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.


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


The beauty of the Suns Energy Solar Panel Funding better than free solar panel scheme is that you can obtain solar panels and then use the government incentive known as the Feed-In-Tariff to fund the installation.

With this incentive, it is possible to achieve combined earnings & savings in excess of 30,000 over 20 years.

Applying now will enable you to lock in your Feed-In-Tariff rate which will increase over time with the rate of inflation. The government funding available for renewable energies such as solar is limited and will soon run out.


Contact the Webmaster on webmaster@hougham.info who will pass on your details to arrange a free no obligation survey by your local energy assessor

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 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

A report has been received that criminals have this morning (4 August) carried out a burglary in the Fenton / Beckingham area.

They gained access to the property by using false water company documents which meant the elderly occupant believed them to be legitimate.

If you see or hear of any water company staff calling at people's homes, please let the police know immediately so they can check if they are genuine or not. The police are investigating this morning's event.

DO NOT let anyone claiming to be from any utility company into your home without first checking with the company that they are genuine.

Always report anything the looks suspicious to the police immediately, and please inform others of the above warning.


Novel idea for book swap in Hougham phone box could prove costly

The telephone box in question which residents have suggested could be turned into a book swap facility. Photo courtesy of Steve Cattell.

The telephone box in question which residents have suggested could be turned into a book swap facility. Photo courtesy of Steve Cattell.

Judith Hawkins

Thursday 02 June 2016
Villagers have come up with an innovative idea to convert a disused telephone box into a community book swap, but may need to pay nearly 200 simply to find out whether or not they need planning permission.
The traditional red telephone box has stood unused in the village of Hougham for several years, and is no longer in working order.
Keen to bring it back into use for the community, residents Anthea Nicholl and Judith Potter came up with a plan to turn it into a mini library, where books could be left, borrowed and returned.

Unfortunately, on further investigation, Hougham resident and project supporter, Steve Cattell, discovered they may need to pay 195 just to get an answer on whether planning permission is required.
Mr Cattell said: “I contacted SKDC and asked if we would need planning permission. I have yet to receive a simple yes or no answer, because they insist that we need to apply, for a fee, for ‘a Certificate of Lawfulness’. A standard fee is 195.”

He added: “There are many other examples around the country of phone boxes being converted into libraries, and I wonder if any other villages in SKDC have done the same and had to pay 195 just to be told ‘No, you don’t need planning permission’.”
The council were asked by the Journal to clarify the situation. An SKDC spokesperson said: “Our practice is to direct enquiries of this nature to the Planning Portal, the government’s national planning advice website for online advice on whether planning permission is required.
“If applicants wish for a written confirmation from SKDC on a specific development then the approach endorsed by the Planning Portal is for a Certificate of Lawfulness application to be submitted. The fee attached to this is set by central government.”


The 'Autumn Social in the Village Hall (incorporating the Pumpkin Club Show)' on Saturday, 22 October. Place this date in your diary; the village hall was full last year.
Andy Watson


‘Come ye thankful people, come, Raise the song of harvest home…


St Mary’s Parish Church


This Sunday, October 16th,

at 5 pm.

All welcome…

come and join in singing some best-loved harvest hymns

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

7th November - The Perfect Summer: Dancing into Shadow in 1911 by Juliet Nicolson

5th December - "Daughters of the Silk Road" by Debbie Rix

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




Parish Council minutes

updated 16 September 2014

The village and church

pictures of the village

Lincolnshire Walks - Marston & Hougham


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

Membership 35 a year
Non members 4 a meeting
includes tea/coffee and biscuits
11th October - St Wulfrum's Steeple with Mike Gaffney
A talk and photgraphs of the steeple during the recent restoration work

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



BT Cable installation scam

We have been advised that residents in Lincolnshire have been contacted by telephone by a person claiming to be from ‘BT’ stating that work needs to be carried out to their property.


A telephone call is received from ‘BT’ staff stating that extension cables need to be laid along the owners drive way. A team of workman have been instructed to carry out the work the next day.


We can confirm that this is a scam. BT will not send a team of workman the ‘next day’ as all their work is scheduled in advance.
Do not enter into a conversation with these persons, simply replace the receiver, and report any calls to Lincolnshire Police on telephone number 101.

Incident reference 207 03/06/2016



Advice from Action Fraud on Rogue Traders

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


last updated 14/10/16