MACLA Newsletter

MACLA Newsletter Issue 8 - September 02

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NEWS INDEX - Issue 8 September 2002

Editor's Bits
Leisure Development Survey
Calling Activity Organisers
Golden Jubilee Celebrations - Metheringham / Martin
Jubilee Photo comp / Thanks

Accordion Club
Friends of Metheringham Airfield
Martin Youth Bikers / Blankney Cricket Club
Cycle Path by Angela Bellamy
Dunston Twinning Association
Metheringham Flower Festival
Meg F.C. / Hand in Hand Club
Heather's Jottings... / Home Start
Learn Direct / Library News
LIVES 1st Responders / Meg Cross
Methodist Chapel Diary / Meg Over 60s
Poppy Appeal / Scuba Diving Club
St Wilfrid's Church / The First Sunday Mix
Meg Swimming Pool Association
Meg Village Hall News / Meg W.I.
More Things To Do!
Newsletter Advertising Rates


Editor’s Bits

It seems like only a few months ago that we started the Newsletter, but here we are with Issue Number 8. The first full Issue was published in October 2000!

Thanks to your written contributions, the Newsletter has grown in volume and content. But keep them coming. Do you fancy yourself as a budding poet? Do you have a point of view that you’d like to submit? Are you looking for three other people to form that euphonium quartet you’ve always dreamed about? The Newsletter could open up a whole new world.

Whether you live in Metheringham, Dunston, Nocton, Martin, Scopwick, Blankney, or anywhere else within striking distance, we’d like to hear from you.

The two big events since the last Issue was published were the Jubilee celebrations and the MACLA Annual General Meeting. (World Cup?). As a result of the latter, MACLA now has a new Chairman, Jeff Bird, and a new Secretary, Pete Ford, to keep us on a steady course for at least the next two years (by which time we’ll be on Issue 16). They both deserve our fullest support.

Thanks for your Items

For this issue I had the pleasant challenge of fitting a bumper crop of items into the available space. I don’t think I’ve missed any out, but some contributors might notice that a bit of editorial cropping has taken place. Fear not! Your articles are preserved in their original glory on our award-winning Website,  The website is full of fascinating facts and information in an easy-to-read format. If you’ve not logged on before, what’s stopping you? If you don’t have a computer, pop along to Metheringham Library and use one free of charge!

Deadline for the Christmas Issue

Yes, I really did say “Christmas”. Another year racing by.
The Christmas (there, I’ve said it again) Issue of the Newsletter will be delivered at the beginning of December. Please send your draft items to the Editor (back page for details) by the first week of November at the latest. It takes a while to go through the mechanics of production.

All contributions will be considered for publication, so use your imagination and make your Christmas Newsletter the best yet!



Your Chance To Have Your Say! (and win a prize)

Leisure Development Survey

Metheringham & the surrounding villages of Dunston, Nocton, Blankney, Scopwick and Martin lack the sports & leisure amenities of other villages of a comparable size. MACLA is working in partnership with local community activities and the Parish, District and County Councils to help rectify this situation.

MACLA needs your help to find out what is wanted/needed in the local area. Every household in our area is being given the opportunity to participate by completing the survey that is included with this newsletter. Your responses will help to shape the future of leisure facilities in the Metheringham Area over the coming years.

Simply by completing the survey, you can be entered into a draw to win a meal for 4 at the Chicago Rock Cafe in Lincoln. Additional forms can be obtained from Info Links or the Metheringham Library or online at

Please return completed surveys by the 30th September. The prize winner will be announced in the next newsletter. Once again, thanks for your help.

Jeff Bird, MACLA Chairman



Calling all sports/leisure activity organisers in
Dunston, Nocton, Blankney, Scopwick and Martin.

MACLA wants to hear from you!

MACLA’s goal is not just to help leisure activities in Metheringham but also in the surrounding villages.
Are you aware of what MACLA can do for you?
Do you need publicity? MACLA can help you publicise your activity or event through this newsletter and its award winning website at
Do you need funding? MACLA can help you identify potential sources of funding and provide valuable advice on how best to apply for grants.
How much does it cost to join MACLA? - Nothing, its absolutely free, though we will ask you to complete a small survey about your activity.

Contact Jeff Bird on 323436 or Pete Ford on 320016 for more details.



Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee Celebrations (Metheringham)

Metheringham's Golden Jubilee celebration weekend began on Friday 31st May with the playgroup having a Teddy Bears’ Picnic and sponsored Toddle on the playing fields. Around 70 under 4s, some of them with parents, toddled round the field to raise money for Barnardo's. All the children received teddy mementoes and stickers and there was a cake. In the evening there was a disco organised by the Youth Club.

On Saturday and Sunday lst /2nd June Lord Burgh's retinue were living a medieval lifestyle in the vicarage garden and re enacting life at the time of the Wars of the Roses. There were demonstrations of weaponry, a chance to try some medieval recipes or have a go at archery. For the Saturday evening the History Group arranged for a barbecue in the vicarage garden, amongst the retinue, to accompany a musical entertainment.

On Monday 3rd June the St Wilfrid's church bells rang out at noon along with others all over the country, and our Jubilee Queen, Robyn Ballard, began her day's duties. The first job was to judge the 10 shop windows entered in the “Best Dressed” competition. The eventual winner was Bob's, the barbers shop. Bob had asked Playgroup for help with his window and there were contributions from children and the "Aunties!'. Other entries included the Golden Another Chance, the Royal News in the Video Shop, 1950s foodstuffs in the CO-OP, health and beauty treatments over the last fifty years at Touchline Therapies, 1950s butchery equipment at Andrews butchers and many other red white and blue themes.

Bunting and flags sprung up all over the village in time for the grand jubilee procession. The Starlite Twirlers led their first ever parade in their distinctive blue and silver uniform. The girls preceded a gold Rolls Royce taking 104 year old Alice Richardson to the playing field, which was set out for an afternoon of fun and games.

The Golden Jubilee Queen and her princesses, Paige Robinson and Becky Blackband were surrounded by flower girls on the float, and following them were the MAD ( Metheringham Amateur Dramatics)as Hi-de-Hi characters, the WI, the local History Group, an Austin 7, a 1950s Wolseley, a Matchless 500 motorbike and a little Grey Fergie tractor. At the end of the procession was a float from the Haven with a Rock and Roll 50s crowd including Elvis and Marilyn Monroe, a pony and trap, Dob Bin and the Metheringham retained fire engine and its crew. There appeared to be thousands of people lining the route and following the procession along Grange Road, Station Road, up the High Street and Prince's Street to the playing fields where, once the second float had been squeezed through the gate, Robyn and Alice Richardson officially opened the Jubilee Party.

A large arena decorated with flags and bunting was surrounded by stalls and attractions from many village organisations. The arena events began with the Starlite Twirlers first public display. Many in the crowd were stunned that the troupe had been together for such a short time. The display team of 18 girls are led by drum major Bethany Black, and trained by Clare MacDavid. Eight of the girls also performed a pom-pom routine to music from Grease.

As the girls left the arena Radio Lincolnshire arrived with their open-topped bus and provided over half an hour of music from two live bands, Hail and Thunder and Country Caftin, presented by Melvyn Prior and with interviews from Dylan Roys.

The Tug of War competition was split into ladies and men's teams - all of whom had fancy dressed for the occasion. The crate of beer for the best dressed went to Margaret's team from the Star and Garter but the eventual ladies’ winners were the other Star and Garter team and the winning men were from the White Hart. The Fire Brigade, the Muppets and the Rockets also had teams.

Meanwhile MAD were conducting Hi-de-Hi style hula hoop and Knobbly Knees contests at the poolside. Ralph Timms won the Knobbly knees and prizes went to Shirley Gale for the adults and Kayleigh Foers in the under 15 for the hoops.

Football was taking place at the end of the playing fields with a Five-a-side tournament and skills competition. Winners of the five-a-side were Aaron Harrison's team of Aaron, Callum and Connor Steele, Liam McGowan and Matthew Wild, with runners up Edgar Shores, Miles Lynch, Jamie Kutzner, Sam Goodin and John Wright. Player of the tournament was Sam Goodin. There were also trophies for the football skills. In the 5-7 years category, passing and shooting was won by Miles Lynch and dribbling by Ben Goodin. In the 8-10 age group James Duggan won the dribbling and passing and Jarryd Adamson the shooting. In the 11-14s Jamie Cormack won the passing, John Miller the shooting and Pochin Cheung the dribbling.

Stalls and games around the field included the Village Hall crockery smashing stall, Splat the Rat, bags in the bucket, jam jars, board games and Pills for Auntie, The WI had a quiz for sale and a Make, Bake and Grow stall, and there were raffles, bric a brac, gifts, a barbecue at the swimming pool, and a bar and other refreshments in the pavilion. There was a display of 1950s and Royal memorabilia including the minutes of the Coronation Committee meetings in 1953 and various mugs and Silver Jubilee programmes. St Wilfrid's church launched their “Sponsor a Year” scheme to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the re-dedication of the church after the Great Fire of Metheringham.

The arena entertainment continued with children in an egg and spoon race won by Sinead Cook with Simon Payne second, and in the under 5s fancy dress Samantha Cleveland and Thomas Harding won. The arena events concluded with a demonstration by the local retained fire service. The MACLA Golden Jubilee Quiz was won by Marie McGrory.

Elsewhere in the village there were street parties, the Star and Garter had music and a hog roast and there was a cricket tournament at Blankney. Six teams turned out for a good days cricket, they were the Old Lincolnians, Martin, Norfolk'n Chance and Cavalier Nocton. The final was between Blankney and the holders Branston, with Branston retaining the trophy. Player of the tournament was Dave Grieves, the Branston wicket-keeper and batsman.

The Jubilee Street Party at the cross began at 7.15 with master of ceremonies Graeme Pembery warming the crowd up wiith a few songs. A family Fun Quiz was won by Dian Robinson's family and then the crowd were entertained by music from musicals of the last 50 years before joining in the Last Night of the Proms. The royal toast preceded the beacon lighting at around 10.00p.m. and then there was a 1950s singalong to conclude the evening.

Undoubtedly a celebration to remember. And, who knows, perhaps in ten years from now we’ll be celebrating the Diamond Jubilee!

Many thanks to Dot Howes for this comprehensive account. Ed.



Golden Jubilee Weekend in Martin

Martin village celebrated the Queen's Golden Jubilee in style with a programme of events over four days which included a family Dance with Tommy Curtis and his music, a Grand Jubilee raffle, a special service at Holy Trinity church with refreshments and a display of photographs and pictures. On the Bank Holiday Monday there was a festival of fun on the playing field/ football field with fancy dress, decorated bikes and wheelbarrows, a jubilee king and queen, decorated jubilee hats and assorted games. Over 16s entered the Tug of war and there was a Junior and Senior football match. At 4.00 p.m. the children repaired to the village hall for a party with magician and there was food and fun in the evening at the village hall and at a barbecue at the Royal Oak. Those who hoped for a lie in on Tuesday were treated to some celebratory bell ringing. All the village children were able to receive commemorative mugs.

At a presentation at Martin Village Hall on Tuesday gth July, Judy Evans representing the community of Martin village presented Zena Scoley with a scrap sculpture made by the Martin Youth Bikers in recognition of her work as coordinator of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations.

Martin Village Hall are delighted to announce that they are having a Hearing Loop and Sound Enhancement System installed during July.

The new Interconnect 5 bus service between Lincoln and Boston will offer passengers from Nocton, Dunston , Metheringham, Blankney Barff/Martin Moor , Timberland, Martin and Kirkstead Bridge a quality regular local bus service. Passengers living off the direct route in Thorpe Tilney and Walcott can use the Book and Ride service.

The Martin Timberland area has its own website : with information put together by Chris Brooke.



Jubilee Photos

Many thanks for the photographs of Metheringham’s Jubilee celebrations.

Trevor Howes won the £10 first prize in the competition, and Nigel Pellatt won the £5 second prize.

If you still have photos which you would like to be considered for inclusion in the official album, please send them to Geoff Brown at 4 Saxon Close. We are particularly light on photographs of the parade.




I would just like to thank all those noble souls who helped with the Jubilee Weekend. I was thrilled with the carnival, such a colourful parade and the garden fete was just wonderful with so many villagers present. I would also like to than God for being so kind with the weather!!!.

Sally Wilson

(And thanks to Sally, whose imagination and drive made it all happen. Ed.)



Accordion Club

Did you know that there is a thriving accordion club which meets near Horncastle on the third Wednesday of every month?
The Lindum Accordion Club has an active membership of about thirty players, plus about the same number of people who just like to come along and listen. Everyone is made to feel welcome, and you don't need to be an expert to join in the playing!

At some meetings we have guests who are well known in accordion circles. We've even had international artistes from such diverse places as Russia and Canada. On September 18th we shall be entertained by George Syrett, who combines expert playing with his own brand of humour.

Annual membership costs only £10 per couple, but we are equally happy to receive visitors without charge. You are even invited to see George Syrett for free!

The venue is "The Golfer's Arms" at Horncastle Golf and Country Club, West Ashby. Meetings start at 8pm and finish no later than 10.45pm, but you're free to leave earlier if you like.

Why not give us a try? And if there's an old accordion gathering dust in your loft, why not bring it along?

For further information, contact Geoff Brown (01526) 321490



Friends of Metheringham Airfield

Two lectures are programmed for the Visitor centre during September and October.
On Wednesday September 25th, F/Lt Charlie Brown will present “Flying the Classic Fighters”.
The topic for Wednesday 23rd October is “The Rise and Fall of the V-Weapons”, by Mr Jim Shortland.  Lectures are held in the Gymnasium at the Visitor Centre, and start at 7.30pm. Entry to lectures is free for members, and £2.50 for non-members. All proceeds are in aid of the Visitor Centre.

Please note that the Visitor Centre closes on Monday 28th October, but there will be wreath laying ceremonies at Airfield Memorial and Centre Memorial on 11th November.

For further information contact: Friends of Metheringham Airfield, Westmoor, Martin Moor, Metheringham, Lincoln. Telephone 01526 378270.



Martin Youth Bikers

Martin Youth Bikers is a scheme for teenagers who enjoy working with bikes. Ferg Phillip is the group leader and meets with the bikers to build motorbikes and prepare custom machines. The group leaders are working with the Lafford School and Spilsby Youth Club as well as having their own group in Martin. Some of their work has been entered in shows and one group who work at the Lafford School took part in the National Youth Bike competition at Tattershall Park on 29th June and won. Martin Youth Bikers entered into the Golden Jubilee celebrations by building a tin man cricketer which they presented to the local cricket club. They also made the award presented to Zena Scoley, the Martin Jubilee celebrations coordinator, and have been asked to make trophies for the UK Youth Awards scheme, a national programme where Nigel Mansell will be the special guest presenting the awards this year, and the Sleaford Classic Car and Bike Show.



Blankney Cricket Club

The Crickets season is half way through now for the Club and to press it has been a season of mixed success. In the week-end league the side presently holds third position in the Lincoln League Division One with an outside chance of promotion to the Premier League. The two mid-week sides meanwhile look like finishing in mid table in their respective divisions. The Division One team held top spot briefly but other teams have games in hand and once these have been played others will have overtaken them.

The Blankney sixes competition held on the week-end of the Golden Jubilee was another success with Branston retaining the trophy for the second season having beaten hosts Blankney in the final.

The annual Keith Mickleburgh Memorial Trophy between Blankney and Timberland (two of Keith's old clubs) saw Blankney win for the second occasion. At the conclusion of the game, Brenda Mickleburgh presented Captain Phil Woodcock with a new Trophy for the occasion. Phil Allen for Blankney won the Man of the Match award for his outstanding bowling feat in bowling eight overs and taking four wickets for no runs. Over £300.00 was raised for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance fund.

The Club contact is Pete Ford on 320016.



Cycle Path

Along the highways and the byways of the cycle path,
The flowers in bloom, the trees in bud,
Quiet and calm; or at full speed
We whizz along our cycling path.

Feeling high or feeling low,
Get on your bike and see where you’ll go.
Up the dale or in the town,
The cycling path is the way to go.
So look out that rusty bike.
A good clean up and off we go.

Chrome all shining, brakes all oiled,
Pick a place or go on spec..
Picnic packed or just a flask,
Just enjoy that cycle path.

Angela Bellamy



Dunston Twinning Association - A Short History

The Dunston Twinning Association came into being 14 years ago when the Mayor of Trange, Gaston Langevin, was visiting Lincolnshire to find a suitable village with which to twin. Frank Lamyman, the current Dunston Twinning Association President, learned that they were looking for a village to twin with and suggested that Dunston might be just what they were looking for. The rest is history!

The Association exists to encourage 'entente cordiale' between our two countries by way of exchange visits of the families of the two villages each year.

The host village holds a welcoming reception to start off with followed by various events in the villages and trips to surrounding areas. Last year, the Dunstonians were treated to a visit to a Chateau at Serrant where they were met by their guide, a real Princess living at the chateau. A further trip was made to a vineyard and, of course, the regulation tasting! We were later given the opportunity to buy the wines on offer.

Part of the pleasure of the visits is the chance to get to know our host families - some families have been friends since the very start of the twinning. Dinner parties are held in the host village when other families join in. There are always people in the party who can speak the other country's language so communication is no problem.

The members of the Dunston Twinning Association Committee meet regularly in one another's homes to organise forthcoming events etc. The Committee is constantly on the 'look-out' for new families to join and our Secretary, Mary Timms, would welcome any new enquiries on Telephone 01526-322515.

And coming soon…..a Barn Dance in Metheringham Village hall on Saturday 5th October at 7.30pm. Pizza supper included. Competitions and Raffle. Adults £5.50, Children £3. For tickets phone 321034, 322515 or 320539. Music and Calling by Reel Jiggered.



Metheringham Flower Festival

A Flower Festival will be held in St Wilfrid’s Church, Metheringham, from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th of September.

The festival is part of St Wilfrid’s 400 year restoration celebrations with the theme 'Jesus Christ the same yesterday and today and forever.' It begins with a cheese and wine charity preview evening on the Friday, supporting Metheringham and Dunston LIVES First Responders and St Wilfrid's. The Festival continues on Saturday and Sunday with refreshments available, and a Songs of Praise service on the Sunday evening will round off the weekend.

One of the flower arrangements will be entitled 'Peace' and will feature white lilies. If you would like to remember a friend or relative, a donation of £2.50 will pay for a lily and ensure the name of that person is entered in a remembrance book on display at the festival. Leaflets for this will be available in Another Chance and in St Wilfrid's Church.

Contacts: Doreen Blackband (tel. 321284), Brenda Mighell (tel. 321157) or Joanna Payne (tel. 321115).



Metheringham Football Club

It only seems five minutes since last season ended and here we are back into training for the new season. The club will again be running sides at all ages and these are 3 senior teams (one on Saturdays in the Lincoln League) and two on Sundays (Lincoln Premier League and Division Three). An Under 18's (Lincs Intermediate Youth League) and sides from Under 16's right down to Under 8's (excluding U9's).

The club is looking for new players all the time and anyone it welcome to come along and get involved either as a player, helper or spectator.

For any interested parties please contact Club Secretary Pete Ford initially and he will put you in touch with respective team managers regarding training etc. (Pete Ford - 01526 320016)



Hand in Hand Club

Metheringham Physically Handicapped Club (Hand in Hand) still has vacancies for new members. We meet once a fortnight, on a Friday, in Metheringham Methodist chapel, between 2pm and 4pm. There we have tea and biscuits (coffee if preferred). There is also a raffle and bingo.

During the Summer months we go out once a month. This year we have been to Newark, Downtown (Grantham), Skegness and Boston. The Club is also open to anyone living in the area between Scopwick and Branston. Transport is provided to the club and back home again.

Anyone wanting further information please ring (01526) 320829 or 320360.



Heather’s Jottings…

Golden Jubilee BBQ ; a big “thank you” to all those people who took over from me at short notice and made the evening of Saturday June 1st such a success. I’m told the barbecue was enjoyed by everyone there. Again “ thank you”.

Village Walks; these popular walks are unable to continue at the moment, but watch this space. Hopefully, they will be back on track next year.

History Group; Metheringham History Group meetings have been suspended for the time being. Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.

Heather Routledge (01526) 320156



Could YOU Make a Difference?

Having young children has always been hard work. Sleepless nights and toddler tantrums are often par for the course - but there are other wide-ranging difficulties that reflect today's changing social environment. Loneliness, depression, disability, multiple births and illness are just some of the everyday challenges that many families face without the support of an extended family or close-knit community. Feelings of isolation can often lead to despair, and a lack of support at this crucial time could contribute to family crisis and breakdown.

Home-Start is a voluntary organisation that provides support to families with at least one child under the age of five, who may be temporarily finding life a little hard to cope with, Home-Start volunteers visit families at home and, by using their own parenting skills and experience, and the benefit of Home-Start's own Preparation Course, they offer regular support, friendship and practical help, hopefully relieving some of the pressure felt in times of stress.

At present in Lincoln and the surrounding areas, Home-Start has around fifty volunteers - but there are many more families who need support. In September, we shall be staging another Preparation course - and we would like to recruit as many new volunteers as possible to attend this course and hopefully go on to become one of our valued team. We ask that our volunteers are caring, compassionate and reliable; are parents or grandparents, and are willing to commit at least two hours of their time each week. If you think that you might be interested in becoming Home-Start volunteer and would like more information, please contact our office on 01522 698880. You could really make a difference to a family.



Learn Direct

Following the success of the Waddington Lodge “learndirect” centre, which opened last year, we have recently opened a second centre on Northgate in Sleaford. Both our centres provide the full range of “learndirect” courses to all adults in the surrounding area.

Visitors will find the staff welcoming, knowledgeable and eager to assist. The centre can also help local businesses to develop their staff from amateur users up to professional status. The highest level course on offer is an HNC in computing (Business Information Technology).

All our courses are reasonably priced as they are funded by the L.S.C (Learning Skills Council) and you may be entitled to reduce fees. Our most popular course is “Go ECDL” a complete suite of computing courses which costs just £10.00.

Waddington Lodge is on Station Road, Waddington. Telephone 01522 722202
Sleaford Lodge is on 71 Northgate, Sleaford. Telephone 01529 306125.
Telephone either of the above centres for further information.

Peter Willetts
Centre supervisor
Sleaford Lodge




Well, by the time you read this the tan will have faded and the long, hot days of Summer will just be a dim and distant memory! (I’m assuming that we will have had some hot days!)

Life carries on as normal for us - we are now much more computer-literate and have just about got used to our new computers and the Galaxy library system. Hopefully you have all also got used to carrying around your little white computer cards and have noticed a difference in the speed and efficiency in the service you receive. We did have some teething troubles and had a few memorable occasions when the queue stretched out of the door into the car park but they were few and far between!

The People’s Network computers have also proved to be popular with all ages and we have readers regularly coming in to check their e-mails etc. One of our readers said, “It is a great asset to people who cannot afford their own computers so that they can keep in touch with their families through e-mail”. The two machines we have are in constant use and we have to fight the public to use them for work purposes! The machines are free for anyone to use and have internet access, Word Processing facilities, Spreadsheets, Publisher, PowerPoint, Paint programs and various reference CD’s. We even have a program called “Dolphin Supernova” which enlarges the text on the screen and has certain other facilities to enable the partially sighted to use the machines. If you are still one of the (few) uninitiated now and are unsure of how to use them, we are running “Internet Taster Sessions” as necessary in the Library. Call in and ask when the next one is. These are free, short sessions run by Library staff and geared around your needs. They are supposed to last half an hour but usually run over and can get quite raucous!

The next of our highly popular CLAIT computer courses will be starting in September, call in and put your name down if you are interested in taking part.

Our Readers Group continues to grow and thrive - we still have no men members, they are probably put off by the hoots of laughter issuing from the Library on Wednesday evenings. The last book we read was “Have the Men Had Enough?” - is this prophetic?! One of our members wrote the following review for it which can also be found on” the Zone” - Lincolnshire Libraries own interactive website specifically intended for readers groups. This can be found at if you are interested in other reviews. If you would like to join our friendly little group, we meet on the first Wednesday of each month at 7.30 in the Library. The meetings usually last about one and a half hours although you can leave at any time.

Margaret Forster - “HAVE THE MEN HAD ENOUGH?
Shortlisted for the Sunday Express Book of the Year Award 1989 the novel is a compassionate study of the impact of Grandma’s descent into dementia and the effect it has on the other members of the family. It is a moving and sometimes humorous account of the desolation of old age and portrays the huge impact the disease has on the whole family.

Last, but not least, we would like to welcome back Mel from her period of sickness leave and are glad that she has now fully recovered. The Library hasn’t been the same without her and she has been missed by staff and readers alike.
I think that’s all for now. Next time we will be reporting on our activities at the Feast so we look forward to seeing you all (in costume!!) there!

Sue Miller
Customer Liason Officer



Metheringham LIVES First Responders

The local First Responders group finally got up and running in mid - June and the band of volunteers have experienced several call outs already bringing support to relatives and emergency care to patients until the ambulance arrives. If you can help support the group or by becoming a First responder yourself, even if you can't manage to be on call for regular shifts Shane Searby would still like to hear from you. Tel. 01 526 323626, e mail:, First responders also have a website on



Metheringham Cross

Proposals to restore Metheringham Village Cross to its original glory are making steady progress.

Watch this space! We hope to be in a position to give you more information in the next issue of the Newsletter. In the meantime, keep up to date by visiting the MACLA website.



Metheringham Methodist Chapel Diary

The two new gates at the Chapel (Fen Lane side) are to commemorate the Golden Wedding of Joyce & Ernest Sellars. May we thank all their family and friends for generous donations they gave to buy the gates.

Another thank you to the Over 60's who had a Coffee Morning, in the Chapel, on the 13th July and raised money to buy a refrigerator for the kitchen and the remaining money will go towards much needed repairs to the Chapel roof.

On 1st September 2002 there will be a welcoming service in the Chapel at 6.00pm for the new Deacon Mary Neal. Deacon Neal with husband and teenage son will be moving into the Manse in August. She has been a Deacon in the Bristol Circuit.

The Church will join us for a Harvest Festival Service on Sunday 6th October at 10.30am. The Chapel will be open on Saturday 5th October at 10.00am for coffee and to view the decorated Chapel. On Monday 7th October a harvest supper and auctioning of harvest produce will take place in the Chapel from 6.30pm.

For the Fayre & Feast (Saturday 19th October) the Chapel Hall will be open from 10.00am for refreshments. This is the ideal place for you to rest your weary legs, enjoy some refreshments and catch up with friends that you have not seen since the last Fayre & Feast. Please visit the Chapel to see the flower displays; this year's theme for the Fayre & Feast is "A Royal Pageant".

On Sunday 3rd November at 10.30am the joint Toy Service will be held at the Chapel.

Finally after the summer break the Wednesday Morning Fellowship will start again on 4th September at 10.00am, the Wednesday Club (6-10year olds) will reopen on Wednesday 11th September 5.30pm to 6.30pm and the Sisterhood will have their first meeting on Thursday 17th October. For further details about any of the above events please telephone Joyce on 321729.



Metheringham Over 60’s

On September 4th our monthly meetings start again in the village hall, at 7pm. Please join us for “Country Contrasts”.

Other events on our calendar include:-

Outing to Scarborough, Sept. 11th
Harvest Festival and auction of produce, Oct. 2nd
Outing to London Eye, Oct. 8th
On November 6th, we will be entertained by Maureen Sutton, an author on Lincolnshire Customs and History.
Trip to Turners Old Time Music Hall on Nov. 11th
Christmas Dinner and Draw, Dec. 2nd
On January 8th we start with Old Time Music Hall, followed by Tony Neale to entertain us.
Peter Pan the pantomime at Nottingham Theatre Royal in January.
February 5th, Tim Hudson’s slide show of the Himalayas.

If you would like more details, feel free to phone Margaret on 321049.



Poppy Appeal

I am the area Poppy Appeal Organiser for the Royal British Legion, and as such I need more volunteers to sell poppies door to door at the end of October/beginning of November as part of the Remembrancetide.

If anyone is willing to spare a little time I would love to hear from you. In particular, I need people for the top part of King’s Road, Middle Street, Caroline Road (Saxon Close, Roman Close), Princess Margaret Avenue, and the Shiregate area of Metheringham village.

Also, I am looking for volunteers in Metheringham Heath and Blankney.

My name is Anita Yorke, I live in Nocton, and my telephone number is (01526) 322680.




No not really!.

Lincs Divers 1940 is a small, local and friendly BS-AC British Sub-aqua Club based in Lincoln consisting of about 40 members both male and female with all abilities from Ocean Divers in training to Advanced Divers and Club Instructors. We have weekly pool training sessions and meetings for lectures, videos, slideshows and other activities.

Diving can be enjoyed by all people who are generally medically fit (a small medical is recommended before training) and only a few medical conditions restrict you from learning. The minimum age to begin diver training with Lincs Divers is 14 years old and there is no upper age limit. We have members from 15 years to over 70 years of age with one of our newest qualified divers being 70 years old. Snorkel Diving can be taught to those under the age of 14 years, this can be used as a stepping stone to full scuba diving later.

We offer a “Try Dive” to anyone who fancies the idea. This is an hour session in the pool to try the experience of scuba diving and to see if it is something they wish to learn, become a member and dive. The “Try Dive” currently costs £10 this covers the cost of the pool, equipment and air they use, the Instructors time comes free.

Training is carried out following a staged process with pool sessions, sheltered open water dives and lectures with a multiple choice test. Training is carried out at your own pace and you are not rushed at any stage of training. Once the basic skills are mastered, training concentrates on proper use of equipment and safely, normally on a one to one basis. Basic Equipment is available to hire through training at very reasonable rates, although some expense will be required on personal equipment.

The club visits a number of UK destinations including :-

St. Abbs in Scotland (Arguably the best place in the UK!)
North Yorkshire
Norfolk (This dive is a wreck off the beach at Weybourne torpedoed in WW1)
Dorset and Devon
North and South Wales

Also with in 1-2 hours travelling of Lincoln are 2 inland diving sites, Stoney Cove near Leicester and Gildenburg at Peterborough where open water training dive are carried out.

An annual club trip usually to the Red Sea in Egypt for a weeks diving on coral reef is very popular, with 23 people taking part this year. This is organised normally in January or February when sea diving in this country is not really possible.

Contact Dave Underwood on (01522) 595498 for more information regarding meeting times and membership fees etc. You will always be welcome to come along and have ago. We all did once and it opened up a whole new world to us that we feel we are privileged to share.



Souvenirs of Metheringham from St Wilfrid’s Church

As part of the celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of the re-building of St Wilfrid's, the Church has produced two unique commemorative souvenirs. One is a bone china mug featuring four scenes of Metheringham then and now by professional artist Terry Forrest, and the other a pewter coin produced by Dave Greenhalgh, a local craftsman who is one of the country's leading experts on medieval coins.

The souvenirs have been produced as a limited edition of 400, to present to people sponsoring a year of the Church’s ministry from 1602 to the present day. All money raised will go towards the installation of the sound system, toilets and display space to equip the Church for greater community use.

It costs just £15 to sponsor a year, and all subscribers will receive the mug and coin, a commemorative certificate, list of sponsors and free entry into a draw for an original drawing of the Church by Terry Forrest. Sponsors are nominating the year of their choice, and although the twentieth century has “sold out”, many others have picked the corresponding year of their birth or marriage in another century.

If you'd like to know more or place an order please contact Ann De-Vries on 321363 and Jo Payne on 321115, or ask at the Church Shop, “Another Chance”.

The First Sunday Mix

The First Sunday Mix has brought a fresh approach to worship at St Wilfrid's Church with its innovative blend of music and activities, ranging from drama and puppets to video and flag making.

The FSM is unashamedly aimed at children and young families, but is also proving popular with people who enjoy a more informal and flexible approach to Church life. It takes place on the first Sunday of every month at 3.00pm, and features a creche, coffee corner and various activities run on a workshop basis.

Those who attend are encouraged to take part in as much or as little as they like to, making this an ideal environment for those who are unused to formal Church services. Along with St. Wilfrid's other services, the FSM illustrates the determination of the Church to work towards offering varied worship for everyone.

If you would like to find out more about the First Sunday Mix, the Church’s Parent & Toddler Group or anything else on offer please ring the Vicar, David Payne on 321115.



Metheringham Swimming Pool Association

Metheringham swimming pool survived the slight crisis at the beginning of the season which meant the purchase of a new boiler with financial assistance of a loan from NKDC. As we have further financial milestones to cover over the winter and next year, the pool Association would welcome any fundraising ideas, sponsorship or other support.

The Sponsored Channel Swim, though not as well supported as last year did get us “across the channel” but we were left stranded half way home. Luckily the sponsors have been more generous this year and we expect to equal last years total of £1040. Eight teams turned out for a great afternoon of Its a Knockout on July 7th with the R and B's ( Rhys and Laura Jones, Brett and Jamie Kutzner and James Tewnion with Alex Tewnion as reserve) being eventual winners after battling it out in a new style final with the Little Dragons from the Karate Club. The Shooting stars came third. The new game "H20polo" devised by Dave Williams is a cross between Water polo and Quidditch - remember you saw it first at Metheringham Pool.

Around 1 00 children are taking lessons on a Friday night this year. Aquafit starts for a six week session now that the school has broken up on July 24th at 1 0.00 a.m. and there are daily afternoon open sessions will take place between 2.30 and 4.00 p.m.. Children under eight must be with a responsible adult. Remember if you like it quieter there are adults only sessions on Monday nights, ladies only on Mondays and Thursdays, a lane swim on a Thursday evening, the Sunday morning family session (where parents have to get in the pool too !) and the Early Bird Swim at 8.00 on Saturday morning -blue sky, trees, swallows swooping and like lying in a big bath - bliss!!

It costs £6000 to £7000 per season for water, gas, electricity, chemicals, repairs and lifeguards. That’s £60 to £70 per day, so please keep those fund raising ideas and sponsorships coming!




The Village Hall Management Committee would like to thank all the people of Metheringham for supporting us in our fundraising for improvements to the Village Hall. The plate smashing stall at the Jubilee Gala and the 50/50 Auction in July raised over £300 for the Fund. May we also thank MACLA for arranging superb Jubilee Celebrations for which the village can be justly proud.

We have received a grant of £1,000 from the Hedley Foundation to install an induction loop to help the hard of hearing, this should be put in place during August. We are awaiting a decision from “Awards for All” about a grant to refurbish the kitchen. An architect has drawn up plans for a new entrance hall, disabled toilet, access ramp and storage area and we have applied for planning permission. We now have to cost the scheme and then find funders for the project.

At the Fayre & Feast (Saturday 19th October) the committee will be raising money, for the Improvement Fund, with a Grand Raffle, first prize £50, second a basket of wine, third a hamper of goods and other prizes. Can I ask you to please support our efforts by buying the raffle tickets, which will be on sale during September and on the day. Also on the day we will be in the small hall of the Village Hall providing refreshments and running a Tombola Stall again to raise money for the Improvement Fund.



Women’s Institute

The W.I. is the largest voluntary organisation in the U.K., with 240,000 members.  It exists to enable women to provide an effective role in their community, to expand their horizons and to develop and pass on important skills.  Support for British agriculture, provision of school nurses and abuse of the elderly are just some of the issues currently on the W.I.’s campaigning agenda.  The W.I. offers learning opportunities in a range of subjects, from arts and crafts to personal development and leadership skills. Training courses include information technology and public speaking.

Are you concerned about your environment and the world you leave behind for future generations?
Do you want to make new friends and find new interests both locally and nationally?
Are you looking for a change to the old routine when the children go back to school or college or leave home?
Or have you recently retired and don’t want to stagnate?

Then take a look at your local W.I.
If you live in Metheringham, then:-

YOUR village W.I. raised money for the First Responders scheme and the McMillan Nurse at the County Hospital; supported the local school with a “litter pick” around their grounds, and provided items for their Story Sacks.
YOUR village W.I. sent many desperately needed everyday items, including teddies for sick children, to hospitals, schools and orphanages in Romania.
YOUR village’s natural spring and garden has been given a face-lift and has been planted with native shrubs, climbing plants and meadow wild flowers to provide a wildlife refuge. All done by W.I. members.
YOUR village news and events are publicised on the radio and in the local press by a W.I member.

Join YOUR village W.I. and you can:-
Learn a new Christmas craft at Kirton
Visit the national Space centre at Leicester
Enjoy a talk with slides on Farming and Wildlife at Heckington…
…and enjoy afternoon tea with the WI at Leasingham!

Metheringham W.I. meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm in the Methodist Chapel schoolroom. Please join us on:-
18th September for “My Life and Times with the World’s Favourite Airline”, with Cassie Cole. The evening competition is for a holiday souvenir.
16th October for “Victorian Women and Children” with Ann Keighley. Competition for a piece of Victoriana.
20th November about the Lincoln Nomad Trust, with Madeline Coles. Competition for a hand-made Christmas card to present to the speaker for the homeless.
18th December, when we go to a local restaurant for our Christmas dinner

For more information, or to arrange to accompany you on your first visit, phone Dian on 07932 520362.



More Things to Do!

North Kesteven is a great District for finding things to do - and many of them are free of charge!

Listed below are brief details of just some of the events that are taking place in September. For the bigger picture, pop along to the InfoLinks office in Metheringham High Street and enquire about the “What’s On” leaflet which is published by North Kesteven District Council every two months.

Meanwhile, here are some appetisers:-

Saturday 14th
11am to 4.30pm; Heritage Open Day at Cogglesford Mill, East Road, Sleaford. Fully restored working water mill. Milling on the hour and stone ground flour for sale.
2pm to 4pm; “Pond Dipping” at Lollycocks Field, Eastgate, Sleaford. Equipment supplied, and free car parking in NKDC car park.

Sunday 15th
10am to 5pm; Open Day at Brant Broughton Heritage Centre. Quaker meeting House, embroidered Parish map, village photos from the 20th century and craft display. Free parking. Refreshments available 2pm to 5pm
11am to 3.30pm; Lock Restoration and guided walk at Haverholme Lock. A chance to see the restoration works. The walk will start at 2.30pm from Haverholme car park. No pre-booking needed, but wear sensible footwear.

Friday 20th
8pm; Aircraft made in Lincoln. A talk in Leadenham Village Hall about the production of aircraft in Lincoln from the First World War onwatds. (£4.50 charge)

Sunday 22nd
10.30am to 1pm; Last of the Summer Walks. Culverthorpe Hall, Culverthorpe nr. Sleaford. Join wildlife enthusiast Mike Cottingham on a gentle stroll around Culverthorpe Hall Estate. Take a look at the birds, butterflies and other wildlife. Meet in the “Stepping Out” car park.

These are just the tip of the iceberg! For more details of the above activities, phone the Tourist Information centre on (01529) 414294.