The CHAT magazine has achieved 4th place and Best Design NATIONALLY, in the A4 magazine category.

There were well over 360 entries this year for this category.

This being a National award, the CHAT feels very honoured.



The meeting was very well attended, and Joanne, our president, welcomed all members and 4 visitors to the meeting. Joanne thanked all the members for the donations brought in this evening for the Food Bank and the Nomad Trust.

Rosemary Pike gave a fascinating talk about the history of Stained glass, from Medieval times to Tiffany’s and her own enthusiasm and passion for the craft of making Stained Glass windows and gifts in her spare time with her husband.

Competition “Painted Glass Object” 1st Kathy Wells 2nd Ruth Taylor 3rd Linda Brooks

Raffle Kath Compton, Val Butler, Rosie Strachen, Gill Arthur, Carole Beresford, Bronwen Newton, Anne Gardiner, Maureen Bunnage, Jo Holland

Age is no barrier to friendship or to learning new skills and if you would just like to come along to a meeting you would be most welcome or contact

Joanne Alderton our President 01522 695140



5th December 2019 - Quiz @ Stone Arms Sports Bar 8pm (Max 5 in a Team 1 Smartphone required CASH PRIZE)

12th December 2019 - Quiz @ Stone Arms Sports Bar 8pm (Max 5 in a Team 1 Smartphone required CASH PRIZE)

13th December 2019 - The Stone Arms Christmas Party 7-12pm (TICKET ONLY)

19th December 2019 - Quiz @ Stone Arms Sports Bar 8pm (Max 5 in a Team 1 Smartphone required CASH PRIZE)

20th December 2019 - Karaoke @ Stone Arms Night 9 pm

22nd December 2019 - Children's Christmas Party 5-7pm

26th December 2019 - Quiz @ Stone Arms Sports Bar 8pm (Max 5 in a Team 1 Smartphone required CASH PRIZE)


2nd January 2020 - Quiz @ Stone Arms Sports Bar 8pm (Max 5 in a Team 1 Smartphone required CASH PRIZE)

3rd January 2020 - Live Entertainment @ Stone Arms From 9pm (Martin Thomas Vocalist)

9th January 2020 - Quiz @ Stone Arms Sports Bar 8pm (Max 5 in a Team 1 Smartphone required CASH PRIZE)

16th January 2020 - Quiz @ Stone Arms Sports Bar 8pm (Max 5 in a Team 1 Smartphone required CASH PRIZE)

17th January 2020 - Karaoke @ Stone Arms Night 9 pm

23rd January 2020 - Quiz @ Stone Arms Sports Bar 8pm (Max 5 in a Team 1 Smartphone required CASH PRIZE)

30th January 2020 - Quiz @ Stone Arms Sports Bar 8pm (Max 5 in a Team 1 Smartphone required CASH PRIZE)


The DECEMBER film will be show on Friday 20th December2019 and will be the new film


From Disney comes the thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of the animated classic, the exciting tale of the charming street urchin Aladdin the self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future,as they embark on a dangerous mission to stop the evil sorcerer Jafar from overthrowing young Jasmine's Kingdom.

Directed by Guy Ritchie. Aladdin features an all star cast including Will Smith as the larger-than-life Genie. Mena Massoud as the clever scoundrel Aladdin and Naomi Scott  as Jasmine the beautiful ,courageous Princess of Agrabah.  

We Wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

The JANUARY film will be shown on Friday 10th January 2020. It is about the Beatles Music and it is called


The Feel -Fantastic movie of the Summer. Jack Malik was just another struggling songwriter...but that was yesterday. After a mysterious blackout, Jack (Himesh Patel) discovers he is the only person on Earth who remembers The Beatles! As he rockets to fame by passing off the Fab Four's songs as his own. Jack risks losing Ellie (Lily James)- the one person who has loved him and believed in him from the start. Before  the door to his old life closes forever. Jack must decide if all he needs is love, after all. Kate McKinnon and Ed Sheeran also star in this crowd pleasing, critically acclaimed romantic musical comedy from Academy Award- winning Director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and screenwriter Richard Curtis (Love Actually).

Doors Open at 6.45 for a 7.15 start.
£4.00 per adult
£200 per child 11 and under
There will be a short comfort break with refreshments on offer.

  We look forward to seeing you there

Jennifer and the Crew.

Joe George -

A creative nine-year-old boy has won £10,000 for his school to spend on recycling and environmental schemes.

Joe George, from Skellingthorpe, wowed judges in a national poster competition with his picture of chimneys belching harmful gasses and a polluted sea inside a plastic bottle.

His efforts earned him second prize in Asda's Plastic Investigators contest which encouraged children to learn about the importance of recycling and tackling plastic pollution.

Christmas 2019 and New Year 2020 -

NKDC out of hours telephone number - 01529 308308

Council Housing repairs via Kier Group - 01529 416399


SECOND CLASS - 18/12/19

FIRST CLASS - 20/12/19



Black bin - Dec 4th and 18th/Jan 2nd and 15th

Green Bin - Dec 11th and 24th/Jan 8th and 22nd

Brown bin - Dec 11th/Jan 22nd


The Parish Office will be closed Monday 23rd December Re-opening after the Christmas/New Year Break on Monday 6th January. Normal office times 10.00am to 12.30pm for all enquiries

We wish all Residents a Very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year


Monday 23rd December Normal Service

Tuesday 24th December Normal Service

Wednesday 25th December No Service

Thursday 26th December No Service

Friday 27th December Normal Service

Saturday 28th December Normal Service

Sunday 29th December No Service

Monday 30th December Normal Service

Tuesday 31st December Normal Service

Wednesday 1st January No Service

Thursday 2nd January Normal Service

Friday 3rd January Normal Service

Saturday 4th January Normal Service

Skellingthorpe U3A Report -

The month began with the Walking Group enjoying a walk around Hatsholme Park. We are very lucky to have such green and pleasant spaces to enjoy without travelling far. Popping into the Swanholme tavern rounded off the morning nicely.

The Art Grouop was chatty and productive as usual, despite the numbers being lowere due to holidays.

The U3A monthly meeting, led by Beryl Keyte, was well attended.The speaker, Keith Hansom was a retired Beefeater. He was a jolly man who entertained everyone with his glory and intrigue stories. It was a true insight into an old world that lives on today. Time passed so quickly, we must have him back for more.

The Craft Group too, were a little down on numbers but all went well and many wanted to complete different projects. We had been busy previously getting things ready for the two coffee mornings at Chapel. Now we are two weeks on, we can judge what sold well and what didn't. We were pleased to announce that both monies added up to £276-00., this was given to the Air Ambulance Fund. We plan to do another coffee morning in the spring, with the emphasis on plants. So any cuttings or seeds will be gratefully accepted by me, 11 Nurses Lane. There is a little bit of room in my greenhouses. Plant pots are also welcome!

I hope you read through the U3Agroups list in last month's CHAT (thanks Marion.) Plenty of scope to enjoy, get throuogh the winter and meet up with locals.

All Good Fun


Flu Jab -

As a retired couple, my wife and I responded to the annual invitation to receive our flu jab. We opted for the over 65 clinic at Skellingthorpe on Thursday 26th September to arrive between 10am – 12pm, so as to avoid the early rush, we decided to go later rather than early. We had to go into town that morning and on our return passed the surgery to find there was a near traffic jam on Skellingthorpe Rd. As a result we decided to continue home and walk back to the surgery. To our delight we discovered the jam had disappeared with not a soul in site. As we approached the door we saw the note informing us that the surgery had run out of vaccine. The door was locked, but there were two cars outside indicating someone was inside, staff? It would have been easy for the staff to have deduced who hadn’t been in yet, as they had a list of people who were going that day, why couldn’t they have texted us to say they had no more vaccine.

Eventually we received an invitation to go all the way to Saxilby for our injections but we declined, going to the Pharmacy in Skellingthorpe instead and received our flu jab from there. We were treated very well, if we are to keep our Pharmacy in the village, we ought to be supporting them!

Skellingthorpe Resident


On behalf of Age Concern Skellingthorpe, we would like to say a Big thank you to the person or persons who gave us a donation at 23 Monson Park. We will put this donation towards the repair of the garage roof where we keep Mini the Bus. People in this village are so generous and caring about the things that go on here. May you be truly blessed for your kindness.On behalf of Age Concern Skellingthorpe, we would like to say a Big thank you to the person or persons who gave us a donation at 23 Monson Park. We will put this donation towards the repair of the garage roof where we keep Mini the Bus. People in this village are so generous and caring about the things that go on here. May you be truly blessed for your kindness.

Many thanks once again.

Derek  & Joanne Alderton Age Concern Skellingthorpe


The table top sale is raring to go. It is on Sunday 8th December 11.30am to 3.30pm in the Youth Hall. Refreshments available. Come and keep warm and dry and come to see all the bargains.

See you there. MARION...01522 692597 ...07868453533

Love is waiting… -

I wonder how comfortable you are with waiting? Sometimes, it may seem as though as a society we are less and less prepared to wait for anything these days. Maybe we could view some aspects a little differently… In an age of instant gratification; instant credit; instant messaging; and instant food, the whole concept of waiting for something can easily be dismissed as outdated and unnecessary. Often, this is because ‘waiting’ is seen as something passive or lifeless, whereas in reality, being in the moment can be time spent expectantly and with great purpose.

For example, last month on Sunday 10th November at Remembrance Services, and also on 11th November Armistice Day services - thousands of people observed a two-minute silence at 11am, as they do each year in the memory of the Armed Forces community, the British and Commonwealth veterans, the Allies that fought alongside us, and the civilian servicemen and women involved in the two World Wars, and later conflicts.

At such events, people and communities come together waiting in silence, as we honour those who gave their lives, those who were injured, and those who returned alive – as we give our thanks for the freedom we enjoy.

Then, on Sunday 1st December, we enter into the season of Advent – a time when Christians and those seeking faith wait expectantly and purposefully to celebrate the coming of God to us as Jesus – born as a baby wholly human, yet wholly divine. God’s plan to save the world. As we wait, we remember all that Christ has done in revealing God’s immense loving nature of justice and mercy to us. But in waiting on God, we also celebrate that God is with us, and active in the world today, and in our lives - as we put our trust and hope in him.

Then, as we reach the end of December, many people will also wait for the coming of the New Year with celebrations of thanks for the year past, hope for the year to come, along with a commitment to new beginnings.

And finally, in January 2020, many Christians across the world will draw on the Methodist heritage of holding annual Covenant Services. In these, we gratefully accept God’s promise of new life in Christ, and renew our commitment to ‘wait’ on God as we recall that by Christ’s coming, we are set free from those things that distance us from God.

In the Bible, the book of Psalms offers us a lovely insight to our ‘waiting’ on God. Here’s just one reading from Psalm 40 verses 1-3: 1 I waited patiently for the Lord;     he turned to me and heard my cry. 2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,     out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock     and gave me a firm place to stand. 3 He put a new song in my mouth,  a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord  and put their trust in him.

This year, I wish you every blessing in the approaching seasons as we ‘wait’ together in this journey of life. I also invite you to find some time to ‘wait’ on God yourself this Christmas – so that you too may know just how deeply you are loved, and in doing so, that you know the joy of Emmanuel - God with us.

Revd David Lawton Minister, Skellingthorpe Methodist Church, (

St Lawrence School News -

It has been a very busy Autumn Term here at Saint Lawrence School. As always, our new Reception children, the Robins, are beautifully settled and very much part of our family here.

We love celebrating the true meaning of Christmas! We are very keen to rise above the commercialism and the glitter to ensure that our children know what Christmas is really about. Our youngest children all take part in a Nativity performance to re-enact the miracle of the birth of Jesus. We ensure He is welcomed into our daily lives here in school all year round. It is for this reason that we decided to become a Lincoln Foodbank collection point; feeding people in need is a good biblical principle.

Don’t forget that if your child was born between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016, you need to consider which school you wish them to attend next September! You can apply for a Reception place for your child online at before midday 15th January. In-keeping with our love of standing out from the crowd for all the best reasons, we don’t have traditional open days. We enjoy showing you around our school at your convenience, giving you a really good idea of how things are on any normal day and an opportunity to ask the questions that matter most to you. Come and soak up our special atmosphere, just give us a call on 682689 to make an appointment to suit you. We were oversubscribed again this year, so don’t put it off. Our website is always available and includes an Admissions page packed with information. We have a Facebook page at and you can follow us on Twitter @StLawrenceCESch - we hope to see you soon!

From our family to yours, have a wonder-full Christ-mas and a very, very happy New Year!


We have been busy rehearsing for our Christmas concert with some lovely new carols and songs, one or two choir favourites and a couple of familiar ones but with different arrangements to the usual ones we all know.

Our concert is a little earlier this year, being on Sunday 1st December. We hope you’ll join us and it gets you in a festive mood for the rest of December.

We will start rehearsals again after the Christmas break on Thursday 9th January, in the Methodist Chapel, 7.45pm to 9.15pm. If you are interested in joining the choir, why not come along and give us a try. You are welcome just to sit in first, see if you like us, before you make up your mind. You don’t have to be able to read music, just be enthusiastic. Date for your diary –

Christmas Concert, Sunday 1st December in the community centre. 7.30pm (Doors open 7pm). Tickets £7 - including refreshments.

Fiona 01522 697224

Good neighbour scheme. -

Samantha Smith from Community Lincs, has contacted me about a Good Neighbour Scheme which has been organised in Saxilby. In view of the closure of the Glebe Skellingthorpe Surgery branch she wondered if there would be an interest in a similar scheme in Skellingthorpe and is happy tocome over to talk to any interested parties. Please contact me if you are intrested.

Marion 01522 692597

Let us keep Christmas

beautiful without a

thought of greed.

“Here I am!” -

What a relief it can be to hear those words.

“Here I am!” says the child you thought you’d lost in the supermarket. “Here I am!” says the parent arriving to comfort their child. “Here I am!” says the referee without whom the game would’ve been called off. “Here I am!” says the nurse arriving at the bedside of their distressed patient. “Here I am,” said God, on that long-awaited day over 2000 years ago in Bethlehem.

Peel away the catering, the toys and the the TV shows – even peel away Pennel’s singing Yetis (good though they are!) and this is what you find at the heart of Christmas: the arrival of God.

“Here I am.” He says.

Into His world that had ignored Him; a world given over to its self-centredness; a world filled with greed, violence, suffering and sorrow, God sent His Son to be born and placed in an animal feeding trough.

In time, He would die on the cross to wipe away our sin. Then he would rise again – the first person in God’s New Creation; paving the way for all who trust in Him; bringing hope to a broken world.

Greed, violence, suffering and sorrow still abound today. Is there something that has brought that home to you recently? Something personal? Brexit wranglings? Countries at war?

His voice still calls out “Here I am!” offering hope to all who will receive Him even as we wait for Him to return and put it all right. We’d love to welcome you at St Lawrence’s as you rediscover what it’s all about this Christmas.

‘When Christ came into the world, He said… “Here I am – it is written about me in the scroll – I have come to do your will, O God.”’ Hebrews 10:7-7

Rev Sam Durant


There seems to be some confusion also resulting from a letter in the Chatterbox from a well-meaning resident encouraging patients to use the pharmacy – or lose it. This has caused rumour and fear in our customers.

I understand concerns surrounding the future of Skellingthorpe Pharmacy in the light of our GP branch surgery announcing its closure, but can I please reassure village residents that we will be operating as usual.

However, I would endorse the letter-writer in the sense that you should use the pharmacy as much as you can. We are always happy to see familiar faces in the shop and help and advise wherever possible.

It seems that Googling Skellingthorpe Pharmacy misleads people into believing we are also open 7am to 10pm, 7 days a week. Anyone new to the village should not Google our opening hours but consult the hours given in Chatterbox, or check the Co op store finder. Best wishes

One of your friendly Skellingthorpe Pharmacy Team


Several people in the village will remember Trish Rylett who lived with her parents at the newspaper shop.  She has recently been appointed Chaplain to the new Speaker of the House of Commons and will be taking up her appointment in January .  She is now Rev. Patricia Hillas and we will try to spot her when there is a ceremonial procession in the House on TV!

Julian Hill

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear -

Holt news -

At The Holt Primary School, we pride ourselves on developing the whole child. We consistently aim for the highest academic achievements for every individual but also pay particular attention to supporting their emotional, physical and social development as well. This in turn, helps to shape our pupils into well-rounded young people, prepared for the world we live in today.

A part of the work we do is fundraising and supporting organisations on a local and national level, encouraging our pupils to find out a little more about the charities and the work they do and how they offer support to those less fortunate than ourselves, including the difference we can make together.

We have already celebrated Harvest by collecting food for the Lincoln Community Larder at our annual assembly. The children loved hearing how this amazing charity was started 30 years ago by one lady who identified a need and how it has grown to help many people, all over Lincoln by offering emergency aid in the form of food. They were immensely proud to be able to offer some help to others in need by sending their contributions and recognised how this could have a positive impact in their own community.

Following this, the annual event of Children in Need appeared on the calendar and as always, The Pupils of the Holt felt passionately about ways they could help to raise some money that could be used to support so many children in so many ways. After exploring some stories of how the money has been used all over the country, they planned a non uniform day with the sale of wrist bands to raise money. They were fascinated to hear about the many projects that helped children just like them and what the money could be used for. Well done Team Holt.

Finally, Remembrance is a key feature of our curriculum. Holding the Roll of Honour for RAF Skellingthorpe enables us to think carefully about historical events that are linked directly to the village as well as reaching far and wide across the country and the world. As our pupils learn the importance of the work of The British Legion and their poppy appeal, we also learn how important the act of remembrance is and hope that this knowledge will empower our pupils to continue to commemorate such events in years to come. We are always delighted to represent the school at The Community Centre Service and pay tribute to those who lost their lives as well as build our own memorial on the school grounds as a place to reflect and remember.

These opportunities are built into our curriculum in order to generate a sense of community and belonging as well as an understanding of the positive contribution we can all make.

We are currently showing around families looking for a Reception place for September 2020. If you would like to have a look round our school and find out more about our curriculum and learning opportunities as well as meet our staff team, please call 01522 683236 to arrange an individual visit to see us on a typical school day.

Preparation for our first messy play event for preschool children is well underway with a Christmas theme. This will take place on Friday November 29th 2019 between 1.45 and 3.00pm. These are fun afternoons in school where the children get the opportunity to come along with a family member and meet some of our staff, volunteers and pupils whilst enjoying a themed afternoon of creativity. All you have to do is call the school the week before to let us know you are coming. We hope to see you there.

Best wishes to all Chatterbox readers for Christmas and for a happy 2020

from Mike Thompson

Lincolnshire County Councillor for Eagle and Hykeham West including Skellingthorpe


Sunday 15th December Come and join in the Christmas fun! at Skellingthorpe Community Centre From 4pm – 8pm

Band playing Christmas music Choir singing your Christmas favourites Hot mulled wine and mince pies Christmas fair with crafts and:-

Visit SANTA in his grotto!

NKDC Community Awards -

Skellingthorpe was well represented at this year's North Kesteven Community Awards. Congratulations to Ian Callaghan for winning the Contribution to a better environment category.

Congratulations also to Angela Callaghan for being a finalist in the Contribution to Health and Wellbeing category and to Marion and Len Seviour for being finalist in the Community Spirit category.



Santa's trip around the village on Saturday 14th December will start from the Community Centre Car Park at approximately 4.30pm and finish about 5.45pm.

This year, Santa will ride with the Carol Singers which means He will have difficulty going down cul-de-sacs. So it will be main roads,unless Rudolph rides off..

Approimate Route Times

Leave Community Centre Car Park 4.30pm

Hodson Close end 4.35pm

Stone Arms 4.40pm

Turn Round at Poachers brook 4.45pm

Along High Street pass the Plough 4.55pm

Turn around at the Co-op, back to Old Chapel 5.00pm

Travel along Old Chapel 5.05pm

Turn Left a Jerusalem Road towards Library bend 5.10pm

Turn Back and travel back Church Road to Queensway 5.15pm

Turn at Queensway and down Swallow Avenue 5.20pm

Waterloo Lane 5.30pm

Gardenfield 5.35pm

Waterloo Lane back to Community Centre Car Park 5.45pm

Just listen for the singing and give us a wave. Be patient, we have to stop and give Rudolph a mince pie.