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December / January 2011
The Editors Letter
Well; the end of the year and, traditionally a time of reflection and remembrance. On a personal note, I‘ve lost some good friends during the last twelve months and think of them, particularly, as the nights shorten and nature seems to (temporarily) shut down.
The ‘remembrance’ reference prompts me to relate some comments from several villagers concerning this year’s Remembrance Service at the war memorial on Sunday 13th. Apparently there was a constant flow of traffic passing the triangle up until the Eleventh Hour. Traditionally the centre of the village has been closed to vehicles for a while before, and some minutes after, the vigil. Why not this year? One person particularly remarked on the fact that traffic was only halted at 11.00 am, and then only for the two minutes silence which was desecrated by at least one (Peugeot diesel) driver who kept their engine running throughout the period. I say, for shame!!
This sort-of prompts me to another thought. How about if we include a letters page in forthcoming editions of ‘The News’?
Do you know of a young person who just does an elderly neighbours shopping regularly? Someone who’s looked after your cat or garden while you’ve been away? Just the simple sort of things that people put themselves out for that make others lives more comfortable, without any thought of reward or recompense. The real ‘Heroes’ of Kirton. We might even be able to instigate an annual award.
Next year will bring some more interesting features for your delight and delectation. We’ve got more photographic memories of the village and, hopefully, a regular short story contribution. But we always want more.
I’d love to make, what I like to think of as simply “The News”, what you want it to be. We need more involvement from the youth of Kirton (Scouts, Cubs, Kid’s Club, etc. please take note) to make it something that everyone looks forward to when it arrives on their door step. I want it to be a living news organ for the people of Kirton to enjoy.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the committee at Kirton News who have provided the support needed to keep the publication going - and growing - over the past twelve months. And, to our advertisers who make this thing possible; keep the faith and don’t forget to book your slot for next year as soon as.... You know where to book in but remember, ad slots are of finite numbers and it’s first-come, first served. Can we also thank our small and dedicated army of distributors, as without them, the magazine wouldn't happen!
Greetings of the Season to all and let’s hope for a more prosperous New Year. Keep safe and stay happy until I get the chance to ‘speak’ to you again in February 2012.
My wife and I lived in Pembrokeshire for five years and recently I was talking to a friend about a large Atlantic Grey Seal colony at the cliffs at Strumble Head in that county. He mentioned that there was a large breeding colony at Donna Nook north of Mablethorpe.
The weather was mild and it took about an hour and quarter to drive there via Alford, the outskirts of Mablethorpe and North Somercotes .
There was free parking and although we took sandwiches and a flask there was a small snack bar serving hot food and drinks.
A fifteen minute walk brings you ‘up close and personal’ to the seals. Its great to be near wild animals that are not in a zoo; simply in their own habitat; bull seals and females with pups seemingly lounging around tidal mud flats just beyond a three foot picket fence.
101 - The new Police Non-emergency number, why it’s a good thing all round…
The introduction of the new national 101 number for people to use to contact the police for anything other than an emergency call has caused some enquires for registered members to clarify details regarding the new number.
Firstly the number 101 is a lot easier to remember than all the different numbers for different police forces and you can dial the same number anywhere in the country and it will put you through to your nearest police force.
Research had suggested that more than half the people asked whether they knew their local police non-emergency number could not remember it so this has to be a better service for people. Do not worry the other numbers will work too for some time yet but you might be missing saving some money.
The fixed price of 15p for any length of 101 call means that for the vast majority of people this will be cheaper than calls to the old numbers. Some people were paying more than 15p per minute before, so in these hard times that has to be a good thing!
It is worth mentioning as well that the police do not receive any income or money from call charging but this great single national call rate was negotiated with the Home Office, the police and the telephone companies.
So please use the new 101 non-emergency number, it’s easier to remember, it works anywhere in the country, it’s cheaper for you and it will help us keep the 999 (free call) lines for emergencies.
Gill Finn - Police & NHWN, Community Safety Officer.
Reflections from the Methodist Minister
Greetings, this is such a wonderful time of year; a time to celebrate the birth of our Saviour, a time to enjoy family and friends. However, it is also a time for some when we remember loved ones, when the joy of others makes our own sadness seem so much harder to bear, a time when the feasting, warm homes and overindulgence with gifts comes in stark contrast to those who are hungry, homeless or struggling on low incomes.
When Jesus walked this earth he found persecution, injustice and poverty…..nothing much has changed! He faced it head on and challenged the authorities, which was quite an achievement for a baby born into a carpenter’s family. That might be worth thinking about when we feel helpless in the current economic climate or wonder how we can possibly change the homelessness and famine in far off lands. When we listen to God the things of this life can be changed in his strength – when you feel helpless remember that Jesus has been here before and showed, by his example, that his disciples could continue the work he had begun. That lesson is still there for us to use as we face the challenges in life.
The past is so important for us to deal with the future and the New Year will bring new hopes and expectations, hopes for healing, of repaired relationships, of equality and justice and so much more. Each year I bring out a box of tree decorations which hold memories of my children growing, some which were gifts remind me of friends and times gone by; quite appropriate as we approach the turn of the year and we are more aware of the years passing us by. As the corks pop and the fireworks explode we will put the old year behind us and look forward once more. God moves forward with us and will continue to bless us as we walk with Him building on our experience and memories.
Every blessings and a very Happy Christmas and New Year!
p.s.Just a note following the vicar’s letter in the last issue which was unintentionally misleading regarding worship and weddings.
There IS regular worship at the Methodist Church (on London Road) on a Sunday at 10.30 am with a Junior Church and other activities through the week (info in this magazine and on our noticeboard).
Also we are licensed for Marriages as well as Baptisms and Funerals (phone Rev Irena Byron: 01205 362988)! There is also regular worship at the New Life Fellowship (by the A16 roundabout).
What Granny used to say
The good old Lemon has many uses
For juicier lemons: dunk in hot water (or now a few seconds in the microwave) then rub back and forth on the work surface before cutting makes the lemon give far more juice.
Does your dog chew your cushions or soft furnishings? Spray with a little lemon juice. Dogs do not like citrus.
How about - Grandma’s old fashioned cough remedy?
To treat a persistent, nagging night-times cough- bring to the boil two cups of water and add two sliced lemons, 1/2 teaspoon of either mint or dried ginger, and 2 tablespoons of honey with two tablespoons of sugar. After mixing these ingredients and having brought them to the boil, they would soon turn into a thick syrup. Once this has occurred you can add a few drops of your favourite liqueur or brandy (of course for children miss out these).
Gladys Seabrook - A Local Treasure
Gladys has been a regular and entertaining contributor [through her poetry] to the magazine for many years. I recently received an envelope with copies of several of her (I think) brilliantly contrived poetic comments and reminiscences.
It's brilliant - it's poignant; and it 'did it' for me. I agree with Gladys' friend - it is a shame. She should be recognized as a local treasure! How's about getting Gladys in print?
We can do the production stuff here at Kirton News Towers. All we need is help (dosh) to fund the print costs. Please, if anybody out there fancies taking this further, get in touch with me, you know by now where to find me.
Kirton Kids Club
Not sure how long I will be able to say this in my report but --- what wonderful weather we’ve had again!
The children at the club have enjoyed lots more outside activities than normal for this time of year, which has been really nice.
The spring should see the children getting into planting and growing seeds again.
The dry leaves have proved a real fun feature of the weather and the children have been able to do the things that children have done for years and years – play with leaves, build with them, throw them and simply have fun.
The club gives children the chance to mix, socialise and have fun before and after school. For parents it gives them the chance to extend their working day knowing their children are safe, happy and well cared for at a price that they can afford and does not dent the budget.
It is not just working parents that use the club for their children though – some children come simply because they enjoy being with other children, making friends and having fun.
We cater for EYFS children (those up to the age of five) right up to fourteen years.
There is masses of room for children to enjoy the activities or simply have their own ‘space’ and do their own thing if they wish. Older children are helped and encouraged to do homework if they want or they can chill in their own room with xbox, ps2s’ and a wii.
This term the children have also enjoyed making their own pumpkin lanterns, Halloween cookies and lots of treats (no tricks though). And I do hate to say this but –it will soon be Christmas!
The new term is one of the busiest and most fun of all even with the cold and dark nights.
Why not come and have a look around – or book your children in for a session before or after school – see what they can do and how much they could enjoy themselves – without breaking the bank.
We are Ofsted registered and a non profit making charity. We work along side the Primary and Secondary schools and the local business community of Kirton.
Unclaimed raffle prize
We have an unclaimed raffle prize waiting to be collected. Ticket number 253 Peach coloured ticket with reference number: AX 765345 If you have this ticket please contact: Maureen on 01205 722893
Urgently requested: Treasurer
Kirton news has lost a stalwart member of the team. Sushma Bragg has been our Treasurer for some time and performed splendidly; but, she has recently decided that, because of family commitments, she is unable to carry on the role, although she'll remain a valued member of the committee.
Anyone out there fancy taking it on? As with the rest of us at The News you'll be doing this for love and not reward. But you get a chance to work with me!
Yours, expectantly, Sam.
The autumn fair at Kirton church on 29th October went very well. With your help we raised £720. I would like to thank all who donated raffle prizes of which we had 50 !!
Kirton’s Christmas Fayre
The Christmas Fayre this year will be on the 2nd December (Friday). Starting at 17:00. There will be burgers, sausages, potatoes etc. available to purchase and Kirton brass band will be playing for the choir from the Junior School.
Father Christmas will be there on his sleigh. There will be plenty of stall holders and Kirton Fire Brigade will be there with one of the tenders.
There will also be a Carol Concert in the Town Hall on the 17th December. This will be a joint project between the Methodists, CofE, and New Life Fellowship. Entrance will free and will start at 18:30.
Methodist Church Events
A Christmas Concert
Kirton Band will be giving a Christmas Concert in The Methodist Church on London Road. The concert is on Saturday 10th December starting at 7:30pm.
Winnie The Pooh
On Saturday 17th December the family film club will be showing 'Winnie the Pooh' (U) on the big screen in the Hall at the Methodist Church on London Road. The doors open at 1:30 for a 2pm start. Admission is free. There will be a tuck shop
Craft & Games Workshop
The Anglican and Methodist Churches are hosting a workshop for 4 to 11 year olds in the Hall at the Methodist Church on Friday 30th December from 10am to 2pm. This will be a fun time of crafts and games based on a story from the bible. For more details or to book a place contact Sheila 722701 or Jonathan 725055.
Kirton Church Christmas Concert
We are having a Christmas Concert at Kirton Church on Sunday 11th December at usual time of 2.30. Entrance is £6 payable at the door and there is no charge for children. Nick and Anita of Country Contrast who hail from Lincoln will be singing a variety of Christmas songs and traditional carols.
There will be refreshments as usual. We will be having a few stalls as well - raffle - tombola - cake stall - home made cards and more..... we hope folks will come along and support us. We are trying to raise money towards the repairs to the church roof which are costing £60,000 !!! We have received a Heritage grant but we need to find the rest. Please come along and support your church in Kirton.
October was our 75th birthday. The celebrations were held in Kirton Town Hall and our guests included Federation representatives, former members of Frampton and guests from several other Institutes.
The speaker was Mr Colin Anderson, former head pastry chef to HM Queen at Buckingham Palace. He entertained us with anecdotes and reminiscences from preparing banquets for visiting dignitaries and accompanying the royal party on state visits abroad in HMS Britannia. Sue Ganley gave the vote of thanks.
The supper was prepared by Frampton ladies and served by a retinue of helpers. The birthday cake was made and decorated by Kathy Stanley. Last, but by no means least, our thanks went out to the band of chaps in the kitchen - our stalwart ‘washers-up’. The meeting closed with the singing of Jerusalem. It was a very memorable and enjoyable evening.
Our speaker for November was Dorothy Brogden-Hunt who showed us unusual and artistic ways of present wrapping. Four ladies helped her demonstrate and we all learned new skills which we will attempt to put into practice this Christmas. Ann McCoy gave the vote of thanks.
Christmas Memories by Graham Rodwell
Christmas reminds us of so many things
Catch me if you can by Gladys Seabrook
A harmless industrious spider am I
My web I had strung in a corner so neat
I scuttled away with my heart beating fast
I ran once again as she picked up a brush
I am carefully planning to have the last laugh
As soon as she sees me, I know she will shout
We are pleased to report that both Halloween and Bonfire night passed without serious incident. Boston West Rural Neighbourhood Policing Team would like to thank the retail businesses in and around the Kirton area for their support and vigilance in restricting the purchases of eggs, flour and fireworks during this time.
Please read and digest the security tips below and do not let the criminal enjoy Christmas at your expense.
Ensure all doors and windows are secure. Keep all gifts out of view of anyone walking past. Never leave car keys and handbags downstairs at night- take them to bed with you.
Mark your property with an Ultra Violet pen, with your postcode and house number. Pens will be given free of charge and can be collected from Kirton Police Station, during opening times.
Keep presents out of sight, if they can be seen they can be stolen. Sat Nav’s and Laptops are high on the thieves shopping list, take them with you when you leave your vehicle.
Always lock your vehicle, close windows, engage steering lock and never leave your vehicle with the keys in the ignition. Park in well-lit locations or in an attended car park.
In the month of October, Neighbourhood Officers based at the Kirton Police Station arrested a male twice in three days carrying a large amount of what is thought to be lead from church roofs. We will let you know the outcome of these excellent arrests when they arrive.
I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of Boston neighbourhood policing team, to wish every one of our residents a happy and crime free Christmas and New Year.
PCSO Jon Thornton
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