Bicker Steam Threshing 2016


Cutting wheat in August for the Bicker steam threshing weekend on Sep 10/11

Bicker Steam Threshing & Classic Car Show is being held at Silver Hill in Bicker on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September from 10.00am each day. This year promises to be bigger, better and with many new attractions.

One of the continuing features of the event is the working Foster threshing machine powered by a traction engine. For this to happen wheat has to be gathered in a more traditional manner before the day – no combine harvester involved. The photograph above shows a Lanz binder operated by Nick Lumby, pulled by a Fiat 90.90 tractor driven by Edgar Bettinson, gathering in the wheat ready for the threshing weekend.

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Lincs East CCG Surveys

From Claire Hornsby, Lincs East CCG Engagement Manager:

Please find attached the Lincolnshire Health and Care Pre- engagement surveys for members of the public to complete.  There are three surveys enclosed below relating to different areas of care.All the views and comments we receive through this will help inform the proposals, alongside the engagement carried out over the past 2 years.  This will be formally shared with the public later this year in the full consultation document.

The surveys are open until 31/08/2016. 

To complete the survey relating to maternity services please click on the link below:

To complete the survey relating to Planned, Urgent and Emergency Care services please click on the link below:

To complete the survey relating to mental health services please click on the link below:

More information about this work and the upcoming public consultation is available on our website:

If you have any questions relating to this, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Telephone 01522 515305
Mobile 07827 956628

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Volunteering Engagement

From: Claire Hornsby

I have been asked to circulate this email to you from Lincolnshire County Council.

 Lincolnshire communities have a proud tradition of volunteering and self-reliance with local people, groups and charitable organisations at the heart of Lincolnshire life; supporting vulnerable neighbours, raising funds, providing advice, guidance and training and so much more. 

 As part of Lincolnshire County Council’s commitment to supporting volunteering, they are seeking views on the type of support that might encourage volunteering and make the volunteering experience an even more positive one. To this end, they have developed three small lists of questions for volunteers, non-volunteers and host organisations.

 Volunteering Host Organisations –



If you have any queries relating to this survey, please email – (cc’d into this email) or telephone – 01522 553729.

The deadline for returning completed survey forms is 22nd July

Kind regards,
Claire Hornsby

Engagement Manager
Lincolnshire East CCG

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Remembering R. B. Machin

The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers (CCCBR) established two Rolls of Honour to commemorate those ringers who fell during the Great War (First World War) and the Second World War. These are on permanent display on the way up to the ringing chamber at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Photographs of the pages can be seen on the  CCCBR website (

Mr Alan Regin, Master of the Bell Ringers Roll of Honour arranged for a full peal of bells to be rung at all the church towers where members of the armed forces rang before they sadly lost their lives in the Great War. The ringing is being done on or as near the day and month as is possible for all those who were from Lincolnshire.

The Great War Roll of Honour lists a bell-ringer from Bicker. His full record describes him  as:

Rifleman Richard Bloodworth Machin, Bicker, Lincoln Diocesan Died 07/06/1916 Age 18 King’s Royal Rifle Corps 21st Bn. Service No. C/12701 RIFLE HOUSE CEMETERY I. B. 7. Son of Richard and Charlotte Machin, of Bicker, Boston. Born Donington, Lincs Enlisted Lincoln Resided Boston, Lincs

Visiting bell-ringers rang a peal taking two hours and forty minutes on 8th June 2016 to remember the sacrifice made by Richard Bloodworth Machin. Bicker Parish Council funded a commemorative wreath on behalf of the parish in memory of Bicker’s former bell-ringer who died in the service of his country 100 years ago.

The photograph above shows the bell ringers with the Chair of Bicker Parish Council, Peter Barnes (on right).


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Consultation – Lincolnshire’s Non-Emergency Patient Transport

We would like to invite you along to an event, to talk to you about the current Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service in Lincolnshire.

At the event, we would like to hear you views on the service, and listen to any thoughts or ideas you have on how the service could be delivered in future.

There will be two events taking place within the NHS Lincolnshire East CCG area:

 Date Place Room Address Directions
9th June, 1pm-4pm County Hospital Louth Thoresby Suite Louth Hospital, High Holme Road, Louth, LN11 0EU
13th June, 9am-12pm Pilgrim Hospital Boston Committee Room 1 Pilgrim Hospital, Sibsey Road, Boston, PE21 9QS

To confirm your attendance please email Andrew Rix:  Or telephone Debbie Evans / Claire Hornsby on  01522 515305.

Why your input is important?
The Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service is paid for by local NHS Commissioners; to provide transport to and from hospital, for people with a medical need.

We are currently in a contract procurement process (to re-purchase the service) and intend to enter into a new contract with a provider in July 2017.

As healthcare commissioners, we would like to involve you in the contract procurement process, so that your opinions can be taken into account when the contract is written.
We would like to hear about your health care needs, how the service can support you to stay healthy, or access the right healthcare service when you need them.  Ultimately, we need to understand what an excellent service would feel like for you.

 What will we do with what you tell us?
We, the commissioners will be the architects, working with a specification provided by the government (as the minimum provision for healthcare).  Your feedback will then be used to ensure that the service works for you.

Who are the NHS Commissioners?
The team who want to talk to you are from NHS Lincolnshire West CCG, who are our neighbouring CCG, and part of the wider team responsible for re-designing the contract for the Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service.

Who else is involved?
The CCGs are working with the current service provider, other NHS commissioners and healthcare providers in developing the contract.

Everyone is working together to provide the best service possible – for you

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Claire Hornsby
Engagement Manager
Lincolnshire East CCG
Quality Team Secure email
Telephone 01522 515305
Mobile 07827 956628

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Donington Library re-opens

Donington library is re opening on Wednesday 16 March as a community venture, manned by volunteers, with some support from Lincolnshire County Council.

Opening times will be:
Weds 1000-1300
Friday 1400-1800
Saturday 1000-1300

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Bicker W.I.

The members of Bicker WI held their AGM on Tuesday 08 March.  10 members attended, with apologies from a further two.  Our President, Mrs Ellis and our Secretary Mrs Dawson, had  that morning attended the WI Spring Council meeting at Springfields, Spalding.  Mrs Ellis gave a resume of the proceedings and described the presentations of the various speakers.  We resolved to collect supplies for the Women’s refuges in Boston and bring them to our May meeting.  We continued with the formal business of the AGM.  Mrs Ellis, Mrs Dawson and Mrs Sheldon were re-elected as President, Secretary and Treasurer respectively.  Mrs Bowler was thanked for her work as programme organiser, a role to which she was re -elected.  Mrs Pallet was elected as Vice- President.  Mrs Hollis is to be our representative on the Village Hall Committee and Mrs Burgess continues as Press Officer. Mrs Hierons stepped down as Vice President and was thanked in her absence for her work in supporting the President.   Finally, arrangements were made for our Spring meal , this year to be at The Robin Hood, Aslackby, on Tuesday 12 April.  We also all signed up to attend the Amber Hill WI birthday party on 14 April.

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