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The Best Kept Village results are in!
As always it was a very close competition, and congratulations go to East Lound and Low Burton, who came joint first with a score of 198/200 – Elsham was just behind with 196! As two villages shared first, this is technically third, but you could equally argue we came second 😊.
Thank you to everyone who, as always, makes such a big effort to keep gardens looking great, and the village tidy – we scored 50/50 for tidiness and appearance, and that score is a credit to us all, especially the village litter pickers, of whom there are several. We also scored 49/50 for the parish council’s community planting, so many thanks to all the gardeners who help us to maintain this so well.
Here are the judge’s general comments:
“This is a very tidy well-cared for village, with no litter and some excellent community planting. There is also an excellent wildlife area at Elsham Quarry. There is impressive community planting at the entrance to the village from the west on New Street with a well-stocked flower bed with a good variety of plants, providing colour and height. Further along the road is an attractive planted telephone kiosk. There were also colourful fence baskets outside the playground on New Street.
There was good planting on Woodland Drive, Chapel Lane, Church Street, Astley Corner and Maltkiln Lane, where there was a colourful planter and good fence planters at the entrance to the footpath.
One of the most attractive areas is around the Village Hall, which had 4 wall baskets, 3 large planted tubs, a small raised herb garden as well as planting on the bank behind and a flower bed in front. The grass triangle at the junction of Barnetby Lane and Front Street also has some excellent planting in flower beds and an old wheelbarrow.
The village has many lovely gardens and residents provide some colourful planting displays at the front of their properties. There were some particularly good examples at 7 Astley Corner, 16 and 32 New Street where there was a fabulous array of pots and hanging baskets. There was also very attractive planting outside Holme Farm Residential Home on Church Street.
One of the features of the village is very smart street name signs and on some roads there is also attractive planting underneath, such as that seen on New Street and Doll Lane.”
Best Kept Village
Thank you so much to everyone who plays a part in keeping the village clean, tidy and full of floral displays. A BKV judge was spotted in Elsham at the very beginning of the judging period, no doubt dodging the rain, so we keep our fingers crossed for a good result. We will update this page as soon as we have news.
Play park closure
Unfortunately the wet and warm weather has caused some large splits to appear in some of the supporting wooden timbers in the play park. One piece of equipment failed and others are in need of assessment, so while this is being organised, the play park is closed for safety reasons. We know that school holidays are about to begin and will do everything we can to get it back open as soon as possible.
Thank you, Anglian Water!
On 5th July, Anglian Water sent four volunteers down into the village. They did an excellent job of sanding down and painting the picnic benches in the play park, and the telephone box, which now looks fantastic with its planters, new paint and new ‘Telephone’ signs. We hope to see them back again next year when we are in need of volunteers. A big thank you to the team at Anglian Water who organised it for us, and to the volunteers themselves.
Elsham has entered the Best Kept Village competition again this year and we are hoping to repeat our 2022 success. The summer planting has recently been completed and as in previous years, the plants and compost were provided by the Parish Council. Sandra Van Oosterhout has planted up the tubs and planters at the Village Hall, helped by Amanda Hall. Jane Ewan has planted up the Doll Lane snicket planters at the New Street End. Sandra did the Maltkiln Lane end. Di and I planted up the phone box area, the play park planters, the Elsham sign beds at either end of the village, the circle and the triangle and all of the planters under the street signs except where mentioned below.
As I said last year, without additional volunteers who are prepared to water and tend an area there would be no point in planting anything, so I’d like to say a huge thank you to the following people who have agreed to look after the planted areas near where they live, making this a real village effort:
• Martyn Clark – is mowing the grass at the Hall Lane Circle and the Barnetby Lane Triangle. He also looks after the lovely churchyard.
• Ian Bowmer – will water the plants at the Barnetby Lane triangle.
• Clare Tully – will water the Hall Lane circle.
• Terry Howard – will water the phone box area, the Elsham sign bed on New Street, the play park planters and the New Street sign planter near Woodland Drive.
• Christine Busby – will water the Lancaster bed and the village hall bank and will help Sandra to water the tubs and planters at the Village Hall.
• Linda & Ron Baxter – will water the planter under the Astley Corner sign.
• Larraine Guest – has planted up and will water the Church Street sign planter near Hunters Lodge
• Paul Richardson – will water the Front Street sign planter near the triangle.
• Joan & Colin Mee – will water the planters on Maltkiln Lane near Dunns Paddock and at the Maltkiln Lane/Front Street corner.
• Lucy Gilchrist– will water the Doll Lane snicket planters at the Maltkiln Lane end.
• Trevor Hudson – will water the Doll Lane snicket planters at the New Street end.
• Colin & Agnes Marris – have planted up and will water the planter under the Chapel Lane sign at the New Street junction.
• Jordan Finney – will water the planter under the Woodland Drive sign.
• Sai Vishwanath – will water the planter under the New Street sign at the crossroads and the tub under the plough.
Last year, the Best Kept Village judges were very impressed by a number of the front gardens they saw as they walked around the village, so please try to keep your own property looking good and let’s hope for more compliments this year. Judging will be at the end of July.
Hedgelife Help Out
CPRE, the countryside charity, is carrying out a project in May to gather valuable information about the state of our hedgerows. Hedgerows are the vital stitching in the patchwork of our countryside not only are they beautiful, with shifting seasonal colours, but they also provide homes and corridors for wildlife. And all the while they help tackle the climate crisis by capturing carbon.
Hedgelife Help Out involves you checking on a hedgerow local to you. It will help CPRE to gain a picture of the state of our hedgerow network, and it is also a great activity to do with children – project ends on 31st May.
Taking part in Hedgelife Help Out is simple. Just find a hedgerow near you (a natural hedge rather than one planted around a garden), and fill in a short online form answering a few simple questions. Follow this link https://www.cpre.org.uk/hedgelife-help-out/
and go to the ‘Found a hedge? Send us your results’ button on the CPRE website. There are lots of hedgerows on the outskirts of the village and in the Nature Reserve so this is a good excuse to go out and explore them!
We would love to hear about your findings too – you can email the PC clerk Holly on email@example.com with a summary of what you found and we can add them to the website.
Elsham Coronation Big Lunch, Sunday 7th May 2023
What a fantastic Coronation Big Lunch it turned out to be! After worrying about soggy sausages in the rain, we were glad of the gazebo for the shade it provided from the sun – it was the warmest day of the year so far and that helped to create the lovely atmosphere we had. Friends and neighbours chatted while burgers were flipped and sausages were turned, and we had a fabulous selection of salads and cakes donated.
The day started with a few scratched heads as the large gazebo turned out to be lots of pieces with no instructions … thankfully there were some experienced tent/gazebo people on hand! Stalls were set up for the raffle and tombola with prizes very generously donated by residents, a name the Jack Russell stall for a lovely soft toy crocheted by Helen Lynch, along with the favourite Splat the Rat and a Find the Treasure game. Along with the cake stall inside the village hall, again full of donated cakes and sweet treats, the village event raised a fantastic £625 for charity. Thank you so much to everyone who brought BBQs and cooked, manned a stall for us, or helped with setting up and clearing away.
The beautiful weather held on into the evening and as the local band Common Faults struck up, the party continued in and outside of the village hall – a fitting celebration and great occasion to remember.
The best decorated property prizes went to Larraine Guest on Church Street for her beautiful handmade flower crown and decorations, and to Sue Everett at Astley Corner for her Teddy Bears’ picnic.
Eleanor Allison won the Jellycat Jack Russell in the Treasure Hunt, with Freddie Yeo winning the £20 Amazon voucher and Alice winning some sweets. Hope you all enjoyed taking part.
Thank you everyone for coming to celebrate together!
Have you seen the latest addition to the village?
The single furrow horse plough was donated to us by Sophie and Phil Dunn, and what a beauty it has turned out to be!
It has been rescued from a corner on the farm, sandblasted and powder coated blue, with highlights added in red by Cllr. Wood. These are the traditional colours that it would have been when initially used at the beginning of the 20th century.
Situated at the crossroads in the centre of the village, it is a tribute to and reminder of the farming history of the village, a connection that still exists today.
Elsham Village Hall Events
Please see the separate Village Hall Village Hall page for information on weekly clubs, all open to new members. The hall has a lovely high-ceilinged main room, tables and chairs available, a basic kitchen with oven, hob, microwave, fridge and water heater, and a large supply of crockery and cutlery.
Contact Sandra van Oosterhout on 01652 681899 or Roland Guest on 01652 680679 for enquiries about bookings.
All Saints Church, Elsham
There are two main services in church each month. The first is on the 2nd Sunday in the month, a Communion Service, and the second is on the 4th Sunday in the month, a Lay Service with no Communion.
There is a village coffee morning organised by the church wardens in the Village Hall on the 2nd Wednesday morning in the month, between 10.30 am and 12.00 pm. This is open to all and used by the community as an opportunity to get together with friends and neighbours for a chat.
Contact Details for the Church
Lay Minister, Churchwarden, Treasurer & Safeguarding Officer:
Mrs. Dawn Enser – Grenville House, 2 Dunns Paddock, Maltkiln Lane, Elsham, Brigg, DN20 0RL – Tel: 01652 688785 – e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Churchwarden & Secretary:
Mrs. Hazel Gray – Rockhurst, Bigby Road, Brigg, DN20 8HN – Tel: 01652 655847 – e-mail: email@example.com