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The next meeting is to be held on Tuesday 20th February 2018 public forum at 7.20pm followed by Council Meeting at 7.30pm.
Read ...... Middle Rasen Parish Council's News, including a new leisure centre, funding for the village hall, road improvements on the A46 and local crime. ......or......Learn about the role of parish councils in small communities ...or ......send an email to the Parish Council ...or ......see planning fee increase

Local Road Closures....... click here

West Lindsey - Remuneration Panel ....... WLDC are looking for two members for the independent Remuneration Panel , which is responsible for making recommendations to the authority about the allowances to be paid to members. They are looking for people who are not directly involved with the council to make certain that the work of the panel is fair, open and ... click here

"Keep Britain Tidy"

If you remember the slogan "Keep Britain Tidy" (or dont) please take part in a "Litter Pick" on Saturday 7th April. We meet at 10.30am at 12 Naylor's Drive to collect litter picking tools and bags. Routes will be agreed according to the number of volunteers but Sand Lane, Gallamore Lane and Gainsborough Road always need doing.

Residents do go out and pick areas near them, that is why some areas of the village are kept tidy and without them our village would look considerably worse.

Please come and help for an hour or two. You could drive to some of the routes and pick a bag of rubbish within 100 yards of your car. Last week Liz Ingram collected several bags of rubbish down Sand Lane , so lets hope its an easy route on the 7th!

I look forward to seeing you ....... Gail Dennis

The Middle Rasen Parish

Middle Rasen is situated in the district of West Lindsey in the county of Lincolnshire, about 16 miles north east of Lincoln in the lea of the Lincolnshire Wolds. Although the village is mainly contained to the north of the A631, sitting astride the river Rase, the Parish is much larger covering 3622 acres.

The middle settlement between East Rasen, now known as Market Rasen, and West Rasen, it was the most important village of the three in the latter part of the Middle Ages. Indeed much of the northern area of Market Rasen town is in Middle Rasen Parish.
Historic Middle Rasen .......
Middle Rasen's Past, Present and Future ..........

Pub Quiz & Charity Walk

Richard Harries is holding a General Knowledge QUIZ at the Nags Head Pub, Middle Rasen on Friday 23rd February at 7.30pm. Entry is £ 3.00per person. Do go along and have some fun & help him raise funds for the GLOBAL ANGELS Charity!

Now click through to see how Richard Harries will walk from John O'groats to Lands End in support of GLOBAL ANGELS

Middle Rasen Charity Gala Dinner 2018

This year the dinner is on Saturday 21 st April at Middle Rasen Village Hall 7pm for 7.30pm. Our chosen charities are Action for Children (Lincoln) supporting vulnerable children and The Health Tree Foundation, Rear into Gear appeal raising £ 200,000 for state of the art keyhole surgery equipment to treat patients with bowel cancer and bowel related illnesses. The theme for the evening is "Celebrating all things Lincolnshire" inclusive of a Lincolnshire produce based menu, a Lincolnshire Quiz and entertainment by local group Harmony. Please ring Valerie 01673 843661 for tickets, same price as last year £ 8.50. Middle Rasen Charity Gala Committee.


If you would like to remember a loved one in a special way, Middle Rasen Parish Church are offering to purchase an Arum lily on your behalf for a donation to the Church. The lilies will be displayed in Church at Easter along with a gift card written by you (If you wish) to remember your loved one! Please contact Joyce Rhodes on 01673 842877 to order your lily by 14th March


Over three Sundays in March, 4th, 18th and 25th, a choir is being put together to perform Stainer's Crucifixion. The rehearsals will be field at 'Holy Rood Catholic Church', Market Rasen, between 2 and 4pm. The performance will be held at the Church on Sunday 25th March at 5pm. Do come along and join in. There will be no auditions, so everyone is welcome! Come along and enjoy the singing in the beautiful setting of 'Holy Rood' If you don't want to sing, do come along and listen to the performance. It will be memorable'


Middle Rasen Church Hall have restarted games afternnons on the 4th Thursday in each month. We already have a small but dedicated group, but with more people we can play more games.
At the moment, some of us are learning to play chess (or play chess better!), and another popular game is Triominos, which is like dominos but more intricate. Scrabble, snakes and ladders, cluedo and boggle appear regularly on our tables as well. Entry is free and refreshments are provided. Next meeting is 1.30-3.30 Thursday 25th January 2018. Details from Rosemary 01673 842913.


For more information ring Rich or Sue Wright on 01673 885451 or email or Ann Veal on 01673 842581 or email . SHORT MAT winter sessions are on Mondays and Thursdays at the village hall. Contact Ann Veal above.

The Nags Head

nags head public house middle rasen

Our friendly village Pub/ Restaurant
Food served daily from 12 noon until 8.30pm
Wednesday is our fish and chip day
Sunday Lunch 12 noon - 2.30pm
Beer Garden ~ Children's Play Area
Pool-Darts ~ Sky Sports
Stage for Live Theatre Bands / and Disco
tel: 01673 843163

Groups in Middle Rasen

CLUB or Group Location
Middle Rasen & District Horticultural Society
Middle Rasen Football club
Middle Rasen Cricket Club
Middle Rasen Bowling Club
Short Mat Bowls Group Village Hall
Middle Rasen Art Group Church Hall
U3A Local History Group
U3A Drama Group
Mothers Union Closed
Luncheon Club Methodist Church
Coffee Morning Methodist Church
Women's Own Methodist Church
Coffee Cake & Chat Group Methodist Church
Guides Village Hall
Brownies Church Hall
Rainbows Church Hall
Ranger Guides Village Hall
The Guild
Rase WI Village Hall
Walk To Group Methodist Church
Camera Club Village Hall
Middle Rasen Nursery Middle Rasen School
Middle Rasen Book Club Advocate Arms
Over 60's Keep Fit Club Braemar Close Community Centre
Bell Ringers St Peter & St Paul's Church
Middle Rasen Toddler Group Church Hall
Middle Rasen Karate Club Village Hall
The FISDAC Academy Village Hall
Vitality Village Hall
Yoga Village Hall
Zumba Club Methodist Church

Middle Rasen Tractor Run

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The Mill in Middle Rasen was built in 1820 and was a working windmill until 1932, when the sails failed. It was run by petrol motor for some time after that but eventually fell into disrepair and became derelict. When we bought the property the mill was little more than the brick shell.

We have rebuilt the cap on traditional lines with the help of a local millwright, Tom Davies. The structure comprises 20 oak struts which sit on a 4" oak wall-plate, which in turn is bolted to a 6" circular steel ring-beam. The struts are first covered with half-inch pine attached horizontally. This is next covered with vertical half-inch planks of western red cedar, a very light and pliable timber which is also quite weather resistant. Here is where we depart from tradition, because a working mill cap originally would have been painted. Since the cap would have rotated so that the overlap of the boards always faced away from the wind the joints between the cedar boards would have been fairly protected from the ingress of rain. In any case, building standards in those days were not as exacting as now. We need a finish which will be reliably weather-proof but provide an appearance which will as closely resemble the original as possible, and for these reasons we have opted for a white fibre glass (or G.R.P.) covering.

Richard Harries




There has been a mill here since 1597 and maybe many years longer. There used to be many mills on the Rase but now there are only three remaining, Tealby, Market Rasen and here. The Middle Rasen one being the only one with its original workings mainly in place, the other two having been converted to domestic use. We moved into the property in 1970 when we found the mill to be in a very dilapidated state, with a sagging roof, its gable collapsing and the floor was powder. I had the gable ends repaired and the roof re-instated. The flooring was replaced with oak floorboards rescued from the demolition of Grimsby Hospital (a labour of love on my part). So it is now restored for years to come. The water-course from the river Rase to the mill was put back and the mill pond re-formed. Since coming here I have seen the West Rasen Mill allowed to fall down and the final disappearance of Peck Mill in Market Rasen. The Middle Rasen Mill was last worked in the early 1960's by Fred Cottingham, but has not been used as a mill all the time. In the mid 1700's James Harrison, carpenter, moved in to the mill. He was the brother of John Harrison who formulated the way of calculating Longitude. They left Barton-on-Humber to go to London to try and win the prize offered for this, and James, for whatever reason also decided to come to the mill to carry on his trade of carpentry. In fact he made all the pews for Aylesbury Church near Grimsby at the Mill. James had also previous to going to London with his brother, been the carpenter who made his brothers design for Grandfather clocks, entirely made of wood, even the cogs! Three years ago, the wheel arch was badly damaged during the earthquake, with the keystones dropping, and a nasty split in the wall. Metal tie bars were inserted to support the area and brickwork replaced. The fact is that the three storey building has no foundations which amazed the man who re-formed the Mill Pond, using a drag line, and found the whole base was just shifting sand. They certainly knew how to build in those days. Having re-constructed the Mill and waterway, I hope the Mill will still be extant in another hundred years.

Dr L.G. Parry


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Middle Rasen Parish Council - Chair and Members

Chair of the Parish Council Elected ...... Cllr Michael Stamp

Vice Chair Elected ......Cllr David Pattison

Councillor Elected ...... CllrPeter Dawson.

CouncillorElected ...... Cllr T Smith

Councillor Elected ......CllrJohn Padley

Councillor Elected ......Cllr Sue Smith

Councillor Elected ......Cllr Jane Ranby

CouncillorElected ...... Cllr Gail Dennis

Councillor Elected ......Cllr Mike O'Connor

Clerk to the Parish Council Mrs Jo Trotter
Wingates, Tealby, LN8 3YB tel 01673 838690

The Councillors - Statutory Declaration of Interests


There are over 8,700 parish and town councils representing around 16 million people across England and are the most local part of our democratic system. The only difference between a town and parish council is the size and name, and towns have their own mayor. Although they have the same powers and can provide the same services, parish councils don't usually have the same level of facilities to look after. The size of the council depends on the size of the village or 'ward'. Here in Middle Rasen there are nine voluntary representatives, known as Parish Councillors, who are elected every four years. Some go on serving for many years. The election is an annual event, so if you are over 18, meet the criteria and you can find two people to nominate you, your name can be put forward.

Serving as a parish councillor is a responsible position, as the parish council has a responsibility for the well being of the local community it serves. Their remit has three main strands - representing the local community, delivering services to meet local needs, and striving to improve the quality of life in the parish. As such they are allocated a certain amount of money from council tax revenues to improve services and facilities in the following areas: burial grounds, bus shelters, open spaces, village green, cutting the grass on the playing field, and planning.

With regard to planning, the council is consulted by West Lindsey District Council on all applications, but the final decision rests with the planning department and Planning Committee at WLDC. The council also acts as a representative voice for the community, communicating with councillors and officers at district and county level. All this makes for quite a few hours spent in meetings, discussing and deciding which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered, and what policies should be implemented. They also liaise with the local Police over crime reduction measures.

Parish councils do a vital job and deserve our thanks for the improvements they try and bring to our communities. So thank you all for your time and effort on our behalf.

For more information about the work of this parish council, please contact Jo Trotter, the clerk to Middle Rasen Parish Council

tel 01673 838690 .........

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