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1st and 3rd Tuesday each month we hold a Craft night with occasional guest crafters, 7.15 - 9.15 pm. New crafters are always welcome.


Every Thursday morning , term time only, Toft Tots meet from 9.15 -11 am £2+


Every Thursday Evening , Pilates 7-8 pm, contact Pat on 885356 for more information.


St Michael's Church Newton by Toft.

Another day, another month. Daffodils have already started dying. The spring that sprung has gone. Bring on summer!


On May 3rd St Michael's will be holding one of their popular quizzes. Please note this is a Friday evening, a change from the normal slot on a Saturday. The evening will commence at 7pm with a chilli and jacket potato supper, tickets on the door, £5 per person. Please come along and make up a team.

Our next fundraiser will be Saturday 1st June when we will be holding a Vintage Tea from 2 - 4pm. Lots of homemade cakes and sandwiches to be washed down with limitless tea and coffee. £5 on the door. Children £2. 

During the month of July we will be hosting a live music group in the church grounds. Food will be available; you just need to bring your own drinks and deckchairs. Details will follow in the next edition of your Community Spirit.

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 Play Area

Have you seen the new equipment? Our Play Area has been updated with some wonderful new play equipment thanks to a £10,000 grant from the Big Lottery Awards for All funding programme.


Faldingworth Primary School


This year our annual scarecrow festival will take place 29th and 30th June. Our theme is called ‘Cheers for 30 Years'. This is in honour of all the fundraising that our Friends of the School Committee have done since they started in 1989. This very dedicated group of friends, parents and families have raised in excess of £40,000 in 30 years. Importantly, this has contributed to the cost of trips and school resources. They have also organised a theatre trip every year. As a special tribute to all the FOFS members and all the people who have supported events we will be displaying scarecrows that span the last three decades. There will be representations from the world of sport, fashion, education, news, politics and more. 

Please contact the school if you want to join in. Tel 01673 885366 

Kerri Grummell


February began by us supporting Safer Internet Day (5th Feb). This offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community for our pupils. We remind our pupils to never give out personal information in the online world, never agree to meet up with a strangers, never open messages from unknown sources, understand that not everything or everyone on the internet is reliable/truthful and we urge pupils to tell a trusted grown up if they feel uncomfortable, scared or intimidated by anything they see or read online. Staying away from games and sites intended for older children or adults will help support healthy emotional development. Parental supervision of online activity is essential to make sure children don't encounter any dangers on the internet. 

In other news, Galahad Class has opened an impressionist art gallery in their corridor. There are some fantastic reproductions of Monet's artwork depicting the London skyline. Lancelot Class had a wonderful afternoon at De Aston School. The Wolds Partnership hosted an afternoon of goal ball, this is a sport for people who are blind or visually impaired. The children wore an eye mask to experience sight loss. The game requires players to listen for a ball with a bell inside. The aim is to score in their goal without the ball being intercepted. The children had fun taking part in this exciting game. Goal ball is also a Paralympic sport.

Dragon class are looking forward to a class trip to Lincoln Castle after half term to support their learning about life in medieval times.  Scarecrows - this year the festival takes place 29th and 30th June. Please save the date!

Jesters Pre-school, Faldingworth News The pre-school has had its biggest intake so far this January, so everyone has been busy settling all the new little friends in and making them welcome into the pre-school. This term, the learning will focus on looking at ourselves, our families and how we can keep ourselves healthy. For visits to the pre-school or to find out more about us, please phone us on 01673 885366.


Kerri Grummel


Faldingworth WI

Our April meeting saw Midge Thomas give a fascinating insight into her family's ancestry in her talk 'the Women in my Life'. She is related to so many famous local big names! 

Our May Open Meeting features a 'Crazy Bag Whist' evening. All are welcome, £5 per person including buffet with wine. All players need a bag containing 3 items to the value of 25p, 50p and £1. For more details please contact juliapullen07@yahoo.co.uk.

June brings Rachael Fothergill speaking on Dementia Friends. 

Julia Pullen


Members of Faldingworth WI followed their Annual Meeting in March with a fun evening making cute pigs from socks.

Our April meeting will feature Midge Thomas talking about the 'Women in My Life' and in May we have a Crazy Bag Whist evening. 

Visitors and new members, as always, are very welcome.

Julia Pullen


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


Heanage Sleigh Race - Hainton


On December 23 rd 2018, crowds gathered at the Heneage Arms for the annual Sleigh race. At the beginning numbers of spectators were down a little due to the rain, but they soon picked up as the day went on! A total of 6 teams took part from around the area. The race started at Sixhills and finished at the Heneage Arms pub in Hainton. Seasonal Fayre was available at the pub, including mulled wine, bacon butties and mince pies. The event was won by ‘Santa's Helpers' in a record time of 12 minutes and 30 seconds. In second place were ‘Sixhills', who also beat the previous record time and in 3 rd position were ‘Rudolph's Sprouts'. The prize for the best dressed sleigh was won by ‘West Torrington's Mary Poppins and the Sweeps'. It was then into the pub for well earned refreshments and the drawing of the raffle. The event raised £355.00 for the Lincs and Notts Air ambulance.

Thanks go out to Simon Hickson of the Heneage Arms, Tony Stubbs for the supply of a raffle prize, comprising of a duck dinner, and to everyone else who donated prizes! Vin Heron, Max and Rebecca Bradley for running the timing, and to all the other volunteers, without whom this event would not be possible. For information on next years event, please contact Wayne Radley on 07909726585.


East Barkwith & District WI


Nicola Hallam will speak to us about “Lady Dorothie Fielding; Heroine of Flanders” at our meeting on 9th May, at 7.30pm in Barkwith Hall. The competition will be a picture of an inspiring woman.

Visitors are always welcome to our meetings.

Mary Jordan


Barkwith Gardeners

March was a busy month for us, beginning with our Annual Meal at the Heanage Arms.  Almost a full house, when 46 of us met for a meal, after which we enjoyed a sing-along with Bob & Rosie! There was also an impromptu sketch based on "fork handles" or "four candles", by Les Robinson and Michael Bradley, but we know fame will not be calling soon! A pleasant way to end the evening, with much laughter.


Our speaker for March's monthly meeting was Neil Timms, who told us stories on the "goings on" behind the scenes at flower shows. The finished results are the beautiful displays of flowers and foliage, but there is much more to it and now we know what's involved, we will look more closely when we visit future shows.!


At the end of March, we held our Spring Show, which was well attended. We had a lovely show of Daffodils and some very stylish Floral Art. The produce section always brings surprises, and I know that my soggy pastry was one of them! Room for improvement! The handicraft section showed what talent our members have, and the new class for card making produced entries which made judging hard work! Photography was a little low on entries, especially in the "rainbow" class, so not a good choice of subject! Yvonne's Tombola was very successful and our thanks to all who not only entered classes, but also helped behind the scenes - your help is much appreciated.


In late March, members joined Les Robinson's trip to Barnsley market, and whilst there, some of us visited the Museum. One exhibit paid tribute on the anniversary of World War One. The day finished at the White Swan in Dunham-on-Trent for a good meal. A Mystery trip this week began with Coffee and Cake at the Methodist Church hall in Wragby, followed by a visit to the Lincolnshire Life Museum on Burton Road in Lincoln, full of nostalgia. The day ended with fish and chips at the Burton Road chippy, which also catered for our gluten free members. Early May brings a visit to Cusworth Hall in Doncaster, owned by the Town Council.


A reminder that we hold our Plant Sale on May 18th, where we sell not only Annuals and Perennials but also some Vegetable and Tomato plants, and Yvonne will hold another Tombola. Come along and support us, and enjoy refreshments with tea, coffee and home made cakes!


Our speaker in May is Rob Chapman, of Chelsea Flower Show fame, whose subject is Violas, those lovely little plants with heart shaped faces. It is an extra meeting slotted into our itinerary this year, don't miss it.

Chris Raynor



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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