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Macmillan Coffee Morning

Once again, we are opening our doors for the World's Biggest Coffee Morning. A date for your diaries : Friday 28 th September from 10 am onwards. We will be serving hot and cold drinks and some delicious homemade cakes so come along and meet up with your friends for a morning of fun and laughter. To help raise money for this very worthwhile charity we will be selling homemade cakes to take away, holding a raffle with lots of lovely prizes to win and a chocolate tombola. Donations of cakes, raffle prizes and anything vaguely resembling chocolate would be gratefully received! For more information please contact Anne on 01673 842099 or Maureen on 849890. See you there at Middle Rasen Methodist Church, 10am onwards all welcome! Coffee, Cake and Chat Team

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.
Historic Middle Rasen .......
Middle Rasen's Past, Present and Future ..........

Charitable Funds & Events

See how Richard Harries walked from Land's End to John O'Groats in support of GLOBAL ANGELS this year ..... or visit our page setting out how to access Charitable Funding from the village trusties.


22 Sept 18


Middle Rasen's N Y Day Duck Race Group
may help sponsor yourneed, group or event!


The next 2 meetings are on Tuesday 16th October18th and Tuesday 20th November 2018. There is a public forum from 7.20pm followed by Council Meeting which commences at 7.30pm prompt.
Read ...... Middle Rasen Parish Council's September News,. ......or......Learn about the role of parish councils in small communities ...or ......send an email to the Parish Council ...or ......see planning fee increase ......or ... flood issues

Flood Alleviation Scheme

For more information on the work in Middle Rasen, please contact Charlotte Hughes, Project Leader (L.C.C. Environment & Economy) 01522 782070 ............... click here for the road closure detail

See also Message from the Parish Council

Keeping Middle Rasen Tidy

Please take part in a Litter Pick on Saturday 6th October. Meet at 10.30am at 12 Naylor's Drive to collect litter picking tools and bags. Routes will be agreed according to the number of volunteers but Sand Lane, Gallamore Lane and Gainsborough Road always need doing. Please come and help for an hour or two. You could drive to some of the routes and pick a bag of rubbish within 100 yards of your car. Those of us who went out in April collected over 20 bags of rubbish along Gallamore Lane in a couple of hours.

Cllr Gail Dennis



Nature Watch

Watts Wood (Dunholme Reserve)

From humble origins as a cereal field, Watts Wood was been carefully planned and planted by the Watts family and friends over a period of 20 years. Between 1991 and 2000, 3200 trees were planted including some interesting species to create a site more like an arboretum than a native woodland. The trees were chosen for their benefit to wildlife and to provide colour and pleasure to walkers.

Adjacent to Watts Wood are Pickering's Meadow nature reserve and the community woodland Monks Wood, planted by Nettleham Woodland Trust . Nearest postcode: LN2 3NN

A Touch of the Himalayas
Sue's Yoga group offers a "health boost"
thru Autumn into Winter!

When I finished work with the NHS as a Health Visitor, I decided to go to India. On my bucket list was to experience an ashram, where the students rest, contemplate and practice yoga. It was there I met a lovely Korean teacher who told me I should become a teacher of yoga as I have the right qualities needed for the role. Much to my surprise, I just smiled and put it in with my memories of a wonderful trip.

This thought grew, and since then I have completed my foundation studies in yoga with the British Wheel of Yoga, and I am at present a student on the Diploma teaching course. I did return to the Himalayas, to complete my Traditional Himalayan Yoga Training level one. And have started to run classes in the village.

I like to combine my knowledge as a nurse and yoga teacher to build a healthy body and a still mind. The exercises are suitable for all ages, and the healthy benefits are amazing. It strengthens joints and glands, improving posture and using the breath helps with any respiratory problems. I love the holistic practice of the yoga to help people help themselves towards a healthy life style.

It is a real privilege to share some of the secrets of what the Himalayan Tradition has practiced for many years, and bring some of the essence of India into a Lincolnshire Village.

Classes : Middle Rasen Village Hall Wednesday Morning 10.30 to 11.30 am £5. The 8 week course starts in October on Friday evenings 7.00 to 8.30pm, £60. To book please contact Sue 07415 304174


The Nags Head Public House

nags head public house middle rasen

Mandy and Nigel welcome you to
our friendly village Pub/ Restaurant

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Groups in Middle Rasen

CLUB or Group Location
Middle Rasen & District Horticultural Society Village Hall
Games Afternoon Curch Hall
Middle Rasen Bowling Club Bowling Pavillion
Short Mat Bowls Group Village Hall
Art Group (oils) Catholic Hall
U3A Local History Group
U3A Drama Group Gail Denis
Luncheon Club Methodist Church
Coffee Morning Methodist Church
Women's 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
Middle Rasen Nursery Middle Rasen School
Middle Rasen Book Club Advocate Arms
Over 60's Keep Fit Club Braemar Close
Bell Ringers Sts P&P'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

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If your group is not listed and/or needs a correction please contact Gordon Jennings 0794 888 1121

See whats on at or ring 0300 400 0101





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 fibre glass (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

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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 ...... Cllr T Smith

Councillor Elected ......CllrJohn Padley

Councillor Elected ......Cllr Sue Smith

Councillor Elected ......Cllr Jane Ranby

CouncillorElected ...... Cllr Gail Dennis

Councillor Elected ......Cllr Mike O'Connor

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 election is an annual event, 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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