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DIARY DATES - Friday 28th January: Surgery with Dist Coun, Hazel Brand, The Misterton Centre, 9.30-10.30am, call 891872 for an appointment; ‘Burns’ bingo, Church Room, 7pm. Saturday 29th January: Senior citizens’ party, Methodist Hall, 4.15pm. Sunday 30th January: No Kidz’ Klub; United Benefice service, St Mary’s Church, Walkeringham, 10am; Morning Worship, Methodist Church, 10.30am. Wednesday 2nd February: Holy Communion, All Saints’ Church, 9.30am; Women’s Fellowship, Methodist Church, 2pm. Tuesday 8th February: Meeting of Misterton Parish Council, Church Room, 7.30pm.


Mr C. Bell, 01673 818228.

HOLY COMMUNION - On Thursday 3rd February Holy Communion will be celebrated in St Peter and St Paul Church, Owmby-By-Spital, at 9.30am.


Lynn Bywood, 01724 762065.

WHIST - Winners at the whist drive held in the chapel schoolroom on Tuesday 18th January were: ladies - J Moore, S Snell and F Johnson; gents - P Rushworth, S Symonds and J Stretch. J Wilson partnered by M Hall won the miniature. The MC was Reg Stride.

WOMEN’S HOUR will be holding their first meeting of 2011 on Wednesday 2nd February at 2pm in the chapel schoolroom when the speaker will be the Rev Lyn Gregg.

METHODIST CHAPEL - Mr L Holtby will take the service on Sunday 30th January at 10.30am.


WHIST - Winners at the Scotton whist drive on 12th January were: ladies – Mrs S Snell, Mrs M D Smith and Mrs M Dickin; gents – Mr H Page (187), Mr R Dickinson and Mr R Stride. Mrs M Dickin and Mr L Stephenson won the miniature drive. The following week on Wednesday 19th January when six tables were in play prizewinners were: ladies – Mrs S Mearns. It was agreed that Scotton’s annual whist drive in aid of the Sheffield Area Kidney Association would be held on Wednesday 16th March.


Mrs C. Bowler, 01427 788471.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE - President Mavis Benson welcomed members to the January meeting which began with the singing of Jerusalem. The roll call was a Christmas present followed by the minutes which were agreed. The group meal will be held at Harby Village Hall on 7th February and the new belated Christmas lunch date is Thursday 3rd March at the Fox and Hounds at Willingham. There will be a treasure hunt at Collingham on Monday 27th June. There was no speaker as members were discussing the proposed resolutions for the AGM in June. Subjects for discussion included Mega Farms, Alzheimer’s Disease, Tree Conservation, Helmets for Cyclists, Controlled Use of Mobility Scooters, Closure of Public Libraries and the Extension of the Admiral Nurses network for Dementia Care. Members were then able to vote secretly to be sent to the National Committee for selection. The raffle was won by Mavis Benson and the competition winners for Something Blue were Carol Wilding and Sheila Bradshaw.

HISTORY SOCIETY - Sturton, Stow and District History Society met in the village hall when Clive Thompson introduced Sue Oliver, editor of the Trentside Links magazine, who spoke about the origins and perameters of the area included. Its aims are to promote local history and items of local history interest are always welcome. She and her husband explained how news cuttings and old photographs could be preserved by copying them on to a computer for perpetuity. The meeting then continued with the election of a temporary committee until an official AGM to be held later in the year. These were chairman, Clive Thompson, secretary Sharron Banham and treasurer Chris Stable. Supporting committee members were Roger Brownlow, Mike Jones, Graham Wade and Christine Bowler. Various possible projects were discussed and it was agreed to examine a selection of old photographs for possible inclusion in projects at the next meeting on Wednesday 16th February. Several members accepted an invitation from the local W.I. to join them for a talk about the History of St. Hugh’s Church in the village.

FAMILY WORSHIP was well attended by members of both churches when the theme was the Season of Epiphany. Devotions were led by David Justham with Christine Bowler at the piano and James Elvidge on guitar providing the music for the lively singing. The story of the Epiphany was explained by Karen Elvidge following a reading from St. Matthew’s Gospel by Clare Farrow. Coffee was served afterwards by Pam Gelder and Paula Justham. The next Family Worship will be on Sunday 27th February at 10.30am.

COUNCILLOR SURGERIES - If you wish to speak to your local district councillor Reg Shore on a one-to-one basis then go along to the Old Schoolroom between 7pm and 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of the month before the monthly parish council meeting where he would be pleased to see you. The council meeting is at 7.30pm on Wednesday 2nd February when all members of the public are welcome to attend and make comment or air their views on Parish matters.

MARKET - Following an absence for the past two months the market will return to Sturton Village Hall on Saturday 5th February from 10am until noon. Come and browse round the various stalls including new stalls offering young children’s clothes and bird and pet foods. There will also be books, jewellery, crafts, bric-a-brac and others as well as the delicious bacon butties and drinks. Come along and meet up with your friends and may be win the Lucky Number.


Mrs L. Alsop, 01427 838502; email:

UPTON PARISH COUNCIL MEETING - All councillors were present at the bi-monthly meeting of the council. Ward member Jessie Milne was also present and two members of the public. Coun Milne told the meeting that a meeting of planning was being held on 19th January to discuss the travellers site planning. The council had not been informed of the meeting and the clerk to enquire as to why no information had been received. He is to speak against the proposed site at the meeting. New forms for application for housing in the village may be obtained from the clerk. Due to weather no contact has been made with Hill Top Wood. J. Alsop is to contact them again. T. Hall attended the village hall meeting and reported that progress is being made. The Highways had informed the council that Cade Lane would be closed on 18th and 19th January for tree clearance. The council thanked all who had cleared snow during the recent bad weather. The burial ground is now showing a profit and it was asked if a press feature could be done. The newsletter to be produced at the end of April. The Christmas market was a success with 10 organisations receiving £103 each. The council had bought new lights which were placed in positions easier to take down. Dog fouling was again a problem and councillors asked residents to use dog fouling bags. The clerk has a supply of these. The meeting closed at 8.45pm and the next meeting will be on 8th March.

FRIENDSHIP CLUB - Mr Paul Cowan gave a very interesting talk on the Other Wise Man at the meeting of the club. Members were saddend to hear of the death of Mr Reg Waghorne who had been a very loyal member of the club. The club meet every other Thursday in the Methodist schoolroom.

YOUNG AT HEART LUNCH - This was held in the Rose and Crown on Monday afternoon. Organisers were Mrs S. Rockall and Mrs J. Spencer. The lunch is part of the Willingham Nurses Charity which contributes to the lunch and other items.

COFFEE MORNING - Peter and Audrey Rushton held a coffee morning in aid of church funds on Friday morning. Thanks to generous donations of goods and money this raised £270. The morning included a raffle and tombola. Thanks to Anne Williams, Phil Bicknell and D. Barley for organising these. Thanks also to the kitchen staff who held the fort while the hostess was at a funeral.

HORTICULTUAL SOCIETY - The AGM will take place on Monday 31st January at 7-30pm in the chapel schoolroom. Anyone wishing to attend would be very welcome.

QUIZ - Last week’s quiz was for the Rose and Crown Football Club. Dave Farrow was the quizmaster and the winner of both quizzes was Gavin’s Team. £133 was raised. This week’s quiz is for Community Crafts.


Mr C. Bell, 01673 818228.

CASINO NIGHT - This will take place on Friday 18th February from 8pm till late and is in aid of hall funds. A Pie and pea supper will be provided but bring your own drinks. Tickets are £7.50 and can be obtained from Steve Moore (01673 818983) or Christine Buckley (01673 818103).

BINGO - The next session in the Jubilee Hall is on Saturday 5th February at 7.30pm.

CHURCH SERVICE - On Sunday 30th January the Rev Jeff Wilson will conduct a service of Joint Worship (with Methodists) in St Mary and St Peter Church, Waddingham, at 9.30am.