Helpringham Village Newsletter June 2014

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  • General News

  • Memorial Hall

  • Church News

  • Parish Council

  • Club News

Lincolnshire Energy

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The winners of the 49 Club for weeks 26th April through to 10th May were as follows each winner received £25 all proceeds go to The Memorial Hall 
26th April H. Meekoms
3rd May John West
10th May L Thompson

The mobile library comes to Helpringham on the 4th Friday of the month at 11.45 till 12.15. USE IT OR LOSE IT.


HAVCS are looking for drivers to take patients to hospital and doctor’s surgeries. Do you have a few hours to spare a week to do this worthwhile job? 45p per mile is paid. Contact Richard Higgs on 460027. The voluntary car scheme is for patients who do not have access to a car of their own or are unable to drive due to illness. The telephone, 460809, is operated from 8.30 am to 10 am Monday to Friday and there is an answer phone service after 10 am. Do not ring the drivers.

What is CallConnect Bus Service?                                                    

CallConnect is a unique bus service whose timetable is not fixed but responds to passenger requests. This means its routes are different each day depending on the bookings made by passengers.  Journey requests can be made by telephone, online or by SMS text message. The service is designed to improve transport opportunities in rural communities and some market towns where there is an infrequent conventional bus services.                                                                                                 

 Who can use CallConnect?                                                              
Everyone! All are welcome to use the service regardless of age or status. You can use the service as frequently as required for anything from shopping or travelling to work or school to a social event or medical appointment. Even if you are on holiday in Lincolnshire and need a bus, contact our booking office and find out how we can help you.                        

How do I book a journey?                                                                      
You can book a CallConnect journey by calling our booking team on 0845 234 3344. When requesting a bus journey, have your membership number and journey details ready. You can also submit your travel requests online or via SMS text messages. You can make a booking up to seven days in advance. You can also request same-day journeys but please give a minimum of one hour’s notice. All bookings are subject to availability.    

The amount you pay to travel depends on your journey. Each service area is divided into zones – the further you travel, the more you pay. Booking office staff can tell you the cost of your journey so that you can have the correct fare ready. Children aged under 5 travel free with an accompanying adult. If you hold a valid concessionary bus pass due to age or disability, you can use it on CallConnect buses. Passes issued outside Lincolnshire are accepted during off-peak travel (after 9.30am).                

Opening and Operating Times                                                      
CallConnect operates 7am-7pm, Monday-Friday, and 8am-6pm on Saturdays. Details of any local variations are available from the booking office. The booking office is open from 8.30am-7pm, Monday-Friday; 8.30am-5pm on Saturday; and closed Sundays and Bank Holidays.          

Need a little help?                                                                                   
Our vehicles are fitted with low-floor steps and tail-lifts to ensure they are as easy as possible for everyone to use. Wheelchair users must inform us of the make and model to ensure it meets our safety standard of being impact-tested. Travel in a wheelchair is subject to availability and approval.

Memorial Hall News

The Memorial Hall is now looking good as Committee members and our new neighbours have been working on the exterior of the building and hedges. Look out for more improvements as we make them. We are always pleased to hear from any of you who would like to help with the maintenance and upkeep of the Memorial Hall, as there are always jobs to be done.
This month sees our AGM on Monday 2nd at 7.00pm. and our Quiz Night on Saturday 7th at 7.30pm.
Looking forward to July, on Saturday 12th we will be holding our Summer Fair and hoping the sun shines as we intend to use the garden and gazebo. Stalls are still available so contact Laraine if you would like one.
Don’t forget you can book the Memorial Hall for all your functions. Our new hire charges for clubs on weekdays are the Main Hall £7.00 per hour. For private hirers, or weekends £12.00 per hour and £140 for the whole day. The cost of hiring the Conference Room remains the same at £6.00 per hour. Additional charges use of the kitchen £10.00, use of the Bar £10.00 and £20.00 for use of our alcohol licence.
To book contact Mick on 421853 or Laraine on 421110.

The Memorial Hall is there for everyone, so please support the events we hold.


Mon. 2nd  


1.30. p.m.
7.00. p.m.


Arts and Crafts
Sequence Dancing Beginners

1.30. p.m.
7.00. p.m.

Wed. 4th

South Lincs Shadows Music Club

7.30. p.m.

Thurs. 5th

Sequence Dancing Improvers

6.00. p.m.

Fri. 6th

Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.



7.30. p.m.

Mon. 9th


1.30. p.m.

Tues. 10th

Arts and Crafts
Sequence Dancing Beginners

1.30. p.m.
7.00. p.m.

Wed. 11th

Petticoat Club
Parish Council

7.30. p.m.
7.30. p.m.

Thurs. 12th

Lunch Club
Sequence Dancing  Improvers

6.00. p.m.

Fri. 13th  

Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.

Mon. 16th


1.30. p.m.

Tues. 17th    

Arts and Crafts
Sequence Dancing Beginners

1.30. p.m.
7.00. p.m.


Sequence Dancing Improvers
History Society

6.00. p.m.
7.30. p.m.

Fri. 20th   

Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.

Sun. 22nd

Private Party Conference Room

1.00. p.m.

Mon. 23rd  


1.30. p.m.

Tues. 24th

Arts and Crafts
Sequence Dancing Beginners

1.30. p.m.
6.00. p.m.

Wed. 25th

Gardening Club

7.30. p.m.

Thurs. 26th

Lunch Club
Sequence Dancing Improvers

6.00. p.m.

Fri. 27th

Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.

Mon. 30th


1.30. p.m.

To Hire the Hall for all your functions, weekday rates are £7.00 per hour for clubs and £12.00 per hour for fund raising and weekends, plus £10.00 for use of kitchen and £10.00 for use of Bar.
Hire of the Conference Room £6.00 per hour.
Daily Hire of complete Hall £140.00 (Refundable deposit of £50 may be required)
These prices include heating or air conditioning. For Bookings please telephone Mick on 421853 or Laraine on 421110.

Enquiries re Baptism, weddings etc. should be made to The Reverend Chris Harrington on 01529 460904.
For other Church queries in Helpringham please contact John West on 421871



In April, I had five days away at Berwick on Tweed, however was unable to see the beautiful Northumbria countryside because for three days the land was covered in a thick blanket of sea mist. When up in that part of the country I like to visit the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. If the tide times are in my favour I can usually get across for the 8am service of Holy Communion at St Mary's church a couple of times in the week. It is a lovely old church which is built next to the Priory ruins and overlooks Cuthbert's Island, to where the ancient Bishop of Linisfarne would escape for peace and quiet when the tide came in. He eventually moved to the Farne Islands as even here he kept getting disturbed by the other monks when he simply wanted to be alone with God. As I drove across to Lindisfarne this time it was like driving on another planet, as the sea mist made the flat terrain of the sea bed look quite mysterious almost other worldly. I was reminded that the Celtic saints like Cuthbert and Aiden, from whom the island gets it 'holy' status, used to consider such places 'thin places' where the distance between heaven and earth seems strangely thin and it seems easier to commune with God. There is something very special and sacred about Holy Island and its church, and I do somehow feel closer to the divine presence of Christ there. It may be of course because I have taken the effort to 'come away' and sought to draw closer to God, that God draws closer to me, just as the apostle James promises in his New Testament letter (James 4:8). However we don't always have to visit such places to experience the presence of God after all "in Him we live and move and have our being". Just as there are 'thin places' there can also be 'thin times' in our lives. However, like Jesus's mysterious resurrection appearances we never know when they are going to happen. But when they do it's like when the Sun suddenly breaks through the mist or rain clouds and shafts of light stream down it's as if a curtain has been pulled back in heaven and God's glory pokes through into our world and suddenly our lives are lit up with the glory of God.
Some, of course only need to step out into their gardens to feel closer to God, and there are good Biblical precedents for that too. It's at this time of year that we all start to think about holidays and getting a break and what better time when the hours of daylight are at their longest. If you are feeling a bit stressed at present why not take the time to visit a lovely garden, there are lots open at this time of year, (Heckington Open Gardens is on Sunday 22nd June from 2pm starting at the church).
Family Service
Last month as part of the St Andrew's Helpringham new pattern of services at 11am every Sunday we had our first family service, it was very informal in style with us thinking about one of the famous 'I am' sayings of Jesus - I am the gate (or door). It was very informal with a few songs on the guitar and the children taking part doing the readings and writing their own prayers. We hope to welcome more families this month on 8th June at 11am. All are welcome.
Swaton Show
As its Swaton Vintage Day on Sunday 29th June and many of our church members are helping at the show there will be no church service that Sunday.
Concerts in June
The local community choir 'The Heckington Singers' are performing at St Andrew's Church Heckington on Saturday 14th June at 7.30pm. Tickets are numbered for seating purposes and are £7 each which includes a glass of Pimms & nibbles. They're available from Jo (469140). First come first served so don't miss out on a great evening.
  Rev Chris 

1st JUNE
9.30am Great Hale (Holy Communion) Rev David Woods
11am Heckington (Holy Communion + Baptism) Rev Chris
11am Helpringham (Holy Communion) Rev David Woods
6pm Scredington (Evensong) Rev Chris

8th JUNE
9.30am Scredington (Holy Communion) Rev Chris
11am Heckington (Morning Praise) Andrew Key
11am Helpringham (Family Service) Rev Chris
11am Swaton (Morning Praise) Wendy
11am Great Hale (Informal Family Service) Christine
6pm Helpringham (Evensong) John/Karen

15th JUNE
9.30am Burton (Holy Communion) Rev Chris
11am Heckington (Holy Communion) Rev Chris
11am Helpringham (Morning Praise) John/Karen

22nd JUNE
9.30am Swaton (Holy Communion) Rev Chris
11am Heckington (Holy Communion) Rev David Woods
11am Helpringham (Holy Communion) Rev Chris
11am Scredington (New Morning Service) Penny
6pm Great Hale (Songs of Praise) Rev Chris

29th JUNE
9.30am Asgarby (Holy Communion) Rev Chris
11am Heckington (Healing Service) Rev Chris
Note - No service today at Helpringham due to Swaton Show

****NOTE***** These are contemporaneous notes, subject to scrutiny and ammendment, to be adopted as minutes at the next meeting.


PRESENT:, Cllr Mr G. Hotchkin(Chairman), Cllr. Mrs A. Bourne, Cllr. Mr R. Spencer,
Cllr Mr M. Robinson, Cllr Mr Wm. Watts, District Cllr Mr S. Ogden, District Cllr Mrs S. Tarry.
IN ATTENDANCE: Mrs J.M. Bleach, Clerk to Helpringham Parish Council
No members of the public attended to use  Public Speaking Time which commenced at 7.35pm.
The meeting was quorate at 7.40pm

  1. Welcome by the Chairman

The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting.

  1. Apologies for Absence

Apologies were received from Cllr Mr P. Johnson and Cllr Mrs J. Frizzell both citing other commitments.

  1.  Declarations of Interest and to Receive Written Requests for New Disclosable Pecuniary Interest Dispensations.

Cllr Mr M. Robinson declared an interest in Item 7 Planning Matters a. 14/0394/HOUS.

  1. Notes of the last meeting held on Wednesday 9 April 2014 to be approved as the minutes.

The draft minutes, which had been previously circulated, were reviewed and it was then proposed by Cllr. Mrs A. Bourne and seconded by Cllr Mr M. Robinson that they be accepted as a true record of the meeting held on Wed 9 April 2014. Unanimously agreed by all present. The Minutes were then signed off by the Chairman.

  1. Clerk’s Report on Matters Outstanding
  2. Parish Council Noticeboard – Update

£300 has now been credited to the Parish Council’s Treasurers Account from LCC Big Society Fund due to the recommendation provided by County Cllr. B. Young. It appears on the April Bank Statement.
As requested the Clerk contacted NKDC and spoke to the Duty Planning Officer in the absence of the Conservation Officer. He was of the opinion that there was no restriction on the construction type for the Parish Council Noticeboard replacement.

  1. Parish Paths Partnership(P3) - School Lane Footpath Grant 2012-2013 –Update

The Clerk reported that the final payment of £45 from LCC to complete this award had now been banked in the Parish Council’s Treasurer’s Account. It appears on the April Bank Statement.

  1. Tree Inspection and Report – Final Version

The Clerk reported that the inspector had been most helpful in clarifying the High St. Cemetery Tree Map and had also tidied up the Schedule for the High St. Cemetery and added the LCC Tree Officer’s comments on two of the trees on the Green. The Clerk had printed off three copies of the final version. One was available at the meeting, one had been given to Cllr Bourne and the third was in the Tree File held by the Clerk. After considering the Village Green map associated with the Report a discussion took place relating to a tree which had had to be removed, because of disease, between the War Memorial and the corner nearest to the Church. It was then proposed by Cllr Robinson and seconded by Cllr Bourne that a replacement be planted in the form of an English Oak. Cllr Robinson also offered to source and site the tree. Agreed by all present. Cllr Robinson was thanked for undertaking this task.
Action: Cllr Robinson.
Finally the Clerk reported that as she would be leaving post at the end of May 2014 she would provide her successor with an outline agenda for June which would include, as an agenda item, consideration of which noticeboard to order. Consideration of contractors’ quotes for the tree work identified in the schedules attached to the Tree Report would also be an agenda item. She would also try to provide the Parish Paths Partnership with a proposal for 2014-2015 before the end of May.
The Clerk also said that she had enjoyed working with the councillors for the last year and that but for work pressures she would not have resigned. She wished the Parish Council continued success in their endeavours on behalf of the Parish.

  1. Annual Parish Meeting  

No items brought forward for consideration.

  1. Planning Matters

Planning Applications received:

  1. Planning Application Ref: 14/0395/HOUS- A proposal to erect a single storey extension with roof terrace over and alterations to vehicular access to provide on-site turning area at 22 The Green, Helpringham.(Circulated prior to the meeting)

After discussion it was proposed by Cllr Bourne and seconded by Cllr Hotchkin that the application be supported. Agreed by all. Action: Clerk.
Planning Application Ref: 14/0394/HOUS– A proposal to erect a single storey side and rear extension at 42 George St., Helpringham. (Circulated prior to the meeting)
After discussion it was proposed by Cllr Bourne and seconded by Cllr Hotchkin that the application be supported. Agreed by all. (Cllr Robinson, having declared an interest in this application at Item 3 took no part in the discussions or voting.) Action: Clerk.

  1. Planning Matters received after the date of this agenda


  1. Planning Appeal APP/R2520/A/14/2214353 – proposal for erection of a two storey detached dwelling and detached triple garage on land adjacent to Knott Hall, 25 Station Road, Helpringham, Helpringham. The Clerk reported that the  Appeal had started but nothing on Planning Inspectorate Website to date. Letter(3 copies) had been sent on behalf of Helpringham PC on 16 April 2014.  Documents relating to the Appeal had been circulated prior to tthe meeting. Noted
  2. Notification of Intended Works to Trees within a Conservation Area

Application to fell conifers x 5 at 10 The Green, Helpringham, Sleaford, NG34 0RJ.(Circulated prior to the meeting)
A fter discussion it was proposed by Cllr Bourne and seconded by Cllr Hotchkin that the application be supported. Agreed by all. Action: Clerk

  1. Approvals

Notification of Intended Works to Trees within a Conservation Area
Application to fell 11 x trees of various species at 22 The Green, Helpringham, Sleaford, NG34 0RJ. Approved

  1. Refusals

None to date

  1. Correspondence

Lincolnshire County Council
15/4/14 – via LALC LCC News Release re Pedestrian crossing approval on A15 at Northorpe. Circulated to all. Noted.
14/4/14 – Notification of payment of Big Society Grant into Treasurers Account(Noticeboard project) Noted
North Kesteven District Council
15 to 22 April 2014 -email trail re site meeting at School Lane to discuss render choices. Cllr Hotchkin(Parish Council) and Mr Connor(for residents) will attend. Arranged for 2pm Tue 6 May 2014. Reported on in Chairman’s Report(Item 9) Noted
22/4/14 – by email- What’s on in May 2014. Circulated and available at meeting. Noted
24/4/14 – by email - re Information request on Open spaces and fixed play facilities in village from Community Initiatives Officer NKDC. Circulated for comment and response emailed back to NKDC.  Noted
General Correspondence
12/4/14 – by post – Letter from a resident with enclosures re Game Farm development – Helpringham Fen. Circulated to all councillors with pack of documents for information. Noted
16/4/14 – by email – From Cogitamous re Invitation to next Network Rail GNGE Key Stakeholder meeting 3 June 2014.
It was agreed that, as before, Cllr Hotchkin would attend.
17/4/14 – by email- from Helpringham Mem. Hall Committee. Letter re increases in hire charges from 1May 2014. Circulated to all but should be noted that no increase in Conference Room hire charge. Noted
22/4/14 – by email – from LALC re training opportunities for councillors and clerks. Circulated to all. Cllr Bourne said that she would attend two training sessions, 30 June 2014 – Councillors Training and 10 September 2014 – Burials.
22/4/14 – by email – from NHS Lincolnshire re re-visit of CQC to inspect Trust. Circulated to all.  Noted
22/4/14 – by email – Central Lincolnshire Local Plan Newsletter.Circulated to all. Noted
25/4/14 – by email via LALC – NALC financial Briefings re New Employment Allowance and changes to Statutory Sick Pay refund arrangements. Circulated to all. Noted
30/4/14 – by email – Information relating to South East Lincs Local Plan. Circulated to all. Noted
5/5/14 – by email – Information re Launch of Central Lincs Local Plan Drop –in session 5/6/14. Circulated to all.
The Chairman said that he would try to attend the drop-in session.
6/5/14 – by email – via LALC re Maintenance Co-operatives Project . Circulated to all and Helpringham PCC. Noted
Memorial Hall Minutes – received by hand Minutes for Mon. 14 April 2014.  Noted
Additions to Item 8 General Correspondence – late correspondence received.
9 May 2014 -13 May 2014  Email bundle of correspondence between a resident  and LCC re NKDC School Lane development  (Circulated prior to meeting)  Noted
9 May 2014 – by email  Documents  re Central Lincolnshire Local Plan  for checking and amendment if necessary. Circulated.
The spreadsheet supplied was discussed and several amendments were noted as needing making. The Clerk was asked to forward these amendments to the originators.     Action: Clerk.

  1. Chairman’s Report

The Chairman reported that he had attended a further meeting on 6 May 2014 on site at School Lane to discuss a further render sample for the external finish of the NKDC properties to be built on land at School Lane which had been provided by NKDC architects. A representative for the affected School Lane residents was also present as was District Cllr Mrs Woodman who is the Chairman of the Lafford Planning Committee of NKDC. The colour of the new sample was a lighter brick colour  than the previous sample picked by the residents. Their representative was happy with the new sample and the Chairman said that he had therefore also agreed as the Parish Council felt that the wishes of the residents should be paramount. He also  reported that the architects present at the meeting did not seem to favour the colour. When asked, District Cllr Ogden, who had also been present along with District Cllr Tarry, said that he thought the latest sample would be adopted. 
8.00 District Cllrs Tarry and Ogden left the meeting

  1. Vice Chairman’s Report

None at this meeting.

  1. Cemetery Matters

The main matter for discussion was a review of current charges for services in the Parish Council cemeteries. Cllr Bourne handed around examples of charges at nearby cemeteries and after discussion it was proposed by Cllr Robinson and seconded by Cllr Watts that the following increases be approved and adopted.
Reservation of Burial Rights  Residents  £75               Non-Residents   £150
Plot                                          Residents £75              Non-Residents   £150
Interment                                 Residents £40              Non-Residents   £80
Headstone, Additional Inscription and Inscribed Vase would remain at the present level.
Unanimously agreed by all present.
Further discussion centred around the the definition of resident particularly those who have been resident but have had to move into a Nursing or Residential Home. It was then proposed by Cllr Robinson and seconded by Cllr Spencer that the following be added to Helpringham Parish Council  Cemeteries Rules and Regulations.

  1. Any parishioner who has reserved a plot before they leave the Parish will still be classed as a resident when charges for any future services required are made.
  2. Any parishioner who has had to  move into a Residential or Nursing Home will still be classed as a resident when  charges for any future services required are made.

Unanimously agreed by all present.
The Clerk was asked to amend the Rules and Regulations document accordingly and to put the document on the June agenda for final adoption.                       Action: Clerk
Council moved into Private Session

  1. Recruitment of new Parish Clerk

The Chairman reported that two applications had been received by the closing date 12 May 2014. It was agreed, after scrutiny of the forms, to interview both candidates, at a date and time to be arranged, during the week commencing Monday 19 May 2014. The interview panel would comprise Cllr Bourne and Cllr Robinson. Cllr Bourne would contact the candidates to arrange the interview date and times.The Clerk would then confirm the arrangements by email.              Action: Cllr Bourne and Clerk
Council moved out of Private Session

  1. Financial Matters
  2. Financial Report

The Monthly Financial Statement which had been previously circulated and the April 2014 bank statements were presented for scrutiny. It was proposed by Cllr Robinson and seconded by Cllr Watts that they be accepted as correct. All present were in agreement and they were duly signed off by the Chairman, Cllr Hotchkin.

  1. To resolve on payments to be made in May 2014 inc any invoices received after date of this agenda:

                Cheque No.                Amount                        Payee                                                                  Relating To:
 001496                         £500                      Helpringham Memorial Hall                         Grant for 2014-2015
001497                         £100                   Sleaford & District  CAB                                  Donation for 2014-2015
001498                         £500                  St Andrew’s Parish Church, Helpringham   Grant for 2014-2015
001499                         £500                  Helpringham Playing Fields  Committee       Grant for 2014-2015
001500                         £146.97             J.M. Bleach                                                        Clerk’s Salary April 14
001501                         £32.09               J.M. Bleach                                                        Clerk’s Expenses Apr 14
001502                          £192.00             Rick Webster – Ground Maintenance Ltd    Grass cutting March 2014
001503                     £576.88               Broker Network Ltd         Insurance Premium 2014-15 (Approved by resolution at  Annual Meeting prior to this meeting. Item 11)
001504                          £130.00             Denise Gascoyne Business Services             Internal Audit Fee  
Late Submission
001505                          £87.04        Photostatic Copiers(East) Ltd          Quarterly metered p/Copy charge to 1-05-14
After the invoices were scrutinised it was proposed by Cllr Robinson and seconded by Cllr Watts that they be approved and the cheques signed. Agreed by all present. The cheques were duly signed and the invoices initialled by Cllr Hotchkin and Cllr Bourne.                   Action:Clerk

  1. VAT Reclaim

The Clerk reported that the completed paperwork for the outstanding Vat for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 had been posted to HMRC for approval and payment. The amount to be returned to the Treasurers Account in due course would be £1285.22.

  1.  Review of Effectiveness of Internal Audit - Statement of Assurance

The Clerk, Cllr Johnson, the Responsible Financial Officer, and the Internal Auditor had reviewed the Internal Audit process for 2013-2014 on 18 April 2014. A Statement of Assurance had been prepared by the Clerk and the RFO following the Review. The paper had been circulated prior to the meeting and after some discussion it was proposed by Cllr Hotchkin and seconded by Cllr Bourne that the Council were assured of the robustness of the processes. Agreed by all. It was noted that the present Internal Auditor Mrs Denise Gascoyne had been appointed for a further year during the Annual meeting of the Parish Council prior to this meeting.

  1. Internal Audit – consideration of written comments from the Internal Auditor

The Internal Auditor in her letter to the Chairman at the end of the Internal Audit process said that she had signed off Section 4 of the Annual Return and that she only had a couple of queries. The first concerned Vat  for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 which has now been reclaimed as reported at Item 13c.  She also stated that  there were variances over 15% on Income and Expenditure when compared to 2012-2013 figures and attached what she believed were the explanations. It was explained that the variances were a 23.72% increase in income and a reduction in expenditure of 17.69%. The Clerk and RFO had also provided further explanations from scrutiny of the accounts which reduced the variances to a very acceptable level – Income 6.56% and Expenditure 3.35%. The explanations would be considered and resolved upon at Item 13 f. Finally, as the Internal Auditor suggested, the Clerk had provided a new format Asset Register which had been approved and adopted during the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council prior to this meeting(Item 10 – Annual Meeting of Helpringham Parish Council 14-05-14)

  1. External Audit – Annual Return 2013-2014 Sections 1 and 2 and associated completed forms for approval.

All councillors were given copies of Section 1 and Section 2 and the completed forms required by the external Auditors –Grant Thornton. (Bank Reconciliation for Year Ended 31 March 2014 for both Parish Council Accounts, Identification of Variances requiring Explanation, Explanations of Significant Variances for Box 3-Income and Box 6 – Expenditure. After scrutiny of, and discussion about Section 1 and Section 2 of the Annual Return for 2013-2014 it was proposed by Cllr Robinson and seconded by Cllr Bourne that both Section 1 –Annual Accounting Statements 2013/2014 and Section 2 – Annual Governance Statement 2013/2014 be signed off as approved by Council by the Chairman Cllr Hotchkin. Unanimously agreed by all present. Cllr Hotchkin signed both Sections and the Clerk also signed Section 2 as required.
The Council then scrutinised and considered the completed forms listed above. After discussion it  was proposed by Cllr Robinson and seconded by Cllr Bourne that the forms were a correct reflection of the Financial Records  of Helpringham PC and should be approved as such by Council. Unanimously agreed by all present. Each form was then signed and dated by Cllr Hotchkin.

  1. Precept 2014-2015

It was noted that the Precept for 2014-2015 of £8626.00 and Grant of £1141.07 making a total of £9767.07 had been received from NKDC into the Parish Council Treasurers Account.

  1. Scottish Power – latest Invoice 22 April 2014  – actual use.  Noted
  2. Letter from Lloyds Bank re Change to Account Name(BIA A/c) and Terms and Conditions(Treasurer’s Account)


  1. Discussion of Matters from Public Speaking. 


  1. Matters of Urgency (urgent items not requiring an immediate resolution may be brought to the meeting’s attention)


  1. Date of Next Meeting and items for June Agenda

It was noted that the next monthly meeting would be held on Wednesday 11 June 2014.

There being no further business the Chairman closed the meeting at 9.10pm

Helpringham Vitality CLASS Needs YOU!

Vitality is a Lincolnshire based programme of exercise and movement to music classes for the over 60’s, subsidised by Lincolnshire County Council and approved by the NHS.

The classes focus on having fun with gentle seated and standing exercises set to music that aim to increase flexibility and strength whilst also improving posture and coordination.

Vitality is for men and women who want to exercise in a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere at low cost. Whatever your ability, our experienced, qualified instructor will make sure you exercise safely and have fun.

Helpringham Vitality takes place on Mondays between 1.30pm – 2.30pm at the Memorial Hall. 

There’s no need to book, just come along.  Your first class is FREE, then costs just £3.00 per class or £9.00 per month. Refreshments are provided after class.

It’s a great way to exercise and you’ll receive a warm welcome as well as feeling full of vitality afterwards. So come along and join us!

For more information call Vitality on 01529 411194 or see our website



A well-attended meeting in May, thankfully everyone was fit after the bout of illnesses last month.

It was nice to see some new members who came along to see what the club was about. They had not played for some time and the music rekindled old memories for them. They left smiling, intent on bringing their guitars and playing next time.

It was also nice to see that the lighter evenings had brought some returning members from farther afield.
All in all it was a very pleasant evening with, as always, some great playing and great music.

Meetings are held at the Memorial Hall on the first Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. Light refreshments are provided.
The next meeting is on Wednesday 4th June.
If you like the guitar music of The Shadows why not pop along and see (and hear) what it is about.

Dave Moore.


At our May meeting, members were treated to an interesting and informative presentation by Ruth Amelia of St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice.  
Many myths were dispelled about the movement as Ruth explained that since the early days in 1982 St Barnabas had grown especially in the last ten years so that it now provides support and care for all those with life limiting illnesses and their careers and families, in a variety of ways. An In-Patient Unit, Day Therapy, Hospice at Home and a Welfare service have cared for over 7866 people of Lincolnshire, in 2013.All this funded by shops, their lottery, voluntary contributions and fund raising activities., and made possible by the professional palliative care specialists and the one thousand volunteers.
By the end of the evening members had a greater appreciation of all of the work of the hospice movement and had learnt of the plans for the future in our county.

Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 11th June at 7.30pm. when Laraine Wright will be telling us all about the many and varied causes of the First World War, in this the centenary year of the outbreak of the conflict that was to change the world.
Everyone is welcome.


In April members enjoyed a delightful talk about the National Garden Scheme given by Susie Dean who is about to retire as President of the Lincolnshire Section. She held everyone's attention from the start when she announced that she was actually born in a castle!
Her grandparents had bought a fairly ruined place and made a comfortable home within it. Her mother, her sister and herself lived there during the war with the grandparents and it was from there that she learned her gardening skills.
Of course it was much later in her life when she had left Scotland and moved to Lincolnshire when she was asked to help organise the Lincs; section of the Garden Scheme. Anyone can show their garden provided that there is enough of interest to keep visitors there for 45millutes. All proceeds go to Charities, especially nursing and gardening charities.
£2.1 million was raised last year!
Next month members will take their cars to Market Deeping to visit a garden centre with exotic plants -
The next meeting in the Memorial Hall will be on
Junee 25th at when Andrew Sankey will talk about “Rethinking Your Garden”.
Come and join us!
Tea and coffee always provided.


The Society would like to thank all those who helped with the exhibition Remembrance Sunday 10th November, remembering our War heroes and celebrating the life of women and all who served at home during wartime.

for information please telephone Laraine on 421110 or Julie on 421265. We look forward to hearing from you.