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The summer fete at St Michael's Church, Newton was a great success, with villagers joining together with people from further afield to enjoy a lovely afternoon. The games became extremely competitive with Jack and Ian Van-B the winners of the welly wangin 1 and after a closely fought 4 way play off. Peter Wood was the eventual winner of the skittles. Many Lincolnshire sausages and delicious homemade cakes were consumed, washed down with never ending tea. Our thanks go out to everyone involved in helping and donating, and of course grateful thanks to all those who attended and made the afternoon such a success.

The next event at St Michael's will be on Saturday 2nd September. Prize Bingo, in the church, eyes down at 7pm.

On Friday 29th September, the Monday Christian discussion group from Newtoft, in conjunction with St Michael's, are holding a Macmillan coffee morning in the Church 10-12am. Please come along and support this very worthy cause.

Peter Wood

IN AUGUST! ... INDOOR CAR BOOT AND CRAFT FAYRE Sunday 6th August 11.30 - 3pm. Car Boot Items, Crafts, Cakes, Art Work, 'Shabby Chic', Face painting and refreshments. It costs £ 6.00 to book a table, please contact Alice for more information on 07999596612.

NEWTOFT BEER FESTIVAL on the Weekend of 25th and 26 th August we hosting our first Beer Festival. The fun starts at 6.30pm on Friday Night with Live Bands, Hot Food and of course BEER!

On Saturday it all starts again at 12 noon and we have more Live Bands and more food, PLUS a Big Raffle, Face Painting, Tony Butlers Exotic Animals and obviously MORE BEER! Bands include, No Tomorrows, Ant M' Andrew , Victoria Dawson , Jonny and the Rocket and The Rocking Beats. It's going to be a fabulous weekend, do come and join us.

Advance notice:

On Wednesday 13th September Newtoft Village Hall is hosting a FREE DROP IN PAIN CLINIC - Do you suffer from backache, neck problems, painful feet, sports injury or any other aches and pains? If so, come along and see if we can help you!

Patrick Ricketts (BSc Hons, DPodM, HCPC reg, MFHT) from therapyroomi in Lincoln is running 2 FREE drop in sessions at the Village Hall. 9.30-11.30am and 5.30- 7.30pm.

Pop along for a free 20 - minute diagnosis and treatment session. If you would like to guarantee a slot, then ring 01522 511834 and book a session. If you need further treatment then 20 mins, there is a discount to go to the clinic.


Newtoft Pups have 2 FA qualified refs as well as an FA qualified child protection officer. Come on you Pups!


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Faldingworth Parish News

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


A three day enterprise project, the music themed Scarecrow Festival involving all pupils of Faldingworth Community Primary School, aged between 2 and 11 years, took place during the first weekend in July. The whole community got involved in  the festival, reviving the village tradition after an 8 year absence. The children helped to build scarecrow frames and sew faces, promote the event, involve community helpers, make bespoke souvenirs, create a trail and take part in a range of musical workshops. The event incorporated the school's annual Summer Fair and Messy Church. The Big Breakfast team served delicious food and visitors were refreshed with scones and ice creams throughout the weekend. The event was a great success attracting visitors from as far as London, with over 200 trail maps sold. Visitors saw a wide range of scarecrows all dressed up to represent music from a different culture or figures from popular music across the decades. A pop up gift shop selling unique scarecrow souvenirs handcrafted by pupils was created especially for the event. The event has raised funds for the school. The children will decide how the money will be spent to enrich their learning at school and some money will be donated to charity. 


Little Jesters joined the primary school children for the school sports day; the children took part in a bat and ball race and running races. They were all awarded with medals and a certificate. On 21 st June we had a fun day with lots of fun activities and a picnic, a local farmer bought along a calf, lambs, piglets, goslings and week old baby turkeys for the children to touch and feed as well as a very big tractor. Our play and stay session was very busy, it was great to see everyone and so pleasing that all the children had a good time, thank you for coming. Little Jesters enjoyed helping to make our Dingle Dangle Scarecrow for the Scarecrow festival and all have been busy telling us what scarecrows they have seen around the village and at school, they also made scarecrow faces of themselves. The sunflowers we planted have all grown and we have a clear winner, with it just starting to flower. We would like to wish our children going into reception well, and hope everyone has a happy and safe summer holiday.

If you would like to come and have a look around and meet the staff then please contact June on 01673 885366.


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


Floods in Faldingworth

During the Christmas Holidays the school suffered a flood after frozen pipes burst, this affected the Falditots pre-school room, the Infant Classroom and Cloakroom area.  Following hard work by members of staff the school was able to re-open as planned, the Infant class has moved to another classroom in the school and Falditots are using the school's library until the repair work has been completed. 


This term's after school clubs are: Monday    Recorder Tuesday   Performance Thursday   Choir Friday   Multi skills


Pupils in Years 1 and 2 recently participated with other primary schools in a Dance Festival which was held at De Aston.



children in Years 5 and 6 will soon be taking part in a Tag Rugby tournament, to be held at Market Rasen.


To arrange a visit, or request a brochure, please contact the school (01673 885366).


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


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


Barkwith Gardeners' meetings are held on the 4th Friday of each month from September to April each year (except December), starting at 7.30pm in Barkwith Village Hall. This year we re-commence on Friday 27th September when our Speaker, Mr Dave Newman will talk about 'Autumn in the Garden'. Often Speakers bring good quality plants for sale, Gardeners' run a monthly raffle and hold a 'Flower of the Month' competition (bring one garden flower with small vase) there is a yearly prize based on a points system. If you are interested in joining you will be made very welcome, so come along and enjoy the September and October meetings as a trial. The £5 annual subscription is not due until the AGM meeting in November.      Sheila Minns Chairperson

Barkwith & District  WI.

Wing Commander S Griffiths is this month's speaker, "When I was a Spy" . This will be followed by an auction of harvest goods. The proceeds of the auction will be shared between Chernobyl Children and Hearing Dogs for the Deaf.  Visitors are welcome, as are contributions to the auction, Thursday 12 th September,


You  are  warmly invited to the formal re-opening and re-dedication of the church by the Right Reverend the Bishop of Lincoln on SUNDAY,  8th  SEPTEMBER, 2013 at  10.00am A  service will be followed by coffee  and cake. The church will also be open on Saturday, 7th  September between 2 and 4 pm


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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