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Middle Rasen & District Horticultural Society invites you to their Open Evening on Thursday October 8th 2015 in Middle Rasen Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. Presentation by MARTIN FISH, Broadcaster on gardening, Writer in Garden Magazines and Past Director of Harrogate Flower Shows. Subject- Containers for all the year round interest. Followed by a Gardeners Quuestion Time. Plants grown by Martin will be for sale.Followed by a buffet supper. Middle Rasen Horticultural Society is well known for it's home-made food. Hope to see you there. Tickets available now - Price £5 -from Peter Rhodes - Electrical Shop, Kath Stephenson - 01673 844493 or May Bennett e-mail -

or on the door. You are advised to get your tickets early.
May Bennet

The Parish Council

The Council welcomed a number of parishioners to the July meeting of the Parish Council to hear their comments with regard to the proposed development on Old Gallamore Lane.  The Council value parishioners comments and parishioners are now able to see planning information on the LCC parish site, which outlines applications for consultation, and at which meeting the Council will comment on applications.  This site is new, and is used by the Council to provided statutory information to the public, rather than the community site run by Mr Jennings,, which provides all the day to day information of parish happenings!  Agendas and minutes can be found on both sites, however planning information will only be found on the former.
The Council also discussed the boundary consultation, the Council Banking arrangements and agreed to a Grant Aid application for the Village Hall for a new bowls mat.  The Parish Council has a budget for Grants and parish organisations are welcome to apply for funding by contacting the clerk -
There has been no news from the Best Kept Village Competition, and the Council were made aware of some vandalism to Council property on the Furlongs.  There will be some essential maintenance of the burial ground railings and the "stocks" on church Street over the summer period.
Finally, the Council agreed in the April meeting to forego a meeting in August, so the next Parish Council meeting will be held on 15th September 2015 - 7.30 at the Church Hall - all welcome. 

Clerk to the PC : Mrs J Trotter ~ 01673 838690 ~


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. ..... Continued >>>>>>>>>>>


Nags Head

nags head public house middle rasen

Food served daily 12 till 9
Beer Garden
Children's Play Area
Pool-Darts Sky Sports
Stage for Live Theatre Bands / and Disco

Our Village Pub
Tel: 01673 843433

Harvest Festival 2015

20th September Middle Rasen Methodist 6pm

2nd October KMiddle Rasen Parish Church 7 pm

9th October West Rasen Church 7pm

16th October St Perters Friesthorpe 7pm


Middle Rasen Gala Marquee

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


To make an application for a Grant from the Middle Rasen Parish Council <<<< CLICK HERE >>>>


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

Vitality - a new exercise and movement to music class for the over sixties in Middle Rasen


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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


This will be my 7th London Marathon and this year (2015) I'm raising money for Jessie's Fund, a charity set up by a childhood friend. He and his wife, both professional musicians, lost their daughter to a brain tumour and started the charity in her memory. The charity provides music therapy for children in hospice care and does a wonderful job supporting children who are very ill, often with terminal illnesses. I am a partly retired doctor and, apart from recently completing the renovation of Middle Rasen Windmill with my wife Anna, do voluntary work for LIVES ( Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Services). I am hoping to raise at least £ 500 for Jessie's Fund and if anyone can support me the best way is online at http://uk.virginmoneygiving . com/RWJHarries.



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


Are you interested in trying your hand at bowling? We are looking for new members to join our friendly club. Come along to our club open days on Saturday 25 April and Sunday 3rd May at 2 p.m. to meet our members and have a chat while enjoying afternoon tea. For more information ring Rich or Sue Wright on 01673 885451 or email or Ann Veal on 01673 842581 or email


Susan Bradley was the guest speak at Rase Wl's Marchmeeting. Susan spoke about Specialist Nursing Care sharing some of her experiences with the group. Following the talk the floor was open to questions and of course there many as the whole concept of Marie Curie is so emotional. The vote of thanks was given by Rosie Dawson. The next meeting on Wednesday 27th May "Bee Aware" presented by Marvin Liddle.

Rosie Dawson

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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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