Saturday, 30 May 2015

Support Nocton Cricket Club

Nocton Cricket Club News

At the moment our late spring weather doesn’t exactly make for a great start to the cricket season – typical weather, but not really what we need! Nevertheless we have only had to cancel one game so far which is pretty impressive. The three teams we have met so far have been very strong and we have yet to record a win but there is plenty of talent in the team and we are hoping for better things later in the season.

In just 2 weeks’ time we have our Summer Fete (June 14th) and we hope lots of people will come along to support. The Fete starts at 2.00pm and posters are going up around the village. Last year’s fete was rained off so it would be great to have some lovely, sunny weather and a lot of support.
As it warms up (hopefully!) there can be few more delightful settings to sit, relax and enjoy village cricket than the club’s ground on the Bridleway. The picture below should prove it!

Nocton  - what a super setting.

Here are the rest of the fixtures for this season. Only five are home games but some of the other venues are not so far away.

Date          Home Team         Away Team
Jun 7th      Billingborough v NOCTON
Jun 14th    Nocton Cricket Club Fete!!
Jun 21st    NOCTON v Bracebridge Heath
Jun 28th    NOCTON v Rustons
Jul 5th       Hykeham  v NOCTON
Jul 12th     NOCTON v Woodhall Spa
Jul 19th     Rustons v NOCTON
Jul 26th     No fixture
Aug 2nd    NOCTON v Billingborough
Aug 9th     Sleaford v NOCTON
Aug 16th   No fixture
Aug 23rd   NOCTON v Hykeham
Aug 30th   Horncastle v NOCTON
Sep 6th      Bracebridge Heath v NOCTON
Sep 13th    Billingborough v NOCTON

Some weeks we are short of players and struggle to make enough for a team. This is common all over the country and, in recent years, a number of village clubs have folded through lack of interest and lack of finance. We obviously would hate for that to happen in our village. If you are keen on cricket and fancy a game, even if it’s only an occasional game, please get in touch with me and I’ll pass your name on to the skipper, Matthew, who will be both delighted and relieved!

We have recently received two very generous grants from Beeswax and from Nocton Parish Council/200 Club which have given us the funding to buy a really good mobile cricket net – it’s on order already. We don’t just want to enable our regular team members to practise at the ground – we also want to encourage others in the village who might like to join us. We are also hoping to encourage the youngsters in the village to come along and enjoy the game. We have bought our own “Kwik Cricket” set so that younger players can access the game without having to wield hefty bats and get padded up as if they were going into the arena!

Above all, we’d like to encourage the people of Nocton to enjoy the game at a local level, become involved as supporters or players and raise the profile of the club in the village.

Jonathan Sides (Club Secretary: 01526 320652)

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Nocton Doodle - deadline

June/July/August Edition

'Hi Everyone

The copy deadline for the June/July/August edition (and the LAST paper hard copy) of The Doodle is this coming Friday 29th May 2015. 

It is likely to be a bumper issue, so if you can let me have any contributions etc as early as possible this week (don’t forget to include all your summer news and events!) that would be great.

Thank you

Jilly B
The Doodle'

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Nocton Fen Wind Farm - latest from PNF

Latest news from PNF

During the last month, PNF has been busy meeting local parish councillors and preparing for Vattenfall's public consultations.  One thing the we have heard locally is the belief that the newly-elected Conservative government will automatically scrap the wind farm.  This is not the case and we do not know what is going to happen.  We cannot be complacent and must continue to fight this industrial scale development in the heart of the community.
  1. 27th May 2015 - PNF is interviewed on the 6.00pm ITV Calendar news tonight.
  2. The website has undergone some new additions.  This includes a page where we are adding facts about wind farms and turbines you might not be aware of (  We have also begun to  add photo montages to the home page, to show what the view from key sites will potentially look like.  At the moment, we have view from Nocton, Potterhanworth, Bardney and Tattershall Castle.  Views from other sites will be added once ready.
  3. We now have Facebook page and a Twitter account @PNFProtect. Subscribe to these for more articles and new on wind farms locally and around the country.
  4. At the time of writing we are about to deliver information leaflets to 10,000 houses.  For those people wishing to send this on, the leaflet is available from our website, and includes some montages of the proposed development.
  5. Recently, we had an article published on the Nocton Blog.  For those who may not have read it, here is a link.
  6. Finally, Germany is often held up as a bastion of wind power.  This video from Germany shows what happens when turbines ruin the countryside - it is shocking and this is what can happen on our doorstep.  Please note - the proposed Nocton Fen turbines are larger than those shown in the video.
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Vattenfall - preliminary environmental information

Swedish developer showcases Nocton Fen wind farm

'An artist impression has been released of a proposed 20-turbine wind farm in Lincolnshire.'

Preliminary Environmental Information

Vattenfall has now published a mass of information on its website.

For the people of Nocton, if you read nothing else, may I recommend you select the document 'Viewpoint 14 B1188 towards Nocton' and study the visual impact of the wind farm on our village.

The Nocton Conservation Area document adopted in 2008 states:

"In wider landscape views the view of the village is of the roofs of buildings set within trees. The Parish Church spire rises among the trees in views from the west. It is trees that predominate."

I always enjoy returning to our little cottage in Old Ten Row, turning down the B1202 towards Nocton, admiring our village nestling within the green trees and woodland. Having now examined Vattenfall's viewpoint document, the description outlined in the Conservation Area document will no longer be accurate, as the turbines will destroy the visual setting of Nocton and All Saints Church.

I am horrified at how the wind turbines will dominate our lovely village... and will now campaign against this National Infrastructure Project. Hopefully, residents will gain more control over the decision making process if planning decisions are to revert to our local Council.

Government 'to remove big onshore wind farms from the NSIP system'

'Final decisions on planning applications for large onshore wind farms in England could be taken by councils in consultation with local residents rather than by central government, according to media reports.'

Latest update: Queen's Speech 2015

I have studied the Energy Bill and am pleased to see the Government has not reneged on its intention to give local communities the final say on wind farm applications. The relevant extracts are below:

Energy Bill
The purpose of the Bill is to:
  • ensure there will be affordable and reliable energy for businesses and families
  • give the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) the powers it needs to become a robust, independent and effective regulator, and enable it to maximise the economic recovery of oil and gas from UK waters
  • change the law in line with the manifesto commitment to give local communities the final say on wind farm applications
The main benefits of the Bill would be:
  • increasing industry collaboration, driving down costs for consumers and attracting further investment to improve the overall competitiveness of the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS)
  • bringing revenue to the UK contributing to economic growth and creating jobs
  • maximising the economic recovery of offshore oil and gas reserves, prolonging the life of the basin and helping to ensure our energy security
  • ensuring local planning authorities have consenting powers for all onshore wind farms
6.3 Onshore Wind
  • the Bill would make legislative changes to remove the need for the Secretary of State’s consent for any large onshore wind farms (over 50 megawatts)
  • this, in effect, would devolve powers out of Whitehall by transferring the existing consenting powers, in relation to onshore wind, to local planning authorities
  • this will mean that in future the primary decision maker for onshore wind consents in England and Wales will be the local planning authority. These changes will be supported by changes to the national planning policy framework to give effect to the manifesto commitment that local communities should have the final say on planning applications for wind farms
  • these changes would not impact on the planning regime in Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • the commitment to end new subsidy for onshore wind farms will be delivered separately, and the Department of Energy and Climate Change will be announcing measures to deliver this soon.