Photo by Lou Hird
Billinghay is a village and civil parish in the district of North Kesteven in the County of Lincolnshire about ten miles north-east of Sleaford. According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 1,808.
The first reference to Billinghay Parish Council is in a Minute Book for 1893 although there are minutes of Vestry Meetings going back to 1879.
The Parish Council meets on a monthly basis normally on the first Monday of each month and is made up of 11 councillors. The Council is served by a Parish Clerk and one assistant. It also employs a Street Cleaner and a Grass cutter to maintain the cemetery and grassed areas around the parish for which it is responsible.
The Council has three Standing Committees that meet regularly to consider specific aspects and make recommendations to the full Council. At its AGM the Council appoints the Chairmen of the three committees, which are:
The Parish Office address is:
The Old Vicarage Cottage
T: 01526 861845
9.15am to 3.00pm Monday, Tuesday and Friday
Living in Billinghay
The council recognises their responsibilities to visitors and particularly to the residents who pay their Council Tax and they try to support all worthwhile local activities. They own very little in the way of property other than the Walcott Road Cemetery and the village allotments, hence the sub committees set up to run these.
The Parish of Billinghay has three active churches (St Michael and All Angels (C of E), Bethel Chapel (Baptist) and a Methodist Church), as well as a market place and war memorial.
A play area beside the village hall includes a skate park and zip wire. An enclosed play area for younger children is also nearby. There are several Public Footpaths and Walks around the village.
A wide range of sporting activities are available and during the summer the open air Billinghay Swimming Pool is widely used.
Billinghay has several special interest groups that meet regularly that include history and walking. We have our own Medical Practice with Pharmacy and a Children's Centre serving the area. There are shops, hairdressers, 3 public houses and other businesses - all helping Billinghay to remain an active, community-spirited, central location to live in.
Photo by S Matthan