£22,900 Lottery grant will keep cemetery works alive

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CEMETERY – Victor Nash, chairman of the Wragby Heritage Group, was delighted to tell members they had been awarded a grant of £22,900 from the Heritage Lottery.

The money will be used to support their project to restore the old cemetery, which was used intermittently up until 1986, mainly by families with family graves sited there.

Over the years it has become neglected and is currently an eyesore and a wasteland. Sadly, local children have also vandalised some of the tombs.

It is felt that if it could be restored to some order, ie clearing the substantial undergrowth, removing some of the trees, marking out old pathways, repairing some of the damaged tombstones and renovating the railings around the site, that the Wragby Heritage Group will give back to the village a place where one can visit and feel at peace; it may also deter vandalism.

The group members hope that it may also prove to be an ideal site for wildflowers, bees etc.

It is recognised scheduled Monument 31624 and, as such, all work will and must be carried out to the satisfaction of English Heritage.

WHIST – Results of the whist drive held at Wragby Town Hall on Friday, January 6: Snowball £8 Mrs M Needham; 1st lady Mrs J Woodthorpe, 2nd lady Mrs E Cockrell, 3rd lady Mrs R Dixon; 1st gent Mr E Taylor, 2nd gent Mrs T Humberstone, 3rd gent Mr J Lloyd; lowest score – lady Miss E Hotchin; lowest second half – Mr B Pixsley and Mrs E Stubbs; miniature – Mr J Lloyd and Mrs R Dixon.

TRAIDCRAFT – Traidcraft in Wragby is moving after 18 years at the Market Place Stores and the Thornicroft family was thanked for their support.

Traidcraft volunteer Liz Stephenson realises the move may not be so convenient for customers as it will now be situated at her home – Langton Hill Farm, Langton By Wragby – but she is offering a free delivery service in the Wragby area, no matter how small the order.

She can be contacted on 01673 858490 or email liz_langton@yahoo.com .

Fairtrade food is now widely available in supermarkets, but they deal with large volumes so can only work with producer organisations with the capacity to supply them in quantities they need.

That does not offer the opportunity to those commodity producers who are not yet at the Fairtrade mark level.

Millions struggle to support themselves and their families making crafts, textiles, jewellery, ceramics or paper and card products for which no Fairtrade mark yet exists, so support your local outlet.

Liz wants to hear from you and will support you in supporting Traidcraft.

As a Christian response to poverty, Traidcraft directs much of its efforts towards those poor and marginalised producers, working with them to help to improve their products; refine their techniques and develop their businesses.

Contact Liz for more details and gibe your continued support to ‘Traidcraft in Wragby’.

POOL – Calling all supporters of the Wragby Swimming Pool. A major fundraising event has been organised for Friday, January 20, at Wragby Primary School.

There will be a gig by Bit of Ruff, starting at 6.30pm.

Tickets cost £5 each, including refreshments.

MEGA MAY FAYRE – Members of the local Guide and Scout Headquarters will be holding a Mega May Fayre on Saturday, May 19, starting at 1pm.

Bookings are now being taken for stalls (indoor and outdoor are still available): crafts, farmer’s market, toys, games, rides etc. For more information please contact Andrea Ward on 01673 858302.

This is the only fundraising event the HQ committee hold to keep their building up and running and they look forward to your support.

FILM – Following the Christmas break, the film society will resume on Wednesday, January 25, with a screening of the movie ‘Dave’, in which Kevin Klein is offered a job of impersonating the President of the USA, but plays his role too seriously for the comfort of the White House staff.

It is a comedy which also features Sigourney Weaver as the first lady.

The film starts at 7pm at Wragby Town Hall and all are welcome to attend.

Picnic in the Park, the annual fundraiser for the film society, will be held on June 23 at Wragby Town Hall.

PLAY PARK – Coffee morning at Wragby Town Hall on Saturday, January 28, 10am-12 noon, with all proceeds in aid of the Wragby play park funds.

Admission is 50p, including refreshments.

There will be many stalls and attractions and all are welcome.

To donate items contact Dot Sandaver on 01673 858380.

COUNTRY AND WESTERN – Nick and Anita plus Gary Perkins will provide the entertainment at a Country and Western night in Wragby Town Hall on Saturday, January 21; 6pm-10pm and all are welcome.

Tickets are available from Wendy on 01673 858010 at £10 each, which includes supper of a pork and apple sauce roll or an egg and cress roll with a slice of cake. Guests are invited to take along their own drinks and glasses and make it a party.

UPHOLSTERERS – Wragby Town Hall will be a hive of activity on Tuesdays again following the festive break when the new class of upholsterers start work on refurbishing some of their well-loved, well-worn and treasured pieces of furniture to give them a new lease of life.

Under the expert guidance of Lesley Leonard, a qualified tutor, the students will be making some amazing transformations to ensure family heirlooms continue to grace their family homes – or it could just be a favourite piece which has seen better days that is given a new look for the pleasure and enjoyment of its owner.

A variety of items will be worked on during the morning class, which runs from 10am to 12 noon, or the afternoon class, which follows from 12.30pm to 2.30pm, as Lesley shares her expertise with her students, offering support and help whenever needed.

For further information on Lesley’s upholstery courses phone 01673 842492 or mobile 07950 174902. If the day or times are not convenient at Wragby Town Hall or the classes are full, Lesley also has classes on Mondays at Welton Village Hall from 12.45pm to 2.45pm, and at Tealby Bowls and Tennis Club in the evening from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

A shorter course on Tuesday evenings is also available at Hemingby Village Hall from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and she will be happy to give more details if contacted.

Lesley also leads occasional workshops at Horncastle College and a new venture this summer is to be tutoring at day visits to Gunby Hall when guests will enjoy conducted tours of the lovely old stately home, a delicious lunch with morning coffee and a cup of tea in the afternoon, together with an introduction to upholstery included in the package.