Monday, 26 January 2015

Wind Farm - Hemswell Cliff

Protect Nocton Fen

I received the following email yesterday from the Protect Nocton Fen group

"Hello PNF contacts,

You may be aware of RWE's planning application for their (revised) proposed wind farm scheme  of 8 x 125m high turbines at  Hemswell Cliff  close to the A15 north of Lincoln.

For further details of the site and application, see the VOCAT, web site at:

RWE's appeal against West Lindsey's planning refusal at Hemswell Cliff if successful, will have significant landscape and cumulative impacts over  a wide area not only across Lincolnshire's countryside north of Lincoln Cathedral, but to the south as well.

The Public Inquiry starts at 10.00 a.m. on Tuesday, 27th January to Friday 30 Jan & resumes Tues 3rd Feb - Friday 6th Feb at the Epic Centre, Lincolnshire Showground.

The time table may be subject to change depending on the time taken to hear each witness's evidence as the inquiry proceeds. The time table order is unlikely to change, unless there are any unforeseen circumstances.

Access to the inquiry venue will be posted from the main show ground gate show ground on the A15. Car parking is free but there will only be a daily pre-order lunch (sandwiches etc) provided, if you are intending to attend over a morning and afternoon session, I recommend you bring your own packed lunch. Drinks will be provided, but these may be charged.

There is a residents and interested party session scheduled Tues 3rd Feb during the afternoon and possibly evening, it is well worth attending this to hear local residents etc., making their views known (both for and against) to the inspector.

You will be able to enter and leave the inquiry at any time to fit in with your own existing commitments, but please so quietly during any live hearing session.

Members of the PNF committee intend to hear as much of the evidence as possible and will definitely attend the opening session on the 1st Tuesday, it is also a good opportunity for you to gain experience of inquiry procedure and hear the parties involved (RWE, West Lindsey's & VOCAT'S) evidence and responses, in preparation for the Nocton examination hearings etc.

If you do attend please let PNF know.


Melvin Grosvenor
PNF Committee."

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Congratulations to Siren FM

Lincoln community radio Siren FM wins East Midlands station of the year

Managing Editor Andrew David, who is a resident of Nocton said: 'It is a real honour to win this award for the second time running and really highlights the passion and dedication of our volunteers.'

Award for Lincoln community radio station

'The celebratory event, hosted at the Siren FM studios on January 24, was attended by Rob Persani, Chair of the East Midlands Radio Academy, who presented Managing Editor Andrew David with an official trophy and congratulated the Lincoln team on its success.'

Siren Online

Lincoln's first community radio station. A great mix of music, news, entertainment and more for Lincoln and beyond.

Siren FM: University of Lincoln Community Radio

'Siren FM is proud to be Lincoln’s first community radio station and has been broadcasting since 11th August 2007.'

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Nocton Hall - JH Dennis

A Tribute to Don - Nocton Hall

This lovely email was received on Thursday 22nd January, along with some photographs:

"This may , or may not be of interest to anyone ! You may just think Batty woman. And that's fine too !!

I was bumbling about about looking for snippets of family history grandfather was J H Dennis who lived at Nocton Hall in the 1920s, when I chanced on a post written by Geoff Hall titled A tribute to Don grandfathers dog ! Mr Hall had spent many hours finding and clearing the undergrowth from Dons gravestone...I was really very touched !!

Three years have passed and poor old Dons gravestone may be reclaimed by brambles and Geoff Hall moved away! However I am going to try sending another photo of the highly esteemed canine in hopes that someone may still be in touch with Geoff.

Not being at all computer literate - will see what happens !!

Linda Baker, Oxfordshire"



'Don' died June 23rd 1931. Age 12 years 3 months.

You may like to know I have replied to the kind lady concerned, enclosing more information about her grandfather and great-grandfather and directing her to specific entries on the blog and the web in general. The following photo was taken on the 22nd January and incorporated within the reply:

In memory of my dog 'Don'

I received this email in response:

"Dear Geoff ,

How very very kind and thoughtful of you to send me all that information. I cannot thank you enough !  I had a very sketchy idea of some bits, but most was a revelation to me !
My mother was youngest but one and was over 40 when she had me ,so all my cousins were much older than me.........the one that got left behind !!  Oh how I wish I had taken more interest as a youngster.  But you just think yeah yeah yeah.  Sadly she died when I was 21.
My grandfather sounds a real bounder... for want of a better word ... also beginning with B !  Fancy holding the choir boys at gun point ! I wonder if granny's cake made up for it ?!  I wish I had more family members with whom to share the story.
I did come up to Nocton in the mid 90s... ish.  The hall seemed to still in use as a res. home.  I didn't like to do too much poking around. I also saw great grandfather Williams statue at Kirton.  The photo is brilliant... I didn't have one.

It is very sad to see the hall in such disrepair... but as you say it must be a wild life haven and you certainly don't want a theme park or housing estate !!  I am really pleased you and fellow residents of Nocton are able to walk the ground and would love to come to see it myself I will be in touch if I do.

How bizarre that our correspondence was fired by a mutual interest in a dog who died nearly 84 years ago !....either mad or english !!

Once again my heartfelt thanks.

Very best regards to you and your family.  Linda"

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Nocton Social Club


The Club is looking for someone to be the Club Secretary. If you are interested, please speak to Joanne Summers or any Committee Member.

Tel: 01526 323588 during opening hours.