Focal Point - February 2009

FOCAL POINT             Issue No. 339



  FEBRUARY 2009                                                                     


Ed's Comments                               

 It seems no time at all since we were reporting the loss of Hector Young and here I am reporting on the loss of Alan Hill and Peter Milroy.

 Little did Peter realise when he thanked Alan Hill for his support after the loss of his wife Rita in 2003, that both of them would leave us within days of each other.

 Alan was a quietly spoken gentleman who I felt adopted the principle; ‘if you can't say anything nice about someone then don't say anything at all.' A tribute to Alan by Phil Ingall is included further in this newsletter.

 Peter, being a close neighbour, I knew very well. He was a ‘picture taker' supreme. You will notice I didn't say ‘photographer', that is because he always referred to taking a ‘picture'. The evidence of his skill adorns my house, as over the years he took ‘pictures' of all of my children, from birth to graduation to marriage. His work can be seen in the village scrap book and I am sure the houses of many other villagers.

I recall him being the only photographer on the scene when Michael Sams was arrested in Newark in 1992 and his pictures going around the world.

 After his arrival in Winthorpe in 1963 he became involved with the PTA at the Village School, the Youth Club, the Garden Club and was editor of the Focal Point from 1993 to 2000, he even suggested its name. Of course he was also the ‘Chief Photographer' for many of the ‘events' held in our three villages.

 Peter wasn't dealt very good cards when it came to family Health, but by golly he used those poor cards as motivation to help other unfortunate people; as the Claire Milroy Leukaemia Research Centre is testimony.

 There is much talk about the size of our carbon footprint and the need for it to be small. But I hold great store by the size of our ‘community' footprint and the impression left on those whom they have come in contact with. Recently we have lost some of our best contributors, may the knowledge of their efforts provide comfort to those mourning their loss.


Cliff Newbold


Closing date for the March issue is 20th February.







The next lunch will be at 12.30pm on Monday, 2nd February. The menu will be:

Pork & Apple Sausage with Onion Gravy


Salmon & Tomato


Mashed Potatoes, Carrots, Green Beans & Broccoli


Lemon Meringue Pie


£7 including a glass of wine.


Please phone Jean and Peter Foden (704241) not later than Thursday, 29th January to book your place and give your choice of menu.




The annual Quiz Night will be on Saturday, 7th February with David Barthorpe as quizmaster. The details are given elsewhere in Focal Point. Tickets are on sale at the Post Office thanks to Jo and Martin. The idea is to have teams of six but do not worry if you are one or two short. It may be possible to make up teams on the night. Please arrive in good time because we plan to start promptly at 7.30pm. We look forward to seeing you there.



 A large stainless steel bowl has disappeared from the kitchen. If by any chance you took it away by mistake with your own utensils would you please return it as soon as possible. It is needed for the Lunch Club.


Frances Kelly, Chairman





 Both meetings in February are in the Village Hall.

Tuesday, 10th February. 10.30am. Morning coffee.

 Tuesday, 24th February. 2.30pm. Musical Quiz.

 We were all very sorry to hear about the death of Peter Milroy just before Christmas. Peter was a keen member of the Tuesday Club for some years and we will miss him. We send our sympathy to his daughter Joanne.


Jean Foden.



 I would like to thank all our friends who sent sympathy cards following the death of my father in Winthorpe Care Home. Peter and I were very touched. We also send grateful thanks to the staff at the Home for their care and to the Rev. David Milner for his support.


Jean Foden



Saturday 7th February

 7 for  7.30pm

  At the Community Centre

Teams of 6

Tickets £7 including supper - available from the Post Office

Please bring your own drinks and glasses




 Our annual party was, by common consent, a resounding success with lots of delicious food, drinks of choice and good company.  Proceedings were enlivened with games provided and hosted by Pat Finn.  The relaxed atmosphere was conducive to good - natured banter and general jollity.  Once again Pat gave a small gift to everyone present, a gesture universally appreciated. Thanks are also due to Harold Pacey for giving some superb nest boxes as raffle prizes.

There was some sadness too, as we recalled the recent losses of Peter Milroy and Jacqui Hollingworth.


Our next meeting is on February 18th when our speaker will be

Hazel Kaye and her subject Gardens of the East Midlands


Ian Wilson


A LESSON..........

An elderly Chinese woman had two large pots, each hung on the ends of a pole which she carried across her neck.  One of the pots had a crack in it while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water.  At the end of the long walks from the stream to the house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.  For a full two years this went on daily, with the woman bringing home only one and a half pots of water. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.  But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it could only do half of what it had been made to do.  After two years of what it perceived to be bitter failure, it spoke to the woman one day by the stream "I am ashamed of myself, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your house."  The old woman smiled, "Did you notice that there are flowers on your side of the path, but not on the other pot's side?"  "That's because I have always known about your flaw, so I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back, you water them."  "For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate the table.  Without you being just the way you are, there would not be this beauty to grace the house." Each of us has our own unique flaw. But it's the cracks and flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and rewarding.  You've just got to take each person for what they are and look for the good in them. 

So, to all of my crackpot friends, have a great day and remember to smell the flowers on your side of the path!  




 Firstly, I would like to wish a belated Happy New Year on behalf of everyone at Winthorpe Primary School and thank you for all your support in 2008.

Our next pensioners' lunch will be on Wednesday 11th February, please telephone the school to book your place.


Jamie Macintyre, Head teacher

(01636) 680060 -


Our Nativity Play by Katie Powell and Isaac Lyons aged 6

Our nativity play this year was called Cock-a-doodle Christmas. It was about four animals, a cow, a pig, a sheep and a cockerel.

The animals really wanted a present, the pig wanted a ribbon for her tail, the cow wanted a bell for his neck, the sheep wanted shiny leg-warmers for her legs and the cockerel wanted a bow tie for his neck feathers.

One night, when the animals were sleeping, an angel visited the stable and gave the animals the presents they wanted. When they woke up they were so happy because they had their new presents but also found Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus in their stable.

Shepherds and kings also visited the stable and all the animals celebrated because they were so happy.

Thank you to our teacher who helped us to organise and practice the play and to everyone who came to see us.


                 Katie & Isaac





 Mrs. Sylvia Lloyd welcomed members and wished them all a Happy New Year.

Mrs. Brenda Tinsley read the minutes and correspondence and matters of business from County House.

Members said how much they had enjoyed the service of readings and carols in the Village church in December and also the Christmas party in the Village hall.

There was not a speaker at this meeting, but the hall had been set up for a beetle drive. There was much hilarity as each person had to start with a six and this proved to be harder for some than others. As the one with the highest score had to move on to the next table each time, some people moved further round the room while others stayed put for the whole evening. The winner at the end of twelve games was Mrs. Jean Everson with the highest score. Mrs. Sue Reynolds was the winner of the booby prize.

There were only two entries for the competition, which was for a vegetable animal. Mrs. Pat Nelson was first with a butternut squash modelled as Jemima Puddleduck and Mrs.Barbara Finn was second with two small potatoes modelled as Mr.Tiggy and Mrs.Winkie.

After the raffle and tea and biscuits everyone went home in a very happy mood.

Our next meeting is February 12th. Again there is not a speaker but members are asked to bring anything they have made at anytime for:-

‘I made it. I show it.'

 Hostesses are Mesdames B.Nelson, M.Bark and R.Dickinson.


Mrs D Marshall




 Winthorpe Whist Drive

  It seems strange writing about the Christmas Whist Drive, when we are now in February, but that is due to meeting on the last Thursday of the month, when the deadline for entries has passed.  However, for the 11 people who attended, it was a very successful evening.  Everyone contributed to a buffet, which was delicious, accompanied by a glass or two of wine.  The winning gent was Doug Burton, who also had the highest score of the evening, the winning lady was Norma Breed and the runners up were Norman Rossiter and June Taylor.  Jim Taylor and Pat Underwood won the booby prizes. 


Now for the January whist drive:-


A very successful January whist drive was won by me!  Yes it is the first time this season, I also had the highest score, closely followed by the first gent, who was James Taylor.  The second lady and gent were Kath Harvey and Des Aldridge. The booby prizes were awarded to Joan Frew and June Taylor. 

The next whist drives will be held on:-

Thursday 26th February, 26th March and 23rd April.

           New members are always welcome and the cost is only £2.50.

Fiona Wright



 Who's Who amendment.......


 Youth Club

Further to the inclusion of ‘Who's Who' last month, I have been advised by Denise Day that the Chairman of the Youth Club  is now Howard Pope Tel. 659491 and the Youth Leader is Valentine (Val) Marshall

Tel. 07904187753.



Collingham Ramblers 2009 Walks Programme
























Jan 11th



4.5 miles







Jan 21st










Jan 25th



6 miles

Coll./South Scarle/Besthorpe





Feb 8th



6 miles

Blankley Banff/car Dyke






Feb 11th













7 miles







Mar 8th




Bardney/Tupholme Abbey






Mar 11th










Mar 22nd



8 miles

Trowell/ Stapleford






April 5th

David W


7 miles







April 15th













7 miles







May 3rd

David S


7 miles

Thorpe Salvin/Turner Wood


















7 miles







May 31st

Bus Trip











6.5 miles







June 23rd










David S


8.5 miles

West Markham/Bevercotes





July 12th



6 miles

Kelham Hills






July 19th




Summer Lunch






July 21st










July 26th

Bus Trip








Aug 9th



9 miles

Colston Bassett/Tithby






Aug 18th













6 miles

Radcl Trent/Holme Pierrepont





Sept 6th



9 miles

Wellingore/Temple Bruer






Sept 16th










Sept 20th

Bus Trip








Oct 4th



7 miles

Walesby/ Bothamsall
















Oct 18th

Dave S


7.5 miles







Nov 1st



6 miles







Nov 6th




















Nov 15th



7.5 miles

Burton Joyce






Nov 29th



5 miles







Dec 13th



5.5 miles







Dec 16th










Dec 27th



6 miles

Festive Ramble






















 Alan Hill who died on New Years Eve, was a true gentleman through and through. Born and schooled in Reading he met his wife, Avril in Wales, at Lampeter, where her parents kept an hotel. They married and in due time came to live in The Spinney Winthorpe where they raised their two daughters, Juliet and Susan.


Ian's business life was centred on Standard Telephones and Cables and the installation of telecommunications in all parts of the world including the Far and Middle East, the Americas and Europe including a two year stint in Portugal when Avril accompanied him. In Winthorpe he was involved in the church where he was a warden and also served on the Parochial Church Council. He took his faith seriously and he was proud to be connected his parish church of All Saints'. His interest in politics saw him as treasurer of the Winthorpe Conservative branch and with several of his peers, known as the "golden oldies" he canvassed the area in many elections. He was a Freemason having joined his Lodge in Streatham, London and attended many lodges abroad including one in Fiji.


Alan's pride and joy was his family and he cared for them with a love and devotion that was apparent. He was forever interested in what they were doing and, after his daughters were married and had children, he gave that same devotion to them.


A measure of the esteem in which he was held was the crowded church at his memorial service on 7th January. The Rev David Milner in his tribute to him emphasised Alan's gentlemanly characteristics and the quiet yet firm way he went about his business. He was a tall, elegant man and he would have scorned the present day dress code of wearing a suit without a tie. His dress was impeccable and so were his manners. His generosity could be embarrassing, especially if you had bought tickets for a function and insisted that Alan was your guest. One could almost metaphorically come to blows if you refused to take the payment when he considered it was his due.


I knew Alan for more than 25 years and during that time I never saw him lose his temper or have a bad word to say about anyone. There might have been the odd tongue in cheek reference to their "ability" but that was the end of it. I have met very few people like Alan who, when first meeting him, I knew I could trust him implicitly. His integrity was without bounds and his word was his bond.


Winthorpe will miss Alan and I will miss him too. Not as much as Avril, to whom he was so happily married, and his family, but we will miss him nonetheless. We will also rejoice in having known this true gentleman and we will all have been the better for it. God bless him.  

Phil Ingall


Peter Milroy

I, and other family members, would like to thank everyone in Winthorpe for their messages of sympathy, and kind help and support during the last few weeks.  Thanks also to everyone - too many to name - who visited Peter and helped in other ways during his final illness.  I always knew Winthorpe was a fantastic village community, but I have really experienced this "in action" in recent months. I look forward to keeping in touch with my friends in Winthorpe - my contact details are:-  Joanne Vaughan, Nuthatch, Tennyson's Lane, Haslemere, Surrey  GU27 3AF  - e mail:
Joanne Vaughan

Alan Hill

 Avril, Juliet and Susan would like to thank everyone for their kind letters, cards and telephone calls after the sad loss of Alan. We have taken great comfort from the support we have received.

Thank You


Peter and Alan liked a smile.............

 A Zebra asks St Peter "Am I white with black stripes, or am I black with white stripes?" St. Peter says, "That's a question which only God can answer."
So the zebra goes off in search of God.
When he finds Him, the zebra asks, "God, please - I must know.
Am I white with black stripes, or am I black with white stripes?"
God simply replies "You are what you are."
The zebra then returns to see St. Peter once more, and St. Peter asks him,
"Well, did God straighten out your query for you?"
The zebra looks puzzled.
"No, he says, God simply said "You are what you are."
St. Peter smiles and says to the zebra, "Well then, there you are. You are white with black stripes."
The zebra then asks St. Peter, "How do you know that for certain?" "Because,"
said St. Peter, "If you were black with white stripes,
God would have said, "You is what you is."





In our January church notes it was too early to mention the Carol Service. It was very enjoyable and we were joined by the Benefice choir who enhanced the service with their singing. We would especially like to thank Ian & Christine Hasman for preparing the mulled wine for this service and also for David's ‘Jolly'.


We have unhappily lost two important residents in the village who in various ways were dear to our hearts - Peter Milroy & Allan Hill. Allan was churchwarden for many years but has had poor health for sometime. When I agreed to be a churchwarden without a second churchwarden Allan would have been prepared to take on this role in spite of his disabilities but realised ‘the spirit was willing but the flesh was weak'. He was always there for me should I require advice and I will miss him very much. The collection at his funeral was £460 which he would have wished to be used for the re-pointing of the church. Our thoughts are with Avril & Joanne Milroy at this time.

At the moment Nan Jackson is having some respite care in the Hospice probably for a week, This will give Steve a break. Phil Watts has had another fall but luckily no bones were broken. He kept Malcolm company for a short time in Winthorpe Hall but now they are both at home and we wish them well.

In our thanks last month we forgot to thank the editor of the Focal Point for his patient help and very interesting articles and comments.

Thank you Cliff.

Ann would also like to thank Jo & Martin at the Post Office for their concern and help they give to people in the village when necessary. We are very lucky to have them & that point of contact.

Pat Finn who is very interested in our church has researched many areas of our history (see web site.) He has recently taken photographs of the stained glass windows. From these he has produced some beautiful bookmarks which he has donated to the church towards pointing of the brickwork. There is a story on the back of each one describing the background of the window. They are 50p each and orders can be taken. Thank you Pat.


It is at this time of year when we prepare for the Annual General Meeting of the church which includes the election of the churchwardens and the P.C.C. Members.


The churchwardens are elected by the village community and forms for proposition are obtainable from Ann or Alan Stone.

I am in my 76th year and have a health problem which means that I may not be able to give 100% as I have done. Help of any sort would be most welcome. I have been most grateful to David Woodcock (from Alexander Avenue) a bell ringer for his work in the graveyard.

We are hoping to arrange some fund raising events during the year for the lighting & pointing of the brickwork.


From the registers

 R.I.P Peter Milroy Funeral on 6/1/09

R,I.P, William Allan Clifford Hill Thanksgiving Service on 7/1/09

 Brass Cleaners

Mrs June Taylor, Mrs Everson

Church Bells:- They will ring for practices on Thursday evenings from

7 pm until 9pm and possibly for the following:-


February 8th  10.15am Holy Communion service.

February 15th  10.l5am Family Service.

February 22nd  5pm Evensong.


Alan & Ann notices of our church services and those of the other church services in the Benefice are displayed in the Post Office.



  A huge thank you to all the flower ladies for their beautiful Christmas arrangements. The church has never looked more Festive and was so appreciated by all who attended the services.

 Sylvia Lloyd




Dear All,


2009 Would you believe it!

As I write it is only three weeks since I led our annual Carol Service at ‘All Saints'

The story of Jesus' birth unfolded in a familiar way through word, song and prayer. It was a wonderful occasion and a joy to have the church full, making an enormous voice of harmonizing sharps and flats.  During the service those present were able to experience the setting sun as its rays poured into church bathing the walls in a soft warm light and illuminating the stained glass windows, making the pictures alive with colour and light. As darkness fell the candles around the church produced a more mysterious feel as the service reached the high point at the telling of the birth of Jesus. The story told, the service over, everyone sang a verse of "We wish you a Merry Christmas" before embarking on another tradition, that of mulled wine. For this my thanks for the work of Christine and Ian Hasman and home made short bread courtesy of Sylvia Lloyd. 

I have written about our Carol Service because it is something that all who took part in it can take pride, happily remembering the warmth of the event.  At the end of the service the majority of those attending stayed a goodly time making the afternoon a thoroughly rounded event. Only the East Trent Churches Choir who had supported the singing left promptly to repeat their endeavours at South Scarle's Carol Service later on the same day.


Warmed by that event and our well attended Christmas Eve service we journey with some confidence into 2009.  At All Saints we have always been thankful for the support of congregation members and the contribution they make to our Church life.  Sadly Alan Hill a former Churchwarden and great supporter of All Saints died at Christmas time.  A privilege of my office is getting to know members of the congregation and community.  Over recent years I have spent time with both Alan and Avril.  Alan was a very generous and thoughtful man, a true gentleman. He was passionate about the work and ministry of All Saints.  The last time he came to church was with his family on Christmas Eve.  I shall miss his warm smile, quiet humour and wise counsel very much. I know he will be missed by many who have known him far longer than I.  I'm sure all our thoughts will be with Avril and the family at this time.

 During January a service was held giving thanks for the life of Peter Milroy.  Peter Foden gave a fine Tribute, which gave light to Peter's life, work and diverse gifts. His daughter Joanne was very helpful in thinking through the course of the service.  Peter's sister Maurie also supported the occasion in her role of lay reader.  In different ways Alan and Peter will be much missed by many.

 All Saints remains an important part of our community and it is available to everyone, age is no barrier. 

 Every year, and this is no exception Jesus' ministry will be revealed through our pattern of worship. In January the East Trent Group of Churches, of which All Saints is a part begins with ‘Epiphany' the story of the wise men. ‘Candlemas' follows at the beginning of February and then on to ‘Ash Wednesday' and a  service of preparation for  the Lenten season, a period of forty days and nights looking towards  ‘Good Friday' and Jesus' Crucifixion.  The high point will be ‘Easter Sunday' and Jesus' Resurrection. 


Through the pages of this magazine and posted on notice boards around the village are all the services and events connected with All Saints and the East Trent Group. You are warmly welcome to all or any!


Yours in Christ, David




 On Thursday evening of the 8th January the Bell Ringers of Winthorpe Church rang a quarter peal of bells in honour to the memory of two of Winthorpe's most loved men, Peter Milroy and Allan Hill. This followed their funerals on Tuesday & Wednesday of that week. Their respect in the village and beyond was illustrated by a full church on both occasions.

It was a dreadful shame that about ten minutes into the quarter peal a person entered the church porch and deliberately pulled the bell rope in the porch which fortunately was not connected to a bell. Instead the rope in the ringing room had been coiled up but one of the ringers had his foot on a piece of the rope. This could have caused a major accident as he was ringing the tenor bell weighing half a ton and had he lost his presence of mind, severe damage and injury could have been done. The culprit then banged the tower door & also the outer door of the church, further disturbing the ringing.

The quarter peal was interrupted whilst the ringers searched the graveyard and surrounding area. There was no sign of youths or persons near the premises but a car was seen which hooted gleefully as it departed. This was a shameful incident of harassment and it has been recorded.

The ringers returned to their task and the quarter peal was re-started and completed in perfection as a fitting tribute to these honourable men.

In future the outer door will be closed and secured when all the ringers have arrived.


Alan Stone -- Churchwarden.


Police Mobile Rural Contact Point

I have received the times and dates for February and March when the above will be in Winthorpe, located outside the Post Office.

 These are as follows:-

9th February 1.25pm to 2.25pm

9th March 1.25pm to 2.25pm

Should anyone have any queries, comments or complaints please do not hesitate to go along and discuss them with the policeman who will be in attendance.


Des Aldridge


                        SERVICES IN FEBRUARY


              SUNDAY 1st

                        9am                  Holy Communion, Holme.

                                                NO SERVICE IN WINTHORPE.


            MONDAY 2nd

            7.30pm                        Holy Communion for Candlemas, Holme.


            SUNDAY 8th - 3rd  before Lent

            10.15am                       Holy Communion, Winthorpe.

            5pm                             Evensong, Holme.


            SUNDAY 15th - 2nd before Lent

            9am                              Holy Communion, Langford.

            10.15am                       Family Service, Winthorpe.


            THURSDAY 19th

            10am                            Holy Communion BCP, Winthorpe.


            SUNDAY 22nd - Sunday next before Lent

            5pm                             Evensong, Winthorpe.


                           ALL ARE WELCOME



                         February                                               March

            13th  Mrs Finn, Mrs Nelson.          13th   Mrs Foden, Mrs Hill.

            27th  Mrs Stone, Mr McClymont.  27th  Mrs Lloyd, Mrs Nelson.



                         FEBRUARY CALENDAR


            Monday 2nd                  Luncheon Club 12.30pm Centre.

                                                Silver Bin

            Thursday 5th                 Library Van

            Saturday 7th                  Village Quiz 7,30pm - Centre.

            Monday 9th                  Green Bin

            Tuesday 10th                Tues. Club Coffee Morn. 10.30am V.H.

            Wednesday 11th           School - Pensioners Lunch.

            Thursday 12th               WI Meeting, 7.30pm Village Hall.

            Monday 16th                Silver Bin.

            Wednesday 18th           Garden Club, 7.30pm Centre.

            Thursday 19th               Library Van.

            Monday 23rd                Green Bin

            Tuesday 24th                Tuesday Club Quiz, 2.30pm V.H.

            Thursday 26th               Whist Drive, 7pm Village Hall.



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