Helpringham Village Newsletter May 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.

 It is so good to see more people out and about now that the bluebells are blooming and the trees are coming back to life. Spring is certainly here at last. The programme of renovations and improvements are continuing at the hall with our frontage looking Spring like too.

Over the last six years many of you have helped with our collection of plastic bottle tops, which have helped to buy wheelchairs for children and the Air Ambulance. Sadly our contact has now retired and as a result we are no longer collecting bottle tops. Thank you for all your help. We shall still be collecting used postage stamps for the Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, in the box inside the hall.

On May 23rd at 7pm. we shall be holding our AGM in the conference room at the Memorial Hall and would love to see you there to hear the reports of the work of the Committee and the election of officers. We are always looking for new people to help with the running of the Memorial Hall and the AGM is an ideal time to come along and volunteer.

A big thank you to all of you who continue to support the 59 Club both long standing and new members, it is always a pleasure to meet the winners every week and it provides a valuable source of income for the Memorial Hall.

The Hall Diary, in this newsletter gives you details of all the regular activities at the hall where newcomers are always welcome.


The winners of the 59 Club from 26th March through to 16th April were as follows, each winner received £30. All proceeds go to The Memorial Hall.

26th  March        (28) John West
2nd   April           (15) Bob Davies
9th   April           (18) Bernard Dolan        
16th April           (54) John Cross

There is another spare number at present if you wish to register for this please phone Laraine on 421110

April 2016 HALL DIARY

Mon. 2nd  


1.30. p.m.

Tues. 3rd     

Arts & Crafts
Sequence Dancing Improvers

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

Wed. 4th   

South Lincs Shadows Music Club

7.30. p.m.

Thurs. 5th

ELECTION Police Commissioner.


Fri. 6th

Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.



1.30. p.m.

Tues. 10th

Arts & 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
Poor Lands Charity

6.30 p.m.

Fri. 13th

Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.







Tues. 17th

Arts & Crafts
Sequence Dancing Improvers

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

Thurs. 19th    

History Society

7.30. p.m.

Fri.  20th

Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.

Mon. 23rd     


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


Arts & Crafts
Sequence Dancing Improvers

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

Wed. 25th  

Gardening Club

7.30. p.m.

Thurs. 26th

Lunch Club

12.30 p.m.

Fri. 27th

Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.



1.30. p.m.

Tues. 31st

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 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


As we look around the village we cannot help but see the spring flowers abounding giving us a sense of rebirth and a great expectation of the summer ahead.

It’s the same every year sometimes earlier sometimes later but it never lets us down.  The pattern of our services in church similarly follow the weather cycle.  After the joy of Christmas we have to contend with dismal January leading us into Epiphany and thus to Lent, a period of denial but with the weather improving and the expectation of Easter this gives us a sense of re-birth just like the resurrection, with eggs into the bargain.   The Easter season lasts seven weeks so it will be Whit Sunday before we head into Pentecost and the holiday period of Whitsuntide.  Each week we celebrate some aspect of Jesus’s life and ministry illustrated with stories rotating on a three year cycle.  

Why not come along at 11.00am second and fourth Sundays or for a light-hearted Songs of Praise on fifth Sundays. Services last about 40 minutes.    You will be made very welcome. Cakes, tea and a chat after with Helpringham people, always a pleasant prospect!

Every Blessing
John West
Authorised Lay Minister


It was good to see so many people at the Mothering Sunday and Easter Sunday services in the church.  Thank you to all those who donated for the Easter Lillies which gave a spring like quality to the service and our appreciation to the flower arrangers for the displays.

A reminder that the Parochial Church Council will be holding its Annual General Meeting in the church on Thursday 7th April at 7pm.  Anyone on the church's electorial roll is welcome to attend.

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


Our April meeting was a very pleasant evening with Derek Harris who took us on a thoroughly enjoyable imaginary visit to a pub “on the cut” where we met a variety of characters who shared their stories of life on the canals in song and tales. Derek, a master of disguise even got us all singing along. He has written three books on canal life and characters and the proceeds of these go in part to The Foxton Lock Trust he supports as did half of his fee. All the members present were completely entertained and left with big smiles on their faces.

At the beginning of the meeting a cheque for £574 was presented to Ann from Heckington L.I.V.E.S the funds we have raised over the last year, a huge thank you to all of you who supported our various fund raising events last year. All those present were also given copies of the minutes from our AGM in March.

Our next meeting also promises to be interesting with Denise Taylor telling us all about Medical Detection Dogs.
                        ON WEDNESDAY 11th MAY at 7.30pm.

New members will always be very welcome.


April 2016 Meeting.

This was another well attended meeting with equal numbers of players and “listeners.” The players got to play 6 tunes each and everyone enjoyed the evening.

Most players come prepared to play 4 numbers and it is always interesting watching reactions when, as at this meeting, there is time to play more and they have to make a decision on what to play next. Some tunes are a lot more challenging to play than others and may not be as well rehearsed, but I have to say everyone came up trumps.

It must have been a bit like that for The Shadows in the early days of recording. Back then studio techniques were quite different, everything was played live as a band and studio time was limited. Often tunes were quite raw and unrehearsed, for instance “The Savage” had an improvised solo in the middle and it turned out a bit different each time Hank played it. It is also a challenging number for the rest of the band as the rhythm guitar, bass and drums are all fast. After several attempts I think it was eventually take 57 when they actually got a recording they were all happy with!!

Sometimes if time was limited they just took the best take, even if it was not perfect. “Man of Mystery” is one such example – the released recording has a dead note in the main melody.

Compare that to today when a band can take months just to make one track with sampling and multitracking. It is even possible to insert or modify individual notes to make a perfect recording. It might be perfect, but to me it can often sound a bit sterile and lacking the energy and “rawness” of the earlier techniques when “what you saw was what you got!”

Meetings are held at the Memorial Hall from 7:30pm to 10:30pm on the first Wednesday of every month. Next meeting is Wednesday 4th May.

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