MACLA News Magazine - 47. Summer 2012

With the Diamond Jubilee just around the corner I would like to thank everyone for getting their articles to be a couple of weeks or so sooner than the normal deadline. This, I hope, will ensure that the magazine is on the streets well in time for all events taking place over this special time to get the best publicity possible.

Also, can I just say, our distributor, Maggie has said that we as a group are happy to deliver leaflets in our magazine. The details of this can are in the next article.

Enjoy the read and I hope you all have a successful Jubilee weekend and the weather is kind to you all.

Pete Ford

Pete Ford (Editor)

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Metheringham's Weekend of Celebration.
Dust off your bunting, decorate your house/business and get ready to celebrate this very special moment in our Country's history.

Friday 25 May - We start our celebrations in Metheringham Village Hall from 6:30 - 8:30 pm with the Crowning of our very own Jubilee Queen, her Consort, two Princesses and their Knights. We will also have six flower girls.

Friday 1 June - a Jubilee assembly in Metheringham Primary School where each pupil has been hard at work painting a portrait of Her Majesty. 230 children will be presented with a Medal and Crown, before having their photograph taken to be put in our villages history book.

Sunday 3 June - The Jubilee Big Community Lunch in the playing fields from 12 noon. Bring your own table, chairs, and food and listen to a folk group, have your face painted or have a go on the bouncy castle and then a ride on the vintage fun fair.

Monday 4 June - Carnival Parade from Grange Road to the Playing Fields at 2 pm followed by our Fair at 2:30 pm. You can watch a BMX bike exhibition, join in It's a Knockout, watch falconry flying, eat some hog roast, burgers or have a cup of tea and cake in the WI pavilion, look at what our village organisations get up to on their stalls, go to the marquee and see the fantastic entries in our competition, watch the events in the central arena or just have a bet on the terrier racing!! After all that, have a drink in the Beer Tent,
Watch the historic Lancaster Bomber do a fly past on our playing field.
Dance to the children's disco in the early evening followed by our fantastic band Sugar Bombz.
Join in at 10:30 for the lighting of our very own Beacon followed by a Red White and Blue firework display to very patriotic music.

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Annual Village Meeting
The 2012 Annual Village meeting took place on Tuesday 24 April and we would like to thank everyone who attended to make the evening a great success. The Chairman gave a presentation giving details of the Parish Council activities during the past year. This year's key note speakers were Jim Thomson from Lincolnshire Co-operative and Gary Brown from First Contact - Age UK Lincoln, they both gave excellent and informative presentations. The village groups gave some varied, interesting and entertaining presentations, Metheringham Skate Park Group, Metheringham Scouts, Cubs and Beavers, Metheringham Area Community Leisure Association (MACLA), Metheringham & Dunston LIVES, Metheringham Guides, New Life Church, Mission X Youth Group, Metheringham Fire Brigade and Metheringham Methodist Church. The 2011/2012 Parish Council Annual Report will be delivered to your door very soon, so please take the time to read it and find out what the Parish Council have achieved for the village. We would like to hear your views. If you have any suggestions or comments regarding the Annual Village Meeting please contact the Clerk.

Metheringham Village Hall Update Summer 2012


Firstly I would like to thank the outgoing Executive Committee, who have run the Village Hall over the last few years and now feel it is time to step down and enjoy a well earned rest. Jenni Honisett has worked tirelessly as Chairman, Dot Howes as Secretary and Gwyneth Holland as Treasurer.

A big round of applause is needed for all their efforts to keep this very important village asset running.

Having now stepped into the role of Chairman I would like to thank everyone for the help and support they have given me in these early weeks.

Our customers, which is you 'the village', deserve a good facility, which is clean, safe, has modern facilities and is run smoothly and efficiently. Our new Committee will endeavour to keep Metheringham village hall as a place to be proud of and we will be looking to do all the above and continue to look for ways to improve your facility.

I am grateful for Gwyneth Holland who will now take on the role of Fund Raising Facilitator and will continue to raise funds so that we can endeavour to improve the building and its contents. Already there are various fund raising events scheduled on a regular basis. The Hub is one such event which is held on the fourth Thursday in every month from 2:30 - 4:30. This is where you can pop into the hall, buy some green groceries, swap a book, have your hair cut or have a nice cup of tea and homemade cake. There is also a fishmonger and butcher who come to the village hall car park. Already it is proving very popular and it is a chance for the villagers to meet up and have a chat.

New Age Kurling is held every Friday evening. This too is proving very popular for all ages and again this is a fund-raiser for the hall.

If you have any ideas of how we can improve our service to you, please contact me. We, as a committee, cannot put things right if we do not know what is wrong in the first place. What would you like from your village hall? How do you see the village hall over the next 5 years? Would you like to see improvements and what would they be?

You can ring me on 01526 321289 or email me on
Thank you and I look forward to seeing you in our Village Hall

Sally Wilson (Chair)

Drought Effects
As this is being written at the end of April the drought seems a distant problem. Water is flowing in the Beck at Scopwick and the springs that sustain it are bubbling up once again.
While the rain has been welcome the effects of the drought are still with us. This can clearly be seen in the subsidence affecting the Village Hall. The long dry period affected the clay on which part of the Hall rests and, as the clay shrank, so the Hall cracked. It remains to be seen what effect there will be as the recent rainfall is absorbed and the ground heaves back to a new level.

The subsidence does not appear to be dangerous or to directly affect any of the activities in the Hall but it will be an expensive business to investigate and eventually repair the damage. The Hall of course is one of the main social hubs of our community.

Dunston Methodist Church Update Summer 2012


We are working towards a closer relationship with the congregation at St Peter's at the moment . This has resulted in a second shared Sunday morning followed by a delicious lunch, This time we met first at St Peters and everyone placed a candle on a huge map of Dunston to show where they lived - finding their road which was laid out on the map in salt. We needed satellites for Metheringham, Witham St Hughs, Bardney, Lincoln, New Zealand and Australia!

We are having another strawberry tea - hopefully in the garden. This will be on Sunday 1 July, between 2.30 and 4.00 pm. Strawberries, cream, and games along with a raffle
We recently completed a messy Church afternoon in school, focusing on the Easter theme and the children from classes 1 and 2 enjoyed foot washing, decorated pancakes and making wooden crosses. This term we plan another afternoon, but this time for class 3.

Lunch Club dates for the rest of the year - 12 pm at the Chapel Dunston
2 courses + coffee / tea for £3.00
18 May / 15 June / 20 July / 21 September 19 October / 16 November

Knit and Natter 2.30 pm on Thursday - come along for a piece of home-made cake and a chat - knitting is not compulsory! Meet up with friends - the ones you already know and the ones you have yet to make.
24 May / 28 June / 26 July / 30 August / 27 September / 25 October / 22 November

For information on any of these events or anything to do with the Chapel
contact Beth McLuckie 01526 329191

Mission X youth and kids clubs - Summer 2012


We meet alternate Fridays in the Methodist chapel hall, Metheringham.

7-8pm - ages 7-11 and

8-9.30pm - 11 to 16 years.

Summer term dates: 27 April/11 May/ 25 May/ 8 June/ 22 June/ 6 July/ 20 July.

Champions Challenge Holiday club based around the Olympics takes place 23-27 July for children aged 7-11 years. To book a place or for further info please e-mail

Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

For further info contact Nicky on 322305

The Sisterhood Anniversary Service will be held on Sunday 3 June at 10.30am. The preacher is Kaye Willis from Old Leake.

On Friday 29 June we will be holding our rearranged Sausage & Mash Supper in the Chapel Hall with entertainment arranged by Martin. Tickets cost £7 and will be available from Edna, Mabel & Jan, telephone 323180.

Our groups have a summer break during July & August but we still hold our Sunday Morning Service at 10.30am.

We hope that you have an enjoyable Summer and the weather is pleasant but with some rain, preferably during the night.

Jan Munday

It may have rained in April but Summer is on the way. We may, with any luck, have a hot Summer, and this can be a problematic time for dogs. Dogs can not cool down as quickly as we can, so we have to be more thoughtful in the care of our dogs in hot weather. The best time to give dogs the exercise they need is either in the cool of the early morning or evening. It is inadvisable to take your dog out in the intense heat of the midday sun, and this should be avoided when ever possible. Always ensure there is fresh water for your dog and if you are in possession of a child's paddling pool it would be a good idea to fill it with water to enable the dog to lie down in it, if it desired.

It has been on the news that the government is proposing that dogs be micro chipped, but this should not detract from the fact that your dog needs to have a tag on their collar. Having a tag on your dogs collar makes it easier to reunite a lost dog with its owner.

In April, as a dog warden, I was made aware of 4 dogs that had gone missing. Some of these dog did not have tags on their collars and reuniting the dogs with their owners was made more difficult. If a dog's owner cannot be found then the stray dogs go to a N.K.D.C appointed kennel, and to reclaim your dog from the kennel can be quite costly. I am pleased to say all dogs were eventually reunited with their owners.

If you lose or find a dog, please let me know as I may be able to help reunite the dog with its owner more quickly.

Michael Cummins

Your Local Police News - Summer 2012


With Spring in full swing and Summer (hopefully) around the corner we ask residents to be mindful of the importance of securing their home during this period.

Summer Crime Prevention Advice:

The warmer weather provides some ideal opportunities for Burglars.

You may be in another room or out in the garden but that open window is an opportunity.
Try to get into the habit of double checking doors and windows when going to bed or leaving the house for even a short time.

Nocton Parish Council News Summer 2012


Since the last report, Nocton Parish Council has been concentrating on putting in place new policies and procedures to improve the way in which it carries out its business. In particular, a new budget management process has been implemented to help ensure that the Council's limited funds are used as effectively and efficiently as possible for the benefit of its residents. A number of new policies and procedures were also adopted at the Annual Meeting on 1 May which will govern the way in which the Parish Council operates, including revised Standing Orders and Financial Regulations, a Complaints Procedure and policies on Equal Opportunities and Diversity, Data Protection and Information Security and Freedom of Information.

As part of this process, a new Planning Sub-committee has been established together with a Policy and Procedures Working Party which will keep under review the changes that are being made to the way in which the Council operates.

Angels Dance Squad Update Summer 2012


We, at Angels Dance Squad, are a non-profit making organisation, who raises funds by holding cake stalls and quizzes as well as receiving donations for performing at local events, including Waddington Air Show.

Our recent Bingo night was a great success, eyes down and many great prizes were won. We are following this with a quiz night at Digby Village Hall on Saturday 12 May, £3.50 per person. Why not bring a team of your own of up to six people?

This year we are busy practising for competitions to be held in June, October, November and December. We achieved great success in competitions last year and hope to equal or improve this year. But ultimately the aim of the squad is to have fun!

If you would like to join the Angels Dance Squad then please contact Lesley Crompton on 07946 472363 You do not have to be able to dance or baton twirl, we will show you how to and you will have fun and make friends along the way. You do need to be age 5 or over - although we have no upper age limit. You will need to wear comfortable clothes and sensible shoes (trainers or plimsoles) No jeans or skirts and please have your hair tied back. We train at Scopwick Village Hall on Thursdays 6.15 - 8.30pm and Sundays 4.30 - 8.30pm.

For more information see our website
Or visit our facebook page and check out our photographs from the December competition where we won first place for our fabulous costumes!

Jane Davenport (Committee Member)

Dunston Bowls Club Summer 2012


Sandra and Arthur Plummer will be opening their garden to raise funds for Dunston Bowls Club. Their garden at Meadowbrook, Fen Road, Dunston will be open on Sunday, 1 July between 2 and 5 p.m when teas, cakes and raffle will be available. Admission will be £2 per person including a drink (accompanied children free) and we hope people will come along and support this event.

Sandra Bond

Brain Teaser


Brain Teaser

Two mothers and two daughters were fishing. They managed to catch one big fish, one small fish, and one fat fish.

Since only three fish were caught, how is it possible that they each took home a fish?

I would like you to pass on my thanks to everyone involved with the recent Metheringham Village Meeting. Although there was a lot of listening involved, the topics were interesting and I gathered a lot of information from the various presentations. The Chairman and Members of the Council appear very enthusiastic regarding the achievements and aspirations of community activities, and I believe the community as a whole should be proud of their efforts and continuing commitment. Both keynote speakers were very interesting and informative, as were the reports from the village organisations. Living just on the outskirts of the village, we are often naive to the 'going ons' in the centre and surrounding neighbourhoods and are fortunate not to be involved in any of the unsocial behaviour etc that seems to sometimes be prevalent around the village. The enthusiasm to provide facilities for the young people was very evident, and I believe that is to be an important part of village life. We need to try and encourage our young people to remain in the village even though, later in life, they may inevitably leave to find employment / housing elsewhere. So congratulations to the Parish Council on being proactive in this matter. It is good to hear that the local organisations are thriving, and this very popular village is growing in vibrancy under the Parish Council's umbrella!

p.s. the nibbles were excellent!

May I also take the opportunity to pass on thanks to Peter Ford for his editorship of the excellent M.A.C.L.A. Magazine. It has come a long way since its inception back in 2000. Brimming with local news and information, along with lots of local advertising, it must take a lot of time and effort to produce such a quality publication. (Some of it is out of date by the time I get round to reading it all though!)

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Metheringham Station Car Park Charges


It is approximately 12 months since the resurfacing and improvements were made to the station car park. Lincolnshire County Council invested £200,000 in the project and worked in partnership with East Midlands Trains to bring about better parking facilities for train passengers.

It was a huge shock to learn that East Midlands Trains were planning to introduce parking charges at the Station without having any dialogue with the County Council or Parish Council. On hearing this news I asked Chris Briggs (Head of Transportation at the County Council) to write to East Midlands Trains to say how concerned we were at the introduction of charges and explained that people using the train would park on the neighbouring residential roads impacting on residents living adjacent to the station.

I am very pleased to advise that following our complaint, East Midlands Trains have recognised that there are grave concerns with regards to the appropriateness of introducing charges so soon after completing the improvements and they have agreed to suspend their plans for 6 months and to re evaluate their plans and assess the impact that introducing charges would have on parking on neighbouring residential roads.

We do therefore need to gather evidence to present to East Midlands Trains on how unacceptable parking charges are at the Station and I would ask you to write to me with your views.

My email address is or write to me at Lincolnshire County Council, County Offices, Newland, Lincoln LN1 1YL

Cllr Patricia Bradwell
Executive Councillor for Children's Services & Life Long Learning
Representing Billinghay & Metheringham Division

We are holding a one day taster workshop in June. The event aims to encourage ladies in Lincoln and the surrounding villages to join them in learning a new song from scratch to performance standard- with choreography included! The song will then be sung as part of an informal concert for family and friends.

Kara Moore, President of Lincoln Sounds said "We held a similar event last summer. It was a very enjoyable and happy day and resulted in six ladies deciding to join the Chorus. We expect this one to be every bit as enjoyable. No experience is needed, nor an ability to read music, just a love of singing."

The Workshop takes place on Saturday, 16 June at Lincoln Christ's Hospital School. There is a registration fee, after which anyone signing up will receive a pack of pre-learning material including a CD.

Contact information for more details is available at by choosing the 'Home' option, e.mail Rebecca Lockley at or tel. Linda 01522 869920

Due to bad weather our 8 February meeting had to be cancelled. On the 22 February a member from our sister club in North Hykeham, who had a cochlear implant, gave an informative talk on the entire process, which took two years to complete from the initial consultation as well as the ups and downs that went with it.

On 7 March members enjoyed a social afternoon and played Who Wants to be a Millionaire. On 21 March, Brian Woodthorpe entertained the members on his piano accordion, raising money for B.L.E.M.S.A. On 4 April, Gina Stait had all of us shivering with cold as she described her recent cruise to Norway to see the Northern Lights, the Ice Hotel and her Reindeer sledge trip. Needless to say, there was no sunbathing on deck during this cruise. On 18 April a registered blind member from our sister club in North Hykeham gave an interesting account of his trip to Calais on one of the Jubilee Sailing Trusts tall ships, the Lord Nelson.

Anyone wishing to join the club should telephone the South Lincs Blind Society on 01476 592775.

1st Metheringham Scout Group Summer 2012


In early March two teams of Scouts from the 1st Metheringham Scout Group took part in the Elephant Yomp event held on and around the footpaths near Horncastle. It was a challenge of Map reading, observations and team work skills that put the scouts through their paces. The Scouts who took part gave the challenge their best shot and had a fantastic time as the weather on the day was wonderful.

Soon after the Elephant Yomp came the Scout Survival camp, held at the Dukes Covert campsite, near Ancaster. The Scouts had the chance to practise their shelter building, fire lighting and cooking skills. They were also shown some trapping methods by Stuart the Camp Warden and were treated to a tasty slice of mutton, cooked in an underground oven. Fortunately the weather stayed dry and even though it became quite cold in the evening the Scouts who attended had a great time and made best use of the shelters they had built during the day.

By the time the magazine goes out we will have held our first family burger and bingo evening. I would like to offer our thanks to Joy and Keith Parker and the White Hart for hosting the evening. I'm sure that it will have been an enjoyable evening.

We will be presenting the Year 6 leavers with a small gift again this year at the Leavers Assembly and they will be entitled to free entry the evening before at the Summer Disco. This will be on Wed 18 July with Infants from 6-7pm and Juniors from 7.15-8.30.

We will be having a float in the Jubilee Celebration parade in Metheringham - look out for us.

However, our big event this term will be the Summer Fair. This is to be held on the playing field in Princes Street from 12-3pm on Sat 7 July. If anyone wishes to have a stall or come along to help on the day please do not hesitate to contact me. Donations for the following will be gratefully received at the school office or 58 Prince's Street: raffle, tombola and second hand games, toys and books. We have already had a donation for Sunday Lunch for two people at the Scarf and Goggles - thank you Pippa. Entertainment during the afternoon will be provided by the Silver Sounds Band and The Angels Dance Troupe.

Alicia Armsworth 01526323431

Metheringham Amateur Dramatics - Summer 2012


Once again MAD was invited to appear at Sleaford Little Theatre, presenting one act plays as part of The Sleaford Live Comedy Festival. Over two evenings we performed a black comedy called Strawberry Jam written by Bruce Fisk. If you did not get the chance to go to Sleaford, we are performing this play in Metheringham Village Hall on 15 / 16 June, along with another one act black comedy called Murder in Mind by John Waterhouse. Prepare for an evening of laughter and intrigue! During the interval we will hold a 'Just for Fun Quiz'.

The pantomime, Red Riding Hood by Norman Collins, was a success, despite the poor weather. The cast and crew had a very enjoyable time putting it together, and quite a few of us found that we had unknown talents, from sausage painting to tree making!!

Later on this year we are planning to put on a revue through the decades in celebration of the Queen's 60 years on the throne. This will be a variety show from the1950's to present day, including sketches, dancing and singing.

If anyone is interested in joining us for this - or any other productions, on or off the stage, please contact Fran Pembery 01526 320827 or Sue Kelly 01526 327951

The Scopwick Millennium Art Group, which last year celebrated its tenth anniversary, meet between 9.30 and 12.30, each Friday in the village hall at Scopwick. At the present time there are 30+ members from around the local area, ranging from Lincoln to Heckington and Woodhall Spa to Cranwell. The members cover a multitude of abilities using a wide range of media. Help is always available, especially to beginners, both from fellow members and our resident professional artist who attends each session to give instruction and encouragement. The resulting artwork also covers a wide spectrum of both subject and level of competence.

The members enjoy a friendly social environment with a chat over a cup of coffee which results in some pieces of work taking, quite some time to complete!

We also arrange a number of demonstrations and workshops by professional artists working in different media, where visitors are always welcome.

We also have an annual coach trip to 'Patchings' an art festival where the members enjoy a day out, seeing a large number of art displays together with a large number of trade and craft stands. The highlight of the year though is our annual exhibition and sale of members' work which is held during the last weekend of September and open to the general public.

We have a small number of vacancies still available for new members with yearly membership from 1 September through to the end of July each year (August being our holiday period).

For those interested in joining our friendly informal group, please contact Mike Reynolds on 01526 323191 or visit us at one of our weekly sessions.

Mike Reynolds

Metheringham Over 60s Club Update Summer 2012


All Club events are held at the Village Hall, Metheringham, commencing at 7.00pm with doors opening at 6.30pm, unless otherwise stated. Watch out for the posters displayed around the village as a reminder of forthcoming events and we looking forward to seeing you all.

Annual General Meeting (AGM) - held on Wednesday, 7 March, in the Metheringham Village Hall. A revue of the Club's activities and finances was presented to members and guests attending. The details reflected another very successful year and members showed their appreciation.

Resignation of the Club Catering Manager - at the AGM, the Chairman, Mrs. Margaret Amos, announced that, with much regret, Mrs. Sheila Kettleborough has had to stand down from the committee. Saying that, "Sheila has given so much to the over 60s Club, I think she has been on the committee longer than I have lived in the village and that is over 30 years. She has made thousands of cups of tea and buttered more thousands of scones. Sheila you will be so sadly missed, a real stalwart if ever there was one, regardless of how much pain she has suffered she continued to soldier on and never a complaint." Margaret went on to say, "You are a star Sheila, we would like you to please accept this small token from us all in the hall in appreciation of all your hard work." Sheila was then presented with a lovely necklace. Members and the committee responded with generous loud applause

Nocton Club News Summer 2012


Thought I'd update folks on the activities of Nocton Club following on from our very successful New Year's event. The Committee have been working hard on devising events for the rest of the year, which we hope you will enjoy. The Club itself has benefitted from redecoration and a new carpet, making it a convivial place to meet with friends and enjoy a drink. Membership continues to rise, which is hardly surprising as membership fees are a nominal £5.00 for adult membership, £2.00 for junior membership and £1.00 for OAP membership. Yearly subscription runs from Oct to Sep each year.

Our 3rd annual Beer Fest, celebrating St George's Day, was held over the weekend of 20 - 22 April. This event proved to be a roaring success, with everyone enjoying the 5 real ales and 1 cider, alongside the well stocked Club bar. Entertainment was supplied by Frixion, a 4 piece rock cover band who were absolutely superb (so much so that we have invited them back for our NY bash - watch out for advertising later in the year.....), with supper in the form of a substantial Ploughmans' being provided by the Committee. All of this for a fiver! A few brave souls from the Committee turned up on the rather inclement Sunday morning to erect the gazebo and get the BBQ sizzling. A big THANK YOU! goes to everyone who played their part in making the weekend such an entertaining event.

This time last year I remember saying how hard it was fund raising, with money being so short, never thinking it could get worse, but it has. We have just done the unthinkable, cancelled one of our main events, the Bryan Gibson and Sue Odam Clairvoyant evening on 20 April, due to a lack of support. Needless to say Bryan and Sue were not surprised. I wish my crystal ball worked that well! Maybe I would not be so grey, worrying about how we can cover the £450 cost to put the event on with only 40 tickets sold / booked. We are so sorry for any inconvenience and disappointment this may have caused you. All ticket money has been refunded.

Now we are playing catch up on how we can raise the lost revenue. How can you help us? We have a contract with a recycling firm who pay us for mobile phones and ink cartridges from printers. Also we collect old jewellery broken or not. Raffle and tombola prizes are also wanted please. Bless you, I know you will help us if you can.

Our next event is our 'Mad Fortnight' from Monday 28 May to Sunday 10 June, inclusive. This is when we go door to door with the can for change that you can spare. Please only give to the MAWS authorised collectors who will have a MAWS ID / Licence and collecting box. Our licence covers Metheringham and surrounding villages. Can I just say, though, we are desperate for more Collectors, who must be over 16 years of age. Please phone me on 01526 321436 if you would like to help (even if it is only your street) or if you need more information.

This is followed on Friday 15 June by an Evening with Sharna. Live entertainment by an award winning and ever popular solo vocalist. This is a cracking night for just £5 (by ticket only) at Martin Moor Golf Club Martin Road, Blankney, LN4 3BE (you do not have to be a member). There is a dance floor and the bar is open for drinks and meals, if required. MAWS Raffle. Tickets from Martin Moor Golf Club or D&K News, High Street, Metheringham or the MAWS Office 31 Station Road, Metheringham or phone 01526 321436 to book tickets.

Then the Big Night... the presentation of cheques to the charities and voting for next year at the AGM on Monday 13 August (7.00 pm for 7.30 pm) at Martin Moor Golf Club. The Bar will be open but no food available. Come and meet some of the charities and MAWS members socially.

Many thanks, we hope to see you all soon

Joyce Muncey

Metheringham Primary School News Summer 2012


We are beginning to regret ever learning the 'wet play' song in singing assembly because since doing this we have had an unprecedented amount of rain. However there is always a silver lining and I am pleased to say that the school gardens are flourishing.

The school had a visit from Ofsted in February and this resulted in a good report containing many positive statements relating to pupils' outstanding behaviour and attitudes to learning; outstanding provision in Foundation Stage; good and outstanding teaching; strong leadership and highly effective governors; good progress of pupils across the school and outstanding progress of pupils with disabilities and special educational needs and a curriculum with several outstanding features particularly in relation to expressive arts. We have been asked by Ofsted to work on challenging our most able children more and on making all of our teaching outstanding. In light of the new Ofsted evaluation schedule that was introduced in January where the expectations on schools have been raised considerably, we are very pleased with the outcome of our recent inspection.

In April our French families came to stay, and we all had a brilliant time. We started with a Champagne Reception in the Village Hall, had a trip to Burghley House, where we were given a private tour of the house, picnicked in the grounds, and finished up with a scrumptious cream tea in the lovely Orangery. Saturday morning saw The Dunston Mini Olympics at the school, courtesy of Mr Boyle, the Head Teacher. The weather was perfect and the races ranged from a Slow Bicycle Race to a Three legged Race. On Sunday morning our friends left, and we're now looking forward to our trip to France next year. If you would like information about the Twinning Association please contact Lesley on 01526 323593.

And don't forget the Duck Race - Sat 30 June this year

Dunston St. Peter's School Update Summer 2012


We were delighted to be awarded the Silver Sing Up Award recently. Mrs Hume, our Class 2 teacher, has worked very hard encouraging singing throughout the school and then compiling the evidence for the award. All of the children now sing in their classrooms every day and they always sing with great enthusiasm at the end of our daily acts of worship. The school choir are singing at a high standard and have performed successfully in St. Peter's Church, at the school Christmas Fayre and at The Haven Care Home in Metheringham.

Just before Easter, Mrs McLuckie, Rev Corry, Mrs Hutchinson and Mrs Glaister all came into school to do "Messy Church". The children from Classes 1 and 2 enjoyed a variety of Easter activities such as hot cross bun decorating and cross making. Rev. Corry has also been in to do Godly Play sessions with each class and they have all been very successful.

Mrs Hughes retired at the end of last term after almost 10 years at Dunston School. Mrs Hume had taken on her role of Deputy Headteacher and Mrs Webb is now teaching Class 1. We had a special assembly for Mrs Hughes and we all wished her a very happy retirement.

The children have now settled back in to school after their Easter holidays. Class 3 have started their swimming lessons at Branston and we are looking forward to the visit of Sue Hampton, a children's author. We will be holding a Diamond Jubilee Day on Thursday, 31 May when all of the children (and staff!) will be wearing red, white and blue and we will be enjoying a street party style lunch.

Graham Boyall - Headteacher
Dunston St. Peter's
Church of England
Primary School

Nocton Cricket Club Update Summer 2012


Nocton Cricket Club would like to widen its membership beyond those people who are the players. There could be people who might be pleased to feel part of the club without being able to play, and so the committee would like to welcome them as social or honorary members. The club would be pleased to see them at the ground during home matches, as having more people there would add to the atmosphere during games. Villagers could join the club at other events as well, if they wished, such as the Summer fete or the end-of-season presentation evening meal. The tangible benefits which the club could offer would be a copy of the fixture list, a copy of the end-of-season booklet, and a warm welcome for a free afternoon tea during home games. The club believes a donation of £20.00 for this membership would be appropriate, and so they invite prospective social members to contact the club secretary, for further information.

Joan Franklin (322902)

Digby Feast 14 July 2012


Saturday 14 July 2012 - 10am - 5pm

This years Digby Feast will feature new attractions. There will be a climbing wall, Lincolnshire Poacher Morris Team and traditional games for all.

Along with the normal attractions we have got numerous craft and art stalls, traditional outside games, hot and cold refreshments, duck race, a main arena full of attractions with the Starlite Twirlers, a fun dog show, the Angels Dance Squad, Lincolnshire Poacher Morris Men, Acorn Judo Display, Cross to Cross Race and lots more. There are also inflatables for the children and traditional games for the adults. There is something for all the family.

All the proceeds from the Digby Feast will go towards the Digby Village Hall. The village hall runs with all the user groups who pay their weekly rent. Any additional work like new windows and a disabled toilet have to be fundraised for. The proceeds from the Feast go towards this.

After the Feast we have got a 'Family Ceilidh & Disco' from 7:30pm until late. This is only £2 for adults and £1 for children. This is a family event to finish off the village event of the year. Fun for all the family at very cheap prices!!

Rob Gray

This years Senior Citizens Party was held in the Village Hall on Saturday 14 April with 96 people attending. Our Chairman, Dennis Bowler, welcomed everyone and when everyone seated with a glass of sherry he asked them to be upstanding for a toast to Her Majesty the Queen for her Diamond Jubilee Year. Tea was then served by Lynne, Maggie and Sue and what an excellent job they did. This was followed by entertainment from the Wesley singers, with Colin Porter in charge. During the interval presentations of baskets of flowers were made to Mabel Lewis who had resigned from the Committee during the year and also to Sheila Kettleborough. Luckily Mabel still attends regularly for a chat and a coffee. In the early years Sheila came to help with her mother Mrs Fox who was one of our original helpers over 40 years ago. Sheila was also presented with a scarf and a framed certificate for her invaluable help over 30 years. All the lovely baskets and table decorations were made by Doreen Blackband, helped by Cathie Holroyd. During the event the table decorations were presents to Mr and Mrs Bill Chambers; Mr & Mrs John Rose; Mr Amery, (whose wife sadly could not be present); Mr & Mrs D Harvey (on their recent Golden Wedding), Mr & Mrs J Sayers (on their recent Diamond Wedding), Mrs Wakefield (who was 92) and Mrs J Blundell (on her 80th birthday). Displays were also taken later to Mrs C King, Mrs J Sellars, Mrs M White, Mr & Mrs D Bell and Mrs E Leeks. A raffle, which raised £155.00 was held and thank you to everyone for the wonderful prizes.

Many thanks to the Committee and helpers with cars, sherry, tables and anything else which I might have forgotten. We could not do this without you all.

Our AGM will be held in the Chapel on Monday 21 May at 10.00 am.

Our first outing will be to Doncaster on Tuesday 26 June, leaving at 9.00 am. Pam Woolley will be taking names shortly

Pam Woolley (Sec)

Metheringham FC - End of Season Report 2012


May brings yet another football season to a close. This season has brought to a head the difficulties we face as a Village club nine miles from Lincoln. With our lack of facilities it is very difficult to entice players, seniors and juniors alike, to make the journey out of town. The City clubs can generate a large training squad of players to select their teams from, in the main we have only a small nucleus and this is further eroded by our better players being poached during the season by so called 'big clubs'. This is especially prevalent at junior level where parents, trying for renewed glory through their kids, are not as loyal to Meg FC as they possibly could be. We are then left with the situation of a losing team, without any stars and although it is not always the case, often it is these so called stars and their parents who bring the enthusiasm to the game, once they have gone, the rest of the team tend to lose some of their initial interest and don't turn up for games. In these circumstances the manager is left with a decision to play with a weakened side, possibly with not enough players, or to cancel the game resulting in a £35 fine.

Metheringham Pool Update Summer 2012


Metheringham Swimming Pool

Following feedback from residents, some old and some new to the village, it has come to light that most people believe that the school owns, runs and maintains the pool. This is not the case and because of this and previous bad management, the pool needs a new approach to its future.

A new executive committee has been formed with fresh people who are looking at new ways to run and promote the pool to new and old residents. In the last few years, the pool has struggled financially so we are introducing a new timetable that we hope will be more cost effective; enable better poolside facilities including a tuck shop and also a few image changes. We already have an excellent party hire package including the use of a BBQ, inflatables and lifeguard and in the future we also hope to introduce additional extras such as a bouncy castle and the pavilion party room!

The pool is currently being maintained by a Pool Management Company and they are currently getting the pool ready for our 2012 opening. Once open they will take on the upkeep of the chemicals and monitor water condition. Currently the pool is on schedule to open late May when we will have a grand opening event. The committee recognise that the pool cannot rely only on gate fees and that fundraising and donations are vital for the pool to remain open. With this in mind, we will have a stall at the Jubilee celebrations, a fashion show planned for June and BBQ at the FOMS fair in July. We will continue with our Thursday evening swimming lessons and the school will have use of the pool again as part of their curriculum.

The new committee will be on the stall at the Jubilee celebrations and we hope that you will all come and see us for a timetable, register for Thursday swimming lessons and to enquire about party hire or telephone (01526 323719/07900 915191).

Recently the Parish council have held meetings and many volunteers have come forward to help and support the pool and on behalf of the new committee we want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your support.

The pool will also advertise events and opening hours via the MACLA website, facebook and its own website so please stay in touch and we hope that you will support your community pool.

Kerri Hawbrook (Chair)

Quiet Day - 16 June 2012

The Community of St Francis, 'San Damiano', Metheringham Quiet Day

You who alone are good

16 June 2012

Led by Sr Maureen CSF

The quiet day will start with coffee at 10am and end at 4pm.

Hot drinks will be provided.
Please bring a packed lunch.
A suggested contribution of £15 per
person for the day is requested.
It is essential to book a place if you
would like to come:
Tel: 01526 321 115
38 Drury Street,
Metheringham, LN4 3EZ

The sisters of the Community of St Francis Catherine Iona, Judith Ann, Liz & Maureen invite you to an

Open Afternoon at San Damiano,
38 Drury Street

on Saturday 28 July

Drop in any time between 2.30 and 5.20 pm

for tea and cake, to see around the
house and gardens,
and meet new friends!

Evening Prayer will be said at 5.30 pm,
for any who would like to join us for it.

Have you seen Goofy?


Have you seen Goofy in Metheringham? Well not the Disney character of course but Goofy is a term for one of the many ways people stand on a skateboard. Now I'm pretty sure you will have seen many skateboarders around the village but I wonder whether you have actually watched them. If you have, then you may be as impressed as I am about the skills involved and the intense concentration being applied to get the board to skip and jump; although I think I'd just be concentrating on keeping my balance! But here lies the rub, because the skaters are so engrossed in their activity sport they rarely realise that they may actually be in your way, or being what you may consider to be a nuisance. Many of you will have asked them to move on and 'play' somewhere else. But of course there is nowhere else in the village for them to go and practise their skills.

Well, not yet anyway.

New Life Church in Metheringham - Summer 2012


New Life Church Metheringham is an 'expression' (or church plant) of New Life Church in Lincoln, and continues to meet at 4.30pm on Sunday afternoons in the Methodist Chapel Hall.

After the church service we share refreshments together, along the lines of a Sunday tea, with cakes and biscuits, tea and coffee etc.

Every 6 weeks we have a 'messy-church-style' service, with craft based activities which help illustrate some point from the Bible.

Communion is shared every six weeks or so, and we also hold a Communion service in the Community Centre on Caroline Road on the third Thursday of each month at 9.30am.

Rev Alan Coates - Pastor

Our Girl Guides visit to Gambia 2012


Preparations for this expedition began early in 2011, with an approach to the local charity 'Snowballs in The Gambia' to see if a group trip was feasible. Having had a favourable response, a small number of girls were invited to apply for places. We spent the next seven months fundraising towards the trip expenses and wish it to be known our thanks to Metheringham Parish Council for their donation of £500: we also raised over £1500 for Tambana School.

On 10 February, two leaders and four Young Leaders left the snowy landscape of Lincolnshire for the heat of Banjul Airport. After a day acclimatizing with Richard and Ann Taylor (who started the project) by the coast in Brufut, during which time we attended a naming ceremony, rode camels, watched the unloading of fishing boats by hand, saw how herrings were smoked and travelled on our first bush bus; we left for Tambana.

Gone to Pot... Summer 2012


I wonder how much gardening has altered over the last sixty years since Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the throne on 6 February 1952. Well, of course the actual method of gardening has not changed - we still sow, reap and harvest. Although scarcely old enough to remember the actual event, on Coronation Day in 1953 (honest!), I do remember what seemed like a host of people crowded round a nine inch television set watching the ceremony in black and white, eating a coronation cake baked specially by my mother. I also have in mind a patriotic colour scheme of our garden - blue lobelia alternating with white alyssum, at the edge of the border backed by a row of red salvias. All these plants faithfully carried home from the local nursery (sadly now a block of flats) and planted out like Grenadier Guards on parade. I digress, but this reminds me of going to see the Trooping of the Colour in the mid 50's on a blisteringly hot day, where the highlight (for me anyway) was the sight of guardsmen dropping like flies, ram rod straight, in a dead faint.

AFC Red Lion Dunston Summer 2012 Update


It has been a really good season for AFC Red Lion, finishing runners up in Division 2 behind outright winners Welton. We also had a good County Cup run which was eventually halted in the quarter finals, losing 4-3 to the previous year's winners and this year's losing finalist Seven Seas from Grimsby. Club top scorer in all competitions was Ben Garrick with 21 goals followed by Jake Ellis and Ash Wilson with 9 apiece. We are now looking forward to the challenge ahead in a competitive Division 1 next season. Special thanks to John Hennessey at the Red Lion pub in Dunston for his continued support throughout the season.
Andy Creasey (Sec)

Blankney Cricket Club Summer 2012 Update


As I write this article on a Saturday morning it is pouring rain and only 7c outside. The club was supposed to have commenced its season with a friendly on the 21 April with their first two league matches on 28/29 April. All three of these matches have been cancelled due to the weather conditions after the wettest April in recent times. We hopefully will have started playing cricket on the 6 May, the latest for a long time.
Everyone is raring to go but frustrated that the weather is delaying our start.

The club will play its Saturday cricket in Division 2 of The South Lincs & Border League, having been promoted from Division Three last year. On a Sunday we play in Division One of the Lincoln League and our midweek cricket is played in Division One of the Lincoln Midweek League.

Indoor nets were held at The Branston Academy sports hall but again due to the weather conditions it has been impossible to continue our training outdoors.
New players have been recruited over the close season and hopefully these new members will all enjoy playing their cricket at Blankney and strengthen our squad of players.

We are still looking for scorers for both our Saturday and Sunday teams and if there is anyone out there that fancies a go please contact me. Information about the club can be found via our website, our Facebook group at Blankney Cricket Club or you can follow some of our banter on our Twitter account @blankneycc.

Again the club would like to invite, anyone who wants to watch a game of cricket, join the club or even just enjoy a leisurely drink on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon to pop down to what is one of the most picturesque village grounds in Lincolnshire. All our fixtures can be found on the website or I can forward a fixture to list to anyone who requests one.
Here's hoping for a quick improvement in the weather so that my next report will be able, include some news about us actually playing cricket!

News from Metheringham Library Summer 2012


It will be a year in June since we got the new technology - the self-service machines. On the whole the customers are learning how to use them but are still surprised to learn that we have two machines. I'm not really sure what they thought the other one was! No wonder it doesn't seem to get so much use.

We also have an excellent Multi-function device on which you can print from the public computers, photocopy or scan in colour or black and white, A4 or A3 paper size.

Time appears to fly by very quickly so with that in mind it will only be a couple of months until school breaks up for the summer holidays. Lincolnshire Libraries always take part in the Summer Reading Challenge which is organized nationally by the Reading Agency. Children aged 4 to 11 are invited to read six books over the course of the summer holiday. They join at their local library and a summer reading challenge pack gets them started. There are stickers and rewards to collect along the way, with a certificate and often a medal, if they read six books. Each year the Summer Reading Challenge has a different theme. The 2012 theme is Story Lab - a celebration of story and the imagination, which will have a link to the 2012 Olympics. We expect to have a children's event linked to this at the library one morning during the summer holidays, so watch out for the publicity.

In the near future we are planning to hold one hour Internet and E-mail taster sessions so please tell one of the staff if you would like to attend. Also, if anyone is interested, we could also do a basic taster session on Family History.

We would like to welcome Ruth to Metheringham Library. By the time you read this she should have been there for nearly three months and, hopefully, coped on her own for some of the time. We're sure she will fit in very well.

Pauline Ventress

Metheringham WI Update Summer 2012


A wet, cold afternoon: time to do the Summer report!

This Summer will be dominated by the Queen's Jubilee weekend, the WI will be in charge of refreshments on the playing field. The cake-makers will be busy.

Meetings already held since our last report are as follows:

In February Serena Beeley and Julie McClean replaced Malcolm Earney at short notice with a demonstration of what to do with Odds and Ends. Never throw anything away - recycle!

In March Sister Judith Ann spoke about daily life as a member of the Community of St Francis at St Damiano in Drury Street, Metheringham.

Afterwards it was the AGM. Reports were read and trophies presented. The committee was re-elected en bloc with Audrey Webb again our president.

Church Walk Surgery - Metheringham NEWSLETTER MAY 2012


Welcome to our first newsletter. I intend to put these newsletters out on a regular basis to keep you up to date with what is happening at the surgery.

Firstly, I ought to introduce myself....I am Jonathan Backhouse, the new practice manager. I have worked as a practice manager in a busy Lincoln city centre practice for the last 7 years. I am married with two children and live in Scothern, near Welton, on the north side of Lincoln. My wife works as a GP in Caistor.

All change at church walk.....

Church walk surgery has undergone some significant changes in the past month so I thought I would highlight what these have been ;

Dr Nick David has now retired
Dr Andy Buffey is our sole doctor
Sheena (Practice Manager) and Brenda (Practice Administrator) have both retired
Annette (Receptionist) has moved to pastures new
Emma and Tanya (new receptionists / dispensers) are joining us shortly

Nocton Hall 2005

Image by Geoff Hall, 2005 - Used with permission

I'm glad to hear there is action in Nocton to remove the Nocton Hall buildings. I'm sure the power to be in control have considered this but I still need to ask the question. Is anyone thinking about the hazards associated with this process? It's just not that simple to take a building down. What about old underground tanks and associated piping (emergency backup fuel tanks would be found on site since most hospitals have them and they are usually underground), asbestos, lead paint, etc and proper hazardous waste disposal. All these could have an impact on air quality, surface and groundwater quality which could impact drinking water sources, then there's always the voice of the community concerning the public health with the demolition of these structures. Mitigating these hazards can be a very expensive proposition and could have a unwanted impact on your community if it's not done correctly. Oh well that's my 5 pence (US 5 cents) of thought. Things don't happen overnight but you may want to have this discussion at some point in the process.

Albert G. Netto

Albert is regular welcome contributor on Nocton Hall and has previously had articles published here and a long comment here

Meanwhile, Geoff Hall who runs the Nocton Blogspot noticed this article on the parlous state of the hall and the hospital with some stunning HDR photos in one of our national dailies. Sadly, not an April fool article! Thanks Geoff

New LIVES Group - Scopwick


Scopwick, Kirkby Green, Rowston and JSSO Digby have a new LIVES group (First Responders).

LIVES Responders

LIVES Responders are trained to deliver early Basic Life Support and early Defibrillation. In addition, they provide patient assessment, oxygen therapy and general patient care.

The Scopwick Group was formed earlier this year, in January 2012 to provide emergency 999 cover for the area containing the 3 villages and the MOD base.

At present David Hyde is the only Responder in the group. He is looking for new recruits to become Responders or volunteers to help to raise funds, etc.

David's telephone number is: 01526 320118
and his email address is: