MACLA News Magazine - 38. Spring 2010

News Magazine 38 - Spring 2010


Editor's Corner

Spring may not be physically in the air yet but I hope there are aspects in this Issue of your local magazine which bring a little brightness to your day. There are several new contributors so I am sure there is something for everyone.

On a less bright note I sadly have to report that the "recession" has finally caught up with our magazine Despite searching high and low, far and wide, I have been unable to find a new company willing to print the magazine at an effective cost. Our previous printers (who we have used from day one) have increased their charges by over 50% which has caused the problem. Because of this we have regrettably been forced to increase our advertising charges (only the second occasion in our history).

Please accept our sincere apologies in doing this but it is a matter of necessity to cover our costs. The only thing I would say in our defence is that our magazine is still possibly one of the cheapest means of advertising around. As a non profit making production, I hope all our advertisers will understand our dilemma and remain loyal to us, otherwise the magazine will cease to exist.

Pete Ford

Pete Ford (Editor)

Metheringham Market Cross

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A Short History of Metheringham's Market Cross from 1800 to present day,

It is believed there has been a village cross in Metheringham for over seven centuries. This said, it is not certain as to whether the present site is the original one or whether it used to be further down the High Street near to Drury Street, which in times gone by, was the "centre" of the village. There are no specific ideas as to what the original cross would have looked like but one has to believe it would have been somewhat basic in structure.

The part of the village now known as Cross Hill has without doubt been the location of the village cross since the early part of the 17th century as it is documented that, in about 1835, a "new" cross was erected at a cost of £25.00 to replace the old one. At this location a Saturday Market was held every week until possibly the 18th / 19th century. It was known as a Butter Market as this was the main product sold and the cross became known as the "Butter Cross."

This cross stood in the village centre for over 75 years until the early 1900s when it was replaced by a brand new one.

Metheringham Parish Council News Spring 2010


Metheringham Sots Hole and Tanvats Parish Council News

Allotments - Metheringham

The Parish Council are still in negotiations with the land agent to acquire some of the glebe land in the village for use as allotments. Another area of land has now been identified and this is also being pursued. The waiting list remains at twenty three people. If anyone knows of any land in the parish that would be suitable for hire or purchase as allotments please contact the Clerk.

Annual Village Meeting

The 2010 Annual Village meeting will take place on Tuesday 27 April starting at 7.00pm in the Village Hall.Over the past four 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. This can be done with a display, a short presentation or just an informal chat. The Chairman will give a report on the Parish Council activities, so if you would like to know more about your parish council and how we are spending your money, then please come along. This year the invited guest is the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance. There will be free refreshments during 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.

Metheringham Village Hall News Spring 2010


On behalf of the trustees and management committee may I take this opportunity to thank everyone for their strong support over the past year and wish you all a belated Happy and Prosperous 2010.

At the close of 2009 we were entertained by "The Lincolnshire Show Band" (ex Fire and Rescue) and what a treat we had, with music for all tastes. This was followed by the Christmas Party which is always a very popular event and we would like to say a big Thank You to The Starlight Twirlers / Silver Sounds Band / Dean with the Karate Display
and all the hard work given by the organisers, not forgetting Fiona for her willingness to help where needed.

The New Year programme is in the process of being put together but we already have three dates for your diary:-
On Friday 12 February - New Age Kurling started its 2nd 10week session, beginning with the first evening FREE of charge. (Please contact Gwyneth on 01526322633 for more details). Come along and give it a try, IT'S FUN, IT'S FRIENDLY, IT'S FRIDAYS.

Saturday 27 March - The Spring 50/50 Auction will take place.
Friday 26 March (between 5-7pm) is drop-off time at the hall.
Viewing is then from 8am on the day and the Sale starts at 10am.
Unfortunately we CANNOT offer a collection/delivery service. Nor can we accept television sets due to the problems caused with safe disposal of items not sold and reclaimed by the owners. (Contact J. Duggins 01526320715)

Saturday 8 May 9am Spring Fayre. For details and table space please contact (Gwyneth Holland 01526322633).

The Celebration of Local Arts, Crafts and Hobbies is now in the planning stage for later in the year. Interested parties please contact (Cliff 01526320183)

Now to a point of Health and Safety ruling.

Any hirers of the hall must be able to provide the appropriate number of stewards to comply with health, safety and fire regulations, people who have been made aware of emergency exit procedures and the positions of fire extinguishers, etc. These persons must be highlighted by a badge or armband provided by the hirer. These stewards cannot be persons involved in any other activity during the event (ie bar, kitchen workers or paying guests).

Unfortunately the above could not be upheld for the recent MADSPA New Year Party request and the executive committee had no option on this occasion but to cancel the booking....The safety of all is our main concern, which ultimately allows all hirers and guests peace of mind to enjoy the event.

Thank you for all your help with funding by giving such generous support to your village hall. These monies are much needed for upkeep, improvements and general running costs and we are just keeping our head above water

Cliff Tompkins (Secretary)

Metheringham New Life Church


We meet each Tuesday 7.30pm and would love for you to join us on the following dates:

  • 26 Jan Dunston Methodist Hall

  • 2 Feb No Venue Social

  • 9 Feb Metheringham Village Hall

  • 16 Feb Metheringham Village Hall Pancake Party

  • 23 Feb Dunston Methodist Hall

  • 2 Mar No Venue Social

  • 9 / 16 /23 Mar Metheringham Village Hall

  • 30 Mar Dunston Methodist Hall

  • 6 Apr No Venue Social

  • 13 Apr Metheringham Village Hall

  • 20 / 27 Apr Dunston Methodist Hall

  • 4/11/18 May Metheringham Village Hall

  • 25 May Dunston Methodist Hall

  • 1 June No Venue Social

  • 8 June Dunston Methodist Hall

  • 15 / 22 June Metheringham Village Hall

  • 29 June Dunston Methodist Hall

  • 6 / 13 / 20Jul Metheringham Village Hall

For further info contact Nicky on 322305

2010 Ripon Memorial Music Season


Saturday May 29th 2010 - A Jazz Café Evening
with Colin Dudman(Piano), Bass, Sax and Percussion, plus vocalists.

Venue - Nocton Village Hall (LN4 2BH)
Commencing at 8pm (Bar available)
Shepherds Pie Supper, Coffee & Tea included.

Saturday June 19th 2010 - A Classical Strings Evening
with Lincoln Pro Musica
Leader: Caroline Siriwardena
Conductor: Martin Stockdale

Venue - All Saints Church, Nocton (LN4 2BG)
Commencing at 7.30pm
Strawberries and Cava Included.

Saturday July 24th 2010 - A Last Night Brass Style
with the Foss Dyke Brass Band

Venue - All Saints Church, Nocton (LN4 2BG)
Commencing at 7.30pm
Finger Buffet and Wine included.

Tickets are £12 per event, £22 for two event or £30 for all three event.
('Supporters of Nocton Church') pay £7.20 per event.

For tickets/info contact Chris Hewitt: (01526) 320645;
All profits will go to the restoration fund for All Saints Church, Nocton.
(The 'Ripon Memorial Music Season' is promoted by Nocton Parochial Church Council.)

Scopwick Parish Council News Spring 2010

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Winter is a long time passing this year. The recent snow and rain means that the Beck through the Scopwick & Kirkby Green is carrying vast volumes of water at a rate fast enough to even keep the ducks on the bank most of the time.

The most visible activity in the Parish just now is the refurbishment of the Village Hall. Inevitably one or two issues have cropped up during the work and minor changes have had to be made. However, it does look as if all the improvements will be in place by the middle of March and normal service will then be resumed with the new toilet and canteen facilities in place exactly as planned.

Last summer it was noted that the hedges and trees around the Village Meadow were becoming overgrown to the extent that they were overhanging the area and encroaching on the useful space. A contractor has been employed and is currently working to reduce the hedge height and cut back the overgrowth. It looks a bit drastic just now but that work will be appreciated when the weather finally improves, the leaves return, and the area is clear and available for use.

At the January meeting the Parish Council carefully considered the budget required for the next financial year starting in April. The sums are small compared with some of of the surrounding parishes but nevertheless vital to maintain the area. The budget is drawn up to provide money for a wide range of responsibilities from obvious ones, such as cutting the grass through the villages and looking after the playing field, through to a wide range of maintenance functions and support for activities within the Parish.
Having set out the budget, the Parish Council was able to put forward to the District Council a funding requirement with no increase over that submitted in each of the last two years.

There has been concern expressed that the Planning Permission granted for the composting facility to be built in the Longwood Quarry did not limit the routeing of traffic carrying waste material into or out of the facility. The County Planning Office has now provided detail showing conditions attached to the Permission that not only limit the hours during which trucks may operate but also banning them using either Heath Road or Main Street. That should reassure local residents of both Scopwick and Kirkby Green concerned about possible noise and road safety issues.

Mobile Library Time Table for Scopwick & Kirkby Green

Tues 23 March
Tues 20 April
Tues 18 May

Kirkby Green Main Street
arrive 2.00 depart 2.30

Scopwick Village Hall
arrive 2.45 depart 3.15

It is wheelchair accessible and they will deliver books to housebound people.

ZubopGambia In Concert - 16 April 2010

Scopwick Playing Field Association



ZubopGambia is a collaboration between worldbeat music group Zubop and Gambian master musician Njega Sohna on djembe, talking drum and vocals.
ZubopGambia fuse traditional African pieces with jazz, township music, salsa, samba, funk, reggae, ska and blues in a set of their own compositions, guaranteed to have you dancing in the aisles.

The members of the band are composers in their own right and have worked collaboratively or individually with musicians from all over the world, drawing on their experiences to create the unique ZupopGambian sound.

Expect a thrilling evening of fabulous World Music!

Scopwick Village Hall
Friday 16th April 2010
Doors open at 7pm
Adults: £8 Students: £5 Family: £20
Bar licence will be available

Contact: Rosa 01526 322292 or e-mail

It seems a long "cold" time since my last report, but in a few weeks hopefully it will be fine and sunny, ready for the opening of a new bowling season.

Please note the start times for games
28 April Cliff League 6.30 away
29 April Afternoon League - 2.00 Home
30 April CEBA Fours League - 6.30 Home

So, weather permitting the Green will be open for Roll-ups on Thursday 22 April, with the official Opening Day on Sunday 25 April at 2.00 pm.

If you would like to try your hand at the game of Bowls, you will all be welcome on that day.

We will be holding a Coffee Morning on 24 April at the Clubhouse at 10.00 am - Raffle prizes and a few cakes would be much appreciated.

If you have a day or two to spare before the Coffee morning to help with a spot of Spring cleaning in the Clubhouse and the surrounding area please give me a call on 321967.

Please read the Notice Board for Club Competitions and any other information.

Wishing you all a successful Bowling season but most of all enjoy the game.

John Browett - Club Sec

News from Metheringham Library Spring 2010


Are you aware that there is a diary in the library foyer where you can publicize village events? It does help, particularly with fund-raising groups who can then plan ahead and so not clash with other organizations with similar plans. You are welcome to enter the details in the diary yourself.

Again I'd like to make a plea for more pre-school children to come to story time. I know that the one little girl who does come regularly, likes to have Jacki as her personal story teller but it would be good to see a few more children. The regular story sessions are every Friday 2.15 to 2.45 but we also plan to have more themed events.

A new computer course covering Presentations and Microsoft Publisher started in January but we do have an ongoing waiting list for the Lincoln College IT courses and are willing to take names to pass on to the College staff. The courses available at the library are: Internet and Email & Word Processing. Presentations & Microsoft Publisher. Spreadsheets & Databases. Introduction to Digital Photography & Digital Photograph Editing.

So if you have some idea of which course interests you, we can pass on your details to the College.

We are hoping to have a big book sale of discarded items in the near future so watch out for the publicity posters.

You may have noticed that the containers at the base of the green trellis in front of the library have now been planted up, so once the growing season starts we may well disappear behind a mass of foliage!

Pauline Ventress

Brain Teaser


Recently, Snow White's seven dwarfs met up with three of their friends and went to the cinema to see Bambi. From the clues below, can you determine the order in which they stood in the ticket queue?

Grumpy was in front of Dopey.
Stumpy was behind Sneezy and Doc.
Doc was in front of Droopy and Happy.
Sleepy was behind Stumpy, Smelly and Happy.
Happy was in front of Sleepy, Smelly and Bashful.
Bashful was behind Smelly, Droopy and Sleepy.
Sneezy was in front of Dopey.
Smelly was in front of Grumpy, Stumpy and Sneezy.
Dopey was in front of Droopy.
Sleepy was in front of Grumpy and Bashful.
Dopey was behind Sneezy, Doc and Sleepy.
Stumpy was in front of Dopey.
Smelly was behind Doc.

Lindum Accordion Club Update Spring 2010


On Wednesday 21 July we are to be entertained by a Ukrainian duo who will be on a short tour of England. The money that they raise from their tour goes to a charity that is associated with the Children of Chernobyl.

Both of the guys are in their twenties, and their 2009 tour was extremely well received. We are lucky to be getting them at our Club.

We meet in Wragby Town Hall, and there will be more details in the next MACLA Magazine.
Just make a note in your diary now, to avoid disappointment.

Geoff Brown

Revelation by C J Sansom


A Metheringham Group Book Review

My type of book, a medieval murder mystery set towards the end of Henry VIII's reign when England was in the grip of religious turmoil. The old religion is reasserting itself, with Bishop Bonner purging the Protestants. Henry is drawn to the old religion and even the Archbishop of Canterbury is not spared investigation.

Matthew Shardlake, a lawyer, is asked by the Court of Requests to defend a young man who had been put in Bedlam by the Privy Council "for blaspheming true religion in his madcap frenzy". He feared the man could be burned as a heretic.

When an old friend is horrifically murdered he promises his widow that he will bring the killer to justice though powerful people at Court want the murder suppressed. There follows a series of horrific murders, which soon bring talk of witchcraft, demonic possession and the dark prophecies of the Book of Revelation.

Shardlake, with his assistant Barak and physician friend Guy Malton investigate, the murders for Archbishop Cranmer, who is desperately defending Protestantism and trying to persuade Catherine Parr, a reformist sympathiser, to marry Henry. Shardlake must be careful; he has enemies, his old patron Thomas Cromwell has been executed and if Cranmer is displaced it will mean certain death for Shardlake.

For enjoyment 10/10
For writing 9/10


This book was our most popular in recent times and scored an average of 8½ for both enjoyment and the quality of the writing. Most people loved it, apart from one in our group who likes neither historical nor crime fiction. We knew she was always going to struggle but she did read it.

FOMS would like to thank all who came along to the Christmas Fayre on 3 December.It was a very good event.

We will be organising an Easter Raffle - which always goes down well with the children! We will have a display in the school entrance with all the Easter Eggs that the parents kindly donate and FOMS then sell raffle tickets - date to be confirmed.

We are also in the early stages of organising another Summer Fayre. Fingers crossed the weather will be good to us again. Watch this space for more details nearer the time.

FOMS always welcome new members. Look out for reminders in your children's book bags of when and where the meetings are, or ask a Committee member for details.

List of members can be found in the school entrance.

Nikki Edwards - FOMS Secretary

Blankney Cricket Club Update Spring 2010


It has been very difficult to imagine playing cricket during the period of very cold weather that we have experienced over the last two months. However, the officers of the club have been busy during this period, ensuring that the club is ready for the forthcoming season. AGMs have been attended and fixtures prepared. The club will again have three teams for the 2010 season.

The Saturday team will continue to compete in the South Lincs & Border League. There are two new teams in the division in which we play, namely North Luffenham and Burgh le Marsh, so we will continue to play on some very nice grounds in this league.
The Sunday team were thankfully relegated from the Premier Division of the McKinnells League at the end of last season and will now play in Division One. We should now be playing against teams of a standard more similar to ours and hopefully this will give us a chance to compete at a level more similar to our own.

The Blankney Estates team will again play in Division One of the Lincoln Midweek League, giving those that wish to play an opportunity to play midweek cricket.
The club will also be entering three cup competitions namely the Smiler Parker Village Trophy, the Pattinson Cup (all games are played at Sleaford Cricket Club) and the Midweek Senior Cup.

There will also be the odd friendly where they can be fitted in.

The club is always looking for new members who are always made welcome and, as can be seen, there is plenty of cricket to be played for everyone. If anyone would like play again after being out of the game for a while or youngsters who are struggling to get a game elsewhere, then please contact the club secretary Ian Holvey on 01522 794408 or email him at

The club will shortly be commencing nets ready for the forthcoming season and players of all standards are welcome to come along and meet us.

Ian Holvey (Sec) 07897907141

Dunston Methodist Church Update Spring 2010


Looking forward to Spring and all the promise of new life - lambs in the fields and leaves on the trees!

Life at Dunston Chapel continues much as always - the lunch club meets monthly - dates shown below. Do come and join us if you are free, love home-cooked food and good company. Thursday Club children and village families enjoyed a Christingle service led by John Corrie in January. The light from the candles, on the faces of the children, was a joy to behold - as was the eating of the sweets and raisins !!

We continue to appreciate the ministry of John and Martin and the local preachers, leading our worship and helping our growth. Our fellowship meeting on Thursdays is considering the cross during a Lent course.

Two dates for your diaries - we would love to see you

Pudding Party Saturday 24 April 1-3 pm Tickets £2.50
available from Beth 321919
Lots of yummy and interesting desserts to try. Get your ticket now !!

Strawberry tea Saturday 3 July 2.30 - 4.30 - just come along and enjoy the taste of summer

Lunch club dates:
We start at 12 pm and the cost is £3.00 for 2 courses plus tea / coffee

  • Fri 19 March

  • Fri 21 May

  • Fri 18 June

  • Fri 16 Jully

  • Fri 17 September

  • Fri 15 October

  • Fri 19 November

Beth McLuckie

Organ Recital Sat 26 June 2010

Organ Recital/ Cheese & Wine

at St Peter's Church, Dunston

Saturday 26 June at 6.00 pm

Organist Rosemary Field.

£5.00 (£3.00 concessions) on the door.

Judith Rogerson.(Mrs)

The annual Star and Garter - Village Veg / Cake & Flower Show will be held on Monday 6 September.

It may well still be seven months away but now is the time for all you would-be gardeners / flower arrangers or cooks to get in on the act.

Despite advertising the event here in this magazine a year ago, the winning entries again had the familiar names, so come on everyone, give them a little bit more 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. The entries are then judged while a free buffet is partaken of. Then follows the auction of the produce together with a raffle. All proceeds go to a local organisation (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 Arrangement

For any further information contact Butch - 01526 320317

LIVES Update Spring 2010


We have been really pleased to welcome another responder to our group recently. David lives in Scopwick, but will be responding to emergency calls throughout our area of Dunston, Metheringham, Blankney and Scopwick. We are always looking for new volunteers, especially responders who may be available during the day time. Almost all of our current responders work full time so the day shifts are traditionally the most difficult to cover. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you would like to help in any way. We are slowly building a team of fundraisers to support the first responders, so there really is a job for everyone!

As I write, the first responders are about to undertake their annual re-qualification session. All responders complete an initial 3 day training course, which is backed up with a monthly training session held in the chapel hall at Dunston. Once a year they are all tested by a LIVES representative from headquaters to ensure that everyone is up to the appropriate standard. It is a rigorous process, designed to guarantee the best pre hospital emergency care possible.

I conclude by thanking you all for your continued support, particularly financial. We really couldn't do it without you.

Jenny Hutchinson

Metheringham WI Update Spring 2010


2009 concluded, firstly with a visit to Chatsworth House in November to experience their World of Christmas. Sadly the adventure playground was out of bounds but some of us did brave the Coal Hole! (an underground passage). Then the Christmas Social in December, where there was much eating - every member brought "a plate". Also games, a quiz and Santa's Sack.

2010 was heralded in by another eating session. The annual dinner at Martin Moor Golf Club saw our hosts provide an excellent meal.

To counteract the winter feasting, activities have been planned to keep us fit, both physically and mentally. Two darts teams, a table tennis team and three quiz teams have been entered into the WI Leagues. Also entries into the Golf Days and outings to the Lincoln Ten-Pin Bowling Centre.

The trips to the Kinema in the Wood are always popular, also to the Theatre Royal in Lincoln.

Future Meetings
17 Feb - Life of Auctioneers and Cricketers - Talk by Alan Porter
17 Mar - AGM plus a Bag Beetle Drive.
21 Apr - Health Care talk by Sean Barkes.
19 May - Resolution plus a talk by Stage Coach - the Bus Company - not the Theatre Company.

W.I. Events

(a) The Annual Federation Meeting in Spalding to hear Pippa Greenwood of Gardener's Question Time fame.
(b) The Phoenix Group Meeting (the W.I.'s in this area) to be held this year at Rauceby. Entertainment by Keith Loades of Thursford fame.
We are also planning a visit to Thursford Christmas Spectacular on 25 Nov.
(c) The Summer outing to Holkham Hall in Norfolk on 15 July,

Membership continues to increase - 47 altogether - but there is still room for anyone else wishing to join.

Meetings are held every third Wednesday of the month in Metheringham Village Hall.

Starlite Twirlers Update Spring 2010


Hi to you all from Starlite Twirlers. We hope you have enjoyed your Christmas as much as we have!

We didn't give an update for the Winter edition so will bring you up to date with what we have been doing since our last update. During the Summer we took part in various Fêtes across the County and very much enjoyed doing so. it gets the girls out and about into communities and they get to show off their Baton and Pom Pom Skills. They were very well received, as usual.

The girls were given a break over August to recuperate and chill and started back to training at the end of August so that they were ready for their next competition. This took place at Primrose Valley, Filey during the weekend of 3 October where we had Babies, Tinies, Juniors and Senior girls competing against troupes from across the Region. As you will have read in the local press, the girls did very well.

They are now getting ready for their next competition. Some of the girls are going to Wakefield to take part in Individuals where they are hoping, once again, to come back with some medals. We will update you on their results in the next issue.

The girls had a Christmas party, held in the village hall for them and their families, where they were given a chance to let their hair down and had a visit from Santa, giving them presents. DJ Bob provided the disco so we had some "banging tunes!".

We have now said goodbye to another Trainer, Leanne Riddell, who has moved to pastures new. We appreciate the hard work she put in with the girls last year. Katie Garrick and Gemma Casey have now stepped up to the mark and are taking over training. They have both been members of the troupe for some years so are putting their skills and imagination to the test and are creating some fantastic new routines for the girls to take out to displays and competitions for this forthcoming year. Thanks girls.

We would like to thank you for your continued support and I am sure you will join us (the committee) in wishing the girls the best of luck for their forthcoming competitions.

Starlite Twirler Committee

Grand National Race Night - Friday 9 Apr 2010



from 8.00 pm
Horses can be
purchased at £5.00
speak to Butch or
any Club Member

Branston and District U3A Update Spring 2010


During the latter part of last year a variety of new groups were formed, and this year has started with a similar trend. A Keep Fit group is now the latest project to emerge on the scene. This takes place every Tuesday at the Sports Pavilion on Moor Lane in Branston, commencing at 9.15 am. The cost per session is £2.50 for each member, and lasts for one hour. The full course of exercises, which have been especially designed to cater for the over sixties, is being conducted over a 48 week period. The first session, which began on 2nd February, got off to a good and invigorating start. However, there are a few places still available in the group, so take up the challenge and contact Dick Newman (Group Convenor) on 01522 794935. The Branston and District U3A would like to take this opportunity of thanking the Lincolnshire County Council and the NHS Lincolnshire for providing a grant that has made this project possible.
Future Events
The Annual General Meeting will take place on 23 March at the Branston Village Hall, where the doors will be opened at 1.30pm for a 2pm start. Nominations are required for the appointments of Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer, and the committee will also be looking for nominations for at least four other committee members.
There are a variety of successful 'Open Groups' who utilise the facilities of the Old Village Hall in Heighington. The Armchair Travel Group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 10am for a 10.30am start, and Peter Foster will be giving a presentation about a 'Cruise on The Rhone & Saone' at the March meeting. Steve Lovell will be discussing his adventures in the Pyrenees at the April meeting; whilst Christine Metcalf will be talking about her journey from Moscow to St Petersburg, at the following meeting.

Some of the additional groups who use this same venue are the Aspects of History, the Classical Movies, 33s and the Music Appreciation. For any further information on these specific activities, please do not hesitate to attend any General Meeting on the fourth Tuesday in every month (same venue and start time as above for the AGM).

Nocton Dairies Ltd

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Plans have been submitted to North Kesteven District Council for the UK's biggest dairy farm which will be based on Nocton and Dunston Heath. The plans are for herds totalling over 8000 dairy cows producing hundreds of thousands of litres of milk a day and creating around 80 jobs in the area.

Nocton Dairies Ltd will produce some of the most environmentally friendly milk in the world and the plans go beyond the requirements for animal welfare and include an in-house vet. New cleaning technologies will be used for the bedding and an anaerobic digester will deal with the colossal amounts of slurry and produce 2 MW of power to run the dairy and up to 2000 homes. Local farms will provide forage crops of lucerne and maize and the odour free digestate will be returned to the land. The cows will be housed in open sided cubicle sheds during lactation and allowed to graze when dry.

Lincolnshire was eventually chosen because of the space, the support of local farms and the lack of existing dairy farms. It is hoped that milking will begin in the autumn. We will keep you informed.

Metheringham Methodist Church

The Women's Day of Prayer is on Friday 5 March. There will be a service at 10.30am in the Methodist Church.

There will be a service on Good Friday 2 April at 10.30am in the Methodist Church.
We will celebrate our 102nd Church Anniversary on Sunday 16th May at 6.00pm with the Westley Singers. This will be combined with a Gift Day.

Stepping through Time in Metheringham
Saturday 15 May at 10.30am

Marking the halfway point on the Spires & Steeples Arts and Heritage Trail, Metheringham is steeped in history. To celebrate this, a fascinating leaflet has been produced, guiding you around the village to discover its history and fine historical artworks and newly refurbished stone cross.

To mark the launch of the leaflet, join North Kesteven's Countryside Promotion Officer, Theresa Hobbs and local historian, Alan Waddington on a walk around Metheringham to discover its hidden secrets!

To join this free event please book a place on 01522 694353 or email

Metheringham Primary School News Spring 2010


Christmas festivities contributed to a busy end of Term 2 for the children at Metheringham Primary School. Our Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 pupils participated enthusiastically in the Christmas production of the Jolly Christmas Postman. The play was written by the infant staffing team and incorporated the adventures of the Jolly Postman travelling to deliver a special gift to a special baby, some singing, dancing and a lot of planned and unplanned humour!

Our school choir sang at the village Christmas carol service at the Methodist Church and also at the village library. All of our pupils were involved at the end of term carol service for school helpers. Teas and coffees were served along with delicious mince pies baked by the Year 1/ Year 2 pupils.

We were entertained to the pantomime Dick Whittington performed by a local theatre company. Staff and pupils were delighted by the singing, dancing, acting, puppetry and magic that the show offered. Audience participation was expected and this revealed a few 'little stars' who confidently took part in the pantomime and had us all smiling.

Parents visited school for Lower Key Stage 2's World War 2 afternoon. Pupils shared their learning with their parents and then invited parents to join them in an 'old time waltz'. Upper Key Stage 2 parents were invited into school for a 'Groovy Greek' afternoon. Parents were invited to sample food from the Greek Taverna and share their children's learning and topic work. In Early Years parents attended school to watch the children's Super Hero animations and puppet shows.

Term 2 ended with snow which started to fall just as the children left the school. Little did we know that the snow would continue into the New Year and be the main focus for the beginning of Term 3. We were thankful that the school only had to close for part of one day and that the pupils were able to enjoy time in the snow. Our snowman competition resulted in all of the Key Stage 2 classes coming first equal! We had a wonderful array of snowmen and snow families and one class produced a very creative snow penguin in his own igloo.

The school has now achieved healthy school status and we are looking forward to being presented with our award in March. My congratulations go to Mrs Freeman who worked hard on the healthy schools' submission and to all of our pupils, past and present, who have contributed towards this award.

Elspeth McMenemie Head Teacher

Nocton Cricket Club Update - Spring 2010


After Nocton Cricket Club's AGM in January, the following officers were elected:

President : Philip Franklin
Chairman : David Glew
Secretary : Joan Franklin
Treasurer : Carolyn Franklin
Captain : David Franklin
Vice captain : Roy Bates

To make enquiries about the season's first practice sessions, you are asked to contact
David Glew - tel: (01526) 321756.

Gone to Pot .....


March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers, but will March come in like a lion or a lamb? However with all the adverse weather we have had thrown at us this year we will just have to keep our fingers crossed that the climate changes forecast don't change too radically just yet. What a good thing politicians aren't in charge of the weather!

We are exhorted by gardening gurus to dig, manure, lift and divide, weed etc - so this is when the serious work starts. Removing all vestiges of bind weed is my priority this year, but however much one digs deeply there always seems to be a miniscule piece of root left in the ground which will defy all methods of killing (particularly as I like to be as organic as possible) and sprout forth with a least ten more shoots! A mulch of old carpeting is supposed to do the trick - so I could take an easy chair out onto the vegetable plot in the summer and defy the weeds to appear - a bit like King Canute commanding the waves to recede and probably just as fruitless.

On the one hand we are urged to encourage butterflies into our gardens, but they can be a real pest, laying eggs on green leafed vegetables, which end up resembling aertex shirts having been ravaged by caterpillars. I was amused to read the following by a sixteenth century Italian, Girolamo Firensuol. "Go into the garden at dawn on Sunday and on bare knees say three Hail Marys and three Paternosters, in reverence to the Trinity, then take a cabbage or some other leaf eaten by caterpillars and put inside two or three of them and say 'Caterpillars come with me to Mass'; then take the whole thing along to Church and before listening to the Mass let the little parcel fall. After this the caterpillars will disappear from the garden - this is not a joke, it has been proved to work and its practice is still in use". Where, I wonder? It's a little doubtful that I shall adopt this practice, for several reasons but particularly because, as my Mother says, I like the streets to be aired before I get up!

The seed catalogues have been arriving thick and fast since the back end of last year. As the choice grows I am becoming more and more confused but hope I have got my selection down to a fine art. I trawl through each one, writing down what I would like, then compare it with what the other catalogues have and choose the best price and seed count wise. When they arrive I put them into the relevant months in a box, which starts off immaculately in order then deteriorates as the months go by.

One catalogue, more like a bodice ripping best-seller and good bed time reading, stars a Fat Lazy Blonde - lettuce that is - with a big round heart. I then went on to read of at least seventy five different varieties so am really spoilt for choice. I think I will try one or two but I usually grow cut and come again saladings as they are perfectly happy in the greenhouse and provide at least three cuttings and are safe from slugs.

In Greek mythology the love story of the goddess Aphrodite and the young Adonis had a dramatic ending when the latter was killed by a wild boar in a garden of lettuces in which he had hidden - all I can say is thank goodness there are no wild boar in Lincolnshire because who knows what would happen if I sat in my arm chair on my carpet mulch in the vegetable plot surrounded by all those lettuces.

Floreat Hortus

Dunston Twinning Association Spring 2010


We are now well into 2010 and preparations are well on their way for the French visit to Lincolnshire. The dates will be 14-18 April. We continue to seek new members so anyone interested in joining please contact one of the numbers below. You are guaranteed to have a good time.

We had a very successful Banquet night in January and would all like to say a very big thank you to Matt and Lyn Corrigan.

We have many ideas for events in 2010 so continue to be on the look out for information and posters

321740 Helen Door
322515 Ralph Timms
321951 Sue Kelly

Angels Dance Squad 2009 Review


Angels Dance Squad

March 2009 - BIBTA Individual Championships
3 1st Places 4 2nd places 9 3rd place

April 2009 - BIBTA Regional Championships
21 1st places 7 2nd places
Overall Troupe 1st Dress Inspection 1st Most entertaining 1st

October 2009 - BIBTA National Championships
12 1st places 15 2nd places 3 3rd places Overall Troupe 2nd

November 2009 Presentation Evening

This was our 1st Presentation Evening, which was attended by 75 people. The evening included a total of 64 awards and was held at Scopwick Village Hall, where we train twice a week. The evening kicked off with a champagne reception and was followed by the presentation, buffet and music.

One of the awards - 'Angels Majorette of the Year' was donated by The Maddison Bignall Trust. The trust was set up by Matt & Jane Bignall, who are the parents of Maddi, who was one of our 'Angels' for almost 3 years. Sadly, Maddi died in October 2007. She was a really special person and loved being part of 'Angels' and we all miss her.

We have some bracelets that we are selling on behalf of 'The Trust'. Anyone
wishing to buy one should contact Lesley on the number below - we are asking for a minimum donation of £1.

See for details of how the money raised is being used.

The Presentation Evening rounded off an amazing year for the 'Angels'.

We have attended 3 competitions and lots of displays this year including the Newark and Notts. Show, the Heckington Show and the Lincoln Festival.

The girls have all worked really hard this year and have learnt lots of new routines.
We are always looking to recruit new members - anyone wishing to join the troupe or book us for a display should contact the troupe leader, Lesley Crompton on 07946 472363.

We look forward to a successful and enjoyable 2010.

Mission x Update Spring 2010

Mission X kids club for ages 7-11 (7 until 8pm) and Mission Xtra Youth Club for ages 11-16 (8.15 til 9.30pm)

We run on alternate Fridays in the Methodist Church hall (Metheringham). The clubs are free and all children are welcome.

Our dates for this year are:

5th Feb / 5th Mar / 19th Mar / 16th April /
30th April / 14th May / 28th May / 11th June /
25th June / 9th July / 23rd July

For further info contact Nicky on 322305

Woodhall Spa Country Show - Sun 23 May 2010


Woodhall Spa Country Show is moving to a new site for the 2010 show on Sunday 23 May.

The show's success has grown since its re-launch in 2006, with this year seeing it moving down Green Lane to a new site.

The new show field has a much larger capacity to enable it to continue growing as the old field had started to become overwhelmed by the show's own success.

A larger car parking area has already been designated for visitors, which is adjacent to the show field at no additional cost to visitors.

This year's show focuses on Dairy and Transport through the Ages as the main feature, plus new displays and attractions including a static display from Woodside Falconry and a Gun dog display.

Organisers are already well into the planning stages for this year's show and are inviting all entries for classes from livestock to tractors & Vehicles to trade & craft stands.

Anyone requiring further information should contact the Show Secretary or visit the Woodhall Spa website and use the link for Woodhall Spa Country Show for information and the Section

Secretary contacts. Sue's Stennett Show Secretary 01526 352703

Admission charges: Adults £5, Children £2.50 & Free Parking

9.30 - 5pm

Classes for Cattle, Sheep, Heavy Horses
Poultry Show, Goats, Alpacas,
Heritage & Bygones, Vintage Vehicles and Tractors,
Terrier Racing, Gun Dog display,
Woodside Falconry Static Display
Maypole Dancing & Japenese Drummers & Much more

Trade Stands & Craft Marquee

2010 Theme: Transport Through The Ages & Dairy

For further information contact
Sue Stennett, Secretary 01526 352703

Entertainment & Fun for all the family

Admission £5 ~ Adults, £2.50 ~ 5-16's Under 5 free
Free Parking

Entrance via Green Lane off Stixwould Road

Metheringham Senior Citizens Update Spring 2010


Unfortunately one of our Committee Members, Mrs Joyce Borley has moved away to be closer to her family. She will be sadly missed.

On 15 December we attended the Methodist Church Carol Service which was a nice start to the festive season.

Two days later we enjoyed a pleasant morning in the village hall as guests of their committee. We were provided with refreshments during which the Metheringham Pre-School entertained us with their Nativity Play.

Our Senior Citizen Party will be by invitation only and will be in the village hall on Saturday 17 April at 3.30 pm. Tea will be served at 4.00 pm with entertainment by the Withern Singers.

The first outing of the year will be to Skegness on Tues 15 June at 9.00 am

Pam Woolley (Sec)

Spires & Steeples Challenge


October saw another successful Spires & Steeples Challenge Event with almost 400 runners and walkers taking part. The event attracted people from as far away as Edinburgh, Manchester and an entire running club coming from London!

A charity event in aid of Wheel Appeal, the Challenge follows the Spires & Steeples Arts and Heritage Trail from Lincoln to Sleaford, winding through many of the villages along the way. With the option of running or walking the entire trail of almost 26 miles or halfway to the village of Metheringham, there is something to suit most abilities.

Countryside Promotion Officer, Theresa Hobbs said "The comments from those taking part were excellent, saying how much they enjoyed our countryside and the local hospitality. A few also commented on the kindness of one resident near to Potterhanworth who had taken the time to set out a table with refreshments on.
It is things like this that can turn this into a really enjoyable event with a lovely friendly atmosphere. On behalf of everyone involved in the event I would like to say a big thank you to this person.

It would be terrific if we could get more people from the local communities involved next year, whether it is an encouraging cheer as the Challengers pass through the villages or even supplying the odd fairy cake or flapjack. The one constant request has been for more refreshments along the way and I am sure there are lots of fantastic bakers out there!"

If you would like to find out more about the Spires & Steeples Trail or next year's Challenge visit or
contact Theresa on 01522 694353

Bill Glossop

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Bill Glossop - ex Club member

Janet and family sincerely thank everyone for their help and support over the last few months. The generous donations in Bill's memory amounted to £1035.00 - this is being divided equally and donated to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and to Metheringham L.I.V.E.S.

Metheringham Over 60's Club Update Spring 2010


On 2 December 124 members and guests attended our Annual Christmas Dinner. The catering was excellent and we assume that all those who attended enjoyed themselves because we have not had any complaints.

Unfortunately, our first event of 2010 was cancelled because of the snow and icy conditions. This was to ensure that members were not put at undue risk of injury. The chairman, Margaret Amos, has re-booked the presentation on Bees for our April meeting.

Wednesday 13 January, 22 members travelled by coach to Nottingham to see the Pantomime "Jack in the Beanstalk" starring Nigel Havers. Despite the weather, snow and ice, everyone enjoyed the pre-show shopping and the pantomime. Through incapacity several people were unable to make the trip. One in particular, Sandie Williams, tried skating on black ice, landed on her coccyx and spent the next hour lying on her back waiting for an ambulance. A paramedic arrived within about 10 minutes but the ambulance service was so busy Sandie had to remain lying on the pavement until an ambulance arrived from the Skegness area. After a day in an extremely busy A&E, looked after by marvellous staff, during which x-rays showed, apart from her pride, that nothing had been broken, she spent the next two days in hospital. Sandie is still a bit sore. You could say she starred in her own pantomime alongside Jack (Frost)! Sandie would like to express her thanks to Mrs. Margaret Halliwell who came out with a blanket to keep her warm. Many residents and unknown people stopped their cars to enquire if they could assist. Community spirit lives on especially in Metheringham - thank you.

We have received details of a writing competition, including poetry; anyone over 50 will be eligible. There are six titles to choose from, as follows:

  1. 1. The most difficult decision I have ever made.

  2. 2. The sixties - I was there.

  3. 3. My hero.

  4. 4. I wish I had.

  5. 5. I like to watch

  6. 6. If I could live my life again.

The closing date is Fri, 9 April 2010. For details and entry form contact the Sec.
Just to remind you - diary notes:

Wed 3 March - We will hold our Annual General Meeting in the village hall. Doors open at 6.30 p.m. and the meeting commences at 7.00p.m. The meeting will be followed by a fish & chip supper and we look forward to seeing as many members as possible.

Sat 6 March and 13 June - Coffee Mornings will be held in the village hall between 10.00-11.30 a.m. Open to all, we have a raffle, a bric-a-brac stall including books and a cake stall. Any items for donation kindly accepted.

Current club members re-sign during April and new members are accepted during May. There is a waiting list for membership but you are welcome to join the list by contacting the Chairman Margaret Amos on Tel: 01526 321049.

Non-members are welcome at all our meetings as guests for a fee of £2.00p and this includes a cup of tea or coffee with a biscuit during the interval.

Wed 5 May - new members sign up and the entertainment will now be `Just Chilled' comprising of a female singer, in the style of Ella Fitzgerald, with a male guitarist providing the backing.

Coach trips will be on the 2 June, 7 July and the 4 August. Details of destinations will be notified to members and guests initially at the AGM.

Dave Williams Secretary

MADSPA Update WSpring 2010

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It's that time of year again, when the swimming pool committee appeal for helpers to get the swimming pool ready for the coming season.

Contact me, Dian, on 321581 or 07932520362 if you can spare an hour every so often.
There are lots to do: - painting, weeding, hedge-trimming, vacuuming the pool (daily to start with) and endless little jobs.

We need the electrics testing, the boiler servicing and the sand needs to be changed in the filter. All expensive jobs but we have no money, so we need volunteers.

We will not be increasing prices this year but we need your support for any fund-raising events and full attendance for swimming lessons.

Dian Robinson

Dunston Bowls Club Update Spring 2010


Dunston Bowls Club is coming home!

Members of Dunston Bowls Club will be playing on their "new green" in early May and are all looking forward to returning "home". They wish to thank Metheringham Bowls Club for allowing them the use of their green over the last season.

New members will be most welcome and any interested party should contact Richard Phillipson on 01526 321245

The Club will be holding a Quiz Night in Dunston Village Hall on Saturday 20 March at 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm. Come along and join us in the fun evening with proceeds going towards the Club - please contact Mary on 01526 320303.

We also meet in Dunston Village Hall on the second, third and fourth Wednesday between 7.00 - 9.00 pm from October through to April for Dunston Short Mat Bowls.

Again new members are very welcome so please contact Mary on 01526 320303

St. Peter's Primary School Dunston Spring 2010


It is good to see that the weather is at last improving and we have, perhaps, seen the last of the snow. The children really enjoyed making snowmen and playing on the field but I think in the end they also had seen enough of it!

After a few postponements, matches have started again in the small schools league. The football team have lost narrowly to Walcott and Martin, but the netball team have continued their unbeaten run in the league with a 4-2 win over Martin. Cross country club has started, leading up to race at Nocton in March. The children are enjoying keeping fit by running around the huge Dunston playing field.

Our choir are joining forces with lots of local schools in rehearsing for a special event which will take place in June. All of the local schools have been invited to put on a concert in Lincoln Cathedral in June. Each school will be singing some songs on their own and joining together to sing others. It promises to be a wonderful evening.

Graham Boyall Headteacher

Nocton Women's Institute


Nocton WI meet on the second Monday of each month at 7.15 in Nocton Village Hall. We have a varied programme and would welcome any new members.

Please contact Sue Morris - 01526 321455 for more details.


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Just over six months ago, I published a new WebSite called "Meg-Tree".

I though that the folk of Meg would find it interesting and maybe useful.

Jeff, the Weaver published a favourable introduction for it at the top of this "Family History" section of the Forum.

Ricky Harby, a renowned top local Ancestory Investigator was also very complementary about it.


It has died on the vine - the folks of Meg are not interested . . . .

My Brothers, Sister and I have tried hard to publicize and promote it but to no avail!!

Either we are not very good at Promotion OR I didn't design the site very well OR The folk of Meg have found no use for it.

Before I ditch the website, I thought that I would create a WebPage as a simple introduction for the site.

To see it look at - - work your way down through the items.

Comments would be welcome!!

If you know about PDF files and want to see everything in the tree, have a look at: - slowly work up the zoom in steps up to 200%!!

I think you will be impressed!!

Peter Byers - aka Young Jock

What Do Retired People Do All Day?


The question is: What Do Retired People Do All Day?

Working people frequently ask retired people what they do to make their days interesting.

Well, for example, the other day my wife and I went into town and went into a shop.
We were only in there for about 5 minutes.
When we came out, there was a policeman writing out a parking ticket.
We went up to him and said, 'Come on man, how about giving Senior Citizens a break?'
He ignored us and continued writing the ticket.
I called him a *******
He glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn tyres
So my wife called him a ****** He finished the second ticket and put it on the window with the first.
Then he started writing a third ticket.
This went on for about 20 minutes.
The more we abused him, the more tickets he wrote
Personally, we didn't care..... we came into town by bus!!

We try to have a little fun each day now that we're retired. It's important at our age.

Loyal Ripon Lodge of Oddfellows


There are to be celebrations at Nocton Church in July to acknowledge the two hundred year anniversary of the founding of the Oddfellow organisation and the 160 years of the formation of the Loyal Ripon Lodge.

I am preparing a booklet for this event and if anyone has any photos or other information on the Lodge that they would like to share please can you contact me on 01526 321455 by 14 April.

Thanks in anticipation.

Sue Morris

WANTED Dress Maker Models


Dress Maker Models for a Wedding Gown Display to be held in St Peter's Church, Dunston on Saturday 29, Sunday 30 May 2010.

please contact Mary on 01526 320303

I think this decade is going to fly by even faster than the previous one.It is almost March as I am writing this. Mind you, it is still snowing outside!

I am pleased to say we suffered very little crime over the Christmas period.

Please continue to think about home and vehicle security on these dark evenings.
Although generally 'anti-social behaviour' has not been a great problem, we have had a few incidents where groups of youngsters have behaved badly.

Some youngsters have been jumping in hedges. Although this may be a great 'lark' to the person doing it, we know it can cause great distress to the occupants. A number of youngsters have been spoken to at their homes in front of their parents, so we hope this problem may be resolved.

If you are experiencing problems like this, do contact your neighbourhood policing team. We are interested and we WILL respond.

We have also received complaints of youngsters banging on the windows at the village hall during meetings, as well as riding mopeds around the car-park unnecessarily.
We have excellent CCTV at the village hall and generally find out who is doing what.
The CCTV at the hall resulted in the arrest of two young suspects for burglary to the store-room at the rear of the hall. Both have sincebeen dealt with.

The Metheringham Coop have informed us that they are doing a 'roaring trade' in the mornings, with school-children in the store. However, they complain that some of the children are failing to pay for items they leave with and this is becoming quite expensive.
We have been liaising with staff at the store, with a view to apprehending offenders.
We continue to have problems with motorists who park in the bus-stop areas outside the store. There is no excuse for this as there is ample parking at the rear of the store. Parking in the bus-stops WILL be dealt with by the issuing of a £30 fixed penalty ticket.

You can come and talk to your beat team at our police surgeries at the Metheringham Info-links premises on the High Street between 10am - 12 midday on the following dates: 26 Mar / 28 May / 30 July / 24 Sept.

As part of our continuing programme to improve how we provide our services to the public, we are introducing a single non-emergency 'phone number.The number is: 0300 111 0300 (will be charged at local-call rates).

All other existing 'phone numbers will run simultaneously for a few months but will eventually be phased-out.

Simon Gordon. PC 638

Silver Sounds Band Update Spring 2010


A busy December saw players from the Band performing all the way up to and including Christmas Day in order to raise funds for the coming year. This fabulous effort resulted in over £1000 being raised and the Band would like to thank the management, staff members and customers of the following organisations for their generosity and support - Budgens Store, Waddington, Scarf & Goggles and Mowgli Indian Restaurant, Metheringham; Red Lion, Dunston and the George, Langworth - as well as local individuals who made donations to the Band during the festive season. The Band also provided the music for several carol services, and would like to thank Branston Parish Church for the generous donation for the Band's performance there.

New Uniforms!

The Band is delighted to announce that they have been awarded a Grassroots Grant through the Lincolnshire County Foundation in order to purchase uniforms and banners. The grant is over £3500 and will allow the Band to provide each player with a waistcoat for formal engagements, polo shirt for informal events and a waterproof fleece for those cold outdoor events, as well as a music stand banner. Each item will be embroidered with the new Band emblem which has been designed by Sophie Primett, who plays Principal Cornet. The players are looking forward to putting on a concert to launch their new look.

The Band is always welcoming of new members; whether you already play a brass instrument or would like to learn, we would love to hear from you. It only costs £15/quarter to join (around £1/week!) and you will receive tuition if required, the loan of an instrument, music, and uniform items, as well as the opportunity to learn new skills and to become a member of a fantastic local music-making activity.

For further information please contact Helen Duncan on 01526 323860, or email

On 20 January the club had its first meeting of the year after the previous one had been called off cue to inclement weather. Members enjoyed an afternoon of quizzes, beetle drive and music.

On 3 February members were put to the test when Dennis Wass brought along items from yesteryear which members had to identify. It was an excellent afternoon and you could just about see and smell the smoke as brains went into overdrive. Unfortunately, only half the items were correctly identified.

On 17th February Liz Cameron gave a talk and demonstrated yoga postures. Members joined in and had a thoroughly enjoyable relaxing afternoon.

Anyone wishing to join the club should telephone Betty Knight on 01522 794 121 or Patricia MacPherson on 01522 856 981

MACLA Xmas Quiz 2009 Answers







The Visitors Centre will open the 2010 Season on Saturday 27 March
Prior to this the Centre will hold the first Lecture of the Season. This will take place on Wednesday 24 March and the lecturer will be Terry Holloway speaking about the Record Flight over Andes.

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. Further lectures will take place during the 2010 season so watch out for the interesting topics available.

The Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 7 April in the Old Gymnasium, commencing at 7.30 pm.

The Centre's Open Day will be on Sunday 2 May

The Annual 1940's Dance will take place on Saturday 12 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

Metheringham Football Club News - Spring 2010


For many years the Pro-game has discussed the possibility of introducing a mid-season break. Well due to the snow and ice we have just suffered a substantial mid-term break, all that has been achieved is that we are left with a major backlog of fixtures and what looks like a very busy April.

Since the enforced break, the Under 8s, 9s and 10s have all seen some excellent results and all appear to be enjoying themselves. The Under 12s are obviously the team to watch if you want goals. In their three matches this year they have won one 8 - 3, lost one 10 - 1 and drawn the third 5 goals each. The under 14s have struggled since mid December when they were top of their league, sadly losing their last three games. Our Under 15s continue to find life hard in the 'A' league and still await their first point. Our very skilful and competitive Intermediate Team had had a great run before losing against League leaders, Manor United, possibly due to the absence of their excellent, goalkeeper Matt Blackband (skiing holiday).

The three senior sides are all doing relatively well; with two still in cup competitions, including the First eleven through to the semi-final of the Ron Eaglen (Sunday Senior) Cup. They play at Washingborough on 14 March against The Hunter's Leap, a game made extra special as a number of the Hunters side are ex-Meg players.

The weather has made life pretty poor for all but the most hardy and special praise must go to our groundsman, Brian Blackband who continues to look after all of the pitches and their surrounds, Thanks once again Brian.

Liz Rogers and her team staged a successful Fayre in the Village Hall just before Christmas and their next function will be the Club's Annual 'Race Night' to be held in the Star and Garter on Grand National Eve, Friday 9 April, everyone's welcome, so please come along and support the event and of course the Club.

After a very successful pantomime, which was very well received from our audiences, we are now able to let you know what we are going to perform over the year.

Our next production will be 'Allo 'Allo written by David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd and is the stage comedy play taken from the very famous TV series. I am sure some of you will remember, this is set in Rene's Cafe somewhere in occupied France during the 2nd World War. This very funny play, is a tale of intrigue revolving around the fallen Madonna with the big boobies!! .

MAD will be performing this in Metheringham Village Hall on June 18th, 19th 25th and 26th June 2010 and this production will be directed by Sally Wilson.

There will also be a special Gala Charity performance on Thursday 17th June in aid of St Wilfrid's Church Dry Rot Fund and all proceeds will go to this worthy cause.

The auditions will have already taken place and the cast will be in place when this magazine goes to print, but if you would like to be part of the production crew, please contact Fran Pembery, the producer, on 01526320827. Help is always needed with front of house, publicity or back stage.

MAD has also been asked to perform the very successful 'Shakespeare Review' which we performed in the village Hall last year, at Sleaford Little Theatre in May. This is part of their festival of plays and further details can be found by contacting Sue Kelly on 0152 321951.

Our autumn production is being written, as I speak, by Rob Halls and will be about radio productions from the 1930's onwards.

We are always delighted to see new members and if you would like to join MAD please contact me Sally on 01526 321289.

Look forward to seeing you.

Sally Wilson

Scopwick Millennium Art Group

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Thinking of taking up Art as a hobby?

The Millennium Art Group, Scopwick is a thriving group that meets each Friday morning, 09:30 to 12:30.

You might have been one of the 180+ visitors to our successful exhibition held in the Community Room, Lincoln Central Library during the second week of February.

We hold Demonstrations throughout the Art year, the next will be given by BOB HARRIS on Friday March 5th from 10:00 - 12 noon at Dunston Village Hall.

As in previous years, we plan to attend the Patchings Art Festival which will take place in early June as in previous years.

The Millennium Art Group's annual Art Exhibition at Scopwick Village Hall will take place Saturday and Sunday 3 & 4 July 2010. Hope to see you there!

Should you wish to contact us or learn more about the group, our website address is:

The Christmas Pup


It's a week since Christmas and I'm feeling glad,
I'm tired and content from the fun that I've had
Day one was all laughter, cuddles and play,
Look! Here's our new puppy, they'd all proudly said.
It's a walk in the park, lots of new scents around
Oh! Isn't it lovely, the friends that I've found,
Day two was the same and day three, four and five,
It really was smashing just being alive.

It's two weeks since Christmas and I'm feeling alright,
Though I would like a walk and I'm lonely at night,
They're really too busy to pet me all day,
And a walk in the park is just too far away.
That first week I slept at the foot of their bed
But now I'm sent to the kitchen instead,
It's cold in the kitchen and lonely and dark
But they come down to hit me when I whimper and bark.

It's a month since Christmas and I'm feeling sad,
I think I've been naughty I think I've been bad,
They leave me alone for day after day
And then get cross when I start to play,
With cushion and curtain and slipper and chair,
I don't think I'd do it if they could be there
I don't think I'd puddle on carpet or floor,
If only I'd access beyond the back door.

It's two months after Christmas,
I know I've been naughty I know I've been bad,
They no longer love me they no longer care,
I'm too much of a nuisance, they don't want me there,
I've heard them discussing the mistake they have made,
They tell me I'm going to that place in the sky
I think I'll be good there, I know I will try

Lorraine Kay

MAWS Update Spring 2010


Our volunteers have been enjoying a well earned rest since our Christmas Market. February sees them getting in gear again as they put out posters for our next event and print and sell the tickets. Following last year's very disappointing demonstration by John Wattam and the problem with him and some of the audience not using a microphone which meant many could not hear what was being said, this has been a worry to us as we thought it might put people off coming again. We hope and pray that it hasn't, though, and you will come this year because we have a real treat in store......

Medium Bryan Gibson and Sue Odam.

They will be in Metheringham Village Hall on Friday 19 March - doors open at 7.00 pm for a 7.30 pm start. Entry is by ticket, price at £7.00. There is no interval so tea and coffee can be purchased from the snack bar before the start and at the end of the evening....the raffle will also be drawn then. To ensure everyone can hear this time, Bates Sound will not only be providing the sound equipment but be in attendance throughout the evening to make sure all is in order. The committee and I feel it is worth the hire charge if you can all hear and enjoy the evening. We hope you will give it a go and turn up.

Tickets are already selling very fast as Bryan is very well known (not a bit like John) and Sue is a bonus!

The ticket office opening times are:
Monday 10.00 am - 2.00 pm & 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm
Friday 10.00 am - 2.00 pm

MAWS Office, 31 Station Rd, Metheringham, Lincoln, LN4 3HR - or ring 01526 321436 for more details or to arrange a more convenient time for you. Cheques should be made payable to MAWS please.

We are also taking bookings for our Table Top / Car Boot Sales - Metheringham Village Hall Car Park on the following dates -

  • Sat 10 April:

  • Sat 3 July:

  • Sat 4 Sept:

  • Sat 2 Oct.

Set up time is 8.00 am - open to public 8.30 am to 1.00 pm.
Cost - £6.00 on the day (£5.00 if pre-paid)
Sorry no food / drink vendors or raffles.
MAWS Snack Bar will be open for bacon butties, cakes, tea and coffee etc. and the famous MAWS raffle will also be taking place.

Please do you have any unwanted gifts? We are desperate for raffle and tombola prizes.

Man thanks for your support, we hope to see you soon.

Joyce Muncey

Branston Tennis Club


Dear Macla Readership

I can hear some already saying Branston does not come under the MACLA catchment area but we are only four miles north and I think we have a Tennis club which we would love to share with the Macla readers. We have four tarmacadam tennis courts, two of which are newly painted, and all are in good order and can be used all year round. The gate has a combination lock to restrict access to tennis club members.

We already have three of the Macla area residents on our books, all of whom play regularly on a Saturday morning and a Tuesday afternoon and I am looking forward to seeing more of you joining the tennis club.

Branston Tennis Club continues to be a thriving club with members drawn from Branston and its surrounding villages. We pride ourselves in celebrating inclusiveness and count among our members' active, regular players ranging from children to a number of retired people. We have an on-going programme of improvements and endeavour to keep the area clean and well maintained. We are also vigilant to any instances that may affect the playing of tennis on our courts.
Over the last few years, we have hardly had any incidents on or near the club. The BTC Tennis club has several sessions during the week when any member can come along and participate with whoever turns up.

SATURDAY morning 10.00 to 12.30hrs
TUESDAY afternoon 14.00 to 16.00hrs
WEDNESDAY starting soon 18.30 to Dusk

We have an active committee who address any problems or issues promptly so your enjoyment of playing tennis is kept to a minimal.

Our annual membership

UNDER "18" £15

We also have a coach who gives lessons on an individual basis or groups if you prefer his name and telephone number is Adonis Worden 07760 115985

Our present membership consists of 80 individuals, the more members we have the more we can improve the club. One of our more critical aims is for a proper leisure building and toilet facilities. Unfortunately we received some unexpected news via the parish council that our request for funding this year has been rejected .But we remain positive. The tennis club will be running several fund raising events over the year to increase the clubs finances.

If you would like any further information regarding the club please contact or

Thanks for reading we hope to see some of you at the club.

Dan Howland (BTC chairman)