Sunday, 19 November 2017

Lincolnshire Police

Rural Community Safety

"This strategy sets out how Lincolnshire Police intend to tackle these issues of rural community safety. The strategy identifies how we will seek to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour in partnership with local people and respond more effectively to incidents and problems. In developing this strategy I recognise some of the unique challenges faced by our rural community and the fact that many may feel isolated and vulnerable."

Bill Skelly - Chief Constable

To read the strategy in full, click on this web-link.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Lincoln Central Car Park

Open early

"Shoppers and visitors to Lincoln have received an early Christmas present following the announcement that a new 1,000 space car park planned for the city will open two months ahead of schedule.

The new Lincoln Central car park, which forms part of City of Lincoln Council’s £30million Transport Hub project, will now open on Friday 17 November, 2017 to coincide with the switch-on of the city’s Christmas lights.

From 5pm onwards on the day of opening, the car park will be part of the city council’s free parking offer to encourage people to come into the city and enjoy the start of the festive shopping period."

For more information, click on this web-link.

Friday, 17 November 2017

200 Club - results

Nocton 200 Club

The November draw was held on the 14th before the Parish Council meeting.

The winners were:
  • Rebecca Cheney [115]
  • Steve Aldridge [117]
  • Helen Burns [153]
  • Matthi Browne [189]
The December draw will be held before the Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 12th December.

There will be bonus Christmas prizes. Enjoy a glass of wine and mince pies courtesy of the Parish Council.

Everyone will be receiving an application form for next year’s 200 Club membership with the next issue of Nocton News.

Please remember to join.

Report courtesy of Jim Eagle - thanks

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Nocton and District WI - report

November Report

November`s open meeting gave us a fascinating insight into the history and regeneration of Heckington Windmill courtesy of Jim Bailey, Director, Trustee and Miller. Heckington Mill, a grade 1 listed property, is the only 8 sailed windmill in the world still in working order.

Most windmills have 4 sails but it was discovered through experimentation that the more sails present, though more expensive to build, allowed the miller to work with a lighter wind. In time though it was realised that because of the extra costs involved there was little difference in the overall efficiency of the mill and by 1850 of the 15,000 mills in the country only 7 had 8 sails.

The mill at Heckington was built by the Nash family in 1830 and was originally a 5 sail mill. There then followed a very convoluted family story of death, spurned marriages, marriages and inheritance until in 1890 the mill was no longer profitable to run and was put up for auction. Sadly before the auction date a terrible storm swept through Lincolnshire and the top blew off the mill.

Heckington Mill fortunately was saved from the fate of decay at this stage when John Pocklington, a local miller, used the machinery from another mill to repair it and transformed it to a working 8 sail mill. John was a very successful business man from very poor and humble beginnings and as well as saving the mill developed a builders yard, timber merchants, farm and coal merchants in the lands surrounding the mill.

John died in 1940 and his son was set to take down the mill and sell the properties around it. North Kesteven Council seeing its historic significance bought it but little was done with it other than basic maintenance until 1982 when a group of enthusiastic individuals formed the “Friends of Heckington Windmill” and began to bring it back to life.

In 1986 it began to mill again and in 2007 a massive regeneration project commenced. This involved working through the Heritage Lottery process for 6 years which eventually gave them the £1.6 million needed to complete the full regeneration plan which included the repair of John Pocklington`s old house and the Bakehouse, the development of a Tearoom, Visitors centre, Brewery and a full replacement of the 8 sails on the mill, the later being a topic covered in the BBC programme “Countryfile”.

The whole project was officially opened in October this year by Princess Anne. Baking demonstrations, baking courses and tours of the brewery are held regularly and we were all left with a desire to visit this beautiful and historic site. During the interval we were able to purchase various types of flour, bran and porridge oats made at the mill as well as sample bread made from its very fine flour.

The raffle, a selection of kitchen implements and oven gloves was won by Vicky and the competition, an old kitchen utensil, was won by Janet G , with Jenny K second and Maryann third.

December brings our annual Christmas party with the very welcome return of the magician Paul Vickers, in January we have a “Paint Your Own Mug” session and an open meeting in February where the highly entertaining and knowledgeable Paul Mooney returns to cover more “Wonders of the Universe”.

The meetings are the second Monday of the month at 7.15pm in Nocton Village Hall. For more details please visit our website at

Report courtesy of Jane Kania - many thanks

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

All Saints Church - local community fund


All Saints Church - 30 Jan 2008

"All Saints Church Nocton has been chosen for the next round of the Co-op Local Community Fund.

The funding round will start on 12 November 2017 and runs for 11 months until the 27 October 2018.

How it works

Every time members shop at the Co-op, 1% of what they spend on selected own-brand products and services goes to the Co-op Local Community Fund.

We'll also give you and the other causes in your community an equal share of the money we raise from sales of carrier bags. Members in your local community will be able to choose your cause and give their 1% from the 12 November.

The more they shop, the more we share. We'll be in touch again soon with more information on making the most of the fund."

Message from Co-op Local Community Fund Team