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SCOTTER

Lynn Bywood, 01724 762065.

WOMEN’S HOUR - Iris Smith presided and introduced the speaker Terry Bolton when Women’s Hour met in the chapel schoolroom on Wednesday 6th April. The pianist for the afternoon was Kay Edgar. Terry had brought along a collection of walking sticks, all hand crafted by himself. The speaker when Women’s Hour meet on Wednesday 20th April at 2pm in the chapel schoolroom will be Trish Field, who will talk about Trekking in Peru.

PARISH COUNCIL AGM - The annual parish meeting took place in the village hall on Thursday 7th April when reports were available to collect and read from many village groups these included St Peter’s Church, Methodist Chapel, Grace Church, William Parry, Scotter War Memorial Playing Field, the W.I, Scotter senior and junior football clubs, LIVES, Scotter Tennis Club, Rainbows, Scotter Bowls Club, St Peter’s bell ringers, Eau Community Centre, Scotter Parish Plan and Scotter Village Hall. Chairman Chris Day introduced representatives of the police who had been invited to speak about parish related activities, and questions were then invited. Sue Mumby then gave an update on the Parish Plan. She said at long last work is to start on the new tennis courts which are to be positioned on the Playing Field behind the Bowling Green. The Parish Plan committee now have new members and are to be renamed Scotter Forward and they are currently working on fundraising and putting bids forward to convert the old tennis courts to a MUGA and update the football pavilion on North Moor Road. It is planned to take questionnaires to every home in the village to see how the people of Scotter wish the village to develop. It is planned to hold many fundraising events throughout the year for the Playing Field projects. The next to speak was Carole Baker to report on youth activities and measures to curb anti-social behaviour, Carole is a volunteer at the Friday night project for young people in the village, this is currently held in the Eau Community Centre but during the summer months they plan to move to the playing field and add outdoor sports to their activities.

LENT LUNCHES - The last lent lunch of 2011 will take place in the chapel schoolroom on Friday 15th April from noon to 1pm.

SCOTTER LIBRARY - A children’s activity session will take place at the library on Friday 15th April at 3.45pm. Please note that the Library will be closed on Friday 22nd April (Good Friday) and 29th April due to the Royal Wedding.

METHODIST CHAPEL - The Rev D Woodward will take the service on 17th April at 10.30am.

EASTER IN SCOTTER - On Good Friday there will be a Walk of Witness around the village and this will leave the Green at 10.30am finishing back at the Green for hot cross buns and a drink. A short act of worship will take place on Easter morning, Sunday 24th April, followed by breakfast in the chapel schoolroom. The services on Easter Day will be 10am at St Peter’s and 10.30am at the Methodist Chapel and the Grace Church.

SCOTTON

WHIST - At the whist drive in Scotton Village Hall on 30th March prizewinners were: ladies - - Mrs C Roberts, Mrs T Wilby and Mrs J Johnson; gents - Mr J Housam, Mrs J Hemsworth and Mr R Dickinson. Mrs J Johnson and Mr G Housam won the miniature drive. At the whist drive on 6th April prizes were won by: ladies - M Booth, J Moore and T Wilby; gents - L Stephenson, G Housam and J Housam. J Hemsworth and H Page won the miniature drive.

STURTON-BY-STOW

Mrs C. Bowler, 01427 788471.

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING was held in the Old Schoolroom with Ian Wilding in the chair. Chris Stable reported on further refurbishment and improvements in the village hall, especially the kitchen, which now has a dishwasher and a new boiler. New meters and tokens for heating have also been installed. A cheque for £1225.20 had been received from A Touch of Class, profits from their annual pantomime. The village hall committee are very grateful to the community for supporting their efforts and the various activities which are held in the hall. This was followed by an update of the progress made by the recreation field committee. Work has been started on the extension and improvement of the changing rooms but more funding is required to complete the project. The committee are very grateful for help from the parish council and hope for support for fundraising events being planned for the summer months. Joan Wines reported that the W.I. had 22 members who enjoyed a number of activities throughout the year. Joan also thanked the supporters of the Evergreens for joining in the various fundraising events towards the summer outings. It was reported that the youth centre will continue despite the proposed cuts and volunteers are invited to help with staffing. Ian Wilding gave the chairman’s report in which he reported that the major issue had been the proposed project to relieve flooding on Stow Road. The precept had remained the same with no increase to the parish despite the misleading information given by West Lindsey District Council. Local organisations benefit from much of the precept money. The ordinary monthly meeting followed when Manjeet Gill and Simon Sharpe from WLDC attended to discuss the proposed development of the Old Rectory on Stow Road which is causing considerable concern for the surrounding residents. Particular areas for concern are parking, access and especially sewerage problems as well as making the whole area secure from unwelcome fly-tipping, squatters etc. An assurance was given that these matters would be dealt with following discussions with the developer. The minutes and accounts were agreed and the Business Rates of £50.05 and CPRE affiliatione fee of £25 were approved. Potholes continue to remain an ongoing problem and will be reported to Highways. The insurance premium had been received but it was decided to obtain two more quotes. Parish council are now making preparations for funding a flood relief system for the centre of the Village, i.e. High Street and Fleets Road. If anyone has any photographs of flooding however old they may be please send them to the chairman (tel. 01427 787241 for further information). The next meeting will be the AGM on Wednesday 11th May in the Old Schoolroom at 7.30pm. Please note the change of date following the election.

MAYDAY The annual Mayday event will be held on Panter’s Field at the rear of the Red Lion car park on Monday 2nd May from 2pm till 4pm when there will be a variety of stalls and attractions including dancing round the maypole and the worm-charming competition. To book a stall contact Derek on 01427 787459.

MILLIONAIRES NIGHT Friday 6th May, village hall 8pm-11.30pm. Proceeds shared between Sturton Village Hall and the Plough football team.

STOW MINSTER - On the weekend of 7th and 8th May St. Mary’s at Stow will be open to the public along with many other churches in the area. On Saturday 7th May there will be a full day of activities starting with the annual meeting of the Friends of Stow Minster at 10am followed by a short service at 10.30am. From 11.15am onwards there will be stalls and displays, maypole dancing, barbecue, music, raffle and refreshments as well as the popular teddy bear parachuting from the Ccancel roof. Local author and historian Sue Allan, will also be there book signing. For more information contact Elspeth on 01427 788659.

DIARY DATES - Wednesday 11th May: Parish Council AGM OSR 7.30pm. Tuesday 17th May: W.I., village hall, 7.30pm. Wednesday 18th May: History Society, village hall, 7.30pm. Friday 20th May: A Touch Of Class evening of entertainment, village hall, 7.30pm. Saturday 21st May: Christian Aid coffee/tea party, 4 St Hugh’s Terrace. Sunday 22nd May: Family Worship, Sturton Methodist Church ,10.30am.

UPTON AND KEXBY

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

BINGO - A family Easter bingo is to be held on Friday 15th April in the village hall starting at 7pm.

QUIZ - Last week’s quiz was for the Royal Wedding celebrations and Dave Farrow was the quizmaster. The winners were The Bar Flies and The Oblong Table plus Two, £100 was raised. This week’s quiz is for the Air Ambulance.

WADDINGHAM

Mr C. Bell, 01673 818228.

CHURCH SERVICES - On Sunday 17th April Mr Bill Smith, of North Kelsey, will preach in Waddingham Methodist Chapel at 10.15am. On Wednesday 20th April Evening Worship will be held in St Mary and St Peter Church, Waddingham, at 7pm. Singing For Pleasure conductor Keith Dukes will provide Eastertide music. After the service there will be a buffet, cheese and wine and soft drinks. The spring raffle will be drawn (tickets available from PCC members prior to the evening. All ages welcome. On Thursday 21st April Maundy services will be held at 7pm at both Kirton Lindsey and Scawby.