This was a truly wonderful day
About a month ago, my wife Christine and I were invited by the chairman and consort of North Kesteven District Council to attend a civic service on behalf of Coun Gill Ogden and Coun Stewart Ogden at St Michael’s and All Angels’ Church in Billinghay.
Billinghay is a village and civil parish in the district of North Kesteven in the county of Lincolnshire and situated about 10 miles north-east of Sleaford. According to the 2001 census, the parish had, at that time, a population of only 1,808.
We informed Gill and Stewart that we would love to attend.
As the time drew nearer to the event, and after attending civic services in King’s Lynn Minster and Peterborough Cathedral, we believed that this civic service would be smaller in number, but how wrong can one be.
We arrived in Billinghay just after 2pm and attended the church hall for coffee. We soon started to realise that this event would not be short in numbers. In fact, quite the opposite.
After 20 minutes had passed, the church hall was starting to fill up with dozens of civic dignitaries representing councils from both far and wide. After speaking to other North Kesteven district councillors, we soon began to realise that both Gill and Stewart are both very well respected, which was confirmed by the attendance.
At about 2.45pm, we formed a procession outside the church hall, led by Gill and Stewart, and made our way to St Michael’s and All Angels’ Church.
As we neared the entrance, we were greeted by the congregation singing the first hymn Lead Us Heavenly Father Lead Us.
The church was packed with supporters. The congregation were dressed to mark this very special occasion.
The service was led by the Rev Michael Rose, vicar of the churches of the Carr Dyke.
During the service, the prayers of intercession were given by the Rev Christine Pennock, Rural Dean of Lafford and chaplain of North Kesteven District Council.
Proceeds from the collection are to be divided between the church and the chairman’s charities, which are Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial Trust and Canine Partners.
After the wonderful service, we drove to the village of North Kyme and had afternoon tea in the village hall, where we were joined by more than 100 people.
Christine and I got chatting to the Rev Pennock. She told me that she used to be the curate at Crowland Abbey and knew past and present councillors that I knew.
At the end of what I can only describe as a wonderful day, it’s time to thank people. I would very much like to take this opportunity of thanking Gill and Stewart for their kindness and friendship showed to South Holland during this civic service and I hope both of them have a successful year in office.
Last, but by no means least, a big thank you to the caterers and the good people of North Kesteven for organising a remarkable civic event.
Coun Rodney Grocock
Vice-chairman South Holland District Council
Don’t let teens get bored
As teens start the two week countdown to the summer holidays across Lincolnshire, research from National Citizen Service (NCS) reveals that while school holidays bring excitement for younger children, six in 10 teenagers are struggling to find things to do. As a result, young people, particularly teenage girls, are still looking to parents to plan and fund activities, costing the bank of mum and dad up to £2,500 over the six week break.
With both girls and boys of Lincolnshire expecting boredom to strike just over two weeks into the holidays, many expect their parents to become frustrated with them hanging around the house.
Parents can often be lost for a solution, but fortunately there are still spaces available for NCS in Lincolnshire, a £50, three week programme that sees 16-17-year-olds spending time in university style accommodation, meeting new people from their area, taking on fun team activities and all the while learning transferable skills that will hold them in good stead for their future.
Parents can register interest at www.ncsyes.co.uk.