Paying for Energy-what others are doing

I have just been in Brussels talking with Councils across Europe and to the commissioners, about their emergency measures that they aim to bring in fast.  Our Independent group at NK called for a windfall tax on the windfall profits of the fossil fuel energy-producing companies to assist insulation and to aid residents.  In the EU, they are planning exactly that, called a “solidarity contribution”. Like us, they will also have a cap on the unit cost. In addition, they plan to decentralise energy sources more locally. They do not have new grants available until the next round in 2027. A finance report is coming out shortly. I have been working on an “expert group” with European colleagues from across the whole of Europe on a new study of what Councils can do on climate and energy, out soon. Looking at reducing energy use (20-30%) should be possible and speeding up renewables (to 40-45%). Reducing peak use is also important so that less infrastructure is needed.

There is much concern about changes in politics across Europe, Sweden, Germany, UK and Italy most recently. They raise concern about public finance, tackling the climate crisis and nationalism leading to a lack of a partnership approach across countries when we have such big international problems to solve.

Tackling the Cost of Living Price Hike –

Help with Money

Lincolnshire has some good help for residents here. Search “North Kesteven help with money” And “cost of living support”. The Citizen’s advice also has good volunteers who do a great job with advice.

Grants to keep your home comfortable!

Please apply if you can, to the Home Energy Upgrade Scheme! Get your home better insulated, alongside other energy-saving and green improvements, for free.

Anyone whose home has an EPC rating of E or lower and is on a low income (household income after tax of £30k) is eligible to apply. This is help that will make a real difference to energy bills. Even if you are paying, it will be worthwhile. Tenants can ask for a visit to discuss bills and what else can be done. Contact the District Council NKDC at 01529 414155 or online.

No price cap on heating oil or bottled gas

Homes not on piped gas, but on LPG or heating oil are not protected by a price cap.  We have have raised the issue of “off grid” properties with the minister previously, as so many of ours are not on mains gas. Speaking to residents in Welbourn who are part of the local `buying syndicate’ they have managed to get topped up before the price rise and have a guarantee in place for a period.  There is still the risk that a low charging company closes and another steps in, but definitely worth it. Fuel & amp; Heating Oil Suppliers In Lincolnshire | Fuel Fighter

This is a good article on price comparisons and may offer a better deal up to 30% less they claim. Energy Cost Comparison – Nottingham Energy Partnership (

When there is no cap, there is still an advantage in occasionally shopping round to get a better deal. Personally, I have the same issue with LPG, also being “off grid”, like you.


What if my home uses heating oil? 

Homes that use heating oil or are “off-grid” will receive support through a fund. On September 21, the Government confirmed this would take the form of a £100 payment, in addition to the £400 rebate.

The first instalment of the rebate should be arriving this month £66/month.

Although the cap is promised to be held until next year’s elections in May, it can rise and fall with wholesale prices, so not a great guarantee. The government is expecting to borrow £1000/household per year to pay to the energy-producing companies their inflated prices. Then it will need paying back, of course.

Even with the cap, people have seen a huge increase in their gas and electricity costs, from a cap at £1,277 last October to £2,500 this October, so actually paying an extra £1,200, so not covered by the £400 hand-out.

Those with disabilities get a one off of £150, pensioners get an extra £300, those on benefits £650.

I hope that is helpful information. In the meantime, I will be lobbying for a cap on other heating fuels.


Help against Drugs

The County Council pays for services supporting young people in trouble, which can be accessed 01522 305518. Crimestoppers explain a lifestyle is often sold to victims, before loyalty is tested by asking for favours and offering a sense of protection. This can lead to those exploited being trapped through debt bondage, isolation from family and friends, physical, psychological and sexual abuse.

Anyone with information or suspicions about organised drug gangs – and victims who need safeguarding – to contact Crimestoppers 100% anonymously by calling freephone 0800 555 111 or via a secure online form here. 

Young people are also being encouraged to visit Crimestoppers’ youth service, which offers non-judgemental advice so they can make informed decisions about lifestyle choices and realise that they have an alternative option when reporting crimes to stay anonymous.

Ring 101 or if an emergency or crime in progress, ring 999.

Local Police Support

Focussing on anti-social behaviour the local team is working in the community and ask us to ring 101 if we can help.  They have started an elected “mini-police”. Secondly, there is much concern about an increasing pressure from online and phone scams, apparently from people you know asking for help.  Phone the person they claim to be or ask a question only the genuine person would know.

Staff Changes: PC Sarah Kennedy will be the Community Beat Manager to replace PC Mark Wood, from the start of next year and PC Jordan Bathie-Drexler starts the first week of October 2022. PCSO Sarah Linguard, Julie Clark and Joanne Mackie continue in North Hykeham Town and Rural Area.

Supporting local Businesses – Please shop Local to keep our lovely local shops alive

Odlings closes after a hundred Years

In a shock move, the award-winning family business suddenly closed its doors “due to the current financial climate”.  It is more vital than ever that we support our local businesses, struggling to cope with a rising cost of living, including soaring energy bills and growing inflation rates. The Government has agreed support for businesses for six months.

Welcome to Nicky and Tina who have taken on the Marquis of Granby in Wellingore, serving food, arriving from Anton’s Gowt near Boston. The Red Lion is open with a friendly welcome, so we are well served. The full list of local pubs is in “Useful Information” of this newsletter. All of them great for warmth and good company.


Mental Health

In January, this year there were an estimated 11,800 people in Lincolnshire living with dementia – with 7,200 officially diagnosed.

If you are a carer or relative of someone who is living with dementia, you can ask for a wristband, which shows a person’s contact details when a phone is placed next to it. Include their date of birth and home address along with your contact number and someone will be in touch. #DementiaSafeguarding


Working for better Planning

Central Lincolnshire Local Plan

Hearing runs 15 Nov – 9th Dec at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Brayford Wharf North, Lincoln LN1 1YW.

New Reservoir proposed south of Sleaford

A new reservoir is proposed to provide more water for areas further South where they want to build more houses. There is a lot of pressure to use thousands of acres of good farmland to support “growth.” Thousands of acres are being targeted for solar panels and now water storage. Perhaps if we reduced our water consumption, less infrastructure would be needed. It is useful to see a lot of rooves now have water butts to collect the rainwater and solar panels to collect the sun’s energy. Views sought.

North Hykeham Relief Road

This £212m road could start two years earlier, by end of 2023, finishing three years later, according to the Government. They are aiming to relax regulations to make it easier for developers, and less easy for residents. Since this road already has planning permission, that would be little help to us.




We shared in the sadness and tributes paid to her Majesty the Queen for her unstinting service over more than seventy years. I paid respects at her lying in state in Westminster. As Vice Chairman of Local Government Association, I laid a floral tribute on your behalf. Thank you for the special services in our villages and Lincoln Cathedral.

Paying Tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

Places to Visit

Mrs Smith’s Cottage continues to have an excellent programme of events and is always worth a visit. I popped into the Lincolnshire Life Museum this week for an almost Lincolnshire Day. It is free and great to see the agricultural history as well as the Lincolnshire invention, the tank! Both museums rely on wonderful volunteers, thank you.

Lincolnshire Life Events 10am-4pm include arriving in costume for Halloween event on Oct 25th and meet Lincolnshire Victorians on the 29th.

Family hunt for Fungi

Celebrate National Biology Week, with a walk on the wild side! With local experts, Jane Ostler and David Feld, we are finding and identifying fungi as part of an annual Autumn survey in these well-established woods. We have organised for the Royal Socirty of Biology and Wildlife Watch.

Sunday 16th October 2022, 10am-12.30pm Twyford Woods, near Colsterworth


Putting your issues forward

I have met and spoken with all the leading members, and two Baronesses of the Green Party, whose 558 elected councillors come under my Leadership at the Local Government Association. Also next is the Plaid Cymru councillors at their Conference in Llandudno and the Independent Conference in London. I shall be speaking to MP’s, Ministers and member of the House of Lords on what they can do on issues that matter to us locally; cost of living, planning and the environment.


Best Wishes and thank you for all you continue to do in our communities and your kind support of our communities.



Marianne Overton MBE

Working together to support people and planet


October Events

8th Coffee Morning in Carlton Le Moorland Villahe Hall 10am -12.30

8th Harmston WI Autumn Fair 10am-3pm

12th Coleby Library and Coffee Morning10.30am

12th U3A Wellingore 10.30am

15th Queen’s Jubilee Bulb-planting in Wellingore memorial Hall Field Bring a trowel! 10am-noon

15th St Peter’s Church Coffee Morning, Navenby 10.30am

15th Halloween Coffee Shop with special invitation to families; prizes for costumes, Welbourn Vill. Hall 10am

15th Last Night at the Proms St Michaels, Bassingham £12   incl. refreshment, in advance only 7.30pm

15th Harmston Wine tasting Harmston Vill hall German music and dancing and souvenir glass £20 7.30pm

16th Family Fungal Foray Twyford Woods, 10am West Kesteven Wildlife Watch Book with Marianne or

21st Mrs Smith’s Cottage talk History of Pennels  £5 7-8pm

25th Shep’s Quiz at harmston Memorial Hall 7.30pm

Where to get more information

Trading with the EU


Lincolnshire County Council

North Kesteven District Council

Local Government Association

EU transition

Latest information on transition:

To sign up to.GOV email updates:


27th Withamside Waste not, Want not. Food and essential items; Donations 9,30am to 11.30am, Collections from 1-3.30pm St Michael’s, Bassingham Last Thurs monthly

29th Navenby Friendship Coffee Morning Methodist Church Hall 10am

30th Welbourn music appreciation group, just listening to Melismata singers of 15th cent music St Chad’s 3-4pm

30th Children’s Halloween Party, Wellingore Memorial Hall  £3 10am to noon

Useful Information

Local shops for healthy eating

East Midlands Dairy 01636 614760

Oldlings meat etc. 01522 810228

Nick Streeter’s fish etc. 01400 272547

The Old Forge, Brant Broughton 01400 273796

Greens, Bassingham 01522 788200

Welbourn Post Office and Stores 01400 272242

Leadenham Farm Shop 01400 273988

Our local pubs – for wamth and good company

Royal Oak, Aubourn 01522 788 291

The Tempest, Coleby 01522 810258

Thorold Arms, Harmston 07971 029 534

The Bugle Horn, Bassingham 01522 789773

The Five Bells, Bassingham 01522 788269

The Red Lion, Wellingore 01522 810071

The Marquis of Granby, Wellingore 01522 811100

The Joiners Arms, Welbourn 01400 279356

Generous Briton Brant Broughton Tues-Sat 01400 272119

Black Swan, Beckingham 01636 626474

Kings Head, Navenby 01522 810367

Akash Indian Takeaway 01522 811126 Navenby

Navenby Chinese Takeaway 01522 810773

Pre-cooked meals

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

Business Advice is free from NKDC Phil Means on      07920 472671 @BusinessNK

Monthly webinars are on


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

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

Navenby Methodist Church 01522 685226

Bassingham Church Facebook page


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


Register to vote or get a postal vote

Search “Postal vote .Gov” or link here.


Community Larders

Sleaford Community Larder at the Newlife Centre

Bassingham Church last Thurs monthly, donate before 11.30am  Parishioners can collect a box 1.30pm-3.30pm.


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

Floodline 24/7 on 01522 782082

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

Ready for a free buspass? 0345 456 4474


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 on “county news”


Wheelchair loan: No Name Lodge Geoff Nelson 788213

Young People Grants Carlton Le Moorland 07943760155


Ukraine Refugee Support

  • Donate: Support for refugees already here, I suggest the Lincolnshire Community Foundation

  • British Red Cross


Grants for Energy Efficiency 0808 278 7942. Veterans Also ask your Parish Council