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Issue 49

March 2013

Mothers Day Flowers Police News Page 12 Where you live, Your local history Page 14/15


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Remembering Lex Strong Pages 23-26 School News

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Editors Letter… In this months issue we have tributes for Lex Strong, the brave little boy of Epworth who was taken away on 25th January. I have read the amazing tributes on his FB page and I, with a 6 year old myself cannot imagine how parents feel when they lose a child. I shed many tears this month, I haven't met Lex or his family but that’s just how he touched so many hearts. March brings Mothers Day on the 11th March and Red Nose Day on the 15th March. Did you know Comic Relief is an operating British Charity founded in 1985 by Richard Curtis and comedian Lenny Henry in response to famine in Ethiopia! The highlight of Comic Relief’s appeal is Red Nose Day. One Direction will record the official single for this year, a cover of Blondie's ‘One Way or Another’

If anyone has any events planned for Red Nose Day please send in your photos. The deadline for April issue is Monday 18th March and the magazines will be delivered from Friday 29th March.

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The March meeting of West Butterwick and District Gardening Club Will take place on Monday 4th March at West Butterwick Village Hall at 7.30pm The speaker is Mal Walker

2nd prize of £10 was awarded to Janice Rose of Epworth

and the subject is ‘Bees and plants that attract bees’. Members £1 and non members £2 Everyone welcome – all ages and all levels of gardeners Any queries contact 01724 782181 The April meeting will be held on TUESDAY 2nd April. (Please note change of day for this meeting). The speaker is Peter Booker, President of BNCS. His subject is ‘Carnations’.

Spiltmilk Dance Theatre are coming to West Butterwick Village Hall on Saturday 9th March at 7.30pm. This event is sponsored by LiveLincs Rural Touring. Spiltmilk give familiar favourites a facelift that will create a completely new experience, which will surprise, intrigue and delight. The performance takes the form of lots of short dances, each focussing on a different dance craze. The three performers present extremely intricate choreography which looks at ways people interact through social dance. Each dance is given a short but informative spoken introduction by the dancers. Dances explored include Twist, Disco, Ballroom, Hand Jive and Charleston. The new stage at West Butterwick Village Hall will be used for this performance. Tickets on the door. Adults £4, Children under 11 £1 and Students £2. Any queries contact Bunty Harris 01724 782181


1st prize of £20 has been awarded to Joan Bickerstaff of Newark on Trent.

3rd prize of £5 (the result of a draw made by Mr W Flanagan) has been awarded to Ken and Elaine Bickerstaff of Epworth. Anne Broster (quiz organiser) would like to offer many thanks to all who participated or helped in any way to make the Quiz a success.

Wedding Event St Andrew's Church Epworth will be holding a Wedding Event during the weekend of 28th and 29th September 2013. This will be a social history event similar to the successful events Lincolnshire at War and the Jubilee Exhibition. It will cover weddings which have taken place in the church over the years and the loan of wedding dresses, service sheets, photographs and other memorabilia will be appreciated. Volunteers will also be required to help organize and steward the exhibition. For further information and to express an interest contact Melvyn Rose (01427 872080

Epworth’s Imperial Hall Committee has announced that its AGM is to be held on Tuesday, March 26, and that anyone living in the town or surrounding area is welcome to attend. The Imperial Hall – on the town’s Chapel Street – is a registered charity and affords facilities for a number of organisations in its two halls. They include meetings of Epworth Town Council’s monthly meetings, children’s dance classes and fitness groups. Either hall can also be booked for private functions. The AGM will commence at 7pm and will be held in the small hall, which has recently been redecorated.

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News, News, News, News, News, News, News ... The programme of folk dances in the Isle of Axholme under Isle Dance for Health is coming to Crowle and Ealand in March.

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so called age designated accommodation on Epworth’s Albion Grove. North Lincolnshire Homes (NLH), which runs the flats, seems to be leaving residents in an utter state of confusion as to what is happening to their homes and should abide The three dances in Westwoodside Village Hall by the original rules of transfer from North and the first of the dances in Epworth have Lincolnshire Council (NLC). attracted large and rapturous audiences and were The properties were transferred to NLH from the deemed to be a great success. Everyone really NLC in the year 2,007 with the assurance that the liked the live music played by local folk dance band, tenancy agreement would remain unchanged. This Lys St Georges, as well as the teaching and the included the fact that tenants would be given 28 selection of folk dances. The dances are geared days notice of any proposed changes to the towards those over the age of 40 and have been agreement. funded by NHS North Lincolnshire’s Community We were told prior to the transfer all rights and Improvement Grants 2013. No previous protections afforded by NLC would be recognised. experience is needed as expert tuition is on hand. However, when new tenancy agreements were issued in April 2007 there was no mentioned made Future dates are: of the 28 days agreement. Further, in July 2012, Epworth Youth Centre we were informed that our accommodation had Friday 1 March been reclassified as affordable housing – no 28 days notice had been given – and that affordable housing Crowle Community Centre and Ealand could include families. Victory Hall Thursday 7 March We were then told that to age limit would be reduced to 50, although this was increased to the Wednesday 13 March age of 55 following a protest by residents and now Thursday 21 March stands at 60, where it was originally. A couple of years earlier we lost our resident All dances run from 2.30 – 4.30pm and are free. warden and had only a visiting warden – from For more information about the dances please Mondays to Fridays – ever since. contact Peter Barnard on 01427 873937. In September last year residents received a letter South Axholme YFC is at The stating their accommodation had never been designated as sheltered accommodation. Mowbray Arms, Epworth for all We used to have a communal room where we meetings. (Elly Durdy Chairperson 07875 could meet for social events but this was 359748) demolished and we have now been informed that th March 19 Dodge Ball at Epworth Leisure Centre NLH cannot afford to replace this facility as part of th March 26 Race Night to raise funds at Hatfields a development of 10 new units. – any one willing to sponsor/require tickets etc can When the land was originally acquired by the contact Elly Durdy former Isle of Axholme District Council, it was with caveat that it was for the benefit of the elderly April 2nd Meeting to Complete County Rally people of Epworth. That caveat has remained in entries place through the various owners. If NLH has not April 9th Advanced Driving talk by Mr Tuke abided by this stipulation then, as I understand, the April 16th Guide Dogs for the Blind – talk by properties revert back to the ownership of the Mr Mattocks council. April 23rd Visit to Polybell Farm Gringley on the What we all want is some transparency from NLH Hill by kind permission of Mr Cornish so that we know where we stand, and what April 30th Go Karting – tba facilities and services we are entitled to. The sheltered accommodation agreement we had in 2006 included a reference to there being a communal facility. As our tenancy agreements were transferred unchanged, shouldn’t this be the case 6 Please mention “The Arrow” whennow? responding to advertisements Walter Law

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News, News, News... As part of next phase of improvements, the Imperial Hall Users' Committee are pleased to announce that they have secured funding from the National Lottery 'Awards 4 All' (£7500) and the North Lincolnshire LEADER (£4500) programmes. This funding is specifically for the long awaited refurbishment of the backstage area: dressing rooms, cloakroom and stage access. It will therefore make the hall an extremely attractive and exciting venue for a wide range of both touring and local productions and concerts, when the work is finished this summer. More immediately, we have also received a grant of £1050 from the NHS Community Public Health Improvement Fund. This has been given specifically for a Pilates class targeted at the over 50's and aimed at improving health and independent lifestyle. There is also a social aspect, with volunteers available to discuss issues relating to the classes or just chat over tea/coffee and biscuits after each session

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Amateur Dramatics The Epworth Mowbray Players No. 9 by Anthony Catherall

Curtain Up Tonight. That most pleasant of sounds- the ripple of chuckles echoed through the Imperial Hall during the production of “The Blue Goose” presented on 13 -16 March 1957. The play deals with a family of the borough treasurer whose wife is “operatic” in the true Pamela Russell tradition- only she’s serious about it. As Mrs Portal, the mother, Ella Dempster played with magnificent élan. But she could not have carried the play, without good support from her fellow players. The entire action took part in the Portal’s lounge in their house on a low cliff somewhere along the South Coast. Marjorie Trimingham then 43 years of age, (was an Infant School Teacher where School Close is now), today June 2011 she is aged 97 still with a great smile was now coming into her own as one of the stalwarts and indeed a very competent actress, excellent at learning her lines and giving that little bit extra on the stage. Here she played Anna Portal (the Borough Treasurers Elder Daughter) and loved every minute of the three acts. Two new faces appeared on the stage Audrey Till (Margaret, a maid) and Bob Robinson (Charlie Rogers a junior Clerk)

Left to right; G. Haddon Archer (Henry Portal the Borough Treasurer) Joyce Battye (Louise Portal) M. Clifford Trimingham (Hubert Briggs the mayor) Marjorie Trimingham (Anna Portal)


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Now & Then - Then & Now No 47 by Anthony Catherall This month and every month see Epworth in bygone days and compare to today's images

WHERE HAVE ALL THE WINDOWS GONE? Above a late 19th century photograph, of the west facing faรงade of Epworth Market Place, dominated by London House, so named today in 2013. For the keen eyed viewer, notice that London House had seven upstairs windows, one with only its sill remaining having been bricked up. Another had gone by 1910, as confirmed in a later picture in the 1982 publication, 'Epworth A Retrospective View'. Next time you're in Epworth look up and notice the replaced brickwork of the former windows The building with the awning extending out towards the quiet road was called Waterloo House, the first floor being a small hotel. Below occupied by Alfred A. Owen' s drapery store, prior to moving into London House where the people are standing outside another shop its name unreadable. A.A. Owen, also had a shop opposite in Paris House. The small shop and pitched roofed building inbetween was soon to be demolished and rebuilt Some other businesses who were trading in the area at the time were; Thompson, (High Class tailoring)-F. Cawthorne, (Bellman, Billposter & Fruiterer)-G.R. Newbitt, (Practical Watch & Clockmaker)-J.A. Brundish, (Practical Boot Maker)-C. Newton, (House Painting, Distempering, & Incandescent Gas Lights, fixed and repaired)-Rimingtons, (Grocer & Provisions) whose slogan read, 'Quality is the true test of Cheapness'. 29 January 2013 below, a similar though busier photograph with Guy Gravel's van parked outside their fruiterers shop after stocking up. The entrance to Fountain Court is now where the space was in the upper photograph and added windows and a modern roof can be seen on what is now our Antique shop.

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The AGM of the Epworth and District Flower Club was held in the Stephen Jones Community Hall in Haxey on Monday, 11th February. A large proportion of the membership attended and was entertained by Marjorie and Carol who had been invited to talk about Winthrop Park, the venue for the group’s summer outing in July. The Park was described as “beautiful gardens to make people smile” and Carol enlarged on this by explaining that a project to create a community garden had been undertaken by her husband following serious illness. She illustrated the talk with a DVD which showed how a disused sewage treatment works had been transformed into a therapeutic garden. Carol’s talk was entertaining, informative and inspiring. Marjorie concluded the presentation with readings of poetry written by Carol’s husband. The two ladies left the group looking forward with eager anticipation to the visit in July. The business part of the evening continued after the raffle and coffee. Officers were appointed and reports read. The Chairman thanked all those who had held office last year which had proved very successful after some earlier concerns about the group’s future. Membership fees will remain the same as the last two years.

The Christmas meal, which had to be postponed as a result of severe weather in January, will be rescheduled after consultation with Hattie’s. Dates will be put to members at the March meeting. The next meeting of the flower club will be on Monday 11th March at the Stephen Jones Community Hall, Haxey It is to be a workshop session for which scissors, small leaf foliage and wirecutters will be needed. Further details are available from Carolyn Drury. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Celia Jones 01427874042

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Burns Night at the Wheatsheaf, Belton in aid of Belton Barrow Race The committee for the Belton Barrow Race would like to thank Di and Lou, yet again, from the Wheatsheaf for hosting another successful fund raiser last Saturday-The Burns Night. This was the second fund raiser they have given their support to. It was a huge success and we thank everyone who bought tickets, raffle tickets and donated prizes. The turn out was excellent with people entering into the spirit of the night and wearing tartan. We raised £510 on the night. The event was well attended and the entertainment consisted of a Scottish piper, Scottish dancer, the address to the haggis followed by a haggis, neeps and tatties supper. The committee would also like to say a huge thank you to The New Clogiron Brothers who provided the entertainment for the evening. Our next fund raiser will be at the Crown in on 22nd March.-look out for further information about this The actual Barrow Race will be on Sun 30th June;entry forms and information will be posted through doors in Belton, Beltoft and Sandtoft during February. This will also include how to enter the Barrow in Bloom competition Any donations of raffle prizes, tombola, sponsoring of barrows by local businesses, please contact 01427 873978. They will be greatly appreciated. We are also in need of volunteers to help with marshalling ,on the day and are appealing for the use of a caravan for the Red Cross to use on the day of the race


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Epworth Primary Academy Tribute to Alexander Strong Lex as he was affectionately known by everyone in school was a much loved member of our school family. He started school in September 2009 in the Reception year in Class 1 with Miss Alibhai as his first teacher. and was in four classes in his time with us. In Year 1 he was in Mrs Lewis and Mrs Hepworth’s class. He moved to Class CS in Year 2 with Miss Stanham and Mrs Clayton and Mrs Reilly. In his final class in school he was in Class C with the other Year 3 children. All through school he loved to construct models particularly with lego. This was even seen before he started school when Reception staff visited Lex at his home. Mrs Hepworth remembers his great love of building things that shone through as he showed her his models. Staff also remember his cheeky smile that never left him. Lex would also join in model making by making things at home when he wasn’t well enough to come to school. When the class topic was the Fire of London Lex and his mum made a model of a Tudor house to add to the class display. He was so desperate to get it up on the wall that he badgered Miss Stanham all morning until it was up. Not just anywhere on the display; he didn’t want it next to the fire because he wanted the house to survive. Although Lex was often not able to come to school for long periods following treatment, his class mates always regarded him as part of the class. Lex was very popular with the other children and they really looked forward to him coming back to school. While very young, there was always a competition within the class about who would sit closest to him on the carpet. Later on in Year 2 the children would try to compete with each other to be chosen to stay inside with him at breaktimes to play when he was too ill to play outside. However, Lex would choose different children each day to give lots of his peers a turn. That was typical of Lex to be kind to his friends and think of others.

It was a special occasion as we were joined by TV presenter, Amy Thomson from Milkshake. The children remember his kindness in sharing his cake with them. The children have lovely memories of Lex’s time with them at school. He had lots of friends and played with many of them at home as well as school. The children are thinking about him a lot and have drawn him pictures and written messages. One child wrote, ‘I will miss you. You were kind to me and I liked playing with you.’ Another child wrote, ‘Lex was a true friend. He will be missed and remembered.’ The theme of being missed was reflected on by another child who wrote, ‘we miss you lots in class C. Thank you for the things you did.’ At a time of sadness in school, we have taken comfort in knowing that Lex is out of pain now and in a better place. Lots of children have said that Lex will be happy now. One of his friends said heaven is a nice place so I think he’ll like it there. Lex will always be part of our school. We will never forget his cheeky grin and his bravery and courage – we never heard him complain about his treatment. He is an inspiration to us all and we will remember him with great affection. John Hodgkins Headteacher

Our role is to Protect, Help and Reassure but this was so much more, The Epworth Neighbourhood team were on duty to do the road closures but we all felt this was more than doing our job, It was a privilege to be present on such a sad but incredible day to see so many people say goodbye to such a brave little boy, this day will be remembered not only by us but everyone that as followed Lex and it will be a day Epworth will never forget.

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REMEMBERING There are many other references to Lex (Alexander Strong) in this edition. It was however my privilege to lead the service of thanksgiving for Lex’s life at Wesley memorial Methodist Church at the start of February. It happened to be the church where he was baptised in My 2005. We inherit traditional ways of doing things, and remembering is the same. On Remembrance Sunday we keep silent for a minute. But many of you will know that at the Scunthorpe football match the previous Saturday to Lex’s funeral service there was, instead of silence, a minute of applause. In our service we had this too-and it seemed as if the applause was never going to end. Even better it was not restrained or polite applause, but raw and emotional. It was from and of the heart. This contrasted with the remembering of Lex with the Epworth Brownies. When we sat down in a circle and told each other what was our memory, and our special thought Lex was a Stars Wars fan. I am not, but in the planning of the service my knowledge of Stars Wars increased a hundred fold. So often we struggle to express what we feel in word and language. But God has given us hand and bodies too. We read that there is a time to speak and a time to be silent, but there is a time to clap too. On 5th February our applause was for Epworth’s bravest boy Lex. David Leese, Wesley Manse.

Lex in his class with Amy Thomson from Milkshake

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On Saturday night 19th Jan despite the poor frozen and tricky weather conditions over 130 people from far and wide ,including Scotland and Holland, attended a very successful fundraising event put on by the Isle of Axholme Lions at the Haxey village hall. It was a Burns Night Supper in aid of the local Macmillan nurses who do a sterling job and they are much needed and appreciated. We had four excellent speakers and we were attended by the Scunthorpe and District Pipes and Drums who with their rousing music really made the party go with a swing. Lion President James Mackinlay opened the evening with the Selkirk Grace and Danny Shields accompanied by the pipers paraded the Haggis and honoured its presence in the traditional way including toasting the Haggis with a glass of whisky which was very much enjoyed by all. As is tradition the Ladies were toasted by Bruce Bittiner and the response from the Ladies was carried out by Helen Condliff. The immortal memory of Robbie Burns was done extremely theatrically and well enacted by James Mackinlay which was warmly received by a rousing cheer from the audience. Following Danny Shields recital of the Englishman's Nightmare which caused a good reaction from the English present who had been informed in no uncertain way just how many discoveries and inventions have been carried out by the Scots. James Mackinlay gave a very warm thank you to everyone concerned and we finished the evening with Auld Lang Syne. We are pleased to announce that the generosity of all those who attended helped us raise over £1500 that we are able to give to the Macmillan nurses. On behalf of the Isle of Axholme Lions we would like to thank everyone who came and a big thank you to those that helped the evening be so successful with great catering, excellent band and very humorous speakers. Anyone wishing to know more about the Lions and what we do please contact Terry Condliff on 01427753642


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Sighting of the Loch Ness Monster by Charlotte Thornton, age 8 St Martin’s School, Owston Ferry The sun was as blazing as a red hot orange fire. I was walking across the beach collecting shells, when a threatening crash beamed in to my ears. I looked to the Loch and then it happened – the water split open like someone cutting a carrot in half. Then it rose from the water in a flash. It had a thousand scales that were all perfectly perfected by a green coat. It had three humps as big as Wii Mountains. They all had razor sharp points as pointy as a blade on a scissor and as yellow as a chick’s feathers. Then it dived casually back into the water like I did not see it. As it did, it snapped its tail and the earth shook with terror.



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St Andrew’s Church Epworth Time Capsule. A time capsule was laid underneath the floor of St Andrew’s Church during the morning of February 7th. This contained sixty items which was relevant as we have just celebrated the Queens Diamond Jubilee! The contents ranged from a candlestick which had been made from wood of the replaced bell frame in 1938, a current prayer book, grant information, photographs of restoration work and a copy of the DVD ‘ Jubilee and Chronicle of Epworth’. Two copies of the Arrow are enclosed within the capsule they being July 2012 and January 2013. Hopefully somewhere in the future the citizens of Epworth will learn a little of the Church today and the culture and Heritage of Epworth. The Revd Ian Walker concluded the event by reading from Ecclesiastes. “For everything its season, and for every activity under heaven its time: a time to be born and a time to die a time to plant and a time to uproot .................” The project ‘Conserving and Sharing St Andrew’s’ is progressing well and is on target for the Church to be in use for Easter. Some work however will be on-going whilst the latest achievement is the appointment of facilitators to undertake the interpretation and educational aspects of the project. Focused Learning and Interpretation will be consulting with members of the community and schools on these topics. Melvyn Chairman - St Andrew’s Restoration Committee.

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2013 London Marathon ….The National Osteoporosis Society …. and Mark! Mark Broster, formerly of Epworth, (educated at Epworth Church School, South Axholme Comprehensive, and John Leggott 6th Form College) is to undertake the 2013 London Marathon on behalf of the National Osteoporosis Society. Anne Broster, (Mark’s Mum), is delighted that Mark has chosen the NOS as his nominated charity as she is very much involved with the NOS as a voluntary worker supporting and fundraising in North Lincolnshire for this charity for many years. Anne is appealing for sponsorship on behalf of her son Mark and invites you to visit the website below or contact 01427 875752. Thank you


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152 Westgate Rd, Belton 01427 872376 We are serving food Thurs 4pm till 8.30, Friday 12 till 2pm & 4 till 8.30, Saturday 12 till 2pm & 4 till 8.30

Sunday Lunches 12 till 4pm £5.95, 2 course £7.50, 3 course £8.50 2 meals for £12.00 Thursday Poker Night 8.30 start Every other Friday karaoke Night Sunday Night Bingo and Play Your Cards Right. Saturday Quiz night 9pm


Celebrating St Patricks Day

Saturday 30th March

Irish Folk Group Murphy’s Law

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Adele on the summit of Makalu (8463m) 17th May 2011 her fourth 8000m peak. Adele Pennington the Derbyshire based Mountaineer successfully returned from an expedition to Makalu (8463m), the fifth highest mountain in the world. This is her fourth 8000m peak which makes her Britain’s leading female high altitude climber on the 8000m peaks and the 11th British person to stand on the top of Makalu. Between 2007 and the present day Adele has concentrated her mountaineering efforts on the 8000m peaks. She has stood on the top of Cho-Oyu (8201m), the central summit of Manaslu (8163m) and the top of the world (Everest) twice .. (the first British woman to do so!) - as well as reaching camp II on Shishapangma (8012m) and Gasherbrum II (8035). This year after a serious illness and a battle of survival on Makalu in 2010 Adele returned to face her demons and stood on the summit on the 17th May 2011. When not climbing 8000m peaks Adele runs her own mountaineering business and is a professional speaker and trainer. Next year Adele wishes to embark on a journey to climb all the 8000m peaks (fourteen in total) and therefore be the first British woman to do so. In addition to this Adele wishes to complete the seven summits (highest mountain on each continent) of which she has three summits left to climb. If Adele completes this challenge then she will be the first woman to do



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BELTON PLAYING FIELD AND THE PARK PAVILION The playing field is a large well maintained field suitable for football, hockey, cricket, outdoor exercise classes, archery etc. If you are interested in organising clubs or classes on the field please get in touch with us to discuss your plans. There are sports changing rooms with showers in the pavilion and good car parking on the site. The pavilion is an excellent venue for children’s parties, special birthdays, graduations, weddings, christenings and funeral wakes. There are different sizes of rooms for hire at reasonable competitive rates. The hall is heated and air conditioned and there is a large conservatory overlooking the bowls green

For more information please phone Mary 01427 874386. CHECK OUT YOUR LOCAL FACILITIES FIRST! YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED!


Wroot 01302 771858 07976 736188

All Aspects of Caravan Repairs/Servicing Insurance company approved

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Ring Tony for details. Excellent prices assured. Good selection of touring caravans available for sale

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Accountancy Taxation And Payroll Services Personal and partnership accounts Limited company accounts Payroll bureau Bookkeeping services Management accounts Tax returns VAT returns and vat advice Taxation advice and planning General business advice Business reviews and projections Cash flow forecasts

The Landy Man -Mobile Mechanic 20 mile radius of Epworth £20 per hour + travel Diagnostics £20 FREE advise 35 years experience in repairing and servicing!

For a personal, friendly and efficient service

M J Button Accountancy Services Ltd 12 The Slack, Crowle

Office: 01724 711881 Mobile: 07974 344401

Conservatories Windows & Doors Glass & Locks Fascia & Decking Leadwork Timber & UPVC Specialist Re-roof your old conservatory for the fraction of the cost and make your conservatory useable again!


Over 25 years in business

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SECRET GARDEN PRIVATE CHILDCARE have a fabulous re-developed Garden area which is suitable for ages 0 – 11 years olds. We have a separate baby area, as well as separate water & digging areas and a beautiful gazebo and willow den. We value outdoor play and recognise that it is as important as indoor play and are extremely excited that our children have this wonderful garden to play in and enhance their learning.

Playgroup Sessions for 2 years + Monday to Friday 9-11.30 am ÂŁ7.00

Includes a drink and snack

A great opportunity for your child to learn through play and make new friends in a safe, stimulating environment, run by qualified childcare staff. Free sessions will be available for three and four year olds through early years funding.

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G EMPSON & SONS LTD YOUR ONE STOP TIMBERMERCHANT FOR ALL YOUR TIMBER PRODUCTS FROM SUPPLY TO INSTALLATION Garden Decking. Internal & External Doors. Staircases. Fences. Bespoke Manufacturing. Internal & External Timbers. Sheet Material

For first class joinery service and products call us today! 01724 782459 / 01724 784950 / 01724 782560 or email :

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Shake Up Your Wake Up!!! Farmhouse Breakfast Week is an annual celebration championing the importance of a good breakfast and aims to get the nation to “Shake Up Their Wake Up!” According to figures 47% of the population regularly skip breakfast! To promote and celebrate the Farmhouse Breakfast Week the children at Kids at Coneygarth Farm Day Nursery had a special breakfast all week including crossaints, waffles, cereals and pancakes. The highlight of the week was a full English breakfast cooked by the director for 25 children, given the choice they would like this every morning! As a result of this the children in the out of school club have been eager to try different breakfasts even having one at home and one at Coneygarth! For more information about the Farmhouse Breakfast visit www.shakeup your

News from Belton All Saints Church of England Primary School This half term Key Stage 1’s topic has been toys. We have looked at toys from the present to the past. We had a visit from Mrs Hoskin who told us all about the toys and games she played with when she was a little girl over 60 years ago. The children were able to play with some of these toys and enjoyed asking her questions. We were then visited by North Lincolnshire Museum Service who brought toys from the Tudor period, Victorian age and from within Living Memory. Again, the children got first hand experience of playing with toys from different eras. This generated lots of questions about how they worked. They were able to see how some toys been around for a long time but have changed and developed over time as well as seeing what life may have been like for children prior to electronic games. With regards KS1 pupils and staff

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your Spring Garden Spring Garden

Massive range of New Stock Arrived! Beat the Easter Rush! Rattan Furniture . Cast Aluminium Furniture Oak Furniture. Windows and Conservatories Landscaping. Patios/Drives. Artificial Grass. Skip Hire LET US QUOTE YOUR GARDEN PROJECTS. FREE QUOTATION

Next Auction Monday 4th March 6pm Retro & Vintage. Home & Garden. Buy and Sell! House clearances wanted!

Doncaster Landscape & Garden Centre, Sandtoft Road, Belton, DN9 1PN Next to Sandtoft Airfield

Tel: 01427 872300 Hell Said the Duchess At Thurlow Pavilion Three women in posh frocks, planning piano accordions, singing and clog dancing - that is the line-up for an evening of entertainment at Epworth’s Thurlow Pavilion in March. Karen Tweed, Hanna James and Becky Price perform under the collective name of Hell Said the Duchess and will be bringing an evening of elegant and somewhat eccentric entertainment to the town. They will be performing music and airs from Ireland, France. Scandinavia and 18 th century England as well as songs and dances from the north of England. Hell Said the Duchess will be performing at the Thurlow Pavilion on the town’s Station Road on Friday, March 22, from 8pm onwards and tickets for the event are now on sale. They are available from the high-fashion shop Serendipity on Epworth’s High Street or by telephoning (01427) 872491. They cost £7 each and anyone attending is asked to bring their own drinks and nibbles. The public performance event will be the first since the Thurlow - a registered charity – underwent a renovation costing more than £80,000. The money came from: Epworth Town Council £3,000, WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental) almost £30,000, North Lincolnshire Council’s LEADER Programme more than £38,000 and a North Lincolnshire Council Community Grant of £10,000. The Thurlow charity funded approx. £10,000 for the renovation of the Memorial Gates and resurfacing of the car park. The event is brought to Epworth through Live lincs, which brings high quality events to rural areas. All 42 from Please mention when Playing responding to advertisements profits the evening will go“The to the Arrow” charitable Thurlow Field.

Block Gear Changing &Crash for Cash Scams Dear readers, Block-changing means choosing and changing gear once, instead of working through all the gears. Missing unnecessary gears saves on fuel, as well as wear and tear and saves driver effort. Use your gears to go and your brakes to slow. When slowing on approach to a roundabout or junction, use acceleration sense and/or brakes to decrease speed, and then select the right gear for the speed you are travelling at. This may mean skipping out several gears at once. Gear changes should be made after braking but before turning the steering wheel. Block-changing contributes to a calm and planned driving style. It requires less driver input and so allows more time for other things like looking for problems or reading road signs. A good driver will use the brakes or their acceleration sense to slow down, not the gears. Brake pads are cheaper to replace than clutches, so use the brakes if you need to. When increasing speed, you can save on fuel consumption by skipping out gears, for example perhaps going straight from third to fifth. Crash for cash scams. Crash for cash scams are staged collisions. The one to watch for is when someone deliberately drives dangerously to force a crash so they can make an exaggerated insurance claim. How to avoid them: Always look ahead and anticipate hazards. Keep a safe following distance from the car in front and watch traffic overtaking you so that you are not surprised if it pulls across and brakes in front of you. Beware of tailgaters. The car behind you will try to get your attention so you don’t concentrate on the driver in front. Pay attention to the vehicles around you and if you feel threatened by a tailgater, pull over somewhere safe to let them past. Keep an eye out for local news – criminal gangs doing New Car Tyres. this tend to use the same locations a lot. Local news can Puncture Repairs. suggest where it is. If you are involved in one, Wheel Balancing. Truck Tyres remember: If you’re suspicious, don’t ask them directly about it at ALL AT GREAT PRICES!! the scene. Try to take photos of the damage – discreetly if possible, get a description of the driver and count the number of people in the other vehicle. Take photos discreetly, if possible. If you need the emergency services, call 999. Stay calm. You’ll need to swap details with other drivers.

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If you are interested in the courses we offer, you’ll be Family run bus iness with over 30 years experience able to find this information on the Institute of Advanced Unit 9 Sandtloft Ind Est Tel. 01427 874505 Motorists website at Or Tel: Doncaster 01302 886 276 Safe Driving Belton Mob. 0789 9910 230 Email: Paul Tuke. Doncaster Advanced Motorists Senior Doncaster To advertise please call 01302 532676 43 Training Observer. DN9 or 1PN07912 643010

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

Meeting place





Wesley Memorial, Epworth



Thurlow Playgroup and Preschool

Epworth Thurlow

9-11.30 & 12-3

01427 875016


Keep Fit

Epworth Imperial Hall - Main Hall


01427 873569


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 Rehearsals

Epworth Imperial Hall


01427 8738998


NHS Stop Smoking

Epworth Imperial Hall - Small Hall

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 Pavillion


01724 858918


Axholme Elite Taewondo

Epworth Lesuire Centre


01427 873335


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



Isle of Axholme short mat Bowls Club

Epworth Leisure Centre (Sept—April)

3.30 –5.30 pm 01427 728781


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


Sunshine Yoga

Epworth Imperial Hall - Main Hall

13.00-15.00 18.00-20.15


Epworth Youth Club

Epworth Youth Centre



Active Ageing

Epworth Imperial Hall - Main Hall

10.00 - 11.00

01724 297255


Army Cadets

Belton Park Pavillion

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

Bar Code at the Red Lion, Epworth

19.30 start

01427 873368


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


0794 6607762


Baby Signing

Epworth Methodist Church



Autumn Club Over 50’s

Belton Park Pavilion



Keep Fit

Belton Park Pavilion



1st Belton Rangers

Collinson Cooper Prayer Room, Belton


Fri Fri


Ashby Wesley Hall

01427 872227

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Ashby Concert Band Nordic Walking

Epworth Garden Centre

19:30 -22:00 10.00-noon

01724 297280

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

Isle of Axholme short mat Bowls club

Epworth Leisure Centre (Sept—April)

3.30—5.30 pm 01427 728781


Red Cross Whist

Epworth Imperial Hall - Small Hall;

19.00 - 21.00 3rd Friday


Belton Bingo Club

Belton Park Pavilion

06:30pm start


Junior Gym

Epworth Leisure Centre



Active Ageing

Epworth Imperial Hall - Main Hall

13.00 - 14.00 01724 297255



Epworth Imperial Hall - Small Hall


Bookings of West Butterwick Village Hall

Mrs B Ash

Bookings of the Imperial Hall, Epworth Mary Addlesee

01427 873845

01427 873622 01724 783125 01427 873622

GEM COMPUTER SERVICES Internet/broadband problems Virus Removal Computer repair & Diagnosis General support & Advice without the technical jargon

For all your computing needs call Greg 07903 235934

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Business Directory

Advice Pensions Helpline

0800 991234


Electricity Emergencies

0800 375 675

The Hair Shop Westwoodside

Transco - Gas leaks

080 111 999

Yorkshire Water

0845 1242424

Care in the Community

01427 752455

Boarding Kennels/Grooming Croft House Kennels and Cattery

01427 890235

Home and Garden Fountain Court florist

01427 874831

Age Concern

0800 009966

Galerie des Fleurs Florist and Gifts


0800 1111

Health / Fitness

Neighbourhood Watch

01482 444466


0808 80050000


08705 555999

NHS Direct

0845 4647

01427 872111

The Willows Dental Practise-Belton

01427 872106

Rosemary Conley Diet and Fitness

01724 712700

Taxi Service / Wedding Cars/ Driving Schools Axi Private Hire up to 8 passengers

07866 859963 01724 798877

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

Community Crime stoppers`

0800 555 111


Carers Support Centre

01652 650585

Axholme wood recycling (suppliers of firewood) 01427 874324 or 07711 254113

Isle of Axholme Lions

01427 752139

Isle of Axholme Osteoporosis Support Link

01427 875752

Health Visitor Team for under 5’s

01427 871181

SSAFA Forces Help www.ssafa,

01476 569764

Brooks Homecare Improvements

01427 875314 07973 142963

Complete Fire & Security Systems Ltd 01302 511050 / 07917 766922 Dean Gregory Electrical 01427 874377 / 07833 638521

Education and General

Simon White Building Contractors

Epworth Country Primary School

01427 872345

Belton All Saints Primary School

01427 872391

Westwoodside Primary School

01427 752355

Westwoodside Mobile Library

01724 865675


Haxey Library - Memorial Hall

01724 753239

Sterry & Co Chartered Certified Accnts

Willows Dental Practise—Belton

01427 872106

Axholme Pest Control

01427 873446 07831 690591

01427 873608 / 07766747245

S A Walker Electrical Serv. 08458 396775 / 07751 887623 Axholme Kitchens and Bathrooms

01427 874312

01427 752958

Hurstons Accountants & Business Advisors 01427 873737 MJ Button Accountants


01724 711881

Executive/Chauffeur Driven/Wedding Transport

Epworth Leisure Centre

01427 873845

EX-ZEC Travel Services www.

01302 820137 078 765 955 74

01724 784494 Please mention “The Arrow” when Advertise responding advertisements in thetoBusiness Directory £30 + VAT

Ashby Concert Band - Rehearsals Fridays—Mr B Page


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Class 4 MOT’s Class 7 MOT’s

£35.00 £45.00

All MOT prices include re-test if required


Fixed Price Servicing

Combined MOT & Service Deals

Basic Service £85.00 Full Service £155.00

Basic Service MOT £99.00 Full Service & MOT £169.00

(applies to Class 4 MOT’s only)


WE SUPPLY AND FIT TYRES AT GREAT PRICES! *Tyres and tracking *Brakes & exhausts *Cam belts & clutches

*Diagnostics *Air con re-gas *Steam cleaning

*FREE Collection & delivery service

01724 710869 Belton Road, Sandtoft, Doncaster, DN85SX.

(Near the trolley bus museum)

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