Helpringham Village Newsletter November 2013

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  • Memorial Hall

  • Church News

  • Club News

Invite you to a
At Anvil Cottage,
12 The Green, Helpringham
Tuesday, 12th November 2013
10 a.m. to 12 noon
In aid of
£3.00 to include
Tea / coffee & biscuits

All proceeds to go to Heckington First Responders Group


The Parish Council invites applications for grants from charitable organisations associated with the village. The application must detail what the grant will be used to pay for and the amount requested. The application, along with a copy of the latest audited accounts of the organisation, must be delivered to the Parish Clerk Mrs J Bleach, 24 Vicarage Lane, Helpringham, NG34 0RP by 30th November. Late applications will not be considered.

For some years St. Andrew’s Church in Heckington has produced a calendar. For 2015 (seems a long way off!) they would like to combine with all the other Parishes in the group. The theme would be the Churches inside and out illustrating the seasons and festivals. You have till June 20th next year to take your snap. Proceeds of sales would be shared by the Parishes. Further details will follow.
Contact: Jenny Charlesworth 461167.



October was the first meeting for this club and what a success it was!
Twenty people came along and, besides local villagers; some came from as far away as Hunstanton, Crowland, Boston and Sleaford.
The atmosphere was very friendly and people were soon chatting about favourite tunes, guitars, amplifiers and other equipment used to achieve that characteristic sound of the Shadows.
Thirteen people actually got up and played to backing tracks throughout the evening and it was surprising to find that by the end of the night a total of 42 tunes had been played!
Lots of new friends were made and everyone left looking forward to the next meeting.
Meetings are held at the Memorial Hall on the first Wednesday of the month from 7.30pm to 10.30pm. Light refreshments are provided.
If you like the guitar music of The Shadows why not pop along and see what it is about.

Dave Moore.

The winners of the 49 club national lottery bonus ball draw for the weeks 14th September to 12th October were as follows. Each winner receives £25
Sat 14th Sept  Linda Thompson
Sat 21st Sept  Jean Powell
Sat 28th Sept  Audrey Moxon
Sat   5th Oct    Wendy Robinson
Sat 12th Oct    Ian Parry
All proceeds go to the Memorial Hall


What is CallConnect Bus Service?                                                    

CallConnect is a unique bus service whose timetable is not fixed but responds to passenger requests. This means its routes are different each day depending on the bookings made by passengers.  Journey requests can be made by telephone, online or by SMS text message. The service is designed to improve transport opportunities in rural communities and some market towns where there is an infrequent conventional bus services.                                                                                                 

 Who can use CallConnect?                                                              
Everyone! All are welcome to use the service regardless of age or status. You can use the service as frequently as required for anything from shopping or travelling to work or school to a social event or medical appointment. Even if you are on holiday in Lincolnshire and need a bus, contact our booking office and find out how we can help you.                        

How do I book a journey?                                                                      
You can book a CallConnect journey by calling our booking team on 0845 234 3344. When requesting a bus journey, have your membership number and journey details ready. You can also submit your travel requests online or via SMS text messages. You can make a booking up to seven days in advance. You can also request same-day journeys but please give a minimum of one hour’s notice. All bookings are subject to availability.    

The amount you pay to travel depends on your journey. Each service area is divided into zones – the further you travel, the more you pay. Booking office staff can tell you the cost of your journey so that you can have the correct fare ready. Children aged under 5 travel free with an accompanying adult. If you hold a valid concessionary bus pass due to age or disability, you can use it on CallConnect buses. Passes issued outside Lincolnshire are accepted during off-peak travel (after 9.30am).                

Opening and Operating Times                                                      
CallConnect operates 7am-7pm, Monday-Friday, and 8am-6pm on Saturdays. Details of any local variations are available from the booking office. The booking office is open from 8.30am-7pm, Monday-Friday; 8.30am-5pm on Saturday; and closed Sundays and Bank Holidays.          

Need a little help?                                                                                   
Our vehicles are fitted with low-floor steps and tail-lifts to ensure they are as easy as possible for everyone to use. Wheelchair users must inform us of the make and model to ensure it meets our safety standard of being impact-tested. Travel in a wheelchair is subject to availability and approval.



Now the days of mists and long dark nights are upon us we hope you will all come out to the Memorial Hall for the clubs and events that are running this month.

The Memorial Hall will once again host the Helpringham History Society Exhibition to commemorate those from the village who gave their lives in the Two World Wars and the Role of Women and the Home Front in wartime.
The café will be serving a Big Breakfast and snacks from 10am and the Licensed Bar will be open after the Memorial Service at the War Memorial on the Green at 11am.

This will be held in the Memorial Hall from 10am to 3pm. Admission 20p.There will be over twenty stalls offering a variety of crafts, gifts, cakes, and much more. Ideal to help with the Christmas shopping! At 1pm Santa will be in his Grotto, a real treat for the little ones.
We look forward to seeing you all there and don’t forget our new clubs Vitality and the South Lincs. Shadows Music Club as well as all the others who will always give you a warm welcome.

Let’s hope for a good autumn and winter and looking forward to seeing you all at the forthcoming events.

To book the Memorial Hall for all your family occasions telephone Mick on 421853 or Laraine on 421110.

HALL DIARY April 2013

To hire the hall for all your functions, weekday rates are £6.50 per hour for clubs
and £11.00 per hour for fund raising and weekends, plus £10.00 for use of the
kitchen and £10.00 for use of the bar.
Hire of Conference Room £6.00 per hour
Daily Hire of complete Hall £140.00
These prices include heating or air conditioning.
For Bookings please telephone Mick 421853 or Laraine 421 1 1 0

Friday 1 st Kung Fu 7:00pm
Saturday 2 nd PRIVATE PARTY 11:00am
Monday 4 th Vitallity 1:30pm
Tuesday 5 th Arts and Crafts 1:30pm
Ballroom Dancing 7:00pm
Wednesday 6 th S. lIncs Shadows Music Club 7:30pm
Thursday 7 th Ballroom and Sequence for beginners 6:30pm
Friday 8 th Kung Fu 7:00pm
Sunday 10 th Remberance Exhibition 10:00am
Monday 11 th Vitallity 1:30pm
Tuesday 12 th Arts and Crafts 1:30pm
th Ballroom Dancing 7:00pm
Wednesday 13 th Petticoat Club 7:30pm
Parish Council 7:30pm
Thursday 14 th Lunch Club 12:30pm
Ballroom and Sequence for beginners 6:30pm
Friday 15 th Kung Fu 7:00pm
Saturday 16 th PRIVATE PARTY 11:00am
Monday 18 th Vitallity 1:30pm
Tuesday 19 th Arts and Crafts 1:30pm
Ballroom Dancing 7:00pm
Thursday 21 st History Society 7:30pm
Friday 22 nd Kung Fu 7:30pm
Saturday 23 rd Christmas Fair 10:30am
Lunch Club 12:30pm
Sunday 24 th Ballroom and Sequence for beginners 6:30pm
Monday 25 th Vitallity 1:30pm
Tuesday 26 th Arts and Crafts 1:30pm
Ballroom Dancing 7:00pm
Wednesday 27 th Gardening Club 7:30pm
Thursday 28 th Lunch Club 12:30pm
Ballroom and Sequence for beginners 6:30pm
Friday 29 th Kung Fu 7:00pm






Enquiries re Baptism, weddings etc. should be made to The Reverend Chris Harrington on 01529 460904.
For other Church queries in Helpringham please contact John West on 421871


All Saints Folk Night
1st November is All Saints Day, when traditionally we remember those great men and women of faith who the Church has held up over the years as shining examples of what it means to be a Christian. Many of their stories of course have become the subject of myth and folk tale, with the true story of the lives now obscured by the passing of time. On 1st November at 7pm at St Andrew's Heckington we are holding a Folk Concert where no doubt tales will be told and songs performed in the good old folk tradition. Irving Lane, Stepping Stones and others will be performing a repertoire of folk songs and tales. There will be a buffet as well and tickets are £7.50 which can be reserved from Chris Cullen (460272).             
A month for Remembering
On Sunday 3rd November at 6pm at St Andrew's Heckington we will be remembering loved ones who have died. Their names will be read out and candles lit as we sing some familiar hymns and offer up our prayers and thanks to God for them during a memorial service which some may know as All Souls. Although we write to invite the families of those we have conducted funerals for during the past two years, everyone is most welcome to come and benefit from this very moving service. If you would like the names of your loved ones read out please contact me (460904) or email their names (
On Sunday 10th November at 10.45am at Helpringham village green we will be gathering to remember those from this village who died in the two world wars. Afterwards we will continue our Service of Remembrance at St Andrew's Church, which this year I will be leading and children from the school will also be taking part.  
Love is in the Air
On Saturday 23rd November  at 7pm at St Andrew's Heckington we have an evening with two of the original members of a 1960's pop group that influenced both the Beatles Sgt Pepper's lonely hearts club band and the Troggs to write the hit record Love is in the air. Their name was 'The Joystrings' and they were the Salvation Army's first pop group, performing at all the top London venues of the day including the Playboy Club. Come and hear their incredible story as we enjoy 'An Audience with Peter and Sylvia Dalziel', who have recently published the story of the group that changed the face of Christian music in this country. Tickets for the evening are £7.50 which includes a buffet supper. Chris Cullen (460272).
St Andrew's Day & Annual Gift Day - 30th November  
St Andrew's Day is Saturday 30th November and this year at 4pm at Scredington there will be a special St Andrew's service for our Group, which has 5 churches dedicated to St Andrew. This will be followed by a Winter Fayre in Scredington village hall at 5pm.
It is also the Annual Gift Day at St Andrew's Helpringham and the church will be open from 10am to 2pm for refreshments and to receive gifts for the church. Your generosity towards the church is always much appreciated. It costs well over £1000 per month to keep the church going which all comes from charitable donations, so any financial support you can give the church really helps.
Every Blessing Rev 'Captain' Chris.   


We were pleased to welcome a member of the Butterfly Trust to our meeting in October and to learn about the hard work involved in raising funds to build the new Butterfly Hospice in Boston. The 6 bedded unit sits within 4 acres of ground near to the Pilgrim Hospital and aims to provide high quality, palliative care to anyone over the age of 18yrs with a progressive, life-limiting illness.

Opened in 2011 by Princess Anne the building is now fully equipped but statutory funding is required before it can become fully operational. Until then the facility provides a base for the specialist Macmillan nurses who undertake a key role in supporting patients in the community.

Once commissioned, inpatient care will include symptom control and respite as well as end of life care. Hospice care not only takes care of people’s physical needs but looks after their emotional, spiritual and social needs as well. It also supports carers, family members and close friends. A very worthwhile cause and one deserving of our support.

Diary dates:
Next Meeting - 7.30pm Wed 13th November Shelley Goddard will be showing us how to decorate a Xmas cake - with style! Do join us, new members and friends are always welcome.
Coffee Morning - Tues 12th November 10.00am - 12 noon Anvil Cottage, 12 The Green, Helpringham. All proceeds to Heckington First Responders. Tombola prizes would be much appreciated. Pop in for a chat and a coffee - all welcome, lots of fun.
Social Evening - 7.30pm Wed 11th December Mince Pies, mulled wine and fun.
New Year Lunch - Thurs 16th January 2014, Abbey Parks Farm Shop, East Heckington. Details available shortly.



When the entire membership of a club turns up for the Annual General Meeting, the Committee is entitled to feel nervous in case there is a plot to oust them. The Garden Club Committee had no such worries. The smiles and nodded agreement to all the proceedings were a testament to Club satisfaction. We still have not persuaded anyone to be Chairperson but the Committee will keep on searching.
So, after a brief summary of the previous year and the Financial statement, members toasted their 10th Anniversary with a glass of wine and a delicious piece of cake, made by Shelley Olney.
John West played his guitar and members joined him in song. Joan Hotchkin and Rosemary Bailey read a poem in praise of the Garden and Marion Molloy finalised the programme with a light-hearted Quiz.
November's Meeting on Wednesday 27th will be a talk and demonstration on Floral Decorations for Xmas
by Steve Routledge from Floral Media of Cauton near Newark.
Tea and Coffee are provided. Visitors always welcome


The Society would like to thank all those who helped with the exhibition of School Days in the church at the Feast this year, we were very grateful for all the photos etc. that were lent to us and it proved to be very popular with many visitors from inside and
outside of the village.
Our next exhibition will be in The Memorial Hall on
Remembrance Sunday 10th November, where we will be remembering our War heroes and celebrating the life of women and all who served at home during wartime. We would be grateful if any of you have memories or artefacts that you would like to share with us to add to our already sizable collection of wartime in Helpringham. We would love to hear from you. Contact Laraine on 421110 or Julie on 421265 or any other Society members

please telephone Laraine on 421110 or Julie on 421265. We look forward to hearing from you.