Quality kitemark for focusing on future

Steering group members Mike Ormion, Bryan Roberts, Alan Wilkinson and Bob Lawson with some of the volunteers at Osgodby
Steering group members Mike Ormion, Bryan Roberts, Alan Wilkinson and Bob Lawson with some of the volunteers at Osgodby
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A voluntary village group has received a plaudit for its plans for the future, which included a colourful parish plan identifying topics of concern.

More than 75 per cent of parishioners in the Civil Parish of Osgodby completed the questionnaire, issued by a voluntary steering group, to find out what they wanted for the future of their parish.

All the information was collected and collated to form the basis of the Parish Plan and, importantly, a large number of ‘actions’ were identified covering a range of topics - traffic, the natural and rural environment, facilities for young people, parish amenities and more.

The steering group, together with the parish council, set about bringing change to the community and now the plan has been awarded a Quality Kitemark by Community Lincs, which has been working with community organisations across Lincolnshire for more than 80 years.

“We are delighted our work has been formally recognised as a good standard,” said Michael Ormion, chairman of the steering group and now chairman of TOPCAT, The Osgodby Parish Community Action Team.

“The kitemark will be greatly beneficial when our organisation applies for grant funding for future projects.”

TOPCAT is the formal body looking to implement the actions identified in the parish plan - now known as Community Led Plans.

The group has already organised a number of parish clean-up mornings, complete with tea and bacon butties for the army of volunteers who regularly turn out to support the events.

With a grant from the Community Action & Volunteering Fund, the volunteers also set about regenerating the rather neglected Village Green in Osgodby.

The seat and notice board were cleaned and varnished, the telephone kiosk was repainted, with BT supplying the paint, new planters were filled with geraniums and marigolds, and bulbs were planted for new colour next year.

The villages of Osgodby and Kirkby also entered the Best Kept Village competition and, although they did not win, scored a commendable 111 points out of a total of 125.

“We’ll do better next year,” added Mr Ormion.

“The villages looked very colourful, with planters appearing everywhere.”