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February 2017
Thoughts from the Blue Room
Fiona White, CMgr FCMI, CEO

Old Dog, New Tricks?

I’ve recently spent quite a bit of time driving around the country visiting our sister charities in the south west. Like us they are independent rural community development charities and part of the national ACRE Network but each one is subtly different from the others. Each charity was established by local people in response to local needs and demands and as a result they offer different services; and yet there is a common thread that links us all together. Over time these charities have come together to form our national network and this network is unique – 39 members covering the whole of England, dedicated to improving quality of life and life chances for rural people.

Our predecessors recognised the strength that came from working in partnership with others and strove to help local communities benefit form a national support system. Many good things have resulted from this including the development of shared projects and best practice, the creation of other charities such as the Community Foundations; and the provision of top class support for thousands of community owned assets. All of which has been underpinned by our network contract with Defra. Read more

News in the Community
West Lindsey Large Community Grant Scheme

If you are thinking of applying to the Large Community Grant Scheme the next deadline for applications is Friday 31st March 2017.

Application packs are only available from Community Lincs.
Tel: 01529 301951 / 01529 301962

If you are interested in applying we recommend reading the guidance notes in the first instance. These can be downloaded from:

Community Lincs advise that we  look over a  draft  of your completed application in advance of the deadline dates.

Access our google map to see the awards we have made for this scheme and the West Lindsey Large Community Grant:
Here are just two of the projects that have benefitted from a West Lindsey Community Grant:

The Open Door Coffee Shop

Bardney Christian Community Trust (BCCT) started the process of renovating a derelict shop premises in Bardney in late 2014 with the intent of converting it into a barista style, non-profit, volunteer staffed, coffee shop. The Open Door opened on 8th August 2016. A grant was applied to support the purchase of a range of white goods, small electrical items plus funding to improve the outside space that will provide a pram/ pushchair park and outside seating. Read more

Market Rasen Town Cricket and Football Club

Market Rasen Town Cricket and Football Club host a number of teams from both sports at both junior and senior level. A club house accommodates the teams and visitors and provides recreational activities such as darts, pool, snooker and bridge. There are 250 members of the club.

A grant application was successful to support the  upgrading and refurbishment of the kitchen to enable the club to offer full catering facilities to members, visitors and party bookings. New appliances, kitchen units and worktops were purchased that were suitably compliant with Health and Safety and Environmental legislation. Read more

Getting Back into Work

Ladies, do you want to get back into the workplace but find that maybe lack of confidence is holding you back? You may have been out of the workplace for some time raising children or maybe caring for other family members and feel out of touch with the world of work. If so, you can re-build your confidence in a friendly environment with a small group of women you are just like you. Why not try the Succeeding Together project?
If you are currently unemployed and are looking for work or have been out of the workplace for some time, this free to access project can help you get back out there!  We can help you with your job search or offer advice if you have a business idea and would like set up on your own and it won't cost you a penny!
Succeeding Together is part of the 3 year Greater Lincolnshire MOVE project made possible by the EU European Social Fund (ESF) and Big Lottery Funding,
To find out what the project can offer you and to get involved, call us on 01529 301953 or follow us on Twitter – @womensucceed2. or visit our website at

Network Welcomes Louth Library

T.E.D. have welcomed Louth Library who have become the 51st member of the T.E.D. Network. The Network has been created to recognise the groups and organisations that provide services and activities for those aged over 50 years of age. 

Louth T.E.D. Area Co-ordinator, Sue White has worked with Karen Waring, the Library Manager to set up a regular free coffee morning, hosted by the T.E.D. Project, on the second Monday of each month, from 10am to 12noon.  Karen, introduced T.E.D. to Therapy Dogs Nationwide, who support the monthly teas with Angus the Therapy Dog.  
The sessions are proving very popular and are well attended.  Sue explains; "Some of those attending the T.E.D. coffee morning have have brought their grandchildren along; enjoying a cuppa and chat while their grandchildren enjoy the story telling session, hosted by the library staff. It’s wonderful to see how working in partnership with the Library has brought generations and services together".  Read more

County Heating Oil Scheme Continues to Deliver Competitive Oil Prices for its Members

Our Community Oil Buying Scheme is continuing to deliver very competitive oil prices for it's members. Why not take the hassle out of ordering your heating oil and register today! If you haven't yet taken the plunge you can register here.

The price secured for members of our Community Oil Buying Scheme for February was a very competitive price of 42.00 pence per litre, comparing well against both the market high of 45.50 pence per litre. 
NB All our prices are exclusive of VAT which is currently at 5% for domestic heating oil.

Register for the scheme before our next order deadline of 12 Noon on Wednesday 15th March 2017. 

Visit our oil web page to find out more at
Photographic Competition

Community Lincs’ Photographic Competition, kindly sponsored by the Sleaford and District Lions Club, is open for the first round of entries for 2017 on Wednesday 1st March with the closing date on Wednesday 31st May.

The entry theme is: “Things that make me smile in my community” and the photograph must be taken in the county of Lincolnshire.

The second round will run from 1st July 2017 to 30th September 2017 and the entry theme for this will be: “Lincolnshire’s Big Skies from Dawn to Dusk”.

The prize for the winner of each category is an £80.00 Love to Shop Gift Voucher and a winners certificate.

So get those camera's snapping in the coming months and who knows you may be the winner!!

You can find out more and upload your entry via our website at or contact the Competition Organiser, Tracy Ingram at  or telephone 01529 301952.
Smart Technology for Rural Homes
The roll out of smart meters for energy supplies can now include those homes that are off gas and reliant on heating oil. Smart meters can now be fitted to heating oil tanks to monitor usage and aid ordering fresh supplies.
Through Community Lincs community oil buying scheme an ‘olive’ sensor can be fitted to your tank and with a modem connected to your broadband it uses the latest internet technology to give you the power to understand and manage your heating oil usage and energy efficiency.  Read more

Stepping Up to the Challenge for Cats Protection

Two of our fearless staff, Samantha Smith and Tracy Ingram, are gearing up for a 10km run and 185ft abseil to raise funds for the Sleaford branch of Cats Protection.

On Sunday 21st May 2017 Samantha will be abseiling from the Forth Rail Bridge near Edinburgh. On Sunday 4th June 2017 Tracy will be running the Woodhall Spa 10km.

To support their challenges and find out more about out why they are raising funds for Cats Protection, please visit the Community Lincs website.

Dates for your Diary

For details of events coming up throughout the year visit our Events Page.
Welcome To Our Regular Recipe Feature from Rachel Green!

Rachel’s recipes have graced the pages of many a newspaper and magazine, including Hello! Magazine, The Journal, as well as People’s Friend and numerous national and regional newspapers.
Rachel Green is an award-winning chef, food writer, food campaigner, and TV presenter and is a regular on the food festival circuit; her cookery demonstrations are lively, with plenty of interaction with the audience. Last year she appeared at The CLA Game Fair, Foodies Festivals, Melton Mowbray and Spalding, to name a few.  Rachel is a judge for the British Pie Awards. Great Taste Awards and the World Bread Awards.
Rachel is a farmer’s daughter from Lincolnshire and her family have farmed in the county for 14 generations. Rachel has cooked for Her Majesty the Queen and 800 guests at the Savoy Hotel, London, and her TV appearances include The One Show, Countryfile, Sunday Brunch, World on a Plate, Kill It, Cook It, Eat It, Farm of Fussy Eaters, and Flying Dishes.

Rachel can be seen on The Local Kitchen, a cookery show dedicated to bringing the finest food and drink from our local producers to your kitchen - Local Kitchen is created and produced by East Coast Pictures and can be viewed at
Retro Chicken & Pea Supreme Pancakes
Makes 4- 6 people
For the pancake batter:
120g plain flour
Pinch of salt
2 eggs
300ml of milk
Butter for frying
For the filling:
50g butter
1 small onion, peeled and finely diced
120g of chestnut mushrooms, sliced
50g plain flour
275ml chicken stock
55ml of white wine
1 tsp of dried tarragon
350g of cooked chicken cut into strips
225g frozen peas
3 tbsp of double cream
1 tbsp of chopped chives
Sea salt and black pepper
For the cheese sauce:
40g butter
40g plain flour
570ml of milk
225g mature cheddar, grated
1 tsp English mustard
Sea salt and black pepper
Preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6

To make the pancake batter, sieve the flour into a mixing bowl with the salt. Make a well in the centre and break the eggs into the well, add half the milk and beat well until the mixture is smooth. Add the remaining milk and beat again. Leave the mixture to rest for 15 minutes.
Heat a small non-stick pan with a little bit of butter, pour in about 3 tablespoons of batter, swirl to coat the bottom of the frying pan and fry until golden and flip over and cook the other side. Repeat until you have used all the mixture up.
For the chicken and pea filling, melt the butter in a large frying pan and fry the onion and mushrooms until soft. Stir in the flour and cook on a low heat for a minute, then remove from the heat and whisk in the stock, wine and tarragon and place back on the heat and simmer for a couple of minutes. Add the chicken and peas, season well with sea salt and black pepper, stir in the cream and bring back to the boil. Remove from the heat and cool.
For the cheese sauce, place the butter, flour and milk in a saucepan, whisk well and stirring constantly, cook over a low heat until thickened and boiling. Simmer for 1 minute and add the cheese and mustard and adjust the seasoning.
Take eight pancakes and lay them on a board. Spoon some of the mixture onto each one and roll up like a wrap. Place the stuffed pancakes in a buttered ovenproof dish and top with the cheese sauce. Sprinkle with extra cheese and bake in the oven for 20 minutes, until golden brown.
Serve with a crisp green salad.
Per serving (based on 6 servings)
706 kcal; 42.6g fat; 25.3g saturates; 9.3g sugars; 2.2g salt
Community Facility News
Lincolnshire Village and Community Halls Conference
Save the date!

Date: Saturday 7th October 2017
Venue: Digby War Memorial Hall, Beck Street, Digby, Lincolnshire,
Time: 9.30am until 4.00pm
Our conference will be suitable for anyone who is interested in or involved with a community building or voluntary group of any shape or size.  The conference will be an informative and interactive event with top speakers, two case studies, market place and a networking lunch.
For more information please visit our website.
Village and Community Hall Cluster Meetings

The cluster meetings are now arranged and the secretary of your community hall will receive an invitation in the post 3-4 weeks before the meeting.

Thank you to the committees that are hosting the Spring events.
For more details, dates and venues, please visit our website.
John Barker Trophy 2017 - Recognising Community Building Volunteers
We would like to invite your village and community hall committee to nominate one or more persons who volunteer their time to the 2017 competition under the following categories:
  • Active Long Service Award
  • Inspirational Leadership Award
  • Unsung Hero 
  • Building Project Award
Please complete our online form in support of your Committee’s nomination no later than 5pm on Friday 28th July 2017.
Governance and Training Updates

The following updates are now available from Sandy Adirondack, governance and legal training and consultancy for the voluntary sector. 
If you would like to receive regular updates from Sandy, please sign up here:
The follow are available from:
  • National minimum wage and national living wage
  • The real living wage
  • Minimum wage when on call or sleeping
  • Permitted earnings higher earnings limit
Gender pay gap reporting is available at:
Community Facilities Membership Scheme

If you manage a community building or play facility we would like to invite your committee to become members. Our membership fee is £45 per year or £110 for 3 years. 

Contact the Facilities News Editor and Community Facilities Adviser, Samantha Smith:
T: 01529 301960

Other News
Marie Curie Great Daffodil Appeal
Marie Curie is holding their Great Daffodil Appeal in February and March to raise funds for the Marie Curie nursing service in Lincolnshire. They have over 130 collections across the county and are looking for volunteers to help with collections. They are looking for a minimum of 2 hours to help with the fundraising.
Everyone involved would get a thank you letter and a certificate with volunteering hours and the amount of money they raised.  All money raised will stay in Lincolnshire to help support the Marie Curie Nursing Service.
Volunteers can book on a collection online via  or they can contact Gary Burr, Community Fundraiser – Lincolnshire on telephone 01332 204221 or mobile 07525801531 or via email at
A Grand Idea
From digging holes, to putting up football goals, planting trees or clearing old weeds, building huts or buying new water butts……..if you have a grand idea Ringrose Law want to hear about it.

Ringrose Law are committed to supporting the local community that they work in. Over the last few years they have supported some fantastic local projects and charities including Children’s Bereavement Centre in Newark, Spalding Rugby Club, Branston village Skate Park and St Andrews Children’s Hospice. In 2017 they will be re-launching A Grand Idea across Lincolnshire and Newark and donating £1,000 each to six different local projects.

So, if you're involved in a local community project, sports club, youth club, volunteer group or charity and would like the opportunity to be in a chance of receiving £1,000 for your grand idea then keep reading!

Walking Football
Enjoy the beautiful game at a manageable pace!

In Lincolnshire, Walking Football is fast growing and you can be a part of it too!

NK Outreach are setting up two new sessions in Sleaford and North Hykeham, suitable for anyone aged 55 years+ starting in early 2017.

For more information contact Benjamin Rowe on 07572 080716 or email
Alford Craft Market Centre 

Alford Craft Market Centre are holding an Acrylic Painting Workshop, for beginners or intermediates, with Carey Jones on 25th March 2017 from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Cost: £25 per person

Go along and find our how bright, vibrant and versatile acrylic can be and what different effects can be achieved. 

On Tuesdays 11th and 25th April from 1.30pm to 3.30pm they are holding 'Basic Steps to Jewellery Making' with Val Cook. Each session costs £15 per person

Book online at or in person at Alford Craft Market Shop, 1 West Street, Alford, LN13 9DG.
Railfuture Public Meeting

Railfuture, who promote Britain's railways for passengers and freight, are holding a public meeting organised by Railfuture Lincolnshire Branch. 

The meeting is taking place on Saturday 11th March from 1pm to 4pm at St Swithins Community Centre, Croft Street, Lincoln, LN2 5AX.

Speakers at the event are Ian Brown CBE FCILT, Railfuture Policy Director, Peter Harrold of Lincoln Colonia Rotary Club and Sgt Ian Wright, Officer in charge of British Transport Police, Lincoln.

All are welcome and if you'd like to find out more contact the Branch Chairman, David Harby on 01522 874513 or email
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