Dear Reader, welcome to the latest edition of the Lincolnshire Community Foundation Newsletter.
This month sees the beginning of spring and as the weather starts to warm up (we hope) we are all trying to get better organised as we get the urge to 'spring clean' and organise ourselves more efficiently. With that in mind, we are looking for someone to help out in an administrative capacity in our offices in Sleaford part-time, 14 hours per week. See the Marketplace section for full details. Closing date is Friday 8th April 2016.
As mentioned previously, the mag. is now open for general comment from our readership. Let us know if you have a particular (justifiable) bugbear or (legal) rant. We're also happy to publicise fund raisers and events and advertise jobs and job seekers. Contributions should, ideally, be circa 250 words or less, plus a juicy graphic. The next issue is due for publication on 14th July 2016 and items will need to be with the editor by midnight on 2nd July 2016. Items should be sent to email@example.com.
Let me Out!
Gordon Hunter's thought's on a recent NHS stay...
This was nearly a letter from my sickbed, rather than my cosy berth in Carre Street. I was briefly a guest of Lincoln Hospital, where I greatly admired the nurses, less so the ambulance service: great staff but veteran vehicles – 300,000 miles on the clock, cutting edge in 1961, suspension a faint memory. I did well to survive the trip, let alone its cause.
Being a crazed, self-deluding optimist, I considered the experience a good opportunity for action-research, specifically into “intermediate care”, typically where the patient can’t be looked after at home. So, they stay in (block) a hospital bed.
I met a lovely old man from Market Rasen who’d been on the Ward for seven weeks: speech impaired, cathetierised but fiercely independent and desperate to get back to his bungalow and his rabbits. Had there been an intermediate bed, with some nursing support (typically around £600 a week all-in) available, then old Bert could have been released. He could also have coped with visiting carers. But the odds are stacked against him: not enough intermediate care, budget cuts and the lack of a joined up commissioning strategy. Meanwhile, our associate Richard Collins, reckons it costs something like £1,200 a week to be looked after in hospital.
To end on a positive note, we have high hopes that Richard’s current research (funded by the Foundation and the Horncastle area fund) will bear fruit and that we can find ways to help people like Bert – not least the community care co-operative approach they’re trialling in Keelby.
Contact Gordon Hunter at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Budget cuts - a step too far?:
Thoughts from our Editor about the wisdom of austerity cuts as a long term solution..... Is it time for some integrated thinking and a slower pace of change?
I am all for living within our means but I feel current central government policy is ignoring the consequences of cuts in one area on another. Strict budget management may win short term savings but, eventually, creates an unsustainable future.
Take a look at public health, now under the responsibility of local councils. Central government is imposing cuts of 6.7% between 2016 and 2020, with the bulk of the cuts front-loaded in the first two years, before easing off in the last two.
Any social care allocations will be spent (and rightly so) on the increased living wage - up to £9 per hour by 2020. To plug the gaps, Councils are wasting precious reserves that they would be much better placed investing in making themselves self-sustaining.
There are lots of examples where the bow-wave of cost cutting creates a wash of collateral damage:
Heritage services: Even with free entry, you can generate income through event days and activities, cafes and gift shops. The only museum in Suffolk to make a surplus up until a few years ago was a free entry museum in a small village - entry charge museums all made a loss.
Health improvement: Look at the obesity epidemic. Potentially, it could bankrupt the NHS. According to a report featured in the Telegraph “Obesity is a greater burden on the UK's economy than armed violence, war and terrorism, costing the country nearly £47 billion a year.”
The study, commissioned by consultancy firm McKinsey and Company, which called for a coordinated response to the problems, also noted “obesity has the second-largest economic impact on the UK behind smoking, generating an annual loss equivalent to 3% of GDP.….”
A single unplanned teenage pregnancy that could have been avoided will potentially cost thousands of pounds in housing, benefits and tax credits over the life of the child and may reduce the life chances of the mother who, potentially, will not have opportunities for study and better paid work. This may affect their finances and mental health and the government's income tax take.
Cuts to drug-related services make absolutely no sense. According to Drugwise, between one third and a half of all acquisitive crime (stealing) is committed by dependent drug users. They suggest the cost of drug related crime could be as much as £2.5 billion per year, affecting health and police budgets and individual households via increased insurance premiums for example. There are ....
“Examples of users needing £15,000 to £30,000 a year to fund drug habits ..... To make such amounts of money from stolen goods police often suggest multiplying by three – on the basis that stolen goods will fetch about one third of their normal value. There are estimates of around 306,000 heroin and / or crack users in England, with around 200,000 of them in treatment in any one year. That is a lot of theft, burglary, fraud or shoplifting if all are stealing to pay for things. This has led some people to suggest that up to half of all acquisitive crime is drug-related and that the market value of goods stolen involved could be between £2-2.5 billion each year”
When we look at the impact of cutting rural bus services, it is clear that the consequences for vulnerable, lonely and particularly elderly people can be devastating, as many can only get out and socialise using local buses. Access to health services is also affected, increasing inequalities between rich and poor, especially in deprived rural areas. In Lincolnshire, deprivation increases as you move towards the coast and these areas are those being hit hardest by reductions to subsidised public transport. In addition, less public transport means less access to work opportunities and therefore people being less likely to find a job they can get to, come off benefits and then pay tax into the system – in the long term reducing government tax income.
What about our roads? Where roads are poor and access difficult, companies are less likely to come and invest in an area and residents cannot travel to workplaces easily. This reduces their job opportunities and, in consequence, the income and tax yield. Difficult access makes recruitment hard in many areas, but particularly healthcare, as staff working in medical fields want opportunities to work in varied health environments and to continue professional development throughout their careers which means access to big cities and good training and development opportunities is necessary. When roads are poor, it takes longer and therefore costs more for healthcare workers, ambulances and police to travel from place to place……and the list goes on….
And the preferred Government solution? Whenever a problem is brought to the attention of those in power they unveil short-term ‘pots’ of money to put into specific areas. And that's no way to make a meaningful and lasting difference. Instead of a temporary fix, let's prevent the breakdowns. If you want to stay warm you don’t turn up the heating while not fixing the broken windows and uninsulated loft! Surely, you invest in double glazing and warmer clothes.
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The Wit & Wisdom of the powerful?
James takes a light-hearted look at the wonderful statements made by those formerly in power and those hoping to be in positions of power soon......
It is possible to be too solemn about the state of the world we live in. It’s possible to be drawn into the endless debate, the ceaseless questioning of right and wrong, the relentless back and forth of the deepest and most meaningful of difficulties concerning current affairs and the justness and morality of our response as a civil society.………
In this particular burnt offering I hope to go some way toward soothing this malady, to offer the reader something a little atypical of my musings and in doing so, if only for a moment, bring a little perspective and jest to a latterly darkening political sky.
I offer for your appreciation a modest selection of my favourite examples of political nincompoopary, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt (IMHO) that so called leaders (past and burgeoning) are undoubtedly huge Silly Sausages to put it mildly and potentially even sillier than the folk who put them there……..no….. my apologies that’s a preposterous thing to say :/
And so, in their own words, I give you the wit and wisdom of:
George W Bush - 43rd President of the USA by the way
"They misunderestimated me."
In Bentonville, Arkansas, on November 6, 2000
"Throughout our history, the words of the Declaration have inspired immigrants from around the world to set sail to our shores. These immigrants have helped transform 13 small colonies into a great and growing nation of more than 300 people."
In Charlottesville, Virginia, on July 4, 2008
"So long as I'm the president, my measure of success is victory -- and success."
On Iraq, in Washington, D.C., on April 17, 2008
Calling out to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at the G-8 Summit in 2010
Silvio Berlusconi - 50th Prime Minister of Italy……ITALY…..IN EUROPE (I could only find a few quotes that were half way repeatable)
"I am the Jesus Christ of politics. I am a patient victim, I put up with everyone, I sacrifice myself for everyone."
At the launch of the 2006 election campaign
"I have little hair because my brain is so big it pushes the hair out."
"I'm getting out to mind my own (!!!unrepeatable!!!) business, from somewhere else, and so I'm leaving this (!!!unrepeatable!!!) country, of which I'm sickened."
On his leaving office after 17 years give or take :/
Donald Trump - All recent quotes relating to the Republican candidacy campaign
"My IQ is one of the highest — and you all know it! Please don't feel so stupid or insecure; it's not your fault."
"The point is, you can never be too greedy."
“It’s freezing and snowing in New York – we need global warming!”
Sides hurting and cheeks wet with tears?.....Ah….Mon PLAISIR J
James can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org 01529 307749
We are sad to have to say goodbye to Cheryle Berry who has been a pro-active and positive trustee of the Foundation and many other charities for several years. Paul Scott, a trustee of the Joseph Banks Society along with Cheryle and a Lincolnshire Community Foundation trustee tells us a bit more about Cheryle and her reasons for leaving us...she will be sorely missed.
Late last year we were sorry to receive letters from Dr Cheryle Berry announcing her intention to resign as a trustee of Lincolnshire Community Foundation and as Chairman of the Joseph Banks Society.
Almost to make things worse we learned that this was on doctors’ orders, it seemed almost too cruel that our multiple marathon running colleague of whom we were all so proud should have to stand down for health reasons. Cheryle always seemed to have boundless energy, for years we admired the fact that Cheryle seemed to think nothing of chairing the afternoon working party and then the committee meeting before heading back 65 miles to her home at Clay Cross in Derbyshire.
Cheryle spent many years as a Head Teacher before rising to become Director of Education first in Middlesbrough and then finally back here in Lincolnshire. In retirement she worked tirelessly in the voluntary sector. Amongst her many volunteer roles were with St John Ambulance as Chair of the County Priory Group for Derbyshire and an Ambassador for Schools in the East Midlands encouraging them to put First Aid skills on the curriculum. As just one more challenge ge Cheryle made repeated trips to India to teach First Aid to the housemothers and older children in an orphanage in the south of the sub-continent.
As well as being a Trustee and Chairman of the Sir Joseph Banks Society and trustee of Lincolnshire Community Foundation, Cheryle has been a Trustee of several Charities including The Carers Federation and Children’s Links. Then there are the marathons, Cheryle has completed no less than 14 marathons including the London and one New York. After a break she has every intention of running at least one more for a new interest the Stroke Association.
Gordon Hunter, Foundation Director said
"Cheryle was with us for a decade. From her origins as a primary school teacher all the way to her role as trustee she has been 100% enthusiastic, creative and people centred.
We know that in her spare time when Director of Education of Lincolnshire, each morning before work she went and visited a school every single day and she knew all of the children and headteachers in the district - this illustrates her utter enthusiasm and dedication in everything she does."
Cheryle will be sorely missed and we thank her for the hard work she has put into the Community Foundation and Joseph Banks Society over the years.
Making a Difference:
In this regular slot we look at how a little can go a long way by focusing on the work of a group or on an individual or group of individuals that have been helped by the support of the Foundation or by working together with others with little financial input from outside. This issue Sue Fortune tells us a bit about Jordan Havell, a young, gifted horticulturist ........:
Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow…..
Jordan Havell’s mum first approached the Lincolnshire Rural and Communities Fund (LARC) in April 2014 to ask for a small amount £50 towards the cost of replenishing seed and plant supplies. Jordan is home educated and had developed a keen interest in all things horticultural.
He went on to achieve a Silver Medal award in RHS Budding Gardener with high hopes of achieving the RHS Benchmark Award in 2015. To do this, he needed to restock his supplies, and therefore applied to the Colin Batts Family Trust. He received £100 and reached his goal.
He didn’t stop there and, along the way, has also developed more than a passing interest in marine wildlife, in particular stranded mammals. His work led to him wining a big award in the animal hero awards in London sponsored by the Daily Mirror and RSPCA. He also had a stand at RHS Chelsea in 2015 and was awarded a Silver Gilt Award in RHS Budding Gardener.
Following his success, his mother re-applied to the Colin Batts Family Trust in February 2016 and was awarded £300 towards the cost of attending a Mammal Media Course and buying books, plants, tools so that he can take part in RHS Wisley Budding Gardener 2016 and Young School Gardener 2016.
We wish him all the very best and look forward to hearing about his future successes.
Sue can be contacted at email@example.com 01529 305825
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In this section:
- Ancient Charities: Our correspondent, Ian Pepperdine asks What happens when a charity cannot continue to benefit local people? He answers with the Minting case study
- The Bishop of Lincoln's Social Justice Fund Update
- Market Place - PT Admin post in Sleaford
Our correspondent, Ian Pepperdine asks What happens when a charity cannot continue to benefit local people?
Minting is around 6 miles outside Horncastle on the Wragby Road; one of those small Wolds villages that, unless you live there or visit friends, remains a dot on the map. About 9 months ago, I received a call from Roy Griffiths, chairman of the local charity. He and fellow trustees wanted to wind up the charity with the approval of the Commissioners making sure that residual funds (about £330) continued to help local people.
So what’s interesting about this case?
The residual sum was so small that it was not economically viable to journey back and forth between my office in Barrow upon Humber and Roy’s home in Minting, a 75 mile round trip. So we did it together by telephone, email and letter. Roy now rejoices in the accolade of being the first Chair that I have worked with to formally and properly wind up a charity without a single penny of the fund spent on expenses.
From Roy’s notes on the combined charities, amalgamated in 2002, now transferred:
The Bashforth bequest came from Francis Bashforth
(1819 to 1912), school rector of Minting (1857 to 1892) and renowned mathematician; his ballistics tables are still in use.
’s will AD 1638:
In the name of God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost Amen. I George Ashton of Minting in the County of Lincoln being sick of body, but by Godly mercy of perfect memory and remembrance, humbly entreat His gracious acceptance of this my last will and testament following, first I give and bequeath willingly, cheerfully and dutifully my soul unto His Majesties hands when it shall please His Divine Majesty to make a separation betwixt my body and soul, And my body I remit to the earth until again His Divine power shall unite them, The talent which He hath lent me, I humbly beg His assistance to dispose thereof, to the use of well disposed people and thus divided, first I give and bequethe to the town and the poor of Minting forty pounds to be used to their benefit yearly as followeth, That is to be let to six honest farmers thriving yet oppressed with many children and hard rents, and industrious after six in the hundred, giving security for the payment thereof at each year end, The parties if living at my death, to be William Roblins, Henry Roblins, George Winne, Thomas Ealand, William Carew, and George Wilcock after their decease, such others as the Minister and Churchwardens, or two of them shall make choice of, The interest of which sums I will shall and by the said Churchwardens, buy make and give unto six poor of that town each Christmas, six black frees (fleeces?) coats or gowns provided that they be neither idle, gamesters, drinkers or wasters,
In the Parliamentary Returns of 1786 the charity has £80 vested in a Mr. Merrell, producing £3.12s per annum.
This money is now in the hands of Mr. Francis Farr, overseer of the poor, producing 4½ per cent, which was formerly expended in the purchase of clothes for the poor of the parish, but this practice having been found inconvenient, it has been thought advisable, for the last two or three years, to distribute it in money among poor persons, at the discretion of the parish officers.
It was recommended that the money should no longer be continued in the hands of the overseer, but invested in the Horncastle savings bank, in the names of the rector and church wardens.
In 1963 the charity’s correspondent was the Rev. A. A. Ede of Greetham Rectory, Horncastle. Income was “under £5.”
By 1967 the combined income was £11.30 a year and there were no applications for assistance to the restored Parish Meeting. Latterly, trustees supported the local “Tuesday Club”. Once that had closed down, the logical move was to close the funds and invest the reserves in the Foundation’s Horncastle Health & Wellbeing Fund.
To know more about winding-up a charity properly, contact
or 07918 667592
The Bishop of Lincoln's Fund
An update from Ian Thompson
Now running for over 9 months, the Bishop of Lincoln’s Social Fund has paid out grants to a whole host of needy organisations. In this month’s Nemus we focus on just three organisations who have been helped by the fund.
Bridge Church Lincoln
Grant received £5000
The project run by Bridge Church Lincoln provides support and help with financial hardship, promotes and preserve good health and advances education in any way they can. In order to accomplish this the project has run various activities over the years for all ages. These have included holiday clubs, youth clubs toddler groups and an elderly friendship group. A major project initiated was the Bridge Community Venue with the purchase of a building across from the church the group were able to establish a community café, a soft play area, a Charity Shop, a listening service, and food bank. These are open 6 days a week from 9-4 providing support to hundreds of people from the area each week and run predominantly buy volunteers. The grant is being used to fund a new soft play area for the community venue. The project has been providing a free soft play area to the community over the last eight years, this facility has been well used by the under 5’s during this time the play area is a great tool to getting families connected with others in their community, as well as a number of service providers who use the facilities when promoting the support they have to offer in and around the community.
The Storehouse, Skegness
Grant received: £5000
The Storehouse Charity / Church operate from a community hub in the north of the town. They provide a range of services to the people of Skegness including a community food and clothes bank. They operate a signposting and support service for the homeless from the hub where hot meals and “Floating” support is provided. They are also a partner in the provision to deliver accommodation for the homeless people prior to re-housing. The Storehouse operate a drop-in for housing and wellbeing and are a partner with the Lincolnshire Credit Union. The Storehouse provide space for weekly friendship and social groups, and facilitate other groups with room space to deliver relevant services.
Recent research from the Children’s Society and Stepchange show 18% of families in Skegness are currently living in debt and have a collective debt of £45,000. With this in mind the Storehouse are using their grant to set up a Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Debt Centre in Skegness. A CAP Debt centre will help to give people the tools and skills needed to overcome the nightmare of debt. This process will also address the issues of the unjust practices that enable people to get in to debt. This project will be there to help people from all walks of life and help to rebuild the community. The Storehouse have first-hand experience of the debilitating effects of the above average debt in the community. The Storehouse would like to develop a CAP Centre with a centre manager and a volunteer force of Debt Coaches from the community hub in the Storehouse Church in Skegness. By using the close connections with the Church of England and other local churches, together they should be able to tackle this growing debt issue in Skegness. This CAP Model will be different to many others in that it will provide personal support to the client in their home, throughout the process of becoming debt free. It is believed that one-to-one contact has proven in other areas the best way to support people through debt and financial hardship.
Shalom Youth Project Grimsby
Grant received: £15,000
Shalom have received some funding from the NE Lincolnshire Council for their youth project but this is only half of what is needed to run the project for the coming year.
The grant received will support:
- The 628 club (for children 8-16)
- The 628 drop in for older teens the present funding from Comic Relief ends in November.
- Continuing work with three support groups for children and young people whose lives are chaotic due to their parent’s addiction problems
The heart of the work is that it is long-term and consistent, most Children & Young People will have this input for about 10 years. Over this time Shalom build a relationship with the Young People that is secure and sustained. This is achieved by setting and holding boundaries enabling them to reflect on, and modify their behaviour. Because of its 43 years working in the community the Project is held in high regard. Over that time 4000 young people have accessed the project. This means that young people have a sense of continuity and pride in belonging. The project therefore has a major impact in this community.
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to discuss social justice projects.
This is our skills and opportunities section.
Let us know if you have jobs or assignments to fill - research, evaluation, business plans, bid writing, tendering and so on. Those interested in including any tender opportunities, vacancies or other items should describe the opportunity, budget and timeframe and how to apply.
Part Time Finance Administrator / Charity
Lincolnshire Community Foundation, a charity based in Sleaford, are looking for a Finance Clerk / Administrator to join their small team on an ongoing part time basis.
-Filing / archiving
-Administrative related duties
This is a part-time post of 14 hours over two or three days @ £8.30 per hour.
If you feel you would like to work with small team and you have the relevant skills and experience for this role, please submit your CV with a covering letter by 8th April 2016 to
Sue Fortune, Lincolnshire Community Foundation Mill House, 4 Carre Street Sleaford NG34 7TW
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