Lea Life 5th Edition


P C Meetings: 2020: 2nd March, 6th April (further dates to be set)

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.

Lea Park 1979 to 1980

Following on from the article in the September issue of Lea Life. By the time they met on 30th May 1979, Lea Parish Council agreed to  make enquiries into the possibility of buying or leasing about 10 acres of land adjoining Lea Park from A.L.I.H. (Farms) Ltd to provide more sports facilities for the village. If the request was successful they would need to both raise the money required and  obtain planning permission to change the use of the land from agricultural to recreational. By October 1979 the Council was  offered the land for £1 000 per acre on condition that half the land was retained as woodland and that they paid for and maintained all the fencing. This offer was accepted. The Council organised grants from the County Council, West Lindsey and  The Public Works Loan Board to cover the costs. The amount they were seeking was  £10 000 at 15% interest rate over 20 years - the annual repayment being £1 588 and the total repayment was anticipated to be £21 760! £2 000 was raised by increasing the Council Tax paid by the village residents. All the monies were received by April 1980. The Council then had to decide how to develop the land for recreational use. After all the village residents were consulted it was decided to site the football and cricket pitches on the new parkland with the tennis courts being in the old. Plans for a bowling green were dismissed. It was decided that the management and maintenance of Lea Park should fall to a committee made up of non-councillors and this was established. By the end of 1980 the land was in the ownership of Lea Parish Council - the fencing was completed, pitch areas had been rotorvated, trees felled and new trees planted. The Council had viewed a wooden pavilion on sale by Misterton Council with view to it meeting the needs of the Sports Clubs. The  Pavilion was bought and installed, the football and cricket pitches established and the tennis courts developed. The loans were paid off by 2000.


Exciting opportunity in Lea!

Are you looking for an opportunity to get involved in some really worthwhile contribution in your community? Do you want to help have a positive impact on Lea? Could you be a Parish Councillor?

Lea Parish Council  currently has 2 vacancies. We are looking for interested, motivated residents to fill these vacancies. The current Council is a blend of new and experienced, working and retired, councillors who will be supportive and encouraging to any new councillor. Training is also provided to ensure any new councillor is aware of their powers as well as their responsibilities. The Council meets every 6 weeks but there is always ongoing tasks to get involved with.This is a very exciting time to join the Council. An ambitious 4 year plan, including the provision of new facilities and whole village events, has recently been adopted by the council so ensuring that the Council is more proactive within the village. Could you be part of making these plans become a reality? If you want to learn more about becoming a councillor please contact the Parish Clerk, Graham Barber 07720053368 or  lea.parish.council@hotmail.com You are also welcome to sit in on any Council meeting to see us at work!


Save the Dates

Do you agree that it’s time we had some village events? The Parish Council is trying to establish if there is an enthusiasm to support village events. Lea Park will soon be 50 years old and it’s hoped to have a big celebration, so the plan is to hold some ‘tester’ events to see how popular village events are. So, it’s up to the residents - support these events and then we’ll plan more!

First event: Litter pick in Lea Saturday 4th April 10am to 12. As part of the Great British Spring Clean campaign lets clean up our village. Meet at the Butler’s Pantry - litter pickers and bags provided. Bring your own gloves. Tea and cakes for the workers!

Saturday 2nd May - Quiz Night. Sunday 12th July - Picnic in the Park

More details in the next Lea Life and look out for posters.


An update from the Chair of Lea and Roses Cricket Club Stuart Menzies stuart29menzies@btinternet.com 

Now we are into the New Year Lea & Roses CC are looking forward to the 2020 Season, this commences in mid-April and the Club are hoping for better fortunes than they experienced over the 2019 season.

The 2019 season was disappointing and difficult for all teams, mainly due to a number of established first team players declaring themselves unavailable for several important matches. This situation left a sizeable void in terms of player availability and the lack of experienced replacements. Lack of player commitment was demonstrated across all teams at times, the Club had 63 players registered, yet three third team matches had to be cancelled due to player shortages. We will to continue to develop and support the youth element in all our teams and try to recruit more players at all levels.

At the end of the 2019 Season the 1st team finished in bottom position in Division 1 of the Bassetlaw Cricket League, despite that they had some excellent results against top teams. The 2nd team finished in second bottom position in Division 5 and the 3rd team finished bottom of Division 6. For the 2020 season the 1st team will play in Division 2 of the Bassetlaw League, however, the 2nd team will continue in Division 5 due to a few teams withdrawing from the league completely. This situation again indicates the continued demise of cricket at grass roots level.

Due to player shortages during the 2019 Season we have decided to disband the 3rd team for the 2020 season, and therefore the 2nd team will become our base for the development of young players. We expect the 2nd team to play home league games at Lea Park during the new season.

The Gainsborough Trinity Foundation project, to install a full size 3G football pitch at Roses Sports ground is now fully underway, which means the Cricket Club has been displaced from Roses. Because of this displacement, Gainsborough Town Council needed to find an alternative ground of similar standard to Roses Sports Ground, to enable Bassetlaw League 1st or 2nd Division Cricket to be played for the 2020 season and beyond. Marshalls Sports Ground was chosen as the alternative because of the excellent facilities there, however, a new cricket square has had to be installed as the original was not fit for playing cricket of any standard. Hopefully, the new square will be fit for purpose for 1st team home games at the start of the new season in April.

In preparation for the coming season Net Practice Sessions have been arranged at the Gainsborough Academy every Tuesday from 21st January until 21st April, between 6.30 and 7.30pm. The Club are always looking for new blood, male or female, to strengthen our player base, so if anyone is interested in making that commitment please contact any of the following: Andrew Lobley andrewlobley@rocketmail.com

Sue Roberts info@elstonandhopkin.co.uk  Nick Ward-Lowery wardlowery@icloud.com 


Public Transport - use it or lose it!

Do your bit for the environment and use public transport. Lea now has a 30 minute bus service to and from Lincoln. In addition to the 100 bus there is also the 107 bus which is an hourly service for most of the day via Marton, Torksey and Fenton. Please visit www.stagecoachbus.com for the timetables.

Northern train services now operate a weekday hourly service to and from Sheffield from Gainsborough Central. This is in addition to the trains between Gainsborough and Sheffield from Lea Road. There is also an hourly service for most of the day, Monday to Saturday between Lincoln and Leeds stopping at Lea Road and a new late train from Lincoln leaving at 10.42 pm. Take advantage of buying cheap day returns leaving after 9.30 and advance tickets. Please visit www.northernrailway.co.uk for further information. USE THEM OR LOSE THEM!


Lea Clubs and contact details

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

Art Group - Monday 2-4 pm, Douglas Austin 01427 612396 

Brownies - Girls aged 7-10 years.  Monday 5.15-6.15pm. Paula Woffinden 01427 811080 

Bowls Club - Short mat bowls. Every Monday Tom Dubber 01427 613064 

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

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

Lea Youth Club For 8 to 18 yr. olds. 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

Rainbows - Thursday 4.45-5.45pm. Aged 5 to 7 years. Gill Gray 01427 612125 

Lea Women’s Institute - First Thursday of the month 7.30pm Jackie Summers 01427 615382 email: the.summers@btinternet.com 

LatinFit - Friday 6.30-7.15pm  Elizabeth 01427 678269 or 07939 643058 

Bible Fellowship meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 2pm. Pat Gray 01427 629250 

Lea Women’s Fellowship: Meet 3rd Thurs of the month at Butler’s Pantry 2-4pm Barbara Graville 01427 615268 or Joy Linegar 01427 613135 

Prayer Shawl Fellowship – 3rd Monday of the month at 10am. Pat Gray 01427 629250 or Margaret Lilley 01427 615933 

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.