If you reacted with horror at the photograph of the chapel kitchen in last month’s Chapel Chat, you can be assured that it looks completely different now. New white units, a refrigerator, hot water dispenser, new flooring and a dishwasher have been installed, plus a much enlarged hatchway with automated shutter. (This last piece of information will be of particular interest to tall people such as our Minister, Rev David Lawton, who remembers some painful contact with the old hatch!)

Rev David says ‘This refurbishment is a sign of real hope in the congregation and community committing to this work.  It had to be approved by the Circuit (of 21 Churches), and then by the District Office (for Lincs) and got the thumbs up from everyone - so that's a real encouragement isn't it?  We're doing quite well with fundraising, but will continue for some while yet.’

Rev David is currently on a three month sabbatical, delayed by three months because of Covid-19 and Lockdown, but he will be back with us for the start of Advent on 1st December. Rev David explains that this three month sabbatical every seven years is a gift from the Methodist Church to its Ministers and is quite theologically appropriate in resting a little after the seventh day!

Although Covid has put normal activities on hold, we have been able to take a advantage of it to progress the kitchen refurbishment and a thorough cleaning of the premises will soon be taking place. We continue to be guided by the Methodist Church and government as to when we can open again, but the church encourages us not to rush things. We shall be pleased to welcome back our hirers as soon as we are permitted although each group will have to complete and submit a risk assessment and we shall have to do the same.

At the time of writing this report at the end of September, the plan is for our first service to be held on 1st November with Rev Margaret Doughty, but this could change depending on government and church guidance, of course. Hopefully, we shall be able to give more up to date information next month, but do continue to check our noticeboard outside the chapel as you

Councillor Report

County Council Meeting 18th September 2020

A full council meeting took place remotely using online Microsoft Teams. Apart from the business of the council two motions were submitted :

1. To affirm commitment to a devolution  deal for Greater Lincolnshire and to call upon the Executive to explore all opportunities with other councils to submit proposals for local government reorganisation.

2. a: A request that the Leader of Council write to the Prime Minister calling for Substantial         improvements to the test,trace and track system 
     b:The English Devolution Bill to be used to deliver more powers to local councils without attached strings and a levelling up agenda to reduce inequalities including government funding between different parts of England.

              Both motions were passed
Western Growth corridor City of Lincoln Council have submitted further plans for their development. Cllr Goldson requested a meeting with our MP because of concerns about the amended plans and implications for SKellingthorpe residents. I was invited to attend. Our concerns were expressed and it is hoped that further discussion will take place with a view to ensuring that notice is taken of our views.

Saxilby Surgery LCC CallConnect service Parish Council and residents will remember the issues arising last year when the Glebe Practice  request was made to close the SKellingthorpe branch surgery. In the absence of any proposals to assist village resident patients with transport, I asked LCC Transport if a CallConnect service could be considered and was pleased that this was agreed with both a daily scheduled service and also on request starting in April 2020. Unfortunately this coincided with the Covid19 peak and lockdown.

I recently enquired of LCC Transport how this new service and another service, which I had asked to be considered, were operating. I was disappointed to receive the information that there was very little use being made of Saxilby surgery service, although with Covid19 and other measures put in place for contacts by NHS, this is understandable. I asked if the Parish Council could make a post on the website and Facebook. In view of the comments made, if it is decided that the service cannot be sustained I asked LCC Transport Manager if suspending rather than cancelling the scheduled service could be considered, until Covid19 circumstances permit further review, when next discussed with the Glebe Practice. He has replied that he is happy to do this and also asked for any feedback about the service from residents.

Mike Thompson
Lincolnshire County Council
Councillor Eagle and Hykeham West - including Skellingthorpe

A Man Called Ove by  Fredrik Backman  -

A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon, the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him the bitter neighbour from hell, but must Ove be bitter just because he doesn't walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove's mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents' association to their very foundations. The reading group has met on three occasions recently in the afternoon and comparative safety of each other’s gardens and we hope to fit in one more meeting before the weather defeats us.

As the libraries are not fully open we have been unable to obtain sets of books for us all to read, so among other things we have talked about books that each of us has enjoyed during this period of enforced isolation.

A Man called Ove is by an author that none of us had encountered before. It’s an easy read and I would say it’s poignantly humorous.

One advantage to meeting outdoors has been the opportunity to admire each other’s gardens and gather ideas for our own.

Jenny Evans Skellingthorpe Reading Group

A Point of View -

It occurred to me that we are approaching an era in our motoring development that our grandparents experienced in the late 1800’s. It was during that time when the first petrol driven car made its appearance on our UK roads. The terror that this big noisy iron horseless carriage must have brought to the coachman, not to mention the public and the horses at that time. It was in 1825 when the first steam train made its pioneering journey between Stockton and Darlington. That also must have been a frightening experience to the Victorians even though who were used to industrialisation at this point in our history.

Now we have to get used to the driverless cars, our next major development on our roads. My first car was a Heinkel a three wheeler Bubble car, a two seater that you made entry through the front. The flat door swung out sideways, so if you parked too near to the vehicle in front, you wouldn’t be able to exit the car for two reasons. One because the only door wouldn’t open, and two, there was no reverse gear due to the licensing laws, as you were able to drive the car on a Motorcycle Licence! My next car was a 1939 Ford, as far away from a driverless car as you can get, steam driven windscreen wipers (!?) no heater, no servo brakes, pop out side indicators three forward gears and a 6 volt battery system. To charge the battery, we had to switch off all the lights off and go tearing down side streets in the dark!

From what I see with young drivers nowadays, as soon as they pass their test they are seen in a car to die for. They seem to bypass all the old bangers we had to go through to get to the reward of a nice modern car with all the trimmings: what were the words of that Pop song? “I want it all and I want it now!!” It was a ‘rite of passage’ that you went through all those years ago – but wasn’t it fun? I enjoy my car, I go back over the years and think I deserve all the benifits that design and developments have to offer us now. My father who was born in 1899 was an engineer in his day, although only a lorry driver. He had to know all about engines to be able to fix it at the roadside when it went wrong which was frequent in those early days. I sometimes imagine my dad who died in 1990, is sitting there next to me and I’m telling him what all the gadgets are for; he would be amazed, even more so at these driverless, horseless, electric cars.

I must admit my latest car we have now has all the bits on it that makes driving a little safer, but lacks the auto stopping device that courses the car to stop automatically if someone passes in front of you, that’s a good piece of kit, but I wouldn’t want a self parking device, I like to practice my own driving skills too much-show off!

Peter Bell.

November: a month to create time for nourishment, nature & nurture

Hello friends, it’s ‘Sands’ here and I'm delighted to be a new contributor to our magazine. I am a relative newcomer to the village, having lived here for nearly 3 years. In this time, I am delighted to have got to know lots of wonderful people, finding joy in the nourishing green spaces right on our doorstep that are readily accessible because of the cycle route. Our natural settings are alive with an ever-changing & ever-present beauty. Did you know that deepening our connection to ourselves, others and to our natural world is a key factor in enhancing our well-being ? These invaluable connections have enabled me to feel right at home, more settled and supported, especially in these changing and challenging times. Most days I do not look as tidy as I do in this picture. I loved being outdoors, in windswept places, knee-deep in gardening and playing with my kids.

Well-being is at the heart of my profession: I am a mindfulness consultant & practitioner at Mindfulness Skills4Life. Have you heard of mindfulness? Simply put, it is our ability to actively pay attention to & notice what is happening in our mind, body, with our feelings and actions AND what is going around us – phew that IS a lot! We can share a little more on that later…I am fortunate to have worked in schools & colleges, organisations, with charities and even featured on BBC TV and Radio (a few nerves in volved in that one). Each a privilege and joy as I get to meet and work with the most amazing people!

Being more mindful can help our mind to stay focused on where we wish it to be, as opposed to it doing its own thing – which can cause us varying levels of physical and emotional stress. It can also help develop a deeper connection to the things that matter most to us, enhancing our sense of appreciation of those precious, uplifting, magical moments in our lives.

Over the coming issues, my intention is to share approaches that can support us and raise our focus on self-care & well-being. I hope to write with a little light humour, a huge dose of authenticity, heaps of personal and professional experience and unlimited kindness. This month we are focusing on creating time for self-care and next month creating a little dose of calm. Fancy some of that ?

Warmly, Sands


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Like many other people, I have enjoyed walking along the footpath near Wood End in the springtime.

I always look forward with my family to the the beautiful carpet of bluebells which have been there for years and years, unfortunately the landowner has dug a large pond and also covered the area with inert soil which the bluebells will not recover.

This area was known as the bluebell wood as most knew it.

Skellingthorpe resident.


Some time ago I purchased a cage with a trap-door to catch squirrels. I never caught any squirrels but, did manage to catch some rats on my small back lawn.

Recently there have been rabbit scratches on the grass and deep burrows damaging a cattle grid. I set the cage to find out if it would also catch rabbits. Within three weeks I caught 14 bunnies. There is a house at Daisy Made called “The Burrow” - why don't they go there?

If you should see me twitching the end of my nose you will know what I have doing with my home fed rabbits.

Farmer Bob

Wildlife in your gardens – report your sightings! -

Great to see from issues of Chatterbox the number of garden wildlife sightings. I had my annual garden sighting of a Hummingbird Hawk-moth (Macroglossum stellatarum) in early September – a bit later than usual. Please remember: anyone can add to the knowledge of biodiversity in our County and country by submitting wildlife records, either directly to the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust or online via the Biological Records Centre (BRC) iRecord system. Information from iRecord is submitted to national and local recorders for verification and inclusion in national records. You can upload records, preferably with pictures and keep them in your own online ‘database’ within the system. In addition, various so-called ‘recording schemes’ exist for anyone interested in any particular animal group – birds, bees, ladybirds, butterflies, moths etc. Take your pick. Many biological records are submitted from natural and semi-natural habitats, but schemes are also interested in the extent to which gardens have become havens for nature. Your garden records can become part of the national picture for biodiversity. And you can become a ‘citizen scientist’!

Dr S L Bennett


The garden wildlife has been searching for the best spots to sit out the next few months, possibly the best one has been taken by a mouse who has taken up residence in this years tit box nest. Just hope the original occupants don’t decide they want it back as an overnight winter roost, as I believe tits sometimes do.

The solitary goldfish has done its usual disappearing act, a good thing too as the heron landed on the lawn last week to survey the possibilities. Sadly there was a goldfinch floating on the pond, it’s always the less common birds that seem to be unlucky. The pigeons crash into the windows with no ill effects, just leaving a beautiful imprint of their feathers behind . Usually the day after the windows have been cleaned.

Spiders and ladybirds are set on moving indoors with me, there always seems to be a big spider in the bath just when the doors and windows are locked for the night, my husband would never let me squish them.

It was good to read about Jim’s elephant hawk moth caterpillar, I do hope it lives happily in his garden and emerges safely next May.

Margaret Hill


I have had the honour to represent you on North Kesteven District Council for nearly 30 years. During this time (apart from the current numbers reduction due to the Covid outbreak) I have been a member of the Planning Committee.

Planning affects us all, sometimes for good sometimes for bad, and that is why it is imperative that you are consulted on issues that could affect you so that you have the opportunity to suggest alternatives that would make proposals more acceptable to you.

You may be aware that proposals are again being put forward for the Western Growth Corridor in Lincoln, and you may wonder why this complex and controversial application is being put forward at such a time when it is particularly difficult for the consultation processes to be engaged.

Some of you may remember the public meetings I called here in the village previously with regard to earlier applications for this area in the City. Had times been “normal” without the current restrictions I would have organised another in order that we could share our knowledge and views but of course this is not now possible. The Western Growth Corridor will have a huge and very detrimental affect on the day to day lives of all of us for many years, but the City of Lincoln Council seems determined to push ahead with such undue haste.

What is the urgency – this issue has been around for many years therefore why can’t it wait until the spring when the risk of a second wave may be over and your views can be properly considered through the appropriate consultation processes.

I have met today with our MP Karl McCartney to express my concerns. You have a democratic right to get the facts and be involved in the decision making process and this is what I will continue to fight for not least because I believe the growing traffic problems will have a massive impact on all our lives for many years to come.

Cllr. Chris Goldson

District Councillor Chat Report – End of Sept 2020

NKDC are continuing to hold MS Teams meetings with reduced Committees across all the functions. I have attended a number of meetings, including Licensing and Communities Overview & Scrutiny.

It is hoped (subject to Covid legislation) to return to Full Committees in October with a Full Council Meeting Scheduled for 8th October.

Housing: The Legacy decisions we need to make will grow more important as building progresses and income begins to be available the Parish Council are acutely aware of this major opportunity.

I would also recommend registering for the NHS Citizen Panel. Lincs Citizen Panel Registration’ I would welcome input on NHS matters that you may wish me to contribute

Rendering Plant – There have been a considerable number of complaints recently over noise, odours & emissions from the Plant. Chris Goldson & I have been in discussions with David Steels, the Head of EH team at NKDC. A number of residents have contributed to reports on Noise, Odour & the ‘black’ deposits. You will have noticed in this month’s Chat with a response from NK. We will be finalising a reporting process that will give residents a better overview of activity at the Plant and some indications of the plants operating Criteria. We expect results of the investigation shortly and will be receiving updates for general digestion on a regular basis. The Planning Application will be dealt with in October at LCC. We are hoping to speak to register our objections and concerns.

Western Growth Corridor. (WGC): Ref: 2019/0294/RG£ the application has been made. Closing date for objections is 29th October The Parish Council is submitting a letter of objection as will your District & County Councillors; we urge everyone interested and concerned to do the same. The impact on the village from the A46 roundabout and other issues will be significant. Also the demand on our schools is an unknown. Sadly we will not need to worry about Surgery facilities in Skellingthorpe being overwhelmed.

Proposed 40mph speed Limit Lincoln Rd. - thanks to Cllr Mike Thompson for the update (elsewhere).

Boundary Commission (BC) Observations and suggestions on the proposals close on 19th October 2020

Unitary Authority Discussions- No further news on proposals for discussions by all the Lincolnshire Councils As indicated the ‘preferred’ Government option remains as an Elected Mayor and between 300k and 600k residents per authority; this means between 2 & 4 for Lincs. There are however mixed views on the idea. Surgery Access -I urge everyone to review their use of the Connect Bus Service. Covid is reducing the demand and it may have to be postponed for a while. The on call service is still going.

Local Police Support – The support from Nth Hykeham is currently depleted with illness and absence with a potential complement of less than 2 Officers. It is also disappointing to note that of the 50 new posts NONE are allocated to our Area. NKDC Independent Councillors are raising their concerns on this matter. Community Centre – As with the recent Chat article, we are hopeful that the Parish Council can ensure that this Community Asset is safeguarded for us all, and return to full use in the future.


20/0325/FUL – Decoy Farm. 20/1139/FUL 43 High St. 20/0390 &/0398 Woodbank 16 & 78 Houses

For further information and assistance - please contact Cllr Richard Johnston. 07847 235 285 email:

Mike Thompson
Lincolnshire County Council
Councillor Eagle and Hykeham West - including Skellingthorpe

Creating time for wellness: it is in your hands

- Did you know that what we do with our time has a significant impact on how we feel, the content of our thoughts and our body ‘tone’? Similarly, when we pay attention and notice how we are feeling at any given time, we can make different choices in what we do, what jobs we undertake and which we reschedule.

For example, maybe you notice that over watching ‘News 24’ or getting caught up on social media, is not fostering feelings of safeness, purpose or adequacy, yet we can be easily hooked into those places. Have you noticed how precious ‘free minutes’ can be mindlessly whittled away, as a quick email or ‘Insta-check’ turns into an hour-long web-based super surf? How else could you have, or wished to have, used that time?

Being more aware (mindful) of how our daily routine is spent can help us to make active choices of how we use our time AND create space for the things that we like, enjoy and love. More importantly, committing time in this way can help us feel good, nourished, nurtured and taken care of. In these tricky and changing times, never has developing inner resources for self-care been more important.

I am sharing a fantastic exercise, tried and tested by all my clients, with intriguing insights and inspirations. Have a look at the INFOGRAPHIC ‘Designing time for me’. List everything you do in a day or evening, how long you do it for and then mark either ‘N’ or ‘D’ beside them, for activities that ‘nourish’ or ‘deplete’ you. This exercise is not intended to cause shock, though you may be surprised at where your times goes and how it is spent!

Review your findings and ask yourself:

Am I choosing to do this or am I doing this by default ?
What would I LIKE to do at this moment ?
Is this making me happy or content right now?
Does this need to be done at this moment, or can I do this another time ?
Creating pockets of time does not mean creating hours and hours for ourselves, this may be unrealistic. What we are doing here is making conscious choices that support our well-being, as opposed to our time been hijacked by habitual, unconscious or unintentional choices.

So, why not make a list of the things that you LIKE or LOVE doing, things that really make you feel happy, light, relaxed or good? Which of these can you ‘chunk’ into smaller time slots? See if you can create 5, 10 or 15 minutes a day for that one thing. This is can be part of your active self-care plan.

Did you know, nurture is ‘dose-dependent’? The more you do it, the better you will feel and the more you are likely to keep it up! I would love to know how you get along, so feel free to get in touch with any questions or comments and do watch out for our FREE wellbeing shares on our website and associated media pages

With kindness, Sands


As the old song begins -----

“I like a nice cup of tea in the morning to start the day you see and at half past eleven - well my idea of heaven is a nice cup of tea.”

With it I relish toasted “Lincolnshire” Plum bread topped with dollops of cold butter and marmalade.

An occasional dash of Marmite will excite it!

For even more enjoyment be outside in the fresh air!


Editor's note:- What is your pleasure – a new saw? A new pair of shoes? Or?

The Three Trustateers -

Attorneys, Executors and Trustees are the various titles used in documents such as Lasting Powers of Attorney, Wills and Trusts. The differences between them are not always easily understood by members of the public.

An Attorney is someone you have appointed to look after your financial and/or health affairs if you become unable or incapable of looking after them yourself. They can only act in your interests under a Lasting Power of Attorney which has been registered and stamped by the Office of the Public Guardian. They can only act whilst you are still alive.

Executors are named by you in your Will. They are appointed to administer your estate after you have died and have no authority before your death. It is their responsibility to obtain probate with your death certificate, collect all the assets of your estate, pay all outstanding accounts, debts and loans as well as the funeral costs and then distribute the residue according to the terms of the Will

Trustees can be appointed either by you whilst you are still alive or by your Will after you have died. Specific Assets can be placed in a Trust under their control with particular instructions as to how the income from them and how the ultimate capital is to be distributed. The trust usually has a period of time allocated to it or specific circumstances which you have defined. There is legislation which governs the powers and liabilities of Trustees.

It can, therefore, be seen how these differ.

David Dexter LincolnWills


"Do you remember when?" will be a phrase we'll hear Frequently in the future and for many years

Whilst we settle down again to our normal lives Thoughts of these lock down days will remain ever rife

For who could forget that two meters apart rule Or the weeks that children were kept away from school

Covid-Iv may be safely controlled at last And those shaggy hair cuts are a thing of the past

Grandmothers can cuddle new born babies again Thankful to have survived all those lonely weeks when

Isolation from loved ones meant screens had to be The only way to contact their close families

However some good things happened it must be said Strangers would say hello with smiles and nod their heads

Thursdays at eight o'clock we cheered and clapped out loud Showing front line workers they were doing us proud

It may well be a long time till strict rules are eased And we can all carry on doing as we please

I'm looking forward to that day and also when Sentences won't start with "do you remember when"


When lockdown began in earnest the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson allowed us out once a day for exercise.  This exercise became known as my Boris walks and Boris bike rides. I went out on foot or on my bike with my camera, recording my journeys to and from the village. On my return home, they were written up on Facebook with accompanying photos for the benefit of my followers who could not get out. They were a lighthearted look at the area, the developing nature of spring and my emotions during lockdown I also used the photos on the church weekly sheet, published for the elderly and housebound. They became quite popular and I was urged to put them in a book. This is the result.

As with all my crafting  in my alter ego as Granny Maud, the money raised from the sale of this book will go to help find a cure for AHC.

Many Years ago in the second world war, my Dad was stationed in Iceland. He was one of a group of soldiers lost in a snowstorm in Iceland. He was rescued by an Icelandic family and they became firm friends. Sometime after he returned home, I was born, and in my teens began a pen friendship with Gunny, a girl of similar age in the family. It is Gunny’s granddaughter Sunna, who has AHC, (Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood) for which there is as yet no cure. Sunna is amazingly happy but her condition is extremely debilitating. She has terrible episodes almost every day,- sometimes life-threatening episodes.

Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood, which is one of the most complex neurological disorders known to man, has the prevalence of 1/1.000.000. It incorporates many of the symptoms of other neurological diseases and has so many different elements and symptoms are always changing, that it is very difficult to explain to another person what goes on. One child with the illness may react in a different way to another. It can cause episodes of spasms, paralysis, seizures, and excruciating pain. Researchers are working to develop a cure using gene therapy, but each treatment will cost M£1.67.

In a way, I am paying back what they did for my family – after all, without them I would not be here!

There are lots of photos from in and around the village. Anyone buying the book would be helping to find a cure for Sunna, and it would make an interesting Christmas present for friends!

The book is available on Amazon at

Sue Frecklington