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Including Misterton, Wroot, & Owston Ferry

February 2014

Police News Page 12 The Epworth Cookbook Revisited Recipes from the ladies of the Epworth & District WI Page 16 The Future of the Festival of the Plough Page 20 Haxey Parish Council Newsletter Page 28 and much much much more‌

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Editors Letter‌ This months issue is full of interesting articles:

The Future of the Festival of the Plough; last month a meeting was held to discuss its future.! The Plough has been held in Low Burnham for over 30 years and with numbers dwindling, thoughts with the committee whether to continue or not. I am glad to report the show will go on! The date is set for Sunday 21st September 2014. If you would like to get involved with the Plough their next meeting is at the Epworth Thurlow on February 4th at 7pm. Please support your local event and be part of its history. Full report is on page 20. Isle rescue who advertise on a regular basis is a great charity, they are continually looking for loving homes for rescue cats and dogs. Each month we have a pet of the month. Take a look on page 35. Can you give Prudence a home she deserves? I was tempted and went to see her, but having four dogs of my own and a small child she wasn't suitable! I am sure she would make someone a great companion. The deadline for the March issue is Wednesday 12th February. Enjoy the read!

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

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

The Isle of Axholme Gardening Club's next meeting is Tuesday 11th February 2014. AGM followed by a

Thank you all again for your wonderful support. Peter Lindley, President, Isle of Axholme Lions Club. Address: Bryanek, Upperthorpe Road, Haxey, Doncaster, DN9 2JB

Fish and Chip supper. The Competition is five snowdrops are in any vessel. All events start at 7.30pm at the Imperial Hall, Epworth opens from 6.45pm. If you are interested in joining the Committee, please speak to a current Committee member or call 01427 87412

The dates for the Isle Dance for Health 2014 programme are:

St. Martin's Church, Owston Ferry services will be held on:

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

Owston Ferry Society will be holding their AGM on Wednesday 12th February; 7.30pm at Coronation Hall. Cheese & Wine and slide show. No admission charge; all welcome.


2nd February 09.15 Sung Eucharist 9th February 09.15 Sung Eucharist 19th February 09.15 Sung Eucharist 23rd February 09.15 Sung Eucharist

Owston Ferry WI will be meeting at Coronation Hall, Owston Ferry on Wednesday 19th February when we will be given a cookery demonstration and talk by Bronwen of Jaysters Catering of Bawtry. All are welcome to attend and there is a £3.00 fee for non members. Look out for more information about a Murder Mystery Night we are holding on Friday 28th March at the Coronation Hall. Join us at a 1920s dinner party and you are welcome to dress for the occasion. 2 course meal. Tickets £12.00 each. For further information, or to order tickets, please contact Anne Frow 01427 728716) or Ingrid Wright (01427 728668).

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News, News, News, News, News, News, News... Spring Cleaning is about to Begin! Have you noticed the days are already a little longer? Before the garden planting starts to call us, we think it is time to Spring Clean and that includes clearing our Hall. This is advance notice of our March , Friendly Carboot Sale so that you can gather together your un wanted items for sale. All Saints Church wants to achieve the reopening of the Collinson Cooper Hall both for church and community use. The hall was originally built in the 1960’s through the hard work and generosity of the ‘youngsters’ of that era but was closed in 2003 as a result of structural issues with the roof. Plans and fund raising are now in progress to repair and upgrade the Hall . Our first car boot sale was labelled friendly and fun by some of the visitors, so we hope you’ll spring clean and bring along saleable items or come and browse, buy and enjoy the company.

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


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

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

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School is buzzing with activity with lots of things happening. The children have enjoyed a pantomime, and have been busy having a sort out for our Bags to School event. Thanks to all who have taken time to contribute unwanted items. The amount of money raised will be published as soon as we know it, with these vital funds going back into school for the benefit of all children. You support really is appreciated. Year 5 recently turned their hand to the criminal justice system, and became magistrates for the day. They set up their classroom as a court room and used a script for the case they were to hear. A jury was selected, who then had to decide if the defendant was guilty, or not guilty. This was a very informative day and much was learnt by all. A journalist from The Scunthorpe Telegraph has been into school to visit year 6. He spoke about what his job involves, and coached the children when they were given the opportunity to write their own articles. These were published in The Telegraph on 23rd January so we hope you managed to buy a copy to see examples of the children's fantastic work. The children enjoyed a Candlemas Service on 31st January up at St Nicholas' Church. Candlemas is the Christian celebration of light and marks the mid point of winter between the shortest day and spring equinox. According to old folklore, 'If Candlemas Day be fair and bright, winter will have another fight; If Candlemas Day brings Cloud and rain, winter won't come again. If Candlemas Day be dry and fair, the half o the winter's to come and mair; If Candlemas Day be wet and foul, the half o the winter's gane at Yule' We'll see what happens! We are also holding a disco for the children on Thursday 13th February, tickets available in school for those wishing to attend. It is an ideal opportunity for the children to let their hair down and have some fun before half term. Preparations are underway for our annual 'Haxey's Got Talent' which will be held in school on the evening of Thursday 20th April. For all budding singers, dancers, magicians, actors, actresses, poets, comedians etc etc, this is the ideal opportunity to showcase your talent! Prizes awarded on the night, please look out for literature advertising the event nearer the time. So get practising! It is open to all pupils at the school in all years, and was extremely popular last year so book early for your child's place to avoid disappointment.


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This month and every month we feature a unique recipe from The Epworth Cookbook 1982. NO 2. CARROT PUDDING Page 28 6 oz self raising flour Half teaspoon baking powder 2oz sultanas 2 oz currants

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


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New Year – New Beginnings As we start the New Year I would like to introduce myself as the new Head Teacher of Westwoodside Church of England Academy. I am delighted to be joining a very warm and welcoming school community and I look forward to leading the school on the next stage of its journey. We have also welcomed Mrs Ballinger to our Foundation Unit and we have a group of new starters settling into our attractive unit as I write. Children across the school are engaged in their new themes for the term including: Vikings, Greeks, The Circus and ‘Day and Night’. On Friday 10th January our Y1 and Y2 classes took part in a fantastic circus workshop. The children were taught lots of circus tricks including juggling, walking on stilts and using a tightrope! This took a lot of concentration, courage and perseverance which supports our ‘personal strengths’ focus for the term. I look forward to sharing more news from Westwoodside as the year progresses. For more information please visit Miss June Richardson, Head Teacher, Westwoodside Church of England Academy Trust Nethergat Westwoodside Doncaster DN9 2DR Tel/Fax: 01427 752355

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We started with the life cycle of the Dragonfly in his garden and travelled round the world. We saw in pictures, creatures from North America, The Amazon, India, Japan, Africa, The Falklands Islands, Scotland and many more places. The variety of animals included Monkeys, Lions, Tigers, several species of Wild Dogs, plus many others. Geoff and his wife Chris are world travellers looking for the rare and wonderful aspects of natural history subjects.

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Geoff is a member of the RPS and also the Chairman of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust and it was very obvious through his photographs and his knowledge that he is very passionate about the subject. The members thank him for a very interesting evenings viewing of “Animal Magic”. Our Meetings are held in the Church Hall, Haxey at 7.30pm on the first and third Wednesday and the second and fourth and fifth Tuesday of each month. Meetings include Instructional Talks, Workshops for beginners to advanced and competitions. However we also try very hard to make it enjoyable as well as educational. If you wish to find out more then please come along to any meeting you will be made very welcome. Images by G Trinder


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Now & Then - Then & Now by Anthony Catherall

Owston Ferry in bygone days, compare to today's image!

OWSTON FERRY - THE PORT ON THE TRENT Circa 1912, above a photograph of the general store on the Epworth Road. Some years later in the early 1940's John Torn, lived in the middle house with parents Frank & Vera. Next door were Ron & Joyce Smithson. The shop from at least 1920 was run by Mrs Moore, whilst husband Ben had a bakery near the Market Square. Ben used to run around the local villages Misterton, West Stockwith, Gunthorpe and Owston delivering his bread in his Pony & Trap. The Askew's, followed on the business prior to Mrs Scott & Miss Ship taking over. Once John remembers, that in the shop window was an almost a life-sized figure similar to the one used on Robertson's Jam. One night John's granddad William Torn, had one to many at the local hostelry, and when he passed by, saw the lit-up figure flashing he thought someone was inside with a torch committing a burglary and called the local constabulary P.C. Daunbney. On Sundays then, shops were not allowed to open, so any sales had to be via the back door. In the house on the corner once lived Geoff Brocklebank. Owston was a safe place to live in those days said John and we loved watching the Aegir on the River Trent. Nicknames were very popular in the village then, he remembers (Jarger) Duffield - (Tatt) Pettett - (Buck) Whitely - (Wag) Scholey. Living near the church was (Jigger) Jackson a funny gentleman who never swore. He attained his nickname of course by pre-fixing words like 'Jigger me' or 'Jigger it'. Of interest, is the sign one of which indicates the way to Haxey railway station (closed to passengers in July 1933) along Station Road. Below the scene today summer 2013, the wall gone, trees in leaf, modern road markings and signs. The village shop, has disappeared the window and door being bricked up, still though an Isle country village, but sadly no longer, the 'Port on the Trent'.


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

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Piano Concert Success

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


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NEWS FROM MISTERTON LOCAL DANCERS HEAD FOR LONDON’S ‘PHANTOM’ STAGE Twenty-one local dancers will be performing on the London stage in February. And to show off their routines, local people are invited to a dress rehearsal on Saturday 8 February at 1.00pm at Misterton Sports Social Club, home of the EverettFox School of Dance.

Tickets for the London show are available through Class Talent Ltd, which is co-ordinating the Show, on 07707 414494 (call between 10.00am and 2.00pm). For further information, contact Tracey EverettFox, Director of Everett-Fox School of Dance, on 07887 664883 or Hazel Brand on (01427) 891376

Pictured are the 21 dancers who will take their talent to London next month. Pupils of Misterton’s Everett-Fox School of Dance will be performing at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End a week after the dress rehearsal. Local youngsters have never had this sort of opportunity before and want residents to help celebrate this achievement. If you would like to attend, please use the Social Club entrance. You will be able to buy refreshments in the Club before and after the show. All the dancers ask is a minimum donation of £1 each. All monies raised will go towards the costs of costumes for the London show. Dance schools from across England will be rehearsing then performing in the Edwardian Grade 2 listed theatre, which seats over 1000, in the heart of London’s theatreland. For 28 years, Her Majesty’s Theatre has been home to Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. Dancers will be supported by the professional theatre team, who work on the hit musical six nights a week.

DONATION FOR SENIORS’ ANNUAL PARTY District Cllr Hazel Brand has made a donation to the organisers of Misterton’s annual party for senior citizens, which was held last month. Pictured receiving the donation are Zoe Bott (left), with her mother, Lorraine Hessel (right), respectively treasurer and lead of the organising team. The £100 donation is from Cllr Brand’s community awards budget.

Each dance school has a six-minute slot in both the first and second half of the show. Pupils of Misterton’s Everett-Fox School of Dance will be performing Dambusters and Moves like Jagger. Then pupils from all the dance schools join together for a grand finale. The trip has been organised at no cost to Misterton’s dance pupils (and an accompanying parent) thanks to sponsorship from District and County Cllrs, Hazel Brand and Liz Yates, Misterton Sports Social Club, Misterton Wells Charity, Marshall’s Yard, and Value Comparison Ltd (owner of Millennium House).


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This is Prudence, our little Superstar who is looking for her new home!!. Prudence is a 7 year old Patterdale Terrier Cross who is such a little character. She loves lots of fuss, and always wants to be with people- she will definitely keep you entertained!! Pru will need a fairly active home, as she loves her walks, and is very good on the lead. She is not suitable for a home with young children, and would really be best with an older family. She is not very good with other dogs or cats, so would need to be the only pet. Pru is fully vaccinated and microchipped. If you feel that Pru could be the dog for you, please give us a call on 01427 728705.

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


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

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

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

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


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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

Contact 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

Mon/Thur Owston Ferry short mat Bowls

Coronation Hall (September—April)

1.30—3.30 pm 01427 728590


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



Misterton School Pool.

10.00-11 am

01427 754772


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 short mat bowls (Roll Up & Drives)


Sunshine Yoga

Coronation Hall, Owston Ferry


Preschool—Playgroup 3—5 years


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

Happy Circle (over 60’s)

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

Crooked Billet, Owston Ferry



Misterton School Pool.

8pm start

01427 728643



Kick Boxing

01427 754772

Memorial Hall

6:00 - 8:00pm


Preschool—Playgroup 2.5—5 years

01427 875051

Memorial Hall

9:15-3:15 pm


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

01427 754330

3.30—5.30 pm

01427 752344


Musical Monkeys 0—5 years

Memorial Hall


01427 753787

3:00 10:00pm

01427 873532


Ballroom Dancing Classes

Memorial Hall


Nordic Walking

Epworth Garden Centre


Epworth & Isle of Axholme Rotary Club

The Mowbray Arms, Epworth

6.15pm start

01427 752464


Musical Movement - Toddlers 12months +

Epworth Thurlow Pre School

9:00 - 10:00 am

01427 875016 01427 875016 01909 480087

10.00-noon 01724 297280


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

Tara Salisbury Email:

0744 3493 059

Bookings of Westwoodside Village Hall

Vivien M’Itwamwari

01427 753856

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

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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

Neighbourhood Watch

01482 444466

Health Visitor Team for under 5’s

01724 298088

SSAFA Forces Help www.ssafa,

, 01476 569764


0808 80050000


08705 555999

NHS Direct

0845 4647

Owston Ferry LIVES (information only)

01427 728324

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

01427 754772

Pilates classes covering the Isle with Jill Allen

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

Community Crime Stoppers

0800 555 111

Axi Private Hire up to 8 passengers

Carers Support Centre

01652 650585

A & H Taxi (based in Westwoodside) up to 8 passengers 07817 068199

Isle of Axholme Lions

01427 752139


Isle of Axholme Osteoporosis Support Link—Anne Broster

01427 875752

Holgate’s Home Improvements and Maintenance

Chris Yeardley Roofing services 01427 754197 / 07974 140344

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


Axholme Decorating Centre 'Mixing Paint For You' 01427 238941 Axholme Firewood Company

01427 874324 07711 254113

Martin Johnson Plumbing & Heating Repairs The Friendly Gardener Affordable Garden Maintenance

Home and Garden Axholme Pest Control

01427 873608 / 0776 6747245

Fountain Court florist

01427 873845

01302 845978 07817 300662 01302 352087 0790 3018 885

01427 874831

Entertainment/Children’s Care All Aboard Children’s Club -Westwoodside


0745 6524 004

Brooks Homecare Improvements 01427 875314 /07973142963

Education and General

Epworth Leisure Centre

7866 859963 01724 798877

01427 753676

Computer Services

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Haxey Cricket Club

01427 752394

07719 660777

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