MACLA News Magazine - 44. Autumn 2011
I hope you remember 'Summer' because it has all but ended. The year just seems to have flown by, that must be a sign of getting old. Just around the corner on 22 October, we have yet another Fayre and Feast and the Parish Council is busy making their arrangements for it. Again the MACLA stand will be in situ in the Village Hall where you can view all the memorabilia - I look forward to seeing you there.
As for this issue of the Magazine, our 44th issue, I think you will find a really good cross section of articles. If there is anything which you would like to see included in future issues please contact me on 01526 320016 / 07789117743 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Pete Ford (Editor)
John Cartwright was a remarkable man. He was born on the family farm at Blankney Fen in 1862. Shortly before he died in 1944 he made some notes about his life from the age of 12, leaving behind a wonderful snapshot of life in and around Blankney spanning the last half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century. Here is John's story retold in his own words.
"At the age of twelve I was packed off to school at Sleaford, but only stayed there six months: could not relish the cabbages being cooked in the copper where they washed the clothes. After Sleaford, I was sent to the City of Lincoln to the Rev, John Swift's school, opposite the "Adam and Eve". The above gentleman was no relation to the celebrated John Swift of Linwood Hall. I only stayed another six months opposite the "Adam and Eve", a duel with pistols having taken place between two boys - George Seagrave and John Burns. Seagrave got a bullet in his leg, and had to be carried all the way from Washingborough Station on the river bank, to Lincoln. They dared not take him to the school, so put him down at his aunt's who of course was greatly alarmed. On breaking the news to the Rev. John Swift he fell ill, went to bed, and died, which broke the school up. The three boys taking part in the duel were locked up in prison and were all tried at Lincoln Assizes, but all got off. The bullet in Seagrave's shin bone could not be got all out, and he died from that bullet nine months after. All who took part in the above appeared in the penny peep show at Lincoln Fair. John Burns was supposed to have shot himself, and Walter Green, one of the seconds who took my place, died in the Asylum.
Welcome to our new District Councillor John Money
John Money has lived and worked in Blankney for 35 years. Married with 3 adult children his family has lived in Lincolnshire for over 200 years. He saw his early education at Kirkby la Thorpe Primary school before going on to Sleaford Secondary, Grantham and Lincoln College and Reading University College of Estate Management. By profession he is a Chartered Builder and Surveyor and from 1975 unitl 2008 was an Estate Manager locally. He has held a number of varying positions in the community being a parish councillor, Chairman of Blankney Cricket Club and Metheringham Squash Racket Club just to name a few. Now semi retired John has chosen to become our District Councillor as he feels he has the time, dedication and a wealth of experience to devote to the Metheringham Ward and to support the policies (particularly building of social housing) that have served the district so well over the years.
The Metheringham Ward encompasses the parishes of Metheringham, Blankney, Dunston and Nocton and he and colleague Rob Kendrick are here to serve our parishes. In John's words "We appreciate we have a hard act to follow as Bill Chambers and John Rose gave stalwart service to the Ward for many years. We wish them well in their retirement and we will endeavour to maintain their high standards in serving the community"
John can be contact by the following means:
H) 01526 320323 W) 01526 322089
M) 07775692013 or 07557634307
e-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please feel free to contact him should you have any concerns of a local natures.
Best Kept Village Competition
Metheringham have again entered the Best Kept Village Competition. we were successful in making it through the first round, but unfortunately have not made it any further. After being placed third last year in the large villages category this is a very disappointing result.
Fayre and Feast
This year's Fayre and Feast is to be held on Saturday 22 October starting at 2.00pm at the 'cross', High Street. The theme for the event is 'Fairy Tales'. The Fayre & Feast working group have been holding regular meetings to progress action items and have been busy organising the event all year. This is a family event, so why not come along and join in. We are always looking for volunteers to help on the day. if you can spare a couple of hours please contact the Clerk.
- still your year round local venue for leisure, business and pleasure.
Please note we now have a specific phone number for village hall bookings and related queries. It is 0757 0065 994. If you leave your details the hall bookings officer will call you back. Following on from our last report please remember that we are looking for someone to take over looking after the village hall accounts next year.
Anyone wanting to get more involved in the running of their village hall in a less specific way is also welcome to join the committee.
The building work has now been signed off by the inspector and the pre-school children are enjoying using the outside area. We recently had our annual maintenance week at the hall and were able to attend to various little niggles. The hall should not only be looking as clean as usual but working immaculately as we move into the autumn. We are very lucky to have one of the best equipped community venues in the area and we hope that all hirers appreciate the need to clear up and leave the hall as they found it.
It is lovely to have good news in the form of a new regular booking for the hall with the arrival of Zumba. The dance exercise classes have quickly expanded from one to two sessions a week and must provide enough heat to reduce the need for switching on the boilers for the whole evening!!
Fundraising is a continuous part of running the hall as we have ongoing expenses that are not covered by the lettings income.
Dates coming up for your diaries are the 50:50 Sale on 24 September, the Band Concert on 14 October, the Fayre and Feast on 22 October and our Christmas Party on 16 December.
Please look at the local press, village notice-boards and the MACLA website news for further information closer to the events.
This year the Royal British Legion is celebrating its 90th anniversary. To mark the occasion the RBL is hoping to raise £90 million through various fund raising events, as well as through the annual poppy appeal period. In previous years you have been extremely generous with your donations, surpassing yourselves every year. I am hoping that this year you will do even better to help the RBL reach this target. As always there will be poppy boxes in various shops in your area, as well as in the schools and pubs. There will be people going door to door, so please donate as much as you can.
There are still parts of Metheringham and the outlying hamlets and villages that are not covered, so if you would like to volunteer to give a couple of hours to go door to door, I would be very grateful. I also believe there is no one covering Nocton and again I would love to hear from anyone who would be willing to help out.Please call me on 01522 820345 and thank you everyone for your generosity.
Anita Yorke - Poppy Appeal Organiser
Dunston Carpet Bowls Autumn Session begins on Wed 12 Oct in Dunston Village Hall (7.00 - 9 .00 pm)
All welcome - Contact Mary on 320303
The Parish Council is pleased to announce that it has co-opted two new Councillors; Caroline Oldham and Simon Spink. This means that the Council now has its authorised number of Councillors to represent residents in the Parish. The contact details of the two new Councillors are here.
The Agenda for the Parish Council Meetings is put on the village notice boards in advance of each meeting that normally takes place on the last Tuesday of every second month. These are public meetings with a short public forum before the meeting proper. All residents of the Parish are welcome to attend to hear what is being discussed and decided on their behalf. The next meeting is at 7.00pm on Tuesday, 27 September.
Stephen Flett came along to the last Parish Council Meeting as a member of the public and gave an update on what is happening to provide a wireless Broadband connection to Scopwick. The current intention is to use a wireless connection to link in to the fibre optic system that has transformed Broadband availability in Ashby de la Launde.
Digby has already set up a wireless connection so its experience can be used to assure potential users in Scopwick and Kirkby Green that they will really reap significant benefit if a similar system is installed in our Parish. A group of individuals has already expressed its interest in higher speed Broadband. Anybody else who is interested should contact Stephen Flett on 01526-321737.
The Village Show on 6 August was a great success. Fortunately, despite a forecast of variable weather, the sun did appear and the event was very well attended by stallholders and visitors. The range of handicrafts, flowers, and vegetables on display in the Village Hall in the many competition classes is testament to the skills and the wide interests that are maintained in a village community such as ours.
Scopwick and Kirkby Green belong to the Metheringham Cluster that meets regularly to share and discuss issues of mutual interest. One issue that is becoming acute in all local Parishes is that of speeding. The NKDC coordinator is convening a meeting between the Cluster members, the police, and the Road Safety Partnership to determine what positive action can be taken on this serious issue. We will let you know the outcome. In the meantime local people are being asked to respect the speed limits and drive safely according to the conditions in their area.
Joe Kennard (Clerk)
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
From the website of halfofayellowsun.com
A masterly, haunting new novel from a writer heralded by The Washington Post Book World as "the 21st-century daughter of Chinua Achebe," Half of a Yellow Sun recreates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra's impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria, and the chilling violence that followed.
With astonishing empathy and the effortless grace of a natural storyteller, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie weaves together the lives of three characters swept up in the turbulence of the decade. Thirteen-year-old Ugwu is employed as a houseboy for a university professor full of revolutionary zeal. Olanna is the professor's beautiful mistress, who has abandoned her life of privilege in Lagos for a dusty university town and the charisma of her new lover. And Richard is a shy young Englishman in thrall to Olanna's twin sister, an enigmatic figure who refuses to belong to anyone. As Nigerian troops advance and they must run for their lives, their ideals are severely tested, as are their loyalties to one another.
Metheringham Book Club Comments:
I really enjoyed the book from a style of writing point of view. I actually felt that I had learned some 'igbo' at the end of the book so I gave it 9 out of 10 for style.
My enjoyment from a subject matter point of view was not so good. Not because it was badly written, just the creeping sense of despair and gradual degeneration of society and whilst people elsewhere had no idea or didn't care. It also showed just how fragile society in general is and how it can fall apart so easily. So I give it 5 out of 10 for content/enjoyment.
I remember the horror stories about Biafra in the 1960s but really had no idea of what went on. Of the people who read the book, most enjoyed it and we gave it an average of 7 for both enjoyment and quality of the writing.
The Friends of Dunston School would like to thank all those who have supported the school throughout the past year and have helped to raise much needed funds for the school. This has helped to purchase computers, furniture and books for the Library and toys. There will be a series of events in the new school year, including the successful shopping evening and coffee afternoons, so look out for these advertised around the village.
Well here we are already at the Autumn edition and we have had another great year so far within the twinning.
In February we held what is becoming an annual event, a Meal evening, and this year it was based on a North African theme. There were between 70 - 80 people and we all had a great evening. We intend to run this again next February or March so watch out for the publicity.
On 21 April 41 of us boarded the coach in Nocton, Dunston and Metheringham and headed down to St Pancras to catch the Euro Star over to Lille in France where we changed trains for Le Mans. We were met by our French families and spent three whole days in wonderful company and sunshine and we were made to feel very welcome. We spent one of those days on an excursion to Versailles. On Easter Monday we returned to the UK via Paris, which was a first for the twinning. The whole trip was a great success.
In July we had our annual Duck Race which was an excellent day and very well attended. This maybe had something to do with the weather which was absolutely beautiful. There were many local organisations who donated to the duck race prizes and I would like to take this opportunity in thanking them all. We had eleven races and all the usual stalls but this year we incorporated a BBQ and this seemed to go down very well.
We have our AGM in November so if there is anyone out there who would like to join, then come along and meet the members. You will be very welcome..
And on a final note there is maybe person/persons reading this article who knows what happened to our big yellow duck advertising board. The day after our Duck Race we went out to collect in the ducks and the one on the T junction of Metheringham (B1188) had been taken - Well I hope your conscience is not giving you too much trouble.
Helen Door - Chairman 01526321740
Lesley Leslie - Vice Chairman 01526323593
Sunshine and strawberries - a winning combination on Saturday 9 July. We enjoyed fresh strawberries, cream, scones and an assortment of jelly and made £105.00. Thanks to all who came and gave us their support.
The first prize in the raffle was won by Joy and the "Throw a sock in it" was jointly won by Dot and John. Adam won the treasure!
We all agreed that we really missed the Christmas Eve "Candle light Carols" so we will definitely be holding this again this year - make a note in your diary - Christmas Eve at 11.30 pm.
We are planning something new for the Autumn - probably Wednesday evening, but watch this space for developments.
By the time you read this the outdoor season will be over and what a mixed season it has been. The Lincoln District side never found any sort of form all season while the rest of our league teams just about managed to hold their own. That said everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and at the end of the day, that is what it is all about.
Hopefully next season we will be able to encourage a few more people to take up the game and perhaps come and visit us on our Open Day to see what we are all about (details will appear in this magazine's Spring Issue 2012).
I would just like to give a big thank you to Karl and Bill for all the work they have done on the Clubhouse and the entrance gate to the Green.
So let us put this season behind us and come out fighting next season.
Sat 3 Sept (6.30 pm)
Traditional Harvest Supper
Nocton Village Hall
Ticket from Ann Kennedy 01526 322739 or Carol Bennett 01526 322930
Sun 4 Sept
Annual Fruit, Veg, Flower and Produce Show
Nocton Village Hall
Set up 10.00 - 11.00 am
Harvest Thanksgiving Service in Nocton Village Hall
Annual Fruit, Veg, Flower and Produce Show
Open to public from 12.00 noon
BBQ and refreshments available
The judging of all categories will be by an independent judge.
There is an entry fee and prizes plus a Grand Champion of Champions Trophy
registration for entries to be submitted to Nocton Social Club or
35 Wellhead Lane, Nocton by Fri 2 Sept
The 'Nocton Festival 2012' will be launched during the afternoon
setting out proposals for the Diamond Jubilee Celebration in June 2012
We have had a great summer - first of all some fantastic hanging baskets (or the same plants to go in your own baskets) from a company near Spalding which raised £60 for FOMS. I can't believe the size of the flowers on my fuschia and my dad was pretty envious too!
Next was the Summer Fair. This was the second that I have organised though I won't say it was any easier. The weather on Friday night (thunder and lightening) made me panic a little but no worries - the day was bright and sunny, we were out on the field by the school and a few of us got sunburnt! The Sleaford Standard came along and took a few photos - two of these along with a little write up were in the paper a couple of weeks later. Although we never appeared to have lots of people at any one time, we raised about £500. A very big thank you to all those who supported us in any way whether with prizes, donations or spending money on the day!
A couple of weeks later and it was the Leavers Disco - an enjoyable night - and the photographers were kept busy too. The next afternoon the Leavers were given small gifts by FOMS as we do each year - this year a scientific calculator which will hopefully be of use at their next schools.
A manic term I am sure you will agree!
If anybody is interested in helping at any event please do not hesitate to contact me on 01526 323431
Alicia Armsworth (chair of FOMS).
On 4 May Alan Haslam made wood turning look very easy whilst making two wooden vases which were donated to the club raffle. It was soon realised however that a steady hand is a definite must.
On 18 May the club was visited by a SLBS representative who explained the criteria for claiming for a relief for their carer. Members then enjoyed the rest of the afternoon doing quizzes.
On 1 June the club held its 9th Annual General Meeting. It was well attended and the existing committee, including the Chairlady agreed to stand for another year.
On 15 June, members enjoyed an afternoon of musical entertainment with Brian Woodehouse who was raising funds for the British Limbless Ex Serviceman's Association.
On 29 June, the club experienced its first low turn out of members. This was due to holidays, illness and members being in hospital. After a quiet social afternoon, the club closed earlier than usual.
On 13 July Betty Lee made floral arranging look easy when she demonstrated how to arrange various styles of floral arrangements. Everyone enjoyed the afternoon and went away with their own arrangement and the prize for the best one went to Berry Scott.
On 29 July, members enjoyed a wonderful lunch at the Butcher & Beast.
The club will be closed for the month of August and reopens on the 7 September 2011.
The club meets every fortnight and anyone wishing to join should contact the South Lincs Blind Society on 01476 592775.
I am pleased to report that Thursday Coffee Mornings are as busy as ever. Please come along and join us for a chat and a cup of coffee. We would love to see you. We meet in Metheringham Methodist Chapel Hall between 9.00 - 11.00 am.
At our recent AGM on 8 June all the committee agreed to serve again for a further year and we thank them all for their commitment.
Our outing to Doncaster went very well and the weather was very good to us. On 16 August we had our annual trip to Skegness but can not comment on whether the weather was kind to us as this report went in before it took place. Hopefully it was kind and I can report on this next time.
A further outing will be held on 6 September to Kings Lynn with the bus leaving at 9.00 am
Pam Woolley (Sec)
Scarecrow Trail, Raffle & Tombola, Silver Sounds Band, Stalls, Lunches & Refreshments
FREE entry to the competition and for fun we hope as many homes as possible will take part. The winner is chosen by the public and the quiz based on your entries.
Phyll Sands, Little Leyfields, Chapel Lane, or Sue Glaiser, 10 Spring Court.
To be included on the Scarecrow Trail Map, your entry must reach us by Sat 10 Sept.
There is also the opportunity to have a stall in the village hall. It will be 'first come, first served' as there is only room for 8 stalls. Cost per stall £10 for the weekend. Book with Sue Glaiser - 01526 320946.
We would welcome gifts of raffle prizes - tea, coffee, wine, chocolates - or tombola prizes.
By the time you read this our Annual General Meeting will have been held at Martin Moor Golf Club and we will have revealed what we have raised for our four chosen charities and also selected our recipients for the forthcoming year. Our committee will also have been selected and while we seek new members ('sleeping' or working members) can I please just remind present members that your fees are now due (just £1.00 per person per year). This money is used to pay our insurance as this can not and does not come out of the funds for the animals. Please ring 01526 321436 for more information.
For the forthcoming year here is a list of events scheduled before the end of the year.
Fri 9 Sept (8.00pm) An evening with Bob Oakley - one of the best country and western artists in the region. An excellent, live vocalist and instrumentalist. Martin Moor Golf Club - Admission by ticket only (£5.00). Bar open for drinks and refreshments, dance floor available and raffle.
Sat 12 Nov (10.00 - 4.00 pm) - Christmas Market, Metheringham Village Hall. Do all your Christmas Shopping. Unusual gifts & your favourites. Large raffle & Tombola plus the MAWS snack bar for home cooked food.
Fri 2 Dec (7.00 for 7.30 pm) - Christmas Party, Metheringham Village Hall. Live Show with Aaron Fender a brilliant personality vocalist. Hits from the 50s up to the present day. Bring your own bottle. Admission by ticket (£5.00 each), tea and coffee at snack bar.
We are always looking for raffle and tombola prizes so if you have any unwanted gifts please get in touch.
The ticket office opening hours - Monday 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm / Friday 10.00 - 2.00 pm at 31 Station Road, Metheringham, LN4 3HR or phone 01526 321436 for more details or to arrange alternative times. Cheques should be paid to MAWS please. Also tickets are on sale at D&K News, High Street, Metheringham and Martin Moor Golf Club.
Joyce Muncey (Treasurer / Co-ordinator)
I am the owner of Kids Corner Day Nursery on Sleaford Road, Metheringham. My security cameras point out over that section of the road, and I frequently see examples of fast and dangerous driving. On 2 August alone, there were two accidents very close to my premises.
I consider the current position to be a danger to myself, my staff, my clients, and the residents and users of the Council depot. Those who arrive by car and turn into one of my driveways have had many near-misses caused by other drivers travelling too fast or trying to over- or under-take them. I have also seen cars pull quickly onto the grass to avoid being hit from behind. This creates an extra risk for pedestrians, many being children.
Also, the two T-junctions at either end of the stretch means that cars either slow to turn off the B1188 or have to pull out in front of traffic doing at least 60mph - cars rarely slow to 50 mph along this stretch. The dips and curves of the road mean that cars doing 60 mph can suddenly find themselves coming upon slow-moving or stopped traffic. Therefore, I feel very strongly that it is time to reconsider the speed limit along this road.
Stephen Phillips, our MP has given me his support, and the Highways Division of Lincolnshire County Council agree it is worthy of consideration. I have also written to the Parish Council. I want to raise the profile of this problem and get something done to protect all people who use this roadway and paths. I consider that this problem has been getting a lot worse recently and I am convinced that it is only a matter of time before someone is badly hurt or killed.
If you would support me, please contact me, Mrs Ann Smith, 45 Sleaford Road, Metheringham 01526 321388 / 07984131041
Once upon a time in a land of wide open spaces known as Lincolnshire there was a large village called Metheringham where once a year a big celebration was held which dated back to ancient times. The annual festival was known as the Fayre and Feast and Meg used to go with her family every year.
Meg had been reading about plans for the 2011 Fayre and Feast in the local MACLA magazine. The theme was going to be "Fairy Stories" and Meg was excited thinking how all the shopkeepers, traders and charitable groups would interpret this to make their shops and stalls more entertaining and appealing to the visitors. She hoped they would be decorated as castles, enchanted forests, palaces or mountain caves full of goblins or dragons. Meg hoped there would be a wolf and the three little pigs as that was one of her favourite stories.
Firstly can I say a big thank you to all those ladies who have already been in touch and donated their spare knitting wool. This said my trawl for more knitting wool continues and I would ask anyone who has any spare, any colour, any ply, any quantity. The Pastel colours are knitted into baby cardigans and hats and go to the Premature Baby Care Ward at Lincoln County Hospital. Those colours not suitable for baby wear are either knitted into items and donated to charities, or are knitted into squares to make blankets for cat and/or dog rescue homes.
By the Winter issue of this magazine I hope to be able to give an update on what I have managed to get knitted. Many thanks. We would be willing to collect any wool. Please contact Cynthia - 01526 322950
A FUND-RAISING EVENING
HIGH ST, METHERINGHAM
Wednesday 28th September
6.30pm or 8.30pm (2 sittings)
Tickets: £12.50 per head
for Indian Buffet
Raffle to be drawn on the night!
After a small deduction for costs,
all proceeds will be split 50:50 between Tyrone's Bangladesh School & Shelter Project Appeal Fund & Metheringham Football Club.
Tickets can be obtained from either The Mowgli or Liz
on 01526-322545/ 07919-860961
or any member of the football club committee
A successful production of two one act plays in July was due to be followed in October by 'The Ghost Train' by Arnold Ridley, but due to the copyright being withdrawn, this has now been put on the back boiler but will be performed in the future when the license is reinstated.
We are now looking forward to 'Remembrance' a review which will take place in Metheringham Village Hall. Performances will be on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 November.
A series of recollections, songs, poems and all that relates to the wars which this country has been involved in, and continue to be so, will be featured. We hope that you will join us to commemorate those who fought on our behalf and we will be giving the proceeds to 'Help the Heroes' and the British Legion. Details on where you can book tickets will be given on the posters and banners which will be put around the villages.
We would love to hear from you if you would like to join our society and you can gain more information by ringing our Membership Secretary Fran Pembery on 320827 or you can go to our website ... www.metheringhamamateurdramatics.co.uk which will give you more information.
The play has many characters, with five Amici players taking on all the roles.
A train line is threatened with closure, and the local community decides to take action to keep it open, despite bureaucratic interference and opposition from the owner of the local bus service. This comedy, set in the 1950s, will strike a chord with modern audiences familiar with campaigning to retain local services.
Call the Box Office on 01673 843575 for tickets for performances at:
Welton Village Hall
23 September at 7.30 pm
Metheringham Village Hall
24 September at 7.30 pm
Croft St. Community Centre, Lincoln,
1 October at 7.30 pm
For the performance at
Osgodby Village Hall on
30 September at 7.30 pm
call: 01673 828718
This year we took a chance and opened the pool early at Easter and the weather really was on our side. This was a very encouraging start to the season. However we have suffered a little throughout May and June as the weather hasn't been too good. We are glad to say that the swimming lessons and party hire are proving to be very popular and we have had a few fundraising events to help us along the way. A big thanks to everyone who came to see us at the FOMS summer fair and purchased a burger or two and also to the Co-op, Londesborough Arms, Convenience Store, Mr and Mrs Peckham and Sparks Electrical who recently donated wine for our stall at Scopwick Fete.
Four of the lifeguards, Zoe, Becky, James and Sam successfully completed a 24-hour swim and have raised money for both the Pool and Lives. The actual figure is still unknown as sponsor money is still being collected but they think it is in excess of £700.00. The committee would like to say a massive thank you to them and for everyone who sponsored the swimmers and would urge anyone still owing sponsor money to please get it in so we can establish a grand total.
Unfortunately both Maggie Kristen and Lynn Lacey both resigned from the committee in June as they had other commitments and found themselves too busy to continue with the pool. We are, therefore, looking for new committee members. It has been recognised that the pool is a great asset to Metheringham and the surrounding villages and so would ask that if anyone is interested or would just like to attend one of our meetings and bring some new ideas, then please contact Kerri 323719, Secretary.
Future events include;
Sept 1st - Last swimming lesson with Richard
Sept 4th - BBQ and party to end the year
Sept 8th - Distance badges
Oct 7th - Badge presentation night
Nov 4th - Halloween disco
More information on all the above will be advertised at the pool, Macla website, facebook and locally or contact 323719.
Party dates are still available so please contact Ann on 321175
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Metheringham Parish Council for the opportunity to deliver the Annual Parish Report in exchange for a significant donation to our group funds. We would also like to thank those of you who continue to support us personally, making the running of our group so straightforward without the need for a lot of additional fund raising events. We have had some significant developments in our group with the addition of a couple of new female responders, helping to even out our male/female balance! We have also been able to significantly increase our daytime cover, as both of the new ladies can sometimes be available during the day, and with another of our responders recently retired, our rota is looking much more healthy.
You may be interested to know that as well as pre-ambulance emergency support, another aspect of the work of LIVES is to provide First Aid cover to large events. Many of our responders volunteer in this way on top of their allocated hours on the rota covering emergency calls to Metheringham and the surrounding villages. We would continue to encourage new people to join our group, For more information contact Beth 321919 or Jenny 32162
Starlite Twirlers have had a busy summer displaying and marching at summer fetes and galas. The girls continue to train for our upcoming competition in October, where we will be competing at United Baton Twirling. A big welcome to our new members who are eager to learn and have been practising hard. All the girls have been putting in a lot of effort to make our routines look fantastic! Thank you to all the twirlers, mums and committee members for helping to keep the troupe running smoothly. Our trainers, Katie Garrick and Gemma Casey, have especially put in a lot of effort to create new routines for the girls to work on.
We are always looking to recruit new members from school age and upwards. Twirling is a great sport that is fun and can keep you fit. Learning a new skill is always enjoyable and when twirling with a troupe you can meet new people and make good friends. Please join us on Mondays at Metheringam Village Hall at 4.45 to 5.45pm.
Feel free to contact Mandy Casey on 017903314707.
This is an unusual paragraph. I'm curious how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it. It looks so plain you would think nothing was wrong with it. In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is unusual though. Study it, and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But if you work at it a bit, you might find out
On 15 June we attended the Church Schools Festival at Lincoln Cathedral. The Year 6 children from both Digby and Dunston Primary Schools went together and had a super day. They enjoyed an interesting tour and also had the chance to do some carving and some sketching. The act of worship in the afternoon was led by the Right Reverend David Rossdale, Bishop of Grimsby. It was the chance for all the church schools present to see the many activities that had been going on in the morning, such as dance, drama and musical items.
On 20 June our choir took part in the super Cluster Choir event at The Lawn in Lincoln. There were lots of local schools represented, singing songs together and on their own. Our choir sang with power, precision and with lovely harmonies. A wonderful evening.
We have had our Sports Day recently,fortunately in glorious weather, with the Blue team winning the overall trophy. The children were, as ever, very sporting, cheering everyone and every race. I think that this year we had the most parents and relatives watching than ever before. This was followed straight away by our Summer Fayre. This raised almost £600, an excellent sum.
The children have been showing us all what they can do in Dunston's Got Talent. The overall winner this year was Jennifer with her baton twirling performance.
As I write this, the school year has just finished. We have had our Leavers' Service in the church and also the Leavers' Assembly at school. This year thirteen children are leaving us and are going on to four different schools. They put together a wonderful assembly which included a very amusing play written by the children themselves and a very moving Photostory presentation showing us all of the things that they will miss about Dunston Primary School.
Graham Boyall - Headteacher
We have been meeting in the Village Hall on Tuesday afternoons for a good few years now. We initially met to share common interests in painting, drawing and art generally. Over the past 10 years we have looked at, and explored a good number of creative techniques using water colour, gouache, acrylic, pastels and occasionally oil paints and lino-cutting.
We haven't stopped at painting and drawing. We have also made clay plaques, carved 'way markers' for the Village Trail, visited Art Galleries and exhibitions. We've even had our own art shows. A good number of people, and not just people from Nocton, have experienced what it means to creatively explore the basics of art. We have tried to give people an understanding of what art is and we have had some fun doing it.
So, if you would like to come and see what we are about, if you want to paint, draw and learn to look at life with a different eye, I am sure our group will be able to help.
Next term begins on Tuesday, 6 Sept at 1.00 pm. We have a cup of tea about 2.30 pm and aim to finish at 4.00 pm.
If you are interested in knowing more about the Group give me, Cliff Baxendale, a call on 01526 321923. Who knows, coming to the art group could open up a whole new world for you
Maintenance of Memorial in Nocton Churchyard
Pupils from Nocton Community Primary School have recently been granted permission by the local Parochial Church Council (PCC) to take over the maintenance of the memorial to Group Captain Gilbert Insall VC MC and his wife Olwen Insall which are in Nocton Churchyard. The pupils wroteletters to the PCC after one year 5 pupil suggested the idea to Deputy Headteacher, Andy Canadine.
"We have done a lot of work on remembrance over the past year. One girl made the observation that Group Captain Insall's grave didn't appear to be looked after and suggested the year 6 at the school could take up the task as a mark of respect". The pupils wrote letters to the PCC after researching Group Captain Insall's Victoria Cross which was awarded during the Great War. Mr Chris Hewitt responded on behalf of the PCC saying "We are very pleased to let the pupils of year 6, now and in the future, take on the responsibility of looking after the memorials to this fine man and his wife."
Food for Life Bronze Award
Nocton Community Primary School has recently been awarded its Food for Life Bronze award. "After an intensive year of work and input from staff, parents and pupils everyone concerned with the school is extremely proud of the award" said Deputy Headteacher Andy Canadine. "The whole school family has taken the idea on board and developed our school culture beyond recognition". Parents and pupils, under the guidance of teacher Alison Priestley have designed and built an extensive garden area where foodstuff for use in the school is grown. Lunchtime in the school has also been transformed with fundraising events providing new furniture and utensils. "As the school does not have a hall we have redesigned our available space to provide an area which allows pupils to enjoy lunchtime and prepare for learning in the afternoon" said Mr Canadine.
Diane Powell (School Administrator)
We hope you have all enjoyed the summer and are looking forward to seeing you at one of the following events in the autumn.
The Wednesday Fellowship Meetings will start Wed 7 Sept (10.00am) for coffee, with the meeting beginning at 10.30am.
On Sat 24 Sept (7.00pm) an Organ Recital will be held in the Methodist Church. Admission is free but a retiring collection will be taken for UNICEF.
Our Harvest Festival will be on Sun 2 Oct (10.30am) and will be led by Alan Coates. A Harvest Supper and Auction of Produce will take place on Mon 3 Oct (6.30pm), by tickets only priced at £7.00, which will be available from Mrs J Sellars.
The Church will be open between 2.00-5.00 pm on Sat 22 Oct for the Fayre & Feast. In the Church there will be flower displays and plenty of room for you to sit down and relax. Refreshments will be served in the Chapel Hall.
Our Christmas Fayre will be held on Sat 26 Nov (9.30am - 11.30am) in the Chapel Hall with tombola, a raffle, stalls including cakes and coffee/tea with mince-pies.
Dates for your diary: the Village Christmas Carol Service will be on Tues 13 Dec at 7.00pm and the Christmas Day Service will be 10.30am
Welcome to our new improved library which seems to be lighter and roomier. We now have two self-service machines which are proving popular and even the customers who were apprehensive before the changes happened are impressed and like the new way of doing things. The general opinion is that they are easier to use than those in supermarkets and so far we have only had two library cards left in the machines and a couple of customers who almost left their new books behind but then remembered in time. As for the worry that the library would become impersonal, that has not happened as those who want to come in and out with no interruption can, but those who want to spend longer and interact with the staff are still able to do that. On the whole we have had far more positive comments than negative but as you can't please all of the people all of the time we apologize to the minority who do not like the changes.
We also have new improved computers with free internet access for public use. These take memory sticks and memory cards from digital cameras, so are a big improvement on the old machines. If you want to make use of this facility you can often just call in and they will be available but if you want to make sure there will be one free you can pre book either by calling in to the library or ringing 01522 782010. To pre book or use a computer you do need a library card.
We also have a new, more sophisticated, photocopier and printer which does double sided printing so effortlessly. A far cry from the old days when it was a lottery whether the double sided sheets came out upside down, back to front, the same on both sides or very curly from having to be fed through twice. It was never straightforward. It is also good that we have the facility to do size A3 as copies of birth, marriage and death certificates are too big for A4 paper. The prices for photocopying and printing are 10p for A4, 20p for A3 and 50p for colour.
The last 3 months, littered with bank holidays, have been busy with numerous activities.
Due to new Scouting rules all Beavers are now allowed to camp overnight and recently one of our Beaver sections, under the guidance of Deborah Lincoln, completed their first camping weekend at Woodhall Spa. Activities, to name but a few, included, tent erecting, camp fire 'sing along', wide games, nature walk and backwoods cooking.
Our AGM has been and gone and after our successful year of activities, Beaver, Cub, and 'Scout of the Year' awards were presented. We also said goodbye to several members of the executive committee and several leaders after many years of valued service. We would like to place on record our thanks to them all for the help they have given to our Scout Group.
We now send out a request (a plea to all) - 'if we are to maintain our level of support and regular outdoor camping / activities we require new leaders on a regular basis. Without the adult support we will be unable to continue at the same levels. Please contact me. We have plenty of application forms'.
Well Summer Camp in Norfolk has been and gone and what a fantastic week we had, with very little bad weather. Numerous activities kept everyone occupied including grass sledging, ice wall climbing, rafting, and the Scouts also visited a Buddhist Sanctum where they learnt all about their beliefs and even meditated themselves. A photo CD will be given out when our Cubs and Scouts return in September.
We are now preparing programmes in readiness for everyone's return. Also we are cleaning all the equipment and getting ready for the Family Camp at the end of September, which is also of course a welcome break for all the helpers and leaders.
If you would like more information about our group or better still would like to volunteer your help, please phone Pete Lincoln on 01526 321055/01526322172
(All volunteers are CRB checked).
Nocton Cricket Club News
As we approach the finishing post for another season Nocton Cricket Club find themselves in a better position than they closed last season. Then they were 'wooden-spoonists' but on this occasion they sit seventh, two positions off the bottom. With some difficult games left, including ones against the top three, they are confident that (on their day) they should possibly pick up one or two wins before the season is complete.
After suffering an open day defeat against neighbours Bardney they won back to back games against Aisthorpe and then avenged the Bardney defeat. Unfortunately they then saw two games lost to the elements and since then have failed to pick up on their previous form and are still seeking a third win of the season. Nocton CC continues to encourage local youngsters to the club and they are slowly gelling into confident young cricketers. One of these promising players is Sam Allison who, to date, is the only player in the club to take five wickets in a game, collecting 5-33 against Aisthorpe. He is the club leading wicket taker with 14 wickets which puts him 9th in the Division Four averages for wickets taken.
Another useful bowler is Dylan Garfoot who has twice picked up four wickets in a match and he has the best bowling average of 11.92 which sees him 11th in the league bowling averages (to end of July). On the batting front the ageless Dave Franklin is their only batsman to make a 50 with 59 not out at Aisthorpe. Having scored nearly 200 runs his present average is over 34 and puts him sixth in the Div 4 averages. In the field Dave Franklin, with five victims, is equal top of the wicket-keepers table for Div 4 while captain, Matthew Stephens, with six outfield catches, is equal second.
On 8 August the club had a hugely successful fundraising day where activities such as wellie wangin', skittles and egg & spoon were followed by a Twenty20 match among the club members.
After regaining our place in the Premier League of the McKinnells Solicitors Lincoln Cricket League, results have been more thansatisfying. Going to press, the side sit in third position with eight wins and just three defeats from the thirteen scheduled games. The club has two new players who have both been influential in our success.
These players, Dan Duke and Geordie Scott have been more than useful with bat and ball. Dan has hit two centuries, the highest being 120 against Lindum while Geordie has made a top score of 70 against Heckington. Another batsman to be in top form has been Steve Scott who is another centurian for us, making 127 against Hartsholme. He has also hit three fifties, one being five short of another century, against Nettleham.
With the ball, the side has had two players take five wicket hauls, one being Geordie Scott who took five wickets against Hartsholme and also Nettleham and the other Rob Noble who took 5-25, including a hat-trick, against Lindum. In the field Steve Scott has picked up seven catches and his batting average, of over 50, sees him presently occupy third place in the Premier League batting averages.
To date the team has secured three league doubles, over Hartsholme, Lindum and Heckington and with less than a handful of games left the club is hopeful of finishing in the top half of the table.
The Band is having a very busy summer season, with engagements almost every weekend; some of the highlights have been playing at the RAF Waddington Air Show and at the first ever Lincolnshire Brass Band Festival in Skegness.
Over the coming months you can hear the Band play at the Picnic in the Park (Jubilee Park, Woodhall Spa) on Sunday 28 August, Dunston Scarecrow Festival during the weekend of 17/18 September, and of course at the Metheringham Fayre & Feast on 22 October.
Congratulations to Alice Lee, (Solo Horn), Hayley Fox (Solo Euphonium) and Sophie Fox (Repiano Cornet) who recently entered for the ABRSM practical exams. They all passed brilliantly with two distinctions and a merit. Well done!
The Band is always looking for additional players in all sections, and would be particularly interested in hearing from cornet and trombone players. For more information contact Helen or visit our website - details below.
Booking the Band
Just a word about booking the Band - if you would like the Band to play at any event you are organising please give as much notice as possible. The Band does usually make a charge for performing and all money goes directly to the Band in order to support the running costs.
Contact Helen Duncan on 01526 323860 or email: email@example.com
The summer terms at Metheringham Primary School have been busy as always with a diary full of events for our pupils and parents to take part in. Once again we were blessed with a dry and sometimes sunny day in June which meant that the school sports day went ahead as planned. We also had an uninterrupted term of swimming and all of our pupils were able to take part in swimming lessons.
School visits have been plentiful and varied. Our Reception and Reception/Year 1 classes visited Woodside FalconryCentre and they were delighted with their experiences with the birds of prey and the pig racing. Our Year 1/2 and Year 2 classes went to Doddington Hall and enjoyed time in the Hall and gardens and also participating in a vegetable hunt! The Year 3/4 and Year 4/5 classes visited Hardwick Hall to support their learning about the Tudors and our Year 5/6 and Year 6 classes visited The Deep in Hull to support their Water Worlds topic learning.
As part of the English Cricket Board's Chance to Shine scheme, the school has been involved with Cricket coaching and also in running a cricket after-school club. Two teams of cricketers also attended Bracebridge Heath Cricket Club to take part in a tournament. This was a very successful event for our pupils with 1 team coming runners up in the tournament, 1 team winning the team challenge and 3 pupils winning individual awards. The Chance to Shine scheme will continue in school for the next few years so that more of our pupils can have the opportunity to become involved in the sport.
Our Year 5 mathematicians entered the county's 'Maths Mania' challenge in June. They were challenged with a range of mental maths questions, problem solving questions and logic questions. Our team were runners up in their heat just missing out on a place in the finals by 1 point.
Pupils have also been involved in a production of the Pirates of the Curry Bean. This hilarious play allowed our upper KS2 pupils a chance to perform and show off their excellent acting, singing and dancing skills. We could be seeing some of our talented pupils' names in lights in the future!
We had to say a very sad "goodbye" to our 37 Year 6 pupils who have now transferred to their chosen secondary school. This year the children will be going to Ruskington St Georges Academy, Branston Community Academy, Carre's Grammar School and The Girls High School. The leavers' assembly was well attended by parents and everyone had a chance to wish our year 6 pupils well for the future.
We hope that everyone enjoys the summer and that the weather is kind to us all. Best wishes from everyone at Metheringham Primary School.
Elspeth McMenemie - Head Teacher.
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Dog Warden Report
I would like to take this opportunity to thank residents of Metheringham who have consistently cleaned up after their dogs since I started as the Village Dog Warden. Unfortunately it is the minority who fail to clean up after their dogs which can give a bad name to all dog owners. As you may be aware, I randomly patrol the village over seven days a week at varying times throughout the day in an endeavour to identify those who allow their dogs to foul.
The Parish Council operates a 'zero tolerance' policy and fixed notices, to the value of £50.00, will be issued to anyone who does not clean up after their dog and place the bags in the main dog bins around the village, or take it home and place it in the black wheeled bin.
Everyone wants to live in a clean village, so if you see anyone allowing their dog to foul and not clean up, please call me, Michael the Dog Warden, on 07903898451, or North Kesteven District Council, tel no. 01529 414155.
The maximum penalty for not cleaning up after your dog is £1,000.00
Having had a peppering of bank holidays over the year until now, the horizon looks pretty bleak until Christmas - oh no it doesn't! (It's a bit too early for the panto season). I am a cup half full person and an autumn person so can see plenty of enjoyable treats on the horizon.
The Anglo Saxon word for September was Hoerfestmonath, 'Harvest Month' and in the French Revolutionary Calendar the equivalent was Fructidor, Fruit Month. In former days the bringing in of the last load of corn of the harvest with the harvesters singing the 'harvest home' song and the supper provided by the farmer was followed by a general jollity. I imagine every vegetable gardener reaches the autumn and reflects on the harvests he or she has garnered and hopefully has much to be jolly about.
In Britain, thanks have been given for successful harvests since pagan times. Harvest festival is traditionally held on the Sunday near or of the Harvest Moon. This is the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox (about Sept. 23). In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but in some years it occurs in October. The celebrations on this day usually include singing hymns, praying, and decorating churches with baskets of fruit and food in the festival known as Harvest Festival, Harvest Home or Harvest Thanksgiving. An early Harvest Festival used to be celebrated at the beginning of the Harvest season on 1 August and was called Lammas, meaning 'loaf Mass'. The Latin prayer to hallow the bread is given in the Durham Ritual. Farmers made loaves of bread from the fresh wheat crop. These were given to the local church as the Communion bread during a special service thanking God for the harvest.
By the sixteenth century a number of customs seem to have been firmly established around the gathering of the final harvest. They include the reapers accompanying a fully-laden cart; a tradition of shouting "Hooky, hooky"; and one of the foremost reapers dressing extravagantly, acting as 'lord' of the harvest and asking for money from the onlookers.
Why not join Nocton WI?
Nocton WI would like to recruit new members. Have you ever thought of joining this organisation? You don't have to be an expert in jam or cake making or flower arranging, although these skills would be welcomed. There are many other talents which you can bring to the WI. We are a small friendly group and meet on the second Monday of each month at 7.15 pm in Nocton Village Hall. We have a speaker most months, together with a competition and a raffle.
To help you consider further, here is our programme for the next few months.
In September we have a speaker from Tools with a Mission, who will explain how our old tools, which we no longer want, can be used in developing countries.
October we are going bowling at Washingborough.
November a speaker is coming to tell us about Hearing Dogs, which help the deaf and in December we will celebrate our birthday with a Christmas Party and the speaker will talk about her years in the Amateur Theatre.
You can attend three meetings before making up your mind as to whether the WI is for you. If you would like to give us a try, please contact Doreen Green on 01526 322323.
The Annual Metheringham Vegetable Show has a change of venue this year. It will be held on Monday 5th September 2011 at the Londesborough Arms. Classes remain the same : Best Onion, Best Marrow, Best Tray of Vegetables, Largest Marrow, Largest Onion, Children's creation of Fruit or Vegetables, Best Flower Arrangement and Best Pot Plant. Cookery classes are for a Fruit Cake, a Victoria Sponge, 6 Fancy Cakes and Best Preserve.
All entry fees are 50p and entries will be accepted between 10.00 a.m. and 11.45 a.m. on 5 September with judging at 12 Noon. A buffet will be served and there will be a raffle followed by presentation of the awards and auction of produce - whether displayed in competition or donated. All proceeds will be presented to a local charity yet to be confirmed.
Heritage Lincolnshire is on the lookout for volunteer Heritage Stewards in the Metheringham area.
Heritage Lincolnshire is looking for volunteers to get involved with Lincolnshire Heritage at Risk, a national pilot project, offering local people the opportunity to learn more about their local heritage.
Volunteers will record the current condition of historic buildings, sites and open spaces in their local communities. The survey information will be used to help develop a strategy to manage our heritage and safeguard it for the future.
A free training event will be held in Metheringham on Saturday 5 November between 10am and 3.30pm for anyone interested in getting involved with the project.
Natalie Hamilton, Heritage at Risk Project Officer, said, "We aim to offer an enjoyable day discovering the rich heritage of the area, there is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer but we welcome all who wish to do so."
The event is open to all and no previous experience is required. Booking is essential. To find out more contact the Heritage at Risk team on (01529) 461499 or email
A report by a journalist in a well known newspaper said that joining the WI was a sign 0f old age - along with wearing beige! Is this true of Metheringham WI? I don't think so because of the varied programme the ever-increasing membership and the hard work by Audrey and the Committee.
June - A Fashion Show. The clothes were from Edinburgh Wool Mill / Pitlochry Fashions. Six WI members modeled, very professionally, a variety of tops, trousers, skirts and dresses. Simple styles, attractive colours, easy care fabrics.
July - The annual outing was a coach trip to the Yotrkshire town of Skipton. It included a narrow boat cruise down the Leeds/Liverpool canal, a salad lunch and time to explore the market. An enjoyable day, even the forecast downpour waited until we were back on the coach.
A coffee morning held at 30 Drury Street in June. There were stalls for plants, cakes, bric-a-brac, plus a raffle.
Gentle Olympics in July at 36 Drury Street - skittle, bowls, croquet, short tennis, darts. Plenty of food, washing up and a raffle. A thank you to David for his quiz plus the bits of help thrown in!
Lincolnshire Show - Cynthia Dobbs won the Lincolnshire South Federation Trophy for her entry in the Invitation Card section. Jayne Palmer came third in the Child Party Bag section. A thank you to other people who submitted entries and to those who worked hard behind the scenes.
2 darts teams and 1 table tennis have entered into the leagues. Ten-pin bowling is also popular.
Audrey Webb was our delegate to the National SGM held in Liverpool. Two resolutions were discussed:-
1) closure of libraries
2) Mega farms
To quote Audrey " an interesting experience".
Wed 21 Sept - The Roly Polys. If they are the ones I remember, their bouncing athleticism has to be admired - not for the fuddy-duddy newspaper columnists!
Wed 19 Oct - Stage Coach Buses with Dave Kepper. The antithesis of the Roly-Polys - sitting and travelling to interesting places.
Nov / Dec - Christmas activities plus a trip to York. Another year over.
Metheringham WI meets every third Wednesday of every month in the Village Hall at 7.15 pm. New members are always welcome
We have all been appalled by the stories of the famine in Africa, so St Peter's decided to send £100 immediately to the Disaster Emergency Fund.
Don't forget the Dunston Scarecrow weekend on 17 / 18 September. Lots of attractions including the Silver Sounds Band, the Fire Engine, stalls, tombola, raffle and refreshments and lunches in the village hall. It's become a really popular event, with the village absolutely crowded with sightseers. Come and join us!
Each year we get together with our Methodist friends to celebrate harvest. This year the service is at St Peter's on Sunday 2 October at 9am. Tinned or dry food donations for the Nomad Trust.
Looking forward to Christmas!!! we are hoping to have our Light a Light Christmas tree in memory of loved ones. More information to come.
New Life Church in Metheringham is an 'Expression' of New Life Church, Lincoln, and has been meeting on Sundays since January this year. We meet in the Methodist Chapel Hall on Sunday afternoons from 4.30pm and worship together with mainly modern worship songs led by guitar and/or keyboards. Sung worship is followed by a Bible based talk which is usually interactive in some way so the whole congregation feel involved. After the service, usually at about 5.30pm, we share refreshments together (tea/coffee and cake & biscuits) and chat and get to know one another a bit better.
New Life Church in Metheringham aims to Make a Difference to the people of Metheringham and the surrounding villages by looking for specific needs in the community and, after praying about those needs, seeing if there are ways in which we might help meet them. We have recently placed a 'Foodbank Collection Bin' in the Co-op Store (with the kind permission of the Co-op) which invites shoppers place certain non-perishable foods in the bin to help provide emergency 3-day food parcels for people who are in some sort of crisis once their needs have been assessed by a recognised agency such as Citizens Advice, Social Services etc. We are looking into the possibility of providing Debt and Financial Management Advice in the Village through the auspices of Christians Against Poverty (CAP), who already operate at New Life Church in Lincoln. As we identify needs in the Community we will continue to pray into those situations and seek to offer practical help where we can, co-operating with rather than competing with, existing agencies - many of which are already over-stretched.
In Co-operation with all of the churches in Metheringham (New Life, Methodist and Church of England) we are running an Alpha Course (as seen on TV, and advertised in cinemas etc) starting in September, meeting in the Methodist Chapel Hall. The Alpha Course is a 12 week course studying the Christian faith, and gives enquirers an opportunity to ask the questions we all have wanted to ask at one time or another. The main advertising slogan is 'is there more to life than this?' and the course seeks to answer that question and any others you might have.
The launch evening, where we'll share some supper, listen to testimonials and an outline of the course will be given, is on Thursday 8th September.
For more information on anything about New Life Church Metheringham please contact the Pastor: Alan Coates, on 07761827985.
Mission X meets in the Methodist Chapel Hall and is the Kids and Youth Club run by New Life Church.
Mission X Kids Club runs from 7 'til 8pm for school years 3 to 6.
Mission X Youth Club runs from 8.15 'til 9.30pm for school years 7 to 11.
Dates for the Autumn term are:
Friday 16th September
Friday 30th September
Friday 14th October
Friday 28th October
Friday 11th November
Friday 25th November
Friday 9th December
The season is coming towards its last month with differing fortunes for the three teams playing for the club.
Firstly the Saturday XI, which plays in Division 3 of the South Lincs & Border League, is now handily placed to achieve their goal of promotion to Division 2. To be sure of this they have to win the division they are in, they currently have games in hand on the teams above them and if these are won we can go top of the division. The team now seems to be hitting form after a quiet start. The highlight of the season so far has to be the victory against Spalding at Blankney on 23 July by over 150 runs. Dave Thomas (148 not out) and Lee Williams (95) sharing a club record 3rd wicket partnership of 224 whilst also beating the club's previous record score of 251-3 with one of 280-3! So 'fingers crossed' for the team and hopefully they can achieve their objective.
Over the Summer, members have enjoyed coach trips to Wisbech Rose Fair (June), Cambridge (July) and Constable Country (August). There are still a few seats available for the trip to Gressinghall, Norfolk during September. All coach trips are self-supporting and non-members are welcome to join us when seats are available. Should you be interested please contact Fred Deacon (01526 322704).
Summer Holiday: there has been a change to the dates of this year's holiday. Still to Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, but from Mon 26 Sept to Sat 1 Oct inclusive, staying at The Lauriston Hotel. The cost (for 6 day, 5 nights) is £350.00 per person, which includes half board, entertainment every evening. All gratuities, holiday insurance and no single room supplement. It also includes couriers, day trips to Bath, tour of Exmoor (stopping at Lynton & Lynmouth, Wells Cathedral and the Bishop's Palace with a stop at Cheddar (cheese). Holidays are not subsidized by the club; therefore, it is open to both members and non-members. There are still places available, for further details contact; Chairman Margaret Amos on Tel: 01526 321049 as soon as possible.
What is zumba ?
It's the most fun you can have whilst excersing. Zumba is a dance fitness class for everyone, set to latin rhythms. It's like one big party.
Beto started zumba up in 2001 in America and it has gone from strength to strength.
You can do your zumba work out from home on your games console, but a class atmosphere is so muchmore fun and motivating.
I started teaching zumba back in April of this year and have never had so much fun whilst teaching a class. It doesn't matter if you use the wrong foot, head of in the wrong direction or have no coordination it's all part of the fun. It's not until the class is over that you realise you've been working hard and sweating lots!
The routines have lots of steps designed to be fun, challenging and a full bodywork out.
Zumba is for any age or range or ability, you can go as crazy or as calmly as you like, it's up to you to choose the pace that's right for you.
I like to get in amongst my class to join in the fun, so a few of my routines move around the room for a more party atmosphere.
Why not come along to one of my classes and see how much fun we have.
Make sure that you wear light clothing suitable for an exercise class along with suitable footwear, i.e. zumba shoes, trainers or dance sneakers.
TAKE A BOTTLE OF WATER WITH YOU TO KEEP YOU HYDRATED.
So what's stopping you come and join the party that is Zumba.
Zumba classes are held at Metheringham village hall on Monday evenings 6.15pm - 7pm and Friday evenings at 6pm-6.45pm, with myself, Rachel Crooks. Each class is £4.00
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All details and timetable can be found on the web site.
You can contact me on 07772457923 or check out our web site www.zumbalincs.co.uk
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North Kesteven Social Strollers have added a new walk location to their schedule of weekly health walks. Taking place in Metheringham each week, visitors are being invited to come along.
This walk takes place every Friday morning at 11am on, starting from Metheringham Library. A health walk is defined as 'a short, safe, social, local, low level, led walk, often by volunteers' and is open for anyone to take part, just turn up on the day.
The walk is FREE of charge - you will be required to complete a health questionnaire at the beginning of your first walk. Health walks are a great way of meeting new friends and socialising with members of your community. After each walk, tea and coffee will be served at the Library; costing just 50 pence per person.
If you would like any further information, please contact Donna Lill, NK Health and Sports Outreach Officer, on 01522 870252 or email NKHealthandSports@leisureconnection.co.uk.