Middle Rasen's Groups and Clubs


Play takes place on - Tuesday's 6pm and Saturdays at 2pm, but afternoon and evening sessions can be arranged to suit everyone.

Other days/times to suit you, just contact either - Ann Veal Tel. 842581 / 07729769549 or Sally Graham TEL. 844236 / 07766016675 (2023

We are the only remaining sporting club in the village and would love you to come and join us



Caroline Foster, Local History and Family Historian   

On May 11 th /12 th is the Churches Festival - In St Peter and St Paul's, Middle Rasen, the theme is SPORT, so, I found some sporting stories from the past for you:

In 1884 - 2 nd XI of Market Rasen Town FC beat Middle Rasen FC at home 4-1.

In September 1924 - No enthusiasm in Middle Rasen Football Club and it was agreed to wind up the club.

In 1946/7 – Photographed here is the Middle Rasen Football team which won the East Barkwith League and Cup double in that season.

On 9 th December 1944 - Market Rasen Mail reported on the Annual meeting of the Market Rasen Golf Club, which had continued during the war years with over 70 members. They discussed the possibility of an 18-hole golf course after the war.

In 1962 – Middle Rasen brought home 5 Cups - Championship, Challenge, Victor Cup, Autumn Cup and Benevolent Cup

I am giving a talk in Market Rasen library on 7th May, 2 – 3pm on Pictures, Photographs and Postcards - How to spot a FAKE! Light refreshments.

Caroline Foster




We are a small group at the moment, but have made great progress over the last few weeks and look forward to welcoming others to create what we hope will be a productive, but at the same time restful, environment in which we can grow food to benefit families in this area. At present we have prepared 12 “no-dig” vegetable beds with horse manure and compost: most of them will be for spring and summer vegetables but we were donated some garlic bulbs, and these have filled one of the beds. We'll be collecting some timber soon and creating raised beds so that the less mobile amongst us can work more comfortably. We don't have definite plans regarding which plants we'll be growing next year but are open to suggestions!

The polytunnel has been largely cleared of weeds and will be a wonderful environment for cultivating plants which require a warmer growing season, but also for growing on seedlings for outside planting.

We generally meet on Sunday mornings between about 11:00 and 1:00 so please feel free to come along and see what we're doing, or just for a chat if you like. (The garden is adjacent to the public footpath off Old Gallamore Lane.) You can also get more information from Richard (07711 494676).

Richard Harries (Jan 23)


We are very excited to announce that on Friday May 26th there will be a spinning expert giving us a demonstration of her craft (the Sleeping Beauty kind of spinning wheel, not the cycling kind!).  You are warmly welcomed to join us for this event - just drop by Middle Rasen church hall any time between 7-9pm. Light refreshments are always served, and we love to welcome new people. See you there! Helen, Jane, Theresa and the CAMEO Crafters.



We meet on the third MONDAY of each month at ‘The New Life Church', Serpentine Street, Market Rasen . Come along to meet new friends and enjoy an evening watching a professional demonstrator create stunning floral designs.   Refreshments are available at the end of the evening when you can view the designs up close and talk to the designer and members of the club and take away ideas to try at home.   Guests pay £6 and full year membership is available. Everyone is very welcome. For more information phone Lesley Bailey on 01673 842072. (April 23)


This lovely, popular group get together every 1st & 3rd Wednesday's of the month. They meet at 1.30pm in the Middle Rasen Church Hall for a good old sing song to well known songs, then at around 2.30pm they enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a piece of homemade cake. Everyone is made really welcome, If you love singing and lots of laughter, this really is the club for you. If you would like any further information, call Brenda on – or ---- or just come along on Wednesday 3rd or 17th April 24 and join this friendly group.

Brenda Cartledge


If you fancy a relaxing afternoon once a fortnight, please come along and join our friendly little art group. We will be meeting in the Middle Rasen Church Hall. Draw or paint whatever you wish to use. Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided. For more details, please give me a call – Gillian 01673 844382 or 07983930019


Kick start your new year with a mind towards being more healthy, gentle exercise, breath work and relaxation for a more flexible, stronger, healthy body. No experience necessary. Join us on Wednesdays at Middle Rasen Village Hall, 10.30 - 11.30am.

If you need a chair exercise, there are zoom classes on Mondays - 11.00am - 12 noon. Contact Sue (Retired Nurse, RGN, MSc Health, British Wheel of Yoga Teacher) 074153 04174 - Beginners welcome.


There is a new Pilates class now up and running in Middle Rasen. A beginner's class is being held every Monday morning in Middle Rasen Church Hall on Church Street, commencing at 9.30am. The programme is designed to improve muscle tone and strength, balance, co-ordination, endurance and flexibility. It is a low impact form of exercise for all ages and level of ability and fitness.

Contact Emma - a level 3 Pilates teacher, biomechanics trainer, nutrition advisor and exercise referral trainer - on 07866 394463 for further information and booking details.


We are a group of enthusiastic amateur ukulele players. The band came together 6 years ago and perform a varied repertoire covering many musical styles. Many songs are well known, and we invite the audience to join in and sing along with us. The band is available to support local function and charity gigs. Contact: mrukuleleband@gmail.com Mary Cordes

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Mondays (term time) we have


In the Village Hall from 6.30 pm

& Brownies

In the Church Hall from 6pm

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Rase Woman's Institute

The WI movement is the largest voluntary women's organization in the UK and it exists to educate women so that they are enabled to play an effective role in their communities, as well as expanding their personal horizons and developing important skills which they can pass on.

Visit the Rase WI page

The group is open to membership from Middle Rasen, Market Rasen and the surrounding areas.



If you need a chair exercise, there are zoom classes on Mondays - 11.00am - 12 noon. Contact Sue 074153 04174 - Beginners welcome.

Wednesday 10.30am

Village Hall

Sue's Yoga group offers a "health boost" and a "
Touch of the Himalayas"

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



Pilates 2021

A Pilates class is up and running in Middle Rasen. A beginner's class is being held every Monday morning in Middle Rasen Church Hall on Church Street, commencing at 9.30am. The programme is designed to improve muscle tone and strength, balance, co-ordination, endurance and flexibility. It is a low impact form of exercise for all ages and level of ability and fitness.

Contact Emma - a level 3 Pilates teacher, biomechanics trainer, nutrition advisor and exercise referral trainer - on 07866 394463 for further information and booking details. Nov 2021

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Pilates classes have started again at the village hall New Toft on Thursday evenings at 7pm. If you are interested please contact Pat on 07449772089 for more information.  





We are a group of enthusiastic amateur ukulele players. The band came together 6 years ago and perform a varied repertoire covering many musical styles. Many songs are well known, and we invite the audience to join in and sing along with us. The band is available to support local function and charity gigs. Contact: mrukuleleband@gmail.com

Mary Cordes









Every Wednesday 2.30 pm at Middle Rasen Methodist Church

The Women's Own group were captivated when their recent speaker Helen McLaughlin spoke about her son's journey to the Special Olympics World Games. The group were thrilled to see the amazing display of photos and the many medals that Andrew has won in gymnastic competitions leading to his place at the games. In addition to Andrew's accomplishments in gymnastics he has also achieved his Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award whilst at school in Cheshire .

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It is amazing to discover that Women's Own group in Middle Rasen have been holding weekly meetings every Wednesday afternoon since 16h October 1940! When the group was first formed there were three Chapels in the village and the plan was to meet at each Chapel in turn. Initially a president was elected with three vice presidents, one from each Chapel. Tea and biscuits cost 1d with six ladies on the “tea committee”. A collection at the first meeting amounted to 2s 8d. Vera Hankin's mother and grandmother were two of the founder members, following family tradition Vera joined the group in 1952. During the 60 years that Vera has been a member she held the role of treasurer for 42 years, and president for 25 years giving up her role recently as treasurer and remaining as president. Throughout its lifetime membership has fluctuated, especially during the war years when lots of women went out to work. The group continues to thrive, with twenty four members who attend regularly to enjoy guest speakers and the wide ranging activities that take place. The group hold an annual charity event where they raise money for children's or local charities. If you are interested in joining the group they meet every Wednesday at 2 pm at Middle Rasen Methodist Church. If you are a little apprehensive of walking in on your own give Alice a ring on 01673 843256 who will arrange for some to meet and welcome you.


Weight Watchers

Now in Market Rasen



Hymalayan Flow Yoga

Wednesday 10.30am Village Hall


Nags Head

Food, Drink, Pool, Darts, Dominoes

See whats on at the Nags


West Rasen Events

West Rasen Village Hall and Heritage Centre

Meets monthly

1st Tuesday 7.30pm

Details from Maureen Sowray(844564)


<<Green Man Day >>

1st Monday Bank Holiday in May

1pm - 4pm

Details Liz Margrave 01674 844047


Horticultural Society

2nd Thursday 7.30pm Church Hall 843206

( Sweet pea show 3rd Saturday in June & Main show 3rd Saturday in July )

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Pre School

everyday term time 844131



Primary School

everyday term time 843250




Middle Rasen Camera Club

We are a small group of people who enjoy photography; and meet once a month on 2nd Wednesday in the Village Hall, Middle Rasen at 2.30pm.

We have a varied programme i.e.; Guess What?, a photo from any angle, to visiting Pure Land Japanese Garden. We are not professionals, but we do enjoy discussing each others photographs , where they were taken, balance of the photo etc. If you would like to join us for coffee and biscuits, and a general chat, please do not hesitate to come along, you would be made more than welcome, or contact: M. Clark 01673 842748 or A Hodgson 01673 842108

Corrected .... March 2019


Library Van

No longer calls


Market Rasen

Has a number of other groups

Ballet ~ Market Rasen

Dancing Club Wednesday 7.30pm Festival Hall

Flower Club 3rd Monday 7.30pm Festival hall

De Aston School

Youth Club Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

Sports Hall Market Rasen

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Market Rasen & District Round Table

BEER FESTIVAL at the Market Rasen Football and Cricket Club on 4th and 5th May, 12.30 – 11pm. Adult entry £3.00 & accompanied children go free! Bouncy castle, hook-a-duck, food available .... Fun for all the family!


The Parish Council Meets

3rd Tuesday 7.30pm

Village Hall

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The GUILD in 2023

The Guild will be meeting on Wednesday's at 2.30pm and throughout the Summer (2 nd & 4 th Wednesdays in the month) at the Middle Rasen Methodist Church. Everyone is invited to join the meetings. A warm welcome awaits you

Cameo Crafts

We are very excited to announce that on Friday May 26th there will be a spinning expert giving us a demonstration of her craft (the Sleeping Beauty kind of spinning wheel, not the cycling kind!).  You are warmly welcomed to join us for this event - just drop by Middle Rasen church hall any time between 7-9pm. Light refreshments are always served, and we love to welcome new people. See you there! Helen, Jane, Theresa and the CAMEO Crafters.

Sewing and Hobby Club

The group plan to meet the last Friday of the month until we take a summer break. Its a new group so please check the Community Spirit publication and WhatsOn that month for any last minute changes.

Together we learn creative skills, meet new and old friends, and share fresh ideas. Everyone brings what they want to make, and if you haven't got any ideas, we help each other to create!

Bring button boxes, knitting kits, fat quarters and sewing machines if you wish – whatever your latest project is - and create miracles together in an informal, relaxed setting.

Disabled facilities are available and if anyone needs a lift, or further details, please call or text 07443 415542.

Middle Rasen Hobby Club

7- 9pm Friday April 26th at the Church Hall. Bring your latest project! Invite a friend? We have been supporting and orphan care project called Shine Malawi and some hobbyists are making newborn clothing and blanket squares to send out with the UK team in June. Recent floods have devastated the country, leaving many families homeless. Thanks to Hobby Club and after-Church coffee time donations during March to the "Shiny Jar", we were able to send a cash donation of £60 (so far, with more pledged) to the relief effort. Thank you so much for this. More details, call 07443 415542. Look forward to seeing you. Helen, Theresa and Jane.



Coffee, Cake and Chat

We are pleased to say that we will be serving the usual hot drinks and homemade cakes in 2020. Normally on the 1st Thursday at 10am in the schoolroom at Middle Rasen Methodist Church. We send our best wishes for a Happy New Year and look forward to catching up with everyone.

Coffee, Cake & Chat Team

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Middle Rasen Luncheon Club

Our last lunch was held at the Golf Club in the autumn of 2018 but it is only now that everything has been finalized! At the last meeting, it was agreed by members that the remaining money should be donated to a charity, and Age UK Lindsey was nominated. A formal presentation of a cheque with members present seemed the appropriate end!

In the light of this, members past and present were invited for coffee, cake and a ”catch up” on Thursday 16 January. It was lovely to see members, especially those who had been involved since the start of the club in November 2001!

After a brief introduction, Ian Hardcastle, who was very involved with the setting up of the Club, was asked to present a cheque to Andy Storer, a representative from Age UK Lindsey. Ian spoke of the important role the Luncheon Club had played in the Village and thanked everyone involved in making it such an enjoyable success. On receiving the cheque, Andy explained how important the work of Age UK Lindsey was for the elderly in the community and how very much the money donated was appreciated.

Lots of happy memories were shared during a really enjoyable morning!

Valerie Wright


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Age UK Lindsey

Free advice for over 50s @ Market Rasen Surgery

Second Monday of each month, 10 am to 1pm

No appointment necessary for free information and advice on a wide range of topics specific to older people, including: benefits entitlement, housing, local services and social care. Find us at Market Rasen Suregry, Mill Road, Market Rasen LN8 3BP

For more information, please call 01507 355961

Email: info@ageuklindsey.co.uk or visit www.ageuk.org.uk/lindsey

Age UK Lindsey is a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales Registered Charity Number: 1079691 Company Number: 3917990. Registered Office: The Old School House, Manor House Street, Horncastle LN9 5HF


Rase Heritage Society ~ Reg Charity 1142022

Rase Heritage Society was established in 2005 to promote and encourage interest in the heritage of the Rase district – predominantly the parishes of Market and Middle Rasen.

It endeavours to preserve all aspects of the heritage of this area and is seeking a suitable building to be a permanent repository of documents and artefacts relevant to the history of the Rase district. We have a large collection of artefacts, the basis of which was formed from the auction of the Brian Ayres collection in 2009.

It also promotes itself and the Rasen area with regular themed events and displays to catch the public's attention. We are currently co-hosting the Wolds Women of Influence exhibition in the Old Police Station.

The Society meets monthly on the first Thursday of the month at 7.30pm in Market Rasen Library, except some summer months when we arrange ‘awaydays'. We run a full annual programme of meetings to which non-members are always welcome. Presentations are arranged on a variety of heritage topics by visiting speakers and members.

The Society also undertakes walks and talks to other interested organisations on the heritage of this area.

The Society has displays of artefacts around Market Rasen in various locations. If you would like more information, to see our current programme, or if you wish to contact us, please do so through our website


Hazel Barnard (Chair )


Art Group

Thereis no Art Group in Middle Rasen at time of publication. As member numbers dropped, the membership of the Middle Rasen Art Group (formerly the Ronnie Morton Art Group) was invited to join the .....

Market Rasen Painting Group

Kate Roberts tells us "We are an enthusiastic, self help, group, mainly painting in Oils but any medium can be used by members. Our group encompasses all levels of artistic skill from beginners to semi-professionals.

  New members are always welcome. During term time, we meet in The Catholic Schoolroom, Market Rasen, on Fridays 2 – 4 pm. Please contact Kate: 01673 842703 for more details.

  We are currently on our summer break and meet again for the Autumn Term on Friday 7 th September 2018. You're welcome to pop in for a chat on the 7 th – we stop for tea, coffee and biscuits about 3pm

Our members are currently exhibiting their work at Caistor Heritage Centre for the month of June 2018."

This site awaits an update from the Watercolour Group in Market Rasen.


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The art group was started in 2003 by Ronnie Morten and for the first 2 years the group met in Market Rasen. Very sadly, Ronnie died but the art group that he started has carried on and to this day they still meet once a week. They now meet in Middle Rasen Church Hall every Monday evening at 7.45 pm and finish at 9.45 pm. There are 7 regulars in the group, sometimes as many as 10 come along. It costs £3 per session or £10 paid in advance for 4 sessions. All artists supply their own materials. This is a group of experienced artists who all work individually on their own pieces of work, often advising and encouraging each other and giving each other tips. Occasionally they do invite other artists in to demonstrate techniques in specific areas to continue developing their skills. The wealth of talent in the group is amazing with specialists in oils, water colours, pastels, sketching all covering a range of subject areas. They exhibit their work in Market Rasen and Newton by Toft annually.

In her article Moira Garrick tells us this was an art group and not an art class.


Bell Ringers


Ding, Dong, Merrily

Linda Patrick wrote this a few years ago.....

There is something very poignant about standing in the bell tower ringing bells that have rung out for thousands of weddings and church services for hundreds of years. Bell ringing keeps alive one of England 's oldest traditions and Middle Rasen village should feel proud that its Church has such a wonderful ring of bells. I started bell ringing four years ago and have found it to be a very rewarding hobby. It is not just about ringing peals. I also enjoy the company and fellowship, especially at the Monday night practice sessions, which begin at 7:30pm. We always have a good laugh.

On 30th November, the Middle Rasen ringers, accompanied by two friends from Grimsby took up the challenge to ring their first peal of ‘Plain Bob Minor', to mark the beginning of the Christian season of Advent. It is a peal that takes approx two hours and forty-five minutes to ring and is the first to be rung by a local band for many years, and on the new Millennium bells. As our Tower Captain, Stephen Wright, points out, “Peals are rare to hear as the complicated method involves 5040 different changes.

The length of time to ring a peal requires not only a great deal of concentration, but is very tiring, and is attempted only by a band of dedicated and proficient ringers”. We will also be ringing in the New Year, beginning at 11:45pm on New Years Eve.


By Steve Wright,

It is now sixty-three years since I began the ancient art of bell ringing. I first learnt to ring in 1947 with my sisters Peggy and Elaine. It was in response to an appeal for a new band of bell ringers by Norman Chaddock , the tower captain at our local church in Whiston, near Rotherham . I became a member of the Yorkshire Association of Bell Ringers in 1948. Ringing has always been quite a family affair, with mum and dad providing tea for the regular meetings of the Yorkshire Association, and my three daughters all learning to ring and the eldest being a member of the Surrey Association. Over the past sixty years I have rung in many, many churches across the country. With around 5000 churches with their own sets of bells, bell ringing provides the opportunity to visit some beautiful churches and historical buildings. Every church and its set of bells are different, some presenting quite interesting challenges. Once you know how to handle a bell you will receive a warm welcome at any tower, whatever your ability.

Being a committed service ringer, my aim has always been to ensure the church bells are rung for church services throughout the year and on special occasions. I started ringing in Lincolnshire following the augmentation of eight bells in Caistor Parish Church , and rang regularly at there until I became involved with the re-hanging of the bells at Market Rasen church. Since then I have actively supported and encouraged ringing in Market Rasen, Tealby and Claxby, and latterly here at Middle Rasen. Some of the highlights for me have included ringing a peal for the funeral of King George VI in 1951 and ringing for the Civil Defence Core during my national service in Surrey during 1953-54. In Lincolnshire the highlights have been co-ordinating the re-hanging of the bells at Middle Rasen and training a new band of Middle Rasen Ringers.

(LtoR) Steve, Karen, Angela, Charles, Gill, Colin, Jane & Linda

English style church bell ringing is a fascinating activity that requires physical co-ordination, a sensed of rhythm and good listening skills. It provides mental and physical stimulation, along with the social aspect of working with other ringers. Ringers represent the whole range of society, male and female, young and old and from all walks of life. Ringing is a genuine all-age activity and you are judged by your ability not your social standing whether you are 8, 18 or 80. The ringers of St Peter & St Paul are typical of many bands. We now have a band of eight ringers at Middle Rasen but newcomers are always welcome to learn the art. If you are intrigued, want to learn more or just ‘have a go', do come along to our practice night on Mondays from 7.30pm.

So if you are 12 years or older and would like to try your hand at this most joyful of hobbies why not pop over on a Monday night and have a go. We would love to see you.




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A group of around 20 ladies meet up at Middle Rasen Methodist Church every Thursday afternoon to enjoy an hour long session of Zumba fitness training. Zumba is a fun way to keep fit, working out to Latin American Music. If you feel like joining in the fun come along you will be made most welcome. Between 2 pm & 3 pm @ £3 a session



With Spring on its way, we start to think about getting out to walk in the beautiful English Countryside again, but where to find new and interesting walks?

Walking in Lincolnshire   https://www.walkinginengland.co.uk/lincs   has loads of walks to download and print, free, it also has books of walks, details of all the walking groups in the county and much more. Whether you want to walk on your own or with a group all the information is there in one place.

John Harris (who maintains the website) said ‘There is so much walking information on the web, but it is difficult to find. Walking in Lincolnshire (part of the Walking in England website) has brought it together in one place so whether you are walking from home, or away on holiday, you will be able to find a walk suitable for you'.

With walks from half a mile to twelve miles plus long, and a note of suitability for pushchairs and wheelchairs, everyone can find a walk to enjoy.

So, home or away, check out the websites and get walking! John Harris




Rase Heritage Society

Rase Heritage Society is running a season of Market Rasen Town Heritage Walks:

On 1 st Sunday of the month, meet in the Festival Hall carpark at 2pm. The cost will be £3.00 per person.

Spaces are limited so please contact us on info@raseheritage.org.uk to book your place! Make a note of the dates: 6 th June, 4 th July, 1 st August and 5 th September.

Have you been walking around Middle Rasen during lockdown as exercise? How about a walk around the village with a Local historian for a change?

Meet at 2pm on Saturday 19 th June in the Nag's Head carpark. You could have lunch first! Places are limited, so please book, BUT this walk is free, although a donation would be gratefully received!

There is to be an exhibition on Middle and Market Rasen during WWII in the Old Police Station and Magistrates courtroom in Market Rasen on Saturday 3 rd July 10-1pm, all welcome.

Middle Rasen & District Bowls Club

Spring to September 

Come and have a go - everyone is welcome.

Green opens 2p.m. SATURDAY 20th APRIL 2024

Play will take place on - Tuesdays at 2pm, WEDNESDAYS at 6pm and SATURDAYS at 2pm.

Other days/times to suit you, just contact either - Ann Veal Tel. 842581 / 07729769549 or Sally Graham TEL. 844236 / 07766016675


The Bowling Club started over 70 years ago in the centre of Middle Rasen near the stocks.  It was started by John Higham (Maurice's father).  Over the years the club thrived with up to 40 members at its peak.  It was in 3 leagues for several years, sometimes finishing at the top.

However, like many organisations, the bowls club fell foul of covid with all leagues being cancelled and play being halted.  When we were allowed to meet up again, play resumed, but only amongst the club members.  Unfortunately, our numbers had begun to dwindle.

We meet on Saturdays and Tuesdays at 2pm and Wednesdays at 6pm for anyone to come along and play.  All ages and abilities are welcome.

We are a very small and friendly club and the only remaining sporting organisation left in the village. However, we do need more members if we are to continue to provide this amazing facility for the community.

A warm welcome awaits anyone who wants to have a go or is interested to watch.  If you or someone you know might be interested, come along and join us or contact Ann 01673 842581 or Sally 07766016675.  We look forward to seeing you. (June 23)


Short Mat Bowl

Middle Rasen Village Hall (Winter Season)


Ann Veal

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Lunch Club

The former "Lunch Club" was opened to members in January 2002 and offered the use of the Methodist Church. It was open to anyone living in a radius of 5 miles from Middle Rasen. It has functioned regularly twice a month since then, offering members a two-course meal plus a cup of tea or coffee. Small gifts brought by the members were used in a small raffle each time to raise funds for the club.

Over the years the Lunch Club has been grateful for the help of the cooks and helpers who have worked hard to prepare, cook and serve the meals but recently it has been obvious that our cooks now are unable to carry on for health and personal reasons.

As no other cooks have come forward to continue the Club's meals, the Committee met to discuss the matter and decided that the Lunch Club will now have to close. All the members will be asked to endorse the Committee's decision on 13 th September and the final Lunch Club meeting will take place on the 27 th September.

The Lunch Club has been a very pleasant social occasion for everyone and we are grateful to everyone who has attended, and those have given their help and support each month in so many ways.

Cynthia Bunch (Chairperson)


Members enjoyed their final lunch together at the Market Rasen Golf Club. They were sorry that the Luncheon Club is ending but they nevertheless had a happy and enjoyable final meal together.

It was also a time to say thank you to everyone past and present who had been actively involved with the cooking, serving and administration of the meals. Flowers were given to these persons in appreciation of their contribution to the success of the Club.

Valerie Wright (Nov 2018)





The Market Rasen Branch of Lincolnshire Beekeepers Association meet at Middle Rasen Church Hall on the first Thursday of the month at 7.30 pm between September and April. The December meeting was the Fun Honey Show with a wide range of classes for judging. There were a good number of entries in all 18 classes,. This included 8 different classes of Honey Jars, judged by local judge Arthur Adams of Legsby. Arthur carefully explained the process of judging, stating exactly the criteria from each element that formed the basis of his decision in identifying a winning jar. Members and visitors were invited to taste samples from other classes and vote for their favourite. These ranged from honey cakes and biscuits, to chutney's and jams. Other classes included candles and photography with some amazing photos including some of swarms of bees.

Arthur Adams judging jars of honey

If you are interested in keeping bees the costs of a swarm of bees depends on the time of year, which could be next to nothing or in excess of £100. A starter pack of essential equipment costs in the region of £300. The advice from the club is that if you are interested at all, come along on a club night and talk to them about it. For more information contact the Secretary, Phyl Murray on 01673 838543 or by e-mail on phylmajor@aol.com

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News from Carole Raynor

Market Rasen Beekeeping Club was set up some years ago by Brian Oxborrow, our current Chairman, and the late Brian Ayres. Their aim was to promote beekeeping, provide an opportunity for prospective beekeepers to find out about the craft and to encourage best practice in beekeeping. Those aims remain in place today.


Setting up as a beekeeper can be expensive, so it makes sense to find out first whether or not it's for you. There is no better way of doing this than by having a go for yourself and with Market Rasen Beekeepers (MRBK) you can do just that. We have our own apiary; that is several colonies (hives) of bees. Newcomers can learn about the equipment, how to handle and manage the bees, how to harvest and process the honey and will also make valuable contact with experienced beekeepers. In addition we have some larger pieces of equipment that members can borrow.

MRBK is a district member of the Lincolnshire Beekeeping Association (LBKA,) which in turn is part of the British Beekeeping Association (BBKA). Membership of MRBK includes membership to both of these organisations and also provides insurance for your own apiary. You will receive regular newsletters and the latest information on beekeeping.


In the active beekeeping period, April to August, we usually meet at the apiary at Legsby at 6.00pm to do any work necessary. During the busiest times, May to July, this is often weekly. Sometimes we have evening meetings to process the honey, which we sell to boost club funds. During the winter, September to March, we meet at Middle Rasen Church Hall at 7.30pm on the first Thursday evening once a month, when we have beekeeping talks and some social events. If you are interested in finding out more about beekeeping you will receive a warm welcome at MRBK. For further details please contact me, Carole Raynor, Club Secretary (885326).



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