Village News: East Barkwith, Wragby and Donington on Bain


Anniversary date - The Barkwith and District Gardeners’ Association is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

The Association was formed in November, 1972 when the new village hall was available.

Since the first meeting, the group has gone from strength to strength, continuing to attract members from the village and a wider surrounding area.

The association holds regular indoor meetings during the winter months with a talk or demonstration covering a range of topics for those interested in gardening.

There are also trips to gardens and other places of interest during the summer, offering members an opportunity to meet socially.

The ruby anniversary will be celebrated at the next meeting which is to be held this Friday, November 23).

Founder members have been invited to join those who are currently keeping the ‘flag flying’ for what has been one of the most successful groups in the village.

Women’s institute - President Yvonne Bryson welcomed members and presented birthday posies to Mo Fricke and Margaret Tyson at the 
monthly meeting of East 
Barkwith WI held in the village hall.

Woodcraft was on the agenda. Ron Sheridan had a sample of the range of goods he had produced since setting up a business from what started out as a hobby.

Ron was thanked by Julie Griffiths and members had an opportunity to buy from the selection of goods he had for sale.

There were lots of entries in the competition for a wooden ornament.

Jean Best and Kate Wright reported on the wonderful experience they had shared at the Lincolnshire weekend at Denman.

Three members travelled to Tetford WI where they enjoyed the hospitality, having been invited by members who attended the harvest meeting at East Barkwith in September.


Judo club - Members of the recently formed Wragby Judo Club have been successful in competition action.

Along with Horncastle Judo Club, eight members travelled to Nottingham and returned with medals from their first ever tournament.

The club, which is looking for new members, meets at Wragby Sports Centre every Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm.

It is open to anyone. The cost is £3 and those taking part can wear any type of clothing.

High note - The Lincoln Orpheus Male Voice Choir is to present a concert at All Saints Parish Church, Wragby, this Saturday, November 24, at 7.30pm.

The programme features music to suit all tastes. Admission is £4, which includes refreshments. Tickets are available on the door, or in advance from the Reverend Mark Holden on 01673 857825.

Village market - A new venture, a village market, will be held at Wragby Town Hall on Sunday, December 2.

Everyone is welcome to go along and see what is on offer at a range of seasonal stalls.

It will be open from 10am to 2pm. All stalls are fully booked, much to the delight of organisers Vivian Moss and Carole Watts. ‘Carole’s Cafe’ will be open to provide refreshment.

A very special visitor will be in attendance - Father Christmas.

Admission is free and everything is being held indoors.

Friday football - Wragby Sports Centre is the place to be on Friday evenings.

There is an opportunity to learn new skills and play some fun football.

The sessions are open to girls and boys of all abilities with tuition from FA Qualified and CRB checked coaches.

The 6-7pm session is for children from reception and years one and two.

From 7.15- 8.15pm, it is the turns of years three, four, five and six.

A special offer of £1 off the admission charge of £2.50 is available for the first week - if a leaflet is picked up from the town newsagents.

More details are available from Shane Ward of Lincolnshire Sports Partnership on 07940 954 140.


Remembrance service - Children from the village school joined the congregation in Saint Andrew’s Churchyard for the annual service.

It was led by the Reverend Pam Costin and the children sang and said prayers which they had written.

They also laid a beautifully created wreath which they had all helped make.

The parish wreath was laid Justin Burnham (17, an A level student at King Edward VI School Louth and a member of the Combined Cadet Force who has recently.

He wore the ‘No 1 Air Force’ uniform. Justin was also the escort for the Combined Cadet Force flag at the Remembrance Day Parade at Louth.

Parish Council - The final meeting of year will held on Monday, November 26 at 7.30pm when members will be looking ahead and preparing the budgets for 2013 to 2014. The process has to be finalised in January.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and ask questions, or raise matters of interest in the open forum from 7.20pm.

Christmas Fair - The Friends of Donington on Bain County Primary School are organising their annual Christmas Fair on Friday, November 30.

It will be held at the school and all promises to one of the highlights of the local social calendar.

Father Christmas will be on hand to welcome young visitors. For older guests, there will be mulled wine and mince pies.

Stalls and competitions will add interest and also help boost funds for the Friends group. The event starts at 6pm.


Harvest supper - A traditional style menu was served by the South Willingham management committee members and friends at the annual harvest supper in the parish hall.

The starter was leek and potato soup followed by cold meat and salad with an autumn fruit crumble.

Entertainment followed as Mike Perkins conducted the auction of produce.

The selection included vegetables, fruit, plants, cakes, jams, pickles and chutneys.

Everything had been grown, or made, and donated by residents and friends.

Proceeds went to parish hall funds.