Helpringham Village Newsletter April 2015

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  • General News

  • Memorial Hall

  • Church News

  • Parish Council

  • Club News


Weeks 21st February through to 14th March were as follows each winner received £25 all proceeds go to The Memorial Hall 
21st  February Carol Larkins
28th February Wendy Else
  7th March Audrey   Moxon
14th March Enid Halleron

There are 2 numbers available, if anyone would like to join the 49 Club please ring Roma Parry on 421312


Save Our Nags Click here


Social Events at St Andrews, Helpringham 2015

The following social events are being held this year in the church and we hope that you will be able to join us.

Saturday 11th April – Lincolnshire Folk Evening with Tom Lane.

Saturday 4th July – Stars, Stripes and Strawberry Concert with local talent

Feast Weekend 7th to 9th August – Vintage Brass Concert on Friday 7th August. Church open Saturday and Sunday.

Friday 4th September – Concert by Nigel Creasey.

Saturday 3rd October – Harvest Supper in the Memorial Hall.

Further details will be given nearer the dates keep your eyes open for posters and notices around the village.

Save Money When Purchasing Your Heating Oil

Are you interested in saving money on your domestic heating oil?  If the answer is YES you might be interested to know about a scheme that is operating across Lincolnshire helping its members to do just that!

Community Lincs have run their Community Oil buying Scheme for the last 3 years, saving its members on average around 5p per litre on their heating oil.  The scheme is open to anyone in the county who uses heating oil to heat their homes and premises. The scheme works by bringing together oil buyers from around county and purchasing the oil collectively, with around 40,000 litres of oil being ordered each month.

The scheme is only £20 per year to join and includes advice on how to keep your tank safe from thieves and the benefit of their Oil Theft Alert System. Community Lincs also work alongside the Lincolnshire Credit Union, or Lincup, who have devised an Oil Savers Scheme to allow members to put aside money each month for their oil purchases.

If you are interested to know more about the scheme you can visit the Community Lincs website at or by giving them a call on 01529 301980. 

HECKINGTON AREA VOLUNTARY CAR SERVICE is urgently in need of drivers, are you a car owner with time on your hands, why not help out and make a difference to peoples’ lives. Can you spare a few hours a week driving patients to doctors or hospital appointments. 45p per mile allowance is paid. - Contact Mike  01529 461160.

SLEAFORD MEDICAL CENTRE, BOSTON ROAD, SLEAFORD. URGENT CARE CENTRE. Open weekdays 6.30.p.m to 8 p.m.  Saturdays and Sundays 8.a.m. to 8.p.m.
For patients of Millview Medical Centre, Heckington. It's a walk in centre no need for appointment.


The winners of the 49 Club from weeks 22nd November 2014 through to 10th January 2015 were as follows each winner received £25 all proceeds go to The Memorial Hall 
22nd November   Alan Powell
29th  November  Margaret Hyde 
  6th  December   Gill Grace
13th  December  Carol Larkins
20th December   John West
27th December  Nancy Oliver
31st December   Ian Parry
3rd January         Laraine Wright
10th January       Fred Jervis

The mobile library comes to Helpringham on the

Village Green 19 Dec 2014 10:00 10:30
16 Jan 2015
13 Feb 2015


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.

Memorial Hall News

Spring seems to be here and the tubs outside the hall are looking magnificent thanks to Lindsay and Margaret. We have also managed to get some new equipment, thanks to the support of the Parish Council and everyone who continue to support us, look out for these when you visit. Some of the committee have also been busy with repairs, so the Memorial Hall continues to look welcoming and well cared for.

For all your family occasions, Bookings can be made with Mick on 421853 or Laraine on 421110.

Helpringham’s Defibrillator is now installed and it was such a pleasure to see so many of you at the public meeting and demonstration in February. Let’s hope now we have it we don’t need to use it.

Our next event is Quiz Night on June 20th and don’t forget the Fund Raiser for L.I.V.E.S. on 6th June with The Petticoat Club.
All of our regular clubs are running and would welcome any new members.

April 2015 HALL DIARY

Wed.  1st   

South Lincs Shadows Music Club

7.30. p.m.

Thurs. 2nd  

Lunch Club


Fri. 3rd    

Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.


Private Children’s Party


Mon. 6th    


1.30. p.m.

Tues. 7th

Arts and Crafts
Sequence Dancing Beginners

1.30. p.m.
7.00. p.m.

Wed. 8th

Petticoat Club
Parish Council

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

Fri. 10th

 Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.

Mon. 13th   


1.30. p.m.

Tues. 14th

Arts and Crafts
Sequence Dancing Beginners

1.30. p.m.
7.00. p.m.


Lunch Club


Fri. 17th     

Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.

Mon. 20th   


1.30. p.m.

Tues. 21st  

Arts and Crafts
Sequence Dancing Improvers

1.30. p.m.
7.00. p.m.

Wed. 22nd  

Gardening Club

7.30. p.m.


History Society

7.30. p.m.

Fri. 24th  

Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.

Mon. 27th


1.30. p.m.

Tues. 28th  

Arts and Crafts
Sequence Dancing Beginners

1.30. p.m.
7.00. p.m.

Thurs. 30th

Lunch Club



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 Marian and Vince Stocking on 01529-421395

St Andrew's Church, Helpringham.


Whether you are here or away on holiday I wish you a very happy Easter on behalf of all at St Andrew's Church, Helpringham. This year we will be marking Holy Week with the following events, and to which you are invited to join with us as we celebrate our Lord’s passion and resurrection. It is a week full of drama as the story unfolds over eight days.
Palm Sunday 29th March
There will be two donkey processions this year - at Heckington (meet at 10.30am at the School and process to church for 11am) and at Swaton (meet at 3pm at Sally’s dress shop and process to church for 3.15pm). This marks the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on a donkey as they waved palm branches. There will also be a Songs of Praise service at Helpringham church at 11am led by John West.
Tuesday 31st March
A special ‘Chrism Mass’ is to be held at Lincoln Cathedral where the holy oils, which we use at baptisms and for healing services, are blessed by the bishop. It is a wonderful service and you are most welcome to attend. It starts at 11am but if coming I suggest you get there by 10.30am.
Maundy Thursday 2nd April
On Maundy Thursday we remember Jesus celebrating the Last Supper with his disciples and washing their feet as an example of humble service. In the morning there is a service of Holy Communion at Heckington Methodist Chapel at 10am and in the evening at 7pm a service of foot washing and Holy Communion at Scredington church, followed by a prayer vigil of an hour. 
Good Friday 3rd April
We meet at Great Hale church at 9.30am for ‘Stations of the Cross’. It is a meditative service that follows the path of Jesus on his way to the cross. There are 14 pictures to help us as we think of that journey and pray for the world.
At 10.30am we walk from Great Hale church to Heckington village green carrying a large wooden cross, singing as we go. At 11am there will be an open-air service on Heckington village green where the dramatized story of the crucifixion is read by people from the local churches. Afterwards Hot Cross buns are served in the Methodist chapel.
In the evening at 7pm there will be a Good Friday Mass at St Andrew’s Heckington during which our choirs will be singing some of the lovely music composed for such occasions.      
Easter Sunday 5th April
A Dawn Eucharist at St Andrew’s Heckington begins at 6am as we light our new paschal candle and carry it into a darkened church to celebrate our Lord’s resurrection. For those who come it is followed by a cooked breakfast and all are welcome. There will also be services of Holy Communion at Swaton and Great Hale at 9.30am, and Heckington at 11am. Helpringham is holding a Holy Communion service at 11am led by Rev David Woods. So dust off those Easter bonnets and come along.  A prize will be given for the best Easter bonnet. In the evening there will be a service of Holy Communion at Scredington.
Easter Monday 6th April
We have our usual Easter Monday ‘Emmaus’ walk at 2pm from St Oswald’s Howell to St Andrew’s at Asgarby. You can bring your dog and horse too if you like. We have an informal Easter service at 3pm at Asgarby, followed by tea in the church.
Lincolnshire Folk Evening at Helpringham Church
On Saturday 11th April we are holding a special Lincolnshire evening in church. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30 start. There will be several folk acts and a talk by local radio presenter Tom Lane. A buffet of Lincolnshire themed food is to be served in the interval. Tickets are £8.00 and are available from Marian and Vince Stocking, John West and at the Post Office.
Spotlight on St George’s Baghdad on St George’s day.
On Thursday 23rd April Rev David Post is returning to Heckington to give us an update on the life of the church in Baghdad Iraq. He came last year to tell us about his visit to Iraq but since then things have changed a lot with the emergence of ISIS. Do come along at 7.30pm to hear what he has to report.
Services at Helpringham in April
  5th - 11am Holy Communion. Rev David Woods
12th - 11am Holy Communion. Rev Chris
26th - 11am Morning Praise. John West

On behalf of the PCC I would like to thank all those who donated money for the floral display in the church for Easter Day.

Happy Easter.
Rev Chris

All the services across the group of parishes can be found on our website.
Rector - Rev Chris Harrington (01529) 460904

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



This will be followed by the Annual Parish Council meeting


Clerk to the Parish Council                                                                                                      

Paula Ireland, Heath Farm
North Rauceby
NG34 8QR 01529 488409


Present:  Cllr G Hotchkin (Chairman), Cllr A Bourne, Cllr J Frizzell, Cllr P Johnson, Cllr R Spencer, Cllr M Robinson and Cllr S Ogden (District) (left after item 6),  and the Clerk, Mrs P Ireland. 

Public Speaking Time was made available
Comment was made about the white lines that had been applied to the South Fen Bridge.

  • Apologies – Cllr S Tarry (District)
  • Declarations of Interest – Cllr Johnson – Item 5, Cllrs Watts, Frizzell and Hitchkin – Item 9.
  • Signing of minutes:

It was proposed and seconded that the minutes be signed as a true and accurate record of the meeting.  All in favour.

  • County/District/Police Matters:
  • Planning Notifications on telegraph poles – Following up on  query that had been raised, Cllr Ogden confirmed that NKDC had no policy in place to remove these notices once out of date.  It was down to the general public.
  • Planning applications:

Plans received:  Since the agenda had been circulated, a notice to fell a conifer at 5 George Street had been received.  There were no objections.

Plans refused: Proposed alterations and extension to existing building
14/1674/LDPRO Land Adjacent to Knott Hall 25 Station Road, Helpringham Sleaford Lincolnshire NG34 0RB
The Clerk informed the meeting that the Parish Council had not been informed of the alterations to the plans for the above property, as the particular amendment was so minor that the Parish Council had not been on the list of consultees on that occasion.

  • Chairman / Vice Chairman’s report:
  • Tree at the end of Chapel Lane – removed
  • SID machine – had been in use
  • Oak on the Village Green had been replaced – The Clerk to write and thank the donor.
  • War Memorial – Clock altered

Cllr Ogden left the meeting.

  • Station Road Footpaths:

       A belated reply had been received from Lincolnshire Highways.  The footpath will be

     cleared by the end of the financial year and the path outside numbers 11-13 will be sprayed
and cleansed early in the new financial year.
Cllr Frizzell requested that the exact method of clearance be clarified, as the appointed
contractor had indicated that he had been instructed to pile the surplus debris up on the

  • Public Speaking Time Guidelines:

Circulated to councillors.  No changes to be made to the current procedure. 

  • Billingborough to Great Hale New 33kV Electricity Circuit:

No comments to be made.

  • Election 2015 Update:

All councillors had received their nomination papers.  These to be returned to the District Council, by hand, between the 23 March and the 9 April. 

  •  Swaton Road Bridge:
  • Reply received from the Lincs Road Saftey Partnership  -  Suggestion that the Parish Council approach Network Rail and offer to have the bush removed at their own expense.
  • Communication from Network Rail – Work will go ahead in the next two weeks.  NR had not been aware that the piece of ground in question belonged to them.
  •  Annual Clock Service Update:
  • Service details read out by the Clerk.
  • Tree Survey:
  • It was agreed that the Clerk should organise a safety survey (as previously agreed with NKDC) of the 47 trees in the parish.
  •  Police Rural Community Forum:
  •  The Clerk reported that this still existed but had not met for 18 months.  Mr J West is the new Helpringham representative.
  •  Cemetery Matters:
  • Cllr Bourne reported that a damaged headstone (previously toppled) had been repaired and the moss had been swept off the path.
  • A risk assessment had been completed by the Clerk and Cllr Johnson.
  •  Correspondence:
  • Verge mowing by parishes – A copy given to Cllr Frizzell
  • Road Closure Notification – Cllr Johnson to include this in the newsletter, for noting by the School Lane residents.
  • Insurance Details – Clarification needed about the church wall and the Pinfold
  • Fields In Trust – Details circulated
  • Community Clear Up  Day – No action to be taken
  • Update on Outstanding Matters:
  • ‘Save Our Nags’ – Minutes of meetings held had been received and circulated.  A questionnaire had been distributed around Helpringham.
  • Grounds Maintenance Contract – Accepted by Mr R Webster
  • Removal of noticeboard – Cllr Robinson
  • Thorpe Latimer Sign – A replacement sign on order.  The damaged one had been made safe.
  •  Finance:
  • Financial Report  - Circulated.  All Cllrs in agreement that it be accepted.            
  • Cheques for signing / approval:         

Cheque No



Relating to



P Ireland

February salary



P Ireland

Computer use




Lunch at Audit Course



Anglian Water

Dec 14 – March 15




Feb 2015



Smiths of Derby

Servicing for 5 years

15. Discussion of Matters from Public Speaking – None

16. Matters of Urgency - None

  • Date of next meeting and items for inclusion on the April agenda:
  • Wednesday 8 April 2015


There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.21pm.



Our AGM was held at the March meeting. Gill Grace the chairman recorded her thanks to members for their continued support throughout the last year. In reviewing the year, it was noted that our greatest achievement was the spearheading of the fund raising for the Defibrillator. The meal at Millers was a great success and it has been decided to hold our annual meal there again next January. Thanks were then recorded to Rosemary Bailey for the excellent programme of speakers and coordinating the De-fib fund. Wendy Johns was thanked for her fantastic programme and posters she has produced throughout the year.
The Swaton Show committee have requested that we help provide cakes (homemade or bought) for the show this year.
The financial report was then given by Marian Stocking the treasurer, saying over this busy year we had made a small loss but have managed to donate £200 to L.I.V.E.S as well as the De-Fib fund. The Annual Membership fees will remain at £5 and meeting fee at £2. Thanks were recorded to Sally Woodhead for auditing the accounts.
Rosemary as Speaker’s Secretary then outlined the 2015-16 programme which is varied and promises to be entertaining and very interesting.
The Secretary’s report given by Joyce Drake noted the successes of the year and gave thanks to everyone for their continued support. Reminders were then given of the events of 201, Craft Fairs and our fund raiser for L.I.V.E.S. in June.
Laraine Wright then gave a brief report of the improvements at the Memorial Hall that have only been made possible, because of the support of the club and others.
Marian Molloy called for a vote of thanks for the Committee and their work. The Committee was then unanimously re-elected.

Our next meeting is WEDNESDAY 8th APRIL at 7.30pm. Steve Turner will be telling us about The Prison Service.


March 2015 Meeting.

Well, not a lot to say except what a nice meeting this was!!

I couldn’t think of a word to use other than ‘nice’ as it really summed the meeting up for me.

Several new people, including local villagers, plenty of chatting in a relaxed atmosphere and of course plenty of excellent Shadows music.

Virtually all the cakes and biscuits went and at one stage Pauline was making so many teas and coffees she asked if there was a second kettle anywhere in the kitchen!

This was just the sort of meeting that makes it all worthwhile for me and I would like to thank everyone who came, players and listeners alike. Thanks also to those who stayed at the end to help pack away.

Don’t forget you don’t have to be a player - you can just come and listen, have a chat, swap a few memories. Entry is just £2 for non players.

Entry is £3 for guitar players and you just need to bring your guitar. Everything else is provided, backing tracks, echo machines, PA system. Or, if you have your own backing tracks they, can be accommodated on CD, minidisc, USB stick, mp3 player, smartphone or iPad etc.

Meetings are held at the Memorial Hall from 7:30pm to 10:30pm on the first Wednesday of every month.

Light refreshments are included.

Next meeting is Wednesday 1st April.  (Yes I have noted the date !!)

Dave Moore



In February members were regaled by Harry Leach talking about his time as Saga Garden Host. His adventures were many and various and every trip had its individuals either comical or unpleasant but always interesting.
The April Meeting of the Club is on Wednesday 22nd and members will be addressed by
Tony Boughen on How to Cope with Drought in your Garden

Enjoy meeting with a friendly group on the 4th. Wednesday of each month
Venue: The Helpringham Memorial Hall   at   7.30 pm .
We welcome anyone who loves gardens
(Experts, amateurs and those just interested)
Annual Subs:  £12.50                                    Visitors:  £2.00 per session