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Whats on in Toft Newton


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

Dr Davies' Visit to Faldingworth

On Friday 28 th September, Dr. Davies (the United Kingdom's number one Maya expert) came to Faldingworth Primary School and presented a magnificent Maya workshop for years five and six; the afternoon consisted of examining ancient artefacts and watching a well-put together powerpoint for the children; the children enjoyed the stories behind the artefacts and the explanation about the Maya lifestyle and language.

The Mayans lived in Central America. They would build their forts and pyramids/temples in the rainforest, which was unusual as rainforests are difficult to build in. The Maya wrote using hieroglyphs, also known as glyphs, which were very intricate pictures with different meanings. The Maya were very smart as they invented chocolate and their own language containing over eight hundred hieroglyphs.

Daisy Rands

Mightier Together!

This year Faldingworth Community Primary School and Normanby-by-Spital Primary School will be joining forces with a shared headteacher. The governors of both schools are excited to be blazing a trail in our locality with something new and exciting. Bringing our schools together in this way is providing both schools with many new opportunities, from children working together across the collaboration to shared teaching, staff development and projects. The governors of both schools believe that the learning experience and achievement of children at both schools will be enhanced through this collaboration. Mrs Grummell has links to both communities and is thrilled to be supporting the schools over the coming year. Miss Flintham is a new member of staff and will be working across both school sites. Both school communities have been very supportive of the changes. 


Faldingworth WI

In October, Faldingworth WI members and several visitors listened to a lively and interesting talk by Keith Hanson speaking on the topic of ‘ the Queen's Bodyguard of Yeomen of the Guard'. This is an honorary position, only available to retired servicemen who have to meet certain stringent standards. We were surprised to learn that the Guard still check the cellars of the Houses of Parliament before each State Opening!

The November meeting took the form of a fun quiz with social time.

We will be hosting the North Wold group of WIs Carol Service on Monday 3rd December in Faldingworth Parish Church at 2pm. 

Our December meeting and Christmas party is at 7.15pm on 11th December, when we will be entertained by John Hall with his stories of Christmas Then and Now. 

As always, visitors are welcome to join us at any of our events. Contact me on juliapullen07@yahoo.co.uk for more information.

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 Gardners

The October meeting, the last before the AGM, was well attended, and our speaker was Michelle Bolton. An interesting subject, ''how to design your own garden". Slides of what to keep in and what to avoid when planning a garden held our interest, and gave us ideas for potential changes, given the finance and the energy! Thanks to Yvonne for running the raffle, and to Shirley for bringing her box of Poppies, reminding us of the imminent Armistice day. Lynn and Pat served refreshments.

A brief reminder to our members that once the Christmas celebrations are over, we look forward to the January Social, with good food and entertainment, and our Annual Meal will be in early March, at the Heneage Arms.


It's time to dig up the Dahlias, and prepare them for their winter storage, now the recent frosts have blackened the leaves. The more Dahlias, the bigger the job, but our erratic weather means we take a risk leaving them in. This cooler weather has made the Fuchsias bloom more than ever, and those in pots will need some protection. My cold frame is full of small perennials, ready for the sale in May, but there's never enough room!


Recent trips have been to Hardwick Hall, and Keddlestone Hall, both National Trust properties. Hardwick Hall, a 16th century Elizabethan masterpiece created by Bess of Hardwick, a clever business woman in her time, who not only managed her own businesses but also found the time to marry four times. Keddlestone Hall is an 18th century mansion with parkland, whose creation had an input from Robert Adam, when he introduced the HA HA in this park. The Hall has been the subject of great renovation over recent years. Les's itinerary for next year also has some interesting trips. A big thanks goes to Les, from the Gardeners, for the hard work and preparation involved.


Wishing you all a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and don't forget, we welcome all new members, details are on the East Barkwith Village Hall notice board. Come and join us!

Christine Raynor


Barkwith & District WI


Our next meeting is on Thursday 13th December, at 7.30pm in Barkwith Hall, when Jack o' Diamonds will be providing our Christmas entertainment.



Parish of the Barkwith Group Christmas Fayre


Saturday 8th December at East Barkwith Village Hall, from 6pm. Come and join us at this social festive event, games, mulled wine, hot food, raffle, tombola and we have hope to have a visit from the man himself, "Santa", eta from 6.30pm.




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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