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February 2014

Issue 60

Police News Page 6 The Epworth Cookbook Revisited

Recipes from the ladies of the Epworth & District WI Page 14

Where You Live, Your local History Pages 15 Future of the Festival of the Plough Page 22 Can you find Prudence a new home? Page 31

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Editors Letter… This months issue is full of interesting articles:

The Future of the Festival of the Plough; last month a meeting was held to discuss its future.! The Plough has been held in Low Burnham for over 30 years and with numbers dwindling, thoughts with the committee whether to continue or not. I am glad to report the show will go on! The date is set for Sunday 21st September 2014. If you would like to get involved with the Plough their next meeting is at the Epworth Thurlow on February 4th at 7pm. Please support your local event and be part of its history. Full report is on page 22. Isle rescue who advertise on a regular basis is a great charity, they are continually looking for loving homes for rescue cats and dogs. Each month we have a pet of the month. Take a look on page 31. Can you give Prudence a home she deserves? I was tempted and went to see her, but having four dogs of my own and a small child she wasn't suitable! I am sure she would make someone a great companion.

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News, News, News, New, News, News, News... News from Haxey Amateur Dramatic Society. The play has been chosen and cast and rehearsals have already begun for Haxey’s Spring production. “Key For Two”, by two of theatre’s funniest writers, John Chapman and Dave Freeman. Well known faces will take to the stage in the shape of Joan Young, Jeremy Cooper, John Spittlehouse, Carol Hoar, Nigel Smith, Diane Corbett and Ilene Pearson. Making his debut as producer is Lenny Lowe. Performances will take place on March 21st, 22nd, 27th, 28th and 29th in Haxey Memorial Hall so make a date for an evening of pure laughter.

Rhubarb Theatre Company are coming to West Butterwick on Friday 28th February at 7pm. The production is ‘The Flying Flapper’. ‘Doris Grimblebottom seems to lead an uneventful life. Retired in her small cottage in Lincolnshire, the days can seem a little lonely. When her washing machine breaks down, Doris calls out the best local handyman in the area – Stan – suddenly the opportunities for adventure and DIY seem endless’. Join Rhubarb Theatre for this flight of fantasy where Stan discovers there is more to this little old lady than meets the eye. The production is suitable for family audiences from aged 5 and over. Tickets : Adult £5 (bring a child free), additional children £2 Contact 01724 782181 to book tickets and for any further information.

The February meeting of West Butterwick and District Gardening Club takes place on Monday 3rd February at West Butterwick Village Hall at 7.30pm. This will be the 1st AGM, so the meeting will start with a short business meeting followed by Gail Summerfield from West Shores Nursery in Winterton. Her talk is ‘From Plot to Pot’. Yearly subs will be due at this meeting - £5 for an individual and £10 for a family. Members £1, non members £2. Everyone is welcome - all ages and all levels of gardeners. The March meeting will be held on Monday 3rd March and is a talk on Winthrop Park – a garden (near Rotherham) developed from a disused sewage works.


Thank you from Santa & the Lions May I use the Arrow to express sincere thanks to all those marvellous people in the Isle who so generously supported Santa on his journey around the Isle this year? Santa visited every village in the Isle and delighted children, mums and dads, grandparents and others, as well as raising much needed record funds for good causes. We are particularly grateful to SSE Renewables whose generous donation more than covered the cost of hiring Santa's towing vehicle, fuel and other costs, and also to Steve Jones Engineering who speedily and very economically carried out repairs to Santa's sleigh. The Lions are keen to try to support local good causes when they can. Please make enquiries to Lion Secretary Graham Guest on 01427 753319 or to any other Lion. Thank you all again for your wonderful support. Peter Lindley, President, Isle of Axholme Lions Club. Address: Bryanek, Upperthorpe Road, Haxey, Doncaster, DN9 2JB

There were many very good entries for the 2013 Christmas Quiz "London Underground Stations". The quiz was organised to raise funds for Sheffield Children's Hospital Charity No. 505002. As a result of a tie for 1st place and the consequent draw that took place by The Revd. Ian Walker of St Andrew's Church Epworth, the results were as follows :1st prize of £20 was awarded to Mrs P McAteer of Epworth 2nd prize of £10 was awarded to Mrs P Turner of Epworth 3rd prize of £5 was awarded to Mr R Vinter of Bawtry Approximately £300 has been raised so far for the Sheffield Children's Hospital. Very many thanks to all who supported the quiz in any way. I look forward to your support for the 2014 Quiz! A Happy New Year to you all Anne Broster

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CONTACT DETAILS:PC Teresa FISHER-HAGGAR email:- PCSO Stewart PEARSON email:- PCSO Michelle THORLEY email:- *****Firstly we would like to welcome our new PCSO Michelle THORLEY to the Neighbourhood Team and wish her every success in her new role, where I’m sure you will all soon see or meet her around the Isle***** Neighbourhood Policing Priorities as agreed by the Neighbourhood Action Team (meeting 22 nd October 2013):- Full details can be viewed on Ongoing Issues Belshaw Lane, Belton - Nuisance bikes. The Neighbourhood Team continue to carry out patrols in the area and there is also ongoing partnership work to deal with these incidents. UPDATE: Recently there has been an improvement in the calls for service here. Thurlow, Epworth - Anti-social behaviour and youths causing annoyance. The Neighbourhood Team continue to carry out patrols here and deal with persons positively. UPDATE: Recently there has been an improvement in the calls for service here. Ashtree Close, Belton - Anti-social behaviour and youths causing annoyance. The Neighbourhood Team continue to carry out patrols here and deal with persons positively. UPDATE: Recently there has been an improvement in the calls for service here. Street Sports – Good news from those that organise Street Sports across the division are that there have been increased attendances by youths over the year in comparison to last year. UPDATE: The Neighbourhood Team have been visiting the local organised sessions to offer support and engage with the youths in the area. Country Watch – We are in the process of looking at re launching the Country Watch Scheme and value any feedback from current members or any other land owners and what they would like from the Scheme. Information Winter Driving – Please continue to complete daily checks on your car and consider the following:Check of battery; most have a life span of 5 years, top up anti-freeze and windscreen washer, make sure all bulbs are working and lenses are clear, check for chips in windscreens; a chip can be repaired but if left can crack a whole windscreen which can be costly to replace, check wipers are fit for purpose, make sure tyres are of the correct tread depth and pressure is correct. And NEVER EVER LEAVE YOUR CAR RUNNING WHILST DEFROSTING IT. If it is stolen it may invalidate your insurance. Give yourself time to prepare your vehicle for driving, making sure the entire windscreen/roof of your vehicle is clear of frost and snow where appropriate, and plan your journey. Use roads that are likely to have been gritted and put safety before punctuality. Put together a winter safety kit of a charged mobile phone, a blanket, small shovel, torch, blanket, snacks and high visibility clothing in case you get stuck anywhere. Burglaries – There have been a few Burglaries across the division so Please ensure you keep your home secure at all times locking windows and doors. Also keep keys and expensive items out of sight and consider security lighting around the outside of your property and light timers inside your property. If you are going to be away for any length of time, let your neighbours know so they can also keep an eye on your property. 6 As Please mention “The Arrow” when responding to advertisements always our non-emergency number is 101, and in an emergency please dial 999. Kind Regards, Teresa, Stewart and Michelle

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News, News, News, News, News, News, News... The dates for the Isle Dance for Health 2014 programme are: Westwoodside Village Hall, Thursday 23 January, Thursday 30 January and Thursday 6 February Epworth, Imperial Hall Tuesday 11 February, Tuesday 25 February and Tuesday 4 March The dances focus on engaging with those over 40. The Lys St Georges Folk Dance Band will again be providing live music and there will be expert tuition and guidance. The dances start at 2.30pm and run until 4.30pm. Admission will be £2. No experience is necessary. We welcome individuals and couples. For more details contact Peter Barnard on 01427 873937

Fundraising for the next Belton Barrow Race continues apace. Thanks to all who supported our Burns Night event and thanks to The Reindeer Inn for hosting it. Our next event is Irish Night on Sat March 15th 8pm at The Crown Inn, Belton. Come and enjoy an Irish celebration with entertainment and traditional Irish stew. Tickets priced £3.50 to include food available from Marian 07961571004 or Di 07545851928

this connection an evening of presentations with photographs will be held on Thursday March 20th in the church commencing at 7pm. Speakers will be the Architect, Archaeologist and Chairman of the Restoration Committee The topics covered will be how the church looked, work progressing and all will be welcome. Plans are in hand to form a Friends Society the patron of which will be Lesley Garrett. Expressions of interest are welcome. An exhibition featuring World War One will be on display during the four day period September 11th to 14th September. Items of memorabilia etc to loan are requested.

The Isle of Axholme Gardening Club's next meeting is Tuesday 11th February 2014. AGM followed by a Fish and Chip supper. The Competition is five snowdrops are in any vessel. All events start at 7.30pm at the Imperial Hall, Epworth opens from 6.45pm. If you are interested in joining the Committee, please speak to a current Committee member or call 01427 874126.

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Isle Group of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust News Our next indoor meeting is to be held at The Stephen Jones Hall, Low Street, Haxey on February 6th 2014 at 7.30 pm. A talk and slide show on “Birds of Prey” by the acclaimed wildlife photographer and Chairman of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust. Geoff Trinder. We look forward to welcoming all our members and new visitors. Don’t forget that a good range of competitively priced bird food is always on sale at our indoor meetings or at Geoff’s house in Belton. For further information please contact Chris Trinder 01427 872051.

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Piano Concert Success Article by Penelope Pendleton Each year end is celebrated at the ‘Dean Headland School of Piano’ with a private concert performed by Deans’ younger students. This year the concert involved seven students ranging in age from 6 to 18 years old. Pictured left; Poppy Elliot, Heather Jenman, Laura Jenman, Holly Anderson, Millie Elliot, Dan Griffiths and Steve Huxley-Jones. The main aims of the concert is for the students to gain confidence in performing in front of a small audience, get a feel for what other students are learning and also to see how much progress can be made if they follow Deans’ unique and very effective teaching methods. At the end of each year Dean awards one deserving student with the coveted Dean Headland Progress Cup. This year the trophy goes to Millie Elliot (pictured right) for working so hard and achieving the most improvement. Every student, whether they are of school, work or retirement age has an equal chance of being awarded this trophy as it is presented to the student who has improved the most over the year. It’s not just about how much and how often the student has practised but about how much desire they have to advance, and how they apply the knowledge gained during their one to one weekly lessons. Gold, Silver and Bronze ‘Achievement Certificates’ are also awarded at the end of the winter concert to give students recognition for how well they have done over the year and to give them the encouragement and motivation to keep up the excellent work they are doing and to spur them on to further success. With a 100% pass rate record for students entering the ABRSM exams it’s no surprise that Holly Anderson (pictured left), one of Deans’ newest students has just passed her Grade four exam after just three months of tuition from Dean! Well done Holly and congratulations to all of Deans’ students that participated in the end of year concert.

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THE EPWORTH COOKBOOK REVISITED Devised & written by Anthony Catherall This month and every month we feature a unique recipe from The Epworth Cookbook 1982. NO 2. CARROT PUDDING Page 28 6 oz self raising flour Half teaspoon baking powder 2oz sultanas 2 oz currants METHOD

2 oz margarine

4oz grated carrot 1 large egg milk to mix 2 oz sugar

Cream margarine and sugar together, add egg (well beaten) with a little of the flour. Add dried fruit and grated carrot and mix well. Add the rest of the flour and baking powder add milk to mix to a dropping consistency. Put mixture into a 1 pint greased basin, cover with greaseproof paper and tie in a cloth and steam for two and half hours. Serve with custard or sweet wine sauce. Created by, Mrs Gwen Parkin, 'Edenroyd', The Turbary, Epworth.

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Now & Then - Then & Now No 58 by Anthony Catherall This month and every month see Epworth in bygone days and compare to today's images

Above, central Epworth, showing numbers 41 and part of 43 High Street along with the Wesley Chapel, circa early 1960's. Number 41, was bought on 7 June 1963 by Tom & Joyce Thorpe from Mr & Mrs Wills, Tom enjoyed selling antiques and agricultural implements. Documents show, that No. 41 had an area of two roods & twenty perches, equalling five eighths of an acre and was named Ivy Glen. Other people that were connected to the property commencing in 1859 until 1904 were John Hill. In 1925 George Aldham left the house to Frederick Holmes Aldam, to live in it until he died in 1931. 1932 onwards, saw David Aldham and William & Ruth Aldham, Joseph Henry Gunhouse, Percy Maw, and Thomas Harry Thompson all having interests in the house. More recently after the Thorpe's left were, the Harrington family, followed by Simon & Pauline Hogan who sold it to current owners Peter & Elaine Davies, who display the name Willow House. They have transformed the former farm to a most functional property with lush lawns, outbuildings and fruit gardens. Number 43 was for a long time an electrical business and retail shop (we can just see the shop window extreme right) and home for Alan & Mavis Mathews. On 27 December 1962, Alan took on a young apprentice named Jeff Cockin. Jeff remembers carrying upstairs lots of new Murphy televisions, being stacked up 3- 4 high on the landing inside. Today, Jeff runs his successful electrical business from premises behind the Gables. After the mathews , the Atkinson's lived at No.43. Below my photograph taken 16 November 2013, showing differences to both properties.

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All for one As a young teenager one of my favourite novels was Alexander Dumas’ story of “The Three Musketeers.” We might describe the story as historical escapism, but for me the motto of the musketeers “All for one and one for all” still has that ring of ideal that can set the heart beating. Unfortunately our own experience of unity and oneness does not match with this. So 2014 will have much publicity about the approaching referendum in Scotland about independence. We thought we were one country, but apparently we might not be. If the vote does favour independence then the unwinding of the former union is mind blowing. The list of difficult issues starts with their organisation of armed forces, currency, debt, and membership of the E.E.C. As I write this we are approaching the week of Prayer for Christian Unity—and again what we hope, want, and desire to be unity often does not match up to the reality. How many wish we could realise more fully as churches “All for one, and one for all.” Our culture currently stresses diversity, so that rather than looking at oneness first it looks at the differences. Again at the start of January 2014 Anglesey sea salt and West country beef and lamb have been given special status. Individual distinctiveness is prized. Those who live on the Isle of Axholme will appreciate the distinctiveness of this part of North Lincolnshire, but we are grateful to for our oneness in all that we share with those beyond our own horizons. Rev. David Leese.

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FUTURE OF THE FESTIVAL OF THE PLOUGH " I believe a bright light was switched on at the recent Festival of the Plough committee meeting on Tuesday 7 January 2014." The room was packed full with 18 committee members, and we welcomed 3 new visitors and Cllr. & Cabinet Member Rob Waltham, representing Andrew Percy MP and North Lincolnshire Council Leader Liz Redfern, who were unavailable One of Cllr. Waltham's first statement was "we will help in any way we can". It was pointed out by our treasurer Andrew Houlden, that there was enough money in reserves to finance another one event. With a unanimous vote following, it was proposed and I quote the agreed statement, " The Festival of the Plough will run on 21 September 2014. The committee are reviewing its operation following last years festival". The manpower issue still remains though, in that we desperately need more volunteers to help on the run up to the event and on the day itself. This issue was again made clear to the meeting. Manpower was eased somewhat, in two aspects. First, by one of the new attendee's Fiona McCormack, whose husband, Mark McCormack works with the young footballers of Epworth, The Epworth Colts, he may be able to encourage his teams to help by pitching in on the day. She also said she would be able to help our colleague Dr.Joe Firth, with our website. Secondly, Cllr. Waltham, outlined some of the North Lincolnshire Councils initiatives of Voluntary Action Teams that may be able to give us assistance. These could include TATA & Nat West Bank who run Social Well Being Events providing valued manpower. He went on to say in some detail, about the possibility of the committee applying for Community Grant Funding on a sliding scale. This of course would be subject to a satisfactory business plan being in force, of which currently one is already in the pipeline. If successful the grant, for a set period could amount to several thousand pounds, ensuring healthy reserves for the FOTP. This point being well received, it was mentioned by some of the committee that they feel North Lincs. Council has a 'Jewel in the Crown' in their midst. By ongoing involvement by the council, it could indeed secure the future of the event for many years to come. Cllr. Waltham continued on another tack, regarding the commitment of our current MP Andrew Percy. Being a former teacher he could generate substantial interest with the local schools in the Isle, in for example, the like of the Scarecrow competition and other interesting fields for the schoolchildren concerning agriculture. Help and motivation could also come from local Epworth resident and leader of North Lincs. Cllr Liz Redfern. He went on, to explain her link with Epworth's South Axholme School. Tourism in the area also could see a welcome benefit through Christine Edwards of tourism. In encouraging younger people to get involved it's not only manpower we would like, but and important point about education. ' The Plough, in part of its endeavour, should and could provide a an 'Agricultural Experience' for the younger members of our community together with all the other attractions that are available, like all the crafts, and trades that show off their skills on the day. Being a County with a farming heritage, anything that can inform or educate like the live event of the FOTP with all the plant that we attract that includes, Reapers, Threshing machines, tractors, pumps, animals, poultry, Stooking and stacking, Potters wheel etc etc. It is quite rare that people can experience so much live action in one day, and indeed the work with crops before the event to be used on the day in the Threshing machine. "Although then, we are in the early stages of this needy renaissance for the annual event, I am very hopeful that we are putting in place a great future for the festival for future generations". Our AGM, will be held at the same venue the Thurlow Pavilion, on February 4th at 7pm. We will still, and continually welcome new people together with any North Lincolnshire Council officials and their councillors to drive the festival forward. Please come and join us and together let us make 'hay' in this coming year.


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Camera Club News The first meeting of 2014 for Axholme Camera Club was held on Tuesday 7th it was an Open to non members of the general public and visitors. The speaker for the evening was our very own Chairman Geoff Trinder, his talk was titled “The World Of Animal Magic”. Geoff is renowned for his photographs of birds and animals and his talk did not disappoint the members. The photographs are of the very high quality and the description of the reptiles, insects and animals made it more interesting. We started with the life cycle of the Dragonfly in his garden and travelled round the world. We saw in pictures, creatures from North America, The Amazon, India, Japan, Africa, The Falklands Islands, Scotland and many more places. The variety of animals included Monkeys, Lions, Tigers, several species of Wild Dogs, plus many others. Geoff and his wife Chris are world travellers looking for the rare and wonderful aspects of natural history subjects. Geoff is a member of the RPS and also the Chairman of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and it was very obvious through his photographs and his knowledge that he is very passionate about the subject. The members thank him for a very interesting evenings viewing of “Animal Magic”. Our Meetings are held in the Church Hall, Haxey at 7.30pm on the first and third Wednesday and the second and fourth and fifth Tuesday of each month. Meetings include Instructional Talks, Workshops for beginners to advanced and competitions. However we also try very hard to make it enjoyable as well as educational. If you wish to find out more then please come along to any meeting you will be made very welcome. Images by G Trinder

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Members of the Epworth and District Flower Club met at Hatty’s restaurant for their first meeting of 2014. All savoured dishes from a pleasant menu and enjoyed the evening. Debbie Beecher, the Chair of the group gave information on several forthcoming events and reminded members that the group will next meet in the usual place in Haxey, at the Stephen Jones Community Hall at 7.30 on Monday, 10th February for their A.G.M. New members are always welcome to join us. Celia Jones

The Epworth and District W .I. usually meet on the second Tuesday of every month at 7.30p.m. in the small hall of Epworth Imperial Hall. At their first meeting of 2014 there was discussion about the enjoyment of the Christmas meeting and the variety of Christmas crafts produced as gifts for members. Local and national W. I. issues were publicised and discussed and the group will be considering some sort of recognition of its 10th anniversary this year. Then the evening's activity began. Mue Broadhurst, a member of the group, assisted all members to paint a rose. Each person was given a canvas and pictures of roses for inspiration were circulated. Mue provided all of the necessary materials and gave support and advice on technique as each member enjoyed her task. After an hour or so a variety of unique paintings of roses was produced. All members had enjoyed the evening and each was able to take home their "work of art". The programme for the year includes a talk by a local financial advisor, a talk about the work of the Alzheimer's Society, a visit to The Smithy at Owston Ferry, First Aid and other topics. Please join us if you feel interested in belonging to a local branch of an important national institution. The next meeting which will be the A.G.M. followed by a quiz, will be held on Tuesday, 11th February. Celia Jones 01427 874042


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News from Belton All Saints Church of England Primary School Some of the highlights from the Autumn Term here at Belton included our MacMillan coffee morning organised by Year 6 and raising over £300, the Year 5 and 6 visit to the Victorian Workhouse and the Key Stage 1 Christmas Production of ‘Aliens at Christmas’. A reading competition to find the most unusual places to read a book was a great success, with pupils (and staff) photographed reading in a wide range of places from the dentist’s chair to underwater; from Time Square to a den under the bed or inside the wardrobe – the list goes on. The focus for Years 3 and 4 last term was Invaders and Settlers. Pupils especially enjoyed finding out about the Roman Empire. A workshop led by the North Lincolnshire Museum Service helped bring some of the history to life with dressing up and food tasting sessions amongst other activities. Pupils designed and built Roman chariots and in literacy used the story of Pompeii as a stimulus for poetry writing. Here is an example of the excellent work produced. Volcano As the world sleeps Vesuvius is in outrage, The evil mountain erupts angrily Lava destroying houses and temples People screaming all over the beautiful city. As the world awakens, Vesuvius is throwing volcanic bombs People are lost under a lava river All people destroyed. Violent Vesuvius calms down and a city is destroyed Once again the world sleeps. By Thomas Cleary Year 3 We are currently only two weeks into the beginning of term and already the school is buzzing. Year 5 and 6 had a very loud introduction to their ‘Go Green’ topic last week with a junk percussion workshop which culminated in a fantastic performance for parents and the rest of the school. Plans are in hand to further develop our school grounds as part of this project and pupils will be involved once again in planting and caring for vegetables. Our Eco Committee, led by Faith and Brandon from Year 6, is currently putting together our action plan which we hope will get us the ‘Green Flag’ eco-school award later in the year. The first event will be the schools involvement in the RSPB’s ‘Big Birdwatch Campaign’ later this month. With regards Sarah Groves Headteacher


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Can You Feel The Love? Valentine’s Day is approaching fast and it’s the perfect time to show your crush what they mean to you. A letter of love, a red rose, the perfect present... there are many ways to show your love this Valentine. The celebration originated from a bishop in Italy whose surname was Valentine. He performed weddings for couples whose parents would not agree to the marriage and presented the newlyweds with flowers. On February 14th 269 A.D. Saint Valentine was beheaded because of his Christian faith. Year 11 prom is this summer and what better way to tell your crush how you feel? We spoke to some year 11 pupils to find out what they thought would be the most romantic way to be asked to the prom; responses ranged from a casual face to face conversation to a more extravagant idea involving a plane with a personalised banner in tow. A considerable number of people told us that a romantic meal would be the best way to win their heart, but everyone agreed that that a timid text would receive a definite NO! In 2013 over 2 million people worldwide got married on Valentine’s Day, 11000 babies were conceived, 180 million Valentine’s Day cards were exchanged and 53% of woman confessed that they would end their relationship if they did not receive a Valentine’s gift! We hope this article has sparked your inner romantic and if it has inspired you to show that special someone your love...good luck! By Eleanor Chafer and Molly Shirley

Lincoln Cathedral is undertaking a major and innovative research project to discover and revive lost information from the Great War. This year marks the one hundredth anniversary of the break out of World War One and to commemorate the centenary we are appealing for any hidden information our local community may have. Can you answer any of the following questions? *Who designed local war memorials? *Fallen relatives that may have remained unidentified? *Any relics or artefacts from conflict sites? If so, your information is vital to our study into the local war effort and could help explain in more depth how the war affected the Lincolnshire area. It is important to mark this significant anniversary and to divulge in new and exciting information. You can help develop our knowledge of the past and enable us to move forward with the future. If you firmly believe that you could offer any valuable information that would benefit the research in any form please contact Mrs Handy at South Axholme Academy by the following: South Axholme Academy- 01427 872 121 Email- Sophie Bisby, Philippa Smith, Matthew Brown


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Trentside Federation School News – St Martin’s Church of England Primary School, Owston Ferry and West Butterwick Church of England Primary School We are well and truly back in to the swing of things for 2014. We began our new year with a series of Epiphany Assemblies, celebrating the visit of the three Wise Men to Jesus. This is the final part of the Christmas story. There are some interesting themes planned across both schools for this term which will certainly capture the imagination! We continue to plan from the interests of the children aiming to provide them with crosscurricular and meaningful learning experiences that are highly enjoyable, thus maintaining motivation and enthusiasm. Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6) at St Matin’s is focusing on ‘recycling’. The children have been sorting our school waste according to whether it can be reduced, recycled, reused or composted. Over the next few weeks, the children will be reflecting upon how people affect the environment and the ways that people attempt to look after the present and safeguard the future through sustainable development. St Martin’s Football Team, comprising of boys and girls in Years 4-6, has been training in readiness for their first tournament at Appleby Frodingham Sports Stadium on Friday 24 th January. Their practices have included ball control, penalty taking and fitness to improve their stamina. We wish them well in the tournament! West Butterwick School is to enter a Wake Up and Shake Up Tournament. For those of you not yet familiar with ‘Wake Up and Shake Up’, this is a daily physical programme that engages children of all ages in a fun and lively way. The children learn easy routines to pop music and have a great time doing so! There is a ‘cool down’ and ‘calming’ activity to finish. Having completed this ‘Wake Up and Shake Up’, the children then approach their class work re-energised’ and in a state of ‘readiness to learn’. When done regularly over a sustained period of time, this programme has proved beneficial in lots of ways to the children:enjoyment of school life and a sense of well-being (staff too!), improved self-esteem impacting on other curriculum areas: improved co-ordination (gross motor skills then impacting on fine motor skills), improved rhythm and timing ( this has helped with music and dance lessons), improved concentration and application to tasks immediately after the exercise session, increased stamina, improved behaviour - when done at the end of lunchtime, playground squabbles are forgotten and afternoon class is much better. There appear to be many benefits to this enjoyable and fun physical activity! In Class 2 (Years 1 and 2), at St Martin’s, pupils are studying Winter weather, considering how it affects the school environment and using this as inspiration for writing Winter poetry. Years 1 and 2 will also be studying the village of Owston Ferry and local area which will be compared to a ‘contrasting’ location. Observational drawing skills are also being developed in connection with this topic and pupils’ drawings will be displayed in the ‘Classroom Art Gallery’.


creating paper mache planets at West Butterwick

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At West Butterwick, the School Council is preparing to meet with a number of Parish Councillors on the 23rd January. This meeting will give our School Councillors a chance to find out what being a Parish Councillor entails and will also allow for some discussion about shared local priorities that the school may support with and vice versa. ‘Is there anybody out there?’ This is the question class 2 at West Butterwick would like to seek answers to this term, as the Junior pupils study the Earth and what lies beyond our atmosphere. They have already thought of questions such as ‘Is the moon made of cheese?’ – Wallace and Grommit might help with that one in connection with literacy as the children work on creating science fiction stories of other worlds and aliens. Another question generated by the class to inspire learning and investigation this term is; ‘what would happen if there was no moon….would there be only daytime?’ Research in Class 2’s science work will help them in finding out! Furthermore, West Butterwick school has invited in local artist ‘Martin Maywood’ to work with pupils on creating ‘our own universes’ and ‘big bangs’ with unique and exploratory art forms using paint. They will certainly be having a busy and exciting time! Infants at West Butterwick have been exploring space too, learning about the various planets and creating some of these from papier mache. Pupils learnt about Neil Armstrong, and successfully designed and made a moving picture with hinges, levers and pivots linked to skills development in Design and Technology. Over these next few weeks of this Spring term, the Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception) is going to be focusing on Traditional Tales, starting with Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Keep an eye on that porridge! Similarly to St Martin’s there is also going to be some exploratory work done on the locale, investigating how West Butterwick village has changed over the years. West Butterwick School’s involvement in the St Mary’s Family Services continues. The next one is to focus on Candlemas. Our Lighting the Candle Group of Pupil Worship Leaders plan their next short (20 minutes) Community Worship for Friday 7th February. The group will re-tell the story of David and Goliath and consider the theme of ‘faith and courage in oneself and God’. So, all in all, a busy and enthusiastic start to 2014. Happy New Year to you all!

For more information on both schools please visit Mrs Josephine Buckle, Headteacher, Trentside Federation of St Martin’s and West Butterwick Church of England Primary Schools.

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In the last article I started looking at pruning your freestanding apple trees. This month I return to pruning, looking at pruning both those stubby, spur systems that can produce many apples as well as creating a framework for developing new growth and fruit. Just to remind ourselves – we want to encourage lots of fruit buds on our apple trees. Fruit buds are generated on 2 year old wood and older. In other words, they will not appear on new wood as it grows. However, if you leave that new wood unpruned fruiting buds will appear on that wood. From these buds short, stubby spur systems develop. Let's look at pruning our tree. After the initial work set out in last month's article it is time to take out the secateurs to the new growth generated last year. Before we look at the spurs we need to look at vigorous new shoots growing towards the outside of the tree. These might be coming from spurs or at the end of branches. In order to increase the number of fruiting buds or to extend the shape and size of your tree you can start a 3 year cycle of pruning with these shoots. Working on a branch at a time, in this first year you will leave these shoots unpruned. Next summer they will grow further from the terminal bud (the mark indicating the start of last year's new growth). In a year's time you will prune that summer's growth back to the terminal bud, noticing that the older wood on the shoot has developed fruiting buds (as it is 2 year old wood). After a further year's growth you will prune this wood back to 1 bud above the very starting point of the 3 year system. This highly effective method of pruning is called renewal pruning. After working round the tree we will look next at the existing spur systems. Any new short spurs growing from the branch should be left. If you want to maintain the spur systems prune new growth coming from an existing spur with a slanting cut above the first bud above the terminal bud. Trees vary in the amount of vigour they put into new shoots. If your existing spur systems look rather cluttered remove some of the spurs. If they are too close to each other on the branch (12 to 18” apart as a rule of thumb) you could remove the entire system by pruning flush with the branch. You may see a number of short, weak shoots – perhaps less than 9” long. Unless these are in the way I suggest that you leave them unpruned. An added advantage is that there is often a fruit bud at the tip of the shoot. Pruning your spurs in this way will take out quite a lot of new shoots. Remember that we should not be taking out more than a quarter of new growth. A final word of encouragement. Pruning can seem a complicated and daunting task. It requires a little knowledge, but many of the choices are more art than science. You choose how much to prune and what shape you want your tree. The Apple of Your Isle is a local organisation which encourages the growth and use of apples and pears. If you would like more information about our activities or would like to talk about your trees and fruit, please contact Peter Barnard on 01427 873937.


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South and West Yorkshire Wing’s Duke of Edinburgh's Award Presentation 2013 Towards the end of 2013 a number of Cadets and Staff members from South and West Yorkshire Wing gather at their Wing Headquarters, in Castleford, for the 2 nd annual Duke of Edinburgh's Award presentation. The event was open to all Cadets and Staff from the Wing who have either completed a level of the Award this year, be it Bronze, Silver or Gold level, or have completed one of the training courses run for the Award within the last 12 month. The event also provided an opportunity to recognise the hard work and effort put in by members of the Wing throughout the year. The event was hosted by Wing Commander Brian Daniel, Commanding Officer South and West Yorkshire Wing and was organised by Flight Lieutenant Andy Williams, the Wing DofE Officer. Representatives from many of the Squadrons involved with the Award were present, as well as representatives of the Wing admin Staff and various Sector Commanders from the Wing. The event saw a number of cadets presented with certificates for their achievements throughout the year in completing various levels of the Award. The award contains either 4 or 5 sections, which a cadet must complete in order to be gain the award for their given level. Cadets volunteer or assist various groups and people in the Volunteering section. Giving up their free time to help others. The skills section sees the cadets learn a new skill or build upon an existing one, showing continual improvement as they develop. Cadets get physical with the physical section of the award, playing or undertaking varying sports or completing physical achievements to improve their physical fitness. Cadets undertake unsupervised and remote expeditions for up to 4 days, during which they are entirely self reliant. The expeditions are planned and organised by the cadets with minimal input from the staff. For the Gold award, cadets also undertake a week long residential, working with different people in an unfamiliar environment. Wing Commander Daniel said “The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a fantastic qualification. It embodies so much of what we do within the Air Training Corps. Cadets get a lot out of the award without having to do lots of additional work outside of the Air Cadets” He continued “It is a fantastic achievement for the cadets and a valuable award. As an employer it is something I look for, it shows the applicant has commitment, determination and the ability to work as part of a team. It is something I look for on a CV.” Flight Lieutenant A Williams said “I would like to echo what Wing Commander Daniel has said, the Award is a great achievement for both cadets and staff. It does require commitment and time, both on behalf of the participant and the Staff who help support them.” He continued “I would like to thank everyone who has participated and assisted with the Award this year and hope that you will continue into the New Year.” Participation in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award is one of the many opportunities the Air Training Corps. offers to its members, both cadets and staff. It is a youth organisation open to anyone aged 13 -17 to join as a cadet. It is also open to those over 20 who wish to join as a staff and assist in the running of such activities and to participate and complete their own award. If you are interested in finding out more about Air Cadets in South and West Yorkshire, visit Photograph: Group picture of all those present at the South and West Yorkshire Wing DofE Presentation 2013. Crown Copyright 2013.


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Doncaster Advanced Motorists Severe weather forecast: advice for drivers Dear readers, With the first snow of winter expected across the UK over the next few weeks Doncaster Advanced Motorists is repeating advice to motorists. Drivers who are unused to poor driving conditions should literally change the way they drive. If it’s snowing or icy, make sure you slow down and keep well back from the vehicle in front of you. When roads are slippery it will take up to ten times longer to stop. So drop your speed and give yourself more time to slow down and stop – aim to slow down earlier. Motorists should take care even if roads have been treated. Don’t set off on your journey at the usual time thinking it’s ok, they’ve ‘done the roads’. Allow yourself extra time, even if it’s your usual drive to work or school. “The two second rule – the minimum distance between you and the vehicle in front – is too short for these wintry conditions. Take particular care around spreading vehicles and vehicles clearing snow and only overtake if you can do so safely. Outbound motorists would be well advised to pack an emergency kit for their boot in case conditions worsen during the day. A warm coat and a high visibility jacket, food and water, Boots, De-icer and scraper, A torch, A spade, A mobile phone with a well-charged battery. Safe Driving. Paul Tuke. Secretary Doncaster Advanced Motorists 01302 886 276 Email:

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What’s On In Your area in Epworth and Belton Activity

Meeting place




Keep Fit (Active Ageing)

Epworth Memorial Hall


01724 297255


Thurlow Playgroup and Preschool

Epworth Thurlow

9-11.30 & 12-3

01427 875016


Epworth Mens Society (monthly)

Epworth Imperial Hall - Main Hall



Epworth Brownies

Ivy Andrew Hall, Epworth

18:00 - 19:30

01427 873161


Children’s Dancing

Epworth Imperial Hall - Main Hall

16.00– 19.00



Isle District Choral Society

Epworth Imperial Hall


01427 873899


NHS Stop Smoking

Wesley Memorial Hall, Epworth

17.00 -18.30



Epworth Youth Club

Epworth Youth Centre




Keep Fit

Belton Park Pavilion



Epworth Brownies

Methodist Church Hall


01724 339930


Army Cadets

Belton Park Pavilion


01724 858918


Axholme Elite Taewondo

Epworth Lesuire Centre


01427 873845


Axholme Arts Club

13 Queen St, Epworth - Adults

19:00 - 21:00

01427 873947


Epworth Rainbows

Epworth Primary School


01427 754009


Horticulture Society (2nd Tuesday)

Epworth Imperial Hall - Main Hall

19:00 -21.00

01427 872252


Epworth Town Council

Epworth Imperial Hall - Small Hall

18.30 - 21.00

1st Tuesday


Beavers, Cubs, Scouts

Belton Park Pavilion



Jack n Box

Wesley Memorial, Epworth



Belton Brownies

Belton All Saints Primary School



Owston Ferry short mat Bowls Club

Epworth Leisure Centre (Sept—April)

3.30 –5.30 pm 01427 728590


Belton Rainbows

Belton All Saints Primary School


01427 754009


Belton Guides

Belton All Saints Primary School

19:30 - 21:00

01427 872227 01427 873730

01427 872109



Epworth Imperial Hall - Main Hall

13.00-15.00 18.00-20.00


Epworth Youth Club

Epworth Youth Centre



Keep Fit Active Ageing

Epworth Imperial Hall - Main Hall

10.00 - 11.00

01724 297255


Army Cadets

Belton Park Pavilion

18.45 - 21.00

01724 858918


Epworth Folk club (every 2 weeks)

Mowbray Arms, Epworth

8.30pm start

01427 873594


Belton Mums and Tots

Belton Park Pavilion




Epworths Ladies Society

Old School Inn, Epworth (1st Thurs-monthly 19.30 start


Children’s Dancing

Epworth Imperial Hall - Main Hall

16.00- 20.00



Epworth Imperial Hall - Small Hall


01427 873622



Epworth Imperial Hall


01427 873622


Axholme Arts Club

13 Queen Street, Epworth - Juniors


01427 873947


Axholme Elite Taekwondo

Epworth Leisure Centre


01427 873845


Autumn Club

Belton Park Pavillion



Autumn Club Over 50’s

Belton Park Pavilion



Keep Fit

Belton Park Pavilion



1st Belton Rangers

Collinson Cooper Prayer Room, Belton



Epworth & Isle of Axholme Rotary Club


Nordic Walking


01427 873368

01427 872227 01427 752464

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01724 297280

What’s On In Your area in Epworth and Belton Fri

Owston Ferry short mat Bowls club

Epworth Leisure Centre (Sept—April)

3.30—5.30 pm 01427 728590


Epworth Performing Arts Academy

Epworth Imperial Hall



Belton Bingo Club

Belton Park Pavilion



Red Cross (Whist) monthly 3rd week

Epworth Imperial Hall


01427 873622



Epworth Imperial Hall - Small Hall


01427 873622

Epworth Imperial Hall (2nd Tues-monthly)


01427 872405

2nd Tues Epworth and District WI

07548 156258

Bookings of West Butterwick Village Hall

Mrs B Ash

01724 783125

Bookings of the Imperial Hall, Epworth

Mary Addlesee

01427 873622

Belton Pavilion

Mary Worrall


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Business Directory £30 + VAT per year

Advice Pensions Helpline

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Electricity Emergencies

0800 375 675

The Hair Shop Westwoodside

Transco - Gas leaks

080 111 999

Yorkshire Water

0845 1242424

Care in the Community

The Willows Dental Practise-Belton

01427 752455 01427 872106

Boarding Kennels/Grooming Croft House Kennels and Cattery

01427 890235

Home and Garden

Age Concern

0800 009966

Fountain Court florist


0800 1111

Galerie des Fleurs Florist and Gifts

Neighbourhood Watch

01482 444466


0808 80050000

Axi Private Hire up to 8 passengers


08705 555999

NHS Direct

0845 4647

Belton Taxi-fully licensed 4 person capacity Evening and weekends only 0770 9097 770


01427 874831 01427 872111

Taxi Service / Wedding Cars/ Driving Schools 07866 859963 01724 798877

Trade/Craftsmen Axholme Firewood Company

01427 874324 07711 254113

Crime stoppers`

0800 555 111

Carers Support Centre

01652 650585

Holgate’s Home Improvements and Maintenance

Isle of Axholme Lions

01427 752139

Paul’s Window Cleaning, includes Cleaning of Conservatories/fascia

07761 176151

Isle of Axholme Osteoporosis Support Link

01427 875752

Brooks Homecare Improvements

01427 875314 07973 142963

Health Visitor Team for under 5’s

01724 298088

SSAFA Forces Help www.ssafa,

01476 569764

Epworth & Isle of Axholme Rotary Club

01427 752464

The Friendly Gardener Affordable Garden Maintenance

0745 6524 004

01302 352087


Dean Gregory Electrical 01427 874377 / 07833 638521 Simon White Building Contractors

01427 873446 07831 690591

Education and General

Axholme Pest Control

Epworth Country Primary School

01427 872345

S A Walker Electrical Serv. 08458 396775 / 07751 887623

Belton All Saints Primary School

01427 872391

Westwoodside Primary School

01427 752355

Axholme Decorating Centre 'Mixing Paint For You' 01427 238941

Westwoodside Mobile Library

01724 865675


Haxey Library - Memorial Hall

01724 753239

Willows Dental Practise—Belton

01427 872106

Axholme Kitchens and Bathrooms

Sterry & Co Chartered Certified Accnts

01427 874312

01427 752958

Hurstons Accountants & Business Advisors 01427 873737 MJ Button Accountants

01724 711881




01427 873608 / 07766747245

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Epworth Leisure Centre

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