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Trentside Links Issue 175 • January 2014

Happy New Year

To all our readers

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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Editorial & advertising

Contents News 3 poppy appeal 2013

An update on this year's fundraising

12 Laughterton lights

Pictures from the xmas light switch on

13 christmas eve fun

Pictures from the free childrens disco held at The Friendship Inn, Laughterton


7 the origins of christmas Sue Oliver . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01427 718837 traditions

Reflections on how we celebrate


9 the rose family

Emma Barratt . . . . . . . . . .  01427 718985

A Trentside Links reader reflects



Jon Oliver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 01427 718837

Trentside Links committee Chairman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . VACANCY Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Emma Barratt Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Sue Oliver Member . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Richard Farley Member . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Elizabeth Rose

Distributors of the magazine Brampton . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Richard Farley Drinsey Nook . . . . . . . . . . . . . VACANCY Fenton (1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris East Fenton (2) . . . . . . . .  Sue Eyton-Williams Gate Burton . . . . . . . . . . .  Pat Hammond Kettlethorpe . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anne Harris Knaith . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Rosemary Burke Laughterton (1) . . . . . . . . Bob Watkinson Laughterton (2) . . . . . . . . . . Simon Clarke Laughterton (Home Farm) . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Amy Willis Marton (1) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Helen Gee Marton (2) . . . . . . . . . . . . .Sandra Moody Newton on Trent (1) . . . . . . . . Gill Kyme Newton on Trent (2) . . . . Roger Vorbeck Park Farm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . VACANCY Stow Park . . . Rodge & Alison Brownlow Thorney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . George Collins Torksey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Elizabeth Rose Torksey (The Elms) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  The Red Hatters Torksey Lock . . . . . . . . . .  Dennese Gore Torksey Lock (Little London Park) . . . . . . Maureen Lyons


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10 WI update

The final report of 2013 from the Kettlethorpe WI group

Readers' Photos Our cover picture this month was sent in by Chris Brownett of Torksey. Chris runs Waterside Photography and is developing a photography studio in the Torksey Lock area. Keep an eye out in future editions of Trentside Links for news of the studio building works.

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10 The vicar writes


Reflections from the assistant vicar

20 community notices Local events, dances & more

22 church notices

Your service & clergy details

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Trentside News The Royal British Legion 2013 Poppy Appeal

edition of Trentside Links I am pleased to report that David and Colleen Turner took over the whole of the Saxilby area including the villages of Broxholme, Broadholme and Ingleby and have done an excellent job this year collecting over £2500 for the appeal. Our revised collection area now pretty much follows the distribution area for Trentside Links. Individual village collections for this area are shown below together with the previous year’s collections.


his year’s Poppy Appeal raised £2288, almost £200 more than last year.

Thank you all for your generosity. Following my article in the September

A special mention must be given to Bob Cook, who seeing there was no collection in Marton or Torksey last year, volunteered to do the house-to-house collections and raised £218.52 (168.84 and 49.68 respectively)

magnificent £325.47. The British Legion’s grateful thanks must also go to Mr John Mannion for his kind permission and support for allowing the collection at the car boot. Finally sincere thanks to all those other collectors and helpers who year-on-year provide support, without them there would be no local appeal. They as we all do recognise the sacrifices our service personnel and families give to allow us the freedom we all enjoy every day. Richard Farley Poppy Appeal Organiser 01427 717030 email:

Yet again this year Geoff and Helen Mitchell from Torksey Lock, ably supported by their friends, stood and braved the elements for four days at Torksey Car Boot and collected a

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Individual collection amounts

2012 2013

Marton (inc Ingleby Arms, church and school) 130.35 284.84 Brampton (inc golf club) 278.0 342.11 Torksey (The Elms, Post Office, Hume Arms and doctors’ surgery) 119.35 188.20 Laughterton (inc The Friendship Inn, golf club and Post Office) 197.39 245.97 Kettlethorpe (inc church collection) 151.50 184.75 Fenton (inc the White Swan) 186.67 164.47 Newton on Trent (inc the school and post office) 241.16 181.61 Thorney 229.75 231.62 Bransby (Home for Horses) 60.88 55.71 Little London Car Boot sale 441.71 325.47

Swimarathon 2014 Organised by Rotary Club of Lincoln Colonia Sunday 16th March 2014 at Yarborough Sports Centre. Teams of any ability welcome max of 6 per team. This year's event will be raising funds for Guide Dogs for the Blind, Lincoln branch. For further information contact Moira Adams on: 01673 861040 or email

Millfield Golf Club Affordable GOLF - One of the lowest-cost clubs in the Midlands Contact John Thomson on 07722 055713


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Love Your Local

The Ingleby Arms, under the same ownership for the last 13 years.


f it’s true that 26 pubs-a-week are closing it makes one watering hole in Marton, the Ingleby Arms, very extraordinary as the same landlords have been there for 13 years. Lissa Macfarlane, Landlady, says 13 years! In the words of Victor Meldrew “I don’t believe it” but it’s true. Neil and I took over on January 15th 2001. She says we have done weddings and christenings, birthdays and funerals, parties and fancy dress (have you been here at Halloween?), afternoon tea and champagne at New Year. We’ve got high chairs and colouring books as your families have grown. Lissa said we have celebrated and cried in good times and bad - losing my brother and Neil’s Mum was so sad, we know how you feel when it all becomes real. We have done the charity events, Macmillan and the inspirational Help the Heroes

cycling team came one afternoon last year which was a humbling experience.

A New Distributor for Laughterton

In 2004 food was introduced to the Ingleby Arms when Neil and Lissa built a kitchen in part of the cellar, they made the Ingleby Arms a place you could come for tea with the family. In 2010 they received a great review from the Lincolnshire Echo Food Monster. Lissa says we taste all the drinks ourselves, especially the wine and if it’s not right we won’t sell it, we are very hands-on! Its never boring working here, it has been a struggle at times but I’ve enjoyed every second and 13 years is a real milestone in today’s climate. Hopefully we will be here celebrating our 15th year in 2-years-time.


In the freezing conditions in February 2012 locals helped clear the pub car park by building giant snowmen then warmed themselves by the roaring pub fire with bacon rolls. The pub is a community pub. Like all pubs the Ingleby has seen a decline in trade in the recession but Lissa says we keep ticking over and have loyal regulars for 13 years. We have loved it and would like to say thank you for your custom and long may it continue. The Ingleby Arms are offering a two for the price of one on all meals on Wednesday 15th January, their 13th year anniversary. Ring 01427 718246 to book a table.

We would like to thank Simon for volunteering his time to get the Trentside Links to your door!

Torksey Ramblers


e meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month at 10.30am at the top car park of The Elms Retirement Park Our walks take about one to one-&-ahalf hours covering 3 to 4.5 miles Our programme for February 2014: 13th February – Owlet Plantation

Wishing you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year from the committee of Sturton and Stow Historical Society. Looking forward to seeing you at our first Talk of 2014 on Wednesday 15th January when Graeme Wade will ask us - 'is this Britain's largest island?'

Marton & Gate Burton Village Hall for Hire

Usual venue - Sturton village hall and usual start-time - 7.30 pm.

Holds up to 150 - Cost £10 per hour or £7 per hour for villagers Contact the caretaker on 01427 718792 Mon-Friday 9am-10am & 5pm-6.30pm, Saturday 9am-10am

See you there with best wishes

All other times please leave a message on answerphone.


e would like to welcome Simon Clarke who is joining the team as a distributor covering part of Laughterton with Bob Watkinson. Simon is taking over from Carol Penny who stood down in December after an impressive innings!

Sharron Banham and the Committee

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Whats on guide January 2014

For further information about any of our activities please contact us on: (01427) 788971

Sturton by Stow Children’s Centre

Tuesday Let’s Get Active 10.00-11.00am (Youth Room)

Wednesday Free Play 9.30-11.30am (Community Room)

Thursday Fundamentalz Parent-lead group 9.30am-12.00 (Community Room)

Baby PEEP 11.00am-12.00 (Community Room)

Child-minder Group 10.00-12.00 (Community Room) Free Play 13.00-3.00pm (Community Room)

Talking/Toddling Growing Talk 9.30am-10.15am Booking required (Meeting Room) Tiny Tots Growing Talk 10.30am-11.00am Booking required (Meeting Room)

Free Play 13.003.00pm (Community Room)

Toddler Group Saxilby Village Hall 1.15–3.00pm £1.50 for snacks and drinks

Stay & Play RAF Scampton Polyplatt School 1.45-3.00pm

Messy Play At Saxilby School 1.45-3.15pm

Other groups in the community

Toy Library at Sturton by Stow Due to low numbers at Toy Library, Toy Library have decided to move the session that is held in the centre to Blyton Ice Cream Parlour. The last session is on 18th December. There is going to be a parent-led session starting in the new year, to replace the toy library session.

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Sturton by Stow Children's Centre

Monday Toddler PEEP 9.00am-10.30am (Community Room)

Child Health Clinic 2.00 - 3.00pm (Community Room every second Monday of the month)

Friday Room to Play “Explore your senses” 10.00-11.00am (Community Room)

Parent and Toddler Stay & Play Saxilby Church Hall 10.00-12.00

Valentine Dinner Dance Friday 14th February 2014 Kettlethorpe Village Hall 7.30pm until Midnight Limited Number of Tickets £15

Kind Regards Rebecca Fowler CSSA & Adult Learning Coordinator Sturton By Stow Children's Centre Tel: 01427 788971 Follow us on facebook like Trentside Links

Available from: Ann & Guy Lister on 01427 718608 All Proceeds to St Peter & St Paul’s Church Kettlethorpe 5

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very four weeks the mobile library van visits Thorney and stops outside the church for about 25 minutes from 11.15 am. We hold a coffee morning in church, to coincide with the library van visit, from 10.30am to 12 noon.

Thorney residents! These will inform the committee as to what matters most to Thorney residents and will help them to ask the right questions when the official questionnaire is published, hopefully in the spring. There is an exhibition about the community-led plan on display in church at the moment.

We’re keeping the library van going and we enjoy catching up with the latest news! Come along! On WEDNESDAY JANUARY 22ND we will have a ‘Craft and Preserves’ stall, as well as our usual tea/coffee and biscuits. If you would like to bring along any excess produce, such as vegetables or eggs etc to sell, please do so. Profit from the stall, your produce, etc is kept by the owner. Donations for refreshments go towards future facilities within the church. If you would like to have a stall at future coffee mornings, please let me know. Thank you. Anne Massey tel: 01522 703120 e: Future library van visits: WEDNESDAY 19TH FEBRUARY WEDNESDAY 19TH MARCH COMMUNITY-LED PLAN The Thorney committee members would like to thank all those who completed a survey recently. One-hundredand-fifty surveys were returned from



ello lovely people and welcome to a brand new year. It's usually a time for reflection and for deciding what went wrong in the last year that we can change

in the year ahead. Or what was successful that we can build on. A time for positive thoughts and sometimes life changing ones. Of course we only have one hope for 2014, that Ethan - and all the other people affected by cancer - will be well again. We've learned a lot in the last year, and not just about cancer drugs and wigglies and blood counts and scans etc. We've learned how amazing people can be, how loving, caring and supportive. All qualities we'll take forward into 2014. Thanks for being here with us and please keep up-to-date via our Facebook page, we have 4250 likes as we go to press but would like to get past 5000 ASAP!

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ith all the presents unwrapped and the decorations safely back in the loft we can now breathe a sigh of relief that, although enjoyable, that busy time of year is at an end and we can look forward to the new year ahead. We follow the traditions of Christmas, some of us with joy and others with trepidation, but maybe now after everything has calmed down it is nice to reflect on the origin of these trappings of Christmas. The following article was sent in to us by Sharron Banham of the Sturton by Stow Historical Society following a talk given by Mavis Wilkinson at the group’s last meeting.

Christmas Traditions and Their Origins


avis began by thanking one Tom Smith, a London confectioner who in 1847 is said to have introduced England to the joy of the French bonbon, a sugar almond wrapped in paper with a twist at both ends. Smith built on this by adding a 'love motto', then made the packaging larger and replaced the bonbon with a small gift. Then in 1860 he added the 'crack' which obviously led to the name we know today. His son Walter, later added the paper hat that we all wear on Christmas day - don't we? I know many of you will have been busy writing your cards and Mavis was able to tell us that it was Sir Henry Cole, the founder of the V&A Museum, who commissioned the first Christmas cards in 1843 which sold in Bond Street for 1s each and 1000 were sold in that first year.

as we know, and in 1526 the Turkey was introduced from America. When Queen Victoria came to the throne she decided she much preferred turkey than swan so this enhanced the tradition of eating this particular bird. Turkeys were walked from Norfolk to London ready to be sold and this took four weeks and the turkeys actually wore leather boots to protect their feet! Christmas or Xmas? It was with interest that Mavis pointed out that the shortened word Xmas has in fact been around for 600 years. Some people think this may have been because December used to be counted as the tenth month. However the Greek letter for Kris is an X and that equals cross. Generally we have a huge mix of traditions from the Midwinter Solstice and the ancient Roman festival of Saturnalia in honour of the god Saturn which was held on December 17th. The Romans were also responsible for the wreath. When they visited friends they would take a bunch of evergreen as an offering. As these bunches grew the householder on the receiving end would make a wreath and it would tell people who saw it how popular that particular householder was. Today there are many forms of wreaths to be seen on front doors - all of a similar size thank goodness!

Mistletoe - the all-healing foliage and said to be good for fertility if taken from an oak tree. The Druids used mistletoe a lot in their rituals and even today you will not find mistletoe in a church. If you do kiss anyone or you are kissed under the mistletoe at Christmas be sure to take a berry off each time. Shoot through to 1647 and Oliver Cromwell banned everything to do with Christmas, but it was the huge influence of Prince Albert who brought with him from Germany many of the traditions we hold on to today. Christmas tree - Our early ancestors thought that when the leaves fell from the trees the spirits had taken them away so they then proceeded to decorate the trees with fruit, seeds and flowers. Then early in the 16th Century Martin Luther brought a tree indoors and decorated with candles. However, it was Prince Albert and Queen Victoria who got the majority of people following in their footsteps when it became apparent that the Royal Family had a decorated fir tree in their palace. Now we have trees of all sizes, colour

In 2001 an old Christmas card came up for auction in Devizes, Wiltshire and the bidding began at £4,000, moved swiftly on to £12,000 but with two further telephone bids coming in, the end sale was £22,500. Let's hope whoever bought it hasn't sent it on to a friend by mistake! Of course we all say we won't overindulge but we do - so hard to turn down that mince pie or piece of cake. To make us feel bad Mavis went on to tell us that the poor celebrated by eating 'humble' pie - offal! The rich people were better off

The world's first commercially produced Christmas card, designed by John Callcott Horsley for Henry Cole in 1843


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The Queen's Christmas tree at Windsor Castle published in The Illustrated London News, 1848, and republished in Godey's Lady's Book, Philadelphia in December 1850.

and description gracing our houses depending on personal choice. My preference is for a real fir tree; the smell and presence of pine denotes Christmas for me. Mavis referred to the huge tree which graces Trafalgar Square in London; a yearly gift from the people of Norway to thank our country for its help to their King during World War II. The majority of trees both inside and out are adorned with fairy lights. Thomas Edison’s laboratory in New York came up with these in 1882 in the form of small angel figures made out of wax which originally covered the whole of the tree. Over the next few years these small figures diminished until eventually there was only one which sat at the top of the


However, the red suit and hat with the white fur trim have given rise to the belief among some that Father Christmas’ outfit was the culmination of the publicity department within the Coca Cola emporium placing him in a red and white suit instead of green and white.

However while there is some truth in this suggestion because Coca Cola ran a campaign for 30 years featuring a jolly fat Father Christmas, his colour scheme owes more to ecclesiastical vestments than a brainstorm in an American company. The colours are still thought however to derive from the original Saint Nicholas, as above. Red and white were the colours of traditional bishops’ robes. Whatever and whoever, we continue to celebrate Christmas however and wherever we were brought up, perhaps adding bits and pieces from different members of the family and so these go into the general melting pot for generations to come. On behalf of the History Society I would like to wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year. Sharron Banham Sturton and Stow Historical Society

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The Rose Family article Reader response


too was very interested to read the story of the Rose family of Torksey and Highwood Farm. The stacks were always beautifully thatched each year, I will always remember them - what a lot of work. I hope Derek has some photographs to show how good they looked. It was interesting to read Bill Henson's reply in the November issue. I am the youngest daughter of Charles Dickinson who farmed at Brampton, it was Charles’ older brother Harry Dickinson who farmed about 70 acres of very strong land near Stow Park station in about 1904 when he was 17 years-of-age. His first harvest was gathered and stacked but the following autumn was very wet, in fact too wet for the threshing machine to get through to the isolated farm with no hard road, sadly Harry had no corn to sell that year. Later Harry Dickinson managed the Co-op farm at Bole near Retford. After reading Bill's letter I now think that Harry must have rented the land at Stow Park from the Co-op. Later Harry bought a farm at Bishop Norton, and then


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bought the Blyborough Hall Estate. Charles Dickinson went into partnership with his father Frank Dickinson at Manor Farm Brampton in about 1920, the Dickinson family had moved from Bradford in 1900. Suzanne Langford West Wratting, Cambridge.

Top: Mr Charles Dickenson who farmed the land around Brampton. Bottom: Cattle being driven through Brampton in 1944.


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Trentside Reports The Assistant Vicar Writes


t always feels a little odd writing a magazine item in advance, especially when writing for the New Year before we have had Christmas!

Kettlethorpe and District Womens Institute December 2013


t was a mild evening for the last of the old year, and a time of rest for members otherwise caught up with Christmas arrangements for the week ahead. Necessary business was conducted briefly before our musical entertainment. Nic Morris, who is a teacher of music at Newton school played guitar and other instruments. She gave us a very Christmassy series of songs and carols sung with the sweet sincerity and tuneful voice which is so lovely to hear at this, the right time of year. There followed refreshments and lots of animated chat as we all discussed holiday arrangements and intentions. Two items to remember are, that the annual dinner for WI will be Monday 31st of March in Harby and that Viviane Elliott, our Treasurer, will be hoping to collect our subscriptions for 2014! Elise Hawker, Lea


his own personal life to achieve what was needed for his country. He had no interest in the cult of personality or personal gain. At the same time he was well aware of his own human frailty and weaknesses. He showed the world that one person can make a difference. It is possible to lead a life of integrity in our modern, messy, global society.

I write this as the world says farewell to one of the greatest statesman of our time, perhaps of all time. What was so special about a one-time political prisoner that he not only became the first black leader of a country torn apart by endemic racism but was able to lead both black and white "Nelson Mandela stood above peoples into a previously all others by his integrity in unimaginable future as the politics..." “Rainbow Nation”? I haven’t seen the newly released film of Nelson Mandela’s life, but the film ‘Invictus’ with Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon gives a very clear picture of his leadership style. The film opens as he takes office. His black staff protest that they cannot be expected to work with white police who might be the very ones who killed their families. Mandela’s response is unequivocal. The only way forward is unconditional forgiveness. And it has to start at the top, with the President himself and his staff. Nelson Mandela stood above all others by his integrity in politics and his willingness to pay whatever it cost in

As we go into 2014 may we too be willing to make a difference in our villages, in our society.

I wish you a Happy New Year and may God bless you. Rev. Pam Rose

Businesses Urged to Take an Action on Obesity Rise


usinesses need to take an active role in promoting physical activity to combat obesity – claims an organisation leading the nation's biggest workplace physical activity campaign. With obesity on the rise, coupled with a recent study by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) revealing that only 28 per cent of employees receive advice from their

Trentside Links employers on health and wellbeing issues; coordinators of the Lincolnshire Workplace Challenge are calling business leaders across the county to take action. Employers are being encouraged to sign up to the campaign, run by Lincolnshire Sport, in collaboration with the County Sports Partnership Network (CSP network) and British Heart Foundation Health at Work programme. Workplace Challenge provides workers with the opportunity to use a free online activity logger to keep track of all their physical activity and active travel. The idea behind the platform – which has already proved a success in pilot areas across the country – is to encourage workers to be more active and make exercise a part of their daily routine. The Workplace Challenge invites workers to log their activity in reward for points for their place of work. They will also get the chance to go head-to-head with their other local businesses and even take part in inter-workplace competitions and leagues.

"The CSP Network are very proud to have launched the Workplace Challenge platform. We believe that the success of the platform will be driven by our local County Sports Partnership teams, who will be ensuring that in parallel to the ability for people to track their activity online, that there are a diverse range of activities available to go and try, compete in and enjoy offline. We hope to not only grow participation in sport but radically reduce the effects that inactivity has within local communities. It is essential that businesses take a lead in encouraging their staff to be active and we see the workplace environment as key in leveraging the 'power of the peer' to get people active." Organisers hope that workplaces will get involved by organising sport-orientated team days out or by launching a walk to work or lunch walking scheme; employers will directly benefit from a healthy and revitalised team of staff who are active both in and outside of work. Visit


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lincolnshire to sign up today. There will also be a number of opportunities available for businesses to sponsor and support community workplace challenges.

Marton & Gate Burton Bowls Club


ur new season begins on Saturday 12th April 2014.

We play matches in the Gainsborough Standard Bowls League, and the Pensioners League as well as social games against other local teams. If you are interested in joining the group of friendly people who belong to the club please contact: Chairman, Mike Treen, 01427 717818 or Secretary, Pauline Barton 01427 719051

John Byrne, Head of the Workplace Challenge team, said it is more important than ever that employers take an active role in encouraging staff to lead more active lifestyles. Mr Byrne said: "Employers can really support their employees in achieving their New Year's resolutions in 2014. The Workplace Challenge platform is free to use, allowing team leaders to track and support their colleague with motivational challenges. Healthier workforces, lead to healthier businesses - the benefits are substantial. I would love to see every business in this country using the Workplace Challenge platform, with employers actively encouraging their staff to lead more active lifestyles. Not only would this have a direct impact on obesity levels in the country but also on the level of employer engagement and wellbeing within the workplace." Lee Mason, Chief Executive of the County Sports Partnership Network (CSP Network), said:


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The Christmas Tree Lights Switch On Laughterton


he Parish Council would like to thank everyone taking part in the above event. The evening was very well attended and got the Christmas season off to a rousing start. A special thanks to Jamie and Tim Kyme for the provision of music and the marquee, Richard Barnard for supplying tables, Ann Lister and Anne Dolling for the sale of mulled wine, hot chocolate and mince pies (which were very welcome on such a cold breezy evening). Also the children and staff of Newton on Trent Primary School, led by headteacher Mrs Bristow, for their inspiring carols which, along with the surprise visit from Father Christmas and his elf helped get everyone into the Christmas spirit, and of course not forgetting Vic Dolling and Ron Gee for preparing the tree and checking the electrics prior to the event. Last, but not least a huge thank you to our special guest Ethan Maull for admirably performing the countdown ceremony. The monies from the evening were donated to Ethan’s charity ‘Up Yours to Cancer’ and we are very pleased to say this amounted to £130. Vice Chair Rita Atkin


Top: Ethan with his mum Sam. Left: Ethan admiring the tree. Above: Newton on Trent pupils singing the carols. and Santa, his elf and event organiser Rita Atkin.

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Santa Drops in on Christmas Fun


n Christmas Eve a children's disco was in full swing at the Friendship Inn, Laughterton run for free by local resident Jamie Kyme. Jamie kept the children entertained with party games and dancing and as hoped even Santa made an early surprise appearance! Many thanks to Jamie for organising an excellent event which raised ÂŁ43 in donations for Friends of Newton on Trent School and thanks to Mark of the Friendship for use of the facilities.

The Ethan Maull 'Up Yours to Cancer' Foundation

2014 Calendar

Copies of the 2014 calendar are still available. Help Ethan raise money for his foundation and support this worthy cause. To order your calendar contact Adele on 07900 408169


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ven hardy plants can struggle to survive a cold spell if they have only recently been planted. Plants in containers are possibly the most vulnerable of all, since both their topgrowth and roots can freeze solid during continual icy temperatures. Luckily help is at hand and there are a number of steps you can take to help your plants survive the winter…some examples are: Shelter from the wind - persistent winds can be harmful and damage ‘scorch’ foliage. An easy solution is to move the pot to a more sheltered part of the garden. Wrap up the plant or shrub - buy some fleece off-the-roll, or purchase one of the fleece bags that are now available in a number of handy sizes - tie securely. Insulate containers - if they are too heavy to move, there are still a number of ways of protecting your little treasures. Fleece has already been mentioned or why not use bubble-wrap (double-thickness is best) tied on with string. Another nifty little trick is to use some foam pipe insulation to cover the stems before wrapping up.


Don’t forget to make provision for watering - leave a flap if possible. Protect against winter wet - more plants die from winter wet rather than cold winter weather, so a protective cover will help, cover with an open-ended cloche which will keep most of the rain off but still allow air to circulate. It’s never too late in the year to check your pots and containers which may have become damaged during the year. If you do find that a new one is needed, add it on your shopping list quickly! Or leave appropriate magazines open at pages for possible gift ideas...

LINCOLNSHIRE GROUP OF THE HARDY PLANT SOCIETY - 2014 SPEAKER PROGRAMME Saturday 25 January - AGM, followed by Rachel Petheram: The Cutting Garden @ 1.30pm Saturday 22 February - Dr John Page: Gardens of the South West @ 2pm Saturday 29 March - Martin S Walker: Sissinghurst, Hidcot, Great Dixter & York Gate @ 2pm Saturday 26 April - Jo Bennison: Peonies, the Palette and the Place @ 2pm

If you don’t trust your loved-one to buy the correct replacement then gift vouchers are always a good bet. Your local nursery/garden centre may provide their own, alternatively national garden vouchers are widely available.

Saturday 27 September - Val Corbett: Photographing Favourite Gardens @ 2pm

Finally, if you’re stuck for a little gift for family or friends, the Lincolnshire Group of the HPS offers gift vouchers @ £4, plus postage. This entitles the recipient to attend one of our 2014 Speaker Meetings - they choose the speaker and the subject that appeals to them the most from those listed.

Saturday 22 November - Dr Crinan Alexander: Meanderings in Madagascar @ 2pm

For further information email: Happy Gardening to You All Lincolnshire Group of the HPS

Saturday 25 October - Andrew Humphris: Wollerton Old Hall - Past, Present and Borders @ 2pm

MEETINGS take place at William Farr Church of England School, Lincoln Road, Welton, LN2 3JB. Don't forget our website, visit

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January 2014

Trentside Links Historical Book Appeal


ince taking over the Trentside Links in 2009 we have been entrusted with lots of photos, maps and stories spanning many decades and we thought it would be nice to collate all the information we have collected and put it into a book. We shall donate a book to the library and each of the parish councils so that the history of our villages is accessible to all. The parish councils have very kindly donated monies towards this project and we are asking the Heritage Lottery Fund for help too. In order to make this book as informative and interesting as possible we need help from you in a few different ways. 1. Please send us any memorabilia

you may have of our villages, this may take the form of photos, cine film, documents, maps, stories or anything else which maybe of interest. It could be that older members of your family have something tucked away, people move away taking old photos, memories etc with them but maybe you are in touch with these people still. We will scan any documents and photos straight away and give them back to you so you don’t have to worry about losing them. 2. Help will also be needed in the form of collecting information, searching archives, proofreading and writing people’s stories.

If we are successful with the Heritage Lottery Fund we may even have a budget for training, however if we are unsuccessful the book shall still go ahead. The villages we cover are written on the front of the magazine and our contact details are: Sue & Jon Oliver 01427 718837 or email Or alternatively Emma Barratt on 01427 718985. Please see what you can do and help us to pen a book written with the help of the community.

Old video and cine footage can be captured, digitised and preserved for future generations to enjoy. This was undertaken for the Laughterton War Memorial Service.

Do you have any old photos of the Trentside villages like this one of Fenton?

Don't forget all our collected images can be viewed free at Flickr. Go to:


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Clean Sweep for Stan


Tel: 01427 614162

T Registered Charity No: 702607

he Choral Society is a hundred-plus strong choir and gave its first concert on 2nd November 1860.

Stan with Michelle Allen, chairperson of Newark Business Club


We rehearse on Thursdays during school terms (September to March) from 7.30pm to 9.15pm at Queen Elizabeth's High School, Morton Terrace, Gainsborough.

himney sweep Stan Hutchinson was named the winner in the Successful New Business category at Newark Business Awards 2013.

Annual subscription for singers (including hire of music and tuition) is £65 (adults), £10 (Students - who may pay as £5 per half season).

Trading as Stan the Sweep and based in Sutton-on-Trent, he specialises in chimney sweeping and the service and restoration of stoves, working mainly in the domestic and hospitality sectors in the East Midlands. He started his business in 2011 after 30 years in computing, realising the rise in popularity of wood and multi-fuel stoves meant a need for more sweeps.

New members are always welcome.

Stan the Sweep received his award during a glittering black tie ceremony at Kelham Hall on Monday evening. More than 300 guests sat down to a three-course meal before listening to guest speaker Benedict Allen, explorer, television presenter and author. Guests watched video presentations of the finalists in the eight categories, after which the winner in each was presented with their award by the category sponsor.


To receive details in advance, or to discuss joining the Society, please contact: Deirdre Speed (Hon. Secretary) 20 The Wharf, Morton, Gainsborough, DN21 3BL

Saturday 22nd March 2014 All Saints' Church, Gainsborough 7.30pm CARMINA BURANA Carl Orff Pianos: Simon Corner & Jonathan Nowell Percussion led by Martin Stockdale TICKETS £12 (Adults) £10 (Concessions: Age, student over 14, unemployed) £1 Accompanied child under 14 Tickets may be purchased up to one month in advance from Horsleys, 27 Church St, Gainsborough. Tel: 01427 613014

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Trentside Community Notices Gainsborough Organ Society The Weston Rooms, Hickman Street, Gainsborough DN21 2DZ

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Sunday 19 January 2.30pm - Tony Stace & Andrew Nix Thursday 30 January 7.30pm - Chio Sunamoto Thursday 27 February 7.30pm - Kevin Grunill



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 John and Helen on 01522 702638.

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 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. TAI CHI Tai Chi lessons will be held Thursday afternoons from 3.00pm until 4.00pm at the Hume Arms, For more information please contact John Viney on 01427 718827.

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. We will always walk unless in extremely bad weather. Future dates; 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 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 look out for more information on a new activity coming soon!

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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 Available for Hire Fully Equipped Kitchen – Seating, Crockery & Cutlery for 80. Also Children’s Tables & Chairs. Centrally Heated – Disabled Access & Toilets Brochure Available from Ann Close Phone: 01427718517 Enquiries and Bookings : Sharon Wilcox Phone: 01427718637 Mobile: 07813564319


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Church services

Kettlethorpe, Newton & Torksey

St Helen's Church Thorney

12 January 09.00 Holy Communion Kettlethorpe 11.00 Morning Prayer Torksey NO SERVICE NEWTON

It was wonderful to see so many people at our Carols by Candlelight on December 18th and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2014.

19 January 09.00 Holy Communion Kettlethorpe 09.00 Holy Communion Newton 11.00 Holy Communion Torksey 26 January 09.00 Holy Communion Kettlethorpe 11.00 Holy Communion Torksey NO SERVICE NEWTON 2 February 09.00 Holy Communion Kettlethorpe 09.00 Morning Prayer Newton 10.00 Group Service Stow 9 February 09.00 Holy Communion Kettlethorpe 11.00 Morning Prayer Torksey NO SERVICE AT NEWTON 16 February 09.00 Holy Communion Newton 09.00 Holy Communion Kettlethorpe 11.00 Holy Communion Torksey 23 February 09.00 Holy Communion Kettlethorpe 11.00 Holy Communion Torksey NO SERVICE AT NEWTON 2 March 09.00 Morning Prayer Newton 09.00 Holy Communion Kettlethorpe 10.00 Group Service Willingham

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Parish Clergy

Church services

Rev Canon Rhys Prosser Tel: 01522 702427 Rev Stephanie Prosser Tel: 01522 702427

12 January 09.00 Holy Communion 26 January 10.30 Morning Worship

Rev Pam Rose Tel: 01427 787578

2 February 17.00 Holy Communion 9 February 10.30 Morning Worship MARCH SERVICES

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

With our new Rector in place, we are in the process of producing a new rota for services, so please check the notice board just inside the church gates. Thank you. Please check the church notice board to be sure of service times and dates which are subject to change. Details for services in January will be on the notice board as well. We look forward to seeing you at St Helen’s. Anne Massey

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:

To include your event in future editions of Trentside Links get in touch - it's free!

Mrs Rosalie Fowler 01427 718619 Mrs Anne Wingham 01427 717545 Revd Rhys Prosser 01522 702427

Contact details are on the inside front cover.

We can help if we know your need.

Community event to publicise?

St Peter's Church, Torksey "Bring a Tin Sunday" every 4th Sunday in the month. The tins and packets will go to Gainsborough Salvation Army and Lincoln Community Larder.

Torksey Action Group Web site

Further to our earlier notice development of the site continues and we would encourage you to visit in order to find out useful information and keep you up-to-date with activities. If you are not sure about how to use the forum, help can be provided on an individual basis or if you prefer in small groups. Just let us know, by contacting any member of TAG. Margaret 718897; Joe 717846; Ann 718517; Sue 717834; Christina 718539; Vanessa 718539; Pat 717409.


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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

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


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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 175 January 2014  

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