Dear Editor, -

Under normal circumstances, many thousands of people would have by now signed up to take part in an Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk.

These hugely popular events bring people together in a variety of stunning locations to unite against dementia, whilst raising vital funds to support those affected by the condition. It would have been my 10th year attending such an event in Nottinghamshire. While it saddens me that we can’t all get together this year, I’m determined with my family to walk my own way in memory of my nana.

People with dementia have been the worst hit by the current crisis and need us more than ever – across the UK a quarter of those who have died of coronavirus had dementia. Wherever you are, we can all still help make a difference and I encourage you to sign up either with your household – pets included – friends, or another household in line with current government guidelines. Create your own route, from lapping your garden or local park to revisiting somewhere special.

This year’s Santander-sponsored Memory Walk is free to register. Walks can be organised anytime between now and October – or you might choose to do it on 20 September to mark World Alzheimer’s Day.

Sign up now at and with every step, you’ll help change the lives of people affected by dementia.

Vicky McClure Alzheimer’s Society Ambassador

Lincolnshire County Council Report

A full council meeting and AGM were held remotely on 26th June. Cllr Mike Brookes was elected as our new Chairman and Cllr Tony Bridges is Vice-Chairman. The meeting lasted for over 5 hours. As well as routine AGM business with council appointments the meeting included presentation and discussion of a report from Overview and Scrutiny covering the activities of all the council scrutiny committees. Details are available on the LCC website.

LCC staff who are able to work from home during the Covid19 restrictions have been asked to continue to do so for the next six months. Although there has been some relaxation in Government advice it is hoped that sensible precautions will continue to be maintained and observed to prevent relapse and imposition of further restrictions to deal with this deadly disease.

I have made contact with the new Police Inspector based at North Hykeham and hope that we can work together effectively to deal with issues affecting residents in our Division. Despite moves to recruit and deploy Lincolnshire Police resources are still stretched. The lack of a visible presence of uniformed officers was highlighted and this is indicative of two scenarios. One is that there are no immediate local targeted issues and officers are responding to other problems within the area. The second is that raised issues are being dealt with, but a visible presence may not be the most effective means. Examples of this there have been a number of recent incidents in local communities which have been attended by plain clothes officers and where arrests have been made. This is thought to be a more effective way of resolving these situations.

Highways Update Community Maintenance teams were set up as part of the new management and contract arrangements for Highways commencing from 1st April 2020. These allow more flexibility in undertaking local works within the scope shown below. County Councillors will be contacted in advance of the works in their division which in Eagle & Hykeham West is planned for November/December 2020. This week is in addition to ongoing scheduled works and dealing with reported faults and these should continue to be made via FixMyStreet. Parish Councils and Councillors may wish to let me have a list of any local issues to enable me to discuss these in advance of the works.

Scope ("Find and Fix" and Instruction) Overhanging vegetation removal and hedge trimming (relating to highway assets only) - inc from around highway signs, basal growth removal and small tree lower branch removals from highway trees - note: where encroaching private hedges are found these should be photographed and sent on to the Highways team with location details for their action.
Cleaning highway sign faces
Straightening/lifting/tightening sign plates inc finger posts (not street name plates)
Straightening leaning sign posts (not bent posts)
Repairs to wooden highway post and rail fencing
Painting wooden highway post and rail fencing
Renew existing grips
Sweeping and weeding splitter islands (within 30mph speed limits only)
Clearing vegetation/moss off paths (short lengths max 20 lm)
Siding (short lengths max 20 lm)
Fallen trees (branches on highway)
Removal of sign knockdowns (if signs are re-useable then return these to depot and inform Highways team)
Digging out gullies (but report to Highways team where this has not been possible with photos and location details)
Seeding / repairing verges (ad hoc)
Footway Repairs
(inc recon,overlay) max 3.0m2
Dig new grips
Replacing cobbles conservation stone
Repair and paint metal railings (key clamp type only)
Replace damaged verge marker posts

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



We apologise for the delay in our return but hope you all understand It will be a year on from our last meeting and since the pandemic has hit our world for six! Our return will depend on Government guidelines And the Coronavirus situation at that time We will kickstart our new year with our ANNUAL MEETING Followed by a speaker

Our programme is almost complete for 2021 ! We are looking forward to bringing you a packed year of new and familiar speakers But most of all we can't wait to meet up with our old friends and new!! Keep a check for updates on our Website, Face book Page, Local Magazines and Radio Please put our return in your diary!!

Contact : Tracey Fairhurst Tel : 07941245322

What we did in Lockdown! -

Now that we are all emerging into the world again albeit rather tentatively in many cases, I find myself reflecting on all the jobs I at least managed to achieve during that period of enforced restriction, many of which had been waiting for some considerable time (and I’m talking years!)

However as time went on, the jobs were done and we began to distantly socialise in outside spaces, a good friend and I had a brainwave. I had access to a number of cut railway sleepers that were surplus to requirements, so we decided to construct a raised bed in which to grow vegetables.

Having transported them over 70 miles by car we set about the task. First job was to remove a couple of shrubs, a section of lawn and level the ground (probably the hardest part) Next we constructed the beds and the husband of a friend with highly sophisticated power tools and the expertise to go with them very kindly screwed them together.

Then to fill them. Carpet, turf and 18 bags of compost, manure and topsoil (that took some moving!) Finally the planting, lettuces ,leeks and asparagus for this year.

See our finished result! Not bad for two ladies with a combined age of 149!

Sue and Jenny


In the eerily quiet days at the start of lockdown, my regular daily visitor was a blackbird who soon learned to feed from my hand, and who let me know if service was a bit slow that day. He reared 2 families,though they never got to be as friendly . BUT when I opened the curtains this week a sparrow hawk was sitting in the garden plucking its prey - a blackbird. There have been a lot of articles about the healing power of nature, people maybe don’t look behind the pretty bits! Even plants can be quite thuggish!

There have been lots of goldfinches around,and a family of jays were very happy to use the bird bath in the dry spell .

For many years I’ve noticed a humming bird hawk moth arrive at virtually the same date, it’s only ever around for a few days before disappearing until next year. Other people I’ve spoken to have also noticed this phenomenon, it’s appearance almost to the same day each year . Another annual event is the appearance of just one bright yellow duckling on the dyke amongst all the brown wild ducklings, some years age a farmyard duck must have been straying .

I’ve always enjoyed scavenging on my walks, the usual apples, blackberries, wild plums, mushrooms, raspberries, gooseberries, but this week I came across a new one. A flourishing grape vine, a long way from the nearest house . Global warming perhaps?

A sheltered corner of the garden already has hibiscus, bougainvillea and a bottle brush bush.

I would love to see or hear an owl in the garden, I’m sure someone in the village is lucky enough to get sightings of at least one type -Tell Chat.

Margaret Hill

Jan Mann -

Bill and family would like to thank friends and neighbours for their kind words of love, sympathy and support following the death of Jan on the 29th March 2020. They were a great source of comfort to us all xx.


Labour of Love -

The youth club urgently needs some more volunteers pleas, for a Wednesday evening. We do need some younger people (over 18) to help out please.It is manly supervision.

This will look good on your CV as well Please do come and give us a try, they are a great bunch of youngsters.

Marion 07868453533


I am constantly hearing about shops pulling out of a high street site. Then I think of Skellingthorpe and realised that has happened to our village High Street.

Starting from the Stone Arms end -

On the Left was The Village Hall, Jo Isaacs – Blacksmith and Turners, the Joiners who made carts and other agricultural implements. They were also Funeral directors and they made the church pews and doors as well as joinery work in most houses in Skellingthorpe.

On the Right Mrs Broderick, Antiques; Mr Broadberry, Bike Spares and repairs; Alf Taylor, House builder and Pig keeper; Wilkinson's Butcher and coal merchant.

Next to the Plough pub was Sturdie's shop that sold food and work clothing. On Jerusalem Road was a boot and shoe repairer, also Mrs Cree, Newsagent.

On Lower Church Road Mrs Flintham ran a Post Office and sweet shop. On Lincoln Road John Hodson did haulage work with his own lorry and there was a fish and Chip shop for some time in Woodbank Road.

These are all the businesses I can remember in the centre of the village.

Farmer Bob



Skellingthorpe War Memorial, standing in St Lawrence churchyard immediately facing the road, was unveiled by Colonel Edmund Royds MP, of Holycross Caythorpe (later Stubton Hall near Newark), on Saturday 22nd May 1920. It takes the form of an eleven feet high Runic Cross constructed of Cornish granite and was constructed by Messrs M Tuttell and Son, monumental mason of Lincoln. In a sunken polished panel in the die-base of the Memorial are inscribed the 19 names of the fallen, preceded by the inscription 'In Grateful Memory of the Men of Skellingthorpe who Died for their Country in the Great War 1914-19'.

Following a short dedication service, conducted by the Reverend T Hamilton (Vicar of the Parish) and assisted by the Reverend Marshall Johnson (Wesleyan Minister of Lincoln), Colonel Royds unveiled Skellingthorpe War Memorial, saying their feelings were best expressed in one of the immortal speeches of the world 'So they gave their bodies to the commonwealth and received each for his own remembrance praise that will never die, and with it the noblest sepulchre - not the place where their bones are laid, but a place in 'the minds of men. ' He went on to say that they acknowledged with reverence the heroism of the men who had fallen and the attributes most prominent among our men in the war had been frequently dwelt upon by officers and others who were there. He also added that the characteristics of Englishmen in the war were that they practised and held firm to the old Christian virtues of faith, hope and charity.

Following the unveiling the National Anthem was sung and the Last Post sounded by a bugler from the Lincolnshire Regiment. A number of relatives and friends of the men whose names were inscribed on the Memorial then laid wreaths at its foot and the returned soldiers 'of Skellingthorpe placed a wreath of laurel leaves and arum lilies with a message saying 'In grateful remembrance of our fallen comrades'.

Michael Credland lst May 2003


Frederick DUNHAM Sergeant
Edward Leslie JACKSON Private
John George JOHNSON Lance Corporal
James S SIMPSON Private
Frederick Leslie TAYLOR Private
Alfred WRIGHT Private
Herbert Leslie GOOD Private
Joseph Walter HARRIS Lieutenant
William Henry JOHNSON Private
Harry Champion MANSELL T/2nd Lieutenant
Albert Edward RAINES Private
Arthur C SIMPSON Corporal
Albert SPIKINGS Lance Corporal
Nevill William WELLS-COLE Major
Walter WRIGHT Private
Reginald Farrah WILSON Private


Thomas William BELTON Sergeant
Donald William BETTINSON Sergeant
Frank HARRISON Private
Jack NAYLOR MiD Sergeant


Was it serendipity that took me to that place

Whilst searching fot a picture that time would not erase

Once seen I knew within me there's nothing could compare

With the peace and the serenity I had found there

I'd take away yhat picture not only in my mind

But also in my cameraso later I could find

that pure tranquility I felt standing by that lake

Captured in a photograph I knew I had to take
Beverley Balogh

How much do you know about Lincoln and Lincolnshire?

Try this quick quiz, please no Googling it's just for fun

1 Q; You may get into a pickle in this village

2 Q; This couple could get tempted by a forbidden fruit in this pub.

3 Q; From what airfield did the 617 squadron fly from?

4 Q; This small town shares its name with a former bad boy in Eastenders

5 Q; People came to this pub to witness the execution of criminals

6 Q; The only remaining eight sailed windmill in the Uk is in this village

7 Q; Collect a small metal fastener before crossing a river in this village

8 Q; What was the previous name of the pub The Crown and Arrows and what was Peter known for?

9 Q; This famous mathematician and physicist was born in this place

IO Q; This village name could mean doing your laundry in this district

11 Q; Is this pub a scoundrel and a martyr?

12 Q; What was the area now covered by Tritton Road used to test?

13 Q; This village could mean that you have a sharp eye

14 Q; The Pride of Lincoln changed its name to something to do with flour

15 Q; What year was Lincoln City Football club founded?

16 Q; You could get stung in this Hamlet

17; Q Built in Lincoln, what was the name of the first tank?

18 Q; You may get bogged down in a small church -in this place

19 Q; What were the first prisoners in Lincoln castle imprisoned for?

20 Q; You could get a bit confused in this village

21 Q; What trade saw a massive expansion in the 13th century in Lincoln?

22 Q; Could this village have been used for coin making?

23 Q; In what century did the construction of Lincoln cathedral begin?

24 Q; Witham St Hughes was so named because of the river Witham but who was St Hugh?

25 Q; This village could mean a small visitor from Africa who may cross a small stream


1 Branston
2 Adam and Eve
3 Scampton
4 Grantham
5 The Strugglers Inn
6 Heckinton
7 Stapleford
8 - 1 De Wint - 2 Artist
9 Woolsthorpe
10 Washingborough
11 The Rogue Saint
12 Testing Tanks
13 Eagle
14 Windmill Farm
15 1884
16 Nettleham
17 Little Willy
18 Marshchapel
19 Debtors
20 Addlethorpe
21 Wool
22 Minting
23 Eleventh
24 The Third Bishop of Lincoln Cathedral
25 Swallowbeck