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Metheringham News - 30th June 2011


From Dot Howes

Metheringham School Fun Day takes place on Saturday 9th July between 12
noon and 3.00p.m.. Among the numerous attractions there will be a
barbecue, cake stall, games stalls and a raffle, ice creams and teas.
All the family are welcome to come and enjoy the afternoon.

Mondays may never be quite the same again now Zumba has reached
Metheringham. The new dance / exercise classes are on a Monday evening
at 6.15 and cost £4 per session. For more information call Rachel on
0777245 7923 or just turn up.

FOMA Lecture - A Licenced Spy - 27 July 2011



At the Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre - in the old gymnasium - on Wednesday 27th July 2011 at 7.30pm. Admission: Members free, Visitors £5.00 including tea/coffee and biscuits.

Enquiries to: Friends of Metheringham Airfield, Westmoor Farm, Martin Moor, Metheringham, Lincoln LN4 3BQ. Tel: 01526 378270/604

disabled.gif Access and facilities for the Disabled. All proceeds in aid of the Visitor Centre / 106 Sqn Museum.

Metheringham News - 23rd June 2011


From Dot Howes

Two one-act plays and a quiz sounds like a good reason for a night
out and you can have all three for £6.50 (£5 for concessions) by coming
along to the next production by Metheringham Amateur Dramatics (MAD) on
July 8th and 9th at 7.30p.m. in Metheringham Village Hall. The plays
are 'Unexpected Item in the Bagging Area' and 'The Luvvies' and both
are written by Lynn Brittney. The first is directed by Ken Frape and
was performed at the Sleaford festival. The Luvvies is directed by Sue

Tickets can be booked at "the Box office" on 01526 320827 or bought on
the door. A bar and other refreshments will be available. MAD also has
a website www.metheringhamamateurdramatics.co.uk.

Four of the Metheringham pool lifeguards will be doing a sponsored 24
hour swim to raise money for LIVES and the pool on July 10th and 11th
swimming off at 4.30p.m. If you would like to support them sponsorship
forms are available and donations can be made via the Pool or at 74a
Lincoln Road or through a LIVES member.

PRESS RELEASE from artsNK - 21 June 2011

Sa Fire Festival - Branston gets ready for a stunning show


Sa Fire in Branston on Saturday 16 July, will bring together a dazzling maze of winding paths and labyrinths leading to the beauty of light and colour within the Luminarium - a spectacular inflatable sculpture.

But we need your help ...
Are you a local actor or budding actor? Can you play a historic character and help us link the whole day together? We need people to perform as:
• Blacksmith
• Vicar
• Tramp
• A Master of Ceremonies
The performances will take place on Saturday 16 July at the Pavilion Playing fields in Branston. You'll be working with Rhubarb Theatre who will be rehearsing on Sunday 3rd and 10th July at the Terry O Toole Theatre, North Hykeham. All the characters can be played by men or women and there will be no auditions - just first come ...

So if you are interested please contact Kirsty on 01400 275133 or email her at info@rhubarbtheatre.co.uk and let her know which character you are interested in playing and whether you can commit to all day or simply spare a morning or afternoon.

From Lincolnshire County Council

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My ref: WS/TROS/3/North/686/2011
Date: 21st June 2011

Please reply to:
Traffic Orders
4th Floor, City Hall, LINCOLN, LN1 1DN
Tel: No: 01522 782070
Email: highways@lincolnshire.gov.uk
(Information to be distributed as necessary)

Dear Sir/Madam


Please note it will be necessary to impose a temporary restriction to all vehicular traffic on the road(s) detailed below. Adequate arrangements will be made to enable pedestrians to access premises in the affected area while works progress.

REASON FOR CLOSURE: Essential maintenance works by Network Rail

LOCATION: Blankney Level Crossing
(Station Road/Moor Lane, O/S Map Ref TF 077 614)

PERIOD OF CLOSURE: 08.30 Hrs to 15.00 Hrs Monday 25/7/2011

ALTERNATIVE ROUTE: B1188, B1191 (through Scopwick), B1189 & Vice Versa

If you have any queries, or require further information, please contact the Greater Lincoln & Gainsborough Highways Division on 01522 782070.

Dear Councillors

You are summoned to a meeting of Metheringham Parish Council which will be held in the Village Hall on Tuesday 28th June 2011 at 7.30pm. Prior to the official start of the meeting a public forum of not more than 15 minutes will be held if required. The public may address the council between 7.15pm and 7.30pm on current matters, or issues which may become future agenda items and your attendance is also requested during this period. A Police Report will be given at this time.

Signed: Ms S N Wetherall AILCM
Clerk to Metheringham Parish Council
21st June 2011

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Metheringham FC AGM - 27 June 2011

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I hereby give notice that the Annual General Meeting of Metheringham Football Club will be held in the Londesborough Arms on Monday 27th June 2011 at 7.30 p.m.

Members must advise the Honorary Secretary (in writing) of any business to be moved at the Annual General Meeting at least (21) days before the meeting.

The Honorary Secretary shall give notice of the agenda for the meeting to the Members not less than 14 days before the meeting.

Peter FORD (Hon Secretary)
31, Caroline Road,

12 May 2011

Metheringham News 16th June 2011


From Dot Howes

Mission X continue to meet in the Methodist Church Rooms on alternate Fridays. They are open between 7-8p.m. for 7-11 year olds and from 8- 9.30p.m. for 11 to 16 year olds. Next meeting dates are 24th June and 8th July. The "Showstoppers" holiday kids club for 7-11 year olds will run between 1st and 5th August. For more information please contact Nicky at nicwill@madasafish.com.

Metheringham is going back in time to stage a Medieval Banquet as a fundraiser for The Royal Diamond Jubilee celebrations next year. The banquet will take place on Friday 16th September in Metheringham Village Hall at 7.30p.m. for an 8.00p.m. tuck in. An appropriately rustic menu with authentic music and entertainment will be yours for 25 pounds and fancy dress is preferred. Tickets are available from D & K news or via maclajubilee@hotmail.co.uk

Metheringham Swimming Pool has already been open for six weeks this season so here is just a reminder of this year's sessions.

Monday: Adult Lane swim 6.30-8.00p.m.

Tuesday :Rookies 6-7p.m. and aquafit from 7.15-8.15p.m.

Wednesday: parent and Toddler 10.30a.m.-12noon and Open Swim 6-7.30p.m.

Thursday is lesson night from 5.00p.m..

Friday: Teenage swim 6.30-8.00p.m.

Saturday morning sees Adult Lane Swimmers from 9.00-10.30a.m. and 2.30- 4.00p.m. is an Open Swim

Sunday : Family swim 10.30-12 noon and Open Swim from 2.30-4.00p.m.

This season entrance for most sessions is £2 for children and £3 for adults.





Signed: Ms S N Wetherall
Clerk to Metheringham Parish Council
16th June 2011

Metheringham PC Annual Report 2010-2011


Scopwick PC Annual Report & Minutes 2011


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North Kesteven Social Strollers




At the Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre - in the old gymnasium - on Wednesday 22nd June 2011 at 7.30pm. Admission: Members free, Visitors £5.00 including tea/coffee and biscuits.

Enquiries to: Friends of Metheringham Airfield, Westmoor Farm, Martin Moor, Metheringham, Lincoln LN4 3BQ. Tel: 01526 378270/604

disabled.gif Access and facilities for the Disabled. All proceeds in aid of the Visitor Centre / 106 Sqn Museum.

Metheringham News 9th June 2011


From Dot Howes

Metheringham WI are hosting a fashion show by Edinburgh Wools for WI members from the area on Wednesday 15th June at 7.15p.m. in the village hall. Visitors welcome for £1.50. The competition will be for something beginning with M.

Metheringham Animal Welfare Support group are welcoming everyone to join them at an evening with well known local vocalist Sharna on Friday 17th June at Martin Moor Golf Club. Tickets are £5 from Joyce 01526 321436 and the start is 7.30. The bar will be open for meals and drinks.

Metheringham Football Club hold their Annual General Meeting on Monday 27th June in the Londesborough Arms at 7.30p.m.

The Singing for Pleasure group meet regularly on a Thursday evening. Call Jayne on 01526 321633 or e-mail: jayne@stationroadsteam.com if you
enjoy singing and would like to join in.

Posted on behalf of Haymarket Exhibitions

CEREALS 2011, Boothby Heath Farm, B1202 Heath Lane, Lincolnshire

WEDNESDAY 15th - THURSDAY 16th JUNE (07:30 - 18:00)

Lincolnshire is in the heart of the British agricultural industry and we are very pleased to be working with Patrick Dean Ltd in hosting and organising the leading arable event in Europe. Cereals attracts around 450 exhibitors and 25,000 farmers and industry professionals over the two days of the event. With regard to the above I would like to take this opportunity to inform you of local traffic systems in order to plan any journeys accordingly.

Lincolnshire County Council has issued Temporary Traffic Regulation Orders authorising the operation of one way systems, road closures and no waiting restrictions for the event. This is to facilitate the incoming and outgoing flow of traffic to one of the three car parks and assist with Site Build Up and Break Down. There will be Traffic Management Systems and Temporary Route Signs in place in the surrounding area and pre-event advisory signs for commuting traffic to plan their journeys for the Build Up, Event two days and Break Down. We will also have in place, 3 sets of temporary traffic lights within the surrounding area to ensure the flow of traffic.

Sa Fire Branston 14-17 July 2011


artsNK brings Sa Fire to Branston

Who are artsNK ?
artsNK are the multi-arts team paid by North Kesteven District Council to carry out arts projects in villages and schools around North Kesteven.

What is Sa Fire ?
Sa Fire is a series of arts events that re-tell the stories of the villages along the route of the Spires & Steeples Arts and Heritage Trail. Each event will be different and appropriate to the setting, the stories to be told, the sorts of things people want to do such as drama, dance, craft, art installations, puppets, projections, singing and photography.

The Luminarium

What's happening in Branston ?
The Branston event will take place across the whole village incorporating existing artworks, new light installations in the church and on the village green, alongside the main event taking place on the Pavilion Playing Field off Moor Lane. artsNK will be building a number of creative spaces; a spectacular inflatable sculpture (the Luminarium) through which the audience walk, a fire maze, and a labyrinth. The team are currently working with residents and pupils to design, make, compose, choreograph and put together original performances and artworks that will make Sa Fire in Branston a unique experience not to be missed.

This month it certainly is 'Editor's Corner' as I have had to cram so much into this issue that I have virtually been left no room to write anything myself.

Anyway I hope the readers find a full and varied edition for the Summer. I must say though I am a little surprised that there are not many local 'events' taking place or is it just that I have not received them?

I think everyone will agree that Metheringham was certainly put on the map recently with the coverage received from BBC Look North for their celebration of the Royal Wedding. Well done to everyone involved (their report can be found in this issue). Now the band of organisers are setting to for the celebration of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in June 2012 'OVER 4 DAYS' so watch this space.

Pete Ford

Pete Ford (Editor)

Frank Lamyman 1917 - 2011

Frank Lamyman (b. 21.7.1917 - 5.5.2011)

It is with great sadness that we report that Frank has died. This is the eulogy given by Bryan, his oldest son.

'On behalf of my mother and family I would like to thank everyone for the love and support over the last few weeks and for joining us today at Dunston St Peters church for this service to celebrate father's life. A few years ago when my niece Nicola was at school she decided she would like to do a biography of her Granddad and so she sat with him and let him talk about his life and some of this I will be sharing with you.

A life which began on 21 July 1917 when he was born at Tattershall Bridge, the eldest of four children, to Albert and Evelyn Lamyman. He was christened at Tattershall Bridge Methodist Church, and as he grew up he enjoyed many happy days and trips out with their Sunday school. His father Albert worked in the family bakery and post office and father, along with his younger brother Roy, helped sell their hot cross buns and deliver telegrams.

Father attended Dogdyke school and in his own words he didn't particularly enjoy his primary school years, much preferring the outdoors. He loved to tell his grandchildren the story of a time when he had been kept in school for misbehaviour and it was a nice sunny day and the window next to his desk was open so he thought "I have had enough of this", saw his chance, climbed out of the window and ran off. He also told of the time when he and some of his friends burnt the teacher's cane in the classroom stove.

You will have heard that from 31st May Lincolnshire Police are changing the way we work. I wanted to take this opportunity to provide an update about the changes taking place and to demonstrate that neighbourhood policing remains the corner-stone of the way we will continue to police our communities.

Lincolnshire as a county is a very safe and pleasant place to live, work in and visit. We are committed to maintaining the quality of policing services and retaining the confidence of the people of Lincolnshire. Our aim is to be there when we are needed and always to be visible and vigilant. However, we have to achieve these aims whilst meeting unprecedented challenges with a budget that is to reduce broadly by 16% or £19m over the next four years. Changing the shape of the force is the best way we can do this.

You may have already heard that there will be a reduction of about 70 police officer and 90 police staff posts over the next financial year and that we may have to lose as many as 130 officers over the next four years. We currently have just under 1,200 police officers and 1,200 police staff. We have worked really hard to ensure the frontline has seen the lowest reduction in staff. Similarly, by managing shifts, duties and annual leave across the whole county, instead of in pockets, we believe we can deliver a better service despite having fewer officers.

Armed Forces Day - 20 June 2011



Metheringham Parish Council News Summer 2011


Due to a recent Community Governance (Parish Review Exercise) the Parish Council now consists of thirteen Councillors. At the Annual Meeting of the Council held on 17 May 2011, Cllr Dr Allen was re-elected as Chairman and Cllr Ford was elected as Vice Chairman, as Cllr Roland has stood down from the position, due to work commitments. The Chairman thanked Cllr Roland for his support. Cllr Ford was also re-appointed as the Responsible Financial Officer and John Wood was re-appointed as the Internal Auditor. As Clerk I would like to thank the Chairman, Responsible Financial Officer and all the members for their support and help during the last four years.

Annual Village Meeting
The 2011 Annual Village meeting took place on Tuesday 19 April. We would like to thank everyone who attended the event and made the evening a great success. The Chairman gave a presentation detailing of the Parish Council achievements over the past four years and thanked the four retiring members Cllr Mrs Honisett, Cllr Waddington, Cllr Mrs Webb and Cllr Mrs Creasey for all their commitment and efforts to the village during their time as Parish Councillors. This year's guest speaker was Richard Greener from the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership; he gave an excellent and informative presentation. The village groups gave some varied, interesting and entertaining presentations: Metheringham Scouts/Cubs and Beavers, Metheringham Methodist Church, Metheringham & District Swimming Pool Association, Mission X Youth Group, Metheringham Amateur Dramatic, Metheringham & Dunston LIVES, Metheringham Senior Citizens and MACLA. The 2010/2011 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.

All about The FenlanderZ (Fenlanders)


This article is reproduced by kind permission of lead guitarist Kenny Spencer who asks that people take a look at his website on http://www.my-music.mine.nu/fenlanderz.htm

The FenlanderZ (also known as "The Fenlanders") were a popular music group of the early 1960s. The original members of the group were Kenneth Spencer and Brian Garrill, who met in the Youth Club in Metheringham village in Lincolnshire when they were both aged about 16. They started playing together in 1961-62 - Kenneth had started to learn the guitar when he was eleven years old: his father's 1928 Dobro, which Kenneth learned on, is shown on the Guitars page of his website.

The original FenlanderZ (Kenneth, George, Brian, and Keith (kneeling))

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king, and so it fell to Kenneth, with his smattering of musical knowledge, to spend time helping Brian with the chords of such melodies as "Winter Wonderland" and "Return to Me". The person who ran the youth club then arranged for the two of them to enter a local talent contest - which they did but didn't achieve any great prizes!

The local elections in this area were something of an anticlimax. Both the sitting District Councillors were re-elected unopposed and, out of a possible seven Parish councillors, only five people chose to stand so that they also were elected unopposed. All of those five live in Scopwick and none come from Kirkby Green.

It is possible to co-opt two additional councillors so if there are people who are interested in joining the Parish Council then they should apply in writing to the Council via the Clerk.

Monthly Draw
The refurbishment of the Village Hall has been a great success and bookings are increasing because of the good facility in a nice location. It is also an advantage to some that the Village Hall has a liquor licence for any number of bookings.

That refurbishment was paid for partly by grants from WREN and the Parish Council but a large proportion was paid from funds accumulated by the Village Hall Management Committee. An important contribution to those funds over the years has been the Scopwick Village Hall Monthly Draw.

The cost to join the Draw is £1 per month or £12 per year and, while the prizes are not enough to pay for a holiday in the Bahamas, they are worthwhile and participants know that any profits go to a well appointed facility that is used by a wide range of community activities throughout the entire year.

If you want to join the Draw then contact the Village Hall Treasurer, Andy Mitchell, on 01526-322254 and he will arrange for one of the collectors to visit you.

Daffodil Weekend this year was blessed with both good weather and daffodils actually in full bloom. It was very well attended and apparently a great success. Similarly, the Royal Wedding Party exceeded expectations with a high attendance to enjoy the food and games. Around 90 children under 16 years of age living in the Parish received a commemoration mug. Who would have guessed that the Parish contained so many children - even including those in The Oval at RAF Digby that also falls within the Parish boundary.

We are now looking forward to the next major events, the Holy Cross Church Fete - earlier this year on 4 June, and the Annual Summer Show, which will take place on Saturday, 6 August in the Village Hall and Meadow.

Brain Teaser - How Many socks?


In your drawer, there are six white socks, eight black socks, four green socks and two brown socks. Without looking at the socks, how many do you have to reach in and pull out to end up with a matching pair?

You need to take out five socks. There are four colours of socks, so if you take out five, you are sure to have two of the same colour.

Dunston Methodist Church Update Summer 2011


We are very sad at this time due to the death of one of our members, Frank Lamyman. Frank was an exceptional man, a true Christian with a love for people and a positive approach to everything. He was a faithful member of the church, serving as steward for many years and also keeping the garden in good order. He was rarely missing at worship on Sundays and attended circuit events with Mary whenever possible. He was not only willing to accept change, he was enthusiastic about anything new and was a tremendous encouragement to our church as it seeks to stay relevant to the current generation.
We will all miss Frank tremendously and our love and prayers go to his family.

At Dunston we are continuing with Messy Church and the last one considered the story of Samuel choosing a King " God looks at the heart ." The children enjoyed acting out the story and we managed to produce a life size drawing of the internal organs of one of the children!!

Lunch club dates are 17 June / 15 July / 16 Sept / 21 Oct

We are having Strawberries in the Garden on Saturday 9 July from 2-4 pm with a cake stall and some games. We would love to see you.

Beth McLuckie

Company of Liars by Karen Maitland


A Metheringham Book Club Review


The author, who now lives in Lincoln

As it says on the back of the book - 1348 The Plague has come to England. A scared trader in holy relics, a conjuror, a musician and his apprentice, a one-armed storyteller, a young couple on the run, a midwife and a rune-reading girl. A group of misfits band together to escape the plague, but in the midst lurks a curse darker and more malign than the pestilence they flee.

Camelot is the narrator and the story starts at a Midsummer Fair where he is selling holy relics. The plague is starting to take hold and claiming its first victims in England and so there is panic as people are fleeing and trying to keep ahead of the pestilence. Camelot is joined by a variety of travellers, each with a reason to become a part of the group. They all share a common aim in that they have to keep moving to avoid the plague. They all have something to hide so have built a façade of lies and implications because the truth could be as deadly as the plague itself. Each character tells his or her story, but which ones are telling the truth?

Some of the comments from the group were:

  • Rather macabre but a compulsive page turner of a book.

  • Compulsive read, capturing the medieval times vividly.

  • There was much lawlessness and superstition, no cures. You could smell the characters coming off the page. Plenty of twists and turns in plot right up to the last page.
On the whole most people really enjoyed this book and we gave it an average score of 7 for the enjoyment and 6 for the quality of the writing.

Pauline Ventress

Gone to pot ..... Summer 2011


The months of June, July and August in the garden are a bit like the Curate's egg - "good in parts". There is that anxious time when we peer apprehensively at the soil where the vegetables have been sown, hoping to see some tender wee shoots breaking through - have the pigeons or rabbits spotted a tasty morsel for their breakfast; have the slugs munched their way through the garden; has the gentleman in the sleek black fur coat viewed an easy repast underground or has that dastardly cat found a good convenience in the freshly dug soil? Hopefully not!!!

I always err on the generous side when sowing seeds, following the age-old proverb: One for the mouse, one for the crow, one to rot and one to grow. Well, it does give me a one in four chance of harvesting the rewards of my labours, but there is sometimes a "feast or famine" situation. Where you only want a few plants the whole packet comes up and those things you really would like masses of are very shy about germinating.

Metheringham Dog Warden Update Summer 2011


Michael, the new Dog Warden for Metheringham wishes to remind dog owners that to leave your dog's foulings is a threat to children's health, it degrades the place you live in and it spreads disease.

If any resident witnesses an offence of dog fouling, please contact him on 07903 98451.

Please be mindful that this information is also relevant to all villagers in the MACLA area who should contact their dog warden similarly.

Dunston Scarecrow Weekend 17-18 Septemebr 2011

This year's Scarecrow weekend is the 17/18 September.

Attractions will include a Scarecrow Trail, Raffle and Tombola, Silver Sounds Band, refreshments, and the Fire Engine, with Evensong on Sunday at 6pm in St Peter's.

Entrance is free and the winner will be chosen, as usual, by the public.

More information from Sue on 320946 or Phyll on 321780.

News from your local Police Beat Team.

Bus Stop
Please can we remind residents that it is prohibited to stop in the marked out bus stops on the High Street, opposite the Co-op from Monday to Saturday between 7am and 7pm. The reason for this is to ensure the buses are clear of the highway when stopping to collect and drop off passengers and making it safer for other motorists and pedestrians crossing the road. Those vehicles found within the yellow markings of the bus stop will be issued with a £30 non- endorsable fixed penalty notice.

Summer Crime Prevention Advice
Burglary - The warmer weather has already arrived and this provides some ideal opportunities for Burglars.
Open Windows - You may be in another room or out in the garden but that open window is an opportunity.
Please close windows if leaving the room for any length of time and make sure exterior doors are locked even when home.
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

Garden Tools - In the Spring and Summer months many people turn their hand to a bit of gardening. If you enjoy gardening don't let it spoil your year. Garden tools are also perfect for breaking into your home, (make sure all tools are properly secured away from the hands of potential burglars). Lock garages and sheds with a good quality lock.

Street Briefing
Do you have any problems in your area? Not sure who to tell?
Why not speak to a member of your local Neighbourhood Policing Team?

The Neighbourhood Policing Team is holding a Street Briefing on Wednesday 15 June 2011 between 10am and Midday outside the Post Office on the High Street.

We are here to help - whether you have concerns regarding Anti-Social Behaviour, Criminal Damage, Speeding vehicles or just something you have spotted that is out of the ordinary and may be suspicious.

As a policing team we welcome information from the Public telling us what is happening within the community, however minor it may seem. Even if your problem does not appear to be a Policing matter, we can point you in the right direction and work with our partner agencies to try and find a solution. Come and see us!!

PCSO Lisa Duckworth

Metheringham WI Update Summer 2011

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WI membership goes from strength to strength. There are always visitors to welcome at the monthly meeting.

The February meeting was for members to talk/entertain about a subject they were interested in. The evening was opened by a 'Pam Ayres soundalike' - alias Jenni Honisett, reading some Pam Ayres well-known poems. Jean Simpson told us about her experiences nursing with the Princess Mary Royal Air Force Nursing Corps. Jayne Palmer tired herself, as well as us, with two action games. Sally Wilson spoke about the village celebrations for the Royal Wedding. Cynthia Dobbs concluded the evening with two funny poems about the WI.

The AGM was held at the March meeting and the committee was re-elected with Audrey Webb as President. Trophies were presented, reports read and thanks given for all the hard work over the year. The evening concluded with a fun, noisy game of Bag-Beetle where everybody is a winner. Rules!!:- Ask Audrey.

News from Metheringham Library Summer 2011


There are exciting developments at the library as from 13 June we will be re-opening with updated computers, some new stock and self-service. We will be closed for two weeks from 1 June to the 11 June for these changes to take place but you can take out up to 30 books to tide you over the closure period or use any of the other libraries in the local area or indeed any Lincolnshire library.

Self-service. What's so good about it?
Skip queues, it's quick and easy, customer privacy, pay your fines in private, access recent returns more easily, use your preferred language, get a receipt telling you when all of your books are due back.

Some people feel daunted by the self-service in supermarkets but don't worry these machines are quicker, easier and user friendly.

The machines won't talk to you though the staff will, as they will have more time to spend helping you to choose books or answer your enquiries.

You will need to bring your library card to use the new machines so, if you have lost yours, just tell us and we can soon make you a new one.

We have got quite a lot of new books to go on the shelves.

The new public computers will also be a vast improvement as our existing ones don't take any kind of memory storage device from another computer or digital camera.

We are getting a new multi-function machine to photocopy and to print from the computers so that will also be an improvement.

Some customers have commented that they don't want the library to become impersonal but, to be honest, it's too small for that to happen. We will still be there and be more available as there will be no counter acting as a barrier.

Pauline Ventress

your year round local venue for leisure, business or pleasure.

The year seems to be going very quickly but there is still time to let you know about a few things happening at the village hall.

The Annual General Meeting of the Metheringham Village Hall Management Committee took place on Tuesday 12 April at 7.30p.m. in the village hall. As usual we would like more local organisations to put forward a representative and for more groups to make use of the hall. You don't have to wait till the next AGM. As there were no other nominations the committee officers have not changed but advance notice was given that our Chairman and Treasurer are retiring next year. Could you fill the role? Do you think it is important that we have a village hall? Could you support and encourage the staff and/or keep an eye on the finances and send out the bills?. If you'd like to find out more, now is the time. We'd like you to come and see how things work now rather than waiting until March.

During the last year the hall has lost several regular bookings, for various reasons, and regrettably the decision was made and the resolution passed to increase the rates for hire.
The new rates are :
Before 6.00pm: preparation £6.50, function time £10 per hour.
After 6.00pm: preparation £8.50, function time £13 per hour.

We hope the new doors and entrance will be fully operational as soon as possible but all we can do to speed things up is keep on nagging.

What's coming up? Our Spring Fayre will have happened before you read this and the 50: 50 sale was surprisingly successful so another one may be held in the autumn. Helpers are always appreciated. Kurling continues on Friday nights at 7.00p.m. and all ages and abilities are welcome to come and join in. Our chairman called in one night and won a trophy!!

The facilities we have available were well demonstrated on Royal Wedding Day and we hope that despite the recent rise in some of the fees (the first rise for 5 years) hirers still find it good value for money. Don't forget it is your hall and needs your support.

Dot Howes (Sec)

Dunston Primary School News Summer 2011


So much has happened at school since my last article but here are a few highlights.
First of all I would like to say how much I and the children in Class 3 (who were invited to the dress rehearsal) enjoyed Branston Community Academy's production of We Will Rock You. It was a very difficult musical to stage but they did it so well with great professionalism.

The children have enjoyed a multicultural week which included a visit from Sunita Patel who brought us "The Indian Experience". This included story telling and a chance for all of the children to learn some Indian dancing.

On 25 March, Class 3 went on an excellent trip to York. They enjoyed the Jorvik Centre and the superb ride around the re-created Viking streets. They also went to a place called Dig where they learned all about archaeology in a very practical way.

Once again this year our cross country team did the school proud at the annual race at Nocton School on 28 March. Five schools took part and our team (three boys and three girls) came second overall. A special well done goes to Maisie who won the girls' race by a comfortable margin. Well done to all of the children who trained so hard around Dunston playing fields. Over twenty children came to the cross country club and showed what a fit group of children they are.

We have enjoyed a variety of Easter activities. The Easter service in the church was very well attended. I would like to thank the ladies from the church who made a lovely Easter garden which was on display in the school entrance and then in St.Peter's. The children enjoyed their annual egg hunt around the school grounds. They particularly enjoyed the prize of an Easter egg for the child who finds the most in each year group!

Finally, to celebrate the Royal Wedding, all of the children came to school wearing red, white and blue. They enjoyed a street party style lunch followed by lots of fun and games. Mrs Higginbottom, one of our governors, made a special cake for us and we presented every child with a commemorative mug.

Graham Boyall - Headteacher

Dunston School Summer Fete 15 July 2011

Dunston School Summer Fete will be held after sports day on 15 July from approximately 3.15pm.

If it is raining and sports day is postponed - we will hold the fete after the reserve sports day on 18 July (same time).

Everyone is very welcome to the Summer Fete.

Lincoln Moonlight Walk - Saturday 18 June

9pm start Lincoln City Football Club.

Approx 6 mile charity walks around Lincoln Town

This summer join thousands of inspirational women taking part in our Moonlight Walks across the county. The Moonlight Walks are exclusively for females so grab your girlfriends and walk under the stars in aid of our Hospice. The events offers a chance to have fun, support a worthy cause and perhaps remember a loved one. whatever your reason it will be guaranteed to be a night to remember. This is a local walk, benefiting local people. Every penny raised from the St Barnabas Moonlight Walk event will stay in Lincolnshire. The Moonlight walk is approximately 6 miles around the city, setting off and concluding at Lincoln City Football Club.

For those of you who have not yet experienced our Moonlight Walks, the night will be full of laughter, live music and a chance to have some fun with the girls. The party starts at 9pm with Singer Dave Springfield singing classics from Take That, Bryan Adams and Bon Jovi.

Registration costs just £10 which includes your walker pack, David Lloyd free pass, t-shirt, refreshments after competition of the Moonlight walk and your medal to commemorate your evening.

For information on this event, please contact Becky Otter, Events Fundraiser 01522 540300 . becky.otter@stbarnabashospice.co.uk

News from 1st Metheringham Scout Group

The last 3 months have been busy with activities and not forgetting all the bank holidays we have just had.

The Scouts have completed a survival camp weekend at Woodhall Spa. Activities to name but a few included building shelters, making fires, an evening trek (to count the stars), and cooking their food for themselves within each of their groups.

As stated in the last MACLA quarterly magazine, Andrew Peall and explorer Scouts were doing a sponsored 60mile walk from Caistor to Lincoln, to raise money to help our County Scout Explorers with finance and send them to Sweden for the world Jamboree. This was to be done in 3 legs and camping on Friday and Saturday nights.

On the second leg Andrew and the explorers were joined by three leaders from the Scout Group to camp for a night and complete the second leg with the explorers, they were: Deborah Peall, Deborah Lincoln, and Anita Garrick.

I am glad to say the walk was successful with some tired legs at the end but congratulations to all who took part in the walk and also to all who helped and gave support to a worthy cause.

We had a good show of 'Hatsfor' our Easter Bonnett Contest. The winner was Mrs June Wilson. I have never seen so many items on one hat. It was lovely. One gentleman entered and wore his tall colourful hat all morning. Well done to Mr Woodhead. We had a good laugh. Many thanks to all who took part.

Our Annual Senior Citizen Party, held in the village hall on Sat 9 April was a great success despite numbers being down on last year. Many thanks to all who helped with transport, flowers, sherry, tables, etc. Also for all the lovely raffle prizes. The food was prepared and served by Maggie, Lyn and sue and the entertainment was by Nic and Nita.
Our first outing of the year will be to Doncaster on Tues 14 June and then the next to Skegness on Tues 16 August. Buses to both will leave the village at 9.00 am.

Our AGM is to be held on Tues 7 June in the Chapel Hall, Fen Road at 10.00 am. Everyone is welcome.

Pam Woolley (Sec)

MAD Update Summer 2011


From your MAD Society!!

MAD was delighted to be asked to perform in the Live Sleaford event at Little Theatre, Sleaford at the end of April in a one act play. 'Unexpected Item in the Baggage Area' written by Lynn Brittany was the play chosen by our director Ken Frape. This was a resounding success and we have decided to bring this to the Village Hall in Meg and will be performing this on the 8 / 9 July together with another one act play by the same author, ' The Luvvies'. This play will be directed by Sue Kelly. You will be able to buy tickets on the door and for further information you can also see our website www.metheringhamamateurdramatics.co.uk which will keep you up to date with our further productions.

We tried to cast 'Our Day Out' by Willy Russell but we had difficulty in getting enough young people involved. We have decided to put this play on the back burner, and hope to revive this when we can get a cast.

In October, the autumn play will be 'Ghost Train' by Arnold Ridley (who plays Godfrey in 'Dads Army'). Written in 1923 this is a good old fashioned ghost story set in a railway station waiting room. Keep the last week of September and first weekend in October free!

A date which resounds this year is 11.11.11 and to mark this special day MAD is arranging two evenings of concerts on the 11 / 12 November to raise funds for Help the Heroes and the Royal British Legion. The programme will include recollections, poems, sketches and songs reflecting the theme of remembrance. Jill Corah who is directing this for us, would like anyone who has first hand memories or information about their time in any conflict since World War 1, that they might care to share with us, to get in touch with her on 01526 340045 so that these may perhaps be incorporated in the concerts.

If you would like to join us please contact our Membership Secretary, Fran Pembery on 320827.

We are looking forward to bringing you another great year of excellent entertainment.

Sally Wilson

An Afternoon in Blankney - 19 July 2011

At St Oswald Church Blankney

Come and enjoy



Guided village walk

At 2.00 pm & 3.30 pm

Organ Music throughout afternoon

Afternoon tea

Raffle & Stalls

All proceed to the

St Oswald Tower Repair Fund

MADSPA Swimming Pool Update Summer 2011

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Metheringham & District Swimming Pool Association looks forward to seeing you all this season. We hope we all have a good season and the weather is kind to us.
The opening times can be seen on the below

Di Robinson (Chair)


Metheringham Primary School News Summer 2011


We have welcomed this lovely spring weather which has lifted spirits and has encouraged us all outside to enjoy the sunshine. Work has started in the school gardens and the pupils have enjoyed spring walks and mini beast hunts in the grounds and the village.

Our yearly residential to the Kingswood West Runton centre in Norfolk took place at the end of March. We were blessed with wonderful, sunny weather during the school week away and the pupils had access to many of the outdoor activities that were on offer. As well as all of the challenging high ropes activities, pupils took part in laser quest, go-carting, fencing, archery and many problem solving and team building activities. Time was also spent on the beach at West Runton where pupils studied marine life and habitats in the rock pools and on a river study trip in the Norfolk countryside.

Nocton - The Last Years of an Estate Village - Volume Two.

By the time you read this we will have launched the second volume.

This will be available from

D & K News in Metheringham and from the Post Office in Nocton during opening hours.

Or from Sue Morris, 7 The Avenue, Nocton LN4 2BN.

K9 Walkers

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K9 walkers is a small dog friendly walking group who organise regular walks from different venues out into the local countryside. There are many well documented health benefits to regular exercise and we are now into the warmer weather making it an ideal time to take up walking if you have never done much before. We cover the Lincoln and Sleaford areas so the MACLA Area is close to the middle of our patch.

The walks usually take 40mins to an hour and a quarter (at a steady pace) and then afterwards, for those who wish to, we visit a pub/cafe to recover and have a good natter (of course this bit is optional! - we know not everybody has enough spare time to do this as well).

Not everybody who comes on our walks has a dog; actually it is always a bonus to us if someone comes who does not have one as it is a free pair of hands. However walks are chosen with the dogs in mind so we tend to avoid stiles, cattle fields etc. Some of our walks would also be suitable for wheelchairs.

We are very fortunate around here to have such a wide range of well marked paths within a relatively small area. Not everybody realises what good walking there is just a short drive away. In addition to the walks we also organise a couple of extra events each year such as the summer outing and a Christmas party.

If you do not have transport, this is not necessarily a problem, as currently there can always be extra space in other cars.

We have a webpage for further information at www.k9walkers.org.uk or alternatively call Clare on 07795986460

St Wilfrid's Church, Metheringham Summer 2011


Quinquennial Inspection

Churches have to be inspected every five years, and St Wilfrid's survey took place in March and the report has just been received. It was carried out by David Glew of Glew + Smith, from Lincoln, who has been surveying the church since 1984. Overall the church received a clean bill of health (relatively speaking). People will remember the recent outbreak of dry rot which was repaired in 2009/2010. Before that, rusting ironwork had been removed from the four sides of the tower battlements, and the stonework rebuilt.
This time some DIY items were listed for volunteers to undertake. Then repairs to stonework, repointing, rainwater goods and roof repairs, were listed for the most urgent attention. After that, plaster, glazing and metalwork require action. In due course, redecorations, and joinery items need attention. Finally, speculation on future improvements included improved lighting, replacing the north nave gutter, the clock, redecorations, and some new joinery work.

Glew + Smith are very experienced church architects and surveyors, who also carry out domestic work, surveys for house buyers, reports on defects, etc.

On receipt of the report. although a mention was made that we received a clean bill of work (relatively speaking), estimates of work required in the next few years could total over £20,000 to keep the building up to the required standard.

Over the last few months we have had increasing trouble around the church and if anyone does see anything suspicious they should contact the police who are aware of our problems.

Richard Brewin

A very difficult season has at last come to an end. We have been pushing for better changing facilities since before I became Chairman (some 21 years ago) and for the last five years we have been expecting to get the go ahead to build on the Village Sports field. Sadly the Parish and County Council have once again failed to reach an agreement over the ownership / usage of the land and so again our plans have been put on hold.

Clearly as a FA Charter Status Football Club it is not sufficient to ensure that we have the correct number of coaches and that everybody involved is CRB checked, it is also important that we have changing rooms and toilets, especially for the many ladies and the disabled visitors we entertain each weekend.

Further major disruption to the smooth running of our club has been caused by the untimely illnesses of two of our stalwart committee members: Steve Asher has been battling his illness for over a year now and his involvement with the Sunday First Team has been sadly missed. Also this year, groundsman Brian Blackband, had to have an operation which has finally curtailed his excellent work in keeping the sport field and pitches up to scratch. We have tried during the season to keep the pitches up to Brian's standard but have in reality failed miserably. As always it is only when people are not there, that you realise how important their contribution was and we wish them both well. Add to this the loss of major sponsor and helper, Butch, together with the effective loss of our HQ (The Star). Then losing over half a team to the newly formed AFC Red Lion and then the snow, it has made the running of the Football Club difficult, to say the least, this season.

Metheringham FC - Junior Awards 2011


Metheringham FC - Junior Awards At the football club's recent presentation evening Graham (Butch) Bromfield made the following presentations:

  • Daniel Lindsey Top Scorer

  • Ethan Thompson Player's Player

  • Benjamin Whitehouse Man of Match

  • Charlie Pogson Parent's Player

  • Joe Howard Manager's Player


  • Jake Matson Top Scorer

  • Kelton Wardle Team Player

  • Keiran Farrow Player's Player

  • Sofie Moss Most Improved

  • Matthew Harrison Manager's Player


  • Oliver Smith Top Scorer

  • Jamie Gaukroger Team Player

  • Jay Pacey Player's Player

  • Shay Connolly Most Improved

  • Luke Wollington Manager's Player


  • Nathan Fenwick Top Scorer

  • Ryan Bellamy Manager's Player

  • Josh Hill Player's Player

  • Alex Bond Most Improved

  • Noah Gaunt Sporting Award


  • Sam Flintham Team Player

  • Lewis Kelly Manager's Player

  • Harry Wright Player's Player

  • Aaron Stafford Most Improved

  • Josh Siddons Supporters Player


  • Ridwan Sadi Top Scorer

  • Scott Rogers Manager's Player

  • Joe Mitchell Player's Player

  • Andy Saffin Most Improved

  • Gabriel Gaunt Sportsman

Managers of Season - Under 10A - Paul Chamber / Jim Pacey / Steve Gaukroger
Golden Glove Award Kieran Farrow
Golden Boot Award Lewis Kelly
Club Personality Liz Rogers
Dayne Grove Memorial Trophy / Young Player of Season
Scott Rogers

Blankney Cricket Club Update Summer 2011


By the time this reaches you the cricket season will be well and truly underway.
The club has three teams this year with a change of leadership for two of them. The Saturday team again plays in the South Lincs and Border League with Ian Holvey taking over as captain. The Sunday side who play in the Lincoln League will be captained by Cameron Donald. The Blankney Estates midweek team continues as last year with Simon Atkinson at the helm.

Pre-season indoor nets have taken place at RAF Digby and our thanks go to the Commanding Officer for allowing us the use of their excellent facilities. Since the arrival of the better weather and lighter nights we have also been netting each Wednesday evening with an excellent turnout of younger players giving us great hope for the future. Hopefully with all the practice we have had we will be able to hit the ground running as the season progresses.

Lindum Accordion Club Update Summer 2011


The Kyiv Duo - Return by Popular Demand

We are very fortunate to be on this year's UK Tour programme of the Kyiv Duo. These two young men from the Ukraine have received fantastic reviews wherever they have performed, and when they visited the Club last year they gave us one of our best-ever evenings of world-class accordion playing.

Lovers of classical music will be dazzled by the virtuosity shown by these two young men, both still in their twenties. Oleksiy and Igor also proved themselves to be very personable entertainers, with amusing links between pieces.

The main reason for the annual tours is to raise money for a charity which supports disabled children who suffered as a result of the Chernobyl disaster. Please spread the word so that we can fill the hall for them.

They are with us on Wednesday 20 July in Wragby Town Hall. The evening starts at 7.30pm.

Admission to the evening will be free, as is our normal practice, but we shall invite the audience to make a voluntary donation to this most worthy cause. Last year the appreciative audience donated more than £200. Such was the quality of the entertainment.

For more information contact Geoff Brown on 01526 321490.

Metheringham Rail Station

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The railway came to Metheringham in 1882. The line was built from Yorkshire to Cambridgeshire, the Great Northern and Great Eastern Railways. The 'Joint Line', as it became known, was born from a desire by the Great Eastern Railway to link its operating heartland in East Anglia with the coalfields in the North.

The station was opened on 1 August 1882 as Blankney and Metheringham (the signal box today still being referred to as Blankney). Shortly after opening, the prominent landowner and Member of Parliament in the area, the 1st Viscount Chaplin constructed a mile long coach road, known as Blankney Ride, to take visitors discreetly and directly from the station to his home at Blankney Hall. Such visitors are rumoured to include the then Prince of Wales, who would come 'into the country' for 'amorous liaisons'.

The hall was badly damaged by fire in 1945 and subsequently demolished in 1960 but the ride still exists today (complete with bridge to avoid the Blankney-Martin Road) as a pleasant public walk through the woods to Blankney from opposite the station.
(29 Aug 11 - Ed's note .This is factually incorrect. see 1st comment below!)

Call for Knitting Wool


I am on a trawl for any knitting wool that parishioners have spare, any colour, any ply, any quantity. Pastel colours are knitted into baby cardigans and hats and go to the Premature Baby Care Ward at Lincoln County Hospital. Colours not suitable for baby wear are either knitted into items and donated to charities, or are knitted into squares to make blankets for cat and/or dog rescue homes. Would be willing to collect any wool.

Contact number 01526 322950

Lincoln Railway Society


Living in the MACLA catchment area I am sure you are well aware we are served by the National Rail network and that the future of our services looks good. Recent improvements to the Metheringham station car park have provided us with a very presentable station and concourse.

In our area we have some unique rail history with the 'Joint' Line still running through Metheringham and the concentration of railways through Lincoln itself where the geography of the land dictated the routes through the 'Lincolnshire Gap' ensured all the railways came together to pass through Lincoln at two locations on the High Street. Locally we have the history of the agricultural narrow gauge railways, which included the Nocton Estates light Railway, on which there was an article in MACLA Issue 42.

Lincoln Railway Society.
The Society meets every month at St Hugh's Church Hall, Harewood Crescent, North Hykeham. We have a respectable membership of over 70, including people from our local villages, and we meet each month for a presentation on a variety of railway topics (old and new), illustrated talks and slide shows with presenters from all over the country.
We have a subsidised trip to a Heritage Railway each summer and various self funded trips to railway installations throughout the year. Members frequently meet for photographic outing when specials run through our area or summer evenings which allow us to 'Get out more'! Members receive a monthly Journal and visit other Railway Societies in the East Midlands

If you are interested in any aspect of railways you may find our Society a refreshing way to meet like minded folk and pass a pleasant evening once a month. If you would like to see what we get up to, we would like to meet you.

If you are in a position to give railway orientated presentations we would also like to hear from you.

You are welcome to attend your first meeting without charge, as a taster.

For more information please contact the Lincoln Railway Society Secretary in Metheringham, Alan Cragg, on 01526 321494 or the Publicity Member, Graham Lightfoot, on 01522 705365

Silver Sounds Band Update Summer 2011


Silver Sounds Band

Details of Summer School; Mon 15 Aug - Fri 19 Aug

Presentation of Awards
The Band recently held a presentation of awards / social evening at which each player in the Band was presented with a certificate of achievement by Roy Duncan, the Musical Director; and he then presented the following awards:

  • Player of the Year: Samuel Palmer (Principal Tuba)

  • Most Promising Player: Sophie Fox (Repiano Cornet)

  • Most Improved Player: Maisy Paterson (Cornet)

  • Most Promising Beginner: Jonathan Fielden (Cornet)

  • Bandsman of the Year: Adam Simpson (Cornet) Georgia Fulop (Flugel)

Lincoln Music Festival 2011
In March this year the Band's Principal Tuba player, Samuel Palmer, entered the brass solo class at the Lincoln Music Festival - he performed Tuba Smarties in his own inimitable style and was awarded 3rd place. Well done to Sam!

Booking the Band
Just a word about booking the Band - if you would like the Band to play at any event you are organising please give as much notice as possible (contact details as above). The Band does usually make a charge for performing and all money goes directly to the Band in order to support the running costs.

Helen Duncan

Nocton Village Plan


The proposed Nocton Community Plan was held on the 20 April with over 40 people in attendance to offer their initial ideas and clarify what was actually being proposed and what involvement the Parish Council would have. Regarding the latter the Parish Council confirmed that they had no 'formal' involvement at this time and the meeting was being held to see if such a Plan was of interest to the community.

Discussion began with people explaining what they like about Nocton and what keeps them there. The general feeling was that people love living there because they feel their village is an attractive, peaceful, safe and tranquil place to live. Would you agree?
The discussion then went on to explore what dislikes there were and what improvements people would like to see in the future. These thoughts were more than varied and naturally depended on people's needs and what they liked doing in their spare time. Examples of this were that some would like to see a shop and café, some would like to have access to more recreational facilities and some would like the overall appearance of the village enhanced by planting flowers and using more traditional signage. It was clear that many people were unhappy about dog owners allowing their dogs to foul the footpaths and fields. The Parish Council is already mindful of this and had employed a Dog Warden to tackle non-compliant owners.

Overall it was felt the meeting was a very encouraging start to community engagement and they now needed to build on this to ensure that they hear from all members of the community before establishing the top priorities. Community Links is to support the venture with their expertise and experience in creating community plans which of course will include ways to bid for necessary funding.

A small group of volunteers formed a steering group which set their first meeting for 24 May to discuss how to engage more residents and to keep people informed of the progress being made.

If you have any suggestions, particularly if you already run group activities in the village, do please use the boxes set up in the Village Hall and the Post Office.

For more information on what a Parish Plan is go to:-

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Dunston Hub


The Dunston HUB started in the Village Hall on Thursday 12 May (2pm - 4pm). Initially this venture is for six months on one day a month so do come along to find out what it is all about! It is for everyone from the youngest to the oldest so hopefully it will be convenient for many residents including parents collecting children from school.

The village does not have a shop anymore and with increasing fares and possibly less frequent bus services, it was thought a new idea was needed.

At Dunston Hub you can pop in and have a cup of tea or coffee with a slice of cake, meet new people or chat with friends and browse what is on offer. This is an opportunity for you to bring any surplus home grown fruit and vegetables to sell. If you have hens - do you have eggs for sale? There will certainly be cakes on offer. Homemade jams, pickles or preserves always find a buyer. Sell your surplus plants etc. - in fact anything you make or grow which is surplus to your needs - please bring it along and see if anyone would like them. Crafts and greetings cards would surely do well. There will be a book stall where you can borrow three books for a month for £1. You can also pick up a copy of Mature Times (in June) and maybe a magazine or two free. A visiting butcher selling local meat (Horncastle area) and basic grocery items will come into the car park. The fishmonger will also call to sell fish direct from Grimsby.

Thursday has been chosen for this venture to coincide with the Post Office facility and hopefully, popping into the Dunston HUB will encourage everyone to use it for their postal needs and phone top-ups.

We have funding for use of the Village Hall for only 6 months, so to make this idea work we need your support. To raise funds for the future hire of the Hall, anyone selling at the HUB will be asked for a 10% donation of the price of items sold.

If any resident would like to help with this venture, then please contact Diana on 320460 or Jean on 07506 330080.

Starlite Twirlers Update Summer 2011


Although Starlite Twirlers have been through quite a lot of change over the past few years, they are continuing to twirl under the guidance of Katie Garrick and Gemma Casey. We owe a great deal of thanks to both of these girls for their hard work and determination in keeping the troupe going!

The troupe would like to say a big congratulations to Katie on the somewhat surprise arrival of 'baby Billie', who made a lovely mascot at our recent comp!

This year saw the troupe returning to BIBTA where they have just returned from competing in a regional competition in Skegness, where they competed in various sections with once again great results:

  • Juvenile A Baton: first place,

  • Senior Baton: second place,

  • Senior Military: third place,

  • Juvenile A Pom: third place.

The following girls received leader and mascot places -

  • Ellie-May Williams - first place - Juvenile A Baton Leader,

  • Jess Reynolds - second place - Junior A Baton Mascot,

  • Katie Garrick - third place - Flag Leader,

  • Sophie Casey - third place - Senior Baton Leader,

  • Gemma Casey - third place - Leader Senior Pom,

  • Becky Blackband - third place - Senior Military Leader.

The troupe was honoured to receive the Barbara White memorial trophy in memory of a very special lady!! The troupe is proud of every one of the girls who went out and competed against the odds and did every one of us proud. Well done each and every one of you!!!!

Sadly one member of the troupe, Tia-Rose who is fighting an on-going battle with Cystic Fibrosis, was unfortunately admitted to hospital at the last minute and was unable to participate in the competition. Tia-Rose is greatly missed and the whole troupe wishes her a speedy recovery.

This summer the troupe will be taking part in various displays around the county and look forward to competing again with BIBTA in Skegness at the national championships in October.

The troupe would like to thank every committee member or parent for all their hard work and determination to keep the troupe running. We would like to wish Becky Dennis all the best in her forthcoming marriage and new arrival!

The troupe are looking to recruit new members from school age upwards and meet every Monday from 4.30 - 6.00 at Metheringham Village Hall. Please feel free to come along and have fun whilst learning a new skill. For further information please contact Mandy Casey on 07903 314707.

Shooting Stars Update Summer 2011


Shooting Stars has just celebrated its 2nd birthday and currently has 24 members. All the girls have been working hard in preparation for a competition over the weekend 21/ 22 May in Great Yarmouth. There will be 11 troupes competiting so the competition will be tough but I am sure that all the girls will do their best and enjoy another great weekend away.

I would just like to say a quick thank you to Beccy Baker, Laura Southern and Lauren Taylor-Raymond for their help and support over the last couple of months. Also thank you to all the parents and girls for your well wishes -I am pleased to annouce the safe arrival of baby Mia-Grace, I am sure she will be twirling before we know it.

Shooting Stars will be recruiting children aged 5 plus from the 12 June, no previous experience is necessary although we welcome previous twirlers old and young.

Anyone wishing for more information please email : shootingstarsdisplayteam@live.co.uk or call 07920 147392

Good luck to all the team

Cathy Raymond

Metheringham PC Planning Meeting 08 June 2011

The next planning meeting will take place on

Wednesday 8th june 2011at 7.30pm
in the Pavilion, Prince's Street (next to the school and swimming pool)
Press and public welcome.

Prior to the official start of the meeting a public forum of 15 minutes will be held if required. The public may address the committee between 7.15pm and 7.30pm.

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