MACLA News Magazine - 35. Summer 2009
Welcome to the Summer Issue of your local magazine, Issue 35. I can not believe it! I have just been checking on the MACLA Website (www.macla.co.uk) as to when I first took over as Editor and it was way back in Issue 16 (Winter 2004) - 20 issues ago. Doesn't time fly when you are having fun!!!
Taking the average issue is or should I say, WAS, around 10,000 words, that means that I have tapped out, on my computer keyboard, somewhere around 200,000 words. No wonder my fingers are worn out and crippled with Arthritis!!
Anyway, although I was trying to reduce the number of pages to 60 (to reduce the printing costs) this issue is again a Bumper Issue with 64 pages. Hopefully you will find it full of interesting, newsworthy articles, which meets the needs of most, if not all of you.
As we move into the Summer there are numerous events taking place locally and hopefully once they have been brought to your attention via the "Little Green Book" it will inspire more and more of you to support these functions.
If anyone feels they would like to see something different or new in the magazine please let me know - either by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone - 01526 320016
Pete Ford (Editor)
The Law in relation to High Street Bus Stops
The newly installed bus stops outside the Co-op and Methodist Church in Metheringham village centre now have accompanying clearway markings. This means No stopping or parking is permitted by any vehicles other than buses between the hours stated on the signs which is 7am -7pm. This clearway is governed by law and the police will be able to prosecute under Section 36 of the Road Traffic Act and Regulation 10 of the Traffic Signs and General Directions 2002.
You have been warned
Lincs CC - Technical Service Partnership
A year has flashed by and we come to the end of another eventful and entertaining Football Season! I hope you have enjoyed it and are looking forward to a couple of months off before we start all over again, not counting the occasional five or six-a-side competition of course.
After last season's double champions and a Runners-up spot, a look at the league tables doesn't appear so good this time. However, the Under 16s, Under 14s and Under 13s were all in title/promotion contention going into the last few weeks of the season. Sadly none of them could maintain the momentum and all just failed to win the prize.
Mon 27th July - Sat 1st August 2009
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For many who have lived in this area throughout their lives, they will know all there is to know about the general history of RAF Hospital, Nocton Hall. For others it will only be the knowledge that it used to be a military hospital but closed down when it was felt, by the military, to be no longer viable. Since then everyone knows of its demise over recent time.
Nocton Hall's first days of being a hospital came in the First World War, surprisingly under the control of the Americans. The owners of Nocton Estates at this time were the Hodgsons with the third generation of the family, Norman, the lord of the manor. Norman had taken over at the helm in 1902 on the death of his father John. He was 25 years old and had already seen action in conflict, risen to the rank of captain during the Boer War in South Africa. His passion was game shooting and during his time on the estate it is reported that an average of 10,000 game birds a year were bagged on his "shoots".
We have recently returned from a visit to Trange where we were all treated to the usual generous hospitality of our French friends .During the weekend we were taken to an amazing theme park which is well worth a visit if you are ever in western France - it is called Puy du Fou . It is our turn now to organise for their visit next Spring so we all need our thinking caps on for some good ideas!! During the visit we learned that there are several new French families who are waiting to get involved so you have ever thought about it if now is your chance . It's always easier to get involved by hosting as you are on familiar ground - then on the return trip you already know the family.
The Duck race will be on the village green at Dunston on Saturday July 4th and as this is American Independence day we are theming the whole event. The first race will be at 3 pm and there will be the usual stalls and games, with a few new ideas.
If you are interested in twinning and would like to find out more contact Beth on 321919 or Ralph on 322515
Your unpaid councillors are here to help and represent you. To find out what they do and how you can have your say in local matters, why not come along to a Parish Council meeting. If we are not the correct authority to deal with your query, we will happily point you in the right direction.
The Clerk, Chairman and many councillors have attended training courses and conferences throughout the year to keep abreast of new legislation and to see how we compare with other Councils.
The council currently consists of eleven councillors, ten from the Village Ward and one from the Fen Ward. At the Annual Meeting of the Council held on 26th May 2009 Cllr Dr Allen was re-elected as Chairman, Cllr Mrs Honisett as Vice Chairman and Cllr Ford as the Responsible Financial Officer.
We are holding our Annual Garden Party on Saturday 27 June, 9 30-11.30am in the Chapel Hall and grounds. There will be stalls, a raffle, tombola, games and coffee, tea and scones.
On Sunday 28 June at 10.30am it will be the Sisterhood Anniversary Service led by Mrs Elaine Robinson.
September will see the start of monthly joint prayer meetings. These will be held on the 2nd Saturday of each month, the first will be on Saturday 12 September at 8.30am in the Methodist Church, breakfast will be provided.
Our Harvest Festival will be on Sunday 27 September at 10.30am and the Harvest Supper and Sale of Produce on Monday 28 September at 6.30pm.
Thank you to everyone who helped and supported our March Coffee Morning. We made enough money to install a hot water heater in the kitchen and buy a new urn for the Church.
A new season is now well underway for Blankney Cricket Club with another full and varied programme to undertake. Again the club has two weekend sides, one in the South Lincs and Borders League on a Saturday and the other in the Lincoln Sunday Premier League.
To date the Saturday are in the top half of the table with two wins from four games played. The lost games were in the first and most recent match. Losing at Long Sutton there was one high with new skipper Simon Behan making an unbeaten 73. Since then the side has beaten Baston and Langtoft (here veteran player Ian Holvey took 5-11, 14 year old Tom Woodcock 3-11 and Behan was again unbeaten with 59. Then in the latest game Claypole were beaten with Simon Behan making yet another unbeaten innings of 59, Ian Holvey taking 4-21 and Tom Woodcock 2-10). The most recent match saw defeat at Boston when the side failed to defend their total of 176. Simon Behan was out for the first time this season, making 52.
On Sunday's the team saw last season's skipper Will Carter leave the club at the eleventh hour with local lad James Ingamells taking over. To date the side is still seeking a first win, narrowly losing their opening three games. Again entered the Pattinson Cup (played at Sleaford Cricket ground), the team saw an early exit, after reaching the semi final last season. In rainy conditions they met and lost to local rivals Timberland who reached their target of 112 with three balls to go.
In Midweek the club had dropped one of their two sides with just the Estate side competing in Division One this season. For them it was an early start with the 2008 Senior Cup final to play, having been postponed last season due to poor summer. Meeting Hartsholme at Blankney, at the start of May they went on to lose as Hartsholme chased down 91 (from 12 overs) with 5 balls to spare.
On the league front the Estate side has yet to collect a win, after two games played. The club is always looking for new players where they are guaranteed a warm welcome in a tranquil setting, very accurately described on Wikipedia;
"To travellers, the sight of the picturesque limestone houses grouped around the cricket ground gives Blankney the quintessential essence of the English country village".
On Saturday 11 July the Club will hold a Curry Evening at the Club, with tickets priced at £8.00 - anyone interested in joining the club or wishing to come to the Curry Evening please contact
Secretary Ian Holvey - 01522 794408 / 07974480383
The Annual General Meeting of the Village Hall was held in the village hall on the 21 April 2009 where the chairman Mrs Jenni Honisett took the opportunity to thank the 2008/9 trustee officers and committee for their input over the year. Also thank you to Dot Howes for her help with the 21st century energy improvements.
Now that this project is completed we are looking forward to the next phase, to improve the south side of the building with a fenced play area for pre-school and to drastically improve the entrance from the car park, making it much more attractive and welcoming.
The Branston & District U3A is fully committed towards providing a wide range of opportunities in order that its members can share a variety of educational, creative and leisure pursuits in a friendly and relaxed environment. Moreover, social events and organised coach trips take place throughout the year. Coach outings usually involve visiting heritage locations, cathedrals and historic houses. Most recently a very successful trip involved visiting Southwell Minster which included a conducted viewing of the Quaker tapestries.
In order to provide an effective means of communication with its 120 members, and to update them on forthcoming activities, monthly meetings take place at the Branston Village Hall on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Usually, most members arrive at 1.30pm for tea or coffee and biscuits prior to the meeting which commences at 2pm. Guest speakers are invited to each meeting and talks are given on a broad range of interesting subjects. Non U3A members are welcome to attend these meetings in order that they can glean information about the activities and special interest groups that are currently available within the Branston & District U3A.
A busy Spring for the Ladies (and occasional Gent) of the Metheringham W.I.
The March meeting was the A.G.M. Audrey Webb was elected as President, Ronnie Wright (Secretary), Brenda Hutchinson (Treasurer), plus seven committee members, all allocated with a variety of tasks. This meeting concluded with refreshments, a quiz and a message from our president - "The ingredient of a good W.I. is a good laugh" and we do have our share of laughs.
In April it was Metheringham's W.I.'s turn to host a meeting for the seven W.I.'s in the area:- The Phoenix Group. The speaker was John Southgate, a member of the Inner Magic Circle - Gold Star. His talk "The History of Mystery" - complete with Harry the Rabbit in a Top Hat - was well received and the evening was fun.
Slides of well known birds, all photographed locally were shown at the April Meeting by Mr J. Weston. They gave us an opportunity to become more aware of the markings, colours and attitude of our local birds.
Well done the Darts Team for winning the Darts Competition and once again, thank you to the Star and Garter for allowing Matches and Practice Sessions.
There was a Cinema visit to see Young Victoria and a trip to the Theatre Royal to see The Producer. The play was a romp and entertaining.
In May the meeting was Resolutions - A talk on personal finance by Ella Chapman. This will be reported on in a future publications of the magazine.
Forthcoming (Wed) meetings
17 June - Ice Cream - A&E Dennett
15 July -Harewood House (Not Harrogate)
19 Aug - Talk on Hats - Dorothy Woods
19 Sept - Open Meeting - Wood-turning - Alan Halsam
Other Activities partaken
a) A Card Making Session at the house of one of our members
b) A Tombola Stall at the Village Spring Fayre
c) A group of members have entered the Lincs Show Co-operative - the theme being the 60th Anniversary of Lincs Wildlife Trust.
d) The highlight of the year will be the 75th celebration (Sat 27 June). Past members and W.I. officials have been invited and Edna Burns will be the guest of honour as the longest serving member (70 years). Also happy 85th birthday Edna
This has been a busy period for the parish council with a lot of work going on 'behind the scenes'.
The council have begun to investigate the possibility of obtaining a crafted Village Sign for the villages of Scopwick and Kirkby Green and they would be pleased to receive any suggestions for an appropriate design for each village.
A Treasure Trail is currently being created in and around Scopwick by the Countryside Promotion Officer to celebrate the anniversary of the launch of the Spires and Steeples trail. 28 people, mainly families, took part in an extremely successful event to launch the trail on Sun 3 May. Leaflets will shortly be available giving full details.
Work on the Beck is now complete. The lagoon has been planted with water plants from downstream which should favour our local Water Vole population and additional vegetation. To acknowledge the contribution of village volunteers towards the success of the project, the parish council were awarded a grant of £1,300 by the Environment Agency to install an Interpretation Board displaying the beck flora and fauna and this should be in position later this summer.
Over the last 3 months, the parish council has had the opportunity, through a funded scheme, to use a speed indicator device in Scopwick and Kirkby Green in an endeavour to reduce speeding. To date this has been used on 4 occasions.
The parish council are concerned about the state of the grass verges on Brookside and are considering various options to prevent vehicles parking on the grass. If you have any suggestions to offer, do please contact the clerk or any councillor.
Once again we have entered the Best Kept Village Competition. Last year we did very well, coming second in the first round of our category, with 144 out of 150 points. The first round of judging takes place in June so let's pull out all the stops to see if we can improve on last year.
Parish Council meetings for the remainder of the year will be held on Tues 21 July, Tues 29 Sept and Tues 24 November. If you wish to bring any issues to the attention of the council, please contact the clerk.
We held our 40th Annual General Meeting on Monday 18 May in the Methodist Chapel Hall. This went well and we are all geared up for another busy year.
Our yearly Senior Citizen's Party was held in the Village Hall on Saturday 28 March. We had expected 130 people but due to bad weather and illness we were down to around 100, which was a little disappointing. We had tea at 4.00 pm followed by the entertainment, who were The Withern Singers and they were really excellent.
Outing Dates for your diary:
Tues 11 Aug - Skegness
Tues 8 Sept - Doncaster Market
Tues 29 Oct - Brigg Garden Centre (by popular demand this trip will include Lunch)
Pam Woolley (Secretary)
A Pilates Class now runs every Tuesday (starting at 11.00 a.m. ) in Nocton village Hall. The class is suitable for all ages, abilities and sexes. Leslie, our instructress, has been specially trained to help older and less agile members, but she adapts the exercises for the athletic!! participants. We are looking for more members. If you are interested, either turn up at 10.45 on the day or contact Sue Morris on 321455
We held our Annual Dinner at Martin Moor Golf Club in March and Carol and Alan looked after us, as only they can! We all had a lovely evening - the food was wonderful and the service excellent.
For the second year running we joined forces with the Football Club to hold a Race Night, in the Star and Garter on the Friday before Grand National Day. Although it seemed there were not quite so many people there, we still managed to raise a substantial profit and both clubs were extremely pleased at the outcome. Sincere thanks to Butch for allowing us to use his pub free of charge.
Our next fund raising event was a Coffee Morning held in the pavilion on 25th. April. We had excellent support from members of both Metheringham and Dunston Bowls Clubs, and it was nice to see villagers not associated with either club, coming along to join us. On 26th April we officially opened the Bowling Green for the 2009 season. The weather was kind to us and we again had a brilliant turn-out. A Round Robin competition was played, but Adrian Wood, and later John Maury, spent time giving some coaching to various people who were interested in playing, but had not played before. We are always keen to welcome new members.
At the time of writing this report we are only one week into the new season (it runs from 1st May to 31st August). I am not yet aware of the results of all the matches played so far, but I do know that the EBA team lost their first home match against Moorlands 4-6 and the City Afternoon League also lost their first match 4-6 away at Skellingthorpe. But the ASC Triples team had a wonderful start to the season, winning away at Washingborough 10-0. As we are involved in 7 Leagues, and Dunston Bowls Club are involved in 3 Leagues, there are not many week days/evenings, when a match is not being played on our green.
If you would like a copy of our fixtures list so you can see exactly when matches are being played, or if you would like to have a go, please contact me. Dawn Smith (Hon. Sec)01526 320502 (or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org)
The building work at Dunston Primary School is progressing very well and is in fact ahead of schedule. We are having an extension at the front of the school which we intend to use as a library, music room, group teaching room and, from September, a Breakfast Club. The extra space will be very welcome as the number on roll is now 71. The children in Years 5 and 6 are looking forward to their residential visit in July. They will be going to the Kingswood centre in Norfolk when they will be enjoying activities such as abseiling, go-karting, lazer quest and rock pooling on the beach. The staff can't wait either!
The Federation with Digby Primary School has started well. We had a very successful joint training day and the staff members from both schools got on very well. They were full of ideas as to how they would like to work together in the future.
Finally, a couple of dates for your diary. The school Summer Fayre will take place on Saturday, 20 June from 1.00pm until 3.00pm and the village Duck Race, organised by the Twinning Association, will take place on Sunday, 4 July
Graham Boyall - Headteacher
Dunston St. Peter's Church of England
This 150th anniversary year is proving to be a real delight with a range of events from toddlers doing their Yogabug activities to ladies knitting squares for blankets.
If you can join us for any of the forthcoming events they include:
Sun 21 June (11.00) David Perry
Sat 27 June Strawberry Tea3-5pm Chapel garden
Sun 2 Aug (11.00) Village prayer walk followed by picnic lunch
Sat 12 Sept L.I.V.E.S. Basic First Aid training10-12 in Chapel
We have been considering what our village would have been like when the chapel was first used for worship and hope, later in the year, to arrange an act of worship as it might have been experienced. It is quite amazing to think of how things have changed since 1859, but reassuring that our God does not change.
The lunch club continues to meet on the Third Thursday in the month. We now have two mums and tots groups using our building - one on Monday and the other meeting Thursday and the local LIVES group meet for training once a month. We are so pleased to be able to offer our building in this way - and it is an added reason to keep the grass cut.
Tuesday chewers will shortly move to Thursday - if you are available on that night and would like some bible study / fellowship with a generous helping of cake, do come along.
with home made teas at Langrick Grange
Sun 28 June 2009 - 2 - 5pm
Admission £3 includes both gardens, children under 16 free
Langrick Grange - 3 acres - mostly of formal gardens, created in keeping with the Regency Period of the Grange with garden rooms of yew hedging. Vistas seen from the house draw the eye to focal points and on to the magnificent views of parkland beyond. Walk the lime tree avenue, meander through the shrubbery. Winding paths of the 'fernery' break away from the formality of herbaceous borders creating change and adventure!
Stalls: Waltham Herbs; AC Wrought Iron, The Cedar Tree with old garden tools, antiquities & paraphernalia, The Design Studio, Kettler's Cottage Crafts, The Grange Spa, Gift wrap and decorations by Britain's guru Jane Means, Lincolnshire Gift Company, Annabella Beads, Garden Design by Janette Merilion, Charity Plant, Bric-a-brac, Cake & Produce stalls. Children's Tombola and one for the grown ups!
Langrick Grange, Ferry Road, Langrick, Near Boston, (parking & entrance on Armtree Road, Langrick off the B1192)
Frog Hall Cottage & Plant Centre - ¾ acre. Patio with many unusual plants, stream, courtyard-style patio, large gravelled area with raised beds and an arbour, again planted for interest. Lawned area with large island beds, unfenced pond. Classic-style garden planted with roses, shrubs and perennials, small paved terrace.
Frog Hall Cottage and Plant centre, Langrick Road, New York, Lincs
Sunday 28 June 2009 - 2 - 5pm Admission adults £3, children under 16 free
Proceeds to Lincs. Ark (Animal Welfare) & the group of five local churches
info: 07851 048806 / 07880 716121
Jacqueline Mitchell Fund Raising Coordinator (volunteer)
For and on behalf of Lincs. Ark (animal welfare)
Wednesday 4 March, the Metheringham Over 60s held their Annual General Meeting, in the Metheringham Village Hall, with over 120 members in attendance. The President, Mr. Bill Chambers, opened the meeting and summarised the events over the past and thanked all those involved with the organisation. A review of the Club's activities was given by Chairman Mrs. Margaret Amos with the conclusion that 2008 had been another very successful year for members. The Club is run by Volunteers who give up a lot of their time and effort to ensure the smooth running of the many activities.
Thanks were expressed for those retiring officers, their replacements and to Sheila Kettleborough and the many unsung helpers who organise the catering and flowers. Additionally, our drivers, Margaret Amos, Derek Bell, Kath Mandall, Maureen Reynolds and Pam Woolley, who bring members to the meetings and events throughout the year. This was met with an appreciative round of applause from the members.
Metheringham Station continues its Fire Fighter training and has recently taken part in a simulated earthquake disaster scenario at the Waddington Training centre. The crews took an active role in the search and rescue of collapsed buildings and debris to search for casualties following the aftermath of an earthquake disaster, (Not uncommon now within Lincolnshire!!!). The crews worked closely with the USAR Team (Urban Search and Rescue) which is a dedicated specialist team set up to deal with major disasters. The exercise provided valuable experience in dealing with such disasters and was a learning experience for all concerned.
Hello from your local Police
It is hard to believe that it is Summer again already.
Many residents may have heard about a series of house-burglaries which took place in April this year. The offender - a male working alone, was travelling from Lincoln, doing a burglary, and disappearing again. I want to assure all residents that he was apprehended, admitted all, and was charged to court.
There have been no burglaries since.
Hello from the 1st Metheringham Scout Group, our Scouting Family continues to grow and local children from 6 to 14 enjoy a full and varied programme of activities. These include hiking,nature walks, arts and crafts, camping and traditional field crafts like fire lighting.
Cubs and Scouts have an annual summer camp where they get to do things like climbing and abseiling. In June this year, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, together with their families, will be camping out for the weekend on our annual family camp. It will be a fun weekend of activities with a big celebration around the camp fire on mid summers eve.
As an adult there are many opportunities to get involved and we are always pleased to welcome new leaders to the group. You get full training and the chance to really make a difference to the young people in our community.
So come on all you budding outdoor adventurers, give it a go. (All adult membership is subject to CRB clearance).
Beaver Scouts is for Children aged 6 to 8, Cubs for 8 to 10 and Scouts from 10 to 14.
If you would like to know more please contact Brian Crombie on 01526 320917 or Pete Lincoln on 01526 321055.
Six men, whose names are Fred Alberts, Larry Smith, Brian Martin, Marty Jones, Bill Edison, and John Fox were in an elevator together. Suddenly, the lights went out. When the lights came back on, Fred Alberts was found stabbed. Other detectives have investigated. They have questioned the suspects, the witnesses, and people who know the suspects. They have collected physical evidence (hair samples, fibre samples, etc.) from the crime scene. They have collected 14 clues, but have not been able to solve the crime. Therefore, they have called in the world's greatest detective, YOU. You must now examine the clues and solve the murder. -
A solution will be published next month.
On the 4 March, Kay Chambers from the St Barnabas Hospice Fund Raising Team gave members a very in depth and interesting talk on what type of services the Hospice offers.
Then on the 18 March we all enjoyed a musical treat with the Rev. A. Barker on his keyboard.
At the beginning of April Growing Gifts came to the club and members were given the tools and plants to make up their own pot plant, resulting in a very colourful display.
This was followed on 15 April when Janet had the members puffing their way through exercises to music. The month ended with members enjoying a special treat when Mr Dennett gave a talk on his ice cream making business and brought samples of ice cream/sorbet and frozen yoghurt for tasting.
The club meets every fortnight and those wishing to join should contact Betty
Knight on 794121 or Patricia MacPherson on 856981.
The club has made what can only be described as a quiet start to the season! They lost the first game to Cherry Willingham, when David Franklin made the top score of 20, and junior players John Hedley and William Faulkner took the only two wickets before Cherry scored the winning run. Against Reepham, David again made the top score, but this time only 9, and only John Hedley got a wicket. Aswarby were the next opponents, when David scored 43, but it still was not enough, even though David Glew took 4 - 27 when bowling. The fourth game was against Millers (at Billingborough) when David again top-scored, wtih 53, but only John Hedley got a wicket and so Nocton lost again. In the latest match a young Lindum side piled on the runs, making 192-7,before bowling Nocton out for another lowly score of 51. One day Nocton will make three figures!!
There will be the annual village friendly match on 14 June at Nocton, which will be against the Social Club. Spectators are warmly welcomed to watch and have a cup of tea with us. All games are played on Sundays, starting at 2pm. To join in (all teenagers and adults welcome, including absolute beginners!), come to practice night at 6.30 pm on Wednesdays.
For any information, phone David Glew on 321756.
Here are the dates and venues of our forthcoming events. We have recently planned our diary of activities for the rest of 2009. We hope that some if not all of these events will appeal to you and you will be able to come along and support our school.
Village treasure hunt and B-B-Q - 7 June, 2.30pm, Dunston village green.
Sponsored walk - 20 Sept. 1pm, Dunston St. Peter's school,
Pamper evening - 16 Oct. 8pm, Dunston St. Peter's school,
Torchlight treasure hunt - 13 Nov. 6pm, Dunston St. Peter's school,
Christmas Fayre - 4 Dec. 3pm, Dunston St. Peter's school.
We have spent much of the last couple of years raising money to equip the new library extension at the school. The building work is well underway and the staff have been able to start spending the money. I would like to take this opportunity to thank any of you who have supported our many fund raising events. Be certain that any money donated will be put to good use!
For more information contact Jenny Hutchinson - 01526321627
We are all celebrating at Metheringham Primary School after our recent very successful Ofsted inspection. The team of inspectors thought that Metheringham School was a good school that had improved significantly since its last inspection.
Our Early Years Foundation Stage was judged as being outstanding as was the personal development and well-being of the pupils. Teaching was judged as good and sometimes outstanding and our pupils were described as having excellent attitudes to learning, being able to respond well to challenges and having excellent behaviour.
On Saturday 2nd May a new not for profit dance club was started at Dunston. The club is called "Shooting Stars Display Team" and they will train on Saturday mornings. The aim of the club is to provide children with the opportunity to learn new dance techniques, baton twirl and learn pom dances whilst getting fit, gaining confidence and improving hand and eye co-ordination. It is hoped that the club will put on a Christmas Show and will attend fetes and carnivals next year. On our first day we had 22 children ranging from the age of 4 to 15. You do not need any experience of dancing - it is all for fun and we will show you how. Anyone who would like further information, please call Cathy Ramond on: 01526 323589 or email email@example.com
The Friends of Metheringham Airfield exists to support the Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre. This small museum, located at Westmoor Farm between Metheringham and Martin, is dedicated to the men and women who flew and supported the operations of 106 Sqn of RAF Bomber Command from 1943 until the end of the Second World War.
The museum open season runs until the end of October, so come along and learn a little of our local history. Entry to the museum is free, although for the very popular evening lectures there is a small charge which includes refreshments.
Future lectures planned are:-
24 June - The Doolittle Raid -Sqd Ldr P. Bonner RAF
22 July - On Land, Sea and in the Air - Wing Comm. L. Wallis RAF (Retd)
For further details contact Mr Peter Scoley on 01526 378270
SATURDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER
SALE 10.00am VIEWING from 8.00am
Items for sale can be brought to the village hall between 5-7 pm on the Friday
for any information contact John Duggins 01526320715
FOMS would like to thank everyone who has supported our events this year. We have arranged lots of activities including a Music Quiz, Valentine's Disco and Easter and Christmas Raffles alongside coffee morning and tombola. The monies raised have enabled FOMS to purchase and have installed a sound system at the school, to buy pom poms for the school Cheerleaders and to contribute to the purchase of new musical instruments.
Open Air production by M.A.D.
We are proud to announce that another open air production will be performed at Blankney Stables (by kind permission of Blankney Estates) on the 10,11, 17 and 18 July.
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare is one of the Bard's classic plays and is in full rehearsal ready for the production.This will be directed by Gaynor Little.
Please see the posters and banners for when tickets will be available and if there is anyone who would like to help with our production we would like to hear from you.
You can gain more information by phoning Sally on 01526 321289 or by e-mailing to
We had a great success at the Sleaford Little Theatre where the company performed 'The Allotment' last month. Horncastle Players and the Sleaford Little Theatre also performed one act plays and the feedback was very good. It was lovely to go to another venue and meet fellow thespians. Well done to the cast and to the Director Ken Frappe.
The Shakespeare Revue, which was in the village hall in April, also gave a very good performance and showed how diverse a company we are.
We are now in our 18th year as a company and we are still growing year on year. This is due to the great enthusiasm of our members and wonderful support we receive from the villagers who come to our productions.
Let's hope for wonderful weather, just like we had for Midsummer Night's Dream.
We look forward to seeing you all there, you can bring a picnic and your own seats and cushions. Remember this is England - so a blanket may be useful!
If any of the village would like to contribute with some flowering pots to decorate the stables we would be most grateful - I can assure you that you will get these back after the production!
Tribute to Eileen Holvey who tragically died following an accident near Nocton - Quote from Eileen's son Ian Holvey of Potterhanworth on behalf of all the family.
Eileen Elsie Holvey (nee Turner) bn 28.9.1925 the only daughter of the late Harry and Edith Turner.
Mum was born in Ledbury, Herefordshire and moved to the Blankney Hunt Kennels on 1 May 1937. She later met her husband Horace Holvey (84yrs) who also lived in Blankney.
As a family we will be eternally grateful that she always taught us right from wrong and it is impossible to describe the void that will be left in all of our lives due to this tragic incident.
These are our gathering dates for the Summer (all Wednesdays)
9 June - 7.30 Metheringham Village Hall
16 June - 7.15 (Refs) Special celebration Metheringham Village Hall.
23 June - 7.30 Metheringham Village Hall
7 July - 7.30 Metheringham Village Hall
14 July - 7.30 Metheringham Village Hall
21 July - 7.30 Metheringham Village Hall
4 Aug - Venue tbc
11 Aug - Venue tbc
18 Aug - 7.30 Metheringham Village Hall
28 Aug - 1 Sept - Grapevine Celebration Lincolnshire showground
For further information contact Dale and Debbie Newman at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Nicky Jordan on 322305
On the evenings of 22 / 23 May Metheringham Football Club held its Juniors' end of season presentation evenings in the village hall. Lincoln City player Danny Hone attended to make the presentations with the first evening seeing the Under 7s up to Under 10s and then on Saturday it was the turn of the Under 11s to Under 14s.
1st Metheringham Brownies are struggling to find a new leader for their unit for September. It is a thriving Brownie pack with about 18 Brownies, all of whom are very keen to come to the meetings and really enjoy themselves on Thursdays.
The current Brown Owl is leaving in July, and we need someone (or perhaps 2 good friends?) to replace her, so that the pack can continue to meet.
It is a very enjoyable experience, working with the Brownies, and there is lots of support and back-up available from the other Guiders in the Unit, and from the District and Division Guiders as well. You don't have to be a Guider already - we are just looking for people who are willing to share some of their time with Brownies and have some fun.
If you think you would like to give it a try, or you know someone who might, please ring Paula Hill on 01526 321178 as soon as possible, and have a chat with her about it.
Thanks for sponsorship
Edith Revill of Station Rd, Metheringham would like to thank everyone who so kindly sponsored her grandson, Shaun, who recently competed in the London Marathon.
Also Well Done Shaun xx.
News from Metheringham Library
You can now order library books from home to be collected at the library! Go to www.lincolnshire.gov.uk then click on L in the A-Z of Council Services, go to the bottom of the page and click on Reserve library books. Have a look at the Virtual Library and see all of the books available to be borrowed from Lincolnshire libraries. Once in the Virtual Library you can renew items and also see a list of the books you have borrowed during the past year. Just ask the Metheringham Library staff for a PIN and you can log on to your account. If you are not already a member, you can register on-line and pick up your card from the library. You now don't need to produce ID to join, as the process has been simplified. Also you can take out up to 40 items, if you wish - but you don't have to! Of course you can still do all of this in the traditional way and come in to see us.
We would still like more pre-school children to come to Jacki's story time from 2.15pm to 2.45pm on Fridays. We are now getting a regular small group but would like to see more children and parents or grandparents.
At the moment, the Thursday afternoon computer class run by Lincoln College is covering digital photography.
Our reading group continues at 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of the month in the Star and Garter.
On Saturday, 16 May, a special event took place in our village. Nocton Village Trail had another artefact commissioned and added to the series of art works that reflect the village's history.
This time forty people gathered on the Ten Row where there had once been a water pump. This well had been used by local householders until the 1950's.
We had already carved an oak seat which had been placed in-situ in 2006. But the carving was only one half of the art work we had planned for the site. A mosaic had been designed to sit with it. It was this grand piece of tessellation that we were there to dedicate.
Let's go back and explain. The Village Trail had begun in 2000 with a special event called 'Then and Now'. People in the village were asked to bring any old photos they had of the place. 75 people came to the Village Hall bringing with them the most amazing photographic record of life in a farming community. Maps and other records dating back to 1805 were also on display. Out of this event the enthusiasm and the historical records became the source for developing our Arts and History Trail.
The mosaic commemorates two pieces of village history. Firstly, it's the site of a recent village pump and, secondly, it is a reflection, a visit back in time, to the ponds which used to be on the Abbey site. From the 1300's these contained the 'Friday' fish supplies. Our pond also contains tench, roach, perch, carp and a frog.
In our design the ripples from the frog popping its head out of the water sends a series of waves across the surface linking the visual elements together. Images from the carved seat are also reflected in the water. We decided to highlight the butterfly and dragonfly and some of the rushes by painting them blue and green. The colour helps to link the two parts of the artefact bringing a sense of unity to the finished work. The result is very satisfying.
It took 35 people 2 years to snip and shape the small tiles into the finished mosaic. From the registers we kept for the Heritage Lottery Award, 22,400 hours went into making it! A core team of 10 people showed their commitment over that period and the result is plain to see.
After the 'Opening' the spectators were invited to visit the Parish Church where the Fraser sisters played and sang a series of folk songs. Their concert was an excellent end to an excellent day. We did show the villagers present the proposed WWII Memorial for the 5 Nocton men who died in the 1939-45 conflict, but, this is a story for another day.
Lastly, the support 'artsNK' have continued to give us has been extraordinary too. Their guidance and input has been a great encouragement. Thanks to one and all.
For this edition, I'm going to look at online mapping in and around our area. My favourite is Google Maps (maps.google.co.uk). This site has good street maps together with aerial imagery of our area, all packaged in a very easy to use interface. Type in your postcode to instantly re-centre the map on your street. A close second on the usability front is Microsoft's Live Search (maps.live.com). Again, good quality street map is combined with excellent aerial imagery coverage of our area. Both these sites are must haves, bookmarked in your favourites.
One of the earliest online mapping sites I used was multimap (www.multimap.com). It has proved to be so popular that the company was taken over by Microsoft and it now uses the same mapping as Microsoft's Live Search. The interface is different, with more advertising and the ability to save, plan and routes.
Ordnance Survey's own site (getamap.ordnancesurvey.co.uk) will now allow you to view and print small portions of the 25000 Explorers series. The interface is a bit clunky and the map window is excessively small but it does allow online access to its excellent paper maps.
Finally there is Open Street Map (www.openstreetmap.org). This is an example of community mapping at its best. The site shows online mapping that has been collected and collated by keen enthusiasts. Their aim is to provide a community based map, free from the restrictive licensing conditions of some of the commercial map providers. This is an ongoing project and the results for large towns and cities are really impressive. However, our local area is not so well served and most of our villages, with the exception of Dunston, have not yet had their details added. They are constantly looking for volunteers. If you have a GPS capable of recording track logs and some spare time, you could join Open Street Map and put our area on the map. You won't get paid but you will have the satisfaction of seeing your work online and widely used by the community.
The pool is now up and running for the summer season. The opening hours are very much the same as last year with the exception of the Over 50's swim, which is now on Saturday morning (come any time between 9.30 - 11.00 a.m.) We will try it for six weeks then make a decision whether to continue. Pick up a brochure from the Library, Infolinks or the Pool.
We are staging a Triathlon on Saturday 20 June from 10.00 a.m. (sorry there will be no Senior Swim on that day). Ring Dian (321581) or Anne (321175) to register an interest. Entry will be £3 for under 16 years and £5 over 16 years. Entrants need to be confident swimmers. Age categories will apply (full rules available when registered).
On Sunday 12 July we will be hosting the annual "It's a Knockout" from 2.00.m. onwards. Teams of 5 will compete for the trophy. Please join in. We would like it if the local pubs would enter a team and make it a really amusing day.
The "Sponsored Swim" will be held on Friday 11 September from 4.00 to 9.00 p.m. It will be for the children but we can go on all through the night!! Come and enjoy a swim under the lights and help us raise some money to keep this wonderful facility open.
We were unlucky not to get a Lottery Grant for the specialized "solar heating". The reason given "too many people and too little money!" If every household in the village gave just £1.00 we could buy this system! It only costs £4,000. The system involves rubber tubing laid over black aluminium sheets. The tube is full of water which gets hot and feeds back into our system. Our water only needs to be 84 degrees Fahrenheit for enjoyable swimming. With our new covers, which also help to heat the water, we could rely more on sunshine and less on gas. Our estimated gas bill for our 16 week season will be in the region of £3,000.
Dian Robinson (Chair)
It was not only the temperatures this winter that have been like Scandinavia! - Visitors to Lincolnshire may also have noticed people walking with what look like ski poles! We're reliably informed that they are Nordic walking and that it is the fastest growing fitness activity in the world with over 10 million enthusiasts now regularly taking part in what was originally used by super fit cross country skiers as a way to stay fit during the summer.
"It is suitable for all ages and fitness levels, simple to learn and really sociable" says Pete Woollard a local Nordic walking UK Instructor, Personal Trainer and wellness expert. "By using the specially designed poles, you can use all the major muscles in the body and burn up to twice as many calories as ordinary walking but the best thing is that the poles actually propel you along so it feels easier!" he adds.
The poles also reduce the pressure on the knees and joints and the gentle upper body movement is great for easing back and neck pain too. It's so effective that it is being used for weight loss, rehabilitation and sports specific training all the over the UK and those that have tried all agree that being outdoors was energising and that they felt fantastic afterwards!
However it is not simply a case of grabbing a pair of poles and walking with them! It requires the correct technique in order to get the whole body working and it is essential you learn this from a qualified Instructor who will ensure you get the full benefit and fastest possible results. Pete offers you to come and try the sessions and 4 week technique courses - Check out his page on the Nordic walking UK website for all the dates and times http://your.nordicwalking.co.uk/pete_woollard or call them on 07967 214848 to give it a try!
Well, what has been happening in Starlite Twirlers since we last updated you? ...
The girls have been busy with Training. The competition girls are busy practising new routines for the up and coming competitions in October and November and Summer Displays. The other girls are having fun on a Monday evening and will be practising for the Summer Routines.
So far our bookings are taking us to:
Navenby Sat 27 June
Leasingham Sun 5 July
Boultham Park Sat 11 July
Norton Disney Sat 18 July
Chapel St Leonards Sun 2 August
Starlite Twirlers were represented at the Annual Village Meeting organised by the Parish Council on 28 April when Leanne Riddell gave everyone present an update on what we have been up to and what we have planned for this year.
We are still looking for new recruits. If anyone is interested in joining us on a Monday evening between 4.45 pm and 5.45 pm you will be more than welcome. If you want more information please phone Adele Riddell on 01526 321164
Our AGM will be held on Wednesday 17 June in the Star and Garter (Lounge) at 8.00 pm. Please come along.
Metheringham and Dunston group is one of over 90 local First Responder groups across the county with around 700 members. The first responders are alerted by ambulance control to appropriate 999 calls in their local villages. They are then able to provide pre ambulance emergency care to people in need. In total, last year they attended 13,226 calls with an average response time of 4.25 minutes. Here is the top ten most common incidents attended by First Responders across Lincolnshire, with the numbers of call outs from the previous year.
Breathing problems - 2531
Chest pains - 2225
Unconscious/fainting - 1559
Falls - 1238
Convulsions/fitting - 572
Traffic accidents - 517
Cardiac/respiratory arrest - 470
Heart Problems - 302
Strokes - 280
Diabetic problems - 205
For more information on how to get involved with LIVES the charity, or your local First Responder group contact: Beth McLuckie - 01526321919 or Jenny Hutchinson 01526321627.