Focal Point - November 2007


FOCAL POINT           Issue No. 324    


Ed's Comments

I have just returned from a lovely week's holiday in the Lake District where once again we could only marvel at nature and the visual impact it imparts.

Selecting holiday dates whilst being editor of this newsletter is quite restrictive due to my intent of always trying to make sure that you receive it on or before the first of the month.

I feel that it would make sense for me to have someone to deputise for me if for any reason I am unable to produce a particular issue or issues.

It is not quite straightforward, as the majority of the content is received via my email address. Obviously if I am not here that source would not be available to a deputy, so an alternative would be required.

This is just a thought at the moment, but if there is anyone who would be interested in deputising for me, then please contact me and we can possibly discuss how it could work.

Following the demise of the table tennis club, another one of the village ‘clubs' is in jeopardy. Dennis Taylor writes that the Whist ‘drive' is struggling with numbers. It would be a shame if it finishes as I recall publishing a report from Ron Moore some years ago following his first visit and it sounded like a ‘fun' evening.

There are plenty of coffee mornings in this months issue providing a great opportunity to meet up with friends and support the various organisations/charities at the same time.

Cliff Newbold

Closing date for the December issue is the 22nd November.







The next Lunch will be on Monday, 5th November. The menu will be:


Cottage Pie


Mariners Pie


Carrots, Cauliflower and Peas


Pears in Mulled Wine with Cream


Tickets at £6 (including a glass of wine) available from the Post Office thanks to Jo & Martin.

Please note: the Christmas Lunch will be on Monday, 10th December.


Details are given elsewhere in Focal Point. At the time of going to press the tickets are going fast, so please do not delay buying yours if you want to avoid disappointment.

Frances Kelly, Chairman


Post Office

Readers will be delighted to hear that the Post Office in the village has not been listed for closure.

Our thanks must go to all those who took the trouble to write to post Office Headquarters asking for it to be kept open.

This means that residents in Winthorpe Langford and Holme will have the continuing use of this necessary facility.

A most sincere thank you to all those who supported our efforts.

Hector Young






Lead flashing was recently stolen from over the bay widows of several bungalows in Hargon Lane. The bungalows on the Southfields Estate are particularly at risk in this respect. The Police have requested that all thefts of lead and other metals are reported to them to help them fight this type of crime.


Please be observant and if you are unlucky or you see something suspicious do report it to the Police. Ring 999 if you see a crime in progress or 01909 500999 if you are reporting something that has taken place.

Peter Foden, Central Co-ordinator



In the absence of our president, who was on holiday. Mrs Isobel Chipperfield took the chair ably assisted by Mrs Brenda Tinsley our secretary.

A warm welcome was given to members and the many guests who had taken advantage of our open invitation to see the demonstration of making marzipan fruits.

Business was conducted and an invitation from Collingham Institute was offered for two members to attend their Birthday Party.

Members who had contributed and helped with the Bellringers tea were thanked and told their efforts bad raised £69-50p for the Institute's funds.

The Gifts and Greetings stall from County House was in attendance, and what a lovely variety of gifts they had brought along as well as wrapping paper, gift bags and beautiful cards for all occasions.


Mrs Chipperfield introduced our speaker Mrs Caroline Thomas from Gringley-on-the- Hill W.I, who showed us the art of making marzipan fruits, which can be used as gifts or as an attractive table decoration for special occasions. She made it look so simple, but the finished item was really effective and they were so tiny that much patience was needed in the making. She made enough for everyone in the room to have a sample. There were strawberries, grapes, oranges, apples, pears, you name it, which some of our members did, and Caroline made it. There were also vegetables. A pod of peas was my choice to take home.

The use of the white ‘bought' marzipan was recommended and only buy the three primary colourings which can be mixed to make the various shades of the fruits. Afterwards Caroline demonstrated sugar paste flower making and produced a beautiful spray of sweet peas, which she donated as a raffle prize. It was a most enjoyable evening and some of our members were inspired to go home and have a go.

The vote of thanks was given by Mrs Margaret Hewitt who had great admiration for Caroline's work, but said she wouldn't have the patience to fiddle around with such tiny items.

The competition for a handkerchief was won by Mrs D.Marshall, with Mesdames M.Hewitt and B.Tinsley second and third.

Our next meeting is on November 8th when the speaker is Mrs. M. McGinn who will be demonstrating Dolls House Miniatures.

The competition is A Thimble The hostesses are Mesdames B.Finn, P.Nelson and D.Marshall.

Daphne Marshall


Tuesday, 13th November.

Winthorpe Tuesday Club

 invite you to a

Coffee Morning in aid of

The League of Friends of Newark Hospital

 in the Village Hall on Tuesday, 13th November,

10.30am to 12noon.


Christmas cards, calendars, paper, tea towels etc will be on sale and there will be raffle. Coffee and biscuits £1.

Please come and support your local hospital.


Tuesday, 27th November. Outing to Springfields, lunch at The Gardener's Arms and, if time, a short visit to Baytree Nursery. We will leave The Green at 9.30am. and shortly afterwards at the PO. The cost will be £8 (for the coach only). We may have some spare seats - if you are interested please contact me, Tel. 704241.

 Jean Foden




Andrew Ward's talk was entitled 'Plant & Prejudice'.  As a nurseryman he is frequently confronted by customers declaring a dislike for certain plants.  This can take the form of a prejudice against a certain colour, for example.  In the case of one lady known to many of us, this was yellow.  Until recently she refused to have daffodils in her garden, then having relented, insisted that they be white.

 Other dislikes include any members of the daisy family or any double flowers.  We all have our preferences and favourites but Andrew illustrated, with beautiful slides, the tremendous variety of colour and form that exists even within species.  Perhaps we should be more open to the possibilities they offer.


Our next meeting is on November 21st when Steven Lovell will give a talk entitled Steve's South Asia Challenge in which he tells of his involvement in rebuilding community projects in the wake of the Tsunami.

Ian Wilson




 In aid of the  RNIB  at  the                                                                                                                                                            

                  WINTHORPE VILLAGE HALL


           WEDNESDAY 7 NOVEMBER - 10.30 - 12.00 noon


Do come along and join us to support the work of the RNIB

Many thanks  


Winthorpe Line Dancers

The new season is off to a good start with five new members joining us.  The evenings are Tuesdays and the  start time is 7pm and not 7.15pm as previously stated. It is not too late to join!

Last year we raised £355 which was donated to the Community Centre. 

There will be NO line dancing on the 20th November and the 11th and 18th of December due to Centre bookings. 
Fiona Wright    



 Village bonfire

The village bonfire will take place on Saturday 3rd November

 in the field behind the school.

Hot food, a bar and bouncy castle will be available.

Adults £4 and children under 16 £2.

Family tickets can be purchased in advance from the PO for £10.

Please note that the family tickets will not be available on the gate.

Free car parking will be available -please follow the directional signs which lead to the designated car park- Gates open at 6.00pm followed by a mini fireworks display (suitable for younger children) at 6.45pm.

The bonfire will be lit at 7.00pm and the main firework display will follow at 7.15pm.

Do come along and enjoy the event.

Please note:-

Wooden waste:- Wooden waste will only be accepted on 28th October and the morning of 3rd November. There will be a limit to the amount of wood that can be accepted. Any elderly person in Winthorpe who requires assistance with the transport of wood to the bonfire may contact Mike Toulson tel.610641 (evenings or weekends).

Personal fireworks:- Due to insurance restrictions, personal fireworks                                     are not allowed.

Car Parking :- Please note that areas around Gainsborough Road,Pocklington Crescent and Hargon Lane MUST be kept clear.


We would be delighted if you would help us to marshal the event. Please contact Mike Toulson, tel. 610641 or Denise Day, 708727

if you can offer assistance.

Denise Day


Collingham Medical Centre

Public Meeting

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

5.30-7.00 pm


at Collingham Memorial Hall, Main St

5.30 pm Refreshments

kindly served by volunteers in Collingham Village Care


6.00 pm-7.00 pm 

Update from the Practice Team


This is an opportunity to hear about:-


  • Practice developments in the last two years
  • How we use technology within practice
  • Services available to you
  • How we guard your information within the NHS.
  • Service Development Proposals for 2007-10
  • The results of the Patient Questionnaire 2006
  • A report from Village Care Committee (summary of donations)
  • Where your practice fits in terms of performance in the Nottinghamshire County.
  • And to ask questions of the team


We hope you can join us. 




7.30pm, Saturday,

10th November

at the Community Centre


Tickets, at £10 including a meal,

are available from Peter Foden (704241) or

 the Post Office and are selling fast.

Do not delay obtaining yours if you would like to attend.


Invitation to a Coffee Morning


 Thursday 29th November 2007


29 Woodlands, Winthorpe.

11.00 am - 2pm

All are welcome, please bring a friend too.


Having experienced what it is like to have two family members and a

friends 3 years old daughter go through Cancer, all in under 2 years

and survive; we decided we would like to give something

back and help support others.

Coffee, teas & refreshments will be available with

Various high quality, cost effective and unusual goodies.

Just in time for those Christmas presents  

                                                           Sterling Silver Gemstone Jewellery and Crystals

                                                                     by Serendipity Crystals, Norwich.

Aloe Vera Products - Presented by Christine Thompson, Lincolnshire.

Images by Elise - Floral Photographs and Images.

Hand Made Cards.- Raffle.

Small Plant/Seed Stall & Garden Ornimentations

 (Any donations greatfully received on the day before )

All monies raised/donated will be divided equally between:-

Nottingham City Hospital - Breast Cancer Unit / Ward and

PASIC - Parents Association for Seriously Ill Children

(Based at the QMC, Nottingham)

Thank you - we look forward to your support

Joanna & Paul Driver - Tel: 01636 684907



WINTHORPE BRANCH                


Invites you to a




(By kind permission of Mrs Alison Smith)


On Saturday, 15th December, 1030 am - 1230 pm

Come and meet with your constituency MP

Mr Patrick Mercer OBE

Cake stall - Gift Stall - Raffle Prizes

(All contributions for the stalls& raffle gratefully received)

All are Welcome ----Tickets £2.00

from: John & Brenda Tinsley Tel: 01636-611576 (or at the door)



The date for our next ‘drive' is Thursday 22nd November at 7.30pm in the Village Hall.

It is hoped that more people will be there this month because numbers have dwindled since last Christmas to an all time low of 8 players in March.

If a low turnout continues, it would mean the Whist Club would not be viable to run.

Keep the Drive Alive!

Dennis Taylor

Dennis hasn't mentioned it but I am sure that beginners will be most welcome, so why not ‘ shuffle'  along ( do you get it?)  for a convivial evening. Ed.


Sherwood the Living Legend

       As Robin might say......

‘It's our turn to ‘rob the rich'

      For the benefit of all.

Sherwood: the Living Legend is an

ambitious bid for £50m of BIG Lottery

Funding to help put Sherwood Forest back on the map!

It is one of six shortlisted projects.


Heart of Sherwood - the existing visitor centre has to be moved by 2010 to protect the fragile ecology of the ancient forest.

So our plan is to build a new and iconic visitor complex on nearby farmland.

The ‘Tree' will be built with cutting edge sustainable technology and be linked to the ancient forest by a raised walkway.


Learn about Robin Hood, ancient oaks, find out where to go and what to see in the wider Sherwood area, enjoy a meal or take in the spectacular view from the tree top viewing deck overlooking the tops of the glorious Sherwood oaks


Your help is needed to secure a better future for the world's most famous forest.

The winning project will be decided on ITV by a public vote in December 2007

Register your contact details and we'll let you know how and when to vote for  Sherwood: the Living Legend


Log on to:  or call 0845 3304214 or watch out for it on ITV next month.


Bill Smith's Cycle Challenge     


Once again Bill Smith is to cycle in order to raise funds for our community hospice Beaumond House.  He is attempting to cycle from Casablanca to Newark in 20 days (approx. 2000 miles).

Bill must cover 100miles each day to achieve his goal - not an easy task, especially at this time of the year.


Anyone who wishes to sponsor Bill, please contact

Rita Lawson on Newark 707809.


 All contributions will be gratefully received by Beaumond House.


Church Notices


We all enjoyed the get-together at the Harvest Supper and we are very grateful to those ladies who provided the food and the gentlemen who helped to erect the tables and fill up the glasses but most especially to those who supported the event.

David entertained us with his usual versatility - thank you David!

We would like to thank Jo & Martin at the Post Office who willingly sold tickets for us and all those who gave raffle prizes.

After some expenses, the surplus towards church funds was £309.70.

We have received a letter of thanks from Womens' Refuge for the gifts you kindly gave at the Harvest Festival service.

On November 18th we are having our Christingle Service and we are hoping that as last year a few of the village schoolchildren and their mothers will help to make the Christingles on the Saturday afternoon and will join us for the service on Sunday.

On December 8th from 6pm to 9pm in the Community Centre David is inviting us to join him in a festive evening- all ages are welcome. Watch this space!!

On December 16th at 3pm we shall be having our annual Carol Service followed by refreshments. We hope that many people from the village will join us and I will be delighted to receive requests for your favourite carols by

December 1st.

Church Bells

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

November 1st: All Saints Day for 7.30pm Holy Communion Service

November 11th Armistice Service 10.l5am

November 18th Christingle Service 10.15am

From the Registers

Holy Baptism -

            29th September - Jack John Taylor of 33 Belvoir Crescent Newark.


We all know of people in our village who are unwell at this present time. If they would like a visit from the Revd David Milner they can contact him on 892682 or telephone Ann on 702104


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

The Rector


Dear All,

Can you remember a time at the seaside with the sea and sand stretching every which way and having a feeling of being lost and hopelessly small and disoriented. Out of nowhere appears a small shadowy smudge, it grows and becomes a person. Then an overwhelming warm helpless realisation of not being alone and reorientation becomes an overwhelming reality. 

All of us will have this experience in our lives. It will happen at various times and affect different parts of our mind and personality.  The uncomfortable feeling of being lost and then discovered is central to our life experience and spiritual formation.

Jesus' ministry was built on his wilderness event, being alone, lost and then discovered named and recognised. 

We seem to live in a world which is ruled by the god of management.  The plotted pie chart, graph and matrix. The five year plan and the five minute plan.  In this ‘controlled' world there is a danger that our God-given human spirit can be in a lonely lost place, managed out through human design.

I'm not in the business of suggesting that management and development are not useful or even good.  There is I believe a question of balance. 

God has given us all senses, gifts and abilities.  My concern is that in the present age, our culture encourages us to fear our own creativity and live in denial of the extraordinary people God calls us to be.

Jesus calls people in every age and all manner of circumstances to reach out and discover who they are and importantly what God calls them to be.

Faith is overwhelming and all consuming. Our human sense of being lost and alone even when in the company and in communion with others is most likely to happen when we deny our own spiritual calling.  Surrendering our need to be in control is the hardest and scariest adventure. 

There are many ways that people sense and recognise faith.  Through others, but centrally how we feel.  For me it can be like lying on the beach looking up at the sky and being awestruck at the uninterrupted view of the sky.

Its mystery, majesty and size.  I dare you look up and let go; It's amazing!

Yours in Christian Love



                        CHURCH SERVICES FOR NOVEMBER


                                THURSDAY 1st  ALL SAINTS DAY

                        7.30pm            Holy Communion, Winthorpe.


            SATURDAY 3rd  ALL SOULS DAY service St John.

            6pm                 Holy Communion, Baptist Church, Collingham.


            SUNDAY 4th  4th Before ADVENT

            9am                  Holy Communion, Holme.                                                              

                                     No Service in Winthorpe.

                        SUNDAY 11th  3rd before ADVENT

            10.15am           REMEMBRANCE DAY Service, Winthorpe

            5pm                 Evensong, Langford.

            THURSDAY 15th

            10am                Holy Communion, Winthorpe.

            SUNDAY 18th  2nd Before ADVENT

            9am                  Holy Communion, Langford.

            10.15am           CHRISTINGLE SERVICE, Winthorpe.

            SUNDAY 25th Christ the King

            8am                  Holy Communion, Winthorpe.

            10.15am           Family Service, Holme.

            SATURDAY 1st December

            6pm     Advent Carol Service at St John Baptist, Collingham

            SUNDAY 2nd Advent Sunday          

                                    No Service Winthorpe.

                        CHURCH CLEANING VOLUNTEERS

                        Friday 9th - Mrs Lloyd & Mrs Nelson.

                        Friday 23rd  Miss Applewhite.



Saturday 3rd               Bonfire, Gates open 6pm

Monday 5th               Lunch Club, 12.30pm Centre

                                 Green Bin

Wednesday 7th         Coffee Morn. RNIB 10.30am V.H.

Thursday 8th              WI meeting, 7.30pm V.H.

Saturday 10th Murder Mystery, 7.30pm Centre.

Monday 12th             Silver Bin

Tuesday 13th             Tuesday Club Coffee Morn. 10.30am V.H.

Thursday 15th            Library Van

Monday 19th             Green Bin

Wednesday 21st       Garden Club, 7.30pm Centre.

Monday 26th             Silver Bin

Tuesday 27th            Tuesday Club Outing 9.30am V. Green

Thursday 29th           Coffee Morn. 11am 29 Woodlands.

                                 Library Van


Saturday 15th          Coffee Morn. Winthorpe House, 10.30am