Household Waste Recycling Centres to accept more waste types in July -

From Monday 6 July, Household Waste Recycling Centres (tips) across the county will allow cars with small trailers and accept more waste types.

All eleven sites will now open five days from Friday – Tuesday.

Small trailers (6ft x 4ft x1.5ft load depth) without greedy boards will be allowed on site on a Tuesday and Friday.

On a Monday and Tuesday, residents can bring black bagged (general waste), plastics, plasterboard, mattresses, scrap metal, waste electricals (e.g. washing machines, TVs, lightbulbs etc.), batteries, household chemicals, mineral and cooking oils, gas cylinders and clothing.

On a Tuesday, residents can also bring along bulky items e.g. carpets and sofas.

On a Friday, Saturday and Sunday, HWRCs will accept garden waste (green), wood, soil, hardcore, paper, cardboard, glass, scrap metals, waste electricals (e.g. washing machines, TVs, lightbulbs etc.), batteries, household chemicals, mineral and cooking oils and gas cylinders and clothing.

To book a time slot or for more information, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/clickandtip or call 01522 782070.

Update from Lincolnshire County Councillor

I was delighted to hear from Marion that it is intended to restart Chat deliveries. It seems an absolute age since we were able to read through our village news. So many regular events and celebrations have been cancelled or postponed until next year. Despite lockdown affecting everyone in some way and forcing changes in how services and personal activities have been affected, Lincolnshire has been fortunate that it has been less affected than many other parts of the country.

Initially focussed on providing information and measures to protecting everyone from the spread of the virus, it was soon clear that this would have serious impact on especially vulnerable residents. Apart from organisation through the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum local volunteers quickly responded to identify and provide support with shopping and collecting urgent medication. Our Parish Clerks took it upon themselves to identify those most in need, to make contact and provide personal help, whilst still maintaining a village service. Other groups and individuals also provided help and support. Our thanks must go out to all who played their parts in this.

During the Covid19 crisis the County Council has adopted new ways of working with many staff, officers and Councillors working from their homes, but maintaining essential service and contacts by email and now with Microsoft Teams. Parish Councils have also maintained activities and are now beginning to hold meetings again remotely using technology such as Zoom. Our District Council has continued  refuse collection and other services. Coronavirus testing - 

Anyone who is showing coronavirus symptoms is eligible to book a swab test to find out if they have the virus. For more details please go to https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested. Essential workers should continue to apply for a test at www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-essential-workers. In addition to the above information there is now an NHS Covid19 phone line on 119.

Right in the middle of the lockdown contracts for LCC Highways repair and maintenance and local Highways management arrangements were changed. Whilst some work was able to continue, particularly the Eastern Bypass, new ways of working, to take account of virus spread risks were required resulting in a slow down. Other major projects and repairs were paused. For the last few weeks Highway activities are being progressively restored, but it will take time for the backlog to be addressed.

Unfortunately the relaxation in lockdown rules has led to more antisocial and drug related behaviour in our public spaces including in SKellingthorpe and adjacent communities. Looking ahead it may be helpful to think of ways in which we can look after our health physically and mentally by enjoying our environment, but continuing to have regard for safety, both personal and of others. The risk of a second wave remains and so guidelines must be followed.

Ordnance Survey has joined forces with Natural England to create The Getting Outside during Covid-19 website to bring together current advice from government, councils and other outdoor organisations, to help you decide where to go and what to do in the open air. The site enables people to search by activity and location for suggestions and ideas about how they can enjoy the outside safely. So search Lincolnshire and see what you can find!

County Council waste recycling sites have reopened using a booking system. Information about this is available at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk

Mike Thompson
Lincolnshire County Council
Councillor Eagle and Hykeham West - including Skellingthorpe

LINCOLNSHIRE FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY -

YOU ARE WELCOME TO LINCOLN BRANCH OF LINCOLNSHIRE FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY! If you have an interest in Family History, you are very welcome to come and join us as soon as this Lockdown situation has eased ! Anyone is welcome to any of our meetings! And there’s no charge!

Our Branch holds 10 meetings a year on the second Saturday of the month, with a Member’s Branch Outing in September to a place of interest, no meeting in December. Our meetings are held at Queen’s Park Community Hub, South Park, Lincoln, from 1.45-4.00pm approx. At each meeting we have a guest speaker to come to talk about a Family History, Social History or Local History subject. Our Branch has a Library which is open to Members to borrow books useful for the Family Historian in you! We also have our Society Bookstall where everyone is invited to purchase any of our Society Publications and books published by the Federation of Family History Societies, if you wish to.

At each meeting we have a raffle, the winner will win a voucher to spend on our Society Bookstall. We enjoy a cuppa and some time to catch up with each other and to ask for advice or help with any queries you may have with your research from some fantastically knowledgeable members! We look forward to seeing our Members again and some new folk coming to join us in this most fascinating of past times that is Family History!

Who doesn’t want to know where they come from…….?!! If anyone would like further details about our Branch please get in touch!

KEEP AN EAR AND AN EYE OUT FOR NOTICES OF OUR UPCOMING PROGRAMME DETAILS!

Contact : Tracey Fairhurst Tel : 07941245322

Chapel Chat (post lockdown) -

Before starting this article, I read through one or two previous Chapel CHATs and realised just how much we have been missing over the last few months. I’m writing this as we’re all preparing to get a haircut, which for many of us will be the major event of the week!

It really has been a strange situation but it is reassuring that CHAT has come out of hibernation, a sign that life is taking on a familiar shape again, but I fear life at chapel will not be the same again for a while.

However, the chapel building is still there (I’ve checked, every week!) and you may have noticed the blue ribbon in support of the NHS tied round the trunk of the holly tree. All the surplus packets of biscuits were sent to the Foodbank via Rev David who has been checking the inside of the building regularly doing such exciting (but necessary) things as flushing the loos and turning on taps. Members of the Property Committee recently carried out a thorough check of the premises in general for signs of deterioration. We are receiving regular guidance from the Methodist Church nationally regarding how to safely open the doors again.

As for the rest of the chapel members and friends everyone has been able to keep in touch, either by phone, e-mail or socially distant chatting whilst enjoying a daily dose of exercise. One member sent amusing anecdotes most days via e-mail until she was forced to go back to work. Another experimented with singing the chorus and first verse of Skellingthorpe’s favourite hymn whilst washing her hands and advised us to do the same if we were getting fed up of singing Happy Birthday twice. Members of Craft Group and Craft 4 Charity have carried on crafting throughout lockdown and as well as knitting for charity, face masks and kit bags for hospital scrubbs have been made and passed on. I’m pretty sure that a goodly number of Christmas cards will also have been made.

The Lincoln Methodist Circuit has been providing weekly support and organising live streamed services and printed resources for those who don’t have a computer so everyone has access to a worship service on a weekly basis even though it hasn’t been at Chapel. The BBC services on the TV and radio have also been much appreciated. The main thing we have missed is each other’s company and we really can’t wait to get together again. We are still hoping that the plan to refit the kitchen will be possible so that is something to focus on for the future.

Whilst it has been a steep learning curve this crisis has forced us to find different ways of ‘doing church’ and I’m reminded of S.W.O.T. exercises which we sometimes used to carry out during my working life which involved examining our Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. Well, the virus is certainly a threat, we could have given in to our weaknesses but have found our strengths and taken up the opportunities available.

On a positive note we have, like many others, learnt how to meet via Zoom which has been a great help in recent weeks. Hopefully there will be more positive news by September, but meanwhile we must remain cautious.

Pat Robinson

The Last Days of the Bus Club By Chris Stewart

This is the fourth book in a series about living in rural Spain, the characters, and living with the problems of running a sheep farm, and trying to be self-sufficient and in his latest instalment from El Valero, Chris Stewart brings us a series of anecdotes of his life in this part of Spain since the last book.

It is two decades since he moved to his farm on the wrong side of a river in the mountains of southern Spain and his daughter Chlöe is preparing to fly the nest for university. In this latest, typically hilarious dispatch from El Valero we find him now a local literary celebrity, using his fame to help his old sheep-shearing partner find work on a raucous road trip; cooking a TV lunch for visiting British chef, Rick Stein; discovering the pitfalls of Spanish public speaking; and, most movingly, visiting famine-stricken Niger for Oxfam. Yet it's at El Valero, his beloved sheep farm, that Chris remains in his element as he, his wife Ana and their assorted dogs, cats and sheep weather a near calamitous flood and emerge as newly certified organic farmers. His cash crop? The lemons and oranges he once so blithely drove over, of course.From his hilarious attempts at public speaking when he implies that he is bisexual to his daughters school, the combined sheep and author tour that he undertakes with his good friend José, the judging at a tuna competition and the dealings that he has with the overbearing Spanish bureaucracy you know that he is squeezing the most out of living there.

We read this book just before the lockdown and have not been able to discuss it, or anything else, but it is an easy read. Each chapter is a complete in itself and can be picked up and put down easily, I enjoyed this book and I think most everyone felt the same, not great literature but pleasant, an easy read when sitting in the garden in the sunshine.

Sue Hewson Skellingthorpe Reading Group

THANK YOU -

I would just like to say 'A big thank you' to Skellingthorpe Co-Op, for their handling of the Covid 19 situation. I suffer from anxiety and have hated the whole shopping experience in these difficult times. The staff at the Co-Op really seemed to have really got to grips with what needed to be done.

They formed two queues, one for post office and one for the main store, they were friendly, polite and efficient. When in the store some of selves were being filled. So they blocked those isles off and handed over anything you wanted from that isle. The problems I have encountered in other stores were mainly from staff getting too close, when filling up the shelves

So once again Well done and a big thank you to all the staff at the Skellingthorpe Co-Op.

Sue Hammond

TOGETHER -

Together we can do it like they did in World War Two By keeping ourselves safe we will be helping others too

Contain this Pandemic is the goal that's been set for us By accepting isolation without making a fuss

Recalling stories Grand Parents told us when we were kids How their neighbourhoods helped each other with the things they did

There's a lesson to be learnt from memories of their past Then when this scourge is done we will stand proud and tall at last

These words once etched on a tablet of stone, perhaps will help The read "do unto others as you'd have done to yourself"

by Beverley

MY MEMORY OF V.E.DAY -

Like many people, I joined the huge crowd in Lincoln High Street to see the lights come on. As the mass of people moved back and forth from the Stonebow to High Bridge, the lights came on a girl I was holding hands with burst into tears and said, “A sight my brother will never see.”

DAISY MADE -

For over 100 years Daisy Made has been milking cows with the milk going in to the Ice Cream and extra milk being taken away in large milk tankers.

The company taking the milk has now decided to stop sending the tankers as there are fewer dairy farms and it is too far for them to come to Scarborough Farms.

Milk continues to be used in the production of Daisy Made Ice Cream but, some of the milk cows are now joining the beef cows to make extra beef cattle.

Farmer Bob

So Unpredictable -

At the beginning of this new year,with all it's great potential for the next decade, who would have predicted over 28000 deaths within a matter of 4 months from an unknown disease called Corona Virus.

It has always been accepted that death for everyone is inevitable eventually but never has the unpredictability of it been so acute as it is today. Unfortunately it can strike and end a life within a matter of days. With isolation upon being stricken there is no time to put one's affairs in order just in case the worst happens. Family and loved ones can be left devastated by such tragedies.

How much worse is it then when no planning has been made for the ultimate distribution of what is left. Initial thoughts will tend to ignore such material matters but as reality emerges these facts need to be addressed. If no Will is in place then the laws of intestacy prevail and often take little or no account of the way lives are conducted today. The personal wishes of the deceased could be ignored, loved ones omitted, families put into dispute and horrendous costs incurred to resolve it all. Prevention is certainly better than cure in these difficult times.

A Will for anyone with assets and a family is vital to ensure unpredictability does not cause even more distress than it should.

So Insecure -

In the current unusual times it is no surprise for us all to feel insecure. Not knowing if and when we might catch the dreaded virus and then unaware of whether or not we may survive it creates much fear and doubt in our minds.

We are constantly informed of the numbers who have succumbed to it which now exceed 40000 in just a matter of a few months. Of these there is a whole variety of young, old, black, white , male and female persons all of whom had no idea of this likely occurrence last February. Similarly the economic repercussions will undoubtedly cause even more untimely deaths through stress and worry.

Unfortunately if statistics are to be believed then only approximately 50% of these persons who have died may have left a Will. This in turn means that thousands of family members and loved ones are left feeling insecure, not knowing if they have a home to live in or any savings to fall back on. Even to find this out they may have to incur expensive legal costs to prove their entitlement.

Security can be provided to those many thousands by the simple creation of a Will at relatively little cost.

If you wish to secure the future for family and loved ones then take this small step to assure them

David Dexter LincolnWills

Bransby Horses reopens to public after keeping spirits up during Lockdown -

 Lincolnshire-based equine charity, Bransby Horses, is delighted to annonce that they have reopened their doors to the public. The site is still free entry and initially will be running at reduced days and hours, open Wednesday to Sunday, 10am until 3pm. In line with the UK Government response to the coronavirus, the Charity is asking visitors to ensure they adhere to social distancing regulations and plan for their visit by finding more information and FAQs at www.bransbyhorses.co.uk

As well as a newly refurbished Gift Shop and Donated Goods Shop and additional picnic fields, visitors can pre-book a packed lunch or breakfast, through the new Click and Collect Café service that is available on the Charity’s website.

The site in Bransby, which welcomes thousands of visitors each year, closed to the public on 20th March 2020. During Lockdown the Charity has been busy keeping the hundreds of horses, ponies, donkeys and mules that live at the Bransby and Barlings sites, safe and well. Since March, measures have been in place to keep employees healthy and safe, strictly following Government guidance including social distancing, office employees working from home where appropriate, high standards of on-site hygiene and strict sanitation.

Jo Snell, CEO at Bransby Horses says:

“We are so looking forward to welcoming back visitors to our Bransby site, especially as we have so much outside space for our visitors to enjoy.

“There will be some changes to the normal ways of working for our employees and visitors, as is to be expected. And though petting of our animal residents won’t be allowed, visitors can still enjoy watching our equines at a safe distance whilst walking in the miles of beautiful countryside we have here.

“We’re all very excited to see all the smiling faces we’ve missed for so long.”

A Point of View. -

Much as I tried, I have failed to write an item that hasn’t the word virus in it. This piece has only a passing reference to the corona situation, so if you’ve heard enough of the ‘V’ word read on.

We’re travelling back in time to the days of my first proper grown up ‘push bike’. Mine was a ‘Triumph Palm Beach Tourist.’ During the mid 50’s, the Triumph, bikes were made by Raleigh in Nottingham.

I must have been about 13/14 years old at the time when I was taken by my parents to Gregory’s Cycle Shop in Grimsby. It was located on the corner of Hainton Ave and Pasture St. I can still feel the excitement swinging my leg over the seat, and Miss Gregory saying that the height would need adjusting. My parents were not fans of this new idea of Hire Purchase, even so I remember it costing 8/6 per week (42.5pence today) I have no idea what the total retail cost was. At that age of course I was able to ride a bike, but I was encouraged to walk home with it on the path, until we reached Revigo Ave where we lived. I was then told to practice on this quiet street until I was, ‘used to it’.

Moving on just a week or so we were away with my parents on our summer holidays. That would have been in, Scarborough, North Wales or Derbyshire. The location wasn’t the issue; all I wanted to do was to get back to Grimsby, to my beloved bike, I was thinking all sorts. What if someone broke into my dad’s shed and crazy as it sounds, what if I’d forgotten how to ride it?

Move on now to the present time during the period of lockdown. I hadn’t driven my car for many weeks due to the virus. No, I hadn’t forgotten how to drive, but similar thoughts and feelings came back from my youth about taking to the road after an absence. I love driving and have missed that activity.

Last summer at our U3A monthly meeting, we had guest speakers from ‘iAM Road Smart’, the people who run the advanced driving tests. I was impressed and decided to take a course. I won’t go into the many benefits of the test; only to say among many other advantages the main objects are to keep yourself and other road users safe. It was with a little trepidation that we took our first trip out on a visit to a nursery. iAM teaches to anticipate and be more aware of other road users and to keep out of trouble. I was surprised to see more traffic on the roads than I thought there would be, but then who am I to judge. We bought our plants and returned undamaged. After a mile or two it was as though we had never been off the road. So what was all the fuss about? What about the spate of accidents on local roads? Maybe I was right, should drivers have taken it a little slower for the first mile or so, who knows.

As it turned out I was as surprised as my Tutor when the examiner said I had passed the Advanced Driving Test first class. Since passing, I have enjoined driving even more.

So if you’re on two wheels or four, stay safe.

Peter Bell

MISTRESS OF SORROWS -

"You might remember, back in April 2018, when we told you about Skellingthorpe author Mark Lain's first published adventure gamebook DESTINY'S ROLE: ZERO TO HERO? Well, his long-awaited second adventure gamebook in the DESTNY'S ROLE series, entitled MISTRESS OF SORROWS, has now been released. MISTRESS OF SORROWS sees you (the reader) take the role of an adventurer sent on a quest to destroy a very powerful witch, long believed dead, who has recently returned and is determined to wreak havoc. Your job is to stop her campaign of vengeance by travelling across various terrains to find her hideout and vanquish her for good.

MISTRESS OF SORROWS continues the old-school adventuring feel of ZERO TO HERO but sends the player on a far more epic quest where danger sits at every turn.

Mark tells us that his third DESTINY'S ROLE book (titled VENOM OF VORTAN) is already written now too and should be released later this year or early next year. Watch this space!

MISTRESS OF SORROWS is available to buy on Amazon now.

What to do during Lockdown -

For over two months, the world has been under strict lockdown. Closed shops, empty streets, houses of bored individuals, and unfortunately, many losses. However, with the much-appreciated support of NHS staff and key workers, normality is within reach. Until then, we will have to do our part, which means staying at home for the majority of the coming weeks. This could be hard. You could be running out of things to do during the lockdown. But perhaps the list below could provide some inspiration, and allow you to make the most of the extra time.

Wandering around the house, you might have stumbled across signs of an old hobby. We're all trapped at home, so nothing is preventing you from picking it up again. Musical instruments, art supplies, and other hobby related equipment are worthless whilst gathering dust, so use this time to practice and learn. If you don't have any hobbies to revive, then find something new. There's always something you can learn, so give yourself something to work for, perhaps a creative skill such as writing, or a challenging computer software such as animation. Improvement is satisfying and worth the effort.

During the lockdown, we must consider our wellbeing. It's easy enough to put the TV on with snacks at hand, watch the hours pass by, and lock ourselves away from the chaos outdoors. Instead, we could take advantage of the time we have to care for our minds in these stressful situations. To help, you could create a wellbeing planner. For each day of the week, set yourself an activity to help clear your mind. This could be exercise. Even if it's just a short walk around the village, take in some fresh air and enjoy the tranquil sounds of nature. Your body will produce certain chemicals whilst exercising that improve your mood and allow you to relax. You can also find ways to persuade your children to join you, such as taking a phone or camera and looking out for animals and insects. Another activity to try is meditation or yoga. By taking a small amount of time to reflect on thoughts or just relax in the moment, you can improve your awareness and even physical health. It doesn't have to be during meditation that you focus on your thoughts, throughout the day you can simply just think. Perhaps ask yourself questions such as "what can I do to make someone's day better?", or fanciful ones like "what would I do if I were in charge of the country?" A wellbeing planner can help implement healthy habits into your lifestyle, and allow you to feel more motivated and happier!

Given that a lot of adults and children are working from home, time that would have been spent on a commute has been opened up. We have never had a better opportunity to complete the household projects that have always needed doing. Perhaps your garden has always needed a redecorating, or your room repainting. If it's something that might take a long time and a lot of planning, consider making a scrapbook of ideas. Kids can put forward their ideas and everyone can contribute towards the finished product. You could also take the challenge of a more creative project, such as writing a story or painting or sculpting a piece of art. For those who enjoy baking, try a difficult or elaborate recipe or adjust one to form your own. If your supplies for any of these projects are limited, do something small, or begin planning for it so once more shops are open, you'll be ready to make a start.

Another way to pass the time during lockdown, is to play games. Gather all the board and card games you can play and perhaps set up a tournament with family by awarding points to winners and totalling up at the end. You could also take the pieces from other games or craft some and create your own game to play! If board games aren’t of interest, online games are great. Especially since social interaction is limited, playing with friends can be a good alternative. Entertainment can also be found in books. If kids aren’t motivated to read, perhaps suggest a group reading session with the family. Spend a bit of time indulging in your story and then discuss what has happened.

Using these ideas, you can fill your free time in lockdown. Rather than sitting inside and moaning about the current events, getting up and practicing an old or new skill, improving your mental and physical health, and working on a creative or practical project.

Matthew Godfrey

CORONAVIRUS – PANDEMIC – COVID 19 -

Lest we forget, one hundred years ago,
When Spanish Flu killed more than World War 1
Yet now again a virus lays us low,
And kills us without pity, one by one.

Just our United Kingdom on its own,
And thirty thousand precious lives have gone.
So many hundreds more each day are known,
How many more before this Plague is done?

How do we now begin to comprehend?
Such scale of loss beyond our darkest fears.
This tide of grief engulfs us without end,
Our wounded land seems like a vale of tears.

And so our Nation calls for all to fight,
Each one to play their part, both young and old;
For most to “Stay at Home and Lockdown Tight”,
The rest, ‘Our Brave Front Line’ to work as told.

Key workers leave their homes, and all behind,
For Hospitals, Care Homes, Shops and all the rest,
They risk their lives to serve all humankind
Are heroes all, ‘Our Brave Front Line’ THE BEST.


Ted Edwards in Lockdown Skellingthorpe May 2020

Some Lockdown Observations -

1. Question on Day 1: 'What time shall we have lunch'? Question on Day 80: 'What month is it?'

2. The weeds in the garden grew at three times the normal rate during the Lockdown.

3. Insomnia at 4am provides an opportunity to register for online supermarket food delivery/collection. (The three supermarkets who declined to accept me as a customer have lost my custom forever - so there!)

4. The weekly drive to collect the food order rapidly became the highlight of the week and an occasion to dither for hours over which outfrt to wear.

5. The Dawn Chorus reached ear splitting ASBO levels during Lockdown. The RSPB really should do something about it.

6. After spending weeks quacking to all and sundry for hours on end from the roof the Mallard ducks decamped to a near neighbour's roof, thus demonstrating ducks have no loyalty.

7. The Red Arrows always, but always, fly over the house in full arrow formation with red, white and blue billowing smoke when camera, iPhone, and iPad are on charge in the house.

8. Who knew before Lockdown that you could Zoom all over the globe and not feel exhausted or deplete the bank balance? 9. Jacob Rees-Mogg, MP, suggested singing 'The National Anthem' as an alternative to 'Happy Birthday' when hand washing, but it is impossible to wash your hands if you are correctly stood to attention with both arms firmly by your side as you sing.

10. When the crochet pattern says 'de in bl of first 7 sts, (ss in bl next tr, 3 dhtr in next ss) 13 times, rp ', the designer should really have been honest and said this translates as 'crochet two rows, unpick four rows thirteen times over a two week period, then give up crochet and take up knitting instead'. (Does anyone require just one crocheted fingerless glove in peach ..... ?

11. Lockdown weight gain is entirely due to sneaky friends who emailed photos of the cakes, curries and quiches they baked or sent favourite pear pudding recipes to try out - and subsequently eat.

12. The 'off' switch on the television and radio is so easy to use. (Yelling 'OFF' to Alexa when three particularty irritating political journalists are talking is even more satisfying.)

13. Bicycle bells have gone out of fashion and joggers have right of way on the Sustrans track, apparently. (Please note, it is unwise to offer a differing point of view when discussing these matters with said cyclists and joggers.)

14. Daily exercise walks round the village have revealed the poor state of repair of village pavements.

15. Favourite new word learnt during lockdown: u/tracrepidarian - a person who criticises, judges or gives advice outside their own area of expertise. (You are not alone if you are now thinking of the three irritating political journalists not mentioned by name in Observation No. 12.)

16. On Day 86 the first pack of toilet rolls were purchased since before the Lockdown started, but only because they were reduced in price!

17. Good friends are those who send gifts of SR flour, email daily inspiring quotes and funny jokes and leave handcrafted Lockdown gifts on your doorstep.

18. Who is this wild looking person in need of a haircut who pushes in front of me in the mirror these days?

19. Chatterbox magazine has been greatly missed!

20. When so-many people have tragically died during this pandemic, each death has become a special reason to count one's own blessings.