Review of 2013: May

There were cakes galore at South Willingham, where visitors could enjoy afternoon tea

There were cakes galore at South Willingham, where visitors could enjoy afternoon tea

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Market Rasen Town Council took on the enormous task of putting together a catalogue of every pothole in the town.

Coun Margaret Lakin-Whitworth photographed every single pothole and presented a comprehensive list to Lincolnshire County Council. LCC, which is responsible for road maintenance, told the town council Rasen’s roads were in good condition - despite locals raising concerns about health and safety.

After an impressive four terms of office, Caistor Mayor John Burns-Salmond announced he was standing down from his role.

Speaking at the town council’s monthly meeting, he said: “It has been a huge honour to represent Caistor at numerous civic events all over the county of Lincolnshire and it has given me immense pride in supporting many of Caistor’s local organisations.” Coun Steve Millson became the new Mayor of Caistor.

Market Rasen was awarded yet more funding to rejuvenate the high street. The town was just one of seven across the country chosen to receive a share of the government’s £1million High Streets Renewal Fund, which recognises effective and innovative plans of communities working to bring their town centres back to life.

Our area remained true blue at the Lincolnshire County Council election as all sitting Conservatives held on to their seats.

In the Market Rasen Wolds ward Burt Keimach only just retained his seat, getting only 39 more votes than second place Michael Ranby for UKIP. Elsewhere, Tony Turner, Lewis Strange and Sue Rawlins won by a safe margin.

The Rasen Mail was saddened to hear Wickenby’s Michelle Boryszczuk had died aged just 44 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

In a touching front page article, Steve Boryszczuk paid tribute to his beautiful wife who he described as an ‘absolutely fascinating young lady’. Over the past few years, the paper followed Michelle’s struggle and Steve’s determination to fundraise for the Alzheimer’s Society.

- and their tale will no doubt have touched regular readers.

Churches across the area opened their doors for the West Lindsey Churches Festival. Residents and visitors enjoyed seeing some of the magnificent architecture contained within the walls of more than 40 churches and took part in many special events organised for the occasion.

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