Hougham, Lincolnshire NG32 2JD

Village web site

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.


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


 Notices Future Events


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The bus service has been replaced by CallConnect

Dear Local Resident,

As you know the Thorold Arms has been closed for nearly 3 months. The Parish Council is nominating the pub as an Asset of Community Value (ACV). This could afford it some protection from being closed for ever and redeveloped into housing. However, in order to achieve this, it is important to have good local support.

If you would like The Thorold Arms to remain a Pub, Shop, B&B and Restaurant please email a message of support to Ian Tyler at idtyler@yahoo.co.uk, who is collating this information for the application. It really is very important to demonstrate a good level of support to help the cause of getting the pub and shop reopened ASAP. When emailing please provide the following information:

First Name
Last Name
Postal Address
Email Address
Optionally (mobile number for easy text contact or home/landline phone number)

Your information will be kept safely and only used in conjunction with any "save the pub" campaign.

If you don't use email and have been shown or told about this appeal, please get a friend/family member to email on your behalf or post a letter through the door at Orchard End, Main Street, Marston (At the A1 end of the street on the right as you go towards the A1).

Please respond immediately if possible as time is of the essence. Feel free to call/email me if you want more information.

Best regards and thank you in anticipation of your support.


Hougham and Marston Village Hall

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




Saturday, 17 October, 8 - 11 pm

All welcome.

To include the Pumpkin Club Weigh-In and Prize-Giving. (Weigh-in 7-8 pm)
Supported by Hougham and Marston WI.

Come along and catch up with the gossip !

Free entry. Bar. Bring your own nibbles. Free pumpkin soup. Raffle (prizes appreciated).

For more information contact Andy Watson, 250840 or Julia Metcalf 251176.

Coffee Morning in Marston Church
 Saturday 17th October , 10.30 - 12.00
Proceeds to the Church.
A chance for a get together and a chat.

Village Hall Supper Quiz

31st October
Tables and teams of 8
Hot supper included plus bar
10 per person
tickets from Caroline and Lucille
All proceeds to support your village hall.

Mike's Quality Grimsby Fish

Thursday 0920 am 07763 388397

Hougham and Marston Book Club

2nd November - 'Imperium'
by Robert Harris

Please note 2nd November meeting starts at 1:30 pm - one time only

7th December - The Throwaway Children
by Diney Costeloe

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

From August until future notice, the meetings are being held in the Village Hall



Parish Council minutes

updated 16 September 2014

The village and church

pictures of the village

Lincolnshire Walks - Marston & Hougham


The "Pub" quiz has moved venues and will now be held in the Village Hall. The first was held on Sunday, 20 September - 8 pm and will be every 2 weeks after that
Entry fee: 1. Proceeds to the Village Hall.


Women's Institute

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

Members 3 a meeting plus 5 a year subscription
Non members 4 a meeting
includes tea/coffee and biscuits

13th October -The origins of everyday sayings

with Peter Hammond

pictures of our visit to the Museum of Lincolnshire Life



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!


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



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.



Yoga classes in the Village Hall every Monday Evening.

Please let Raquel Vallancey know if you are interested.



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



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.


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


WI baton relay heads out of district after afternoon tea


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/



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

Good morning from PCSO Barbara Mooney it has been brought to our attention that on Friday the 3rd of July a dog was stolen from Lilley street in the village of Long Bennington there has been several houses that have had chalk marks left on or near properties. There has also been reports of a suspicious vans in the area one is described as a white Citroen with side sliding doors the other that was reported had livery sign writing advertising plastering jobs. Please be vigilant at this time with leaving your dogs out in the front of your properties on their own as this seems to be a trend in stealing dogs. Please contact the force control room on 101 to report any suspicious activity. Many thanks





Advice from Action Fraud on Rogue Traders

Village adverts

Soothing Hands - Bowen therapy in Hougham


I am now a consultant for Neal's Yard Remedies - have a look at their website on https://uk.nyrorganic.com/ and come back to me to order


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


last updated 5/10/15