Thanks to all the organisers who put so much into the many events we enjoyed over the summer.
SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE
Congratulations to all our young people on the results of their hard work this year and good luck on their next steps. If anyone is interested in work experience in our Councils locally or in my national Local Government offices in Westminster, please get in touch.
GCSE Grading has changed this year, but only for English and Maths. Forgive me if it sounds confusing, but the minister for education, Justine Greening has made changes that families and employers will want to understand. Scores in English and Maths are now on a scale of 1-9, where grade 9 is the best and grades of 4 or more are a “pass”. About half Lincolnshire’s GCSE pupils have achieved the new threshold, a “strong pass” grade 5.
Other subjects remain on A* to C pass grades. Performance in five subjects is slightly improved for Lincolnshire children doing the European baccalaureat courses. Other children will be scored overall on eight GCSE’s. On this, it seems we have a roughly similar performance to the previous year, but more news is awaited.
We are fortunate excellent pre-schools locally which offer 15 hours a week free for 2, 3 and 4 year-olds, funded by the Government. There is some useful information about all kinds of childcare on the County Council website, including what questions to ask and how much to pay, and what you can claim from the government if you are working.
Energy for Less
The County and District Councils are teaming up to get the best price again this year. You need to register your electricity and gas cost online or by phoning before 23rd November. Energy suppliers then bid for our custom. You then get a letter inviting you to switch to the cheaper supplier. You do save money, but you need to check again the next year as prices do change. Ring 0800 048 8439 8am-5.30pm or register through the LCC website.
“Just to remind everyone, Welbourn and Navenby are the Community Champions (sharing with Navenby) for three months at the Navenby Co-op. If you could pass this message on to all and sundry reminding them to use their Dividend Card to their own and our Project’s advantage – at the Navenby Co-op – certainly for September, October and November.” Maureen Lunn
The County and District do not do the big community grants any more, but still offer some support to communities seeking funds from other sources. At LCC, we have Wendy Moore on 01522 552223 email@example.com
At NKDC, we have Anne-Marie on 01529 308267 Anne-Marie_Shepherd@n-kesteven.gov.uk
European Funding for rural projects is still unspent;
European funding for improving rural economies. www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/funding
Thank you for helping our communities by reporting dangerous potholes. Many are being filled within the required 28 days, let me know if not. Once the road surface is made safe, we can work on getting the worst roads properly resurfaced. Please continue to report deep potholes (approx. over a golf ball in depth). Online works best at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/faultreporting.
Two dogs were found on the Pottergate recently. The finder asked at all the local houses and together we rang others. We rang the District Council out of hours and got the dog warden who agreed to the finder looking after the dog for a week whilst the owner was sought. It is also a legal requirement to ask a vet to check for a microchip, so it is worth keeping that up to date.
www.lincolnshirealert.co.uk for more
SUPPORTING LOCAL EVENTS
Wildlife Watch, Junior part of the Wildlife Trusts
Our Wildlife Watch Group (WKWW) meets monthly for children to meet the natural world at first hand. Our August Summer Camp went very well, followed by a very busy Apple Day, making juice and pies from old varieties. Yum! Any children interested, please let me know or Jean Martin 01636 612176 or firstname.lastname@example.org Next is the Fungi Hunt, open to children and adults. For adults, the event gains 7.5 professional development points from the Royal Society of Biology.
Whisby photographic competition: email@example.com
BIG Leadenham Comedy Night: Just a quick heads up to say the Comedy Night is back again on the 20th October 7.30pm start. Food is included in the ticket. Tickets are £11.00 in advance or £12.00 on the door. Due to the fact that this nearly always sells out completely and we have to use a crow bar to squeeze the odd extra one in… best book tickets soon! www.thegeorgeatleadenham.co.uk We have a special treat this time DAVE THOMPSON and STEVE RIMMER will be double headliners! Dave is a highly respected standup who has also appeared in films and TV and is also an Ex Tellytubby!!
I am pleased to say Nick Byatt chaired the Autumn meeting on September 8th in Lincoln. Professor Fenton joined us to help us design a strategy for our forthcoming revival.
Before the holiday, Nikki Dillon and I worked on a newsletter, and a draft was circulated. I also worked with Berni McGovern on our social media presence. Peter Lundgren and I met with David Leech to discuss the impact of Brexit on agriculture in Lincolnshire last week, prompted by Ed Goater (Nottm Trent Uni MA journalism student) wanting to know what we thought. I have asked him if he would like to work with us over the forthcoming year.
Chris Darcel who has been injured, and recovering, and keen to get cracking on a few good ideas. Steve Palmer is also doing well. Robert Redford is also keen to get working on some good ideas. Helen Powell is back from Italy and doing a great job driving the Neighbourhood Plan for Bourne. Daniel Simpson is fine and busy. The North Kesteven Team is doing very well, working hard to bring a better life for residents. Cllr Peter Lundgren is taking a lead in making scrutiny more effective in bringing improvements to all our services. This week Cllr Catherine Mills and I reinvigorated the Cliff Cluster of nine Parish Councils in a discussion on planning with the Senior Planning Officer.
Sadly we lost Phil Scarlett, a leading businessman in South Holland, whose support we greatly appreciated. Thank you to Jo Larrington for attending the funeral on our behalf. Our condolences to his wife Anne and family.
Currently we are on a pattern of 6pm on the last Thursday of the month at the Queen’s Head in Kirkby La Thorpe, near Sleaford, but will be making sure we have a series of meetings in other areas.