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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, 01673 843841
K.B.Salmon , Mill Lane, Middle Rasen local builder & joiner, 01673 842447
Robin Smith, Brimmer Beck, North Street, LN8 3TS builder & handiman, 01673 842146 or 07810 566303

Bus &Train - BUS Hourly day time bus service between Grimsby and Lincoln. 20 to the hour for Lincoln and 1/2 past the hour for Grimsby. Visit Stagecoach for buses Gainsborough
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.

Citizens Advice Bureau - West Lindsey Citizens Advice Bureau now have an out reach service in this area. Appointments for general advice are available at Market Rasen every Tuesday morning from 10am to 12 noon. To book an appointment please call 01427 810914 (between 9.30am and 1.30pm Monday to Wednesday). There is also a CAB Advice Line which is available Monday to Friday from 10am till 3.30pm – call 08444 004199 (calls are charged at 5pm per minute).

Car Servicing - Park View Motors (MOT centre), Middle Rasen Workshop, LN8 3JS tel 01673 844494; RCH Motors " A46 Truck Stop", Gainsborough Road, Middle Rasen LN8 3JU tel 01673 849913 or 07984 050847

Care Assessments - 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.

Christening Gowns - Little Doves, click christening gowns to view the online site.

Cosmetics - Avon Calling - tel

Doctors - Market Rasen Surgery 01673 843354

Dentist - ring NHS direct, 0845678 for access to a dental service in the region

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 - for the Village Hall click here or contact Rosie Dawson on 01673 842713 and for the Church Hall bookings call Cynthia Bunch on 01673 844661 or click here for more church hall information

Handyman & General Property Maintenance - Robin Smith Brimmer Beck, North Street , Middle Rasen, Market Rasen , LN8 3TS. Garden Maintenance - Extensions & Loft Conversions - Ground Works & Drainage - Garden Walls, Fencing & Driveways - Roofing & Guttering Work - Floor & Wall Tiling - Block Paving & Patios - House Interior & Exterior Painting Tel: 01673 842146 or 07810 566303

Hairdressers - Awaits detail of a service in Middle Rasen

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.ELGO advertises private sales, wants, rentals on-line. 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.

Karate - Friday evenings at the Village Hall

Library Van -2nd and 4th Friday in the month; with a 1st stop in Dovecote: 10.05 - 10.30am, next @ Braemar Close: 10.35 - 10.55am and the last stop is at MR School: 11.00am-12.05

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

Piano Lessons for Adults - If you are a pianist who needs guidance, or you have a piano and would love to play it, or had lessons when you were younger and wish to learn again! Tel: DINAH 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 or send an email to andy.crossroads@pobroadband.co.uk for best advice on local post.

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

Motorcycle Servicing - Awaits detail of a service in Middle Rasen.

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

Samaritans - If you ever feel the need to talk SAMARITANS are here 24 hours & 365 days 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 or read about the ofsted inspected pre- school and toddlergroup in action.

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 - CDL showroom and shop " A46 Truck Stop", Gainsborough Road, Middle Rasen LN8 3 offers tool and plant hire and operated plant hire at competative rates. Telephone 01673 849005 or 07760351090 for prices

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, Middle Rasen Workshop, LN8 3JS tel 01673 844494; RCH Motors " A46 Truck Stop", Gainsborough Road, Middle Rasen LN8

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

Market Rasen Fire Station - 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. They are 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, a shop & so much more

As all you Dr Who fans out there will know, the Tardis, is much bigger on the inside than the outside. This is what Middle Rasen Post Office reminds me of. Not because of its floor space, which isn't very big, but because of the huge range of goods they somehow manage to fit into it. It never ceases to amaze me that no matter what I go in for, often with very little expectation of them having it, I have yet to be disappointed. They always have it in stock. As well as Post Office services, Crossroads Stores sell newspapers, magazines, greetings cards, stationary, beers, wines and spirits, top-ups for mobile phones and a wide range of groceries, you can even buy coal and logs there. How do they do it? Like time travel, it's a mystery. Talking of which, in the Autumn last year the Post Office travelled back in time to become the shop from the popular TV series Open All Hours which starred Ronnie Barker and David Jason as Arkwright and Granville. Andy and Nick dressed up as the two characters for Children in Need and raised £400, thanks to all who supported their sense of fun and charity.

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.

On the Beat

News from our local Community Police Officers

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.

 

New Single Non Emergency Number for the Police

As part of our continuing programme to improve how we provide our services for the public we are introducing a Single Non Emergency Number to contact the Police force. The new number for contacting your Police is 0300 111 0300 .

All of the existing telephone numbers and the new number initially will be running simultaneously for the next few months.

How much does the new number cost?

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

Why has 0300 111 0300 been chosen?

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.

Why are we changing?

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.

Who will be answering the calls to this number?

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.

Can I continue to call my local police station?

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.

What is meant by an emergency call?

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

Alcohol, Drugs and Young People

offers a free helpline and intervention service for people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. Tel: 0345 222 3509 : www.rehab4alcoholism.com

“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

NO COLD CALLING ZONES
What is Doorstep Crime? 'This is crime arising from doorstep 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 Sales
Recently this type of pressure sales technique is being used over the phone and unfortunately, as usual the elderly are being targeted. Primarily it is phone companies trying this method. Some are legitimate companies but employing very aggressive sales techniques and asking for the persons bank details to be given there and then over the phone. IF ANYONE rings and tries to sell you something over the phone, DO NOT agree to buy unless they send you something in writing first. Definitely DO NOT give bank details over the phone.

CONTACT

 

Report a Crime or Incident : 0300 111 0300 (24 hr) CRIMESTOPPERS: 0800 555 111