Events and Clubs for and by Young People in Middle Rasen


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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

Saturday Club

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 , or visit their website "" for times and prices.



Beth Havercroft reports on Middle Rasen's Karate Club

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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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 Nursery / Pre School

Happy New Year to everyone. We have had such a busy Christmas and would like to say a big thank you to Father Christmas for making the time to come and deliver our presents! We have also had the fantastic news from OFSTED, that we are now a "Good" rating.

We still have places left for children 0-5years.

For more information about us call Sam on 01673 844111 or E-Mail



Middle Rasen School News


The children have been busy taking their learning out and about. Class 3 had a trip to Lincoln Cathedral and investigated the type of shops that can be found in the area - they also managed to squeeze in a visit to the ice cream shop!

Class 1 spent World Book Day on a Gruffalo hunt at The Classroom in the Woods; they had an amazing day out in the sunshine investigating the creatures living in the j stream and splashing in very large muddy puddles. In the afternoon they went through the woods meeting the creatures from the Gruffalo story, building a house for , the big bad mouse and finished off by eating a bowl ' of Gruffalo crumble around the campfire. The children were surprised to find out that Gruffalo tastes a lot like apples!

The rest of the school celebrated World Book Day by decorating a t-shirt to represent their favourite book and taking part in a quiz to match the staff with their favourite childhood book. The t-shirts were amazing and we finished the day with a parade




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!




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.


Children's Corner




POSSE - Awaites new sessions

Previously - 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.


Guiding in Middle Rasen


Brownies from Middle Rasen joined 2nd Market Ras en Brownies for their recent Pack Holiday. This year's theme was 'Brownies Got Talent',

While away the Brownies worked towards their Brownie Holiday, Cooks, Musician and Entertainer badges. Activities included: Hand chimes, cooking biscuits, designing and making costumes and programmes along with cooking their meals and looking after our Holiday Home. The Brownies then showed off their talents at our Talent Show on the Saturday evening.

If anyone is interested in finding out more about Brownies or any other girlguiding section further details are available at:


Middle Rasen Rainbows' Leader - Emma Fairhall - 01673 828803.

The Rainbows have had a good start to this year. We went to the pantomime at Louth in January and the girls had a great time booing the baddies and cheering the heroes

We have been learning about Space and the solar system this half term, lots of space activities, including icing biscuits in the shape of rockets, the moon and astronauts. We also made a mobile with the planets on, great fun as they glowed in the dark.

Karen Gramson




On Monday 22 nd April the unit went for a sponsored walk in Willingham Woods. Seventeen of the units eighteen girls escorted by three guiders and a young leader (and three parents) took the girls through the woods on dedicated trails that have been created by the forestry commission. The girls were enquiring of the different types of trees, collecting pine cones, looking for rabbit warren holes, watching and feeding the ducks. After feeding the ducks the girls required a top up of biscuits and cold bottled water before returning to the car park for pick-up by family members. I would like to thank all who sponsored the girls which has resulted in £183.00 being raised for the Units Funds. Also, A big thank you for the donation of £50.00 from the Nags Head, Middle Rasen. A great time was had by all – especially the Ducks. Eileen Bedford Middle Rasen Rainbow Guider



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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.

MIDDLE RASEN GUIDES were on camp from the 27 th July to 3 rd August. They all participated in a wide range of activities. These included Para-gliding, Abseiling, Climbing, Gliding, Swimming, Canoeing, Rafting, Hovercraft as well as making items in the crafts area. They returned home on the Saturday morning after thanking their leaders for a wonderful week. Eileen Bedford Middle Rasen Guider - First Aider for the week. Contact details: T: 01673 843421 or M: 07729 115592


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.


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).


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.


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