Haxey - Heritage in the Isle of Axholme

We are a community group, formed in Haxey North Lincolnshire, our objectives are:

  • Safeguard community assets for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors to the village

  • Raise funds to enable the aim to be delivered

  • Invest and re-invest  back into the village community

  • To create a Community Interest Company to manage community assets

  • To preserve and promote heritage and especifically the tradition of the Haxey Hood 


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Haxey Hood site

A good spirited 'not for profit' community group, just trying to protect rural community assets from disappearing from our Haxey Parish villages. Thus raising awareness of public assets under threat, supporting fundraising events, and trying to attract good honest folk who have a common goal to preserve our heritage that benefit residents and visitors alike and to encourage a sense of well-being and togetherness in our much loved Haxey in the Isle of Axholme.    


Haxey Parish.
Take part in theses  events to help celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee 


    Decorated House                             Royal Scarecrow                               Entry Form


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Free concert for Haxey Pre-School 4 July

Haxey to be illuminated for the Jubilee

Thanks to a generous grant from Haxey Parish Council the Christmas lights will be converted to red white & blue & extended up Church Street to include Nicholas House for the Bank Holiday

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Haxey Parish Jubilee Newsletter

For info/dates/times of all the Jubilee events taking place in the Parish

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downloadable copy.


Applause for The Queen

The Parish of Haxey is hoping that residents will join together on Thursday 2nd June 2022 to hold an applause to celebrate the remarkable 70th year of Queen Elizabeth II on the throne (similar to the NHS applause).  

At 7pm all residents are being asked to stand outside their front doors for a 2 minute applause followed by 3 cheers.  It would be a fantastic achievement if streets and neighbours could work together to create an atmosphere and plan to do this together.

Old Haxey tradition revived





After being in abeyance since 2011, the old tradition of electing the Haxey Townsmen & the letting of the meres  took place again on Easter Monday.

The meres appear to be left over parts of what was common land before enclosure in the late 18C. Unlike the Parish land, they have been managed by local people known as Mere Men (often referred to as Townsmen) and now Mere Women. The mere persons are elected informally from anyone who attends mere lettings, they manage the letting and general running of the meres until a meeting elects someone new. 
The Meres are often small and have footpaths upon them leaving them having no farming value; some are bigger and have some financial value and can be used in a small-scale way.

The Haxey Townsmen are elected annually, while at Westwoodside, where the  tradition has continued, they are elected every three years, and the letting is carried out by the traditional bidding by the pin & candle method, the first mere letting took place in the 1830’s.This year's event took place in the Kings.



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Is the Duke Sold??   If so, to who & what's the future??


Mystery surrounds the future of the building, the for sale boards are down, tons of banked soil have been removed from the rear of the site, along with the hedge being trimmed and potential pedestrian access made through on to Northside, along with trailers parked at the building & work being undertaken inside. Rumour has  it that someone local is the new owner & it will continue as a pub. Surely after all the trials & tribulation of the last three years or so, it would be good, if Haxey knew what the future of this prominent building was to be?

Whoever is/are the owner/owners of the Duke  William, (if it has been actually sold, maybe not, why does it have to be  such a mystery), why was it necessary to totally destroy an ancient hedgerow??


!!Latest  Duke William application REFUSED (Again) this afternoon 15th December, by North Lincs Planning Committee!!

Haxey To Light up for the Queens Platinum Jubilee

At the recent  We Live Here - Haxey meeting, it was agreed to leave the Christmas lights up for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in June and to remove the coloured lights and replace with red, white and blue lights.  It was also agreed to seek financial support for additional lights for the public toilets, Greenhill and Nicholas House to be in place for the June.  



Haxey Christmas Lights

With the £847 awarded to us from the CO-OP as community Champions, we extended & improved the Christmas lights again last year. In addition to last years  lights, newly decorated were, Stanholme Guest House, Durdys Accountants, The old Grice & Hunter building, Sunspot Beauty & the Doctors Surgery. This year we will be including the Pinfold, Greenhill  & hopefully Nicholas House trees.



Haxey Hood Archive digitization

Heritage/Exhibition space

With the help of the country's leading folklorist Doc Rowe, who has been visiting the Hood since the 1970's, we want digitize & have a permanent display of some of his Haxey Hood collection, along with other locally sourced material. Since visiting Doc in the past few weeks and getting his co-operation to copy his video/film collection the project has taken a new turn.



Coun Alan Holgate, at a recent Parish Council meeting, raised the prospect of the village having a permanent exhibition/Heritage display. Subsequently, a meeting was held with the Memorial Hall Committee with a view to having such a display in the Hood room at the hall, an agreement was reached in principal to take the idea forward. Further meetings

are to be held to form a working party with We Live Here - Haxey, Haxey PC & the Hall Committee & Haxey &  Westwoodside Heritage Society, the first meeting will take place towards the end of February.

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Yet another planning application submitted for the Duke William!!

!!**Refused (Again) by North Lincs Council this afternoon 15 December**!!

It seems to be more or less exactly the same as the most recent one three months ago, which was refused by NLC planning committee, on the 2 June.
If subsequent planning applications, after a refusal, are supposed to be "substantially different" to a previous one, why do North Lincs Council planners keep accepting applications which are substantially the same as the previous one?

Objections to the application closed on the 26 August.
The application can be viewed here 

Once again we find ourselves in the hands of North Lincs Council planning officers and ultimately the members of the Planning Committee.

It is now the 23 November & this planning application has still not been to the planning committee, we wonder what the reason for this is, maybe negotiations are taking place?

Refusal Notice
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***Latest Duke William planning application, to convert the pub to a dwelling, incl demolishing the restaurant, refused by North Lincs Council Planning Committee today, 2 June 2021.***

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Headline & article from the Epworth Times 25 March 2021


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The We Live Here - Haxey response to the article

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WLH-H Draft Response Epworth Times 25th

Lincolnshire CO-OP group have confirmed that we are

joint Spring 2021 Community Champions.

We'll be sharing proceeds generated by Haxey Food Store sales

(07 March to 05 June 2021) with Haxey Primary School PTFA.

Hopefully, we can take our projects further when the weather

improves and pending coming out of Covid lockdown.

If anyone else wishes to donate to our community fund then

they are more than welcome to deposit to:



Stay safe everyone and be kind to one another.

**We are the joint Community Champions**

!!Thanks everyone who voted for us!!

We have been awarder £847 from the CO-OP, this money will be used to improve & increase this years  Christmas lights. Many thanks to the CO-OP & all its customers!


VJ Day Rememberance 15 Aug 2020 2:47 PM

Samantha Cooke was the bugler, right, played the Last Post & Reveille, followed by Kate Billmore who played "Battles Oer"

Pipes & trumpet on the Greenhill for VE Day celebrations 8 May. 

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Information you may find useful during theses strange times

**Stay Safe Everyone**


The first of our Christmas lights


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@ the Haxey Hood