June 7, 2022 7.00 am

Family who lived in Lincoln for over 60 years recognised with street name

A new street has been named after the Ward family

A new street in Lincoln has been named in memory of a local family who served their community and lived in the area for over 60 years.

Ward Paddock, which forms part of the new Rookery Lane development in Moorland ward, has been named in memory of the Ward family, who lived in the area for more than 60 years.

The family lived in one of the Rookery Lane houses that was demolished to create the new access road for the development site, and an official unveiling ceremony took place with the Wards in attendance on Monday, June 6.

An unveiling event was held at the new residential site, with the new street name displayed for the first time. | Photo: CoLC

Diane Rawson (nee Ward) requested the road was named Ward Paddock on behalf of the family, recognising their contributions to the local area.

Diane is the daughter of Ronald and Dorothy Ward, who were both born and grew up in Lincoln, getting married and having three children here, all of which went to local schools and continued to live nearby.

Ronald was a self-employed master joiner who regularly repaired equipment in schools, as well as being an active RAF member during the Second World War – where he worked on the Sunderland flying boat patrol bombers.

Ronald and Dorothy served their communities for over 60 years together. | Photo: CoLC

Dorothy trained as a nurse and worked as a midwife and health visitor for Lincolnshire County Council, dedicating more than 40 years in the public sector. She also worked with her local Moorland Park Methodist Church.

Ronald sadly passed away some years ago, but Dorothy remains in the city in a local residential home.

Diane Rawson (nee Ward), who attended the official naming ceremony said: “It’s a real joy and privilege to see that Ward Paddock is being named in honour of our parents Ron and Dorothy Ward.

“They brought up three daughters here, have grandchildren and great grandchildren all still living locally. Dorothy amazingly turns 98 this month, so this is a lovely birthday bonus!

“Ward Paddock is a touching way for the Ward name to live on in recognition of the contribution our parents made to this area. My sisters and I want to thank City of Lincoln Council and Wilmott Dixon for blessing us with this delightful memory.”

Cllr Donald Nannestad (left) and Daren Turner, director for housing and investment at City of Lincoln Council. | Photo: CoLC

Cllr Donald Nannestad, Portfolio Holder for Quality Housing at City of Lincoln Council added: “It is clear this family has been significantly involved with the City of Lincoln over the years and we are honoured to name this road after them to recognise this contribution.

“When complete, the new Rookery Lane site will deliver 42 new council homes for the area, which will include 32 two – four bed housings, four two-bedroom bungalows and six one-bedroom flats.

“We look forward to opening these homes to future families, who we hope will continue to contribute to the city, as the Ward family has.”