News from around the villages

Herbalist Debbie Lincoln who will be passing on ancient herb lore at a sleep-over event in Chambers Farm, near Wragby, Lincolnshire.
Herbalist Debbie Lincoln who will be passing on ancient herb lore at a sleep-over event in Chambers Farm, near Wragby, Lincolnshire.

What’s happening in East Barkwith, Nettleton and Chambers Farm Wood

East Barkwith

Gardeners - Chairman Sheila Minns was pleased to welcome a good audience to the meeting of the Barkwith and district Gardeners Association when a talk on growing vegetables was given by Dave Newman.

His extensive knowledge, gained throughout a career in lecturing and consultancy, meant he was well qualified and happy to share his expertise with members as he gave advice on where and what to grow according to the conditions available.

The flower of the month competition was won by Sheila Minns.

Les Robinson was thanked for arranging the coach trip to Little Ponton Hall and he gave details of the next trip out, which is to Sudbury Hall and the National Museum of Childhood in May.

Details and bookings for the trip to Les on 01673 857063

Community plan - Barkwith Community Plan will be launched on Friday, April 19 and all are welcome to go along to the hall at 7pm and find out what it includes for the future of the village.

There will be invited guests, information displays, a free brochure and free refreshments.

Call my wine bluff - More than 80 people attended the Call My Wine Bluff evening organised by Linda Patrick and friends to raise funds for the internal decoration of St Mary’s Church.

Members and friends donated items for the buffet and grateful thanks go to Market Rasen Tesco for donating quiches, French sticks and cheese straws.

No one made the top score of six correct, but several were close with five points each and a draw had to be made to find the winner.

WI Annual - After 13 years service, president Yvonne Bryson decided not to stand for re-election at the annual meeting of East Barkwith WI.

On behalf of the members, Julie Griffiths presented enthusiastic gardener Yvonne with some gardening vouchers and she now 
has the opportunity to indulge and choose something 
as a memento of her time in office.

The newly elected president is Mary Hoban.

In her annual report, Yvonne thanked all 
the members for their 
support and the committee members in particular for their help.

As secretary, Kate Wright, gave an interesting and detailed resume of the varied programme of talks and demonstrations, as well as the activities members had been involved in during the past year.

Tickets for the Witham Group of WIs Spring Meeting were available and once the business was completed, everyone enjoyed refreshments and took part in quizzes and competitions.


Gardeners - Puddle Paddock is the topic for Nettleton and District Gardening Club at their meeting in the Methodist Schoolroom on Monday, April 8, when they welcome Sue Stephenson as speaker.

The meeting starts at 7.30pm and all are welcome.

Bingo - Its eyes down for grocery bingo in the village hall on Monday, April 8, in aid of both village churches.

Doors open at 7.10pm, with play from 7.30pm.


A morning stroll in Chambers Farm Wood on Saturday April 20 is sure to revitalise the spirits.

The Forestry Commission is staging a herb walk led by medical herbalist Debbie Lincoln, from Metheringham.

Ranger Hannah Darcel said: “After the lean months of winter, spring has always been a time when many herbs were gathered. Roots of plants like dandelion and burdock can be used to rustle up a nutritious salad, whilst silver birch leaves are green and ripe and perfect to make into a traditional tonic. “The two hour event meets at 10.30am and is £5 per person.

Booking is essential on 01623 821452.