Hope you are safe and well and looking forward to seeing you soon at the polling station if not before!

Supporting Local business and community: So good to see local businesses and organisations reawakening with great local produce, flowers and services. Thank you.

Elections – Thursday 6th May 7am-10pm

Less than a week to go!  Please vote.

We have good Lincolnshire Independents standing for you in Lincolnshire and over 60 Independents altogether, so we might be taking back control of our local councils! Candidates are on this website under “Your Independents”.

You can vote in person. You can  take your postal vote into the polling station and hand it to the returning officer. If you need someone to vote on your behalf, you can get a proxy form off the web, completed and back to Council before 5pm on election day. (

Lockdown is lifting

We can once again enjoy a visit to the shops, have a drink in a beer garden, visit the gym, library here or community centre. Masks and social distancing still apply. The next stage is due on 17 May.

A High Court decided this week that a change in the law is needed to allow Councils to continue to meet on line, and the Government declined to do that. Nor can we meet in person under covid regulations. We are campaigning for online to be allowed.


The NHS and volunteers have been doing a wonderful job getting millions of people vaccinated, and aiming to complete all by the end of July.  People aged 40 are being called this week. Details here.

Free rapid lateral flow tests

You can get free lateral flow tests for use at home from the pharmacy or PCR tests at a rapid testing site in Lincolnshire see here. Over 35,000 people have used our community testing sites with just 1.1% (391people) positive. Covid levels have dropped further nationally to less than 0.5% at most.

International travel

is opening up a little, which will be a great relief for those with family members stuck abroad. India remains in a desperate situation. Details are here. Global Travel Taskforce



As you can imagine, I have been flat out on highways with some good success and more to go. I have reviewed details of the almost 2,000 repairs done in my Division alone over the past year. We have had one of the highest spends in the County, and it’s no less than we needed.

Emergency repairs are only temporary, to make the road safe. Proper pothole repairs and resurfacing are needed. On smaller roads the repair time is still too long; up to 80 days under the contract. We previously ran a campaign and is was reduced, but not enough, and I am working on this. I have useful discussion with Highways, based on our list of priorities. We are seeing some progress on a good number of our priorities now and in the next two months.

Thank you for your support. It is clear we need to keep up the good work!

Good to see rural roads now resurfaced; Navenby Lowfields,  A607 Wellingore,  Heath Roads – more on the programme, including Green Man Road and the Pottergate, and more of our village roads.


Useful Information

Healthy Eating

Local shops who 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

Pub/takeaway meals

The Tempest, Coleby 01522 810258

The Bell, Coleby 01522 813778

Thorold Arms, Harmston 07971 029 534 re-opening soon

The Bugle Horn, Bassingham 01522 789773

The Five Bells, Bassingham 01522 788269

Generous Briton Brant Broughton Tues-Sat 01400 272119

Akash Indian Takeaway 01522 811126 Navenby

Navenby Chinese Takeaway 01522 810773

Pre-cooked meals

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

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 – weekly meal boxes


Where to get more information

Lifting Lockdown

Coronavirus cases:

Business Grants

Lincolnshire County Council

North Kesteven District Council

Local Government Association

EU transition

Latest information on transition:

To sign up to.GOV email updates:



Covid support Groups

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 Covid 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
  • Coleby Parish Council Sue 01522 810509
  • Rector Christine Chris Goldsmith 01400 679081 07494870701 or
  • Welbourn Volunteers Alison 07 377 219 268
  • Witham St Hughs Jason Snape on 07894 872 533
  • Graffoe Parish Rector Michelle Godbold 01522 426723

with many volunteers, including daily phone calls.

Like me, you may like to become a dementia friend or champion and add support. Being confused and alone or in lockdown, dementia is a tough call.  Let’s keep our communities friendly and safe for all.

Take part in our Sunflower seed campaign, brightening our villages. Call me. 07920 235 364

Community nuturing project, good for wildlife, and good for our spirits. Almost everyone has had their sunflower seeds, just a few to go. I’m looking forward to a great show later in the year.


First Aid Course online

St John Ambulance <

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


Access to Wellbeing Services and Care

Covid Helpline continues 01522 782189

The Carers service 01522 782224

Support for Adult care is available 01522 782155

Supporting People 01522 782140

Umbrellas events supporting all ages with additional needs and their families

#EveryMindMatters advise on coping with anxiety and improving your mental health:

Mental health

Bereavement Helpline St Barnabus 0300 303 1897

Befriending Service Lincolnshire YMCA 01529 301965 0800 1448444 free 8am-6pm

Church Services with Michelle Godbold

Christine Goldsmith

Reverend Dee Freeman 01522 788383

Navenby Methodist Church 01522 685226


Venue Finder

420 Lincolnshire Village halls are registered here.

Useful Advice for Charities


To protect a house or business against flooding



   roads/overnight-roadworks  Twitter #lincscc roads

Business Support do monthly webinars


Community Larders

Sleaford Community Larder at the Newlife Centre


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

07973 846537/235/5827

Highways, Transport and Travel

Good newsletter from

Roadworks  lincolnshire

Transport shows all the options, or ask 01522 581906

Call Connect 8.30am – 7pm Weekdays and to 5pm Saturdays 0345 234 33 44 or 01522 553143

Dial a ride 01522 544983 Disabled door to door



Facebook Hykeham town rural NPT T @hykeham NPT

Buses or Traveline 0871 200 22 33


Mobile Library 01522 782010 or

Planning on line

See and comment on applications to get your voice heard. Search “planning on line north Kesteven”

Local Plan 01529 308084

Village websites; Navenby and Wellingore business

Welbourn, Leadenham and Coleby are on the LCC site     E.g.

Branston www Branston Library 01522 880426

County Events- Good web page here

Search Lincolnshire County Council out and about or use search on “county news”


Wheelchair loan: No Name Lodge Geoff Nelson 788213

Young People Grants Carlton Le Moorland 07943760155


Thank you all for doing such a great job through covid.

Best Wishes from your local Lincolnshire Independent Councillor,

Marianne Overton MBE

Thank you for your support.