Helpringham Village Newsletter November 2015

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  • General News

  • Memorial Hall

  • Church News

  • Club News


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At this time of year the Parish Council invites registered charities with connections to the village to apply for grants. Details must be given of what the grant will be spent on and all applications should be accompanied by a copy of the charities’ last set of audited accounts. Applications should be sent to the Parish Clerk Mrs. P Ireland, Heath Farm, North Rauceby, SLEAFORD, NG34 8Q by 2nd December.

Helpringham Well Being Day (click image for more information)


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.

 What a pleasure it is to report that the Memorial Hall is being so well used, another great event, the St Andrew’s Harvest Supper held in October saw many villagers having a great evening with good food, company and fun at the auction of produce, in the hall.
Also a new to the Memorial Hall club has started. Every Friday at 10a.m. until Noon the Women’s Chatter Shack meets in the Conference Room
A community celebrating, promoting and supporting women; they invite you to join them! For a chance to chatter about everyday life over a “cuppa”, no genius necessary-just a good heart, chatting about things that are important to you, everything from the sublime to the ridiculous. As a group they are positive and open-minded, non-political and open faith.

  • So if you want to meet new people
  • Enjoy finding out about different views on the world
  • Have experiences or skills you are willing to share
  • Just enjoy good company

This could be for you!!!!!!

This month sees two of our major annual events:
Do come along and support us!

8TH NOVEMBER 2.00p.m.

10.00am. to 3.00pm.
Many Stalls, Crafts, Gifts, Tombola, Raffle,
 Café and Santa’s Grotto with Santa visiting at 1.00pm.
Admission on the door 20p

November 2015 HALL DIARY

Mon. 2nd  


1.30. p.m.

Tues. 3rd  

Arts and Crafts
Sequence Dancing Improvers

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


South Lincs Shadows Music Club

7.30. p.m.

Fri. 6th   

Women’s Chatter shack
Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.

Sun. 8th


10.00 a.m.

Mon. 9th  


1.30. p.m.

Tues. 10th    

Arts and Crafts
Sequence Dancing Improvers

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

Wed. 11th

Petticoat Club
Parish Council

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

Thurs. 12th  

Lunch Club


Fri. 13th

Women’s Chatter Shack
Kung Fu

10.00 a.m.
7.00. p.m.

Mon. 16th  


1.30. p.m.

Tues. 17th  

Arts and Crafts
Sequence Dancing Improvers

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

Thurs. 19th   

History Society

7.30. p.m.

Fri. 20th    

Women’s Chatter Shack
Kung Fu

10.00 a.m.
7.00. p.m.



1.30. p.m.

Tues. 24th

Arts and Crafts
Sequence Dancing Improvers

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

Wed. 25th

Gardening Club

7.30. p.m.

Thurs. 26th

Lunch Club


Fri. 27th

Women’s Chatter Shack
Kung Fu

10.00 a.m.
7.00. p.m.

Sat. 28th  



Mon. 30th


1.30 p.m.


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.

The Beauty of Autumn
As the leaves fade and fall and the birds begin to swarm and fly south there is a wonderful beauty to both the dank and sunny days of autumn. Nothing can stop this annual cycle of abundant harvest and then decay. For someone, perhaps a child, witnessing it for the first time it could all seem quite scary as if the whole world is dying before our eyes. But for those of us who have lived through this cycle time and again we know there is nothing to fear, the trees are not dying, but instead just changing as nature dictates. There will be new growth, new colour and new expressions of life just around the corner. It won’t quite be the same, it never is, because every leaf and life is different. That is the extravagance of God’s plan. Nature may dictate, but in love, God creates and re-creates, for He is the source of Life and Love. Just like falling leaves, as a Christian I don’t believe, own death is the end either. In the resurrection of Jesus I see a story of human existence that goes on beyond this one, and even after resurrection there is something more beyond that. In fact in the Bible we see there is no end only the eternal. Not everyone shares such a faith, and try as they might, some just can’t seem to believe. But then even faith seems to be a gift that has been offered to us by a loving God so we might have hope. At this time of year the church remembers the dead, the war dead and our own loved ones who have gone on before us to that new state of existence. On All Saints Sunday (1st Nov) we will be holding a service to publically remember our loved ones who have died recently and in years gone by. It is at 4pm at St Andrew’s Church, during which we read out their names and light a candle in their memory, until a huge cross of T lights are lit. It is a simple service of well-known hymns and readings, and is followed by refreshments afterwards. All are welcome to join the formally invited families who have lost loved ones in the last few years. 
On Remembrance Sunday (8th Nov) we will once again be remembering the war dead at our annual remembrance service. It begins at 10.50am on the village green with the laying of wreaths and the roll call of those who lost their lives in the 1st and 2nd World Wars from this village, and then continues in the church, where it is hoped some of the school children will be singing and helping us to remember never to forget. I hope you can join us this year for the whole service.            
At our annual Gift Day Sunday (29th Nov) we are having a Songs of Praise service at 11am followed by a simple soup & bread lunch in church until 2pm. We are inviting those of you who want to support the up keep of this magnificent church of St Andrew’s to bring your gift to the church that day or send to our treasurer – Robbie Doughty, 25 Ladbroke close.  
Included with this magazine is a Resident’s survey for a Good Neighbour Scheme we are hoping to get going across our group of parishes. I know there is already a good community spirit in Helpringham but it doesn’t mean that everyone has neighbour who is able to help. The idea is to build on the good work that is already being done on an informal basis by some. In this particular scheme every volunteer would need to have a DBS check in order to be insured to help with the scheme in order to give those who need help the assurance that the necessary safeguarding measures are in place. I hope you will give it your attention and return the completed surveys to me or to the box in the church, which is just inside the door by the hymnbooks. Enjoy the Autumn beauty whatever your faith.    
With every blessing
Rev ‘Capt’ Chris

We would like to thank everyone who supported in many ways the recent Harvest Festival celebrations in the Church and the Memorial Hall. 
The children from the school attended a service on Friday 9th October and brought their harvest gifts.  These were auctioned at the Supper the next evening and the packaged food sent to the Community Larder in Sleaford. 
The church was splendidly decorated by the team of flower ladies and much comment and appreciation was made about their displays.  There were many arrangements making inventive use of seasonal vegetables and fruits as well as flowers.  There are some photographs on display in the church if you missed the display.
Some 70 people sat down to the ‘Bangers and Mash’ Harvest Supper on Saturday evening prepared by the ‘Never Knowingly Under-catered’ catering team and was much enjoyed judging by the empty plates and people having seconds.  The auction went well and many people didn’t have to buy fruit and vegetables for the next week or two!
Sunday 1st 4pm – Memorial Service.  Come and sing a few hymns and light a candle in memory of a loved one.
Sunday 8th 10.45am – Remembrance Sunday Service on the Green followed by a service in the church.
Sunday 22nd 11am – Morning Praise
Sunday 29th 11am – Songs of Praise.  Hymns chosen by the congregation, forms available in the Church.   Followed by Gift Day.
Now that the clocks have changed and the days are shortening the church will be closing around 4pm daily.

Marian and Vince

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



Sadly our speaker Gillian Chamberlain was unable to attend our October meeting. This meant that members entertained themselves. Rosemary Bailey came up with some amusing and interesting quizzes and the odd poem to keep us amused over our cuppa. A nice evening was enjoyed by all, with good company and chatter. Our annual Christmas lunch has been booked at Millers for the 26th January and members were asked to book their places.

Our next meeting is WEDNESDAY 11TH NOVEMBER at 7.30pm.
Our speaker will be Tracey Harrison from Partylites, on candles for all occasions,

New members will be very welcome.


October 2015 Meeting.

Everyone seemed to enjoy this meeting. There was plenty of chatting between the playing, with people swapping ideas, advice and tips.

It was nice to see most of the regulars plus some returning members after the holiday season.

What made it particularly special for me was that one of our newer members, Alec, who has been learning guitar late in life, managed to play to a backing track for the first time. He got a very well deserved warm round of applause.

This is what the club is all about, it is not who can play fastest or best, it is about shared interests, experiences and learning. Even if you can only play a couple of notes there will always be encouragement. 

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

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.

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.

Light refreshments are included.

Next meeting is Wednesday 4th November. 

Dave Moore