FOCAL POINT Issue No. 346 2009
The holiday season draws to a close and I hope that you were all able to enjoy it, even though the weather was disappointing. It was very much like England’s cricket teams performance really with a few nice moments followed by a lot of not so nice. But look how the cricket finished!! Let’s hope the summer does the same.
We returned from our holiday to the news that another village stalwart in Des Aldridge. had had a ‘nasty turn’, to quote one villager, and was in hospital.
The good news now is that Des is home and on the mend after having had a ‘minor’ stroke. The prognosis is that he is physically fine with a very slight speech problem that should improve as time goes by.
It is always nicer to hear good news like Des’s than bad news and those able to view the internet might like to look at a web site www.dailygood.org/ where each day there is some good news from somewhere in the world.
I particularly like the news that TalkTalk, the communications company, have initiated a ‘put pocket’ scheme. They have enlisted 20 former pick pockets who are now trawling London's tourist sites slipping money back into unsuspecting pockets. Anything from 5 pound to 20 pound notes are being surreptitiously deposited in unguarded pockets or open handbags in Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden and other busy spots. The £100,000 initiative, which runs until the end of August in London is then being rolled out countrywide.
The head of the TalkTalk 'put-pocket' team, Chris Fitch, said the campaign was designed to "give something back for a change" to cash-strapped consumers. (It’s not April 1st is it? ed.)
As the web site says:-
Be the Change……
Slip a small, joyful surprise into someone's life today!
Closing date for October is EARLY! - Thursday 17th September.
The next Lunch will be on Monday, 7th September. The menu will be:
with Seasonal Vegetables
Peach Melba with Ice Cream
£7.00 including a glass of wine and coffee. Please contact Jean and Peter Foden (704241) not later than Thursday, 3rd September to reserve your place and to give your choice from the menu.
The floor of the main hall will be resurfaced commencing Monday, 21st September. The hall should be re-usable by the Friday. We apologize for the inconvenience but it is essential to keep the surface maintained.
Those using the building recently will have noticed an improvement in the state of cleanliness. A new cleaner, Eileen Szmidt, started work in July and is doing an extremely good job.
Frances Kelly, Chairman
Meetings in September are in the Village Hall as usual.
Tuesday, 8th September. Morning Coffee, 10.30am, 50p for coffee and biscuits.
Tuesday, 22nd September. 2.30pm. Slide show of North Yorkshire.
Shortly after the formation of our club we visited Hall Farm Nursery at Harpswell.
What a transformation by our return in July. Many new features such as the sunken garden, restyled ‘rooms’ and glorious herbaceous bedding delighted the eye throughout the entire garden. Further areas were being developed and various sculptures provided added interest. Our guide also took us around the numerous tunnels where the plants are produced for retail. Many of us found this very interesting and useful tips were readily given. The plant sales area was well organised with a good range of
well – priced specimens. Needless to say, but many of us left with numerous plants and garden hardware.
Our trip to Highgrove was a delight. Here is effectively another work in progress with the Prince of Wales’ belief in organic gardening, use of natural materials and sympathetic architecture everywhere. The scale of the gardens, the sheer grandeur of much of the structural framework together with novel planting was memorable. The gardens incorporate many gifts from around the world such as huge stone vessels, tree ferns – sixty of them to commemorate his attaining that age, reworked, redundant stone from cathedrals,pieces by students of the Prince’s Trust, the list goes on. For many of us the many small structures and statues, some rather whimsical, such as the temples in the woodland garden and the sanctuary, would be the retained images of the day.
Our next meeting is on September 16th at 7.30 in the Community Centre when the subject will be:-
The Brighter Side of Winter
WINTHORPE FESTIVAL, 2009 REVIEW MEETING
7.30pm, Monday, 28th September at the Community Centre
All village clubs/organizations/groups and interested persons are invited to attend this meeting to review the 2009 Festival and make suggestions on how to proceed in 2010. Please come along and air your views.
All are welcome.
Sharon Manley, Chairman, Organizing Committee.
SUPPORT THE LINCS & NOTTS AIR AMBULANCE
SATURDAY 5TH SEPTEMBER
10.30am to 12.30pm
20 The Spinney, Winthorpe.
Collingham’s Michaelmas Market will be held in the Memorial Hall on Saturday 12th September between 10am and 2pm.
Entry is free and refreshments are available. Products on sale will include local and organic produce, preserves, home baking and bread, crafts, jewellery, antiques, traditional wood crafts and plants.
There are just a few tables left – but they go quickly so book now. It’s only £5 per 6ft x 2ft table (£2.50 for charities and community organisations).
Contact: Anita Maunsell on 892928.
Collingham’s quarterly Community Markets are run by 2020 Green Vision, a voluntary organisation working towards a greener future for Collingham and its communities.
GIANT SUNFLOWER COMPETITION
Did you keep the measurement of the height of your sunflower? If not do it now.
When the sunflower head becomes full of seeds, feed the plant every time you water. This encourages the seeds to get big and fat. The weight of the seeds will cause the head to bow down. This is nature’s way of keeping the seeds dry.
When the seeds are ripe, using a small hacksaw, cut the seed head off and hang them from a tree, as my drawing shows. Birds love to eat sunflower seeds, as they are rich in oil. See how many varieties of birds come to feed.
You may like to save some seeds to use for growing next year’s plants. The best seeds are on the two outer rings. Lay these on a sheet of paper for the sun to dry them. When they are completely dry, store in a dry place using a paper bag. Do not use a plastic bag as this will make the seeds sweat and rot.
Please ring me on Sunday 6th September with the height of your sunflower Telephone 704444.
The presentation to the winners of the competition will now take place at the school on Friday 18th September at 11.15am.
The word sunflower in different languages:-
- French – Tournesol.
German – Sonnenblume Italian – Girasole
COLLINGHAM SHOW & PLOUGHING MATCH
Saturday 19th September - Begins 8am
“Larksfield”, Newark Road, Collingham
By kind permission of Mr and Mrs C T Sheldon
Fun for all the family,
with a HURRICANE & SPITFIRE flypast,
Companion dog show - bouncy castles - village games,
Livestock - vintage vehicles - Shire horses - ploughing,
Plashing - tug of war - ridden horse and pony classes,
trade stands - marching band - falconry display - Blankney
hounds, - refreshments – raffle - rural arts and crafts
and much, much more….
Entrance prices are:-
£5 for adults and £3 for OAPs (& unaccompanied children over 13 yrs)
CHILDREN GO FREE* (*if accompanied by an adult)
For further information telephone (01636) 894056 or visit www.collinghamshow.com
Line Dancing starts again on Tuesday, 8th September at 7.00 p.m. in the Community Centre.
The cost is £2.00 and new members, as always, will be made very welcome.
There will be no dancing on Tues. 22nd Sept. as the floor is being resurfaced. I look forward to seeing you all again and welcoming new members.
WINTHORPE CRICKET CLUB
It has been a while since our last entry into Focal Point, so let me start by saying that the season so far has been something of a revelation.... with all the rain about we've only had to cancel one match due to weather! On a more disappointing note though we've had to forfeit another match due to lack of numbers; only six players able to play on the day in question.
On the playing side our fortunes have been very mixed; some good wins being balanced out by some very heavy defeats much of this due to a combination of the personnel being available on the day and the quality of the opposition.
31.05.09 Fulbeck at home. Having been bowled out for a meagre 72 Winthorpe fought back to dismiss the opposition for just 68, Simon Potter 4/11 and James Bailey 3/8 doing most of the damage.
14.06.09 Branston away. A disciplined bowling display (Ashley Locke 4/16) saw the hosts all out for 111 Winthorpe raced to the total in just over 20 overs David Waugh leading the way with an unbeaten 51.
21.06.09 Aisthorpe at home. Another exceptional fielding display saw the visitors all out for just 54; yet again Potter was the chief destroyer claiming 6/5. An early batting wobble set alarm bells ringing in he home camp but Andy Fereday (17no) and Paul Matthews (29no) led us to victory.
28.06.09 Heckington at home. Against a weakened home side top of the league Heckington took no prisoners amassing 269 batting first then bowled us out for only 49.
26.07.09 Branston at home. Batting first Winthorpe crawled to 114/7 in their allotted overs Matthews being the mainstay with a patient 47no. Branston had no answer to the home new ball pairing of Locke (2/28) and Potter (5/14) and were routed for 88 in reply.
02.08.09 Boston away. On a pitch you would gladly roll up and take anywhere (especially if you're a batsman) the skipper lost the toss and was invited to field! We were very much in the hunt after 30 overs restricting our opponents to just 94 runs however the final 10 overs were something of a run spree that took Boston up to an imposing 171. At the 30 over mark we were actually ahead on the scoreboard but a flurry of wickets meant that a win was beyond our grasp. However with 4 runs required to secure maximum "bonus" points in defeat and one over remaining last man Nick Raithby played the shot of the day flicking away an imperious boundary to square leg to bag the extra 2 points.
09.08.09 Owmby away. Winthorpe travelled to Owmby with only 8. Batting first
(in the circumstances the only thing to do) Winthorpe totalled a round 50 with Neil Bailey top scoring with 23. Faint hope was in the air with an early wicket but the next Owmby man in proceeded to find and clear the boundary regularly to see them home comfortably.
As you can see when we have the bodies on the field we are able to compete reasonably well at the moment, but with holiday season upon us and work commitments ever greater getting 11 players out for a game is becoming increasingly more difficult. So if you feel like a bit of a run around on a Sunday afternoon it doesn't matter what level of ability (if any!) you are give me a call on 612968 so we can get you involved.
All the best,
Future Sunday Home fixtures
30th August vs. Nettleham 2nd XI
6th September vs. Heighington 1st XI (last home game of the season)
Members/Players: Again a call to anyone who would like a game of cricket. We are still struggling to field 11 fit men or boys for our Sunday games. (I use the word fit very loosely). We can provide equipment as we have Club bats, pads, gloves etc. Please get in touch no matter what you availability is, every week or occasional we would like to hear from you. You can make a difference.
Duck Race Day: Many thanks to all that turned up and supported us at the annual Duck Race Day. A grand total of £430 was raised.
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 www.winthorpecc.co.uk which has now been bought up to date.
Should you wish to contact the Club please call any of the following or alternatively there is a “Contact the Club” facility on the website.
Simon Potter - 612968
Paul Matthews - 677769
Andy Fereday - 678622
Ashley Locke - 703988
Interesting Cricket Fact:
Making his debut for England against Bangladesh in 2005 Chris Tremlett took two wickets in two balls. On his hat trick ball Mohammad Ashraful defended the ball which bounced on the ground, then actually landed on the stumps but the bails did not fall, and so Tremlett was denied a hat trick.
Could we ask that if anyone has any “spare” wind fall apples, we would be happy to exchange reasonable quantities for some sausages, please feel free to drop them off outside the gates at Woodleigh (the one with the pigs at the bottom of Gainsborough Road) with your details and we’ll get some sausages to you.
Or feel free to contact us: 07759 128990 or 01636 706171
Philip & Nikki Dales and the Woodleigh Pigs
Betty Buxton née Euston 1919 - 2009
Lilian Bessie Euston was born 1919 in Winthorpe. Her parents, Henry and Ellen Euston came to the village in around 1907. Henry from Sunningdale, Berkshire, to take up the position of Head Gardener to Captain Walter Need of Winthorpe Hall and Ellen from Longborough in Gloucestershire, as a companion to Mrs. Need. They lived at Winthorpe Hall Gardens, later called ‘The Gardens’ which is situated on the hill just below the church. Betty was, in fact, born in this house and left only at the age of 75. Following the death of her husband, Frank, and her older sister, Kit Euston, Betty went to live in Inverness-shire, Scotland, to be near to her son and his family.
Betty Buxton died in Scotland on June 7th 2009, just short of her 90th birthday. She was cremated and, in accordance with her wishes, will be brought back to the village where she was born, and her ashes buried in the grave near to her beloved ‘Gardens’ with her mother, sister and husband.
Memories of Betty Buxton née Euston 1919 – 2009
My father went to the Great War of 1914-18 leaving my mother with my sister, Kit, at The Gardens. Kit was actually born at The Drive, off Holme Lane, whilst my father was waiting for The Gardens to become vacant.
Whilst father was in France, mother ran The Gardens with the help of an elderly man, whose name was Hague. He lived at the top of the Back Drive to Winthorpe Hall. His house and Mrs. Biglie’s were pulled down to build a bungalow. Hagie, as we called him, used to say to my mother “Put her in the pram, Mrs, I’ll watch her while you do your work.” I understand he gave my sister, Kit, a tin and some worms in the pram. Now, Kit always put everything in her mouth, so mother always wondered just how many she ate, and who knows, perhaps that’s why she became Rural Studies Consultant for Nottinghamshire and loved nature so much! Hagie told my mother he remembered a year in the 1890’s when the sun shone so much that there was no grass for the cattle and the foreman sent the men out to cut branches off the trees to feed them.
A Rev. Clement W.H. Griffith was the Rector in my early days, followed by Rev. Gresham F. Gillett, a wonderful man - a great conservationist and a welfare and youth club organiser, 50 years before such things were thought of. He had a dog, a little white Cairn or similar breed, called Caesar Augustus Imperatus, ‘Imp’ for short. Rev. Gillett had been Bishop of Lebombo, but after frequent bouts of malaria, had to leave Africa. He told my father how to grow arum lilies – ‘always keep their feet in water!’
The fields in and around the village were mainly meadow for the cows to graze or to make hay and there grew the most wonderful flowers; corn cockle, corn marigold, ox-eyed daisies, giant bell flowers, knapweed, sorrel, cowslips, many trefoils and early purple orchids. We always went to pick the latter as soon as they were out and we’d be sure to meet Rev. Gillett on our way back and he’d point his walking stick at us and say, “You know, every time you pick one of those beautiful orchids, the plant dies. Soon there will be no early purple orchids left in Winthorpe.” He little knew that it wasn’t we children who would destroy them, but the farmers ploughing up the fields during the war.
Rev. Gillett helped boys from the poor areas of town; any night during the week they could come up to the Rectory where he had a billiard table and darts etc. One little room was lined with shelves and filled with books and we could borrow as many as we liked. He had a wonderful choir for 10am, 11am and Evensong services. As he was a bachelor, a very large lady called Mrs. Heppenstal took Sunday School. She lodged at The Hollies on Winthorpe Road, Newark and she had two parrots in cages on her dining room table. We learnt not to poke our fingers in at them!
More Memories of Betty Buxton née Euston 1919 - 2009
Mellars, the cowman, milked the cows at Old Rectory Farm. Then with a yoke across his shoulders and two brimming pails of milk, he walked up the Back Drive to the dairy, where he churned the milk and left frothing bowls of skimmed milk and cream on the other side of the churn. We children picked up our fresh milk on the way home from school. One winter’s day, I was about 7 years old and toasting pikelets in front of a roaring fire, when my mother said, “I’ve seen Mrs. Neverson, the cook at the Hall, and she says there were drops of cream on the floor.” There was a silence, my face burned and I don’t think it was from the heat from the fire! Now, who suggested it I don’t know, but there were quite a few of us dipped our fingers in the cream. The quantity of butter made had considerably fallen that week!
Another day, Mrs. Need came over to Mother and said, “Tell Bettie to go to Cook and ask for a bucket of water, soft soap and a scrubbing brush and scrub down the wall where she has written her name.” This wall ran from Suzanne Holme’s gate to the Hall entrance. Now I’m sure, even at the age of 7. I would have had more sense than to write my own name, but I did have to scrub that wall!
During my last two years at Lilley and Stone High School, Herbert Emerson would cycle down from the top of the village at 5am in spring, climb up to my bedroom window and wake me up! How would that be misconstrued in these days? I’d dress and we’d go down Holme Lane and along the Fleet. In those days it was a wide muddy area of reeds and water blobs (marsh marigolds to give them their correct name!) Mallards were nesting and we would take a couple of duck eggs for our breakfast, in spite of keeping our own hens! There were reed warblers, pipits, linnets, red-legged partridges, pheasants, cuckoos looking for reed warblers nests and larks ‘singing out their hearts at Heaven’s Gates’ and we even heard and saw curlews! In the school holidays we’d be down there all day, and I once asked my mother if she worried about me, and she said, “No.” One never heard of ‘missing children’ then or any other of the awful things that happen these days.
When Frank and I, along with Nigel and Jose who lived at The White House, a semi-detached house near the corner of Hargon Lane, we have counted from their dining room window 17 mad March hares, boxing in the field that is now South Field housing estate. I remember taking Nigel and Jose up to the cornfield at the top of Hargon Lane where I’d found a root of corn marigold and a beautiful blue succory. Where can they be found now? Cowslips are no longer in existence. Several years ago, when I was walking Jess, the dog, just over the railway crossing, there appeared a root of cowslips. The next year quite a large root was growing. Several days later, there were just two holes in the ground.
The lane sides used to have birds-foot trefoil and cinquefoil silver weed with their beautiful yellow flowers. In 1993, I counted the wild flowers down on the right-hand side and there were 27. On the opposite side, coming back, there were 23. In about 1995, there were cranesbill, (lesser and greater) one root of meadowsweet and the rest just goosegrass, plantains and nettles.
Betty Buxton 2009.
The Village Gala was a great success and it was good to see more young people from the village taking part and organising events. On Sunday evening ‘Songs Of Praise’ was well attended and enjoyed even though the weather did not support us. Thank you to all those brave people who came enabling us to give £100 towards the proceeds of the weekend.
On Tuesday evening 4th August the church was very pleased to welcome the Newark History Group. We would like to thank Mr Pat Finn for his comprehensive and very interesting talk about our church. We all learned so much and we are grateful for all the work he did to make the evening such a success. We would also like to thank Pat Nelson & Barbara Finn for serving coffee. For Ann & myself it was like a reunion as we met many old friends from St. Mary’s Newark and the help of Pat & Barbara gave us time to circulate and talk to people. Many commented on the friendly atmosphere in the church and they were delighted to see David as they rarely see a priest during visits.
Mrs Margaret Thornhill kindly invited the residents of Winthorpe Hall to tea on Wednesday August 5th. We tightly crossed our fingers during the rainy morning and at 2pm the sun appeared for the afternoon and it was really warm. David joined us and we all had a very convivial afternoon. Thank you to all those helpers who provided afternoon tea and to Margaret whose delightful garden was so much enjoyed.
On Sunday September 6th the churches in the group will once again be ‘Beating the Bounds’. We start the day with the 8am service at Winthorpe followed by breakfast in the Village Hall. We welcome new faces but do please let us know if you would like breakfast before the event for catering arrangements. There are several posters around the village with the times & itinerary for the day.
On Saturday September 12th the church will be open at 10am for the annual ‘Ride & Stride’ event.
This will be organised by Mr Steve Lord ’Fleetway’ 19 Gainsborough Road Winthorpe. This event is to raise money for the Notts Historic Churches Trust by walking or cycling around as many churches as possible during the day. Sponsors and interested people please contact Steve.
Do not forget the concert which will be given by the ‘Collingham Singers’ on Friday 25th
September. They visited us two years ago and their concert was very much enjoyed.
Advertising & tickets (£6) are now available from church, the Post Office, Ann
Stone & Sylvia Lloyd.
The concert will last approx 2 hours including an interval for wine & nibbles.
If you wish to bring a cushion please do so.
We send our best wishes to those who are unwell at this time.
Christine Barker is still in hospital but is happy and making good progress.
They will ring for practices on Thursday evenings from 7.00pm - 9.0pm
and possibly for the following:-
Sunday September 13th 10.15am Holy Communion service
Sunday September 20th 10.15am Family Service
Mrs June Taylor , Mrs Everson.
From the Registers
Holy Matrimony - Aug. 15th William Briggs-Price and Sally Anne Toulson
On November 28th 2009 there will be a very happy occasion for us all to celebrate.
David & Tina as most of you know will be getting married and our very best wishes go to both of them. David has become a familiar figure, not only in church but also around the village and it has been suggested that we make a presentation to them both at the Harvest Supper on Friday 16th October in the Community Centre. They both have homes and therefore have said that they do not require useful gifts.
If you wish to make a donation they would very much like it to be given to the ‘Alzheimers Disease Society ’. The following people are willing to accept donations on your behalf :
Mr Peter Foden ‘Tall Trees ‘ The Spinney , Winthorpe.
Mr John Nelson 17 Woodlands , Winthorpe,
Alan & Ann Stone 71 Gainsborough Rd , Winthorpe.
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.
Dates for the diary.
September 6th ‘Beating the Bounds’
September 12th Ride & Stride
September 25th Concert - Collingham singers (in church)
October 16th Harvest supper (Community Centre) David & Tina’s Presentation
October 18th Harvest Festival (Church)
With this edition of Focal Point comes the reality that September with its longer, cooler evenings and dew on the ground will be part of our daily experience.
I want to reflect on some of the wonderful summer sun, yes summer sun of August. There was a good deal of rain and many cloudy days, there were also periods of sun and enormous blue skies.
On a fine day in August I met up with a farmer and saw the work, first hand, that is done at the point that the wheat is brought in. My experience of farming is pretty limited, except for a family holiday or two when I was aged 6 with a relative who ran a small holding in Kent. My knowledge of farming and farmers has been derived largely from, fictional programmes both on radio and television. There is an exception that because I am an early riser and put the radio on as I get up, I listen regularly to Farming Today. Even this interesting programme doesn’t enable me, to understand the magnitude of a farmer’s life. On my brief visit I learned a lot. Farming is very technical and requires a number of skills. Working the land is very much a high tech business these day and computers have a significant part to play. At times I imagine it may be fun and fulfilling but it is also relentless. Farmers have to make difficult decisions to ensure that they remain profitable. Farming is, as was gently but firmly brought home to me, a tough business. Mechanisation has meant that one person can cover a lot of ground and do a lot of the work that, a decade ago would have been done buy 10 men or more.
Watching the land being worked for our benefit was very humbling and rather daunting. It put into place the pressure that I sometimes feel exercising my vocation and realising and reminding me that there are a lot of people who work very hard for our benefit. During September many of us will remember and celebrate harvest in one way or another. As we do and enjoy food and friendship it might be worth giving a thought to the farming community who, seldom seen, work really hard for our benefit.
My all to brief and limited farm experience has brought home to me how most of us are almost completely unaware of what the land produces, where it is sold even, where grain is concerned, the specific way in which it must be stored.
The somewhat clinical presentation of most food stuffs in shops these days is rapidly creating a dislocation between the people and the land.
Much of Jesus teaching used images and examples that encouraged his hearers to re engage with their location. I wonder whether it is time for a better understanding of location rather than dislocation. As you may well be aware we are going to make our annual journey around the group. An opportunity for a positive relocation?
In Christian love,
SERVICES FOR SEPTEMBER
Sunday 6th Trinity 13 - Beating the Bounds
8am Holy Communion, Winthorpe.
9.30am Short Morning Prayer Service, Holme.
10am Prayers, Langford.
Sunday 13th Trinity 14
10.15am Holy Communion, Winthorpe.
10am Holy Communion, Winthorpe.
Sunday 20th Trinity 15
9am Holy Communion, Langford.
10.15am Family Service, Winthorpe.
Sunday 27th Trinity 16
8 am Holy Communion, Winthorpe.
- 10.15am Family Service, Holme.
6pm Harvest Festival, Langford
ALL ARE WELCOME
CHURCH CLEANING VOLUNTEERS
11th Mrs Lloyd, Mrs Nelson. 9th Mrs Lloyd.
24th Miss Applewhite. 23rd Mrs Nelson, Mrs Finn.
Thursday 3rd Library Van.
Saturday 5th Coffee Morn. 10.30am - 20 The Spinney
Monday 7th Lunch Club, 12.30pm – Centre.
Tuesday 8th Tuesday Club Coffee Morn. 10.30am – V.H
Line Dancing, 7pm – Comm. Centre.
Thursday 10th W.I. meeting, 7.30pm – Village Hall.
Saturday 12th Michaelmas Market Collingham 10am-2pm
Monday 14th Silver Bin.
Wednesday 16th Garden Club, 7.30pm – Centre.
Saturday 19th Collingham Show, 8am Larksfield Nwk. Rd.
Thursday 17th Library Van.
Monday 21st Green Bin.
Tuesday 22nd Tuesday Club slide show, 2.30pm – V. H.
Thursday 24th Whist Drive 7pm - Village Hall
Monday 28th Festival Review Meeting, 7.30pm – Centre.