Hougham, Lincolnshire NG32 2JD

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Hougham  is located 2 miles from the A1, 8 miles from Grantham, 9 miles from Newark, 28 miles from Nottingham, 20 miles from Lincoln and 120 miles from London. Grantham is on the East Coast line and London is under an hour and a half away by train.

In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Hougham like this:

HOUGHAM, a village and a parish in the district of Newark and county of Lincoln. The village swands on the river Witham, near the Great Northern railway, 6 miles NNW of Grantham; and has a station on the railway. The parish comprises 2, 590 acres; and its post town is Hough, under Grantham. Real property, 4, 027. Pop., 349. Houses, 77. The manor belonged formerly to the Brudenell family, and belongs now to Sir JohnThorold, Bart. The living is a rectory, united with the rectory of Marston, in the diocese of Lincoln. Value, 740.* Patron, Sir. J.Thorold, Bart. The church is chiefly early English; has Norman pillars on the S aisle; was recently restored; consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with a tower; and contains a handsome screen, and a figured monumental stone of a Knight Templar.

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I am writing a book on " Lincolnshire During the First English Civil War 1642-46 " and the village of Hougham is quite famous as the action at your Manor House delayed Col. Rossiter getting to Naseby which angered Cromwell. The photograph was taken some years ago. Thank you for your time.
Geoffrey Wildman

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Masonry broken off All Saints Church Hougham while lead was stolen from the roof.
Churchgoers ‘sickened’ after gang steals lead from churches around Grantham
Masonry broken off All Saints Church Hougham while lead was stolen from the roof.

Churchgoers in the village of Hougham say they are ‘sickened’ following the theft of a huge amount of lead from their church roof.

Thieves struck in the early hours of Saturday morning, stripping the lead off the roof of All Saints and also breaking off large chunks of masonry from the building, which dates back to the 10th century in its earliest form.

The Hougham theft is just one of several similar cases reported in recent days, with churches at Brant Broughton and Aswarby also having their roofs stripped of lead.

A remembrance service on Sunday had to be cancelled at Hougham. The church will remain closed until December 11 when Communion will be held.

Hougham church warden Ray Beal told the Journal that the thieves must have staked out the church before the theft because they managed to get round the building’s security system.

The thieves also caused damage inside the church, which was soaking wet as rain got in through the damaged roof.

Mr Beal added: “It made me feel sick and very angry. Everybody is sickened by it. I do not think they did this off the hoof. They must have been round prior to it to work out how to get round the alarm system.”

Mr Beal said the roof of the church has now been made secure and waterproof, but added: “Inside the church it was like a lake. All the wooden seats and the kneelers are wet. I don’t know how long it will take to dry. Inside it’s like a wasteland.

“Fortunately, we are insured but I haven’t got a clue how much all this will cost. There is the question of the masonry as well, which is a job in itself. They have taken all the lead from the north aisle.”

Inspector Gary Stewart, of Lincolnshire Police, said: “We are currently investigating this theft and would like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious near the church during the evening.

“You may have seen vehicles parked next to it or someone carrying tools as if they were working on it, or maybe heard sounds coming from the church.

“If this is the case, please contact Lincolnshire Police by calling 101, quoting incident number 106 of November 12, and help us catch those responsible.”

This is not the first time All Saints has been targeted – thieves struck four years ago, with about 30,000 worth of lead stolen. Three men pleaded guilty to stealing lead from more than 20 churches in the area.

In this current spate, thieves also ripped sheets of lead from the north aisle roof of Aswarby Church on Friday night while parishioners were away at a fund-raising event at Belton Park Golf Club to supplement a Lottery funding bid to repair the rest of 
the roof and the damaged spire.

On CCTV, thieves in two vans, possibly Mercedes Sprinters, were seen to park up outside Aswarby, moving in between 3am and 4am to load up the lead, damaging stonework in the process. Anyone with information should contact police on 101, quoting incident 99 of November 12.

Parish priest the Rev Nick Munday said: “All our churches are listed buildings and they are sacred. Our church has been violated.”

Meanwhile, last Tuesday night, St Helen’s Church in Brant Broughton was hit in the same way, losing most of its north aisle roof.

The Rev Alison Healey said her churchwarden discovered the theft. She said: “She saw chunks of stone had fallen down and looked up to see most of the north aisle roof had been taken.

“It has been sheeted over for now, which is all we can do. It is just heartbreaking for parishioners.”

Anybody with information is asked to call 101, quoting incident 80 of November 10.


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leaflet which gives new opening times/days for the Household Waste Recycling Centre in Grantham.

I am also told separately that trailers are now allowed.

 

The bus service has been replaced by CallConnect

Hougham and Marston Village Hall

Available for children's parties, christenings, wedding receptions, meetings and fund raising activities, through

houghammarston@gmail.com

or 07806 869549

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 The sum raised at the Christmas Fayre was a marvellous 2,153.72.  Many thanks to all those who helped and who came and contributed.

Mike's Quality Grimsby Fish

Thursday 0920 am 07763 388397

   

On Monday 11th April I, and 4 others witnessed a blue van with Grantham Removals on the side, speed through Hougham and what is worse overtook a car travelling at the speed limit, weaving round parked cars while he did it. I emailed Grantham Removals:
"Whether it was you or one of your so called drivers driving the blue Grantham Removals van through Hougham just after 6 pm tonight or not, the actions of the driver - speeding and overtaking a car driving at the speed limit in a narrow village street were disgusting and dangerous.

There were 5 witnesses to this reckless act."

The owner has replied to me with a cartoon of of a goat on the boot of a car and the words "Call the cops. I don't give a f**k".

Just a heads up in case anyone is looking to book them to move their personal possessions.

Hougham and Marston Book Club
 
 
9th January - The Moth Cathcher by Ann Cleeves - please note this is the 2nd Monday due to the bank holiday

6th February- "The Ice Cream Girls" by Karen Koomson

If interested contact Bernadette Chalklin 014002550768 07904083274 BChalklin@AOL.com or turn up on the day at 2 pm. 1 only including tea/coffee

The meetings are held in the Village Hall

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Hougham

Parish Council minutes

updated 16 September 2014

The village and church

pictures of the village

Lincolnshire Walks - Marston & Hougham

 

Women's Institute

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The mobile Library calls once a month in Kerr's Crescent in Marston from 1200 to 1230. it doesnt stop in Hougham any more

Marston Village website

Hough Parish

Grantham Rural North Neighbourhood Policing Team

 

 

Hougham and Marston Local History Group

Village Hall Monthly 2nd Tuesday

Membership 35 a year
Non members 4 a meeting
includes tea/coffee and biscuits
10 January -
The History of Lincoln Castle with Nigel Burn of the Friends of Lincoln Castle

 

pictures of our visit to the Museum of Lincolnshire Life

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www.walk4life.info

The Walk4Life website is totally FREE and has thousands of walk ideas all over the country. The website uses OS maps which can easily be printed out at home so is proving really popular. People can also keep a track of the walks they have done and set themselves a target!

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Now the badminton court has been re-marked at the Village Hall we're hoping to revive the old badminton club on alternate Friday evenings.  There will be a charge of 1.50 to cover hire of the hall.

Caroline Brown

01400 250563

cjbeee@btinternet.com

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  Commencing in the autumn, Rachel Connolly’s art classes will be held at Belton Garden Centre in the building once called ‘Red the Cat’. For more information, including details of individual courses and places available, please go to the Marston village website at: http://parishes.lincolnshire.gov.uk/marsto

Peter Connolly and others have formed Marston Karate Club which will meet in Hougham and Marston Village Hall on Wednesday evenings. If you have family or friends who might be interested in joining please visit the Marston village website for more information, or call Peter on 250711.

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MAKING MUSIC AT THE OLD RECTORY

Yoga classes in the Village Hall every Monday Evening.

Please let Raquel Vallancey know if you are interested.

rax230@yahoo.co.uk

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Vitality for the Over 60s classes started at Barkston Village Hall on Wednesday, 28 January, 9.45-10.45 am.

NHS approved.

Call 01529 411194 for details.

Or call Susie Mathieson on 250301

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Village News

Hougham residents take law - and speed gun - into their own hands



Hougham parish councillors Robin Johnson and Robert Scott have been catching speeding motorists along Main Street.

A group of residents and parish councillors have decided to take their own action against motorists who regularly speed through their village.
Hougham parish councillor Robin Johnson, vice-chairman Robert Scott and others living in the village have started monitoring those driving up Main Street with a purchased speed gun.
Despite clear 30mph signs as you enter the road, they have recorded a high number of motorists driving in excess of the speed limit.
During their first speed check session over six hours on one day in September, they recorded 172 people driving over the limit.
The worst offender was a motorcyclist clocked driving at 61mph, and subsequently their details along with others were passed on to police.
This Monday the group were out in force again armed with their speed gun and additional 30mph signs.
After just two hours they reported that 45% of those going past were driving over 30mph, and 9% over 40mph.
Mr Johnson added: “One lady who we clocked going too fast, drove back and said that what WE were doing was illegal.”
The group have received assurances from their local police officer that they are completely within their rights to do these speed checks.
Moreover they stress that they are only doing it because speeding has long been an ongoing issue affecting their community.
“It comes up at every parish meeting,” said Mr Scott. “The police do their best, but they have to cover a wide area - this is our way of helping to tackle the problem.”
The group plan to do more speed check sessions in the future, and are liaising with Lincolnshire Police and the county’s Road Safety Partnership about other possible speed enforcement measures.
A spokesman for the Road Safety Partnership has clarified the rules around the use of speed guns. For a successful prosection, the equipment must be Home Office type approved, a record of pre-use checks must be held, the operator must be authorised by the Chief Constable and trained in speed assessment.
They added that it is not illegal to own the equipment or operate it, as long as it is not considered a nuisance to road users.

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Photos from the WI Centenary Party held in the Thorold Arms garden on 11 June are on the Marston village website at:

http://parishes.lincolnshire.gov.uk/marston/

WI baton relay heads out of district after afternoon tea

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Reply from the Highways LCC

The issue of mud on the road is one that needs to be investigated before any action can be taken. Reoccurring instances should be reported to Lincolnshire Police who have agreed to instigate action under these circumstances, I have attached some information which may be of some assistance.

The overrunning of verges is unfortunately a fairly common issue in rural locations which is not usually solved by the installation of kerbs. Within the village of Hougham there are signs of vehicles overrunning existing kerbs as there is not the lane width for agricultural vehicles to pass. With this in mind, the installation of kerbs along this section is something we will investigate as in when resources become available.

Peter Stonebridge lived at Station House from 1944 to 1951

Pictures from Teas on the Green 2012

Photos from the music festival

The biggest pumpkin entered in the Marston Pumpkin Club Show in 2014 was grown at Hougham and weighed 23 stones. For more information and all the results please visit the Marston website at http://parishes.lincolnshire.gov.uk/marston/

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Photographs from the Diamond Jubilee Party

Just born Jacob lambs in the village - 12th March 2011

Pictures of the Music Concert in Hougham Church

Scarecrow Festival Results

Pictures from Teas on the Green 2009

Pictures from Teas on the Green 2010

 

 

reports updated 28 April 2014


 16 November 2016

Good morning from the South Rural team, we would just like to make you aware of some theft of lead from two church roofs one in Hougham and one in Westbrook. If anyone has seen or knows anything please contact 101 or your local NPT team, thank you

 


 

 

 

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Village adverts

 

The Roseland Flock of Jacob Sheep

Lamb freezers packs and cuts of meat are available. Lambs are sometimes for sale.

Stylish individual Jacob rugs and Fleeces

 

 

                                                        Pest Control                                                    

 

                                                 Wayne Short 07725564711                              

 

                                                                                                                                                       

                   Wasps Rats Mice Squirrels also proofing work undertaken                      

 

                                                                                                                                                                

 

The Hougham & Marston Heating Oil Syndicate got off the ground on 9 February when at around 35 villagers attended a meeting in the Village Hall organised by Alistair Ross.

 
  For more information and an application form e-mail lincolnshireoil@gmail.com or call Alistair Ross on 251355 or click on the link below

Application form                  FAQs

The syndicate now has 90 members which enables us to increase the number of orders from 5 to 6 annually whilst hopefully still getting a decent discount compared with ordering individually. There's an optimum size of order as too large an order has resulted in some oil companies refusing to quote because of the disruption that it would cause to their regular clients if they were successful in gaining the order.
 
As such, the orders going forward will be at the start of:
July, September, November, January, March, May etc
 

Ideas for or information about the village website, contact me through the link at the bottom of the page.

I offer personal email addresses with money to the village church or village hall (you choose) for example name@hougham.info or business@hougham.info

I am also open to placing adverts for local business on the website as well for a small fee - church and village funds


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