Parish News


News Update December 2018

Brattleby Friends of St Cuthbert’s Church Committee.

A report by Mike Spencer Chairman

Requested by the Committee. 

Formation and objectives:

In 2006 a small group of residents (mainly none church) made the decision to take steps to ensure the future of their historic, dilapidated grade 2* church which was without doubt, in terminal decline from many years of neglect.

Initially, a working party was formed to clear the churchyard of a generation of rubbish, overgrown vegetation and ‘chicken wire’, making graves virtually impossible to attend.

The tower had not been entered for many years due to straw and pigeon droppings three feet deep, blocking the entry hatch.

From these small steps, the ‘Brattleby Church Committee’  was formed, embarking on a ‘vigorous’ fund raising appeal, simultaneously, carrying out numerous ‘stop-gap’ works in an attempt to slow the decay of the building.

In March 2008 I wrote to his Grace the Bishop of Grimsby (oddly, we don’t come under Lincoln) asking for assistance, with a number of issues, including the following.

·     Who is the legal owner of St Cuthbert’s?

·     Are any funds available through ‘church bodies’?

·     Are there any remaining funds from the breakup of the original Springline group?

·     Would it be possible for a senior member of the ‘church’ to meet the committee to discuss the future of St Cuthbert’s?

Little actual assistance resulted from this request, other than, being advised to contact our Vicar.

Several interested members met with the then Vicar for advice. During the meeting, I was advised I had no business being Chairman, or having any involvement with the said committee as I was not a ‘church goer’.

The committee, undeterred, decided to ‘go it alone’.

Following a £500 Quinquennial (Architectural structural survey) report, it became clear, the building was in far greater danger than previously thought and required urgent and expensive restoration work. 

By 2010, the committee had raised the required funds (£10,000) to apply to English Heritage for a Grant of £130,000 to carry out the required roof, tower and spire work. This was completed in 2013. 

Brattleby is fortunate in having three of the oldest bells in the county, two dating from c1450.

As all three bells had not been heard ringing simultaneously in ‘living memory’, the committee was keen to see (should that be hear?) them brought back to ringing condition. 

Unfortunately, the cost of returning the bells to ‘full’ ringing condition, at £45,000, was out of the question. The decision was taken for the bells to be restored and fitted in a ‘static’ position and rung electronically. This system allows the bells to strike both the time (accurately) and provision for them to be set to ring ‘carillon’ (bell peel), for weddings and other celebrations.

With the help of a bequest by Brattleby resident Ralph Fowler and a grant from the Garfield Weston Foundation  - and of course, the tireless fund raising by the church committee –

the required £10,000 was raised to carry out this work. 

The three bells were first rung again on the 18thof August 2014. 

During the previously mentioned Quinquennial report, it was also stated, the electrical system in the church was in a dangerous condition, particularly that of the ‘earthing’ requirements. 

The sum required to carry out this work would be £10,000. 

Once again, the Friends of St Cuthbert’s committee braced themselves for further Coffee Mornings, Cream Teas, Concerts……

As a result, in 2017, Brattleby church had a complete re-wire and a new heating and lighting system installed. 

Currently, the committee is engaged in raising funds to replace decaying plasterwork in various parts of the church. £15,000 has been quoted for this work.

The eastern churchyard wall from the Thorpe Lane entrance, requires restoration and costings are being sought.

Only this week, it has been brought to our attention, St Cuthbert’s Church organ requires urgent restoration work. The quote for this is £5000.  

The churchyard too, is managed by the Brattleby Church Committee. Throughout the year, the grass is cut on a regular basis and to a ‘high standard’ by a dedicated team of village volunteers. The footpath from Thorpe Lane to the church has recently been ‘re-edged’ and gravelled. This was largely funded by a kind donation of £500 from Jane Strowger of Norwich, whose ancestors (the Clarkes) are interred therein. It was stipulated, this sum of money was to be used expressly for the upkeep of the churchyard. 

The Parish Share issue 2015:

The Parish Share is the sum of money paid by parishes each year into the Diocesan Fund.

As a large proportion of the funds raised each year by the Friends of St Cuthbert’s was being ‘swallowed’ by the Parish Share, in 2015 I was asked by my committee to write to the DAC requesting a ‘breakdown’ of just how these funds were spent.

Without going into great detail (I don’t think it would be appropriate) the majority of monies collected (68%) would appear to for supporting any local minister (salary, pension, housing etc)

At the time, the Parish Share was calculated on per head of population of each individual village.

Unfortunately, the Brattleby liability included half of Aisthorpe and all of Thorpe le Fallows (and still does)

Again, at the time (2015) Scampton, population 780 (including the camp) had a Parish Share of £5.74 per head, and that of Ingham, population, 912, £5.36 per head.

Brattleby, however, with a population of 100, was being asked to pay, £17.31 per head!

It was at this at this point the Committee took the decision to ‘look again at this wholly unacceptable position. 

“It’s either the church, or the Parish Share, we cannot, financially support both!”

Was the committee’s unanimous decision.

 Parish Share, current situation:

The “Friends of St Cuthbert’s Church Committee” still continue to raise funds to support the fabric of the church and have an ‘on-going’ programme of restoration work planned.

However, since the above date, our finances are now divided as follows –

Any income directly earnedby the church (wedding and funeral fees, collections etc) is kept separatefrom monies raised – or donated - expressly for the restoration and upkeep of the church as a building, and/or the churchyard.

As a result, of the £1400 Parish Share due this year, Brattleby will be paying to the PCC the sum of £984, directly derived from church activities, less electricity costs for the year (not know at the time of writing) as has been  done in previous years.

It should also be noted, as Brattleby received a grant from English Heritage, we are obliged to insure the building for its full replacement value of 6 million pounds plus.

The 2018 insurance premium for this is, £1188, which, for a number of years, has been paid from the funds raised by the Brattleby Church Committee, notthose of the church.

As you will appreciate, the £1400 Parish Share and the insurance obligation suddenly becomes a grand total of £2172 per year, for a population of 95!

I sincerely hope this explanation of both the Parish Share and the position of ‘Brattleby Village Church committee’ relating to this contentious issue is finally understood by all concerned?  

Happy Christmas

MS 18/12/18 

Annual Christmas Carol Service is taking place on Friday 7 December 7pm at St Cuthbert's Church. All welcome!

Parish Council Notice.

As you will be aware, the village will be without electrical power on Tuesday 4th of December from 8am until 6pm due to overhead works.

Residents who rely on central heating of any description will be without heating during this period.
It would be advisable to ensure freezers doors are kept closed and unused.
It would also be advisable to ensure your house is heated to above normal temperature prior to the loss of power at 8am
Any sensitive equipment (computers/alarms etc.) should be turned off prior to the loss of power.

As power will not be restored until 6 pm an alternative lighting source will be required. Please take extreme care if using ‘naked flame’ lighting.
Your Parish Council members will do their best to ensure vulnerable residents are catered for.

The contact numbers for Western Power are: 
*  General enquires 0800 096 3080
* Emergency  number 0800 6783 105
* Brattleby contact: Mike Spencer 730466.

MS for Brattleby P/C

News Update October 2018

 Brattleby Community Bonfire

Please come along to the Annual Village Bonfire on Saturday 3rd November 2018 on the Village Paddock. Fire lighting at 6.30pm.

We will have the usual open table for everyone to bring something to share (parkin, toffee, jacket potatoes etc.) not forgetting a bottle of your favourite tipple!

Bonfire material (please no plastic or glass) can be brought to The Paddock on or after Wednesday 31st November 2018. Sadly insurance does not allow us to have any fireworks.

Looking forward to seeing you, any queries ring Ann 730132

Macmillan Coffee morning

The Macmillan Coffee Morning charity event held in conjunction with Marks & Spencers at ‘Manor Ley’ on Saturday 29th of September, raised £2700. 

the team

Photo byNS

the team

Many thanks to Anne spencer, Chris Scott, and the team

The annual Bonfire will take place on Saturday 3 November. A leaflet will be distributed to inform residents about proceedings.

News Update September 2018

The annual Brattleby Macmillan Coffee Morning in conjunction with Marks & Spencer’s will be held at ‘Manor Ley’ School Lane on 29th of September – see main advert in in magazine.  

The newly constructed footpath connecting East Lane with Back Lane is to be called ‘Old Forge’ footpath, as (surprisingly) this where the Blacksmith’s forge was sited until its demise in the late 1930/40’s. 

There have been reports of a recent increase in ‘dog fouling’. Dog owners are respectfully reminded there are currently 3 ‘dog waste boxes’ in the village, with a forth to be installed on the footpath mentioned above. 

The next Brattleby Parish Council meeting will be held on October 1st at 7pm BSA Village Hall (rear entrance). 

From November, it will become increasingly important for residents to be aware of the (Brattleby Parish Council) web site, where, a wealth of information relating to ‘happening’s’ and village history can be found.?More news on this subject in the October issue. 

Best Wishes,

 Mike Spencer.

News Update August 2018

The certificate of exemption is now available for inspection on the public right to financial statements webpage (left hand pane). 

News Update July 2018

The annual Village Risk Assessment was carried out on May 22nd. 

‘Open Churches Weekend’ figures were down on last year, due to the Royal Wedding and The FA Cup.
The improvements to the church footpath are now complete. Many thanks to Jane Strowger of Norwich for her £500 donation for this purpose.

Residents are reminded, Parish Council Minutes, local events, and up to date area news can be viewed on the Brattleby Parish Council web site.

The next Parish Council Meeting will take place on 2nd of July at the BSA Village Hall (rear room) 7pm. 

News Update June 2018

Planning application Sunbury House 

The associated documents for this can be found through the link on the bottom of the Planning Applications Brattleby page (left pane). The application will be discussed by the Parish Council at an Extraordinary Meeting on Thursday 28th of June.

Himalayan Balsam

Lots of good work and chat today pulling up Himalayan balsam, a very therapeutic way to spend a couple of hours, and good exercise into the bargain. Come and help eradicate this invasive plant that is spreading quickly. Next working party will be on Tuesday 19th at 4pm meet at the north lay-by.

Ann. 730132.

This plant is spreading rapidly through the village if we don't act before it starts to set seed. If you want to help with this you are welcome to join the working party on Friday 15 June at 10am at the Garden House. Please ring Ann on 01522 730132 if you want to help.

Congratulations must go to Mike Spencer who has recently been awarded the "West Lindsey District Town/Parish Councillor of the year". This is not only for his work as Chair of Brattleby Parish Council since 2003 but for the many other community activities he willing undertakes. The list of activities is extensive but it is his approachable and helpful manner which is key. He always has time to stop and talk to residents and likes nothing better than to chew the fat over a cup of tea. Nothing is too much trouble and he is always willing to help others.

I am sure this will be welcomed by most residents of Brattleby who may not always be aware of the community benefit stemming from the behind the scenes work put in by Mike. He has never sought any public recognition or praise so this is indeed a fitting tribute.  

Photo by CS


Open Farm Sunday

Photo by BPC

Open Farm Sunday

Traffic survey

At the request of the Parish Council a traffic survey was carried out by Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership over a 7 day period commencing 20th of April. The basic results are as follows.

• Approximately 21,000 vehicles passed through the village over the 7 day period.

• Number over the 40mph limit weekdays (Scampton to Ingham) 16.6%

• Number over the 40 mph limit weekdays (Ingham to Scampton) 28.4%

• Number of Vehicle over the 40mph limit weekends (Scampton to Ingham) 20%

• Number of vehicles over the limit weekends (Ingham to Scampton) 30.2%

I feel sure, some residents will find these figures quite staggering, particularly that of the sheer volume of ‘through’ traffic.

However, it’s worth noting, during a similar survey carried out in 2008, 22,400 vehicles were registered over a 7 day period, of which, 65% were exceeding the 40mph limit.

These results would suggest the £5000 the Parish Council spent on the reactive speed signs may have turned out to have been a good investment.

The Parish Council will continue to monitor this issue and make every effort to seek further speed reductions along the B1398.

Mike Spencer 15/05/2018

The groundwork on the footpath has been finished. See for the results so far the page on the left.

A 'Nearly New' clothes sale in aid of Brattleby church funds, was held at the BSA Village Hall in April. The remaining clothes, shoes and books were distributed to various charities.

The next Parish Council meeting will be held at the BSA Village Hall (not in the church as previously advertised) on Monday May 14th at 7pm. 

A traffic monitoring device is to be fitted in the village sometime over the next few weeks, to log traffic volumes over a 7 day period. This is to be carried out by the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, to provide evidence of the suggested increase in traffic volumes.?The last survey was carried out in 2008, during which 22,000 vehicular movements were recorded on the B1398 over a similar 7 day period.

Open Churches Weekend 19/20th May. 
Brattleby St Cuthbert's will be open as usual, from 11am to 4pm both days. Tea/coffee and sliced cake available. Come and delve into the fascinating history of our 1000 year old church and village. But before you do, why not Google 'brattleby church bells' and listen to the 15th century bells striking 12am on a warm summers day. Turn up the volume and catch the background birdsong...

farm sunday

Photo by brattleby farm

farm sunday

News Update April 2018

In Memory of Elizabeth Connor 1920 - 2018

Elizabeth, the wife of Clare Connor DFC died peacefully on March 8th surrounded by her family. She was 98. See the Connors family page on the left for a brief history and memories of the visit in 2011.

On a lighter note, many will be aware of the ‘City of Culture’ award. Last year it was Hull and in 2021, Coventry. 
What is lesser known, is the ‘Village of Culture and Community’ award, which takes place each year. I’m pleased to announce, Brattleby is on a final short list of 3.
If chosen, a number of events will take place in the village during July, Including BBC’s ‘Songs of Praise’ at St Cuthbert’s church Sunday 15th July.
‘Country File’ are to film a short piece entitled, ‘Community Spirit in Villages’, towards the end of the month and the Red Arrows will be providing a ‘fly past’ on most days.

Young people will be catered for too. A Production Company will be filming throughout July in the Village Paddock, for a ‘one off’ programme entitled ‘TOWIE in the Sticks’.
Although I’ve not seen ‘TOWIE’, I’m reliably informed it’s a cultural programme aimed at the ‘under thirty’s’, concentrating on current affairs?

Watch this space, we’re expecting confirmation – one way or the other – on 1st April.
Fingers crossed!

Best Spring wishes,
Mike Spencer.

News Update March 2018

The next Parish Council  meeting to take place on Monday 14 May 2018, at 7.00pm at our new venue St Cuthbert's Church Brattleby

Our sleepy village was recently invaded by a strange flying machine... hovering above the houses making a strange humming sound, several people reported it!?Don’t panic, it was just a drone, but not just any drone, this was a commercial type!?RAF Scampton and Waddington and the police denied any knowledge of it. Despite a search for the opera- tor, none was found... odd isn’t it? 

If you happen to have any information, please contact Mike Spencer 730466 -, as it’s a known fact these things are often used for surveillance prior to a burglary. 

Sincere thanks to Jane Strowger of Norwich for her generous donation of £500 towards the ‘upkeep’ of St Cuthbert’s churchyard. Several of Jane’s ancestors – the Clarkes and the Rolletts – are interred at the church.?It’s intended to use the donation to improve the church footpath from Thorpe lane. 

The Village Church Committee are in the process of seeking advice from the relevant bodies with a view to restoring the decaying plasterwork and redecoration of our Grade 2* St Cuthbert’s church. 

The Next Parish Council meeting will be held on the 12 of March, 7pm at the BSA Village Hall.

Nearly New Ladies Clothes Sale (Many unworn with labels still attached) Saturday 24th of March Aisthorpe BSA Village Hall 10am - 1pm

Scarves, shoes, handbags, costume jewellery, Bric a Brac. Tea/Coffee and Cakes 

News Update February 2018

The final figure raised for the Derek Franklin memorial headstone amounted to £1100.
As this is more than required, the remaining monies will be used to purchase a park bench dedicated to Derek, to be placed along the new footpath/garden area, between Back Lane and East Lane.
Sincere thanks to the many - very generous – donations and to those who attended the Coffee Morning at ‘Manor Ley’.
Thanks to you, Derek will not be forgotten.

Brattleby Parish Council has obtained a £2800 grant from LCC Conservation and Wildlife Fund, to construct a new footpath and wild life area as mentioned above. A further grant of £450 has been obtained for trees and shrubs.
The work is expected to be completed by the spring.

The December 22nd Carol Service was attended by a congregation of 45.

The next Parish Council meeting will be held on 12th of March, 7pm

News Update January 2018

Updated the footpath page with progress to date. We have been awarded two grants to do the work. Looking forward to celebrating this latest achievement. Any suggestions to the format of the celebration please let us know! (feedback option or any PC member).

News Update December 2017

Best Christmas wishes to all in Brattleby from Arthur and Sandra Melton:

Arthur and Sandra

Derek Franklin Memorial Fund

Following the Coffee Morning  of the  9th of December  the current total raised amounts to £1040. We would like to thank all those who have donated so generously and kindly. These included Jo Mark and Patrons of the Black Horse, Ingham. 

As the sum raised is greater than the cost of a head stone, a ‘bench seat’ will be purchased and placed in Brattleby village in memory of Derek.

coffee morning

Photo by vv

coffee morning

Lincolnshire Highways is to attend to various village issues including, moving the south re- active speed sign to the other side of the road, repairing pot holes, ‘jetting’ the drain near School House and ‘refreshing’ the white ‘slow’ signs on the road north and south of the village. 

The Brattleby Neighbourhood Plan finally ‘crossed the finishing line’ on Monday 13th of November when it was formally adopted by WLDC.?Congratulations and thanks to Parish Council members and Lynne and Rob Doyle, the two residents involved during this 2 year project. 

Scampton and Ingham Parish Councils have agreed to back Brattleby P/C in pursuing the idea of a uniform speed limit between Ingham and Scampton to replace the existing - and confusing – differing limits between the two villages. A ‘blanket’ 40mph has been suggested.
The Brattleby candle lit Carol Service with choir, will be held on Friday 22nd of December. Mulled wine and mince pies available. Arrive 6-30 pm for the wine/pies, service to commence 7pm.?Not to be missed! 

Brattleby church grass cutting rota is due to be written for 2018. Should any community minded person wish to join the team, please contact John Spratley Church Warden or the author Mike Spencer.

The new ‘Call Connect’ bus service for the area was launched in the village on Friday 3rd of November. The event was attended by 5 residents. See web site and village notice board for details of how to use this service.

 A View From Brattleby December 2017.
 (The content of ‘A View From Brattleby’ articles and stories written for the Village Venture, are the personal views of Mike Spencer as a private individual. Copyright applies.)

The days are getting shorter, the weather becoming colder and thoughts about just what is happening at Christmas with the family seem to be a daily topic of conversation. 
“Are we going to the children’s or are they both coming here?? “Well I don’t know, haven’t they mentioned anything to you?”? “The last time I heard anything, Jonathan and Co were going to Jane’s sisters on Christmas day and we’re supposed to be going to theirs on Boxing Day.”?“ I thought we were going to Kate and Martyn’s on Christmas day, as they’re going to Martyn’s Mother’s on Boxing Day?”? “No! Martyn’s parents are coming over to Kate’s on Boxing Day and they’re all going to Market Rasen Races.”? I’m sure we’re not the only family going through this??But try and imagine what life would be like if we didn’t have these choices? 

More than 9 million people in the UK say they are always or often lonely, from young sin- gle mums, to the elderly and the recently retired. The issue of loneliness is most acute in rural areas.
Gone are the days when Mrs Smith the widow living alone, could rely on old Sid to drop in with a few ‘greens’ and stop for a ‘cuppa’ and a chat. Both the milk man and the postman would both have been known by name and seen daily, quite happy to drop a birthday card in for Mrs Jones at the other end of the village. 

According to a survey in 2016, a third of us would not recognise other nearby residents if they met them in the street. Furthermore, 1 in 4 have fallen out with their neighbours, for various reasons. Also, over 40% of people polled admitted to deliberately ignoring neighbours on more than one occasion. 
The average Briton knows 6 neighbours by name and more than half of those polled said there was no community spirit in their neighbourhood.? In Boston, the ‘British Red Cross’ is so concerned, they’ve set up a 12 week project called, ‘Connecting Communities’ to try and address the issue of rural loneliness. 
Their object is to help people to rediscover their former interests, rebuild independence, make new friends and encourage people to ‘stay involved’. 
In our locality, several of the members of the Ingham Practice ‘Tuesday Lunch Club’ (TLC) have told me, some weeks, the only time they sit and chat to anyone is at the club and it’s the highlight of their week!?Incidentally, if you could spare a Tuesday once a month, we’re still looking for volunteers to assist the cook to prepare veg etc. and set tables. Please contact Chris Sneath on 731661, or Mike Spencer. 
So let’s hope no one we know, is left on their own this Christmas.

Sincere Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year, Mike Spencer.?15/11/17? 

News Update November 2017

On the afternoon of Tuesday 7th of November, 2500 purple Crocus bulbs donated by Bailgate Rotary, and organised by John Spratley were planted in various areas within the village.
The significance of the colour purple (Purple4Polio) dates back to 1985 when the International Rotary Society took the bold decision to attempt to rid the world of Polio by raising funds for immunisation. Since 2012, Rotary has raised around 1.2 million pounds, which has been distributed to 15 countries.
Bill Gates of Microsoft fame, offered to donate £1 for every £1 raised for the cause.
Since the ‘End Polio Now’ campaign started, the reported cases of Polio has dropped to single figures. 

The photos show members of Bailgate Rotary, children from Scampton School and members of the Brattleby Parish Council planting the bulbs.
See also, story in the Lincolnite.
crocus planting

Photo byJohn Spratley

crocus planting

crocus planting

Photo byJohn Spratley

crocus planting

crocus planting

crocus planting

Please note that Dispatch the system used to send out Parish website email alerts will be down from Friday 10 November until Thursday 16 November. I will still be able to edit the rest of the site as normal during this time however.  

'A life?' is a story about a local resident who recently passed away. It can be found on the history page. Responses to this story are added as they come in, so please do check (3 response to date 9 November).
Sincere thanks to the anonymous person who placed the envelope containing £20 through the letter box on Wednesday 8th of November for the Derrick Franklin Memorial Fund.

After two years work, the Brattleby Neighbourhood Plan has finally been completed and awaits adoption - in November – by WLDC Planning. At the recent referendum, 97% of residents voted in favour of the plan.
The Plan, in its entirety, can been viewed on the Brattleby P/C web site.

The Macmillan Coffee Morning held at Manor Ley in September in conjunction with M&S, raised just un- der £1600. Sincere thanks to all the helpers and the loyal supporters of our charity events.

A Planning Application has been received by the Parish Council for the 'conversion' of a brick shed at the rear of Corner Cottage, Back Lane, into a 2 bedroom bungalow, with access via the 'green lane' between Corner Cottage and Robindale. The Brattleby Neighbourhood Plan clearly identifies areas within the vil- lage, regarded as suitable and acceptable for future development. This is not one of them
At the Parish Council Meeting of 11th September, the members voted unanimously to reject this application as it is not within the bounds of the aforementioned plan and would be detrimental to the character of the village, 'Corner Cottage' (a listed building) and Back Lane in general. Therefore, a written response has been made to WLDC Planning, asking them to Refuse the application. This is available to view on the Brattleby P/C web site.

Brattleby Parish Council is to carry out research with a view to extending the current Conservation Area.

Speeding traffic on the B1398 through the villages is a constant topic at P/C meetings.
The placing of Reactive Speed Signs at Brattleby and Scampton has moderately moderately successful. However, there is a 'hardcore' of motorists who totally ignore any of the limits.
As a result, Brattleby P/C has written to the other councils involved, looking towards the possibility of a 'combined' effort to resolve this long standing issue by a single 40 MPH speed limit from the bottom of 'Cow Hill' at Ingham, to the 30mph at Scampton replaceing the existing (confusing) current numerous dif- fering speed restrictions.
Scampton, Ingham and Aisthorpe have agreed, Cammeringham has declined.

coffee morning

Photo by VV

coffee morning

News Update October 2017

The Annual Village Bonfire will take place on Saturday 4 November  6pm start, please see the leaflet that came through your letterbox for further details.

Call Connect Invite

Photo by CC

Call Connect invite

Re: Planning Application 136601 Corner Cottage Brattleby:

At the recent extraordinary meeting regarding the above application, my Parish Council voted unanimously, the application be refused, as it is not in accordance with the current Brattleby Neighbourhood Plan.
See for the full response the Planning page (left pane).