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Including Misterton, Wroot, & Owston Ferry

April 2012

Police News Page 8 Haxey Parish Council Newsletter Pages 14/15 Where You Live Your Local History Page 26

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Issue 53


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Editors Letter.... Happy Easter to all our readers! Yes, its my favourite time of year! Improved weather, lighter evenings, spring flowers and yes you've guessed it chocolate! Here are a few Easter Facts for you to get you into the spirit: Did you know: *The first Easter egg was produced in 1873 by Fry’s. *Approximately 90 million chocolate eggs are sold annually in the UK. *The most popular egg worldwide is Cadbury’s Creme Egg, they first went on sale in 1971. *Easter eggs for 2012 went on sale in major supermarkets on 29th December 2011. I would like to thank all my readers for continually sending me articles. We are fast approaching the Queens Diamond Jubilee! Keep sending me details and hopefully you will be emailing me some fantastic photos of your event.

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News, News, News, News, News, News... Haxey W.I members were given a talk and slide show by Mr. Malcolm Dalby who gave an insight into his vast collection and history of Wade ,which included whimsies kitchen ware and tiles and numerous items made by the Wade family over the years.Several items were on display. Haxey will represent the Isle Group in the finals of the County Quiz which will be held at Wrawby on Friday 16th March 2012 at 7.30pm. The Isle group meeting takes place on Tuesday 27th March 2012 at 7. 30pm. The speaker Lesley Smith the curator of Tutbury Castle who will portrait Anne Boleyn. Tickets 5.00 available from Norma Williams 01427 752806 or Diane Hardy 01427752376. On Thursday the 22nd March members will attend "Beauty and the Beast" ballet in Sheffield. Saturday 31st March members will attend the Annual Federation Day at the House, Scunthorpe the speaker Dulcie Lewis. author who will give her humorous take on life. The next meeting takes place in Haxey Memorial Hall on Wednesday 4th April at 7.30pm at the AGM followed by supper. New members welcome. contact S. Bowman 01427 753062

On Thursday the 26th April at 7.30pm in the S.J. Cmmunity Hall at Haxey, Alan Rowsell will be presenting a brand new Digital Slide Show entitled "Walking The Ridgeway"The photography is fantastic and tells the story of what Alan and his wife Judy encountered on their 80 mile walk. A wonderful evenings entertainment for just a small refreshment donation during the interval.

St. Martin's Church, Owston Ferry services 1st April - Palm Sunday 9.15am Sung Eucharist 5th April - Maundy Thursday 7pm Sung Eucharist at Haxey 6th April - Good Friday 10am Children's Good Friday Workshop in St. Martin's Church 6th April 7pm Deanery Devotional Service At Crowle 7th April - Holy Saturday 8pm Easter Ceremonies at Haxey 8th April - Easter Day 9.15am Sung Eucharist 15th April - 9.15am Sung Eucharist 22nd April - 9.15am " " 29th April - 10.30am Deanery Service at West Butterwick

Westwoodside Playing Field Associations annual general meeting is to be held on Monday 16th April commencing 7.30pm at the playing field pavilion off Akeferry Road. All Welcome


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News, News, News, News, News, News... Haxey and Westwoodside Parish are busy organising events in celebration of the Queens Jubilee. Events include Concerts in Haxey and Westwoodside Halls, Church Events, Westwoodside Scarecrow Event, and Haxey Olympic Field Day. We would therefore welcome any local talent (singers, bands, drama groups, musicians) to perform in the concerts to be held on Sunday 3 June and Monday 4 June. Please contact Pam Layton 01427 752783 for further information. The field day will be held on Monday 4th June from midday, if you are a local stall holder and would like to have a stall at the field day please contact Janine Llewellyn 07504983662. Further information regarding all the planned events will follow closer to the time.

Are you Irish? Have you any Irish ancestry? Do you like Irish songs and music? We would love you to join us on St. Patrick's Day at The Crooked Billet in Owston Ferry any time from 7.30 p.m. to celebrate everything Irish. Dermot and Caitlin

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY ST NICHOLAS CHURCH HAXEY LIST OF EASTER SERVICES MAUNDY THURSDAY 5TH APRIL 7.00 PM There will be a Communion Service in Church followed by a Bring-N-Share Supper in the Church Hall. FRIDAY 6TH APRIL GOOD FRIDAY WORKSHOP in the Church Hall commencing at 09.30 am An all ages workshop. Admission is free and is open to all children & Parents making this a really nice family get together. This will be followed with a short service of worship at 11.00 am in Church & afterwards tea/coffee/juice & lovely hot cross buns for all to enjoy.

SATURDAY 7TH APRIL EASTER EVE CEREMONIES will be held in Church from 8.00 pm SUNDAY 8TH APRIL EASTER DAY Family Communion will be held at 10.45 am followed by Easter Praise Service at 6.00 pm. MONTHLY DROP-IN/COFFEE MORNING SATURDAY 28TH APRIL Will be held in the Church Hall from 10.00 am 12.00 noon with usual stalls & raffle. Please come along and enjoy a cuppa & a chat. A WARM WELCOME AWAITS AT ALL THE ABOVE EVENTS SO PLEASE DO COME ALONG

The Owston Ferry Society will be meeting at Coronation Hall, Owston Ferrry at 7.30pm on Wed 11th April. Maureen Hambrecht will be giving a talk titled "Unpaid & Overworked". Entrance fee £2, refreshments provided. Non members welcome.

Owston Ferry Tree & Lights Committee are holding a Coffee Morning on Thursday 12th April at the Coronation Hall. Doors open 10am; usual stalls. raffle & tombola.

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AXHOLME SOUTH POLICE REPORT Farmland off the B1396 Westwoodside. Theft, Criminal Damage, Anti-social Behaviour, off road Bikes. Calls for service to these areas saw an increase in recent months and centres in and around the B1396 including Pelfintax, Wroot Road, Idle Bank and Tindlebank and including private land PC Constable 1169 PCSO 7574 Sue Fahy PC Constable 1839 owned by local farmers and others. Sally Roberts Tina Starbuck The times of reports vary throughout the 24 hour period. The calls include reports of theft including theft of cable, burglary, suspicious persons with dog(s), criminal damage and off road bikes. A considerable amount of work and liaison has been built between Neighbourhood staff and the owners and staff working on land to engage them and to identify where offences and offenders are committing these acts and routes they use. Off road bikes are still being used on land without permission and illegally. UPDATE; There has been a decrease in calls involving farmland. There has been a reduction in the cable thefts, however as a division we are still experiencing a level of these types of thefts. We would encourage any suspicious activity to be reported immediately to the police. Cable thefts affect the connection of phones, TV’s and broadband to name a few and can massively impact entire communities, isolating vulnerable people and in some cases limiting access to emergency services. At this time further legislation to enable the agencies to deal with offences is being established. Humberside Police and energy suppliers are working together to collate and jointly investigate and prevent further offences occurring. Some suppliers are also working with surrounding police forces as these offences are not confined to Humberside. If at any time you become suspicious of any persons please telephone the police. It is far better that we know at the time in order that we can make checks and also to forward onto surrounding police areas as soon as possible, as it is quite usual for such people to frequent other areas during the course of their activities. Just because the people you see appear to look like they are legitimate this may not be the case so Humberside police do encourage local communities to report anything that on the face of it does not appear normal. We have leaflets which contain advice for parents and riders of the various bikes being used off road. Please contact PC Starbuck if you wish to have one delivered to you or you can call in at Epworth Police Station when the front counter service is available by a member of staff, generally on a Monday or Thursday during 0900 to 1500hrs, to avoid a wasted journey it may be prudent to call on 101 to check that the front desk service is running that particular day. Calls for persons trespassing on land with dogs had dropped recently, but this does not mean we have seen the last of such persons. Countrywatch has seen an increase in numbers on the Isle and this is open to membership from farmers, landowners and other land users. This membership also includes access to a text messaging service which warns of information pertinent to those members, for example hare coursers, deer poaching, and theft. Anyone wishing to join please contact PC 1839 Starbuck for further information and an application form. We have now also got members joining from just outside the Humberside Police area and we encourage everyone to promote the scheme and new members are always welcome. We are also looking at whether there is sufficient interest to launch a Horsewatch scheme to run alongside and under the banner of Countrywatch. It would involve attending a meeting in Epworth held every 3 months and other benefits to be finalised if interest is sufficient. If anyone is interested in becoming part of this please contact PC Tina Starbuck, details below Any on-going matters or suspicious activity can be reported on the new Local police telephone number of 101 OR, if any information is to be passed then please feel free to e-mail the Neighbourhood team using the details below; Susan.fahy@humberside.pnn.police,uk Wroot Crime Prevention. Calls for service to the village of Wroot saw a rapid rise in December, where offences included thefts and non dwelling burglaries over a period of time during the night. UPDATE; The amount of crime“The reportedArrow� has reduced and we are grateful for the phone calls we have received 8 Please mention when responding toalladvertisements and the information the residents have given. Please remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to the Police.

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Isle Group of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust Philippines Wildlife Conservation Rachel Shaw will be entertaining us on Thursday April 5th at 7.30pm when she will be telling us about her visit to the Philippines. Rachel works for the Lincolnshire Trust as Publicity Officer and she has travelled to other parts of the world, both to walk and look at conservation so this promises to be an interesting evening. We will also be having a very short AGM. Slug Workshop On Thursday May 3rd at 7.30pm Chris de Feu will be telling us everything there is to know about slugs and people who have already been to this workshop have said that it is very interesting so don’t be put off by the title. To many people slugs are just pests that should be destroyed but perhaps there is another side to them, do they have a purpose? There are several different types of slugs and we are asking those who come along to bring some with them if possible. We look forward to seeing you and your slugs on May 3rd. All our indoor meetings are held in the Stephen Jones Hall at the rear of the Methodist Chapel, Low Street, Haxey on the first Thursday of the month at 7.30pm and everyone is welcome, you don’t have to be a member. There is a small admission charge of £1 and there is a raffle and refreshments. Don’t forget that bird food is always on sale at our indoor meetings and at Geoff’s house in Belton, at very competitive prices, just ring if you need anything. For further information about the local Trust group and their meetings please contact Geoff or Chris Trinder on 01427 872051. We look forward to welcoming all regular members and new visitors.

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Haxey Parish Council, Newsletter, April 2012 Parish Clerk - Deb Hotson Email: Postal Address: Haxey Memorial Hall, High Street, Haxey, DN9 2HH Telephone: 01652 618306 / 07800 569 589 Website:

Over 70’s Party Just a reminder that the Over 70’s Party will commence at 4.30pm on Thursday 7 th June in the Memorial Hall, Haxey. If you are from Haxey Parish, over 70, who has either never attended before or never had an invitation please contact Mrs J Eckhardt on 01427 752159. The invitations will go out at the beginning of May; anyone eligible who has not had an invitation by the 19 th May and wishes to attend should also contact Mrs Eckhardt.

Haxey Parish Heritage Trail

The Haxey Parish Heritage Trail has now been completed with two main information boards having been installed at Westwoodside (Park) pond and in front of the church, together with 20 local information signs at points of interest. Leaflets will soon be available to guide people around the trail.

Haxey Library The Library in Haxey is a valuable asset to the community to which we should give our full support. To this end the Parish Council has formed a Working Group to consider, in conjunction with North Lincolnshire Council, possible ideas for enhancing the role of the Library. In the meantime, we would encourage residents to join the Library and use the facilities available which include access to the internet. 398 Belton to Gainsborough Bus Service Following the proposal to withdraw the 398 bus service, Cllr Allcock, Ward Councillor had discussion with North Lincolnshire Council who has tendered the service and a new agreement has been reached with Stagecoach for them to continue to operate the service. There has been a change of departure time from Belton; the service will start at 0945 hrs from Tuesday 3 April 2012. Bus time tables have been placed on the parish notice boards and the Parish Council website for your information. Parish Plan Haxey Parish residents will recall the decision the Community took in 2009 to produce a Parish (Community Led) Plan, aimed at setting out the vision and development of their local area over a 5 year period. The research for the Plan took place over an 18 month period and was supported by Officers from North Lincolnshire Council (NLC) and Humber and Wolds Rural Community Council (HWRCC), culminating in the production of the document in June 2010. The Plan’s progress has been monitored and actioned through the work of the Parish Plan Action Group(PPAG) and at its meeting in February, it was decided to hand over responsibility to the Parish Council (PC), with the formation of a Parish Plan Working Group of Councillors, which will continue to be open to residents. The overall analysis of opinion in the Parish Plan revealed that the majority of residents were mostly content with the environment and their lives in the Parish. Many thought it a friendly place to live with a real sense of community 14 liked Please Arrow” responding advertisements and they the quietmention rural setting.“The Reference was alsowhen made to the excellent to local facilities, including schools,

doctor’s surgeries, village halls and playing fields; however, there were issues raised and these formed the basis of the subsequent Action Plan, which set out the problem; how it would be tackled; the priority; the timescale; those responsible and any resource implications. Timescales for actions varied from short term out to 2015; however, it should be noted that there was no extra funding provided by any Agency for the implementation of the Plan. The full Action Plan is set out in the Parish Plan document, which is available on the PC web-site. Progress to date has been excellent and of the 54 Actions identified over half have now been completed. Current progress and planned ways forward on issues is summarised as follows: Roads, Traffic and Transport. Road, traffic and transport issues were considered highly important to residents and since the publication of the Plan, the Parish has seen the periodic installation of flashing speed signs around the local area and the more frequent enforcement of speed restrictions by the Police. The approach to Westwoodside along Doncaster Road will shortly have the speed limit reduced and there continues to be a lobby on NLC to reduce the speed limit adjacent to schools to 20 mph. Car parking is still a concern, particularly in Haxey along Church Street and Greenhill; however, liaison with the Police, NLC and local residents is continuing in the hope of improving the situation. The poor state of roads and pavements remains a problem and whilst there has been some success with the resurfacing of Akeferry Road, consultation continues with NLC Highways to ensure the Parish is correctly prioritised for repairs; however, with the current lack of available funding the situation is unlikely to improve in the near future. Public and Community Transport is under continual review and the PC and Ward Councillors are well aware of the issues, which are being addressed, with the relevant authorities, where possible. Bus timetables and stops are recent areas consulted on. Housing and Development. The feedback from residents on housing and development was straight forward: restrict housing development in certain locations e.g. Greenfield sites and gardens and ensure that new housing comprises a mix of types, size and tenure. The PC has continued to reflect these opinions in its recommendations on Planning Applications and the NLC Local Development Framework; moreover, it will continue to promote these views in future consultations with the Principal Authority. An Affordable Housing Needs Survey was carried out in March 2011 in consultation with HWRCC and NLC. The findings of this survey, which had a 21% response rate from residents, concluded that: the recommended mix of affordable housing for Haxey Parish is a scheme of 16 homes with 14 homes for rent and 2 for shared ownership with the mix of 4 X 2 bedroom bungalows; 6 X 2 bedroom houses; 2 X 1 bedroom flats and 4 X 3 bedroom houses. There has been little further progress on this issue since the survey, principally due to the lack of available funding or interest from local Housing Associations. Environment. The Parish continues to support the CPRE Best Kept Village Competitions and last year Westwoodside Playing Fields won the Best Playing Fields category. Litter picking has taken place over the past year and the PC continues to provide hanging baskets around the Villages and the now appointed Parish Handyman is involved in planting schemes to improve the look of the Parish. A Heritage Trail has been developed with funding from the PC and LEADER and has now “gone live” this spring. Flooding continues to be a major concern to the Parish and following lobbying from the Local Drainage Board and a Ward Councillor, Policy 4 has now been adopted in the Trent Catchments Flood Management Plan, which will provide improved flood defences for the area. The Isle of Axholme Flood Strategy document, the Low Burnham Flood Relief and Haxey Village Drainage schemes have all been completed. Dog fouling is an ongoing issue in the Parish and the PC is working with NLC to ensure that there are sufficient bins provided around the Villages and clean-up is enforced. Local Facilities. Following the recent reprieve for Haxey Library, work continues with Ward Councillors and NLC Cabinet Members to develop the facilities provided by the Library. These could include using the Library as a focal point for the assessment of resident’s needs in relation to NLC services. The PC has drafted a Community Emergency Plan, which is nearing completion and has also stockpiled a limited supply of Floodsax to be used in any localised flooding events. A limited supply of salt and grit, to be used to support supplies provided by NLC around the Parish, has also been stockpiled. The Community. Liaison with the Police on the tackling of local crime problems is ongoing; the inauguration of a local Farm Watch has proved successful and the encouragement of Neighbourhood Watch schemes and the well attended, regular, Safer Neighbourhood Meetings continue. The PC is implementing an improvement package for it’s’ website and plans are in place for the updating and provision of a Parish Directory during the year. In summary, since the publication of the Haxey Parish Plan in June 2010, there has been considerable progress made in implementing identified actions. Work will continue to complete any outstanding issues over the next few years; however, with the recent disbandment of the PPAG, responsibility for the Action Plan moves to a PC Working Group which will be able to co-opt residents to assist with further implementation and any subsequent updating. On behalf of the community, thanks are extended to the members of the original group, who were responsible for the data gathering and publication of the Parish Plan and to the PPAG who carried out the initial implementation. Without the considerable effort of these groups, the Plan, which is considered an excellent document by the Principal Authority and HWRCC, would not have been produced.

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The Isle of Axholme

Where You Live

Your Local History

Adapted by Anthony Catherall

THE AXHOLME JOINT RAILWAY A number of railway schemes for the Isle of Axholme were mooted in the 19 th century. One of the suggested London to York routes was to have been through the Isle, but nothing came of it. During the 19th century there were about 200 separate railway companies at one period. To build a new railway, a Bill had to be put before Parliament. This was costly and time consuming. Rival companies that sometimes ended in the schemes being dropped could raise objections. In 1846 George Hudson, the ‘Railway King’, promoted the idea of the Axholme, Gainsborough and York & North Midland Junction that was intended as a link between York and the Eastern Counties Railway. The plan had to be submitted to Parliament, but the House of Lords rejected this. In 1847 there was a proposal to build a railway from Gainsborough through Axholme to Askern, but the idea never materialised. In 1878 the Great Eastern Railway sought an extension of its system into the lucrative Yorkshire coalfield by proposing the construction of a line to Askern through part of the Isle of Axholme. The Great Northern Railway opposed this scheme. In 1883 the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway put the idea of a tramway forward. It was to have a 3’ 6” gauge and was to run from Haxey to Eastoft. This again never materialised. In 1896 the Light Railways Act was passed which facilitated the provision of railways in rural areas. It permitted the construction of a line under a Board of Trade Order, instead of seeking Parliamentary permission. In 1898 the Goole and Marshland Light Railway scheme, to build a railway from Goole to Reedness, Eastoft and Addlingfleet, was confirmed. The Isle of Axholme Light Railway scheme was proposed in the same year. It was to run from Haxey north to link with Goole and Marchland railway. In 1899 the Board of trade confirmed the scheme authorising the construction of 22 miles and 6 chains of railway. The line was to run from Haxey Station on the Great Northern and great Eastern Joint Railway north through Haxey, Epworth, Belton and Crowle to Reedness. A four and half mile branch line was built from Epworth north, down to Hatfield Moors. By 1902 both the Goole and Marshland and the Axholme Railway had been taken over by the North-Eastern Company (N.E.) and the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway (L. & Y.) – hence the name Axholme Joint Railway (N.E. and L. & Y.). In 1922 the North Eastern Company became part of the London and North Eastern Railway (L.N.E.R.). The Lancashire and Yorkshire railway became part of London and North Western, which in turn became part of London, Midland and Scottish (L.M.S.). Thus the Axholme Joint Railway continued, but it became a L.M.S. and L.N.E.R. Joint. The Transport Act of 1947 brought the Axholme Joint Epworth Railway Station looking towards Haxey Railway under British Railways (North-Eastern 1952 Region).


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WESTWOODSIDE Church of England SCHOOL Celebrating Strengths Update We are now 7 months into building a Strengths Based School and we would like to share our journey so far with you. I am delighted to say that ‘Celebrating Strengths’ activities have flourished in all year groups from F1 (Nursery) to Year 6 ( 11 year olds ). Using storytelling, celebrating festivals and noticing and building on children’s strengths to compliment the existing curriculum, our school is developing a strong strengths based ethos. Year Groups Our youngest children in school can talk with confidence about their individual ‘top strength’, whether it be creativity, friendship, love of learning or one of the many others and because each strength has an accompanying British Sign Language action as they talk about the strength they are able to do the action. Years 1 and 2 have used Celebrating Strengths themes recently to great effect in their class assemblies and included some thoughtful ideas and lively drama. Our Year 3 to 6 classes have used different strengths to focus on as part of the weekly theme and included storytelling and discussions about strengths in their planning. A 10 year old pupil, Georgia told me about a really interesting idea they have in their Year 5 class:‘We have a ‘Kindness Catcher’ in our class. The kindness catcher is a box and every week we notice people who have been shown the strength of Kindness. We write down their names on a piece of paper and how they have been kind and then our teacher, Mrs Harris reads them out at the end of the week. It makes us into a very kind class.’ The Festival of Easter At the end of March we were delighted to welcome back Belinda Catt, a ‘Celebrating Strengths’ consultant to lead 2 very special whole school assemblies linked to the Life of Jesus. At the start of the day the assembly focussed on the ‘Road to Jerusalem’ and in the afternoon the assembly ‘Celebrated the Resurrection’ by inviting the children to walk along a daffodil lined ‘road’, at the end of which each person was presented with a chocolate egg. A lovely experience for us all, with many memories to take away from it. Photographs It was difficult to select photographs showing Strengths as we have so many. Here are a selection :Three F2 children showing their strengths of Friendship and Teamwork as they play together A group of Year 2 children showing the strength of Creativity and Love of Learning during a recent Passport Day Year 3 / 4 children found out about the Festival of Holi and the Strengths of Love and Forgiveness So as we move through the year our whole school’s aim is to continue to grow and develop in a ‘Celebrating Strengths’ community recognising our own strengths and the strengths of others. Girls’ Under 11 North Lincolnshire Cup On Thursday 1st March, Westwoodside girls’ football team took part in a tournament alongside other Schools from North Lincolnshire. The team had already won their competition at South Axholme School and went on to also win this tournament. The team played brilliantly and showed a fantastic attitude throughout all the games. Well done to all our players who are now the champions of North Lincolnshire!

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HAXEY AND WESTWOODSIDE HERITAGE SOCIETY MEMBERS MEETING - 8TH. MARCH 2012. Welcoming members to the March meeting of the Society the chairman apologised for the cancellation of February’s Villages of the Isle talk by Mr. John Roberts and Mr George Fiddler, this had been due to the poor weather conditions and the talk would now take place at the Society’s July meeting. Members also heard of the death and funeral of past Society member Mrs. Peggy Knowles. Details of the Parish Council’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations were made available and chairman Jackie Starr outlined the Society’s own celebration plans, which were an indoor ’Street Party’ 1950s style, members were invited to bring along memorabilia of the period and to dress in an appropriate style.

Mr. Geoff. Trinder demonstrates a Trust leaflet to Society Life President Mrs. Norma Neill

Introducing the evening’s speaker, the well known Mr. Geoff. Trinder, the chairman said that she was not too sure what to expect from his title of ‘Wild Life of North Lincolnshire’. Members were in fact, by means of a range of colour slides, given an introduction to the wild Flora and Fauna of the local countryside. Geoff. Deputy Chairman of the Lincolnshire Wild Life Trust explained that Lincolnshire possessed many Reserves including beaches, salt marshes, heathland reedbed and grassland and that although some appear to be natural landscapes they were man made and that when lands were acquired by the Trust these were managed in order to return the habitat to its original condition. Ranging through wild flowers, insects, snakes and both resident and migrant birds Geoff. explained how populations of these could become almost extinct but often had the amazing ability to recover especially where the right conditions were created. Discussing the management and habitat of woodland that had been donated by well known Haxey doctors Green and Dyson Geoff explained that this area was particularly favourable to wild life due to it’s large amount of wetland. Giving a thought provoking finale to his presentation Geoff. said that as we are all part of the natural world that if we destroy the wild life we will destroy ourselves. Mrs. Pam Johnson then gave the vote of thanks, refreshments were served and the meeting closed. The next meeting of the Society will be on Thursday, 12 th. April when Society member Mr. Malcolm Dolby will give a talk on ’The Mayflower Pilgrims’.

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Doncaster Advanced Motorist Driving in the countryside Dear Readers, Driving on country roads requires an entirely different set of skills to driving in congested towns. Rural roads are arguably the best place to exploit your driving abilities and get the most enjoyment out of your driving. Traffic is usually light, you can use your observation skills, the roads are more interesting and you’ll have to make well-judged overtakes. The same level of planning and concentration is required but you’ll be dealing with an entirely different set of hazards and sources of information. You will need all the selective observation skills you have developed but also consider… Taking extra care in case people or vehicles suddenly appear around corners, drive out of isolated field entrances, farm drives etc, especially on 60mph roads. Looking well ahead (over the hedges, where possible) to spot oncoming traffic in the distance, especially trucks and tractors. Also look for potential overtaking zones and plan your arrival time to coincide with a gap in the oncoming traffic. Livestock in the fields might indicate that there may be mud on the road and you should also always be prepared to encounter a flock of sheep around the next bend. The line of hedges, trees, or telegraph poles often denotes the direction the road may take around the next bend. Use this to your advantage. Don’t swerve uncontrollably if an animal or bird darts out in front of you. Better a broken fog light or dented bumper than a total loss of control and a serious accident. Holes in hedges are often found on particularly sharp or tightening bends, and are usually created by some unfortunate driver who has overshot the corner and gone straight on. Treat them as a reminder to take care and to keep control of your speed. Have a Free Public Assessment Drive. As I said in last months Arrow, the Doncaster Advanced Motorists Group is offering free public assessment drives this month for anyone with a current full driving licence. The drive will be in your own car and the vehicle and you must comply with all current road traffic regulations, MOT, Insurance, etc: A document check will be made before the drive. All readers who wish to have a free taster of advanced driving please contact me on the number below to book your drive, this means you ladies too If you are interested in the courses we offer, you’ll be able to find this information on the Institute of Advanced Motorists website at Or Tel: Doncaster 01302 886 276 Safe Driving Paul Tuke.


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TRENTSIDE FEDERATION – St Martin’s and West Butterwick Church of England Primary Schools – School News As well as all of the core curriculum studies linked to Maths and Literacy this term, we have had some diverse and exciting learning experiences across both schools. As part of our schools’ aim to introduce the children to a range of cultures over the Primary years, we invited Culture Connect in for a Maasai Experience. It proved to be an interesting and colourful experience that provided the children with opportunities to learn about the Maasai culture through dressing up in costume, making cultural crafts, tasting delicious African food, hearing exciting eye-witness stories, exploring symbolic artefacts and participating in lively music, chants and dance. Workshop leader Valerie Taiwo talked to the children about the different East African countries and how their culture was different to our own. The children dressed up as Maasai men and women and also performed traditional Maasai Tribe Dances. In the afternoon, the children designed Maasai shields, necklaces and dyed traditional kikoy fabrics to produce blue, white and red patterns. Following this, there were some treats in store for all pupils and staff who have an interest in things ‘creepy crawly, slithery and slimy’ as a mobile safari visited West Butterwick school on February 21 st. The children were introduced to a range of exotic creatures – molluscs, reptiles, mammals and insects from around the world. Children handled giant African Land Snails, a Royal Python, a large Dragon Lizard and many more fascinating creatures. This day also encouraged the children to consider the science of why their particular habitats suited the animals’ characteristics, as well as broadening their knowledge of world geography. The snakes and Dragon Lizard were most popular! Bringing the learning back to a ‘local’ level, pupils at Owston Ferry were visited by three members of the village’s Sports Club – Ian Woodcock, Steve Lilly and Ged Rule. The children had been invited to submit their design ideas for a new Sports Club Sign and this resulted in one overall winner (Charlotte Thornton age 8) as well as runners-up ; Abigail Platt, Jack Foreman, Callum Gallagher, Luke Longhorn, Owen Woodcock and Hannah Thornton. The winners were presented with gift vouchers, but the best prize of all was seeing Charlotte’s striking design transferred on to the actual large Club Sign which will be on permanent display in the village! Last Autumn Term, we were very pleased to be able to take part in the historical project linked to the repositioning of the baptismal font at St Andrew’s Church in Epworth. Over the last two terms, Junior pupils made a series of line drawings depicting aspects of local knowledge and features. A number of our children’s tiles have been selected for the Heritage Pavement to be created as part of this project. The tiles were inspired by ‘the uniqueness of the Isle of Axholme’. Congratulations to Sam Smith, Saskia Heighington, Thomas Latham, Ben Carby, Anna Layton, Holly Lindley, Harry Watts, Ellie Hughes, Jasmine Watson, Lily Todd and Macaulay Scott whose tiles were chosen from both St Martin’s and West Butterwick. The children have made an important and memorable contribution to the living history of St Andrew’s and our locality – we hope that these wonderful tiles last for hundreds of years to come! On Monday 5th March, St Martin’s school welcomed two very important guests – the Mayor and Mayoress of North Lincolnshire. This visit was in connection with the hard work undertaken by the School Council and the pupils on the ‘Litter Busting’ work. The school is now applying for its Silver Eco Schools Award and we are then looking forward to ‘going for gold’. The Mayor and Mayoress presented the prizes for our ‘Design a Sculpture’ from recycled rubbish competition, as organised by the School Council. Overall winner was Ellie Wilkinson with her wonderful elephant watering can made up of an old milk carton and some cardboard tubes. We had a range of imaginative entries. One, a recycling robot design, even contained an electrical circuit so that its mouth and eyes lit up when its nose The sign design competition winners for Owston was pressed! Many thanks to Councillor Jan Williams of Ferry Owston Ferry Parish Council who donated the gift Sports Club! vouchers for prizes. All runners-up received Easter Eggs, so everyone was a winner! It was a thoroughly 42 andPlease “Thethat Arrow” when to advertisements enjoyable thought mention provoking project enabled us to seeresponding rubbish in a different light!

School Councillors of St Martin's with the Mayor and Mayoress of North Lincolnshire (Cllr Keith Vickers and his wife Mrs Vickers), with Bunty Harris (on the left of the Mayor - Chair of Governors of our Trentside Federation) and Cllr Jan Williams (on right of Mrs Vickers) of Owston Ferry Parish Council.

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1st. Isle of Axholme B.P. Scout Group From Tots to Teens, the scouting experiences help youngsters to developed self-confidence and learn many skills. The 1st Isle of Axholme group is part of the Baden Powell Scout association ( and is based in Westwoodside village hall. The Scouting journey starts as children approach their 6 th birthday, when they can join the Beaver Colony and continues through to their late teens as they progress through Wolf Cubs, Scouts and Senior Scouts. The Beavers meet at 6pm. each Tuesday evening in term time and it is our objective to develop self confidence and life skills with a programme of activities, based in the Westwoodside Village Hall and, as importantly, out in the surrounding countryside. The local woods, turbarys and peat moors provide an exciting, yet safe, environment for the youngsters. In this last year, amongst many other activities, they have explored the Lindholme peat moors. They learnt all about rearing beef cattle and sheep with a visit to Gill and David Carr’s herd. In the Autumn we had a BBQ night in a local wood where they all cooked their own suppers. Each July we hold our annual “Beavers and Parent” camp in an oak wood near Caistor. Last year the weather was perfect, and everyone enjoyed exploring the local woods, a camp fire and lots and lots of good food. We do have a few vacancies for the start of the summer school term. To learn more about joining this active and progressive group at any age, contact Tony Lee on 01427 753023 (


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1 International B414, 2 countries, 6 blokes, 7 days, 12 MPH, 600 miles, £10,000 target! …

On Saturday 30th June 2012 a group including myself and 3 sons, James, Alastair and Joshua , will depart from our home village of Wroot in North Lincolnshire for the sunnier climes of Western France driving in relay a vintage 1964 International B414 tractor! Our destination is an old Farmhouse close to the village of Breuil Bernard near to the small town of Moncoutant in the department of the Deux Sevre, Western France. We bought the old place a few years ago and decided in due course to emigrate and settle there. James (my eldest) decided that to successfully make the transition and settle in Breuil Bernard I would need an old tractor. Some men take up golf, some men take up fishing apparently I am taking up old tractors! The event is set to commence on Saturday 30th June in harness with Marie Curie Cancer Care. Cancer has no geographical boundaries and does not stop at the English Channel. Last year our French friends Alain and Monique Fievre lost a member of their family, and my sons lost their Uncle Brian to cancer whilst my sister-in-law is desperately fighting the ravages of liver cancer Sadly the problem is around us all. The event will be preceded the week before when the tractor will lead a parade at the Lincolnshire Show, in conjunction with the Lincolnshire Young Farmers Club. The channel crossing will take place early in the morning Wednesday 4th July from Weymouth to St Malo via a 5 hour stop in Guernsey. Marie Curie is a registered charity no 207994 (England & Wales), SCO38731 (Scotland). Marie Curie Nurses help patients have the choice to live out their final days at home, by providing free care to people with terminal cancer and other terminal illnesses, in their own home. In addition The Marie Curie organization run a number of Hospices around the UK, free for those with cancer or other terminal illnesses. For further information regarding the charity please contact Stuart Wyle on 01476 576000 or Please can you help. You can donate by visiting our website: for further information, there is a link to donate via just giving. If you prefer you can send a cheque made payable to Marie Curie Cancer Care, this can be sent direct to Marie Curie Cancer Care , Lincolnshire Fundraising Office, 7C Commercial Road, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6DB (marked on the rear nash dash)…

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What’s On In Your area in the Isle of Axholme Activity

Meeting place




18th Haxey Cubs

Scout hut Behind Haxey Church

6:30 - 8:30 pm

01427 752250


Isle of Axholme Wolf cubs

Westwoodside Village Hall

6.00-7.30 pm

01427 754120


Isle of Axholme Scouts

Westwoodside Village Hall

7.00-9.00 pm

01427 754120


All Stars Tae Kwon Do

Coronation Hall, Owston Ferry

6.00 - 8.00pm



Isle of Axholme Beavers

Westwoodside Village Hall

6.00-7.30 pm


Line Dancing

Westwoodside Village Hall

7.30-9.30 pm

01427 754120 01427 873778


Mother and Toddler

Westwoodside Village Hall

9.00-11.00 am


Isle of Axholme short mat Bowls Club Epworth Leisure Centre (September—April)


Social Club—over 60’s

Westwoodside Village Hall

2.00-4.00 pm 01427 753227


Tae kwan Do

Westwoodside Village Hall

5.00-7.00pm 01302 311174


18th Haxey Beavers

Scout hut Behind Haxey Church

6:00 - 7:30 pm

01427 752250


18th Haxey Scouts

Scout hut Behind Haxey Church

7:00 - 9:00 pm

01427 752250


Preschool— Playgroup 2.5—5 years

Memorial Hall

9:15-:3:15 pm

01427 754330


Ballroom Dancing Classes

Memorial Hall

3:00-10:00 pm

01427 873532


Preschool Playgroup 3—5 years

Memorial Hall

9:15-3:15 pm

01427 754330



Memorial Hall


01427 752636


Preschool– playgroup 2.5—5 years

Memorial Hall

9:15- 3:15pm

01427 754330


Sunshine Yoga



01427 873730


Tae Kwan Do

Memorial Hal

5:45-6:45 pm

1st Wed

Haxey Woman's Institute (WI)

Memorial Hall


Swing Band Rehearsal

Stephen Jones Community Hall, Haxey


Owston Ferry Bowling Club

Owston Ferry Bowling Green


Sunshine Yoga

Coronation Hall, Owston Ferry


Preschool—Playgroup 3—5 years


Happy Circle (over 60’s)

Thurs Thurs

3.30—5.30 pm 01427 752344

01302 311174 01427 753062

7:30-930 pm 2.00-4.00pm

01427 728590

7:00 - 8:30 pm

01427 873730

Memorial Hall

9:15-3:15 pm

01427 753162

Memorial Hall

2:00—4:00 pm

01427 752636

Bambi—Playgroup 1—3 years

Memorial Hall

9:30-11:00 am

01427 754830


Haxey Church Hall

7:00—8:00 pm

01427 753269

1st Thurs Ferry Folk Group

(Roll Up & Drives)

Crooked Billet, Owston Ferry

8pm start

01427 728643


Ashby Concert Band

Ashby Wesley Hall

19:30 -22:00

01724 784494


Kick Boxing

Memorial Hall

6:00 - 8:00pm

01427 875051


Preschool—Playgroup 2.5—5 years

Memorial Hall

9:15-3:15 pm

01427 754330


Isle of Axholme short mat Bowls Club Epworth Leisure Centre (September—April)

3.30—5.30 pm

01427 752344 01427 753787


Musical Monkeys 0—5 years

Memorial Hall



Ballroom Dancing Classes

Memorial Hall

3:00 10:00pm

01427 873532


Epworth & Isle of Axholme Rotary Club

The Red Lion , Epworth

6pm start

01427 875540


Musical Movement - Toddlers 12months +

Epworth Thurlow Pre School

9:00 - 10:00 am

01427 875016 01427 875016 01909 480087


Musical Movement - Baby Group

Epworth Thurlow Pre School

10:00 - 11:00 am


Slate House Market & Carboot

Nr Messingham, Scunthorpe

1pm start

The Stephen Jones Community Hall - Pam Layton (Bookings)

01427 752783

Bookings of the Memorial Hall

Mrs Anne Robinson

01427 752636

Bookings of Westwoodside Village Hall

Vivien M’Itwamwari

01427 753856

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Pensions Helpline

0800 991234

Electricity Emergencies

0800 375 675

Transco - Gas Leaks Yorkshire Water

080 111 999 0845 1242424

Care in the Community Age Concern

0800 009966


0800 1111

Neighbourhood Watch

01482 444466

Health Visitor Team for under 5’s

01427 871181

, 01476 569764


0808 80050000


08705 555999 0845 4647

Owston Ferry LIVES (information only)

01302 532676

Boarding Kennels/Training Croft House Kennels & Cattery

01427 890235

Business/Finance/Accountants Sterry & Co Chartered Certified Accountants

01427 752958

Hurstons Accountants & Bus. Advisors

01427 873737

Health/Fitness /Swimming Minnows Swimming Club, Misterton School Pool Catherine 01427 754240 or Annette 01427 754772 Pilates classes covering the Isle with Jill Allen

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NHS Direct

£30 + VAT for 12 months Contact Carolyn

01427 728324


0790 338 4065

Quality Lifestyles Personal Training Consultancy Paul Seaman ACSM HFI 01427 753591 / 07714 318958

Funeral Directors Fields Funeral Service, Westwoodside

01427 874424

R Butoid Funeral Service , Misterton & Dist

01427 890317

Local Taxis

Crime Stoppers

0800 555 111

Carers Support Centre

01652 650585

Isle of Axholme Lions

01427 752139

Isle of Axholme Osteoporosis Support Link—Anne Broster

01427 875752

Isle Take You Axi Private Hire

07975 591967 / 01427 752707 01724 798877 / 07866 859963

Trade/Craftsmen Brooks Homecare Improvements 01427 875314 /07973142963 Chris Yeardley Roofing services 01427 754197 / 07974 140344 J M B Plastering—Haxey

01427 752200 / 07785 735984

Education and General Epworth Country Primary School

01427 872345

Haxey C of E School

01427 752294

Westwoodside C of E Primary School

01427 752355

Westwoodside Mobile Library

01724 865675

Haxey Library - Memorial Hall

01724 753239

Axholme Pest Control

Willows Dental Practice—Belton

01427 872106

Galerie des Fleurs

EPG Roofing Ltd

01427 420184 / 07850 976791

C M Developments Building Services

Complete Fire & Security Systems Ltd 01302 623427 / 07917 766922

Home and Garden 01427 873608 / 0776 6747245

Fountain Court florist

Leisure Epworth Leisure Centre

01427 873845

Ashby Concert Band - Rehearsals Fridays—Mr B Page

01724 784494

Haxey Cricket Club

01427 752394

01302 770216

01427 872111 01427 874831

Entertainment/Children’s Care

All Aboard Children’s Club -Westwoodside To advertise please call 01302 532676 or 07912 643010

01427 753676


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