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New Pilates class for beginners starting 7.30 pm Thursday 1st February at Newtoft Village Hall. Contact Pat on 70449772089 for details.

Toft Tots! Thursdays 9-11am at the village hall, a fun welcoming toddler group, £ 2 per family includes drink and snack. A great way to meet new people and entertain your little one.

Zumba every Tuesday evening 6.30 to 7.30 - £ 3.00 per person per session

Bingo at Newtoft Village Hall. Doors open at 6pm, eyes down 6.30pm. New people always welcome. Next Bingo Dates are Saturdays 27th January & 24th February!

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


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



Faldingworth School is preparing for a busy 2018 spring term. Teachers have been planning theme-based curriculums. This term Dragon Class will explore toys now and in the past. The toy theme will continue with a robot workshop, a toy car wash and by investigate the materials which toys are made from in science. Lancelot Class are travelling back in time to Ancient Greece. The pupils have started off by reading a range of stories from Greek mythology. Finally Galahad Class will be studying mountains and rivers. They are planning ' a field trip to the Peak District at the end of term. We will all visit Church this term for a Christingle Service and we are looking forward to seeing the pantomime at the Broadbent Theatre in February.

Our Friends of School Committee have a pop up restaurant planned for Jan 26th. To book a table call 01673 885366. You pay what you think it's worth. If you are considering a place for your child and would like to visit the school please call the number above for an appointment. We will give you a warm welcome.



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



We were sorry to hear of the death of Miss Mary Dixon, a longstanding member of our Wl. Mary was quiet and self-effacing, but made a significant contribution to our activities. She will be greatly missed.

In September, we welcomed visitors from other Institutes to our Harvest meeting. We played a very entertaining game of "Call my Bluff", led by Mrs Poppy Harrison, with a visitors team playing against a Barkwith team, and everyone being invited to participate. This was followed by the auction of harvest gifts, which resulted in £ 100 being raised for St Barnabas Hospice. Our next meeting will be on 9th November, at 7.30pm in Barkwith Hall. Mr John Hall will talk to us about "Christmas Now and Then". The competition will be "A Christmas Decoration". Visitors will be very welcome.


A quiet time for the Gardeners this month, and sadly we began the September meeting with a minutes' silence for our late member, Mary Dixon, who was held in great respect by us all, and she will be missed. Our Guest Speaker, Dave Newman then gave advice on plants which are at their best in September, and enlightened us on how to get the best out of the garden this month. He also gave us hints and tips for growing clematis, and especially taking cuttings. I have failed miserably on that score, but there is always hope. We also discussed the viability of saving bean seeds, and why we can and do fail to produce great crops from saved seed, so more good info to file away for future use. A vote of thanks was given to Dave and his wife, who accompanied him, and because he has a good variety of talks, we are sure to see him again next year. The flower of the month was won by Les Robinson, with a very pretty dahlia, the raffle was run by Mrs Sheila Minns and refreshments were served by Mrs Lyn Small, helped by Mrs Pat Walker.

Our AGM is on the horizon, on 24th November, more details for members later as to the format, but we hope for an enjoyable evening, once the business is concluded. Since the trip to London , there have not been any other outings to date. There will be a Christmas Mystery day trip on 30th November, followed by Christmas at Tatton Park , from the 21 st to 23rd November.


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



Attendance at this year's Late Summer Show was down, possibly due to holidays, leading to lower entry numbers in both Fruit & Veg classes, and in Floral Art too. But the Flower section brought plentiful Dahlias, and some pretty perennials and the evening was still enjoyed by those who joined us on Friday, September 1st.

Section winners were: Fruit & Veg, Sue Johnson, Flowers, Chris Raynor, Floral Art, Sheilah Fincham. The Best Dahlia in show, Lyn Small, Best Fuchsia plant, Sue Johnson, the heaviest Marrow, Graham Mowbray, and the longest Bean, Lyn Small. Miss Mary Jordan presented Cups and Trophies to the winners, and Mr John Edwards attended to take a few photographs for the album.

Fruit and Veg classes were judged by Mr John Bennett, and for Judge Mrs Cecile Povey, who kindly agreed to judge the Flower Classes, there were some beautiful Dahlias to consider, and the range of colours was amazing. A marvellous Fuchsia plant won its owner first place in class, and Floral Art, which was judged by Mrs May Bennett provided some lovely arrangements. One subject in this class, "The Arrival of Autumn" reminds us that Autumn will soon be here, with that sharpness in the early morning air, a hint to protect tender plants as the nights get cold. We can now turn our thoughts to dividing perennials as we tidy up, and remembering to pot some up for next year's Plant Sale in May (please!).

My thanks to all who attended, those who helped to set up the village hall, and in general all who made the show a success, we can consider now what state our daffs are in for the Spring Show! No let up for gardeners!

There was also the recent trip at the end of July to London , organised by Les Robinson. and enjoyed by some of the gardeners and others. The Holiday Inn at Shepperton was the destination on the first day, visiting Kensington Palace and gardens en route. The weather was good, so a pleasant way to begin the holiday. Kew Gardens was next on the agenda, on Monday, and those who opted to travel around the site on the little train pulled by a Land Rover were able to see quite a lot of the site in a shorter time. It is a great day out with a lot to see. Next came a visit to Buckingham Palace and the Royal Mews, on yet another good day for weather, and a trip on the London Eye for those with a head for heights. Thursday saw a trip to Greenwich , taking in the Maritime Museum , and the Cutty Sark, and some were able to take a riverboat ride on the Thames . Friday was the day of return, visiting Windsor Castle on the way back, and finally dining at the Elite Restaurant in Lincoln to finish the week. Probably a hard week for some, with lots of walking, but a lovely holiday full of great sights.

The gardeners meet again on 22nd September at 7.30 pm when Dave Newman will be speaking on Month by Month in the garden and also Clematis. Come and join us!

Chris Raynor

Barkwith & District  WI. 2017

The Institute does not have a formal meeting in August. Instead, we had an excellent lunch at the Cross Roads Inn, East Barkwith, and then went to the Walled Garden , Baumber, where we enjoyed a stroll around the garden, followed by tea, in very pleasant surroundings. Our October meeting will be on 12th October, at 7.30pm in Barkwith Hall, when Chrissy Chapman will speak on "The Beauty of Amber". The competition will be "A piece of jewellery" Visitors Welcome


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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