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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Sunday 26 th November .......... 10.00am – 2.00PM Middle Rasen Village Hall "Christmas Fair"

Saturday 2nd December 10 -12 noon a coffee morning for St Peter and St Paul's Church at Stephen and Nicola's house - 1 Mallowfield, Middle Rasen. Any donations of cakes for a cake stall would be gratefully accepted .

Saturday 2nd December Broadbent Theatre stage STRINGFEVER Doors open 2.30pm for 3pm Matinee. Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm performance  

Saturday 2nd December 10am - 12 noon West Rasen Heritage Centre monthly coffee morning on. Everyone will be made very welcome.

Advent Sunday 3rd December The Community Card Tree will be put up in the entrance to St Peter and St Paul's Church

Sunday 3rd December Broadbent Theatre ... 2.30 for 3 pm YOUTH THEATRE production OF 'What the Dickens?!' Tickets £5

Friday 8th December, from 7.00pm, Singing Christmas Carols ......... Middle Rasen Church Hall, Leader: Malcolm Pentelow

Friday 8th December, from 6.00pm, Barkwith Christmas Fayre ...  East Barkwith Village Hall ... Stalls, Games, Cakes, Raffle, Tombola, Hot food & mince pies and much more.

Saturday 9 th December, 10.00 – 11.30am Middle Rasen Methodist Church, monthly coffee morning AND later at 7pm an evening of music

Saturday 9 th December, 7.00pm at Middle Rasen Methodist Church welcome the Caistor & District Male Voice Chior (Buffet Supper) donations welcomed.

Sunday 10th December at 4pm is Christingle at St Peter & St Paul's Church <<more info>>.

Sunday 10th December Broadbent Theatre ... 2.30 for 3 pm YOUTH THEATRE production OF 'What the Dickens?!' Tickets £5

Wednesday 13th December - BROADBENT CINEMA presents National Theatre Live 'SKYLIGHT' Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm. Tickets £10

Friday 15th December from 6pm   join us for mulled wine and mince pies and enjoy Christmas carols played by the Market Rasen Band at the Middle Rasen Water Mil. There will be a small raffle where proceeds will support Market Rasen Band. We look forward to seeing you for some festive cheer!

Saturday 16th December ....... decorate St Peter and St Paul's Church for Christmas <<more info>>.

Saturday 16 th December - Broadbent Theatre ... THIS EVENT IS BY BOOKING TIMESLOT ONLY. 10am- 1pm and 2-4pm SANTA'S SECRET GROTTO

Tuesday 19th December at 7.30pm Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance Christmas Carol Concert - ticketsonline at ambucopter.org.uk/carolconcert

Sunday 24th December at 5.30pm is the Annual Christmas Eve service at St Peter & St Paul's Church <<more info>>.

Friday 29 th December - BROADBENT CINEMA Doors open 2.30pm, commences 3pm 'FROZEN' - Sing your heart out and 'Let it Go!' Family Ticket £20 (2 adults, 2 children)

Monday 1st January 2024 - Middle Rasen Village Duck Race <<< MORE>>>

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




Meet your Councillors – Friday 8 th & Friday 22 nd December, 10am – 12 noon.

Connect Over a Cuppa - Every Tuesday 11am – 12 noon.  

Early Talkers - Every Tuesday 1pm – 1.45pm . This new session, run by the Early Years Alliance, will support children to become confident communicators through songs, rhymes, exploring and sharing books. Ask a member of staff for details.

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 - Every Friday 10.30am – 12.30pm.

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 . Our National Databank surgery is now open. If you are eligible, please come along to receive your data gift.

Saturday Craft Hub at the Children's Library - Every Saturday 10.00am-1.00pm - All craft resources provided, just bring your imagination.  

Wednesday 19th December - PC Drop In - 3.00pm . J oin us for this very emotive session. Meet PC Rachel Turner at the Library.

16 Days of Action 2023 EDAN Lincs - Finishes on Sunday 10 th Dec - This national campaign highlights the services that are working to prevent domestic abuse against women.

Saturday 9th December – Early talkers with the Early Years Alliance - 11.00 – 11.45 am - Join us again for an Early Talkers session for 0–5 year-olds led by Early Years Alliance. The session supports children to become confident communicators through songs, rhymes, exploring and sharing books. All are welcome. Ask us for further details.

Something New!

Book Sale – just in time for Christmas. Starts Friday 1 st December Our last Book Sale of 2023 with some great titles to enjoy. Books for all ages but a special focus on children's. So come and grab yourself a bargain and spread a little happiness.  

Tuesday 5 th December - 11.00am – 12 noon. Christmas Crafting Workshop with Ann Why do kids have all the fun! So adults, come to our festive workshop to make an extra special Christmas card and tree decoration. Handmade gifts are always the best! Ann will show you how to make them with all materials provided and lots of fun. Ask a member of staff for details and sign up. Light refreshments will be served.  

Christmas Market Celebrations - Saturday 9th December 10.00am – 2.00pm   Along with the town's Christmas Market, we are celebrating all things Charles Dickens at the Library. Come along and see our wonderful Dickensian Mouse Display that will melt your heart! Take part in the Charles Dickens Christmas Quiz, choose from a selection of Dickens novels including A Christmas Carol and children can come and make a special Christmas craft at the Hub. All materials and resources provided.


Thank you to everyone who donated to the Rotary Shoebox Appeal. Your gift changes lives.


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.