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Trentside Links A Time Traveller Calls An unexpected visitor at Newton Issue 172 • July 2013

The Circle of Life Tales from Stow Park

A free community magazine covering the villages of Brampton • Drinsey Nook • Fenton • Gate Burton • Kettlethorpe • Knaith • Laughterton Marton • Newton on Trent • Park Farm • Stow Park • Thorney • Torksey • Torksey Lock


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Issue 172 15 July 2013

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News 8 water treatment works

Local children get a buzz out of site visit

9 best kept village

A challenge for the residents of Torksey

10 help for heroes

Fund-raising cyclists drop in for tea & cakes at the Ingleby Arms

Bygones 11 the circle of life

An account of life at the Railway Inn pub in Stow Park

13 ladies who performed

The role women played in the war effort

Reports 18 WI update

News from the Kettlethorpe & District WI

Poppies at Torksey Our cover this month shows a lovely picture of poppies growing at Torksey and was taken by Trentside Links distributor Alan Watson. We would love to feature more photos from readers so why not send them in!

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20 police updates


News from your local team

24 community notices Local events, dances & more

26 church notices

Your service & clergy details

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Trentside Correspondence Celebration Wood – Right of Access and Property


elebration Wood in Marton has been freely open to the public for over 13 years. The wood between Brampton and Marton was previously owned by the Whitton family. The establishing wood is a peaceful place for walkers and their dogs and was planted by volunteers, with hundreds of native trees being sold for this purpose by the Shaw Trust. Besides the tranquil setting there are also a number of memorial benches. Recently the wood has been sold by Burton and Dyson Solicitors without any formal notice to owners of either the trees (which in many cases have been planted there as memorials to loved ones) or to those individuals who own the memorial benches. The new owner, Mr Adam Wallis of Brampton Grange, has barricaded the entrance with barbed wire and a locked gate. It is his property and he has this right. I have spoken with him and explained that many local residents and tree owners are extremely upset by his actions. His reply to me was that he does not care and that furthermore everything on the land is his property, including memorial benches and trees. Surely this cannot be right? If nothing else it is morally inexcusable and

displays a complete lack of sympathy for those individuals who rightly believed that their memorial trees and benches would be accessible to them and in their ownership in perpetuity. Mr Wallis has denied me access to his land to remove my property. The Shaw Trust who sold the trees in their hundreds, at £30 per tree, have also shown no interest in the matter, which I find more shocking and not in the spirit of how a trust should behave. I am therefore pursuing this matter, as I believe that it is morally unacceptable and displays an attitude of callousness, particularly when it involves people’s loved ones. I should also stress that at the time of buying a tree from the Shaw Trust, at no point was it made clear that the Trust did not own the land and that if the land was subsequently sold by the farmer that public access to the area deemed as a wood would be denied. Lincolnshire County Council have established that there is no public right of way on the land and have commented that whilst they feel ‘disappointed’ that the land has not remained open to the public, they have no legal standing in the matter. The land as yet has had no application made for planning. If like me, you are very unhappy please contact me on 07760 994 745 and perhaps by putting our point across together we will at least be able to have our property returned to us in order to gain some level of recompense for what is a very upsetting matter. Mrs L Macfarlane The following response was received from Burton & Dyson Solicitors Dear Mrs Macfarlane Thank you for your email which was drawn to my attention as the Client Care Partner for the practice. I quite understand how you feel about the sale of the woodland.

So far as my firm is concerned, I should perhaps explain that we were aware at the outset of the possible sensitivities arising out of the planned disposal. We discussed these with all parties involved at the time including our clients, their agents and the Shaw Trust who, as you will be aware, had had some involvement in establishment of the woodland. The Trust informed us that they had already ceased delivering employment support in West Lindsey and that they no longer required access to the land. They made clear that, in principle, they had no objection to a sale. In consequence, the woodland was offered for sale in the usual way. Agents were instructed and the site was marketed through the usual channels. It was an entirely open and transparent process. That resulted in an offer being received from the present owner in terms which were acceptable to our clients and the sale was then completed. As you will appreciate, the land is and has always been privately owned and it is entirely a matter for the present owners as to whether or not they are prepared to grant members of the public access to it. I can understand your disappointment that they have chosen not to do so but, unfortunately, that is their prerogative. In all the circumstances, I do not believe that there is anything further we can or should do. However, I hope that this letter helps to clarify the background and to reassure you that the disposal of the land by our clients was carried out in an entirely open and proper manner. With kind regards. Philip Westcott Burton & Dyson Solicitors


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Shaw Trust Media Statement 3 July 2013 Celebration Wood Memorial Project


ollowing the enquiries made by the Marton community with regard to access to the Celebration Wood Memorial site, the charity has conducted an investigation of its relationship with the memorial project. In terms of background, as part of Shaw Trust’s work in the local Lincolnshire community supporting those with disabilities (in this case - those with a mental health disability), the charity collaborated with Hartsholme Park Arboretum Cooperative on the Celebration Wood Project on the land owned by the previous landowner. The Cooperative had overall responsibility for the Celebration Wood Memorial project, and the related benches and trees. Shaw Trust’s involvement was based on undertaking work on behalf of Lincolnshire County Council to support their clients in becoming more independent through a meaningful work-based project. On this project the clients, managed by Shaw Trust, planted the trees supplied by the Cooperative in the Celebration Wood. All sponsorship monies from local residents received in respect of the trees was paid directly onto the Cooperative. From speaking to a former employee who was involved with the project until 2004 (as well as the subsequent green burial planning application – see below) – Shaw Trust has learned that during 2006/7 the charity ended its involvement with the project, as Lincolnshire County Council wanted to deliver services to people with disabilities and mental health issues in a different way. Subsequently, Hartsholme Park Arboretum Cooperative wound up and any funds that it had remaining were donated to the local air ambulance. Shaw Trust has been informed that subsequently, another charity (Lincolnshire Community Foundation)

also attempted to develop the wood with the provision of green burials in a small area. After the Foundation submitted an application, Brampton Parish Council and the Respect Green Burial Ground made representations against the application and it was therefore rejected. Shaw Trust is saddened and disappointed to hear that the current landowner is not granting the community access to the memorial site. The charity appreciates how very distressing this must be for all concerned. Shaw Trust understands that members of the community have personally contacted the landowner. Shaw Trust has offered to write to the current landowner, on behalf of the community to explain the charity’s involvement - with a view to persuading him to allow short-term access to the community to allow the removal of the trees and benches. It is regrettable that Shaw Trust is unable to do more than this to support the community in gaining access to Celebration Wood but the charity sincerely hopes that the cumulative action of your campaign, support from the wider local community and direct contact by Shaw Trust will bring this matter to a suitable conclusion for those in Marton affected by this. Shaw Trust Shaw Trust is a national charity that helps people facing disadvantage into work, to gain skills and take control of their futures. Over the past thirty years, the Trust has striven to combine its charitable heart with its commercial brain to provide the very best support to the people it was set up to serve. If you have a burning issue you want to share in the magazine why not get in touch. Contact details are on the inside front cover.

Celebration Wood An update


s we went to press we had further contact from Mrs L Macfarlane who intends to contact the Economic Development Committee at West Lindsey District Council as the item was discussed at their meeting of 29/01/2002. To view the minutes for yourself go to: uk/comm_mins/documents/archive/ EconDev/Minutes/ED0025M.htm#ED27

Whats on at Sturton by Stow Children's Centre Mini-Movers Mini Movers are fun play-based activity sessions which help to develop physical and social skills in pre-school children. Tuesday (term time only)

Home Start Family Group

Home Start Family Group offers support and friendship. It is a great place to meet other families. We have fun activity each week and light snacks. Wednesday

Fundamentals A Stay & Play group for the under 5s, run by one of our dads, it’s a safe place for parents and children to play in a new environment and a way to meet new people and make friends.Thursday

Toy Library A stay and play session with your children, lots of laughter. The groups run craft activities during the session which are fun for both children and parents/carers. Toy hire is available but with a small price to pay. Wednesday.

Tots on Tour at Poly Platt School Scampton For children from 12 months (who are confidently walking) up to 32 months. This group is aimed at enabling and helping children to become confident communicators. For more info visit the website: Fridays (Term Time only)

For more information on activities dates & times contact Rebecca on: 01427 788971 or email


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Say No to Wind Turbines

‘No to wind turbines’, that is exactly what the vast majority of residents of Brampton agreed, when they were asked to sign a petition against the threat of wind turbines being erected by Lincoln Golf Club within the Parish. We are told this is one of the premier golf clubs in Lincolnshire, so I can't imagine why the committee would want to bring the club down to a level of a municipal course playing crazy golf under and around turbines. I just hope that if the suggestion goes to the membership that they will see sense and not vote it through to save a few ‘bob’ on their fees. The village still remains extremely angry over the wind turbine that had previously been erected, without any prior consultation, at Grange Farm only a few metres from Brampton Parish boundary. But in giving consideration to this, it was realised it was not just a local issue but one for the entire community, people should not be expected to live anywhere near one of these monstrosities whether it’s a mile, two miles or even ten miles away, they are noisy, ruin the environment, devalue property and are utterly selfish in the way they raise income. Recently applications for turbines in the Laughton, Blyton and Scotton area, and Normanby by Spital, have been either rejected or withdrawn and of course the application at Cottam was rejected by Bassetlaw DC in 2010. However, with applications failing for one reason or another in the cliff villages, attention now seems to be drawn to the Trent Valley where they appear to be springing up like mushrooms. Each is being considered separately and I would suspect without reference to the whole, so they will surround us making it feel as though we are living within a wind farm. We have seen applications approved in Kettlethorpe and Torksey and now there are firm proposals for Newton on Trent

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and a scoping application for Brampton, the latter being considered feasible by West Lindsey DC.

must build our defences ensuring our views are known to everyone and anyone who can influence the proceedings.

Historically, there was apparently a presumption at West Lindsey Planning that, following government guidelines, approval would be granted to any turbine applications, unless there were strict planning reasons why they should be rejected. Without going into detailed grounds for a possible rejection, it was clear that local residents’ views were NOT generally considered material. It seemed easy therefore for applicants to justify their actions through local planning by just flying the green banner of renewable energy. Such a policy opened up the possibility of inconsiderate landowners building turbines as simple ‘cash cows’ wherever they have unproductive land, allowing them to make considerable profits at everyone else’s expense.

In Brampton several residents have written to the Chief Executive of West Lindsey DC, Ms Manjeet Gill. The parish meeting has written to our MP, Rt Hon Edward Leigh, copies of our petition and various other papers have been passed to the adjacent parish councils of Torksey and Marton, where there are a number of properties in their areas who may similarly be affected by the Brampton proposals. We have also involved Cllr Mr Stuart Kinch who has agreed to support our objection. At the same time questions are also being asked about the clandestine way in which the application at Grange Farm was approved.

Have things changed, quite frankly I am unsure. The latest government announcement on 6th June certainly gives some scope for optimism. These widely leaked proposals changing planning regulations to give local communities the power to either veto wind turbine proposals or allow residents who agree to them to be sited near to their homes, be offered community payments. Such changes would certainly be welcome, however there seems to be a confliction of interests, the government’s stated policy is to promote onshore wind, but at the same time allow residents to block it. Am I missing something? This new policy will certainly have to be tested until its interpretation is fully understood. A further point worth noting is that as the subsidies from government are reduced, onshore wind power will clearly become less and less attractive and as I understand, some are already questioning their viability since they also seem to be producing far less power than originally forecast. It is just hoped that there are sufficient secured deposits/bonds with the present owners, to decommission and remove them once they are no longer needed. Please look up ‘rusting wind turbines in Hawaii’ on Google. So what’s to be done? Well it certainly isn’t to be complacent, the population must stand firm and let it be known that the turbines are not wanted in the Trent Valley. Surely we have enough power generation clutter already around us. We

To be able to speak with one voice we have to be certain as to the strength of feeling within the community. To do this, parish councils should be asked to canvas their residents to establish what support there is for saying ‘no to wind turbines’, the result should therefore dispel this myth of a large percentage of the population being in favour of onshore wind. It was reported in the Daily Mail (11th May) that two thirds of the population supported the growth of onshore wind. No doubt they would until it was in their own back garden. We must keep up the pressure on elected members and the District Council and make nuisances of ourselves by asking questions querying issues and make contact with parish councils who have successfully had applications rejected in their areas to learn lessons from them. It may also be interesting, that where applications have been approved, to perhaps pursue a reduction in council tax on the basis of ‘a physical change in the area which could affect the valuation of a property’. Website VAO - Council Tax, item 3 on the list, Can I challenge the list entry? So despite recent government announcements and until we are certain of the meaning of the planning changes, the community must work together and stop this wind turbine culture to protect ourselves, our environment, our property values and landscapes both for now and the future. Richard Farley, Brampton


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Trentside News A Time Traveller calls


hen the children of Newton on Trent Church of England Primary School arrived for school this morning after their half term holiday, there was quite a surprise for them in the playground! At some point during the night before, a police box time machine had materialised onto the school premises! The police box was cordoned off with police tape, and two police community support officers in uniform were guarding this strange new arrival on the premises. The children all gathered around to hear what the PCSOs had to say about the mystery, when suddenly an anonymous telephone message was received, to say that a mysterious pile of clothes and belongings had been sighted on the village playing fields and the police might like to take a look. So the police, children and staff all walked to the village field to investigate. The police explained to the children how important it was not to touch the evidence, as the forensic team from CSI would have to be involved, so the children had a good look at the evidence without touching it, and then returned to school to begin their own investigations as to the strange happenings in Newton


on Trent village. CSI then called to say they had completed their investigations and the evidence could be retrieved from the field, which staff then collected. The morning was then spent conducting extensive interviews with staff, parents and members of the local community, to try to piece together the jigsaw of evidence about the police box and its sudden appearance. Emails were received from other primary schools in the area, who had witnessed strange sightings in the night, evidence which the children added to their investigations. The school Headteacher Mrs Alyson Bristow said "What brilliant detectives our children are! With the help of the PCSOs and the evidence that has been gathered, I am sure it won't be long before we find how the mystery blue box arrived on our playground!" What a fantastic start to the curriculum topic of ‘Back to the Future’ which will influence all areas of the taught curriculum between now and the summer holidays! The children were excited, intrigued and inspired, and are now enthusiastically working on missing person descriptions and newspaper reports.



ongratulations to Tara Booley of Newton-On-Trent. Tara has graduated after 3 years with a 1st in BSc (Hons) Psychology. The end of a chapter, A new dream begun, Recognition for all of the hard work you’ve done, A happy event, An exciting, fresh startA time to feel proud And to follow your heart.

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Hume Arms Re-opens with Back-to-the-Past Approach

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option to try something from our menu too. That’s why we made the decision to offer traditional fish and chips and handmade pizzas to take away too.” Parts of the extensive building are also available to hire for businesses across Lincolnshire, with full conferencing and meeting facilities and catering provided. It also presents the perfect rural retreat for weddings and parties, with bespoke packages available.

L-R: Adam Gamory, General Manager, and Chris Bulaitis, Managing Director, of Ever So Sensible Restaurants, outside The Hume Arms.


much-loved village pub in Lincolnshire has opened its doors for the first time in 18 months following a £150,000 revamp by its new leaseholders. The Hume Arms, in the heart of Torksey, has been restored to its former glory by Ever So Sensible Restaurants, under the Lincolnshire Pub & Kitchen brand, after the company took on the lease in March this year. Work undertaken at the venue on Main Street includes a complete refit of the interior, creating a warm and welcoming feel throughout the pub’s warren of cosy rooms, as well as the landscaping of the extensive garden area. For Chris Bulaitis, managing director of Ever So Sensible Restaurants, the renovation has been about restoring some of The Hume Arms’ lost beauty and charm: “After taking on the lease, we found ourselves with a stunning old building with plenty of character. It just needed plenty of care and attention. “It’s clear that The Hume Arms was once a vital part of the community in Torksey and it’s been about restoring that for the people of the village. Since opening the doors, we’ve had an incredibly warm welcome. “I have to say that this is testament to the importance of the local pub and the vital role it can play in the community. So many great venues have fallen by the wayside in the past few years and we are proud to be in a position where we can

actually open doors.” The food and drink offering at The Hume Arms has also received an extensive overhaul, with a real focus on local suppliers. As well as an extensive wine list, customers can choose from a selection of six cask ales, many from small local breweries. Diners can select from a wide array of great value classic dishes, using ingredients sourced from the surrounding area. As well as a choice of light lunches and evening menus, the venue will also have a traditional Sunday lunch offering. As Chris explains, for a less formal meal, he has also invested in a stone-baked pizza oven, so there is also the option to take food home after a couple of drinks: “We know that some of our customers just pop in to see us on the way home and others are passing through the village and we wanted to make sure they had the

The process of re-opening former iconic pubs is a tried and tested process for Ever So Sensible Restaurants, with the company having done the same at the Horse & Groom in Lincoln. Since taking over the leasehold in 2011, also under the Lincolnshire Pub & Kitchen name, the venue has gone from strength-tostrength. For Adam Garmory, general manager of the two Lincolnshire sites, the formula for success is straightforward: "It’s about not over-complicating things. People want great food, a wide selection of drinks and a relaxed atmosphere and of course good service. Over the years some have tried to be too gimmicky and that kind of thing has a natural shelf life. We are almost moving forward by taking things back to how they used to be, and it’s working" For more information on The Hume Arms and the Horse & Groom, visit or call The Hume Arms directly on 01427 718700.

Sturton and Stow History Society Open Day Saturday 13th July 10.00 - 3.00 Village Hall Sturton by Stow Theme 'Trades and Tradespeople of the Area' Variety of documents/photographs/ artefacts relating to the life of a village over the last one-hundred-and-fiftyyears. Free admission Raffle Lincolnshire refreshments to purchase.


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Local School Children Get a ‘Buzz’ Out of Site Visit


ocal school children from Newton on Trent Church of England Primary School visited the construction site of the new Anglian Water treatment works, near Newton on Trent. This new treatment works will provide 20 million litres of drinking water every day for Lincoln, securing future growth and development of the area.

inspired the children to find out more about the work you are doing”.

GTM JV, the main contractor for the £44 million scheme, have formed a strong partnership with the local school, inviting the children to produce artwork to help brighten up the site, carrying out some minor construction works within the school, and now involving the children in an afternoon of construction.

The visit, which was organised by Alexa Fernand, Assistant Project Manager for GTM JV, is just one of many community initiatives being carried out alongside the construction of the new water treatment works. Alexa Fernand said: “The new treatment works will be serving the local community for decades to come and GTM JV want to ensure people feel engaged and involved in its construction”.

Five lucky children were taken on a tour of the site, where they spotted hazards and identified machinery, before they were able to try their hands at operating a 360° excavator to dig holes. Emily was nervous initially to try out the 22 tonne machine, but the 11-year-old demonstrated excellent skill and control, and left the site inspired, describing the experience as “Epic”. Headteacher Alison Bristow, who accompanied the children, said “This has been a magnificent opportunity for the children. We’re very grateful that you have made us feel so welcome and

On returning to school, Mrs Bristow stated that “The children were still buzzing when they came to school this morning. One of the boys is now talking about a career in the construction industry”.

Work to build the new reservoir and water treatment works near to Newtonon-Trent is progressing rapidly and is due for completion summer 2014. Once complete this new source of water will help secure the supplies for predicted growth in Lincoln and the surrounding area. For more information contact: Alexa Fernand, Assistant Project Manager, 07515 166 894 (Photos taken by Liam O’Loughlin)

Wedding Bells

Richard and Monica Farley are pleased to announce that their eldest daughter Alexandra got married on 17th june to Gavin Field in St Albans

Deanery Changeover On Thursday 27th June there was a large congregation at Upton-cum-Kexby to witness the retirement of our Rev Rhys Prosser as Rural Dean of Corringham area, and the commission of the Rev Philip Wain as his successor. The service was conducted by the Bishop of Lincoln and all twenty-three churches of the Deanery were represented. A dean serves for five years at a time, though Rhys Prosser has held the position for much longer. Philip Wain is the minister for the Lea Group which includes Marton, and said that he was looking forward to his new responsibilities. It was good to see so many friends coming together for a joyful occasion. Elise Hawker Lea

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Thorney Social Events


t our recent village fete £359.91 was raised. Thank you to all who helped in any way and those who donated prizes. Lots of people came to support us and enjoyed the afternoon. This money will be going towards facilities such as a toilet at church. The Collingham Singers sang beautifully in the evening, but sadly the audience was small. However, over £100 was raised which will be split between the church funds and Marie-Curie. Thanks to all who helped in any way, those who came along to listen and especially the singers!

A Big Thank You to Alan & Gill Watson


e always appreciate our distributors who deliver the Trentside Links come rain or shine, month-in-month-out, and Alan & Gill had the biggest round delivering over 300 copies to the whole of the Elms. They have helped us since we first took over the magazine back in September 2009. Alan & Gill are no longer able to deliver the magazine, so we would like to wish them well and say a big thank you. If you think you could take over this delivery or perhaps form a group of people to deliver to the Elms please contact us on 01427 718837. Until such time as we find someone/ group of volunteers to replace them the magazine shall be in the Elms’ reception area for individuals to pick up.

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Torksey, Best Kept Village Challenge

Exam Excellence at Tabby Road Studios!



ll of us who live in Torksey know that we live in a lovely village. We have a village green complete with willow and pond, well-kept gardens, a tree-lined Main Street, a Norman church on the site of earlier Saxon churches and The Hume Arms. And this is just a small sample of what is attractive about our village. It’s time we entered Torksey into the Best Kept Village competition. but the whole village needs to be involved right from the start if we are to enter into the competition in 2014. All areas of the village are judged on general tidiness, litter free verges and paths etc and so each area of the village needs to be represented on a working party. Volunteers from The Elms, Main Street, Sand Lane, Abbey Park, Church Lane, Station Road and The Fairways are needed who will take some responsibility for their area, as well as volunteers to report back to a committee on the state of the village green, footpaths and hedgerows, cemeteries etc. Could you help with this community enterprise, working with other residents of the village to ensure that Torksey puts up a good show? If you think you would like to be involved please come along to a Torksey Action Group open meeting to be held on Tuesday 10th September at 7.30pm in the Hume Arms and let’s start making sure our lovely village is up to the challenge.

eorge Collins from Thorney village attained DISTINCTION IN THE TRINITY DRUM KIT EXAMS on 17th May 2013, hosted at Tabby Road Music School. They were amongst seventeen candidates to achieve a total of 5 Distinctions, 8 Merits and 4 high Passes. Phil and Jane at Tabby Road would like to congratulate all their pupils on their CONSISTENT HIGH STANDARD OF PLAYING! George will be performing at TABBYFEST ROCK FESTIVAL on Sun 25th August @ Tabby Road Studios, Swinderby – buy your festival wristbands from Jane 01522 869968.

Marton Village Hall for Hire Holds up to 150 Cost £10 per hour or £7 per hour for villagers Contact the Caretaker: Derrick Taylor on 01427 788129


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Help for Heroes Cycle Ride


group of disabled servicemen and veterans – four of them on hand bikes and one on a recumbent - cycled from Edinburgh to London as part of the charity’s Hero Ride. Riders cycled for a week as they made the 423 mile trip down to the capital. The journey culminated in the party joining up with more than a thousand cyclists in London and riding in convoy down The Mall. All money raised by the six-day Hero Ride was directed to Phoenix House Recovery Centre in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire – one of four specialist centres in the UK, run by Help for Heroes, which provide rounded support

in the form of education, vocational training, welfare, sport and adventure training to residents and day visitors. Kelly Bostock, Support Programme Manager at Phoenix House where the cycling servicemen and veterans have received support, said she was overwhelmed by the offer of help from Thousand Yard Films who documented the journey made from Edinburgh to London. She said: 'Our aim at Help for Heroes is to inspire and enable them to lead active, independent and fulfilling lives and the challenge of training for and taking part in the Hero Ride played a valuable part in this.’

'The Edinburgh to London route is a long, tough journey that would intimidate even the most experienced, able-bodied road cyclist and it is fantastic that the blokes and Help for Heroes with thanks to Thousand Yard Films – have a permanent record and memento of what will be an amazing achievement.' ‘The films they produce for Help for Heroes will give a real insight into the incredible perseverance and strength of character of those taking part and will be a great advert for the charity.’ The Cyclists took a refreshment stop at The Ingleby Arms Marton on Friday 31st May at around 9.30am and Lissa and her team put on an amazing spread of tea and assorted hand-baked cakes.

Councillor Irmgard Parrott (right) came to give support

Michael Holt from Shropshire with Marton resident Angela

Craig Wood from Doncaster who served in Afghanistan

After refreshments the cyclists get ready to depart


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Trentside Bygones

bin cummin' ere long before they iver thought a bloody traffic lights".

Mike's father, Horace Spencer (centre) date, around 1930

The Circle of Life by Mike Spencer


t's hard to believe in today's politically correct health conscious society, that an adult could possibly say to an elevenyear-old boy, "The best thing you could do lad, is have a pint of ale and a pipe full of tobacco". Rightly or wrongly, this was the advice given by my great-grandfather Herbert Wright to my father Horace Spencer in 1906! There was however a sound reason for this advice and I'm quite sure the old man had his grandson's best interests at heart. In 1895 Herbert Wright was the landlord of the Railway Inn at Stow Park on the B1500 between Sturton-by-Stow and Gainsborough, now a private house. He was also a dealer in 'fallen', or dead animals known as 'The Cad Man', or 'Knackerman'. Most villages had one, as the density of farm animals was much greater then than today. With no mechanical transport all movements of carcasses were by horse and cart. As one might imagine, loading a dead horse or cow weighing half a ton - or more - on to a cart three to four feet off the ground presented somewhat of a problem. Knackermen were an enterprising breed, and soon devised specially adapted two wheeled 'Knackers' carts to ease the operation. Once in the yard, the carcass was

carefully dismembered, the skin going to a tannery, the better bones were sent to a cutlery factory for handles and the remainder was boiled to make tallow, glue or fertiliser, nothing was wasted. Local footballers were known to visit the yard to soak their boots in the oil to keep them supple, and buy 'horse liniment' to rub on their aching joints. Many country landlords were similarly obliged to supplement their income, plying various trades in an attempt to provide a reasonable living for their families, it must be remembered pubs at the time only sold drink, although some did take in lodgers, the clientele of the Railway lnn consisted of local farm workers, passing horse traffic and a number of railway workers from the nearby station and goods yard. Like many country pubs the Railway had several acres of land on which great-grandfather kept pigs, chickens, a cow and of course horses, being the main form of transport at the time. ln some respects it was yesteryear's version of 'The Good Life', a largely self-sufficient enterprise which provided most of the food for the family, the difference being, this was not for amusement, but out of sheer necessity. Great-grandfather was well-known for his eccentricities and like most old men he despised change. ln later years when traffic lights were first introduced into Gainsborough, he would tell 'Taffy' his pony, to "Git on," and drive his trap straight through on red saying, "l've

Born at Welbourn in 1855 to a family of wheelwrights, he was known in our family as 'pretty face', not for his good looks, but for his habit of telling the grandchildren they had 'pretty faces'. He took over the Railway lnn in 1895, the same year my father was born. An article in the Chronicle and Leader reporting his and my great-grandmother’s diamond wedding celebrations during his eightieth year, with an accompanying photograph taken in the bar of the Railway lnn, reports him as saying "I want you to take my photograph playing dominoes with these other old boys". He goes on to say how he had happy memories of the 'good old days', and how he would stop off school to help his mother brew beer, "The beer in those days was the proper stuff! Forty years ago beer was 3d a pint, now its 6d, and nowhere near as good". His companion William Deeks of Marton is quoted as saying "l used to walk to school with my friend. We used to smoke half an ounce of tobacco on the way, and had a quart of ale for lunch". On father's eleventh birthday, 8th November 1906, great-grandfather decided it was high time he learned something of the finer art of the 'Knacker' trade, which it was thought at the time, father might eventually follow into. Father, who by all accounts was a quiet and sensitive lad, had little enthusiasm for the job, being more interested in music, two more dissimilar professions would be impossible to imagine, however, great-grandfather provided him with one of his leather aprons, tied around his waist with a length of binder band, and instructed him to "Sit on the bench in the yard with ya back to the wind". "You'd best start on something small," he said, dragging a dead sheep from the shed bloated to twice its normal size. Dropping it at Father’s feet and placing a large pointed knife in his hand, he instructed him as to where he should


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Mike's great-grandfather and Mrs Herbert Wright

make his primary incision. Unaware great-grandfather had retired to a safe distance, and wanting to complete the procedure as quickly as possible, father plunged the knife into the sheep. He was instantly engulfed in a cloud of foulsmelling, gas putrid liquid and more than his fair share of maggots, as the rotting carcass hissed and groaned like a huge deflating balloon; he dropped the knife, ran to the other side of the yard and was violently sick. Great-grandfather, quietly amused, wiped him down and explained, “The fost un's always the wost son'. Father, doing his best not to cry, maintained his distance from the foul-smelling carcass. Great-grandfather chuckling to himself, wandered off towards the house. He returned a few moments later smoking his second-best pipe and carrying a pint of bitter. "Ere lad! Keep having a puff on this, it'll help kill the smell." "And if you av' a swig of ale now and then, it won't taste quite so bad." I never knew whether or not father managed to complete the task, but without doubt it must have had a profound and long-lasting effect on him. Two years later, at the age of thirteen, he left home and joined the Royal Marines School of Music in Portsmouth as a Band Boy, stating his age to be fourteen - the minimum allowable entry age at the time. After serving for a year, this deception was discovered and as a result he lost a year's pay. He served in the band aboard the battle cruiser HMS Lion throughout the First World War, and fought at the battle of Jutland, during which he was awarded five shillings (25p) for good shooting. The mystery of why anyone would receive such an award when the ships engaged in the battle were several miles apart, was solved when I was interviewed in the early 1990s by a military historian carrying out research for a television programme on Jutland. I discovered it was not for shooting a rifle


as I had assumed, but the aiming of the huge 13.5inch guns which battered the German fleet. Following his discharge from the Navy in 1919, father spent most of the 1920s in the orchestras on the transatlantic liners - in particular the Mauritania - and played in both silent movie cinemas and the music halls, becoming known as one of the finest percussionists in the north of England and an accomplished writer. On 5th March, 1936, eight years before I was born, great-grandfather died aged eightyone. My parents, brother and sister returned to Stow Park, where father took over as landlord of the Railway lnn, the place of his birth.

Acknowledgements We would like to thank the following people who contributed to our Bygone features. Mike Spencer & Sharron Banham. If you would like to write an historical article about our region why not get in touch.

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he Chairman of the Friends of The Lincoln Tank is Richard Pullen, also historian and author of ‘The Landships of Lincoln’ and ‘Beyond the Green Fields’ and he was this month's guest speaker to our group. Together with excellent slides, Richard spoke about how, for the first time, the women of Britain left their traditional role of looking after the home and children and went to work in the munition factories and also joined the armed forces, earlier than most of us realise. Until this time females had really only been employed in 'service' or office work but now they were prepared to help their country during a time of need. Richard initially moved back a few years to the suffragettes, quickly going over how they had really prepared the way for women to leave their homes and become more independent. By the First World War the suffrage movement was huge and the fight for women's rights continued,

and a lot of the time not peacefully either. At the outbreak of war it was decided by the movement that the unrest would stop and they would help to fill the gap the men had left when they departed for the Front. However although there was a skills shortage, food shortage and practically a shortage of everything to keep the country turning over, the government of the day still refused to acknowledge that women could help. By 1915 there were 'Right to Work' marches throughout the country. But then conscription was brought in in 1916 and suddenly women were invited to do the jobs which were increasingly becoming vacant with the men being taken away to fight. This was indeed men's work but the women did not flinch away from it heavy engineering, making castings for tracks on tanks; drilling holes for these castings and generally making them fit for purpose all performed in 12 hour shifts in alien conditions; mechanics; working on munitions trains full of explosives; paint spraying on bombs and sewing two pieces of skin together for airships fifty feet in the air! A few of

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the jobs which were taken on by 'mere females'. A Dorothy May Hare was recorded in 1984 - 'I was 15 in 1915 and worked at Fosters in Lincoln drilling rough cast steel for shoes for tanks.' Millions of shells were needed every day and women worked on the factory floor ensuring these were ready to go out. There were a lot of deaths within this area of work because moving these shells was a tricky business. Women working here were known as 'canaries' because their face and hands became quite yellow owing to the chemicals used. Of course all of these chemicals were carcinogenic so the outcome was not good at all. Of course there was no protective clothing so a simple scarf tied around the mouth was about all the protection given from tasks such as shovelling huge loads of ash; cutting glass and as mentioned above, drilling holes in metal. As stated, Richard had some wonderful pictures to highlight his talk and in particular there was one taken in 1917 at Rustons with ladies, some of whom


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would be school age, making wing spars which were very fragile, for the Sopwith Camels. Without these women the aircraft would not have been built and as we heard from Charles Parker when he came to speak to us earlier in the year, one in fourteen of all aircraft at this time was produced in Lincoln for WW1. Other slides showed the lighter side of life at that time; a fundraising event taken at the old cattle market site on Monks Road where the women would go round the city and raise money for the war effort. Similarly on a lighter note, there were local football teams with the women filling in the gaps for the men and showing they could entertain those who came to watch. Another picture shows hundreds of women in a local factory canteen having a break from their arduous tasks - the noise level must have been horrendous! Seven million women were working on war production by late 1918; anything the men had done before, the women stepped in and took it on. Several factories started to produce their own War Service badges to show that men wearing these were working towards the war effort to help them from being singled out as conscientious objectors. These were unofficial because for quite some time the government would not recognise their significance but by 1915 this altered and even women were given a badge. This was an official thank you


and also to give them credibility in the workplace and proof that they had worked hard during the war. However they were supposed to hand these back after the war owing to the shortage of brass! Richard then moved to another slide showing a group of people weaving. Apparently woven baskets were used to carry shells and thousands of these baskets were needed so communities would get together and have a weaving circle to make these much-needed baskets. Richard has one which he treasures as they are now exceptionally rare. 1915 onwards saw women joining nursing organisations and the armed forces although they were not allowed frontline duty. However we mostly think of women in these positions from WW2 but Richard pointed out that they were very active during the First World War too. A slide showed a female in the Women's Royal Naval Service and here they held official rank and power. The Queen Mary's Auxiliary Corps went to France and built huts for military use. The WRAF had many experienced female motor cyclists. The list continued - railway porters, ticket collectors, clippies, Royal Mail coach drivers, dock workers and farming. There were Land Girls in WW1 - whilst 80,000 females joined the armed forces, 250,000 found themselves working on the land. As we all know, working on the land was hard for the men but the women took this on as well, driving traction engines

and tractors, making sure the food chain continued for the country. One of the final slides shows a London bus conductress handing her bus over to the man who has returned from the war. Women now had to stand aside once more, let the men take over again and prepare themselves for re-entering the home! This new way of life also had a big impact on women's fashion. Prior to 1915 it was not 'normal' for women to wear trousers; hair was not worn short but of course if you are operating a lathe it would be dangerous to have your long hair dangling in the way; smoking was not considered feminine in a lot of circles and very importantly, the bra was born! Corsets had been the main form of support for ladies prior to this time but you could not comfortably drive lorries or work a lathe if you were being held upright by a corset, not being able to breathe, so the bra was designed. We all owe such a lot to the men who fought in both wars but we also owe a lot to the determination and strength of the women who took the step and left their homes and usual roles and showed the country what they could achieve (with the help of a bra!). Sharron Banham June 25th 2013 Follow us on facebook like Trentside Links

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Trentside Reports Reports from the Kettlethorpe & District Women's Institute May 2013


ow it is Spring...the meeting opened with the prospect of pleasant timeconsuming activities coming up. There is to be a treasure hunt walk around Ingham way, details of which are not yet finalised. On June 29 Kettlethorpe Fair is to be held, with the usual and probably some new items to try our hand at. The regular June meeting is known as a 'garden or outside affair' but this year we are not assuming summer and it will be in the hall as usual. The annual resolution put forward to HM Government from the WI is to concern the unfortunate circumstances of trading in our high streets. Mary Portas started it and we intend to push for action to stop the deterioration by bringing our collective pressure. The President took a vote which was supported by all. (After all women do the most shopping!) Thanks were received from Pat Taylor of the Torksey Elms for making little crafted 'angels', a project of East Lindsey Homestart for needy children. Our speaker was Mr Victor Hughes - a historian and lecturer, who spent an hour showing us the mysteries of the written word from the days of pagan civilisation BC. To give a leader immortality time capsules were placed in a temple, stones


marked for receipts. Eventually papyrus was made from reeds, then parchment - all before basic printing in AD 1400. Lincoln was a very important place owning 109 books for scholars. We were quite astonished to be shown a paper written 500 years ago, and still legible, plus another about 1000 years-of-age. Linen paper and woodblocks were used and a picture from 1678 shows woodworm! Animal skin was often used for page binding. Places of learning were gradually set up for scholars like today, Oxford of course, and the friars of Blackfriars. Jokingly Mr Hughes compared parts of Magna Carta with the rough texting done on mobiles today 'we didn't think of it first' he said. Vivienne Elliott won the prize for something ancient and printed, a very old set of leather prayer books. The raffles were taken by Christine Fogg, Nancy Price, Lynda Mullally, Janet Willcock and Brenda Hoyle. June 2013


very important notice for the future first of all, because it doesn't often come our way. If members (or nonmembers would like to share in the next Lincs North chance to stay at Denman college, it will be held May 16th next year! Rather more local and easy to get to is an open invitation to share in a garden party hosted by Upton and Kexby on July 10th. Those who were angry at the Government’s decision to reclassify crafts as 'non-creative' will be pleased to hear that so far 27,766 signatures have been given by those who disagree - what will

they say next! The knitting of woolly 'angels' at the request of Homestart is under way, and will be collected for sending at the October meeting. Stephen Lovell gave a talk about the importance of wildlife in our gardens. He has a long history of working with birds and necessary insects, (some rather unlovely) but he will give good reason for their existence, showing many pictures with ideas for smaller gardens. As many of us know there is a shortage of some favourite songsters in Britain and Stephen advised on plants, feeding, even the height of lawn grasses. Apparently many keen nature lovers pick wild fruits in season, keeping them bagged up for winter feeding. Honeysuckle and lavenders are great favourites, and also nettles, (so better keep some of them as well!). He advised about the best shapes of bird tables and nesting boxes, finishing up with talk of garden pools. After his talk I had composed a silly ditty: Be careful with your garden, it's not for you to view but really more important, grow things for birds to do That lawn Dad's always cutting - he hasn't got a clue he should have left it growing for

Trentside Links feathered friends to chew And while we're on the subject, get rid of pretty flowers much better grow some nettles, wildlife will stay for hours. You sit in this strange garden and let the wasps fly free they're needed in the garden much more than you and me One more thing while we're at it, (I really hate this one) those clinging horrid spiders must be allowed to come Rather than have to live with that I think I'd go and buy a flat! The raffles were won by Anne Close, Vivienne Elliott, Elise Hawker, Lynda Mullally and Audrey Payne. As June is usually our garden meeting, abandoned because it so often rained, we enjoyed our strawberries and cream scones in the hall. It was of course a fine evening! Elise Hawker Lea

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The Curate Writes


here is great privilege in sharing with people at very special moments in their lives. These moments are called the Occasional Offices within the church, because they come in between the normal church Sunday-to-Sunday worship, at the times and dates when people want them whenever possible. These services are always about relationships. People are proud of their babies and children and so they wish to bring them into the life of the church and community, which is Holy Baptism. People love each other and so wish to make a special commitment, before their family and friends and before God, and this is Holy Matrimony. People lose someone dear and wish to commemorate that loss together in a funeral service. Each one of these is a special and precious time and a privilege to be a part of on the day. Each of these moments in time will be remembered, sometimes forever. These are at the heart of people’s lives because at them, the care within our family and friends and the love of God for us shines clear. Just for one time on one day, people come together to wish others well, to say thank you for the child, thank you for the marriage, thank you for the life that was lived. The very best of family and friendship shows then in the care taken and desire to be part of the occasion.

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This for me shows us something about the Trinity of God. Jesus was God’s special day on earth, his life shines clear in history showing us both God’s love for us and the very best of what a human being can be. God, the creator of us all, who we call Father, longs to be in relationship with his creation. We too can act towards others and the world with the same gentleness, intelligence and care that characterised all Jesus’ relationships. Because though, this isn’t easy for us ordinary human beings, we are given help with this. This help is the Holy Spirit of love and care, when we feel tender or want to cherish others, this is what is at work within us. God is good, the Lord of all that is and the home from which we come and to which we go. Jesus is the visible sign of this love, shown in an historical person who lived twenty thousand years ago. Because he was so united with everything good, there was nothing in him that obscures our picture of God, so we can trust this is what God is like. For his followers then, he is the vivid pattern, to follow him is the way to life, he is the living and loving friend and brother of us all. The Holy Spirit, which inhabited Jesus at his baptism in the Jordan River by John, was the parting gift of Jesus, when he finally left the earth and went to be with his father God. Our Baptism is the sign


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that this is so. Every time we care for others we have an opportunity to relate our own work to the love of God for us too. In this way, all who work for life and love, whether they are believers or not, are co-creators with God in our beautiful but fragile world. So, when you next attend a wedding, a baptism or a funeral, remember that the care and tenderness that you feel is just a faint shadow of the love of God for each one of us. We will be always kept safe in this Trinity of love for we cannot be separated from it. So may Almighty God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be with you and those you love and remain with you always, Amen. Rev Joan Vickers, OLM Curate, Saxilby & Stow Group

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BROXHOLME: Theft of metal gate brackets.


une has been a busy month, both enjoyable and taxing at times. Thank you for everyone who attended the Saxilby Gala, there were 117 balloons in the net...thank you to Tom, his mate Mason, Louise (Parish Clerk) and PCSO Danielle Louth who helped blow them up and assisted with the erecting of the police gazebo, I would never have been able to do it by myself. PCSO Melanie Goodwill.

LINCOLNSHIRE SHOWGROUND: Theft of six anvils stolen from the ground.

We had a great day, good attendance and we look forward to attending many more similar events where duties allow.

Also whilst at Torksey car boot a person found that when they had returned to their car their number plates had been stolen. The owner of the site has said that he will ask his staff to be aware, however if you are visiting the site please also be vigilant and ring in if you believe someone is tampering with the plates.

BRANSBY: PCSO Patchett and PCSO Fletcher attended the Bransby Gala and offered free tack-marking and crime prevention material, we had a lovely day meeting lots of people. Having said that I must add that a dog was left in an unattended vehicle while the driver attended the show, it was a very warm day but happily the dog did not suffer any distress. However this was luck more than judgement, dog owners please think about it, how would you like a few hours in a stiflingly hot car with a fur coat on? It is also an offence, you have been warned! SAXILBY: While we are on the subject of vehicles, when are Saxilby’s drivers going to stop parking on double yellow lines? We see on a daily basis vehicles parked outside the One Stop shop on double yellows, I really am getting fed up of advising drivers! A business unit was broken into on Saxilby Enterprise Park, thieves stole a flatscreen television, however one of the thieves has been apprehended and it is believed the television has been recovered amongst the goods found in a vehicle. Theft of a 65’ carbon fibre window cleaning pole. STOW: Somebody hit the wall on a


driveway – unfortunately nobody has owned up.

TORKSEY: Last week we counted 59 vehicles parked again on double yellow lines, this time outside Torksey car boot on the A156. Folks, if it’s you read the signs, it’s a CLEARWAY so a ticket is the minimum, you could have your vehicle towed away! Again, you have been warned!

NEWTON ON TRENT: Newton on Trent school arrived back after the half term to discover a strange blue box in the playground. It transpired to be a police box, very similar to “The Doctor’s time and relative dimension in space”. We were really hoping to meet (for those of you who can remember) K9 but unfortunately he had gone for a walk (or should we say wheelie)! PCSO Goodwill and Patchett attended to guard the strange arrival. It provided a lot of speculation and questions being asked to which the children have provided a news report about the whole experience. BROADHOLME: A theft of an Ifor Williams trailer with a load of horse jumps on board, most of the jumps were dumped but some are still missing. They are most unusual having motifs of ducks, acorns and ferns painted on plywood. KEXBY: Bike stolen from garden shed, however the bike was recovered minus back wheel. UPTON: A door was forced at a house in Upton but nothing was stolen. Theft of a section of copper cabling stolen

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Our Feathered Friends


spotted my two swallows on April 12th 2013. I like to look for the swallows and listen to the cookoo as I feel it’s a sign summer is on its way. Then on April 29th they started building a nest in my porch, it seemed to take those little birds ages, then she was finally sitting. On June 7th I noticed they were in and out all day feeding four little chicks. I kept my cats in as much as possible, especially at night as Mr Swallow roosts on my light socket and mum sits on the edge of the nest. I moved all objects from the porch so the cats couldn't climb up or just sit and stare at the pair. Sadly on Friday June 28th I was at home pottering and I noticed the nest had fallen down and all four chicks had fallen out but luckily on a soft landing, my numerous bits in carrier bags had saved them. So all in a panic I set to

trying to replace the nest. I tied a plastic measuring jug to my clothes prop, stuffed the sides with newspaper, put what was left of the nest inside and all four chicks and hoisted them back up where the nest was against the wall. All seemed well, mum and dad were still feeding them, it was the least I could do to help. Then I noticed two chicks on the floor again. I got my step ladders and popped them back, this is always happening so I keep my steps handy, I think as they are growing they must accidentally push each other out. Hopefully they will be ready in another week and they'll be able to fly. These little birds travel thousands of miles from Africa I think. I was thrilled this family had set up home with us, the summer and skies would not be the same without them. Sandra Moody Marton


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St peter's church summer fete Saturday 13th July 2013 2pm until 5pm at Newton on Trent Primary School Games and quizzes Raffle, tombola and competitions Stalls with books, cakes, bric a brac and cards Strawberry and Cream Teas and refreshments


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Trentside Community Notices Gainsborough Organ Society The Weston Rooms, Hickman Street, Gainsborough DN21 2DZ Thursday 5 September 7.30pm AGM followed by mini concert



Thursday 26 September 7.30pm - Chris Powell Refreshments including licensed bar available at all events, free car parking opposite the rooms.


Contact Mr Peter Naulls on 01427 615265


WHAT'S ON at Village Hall, Marton​ GROUP





Indoor Bowls


2pm - 4pm

Di & John Gibbs

01427 718304

Art Class Commitee room


2pm - 4pm

Joyce David

01427 717686 01427 718854

Line Dancing


7.30pm - 9.30pm

Christine & Richard

01427 617205

Village Hall Committee Meeting Committee room

Second Monday of the month


David Smith Chris Durning

01427 718275 01427 718558



7pm - 9.30pm

Michael Butterfield

07843 161713

Parish Council Meeting (Committee Room)

First Tuesday of the month


Steve Spence Gill Martin

01427 718793 01427 718377

Art Class (Committee Room)


2pm - 4pm

Arnold Nisbet

01427 718534


Third Wednesday of the month


Mrs G Worrel Mrs M Scott

01427 718358 01427 718844

Mothers & Toddlers


9am - 11am


01427 717778

Darby & Joan


2pm - 4pm

Mrs P Hammond

01427 718626

Youth Club: Marton Chapel in winter Village Hall playing field (weather permitting)


7pm - 9pm

Elaine Gareth

07702 830633 07584 027742

Tea Dance

First Thursday of every month

2pm - 4pm

John & Helen Nicholson

01522 702638

MGC (Marton Grub Club)

First Friday of the month

12.30pm - 2.30pm

Chris Lorraine

01427 718558 01427 718422

Dog training


9.30am - 10.30am

Janet Law

01427 615028

Outdoor Bowls

April - Sept

John Barton

01427 719051

Steve Horgan

01427 717252

Football CLub


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Meetings will be held 3rd Tuesday of the month at the tea room at Torksey Lock at 11am. Please contact Joyce Jones on 01427 717686

Come and join us on the first Thursday of the month 2pm–4pm at Marton village hall, music by Helen and John Nicholson. Cost £3.50 which includes tea and biscuits. For more information please contact Dorothy Yardley on 01427 717257.

TORKSEY CRAFT GROUP Meetings will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 2pm at the tea room at Torksey Lock. Please contact Marjorie Kettlewell on 01427 717786 TORKSEY HISTORY GROUP Are you interested in or have knowledge of local history? Meetings will be held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 2pm at the tea room at Torksey Lock. For more information contact Ray Watling on 01427 717435 HISTORY GROUP FUTURE VISITS Knaith Hall. Visiting speakers, including someone from Sheffield University AIR GUN OWNERS Interested in target shooting? We are a group of enthusiasts affiliated to a Lincoln HFT club who share transport and technochat to pursue our enthusiasm for this great sport. For more information please contact Joe Laurenson on 01427 717846 TORKSEY AND DISTRICT CROQUET CLUB Come and join us on the village green, Tuesday and Saturday afternoons from 2pm-4pm. It’s a fun sociable game; come and give it a try, all the equipment is provided. For more information please contact Joe Laurenson, Membership Secretary, on 01427 717846.

WALKING GROUP Meet at the Elms top car park to arrange car sharing. We will leave the Elms promptly at 10.30 am. All welcome, no need to book, just turn up. The next walk is: 11th July Drakeholes 8th August Blyton (Do bring the family—you can treat them to an ice cream) 12th September Laughterton/ Fenton We will always walk unless in extremely bad weather For more information please contact Anne Bradshaw on 01427 717492 COMPUTER CLUB The computer club meets alternate weeks 2nd Friday of the month and the 4th Thursday of the month For more information please contact Christina Moore on 01427 718539 or Terry Bartlam on 01427 858487 TORKSEY GARDENERS Our newly formed group meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 11.15 for 11.30am at the tea room at Torksey Lock. We welcome all who have an interest in gardens and gardening. For more information please contact Christina Moore on 01427 718539 EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO ALL THE ACTIVITIES

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PARISH COUNCIL CONTACTS Brampton Mrs M Whiting, Secretary The Plot, Brampton, LN1 2EG Tel: 01427 717024 Fenton & Torksey Lock Mrs Shirley Shaw, Clerk Daplaunli House, Lincoln Rd, Fenton, LN1 2EP Tel: 01427 718457 Kettlethorpe & Laughterton Mr R Gee, Clerk 2 Swynford Close, Laughterton Lincs, LN1 2LG Tel: 01427 717868 Knaith Jackie Hunt, Clerk 1 White Cottages Willingham Road Knaith Park Lincs DN21 5EU Tel: 01427 610864 Marton and Gate Burton Mrs Gillian Martin, Clerk 6 Mount Pleasant Close, Marton, Gainsborough, Lincs, DN21 5AE Tel: 01427 718377 Newton on Trent Mr R Pilgrim, Clerk 2 Cedar Close, The Elms, Torksey, Lincs, LN1 2NH Tel: 01427 718388 Thorney Mrs Anna Dennison, Clerk Arden , Main Street, Thorney, Newark, Notts NG23 7BS Tel: 01522 702748 Torksey Mr R Pilgrim, Clerk 2 Cedar Close, The Elms, Torksey, Lincs, LN1 2NH Tel: 01427 718388

Kettlethorpe Village Hall FOR HIRE

Available for all social gatherings Cooking facilities, crockery & cutlery Seating for 80 Stage available on request Eco-lighting • Radiator heating Contact the booking secretary: Sharon Wilcox Beech House, Brampton, Torksey, Lincoln LN1 2EG. Tel: 01427 718637 Mob: 07813 564319


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Trentside Church Notices Church services

Church services

St Helen's Church Thorney

Kettlethorpe, Newton & Torksey

14 July 09.00 Holy Communion

14 July 09.00 Parish Communion Kettlethorpe 11.00 Matins Torksey NO SERVICE AT NEWTON

Parish Clergy

21 July 09.00 Matins Kettlethorpe 09.00 Parish Communion Newton 11.00 Parish Communion Torksey

Rev Canon Rhys Prosser Tel: 01522 702427

28 July 09.00 Songs of Praise Kettlethorpe no service newton or torksey

Rev Stephanie Prosser Tel: 01522 702427

4 Aug 09.00 Parish Communion Kettlethorpe 09.00 Matins Newton 10.00 Group Service Coates

Rev Pam Rose Tel: 01427 787578

28 July Morning Worship 4 Aug 18.00 Holy Communion 11 Aug 10.30 Morning Worship Please check the church notice board to be sure of service times and dates which are subject to change. We look forward to seeing you at St Helen’s. Our church will be open on SATURDAY 13TH JULY from 10am to 4pm as part of the Open Churches weekend Sunday 1st September: Beating of the Bounds. Times to be confirmed.

11 Aug 09.00 Parish Communion Kettlethorpe 10.00 Group Service Torksey NO SERVICE AT NEWTON

Saturday 14th September the church will be open for the Historic Churches Trust Sponsored Bike Ride. Come along and give generously.

18 Aug 09.00 Parish Communion Newton NO SERVICE AT KETTLETHORPE OR TORKSEY

Church will also be hosting a Village Show that day. Garden produce, hand-knitted or sewn and craft items, plus floral arrangements will be set up in the morning, on exhibition for the afternoon, and food items will be auctioned in the evening.

25 Aug 09.00 Parish Communion Kettlethorpe 11.00 Parish Communion Torksey NO SERVICE AT NEWTON

This is to be a FUN event – NO judging!! Details later.

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1 Sept 09.00 Parish Communion Kettlethorpe 09.00 Matins Newton 10.00 Group Service Stow 8 Sept 09.00 Parish Communion Kettlethorpe 11.00 Matins Torksey NO SERVICE AT NEWTON

Rev Phillip Wain Tel: 01427 613188 To arrange for christenings & weddings please contact the appropriate vicar from the above list.

WE CAN HELP Kettlethorpe United Charities has funds to help people in need who live in Fenton, Kettlethorpe or Laughterton. Apply in confidence to see if you are eligible by contacting one of the Trustees: Mrs Rosalie Fowler 01427 718619 Mrs Anne Wingham 01427 717545 Revd Rhys Prosser 01522 702427 We can help if we know your need.

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Lincoln  Saxilby with connections to Gainsborough 106 SSH

106 SD





Lincoln City Bus Station Saxilby High Street arrive

0740 0740 0910 1110 1310 1735 0753 0753 0924 1124 1324 1748

Saxilby High Street depart Newton on Trent Laughterton Fenton Torksey Marton Church Sturton by Stow Stow Willingham Kexby Chapel Upton Heapham Springthorpe Corringham Queen Elizabeth School Gainsborough Bus Station

0755 -----0800 0805 0808 0811 0813 0817 0821 0825 -0837

0755 -----0800 0805 0808 0811 0813 0817 0821 0825 0840 0845

0926 0934 0936 0939 0942 0947 0952 0955 0958 1001 1003 1006 1009 1013 -1025

1126 1134 1136 1139 1142 1147 1152 1155 1158 1201 1203 1206 1209 1213 -1225

1326 1334 1336 1339 1342 1347 1352 1355 1358 1401 1403 1406 1409 1413 -1425

1755 1803 1805 1808 1810 1815 1820 1823 1825 1828 1830 1833 1836 1840 -1850


Gainsborough  Saxilby with connections to Lincoln 106



106 SD

106 SSH

Gainsborough Bus Station Queen Elizabeth High Sch Corringham Springthorpe Heapham Upton Kexby Corner Willingham Stow Sturton by Stow Marton Church Torksey Fenton Laughterton Newton on Trent Saxilby High Street arrive

0940 -0950 0953 0956 0959 1002 1005 1008 1013 1020 1025 1027 1031 1035 1043

1140 -1150 1153 1156 1159 1202 1205 1208 1213 1220 1225 1227 1231 1235 1243

1340 -1350 1353 1356 1359 1402 1405 1408 1413 1420 1425 1427 1431 1435 1443

1540 1545 1555 1559 1603 1607 1609 1612 1615 1620 1623 1628 1630 1635 1642 1650

1545 -1555 1559 1603 1607 1609 1612 1615 1620 1623 1628 1630 1635 1642 1650

Saxilby High Street depart Lincoln City Bus Station

1045 1245 1445 1652 1652 1100 1300 1500 1707 1707

To comply with Department of Transport guidance, this service connects at Saxilby. The connection is guaranteed and passengers may stay on the vehicle.

105 107

105 SD F

105 SD MTH

107 SSH

107 CD

--1440 1454 ---1459 1504 1507 -1509 1512 1516 -1520 1524 1530 --

--1520 1534 ---1539 1544 1547 -1549 1552 1556 -1600 1604 1610 --

1530 ---1550 1553 1557 ---1600 ---1601 1603 1607 1613 --

1730 1735 --1755 1758 1802 ---1805 ---1806 1808 1812 1818 1824

route number journey codes journey codes

Lincoln City Bus Station Lincoln Unity Square Lincoln Castle Academy Saxilby High Street Fenton Torksey Marton Church Sturton by Stow Stow Willingham Gate Burton Kexby Chapel Upton Knaith Park Knaith Lea Green Gainsborough Lea Rd Stn Gainsborough Bus Station Laughton Lane End



105 107

MONDAY TO SATURDAY except Bank Holidays

Laughton Lane End Gainsborough Bus Station Gainsborough Lea Rd Stn Lea Green Knaith Knaith Park Upton Kexby Corner Gate Burton Willingham Stow Sturton by Stow Marton Church Torksey Fenton Saxilby High Street Lincoln Castle Academy Lincoln City Bus Station journey codes



107 SD

-0640 0644 0648 0650 ---0651 ---0652 0658 0700 --0720

-0725 0729 0733 -0736 0740 0743 -0746 0750 0755 ---0800 0825 --

0717 0727 0731 0735 0737 ---0738 ---0739 0745 0747 --0810

SD Schooldays CD College Days SSH Saturdays and School Holidays F Fridays MTH Monday to Thursday

For additional journeys between Gainsborough and Lincoln please see separate InterConnect 100 timetable

FREE BUS TO TESCO, GAINSBOROUGH - EVERY THURSDAY Marton Church. . . . . . . . . . . 10.40 Marton (Tillbridge Lane) . . . . 10.42 Sturton (Cross Roads) . . . . . . 10.50 Sturton School. . . . . . . . . . . 10.51 Stow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.53 Willingham. . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.56 Kexby Corner. . . . . . . . . . . . 10.59 Upton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.01 Heapham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11.04 Springthorpe. . . . . . . . . . . . 11.07 Corringham (Becket Arms). . . 11.12 Arrives TESCO Gainsborough. . . . . . . . . . . 11.22


route number journey codes

MONDAY TO SATURDAY except Bank Holidays route number journey codes

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MONDAY TO SATURDAY except Bank Holidays

MONDAY TO SATURDAY except Bank Holidays route number journey codes



Departs TESCO . . . . . . . . . . . Gainsborough Corringham (Becket Arms). . . . Springthorpe. . . . . . . . . . . . . Heapham . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Upton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kexby Corner. . . . . . . . . . . . . Willingham. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sturton (School). . . . . . . . . . . Sturton (Crossroads). . . . . . . . Marton (Tillbridge Lane) . . . . . Marton Church. . . . . . . . . . . .

13.00 13.10 13.15 13.18 13.21 13.23 13.26 13.29 14.01 14.02 14.10 14.12

FREE BUS TO TESCO, LINCOLN TO TESCO, CANWICK ROAD, LINCOLN EVERY WEDNESDAY - SERVICE T15 Departs from: The Elms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Torksey Caravan Site. . . . . . . Fenton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Laughterton . . . . . . . . . . . . Newton on Trent . . . . . . . . . Arrives TESCO Lincoln. . . . .

09.20 09.30 09.35 09.38 09.42 10.15

Departs TESCO Lincoln. . . . . 11.55


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Trentside Links Issue 172  

The latest edition of our free community magazine. Articles include: - Say No to Wind Turbines - A Time Traveller calls - The Circle of Lif...

Trentside Links Issue 172  

The latest edition of our free community magazine. Articles include: - Say No to Wind Turbines - A Time Traveller calls - The Circle of Lif...