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countynews SUMMER 2012


A new website is helping older people plan their futures as never before

LINCOLNSHIRE’S FINEST! Meet this year’s selfless Good Citizens, chosen by the new council chairman


Don’t miss a fabulous celebration to mark 50 years since a small Lincolnshire town ruled the motor racing world – page 21

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Leader ’s welcome...

Welcome to the summer County News, packed with news from Lincolnshire County Council. First of all, thanks to everyone who got in touch with comments about the spring edition, the first as a new magazine. Most were positive, such as this one from a Wrangle reader: “Congratulations on the new format County News. It is excellent and far more readable. Well done to everyone concerned.” Less impressed was a Tattershall resident – thankfully, expressing what seems to be a minority view – who condemned it as “a complete waste of money”. Of course, everyone is entitled to their opinion, and some people think every pound spent communicating with residents is a pound too much. My view is that it’s no good just providing Lincolnshire residents with value-for-money services. We also need to let you know how you can access them and give you the chance to have your say. For example, on page 7 of this edition, we highlight a new website advising older residents about care options. With the number of over65s expected to double, that’s never been more important. Other features cover everything from tourism and business to wind farms and charity, plus summer events across the county. Besides County News, the council has its own website at, offering information and services around the clock. We’re also improving how we use social media, and more people are talking to us via Twitter@LincolnshireCC. If you have a particular area of interest, we may have a Twitter or Facebook account just for that. Have a look at follow-us. Finally, I hope you all enjoy a break with family and friends over the holiday period. We’ll be back with the autumn County News in late September.

Cllr Martin Hill OBE Leader of Lincolnshire County Council

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3 News in brief Four pages of stories from across Lincolnshire 7 Your care choices A new website is helping older people plan their futures as never before


8 Special feature: Good Citizens Awards Meet Lincolnshire’s finest, as chosen by the new council chairman

11 Making waves

Ten water rescue teams are ready to protect us in the event of flooding

12 Making a difference Cllr Kev Clarke, member for Lincoln Boultham 14 Tough stance on wind farms


Following an invasion of wind turbines, the council says “enough is enough”

16 Special feature: Lincoln Castle

A major refurbishment is set to ensure a glorious future

19 Caring for life St Barnabas Hospice’s 30th anniversary 21 Bourne supremacy! Celebrating the town’s motor racing history 22 West Lindsey News Eight fabulous pages of district news 30 What’s On Your essential guide to local events 32 Contact us



Web, email, phone or post – you choose!

Contact information EDITORIAL Lincolnshire County Council Tel: 01522 782060 Email: By post: County News, Lincolnshire County Council, County Offices, Newland, Lincoln LN1 1YL Online: Editor: David Harding, communications officer Managing editor: Karen Spencer, communications manager Design: Neil Lamont and Associates West Lindsey News: Julie Heath, senior communications officer, 01427 676502 / Cover picture: Rick Hall, a former member of the British Racing Motors team, gets in gear for the Bourne celebration on 7 October. He is pictured in a BRM P57/8, one of the 1962 World Championship cars driven by Graham Hill and now part of the Donington Grand Prix Collection.

MORE INFORMATION Printing: Ink Print Management Distribution: County News is published by Lincolnshire County Council. Each edition is delivered to about 337,000 homes and businesses by Royal Mail. Next edition: The autumn 2012 edition of the magazine will be distributed in late September. Audio versions: County News is available to download as an audio file at or as a tape on request from Listening Lincs on 01522 782010. Sustainability: County News is printed printed on paper from responsible or well managed sources. Please recycle the magazine when you have finished with it.


Lincolnshire news round-up FAB achievements! The talents of Lincolnshire’s looked-after children and care leavers were showcased at the 2012 FAB! awards. During an action-packed day at the Lincolnshire Showground, they were presented with two sets of awards. V4C (Voices For Choices) marked their achievements in areas such as sport, personal endeavour, education, arts and music, while JUMP (Joint Universities Mentoring Programme) covered everything from jazz and rock to cooking and adventure activities. FAB! also featured music and arts activities, with legendary performance poet and playwright Dreadlock Alien (pictured), who grew up as a looked-after child himself, starring as MC. The day was attended by about 125 lookedafter children and young people, as well as those who have supported them.

Give your child a healthy start Young children deserve the best possible start in life – and Lincolnshire County Council is helping them get it. Through its network of children’s centres, it is encouraging the uptake of free vitamin supplements and vouchers for milk, fruit and vegetables under the Healthy Start scheme, run by NHS Lincolnshire. You will normally get the help if you are pregnant or have a chlid under four and are on benefits. Pregnant women under 18 qualify automatically. For more information about whether you are entitled to support from Healthy Start, ask your midwife or health visitor. You can also find out more online at www.healthystart.nhs. uk or by phoning 0845 607 6823.

Planning for growth Where would you put 42,000 extra homes needed to support an anticipated population growth of 86,000? If not in your backyard, then where? These are the key questions facing the people of North Kesteven, West Lindsey and Lincoln as a major plan for the area is drawn up. The three districts together make up the Central Lincolnshire policy area, and a long-term vision is needed to ensure the right planning balance through to 2030. The plan goes out for formal consultation this summer. Visit www.

Talking fire extinguishers! Primary school children are to learn about fire safety from the stars of a new educational film created by Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue. Freddy and Filbert’s Escape Plan 2: The Refill follows talking fireextinguisher characters as they find out how carelessness can lead to a blaze. Freddy, Filbert and Penelope cover topics such as electrical and cooking safety, as well as how to prevent and escape a house fire. Escape Plan 2 is the sequel to a successful 1995 film that sold 3,000 copies across the UK, raising £40,000 for other educational resources. The new DVD has been updated for the 21st century to include the latest home fire hazards. It will be sold by Lincolnshire to other brigades for use in primary schools across the country. You can watch the trailer at countynews

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Help with drug problems Personalised support is now on hand for people experiencing problems with drugs or alcohol. A new recovery service is available in Lincolnshire from the Drug and Alcohol Recovery Team (DART ), part of Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which has been providing substance misuse services across the county for over 30 years. The new service not only helps with the substance issue itself but also other aspects of a person’s life which may be hindering their recovery, such as social, financial or accommodation difficulties. More information about the DART service is available at or by calling 01205 314479 (Boston), 01476 591233 (Grantham) or 01522 597979 (Lincoln).

Keeping children safe Are you caring for a child who isn’t your direct relative? Or do you know someone who is? If so, and the arrangement will carry on for four weeks or longer, it’s a situation known as “private fostering”. In all these cases, the parent and the carer must tell Lincolnshire County Council where the child is going to live. That enables us to check they are being properly looked after. Executive councillor for children’s services Cllr Patricia Bradwell said: “Everybody has a role in keeping our children safe – whether you are a teacher, youth worker or neighbour, or just chat to the other mums and dads at the school gate. “If you hear about a child who is being privately fostered, please let us know immediately.” For more information, visit privatefostering or phone 0800 093 3099.

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Support for carers A new group has been set up to help carers looking after people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviours. It will provide support for families and carers, including advice on dealing with stress and managing challenging behaviours. Group organiser Evangelos Stephanopoulos, a psychologist, said: “Our new support group is open to everyone who could benefit from meeting and learning from others in similar situations.” The monthly meetings, hosted by Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, will feature a guest speaker and time for members to share their experiences. Meetings take place on the last Monday of each month at different venues across Lincolnshire. For more information, call 01522 577229 or email



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If you are looking to attend sixth form or college from this September and require transport, you need to apply now. You can apply online at www.lincolnshire. or call the Customer Service Centre on 01522 782020 for information and an application form. Once you have received your entitlement letter, your contribution will need to be paid by 31 July to ensure your transport is in place for the start of term.

Have your say on transport What matters most to you about transport in the county? Almost all of us need to travel in our daily lives – for instance, to get to work, school or the shops – so good transport links are really important. Perhaps you’d like us to give more priority to road safety or cycleways? Public transport improvements or winter road maintenance? Whatever your views, help shape transport priorities for the future by getting involved with the 4th Lincolnshire Local Transport Plan. The consultation ends on 27 July 2012. For a copy of the questionnaire, call 01522 782114, visit or e-mail ltp@


Library is re-Bourne The county council has joined forces with South Kesteven District Council to create a one-stop shop for services in Bourne. Work has started on a community access point at the Bourne Corn Exchange, which will house the local library and SKDC’s customer services. For library customers, the move will mean longer opening hours, better parking and a newly-refurbished home, making it easier to visit at a time that’s convenient for you. Work is expected to run until the New Year.

New-look town centre

Make the most of current energy deals Stay warm in winter and cool in summer with subsidised or free insulation. Grant schemes for loft and cavity wall insulation end in December, to be replaced by a new Green Deal, so act now to make the most of what’s on offer. For more information, contact the Energy Savings Trust on 0300 123 1234, visit or ask your utility company. Households on benefits may also be eligible for heating and/ or insulation improvements worth up to £3,500 under the Warm Front scheme, which also ends in December. Visit or phone 0800 316 2805.

A £2m refurbishment has given Boston market place a new lease of life. The more spacious layout promotes heritage and means visitors can wander freely around the shops and the famous stall market. It will also encourage pavement café culture and open-air entertainment. The project received £1.1m from the European Regional Development Fund, with additional funding from the county council and Boston Borough Congratulations to Jane Potter, from Council. Grantham, who wo n the free prize draw in the last edition of Coun ty News. Jane will be spendin g at Lincolnshire Arch a day behind the scenes ives, exploring area s us closed to the publi c and getting top tip ually s on researching her fam ily history. For more informatio n about www.lincolnshire.g the archives, visit or phone 01522 7820 40.

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Advice on parking

Please check for signs and lines on the road when you’re looking for somewhere to park! That’s the advice from Lincolnshire County Council as it prepares to take on civil parking enforcement powers in the autumn. There will be around 20 officers working countywide to help tackle local problems caused by motorists parking where they shouldn’t. As a result, the number of tickets issued could increase at first as people get used to rules being regularly enforced in a way they haven’t always before by the police. However, the council says drivers have absolutely nothing to worry about if they stick to the signs and the lines. Executive councillor for highways Cllr William Webb also stressed: “This is not about making money. Our hope is for the scheme to be self-funding. “We want to do all we can to keep traffic moving safely, helping reduce congestion and supporting local shops with restricted parking bays outside.” More information can be found online at countynews

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A bright idea for businesses The county council is offering free advice to local firms on how fresh thinking can lead to better businesses. Companies can apply for one-to-one guidance from innovation specialists Angle, who will show them how new ways of working can encourage growth. A number of Lincolnshire businesses have already benefited from the support, winning contracts and launching products in the process.

Music to your ears! Young talent from the county’s symphony and wind orchestras will be delighting audiences in Boston, Lincoln and Gainsborough this summer. The flagship ensembles represent our most able young musicians, aged 12 to 18, from across Lincolnshire. Tickets for the concerts are available on the door. For more information, please visit www.lincsmusic or phone 01522 553238.

To learn more about the programme, funded by Lincolnshire County Council and the European Regional Development Fund, visit, email or call 0800 8488840.

Victory for volunteers The efforts of county volunteers and those who work with them have earned a national award. Lincolnshire County Council’s Economy and Culture team has been awarded the Investing in Volunteers quality standard. The award is given to organisations that encourage volunteers to get involved and help them make the most of their experience. Volunteering is a chance to meet new friends, gain work experience and benefit your local community. To find out how to get involved, please visit culturalvolunteering. Helping out: a heritage volunteer at Gainsborough Old Hall.

The voice of youth New Lincolnshire Youth Cabinet members are raring to go, tackling issues such as transport, education, bullying and equality. Aged 13 to 19, they were elected by other young people from schools throughout the county. At Gainsborough Aegir Community School, turnout was over 50%, winning the school a gold award and county cup. Carre Grammar School, Sleaford, received a special award as its student council chair, Luke Chignell, organised the election. He is pictured (left) with James Broun, the central winner from St George’s Academy. Cabinet members work with school councils and youth groups to bring about positive changes for young people. Visit



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Your care choices The new MyChoiceMyCare website is helping older people plan their futures as never before As we get older, we all start to think about our care needs – either now or in the years ahead. What’s available? What will I need? What will it cost? These are just three of the big questions that might be going through your mind. To help you and your loved ones find possible answers, the council has launched a new website, following work with care and support providers across Lincolnshire. It enables residents – whether older or disabled people, carers or their families – to find advice and information tailored to their needs. There’s also an online assessment tool to work out if you might have to pay for your care and what that might cost. Cllr Graham Marsh, executive member for adult social care, said: “Lincolnshire’s residents deserve the very best standards of care. “They also deserve a choice about where and how they receive that care, ensuring it meets their individual needs, rather than a onesize-fits-all approach. “We are therefore very pleased to launch www.MyChoiceMyCare. as an easy-to-use way of finding out what help is available, giving you maximum choice and control.” Cllr Marsh added: “We’ve worked hard to stimulate the market, ensuring a good range of excellent service providers. This site presents those options and the support available.” The website enables users to input specific information to find out what kind of support they might need and how much. It also contains a growing list of local providers, plus advice on what to do next.

More information

• Lincolnshire’s population of residents aged 65 and over is expected to double by 2033. • You can use to plan your own care or help someone you look after. If you don’t have internet access at home, you can go online at your local library, free of charge. If you would prefer a brochure, or just want a chat about your care needs, please phone our Adult Social Care team on 01522 782155.

Lincolnshire’s residents deserve the very best standards of care


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Congratulations to Lincoln

Meet the new chairman Former soldier and turkey farmer Cllr Robert Palmer brings a wealth of life experience to the role of chairman. Besides his duties as county councillor for Louth Marsh, he is a serving magistrate, a school governor, a keen sea fisherman and vice-chairman of Louth Beekeepers Association. Family responsibilities also feature large in his life. With wife Maureen, who helped him set up their successful farming business, he has four grown-up children and five grandchildren. His chosen themes for this year are farming in Lincolnshire and promoting wholesome local food. “I don’t think people realise the amount of different produce that is farmed in the county – from the yellow fields of oil seed rape to green vegetables, wheat and livestock,” said Cllr Palmer. One of his priorities this year will be to raise money for three causes close to his heart, All our winners, plus a guest, including Louth Hospital, where he received have been personally invited by state-of-the-art treatment for prostate cancer. Cllr Palmer to join him as his guests “The hospital saved my life,” he said, “and at the Lincolnshire Show, where they I would like to continue the fundraising for will be presented with a special the Endoscopy and Urology Unit I started as certificate and £50 (£75 for the chairman of East Lindsey District Council.” community group) in recognition In addition, he will be backing the Lincolnshire of their tireless work Rural Support Network whose work for the local for others. farming community he has seen at first hand. Cllr Palmer will also be raising funds for a permanent memorial to the fallen of the 10th Regiment of Foot – later known as the Lincolnshire Regiment. “As a former soldier myself, I would love to see a reminder for these local young men,” said the chairman, who served for 30 years with the Royal Engineers. Looking back on his military career, Cllr Palmer recalled “dodging bullets” in the desert in Aden, surviving on bush tucker in Australia, and celebrating one festive season on Christmas Island in the Pacific. Cllr Palmer, who stresses putting people before politics, will be supported during his year in office by Maureen as chairman’s lady. Cllr Charlotte Farquharson will serve as vice-chairman. Besides his duties on Lincolnshire County Council, Cllr Palmer represents North and South Somercotes on East Lindsey District Council.

A special “thank-you”



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Citizen of the Year : James Vickers A husband of one, a father of two and a volunteer with three community groups – how does he manage it? Nominated by wife Stephanie for being a “truly selfless person”, James takes an active part in his local community. In particular, he volunteers for a variety of organisations for youngsters around Kirton. James, 33, is chair/treasurer and secretary of Frampton Community Playgroup, which provides childcare for two to four-year olds, such as son Oliver, three. Not only this, he devotes every Thursday evening to being a Beaver Scout Colony Leader, something he finds “incredibly rewarding”. James also coaches young children, including son Alex, eight, at Boston Rugby Club, where he found himself helping out when there was a lack of volunteers. He juggles all of this with a full-time job as a software engineer and a young family. James says: “There are a lot of people in Lincolnshire who give up their free time for others and I do not feel any different. “All I can say is that volunteering and seeing that your free time can make a difference is incredibly rewarding.”


Citizens Awards

shire’s unsung heroes for 2012, chosen by the new council chairman

Young Citizen : Jake Beaty Jake Beaty has such a passion for nature that when he was too old to continue as a member of his local wildlife club, he became a volunteer leader. Jake, 15, of Welbourn, joined West Kesteven Wildlife Watch and RSPB Explorers seven years ago and has inspired children with a range of conservation projects. He also gives his time to Welbourn Forge, a local Victorian heritage centre, spending time with visitors and various activities. In addition, Jake helped out at a local care home for six months while working towards his bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. This involved reading and talking to residents, as well as gardening. Of his award, the Sir William Robertson High School student said: “I was surprised to be recognised for something that I enjoy. “I am generally interested in animals and conservation. I also love helping out at the forge – I find metalwork really interesting.” He added that his time at the care home was “a really fulfilling experience”. Jake, who also enjoys canoeing, scouting and being a police cadet, was nominated by Cllr Marianne Overton, who described his commitment as “extraordinary”.

Community Group : Boston Veterans Memorial Plaque Committee After serving their country in two wars, good friends Frank Thompson and Les Budding are now serving their local community, nearly 60 years later. In 2005, the pair set up a scheme to honour veterans who lost their lives fighting for their country – the Boston Veterans Memorial Plaque Committee. The garden at the war memorial, now known as Veterans Way, in Wide Bargate, Boston, currently has 40 plaques, with another 10 expected to be in place shortly. Frank and Les were nominated by Frank’s sister-in-law, Nell Beeson, who praised a “fantastic achievement by some very dedicated people”. Getting this far hasn’t been easy, though, and despite tirelessly fundraising and seeking sponsorship, they had to pay for the first plaque out of their own pockets. Korean War veteran Frank says: “We wanted to honour all of the ex-servicemen and women of the two world wars and subsequent conflicts who sacrificed so much for the freedom we all enjoy today.”

Memorial Award : Graham and Dawn Matthews A couple whose deaths left “a huge gap” in their community are to be honoured with a special posthumous Good Citizens Award. When Graham and Dawn Matthews retired to Wilsford from Nottingham seven years ago, they threw themselves into village life. Both were parish councillors renowned for their efforts at local events, staffing stalls and making refreshments. Graham was a voluntary caretaker at the village hall and always helping out around the playing field and wider community. Dawn was an active member on many village committees, holding the positions of treasurer and secretary. She was also involved in running events for children. Sadly, they died within days of each other in March this year. As a lasting memorial to the couple, county council chairman Cllr Robert Palmer will plant a tree in the village. Wilsford Parish Council chairman Harry Attrill said: “They played a key part in our village and their deaths have left a huge gap.”

Your nominations In addition to the winners featured on this page, we received a large number of other nominations worthy of public appreciation. Thank you to everyone who took the trouble to write. Details of the other nominees are available at or by phoning 01522 554241. countynews

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Health Walks Health Walks are FREE organised walks in rural areas and towns, led by volunteer walk leaders Walks are suitable for beginners lasting between 45 minutes and one hour Walking is a great way to meet new people, get some fresh air and gentle exercise There’s no need to book ahead, just turn up wearing comfortable clothes and shoes Everyone is welcome

Exercise Referral Exercise Referral is a 12-week programme for adults with a medical condition that would benefit from exercise. The programme provides guidance and support for individuals becoming more active and aims to increase fitness levels.

To access the programme, contact your GP and ask about a referral. Other health professionals including nurses, physiotherapists, consultants and midwives can also refer patients to the programme.

This can lead to an improved quality of life and reduce the need for medication.

Fun, laughter, friendship, improved mobility, balance and coordination through carefully planned gently exercises classes designed specifically for you, no matter what your ability!

Fit kids Fit Kids is a free weight management programme for families with children aged 8 – 11 years.

Contact the Vitality Team for details of classes near to you

The 12-week course is aimed at families with children who are overweight. The sessions include fun and games, as well as healthy eating and lifestyle advice. The course takes place in a fun and friendly group environment for the whole family.

Contact Details Sarah Ferneyhough Lincolnshire Sports Partnership

01529 411 194

Come and join your local Vitality class and feel the benefits‌

01522 585 580



Making waves Ten water rescue teams are now in place to protect Lincolnshire in the event of flooding We all hope widespread flooding won’t strike Lincolnshire again – but it’s always best to be prepared. With that in mind, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue has taken delivery of 10 new rescue boats, giving it one of the biggest fleets in the entire UK. Each is crewed by a specially trained, fully equipped water rescue team, making Lincolnshire one of the country’s best prepared areas for flooding. The teams will be based at fire stations in Boston, Gainsborough, Lincoln, Louth, Sleaford and Spalding. The locations have been chosen to give the best coverage and response times, 24 hours a day. The new craft will be deployed in the event of a major flood, as well as to carry out water-based search and rescue operations across Lincolnshire.

Cllr Peter Robinson, executive councillor for community safety, said: “Flooding, especially from the sea, is one of the biggest threats facing our county. The last time Lincolnshire was inundated was in 1953, when severe storms and high tides caused floodwaters to breach sea defences and claimed 41 lives. “Sea defences, warning systems and emergency plans have all improved but the new water rescue teams will make Lincolnshire even better prepared.” Besides protecting Lincolnshire, the new teams can be called upon to help other parts of the country in the event of widespread flooding, such as that seen in the summer of 2007. For more information about Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, visit or phone 01522 582222.

See them in action Every day of the year, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue stands ready to respond to calls for help. But it’s not just flames that it tackles. Its specialist Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team is on hand to deal with anything from collapsed buildings to international disasters. This summer, you can see them put their skills into action for two days of live demonstrations involving 130 rescue teams from across the UK. There’ll also be family activities and advice for anyone interested in joining the service. The UK Rescue Challenge takes place around the University of Lincoln and Brayford Pool on 24 and 25 August. Visit or contact 01522 582222. countynews

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I go out on Sundays with my Siberian husky, Kylow, looking for potholes and problems in my area that need reporting

Making a

difference Cllr Kev Clarke, who represents Lincoln Boultham, is one of four Labour members on Lincolnshire County Council Q:

Why did you join the county council?


I was asked to stand for Labour in 2009 – probably because I’ve been involved with UCATT (Union of Construction and Allied Trades and Technicians) for about 30 years. On both the council and the union, I always try and make a difference to the people I represent.


Q: A:

On Sunday mornings, I take our Siberian husky Kylow for a run (him, not me!) on South Common. We go out again later, looking for potholes and problems in my area that need reporting! I’ve also been a Manchester United fan since they were in the old Second Division years ago, and I’ve seen Status Quo 39 times!

What is the role of a backbench opposition councillor?


I spend at least a day a week in meetings – I’m on three scrutiny committees – but I also enjoy meeting people in my area to discuss issues. I’m part of the smallest political group, but I learn from my three vastly experienced colleagues.




What other work are you involved with?


I’m employed at City of Lincoln Council, working on empty properties. Then there’s the union (I’m Lincoln Branch Secretary and General Council member for the Midlands), and I’m a governor at Sir Francis Hill Primary School and St Peter and St Paul Catholic High School, where my children went.



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How do you relax away from work?

What are your hopes for the future?

I want a permanent bridge over the railway crossing on Lincoln High Street, but it has to be one for everyone, including people in wheelchairs and mums with pushchairs. I’d also like a good sports centre. At the council, I feel strongly we should take on more apprentices.

Cllr Clarke, married to Helen with two grown-up children and a new grand-daughter, was awarded the TUC’s Skills for Life Advocate Award 2007 for promoting workplace learning. He represents Lincoln Boultham on Lincolnshire County Council. You can phone him on 07969 471191 or email


Business gold! Millions of pounds are pouring into the Lincolnshire economy from lucrative London 2012 contracts Work on the iconic Olympic Stadium has brought huge benefits to a range of Lincolnshire firms. One of the major winners was Tarmac PreCast Concrete Ltd, of Stamford, which won a multi-million pound contract to provide all the precast concrete. As a result, thousands of spectators – including those from Lincolnshire – will be sitting on terracing made right here in the county! Another company to benefit, Sidebottom Richardson Cheng Ltd, of Spalding, took on six new members of staff to help with stadium engineering design work. There was also a boost for William Hare Painting, of Grantham. One of the country’s leading industrial painters, the company was chosen to paint an estimated 6,000 tonnes of steelwork at the stadium. Meanwhile, Smith Construction (Heckington) Ltd won a prestigious £1.6m contract to build an athletes’ drop-off point and warm-up track connected by a tunnel to the main stadium. Project development manager Jeanette Munton (pictured right, with staff ) said the company “deployed all of our most experienced people” to ensure

the project was completed successfully. Many other county firms have also benefited from the Games, providing everything from hotel linen, ticketing and training to decking, trees and labels. Cllr Eddy Poll, executive councillor for economic development, said: “The success of Lincolnshire businesses with London 2012 contracts has significantly raised the county’s business profile and given the local economy a major boost.” As the Olympic torch arrived in Lincolnshire on 27 June, the successes

of county businesses were celebrated with a special networking event at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Lincoln. It was a chance for contract winners and business leaders to share their experiences of being involved in this once-in-a-lifetime event. For more information, contact Cathrine Herrick, Lincolnshire Business Lead for London 2012, at or on 01522 550617.

Tired of sluggish broadband? Then back the campaign for superfast broadband in Lincolnshire by lending your support at First-class broadband is vital for business growth and education, and for people wanting to access services online. Over the next five years, about £57m of private and public sector money will be invested in bringing superfast broadband to Lincolnshire, including £10m from the county council and £4m from the districts. Your support will prove to commercial suppliers that there’s demand for nextgeneration broadband across the county, meaning we’ll get more for our money, so please sign up and spread the word. countynews

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Wind farms – “enough is enough” Lincolnshire County council wants to call a halt to the unrestrained invasion of wind turbines across the county Lincolnshire has agreed to take a stronger position on wind farms – a stance reported across the country as a national first for county councils. Council leader Cllr Martin Hill said: “There’s been a proliferation of wind farms across Lincolnshire in recent years, and we feel that enough is enough. “Although we understand the need for alternative energy and are not opposed to all wind farms, we remain unconvinced about their reliability and consistency. “Not only are these things spoiling our beautiful countryside for future generations, they could also seriously affect our tourism industry – who wants to spend their holiday looking at a 400-ft turbine? “Similarly, who wants to live next door to one? People enjoy living in Lincolnshire because we have a great way of life, not because the landscape’s blighted by wind farms.” Cllr Hill continued: “On top of that, there are also issues around the damage caused to roads

during the construction and decommissioning of turbines. “And at a time of rising ‘fuel poverty’, people shouldn’t have to subsidise these developments through their energy bills. “For these reasons, we want to raise the bar even higher for anyone wanting to construct a wind farm in the county, and urge them to think twice about the impact their plans will have.” Together with its district partners, the council has already delivered energy-efficiency measures to 15,000 homes to help fight fuel poverty.

Who decides? Planning applications for smaller wind farms are determined by district councils. Larger ones go to the Secretary of State, and the county council has to be consulted. Although not binding, the stance taken by Lincolnshire is seen as sending out a strong signal over future wind farm applications.


Lincoln Cathedral’s Flower Festival 2012 LINCOLN CATHEDRAL’S Visit Lincoln to enjoy the best of heritage and floral splendour this summer FLOWER FESTIVAL 2012 Whether visiting as a family, small group or coach tour, the festival and the City of Lincoln can guarantee a fantastic day out.

16 - 20 AUGUST




Celebrating the Olympic games from their beginnings in ancient Greece, with 130 floral arrangements set against the backdrop of one of the finest gothic cathedrals in Europe.

The Farmers Market has a reputation for selling the best local produce. Running Saturday 18 August and Sunday 19 August (open 9am to 4pm), the perfect excuse to indulge in Lincolnshire’s finest foods.

Flower Festival tickets available from or the Cathedral Shop (01522) 561644.



A lively and entertaining evening inviting visitors to explore the Cathedral in all its floral splendour whilst listening to live music from various performers.

This vibrant cultural quarter of Lincoln is also home to the castle, places to eat, several museums and attractions. Steep Hill, announced as “Britain’s Greatest Street” 2012, links the Bailgate to the city centre with unique shops.

A Musical Meander, 17 August, 7.30pm - 9.30pm tickets £20 inc. wine & nibbles

Adults £10, Concessions £8, under 16s free. Group bookings £7.20pp (12 or more) Details of attractions and venues are available from Visit Lincoln

YOUNG JOURNOS! Burgh-le-Marsh Primary School pupils Poppy Haywood, 10, and Kerys Broughton, 11, have fun editing a podcast.

Living the dream! Last autumn, Burgh-le-Marsh Primary became the 22nd school to experience being part of The Lincolnshire Young Journalist Academy (LYJA). Here Poppy Haywood, a Year 5 pupil, gives a flavour of what it’s like to be a young journalist

The Young Journalist Academy aims to help children improve their English skills, giving them a real purpose to write, boost their confidence and teach them the art of interviewing. It was a very exciting moment for me when I was told that I had ‘survived’ the interview process and I was to be a member of the school’s newsroom. Very soon a real journalist is training you. You learn how to write articles that are appealing to read and become familiar with recording and editing equipment. The whole idea is to give children the experience of what it would be like to be a real journalist. Of course, in many ways we are! Many of those interviewed by LYJA are very famous. Authors, explorers, singers, film stars, sporting idols, politicians have all come under the academy’s spell! We have been to the Lincolnshire County Council offices, where we got the rare chance to meet and interview many important people who work at the county council.

Another highlight has been our visit to The Royal Albert Hall. We witnessed the hall’s splendour, interviewed people who worked there and watched Classical Spectacular. We even sat in a box – a perk of being in the press team! Closer to home, we have reviewed many performances at The Embassy Centre in Skegness. Here we have met Snow White and the cast and crew of Sesame Street! Of course writing articles is an important part of our job. One minute our articles are open on a Word document, the next they are on the World Wide Web! The reports are very varied, so you get everything from the latest football match review to immortal worms! Other children (and grown ups!) comment on your published work, so you have to take the praise and occasional constructive criticism. It really is brilliant to be part of something so interesting, and it feels great to know that you are contributing with articles, interviews on trips, and so much more!

But don’t take my word for it. Visit for primary schools and www.youngjournalist for secondary schools.

Our first assignme nt!

Following our su cc road safety com ess in a petition, pupils were invi ted Lincs FM radio st to the at record a message ion to ab dangerous car pa out rking outside the school. We w er to know that ou e all excited r voices would form part of a re al radio commercial!


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Glorious past, glorio A major refurbishment of Lincoln Castle will bring it to life as never before, giving the local economy a huge boost It has stood proudly above Lincoln – royal fortress, court, prison, tourist attraction – for almost 1,000 years. Now Lincoln Castle could be entering a period as exciting as any in its history, thanks to a £12m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The funding has unlocked the door to a full-scale refurbishment in time for the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in 2015. Cllr Eddy Poll, Lincolnshire County Council’s executive member for cultural services, said: “This will make the castle one of the country’s top historic attractions, bringing in thousands more visitors.

GR EEN oa sis In 2015, entry to the grounds will become free, creating a green oasis at the heart of Lincoln’s historic centre. This is expected to increase the flow of visitors to neighbouring businesses.

“That means a boost of up to £68m for the local tourism economy and around 1,100 new jobs. “As many visitors to Lincoln stay in rural Lincolnshire, we’d expect these economic benefits to be felt across the county. “Having committed 10 years of hard work and more than £5m to this project, we’re extremely grateful to the HLF for their support.” Here, County News looks at just some of the improvements taking place over the next few years. For more information, visit

WIN FAMILY TICKETS County News has four Explore Lincoln family passes to give away to the lucky winners of a special prize draw. Start with a trip on the Tour Lincoln hop-on hop-off city sightseeing bus, listening to the fascinating live commentary as you go round. Then enjoy free entry to the city’s major sights – Lincoln Castle, Cathedral and the Medieval Bishops’ Place. The all-inclusive passes are valid for a family of up to two adults and three children over three consecutive days. To enter, send your name, address and phone number to countynews@lincolnshire., putting Explore Lincoln in the subject box, or write to Explore Lincolnshire Prize Draw, County News, Communications, Lincolnshire County Council, FREEPOST DC1082, Lincoln LN1 1BR. The winners will be the first four names drawn out of the hat after the closing date of Friday 3 August.



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E XC I T I N G C E N T RE P I EC E A new vault will showcase Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest, the only place in the world where you can see original copies of these two historic documents together. The vault will come complete with its own cinema.

N EW WA LL WA LKS Once the castle walls have been repaired, visitors will be able to walk a complete circuit for the first time. Disabled access will also be possible.

W ELC O ME TO PR ISO N The old prison buildings will be refurbished, complete with a new café, shop, toilets and education space. The previously closed Victorian male section will be open to visitors, alongside the female block.

The refurbishment will make Lincoln Castle one of the country’s top historic attractions, bringing in thousands more visitors


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A summer treat!

Everyone loves a fresh, healthy salad during the summer – particularly one with delicious Lincolnshire ingredients! So why not try this fabulous recipe from Tastes of Lincolnshire for:

Chicory Caesar’s Salad with Cote Hill Blue Cheese and smoked bacon

Ingredients for dressing:

• 300ml of good quality mayonnaise • Juice of 1 lemon • Black pepper • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed • A dash of anchovy essence • 2 tbsp cream • 8 rashers of smoked streaky bacon, rind removed • Cote Hill Blue Cheese to crumble on top of the salad



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Ingredients for salad:

• 3 large slices of white bread 1cm thick, crusts removed and cut into 1cm cubes • Olive oil for frying croutons • 500g fresh chicory, washed and dried • 1 Cos lettuce, washed and dried • Chopped parsley


1 Put the mayonnaise, lemon juice and crushed garlic in a bowl and mix in the anchovy essence, cream and plenty of black pepper. If it is too thick, add a little hot water out of the kettle. Grill the streaky bacon until crisp. 2 Gently heat the olive oil in a frying pan and fry bread cubes until they are golden. Drain well on kitchen paper. 3 When ready to serve the salad, leaf the lettuce and chop the chicory into the size you prefer and put them on the starter plates.

4 Drizzle with the dressing and scatter on the crumbled Lincolnshire Cote Hill Blue Cheese and the pieces of crispy bacon. Season with a little twist of black pepper and garnish with croutons.

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Caring for life One of Lincolnshire’s most popular charities – St Barnabas Hospice – is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year When St Barnabas Hospice was founded 30 years ago, it had room for just four people with terminal illnesses. From such humble beginnings, the charity has grown to provide a vast range of services from locations across the county, supporting 4,500 people with serious health conditions. As always, the hospice remains committed to providing the palliative and end-of-life care for which it’s always been so well-known. However, drawing on advances in modern medicine, it now also strives to help people live independently for as long as possible, enjoying maximum quality of life. Chief executive Sarah-Jane Mills explained: “Over the last 30 years we have remained true to the hospice’s original commitment – that the people of Lincolnshire should have access to palliative and end-of-life care. “However, we also have to continually evolve and take on board what patients and families need. One of our main aims is to help people live independently with their condition and make the most of the rest of their lives.” Many of the hospice’s services are now delivered through day therapy, either from their premises or in people’s own homes. In addition to clinical treatment, services include welfare advice, occupational therapy, psychological support, complementary therapies and leisure activities.

TOP TIPS! Art tutor Jean Dunn (standing) with Bettie Bosworth at the St Barnabas Day Therapy and Education Centre in Lincoln.

For more information about the hospice, its services and future fundraising events, please visit , email or phone 01522 511566. Vital volunteer role Hospice services are delivered free of charge, thanks to the dedication of about 1,000 volunteers. They staff 23 shops throughout the county, help raise funds in other ways, and generally support the hospice’s wide range of services, including volunteer-led support groups. Sarah-Jane said: “We just couldn’t afford to provide the services we offer without that amazing volunteer support.”

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p u b l i c n ot i c e

Lincolnshire County Council – Scheme of Elected Members’ Allowances Lincolnshire County Council has adopted a scheme of Members’ Allowances in accordance with the provisions of the Local Authorities (Members’ Allowances) (England) Regulations 2003. The Annual Council Meeting on 21 May 2010 agreed the scheme, based on recommendations of the Lincolnshire County Council Independent Remuneration Panel, following a fundamental review. However, at the same meeting councillors voted not to implement the changes for the 2010/2011 financial year.

for a two-year freeze on allowances. The only change to the scheme agreed by councillors was an increase in the mileage rate from 40p to 45p per mile in line with the tax-free rate set by HM Revenues and Customs. In determining the scheme the council always has regard to the recommendations of its Independent Remuneration Panel. In the event of one councillor holding more than one specified post, only one Special Responsibility Allowance shall be paid.

At the Annual Council Meeting on 20 May 2011 councillors voted Actual for Independently 2012/13 Recommended (£) per year Scheme per year (£)

Actual for Independently 2012/13 Recommended (£) per year Scheme per year (£)

Basic Allowance Co-opted Members’ Allowance

Regulatory and Other Committees continued Vice-Chairman of the Definitive Map & Statement of Public Rights of Way Sub-Committee Chairman of the Standards Committee Vice-Chairman of the Standards Committee

Special Responsibility Allowances

8,184 414

10,000 400



4,098 4,500 Leader of the Council 20,448 25,000 1,374 1,500 Deputy Leader of the Council 14,322 17,500 Select Committees Leader of the Opposition 9,000 Chairman of Select Committees 1,236 1,250 Group Leaders 13,314 16,250 (lump sum) (lump sum) (divided on a (divided on a pro rata basis) pro rata basis) Special Interests Member of the Shadow Executive 828 1,000 Spokesperson for Special Interests 1,250 Chairman of the County Council 12,276 12,000 Task and Finish Group Members 250 Vice-Chairman of the County Council 4,098 4,000 (one off payment) Members of the Executive 12,276 15,000 The following travel and subsistence allowances are payable in respect of a detailed list Executive Support Councillor 6,834 7,000 of duties as stated in the full scheme document: Chief Whip 8,184 9,000 Actual for Members’ 2012/2013 Allowances Overview and Scrutiny Committees Scheme Rates Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny 10,230 12,000 Management Committee Travel Allowance: Vice-Chairman of the Overview and Scrutiny 3,414 4,000 Motor car 45p per mile 50p per mile Management Committee Additional Passenger Allowance 5p per mile 5p per mile Chairmen of the Scrutiny Committees 8,184 9,000 Motorcycle 24p per mile 30p per mile Vice-Chairmen of the Scrutiny Committees 2,730 3,000 Rail Actual fare Actual fare Chairman of the Health Scrutiny Committee 8,184 10,500 Taxi Actual fare Actual fare for Lincolnshire Vice-Chairman of the Health Scrutiny Committee 2,730 3,500 Subsistence: for Lincolnshire Breakfast £6.05 N/A Regulatory and Other Committees Lunch £8.60 N/A Chairman of the Appointments Committee 4,098 4,500 Evening meal £11.50 N/A Vice-Chairman of the Appointments Committee 1,374 1,500 Overnight (including accommodation) £111.45 N/A Chairman of the Pay Policy Sub-Committee 2,058 2,500 Overnight in London (including accommodation) £139.40 N/A Vice-Chairman of the Pay Policy Sub-Committee 690 750 Chairman of the Audit Committee 8,184 9,000 A dependent carers allowance of £5.98 per hour is payable in appropriate circumstances. Vice-Chairman of the Audit Committee 2,730 3,000 Copies of the scheme and the detailed records of payments made may be inspected free Chairman of the Pensions Committee 5,490 6,000 of charge during normal office hours at the address below. The records are also available Vice-Chairman of the Pensions Committee 1,842 2,000 at Chairman of the Planning & Regulation Committee 8,184 9,000 Lincolnshire County Council, Tel: 01522 552840 Vice-Chairman of the Planning & Regulation 2,730 3,000 County Offices, Email: Committee Newland, Chairman of the Definitive Map & Statement of 4,098 4,500 Lincoln LN1 1YL Public Rights of Way Sub-Committee



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The Bourne supremacy! A fabulous day of celebration will turn the clock back 50 years to when Lincolnshire ruled the motor racing world

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ay A park and ride service will run fro the outskirts of m car parks on town – there will also be disabled parking. The event is free to spectators lin ing the route. A limited numbe r of grandstand seats, costing £5 £30, are availa 0 or ble to buy onlin e. Proceeds from th e Lincolnshire No day will be shared between ttinghamshire Ai r Ambulance an the Bourne To d wn Open Air Sw imming Pool. Much more info rmation about Bo urne’s motor racing heritag e and arrangem ents on the day available at w is .

HISTORIC: Rick Hall admires the BRM cars in the Donington Grand Prix Collection.

In 1962, at the climax of a thrilling Grand Prix season, British racing ace Graham Hill roared into the history books as world champion. His victory sparked wild rejoicing in the small Lincolnshire town of Bourne – home to the winning British Racing Motors (BRM) team. Now the double triumph – the first by both a British driver and team – is to be relived after half a century with a special BRM Celebration Day. The event on 7 October will feature Graham Hill’s son Damon – himself a world champion in 1996 – driving his late father’s car around the town. Organisers include Rick Hall, 64, from historic racing car specialists Hall and Hall, one of the former members of the BRM team. He said: “It will be a very poignant moment for us and for Damon as he climbs into his father’s car and makes a triumphant run through the town. “He will certainly be received with the

adulation we would love to have shown his father, had he still been with us.” Spectators lining the route will also be treated to the sight of other BRM Formula 1 cars, as well as those of 1962 rivals Lotus, Lola and Cooper. Continuing the historic theme, a cavalcade of road cars will parade around Bourne, while music from the 1960s will echo through the streets, evoking a bygone era. The celebration – which follows the success of a similar event in 1999 to mark the centenary of the birth of BRM founder Raymond Mays – is expected to attract thousands of enthusiasts from far and wide. They are set to include Graham’s widow Bette, who has been invited by organisers along with other members of the family, and other big names connected with BRM. Rick said the day promised to be “unforgettable”, not least for the residents of Bourne, who are “wholeheartedly embracing this event and their heritage”.

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Leader’s welcome... Welcome to the summer edition of West Lindsey District Council News. The season has already got underway big time with many local people playing their part in national celebrations taking place across the country. I was delighted so many of you applied for funding for the Olympics and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Fund. It was also great to see so many of you at this year’s Lincolnshire Show. Saxilby Parish Council has been an excellent partner in co-ordinating the Olympic Torch in the district. It was brilliant to see seven schools from across the area get behind our very own mini-Olympics. It’s an exciting time ahead as we have set aside £1.2m as part of our Community Asset Fund. This will help develop local facilities and encourage budding entrepreneurs to look at what is needed in their area to help fill the gap. In addition, we still have thousands of pounds available for community groups to apply for to support good causes. I would like to welcome Cllr Jessie Milne as the new Chairman of the Council and “thank you” to our outgoing chairman, Cllr William Parry, for doing a wonderful job. Cllr Burt Keimach West Lindsey District Council Leader



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Volunteer scheme to boost job success Finding a job is difficult enough but imagine how hard it is if you’ve never worked before The council is piloting an innovative project in West Lindsey, known as the Flexible Support Fund, to increase opportunities for unemployed people. Together with Hill Holt Wood and Jobcentre Plus (JCP) – which has put £60,000 into the scheme – we are offering jobseekers a chance to gain new skills through unpaid on-the-job experience. Volunteer work placement opportunities are available in areas such as forestry, woodland maintenance, horticulture, and administration and catering. Cllr Irmgard Parrott, Chairman of the West Lindsey Skills Forum, said: “I am delighted our award-winning partnership is working together again. “We are hoping this new project will help people who have never worked before get valuable experience. “The fact they are volunteering their time to develop themselves and they are not getting paid for it, shows potential employers how much they want to work.” Participants are expected to complete two days a week for 17 weeks with intensive support to find permanent work. For more details contact Louise Plumtree at Jobcentre Plus in Gainsborough on 01427 643202 or Nicoya Palastanga at West Lindsey District Council on 01427 675161.

Graffiti sends out anti-crime messages Creative young people from Gainsborough have put their design skills to the test to raise awareness of the impact of crime

The council teamed up with training organisation CG Partnership to put on a project which aims to reduce and prevent anti-social behaviour across the district. Armed with blank canvasses and some spray paint, 12 young people from the town took part in the project. Their artwork will be displayed in shop windows. They also completed a portfolio in the classroom and earned a qualification in Understanding Young People, Law and Order. Annalise Smith, 16, said: “We really enjoyed the course as it was informative and interesting. The graffiti was a lot of fun.” Now the group are hoping to share what they have learnt with their friends. Lacey, 17, said: “We would try and steer them in the right direction and try and be positive role models.” Cllr Trevor Young, a ward councillor for Gainsborough, said: “The young people did a fantastic job on the project. They now understand some reasons why young people commit crime, and the criminal youth justice system, and their work will educate others. “The graffiti designs contain some powerful messages and will be displayed around the town in shop windows.”

Get your community switched on to

social media!

Everyone is talking about social media but how can you use it to celebrate the good work taking place in your community? Six new pages have been set up on Facebook by West Lindsey District Council to help you share events, activities and important news. You can even upload photos and videos and make comments. Facebook user Cllr Alan Caine said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for the council to reach out to all ages in our communities. We hope these pages will be used as a poster board for events and information. We are encouraging councillors, parish councils and residents to comment on and use the pages.” For more details on how to join Facebook or make comments on pages please go to Check out your area page: Gainsborough area: Trent area – includes Blyton, Scotter and Hemswell: Caistor area – includes Kelsey, Wolds and Yarborough: Market Rasen area – includes all the Rasens: Fossdyke area – includes Saxilby, Marton and Sturton by Stow: Witham area – includes Nettleham, Wragby and Cherry Willingham: countynews

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Residents breathe a sigh of “flood” relief More than £400,000 spent on boosting local flood defences proved crucial when record-breaking levels of heavy rain fell during April. Among the villages to benefit was Saxilby, which was badly affected in the 2007 floods. Saxilby Parish Council clerk Louise Gibbs said: “The alleviation system worked 100%. It prevented the dyke that runs between the doctors’ surgery and the bottom of Church Lane from overflowing.” Other schemes were carried out in Sturton by Stow, Fiskerton and Waddingham. Cllr Jeff Summers, who worked on the Waddingham scheme, said: “It is one thing to put these flood prevention measures in place, but it is another to see all four schemes working. “It really offers residents peace of mind, which shows the money spent on these projects was well worth it.”

PROTECTING COMMUNITIES: Flood warden Paul Derry examines defences in Saxilby.

Luncheon club serves up a treat More than 15,000 hot meals have been served up at the Keelby Luncheon Club since it opened more than two decades ago. Volunteers at what has been described as a “social lifeline” for local people have been praised by a councillor for their sterling efforts in providing a valuable service to their community. It caters for an average of 40 people twice a month. Cllr Owen Bierley said: “This is more than just a luncheon club. It provides residents with a social lifeline where they can come along, meet and chat to other people in the area. “The volunteers do an excellent job and work extremely hard to provide such a welcome service to the community.” Norma Thompson, 74, who has been a volunteer for the club for 22 years, said: “There are 10 volunteers and we all muck in together, taking it in turns to cook different things. “I really enjoy it. Many of our customers are older residents who really appreciate the meals we provide.”

Details of the Register of Payments to Members 2011/12 Under the Local Authorities (Member Allowance) Regulations 2003, the register of payments for the period 1 April 2011 – 31 March 2012 to West Lindsey district councillors is available online at http://www. or from district council offices in Gainsborough, Market Rasen and Caistor.

Just the business! Budding businesses can now take advantage of face-to-face professional support. West Lindsey District Council has teamed up with three Lincolnshire local authorities and the private sector to back the Lincolnshire Business Support Network (LINBIS). While a lot of information and advice is available online, patchy broadband coverage means this can be difficult to access. LINBIS offers one-to one support and advice that some budding entrepreneurs need to avoid pitfalls, overcome barriers, find their feet and build confidence. All LINBIS advisers and support providers meet quality and service criteria set by local authorities and they offer a free initial consultation. For more details contact: Wendy Osgodby, Economic Development Officer, West Lindsey District Council., 01427 676636 or visit:



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DOING THE BUSINESS: Economic development officer Wendy Osgodby gives one-to-one support.

Homeless help at hand A survey carried out as part of work to help prevent homelessness across West Lindsey found there were no rough sleepers compared to three last year. Framework Housing Association will be carrying out the survey quarterly in 48 “hotspots” to enable them to target their support and outreach service. Chairman of West Lindsey’s Prosperous Communities Committee, Cllr Malcolm Parish, said: “This is great news but we must remain committed to putting an end to rough sleeping in Lincolnshire.

ON THE STREETS: A Framework outreach worker talks to a rough sleeper.

HOUSE HUNTING: A young couple search for somewhere to live.

No place like home A scheme that makes it easier for local people to rent a home from private landlords has been a great success. Those on low incomes can find it a struggle to save the deposit needed to rent a place and this can cause homelessness. West Lindsey District Council’s Deposit Guarantee Scheme has seen 117 bonds worth £48,837 issued to landlords since October 2009. These cover the cost of any damage to a property. One hundred of these bonds have now expired with no claims and no cost to the council. Chairman of the district council’s Prosperous Communities Committee, Cllr Malcolm Parish, said: “We work closely with landlords who raise potential issues and offer advice to tenants to improve the property at an early stage. “This has been key to keeping the number of claims down to a minimum.” To find out it you are eligible for the scheme, contact the Home Choices Team on 01427 676676 or visit: www.west

“This partnership will help us protect the most vulnerable people and support them into accommodation, or help relocate them to an area where they have a local connection.” Jason Marriott, Framework’s service manager for Street outreach services, said: “Street outreach is a direct approach that offers intensive support to those sleeping rough whilst also challenging a street lifestyle.”

Flushed with success Recycled rainwater will be used to flush toilets in some homes in the district. This has been made possible thanks to West Lindsey District Council, which has teamed up with L&H Homes to build and refurbish a number of properties with energy efficient measures. Based on Cross Street, Gainsborough, pictured, they are the first houses in the district to reach one of the highest nationally recognised standards for energy efficiency – the level 5 Code for Sustainable Homes. Tenants will also have their hot water heated using solar panels. Cllr Malcolm Parish, Chairman of the Prosperous Communities Committee at West Lindsey District Council, said: “This is an innovative project and if used correctly, these innovations could help reduce utility bills for households. “We are currently working towards allocating the properties to those with a real commitment and appreciation of the energy saving technology to ensure they get the most out of it.” The work was completed by developers Robert Woodhead. countynews

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Cash boost for community groups Thousands of pounds are up for grabs by community groups across the district. So far £5,000 has been awarded by the Community Action and Volunteering Fund to 20 groups to enable them to support volunteering and activities that benefit their communities. Council chairman Cllr Jessie Milne said: “I would encourage groups to get in touch for an application pack. Community Lincs is a charity that nurtures community activity and is managing the project. They are available for advice and support so let us have your project ideas.” Groups can apply for small grants of up to £250. The following examples show how volunteer groups have used their grants.

New look village green Volunteers have been busy regenerating a village green. The Osgodby Community Action Team was awarded £250 to carry out the work.

Plotting a new course Scouts have been able to brush up on their map-reading skills after using their £250 grant to upgrade their equipment. Group member Mike Ormian said: “We are pleased with the grant. Without it our volunteers would not have been able to transform the village green. “Before the regeneration work, we had a worn-out telephone kiosk and a broken dog waste bin. “Now we have been able to fix some of the issues and bring a little bit of colour to the area, thanks to the hard work of our community volunteers who have been painting and planting bulbs.”

Elva Van Den Bos from the14th Gainsborough Scout Group said: “We are delighted to receive the grant, which means we can replace the well-used, worn-out and out-dated Ordnance Survey maps and compasses.”



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To apply to the CAV Fund, contact Jenny Stone on 01529 301951/302466 or email her at

CAN WE HELP? Volunteers Gill Somerscales and Mary Dixon serve up at Caistor Arts and Heritage Centre.

£1.2 million investment will encourage community enterprise Imagine running out of milk or bread and having to drive to another village or town because there are no shops nearby. Or you can’t meet up with your neighbours because there’s no meeting room or open public green space. Problems like these can be the unwelcome reality for many people living in West Lindsey. Communities need help to sustain or bring back essential services, which can only be achieved by working with local people. The council is exploring how community enterprise can help with this, whether through a shop, pub or even management or refurbishment of a village hall. There are already a few successful community enterprises in the district, including Caistor Arts and Heritage Centre and the community shop in Tealby. The council has launched a £1.2m Community Asset Fund to help develop community facilities across the district by working with budding entrepreneurs.

Social enterprise charity CAN has a proven track record of developing sustainable business and has teamed up with the Plunkett Foundation, which specialises in supporting rural businesses. Together they will manage the fund and plan to attract further funding to support a range of projects. Cllr Jeff Summers, who has taken a keen interest in the fund, said: “Simply awarding grant after grant is not sustainable. We need to use what funds we do have in a creative way to attract further funding. And we strongly believe social enterprises are a really good way to achieve this for our local communities.” An Advisory Panel made up of councillors, CAN, the Plunkett Foundation and Community Lincs will examine possible projects and decide on their suitability for investment. Councillors are working closely with the community to identify projects. For more information call 01993 810730 and ask about the West Lindsey Community Asset Fund, or register your interest at countynews

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New homes proposed for West Lindsey Plans have been unveiled showing a demand for 19,500 houses to be built in the district by 2032 West Lindsey District Council, Lincoln City Council and North Kesteven District Council have jointly produced the proposals. The Central Lincolnshire Group is also looking at transport needs and how to create new jobs in the area. In Gainsborough 10,000 will be built and the remaining 9,500 will be spread out amongst the smaller towns and villages across the district.

Have your say on the plans now! Cllr Burt Keimach, Leader of West Lindsey District Council, said: “In preparing these proposals our priority has always been to balance the protection of the district’s vibrant market towns and sustainable villages with the need for stimulation and protection of our economy. “We all know the area has to grow to cater for future demand and we need to get these plans right. “To make sure the right balance is struck, and that the pieces are put in the right places to promote, protect and enhance the area, you need to get involved now.” New shops, schools, health facilities, open spaces, flood defences and energy sources all need to be fitted into the jigsaw, too, and areas of existing open space protected.

For more details: Call: 01522 699013 / 01529 308084 Email: Visit:



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We all know the area has to grow to cater for future demand and we need to get these plans right

Trinity Arts Centre What’s On • Saturday 7 July 7.30pm - Chapterhouse Theatre Company present A Midsummer Night’s Dream •

Thursday 12 July 8pm - Hoot Comedy Club - Edinburgh Festival Preview Double, Headliners Chris Ramsey and Alfie Moore

• Saturday 14 July 3pm and 6pm - Alice in Wonderland, Trinity Performing Arts HANDS-ON: Volunteer Wendy Bagot, left, serves customers Timothy and Sheila Smith at Trinity Arts Centre.

Helping to keep “special” arts centre open Dedicated volunteers are playing a significant role in keeping Trinity Arts Centre open. Without their valuable support, the Gainsborough venue would not be able to function. Now more local people are being encouraged to play their part. Volunteer Wendy Bagot, 74, from Gainsborough Road, Willingham by Stow, is a regular user of the centre and wanted to play a role in running it. She has been a volunteer for more than three years, checking tickets, working in the kiosk or behind the bar. Wendy explained: “One year I visited the arts centre 43 times, so it is important to me to keep this special place open. I like coming here and I wanted it to stay open, so I thought I would offer my services.”

• Tuesday 17 July 7.30pm - Shooting Fish Youth Theatre, Double Bill • Saturday 21 July 3pm and 6pm – Bedazzled Summer Spectacular • Thursday 9 August 8pm – Hoot Comedy Club, Headliners James Cook and Phil Pagett For more information visit: Facebook: Twitter:

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Contact Karen Whitfield on 01427 676676.

Recycling success – thanks to you! Once again we have achieved our recycling target of 55%, which makes West Lindsey district one of the top recyclers in the country. We have also reduced the amount of waste we are sending to landfill. To mark National Recycle Week, we teamed up with the UK’s largest bottle recycler, Hemswell-based ECO Plastics, for our “Load of rubbish” competition. Tell us what creative things you do or make with your recycled rubbish. The more creative the better, and we have a £60 restaurant voucher to give away for the most innovative idea we receive. Please email a description and photo to: by 20 July 2012. If you have a large garden and need an extra green bin, these are available by contacting our Customer Services Team on 01427 676676. The current annual charge for extra green bins is £22.80. countynews

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Out and about The essential guide to what’s on in Lincolnshire from July - Sept 2012 Medieval Torture Instruments Exhibition

Exhibition at St Mary’s Church, Marshchapel

The Collection, Lincoln. Adults £4, concessions £3, children under 13 free.

Work by Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire artists on display / for sale in “Cathedral of the Marshes”. Entry £1.50. Refreshments. www.

Until 2 September

Summer Exhibition – Lincolnshire Artists’ Society 26 June – 7 July

Sam Scorer Gallery, Drury Lane, Lincoln LN1 3BN. 01522 589899, www.samscorergallery. LAS blog http://lincsartists.wordpress. com. Free.

RAF Waddington International Air Show 30 June & 1 July

Features Red Arrows, BBMF and much more., 01522 726102 (Mon to Fri, 8.30am – 5pm).

Lions Deeping Carnival 7 July, from 12pm

John Eve Field, Market Deeping. Local musicians and artists, events, car boot, stalls, refreshments. 01778 342692, estherhector@, deepingsuk.

Festival for Heroes 7 & 8 July

Prince William of Gloucester Barracks, Grantham. Includes Rock the Barracks live music on Saturday evening, shopping village, children’s activities and motor show. Raising funds for Help for Heroes and ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. 01476 579338, www.festivalforheroes.

Spilsby Show

8 July, from 10am

Spilsby Recreation Ground, PE23 5HL. Includes falconry, Zumba dance-a-thon, trade stands, model and craft marquees, children’s entertainment, vintage vehicles and shire horses. 01790 752213 after 6.30pm, brendan@ or

South Common Family Fair 8 July, 11am – 3pm

South Common, Lincoln. Includes shire horses, dog training, owl display, Lincoln Red Cattle, pond dipping, archery etc. Refreshments. Free.

Masterclass / Concert with Mezzo-soprano Anne Fridal 11 July & 14 July

Masterclass – 11 July, 10.30am – 2.30pm, Conoco Room, Louth Library. Free to audience and singers. Concert – 14 July, 7.30pm, St James Church, Louth. With Louth Male Voice Choir. Tickets £5. 01507 609631 / 07788 702013, or Louth TIC.

13 – 15 July, 11am – 5.30pm

Willoughby Summer Fair and Fun Dog Show 21 July, 2pm – 4pm

Village Green. Stalls in aid of local/national charities including Lincs Troop Support. Refreshments.

145th Heckington Show

28 July (9.30am – 6.30pm) & 29 July (9.30am – 5.30pm)

Showground signposted from Heckington. Includes children’s races, 10 Mile Road Race, Tigers Parachute Display Team, motorcycle stunts, parade etc. Day tickets on gate (cash only) – adult £8, child (16 and under) £3, child (5 and under) free. www.heckingtonshow.

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Open Weekend 28 & 29 July

BBMF Visitor Centre, Dogdyke Road, Coningsby LN4 4SY. Free admission to visitor centre, charges for hangar tours. www.lincolnshire.

Summer Stitching and Craft Club

30 July & 22 August, 10am to 12 noon

Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Lincoln. Learn to sew and make crafts. For 7-11- year-olds. £3.50, please book. museumoflincolnshirelife, 01522 528448.

Open Gardens, Summer Market, Art and Crafts 4 August, 9am – 5pm

Market Rasen day featuring open gardens (£3 admission); summer market with gardening produce and food outlets; craft stalls, art exhibition/sale at festival hall. 01673 842495.

Festival of History 4 & 5 August

Lincoln Castle. From Romans to World War II, including demonstrations of military and civilian life. lincolncastle.

Transmitter Receiver, The Persistence of Collage 4 August – 7 October

The Collection, Lincoln. Exhibition traces collage in British art from Parisian avant-garde through to present day.

Revesby Country Fair

5 August, from 8.30am

Revesby Park. Including show-jumping, carriage driving, terrier show, archery, fishing, vintage cars and tractors.

Spirit of the Games International Craft Day 6 August, 10am – 3.30pm

Importance of Being Earnest/ Emma

31 August & 1 September, 7.30pm

Productions on consecutive nights by Chapterhouse Theatre at Lincoln Drill Hall, Freeschool Lane LN2 1EY. Part of Full English Festival. Adults £13.50, students and children £9. 01522 873894,

Caistor Art and Craft Festival

Gainsborough Old Hall. Children’s craft stalls – make treasures from around the world. All ages. Normal admission, crafts free.

1 & 2 September, 10am – 4pm

Bassingham Village Show

Wragby Show

11 August, 2pm – 5pm

Including games, competitions, donkey rides, refreshments, bar and demonstrations. Free parking.

Sutton on Sea Flower and Produce Show 12 August

Meridale Centre, High Street. Organised by local horticultural society. 01507 441267.

Skegness Carnival 12 – 17 August

Highlight of town calendar, delighting locals and visitors. Starts with parade from Wainfleet Road Playing Fields on Sunday 12th at 2.30pm., 01754 761617.

The Great British Carnival 21 August, 10am to 3.30pm

Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Lincoln. Family fun day celebrating all that is British. Free. 01522 528448.

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Open Weekend 25 August

BBMF Visitor Centre, Dogdyke Road, Coningsby LN4 4SY. Free admission to visitor centre, charges for hangar tours. www.lincolnshire.

Mark My Words

27 – 31 August, 10am – 4pm

Chapter House, Lincoln Cathedral. Annual calligraphy exhibition of Lindsey Scribes Society celebrating Charles Dickens bicentenary and London Olympics. 01507 602968, jrbarker@

Burghley Horse Trials

30 August – 2 September

Burghley House, Stamford. National and international riders and horses in competition, trade stands, refreshments. www.burghley, 01780 752131.

Town Hall. Featuring art exhibition, craft stalls and demonstrations, musical entertainment and refreshments. Free. 01472 851096. 2 September

Catchums Corner, Goltho Road. Main ring attractions, side shows, trade stands, food stalls, livestock, shire horses and show jumping. Fun for all the family. Signposted from A158.

Heritage Open Days 6 – 9 September

Lincolnshire’s heritage is celebrated with more than 100 free openings and events on the theme of Trade and Travel. www.lincsheritage. org, 01529 461499,

Heritage Open Day – The Victorian Mourning Trade

7 September, 10.30am and 2pm

Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Lincoln. Talk by Derek Broughton from Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology. Includes items from museum collection. Free but booking essential. 01522 528448.

Lindsey Scribes Society Demonstration

8 September, 10am – 4pm

Wren Library, Lincoln Cathedral. Calligraphy demonstrations, including hands-on work for children. Free. 01507 602968, jrbarker@

Heritage Open Day – Trade and Transport 8 & 9 September, 10am to 4pm

Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Lincoln. Marvel at majestic steam engines and characters in “Commercial Row”. Free. 01522 528448.

1940s Wolds Weekend 8 & 9 September

Ludborough and North Thoresby, linked by steam railway and vintage buses. Enjoy military and civilian re-enactors, Silver Band, vintage vehicles, historic aircraft flypasts, 1940s stalls, music and dance, refreshments. Free parking at Ludborough Station and cricket field in North Thoresby. More info: Ludborough – www., 01507 363881; North Thoresby (including 1940s dance on 8 Sept) – 01472 840908,

Please note: The information on this page is correct at the time of going to press. However, you may wish to confirm details with event organisers before starting your journey.



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Celebration at Holland Fen Church 9 – 30 September

Holland Fen Church, north of Boston. Events celebrating 200 years of Grade II-listed church. Starts Sunday 9th with country fayre / produce show and dolls house exhibition. Friday 14th – launch of flower festival with cheese and wine evening. Sunday 16th – morning service by Rt Rev Christopher Lowson, Bishop of Lincoln. Ends with quilting exhibition on 29 and 30 September.

Gravity Fields Festival From 21 September

Around Grantham. Celebrates Sir Isaac Newton, exactly 154 years after his statue was inaugurated on St Peter’s Hill.

Longbow Tournament

23 September, 10am – 5pm

Lincoln Castle – archery competition.

Boston Model Railway Society Exhibition

29 September (10am – 5pm) & 30 September (10am – 4pm)

Stickney Village Hall, PE22 8BG. Layouts, trade stands, refreshments, good disabled access. Adults £3, concessions £2, children £1, families £7. Evergreens Miniature Railway also open 29 Sept, from 10.30am to 4pm, on A16 north of Stickney, at PE22 8EF.

1,000 Years of Craft

29 & 30 September, 10am to 4pm

Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Lincoln. “Mix” embroidery and textile exhibition – plus meet the artists (Sat only). Craft trail, demonstrations etc. Free.

SO Festival finale!

1,000 Years of Traditional Crafts

There is SO much to do today (Sunday 1 July) in Skegness and Louth as East Lindsey’s annual arts extravaganza reaches its conclusion

Lincoln Castle. Demonstrations of crafts through the ages plus Food Fair – see page 12.

A packed programme of events for all ages includes street theatre, world-class performers and dance acts.

29 and 30 September, 10am – 5pm

EVENT PUBLICITY To submit details of an event for a future edition, please email at least three months before it takes place. Due to the volume of requests, we cannot guarantee inclusion, so please make other publicity arrangements. You can also publicise events on Lincolnshire County Council’s website. Visit www.lincolnshire., email uk or call 01522 552868.

MORE INFORMATION For details of Lincolnshire County Council heritage sites, including Gainsborough Old Hall, The Collection, Lincoln Castle and the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, visit heritage or phone 01522 782040. General tourist information can be found at www. For the Lincolnshire Heritage Forum, visit

They will help bring the curtain down on a week of fun across the district that began on 23 June. Highlights of the final day include:

• Louth will be welcoming the BBC Introducing stage, the Alford Morris Dancers and a “ginormous” interactive pig.

• Skegness boasts an arts and craft market in Tower Gardens, a celebration marking Punch and Judy’s 350th birthday and the UK Volleyball Championships.

• An exciting new poetic drama – Golden Fables 2012 – will take place at Skegness’

Embassy Theatre. Inspired by Lincolnshire’s myths, legends and landscapes, it fuses words from Archbishop Desmond Tutu with specially-written fables by leading UK poets, including Ian McMillan. The family-friendly production features actors, striking images and uplifting music by the 90-strong Choir Invisible – The Desmond and Leah Tutu Peace Choir.

• In the evening, Skegness welcomes pop legend Adam Ant to the Embassy, while a live

broadcast of internationally acclaimed opera La Périchole, direct from Garsington Opera in Oxfordshire, will be shown on the main beach’s big screen.

• A spectacular firework display on Skegness’s main beach at 10pm will ensure the finale really goes with a bang!

To find out more about events around the district, visit or call Lorrie Stock at East Lindsey District Council on 01507 613456. countynews

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