It is with regret that this website will no longer be receiving updated news following Tony Boughen’s departure. Should anyone wish to carry on his sterling work please contact the Parish Clerk 01775820576. Future Parish Council news can be found on

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Swineshead Children’s Centre

Click to enlargeSwineshead Childrens Centre 1Swineshead Childrens Centre 2

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Bicker W.I. excursion

After days of blue skies and sunshine, Tuesday 11 July dawned chilly and wet. However, a cheerful group of WI members set off to enjoy our day out. Our first stop was at the Newfield Dairy Ice Cream Parlour and Cafe near Southwell, Newark. It was not really the weather for ice cream but the Parlour served a wide range of cakes and savouries and the coffee was very good.
We then travelled to The Workhouse at Southwell. The driving rain, wind and generally depressing weather were perhaps the right atmospheric conditions for a visit to such a place. The audio tour was excellent and one could well imagine the lives of those unfortunates who had to live there. However, there was education for the children and the elderly and infirm were looked after. After a light lunch of soup and sandwiches, we travelled home in torrential rain but agreed that it had been a good day out. Thanks to our programme planner, Mrs Bowler, for organising it.

Kate Burgess

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Dog fouling: A message to pet owners from Boston Borough Council

If you walk a dog you have a legal responsibility for cleaning up after it when it defecates. It is your responsibility to clean up – not the responsibility of the parish council, the borough council, the county council…. or anyone else. Everyone knows that, even if they claim not to!

No one wants to see, smell, or worse, step into, a pile of dog poo that an inconsiderate owner has knowingly left behind. Dog faeces present a real health hazard to children in particular – they can cause blindness.

Failing to clean up after your dog in this borough is now punishable by a fine of £100. In fact failing to be able to demonstrate your intention to clean up – producing a poo bag for instance – is now punishable by a £100 fine.

In addition to the borough council’s own enforcement officers the council has now also enlisted the services of a private enforcement company, 3GS. Their uniformed enforcement officers, who are ex-military, will be mounting surveillance in hot-spot areas and after hours, so early morning and after-dark dog walkers can be dealt with. They are equipped to confirm an offender’s identity and issue an on-the-spot fine.

The borough council is happy to accept information which can help deal with offenders, but the public is asked not to put itself at risk of confrontation in obtaining information. Please supply information  such as the name and address of the alleged offender together with a description of them and their dog, the date and time of the offence and the location of the offence, so that we can investigate. All information will be dealt with in strict co

Andrew Malkin,
Communications Manager,
Boston Borough Council
01205 314 308

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Bicker W.I.

The next meeting will be held at 7.30 0n Tuesday 09 May at Bicker Village Hall.  The speaker will be Katy Taylor. Her subject is “Boston Mayflower”. New members are encouraged to join us.
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South East Lincolnshire Local Plan – Final Consultation

If you wish to comment on the above South East Lincolnshire Local Plan you may do so between 10th April and 22nd May – details below in the letter we received from the Local Planning Team.

South East Lincolnshire Local Plan 2011-2036: Publication Version Consultation

Preparation of the South East Lincolnshire Local Plan is almost complete and we will soon be undertaking a final (statutory) round of consultation on the Plan, under Regulations 19 and 20 of the Town and Country Planning (Local Planning) (England) Regulations 2012. We would be grateful if you could publicise this consultation for us in your next parish magazine or newsletter.

The consultation period will run from Monday 10th April to Monday 22nd May 2017 and it will be the last chance for residents to comment on the Local Plan before it is submitted to the Secretary of State in the summer. This consultation will be different to previous ones undertaken in that the comments made must relate to whether the Local Plan is ‘sound’ and complies with legal and procedural requirements. As a consequence there will not be any public exhibitions at village halls as has previously occurred.  A guidance note will be available to view on our website ( from 10th April, which sets out advice on how to respond to the consultation.

We will be publishing a number of documents for consultation including the Publication Version of the Local Plan, the Policies Map, Sustainability Appraisal, Statement of Consultation and other supporting documents. The documents will be available to view on, in the area’s libraries, mobile libraries and the council offices in Boston and Spalding from 10th April.  An online consultation portal (where we would prefer comments to be made) will also be available at from the 10th April.

Comments must be received by 5pm on Monday 22nd May. All comments received will be submitted to the Secretary of State and considered as part of an independent Examination in Public by a Planning Inspector.

For further information, please contact the Local Planning team at or on 01775 764476.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Udy

Forward Planning Officer

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Garden Waste Collections 2017-2018

From Boston Borough Council:

Do you want to be in with a chance of getting your garden waste taken away FOR FREE this coming growing season?

All who registered online for the past season’s collection service will shortly receive an email with details of this year’s arrangements… and the opportunity to qualify as one of ten winners of a completely free service (to the value of £30, equivalent to the annual collection charge for one bin) if they make a direct debit payment agreement.

If you didn’t register online last year, or want the service as a new customer, you can still be included in the draw by sending your email address to providing that you sign up by direct debit. The incentive has been introduced to encourage more to use the easiest, quickest and most economic way for the council to register those who want to take advantage of the service for the coming growing season. Please note this offer is not open to Boston Borough Council employees or its elected members.

The council is keeping the charge for collection, with no increase in 2017 – at £30 for emptying a single bin plus £15 for emptying each additional bin. For those new to the service, or those requiring extra bins, there will be a one-off charge of £25 to buy each bin plus the service charge.

The service will start again on Tuesday, February 28, and run to the end of March, 2018, over 40 weeks (20 fortnightly collections) with a break over the winter period.

 Cllr Michael Brookes, the council’s portfolio holder for waste services, said: “This service is now well established and much appreciated and I want to thank all those who used the service last year. We are offering it again this year without any increase in cost.  “If you have a garden there are good reasons for requesting that the council makes a kerbside collection of your garden waste. While anyone can still take their own garden waste to the Slippery Gowt tip for no charge, the council’s collection service means residents do not have to move dirty waste in their own vehicles.  “You can also contribute to the borough’s green ethos of recycling garden waste into environmentally-friendly compost.”

 You can find out more at  

 Last year’s garden waste collections generated 5,000 tonnes of waste sent for recycling into compost.  Residents are reminded that they must not put garden waste in their green or blue bins. This will contaminate waste bound for the Energy from Waste plant near Lincoln or for recycling. Contaminated bins will not be emptied.

 Contact: Andrew Malkin, Communications Manager Tel 01205 314308.

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Bicker W.I.

Tuesday 10 January saw the annual party thrown by members of Bicker WI in the village hall.  We welcomed WI friends from Amber Hill, Frampton, Heckington, Swineshead and Wyberton Church End. Also joining us were friends from Bicker Ladies Group.  The usual lavish buffet was provided and we were entertained by Nigel and Teri with Tom the caller.
The next meeting of Bicker WI will be held on Tuesday 14 February at 7.30 pm in the village hall. Our speaker will be one of our members, Mrs Sheldon and her subject “Embroidery”

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Disability Listening Event

NHS Lincolnshire East Clinical Commissioning Group would like to invite you to our Disability Listening Event which will be held on 8 December 2016 at the Dower House Hotel, Manor Estate, Woodhall Spa LN10 6PY.

The aim of the event is to talk about access to NHS services for disabled people. The event will also give you the opportunity to discuss the issues/challenges you face as a service user, carer or family member.  We want as many disabled patients, carers and family members to come along to share their personal experiences of healthcare services they have received

The event will begin at 1.00 pm and will finish at around 3.00 pm. If you would like to attend, please either telephone 01522 515308 or email

Engagement Manager, Lincolnshire East CCG

Quality Team Secure email:

Telephone 01522 513355 Ext 5477   Mobile 07827 956628


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