Thursday, 27 October 2016

Beeswax Farming - job opportunity

Sprayer Operator, Lincolnshire

Beeswax Dyson Farming is a hugely diverse farming business with a commitment to the long term improvement of the land it owns and farms. We currently farm over 30,000 acres across the UK from South Gloucestershire to Lincolnshire with a significant commitment to good farming practice and the development of agricultural technology.

Due to expansion of the company’s activities across Lincolnshire a dedicated sprayer operator is required with a real passion for crop care and the environment. This key individual will need to operate effectively both under their own initiative and as part of a team.

The successful candidate will have:
  • An understanding of precision farming and diligent record keeping.
  • PA 1, 2, 4 qualifications.
  • A good attention to details and strong commitment to environmental protection.
  • Experience of large scale spraying operations.
This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced sprayer operator to develop within a large scale farming system.

The successful candidate will be rewarded with a competitive benefits package including pension and life assurance. Accommodation available.

Please apply by clicking on the 'Apply' button or call 01526322058 to make further enquiries.

Closing Date: 18th November 2016


Accounts Staff, Lincolnshire

Recruiter: Beeswax Dyson Farming Ltd 
Location: Nocton
Salary: Negotiable
Posted: 18 Oct 2016
Expires: 01 Nov 2016
Sector: Accounting, Administration & Office
Contract Type: Permanent
Hours: Full Time

Beeswax Dyson Farming is a hugely diverse farming business with a long term vision to improve our soils and act as a beacon of innovation in the development of agricultural technology.  We currently farm over 30,000 acres in the UK and have a significant environmental commitment. We are seeking keen individuals to fill the following roles:

Accounts Payable Clerk
The Finance and Administration department are looking for an experienced Accounts Payable Clerk. The Accounts Payable Clerk is part of the Finance team responsible for the day to day accounting and administration for the Beeswax Farming entities. You will be responsible for ensuring that all invoices processed and payments made on behalf of the Beeswax entities comply with relevant policies and procedures.

Accounts Administrator
An opportunity has arisen for an Accounts Administrator to join the Finance team involved in the day to day accounting and administration for the Beeswax Farming entities. You will be responsible for accurate and efficient production of administration in relation to financial activities including data input and processing, assisting with preparation of monthly financial reports, credit control activities, reconciliations and other ad hoc duties as required.
We offer a competitive salary and great benefits including pension and life assurance. Email your CV and explain why you are the right person to join us to

Closing Date: Monday 31 October 2016

Source: and

Change of Company Name

I noticed Beeswax Farming (Rainbow) Ltd is now Beeswax Dyson Farming Ltd.

Beeswax Dyson Farming Limited
Minerva House
5 Montague Close
SE1 9BB (New website - coming soon)

Previous Company Names
Beeswax Farming (Rainbow) Limited - changed 12 Aug 2016
Nocton Dairies Limited - changed 10 Jul 2012


Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Nocton Park - tennis courts


Along with carpet bowls in our local Village Hall and cricket on our picturesque pitch, it appears Nocton Park is the hub of physical leisure activity for the village.

With a football pitch, children's play area and now renewal of the tennis courts, these are great facilities to enjoy. However, with the facilities maintained through Nocton Park Management Ltd, I'm unsure as to user access rights for those who do not contribute to the upkeep.

Hopefully, the whole village will have an opportunity to participate when the tennis courts are refurbished - and possibly a new club might emerge.

Refurbishment of tennis courts - Nocton Park

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Superfast broadband - more news

Wider solution

I have been chasing BT with a reminder today and to my surprise it elicited a reply:

From: Geoff Hall
Sent: 25 October 2016 12:42
To: Eaton Fallows
Cc: Stephen Brookes
Subject: Broadband - Nocton

Dear Mr Fallows,

I refer to my recent complaint to the Chairman of BT regarding fibre broadband services to Nocton.
Please see the summary of progress to date with the BDUK Project:

Are you now able to let me have a more detailed explanation of what is holding up:
  1. The release of fibre service to ISPs relating to Metheringham Cabinet 17?
  2. The long delay in signing off Change Request 22?
I eagerly await the courtesy of a reply.

Yours sincerely,
Geoff Hall

From: Eaton Fallows
Sent: 25 October 2016 16:19
To: Geoff Hall
Cc: Ian K McEwan; Stephen Brookes; Steve.E.Henderson
Subject: RE: Broadband - Nocton

Dear Mr Hall,

I am aware of your mail to our Chairman and I have ensured that this has been communicated to the wider BT team involved in providing services to Nocton.

My colleague, Ian McEwan,  has kindly provided you with the technical explanation as to what is required and the process for delivery of the service.

In response to your specific questions.
  1. Metherington 17 cabinet was released last week. There is a delay before records are updated and released to ISP’s. We allow two weeks for this process to complete.
  2. As explained previously the Change Request (CR) you refer to is part of a wider solution that we had modelled and have been preparing for release to Lincolnshire. The solution also takes into account additional requests from Lincolnshire which will provide additional services. Changes to one of these additional requests has resulted in a need to provide it as a stand-alone solution at a later date. This has required BT to re-visit the overall solution and remove references to the impacted element. We have completed the re-modelling and are presently completing the required information that will allow us to submit the solution to Lincolnshire. Once Lincolnshire have received the completed CR it will go through a period of assurance by both BDUK and Lincolnshire, assuming the assurance is positive then the CR can be formally authorised by Lincolnshire and the solution incorporated into our forward delivery plans. I am expecting to deliver the information to Lincolnshire by Friday 4th November.
We are conscious of the priority to provide service to the residents of Nocton, in this respect I am looking at ways in which we can expedite the delivery ahead of the scheduled delivery plan for the wider solution.

I will update you with the firm date for release of the wider solution and also contact you when I have finalised our plans to bring forward the delivery.

Please be assured this is high on my priority list and I am doing everything I can to bring this to a satisfactory conclusion.


From: Geoff Hall
Sent: 25 October 2016 18:13
To: Eaton Fallows
Cc: Ian.K.McEwan; Stephen Brookes; Steve.E.Henderson
Subject: RE: Broadband - Nocton

Dear Mr Fallows,

Thank you for the further explanation of the delay in signing off Change Request 22.

The technical explanation from Mr McEwan appears quite logical and a relatively simple process. I am rather surprised therefore, to learn this work has been amalgamated into ‘a wider solution’ relating to other additional requests for Lincolnshire.

The following questions immediately spring to mind:
  1. Why was the work relating to Change Request 22 unable to be ring-fenced and signed off quickly with OnLincolnshire as a stand-alone solution, enabling your colleagues in Openreach to complete the work quickly?
  2. Was this because there are other consumer lines in Nocton that are not currently connected to either Metheringham Cabinet 12 or 17, hence ‘a wider solution’ is having to be considered for our village?
  3. Does this consideration involve technology over copper (as I am aware this has been under trial with BT)?
  4. Does the proposed solution for consumers connected via pole DP108 (and possibly DP19) Main Street, Nocton still involve the process outlined by Openreach… or a solution?
If you can possibly comment on the above, then I shall pause my lobbying and await further updates from both Steve Brookes and you on the agreed way forward, that hopefully will occur no later than the end of November 2016.

Finally, may I make a customer service suggestion – that during these projects, perhaps BT should produce monthly or quarterly newsletters for local communities and liaise with their Parish Councils over progress/delays. I am sure you are all under great pressure, both politically and with organisational targets, to get this work completed for the maximum gain of the majority, but this would save so much bad press and negativity towards your organisation over the difficulties in obtaining accurate information.

Yours sincerely,
Geoff Hall

From: Stephen Brookes []
Sent: 26 October 2016 07:31
To: Geoff Hall; Eaton Fallows
Cc: Ian K McEwan; Steve E Henderson; Naomi Nutting; Owen Williams
Subject: RE: Broadband - Nocton

Good Morning Geoff,

Please accept my apologies for the ongoing delay which is now beyond embarrassing to LCC.
I feel I should clarify LCC's position on this one as I have to confess to getting more and more disappointed with the level of service we still haven't provided to Nocton.

CR22 was issued in June and the Impact Assessment should have been returned within a month, unless there were exceptional circumstances that elongated this timescale. In this case, there weren't any. The decision to amalgamate into the bigger CR was taken much later.

With regards to the comments on Metheringham 17. It was declared 'RFS' on 20th September and the process then allows two weeks before it becomes 'CRFS' (available to ISPs). To date, residents still can't order from ISPs.


Steve Brookes
Lincolnshire Broadband Programme Manager
Tel. 01522 552450
Mob. 07825 043978

Onlincolnshire BDUK Project - Nocton


March 2014
  • Metheringham Exchange is to be upgraded to fibre.
June 2014
  • Date of Metheringham Exchange upgrade delayed.
July 2014
  • A new fibre cabinet (Metheringham Cabinet 3), has been installed at junction of Lincoln Rd, Dunston and Sleaford Rd, B1188. It is now live and will serve 528 premises.
  • Metheringham Exchange is now fibre enabled and accepting orders.
October 2014
  • The upgrade to fibre for Nocton is to be included in Phase 2 of the Lincolnshire BDUK Project.


May 2015
  • A new fibre cabinet for Nocton (Metheringham Cabinet 12) has been installed at junction of Potterhanworth Rd and Manor Court. This serves a minority of properties (62), primarily on Nocton Park.
  • A further survey has now been requested by Onlincolnshire, with a view to BT locating a second fibre cabinet (DSLAM), to pick up the copper feeds from an old metal cabinet (Pillar 3/2 - next to the Post Office), which delivers service to the majority of properties (210) in Nocton.
  • A Change Control will be used to instruct BT to carry out this extra installation work, subject to satisfactory costing.
  • The planning and costings for this Change Control are due by the end of September 2015.
October 2015
  • The work to install an additional DSLAM has been agreed and is now likely to take place in Q1 2016.
November 2015
  • Metheringham Cabinet 12 has been completed.


March 2016
  • Onlincolnshire visited Nocton and confirmed that the second DSLAM has not yet been installed, despite assurances from BT.
  • We now discover there has been a misunderstanding within BT over cabinet numbers - the one they thought was for Nocton, was actually a fibre cabinet (Metheringham Cabinet 16) located in Dunston, a neighbouring village.
  • Due to this misunderstanding, BT are going to fast-track the additional DSLAM.
  • This fibre cabinet will be designated Metheringham Cabinet 17.
  • The documentation for the civil engineering work will also be fast-tracked with Highways.
  • The target date for the completion of the new DSLAM is now 31st March 2016.
  • Despite the provision of a second DSLAM for Nocton, there are a few legacy lines that do not connect via Pillar 3/2, but are connected direct to Metheringham Cabinet 3.
  • Metheringham Cabinet 3 is located too far away from Nocton to provide any extra speed for consumers, over their current copper connection.
  • Therefore, OnLincolnshire are endeavouring to get these lines re-routed to the second DSLAM, but BT is quoting 'Equivalence Rules' that apparently make this impossible due to an OFCOM agreement.
April 2016
  • BT have now discovered there is insufficient space to erect the second DSLAM where Pillar 3/2 is located, therefore it will require an alternative location.
  • The traffic management date for the engineering work has therefore been delayed slightly.
  • All trenching work to install trunking for the copper connection to new DSLAM cabinet has now been completed.
  • New DSLAM (Metheringham Cabinet 17) is now in place and powered.
  • The estimated completion date is revised to early May.
May 2016
  • The new Metheringham Cabinet 17 is stood and powered, but BT now discover the existing Pillar 3/2 needs a new shell.
  • This requires another site meeting to determine if re-location is required.
  • Confirmation received from BT Legal that 'Equivalence Rules' definitely do not apply to the BDUK Project, only to consumer requests post-build.
  • BT determine that Pillar 3/2 does need a new shell, but in addition it needs to be located elsewhere.
  • Pillar 3/2 will be made redundant and a new shell will be erected.
  • This will require yet more civil engineering.
  • BT High Level Complaints have also confirmed that 'Equivalence Rules' do not apply and it is within the remit of the Lincolnshire BDUK Project to ensure this work is undertaken.
  • Onlincolnshire seeks further clarification from BT, regarding the extra work to route the legacy lines to the new DSLAM (Metheringham Cabinet 17), instead of Metheringham Cabinet 3.
June 2016
  • The replacement shell for Pillar 3/2 has now been erected in the alternative location and awaits connection by BT.
  • Work is required to shift all copper pairs from Pillar 3/2 to the replacement shell.
  • OnLincolnshire have decided to issue a formal contractual Change Request (22) to BT, to move the remaining legacy lines from Metheringham Cabinet 3 to the new Metheringham Cabinet 17.
July 2016
  • Discussions are ongoing between Onlincolnshire and BT over costs of implementing the Change Request 22.
  • The new DSLAM Cabinet 17 is stood and powered.
  • BT advise Onlincolnshire that Cabinet 17 will be commissioned within the next two weeks.
  • Agreement has now been reached in principle, about the costs of the Change Request 22 work.
  • The new Cabinet 17 still needs external fibre provision and the Exchange to be completed.
August 2016
  • The Change Request 22 relating to the legacy line work is still to be signed off.
  • BT have still not returned the relevant paperwork; it is expected within the next 10 days.
  • There is also an ongoing situation with the commissioning of Cabinet 17.
  • Pillar 3/2 still requires the circuits moving from the old cast iron shell outside the Post Office, to the new shell on the other side of the road.
  • The civil engineering work is complete on this.
  • The cabling and jointing activity should start by the end of this week.
  • The fibre route has not been proven yet, although the DSLAM is stood and powered.
  • The estimated completion date for Cabinet 17 is revised to mid-September.
  • Telec Utilities commence work on connecting the copper cable between Pillar 3/2 and the new Cabinet 17.
  • The contractors work all weekend to disconnect Pillar 3/2 and re-route all lines through to the new cabinet.
  • Unfortunately, many problems arise with consumer lines after the contractors have finished the work and have left the site.
September 2016
  • BT Openreach take over the work to rectify the many problems left over from the conversion work by Telec Utilities.
  • BT management attend site to discuss problems encountered.
  • Work commences to link the new replacement cabinet for Pillar 3/2, to the new Cabinet 17.
  • Onlincolnshire report 'Ready for service, all engineering works and commissioning complete', but there is a delay issuing the updates to wholesale computer records.
  • Full service expected to be available at the end of next week.
  • The Change Request 22 relating to the legacy line work is still not signed off.
  • The wholesale computer records are still with commissioners to finalise.
  • Despite Cabinet 17 appearing on screens of ISPs, they are still not able to take orders.
  • An update then states commissioning complete, service availability imminent.
October 2016
  • Problems with the wholesale computer records still remain though.
  • Consumers are still unable to take up fibre services.
  • The Change Request 22 relating to the legacy line work is still not signed off.
  • The cause of delay to the Change Request 22 is with BT Group, not Openreach or OnLincolnshire.
  • Formal complaint submitted to Chairman of BT.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Nocton Club - AGM


Thursday 17th November 2016
7.30pm for 8pm Start

Come along and have you’re say in how the club is run. Please bring your membership card to vote.
If you wish to join the committee, proposal forms are available in the club. These must be completed by 31 October 16