Lea Life


Parish Council Meetings: 7th March, 11th April, 16th May. Please note these are subject to change but all meetings will be advertised in the Parish Council notice boards on the side of the Butler’s Pantry and on The Green. Parish Clerk, Barry Rooks 07791088761 or visit the website at https://lea.parish.lincolnshire.gov.uk

All about Louis

Have you heard about Louis? Louis is a 7 year old village resident who was not happy with the state of the goal posts in Lea Park. Rather than just moaning about the situation, with the support of his family, he has decided to do something about it. On 19th February Louis is going to run from The Levellings in Gainsborough to Lea Park, a distance of about 5 km, to raise the money for some new goal posts. His original target was £500 but he has already reached over £2,000! Any additional money raised will be spent or put towards additional facilities in the park. What an achievement! Louis has had support from family and friends, Gainsborough Trinity, Darron Childs, Lea Parish Council, BBC Radio Lincolnshire, Lea School and more. If you would like to support Louis please go to his Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/louisslack?utm_term=2GGj4ZQMp . Louis hopes to arrive at Lea Park about 10:30 on Saturday 19th February, so please come down for a cup of coffee and to cheer him home.


Affordable homes for renting on Rippon Homes development site, off Willingham Road

During the consultation events for the Lea Neighbourhood Plan some parishioners expressed a concern that when their families grew up, they could not afford to live in Lea. As a result, the Lea Neighbourhood Plan has a policy that any new development of 4 or more houses must provide 20% affordable housing. This means that Rippon Homes development on Willingham Road will have 12 affordable homes available for rent or shared ownership. 

There is also a legal agreement setting out the terms of priority for the selection of occupiers of these affordable homes in the following order;

i.    was born in the village of Lea; or

ii.   has permanently resided for between 1 and 5 years or more in the village of Lea; or

iii.  used to live permanently in the village of Lea for between 1 and 5 years or more but has been forced to move away because of the lack of affordable housing; or

iv.  has permanently been employed in the village of Lea for between 1 and 5 years or more; or

v.  needs to reside in the village of Lea to give or receive family care and support.

Priorities  i. to iv. are then applied, in a similar way, to the adjacent and immediately surrounding parishes of Gainsborough, Corringham, Upton and Knaith. For example in criterion i. for Corringham would read ‘born in the village of Corringham’. These same 4 priorities are then applied to West Lindsey and finally anyone else registered on the Lincs. Homefinder CBL system. Any queries on the selection of priorities please contact Lea Parish Council.

At this early stage of the development not all details have been decided. Lea Parish Council have been informed by West Lindsey District Council that there will be approximately 8 houses for renting and anyone interested should register with them through their choice based lettings site – Home Choice - and people will have to be registered to bid. People can register here: https://homechoice.west-lindsey.gov.uk/


It is advisable to register straight away so that when the houses are released you are on the system to bid when the properties are handed over and advertised by the registered provider. Any enquiries should be directed to the Home Choices team on 01427 676 676 (option 4) or home.choices@west-lindsey.gov.uk Please keep checking our website for further information about the houses for renting and shared ownership.

Platinum Jubilee celebrations

Please save the date: Sunday 5th June. Lea Parish Council are working hard, alongside other village groups and associations, to organise a Family Fun Day in Lea Park to celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Details have yet to be confirmed, but could include such things as a children’s sports day and street party style tea, archery, tennis and cricket, the POP UP Pantry, a Picnic in the Park, activities from the Rainbows and Brownies and much more! The organising group would still appreciate offers of help with the planning – only 1 person offered to help following our appeal in the last newsletter, which is a bit disappointing. If you could help and be involved in putting together this fun filled day for the village please contact the Parish Clerk to find out more. Phone Barry on 07791088761

Road signs

There was an article in the latest edition of Lincolnshire Parish News, requesting that Councils report street nameplates that need replacing because they are worn or damaged. Lea Parish Council reported the one on St Helen’s Road, and that is now going to be replaced. Nowadays they only put one name on each sign and not the leading to streets, so it will no longer include Trehampton Drive, Meadow Rise and Priory Way. The sign for The Grove has also been reported as it is faded. If you know of any others please let the Parish Clerk know so that they can be reported.

Lea Park Tennis Club

Lea Parish Council would like to warn users of Lea Park that some disruption is likely for approximately 3 weeks from about the 23rd February to allow for the resurfacing of the tennis courts. The company responsible for the works have undertaken to keep the inconvenience to the minimum but some areas will be cordoned off for safety reasons.

Pop Up Pantry

The Pop Up Pantry take away at Butler’s Pantry hopes to reopen on Sunday 10th April. More details to follow.

Lea Clubs and contact details

Most of the clubs and societies in the village are back up and running. If you know of any other groups in the village, please let us know so we can add it to our list.


Lea Park Tennis Club -Tuesday from 7pm, Wednesday & Friday from 2pm. Coaching available. Phil Juhos 01427 613562 

Art Group – No current details available. 

Brownies - Girls aged 7-10 years.  Monday 5.15-6.45pm.  Lea Village Hall. Paula Woffinden 01427 811080 

Rainbows – Girls aged 4 to 7 years. Thursday 5:00-6:00pm. Lea Village Hall. Pauline Barlow, Tel 07484 253357 or 01427 717504

Bowls Club - Short mat bowls. No current details available. 

Gainsborough Bowmen - Tuesday 7-9pm. gainsboroughbowmen@gmail.com 

Vitality Exercise Class - Wednesday 10-11am. Liz Clews 01427 615608 or 07751 964832 

Lea Youth Club 8 to 18 years.  LeaYouthClub@hotmail.com or Emma on 07971861115 

Lea & Roses Cricket Club -Stuart Menzies. Chair - stuart29menzies@btinternet.com Sue Roberts Vice Chair – info@elstonandhopkin.co.uk

Lea Women’s Institute – 1st Thursday of the month 7.30pm  Lea Village Hall Jackie Summers 01427 615382

LatinFit - Friday 6.30-7.30pm. Lea Village Hall.  Elizabeth 01427 678269 or 07939 643058  

The knitting group/art for fun – 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 10am – 11:30. In Lea Methodist Church (the Little Retreat) Pat Gray 01427 629250

Gainsborough Cancer Support Group: 3rd Thursday of each month at Gainsborough House 10 till 12 Sue or Jean on 07707 707140


Lea’s Churches 

Church of St Helen: Rev Phillip Wain 01427 839933. Church Warden – Mrs Joy Linegar 01427 613135 

Lea Methodist Church: Minister: Rev Louise Carr.  Every Sunday at 10.30am followed by fellowship with coffee/tea and biscuits.