32. Autumn 2008: September 2008 Archives
Our "wonderful" Summer has just about come to an end and now we have to look forward to the nights drawing in and Winter. Inside this issue (a bumper production with another four pages added) you will find a multitude of local events which will be taking place over the closing months of this year. Hopefully these will help to enhance your Autumn days before we look forward to the seasonal festivities of Christmas.
You will also see a number of thanks from organisations who have held their events during the Summer and now wish to say a big thank you to you all for giving your support. Without the help of local people many local organisations would fail to continue. Whilst speaking of thanks we too wish to express sincere thanks to John Duggins and Heather Morrison, two people who have been stalwarts in delivering our Free Magazine since its inception way back in October 2000, but have now stood down. To Heather we also wish her a happy life in her new home in Scotland, closer to her grand children.
Soon, with regret but again with much gratitude, it is anticipated that Cathy and Geoff Brown will be asking to pass on the "Distribution" responsibilities of the magazine. This job has to be one of the most important in ensuring this Free magazine reaches you all so I hope we are able to find replacements
Pete Ford (Editor)
To comply with safety regulations Stewards and helpers are desperately needed for the
Fayre & Feast on Saturday 18 October.
Should these not be forthcoming there is grave danger that the event will be like so many other events and lost to time (this year's Spalding Flower Parade knows all about this situation). If you are willing to ensure YOUR Fayre & Feast takes place and can help, please call 0800 6343307 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2007 we had a very energetic fundraising season. A great team of helpers worked tirelessly to achieve some outstanding results. This year, with the monies raised and donations received we were able to redecorate the main hall area. We hope you like it!
We now have a new notice board on the Fen Road wall to enable you to see what activities are on in your Village Hall.
Through generous grant funding we have now completed the cavity wall insulation and replaced the remaining windows with double glazed units.
Thank you for your continued support at all our fundraising events.
Following a most successful and happy visit from our friends from Trange in April we have allowed the ducks to race again on the beck at Dunston. This year saw a range of races / prizes with a winners race and trophy won by Chloe from Metheringham.
Our next event is a Hog Roast with family entertainment on Saturday 20 September, Dunston Village Hall, 5 pm. Tickets are available from Ralph Timms 01526 322515 or Beth McLuckie 05126 321919 or any member of the Twinning Association.
The AGM will be held in Dunston Village Hall on 6 November at 7.30 pm.
Information about twinning is available from Beth or Ralph as above
Fire and rescue service control rooms will have the ultimate back-up at times of high demand from a new initiative which launches in the East Midlands next autumn.
Over the next two years, the existing control rooms in Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire will gradually come together in a brand new building.
There the staff will be trained and equipped with the latest technology to co-ordinate emergency fire services across all five counties, giving them vital capacity to support major incidents across the whole country if necessary.
19 October 2008 Lincoln to Sleaford
...a charity running and walking marathon in aid of Wheel Appeal!
On Sunday 19 October 2008, join in with the momentous Spires & Steeples Challenge Event! A running and walking marathon, in aid of the charity Wheel Appeal.
The marathon follows the wonderful and intriguing, newly created Spires & Steeples Arts and Heritage Trail through Lincolnshire.
Starting in Lincoln, you can walk or run the full 26 miles to Sleaford, or complete half the route which leads you to the village of Metheringham. A four mile all ability route that runs from Beech House, Waterside South in Lincoln to Washingborough and back is also available to choose.
The participants will raise money for the Wheel Appeal charity. Wheel Appeal aims to raise enough money to purchase 2,012 sports wheelchairs in time for the 2012 Paralympics.
The Spires & Steeples Arts and Heritage Trail includes beautiful art works designed and made by local people.
Spires & Steeples takes in the beauty of the Lincolnshire landscape from fen land to heaths, via picturesque woodlands and flowing streams as it winds its ways from village to village and church to church.
You can find out about local history along the way, visit quaint country pubs and walk through a variety of enchanting landscapes.
See and visit all of this whilst completing the Spires & Steeples Challenge Event on 19 October 2008.
For a copy of the application form or for further details of the event contact Tanith Batterham, Events Officer on 01522 694353 or 01529 308717 or email email@example.com
For more information about the Spires and Steeples trail, visit................................. www.spiresandsteeples.com
Spires & Steeples has been developed in partnership by North Kesteven District Council, North Kesteven Local Strategic Partnership, Lincolnshire County Council, artsNK and Leisure Connection, working closely with Parish Councils and local groups.
The event has been sponsored by Viva Imaging.
North Family & Boat People
I am doing the 'North' Family tree. They lived in boats on Metheringham Delph, and most originated from Metheringham from 1799 to 1891, when they moved to Bardney.
I was just wondering if anyone has information on the "boat people" back then, or any old photos, etc,
Any information would be appreciated.
I am trying to trace my family tree (of Metheringhams). I am looking for dates and information on Albert who married Mary Lloyd (they met at Stoneleigh Abbey) and lived in Coventry.
Albert was one of maybe 12-26 children? (Lots of triplets and twins)
Their Father was John Metheringham who married 2/3 times
Mary Ann Wolfit?
Gertrude Kate Shelton?
If anyone could help I would appreciate it
I'm looking for info on my family history . My grandfather was Frank Skinns whose father was also Frank. I would appreciate as much info. as possible, even if it is duplicated. Who did they work for? Frank (snr) I believe went to London to work in service. His Father was Edward (blacksmith) but from there back it gets confusing.
I have received some excellent information via the Metheringham website from "Ricky" but would welcome anything anyone else might have. Thanks in advance
Baldock family tree
Hi, I am searching for the family of Ann Baldock, b. circa 1807, possibly near Louth as she was known as Ann of Wyham on a Lincoln court record I have. My Ann was transported to Tasmania, Australia in 1833 for stealing. In 1834 she married Simon Ross, a pardoned convict, originally from Scotland. I am descended from this family and I am very keen to find her ancestry. I have been looking for years but can not find an Ann Baldock that fits the little info I have.
Can you help? Cheers, Rosemary
For our Centenary Celebrations we held a very successful Flower Festival in June and we would like to thank all the people who worked on the beautiful displays and the many people who came to look at the flowers.
Used with permission C. Sellars
Our next celebration will be the Harvest Festival, on Sunday 14th September, with the morning service at 10.30am being taken by our new Minister The Rev Martin Amery.
The Wesley Singers will lead the evening service at 6.00pm.
On Monday 15th September the Harvest Supper will take place in the Chapel Hall at 7.00pm with tickets priced at £5. Tickets available from Joyce Sellers (01526 321729) and Edna Burns.
At the Fayre & Feast on Saturday 18th October refreshments will be served during the day in the Chapel Hall and in the Methodist Church there will be another chance to see the Shared Memories Exhibition and displays depicting the theme of the Feast.
On Sunday 19th October we close our Centenary Celebrations with a Thanksgiving Service for Methodism in Metheringham. The service will be at 6.00pm led by Wendy Darby and The Band, the local Brass Band.
We are selling commemorative tea towels, at £3, an ideal Christmas present and a booklet about the history and the day to day life of Metheringham Methodist Church over the past 100 years for £1.50p.
The club held their Annual General Meeting on 14 May followed by a quiz and a demonstration of new equipment by a representative from South Lincs Blind Society.
On 28 May Rachel Shaw from the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust had members enraptured with her talk on the various nature reserves and parks within Lincolnshire.
On 14 June, the club decided to have an open evening meeting in St John's Church, Washingborough. It was a wonderful night as members were entertained by the Lincoln Barber's Shop Harmony Club and Eileen Smith, who played the church organ before the concert and during the interval. We would like to thank everyone outside the club who joined us. We know you enjoyed yourselves because you asked us if we would be doing it again next year.
On 25 June, members enjoyed an afternoon of laughter as Loretta Rivett entertained everyone in the Lincolnshire dialect.
On 9 July, Ray Howard from Dunston entertained the members with tales on village policing.
On 23 July everyone enjoyed a delicious lunch at the Turks Head.
The club is closed during August but we will all be back in September. We meet every fortnight. Anyone wishing to join can contact Betty Knight (01522) 794121 or Patricia MacPherson (01522) 856981
Our customers were very pleased to hear that we had got back some of the opening hours lost when the timetables were changed in May.
The new times are
Monday 2pm to 5pm
Wednesday 2pm to 7pm
Friday 10am to 4pm
Saturday 10am to 1pm
Have you ever thought of reading large print books? They are borrowed not only by customers who can not read normal sized print, but also by those who like the option of reading without wearing glasses. As these books can not be bought in the shops, why not come and see our selection?
Welcome to Listen HERE. We now have MP3 players available to hire from the library which will help you explore the Spires & Steeples Arts and Heritage Trail running from Lincoln Cathedral to St Denys' Church Sleaford. The players are preloaded with a mixture of recordings from villagers along the route from Lincoln to Metheringham. There are also booklets about the Spires & Steeples walks. Call in for further information.
Watch out for posters advertising our 40th birthday celebrations.
Our reading group continues at 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of the month in the Star and Garter and we also have computer classes run by Lincoln College on Thursday mornings and afternoons.
After a fairly quiet time we are about to get back into a full programme of events for the Autumn and Winter.
The Pantomime this year is Arthur Pendragon and the Sword of Destiny, written and directed by Ingrid Burns. Performances will be held on 30/31 January 2009 and 6/7 February 2009. Auditions for the Panto are being held a bit earlier than usual so that we can start rehearsals promptly in October. The date for auditions will be 28 September from 2.00pm in Dunston Village Hall (please note different venue) with rehearsals on Sunday afternoons starting 12 October.
Early in December we have planned an exciting 'starlight' production which is based on the Nativity. Please watch out for local publicity nearer the time.
Our choir has usually met on a regular basis to learn new music and arrangements and to build up a repertoire. We have gone from strength to strength over the past couple of years, singing at the Fayre and Feast, in Pantomimes, plays and reviews, to name but a few. The choir numbers between 18 and 25 both male and female, and would welcome any new members, especially male.
We do however have a serious problem at the moment because we have no regular pianist or Musical Director. If you are willing to rise to the challenge and guide this enthusiastic group of singers, then please contact Jill Corah 01526 340045 or Gaynor Little 01526 320599. Please, please help us if you possibly can.
The summer is drawing to a close and now we are preparing to commence the monthly meetings in the Village Hall.
The June Coffee Morning raised £476.59 - many thanks to all who donated goods and supported us at this event. The number of sweets in the tin was 97, Mary Dealtry was the nearest guess with 130. The name of the Bear was Boo-Boo, won by L. Dealtry.
We have had a successful Summer of outings with visits to Louth and Garden Centre, a mystery trip around Derbyshire, Wisbech Flower Festival and Eden Camp. The last outing is to our old friend and favourite, Skegness, on 10 September.
The holiday this year is to Eastbourne in September. At the time of writing there are just two places remaining so if you are interested in going, contact Margaret (321049) as soon as possible.
November will see us holding our Coffee Morning in the Village Hall, which anyone is welcome to attend. There will be an array of stalls, so drop in for coffee and mince pies. You may even find a Christmas present or two!!
We welcome visitors to our meeting (£2.00 per visit). For this you get an evening's entertainment with tea/coffee and biscuits during the interval.
The Christmas Dinner in December is a members only meeting. Sorry no visitors as space is limited (see back of membership card for more details)
3 Sept - John Jalland
10 Sept - Trip to Skegness
1 Oct - Harvest / Auction
5 Nov - Karen and Ally
Ann Crooks (Sec)
Friends of Dunston St Peter's Primary School
The Summer term has been an excellent end to the school year for all at Dunston St Peter's. The Friends of the School have had several successful events, including the Summer Fayre, which was incredibly well supported by the families of the school, and also the people of our community. Thanks to everyone who came to support us.
The highlight of the Summer term for us all was the fantastic news about the results of the school's recent OFSTED inspection. The school was given an overall rating of "Outstanding", placing it in the top 5% of schools nationally. As parents of the school, we were thrilled and pass on our sincere congratulations to all the staff and children of the school.
On 6th October we will hold our AGM, in school at 7pm and we hope to welcome some new Friends of the School. All parents of children from St Peter's are welcome at any meetings, the more the merrier!
We are organising a Family Fun Evening in Dunston village hall, 15th November. Come and join us for an evening of food, games and entertainment for all ages. Contact number below for further details.
Jenny Hutchinson - FODS secretary 01526 321627
Blankney PCC would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported their fund-raising events over the Summer months.
Firstly the PCC was approached by M.A.D. who asked to stage a production of "The Hollow Crown" in the Church and to donate the proceeds. A most generous offer and thanks go to Gaynor Little and her troupe for all their hard work.
The next event was a "Lincolnshire Evening" hosted and organised by David and Liz Leech, a fun evening with an informative talk on Lincolnshire villages, a photographic quiz of Lincolnshire places and a general quiz. The evening included a wonderful buffet and many thanks go out to David and Liz and all their helpers for a most successful and enjoyable evening.
Finally, at the beginning of June we held a "Musical Weekend" - a first for Blankney. Three quite different evenings started with the Beevor Brass Band on Friday. A concert by the Hungate Singers on Saturday night, including a "hog-roast". Then the weekend culminated with a "Songs of Praise" on Sunday evening, featuring Lincoln Cathedral Choir. Something for everyone. The funds were supported by a raffle, Tombola and a Silent Auction for a walking stick. Our sincere thanks go to everyone involved in making this weekend the incredible success it was. A total of £3,908.00 was collected towards our "Tower Repair Fund" from these three events. We hope everyone enjoyed it and we thank everyone, from those who organised events, to everyone who gave their support and hopefully we will see you again in the future.
Our next event in St Oswald Church is our Harvest Festival on Thursday 2 October at 6.30 pm - the visiting preacher will be the Rural Dean - Canon Richard Eyre.
The service is followed by a Harvest Supper in the Old School at 7.30 pm
Tickets for the "Harvest Supper" are available from Blankney Estate Office, priced at £10.00 (Under 12's - £5.00) - (01526) 320181
MADSPA Calendar dates
The Children's Badge Night for those who had lessons was on Friday 5 September.
Sunday 14 September (the date scheduled for the closing of the Pool for Winter) will see the holding of the "Beach Party" - (2.00 - 6.00 pm) Entry is £2.00. BBQ food, drinks and sweets will be on sale.
On Friday 24 October the "Hallowe'en Disco and Badge" Presentation will be held in the School Hall ( 6.00 - 9.00 pm) Entry £2.00. Sweets and drinks will be on sale. All children from the local schools are welcome.
On Friday 21 November a "Slave Auction" and the "Selling of Favours" will be held in the Village Hall (from 7.30pm) - Tickets £5.00 including Supper.
On Saturday 18 October the Fayre and Feast, please visit our "WWI - Soup Kitchen" and buy a raffle ticket.
In closing may I say a big thank you to those who have supported the Swimming Pool in what has been a very difficult season. We are very grateful. Please, please support us over the coming months as fund-raising is a major part of our ability to provide Metheringham with this super facility which can now only be found in a few Lincolnshire villages.
Di Robinson (Chair-person)
Well folks, the first year has been and gone and I am pleased to say that the dog fouling problem in the village is pretty much under control. I would like to say a big "thank you" to all you dog owners who automatically clean up after your dogs.
The new bin is now in place on Highfield Rise (please make it worth while) and all bins are now being emptied regularly.
There are still the odd few dog owners who seem to believe that the law does not apply to them but I will keep on advertising and issuing bags and fixed penalty notices where necessary.
Finally I would like to say what a lot of lovely people I have met since starting the job. Come rain or shine, I will continue to work hard to maintain the standard of cleanliness for you all.
I can be contacted on 01522 820814 or through the Parish Council for any dog related problems.
At the time of writing I am happy to report that we have had a fairly good season. Despite the adverse weather conditions we have managed to fulfil most of our fixtures.
Our "A" team is currently lying third in the Lincoln & District Premier League, and our "B" team is at the top of Division 4 with a game in hand (promotion hopes are high). Because we did not play in the EBA ASC Metals League last year, when we re-entered this year, we were placed in Division 2 - but we are also hopeful of promotion to the First Division because currently we have played 12 matches and won 12 - top of the league! In the other EBA league we are 3rd in Division 1 with two games in hand, but still a lot of points away from the league leaders, Moorland Railway. Having gained promotion from Division 3 in the Cliff League last year, we are now lying 2nd in Division 2 - could this be the sort of leap up the league tables that Lincoln City Football Club can only dream about?
Thank you to all those who donated to the appeal last year and to those who volunteered to sell poppies. You raised £2,538.34 which was £500 more than the previous year. Well done!
Remembrance-tide will soon be here again and we will be remembering those who died in the two World Wars. But it is not just those who were involved in these two major battles that we remember. Every year, apart from one, since the end of the Second World War, members of the armed forces have been involved in conflict around the world and have died or been wounded. You will no doubt have read articles in the newspapers or seen news items on the TV recently about the number of soldiers being killed and wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq. These wounded soldiers and their families, and the families of those who have been killed need our help.
Your donations are vital if The Royal British Legion is to help them. I hope that the people of Metheringham, Blankney, RAF Digby and the surrounding areas will be even more generous than before.
There are areas that have no House to House collectors, particularly Blankney, the top end of Prince's Street, Princess Margaret Avenue, Alfred Avenue and the Shiregate estate in Metheringham.
If you feel that you can spare a few hours to go House to House to sell poppies, please call me - thank you.
Anita Yorke - 01522 820345
The Metheringham Remembrance Day Service will be held in St Wilfrid Church on Sunday 9th November, followed by two minutes silence and the laying of wreaths at the War Memorial on High Street. Any person wishing to lay Wreaths in memory of lost ones is more than welcome to attend and be a part of this ceremony - it is your War Memorial
Martin Cricket Club, on their return to the top flight of local cricket, did not get off to a very good start, seeing two games rained off, (including the much awaiting local derby with Blankney) and three lost (against the top three sides Cherry Willingham, Scothern and Morton). They did however make progress in the Village Trophy, beating local rivals Blankney by four wickets in the quarter final, before going out to the eventual winners Cherry Willingham in the semi final.
Since then the team has slowly climbed to the top half of the table, picking up wins over North Scarle, Lindum, Market Rasen, Morton and Blankney. The victory over Market Rasen was by the biggest winning margin (205 runs) in the Leagues (to date) as they made 305-3 with Dave Newman and Dave Gollop putting on 190 for the second wicket. The visitors were then bowled out for just 98.
Despite several new players joining the club Dave Newman is again the leading batsman and has scored around 500 runs at an average of nearly 50. His top score of 148 is presently the second highest score in the league. In ten innings he has made three fifties and one century. On the bowling front, Simon Gollop leads the way having picked up 14 wickets (average 16.5). In the field, new signing Ryan Simpkins has taken six catches while Tom Harrision is the league's third highest placed wicket keeper with ten victims.
Going into the last few games of this season Nocton Cricket Club do not look as if they will emulate the season they had in 2007 when they finished sixth. They are presently eighth and of their remaining games they have at least two against sides near the top. The club saw an early exit from the Major Hoult Cup against Bardney but then two wins were secured from the first four games with a third rained off. One of these wins saw the team hit its highest total of the season. When chasing a target of 169 set by their visitors Owmby they made 172, losing only five wickets on the way with Dave Franklin making 64, the side's highest individual score of this year. Since this win, eight games have been played, with only one win, when beating Lincoln side Rustons by 70 runs (they did only have 7 players though!). Their last game saw them reach the low of the season, being bowled out for just 39 against Aswarby. At the moment, as usual, Dave Franklin leads the run-makers with nearly 200 runs to his name at an average of almost 20. As wicket-keeper he has also picked up five victims to date. On the bowling front it is a close call between Bruce Donald and David Glew. Bruce has got 13 wickets (average 21.0) while David has 10 (average 19.6). On the fielding front Simon Bates has taken the most catches (four).
On Saturday 21 June Metheringham Fire Station held an Open Day for members of Metheringham Parish Council and former serving members of Metheringham Fire Station. The event was to enable viewing of the new fire appliance along with the latest fire fighting equipment that is available for use in our community. This investment demonstrates the commitment to modernisation of the service from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Service for the people of Metheringham and the surrounding area.
The Reverend Charles Sowden conducted a Service with a special blessing for the new appliance and its crew. Former serving members who attended the event included Jack Morris who served with Kesteven and Lindsey Fire Service through to Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue; Dick Barker who also served with Kesteven and Lindsey and Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue; Bob Love, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue and Ray Harrison, who served with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue. It was nice to see them and their partners on the day, and it gave us all the opportunity to reflect on and discuss the massive changes that have taken place over the years within Metheringham Fire Station. Thanks to all the ex-firefighters and also to the Parish Councillors who attended and helped to make the event a memorable occasion.
On Monday 18 August Metheringham Animal Welfare Supporters group held their AGM in the Scarf and Goggles at Metheringham. This was when all the hard work comes together with the presentation of the cheques to the animal charities. Chairperson, Yvonne Denman welcomed everyone, thanking them for their support over another busy year. Condolences were expressed to Donna Baumber and her family on the sad loss of her father Joe. Vice chairperson Ann Heading swapped her "hat" for a moment and read out the accounts on behalf of Donna. The total monies raised was £5,372.31 which meant £1,337.00 went to each of the four chosen charities. £21.00 went toward our insurance and the remainder into the bank. Well done everyone!
The Secretary / co-ordinator Joyce Muncey reported on a very difficult year with none of the volunteers getting any younger or fitter. Many have not been able to work the hours they used to do. We are short staffed most of the time. To cut a long story short, MAWS must change track and update the event and move with the times to make things easier. So in 2009 the MAWS backbone will be: Table-Top Car / Boot Sales on Saturdays' 4 April, 6 June, 1 August and 3 October. "M/F" 1 to 14 June incl. Saturday 14 November - Christmas Market 2009. Other events will be added to these after all the market research papers come in. Then we can see what the people want and what they think is missing from the village.
Cheque presentation to the Charities: Bunny Heaven - Coleby; Marion's Animal Lodge - Lincoln, Keith's Rescue Dogs - Skegness. Not able to attend were Cats in Need - Sleaford. All expressed their sincere thanks. In some cases the cheque had made it possible to continue their work.
After a short break and photo shoots for the charities the meeting continued with the nominations being read out and all committee members re-elected unopposed. Two extra members were voted in, namely Lorretta and Ray Hammond. Donna Baumber did not stand at this time. Voting sheets were collected and the count began. (All members vote from their second AGM). With each member having four votes and 19 charities to choose from, it is great fun. Ann Heading read out the votes as Hayley Bryan recorded them on a board for all to see. The winners were:- (
1) Donkey Sanctuary - Huttoft,
(2) Halfway Home Dog Rescue - Collingham,
and sharing 3rd place, Northcote Heavy Horse - Near Spilsby and Lincs and Lincoln Retired Greyhound Trust.
All profits raised by MAWS from now until the next AGM in August 2009 will be shared between these four charities. Yvonne expressed everyone's thanks to Pippa and Mark for allowing the AGM to be held at the Scarf and Goggles. The meeting then closed with the raffle.
Sat 6 Oct 10.00 am - 2.00 pm - Garden/outhouse sale - 31 Station Road, Metheringham
Sat 15 November 10.00 am - 4.00 pm Christmas Market, Village Hall, Metheringham - Giant Tombola / Large Raffle and all the usual "Goodies"
Raffle and tombola prizes are still wanted all year round please - also jewellery, broken or not.
For more details contact Joyce Muncey on 01526 321436.
Remember man, as you walk by,
As you are now, so once was I
As I am now, so shall you be.
Remember this and follow me.
To which someone replied by writing
on the tombstone:
To follow you I'll not consent
Until I know which way you went.
In a cemetery in Hartscombe, England:
On the 22nd of June,
Jonathan Fiddle went out of tune.
in East Dalhousie Cemetery, Nova Scotia :
Here lies Ezekial Aikle, Age 102.
Only The Good Die Young.
In a London cemetery:
Here lies Ann Mann,
Who lived an old maid
but died an old Mann. Dec. 8, 1767
In a Uniontown, Pennsylvania cemetery:
Here lies the body of Jonathan Blake.
Stepped on the gas instead of the brake
Anna Hopewell's grave in Enosburg Falls, USA
Here lies the body of our Anna,
Done to death by a banana.
It wasn't the fruit that laid her low,
But the skin of the thing that made her go.
The monthly meetings are held in the Village Hall on the 3rd Wednesday of every month - 7.15 pm There are refreshments, a raffle and competitions relevant to the speaker's topic. These meetings are well attended; new members and visitors are always welcome.
The June meeting was a musical one. St Wulfram's Hand-bell Ringers entertained and soothed with arrangements of well-known classical, folk and popular melodies.
In July there was the visit to Castle Howard. The house will be remembered for the TV series, Brideshead Revisited, soon to be made into a film. The rooms, art, gardens, shops and its history all contributed to a varied, interesting day.
The August and September meetings are "Dance of different kinds" - August - a demonstration of Belly Dancing by Margaret Rushwatch - September the Bourne Borders Morris Dancers. This meeting is open to all, so bring your dancing shoes.
October is a members' craft evening.
November - a talk about Dolls' Houses and dolls' Furniture.
The year concludes with a Social in December.
The entry into WI Co-operative Cup Competition at the Lincolnshire Show came a very creditable 6 out of 24.
Entries have already been made for the Make, Bake and Show Competition to be held in Great Hale on Saturday 4 October. The click of knitting needles reverberating throughout the village as 474+ hats were knitted for "Save the Children."
By courtesy of Jean and David Simpson, 26 Drury Street - Monday 18 August, there was an afternoon of fairly gentle, uncompetitive sports (our Mini Olympics - an alternative to Beijing) - Boules, Javelin Darts, Mini Tennis, Table Games and Mental Agility Test, a quiz plus plenty of refreshments for energy.
Other activities have been theatre visits, 10-pin Bowling and a variety of sports activities- golf, table tennis and darts. We now look forward to a busy autumn.
On 30th April 1994 Scopwick and Kirkby Green were officially twinned with the French village of Sceaux-sur-Huisne.
The exchange visits, alternating between France and England each year, have become a popular annual event for many local families.
SCEAUX-SUR-HUISNE Is a small picturesque village situated near Le Mans in the Sarthe region of France. It has two restaurants, a primary school, a library, a recently renovated Town Hall and a 12th Century Church. The village dates back to Roman times, known as a staging post and relaxation place. The remains of thermal baths and a well-preserved washhouse can still be seen.
What is twinning all about?
It creates opportunities for you and your family to make new friends here and in your twin village.
It helps to develop community spirit in your own village and provide a wider framework for sporting, cultural and social activities.
It gives you a second community where you are always welcome and 'at home'.
Funds for activities are raised through voluntary efforts in the village with at least three major fund-raising events held per annum. This year we have a Safari Supper, Cuban Band and wine tasting evening. Other social events, such as barbeques and bike rides, provide family fun, entertainment for everyone and a chance to continue the spirit of Twinning throughout the year.
If anyone is interested in more information or how to join Scopwick and Kirkby Green Twinning Association contact: Rosa Nelson Tel: 01526 322292 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This year seems to be flying. Summer holidays over already. My experience is that for a short time after the schools break for the summer holidays, things are fairly quiet.
However, after a few weeks, incidents of vandalism and 'anti-social behaviour' tend to increase. The usual response from the offenders is that they are bored. Tragedies can also occur, when youngsters start playing on building-sites, railway-lines, or around ponds or gravel-pits. I am really pleased to say that we have had an almost trouble-free Summer holiday period. Youngsters will always gather somewhere, and in fact they have every right to. It is only when they behave in an anti-social manner that they start to cause problems.
I'm pleased to report that our villages continue to be very safe places to live. One would have to be a hermit not to be aware of the increase in incidents where knives have been used in Britain today, often with fatal-consequences. Because of the seemingly constant bad news, it is easy to become overly-concerned, or even frightened to go out, or walk past a group of teenagers.
The great majority of these incidents occur in our large inner-cities, like London, Birmingham or Glasgow. It is also usually 'gang-related'. I have yet to deal with a single incident involving a knife since I became the community officer for your area.
BE AWARE that, due to the ever increasing value of any sort of metal, thieves are driving around stealing almost anything that is not 'nailed-down', and even some things that are. Lead from church roofs, scaffolding, metal sun-dials from gardens, to name but a few. Aluminium street-signs have even been stolen, along with the drain-covers from the roads. Please be vigilant, and report any suspicious activity. Details of the vehicle registration numbers are obviously a great help. With the price of oil at an all-time high, your oil-tank is a target for thieves. Syphoning of oil from tanks is very much on the increase. If your oil-tank is at the bottom of the garden, with no lock of any sort on it, you are in danger of losing it.
Petrol-syphoning from cars and lorries has increased, and has become a national problem. Get a robust locking fuel-cap. If you are lucky enough to have a garage for your car, use it! If your car is garaged, it is very unlikely to be, stolen, vandalised, tampered with, driven into, or anything else. I have been to so many homes where the garage is brimming with all sorts of 'junk', and the £20,000 car lives on the driveway, or the road.
To anybody who is interested in the real police crime-figures, these can be viewed on the Police website or village site
PC Simon Gordon
It is now almost a year since the Silver Sounds Band moved to this area and the number of new learners is gradually increasing, whilst the Band itself continues to improve. During the past few months the Band has performed at a variety of local events including the Dunston Duck Race, Metheringham FC Fun Day and St Wilfrid's Church Fete.
The highlight of the Summer schedule was the Band's appearance at the RAF Waddington Air Show in July. The players gave two 45 minute performances at the prestigious event and were the only training band invited to participate. They played magnificently and were extremely well received by the packed audience. The next event for the Band is a local wedding, another first for them and one that they are very much looking forward to.
The Band recently held their AGM which was followed by the presentation of awards to Band members.
The recipients were:
- Most Promising Player - Hayley Fox
- Player of the Year - Tara Walker
- Bandsman of the Year - Alice Lee
- Outstanding Contribution - Sophie Primett
You can next hear the Band play at Metheringham Fayre and Feast, and at the Metheringham Methodist Church Centenary Thanksgiving Service, both in October.
The Band is always welcoming of new members; whether you already play a brass instrument or would like to learn, we would love to hear from you. It only costs £12/quarter to join (less than £1/week!), and you will receive tuition if required, the loan of an instrument and music, as well as the opportunity to learn new skills and to become a member of a fantastic local music-making activity.
For further information please contact Helen Duncan on 01526 323860, or email email@example.com.
Now in Metheringham on Wednesday evening 6pm - 7.30 pm
There's no better place to go to shed the excess weight and inches that have crept on over the summer months than your local Rosemary Conley Diet and Fitness Club.
We can help you to achieve a slimmer, trimmer, fitter and healthier body this autumn, and by following Rosemary Conley's highly-successful Gi Hip and Thigh Diet you could lose over 7lbs in 14 days!
Rosemary Conley Diet and Fitness Clubs is the only national slimming organisation in the UK to offer exercise and diet in the same class - for one great-value price!
Along with a copy of Rosemary Conley's effective Gi Hip and Thigh Diet, every new member receives a set of the revolutionary, new Rosemary Conley Portion Pots® - the quick and simple way to measure portion sizes.
Says Rosemary Conley CBE: "By following my highly effective Gi Hip and Thigh Diet and taking part in the exercise sessions in class, you can achieve the figure you've always dreamed of.
"The combination of low fat eating with low Gi foods provides a unique formula for rapid weight loss. Plus, dieters can't go wrong with my innovative Portion Pots®. Overestimating portion sizes used to be one of the biggest reasons why dieters don't lose weight as fast as they'd like. Now there's no excuse."
Members are given a personal calorie allowance based on their age, gender and current weight, In addition to a consultation and weigh-in with the class instructor, members receive a 5-minute motivational and informative talk plus a 45-minute exercise to music session.
The cost of joining a Rosemary Conley Diet and Fitness Club is £10 for the membership pack - including a FREE set of Portion Pots® worth £4.99; a Fat Attack Fortnight diet booklet and a Phase 2 160-page diet booklet - plus £5.35* for the weekly class fee.
Classes held in Metheringham on Tuesdays 12.30 - 2pm at the Village Hall and Wednesdays 6pm - 7.30pm at the Primary School. Classes are also held in Tattershall and Sibsey.
For more details please call Sam Langford 01790 763585 or visit www.rosemaryconley.com
Allotments - Dunston Road,
The Parish Council own four allotments at the above address. All of the allotments are currently occupied by tenants and I now have a waiting list of sixteen people. Formal requests have been made to acquire further land, but these attempts have failed. If anyone knows of any land that could be utilized for allotments please contact the Clerk.
The Parish Council has been in negotiations with Lincolnshire County Council for several years. We have been unable to sign the Heads of Terms agreement for the lease of the Star & Garter field. Discussions are still ongoing in relation to the outstanding issues.
Remembrance Day Service
This year's service will take place on Sunday 9th November at St Wilfrid's Church, Metheringham, Memorial Service will be held at the war memorial garden, High Street, followed by a short prayer at the war graves. Refreshments will be served at the end of the service, at St Wilfrid's Church Hall. All are welcome.
The Parish Council are continually striving to provide high standard and cost effective services to meet the needs and wishes of the local residents. We have therefore employed a part time gardener/handyman Mr Paul Chambers. The areas he will be responsible for are Princes Street Play Park, Princes Street Car Park, Shiregate Play Park, Spring, War Memorial garden and Village Car Park - Middle Street and general handyman jobs such as erecting signs, painting railings, installing dog bins, litter bins and seats.
The new Youth/Meeting Shelter has been in use since May. Teenagers and other members of the public are using it on a daily basis and the feedback has been very positive. The Police and Parish Council will continue to monitor the shelter and surrounding area as promised.
Ms Sharon Wetherall (Clerk)
Tel: 0800 6343307 .
Blankney Cricket Club continue to run four sides with two in mid-week and Saturday and Sunday XIs. In their second season in the South Lincs & Borders League the team were in the newly formed Division Three. For several weeks they were top having won the opening four games before losing their first game, going down on the last ball of the game at home to Grantham. Since then the team has seen four games called off and three lost which sees the side in sixth place. Two players, Simon Behan and Lee Allman proved successful with the bat with Simon having an average of 78 and Lee 52. On the bowling front skipper Ian Holvey and Phil Woodcock are the key wicket takers with ten each. Ian's average being 13.9 and Phil's 5.50. In the field Lee Allman is the leading catcher taking eight while Andy Foster has claimed five victims behind the wicket.
Invite You To Their 2nd
at WALCOTT VILLAGE HALL
on SATURDAY 11th OCTOBER 2008
11.00 am 'til 4.00 pm
(refreshments available) - (entry 50p)
All your Christmas Shopping in one day and in one place, what could be better!!
Usborne Books / Virgin Vie / New York Candles / Cottage Crafts / Kiddicool clothes/ Daisy Dell / Handmade Jewellery / Handmade Cards / Custard Gifts / Garden Chainsaw Carvings / PB Furnishings for Kids
All these plus loads more for your one stop Christmas Shop. So come along and get some bargains!
The girls continue to be busy training twice weekly for the United Baton Twirlers Competition in October where 7 teams from around the country will be participating. A number of girls are now 16 years old and this has enabled our trainer Cathy to put together a larger senior team. This year nine girls will be dancing in the senior baton and senior flag teams. This number of participants in the team enables greater scope to develop the complexity of the routines.
However, this will be the first time many of the girls have danced in the senior section and they will be in competition against very experienced baton twirlers. Some girls will also continue to dance in the junior and juvenile sections, taking part in up to 12 routines in total. What a brilliant way to keep fit. I am sure you would like to join with us and wish all 'The Angels' Good Luck in October.
Although our present Angels Team of 25 girls continues to move from strength to strength, we welcome new members. From November we will run a 'skills' night each Thursday for new members, to up-skill in readiness for dancing with the squad. For details please contact Cathy on 01526 323589 / 07920147392 or Maxine 01526 321473.
On a slightly different, but very happy note, all from Angels Dance Squad would like to wish Cathy and Pete all the very best with their new baby due late September. I am sure there will be plenty of very willing 'child minders' at the October Competition.
If people were asked what involvement Blankney had at sea in WW2 the general answer would probably be "none, the nearest sea is the North Sea and that's 40 miles away. "Blankney" in actual fact had a very active part to play in the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the North Sea during this time as there was a ship named after her.
HMS Blankney was a Hunt Type II Escort Destroyer, one of a number named after British Fox Hunts. Between 1939 and 1942 86 such destroyers were built in four different classes from Type I to Type IV. As suggested, these vessels were used primarily on convoy duties but many saw active duty, including HMS Blankney herself, involving sinking German U-boats,
Metheringham Primary School News
The Summer terms at Metheringham Primary School have flown past this year. Teams of children have taken part in Tag Rugby tournaments and after school Netball and Football matches. We were delighted that our Early Years and Key Stage 2 sports days took place as planned. The sun shone brightly during both events.
Two teams of Year 6 pupils took part in the Branston Community College Mathematics Challenge in June. The Metheringham "A" team were victorious and they arrived back at school with the winners shield and individual medals for their efforts.
'Business and Industry' was the theme of our topic week this term. Our children took part in a range of activities looking at employment, business opportunities, marketing and planning for their future. Our Year 6 pupils visited Lincoln University to look at the impressive facilities and courses on offer and staff and student counsellors from the University visited school.
The Key Stage 1 and lower Key Stage 2 pupils attended workshops led by a representative from Siemens. Great fun and learning took place in the design and testing of their wheeled products and trebouchets. Many of our parents came in to talk to pupils about their jobs. The week ended with a garden party for parents in the new Early Years outdoor play area.
The Upper Key Stage 2 production of 'Nathan's Nightmare' was a big success. Pupils choreographed and added their own sense of humour to the script as well as performing. We were pleased to have members from the Metheringham over 60's group attend our dress rehearsal.
Croissants, baguettes and pain au chocolat were on the menu for the French Breakfast held in Key Stage 2 on the last week of term. Pupils were given the opportunity to practise and gain confidence in using their conversational French during this session.
As the holidays drew near we said "goodbye and good luck" to our 45 Year 6 pupils who are now moving on to their chosen senior schools. We wish them well for the future. In September we are looking forward to welcoming our new reception pupils in to our Foundation Stage class.
Elspeth McMenemie (Head)
Future events in Scopwick
6 Sept (7.00) Twinning Ass. - Safari Supper
31 Oct (7.30) Playing Field Ass. / Twinning Ass - Cuban Band - ASERE
22 Nov (7.30) LIVES / Village Hall Cmmt. / Playing Field Ass - Race Night
6 Dec (2.00) Playing Field Ass. - Christmas Bazaar
20 Dec (2.00) Village Hall Cmmt. - Village Hall Draw
10-13 April 2009 - Twinning exchange takes place at Scopwick
Another season is now underway for our local football team which will be running sides from 6's right up to 18's plus three senior sides (One Saturdays, two Sundays). The club is one of the oldest in the county going back 125 years, with mention of it in the Lincolnshire Chronicle of 1884 - (photographs of some of the teams going back at least 100 years can be viewed on the village website at www.macla.co.uk).
It seems like some of the committee have been in post for almost that long (joking!). The Treasurer Roger Dawson is the longest serving member, having held his position since quill pens were used (again only joking). Roger has been the club's financial figure for over 40 years going back to 1967 but was a committee member in 1964. Chairman, John Wood has been at the Club's helm since 1990 and is now in his 18th year while Secretary Pete Ford has held most positions in the club going back to 1964 when he joined the club as a 15 year old from Blankney Estate FC. He briefly held the Treasurer's job in 1966 before Roger took over and is now going into his 20th year as club secretary, having taken post in March 1989. Another long standing member is his father Cyril, the present Club President, who has been the club figurehead for 7 years. He too has held numerous positions including being part of the management team for the Saturday 1st XI (as far back as 1964), also being one of those instrumental in starting the Sunday XI in 1965 when the club took over the fixtures of Heighington (who withdrew their team from the leagues prior to the season commencing), as well as Club Chairman from 1976 to 1990. Along with another long serving member, Brian Blackband, these two senior citizens (accumulative age of 161) have maintained the club pitches (including collecting the endless rubbish and clearing the dog dirt left by the irresponsible) for too many years to remember. This work has been done in all weather without payment and they are sincerely thanked for their efforts.
Thanks too have to go out to other senior citizens, including our ladies, Doreen Blackband, Joan Gray and Brenda Mickleburgh (the latter two, since their husbands played for the club back in the 50/60's) who have been instrumental in providing much needed funds by Bingo Sessions, which have been held for over 40 years. Sadly a serious lack of numbers, initially caused by the smoking ban, along with rising costs has made it such, that it is virtually now non-profit making. In the light of this it is anticipated, once our "snowballs" are won, it will come to a sad end. We do thank all who have supported us over the last 40 years.
In around 5 years time Sunday football will have been a part of the local scene for 50 years. From the acorn sowed in 1965 when there was just one side the scene on a Sunday now is one of total activity on the sports fields most weekends from the end of August to the start of May. The dedication of club members, players, parents, guardians, sponsors and supporters is something to be proud of and we would place on record sincere thanks to one and all.
For anyone wishing to join the club in any capacity, below are contact numbers for all our managers who all have CRB clearance. Several also have FA coaching badges.
Pete Ford (Club Secretary) - 01526 320016 / 07789117743
Steve Asher (Sun 1st) - 01526 320034
Dave Atkin (Sun 2nd) - 01526 320152
Stuart Robinson (Sat XI) - 07747193906
Andy Blackband (Under 18) - 01526 322413
Alan Ward (Under 16) - 07825302901
Barry King (Under 14) - 07788711833
Roy Rogers (Under 13) - 01526 322545
(Gary Bleasdale (Under 12) - 01526 320629
Paul Scigala (Under 11) - 01507 527431
Ant Jones (Under 10) - 01526 320701
John Haresign (Under 9) - 01526 320689
Paul Chambers (Under 8) - 01526 323208
Chris Wood (Under 7) - 01526 322601
Our LIVES group continues to thrive. Congratulations to Peter Lincoln and Stevie Dickinson, who have recently completed their training and become LIVES Responders. Other members of our team are booked on to additional training courses focusing on paediatric care, so we are currently fundraising to buy extra resources for the responders to practise essential emergency care for children. Remember we are always on the lookout for new members to our team, be it responders or fundraisers.
In the Autumn we are planning a recruitment drive, holding meet and greet events in the village hall (hopefully Metheringham and Dunston). These events will be opportunities for anyone interested in LIVES to come along and find out more information. Keep an eye out for more publicity later in the year.
Jenny Hutchinson - Co-ordinator LIVES 321627
Beth Mcluckie - Co-ordinator LIVES 321919
A Metheringham Readers' Group Review
This is the story of a man drawn inexorably to his doom by his own character, his own vices and virtues. I did not like the main character much but was interested in his situation and wanted to read on to find out what happened and what he made of life.
I felt that the author drew an accurate picture of childhood and in several places I remembered as a child having feelings similar to those I was reading about - knowing that something was wrong, but not having the words or the voice to speak up and say something about it to put it right.
Hosseini also draws a vivid picture of the Afghan community both in its homeland and in exile; this is something which I knew very little about. The low status of servants took me by surprise. The themes of loyalty and betrayal are echoed in several parts of the plot, exploring them in different and interesting ways.
The story of a war torn Afghanistan, apparently bent on destroying itself, is, of necessity, a grim read in places. I appreciated parts of the ending; it would have been easy to have a conventional, happy-ever-after type of ending and Hosseini managed to produce something satisfying and credible while sparing the reader nothing.
Several readers thought that the story took a while to get going but once you were in, the story drove along at a cracking pace.
I think I would not have read this book had it not been for the Readers' Group and would have missed a rewarding read.
This book proved to be one of our most popular books scoring an average of 9 for both enjoyment and quality of writing.
7 - 21 October
to be held at
FINE ART FRAMING
18 High Street,
Groundbreaking Cuban band Asere is a group of young musicians who came together to play traditional Cuban son (roots of salsa). Their career took off when, on visiting Cuba in 1996, the Colombian singer Totó la Momposina came across this new band and was immediately struck by their energy, rich songwriting and powerful delivery. Soon after, Asere recorded their debut album 'Cuban Soul' live in an old radio theatre in Habana.
Asere's superb interpretation of Cuba's musical traditions has produced a creative repertoire that's both deeply respectful of their Cuban heritage but also has an exciting contemporary edge of its own, blessed by inventive songwriting and a soulful groove, building fresh sound for a new generation. Since 1998, Asere have performed constantly across Europe (including more than 100 shows in the UK) wowing audiences with their dynamic show and infectious energy.
The band performs playing an exciting range of instruments including bongos, congas, cajón cowbell, timbale, claves, maracas AND MORE!
So come and dance to the rhythms of son or just listen to the formidable skills of these world-class musicians.
Scopwick Village Hall
Friday 31st October 2008 at 7:30 pm
Adults £8 - Students £5 - Children (under 11) £4
Licensed bar available
Call: Rosa 01526 322292 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Before the 2008 season ends for Metheringham Airfield Visitors Centre, there are still three lectures taking place. These will be held in the Gymnasium at the Centre with all enquiries to Peter Scoley - 01526 378270
The Lectures are as follows:
Wed 24 Sept "The Typhoon", delivering its multi-role capability by Sqn. Ldr. Mike Baulkwell
Wed 22 Oct "The Reaper" - the RAF's Operational unmanned aircraft - by Sqn. Ldr. Richard Sanderson
Wed 26 Nov - "A record breaking flight across the Andes from Chile to Argentina, via Mt. Aconcaqua" - by Mr Terry Holloway.
The Senior Citizens had a great day out in Skegness on Tuesday 24 June. The weather was really kind and everyone enjoyed the outing.
Our next outing will be to Brigg Garden Centre (by popular demand) on Tuesday 14 October. We plan to all dine together on arrival and then look around the shops and Christmas displays.
We have gained a few more visitors for coffee on Thursday mornings who are returning time and again. If you have not called into the Chapel Hall yet, please do so, on Thursday mornings 9.30 to 11.00 am
Pam Woolley (Sec)
We have been busy sprucing up our chapel, spending a couple of working weekends doing all those jobs that get put off for another day! With the help of some very generous people we have achieved a great deal - updating the kitchen and generally making the place more presentable. You should have seen the size of some of the cobwebs we found! This is in readiness for the celebration of our 150 years in 2009.
It's amazing to think of all those years of faithful people and the many ways in which the building has been used. At the moment it is a place of worship on Sunday Morning at 11 am and a place of fellowship and bible study on the 3rd and 4th Tuesdays in the month . During the day the Stepping Stones group of mums and tots meet on Monday with Yogabugs at other times and Thursday Club once a fortnight - our midweek Children's Church. Lunch Club provides a delicious hot meal on the 3rd Friday each month.
Those who visit the Chapel often comment on the sense of peace and love which is there - a real blessing to all. We enjoy the sense of continuing to develop the history and influence of the Methodist Church in this village - welcoming three new members in a special service in July and celebrating the Village Harvest Service with a joint service at the Chapel on Sunday 28 September at 11 am - led by Mr David Tonge. As always there will be service on Christmas Eve at 11.30 pm - a joy to welcome Christmas in this way and remember the meaning of the season.
If you want further information about the Church or any of the events please contact Beth Mcluckie 01526 321919 or Rev John Corrie 01526 830192.
Branston U3A continues to flourish and a time will come when we may need to place a cap on our membership list, although at present we are still able to invite those people who live in Branston and the surrounding villages who have reached the 'third age' (i.e. aged around 50 and over and who are not in active full time employment) to come along and see for themselves this 'great organisation which can open so many new doors' (The Times).
Our monthly meetings, held on the fourth Tuesday, from 2.00pm, in Branston Village Hall, are becoming increasingly popular. Group activities have ranged from those held in the 'seclusion' of members' houses to more ambitious projects such as the Archaeology, Ancient and Medieval History Group (who visited Thornton Abbey and St Peter's Church in Barton on Humber) and the "Exploring the Past" tour of the Axholme Valley Churches (frequented by the Pilgrim Fathers). Several exciting new groups are being planned to start within the next few weeks.
During the coming months, our monthly meetings will include talks about 'Queen Victoria,' Neville Shute's book 'A Town Like Alice,' 'National Service - the Draft and the Press Gang, and 'Life in the 1950s.'
Copies of our monthly Newsletter giving more details about the many and varied group activities can be found in most of the local libraries.
For more information about Branston & District U3A, please telephone Christine Anderson (01522 790951) or Peter Foster (01522 850263)
This article is about keeping your computer safe. When you bought your computer it probably came packaged with anti-virus software. Normally you get a 3 month licence, 6 if you were lucky. After the initial period has elapsed then you will be required to pay to continue to keep your computer safe from viruses. A free alternative worth considering, for home computers, is Grisoft's AVG Anti Virus Free edition (free.grisoft.com). This offers users an effective and high level of virus detection capability. It's easy to use, uses little in the way of system resources and updates automatically. Any viruses or infected files it detects are quarantined in a 'virus vault' ready for disposal.
If your computer is connected to the internet then it could be open to hostile attacks. Microsoft XP & Vista both come with a basic Windows Firewall which protects against incoming attacks. ZoneAlarm (zonealarm.com) offer a free version of their firewall program for home users which offers a better degree of protection than the Microsoft version. Zone Alarm is another easy to use programme which will block access attempts by hackers and other unknown threats.