Helpringham Village Newsletter September 2015

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HELPRINGHAM MEMORIAL HALL ON THURSDAY 8TH. OCTOBER 2.p.m till 3.p.m.for patients of Millview Medical Practice, Heckington.
FLU LINE Will be open on 1st. September, Monday to Thursday 10.a.m. to 12 noon and 1.p.m. to 2.p.m. ring 01529 461394 to book your vaccination on flu line, state you want your vaccination at Helpringham Memorial Hall on 8th.October


Thanks to everyone who attended the feast this year, it was a great day
 A big thank you to those people that helped me on the day.

We raised £349.00 on the green, and the women's chattershack stall donated all their takings of £131.00.
I also had a donation of £100 from a generous member of the village.
Total raised £580
All proceeds towards the maintenance village defibrillator.

Sarah Line

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.

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.

At the Memorial Hall the development of the rear garden is continuing. The late Hilary Meekcoms, a long serving committee member generously left a legacy to the hall and as a fitting memory to her, an arbour with seat has been added to the garden.
Another kind donation, from Rosemary Bailey, will allow us to honour Frank’s memory at the hall too.
As you may be aware the National Lottery has announced that there will be an increase in numbers from 49 to 59 probably in October this year. With this in mind the 49 will become the 59 club. There will therefore be 10 extra numbers and the prize each week will increase to £30. If you would like to register for one of these new numbers, when they become available please contact Roma Parry on 421312.
Finally another reminder of our Christmas Fair on Saturday 28th November, 10am to 3pm, with Santa’s Grotto and a variety of stalls. We still have a few stalls available at £7.50; please contact Laraine on 421110 to book one.

September 2015 HALL DIARY

Tues. 1st  

Arts and Crafts
Sequence Dancing Improvers

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

Wed. 2nd  

South Lincs Shadows Music Club

7.30. p.m.

Thurs. 3rd    

Lunch Club


Fri. 4th    

Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.

Sat. 5th

Private Party


Mon. 7th  


1.30. p.m.

Tues. 8th  

Arts and Crafts
Sequence Dancing Improvers

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


Petticoat Club
Parish Council

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

Fri. 11th    

Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.

Sat. 12th

Private Parties


Mon. 14th   


1.30. p.m.

Tues. 15th     

Arts and Crafts
Sequence Dancing Improvers

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

Thurs. 17th   

Lunch Club


Fri. 18st

Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.

Mon. 21st  


1.30. p.m.

Tues. 22nd  

Arts and Crafts
Sequence Dancing Improvers

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


Gardening Club

7.30. p.m.

Thurs. 24th

History Society

7.30. p.m.

Fri. 25th  

Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.



1.30. p.m.

Tues. 29th

Arts and Crafts
Sequence Dancing Improvers

1.30. p.m.
7.30. 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.

We would like to thank everyone who contributed in any way to St Andrew's Feast Weekend celebrations and came along to the various events held in the church.  Our long established prelude to the weekend was the concert given by Vintage Brass, who once again skilfully entertained us with their repertoire and versatility under the leadership of Peter Freeman.  As Peter reminded us during his introductory speech they have been coming along for 13 years now and the rapidity of the ticket sales demonstrates their popularity.  Their programme included a segment of the 'Black and White Minstrel' Show tunes which we are sure took more than one person's memory back to the sixties and early seventies of their heyday on BBC television.

The evening was further enhanced by one of our famous scrumptious suppers and tempting glimpses of the entries in the flower competition and the Helpringham History Society's display of memorabilia.

Saturday and Sunday dawned sunny and dry which enabled us to have the tower tours and some 70 people climbed the 116 steps to the top to view Helpringham from the rooftops.  The entries for the flower competition came in thick and fast and the refreshments sold like the proverbial 'hot cakes'.
We were all very enthralled by the display by the history society's 'Helpringham at Work and Play' exhibition and the books containing the burial records proved to be very popular along with the many other exhibits.  We are very appreciative of the hard work and not inconsiderable effort put into the display by the society's members.

The pure genius of the flower ladies who displayed their arranging skills but at the same time cunningly concealed the clues to the names of local pubs within their displays for the flower competition had to be seen to be believed.  We should like to thank them all for their hard work and dedication.  For those of you who entered the flower competition over the Feast Weekend here are the answers.

  1.   Royal Oak
  2.   Jolly Scotchman
  3.   Penny Farthing
  4.   Crown and Anchor
  5.   Green Dragon
  6.   The Ship 
  7.   Blue Bell
  8.   Red Lion
  9.   Wheat Sheaf
  10.   Cross Keys
  11.   Barge and Bottle
  12.   Feathers
  13.   Black Bull
  14.   Shoulder of Mutton
  15.   Red Cow
  16.   Golden Cross
  17.   White Swan
  18.   Nags Head

The weekend culminated with our 'Songs of Praise' service led by John West which proved to be a happy and festive occasion to draw the weekend proceedings to a tranquil close.
All together it was a very successful weekend and raised over £1000.00 for the maintenance and upkeep of St Andrew's Church and will enable us to keep it 'a feature of the village landscape' and not to mention buy some heating oil!

On Friday September 4th we welcome the return of Nigel Creasey and his wife Teri.  Such was their popularity earlier this year that they will be entertaining us once more with their mix of contemporary and traditional folk music.  Please see separate entry.

Our Harvest Supper will be held on Saturday October 10th in the Memorial Hall.  Popular demand has been for a 'Bangers and Mash' supper once more.  Tickets will be on sale from Monday September 7th.  As this event has to be catered we regret we will not be able to have 'on the night' sale of tickets, so please book early.  See separate entry.

The deadline for the exclusive reservation of the tickets for the Military Wives Choir - Cranwell concert mentioned in last month's newsletter is approaching at the end of the month.  If you would like a seat(s) at this event please contact John, Vince or Marian to reserve your place(s).  Over 70 places have already been taken.

Sunday September 13th at 11am - Holy Communion led by Rev David Woods
Sunday September 27th at 11am - Morning Praise led by John West.

Marian and Vince (Churchwardens)

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



At our August meeting members were thanked for their responses to the questionnaire and details of our finances were handed out, explaining that although we are in a good position at present we need to plan for the future, whilst hoping to continue to do all that we do at present supporting members and having good speakers.

Sarah Line presented us with £580 raised at the Feast to go to the Defibrillator Fund, which ensures that its maintenance is well catered for, for the next few years. She was thanked wholeheartedly for this.

Members were then treated to a return visit of Mary Clark who gave us an interesting and amusing talk on B.O.L.D. This Boston based charity offers outdoor and leisure activities for the blind. Mary talked us through her experiences with them from 1978. She told us how she had a go at sailing, rowing, horse-riding, archery, bowling, pole ball, and tandem riding, all with amusing anecdotes.
In 1983-4 Mary got involved with athletics mastering the discus and javelin and was a British representative at the European Games for the disabled and won gold and two silvers. A forerunner of the Paralympics this was a great achievement.
Mary closed with her philosophy that if you don’t have a go you don’t do anything. Members were very appreciative of her talk and learnt a great deal about the blind can do if given the opportunity. 

Our next meeting is WEDNESDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER at 7.30pm.
When Joy Bleach will be talking about Antique Jewellery.

New members will be very welcome.


August 2015 Meeting.

This meeting was a good reminder of how much simpler things were back in the sixties – two guitars, bass and drums, often with everyone plugged into the same amplifier.
Nowadays I use a small computer to store and play our backing tracks.

It is often said that computers are great when they are working but a pain when they aren’t! Well the gremlins got into mine on club night and proved it. Just as I finished setting up the sound went horribly wrong, everything became muffled with a lack of volume.
What equipment was to blame - computer, mixer, or PA system? Was it hardware or software? A few checks and it became apparent it was something in the computer but we couldn’t find what. My increased heartrate and the beads of sweat on my brow didn’t seem to help! After what seemed an age to me, but was really only about 10 minutes, we managed to get a decent sound and were back to the music!! (The next day at home I found the culprit to be one single setting on the computer’s audio program- a single click and all was restored to normality.)

It turned out to be an enjoyable evening with some really good playing.

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 2nd September. 

Dave Moore



In July the Garden Club returned to Norwell for its annual, evening trip.
Norwell is situated just north of Newark, where one of our favourite speakers, Andrew Ward, has established his thriving Nursery. The last time we were there, in May 2010, it was at its early stages of development, and the weather decided to present us with the worst rain storm many of us had ever experienced and which we have never forgotten. This time the weather was perfect, the gardens had developed and were amazing and the welcome tour and refreshments provided by Andrew and his wife were excellent. The nurseries are open to the public all year except in August!
The meeting on 26th. August at the Memorial Club at 7.30pm.  will include a talk by Dave Newman on the subject “The Suitability and Care of Indoor Plants"   hopefully this will prevent some of the bedraggled, or worse, dead plants, which we kill with the best intentions!
September 6th. brings us to our annual day outing, this year to the city of York followed by an afternoon  at Burnby Hall and Gardens where the York Band will be playing during the afternoon. All 49 places have been booked for this trip, however, there are sometimes cancellations, so if you are interested, member or non member, contact me, on 421 946 and I will put you on a waiting list, first come, first served!
September 23rd is the date of the Club's AGM and Social. This is the time for renewing membership and collection of subs. The new committee will be elected so please consider
who you wish to represent you. It is also a time for the members to make suggestions for the activities and speakers they wish to experience in 2016.
Non Members are always welcome at our meetings at a cost of £2 per session at the Memorial Hall ­­"7.30pm on the 4th. Wednesday of the month"
So why not join us? You will be sure of a warm welcome!