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West Lindsey District Council is using many unusual places for voting
West Lindsey District Council is using many unusual places for voting

Meet Jeff Cade, his local polling station is not just where people vote, it’s also a place of worship.

The North Owersby resident, 76, and his wife Marjorie, 83, who is the church warden, have volunteered to open the church door to local voters for over 15 years, ever since their village hall closed.

St Martin’s in North Owersby is a Grade II listed building which was totally rebuilt in 1762 using medieval ironstone masonry.

The church is just one of 104 polling stations which will be activated in this May’s UK Parliamentary, district, town and parish elections.

“We’ve opened up the church for an awfully long time and we have around 120 potential voters. We usually see about half of that coming through the doors,” Jeff said.

“We provide a convenient central location for the villages around here, our catchment reaches all the way to Thornton, South Owersby and up to the A46, so includes a lot of local farmers. It means it’s more convenient for people to pop down and vote rather than having to travel further away.”

Other polling stations in the district include village halls, pubs and even a few private homes – but none of this will matter unless you register to vote now.

West Lindsey District Council is calling on people to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or by contacting its elections office by Monday April 20 on 01427-676628.