Miss Cartwright’s War By Sheila Hancock

It is 1948 and Britain is struggling to recover from the Second World War. Half French, half English, Marguerite Carter, has lost her parents and survived the war , working for the SOE behind enemy lines. Leaving her partisan lover she returns to England to be one of the first women to receive a degree from the University of Cambridge. Now she pins back her unruly auburn curls, draws a pencil seam up her legs, ties the laces on her sensible black shoes, belts her grey gabardine mac and sets out towards her future as an English teacher in a girls' grammar school. For Miss Carter has a mission--to fight social injustice, to prevent war and to educate her girls. Through deep friendships and love lost and found, from the peace marches of the fifties and the flowering of the Swinging Sixties, to the rise of Thatcher and the battle for gay rights she was there.

If you enjoy a wallow in nostalgia this book is for you, very predictable but hard to believe that one woman could have been involved in all of the important social events of her period and with an unbelievable fairy tale ending. We all sort of enjoyed it as an easy read and being of an age that we could remember most of the events we awarded it 6 out of ten with an extra point as some of us actually went to the Festival of Britain in 1951 as did she, of course.

Having banned talk of the election we enjoyed a lovely evening discussing holidays to India, Family History and Ancestry and Halloween with some stocking up on sweets for Trick or Treating callers and other not intending to answer the door, me- I’m just a miserable old witch so don’t come calling or I will be forced to cast a spell!!

Sue Hewson Skellingthorpe Reading Group

Chapel Chat -

Your regular CHAT correspondent is yet again winging her way across the Atlantic as I write this and should return round about when you have your magazine delivered!

There is a saying that ‘variety is the spice of life’ and that has certainly been true of recent chapel happenings! Morning services gave way to a video-based bible study course over five weeks (not consecutive) and a light lunch started each session. We also had an afternoon All Age Cafe style service as a celebration of Harvest. We welcomed visitors, one of whom took communion in his socks as he’d cycled through floods to get here and soaked his shoes! At another service we were shown video clips of Formula 1 racing, so very few five-hymn sandwich services during October. The November Coffee Morning was even attended by the deputy mayor of Lincoln City Council! Craft 4 Charity welcomed Anne Jones, founder of the charity ’Baby’s Basket’ to the meeting on 19th November when large quantities of baby clothes and blankets were passed on. The charity was started about four years ago when Anne last came to talk to us about the needs of new Mums who can’t provide everything needed for their impending ‘happy event’.

Now to December…….. regular readers of CHAT may recall that our Christmas celebrations for the past two years have included a seasonal festival over the weekend of the traditional carol service, Angels in 2017 and Stars last year. Well…….. this year we’ve planned something a little more ambitious, a Christmas Tree Festival to run throughout December! As 2019 has been a year to celebrate 125 years on the same site, most of the groups meeting at chapel have taken up the chance of hosting the monthly coffee mornings to raise funds for a chosen charity. Some have also agreed to take part in the Festival by decorating a Christmas Tree. Other village organisations have been approached and will also be involved. The theme of the Festival is ‘Christmas Carols’ and the launch event will be the Coffee and Carols by Candlelight evening organised by the Craft Group on Tuesday 3rd December at 7.00pm. Proceeds from this will, as usual, be for the ‘Candles’ charity and handmade cards will be available to buy.

November Chapel CHAT gave a good description of December’s events and there is plenty of opportunity to focus on what the festive season is all about so just to remind you:

1st December – 10.30 am Advent Sunday Morning Worship led by Rev. S. Osgerby
3rd 7.00 pm Coffee & Carols and Christmas Tree Festival launch
7th 10.00 am Coffee Morning in aid of Action for Children
21st 10.00 am Coffee Morning and viewing of Christmas Trees
22nd 3.00 pm Carol Service
Please note that there will be no service at Chapel on Christmas Day or the following Sunday, 29th December

As this is a double issue of CHAT several January events also need to be flagged up. After the busy-ness of Christmas, January is usually a quiet month but this year we’re departing from tradition by holding a Coffee Morning to start the fundraising for the refurbishment of the kitchen. Although the work isn’t planned until next summer there will be a number of events to raise the money needed and this is the first. It will be at the normal time, 10.00am, and on the second Saturday of the month, ie 11th January 2020. The monthly Craft/Card making club have an open meeting on 7th January (bring your own craft) and newcomers are always welcome. Craft 4 Charity will welcome a speaker from The Street Pastors to their meeting on 21st January and we wait to hear if there are any items we can donate for their work in Lincoln City Centre during the hours when most of us are in bed!

The season of Advent will be interrupted this year now that we know we also have to find time to vote in a general election! Nevertheless, whatever the outcome we wish all CHAT readers a Very Happy Christmas and an optimistic start to 2020.

  Pat Robinson


The CHAT committee wish to thank you all for your continued support albeit through advertising, contributing, delivering or continued readership with the printed or online versions of the magazine.

We wish you a very Happy Christmas, Good Health and a Prosperous New Year.

Len Seviour


Pat, Paula & Stuart would like to thank all friends & neighbours for their kind words, cards & flowers following the recent loss of Terry, who was a loving husband to Pat & devoted father to Paula & Stuart.

Thanks also to Rev. Sam Durant for conducting the lovely service.

Donations in Terry’s memory totalled £500 to be divided between Alzheimer’s Society & Buddies Dementia Cafe.

Pat Mellows

Skellingthorpe People

My interviewee this month is what you could call a lady of letters. No she isn’t a Post Lady, although she has been practically everything else. Her name is Beverley Balogh, you may have read some of her poems frequently featured in this magazine.

But let’s start at the beginning. Beverley was born in Southampton and grew up with a sister who now lives in Sheffield. She did well at school and remembers enjoying literary subjects. As now, she enjoyed writing and what we called in those days, Comprehension. When she was 13, we find her helping out in her grandmother’s hotel at a Christmas time waitressing which would stand her in good stead later in life in the Catering & Leisure world. She left Secondary School at 15 and started work in a shoe shop in Southampton.

Beverley moved to the Isle of Wight and refurbished an old butcher’s shop, turning it into ‘Bev’s Snack Bar’. With the experience from that venture, she turned her hand to ‘Public House and Hotel Management’. A further career move spanning 20 years commenced when Beverley joined the ‘Leisure & Entertainment Team’ of the NAAFI organization. She was posted to Germany in 1981 after she is promoted to ‘Regional Catering & Training’, supervising over 40 NAAFI clubs. In 1984, she was seconded to the Army and was commissioned and made an officer in two weeks! Beverley was posted to the Falkland Islands where she shared accommodation with three female officers and appeared in Jim Davidson’s Christmas Show.

Beverley returned to Germany 1985 as ‘Catering Co-Ordinator Euorpean Services’ was there at the Unification of E&W Germany at the time when the wall came down. By this time Beverley was fluent in the German language.

Now at home in Skellingthorpe, Beverley likes to watch Snooker, Tennis and Darts on TV, she can still play Darts from her Pub days. Radio 2 and Smooth Radio are her choices of radio channels and loves a good Drama too.

Poetry is another one of her passions. Beverley has written 3 short Anthologies up to now, with about 30 poems in each. As I mentioned at the beginning Beverley enjoyed writing at school, people would ask her to change words in songs to give the song a totally different meaning. That was a big part of her life as she puts it! Some poets have ‘themes’ running through their poetry, it may be love, nature, the sea or whatever, but Beverley doesn’t, she will write about anything. She carries note pads with her wherever she goes, so as soon as she is inspired, Beverley will, ‘lay down the bones’ of the poem until the next opportunity to complete it. At a time when she was passing through the Panama Canal, Beverley was so inspired by the beauty of the surrounding areas, she wrote a poem about that. ‘Poetry is a rhythm and rhyme story’ as she puts it.

Beverley is a likeable and modest person with a deep and sensitive personality, she is easy to talk to and interested in what you have to say. My job of interviewing Skellingthorpe folk is made extremely pleasurable by talking with people like Beverley and I thank her for an interesting experience.

Peter Bell


On the 21st October 2019 the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts from Skellingthorpe Scout Group visited the Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Control room at South Park Fire Station. It was a good night had by all and it was a great opportunity for our Scouts to get some first-hand advice on what to do in an emergency.

We would like to say a big thank you to Mark Smith from Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue for teaching us the basics in fire safety like “stop, drop and roll”, The Control Room Operators for letting us visit their office and see what they get upto every day and night whether it is taking a 999/112 call or mobilising fire crews all over the county of Lincolnshire.


110 cm round Bamboo dining table and four chairs with covered cushions
Suit small dining room or conservatory. Well cared for. £40 ono.
Tel 01522 687859 [Skellingthorpe]"

Infant Holy -

Infant holy
Infant lowly,
For His bed a cattle stall;
Oxen lowing
Little knowing,
Chris the Babe is Lord of all.
Swifts are winging,
Angels singing,
Nowells ringing,
Christ the Babe is Lord of all.

Flocks were sleeping;
Shepherds keeping
Vigil till the morning new
Saw the glory,
Heard the story,
Tidings of a Gospel true.
Thus rejoicing,
Free from sorrow,
Praises voicing,
Greet the morrow,
Christ the Babe was born for you.

Bob's Transport -

For the last eight yearsmy mode of transport hasa been a scooter. I have tried the local buses, but the last time I used them to come home from Lincoln it dropped this poor old man off at Lyons Haulage. Walking home up the hill nearly finished me off.

My preferred way to Lincoln is now to use the cycle way, the only difficult part of the route being the foot path from the roundabout to our village.

I do get asked questions from people, fearing their next eye test, about Scooters. I answer by saying a scooter is a poor substitute for a car, but it enables elderly or disabled to remain independent.

I end with a list of local destinations and times it takes to get there from the Roundabout:

Stone Arms - 25 mins
Pyewipe - 20 mins
Damons - 20 mins
Bottle and Glass, Harby - 40 mins
High Bridge, Lincoln - 50 mins
As I creep further into the 90's, I no longer do journeys of over one hour.

Enjoy motoring for as long as you can.

Just letting you know what to look forward to.


If you are wondering what to buy your grandparents for Christmas, try a Chariot on Wheels.

23rd Lincoln 1st Skellingthorpe Scout Group -

We would like to share our exciting news with the village, at last we have received our badges to go on the back of our neckerchief.

A key symbol of the Scouting movement, the neckerchief is an essential and practical part of the uniform, differing in colour from group to group.

The neckerchief was originally used by Lord Baden Powell’s colleagues to protect their necks from sun burns during the Boer Campaign, but it’s other practical applications were quickly noticed. The best example of this versatility comes when it is unrolled as the neckerchief is designed to be the perfect stand in for a triangular bandage in an emergency.

The Skellingthorpe Scout group badge includes 3 key symbols that come together to show our story:

1. The earliest records of Scouting in the village show that we started in 1923. There have been some great moments in our history over the last century including a visit to the village from Lord Baden Powell and we look forward to many more years.

2. The World Scout Emblem is the emblem of the Scouting movement and worn by Scouts around the world to indicate their membership. We wear it on our chests and now our neckerchief.

3. Finally, the Lancaster Bomber is featured as a reminder of the aircrews and aircraft that flew from RAF Skellingthorpe. The Lancaster has since become the symbol of the village and has been featured on various artworks outside the Scout hall for many years.
If you would like to purchase a badge for your camp blanket or if have family or friends that have been part of the 23rd Lincoln, then please contact;

Pam Frances Scout leader

Dear Parents ans Guardians -

Are your children interested in joining us in the old Village Hall, to have fun and adventure while building skills for life?

Scouting is for both girls and boys. Our age groups are Beavers from 6 to 8, Cubs from 8 to 10 and Scouts from 10 to 14.

If your child woulf like to join us then contact me at adcgen@lincolndistrictscouts.org.uk

Yours in Scouting Hugh

Strange -

Has anyone else found one of these in teir garden?

Margaret Hill


The little old man trundles along
Tunelessly muttering the words of a song
His worldly possessions for all to see
Slung over his shoulder haphazardly
In plastic bags all knotted together
To keep them dry in case of bad weather

A victim of modern society
Or maybe just happy to be free
By evening he will be far, far away
What trials must he conquer the following day
Look deep into his eyes and you'll still never see
What his life and his future is likely to be
And the little old man trundles along
Tunelessly muttering the words of a song.

Beverley Balogh

District Councillor Johnston’s CHAT REPORT Sept/OCT 2019 -

Digital Hub – continues each Thursday from 10.00-11.30am at the Youth Hall. Hayley Kent Simpson our NKDC Information Manager, visited a U3A Meeting to promote the hub. The activity relies upon Volunteer help. Unfortunately despite being foc; there has been no take up of additional places and no volunteers.

More information at:- www.n-kesteven.gov.uk/residents/living-in-your-area/community-digital-hubs

Local Access Points - LAP’S - The NKDC provides support for 8 Access Centres. A review the Cost effectiveness The support for the LAP and the Digital Hubs has been the subject of a review and there will be changes in the strategy and location and provision of these.

Western Growth Corridor. (WGC) 2019/0294/RG3: No new developments.

Skellingthorpe Surgery Closure: There are perhaps more concerns in the village, about the Surgery closure than have been represented in the attendance at the consults. Although there appears to be confusion over the closure date, some reports suggest April 2020. I have actively pursued a complaint from a resident with regard to time delays and problems at the Saxilby Surgery & Pharmacy.

I have registered my concerns with the CEO of the CCG and attended as an observer the Health Scrutiny Meeting at County Hall on Monday 14th as part of my health brief for NK Independents, Unfortunately, no further developments were discussed. It seemed a forgone conclusion and with no mitigating suggestions made to assist villages with difficulties. I have requested feedback from the CCG and will continue to attend the LCC monthly meetings

Grass Verge complaints - After some research, I am not surprised as to the confusion. 4 different authorities, including Highways, LCC, NKDC and the Parish Council are all involved in this service. With the inherent costs of multiple visits and various contractors hired for the service. . I hope to see if anything can be done? It will mean cooperation between all the parties to deliver a sensible outcome.

Boundary Commission - the Boundary Commission is taking a look at the Councillor & Ward Distribution across all NKDC Wards. A working Party of Councillors & the Executive are producing a report to the Commission to confirm that the established current 43 Councillors are considered correct for the District. Currently the Skellingthorpe Ward is one which exceeds the ratio for 2 Councillors to represent the Ward (-30%). Conversely if this were reduced to 1, the ratio would be alarmingly the opposite way (+40%)! It is clear that the Ward Boundaries will require review and potentially some adjustment to meet their criteria.

Briefing & Q & A - The NKDC has offered to visit the Parish Council for a meeting to discuss Council Plans & Objectives. I recommend this be taken up.

15th September. The Battle of Britain Service. Excellent service in the Cathedral. Well represented also by PC

S106 & CIL status. Chris Goldson & I arranged a meeting at NKDC on 22nd Oct to clarify the situation. A very informative meeting which I am sure Len and Andrew will brief Parish Councillors at the next meeting.

Planning Applications - 2 recent submissions – 1) 19/1112/RESM Hodson Close-52 houses & 2)-66 Jerusalem Rd. 32 houses.

Useful links

Reporting Odours Nuisance & Air Quality-NKDC = http://bit.ly/2HiCXwO
Pot holes - Fix my Street = http://bit.ly/2Zoikp3 LCC= http://bit.ly/2KOgrxV : For further information and assistance - please contact

Cllr Richard Johnston Mob.no. 07847 235 285 email: Cllr_Richard_Johnston@n-kesteven.gov.uk

2019 and all that -

Another year slips by so what did it hold for us? I guess very few will thank me for mentioning the “B” word but it’s difficult to ignore the one issue that has so dominated the headlines.

For a great deal of my life I have taken a sustained interest in politics as did my parents before me. I have been involved in or around politics and what I have witnessed over the last three years across the whole political spectrum has truly shocked and saddened me.

My faith in the democratic processes, like I and so many others, have been severely tested by the behavioural patterns of those that govern us. However, is there a deeper malaise than this? Is it in fact humanity generally that has simply lost the ability to meet, talk, negotiate and compromise to find solutions on issues that should bring us together rather than push us apart and divide us? Why are such uncompromising positions established so early in all the processes that prevent meaningful joint negotiations finding solutions?

Anyway, as I write this, we have an election on the way, an early Christmas present perhaps?

As you would expect I have been busy on local issues. The issue of keeping the surgery here open could have been resolved but sadly I was in little doubt that the closure decision would be inevitable despite all our best efforts and the promise of meaningful public involvement/consultation in the decision-making process.

I have been in further written communications with Highways England regarding the impact of the Western Growth Corridor planning application and will of course keep you informed as this goes forward. Climate change issues quite rightly are dominating the agenda at NKDC and other Councils, but we have to ensure that these become much more than just agenda items.

And what has been tops in 2019 for me? That is an easy answer. Walking my daughter down the aisle on her wedding day in October was incredibly special – nothing else could have come anywhere near that.

Have a great Christmas and a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year.

Don’t forget to look out for a flying visit from Santa in the village on the 14 December 16:30 onwards.

Please keep in touch. Best wishes

Cllr. Chris Goldson

Are you up to a challenge? -

In this time of legal claims for just about everything are you happy that the Will you have made can withstand a challenge after your death?

For example if there is a relative or person dependant on you and little or no provision has been made in your Will for that person then a claim seeking to prove that the existing lack of provision is unreasonable could be made for reasonable maintenance.

Could it be shown that you were incapable of making a Will at the date shown on it through some form of mental disorder or impairment such as dementia . If it can be shown that you could not understand the effects of making a Will or of the assets at your disposal the Will may be proved invalid. In such a case the position reverts back to the situation that existed immediately before the Will was made and could involve earlier wills or even intestacy.

Did you promise any reward to be given through your Will to a person who has assisted you in any way either privately or in business? Failure to recognise the promise in the Will could give rise to a challenge which the Court may uphold.

Can it be shown that you have been influenced or manipulated in any way by another person? Disinherited potential beneficiaries may produce evidence to this effect and seek to invalidate the Will.

Has the will been correctly executed, signed and witnessed giving no rise to a claim for incompetence or inefficiency?

Proper initial instructions together with explanatory letters for specific instances of omissions will help alleviate the majority of claims but you have to ask yourself ---

Are you up to a challenge?

David Dexter LincolnWills

Lincolnshire Family History Society - Lincoln Branch -

We are one of 5 branches of Lincolnshire Family History Society. Our Branch will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2020! Our meetings will take place at a new venue from January 2020:

From 1.45 PM - 4.00 PM
Our meetings take place on the second Saturday of each month except September when we have our Branch Outing to a place of interest. We do not hold a meeting in December so we can all do our Christmas shopping!! We have a guest speaker each month to talk about a local, social or family history related subject.

Watch out for our programme details coming soon!! All our meetings are free to attend.You can buy items produced by our Society on our Publications Stall. If you become a member you can use our Library service. You will also receive a quarterly magazine.

For more information contact Tracey 07941245322

Tracey 07941245322


In my last article on RAF Skellingthorpe, it covered the first few months of the station from Nov 1941 to Feb 42. The aircraft flown during this period was the Handley Page Hampden. The last Hampden mission flown by 50 Sqn was by AD766 on the 13 Apr 1942, crew returned safely.

In April 1942, 50 Sqn was re-equipped with a larger bomber, the Avro Manchester. with the first mission flown on the 9 Apr 42. The Manchester was another twin¬engine medium bomber, however, due to it's underpowered engines, development was cancelled in 1941, but not before reaching Sqn use. Overall, 50 Sqn carried out around 120 missions with a loss of 6 aircraft and crews between Apr-Jun 1942. However, many aircraft returned due to engine issues, jettisoning their bomb loads just to remain airborne.

On the evening of the 30 May 1942, Bomber Command took part in the first 1 OOO bomber raid on targets in Cologne. 15 Manchester aircraft set out from RAF Skellingthorpe with only 13 returning safely. In the early hours of the 31 May, having been hit by flak over the target area, Flying Officer Leslie Thomas Manser flew his stricken Manchester L7301 code ZN-D (aircraft borrowed from RAF Coningsby) into the drop zone. Caned by the searchlights and subjected to accurate anti-aircraft fire, they dropped their bombs on target from a height of 7000 feet. Still under constant flak and struggling to control his damaged aircraft, he corkscrewed to avoid the searchlights. With the port engine overheating, he managed to bring the aircraft level at 1 OOO feet. However, the engine was now ablaze and after struggling for a further 10 minutes to bring the blaze and aircraft under control, it became inevitable that the aircraft could not be saved. Holding the aircraft steady, he ordered the crew to bail out, giving them enough time allowing them to parachute to safety. Unfortunately, in doing so he left it too late to save himself and was killed in the ensuing crash. For his valour he was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest military award for valour. In his memory the school built on the cross section of the runways at RAF Skellingthorpe, now the Birchwood estate, is named in his honour.

The Manchester aircraft was short lived at RAF Skellingthorpe and the last mission was flown just 7 days later on the 7 Jun 1942.

Although an unsuccessful medium bomber, the Avro Manchester was soon to be re¬engineered to become the Avro Lancaster, fitted with 4 Merlin engines and each wing extended by 21 feet to 101 feet in length.

On 20 June 1942 operations temporarily ceased at RAF Skellingthorpe and 50 Sqn moved to RAF Swinderby for conversion training to the new Lancaster bomber while the runway at Skellingthorpe was extended.

The new era at Swinderby on the Lancaster Heavy Conversion Unit, saw 11 crews and aircraft lost in training and Operations, before returning to the extended facilities at RAF Skellingthorpe. With longer runways, extended to 6300 feet on runway 07 /25, they were now ready to take the heavier Lancaster bombers, and 50 Sqn returned on 23 Sep 1942 remaining until the end of the war.

Life at RAF Skellingthorpe continued apace with the loss of 5 aircraft and sadly 27 crew between Sep-Dec 1942.

Always Remembered, PER ARDUA AD ASTRA, through adversity to the stars.

Skellingthorpe Camera Club -

Have you ever looked at the pictures you have taken (on your phone or camera) and thought “I’m sure I could do better than that!”? Well, you almost certainly can - with a little help … Skellingthorpe Camera Club is a very lively and successful group of ladies and gents who enjoy their club membership and everything it offers them. They are also trying to get ‘better’ pictures.

Clubs, of any kind, aren’t for everyone, especially camera clubs which can suffer from a general reputation of being only for ‘serious’ photographers with expensive cameras, loads of gadgets and absolutely no interest in life beyond winning the next competition. I would like to try and correct that misconception as we’re certainly not like that.

Our club meetings are held on the second Tuesday evening of each month at St Lawrence Church of England School in Skellingthorpe and throughout the year we offer a varied program of practical, learning sessions, invited speakers, presentations by club members and competitions. We also have a ‘Day Trippers’ group who travel to nearby locations for a day with their cameras, have a coffee, lunch, chat and take a few pictures while stretching their legs and generally being sociable.

Our membership includes the young and not so young, some are very accomplished photographers with many years of experience and knowledge and some are just starting out on their ‘photography journey’. They all enjoy their membership because we don’t take ourselves too seriously; we’re not ‘camera snobs’ and we accept that many of todays smart phones are also capable of taking stunning images. The camera doesn’t matter, the images are far more important.

We have a busy website which is regularly updated with images and news, do please have a look; www.skellingthorpecameraclub.co.uk You will see that we have a varied programme of activity and competitions and our ‘Club Diary’ page shows just what we have been up to during the past year and - once I’ve updated it - what we have planned for 2020.

Many of our members are not actually Skellingthorpe residents but hail from Saxilby, North and South Hykeham, Birchwood, Ingham - we welcome members from anywhere. We also have a student membership facility - again, check the website for details.

January is traditionally the month when we consider doing something different with our time, perhaps something creative, something sociable. It has been said that photography is perfect for artists who can neither draw or paint - it’s certainly perfect for recording the important places, events and people in your life. If you want to improve the quality of your images - for any reason - or you just fancy trying something a little more adventurous with a camera then come along to our first meeting in 2020 which is Tuesday January 14th, starting at 7.30pm at St Lawrence Church of England School in Skellingthorpe and see what we can offer you.

Are You Interested in Future Events in Skellingthorpe? -

Skellingthorpe Parish Council holds monthly Events Meeting in the Parish Office on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm. This committee is run by the Parish Council for the village, but all residents are welcome to join in! It would be great to see residents and bring to this meeting, ideas and skills for any events you may wish to see. The Following Events are planned for 2019/20:

Skellingthorpe Christmas Fayre Community Centre/Car Park area 15th December 2019 4pm to 8pm.

Skellingthorpe Fun Run Sunday 3rd May 2020

VE Day Celebrations 8th May 2020

Skellingthorpe Gala Day 28th June 2020

Skellingthorpe 50/61 Memorial Day 14th June 2020
Parish Council

Dear Editor, -

The October “Arts and Crafts Fair was an enthusiastic and good Community occasion.The many visitors showed a great interest and asked questions about the way in which art-works and craft-works were made.

Thank you to the organisers.

A Village Stallholder

PS – The food was good too!

Letter to the Editor. -

LCC Transport has been contacted to see if the Call Connect service could operate through Skellingthorpe, to enable access to Saxilby. This was also mentioned at the recent Lincolnshire Health Scrutiny Committee meeting. Response awaited.

Mike Thompson LCC, Councillor Eagle and Hykeham West (including Skellingthorpe.)


The Wildline Wildlife Sanctuary in Saxilby is run by Julie Smith. We have been caring for Lincolnshire's wildlife rescuing, rehabilitating and returning creatures back into the wild for over 25 years. We are always extremely grateful for any donations and we desparately need pet food, towels and bedding please. Anything would be much appreciated.

No creature has been ever turned away and we have cared for Bats, Hedgehogs, Squirrels, Owls, Kestrels, Ducklings and Tortoises.

I know there are many caring people in Skellingthorpe as many of our casualties come from there.

Thank you for caring

Julie Smith and the creatures of Wildline, 25 Sykes Lane, Saxilby LN1 2NS

Tel: 01522 703686


1 Christmas means presents to me! Gifts are the best! Christmas also means Christmas Trees to me! Christmas trees are cool!...Jamie Steel

2 Christmas is a time for family because without family, you won't have anyone to love.

3 Presents...spending time with family.....Church.....Decorating the Christmas Tree..Christmas Dinner....PK

4 Christmas is a time where families come together and celebrate the birth of Jesus. Presents are a gift your family members will give you with,Santa will do the same. At christmas most people will have a roast dinner and celebrate together.

5 Christmas is a time where you spend time with your family and you get presents. It is also a good time to celebrate too. You are also lucky because some people dont get good stuff like you. GS

6 Christmas means to me as a time of peace and kindness as if it was a birthday. This time of year is very special to many people. The merry smiles what come to my face is special though I enjoy this festive holikday because it makes me feel as a toddler waking up to a paradise or seeing a dinasaur alive.

7 Christmas means to have fun and unwrapping presents from Santa on christmas day. Christmas is fun on your special prescious day.

8 I love spending time with my family.

9 To me Christmas is about family and friends coming together as one. But mainly about prresents.

10 Christmas is the time of year when friends and family get together and celebrate Jesus's birth. Ususally, you would exchange presents and have roast dinners, but all families do it differently. Some go to Church, some go on holiday, some see family members who live far away and some people stay at home and celebrate. But there are lots of ways to celebrate Christmas. The majority of the time households are busy preparing stockings wrapping presents and decorating and obviously waiting for the King-father Christmas....Evie

11 Christmas is about family and presents and new starts.

12 Christmas means presents to me because I get a lot of presents. You get presents from your cousins your Grand parents, parents and all the people you know.

13 Presents. Santa is here, so it is Christmas, Church,food and Christmas reindeer. Henry

14 I love spending time with my family

A Few Words from the Chair of Skellingthorpe Parish Council -

Hi to All Our Parishioners, Well it's nearly that time of year again and cannot believe that I have already been on my 2nd stint as Parish Councillor for nearly two years. And now have the honour of being your Chair of the Parish Council for the past 8 months. Time certainly does fly!

It has been a difficult time for our current Parish Council, majority of the council being new to the post and others being well seasoned. And we are lucky to have our two experienced clerks together with Paul our handyman and of course George.

Parish Councillors are volunteers who do their elected duties without being paid. I myself run my own business from home but try to give as much of my spare time carrying out my council duties. Not wanting to bore you all with council work but it is more than just attending meetings, which any member of the public can attend, so please feel free to come along and enjoy the proceedings!

We have currently various projects on the go, firstly refurbishing the Monson Pavilion including upgrading the kitchen area into a 'tea and refreshment' with 2 new windows. Everything that was stored in the Pavilion is now locked and secured in two containers, including our handyman's work essentials. As you may have noticed all the diseased Cherry Trees have been removed and a variety of different tree species planted in their place. Our current CCTV system is now being replaced with new modern cameras which will record any ASB's including damage to property, which will be passed on to our local police for their action.

Finally I am pleased to say that after much asking and with the help of our two District Councillors Chris and Richard, Cllr Fear and myself attended a meeting with NKDC Planning Manager, which was organised and attended by Chris and Richard, the monies from Section 106 Agreements that people feared had been lost due to the "HUB" saga, have not been lost. These are still set aside for the improvement of village facilities, however, please do not think that pay day is just around the corner, monies from 106 Agreements take a long-time filtering through. But this does give not only the PC but also our parishioners to have time to think of what is needed in our village.

Best Wishes to you All, Merry Christmas and a Very Happy 2020.