Focal Point - June 2007



FOCAL  POINT JUNE   2007     Issue No. 319

  Ed's Comments,                     

   Well the Flower festival and the open gardens were blessed with some lovely weather and by all accounts the weekend was enjoyed by many.                                                                                                                                                                   Congratulations to those who opened their gardens, as all of your hard work was evident, especially as it was quite early into the bedding plant season.

The website continues apace as more and more material is inserted. Pat Finn and Malcolm Smith will be ready for a holiday judging by their imput. Langford are now featured with the local history of the village and St Bartholomews Church

The Post Office/Store has their special offers listed and the Lord Nelson's menu can be found, with an opportunity to book a table via the internet.                                                                                                                                                                         I understand that over 1000 people have visited the site in the three months that it has been online!!

One of the ideas discussed when we were investigating the feasibility of the website was to include a villagers own ‘For Sale' and ‘Wanted' page. Should anyone wish to take on the responsibility of running this page then please let me know and I can pass it on to the Parish Council/Website manager.

Many of you may have noticed a lot of hand printed notices around Winthorpe requesting information on a missing cat. I am unaware of the success or otherwise of this search, but perhaps there is another slot on our website for anything ‘lost' or ‘missing'?

Someone has asked, "what the web address was", inspite of it being in this magazine. If anyone has difficulty remembering it, just type ‘Winthorpe Village' into ‘Google' and it is usually the first site listed.

(See foot of the Calendar at the back of this issue; it's permanent place!)

Cliff Newbold

Closing date for the July issue is the 20th June.

Please deliver to 18 Woodlands or email me at:-




The Annual General Meeting was held on Monday, 23rd April.

I was able to report another successful year with good use of the facilities through private and commercial bookings. The treasurer, Duncan Richardson, reported a satisfactory financial situation but urged caution because of continually rising costs.

The meeting provided the opportunity for me to thank the many people who carry out various tasks to keep the Centre in good working order. I also thanked all those involved in the Lunch Club for their fund raising efforts.

The following were elected or nominated:


            President                      Margaret Thornhill

            Chairman                      Frances Kelly

            Vice Chairman                Alec Stewart

            Treasurer                      Duncan Richardson

            Secretary                      Peter Foden

            Organization nominated Trustees:-

            Parish Council              Alec Stewart, Mike Casterton

            WI                               Margaret Wiseman

            Tennis Club                  Colin Smith

            Youth Club                   Mike Toulson

            Football Club               Andrew Clarke

            Mothers & Toddlers     Debbie Casterton


            Elected Trustees:-

            Alan Taylor, Yvonne Skaith, Diane Rowland, Sue Sharp,

            John Nelson, David Jackson, Phil Dale and Al Myatt.



The next Lunch will be on Monday, 4th June. The menu will be:

Cold Roast Pork & Turkey


Poached Salmon


 New Potatoes, Green Salad & Coleslaw


Fruit Cheesecake

Tickets at £6.00 including a glass of wine and coffee

available from the Post Office.

Frances Kelly, Chairman



Both meetings in June are in the Village Hall as usual.

Tuesday, June 12th.

 Morning Coffee. 10.30am. 50p. All are welcome.  

Tuesday, June 26th.

2.30pm. Please bring any items you may have for our Village Festival Tombola stall.

We would also welcome items from Focal Point readers.

The money raised will be donated to the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, the designated charity for this year's event.

Jean Foden


Police Mobile Point

The Police Mobile Point i.e. their mobile van, will be outside the Village shop/PO on  Monday, 4th June from 2.30pm to 4.00pm and anyone with any queries, concerns, or comments to make to the police, should visit this mobile van and talk to the police officer who will be on duty there.




Our President Mrs. S.Lloyd welcomed members and our Speaker Mrs Ellie Briggs, to our Resolution meeting in the Village Hall. We were reduced in numbers due to some members being on holiday.

There were several items of business discussed and members were reminded of our Group meeting in the Community Centre on Monday.

At the Village Festival in July, the Institute will be providing refreshments and drinks in the Community Centre and members were asked to bake cakes for this and also for sale on our Cake stall. We will be having a Bric-a- Brac stall for which we are collecting GOOD items for sale.

Members signed up for the Garden Visit to Woover's at Caunton on July 10th.

Our Speaker Mrs Biggs explained why there was only one Resolution on the agenda for the A.G.M. in London this year. Apparently we are the victims of our own success, a lot of lobbying is done and many of our previous resolutions are still topical. For example, people trafficking and the dairy milk question, to name but two.

The Resolution for this year is :- This Resolution urges H.M.Government to stop the closure of Community Hospitals which provide essential services to its Local people. It was devised by a Wiltshire group who have been affected by this issue. Apparently in Nottinghamshire we are not affected by this threat, however in Lincolnshire, Grantham Hospital is under threat of closure. Members were urged to join with Local groups who are campaigning and support them in their quest, because the more people lobbying councillors etc., the more likely it is they will get results. After a discussion among members the Resolution was voted on, the result being an overwhelming FOR. Our delegate to the A.G.M. is Mrs Sandra Carter of Coddington who will vote on our behalf.

Mrs Margaret Hewitt gave the vote of thanks to the Speaker.

A competition for a Spring Posy was won by Mrs Barbara Callicott with Mrs Margaret Hewitt and Mrs Barbara Finn 2nd and 3rd

Our next meeting is on June 14th when the Speaker is Mrs M.Newton talking about Childhood games and pastimes. The competition is a childhood photograph. Hostesses are Mesdames K.Harvey, D.Gold & S.Hopewell.



April 26th saw a large group of members and friends travelling to Harrogate for the Spring Flower Show.  A rewarding day wandering around the many exhibits was further enhanced by glorious weather and live jazz entertainment.  On our return, a goodly number enjoyed a meal together at the Lord Nelson.

Our speaker at May's meeting was Russ Yates.  He was making a return visit and his theme this time was a year in the life of Japanese Gardens.  This was based on the importance the people place on the blossoms, both tree and flower, in their season and the significance and symbolism attaching to them - all illustrated with colourful slides. 

One interesting facet to emerge was that Samurai warriors were the principal breeders of camellias and use the oil to condition their hair.

Further to last month's report, Vivienne Green has agreed to be our meetings secretary.

The next meeting, on June 20th ,is our outing to Shugborough Hall.  The coach will leave the Lord Nelson at 9.00am - a few places are still available.

Ian Wilson


WINTHORPE CRICKET CLUB                          

I'm afraid to say that this month's report wasn't the most enjoyable to write.  Again we have been turned down on our funding application.  Again the FSA put their refusal down to being oversubscribed. I can't help feeling that there may be some sort of postcode lottery being applied as we fulfilled all of their appropriate criteria. Still we live to fight another day!  This disappointment means that we cannot go ahead with the new pavilion scheme in it's entirety however we can get the project started.  We have spoken to the Planning Department at Kelham Hall regarding our planning approval and they have informed us that we can complete the project in phases so long as it is completed within the time scale indicated in the application.  This means that we can hopefully have a pavilion in place towards the end of the summer.  We will then need to raise further funds to complete the scheme in full.  In the meantime we will be continuing with our normal fundraising and in addition re-visiting smaller funding bodies to hopefully overcome the current shortfall.  I will keep Focal Point informed of progress over the forthcoming months.

I am please to say that since the last report I have received a couple of telephone calls from people interested in playing which is excellent news and we will certainly be taking those people up on their offers.  That said we are still looking for additional members to join us to ensure that the Club can go from strength to strength.  If you, or anyone you know, may be interested in playing either on a regular basis or just the occasional game, please give me or a member of the club a call.  You can make yourself available as regularly or irregularly as you wish.  Please give me or any other member of the club a call if you are able to assist, failing that leave a message at the Lord Nelson and we'll get in touch with you

As ever we would like to remind people of the Bonus Ball draw that the club runs every week.  This provides the club with the much needed finance to keep us operational.  Without it we would find it impossible to survive, so if you find yourself in the Lord Nelson why not try your luck.  Just ask the bar staff for details of how to enter and it only costs a £1.

On the playing front there is currently very little to report. At the time of writing we have only managed to complete one game which was a cup match away at Saxilby.  We travelled there with a somewhat depleted bowling attack as our two opening and 1st change bowlers were all absent.  Batting first we put on 120 runs which was 30 or so short of the total we looked on target to get at one stage.  Whilst our bowlers worked very hard and were ably supported in the field the home side completed their run chase relatively comfortably for the loss of only 3 wickets.  This does now leave us free to concentrate on the league! (Quote of the week from our Captain - ever the optimist)

I have included our fixtures for June and July below.  All that remains now is to hope for a good summer and we hope to see you down at Holme Lane. 

Contact Details

Andy Fereday - 678622

Ashley Locke - 703988

Peter Bateson - 704787

Simon Potter - 612968

Fixtures June/July 2007



Home Club/Team

Away Club/Team




Bassingham 1st XI


Winthorpe 1st XI




Winthorpe 1st XI


Saxilby 1st XI




Winthorpe 1st XI


Market Rasen 1st XI




Hartsholme 1st XI


Winthorpe 1st XI




Martin 1st XI


Winthorpe 1st XI




Winthorpe 1st XI


Reepham 1st XI




Timberland 1st XI


Winthorpe 1st XI




Winthorpe 1st XI


Hartsholme 1st XI


Andy Fereday



                FRIDAY 6th JULY


Treasure Hunt to start at 6pm at Langford Church

      followed  by BBQ from 7pm onwards at

                       Rose Cottage, Holme.


Adults £3:50 ---Children £1:00 ---All Very Welcome


Wendy's Walk


We all know somebody who has been affected by Breast Cancer - themselves, family or friends.

I am walking 10 miles as part of the Ribbon Walk in Derbyshire on June 23rd in aid of Breast Cancer Care.


If anyone would like to sponsor me forms will be available in reception at the Medical Centre in Collingham.

Thank you.

Nurse Wendy (Williams)



A visitor at an asylum asks the director what the criteria are for defining whether or not a patient should be institutionalised.
"Well," says the director, "we fill up a bathtub; then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub."
"Oh, I understand," says the visitor. "A normal person would use the bucket as it's bigger than the spoon or the teacup."
"No," says the director. "A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed by the wall or near the window?"




In celebration of another successful flower festival at All Saints church, and for the Songs of Praise service on 20th May, our local

team of bell ringers rang a Quarter Peal of 1260 changes of Plain Bob Doubles in 42 minutes.

This was a major achievement as it was the first quarter peal to be rung on the bells by the current local band without outside help.

The quarter peal was conducted by Ian Hasman, our tower captain.

The ringers taking part were:

Treble:   Keith Lloyd

2nd:        Christine Hasman

3rd:         Paul Raithby

4th:         David Woodcock

Tenor:    Ian Hasman  (first as conductor)

Unfortunately, our sixth member, Jon was unable to take part because of another commitment.

Paul Raithby


Winthorpe Tennis Club

Welcome to our new members. Thirty families in Winthorpe are now members of Winthorpe Tennis Club, which is fantastic.

If you want to play tennis on the courts at Winthorpe and have not yet become a member, the fees for 2007 are as follows:-


Family membership £40

(two adults + children under 11 years)

Adult membership £20

Junior (11-18 years) £5

Students £5

New key either for new member or a replacement for loss, £2.50


If you would like to become a member:-

Contact Sue Sharp - Subscription Secretary on 01636 703198


Pay and Play Fees for non-members

£2 per hour + £5 refundable key deposit.

Maximum number of times casual play available to a person is four times per year.


Club Night is Wednesday starting at 6.30 pm.

Sunday Tournament

We had our first tournament of the season on Sunday 6 May with eight people taking part. We did not have an outright winner so we called it a draw.

The next Sunday tournament will take place on 24 June at 10 am. It is just a fun tournament with the only prize being a mention in Focal Point if you win. Non-members are welcome to take part on this day for the usual £2 court fee.


       Eighth Ladies Tennis Tournament - Tuesday 12 June


We meet at the Community Centre at 9.30 am for coffee and start play at 10 am finishing with lunch, a glass of wine and the trophy presentation at The Lord Nelson.

This will be our 8th Ladies Tournament and it is a most enjoyable day suitable for any standard of player from beginner to competitive with each court having players of a similar standard playing against each other. If you would like to take part or would like more information please do not hesitate to contact me.

Village Website

Please visit The Tennis Club page of the village website to keep up to date with future events

Looking forward to seeing you on court!

Maureen Smith - 01636 701205

        Winthorpe Tennis Club - Committee Members 2007

Colin Smith - Chairman,  Maureen Smith-Secretary

  Sue Sharp Vice Chairman/Subscription Secretary

               Derek Crumpton - Treasurer



Here we are again at the end of yet another year. It is unbelievable, as I am sure you will agree, just how fast this year has flown.

You will all be aware of the painful time both moral and financial that Post Office Ltd. is currently enduring. Many of the traditional services that local communities like this one relied on, have now been stripped from the P0 leaving it with the mammoth task of changing many of its functions in order to meet the criteria necessary to take it back to profitability.

Some areas to my mind have been handled very badly, like the transition from allowance books to P0 card account, of which it's difficulty couldn't have been greater and could only encourage people to follow the easiest route of simply signing a piece of paper to have pensions paid into Bank accounts.

The Post Office is now a sales phenomenon at which many products are available. If you've read our advert over the past months you will know just how many products there are, things like; House Insurance, Car Insurance, P0 Home Phone, The Credit card, Personal loans and many more, including several investment opportunities with excellent rates of return GUARANTEED. Also on the way later this year, "POST OFFICE BROADBAND" for which all P0 Homephone customers will more than likely receive a better deal.

Those from higher management levels have indicated, (and quite rightly), that Winthorpe is not achieving enough in these areas.

Please always remember to obtain quotes from your P0 as well as all other institutions when it's time to re-new any of these. You will be surprised how competitive the Post Office is.

To add further support to our Post Office, we recently changed our personal Bank account from HSBC to alliance and Leicester. The transition was so simple and painless, with all transfers of Direct Debits and Standing Orders taken care of by the simple signing of one document to give them authorization. "JOB DONE"

Regarding the government announcement recently, I would like to say that this in itself told us nothing other than that which we already know. It was merely a public confirmation. It was also stated that closures are to be sorted by Post Office Ltd and Royal Mail. Remember; they have never ordered closure of any Post Offices. Their policy has always been voluntary.

The Shop side of things tells a very different story. Over the past year we have pushed lines that give us a good return on our investment whilst giving you money saving items that are consistently available. These in the main are all meat items; utilising my past experience in the meat trade. Just a couple of examples of how competitive we can be in this area are our newest item of Barnsley Lamb Chops at £6.99kg s/mkts £8.49kg; Sirloin Steak £10.99kg, s/mkts anything up to £14.99 and Back Bacon £4.89kg, s/mkts £7.96kg or £1.99 for 250 grams. Through the introduction of these, our annual turnover has soared by as much as 30% since coming here. Even more amazing is that the pontential for greater growth is still there.

With many of you still only requiring a daily paper and a pint of milk, you give us a major challenge to get you to look more and buy more without it costing more.

 It can be done - Remember This is your shop




Your sunflower plants should now be in your garden. Have you chosen a sunny position for them? I always put plenty of garden compost in before I plant mine. This will hold moisture, which the plants like. The plants will take seven days for the roots to become established, and then they will start growing at a fast pace. Have you tied the plant to a strong tall stake? 

To keep them growing there are five things you should be doing.                                               

Give the plants plenty of water.

  • Feed with a fertiliser, such as Tomorite, once a week.
  • Keep the squirrels away.
  • Use a longer stake.
  • As the plants grow tie them loosely to the stakes. This will prevent damage to the plants due to any high winds we often get in June.


The tallest sunflower grown in this country was 7mtrs 17.6cms (23ft 6 ½ins) in 1976, our hottest summer on record.

  • The tallest grown in our competition was 4mtrs 42cms (14ft 6ins) in 1999 by Jon Higgins of Langford.

Lets try and beat that?

Pat Finn




We cater for babies through to 5yr olds. First visit is free! Entry fee: £1 (each additional child 50p to a max of £2)

Tea or coffee and juice with a biscuit are served at each session

Different Craft activity every week

Come and join us at Winthorpe Community Centre Woodlands Winthorpe

If you have any questions please contact

Nicky Hancock on 01636 707550


A Black and White  Flavour of the website...

Welcome to the Winthorpe Village Website

Winthorpe village is located about 2 miles from the historic centre of Newark. The River Fleet runs through the village, partly underground in places. The River Trent is about 1/2/ mile south west. Winthorpe has a quiet and secluded setting with Civil War archaeology and a mix of cottages, country houses as well as more modern developments.

This website is sponsored and maintained by Winthorpe-with-Langford Parish Council. If you would like to be involved in the village website by providing events or additional information you feel is of benifit to the community then please contact us.

     Some of the Subjects covered on the site:-

  • Home
  • Village Calendar
  • Annual Events
  • Clubs / Associations
  • Local Attractions
  • Parish Council
  • Langford Parish
  • Parish Church
  • Community Centre
  • Neighbourhood Watch
  • Langford Church 
  • Village Hall
  • Focal Point Online
  • The Lord Nelson
  • Post Office
  • Village History
  • Village Map
  • Useful Links
  • Contact Us

Recent Site Updates

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Upcoming Calendar

12-Jun-2007, Tue at 12:00
Tennis Club - 8th Ladies Summer Tournament

12-Jun-2007, Tue at 12:00
Tennis Club - New Season Sunday Tournament

21-Jun-2007, Thu at 19:30
Parish Council - Monthly Meeting (June)





The Gala Day will be at the Community Centre on Saturday, 7th July from 12 noon to 4pm.


 The Lincs. and Notts. Air Ambulance will be this year's nominated charity and nice as it would be to see the air ambulance at some time we certainly do not want it appearing at our event in its official capacity.

Representatives of the three major emergency services have also been invited to attend and it is hoped that they will be demonstrating their various rescue and life saving skills and techniques.



I am sure we have all enjoyed the beautiful weather at the beginning of May although our gardens have cried out for rain.

Tom Balding has been very much in our thoughts this month as on

May 8th he would have been 100 yrs old. His birthday coincided with the Red Cross collection in the village and we are grateful to Julie Shuckburgh the co-ordinator and all the collectors who have continued Mary & Tom's work for this charity. Thank you all very much indeed.

The church would like to thank all the people who made the weekend of 19th & 2Oth May so memorable. Once again the church was arrayed with flowers looking and smelling beautiful. Many visitors commented about the friendly and warm atmosphere they felt when entering the building; many were from outside the area. The Songs of Praise was very well supported and enjoyed, as shown by the positive feedback during conversation over a glass of wine, which concluded the evening. We were extremely grateful to have Collingham choir lead the singing and the support of people from the other churches in the Benefice.

N.B. On Thursday 7th June at 7.3Opm there will be a Holy Communion service (Book of Common Prayer) in Winthorpe Church to celebrate Corpus Christi . This will be for the whole Benefice and will be lead by Collingham Choir.

Please try and support this if you can.

We send our best wishes to those who have recently had operations and all others who are unwell at this time.

Church Bells :- they will ring for practices on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm until 9pm and possibly for the following:-

June 10th : Trinity I for l0.l5am Holy Communion service.

June 17th : Trinity 2 for 10.l5am Family Service

June 24th : Trinity 3 for 6pm Evensong

 Brass Cleaning :-

.Mrs Burton & Mrs Chipperfield.

Up to date notices of our church services and those of the other church services in the Benifice are displayed in the Post Office.

Alan Stone



              Dear All,

Due to much hard work and good weather Winthorpe has been able to enjoy another great open garden weekend. I know from the many people I have spoken to how much the event has been enjoyed.

Our church of All Saints has also been decorated beautifully, thank you flower arrangers. We have been able to welcome many who have made it along the lane to us.

The event concluded with a Songs of Praise. It was lovely to be part of such a happy occasion. Hymns and readings were chosen by a number of people. The singing was supported by the Collingham Group Choir and the evening ended with a wine and cheese reception in church.

A number of the hymns chosen centred on our natural world and our relationship with  God, others provided a prayer focus. The last two hymns  ‘When I survey the Wondrous Cross' and' In Christ Alone', written 200 years apart  provided reflections on Jesus' Life, trial, death and resurrection.. Our final song ‘One More step along the World I go' is synonymous for many with the Scouting movement celebrating  its first hundreds years, and with 28 million members world wide it is certainly a force to be reckoned with.

Combined with readings the evening was both fun and thought provoking

Thank you to all who made it such a memorable occasion.

The whole weekend was a great source of encouragement to me. It is a privilege to see our community working so well together.                                                                      




                 SUNDAY 3rd -- Trinity Sunday

                        9am                  Holy Communion, Holme.

                                                NO SERVICE IN WINTHORPE

           THURSDAY 7th  - Corpus Christi

            7.30pm            Holy Communion, Winthorpe               

               SUNDAY 10th -- Trinity 1

            10.15am           Holy Communion, Winthorpe.  

             6pm                 Evensong, Holme.

         SUNDAY 17th  -- Trinity 2

            9am                  Holy Communion, Langford.

            10.15am           Family Service, Winthorpe.

            6pm                 Affirmation and Thanksgiving at

                                    ALL SAINTS, COLLINGHAM

            THURSDAY 21st

            10am                Holy Communion BCP, Winthorpe.

         SUNDAY 24th -- Trinity 3

            6pm                 Evensong, Winthorpe.





    Monday 4th             Luncheon Club, 12.30pm Centre,

                                    Police Mobile, 2.30pm Post Office

                                    Green Bin

   Monday 11th             Silver Bin

   Tuesday 12th             Tuesday Club Coffee Morn. 10.30am V.H.

                                    Ladies Tennis Tournament, 9.30am

   Thursday 14th            WI meeting, 7.30pm V.H.

                                    Library Van

   Monday 18th             Green Bin

   Wednesday 20th        Garden Club meeting, 7.30pm Centre.

   Sunday 24th               Tennis Tournament

   Monday 25th              Silver Bin

   Tuesday 26th             Tuesday Club afternoon, 2.30pm V.H.

   Thursday 28th            Library Van


   Friday 6th      Langford Treasure Hunt

   Saturday 7th   Winthorpe Village Festival