Helpringham Village Newsletter October 2014

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  • General News

  • Memorial Hall

  • Church News

  • Parish Council

  • Club News

The dedicated flu line number ended on 26th September so you will now need to ring the usual surgery number.
Millview Medical Centre patients only.

The winners of the 49 Club from weeks 16th August through to 13th September were as follows each winner received £25 all proceeds go to The Memorial Hall 
16th August      R Parry
23rd  August     E Halleron
30th  August     M Malloy
6th  September R Parry
13th September H Lloyd

 There is a number vacant if anyone would like to apply: please ring Roma Parry on 421312


  All together now!
We are in love with you
(My heart and I)
And we are always true
(My heart and I)
And so, my darling if you
ever say “Goodbye!”
I know we both shall be needing
the Defibrillator  -  Double Quick!!
My  Heart  and I!!
So come on Folks!  be generous with
your donations.
The next count will be in one month’s time
on October 20th  so let’s keep up the good



Despite the weather conditions on 29th. June, £7,700.00 has been donated to good causes including £1,000 to Helpringham De-Fib Fund. Others to benefit are Swaton & Helpringham Churches, L.I.V.E.S, Air Ambulance, Red Cross, MacMillan Nurses, 4 x4 Responders, Swaton L.I.V.E.S and Leukaemia.  The Committee thank all volunteers who helped over the week-end and everyone who came to support the event.


Every year the Parish Council has a walk about with LCC Highways, so can you please let us know of pot holes etc. which need sorting out. Email on or put a note through the door at 25 High Street.


takes place at 12.30 on the first and third Thursday of the month in the Memorial Hall. Do come along and join this sociable gathering. Three courses and tea or coffee for £3.50. Last week’s menu was leek and potato soup, savoury mince with mash, roast veg and peas, followed by treacle sponge and custard. That’s terrific value. Drinks can be bought at the bar.
See you there!


We would like to thank everyone who supported the St Andrew's during the Feast Weekend. 
The weekend started on Friday evening with a brass band concert given by 'Vintage Brass'.  The concert included some World War One songs and marches with everyone able to join in and wave their flags.
The Helpringham History Society put on a very interesting exhibition of 'Helpringham in 1914' with many artefacts that had not seen the light of day for many years together with some very interesting photographs showing long forgotten views of the village from the early part of the 1900's.  The display of costumes and haberdashery items proved to be very popular especially with some of the members in period dress.

While the weather was fine many people took the opportunity to climb to the top of the church tower to see the Parish Clock, bells and view the village from above.  Because it was clear the view was stunning and well worth the 100 steps.

Many people entered the flower arrangement quiz and for those of you who wish to know the answers they are as follows:

1. Goodbyeee                                                                  9.  Pack up you Troubles in your Old Kit bag
2. Colonel Bogey March                                                 10. You're in the Army now
3. Bless 'em all                                                                11. And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda
4. The Sunshine of your Smile                                       12.  It's a Long way to Tipperary
5. American Patrol                                                          13. Take me Back to Dear Old Blighty
6. Your King and Country Want you                               14. Roses of Picardy
7. Mademoiselle from Amentiers                                     15. Over There
8. Keep the Home Fires Burning                                    16. There's a Long Long Trail a Winding

Congratulations to Julie Johnson and Maureen Collishaw who got the most correct answers.  Thank you to all of the ladies who constructed the displays and interpreted a challenging theme.
A big thank you should be given those who  provided and served the refreshments over the whole weekend.  What would we have done without them? 
The weekend rounded off with a rousing 'Songs of Praise' service led by Rev. Chris.  The congregation had chosen their favourite hymns to be sung with the choir. 

The weekend raised just over £1100 and this will be donated to local causes as well being used for the upkeep of the Church.


The mobile library comes to Helpringham on the 4th Friday of the month at 11.45 till 12.15. USE IT OR LOSE IT.


HAVCS are looking for drivers to take patients to hospital and doctor’s surgeries. Do you have a few hours to spare a week to do this worthwhile job? 45p per mile is paid. Contact Richard Higgs on 460027. The voluntary car scheme is for patients who do not have access to a car of their own or are unable to drive due to illness. The telephone, 460809, is operated from 8.30 am to 10 am Monday to Friday and there is an answer phone service after 10 am. Do not ring the drivers.

What is CallConnect Bus Service?                                                    

CallConnect is a unique bus service whose timetable is not fixed but responds to passenger requests. This means its routes are different each day depending on the bookings made by passengers.  Journey requests can be made by telephone, online or by SMS text message. The service is designed to improve transport opportunities in rural communities and some market towns where there is an infrequent conventional bus services.                                                                                                 

 Who can use CallConnect?                                                              
Everyone! All are welcome to use the service regardless of age or status. You can use the service as frequently as required for anything from shopping or travelling to work or school to a social event or medical appointment. Even if you are on holiday in Lincolnshire and need a bus, contact our booking office and find out how we can help you.                        

How do I book a journey?                                                                      
You can book a CallConnect journey by calling our booking team on 0845 234 3344. When requesting a bus journey, have your membership number and journey details ready. You can also submit your travel requests online or via SMS text messages. You can make a booking up to seven days in advance. You can also request same-day journeys but please give a minimum of one hour’s notice. All bookings are subject to availability.    

The amount you pay to travel depends on your journey. Each service area is divided into zones – the further you travel, the more you pay. Booking office staff can tell you the cost of your journey so that you can have the correct fare ready. Children aged under 5 travel free with an accompanying adult. If you hold a valid concessionary bus pass due to age or disability, you can use it on CallConnect buses. Passes issued outside Lincolnshire are accepted during off-peak travel (after 9.30am).                

Opening and Operating Times                                                      
CallConnect operates 7am-7pm, Monday-Friday, and 8am-6pm on Saturdays. Details of any local variations are available from the booking office. The booking office is open from 8.30am-7pm, Monday-Friday; 8.30am-5pm on Saturday; and closed Sundays and Bank Holidays.          

Need a little help?                                                                                   
Our vehicles are fitted with low-floor steps and tail-lifts to ensure they are as easy as possible for everyone to use. Wheelchair users must inform us of the make and model to ensure it meets our safety standard of being impact-tested. Travel in a wheelchair is subject to availability and approval.

Lincolnshire Energy

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Memorial Hall News

We are now entering the season of ‘mists and mellow fruitfulness’and the turning of the leaves, so with autumn almost upon us, let’s hope the mild weather continues and everyone can enjoy the season in all its glory.
Our Sixties night in September was great fun and our own Echoes of the Past proved to be a great success, we hope all of you who came enjoyed the event.
All our regular clubs are running and they all would welcome new members, don’t forget to check the notice board at the front of the Hall for details of these and contact numbers.

Our forthcoming dates are:
Harvest Supper 4th October
Flu Vaccinations Thursday 23rd October 1.30-3.30p.m. Remembrance Sunday Exhibition Sunday 9th November, Christmas Fair November 22nd. (Stalls still available)

Please remember that your support of the Memorial Hall and its events and clubs is vital for its continued success.
For all your family occasions, Bookings can be made with Mick on 421853 or Laraine on 421110.

September 2014 HALL DIARY

Wed. 1st   

South Lincs Shadows Music Club.

7.30. p.m.

Thurs. 2nd   

Lunch Club


Fri. 3rd   

Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.

Sat. 4th


6.30. p.m.

Mon. 6th


1.30. p.m.

Tues. 7th    

Arts and Crafts
Sequence Dancing Beginners

1.30. p.m.
7.00. p.m.

Wed. 8th

Petticoat Club
Parish Council

7.30. p.m.
7.00. p.m.

Fri. 10th   

Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.

Mon. 13th    


1.30. p.m.

Tues. 14th

Arts and Crafts
Sequence Dancing Beginners

1.30. p.m.
7.00. p.m.

Thurs. 16th

Lunch Club


Fri. 17th

Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.

Sat. 18th



Mon. 20th   


1.30. p.m.
7.30. p.m.

Tues. 21st

Arts and Crafts
Sequence Dancing Beginners

1.30. p.m.
7.00. p.m.

Wed. 22nd  

Gardening Club

7.30. p.m.

Thurs. 23rd   

History Society

1.30. p.m.
7.30. p.m.

Fri. 24th

Kung Fu

7.00. p.m.

Mon. 27th


1.30. p.m.

Tues. 28th

Arts and Crafts
Sequence Dancing Improvers

1.30. p.m.
7.00. p.m.

Thurs. 30th

Lunch Club


Fri. 31st

Kung Fu

7.30. p.m.


To Hire the Hall for all your functions, weekday rates are £7.00 per hour for clubs and £12.00 per hour for fund raising and weekends, plus £10.00 for use of kitchen and £10.00 for use of Bar.
Hire of the Conference Room £6.00 per hour.
Daily Hire of complete Hall £140.00 (Refundable deposit of £50 may be required)
These prices include heating or air conditioning. For Bookings please telephone Mick on 421853 or Laraine on 421110.

Enquiries re Baptism, weddings etc. should be made to The Reverend Chris Harrington on 01529 460904.
For other Church queries in Helpringham please contact John West on 421871

To be a Pilgrim
One of my favourite stories is ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’ by John Bunyan. If you have never read this classic book, it’s the story of how one man eventually discovers the path to enlightenment, freedom and joy on his journey through life. Along the way he is held captive in doubting castle by the giant despair. John Bunyan knew first hand of such experiences and a postcard of a stained glass window depicting John Bunyan in Bedford jail was an image that helped to sustain Terry Waite when held as a hostage by Islamic militants. Terry was eventually released, but as we’ve seen recently, others have not been so fortunate. Religion has, and continues to be, a potent force for good in our world, but it can also be distorted and used to inspire others to evil too. In multicultural and multi-religious Britain there are now lots of ideas on offer of how to find enlightenment, freedom and joy. Strangely, for many, Christianity has not been tried and found wanting, instead it’s often not been tried at all. In fact in the clamour for the new, the ancient Way of faith that has shaped our nation is now often overlooked. Many have opinions, but few have really explored the questions raised by the birth, life, death and resurrection of a man called Jesus from Nazareth. If that is you, then here is an opportunity to do so without any pressure to become a follower of Christ.
‘PILGRIM’ is the name of a new journey of exploration of the Way that Jesus instigated. Its goal is to explore his teaching and to discover personally whether it really does offer enlightenment, joy and inner peace. If you would like to join me on this journey of exploration, a few of us will be meeting at the home of Marian & Vince Stocking, 10 Ladbroke Close, Helpringham on Thursday mornings from 10am till 11.30am through the autumn, beginning on 9th October. ‘PILGRIM’ starts by examining the famous prayer Jesus taught his followers, known as The Lord’s Prayer - Why say it? What does it mean? Does it work? Come and discover for yourself. No faith required just a desire to explore His teaching. PILGRIM will also be happening at The Wesleyan Chapel, Heckington on Tuesday evenings 7pm till 9pm starting on 7th October.
Harvest Festivals
Autumn is the season of enjoying the fruits of our labours in the garden and the gracious provision of our most generous and extravagant God. Although we meet for worship every Sunday at 11am, Helpringham celebrates harvest with a special service on Friday 3rd October at 6.30pm at St Andrew’s church. The supper and auction of produce is on Saturday 4th at 6.30pm and tickets (£7) are available from Marian & Vince (421395). This year the church PCC have decided that the collection at the harvest service should go to the appeal for the village defibrillator and the church will also be making a donation of £200 as well. This year any tins and packet produce brought to church will be given to the Community Larder (The Food Bank) at Sleaford. The fresh produce will be auctioned off at the harvest supper. Please do give generously.
Rev Chris & ‘Smuggler Jack’ at Great Hale
On Saturday 18th October Rev Chris and pop/rock band ‘Smuggler Jack’, who played at St Andrew’s church in Helpringham earlier in the year, will be playing a repertoire of original songs and covers at Great Hale Church at 7pm. Tickets are £7.50 including buffet supper and are available from Ann Ireland (460418). Also appearing are some younger musicians who recently played at the pop rock night at Heckington Church. – Joe and Shelley and the Take Five Boys. It should be another good night of music.
Messy Church at Great Hale

On Sunday mornings from 10am till 11.30am ‘Messy Church’ comes to Great Hale. ‘Messy Church’ aims to be Christ-centred, hospitable and creative as people of all ages learn and celebrate together the message of God’s love for all. It’s a mixture of crafts, drama, stories and songs as they explore the Bible theme of the week in an informal setting with Cake and refreshments too. For more details contact Christine or Nick (461971) or checkout their Facebook page

Autumn, it’s a time to explore, enjoy & celebrate life.
Rev Chris           460904


****NOTE***** These are contemporaneous notes, subject to scrutiny and ammendment, to be adopted as minutes at the next meeting.


Present:  Cllr G Hotchkin (Chairman), Cllr A Bourne, Cllr J Frizzell, Cllr P Johnson, Cllr R Spencer, Cllr S Ogden (District Councillor) present until item 6, and the Clerk, Mrs P Ireland

The meeting started at 7.30pm as no-one attended the Public Speaking Time

  • Apologies – Cllr M Robinson and Cllr W Watts both gave accepted reasons of absence.  Cllr Tarry
  • Declarations of Interest – None
  • Signing of minutes:

Minutes of the meeting held on 9 July were accepted as a true record of that meeting.  Prop Cllr Bourne and seconded Cllr Spencer.  All in favour.

  • County/District/Police Matters:

Cllr Hotchkin asked Cllr Ogden if, further to a report in the local press, it was true that NKDC had obtained extra funding for affordable housing.  If this was the case, would there be funding available to upgrade the footpath on School Lane leading to the new development. Cllr Ogden commented that the footpath would be completed according to the spec passed by Highways.
Due to concerns about the safety of the proposed footpath, it was agreed that a letter be sent to the Head of Housing and Community at NKDC.  Cllr Ogden asked that he be copied in to the letter.

Due to a delay in planning the development would not begin until 25 August.

It was proposed by Cllr Johnson to bring item 10 on the agenda (Planning Applications) forward so that Cllr Ogden would be able to leave after.   All in favour.

  • Planning applications:

a)   Installation of Photovoltaic Panels on south west elevation of garage roof
The Mill 38 High Gate Helpringham Sleaford Lincolnshire NG34 0RD

b)   Application for a non-material amendment following a grant of planning permission   12/1019/FUL (Erection of 2 storey dwelling and garage - amended design to application 10/1203/FUL to include plant/boiler room and garden room additions) and 13/0446/PNMAT ( to add an additional ground floor window in the south elevation) to add an air source heat pump to rear elevation
16 George Street Helpringham Sleaford Lincolnshire NG34 0RS

c)   Erection of first floor extension to rear of dwelling  14/1017/HOUS
28 High Street, Helpringham Sleaford

  • Installation of 9 rows of ground mounted photovoltaic solar panels  14/0961/FUL

Newlands Farm, Scredington Road, Helpringham

      The applications were considered.  It was proposed and seconded that the Parish Council  
support all the above applications.  All in favour.

Cllr Ogden left the meeting.

    • Chairman / Vice Chairman’s Report:
    • Dog Bin – Thanks were recorded for Cllr Watts for remounting the bin.
    • Dog fouling – Cllr Johnson to include in the next newsletter.
    • Defibrillator fund – Cllr Johnson had advised the group raising funds for the defibrillator, that they apply in October so a donation could be included in the budget, if approved.  Section 137 money would be applicable. 
  • Openness of Local Government Bodies Regs 2014:

The new regulations, which became stautory on 6 August, had been circulated.  Standing Orders need to be amended to allow members of the public or press to photograph, record or film parish council meetings. 
Cllr Johnson proposed that this be accepted.  Seconder Cllr Frizzell.  All in favour.
The Clerk to draft a new standing order. 

  • Village Benches:

Cllr Bourne reported that:

  • A volunteer had offered to re-varnish the bench on North Fen Road.  The work will be undertaken at the home of the volunteer.  All in agreement.
  •  A family from the village were wishing to purchase a bench and donate it to the village.  The Clerk had obtained prices of recycled benches, to minimise any future maintenance.
  • Cemetery Matters:
  • A different mower being used to cut the grass
  • A volunteer had cut the hedges.  The Clerk to write and thank him.
  • Surplus soil heap needs moving – Cllr Johnson to look at options
  • £60 received for a memorial.
  • Clerk’s Report and Correspondence:
  • St Andrew’s Parish Church – a request that the name of payee on their cheque be changed to PCC Helpringham Parish.
  • Tree Matters – Simpson Arboriculture had submitted the application for works within a conservation area.

The Clerk had received a quote from NKDC to join their tree inspection scheme.  It was agreed to pursue with this scheme but to defer the initial survey until March 2015 when the current report terminates.

  • Noticeboard – Ordered and awaiting delivery.  Mark Walker of Network Rail had agreed to wait until the noticeboard had been installed before arranging the handover cheque.
  • Circulating Notice of Meetings and Agenda – Electronic circulation is acceptable provided it is incorporated in the Standing Orders.  Current Standing orders cover this.
  • Vegetation on Swaton Road Bridge – A work reference number had been obtained from Network Rail.
  • Individual Electoral Registration – Details circulated
  • Central Lincolnshire Local Plan – latest update circulated.  No comments
  • LALC Training Courses – Anyone wishing to attend any of the circulated courses, please contact the Clerk.

The LALC AGM to be held on Wednesday, 15 October.

  • Finance:

a)  Financial Report – Approved by all present
b)  Cheques for signing / expenditure approval – Approved by all present

Cheque No



Relating to



Events Insurance - Retrospective

Village Fete



Rick Webster – Grounds Maintenenace Ltd

June - Grasscutting



P Ireland

July Salary plus PAYE refund



P Ireland

July expenses allowance, Vistaprint cards



Greenbarnes Ltd




Rick Webster – Grounds Maintenance Ltd

July Grasscutting



PCC Helpringham Parish

Replacement cheque

12. Discussion of Matters from Public Speaking – None           

  • Matters of Urgency:
  • Light on War Memorial – In need of repair.  Cllr Robinson had sent word that he will organise this.
  • Acting Chairman of October meeting – As both Cllr Hotchkin and Cllr Johnson will be absent at this meeting, the matter to be placed on the agenda for discussion at the  next meeting.


14. Date of next meeting – Wednesday 10 September, 2014.

There being no other business the meeting closed at 8.23pm.

Helpringham Vitality CLASS Needs YOU!

Vitality is a Lincolnshire based programme of exercise and movement to music classes for the over 60’s, subsidised by Lincolnshire County Council and approved by the NHS.

The classes focus on having fun with gentle seated and standing exercises set to music that aim to increase flexibility and strength whilst also improving posture and coordination.

Vitality is for men and women who want to exercise in a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere at low cost. Whatever your ability, our experienced, qualified instructor will make sure you exercise safely and have fun.

Helpringham Vitality takes place on Mondays between 1.30pm – 2.30pm at the Memorial Hall. 

There’s no need to book, just come along.  Your first class is FREE, then costs just £3.00 per class or £9.00 per month. Refreshments are provided after class.

It’s a great way to exercise and you’ll receive a warm welcome as well as feeling full of vitality afterwards. So come along and join us!

For more information call Vitality on 01529 411194 or see our website



September Meeting.
Another surprisingly good attendance at the meeting, considering that just before the start there were only 2 of us in the hall! However, there was a sudden rush and before we knew it all the tables and chairs we had put out were full……phew!

Most of the regulars were there, plus several of the visitors from farther afield.
Everyone got to play 4 numbers, including several that had just been learnt and were debuted at the meeting.
A few lucky members got to play a fifth number and it was suddenly 10.30pm and time to pack away.
What with the ample supply of refreshments (thanks again Pauline!) and the music it was another great evening.

A big thank you to those who helped set out the tables and chairs before the meeting and clear away afterwards

Meetings are held at the Memorial Hall on the first Wednesday of the month from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Light refreshments are provided.

Entry is just £3 for players and £2 for non players.

Next meeting Wednesday 1st October. Why not come along and try it?

Dave Moore


What a treat to have Shona Smith back after five years to demonstrate Autumn Floral displays. She enthralled us all with the ease with which she took a few pieces picked from her garden earlier in the day to produce quite stunning displays. Even those of us who are no strangers to flower arranging learnt a few new tricks, such as using artificial blooms with live foliage to create a lasting display.
Shona then suggested that the displays she had created were auctioned off for The Helpringham De-Fib Fund and very kindly donated her fee to the fund as well. The members thoroughly enjoyed the evening and thanked Shona warmly for her demonstration and her kindness.
Our next meeting will be on WEDNESDAY 8th OCTOBER at 7.30pm.
Nick Brown will be giving a talk on “Making a Will”.
Everyone is welcome. Do come along and join us


The trip to Gressenhall was a great success and not least due to the comfortable ride there and back in A.P.Williams’ coach.  Though not too hot, it was sunny for the most part and there was plenty to see both inside and out.  The workhouse exhibition was heartrending; poor labourers, thrown off the land, due to poor harvests and competition from imported grain , were virtually unemployable anywhere else and thus thrown upon the mercy of the parish. It was originally intended that they work the land to feed themselves but this proved impractical, many of them being too feeble to do a day’s work. However, outside were animals, cottages, a schoolroom, and a chapel; pretty gardens, horses, pigs, chickens and turkeys.

If you get your newsletter early, don’t forget
24th September  AGM & Social in the Memorial Hall

                Next month we welcome Lorraine Bellis who will talk about growing Old Varieties of Garden plants.
Meetings are held in the Memorial Hall at


Every year the History Society puts on an exhibition in the Memorial Hall on Remembrance Sunday, to honour those who made such a contribution to this country even with their lives, in the two world wars.
This year, as you are well aware, is the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and our exhibition will be focussing on this war and those who served and fell.
Almost every family in the country has a connection with this event, and some family member who was involved.
If you would like to remember and honour any member of your family at our exhibition we would be pleased to have your photographs or memorabilia to display. We will of course take great care of them. They do not have to be connected to Helpringham but you as a resident are and so are part of our history now.
If you would like to take part please contact either Laraine on 421110 or Julie on 421265 or any other member of the Society.
We look forward to seeing you all on Remembrance Sunday 9th November.