Focal Point - November 2009

FOCAL  POINT         

Issue No 348 - Nov.2009



 Ed’s Comments ,

 Just when some of us were beginning to despair that the pub would never reopen, I received an article from Caroline and Scott, just before going to print, inviting us to once again socialise in The Lord Nelson.  See page 12.

I am sure you will join me in wishing them every success.

 The Bishop of Sherwood, Tony Porter, was taken around the extended benefice last month. We are told that he spoke about his early life and work, which may have included his time playing hockey for England!

Even so, I don’t hold much store in the rumour that David Milner is now going to join our cricket team! Although by all accounts he would be most welcome, as they have often been short of men this season.

Just in case David, I do believe that the cricket ‘nets’ are up and running at the Magnus this month! Says me with tongue in cheek!

 This is of course the month that David and Katrina get married and we wish them a lovely day and a very successful future.

 We had a great Harvest Supper where conversations and wine flowed very freely all evening. Hic! With a couple of light hearted quizzes from

Pat Finn thrown in for good measure. I don’t know whether he was aware but I saw one or two people copying others answers?  (I still didn’t win though).

 Back to the cricket team; I would like to congratulate all concerned for keeping our team going under difficult circumstances. Also, I love reading the match reports as it enables us to share in their triumphs (well occasionally), and sympathise when they lose. Well done again and with the pub reopening the Bonus ball could be back on!

 Cliff Newbold

 Closing date for the December issue is 20th November.






 The next Lunch will be on Monday, 2nd November. The menu will be:


Roast Pork with Cider Sauce


Salmon Fish Cakes


Mashed Potatoes, Cauliflower in Cheese Sauce and Beans



Bread and Butter Pudding with Custard


£7.00 including a glass of wine and coffee. Please ring Jean and Peter Foden (704241) not later than Thursday, October 29th to reserve your place and give your choice of menu. Please pay at the door.



Frances Kelly, Chairman




Tuesday, 10th November.

  Coffee morning at the Village Hall in aid of  The League of Friends of Newark Hospital.

 Tuesday, 24th November.

 Christmas shopping outing to Springfields, Spalding. The coach will leave the Nelson at 9.30am and pick up at the Post Office. Cost £5.

 Anyone interested in coming on this outing please contact me.

 Jean Foden, 704241




 Mrs. Pat Nelson welcomed all members to the Harvest Supper. Jerusalem was sung as a prelude to the meal. There was no business at this point as we were all asked to be seated so that the supper could be served.

Committee members had been busy during the day cooking the cottage pies for this evening and preparing the tables during the afternoon. Fruit crumble and cream completed the meal.

 Mrs. Brenda Tinsley read the minutes after supper and various outings and events were recorded.

Mrs. Sheila Palmer told of an outing to the Pantomime in Nottingham in 2010 that she and Mrs. Viv Clarkson were organizing.

Mrs. Nelson thanked Mesdames Palmer & Clarkson for the Skittles evening they had organized at Collingham which had been enjoyed by all the members who had taken part.

The Gifts and greetings stall from County House was in attendance manned by Mrs. Helen Crowder and after the business, members were able to view and buy gifts and cards on show.

Mrs. Dys Gold gave a vote of thanks to Mrs. Crowder and to all who had made and prepared the supper.

Everyone agreed it had been a lovely evening.

Our next meeting is on November 12th, when Mrs. Ann Barnes will be speaking on ‘Dressing the Victorian Table’.

The hostesses are Mesdames B.Finn, S.Lloyd & D.Marshall.


Daphne Marshall



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, 10th November,

10.30am to 12noon.

Christmas cards, calendars, tea towels etc will be on sale and there will be

a raffle and cake stall. Coffee £1.



Garden Club

Roger Pykett gave a fascinating insight into the development of the family farm at Hawton during his working lifetime.  His talk entitled ‘The Changing Face of Farming’ traced particularly the reclamation of some 250 acres of land previously quarried for gypsum. 

 We also saw examples of the huge advances in mechanisation on the farm, from early combine harvesters where grain was bagged on the machine and then stored in traditional first floor granaries with men having to carry the 18 stone sacks up the external steps, to new minimal cultivation techniques where tractors using GPS technology steer automatically and precisely across fields whilst sowing accurate amounts of seed with minimal wastage.

 Livestock became a less viable proposition and with their demise farm buildings took on other uses such as rental units for furniture making and storage for camper vans.

 Other changes included the setting up of a livery business, the introduction of contract work optimising use of the expensive tractors, and large scale production of haylage.

 Equally marked changes have occurred in the use of land in a non-agricultural way with government incentives under the Stewardship scheme.  The resulting sympathetic management of the landscape to benefit wildlife has been very successful with greater diversity including deer, butterflies and bird species where numbers have increased dramatically.  We were invited to see for ourselves as there is public access with ‘waymarked’ paths. 

 The speakers humorous commentary coupled with some superb photos by Andrew Parsons made this a most entertaining evening.

The next meeting is on November 18th when there will be a presentation and quiz by Southwell Garden Centre.

 Ian Wilson




 Winthorpe School

 I am aware that it is some time since ‘the school’ has contributed to the focal point. The last month has been extremely busy in school with building works being completed and an OFSTED inspection; this is the first time since returning to school in September that I have had time to reflect on our achievements.

 Sadly the school said goodbye to 15 exceptional individuals in July. Two children moved house and schools during the summer holidays and 13 children moved to secondary school. These children are sorely missed and made an outstanding contribution to the school during their time with us.

 We have welcomed 15 new children to the school this year; they have all settled in quickly and are setting the standards I expect from children at Winthorpe School.

 We moved into our new extension in September. The new building houses two offices and a reception area. The children chose the colour scheme and decided to have our school logo cut into the floor. The overall effect looks wonderful and reflects the superb work that goes on within the school every day.

 The children are wearing the new uniform that they helped design with both staff and parents. They look very smart and are proud to represent the school and the village of Winthorpe.

 Finally a few dates for your diary: Our next pensioner’s lunch will be on Wednesday 25th November, please contact the school to book a place. The school is hosting the village bonfire on 7th November; it would be great to see you there.


Jamie Macintyre

Head teacher,(01636) 680060




  The cricket season has now well and truly come to an end, (well you would have thought so wouldn't you!). Here follows the last few outstanding match reports and some important pieces of news...

 30.08.09 - Nettleham 2nds at home; yet again an outstanding bowling display led by Potter 4 for 13 and Noble 3 for 21 restricted our visitors to a highly obtainable 116 from their 40 overs. However, looking well set at 30 for 1 the home batting crumbled to a meagre 63 all out leaving us to contemplate what might have been.

 06.09.09 - Heighington at home; bowling first again Winthorpe struggled to take wickets early on but the return of Potter (4 for 7) into the fray meant that the visitors were pegged back but still reached 156 from their allotted overs. Winthorpe, not for the first time this season, failed to make any real headway against some tight bowling and fell well short, being dismissed for only 76 in reply.

 13.09.09 - Aisthorpe away; needing a win to guarantee survival in the division we travelled to bottom side Aisthorpe. Surprise surprise Winthorpe bowled first; two early wickets pegged the hosts back but dogged batting and lusty hitting (on possibly the smallest ground I've ever played on!) ensured the hosts totalled a respectable 132, Potter yet again being the pick of the bowling with 4 for 13. Winthorpe set off in pursuit of the runs apace with Fereday (12) and especially Matthews (19) quick to pounce on any wayward bowling. Noble added a breezy 18 but the real star of the batting was Neil Bailey who crashed 38 runs from just 23 balls. The latter order saw Winthorpe home to Victory for the loss of just 6 wickets. A very welcome win indeed.

 20.09.09 - Fulbeck away; wait for it...Winthorpe batted first! On a day more reminiscent to the height of summer let alone late September. Winthorpe yet again batted well throughout, Matthews top scored with 32, and there were further useful contributions from Noble (22), Macintyre (15) and Buchan (19) that enabled us to reach 122. In reply Fulbeck were absolutely cruising to victory at 78 for 1, but a collapse of Winthorpe proportions meant that they were then 87 for 7 Buchan being the chief architect claiming 3 wickets in his first over. However, no further wickets were forthcoming so Fulbeck scraped home.


At this point I would like to thank all those people who have made the playing side of this season possible. the players for their time and efforts, the members of the committee for their hard work behind the scenes making sure that play is possible, Mrs Locke for tidying up after us, Steve the grounds man for giving us good pitches to play on, Sarah for doing the scoring, Michelle for the teas and the people who support us not only in body and voice but crucially financially by previously participating with the Bonus Ball.

 As regards the Bonus Ball; by now, hopefully, all of you who participate in the bonus ball will have been informed formally by post (Sorry if we could not find you) that as of the 24th Sept. 2009 we have had to suspend the operation of the scheme due to problems getting payments in; basically the pub closing. Please if you owe the bonus ball fund can you clear the debt asap. Rumour has it though that workmen have now been spotted in said premises so hopefully we will be able to get the vital fund raiser up and running again as soon as we can.


 Finally, be it madness or very good preparation, indoor nets will be well under way at the Magnus between 11am-12noon on Sunday mornings, fortnightly, starting on the 18.10.09 so the next session will be on 01.11.09 and so, with the exception of Christmas and antique fairs, please feel free to come and have a hit and a trundle!!

With regards,



Don’t forget if you would like to find out more about the Club please take a look at the Cricket Club webpage on the Village website and also take a look at our own website on which has now been brought up to date.  


Contact Details

Should you wish to contact the Club please call any of the following:-

Simon Potter – 612968 -Paul Matthews – 677769 -Andy Fereday - 678622

Ashley Locke – 703988

Or alternatively there is a “Contact the Club” facility on the website.


Interesting Cricket Fact:-


The first women’s Test was held in Brisbane in December 1934 – England won by nine wickets. The earliest recorded women’s match took place on June 26, 1745, between Hambledon and Bramley.


Paul Mathews



Village Bonfire-Saturday

 7th November

The village Bonfire will be held on Saturday 7th November 2009 on the field behind the school.


Come along and enjoy the fantastic firework displays,

There will be hot food, a bar, games and a Bouncy Castle.


Tickets:-Adults £4 and children under 16 -£2.

Family tickets can be purchased in advance from Winthorpe Post office for £10.(for 2 adults and up to three children)

Please note that Family tickets cannot be purchased on the gate.


Free parking will be available -please follow the directional signs which lead to the designated car park.

Please do not park in the areas around Gainsborough Road, Pocklington Crescent and Hargon Lane. These areas must be kept clear.


Gates open at and the mini firework display starts at 6.45pm

(this display is designed to be more suitable for younger children)

The Bonfire will be lit at 7.00pm and the main firework display

will follow at 7.15pm.


Personal fireworks-

Please note that due to insurance restrictions and Health and Safety regulations ,personal fireworks are not allowed.This includes Sparklers.

Stewards –                       We would be delighted if you could offer your help to marshal the event.

Please contact Denise Day tel 708727 or Mike Toulson tel 610641

 Wooden waste-

We will be accepting wooden waste on Saturday 31st October, Sunday 1st November and Saturday 7th November (up to 3.00pm)

Please note NO METAL will be accepted eg mattresses and sofas have metal springs. We hope that you can come along and support us.


Denise Day





 We would like to take this opportunity of wishing our parents, Pat and Barbara Finn, many congratulations on celebrating their Golden Wedding on Saturday 31st October.

Having lived and contributed so much to village life in the last 26 years, we hope that they have a wonderful day with family and friends.

 With love from Anne, Michael, Helen and Steve xx



Winthorpe Whist Drive

 We have had an attendance of 9 people at each of the last 2 whist drives and the winners were as follows:-
September:- 1st gent Joan, 1st lady June, 2nd gent Doug, 2nd lady Pat.
October:-     1st gent Joan (again), 1st lady me, 2nd gent Des, 2nd lady Pat (again)
Booby prizes for both months were awarded to Jim and Kath!  Kath almost equalled the record of 20 for not winning any consecutive games.  She had 19.  She was so disappointed when she won a game!  We do have lots of fun, so please come and join us.  We meet on the 4th Thursday of the month between September and March at in the Village Hall and the cost is £2.50 including a raffle.  The next date is 26th November and the Xmas whist drive is a week earlier than usual on the 17th December.

Fiona Wright - Spindlewood



Winthorpe Line Dancing

 The new season has started well with a good attendance If anyone wishes to join us, we meet every Tuesday night at the Community  Centre between 7.00pm. and 8.00 p.m.

 The cost is £2.00 and the proceeds are all donated to Charity.  New members are always welcome and if you have never done any dancing before, don't worry, you will soon pick it up. 

 Fiona Wright - Spindlewood



The Lord Nelson 

 Under new management

We are hoping by the time this goes to press many of the readers will already know that the Lord Nelson in Winthorpe is once again open for business!! . . . . If you missed the launch party - we can only apologise and hope that you will take the time to drop by and say ‘hello’ to find out what is now on offer at your ‘local’
For anyone who doesn’t already know - may we take the opportunity to introduce ourselves . . . . Scott (Head Chef) and Caroline (Front of House), who eagerly await the opportunity to meet all customers both old and new!

 Fresh from the Yorkshire Dales we look forward to sharing some traditional Yorkshire hospitality, great food, fine wines and traditional ales (including Black Sheep which is brewed on our old doorstep!) We hope you will call in - even just to say hello - or try our menu which offers great traditional ‘pub food’ fantastically presented - either way we would love the chance to get to know all of our neighbours.
We both come from a rural background and look forward to being an active part of this community - any suggestions or requests will certainly be considered to help us achieve this aim!
We both have a wealth of experience in weddings and functions - so if you are looking for a venue to celebrate your special occasion please feel free to call in and discuss your individual requirements in person.
Details of our December Festive menu’s for parties of 10 or more (sorry but booking is required!) and Christmas Day Lunch menu (booking also required) also available.

We are both looking forward to our new life here in Winthorpe - and becoming acquainted with all of our neighbours!

Scott & Caroline - 01636 703578





                        (Passing requires 4 correct answers) 

1) How long did the Hundred Years' War last? ……………
2) Which country makes Panama hats? ………………………
3) From which animal do we get cat gut? ………………………
4) In which month do Russians celebrate the Oct. Revolution? 

5) What is a camel's hair brush made of?.................................

6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal?..... 

7) What was King George VI's first name? ……………………

8) What colour is a purple finch? ………………….................
9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from?................................ 

10) What is the colour of the black box in a commercial aeroplane?....

   Remember, you need 4 correct answers to pass.


1) How long did the Hundred Years War last?............ 116 years 
2) Which country makes Panama hats?........................ Ecuador 
3) From which animal do we get cat gut? …………..  Sheep and Horses 
4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution? ……                                                                                                              November 
5) What is a camel's hair brush made of? ………………….  Squirrel fur 
6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal?... Dogs 
7) What was King George VI's first name?  ………………………. Albert 
8) What colour is a purple finch?  ………………………………. Crimson 
9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from?   ………………… New Zealand 
10) What is the colour of the black box in a commercial aeroplane?..

                                                                                         Orange (of course) 




 Many thanks to those who attended the recent  public meeting to discuss the village festival on 28th September, 2009 at the Community Centre. 

 The plan is for next year’s festival to be as successful as this year and that the weather is kind to us again! Due to the success of 2009 there were no plans to change the general format for 2010. 

 Dates for your diary-

  Saturday 17th July 2010 – Gala (afternoon)

                         Saturday 17th July 2010 – Big Band Concert with supper and bar (evening)

                         Sunday 18th July 2010 – Songs of Praise

 Nominated charity for 2010-

 There were several charities suggested for 2010 – All Saints Church (repair fund), Help for Heroes, Lifeboats, Air Ambulance and Beaumond House.


 A couple of things for you to think about:-

  •  Can you suggest an alternative charity for 2010?
  • Could you spare some time during the Festival Weekend to help with the event?  Several people offering just half an hour would really make a difference!

 Any thoughts or offers of help then please contact me, details below.

 Sharon Manley

Chairman Festival Committee

 Email -

Tel – 01636 674488




                                          WINTHORPE BRANCH

Invites you to a



at WINTHORPE HOUSE (By kind permission of Mrs Alison Smith)

 On Saturday 5th December, 1030 am – 1200 pm


Come and converse with your constituency MP Mr Patrick Mercer OBE

 Meet our new branch chairman Mr David Lloyd

 Cake stall – Gift Stall – Raffle Prizes

(All contributions for the stalls& raffle gratefully received)

 £2.00 entrance payable on arrival




Thursday 19th November

 The coach will be leaving the Post Office at 9.20am and the Lord Nelson at 9.30am.We will be having coffee at the Ffolkes Arms Hotel Country Club, Hillington, King’s Lynn. I suggest that you take a snack for lunch, as the restaurant at Thursford gets very busy.

 I look forward to seeing you all.






 A major campaign to increase intelligence from people who are out during unsociable hours has been launched this month.

Thought to be the first of its kind in the country, the ‘Seen it? Report it!’ initiative will aim to increase people’s vigilance to help prevent crime while out during dark nights or early mornings.

Working in conjunction with Crimestoppers; council workers including refuse collectors and street cleaners; dog walkers, shift workers, and taxi drivers are just some of those who will be encouraged to report information and receive a notepad and pen to record any suspicious activity while on duty.

 Last year, Chief Constable Julia Hodson made a commitment to launch a major burglary offensive, to drive down the ‘intrusive crime’. Burglaries are now down around 14%

since April, but the force is not complacent.

A number of initiatives aimed at putting the squeeze on burglars continue across the county. A crack down on handlers of stolen goods and targeting thieves posing as officials to gain entry to a property has seen results, but traditionally thieves seek to take advantage of the onset of earlier nights.

 Nicky Taylor, one of the force’s Crime Reduction Managers, said: “Long summer evenings make things difficult for burglars. In autumn and winter, drawing the curtains or closing blinds can help make a difference, especially when coupled with leaving a light and radio on.

 “When going out, look as though you are in. Use timer switches to make lights come on or leave a radio playing. Using low energy light bulbs is a cheap and effective way of leaving a light on without worrying about the cost. Where possible also invest in security lights and set a burglar alarm.”

 Thieves commit a third of burglaries by getting inside through an unlocked door or reaching in through an open window.

Nicky Taylor continued: “It only takes a couple seconds to lock your door, and this prevents someone from walking in uninvited. Some insurance policies will not pay out if a property is left unlocked and this can be extremely distressing as well as costly.

“We advise people to record item details on, a free property register that increases the chance of any stolen property being returned. SmartWater, a property-marking liquid, is also a deterrent to thieves looking to quickly sell on stolen goods.”

 Further crime reduction information is available by visiting

Anyone with any information about burglars or any criminal activity is asked to call Nottinghamshire Police on 0300 300 99 99 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.



Get Involved in Shaping the Future of Newark and Sherwood District

 In mid October, the District Council will publish its Core Strategy Options Report.  This is the latest document from our Local Development Framework (LDF) – a set of planning documents which outline how development will be managed in the District.  It will set out the Council’s vision for Newark and Sherwood District up to 2026 and give an opportunity for comments to be made about the choices that have to be taken.

The Core Strategy will be one of the most important parts of the LDF because all the other planning policy documents  which will be included in the LDF will take the principles of the Core Strategy as their basis.  As parts of the LDF are adopted, elements of the existing Local Plan, the precursor to the LDF, will be replaced.

We want you to help us shape the future for our District.  Public consultation lasts for 8 weeks.  It will be published on the Council’s website at  and will be placed in the District’s Local Libraries.  Public events will also be organised.

Anyone who has taken part already will be informed when the document is available for comments.  If  you would like to be notified, please email, or telephone on 01636 655850, or write to Planning Services, Newark and Sherwood District Council, Kelham Hall, Nottinghamshire, NG23 5QX.




Access to the Collingham Medical Centre Services

Our Local Patients Group has asked me to write to parish magazines just to outline the recent steps we have taken to extend the services and the opening hours of the Practice. 

The Collingham Village Care Committee have in the last year, with valued support from outside donations/bequests, invested over £4,000 in improving the lighting and waiting area environment.   The doctors and practice team would like to express their whole-hearted gratitude for this investment.  Our thanks also go to those who made the suggestions and comments to improve what was a dull environment.       We have now been able to create lots of patient information within the foyer and clean lines within the waiting area. - Thank you very much.

 New arrival !

 We now have our Automated Arrivals Screen in the waiting area.  This technology, when ‘tapped’ in the right manner, allows patients to book in for their appointments automatically without the need to report to the front desk.    At times, our patients were faced with queues to the desk and this is a very valuable step towards reducing these queues and diverting some of the time that the Patient Care Advisors (PCAs) invest at the front desk to supporting patients who have other queries and telephone calls.  Please try it out - if you encounter trouble we will, of course, assist you and work through the process with you. 

 As a Practice we have looked quite closely at our opening hours and, whilst the reality of huge additional expense to cover clinics on a Saturday morning was not possible, we have been able to increase our Monday, Wednesday and Friday evening clinics to finish at 7.00 pm rather than 6.00 pm.  These changes came into operation in November 2008 and the feedback we have received from patients suggests that the community appreciate this extended service.  During these hours you are able to pre-book appointments with the practice nurse or doctor.  These extended opening hours do not replace the Out Hours Service for urgent care.  The Out of Hours Service continues to be provided by the Lincolnshire ‘Out of Hours’ based at the Lincoln County Hospital from 6.30 pm each evening.

 We are also trying to improve our access and responsiveness to our patients and recognised that in today’s society, a number of us are very conversant and comfortable with the internet.  Through EMIS Access patients have 24-hour access to book appointments and order their repeat medications on-line.   If you would like to register for your unique ID and password please ask for details at the front desk.

 The NHS and Department of Health continues to monitor patient’s access to GP services and has, again, commissioned a survey to assess patients’ experiences of accessing their GP services.  They are using survey specialists, APSOS/MORI and these are conducting the survey on behalf of the Department of Health.  It is hoped that around 5 million patients nationally will be asked about their experiences of their GP service.  These letters are not sent from the GP Practice and patients are identified through random searches on the central NHS database.

If you would like to know more information about the GP surveys or Department of Health surveys please visit website detailing Frequently Asked Questions on or the Department of Health website.  The results of the past survey can be found on NHS Choices (

 I hope I have been able to give you a small insight into the endeavours of the Practice to improve the access for our patients and local community and we look forward to receiving your continued support and suggestions.


Julie Reid, Practice Manager




 On Wednesday 6th January, 2010 the Women's Institute are going to the Theatre Royal, Nottingham to see

Jack and the Beanstalk  a magical panto. adventure starring:-  Nigel Havers and Jenna Louise Coleman     

We will be departing from the village at 5.45 pm in time to attend the 7.15 pm performance.

  The price per ticket, including the bus fare, is £23.50.

 We have a few extra tickets, so if you would like to join us you are very welcome.

Please telephone either:-

 Viv Clarkson: 01636 659631 OR Sheila Palmer: 01636 679960





 Keith and Sylvia Lloyd would like to sincerely thank all the kind folk who sent cards, made telephone calls, and generally enquired after Keith. Also the people who ensured that Sylvia could get to the hospital, in order to visit Keith..

What a lovely village we live in.

We are pleased to report for those who have not seen Keith about, He is home and making a good recovery.

 Thank you.

Sylvia & Keith




 A huge thank you, to all you ladies for the lovely displays you provided for the Harvest Festival Service.

The church looked wonderful, and was so commented on by numerous people at the service.

 Well done everyone.

Sylvia Lloyd



 12th December, 10am – 2 pm. Memorial Hall, Collingham High Street.

Support your local makers and growers this Christmas

Home baking and preserves, organic veg, paintings and ceramics,

jewellery, plants, Christmas table decorations and wreaths, traditional

crafts and antiques.

 Refreshments with home-baked goodies and Fairtrade tea  and coffee.                                         

Free entry.




Willis Osgathorpe

 Mary and family wish to thank neighbours, Brenda and drivers of Collingham Village Care and the Winthorpe community for their many cards, condolences and support offered on the sad occasion of Willis’s death.

Willis was 90 years of age and passed away peacefully in Newark Hospital at 9:45 pm on Saturday 19th September with his family at his bedside. He was cremated at Sherwood Forest and his ashes will be interned at a private ceremony at All Saints on a date in the near future.

 As many of you are aware, Willis and Mary retired to Winthorpe when they left Sheffield and were one of the first residents to live on the then new “South Fields” estate in Winthorpe when they arrived on 25th November 1967. Next year they were hoping to celebrate 70 years of marriage on May 11th and this would have been just one of the very many happy moment and have fond memories of Winthorpe the couple have. Mary hopes to continue to have many more.

 Thank you again. God bless you all.

 Mary and family



Novice Bell Ringers where are you………

 Further to the request in last months Focal Point we have had no response. It seems such a shame that the villagers raised all that money between them to have the bells restored, and then we don't have enough ringers to ring all six of them for Sunday service - there were four of us last Sunday!

So whether experienced ringers or completely new to the hobby, please

contact Ian Hasman on 01636 679105 or email:-

for more information. It really is good fun.



All Saints Winthorpe

This year is fast drawing to a close and so is the work of All Saints church warden Alan Stone who is retiring in March next year. If anyone would be kind enough to assist in this role, now would be the ideal time to let him know (702104).

Although retiring, he will still be there to offer guidance.  

As Kitchener nearly said; “This church needs you”.



Church Notices

On Thursday 1st October David took Bishop Tony Porter around the proposed enlarged Benefice. They completed the afternoon with a cup of tea and biscuits in the Winthorpe Community Centre where members of the church and community were introduced to him. He spoke about his early life and work. He was very impressed with the Community Centre and all the activities that took place in the village.

On Friday 16th October a Harvest Supper was held in the Community Centre. This was very successful mainly because so many villagers were involved in its organisation. It was very much a team effort and we thank all those who helped in various ways, also to those who brought raffle prizes.

It demonstrated how important the village community was to us all. Four young ladies belonging to the ‘Waddington Explorers’ (a scout group) waited on tables which was very helpful and each table made a contribution towards their target of £2000 for the ‘Heroes Fund.’. Their aim was to raise £100 to reach that target - this they were able to achieve thanks to the generosity of the people present. It was pleasing to see young people interested in helping others when so often they have a bad press.

 It was good to have David Milner present but we were sorry that his future wife Kristina was unable to come due to a heavy cold. We were pleased to be able to give David cheques worth £370 collected from villagers for his chosen charity - ‘Alzheimer’s Disease Society’ and to wish them well in their forthcoming marriage.

 Our Remembrance Day service will be on Sunday November 8th at 10.15am. The church has agreed that this year the collection from the service will be given to the ‘Heroes Fund.’ Names of people to be remembered be given to Keith Lloyd for inclusion in the service.

 A picture of our church painted by Mrs Margaret Donoghue in memory of Mr Alan Hill has now been hung on the wall next to the War Memorial.

 We send our best wishes to those who are unwell at this time especially to

Mr Geoff. Goodall, who has been in hospital for a short time but is now home again.

 Church Bells

They will ring for practices on Thursday evenings from 7.00pm - 9.0pm

and possibly for the following:-

Sunday November 1st - 5pm All Saints Evensong

Sunday November 8th  - 10.15am Remembrance Day service

Sunday November 15th - 10.15am Family Service

 From the Registers

Holy Baptism - October 11th  - Olivia Victoria Holmes-Morgan

 Brass Cleaners

Mr & Mrs J. Craven.


‘The Wedding’

As many of you will know the Revd. David Milner is getting married on Saturday 28th November. On Sunday 29th November David & Kristina are inviting people from our extended Benefice to a Reception which will be held in the Memorial Hall Collingham.

As Churchwarden, David has asked Ann & myself to distribute the tickets within the village. 40 tickets have been allocated to Winthorpe. You will realise that this is not a simple task but we have tried to be fair so that people who are involved within the community of the village, as well as church friends, are offered an invitation. Please if you receive one and are unable to go for any reason please return it to us as there are other people who may wish to go.


Alan & Ann Stone

Up-To-date notices of our church services and those of the other church services in the Benefice are displayed outside the church.


Ed’s Postscript

 Whilst joining Alan and Ann in wishing Geoff Goodall a speedy recovery, We would also like to wish the same to Suzanne Holmes. Hopefully, by the time you are reading this, she will be back home and recovering from an operation on her damaged hip following an unfortunate accident.




Dear All

 Remember, remember the 5th of November. Gun powder, treason and plot. The simple childhood rhyme is a reminder of one of many annual events which supports and develops our national identity, who we are and what we stand for.

50 years ago when shops closed on Saturday lunchtime and only newsagents and tobacconists were open on Sunday; our culture looked and felt very different.  The reduced weekend travel timetable for bus and rail was part of the experience.  Saturday afternoon and Sunday were noticeably quieter and slower.  Week by week the gardens of millions of home dwellers were tended to the accompanying clip, click clip sounds of shears trimming privet hedges. The almost silent forward motion of  manual lawn mowers as the grass of  a million lawns all shapes and sizes surrendered under the blade, and then finally the ball bearings in the wheels making a very business like clink, clink, clink on the back pull.

 This may sound very sentimental, but it isn’t, it is just how it was then.  As I recall, when it was cold it was a challenge to keep warm and whilst I may, from my warm vantage point, remember frost on the inside of my bedroom window with fondness, getting coal from the bunker in the dark and lighting the fire in the living room when it had gone out in a chilly November evening. It was not sentimental at the time.

At the time it seemed that this is what life was always going to be like. All the succeeding decades have seen enormous changes in our quality of living. There are gadgets and aids to living that were not imagined 50 years ago. Most people’s aspirations and life styles have changed beyond recognition.

 The present economic climate means that every one will be affected by last year’s world wide financial collapse. It will mean the possibility of working for more years and hours, reduced pay for some, and redundancy for others. Change is all around, and whatever point in history may be chosen, our culture and the values that determine our quality of life are always changing.

All institutions, the Christian church is no exception, experience change. Where the church is concerned its message has not changed. Jesus’ message across the millennia, of forgiveness, peace and hope remains, for many, the only worthwhile guiding light.

 We are living through a period of rapid change. At such an uncertain time Jesus’ unchanging message of love and hope, affirming community, friendship and family life speaks into our situation as much as it did in the struggles of his own generation 2000 years ago. Many of the soundest of today’s values are based on our Christian heritage, they are not sustained because of any notion of sentimentality, but because they work, Generosity of spirit, compassion, service to friends, family and community all find their first resonance in our long Christian history.

 There is however always more that can be done.

We are keen to find ways in which we may serve the community better.

Please feel free to write to me at the Rectory in Collingham,

1 Vicarage Close, Collingham. NG23 7PQ.

  Our present group of eight worshipping communities will soon grow to eleven. A new service pattern will be in place by the New Year.  In consequence there will be different and more opportunities to be involved in church life. At such a changing period, it might be the right time to find an interest which has been at the heart of our nation for over 1000 years.

 At All Saints Winthorpe on Sunday the 8th November a Remembrance Service will be held at 10.15am at which we will remember those who have fallen in war, please join us as we remember.

 Focal point serves not only Winthorpe, but importantly our neighbours at Holme and Langford.  Hidden away they are treasures. Their churches St. Giles and St, Bartholomew have long and distinguished histories, offering a hopeful and enduring example, to us all.


In Christian Love







               Sunday  Nov 1st   - All Saints Day

             5 pm               Evensong - Patronal Festival, Winthorpe


            Sunday  8th - 3rd Sunday before Advent

            10.15am                       Remembrance Day Service, Winthorpe.


            Sunday 15th     2nd Sunday before Advent

             9.00am                        Holy Communion, Langford.

            10.15am                       Family Service, Winthorpe.


            Sunday 22nd – Christ the King

            8am                              Holy Communion, Winthorpe.

           10.15am                       Family Service, Holme.


          Sunday 29th Advent Sunday

            6.15pm                        East Trent Evensong, Winthorpe.


All Saints December dates for your Diary

Thursday 3rd

7.30pm                         WI Carol Service, Winthorpe.

Friday 18th

7.30pm                         Church Carol Service, Winthorpe.

Sunday 20th

10.15am                        Christingle Service, Winthorpe

Saturday 24th

7.30pm                         Christmas Communion, Winthorpe







                        NOVEMBER                                      DECEMBER

            6th  Mrs Stone, Mr McClymont.            4th Mrs Lloyd, Mrs Nelson

            20th  Mrs Foden, Mrs Hill.                    18th Miss Applewhite

                                                                              31st Mrs Lloyd.





         Monday 2nd                     Luncheon Club, 12.30pm, Centre.

                                                  Green Bin

         Tuesday 3rd                   Line Dancing, 7pm Centre.

         Saturday 7th                  Village Bonfire, from 6pm. School field.

         Monday 9th                    Silver Bin

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

                                                Line Dancing.

         Thursday 12th              WI meeting, 7.30pm, V.H.

                                                Library Van

         Monday 16th               Green Bin

         Tuesday 17th              Line dancing.

         Wednesday 18th       Gardening Club, 7.30pm, Centre.

         Thursday 19th             Thursford outing, 9.20am. Post Office.

         Monday 23rd                Silver Bin

         Tuesday 24th              Tuesday Club shopping trip, 9.30am.

                                                Line Dancing

         Wednesday 25th         School Lunch

         Thursday 26th             Whist Drive, 7pm Village Hall.

                                                Library Van

         Monday 30th                Green Bin



         Saturday 5th                     Conserv. Coffee Morn, 10.30am Win. House