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Toft Tots meet every Thursday at Toft Newton Community Centre from 9.15 – 11am

New to Toft Newton is the ‘Newtoft Craft Club'. Being held on December 4 th , 7.15 to 9.15pm then every other week. Over 16's only. Please come along for a chat, some fun and maybe learn something new. For further information please contact Vanessa Oakes on club page.

December events :

Saturday 15th December - Christmas Bingo - for bingo members only. It is always a wonderful night with lots of great prizes. Eyes down at 6.30pm

On Saturday 22nd December we are holding the members children's Christmas party at 6pm.

And on Sunday 23rd December, join us for Newtoft guitarists Carols and Christmas songs at 6pm. This is always a great night with mulled wine and mince pies.

Monday 24 th December we have our Christmas Eve disco and raffle, 8pm

And to see the year out, why not join us for our New Years Eve disco at 8pm.


St Michael's Church, Newton


Saturday December 8th is the much-anticipated date for our Christmas Prize Bingo. Eyes down at 7pm. Thank you all for your continued support.

Peter Wood



Christian Discussion Group with Supper at New Toft

Monday Evenings term time at the social Centre in New Toft. programmme starts with a meal at 6.15 pm. Joint initiative with Methodists and open to all. Contact Steph Orr 01673 885573


Fitness by Dance ~ Enquiries Steph Orr 01673 885573 ~ A class every Tuesday 6.30-7.30 at the New Toft Village Hall .... £ 2. New dancers always welcome.

Newtoft Pups .... Come on you Pups!


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Faldingworth Parish News

Faldingworth Primary School

We cannot believe that it is the New Year 2019 already. It doesn't seem long since we started this new school year in September, yet we can see how our pupils have grown both academically and in size since then! We have to comment on the lovely Christmas season we enjoyed. There were lots of festivities. The highlights being our Christmas Fayre, our wonderful nativity and the Christmas carol service on our last day. Not forgetting our special visitor, Santa and his elves who magically appeared on our Christmas Party Day! It is a special time of year at school and despite the usual seasonal coughs and colds, our pupils really did thrive throughout December and showed us how much they appreciate the true meaning of Christmas. 

The children have met several governors recently, as they have undertaken learning walks and monitored the schools approach to early years and maths. Some of the governors have attended various training sessions and have also helped in updating school policies. Our governors are committed to the school and are active in supporting the head teacher, with school improvement initiatives. Their support for our school is amazing. Our Friends of the School Community have already raised over £700 from September to November. Thank you to the committee and to all our families and supporters in the community for joining in our fundraising events. 

The New Year promises many exciting opportunities at Faldingworth School with lots of exciting lessons planned. We have completed a whole term of Spanish so we are looking forward to developing our language skills this year. We look forward to welcoming Professor Poopenschtinken and his magical maths club. This will run weekly as an after school club for children in years 1 - 6. Year 5 and 6 have started to plan their residential summer adventure and this year they are going to stay at Penistone in the Peaks. All this and we also have the Pantomime trip to the Broadbent Theatre to squeeze in. This year it is Beauty and the Beast. It is sure to be a hit with the children.

Happy New Year to You All!

Kerri Grummel

To visit the school, please telephone 01673 885366 to make an appointment or to make a general enquiry.


Faldingworth WI

November's meeting of Faldingworth and District WI took the form of a general knowledge quiz. Two teams took part in a closely fought battle during which the winning team only dropped one point! 

In December, we were entertained by John Hall speaking on 'Christmas Now and Then, followed by a lovely spread of party goodies.

Coming up on January 8th we will be introduced to Tap Dancing by Susan Mitchell-Smith and on February 12th Carole Raynor will tell us all about Bee Keeping.

Visitors are always welcome at any of our meetings.

Julia Pullen



Wilf Moxon, originally from Leeds, who used to be a chef at RAF Scampton, successfully cycled around 8 Lincolnshire Churches, raising £135 in 2018 for All Saints Church, Faldingworth. Well done Wilf!

Loving Faldingworth

We came to live in Faldingworth in February 1970, prior to that we had lived in Bishopbridge. We arrived on a snowy morning with two small children and 43 years on we still live here. What first attracted us to the village was the village school, it was within walking distance of our home. The village shop and the Post Office were also on the High Street, the Church and Chapel were within walking distance with the two pubs close by. Even then there were lots of things going on and we were asked to join the Guild, the Village Hall, the Chapel, Church and the WI. We wanted to Christen our son who had arrived on the previous Christmas morning! I still belonged to The Middle Rasen Young Wives Group and thoroughly enjoyed all the activities they provided. Luckily there were several young children in the village and they all went to the local primary school. They attended Sunday School and went swimming together at Scampton and joined the local Youth Club. We were able to join in lots of the activities as the children grew up. Now, we are very fortunate in that we have a bus service to Grimsby and Lincoln, the bus pass is a real boon. The bowls and short tennis clubs are thriving. A craft club and book club, Women's Institute and Friendship Club meet regularly and sometimes we have a real treat as we did recently when Malcolm Forrest brought his “Wurlitzer” to the village hall and we were able to enjoy an afternoon of proper dancing! It was fantastic! We are blessed with so many talented and friendly people in Faldingworth . Shirley and Laurie Oxborrow


Bee Crafty is a newly formed craft group where people can go along and learn new crafting skills. The group is well attended and they have already made some very interesting boxes, crafted cards and started learning how to crotchet. Their intention is to develop a range of crafting skills suitable for a range of age groups and already have plans in place to make hand crafted wall hangings, cushions, fabric or floral door wreaths and sugar craft cake decorations. Isn't it lovely that children are encouraged to learn traditional crafts? All this takes place at the Memorial Hall in Faldingworth the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month from 7 pm to 9 pm and costs £2 for adults and £1 for children


Every Thursday afternoon at 2 pm the members of Faldingworth Indoor Bowls Club meet at the Memorial Hall for a 2 hour session of short mat bowls. We went along to “find out all about it” and received a lovely warm welcome and a cup of tea (it was break time). The group was started around 25 years ago by Phil Blower, Sarah Hurd, Arthur Speed, Charles Waite, Ron Westman and the late Mr & Mrs Wheeldon. Laurie said that the secret to their success is that they play all year round, for fun. They don't enter competitions, they just have a good time, socialising and enjoying themselves. Play is to a very high standard and there does seem to be a bit of friendly rivalry between the players. New members are always welcome, so if you are interested in joining in with the group just go along for 2pm on any Thursday and you are sure to get a warm welcome, a game of bowls and a nice cup of tea and biscuit. Want to know more? Then ring Laurie on 885563.

Faldingworth W I held an open meeting in April and invited Flight Lieutenant Mike Chatterton to give a talk about The Lancaster Bomber. Guests and members were invited to dress appropriately, in 1940s style, although this was not compulsory, but as you can see from the photo dressing up was a must for some! Mike told the group that this father was also a pilot, serving in the Second World War flying Lancaster Bombers. Mike also had links with the W I as his mother, Jean, was a member of the W I and served as Federation Chairman in our area. Mike has served in the Falklands War, Afghanistan and more recently in Libya with 51 Squadron flying Nimrods. During his talk and slide show Mike talked about flying the ‘City of Lincoln ' Lancaster from 1989 – 1997 and that he does trips on ‘Just Jane' Lancaster at East Kirkby . Mike has also been involved in fly pasts for the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and on VJ day flew over Buckingham Palace and dropped 1 million poppies down on the Mall. Everyone had a magnificent evening that was finished off with a lovely supper and a chance to chat with Mike. Christine Waite , Faldingworth WI

1940s ladies are Brenda Wright, Lesley Forrest, Meggs Graham-Rack and Susan Mitchell Smith. Photo taken by Charles Waite


from Sue Pottinger


Friesthorpe Village

At St Peter's Church, Friesthorpe on Saturday 1st September we held our September Fayre. The weather was fine, and the raffle, tombola, craft and baking tables were all very busy. Everyone enjoyed the cream scones, admired the face painting and had a flutter on the tombola and raffle stalls. We are really grateful for the generosity of all those who helped to make it so successful, thanks to the many gifts they both brought and bought! Special thanks must also be given to the local businesses and shops who kindly donated prizes, and also to the support given by Jenny, the Community Champion at Tesco Market Rasen. The grand sum of £500 was raised, and will help towards the on-going restoration work necessary to the church building. Thank you to you all. Janet Pitchforth.

Royal Quiz raises funds In order to boost our funds, there is a quiz available on the Royal Family the closing date is the end of November.  Copies can be obtained from Scothern Garden Centre and inside of Friesthorpe Church .  Entry is £1, and a bottle of wine will be awarded to one winner who gets all the right answers. Heather Moore

Villagers in training A huge word of thanks needs to go out to David Pitchforth, (ably assisted by his brother) for their sterling work in helping to preserve our local church.  David in particular has worked tirelessly and with expertise on the tower and walls of the church.  He is also training other villagers in the art of pointing. Heather Moore


Barkwith & District WI

On  12th January, 2019, Jenny Stimpson will tell us about Tesco's food waste initiatives - a topic which sounds daunting, but is becoming increasingly important in daily life.   We shall also be discussing the Resolutions, and deciding which one should go forward to the National Annual Meeting later in the year.

The competition will be “A Recycled Item”

Meetings are held in Barkwith Hall, beginning at 7.30pm.  Visitors are always welcome.


Barkwith Gardners


This year's AGM, was held in late November. We had a good turnout of members and friends.   The Chair's report was read by Chris Raynor, Lyn Small, our Minutes Secretary, read the list of the years trips and holidays, to refresh our memories, and our Treasurer, Sheila Minns gave an encouraging report on the state of our finances. We are happy to know we are in good shape, thank you Sheila.

After the business, Michael Bradley entertained us with a show of slides taken on some of the trips organised by Les Robinson, which were greatly enjoyed. It was a lovely reminder of days out and holidays during the year, and we look forward to a new programme of Les' trips next year. After the slide show, we enjoyed refreshments with lots of mince pies; Lyn Small and Pat Walker served these, thanks to both ladies for taking on this task every meeting, you are appreciated. Thanks also to Yvonne Bryson who ran the Christmas raffle, and ensured everyone received a prize! Our November Flower of the Month winner and indeed Annual Flower of the Month was Lyn Small. This competition is organised and run by our Programme Secretary, Jean Thompson, so thank you Jean! Some lucky people have just returned from a four-day weekend to Liverpool. On arrival, a two hour guided tour was both informative and enjoyable, and was followed by a visit to the Wheel of Liverpool, and the Maritime Museum. Some people also visited the two Cathedrals. A visit then to Speke Hall, a rare Tudor timber framed Manor House belonging to the National Trust, with displays of Victorian carvings, arts and crafts. The return journey brought a visit to Wentworth Woodhouse near Rotherham; a Grade 1 listed Country House of enormous proportions.


Hoping 2019 brings good weather, for gardening of course, as well as Les's trips and holidays!

Ch ris Raynor




The Quiz, held at the Heneage Arms on 18th November, was very enjoyable. The teams were very competitive, and very good-humoured. Quiz-master John had a wide selection of questions, the refreshments were plentiful and delicious, and together provided an excellent evening's entertainment, whilst raising over £450 for Parish funds.





It is over forty years since I came to East Barkwith, and there have been many changes in the village since then.  One of the shops became a cafe, then a private house. The chapel ceased to be used for worship, and joined its two predecessors in private use. The YMCA hut was taken down just before it fell down, and was replaced by the Village Hall, which has itself been extended and modified. The reading room, where the Scouts paraded for Baden-Powell, was used as the school dining room, and has gone, replaced by the Play Area. The school and school house, where I kept a bucket on the stairs to catch the rain leaking through the roof, has been converted to a house on sale for over half a million pounds. The pub has gone up-market. The doctor's surgery moved from one bungalow to another, and eventually went to Wragby. The garage has disappeared.  The seed store has been converted into a desirable residence, and the fertiliser factory has been demolished and replaced with another large house. New houses have been built on fields and former gardens - some shoe-horned into spaces which seem impossibly small. Hedges have been grubbed out, then replanted. Farming practices have changed, the machinery has got larger, and tourists have become one of the crops.

However, some things don't change. The people in the village have inevitably changed over forty years, but the present inhabitants are as neighbourly and generous as their predecessors. The Post Office is still there, as is the church.  The response to the restoration appeal shows how much the church is valued by the people of the village - valued for what it represents, and as the village's outstanding building.

Mary Jordan



In late 2009 the parapet and pinnacles of the tower of St Mary's Church were found to be unsafe and had to be removed. The cost of doing this swallowed up the church's entire fabric fund. On the advice of the church architect the committee applied to English Heritage for a grant towards the cost of restoring the tower and renewing the leaking roof and the inadequate drainage system which had allowed water incursion to damage interior plaster work. One year later we were told that the application had been successful and so began the formidable task of raising £38,000, this being 20% of the costs estimated by English Heritage. It was a condition of the grant that the village should do this. A fund raising campaign began in April 2011, initiated by an inspiring document entitled Olympics Restoration Project 2012 which was the brainchild of Martyn Chambers and distributed to every house in the village by Martyn and his family. Over 80% of the village residents and some former residents too responded most generously to the appeal in a number of ways. Many fund raising events were held and applications made to a large number of grant giving organisations and charities. By the autumn of 2011 Martyn was able to tell the village in another moving document that we were well on track to meeting the target. Then came a setback. Six contractors had been invited to tender for the work, but all the tenders came in well above the estimate supplied by English Heritage. In response to a plea for more financial assistance English Heritage granted a further sum, but at the same time, cut some of the intended work, in particular the internal plaster work and subsequent redecoration. In addition to this blow we were devastated to learn that the wiring to the heating system and the organ was unsafe and would have to be disconnected. It looked very much as if we could be left with a building which was structurally sound whilst inside a freezing church plaster would continue to fall from the walls. Next for the good news!


In a final update entitled” You have done it!” Martyn was able to tell the residents and friends of St Mary's that they had excelled themselves by donating a staggering £29,000. Events had raised £7,000, twice what we'd aimed for and other grant giving bodies, so impressed by the efforts of this small community had donated a total of £46,000. Where, you may want to know, will all this “extra” money go? The answer is that everything will be spent on the church. The cost of plasterwork and redecoration has been estimated in excess of £10,000, the wiring to the organ alone will be around £600 and as for the cost of a new heating system, it will run into tens of thousands. If there happened to be any left in the kitty we would very much like to install a toilet and servery, making St Mary's fit for purpose in the 21 st century. It is fitting that this project was entitled Olympic Restoration 2012. Now with the Olympics upon us, those of us who have seen it through from 2009 are ready to pass on the baton to others who we hope will take it forward. Centuries ago the people of East Barkwith gave us our beautiful church. Over the years, others have carried the baton onwards and now in 2012 the people of the village have saved it for generations to come. Thanks to those who responded so magnificently to the appeal, work will shortly begin on our church. As the latest document said “YOU have done it!”

Whilst work on the church is in progress services at St Mary's Church, East Barkwith , services will be held elsewhere. Please watch the church notice board, or phone Anne on 01673 858249 or Mary on 01673 858395 for up to date information.


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