Parish Council - Two new councillors, Maggie Lindley and Lyndsey Kirk, were welcomed to the recent meeting of Asterby and Goulceby Parish Council after they were co-opted to fill the remaining vacant seats for the Asterby Parish.
Thank you letters were to be written to John Benge who had served as a councillor for well over 20 years including several terms as chairman; Robert Conway and Jan Croft for their work for the parishes while in office as councillors as they had decided not to stand for re-election.
Daniel Simpson was also to be thanked for his help and generous financial support from his Ward Community Fund while serving as District Councillor for the Ludford Ward, which had now been discontinued following boundary changes.
The chairman also extended thanks to Ian Peet for providing a meeting room for the Parish Council free of charge.
The Parish Council is to continue to investigate grant aid to help finance a Social History booklet.
Interested parishioners will be welcome to contribute and anyone who would like to help is asked to contact Coun Jenny Oates.
The bridge over Goulceby Beck on Butt Lane is in need of painting and Coun Johnson volunteered to do it and supply the materials.
Coun Oates was aware of regular problems experienced by walkers on the public footpaths, as her home is sited near three, and she volunteered to survey them following the recent cut and Coun Lindley volunteered to monitor the verge cutting which is done on a more regular basis.
The suggested pictorial signs were discussed and it was agreed to continue the investigations into providing them for the access roads.
SUMMER FUN SUCCESS
The annual Summer Fun Day organised by the Hemingby Play Area Committee is planned as an event very much aimed at bringing the community together as a whole while also raising funds to help provide for the younger members by maintaining and improving the lovely village play area and this year it exceeded all expectations. The fantastic amount of £1, 430.70 was raised while also providing fun and entertainment for all the helpers and the guests as they enjoyed meeting together on a super summer Sunday. The Play Area Committee were delighted to welcome them all and the various activities included estimating the number of balloons in the tractor, a tombola, identifying the real bottles of wine when all were wrapped in newspaper, a coconut shy and the grand raffle with a first prize of £100 which all contributed to the total proceeds.
New committee members Joy and Doug Rodwell were kept busy on the barbecue and the husband and wife team did a fantastic job of cooking up a plentiful supply of burgers and sausages to meet the demand of their customers. Doug also joined two other brave committee members, Will Grover and chairman Charlie Bryant who each took a turn in the stocks, sitting there while having wet sponges aimed at them much to the delight and encouragement of the crowd gathered to watch.
The Play Area Committee members extend their thanks to everyone who helped, supported, donated or contributed in any way to make it such a happy social and financially successful day for the community.
South Willingahm Parish Hall is the place to be for anyone who wants to take part in the local version of Strictly Come Dancing, without the worry of Craig Revel- Horwood’s confidence shattering comments as there is to be an opportunity to go along and learn ballroom and Latin American dancing.
It is to be held fortnightly on Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 9.30pm starting on 23rd September and the cost is just £2 per session including refreshments and all are welcome to join in.
You can go along and learn the basics or for the less energetic, just sit back and enjoy the dancing- the choice is yours but good to know that it is still possible to experience locally dancing as it used to be before the advent of Rock and Roll. Village hall dances were a regular feature on the local social calendar in years gone by, but like the weekly whist drives went out of fashion as television became affordable for more households and many for older members of the community the return is welcome news.
Anyone who would like more information can contact Paul Fuller 0b 01507 313601.
BRUNCH ON THE MENU
Over £1,160 was raised when St Martin’s church was open with a welcome to all to go along and enjoy Sunday brunch and as this was the ninth event to be held and with the reputation for an excellent meal, beautifully served continuing to grow there were plenty of customers happy to accept the invitation.
A huge amount of work goes into the organisation of the event including cleaning the church and all the cutlery, crockery, tables and cooking paraphernalia in preparation for the day and with no water on tap at the church those involved have to improvise too. The organisers have lots of help and support from within the village and friends from other villages too and they all work together to produce the delicious menu of orange juice, bacon sausage, egg, tomato, mushrooms, beans , croquette potato, fresh rolls, croissant, butter, tea and coffee with their limited facilities. The barbecue was set up in the churchyard to help with cooking the bacon and sausages and the washing up is done in bowls on tables, but the team of volunteers were well rewarded by the success of what once again proved to be a very happy and successful social occasion in the parish church of St Martins.
In addition there were stalls selling cakes, plants and books set out in the churchyard on a lovely summer morning for customers to browse and buy from as they wished and all helping towards the total proceeds and thanks are extended to all who contributed in any way. END
VACANCIES AT THE SWIMMING POOL
The Wragby Community Swimming Pool is getting busier and is now open more hours than it has ever been as the Management Committee works to make it more user friendly through continual improvements and refurbishing and this has resulted in a need for more staff.
They are now looking to recruit a lifeguard, a receptionist, a swimming teacher and an apprentice and a cleaner as previously this has had to be a shared duty with all staff taking a turn. Now the pool is in a position to advertise for a cleaner and also a receptionist to help with desk duties and anyone interested in the vacancies can either call in for a chat with the Pool Manager Davina Ness or ring her on 01673 857776.
Others need to be replaced as Mathew, a young man who has worked at the pool for the past year is leaving to go to university to study sports, while apprentice swimming teacher Rebecca has now finished her apprenticeship, gaining all her qualifications and is moving on to take up a full time position at a leisure centre close to where she lives.
Working at the Wragby Pool has enabled them to get the experience they need to further their careers and now there are opportunities for others to apply and follow a similar route while helping to ensure that the local pool is fully staffed and can continue to provide a service for the community.
Davina will be happy to discuss the possibilities and what is required of those interested in filling the vacancies.
18 & 19 September there will be a two day performance of “In Flanders Fields”. Tickets will be £10 per person and for more information please contact Ann Lambert on 01673 857515.