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Forward stroke on pool investment NKDC builds on the popularity of swimming in Sleaford by improving the town’s leisure centre facilities
The skies above Sleaford were lit up with a fabulous firework finale to mark the culmination of an arts festival which weaved its way through the District during the year. SaFire was entirely funded by the Arts Council and the Igniting Ambition fund, focused on promoting the arts in advance of the 2012 Olympic Games. Around 3,000 people were estimated to have engaged in a fiery evening of entertainment which included aerial dance in St Denys’ Church, film projection onto the wall of the National Centre for Craft & Design, community contributions illustrating the Best of British, arts, craft, song, dance and theatre. By igniting sparks of ambition and inspiring the people of North Kesteven to realise their potential, this epic event may be merely a taste of what could come in 2012, when NKDC’s arts outreach agency artsNK propose to combine creative talents from across the District into a massive memorable celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympic Games. If you have a vision of what you would like for next year email artsNK@ leisureconnection.co.uk
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Millions of pounds are to be invested in a comprehensive refurbishment of Sleaford Leisure Centre. North Kesteven District Council unanimously supports an investment of £2.65m in the Eastbanks facility, saying this was the most appropriate and costeffective solution for the centre’s future. With more than £400,000 needing to be spent on repair and maintenance of the current complex and costs anticipated to exceed £1.25m over the next 10 years, the Council has committed to early intervention, investment and enhancement. Progress on enhancing swimming provision in Sleaford comes at a time when figures show increased interest in participation in sport and physical activity in the town, rising by 4.4% in five years to bring the District up to 26th in the national league table. Council Leader, Cllr Mrs Marion Brighton OBE, said: “As a Council we are committed to sport and culture and the future of Sleaford Leisure Centre remains an important aspect in this. “Our leisure service has continued to improve over the last eight years and we always seek to make further commitments to our residents and visitors in the provision of first-class sport, leisure and culture opportunities,” she said. “What North Kesteven is doing and is prepared to do for Sleaford, should be recognised. It is a growing town and must become a vibrant town.” The work at the leisure centre seeks to improve and enhance it, to meet
Artist’s impression of the proposed pool improvements customer expectations and prolong its lifespan by at least 22 years. The plans include: > Remodelling of the building to make more effective use of the internal space and improve energy efficiency. > Equipping it to make use of ‘free heat’ from the straw-burning power station at Kirkby la Thorpe, saving £25,000 in the centre’s annual running costs. > Re-planned, refurbished and relocated changing facilities, with unisex changing for swimming. > Extended gym area providing for 23 extra fitness stations. > Improved entrance and reception. > Deck-level drainage and re-graded pool floor. > Improved acoustics in the pool hall, separation of wet-side and dry-side users, spectator area and tidier storage of pool equipment. > Additional new fitness studio. > External improvements including cladding and a glass canopy to the entrance. This is estimated to cost around £2.65m, mostly funded by NKDC, with contributions sought from the Amateur Swimming Association and Sport England. The Council has £1m
available in reserves, with the rest set to be financed through borrowing. It will involve closure for up to a year from late 2012, with completion due by December 2013. During that time leisure services will continue at Harpers and possibly other local providers who are holding talks on future arrangements with the Council. NKDC Client Services Manager Mike Lock said: “We continuously strive to provide the best sports and leisure facilities, and having listened to our customers we see this work as key to improving swimming provision in the district. “People are clear in their desire for a pool to remain in this location where it has been for 140 years. It is therefore essential that the Council and Leisure Connection continue to provide the best possible facilities to encourage greater participation in sport and enjoyment in swimming.” The new centre will offer users an improved range and standard of facilities and present a more contemporary image that enhances its surroundings.” This option is more afordable than the previous aspiration to re-build which relied heavily on external funding.
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inside Democracy in action Schoolchildren get a clear idea of the forward planning process shaping the District of their futures 4 Free cookery courses Cookery courses and gardening advice are being offered free to District residents 7
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Colour kaleidescope Under its new name,
the National Centre for Craft & Design offers a burst of colour for winter 8 - 9 Final straw Awards and praise are heaped onto the Council in recognition of its commitment to build new homes 11 Christmas collections Find out how your bin collection could be affected by the holidays 12
Dedicated to business growth A flourishing business sector is essential to the economic fortunes of the District and its people, which is why the council invests in it as a key priority Fostering, supporting and enabling businesses growth is central to the emphasis NKDC puts on encouraging, developing and maintaining a vibrant economy. This commitment runs across all sections of the Council, from the economic development unit, planning department and environmental health and licensing teams, through to communications, community safety business rate administration and partnerships. Whether it’s an international pioneer, a post office or a fledgling enterprise, independent retailer or multi-million pound opportunity, the Council works across the full spectrum to champion job creation, retention and promotion. This was the message presented to 80 or so business leaders, owners and champions at a business event where inspirational insights were presented by Branston Ltd and Lowfields Leisure Ltd in how positive relationships with NKDC has helped their businesses to grow. Council Leader Cllr Marion Brighton OBE said: “It’s very important to us that we keep our businesses growing and expanding as we believe that what’s good for business is good for the wider District economy.” Current initiatives include the Sleaford and North Hykeham masterplan processes, development and promotion of 70-plus affordable workspace units including 15 new units at Bracebridge Heath, production of the 2012 Visitor Guide, drafting of the Central Lincolnshire core strategy and an annual spend by the Council on procurement within the District of £3.86m. Sleaford businessman John Elkington said the event offered an ‘excellent’ opportunity for businesses to network and share with the Council’s vision for a prosperous District.
Highfields Country Holidays
A positive, proactive and practical approach to planning is one aspect of NKDC’s supportive approach to business that has helped Branston Ltd to develop its importance to the local economy. The potato farming co-operative has grown to have a £115m turnover and employ 620 people across three sites nationally, more than half of them locally in North Kesteven, handling 18% of all the UK’s table potatoes as one of only two suppliers to Tesco. “That means that 9-10% of all the UK’s potatoes are packed in North Kesteven, which we’re really quite proud of,” said development director Mark Willcox (pictured above). “We’re a local business with national coverage.” “We do appreciate the support we get from North Kesteven, especially through the planning process. “Over the last five years we’ve successfully made six or so significant applications. By working so closely together we’ve developed a relationship based on mutual understanding of our respective pressures, policies, problems and procedures and we can see where each other is coming from.” As it copes with the challenges of margin pressures, attracting and retaining a talented workforce, rising input costs and the need to grow sales in a declining sector, Branston has developed a number of strategies, one of which is to reduce reliance on energy and water by generating its own through sustainable anaerobic digestion of waste potatoes, rainwater harvesting and solar installations. One area where Mark does see scope for enhanced partnership work between businesses, councils and other agencies is in the retention and recruitment of skilled staff.
It’s the enabling, enthusing & encouraging attitude of the Council’s Economic Development Unit that Chris Ashley has found most beneficial to his business. Chris, pictured above, is a director of the Lowfields and Highfields country holiday fishing retreats. After 20 years of successful trading at North Scarle, they searched more than 100 sites nationally before settling on farmland at Spanby, also in North Kesteven. “The economic development team has kept faith throughout, giving support, advice and helping us to work through the bureaucracy. They‘ve really been behind us,” he said. “People do want to come to this District and when they do come, they love it and stay for many years. They travel from the Midlands, Kent, Scotland and close by, buying up 75% of the 100 units within Highfields’ first three years. “By delivering exceptional quality and value for money and promoting the District and the county as ideal for a ‘staycation’ we’ve ridden the current rather than paddled against it.” Chris’ two parks are estimated to contribute at least £2m to the local economy in visitors’ spending power alone, aside from the hundreds of thousands spent by the company in developing and servicing the sites. Where materials, supplies and labour can be sourced locally they are, under a policy of localism which extends to supporting the local football team and youth clubs and recommending outlets to customers. In the first three years of trading, Highfields has earned three significant awards including David Bellamy’s Gold award for conservation and five stars from Visit Britain. “It’s not all doom and gloom, there’s a lot of positivity and that’s an outlook we’ve found that we share with the Council,” said Chris.
Homes for honoured hero
Olympic Torch to pass through NK
A low-profile war hero has been immortalised alongside World War Two big-guns by having a street named after him The heroic actions of former Branston resident Flying Officer William George Cooper have been recognised through the naming of a street in his honour. His name was the obvious choice when NKDC was looking for an identity for its four newest council houses built in Branston. Cooper Close follows the theme of neighbouring roads which are all named after war heroes of highranking status like Guy Gibson, Leonard Cheshire and John Nettleton as well as local lads such as Archer and Able Smith. William Cooper had lived in Branston for seven years before his death, aged 29, when his Stirling bomber crashed in Suffolk, returning from a mission to Germany on March 30, 1943. He ensured that all of his crew was able to escape before crashing. His nephew Bill Shaw – named after his hero uncle – was honoured to have been asked by the Council to mark the official naming of the close in his uncle’s memory. “What really struck me is that while it’s Uncle Bill’s name on the sign, it represents a lot of airmen and crew who served and who lost their lives.
We have so much to be grateful to them all for,” said Mr Shaw. “I never knew him but he has been such a big part of my life and it means so much to me and my family that Bill has been recognised in this way.” He said they were ‘wonderful’ properties with strong eco-credentials and hoped that the naming exercise would help the future tenants and wider community to be aware of the history behind Cooper Close’s name. Cllr Stewart Ogden, NKDC’s Executive Member for housing, said the four two-bed properties were built to high sustainability standards and were particularly geared towards meeting the needs of young families who needed affordable quality homes in Branston. Built by Lindum Construction with the cost split equally between the Council and Homes & Communities Agency, the houses show how NKDC is ahead of the game in meeting local need. “These new homes will make a tremendous difference to the people who come to live here and they will benefit from high energy efficiency and low running costs,” said Cllr Ogden. The opening was attended by the county’s Lord Lietenant and High Sheiff and representatives of
Pedalling carbon savings North Kesteven’s Health Trainers are peddling their advice to clients in the Sleaford area by pedalling their bikes. By jumping in the saddle to reach clients within the town and the surrounding villages, Andy George and Debbie Chessum (pictured) are saving on costs, time and carbon emissions by cutting down on car use and also practicing what they preach. After loaning the bikes from sustainable transport charity Sustrans during the autumn, the plan is to now keep the initiative on the road. In the first month of use they clocked up around 500 miles, saving 150kg in carbon dioxide emissions and about £150 in mileage allowance. The Health Trainers are employed by NKDC, but fully funded by NHS Lincolnshire, focusing their energies on certain areas and client groups to promote healthier lifestyles and improved fitness. Clients within the wider Sleaford, Leasingham, Greylees, Holdingham, Ruskington and Quarrington area are now being reached by bike. “It’s often a lot quicker to get around Sleaford by bike than car and there
are the other benefits of reduced carbon and costs and improved health for us, as well as setting a good example to our clients,” said Debbie. “When we roll up at people’s houses on our bikes they’re often inspired to think that if we can cycle from Ruskington to, say Sleaford, then so can they,” said Andy. They head out on their bikes in all weathers making use of safe cycling paths around Sleaford including the Connect2 path across the A17. Cllr Richard Wright, Executive Member for sustainability, said: “Their initiative fits with the Council’s achievement of a 10.2% reduction in greenhouse gas emmissions in two years and an £80,000 annual cash saving. Their ongoing commitment to cycling will contribute further as the Council works to meet its five-year target for a 25% cut.”
RAF Waddington, Coningsby and Cranwell, the local Royal British Legion and parish councill plus Joyce Northey the village post lady who, aged 16, had delivered the telegram to William Cooper’s widow informing of his death.
Flying Officer William George Cooper
Bill Shaw is pictured alongside the sign with RAF Cranwell Warrant Officer Steve Johnson, Flt Lt Pete Walker from RAF Coninsby, Council Leader Marion Brighton OBE and Sqn Ldr James Hayton from RAF Waddington
Boundary changes affect your Constituency area Feedback made on proposals to redraw the parliamentary constituencies covering North Kesteven is now being collated. The Boundary Commission’s consultation closed on December 5 after 12 weeks, during which North Kesteven residents were able to learn more at displays hosted by NKDC at its offices in Sleaford, Metheringham and North Hykeham. In the spring of 2012 all of the representations will be published, marking the beginning of a further four weeks during which the initial feedback can be commented upon. Only then will all responses be analysed and decisions made on whether or not to implement the proposals or to change them further. The aim is to reduce the number of constituencies in England from 533 to 502 and ensure that the number of electors in each one is more evenly balanced between 72,810 and 80,473.
At the northern end of the current Sleaford and North Hykeham Constituency, there will be significant change to achieve a reduction from the current 85,633 to 79,559. This will be achieved by moving the five North Hykeham wards and Waddington West into a newly enlarged Lincoln Constituency where the electorate will grow from 74,592 to 78,664. Bracebridge Heath and Waddington East would return to the Sleaford Constituency. The Skellingthorpe Ward would remain part of the Lincoln Constituency and the wards from South Kesteven - newly included within the Sleaford Constituency - will be retained. These are Barrowby, Ermine, Heath, Loveden, Peascliffe, Saxonwell and Witham Valley. The new constituency would be called Sleaford CC and take effect from October 2013.
The District will play its part in the world’s greatest sporting festival by hosting a leg of the Olympic Torch Relay. The iconic flame will travel through the District on its tour of the country ahead of the London 2012 Games. The parade of the torch, carried by local bearers who have yet to be selected, will be marked by the District Council on June 27 as the torch travels through Sleaford and Bracebridge Heath on its way between Boston and Lincoln where it will stop overnight. District discus champion Kieron Tscherniawsky and cyclists Jack and Sarah King are among those nominated to carry the torch. District Council Leader, Cllr Marion Brighton OBE, said that with the many events and celebrations set to tie in with the Olympic fever – including an exhibition at the National Centre for Craft & Design – North Kesteven was poised to enjoy an uplift turn in its tourism appeal. “This is a wonderful opportunity for the District. North Kesteven offers a great deal for visitors and residents and to be included in the Olympic Torch celebrations is just another way of recognising what a fascinating and action-packed place this is”.
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A younger vision for NK’s future Teenagers across North Kesteven have gained an insight into the forward planning process which is shaping the District of their future The far-reaching consequences of a plan being drawn up for the way North Kesteven grows over the next 20 years have become a reality for those who will experience the change. As the next generation of electors and householders, secondary school students from across the District were fully engaged in Local Democracy Week activities which forced them to think about how and where homes, schools, employment opportunities, leisure facilities and energy resources will be located. This year’s theme revolved around the Joint Strategic Planning Unit which is drawing up a core strategy of policies and objectives for the Central Lincolnshire
area covering North Kesteven, Lincoln City and West Lindsey. Almost 100 11 to 13 year-olds from St George’s Academy, Sir William Robertson High School, Kesteven and Sleaford High School, Branston Community Academy, Sir Robert Pattinson Academy and the NK School in North Hykeham took part in the exercise over two events. Broken into groups representing the political members of the Central Lincolnshire Joint Strategic Planning Committee, the Environment Agency, developers, NKDC’s Economic Development Unit and a sustainable community group they pored over information, facts and figures to consider specific issues addressed by policies in the Core Strategy.
Through discussions and presentations to the group acting as the decision-making committee, the importance of more affordable homes, new business and employment opportunities, support for tourism and regeneration, promotion of sustainable transport and watersaving measures became clear. A further education college was suggested for the Sleaford area and out-of-town industrial and office use to reduce traffic congestion was promoted, along with cycling provision for school children, smaller buses, reduced rail fares and alternative fuels in a bid to educate people in a ‘greener’ way of living. In addition to officers and Members from across the spectrum
Convenience call Glass banks
Bigger bins trial
The public toilets in Money’s Yard, Sleaford, will be closed in the coming months. Although they will not be closed and demolished until mid-January at the earliest, shoppers and visitors to the town are being advised to familiarise themselves with alternative facilities available at The National Centre for Craft & Design. The toilets at the National Centre are open during trading hours seven days a week, 10am to 5pm, offering ground-floor level access to a suite of toilets which are warmer, higher quality and more-often inspected than those in Money’s Yard.
A trial is being operated to assess the potential for enhanced recycling if people have larger recycling bins. Homes in part of the District have been given the chance to request 360 litre bins for free on a permanent basis. If they prove successful in enabling householders to divert more of their waste away from the black bin into the green-lidded bin for recycling, the Council may consider increasing their availability. The pilot is focused only on routes where there is currently average recycling performance and capacity to take the potential extra tonnage and where it is easier to establish baseline statistics for monitoring their effectiveness. Cllr Geoff Hazelwood, Executive Member for waste services, said: “Last year North Kesteven residents maintained their excellent recycling rate of 53% but we have come to realise that they’re probably held back in recycling more if their bins are full. Hoping that larger bins may help, we look forward to a positive response to this trail.” Households right across the District can request bigger bins which are provided at a subsidised rate.
Glass banks dotted around the District will really come into their own over the Festive period. With space in the green-lidded recycling bins at a premium as extra waste jostles for space, the glass banks provide a perfect alternative for the disposal of bottles and jars. Initially they were due to be removed in the summer because the success of home-recycling meant that they were no longer people’s preference. But a further year’s reprieve means that the glass banks are still in place and available for use to free up space in your home bin for other recyclable material.
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at NKDC, support was given by the Environment Agency, Robert Doughty Consultancy Ltd and Leader of Lincoln City Council Cllr Ric Metcalfe. Deputy Leader of NKDC, Cllr Mike Gallagher said: “The District Council believes strongly in highlighting the importance of local democracy and these workshops are very effective. “I was tremendously impressed with how the children got involved. They really engaged in every aspect of the day and put forward ideas for the area’s future. We have to remember it is their’s and their children’s futures that we are essentially planning for; any changes that happen over the next 20 years will affect them. “An event such as this is extremely beneficial, and to have external
organisations involved shows great partnership working.” Cllr Susan Waring has Executive oversight for younger people. “This event is a great opportunity for young people in our District,” she said. “It can open their eyes as to what we are involved in as a District Council as well as educate them about local democracy.” The Central Lincolnshire Joint Planning Unit is undertaking consultation for the core strategy which will affect all manner of factors which influence where and how we live, work, shop, travel and relax through to 2030 and beyond. The Joint Planning Unit website can be found at www.central-lincs.org.uk
Local Democracy events took place in North Hykeham and Sleaford
Responding to grassroots demand The timetable for emptying your brown wheeled bin has been changed for the winter months. Through to February 26, the brown bins are being emptied once every four weeks. The dates are detailed on the collection calendar and can be download at www.n-kesteven. gov.uk or call the refuse hotline on 0800 174499. Executive Member for waste services, Cllr Geoff Hazelwood said: “Residents have responded very positively to this in the past two years, appreciating the cost savings and
environmental benefits from every home receiving four fewer lifts of their brown bins, which are often barely-used during the winter.” The brown wheeled bin should be used for grass, weeds, hedge cuttings, leaves, clean straw, flowers and plants, twigs and small branches and you can put your Christmas tree in too, if sawn into small lengths. If you generate more garden waste than your brown bin has capacity for, it can be taken to the household recycling centres at Mareham Lane, Sleaford, Whisby Great Northern Terrace in Lincoln and Leadenham.
Food cart takes to the road The Council has been rolling out recipes and helpful hints on food safety via its mobile cooking cart The extra-curricular lessons parents and children have been receiving in healthy eating at the school gate are bearing fruit with improved winter-warming nourishment. During the first round of eight sessions run at four North Kesteven primary schools this autumn, the Food Cart introduced ideas for rustling up quick, easy, economic and wholesome meals using home-grown or seasonal food to hundreds of people. From each session scores of copies of a specially produced recipe booklet were taken home, where the 26 suggestions for balanced meals are being cooked and adapted through the winter months. Each one is designed to appeal to children, take 45 minutes or less and make a significant impact on daily consumption of fruit and vegetables. And at least 30 people have stepped forward to take advantage of the free cookery classes which accompany this aspect of the Sow Grow Cook initiative geared towards improving the health and wellbeing of District residents. The NK Food Cart is a locally devised response to funding body NHS Lincolnshire’s Choosing Health promotion, to encourage families to cook good fresh food in the home, using local produce where possible. During the year the aim is for NKDC’s Environmental Health Food Team to take the mobile kitchen demonstrations and advice to 18 primaries in a bid to improve families’ understanding of how to cook healthy, nourishing and inexpensive meal options. It has already proved to be a success in Billinghay, Quarrington and
Council’s refuse trucks wore their poppies with pride Bin lorries circulating around North Kesteven wore poppies with pride in recognition of the sacrifices and ongoing contributions made to the community by Service personnel. In advance of Remembrance Sunday, and in the Poppy Appeal’s 90th anniversary year, the entire fleet of NKDC 24 refuse vehicles carried a poppy on their front grilles. This new initiative coincides with a charitable emphasis by this year’s Council Chairman Councillor Ian Cartwright MBE, in support of Forces and care charities, ABF The Soldiers Charity and St Barnabas Hospice. Cllr Cartwright said, “Having served in Her Majesty’s Forces for all of my working life and with two sons currently serving in the Army, I believe that it is very important to show our support for serving and
Cllr Ian Cartwright MBE fixes a poppy to one of the trucks
NKDC Environmental Health Officer Mark Stuart offering free samples of the dishes cooked on the Food Cart at Ruskington’s Chestnut Street CE Primary School. The recipe booklet (below) has been a huge hit at Ruskington’s two primary schools where three of the 26 recipes from the booklet have been cooked up, explained and served to an audience of parents, children and teachers. They are also given helpful hints and advice on food safety in the home. Executive Member with oversight for health matters, Cllr Richard Wright, said: “At each session there has been a large and appreciative audience hungry not only to taste the food but to take the recipes and advice home. “Our aim is to encourage hundreds of families further along the route of affordable healthy eating, boosting confidence and skills, supporting healthier lifestyles and promoting
increased consumption of fruit and vegetables. It’s an innovative project which we really hope will also promote greater use of locally-sourced produce and reduced food waste for a more sustainable district,” said Cllr Wright. The Food Cart will hit the road again in the spring, focusing chiefly on areas where there is a recognised need.
food4life Recipe Book
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former personnel and their families. “This was just a small gesture, with which I was very proud to be associated, especially as both RAF Cranwell and Digby are in my ward; a living and constant reminder of the bravery and leadership shown by our Armed Forces. “I was grateful to everyone, both staff and residents, who so willingly showed their support for the Poppy Appeal and hope that this can be extended through support for other Forces charities,” he said. Cllr Cartwright continues to be involved in Regimental matters and one of his officer sons has recently returned from Afghanistan. Both have served in Iraq. Elected Members joined residents at community Remembrance events all across the District to honour the fallen and support serving Forces personel.
The Soldiers Charity ABF and St Barnabas Hospice will be the beneficiaries of four fundraising events hosted by North Kesteven District Council Chairman Councillor Ian Cartwright. Tickets will be available to buy soon for the Burns Night Supper on Saturday, January 21 and the annual Brains of Kesteven Quiz on Friday, April 27. In addition there was a concert of vintage brass in November and there will be a civic reception in March, all adding to the charitable sums raised. The quiz is for teams of up to six people, at £6 per person with a supper included and a bar available. For details and tickets for any of the events call the Civic Office on 01529 308220.
Praise for crackdown on illegal gambling Youth sporting opportunities Targeting premises suspected of providing illegal gambling facilities in North Kesteven has been a top priority for the District Council’s licensing team. North Kesteven District Council’s licensing team has spent the last six months working closely with the Gambling Commission to crack down on pubs, clubs and social clubs in the District that have been encouraging illegal gambling. Following initial contact from the Council to reminding of the need to licence gambling activities, most affected premises took the opportunity to legalise their operations. Nine premises which failed to respond and were suspected of providing unlicensed gambling were
visited by officials from the Gambling Commission and NK’s licensing team, more than half of which were found to be providing illegal gambling facilities such as unlicensed gaming machines. In response to these investigations four premises have taken remedial action and completed new notifications to properly licence their facilities, and one establishment has completely removed its gambling machine. The initiative, the investigations process and outcomes are all being highlighted by the Gambling Commission among other licensing authorities as an example of ‘best practice’. NKDC currently monitors 339 licensed premises, 131 of which were
considered during this project of having some form of gambling facility. Cllr Richard Wright, Executive Member with responsibility for licensing said: “The District Council takes its responsibility for licensing premises very seriously. By working together with the Gambling Commission we have proved our determination that illegal gambling will not be tolerated. “We are very fortunate that it is only a small number of establishments that think they can get away with this kind of illegal behaviour and I applaud our officers and the Gambling Commission for their joint initiative and the praise it has earned in being highlighted as an example for other councils to follow.”
A range of sporting opportunities across the District are being extended through grant funding. Within the £45,000 total awarded to 76 county sports projects for 14 to 25 year olds over the next six months, seven are in North Kesteven. The National Lottery funds are administered through Sportivate, targetting ‘semi-sporty’ teenagers to take part in six-week sports sessions. The programme runs through to May 2015 by which time almost £400,000 will have been distributed to sports clubs in Lincolnshire. NK received £3,915 to promote badminton, cricket, boxing, cycling, basketball, swimming and climbing. In Sleaford £1,793 will be targeted at swimming in NKDC’s leisure
centre, climbing via NK’s Outreach programme and cycling and boxing at Carre’s Grammar School. Basketball and badminton are the focus at Branston Community College using a further £1,530 and a portion of the £26,606 allocated in the Lincoln area will be used for sports provision at the NK Centre in North Hykeham. Cllr Susan Waring, Executive Member for leisure, said: “So many sporting opportunities exist within North Kesteven for all ages and abilities in so many disciplines and through this funding more young people will be encouraged to take part.” To find out if your club could benefit, contact the Lincolnshire Sports Partnership on 01522 585580 or email email@example.com
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To promote the wellbeing, safety and health of North Kesteven’s 100 flourishing communities
Putting local stations back on track If there’s a train station in your community in need of some TLC, adopting it could get it back on track
Since the spring of 2007 local councils within North Kesteven have been grouped into clusters, easing the effective exchange of good practice, ideas and issues Each of the nine cluster areas is also explained that the Country Park supported by a Parish Partnerships has a budget for branded signage at Officer with four meetings a year village boundaries, which parishes that bring together district, county, are being asked to consider to town and parish representatives. establish a preferred style for use at The Metheringham Cluster was all relevant locations in the Park area. attended by Lincolnshire County At the Ruskington & Billinghay Council Highways and Lincolnshire Clusters North Kesteven Community Road Safety Partnership. The Cluster Safety Manager gave a talk on antidiscussed speed restrictions along social behaviour; which was explained the B1188, a ‘Red Route’ on which as causing, or is likely to cause, several people have been killed and harassment, alarm or distress to other numerous accidents have taken people not of the same household. place. The parishes would like to see Across Lincolnshire the police, all a reduction in the speed restriction district councils and registered to 50 mph along the whole length of landlords are using a new unified this road. Better signage at junctions ASB recording system which informs was also highlighted. It was agreed them all when tackling problems. that a formal letter would be drafted to One of the NKDC Health Trainers Highways and discussions would take attended Billinghay Cluster to talk place with other affected parishes. about the Fit for Life programme. The Further discussions took place at Health Trainers are commissioned the Cliff Cluster on a Youth Worker. by NHS Lincolnshire and work at It was agreed that further consultation NKDC. They have been working with was required throughout the Cliff the Billinghay Children’s Centre and villages to provide evidence of need. are now completing their fourth Fit The South of Sleaford Cluster for Life programme in Walcott which discussed the community issues involved 12 weeks of help such as raised at the July meeting. It was cooking on a budget, reading food decided to gather more information labels, healthy eating, improving about developing community transport fitness and gaining or losing weight, solutions to poor provision in the open to anyone over the age of 18. area and to invite a representative The Hykeham Cluster received from Lincolnshire County Council a presentation on the Localism Bill to the January meeting. from NKDC’s Head of Housing, The Witham Valley Project Officer Partnerships and Communities. The presented an overview to the Bill is due to receive Royal Assent Brant & Witham and North West towards the end of 2011, with the Clusters. She summarised the aim of devolving greater powers to project’s objectives as: improving councils and neighbourhoods and connectivity between public green give local communities more control space to give residents greater access over housing and planning decisions. to open space and consequent Should you have any issue which Parish Cluster Areas health benefits; developing a high you would like to address through quality experience for visitors; and the Clusters, please contact your conserving the environment. It was local town or parish councillor.
Tidier, brighter and more welcoming stations are just the ticket for inspiring increased passenger numbers on local rail services. In Metheringham, Ruskington and Rauceby there are individuals who work tirelessly but quietly behind the scenes to ensure that their village stations are always inviting. Such ‘Station Adopters’ play a key part in the upkeep of East Midlands Trains’ stations within North Kesteven and both the Council and the company want to encourage more community-minded people to step forward to care for facilities in their neighbourhoods. Individuals or groups are welcome to do as much or as little as they are able, ranging from a weekly inspection and litter pick to planting up flowers and generally keeping vandalism at bay. East Midlands Trains (EMT) says that the success of adoption is borne out at both Metheringham where Alan Waddington is ‘invaluable’ in keeping them informed and ‘crucial’ in ensuring recently upgraded facilities are well-cared-for and at Ruskington and Rauceby where Paul Jowett even helps to educate customers and delivers timetables to local outlets.
At Ruskington there has been a marked reduction in vandalism since Paul started making regular visits. Cllr Mike Gallagher, NKDC’s Executive Member for both transport and community safety, said: “It is clear that the actions of just one or two individuals can bring rich rewards in terms of passenger confidence and visual appeal at our train stations. “We are very fortunate in North Kesteven to have communities served on three rail lines and with the days of manned stations now sadly long-gone, this adoption scheme is the ideal way to ensure there are people keeping a look out for passenger safety and amenity.”
Additional Morning Train from Rauceby Station Early morning rail departures from a Sleaford area village are opening up a whole new world for commuting and leisure travel. The enhanced connectivity on East Midlands Trains at Rauceby Station will be especially beneficial for residents in adjacent Greylees. From December 11, the first Grantham-bound train from Sleaford will call at Rauceby at about 6.40am, connecting to arrive at Kings Cross at 8.36am; with Kings Cross return
North Hykeham and South Hykeham
Doddington & Whisby
Eagle & Swinethorpe
Thorpe on the Hill
Branston & Mere
South Hykeham Swinderby Aubourn & Haddington
Witham St Hughs
Coleby Norton Disney
Bassingham Boothby Graffoe
Wellingore Brant Broughton & Stragglethorpe
Ashby de la Launde, Bloxholme & Temple Bruer
Carlton le Moorland
Dorrington North Kyme Leadenham
Cranwell, Byard's Leap & Brauncewell
Anwick South Kyme
Ewerby & Evedon North Rauceby
Wilsford Culverthorpe & Kelby
Parish Partnership Officer Ann Stevenson Anne-Marie Shepherd Sue Chambers
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Asgarby & Howell
Kirkby la Thorpe
Ruskington Silk Willoughby
Aswarby & Swarby
Aunsby & Dembleby
Newton & Haceby Walcot near Folkingham
Little Hale Helpringham
South of Sleaford
trains making connections to return to Rauceby for 5.56pm or 7.50pm. As all trains serving Rauceby run to and from Nottingham the enhanced service has wider benefits for more locally-based travel too. Cllr Mike Gallagher, who has oversight of transport said: “We welcome all service improvements. Hopefully this new morning train will generate greater use of Rauceby Station and assist in NKDC’s aspiration for more trains to call at this and every station in the District.”
Flourishing communities hungry for help Better Links with GPs
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The adopters assist station management teams in reporting faults and providing regular feedback on the standards of the station’s facilities, helping EMT to be more proactive in improving and maintaining them. EMT route manager Nigel Carlisle said: “Station adopters play an important role. They assist our staff to ensure facilities are well maintained and keep us in touch with customers views.” Details from Community Rail Officer Jayne Wingad on 01522 782070, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go along to a discussion on station adoption on January 19 at County Offices in Lincoln, 6pm and 8pm.
More than 50 community groups and initiatives were helped to flourish by receiving advice and setup support at two drop-in sessions and workshops this autumn. A wide range of agencies working in the District was brought together by PartnershipNK, Community Lincs, Voluntary Centre Services North Kesteven and NKDC at the roadshow events designed to help residents understand how to get funding for their community, set up new groups and find the people with the right skills to help. After attending the one in Waddington, Veronica Long said, “There was such a good variety of organisations there and all the representatives I spoke to were so very enthusiastic about their subject and helpful with their advice. “I brought away lots of leaflets and other useful literature which I’m
sure will help a range of groups I’m involved with develop and flourish for the benefit of the community,” said Mrs Long from Potterhanworth. Organisations involved included artsNK, SustainNK, Community Lincs and Community Payback and funders such as the Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, Big Lottery, Charity Bank and WREN. If you missed the events, your parish council should be able to help you to contact any of them. Pictured at the Waddington ‘Flourish’ event are Rosemary Howe from Metheringham and Veronica Long from Potterhanworth. They are seen with Dave Carter from the Lincolnshire Sports Partnership, Community Lincs’ insurance officer Neal Mapletoft, Caty Collier from the Volunteer Centre and Sharon Bark, NKDC’S Community Initiatives Co-ordinator.
A project led by carers, for carers, has set a benchmark for GP practices to shape the support, guidance and advice they offer. In recognition of the essential role unpaid carers play in supporting the welfare of family members, a partner, relative or friend, the support service Carers Connect is championing their cause through the Better Links initiative. Around 66,000 people in the county spend a proportion of their life providing unpaid support. For many, their GP is the first point of contact for clinical expertise and support for both patient and carer. This makes the Better Links project an invaluable service into which a GP refers for practical and emotional issues, emergency response, specialist benefits advice and access to work, leisure and lifestyle information. GPs who have adopted the model will also have notice boards and a carers’ register, hand out carers’ information packs and recognise who is a carer within their practice. To learn more about the support available for carers in Lincolnshire or are interested in becoming involved in the project, call 01522 812830 . or email email@example.com
Sow Grow Cook projects prosper
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A co-ordinated series of initiatives is helping residents to make the most of own-grown produce, from plot to plate
Football Festival Fun
The first of the Sow Grow Cook schemes is taking root in Sleaford with further projects poised to flourish across the District. The growing project at the Sleaford Foyer marks a brilliant start for the project. Here enthusiastic volunteers can get outside and join a dedicated expert in learning how to grow fruit and vegetables in two raised beds. Sow Grow Cook is the overarching programme co-ordinated by PartnershipNK using Health & Wellbeing Fund monies, which focuses on creating growing schemes and running cookery courses to promote healthier and more sustainable lifestyles. It is rolled out in conjunction with the Food4Life foodcart. Further growing schemes are lined up for North Hykeham and Leadenham, where gifts of spare time and tools are key to future success. If you are interested in volunteering to help others root out their horticultural talents or if you have any spades, forks, hand tools or watering cans you could donate, please contact the SustainNK team on 01529 414155 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Free cooking courses in January
Residents will be able to get their teeth into the tastiest part of the Sow Grow Cook initiative from January. Free introductory cooking courses are being run in North Kesteven through the scheme which is promoting healthier eating, balanced diets and more sustainable lifestyles. The courses, which are open to anyone, will be two-hour sessions over a six-week period. They will include basic cookery skills and
general advice on nutrition, food safety and food labelling to help families re-discover the delights of home cooking. Initially courses will run in Sleaford, but if there is demand, they could be held in community and village halls elsewhere. For details and booking, contact PartnershipNK on 01529 308196 or email@example.com or course leader Jack Wright on 07779 713479 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Master Gardeners offer a year’s free cultivation advice Six Master Gardeners are gearing up to offer people free advice and support on growing their ownsown produce in North Kesteven. They have been appointed as mentors to help community growing projects and households master the ins and outs of organic gardening and conquer the challenges of cultivation. Graham Nichols, Felicity Davies, Mark Davies, Steven Choma,
Jim Barnes and Karan Wadsely, have all volunteered to invest their enthusiasm, expertise and energy attached to a community growing scheme or one-to-one where people are growing in a garden, yard, allotment or just a pot. The project is part of a national programme, operated locally by PartnershipNK using Health & Wellbeing Fund support under the co-ordination of Rick Aron.
North Kesteven’s six Master gardeners are part of a network of 53 which includes coverage in East Lindsey, West Lindsey, South Kesteven and Boston. If you would like 12 months’ free advice and support in growing food, contact Rick on 07584 474779, email email@example.com or write to: Lincolnshire Master Gardeners, Garden Organic, Coventry, Warwickshire, CV8 3LG.
Does your voice need to be heard?
As it strives to always respond to residents needs, your District Council is constantly seeking out views, opinions and preferences in the way services are shaped. In order to reflect a constantly changing demographic, the Council wants to make sure that everyone from every sector of the community is represented. There is already regular and responsive dialogue with many traditional groups, societies and organisations and a viewpoint panel of 1,200 more individuals, but NKDC knows there are many groups on the fringes which are under-represented in these forums. If you think you fit within one of these seldom-heard sections of society or a group that’s not fully
Would you like your child to get fit and be more active in 2012? Active Kids is a 12-week programme for 8 to 11 year olds which is operating free-of-charge in North Kesteven to help children lead healthier lives, get fitter and lose weight. Twice a week, the sessions include advice on nutrition, fun and games to help families embrace change. Previous sessions attended by more than 500 children county-wide have helped children gain confidence and a better understanding of healthy living, leading to some incredible lifestyle and health improvements. Classes in and around Sleaford start again in January so call Kate Priestley on: 01529 413828 or 07817 607592 to reserve a place or email firstname.lastname@example.org
represented, such as Eastern European communities, non-Christian denominations and people with disabilities, and can speak up for them, please step forward. Two or three times a year the Council brings individuals and representatives together to hear their views on things like how money is spent, services delivered and policies shaped. This only takes an hour or so each time, and by getting involved and having your say, you can be certain of being heard. If you feel you could represent a seldom-heard section of our society, contact Esther Watt on 01529 414155 or email email@example.com
The February half-term holidays will be given extra kicks next year through a football festival. Working together with Carre’s Grammar School and Sleaford Youth Centre, the NK Community Safety Partnership has put together a three-day football programme to give young people something to do. The action will run from 1pm to 4pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on a World Cup theme. There’s no need for ready-made teams as it’s open to individuals or friendship groups. Partnership chairman, Cllr Mike Gallagher, said: “The holidays can be a time of boredom for teenagers which is why we work so hard in arranging these positive activities. “Based on previous successes I know that this will be a welcome distraction in preventing boredom and developing skills and friendships.” It will also promote the excellent Friday Night Football programme for teenagers every Friday between 7pm and 9pm for only £1 per night. Both will be based in Carre’s superb community sports facilities. To enter the half-term festival return the registration form at www.carres.lincs.sch.uk/football with a one off registration fee of £5.
Extreme activities A day of extreme action has been arranged for young people, building on the wide-spread success of The Pod mobile activity bus. ExtremeNK’s outreach has been enjoyed by 34 communities right across North Kesteven during the year, in addition to the 57 rural areas reached by The Pod. Providing young people with positive activities keeps them out of trouble brought on by being bored and also develops skills, coordination and social groups. Extreme NK’s activities also encourage active and healthy lifestyles. On Saturday, December 17, the action continues with a free day at North Hykeham’s NK Centre, 11am to 3pm with climbing, skating, powerbocking and everything on The Pod.
at www.n-kestven.gov.uk/safenk which Cllr Mike Gallagher, said was ‘a simple, convenient and effective way of ensuring that agencies were instantly aware of concerns’. Residents can also report ASB by calling 01529 308100 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Call police on 101 A new phone number has been launched for contacting Lincolnshire Police when you don’t need an urgent response. Dial 101 in situations such as reporting a crime that has already happened, seeking crime prevention advice or identifying local policing issues. This will ease pressure on the 999 number and make it easier to get advice and access to your local policing teams. Calls to 101 are handled locally, 24 hours a day, seven days a week by specially trained staff. All calls cost 15 pence per call regardless of time, length or whether it’s from a mobile or a landline. Callers who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired can textphone 18001 101. The 101 number replaces the 0300 111 0300 non-emergency number.
Local crime statistics Residents can get a clearer picture of crime committed in their area. The website www.police.uk now breaks down neighbourhood crime into 11 categories and tells you who your Neighbourhood Beat Team is and when local police surgeries are being held.
Alert for safer homes Residents can subscribe to a new alert service that gives them up-to-date information and advice from their Local Police Beat Team. The Lincs Alert messages help residents to access crimeadvice by email, phone or text. It is free and confidential and can be found at www.lincolnshirealert. co.uk or on 01522 558399.
Frank talking on drugs
Substance misuse, including alcohol, is a priority area for NK’s Community Safety Partnership. A few clicks of a mouse are all it In support of the Home Office’s takes to report anti-social behaviour new Talk to Frank Campaign concerns in North Kesteven. Although the District is a safe place about drugs awareness, the CSP will be handing out information to live and work, with low levels of at public events, aimed at both anti-social behaviour (ASB) where young people and their parents. residents do experience it they are For drugs and alcohol advice always encouraged to report it. www.talktofrank.com or 0800 776600. It can now be registered online
Quick ASB reporting
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National Centre houses a kaleidescope of colour Under its new name of The National Centre for Craft & Design, the arts venue previously known as The Hub, has the perfect antidote to the grey days of winter. Everything about it this season – indoors and out – is screaming colour! From its very beginning as The National Centre for Craft & Design, the converted Sleaford seed warehouse radiates brilliance. Re-launched in bright sunshine on the hottest ever recorded October day the outside sets the scene for what lies inside – bright, brilliant, striking colour and form. The main feature currently on show could not have been better-timed as a rich and welcome injection of light and colour for the winter months. Giant veils of shimmering thread fill the entirety of the main gallery space – quite literally fulfilling its title by materialising the structure of light. Gabriel Dawe spent more than two weeks on this immense installation, painstakingly threading 113 miles of standard Gutermann embroidery thread in a rainbow which stretches from floor to ceiling and spans the 209 square metre gallery space as if it is one giant prism refracting light. As with every other exhibition featured in the main gallery, roof gallery and window spaces Dawe’s kaleidoscope offers the potential to reflect, interact, contemplate and consider. In this case it’s possible – if not essential – to walk through the exhibition to really immerse yourself in it. It is typical of the NCCD’s mission that the opportunity to showcase his work here has offered Dawe his UK premiere and the space in which to expand his work into his largest ever structure. It is also typical that a new emerging artist is being given the chance to make their name alongside such an international luminary. In this case it’s Victoria Topping who’s complementing the main event with her injection of colour in the window space. The window space typically reflects the activity in the main gallery and Topping’s musically inspired graphic designs are accurately billed as ‘hallucinogenic, vivid, unabashed and without doubt, funky’. The main gallery is the largest exhibition space in the country for craft and design, offering the versatility to accommodate 80-odd pairs of Vivienne Westwood shoes and a vast selection of underwear designs through to the single epic that is Dawe’s Plexus no10. There are four main gallery shows each year, the next being The Museum of Broken Relationships from late January, which will include artefacts collected across the world alongside those contributed locally. Although not all of these relationships will revolve
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"I see the colours as a mirage, a sort of fog which I want to approach slowly and with trepidation while others want to immerse themselves right in there" around lost love, it is likely that there will be an alternative Valentine’s Day event tied in to the theme. From July to September there will be an exhibition inspired by next summer’s Paralympic Games and illustrating the amazing science and artistic beauty of prosthetics that have enabled, empowered and altered perceptions around disability. Alongside this, in the Roof Gallery, the focus will be on creative practice rather than sport, concentrating on artists and designers who have used technology in response to changes in their own ability. And in between times, Made in the Middle is the principal selling exhibition of contemporary craft from the Midlands which is a popular draw for galleries and collectors every three years. As a mark of respect for the National Centre, it’s the first time that it has been asked to host this showcase and the first year East Midlands makers have been invited to participate. Themes of all exhibitions are also picked up in a comprehensive programme of workshops, holiday activities and special events. The current show in the Roof Gallery continues the theme of colour and vibrancy. Jewels from Brazil offers a compelling snapshot of the wealth of artistic design
and craftsmanship in Brazil today, bringing forward bright bracelets, necklaces and personal adornments using natural materials, stone, leather, palm fibres, tree seeds in combination with precious metals and stones. “From top to bottom this season, running right through the National Centre, is a core of colour and vibrancy," said marketing manager Jayne Olney. "On a cold, dismal, winter’s day you can be certain of finding warmth here.” Younger visitors can also be assured of discovering useful material in the Learning Zone to help them to explore and understand all of the exhibits, draw their own interpretation and handle relevant materials. In addition to the open door on all of the exhibitions, café and shop, seven days a week and year-round, the wider community is also welcome to use the new ExChange Space which is an ideal location for small scale exhibitions, as pioneered by the Community Lincs photography exhibition. Artists from the immediate locality are also encouraged through an annual profile developed to support them through the process of staging an exhibition with the centre’s artistic team. For five weeks from January 14 textile practitioners Joan Richardson and Janet Wain will be presenting in the Roof Gallery. Beyond the National Centre’s status as a unique dedicated space for craft and design, it has become increasingly key for makers and artists within the craft and design sector locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and it has also proved to be an invaluable community asset.
The sheer scale and status of the National Centre’s main gallery has inspired internationally renowned graphic artist Gabriel Dawe to install his largest work to date. It’s described as an ‘all-encompassing, vertigo-inducing installation which visitors navigate their way through’. Dawe reflects that because the structures are so ethereal, it’s sometimes hard to see where they begin and end. “Visitors have to negotiate with the structure how far they can go. With all the optical effects from the crossing of threads, the eye has a hard time of figuring out what’s going on, sometimes inducing vertigo.” It certainly confuses the mind and all sense of spatial awareness and leaves you disorientated, dizzy and uncertain of distance. Plexus no10: Materialising the Structure of Light brilliantly illustrates the individual brilliance of everything at the NCCD. “It’s about what you see and feel as an individual as you immerse yourself,” said Jayne Olney. “People literally see different things and can’t always relate to other’s emotions. I see the colours as a mirage, a sort of fog which I want to approach slowly and with trepidation while others want to immerse themselves right in there, laying beneath, peering through and trying to touch the strands.” Dawe’s work is certainly an immersive experience and messes with your senses, which is a concept he finds ‘compelling, because it makes you question the very nature of reality’. “It’s just amazing,” observed creative manager Clare Edwards at its unveiling and hundreds have repeated the sentiment since. It runs at the NCCD until January 15, open 10am to 5pm daily except December 25, 26 and January 1. Admission free.
Bold statement of new name Speakers at the launch of the National Centre eloquently summarised the many aspects of community contribution. It is operated by North Kesteven District Council, whose Leader Cllr Mrs Marion Brighton OBE spoke of its predecessor the Heckington Pea Room, the visionary transformation from warehouse to arts centre and the bold statement in styling it a national centre. “It is great that we can welcome people here offering a completely free of charge visitor experience. It is a tremendous facility with outstanding exhibitions, and it is hoped that we can now firmly put this venue on the map,” she said. The centre’s creative manager Clare Edwards said there were already clear benefits from the collaboration of the Centre, ArtsNK and Design Factory in the promotion locally of great art. And Simon Fitch, from chief funders, the East Midlands Arts Council, said the variety and quality of work presented inside meant ‘you never know what you are going to see at The National Centre for Craft & Design’.
From left to right: Council Chief Executive Ian Fytche; Leader Cllr Marion Brighton OBE; NKDC Client Services Manager Mike Lock; NCCD Creative Manager Clare Edwards; the Arts Council's Simon Fitch and county Lord Lieutenant Tony Worth at the centre's official relaunch
Until January 15 Gabriel Dawe - Materialising the structure of light Giant veils of disorientating colour and line stretch from floor to ceiling to create an immersive environment into which visitors can walk for the full experience. Featured left.. January 28 to April 15 Museum of Broken Relationships An award-winning exhibition consisting of a collection of seemingly ordinary objects donated by people from across the world, each representing a past relationship, including objects and stories from the people of Lincolnshire.
Until January 8 Jewels from Brazil Precious stones and metals, tree seeds, palm fibres, river fish leather and grass combine through Brazilian design, inventiveness and ingenuity to illustrate the diversity and originality of Brazilian artistic talent.
January 14 to February 19 The National Centre Presents... Textile practitioners Joan Richardson and Janet Wain use the National Centre’s annual showcase to explore the influence of the written word on textile practice, taking the poem Blue Garden by Rowland Fade as their starting point using materials such as paper, paint, natural found materials and fabric to express wide-ranging emotions. February 25 to April 29 Transplantation Contemporary narrative jewellery sourced from British and Australian artists explores the sense of place and cultural identity through the theme of transplantation, based on each artist’s personal family experience of immigration and emigration.
Until January 15 Victoria Topping - experiments in shape and interplanetary music Musically-inspired graphic artworks by DJ and visual artist Victoria Topping explore jazz, funk, disco and soul music, modernist art and architecture, traditional wallpaper, textile design and pagan symbols. January 28 to April 15 Ph.o.bia (n) An interactive display featuring the ‘mail art’ project of Elizabeth Dismorr, a recent graduate in MA Fine Art at Bristol. The show will include a
Rummage out relationship relics Fitting in with The National Centre’s ethos that it is your gallery, there’s an open invitation to have objects of yours included in the next big show. Any objects that tell a story of broken dreams are ideal to include in The Museum of Broken Relationships. At the exhibition's core is random ephemera relating to, or representing, the end of a relationship, collected on the show's tour of the world. You can inject a local flavour by contributing objects – and the stories behind them – which tell of the end of a love affair, marriage, professional or work association, bereavement, or a link to something lost. To contribute, call the exhibitions team on 01529 308710, email email@example.com or visit www.nationalcraftanddesign.org.uk
collection of postcards by members of the public from all over the world sent to Dismorr, each decorated by its donor to represent their own phobia or fear.
Friday, December 9, 1pm to 3pm Wrap It Up with Origami Gift Boxes £10 per person. Age 16+ Sunday, December 11, 11am to 4pm Sock Till You Drop £10 per person. Age 11+ Friday, December 16, 1pm to 3pm Comic Christmas Decorations £10 per person. Children and families Saturday, December 17, 10am to 3pm Christmas Glass Ornaments £15 per person. Age 11+ Sunday, December 18, 10am to 3pm Glass Jewellery £15 per person. Age 11+ Wednesday, December 21, 1pm to 4pm Intaglio Printmaking £7 per person. Ages 13 to 17 Call the Centre on 01529 308710 for workshop tickets and further details.
Saturday, January 7, 11am and 2pm The Colour Experience Gallery tour, talk and visual illusions workshops. Various prices apply.
Stylish gifts at Centre's shop Whenever you are looking for a special gift, personal luxury or new adornment for your home you are assured of finding something unique and stylish in The National Centre’s retail space. Conveniently situated on the ground floor, the shop is stocked with the creative output of the very best of East Midlands craftmakers, ranging from books, greeting cards and jewellery through to ceramics, sculpture and textiles. Through close collaboration with Design Factory, which is managed by North Kesteven District Council as a network for different artistic disciplines, the shop offers a rare opportunity to buy work from artists who show nationally and internationally. “Our aim is to showcase the very best of East Midlands, if not national, makers, such that people regard it as a gallery
as much as a shop and the makers themselves look to us as the home of high quality crafts,” said Jayne Olney. As the stock rotates to reflect the seasons, the focus is on Christmas right now, and anything catches your eye but then seems to disappear, just ask as it’s probably just not on display. There’s also scope to commission direct from the artists and to see them in action once a month. The adjacent café is something of a creative hub itself, currently showcasing lampshade designs which are for sale alongside the more usual sandwiches, salads and soup. It is incredibly popular for all sorts of reasons ranging from business meetings to the informal knitters group which gathers at weekends and the lady who has been so inspired by the surroundings that she’s penned a novel over many successive morning coffees.
In conversation with newsnk, Gabriel Dawe (pictured) tells how his experiences of exhibiting at The National Centre for Craft & Design have inspired his colourful creativity This is the premiere of your work in the UK, how have you found it? This is the 10th in my Plexus series and the first time I’ve brought it out of the United States. Most of the others have been in Texas where I live, also St Louis, Missouri and upstate New York. It’s great to bring my work to the UK and do my largest work to-date here. So how have you found it working at The National Centre? I’ve really enjoyed it. The main gallery is a great space to work in and the team has been excellent. Each piece is site-specific and having not seen the space before I arrived, I couldn’t be happier with the way it’s worked. It fills the gallery and has immediate impact. And your thoughts on Sleaford? I've been here three weeks in total after staying on to do workshops and installations for the Sa Fire Festival. It’s a really nice little town. It’s quiet but not sleepy and it’s kind of strange for The National Centre for Craft & Design to be here. It brings something cultural to an area that you wouldn’t have otherwise and that's a good thing. Although there’s a lot of community outreach and engagement through artsNK and people using the Centre's shop and café, it’s clear that many local people, like the waiter and a hairdresser I spoke to, don’t really know what’s in there to be enjoyed for free. That said, I have been amazed at how many people come in daily just to look. And judging from the positive feedback, they seem so awe-struck and appreciative here too. What you have is 113 miles of serge thread for stitching seams from 100 spools in 12 colours, filling a 209 square metre space. Explain it. It’s like alchemy; it’s transforming the material from its usual intricate function to using it on an architectural scale. It’s about appropriating the delicate nature of the thread and taking it into another arena. It sort of pushes the limit of your understanding of sewing thread to create a spectrum of light on a massive scale. And how was it achieved? It was amazing, the first day I got here, they’d already started the prep
work. By previous standards it went really quickly, taking 12 days to install, some days with two of us and four on others. We worked really well together. It’s both very tangible and transient. Is that intentional or inadvertent? It’s something I’ve discovered as I’ve developed the series. The first four were flat pieces against a wall but as I realised the effect of introducing different planes and curves in the structure it was surprising how the crossing of threads confused the eye and induced disorientation and vertigo. It’s interesting how it’s proved to be a really hard thing to photograph and document which is both a blessing and a curse. It means you can only experience it in person and it forces people to come and immerse themselves in it but it also makes it hard to describe. People often can’t resist to touch, but I’d rather they didn’t. I had a nightmare on the eve of an opening that a handbag got caught on a thread and pulled it all apart. That remains my biggest fear. Will anything from this experience inspire any future instalations? It's been really nice to work with people, which has been a first for me. I've also enjoyed working from side to side rather than floor to ceiling. I’m always thinking what to do next and I have some thought of a monochrome version, an idea of integrating larger knots in the thread which could throw in a new perspective and of doing something which would last outdoors. So what's next for you and Plexus? From Sleaford I head to London to install in the stairwell of the Courtauld Institute to open in January. What I’d really like to do is something even bigger than here. It would be amazing to do something at Lincoln Cathedral, but the Tate's Turbine Hall has to be the place to aim for. What becomes of this 'structure of light' in January? It’ll become what I call a relic. The four pieces will be taken down and the thread packed into four small Perspex boxes for display, so there’ll still be something left in the gallery after the instalation is all gone.
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Moving forward with Maltings Development of Sleaford Maltings meets with approval Formal planning permission has now been granted to developers of The Sleaford Maltings, enabling them to make a start on their £100m proposition for the landmark building. A lengthy process culminated in mid November with the signing of a Section 106 agreement, which is an undertaking between developers Gladedale Estates Ltd, site owners GW Padley Ltd and North Kesteven District Council relating to various aspects surrounding heritage retention, community facilities support and provision, important dates, processes and legal concerns. It effectively gives Gladedale the green light to start the process of remedial and urgent work to the structure of the main building, construction of 24 new homes on site and the marketing of the first block set for office use.
There is no immediate timescale, but the new homes are key to enabling the initial repair work to the building. Throughout, the Council will maintain a watching brief and play its part in enabling the smooth running of the project to ensure maximum community benefit and economic regeneration potential is realised. The overall vision for the scheme is to convert the eight former malting blocks into 204 apartment homes, with allied parking, office, retail, medical and leisure use. Cllr Marion Brighton OBE said, “Hopefully the signing of the Section 106 will enable all parties to move forward with renewed impetus, vigour and enthusiasm to deliver this much-needed and most desirable flagship scheme to not only secure the long-term future of this splendid building but also the economic regeneration of the town.”
Provision of workshop units for business start-ups and small firms is a key driver in the Council’s commitment to foster enterprise in the District. With 14 new units being created alongside the A15 in Bracebridge Heath to add to the 63 existing commercial units provided by the Council across six other sites there’s never been a better time to do business in North Kesteven. Work is scheduled to start soon to enact the planning approvals, meaning that they should be operating from next May. The Council has taken a 15year head lease on 15,000 sq ft of new industrial space on the former E H Lee Site, for units ranging from 750 to 1,250 sq ft. Over the 15-year lease period it is anticipated that the project will support 56 businesses and create
or safeguard around 140 jobs. Cllr Marion Brighton OBE, whose Executive brief covers economic development, said: “These units will play an important role in contributing to the Council’s key priority of supporting a sustainable rural economy through encouraging economic development and supporting business growth. “With so much entrepreneurial flair and desire to do business in North Kesteven there is an identified need for small business workshops, in particular for units of 1,000 to 2,000 sq ft. This was identified in a recent Employment Land Review study for North Kesteven and I am pleased to say that this provision assists in addressing this need.” Anyone interested in these or any of the Council’s other workspaces should contact Marie Gutteridge at Hodgson Elkington on 01522 814660.
Firms are on-track The Sleaford Business Centre is providing the perfect solution for national training providers and a telecommunications firm. More than half of the space is let at the refurbished railway station “We established these eight units expressly to support new enterprise and foster opportunities for training and business growth and it is heartening to see that they are already contributing to our economic development goals for the District,” said Council Leader Cllr Marion Brighton. It is also offering six months half price rent for prospective tenants looking for a small industrial unit at both the Billinghay and Reedspire business parks to encourage new businesses into the area.
Green light for Siemens’ sustainable plant Unanimous support has been given to the £20m development of new engineering and office facilities as the cornerstone to a prestigious business park in North Kesteven. The planning approval given by NKDC’s planning committee paves the way for Siemens to develop a new turbine servicing operation at Teal Park by the end of 2012. This will involve the relocation of facilities from central Lincoln and secure around 1,000 jobs locally; half of which are direct employees of the global engineering giant, with the others concerned in small and
medium-sized essential support industries. Siemens will be the first business to take space at Teal Park, a 37 hectare park alongside the Lincoln by-pass at the northern edge of the District, building in a way that meets the ‘excellent’ criteria for sustainable development and sets the tone for all future business development on the site. Among the many sustainable measures adopted by Siemens are rainwater harvesting to minimise water use, installation of electric charging points for cars, promotion of sustainable transport options,
extensive use of solar panels and reuse of energy from the turbine testing. Cllr Mrs Marion Brighton said, “As the anchor tenant for Teal Park, Siemens provides the site with a global name to promote its credibility as a business location. Their move shows great confidence in the local economy at a time of recovery and highlights North Kesteven’s status as a positive place to do business.” The company’s consultant said that through both phases of construction, Siemens was ‘committed to making Teal Park and North Kesteven its long-term home.’
Business briefing What’s your favourite thing
Rare opportunities are being lined up to see behind the scenes at the District’s RAF bases. A programme is being arranged for tours to celebrate the District’s rich aviation heritage and operational bases. Plans are progressing for visits to RAF Cranwell in March, including a tour of College Hall; to RAF Digby in May/June including a visit to their Sector Operations Room museum; and to RAF Waddington, with a visit to their Heritage Centre in late September or early October. Call the NK Tourism Unit on 01529 308102 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for details > Santa will pitch up in a motorbike sidecar to distribute presents at the Cranwell Aviation Centre Christmas event. The event on Sunday, December 11, runs from 10.30am to 3.30pm, with a packed programme including Sleaford Choral Society carols, Sleaford Scottish Country Dancers. Admission is free but there is a small charge for Santa’s gifts when he arrives at 11am. > A weekend of events marks the 70th anniversary of a mid-air crash which claimed the life of famous aviation poet John Gillespie Magee in 1941. For details of the lecture at the Lincoln Hotel on December 10 at 2pm and a 11am service in Lincoln Cathedral on December 11, call 01529 308137.
Businesses which want high-level decision-makers to understand local economic conditions can easily make their thoughts known. By registering now, you’ll have access to forthcoming Lincolnshire Quarterly Economic Surveys, with the next one due in February. The county council and Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce initiative asks local business to give a local perspective of the economy, the results of which are reported to HM Treasury and the Bank of England to ensure their decisions are informed by Lincolnshire views and issues. The detail also helps shape NKDC services. The five-minute survey will also give businesses access to the quarterly briefing, with its overview of the local and national economy and beneficial events and initiatives. To register, contact rachael. email@example.com
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to do in the District?
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The 2012 Heart of Lincolnshire Visitor Guide for North Kesteven is being compiled, and this year the District Council wants to hear from you! North Kesteven has something to suit everyone, whether you live here, are visiting for a holiday, or just passing through. Tell us what’s your favourite place to visit in North Kesteven? Maybe it’s the National Centre for Craft & Design, Whisby Natural World Centre, Cogglesford Mill or Mrs Smith’s Cottage or going on one of the many Stepping Out Walks. We also want to know your Lincolnshire colloquial expressions. Are you a “Clotty-box” or “Daft as an owd wumman’s tale when er belly’s full o’ buttermilk”? Post on NKDC’s Facebook wall and your recommendation could feature in next year’s guide www.facebook.com/ northkestevendistrictcouncil
To develop plans for the future growth of North Kesteven, including the provision of new communities, affordable housing and community infrastructure
Our Communities Our Homes
Considerate constructors win praise
Back in use
Local nursery school pupils who have watched them being built, Councillors and builders involved in the project, industry inspectors and the newly moved-in tenants are full of praise for the newest of the Council’s new houses. The cluster of five bungalows and houses at Pinfold Lane, Ruskington were built at a cost of £500,000 as part of a £6.2m project – jointly funded by the Council and the Homes & Communities Agency – to increase the supply of quality affordable homes in the District. They follow on from homes already occupied in Waddington, Martin, Wellingore, Sleaford, North Hykeham and Ruskington while others are ready to be tenanted in Branston and Sleaford and 11 more are being built in Martin. The outstanding finish to the buildings at Pinfold Lane
Eleven more houses in the District have been brought back into use as homes in the last six months, through a successful partnership aimed at reviving the fortunes of long-term empty properties. Through the Lincolnshire Empty Homes Project, the Council works with owners of properties which have been empty for six months or more and are problematic in some way, helping them to bring them back into use. This includes advice on renovations, highlighting opportunities for financial, legal or logistical assistance and marketing for sale or let. There have also been many successes with rectifying issues from undermanaged or untidy and insecure properties, helping to minimise the impact empty properties can have on neighbours and residents living nearby. Around 600 of the county’s 4,000 long-term vacant private properties are in North Kesteven. Details from Luke Taylor on 01529 308297 or www.lincsemptyhomes.org.uk
The latest five of the 46 homes being built by the Council to meet local need have met with wide-spread acclaim and considerate, respectful, environmentally sound, responsible and safe way in which they have been constructed has won the admiration of Council officers and members and at least four written compliments from within the community. It also won top accreditation for builders Robert Woodhead Ltd under the Considerate Constructors Scheme where site manager Pete Winson’s engagement with the Ruskington Rascals Nursery School and neighbours was especially highly rated. Council Leader Cllr Marion Brighton OBE described the design and build quality as ‘first class’ and praised the developers for delivering a month ahead of schedule and with such high standards, which would be appreciated by the tenants, she said. “We are especially grateful for the way you worked so positively and
constructively with the community of Ruskington and especially the children who now understand how houses are built and why they are so necessary for a strong community,” she said. Cllr Stewart Ogden, whose Executive brief covers housing, said, “This is one of the best sites we have dealt with, in terms of both the management of the development phase and the superb finished results. “I have no doubt that the tenants will reap the benefits of the care that has been taken in every respect of this project and it has certainly ensured a positive relationship with the wider community.” On top of the heat recovery and insulation measures which are typical of all NKDC new-build homes – and in excess of industry standards – bird and bat boxes, low-energy light fittings and water butts are even included to ensure a high sustainability rating.
Pete Winson, site manager for Robert Woodhead Ltd and children from Ruskington Rascals Nursery on site at Pinfold Lane
Billinghay builds plan Almost 50 residents took part in a workshop focused on shaping the future of Billinghay. Through NKDC, Billinghay won funding for the creation of a Neighbourhood Plan which is a new concept in planning which gives greater voice and involvement to local people. Having identified the village’s strengths and weaknesses, attendees discussed how they would like to see the village in 10 years’ time. Comments for the village’s strengths included its tremendous community spirit, the swimming pool, the doctor’s surgery, the Skirth Regeneration project and many clubs and associations. Weaknesses included the closure of the Lafford School, lack of public transport, poor broadband speed and the decline in local businesses and employment opportunities. The vision for Billinghay 2021 included a better drainage system,
more businesses, services and employment opportunities, a few more houses, more for young people to do, a second doctor’s surgery and plenty of community growing spaces. Ten volunteers stepped forward to form a small working group to work with the Central Lincolnshire Joint Planning Unit and to take the process forward. To learn more about the project, or be involved call Luisa McIntosh 01529 308196 or email firstname.lastname@example.org The first written reference of Billinghay is in the 1086 Doomsday Book when it’s called Belingai, changed to Billingas in 1202. It is commonly thought that the name means the island of the Billas people, with Billa being the leader of the early inhabitants of the settlement.
Award is final straw for homes
North Kesteven District Council’s dedication to sustainable building More than 70 new homes have & Communities Agency grant of has recognised once more been established in Sleaford £3.7 million. There is a mix of one The Royal Town Planning Institute through a partnership involving and two bedroom flats and two, awarded its new special award for North Kesteven District Council three and four bedroom houses. the best affordable housing scheme to increase the availability North Kesteven Council Leader in the East Midlands to the Council of affordable homes. Cllr Mrs Marion Brighton, OBE, said for its semi-detached homes built of The 72 much-needed units at Tamer it had been a delight to work with straw bales at Brumby Crescent in Road off Church Lane are all being Acis Group on this development. Waddington. lived in now, under rental, shared “It’s a wonderful development. The Presentations were made by the ownership and rent to own tenure where design is absolutely first class and four finalists including NKDC, which I have no doubt that the people of customers can rent now and buy later. were then voted on by the 100 or so Sleaford moving in to these properties delegates who selected the straw They were developed by Acis will really enjoy being here,” she said. project as the best scheme. Group, one of the region’s largest Acis Chairman Roger Buttery said registered social landlords, working When completed 18 months the Tamar Road project had been a with NKDC in an effort to meet local ago, the houses were the first in great success for everyone involved demand for affordable homes. the country to be built in this way in the united vision of meeting the The scheme represents a total for council tenants, incorporating growing demand for high-quality investment of £9.4 million, which solar water heating, extra thick affordable homes in the area. was funded in part with a Homes sheep’s wool insulation, triple glazing and sedum roofs to ensure high environmental and financial sustainability for tenants. Cllr Stewart Ogden, Executive member for housing, received the award. He said: “The District Council A lack of affordable rural housing has worked hard to keep one step means Lincolnshire people can’t ahead in building sustainable homes, afford to live where they want. and meets Code 4 with all its new houses built in North Kesteven. “Not only are these and all of our new houses highly sustainable and Homes for thriving rural communities cost-efficient, but they make fantastic www.livinglincs.org.uk and much-needed homes for families on the housing register.”
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NKDC saves over £80,000 a year by reducing its greenhouse gas emissions Reduced greenhouse gas emissions from the Council are not only helping the environment but also the Council’s balance sheet. In the last 2 years NKDC has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 10.2% which is a significant step towards meeting its target of a 25% cut over five years. This has been achieved through a number of initiatives, including: > Fitting NKDC’s main Sleaford offices with a new efficient boiler and motion and daylight censored lighting controls. > Revising routes for waste and recycling bin collections and reduced uptake of garden waste from November to February
when fewer bins are put out. This has saved unnecessary miles, money on fuel and significantly reduced the emissions from this service which is the largest single source of greenhouse gases. > Installation of voltage optimisation equipment at the North Kesteven Sports Centre, which is the second largest emitter. This recent switch will save around 45 tonnes of emissions and £5,500 a year by reducing incoming voltage to 220 volts which also enhances the life of electrical equipment. > Reduced business mileage by staff and Members also adds to the total. Work is now underway to identify further efficiency measures to
C HRISTMAS AND NE W Y E AR RE F USE C OL L E C T IONS Unless your bins are normally collected on a Monday, your refuse and recycling collection will be unaffected by the Christmas and New Year holidays. The only changes to the schedule are on Mondays December 26 and January 2, in which case your bins will be emptied on the previous Saturday, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. In all other cases there is no change to the collection day, but times may vary so please have your bins out by 7.30am. We will take side refuse for your first collection of the black and green lidded bins after Christmas
ensure the 25% target is met. Chief Executive Ian Fytche said the reduced energy use has not only saved 10.2% on carbon output but saved more than £80,000 per year. “And we are on track to achieve our 25% target which is an important aspiration under our Communities priority.” Businesses wanting to follow the Council’s lead are encouraged to make use of the free services of the SustainNK team who will guide them through their own bespoke environmental action plan. The team can be contacted on 01529 414155 or email@example.com
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For any enquiries please call the refuse hotline on 0800 174499 or visit www.n-kesteven.gov.uk
How your Council spent your money in 2010/11 There are three elements to the District Council’s total budget, the General Fund which is effectively the spending on day-to-day services, the Capital Account which covers expense on facilities’ upgrade or acquisition, and the Housing Revenue Account which is a self-contained pot covering the Council’s role as a housing provider. In 2010/11 these all added up to £37,589,000.
Where your Council Tax went
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Although it collects the full charge, the District Council keeps less than a tenth of Council Tax to spend on its own services. When combined with other income, this gives the budget for delivering services like bin collection, recycling, leisure activities, street cleaning and planning. As well as focusing on its priorities for the District, the Council spent on areas essential to the smooth running of life in North Kesteven, such as registration of electors, travel token distribution, Council Tax collection, benefits administration and environmental health. The Council’s budget for services other than its responsibilities as a social housing landlord, in 2010/11 amounted to £18,270,000. Forty per cent of this came from Council Tax, 42% from re-distributed business rates, six per cent from government grants and 12% from capital grants and other contributions.
The Council’s role as landlord of 3,800 properties does not impact on the Council Taxpayer because taxes cannot be used to fund council houses. The budget for providing council housing in 2010/11 was £12,811,000, 92% of which was funded through rental income. This is how it was spent.
The Council Tax bill includes the charges of Lincolnshire County Council, Lincolnshire Police Authority and parish councils, with North Kesteven District Council accounting for just 9.4 pence in every pound. In 2010/11 Lincolnshire County Council accounted for almost 74p, Lincolnshire Police Authority for 12.4p and parish and town councils an average of 4.2p. The amount you paid to directly sustain all of the services you receive from NKDC is calculated through bandings. The collection rate for Council Tax in 2010/11 was 99.4%.
How your Council Tax was spent Provision for future expenditure 3%
Transfer to reserves 6%
Waste collection 16%
Trees & open spaces 3% Community Safety 1%
Travel concessions 5%
Overheads 15% Other 4% Environmental Health 6%
Leisure Services 7%
Revenues & Benefits Services 6%
Interest payable and similar charges 7%
105.07 120.08 135.09 165.11 195.13 225.15 270.18
Housing subsidy payable 42%
Strategic Housing Services 6%
Heritage & Tourism 2%
Planning Services 4%
Net Borrowing Costs 5%
Economic Development 2%
Repairs & maintenance 19%
Capital expenditure 8%
Supervision & management 12%
Capital Accounts The total spent on Capital – acquisition or upgrade of assets like buildings, housing stock, vehicles and equipment – in 2010/11 was £6.536m. This was funded through grants and contributions from Government and other organisations, capital receipts, and contributions from Council Tax and rent payers. Most (£4.2m) was spent on improvements to the Council’s housing stock, which is funded externally or through the housing revenue account. What the money was spent on £k New Build and improvement to Council Houses 4,198 Improvement grants to social affordable housing 739 Planning & economic development 353 Environmental 761 Other projects 485
% 65 11 5 12 7
The balance sheet showed the Council’s assets and liabilities at the end of the year. The net worth of the Council The value of the assets employed to deliver services Money due to the Council in the long term Money due to the Council in one year’s time Money owed by the Council in one year’s time Money owed by the Council in the long term Net worth of the Council How this is financed Usable Reserves Reserves held to fund future spending on day to day services Reserves held to fund the provision of Council Houses Money received from the sale of assets Other grants Total usable reserves Unusable reserves TOTAL RESERVES
£’000s 127,400 4,053 10,837 -10,450 - 28,374 103,466
5,848 1,204 549 2,370 9,971 93,495 103,466
A fuller version of the Council’s Statement of Accounts can be found at www.n-kesteven.gov.uk, under accountancy, or call the Council on 01529 414155/ 01522 699699.
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Closure clarification Concern expressed over the safety of Sleaford’s Southgate level crossing relates directly to the potential for pedestrians to jump the barriers and run up on to the platform. Network Rail says this is a strong motivation for it taking advantage of wider regeneration proposals for that part of the town in seeking to have the crossing totally closed to road traffic. As quoted in the last edition of newsnk, Network Rail’s scheme sponsor Phil Graham says that ‘with everything else happening in the wider plan for Sleaford this is a one in a hundred year opportunity we can’t afford to miss’. Although the crossing, in its current state, is as safe as one of that type can be, there is an inherent risk in the capacity for people to jump the barriers that Network Rail wants to eliminate. It is this danger which was referred to in paraphrasing Mr Graham’s concern that ‘’the type of level crossing at Sleaford Southgate has one of the highest risks in the country, due to the volume of traffic and people who use it every day.” In its place a fully accessible pedestrian bridge is proposed to cross the tracks.
mynk Where do you live? In the 16th century Vicarage in Sleaford Market Place, the town’s oldest house. How did you end up living there? Vicars don’t really have any say where they go, they are appointed by the bishop. We came to Sleaford 10 years ago from six years in the Graffoe parish serving Navenby, Harmston, Wellingore, Coleby and Temple Bruer. What’s the best thing about where you live? I enjoy being part of a growing community in an historic market town that has such potential for growth. It’s been a pleasure to chair the Sleaford Regeneration Group and help to identify such an exciting future; people have to
Topping the polls
Name: Canon John Patrick Job title: Vicar of Sleaford, Kirkby la Thorpe & Ewerby, Rural Dean of Lafford, Honorary Chaplain of NKDC be open to the wisdom of the past but embrace the views for taking us forward. The schools have also served us and our children Kate and Ollie well.
Where would you suggest people visit in the District? I’ve always enjoyed the Spires & Steeples trail, lunch at Cogglesford Mill and the National Centre for Craft & Design, which I regret that not more people are aware of. What NKDC service do you appreciate most? Even before I had anything really to do with the Council, when we lived in Wellingore, I always said NKDC was one of the best-run councils in the country, efficient, Two key attractions within the Witham Valley Country Park have been named the top free tourist destinations in Lincolnshire by users of the Netmums website. Mums in and around North Lincolnshire rated Whisby Nature Park their favourite and Hartsholme Country Park their second choice. Both are central to the Witham
well-run and responsive. Good customer service like that is worth a lot. What does North Kesteven mean to you? I see the Council as always looking to the future; foreseeing growth and expansion and ensuring there’s appropriate infrastructure and capacity within the community to meet those changes. What will you miss most when you move? In February I move to become Subdean at Lincoln Cathedral. I’ll obviously miss the place I have in the community and the opportunity to play a part in people’s lives as I do at key moments for them. It’s been a privilege to serve them all.
Valley Country Park, a connected network of managed outdoor space spanning 26,000 acres with cycling and walking links to maximise access to green space, biodiversity, health and wellbeing. The Country Park also includes Lincoln’s West and South Commons, Tunman Wood, North Hykeham’s Millennium Green, Hartsholme Park
and Skellingthorpe Old Wood. Council Leader, Cllr Marion Brighton, said: “Having topped the polls with a 35.44% lead for Whisby Nature Park, it is clear that families are really enjoying the free facilities NKDC and its partners provide and the incredible options for outdoor enjoyment on offer through the Witham Valley Country Park.”
Hill Holt extends its community roots
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A striking circular building built using the ancient traditions of timber and mud alongside innovation marks a new branch in community outreach at Hill Holt Wood. Community is at the core of Hill Holt’s ethos and at the heart of the operation of the new Wood Hall and its adjacent Wren Room where the support of neighbouring parishes is visibly illustrated in the 12 supporting beams of the conical roof and the 12 distinct mosaic tiles created by local people. The new buildings are promoted for community use and the development of skills among local residents. When she officially named the innovative building, North Kesteven District Council Leader Cllr Marion Brighton OBE said it was clear that it would become ‘a tremendous asset to Hill Holt in everything they strive to achieve.’ For five years Hill Holt Rangers have managed the Council’s countryside assets and activities through WatchNK, and now carry out a gardening service for tenants and engages in other alliances. Through its cultural outreach programme artsNK, the Council has also supported the creation of the
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The success of partnership working is exemplified in the District’s most striking new building, at Hill Holt Wood
Members of the Bassingham School of Mosaics, who were supported by artsNK in creating the Hill Holt commission impressive mosaic crafted by the Bassingham School of Mosaics where each leaf represents one of the 12 parishes surrounding Hill Holt Wood and which are part of the board of trustees which have owned it for a decade. “I am pleased North Kesteven District Council has been able to support this project which is a testament to the importance of partnerships,” said Cllr Mrs Brighton. The café in the new building is open on Sundays to stop off for a warming cuppa whilst out walking. There are many opportunities for volunteers to
develop hospitality skills, just as there are in many other ways across the Hill Holt enterprise. As a charity, Hill Holt Wood runs on three levels of sustainability; social, environmental and financial – bringing in excluded school children and the long-term unemployed for training and skills development, generating income and operating environmental management. The new Hill Holt Wood Stepping Out Walk presented in the last edition of newsnk is available from Theresa Hobbs on 01522 694353 and includes the new Wood Hall.
• The bus pass scheme is now administered by Lincolnshire County Council and the district councils are no longer involved. • You can renew your bus pass up to one month before its 2012 expiry date. There is no fee for renewing a pass, but you will be required to provide a passport-sized photo (unless you are applying in person); evidence of residency in Lincolnshire and proof of your age or disability (see forms for details). • You can renew your pass by one of the following methods: 1) Postal Application Application forms are available to download from the internet www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/concessionaryfares or from Libraries, District Council Offices and other key access centres. 2) On Line Application You can submit your details/photograph and supporting evidence online (web address as above). 3) In person Visiting City Hall, Beaumont Fee, Lincoln, LN1 1DB between 9.30am – 4pm. To help us manage the demand we would request that pass holders follow the timetable set out below when coming in person. Please attempt to visit on the day of the week that corresponds with your surname. Surnames beginning with Preferred days of the week for pass applications
A, B, C, D E, F, G, H, I, J K, L, M, N, O P, Q, R, S T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z
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Stepping Out in Rauceby Echoes of North Rauceby’s ancient history can be easily seen along this popular Stepping Out walk, which easily links into another around South Rauceby to make a longer route Anciently known as Rosbi and listed in the Domesday Book as Roscebi, the name derives from the Old Scandanavian for ‘Rauthr’s village’. The site of the Medieval village and wave-like undulations of ridge and furrow cultivation and North Rauceby’s beautiful stone buildings, magnificent village cross and public art all feature. The North Rauceby Walk covers a distance of 4 ¾ miles (7.5km) on good footpaths and farm tracks, with two stiles. It starts in the car park at High Wood, just outside the village and a wander into the woodland after the walk is recommended. 1 From the car park turn right along Church Lane for approximately 1.3km, until you see pine woods called the Century Plantation on your left. Turn right opposite the pines onto a way-marked farm track. Keeping the hedgerow on your right, follow this track for 400 metres until you reach an area of hard-standing with a copse beyond. 2 Follow the way-markers to the left around the edge of the copse and, as the copse ends, follow the track as it turns left and heads towards Ermine Street Farm. 3 As you approach the farm you will see a tall hawthorn hedge in front of you. Turn right along the hedge, keeping it on your right, and follow the grass path along
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the edge of the field for 570 metres until you reach a low stone wall with a pine copse beyond. 4 Turn left and follow the wall for approximately 100 metres until you see a gap in the wall. Go through this gap onto a track, with the wall on your left and copse on your right, which takes you around the copse edge, finally turning left towards Rauceby Grange. 5 Follow the track left towards the grange but look for a stile on your right, which takes you into a small field. Cross over this and look diagonally left where you will see a second stile leading back onto the track. 6 Go over this and turn right, back
onto the track. Stay on this track for a further 1km, passing the site of a Medieval settlement. 7 As the track emerges into the village, turn right onto Main Street and follow this until you see the village cross on your right. 8 Turn right onto Church Lane and follow it back to High Wood and your car. This walk can be extended by taking the Stepping Out route from The Bustard Inn in South Rauceby.
District health walks appeal to allcomers The successful Health Walks operated in North Kesteven are contributing to the county-wide success of a walking initiative. On behalf of NKDC, Leisure Connection runs six popular weekly walks, which make up one tenth of the 60 walks which are funded by the NHS across Lincolnshire. Collectively these encourage 1,400 people to get out and walk regularly, which is double the number from two years ago, and many are seeing incredible benefits to their health and fitness. In addition to improved physical fitness, mobility, endurance and weight loss, people with mental health problems have found that the walks have helped turn their lives around. They are all free, very social and always welcome new members, covering up to three miles at a steady pace and they are generally suitable for prams, children and dogs on leads to join in too.
Spirited Spires Challenge
A dog which joined more than 400 two-legged participants was the second-placed competitor in this year’s Spires & Steeples Challenge. Pip led Lincoln’s Jonathan Hobbs (pictured with Cllr Susan Waring) For details on any of the Stepping across the finish line for the 13-mile Out walks and countryside events, contact Countryside Promotion Officer, section of the event which runs along the Spires & Steeples arts and heritage Theresa Hobbs on 01522 694353, trail between the city and Sleaford. firstname.lastname@example.org They were ‘pipped’ to the post by or visit www.countrysidenk.co.uk Andrew Taylor from Cranwell, and trailed by Robert Alston from Hertfordshire, illustrating the wide-ranging appeal of the Drink like a fish Water is popular event which has options of full and half marathon distance vital for our bodies and can for running and walking. also take away the feeling of Organisers Leisure Connection, hunger, which helps to ensure on behalf of NKDC, are delighted you eat eat less. Aim to drink with the success, which really 1.5 litres of water per day. showcased local community spirit Alcohol If you are trying to lead through a partnership of volunteers, a healthy lifestyle you don’t need sponsors and participants. Many competitors returned to remove alcohol from your diet; to this fourth Challenge after drinking in moderation can be good for you.
12 Healthy Tips of Christmas 9 1 5 Taste the rainbow Enjoy a variety of different coloured fruits and vegetable. Always head first for salads and vegetables which fill you up and reduce the temptation to overindulge high-fat, high-calorie foods.
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Have a plateful Try to cover all your food groups of proteins, carbohydrates, dairy, pulses and starches for the perfect balanced meal. Party time Exercise for at least 30 minutes every day, whether it is dancing at a party or running round like you were a child again. Don’t skip Do not skip breakfast. This will not help towards a healthy lifestyle and you may miss out on essential nutrients.
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Sleep like a baby Ensure you get enough sleep, but not too much. Celebrations disrupt regular sleep patterns. Try to get to sleep at the same time every night and avoid heavy foods and alcohol before bedtime.
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Slow down Slow down when eating your meals and allow your body to tell you when you are full to avoid that feeling of over eating. The Secret of salt Salt is hidden in a large proportion of the foods we eat over Christmas. Avoid adding it when cooking. Balanced body Balancing food, exercise, alcohol, sleep and fun will keep you healthy.
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Shop till you drop Shopping can be a great form of exercise so make hunting for presents part of your exercise plan. Parking further away also helps in burning off extra calories. Enjoy yourself Happy people are healthy people so make the most of the goodwill and good feelings.
North Kesteven’s groups walk from Billinghay Children’s Centre at 10am on Mondays Sleaford Leisure Centre at 1.10pm on Tuesdays Whisby Natural World Centre at 11.30am on Wednesdays All Saints Parish Church, Ruskington at 1.30pm on Wednesdays Duke of Wellington pub, Leasingham at 11am on Thursdays Metheringham Library at 11am on Fridays. Details of all walks from Donna Lill on 01522 870252
previous years, some travelling the length of the country and even from Afghanistan to take part. Cllr Waring, Executive Member for leisure, said: “The volunteers who gave up their time helping before, during and after the event were all amazing, and the day could not have been such a success without them. Thanks especially to St John Ambulance, particularly the guys on the mountain bikes, one of whom clocked nearly 50 miles on his bike.”
Vitality offers exercise at home
Even those people whose anxieties restrict them from leaving the house to exercise can now get fit at home, through the support of NK’s Health Trainers. Under a pioneering NHS Lincolnshire-funded programme, open to all ages, the trainers can refer people for five weeks of free one-to-one exercise guidance, led by Vitality instructors.
After building skills and confidence they could be motivated enough to join a local exercise group such as the NK Social Strollers, a gym or class. Call Health Trainers Debbie Chessum and Andy George on 01529 414155 to learn more about access criteria for the eight Vitality classes in Sleaford, Ruskington, North and South Kyme, Branston, Leadenham and Heckington.
Wild West offers Wintertime family fun Panto, puppetry, primary school dance and plenty of activities are all lined up to lift your spirits
Visitor attractions offer plenty of winter appeal A range of NKDC-owned attractions spanning a spectrum of interests from aviation and blacksmithing to domestic nostalgia and navigation history remain open during the winter months. Although they are all closed over the Christmas and New Year holidays, all offer the opportunity to visit over coming weeks, mostly on Saturdays and Sundays for visitors of all ages. Opening hours are broadened between Easter and September. Further details of next seasons programme of events and attractions will be featured in the next edition of newsnk in March. Cogglesford Mill, East Rd, Sleaford, NG34 7EQ Restored working watermill in a picturesque setting where milling has taken place for more than 1,000 years. Winter opening: Sat & Sun, 12pm to 4pm. Free admission. Details on 01529 413671 during opening hours. Navigation House, Navigation Wharf, Sleaford, NG34 7TW Restored former canal office of the Sleaford Navigation Company, thought to be the only existing building of its kind, charting the history of the navigation and life on the River Slea. Winter opening: Sat & Sun, 12pm to 4pm. Free admission. Details on 07966 400634 during opening hours. Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre, Heath Farm, North Rauceby, NG34 8QR Video film, interactive exhibits, Jet Provost aircraft and artefacts tell the story of RAF Cranwell from its early days as a Royal Naval Air Service base to present day. Winter opening: Sat & Sun, 10am to 4pm. Free admission. Details on 01529 488490 during opening hours. Welbourn Forge, Little Lane, Welbourn, LN5 0NW A Victorian forge & blacksmith’s workshop dating from 1864 which served the needs of farmers and tradesmen for a century as illustrated by old photographs, displays, memorabilia and an earth privy. Forge fired and open to the public on the first Saturday of each month, 10am to 1pm. Free admission. Details from Bill Goodhand on 01400 272623. Mrs Smith’s Cottage, Craven Cottage, East Road, Navenby, LN5 0EP A remarkable survival of a bygone age, this simple cottage built in the mid 1800s was home to Hilda Smith for most of her long life until the age of 102. Special events only in December; opening again in March. Adults £2 under 16s free. Details from the curator on 07887 928733. Group and school visits are welcome at all venues by appointment. Details from each venue or NKDC tourism unit on 01529 308102. Wider suggestions of places to visit, stay and eat at www.heartoflincs.com
Terry O’Toole Theatre
North Kesteven Centre, North Hykeham. 01522 870251 or www.terryotooletheatre.org.uk Wednesday, February 8, 6.30pm Primary Dance Showcase Dance festival celebrating the work of primary pupils across the District who have devised dance with artsNK over six weeks relating to transition to secondary school. Also featuring talented students from Key Stages 3, 4 & 5 at NK School. Tickets: £3 & £2. For all ages.
Sunday, December 18, 3pm Robin and the Big Freeze With suitcases and satnavs, all the birds are getting ready to leave town, except for Robin who’s busy at home posing for Christmas cards. A festive feast with fantastic puppets, live music, and bird-watching. Ages 4+ Tickets £5 and £18 for a family. Wednesday, January 18 to Saturday 21 Once upon a Time in the Wild West A high-spirited, fun-packed, family panto featuring lots of audience participation, lively song, dance routines and resident live panto band Hill Billy Hokum! Performed by ACTion@
TOTT Community Theatre at 7pm each night with 2.30pm Saturday matinee Tickets £9, £8 & £7; £28 for a family and group discount available. Thursday, January 26, 7pm A one-off Salsa Dance Class in the NK Centre Dance Studio. Tickets £5. Friday, January 27, 7.30pm Más Y Más Dance the night away to a mix of Latino, Flamenco and Afro-Cuban influences woven together by driving dance rhythms and rich vocal harmonies performed with passion by this popular acoustic trio. Tickets: £9, £7 & £5.
Thursday, February 9, 7.30pm Inspiring Young Talent artsNK’s annual community dance showcase featuring local youth and community groups and schools. Also featuring top county youth dance companies kNacKer’d and Fresh 101. Tickets: £3 & £2. For all ages. Saturday, February 25, 3pm Travels with Grandpa Evocative sound, light and exquisite puppetry create an enthralling performance to delight the whole family as Grandad tells his magical tales of adventure in real and imagined worlds. Tickets: £5 or £18 for a family. For ages 3+.
Thursday, March 1, 7pm Dances from Distant Lands Anapurna Dance Company present a rich garland of ancient stories and traditional dances from India, with stunning costumes and original music, storytelling, music, drumming, puppets and masks. Tickets £8, £6 & £5. Saturday, March 3, 7.30pm The Band of RAF Waddington A varied programme to suit all tastes. Proceeds in support of an RAF Waddington nominated charity. Tickets: £8.50 & £6.50. Wednesday, March 14 7.30pm Ian Siegal Band Returning by popular demand, the advice is to book early to catch the British Blues Awards 2011 Male vocalist of the year. Tickets: £12, £10 & £5. Thursday, March 15, 7.30pm The Alchemystorium The Alchemystorium Cafe dispenses coffee in a highly unusual fashion.
Using silent physical comedy, striking visuals and puppetry Gomito present a new comic romance. Tickets £9, £7 & £5. For ages 12+, with some comic sex scenes.
Saturday, March 17, 3pm The Secret Garden A new production to coincide with the centenary of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic children’s story, The Secret Garden,blending storytelling with striking physicality, beautiful puppets, live singing and an original soundtrack. Tickets: £5, £18 for a family. For ages 5+. A Family Season Ticket offering four tickets across three selected shows is available for £50.
Christmas Craft Market The Natural World Centre, Whisby Enjoy a day of live performances and handson workshops at the Christmas Craft Market in Navigation Yard, Sleaford on Saturday, December 10. From 10am to 3pm you can by unique, high quality gifts and crafts from the artists themselves covering all requirements from ceramics to children’s toys. There will also be festive music, dance and theatre.
Thorpe on the Hill, 01522 688868 www.naturalworldcentre.co.uk
Christmas cheer Tastes of Christmas are available at the Natural World Centre. At an open evening of the Christmas Craft Fair on December 7, 4.30pm to 6.30pm, there will be special offers in the One of the District’s festive highlights is the Nativity on the Green and Christmas market in North Hykeham. shop, carol singers and a visit from Santa too. The town council’s Nativity sub committee has lined Meet local crafters, up a spectacular event for Wednesday, December taste local food and enjoy 14, with Steel Drummers, the Circus Performer mulled wine and mince pie. ‘Feet First’ and carolling from All Saints, Ling Moor, The craft fair runs Fosseway and South Hykeham primary schools. to January 8, 10am to The nativity drama will be performed by North 4.30pm, offering unique Kesteven School and other highlights include a and handmade gifts, farmers market, fairground rides, mulled wine, hog cards and decorations roast, fireworks and appearance from Santa. Stalls will be open from 4pm and performances alongside the centre’s will be starting around 5.30pm. All monies raised well-stocked gift shop. are in aid of the Rainbow Trust charity. A special Tastes of
Nativity in the North
Lincolnshire Christmas lunch will be served on Sunday, December 18, accompanied by live music. Call for prices. January 23 through to April 28 Lincs to the Past Exhibition The Natural World Centre jointly hosts an exhibition with the Lincolnshire Archives which focuses on Lincolnshire history and tracing family history. Original artwork inspired by family memories and historical Lincoln, will feature local artists Peter Rooke and Mo Teeuw. There will also be video
footage documenting Lincoln through time, accompanied by a talk from Andrew Blow about Historical Lincoln, and social and military aspects of county life from Michael Kirkby. Further talks and events themed around the exhibition will detail how to use Lincolnshire Archives services and the new online programme Links to the Past. For detail on the dates and times of talks and presentations, call duty manager Ann Worrell on 01522 688868, email whisby.exhibitions@ leisureconnection.co.uk
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While snow, ice and heavy rain have the potential to disrupt services... it won’t stop the website keeping you fully informed through the freeze or flood.
If your bin cannot be emptied, leisure centres are closed or floodwaters are rising, North Kesteven District Council will make sure you’re not left out in the cold. The Council is committed to ensuring up-to-date information, advice and guidance is easily available at www.n-kesteven.gov.uk and on 01529 414155 or 01522 699699 if calling from a Lincoln number. It is our pledge that you will be able to find out exactly what’s happening, where, and when the situation will change, with further updates during each day.
North Kesteven District Council
Staying safe over the winter
On the roads
Contrary to popular belief, there is no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside your property, pathways or public spaces. It is an act of neighbourly kindness to clear paths for those less able to do so. If an accident did happen, it’s highly unlikely that you would be sued as long as you are careful and use common sense to make sure you don’t make the path more dangerous than before.
Winter driving calls for extra care and caution. While road gritting helps, it’s not a cure and you must always drive to the conditions, especially in temperatures below -7c when grit salt is less effective. • Check radio for travel information and weather forecasts and the gritting route to avoid untreated roads. • Ensure lights are clean and working and that windows and mirrors are clear. • Tell someone your travel plan, with routes and timings. • Take precautions such as extra warm clothing, a shovel, torch, hot drink, food and fully charged phone. • Take particular care at junctions, avoid harsh braking, maintain a safe stopping distance, use dipped headlights and be mindful of other road users.
• Start early before snow becomes compacted and turns to ice. • Don’t use hot water, which could form black ice. • Make a pathway down the middle first, so you have a clear surface. • Place the displaced snow where it can’t block paths or drainage channels. • Use sand or ash as alternatives to salt to help with thawing and good grip.
At home • Do make sure flammable clothing and furniture are at least three feet away from a heat source. • Do not step onto frozen bodies of water. You cannot tell how thick the ice may be and if a pet fell through, you surely will if you attempt a rescue.
The priority gritting routes can be seen at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/grittingroutes or call Lincolnshire County Council on 01522 782070 for a leaflet. More advice about preparing for winter can be found online: www.direct.gov.uk/getreadyforwinter www.lincolnshire.nhs.uk/your-health/seasonal-advice/winter/