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A website for the community of Middle Rasen in Lincolnshire

Onlincolnshire Broadband Programme

The OnLincolnshire Broadband Project team report that Middle Rasen's telphone cabinets have now been enabled with "Fibre to the Cabinet Technology"

They would like residents to be aware of this new development so that they can take advantage of the faster broadband services they can now sign up for (it doesn't upgrade automatically).

The message they are wanting to share is 'call your internet service provider' and ask to be offered the new faster and more reliable internet access.

Tel: 01522 553906

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 >>>>>>>>>>>

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The Parish Council

News from the Parish Council meeting from November: The Council considered views from Geoff Wiseman, West Lindsey District Councillor, regarding the premise of completing a neighbourhood plan.  This is to be discussed at the next meeting, all comments from parishioners are welcome either at the meeting, Tuesday 16th December or via e-mail .  Both PCSO Evans and Harrison attended the meeting and the Council were pleased to note that crime figures in the parish remain low.  As the winter weather approaches the Council are preparing for inclement weather with a salt delivery from LCC, as well as organising a snow clearance team for internal roads within the parish.  Please note that if snow is imminent, where possible you should move your car off the road so that the snow plough can get past! Community spaces continue to be upgraded - Lincolnshire Landscapes have overhauled "Gods Acre" over the course of the summer season, as well as kindly donating bulbs to finish off the parish planting scheme for this year at the end of Old Gallamore Lane.  "Ernie's Garden" (at the junction of Low Church Road and North Street) has been a hive of activity, and I must thank all our contractors, Marriot Builders (for ditch clearance), Lincolnshire Landscapes (for ensuring that the internal area is planted ready for the Spring), and finally David Rodger (hedge layer), who have all worked tirelessly to transform the space into what is hoped to be a magical area for parishioners to enjoy.  A further grant has been received to purchase hedging plants to fill in the gaps, and a new gate is to be erected within the next few weeks.  Cllr Lewis Strange has commented that he may well donate some of his Councillor's fund to buy a bench in the Spring, so please go and have a look and enjoy the bulbs over the next few months.  The Council would also like to thank Green Grass Contracting for cutting all the parish grass over the summer period - a never ending job with the glorious weather we have enjoyed! Finally, the Council would like to take this opportunity to wish all parishioners a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

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



A New Local Plan for Central Lincolnshire

Read about the first round of public consultation on the draft of a new Local Plan to guide the location and development of housing, jobs, shops and schools over the next 20 years opens on 1 October.

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Or visit The Hub, Market Rasen 13 October, 4-7pm



On Wednesday 6th August a coach party will leave Middle Rasen for their annual summer outing, this year to The Gordon Boswell Romany Mus é um. Following a tour of the museum, a slide show and a talk, guests will be served with tea or coffee and biscuits. Entry to the mus é um is £ 8. For more information or to book a place contact Pat Fussey 01673 842295.

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


Courses and Classes

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

Middle Rasen Gala Marquee

Thanks to the Local Councillors Initiative Fund in 2013 we were granted funding for a marquee, measuring 6M x 3M. The marquee is available for hire at very competitive rates and is suitable for lots of diff é rent occasions. For more information please contact Gail Dennis 01673 843575 or by e-mail .

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





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


Theme: Wildlife In Lincolnshire - the flora and fauna through the seasons.

To Enter upload your photograph to following the instructions on the screen. The winning photographs will be displayed on our website and in any additional publicity material we feel appropriate from time to time.

Quarterly entry dates for remainder of 2014/15 are

•  1 st July to 30th September

•  1 st October to 31 st December

•  1st January to31st March

For further information please email the comp é tition organiser Tracy Ingram at:

£ 900 raised for Children's Hospice

Market Rasen Friends of St Andrew's Children's Hospice hosted a musical evening with supper on Saturday May 17th. Peter Staves made a most welcome return after five years. He was accompanied by his son and a friend and they kept everyone entertained throughout the evening with music, words and song. The members of the committee served a supper of jacket potatoes with various fillings, followed by apple pie and cream. Many thanks to everyone who helped to make the evening such a great success.

Margaret Stamp.


At the recent meeting of Rase Wl we had a very enjoyable talk given by Sue Allan entitled Genealogy Discovered. Sue told of her quest to find her relatives who had emigrated to Canada many, many years ago. She told of the hardship from travelling on sailing ships to the conditions they found when they arrived there, vividly describing a very hard life.

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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