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Julia's Ben Nevis

In 2016, my colleagues at the Market Rasen Surgery and I raised a staggering £ 4200 for breast cancer by doing the moonwalk marathon in London . We were so bowled over by the generosity and support of family, friends, neighbours and the community as a whole, that we were inspired to set ourselves a new challenge! So, at the beginning of May, we are heading off to Scotland to climb the U.K's highest mountain - Ben Nevis ! This time our chosen charity is one for the boys - we are supporting Prostate Cancer UK .

Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer in men - 47,000 men are diagnosed with the condition annually. Sadly, each hour, at least 1 man dies as a result of prostrate cancer - making around 1000 unnecessary deaths a year! 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer, with 330,000 living with the condition.

In preparation for our climb, we have joined gyms and exercise classes, we are walking, climbing hills, wearing in our boots, getting fitter - we are doing our best! Please help us achieve our goals & help beat this dreadful cancer! Prostate cancer UK relies on donations to carry out its work to find a way of supporting sufferers and find a way of beating this disease. Thank you in anticipation of your support.

You can donate through This is really simple, fast and totally secure. Type into your search engine or click Julia's Ben Nevis now. This will show our muddy boots! Click on 'donate" and follow the instructions! Your details are safe with JustGiving, they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to the charity. So it's the most efficient way to donate - saving time and cutting costs for the charity. OR you can always sponsor us using the sponsor forms available in the surgery! OR just have a word with me!!

Thank you Julia Weeks

Now visit Rasen Rows the Channel and Matthew Weeks will explain what is planned for June in support of the Ethan Maul Foundation

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 ..........


The Council are particularly concerned with planning matters in the Parish, and the impact on the infrastructure of large scale developments. Read about the role of parish councils in small communities

Click here for Middle Rasen Parish Council's News
.... including issues affecting grass cutting and an increase in Council Tax due to the withdrawal of the Council Tax Support Grant by WLDC

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Market Rasen Junior Brass Band are always looking for more new players. Children should be at least 6 years old. No previous musical knowledge/experience is required. Tuition is given both one to one and in a group. All supervision is carried out by "cleared" competent adults on Sunday evenings at the Bandroom in Kilnwell Road adjacent to the scout hut. Brass instruments and music are provided; all that is asked of the children is plenty of enthusiasm and £ 1 to cover the heating and electricity. Bargain.

Contact Pete Wood 07761243416 for more information.

Rasen Rows The Channel
Matthew Weeks explains what is planned for June in support of the Ethan Maul Foundation

Middle Rasen's Open Church Weekend
Saturday 20 th & Sunday 21 st May 2017
Theme~ Weddings

The Nags Head

nags head public house middle rasen

Our friendly village Pub/ Resturant
Food served daily from 12 noon untill 8.30pm
Wednesday is our fish and chip day
Sunday Lunch 12 noon - 2.30pm
Beer Garden ~ Children's Play Area
Pool-Darts ~ Sky Sports
Stage for Live Theatre Bands / and Disco
tel: 01673 843163


Volunteers are needed immediately to help in St Andrew's Hospice Shop opening shortly in Market Rasen Market Place . Application forms are available from Joyce Rhodes. Tel. 01673 842877


At last spring is here, time to cast off the winter clothes! Looking for something new to wear or want to enjoy an afternoon out with the girls? Come along and join in the fun at the Spring/Summer Fashion Show at Middle Rasen Village Hall (free parking!) on Saturday 6th May at 2pm. A wonderful opportunity to try and buy clothing from well know High Street Stores at very competitive prices. This year the show will support the local community, LIVES and theNomad Trust. Tickets £ 4 include tea and biscuits are on sale now from Anne 842099, Joyce 842877 and Valerie 843661. Anyone wanting to walk the catwalk to model the clothes please get in touch!

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


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





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



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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 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 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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