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We have had a spring clean now for many years, as do other areas. This was held on 15th April. It was a great success again followed by a lovely Barbecue. It is so nice for people to come along and help tidy up the surrounding area but it is also disappointing that there is always so much litter to pick up! The council is always very helpful in taking the bags away quickly.

On 21st April, Bridgett once again treated us to a wonderful Easter bingo.

On 28th April, Gill gave us a great quiz night. Fabulous quiz and lots of laughs. We are all looking forward to the next one.

Sadly Lisa has had to give up sending in our news to the magazine. Would anyone please like to take this over. If so please contact Steph Orr 01673 885573.


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


On Sunday 24th September, St Michael's church celebrated Harvest Festival. Thank you to Dinah for playing keyboard and to 4 year old William Wood who accompanied her on guitar. A huge Thank-you to everyone who so generously gave produce which was donated to the Salvation Army emergency larder in Market Rasen on Friday 29th September the church was busy once more when the Monday Group, led by Rosemary Walker hosted a Macmillan coffee morning where a marvellous £ 150 was raised. Thanks to everyone for the support, we know you all enjoyed the home made cakes!

Forthcoming events in the church are - a quiz night on Saturday 18th November, 7pm with jacket potato supper. £ 5 on the door, everyone very welcome, come along and make up a team. It's always a great laugh. Lastly, and dare I say it, there will be a Christmas prize bingo in the church on Saturday 9th December at 7pm.

Hope to see you all soon.

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 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

Faldingworth Primary School

The scarecrow trail is open both days (10-4pm) but on Saturday 16th June we will hold a summer fayre at the school. 12-4pm. There will be lots of stalls and games as well as entertainment. We are hoping to have lots of attractions for our visitors including a bubble performer, Tony Butler's exotic creatures, pottery painting, circus skills, an  accordion  musician and other activities that fit within the theme of 'Our Peaceful Planet'. We welcome local stall holders and currently have craft, sweets and homemade gifts to look forward to. Stalls are £5 each. Our tearoom will be open both days. On 16th we are delighted to welcome the Salvation Army pop-up tearoom who will bring a selection of sandwiches and cakes. Garnetts will be selling ices.

At the end of term 4, Galahad class completed their studies of mountains and rivers by becoming mountain experts on a visit to England's highest peak, Mam Tor. The pictures are stunning and tell the story of a thrilling day walking to the very top of this magnificent 'mountain'. The children discovered that technically it is a very big hill!

The day was spent studying the contrast in climate from the foot of the hill to the summit. They tested the temperature, wind direction and speed. They saw evidence of land slippage showing that the land is moving all the time. 'Mountain' survival was demonstrated when the ranger made an emergency shelter. The children reported that it was unexpectedly warm inside the shelter compared to the outside, which was cold and windy despite the glorious sunshine! The children returned to school with lots of stories about their visit. They especially loved seeing the sheep and spring lambs grazing on the hillside.

Kerri Grummell


Happy Summer from Faldingworth School (July 18)

With exam season behind us we are all set on enjoying our final summer term with a whole host of things to look forward to. 

Galahad Class have just finished creating a wonderful art gallery (see photograph) inspired by cave paintings that were discovered by four French boys and their dog in 1940. The paintings are believed to be 20,000 years old. They have covered the walls and ceiling in cave art and they have also replicated newspaper articles from the time of the discovery. They are also busy learning lines as Galahad Class are taking the leading roles in our summer musical production of  ‘The Mystery at Magpie Manor'. 

Mrs Grummell has been talked into doing another sleepover at school to celebrate the achievements of all the year six pupils!! It's always a popular choice with the children. They really do deserve to celebrate in style. We hope to give them some wonderful memories of their last term at school. 

Lancelot Class are proud to be finalists in the Wolds Scatterball competition. They are looking forward to playing in the final against Grasby School. We hope their skill and teamwork come together for a positive result. They have worked hard to reach the final. 

We were delighted to find out that we were runners up in the Market Rasen Lions School Planter Competition at the Gardeners' market in June.  

Trips this term include Chambers Farm Woods, Magna Science Adventure Centre and various sports fixtures. 

Little Jesters preschool is based on site at Faldingworth School. Mrs Griffiths welcomes visitors and is happy to talk to parents looking for preschool places for children age 2 and up. 

If you would like to contact Faldingworth School or Little Jesters please telephone 01673 885366

Faldingworth WI

The ladies of Faldingworth WI were wonderfully entertained at their May (2018) meeting by Wragby Handbell Ringers. We were played a lovely repertoire of tradition folk & popular classical music & were encouraged to sing along to the songs. Afterwards we were invited to join in & try our hands at bell ringing. What fun! Thank you to all the musicians for a great evening of music & for their kindness & patience with our efforts.


As a nationwide organisation, the Wl is open to all women aged 18 and over. Here, at Faidingworth Village Hall, we offer a range of interesting and diverse topics at our monthly meetings, plus lots of friendly chat. Meetings usually consist of:

•  A short business section, giving details of forthcoming events at both local and national levels:

•  A speaker or activity:

• Refreshments and social time.

There are monthly competitions too! Our meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday of the month and begin at 7.15pm. We look forward to meeting you there, you can be assured of a warm welcome, whatever the weather! For more information, email juliapullen07@yahoo.co.uk



Mr Wilf Moxon was born in Leeds . He moved to our area with the RAF, fell in love with the place and stayed! Sadly he lost his partner who is buried in Faldingworth Church . Wilf loves cycling and recently took part in the Churches Ride and Stride, raising £ 153.50 - much needed funds fori All Saints Church in 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


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



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


East Barkwith WI

Everyone is invited to hear Charles Atkinson describing his  Metal Detecting Finds on 12th July at 7.30pm in Barkwith Hall.  This is open to everybody, old, young, male, female - following the field-walking day which the Village History Group organised recently.

At our May meeting, Nurse Ali talked about healthy eating, and the need to avoid too much sweet and rich food.  We shall soon be going out to our Annual Dinner, when it's probable that we will temporarily forget her advice!!


East Barkwith Village Fete & Novelty Dog show

Do come along to the village fete on Sunday 15 th July from 2pm. Lots of fun to be had on all the stalls and games. Proceeds to go to the village Hall funds. Join us and have a laugh at the best 6 legs….??!!


Barkwith Gardeners annual plant sale at the East Barkwith Village Hall in mid May was very successful, thanks to all who participated, from the organisers and helpers, and of course to our very important customers. We were able to sell good annual bedding plants, along with perennials, and some tomatoes, veg and herbs. Tongue in cheek, there were even garden gnomes which had appeared on the stage overnight, but as a speciality item which needs a special sort of person to take them home, I'll admit to not knowing if any left with a new owner or not!

Lyn and Alec Small, helped by Pat Walker, served refreshments and there were some delicious cakes available to have with tea or coffee whilst chatting to friends. It's a social occasion these days, and enjoyed for that, along with buying plants. Thanks to our team of sellers, Sheila Minns, Sheila Fincham, Jean, Kate and Shirley, and thanks also to Yvonne for the successful Tombola, it beats a raffle on this kind of day. The hall was laid out ready for us, which was a bonus, and a joint effort cleared everything away whilst we waited for surplus plants to be collected. All in all, a good day to end our fundraising. Thank you to everybody.

Recent trips out with Les Robinson were to the Riverhead Theatre in Louth to see Annie, much enjoyed I believe, and then a five-day holiday to Edinburgh for those with stamina, travelling via Alnwick, itself a lovely place to visit. Once in Edinburgh, two-day bus tickets covered visits to the Castle, the Royal Yacht Brittania and Holyrood House, and there was also a visit to the Falkirk Wheel, a 21st century engineering masterpiece - the world's first rotating boat lift. The views from the top of this lift were wonderful. Sounds amazing, and as always, I'm sorry not to have been able to join this holiday trip. A visit to the Kelpies, the 30 metre high sculpture of horses heads, standing by the Forth and Clyde Canal was also a must, as were the Botanical Gardens. Returning by Washington Old Hall, a National Trust property, was a fine end to a good week, thanks Les.

Last week we enjoyed a day out to Nostell Priory near Wakefield, calling at the Crown Garden centre en route for breakfast. The mist eventually cleared and we had a sunny day to enjoy ourselves, before eating at the White Swan in Dunham on Trent.

Some National Trust places to visit on separate days in July are Blickling and Anglesy Abbey in mid July, and early August is Wimpole Hall.

This brings me to mention - how could I forget? The Gardener's Late Summer show is at the end of August, and we are looking forward to seeing some lovely Floral Art, Dahlias, Fuchsias and Perennials in the flower section, and hopefully some great Fruit and Veg on display. Your longest bean could be a winner along with your heaviest marrow too!

Let's hope for some good gardening weather this summer.

As the trips roll by, I'll keep you posted with news.

Hoping for a good summer for us all,

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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