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








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The bus service has been replaced by CallConnect

Mike's Quality Grimsby Fish

Thursday 0920 am 07763 388397

Dairy Crest Milk

01476 563733

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






















































Thorald Arms

Public House


The Village Shop

Telephone 01400 250899



New recruits have been found for Allington Morris Dancers and they
will be dancing at the Thorold Arms, Marston on Thursday, 24th July 2014
at 8pm.

Everyone is invited to come and see some traditional English dancing and hear
traditional English folk music.


Just a reminder that bookings for the deal must be made at least 24 HOURS in advance
and WOWCHER 07 must be quoted also.

Bookings made within this deadline or without quoting the code will not qualify.


Notice is given that the bar and restaurant is fully booked for an evening function on
Saturday, 2nd August 2014.

The poolroom bar will be made available for customers not attending this function.

Thank you in advance.






Monday 7.30am – 6pm
Tuesday 7.30am – 1pm
Wednesday & Thursday 7.30am – 6pm
Friday 7.30am – 5pm
Saturday 8am -3pm
Sunday 8am – 12pm

Rooms to Let

Short and long term lets are available for en-suite bedrooms. Prices from £30 per night short term and £15 per night long term.



Plants are now for sale in the village shop at £1 each.


For those who have not grown them before, plant with plenty of compost or manure and water regularly.


Entry is free if you buy seeds or plant from the village shop. Otherwise £1.




Thorold Arms, Saturday, 18 October 2014.
Showing from noon in the pub garden. Prize-giving, raffle and free pumpkin soup in the bar from 9.30 pm.


Prizes by weight, catch weight and best pair.


NOTE: A pumpkin weighing 5-8 stones could get you in the prize money this year.


Two pumpkins the size of golf balls could win best pair!


Organiser: Andy Watson
Tel: 250840


The results from the Scarecrow Competition run by the Thorold Arms are on the Marston village website at:


Hougham and Marston Village Hall

Available for bookings through



Proposed Large Wind Farm at Temple Hill



For more information and links please see









Parish Council minutes

updated 21 November 2013

The village and church

pictures of the village

Lincolnshire Walks - Marston & Hougham





Marston Village website

Hough Parish

Grantham Rural North Neighbourhood Policing Team



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!



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/marston/



Future Events
Hougham and Marston Village Hall fundraising supper and quiz
Advance notice for your diaries
Saturday 4th October
details later
Lincolnshire Poacher are donating some of their produce again this year
Hougham and Marston W.I. have a coach booked on Saturday 9th August to go to Cambridge for the day.

23/6/14 There are 5 seats remaining on the coach for the day trip to Cambridge on 9th August.

The coach leaves at 9am.

Seats are £9 and all are welcome.


Please contact

Julia Metcalf 01400251176 or jpoole1960@btinternet.com

Unfortunately monies will be non-refundable unless someone else fills your seat.
Please contact Julia on 01400 251176 or put an envelope with your name and the money through the letterbox of Little Tobies, Stonepit Lane or give her a ring and she will collect it.

Please let neighbours without computers know - and hope to see you on the 9th


Hougham and Marston Book Club


August 4th- "Too Close to Home" by Linwood Barclay

September 1st- "The House of the Mosque" by Kader Abdolah

October 6th- "The Redemption of Alexander Seaton" by Shona Maclean

If interested contact Bernadette Chalklin 014002550768 07904083274 BChalklin@AOL.com or turn up on the day at 2 pm.

It is not intellectually demanding – just an excuse to have a coffee, tea or cake at the Pub and can be preceded by a delicious meal in the Luncheon Club at the pub.


Thorold Arms @ Marston


Every other Sunday at 8.30 pm

Entry £1.

All proceeds to charity, currently the Village Hall refurbishment.

Volunteer quizmasters always required.

Scrabble Night

every other Sunday night at 7.30pm
Participants are invited to join others with an interest in playing Scrabble every other Sunday night.
Free entry.
All levels of experience welcome - even if you are a novice.


Women's Institute

Hougham and Marston Womens’ Institute are knitting teddy bears for the Lincolnshire Police Community Safety Department. Teddy bears are given to children involved in road accidents. If anyone has any spare double knitting wool we would be most grateful for donations. Kim Roberts at the Thorold Arms is happy to set up a collection point for the wool in the shop. If anyone is interested in knitting teddy bears, the pattern can be downloaded from the Lincolnshire Police website or contact Jennifer Hare on 01400 251174.




Hougham and Marston Local History Group

Village Hall Monthly 2nd Tuesday


9 September

Lincolnshire Superstitions

Rod Fanthorpe 

pictures of our visit to the Museum of Lincolnshire Life


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.








Village News

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


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


.Message from Lincolnshire Police Headquarters, Community Safety Department, Thursday, 3 April 2014.

A telephone scam is currently operating in Lincolnshire where elderly persons have been contacted by telephone, a male suspect states he is a Police officer with an offender in custody, in possession of the victim's bank cards. The suspect caller asks the victim which bank they are a member of, to contact the bank and cancel the cards immediately.
The suspect caller will keep the telephone line open and then act as a member of the bank, asking for personal details and PIN number.
A courier is then sent to the victim's home to collect bank cards, which have been used immediately using the PIN given. Cash withdrawls have been made as well as bank transactions.

This scam has taken place around the UK. Lincolnshire appears to be being targeted currently, six incidents have recently been reported to Lincolnshire Police.

If you receive a similar telephone call requesting personal bank details/PIN, DO NOT give any information. Please contact Lincolnshire Police immediately, Tel 101 (non emergency) or 999 in an emergency.





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 10/07/14