Nominate your hero
You can nominate anyone living, working and carrying out their voluntary community work within North Kesteven online at www.nkawards.org. Let me know.
Up to date advice is on www.nhs.uk/coronavirus The shut-down to avoid spreading the disease means we are finding ways to assist each other, without putting ourselves at risk. Colleagues and I have set up or are supporting networks of known volunteers in each village, with a central contact point.
A huge thank you to 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. 01400 273796, 07958 189650 9.30am-5pm Tues-Sat, Sun 10-4pm, Mon am.
- 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 email@example.com
- Welbourn Volunteers Alison 07 377 219 268
- Graffoe Parish Rector Michelle Godbold 01522 426723 with 75 volunteers, including daily phone call
- Witham St Hughs Jason Snape on 07894 872 533
Good to talk
It is good to keep in touch. Our Churches have trained volunteers willing to ring you daily to check you are OK. If you know anyone who might want to be on the Care List, such as elderly couples, lone carers or individuals, please let your Reverend know. Contacts under “Churches”
Working with government
My weekly meetings with ministers on-line have worked on PPE in care homes as well as in the NHS, testing, support for the vulnerable, for businesses and funding for Councils.
Together we made the case clear and have so far got £3.2bn to cover some of the costs to Councils. Every Council gets its share. £1.224m for NKDC and £35.467m for Lincolnshire County Council.
Supporting the vulnerable
Our GP’s created lists of the medically most vulnerable who were issued weekly food parcels. The District Council now has 20 staff ringing 10,000 people to make sure they have what they need. 01522 789089. More on the website. www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/coronavirus
Local Community Grants from me
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.
£10K and £25K for small businesses in leisure and food service industries that have been forced to close in the lockdown. https://www.n-kesteven.gov.uk/coronavirus/
Staff can now be furloughed for longer until June 30th, with 80pc of the salaries paid by central government.
Supporting our Recovery – blue sky thinking
I have a joint committee with Government ministers looking at ways to assist the recovery to a “new normal”. Can we keep our strengthened communities, clean air, using local shops, home-working?
The government wants to make sure that businesses and charities are still here after the lockdown, ready to pick up the pieces and help the economy. They instructed leisure businesses to shut down and all businesses and charities where it was not possible to obey the social distancing. Hence the payment of 80pc of salary for employed or self-employed people and easing of loans.
We are now thinking about ways of enabling more businesses to reopen, while keeping people safe, such as recycling sites, garden centres and construction.
I gave strong support to our Council working on some big developments for a business park with good environmental additions, the heart of Sleaford improvements and 33 new council homes.
NHS Funding and Hospital Car Parking
The government has increased funding to the NHS by £33.9bn annually, plus a one-off £1.8bn and also wrote off the £13.4bn NHS debt. Hospitals have been using car parking charges for income. However, the companies contracted to run them ruthlessly charge large fines and pass on little to the hospital. From April, the Government expects certain people to get free hospital parking, that is, disabled people, frequent outpatients with long term conditions, and at night-time, staff and parents of sick children. The United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust Chief Executive wrote to me to say the car parks are now free.
Smaller Council – North Kesteven
The Council has reduced the democratic representation by reducing the sizes of Full Council, the Planning committees and Scrutiny committees. (Scrutiny checks the performance of the Council and help develop policy.)
This is in order to have fewer voices on-line for remote meetings. More councillor engagement is expected to return once the crisis has passed.
Full Council reduces from 43 to 14
Planning from 43 to 20, the
Planning sub-committees from 22 and 23 to 11 members and Scrutiny from 13 to 8.
Most Councils are not doing this, but in the interests of collaboration at a time of crisis, we agreed to reductions, as long as the democratic balance was maintained, as required by law.
Sadly, the NK Administration group (previously conservatives) refused to co-operate on this aspect and have now taken disproportionate extra seats on both planning sub-committees, Eastgate and Lafford. The number of seats on the Council overall is correct, but we shall be watching very closely to see how those members speak and vote on those planning committees. n-kesteven.gov.uk/Council23April
May 12th The new smaller committee of 11 will be meeting on line to consider two contentious applications.
To join the meeting on line, ask for the link.
New Intensive pig rearing unit for just under 2,000 pigs just below Harmston Village. See “planning on-line North Kesteven” 19/1085/FUL to add your comments/
Polo Club Facility and floodlit arena next to the Nelstrop’s house at Leademham cliff edge, opposite the tip.
19/1764/FUL to add your comments.
You can contact your councillor who can appear and speak and those on the committee, like me. Their contact details are here. https://democracy.n-kesteven.gov.uk/mgCommitteeDetails.aspx?ID=721
Crematorium at Thurlby refused at appeal
A huge thank you to local councillors and Thurlby Parish Meeting Chairman who attended the appeal and contributed, helping make the Council’s case. The inspector agreed that a rural localtion was not needed (LP2), that Lincoln had adequate plans for expansion in place and the crematorium would “urbanise the field” and “appear as a detached and conspicous development within an expansive, open countryside,” contrary to LP55.
Huge thanks to everyone who contributed.
Things to do in Lockdown
The Cliff Carnival poetry lock down weekly competition is up and running, the first winner published on the Navenby and Wellingore Facebook page. To share yours, please send your lockdown poems and videos to firstname.lastname@example.org
North Kesteven District Council have a competition making a poster to pick up after your dog with a £25 prize.
Deadline April 30th email@example.com
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
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
Supporting the NHS, Carers and essential workers
Sir William Robertson School staff have been working flat-out making face protectors for the NHS using their school 3D printers. They are fund-raising for the materials.
Jordan William of Wellingore has had to postpone his help for heroes cycle-ride to the battlefields of France. His mother Carol Williams of Woodlea, Sleaford Road, Wellingore is donating the remaining jumble sale items to raise funds to help local people make face protectors and scrubs for our hospitals. She is also collecting hand creams for the hospital staff.
In Blacksmith Lane, Harmston Ava and Finlays have made cloth masks on offer for a donation to charity.
Donate cloth or money to buy cloth, especially bedding, to the team making scrubs for NHS staff, See facebook For the love of scrubs – lincolnshire
Like me, you may be using this unexpected time to help others and to do a bit of gardening. By law, all villages have allotments for residents and many currently have some vacant plots of half plots. You could work them over, plant and eat by late summer!
Contact Witham St Hughs Rachel Popplewell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bassingham Roger Hales 01522 789758
“Discover Libraries” on line
Good news for those of you who are missing your local library. We’ve ensured a range of library services and resources are still available online and remotely. This includes free E-books, audio books and E-magazines covering all topics for adults, children and teenagers. There are also free music downloads and streams, virtual club activities and story times for children via Facebook.
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.
Transport Call Connect 0345 234 3344 www.lincsbus.info or Traveline 0871 200 22 33
FOOD UNDER LOCKDOWN
Local shops who will deliver
East Midlands Dairy 01636 614760
Odlings meat etc. 01522 810228
Nick Streeter’s fish etc. 01400 272547
Grocery Paul Barton 07970 115351
Greens, Bassingham 01522 788200
Welbourn Post Office and Stores 01400 272242
Leadenham Farm Shop 01400 273988
Missing pub meals?
The Tempest, Coleby 01522 810258 thetempestcoleby.co.uk
TAKE-AWAY Food and Drink – Thurs/Fri/Sat between 6pm and 8pm. Sundays between 12.30pm and 2.30pm.
DELIVERY A delivery service can be provided for a small charge throughout the village and between the Bracebridge Heath and Navenby boundaries.
PROVISIONS – We go to a Cash & Carry on a regular basis and as a pub, we have priority access at certain times, so if anyone would like any basics collecting such as flour, milk, sugar etc, we are happy to do that for those people in our Community who need such support.
PAYMENT – For all the above, can be made by card or cash (preferably card)
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 are on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only. Order by noon for the evening 6-8pm and by 11am for Sunday lunch from 12.30pm 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
Akash Indian Takeaway 01522 811126 Navenby
Navenby Chinese Takeaway 01522 810773
Hot lunches for senior citizens 01522 404025 Bassingham, £5 for two courses. Book by Sunday 5pm for Tuesday, and Thurs, Sat. five days ahead.
Age UK will deliver 21 small single person meals for £20, plus £7 delivery 03455 564 144 or
Jo Shaw in Coleby is offering a Sunday High Tea 01522 811963
Hollynelstropcatering@gmail.com – weekly meal boxes
Volunteers are needed for packing at the warehouse, helping at the distribution centres, and van drivers/delivery team, and for donations to meet increased need. lincoln.foodbank.org.uk
Sleaford Community Larder at the Newlife Centre
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
Grants for Young People
Carlton le Moorland: To receive an application form please call or text David Merchant on 07943 760 155
VE Day 75 years: 8th May
Its 75 years since Victory in Europe was announced on 8th May. The Royal British Legion will present stories and memories from those who served and sacrificed during the Second World War and VE related activities – www.britishlegion.org.uk/veday75.
On 8 May, you and everyone across generations and communities are invited to join us in a national moment of reflection and remembrance at 11.00hrs. You may like to Share in a two-minute Silence to honour the service and sacrifice of the Second World War Generation and reflect on the devastating impact Covid-19 has had on so many lives across the World.
50 years of Lives
How about signing up to do 50 km or 50 miles with a £5 donation at www.lives.org.uk?
Congratulations to Paul Hubbard for his 150th edition of the Witham Staple magazine, started in 2005.
What do Captain Tom Moore and Eric Seddon of Harmston, have in common? Both spent their 100th birthday fund-raising for charity.
Best Wishes from your local, Independent Councillors,
MARIANNE OVERTON MBE
Thank you for your support.
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
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
Useful Advice for Charities
To protect a house or business against flooding
To receive info’ on twitter #lincscc roads
Help save lives and keep countryside clean
Useful contacts continued
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
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
Local Plan www.central-lincs.org.uk 01529 308084
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”
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
Over 85’s Christmas gift: Rector Dee Freeman
Young People Grants Carlton Le Moorland 07943760155
For the Love of Trees from my daily exercise walk!