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North Kesteven

North Kesteven is a local government district in the East Midlands. Just over 100 miles north of London, it is east of south of Lincoln. North Kesteven is one of seven districts in Lincolnshire, England and is in the centre of the County, its council, North Kesteven District Council, is based in Sleaford in the former offices of Kesteven County Council. It was planned to have the council offices in Bracebridge Hall on Newark Road in Lincoln the base of North Kesteven Rural District. In November 1973, a decision was taken to base it in The Hoplands in Sleaford, the base of East Kesteven Rural District. In January 1974 it was realised that this building was far too small for the size needed, the 81 rooms of Kesteven County Council's headquarters on East Road in Sleaford would suit the new council instead; the Hoplands has now been demolished for housing. The district was formed on 1 April 1974, under the Local Government Act 1972, it was a merger of the previous urban district of Sleaford, along with East Kesteven Rural District and North Kesteven Rural District, all from the administrative county of Kesteven.

North Kesteven borders West Lindsey and the city of Lincoln to the north, East Lindsey to the north-east, Boston to the east, South Holland to the south-east, South Kesteven to the south, the county of Nottinghamshire to the west. North Kesteven covers an area of 356 square miles, of which 94% is classified as green space, which includes agricultural land and open space; the district is characterised by large areas of arable farmland. More than 80 % of the population live in a market town. North Kesteven has a underdeveloped transport infrastructure; as a result, local communities have been self-reliant, with parish and town councils providing services, such as playing fields or play areas, which are provided by district councils elsewhere. The district has two main RAF stations - RAF Cranwell, RAF Waddington, both situated close to the A15, the main north/south road running through North Kesteven; the district is home to RAF Digby, which lies between Sleaford and Metheringham. The former RAF Swinderby, which can be found adjacent to the A46 near the western edge of the district, closed in 1995.

The predominantly rural nature of the district has encouraged people to move to the area to take advantage of its quality of life, low crime rates low house prices, good-quality education and local heritage. This is reflected in research, which has shown 90% of residents are satisfied with their local area as a place to live and 82% of residents feel their area is a place where people from different backgrounds can get on well together. North Kesteven's residents live in around 100 small communities. Major concentrations are in Sleaford, with a population of over 17,000. Within the district, 40% of the population live in the "Lincoln Fringe", the area surrounding Lincoln City. 72 parishes serve the district communities, comprising 58 parish councils, two town councils and 12 parish meetings. The population of the district is 104,800 equating to just over one person per hectare; the population grew by 11.5% between 2001 and 2007, making the district one of the top six fastest-growing districts in England and Wales.

This rate of growth is a result of high house-building rates and consequent in-migration to the district from elsewhere in England, as opposed to natural population change. The growth in population is projected to continue with an extra 14,000 homes expected from 2001 to 2026. At the 2001 census, there were 94,024 citizens in the district. Of all districts in Lincolnshire, it contains the highest proportion of married people and the fewest divorced people. According to the Indices of deprivation 2007, it is the least deprived area in Lincolnshire, with South Kesteven, the next; the district has comprehensive schools in North Hykeham and Welbourn. The area around Sleaford has selective schools. In 2007, the district had the third best results in the county at GCSE. Other schools in the area include Sleaford High School and Branston Community College; the district part funds The National Centre for Design, in the Hub building in Sleaford. Adjacent to it are annex buildings of Grantham College, funded by the East Midlands LSC.

On Thursday 23 June 2016 North Kesteven voted in only the third major UK-wide referendum on the issue of the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union in the 2016 EU Referendum under the provisions of the European Union Referendum Act 2015 where voters were asked to decide on the question “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union” by voting for either “Remain a member of the European Union” or “Leave the European Union”. The result produced a large "Leave" majority by over 60% of voters on a high turnout of 78%; the result was boasted by local MPs Stephen Phillips and Karl McCartney who both campaigned for a "Leave" vote. Volunteer Centre Services

Washington Prairie Methodist Church

Washington Prairie Methodist Church is a historic church building located southeast of Decorah, United States. The congregation was established by Ole Peter Petersen, he founded the first Methodist congregation there. Washington Prairie Methodist is considered the mother church of Methodism in Norway. In the early years the congregation met in private houses, they built this church building themselves from 1863 to 1868. With its pediments and entablature/cornice it is Greek Revival in style. However, the windows on the side elevations are Gothic, it features a round-arch entry on its gabled end. By 1888 services were only held here quarterly, continued until about 1920, when the church was closed. Over the years some vandalism and settling of the structure occurred; the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah restored the church and adjacent cemetery in 1972. The bishop of the North European Methodist Conference participated in its re-dedication that year, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980

1633 in art

Events from the year 1633 in art. Pieter Brueghel the Younger Spring Winter Jacob JordaensThe Golden Apple of Discord at the wedding of Peleus and Thetis Hubert Le SueurEquestrian statue of Charles I Claude Lorrain Coast View Landscape with the Judgment of Paris Rembrandt – The Storm on the Sea of Galilee Anthony van Dyck Charles I with M. de St Antoine Self-portrait with a Sunflower Venetia Digby on her Death Bed February 20 - Jan de Baen, Dutch portrait painter March 26 - Mary Beale, English portrait painter April - Willem Drost, Dutch painter and printmaker December - Willem van de Velde the Younger, painter date unknown Agostino Bonisoli, Italian painter, active in Cremona Dirck Helmbreker, Dutch Golden Age painter and draughtsman Claude Lefèbvre, French painter and engraver Emilio Taruffi, Italian painter of canvases and altarpieces, assassinated Yun Shouping, Chinese painter of the Qing dynasty probable Hendrick Fromantiou, Dutch still life painter Jacob Huysmans, Flemish portrait painter February - Roelant Savery, Flanders-born Dutch baroque painter of the Golden Age April - Pieter Lastman, Dutch painter October - Jean LeClerc, painter October 2 - Scipione Borghese, art collector November 3 - Lucio Massari, Italian painter of the School of Bologna December 18 - Theodoor Galle, Flemish engraver December 29 - Cornelis Claesz van Wieringen, Dutch marine painter date unknown Alessandro Bardelli, Italian painter Miquel Bestard, Spanish painter from Majorca Boetius à Bolswert, Dutch painter Juan de Peñalosa, Spanish painter of altarpieces, a priest and poet William Segar, portrait painter and officer of arms to the court of Elizabeth I of England Giovanni Valesio, Italian painter and engraver from Bologna Jan de Wael I, Flemish painter of the Baroque period