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NEWS from Faldingworth 

Eurovision Night 14th May 

Coming up at your village hall - on 14th May it's EUROVISION! The village hall will be open from 6.30 with the Eurovision final being shown on our big screen - for an evening full of laughs, groans and tears when we lose again - AND - the FISH & CHIP VAN will be there so come along and get your chips! 

Queen's Jubilee Celebrations in Faldingworth - 4th and 5th June 

Faldingworth is holding a competition for the best decorated window / front of house in the village -There will be a prize for the winning household, which will be announced on 4th June.

Faldingworth School are producing a frieze to commemorate the years of the Queen's reign - this will be exhibited in the Village Hall on 4th June along with an original piece of art created by Faldingworth Art Zone.

On Saturday 4th June, an AFTERNOON TEA will be held in the village hall which will be decorated with bunting, union jack tablecloths, flags etc. Please can any bakers or wannabe bakers in the village contribute cakes! On Saturday evening, a VILLAGE SUPPER and COCKTAIL EVENING will be held in the village hall whilst showing the QUEEN'S CONCERT on the big screen.

On Sunday 5th June, there will be a residents ‘bring your own PICNIC' on the playing field with games and fun for all.

Please keep an eye on the Faldingworth residents FB page for more details and watch this space! 

Kate Pears



The village hall will be open on the 2 nd Saturday of each month from 6.30 pm with a full bar. The open bar nights will usually have a theme or entertainment - we are hoping to have a cinema night with a blockbuster movie on a giant screen with full sound system on 12 th March - please see Faldingworth Residents facebook page for further details nearer the time.

Art Zone continues twice fortnightly - anyone - beginner to more experienced are very welcome to these interesting and fun sessions. Don't be afraid to come on your own - and don't think you need to have any talent at all - it's just great fun!

Cost is £3 per session which includes all materials AND cake!  The next art zone meetings are Friday 11 th March, 2-4pm and Monday 14 th March, 7-9pm

Calll Kate on 07712 773463 for more details. 

Each Tuesday, Tracey leads fantastic exhausting and exhilarating Zumba sessions starting at 7.30 pm - contact Tracey via Facebook - Zumba with Tracey G - to book - £5 per session.

On Wednesdays, 6.15 to 7pm we have Pilates led by Carol Gallagher-Chew. Contact Carol on Facebook to book.

On Fridays we have Table Tennis training (with competition matches often on Thursdays) For more details call Kate on 07712 773463

The village hall is available for hire for private parties and events at extremely competitive rates - email Katepears for further details or to book.



We are always delighted to welcome everyone who comes along to our Memorial Hall . We are open every Saturday evening; the doors open at 6.30pm. Come and have a chat with your neighbours and meet old and new friends. There is a free full sized Pool table, Darts, and full bar with a wide range of Gins, Beers, Wines and soft drinks.


The May meeting involved a craft workshop with Zoe Tant. She demonstrated making a ‘box in a bag' before letting us all have a go at making our own. Everyone went home with a usable gift bag/box and the skills to recreate more in the future. 

The June meeting features Keith Hanson - a former yeoman of the Queen's Guard - who will tell of Ghostly Goings on at the Tower. In July James Thomas will present ‘Getting Men to Talk' relating to recognising issues concerning mental health. Visitors always welcome (£5). Come and share in the tea and cake!
For further information please contact the Secretary.




This Osprey spent ten days visiting Toft Newton Reservoir from the 2 nd September, the photograph was taken as it flew over the reservoir looking for its breakfast!

Gary Fenwick


Scarecrow update

Faldingworth Scarecrows' show weekend in July. The theme was holidays – Visit Tracy Mildson's 2021 photo montage and lookout for sunbathers, skiers, canal boats, pony trekking and more!

Find us on Facebook for updates - Faldingworth Community Primary School or Faldingworth School and Community Scarecrow Festival.


Faldingworth Coffee Mornings

Coffee mornings take place at Faldingworth village hall every Wednesday from 10am – 11.30am in aid of All Saints Church, Faldingworth. We always follow Covid-19 protocol.

Wilf Moxon


Faldingworth School News


Fair Acres Federation - Our journey so far

Faldingworth and Normanby by Spital Primary schools started their journey together in September 2018. The schools shared a Headteacher on an interim basis for two years before becoming a hard federation in January 2021. Things have gone from strength to strength in our forward thinking federation of schools. The federation has secured the schools future, making our schools more sustainable and stronger together. Before the pandemic, we had enjoyed a number of joint celebration events, curriculum projects, residential visits, trips and sporting events. We are looking forward to a time we can reinstate this joint way of working for the benefit of our pupils. These opportunities enable our children to come together to socialise, have fun, make friendships and compete and have fun in sporting events. When our children begin their transition into secondary education they have already made friendships from across the federation of schools, which benefits them in the larger school environments. Not only the children benefit from our federation, but staff are able to plan and train together, giving the schools a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Our governors, staff and pupils are extremely proud of everything the federation has achieved since forming. Our parents and families have been encouraging and have been hugely supportive. This has meant a lot to us, especially as it has been an extraordinary year.
Where possible both schools will try to align many aspects of curriculum provision. As an example, our PSHE subject leaders from both schools have ensured that our PSHE curriculum reflects the needs of our pupils. The aim is to ensure that our schools enable our children to become:
1. Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve,
2. Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
3. Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.
The power to be positive!
Our programme of school values compliments our PSHE curriculum and promotes principles that guide our behaviour and actions. This term, at both schools, we are learning to value ourselves and to be the best we can be. We will have a health and well-being focus which will include activities and discussion to develop growth mindsets. We want to give our pupils the power to be positive!

Telephone: 01673 885366 .... Email:

Mrs Hayley Gransden (Administrator and Clerk to Governors, Faldingworth Primary School, Fair Acres Federation)



All Saints Church, Faldingworth

Awaits ~ Click to Church Services here


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

Entries from Sue Pottinger

Toft Newton Parish News


Newtoft Village Hall welcomes Faldingworth & District WI ....... see above for details

Whats on / News from Newtoft, Toft Newton

Village Hall News

There will be a Cash Bingo on Friday 29 th October and a Family Bingo on Saturday 13th November. We have both once a month. At both the doors open at 6.00 pm with eyes down being at 6.30 pm

Pat Macrae


Social club events:

Saturday - 2nd Oct 6pm.  Curry night. 

Saturday - 30th Oct 6pm-8pm, Children's Halloween Party: Hotdogs, chocolate apples, games & dress-up competition. Followed by adult party (not excluding kids) where we will be serving pulled pork in baps or with jacket potatoes at 8:30pm.


Residents are keeping busy doing some urban gardening in what were pieces of waste ground around the village. It's all starting to look great with the various flowers and shrubs.  

The craft club is looking for new members to go along and spend an evening crafting and having a catch up. Tea/coffee and biscuits are included in a small fee on the night. The club usually meets twice monthly. If you're interested, please contact Brigette Carpenter for more information.  

Don't forget Bingo is on again and Pilates is on Thursday evenings.  

Pat Macrae 


St Michael's Church, Newton By Toft

We have now started cutting the grass and are very pleased with how tidy the Church grounds are looking! We are also delighted with the generosity of the village residents, and we know there are a few more donations to come in - we have now collected more in donations that we received last year.

We would like to say a huge Thank You to everyone who has given money to us to pay for the upkeep of the Church grounds – it really does help improve the look of our lovely village. I will give you all an update of how the funds were used at the end of the grass cutting season. Many thanks once again.

Charlie Albone



Toft Tots – Thursdays, Toft Newton Community Centre, 9.15– 11.00, Term Time only

Football .......

Walking Football –Tuesdays, Newtoft Community Centre, 7.30-8.30pm, 16yrs plus

Children's Football – Fridays, 6-7pm, Newtoft Community Centre, Trainers / Footie Boots needed, Outside Play!


Newtoft Pups .... Come on you Pups!

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

Friesthorpe Village


Remembering ........ November is the month when we especially remember and give thanks for all those who played their part during wars and conflicts, in order to maintain peace - either serving abroad or in occupations at home. In Friesthorpe we particularly remember the Beechey family, whose father was rector here. They had eight sons - five of whom tragically paid the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War. My own father was one of seven brothers (and one sister!). He was in the Royal Navy, and served on several ships of the Fleet (in WW2) including HMS Sheffield. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. Thankfully, all seven brothers, each of them being in the forces, survived the war.

On Remembrance Sunday (Nov.8) and on Armistice Day (Nov.11) we are proud to remember and give thanks for ALL those who served their country.

Janet Pitchforth Nov 2020


Hainton Village




Hainton Church & All Saint's Church, Sixhills took part in this year's festival. Thank you to all those who helped prepare the Churches and the delicious food on offer. Both Churches and their hosts had a lovely weekend chatting to visitors and putting the world to rights! Thank you to everyone that visited, it was great to see so many people who are interested in our local Churches.





Friday 1 st  July 2022 St Mary's Church, Hainton, LN8 6LS AT 7.30pm

Please join us for a wonderful evening of live music from these talented musicians.

Tickets £12.00 available from Veronica 07849 478370 & Polly 01673 838514 or pay on the door.



Heneage Arms Diary Dates

June 10th, 11th, 12th . Beer & Music Festival. Artists appearing, Felicity Turner, Jake Newby, The Gypsy's, Blues & Two's, Karen Clare, Horncastle Ukulele, Itchy Fingers, Table 14, Midnight Ramblers, Stompin' Steve, Marie T & The Backbeat Boys & The Tailfins. 

June 24 th - Stompin' Steve 

July 8 th - Itchy Fingers. Ten Year celebration of Itchy Fingers and the Tenth year of The Heneage Arms opening as a Community Public House. 

July 10 th - Mayfair Rock & Roll Club. Free entry all welcome. To be held outside in the entertainment area. B.B.Q. 

July 15 th - Horncastle Ukulele Group. 

21 st – July - Bike Night with The Poacher Motorcycle Club, all welcome. 

July 31 st - Mayfair Rock & Roll Club. Free entry all welcome. To be held outside in the entertainment area. B.B.Q. 

August 19 th - 3rd Church. 

August 28 th - Mayfair Rock & Roll Club. Free entry all welcome. To be held outside in the entertainment area. B.B.Q. 

September 9 th - Hogwash. Irish night. 

September 25 th - Mayfair Rock & Roll Club. Free entry all welcome. To be held outside in the entertainment area. B.B.Q. 

October 1 st - Lincolnshire Night.

For further information or to book contact Wayne. 07909726585.






Monday mornings weekly – YOGA, 09.30 - 10.30am. (Sue Waller 07941 009154)

Wednesday 1st June – FREE COFFEE MORNING & WILLINGHAM WINNER LOTTERY DRAW, 10.30am – 12 noon

Wednesday 1st June – ART GROUP, 2 to 4pm (FIRST Weds monthly, call Cecelia for details 07799 156 118)

Friday 3rd June – QUEEN'S JUBILEE BARBECUE - prepaid ticket admission only

Wednesday 8th June - 6.50 p.m. BALLROOM DANCE GROUP (More information from Paul 01507 313601)

Wednesday 15th June – FREE COFFEE MORNING, 10.30am – 12 noon

Wednesday 22nd June – BALLROOM DANCE GROUP (more information from Paul on 01507 313601)


SOUTH WILLINGHAM WINNER registered lotter y: Monthly draw – prize depends on number of participants - 80% prize, 20% to Hall maintenance fund.

Current prize £40. £1 per number per month – fee collected annually in September or pro-rata depending on date of joining. Participants must be over 16 years of age. Current winner's name displayed on village hall notice board (Call Jan Seward 07834 598703 or email )

TO BOOK THE HALL, call Maureen on 01507 313 584. 





JOIN US FOR COFFEE, CAKE, CHAT & LOCAL CRAFTS. Every 2 nd  Wednesday of the month, 10.30am – 12 noon at St Mary's Church, East Barkwith. This group will meet until the autumn.

Local small businesses are invited and welcome to attend to sell their products.




There will be garden games to enjoy, a cake stall, tombola, raffle, plant stall and refreshments. Come and join our lovely social event with lots of fun for everyone.




Members are happy to be resuming their monthly meetings in the Village Hall at East Barkwith. The February meeting saw a very welcome return of Jennifer Ickiwana, who entertained members with a lively and interesting talk entitled ‘All things Japanese'. Jennifer is an excellent speaker who has previously brought along her beautiful collection of kimonos and told us about their history. 

The speaker for the March meeting on March 10 th will be Keith Hanson telling us all about Ghostly Goings on at the Tower of London. 

New and former members are always made most welcome by this very friendly group. Meetings begin at 7pm 



The Gardening Club's summer break is almost here, and we don't meet again until the Late Summer Show. Time to get on with jobs I've been putting off until “after”. There's always an after, after Christmas, after the holidays etc., and now it's after the Annual Plant Sale, so I'm hoping there will be good news to report next month! If you were able to come along to the show, we were grateful for your support. My garden has only suffered due to lack of close attention, the weather's been ok, no serious damage due to the severe storms we had earlier in the year. The dahlias are shooting nicely in the greenhouse, and those I left in the ground are also coming on. I covered them with mounds of compost and a large plant pot with a brick on top. Not very aesthetically pleasing, but the beech hedge hid my efforts I'm pleased to say! This is the first time that I've left dahlias in the ground over the winter, but they are in a raised bed, I'm sure it will be a success. My wallflowers are fully out, but although the seed was “mixed”, they are mostly yellow. I'm not keen on yellow flowers, so I'll buy a single colour seed for this coming year, a Persian red variety should be fine. For me, it's a case of remembering to sew the seed in time for transplanting into their final beds before it's too late. I'm usually a few weeks behind recommendations so I'm surprised they flower at all, but the scent is well worth the trying.

A reminder to our members that our Late Summer Show is on Friday evening 26th August. The flower section has Dahlias and some perennials, Floral Art and Fruit and Veg make up the other sections. We're hoping for a good turnout this year, having missed the past two years. It would be lovely to see the village hall full of flowers again, and it would be even better if the entries produced some stunning blooms. Dahlias in particular have so many varieties, I know there will be more than one I “must have” for next year!

Les Robinson's forthcoming trip to Cheshire in mid-summer is something to look forward to for those lucky people who can get away and leave the weeding behind. He's still waiting for suggestions for a late summer trip too. Think on.
Happy gardening, all,
Chris Raynor



Despite the rain, we held a very nice coffee morning in St Mary's church, with delicious homemade cakes. Thank you to our guest stall holders Sheila Fincham with her hand made cards and Mary Davenport with her Cote Hill Cheeses. Thank you to all who joined us and made the morning. Hopefully the sun will shine for our next coffee morning on Wednesday June 8 th




An Afternoon Walk with Beryl

Today, for the second time this week, I set out for an afternoon stroll. Unusually, I ‘bumped' into two village personalities out walking their four legged friends, braving the weather which was overcast, mizzerly and damp, but on the plus side it was sharp with the cold so I found it quite pleasant! At one point, I thought where are you sun, just to see your brightness and warmth and send the gloom away, but then, I rounded a bend and there it was! The sun - NO - but a sight to cheer me up, so with a little more lightness in my step I continued a little further! On my way back I rested by the bridge to relax, watching the gentle flow of the water. It was a lovely 5 mins and in the afternoon quiet, I could hear the sound of the flowing water like a babbling brook, so, feeling at peace, I finished my walk.  No sun or blue sky, but everything was ok in my world!

Beryl Reynolds (early 2020)

~ Mary Jordan Remembers ~

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!”

Please click to Services page for up to date information on the Church and services in this month.


Churchyard Regulations

................. for the Parish of Barkwith

Comprising the Churchyards of: East Barkwith, East Torrington, Hainton, Sixhills, South Willingham, West Barkwith and West Torrington .

The Chancellor of the Diocese of Lincoln, His Honour Judge Mark Bishop QC, issued regulations as to the control and use of churchyards in the Diocese of Lincoln in 2008 updated in 2012. These regulations are legally binding and differ from cemetery regulations, which are made by local Authorities.

The regulations are available to read in full via the Diocese of Lincoln website.

Below is an extract of the regulations, to help manage our local churchyards.

Parishioners, and those who die in the parish, have a right to be buried, or have their ashes interred in a churchyard in the parish. Other people may be buried there at the discretion of the Parish Priest, providing there is room. Once buried, there is to be no disturbance of the remains except for exceptional and legally authorised reasons. Burial is a symbol for our entrusting of the person to the eternal love of God. The burial fee does NOT buy the burial plot, it pays towards the general maintenance of the churchyard.


Anyone wishing to erect a memorial stone should consult the Parish Priest as soon as possible, to ensure that the memorial conforms to the regulations. If the memorial does not conform to the regulations, or the Parish Priest refuses consent, an application for a faculty to the Chancellor of the Diocese is required.

Headstones should be between 2'6” and 4' high, 1'8” and 3” wide, 3” and 6” thick. They may be of natural stones, teak or oak, cast or wrought iron. Some stones such as black or grey granite, marble, synthetic stone or plastic are not normally permitted. The base of the stone may include a flower holder, but should enable ease of mowing. Monumental masons have full copies of these regulations, and will give advice on what is permitted.

Designs containing open books, hearts, figure statuary and photographic representations are not permitted. Neither are kerbs, chippings or glass shards. Any application for these must be by faculty application to the Chancellor of the Diocese.

Inscriptions should contain only the name of the deceased, dates of birth and death or age and date of death. Epitaphs must be simple and reverent, preferably from the Bible, Book of Common Prayer or Common Worship

Vases should not be more than 12” x 8” x 8”


It is preferred that ashes are placed in the ground without a container, but if a container is used, it must be of a perishable nature.


No artificial flowers should be placed in a churchyard except Remembrance day poppies, traditional Christmas wreaths, and good quality seasonal silk flowers. All should be removed within 3 months. The Christmas wreaths are to be removed by January 31 st of the following year.



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