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NEWS INDEX - Issue 9 Christmas 2002
By the time you get the latest Newsletter dropping through the door, many of you will have your Christmas preparations well in hand. Most of the others might well be starting to panic. I put this editorial together at least two weeks before you read it, and I’m already starting to panic! Not that I should be. My input to the festive season is only one small element of the whole occasion, and it’s the collective effort of other people that will make it successful and enjoyable.
The community in which we live is very much the same. A lot of things happen in Metheringham and the surrounding villages every week, every month, every year. That they happen at all is a credit to all of the people who put in the effort to make them happen - and that includes all of us who only turn up to enjoy the things that are on offer.
Some people are good organisers. The rest have other talents. Some people find that they can make time to help run things (even if it’s a desperately tight squeeze sometimes). Others find that their lives are demanding in other directions.
Quite rightly, we applaud the efforts of people who make things happen. But equally valuable is the contribution of the people who turn up to take part in the activity on offer. Without them the whole thing would be a waste of time. Especially when it comes to fundraising events!
On Page 6 you will find an item written by the MACLA Chairman, Jeff Bird, about the development of leisure facilities in the Metheringham Area. On the basis of your views as expressed through recent surveys, serious consideration is being given to pushing for a multi-use sports hall with changing rooms.
Securing a sports hall is a massive undertaking. It will take a lot of work by a lot of people. Jeff points out that there is likely to be a major community fundraising effort throughout 2003. Some people will organise fundraising events. But the most important people will be those of you who pay good money to take part!
Hold that thought.
|MACLA Christmas Fun Quiz - 2002
Name the Christmas Carol/Christmas Song?
e.g. 1. S.N - Silent Night
Answers will be published in the MACLA forum after Christmas
Allow yourself ten seconds to count how many times the letter “f”
appears in the following text.
Leisure Facilities in the Metheringham Area
As most of you are probably aware, the Metheringham Area is woefully short of decent leisure facilities. MACLA is working in partnership with Metheringham Parish Council, North Kesteven District Council and Lincolnshire County Council to help to improve this situation.
We have recently carried out a comprehensive survey of leisure activities and groups in our area which has confirmed the need for improved amenities. Individual surveys, enclosed in the last newsletter, also underlined the need for affordable and accessible facilities. MACLA would like to thank all those individuals and groups who took the time to complete and return the surveys.
Based on the information obtained in the surveys, MACLA is now working hard towards identifying and implementing a realistic, first step solution to the lack of facilities. Under serious consideration is a multi use sports hall with changing rooms, (a typical example of which is shown opposite).
A suitable location for this facility will have to be found and funds will have to be obtained to build it. To this end it is highly likely that there will be a major community fundraising effort throughout 2003. Look out for more details in our next newsletter.
|Metheringham Youth Club
We have had an enforced break while we wait for the Youth Club helpers to have their CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checks processed.
In the meantime, we have been busy applying for grants and buying new equipment!
As soon as the checks have been completed we shall be re-opening. Posters will be displayed in the village.
Angela Bellamy (01526)321900
On behalf of everyone at Metheringham Library, may I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year! It really doesn't seem a year ago since I was last writing this!
We have been very busy since the last newsletter, as you may have noticed if you wandered into the Library! On Friday, October 11 we celebrated National Bookstart Day by holding a party for Mums and toddlers in the Library. Bookstart is a scheme which is currently being funded by a number of different organisations and administered jointly by the Library and the Health Service. Every child is given a Bookstart pack at their 6-9 month check with their Health Visitor. The pack consists of a canvas bag containing, at present, two board books, a laminated place mat and various publications concerning reading with your child and other child-related issues. There is also an invitation for the baby to join the Library. This initiative is to try and stress the importance of reading in a child's development and is proving very successful. At our party. a dozen Mums and their children listened to stories, sang songs and enjoyed some refreshments, culminating with some face painting. Some VERY ferocious tigers were seen to be prowling around the village later that day!
Following that it was time for the Feast! Thank you, once again to the Organisers for their hard work in making it such a successful day and also to everyone who came to see us in our finery! (even if we DIDN'T win this year!!) We had a thoroughly enjoyable day, if a little cold!
At half-term our children's activity was on the theme of Harry Potter to link in with the imminent release of the second film. Fifteen children took part and all made a wizards hat, wand and pair of Harry Potter glasses! They were all supposed to have a lightning strike drawn on their foreheads to finish off the disguise but we ran out of time (as usual!) Sorry guys! First prize for the fancy dress was won by Samuel Wilson as a very convincing "Harry" Runner up prize was awarded to Thomas Dodsworth who came dressed as Hedwig, the owl and every child who came in fancy dress left with a pack of Harry Potter sweets.
Our Readers Group is still going strong - at the time of writing this we are reading "Goodnight Mr Tom" and will are due to read "Enigma" by Robert Harris in November. We are intending to post our book reviews on "The Zone" which can be found at www.the-zone.org.uk so you can keep up with us too! We are a friendly group who meet on the first Wednesday of each month, in the Library at 7.30. New members are always welcome.
Finally, the Library will close on Monday, 23 December and re-open on Friday, 27 December 2002 for the Christmas break and then close again on New Year's Day.
Seasons greetings to you all
In October, a Mrs E Kirk from Grantham telephoned the Newsletter to say
“thank you” to the friendly and helpful people she met on a visit to
|Metheringham Fayre and Feast 2002
(Illustrated version available)
A fine bright autumnal morning heralded A Royal Pageant in Metheringham on
Saturday 19th October. Stalls appeared as if by magic and the High Street
was transformed into a colourful bustling throng in time for the Lord
Lieutenant’s procession to the Village "cross".
|METHERINGHAM VILLAGE HALL - 2002
This time of the year always appears to be both a time of reflection,
looking back over the past year as to what has been achieved, and of looking
forward to the year ahead.
|Metheringham Walking Group
The Walking group will continue to meet throughout the Christmas and New
Year as usual.
|MAWS (Metheringham Animal Welfare Supporters Group)
Thanks to your support and generosity, the MAWS group is going from strength
|Metheringham Methodist Chapel Diary
December is the time when the Chapel prepares and celebrates the birth of
Christ. On Sunday 1st December at 10.30am there will be a United Toy Service
with St, Wilfrid's Church. Toys collected at this service will be sent to
the NSPCC for distribution to needy children.
|Metheringham Football Club
We look forward to resuming our comprehensive reporting of our progress this
season in the next issue of the Newsletter.
|Metheringham Swimming Pool
What a successful few months - The pool closed at the beginning of September
but the support has continued.
|BLANKNEY CRICKET CLUB
Blankney Cricket Club was originally formed in 1873 and was a popular sport
watched by Lord Londesborough from the north wing of Blankney Hall. The Club
continued to flourish into the 20th century but came under hard times and
ceased to run around the mid 1900’s.
|Meg Skate Board
Liaison with other groups, either planning or running skateboard parks, has
resulted in learning about additional firms who provide and install
skate-board parks, and associated equipment.
Metheringham Amateur Dramatic Society
|METHERINGHAM OVER 60'S CLUB
We celebrate the New Year on Wednesday 8th January 2003, our entertainers
for this evening will be singer Tony Neale and Judy with her monologues we
also have a trip to the pantomime in Nottingham on the 15th.
|Library Reading Group
On page 9 you can read Sue Miller’s regular report from Metheringham
Anita Yorke, the area Poppy Appeal organiser, would like to thank everyone
who helped with, and who contributed to, this year’s effort.
|Things to Do
Are you looking for something a little bit different to fill a few hours? If
so, here are some seasonal events in North Kesteven…
The first poem for this issue is written by Jill Spooner. It
is based on her observations whilst walking from Metheringham to Dunston one
Our second poem comes from a new contributor to the
|Dunston Bowls Club.
|Call for Items