Parish News

News Update July 2019

See the PC page for an update on the issue of the PC not being quorate at this point in time.

News Update May  2019

The Annual Parish Meeting will be held on Tuesday 14th of May and not the 13th as advertised.
The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Monday 17th of June and not the 3rd as advertised

Parish Council. Due to retirements, Brattleby Parish Council will be seeking 3 new members , see PC page for current members.

Elizabeth Connor 1920-2018.

The ashes of Elizabeth Connor, who died in Canada aged 98 in April 2018 are to be interred in the St Cuthbert’s Brattleby grave of her husband Pilot Officer Clare Connor DFC, 1913 – 1940, on Saturday 6th of April 2019 at 10-30 am. A service of remembrance will be conducted by the Rural Dean, the Revd Richard Crossland.

News Update March  2019

In May, it’s election time for Parish Councils. In the case of Brattleby, due to retirements, we’ll be looking to recruit 2 new councillors. Any person wishing
to apply, please contact the author, or any Parish Councillor member.?

 Quotations are being sought to carry out ‘lopping’ of the chestnut tree in the village pad- dock. The quotation for the village grass cutting 2019, has been received and accepted?The next Parish Council meeting will be held on Monday 1st of April at the BSA Village Hall 7pm.

How could anybody...... 
The quite village of Brattleby was recently (8th of Feb) the site of one of the most despic- able and callas acts of cruelty I’ve ever seen in my entire life. Two emaciated horses and a foal were taken to a quite spot near the top of the hill ‘winched’ together with ratchet straps to a tree, their legs tied together with rope and left to die! 

The photos are absolutely heart-breaking. I have tears in my eyes as I write.?On a lighter note, today 14th February, it’s wall to wall sunshine and with spring a little over a month away, there are still good things in this wonderful world to look forward to!?
Best wishes,?Mike Spencer

News Update January  2019

Land of Back Lane 138812 planning application

Those residents who have made objections and comments regarding the application have been notified by the applicants that the application has been withdrawn.

The deadline for submitting your response to this applicaton is 11 February 2019. The best way to do this is by visiting the planning application webpage ( . At he bottom of the screen you can find ‘contact us’ and choose your option. There are several reports that sending hard copy letters did not arrive. 

At this point in time we do not yet know if the matter will be delegated, or whether it will go for committee. In any case we will keep you informed on progress and given the amount of responses so far we expect this to be a committee case. If the latter is the case the meeting can be attended by the public but there is only one person who can speak for a couple of minutes. There are several people who will go to attend this meeting if it goes ahead

Back Lane planned maintenance closure in March 2019

REASON FOR CLOSURE:  Essential maintenance works by TRIIO/Cadent Gas
LOCATION:  Back Lane (Closed in vicinity of property 'Ashwell')
PERIOD OF CLOSURE:  18/3/2019 to 23/3/2019
(Closures to be implemented as & when required during this period,
signage detailing accurate dates & times will be displayed on site in advance)

From Mike Spencer:

Following a site meeting with a representative from the ‘Lincs Road Safety Partnership’, regarding the perennial issue of speeding traffic through the village, ‘Watch Your Speed’ signs have been placed at strategic points along the main road.

Following numerous complaints by walkers, of speeding traffic and cyclists on Brattleby Hill (particularly around the ‘S’ bend) signs have been placed to advise the same, of this dangerous issue.

Various items of maintenance work have recently been carried out on the ‘flood relief’ dyke.

Many thanks to the Wright’s for dredging part of the dyke and to Rob Doyle for his assistance with related issues.

In May this year, all Parish Council Members will be up for re-election.

Brattleby will have at least one member retiring at this date. 

Jerry Scott, who is both Vice Chair and (long) acting Parish Clerk, will be stepping down as Clerk, but will continue as Vice Chair.

Therefore, the position of Clerk to Brattleby Parish Council will be open to interested persons. 

It should be noted, this important position has not been officially filled for a number of years and it has only been possible for the Parish Council to carry out its business due to Jerry being prepared to fill both posts.

Please contact the author if you would be interested in joining us. We hold approximately, 6 meetings per year. You would be expected to take minutes, prepare agenda’s and control finance. All letter writing and other related matters are carried out by the Chairman.

It is not mandatory for the Clerk to be a resident of Brattleby.

The ‘Old Forge’ footpath connecting Back Lane with East Lane is now usable. The bench commemorating the lives of Derek and Maud Franklin is now in situ. The slab plinth having used the remaining monies raised through the ‘Derek’, fund raising Coffee Morning held at ‘Manor Ley’ last year.

The Church – see the report on behalf of the ‘Friends of St Cuthbert’s Church’ Committee in another part of the magazine.

Brattleby is now a member of the ‘County Text Alert System’, designed to enable contact from County or National level, during local or National emergencies. The Chairman is the initial contact person. This new arrangement will complement and work in conjunction with the current ‘Brattleby Emergency Plan’

The next meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Monday 4th of February at the BSA Village Hall 7 pm.

Best Wishes for the New Year,

Mike Spencer. 10/01/19

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.