Coningsby news round-up


British Legion - The Branch meet on the second Tuesday of each month, except for August, at the Allan Barker Sports Pavilion (7.30pm).

If anyone would like to join, or is an existing member, they are very welcome to come along.

Armed Forces Day is Sunday June 29 and the branch will be holding a service at Coningsby St Michael’s Church, starting at 2.30pm.

There will also be an afternoon of entertainment at the Coningsby Community Hall in aid of RBL funds.

The event will feature the renowned Mareham Le Fen Silver Band and the exciting Coningsby Military Wives Choir.

The event starts at 4pm. Tickets (£7.50) are available in advance from Penny’s Place, Silver Street , Coningsby or from John Crockett on 01526 343004, They may be purchased on the door, subject to availability.

Pumping stations - Two historic pumping stations at Dogdyke and at Timberland will both be open for visitors this Sunday (June 1).

Dogdyke, with it’s unique 1856 Bradley and Craven steam engine and the 40hp Ruston and

Hornsby diesel pump of 1940, will be in operation for the public between 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

The station is located to the east of Tattershall Bridge on the A153 Sleaford to Horncastle road, There is an access road through Bridge Farm.

The steam powered beam engine is the last survivor of the Wakefield based company who had once supplied machines to a number of other local pumping stations.

A further unique feature is that it still operates the large 24 foot wooden scoop wheel that once lifted water from the field drains and into the River Witham.

The 1940 diesel, built in Lincoln will also be in operation and although it is a historical piece, it is still maintained as a standby pump for the area.

Along with these engines, the pump attendant’s cottage will be open where refreshments and a museum can be found. There will be a display of rural tools and implements by Norman Burkett.

Close to the Dogdyke pumping station is the neighbouring pumping plant at Timberland, set on the road between Tattershall Bridge and Kirkstead Bridge.

This station will be open to the public between 1pm and 4.30pm when visitors can see the large twin cylindered Ruston and Hornsby diesel engines of 1938 in operation, as well as the very rare Ruston Bucyrus 10RB Dragline that once kept the drains clear of silt and weeds.

It will be a great day out for engine enthusiasts and those interested in local history.

Further information is available from Publicity Officer, Chris Page on 01522 683755 or by visiting the web site New volunteers are always welcome.

Library future - County Councillor Colin Mair’s business plan and grant application in respect of Coningsby and Tattershall Library has been approved.

However, proposals for all the county’s libraries are subject to a judicial review which is due to take place in July.

There will be a public meeting at Coningsby and Tattershall library on Thursday June 5. Without support for local services, the library and Access Point will not continue.

The library will be open from 2pm to enable everyone to record their support with the meeting at 7pm.

Enquiries are welcome and if anyone would like to add their name to the volunteer list, contact Tattershall clerk Karen (01507 613690) or Coningsby clerk Kathy (01526 343523).

Youth award - At the recent Tattershall Annual Parish Council meeting, chairman Nick Brown

was delighted to give annual awards to two youngsters.

It was a joint presentation on behalf of Coningsby and Tattershall councils to youngsters worthy of recognition.

The Under-11 winner was Freddie Connolly and 12 – 18 year award went to Rhys Phillips. They both received £50 donated by each council.

Freddie was nominated for his fabulous fund raising efforts. He had always kept his hair long but when he wanted to raise money for Children in Need, he was offered sponsorship - if he had his hair cut.

He agreed, worked hard to find sponsors and raised £750 for the charity.

Rhys was nominated by the children of Coningsby St Michael’s School Running Club where he regularly gives up his spare time to and help.

The club’s youngsters all signed the nomination and each one wrote their own comments which included: “He makes us smile” and “He’s very cheerful and keeps us going when we get tired.