New business grants
The new discretionary grants for small businesses who have missed out so far, hopefully applied in June. There have been 253 applications for £1.03m, and recipients will know after July 1st. It will reopen if not all the money is allocated.
NKDC has not said how much the grants will be, waiting to see the demand after the short window so please apply right away. Businesses must have been trading on March 11th but might not have been separately registered in their own premises or might be a sole trader or micro-business. Please let others know if it might help them.
The other business grants of £10K and £25K are intended to cover rent and rates are still available from the District Council. Money for self-employment up to £6,570 is from the HMRC website. For Free advice from NKDC Phil Means ring 07920 472671. Non-essential retail opens this month, with social distancing. https://www.nkesteven.gov.uk/your–council/news/council–news/new1m–covid–19–grant–fund–for–small–businesses/
The new contractors Balfour Beatty have started work, under Phil Jebbs, with Bassingham and the Pottergate, Wellingore in June. I have raised other key works needed across the patch, working with our Parish Councils.
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.
Week 7th June
Huge thanks to our amazing volunteers, continuing neighbourly help, ten weeks in.
Up to date advice on preventing the spread of the virus is here. www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
Nominate your heroes
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.
All are open for garden waste, cardboard, paper and plastic, wood, metal, electricals, no large items just yet. You need to show proof of a Lincolnshire address with you. No vans, trailers or trucks. It’s working well. Get an appointment here. 01522 782070 or www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/clickandtip
Towards Recovery and Renewal
I continued to meet online with ministers and fellow leading Councillors from across England and Wales, stepping up a gear this month to keep people safe as the lockdown lifts. Local authorities may need to close some places if the disease is increasing too fast.
Thus testing, track and trace is essential. If someone has Covid symptoms, they should book a postal test. If it’s positive, they will be asked to report who else they may have infected. Those people and their households will be asked by the NHS to isolate for two weeks on sick pay, even if they have no symptoms. If you are socially distancing, then the list to trace will be zero. Use www.111nhs.uk or call 111.
To avoid fraud, please remember the NHS will not visit you, not ask for any passwords, bank accounts nor pin numbers. To check ring 0300 0135 000. The only website the service will ask you to visit is https://contacttracing.phe.gov.uk.
The Lincolnshire Covid Helpline 01522 782189
This is still open 7 days a week and has taken over 4000 calls. The Councils and all public services across the County are working together with volunteers. They have contacted and offered support to 15,000 people who are clinically vulnerable and are sheilding at home. Our Wellbeing Service and local groups have been crucial in providing essential help.
Volunteers have been flat out making PPE for months. Blacksmith’s Lane Harmston has been busy making attractive face masks, available for a donation to a local charity. Useful if you are going shopping and essential on public transport. Also Brant Broughton Brownies; Penny Taylor 01400 272586, supported with one of my County Council grants.
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
For the Love of Scrubs – Lincolnshire
Having provided scrubs -protective clothing for the NHS, volunteers from our villages are now making PPE for all frontline staff. Donate cloth or money to buy cloth. With £400K donated, they have incorporated into a “not for profit” organisation and linked with a rotary club to access gift aid. Amazing work, thank you. www.facebook.com/groups/FTLOSLincs
Local Community Grants
Great British spirit was out in force to mark 75 years since VE Day on May 8th. A huge thank you to all who decorated their homes, such as Brant Broughton shown below. Welbourn and Beckingham had street parties, keeping 2m between households! Well done all.
June is the time for 30 days WILD! Do something every day that brings you face to face with nature. It could be watching Blue tits fledge, counting how many adult visits per 15 minutes at different times of day, counting butterflies for the national survey, watering your plants or seeds – anything! https://www.lincstrust.org.uk/whatwe–do/campaigns/30–days–wild
July is plastic free month. Let’s have a go! https://plasticfree.ecochallenge.org/challenges
Supporting local business – Pop-up Shops
The Bike Shop in Navenby is open and doing well. www.pedalelectriccycles.com
Enterprising Luke of the Urban Angels Hairdressers and Barbers in Navenby is now doing ice-cream and milkshakes.
Boston and East Lindsey have announced they are combining services with a named shared Chief Executive and monitoring officer. Independent Chairman of Scrutiny at Boston, Cllr Stephen Woodliffe, called a meeting on the proposals on Thursday 4th June, available online.
Meanwhile the Leader of County Council wrote to the Government and the ten council leaders of Greater Lincolnshire have met with ministers and are awaiting an offer. We have supported joint services but keeping separate identities and councillors. We fought against this Greater Lincolnshire decision-making body before, as a new layer of bureaucracy covering a big area, ever harder for our residents to influence, and in reality, more of centralising power than devolving it. We have yet to see what the new offer will be.
County Council Work
Finance has eased just now as Lincolnshire got considerable extra government funds, for adult care, for roads (£54.3m extra) and cycle routes. However, if social distancing is still in place when all the children go back to school, school transport will cost in the region of £1.5m extra per month, which we will need the government to fund. As long as we do not get a second outbreak of the virus, the County Council finances currently look OK.
Health and Welbeing Scrutiny is on July 1st 10am https://lincolnshire.moderngov.co.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CI
Full Council AGM Friday 26th June 10am
Planning Monday 6th and 27th July 10.30am
Recovery – Lincolnshire Resilience Forum
Key dates: 13th May Lockdown relaxed, June 1st some children back to school, 8th June secondary schools go back, mid June, dentists and retail, 4th July pubs and places of worship open, 15th July Most children may return to school
A YOUGOV poll found only 9% of people want things to go back to normal. 51% cleaner air, 40% community spirit, 27% wildlife, around 40% appreciating food and cooking from scratch, 61% said they were spending less.
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 to improve our highways
Please keep reporting potholes www.fixmystreet.com or 01522 783070, I am in regular contact with highway officers and I want to catch up! Staffing and funding has improved. Most staff are specialist eg signs, potholes and a neighbourhood team can attend to village tasks. If you need it to claim. www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/makeaclaim.
The dangerous pothole has to have already been reported and the Council needs to have had time to respond, up to 90 days. ¼ of claims are successful. Claims have been very high over the Winter, rising to 400 in December.
Work continues the Lincoln Eastern Bypass for opening in Autumn 2020
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
Last month, the Intensive pig rearing unit for just under 2,000 pigs just below Harmston Village was refused as no economic justification was given for the diversification on that site. 19/1085/FUL
On Tuesday 9th 2pm, the Polo Club Facility and floodlit arena next to the Nelstrop’s house at Leademham cliff edge, is to be heard. 19/1764/FUL to add your comments. Planning: You can contact your councillor who can appear and speak and those on the committee, like me. Their contact details are here. https://democracy.nkesteven.gov.uk/mgCommitteeDetails.aspx?ID=721
Police Annual Report – just out
Even allowing for changes in the way anti-social behaviour is recorded, crime is on the increase; by 24% in one year to December 2019. (Crime recording has moved from “poor” last year to “good” this year.) Forces “at the greatest risk of failure” are inspected annually. Lincolnshire has one of the smallest budgets countrywide.
So is it effective? In Lincolnshire a person has a 7% chance of suffering a crime. Burglary is down and violence up. Sexual offences are up by 25% on top of 33% increase of last year. Drug offences up by 9.5%, along with criminal damage. “Cracking down” on driving offences included speeding, which was up 37%.
Call response rates for urgent 999 rural calls were at 70pc within 20mins and urban areas received a 999 response in 15 minutes three quarters of the time.
The inspection of the service said the force was good at keeping people safe but needed to improve crime prevention and how it deals with anti-social behaviour. And the force needs to be more efficient in future.
Three strategies are planned.
- a place-based approach involving communities
- crime prevention
- Violence – a working group to improve co-ordination The precept went up this year by 4.1% on the Council tax creating a budget of £133.1m from around £127m previously. The PCC pledges new cars fitted with the latest technology, specialist units, training volunteers, and more on the 101 and online service.
New grants are available for this year.
It’s a lot work, but it is a way of strengthening our communities and helping to shape the future.
June Open gardens, Hall Wath, Bassingham. Book
June 10-11 Cereals Live – whole programme on line www.cerealsevent.co.uk App available
July 4th Jazz in the afternoon Carlton Le Moorland Village
Hall in aid of new facilities for St Mary’s Church
July 26th Teas in the garden, Thurlby Corner 2-4pm
Some Useful Information
Useful websites for children
Zamzar to covert 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
Phonicsplay https://new.phonicsplay.co.uk/ 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 534Mark 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 https://www.ageuk.org.uk/lincolnsouthlincolnshire/ourservices/food–through–adversity/ 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, Sleaford and Lincoln Community Larder are supported.
Spotted while on local morning 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
Access to Wellbeing Services and care The Carers service 01522 782224 email@example.com Support for Adult care is available 01522 782155 Umbrellas events supporting all ages with additional needs and their families firstname.lastname@example.org
#EveryMindMatters advise on coping with anxiety and improving your mental health: https://qoo.ly/35q2xs Bereavement Helpline St Barnabus 0300 303 1897 MonFri plus two evenings ‘til 8 on Monday and Wednesday email@example.com 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–weeklylive–stream/ David.email@example.com
420 Village halls are registered here. www.lincscommunitybuildings.org.uk
Useful Advice for Charities https://www.charityhowto.com/blog/
To protect a house or business against flooding http://www.marydhonau.co.uk/information/how-do-i-protectmy-home-from-flooding/
Help save lives and keep countryside clean Report Potholes 01522 782070 http://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/potholes Or use “Fix my street” on line – works well.
http://www.FixMyStreet.com Report Litter 01529 414155 firstname.lastname@example.org Report illegal parking 01522 511142 or
Adult Concern 01522 782151
Police: Sgt Ken Whyte, PCSO’s Will Jones or Paul Flannigan
Bracebridge Heath 101 or 07973 846537/235/5827
Highways, Transport and Travel
Good newsletter from email@example.com New site www.accesslincoln.co.uk shows all the options, or ask firstname.lastname@example.org 01522 581906 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” The Local Plan is here. www.central-lincs.org.uk 01529 308084
Withamstaple.com; yourbassingham.co.uk www.facebook.com/groups/WhatOnInNocton www.facebook.com/groups/455116074527966/ Navenby and Wellingore business parishes.lincolnshire.gov.uk www.harmston.info www.navenby.net dunstondossier.org.uk nocton.blogspot.co.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 www.mrssmithscottage.com
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