Focal Point - May 2007


FOCAL POINT MAY 2007                Issue No. 318

Ed's Comments

I would like to start my comments by congratulating Peter Foden on his recent award, given by the Chairman of Newark and Sherwood District Council, for his services to the Community. Whilst some evidence of his efforts can always be found in these pages, there is so much more that goes unseen.
Well done Peter, richly deserved.

The village website is now up and running, .
For those with the necessary equipment, please take a look, as I am sure that you will be pleasantly surprised at how much information is available about our villages.
You might like to click on ‘Parish Church' and read all about the Church and it's history. (See page 14 of this issues as an example) Or click on ‘Village History'. On these pages you can delve into our history from:-‘Winthorpe in Norman Times' to the ‘Fields and Woodlands of Winthorpe 50 years ago' and much much more
Pat Finn has been working feverishly on installing pages and pages from the village scrapbook, whilst he has only inserted text at this time, there will be ‘pictures' to follow.
Congratulations to Pat; a tremendous effort in such a short time. It just goes to show what these ‘Silver Surfers' can achieve with today's technology!
You will also be able to read this newsletter on the ‘web'.
The April edition is also in.
As the site develops, hopefully there will be other groups/associations that will join in. If so they could contact Malcolm Smith on 686835 or email for information and possible training.
The Parish Council will of course need to approve.

What this all means is, that anyone anywhere in the world who has access to the internet, will be able to ‘read all about us', so that friends and family who live ‘away' can see what is happening in our community. So, just provide them with the web address, detailed above, and they will be ‘on their way'.

Cliff Newbold

The closing date for the June issue is the 21st May.
Deliver to 18 Woodlands or email:-



Winthorpe-with-Langford Parish Council

The next meeting of the Council will be held in the Village Hall at
7 pm on Wednesday 16th May.
This will be the Annual Meeting of the Parish, (commencing at 7 p.m.) to be followed by the Annual General Meeting of the Parish Council.
It should be noted that this is a change from the normal Thursday.

The Clerk or Chairman of the Parish Council MUST receive any relevant items for inclusion on the agenda for the above meeting at least 10 clear days prior to the meeting.

Clerk to the Parish Council



There will be NO Lunch in May.
The next Lunch will be on Monday, June 4th. Details will be advertised in plenty of time.


The AGM took place after the closing date for this Focal Point. Details will be given next month.

Frances Kelly, Chairman

Both meetings in May will be in the Village Hall as usual.

Tuesday, May 8th.
Morning Coffee. 10.30am. 50p. All are welcome
Tuesday, May 22nd.
2.30pm. Talk by the Rev. David Milner.

Jean Foden

The British Red Cross
The door-to-door Red Cross collection for Winthorpe will take place during the week 5th to 12th May.

Thank you,
Julie Shuckburgh

The Children's Society

I would be very grateful if the collection boxes could once again be left at the Lodge between the 10th - 20th of May
Thank you so much for your contributions to this worthwhile cause.

Kate Shelmerdine

WI Report

‘Wine, Women and Song'
A great start for our 53rd birthday Party.

The wine flowed, the women were there in abundance and the singing of Jerusalem opened the proceedings.
Mrs Lloyd our president welcomed members and guests from Besthorpe, Coddington, Collingham and North and South Clifton institutes, who are members of our fleet group.
A candle of friendship was lit by Mrs Dys Gold, one of our longest serving members.
A few items of business were discussed and then the serious business began.

Members had provided a wonderful variety of food and delicious sweets.
Mrs Edith Pacey entertained us with two monologues - one told the tale of Pat and Barbara's wedding day!! The second one told us about the little snake who's mum wouldn't let him ‘hiss in the pit'. Then Mrs Fiona Wright read a letter from a 15 year old boy to his dad.

At the start of the evening, each table had been given two quiz sheets prepared by Mrs Fiona Wright, one about resorts and the other dingbats. We had all been testing our brains for the answers.
Two tables won a bottle of wine each.-- Mrs Edith Pacey's table and Mrs Barbara Nelson's table
There was a raffle, with the prizes provided by the committee.
The birthday cake was made by Mrs Sylvia Lloyd and iced and decorated by Mrs Brenda Tinsley. Mrs Lloyd cut it and each member received a piece.
Table flowers were provided by Mrs Linda Richardson with Mrs Pat Nelson helping to arrange them.
I think that everyone will agree that a fantastic evening was had by all and here's to the 54th.

The next meeting on Thursday 10th of May, is a ‘Resolution' meeting that is to be taken by Mrs E Briggs.



Our AGM and plant sale went smoothly with officers remaining in place. The exception was Nikki Dales whose replacement as meetings secretary has to be confirmed. All officers were thanked by the chairman for their ongoing efforts which are rewarded by a membership drawn from several miles beyond Winthorpe.
The plant sale produced a useful sum towards club funds, which will be further enhanced by an increase in annual subscription.

The next meeting will be on May 16th when Russ Yates will give a talk entitled Plants & Japanese People exploring the links between plants and ceremonies.

Ian Wilson


I am extremely pleased this month to be able to say that things have moved on a pace from my last report regarding the new pavilion. We have now received full planning permission for the scheme and only have one or two conditions to discharge before commencing on site. These are relatively straight forward and should be resolved fairly quickly. Once again I would like to thank the Parish Council for their support and also Chris Perkins for his efforts over recent months. Along with this quotations for the new facility have been received and they are falling in line with our budget. The one thing that we still have outstanding is news on the grant funding. A decision is imminent and we were hoping to be able to announce the outcome in this report however we remain ever hopeful.

By the time of reading nets will have been completed the last one being
29th April. The Club has been pleased with the attendance however like most organisations we are never satisfied and it would have been nice to have a few more faces along, whether old or new.

Things are looking positive on the playing front for the new season. We have lost one or two members however, we have also gained one or two new members. It does still mean that in terms of playing members we are a little short of the ideal number to give us confidence of having a full compliment each week. If you or you know of anyone who 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. As you have read previously we have had a modicum of success in getting assistance with the ground and on the new player front. Whilst extremely grateful for the current offers of assistance on both fronts it would put the club in a comfortable position if that additional support could be further bolstered. Again 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.

A date for your diary in May; The Winthorpe Cricket Club Annual Duck Race Day. As per usual this will be held at the usual venue of The Fleet alongside The Lord Nelson, taking place on Bank Holiday Monday 28th May.
There will be all the usual attractions. Apart from the racing, there will be barbeque, tombola, raffle, bouncy castle etc.
We are hoping for an improvement in the weather on last year to ensure a bumper turn out and in order to complete the new pavilion fundraising effort. In addition to the aforementioned activity we will again be having the Duck Race Day Lottery Race. As last year please keep an eye out for the Duck Race Day Lottery Tickets which will be going on sale shortly and available from the usual outlets! Simply pick your 6 numbers, pay your £1 and then keep a close watch on the Lottery Race on the day for the first 6 ducks over the line.

The fixtures for the season have now been finalised by the league. I have included our fixtures for May and June 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 Paul Evans - 700159 Ashley Locke - 703988
Peter Bateson - 704787 Simon Potter - 612968

Fixtures May/June 2007

Date Home Club/Team Away Club/Team Venue
1 06-May Saxilby V Winthorpe 1st XI A
2 13-May Middle Rasen 1st XI Winthorpe 1st XI A
3 20-May Winthorpe 1st XI vs Timberland 1st XI H
4 27-May Winthorpe 1st XI vs Middle Rasen 1st XI H
5 03-Jun Bassingham 1st XI vs Winthorpe 1st XI A
6 10-Jun Winthorpe 1st XI vs Saxilby 1st XI H
7 17-Jun Winthorpe 1st XI vs Market Rasen 1st XI H
8 24-Jun Hartsholme 1st XI vs Winthorpe 1st XI A

Andy Fereday

All Saints Church Winthorpe

Flower Ladies

Easter has now been and gone; not so the memories of your beautiful display of Flowers .The Church members are indebted to you for your efforts and on their behalf, I say thank you.
As you will also be aware on May 19th & 20th the church will be joining with the Open Gardens and having its annual Flower Festival in aid of village charities
Once again, I am seeking your help in decorating the church in its usual glory. I hope you are able to decorate your window or provide a floral display. If cost is a problem let me know as there is a small float with which I can give a little help.
The Church will be open for decorating from 2pm on Friday 18th May
Should you not be able to help would you please let me know?
I look forward to meeting with you all once again on this very special and happy occasion.

Yours truly,
Sylvia Lloyd Tel No. 703271


Now that the sunflower competition has started, you may wish to know that everyone loves sunflowers with their cheerful oversize blooms. There is no other flower that provokes such a unanimously reaction. They symbolise warm sunny days, lazing on the lawn with bees buzzing. and then there is the excitement of your sunflower competition.

Your sunflower seeds will have now germinated and have two pairs of leaves. Eight of my seeds germinated in seven days. How many days did it take your seeds to germinate?
Using a plastic tie, loosely fasten your plant to a small split cane. If the plant is on a windowsill it will bend towards the window. To keep it straight half turn the pot every day.
When the plant is about 15cms high place outside against the wall of the house to harden off before planting into the garden.
Prepare a sunny spot in the garden for your sunflower by digging in some compost. This will be beneficial to the plant in holding moisture.

About the second week you can then plant out your sunflower.
Try and plant some in your front garden. This will make passers-by smile when they see those giant yellow faces.

Do not forget to put in a tall stake to support your plant.

Pat Finn

The Friends of Winthorpe School Present

Quiz Night
Friday May 11thFrom 7.30 p.m.
Winthorpe Community Centre
• £5 per person
• Up to 6 people per team.
• Pie and Peas Supper
(Vegetarians - please let us know when you buy your tickets, thanks)
• Licensed Bar
• Tickets available from the School Office
And Winthorpe Post Office

Example of a village web page.......... Parish Church

The first church at Winthorpe (Wyman's Thorpe - Doomsday 1086-7) was perhaps a Saxon church but the first recorded church was in 1229. Since then there have been two other buildings. In 1559 the original building was a ruin due mainly to neglect and absentee clergy!
Between 1559 -1638 considerable restoration took place but by 1646 the church was again a ruin from war action. 1778-9 plans were made to rebuild the church and the foundation stone for the steeple was laid by Roger Pocklington age 3 yrs 8 months.
For some reason the plans were changed and the building was not completed until 1888. At that time there was a full time priest and a curate. Judging by the music library a reasonable choir existed singing full settings and anthems.
For the last five years we have not had a priest living in the village. The Rectory has been sold. We are now one of eight parishes having excellent support from the Revd. David Milner, the Rector of Collingham. He visits people at home when requested and now has a band of volunteer visitors in the village who can help him when required. There is a Residential Care Home in the village to which he makes regular visits and administers Holy Communion when requested. Prior to Christmas a few villagers invite the more mobile residents to tea in the Village Hall followed by carol singing. In the summer by kind permission of Mrs Margaret Thornhill we provide afternoon tea in her garden and hope the sun will shine! ..............


Church Notices

We were very pleased to welcome so many to the Easter Services, they were all well attended and we are very grateful to the retired clergy Revd Michael Briggs & Canon Philip Humphreys who helped David retain our services.
As usual the church looked lovely with the floral arrangements. Thank you ladies once again and also the gentlemen who helped with the transport.
Following our request for more helpers to clean the church, we have had two volunteers a lady and a gentleman. Thank you both very much. Are there any more who can join them - they will be very welcome.
Our next event is on the on the 19/20th May and is the:-
Flower Festival
& Songs of Praise assisted by the Collingham Choir

In addition there is an
Art Exhibition in the Village Hall.

It has been very successful in the past and we hope it will be this year.
There are still a few vacancies for favourite hymns, please let me know before the 5th May. The service will commence at 6.3Opm.
Dennis Bowler is now convalescing at home after his operation. We hope that his recovery will be sustained. We send Best Wishes to anyone in the village who has recently been unwell and hope that this beautiful sunny weather will aid their recovery.

Church Bells :- they will ring for practices on Thursday evenings from 7.3Opm until 9pm and possibly for the following:
May 13th: Rogation Sunday for the 10.l5am Holy Communion service.
May 20th: Sunday after Ascension ( Songs of Praise 6.3Opm)

From the Registers:-
RIP Rees Terry Rose aged l4yrs - Funeral and burial on Friday 13th April.

Up to-date notices of our church services and those of the other church services in the Benefice are displayed in the Post Office.
Alan Stone

Revd. David Milner

Dear All,

Our Easter Festival is over, the work preparing for a period of reflection done. The Easter light was brought into church on Saturday evening and subsequently taken to all the churches in the group over the following 24 hours culminating at All Saints with a Eucharist on Sunday, the Day or Resurrection.

Over the coming weeks we will be remembering the first faltering steps of early Christians as they came to terms with the extraordinary event of Easter and its effect on everyone. The early church grew through the personal contacts made by its first followers. Jesus' message of faith, hope and love touched the hearts of those with whom he taught and lived. His example can change and challenge us today. BUT it takes time and some effort.

Most of us will read in the papers, see on the TV, even be assailed by adverts through our front doors. They tell us how we can lose pounds or make money with no effort. Just fill in the form make a small financial deposit to the appropriate company and hey presto all will be made well. The reality is that anything worthwhile will always have a cost.

In the business of just getting through, taking time for faith, family and friends can be forgotten. Post Easter and back to work it is easy to get stuck in a rut.
Here are 3 ‘F's for reflection.
Faith, a belief in something bigger than oneself,
Family, a reminder of who we are,
Friends, who remember who we are,
These three should be at the centre of our world.
But are they?
What would it take to re centre us?

However challenging being a faith follower can be, at its best it can raise our hearts and minds giving us the courage to engage in Faith as a foundation for healthy relationships with both Family and Friends.
Being a Christian does not, at a stroke, solve any particular problem, never the less it can help us re order our priorities and our lives.

Our church of All Saints Winthorpe follows these three pillars of life:-
Faith, Family and Friends. - All are welcome.

In Christian Love, David


Sunday 6th EASTER 5
9am Holy Communion, Holme.

Sunday 13th Rogation Sunday
10.15am Holy Communion, Winthorpe

Thursday 18th Ascension Day
10am Holy Communion, Winthorpe.

Sunday 20th Sunday after Ascension
9am Holy Communion, Langford
6.30pm Songs of Praise, Winthorpe.

Sunday 27th Whitsunday
8am Holy Communion, Winthorpe.
10.15am Family Service, Holme.


10th Mrs Foden & Mrs Hewitt 8th Mrs Young & Mrs Lloyd
25th Mrs Lloyd & Mrs Nelson 22nd Mr & Mrs A Hill


Thursday 1st Library Van
Saturday 5th ..... Red Cross Collections all week
Monday 7th Green Bin
Thursday 10th WI Resolution meeting, V.H. 7.30pm
Archdeacons Visitation to Southwell Minster
Friday 11th School Quiz, Centre 7.30pm
Monday 14th Silver Bin
Tuesday 15th PCC Meeting at Church, 7.30pm
Wednesday 16th Garden Club, Centre, 7.30pm
Parish Meeting, V.H. 7pm
Thursday 17th Library Van
Sat/Sun 19th / 20th Church Flower Festival & Songs of Praise.
Sunday 20th Village Open Gardens 12 noon........
Monday 21st Green Bin
Thursday 24th Deanery Synod meeting in All Saints 7.30pm
Monday 28th Silver Bin
June -- Monday 4th Luncheon Club
July -- Saturday 7th Village Gala Day