news from your village


Lynn Bywood, 01724 762065.

WOMEN’S HOUR - Kay Edgar presided and Brenda Gwyther was the pianist for the afternoon when Women’s Hour met in the chapel schoolroom on Wednesday 2nd March. The speaker for the afternoon was the Rev Lyn Gregg who continued her journey through the alphabet of Saints when she spoke of the life of St Julia. Rev Gregg also talked of saints from more recent times one of whom was Dietrich Bonhoeffer who was a member of the German resistance during the second world war. Joyce Edgar had also been invited to speak to the members about the Women’s World Day of Prayer and she told the group about the conference she had been to. All members joined together to sing Happy Birthday to two members Nancy and Iris, Members were also told of the coffee morning to be held on Saturday 12th March in aid of Guide Dogs. A members meeting will be held on Wednesday 16th March when Women’s Hour meet in the schoolroom at 2pm.

PRAYER - The Women’s World Day of Prayer interdenominational service was held in the Methodist Chapel on Friday 4th March. The congregation of over 40 was made up of ladies from the three Churches in Scotter and from surrounding villages. The leader was Elaine Cameron and the speaker was Rev Lyn Gregg, the organist for the afternoon was Brenda Gwyther, while Connie Cave, Jackie Pettit and Carol Johnson distributed the service leaflets. Joyce Edgar welcomed everyone to the chapel and gave a little background information about the service before handing over to Elaine. Others taking part in the service were Mary Metheringham, Pauline Goodburn, June Littlewood, Lynn Bywood, Mona Drummond, Judith Elsome, Sally Ogley, Joyce Todd, Karen Clerk, Iris Smith and Sue Smith. The offering for the work of the Movement and for the projects run by Christian charities was taken by Connie Cave and Carol Johnson At the end of the service everyone moved into the Chapel schoolroom where refreshments of tea, coffee and cakes were served by Kay Edgar and Lynn Bywood.

METHODIST CHAPEL - Mrs D Carter will take the service on Sunday 13th March at 10.30am.

MESSY CHURCH - The March meeting of Messy Church takes place on Sunday 13th in the chapel schoolroom from 10.15am to 11.45am. It is planned to make pancakes and also cards/gifts for Mothering Sunday. Messy Church is an arts and crafts session for four to 11-year-olds.

LENT MEETING - The first Lent meeting organised by the Southern Section of the Scunthorpe Methodist Circuit, the South Manlake Group of Parishes and the Grace Church takes place on Sunday 13th March at 6pm in Laughton Methodist Chapel. The title of this years series of talks is The Marks of Mission. The speaker at this first meeting is The Rev Canon Alan Hayday whose talk is entitled Tell, To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom. The evening will commence with a short act of worship followed by an address and then opportunity to respond and explore the theme,

TODDLER PRAISE - The March meeting of Toddler Praise takes place in the chapel schoolroom on Monday 14th at 2pm.


WOMEN’S INSTITUTE - Jackie Cheetham, chairman of Lincolnshire North Federation of W.I.s, was the guest of honour at the party held in Scotton Village Hall on 10th February in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the formation of Scotton and District W.I. Greeted on arrival with a glass of sherry or fruit juice, everyone was welcomed by president Janet Arrand (whose mother had been a member of Scotton W.I. for many years). Jerusalem was sung and was followed by a charming and varied programme of songs performed by the Intermezzo group. It was then time to enjoy the delicious three-course meal prepared by the committee which was much enjoyed. During the past year members had been busy making a W.I. banner and this was on display for the first time, together with a number of other items, part of Scotton W.I.’s history. Membership is now about 30 and is increasing. At the annual meeting in March the programme for the coming year will be announced.

WHIST - Winners on 2nd March at the Scotton whist drive were: ladies - Mrs S Snell, Mrs J Johnson and Mrs M Booth; gents - Mr J Wilby, Mr K Sharp and Mrs C Patrick.  Mrs M D Smith and Mr L Stephenson won the miniature drive.


Mrs C. Bowler, 01427 788471.

OBITUARY - Friends and neighbours joined the family at St. Mary’s Church, Stow, for a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of William Henry (Harry) Clifton who passed away in Lincoln County Hospital after a long illness aged 88 years. The Service was conducted by the Rev Pam Rose and a tribute was also read by his daughter, Rosie. Harry was born locally and moved to Bransby when he married Joyce, his wife of 67 years, where they raised a family of three sons, Brian, Melvyn and Keith and daughter Rosie. Later they moved to Sturton first on Queensway and lastly to Marton Road. Harry and Joyce shared their love of gardening and on several occasions won the Coronation Cup for the Village Best Kept Garden competition. Harry leaves his wife, Joyce, four children, seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

PARISH COUNCIL met in the Old Schoolroom with Coun Ian Wilding in the chair. Representatives from West Lindsey District Council, including Chief Executive Manjeet Gill, Tony Adams and James Nicholson also attended to clarify several issues concerning the Stow Road Flood Relief Project. It was agreed that the new ditch should be dug on the field side of the Public Footpath No 72. The minutes and accounts were approved and it was agreed a payment of £934.40 including VAT for extra deep footings for the new extension to be paid from the Recreation Field Allocation. Concern was expressed regarding proposed changes in the running of Sturton Youth Centre - the situation is to be monitored. Local and district council elections will be held on Thursday 5th May and nomination papers are available from WLDC. Nine councillors are required for Sturton-by-Stow Parish Council. If there are more than nine nominations then an election will be held. Planning Permission has been granted for a single storey, flat roof extension at The School House but permission was refused for a Fishing Lake, touring and static caravans at White House, Tillbridge Road. The next meeting will be the annual parish meeting when representatives of local organisations are requested to give or send a written report. This will take place in the Old Schoolroom on Wednesday 6th April at 7pm. The monthly council meeting will follow on when the Enforcement Officer from WLDC will also be present regarding development at the Old Rectory on Stow Road.

HISTORY SOCIETY - The next meeting will be held in the upstairs room(stairlift friendly) of the village hall on Wednesday 16th March at 7.30pm when Mavis Wilkinson will give a talk on Famous Lincolnshire People.

ANNIVERSARY - The Methodist Church will celebrate its anniversary with a concert by the Trentside Singers on Saturday 19th March at 7.30pm. Admission will be £3 including refreshments. The preacher on Sunday 20th March at 10.30am will be former minister the Rev Duncan MacBean.

JUMBLE SALE - The W.I. will be holding a jumble sale in Sturton Village Hall on Saturday 19th March from 2pm. If you would like your jumble collecting please contact Mavis on 788625 or Doreen on 788264.

EVERGREENS - The spring lunch will be served in Sturton Village Hall on Tuesday 22nd March between noon and 2pm. There will be an outing to the gardens and shopping outlet at Springfields, Spalding on Wednesday 20th April leaving the village at approximately 9am. Anyone over sixty and wishing to go who hasn’t already received an invitation should contact Joan on 01427 788084.

EDWARD BEAR CLUB for toddlers and carers will meet in Sturton Village Hall on Wednesdays 16th, 23rd and 30th March from 2pm till 3.30pm. The Easter end of term party will be held on Wednesday 30th March.


Mrs L. Alsop, 01427 838502; email:

CRICKET - Upton and Kexby Cricket Club are holding their AGM this Sunday (13th March) in the Rose and Crown at 8pm and all members and players are asked to attend this important meeting. If anyone would like to join the club they would be most welcome.

ROYAL WEDDING - Upton and Kexby hope to hold a day of celebration to mark this event. There will be a sports afternoon followed by a faith tea then dancing with a live band and a disco. For this to take place volunteers are needed to help and there is a meeting on Monday 14th March in the Rose and Crown at 7pm to discuss the arrangements.

QUIZ - Last week’s quiz was for Red Nose Day when Dave Farrow was the quizmaster. The winners were Gavin’s Team and The Quips Team and £117.50 was raised. This week’s quiz is for Kidney Cancer James Whale Fund.