Helpringham Village Newsletter August 2014

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  • General News

  • Memorial Hall

  • Church News

  • Parish Council

  • Club News


Sunday 24th August 2.00-5.00pm
27 New Street Helpringham

“Come and relax and enjoy an afternoon in our garden with refreshments and light bites, all for a good cause. In aid of Papworth Hospital Charity .
Sandwiches, cakes, tea, coffee and a raffle with some lovely prizes. (NB no smoking and no toilets).”


Blowtoft Crossing Closures

There are some significant closures to Blowtoft Crossing 25th July to 11th August full details here (Click)

Sunday 24th August 2.00-5.00pm

Following a demonstration by LIVES on the revolutionary Defibrillator members of the Petticoat Club resolved to raise funds to install one for village use. To this end members will be collecting for ‘The De-Fib Fund’
What is a defibrillator? Well many of you who learned first aid will know how to attempt resuscitation by so many chest pumps plus breaths into the mouth etc.. We were told that unless you got a response within 6 minutes you were wasting your time. Well the Defibrillator will do the job for you by measuring the existing heart flutters, administering a jolt and righting the heart beat. Not quite ‘magic’ but very near. You may have seen yellow boxes on walls in many villages round and about. To buy a machine and install it will cost £200 which is approximately £5 per house in Helpringham.
We have collecting boxes in the Post Office, the Memorial Hall and The Nags and we hope you will give generously. After all it could be your life that is saved. Surely you would give £5 to save anyone’s life? Wouldn’t you?

As we get older and our vital organs begin to wear out a bit we do our best to take care of ourselves with the help of medics. Sometimes, though, it is a young person whose heart suddenly stops while they are laying football or cricket. A defibrillator close by could save them. Let us hope it is never needed but if it is, let us be confident that we have done our best for the patient.


How many of you spotted some of our road name signs had been removed? Looks like they are all back looking pristine!

Swaton Vintage Day & World Egg Throwing Championship

The Committee thank all volunteers and supporters who helped in any way to make the day such a success.  Despite the weather £7500. was raised for local charities. 
Raffle winners were ; S. Couzens,  G. Ringham,  Sandy Henderson,  A. Bracknell,  A.J. Stanger and John Bates.
The 2015 event will be held on Sunday 28th June

The winners of the 49 Club from weeks 21st June through to 19th July were as follows each winner received £25 all proceeds go to The Memorial Hall 
21st June Katy Harris
28th June Doreen Davies
5th July  Jean Powell
12th July Fay Stammers
19th July M Molloy

The mobile library comes to Helpringham on the 4th Friday of the month at 11.45 till 12.15. USE IT OR LOSE IT.


HAVCS are looking for drivers to take patients to hospital and doctor’s surgeries. Do you have a few hours to spare a week to do this worthwhile job? 45p per mile is paid. Contact Richard Higgs on 460027. The voluntary car scheme is for patients who do not have access to a car of their own or are unable to drive due to illness. The telephone, 460809, is operated from 8.30 am to 10 am Monday to Friday and there is an answer phone service after 10 am. Do not ring the drivers.

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.

Lincolnshire Energy

The Lincolnshire Energy Switch scheme is back – so now you could also stand a chance of saving up to £300 on your annual gas and electricity bill.

That’s how much some already stand to save having made the switch first time round. You could join the 1,000 households in Lincolnshire who look set to save an average of £167 on their energy bill. For more detailed information Click Here

Memorial Hall News

Hopefully you are all enjoying the summer and getting out and about in the sunshine.
At our Summer Fair held in July it was lovely to use the gazebo and see many of you enjoying the garden and admiring our new flower tubs at the front of the building. We are just waiting for the flowers to bloom to make our hall even more inviting. Thanks go to all those who helped and supported this event.
We hope you all support the events at the Church and The Nags over the Feast Weekend this month as this is the traditional time when Helpringham celebrates being the lovely place it is.
Our next event will be on September 20th when we will be holding a joint venture with St Andrew’s Church, a Sixties Night with supper and live music more details will be in the next newsletter and on the notice boards around the village. So do look out for it and put it into your diaries.
Our thanks go to the volunteers from the committee and others who have helped recently with the painting of the external doors, fence painting and the cutting of the hedges, all helping to sustain this important venue for the village. Without these lovely people and your support the hall would not prosper so please support the events we hold and remember that it can always be booked for your family occasions. 
Bookings can be made with Mick on 421853 or Laraine on 421110.


Fri. 1st  

Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.

Mon. 4th  

Pop Choir

5.00. p.m.

Tues. 5th

Sequence Dancing Beginners

7.00. p.m.

Wed. 6th

South Lincs Shadows Music Club

7.30. p.m.

Thurs. 7th

Lunch Club


Fri. 8th  

Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.

Mon. 11th

Pop Choir

1.30. p.m.
5.00. p.m.

Tues. 12th    

Sequence Dancing Beginners

7.00. p.m.

Wed. 13th

Petticoat Club
Parish Council

7.30. p.m.
7.00. p.m.

Fri. 15th   

Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.

Mon. 18th    

Pop Choir

1.30. p.m.
5.00. p.m.
7.30. p.m.

Tues. 19th   

Sequence Dancing Beginners

6.00. p.m.

Thurs. 21st  

Lunch Club


Fri. 22nd  

Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.

Mon. 25th  

Pop Choir

5.00. p.m.

Tues. 26th

Sequence Dancing Beginners

7.00. p.m.

Wed. 27th

Gardening Club

7.30. p.m.

Thurs. 28th  

History Society

7.30. p.m.

Fri. 29th

Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.

NB. Arts & Craft Club having a break over August will start again in September.
FEAST WEEKEND 8th to 10th AUGUST at the Church, Pub & on The Green.

To Hire the Hall for all your functions, weekday rates are £7.00 per hour for clubs and £12.00 per hour for fund raising and weekends, plus £10.00 for use of kitchen and £10.00 for use of Bar.
Hire of the Conference Room £6.00 per hour.
Daily Hire of complete Hall £140.00 (Refundable deposit of £50 may be required)
These prices include heating or air conditioning. For Bookings please telephone Mick on 421853 or Laraine on 421110.

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

It’s another busy month of weddings, feasts, teas, pilgrimages and concerts across our group of eight churches of which St Andrew’s Helpringham is a part.
A wedding is always a joy to be part of, and there are six weddings taking place this month at Heckington, Great Hale & Scredington. Unusually there are none at Helpringham this year, but we have two booked in for next year so far. If you are thinking of getting married in church or having a wedding blessing or even would like to renew your wedding vows in church please do give me a ring. Some of the rules around who can get married in church have changed over the past few years, and for example it is now easier for people who have been divorced to get married in church. Do contact me at the Rectory (460904) or email me
Helpringham Feast Weekend  - 8th to 10th August
This year the theme for the Helpringham Feast is of course the centenary of WW1 and it is good to be working with both the Nags Head and Memorial Hall to celebrate this annual date in the church calendar. Vintage Brass will be playing a war years programme of tunes at the Church on Friday 8th at 7.30pm and the church will be open on Saturday and Sunday with displays by the history society and our local flower arrangers along with other stalls and refreshments too. The weekend finishes with a Songs of Praise service in Church on the Sunday evening at 6pm. If you have a favourite hymn you would like us to sing together, request forms are available in the church. We will also be having our family service on the Sunday at 11am so do come along.
Day Pilgrimage to Walsingham
On Monday 11th August we have a coach trip to one of our country’s ancient places of pilgrimage, Walsingham in Norfolk. Known as England’s Nazareth, it is the place where according to legend a young woman called Richeldis de Faverches was inspired by a vision of the Virgin Mary to build a replica of the Holy House in Nazareth. Although the original building was destroyed in the Reformation, Walsingham has re-emerged as a popular practice of pilgrimage once again. It is a lovely old and peaceful village and the Anglican shrine and gardens are well worth a visit, religious or not.    
The price is £22, which includes coach and a two-course lunch at the Anglican shrine. It's a lovely day out as we walk or ride the holy mile together (small disability scooters and wheelchairs can be taken on the coach). In the afternoon there is Stations of the Cross and Sprinkling from the Holy Well for those who want to, but some just like to come and enjoy the peace of the gardens and village. Coach leaves Heckington church at 9am and will pick up in Helpringham at 9.15am. We return at around 8pm after stopping for fish & chips at Wells next the Sea on the way home. It's a popular trip and all are welcome so don't leave it till the last minute to book or you may be disappointed. To book your lunch and a seat on the coach contact Jenny Charlesworth at 23 Potesgrave Way (461167).
Rock and Pop Night at Heckington
Smuggler Jack who played at Helpringham earlier in the year are playing at Heckington church with a few other musician friends on Friday 29th August at 7.30pm. Tickets are £7 with hot dogs and burgers for sale in the intervals. Do come and enjoy.
Have a good summer

Rev Chris           460904


****NOTE***** These are contemporaneous notes, subject to scrutiny and ammendment, to be adopted as minutes at the next meeting.


Present:  Cllr G Hotchkin (Chairman), Cllr A Bourne, Cllr J Frizzell, Cllr P Johnson, Cllr R Spencer, Cllr S Ogden (District Councillor) present until item 6, and the Clerk, Mrs P Ireland

The meeting started at 7.30pm as no-one attended the Public Speaking Time

  • Apologies – Cllr M Robinson and Cllr W Watts both gave accepted reasons of absence.  Cllr Tarry
  • Declarations of Interest – None
  • Signing of minutes:

Minutes of the meeting held on 9 July were accepted as a true record of that meeting.  Prop Cllr Bourne and seconded Cllr Spencer.  All in favour.

  • County/District/Police Matters:

Cllr Hotchkin asked Cllr Ogden if, further to a report in the local press, it was true that NKDC had obtained extra funding for affordable housing.  If this was the case, would there be funding available to upgrade the footpath on School Lane leading to the new development. Cllr Ogden commented that the footpath would be completed according to the spec passed by Highways.
Due to concerns about the safety of the proposed footpath, it was agreed that a letter be sent to the Head of Housing and Community at NKDC.  Cllr Ogden asked that he be copied in to the letter.

Due to a delay in planning the development would not begin until 25 August.

It was proposed by Cllr Johnson to bring item 10 on the agenda (Planning Applications) forward so that Cllr Ogden would be able to leave after.   All in favour.

  • Planning applications:

a)   Installation of Photovoltaic Panels on south west elevation of garage roof
The Mill 38 High Gate Helpringham Sleaford Lincolnshire NG34 0RD

b)   Application for a non-material amendment following a grant of planning permission   12/1019/FUL (Erection of 2 storey dwelling and garage - amended design to application 10/1203/FUL to include plant/boiler room and garden room additions) and 13/0446/PNMAT ( to add an additional ground floor window in the south elevation) to add an air source heat pump to rear elevation
16 George Street Helpringham Sleaford Lincolnshire NG34 0RS

c)   Erection of first floor extension to rear of dwelling  14/1017/HOUS
28 High Street, Helpringham Sleaford

  • Installation of 9 rows of ground mounted photovoltaic solar panels  14/0961/FUL

Newlands Farm, Scredington Road, Helpringham

      The applications were considered.  It was proposed and seconded that the Parish Council  
support all the above applications.  All in favour.

Cllr Ogden left the meeting.

    • Chairman / Vice Chairman’s Report:
    • Dog Bin – Thanks were recorded for Cllr Watts for remounting the bin.
    • Dog fouling – Cllr Johnson to include in the next newsletter.
    • Defibrillator fund – Cllr Johnson had advised the group raising funds for the defibrillator, that they apply in October so a donation could be included in the budget, if approved.  Section 137 money would be applicable. 
  • Openness of Local Government Bodies Regs 2014:

The new regulations, which became stautory on 6 August, had been circulated.  Standing Orders need to be amended to allow members of the public or press to photograph, record or film parish council meetings. 
Cllr Johnson proposed that this be accepted.  Seconder Cllr Frizzell.  All in favour.
The Clerk to draft a new standing order. 

  • Village Benches:

Cllr Bourne reported that:

  • A volunteer had offered to re-varnish the bench on North Fen Road.  The work will be undertaken at the home of the volunteer.  All in agreement.
  •  A family from the village were wishing to purchase a bench and donate it to the village.  The Clerk had obtained prices of recycled benches, to minimise any future maintenance.
  • Cemetery Matters:
  • A different mower being used to cut the grass
  • A volunteer had cut the hedges.  The Clerk to write and thank him.
  • Surplus soil heap needs moving – Cllr Johnson to look at options
  • £60 received for a memorial.
  • Clerk’s Report and Correspondence:
  • St Andrew’s Parish Church – a request that the name of payee on their cheque be changed to PCC Helpringham Parish.
  • Tree Matters – Simpson Arboriculture had submitted the application for works within a conservation area.

The Clerk had received a quote from NKDC to join their tree inspection scheme.  It was agreed to pursue with this scheme but to defer the initial survey until March 2015 when the current report terminates.

  • Noticeboard – Ordered and awaiting delivery.  Mark Walker of Network Rail had agreed to wait until the noticeboard had been installed before arranging the handover cheque.
  • Circulating Notice of Meetings and Agenda – Electronic circulation is acceptable provided it is incorporated in the Standing Orders.  Current Standing orders cover this.
  • Vegetation on Swaton Road Bridge – A work reference number had been obtained from Network Rail.
  • Individual Electoral Registration – Details circulated
  • Central Lincolnshire Local Plan – latest update circulated.  No comments
  • LALC Training Courses – Anyone wishing to attend any of the circulated courses, please contact the Clerk.

The LALC AGM to be held on Wednesday, 15 October.

  • Finance:

a)  Financial Report – Approved by all present
b)  Cheques for signing / expenditure approval – Approved by all present

Cheque No



Relating to



Events Insurance - Retrospective

Village Fete



Rick Webster – Grounds Maintenenace Ltd

June - Grasscutting



P Ireland

July Salary plus PAYE refund



P Ireland

July expenses allowance, Vistaprint cards



Greenbarnes Ltd




Rick Webster – Grounds Maintenance Ltd

July Grasscutting



PCC Helpringham Parish

Replacement cheque

12. Discussion of Matters from Public Speaking – None           

  • Matters of Urgency:
  • Light on War Memorial – In need of repair.  Cllr Robinson had sent word that he will organise this.
  • Acting Chairman of October meeting – As both Cllr Hotchkin and Cllr Johnson will be absent at this meeting, the matter to be placed on the agenda for discussion at the  next meeting.


14. Date of next meeting – Wednesday 10 September, 2014.

There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.23pm.

Helpringham Vitality CLASS Needs YOU!

Vitality is a Lincolnshire based programme of exercise and movement to music classes for the over 60’s, subsidised by Lincolnshire County Council and approved by the NHS.

The classes focus on having fun with gentle seated and standing exercises set to music that aim to increase flexibility and strength whilst also improving posture and coordination.

Vitality is for men and women who want to exercise in a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere at low cost. Whatever your ability, our experienced, qualified instructor will make sure you exercise safely and have fun.

Helpringham Vitality takes place on Mondays between 1.30pm – 2.30pm at the Memorial Hall. 

There’s no need to book, just come along.  Your first class is FREE, then costs just £3.00 per class or £9.00 per month. Refreshments are provided after class.

It’s a great way to exercise and you’ll receive a warm welcome as well as feeling full of vitality afterwards. So come along and join us!

For more information call Vitality on 01529 411194 or see our website



This time our write up is from a different angle - from the kitchen!
On the first Wednesday of every month the club meets from 7.30 until 10.30 and has now been running for a few months and seems to be steadily growing.

When there is a club meeting I go along rain or shine with my kettle, milk, tea, coffee, bread pudding (sometimes) or even home made cakes.     After setting myself up and getting the tea going I get myself a chair and listen and watch through the hatch.    
The music is always great to listen to and I am always full of admiration for the people who get up and play - they are at different stages with their playing but it is fun for everyone and that’s what it’s all about.
Last time there was some really good vocals and, of course, lots of Shadows music….    Even the people who choose to come and just listen were tapping to the beat.

It is worth popping along whether you play or not - it’s only £2.00 for non players and £3 for players, with free refreshments, friendly people and music, what more could you want - certainly beats sitting in and watching television.
Just to finish though, at this meeting I had a lovely surprise as when I arrived I found a beautiful bunch of flowers from the lads in the club in appreciation of the refreshments.    I’ve got to say it made me feel very special.


PS: Next meeting Wednesday 6th August, why not come along and try it.

Dave Moore.


At our July meeting we were given an extremely interesting and informative talk by John Pullen on silver especially his collection of spoons. He began by telling us about the various types of silver and silver plate, from the highest grade British Silver to the cheaper EPNS and nickel plated that arose in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries that enabled the middle classes to have “Silverware”. John then went through his samples of the various types of spoons from the tiny salt spoons to the elaborate ladles and special spoons.
To round off the evening John then identified and valued some items that had been brought along by members, sadly none of which were of a really great value, but proved to be good discussion points. Members went home determined to seek out their silver and with their new found knowledge have a greater understanding of its worth.
Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 13th AUGUST at 7.30pm.
Jennie Storr will once again be entertaining us with one of her talks, this time being “Travels with the Colonel”, which promises to have us all laughing as we learn.
Everyone is welcome do come along and join us.


Sunday 24th August 2.00-5.00pm
27 New Street Helpringham

“Come and relax and enjoy an afternoon in our garden with refreshments and light bites, all for a good cause. In aid of Papworth Hospital Charity .
Sandwiches, cakes, tea, coffee and a raffle with some lovely prizes. (NB no smoking and no toilets).”



13th. July  - Garden Trail -  Visit  the gardens of volunteer members - plus refreshments
Members free - Non Members £2.00

30th. July - Evening trip to Swines Meadow Farm  Nursery - Market Deeping
Own Transport
Members free - Non Members - £2.00 

27th. August - Talk by Mary Porter - Herbs, Bees & Butterflies - 7.30pm  at the Memorial Hall

14th. September -  Coach Trip to Gressenhall Farm &  Workhouse

24th. September - AGM & Social at the Memorial Hall - 7.30pm

Information concerning any of this programme - Members & Non Members -  Ring  01529 421 946




The Society will be presenting an exhibition of Helpringham in 1914 at St. Andrews Church. There will be many exhibits depicting life in the village before the outbreak of the First World War, with many “new” photographs of the time and an Edwardian Photographer’s Studio. Do put the date in your diary and come along.