Events and Clubs for and by Young People in Middle Rasen
~ Scouts, Guides, Brownies, Cubs, Beavers, Rainbows etc ~
~ Mondays ~
Click here for News from Guides, Brownies and Rainbows
Guides Village Hall @ 6.30pm... Ranger Guides Village Hall fortnightly
Rainbows Church Hall @ 4.15pm Brownies Church Hall @ 6pm (term time only)
See also groups like Splatt (for 7-lls) The Church Youth Group (for 11+years) and Saturday Club below
Children's Sunday 'Splatt' Group
Sunday at 10.30pm in the Church Hall before the Church service
One Saturday in the month at 10.30pm in the Church Hall, click for news
Middle Rasen Church Youth Group
Posse (for 11+years) Sunday 6-8pm Meets in Church Hall ~ Friends welcome. click here for news
The FISDAC Academy
Normally the club runs every Sunday during term time at Middle Rasen Village Hall. There are spaces for new participants at the weekly Street Dance, Cheerleading or Multi-Sports classes. To book a place ring Jenny or Ian on 07875246427, email email@example.com , or visit their website "www.fisdac.co.uk" for times and prices.
LEARNING THE ART OF SELF DEFENSE
Having joined the Karate Club, that meets at Middle Rasen Village Hall on Friday nights from 6.30 till 8pm, just over a year ago, Beth Havercroft is now on her orange (3 rd grade) belt. It is club that is open to anyone from age 5 upwards and has a growing number of members who not only want to learn self defense but have also found it helps with self discipline as well as being great fun. Beth says, “It also keeps you fit and healthy. You will learn everything from stances to punches, to blocks and kicks. But don't think it's just a fitness club, I have also been learning a bit of Japanese and meeting new friends. As well as helping to keep children off the streets, it's a great way to finish off the week”.
Middle Rasen Karate Club Beth Karate group in action
The club is part of the worldwide group GO-KAN-RYU Karate. All its instructors are CRB checked and Middle Rasen club is run by local instructors Kim and Maria Carter. The regional instructor is ‘Sensei' James Davie, who co-ordinates all the local clubs in the area. If you are interested in joining then please do contact him first on 07659124950, who will then arrange for someone to visit you in your home and explain what the club is about, including its charges. Currently there is a one off Lifetime registration fee of £49 which covers things like insurance. After that each session costs £6. There are concessions if more than one family member joins. A karate gi (suit) is just under £25.
Friday evenings in the village hall click here
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PARISH CHURCH PRAM SERVICE
1st/3rd Monday 2.15pm in the Parish Church
A time for in the Church for carers and tiny tots, followed by refreshments and chat in the Church Hall.
Middle Rasen Toddler Group .
A group of parents and their young children meet every Friday morning during term time from 9:30 to 11:30am at Middle Rasen Church Hall. Just £2 per session. It's a chance to offer support and friendly advice to each other and an opportunity for the children to socialise with other children, play with new toys, do a craft activity and have a sing song. Juice & biscuits are provided for the children and parents have a welcomed mug of tea or coffee. There is a soft baby corner and breastfeeding mothers are made welcome.
Simply put, the group has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and all parents & carers of pre-school children are welcome. . There are plenty of toys for the children to play with and you get a chance for some more grown up chat. For more information contact Gail Lee (885812)
Middle Rasen & District Pre School
NEW STARTERS AT THE NURSERY
It's back to normal here at Middle Rasen Nursery after the busy Christmas season. We have some new children starting this term including some babies. However we do have some places available if anyone would like to visit we still have Play and Stay on Wednesday afternoons 1 pm to 3 pm. For more information ring 01673 844111.
Jean and Pat
News from nurseryIts that busy time of year when we are doing lots of fund raising and arranging trips for the summer term. The children are enjoying playing outside in the sunshine, yesterday they were making pretend cakes in the sand pit and adding stones for cherries. Pat and myself are going to visit Walesby Woodlands Caravan Park owned by Mr &Mrs Glover one of our parents, with a view to taking the children on their annual trip in June. We intend to have a walk with the children through the woods and having lunch at the caravan park. We have also decided to have a quiche lunch at the church hall on Wednesday 19th June 12-1 at the Church hall everyone welcome. We are still holding our Play & Stay afternoons if you would like to come along with your child 1-3pm.If you would just like to come and meet the staff and have a look around you
NEWS FROM MIDDLE RASEN PRE-SCHOOL
RAISING FUNDS ~ We had a fantastic response at our Potato and topping lunch. Pat and I considered cancelling due to the snowy conditions but decided it was easier to go ahead and hope that we might get some customers. We tentatively carried the slow cookers and hot potatoes through the snow over to the Church hall, it was a mission but we made it! The first customer was Mrs Gash who made it as a kind soul had helped her round and she was ready for her lunch and meeting up with friends. We had only cooked 30 potatoes and surprisingly we almost ran out as people kept coming and coming. What a fantastic village we live in with such supporting folks, we raised £122 thank you to everyone that supported us. Everyone seemed to enjoy their potato and topping and felt it made a change from soup. We have now decided to book another Potato Lunch on Monday March 19th at the Church hall 12-1pm everyone welcome. After Half term the children will be practising for their annual sponsored " Wellie Throw" which is as you guessed throwing a “wellie” as far as they can, again raising funds. We are also selling Summer hanging baskets £8.50 or £7 refill from Lilford Nursery delivered to us by May 1st if you would like one please ring Jean or Pat on 01673 844111.
Snowy regards Jean & Pat.
THE OWL AND THE PUSSY CAT
10 year old India and 9 year old William “challenged” their grandpa, Rodger, to build something a little different from the usual snowmen when they woke up on Sunday morning to find that it had been snowing. Grandpa Rodger thought that it was “snow joke” when they requested a snow owl, but not one to resist a challenge, he rose to the challenge, hence the hatching of the owl. A photo of Snowy the Owl was quickly sent by mobile ‘phone to William and India and other members of the Fritzsche family. To make sure that they also got a “feather in their cap” Aunties, Dawn and Denise came up with the idea of Snowy the Cat! We are still waiting for other members of their family to come up with Snowy Pea Green Boat.
The PRE SCHOOL runs Monday to Friday (during term times only) from 8:40am to 3:30pm for 2 to 5 year olds and costs £2.50 per hour or £7.50 each session. In addition to the Pre School , the team also run PLAY MATTERS as part of the extended schools programme, providing a breakfast club from 7:30am to 8:30am and an after school club from 3pm to 6pm for 3 to 11 year olds, again at a cost of £2.50 per hour. Visitors are always made welcome. On Wednesdays they also welcome new parents and toddlers (0-2 years) to PEEPS – Peers Early Education Partnership, working in partnership with parents and children as they all learn new skills. It runs on Wednesday's only between 1 and 3am and is free. If you would like to know more details contact Jean & Pat on 01673 844111.
Jean & Pat Mums at PEEPS Having fun
Middle Rasen School News
School life appears to be whizzing by. We have already had our “SATS” in school. These are the tests that the 7 and 11 year olds take during May. We know they all tried their best and are sure they will have done well. The junior children are enjoying the skills of a cricket coach. Every Thursday throughout the summer term we are lucky to have a cricket coach, we just want cricketing weather. The older children are also enjoying the skills of a music teacher in school, she is teaching them drumming. The children are enjoying it, the class at the side found it quite loud and so moved classroom. All of the children took part in raising funds for Barnardo's. They made a “veggie friend” and took their friend with them for a week. Many of the “friends” came to school and enjoyed the lessons and the special assembly. I heard a cucumber and his pineapple friend enjoyed Spanish the most, the carrot and parsnip enjoyed “show and tell” with reception. Finally the Friends of School held their Summer Ball at the White Heather. All money raised was divided between Pre-school and school. The food was delicious, the women dressed in their beautiful dresses and the men looked handsome in their DJs. A good night was had by all.
Middle Rasen Equestrian Team
School had a first on Saturday 3 rd November when 3 children represented the school at an equestrian event at Osgodby. Chanelle Ashworth, Andrew and Georgia Marriott competed against teams much older than themselves. The team came third in the team event but Georgia came first in the individual event. Although it was extremely cold it was a great experience. A big thank you goes to Liz Marriott for organising the team. We are hoping for more members to join the Middle Rasen Equestrian Team.
Children in Need
Once more children raised money for Children in Need. It was a non-uniform day and children could bring a teddy along to school.
Concerts & Shows
Already the children are beginning to practice for their Christmas shows. Key stage 1 are performing “The Fleas” on Thursday 6 th December and Key stage 2 are performing “The stars come out for Christmas” on Thursday 13 th December. On Friday 21 st December at 1pm the school will hold its annual carol concert in the church.
School reopens to children on Tuesday 8 th January.
MIDDLE RASEN PRIMARY SCHOOL Term Dates, 2012 to April 2013.
Term 1 ends
Thursday 25 October
Term 3 ends
Friday 15 February
Term 2 starts
Monday 5 November
Term 4 starts
Monday 25 February
Term 2 ends
Friday 21 December
Term 4 ends
Wednesday 27 March
Term 3 starts
Tuesday 8 January
Term 5 starts
Monday 15 April
HARRIET IN TANZANIA
During my return to Middle Rasen to enjoy the Christmas period with my family, I was delighted to read the news from Middle Rasen Primary School in the Community Spirit Magazine. Hearing about the school choir singing in the Methodist Church was a fond reminder of my days at the school; I will never forget the combination of nerves and excitement I felt before my performance as one of the Kings in the notorious “We Three Kings” Carol.
In the Twelve years that have passed since attending Middle Rasen Primary School, I have learnt to appreciate how a positive educational experience is monumental in shaping the aspirations and future success of children. As such, contributing towards the awareness and improvement of educational standards in developing countries is something I have become increasingly passionate about and in September 2009, in pursuit of this cause, I climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and raised £3000 for ChildReach International.
Climbing Kilimanjaro itself was the most gruelling, yet rewarding challenge I have completed to date and there were times when it would have been easy to turn around and stop the climb, especially when I was suffering from early signs of altitude sickness. Nevertheless, knowing that I would see the direct results of my fundraising during my voluntary work at a disabled school in Tanzania was a key motivational factor throughout the climb.
Many people in Middle Rasen contributed to my final fundraising target and I was lucky enough to witness the direct effects of this fundraising during my voluntary work in Tanga, Tanzania. Throughout my week at a disabled school, I spent time reading short stories with individual children and helping them practice their writing skills. Tanzania is among many developing countries which fight against illiteracy and it was incredibly uplifting to work amongst children who were so eager to learn. Myself and the other volunteers were also keen to teach the children about something new and, as such, we painted The Solar System on one of the classroom walls which needed re-decorating. It was fascinating to explain to the children about how our planet fitted into a much greater universe.
Aside from teaching, our team also spent time building a large butterfly shed in the school grounds, since many of the children had expressed their excitement for the wide variety of butterflies in the area!
EVERY SCHOOL NEEDS ITS FRIENDS
By Linda Patrick
When my daughter joined Middle Rasen Primary School two years ago, like most mothers, I really wanted to play a part in helping her to enjoy her years at the school, not only educationally but also through the many social aspects that the school offers as well. Middle Rasen School is excellent. It is well run, the teachers are so imaginative in how they teach and also are so approachable. And, although a small school, the facilities and activities it offers easily equal all that of a bigger primary school.
At first I believed that the school funded all the extra activities that the children take part in, including swimming lessons and that wonderful trip to the theatre to see the Christmas pantomime. However, after attending the Annual General Meeting in 2009 of the Friends of School Committee I realised that a lot of the costs for the “treats” were actually as a result of fundraising by this hardworking and small group of parents. Some of these 'treats' include - hockey sticks, the coaches for trips and to take the older children swimming, curtain and scenery for the staging, refreshments during the pantomime visit. I felt the least I could do was join the Friends of School and, in a small way, help support and ensure that these treats for my child and all the other children in the school continued. I soon realised that the FOS group also do so much behind the scenes to support the teaching staff of the school.
For 2011 I have agreed to Chair the Friends of School Committee. We are looking to create an exciting programme of social activities during 2011 that will not only be fun for all the family to take part in, but will also raise money for the school. In this way I am playing my part to help ensure that necessary funds are raised to give the children those extra little 'treats'. So, if like me, you have a child at the school, please consider joining the committee. It won't take a lot of your time but it will make a big difference. Our AGM will be at the Red Lion Pub in Market Rasen on 12 th January, 7.30pm. I hope to see you there.
Reports by Julia Weeks
June is now here & the sun is shining? Here's hoping!! The first weekend of June sees the village community getting together to celebrate 60 years since the Queens Coronation! I hope I will see many of you at the village Hall on the Saturday wearing fancy dress and with your decorated crown for the competition! There will be loads to do, see and eat! Do come along and join in the fun! There is also a joint outdoor service on Sunday morning followed by refreshments! I look forward to seeing you there!
June Saturday Club will take place on Sat 15 th June in the Church Hall from 10.00 am – 12 noon. We will be preparing for Father's Day! All Primary School age children are welcome to come along and join in the fun!
Happy Birthday to Anna Parry and Lexxie Fuller
Ha Ha! Q .What do you call a bee who is always complaining? A .A Grumble-Bee!
Q . What do you call a friend who had an elephant on his head? A Flat Mate!
Answers to May's Riddles:
I can run, but not walk. Wherever I go, thought follows close behind! What am I? A. I am a NOSE!!
I have holes in my top and bottom, my left and right and in the middle. But I still hold water! What am I? A. I am a SPONGE!
Sudoku for Kids in June! Can you solve the following 3 number puzzles? Every row, column and mini-grid must contain the numbers 1, 2, 3 & 4. Don't guess, use logic!! Solutions in July!
Remember this is your page! Please let Julia Weeks have your jokes, birthdays and suggestions to Walnut Cottage or on 842474
Thank you to all the children from Middle Rasen Primary School who designed and made posters for Middle Rasen Charity Gala, well done everyone, they are fantastic. If you look you will find them dotted in and around the village.
On Sunday June 16 th The Posse Strikes Back – with a 30 minute First Aid taster session. Age group 11 – 18 years, come and join in the fun 3 rd Sundays of the month Church Hall 6 – 8 pm.
Posse swing down for a Sausage Sizzle
After enjoying an afternoon swinging from the high ropes at Willingham Woods led by Michael & Helen Robinson, the Posse returned to Middle Rasen to a Sausage Sizzle (sausages pierced with sticks cooked on an open fire) in the garden of Rev'd David Post (Helen's father). A great time was had by all. There was crocket on the lawn and later sausages and marshmallows on the fire as the young people told of their excitement and initial fears on the high ropes. It was the last meeting of the Posse until September.
RAINBOWS IN WILLINGHAM WOODS
RANGER GUIDES IN MIDDLE
The girls at Middle Rasen Rangers have loads of fun choosing and arranging their own activities within the Guiding program. In the last twelve months we have had girls training and completing their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award (see picture taken near Legsby), some have now moved on to start work on the prestigious gold award whilst we have more now training for their Bronze. We are now fundraising and applying for grants for our own equipment.
They have taken part in a County camp for guiding members their age (14 – 25, call the Senior Section), where they had the opportunity to take part in kayaking, air rifle shooting, archery and Japanese braiding. They have organised an evening's ice skating, a fund raising fashion show, international food tasting and helped run events for the 2 nd Middle Rasen Guides. They have also been to Sheffield arena to see the popular group JLS.
In January they organised a weekend away and one of our girls achieved her Senior Section Holiday Permit by coordinating the arrangements and program for the weekend.
Many of the girls are also training as Young Leaders with Rainbow, Brownie and Guide units in the Market / Middle Rasen area and we have three qualified Young Guiders in more training.
We meet once a fortnight on a Monday and are always open to new
members, you can contact us on 07961 970579.
Jeannette Reilly, Ranger Guider.
'GUIDES CENTENERY FINALE'
Val Wright reports
Girl Guiding UK's Centenary Celebrations will conclude with Vision, the grand finale, at 20.10 20/10/2010 (8.10pm on 20th October, 2010). On that day members will reflect on the Centenary year and make pledges about their vision for the future-in guiding and beyond. Middle Rasen Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Rangers, Y'L's and Guiders will come together with members of Market Rasen Division and reflect on the past year, renew their commitment to guiding and look to the future - creating a vision of what they want in the years to come and pledging to make it happen. Members can tune in and share the moment as a TV broadcast, focusing on girls' pledges for the future and ending with the promise, will be shown on the Community Channel (Sky 539, Freeview 87) from 7.55pm and ending at 8.15pm.
GIRL GUIDES FIRST ONE HUNDRED YEARS
100 years ago, a small group of courageous girls stepped forward at the 1909 Boy Scouts Rally in Crystal Palace Park and asked its Founder, Robert Baden-Powell for “something for the girls”. The result was the Girl Guides.
Local Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Senior Section and Guiders from our local units joined up with members from all over the County, past and present, to celebrate this event in a very modern way by taking a trip to Pleasure Island , Cleethorpes. Everyone had a great day trying out all the rides and watching the shows. Then in the afternoon over 2300 joined together to renew their promise.
Any girls aged 10 years and over are welcome to come along to guides to find out more of what is going on. For more info contact Katie Wright (843658).
TWENTY YEARS OF GUIDES
It was an evening of celebrations at the last meeting of the year for Middle Rasen Guides. Not only were they celebrating Christmas, but also twenty years of Guides in Middle Rasen. Among the invited guests were Sheila Lamming who started the Guide unit, Division Commissioner Mrs Jan Stimpson, and two former guides - Alice and Becky. Both were presented with their Baden Powell certificate, which they had worked for at Guides.
Everyone sang Happy Birthday as Alice and Becky cut the birthday cake. Then Guides and visitors enjoyed the party food, which the girls had provided. Party games were played, and the most original party hat was judged. The evening concluded with the enrolment of two new Guides, and a sad good-bye was said to Guider Katie. However, Linda and the Guides are looking forward to two new Guiders joining them in the New Year. when an exciting programme of meetings will start on Monday 11th January at 6.30pm.
Alice Hodgson looks back at the humble beginnings of the Girl Guides at Barkwith
As Guiding looks forward to celebrating its Centenary next month it is interesting to recall that one of the first ever Patrols was formed at East Barkwith in April 1912. Miss Nora Denny who was the daughter of the local doctor, had been involved with guiding from 1910 and she started with seven girls. They were duly registered at headquarters in October 1912 as the East Barkwith patrol of Baden Powell Girl Guides with the certificate signed by Agnes Baden- Powell and the first six girls made their promise on November 1 st 1912.
Barkwith's Registration Certificate signed by Agnes Baden Powell 21 st Oct 1912
A jumble sale was held to raise some funds and made £6.0.6 and the shopping list for the first camp held at Mablethorpe includes coal 1s 2d (5p), paraffin 9d, candles4d and beef 4s 2d (40p). Each guide contributed 3s 6d for the week, Miss Pike and ‘Mother' each gave 5s (25p) and Dr Denny paid the rent for the cottage they stayed in £1 10s (£1.50). The shared transport for the first stage of the journey to Louth to catch the train involved taking turns to ride with Mrs Denny in her tub trap and Mrs Duckering with her pony and dog cart or on the two bicycles, returning the same way.
The Rev'd Ferry gave them the use of a room at the Rectory for meetings and Mrs Smithson gave a big hearth rug and lent a table and tablecloth. They also had a lamp, camp stools and a fireguard and the girls, worked for dairy and sick nurse badges and took part in a competition with Horncastle guides in first aid, signalling and cooking. A committee meeting was held at Barkwith House in March 1914 and the first report recorded there were then ten guides and they had sent parcels of garments and dressed dolls to Dr Barnardo's Homes at Christmas 1912 and 1913. Letters were also sent to a little invalid girl in Newcastle each week with a doll at Christmas and a parcel of toys when at camp all subscribed by them. No camp was held in 1915 due to the war and it was difficult keeping the Company in existence as there was no one to help them when Miss Denny was absent nursing. In November 1915 Dorothy Barwick gained the War Service Badge. Miss Denny went to live in Vancouver later where she set up a private school with her friend but she retained her interest in guiding and took the idea of white haversacks to her guides in Canada. The Red Cross ordered them to remove the red crosses during the war. Miss Denny also kept in touch with friends in East Barkwith until her sight failed.
Miss Denny with the first Patrol 1914 outside Barkwith House
The Barkwith Group of parishes was formed in 1960 and cub, scout, brownie and guide units were again set up by the Rev Tony Simpson and helpers with the Barkwith Guide Unit registered in June 1967. It eventually moved to Wragby when most of the girls were travelling from the town and when new leaders wanted Wragby to have a unit of its own, the name was changed and the 1 st Barkwith title was adopted by a new unit formed at Donington on Bain. Sadly it did not survive long as there were not enough girls or leaders to retain interest and to keep the old patrol going.