Parish News

News Update December 2017

coffee morning

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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

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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

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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).

News Update September 2017

There is now a consultation on the green waste collection. You can find out more through this link

The Brattleby Neighbourhood Plan vote on 31 August returned 35 in favour and 1  against. So this means that it has been accepted by our community. Well done! See the Neighbourhood Plan page for the declaration of results and Decision statement. 

There is one final stage for us to complete, and that is to formally pass the final Neighbourhood Plan over to WLDC at the next full council meeting. The next available meeting is on the 13th November at 7pm. More info nearer to the time.

Village Venture views from Brattleby:

As I write, the harvest is in full swing, the farmers are working night and day utilising every moment of dry weather available, the Combines are tracking up and down the fields enveloped in a cloud of dust, sometimes totally invisible, looking like a 'hither to unknown' monster devouring the crop. Gone are the days when farm workers came home from harvest looking like a coal miner, it's all filters, 'air con' and satellites now. Farm work today - once a 'muscle' job - is now that of a technician, handling machines often costing hundreds of thousands of pounds. 

I stopped to speak to a retired farm worker friend at Cammeringham the other day, who remembers carrying 18 stone sacks of grain all day long. He reckoned peas were even worse, often weighing anything up to 22 stone. 'Elf n Safety' would have a fit today and damn right too! 

One of my abiding memories of harvest time was the practice of straw burning, banned in 1993. It used to be quite a spectacle driving home at night and looking over the Trent valley from Carlton hill top, as dusk approached, the sky glowing a brilliant red. 

---------?The Referendum for the Brattleby Neighbourhood Plan was held on August 31st at the BSA village Hall. 

The result will be published in November. If passed, it will become a legal document and be adopted by West Lindsey and used in all future planning applications within the Parish. 

Dog fouling has now become an offence in the WLDC area. Any person proven to be guilty, will incur a fine of £75. 

A visit to Lockwood Estates Anaerobic Digester by a group of Brattleby residents took place on the evening of 3rd of August. Many thanks to Andrew Buckley and the site team for a very instructive and interesting visit. 

The Next Brattleby Parish Council meeting will be held on Monday 11th of September at the BSA Village Hall 7pm. 

'Macmillan Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning' Saturday 23rd of September will be held at 'Manor Ley', School Lane, Brattleby – 10am – 1pm. 

(In conjunction with Marks & Spencer's) Good quality ladies clothes, shoes and accessories. 

Home made cakes, hand made cards and bric a brac Raffle with good prizes.?See Community page. 

It's with great sadness I report the loss of our beloved Labrador Barney, he was a gentle soul and known to most people in the village, he was almost 15. He died peacefully laid in the sunshine on the back lawn on August 10th, with the family sat around him. I don't think my life will ever be quite the same. 

“You never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory”. (Dr Seuss Geisel) 

Best summer wishes,?Mike Spencer. 15/08/17

News Update August 2017

West-Lindsey District Council is inviting people for the Budget Consultation for 2017. See the Parish Council page (attached files) for further details of meetings.

If you would like to attend the count after the referendum for the Neighbourhood Plan at the BSA Village Hall at 10:00pm, please email your details to the election office on or before Thursday 24 August so you can be issued with a ticket (otherwise entry will be refused). The email address is (Celia Chapman is dealing with this).

News Update July 2017

Invite to Brattleby Residents:

Are You Interested in Green Energy?

If so, would you like to join us on a visit to Lockwood’s Anaerobic Digester on the evening of Thursday 3rd of August?

The plant is situated on the right of Spridlington Road east of the A15 - meet in the plant car park at 6pm.

Decent shoes are a must.

Maximum of 20 persons.

Please notify Mike Spencer 730466 -

The date for the referendum on the Brattleby Neighbourhood Plan has now been set at Thursday 31 August at the BSA Village Hall from 6am till 9pm. 

Notice of referendum

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Notice of referendum

Open Farm Sunday

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Open Farm Sunday

Brattleby Open Churches Weekend held 13/14th of May. The event raised £320 towards the church restoration fund.

The Brattleby Neighbourhood Plan is now complete and has been approved - with a few minor amendments - by the appointed independent examiner. It is anticipated it will be approved by West Lindsey Planning, after which, it will go to Referendum. A provisional date for this has been set by WLDC for 24th of August at the BSA Village Hall. 

Residents will be further informed.

The Annual Brattleby Parish Meeting ( a statuary requirement) was held at the BSA Village Hall on Monday 12th of June. This event is designed specificly to give residents the opportunity to draw attention to any 'village' matters of concern. Tea, coffee and biscuits were provided.

The meeting was attended by 3 parish council members and two wives.

The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Monday 19th of July, 7pm BSA Village Hall.

A meeting of Springline Parish Council Chair Person's was held on Tuesday 6th of June by the organisers of the forthcoming Scampton Air Show, to discus local issues, particularly that of traffic. Further information will be available nearer the event by advertising and 'leaflet drops'.

News Update June 2017

From West Lindsey District Council (this info and the order can also be found on the parish council page under attachments):

The Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for dog fouling – what it means for you and your Parish

A new PSPO became effective on 5th June 2017, replacing old legislation to ensure that West Lindsey District Council can continue to take action against irresponsible dog owners. This means we are able to use fixed penalty notices of £75 or prosecution against those who do not clear up after their dog or do not dispose of the waste properly.

How to report

We know that many areas in the District suffer from irresponsible dog owners and walkers not picking up after their dog. While West Lindsey District Council cannot provide regular patrols across the District there are ways you can help us to tackle this issue:

1) If you have seen someone fail to clear up after their dog, know them, and are willing to give us a statement, then please report the incident to us on 01427 676676 or online at By getting a statement from you we may have the evidence to issue a fixed penalty notice or prosecute the offender.

2) If you know when and where an offence is regularly occurring you can let us know this and we will aim to get an officer in the area to try to catch someone in the act. Please contact us using the same details as above, but specify the location of the offence e.g. outside number 10 Example Street, and the times e.g. each weekday between 7 and 7.30am, as well as any description you may have e.g. tall male walking black Labrador with a red collar.

3) If you do not know who the offender is and cannot give specific details we may not be able to take action; however you can report problem areas for a street cleanse, and request additional dog bins, by calling 01427 676676.

Dog waste can be deposited in normal litter bins as well as the specific red ones, or in household waste wheeled bins, as long as it is properly bagged.

Thank you for working with us to make West Lindsey a cleaner, greener place to live.

News Update May 2017

The Annual Parish Meeting will take place on Monday 12 June (NEW DATE) at the BSA Village Hall from 7pm. Topics include the Neighbourhood Plan and the Reinstatement of the Footpath East Lane - Backlane (see page to the left). Refreshments provided.

The Neighbourhood Plan is now finalised and can be found on the page. The next step is for the procedure to be completed by the District Council and after that the Referendum will be organised (likely to be at the end of the summer).

The financial statement. governance statement and public right to access documents can be found on the new page (see left pane).

The new reactive speed sign for the south of the village has now been fitted. The sign has 'Data Capture' and will enable the Parish Council to monitor traffic volume and average speeds. In 2008, a survey by the Police indicated 22,000 vehicles ( no, not a miss print) per week use the B1398, 60% of which were speeding, several exceeding 80 mph!

For almost a year, there's been no complaints to the Parish Council of 'dog fouling'. However, this has once again become an issue. Residents are respectfully asked, to carry 'poo bags' and use them anywhere within the village.  The village limits are - east/west - A15 to Thorpe Le Fallows. North/south - Aisthorpe to Cammeringham.

Future Events

The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Monday 15th of May 7pm at the BSA Village Hall.

West Lindsey Open Churches Weekend 13/14th May. As usual, Brattleby St Cuthbert's will be open from 11am to 4pm both days, where you're ensured of a warm welcome from the Village Church Committee. Call in for a cup of tea/coffee and a slice of cake, have a chat about village history. In fact, anything to do with the village or its future. Freshly made sandwiches available throughout the day.

News Update April 2017

By the time you read your April edition of the Village Venture, the clocks will be running on 'British  Summer Time', the sound of mowers will be heard once again in the evenings and we'll all be awakened by bird song in the morning.
'Buzz Light-year' our resident Buzzard and his companions already appear to be enjoying the better weather, soaring over the cliff, their 'mewing' betraying their presence long before you're tempted to look skywards. The Jays compete with the pigeons for peanuts on the patio, as Charlie the New Forest pony rolls in the paddock to rid himself of his winter coat, leaving small areas of white on the new green grass, resembling patches of snow.
Once again, that most wonderful time of the year, Spring, is upon us. (15.5 today, 14th March, warmest day so far). 
“Oh to be in England now that April’s there …”

The recent Coffee Morning held at 'Manor Ley' in aid of Kidney Research raised over £515.  Many thanks to all who assisted and particular thanks to our regular supporters. 

Following positive results from the introduction of the new Reactive Speed Sign, a further sign is to be purchased for the south end of the village.
Many thanks to Roy Thornhill and Rob Bogusz for the urgently required pruning of the trees on  Millennium Avenue, Brattleby Hill.

The Brattleby Neighbourhood Plan is a step nearer completion, following a visit to the village by the Independent Examiner. 

The 'Church Grass Mowing Rota' for 2017 is now in place. Any resident willing to give a 4 hours per year to this worthwhile cause, please contact John Spratley 731157 or the author. 

The annual 'West Lindsey Open Churches Weekend' at St Cuthbert's Brattleby will take place 13/14th of May, 11 am until 4 pm each day. Any resident wishing to assist or be involved, please contact the author, or any member of the Village Church Committee. This is without doubt the 'biggest' and most interesting village event this year, with a focus on village history and community. Refreshments, sandwiches, cakes. Come and meet the residents, they're an interesting lot – well, most of them! 
I wonder how many residents noticed the church bells were not striking the 2 days 13/14th of March? This was due to Western power altering the position of the power supply, prior to the imminent re-wiring scheme.

A small section of unregistered land between East and Back lane has been taken over in the public interest by Brattleby Parish Council under Land Registry terms of 'Adverse Possession'. It is hoped in the future the 'lost' footpath connecting the two lanes will be reinstated and a new 'Green Area' provided for current and future residents, in accordance with the Brattleby Neighbourhood Plan.
The next Parish Council meeting/Annual Parish Meeting will be held in the BSA Village Hall on the 15th of May 7 pm.  Residents are reminded, Parish Council Minutes and all village information can be viewed on both the  Village Notice Board (in the bus shelter) and the Village Web Site.

The Parish Council has undertaken a comprehensive 'planting' of various forms of Spring and Summer flowers in a number of 'grassed areas' within the village, including the Village Paddock. 
Sincere thanks to Ann and Martha. 

Best Regards, 
Mike Spencer.

News Update March 2017

The village Reactive Speed Indicator Sign is now operational. The sign is equipped with a ‘Data Capture’ facility, to enable the Parish Council to monitor traffic volumes and average speeds of the 22,000 vehicles passing through the village over a 7 day period. The sign is transportable and will be deployed to monitor traffic either end of the village.
Should future funds permit, a further unit will be purchased to enable north and south traffic to be monitored simultaneously. 
Further similar units are to be placed in Scampton village.

coffee morning

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coffee morning


The enthralling memories of octogenarian and former Brattleby resident Arthur Melton who emigrated to Australia in 1963, continue with an adapted account of the War years - 1939-1945.

One of my early memories of the war as a 12 year old, was an almighty explosion on Scampton camp, followed by a huge column of smoke.  Word soon got around that some mines had exploded. As we lived only a few hundred yards away, at ‘Glebe Farm’, we could hardly have missed it with the bomb dump situated in the North East corner of the airfield (Brattleby Hill top). In those days there was a pub close by, called the ‘Midge Inn’. (demolished shortly afterwards)

Early on in 1940, a squad of army guys moved into the paddock near the farm and dug earthworks to accommodate a ‘Searchlight Battery’. This included the Searchlight, a Lewis gun, a Sound Locater, a Radio room and accommodation. The sound locater was a contraption mounted on a swivel with trumpet shaped sound tubes. One night a German raider paid RAF Scampton a visit and the searchlight was switched on. This illuminated the surrounding area and the airfield. The raiding aircraft dived towards the beam of light, so it was hurriedly switched off. Shortly afterwards, the whole site was moved down near the end of Thorpe Lane.

Good Friday in 1940 was a very warm day and two of the soldiers were sharing a few bottles of beer. I joined them and ‘slunk’ off with a bottle to try it. When I awoke, I found myself sitting on the knee of one of the soldiers, while my Mother played hell with them.  After that the beer was kept well out of my way.

The corporal in charge went down to the village one night, so one of the squaddies decided to play a trick. He put a gas cape and a gas mask which had two eye holes in it. He waited until the corporal was halfway through ‘Pitts Wood’ (top of Brattleby Hill) and shone a torch through the eye holes making whoo-oo sounds. The poor bloke thought ‘old nick’ was after him!

Not long after the start of the war, the MOD built us an air raid shelter about 25 yard from ‘Cliff Farm’ in the apple orchard. It was a concrete and brick construction with interlocking roof slabs. It was dug into the ground, with concrete seats and brick walls. In the back was a doorway, but no door, we hung a blanket over the doorway to prevent light showing from the candles. The back wall was constructed with a dry mortar brickwork, which, could be pushed out in the event of us being trapped. There was also a blast wall across the front. We spent many a night in there when “Jerry” was attacking RAF Scampton – if we had sufficient time to get in it - otherwise, we had a very strong kitchen table we used to shelter under.

If it happened to be a moonlit night, quite often a couple of ‘Jerry’ aircraft would appear. Using Lincoln Cathedral as a ‘land mark’, one would fly off to RAF Waddington and the other to Scampton. On one occasion things got a bit close to home when one of the raiders was shot down by a night fighter. We heard the cannon fire over Carlton, the burning aircraft turned and flew over our house just missing the trees and crashed in the lane near the camp. We visited the crash site next day and saw the bodies under a tarpaulin, with their feet sticking out. My Mother commented, “Even Germans have to darn their socks!”

 On another occasion, we heard   bombs exploding in the Ingham camp direction. A German daylight raider dropped a bomb on the middle street and then flew to Brattleby and machine gunned the village. Reputedly, a spent bullet was found in Les Fox’s bed! The aircraft then flew towards our house and put a line of bullets down the gateway next to the house and continued to the camp and machine gunned them. We heard later, he’d gone onto the coast where he was shot down over the sea. The crews of two raiders are buried in Scampton churchyard. On the day of their funeral, we were in school (Scampton) and heard the rifles being fired, as they were buried with full military honours.

Both the ‘Lincolnshire Regiment’ and the ‘Sherwood Foresters’ used ‘Pitts Wood’ for mock battles. Afterwards, they’d cook a meal with wood fires and ‘billy cans’. I used to visit them and if I got bit too cheeky they would chase after me, throwing ‘Thunder-flashes’.

My Father was in the local ‘Home Guard’ along with others from the near-by villages. He was armed with a rifle and ten rounds of ammunition, later changed to a rifle with a ‘cup discharger’, which could propel a hand grenade a fair distance. The Home Guard also carried out mock battles in the wood. Later on in the war they got a field gun, this was called a ‘Blacka Bombard’ (a kind of mortar) which was sited on Aisthorpe lane and fired practice shells in the big field near there.

One day, I was stood outside watching a pilot doing a ‘follow my leader’ exercise, when I became aware of a Hurricane coming straight down with no chance of pulling up. As he disappeared behind the trees I felt the thud as he crashed. The pilot was an American from Texas who had joined the RAF at the beginning of the war, he’s buried in Kirton Lindsay churchyard. 

Another crash occurred at Brattleby just north of the village, involving an RAF Lancaster with two Canadians among the crew .This happened on a very windy night and no-one heard the crash, it was discovered when the early morning workman’s bus came along. All the crew were killed, one living for two days before he too died.

A foot note to the story of Guy Gibson playing Brattleby church organ at night, he must have had a helper, as in those days the bellows behind the organ needed working by hand. I know, because I was sweet on the attractive young organist and got the job of blowing up these bellows while she played the organ, her kisses certainly didn’t come cheap! 

News Update January 2017

The next PC meeting on Monday 23 January will take place at Glebe Farm at 7pm.

Neighbourhood Plan

The Plan has been completed and now needs to be checked and approved before it can be voted on in the Brattleby referendum (February 2017). If you would like to see a draft please contact any PC member. 

News Update December 2016

The Christmas Carol Service will take place on Friday 16 December at 6.30pm at St Cuthbert's Church.

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

Arthur and Sandra

Photo byArthur and Sandra

Arthur and Sandra