, later leading on the development of town twinning when moved to help the children of Dusseldorf affected by Second World War bombing. Lifelong women’s right campaigner Jessie Stephen became the first female president of the Trades Council and served as a borough councillor for Bermondsey in London and later as city councillor in Bristol, where her life is commemorated with a blue plaque. Mother and daughter Sarah and Marjorie Lees from Oldham helped advance the suffrage movement, with the former part of the suffrage pilgrimage and who established the Council of Social Service, while Sarah was Mayor and Freeman of the Borough as well as being a dedicated activist. Alice Collinge, another nominee, was an early candidate for Bolton Town Council and chaired the local Women's Peace Crusade. Cllr Marianne Overton, LGA Vice Chairman and Vice Chair of the WLGS, said: “These female pioneers are rightly being recognised for their courageous campaigning and determination to achieve what was a historic milestone on the path towards gender equality and democracy for all. The centenary of the Act passing into law is a timely opportunity to remind ourselves of those that came before us and made it possible for women today to play a full and active role in our democracy. However, there is still much more to be done to improve women’s participation in public life, including local government and especially in leadership roles. Our town halls need to fully reflect the people they represent. We cannot afford to miss out on the skills and experience which women hold if we are to make the best decisions for our communities. This gender gap is still very much at the top of today’s public agenda and we should not have to wait another hundred years to achieve full equality of pay and representation.
Councils will continue to be at the forefront of driving this change to address this imbalance, through initiatives such as offering shared parental leave, childcare support and flexible working. We also need political parties, of all persuasions, to play their part by encouraging and supporting the next generation of aspiring councillors. Our female leaders of tomorrow need only look around their own communities to find inspiration in those that came before them.”
WLGS founder and Chair Cllr Lesley Clarke said. ‘We know the hundred or so local pioneers we have identified so far represent so many more activists in this period. Women who fought for the vote didn’t just fade away in 1918. Many were already actively involved in improving their local communities alongside their work to win the vote. They had more opportunities to do so after 1918, and more to do. They were suffragists, suffragettes, and so much more’.
Today’s centenary is being celebrated by local authorities in many ways, through exhibitions, parades, talks, plaques and many other commemorative events.
 Nottingham has been chosen as one of seven ‘Centenary Cities’ across the country with special links to the suffrage movement, where the council is working with local history and women’s groups to highlight its connections, as well as promoting equality and support for young women to register to vote.
 Oxford City Council has organised its own gathering to celebrate the life of its former Lord Mayor and Chairman of Oxfordshire County Council, Olive Gibbs, who was born in 1918.
 Surrey County Council is hosting its March of the Women, in recognition of it being home to activists and witness to scenes in suffragette history, including Emily Davison stepping out in front of the King’s horse at the 1913 Epsom Derby. This will be told through contemporary letters, photos, books and newspaper stories, to be brought together online for the first time.
Wishing you good health, happiness and success.

Councillor Marianne Overton MBE


Bassingham House Wins National Award

When Nicola Jones and Paul Rea bought some land in Water Lane in Bassingham, their aim was to build an environmentally friendly home from energy efficient, sustainable materials that fitted in with neighbouring buildings. They decided upon a timber framed house, with hempcrete walls and a render finish. (Hempcrete is a mixture of chopped hemp stalks, lime and water and uses only a third of the energy of a brick structure). Triple glazed windows and under floor heating with an air heat source pump keep the house warm and water is heated by solar thermal panels and a wood burning stove. Further solar (PV) panels provide electricity, so that the property is a net exporter of electricity. Having won the District and Regional competitions, the house was entered for the Local Authority Building Control (LABC) National Building Excellence Awards and was awarded the title of Best Individual New House for 2017. This is an amazing achievement for a self build project and many congratulations to Nicola and Paul.



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.


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.

Call Blockers - Device to Prevent Cold Callers

I have recently been involved in an investigation whereby an elderly female was cold called by a person purporting to be a police officer. The short version is that he managed to convince her to transfer £98,000 from her business account to two ‘police holding’ accounts. Within 15 minutes the funds had been transferred from these two accounts elsewhere overseas. To prevent further calls I fitted a call blocker to her landline which prevents cold calls being accepted. The device is a: cpr callblocker protect +. For price comparison purposes it can be purchased at the well known online outlet that takes its name from a river in South America at a cost of £39.99. You will need to set up the ‘caller id’ service through your provider before set up.

The device connects to your ‘line in’ socket and then into the rear of your phone. The next step is for you to input into your phone the numbers of those people you accept calls from. The device recognises these numbers but will not allow any other numbers through. The device is recognised and approved by trading standards and the police service (secure by design).

While this is an excellent device for anyone who wants to stop cold calling and scam calls, it is particularly effective for family members who are vulnerable to scam calls such as those with dementia, alzheimers or memory loss. If you have any concerns for members of your family, or perhaps a friend or neighbour, this would be ideal. Also on the approved list is a similar device called: truecall and details can be viewed at: www.truecall.co.uk/product-p/cb1.htm this is more expensive and appears to do the same job. PCSO 2120 Lingard. Hykeham Rural NPT


Proud to be an Apprentice Employer

Every year, in March, National Apprenticeship week is celebrated in order to highlight the benefits of apprenticeship schemes across the UK. North Kesteven District Council is once again proud to be an apprentice employer, currently having eight apprentices working towards their NVQ Level 2 in IT, Customer Service or Business Administration. Apprentices have the chance to work on solo and team projects, get involved with events and get on the job day-to-day experience. For more information on National Apprenticeship Week 2018 visit www.naw2018.co.uk


Welbourn: Firing of the Forge

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


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


Bassingham Playing Field – No Fit Place for a Dog?

Persistent dog fouling continues to be an unpleasant feature of Bassingham Playing Field and a proven health hazard. Some dog owners plainly don’t care but it annoys those who clean up after their dog and it provokes fury in many people that a minority cause the problem and the rest suffer. The certain answer would be to exclude dogs from the Playing Field. No dogs: no dog poo: no health hazard: no furious parishioners: everybody happy. Except that, as of today, not everybody would be happy and anyway, exclusion could not be enforced.

We are advised that education of owners is the best way of dealing with the problem. For a start, we could ask everyone to accept that, over time, the formal public attitude in Bassingham will be that ‘taking a dog onto the Playing Field is an antisocial act’. We could allow ourselves 2 years to get used to the idea and agree that from 1st January 2019 anyone taking a dog on the Playing Field and anyone responsible for a dog seen on the Playing Field will be the subject of social disapproval. Please let us know how you feel about this proposal. Meanwhile, it would be helpful to us if images of dogs, accompanied or unaccompanied, which are suspected of fouling the Playing Field were forwarded with any comment you wish to make on this matter to:


Bassingham Parish Council

Bassingham Village and Playing Field Charity

Dog Fouling Torgate Lane Bassingham (September 2017)

Someone or some people are allowing their dog(s) to foul the footway at the Middlegate end of Torgate Lane Bassingham. Instead of acting responsibly and picking it up, they are leaving the foul piles as a hazard and affront to residents. What is worse, many of these heaps and there are a lot, have been deposited close to the local Dog Bin. These selfish dog walkers have no shame but they can be punished. Residents are asked to keep a sharp lookout and report any identified sightings, with camera shots if possible, to North Kesteven District Council, which has powers of enforcement. The District Council Local Access Point is open from 9am to 1pm at the Hammond Hall on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.


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.


Bassingham Open Gardens June 2018 was Blessed with Sunshine!

The nine open gardens put on a wonderful display, with plenty of support from those providing refreshments and the plant stall. Thanks to all those involved in showing us their gardens and organizing the event.

Photographs of the June 2018 Open Gardens and Scarecrow Event


Bassingham Scarecrow Festival June 2018 was a Great Success!

In conjunction with the Open Gardens the theme for our Scarecrow weekend was 'THE MUSICALS'... our village seemingly has lots of very talented and imaginative people. Thank you to Mike or Christine for organizing it.

Photographs of the June 2018 Open Gardens and Scarecrow Event



Slow Down for Horses

Local horse riders regularly ride around the villages at various times of the day. Where possible they try to avoid the more busy roads however depending on which route taken it is inevitable on occasions that they have to use one of the busier roads. When doing so they have on occasions been concerned that car drivers do not always treat horses with the respect they deserve. We forget that they are large and powerful animals; they are also 'flight' animals which makes them unpredictable and easily scared. If something like a speeding car or a barking dog frightens a horse, its natural reaction will be to get away from whatever scared it. This will be sudden and could take them straight into the road and the path of your car - even an experienced rider on a well-behaved horse will struggle to control a horse in this situation. A very calm and traffic wise horse will even at times jumps sideways when startled or unhappy out into the road. Fortunately on these occasions there has not been any traffic near but in this rural environment birds, cows etc can startle a horse causing it to jump sideways.

The AA recommends If you meet a horse on the road while driving: Slow right down and be ready to stop - Give them a wide berth, at least a car’s width and pass slowly - Avoid any actions likely to spook the horse(s) - splashing them with puddles, sounding your horn or revving your engine for example - Watch out for signals from the rider to slow down or stop - Don’t expect all riders to raise their hand in thanks when you drive considerately, it’s not always possible to take a hand off their reins and maintain control most will smile or nod their thanks instead - Accelerate gently once you have passed the horse. The above guidance relates to the Highway Code rule 215. So please on behalf of all local horse riders please be aware of horses and treat them with respect.


Newark Community First Aid

We are a local charity based in Newark serving the town and 90 villages in the surrounding 15 miles. We have been to many local villages over the last few years delivering FREE first aid training and first aid cover at events. As we enter our 4th operational year we would like to make local people aware of the services we provide, what we have achieved and our future plans. We are particularly keen to encourage more people to attend our FREE training on basic life support, as we have some of the worst survival rates in Europe of a sudden cardiac arrest. We also need more volunteers. See press release.

Kind regards Philip Jessop

Operations Manager Newark Community First Aid



Young People’s Trust Carlton Le Moorland

Registered Charity No. 521826

The Young People’s Trust has funds available to make a number of grants to the young people of the parish of Carlton le Moorland under the following aims and objects: ‘Subject to payment of administration expenses the Managing Trustees shall apply the income of the charity from the permanent fund in providing or assisting in the provision of facilities in the interests of social welfare for the care, education, recreation or leisure time occupation of the children and youth of the parish of Carlton le Moorland with the object of furthering their development through learning, sport and recreational activities and improving the conditions of life for the said children and youth.’ Over the years the trust has given over £30,000 in grants in support of the young people of the parish in the form of individual grants to help with the cost of educational trips and grants to organisations of which they are members including Cubs, Scouts, Brownies, Mothers and Toddlers and the Junior Act Two Theatre Group. Most recently we have been a primary source of funding for the improvements to the Carlton le Moorland Playing Field. To receive an application form please call or text: David Merchant on 07943 760 155


Little Darters Extends Children’s Adventure And Play at Whisby Natural World

A new extension to the award-winning Little Darters outdoor play area at the Whisby Natural World Centre has opened, extending free opportunities for adventurous play. Under the second phase of a £250,000 investment by owners North Kesteven District Council in facilities at the popular free-access attraction, the Wildlife Adventure Area has been re-modeled to increase the potential for more physically demanding thrills and challenges. There is now a new look-out tower, assault course, balance beam, climbing net, fireman’s pole and scramble board, extending Little Darters’ appeal to older children. This adds to the existing attractions which include water chutes and sand pits, super-sized wooden creatures to climb on, rope bridges and towers to clamber over and an underground cave giving a mole’s eye view in the world.

Through the refresh, Little Darters now inspires children of all ages to be more active, more often. Inside the centre, the new Otters’ Reach play area continues to be a real hit, bringing adventurous play to those too small to fully explore the outdoor wonders of Little Darters. Little Darters was initially opened in 2009 by the TV wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan and quickly won an award as the best-designed children’s play facility of its kind in the country. It all adds to the free attractions and facilities which form a part of the much-valued Whisby Nature Park experience. The Nature Park is open dawn to dusk every day and the Natural World Centre from 10am to 5pm. Both are entirely free apart from a £2 day-long parking fee – proceeds of which finance the ongoing improvements and investment and are easily accessed from the southern end of Lincoln Bypass. In the final phase of improvements, the centre’s basement is being remodeled to provide a conference and exhibition gallery and a separate meeting room.

Repeatedly awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, the Natural World Centre remains popular with approximately 200,000 visitors each year. Both Otter’s Reach and Little Darters can form the core to children’s party experiences arranged through the Centre. Details on 688868 or www.naturalworldcentre.co.uk Advisory age ranges across the Little Darters facilities, Little Darters’ sand pit and water area - little tots; Otter’s Reach – 3 to 8 years; Little Darters, in general 4+ Little Darters’ new extension 8+ in the new extension.

Jason Hippisley Communications & Media Manager NKDC


Power Cut! Council Supports Launch of 105

North Kesteven District Council is backing the launch of a new number that aims to support members of the public if they ever experience a power cut. Research has shown that many people don’t know who to contact during a power cut and wrongly call the electricity supplier they pay their bill to. 105 has been set up to help the public get through to their local electricity network operator – the company responsible for the power network. It’s a free, easy-to-remember number that people can call to report or get information about a power cut in their area and it puts the caller through to those who will repair their network and restore their power. 105 is available to electricity customers in England, Scotland and Wales. The number can be accessed from most landlines and mobile phones. It doesn’t matter who you choose to buy electricity from – anyone can call 105. The service is jointly funded by electricity network operators – the companies that manage the cables, wires and substations into homes and businesses. People can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put them, or someone else, in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk to life the emergency services should be called. Visit powercut105.com to find out more about 105 and electricity operators.


Old Photographs of Bassingham Village (some of which were shown at The 50th Bassingham Show) can be seen at 18 Lincoln Road home of Helen Ash. Tel. 788220


Bassingham Village Health Walk

Every Wednesday at 10.30 am

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, Dean Reed on 870272 or email dean.reed@1life.co.uk For regular updates you can find them on Facebook - North Kesteven Social Strollers Health Walk Scheme or follow them on Twitter @NKHealthWalks.



Free Health Walks in Your Area

The North Kesteven Social Strollers are a health walks initiative based in North Kesteven and currently has 16 walks available across the district ranging from 30 to 90 minute walks which are designed to help improve fitness and wellbeing.

Sleaford offers many places to walk, in the town or out in to the countryside; there’s plenty to see not to mention the wealth of historic buildings that the town has. Sleaford’s weekly health walk takes place every Thursday meeting at Sleaford Leisure Centre at 1.30pm. Please allow up to 60 minutes for this walk.

There will also be free refreshments at the end of the walk including 1 free swim pass per walker attending their first walk.

The scheme also recently set up a new health walk in Bassingham which takes place every Wednesday meeting at the Five Bells of Bassingham at 10.30am.

If you would like further information, please contact Dean Reed on 01522 870272 or email dean.reed@1life.co.uk. For regular updates you can find them on Facebook - North Kesteven Social Strollers Health Walk Scheme or follow them on Twitter @NKHealthWalks.


Big Wood Goes Bats!

It is now just over 6 years since Hill Holt Wood undertook an extensive woodland management plan at Norton Disney Big Wood, up until that point no management had taken place for years and the area was overrun with bramble and bracken but especially Rhododendron. The wood was also closed to the public, so this potentially vibrant local amenity wasn’t available to the local residents and wider public.

The aim was simple; to improve the habitat and therefore the biodiversity and also to ensure that it was accessible for the local community and general public to enjoy.

At Hill Holt Wood we believe in ‘benefit stacking’ which means that every activity that we undertake has multiple benefits. At Big Wood therefore we initiated a mental health recovery programme and under supervision, encouraged the service users to undertake the woodland management. Their mental health started to improve and the woodland began to recover also, so a win win.

In order to support a complex and rich diversity of plant and animal life, woodlands need to be well managed. Ideally you want the 4 layers of trees and plants; Climax- mature Oak and Ash trees. Understory- Hazel, Holly, which are shade tolerant. Field Layer- grasses and wildflowers and the Ground Layer- mosses and lichens and fungi. Each layer supports different invertebrates which in turn support larger and larger animals which make up the food chain.

We concentrated on removing the rhododendron which is a toxic, invasive species and only supports 5 insect and mite species. Compare this with an Oak tree which can support up to 423 insect species! We also coppiced the Hazel stools which had become derelict and would fall apart and die in time and also coppiced and thinned some poor Ash trees, whilst clearing the Bracken. This all had the effect of opening up rides and glades, increasing the light at ground level which in turn increased ground flora. So you get the flowers and fungi which increase the insects and butterflies which in turn increases the bird and bat numbers and species and ultimately the larger mammal species.

All good work but has there been any evidence of an improvement in bio diversity? Initially there were only 30 bird species recorded but our latest survey results showed just over 100 species as being recorded, a massive improvement. But it is the number of bat species that have been the biggest success, Matt Cook who is a Natural England Licensed Bat Ecologist has conducted some surveys and the results are impressive he says “We had an incredible nights batting last night and you have a very special woodland reserve for these nocturnal critters. We caught all 11 species that you can realistically catch in the East Midlands, in less than a km square - common pip, soprano pip*, another Nathusius' pip, brown long-eared*, Daubenton's*, Natterer's, whiskered, Brandt's*, noctule*, a juvenile Leisler's, and no less than 6 barbastelles*! 5 of which were breeding females (the * denotes breeding females). I've not had a night as diverse as that before. Whatever your management plan is there it seems perfect for bats! He is keen to undertake some studies of the bats at Big Wood which is part of a national survey and feels that Big Wood should gain SSSI status.

I would say that this is irrefutable evidence that the work we have undertaken has had enormous benefit to the flora and fauna at the wood. It is there for everyone to enjoy and is open to the public 7 days a week, come and have a look round, it’s a lovely walk, especially at the end of the wood where the mature oaks surround the Wood land burial area and it will begin to look even more stunning as everything awakes from its winter slumber.

Oliver Woodman

Head of Operations at Hill Holt Wood


Norton Big Wood Open For Woodland Burials

Situated in Ancient woodland, Norton Big Wood burial ground offers a beautiful and tranquil resting place for your loved ones. The designated area is set deep in the woodland, surrounded by mature oak trees and will not be managed as manicured parkland but will remain a stunning green woodland space.

Simple, natural and reasonably priced, Norton Big Wood offers a unique opportunity; it is an alternative to traditional graveyard burials and crematorium ceremonies and provides a permanent connection with nature. Norton Big Wood offers burial plots, ashes internment and the scattering of ashes, all within easy access of parking facilities.

A beautiful venue is available at our sister wood Hill Holt, just five minutes away, to celebrate the life of your loved one with refreshments and music.

Call us today on 01636 892 836 and ask to speak to our Operations Manager to arrange a visit or have an initial conversation.

Norton Big Wood is part of the Hill Holt Wood Social Enterprise Group "Proving the Value of Ancient Woodland in the 21st Century"


Dementia Activities in North Kesteven

This past year the Sport & Physical Activity team have been working hard to improving their dementia services within the North Kesteven District. The team now offer two Friendship Hubs which take place each month and are 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 Friendship Hubs offer stimulating activities as well as offering the opportunity for carers to socialise and share information. Activities include painting, dancing and games such as new age kurling. Everyone is welcome including carers, family members and friends. Monthly Friendship Hubs take places once a month at:

One NK, Moor Lane, North Hykeham, Lincoln, LN6 9AX

Every first Tuesday of the month, 10am to 12pm

St. Wilfreds Church, Church Walk, Metheringham, LN4 3HA

Every second Tuesday of the month, 10am to 12pm

Parking is available at the Star and Garter Pub, just a short walk from the venue.

Sensory Strolls are still proving to be very popular at Whisby Nature Park and are designed to stimulate the senses and to enjoy the outdoors. Refreshments are also available to purchase from the Boardwalk Bistro afterwards. Sensory strolls take place on the last Tuesday of the month at 11am. Please meet outside the Natural World Centre – please note there is a £1 parking charge.

One NK in North Hykeham also offer

Dementia Friendly Swim Sessions every Thursday from 11am to 12.45pm. Sessions are free to attend and are run by qualified Dementia Friends.

For more information please contact Dean Reed, Health and Wellbeing Manager on 870272 or email dean.reed@1life.co.uk.


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 Dementia Friendship Hub takes place 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/.


Volunteers Wanted – Dementia Cafes

We are looking for Volunteers for our Dementia Cafes in (Lincoln, Skegness, Sleaford, Grantham, Gainsborough, Market Rasen) Dementia Cafés provide a safe, comfortable and supportive environment for people with dementia and their carers to socialise. As well as offering a range of fun and engaging activities, Dementia Cafés give both carers and people with dementia a chance to get information and advice and talk to others with similar problems. In offering your time at one of our groups, you will help with:

• Setting up the room

• Welcoming and greeting visitors

• Making and serving hot drinks and refreshments

• Socialising with people

• Joining in with activities

We are also looking for volunteers at our Singing for the Brain groups in (Lincoln, Middle Rasen) Singing for the Brain is a structured musical activity that provides musical stimulation for people with dementia to enjoy with their carers and family. It also helps to reduce isolation as music and singing are known to improve wellbeing. The sessions are led by a trained musical facilitator and there are a number of ways volunteers can support:

• Meeting and greeting people as they arrive

• Making and serving tea and coffee

• Socialising with people with dementia

• Encouraging participation

• Joining in with singing and activities

• Passing round song books and instruments

• Helping to set up the room and tidy away afterwards

If you are interested in the above volunteer opportunities, or would like more information, please contact Phil Measures on 692681 or phil.measures@alzheimers.org.uk 


Message In A Bottle Scheme  - Providing Useful Information in an Emergency

How well do you know your friends and neighbours? In the event of a medical emergency would you know what medication they were on, if they had any allergies, what numbers to call to contact family members, or if they had children, pets, or relatives dependant on them? Help is at hand - Thanks to The Lions Club, who sponsors the message in a bottle scheme. It is FREE and designed to assist the Emergency Services. All you need to do is obtain a Lions Emergency Container from your doctors or local pharmacy, complete the form inside and place the whole thing in your fridge door. There are 2 stickers supplied, one should be placed on the fridge door and the other on the inside of your front door. The Fire, Police and Ambulance services then know at a glance where to find the information they need to help you.

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3. Hammond Hall Events

Bassingham Playing Field, Lincoln Road, Bassingham LN5 9HQ

for details see:



Bassingham Defibrillator

The defibrillator that is on stand-by at the Hammond Hall.

please contact Roger Hales, Hammond Hall, 789758


4. Other Events and Information from the Wider Community

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


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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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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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 Days at Cogglesford Watermill (Sleaford)

For more information please contact Cogglesford Watermill on 01529 413671 or the District Council tourism team on 01529 308102. Alternatively please email discovernk@n-kesteven.gov.uk

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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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Can You Spare Some Time?

North Kesteven District Council are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join their tourism team.

Opportunities are available at Cogglesford Watermill, Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre, Navigation House and Welbourn Forge. You will be a part of a hardworking team who are committed to delivering results, promoting tourism wherever possible and attracting new visitors to the District. There are no minimum hours required and times are flexible to suit you. Minimum age for all volunteers is 17 years old. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, and would like an informal discussion, please contact Theresa Hobbs on 01529 308102 or email Theresa_hobbs@n-kesteven.gov.uk


Try Your Business Idea In Sleaford

Have you thought about running your own shop but don’t know where to start? Are you already in business and looking to branch out but want to test the market first? Pop Up NK could be the answer!

Partnership NK is considering running a pop up shop so whether you’re an artist or crafts person looking to sell your creations, or have an idea for a shop that you want to try out or a business looking to expand – the opportunities are endless. The facility will be ideally located in the heart of Sleaford at Navigation Yard right next to the ever-popular National Centre for Craft and Design and will mean that all units on the site will be occupied with a range of businesses, including a hairdressers, charity and heritage organisation. Anyone wanting to register the interest in Pop Up NK can do so by filling in a form online at www.n-kesteven.gov.uk/popup. Once these have been received, an informal drop-in session will take place where potential shop owners can find out more information with expert advice on offer – including small business support and employment guidance.

For more information on the project please visit www.n-kesteven.gov.uk/popup 

or email partnership_nk@n-kesteven.gov.uk


A Real Celebration of the North Kesteven Countryside!

The NK Walking Festival was in full swing in July 2016 packed full of led walks across the district ranging from history walks to herb walks; there was a walk for everyone! The festival’s aim is to celebrate the many walking opportunities available within North Kesteven. The week-long event took place from Saturday 9th to Sunday 17th July and incorporated many of the existing walking routes available which are designed for all ages and abilities. Following feedback from last year, the festival programme increased in size and offered a wider range of walks including longer distance and evening walks. This year’s festival hosted 36 led walks across North Kesteven with approximately 170 miles walked throughout the week. The week was thoroughly enjoyed by all with great attendances to many of the walks. Walks included an Introduction to Geocaching, Spires and Steeples Poppies:Wave walk, Waggy Tails walks, a Curry Night at the Natural World Centre, herb walks plus may others ranging in length and themes. Other walks also featured North Kesteven District Council’s Stepping Out walks, aimed to get people out and about and enjoy the great outdoors as well as the NK Social Strollers Health Walks.

The week was rounded off with a celebration finale – a 7.7 mile walk starting in the village of Coleby walking along the Jurassic ridge and taking in four villages along the way. The walk also followed the Viking Way which celebrates its 40th year this year and was the perfect way to end a fantastic week of walking.

If you are interested in taking part in the 2017 walking festival please contact Donna Sutton on 694353 or email donna.sutton@1life.co.uk to be added to the mailing list. For details of the walking opportunities available within the district please visit www.countrysidenk.co.uk or alternatively contact Faye Coulson on 694353 or email marketingnk@litc.org.uk


Photographic Competition Winner

The winning photo 2017: ‘Nightingale at Whisby’ by Leslie Marshall

You can view all of this year’s entry on the tourism team’s Facebook Page facebook.com/heartoflincs. For more information about great places to visit and things to do in North Kesteven, visit www.heartoflincs.com or email discovernk@n-kesteven.gov.uk.



Lincolnshire Sport Creates More Opportunities for Volunteers with a Disability

Disabled people across the region are being encouraged to volunteer in sport, thanks to a new project supported by Lincolnshire Sport. ‘IMPACT Volunteering’ aims to recruit and train 120 volunteers with a disability or sensory impairment and provide disability awareness training to 40 clubs or organisations in the East Midlands, following a £60,000 project grant from Sport England. The 12 month project – a collaboration between four sports partnerships in the region – aims to identify a link between disabled volunteers and participation, before encouraging people with a disability to start volunteering within a sporting environment. The scheme will also create more sporting opportunities for the local disabled population and deliver awareness training for volunteer coordinators. For further information about IMPACT Volunteering and to get involved, please contact Ian Brown on 730325 or email ian.brown@lincolnshiresport.com


Waggy Tails Walks

NEW walks with your four legged friends getting you out and about exploring the great outdoors with CountrysideNK.

Come along for a guided walk with your furry friends and enjoy the beautiful countryside of North Kesteven. A polite note that all dogs must be kept on a lead at all times. For more information please contact our Countryside Officer by emailing countrysidenk@1life.co.uk or call 694353.

Nocton and Dunston is walk number 13 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.


Mrs Smith’s Cottage (Navenby)

Plans to bring Mrs Smith’s Cottage back into use as a tourist attraction are one step closer after receiving support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Mrs Smith’s cottage in Navenby closed its doors to members of the public in early-2013 after a routine structural survey identified problems. Since then, both North Kesteven District Council and the Friends of Mrs Smith’s Cottage have fought hard to gain funding to bring it back into use. The HLF are the largest heritage funder in the UK, helping to bring back into use, restore and protect our country’s history. Mrs Smith’s Cottage being just that! The district council has now been successful in gaining the first of a two phase funding application, meaning plans can be put into place to establish the project and exactly what will need to be done before proceeding with a second application to deliver and undertake the work required. The total funding needed to carry out the works will be just shy of £600,000; £187,500 for phase 1 and £403,800 for phase 2.

In phase one the roof will need to be completely removed to establish the extent of the damage and what is required to make the cottage structurally safe once again. The overall ambition is to have a restored cottage which is fit for purpose as a visitor venue. It is also hoped that the funding will allow the council to revamp the visitor centre with interactive exhibits to enhance the overall experience.

Keep up to date with plans on our website

www.n-kesteven.gov.uk or www.mrssmithscottage.co.uk 

Michelle Rose. Press & Publications Assistant NKDC


New Health Walk Launched In Sleaford

North Kesteven Social Strollers are increasing their popular walks timetable this month and have launched a new health walk in Sleaford.

The North Kesteven Social Strollers are a health walks initiative based in North Kesteven and currently has 15 walks available across the district ranging from 30 to 90 minute walks which are designed to help improve fitness and wellbeing. The NK Social Strollers is a free health walk scheme and is available to all. There are walks available 7 days a week in a range of locations – pick an NK Social Strollers leaflet or visit www.walkingforhealth.org.uk for more information.

If you would like further information, please contact Carly Togher on 870272 or email nkhealthandsports@1life.co.uk. For regular updates you can find them on Facebook - North Kesteven Social Strollers Health Walk Scheme or follow them on Twitter @NKHealthWalks.


Men in Sheds Project

A new project is starting up in North Kesteven at Hill Holt Wood based on the very successful Australian Men’s Shed movement. The project is aimed at men aged 60 and over and put simply, aims to encourage men (who are statistically the worst at engaging with others!) to be part of a group, socialise with others and put their skills to good use.

The project will be run from a well-equipped hobby workshop where the group can work together on a range of practical activities. Members can share their knowledge, learn new skills and generally put the world to rights over a cup of tea/coffee or whatever else they fancy!

If you are interested in finding out more about the Men in Sheds project, please contact the Partnership NK team on 01529 414155 or email partnership_nk@n-kesteven.gov.uk


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

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

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

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

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

Does a walk need setting up in your area?

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

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Volunteers Sought For New Lincolnshire Volunteer Force Programme

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

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

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

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

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

or email tom.armstrong@lincolnshiresport.com


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


5.  Royal Voluntary Service

The brochure RVS provides details of help this group can provide, including: "Home from Hospital", "Meals on Wheels" and "Good Neighbours". Also "Get a Lift with US". Contact 01522 300506.

Do You Need Transport?

If so, then RVS Lincoln may be of assistance to you. We run a countywide Community Transport Scheme especially for older people. This is a door to door service that gives you the freedom to get out and about. Whether it be to visit family and friends, go to a lunch club or do some shopping, health appointments, such as visits to hospitals, dentists, chiropodists or any other health related matters. All journeys are mile based, so all you have to do is tell us where you would like to go and we will give you a cost for the journey. Most times our drivers will wait for you, so you are safe in the knowledge that the person that has driven you will also be able to help you if necessary. All our drivers have been DBS checked and carry identification. All you need do is ring our Transport Desk with your request whether it be a short local journey or a more distant destination. The Transport Desk is manned between the hours of 10.00am to 15.00pm on a Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, all other times just leave a message on our answerphone and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Our only stipulation is that you give us at least 3 working days notice to allow us time to sort one of our lovely drivers out for you!

Our Transport Desk number is 300506

While the scheme has been up and running for some time, we feel now is the time to expand it to help older people who struggle with either, mobility or do not have the confidence to get out using other transport means, to lead a better quality of life throughout the County.

We Also Need Volunteer Drivers

If you are one of the lucky people who do not need to rely on others for transport and get on well with people then perhaps you might consider becoming one of our volunteer drivers. If you could spare some time (the amount you do is entirely up to yourself) and have the inclination to help others less fortunate then we would love to hear from you. You will receive gener generous expenses towards your costs. Interested? Then ring RVS Lincoln on 305313.


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6. Carlton Le Moorland Village Hall

Please contact Mrs. Margaret Hutchinson for bookings and availability Tel: 788489

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7. Witham St Hughs Village Hall

John Phillipson   -Chair Witham St Hughs Village Hall Management Committee


Village Hall Lettings: Contact the Parish Clerk  Tel: 869643

Mrs S Lane Parish Clerk  email: withamsthughspc@hotmail.co.uk

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