Bicker W.I. news

Bicker WI held their regular monthly meeting at 7.30 pm on tuesday 11 October.  11 members were present.  Our speaker was Mr Alan Grey MBE who told us about his experiences as a Wimbledon Umpire.  His was a very entertaining and informative presentation.  We made initial plans for our New Year party and decided on the venue for our Christmas lunch.  On 28 September , several members had attended the Warmth and Waste day organised by the WI public affairs committee .  All agreed that it had been a very informative day and we are all now much clearer about how we sort our household waste and recycling.  Our next meeting will be on Tuesday 08 November, speaker Miss Sharon Kirk “Experience of being an author an surveyor”.

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Armed Forces Covenant Survey

As you may be aware The Armed Forces Covenant is a national pledge to ensure that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated with fairness and respect in the community.

 We wish to seek the views of both the local community and military community to establish locally the level of awareness of the national Armed Forces covenant within Lincolnshire.

 To enable us to do this we have developed a short survey which can be accessed via the web link provided below.

 Armed Forces Covenant Survey

https://snapsurveys. snapwebhost/s.asp?k= 147307462110

 Please feel free to forward to any colleague or other members of the community, including those who have no connection of the armed forces.

 The survey will close on Friday 30th September 2016.

We appreciate your feedback.

 Thanks in advance,

Jenny Devlin
Community Advisor – Community Engagement (Public Health)
South Kesteven, South Holland & Boston

Tel: 01522 552730
M: 07786028881
E: uk
Public Health, Lincolnshire County Council, Room 11, 15/17 The Avenue, Lincoln, LN1 1PD


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Bicker W. I. at Steam Threshing

Mrs Sonia Pallett, our Vice President, proposed that we should set out our stall at the Bicker Threshing weekend 10/11 September. The Gazebo tent and information leaflets were ordered from the Federation Office and were ready to be set up on the Saturday. including nearly a dozen potential new members.

After a week of good warm weather, Saturday brought rain all day so the stand was erected in really adverse conditions! However, as will be seen from the photograph below, the end result was eye catching and very professional. Sunday brought sunshine and blue skies and the stand attracted a good number of visitors, including nearly a dozen potential new members. Mrs Pallett was assisted by other members of our WI, all resplendent in WI aprons which covered our summer outfits. We do hope to welcome some new members at our next meeting on 13 September.

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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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