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Trentside Links contributions We welcome contributions to your magazine on all matters of interest to the community. Please contribute if you can. Address for correspondence: 7 Lincoln Road, Fenton, Lincs LN1 2EP. The magazine is published on the 15th of January, March, May, July, September and November. PLEASE NOTE All contributions to the magazine must be received by the month before publication. Trentside Links contacts Editorial Sue Oliver .......................... 01427 718837 Editor’s email: Advertising Jon Oliver........................... 01427 718837 John Redgrove ................... 01427 718959 Distribution Emma Barratt ..................... 01427 718985 Trentside Links committee Chairman .......................... John Redgrove Secretary ............................Emma Barratt Treasurer .................................Sue Oliver Member ............................. Richard Farley Member ..............................Tracy Flinders Member ............................. Elizabeth Rose About Trentside Links Trentside Links (TL) is the name of both the magazine and the independent notfor-profit voluntary organisation that produces it. The aim of TL is to support and help improve the social life of the community, eg through regular publication of this community magazine. The magazine is delivered free by our team of volunteers to over 1500 homes & businesses. Publication disclaimer The contents and any opinions expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of Trentside Links and remain solely those of the author(s). We accept no responsibility or liability for the contents of this magazine, including advertisements. Cover picture Northern aspect of Gate Burton Hall by Jon Oliver Trentside Links magazine is produced by TUCANN design & print, 19 High Street, Heighington, Lincoln LN4 1RG, t: 01522 790009, e:


Correspondence In recent issues of TL there have been letters about the dangers and accidents along the Fenton stretch of the A156 road. I (Sue Oliver) decided to contact the council to see what might be done to address these concerns, which I share as a resident of Fenton. Following phone calls and discussions, I received the following letter:

REQUEST FOR PEDESTRIAN CROSSING AND REDUCTION IN SPEED LIMIT – A156 FENTON VILLAGE I refer to your recent conversation with my officer, Kyra Nettle, regarding the above issues. Some preliminary investigations have now been completed and I would like to give you a brief update. With regard to your request for a pedestrian crossing, the policy for the provision of these is based on the number of pedestrians crossing the road, the volume of traffic and various other factors such as recorded accidents and the time the pedestrian has to wait to cross. A survey is carried out on site over a period of 12 hours to establish this information. I am aware of the site and I think it is very unlikely that the criteria set out in the policy will be met here. Therefore I do not think the cost of the survey can be justified. Regarding the speed limit, I have some speed survey results from July 2004 which show the mean speed through the village to be 36mph. According to the current speed limit policy these readings indicate that the existing 40 mph speed limit is appropriate. I appreciate that other villages along the A156 have 30 mph limits and these will largely be based on the actual speeds that are recorded. For example, the layout of the road in Torksey means that speeds are lower, in fact a survey in 2009 recorded mean speeds of 29/31 mph which shows that a 30 mph speed limit is appropriate. The speeds along the full length of the A156 will be reviewed in 2010 and current speed data will be collected. If this results in a change to the speed limit through Fenton I will keep you informed. Yours sincerely, Kyra Nettle for Divisional Highways Manager Lincolnshire County Council

So it appears that we are unlikely to see change in this area. I thought it ludicrous that a speed limit seems to be set by the speed that motorists choose to do along a road. What do you think?

We always appreciate feedback from readers and it was nice to receive the following ...

What can I say, except better and better! Trentside Links is developing and improving splendidly, congratulations to you all. John Patrick Black Swan Guest House, Marton

Thank you so much for the Marton feature in the magazine. What a great job you have done for our little village. I am sure everyone has enjoyed reading and looking at the photos. The tribute to Jim & Beryl will have brought back happy memories for a lot of people. These shy and unsung heroes deserve to have their story printed. You have done us proud, I was so excited when the magazine arrived on my doorstep, and I had to read while I was delivering, trying to avoid bumping into a lamp post while my head was down. Thank you for putting Marton on the map. Sandra Moody & co Marton

Dear Reader, Do you have something to say, something you’d like to share with the community? Then please send us your comments. Email: Tel: 01427 718837 Address: 7 Lincoln Road, Fenton, Lincs LN1 2EP

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New distributors for Trentside Links We have acquired two new distributors for the magazine: James (Jamie) Pilford and Rosemary Burke. Following our message in the previous issue about needing more distributors for the magazine, James Pilfold — better known to locals as ‘Jamie’ — has stepped forward to deliver copies of the magazine to Kettlethorpe. What’s more, it’s not even his village: he lives at nearby Fenton. So a special thanks to Jamie for his community spirit. Thanks and a warm welcome also to Rosemary Burke, who has agreed to distribute the magazine to her neighbours in Knaith, the latest addition to the Trentside Links area. We also welcome this month Dawn Collins, distributor for Thorney and Denise Gore for Torksey Lock There are still some vacancies and we invite volunteer distributors for the following areas: Torksey Lock It’s a simple task: every 2 months we deliver a small heap of magazines to you and you then deliver them to homes in your catchment area. If you can help then please call us on 01427 718837 or email

Knaith joins Trentside Links

In Brief

It was just a few days ago that John Burke of Knaith Hall gave us a call and asked if Knaith could be added to the circulation list for the magazine. After all, he argued convincingly, Knaith is a lot nearer the Trent than most villages in our circulation list. Quite right, John, and as we explained in January (back page of Issue 151) the factors that largely determine whether your village receives the magazine are (i) that your village lies near the River Trent and (ii) that someone is willing to deliver the magazine to your door. Not to be overlooked is cost, of course. We are currently building up advertising and sponsorship support to help pay for printing of the magazine but we’re not financially viable yet and that is why, for instance, we cannot incorporate Knaith Park, which has many more households than Knaith. But who knows how we’ll be placed in say a year’s time, given the growth in popularity of the magazine — seriously, demand is now exceeding supply. So, welcome to the villagers of Knaith and thanks to John Burke for bringing you to our attention. Thanks also to John’s wife, Rosie, who has agreed to deliver the magazine to your door.

Announcements Torksey Fete Committee A big thank-you from the Torksey Fete Committee to the Hume Arms at Torksey for a generous donation of £135 plus wine, raised from their Easter Event. This has given us a good start for this year’s fete on 13 June. There will be lots of stalls at this year’s fete including bric-a-brac, books, bottle stall, raffle and refreshments. Fun for all the family. Do come and join us on the village green (behind The Hume Arms) at 2 pm on Sunday 13 June 2010. Pam Withers, Torksey Tel 01427 717657 Molly Carter Mandy, Paul & families would like to thank everyone for their kindness, support and messages of sympathy following Mum’s death. A very generous £487 was collected and has been sent to Mum’s chosen charity, Cancer Research UK.


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In Brief

Announcements Vouchers for Marton Primary School We are collecting: • • • •

Tesco vouchers Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers Nestle cereal box vouchers Flora tokens (enter codes onto Flora website or bring in to school)

This will help raise money for school equipment. For example, one voucher is given for every £10 spent in Tesco stores and this can be used to buy school equipment, from pencils to PCs; and the Nestle vouchers (found on the top of most Nestle cereal boxes) can be exchanged for educational school books. All the above vouchers may be brought to the school or given to a Marton school child to bring in. Thank you for your help.

Good Causes Benefit from Grants Lincolnshire Co-operative has awarded £13,230 to twenty deserving community groups, including sports clubs, churches and playgroups. The Society is owned by its members, who are people from its trading area. Those who sit on the Member Services Council are asked to make decisions on applications for Community Dividend grants. Community Dividend is one of the ways Lincolnshire Co-op shares its profits. This time £3,300 has been allocated to the Central area which includes Lincoln; £4,000 to the North which incorporates Gainsborough and Market Rasen; £2,500 to the Newark area; £2,000 to the South, which encompasses Sleaford; and £1,430 to the East, which takes in Louth and Wragby. Membership and Community Manager Sam Turner said: ‘Part of our mission as a co-operative is to support the communities we trade in. We’re delighted that we’re able to help such a variety of groups through our Community Dividend scheme.’ The grants are as follows:


CENTRAL • £750 to Thorpe on the Hill Playgroup for carpets to be used in the group’s new base • £600 to Terry Allen Unique Amateur Boxing Club, based in Lincoln, for new equipment to be used by the youngsters at the club • £500 for South Hykeham CP School towards creating raised beds in a school garden • £500 to Welton and Dunholme Methodist Church’s appeal to build new chapel premises • £500 to Metheringham Village Hall to buy curling equipment to run fun sessions for the community • £450 for a new access dinghy for disabled users of Hykeham Sailability NORTH • £1,300 for Market Rasen and Louth Rugby Club for kit including, playing strip

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• £1,000 for a large screen television for Gainsborough House, a community venue

A poem written on return from a visit in 2009 to my daughter in Australia ...

• £500 to Beckingham cum Saundby Village Hall for a cooker and hob

Bare feet in the sand and wind-tangled hair The sun on our skin and salt in the air Deep blue is the sky and clouds cotton white Where lorikeet birds swoop like dancers in flight

• £500 for a reconditioned bike for Immingham Motor Cycle Track • £500 to All Hallows Parish Church in North Kelsey towards a composting loo • £200 for the Friends of Tranquillity counselling group, based in Gainsborough, for publicity NEWARK • £1,000 to Upton Cricket Club towards a new kitchen • £750 to Friends of John Blow Primary School towards special play equipment


Loud in our ears the surf crashes and breaks Laying claim to the sand with each wave it takes Then the sea turns and runs pulling sand from our toes Frothing and foaming away as it goes As we chase after waves and paddle our feet We gaze out at the ocean where sea and sky meet And in this wild water are dolphins at play Flipping their tails and swimming away A day by the sea and a shell from the sand God’s own creation so small in my hand As the sun and the surf make rainbows in spray I know as we walk, I’ll remember today Valerie Walker

• £750 to Swinderby Pre-School Playgroup to pay for healthy eating sessions and sports equipment SOUTH • A £1,000 pledge to Our Lady of Good Counsel School in Sleaford towards a new computer suite • £1,000 as a contribution to new seating at Sleaford Little Theatre EAST • £680 for craft equipment for the Lincolnshire Waldorf Group, based in Horncastle • £500 as a contribution to electrical work at All Saints Church, Wragby • £250 to Alford and District Cricket Club for kit For further information contact: Emma Snedden PR Manager, Lincolnshire Co-operative tel: 01522 781175 mob: 07970 348792 email: 5

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Trentside Links · May 2010 Darren Maull raises £1,050 for Cancer Research Local businessman Darren Maull of Torksey, took on the tough challenge of running Yorkshire’s three highest peaks, Pen-y-ghent (691 m), Whernside (728 m), and Ingleborough (723 m), to raise money for Cancer Research. The total ascent was some 5,200 feet! Darren was inspired to take on the challenge when a friend, Joanna Wiggins of Laughterton, was diagnosed with breast cancer on Christmas Eve 2008. Cancer affects most people in some way and charitable donations are needed to help Cancer Research find ways to improve treatment and save lives.

The good news is that with the help of Lincoln Hospital, Joanna has gone through an intensive treatment of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery and is now on the road back to full health. This would not be possible without the research and development work that goes into establishing effective treatment so it’s important that we all do what we can to raise funds for Cancer Research UK and their excellent work. Thank you again to everyone who contributed and let’s hope that together we can raise much more when Darren tackles the UK Three Peaks.

Darren’s inspirational challenge raised £1,050 and a big Thank you goes out to him and to all of you who donated to this worthy cause. Not deterred by Yorkshire’s highest peaks, Darren is now in training for the even greater challenge of tackling the UK’s Three Peaks: Ben Nevis (1344 m / 4409 ft), Scafell Pike (978 m / 3,209 ft) and Snowdon (1,085 m / 3,560 ft). The date for this challenge is yet to be decided but let’s hope we can all get together and support him by beating the £1,050 raised this time. On a sad note, our thoughts go out to the family and friends of Jonathan Wraith of Brampton who, prior to his tragic death in December, joined Darren on the Three Peaks challenge. The two supported each other through the training and completion of the event. They were both looking forward to taking on the National Three Peaks together. Jonathan is very sadly missed.

Ben Nevis, Fort William — Britain’s highest peak and part of the Three Peaks Challenge that Darren Maull aims to tackle in 2010.

St George’s/ANZAC day remembrance service A well attended St. George’s (23 April) & ANZAC Day (25 April) memorial and evensong service was held at St Helen’s Church, Gate Burton, on 25 April. The service was led by lay reader David Farrow, and John Nicholson (whose father was former rector of the church) discussed the debt we owe to forces from the Old Empire (now the Commonwealth) and thanked members of the Training Ship Wrangle and the Gainsborough Army Cadet Force, who performed the colour party, and wished the cadets well for their 150th Anniversary. On 26 June the cadets are having a special parade in Lincoln beginning with a service in the cathedral at 2.00pm, where they expect a parade of some 400 or so. Mr Nicolson spoke about the legend of St George and the triumph of good over evil, reminding his audience of these words of the philosopher Edmund Burke: ‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.’ He also described the valuable contribution of the ANZACS, the Australian and New Zealander volunteer forces from the British Empire, who came to the aid of ‘The Old Country’ in its hour of need. John concluded with the reminder that peace was bought at a heavy price and that we still owe so much to those who, when faced by evil, got up and did something about it. The service was followed by hymns, a march-off by members of The Band of the Grenadier Guards and a collection for Help for Heroes that raised £144.


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Featuring Gate Burton Gate Burton is a small village that lies between Marton and Knaith. As you drive northwards from Marton on the A156 to Gainsborough you can’t help but notice the splendid Gate Burton Hall, crowning a field that rises to the right. A little further up the A156 and to the left is a chateau sat charmingly atop a mound. But for these two features you might easily pass through the village without noticing it. But despite its small size Gate Burton has a rich history. Here we focus on the Hall. Gate Burton Hall Gainsborough lawyer Thomas Hutton bought the Gate Burton estate from the 3rd Earl of Abingdon (a Bertie and descendant of the Earls of Lindsey) in 1744. It is built of yellow hand-made bricks and is in the Well Wapentake area of Lincolnshire — a land division mentioned in the Domesday Book. It continued to be owned by the Hutton family until 1908 when the house and part of the estate were sold to John (‘Jack’) Drysdale Sandars and his wife Maud who bought back much of the land that used to belong to the estate. Maud was daughter of the 5th Lord Graves who was a successful portrait painter and is now buried at Gate Burton. Incidentally, the first Lord Graves was a vice admiral in the navy who was older than and a great supporter of Lord Horatio Nelson who got him an Irish barony. Jack and Maud had two children — Eric (born 1906) and Rosemary (born 1910). The latter had a son, John Burke, who also married a Rosemary and the couple are the present owners of Knaith Hall in Knaith. In 1913/14 the Hall was substantially altered and enlarged, including a new entrance and row of rooms on the north side, together with a large new eastern section plus the addition of the imposing North front, built in neo-Georgian style by a British architect with the colourful name of Detmar Jellings Blow. Blow was a friend of Edwin Lutyens and had been mentored by John Ruskin. He designed many large country houses and other famous buildings including Bramham Park, Government House in Salisbury, South Africa, the east end of Kings College Chapel Cambridge, and Selfridges store in London. Blow’s clients were largely high-ranking members of the British aristocracy. Later in his career he became estates manager to the Duke of 8

Westminster, an appointment which had an ignominious ending for Blow, when we has dismissed following allegations of defrauding the duke’s Grosvenor estate in London. If the rebuilding of the south front of Gate Burton Hall was also intended it did not come about, as the Great War intervened. However, further alterations were made by Mr Sandars’ son, the late Colonel J E (Eric) Sandars, in 1934, at the same time removing some ugly Victorian additions to the South front. The Sandarses (Eric and wife Margaret) occupied the house for some 42 years until Eric’s death in 1974 (their notable contribution was the landscaping of the gardens) following which the house and estate were sold. Many of the houses neighbouring the Hall were owned by the estate and a row of estate workers’ cottages may be seen on the right just before you enter the south gate of the estate. In his book Lincolnshire Houses (1999) Henry Thorold recalls an occasion when he was lunching with Colonel and Mrs Sandars in 1963. Reflecting on the occasion in 1993, he continues ‘On the far bank of the Trent the enormous power station of West Burton was rising — a threat to the view. On this side of the river the gardeners were feverishly planting trees, a copse or two, and so on, to conceal this monster. Now, thirty years later ... the planting has worked. The power station is invisible from the house’

South-west view of Gate Burton Hall showing the contrast between the north and south facing building styles The Hall as a maternity unit It is known locally that during the Second World War the Hall was used as a place for mothers to have their babies. The following is an extract from a newspaper of the time: 3,175 babies born at war-time emergency home

At the outbreak of the war, the Ministry of Health decided to open emergency maternity homes for the reception of expectant mother from vulnerable areas. Colonel Sandars, owner of Gate Burton Hall, very generously offered use of the hall for this purpose and the Ministry asked Lindsey County Council to furnish and equip the hall as a maternity home and manage it on their behalf. A management committee with Councillor C F Everat as chairman was appointed and the home was fully equipped with 40 maternity beds and the necessary theatres, isolation wards etc. The County Council were instructed by a telegram received from the Ministry on 31 August 1939 to open the home and since that date 3,175 babies have been born there. Although by far the greatest numbers of mothers come from Hull, a number of women from other parts of the country were also received. Thanks to the excellent work of the medical staff, Miss Greenley the matron and all the members of the staff, the maternal mortality rate in the home was lower than at any similar home in the country. Miss Greenley was one of the superintendent midwives in Hull and an ideal woman for the job, quiet-voiced, neat in her person and with twinkling eyes that gives testimony to that sense of humour which is part and parcel of her very human make-up. In addition there are 14 pupil midwives in training, because the training school for midwives from Hedon Road is also evacuated here. For them the hospital is part one training where the absolutely untrained girls remain for 18 months and complete their course with six months on the district. If they are trained nurses they do 6 months at Gate Burton and 6 months on the district. In lovely surroundings it would be impossible to leave without talking to one of the oldest retainers on the estate — that gallant old man with the grey beard and twinkling eyes, Mr Creed, the head gardener, who tends his fruit and vegetables as tenderly as the babies are tended. For he has grown up with some of his fruit trees in the 44 years of his service on the estate. Gate Burton memories A car rally was held at Gate Burton Hall shortly before the First World War. The photograph below shows a meeting of the Lincolnshire Automobile Club, which was a flourishing concern among the pioneer motorists of the day. A number of open

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Car rally in the grounds of Gate Burton Hall shortly before the First World War.

tourers and landaulets can be seen parked — eleven in all — as the owners roam the grounds at their ease. The local policeman stands at the foot of the flagpole on a sunny peaceful day, reflecting a way of life soon to be lost in the holocaust of the war. Local resident Gillian Worrell remembers how Gate Burton had its own branch of the Women’s Institute when Mrs Sandars resided at the Hall. They held their meetings in the flower room of the Hall, later called the WI room. Unfortunately, it had to be disbanded when Mrs Sandars left Gate Burton Hall as they could not find a suitable meeting house owing to the stipulation that meetings could not be conducted in someone’s home. (Though wasn’t the Hall a private home, too? - ed)

Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon star in ‘Mrs. Miniver’, with Christopher Severn and Gate Burton’s own Clare Sandars as their children (MGM)

Did you know that Mrs Sandars’ daughter, Clare, played Judy Miniver in a 1942 MGM production of Mrs Miniver? The film won six academy awards, grossed over $5 million in North America (the highest for any MGM film at the time) and in Britain was named the top box

Mr & Mrs Sandars regularly organised music festivals. Could this be a picture from such an event? Maybe you can tell us!

office attraction of 1942. In 2009 the film was assigned for preservation to the US National Film Registry under the heading of ‘culturally, historically or aesthetically’ significant material.

The next issue shall feature Knaith, the newcomer to the magazine. We are sure there are some great stories and unseen pictures to share so please get in touch with us — see inside front cover for contact details. Luxury for your pets at Cosy Paws

Graham Worrell (centre) and his brother on the farm at Gate Burton

Tucked away up Clay Lane in Gate Burton is Cosy Paws Boarding Kennels. Established by Irene Lee 2 years ago they have 12 welcoming kennels which are open to all types of dogs, whether old, young, epileptic, diabetic etc, and all dogs are walked and played with. Customers are welcome to request any additional requirements for their dogs and as well as the kennels coming with underfloor heating there is also a resident qualified groomer, who comes highly recommended by Irene.

The late Mrs Margaret Sandars with daughter Clare and Clare’s daughter and grandchild.

Acknowledgements We are grateful to a number of people who assisted us in providing materials and information on Gate Burton Hall, among them Mr & Mrs A Morris & Henry Morris, Mr & Mrs G Worrell, John Burke, Mr & Mrs J Nicholson, Pat Hammond and Sandra Moody.

Grooming facilities at Cosy Paws

Pick-up and drop-off is available for your dogs as well as micro-chipping (at £15). Cosy Paws is a true haven for the K9 kind! 9

Trentside Links · May 2010 The Château at Gate Burton The Château was built in 1747–8 for a prosperous lawyer from Gainsborough named Thomas Hutton. Mr Hutton and his father before him had looked after the local business affairs of the Earl of Abingdon, who owned two small estates at nearby Gate Burton and Knaith, which had come into his family through an earlier marriage and were some distance from the rest of his very large property.

In 1744 the Earl was advised to sell the two estates and Hutton, seeing the chance of a bargain, purchased that of Gate Burton. (The neighbouring Knaith estate was sold to a Mr Dalton, and in the early 19th century Hutton’s grandson bought it and brought it back to the Hutton family.) Gate Burton at that time had no hall or manor house, and rather than go to the expense of providing one Mr Hutton built the little Château on its wooded knoll above the river, with its garden and plantations around it, as a weekend cottage. There, according to his son, ‘he could retire from the business of his office at Gainsborough, from a Saturday evening until the Monday Morning’. He would have had his rooms on the first floor, with a kitchen and servant’s room below. The architect of the Château was John Platt, and it must have been almost his first work, designed when he was only 19. Platt came from a family of mason architects and for 50 years and more he practised as a builder and statuary mason as well as architect, all with equal success. He worked almost exclusively in Yorkshire; the Château is almost his only building outside the county. His many works include Mount Pleasant near Sheffield, Thundercliffe Grange in Ecclesfield; and Page Hall, Eccleshall. He added a wing to Tong Hall; designed a fireplace for Renishaw; and staircases, made of marble from his own quarries, for Aston Hall and Clifton Hall.

Thomas Hutton finally began to build Gate Burton Hall in about 1765, and it was mostly complete by 1768. The Château came to be used simply as a summer house, an agreeable destination for picnics or the odd night ‘in rural seclusion’. Towards the end of the century, however, alterations were carried out, including the addition of balconies at either end of the building. In the 19th century new windows were inserted, but they were on the wrong scale, being two panes wide instead of three; the exterior, above the rustication, was rendered and the roof was renewed. In 1907 the Hutton family sold both Gate Burton and Knaith to the Sandars family, wealthy maltsters from Gainsborough. In the sale particulars the Château is described as a shooting box, so the upper floor had probably been kept for the use of the family for shooting lunches and other such entertainments. After the War it was not lived in again, and it was left stranded without natural users. Gate Burton Hall, with its park, was sold again in 1974, but the strip of land along the river, where the Château stands, was retained and became part of the Knaith Hall estate, which had been inherited by a connection of the Sandars family. The work of neglect and natural decay inevitably continued, accelerated as so often by the activities of vandals, until the building was approaching the point of collapse. In 1982 the owner, concerned for its survival but unable to afford the cost of repair himself, offered it to the Landmark Trust. When the Landmark Trust took on the Château in 1982, there was little of the building that did not need extensive repair. Under the architect Philip Jebb, an old friend of the Trust, the builders Simons of Lincoln began work by dismantling anything that was unsafe or past repair, and securing what remained. So the small balconies at either end, and the steps leading up on the west side, were taken down. The urns on the parapet, together with some fragments found lying around the building, were sent away for restoration. The parapet itself had also to be taken down, since the brickwork was unsafe. Beneath this, the entablature was also fairly insecure above the openings between the main block and the side wings, and had to be propped up from inside the building. The slates were taken off the roof, so that the condition of the timbers could be judged, and the decayed render hacked off the walls. Inside, what little

remained was very rotten; after recording the mouldings, this too was hacked out. At this point reconstruction could begin. Under the render, fair face pointing was found to the brickwork, indicating that the building had originally been plain brick above the rustication. So after the repair of structural weaknesses (in the niches on the end walls, for example), the brickwork was simply washed and repointed using lime putty. The stone rustication was treated similarly. Elsewhere, stone was renewed only where it was badly weathered, or where a section was missing, as in the balustrade of the central window. All the new work was carried out in Ancaster stone, which matched the original. The roof timbers were nearly all unsound, so a new roof structure was needed. Enough of the original slates survived intact to cover the back and inner slopes of the side wings and elsewhere a new slate called Corunna Grey was used. The parapets were rebuilt, incorporating lead water chutes, with new coping stones where necessary. The chimney was also rebuilt as closely as possible to the original in John Platt’s drawing, which is in the Sheffield City Library. The balconies were not replaced, however; they were almost certainly later additions, and since an internal staircase would have to be built anyway they were not needed for access. The two doorways leading to them have therefore become windows. All the windows needed replacing, which has given the opportunity to return to the original proportions of three panes, which suits the scale of the building much better.

The Château interior


Trentside Links · May 2010 The work to the exterior was completed by the return of the urns to the corners of the parapets. Only two had proved to be beyond repair, and to replace these matching new urns were carved.

Children of Gate Burton area Below is a picture of children from the Gate Burton area after they had won a musical award. Some of the children’s names are known but can you name the unknowns and tell us the story behind the picture?

Inside the building, just about everything is new work. Only the first-floor fireplace and some paving stones on the ground are from the building as it was. Since the plasterwork seemed to be later than 1747, however, it was not replaced with an exact copy but with mouldings more typical of the mid-18th century. A staircase was fitted into one wing, bedrooms into the other, and the kitchen and bathroom on the ground floor. The Château was ready once more for its original purpose as a place of retirement from business, for a weekend or longer, and can now be rented all year round by up to two people through the Landmark Trust.

Back row, stood left to right: Colin Fenwick (Knaith), Barbara Talbot (Knaith Hill), Unknown, Unknown (John Justine’s sister?), Unknown, Pam or Pat Denby (Gate Burton), Harry Carr (Knaith Hill), Unknown, Bill Cheetham (Knaith Hill), Dennis Fenwick (Knaith), Harry Fisher (Marton). Seated in front row, left to right: Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Edward Cheetham (Knaith Hill)

Gate Burton Hall and a famous artist

Main sitting room

TL is pleased to acknowledge the cooperation of the Landmark Trust in providing the above information.

Thomas Coltman and Mary Barlow were married on 2 October 1769 and a couple of years later the famous English Romantic painter Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797) painted their double-portrait. Coltman was a friend of Wright and had bought previous paintings from him; Wright records in his account book that this one cost £ 63. The proud couple, in classical pose and in their finest apparel, are here seen at Gate Burton. They leased Gate Burton Mr & Mrs Thomas Coltman, an oil painting by Joseph Wright of Derby, House from Mr Hutton c. 1771, National Gallery, London. and you can see the house The painting is now part of the collection at the in the background. National Gallery.


Trentside Links ¡ May 2010 Gate Burton plant nursery There is more to Gate Burton than at first appears and one of its hidden treasures is the Gate Burton plant nursery, just a short journey off the A156 on the Willingham road.

The nursery is open from 10 am to 4 pm daily and from mid-May is open until 7.30 pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Support this local business and find some wonderful plants, often at a fraction of the price of our gardening superstores.

The nursery is a family-run business with Jon and Margaret at the helm supported by their team of Sarah, Neil and Peter, Margaret having 17 years experience working in horticulture in Spalding. They offer a wide range of plants, trees and shrubs and have two greenhouses and a polytunnel packed with bedding plants, vegetables and herbs — the aromas are wonderful, especially the Nemesia vanilla lady, one of the best plants for summer scent in the garden. Margaret also says that if you can’t find what you want she is 99.9% sure she can source it for you.

A ball of Impatiens will produce colour throughout the summer

The extensive greenhouse packed full of summer bedding plants

The fragrant Nemesia Vanilla Lady, a must for pots & bedding

They also provide a hanging basket service that will provide you with ready-made or bespoke baskets. (Why not treat yourself to a ball of red and white Impatiens in honour of the world cup!) 12

Trentside Links · May 2010 Old schoolhouse at Gate Burton The old schoolhouse in Clay Lane, Gate Burton, was originally provided and supported by William Hutton in 1851. It is mentioned in Kelly’s directory 1876 and in the 1889 edition it reports there were 30 pupils with an average attendance of 22. By 1905 it had become a council school with 55 pupils and had an average attendance of 30. The old schoolhouse has since been converted and is now a private domestic residence. We spoke to Mr Graham Worrell who was a pupil at the school in the 1940s/50s and he shared some of his memories with us. He has fond memories of Mrs Torr, his teacher, whom you can see in the photograph, taken around 1952/3. Mrs Torr was very motherly, said Graham, and he recalls a time when he was in hospital for a long period and Mrs Torr visited him. On one of her visits Graham had asked if the flag at school had been flown lately and Mrs Torr promised to fly it in honour of his return to school and sure enough she kept her word. He seemed to recall that apart from her normal teaching duties she sometimes cooked the school dinners

too! Mrs Glassbrook from Wigan was Mrs Torr’s successor and Graham recalled she was rather sterner. The school entered lots of music festivals and won trophies for their efforts, as can be seen in the photo. The school was finally closed in the early 1960s when a new school was built at Marton.

converted into an attractive home. The couple are Mr & Mrs Graham Worrell, Mr Worrell being a farmer with his father & brother on the estate of Mr & Mrs J.E. Sandars of Gate Burton Hall. Mr Worrell and his wife, Gillian, were looking for a house before they were married last September and were offered the tenancy of the old school building, near the Hall entrance drive, by Mr & Mrs Sandars. Use of the building as a Church of England School ended nearly two years ago and rather than see it fall into disrepair, Mr & Mrs Sandars decided to have it converted into a dwelling-house.

The old school in Clay Lane, Gate Burton, now a private home.

Old pupil makes his home in village school The following news item appeared in ‘The News’, 12 July 1968 ... A Gate Burton farmer who attended the village school as a child now lives with his wife in the old school building, now

Conversion took about eight months to complete and said Mrs Worrell: ‘It was ready for us to move into immediately after we got married. We are both delighted with the house; it has been made extremely comfortable.’ Apart from new rectangular frames to replace the church-like arched windows there has been very little alteration to the exterior of the old school, though a great deal of work has been done to the interior. New walls have been built in the former large and lengthy classroom to provide a spacious lounge, bedroom and bathroom. Ceilings to a standard height have been fitted, obscuring the high roof timbers and creating another storey.

Mrs Torr (centre) surrounded by staff and schoolchildren at her retirement do, sat in the cosy armchair that was her retirement gift.

The upper part is not used, however, the conversion transforming the building into a bungalow-type dwelling. The old school entrance has been converted to form an attractively decorated hall from which a passage through to a rear door separates the lounge and other rooms from a modern streamlined kitchen and larger bedroom. Mr & Mrs Worrell have done much to make their home bright and attractive, with fitted carpets in the lounge bedrooms and elsewhere, and furniture and furnishings in accordance with a pre-determined scheme. A feature of the lounge is the fireplace which Mr & Mrs Worrell themselves chose. Work on the conversion was carried out by Mr Sandars’ estate maintenance staff. Said Mr Worrell: ‘This house is very nice and comfortable. We are very happy here, it is a fine conversion.’ 13

Trentside Links · May 2010 St Helen’s Church, Gate Burton

A history The church at Gate Burton is dedicated to St Helen, mother of Constantine the Great, the first Roman emperor to make a law giving people freedom to worship as they please. There have been three churches at Gate Burton, with very little known about the first. The list of rectors (which can be seen in the church porch) dates from 1219, with Roger de Caen as the first. This leads one to think that the first church would have been built in the early part of the thirteenth century, and probably in a Norman style of architecture, though there is no actual proof, unfortunately.

About 560 years later a petition signed by the lord of the manor, the rector and the church wardens was sent to the ecclesiastical authorities. In it was stated that ‘ ... the ancient church at Gate Burton’ was in such a dilapidated condition that it was no longer fit to be used for divine worship and that it was impossible for it to be repaired. Application was therefore made for permission to pull it down and build a new one. A faculty for this was granted in 1784. In the Reference Room at the Lincoln City library there is a picture by J. C. Nattes, dated 1793, entitled ‘Gate Burton Church’, so this would be a picture of the second church. It shows a very plain structure in Georgian style more suggestive of a village meeting-house than a church as there does not appear to be any chancel, tower, spire or belfry. In 1865 another petition was presented to the authorities asking for permission to rebuild the second church, and William Hutton, Lord of the Manor of Gate Burton and of the adjoining village of Knaith at that time, undertook to use as much material as possible from the previous church, to sell such material as could not be used and to put the money so obtained towards rebuilding and to supply from his own purse any further money which was needed.

St Helens Church, Gate Burton

The organ, which had been sited near the entrance to the vestry, was taken out, completely overhauled and an electrical mechanism installed. The entire chancel was redesigned with new altar, triptych and stone flooring. All this was done at a cost of 141500 by members of the Sandars family as a memorial to Mr J. D. Sandars who died in 1922. At the same time a complete set of silver gilt altar furnishings was given, and the east end of the chancel was panelled in oak.

The oak organ gallery installed in 1926

He also promised that the new church would be erected as nearly as possible on the same foundations and that any monumental tablets, tombstones or coffins be replaced as close as possible to the positions previously occupied. The cost of the rebuilding was estimated by George Gilbert Scott, an experienced architect, as £1200. A faculty was granted in 1866 and a contract was made with the builder, William Huddlestone, to do the work. This church is the one still in use today. It is built of stone lined with brick in Modern Gothic style. Originally it consisted of a chancel, nave and square tower with three swinging steel bells. Three static bells were added during the incumbency of the Revered P. J. Hulbert (1990-1920). Extensive alterations were made to the exterior of the church in 1926. An organ


gallery, made from oak grown on the Gate Burton estate, was erected at the west end of the church.

View from the gallery showing the 1926 renovation The new altar is one of the most beautiful in the district. The centre panel of the triptych has five niches, the middle one holding a cross and the two on each side being filled with gilded statues of St Hugh of Lincoln, St Francis of Assisi, St Bernard and St Aidan. In 1950 a vestry screen, panelled and carved to match the chancel wall, was

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given by people connected in various ways with Gate Burton as an offering for peace and the safe return of so many villagers from the two World Wars. In 1952, a carved oak pulpit was donated by Mr J. E. Sandars in memory of his sister, formerly Miss Rosemary Sandars who died in 1950 following an accident in the hunting field. A perusal of various Registers, Records and Directories reveals many interesting pieces of information about the church: for instance, in 1598, the rector, Theodore Walpole, writing a report on the parish stated that he was a B.A., married, of good behaviour but no preacher. His curate, Thomas Wood, was not a graduate and was described as no preacher. He was paid an annual stipend of £6 13s 4d. The Patron of the Living at that time was Lord Willoughby of Parnham. In 1606 the widow Mrs Anne Farmery was Churchwarden: a woman in such a role was most unusual. There is a gap in the Bishop’s Transcripts from 1627 to

1662. Then, in 1701 charges are shown: 4 shillings for a burial, 2 shillings and sixpence (2s/6d) for a marriage and 2s for a baptism. In a series of Surveys made by two successive Bishops of Lincoln it is stated that in 1711 the Rector was Richard Crichloe; he held services once each Sunday, Catechism in Lent and Communion four times a year. In 1778 no Baptisms, Marriages or Burials were recorded, and in the following year there was only one marriage. In the Middle Ages, the Government, anxious to establish wool as the staple industry of England, made laws ordering that woollen cloth be used wherever possible. It is interesting to note that in 1783 Mrs Elizabeth Hutton, who lived at Gate Burton, was buried in a linen shroud instead of a woollen one, and for this a penalty of £5 had to be paid. The above article is based on an original written by the late Mrs Hetty Torr.

Couple’s miracle escape A newspaper story dated 9 January 1976 following the great storm ... Gainsborough was one of the worst hit areas in the country in Friday’s gale. Although thousands of pounds’ worth of damage was caused no-one was killed or seriously hurt. A Gate Burton couple had a miraculous escape when Friday’s hurricane winds blew a giant elm tree on to their cottage. Charles Scott 56 and his wife Nora 67 had been in bed for only about ten minutes when the tree crashed through the roof of the bedroom killing their nine year old dachshund, Floppy. The little dog had been lying at the foot of the bed when it was killed by the falling masonry and timber. ‘It was terrifying, we heard this roar and crack and then it was all on top of us’, Mrs Scott told The News. The Scotts had gone to bed at about 11.15 pm, leaving a fire burning in the grate in the living room. About ten minutes later the huge elm tree crashed down on the cottage and the roof collapsed on top of them.


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Reports from the Kettlethorpe and District Women’s Institute March & April 2010 reports We held our Annual General Meeting in March. The committee, bless them, encourage attendance by making it a fun evening as well. There are nine birthdays recorded among members for the month of March so it’s obviously a good month for the socially active, being bright, charming, etc. Secretary Ann Dolling was busy taking bookings for attending the play Calendar Girls in early May, and for the Spring meeting in Skegness, while our president, Ann Lister, asked for volunteers for this year’s show in June — both to keep an eye on the exhibits, and for catering in the WI refreshment tent. A question people are often heard to ask is why we sing the hymn ‘Jerusalem’ at the beginning of meetings. Apparently, this was a favourite of the Suffragette movement, who had written to Hubert Parry the author, making its links with a wider women’s association natural. There was nothing to argue about (not that we would of course) for election of the committee members because the same people were willing to stand and the meeting wanted them to. If this sounds a little like laziness well it’s not really — they are an excellent bunch who work hard and are appreciated. The annual report disclosed that we now total 62 members of all ages and the President, in her address, acknowledged this healthy

total and thanked everyone for their support and friendship. As to the treasurers report I must be careful what I say, having once cheerfully said in a press report that we were solvent. The Echo assumed we had not been previously and wished us luck in the future! Let it suffice to say that we have nothing to grumble about. After business, Elise Hawker recited a monologue she had submitted for the Denman Annual Prize and then a general quiz took place while the committee laid out refreshments. The most difficult question appeared to be guessing which of the baby pictures displayed belonged to which member of the committee because — let’s face it — they have changed somewhat over the years. To finish the evening it was announced that Gill Kyme was the overall competition winner for the year followed by Mary Vinden and Mary Arden. The raffles were taken home by Vivienne Elliott, Anne Hewins, Jackie Gee, Brenda Hoyles and Anne Dolling. The winner of the evening quiz was Jackie Gee with Kathy Gray second and Barbara Watson third. At our April meeting we were reminded by the president that the June garden meeting (which was washed out last year,) will take the form of a visit to Gainsborough Old hall on our usual meeting night. Apparently it is also the last call for diaries wanted in 2011, and as if to emphasise the point of being an early bird, it is also time to begin wandering about the county with our cameras if we wish to be part of our calendar for 2012. Photos will be accepted until 31 January 2011. Ann Close gave a report on the Skegness conference and, among other things, enjoyed listening to Miriam Margolyes, famous for her role as Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter films. Ann came back with the information about a competition to make a card for the Queen’s Jubilee. A weekend for our Federation to visit Denman College is to be 8 – 10 April, 2011, but there are only 72 places. There is a choice of 5 courses to indulge in. Another piece of useful work can be undertaken — we are asked to report to the Trading Standards Office any excessive packaging that we may come across. As many of us know, it’s getting to what is in the package itself which gives the buyer problems! The business section concluded with this year’s Resolution, asking her Majesty’s Government (whoever that may be) that the country of origin be displayed on meat products. For instance, at present the pork in a pie may come from anywhere but if the finished pie is completed in England it may, and often is, labelled as British. The Resolution was voted on and carried. Our speaker for the April meeting was Mr Harold Leach, a freelance gardening expert who spoke about hanging baskets and other garden decorative clumps. His advice was not to put any such thing outside until at least the third week in May, the importance of matching plants and their compost and watering twice a day if necessary since they cannot root for moisture. He showed some delightful pictures of potted or hanging arrangements found on his travels. The competition for the flower brooch was won by Mary Vinten, second was Nancy Price, third Pat Green and fourth Kath Hostad. The raffle prizes were taken home by Barbara Barret, Ann Lister and Pat Brown. Elise Hawker - Lea


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Recycle - the right stuff in the right bins Is recycling a part of your everyday life? In the Trentside area we are increasingly becoming a recycling community, with domestic refuse being collected from the boundary of your property. The standard sized refuse bin is now the 180 litre wheeled bin with larger bins for families of 4 or more and a separate service is available for the collection of bulky domestic items. West Lindsey’s recycling rate has shot up to nearly 50% since the introduction of the new triple bin collections and the council claims this dramatic change is due to the way that residents have embraced the scheme. On 7 September last year the council introduced a district-wide free green waste collection service and alternate weekly collections of refuse and recycling items. Since then not only has the amount of recycling increased by almost 25% compared to the same period last year, but landfill is down too. In the period from September to April the council sent 9,843 tonnes of material to landfill — which it said was 2,467 tonnes less than that sent the year before. That’s the equivalent weight of 13 jumbo jets that have been saved from landfill. In just 7 months! And the council hopes to see its recycling rate improve even further as residents adapt to the new scheme. Glyn Pilkington, West Lindsey’s Waste Services Manager said: ‘While these are

early figures, it is certainly encouraging to see that recycling has gone up significantly after only a few months of the changes being introduced. Hopefully, as the scheme beds in and residents use their green bins throughout the summer for the first time, these figures will show an even bigger increase. It is vital that as many people as possible recycle garden waste because if it finds its way into a landfill site it becomes a major source of methane which is a damaging greenhouse gas.’ West Lindsey’s recycling spokesman Steve Leary said that the council had achieved the dramatic increase by working with residents. ‘We do understand that this was a major change for everyone and that change can sometimes bring about concerns. That’s why we had a dedicated team of recycling advisors visiting homes throughout the district, explaining all that you need to know about the new way of doing things.’ He continued ‘I’d like to personally thank residents for their recycling efforts so far. Together we have achieved a recycling rate of almost 50%. It really is so important that we continue to safeguard resources and avoid Government fines by diverting more waste from landfill.’ So how can we do our bit for the planet and boost our area’s recycling rate? Here’s a guide to help you get the right stuff in the right bins ...

Apart from the triple-bin waste collection there are options for recycling paper cartons and books. Disposing of paper-based cartons Each year, about 55,000 tonnes of paperbased cartons for milk, juice, sauces and other liquid food/drinks are produced; this is about 2.3kg of cartons per household. All this can be recycled instead of thrown in the rubbish bin. West Lindsey District Council is working with Tetra Pak and the carton industry body ACE UK (Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment) to establish carton collection points — for paper-based cartons only — so that residents can deposit their empty cartons for recycling. Once collected, the cartons can be taken away to be baled and transported to a recycling mill. They can be recycled into a number of different products, ranging from plasterboard liner to high-strength paper bags and envelopes. You can now recycle your paper-based drinks and liquid food cartons, such as those made by Tetra Pak, at the following locations: • • • •

Village Hall Car Park, Saxilby Tesco, Gainsborough Waitrose, Searby Road, Lincoln Moorland Centre, Tritton Road, Lincoln

The right stuff in the right bins Black wheelie bin (landfill waste)

Blue wheelie bin (glass, metal, paper, plastic)

Green wheelie bin (garden waste)

The black bin is for landfill waste. The standard size is 180 litres but larger families may qualify for a 240 litre bin.

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All garden waste, including grass cuttings, prunings, leaves, hedge trimmings and vegetable waste

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Steel & aluminium tins and cans Aerosol cans Large biscuit/sweet tins Clean aluminium foil All types of paper and cardboard, eg cereal boxes, egg boxes, shoe boxes, brown corrugated cardboard, Catalogues & telephone directories Glass bottles and jars Plastic and plastic bottles


Trentside Links · May 2010 Please be sure to wash and squash your cartons before you recycle them and do not throw anything else into the carton recycling bin as this may contaminate the recycling collection.

In addition, videos, audio tapes, CDs, DVDs and pc/video games can also be placed in the banks. Audio tapes and videos are acceptable as long as they are not home recordings. Paper and hard-backed books are accepted in the banks. Good quality books are resold through the British Heart Foundation shops, whilst other books may be sent abroad to help education programmes. Paperback books unsuitable for resale will be recycled into newsprint. Of course, residents can still give their items to their favourite charity shop if they prefer.

Wash and squash! — when recycled the reclaimed paper from Tetrapak cartons is made into cardboard boxes, office stationery, kitchen rolls, tissues etc.

Please don’t use book banks for recycling magazines. The latter can be placed in the paper recycling bins.

Book banks Book banks have now been installed at additional sites within West Lindsey. Residents of WLDC are now able to recycle books, etc. at local sites so that they can be enjoyed all over again by someone else. The banks are at the following locations: • •

Gainsborough - Tesco Gainsborough - Leisure Centre Recycling Point Gainsborough - Ship Court Saxilby - Village Hall Car Park

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Win a compost bin To promote the recycling of green waste West Lindsey District Council have donated two compost bins which can be won by the readers of Trentside Links. To win just send us your most original recycling story. The best two stories as judged by Trentside Links will win, it’s that simple. You can either email your story to: or write to us at 7 Lincoln Road, Fenton, Lincoln LN1 2EP. Closing date is 20 June - good luck!

Don’t through unwanted books away — instead donate them to your local charity shop or drop them off at one of the new book banks for recycling.

Recycling - some useful contacts Recycling support West Lindsey District Council

Ms Elaine Bilton Tel 01427 675119

Refuse & recycling website

Recycling paper cartons (also known as Tetrapaks)

Book banks organised through the British Heart Foundation (can also be used for CDs, DVDs videos and computer games


Residents can sign up for an e-mail alert on various council matters at the main West Lindsey website. The Refuse & Recycling department also triggers e-mail alerts, if you’d like them, relating to Bank Holiday refuse collection changes and Refuse and Recycling news in general. Other departments issue e-mail alerts for items such as job vacancies and planning news.

Marton’s Roman past 11 am – 4 pm, Marton Village Hall Trentport Road, Marton

Saturday 29 May 2010 A public presentation of the results of April’s field walk. It’s free and all are welcome. The results of the April fieldwork will be presented along with information about other aspects of Marton’s heritage. Part of the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership Project.

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Marton’s Roman past

On 11 April, 26 local volunteers helped scour the landscape north of Littleborough Lane for Roman artefacts

Marton has a rich Roman heritage. A major Roman road runs through the village, now known as Littleborough Lane, with the important Roman town of Littleborough on the western side of the Trent in Nottinghamshire. There is a Roman marching camp in Marton just to the south of the road, which has been designated a nationally important Scheduled Monument. Adjacent to Littleborough Lane on both the north and south sides are the remains of Roman roadside settlement. Excavation to the south of the road has demonstrated that occupation was continuous throughout the Roman period. On 11 April David Start (Heritage Trust Lincolnshire), Sally Worrell (archaeologist based at University College London and daughter of the tenant of the land), myself and 26 local volunteers did a field walk across the land lying north of Littleborough Lane in Marton and collected Roman pottery, roof tiles, coins, even a prehistoric struck flint.

questions and talk about heritage in Marton and the surrounding parishes. Refreshments (tea, coffee, biscuits and squash) will be available. In the next issue of this magazine I hope to give fuller details about the Heritage Project and the various activities and presentations that are planned for the Trentside area and explain how you can be actively involved. Hope to see you at Marton Village Hall on 29 May. Sarah Grundy Historic Environment Officer Lincolnshire County Council

The Marton Community Heritage Project The Marton Community Heritage Project is part of the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership Project which started in January 2010 – details can be found at youcando/trentvale.php but don’t worry if you cannot access the Web because I shall give details about the scheme in the next issue. As part of the Community Heritage Project we aim to involve as many different sections of the community as possible in learning more about their village. So there will be a series of events over the coming year to learn about, and to celebrate, this fascinating Roman heritage, to which everyone from Marton and the surrounding villages are invited, and hopefully to get actively involved. Presentation at Marton Village Hall on 29 May On 29 May Sally Worrell, I and other colleagues from the partnership working on the Marton project shall present the results of the April fieldwork and what it all means, and provide information about other aspects of Marton’s heritage. There will be display boards and artefacts from the fields where the Roman settlement is, including those found on 11th April, that people will be able to handle. You can drop in at any time between 11 am and 4 pm and there will be people on hand to answer 19

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The Down to Earth Gardener

24 hours so the exposed part of the root can dry off.

Spring is sprung and the garden is growing again. Here are some methods and tips for growing your own vegetables successfully, whatever the space you have. IT’S GROWING TIME Now that spring has finally got under way it is essential to keep on top of your garden as weeds and plants alike will be ‘springing’ into action. Some of the essential jobs I will be doing in the coming weeks are as follows: WEED CONTROL – If you are keen to control weeds organically try this. Place a large sheet of clear polythene on the soil, this will warm up the soil and encourage the weeds to grow quickly. About two weeks later cover the same space with a thick dark covering that won’t let light through: old carpet would be ideal. Keep checking underneath but after another two weeks the weeds should have died off. This is not foolproof as weeds are persistent and other weeds will still germinate. For more persistent weeds such as nettles and dock leaves you will have no option but to dig up the root and thereafter invest in a good hoe and every sunny day expose the weed roots by hoeing them and the sun will soon kill them off.

During spring effective watering is essential

WATER EFFECTIVELY - Controlling your watering at this time of year is vital as plants are growing quickly. Although it is cool outside any plants in a greenhouse will soon dry out as the sun is on them; inspect twice a day if sunny and water accordingly, making sure the pots are stood on something that will help with drainage as standing them in water will soon rot the plants. Any plants put out in the garden should be watered daily to help them get established, as they can dry rapidly in the sun and wind. HARDEN OFF SWEET PEAS AND VEGETABLES – If you are growing some vegetable seeds or sweet peas under cover now is a good time to start ‘hardening off’, that is, placing the young plants outdoors during the day and covering them over at 20

night. As young plants can still be damaged in bitter winds I prefer to do this in a cold frame which offers protection, all I then have to do is open it up during the day & close it at night. Rather than pay superstore prices (anywhere between £20 and £40) I decided to make my own from a set of old double-glazed windows screwed together with hinges on my lid windows.

My cold frame in all its recycled glory!

BEWARE OF FROST – If you are growing your own plants or buying new from a shop beware of late frosts, this can easily kill off young tender plants. They should ideally be brought inside if there is a chance of frost so keep your eye on the local weather. REMEMBER – ‘Ne’er cast a clout till May be out’, meaning ‘never discard your [warm winter] clothing until the end of May’ (if you want a fuller discussion of this proverb then try http: // To gardeners this is a simple reminder of the risk of frost.

Part of the ginger ‘root’ (rhizome), dried off and ready for planting

Step 2 Placing each part of the root in a pot of general purpose compost, I watered the pot and placed it in a heated greenhouse (a warm windowsill will suffice). Step 3 Your ginger should soon start to develop little buds similar to green horns which will then turn into the foliage of the plant. Once established you can then grow them on in pots or in a selective spot in the garden but ginger does like certain conditions: ginger loves a sheltered spot, filtered sunlight, warm weather, humidity, and rich, moist soil. (What else did you expect from a tropical plant?) ginger hates frost, direct sun, strong winds, and soggy, waterlogged soil. Step 4 The ginger will develop foliage and the rhizome will grow and multiply. You should harvest your ginger when the leaves start to die down (usually 8-10 months after planting). I intend to save some for next season’s planting and consume the rest.

LET’S GO GINGER! Each year I like to try something different in the garden. At the moment we love drinking a Ginger, Lemon & Mint infusion hot drink so I thought I would try to cultivate my own ginger plants — they say the taste is noticeably difference from that found in supermarkets so let’s give it a go! Although what you buy in the supermarkets is called ginger root it’s actually the rhizome of the ginger plant we use and one purchased from the supermarket is the perfect place to get us started. Step 1 I’ve taken the ginger root (we’ll still call it that as most of the text on the internet and in books say root not rhizome!) and broken it up into smaller pieces and then left it for

Your ginger will soon start to develop foliage

Trentside Links · May 2010 Warning – as ginger is a tropical plant if you are growing it for culinary purposes it will perform best in a greenhouse, polytunnel or warm conservatory. Alternatively, you can grow it for ornamental purposes and it will smell nice as you brush against it in the garden.

Parts required • sufficient lengths of guttering (or similar) to run the length of your vegetable beds • a plastic bag and elastic band for each end of the guttering • sufficient compost and peas for planting up

I’ll keep you posted on how my ginger develops throughout the year. Gardening in a small space Many people grow their own fruit and vegetables for fresh, quality produce. However, the traditional, large, backyard garden doesn’t fit everyone’s lifestyle. Instead, some gardeners use intensive gardening techniques to help them get the most from their smaller plots. Container vegetable gardening is another option. Let me now outline some of the techniques available for you to use if space is limited — once you give it a try you will be amazed how much of your own stuff you can grow. Interplanting — Grow two or more vegetables in one area by planting slow (long season) and fast maturing (short season) crops. The fast maturing vegetables will be harvested before the crops begin to crowd each other. Harvesting the short season crop also provides additional space for the later maturing vegetables. Interplanting can be accomplished by sowing the seeds of a fast and slow growing vegetable together in the same row. For example, radishes (fast maturing) and carrots (slow maturing) can be sown together. Another method is to alternate rows of fast and slow maturing vegetables. An example would be a row of leaf lettuce between two rows of tomatoes.

1. Place the plastic bags over each end and secure with elastic band (this is to stop the compost flowing out when you water!)

Support your cucumbers with a stake to increase the yield

Choose bush varieties — Plant ‘bush’ varieties of cucumbers, muskmelon, watermelon, and squash that produce fruit on much shorter vines. These plants require less space than the standard varieties. Square foot gardening — This is a form of intensive gardening in which the garden is marked off into squares of space for crops rather than planting in straight rows. The name comes from partitioning blocks of garden space measuring 1 ft x 1 ft. A common arrangement is to mark off squares that are 4 ft x 4 ft (giving 16 sq ft overall). This area is then divided into four parts of 2 ft x 2 ft. One tomato plant or equally spaced seeds are then planted in these square areas, depending on the space needs of the plant.

Plastic bags and elastic bands secure the guttering ends

2. Fill the guttering with soil & plant peas 2.5 cm deep at 5 cm intervals, water, and then place the guttering in a greenhouse or polytunnel

Succession planting — As soon as one crop is finished, plant another. When coolseason crops — such as lettuce, spinach, radishes, and peas — are harvested, replant with beans, beets, or turnips. Use vertical space — Use a trellis or fence to support pole beans, cucumbers, and squash, and use a cage or stake for tomatoes.

A good example of square foot gardening using strips of wood to mark out the squares

Wide row planting — Scatter seeds over an 8- to 12-inch wide band rather than in a single row. This method is excellent for leafy vegetables, such as spinach and lettuce, which form a leaf canopy that prevents weed growth. Carrots and onions, however, do not produce a dense leaf canopy and may require tedious hand weeding between the plants within the band.

Trying something different with peas For the past two years I have struggled with direct sowing of my peas into the garden. Very few plants germinated and last year I ended up with next to no growth. This year to increase success I’m going to use the guttering method, which not only recycles my guttering from our old garage but should greatly increase the success rate. Here’s how you go about it:

The guttering, planted with peas, in my polytunnel


Trentside Links · May 2010 3. After a few days my peas started to germinate and it looks like I have almost a 100% success rate! 4. Once the plants are about 15 cm tall harden them off before planting out. Just before planting out water the plants first (this will help them slip out better) dig a groove in the garden soil the same size as your guttering and then remove the plastic bags at each end of the guttering. Place the far end of the guttering in the far end of the groove you have dug and gently push out the plants whilst pulling the guttering (see photo). Tidy up around the plants and then stake out some pea netting to support the plants as they grow.

When planting out, push the pea plants gently whilst pulling the guttering away

Keep watering and you should eventually be enjoying a healthy crop of fresh tasty peas.

Jon’s TOP TIP for summer care of your vegetable plot If crops are planted in wide rows or square-foot plots, you’ll need to hand weed until the canopy of foliage covers the area and prevents weed growth. For minimum maintenance and weed control, apply organic mulch around the plants after the soil has warmed, which also helps retain moisture in the soil. Grass clippings (3 to 4 ins), straw (4 to 6 ins) and sawdust (1 to 2 ins) all make excellent mulches. Water is one of the most crucial ingredients for good plant growth so water regularly and use a good mulch. 22

Bats about bats, part II Following my article in the last issue I hope the needle on the ‘marmite meter’ has moved more towards the liking of bats than before. So with that in mind, how do you attract bats to your garden if you don’t already see them? There are several ways, including ‘gardening for bats’ and putting up bat boxes. Gardens that attract bats Bats in the UK only eat insects so if your garden is planted with flowers that are late-day blooming or night-scented then they will attract insects and thereby also bats. Some such native species are Evening primrose, Phlox, Night-flowering catchfly, fleabane and Goldenrod. Nonnative species include Salvia, Nicotiana, Moonflowers and any aromatic herb. All these plants will attract moths which bats like to eat. (Ed: if you’re interested there is a video on youtube of an evening primrose opening up and attracting a moth, all in less than a minute: watch?v=DiODdt8l108) You can train climbing plants such as Clematis and vines over fences and unsightly objects, or leave some un-mown areas if your garden is large enough — or if you can’t be bothered to mow the lawn so often! Garden lights will also attract insects; and please try to garden organically, as pesticides can be harmful to bats and other wildlife. A pond is also beneficial as it provides a breeding area for insects; dead trees, too, provided they are not in a dangerous condition, will provide a haven for insects and, potentially, roosting bats.

Boxes should be large enough to allow a maternity colony to cluster, thus conserving heat to keep the young warm. Although considered to be ‘summer’ boxes, they may be used all year round except in temperatures below minus 4ºC. If you want to make your own box(es), diagrams are available from various sources on the web or have a go at designing your own. The only limitations are that the entrance slit (usually at the bottom) is no wider than 25 mm (1 inch) otherwise birds can get in, even from underneath — believe me, as I have checked hundreds of boxes over the years and found blue tit and tree creeper nests together with wasp and hornet nests, so be warned! The back plate should be extended below the base of the box to allow a landing platform for the bats. All wood should be rough sawn to provide grip and not treated with any preservative as the chemicals involved are harmful to bats. You can of course buy ready-made boxes from a variety of suppliers but be careful of flimsy construction; there should be no gaps other than the entrance slit. Woodcrete — a mix of clay, concrete and sawdust — has good insulation properties and several designs of bat boxes are manufactured from it. However, these boxes tend to be expensive and from my experience, having checked bat boxes for over twenty years, bats still prefer the wooden ones which resemble more closely their natural environment.

Bat boxes The felling of dead, old and hollow trees reduces the availability of natural roost sites for most of our British bat species. So providing bat boxes is important for bat conservation and research, although they cannot entirely replace natural tree holes. Of our seventeen species of bat, eleven have roosted in bat boxes and of those eleven, six have bred in them, including those species we can see around our area. It is also known that bat boxes are used as mating roosts.

A commercial offering of the traditional wooden bat box (the opening below not visible). You can build your own or expect to pay about £15 for this one.

Trentside Links · May 2010 A visually attractive box is the Schwegler 1FQ for mounting on a wall but at a hefty 15 kg should not be mounted on the side of a shed! This box can be painted (comes in grey/blue colour) with a breathable paint that matches its surroundings. The Ibstock bat brick and roost box is a unit that can be incorporated into walls, whether stone or brick, and is recommended for existing buildings or when renovations are contemplated; again, details on the web – what would we do without it! Where to put them? Bat boxes may be placed on the side of buildings or on trees and the recommendation is for them to be between 3 and 5 metres above the ground (to deter predators and unwarranted attention) but how far will your ladder reach with safety!

The legal bit Bats and their roosts (whether occupied or not) are protected at all times under the UK’s Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and also European legislation and it is an offence to intentionally or recklessly disturb, kill or handle bats or destroy their roosts. Known roosts may only be checked under licences issued by Natural England ( This also applies to photographing bats within their roosts. Having put up your bat box(es) it may take several months or even years before they are used regularly but if in the right place and of the right design, could be used almost instantly as bats whilst foraging are inquisitive and will investigate any potential roost site.

The Schwegler 1FQ Bat Roost, costs about £80. Fits to the wall of a building and has a roughened front panel so bats can land securely. Inside there are wooden perches.

If a box doesn’t look as if it is being used after a few years, try a different location. Most boxes don’t require any cleaning but if they do, only use a paint brush (up to 2 inches is ideal) that is clean and dry. Boxes with an entrance at the bottom should not require any cleaning. Richard Fox, Fenton

The roost box should be placed in a sheltered area but one which has some sun during the day. Orientation should be facing north (for winter use), south-east or south-west but as bats don’t use compasses, you can be a few degrees out! There should be a clear space beneath each box to allow unimpeded access.

Further information If you wish to find out more about bats in the UK then one of the best places to visit is the website of the Bat Conservation Trust ( Among many - and I mean many - other things you will find a cheap and simple design for a bat box.

There is a benefit to the bats in having more than one box to choose. Ideally, two or three boxes should be made and clustered together, facing in different directions to allow the bats to select a range of roosting temperatures at different times of year — preferably south, south-east and south-west. Try to avoid due west, as this is the prevailing direction of the wind & rain!

One thing I learnt from my quick visit to this website: bats rarely live in belfries, much preferring somewhere quiet and free of cobwebs. Well, well, yet another myth exploded (ed).

Occupancy can be checked by observing the boxes at dusk to see if bats are entering and leaving. Boxes should not be physically inspected between June and August when bats are giving birth and lactating.


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Take a Break Uh-oh, computer error I was having trouble with my computer. So I called Eric, the 11 year old next door, whose bedroom looks like Mission Control and asked him to come over. Eric clicked a couple of buttons and solved the problem. As he was walking away, I called after him: So, what was wrong? ‘It was an ID ten T error’. I didn’t want to appear stupid, but nonetheless inquired: An, ID ten T error, what’s that? In case I need to fix it again ... Eric grinned ... Haven’t you ever heard of an ID ten T error before? No. Write it down, and I think you’ll figure it out. So I wrote down: I D 1 0 T. I used to like Eric ...

Yorkshireman Yorkshireman takes his cat to the vet. Yorkshireman: Ayup, lad, I need to talk to thee about m’ cat. Vet: Is it a tom? Yorkshireman: Nay, I’ve browt it wi’ us.

A Yorkshireman’s dog dies and as it was a favourite pet he decides to have a gold statue made by a jeweller to remember the dog by. Yorkshireman: Can tha’ mek us a gold statue of yon dog? Jeweller: Do you want it 18 carat? Yorkshireman: Nay, I want it chewin’ a bone yer daft bugger! Sent in by Dick Wright, Kettlethorpe

Literary put-downs Lady Astor: If you were my husband I’d Winston Churchill: Madam, if you were my wife, I’d drink it!




MP: Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease. Disraeli: That depends, sir, on whether I embrace your policies or your mistress. ‘He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.’ - Billy Wilder ‘His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.’ - Mae West ‘I feel so miserable without you; it’s almost like having you here.’ - Stephen Bishop Note from George Bernard Shaw: I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend ... if you have one. Churchill’s reply: Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second ... if there is one. ‘I didn’t attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it.’ - Mark Twain ‘He had delusions of adequacy.’ - Walter Kerr ‘I’ve just learned about his illness. Let’s hope it’s nothing trivial.’ – Irvin S Cobb ‘Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I’ll waste no time reading it.’ - Moses Hadas ‘I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn’t it.’ - Groucho Marx Sent in by Elizabeth Rose, Torksey 24

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In Brief Action for Torksey A parish plan has just been completed for Torksey, the main aim of which is to help improve life for the community. The next phase is to draw up a list of tasks and who should achieve them. The final report of the Torksey Parish Plan Steering Group has just been completed. This concludes two years of researching the views of all those living in Torksey. The report proposes a plan of action, which was accepted by the Parish Council and has been commented on by Lincoln County and West Lindsey District Councils. The views of parishioners were collected by a questionnaire that covered every aspect of life in Torksey, from provision of services to leisure activities. Torksey Action Group has now been set up to assist in taking all those ideas and comments forward.

Activities for children We thought it would be helpful to share information about some of the out-ofschool activities that children in the area are involved in. Here are a few that your children might like to try: Kitty and Mabel at the West Lindsey Gymnastics Club

A meeting has been arranged with the Highways Department and Parish Clerk to consider how to arrange safer access from Torksey Lock to the village and speed reduction. To this end petitions are being organised for early June. As for leisure activities, a Target Shooting Club has been established — new members will be welcome.

Saxilby Scout & Guide Association Based in the popular village of Saxilby, the group offers a wide range of activities from camps to caving. Children can join the Beavers from age 6 and there are various groups for all ages. For further information contact Group Scout leader Neil Mellor, tel 01522 702901.

Karate At Kettlethorpe Village Hall from 6.30 pm to 7.15 pm (with advanced lessons from 7.15 pm)

The Torksey Action Group will be considering how to develop other activities and to tackle service provision issues. If we are to do this effectively then we need assistance. Our first newsletter is going out to every household in Torksey in mid-May, giving more detail and including a request for volunteers. The full report will also be available shortly on the Torksey Parish Plan website at: A Parish Plan is the start of a process for change that attempts to involve the whole community, giving everyone the chance to have their say about all aspects of local life including social, economic and environmental issues.

Elliott and Charlotte at the St George’s Day parade in the grounds of Lincoln Castle

As it says on the website: ‘... [this is] a real opportunity for all the residents of Torksey to have their say in the future of the parish. Once we have the initial analysis of the information, we will be holding meetings to inform everyone of the findings and agree a way forward.’

Children’s gymnastics At the West Lindsey Leisure Centre, Gainsborough (tel 01427 615169). Every Friday & Saturday, cost currently £2.25 a session. Please phone the centre for timings of sessions applicable to your child’s level.

A dangerous looking Charlotte: waddya mean it’s time for bed!

There must be many more activities out there so come on, whether child or parent, let us know what activities children in your area are interested in. Tell us what makes your club/ hobby great and perhaps include a picture and detail of your achievements. Don’t forget to include where and when they take place so others can attend. Sue & Emma, Editorial team 25

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A couple of days before I wrote this I spent most of a Friday in St Mary’s Church, Stow. The Archdeacon, The Ven Jane Sinclair, had called a meeting of interested parties to discuss the future of the church. As an Anglo-Saxon Minster, Mother Church to the Diocese, and because it was spiritual home for the bishop before the present cathedral, St Mary’s is a church of national significance. Yet it doesn’t feel like that on a Sunday. With a congregation of about 10-15 rattling around in this vast, cold edifice, it’s hard to appreciate the rare jewel we have in Stow Minster. And, make no mistake, St Mary’s is a jewel we might lose. The burden of maintaining this ancient building falls on this small group of people. When you hear that the cost of repairs just to make the building watertight is in the region of £2 million, then you will appreciate that this little band faces an uphill task. This was the issue the Archdeacon called the meeting to address. Representatives from English Heritage, the Church Commissioners, the Council for the Care

Torksey Fete

of the past, then Jesus will be released to mediate the love of God for all people for all time.

As I sat listening to this it all sounded rather hopeless. Without developing the building, the church would probably die. But, for fear of losing something of the past, developing the building so it can have meaningful use in the present is just about impossible. This clinging onto the past at all costs reminded me of a lovely Easter story. According to John’s gospel, Mary Magdalene is the first person to encounter the risen Jesus. In her happiness at seeing him, Mary reaches out to Jesus, but he says to her ‘Do not hold me.’ If Mary holds Jesus, trying to recreate the past relationship with him and keep him to herself, then his work will be constrained to the people round about them in time and space. But if she has the courage to allow for change, to let go of Jesus, and so let go

Rhys Prosser Tel 01522 702427

Sunday 13 June 2010

01427 719027 or Pam Wi thers Tel. 01427 717657.

The Torksey Fete takes place on the village green (behind The Hume Arms) at 2 pm on Sunday 13 June 2010.

We would welcome any ideas for other attractions tha t could be included.

If anyone would like a stall or has any items of good quality bric a brac (sorry, we cannot take anything electrical), books, tombola or raffle prizes could you please contact Elizabeth Rose Tel.


of Churches and the Diocesan Advisory body were there. As we discussed the issue it became clear that, although money is a significant problem, it’s not the major one. The real problem is a lack of people to share the burden of caring for this magnificent building. And the only way to get more people involved is to widen the base of people using the building. And here’s the rub. To do that would mean developing at least part of St Mary’s for other use, such as a village hall. And this would involve major changes to the building, changes it’s unlikely people in the community would be happy with, and which would stand a slim chance of getting past the planning authorities.

This story has a message for us. If we try to cling on to things from the past, keep things as they are, then we restrict their potential to grow and develop, as Jesus made clear to Mary. But if we allow for change, then there is the chance of new beginnings and the possibility of growth into the future. St Mary’s Stow was built 1200 years ago as witness to this faith. Wouldn’t it be tragic now if we ignored this lesson from that faith, and in our determination to keep the Minster as an icon to the past, ensured that it has no real future.

Rhys is priest with responsibility for Newton, Kettlethorpe, and Torksey and can be contacted as follows: Revd Canon Rhys Prosser The Vicarage 69 Mill Lane Saxilby LN1 2HN Please contact Rhys to arrange baptisms (Christenings) and weddings, or if you need to have the banns of marriage called in one of the above churches, but are getting married in another Anglican Church.

Kettlethorpe United Charities We have limited funds to assist people in need who live in the parishes of Fenton, Kettlethorpe & Laughterton. Apply in confidence to see if you are eligible by contacting the Trustees: Mrs Rosalie Fowler 01427 718619 Mrs Anne Wingham 01427 717545 Revd Rhys Prosser 01522 702427

The Village Fête by Peter Paul Rubens


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Trentside Links Church Notices Church Services in Kettlethorpe, Newton and Torksey Sunday 2 May 9.00 am Communion at Kettlethorpe 9.00 am Morning Prayer at Newton Sunday 9 May 9.00 am Communion at Kettlethorpe 9.30 am Morning Prayer at Torksey Thursday 13 May - Ascension Day 7.30pm Group Communion at Newton Saturday & Sunday 15 -16 May West Lindsey Open Churches Festival Weekend Sunday 16 May 9.00 am Communion at Newton 9.00 am Morning Prayer at Kettlethorpe 9.30 am Communion at Torksey Sunday 23 May 9.00am Communion at Kettlethorpe 9.00am Communion at Torksey Sunday 30 May 9.00am Morning Prayer at Kettlethorpe 9.00am Communion at Newton 9.30am Communion at Torksey Sunday 6 June union at Kettlethorpe Comm am 9.00 9.00 am Morning Prayer at Newton

Sunday 13 June 9.00 am Communion at Ke ttlethorpe 9.30 am Morning Prayer at Torksey Sunday 20 June 9.00 am Communion at Ne wton 9.00 am Morning Prayer at Kettlethorpe Sunday 27 June 11.00 am Communion at Tor ksey 6.00 pm Festival Evening Prayer for Patronal Festival, Kettletho rpe Sunday 4 July 9.00 am Communion at Ke ttlethorpe 9.00 am Morning Prayer at Newton Sunday 11 July 9.00 am Communion at Ke ttlethorpe 9.30 am Morning Prayer at Torksey Sunday 18 July 9.00 am Communion at Ke ttlethorpe 9.30 am Communion at Tor ksey 9.00 am Communion at Ne wton Sunday 25 July 9.00 am Communion at Ke ttlethorpe 11.00 am Communion at Tor ksey

YOUR PARISH CLERGY Revd Canon Rhys Prosser The Vicarage, 69 Mill Lane, Saxilby, Lincs LN1 2HN Tel: 01522 702427 email: Revd Stephanie Prosser The Vicarage, 69 Mill Lane, Saxilby, Lincs LN1 2HN Tel: 01522 702427, email: Revd Mark Briscoe 7 Vasey Close, Saxilby, Lincs Tel: 01522 703918, email: Revd Allen Barton 1 Westcroft Drive, Saxilby, Lincs LN1 2PT Revd Pam Rose Dais Cottage, 16-18 Grange Lane, Willingham-by-Stow Gainsborough Tel: 01427787578 Revd Phillip Wain The Rectory Gainsborough Road, Lea Gainsborough DN21 5HZ Tel: 01427 613188

To make arrangements for christenings & weddings please contact the appropriate vicar from the above list. 27

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Trentside Links Church & Community Notices Marton & Gate Burton Diary Dates SOCIAL ACTIVITIES at Village Hall, Trentport Road, Marton

SOCIAL ACTIVITIES at Village Hall, Trentport Road, Marton WEEKLY Monday Playgroup .............................................. 9.30 – 12 noon Art Class (in committee room) ............... 2.00 – 4.00 pm Indoor Bowls.......................................... 2.00 – 4.00 pm Line Dancing ....................................... 7.45 – 10.00 pm

Marton summer fair Saturday 26 June, 2 – 5 pm Features a flypast by a spitfire, children’s entertainer, dog agility display, gyroscope, various stalls . Refreshment will be served in the villag e hall.

Tuesday Playgroup .............................................. 9.30 – 12 noon Wednesday Playgroup .............................................. 9.30 – 12 noon Country Dancing (2nd & 4th weeks only) ............ 7.30 pm Thursday Playgroup .............................................. 9.30 – 12 noon Over 60s Club (in committee room) ....... 2.15 – 4.00pm Youth Club .............................................. 6.45 – 8.00pm


at St Margaret of Antioch Church, Marton


Sunday 23 May ....................11.00 am Morn

ing Prayer

Sunday 30 May ..................... 10.00 am Grou

p service

Sunday 6 June .............................. 11.00 am


Sunday 13 June .................... 9.30 am Morn

Friday Playgroup .............................................. 9.30 – 12 noon Whist Drive ............................................ 7.30 – 9.30 pm

ing Prayer Sunday 27 June ............................ 11.00 am Eucharist

MONTHLY 1st Wednesday each month Village Hall Committee Meeting ....................... 7.30 pm

Churches Festival weekend, 15-16 May

1st Tuesday each month Parish Council Meeting .................................... 7.00 pm 3rd Wednesday each month Women’s Institute ............................................. 7.30 pm Hall available to hire, holds up to 200 people. Cost: £10.00 per hour or £7.00 per hour for villagers. For further details contact: Sandra Moody (Caretaker), tel 01427 718792.

The church will be open to all on Sat & Sun, 15-16 May, 12 noon – 4.00 pm (with a bapt ism at 12.30 on Sunday). There will be an exhibition of local crafts, collection of church kneelers, stalls with bric-a-brac, books, plants, etc. Refreshme nts available.

Church social Everyone welcome to join us in church for tea/ coffee/cake and a chat on the fourth Saturday each month, 2.00 - 4.00pm.

Newton summer fête - Saturday 26 June 2010 St Peter’s Church is holding the village fête at Newton-on-Trent in the grounds of Newton School between 2 pm and 5 pm on Saturday 26 June 2010. Among the attractions will be a steam tractor giving rides around the village for all ages, plus jacket potatoes hot from its fire box! There will also be dancing by Newton Primary School children, various side-shows and stalls including jewellery, home-made cakes, books etc; and refreshments will include strawberry cream teas. A great day out for all the family. 28

The Village Fête by Claude Lorrain 1639

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Trentside Links Community Notices BUS TIMES TO TESCO



10.40 10.42

Marton Church Marton (Tillbridge Lane) Sturton (Cross Roads)

10.50 10.51

Sturton School Stow Willingham

10.53 10.56 10.59 11.01

Kexby Corner Upton Heapham

11.04 11.07

Springthorpe Corringham (Becket Arms) Arrives TESCO

11.12 11.22


Departs TESCO Gainsborough Corringham (Becket Arms)


Springthorpe Heapham Upton Kexby Corner Willingham

13.10 13.15 13.18 13.21 13.23 13.26

Stow Sturton (School) Sturton (Cross Roads) Marton (Tillbridge Lane)

13.29 14.01

Marton Church


14.02 14.10




Departs from: The Elms ..................................0920 Torksey Caravan Site ...............0930 Fenton.......................................0935 Laughterton ..............................0938 Newton on Trent .......................0942

Departs TESCO, Lincoln at 11.55

Arrives TESCO Lincoln .......10.15

Country Market at Gainsborough Friends Meeting House, Market St (opposite Marshall’s Yard shopping complex) A co-operative enterprise selling fresh home produce, cakes, crafts including handmade cards, etc. Tea, coffee & refreshments served, including bacon baps. Every Tuesday 8.45am to 11.30am

Kettlethorpe Village Hall needs your support New committee members required. Anyone from Kettlethorpe, Fenton, Torksey Lock or Laughterton would be very welcome. We usually meet once a month. For more information please contact: Mr Don Jowett – Chairman - tel 01427 718349 Mrs Ann Close – Secretary – tel 01427 718517 29

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Trentside Links Community Notices LING sites


Gainsborough e, Gainsborough DN21 1AH Lan ngs rga me Sum Lincoln oln LN5 8LG 97 Great Northern Terrace, Linc Opening hours Summer (April to September): Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm, Saturday to Sunday 8am - 4pm Winter (October to March): Monday to Sunday 8am – 4pm Closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day. as per weekday (Open all other Bank Holidays ve.) abo d liste times Whisby Whisby LN6 9BT d, Roa le Eag Opening hours Summer (April to September): Monday to Friday 8 am – 6 pm Saturday 8 am - 12 noon nday to Friday Winter (October to March): Mo 4pm – 8am Saturday 8am - 12noon Closed & Bank Holidays s day Sun

Kettlethorpe Village Hall AGM on 17 May 2010 at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall



Fenton Mrs K Gissing 19 The Grove, Lea, Gainsboro ugh, Lincs, DN21 5EP Tel: 01427 678994

Kettlethorpe and Laughterto n Mr R Gee 2 Swynford Close, Laughterto n, Lincs, LN1 2LG Tel: 01427 717868

Marton and Gate Burton Mrs Gillian Martin 6 Mount Pleasant Close, Marton , Gainsborough, Lincs, DN21 5AE Tel: 01427 728377

Newton-on-Trent Mr R Pilgrim 2 Cedar Close, The Elms, Tor ksey, Lincs, LN1 2NH Tel : 01427 718388

Torksey Mr R Pilgrim 2 Cedar Close, The Elms, Tor ksey, Lincs, LN1 2NH Tel : 01427 718388

Kettlethorpe Village Hall Available for hire

gs and The refurbished village hall is available to hire for private functions, parties, meetin sher, dishwa s, facilitie any social gatherings. It boasts a brand new kitchen with full cooking crockery and cutlery.

• Seating for 80 people • Stage available by request • New eco-lighting • Oil-fired heating system with radiators

A licence to serve alcohol can be obtained provided sufficient notice is given before Please contact the booking secretary for details: Sharon


Beech House, Brampton, Torksey, Lincoln LN1 2EG Tel: 01427 718637, Mob: 07813 564319 E:


the event.

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Gainsborough Rural South Neighbourhood Policing Team Please feel free to contact us at any time on our mobiles listed below, or even via email. Our contact details are as follows:

PC 326 Martin Doherty Community beat manager telephone: 07939 890958 email:

PCSO 2061 Daren Grace Police community support officer telephone: 07900 325735 email:

PCSO 2209 Sonia Lewis Police community support officer telephone: 07796 267137 email:

The above numbers SHOULD NOT BE USED for REPORTING CRIMES or INCIDENTS. If you need immediate action then you should always call 0300 111 0300, the phone number for the control room, which is manned 24 hrs a day. In an EMERGENCY dial 999 31


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