Friday, 29 July 2016

Nocton Cricket Club - match report

Ancaster v Nocton, July 10th – Major Hoult Cup – Semi-Final

After winning all three of their Cup qualifying games to reach the semi final Nocton were unlucky to be drawn against Ancaster away from home. Ancaster had already beaten us twice this season – last time they bowled us out for just 8 – but we were determined not to let THAT happen again.

Ancaster won the toss and chose to field, I suppose to see if they could embarrass us again! David Franklin had other ideas and hit 25 of the first 29 runs we scored, but when he was bowled by Joe Bottomley Nocton were 29-3 and in some trouble. Big hitters Dylan and Kyle came to the rescue. Dylan (26) and Kyle (46) took the score quickly to 105 before first Kyle, then Dylan lost their wickets. Rob Garfoot offered some resistance with 16 but Nocton were all out for 142 from just 25 overs.

If we’d had a bit of luck on our side Nocton might have been able to defend a score of 142 but Ancaster openers Anthony Richardson and Joe Bottomley took their time, settled into their innings and made an excellent opening partnership of 132 scoring 47 and 70 respectively. Nocton’s Rob Appleyard troubled Ancaster’s batsmen with his off spinners last time we played at their ground and he was the only Nocton bowler to enjoy any success today taking 3 for 32. It was not enough and Ancaster reached 143 for 3 to win by 7 wickets and take their place in the final on August 28th at Bracebridge Heath.

Report and photos courtesy of Jonathan Sides

Plate 1 - Dylan in his bowling stride

Plate 2 - Rob Appleyard who was a thorn
 in the flesh of Ancaster yet again

Plate 3 - Ancaster’s opening bat on the attack
 during their superb opening stand of 132

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Marianne Overton - comment

What recent political shifts mean for local government

In the headlong drive for “growth”, let’s not forget what we actually need is communities in a healthy environment with matching services and infrastructure.

“Now is the time to focus efforts on shaping the future, not within Europe, but with Europe” say Lincolnshire Independents

People in every authority in Lincolnshire voted to leave the EU, 65.3% of the County votes. Lincolnshire Independents look at what happened, why and should come next.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Beeswax Farming - theft of signs

Message from the Bracebridge Heath Neighbourhood Policing Team

There has been a theft of several large signs that belong to Beeswax Farm. Unknown
person(s) have removed the signs from the private road that leads from the the Cricket Club at Nocton down to Wood Lodge.

The theft has occurred between 15:30hrs - 21:15hrs, 23/07/16.

If you have any information that may assist us in our enquiries, please contact Lincs Police on 101 and quote incident number 208 of 24/07/2016. Alternatively, you may wish to contact Crimestoppers UK, anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Thank You.

Paul Flannigan (Support, PCSO NC39 Washingborough & Metheringham, B'bridge Heath Station)

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Superfast broadband - good news


Further to my last blog on this matter, I decided to email Steve Brookes for more information following their Friday update:

"Hi Steve,

Looking at the 22nd July update: “Needs external fibre provision and the Exchange to be completed”, this appears to relate purely to the commissioning of the new fibre cabinet.

I have a few questions for you if that’s OK:
  1. Please can you let me have an estimated timeline for the commissioning work to be undertaken?
  2. How did you get on with the assessment of costs that BT were going to provide for bringing over the Cab 3 lines… has this contract been received and agreed yet?
  3. Will this be dealt with as a separate entity to the commissioning of Cab 17… if so, what sort of extended timeframe are we on for this additional work?"
I received a very encouraging reply, first thing yesterday morning:

"Good Morning Geoff

BT tell me they will complete commissioning within 2 weeks.

I have raised a job for the transfer of the Cab 3 lines and we are happy with the associated costs. On that basis, we can go ahead. They have just put this into their system and I await a timescale. As soon as I get it, I will let you know.


This is certainly good news for those residents of Nocton who wish to invest in a faster broadband service for their business or private interests.

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BT avoids Openreach breakup but Ofcom orders more investment

Ofcom said Openreach should be run as a legally separate company within BT Group, with its own board and its own brand.

Millions will be condemned to 'dire' broadband after regulator refuses to break up BT, MPs warn

The decision, which comes after a year-long review, will infuriate campaigners who have accused the BT of leaving millions of people with sub-standard broadband connections.

Councils demand reassurance on universal broadband pledge

Councils have urged the government to "reaffirm its commitment" to a minimum broadband speed to stop thousands of homes and businesses falling into a "digital twilight zone".

Monday, 25 July 2016

Women's Institute - great results

Witham Show

It was a day of excitement and celebration for the members of Nocton and District WI at the Witham Group of WI`s Craft, Cookery and Produce show on Saturday 23rd July. There were entries in every class which included vegetables and fruit, flowers, floral art, cookery, preserves, handicrafts and photography.

The standard and quality of the entries from all of the local WI`s was extremely high but Nocton and District pulled out all the stops to win four of the nine trophies. Julie Partridge won the Minting Trophy for most points in the vegetables and fruit section, Jane Kania won the Branston Trophy for the highest point tally in the photography section and the Area Leaders trophy for most points in the show by a member.

Many of the other members attained an amazing number of first, second and third prizes showing a wonderful commitment and level of skill and ability which led to the best achievement of the day – Nocton and District WI retaining the Andrew Trophy for the Institute gaining the most points in the show.

Report courtesy of Jane Kania

Jane Kania with the Area Leaders and Branston Trophies

Janet Goldsworthy with her entries and awards
Nocton & District WI with the Andrew Trophy