The Age Concern Skellingthorpe Luncheon Club Annual Report 2019/20 -

On Friday 6th September 2019, the Luncheon Club celebrated their 30th birthday. Over 50 Members enjoyed a roast dinner, pudding and a special cake was cut to mark the occasion.

At the AGM, following the meal, speeches were heard and the retirement was announced of the current chairman Derek Alderton, after nine years in the post. The new secretary is a shared post occupied by Maggie and Lynda from the Village Office.

There is a well tuned machine that makes the whole thing work each 1st Friday in the month. A team of 7/8 produce and serve 50 or 60 meals to the over 50’s waiting at the decorated tables. Each month the menu reflects a seasonal theme. For example the summer was Fish & Chips to bring the seaside into Skelly, harvest time the members will be served the yields of the fields, while at Christmas, well you can guess! If you have a special diet, then that too can be catered for. All this for as little as £5 each meal including a pudding and a cup of tea or coffee for an annual membership of only £1 per year!

A raffle is also held with prizes donated by Derek and Joanne and other members; this also helps to keep the costs down. The money raised helps support their Mini Bus which takes the older people shopping, days out and other village groups. The bus drivers, and escorts are all volunteers and the committee are always on the lookout for anyone to lend a hand.

So if you are at a loose end as to what to cook on the 1st Friday in the month, why not give us a try, I bet you would find lots of the villagers that you know are already there!

Peter Bell


Something new for you. Lots of cakes and sandwiches etc. £7 per head.

Need to book please.

Telephone Pam 683997 or Marion 692597


The meeting was very well attended, and Joanne, our president, welcomed all members and 4 visitors to the meeting. Alison Briggs from the Mercyships sent a lovely letter thanking Skellingthorpe WI for the donation given and the knitted teddy bears members had made for the children undergoing surgery on the ships.

Paul Harding gave a fascinating and at times humorous talk on WW11, and how the country was more prepared and ready for war in the 1940’s than it was in the 1914’s. He explained how the “Home Front” contributed to the war effort and the final outcome of WW11. A number of the ladies recognised the items Paul and Helen had brought to the meeting from that time in History.

Competition “Recipe from the 1940’s”

1st Edna Gaylor 2nd Marjorie Thompson 3rd Erica Morton


1st Carole Beresford 2nd Anne Gardiner 3rd Molly Sykes 4th Jannette Hook

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



3 - 8pm Quiz
4 - 9pm Live Entertainment
10 - 8pm Quiz
17 - 8pm Quiz
18 - 9pm Karaoke
24 - 8pm Quiz
31 - 8pm Quiz


I hope that every one has had a great holiday, now we are back once again. The next film to be shown is on FRIDAY 18th  OCTOBER 2019 at the Community Centre and will be Elton John's ROCKETMAN

This is the epic musical story about Elton John"s breakthrough years. The film follows the fantastic journey of transformation from shy piano prodigy Reginald Dwight into international superstar Elton John

The inspirational story, set to Elton John"s most beloved songs and performed by star Taron Egerton tells the universally relatable story of how a small-town boy a musical and cultural icon.

Egerton excels in the central role, ably supported by Jamie Bell as Elton's longtime lyricist and writing partner, Bernie Taupin, Richard Madden (Bodyguard) as manager John Reid, Jemma Jones and Bryce Dallas Howard as Elton's mother, Sheila Fairbrother. This is a not to be missed film.

Doors open 6.45pm for 7.15pm start £4.00 per adult £2.00 per child 11 and under. There will be a short comfort break with refeshments on offer.

We look forward to seeing you there, Regards

Jennifer and the Crew.

Skellingthorpe Roundabout on A46 -

Skellingthorpe Parish Council wishes to advise Residents that they have recently been in correspondence with Highways England regarding the state of our roundabout, this follows on from District Councillor Goldson’s correspondence some time ago to which he reported the many Traffic cones in the area on half removed lamp-posts.

Recently there has been a post removed with a large concrete base left on the roundabout, along with road traffic accident debris left on approach to the roundabout, with a cone placed on the top, along with many cones just lying around. All this was conveyed to Highways England by the Parish Office, along with correspondence from a large party of German Visitors to Skellingthorpe, who conveyed their disgust on it’s state.

We have recently received a reply that assures that remedial work will be completed between the 15th August and the 2nd September 2019. We can assure residents that should the work not been completed satisfactorily we will be in contact further with Highways England.

Skellingthorpe U3A Report -

August started with the Walking Group paying their visit to the Bomber Command Memorial Centre. A veery busy place as usual. The RAF drew men from all over the UK so it's not just a local role call.

The Art Group was quieter, a few people away. As we worked on our projects our focus turned to what we could offer the sales table at the Coffee Morning that we signed up to in September and October.

The U3A Monthly meeting was well attended and after the usual announcements, Beryl Keyte introduced the speaker, Mr.Ian Morgan. Ian's talk was on the Fossdyke; the mixed fortunes and stories bound up with the “dirty ditch.” Many stories and half-truths were debunked by Ian. His telling of its history did the watery ditch proud.

The Craft Group too were a little down in numbers. Many fine items were brought and offered for the coffee morning, these were priced and packed for the sales tables. Knowing what to offer for sale is the hardest part of these events.

The Gardening Group had a happy get together at Pennells. Temptation to buy everywhere at that place, we tried to be good, some were and some were tempted.

All Good Fun


Save our Pharmacy -

Most Skellingthorpe residents are aware of the current possibility that we may lose our own Health Centre but how many realise that our own pharmacy may also be under threat of closure.

As some residents have moved their GP service to one of the Birchwood health centres, they have also moved their preferred pharmacy outlet to Birchwood resulting in less business for the Skellingthorpe pharmacy.   After speaking to pharmacy staff recently, I understand that they will continue to monitor the risks to their business.

I urge everyone to use our own pharmacy as much as possible, even if your GP practice is elsewhere.  I have always been impressed with the professional and efficient manner in which our pharmacy staff have supported us; they have extremely efficient connections to the Birchwood doctors and the staff are both knowledgeable and supportive - and there is rarely a long queue!

If your Birchwood GP gives you a prescription, you can still bring it to Skellingthorpe, just let them know that your preferred pharmacy is the one nearest to your home.

Skellingthorpe Resident

St Lawrence School News -

If your child was born between 1st September 2015 and 31st August 2016, you need to consider which school you wish him or her to attend next September! You’ll be able to apply for a Reception place on the Lincolnshire County Council website from mid-November. We know it’s a big step and can sound daunting but we assure you the children settle into school life astonishingly quickly. To help ease the way, we hold Messy Play sessions at school once a term especially for pre-school children, however young they are; this academic year’s dates are:

Friday 11th October 2019, 10-11am
Friday 24th January 2020, 10-11am
Friday 5th June 2020, 10-11am
This can be a great way for pre-schoolers and their parent(s)/carer(s) to spend some time at the school with Mrs Imbornone, our Early Years Foundation Stage Leader, and get to know us and our surroundings. There’s no need to book, just come on over and have some free fun.

If you are considering Saint Lawrence School for next year, we don’t hold ‘Open Days’ but would be more than happy to give you a personal tour of the school, just get in touch and we’ll arrange an appointment. We were over-subscribed for this year’s intake so please don’t get left behind. We’ll look forward to talking to you!

Telephone: 682689
Twitter: @StLawrenceCESch


As I sit here writing this on a lovely August evening, it is hard to believe that our summer break is just about over, September is just around the corner. The choir have all enjoyed a well earned rest, but are now raring to get the Autumn term off to a good start rehearsing for our Christmas concert (sorry – I know it is still a bit too early to mention the C word!).

So, next Thursday, 5th September will be our AGM, and then rehearsals start again on 12th September. If you are interested in joining us, why not come along and give us a try. You are welcome to just 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. We work hard, but have a good time too! We rehearse Thursday evenings during term time in the Methodist Chapel, 7.45 pm start.

Dates for your diary - Christmas Concert – Sunday, 1st December.

Barbara Park 681545.


Karen Lee MP will be holding a “drop-in” session on Saturday 5th October 2019 in the Youth Hall to discuss the proposed closure of Skellingthorpe surgery. The session will start at 1030am and finish at 1230pm.

At this session also will be Sarah-Jane Mills of Lincolnshire West CCG who will do a presentation outlining any changes and will answer questions afterwards.


Thursday 26th September - Skellingthorpe surgery 10am -12pm ( aged 65 and over ONLY)

  Tuesday 15th October - Saxilby Surgery 2pm -4pm ( All ages)

  Thursday 24th October - Skellingthorpe surgery  10am -12pm ( All ages)

  Thursday 7th November - Saxilby surgery 11am-1pm ( All ages)

Tel:01522 706901


The Friendship Club received a very welcome £67. 71p donation from the Yard Sales, Skellingthorpe  A very big thank you to all who contributed towards this.

The Friendship Club meets every Thursday, 2pm – 4pm, in the Community Hall.  It is a social afternoon, and people over 60yrs meet for a friendly gathering, playing scrabble, cards or dominoes.  Don’t be put off if you don’t play these games, just come for a chat.  Refreshments are served and all are welcome.

  The Friendship club recently spent a Saturday at Newark on a shopping trip.  More recently going out for a day at the seaside.  We are hoping to arrange another trip shortly possibly to a shopping centre or garden centre.

  If you would like to give us a try please ring Doreen on 01522 697 987 if you need picking up to arrange transport.  If you attend the club you also have access to the shopping trips on a Monday or Wednesday, also to arrange transport to the Luncheon Club. 

Dorothy Secretary


As organiser of the village Litter Picks I was pleased to receive a message from the Parish Council offering to become involved. I look forward to receiving their support with ongoing finances such as buying bin bags, replacement protective kit and also refreshments. 

The next litter pick will be on Sunday September 29th in the morning.


Dog poo around the village is getting worse again. Please make sure you pick it up. It is not very nice leaving it for other adults and children to get it on their shoes.

Most people do pick up their dog poo but there are some inconsiderate people in the village. You know who you are, so please help to keep Skellingthorpe clean.

Skellingthorpe Resident.


Does anyone on Gardenfield, specifically the properties that back on to the woods, own a black and white cat with a pink nose.  He is very friendly and quite talkative.  We, along with other neighbours are ensuring that he doesn’t lack for food and water, just in case he is a stray or has been abandoned.

  So, if this is your cat, please let me know (through ‘Chat’ magazine) if only to reassure us that he belongs to someone.


Thank you to all the villagers and friends who came to the Methodist Church Coffee Morning on Sat 3 August to help our group raise money for the Alzheimer's Society and thank you to the Church officers for making it possible for us (and other organisations in the village for making the premises available to each of us on the first Saturday in the month this year). Thank you also to the people who kindly gave handmade greetings cards to sell along with those who baked and those who provided items for sale. With your donations we raised £200 for the Alzheimer's Society.

We continue to meet each Monday afternoon at the Methodist Church Hall but our numbers are dwindling due to a variety of reasons. We could do with an injection of new faces who can or cannot draw/paint – there is always someone in our group willing to lend a hand with any questions you may ask. Why not come along to our friendly little group and see what we get up to! Alternatively you can call Beth on 827071 for any enquiries.

Sunday 6 October we are having our annual Art & Craft Fair at the Community Centre (see separate notice). There are plenty of original art works along with craft work which would be suitable for birthdays, anniversaries and dare I mention it – Christmas?



Wouldn't it be great if we had the gardens open back again.

You don't have to have a “Kew Gardens” type of garden, big or small, tidy or untidy, with weeds or without weeds. It would just be to meet and greet people.

It would be exciting if we could combine this with a scarecrow event as well. Now that would be something super for the village. Please, Please consider this.

Let me know if you are interested, or wish to take part, so that we can monitor the interest and start organising the event for next year.

Thank You

Marion 692597, 07868 453533,


Date: Sunday 27th October 2019
Venue: Skellingthorpe Community Centre and Youth Hall
Times: 10.30 – 4.00
Entry Fee: £1 which gives entry into a free prize draw
Refreshments: Tea, coffee, cakes and bacon butties available
  Split over the two halls there are over 30 stalls selling unique handcrafted items as well as St Barnabas’ fabulous Christmas cards and merchandise. There is also a raffle and tombola to raise extra funds for the charity.

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We're finally back up and running and practising ready for our upcoming events! We are just about to get the Christmas music out and start rehersing our carols ready for the festive period so now is the perfect time to join us!



For more information contact: John Gooding on 07930 826 205 or email:

If you wish to enquire about booking the band please contact myself on 07935 411 046 or email:

If you don’t have access to a suitable instrument come and speak to us to see if we can acquire one for you, or try them all and see what suits you.

2nd Thursday in the month we practice in the Stones Arms Pub Function Room by kind permission of the management.

Sam Towers


We are planning a Christmas event on Sunday 15th December this year. Santa has promised to come to our event on Saturday 14th December, early evening and again on Sunday 15th. How cool is that!

There will be a christmas tree and lots of lights to give it a festive atmosphere. There will be lots of stalls and the Community Band will be playing in the Community Centre.

Please help us celebrate our village christmas event this year. If you are interested in having a stall or have some ideas, please contact Parish Clerks on 683061.

Thank You Marion

Come, Little Leaves by George Cooper -

Come, little leaves, said the wind one day,
Come o'er the meadows with me and play;
Put on your dresses of red and gold,
For summer is gone and the days grow cold.

Soon as the leaves heard the wind's loud call,
Down they came fluttering, one and all;
Over the brown fields they danced and flew,
Singing the glad little songs they knew.

Cricket, good-by, we've been friends so long,
Little brook, sing us your farewell song;
Say you are sorry to see us go;
Ah, you will miss us, right well we know.

Dear little lambs in your fleecy fold,
Mother will keep you from harm and cold;
Fondly we watched you in vale and glade,
Say, will you dream of our loving shade?

Dancing and whirling, the little leaves went,
Winter had called them, and they were content;
Soon, fast asleep in their earthy beds,
The snow laid a coverlid over their heads.