Middle Rasen, local services and business

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Age UK Lindsey Free advice for over 50s at Market Rasen Surgery,Mill Road, Market Rasen LN8 3BP, on 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,For more information, please call 01507 355961 or email info@ageuklindsey.co.uk or visit www.ageuk.org.uk/lindsey Registered Charity Number: 1079691 Company Number: 3917990

Boating: The Sail Register - sail makers / repairs / commercial covers and canvas work - The Loft, 1 Gallamore Lane Ind Est, LN8 3HA, tel 01673 849893

Building & Repair -
Adam Dearden, ADB a complete building service in Middle Rasen and throughout the district, Contact Us
Kevin Salmon, Grassmere, Gainsborough Road, Middle Rasen. Local builder & joiner, tel 01673 842447, m: 07767 481275 e:kb.salmon01@btinternet.com w: kbsalmon.co.uk
Robin Smith, Handiman & Builder, Brimmer Beck, North Street, Middle Rasen, LN8 3TS 01673 842146 or 07810 566303
Sean Healy, Bricklayer, Southview, Middle Rasen, LN8 3JU m: 07463 930336 w: sh-brickwork.co.uk

Bus &Train
BUS hourly (Mon-Sat, day time) between Grimsby and Lincoln. 20 minutes to the hour for Lincoln and 25 past the hour for Grimsby. Visit Stagecoach for the bus times. Other journeys are local on CallConnect, an on-demand bus services tel: 0345 234 3344
TRAIN - Market Rasen goes north to Cleethorpes/Grimsby, change at Barnetby for Manchester ... or south to Lincoln/Newark for London. Visit National Rail Enquiries for rail travel, fairs and connections.

Citizens Advice (CAB) Lindsey People come to us with all sorts of issues. You may have money, benefit, housing or employment problems. You may have been asked to give evidence in court; or been misled by a dodgy ad. You may be facing a crisis, or just considering your options. It doesn't matter who you are, or what your situation is. Citizens Advice will always give you free, confidential and impartial advice. Citizens Advice offer drop in sessions at our offices in Skegness, Louth, Mablethorpe and Gainsborough. All up to date drop in session times can be found on our website or you can call Adviceline on 0300 3309 034. If you would like to find out about volunteer opportunities with Citizens Advice Lindsey please visit our website for more details

Commercial and Residential Cleaners - Green Dolphin 01673 844448

Car Sales - Mark Andrew Vehicle Sales, The A46 Garage, Middle Rasen, LN8 3JS. tel 01673 844913, mob 07717 004614 . email and website .

Car Servicing
- Park View Motors Market Rasen Ltd, Gallamore Lane, LN8 3HZ tel 01673 844068 . Professional Garage Service Centre, MOT and Tyres.

Cosmetics - Avon Calling in Middle Rasen - Vacancy

Doctors - Market Rasen Surgery 01673 843354

Dementia - Alzheimer's Society can now carry out Carer Assessments and Emergency Plans for carers of people with dementia or any type of memory problem on behalf of Lincolnshire County Council Carer's team. The Alzeimer's Society have a telephone befriending service for people with dementia, their carers and offer support groups for carers across the county. For more information please call 01522 692681.

Dentist - Market Rasen Dental Services are available during the current emergency <<more>>

Driving Instruction - Awaits

Gardening - Awaits detail of a service in Middle Rasen

Ground Work - Ian Morris, specialist in Drains /Septic Tanks, Drives/Footpaths, Drop paving, Footings,Ground Clearance, Land Drainage, Ponds, Sewer connections, Underground cable ducting and Water service relay (new or repair) Telephone 01673 849005 or 07760351090 for a "no obligation" quote.

Halls and Functions Rooms -
Middle Rasen Village Hall click here or contact Rosie Dawson on 01673 308671
Church Hall bookings call Stephen Cartwright on 07811 388517 or click here for more information

Handyman & General Property Maintenance -
Robin Smith, Brimmer Beck, North Street , Middle Rasen, LN8 3TS. Garden Maintenance - Extensions & Loft Conversions - Ground Works & Drainage - Garden Walls, Fencing & Driveways - Roofing & Guttering Work - Floor & Wall Tiling - Block Paving & Patios - Interior & Exterior House Painting Tel: 01673 842146 or 07810 566303
Ron Folgate, Handiman & Maintenance Services, Stile Cottage, Wilkinson Drive, Middle Rasen, LN8 3LD m: 07765447605 e: ronfolgate@btinternet.com

Hairdressers - Awaits detail of a mobile service for Middle Rasen

Home Care - There are several people living in the village who provide a one-to-one home care support service, but none advertise. ....... ClarkJames Homecare , tel 01673 847140, is an established company with around 30 staff providing home care services locally.

Home delivery - Crossroads Stores are able to delver by arrangement and are in the village, tel 01673 843419. The Co-op in Market Rasen and Tesco online all make home deliveries to Middle Rasen.

Housing - For advice on housing or risk of homelessness contact West Lindsey's Housing Department. Acis is the leading provider of social housing 01427 678000. New homes have built in the parish by a number of smaller building companies like ADB or larger concerns, for example Allison Homes and Persimmon.

Library Van -No longer calls

Painter & Decorator - Robin Smith, Brimmer Beck, North Street , Middle Rasen, LN8 3TS. Tel: 01673 842146 or 07810 566303

Piano Lessons - For adult pianists who need guidance, have a piano and would love to play it, or had lessons when you were younger and wish to learn again! Tel: DINAH on 01673 565020 ~ References available on request

Police - 01673 842212 (local office) to report a Crime or "non emergency" Incident : 0300 111 0300 (24 hr) CRIMESTOPPERS: 0800 555 111 . Read about no cold calling zones or news and contact information the new single NON emergency number 0300 111 0300 and when to use 999 from the Community Beat Manager.

Postal Services - Click Here to see our local shop and post office or send an email to andy.crossroads@pobroadband.co.uk for best advice on local post.

Pharmacy Boots Chemist, 4 Queen Street, Market Rasen, LN8 3EH t: 01673 843336 or Market Rasen Surgery, Mill Road, LN8 3BP t: 01673 843556

Pressure Washing - Nigel Appleyard, Hillside Farm, specialist cleaning of poultry sheds 01673 842536

Pub and Restaurant - The Nags Head with a comprhensive local cuisine 01673 843443

Nurseries - plants and other horticultural products are available seasonally through members at Horticultural Group

Roofing - Ian Penniston Roofing Ltd, 2 Jackson Field, LN8 3LB tel 01673 842679, mob 07866 666750

Samaritans - If you ever feel the need to talk the SAMARITANS are here 24 hours & 365 days. Tel S 01522 528282 or 08457 909090 www.samaritans.org .............For donations and to visit - 17 Hungate, Lincoln , LN1 1ES

Schools - Visit the village school on line at Middle Rasen Primary School.

Taxi - Pol's Elite Travel - Middle Rasen tel 01673 847092

Toddler Group - Read about the Middle Rasen Toddler Group and its activities.

Tool and Plant Hire - awaits

TRAIN From Market Rasen connects to Cleethorpes, Grimsby, Lincoln, Nottingham, Birmingham and London main line via Newark. Visit National Rail Enquiries for rail travel, fairs and connections.

Tyres Fitting Services -
- Park View Motors, tel 01673 844068
- RCH Motors " A46 Truck Stop", 01673 849913

Slimming - Awaits detail of a service in Middle Rasen. Otherwise contact Slimmer's World, Festival Hall, Market Rasen (Tues 5.30 pm).

Window Cleaning - Green Dolphin 01673 844448

Fire and Rescue - Things you probably didn't know, but should.. Market Rasen Fire Station is a retained station. This means that the station is unmanned, with On-Call Fire fighters only attending the station when an emergency call is made.

On-Call Fire fighters are paid and trained to the same high standards as full-time fire fighters. The difference being that on-call fire fighters have other 'day' jobs, but provide a certain number of on-call hours to enable the station to respond| to all types of incidents, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. They are from all walks of life, but they have one main thing in common; being dedicated individuals who are committed to giving something back to their local area.

In addition to attending a range of emergencies, the station is very much at the heart of the community: attending the Village Show; undertaking pre-school visits; and providing tours of the station and giving fire safety advice to local Scout and Brownie groups. Currently Market Rasen has 11 Fire Fighters and despite their sterling efforts more are needed to maintain operational cover 24/7. Currently the fire engine is available on average 92% of every day. Meaning that for about 1% hours a day there is no cover available from the station. Watch Manager Stephen Scott would like anyone interested and living or working within the immediate area of the station (5 minutes travel distance) to come forward and find out if they could join the team. You are welcome to find out more by popping into the station any Monday evening from 19.00 to 21.00, when the crew are on station undertaking training. You can also find out more about becoming an on-call fire fighter, by calling the recruitment team on 0800 358 0204 or visiting www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/lfr

Crossroads Stores is a Post Office,

In light of Government advice that those of over 70 years of age should isolate themselves due to the corona virus, we are offering a free home delivery service in Middle Rasen covering everything we sell. If you order something we don't normally sell, we shall endeavour to source it for you.

Primarily, we deliver on Wednesdays and Fridays. However, we are prepared to deliver on other days in emergencies, subject to availability.

To be sure of being able to supply all of what you want, we will need your order by noon Monday for Wednesdays and noon Wednesdays for Fridays.

If you know of anyone else who might benefit from this service, please give them our contact details.

Andy and Erica


Crossroads Stores (Middle Rasen) Limited Tel: 01673 843419 e-mail: andy.crossroads@pobroadband.co.uk

Registered Office: Crossroads Stores, Gainsborough Road, Middle Rasen, Lincs LN8 3JS

Registered in England and Wales No. 4688008


Erica , Nick & Andy

Andy and Erica Blagojevitch have been running the Middle Rasen Post Office and Crossroads Stores since 1991. They met at Sheffield University 32 years ago where they were both studying languages. After graduation they moved to Essex finding work in retail management, with Andy at Sainsburys. Following the birth of their two children Nick and Helen in the mid 1980's they began to look for a business of their own which was far from the cut-throat world of supermarket management. They found the Post Office here in Middle Rasen, which Andy says was, “In a nice location and at a price we could afford”. It is very much a family business as Andy runs the Post Office and he and Erica run the shop, ably assisted by son Nick and members of staff Delia, Emily and Siobhan. Not forgetting of course their newspaper delivery boys and girls – Daniel, James, Becki, Fran and Hailey.

So far they have managed to escape the indiscriminate cuts to Post Office services that have sadly hit some of our other villages, Faldingworth and West Rasen . Often when the Post Office closes it also takes the local shop with it and yet another vital part of village life disappears. Faldingworth now has a mobile Post Office, which also sells magazines and papers, that comes to the Memorial Hall on Wednesday mornings between 10 and 11.30am, where members of the local church also run a coffee morning so villagers can do their Post Office business over a cup of coffee and a chat. Please do support your local businesses like the Post Office and Crossroads Stores where you can. They may not always be the cheapest, but they provide far more than just ‘value for money' – employment, convenience, service, a meeting place, and that something extra you can't quite quantify. They are part of the very fabric of community life and that is real value.

We are pleased to let people with Coeliac Disease know that Crossroads Stores in Middle Rasen is now the sole stockist in Lincolnshire of a range of gluten free produce by the award winning Foodamentalist Company of Pontefract. The range comprises of traditional pork pies and chicken with stuffing pies, vegan pastry mix; short crust pastry mix; bread mix; batter mix; Yorkshire pudding mix and tortilla mix. For more details, or if there are any other gluten free products that you would be interested in please call at the shop or ring Andy on 01673 843419.


Lincolnshire Alert is a community messaging system run by Lincolnshire Police. The messaging system acts as a tool for the police to give information to registered members on crime reduction and community safety issues. Members are also able to provide information to the police. If you would like to receive updates, visit our website at: www.lincalert.co.uk and click the 'register now 1 button. You can unsubscribe at any time or choose to personalise your messages.


To make a report of a Crime or Incident use the single non emergency number for the police : 0300 111 0300 (24 hr) or to call CRIMESTOPPERS: 0800 555 111

The Single Non Emergency Number for the Police

Calls to 0300 number will cost about the same or less than a local call.

This number has been chosen because it is easy to remember and dial. It can also reduce the cost of a call to the police in a non-emergency situation.

We want to speed up our response to non-emergency calls. The move to a 03-prefixed number is in line with recommendations from the Office of Communications (Ofcom), which established 03 numbers to help eliminate public confusion over call costs. The 0300 numbers were introduced for the public sector to ensure low cost calls to the public.

The same local people in Lincoln who will be able to offer local advice and deal with your query as quickly and efficiently as possible will answer the calls. The public will still be able to take advantage of the call takers local knowledge, who will know where to direct your call.

The Force Command and Control Centre will transfer you to the person best able to help you - such as an officer at your local police station. But if you need to speak to someone else, and you are not sure where they are based, the call taker is ideally placed to put you through to the person you need to speak to.

An emergency (999) call is defined as any enquiry, that relates to the following
- violence being used or threatened

- a danger to life

- a crime is in progress or an offender has been disturbed

- an injury road collision

- a non-injury road collision


Preventing Doorstep Crime and Distraction Burglary

'Doorstep crime arises from unexpected callers, who may be high pressure sales people, bogus officials, distraction burglars, bogus workmen and rogue traders who, for example, tell you work needs doing and then charge extortionately high prices. Distraction burglary is where one caller keeps you talking or diverts your attention elsewhere while an accomplice sneaks in and steals from you. Both distraction burglary and rogue trading are committed by the same criminal element.

What is a No Cold Calling Zone (NCCZ)? This is an area identified as being one where the residents are deemed to be at risk of Doorstep criminal activity. It can have a high proportion of older residents or contains residents who have been targeted by doorstep criminals in the past.

How can they be set up? Trading Standards will oversee and fund the setting up of the NCCZ, and will work alongside the police and parish council to identify suitable areas. They will assist in the canvassing of the residents, as a majority decision from them is needed before a zone can be set up and at the same time can answer any questions they have regarding the zone. They also supply and fit signs to lampposts signifying the area is a NCCZ and issue every resident in the zone with an information pack and door sticker saying they do not buy from cold callers. We will also supply and fit door chains free of charge where needed. It is good if one of the residents is prepared to act as a co-ordinator and become a point of contact between the residents and Trading Standards / Police

What do NCCZ`s do? They generate a feeling of social cohesion and give residents the confidence and opportunity to collectively say NO to cold callers. They create an interest in the comings and goings of strangers and workmen in the area and generate an acceptable nosy attitude amongst the residents. NCCZ are not designed to stop all callers, regular ones such as Gas and Electric readers, milkmen and your own catalogue or Avon reps should not be deterred. Rogue trading and distraction burglaries are rare in Lincolnshire but when they do occur they can be devastating. Most people who call at your home will be genuine, however some are not, so If In Doubt = Keep Them Out

Pressure Telephone Calls

Recently criminals and unscrupulous businesses, have used pressure sales techniques "cold calling" over the phone to target the vulnerable and elderly people in the community. Some calls may be legitimate, but others have a dishonest intent. Callers may employ a mix of subtle tones and agressive requests to make financial gain, or aquire bank details and other sensative information. Best advice, is to avoid all requests for personal information made over the phone; this is especially important when financial matters arise or bank detail is sought by the caller.

Alcohol, Drugs and Substance Misuse

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“I think my child/friend is drinking too much, what can I do?”

It is normal that if you have spoken to your child/friend that they themselves will not admit the problem. If you do not feel you can do anything more personally then you could contact your local GP who may be able to offer some help. For more information on alcohol related issues the following websites may be of help: www.drinkaware.co.uk & www.alcoholconcern.org.uk

“I think my friend/child is taking drugs, what can I do?”

It might be worth speaking to your friend/child in a tactful calm way or by dropping hints. There is not a lot that anyone else can do unless the person themselves is willing to admit that they have a problem. For more information on drug related issues the following websites may be of help – www.addaction.org.uk & www.talktofrank.com

An excellent website for alcohol and drugs information and support for the families and carers of drug and alcohol users across Lincolnshire is “OASIS” (07900013041) www.drugsupport.co.uk

Looking further afield at recovery from dependancy, Molly Natchek suggests visiting the National Council on Senior's Drug & Alcohol Rehabilitation in Washington DC