Helpringham Village Newsletter July 2015

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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.

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.

July 2015 HALL DIARY

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



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