Helpringham Village Newsletter July 2016

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  • General News

  • Memorial Hall

  • Church News

  • Club News


Diary Dates

Strawberry Concert – Saturday 9th July

Vintage Brass Concert – Friday 5th August

Feast Weekend – Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th August

Harvest Supper – Saturday 1st October

Please see posters and village newsletter for more details nearer the time of each event.

Marian and Vince
421395 or email -


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.

 With full water butts and very happy ducks our great British Summer continues!
At the AGM of the Memorial Hall Committee, another successful and busy year was reported on and that the Memorial Hall is in very good condition, having seen many improvements over the last year. The Committee and Officers for 2016-2017 were elected and reinstated as follows:
Chairman Ian Parry
Vice Chairman Stephen Wright
Treasurer Mike Hartley
Secretary & Booking Clerk Laraine Wright
Bowls Club John Cross
Gardening Club Lindsay Cousland
History Society Vince Stocking
PCC/Church Marian Stocking                     
South Lincs Shadows Music Club David Moore
59 Club Roma Parry
Co-opted Trustee Ros Prior 
We are busy planning the Diamond Jubilee of the Memorial Hall Celebrations in September, when we hope you will all join us in celebrating the last sixty years.
Our plans so far included a Fifties Music Night with bring a plate buffet & licenced bar and an Open Day with a garden Party, displays and demonstrations from our various clubs and a Cream Tea. So keep watching this space and free your diaries for September 17th & 18th.
Remember all our regular clubs always offer a warm welcome to newcomers.
Enjoy Your Summer whatever the weather!


The winners of the 59 Club from 21st May through to 18th June were as follows, each winner received £30. All proceeds go to The Memorial Hall.

21st May        (46)  Linda Thompson
28th May        (59)  Jeff Knight
4th June          (30)  Bob Reid
11th June          (3)  Irene Foster
18th June        (47)  Eric Stammers



Fri. 1st   

Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.


Gathesby String Orchestra

1.30. p.m.
7 -9.  p.m.

Tues. 5th

Arts & Crafts
Sequence Dancing Improvers

1.30. p.m.
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.


Gathesby String Orchestra

1.30. p.m.
7 -9. p.m.

Tues. 12th

Arts & Crafts
Sequence Dancing Improvers

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

Wed. 13th

Petticoat Club
Parish Council

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

Fri.  15th

Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.

Sun. 17th

Save The Children Tea Party


Mon. 18th      


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

Tues. 19th      

Arts & Crafts
Sequence Dancing Improvers

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

Thurs. 21st   

Lunch Club


Fri. 22nd

Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.

Mon. 25th

Gathesby String Orchestra

1.30. p.m.
7-9.   p.m.

Tues. 26th  

Arts & Crafts
Sequence Dancing Improvers

1.30. p.m.
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.

To Hire the Hall for all your functions, weekday rates are £7.00 per hour for clubs and £12.00 per hour for others and weekends, plus £10.00 for use of kitchen and £10.00 for use of Bar.£20.00 for use of license.
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 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

There were no Atheists in the foxholes and slit trenches.
We are now well into my favourite time in the church liturgical calendar. The weeks after Pentecost and Trinity Sunday are called "ordinary time." Easter festivities are over and there are no more razzle dazzle festivals until Advent when we prepare for Christmas. During this period we go liturgical green and I feel that this is the real establishment of summer. But Ordinary Time is a strange word, for there is nothing ordinary about it. In the hum drum activities of our ordinary lives we encounter challenges and we each have to produce something special to meet those challenges. For many of us when there is extreme or severe trouble, illness or grief during our daily lives we turn to prayer to God as we realise the meaning of those words written by the Apostle Paul in Romans 8.
‘We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.’
Best Wishes
John West (Authorised Lay Minister)
Please see the separate poster for the Strawberry Concert on 9th July.  The entertainment is being organised by our organist, Anthony Baldry, and he is arranging a show full of local talent of different age groups.  The concert is due to start at 6pm and the ticket price includes a strawberry buffet supper with drinks available.
The Helpringham Feast Weekend starts on Friday 5th August with a concert by ‘Vintage Brass’ in the church. Tickets will be on sale soon and will, of course, include a buffet supper.  To compliment activities on the Green the church will be open on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th with an exhibition by the Helpringham History Society of ‘The 1950s’, flower arrangement competition, refreshments and other activities.  The weekend closes on Sunday with an Evensong ‘Songs of Praise’ service in the church at 6pm.  All are very welcome.
Holy Communion on Sunday 10th July at 11.00am and Sunday 24th July Morning Praise
at 11.00am, led by John West.  Please note there will be no service on Sunday 31st July.

Enquiries re baptism, weddings Funerals etc. should be made to Reverend Chris Harrington Tel 01529 460904

Very Best wishes and every blessing from the Parochial Church Council of St Andrew’s Church HELPRINGHAM
All the services across the group of parishes can be found on our website.
Rector - Rev Chris Harrington (01529) 460904


Andy Hubbard from the Sleaford Standard gave us an interesting talk on life as a journalist on a local newspaper, at our June meeting. He told us all about his development from a youngster delivering papers in Boston to being the main reporter on the Standard. He gave an insight into the workings of the local press and the various technical terms that pressmen use, and many of the unforgettable characters he had met.
He was passionate about the value of the local press which is there to hold democratic bodies to account, to see that justice is seen to be done, and to gather and disseminate local news and information, in its various forms, websites, social media and in print. All members present were also treated to a free copy of the Standard, which was greatly appreciated.

Our next meeting is  
ON WEDNESDAY 13th JULY at 7.30pm.

Lois Fenn will be telling us about her life from being born  in Hull to her move to life in Lincolnshire, which promises to be interesting and entertaining.

New members will always be very welcome.


June 2016 Meeting.

This meeting was on the first of the month and that quite often catches a lot of people out, but everyone remembered and it was another good turnout.

It is nice to see people who were really nervous when they first stood up and played now playing with a lot more confidence. It is not a competition and we all just enjoy playing, encouraging and learning from each other.

Nerves can affect everyone at times and we all have our good and bad days, even members of groups such as The Shadows.

The first official appearance of the original line up of The Shadows (although still called The Drifters at that time) was in January 1959 in Manchester. Drummer Tony Meehan had lied about his age and was only 15. He was so nervous that he actually knocked over his drum kit in the third number! Much to the amusement of the compere, a very young Jimmy Tarbuck, Tony managed to keep the beat with one hand, while picking up various cymbals and drums with the other!!  Despite that the show was a great success and the rest, as they say, is history.

Well that’s enough for this month. There’ll be more snippets next month!

Meetings are held at the Memorial Hall from 7:30pm to 10:30pm on the first Wednesday of every month. Next meeting is Wednesday 6th July.

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.

You don’t need to play - you can just come and listen, have a chat, swap a few memories. Entry is just £2 for non players and light refreshments are included.

Dave Moore


The Garden Club started 2016 with a fun Social.  
The members enjoyed an evening of fun
with poems, games and some spontaneous  music
Of course refreshments and a good natter did help!

The Year's programme begins in earnest on 24th. February
Gail Summerfield will be giving a talk on Micro Gardens.
(this includes Pots, Hanging Baskets & Small Gardens.)
Gail has spoken to us on several occasions over the years
and always delivers a very informative and interesting  evening.

For the coming year we have a varied programme with talks ranging from Victorian Gardens
Bulbs  (Not Just For Spring)
A Wildlife Friendly Garden
A Gardener's Favourites  (Lincolnshire Plants & Gardens)
A tree growing Clinic with Trevor Rogers
(An opportunity to share our problems & success stories with an expert.)

We have two evening visits arranged and one day Coach trip.
In April we travel to Butters Group
who specialise in the growth & distribution of herbs
In June we visit a local Garden in Little Hale
Late summer sees us on a day coach trip to a venue to be arranged.

We always welcome visitors to our meetings.
Visitors fee is £2.00 per session / Annual Membership is £12.50

We meet in The Helpringham Memorial Hall
on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm
(unless previously arranged )

You do not have to be an expert to join
(very few of us are!!!)
Just have an interest