Middle Rasen Community Diary


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A Community Diary Middle Rasen Area 2023/4

Middle Rasen and area including the Tofts, Barkwith, Hainton, Sixhills, Torringtons & South Willingham

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Wednesday 1st May Middle Rasen Gardening Club Open Meeting in the Village Hall at 7.30pm

Saturday 4th May 2024 Join us at the West Rasen Heritage Centre monthly coffee morning from 10am - 12 noon. Everyone will be made very welcome.

Saturday 11th May from 10.00am Middle Rasen Methodist Chapel will be holding the monthly coffee morning at the chapel. Everyone is welcome.

Saturday 11 th May from 10.00am – 4pm St Peter & St Paul's Church, Middle Rasen, is taking part in the 1st Open Churches Festival weekend, Our theme this year is ‘sport' because of the 2024 Olympic games.

Sunday 12 th May from 12 noon – 4pm. The Open Churches event continues ..... join us for a delicious ploughman's or just a piece of cake and a cuppa. We'd love to welcome you.

Saturday 18th May  at 7.00pm Middle Rasen Methodist Chapel will be celebrating the Chapel Anniversary with a Concert by the ‘4R's' along with a Buffet Supper. Do join us if you are able.

Saturday 25th May Car Boot Sale between 9am and 12 noon at Middle Rasen Village Hall events will be supported with a tabletop sale inside the hall. The charge per car or table is £7.00 and public entry is free. Anyone wishing to book a table in the hall please email Rosie on dawson28r@gmail.com



Friday 28th June at 7pm. The Village Hall Management Committee will be holding the AGM in the Community Room at the hall. Everyone is welcome as the Village Hall needs your support.

Saturday 29th June Car Boot Sale between 9am and 12 noon at Middle Rasen Village Hall events will be supported with a tabletop sale inside the hall. The charge per car or table is £7.00 and public entry is free. Anyone wishing to book a table in the hall please email Rosie on dawson28r@gmail.com

Saturday 27 th July, Car Boot Sale between 9am and 12 noon at Middle Rasen Village Hall events will be supported with a tabletop sale inside the hall. The charge per car or table is £7.00 and public entry is free. Anyone wishing to book a table in the hall please email Rosie on dawson28r@gmail.com

Saturday 31 st August , Car Boot Sale between 9am and 12 noon at Middle Rasen Village Hall events will be supported with a tabletop sale inside the hall. The charge per car or table is £7.00 and public entry is free. Anyone wishing to book a table in the hall please email Rosie on dawson28r@gmail.com

Saturday 28 th September , Car Boot Sale between 9am and 12 noon at Middle Rasen Village Hall events will be supported with a tabletop sale inside the hall. The charge per car or table is £7.00 and public entry is free. Anyone wishing to book a table in the hall please email Rosie on dawson28r@gmail.com

Car boot sales will take place on the last Saturday in the month from May to September These . The dates are , , and finally the .

BROADBENT THEATRE..... box office 0300 400 0101 or via the website and/or email

Regular Fixtures

Monday Mornings at 9.30am Pilates in Middle Rasen Church Hall on Church Street,

Wednesday Evenings from 7pm Line Dancing in Middle Rasen Church Hall, 7 – 8.30pm ~ Term Time

2nd & 4th Friday Cameo Craft meets 7-9pm in the Middle Rasen Chuch Hall

Guides .... Middle Rasen Village Hall .... every Monday ........Contact: Linda White 0776591525 or Sharon White 07534112324 or by email

Brownies .... Middle Rasen Village Hall ..... every Monday..... Contact: Tricia Neale 849412.

Ranger Guides .... Middle Rasen Village Hall .... fortnightly on Mondays .......Contact: Jeannette Reilly 07961 970579.

Parish Council ...... Middle Rasen Church Hall.... 2nd Tuesday @ 7.30 pm (Public Forum 7.20 pm for 10 mins) tel 07960 411602 email

Middle Rasen Toddlers meets every Friday in term time in Middle Rasen Church Hall from 9.30am

Short Mat Bowling – Mondays 1.30 – 4.30pm and Thursdays 7 – 9.30pm, Middle Rasen Village Hall. All Welcome!

Himalayan Yoga meets every Wednesday in Middle Rasen Village Hall at 10.30am (no current info PLEASE CHECK)

Middle Rasen Book Club ..... Ist Monday of the month at the Advocate Arms .... please look here and/or contact .......Lesley Brewis


LOCAL HISTORY ~ with Caroline Foster

On May 11 th /12 th is the Churches Festival - In St Peter and St Paul's, Middle Rasen, the theme is SPORT, so, I found some sporting stories from the past for you:

In 1884 - 2 nd XI of Market Rasen Town FC beat Middle Rasen FC at home 4-1.

In September 1924 - No enthusiasm in Middle Rasen Football Club and it was agreed to wind up the club.

In 1946/7 – Photographed here is the Middle Rasen Football team which won the East Barkwith League and Cup double in that season.

On 9 th December 1944 - Market Rasen Mail reported on the Annual meeting of the Market Rasen Golf Club, which had continued during the war years with over 70 members. They discussed the possibility of an 18-hole golf course after the war.

In 1962 – Middle Rasen brought home 5 Cups - Championship, Challenge, Victor Cup, Autumn Cup and Benevolent Cup

I am giving a talk in Market Rasen library on 7th May, 2 – 3pm on Pictures, Photographs and Postcards - How to spot a FAKE! Light refreshments.

Caroline Foster


Meet your Councillors – Friday 10 th May and Friday 24 th May , 10am – 12noon
Call in to Market Rasen Library to speak to Councillor Stephen Bunney and colleagues. Get information and advice; enquire about services that the Council provides; discuss local issues or raise any other Council related matter.
Connect Over a Cuppa - Every Tuesday 11am – 12 noon.  

Early Talkers - Every Tuesday 1pm – 1.45pm .

Children's Art Club - Every Tuesday 3.30pm - 4.30pm . For children aged 6+  

Adult Craft Club - Every Saturday and Wednesday 10am – 12 noon.

Reading through Play – Wednesdays in term time, 7 – 11yr olds, 3.30 – 4.15pm, Booking essential.  

Digital Champion - Each Wednesday and Friday 2.30 - 4.30pm.

Drop-in sessions with the Chief Reporter at the Rasen Mail – Friday, 10.30am – 12.30pm.

PC Drop In's , Meet PC Rachel Turner at the Library - Wednesday 15 th May, 3 – 4pm

Come and say hello, find out what's going on and use this opportunity to raise any local concerns you may have.
Story time - Every Friday 11 – 11.30am – Pre-school Story-time

Lego Stories Club - Every Wednesday and Friday 3.30 – 4.30pm. Free to join! Ages 5+

National Databank Surgery - Every Friday 1pm – 3pm .

Saturday Craft Hub at the Children's Library - Every Saturday 10.00 - 12.30pm. 5+

Family History - 1 st Saturday of the month -.Local historian Caroline Foster is hosting a supportive Q&A session about how to access information and find out about your family history by asking the right questions and using the Ancestry websites effectively. ‘Find My Past and Ancestry' websites are free to access via the @lincslibraries website.  

Something New!

Creative Arts Exhibition – “My Perfect Place” - Throughout April with Exhibition from Wednesday 1st May to Friday 31st May.   Art Exhibition on display throughout May at the Library. Come along and vote for your favourite work in our public vote and see which works have been chosen by guest judge, the artist Richard Chuck. Certificates awarded to the winners.

History Tutorials - Tuesday 7 th May, Pictures, Postcards and Photographs, 2 - 3pm

Learn how to date them and how to spot a fake! Light refreshments will be served.

Market Rasen Library Community Photographic Group - Friday 3 rd May 1.30 – 3pm

Join photographer Ian Brace and others on the 1 st Friday of every month and learn how to take a better picture, tell a story without words and much more. All cameras and Smartphones welcome. Printing available. Light refreshments served.

New Lego Challenge Club for Adults - Friday 26 th April 1.30 - 2.30pm
This is for all of us grown-ups who love LEGO and the challenge of the build. On the last Friday of every month this new group will meet at the library and share challenges and ideas. Bring your own kits or use our kits and resources. Light refreshments served.

For more information about any of our events and activities please speak to a member of staff, call 01522 782010 or email market_rasen.library@gll.org







Faldingworth WI – 2 nd Tuesday of each month (12 th October) at Newtoft Village Hall, 7.15pm

Faldingworth Coffee Mornings ...Coffee mornings take place at Faldingworth village hall every Wednesday from 10am – 11.30am in aid of All Saints Church, Faldingworth. We always follow Covid-19 protocol. Wilf Moxon

Newtoft .... Bingo is back – hooray! The bar opening hours are: Saturdays from 8pm – midnight (except on bingo nights when it will open at 6pm!) Sundays from 1pm until 5/6pm! Everyone is welcome!

Pilates – Thursday's at Newtoft Village Hall, 7 – 8pm

South Willingham Dance Group – Every 2 nd Wednesday (6 th & 20 th October) - South Willingham Village Hall, 7pm

Wragby Ladies Luncheon Club We are in the process of setting up a ladies luncheon club at the Adam and Eve Country Pub, Wragby. We will then meet every 3 rd Thursday of the month from September to April inclusive. Do come and join us to make new, like minded friends over a delicious lunch followed by an interesting speaker on various topics. Costs will include an annual subscription of £25.00 to cover speakers and administration, plus the cost of the luncheon each month. Numbers are limited. For more information and an application form, please contact Janet Edwards – tel: 01673 857006, email janetedwards645@gmail.com or Doreen Fidler – tel: 01673 858166

Check before attending those listed below

•  Age UK Lindsey – 1 st Monday of each month, Free drop in sessions offering advice to the over 50's, Market Rasen Surgery, 10am – 1pm

•  Community Art Classes – Tuesdays, Nice & Naughty Café, 3pm

•  Chat and Cardmaking – Tuesdays, Nice & Naughty café, Market Rasen, 10.30am

Toft and Faldingworth

•  Toft Newton Craft Night – Tuesday 3 rd December & Tuesday 17 th December, 7.00pm – 9.00pm. Contact Vanessa on 07772636024

•  Walking Football –Tuesdays, Newtoft Community Centre, 7.30-8.30pm, 16yrs plus

•  Toft Tots – Thursdays, Toft Newton Community Centre, 9.30 – 11.30, Term Time only

•  Children's Football – Fridays, 6-7pm, Newtoft Community Centre, Trainers / Footie Boots needed, Outside Play!

•  Faldingworth Indoor Bowls – Thursdays, Faldingworth Memorial Hall, 2 – 4pm

•  Faldingworth Coffee & Chat – Wednesdays, Faldingworth Memorial Hall, 10 – 11.30am

•  Informal Short Tennis – Wednesdays, Faldingworth Memorial Hall, 6 - 7pm

Sth Willingham 

•  Art Group – Tuesday 3rd December, South Willingham Parish Hall, 1.30pm

•  Coffee Morning – Wednesdays 4 th & 18 th December, South Willingham Parish Hall, 10.30am

•  Dance Group – 2 nd & 4 th Wednesdays 7pm, South Willingham Parish Hall, 4 th & 18 th December


Groups listed below may require better or updated information.

Middle Rasen

Local History Group (U3A) Tuesday 9.30am to 12noon Middle Church Hall Takes a short break in summer.

Women's Own every Wednesday afternoon 2.30 pm at Middle Methodist Church , all welcome, Contact: Alice Surfleet 843256 for more information

Games Afternoon - TBA 4th Wednesday (Autumn and Winter) 1.30 - 3.30 pm at Middle Rasen Church Hall. Ring Elaine 844222 for more information. .

The Guild every Wednesday evening October to March, from 7.30 pm at Middle Rasen Methodist Church. Contact Ann Naylor 844645

Camera Club 2nd Wednesday 7.30 pm at Village Hall, new members welcome Contact: Ray Halstead 842142 for more information..

Tai Chi every Wednesday 10.30 am Village Hall.

Outdoor bowls starts April - September.....Enquiries and entries to Ann Veal 01673 842581 orwgveal@globalnet.co.uk and Rich Wright 01673 88545 or richmondwright@msn.com

Middle Rasen Nursery Monday - Friday 7,30 am to 5 pm. For more information Contact: Sam Bryan 844111.

Coffee, Cake and Chat meet again in January at Middle Rasen Methodist Chapel, 10am

Camera Club meets once a month on 2nd Wednesday @ 2.30 pm in the Middle Rasen Village Hall

Middle Rasen Coffee, Cake & Chat – 1st and 3rd Thursday , 10am, Middle Rasen Methodist School Room


FALDINGWORTH and elsewhere

Table Tennis – Fridays, Faldingworth Memorial Hall, 7.30 – 9.30pm

Faldingworth W I meet 2nd Tuesday (changing to 2nd Tuesday from May onwards) at Faldingworth Memorial Hall, Contact: Christine Waite 885249 for more information.

Friendship Club meet 3rd Wednesday 2 - 4 pm at Memorial Hall, all welcome, Contact: Sylvia Hall 885776 for more information.

Coffee morning & Post Office every Wednesday at Memorial Hall 10-11.30.

Indoor Bowls Club every Thursday at the Memorial Hall 2 pm to 4pm £ 1.50 Contact: Laurie 885563 for more information

Bee Crafty craft group 2nd & 4th Thursday 7 pm to 9 pm Memorial Hall all welcome, adults £ 2 children £ 1.

Book Club meets monthly, for more information ring Ann 880188.


Christian Discussion nights Monday evenings from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm at Newtoft Clubhouse.

Toft Tots meet every Thursday at Toft Newton Community Centre from 9.15 – 11am

Parent, Toddler & Baby group meet 1st and 3rd Monday each month 10 am to 11.30 am Welton Children's Centre.

Parish Council meets alternate months, on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, meeting in May, July and September at Newtoft Clubhouse 6 pm.

Terriers Football Training Tuesday evenings see website for more information.

Guitar Sessions some Tuesday evenings 8 pm in Newtoft Clubhouse. Contact: Doug Orr for more information. 885573.

Youth Club on every alternate Wednesdays for more information contact Kirsty Rand 885531.

Family Bingo once a month (food prizes) contact Bridget Carpenter 885733.


West Rasen Heritage Centre & Village Hall group meets 1st Tuesday 7.30 pm, general enquiries Liz Margrave on 844047.

Coffee Morning 1st Saturday at the Heritage Centre from 10 am to 12 noon .


Pre School at Donington on Bain Village Hall every weekday morning during school terms from 9.30am to noon with option of staying for lunch. For more information contact Sarah Jane on 07816954135.


Book Club meets every 4 weeks, Tuesday evening Cross Roads Inn 7.30 pm. Cost £ 2 For more information contact Blue on 0781 0511012.

Parish Council meets on 3rd Thursday at 8pm.

East Barkwith Wl meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month.

Barkwith and District Gardeners Takes a summer break from May to August meetings start on 4th Friday in September. An all day Spring Show 11th April 2015 and a Late Summer Evening Show 28th August 2015. For summer trips please ring Les Robinson on 857063 to book seats or put your name on the waiting list as they are very popular.

Mothers and Toddlers on Friday afternoons from 1.30 to 3.20pm.

Card Makers Circle 2nd and 4th Fridays from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm meet in the summer meet in Wragby Methodist Chapel Schoolroom.


South Willingham Dance Group meets on Wednesday 7 th November and Wednesday 21 st November in South Willingham Parish Hall at 7pm  

South Willingham Coffee Mornings held in Parish Hall on Wednesday 7 th November and Wednesday 21 st November

Art Group meets on the 1st Tuesday of the month from 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

Reel Issues film night breaks for the summer May to August back in September.

Coffee and Chat Parish Hall on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 10.30am to 12noon.

History Group meets last Thursday of the month in the Parish Hall at 7.30pm.