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Including Misterton, Wroot, & Owston Ferry

December 2012 Police News Page 8 Where you live your local history Page 16 Haxey Parish Council Newsletter Page 20 +

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Editors Letter... With only 3 weeks until Christmas, everything is in full throttle again! This month’s Arrow has lots of local fayres and events; be sure to make a visit, they are always good for a visit for last minute stocking fillers. A visit to Santa?? Santa will be visiting The Smithy, High Street, Owston Ferry on the following dates Fri 7th Dec 6pm -8pm, Sat 8th Dec 2pm - 4pm Sun 9th Dec 2pm - 5pm, Sun 16th Dec 2pm - 5pm Admission to see Santa £3 (includes a gift from Santa) There will also be refreshments, raffle and tombola. Santa is also calling at Mazie Mazie at Hatfield, more details can be found on page 35. If any of our readers are interested in seeing the last flying Vulcan at Robin Hood airport, tickets can be purchased for the experience. Full details are on page 37. Also keep supporting local boy Alexander Strong! Two books can now be purchased on Amazon and money raised will help treatment for the rare form of cancer he has. Full story on page 36.

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News, News, News, News, News, News... ST NICHOLAS CHURCH HAXEY AUTUMN FAYRE SATURDAY 1ST DECEMBER The Autumn Fayre will be held in the Memorial Hall High Street Haxey from 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm. To include all the usual stalls together with grand raffle. Light refreshments will be served. Donations for stalls & raffle very much appreciated. For information please contact 01427 754550.

ST NICHOLAS CHURCH HAXEY CHRISTMAS SERVICES SUNDAY 9TH DECEMBER 4.00PM Christingle and Toy Service. If you can please bring a new or nearly new toy labelled boy or girl and the age it is suitable for. SUNDAY 16TH DECEMBER 10.45AM Family Carol Service and Holy Communion. MONDAY 24TH DECEMBER - Christmas Eve Crib Service 6.00pm and Midnight Mass 11.30pm. ST MARTINS OWSTON FERRY TUESDAY 25TH DECEMBER 10.00am Christmas Day Holy Communion.

Christmas Bingo on Wednesday 12th December starting 7.30pm at Haxey Memorial Hall. There will be a tombola stall, raffle and tea/coffee and mince pies. All monies raised is for Nicholas House Residents Social Fund. Everyone will be welcome.

Christmas Fair, Friday 14th December, 3 - 5pm @ Epworth Primary Academy School Hall. Santa's Grotto, £1 per Child (includes a small treat and a photo which will be emailed to you.) Visit the Tombola, Take a Lucky Dip, Hook a Festive Duck, Get a Tattoo even! Trade stalls of Cards and Crafts, Aloe Vera, Cupcakes plus many more. Join the raffle and enjoy our refreshments.

The local churches and the 2 schools of The Trentside Federation invite you to their 2012 Christmas Tree Festival in aid of Action for Children. To be held in the Methodist Church, Owston Ferry from 30th November to 9th December. All are welcome! Friday 30th November at 2pm Advent Service with St. Martin’s School led by Rev. David Leese. Saturday 1st December from 2 to 4pm open for viewing. Light refreshments available. Sunday 2nd December from 2 to 4pm open for viewing. Organist Mr. M. Bradbury. Refreshments available. Thursday 6th December from 10 to 12 noon open for viewing, plus the usual coffee morning. Friday 7th December at 7.30pm Friday Night is Music Night with the popular Intermezzo Singers. Saturday 8th December from 2 to 4pm open for viewing. Light refreshments available. Sunday 9th December at 2.30pm Carol Service led by Rev. David Leese.

The annual Senior Citizens’ party is on Saturday 19th January 2013 in the Methodist Hall, Misterton. If you are a Misterton resident and a senior citizen, and would like to come to the party but have not been before, please contact Lorraine on (01427) 890850. If you would now like to come but have not attended for the past few years, even though you have been sent an invitation, also contact Lorraine to be included on the invitation list. Please get in touch by Wednesday 19 December.

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News, News, News, News, News, News... PRIMARY SCHOOL GETS ‘GOOD’ OFSTED REPORT Misterton Primary & Nursery School has seen its standards improve—and this has been recognised by OFSTED inspectors. Following a visit last month, the School was classed as ‘Good’, an improvement on the previous ‘Satisfactory’ rating. Each of the four categories assessed – Achievement of pupils, Quality of Teaching, Behaviour and safety of pupils, and Leadership and management – was rated Good.

Special Christmas services for St. Martin's Church, Owston Ferry are as follows: Sunday, 2nd December 4pm Christingle Service followed by refreshments Sunday, 9th December 9.15am - Sung Eucharist Sunday, 16th December 4pm - Carol Concert followed by refreshments

There will be no service on Sunday 23rd December 24th December, 6pm - Crib Service 25th December 10am - Sung Christmas Eucharist Sunday, 30th December - Deanery Service at Epworth

The Ferry Folk have enjoyed a great year of music making at the Crooked Billet and seen many guests with a wide variety of instruments, songs and styles as well as our regular attendees who managed manfully despite the weather, illness, holidays etc. However, because so many groups meet on the first week of the month we have decided to change our meeting time to the THIRD THURSDAY of every month in order to stagger our sessions around the district a little better. Our first meeting of 2013 will be Thursday, 17th January and we look forward to seeing past and present singers, players and audience then. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all - and please help us to Keep Music Live in 2013. Kathryn Hollingsworth

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AXHOLME SOUTH POLICE REPORT Full details can be viewed on Neighbourhood policing priorities;- 1) Countrywatch,- calls remain at a low level, however we have moved on vehicles acting suspiciously in certain localities. 2) Westwoodside Park, Westwoodside, - Safer Neighbourhoods have collated info regarding concerns in the park and together with other agencies we will be addressing the issues. 3) Owston Ferry park and surrounding locality, - patrols will be attending the area as a result of recent calls for service.

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BAD WEATHER ADVICE;- PLEASE could we ask that you complete your winter checks of your vehicles in readiness and DO NOT leave your car unattended to warm -up before you use it. This gives a clear message "STEAL ME", - please don’t make your car cosy for crime. USEFUL WEBSITES TO VIEW;- There are always new ideas being promoted to reduce crime and one which is being promoted nationwide in order that it will make it easier for the Police to reunite you with your property. Go to for full details and how to register your belongings. One other site I would encourage all parents and young people to look at is - this site contains all sorts of useful information regarding; - Sex crime, Drugs, Alcohol, Cyber crime including the do's and don'ts on Facebook. I would really encourage every parent and their child to explore this site as it contains a lot of advice and guidance when dealing with issues regarding Facebook and its use and which both schools and police are regularly contacted about. NEW SUPERVISOR - PS 2441 Tony Petty has joined us at Epworth as Ps Michelle Garlick has been temporarily moved on to another position within Scunthorpe Division. If you wish to contact him please e-mail him; -




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Westwoodside Pond Lights will be holding their traditional lights switch on which will be held on the 7th of December 2012. The procession with Santa will Start from Westwoodside School at around 7.15pm and be at the pond for approx. 7.30. There will be hot Pork Sandwiches , Burgers, Mulled wine and mince pies available. Epworth school band and Westwoodside school choir will be attending. There will be a fireworks display after the switch. Come along and support this very traditional event in Westwoodside. Any further information can be obtained by contacting. Graham Guest Westwoodside Pond Lights 01427 753319

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Christmas in the Isle of Axholme WROOT CHRISTMAS MARKET On Saturday 1st December 2012 the Christmas Market will take place in Wroot Village Hall starting at 10am and ending at 1pm. Last year’s market was a huge success and it is hoped that this year should be even better with stalls selling homemade produce including Christmas puddings, mince pies, jams, marmalade, cakes etc. There will also be stalls selling jewellery, scarves, handbags, cards, sweet trees, Christmas gifts and decorations and much more. Everyone is welcome and all proceeds go to the Village Hall. The Village Hall Kitchen will once again be providing an excellent range of refreshments including bacon or sausage sandwiches, teas, coffees and home baked items, full breakfasts are also available at very reasonable prices. At 11.30 am Santa will arrive at the hall and he will be available for the children to give him their Christmas requests until 12.30pm. There is no charge for all village children and children who attend Wroot Travis School, but there will be a small charge of £1 for any other children wishing to see Santa and receive a gift. WROOT PANTOMIME THE WIZARD of OZ Wednesday 16th January 2013 to Saturday 19th January 2013. Tickets are £6 adults and £3 children. Tickets are on sale from 1st December and are available from the Shop or the Cross Keys Pub or by ringing 01302 771480. Those who have been before know how popular this event is so make sure that you book early to avoid disappointment. ISLE CHORLAL SOCIETYCHRISTMAS CONCERT Will be held in the Imperial Hall Epworth on Sunday 9th December at 7.00pm. Come and enjoy a selection of Christmas Carols & Songs. Tickets £6 to include light refreshments and raffle tickets £1. For information please contact 01427 873898 or 01427 754626. St Andrew's Parish Church, Epworth will be holding "The Christmas Market" on Friday 7th December from 12 noon onwards in the Imperial Hall, Chapel Street, Epworth. It is in conjunction with the switching-on of the town Christmas Lights at 6 30 pm. There will a raffle; tombola; preserves; sweets; cakes; books; bran-tub; Christmas items for sale; games; mulled wine and other refreshments. Charity Christmas Fete at The Waterfront Inn, West Stockwith, on 8th December from 3pm. The money raised will be shared towards: Resarch into Guillain–Barré syndrome as a member of our family was diagnosed with this life threatening virus that only 1 in 20,000 people are diagnosed with. We would like to raise money so people will be made more aware of it to help diagnose as early as possible. Also a local 11 year old recently suffered from a brain tumour and we would like to give the money to the rehab team to say thank you. If anyone is interested in a stall or would like to volunteer please call Bianca 0794 7510 702 Owston Ferry Christmas Lights will be switched on Sat 8th Dec 6.30pm for 7pm in the Market Place. There will be a bucket collection for the band and Air Ambulance. Santa will be at The Smithy, High Street, Owston Ferry (DN9 1RE); Fri 7th Dec 6pm -8pm, Sat 8th Dec 2pm - 4pm, Sun 9th Dec 2pm - 5pm, Sun 16th Dec 2pm - 5pm Admission to see Santa £3 (includes a gift from Santa) There will also be refreshments, raffle and tombola. Old Rectory Hosts Quality Craft Fair Anyone wanting to get a special Christmas present should be heading for Epworth’s Old Rectory on Saturday 8th December. Admission is free and the event runs from 10am until 3pm. There will be a festive atmosphere - with the Old Rectory being decorated and fun activities for children – including making a Christmas card for mum and dad. Festive refreshments will be on sale and the stalls will be selling a variety of gifts including jewellery, handicrafts, locally produced honey and Christmas cards.


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The Isle of Axholme

Where You Live

Your Local History

Amateur Dramatics The Epworth Mowbray Players No. 6 by Anthony Catherall Miss Marple comes to Epworth. One can only assume that because of all the celebrations surrounding Princess Elizabeth’s Coronation in 1953 the E.M.P. had decided not to produce in that year. The Coronation however was a great excuse for many to purchase small Black & White televisions. Many came with a large magnifying glass affixed to the front to increase the size of the picture to about twelve inches. Rehearsals started at the end of 1953 for “Murder at the Vicarage” performed during March 1954, a plot devised and written by Agatha Christie. In St Mary’s Mead, no one is more despised than Colonel Protheroe and even the Vicar had said that killing him would be doing a service for the townsfolk. The Colonel is later found murdered in the Vicars study, two different people confess to the crime and Jane Marple is called in. Ella Dempster had been given this lead role in the cast of fourteen. After the last six years of wonderful productions audiences were now coming from much further afield. So the players gave a hearty welcome to visitors, Mr. F.G.M. Stennett, Gainsborough, and Mr. S.A. Stacey, Lincoln, representatives of the National Operatic and Dramatic Association; together with the parties representative of the Belton Dramatic Society, the Gunthorpe Women’s Institute, The Haxey Amateur Society, and private parties from Crowle and Owston Ferry.

Thanks go to the Hull Daily Mail for the above photograph.

Left to Right; Morris Butler, George Archer, Jack Johnson, Joyce Battye, Freda Matthews, Mary Housham, Basil Staveley, Edwin Harrison, Elsie Boggis, D. Francon Davies, Ella Dempster, Clifford Trimingham, Audrey Till, Leroy Haines.


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Baptism at St. Martin’s School On Wednesday 7th November Reverend Green came to St. Martin’s School to baptise lots of ‘babies’. The children in Class 1 & 2 were so enthusiastic to learn about the baptism service they brought in their baby dolls to take part in the service. The children were taken on a journey through the baptism service discussing the importance of each part. They understood that at their Baptism a person, child or baby has their past wiped clean and that they are becoming part of Jesus’ family. Then the children brought their dolls to be baptised and each had a mother, a father and godparents. The role of each of these people in the baby’s Christian life was explained. We would have liked to have taken our babies to St. Martin’s Church but due to the current repairs it was not available. Mrs Jane Ayris, Classteacher at St Martin's

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Steven joins forces to provide wider service provision As many of you know, Steven Speers has successfully implemented a physiotherapy service in Epworth. His business has grown from strength to strength and he has a long list of testimonials from more than satisfied patients. During the two and a half years he’s been trading from Epworth Leisure Centre, he has also been working for the Lincoln Physiotherapy and Sports Injuries Clinic where he has developed a significant client base and respect from fellow colleagues. Steven is delighted to announce that he has become a partner at the Lincoln clinic and along with that, they have taken on Steven Speers Physiotherapy to run alongside their five other successful clinics. “I’m thrilled to have been invited to become a partner with this already successful Physiotherapy practice” says Steven who will be one of four partners and will be running two of their six clinics. Steven Speers Physiotherapy will now be known as Epworth Physiotherapy and Sports Injuries Clinic. Steven will remain very much at the helm but highly experienced Physiotherapists will also cover during busy periods. Alongside this exciting new venture is the opening of a new clinic at Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough. Steven will also be managing the Gainsborough clinic supported by the Physiotherapists and administration staff from the Lincoln practice. Steven has previously worked at the John Coupland Hospital, Gainsborough as a Senior Musculoskeletal (MSK) Physiotherapist and so has developed an excellent reputation and rapport with local GPs. “I’m very much looking forward to working at the new Marshall’s Yard practice. It’s an excellent opportunity to continue working in Gainsborough but in private practice” states Steven. He adds “I’m also delighted with the success of Steven Speers Physiotherapy in Epworth. I have been really busy of late so it’ll be will nice to offer patients alternative appointments to see me at the Gainsborough clinic” Steven Joins partners Gavin Cummings, Anthony Glennon and Jane Seabrook. They currently have clinics in Cabourne and South Hykeham, Lincoln, Market Rasen, Louth and now add Marshall’s Yard and Epworth to their growing number of premises. Steven is keen to reassure his Epworth patients of the same personal and confidential service he previously offered. “The Leisure Centre is still an excellent venue to hold a physio clinic. I have become very busy lately and owing to NHS work commitments, I haven’t been able to offer additional appointments until now”. Patients can choose to come to Epworth or Marshall’s Yard with appointments running up to six days a week. Both clinics have disabled access and ample free parking.

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Haxey Parish Council, Newsletter, December 2012 Parish Clerk - Deb Hotson Email: Postal Address: Haxey Memorial Hall, High Street, Haxey, DN9 2HH Telephone: 01652 618306 / 0784 220 1877 Website:

Remembrance Day, 2012 This year the Parish Council organised the Remembrance Service which was very well attended. The Parish Council would like to thank Ward Councillor Ron Allcock for his part in organising the road closures and having the police on hand who did a marvellous job in keeping the traffic at bay for the procession to the church from the War Memorial. The Parish Council would like to thank residents for their acceptance of the road closure which allowed the 2 minute silence to go ahead without any background noise and for James Newton who played his cornet at both the War Memorial and at the church service – thank you to all those who attended and were involved. This will continue to be an annual event and will take place next year on Monday 11 th November 2013. The picture below show the 2 minute silence at the War Memorial, Haxey.Parish Directory

Parish Directory The Parish Directory has now been brought up to date and will be available on the Parish web site in December. The Parish Council are to discuss the possibility of printing off a copy for every household in the parish at their November meeting. Westwoodside Rangers Football team The Parish Council have recently supported Kevin Blow in the creation of a football team made up of mainly 17 year olds that will be playing in the men’s Doncaster Senior League division 1 on Saturday afternoons. The money donated along with other monies received from sponsors will go towards providing tracksuits for the team who practice at the Westwoodside playing fields. If you have any spare time Kevin is looking for volunteers to help run the club and any interested parties should contact Kevin on


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WESTWOODSIDE Church of England SCHOOL News Each term each class allocates two days as ‘Passport Days’. During the two Passport Days, the normal timetable is suspended and children learn about a different country in an active, creative way. During this Autumn Term:Foundation Stage found out about aspects of Spain with lots of fun and lively activities. Everyone enjoyed the food tasting and the Spanish dancing was a real highlight led by Shelly from Cre8ive Dance School of Doncaster. Passport Days ended with flags, collage oranges and sand sculptures in the style of Gaudi! Year 1 and 2 learnt all about Norway. They found out lots of information about the landscape, people and food. They used many different materials to make collages of images of Norway and tasted some typical Norwegian foods. Paint and pastels were used to make colourful pictures of the animals of Norway. Years 3 and 4 found out lots about Norway, particularly about the fishing industry and the beautiful Northern Lights. After watching the Norwegian Tourist office website videos everyone was ready to book a holiday there! They found out it was a very ‘natural’ place which was far less densely populated than the UK. They made magnetic fishing games to remind themselves of the fishing industry and used oil pastels and metallic colouring pencils to create pictures representing the Northern Lights and the natural beauty of Norway. Mrs Harris’ and Mr McKay’s classes explored New Zealand. They learnt the haka to go alongside the games of tag rugby they played.


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Saturday the 3rd of November 2012 Haxey Methodist Church held their Annual Autumn Fayre in Haxey Memorial Hall, the doors opened at 2.00 p.m. Mrs Jean Marshall of West Butterwick official declared the event open by reading one of her very humorous poems. Flowers were presented to Mrs Marshall by two year old Ruby Cliffe, with a helping hand from Mum. The sun shone and a wonderful afternoon was enjoyed by all. There were the usual stalls, cakes, fresh vegetables, toys and books, preserves, crafts and white elephant also a tombola and raffle. Those attending then had a chance to rest and enjoyed the refreshments being served in the Gingham tearoom. The Fayre raised a magnificent £1108.00 for church funds. The Methodist Church would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the volunteers and all who supported the event.


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HAXEY AND WESTWOODSIDE HERITAGE SOCIETY NOVEMBER MEETING AND CHRISTMAS THEMED AFTERNOON TEA In the absence of the chairman, Mrs. Jackie Starr, the November meeting of the Haxey & Westwoodside Heritage Society was chaired by Mr Geoff. Starr, arrangements for the forthcoming fund raising Christmas themed ‘Afternoon Tea’ were discussed and the invitations to the Society’s Christmas Party were distributed.

Maureen James with committee member Elizabeth Berry

Speaker Mrs. Maureen James introducing her topic “Legends of the Carrs” explained that her research into the subject and her subsequent thesis was the basis for the talk. In the 17th century lack of work with the subsequent poverty and illness led the population to seek comfort by the use of the opium which they had obtained by growing the poppy. Use of opium could lead to hallucinations and these along with other unexplained occurrences led to the development of these legends. The legends were perpetuated by story telling at evening gatherings, and became accepted as fact. With the introduction of child education this acceptance was challenged by educated people such as school masters which led to a less open telling of the legends. With the aid of slides Maureen illustrated many of these legends explaining the background to them and that although many were credited as originating in Cambridgeshire she had by a variety of means identified them as coming from Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Maureen’s intention is, eventually, to publish her research. Saturday afternoon following the Society’s meeting upwards of 50 guests attended, in the Westwoodside Village Hall, the Christmas themed afternoon tea where they were able to purchase from a display of Christmas gifts, books, bric a brac, cakes and home made jams, along with the Society’s publications and the Hirst print of Parish scenes. Internet/broadband problems A selection of Mince Pies, Plum Bread, Scottish Virus Removal Shortbread and Tea was served and enjoyed during Computer repair & the course of the afternoon.


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We all like giving and receiving presents,

and when someone gives us a present we often find ourselves looking at its shape and size, testing its weight, shaking it, and trying to guess what may be inside. And we all hope it will be something we will like, so that we can say a genuine ‘thank you very much’, and mean it. That’s not always easy when a relative gives the same unimaginative present every year! When God gave us his present on the very first Christmas Day - Jesus - what God was saying was this: ‘This is my gift because I love you’. God’s gift came wrapped up – packed around with stories of shepherds, angels and wise men. These beautiful stories add joy to the present God has given us, just like the coloured wrappings round our Christmas presents do. But however lovely, the wrappings are not really important: it’s the present itself which actually matters. It’s the same with God’s gift to us. Take away the shepherds and the wise men, and in the centre baby Jesus still remains. And, as each Christmas we add more wrappings (cards, parties, food, decorations), God’s present is still there in the centre. That baby (and the man he became) is the reason for all the celebration, all the wrappings. Jesus is the present from God that tells us: ‘God is with us and cares about us’.

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FOUNTAIN COURT FLORIST 7 Fountain Court, Market Place, Epworth.

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VILLAGE GALA DONATES PROFITS TO LOCAL GOOD CAUSES Donations totalling £900 were made to four village organisations benefitting from the proceeds of the annual village gala. Each organisation received £225. Receiving the cheques (pictured front row, from left) are Sue Pearce (All Saints’ Church, which underwrites the Gala); Emma Jackson (Chair, Ladybirds Playgroup), Peter Snow (Misterton Junior Cricket Club), and Ann Hancock (Swallow Court residents’ amenities fund). Members of the Gala organising committee (back row, from left) are Rick Brand, Tracy EverettFox, Hazel Brand, and Pat Loveless. Next year’s Gala is on Saturday 6 July. The organising team is looking for a new member to take on the task of organising the raffle. For further information, call 07710 292026.


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FUNDRAISER GETS ACHIEVERS’ AWARD Jane Moffett, who led the appeal to replace the lead stolen from the roof of All Saints’ Church, Misterton was presented with a Bassetlaw Achievers’ Award at a civic ceremony earlier this month. She is pictured receiving her award from Bassetlaw District Council Chairman, Cllr Ian Campbell (left), and Deputy Leader, Griff Wynne. Nominated for an award by District Cllr Hazel Brand, Jane raised £33,308 to replace the lead, beginning in October 2011 and reaching the target in June. Although she had help and support from many in the community, it was Jane’s vision and drive that really galvanised people into action. Jane used her skills – and powers of persuasion – to put on a wide range of fund-raising activities that appealed to many different people and organisations. What she achieved is all the more remarkable because the ‘naysayers’ thought it was impossible to raise this amount of money during a recession. But she proved them wrong and work has now started on repairing the roof in time for winter.

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MERRY XMAS from all at Axholme Decorating Centre Homeware and Gifts now available in store Call Paula or Jill 01427 238941

8 Albion Hill Albion Hill Epworth. DN9 2BU

● Know someone worthy of a sports award? There are 11 categories in the Bassetlaw District Council’s annual awards: for under 14s, 14-182, teams and clubs, coach, volunteers, and a lifetime achievement award. There’s more information on the BDC website. Cllr Brand is happy to discuss nominations and help with the nomination process.

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LOCAL MOLLY MAID EXPLORES SUCCESS MOLLY MAID, the UK’s leading professional domestic cleaning company, has just returned from their National Convention entitled “Exploring Success” following an inspirational three days where Andy & Lynne Crewe from MOLLY MAID, Epworth, truly shone. This year, MOLLY MAID turned The Abbey Hotel in Great Malvern, Worcestershire with its impressive setting, into its home for three days. The Convention was concluded with a MOLLY MAID star-studded Gala dinner and awards ceremony where Andy and Lynne Crewe received one of the top MOLLY MAID Awards. This award was presented to them for their sustained efforts in increasing the awareness of MOLLY MAID locally and supporting the local community. The increased awareness of the brand in their local area resulting from their tireless marketing efforts has led to the couple increasing sales enquiries for the MOLLY MAID service. The growth of their business and their readiness to take on every marketing initiative has earned them the “MOLLY MAID Golden Mop & Bucket Award”. Andy and Lynne said, “MOLLY MAID is a strong brand, which is why we started the business up locally. We saw great opportunity to promote the brand as effectively as possible and that is why we have embraced as many new marketing initiatives as possible. We also ensure that we provide a reliable high quality service to our customers and it is thanks to their loyalty and that of our staff that we are a success.

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Christmas time

What we have been waiting for all year has finally come - its CHRISTMAS!!!!!! The year 4/5,6 are doing 'Alice - the Musical' for their Christmas production. The lead role, Alice, is being played by Jodi Lawson and Holly Wood who are going to have a lot of speaking and solos for singing. They are very excited. There are lots of roles. Everyone is very excited and it will take a lot of rehearsing but hopefully will be worth it. The production is going to take place on the 13th of December at 2:00pm and at 6:30pm. It will be the best show of all time and will take place at Westwoodside Primary School.

!Merry Christmas! By Lucy Fisher + Camilla Daniels Y6 Two Authors, one village. Epworth has had its fair share of people who have gone on to fame and fortune. Sportsman Ian Botham lived here for many years and his son Liam Botham went to South Axholme School. Sheridan Smith of ‘two packets’ fame was an Epworthian, and who can forget that guy from Eldorado. Recently David Gatward returned to do a book signing at South Axholme to promote his teenage horror novels. Hoping the follow in their footsteps are two new authors Rebecca Kershaw and Adele Carrington, both locals and both with their first books just released. Rebecca’s Bleed Black is a tale of youthful exploration and the consequences this can have in later life. It follows a group of teenagers on the path of self-discovery in Northumberland. Denial, the first of the Varcolac Journals, is Adele’s new look at the Vampire legends, using Romany mythology and a main character who we can all connect with it takes the reader on a journey of blood, sex and intrigue. Battle of the Books Adele got in contact with Rebecca after an Epworth Bells article; she couldn’t get over the coincidence and just had to get in touch. After lots of coffee and cake, they decided to hold a Battle of the Books in aid of Alexander Strong. “We wanted to do something fun, that would captures people’s imagination and raise money for Lex’s treatment.” Adele said The Battle was born. Five tasks run through December, from a twitter campaign to being able to buy coffee and cake treats loved by the characters in the books in ****. Rebecca says “We’ll be out in Doncaster in fancy dress one week and book signing in Epworth the next, I’m sure it will be fun.” Lex has a rare form of cancer, the treatment he has been recommended is still experimental and therefore costly. All the people who know him speak of his courage and his determination to fight against cancer. It is important that we as a community help him in his fight. Follow Battle’s mention fun on Facebook via Arrow” You can buy the 36 thePlease “The when responding to advertisements books at Amazon or order directly from Alexander’s page.

Five Isle' residents took part in the recent Lake Garda International Marathon Festival in Italy and returned with some great performances. The event features a full marathon, 30km run and 15km run which runs along roads adjacent to the picturesque lake. The route also takes the runners through mountainside tunnels and vineyards. Julian Moorhouse, owner of Epworth based running speciality store Metres to Miles, Phillip Woolgar of Epworth and Christopher Payne of Haxey, each ran the 26.2 miles marathon. Julian finished a creditable 3rd postion overall in a time of 2 hours 39 Minutes and 17 seconds. Christopher was next across the line in 56th position posting a time of 3 hours 10 minutes 52 seconds and Phillip finished with a massive personal best time in 79th position with 3 hours 18 minutes 02 seconds. These were great performances in a field of more than 2500 across the three events. Julian said "It was a fabulous event, set in wonderful surroundings and the support enroute was a great help. I was pleased with the run as these days I'm more familiar with organising events than taking part in them and so I was keen to go and be as competitive as I could be and at the sime time play things safe. I took away a prize of 500 Euro, a cup, huge bottle of champagne and a crate of apples - yes apples, courtesy of the local sponsors". Chistopher, who has only run in a handful of events before said "I'm delighted with the performance. A group of us train regularly several times each week from Metres to Miles and putting in the miles helped to get me round. I'm pleased with my debut at the distance. I may look to run the Jungfrau Marathon over the mountains of Switzerland next year". Phillip ran his fourth marathon in as many years and ran a huge personal best, he said "My target was to run 7.30 pace per mile but I felt great and managed to take a huge chunk off my previous best. I've trained very well and felt prepared for the race. Confidence in the marathon, that you can do the distance and feel comfortable at your target pace is so important. I'm planning on doing an Ironman triathlon next year, but not quite sure on the venue right now". In the 15km run, which took in the final and most challenging section of the marathon circuit Kim Woolgar and Tracey Payne fought the gradients to finish well up the field of finishers, crossing the finish line together in 1 hour 34 minutes 01 second.

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TRENTSIDE FEDERATION SCHOOL NEWS – ST MARTIN’S AND WEST BUTTERWICK CHURCH OF ENGLAND PRIMARY SCHOOLS Following last month’s School News, I am pleased to report that St Martin’s Key Stage 2 educational visit to the National Railway Museum in York was a big success. The highlights of their day included viewing the replica of Stephenson’s Rocket and ‘The Mallard’, a steam locomotive which was built in Doncaster in 1938. The world famous Flying Scotsman was marvelled at, currently in the workshop being restored. The effort that the children had put in to a range of homework projects prior to the visit, which involved the creation and production of PowerPoint presentations, was made all the more worthwhile through this opportunity to experience much of what they had discovered through books and the internet first-hand. Children and staff enjoyed workshops linked to Newton’s Laws of Motion and how these are applied to trains as well as how forces influence the design and build of bridges. On 9th November, at West Butterwick, the whole school participated in an ‘Eco-Day’ focusing on issues linked to litter, sustainability & self-sufficiency (such as growing our own vegetables). This thoughtprovoking day ended with children making pledges as to how they will help the environment based on the discussions and information gathering that had taken place. The pledges can be seen on our new school/ federation website, along with a PowerPoint presentation of the mornings’ outdoor work. Both schools focused their minds, early November, on the significance of 11 th November and the various events that take place in our schools, the local community, nationally and within the wider world. Discussions were based around Remembrance Day, Armistice and the Poppy Appeal as well as the celebration of St Martin and his legacy within the Christian faith. St Martin’s pupils came together at a Service of Remembrance held on Friday 9th November in St Martin’s Church. Multi-cultural studies have featured strongly this term. On Wednesday 14th November we had a thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening day’s learning based around the Zulu Culture. ‘Culture Connect’ visited to ‘bring the real Africa’ to our schools. Over the course of the day, pupils explored various aspects of the Zulu Culture, such as regional music and dance as well as textile designs and tribal costume. We would like to thank Valerie Taiwoo of Culture Connect for making this so memorable for us all! As November ebbs away, our thoughts are now becoming increasingly focused on Christmas. We are looking forward to participating in Owston Ferry’s Methodist Chapel’s Christmas Tree Festival as well as having an Advent Service in Owston Ferry Chapel on 30th November. We are planning Christmas productions. St Martin’s will be holding its traditional Lantern Parade on the evening of Friday 7th December. St Martin’s pupils are particularly excited this year, as one lucky child will be the ‘switcher on’ of the village lights on Saturday 8th December (7pm). The children have decided upon a competition to enter in order to select this lucky individual. Happy Christmas to you all! Josephine Buckle, Headteacher, Trentside Federation

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Axholme Camera Club News Two Sherwood Forest men descended on Axholme Camera Club on Tuesday the 23rd October. Ian Taylor CPAGB is the Vice President and the Awards Secretary for the “North East and Midlands Photographic Federation”, and Mr Len White CPAGB had come to give Axholme members a talk and at the time the subject was unknown. The Axholme Chairman Mr Geoff Trinder opened the meeting and introduced our visitors from Robin Hood country and we all waited to hear what the talk would be about. Ian started with a demonstration on how to set up a four flash system using remote switches to trigger the camera and ensure the correct amount of light was thrown onto the subject from each flash unit. The demonstration covered all different configurations of flash usage. The members found it a very interesting subject which could be used when other light sources were not available, i.e. a portrait shoot in the middle of the moors when the light has to be perfect. Ian followed this with several short explanatory AVs on several different photographic subjects. After Tea and Coffee Len White followed on with a selection of Digital Slides on Natural History subjects, mainly birds. Len explained in some detail how he was able to get most of the shots by just being there at the right time. However, to be there at the right time he carries a tent in the car and will spend the night at the sight so he can be up before the larks, this created a burst of laughter. He continued saying that he would spend hours in the hide or hidden in a ditch waiting for the right moment. Sometimes he would have the camera set up and he would need to trip the shutter by remote from several meters away. The evening ended with questions and a vote of thanks from the Chairman. On Sunday 4th November the Lincolnshire Photographic Association organised the annual Digital Battles. This is when all clubs in Lincolnshire are invited to put their best ten images forward to be judged. The club with the highest score is the winner.


This year saw a great many excellent images with the Judge Mr Tony Pioli ARPS ABPE. Commenting that the task of choosing the overall winner would be difficult. The contest was won by Deepings Camera Club with 176 points, followed very closely with 175 point was RB camera Club and in third place was Axholme with 168 point. Its a very well done to Axholme members for their high quality images.

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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

01427 754120


Line Dancing

Westwoodside Village Hall

7.30-9.30 pm

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


Tae kwan Do

Westwoodside Village Hall


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 2.00-4.00 pm 01427 752524 5.00-7.00pm 01302 311174

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

3rd 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

Memorial Hall


01427 753787

3:00 10:00pm

01427 873532


Musical Monkeys 0—5 years


Ballroom Dancing Classes

Memorial Hall


Nordic Walking

Epworth Garden Centre


Epworth & Isle of Axholme Rotary Club

The Red Lion , Epworth


Musical Movement - Toddlers 12months +

10.00-noon 01724 297280 6pm start

01427 875540

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) Bookings of the Memorial Hall Bookings of Westwoodside Village Hall Bookings of West Butterwick Village Hall


Joanne Mottram

01427 752783 E mail

0784 0032 062

Vivien M’Itwamwari Please mention “The Arrow” when responding to advertisements01427 753856 Beryl Ash

01724 783125

Doncaster Advanced Motorist

Driving in Ice and Snow

Every year, prepare your vehicle for winter. Have your antifreeze checked, replace damaged wiper blades, stock-up on de-icer and screenwash. Buy a scraper and two cloths, one to clear condensation off the inside of your windscreen and one to clean your lights and exterior glass. Drivers of older cars may also consider buying a can of moisture-dispersant like WD 40. This is designed to keep spark plugs and distributors functioning properly. Many new cars have built-in external temperature gauges. Use them as an early-warning system to assess driving conditions. An indication temperature of 3°C or below means extremely slippery conditions are possible. Adjust your driving to the constantly changing conditions and always drive within your own and your car’s limits. Observe other road users to see how they react to the conditions ahead. Alter your driving style accordingly. Stopping distances can increase dramatically in winter. Stay focused, look further ahead for potential hazards and ensure that you are far enough behind the car in front to stop comfortably if it brakes. Driving long distances in bad weather can be tiring. Poor visibility and the mesmeric effect of windscreen wipers can take their toll. Stop for a break at least every two hours. In low-traction conditions, stay in the highest gear possible as it minimises wheelspin. Consider setting off in second gear, releasing the clutch and accelerating gently. Always aim to stay on snow-ploughed and gritted carriageways. Overtaking manoeuvres on a snowy fastlane are incredibly dangerous. If a driver tailgates you in wintry conditions, be prepared to pull over and let them pass. You may also consider helping them out of the hedge, some way down the road. In freezing conditions make an effort to drive more smoothly than ever. Clutch, acceleration and steering movements should be smooth and progressive and braking should be done early and gently. Bridges are particularly prone to icing up. They freeze first, thaw last, and are often lined with concrete pillars that don’t mix well with vehicle paint and bodywork! The worst freezing usually takes place at night and in the early hours. Black ice is almost invisible and it reduces a car’s grip to zero. If you hit black ice there is little you can do to control a car. However, as it usually appears in patches, you should be prepared for the moment when your car regains grip. If you lose grip at the front end, a front-wheel skid (understeer) will begin. Take your foot off the accelerator, consider disengaging the clutch and steer smoothly. If your car goes into a rear-wheel skid, the tail of the car will swing out sideways (oversteer) and may cause a spin if you don’t correct it quickly. To control the skid, lift off the accelerator, consider de-clutching and steer in the direction of the skid – so that the wheels continue to point in the direction you intended to travel. If you would like to take a Free Public Assessment Drive please contact me below. This offer is available to all our Arrow readers Safe Driving Paul Tuke. Tel: 01302 886 276

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Business Directory

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

£30 + VAT for 12 months Contact Carolyn

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

Neighbourhood Watch

01482 444466

Minnows Swimming Club, Misterton School Pool Catherine 01427 754240 or Annette 01427 754772

Health Visitor Team for under 5’s

01427 871181

Pilates classes covering the Isle with Jill Allen

SSAFA Forces Help www.ssafa,

, 01476 569764


0808 80050000


08705 555999

NHS Direct

0845 4647

Owston Ferry LIVES (information only)

01427 728324

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 Axi Private Hire up to 8 passengers


0790 338 4065

7866 859963 01724 798877

Crime Stoppers

0800 555 111

Carers Support Centre

01652 650585

Executive/Chauffeur Driven/Wedding Transport

Isle of Axholme Lions

01427 752139

EX-ZEC Travel Services www.

Isle of Axholme Osteoporosis Support Link—Anne Broster

01427 875752

01302 820137 078 765 955 74

Trade/Craftsmen Brooks Homecare Improvements 01427 875314 /07973142963 Chris Yeardley Roofing services 01427 754197 / 07974 140344

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

Willows Dental Practice—Belton

01427 872106

J M B Plastering—Haxey

01427 752200 / 07785 735984

Axholme wood recycling (suppliers of firewood) 01427 874324 07711 254113 EPG Roofing Ltd

01427 420184 / 07850 976791

C M Developments Building Services

01302 770216

Complete Fire & Security Systems Ltd 01302 511050 / 07917 766922

Home and Garden Axholme Pest Control

01427 873608 / 0776 6747245

Leisure Epworth Leisure Centre

01427 873845

Ashby Concert Band - Rehearsals Fridays—Mr B Page

01724 784494

Haxey Cricket Club

01427 752394


Fountain Court florist

01427 874831

Care Please mention “The Arrow” whenEntertainment/Children’s responding to advertisements All Aboard Children’s Club -Westwoodside

01427 753676

Class 4 MOT’s Class 7 MOT’s

£35.00 £45.00

All MOT prices include re-test if required

Winter Check £15.00 (FREE Winter Check with all MOTS )

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 now stock Bosch car & van batteries at great prices Also De Icer, Screen wash, Anti freeze, Bulbs & Wiper blades

*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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