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Seniors


Park House


Park House is situated on Lincoln Road. In the building there are 16 self contained sheltered units on two floors plus three adjacent bungalows. The residents are all senior citizens and come from various parts of the country.

There is a large lounge where weekly coffee mornings are held. The lounge is also the venue for demonstrations by visiting tradespeople and for talks by a variety of speakers from local charities and organisations.  Bingo is also very popular and this is held once a month. At most of these events our friends from the village come along and join us.

We also have a celebration of Holy Communion once a month, given to us by one of our local Ministry Team. This little service is enjoyed by all residents who attend.

Transport is available for residents who wish to get to the Village Hall for events there and the weekly shopping excursion to Lincoln which is very popular.

For further information telephone 01673 860690 or 863449.




Bus Passes


The procedure for applying for free bus passes has changed with effect 1st April 2018..  Application forms are available from the parish office or the library and can be downloaded from the website www.lincolnshire.gov.uk.  The change is that from 1st April the walk-in service at City Hall has been discontinued but it is possible to apply on-line.  Applications will now only be accepted by post or on-line.


The following has been taken from the county council’s website


Eligibility

Residency

Permanent residents of Lincolnshire: this can be proved using an official document with your name and address, e.g. bank statement, utility bill, dated within the last six months. Your local council tax bill for the current year will also be acceptable.

Age Criteria

You no longer receive a pass automatically at the age of 60.  The age of qualification is the same for men and women and is linked to the state pension age for women, which is currently being increased to reach 66 by 2020.

To see when you qualify for a free pass on age grounds please visit Directgov’s State Pension Age Calculator and enter your date of birth; alternatively download the Concessionary Bus Travel Brochure below.

Proof of age must also be included with your application by supplying one of the following: birth certificate, passport, driving licence, proof of state pension, or a doctor’s repeat prescription.

Disability criteria

Whilst there are many types of disability only seven are recognised for the scheme.  A blue badge or higher rate DLA / PIPS would provide sufficient evidence in most cases.

Recognised disabilities for this purpose are as follows;

Is blind or partially sighted; is profoundly deaf or severely deaf; is without speech; is disabled, or suffered an injury, which has a substantial and long term effect on the ability to walk; does not have arms, or has long term loss of the use of both arms; has a learning disability; has a moderate to severe disability and would, if applied for a licence to drive a motor vehicle, be refused due to physical fitness or other than for the misuse of drugs or alcohol.

To be eligible, the disability must be permanent, have lasted at least twelve months, or be likely to last at least twelve months.


Applying

You can apply for a concessionary bus pass in a variety of ways; either: apply and renew a pass online using the online portal. (for older persons applications and renewals); download an application form from the website; collect your application form from your local council office or library; ring 01522 550129 to request a form by post; request an application form by emailing concessionaryfares@lincolnshire.gov.uk.

By post

Downloaded or hard copy forms must be completed and returned by post with the relevant documents and photograph to the address on the application form.  New applications should be made via post no earlier than 21 days in advance of your eligibility date to the Concessionary Fares Team, PO Box 1305, Lincoln,LN5 5RT.  Your pass should be sent to you within ten working days upon receipt of an application.


Renew

There is no fee for renewing your pass and you can renew up to four months in advance of your card expiring.  For an older person’s renewal you will need to provide a passport-sized photo taken within the last twelve months plus proof of residency if you have changed address since your current bus pass was issued.

For disability pass you will need to provide a passport-sized photo taken within the last twelve months, proof of residency if you have changed address since your current bus pass was issued and sufficient evidence of eligibility for the disability category you are applying under.

You can renew your Lincolnshire concessionary pass by post, by email or online portal.  Renewal application forms are available to download, or they are available from libraries and council offices.

If you would like to apply by email, please send the attachments listed below to: concessionaryfares@lincolnshire.gov.uk.

A completed application form; this can be either printed off to complete and then scanned as an attachment to your email or you can type your details on the fillable version of the application form, save to your desktop and then attach to your email.

A new clear photograph taken on a digital camera, mobile phone or tablet; your photograph should be similar to a passport style photo ie it must be focused on your face and not contain any background objects, ideally taken against a light background and in colour.

Proof of residence in Lincolnshire dated within the last six months or your council tax bill for the current year (only if you have changed address since your current bus pass was issued).

Sufficient evidence of eligibility for the disability category you are applying under (disabled person applicants only).  You can also renew your pass using the new online portal (for older persons applications and renewals).  Instructions can be found in the portal.

Please allow up to 28 days to receive your new pass.


Replace lost, stolen, damaged or faulty cards

If your pass has been lost, damaged or stolen, call the Concessionary Fares Team on 01522 550129.  There will usually be a non-refundable administration charge of £10 for a replacement unless your pass was stolen and you can provide a valid police crime number.


Paying

Make all cheques payable to: 'Lincolnshire County Council' or alternatively payment can be made online.

Go to the online payment system and select 'Older & Disabled Concessionary Replacement Pass’.  If paying online and you have moved since your pass was issued you will still need to submit proof of residency before a replacement pass can be issued.