MACLA News Magazine - 34. Spring 2009

News Magazine 34 Spring 2009 - Editor's Corner


Welcome to the Spring Issue of your Community Magazine and can I just say how it is becoming more and more about the community as a whole. Because of the response from new contributors a further four pages have had to be added to accommodate all the articles which must now have something to interest everyone. As you will notice two local parish councils now have a greater input and that is so they can achieve their ambitions of becoming Quality Councils. We wish them well as all members of local council give their time to the community free of charge and without doubt, they continually strive to improve the quality of our local communities.

As we move into the better weather you will see, in this issue, the many events taking place for you to support. I myself would just like to say a BIG "well done" to all involved in the recent MAD pantomime production - it was superb and those who did not get to see it missed a treat.

Getting back to this edition of your local news I welcome new contributors from our local Guides Group and Dunston St Peter's School and I hope they are able to become regular contributors.

All in all it is another Bumper Issue so sit back and enjoy the read

Pete Ford

Pete Ford (Editor)

Brian Teaser


Three men walk into a hotel and rent a room for £30.00 but the hotel manager realised the room should have been only £25.00. So he sent the dishonest bellboy and told him to give £5.00 back to the men. The bellboy cheated and said to the three men the room was actually £27.00 and gave them £3.00 back and donated the other to his favourite charity.

Where is the missing pound, because 25 + 4 =29?

Blankney Cricket Club - Spring 2009


Here we are already two months into the year and a new cricket season is just two months away. Preparations are already well in hand by Blankney Cricket Club for the forthcoming season.

The Club has just had their AGM and there will be three teams being run this season which include one mid-week side (limited overs games) and sides on both Saturday and Sunday.

The Saturday XI will again ply their trade in the South Lincs and Border League (now for the third season). This has proved a forward step by the club with some excellent grounds to visit. This team finished in a mid table position last season and will be looking to push forward and hopefully finished somewhat higher this season. This season Simon Behan will captain the side.

For the Sunday XI they will again be playing in the Lincoln Premier League for a fourth season with Will Carter continuing to captain this side. They will be hoping for better times this season as they finished below half way in the table last season. The Club will again be involved in local cup competitions including the Sleaford CC organised Pattinson Cup. Last season saw the side go out in the semi-final to a strong Caythorpe side who went on to lift the trophy.

The Mid-week season starts two weeks into May but for the weekend teams their season begins as early as the last weekend in April.

During the season (27th May) the club will again be hosting the Lincolnshire Over 50's side on their ground. These games are always worth watching with two sides of players over 50 still able to compete at the highest level.

The club hopes to hold several functions during the season to which anyone is more than welcome. Any such events will be advertised so come along and enjoy yourselves.

Again it is looking like being a really busy time on the tranquil setting of Blankney Cricket ground and with a licensed bar located in the Club House an enjoyable, relaxing time.
Finally and most importantly the club is always looking for new players. One has to believe that in a local community of the size of our neighbouring village Metheringham (where there is no cricket club) there has to be people of all ages who want to play cricket so if you fancy a game please contact Ian Holvey on 01522 794408
or 07958187922

Another thank you to a retiring deliverer


MACLA wish to say a BIG "thank you" to Christine Ullyatt who has delivered this Magazine in Metheringham Fen since it began. Christine has decided to retire and we are indebted to her for her time and effort. This is a round which involves a reasonable amount of travelling to reach the outlying properties and because of this it can be time consuming. It will be difficult to replace Christine but if anyone would be willing to do this it would be much appreciated - contact can be made to Maggie (details on back inside page). In the meantime it is proposed to leave additional magazines in the Library and Info-Links.

Thank you once again Christine.

MACLA Xmas Quiz 2008 Answers


The Twelve Days of Christmas
1 + 3 + 6 + 10 + 15 + 21 + ... + 78 = 364
My true love gives 364 presents to me, one for each day of the year, except Christmas Day!

Christmas Cryptic Clue
Answer: Noel

Reginald Herbert Spooner 1880 - 1961

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Reginald Herbert Spooner - Metheringham Manor - England Cricketer

Reginald Spooner was one of the leading cricketers of what was known as the "Golden Age" of English Cricket before World War One and he lived on our doorstep.
He was born Reginald Herbert Spooner in Litherland, Liverpool in October 1880, the second oldest of four children of the Reverend George Hardwicke Spooner and Edith (nee Boult). He in turn married Lucy Lutwidge in May 1920 and they had two sons, John (b 1921) and Edward (b. 1923).


"Reggie", as he was best known, was an all-round sportsman but his forte was as a right-hand batsman and he became one of England's greatest cricketers of Edwardian England. Our claim to him as one of our "famous" local people is that, on the succession of the Londesborough's as Lords of the Manor at Blankney Hall in 1892, Captain R.H. Spooner became their land agent in the early years of the 20th century and lived in Metheringham Manor.

"Reggie" died in a Lincoln Nursing Home on 2 October, 1961, aged 80 and is buried at Woodhall Spa.

Where is the fattest street in Metheringham?


It's not only the nation that is becoming fatter according to Anglian Water. The arteries beneath our streets - the sewers - are becoming furred and blocked. Why is this happening? The answer is simple - Because more and more sinks and drains are being used as an invisible DUSTBIN!

Fats and oils in the sewer can cause costly blockages, resulting in sewage flooding. This can be very traumatic for anyone who experiences it and can also be devastating for the environment and wildlife. Fats and oils in the sewers can attract vermin and slow down the flow of waste-water, increasing its septicity and heightening the amount of odour experiences as a result, especially in hot, dry weather conditions.

The sewerage system plays on of the most important parts there is in protection of public health and is in need of some protection itself. Do you know where your fattest street is?

Branston U3A - Spring 2009

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Branston University of Third Age (U3A)

2008 has been another successful year for us with membership figures now around our projected maximum of 150. Prospective new members may have to go onto a waiting list, but, as the numbers are changing all the time, it may not be a very long wait. Several sitting members of the committee,including chairman Peter Foster, are retiring and a new committee will be elected at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting to be held on March 24th.
New interest groups which have been started during the last year include Croquet in the grounds of Branston Hall Hotel (not during the winter months!), German Conversation and Poetry and Prose for Pleasure.

For further details please contact George James, Vice Chairman & Publicity. Tel. 01522 792274.

Metheringham Parish Council News - Spring 2009


The Parish Council are still striving to acquire further land in the village for use as allotments, some land has been identified and we are in negotiations with the agent.

Annual Village Meeting 2009
The 2009 Annual Village meeting will take place on Tuesday 28 April starting at 7.00pm in the Village Hall. This meeting maintains the tradition of the village meeting once a year to exchange points of view and to contribute to the life of the community. Over the past three years the events have been very successful with over 20 village organizations in attendance. This is not a formal Parish Council meeting, it is a meeting for the people of Metheringham to present to each other details of their organizations and how things have progressed during the year. You can do this with a display, a short presentation or just an informal chat. If you would like to know more about your parish council and how we are spending your money then please come along. There will be refreshments at the end of the evening and the opportunity to view the exhibits and socialize with the speakers and parishioners.

If you have any suggestions or comments regarding the Annual Village Meeting please contact the Clerk.

Genealogy Enquiries - Spring 2009


Family History - Flear

I am looking for any information on the Flear family as part of family tree research. In 1881 they lived in Dunston.
William Flear (Head of Household) was married to Mary Ann. They had a number of children (John, George, Arthur and Ernest). There home was somewhere near the Butcher's Arms which means nothing to me. Any information would be much appreciated

Burial Records - Wilkinson

My great great grandparents and my great grandparents were born, raised and died in the Metheringham area and (I'm sure) were buried in the "municipal" graveyard behind St. Wilfrids Church. Being agricultural workers of modest means, their gravemarkers (if any) have long since disappeared and don't feature in the Monumental Inscriptions held in the Lincolnshire Archives. I would like to mark the plots retrospectively if I can find them and wonder, therefore, if anyone knows if an alternative record exists showing the location of burials in the period 1860 - 1925?

Web Watch - Spring 2009


In the last edition, we looked at alternatives to Microsoft Windows. This time I'd like to look at alternatives to other major software. We'll start with a free alternative to Microsoft Office - Open Office.

Open Office ( is a suite of programs much like Microsoft Office and one that is highly recommended to both home and business users looking to watch costs. It includes all the features that most users will ever need. In the package are a word processor (Writer), a spreadsheet (Calc), a Powerpoint alternative (Impress), a database tool (Base) and finally a simple drawing tool (Draw).

The most popular free image editor around is GIMP ( As an alternative to the very expensive Adobe Photoshop, GIMP is a great tool for beginners, wishing to learn and experts alike, no matter what task you need to perform. Its interface may seem a little daunting at first but there is an active online community to provide support. In a similar vain but simpler to use is Paint.Net ( This is an open source image editor that gets more powerful with each release. It doesn't have all the bells and whistle of GIMP but there are plenty of tools to complete basic image manipulation tasks.

Not everyone likes Outlook Express or Windows Live Mail. Thunderbird ( is a free email client that offers all the functionality of Microsoft Outlook Express but uses much less in the way of system resources. You can even use Thunderbird to check your Webmail from one client.

If any of the above spark your interest, then there are even more free software alternatives available for download from the internet. A good place to start exploring would be As a sensible precaution, make sure your anti-virus is up-to-date and enabled before downloading anything from the internet. You know it makes sense.

Until the next time.
The Weaver

Metheringham Bowls Club - Spring 2009


As this has been our closed season, there is very little to report, but work is progressing on the green, and it looks as though we will have a wonderful playing surface for the forthcoming season. For the 2009 season, Dunston Bowls Club will again be playing from our green, so it looks like being another very busy season.

On Saturday 21 March we will be holding our annual dinner at Martin Moor Golf Club - full tummies do not make for good bowling, so hopefully most of our members will not be playing at Lincoln Indoor Bowls Club the following morning.

On Friday 3 April, the day before the Grand National, we will again be joining forces with the Football Club to stage a Horse Race night, courtesy of Butch at the Star and Garter. Butch always supports local sports clubs, and his help is very much appreciated.
Thank you Butch! If you would like to sponsor a horse it will cost £10, or to sponsor a race it would cost £50 - but hey - you might come out winning lots of money if you have the winning horse, or if you are the winning sponsor of the final race, which is auctioned off!

On Saturday 25 April, we will be holding a Coffee Morning in our Pavilion. There will be a tombola, raffle, and all the usual attractions. And of course Hannah's famous scones will be on offer with the tea or coffee!

We plan to open the Green for the 2009 season on Sunday 26 April. If you have never played bowls before, but think you might like to try it, this is the day to do it. You do not have to commit yourself - just come and have a go! You can meet our members, and see what a friendly bunch we are, and have a go at bowling (shoes and bowls can be provided if you do not have the necessary equipment).

If you are interested in playing bowls, please contact me - Dawn Smith Hon. Sec. Metheringham Bowls Club on 01526 320502 or e-mail me at:

Police News from PC Simon Gordon - Spring 2009


News from your local Beat team

It is hard to believe that Christmas has been and gone. As I write this article, it is still freezing, we are certainly having a "proper" Winter. Please, Please, remember to drive to the conditions. Roads can be icy even when they look okay. I am amazed at the poor quality of driving I see on our roads on a daily basis.


I am extremely pleased to report that our villages are very quiet from what we call a "public-order" point of view. We have had hardly any problems at all with damage or under-age drinking etc. It could of course be the weather but lets hope this continues as the days warm up.

Metheringham Village Hall - Spring 2009


The 2nd Christmas Family Party was a resounding success with the hall being full to capacity throughout the evening. It was great to see everyone joining in the festive spirit.
During the evening there was a short ceremony in which a commemorative plaque was received by Mrs Jenni Honisett, on behalf of the Hall Management Committee for their "21st Century Energy Efficiency Project". The presentation was kindly made by County Councillor Mrs Pat Bradwell, District Councillors Mr John Rose and Mr Bill Chambers on behalf of the Lincolnshire Community Grant Scheme.

We would like to take this opportunity to say Thank you to all those who worked hard to organise and run the event and a BIG thank you to the following organisations: Silver Sound Brass Band, Starlite Twirlers, Line Dancers and the Karate Club who all entertained us with demonstrations of their skills. We were also lucky enough to be paid a visit by Father Christmas, in all making for a most enjoyable evening.

CCTV has now been installed covering all aspects of the hall exterior which we hope will deter future acts of crime / vandalism.

Notice of AGM 2009

The Annual General Meeting of the Village Hall Management Committee will take place in the Village Hall on Tuesday 21 April at 7.30 pm. Any organisations or person wishing to make representation or stand for election, please contact the Secretary, Cliff Tompkins (01526 320183) before 1 April. All existing organisations will receive their proposal forms by that date.

Saturday 21 March at 8.00 pm
We will be holding a "Race Night" at the Londesborough Arms by kind permission of Sharon and Reg. - For more information contact John Harrison - 01526 320644

Saturday 16 May - 9.30 - 1.30
A Spring Fayre will be held in the Village Hall. Any organisations wishing to purchase table space, please contact Ann Harrison on 01526 320644

We are currently trying to put together (date TBA) a display of local craft, hobbies, miniatures and model making etc., so if there is anyone who would like to show their skills and pastimes to encourage others, please contact John Harrison - 01526 320644

Metheringham Library - Spring 2009


News from Metheringham Library

Although things are going well at the library, we would like to see more pre-school children and their parents at our story time every Friday afternoon from 2.15 to 2.45pm. At the moment Jacki is reading stories to two little girls and a baby, but she would be very happy to see more turn up.

Our Christmas coffee afternoon went well, but maybe because it was the last Friday before Christmas and parents were busy, we didn't actually get any children in to listen to stories. Responding to popular demand Jacki then read children's stories to our adult customers as they partook of coffee and mince pies!

If you have an interest in researching family history, why not book a slot on our computers. We have free access to the Ancestry website, so the only cost will be 5p a sheet to print out what information you find.

We also have a fax machine, cost 50p per sheet to UK numbers and a photocopier, cost 5p per A4 sheet.

Our reading group continues at 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of the month in the Star and Garter and we also have computer classes run by Lincoln College on Thursday afternoons.
Just to remind you, our opening hours are
Monday 2pm to 5pm
Wednesday 2pm to 7pm
Friday 10am to 4pm
Saturday 10am to 1pm

Pauline Ventress

Dunston Methodist Church - Spring 2009


As I write heavy snow is forecast. Hopefully as you read it we shall have endured the cold days of winter and be enjoying the longer hours of daylight and the Spring flowers .
Life goes on much as normal here at Dunston - with our Sunday morning worship and other activities. Our Christingle service was a joy - using light sticks in the oranges instead of candles this year and John held all the children's attention with a story about light.

We have finalised our plans for our 150th anniversary and plan an event each month. The January event was a beetle drive in the village hall organised by our friends at St Peters Church Dunston. It was great fun with hot dogs and lots of laughter.

The list of events taking place during the Spring Issue of the Magazine is below and we do hope you will be able to join us on some of these occasions . We will send details of some of the events nearer the time.

Sat 7 Mar Messy Church - What is Church? Chapel 4-6 pm
Sat 28 Mar Yogabugs 2-4 pm Chapel
Sat 4 Apr Coffee morning - Chapel 10-12 pm Knit a blanket

Metheringham Methodist Church - Spring 2009


On Friday 7 March 2009 The Women's Day of Prayer Service will be held in Metheringham Methodist Church at 10.30am. This year's service as been based on the services of worship held in Papua, New Guinea. The Women's Day of Prayer Services are different and enjoyable and it is interesting to see how other cultures worship God. Everyone, including men, are welcome.

We are holding a Coffee Morning on Saturday 21 March, 9.30-11.30am in the Chapel Hall. Coffee, Tea and Scones will be served and there will be a cake stall, raffle and nearly new stall. Money raised will go towards a new water boiler for the Methodist Church.

Angels Good wishes


After five and a half years my time with the Angels came to an end on the birth of Jack, who is doing well and keeping me busy.

I would like to thank all those children and parents who supported me over the years and take this opportunity to wish the girls well. I am looking forward to seeing them at some local fetes over the summer.

Cathy Raymond

1st Metheringham Guides - Spring 2009 Update


The unit has grown in recent months and is at full capacity now with a waiting list for new members. Our Guides come from Metheringham and many of the surrounding villages. We meet at Blankney Old School on Tuesday evenings and have a very varied programme of events and activities.

The Centenary of Girlguiding in 2010 is fast approaching and in the run up to this very special event Rainbow, Brownie and Guide units have been challenged to "Change the World". For our part in this the major project running up to Christmas 2008 was an Enterprise Project, where each of the Patrols (groups of up to 6 Guides) developed and ran a fund-raising project to raise funds for a school in Tambana, The Gambia. The projects included card making, cakes and biscuits, bookmarks, a 50/50 bucket, and a sweet tombola. The Guides took their projects to the Metheringham and Nocton Christmas Fayres and overall £177.53 was raised. This money goes towards sponsoring children in the school and helps provide uniform, exercise books, pencils and a daily meal for them.

Guide Leader Linda Carpenter-Coxon went out to the school just before Christmas and thoroughly enjoyed working with the children. We also sang carols at The Cottage, Nocton which was much enjoyed by the Guides and Residents alike, and made decorations for the Christmas Tree in St Peter's Church, Dunston.
This term the Guides are working on their Go-for-its and some of the older members are planning and running activities for their Baden Powell Challenge awards.

Thanks to all the residents of Metheringham for leaving old newspapers out for us to collect on the first Saturday of each month. Monies raised from The Paper Shed is shared between our Rainbow, Brownie and Guide units.

If you would like to become involved with your local unit in any way, please contact Linda on 322410 or Paula on 320645.

Three Parishes Interregnum


The Three Parishes of Dunston, Blankney & MetheringhamINTERREGNUM.

That's the word to describe the time when a parish does not have a Vicar and for the three parishes that starts now.

The Rev'd Charles Sowden came to us on a contract for three years. This expired in February, so we are entering a period of change. To add to the problem, the Rural Dean is out of action due to illness, and the Archdeacon has retired, so a great deal of responsibility for maintaining regular services as well as the everyday running of Parish affairs will fall on the Churchwardens. They will also be dealing with the bookings of Weddings, Baptisms and Funerals, so please contact them for details. Contact telephone numbers are printed in the Church Magazine.

The Church Wardens will need all the help and co-operation they can get from the members of the Church. We have two retired priests who will be taking on some of the load regarding Sunday Services, but we shall be relying on a number of other retired clergy as well. There may have to be changes where cover cannot be maintained, so please keep your eye on the notices. If for some reason a licensed Minister cannot be found, or is forced to cancel, there are the Wardens and others very capable of reading prayers and leading worship, so please be prepared for whatever happens until the Diocese make new arrangements for the overall pastoral care of this and other Groups of Parishes in the area.

Finally, we have been told that Metheringham Vicarage will not be used, in future, to house a resident priest.

Chris P Hill

Scopwick Parish Council News - Spring 2009


This is the first newsletter of Scopwick Parish Council and it's a really good opportunity to let you all know about village 'goings on'.

The council comprises seven councillors and it recently welcomed a new councillor, Michael Clayton of Main Street, due to a vacancy created by Janet Brooks, who resigned due to a house move after many years service.

The council are really pleased to announce that the Beck improvement works are virtually complete apart from a spot of final tidying up. It looks quite a picture and it is all due to lots of hard work from village helpers. The council would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who gave their time and skill to work on this important village asset. The Environment Agency has approved the work and I think the ducks are quite pleased too!

You may have seen contractors working on the village trees, particularly around the Beck. Unfortunately, two of the willows had to be completely removed as they were damaging bridges and obstructing the footpath. The council are keen to improve the shape and health of the remaining trees so that they will continue to give us all pleasure for many years to come. I am sure you will agree that the Village Green is an absolute picture. Just wait until the blossom and the daffodils come out!

Various improvements are planned for Scopwick Village Hall and much credit is due to the Village Hall Management Committee for their dedication in resourcing grants to enable work to commence. This includes extending and updating the kitchen and bringing the toilets into line with the latest disability laws.

It is also planned to alter the east door of the hall to comply with disability guidelines and to provide a loop circuit within the hall for the hard of hearing. Additionally, it is hoped that in time funding will be available to create a car park hard standing area alongside the hall. This again is to comply with new disability legislation and it will also benefit Brookside by reducing the number of parked cars at busy periods.

You may be interested to know that the council took the decision to 'adopt' the red telephone kiosk at Kirkby Green as BT were going to remove it due to lack of use. This did seem a great shame, if only from a heritage perspective, and in adopting the kiosk, the telephony equipment will be removed but the kiosk will remain hopefully for many years to come.

For many years the corner of Bloxholm Lane has flooded badly following wet weather. A site meeting was held recently with the Area Highways Manager who agreed to carry out the necessary improvements. Let's hope it does the trick!

Two new street lights have been requested for Vicarage Lane, one at the entrance into Springfield from the playing field and the other illuminating the overflow car park. We hope these meet some of the concerns over security and access in these areas.
The council will shortly be advertising for a Parish Litter Picker to work for just a few hours a month on a casual basis. Keep an eye on the notice boards and the website for details.

Jean Girling - Parish Clerk 01526 353163

M.A.D. - Spring 2009 Update


After another very successful pantomime this year, we have now performed 17!! MAD is now in full swing for a year of further productions. The first of these will be in April.
The Shakespeare Revue is based upon the works of William Shakespeare, but not as you know it! The revue was first performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the sketches and musical numbers are a light - hearted and amusing slant on his work. A number of the songs are put to very familiar tunes and will appeal to anyone with a sense of fun and a love of musicals, musical hall and of actors being well aware of how ridiculously serious they sometimes look to others. Original work was written by the likes of Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie and Bill Oddie to name but several. Come along and we can guarantee that singing and acting of high quality will be presented to the audience in a way that is guaranteed to make them laugh their socks off!
The dates for the three performances are Thursday 23rd. April, which is William Shakespeare's birthday, Friday 24th, and Saturday 25th. April - Curtain up at 7.30 p.m.
This production will be directed by Sue Kelly (01526 321951)

We have been asked to perform our one - act play The Allotment in the Sleaford Little Theatre's festival on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd May.
This was first performed in Meg village hall some time ago. The same cast and director are hoping to stage another successful run of this powerful play.

Any support to come and watch our company would be very much appreciated.

A further two productions are in the planning process for the rest of the year and any further information for any of these productions or if you wish to join our company please contact Sally Wilson 01526 321289

The club re-opened for 2009 on 7 January when members were put through their paces with a games and quiz afternoon. Then on 21 January we were given advice by Gareth and Carol, the new local Police Community Support Officers on the advantages of using Smart water to mark valuables around the home. They also told members how to prevent "Cold Callers" getting into their home, and listed the most common scams to enter properties.

We meet every fortnight at Heighington Jubilee Hall anyone wanting to join us please contact Betty Knight on 01522 794 121 or Patricia MacPherson on 01522 856 981.

Ruskington Tennis Club

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Ruskington Tennis Club has, for the passed couple of years (by kind permission of the RAF) played its games on the courts at RAF Digby. We are a long established but principally a recreational club catering for people of all abilities and ages. (Our current age range is 16 to 70+)

We have use of the courts on a Monday and Wednesday evening from 6.00 pm onwards (from April ). We would welcome any new potential members from the MACLA area.
Interested ?

If so Ring Peter Reeds on 320461

The Visitors Centre will open the 2009 Season on Saturday 28 March
Prior to this the Centre will hold the first Lecture of the Season. This will take place on Wednesday 25 March and the lecturer will be Mike Hodgson speaking about the D-Day Deception.

All lectures are held in the Old Gymnasium, commencing at 7.30 pm (unless otherwise stated). Entry is free to Members but for non-members the fee is now £5.00. This includes tea/coffee and biscuits.

A further lecture takes place on 27 May which will be 617 Dambusters Today by Sqn. Ldr J. Kent RAF

The Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 1st April in the Old Gymnasium, commencing at 7.30 pm.
The Centre's Open Day will be on Sunday 3 May

Visitors will now see that a large scale model Spitfire now accompanies the Lancaster in the Gymnasium. It is hoped that one day they might have a Hurricane to make up the final member of the Metheringham Memorial Flight!

The Spitfire is a fifth-scale Mark 5 and has been made by long-standing friend and supporter of the Centre, Arthur Houghton. Arthur is well known for his large model building skills and gained his wealth of experience at the AVRO Maintenance Unit at Bracebridge Heath. He knows where every rivet fits, practically, on a Lancaster and the centre is most grateful for his thoughtfulness.

The Annual 1940's Dance will take place on Saturday 6 June in the Old Gymnasium. Once again the Ockbrook Big Band will provide the entertainment with music from the war years.

For any further information please contact Peter Scoley 01526 378604

Woodhall Spa Country Show - 17 May 2009


SUNDAY 17th MAY 2009
9.30 - 5pm

Classes for Cattle, Sheep, Heavy Horses

Poultry Show, Goats, Alpacas, Pigs,
Heritage & Bygones, Vintage Vehicles and Tractors,
Terrier Racing, Dancing Dogs,
& much more

Trade Stands & Craft Marquee
2009 Theme: Lend Lease Tractors,
The Outbreak of World War Two and Textiles

For further information contact
Sue Stennett, Secretary 01526 352703

Entertainment & Fun for all the family

Admission £4 ~ Adults, £2 ~ 5-16's Under 5 free

Entrance via Jubilee Park
On The Stixwould Road LN10 6QH

LIVES - Spring 2009 Update


In January, we held our open morning at the Methodist Church Hall in Metheringham. We were really pleased to see so many people. We gained a new recruit who will start his training soon - a big welcome to Andy and we also enjoyed seeing some of you who have had visits from the First Responders over the years and wanted to come down to say thank you.

Continued thanks to all who support us financially. I know we have said it before, but we really couldn't do it without you. The extra financial support is enabling us to buy some new resources. We are going to buy some equipment for publicity and fundraising events, such as a banner and information stand. More importantly, we are able to train up some of our most experienced Responders to an advanced status. This additional training will enable them to use some drugs. In particular, we can afford for these responders to carry a pain relief gas which will make a big difference to the service they can offer.

We are always happy to welcome new Responders, and are generally short of people who can cover daytime. Most of the First Responders are working people, only able to cover evenings and weekends. Think you can help? Give us a call!

Jenny Hutchinson 01526 321627
Beth Mcluckie 01526 321919

Plans for our trip to Trangé are progressing well. We will travel by train between 16-20 April and look forward once again to a weekend of fun and hospitality with our French friends .

Events planned include a CASINO EVENING in Dunston Village Hall on Saturday 28 February - tickets from Ralph Timms 322515

The DUCK RACE will be held on Saturday 4 July with an American theme. First race 3 pm
A new feature this year will be the decorated duck race. Watch this space for details!!
If you want to know more about twinning contact Beth 321919 or Ralph 322515

Dunston Coffee Morning - 4 April 2009


10- 12

Come for coffee and cake .
If you can knit we would like you to
knit a square (or two) for the
blanket we will make that day .

Forever Today by Deborah Wearing


A Metheringham Book Readers Group Review

Forever Today by Deborah Wearing is her astonishing account of her husband Clive's devastating amnesia, which struck almost overnight and wiped out his entire past.
It could be argued that, in a way, all writers are concerned with recollection, whether it's mining childhood for a first novel or excavating a famous person's life for a biography. This book gives a clear and terrifying picture of a life without any recollections.

This book is many things; an informative guide for carers for brain-injury survivors, a biography of a man who was once a world expert on early music and an inspiring conductor and a portrait of a remarkable and enduring relationship.
Neurologist Oliver Sacks suggested 'One tended to think of (Clive), instinctively, as a spiritual casualty - a lost soul. Was it possible that he had really been "de-souled" by the disease?' Deborah came to the conclusion that 'there is still a Cliveness about Clive'. She still sees in him a kindness, a generosity, a way of looking at the world that is uniquely him.

She never once wishes him dead, which is remarkable in itself. Death would release them both from an unbearable way of life.

She wrote it, she says, 'in bed, instead of sleeping'. And, although this is left unspoken, presumably to fill the gap her husband used to fill. She lost a great deal when he fell ill. 'I had my own dislocation, too. Nowhere was home anymore. No where. It was too full of Clive and therefore too sad. The walls were yammering with his unfinished work: projects, music, schemes.' She loves words, and writes carefully. But for a moment her vocabulary fails her. 'Uneverythinged.'

Following the illness it's striking how they react in similar ways. Both are quick to laugh and cry, both find solace in music (eerily, one of the few things Clive can still do is conduct and play the piano, although he has no knowledge that he has done so immediately afterwards.) Both are lost and bewildered: Clive in his head, Deborah trying to find help and support. Both are together but also alone.

Time passes - for Deborah, but not for Clive. In the book she's 30, 35, 40, and Clive is frozen in the same moment forever.

It's a desperately sad book, and I couldn't help thinking that what had happened to them could have happened to anybody, to me, to my husband, and that they had done nothing to bring this tragedy upon themselves.They did not deserve this. Few writers of fiction would have left the reader so wrung out, so devoid of any hope of redemption, but this is non fiction, and tells what happened with unflinching clarity.

The group gave it 6½ for enjoyment and 7 for the quality of the writing.


Dunston St. Peter's School


I am delighted to be writing my first article for the MACLA magazine, a magazine I have always enjoyed reading in the past. I have some very exciting news to tell everyone which has recently been announced to parents. After Easter, Dunston Primary will be entering into a "Soft Governance Federation" with Digby Church of England Primary School. This is an exciting development for both schools and open up lots of possibilities for sharing ideas, resources, planning etc. It will initially be for four terms but we are hoping that it will become a longer term arrangement between these two schools that are both small (60+ pupils each) and both church schools.

In effect, this will mean that I will become the headteacher of both schools, sharing my time equally between the two sites. The schools will however completely retain their identities, staff, governors and so on. There are a growing number of such federations in Lincolnshire and I believe that it is the way forward to ensure that small schools thrive and develop in the future. I hope to write again for the next edition of MACLA and let everyone know what we have been up to at school.

Best wishes,
Graham Boyall Headteacher

Veg and Produce Show - 7 September 2009


Venue: Star and Garter
Monday 7 September

We are still seven months away from the Annual Star and Garter Veg & Produce Show but now is the time for all you, would be gardeners / flower arrangers or cooks, to get in on the act. Over recent years the eventual winners of most of the prizes have been predictable so a little more competition is needed, so get to it and let us see some new competition. As stated, the event is on the first Monday of September, in the Star and Garter with the closing time for all entries 12.00 noon. All entries are then judged while a free buffet is partaken. Then follows the annoucing of the winners and the auction of the produce together with a raffle. All proceeds raised go to a local organisation (still to be decided).

The categories are as follows
Veg: Best Onion / Best Marrow / Best Tray of Veg / Children's Novelty Veg
Baking: - Best Sponge / Best Fruit Cake / Best Fruit Pie / Best Decorated Cake / Children's Novelty Cake
Best Flower Arrangements

For any further information contact Butch - 01526 320317

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal


A huge thank you to everyone who donated to the 2008 appeal. You raised £2,334.46. This is £200 down on last year's total despite the generous donation made at the Remembrance Service and at the Metheringham Feast.

I would like to praise all those who collected door to door and those who, for personal reasons, have decided to hang up their poppy selling boots. Your efforts really are appreciated.

The number of volunteers had dropped by about 50% in the few years that I have been Poppy Appeal Organiser. I would like to think that more people will offer their services this year.

Thank you again for your generosity.

A. Yorke (Poppy Appeal Organiser)
01522 820345

Dog Warden Report - Spring 2009

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We are well into 2009 now and I am very disappointed with some of you dog owners.

The village was reasonably clean up until Christmas, but has got progressively worse ever since. I cannot understand why any one would want to live in a village where they have to sidestep dog faeces on a daily basis. Alfred Avenue and Church Walk are particularly bad at the moment. Someone must have an idea who is responsible. I would ask that if anyone sees or knows any culprits, then they contact me in complete anonymity.

I have distributed leaflets and posters around, so there is no excuse for not cleaning up after your dog. I have also re-introduced evening patrols, and a zero tolerance level. I will be issuing fixed penalty notices to anyone found not cleaning up after their dog. No excuses will be accepted, don't say you haven't been warned.

To the many lovely people I have met in Metheringham, I would like to say a big "thank you" for your efforts. Please keep it up.

Sandy Long. Dog Warden. 07833757988

Blankney Hall request


I am an interior design student at Lincoln University. For my final year dissertation I have chosen to base it on historical buildings losing their identity by being demolished, restored or altered. I have lived in Metheringham for nearly all my life and for my dissertation piece I have a great interest in Blankney especially the Blankney Hall. I have visited the MACLA website and gathered some information about it but I wondered whether anyone could provide me with any further information or images of it at all. I am interested in when exactly it was demolished, why it was not restored and how did the people of the village react or feel about losing such a great building.
If anyone has any information or knows anything about it, I would really appreciate it - Claire

Friends of Dunston School - Spring 2009 Update


FoDS would like, first of all, to thank all of those who have supported our Autumn events. The inaugural Family Games Night held at the Village Hall in November was a great success, with everyone enjoying quizzes, beetle and bingo with helpings of jacket potatoes and fillings. Our sincere thanks go to Russ McLuckie for being our excellent Quiz Master and to Branston Ltd for their generous potatoes donation. It was great to see so many families there and indeed other village residents and we are delighted to have raised over £260 towards the new school library.

The School Christmas Fayre was as chaotic, fun and musical as usual and we took our best ever total of almost £500. Added to the antastic amount raised in the Sponsored Walk, Autumn had been a triumph for the FoDS!

As I write, the February Torchlight Treasure Hunt has been snowed off!! We will most likely be postponing until the far end of the year when it should be dark but NOT snowy! Watch this space.

The new library and music room extension at school is still at the planning stage and so the staff have been starting to spend some of the money raised by the FoDS over the last two years on fiction and non-fiction books which will go into the classrooms until the library is ready. We hope that the children will really notice a difference with lots of lovely new books to inspire and inform them.

The Friends would like to welcome the new children and families to the school and the community and thank everyone, as usual, for their support. We look forward to informing you of our forthcoming events.

Julianne Coggan, Chairman
Tel: 322499

Metheringham Over 60's - Spring 2009 Update


We have made a great start to 2009 with the Tony Graham Duo entertaining us in January. February we had our very good friends Nick and Anita to entertain us with a fabulous evening of music and songs.

The Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Wed 4 March at 7.00pm. It is your club so now is the time to have your say, good or bad. We try to please everyone but this is not always possible with such a large membership.

April is Signing On night for existing members, please come along on the night if you intend to renew your membership as we do have a long waiting list. Members not intending to renew their membership please can you let a committee member know of your intentions.

Subject to available places new members will be notified and enrolled in May.
Trips for 2009 are at present being finalised, more on this at the next meeting. We have a Coffee Morning in the Village Hall on Saturday 7 March at 10.00 am. Everyone is welcome to join us at this event, besides coffee, we have a Raffle, Cake Stall, Tombola, Books and Bric-a-Brac.

We welcome guests to our meetings on the 1st Wednesday of each month at a cost of £2.00 per visit.

Diary Dates:
4th March AGM
7th March Coffee Morning

Ann Crooks (Secretary)

Although belated, I wish everyone a happy and health new year.

Looking forward the Senior Citizen's Annual Party will be held on Saturday 28 March. Doors will open at 3.30 pm with tea served at 4.00 pm. We will be entertained by The Withern Singers so please advise a Committee Member if you wish to attend.

Pam Woolley (Sec)

M.A.D.S.P.A. - Spring 2009 Update


It has been a very quiet winter for a MADSPA without the Family New Year's Eve Party in the Village Hall. The fund raising will have to start in earnest soon to fund all the improvements and safety features required.

A small amount of damage has been caused to the fencing of the field side of the pool. One panel was kicked in a split but remained wedged into the trees. However over the last few weeks the loose pieces have been ripped out and scattered around and children and young people have been seen to enter the area. The pool is potentially a dangerous place, especially in the winter with a layer of ice on the water and covers that are not made to support the weight of a person. We would ask that parents talk to their children about the danger of deep, cold water. Death can happen in two to here minutes, so not enough time to call for help. The fencing will be fixed as soon as possible and hopefully, in the future we might have high wire fencing to match the school. This then might stop the teenagers who feel it necessary t take unauthorised swims on warm summer evenings! Unfortunately it is not just the swims - it is the damage caused to the expensive cover and picnic tables. The winter winds have also continue to play havoc with the summer covers - finally finishing off the damage caused last summer. New covers will be in place for the opening in May and maybe even a new solar heating system - fingers crossed!

During March / April we need to do some remedial work on the paved area around the pool. This will involve lifting the slabs, filling in with sand and relaying them. Additionally some of the blocks n the poolside need cementing back in place. If you feel you can offer any hep to our small committee, or have a brilliant fund raising idea, please contact Di (321581) or Ann (321175)

Metheringham Village Fun Day - 31 May 2009


Metheringham Football Club is proposing to again organise (for a third year) a Village FUN Day on the Village Playing field. This has proved to be most popular and this year it will be held on Sunday 31 May 2009.

Any local organisation in the MACLA Area is more than welcome to be involved with any monies raised remaining with each organisation as it is known fund-raising at the best of times is very hard work.

To try and prevent repetition of events on the day it is proposed to have a meeting of all interested parties so their particular theme / idea can be put forward

The Football Club has already identified the following events which it will be running
a) Charity Football match
b) Car Boot
c) Bouncy castle
d) Food Vendor
e) Licensed Bar
f) Local radio
g) Prov. Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

To get things underway it is proposed to hold a meeting in March in the Star and Garter (Lounge).

If your organisation wish to be a part of this event, please forward your contact details and some idea (if possible) of what activity your organisation would be proposing to run on the day, either to Metheringham FC c/o 31 Caroline Road, Metheringham, Lincoln, LN4 3HF or e-mail to

Metheringham WI - Spring 2009 Update


2009 is an important year for Metheringham W.I. They will be celebrating their 75th birthday. How, when and where, or in what form, we are not quite sure yet. The 70th year in 2005 was celebrated with a strawberry tea held on a beautiful July afternoon in the garden of one of our members.

This year commenced with an excellent "Christmas Dinner" held on Wednesday 21 January at Blankney Golf Club. Our thanks to the staff for making the evening so enjoyable.

The February Meeting was an excellent talk on Medieval Lincoln, given by Mr N. Lance.

Further Spring Meetings are as follows:
Wed 15 Mar AGM
Wed 18 Apr Birds and the Countryside - Mr J. Weston
Wed 20 May Resolutions - Talk on personal finance
Wed 17 June Ice Cream - A & E Dennett

The outing in July will be to Harrogate and Ripley Castle

Sports activities have included successful darts matches. Our thanks to the Star and Garter for their hospitality and for allowing the fun Monday practice sessions.
Table Tennis is played at the house of one of our members on Thursday evenings.
Ten Pin bowling has been a popular activity. Other activities include quizzes, theatre and cinema visits.

There was a follow-up craft day taken by some of our members, held at the home of another one of our members and a visit to the Quaker Tapestry Exhibition at Southwell.
We joined the local Brownie Troupe for a very chatty Knitting evening.

Our Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of every month - 7.15 pm in the Village Hall.

2009 should be a very busy year.

Jill Spooner

Metheringham Primary School News - Spring 2009


This February brought our first real spell of wintery weather for a number of years. With this came school closures, stranded staff and pupils and a few bumps and bruises from slippery surfaces across the local area. Our pupils did however enjoy having fun in the snow and they will no doubt have fond memories of building snowmen and sledging. We are now looking forward to the Spring and to having more opportunities to take our learning outside the classroom and to developing our school grounds.

Christmas term ended in a flurry of seasonal activities. The infants performed their nativity play 'Whoops a Daisy Angel' to their families, school friends, pre school, day care providers and members of the Metheringham over 60's group. Christmas parties and talent competitions took place in school and Santa made a special visit to the school Christmas fair. Visits to the Methodist Church and St Wilfrids' Church rounded off our school's celebration of Christmas.

This term we have continued with our programme of Road Safety training and Bikewise training. We hope that this will encourage pupils to be more responsible as pedestrians and cyclists in their local communities. Our Year 1/ Year 2 pupils flew off to China for a morning from their quickly constructed airport in our school hall. The pupils assured us that they had a wonderful visit and they came back with lots of information that they found out about China. At the same time our Reception pupils ventured into outer space coming home with wonderful models of space robots and convinced that their teachers really are aliens!

The Friends of Metheringham School group held an excellent music quiz for parents, friends and staff. Everyone was tested on their knowledge of music from the 60's era through to current times. Valentines' discos were held at the end of term for our pupils. Both events will help to fund new musical instruments for school and needy equipment for our after school cheerleading group.

Our thanks go to everyone for continuing to support our school. Next term will be busy and we hope that the pupils will enjoy all of the activities and learning planned for them.

Elspeth McMenemie.

Race Night - Friday 3rd April 2009

Race Night

Friday 3 April

Star & Garter

Starts at 8.30 pm

Proceeds to be shared between Metheringham Bowls Club and Football Club come along and give your support

Metheringham Fire Station - Spring 2009 Update


Metheringham Fire Station had its Annual Car Wash day on Saturday 4 October. This is a national event with stations from all over the country raising money for the Fire Services Charity. The response for our event was fantastic and we wish to thank everyone who turned out on the day to have their vehicles washed. The event raised £399.80 from donations on the day which will go to the Fire Services Charity. Other fund raisers attending on the day included The Angels Dance Squad, Lives, Duncan and Linda's Plants and excellent refreshments from Daniel's Diner. Thanks to everyone.

Metheringham FC - Spring 2009 Update


For Metheringham Football Club another season is flying by with only just over two months of the 2008-09 season left.

At the present time none of our thirteen teams holds a top of the table position but that aside, two are still in with a good chance of winning or being runners-up in their respective league, namely the Under 16's (3rd at present) and Under 14's (also third)

Home Security - Spring 2009


An article by Lincolnshire Trading Standards

Distraction Burglary and Bogus callers

Distraction burglary has a disproportionate and long lasting effect upon its victims who are more often than not the older and more vulnerable members of society. Although most older people will never encounter it, their fear of it remains unacceptably high.
Not all burglars break into your home, some will try to trick or con their way in instead. So always be vigilant when anyone you're not expecting - a man, a woman or even a child - turns up at your door.

The Well-Being Show - 29 March 2009

Charity Event - The Well-being Show

Woodland Suite, Petwood Hotel, Woodhall Spa on Sun 29 March, 2009. 11am - 4pm;

Tickets in advance or on the door - £3.50.

Try a complimentary Aveda chakra balancing hand & arm massage (limited spaces available) and therapy tasters from £5: mini manicures & makeovers, reflexology, cranio-sacral therapy, shiatsu, acupuncture, hopi ear candles, indian head massage, thai, sports & hot stone massage, crystal healing, hypnotherapy, emotional freedom technique, reiki and more! Browse around the stalls. Fantastic tombola prizes!
Proceeds to Lincs. Ark (Animal Welfare).
For information contact 07851 048806 or 07880 716121
or email