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SCOTTER

Lynn Bywood, 01724 762065.

WHIST - Winners at the whist drive held in the chapel schoolroom on Tuesday 1st February were: ladies - M Dickins, J Plasque and F Johnson; gents - P Skinn, M Hall and L Stephenson. G Brown partnered by P Harrison won the miniature.

SCOTTER LIBRARY - A children’s activity session will take place at Scotter Library on Friday 11th February from 3.30pm to 4.15pm when the topic for the afternoon is springtime fun.

METHODIST CHURCH - Mrs M King will take the service on Sunday 13th February at 10.30am.

MESSY CHURCH - The February meeting of Messy Church takes place on Sunday 13th from 10.15am to 11.45am in the Methodist Chapel schoolroom. Messy Church is an arts and crafts session for four to 11-year-olds. The theme is God’s Love and there will be the opportunity to decorate biscuits as well as all the usual activities.

TODDLER PRAISE - This is an opportunity for pre-school children and their parents or carers to join together for fun and fellowship in the Chapel on Monday 14th February at 2pm.

GOOD COMPANIONS have changed the venue for their meetings to the Eau Community Centre. They still meet every Thursday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm.

SCOTTON

WHIST - Winners at the whist drive held at Scotton on 26th January were: ladies - Mrs S Snell, Mrs M D Smith and Mrs T Wilby; gents - Mr R Dickinson, Mr S Staples and Mr L Stephenson.  Mrs J Hemsworth and Mr J Housam won the miniature drive. The following week, on 2nd February, prizes were won by: ladies - Mrs J Hemsworth, Mrs S Snell and Mrs J Moore; gents - Mr L Stephenson, Mr G Housam and Mr G Staples, with Mrs J Hemsworth and Mr L Stephenson winning the miniature drive.

SNITTERBY

Mr C. Bell, 01673 818228.

POPPY APPEAL - The 2010 Snitterby Poppy Appeal raised £77.45 for the Royal British Legion.

CHURCH SERVICE - Holy Communion will be celebrated in St Nicholas Church, Snitterby, on Sunday 13th February at 9.30am.

STURTON-BY-STOW

Mrs C. Bowler, 01427 788471.

OBITUARY - Family, friends, neighbours and colleagues were deeply shocked and saddened by the death of Brian Ravenscroft who passed away after a short illness in the Intensive Care Unit at Lincoln County Hospital, aged 72 years. Brian was born in Cheshire, the second of three sons, and had lived in Sturton since 1960 when he came with his wife, Marion. They had been married for 51 years and raised a family of four daughters, Jeanette, Gillian, Karen, Diane and a son, Christopher. They also have nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Brian had been employed by J. Bradshaw and Sons Haulage Company as a long-distance lorry driver for 47 years until his retirement a few years ago. One of his special interests was ballroom dancing and he and Marion frequently spent holidays at Blackpool where they enjoyed dancing in the Tower Ballroom. A celebration of his life was held at Sturton by Stow Methodist Church which was full to overflowing with his many friends and colleagues joining the family to pay their last respects. The service was conducted by the Rev Jo Lightowler with Doris Kitchinson at the organ. Brian’s coffin arrived on a specially adapted fifth wheel of a lorry driven by his son and accompanied by sister, Jeanette. He was escorted by a Bradshaw’s lorry driven by Colin Wells accompanied by Chris’s sister, Gillian. After the service Brian was interred in Stow Road Cemetery. Donations for the ICU at Lincoln County Hospital amounted to over £400.

PARISH COUNCIL met in the Old Schoolroom with Ian Wilding in the chair assisted by the clerk, Yvonne Clark. The clerk welcomed Phil Turney on to the council as its new member. Tony Adams and James Nicholson from West Lindsey District Council then gave an update of the progress on the Stow Road Flood Relief Project. It was agreed that the parish council should submit a planning application for the proposed work to be done. Pc Martin Doherty was also present and advised that the new National Police Website is available for viewing giving details of many local crimes. It was reported that the footings for the cricket pavilion are now in place. The many potholes have been reported but the dog bin on Twitchell is still to be re-sited further up the footpath. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 2nd March in the Old Schoolroom at 7.30pm.

MARKET - The many stalls included young children’s clothes, bird and pet food and accessories, home-made produce as well as the usual books, jewellery and bric-a-brac. Sturton Guides were also there with items they had made to help towards their craft badges. The Lucky Number was unclaimed. Next month it will be worth £30.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE will meet in Sturton Village Hall on Tuesday 15th February at 7.30pm when Linda Tilbury will speak about St Hugh’s Church and his connections with Sturton and Stow. The competition is a bell and the roll call is a church.

HISTORY SOCIETY will meet in Sturton Village Hall on Wednesday 16th February in the upstairs room (stairlift friendly) at 7.30pm when David Lucas will bring his large collection of photographs of Old Sturton. On Tuesday 15th February anyone interested is invited to attend the W.I. meeting to hear a talk on St. Hugh and his associations.

UPTON AND KEXBY

Mrs L. Alsop, 01427 838502; email: js.alsop@tiscali.co.uk

FRIENDSHIP CLUB ANNUAL MEETING was held in the Methodist Schoolroom. Secretary Mrs Phyl Bicknell had invited quite a few speakers for the 2011 year, but had not had many replies. Unfortunately several members had died and some were now in care homes. Officers elected were: chair, Mrs D. Jubbs; vice-chair, Mrs D. Barley; secretary, Mrs P. Bicknell; treasurer, Mrs A. Rushton. The speaker on 17th February will be Mrs Jenny Fotheringham who will give a talk on her visit to Oberammergau.

DEATH - Unfortunately on the Saturday after the meeting, Mrs Bicknell (98) died. This will leave a big gap in the lives of village residents because Phyl always did the raffles. In fact at her funeral all mourners were given a raffle ticket as they went into church. The funeral service was conducted by the Rev Phillip Wain with family members of Mrs Bicknell also taking part.

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY - The annual meeting of the society was held in the Methodist Schoolroom on Monday evening. The 2011 show will be on 11th September in the village hall. The date took a lot of discussing and it is hoped that the show will revert back to the Bank Holiday Monday in future. Committee elected were: chair, D. Farrow; vice-chair, J. Barrow; secretary, J. Spencer; P. Rushton, G. Hobart; catering officer, S. Rockall; travel officer, P. Chester; Mr and Mrs G.Blackburn, Mrs J.Wardby. Mrs A.Rushton resigned from the committee after a 20-year stint. The travel organiser had arranged some very enjoyable outings and two more are to be held this year, one local and the other further afield. Photographic classes are Lincolnshire Life, Rivers and Wedding. The schedules will be in the post office or on the Upton web site nearer the date of the show.

QUIZ - Last week’s quiz was for the Air Ambulance and Dave Farrow was the quizmaster. Winners were Gavin’s Team and Jenny’s Team and £130 was raised. This week’s quiz is for the village hall.

WADDINGHAM

Mr C. Bell, 01673 818228.

COUNCIL MEETING - The treasurer reported that VAT refund had been claimed and, taking into account known expenses, there should be about £500 in the bank at 31st March. The 2011/2012 precept was set at an unchanged £6,000. Lincs Highways will be reminded that the number of potholes was increasing and some were deep enough to unseat cyclists/motorcyclists. West Lindsey had granted planning permission fro improvements at the pumping station. The tree which was causing damage to a culvert on Waddingham Beck had been felled and contacts for rebuilding the culvert were being sought. The problem with funds accumulated regarding Constable Ings, the flood relief diversions of Waddingham and sorting out the slipway at Brandy Wharf all seem to be progressing. Thanks were given to the Toute Double committee which has ceased after 37 years providing Christmas groceries for pensioners. The next meeting will be on Monday 21st March at 7.30pm.

DUCK RACE - After three heats the winners of the New Year Duck Race on Waddingham Beck were: 66 Happie Green (Scotter), £25; 36 Barbara Firth, £10; 10 Steve Warton (Louth), £5.

METHODIST SERVICE - On Sunday 13th February Mr Geoff Kendall, of Broughton, will preach in Waddingham Methodist Chapel at 10.15am.

WALKERINGHAM

CHURCH SERVICE - A service is to be held at St Mary Magdalene Church, Walkeringham, at 10.30am on Friday 4th March when the speaker will be the Rev Jean Tomlinson. It will be followed by a light lunch. All are very welcome - men, women and young people.