About The Village

HEIGHINGTON - Summary Of The Village

Heighington lies about five miles by road from the centre of the old Roman city of Lincoln. The population of the village was just under three thousand at the 2001 census. This is almost double the size of twenty years ago, as four new private estates of houses and bungalows have been built on the fields and allotments that once flourished within the village

The attractive golden limestone houses of the old village cluster around the junction of the two roads and along the one that goes, by the village beck, down to the fen. The village lies within a shallow valley, that runs from west to east from the higher limestone land down to the fertile fen land, with the beck running just a house and garden's width away from Fen Road. Just 200 yards upstream from the main High Street lies the water-mill that for centuries, until the 1970s ground the corn produced by the local farmers.

The village has a primary school and an Anglican church. Other amenities include two pubs, a mini-supermarket, two hairdressers a beauty parlour. Not so obvious, to the casual visitor, are the many businesses that are flourishing which include farm shops, taxi services, plumbers, printers, electricians and painters. The village has two village halls used for both the educational and recreational needs of the population. Over twenty groups use the two halls each month. Other groups use the Heritage Centre rooms.

There is a regular bus service into the city. For the more energetic there is a very well maintained cycle track along the Witham bank giving easy access into the city or to the surrounding countryside. If you are interested in learning more about the village a book that may be of interest to residents and visitors is: " A Brief Account of the History of Heighington and Washingborough. £6 inc postage and packing. Contact: Mrs B Webster 25 Fen Road Heighington Lincoln LN4 1JL

Heighington has 3 meeting halls for it's 2,918 + inhabitants (2001 Census figure). At least 25 voluntary organisations use these regularly, from Music & Movement to the Gardening Club. Some of the halls are regularly used for private parties and celebrations. All halls are available to anyone, at the Managements' discretion. The Church holds weekly services. There is a Residential Home for the elderly. There is a good bus service into the City and the surrounding villages. There are two kennels for dogs and cats.

The Spar shop (including the Post Office)and Butchers are all flourishing, as are the public houses.  The public houses both have popular small restaurants. There is free off-street parking at five sites around the village.

In addition to the village web site, the Sheepwash Times is delivered to every household.  There are three Council notice boards and the shops display notices of local events and goods for private sale.

The Parish Council meets at least ten times a year with regular additional committee meetings.  It has provided two Sports Fields and pavilions to serve cricket and football pitches. The Bowling Green, which has a wheelchair for disabled players, and the Tennis Courts are well used. Tennis coaching is provided for all age groups. The Council provides two safety-surfaced play areas, one at each end of the village. It employs a Litter Picker and a Dog Warden. The Parish Council Office, situated behind the Jubilee Hall, is open to the public Monday - Thursday 10am to 2pm or by appointment at other times.

Broadband internet is available in the village.

Local and national charities are well supported by the village. A local charity provides grants for textbooks and tools for 16 to 25 year olds. Another makes grants to young people to help them participate in sport and outdoor activities.  There is a village Christmas tree, and an annual Christmas Festival. A Village in Bloom competition is held annually. The Gardening Club holds an Annual Produce Show.

Retired people run many of the clubs and organisations and are fully integrated into village life. Voluntary transport brings people from the Council's old peoples' bungalows down to the fortnightly Bingo sessions in the Village Hall.  Residents of the bungalows and friends meet weekly, in the Community Centre there, to knit garments and blankets for different charities

The village is not on a main road to anywhere else so noise, danger and pollution from road traffic are less than they might be. There are many country walks, on traffic free lanes and well maintained footpaths, around the outskirts of the village, which are well used and appreciated by walkers (with or without dogs!)

Heighington enjoys a clean, safe environment with lots to do and the majority of needs met - the natives are friendly and it's a good place to live!