Triple Centenary on Lincoln Cliff Edge
2018 is the coincidence of votes for women, the formation of the RAF in Lincolnshire and the Armistice at the end of the first world war. To mark these events village halls, businesses and schools along the Cliff Villages from Bracebridge Heath to Leadenham laid on a series of special events led by the Cliff Cluster of Parish Councils. We sent out thousands of leaflets to encourage public support, with a good response.
We started in Coleby with a special exhibition of the village connections with three centenaries, and cakes at the library morning. We ended with an amazing exhibition filling the Clubroom at the Venue in Navenby. A huge thank you to the Parish Councils, volunteers and residents for your magnificent support. We aim to put the fantastic material together in a book.
Supporting local businesses
Colleagues and I have promoted support of small, local businesses, the bedrock of our local economies and helped set up business networks, such as the Navenby Business Network to share ideas and marketing.
Congratulations to sisters Katy Mace and Kirsty Kershaw of Leadenham Teahouse, who celebrated their three-year anniversary by winning three business awards! Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce Tearoom of the year, NKDC Community Business of the Year and the runner-up in the NKDC Rural Business Awards.
Katy Mace and Kirsty Kershaw of Leadenham Teahouse
Pub changes hands after 50 years
Mike and Karin Willgoose have run the famous George Hotel in Leadenham for many years, with Mike starting here as a young man. The George has a good reputation for its Sunday roasts and huge array of different whiskys. You can have a shot for £3 or up to £150. The new landlords, Ged and Julie took up residence in mid-October and plan to modernise the bar and create a new feel. Meanwhile Mike will continue to do his outside catering for special occasions and intends to settle in a cottage opposite the pub!
Michael and Karim Willgoose leave The George, Leadenham
Mrs Smith’s Cottage
Hooray! The Heritage Lottery Fund has upheld their support for our local museum, Mrs Smith’s Cottage, in East Road, Navenby. Mrs Smith was well-known locally, with strong values which shone through in the time capsule that was her cottage, until she passed away at 103. The cottage was purchased by North Kesteven District Council with local support from the Friends group started in 1995. I was a volunteer museum guide and one of the recipients of a ten-year service badge! Sadly, the Cottage was then deemed unsafe and closed. Past Councillor, Laura Conway worked solidly, with support, to achieve the grant in the first place. Part one was to open the roof and establish what restoration was needed. The second stage, now successfully achieved with 150 evidence documents and local support, is to actually do the work! £403,800 is to repair the Cottage, create a visitor space, to employ up to three people, and to engage local residents and businesses. We aim to start the activities in January 2019 and open by the end of the year. For more information: www.mrssmithscottage.com
Local ear, national voice
Colleagues and I have been clear, consistent and co-ordinated in our calls for better funding and local powers. We have some success with the latest budget adding a further £650m for adult and children’s care, £420m for potholes, £400m for schools and £675m for High Streets. They also raised the minimum wage and tax thresholds, benefitting those with an income of over £48k the most, widening the gap. These are very welcome sums from an unexpected increase in tax receipts, but small compared to the loss we have faced and the rising needs taking us to approximately, a £7.8bn shortfall by 2025. Let’s hope that the EU and then Brexit is not used as a scapegoat for future reductions.
I have been honoured this month to speak on national and local radio on housing, and on council work at conferences as far as Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Listening, developing useful solutions and sharing good practice, helps me do more for our communities too.
Art NK Events and two jobs
The National Centre for Art and design is inviting comment on how it should be refurbished. Please contribute your ideas for activities this month. (Link on NKDC website)The Terry 0 Toole Theatre new programme is out. Book on 01522 883311 or terryotooletheatre.org.uk/events/
Youth Leader Wanted
North Hykeham Youth Club is looking for a deputy leader. The Club meets term-time 7-9pm on Wednesdays. This is a good opportunity to join a friendly crew in delivering an informal, open access, safe club for 11 -16 years olds. If you think you might have a role to play in this please contact Charles a.s.a.p. email@example.com
West Kesteven Wildlife Watch One of our leaders, Brenda Mighell, won an achievement Award from the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust at the annual Conservation Forum! Picture here with fellow award-winner, John Watts.
Harmston Village & Friends save the Thorold Arms
Harmston Thorold Arms was built in 1740 and traded from at least 1760. So when this Historic and important Public House was under threat of being sold off for housing, and the villagers realised that they were about to lose a vital cornerstone of the community, reacted swiftly by galvanising to purchase the pub as their own.
TapCo (Thorold Arms Property Company ) was formed and over 100 investors have bought shares in the property from 1 share worth £100 to a maximum of £20,000. The Thorold Arms was made into an Asset of Community Value and the purchase was made with enough in the pledged investments to renovate and refurbish the building to a high standard into an excellent potential future business in the heart of the community. It was important that the wide ownership reflected the inclusive nature of Harmston village.
Contracts have now been exchanged between TapCo and the current owners and the keys have been handed over to the village with the safe knowledge that for the foreseeable future The Thorold Arms will continue trading as a rural Public House with quality beverages and good food available to entice customers from near and far. The objective is to renovate the building to a high standard, bring in tenants with the vision and enthusiasm to match the will of the village, and to reopen as soon as possible.
These are exciting times for Harmston. This cohesive village has demonstrated its need and enthusiasm to have a first- class establishment in its midst. TapCo are now talking to builders to carry out essential work and renovate this lovely building to an Architects design brief, and to find the Tenants who will realise the dream of the village and take this historic public house into the next phase of its future. Too many of our old rural pubs are being closed nationally and Harmston are resolute to make The Thorold Arms survive.
The directors and share-holders of The Thorold Arms are now actively seeking appropriate Tenants ahead of reopening this lovely old pub. Interested candidates should contact Keith Elms firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Thank you to the Lincolnshire County Council Drainage Team, whose extensive, but entirely invisible work marked on this map is aimed at making sure we do not get flooded at the next rains! Leadenham and Brant Broughton have also had much-needed priority support following dreadful floods suffered earlier this year.
Some Regular Events
First Friday monthly at the Marquis, Wellingore 12.30
All Fridays: Hammond Hall, Bassingham Coffee Morning for all ages. Harmston Happy Hour in Village Hall 6-9pm, Beckingham Social Club and Witham St Hughs Village Hall
First Wed monthly Traditional Folk Music (Instrumental) at the Bugle Horn, Bassingham LN5 9HQ on the first Wednesday monthly 8 – 11pm Excellent meals are available too, thanks to Pat and Caroline.
First Wed monthly Folk at the George, Leadenham 8pm
Excellent meals from new hosts, Ged and Julie.
Every Wed. Five Bells, Bassingham 10.30am
Every Fri The Venue, Navenby 10.15am
Running Witham St Hughs every Mon and Thurs 7pm
Crafts First Wed eve and Thurs pm Sarah 788901
Teas Term-time Tuesdays Witham St Hughs Vill Hall 2pm
Coleby Library and tea Second Wednesday 10.30am
Welbourn Village Hall First Thursday monthly 2-4pm
Some Useful Information
Good newsletter from firstname.lastname@example.org
Transport and Travel
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
Some Useful Information continued…
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
Most villages have sites on the County Council web like this, including Welbourn, Leadenham and Coleby.
Branston http://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
Blue Badge Scheme
Gifts for cycling
Marianne Overton MBE