Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Marianne Overton MBE - July newsletter

July News

The following email was received on 2nd July:

"Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to our July Newsletter. I hope you find it interesting and useful.

Please let me know if I can help with anything.

Kind Regards,

Councillor Marianne Overton MBE
Independent Councillor for Branston and Navenby on Lincolnshire County Council
and for the Cliff Villages on North Kesteven District Council
Leader of the Lincolnshire Independents
Vice Chairman of the Local Government Association

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Nocton Cricket Club - match report

Nocton win low scoring thriller

Sunday 28th June

Nocton (79 all out) beat Rustons (57 all out) by 22 runs

Nocton came out on top in a low scoring thriller this week, defeating Rustons to make it three wins in a row.

Rustons won the toss and chose to bowl, on a wicket that was more than a little spongy following the morning’s rain shower. The Rustons bowlers found the conditions to their liking, as Nocton found run scoring difficult. Mikey Atkinson made it to 20 before he was dismissed, a tally that was matched by the retuning Andy Bell, playing his first match in four years. Bell hit three fours and a six, and showed that his lack of recent cricket has done him no harm. Nocton were eventually dismissed for 79 in the 26th over, a score that the team knew was competitive.

After tea, Nocton seamers Atkinson and Dylan Garfoot were excellent, and were ably supported by the economical Miles Lynch. The team took regular wickets thanks to bowling full and straight on the helpful surface, and soon reduced Rustons to 32-9. Despite a last wicket partnership of 25, Rustons were eventually dismissed for 57, leaving Nocton victorious by 22 runs. Atkinson and Garfoot finished with five wickets each.

Atkinson's 5th wicket

Garfoot's 5th wicket
It is also an exciting time for the club off the field, as the new practice net is up and running, and practice will be every Tuesday evening from 6pm at the ground. We may be high in confidence but we are still low on numbers (this week’s win was with only nine men!), so if you would like to join the team, even if you have no experience, please come along. Players need to be at least 13 years old.

Contact club captain Matthew Stephens (07548 386387) if you would like any more information.

Scorecard for this week’s match: http://nocton.play-cricket.com/website/results/2413923

Saturday, 4 July 2015

The Sheepwash Times

Your Community Magazine

"Delivered free to 5,250 homes in Branston, Heighington, Washingborough, Branston Booth, Canwick and Potterhanworth... the Sheepwash Times is 'Your Community Magazine' ".


It might be their 'Community Magazine', but it certainly isn't ours... yet! The Sheepwash Times are kind enough to host some of our articles, but we are not included on their circulation list. You may like to see what the Editor had to say when I emailed him:

Original Enquiry

From: Geoff Hall
Sent: 27 June 2015 14:58
To: sheepwashtimes@tucann.co.uk
Subject: Circulation - The Sheepwash Times

Hi Ben,
I am the chap behind the online Nocton blog and have just been given a copy of your community magazine.

I see you have published a number of articles relating to our village of Nocton in the magazine for July 2015/Issue No 79, but see that:
  1. Nocton is not mentioned on the front cover of the magazine, nor
  2. Do Nocton village residents appear to benefit from the circulation of this excellent publication.
For some years, Nocton has relied upon the Nocton ‘Doodle’ (a simple community leaflet) to keep updated with forthcoming events, or reports thereof. However, this is no longer to be supplied in ‘hard copy’ format. This leaves many residents bereft of local community news, although those with internet access can still view village news online.

You will see on my blog ‘Companion Sites’ that a number relate to businesses. If they were to see your excellent publication circulated around the village, you may gain some additional advertising revenue that will contribute to, or indeed cover, the costs of providing The Sheepwash Times to every household in Nocton. I’m not aware how you ensure deliveries, but there were local residents who used to hand deliver the Nocton Doodle… and who may pick up the mantle if your community magazine were to be made available here.

Please will you consider the viability of allowing Nocton village residents the opportunity to have a copy of The Sheepwash Times, even if it is only for a trial period of say 12 months. I look forward to hearing from you in due course.



From: Sheepwash Times
Sent: 30 June 2015 14:16
To: Geoff Hall
Subject: Re: Circulation - The Sheepwash Times

Hi Geoff,
It is something we are considering but the additional costs involved make it unlikely in the near future. It is not just the cost of the production and delivery of the 500ish copies required for Nocton but also the cost of additional pages to all copies of the Sheepwash Times caused by additional content. The likely cost is in the region of £500 per month in all and that will be a challenge to get from additional advertising at the moment.

Can I assume that, as you make no mention of it, the MACLA news is not that useful for Nocton? If so, would that be because it is only quarterly or does it not serve the village well?

I would like to be able to do something for Nocton at some point. Can I ask you which villages Nocton naturally groups with, in your opinion? It is always best to have an honest local view of how a village sees itself rather than us having to make judgements about which settlements go together.

Thank you in advance for any help you can give.

Kind regards,
Ben Cann

My response

From: Geoff Hall
Sent: 30 June 2015 15:12
To: 'Sheepwash Times'
Subject: RE: Circulation - The Sheepwash Times

Hi Ben,
Many thanks for your reply.

I can see why the costs of production may inhibit circulation, but you will probably see why your publication would be useful for our village, when I attempt to answer your further queries:
  • MACLA fulfils a certain need – which is incorporating Nocton with other local villages’ news – but as this is a quarterly publication, by the time it is circulated it is sometimes the case that events have passed and the content appears dated. Neither is it a colour publication. I must emphasize though, the Editor has been extremely supportive in agreeing to accommodate Nocton by incorporating our material and circulating the magazine to the village. 
  • I think our natural grouping is with the village of Potterhanworth. The two communities provide the backbone of the Nocton & District Women’s Institute (which meets in Nocton Village Hall every month). Furthermore, our Parish Council has formed a partnership with Potterhanworth Parish Council with the aim of developing a formal Neighbourhood Plan. Lastly… but not least, the congregations of both All Saint’s Church at Nocton and St Andrew’s at Potterhanworth are supported by many residents from the other village… and I believe there is also the Community Choir at St Andrew’s which is also supported by residents of Nocton.
N.B. there was an attempt to include Dunston village in a ‘closer working relationship’  to prepare a tri-village Neighbourhood Plan, but the offer was declined sadly. The only connection that remains, is with support to the occasional Dunston Twinning Association event… and the ‘Dunston Hub’ that is held once a month.

Hope this helps,


Friday, 3 July 2015

Nocton Fen Wind Farm - objections

Vattenfall E-newsletter 13 - reminder

"Nocton Fen Statutory Consultation continues following public events

Over 475 residents attended our local events last month to have their say as part of the Statutory Consultation on our proposed project at Nocton Fen. We are now over half way through the consultation period and encourage you to continue to get involved and give us your views before the consultation closes on Monday 20 July.

Information on display at our event at Potterhanworth Memorial Hall

A copy of the Preliminary Environmental Information, Non Technical Summary (NTS), Community Investment Booklet, our Statement of Community Consultation, and a Consultation Feedback Form is available in hard copy format at various locations. You can also have your say online where all of the information is available to download.

You are receiving this newsletter as you have registered your interest in Nocton Fen. To unsubscribe email noctonfen@vattenfall.com.
Vattenfall Wind Power Ltd, Abbey Warehouse, Abbey Slip, Penzance, TR18 4AR.
T: 0800 3777348, E: noctonfen@vattenfall.com http://www.vattenfall.co.uk/noctonfen. You can now follow us on Twitter @NoctonFen."

Local Objections - making your voice heard locally

"Dear All,

Following on from Vattenfall's open public events, we now move into a period where Vattenfall will finalise their application before submission in the first  part of 2016.  Though the Government will remove subsidies from new onshore wind farms, Vattenfall are very clear that they will press ahead with this application.

This is also the period where we need to start making our objections known. PNF took an exit poll at all public events (Nocton, Potterhanworth, Bardney, Metheringham, Dunston and Branston), and the results were very conclusive. Of 423 people asked as they left the events and who gave an answer, 84% were against the wind farm, 6% for and the rest were undecided (10%). So amongst the local community, it is very clear the this development is not wanted.

However, we have heard that some Parish Councils have not been contacted with the views of by their parishioners. At this first stage, it is important that the Parish Councils are aware of your objections from their parishioners, so we ask that as many people write to the Parish Councils via the Clerks to voice their objections.
This is only the first stage of objections, but it is an important one.  We will be writing to you later in the year to detail how else we can object.

Best wishes,

Stephen Phillips QC MP

'To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, with reference to the Written Statement of 18 June 2015, HC WS40, whether her Department plans to offer support under the enewables Obligation to the proposed Nocton Fen wind farm.'