July Lockdown Lift
Supporting Business and Jobs
The government business grants of £10K and £25K are intended to cover rent and rates and still available from the District Council for registered businesses. Money for self-employment up to £6,570 is from the HMRC website. To date, councils have allocated more the £200m to save jobs in Lincolnshire and advised 596 businesses.
For free business advice from the District Council, ring Phil Means 07920 472671. It won’t have escaped your notice that non-essential retail, pubs and cafes opened this month, with social distancing and many are choosing to wear face-coverings, essential on public transport. www.businesslincolnshire.com or 0800 998 1098
The Quarterly Survey of businesses in Lincolnshire covering the Covid crisis, will be discussed online July 15th 8.30am. https://www.lincs-chamber.co.uk/qes-q2-results/
Hardship Fund for Council Tax
Anyone struggling to pay their Council tax should ring NKDC to discuss. The Council has a hardship Fund, money from the Government to subsidise those who are struggling. Those on Universal credit will get a reduction to help make ends meet. You can also give debt advice and work with the Citizens Advice Bureau to put you back on your feet.
Nominate your heroes – Thank you
A huge thank you to all who have helped a neighbour in these troubled times. Let’s keep our community spirit.
North Kesteven Awards Please nominate anyone living, working and carrying out their voluntary community work within North Kesteven online at www.nkawards.org and let me know so I can support it. New deadline is July 31st.
Next Door Good Neighbour Awards £150 gift voucher and £150 to a charity of your choice.
Recovery and Renewal
This month in meetings online with ministers and fellow leading Councillors from across England and Wales, we have worked on how to get all children back to school safely, track and trace funding for Councils (£300m granted), improved data-sharing between the NHS and Public Health Directors, new Leader-led boards to consider closing areas, support for the homeless (£105m), and support for the leisure services, visitor and arts economy. Lincolnshire gets its share.
We are working on a Lincolnshire recovery plan. Reset out of the lockdown, Redesign ways of working, and Renewal: We are seeking to accelerate strategically important objectives, such as carbon neutrality and inclusive growth, using the recent culture shifts. Can we together create a better future?
Working for you Nationally
The Ministerial Board where colleagues and I work to get things in place for our departure from the EU has restarted, working on the impact on Councils. As you will have heard there are two sticking points, keeping EU regulations and fishing rights indefinitely, so we don’t yet know if we will have a deal.
The UK Government is planning to adopt all the EU regulations at the outset, and we are together tackling global problems, through the Council of European Municipalities and Regions, in my case. I spoke on behalf of local Government at two European events this month; 1) the United Nations 75 years debate on the Recovery, representing England and 2) the response to the European Green Deal, representing European Local Government as Spokesperson for the environment. My speeches reflect a great deal of research, consultation and debate by the whole team, and are available, just ask me.
Local Community Grants
I have a County Council Grant of £3,000 which I can allocate to local groups in my area who are supporting others in my area. Please apply on-line and ring me. www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/communityfund.
Waste Recycling Centres Open Fully July 6th
The booking system works and the intention is to keep it. All sites are open five days a week and the height restriction of 1.8m is designed to enable only domestic and garden waste. (Commercial waste is separate.)
From Monday 6th July the HWRC’s will continue to accept all the same waste streams as before but the two main streams, household non-recyclables and green waste, will be on different days. This allows the compactors to be separated and emptied whilst maintaining social distancing and safe movement around the sites.
You can check the schedules and book online or ring 01522 782070 or www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/clickandtip
During the lockdown in April and May, fly-tipping rose by 45% to 168 cases on public land and the Council is diligent in tracing and prosecution. Thank you for reporting fly-tipping so we can deal with it quickly., through the Council website, using fixmystreet or ring 01529 414155
I am pleased to see a lot of progress on Highways, with a few notable areas where I am still calling for larger works needed across the patch, working with our Parish Councils and requests from you, especially through Fixmystreet.
In addition to the normal work programme, local teams will be focussing on each area in turn. My County Council area, Bassingham and Welbourn Division will be getting small highway teams for six weeks from August 3rd to 11th September 2020.
Please make sure that all highway repairs needed are noted on fixmystreet soonest as we will be making a list of priorities, supported by the Parish Councils. These teams can do a range of smaller tasks, including signs, repairing verges, cutting back vegetation, some potholes, drainage and footway repairs.
The Potterhanworth and Coleby Division, which also includes Harmston get two weeks work from Aug 10th.
The government has granted Greater Lincolnshire £25.8m for “shovel-ready” building projects designed to “increase resilience and give residents job opportunities”. Thank to Mary green for submitting our request for a Bassingham to Lincoln cycle route.
Our 390 Lincolnshire schools are doing their best to provide an on-line service, while also teaching children in school at the same time. At a meeting on children’s services this week, I learned that 16% of children are back at school now, including 40% of vulnerable children. Teaching in “bubbles” reduces the number who would have to be quarantined, were anyone to develop covid.
The County Council is preparing for September when all children are required to be back in full time education. Even with “1m plus” social distancing, school transport will be extremely difficult and costly for Councils, if the extra buses and drivers could be found. School start time is likely to be staggered by 20 minutes or so to smooth arrivals and departures. Colleagues and I have raised this issue with ministers.
The Council has done well contacting thousands of families with children to provide extra support where needed.
Libraries are opening in stages from the 13th July and you can order online. If you have children at home, here are some extra resources to supplement BBC Bitesize and school, these are in addition to the ones I gave last month.
Top Hat provides a video streaming platform for educators and includes engagement features like polls and pop quizzes to keep students focused.
Zigazoo, an app for K-8 students, invites users to post videos in response to a daily prompt from a variety of categories. One day, a student might experiment with building fractions out of food, while the next could involve constructing a baking soda volcano.
Lingumi helps 2-6 year-olds learn English. The app uses voice-listening technology to listen to children speak, allowing educators and parents to assess their progress in pronunciation and fluency.
Make Music Count helps students learn maths through music, using a digital piano. Each solved equation corresponds to a key on the keyboard, and once all the equations are solved, the keys are lined up and played to popular songs
Visitor Venues are opening
Lincoln Castle is open, and you can book a wall walk
Lincoln Castle’s Victorian Prison and Magna Carta Vault, The Collection Museum, Lincolnshire Archives and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre will reopen in the week commencing 13th July. Book online through the County Council website, under heritage or www.lincolncastle.com
Cogglesford Mill and Cranwell Aviation are opening on the 11th July Book http://www.heartoflincs.com/booking
Mrs Smith’s Cottage Events @MrsSmithCottage
A huge thank you to all our local volunteers
Amazing work done by willing volunteers delivering food, medicines and offering neighbourly support.
- Aubourn and Haddington Luke Warwick 07765 900099 Hayley 07928 032 866
- Bassingham Support Group 01522 404025
- Beckingham C’ Group Philip Wells 07930 990 950
- Brant Broughton and Stragglethorpe The Old Forge Village Shop delivers locally free. 07958 189650
- Brant Broughton Brownies Penny Taylor 01400 272586
- Carlton Le Moorland, Norton Disney and Stapleford Nicola Smith 01522 404024 120 volunteers contact@CleMsupport.co.uk
- Coleby Parish Council Sue 01522 810509
- Leadenham Volunteers 07519 308247
- Rector Christine Chris Goldsmith 01400 679081 07494870701 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Welbourn Volunteers Alison 07 377 219 268
- Graffoe Parish Rector Michelle Godbold 01522 426723
with 75 volunteers, including daily phone calls.
- Witham St Hughs Jason Snape on 07894 872 533
Up to date advice on preventing the spread of the virus is here. www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
More Face masks for local causes
Kind residents are flat out making reusable face masks, with funds going to local charities.
They are available for a minimum donation of £5 and all proceeds will go to our local church, St. Chad’s, Welbourn Brenda Dowling, 01400 279171. Lots of different fabrics. Rebecca Duke of Wellingore has 3D printed 3,000 facemasks for the NHS and for purchase at cost. https://www.gofundme.com/f/face-shields-for-key-workers
Brant Broughton Brownies; Penny Taylor 01400 272586
Thanks to everyone involved, including those mentioned last month, hugely appreciated.
Supporting People- Wellbeing Lincs
This county-wide service supports to achieve more fulfilled and confident independent living. Funded by Lincolnshire County Council, it is delivered through a partnership of local district councils. Referrals continue to be made through Lincolnshire County Council’s Customer Service Centre on 01522 782140.
Office hours or www.wellbeinglincs.org
The Lincolnshire Covid Helpline continues 01522 782189
69 Councillors were invited to the Full Council meeting at the end of June. The morning business included questions where I called for better support for our unclassified roads.` We had two debates, one passing a motion of support for grantham A and E services which was passed unanimously. A second debate was to support holiday education for children which I supported, but wasn’t passed. The full record is on the County Council website.
At North Kesteven District Council, the new smaller committee of 11 meets on line to consider contentious local applications. To join the meeting onine, ask for the link. 01529 414155 The meetings are recorded and available on line. https://democracy.n-kesteven.gov.uk/ieDocHome.aspx?bcr=1
Last month the Polo Club Facility and floodlit arena next to the Nelstrop’s house at Leademham cliff edge, was passed. 19/1764/FUL
Full Planning of the new smaller committee of 20 members is on August 6th at 2pm. Ward Councillors can speak and those on the committee, like me.
At County Council planning continues as normal with 15 councillors, but on line on Monday 6th and 27th July 10.30am. The limestone quarry near Colsterworth has a dormant application from 60 years ago and has just been renewed with new conditions and significant objections.
New grants are available for this year. https://neighbourhoodplanning.org/about/grant-funding/
It’s a lot work, but it is a way of strengthening our communities and helping to shape the future.
July is plastic free month. Let’s have a go! https://plasticfree.ecochallenge.org/challenges
Some Useful Information
Useful websites for children
Zamzar to convert any files easily with no download
Twinkl www.twinkl.co.uk Primary School Closure
Parentkind www.parentkind.org.uk Parent support
Easipeasi Crafts www.easypeasyandfun.com
Carol Vordeman’s maths factor games https://www.themathsfactor.com/
Explorify explorify.wellcome.ac.uk for Science
Brainpop quiz www.brainpop.com
Sesame Street U tube meditation, respect, conflict
Wildlife Watch, Butterfly Conservation, RSPB
Lindyhop Lincolnshire Dance sessions on Facebook
Wildlife Watch www.wildlifewatch.org.uk
RSPB Explores www.rspb.org.uk
Butterfly Conservation www. butterfly-conservation.org
FOOD UNDER LOCKDOWN
Local shops who will deliver
East Midlands Dairy 01636 614760
Oldlings meat etc. 01522 810228
Nick Streeter’s fish etc. 01400 272547
Grocery Paul Barton 07970 115351
The Old Forge, Brant Broughton 07958 189650
Greens, Bassingham 01522 788200
Welbourn Post Office and Stores 01400 272242
Leadenham Farm Shop 01400 273988
The Tempest, Coleby 01522 810258 thetempestcoleby.co.uk Takeaway Food and Drink –Turs/Fri/Sat 6-8pm and Sundays 12.30pm – 2.30pm.
The Bell, Coleby 01522 813778
Order your set meal on Monday for delivery or collection on Friday.
Thorold Arms, Harmston 07971 029 534
Mark and Arzu cook up to 3-course takeaways and wine on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Order by noon for the evening 6-8pm and by 11am for Sunday lunch. Delivery Bracebridge Heath to Navenby incl. small charge. email@example.com
The Bugle Horn, Bassingham 01522 789773 Takeaways every evening 6-11pm plus lunch everyday but Tuesday.
The Five Bells, Bassingham 01522 788269
Thurs – Sat 5-8pm plus Sunday lunch
Generous Briton Brant Broughton Tues-Sat 01400 272119
Akash Indian Takeaway 01522 811126 Navenby
Navenby Chinese Takeaway 01522 810773
Andy’s Fish and Chips Van Bassingham Tues, Skellingthorpe Wed, Caythorpe Thurs 5-8pm
Hot lunches for senior citizens 01522 404025 Bassingham, £5 for two courses. Book by Sunday 5pm for Tuesday, and Thurs, Sat. five days ahead.
Primary hot lunches Thurs and Sat 01522 788488
Age UK will deliver 21 small single person meals for £20, plus £7 delivery 03455 564 144
Jo Shaw in Coleby Sunday High Tea 01522 811963
Hollynelstropcatering@gmail.com – weekly meal boxes
Community Larders: Lincoln and Sleaford
Sleaford Community Larder at the Newlife Centre
The Cereals event normally at Boothby Graffoe on alternate years was well attended online with 10,000 visitors and a speech from the DEFRA minister Victoria Prentis. You can access all the recorded talks and the exhibition. https://www.cerealsevent.co.uk/cereals-2020-live-webinar-timetable
Spotted while on local walks
First Aid Course online
St John Ambulance <firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Offices for local support and information
Navenby Venue Tuesday to Friday 10-noon
Witham Office at Bassingham in the Hammond Hall,
LN5 9HQ 01522 789758 Open Mon, Wed, Thurs 9-1pm
Local Police Statistics https://www.police.uk/
Access to Wellbeing Services and Care
The Carers service 01522 782224
Support for Adult care is available 01522 782155
Umbrellas events supporting all ages with additional needs and their families email@example.com
Bereavement Helpline St Barnabus 0300 303 1897 Mon-Fri plus two evenings ‘til 8 on Monday and Wednesday
Befriending Service Lincolnshire YMCA 01529 301965
Live streaming services on the website. Get the link.
Www.graffoechurches.co.uk with Michelle Godbold
Christine Goldsmith firstname.lastname@example.org
Reverend Dee Freeman 01522 788383 www.withamsidechurches.org.uk
Navenby Methodist Church 01522 685226 http://lincolnmethodist.org.uk/circuit-services-weekly-live-stream/ David.email@example.com
420 Village halls are registered here. www.lincscommunitybuildings.org.uk
Useful Advice for Charities
To receive info’ on twitter #lincscc roads
www.teamlincolnshire.com do monthly webinars
Help save lives and keep countryside clean
Report Potholes 01522 782070
Or use “Fix my street” on line – works well.
Report Litter 01529 414155
Report illegal parking 01522 511142 or
Adult Concern 01522 782151
Police: Sgt Ken Whyte, plus PCSO’s 101 or www.police.uk
Highways, Transport and Travel
Good newsletter from firstname.lastname@example.org
Call Connect 8.30am – 7pm Weekdays and to 5pm Saturdays 0345 234 33 44 or 01522 553143 www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/callconnect/35955.article
Dial a ride 01522 544983 Disabled door to door
Facebook Hykeham town rural NPT T @hykeham NPT
Buses www.lincsbus.info or Traveline 0871 200 22 33
Mobile Library 01522 782010 or www.lincolnshire.gov.uk
Planning on line
See and comment on applications to get your voice heard. Search “planning on line north Kesteven”
Local Plan www.central-lincs.org.uk 01529 308084
www.facebook.com/groups/455116074527966/ Navenby and Wellingore business parishes.lincolnshire.gov.uk
Most villages have sites on the County Council web like this, including Welbourn, Leadenham and Coleby.
Branston www .tucann.co.uk/the-sheepwash-times Branston Library 01522 880426
County Events- Good web page here
Search Lincolnshire County Council out and about or use
www.lincolnshire.gov.uk search on “county news”
Wheelchair loan: No Name Lodge Geoff Nelson 788213
Young People Grants Carlton Le Moorland 07943760155