MACLA News Magazine - 46. Spring 2012

As we move into Spring (hopefully) lots of groups / organisations are busy making arrangements for their particular celebrations in relation to the Diamond Jubilee. With this in mind I am asking contributors for the Summer issue to get their articles to me before 4 May and not as per normal. Hopefully this will then allow the Summer Issue to include all your events and get as much publicity as possible as it should be on the streets and in your homes before the beginning of June, when the celebrations take place.

As for this issue, we welcome Nocton Parish Council into the Magazine as they are now looking to provide a regular contribution on issues taking place in their community. Blankney Parish Council, too, is hoping to become more pro-active also and have posted the names of the people who are representing their parish. In reality this can only be better for everyone as, hopefully, we are all becoming better informed on life in our community. Enjoy the read and please, please make sure I get all your forthcoming events for the Jubilee.

Pete Ford

Pete Ford (Editor)

Metheringham's New Village Correspondent

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Maggie Kristen has now become village correspondent for Metheringham. If anyone has anything they would like putting into the Sleaford Standard please let her have it, no later than Thursday morning for insertion in the next week's edition. If you have anything you would like her to attend or arrange a photographer for, again let her know as early as possible.

You can contact her on 01526 322169 / 07548066366 / email; maggiekristen@hotmail.co.uk. She will be pleased to hear of your event.

St Oswald's Church Blankney

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Dedicated to St Oswald, the Anglican parish church of Blankney stands on the site of the original church which it is thought dates back to the 11th Century. Most of the church is Early English and decorated in Gothic style. The tower dates back to 1805-07 with the remainder of the building rebuilt in 1820, during the Hon. Charles Chaplin era. Further restoration was carried out in 1879-80 by Henry Chaplin. According to the list of Rectors displayed on a tablet inside the church, the first known incumbent was Master Roger de Scaccario who took up his position in 1228. The church seats around 300 people and the parish register entries start in 1558. The original vicarage stood adjacent to the church, but in 1880 a new vicarage was built on Longwood Lane, about a quarter of a mile west of the church. This has been privately owned for many years.

Fireman Elmore

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I was always interested in the Fire Brigade and along with others used to rush to the Fire Station in Watergate at Sleaford (where I was born and live until I got married) to see them turn out.

While I was at the Grammar School, the Fire Station moved to Church Lane next door to the school because the old station was too small for the new fire engine (this was about 1953). Being next door to the school of course increased my passion and I decided that was what I wanted to do when I left school.

Metheringham Parish Council News Spring 2012

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Annual Village Meeting
The 2012 Annual Village meeting will take place on Tuesday 24 April starting at 7.00pm in the Village Hall. This is not a formal Parish Council meeting, it is a meeting for the residents of Metheringham. The Chairman will give a short report on the Parish Council activities and an abbreviated financial report. This year the invited guest speaker is the Lincolnshire Co-operative Society. 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 not been to the Annual Village Meeting before, why not make a note in your diary and come along to find out what is happening in your community. If you have any suggestions or comments regarding the Annual Village Meeting please contact the Clerk.

After a handful of meetings the following ideas have been formulated for Metheringham's celebration for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

Please note that these are not cast in stone and are liable to change. Keep updated via www.macla.co.uk.

Metheringham Village Hall Update Spring 2012

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Springing into action.........please
Thank you to all our regular users for their continued support. We have been particularly grateful to those users who agreed to change their regular bookings during the period MAD was putting on their pantomime - this was very much appreciated.

Sadly the changeover at the forthcoming AGM in April will not be as gradual as hoped as we still have not had a new Treasurer or Secretary come forward - it is not too late.........

We are hoping that the Pre-School will soon be getting a new outdoor shed for all their play equipment. We are also looking to getting a CD player which is up to the job of giving sound to the whole hall and still with sensible operation. Not as easy as you would have thought.

In March we hope to start a new venture at the village hall, similar to the Dunston Hub. There will be local produce and other stalls and the opportunity to meet and have a drink with friends. This will become a regular third Thursday afternoon event. If anyone is interested in having a stall to exchange goods, sell produce, provide information/advice or a service please contact Gwyneth Holland on 01526 322633.

New Age Kurling

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New Age Kurling resumes on Friday 2 March in Metheringham Village Hall from 7.00p.m. to 9.00p.m. Cost is £3 or £10 for a group of two adults and two children.

It will run every Friday evening until 6 April. Just turn up and have a look if you aren't sure!

Appeal
For many years a Voluntary Car Scheme has been in operation for residents of Scopwick and Kirkby Green. The purpose is to help mainly older residents to attend doctors' surgeries and, occasionally, hospital appointments when alternative transport is not available. The scheme is organised and the service is provided by local people and has been free of much of the bureaucracy and costs that similar schemes attract elsewhere.
The current Car Scheme has been running for many years and it is now time when those who have helped others for so long must step aside and let new people provide the service. If you are interested in helping members of our Parish by making yourself occasionally available to provide transport then please contact Hugh Cardy on 01526-320500.

By the time you are reading this we will nearly be at the start of the 2012 Bowling Season. Many things have happened during the 'closed season', as mentioned in the last issue of MACLA we are currently working with Metheringham Parish Council to build a new extension to the Club House, providing an upgraded toilet block, with improved disabled access. The planning application has been submitted to North Kesteven District Council and we are just waiting to hear. Once we have heard that the application has been successful then the building will be ordered and work will commence. The trees at the back of the Club House have been cut, and work has started on clearing this area ready for the new building. I would like to express thanks to Simon, Chris, John Richardson and John Browett for their help so far.

First Contact

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- helping to keep you safe and independent in your own home.

People aged 60 and over are able to access free information and advice from a range of organisations through one point of contact. The First Contact leaflet contains a simple form which helps people to identify the information and services they could benefit from.

Return of the form by post, or e-form if completing on the website, results in the most appropriate organisation/s contacting people at home by post, telephone or a home visit. Depending on the service required, they could be offered advice and support by Adult Social Care, the Pension Service, Age UK's Help in the Home or Falls Prevention team, the Carers team, Police, Fire Service, an NHS Health Trainer, District Housing or a local First-Contact volunteer who may visit people living alone or assist with form completion.

First Contact leaflets are available from your local GP surgery, Info Links or parish office. Alternatively, you can contact your local Field Co-ordinator, Kathy Lote on 07971 244801 E: kathy.lote@ageuklincoln.org.uk. You can also visit www.firstcontact.org.uk and click on' Get Advice' to access the form.

Scopwick and Kirkby Green has been twinned with Sceaux Sur Huisne, a village in the Sarthe region of France since 1992 and in 2012 we will be making our 9th bi-annual trip to visit our French friends. The visit will take place over the Easter week-end. If you or members of your family are interested in either joining the association or live in the "MACLA area " and would just like to sample a weekend of French Culture, food and wine, then give either Richard or Jane a ring for more information. We aregoing by bus.

Richard Wright 01526 322680 Rosa Nelson 01526 322292 or Jane Reeds 01526 320461

I hope that you all had a great Christmas. The committee have already had a meeting to start organising events for the rest of the school year.

On Friday 2 March there will be a music quiz at Metheringham Primary School. Tickets will be £2 a person with a maximum of 6 people per team. Bring your own drink and nibbles, 7.45 for prompt 8pm start. This is a great great evening and well worth coming out for! Tickets can be bought on the night but if you can let me or the school office know if you have a team coming, then we know roughly how many tables to put out.

The FOMS Summer Fair will be held on 7 July from 12-3pm. If anyone is interested in having a stall either for themselves or for their organisation, please do not hesitate to contact me. Also if you think your group may be able to provide some entertainment, then please let me know.

If anyone is interested in helping out with any events even just for an hour, then please contact me on 01526 323431.

Many thanks to everyone who donated vouchers for the £20000 Lincolnshire Echo Giveaway. FOMS made £123.40 from the vouchers we collected - this will go towards the staging blocks we are fundraising for.

Alicia Armsworth, chair of FOMS

Dunston & Trangé Twinning Association

2011 was another successful and enjoyable year, the main highlight being our trip to France where we stayed with our French families in Trangé, visiting The Palace of Versailles whilst we were there.

We are now looking forward to our activities in 2012. Our first treat, in March, will be a French Meal specially cooked for us in the Village Hall.

In April our French families are coming to stay. We are still working on the agenda - watch this space.

In July we will be holding our annual Duck Race (fingers crossed there is enough water in the beck!)

Being part of the "Twinning" is good fun for all the family, and an excellent way to discover France, make friends, enjoy the lifestyle, and pick up some French - you really don't need to know much to start with. Our families live in Dunston, Nocton, Metheringham and even Sleaford.

At present we are actively seeking a family to be twinned with Florence and Cyril Ledhru and their three children (aged 13, 11 and 8) - could this be you?

Please contact the Chairperson Lesley Leslie on 01526 323593 for any further information.

Nocton Parish Council News Spring 2012

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Probably the most important issue which is currently being addressed by the Parish Council is the future of Nocton Hall. At its December meeting, councillors received a detailed presentation from NKDC and English Heritage on the outcome of the recently completed Options Appraisal. This appraisal examined a range of options for the future of site and its associated buildings - ranging from a complete restoration to total demolition. This was followed at the January meeting by a session for members of the public when residents were able to express their views and concerns on the matter. The comments made have been reflected almost in their entirety in the Parish Council's initial response to NKDC on the future of this important part of the village's heritage. Based on the fairly limited information which is currently available on development and other issues associated with the site, and recognising the significant funding issues involved, the Council has said that it would like to see the main house retained as a ruin but with the Service Wing (including the surrounding "pleasure gardens") being fully restored. The Parish Council welcomes the close working relationship which it is developing with NKDC as this matter progresses. Further details on the Options Appraisal are available on the Nocton "blog". (http://nocton.blogspot.com/).

Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal 2011

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A huge thank you to everyone for raising so much money for the Royal British Legion. Again you have raised more than the previous year. This year's total, so far, is £3,155.45 with more money promised from the Metheringham Amateur Dramatics. The figure includes £346.00 from the Church Service on Remembrance Day, £177.50 from the sale of wreaths and £2,631.95 from house to house collections and collections at shops, pubs, the school, Blankney Golf Club and RAF Digby.

It is possible that we could raise even more next year if there were more people willing to sell door to door, as there are areas in Metheringham that are not covered. If you are interested in helping a very good cause, please call me. Also if there are any businesses that would like a Poppy Box in their place of work next year, please contact me.
Well done everyone and a big Thank you.

Anita Yorke - 01522 820345

Metheringham Airfield Update Spring 2012

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Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre
Home of 106 Lancaster Squadron
Museum, Events, Shop, Lectures
Open end March to end October, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, 11am to 5pm
Wednesdays 11am to 4 pm.
Free entry
Junction B1191 and B1189 near Martin
Enquiries 01526 378604 www.metheringhamairfield.org

Friends of Metheringham Airfield Forthcoming Lectures

Wed 28 March - Dave Rowland - WW1 Aircraft and the Early History of the RAF

Wed 25 April - Chris Dean - The History of RAF Waddington

Wed 23 May - Roger Cole - The Story of John Gilespie Magee

Lectures are help at 7.30pm in the Old Gymnasium at the Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre. Entry is free to members. Non-Members pay £5. Tea/coffee/biscuits included.

New Life Church in Metheringham - Spring 2012

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New Life Church Metheringham is an 'expression' (or church plant) of New Life Church in Lincoln, and has been meeting at 4.30pm on Sunday afternoons in the Methodist Chapel Hall for over a year now.

The Church started following the success of the Mission X kids and youth club which continues to be run by some of the church leaders. (See below for more information).
We are a small group of people who meet together to sing mainly modern worship song, usually led by guitar. We also pray for the needs of the local community, one another and the wider world. There is also usually a Bible-based talk which involves interaction of some kind using audio-visual displays. After the church service we share refreshments together, along the lines of a Sunday tea, with cakes and biscuits, tea and coffee etc. Every six weeks we have a 'messy-church-style' service, with craft based activities which help illustrate some point from the Bible. Communion is also shared every six weeks or so, and we have recently agreed to hold a monthly communion service in the Community centre on Caroline Road.

Metheringham WI Update Spring 2012

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2012 commenced with the annual dinner, held once again at Martin Moor Golf club. A big thank you for a pleasant evening and the generous helpings of Sticky Toffee Pudding!
Two Christmas themes concluded 2011.

The November meeting was a talk by Terry Richards, called Christmas Memories. An evening of nostalgia:- songs, carols, stories, poems, TV Shows and historical facts.
The December meeting was the social evening. There was a quiz, games, carols, refreshments and everyone went home with a small gift.

Lincs Ark

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Can you give an abandoned animal the hope of a better 2012?

For the thousands of abandoned cats, dogs and other small animals who are struggling to survive out in the cold winter of Lincolnshire, their future is an uncertain one.

Here at Lincs Ark (animal welfare) we are already seeing the casualties of 'out with the old and in with the new' and not necessarily so old now, they may have simply lost their cuteness! Right now we are inundated with so many calls on a daily basis. Some animals are being given up through no fault of their own, their owners just cannot afford to keep them, or some have been found out in the cold, having been neglected and abandoned by their owner and a kind soul has taken the animal in, in the hope that we can provide the shelter and care it needs. Sadly we cannot take in every animal, we are stretched to capacity and we have a waiting list of animals desperate to come into our charity. We would love to be able to offer them all the warmth, food, love and shelter they so desperately need and deserve. For those that do come into our care, they will go to a foster carer until a forever home can be found for them. In the meantime, they will be checked out at the vets and given any treatment necessary, including neutering if needed, vaccinations, worming and flea treatment.

News from Metheringham Library Spring 2012

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Minor changes are to be made to the library opening hours with effect from 2 April 2012. Following a survey to determine busy and quiet hours, we are proposing to reallocate under-used hours to times of the day when the evidence suggests people are actually more likely to use the library. There will be no reduction to the opening hours at the library as a result of these proposals as the total opening hours remain the same. The current and proposed hours are detailed below:

Existing New from 2 April
Mon 2.00 - 5.00 2.00 - 5.00
Tues Closed Closed
Wed 2.00 - 7.00 2.00 - 6.00
Thurs Closed Closed
Fri 10.00 - 4.00 10.00 - 5.00
Sat 10.00 - 1.00 10.00 - 1.00

On 4 December Metheringham Parish Council hosted its first Christmas Market. The day started promising with Winter sunshine and the working group set to putting up and decorating the stalls, along with Santa's Grotto around the library area. The stalls were decorated with fir and holly and the market opened at 4pm, just as the icy rain started to fall. Undeterred, we gathered in the War Memorial garden to light up the huge Christmas tree and sing carols, accompanied by The Silver Sounds band (who had squeezed themselves into a hurriedly erected gazebo).

Nocton Community Primary School - Spring 2012

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Size Doesn't Always Matter...

It is like the story of David and Goliath or the FA Cup third round upset.
In times of uncertainty is education proof that, offered the opportunities, the children of our country can produce the goods in any circumstances?

Nocton Community Primary School in Lincolnshire has the look of the quintessential village school. Designed by Sir Gilbert Scott (he of the St Pancras Hotel and Albert Memorial) and built in 1864, it stands in a quiet cul-de-sac opposite the church in a rural village. With 40 pupils it is a small, happy place with dedicated staff and supportive parents. Rural schools, like their inner city counterparts, have tight budgets and social issues. Nocton is no exception. Hidden away south of Lincoln this idyllic setting has just upset the odds.

Metheringham Amateur Dramatics - Spring 2012

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We have just come to the end of another successful pantomime season. This year our panto was RED RIDING HOOD written by Norman Robbins and directed by Darren Hawbrook. This was Darren's debut as a director. Pantomime is our biggest and most difficult production, but he managed to put together one of our best panto's for years - oh yes he did!! A lot of hard work went into this years' show and a huge thank you need to go out to the 'Dream Team' who spent a number of hours under Sue Kelly's watchful eye in Nocton, sewing, painting, glueing, hammering, painting strings of sausages, and creating trees out of bits of wood! But best of all enjoying soup and rolls!

We also had a few new, younger actors this year who were a huge success, well done to Jess Hocking and Will Pembery and to all of the cast and crew. Rehearsals for the panto begin in October, so it really is a big commitment and a true labour of love, but a fantastic way to get through the long winter.

Leisure Connection, Sleaford - 12 April 2012

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Leisure Connection Lollycocks Field, Eastgate, Sleaford - Thurs 12 April

One of North Kesteven's Local Nature Reserves, Lollycocks Field is a delightful wetland meadow with a pond that is teeming full of life. Join Watchnk ranger John Feneley to explore the depths of the pond and learn what lurks below its calm surface. From the comical water boatmen to the sinister sounding water scorpion, who knows what you will find!

Due to the popularity of these events it is essential to book in advance by telephoning 01522 694353 or emailing theresa.hobbs@leisureconnection.co.uk
Please note that all children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Suitable clothing and footwear (i.e. wellies or similar) is recommended. Please feel free to bring along your own net and bucket.

Theresa Hobbs -
Countryside Promotion Officer
theresa.hobbs@leisureconnection.co.uk

Dunston Bowls Club Quiz - 31 March 2012

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The Bowls Club is holding a quiz on Saturday 31 March at 7.00 p.m. in Dunston Village Hall. Everyone welcome.

LIVES First Responders Update Spring 2012

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2011 was a busy year for our group. Not only were the number of calls we went on up but we welcomed 3 new members to our Group. We now have 10 First Responders who volunteer their time to man the Rota and be available should the ambulance service need our help with a 999 emergency in our villages. As a group we aim to be 'on call' 24/7 and we nearly manage that each month now, with the new Responders coming onto the Rota.

The types of calls we went on in 2011 varied from 'sick person' to 'cardiac arrest.' Below are the most common we went on:

Falls 44
Breathing problems 30
Chest pain 25
Unconscious 17
Fitting 16
Diabetic problems 15
Heart problems 10
Traumatic injury 7
111 sick person redirected calls 35

Total calls in the year 227 (nearly 5 a week)

Blankney Cricket Club Review Spring 2012

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The 2012 season is now just around the corner. The club will again run three teams this year. On a Saturday we will play in the South Lincs & Border League Division 2, Sundays will see us playing in Division 1 of The McKinnells Lincoln League and we will also have a midweek team playing in division 2 of the Lincoln Midweek League.

There will be plenty of cricket for those wishing to play as there are 22 Saturday fixtures, 18 Sunday fixtures plus cup matches and midweek fixtures.

The first league fixture will take place at Blankney on Saturday 28 April against Roplsey CC. Hopefully we will be able to arrange a pre season fixture before that date.

The Annual General Meeting of the club will take place at 7.30pm on Thursday 23 February 2012 when the officers and committee of the club will be elected for the coming year.

Indoor nets will commence on Wednesday 29 February at 7.30pm till 8.30pm and will be held at The Branston Academy Sports Hall. These nets will run for 7 weeks with the last one being held on 11April.

As always the club is looking for new players and if anyone wishes to join the club they should contact the secretary as shown below or, if you wish, just turn up at the nets where you will be made welcome.

The club is still looking for an official scorer for both Saturdays and Sundays. If anyone is interested, then again, please contact the secretary.

The club has now moved further into the technological age and in addition to our website at www.blankneycc.com we can be found on facebook under Blankney Cricket Club (this is a closed group so you will have to apply to join). We also now have a twitter account at @blankneycc so to keep up with all our news, please follow us.

Ian Holvey
01522 794408 or 07897907141 or email blaunkenayborder@btinternet.com

Lent Course 2012

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Lent Course 2012 led by The Community of St Francis Finding a Voice based on the film 'The King's Speech' Thursdays in Lent 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th March from 7.30 -- 9.30 pm at The Community of St Francis, San Damiano, 38 Drury Street, Metheringham.

Metheringham Over 60's Club - Spring 2012

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Members have had plenty to enthuse about during the past four months.

At our meeting on Wednesday 2 November, well known and lovely local singer "Sharna" entertained us with a variety of rock and roll, and ballads, with humour and wonderful interaction with her audience. Songs from: Dusty Springfield "I Only Want To Be With You", Dolly Parton "Here I Go Again", Connie Francis "Stupid Cupid", Queen "Don't Stop Me Now", Sandie Shaw "Puppet On A String" Jerry Lee Lewis "Great Balls of Fire" and many others. Not her first visit and definitely not her last, we look forward to seeing her again soon.

In early December the Scout group managed to get away to Sudbrooke Scout campsite to have a fantastic Christmas camp. Approximately 70 members of the group took part including Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Leaders and we even managed to have a couple of explorers come along. The Saturday activities included fire lighting, shelter building, treasure hunt, arts & crafts and an assault course. It was great to see so many of the group sitting down at the same time and tucking into a traditional Christmas dinner, especially when the Cubs instigated an impromptu carol recital that brought a smile to everyone's faces. The day finished off with the opportunity for all, including those parents collecting Beavers, to take part in the camp fire and sing some old & new songs.

Brian Teaser - How to Age Quickly?

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The day before yesterday, Fred was 17 years old.

Next year, he will be 20 years old.

How is this possible?

Thanks from Metheringham Brownies - Spring 2012

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The 2nd Metheringham Brownies held a tea and tinsel night in aid of the guide dogs and raised £180.10. We would like to thank everyone who came along and a very big thank you to the Beehive and Coop for their generous donations.

Thanks

Sandra Lawson

Heighington Blind Society Update Spring 2012

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During November the Society held three meetings with the first of these on 2 November when members were treated to samples of the lunches and puddings provided by the Meals on Wheels suppliers, the Lincolnshire Kitchen, in Nocton. Judging by the silence, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the treat.

Then on 16 November the Rev. Sue Bradley gave an interesting talk on the Senses.

The month closed on 30 November with members and our guest, the Rev. Stephen Jones Crabtree, enjoying a very scrumptious Christmas lunch at the Butcher & Beast.

We re-opened on 11 January, after the Christmas break, with members exchanging news followed by a quiz. The new representative for the South Lincs Blind Society also paid a visit and endeavoured to speak to as many members as possible.

On 25 January, Colin North entertained members with a very interesting and amusing talk on his days as the Mayor of Lincoln.

The club meets every fortnight and those wishing to join should contact the South Lincs Blind Society on 01476 592 775.

Dunston Methodist Church Update Spring 2012

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Looking forward to Spring and the longer days and warmer temperatures - we already have the encouragement of the snowdrops and aconites. The knit and natter afternoons have started and have been popular with those who knit and those who natter ! Lots of home made cake and plenty of tea.

On 22 March Jim Cork from ROAD (Romanian Aid Distribution) is coming to tell us how the blankets and clothes get to where they are needed.

We are working closely with St Peter's to find ways to do things together. This will include a shared LA service at St Peter's followed by lunch in the chapel.

We are also taking Messy church in to St Peter's school for an afternoon of fun filled activities. This will be available for all the children and we hope they will discover something of value. Messy Church is also going to the village Craft Fayre on 24 March.

Lunch Club Dates 12 pm - 18 May / 15 June / 20 July

Knit and Natter 2.30 pm - 22 March / 26 April / 24 May

MAWS Committee would first of all like to thank all you wonderful people who voted for us in the Sleaford Standard. As a result of this we won the Sleaford Standard Charity of the Year Award. We are over the Moon! This could make such a big difference to us with free write ups, etc. Our thanks do not end there either.. ..thank you to all the people who saved the coupons in the Lincolnshire Echo for us. Your effort saw us received £147.46 - wonderful! Thank you too for an anonymous donation of $79. This we changed at Thomas Cook as suggested and got £44.96 in return. What a fantastic start to the year, just as well as the back end of last year was very bleak for us.

The November Christmas Market usually has the stage full of toys but the stall holder did not turn up. Had we known we could have re-let the 'site', from our waiting list, even at the 11th hour! Very sad no toys! One other stallholder also let us down and due to this we now have to ask for rent up front when booking stalls for our events. Sorry about this, we hate having to do this but we can not stand the loss of rent.

Metheringham Primary School News Spring 2012

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As always Christmas term was eventful at Metheringham Primary School with plays, carol services, Christmas fairs, parties and talent shows.

Our Infant department performed 'Christmas with the Aliens' for their parents and families. This very funny performance involved pupils acting, singing and dancing. It was based around the pupils at Metheringham School retelling the Nativity Story to a group of aliens that had to make an emergency landing in Metheringham. We hope that all of the aliens managed to depart from Metheringham when their space craft was fixed!

Gone to Pot ..... Spring 2012

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Being blown up the garden path in March can be an exhilarating affair. The old Saxon name was hrethmonath, perhaps meaning "rough month" from its boisterous winds. In the French Revolutionary calendar the corresponding month was called Ventose - windy! Well named! But heedless of adverse weather conditions Mother Nature is "doing her stuff".

The term Mother Earth has its roots in ancient Greece. After the death of Lucretia, Junius Brutus formed part of a deputation to Delphi to ask the Oracle who would succeed Tarquin. The response was "he who should first kiss his Mother". Junius threw himself on the ground exclaiming "Thus then, I kiss thee Mother Earth" and he was elected consul.

Metheringham Methodist Church Update Spring 2012

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We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to the Lincolnshire Co-op for giving us a Big Birthday Award to help us replace the guttering and downpipes on the Church. As many of you will know the guttering on the church had become increasingly in need of replacement and as it is a Grade 2 listed building this has meant that we needed to replace the cast iron guttering with like for like. After an initial delay which was due to getting the right approvals and in obtaining Smart Water to mark the metal in order to deter theft, the work has now been completed. Again our thanks to the Co-operative Society for giving us the means to do this work and in helping us to maintain the fabric of the Methodist Church.

On Friday 23 March we will be holding a Sausage & Mash Supper in the Chapel Hall. Tickets cost £7 and will be available from Edna, Mabel & Jan telephone 323180.

On Palm Sunday, 1 April, we will walk from the Methodist Church to the Parish Church, accompanied by a donkey, to celebrate Christ's triumphant journey to Jerusalem. The walk starts at 10.15am followed by a service at the Parish Church.

We will celebrate the Chapel's 104th Anniversary with a May Fayre on Saturday 19 May. There will be stalls, raffle, tombola and refreshments 9.30am. - 11.30am. On Sunday 20 May the Anniversary Gift Service will be held at 6.00pm. The service will be led by the Wesley Singers and the Rev. Martin Amery. There will be no morning service.

On 15 December we had a lovely time in the village hall as guests of the Management Committee. We had coffee and mince pies whilst being entertained by the Metheringham Pre-School's Nativity Play. Many thanks to all, especially the little children who were such a delight as usual. We also ran a raffle which raised £65.00. This we donated to the Metheringham First Responders.

On 5 April we will be holding our Easter Bonnet competition which proved so popular last year.

This years' Senior Citizen Party will be held in the village hall on Saturday 14 April. Please give your name to Pam Woolley. The doors will open promptly at 3.30 pm

Pam Woolley - Secretary

Metheringham Area Local Police News Spring 2012

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Hello from your local beat team

Bracebridge Heath Police Station is currently under refurbishment. Therefore we are temporarily stationed at RAF Waddington. We are still contactable via our mobile phones and e-mail and due to move back in April 2012.

Anti Social Behaviour on Metheringham High Street
We are working hard with North Kesteven District Council Anti Social Behaviour Team and the Parish Council in order to tackle issues of ASB on the High Street. Although reports from members of the public have reduced recently, it appears residents are still experiencing problems, which we need to be made aware of.

There are various ways you can inform your Neighbourhood Policing Team of any problems you are experiencing in the village.
* You can call our non-emergency number 101
* Contact the team via our mobile phones (numbers below) - if you get no reply please make use of our voicemail service and one of the team will get back to you within 24hours.
* Email washingboroughmetheringham.npt@lincs.pnn.police.uk
* Visit Police UK via the Lincolnshire Police website where you will find details of coffee mornings or events the beat team will be attending.
* Pop along to our Police Surgeries held at Info Links.
* Contact NKDC Anti Social Behaviour Team on 01529 414155 or make a report via their website at www.n-kesteven.gov.uk

The information you provide is very much appreciated and is invaluable in order to deal with those involved in ASB.

Horsewatch

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Do you own a Horse / Yard / Stables?

Are you a member of Horsewatch?

As a member of Lincolnshire Horsewatch you can benefit from the support of your community, receive security advice and access tack marking. You can also receive email messages and newsletters.

Your Neighbourhood Policing Team will be offering security advice and tack marking at a local venue in the spring this year.

Venue details with date and times will follow in next month's magazine.

If you need to report an incident please contact Lincolnshire Police on 101
or 999 in an emergency.

If you would like any further information on any of the above or to discuss any issue that concerns you please contact a member of the team.

Washingborough/Metheringham Neighbourhood Policing Team
PC 1262 Wayne Pilkington 07939 896212 - Community Beat Manager
Pc 1289 Maria Horner 07810 056517
PCSO Carol Daman-Willems 07939 997386
PCSO Paul Flannigan 07825 100372
PCSO Lisa Duckworth 07825 100371

You can also contact us by email washingboroughmetheringham.npt @lincs.pnn.police.uk

Metheringham Dog warden Update - Spring 2012

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Dog Warden thanks

I would like to thank all those residents who clean up after their dogs, I have noticed that Metheringham village has been quite clean during my patrols. It is only the small minority who fail to clean up after their dogs, and it is these people who create a bad reputation for all those who are responsible dog owners . We should all remember with the ownership of a dog comes responsibility. These responsibilities are to feed your dog, provide veterinary care when your dog is sick, and also to clean up after your dog. and use the dog bins provided.

If you ever see any incidents of dog fouling please contact me, the dog warden on 07903898451.

St Peter's Church Dunston - Spring 2012 Update

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There were good-sized congregations over Christmas. Our special "wishes, thanks and prayers" Christmas tree was decorated with dozens of messages, and was blessed by Rev John Corrie during our village Carol Service. Then two more joint services - Midnight Christmas Eve in the Chapel and Christmas Day in St Peter's. In January the highly popular Christingle Service when we were joined by the children from St Peter's school.

Now we are looking forward to Easter, with a Lent course to get our teeth into, and quiet days as well at San Damiano. Come and join us as we celebrate. On Good Friday the service is at the Chapel at 6pm, and Easter Day Communion is at St Peter's at 9.30am. Looking further ahead, there'll be a special service to mark the Diamond Jubilee, and we are already making plans for this year's Scarecrow Festival in September.

Contact Adrienne on 321678.

St Barnabas Easter Craft Fair - 1 April 2012

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St Barnabas Easter Craft Fair - Branston Hall Hotel - Sunday 1 April 10am - 4pm Free entry

Come and visit St Barnabas Easter craft fair offering a superb selection of high quality crafts and handmade products from over 20 local craft stands from around the county. There will be handmade chocolates from Special Edition Chocolate, individually designed hand bags by 1 Off Handbags, unique handcrafted quality jewellery with gem stones and crystals, plus Lincoln-based weaver Liz Rance will be demonstrating tapestry weaving. She runs local beginner classes/workshops for community groups of all ages. There guarantees to be something for everyone.

Branston Hall hotel is totally serene and unspoilt by the pressures of the modern world and a beautiful setting for a craft fair.

So whether browsing or buying, St Barnabas Hospice and Branston Hall Hotel invite you to enjoy a day out. So why not join us for a cup of tea, bite to eat or simply to enjoy the beautiful surroundings. For the children there will be an Easter Egg Treasure Hunt within the beautiful grounds. Families are most welcome and admission is free.

If you are interested in having a stall, contact becky.otter@stbarnabashospice.co.uk or call (01522) 540300

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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A Metheringham Book Club Review

From the author's web page:
Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.
Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

This was another excellent book which was liked by almost everyone. Most of us are of an age to have lived through this period of America's history but maybe haven't realised or even thought about how dreadfully black people were treated. The one thing we all commented on was that the white employers were quite happy to let their black maids bring up their precious children but didn't trust them in other respects. One of the main characters wants to introduce a "Home Help Sanitation Initiative," a proposed bill to provide separate bathrooms for black help.

Nocton Flower Festival Weekend 29 June to 1 July 2012 Theme "Our Village in 1862" Celebrating Nocton Church's 150th anniversary Friday 29th 7.30pm Preview Evening Admission by Ticket only Wine and Canapes by Cliffside Cuisine

Saturday 30th 10 a.m - 5 p.m -
Church open for visitors
Refreshments will be served
during the day
7.30 p.m Concert in the church
by the Lincoln Minster School
Chamber Choir

Sunday 1 July 10 a.m
Church opens for visitors
Refreshments will be served
during the day
6.00 p.m - "A Songs of Praise"
Service will close the
Nocton Flower Festival.


Metheringham FC Race Night - 14 April 2012

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METHERINGHAM FOOTBALL CLUB GRAND NATIONAL RACE NIGHT SATURDAY 14 APRIL IN THE LONDESBOROUGH ARMS from 8.00 pm Horses can be purchased at £5.00 speak to Reg or any Club Member
ST. WILFRID'S PARISH CHURCH FLOWER FESTIVAL Sat 5 / Sun 6 / Mon 7 May 2012 THEME - 'FOR ALL THE SAINTS'

Preview Evening -
Friday 4 May
Nibbles and a Glass of Wine
No charge but donations
would be
gratefully received

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Afternoon of Saturday 5 May
The Silver Sounds Band

Saturday Evening - 5 May
(7.00 pm)
The Lincoln Male Voice Choir
Buffet and Wine
Tickets (£6) available from Doreen Blackband or Margaret Amos

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Sunday 6 May (6 pm)
Songs Of Praise
If anyone would like to Sponsor a Flower Arrangement in
Memory of a Loved One
Please contact Doreen Blackband