East Barkwith

PRIZE BINGO – There was a good attendance at the Christmas prize bingo in the village hall and £100 was raised for hall funds.

Organiser Yvonne Bryson thanked everyone who had helped and given support during the past year, in particular caller Shirley Booth and Grace Clark, who helps serve refreshments and does duty on the door.

The two prize bingo nights in November raised a total of £110.

The next session will be on January 10, with eyes down at 7.30pm.

GARDENERS OFFICERS – The first get-together of the new committee for the Barkwith and District Gardeners Association saw Sheila Minns elected as chairman and treasurer, with Jean Thompson and Pauline Stubbs vice-presidents, Pauline Stubbs secretary and Chris Raynor acting secretary.

Les Robinson prepares the posters and is outings organiser and Lyn Small is refreshments organiser, assisted by Grace Clark.

Kate Wright is the annual dinner organiser and committee members Sylvia Mowbray and Vicki Hearsey are to give assistance where needed, in particular when the two annual shows are held.

The first monthly meeting of 2012 for the group will be on January 27 and will take the form of a social evening, with quizzes and competitions on a gardening theme and a cheese and wine buffet.

New members are always welcome and the subscription is just £4 annually.

For more details contact Sheila Minns on 01673 858951.

CHURCH FLOWERS – Volunteers provide flowers for the altar in the parish church, working on a rota basis supplying seasonal blooms about twice annually for two-week periods.

Organiser Sheila Minns is appealing for a few more people, men or women, who would like to join the team.

You do not need to be an expert floral artist, as sometimes the simplest arrangements are most effective in an historic building, and it could be just a couple of pot plants in nice containers.

Anyone interested can call Sheila on 01673 858951 to find out more.

WI PARTY – The Broadbent Singers entertained members of the WI and their guests at their party meeting.

A delightful programme of music and readings with a festive theme was enjoyed, including singing medleys of Christmas songs when they encouraged the audience to join in with them.

The raffle, which had more than 30 prizes, raised £134 for WI funds.

Thanks were expressed on behalf of all the visitors as they showed their appreciation for the welcoming hospitality as the evening came to a close.

VINTAGE PLOUGHING MATCH – Stephen Campion provided the hospitality at Glebe Farm, West Barkwith for a vintage ploughing match in aid of the St Mary’s Church, East Barkwith Tower Restoration Fund, and £460 was raised.

The match was organised by John Plowright, of the Lincolnshire and Newark Vintage Ploughing Association, and in the very wet conditions thanks are due to Colin Fincham for towing out stranded vehicles and cleaning up the road afterwards.

DIAMOND JUBILEE – A committee has now been formed to carry out the arrangements to help to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and it has been agreed to go ahead with the plan for a street party.

It was suggested that part of Torrington Lane could be closed for the party, to be held on the Sunday, although there was concern that those attending would need to cross the main road to use toilet facilities which are to be made available at the village hall.

It was also suggested that the parish council could be asked to provide a grant towards the cost of the celebrations from the local council tax, and volunteers who agreed to serve on the committee will meet to make further arrangements.