Helpringham Village Newsletter June 2016

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  • General News

  • Memorial Hall

  • Church News

  • Club News


HELPRINGHAM PARISH COUNCIL has a vacancy for a councillor to be filled by co-option. Further details may be found on the Council notice board and website
or by contacting the Chairman Mr G Hotckin on 421211

Applications should be received by the clerk Mrs P Ireland, Heath Farm, North Rauceby, SLEAFORD, NG34 8QR.
by 11 April 2016

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.

 Life is never boring as change comes to everyone and everything, this month sees the departure from the village of Mick and Janette Bothamley who have been such stalwarts of the Memorial Hall over the last decade. Mick has been always willing to perform any duties asked of him from Chairman to maintenance and Booking clerk whilst Janette has provided fantastic suppers at Quiz Nights, and has been a valued part of the catering team. They should both be thanked for all that they have done and we wish them well in their new lives in Northumberland. They will be greatly missed by all their friends in Helpringham.

Many of you who have been at the Memorial Hall recently will have seen that the main floor has been stripped and repolished and is looking very good thanks go to our cleaner who performed this task over one very long weekend in May. The refurbishment of the foyer and toilet floors is still ongoing and is making the entrance area look modern and inviting and Ian Parry should be congratulated for this excellent job.

The full details of our latest AGM will be given in the next edition of the newsletter. We look forward to seeing you all at the Memorial Hall over the summer, at our regular clubs and events.


The winners of the 59 Club from 23rd April through to 14th May were as follows, each winner received £30. All proceeds go to The Memorial Hall.

23rd April        (24) Laraine Wright
30th April        (31) Audrey Moxon
7th   May         (28) John West        
14th May         (16) Nick Drake



Sat.28th May

Gathesby String Orchestra


Wed. 1st     

South Lincs Shadows Music Club

7.30. p.m.

Fri. 3rd  

Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.



1.30. p.m.

Tues. 7th

Arts & Crafts
Sequence Dancing Improvers

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

Wed. 8th

Petticoat Club
Parish Council

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

Thurs. 9th

Lunch Club


Fri. 10th

Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.




Tues. 14th

Arts & Crafts
Sequence Dancing Improvers

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

Thurs. 16th    

History Society

7.30. p.m.

Fri.  17th

Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.

Mon. 20th      


1.30. p.m.

Tues. 21st     

Arts & Crafts
Sequence Dancing Improvers

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

Wed. 22nd    

Gardening Club

7.30. p.m.

Thurs. 23rd  



Fri. 24th

Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.






1.30. p.m.

Tues. 28th  

Arts & Crafts
Sequence Dancing Improvers

1.30. p.m.
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

Tempus fugit is a Latin phrase, usually translated into English as ‘time flies'. The expression comes from Virgil's Georgics, where it appears as "fugit inreparabile tempus": "it escapes, irretrievable time." The phrase is used in both its Latin and English forms as a proverb that "time's a-wasting".
I suppose the main event this month will be the IN/OUT referendum on the 23rd. To some it is a monstrous irreverence; to others it is vital and critical for the future of Great Brirain. It is hard to make an informed choice the equation is massive and beyond the capacity of many of us. All we can do is hope that those who do understand the facts and figures put them to us simply, honestly and without spin. From my perspective Tempus Fugit (times a-wasting) and I have yet to hear a convincing argument one way or the other. We all hear simple statements like sovereignty being all important and others quoting simple cost versus financial benefits. Is this one of those occasions when prayers for guidance and maybe some divine intervention are needed?
Best Wishes
John West – Authorised Lay Minister
We were delighted to see so many people from the village in the church on May 7th for the Military Wives Choir Concert.  The choir gave an excellent performance and we have had nothing but positive comments about the show.  We have been given a copy of a DVD of the performance for anyone who missed it and would like to view it.  To stage a show of that magnitude owes much to the help and cooperation of many people and we would like to thank all who were involved in any way, big or small, for their assistance.  Much feedback was received in respect of the excellent buffet supper provided by ‘Elegant Edge’ and the church’s own catering team. A provisional figure of £1200 was raised for the church repair fund.
Sunday 12th at 11 am - Holy Communion
Please note that there will be NO service on Sunday June 26th due to the Swaton Vintage Day.  See you all there!
Saturday July 9th – 6pm.  Strawberry Concert Featuring Local Talent. A concert showcasing local performers produced by Anthony Baldery. Tickets are available at £8.00 each which includes a strawberry themed buffet supper.  Drinks will be available to purchase.  Tickets can be purchased from the Post Office (during PO hours), John West and ourselves.
Friday August 5th to Sunday August 7th.  Feast Weekend.
We are delighted to say that ‘Vintage Brass’ will be performing as the opener on the Friday evening.
On Saturday and Sunday the church is playing host to the History Society’s exhibition entitled ‘The 1950s’.  This promises to be a real ride down memory lane.  So come along and see all the things that happened in the fifties. There will also be the flower arrangement competition, tower tours, refreshments and cakes for sale.
The weekend will culminate with an Evensong ‘Songs of Praise’ service at 6pm and all are invited.

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


Denise Taylor was our guest Speaker at our May meeting. She introduced us to the “Medical Detection Dogs” charity which grew up when Dr John Church was hoping to research the possible use of dogs to detect illness in humans and a former trainer for Hearing Dogs for the Deaf joined him. The Charity based at Great Horwood Milton Keynes now trains dogs using their incredible sense of smell to detect illness and others to act as Medical Alert dogs.
This informative talk thoroughly entertained the members present and opened their eyes to this fascinating development of using dogs to save lives and enable people to lead more independent lives.

The idea of having a summer tea party to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the club was raised, with the possibility of inviting the original members from 1976 to come and share their memories. A letter from L.I.V.E.S. has been received thanking us for our donation and this was read out.
Our next meeting is  

ON WEDNESDAY 8th JUNE at 7.30pm.
When Andy Hubbard from the Sleaford Standard will be giving a talk on the press.

New members will always be very welcome.


May 2016 Meeting.

Star Wars Day – May 4th. For those who are not Star Wars fans it is a play on words from a famous line in the film “May the force be with you.” (Imagine it said with a lisp.)

Despite that nobody played the Star Wars theme, however there were lots of other good tunes played by a good turnout of players.

I always think the popularity of the music is shown by the fact that many people do a days work then come out to play at the club in the evening.

I wonder how many people realise that some members of the Shadows were not always professional musicians. For instance Brian “Licorice” Locking, who took over as bass player when Jet Harris left the band, used to be a fireman on British Rail during the days of steam. He has lots of stories to tell about that time and says that one of the earliest lessons he learnt was to always have a spare shovel, as it is very easy in the heat of the moment  (pun intended!) for the shovel to slip out of your hands and end up in the firebox with the coal !

Brian is a really friendly bloke and easy to chat to. There is a rumour that his nickname of “Licorice” came from when he was asked what sort of music he liked and he replied “All sorts.”  When asked about it now he just grins.

Well that’s enough rambling for this month. There’ll be more 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 1st June.

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