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A Feastival of Christmas Trees
@ St Peter & St Paul's Chuch

Between 10.30am and 4pm
From Sat 17th Dec until Thurs 5th Jan

After the success and popularity of last year's Christmas Tree festival, we have decided to repeat the popular event all over again! This year it is being held from Saturday 17th December in St Peter & St Paul 's Church, Middle Rasen. The trees will be in Church from 17th December until after Christmas. The Church will be filled with beautifully lit and decorated trees which local organisations have brought along to help raise funds for charity. It is a lovely event to support. This year we are holding a breakfast on the first day of the festival - 17th December 10am -12 noon. Join us to celebrate the 'Grand switch on' by enjoying a delicious bacon or sausage bap and a cup of tea, coffee or orange juice. It really is an event not to be missed!


On Wednesday 21st December we shall be carol singing around Middle Rasen. We will be meeting in the Middle Rasen Church Hall car park at 6.30pm. It is always a really enjoyable evening singing everyone's favourite carols and collecting donations for charity. We would love to welcome as many local "singers" as possible to join us!
Light refreshments are provided at the end of the evening! If you can't walk round with us, please let us know your favourite carol and join in with us at your door! This will be a lovely way to start all the Christmas celebrations!!! Everyone will be made really welcome'.

Events at the Nags Head

nags head public house middle rasen

Our Village Pub tel: 01673 843433
Food served daily 12 till 9
Beer Garden ~ Children's Play Area
Pool-Darts ~ Sky Sports
Stage for Live Theatre Bands / and Disco

3rd Dec 9pm - Gene Lamps Band

9th Dec 7.30 pm - Lions Quiz

15th Dec 6pm - Lions Charity Event
Santa on his Sleigh

"The Duck Race"
mid-day on 1st January 2017
from Low Church Road
and then to the Nags Head for refreshments
and the Prize Draw

The Middle Rasen Parish

Middle Rasen is situated in the district of West Lindsey in the county of Lincolnshire, about 16 miles north east of Lincoln in the lea of the Lincolnshire Wolds. Although the village is mainly contained to the north of the A631, sitting astride the river Rase, the Parish is much larger covering 3622 acres.

The middle settlement between East Rasen, now known as Market Rasen, and West Rasen, it was the most important village of the three in the latter part of the Middle Ages. Indeed much of the northern area of Market Rasen town is in Middle Rasen Parish.

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Past, Present and Future



There was significant objection at the public forum to the proposed development on Caistor Road , and this took up the majority of the time at the meeting during the planning item. The Precept item is also going to be resolved at the next meeting along with snow warnings.
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Mini Marquee for Hire in Middle Rasen

If you are planning a children's party, family celebration or friends round for a BBQ why not hire Middle Rasen's Mini Marquee at a very competitive rate? The marquee measures 6M x 3M and is delivered, erected, dismantled and collected to and from the hirer's property. Terms and conditions apply. For more information contact Gail Dennis 01673 843575, Valerie Wright on 01673 843661 or by e-mail


Do you enjoy playing dominos, scrabble, cribbage, ludo or other board games? Then why not come along to Middle Rasen Church Hall and join is for a games and social afternoon every 4th Wednesday, 1.30-3.30 pm, commencing 26th October. Bring a favourite game if you have one. Refreshments available. Everyone welcome; no need to book. Ring Rosemary 01673 842913 if you would like more information.

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Saturday 10th. September saw a group supporting Middle Rasen St. Peter and St. Paul Church take to their bikes to participate in the annual countywide Lincolnshire Churches Trust sponsored "Bike Ride and Stride" event. The event is designed to highlight the work of the Trust; and 50% of the sponsorship proceeds go to the local supported Church, whilst the other 50% together with associated Gift Aid goes to fund the Trust work. The Trust then makes grants throughout the year to churches and chapels in the county to maintain the beautiful heritage. The group of 13 riders comprised Eddie, Toni and Tricia Neale, Sue and Rob Pearce, Gillian and Maurice Rollinson, Julia Weeks, Nicola and Stephen Cartwright, Alison Ashworth, Charles Mason and myself. We also had a good support team in Sandra Myland and Rob and Tom Weeks. We gradually visited Churches and Chapels and namely West Rasen ,Toft Newton, Snarford, Wickenby, Friesthorpe, Faldingworth, Buslingthorpe, Linwood, Market Rasen and then Market and Middle Rasen chapels. £ 600 was raised.

Ron Mvland


Are you interested in trying your hand at bowling? We are looking for new members to join our friendly club. For more information ring Rich or Sue Wright on 01673 885451 or email or Ann Veal on 01673 842581 or email

Groups in Middle Rasen

CLUB or Group Location
Middle Rasen & District Horticultural Society
Middle Rasen Football club
Middle Rasen Cricket Club
Middle Rasen Bowling Club
Short Mat Bowls Group Village Hall
Middle Rasen Art Group Church Hall
U3A Local History Group
U3A Drama Group
Mothers Union Church Hall
Luncheon Club Methodist Church
Coffee Morning Methodist Church
Womens Own Methodist Church
Coffee Cake & Chat Group Methodist Church
Guides Village Hall
Brownies Church Hall
Rainbows Church Hall
Ranger Guides Village Hall
The Guild
Rase WI Village Hall
Walk To Group Methodist Church
Camera Club Village Hall
Saturday Club Church Hall
Middle Rasen Church Youth Group Church Hall
Middle Rasen Nursery Middle Rasen School
Middle Rasen Book Club Advocate Arms
Over 60's Keep Fit Club Braemar Close Community Centre
Bell Ringers St Peter & St Paul's Church
Middle Rasen Toddler Group Church Hall
Middle Rasen Karate Club Village Hall
The FISDAC Academy Village Hall
Vitality Village Hall
Yoga Village Hall
Zumba Club Methodist Church





The Mill in Middle Rasen was built in 1820 and was a working windmill until 1932, when the sails failed. It was run by petrol motor for some time after that but eventually fell into disrepair and became derelict. When we bought the property the mill was little more than the brick shell.

We have rebuilt the cap on traditional lines with the help of a local millwright, Tom Davies. The structure comprises 20 oak struts which sit on a 4" oak wall-plate, which in turn is bolted to a 6" circular steel ring-beam. The struts are first covered with half-inch pine attached horizontally. This is next covered with vertical half-inch planks of western red cedar, a very light and pliable timber which is also quite weather resistant. Here is where we depart from tradition, because a working mill cap originally would have been painted. Since the cap would have rotated so that the overlap of the boards always faced away from the wind the joints between the cedar boards would have been fairly protected from the ingress of rain. In any case, building standards in those days were not as exacting as now. We need a finish which will be reliably weather-proof but provide an appearance which will as closely resemble the original as possible, and for these reasons we have opted for a white fibreglass (or G.R.P.) covering.

Richard Harries




There has been a mill here since 1597 and maybe many years longer. There used to be many mills on the Rase but now there are only three remaining, Tealby, Market Rasen and here. The Middle Rasen one being the only one with its original workings mainly in place, the other two having been converted to domestic use. We moved into the property in 1970 when we found the mill to be in a very dilapidated state, with a sagging roof, its gable collapsing and the floor was powder. I had the gable ends repaired and the roof re-instated. The flooring was replaced with oak floorboards rescued from the demolition of Grimsby Hospital (a labour of love on my part). So it is now restored for years to come. The water-course from the river Rase to the mill was put back and the mill pond re-formed. Since coming here I have seen the West Rasen Mill allowed to fall down and the final disappearance of Peck Mill in Market Rasen. The Middle Rasen Mill was last worked in the early 1960's by Fred Cottingham, but has not been used as a mill all the time. In the mid 1700's James Harrison, carpenter, moved in to the mill. He was the brother of John Harrison who formulated the way of calculating Longitude. They left Barton-on-Humber to go to London to try and win the prize offered for this, and James, for whatever reason also decided to come to the mill to carry on his trade of carpentry. In fact he made all the pews for Aylesbury Church near Grimsby at the Mill. James had also previous to going to London with his brother, been the carpenter who made his brothers design for Grandfather clocks, entirely made of wood, even the cogs! Three years ago, the wheel arch was badly damaged during the earthquake, with the keystones dropping, and a nasty split in the wall. Metal tie bars were inserted to support the area and brickwork replaced. The fact is that the three storey building has no foundations which amazed the man who re-formed the Mill Pond, using a drag line, and found the whole base was just shifting sand. They certainly knew how to build in those days. Having re-constructed the Mill and waterway, I hope the Mill will still be extant in another hundred years.

Dr L.G. Parry


The Race of My Life

As a village boy from Middle Rasen sailing has never really been on my radar as something to do as a pastime, but after seeing an advertising poster in a railway station that peeked my interest into something that I had never done before, I thought about having a go, and decided to give it a shot. It has now got to the time that all of the training cornes to show if I am really ready for the adventure.

They call it "The Race of Your Life" and I am sure that it going to be just that.

After nearly two years of planning the time is nearly here for me to depart and take on the Clipper Round the World Race. The largest amateur race on the planet. A fleet of 12 custom designed 70ft race yachts, each individually sponsored for the race, competing against each other with only the skipper as a professional sailor, the rest amateurs and like myself, absolute novices.

I am part of the Clipper UNICEF boat, sponsored by the officiai race charity. And will be joining my boat at the halfway stage of the current race on the East Coast of Australia.

Starting on January 18th I begin an adventure that will cover 20,750 miles at sea, in 134 days, visiting 9 ports in 8 different countries, and sailing some of the largest, deepest and most dangerous water on the planet. At times the closest person to me who is not on my race boat could be those on the International Space Station. All culminating with a fleet homecoming in London on July 30th 2016.

Gary Dawson

Gary's Update

It's been a while since I've been able to send you an update on my progress, 11834 nautical miles to be precise, now unfortunately it is all over. On Saturday July 30th I arrived back into St Kathrine's Dock in London aboard “ Unicef” to one of the greatest welcomes of my life. We had finished the final race, off Southend Pier, the night before, literally pipping the Great Britain boat on the line to beat them by 2 seconds and record the closest finish between two boats in Clipper Race History , a nice achievement even if it was for 9th place in the race.

The last few months my race has taken me from Seattle , on the Pacific North West of the USA down and through the Panama Canal . The pacific coast gave us deep blue seas, stunning wildlife, and the opportunity to swim in a location that only a few have privileged, after the finish line was crossed we joined two other boat crews and went for a dip 294miles offshore where the bottom was stunning 3693m below us. For some it was a scary prospect, jumping into the water not knowing what was lurking below, for others a perfect chance to tick off another first on their bucket list. From Panama we made our way up towards New York , encountering Tropical Storm Colin off the coast of Northern Florida . He decided to hamper our progress, send us tumbling down the leader board, and giving us numerous sail repairs to complete.

New York to Derry-Londonderry was our final ocean crossing. In reality nothing too hazardous, apart from the Icebergs coming down from the Arctic trying to impede our path, and the potential for straying too close and ending up like the Titanic.

From Northern Ireland we raced around the top of Scotland to Holland where the fleet assembled for the final time before returning to London for our race ending prize giving#. In the end it has been an amazing adventure, being able to race across the world's oceans as a total amateur, In the months since leaving I have spent 135 days at sea covering 26101 nautical miles, crossed the Equator transforming me into a Shellback, raced across the North Pacific and the North Atlantic, encountered the worst weather possible and seen more perfect star filled skies than I would ever imagine possible.

Unfortunately the magazine does not have the space for me to relate all the sights and scenes experienced during my voyage but I hope I have managed to portray a sense of this incredible event. I'd like to thank everyone that has followed and supported me throughout my journey, especially my girlfriend Nik, and Mum and Dad.

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Middle Rasen Parish Council - Chair and Members

Chair of the Parish Council Elected ...... Cllr Michael Stamp

Vice Chair Elected ......Cllr David Pattison

Councillor Elected ...... CllrPeter Dawson.

CouncillorElected ...... CllrGordon Dixon

Councillor Elected ......CllrJohn Padley

Councillor Elected ......Cllr Sue Smith

Councillor Cllr Jane Ranby - Co-opted

CouncillorCllr Gail Dennis - Co-opted

Councillor Cllr Mike O'Connor - Co-opted

Clerk to the Parish Council Mrs Jo Trotter
Wingates, Tealby, LN8 3YB tel 01673 838690

The Councillors - Statutory Declaration of Interests


There are over 8,700 parish and town councils representing around 16 million people across England and are the most local part of our democratic system. The only difference between a town and parish council is the size and name, and towns have their own mayor. Although they have the same powers and can provide the same services, parish councils don't usually have the same level of facilities to look after. The size of the council depends on the size of the village or 'ward'. Here in Middle Rasen there are nine voluntary representatives, known as Parish Councillors, who are elected every four years. Some go on serving for many years. The next election is in 2010, so if you are over 18, meet the criteria and you can find two people to nominate you, your name can be put forward.

Serving as a parish councillor is a responsible position, as the parish council has a responsibility for the well being of the local community it serves. Their remit has three main strands - representing the local community, delivering services to meet local needs, and striving to improve the quality of life in the parish. As such they are allocated a certain amount of money from council tax revenues to improve services and facilities in the following areas: burial grounds, bus shelters, open spaces, village green, cutting the grass on the playing field, and planning.

With regard to planning, the council is consulted by West Lindsey District Council on all applications, but the final decision rests with the planning department and Planning Committee at WLDC. The council also acts as a representative voice for the community, communicating with councillors and officers at district and county level. All this makes for quite a few hours spent in meetings, discussing and deciding which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered, and what policies should be implemented. They also liaise with the local Police over crime reduction measures.

Parish councils do a vital job and deserve our thanks for the improvements they try and bring to our communities. So thank you all for your time and effort on our behalf.

For more information about the work of this parish council, please contact Jo Trotter, the clerk to Middle Rasen Parish Council

tel 01673 838690 .........

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