Local News Archive 2011

Fishlake Findings published weekly in the Thorne and District Gazette.

ICY ROADS have led to three cars overturning near Jubilee Bridge over the last few weeks. Relatively low speeds can be quite dangerous on the ungritted corners near the bridge. A Christmas Eve Crib Service will take place in Saint Cuthbert's at 4.30 p.m. with a Christmas Day service at 9 a.m. and a New Year's Day service at 9.30 a.m.E.on, the electricity firm which is setting up the Tween Bridge Wind Farm, is proposing to hold a drop-in day at Moorends Miners' Welfare between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and 2 till 4p.m. on Wednesday, 18th January. Visitors are encouraged to share their views on how E.on could invest in community groups in the Throne and Moorends area which includes Fishlake and Stainforth.Some of the most memorable events of 2011 have been provided by the organisers of the Fishlake Festival, the Drama Group, the ever increasing scope of the Monday Club's improvements and the setting up of a much needed Neighbourhood Watch. One break with tradition has been the departure of the vicar from the vicarage with preparations continuing for  the Bishop of Doncaster to make it his new home. On the agenda for the first meeting of the parish council on 10th January 2012 is the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.19/12/11

AS IF by magic lights in gardens and on the church tower twinkled to coincide with the opening night of 'Cinderella' , this year's production by Fishlake Drama Group. The pantomime had a smaller cast than usual whilst welcoming newcomers from Trinity Academy in Thorne. Your correspondent was sitting behind pupils from Long Toft Primary School in Stainforth whose behaviour was a credit to their school and whose participation contributed to the festive atmosphere. The evening proved to be a swansong for Nina Rhodes as the Fairy Godmother, who having reached the dizzy heights of her acting career, is exchanging Fishlake Sands for those of the Spanish costas. Ever more adventurous Joy and David Chaffer played the baron and baroness with gusto whilst Cinderella in the person of Abigail Cuttell provided glamour and pathos. Toni Goulden as a suitable thigh slapping Prince Charming and his dastardly assistant Dandini played by Haley Goddard were forceful characters. April Garth made a popular Buttons with the two ugly sisters played by Cameron Sharp and Jess Smith bringing the house down with their clearly enunciated wit. Tina Goulden, Neil Livesey and Rita Southgate played the roles of Freda Fertiliser, the Court Official and Tricia Turnip with confidence. Conspicuous by her absence this year was the doyenne of the Group who was north of the border greeting the birth of her new grandson Alexander. Congratulations to the whole team both on stage and back stage.The Thursday Coffee Club is celebrating Christmas with an outing to the Old Anchor Inn for a meal this year whilst Saint Cuthbert's carol service will be held at 4.30 p.m. on Sunday in the Village Hall. 12/12/11

A VERY well attended Christmas Coffee Morning raised £684 towards Saint Cuthbert's Restoration Fund last week in the village Hall . Father Christmas heard many requests from children for their Christmas lists and Alex and Ben gave him some presents, including a pot of his favourite jam. The winner odf the Christmas hamper was Mrs Bednall.The Fishlake  '100 Club' Draw for November were 1st) Mrs Muriel Benford £25, 2nd) Mrs Ena Downes and 3rd) £10 Mrs Pat Coddington.Fishlake Education Foundation is inviting applications to Fiona Trimingham for book grants for students in tertiary education (aged 18 to 25) by the end of December 2011. The grants will be considered in January 2012. Apply to Vine Cottage, Hay Green Corner, Fishlake , DN7 5LA. 5/12/11

SAVING time, petrol and our carbon footprint residents may once again use Jubilee Bridge to reach Thorne. This time, however, they will admire the handiwork of the Environment Agency which has placed sliding flood gates on the entrances to the bridge. Mrs Marie Watson has announced the winners of the Fishlake Weight Loss challenge which started in September. The three biggest 'losers' will share the prize fund of £290 with Mrs Barbara Earnshaw coming fist and gaining £145, Mrs Nicola Bradley coming second and gaining £87 and Mrs Sandra Liddle coming third and taking home £58. The respective weight loss represented 50, 30 and 20% of the ladies' body weight! The next challenge starts on 10th January.Winding up the church clock throughout December will be Trevor Taylor.Sadly, the village has lost Mrs Phyllis Blogg and Mrs Thelma Clarke over the past month. Both ladies were 76 years old. This Friday sees the Thursday Coffee Club setting off for its second trip this week. The first was to see 'Top Hat' at the Grand in Leeds and Friday's is  an outing to see Brigg Garden Centre.For anyone wishing to get into the Christmas atmosphere, tickets are still available for 'Cinderella' , Fishlake Drama Group's pantomime, which will take place in the Village Hall from 6th-10th December. Phone Mrs Maureen White on 01302 843673. 28/11/11

A CHRISTMAS Coffee Morning will be held in the Village Hall on Saturday from 10 till 12 with Father Christmas arriving at 11o'clock . The festive atmosphere will be enlivened by stalls, cards, toys, books, a raffle and children's activities.After this year's Christingle service in the parish church the figures of Mary and Joseph will be travelling around the village to homes offering "room at the inn".Why not call in on the Village Hall between 2 and 4 for a coffee and a chat with the Thursday Coffee Group? The group is always welcoming new members.Random incidents of vandalism are taking place in the village in the hours before breakfast. Once again residents, and especially early risers, are asked to be vigilant.After the success of two 1940's events in the village this year it is intended to hold a "Back to the 1940's" evening on 21st January 2012  in the Village Hall from 7.30 p.m. with Wartime songs and dances. Tickets cost £5 but you are advised to bring your own rations.. For more information contact 01302 843673 or 01302 841086. A bar is available and the proceeds will go towards Help The Heroes.Poring over an old map recently I was puzzled to come across Fishlake Moor and wondered what the connection was with our village. It seems that the township of Fishlake had grazing rights on the moors to the south east of Hatfield Woodhouse, five or six miles from their farms and that the economy of the area in the late Middle Ages was based on the rearing of cattle and sheep and the digging of turf. 21/11/11

THREE members of Fishlake Drama Group appeared in Trinity Academy's very professional production of "Lord Of The Flies" last week. They were Toni Goulden as Jack, Cameron Sharp as Roger and Abigail Cuttel as Bill. All three will be treading the boards in December's "Cinderella" for which tickets are now on sale. As a gesture of support other members of the Drama Group went along to cheer their fellow thespians.Seats are still available on the supermarket shoppers' bus every Monday morning at 9 a.m. This service will be invaluable this winter and is a friendly, green way of doing door to door shopping.Residents are reminded that the findings of the Village Plan's questionnaires have been placed on the village website which can be found on www.fishlakevillage.co.uk . Posters are to go up on lamp posts warning thieves that this is now a Neighbourhood Watch area. The phone number 101 has become operational for people wishing to contact South Yorkshire Police on non-emergency issues. Stuart Rouse is the new Safer Neighbourhood Team sergeant . The parish council deplored DMBC's decision to turn down the request to make Dirty Lane into a one way street. Street lighting, dog fouling and of course Jubilee Bridge were all discussed. The parish council also received a report on a training session which its flood wardens attended in Leeds. Fishlake is also asking DMBC to clear blocked drains in the village. The next meeting of the parish council will be on 10th January 2012 when celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee will be on the agenda.  An interesting evening is offered by the village W.I. to any budding(or existing) gardener with the History of the Cottage Garden at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall on Thursday, 24th November. The price will be £3 which will include tea/coffee and a scone. 14/11/11

LITTLE Fishlake, the hamlet at the bottom of Stainforth Bridge, now has its own kissing gate entrance to the river bank and eventually to the village's Wetland Area, thanks to the Environment Agency.The winners of the 100 Club Draw for October were Sue Duckitt, Richard Walker and Michael Silvester with Ian and Chris Holiday winding up the church clock throughout November. A heavy downpour on Saturday made the village fearful for its bonfires but the weather cleared by the evening when huge crowds gathered at the Cricket Club for a wonderful bonfire and display of fireworks.Tickets for this year's pantomime, Cinderella, are now on sale from Mrs Maureen White on 01302 843673. They cost £6 for adults and £4.50 for concessions. The pantomime will run from 6th to 10th December.7/11/11

A WORKSHOP was held in the Village Hall on Friday by churchwarden, Mrs Glenys Mashford, with the focus on the Good Samaritan. 19 children attended the event.Friday,4th November sees the monthly dance take place in the Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. The proceeds will go towards the Saint Cuthbert's Restoration Fund.The highlight of the week will be the annual bonfire at the Cricket Club on Saturday when Guy Fawkws Night will be celebrated with style. The gates will open at 6 p.m. with the fire lit at 6.30 and the firework display starting at 7o'clock. Prices this year are £1.50 for adults and £1 for children  with the under fives free. The Cricket Club's bar will be open along with stalls selling traditional Yorkshire fare.A Ladies' Keep Fit Class for the Over 50's is starting on Tuesday, 8th November in the Village Hall at 11.30 a.m. till 12.20 at a cost of £2. The class is being sponsored by Age UK.Do you have any opinions on this year's Fishlake Festival or do you have any suggestions for 2012? If so, come along to the Village Hall to the Open Meeting on Wednesday,9th at 7 p.m. to give your views.A treat in store for the Thursday Coffee Club will be a trip to see "Top Hat" at the the Leeds Grand Theatre on 29th November. 30/10/2011

THE FIRST frost of the season hit us on Saturday. 4 people were found to be speeding by the police in their speed check last week.  The police , including Fishlake's policeman Martin Thomas, were present at Friday's exploratory meeting about founding a  Neighbourhood Watch in the village. A new 101 number was given by the police ( to be effective from 4th November) to the public when reporting crime. It was stressed that reporting crimes helps the police assess the amount of crime, helps against repeated crime and therefore helps others. Neighbours would keep in touch with each other by e-mail or 'phone to provide information about suspicious vehicles. Membership of Neighbourhood Watch schemes can provide cheaper smart water and can gain discounts in home insurance. One bi-product can be the strengthening of community spirit in an area. The meeting agreed to go ahead with the scheme under the auspices of the parish council. The co-ordinator will be Cllr. Peter Trimingham.
Members of the public at the parish council meeting raised the issue of heavy lorries ( particularly clay lorries) making life intolerable for householders. The chairman had already contacted DMBC and the council resolved to urge DMBC to find alternative routes around the village. Sergeant Clark from the South Yorkshire Police talked to the meeting about the recent spate of burglaries from garages and sheds in the village. Malcolm  Musgrave from the Environment Agency answered questions about flood protection measures. He agreed to look at the issue of preventing the Taining Drain allowing water to enter the Old River Don and thereby threatening houses in the village. Concerns were expressed about the possible detrimental effects on Fishlake from the strengthening of the bank on the Stainforth side of the river. Questions were asked about progress of the work on Jubilee Bridge. The parish council has decided to ban dogs from the School Field as dog fouling has become an issue. The Village Plan Report is to be posted on the www.fishlakevillage.co.uk website. The pinfold is to have up to five inches of topsoil placed before reseeding takes place. Later a wrought iron hay rack and water trough may be added. 17/10/2011

LAST week's 1940's evening in the Village Hall raised £400 for Guide Dogs For The Blind. Room 21 was delighted with the way the audience danced and asked for encores.The police and their speed guns were present in the village on Friday at the request of the parish council.The village participated in the World's Biggest Coffee Morning on Saturday with gusto. Organised by the Thursday Coffee Club the event raised £620 for the Macmillan Nurses and the club would like to thank everyone who gave raffle prizes, made cakes and gave their time or support. The first three prizes in the raffle went to Helen Jackson, Ray Hodge and Ellie Knott, with the Disney fancy dress prizes being won by Dylan and Oliver Smith and Lily Knott. the art competition was won by Olivia Louise Smith ( aged 1), Millie Warr, Katie Moat ( aged 14), Ester Poulston ( aged 2 and a half) and Eve Poulston ( aged 6 ). One of the outcomes of the Village Plan survey was the desire to have a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in the village. A meeting to give information and judge support will be held on Friday in the Village Hall at 6.30 p.m. 10/10/2011

AN AMAZING 12 year old vocalist helped to make Saturday night's production of Glen Miller favourites by Room 21 in the Village Hall a memorable occasion. Rock and roll and waltzes were danced by the audience whilst the band indulged our sense of nostalgia. The evening was even attended by two guide dogs for the blind which were the beneficiaries of the evening.The winners of the 100 Club for September were Gladys Hamilton, Muriel Benford and Maureen Bloor. Cllr. John Waite will be climbing the church tower steps to wind up the church clock throughout October.Disney is coming to Fishlake on Saturday, 8th October from 10till  12 in the Village Hall when Mickey and Minnie Mouse will appear along with a Punch and Judy show and a Children's Disney Fancy Dress Competition and a home made cake stall as part of the Big Coffee Morning in aid of the Macmillan Cancer Support Group.In view of the spate of recent burglaries in the village it has been decided to call a meeting to launch a Neighbourhood watch Scheme for Fishlake on Friday, 14th October at 6.30 p.m. in the Village Hall. 3/10/2011

FISHLAKE was represented by two runners in the Great North Run on 18th September in the 13.1 mile race from Newcastle to South Shields. For David Chaffer it was his tenth appearance in the run whilst Chris Watson was participating for the first time. Clocking in at 2 hours and 7 minutes and coming in 57th in his age group, David Chaffer has raised over £250 for Alzheimer's Charity whilst Chris Watson clocked in at 2 hours and 17 minutes also supporting the dementia charity. Both of our sprinters would like to thank everyone in the village for their generous support.Fishlake Drama Group is putting out a desperate appeal for extras to play villagers and the chorus in this year's pantomime. For more information contact anyone in the cast of 'Cinderella'.The first of the kissing gates has already been installed near the church onto the river bank by the Environment Agency. Yet again contact with banks, doctors and Trinity Academy in Thorne has been made reliant on the vagaries of Kirton Lane railway crossing since the closure of Jubilee Bridge. Normal service will be resumed in eight weeks' time.  The Big Coffee Morning is coming to Fishlake Village Hall on Saturday, 8th October from 10 till noon when a raffle, a tombola and a cake stall will all contribute to fund raising for Macmillan Nurses. Come along and bring your friends.  26/09/2011
THE SCARECROW FESTIVAL was won by no.13--the horse and rider from the Granthams--which scored 150 votes overall. St. Cuthbert's would like to thank local businesses which gave prizes and to villagers and friends who supported the festival. The Coffee Morning raised £550 towards the church restoration fund.Spending September and October in the vicar's three rural parishes is Rev. Eleanor Simpson, who has recently spent a year as a curate in Stainforth before her ordination by the Bishop of Doncaster.Three burglaries have been reported in recent days when thieves have targeted the contents of garages. The parish council is asking residents to be vigilant.Tickets for an evening of swing music and dance are available from Paula on 01405 741007. The concert by the excellent band, Room 21, will take place in the Village Hall on 1st October at 7.30 p.m. and should prove to be the highlight of the autumn months.A community fun weight loss challenge is starting on Wednesdays in the Village Hall this week.To register please phone 01302 849525. 12/9/11
A COFFEE morning will be the central part of the Scarecrow Festival this Saturday from 10 till 12 in St. Cuthbert's church along with old favourites such as the cake stall and children's activities. The scarecrows will be displayed from Friday morning until Sunday in and around the church.
The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club Draw for August were H.Jackson, H. Barnes and Emma Duckitt with Howard Mason winding up the church clock throughout September. 5/9/11

THURSDAY, 18th saw the return of the Australian Over Sixties' Second Touring Team to play the village at the Cricket Club. During the match the cricketers' wives spent the time visiting the village and the church. Victory went to the visitors and was followed by an exchange of gifts. Fishlake's mummers have agreed to give the proceeds of this year's St. George's Day plays to the restoration fund of the village war memorial and to the Macmillan Nurses.
Something new is coming to Fishlake on 1st October when Room 21 will present an evening of swing music in the Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. All proceeds will go to Guide Dogs for the Blind. Tickets are available from Paula Cafferty on 01405 741007 or 07754982567.The Monday Club has been working in the graveyard, cleaning and propping up 30 gravestones.Mrs Evelyn Hall who writes the Country file column in the parish magazine addressed the Thursday Coffee Club last week on the subject of decorative gift wrapping.Once again David Chaffer will be competing in this year's Great North Run with the proceeds going to Alzheimer's Research.Local resident , Mrs Pam Pyott, proudly won Thursday's quiz in the Old Anchor Inn.29/8/11

FISHLAKE Drama group has chosen the title of this year's pantomime and rehearsals are about to start. It's the old favourite "Cinderella". Mrs Sheila Hill's team won the quiz last Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn.The village's third Scarecrow Festival will take place between 9th and 11th September on the main routes into Fishlake and around the church. Saturday, 10th September will see a Coffee Morning in the church along with a raffle, a jam stall and children's activities. A mini scarecrow competition will be held for children. Visitors are asked to vote for their favourite scarecrow over the weekend. 22/8/11

CONGRATULATIONS to Paul Downes who lives on Pinfold Lane and who has recently completed a parachute jump in aid of Alzheimers Disease on a less than perfect day. Do not forget that our service of analogue television from Emley Moor is to be switched off in September as part of the onward march of digital television.A riding school has opened in the village and may be found at the Granthams' farm on Trundle Lane.The Women's Institute will meet in the village Hall at 7.30 p.m. on Thursday, 25th August.Congratulations to Oliver Rothwell who has just celebrated his 21st birthday and to Graham Warr who has celebrated his 65th birthday and retirement with a party in the Village Hall. 15/8/11

IT'S ALL change at Fishlake Vicarage with the Rev. Eve Atherfold and her husband moving out to Runswick House on Hay Green and the Victorian building being transformed into a residence for the next Bishop of Doncaster. Look out for gaiters, crosiers and mitres. The winner of the quiz last week at the Old Anchor Inn was Mike Smith with the quiz provided by Mrs Julie Andrews.Monday, 15th August will see a meeting of the village's Festival Committee at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall and Tuesday, 16th August will be the next meeting of Fishlake's Drama Group who have been joined by young people from Thorne's Trinity Academy to discuss this year's pantomime. It may be high summer to most of us but thoughts are turning to Christmas. 8/8/11

AT A LOOSE end in the children's summer holiday ? Make a scarecrow ready for this year's competition. Fishlake's Parochial Church Council is appealing for support and would like people to register with Mrs Travis on 01302 845111 or Mrs Benford on 840111 before 15th August. The actual competition will take place between 9th and 11th September. The three winners of the 100 club draw for July were Rev. Eve Atherfold, Mrs Gladys Hamilton and Mrs Doris Nicholls. Fishlake's war memorial has been repaired at a cost of £936. The parish council provided £620 and private donations have amounted to £120. The insurance company has declared the accident to be an act of God and has not paid a penny. Anyone wishing to help make up the shortfall should give the donation to Mrs Atherfold or place it in an envelope marked War Memorial in the wall safe in the church.Coming in at twenty-second in the top 100 for Doncaster's movers and shakers is Susan Jordan of Fishlake. Susan is the chief executive of Saint Leger Homes.Having completed the improvements to the public footpath between the river bank and the Camel's Hump, the Monday Club has moved on to St. Cuthbert's churchyard, where the major job is re-erecting a large number of gravestones. Donations of cement or ballast to use on securing the gravestones, or of a suitable timber to repair stiles on public footpaths would be welcome. Suggestions of any future jobs would be appreciated and any new members are very welcome to join in on any Monday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. For further details contact 841411. 1/8/11

FISHLAKE's website is expanding all the time with photographs of old Fishlake added by Cllr. David Chaffer and Mr David Croucher. Go to www.fishlakevillage.co.uk to see the latest additions. The Women's Institute has been very active lately with a visit by thirteen members to see ' Calendar Girls' in Sheffield on 13th July. Mrs Lynn Williamson gave a talk on her visit to Palestine recently and this Thursday at 7 p.m. Wendy Smith will regale the meeting with ' Wendy's Wonderful Wednesdays'.     Teenagers in the village, who grew up with Harry Potter, have been flocking to the cinema to see the last of the series of films as a way of bidding farewell to their childhood.As a further contribution to the debate on Jubilee Bridge it is interesting to know that two ambulances tried unsuccessfully to cross the bridge to reach patients last week and were forced to go round via Stainforth.The quiz winner last Tuesday in the Old Anchor Inn was Mr John Smith whilst the jackpot winners on Thursday were Mr Doug. White's team.A meeting will be held by Fishlake Drama Group in the Village Hall on Monday, 1st August at 7 for 7.30 to discuss this year's pantomime. Budding thespians are always welcome.25/7/11

ANXIOUS eyes were trained on the sky in the village  last Friday as a sign of weather for the forty days to come following St. Swithin's Day. What has happened to our promise of summer? Neil Stafford from DMBC's Highways department came to answer questions from Fishlake's Parish Council last Tuesday. He informed the meeting that additional funding was now available to resurface roads and that the likeliest place to be repaired would be the stretch between the Old Anchor Inn and Pinfold Lane. He also revealed that funding may not be available for a new Jubilee Bridge, although strengthening will take place.Six flood wardens from the village will walk the route of the old flood bank with  a representative of the Environment Agency to assess the protection available in time of flooding.
St. Leger Homes has contacted the parish council to suggest a joint initiative to grow food in spare land near its properties.A letter was received, asking the council to appoint a new pinder. It was resolved to restore the pinfold and then appoint a pinder.The village plan is ready for delivery and residents are being asked how they would like to receive their copy. The choice is accessing and downloading a copy from the website, receiving it via e-mail or receiving a hard copy. Please send your request to Cllr. David Chaffer at Cross Acres on Pinfold Lane.The next meeting of the parish council will be on 13th September.The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club Draw for June were : Brian Barnes, Sandra Pollard and John Atherfold. 18/7/11

SANDWICHED between two rainy days this year's festival benefited from sunshine and was declared to be 'wonderful' with an 'enjoyable and peaceful evening'. Look Sharpe played beautifully and the barbecue was tasty.The five winners of the raffle were Alan Hodges, Mrs Hayley, Lisa Frisby, Mrs Marie Watson and Karen Surtees. Sheaf tossing was won by Andrew Goldthorpe. The over 60's of the village enjoyed their annual trip to Whitby on Wednesday courtesy of Cllr. John Waite and the parish council. A little bit of old Fishlake was lost last week when the burial occurred of Mrs Freda Wilcock. Born in 1929 in Dumfries but raised in Carlisle, she came to the village after the Second World War when she married Denis Wilcock. She was a familiar figure on her bicycle when visiting the elderly as their warden and became involved with fund raising for the Village Hall Restoration Committee and was a member of the Women's Institute from its early days. Much of her unsung work was with the Saint John Ambulance in Stainforth where she rose to be a divisional superintendent and Serving Sister of the Order. 11/7/11

A FAREWELL party has been held for Heidi Swaby in The Anchor Inn. Heidi and her husband Andrew Swaby, who comes from an old Fishlake family, are returning to her Cornish roots across the Tamar. During her time in the village Heidi has been prominent in the Mothers and Toddlers' Group, Fishlake Drama Group and the village Hall committee. She was one of the rare holders of the office of pinder in our village which she fitted into her farming lifestyle. Haymaking started in the village in June.Last Wednesday the Coffee Club took to the water as they travelled along the canal in The Ethel .Sunshine and scenery were the order of the day.Bobby Hill, a sergeant in the Royal Signals, is heading for Afghanistan where he will be based at Camp Bastion for a four month tour.Friday sees a tug o' war and a mini football tournament on the Old School Field from 6 p.m. while Saturday is the village's annual festival. Starting at 11 a.m. the event will feature old favourites and new attractions, including a dog show, cream teas and inflatables. 4/7/11

THE WINNERS of the raffle  at the Strawberry Fair were !st) no.Y80 Malcolm Greenslade with  a basket of fruit, 2nd) no. Y658 Felicity Harman with foot treatment, 3rd) no. Y559 Beryl Bowling with wine and chocolates, 4th ) no. Y314 Brenda Grafton with a box of biscuits, 5th) Y509 Helen Jackson with aftershave and 6th) no. Y494 Janet Cozens with a backgammon set. This week has seen Yorkshire Electricity hard at work along Sour Lane felling and lopping trees to free the electricity cables which serve the village. Nearby the Monday Club has been beavering away on the path from the top of Camel's Hump to the river bank, clearing overhanging branches and placing wood chippings along the path.The Fishlake Festival takes place on Saturday, 9th July with a tug o' war and mini football tournament at 6 p.m. on the previous evening. The gates will open at 11 a.m. and the festival will feature a dog show for the first time. Tickets for the evening extravaganza and barbecue must be bought in advance from either Claire on 351592 or Joy on 351218. Only drinks bought from the beer tent may be consumed at the event. 27/6/2011

SERGEANT Barnes gave a police report to the parish council on Tuesday warning that opportunists are driving round the village ready to steal diesel oil.  Cllr. Trimingham suggested to him that the village needed a Neighbourhood Watch again. As a result it will be placed on the agenda on 12th July and anyone interested is invited to attend. A member of the public asked the police to bring their speed gun to the village. The council voted to give Fishlake Festival a grant of £300 and hoped that better security would pay dividends this year.An accident on Trundle Lane means that DMBC will replace the street light there with one of the new Victorian style lamps. Cllr. Waite told us that a report and a map about mining subsidence from Mr Ransome of Hatfield Colliery has been placed on the village notice board on the Landing.A summary of the village plan was presented to the parish council. Residents were concerned about the danger of flooding, speeding traffic and heavy lorries, burglaries, the need for a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme, the future of Jubilee Bridge, the lack of a village shop and post office, the need for improved information about parish council decisions and about planning decisions by DMBC. Improved  Internet speed and mobile phone reception were also on the wish list for villagers who wanted to see a youth club or better social provision for young people. Fishlake folk particularly appreciate the quality of life in the village, the village's rural character, the spiritual value of Saint Cuthbert's and the fact of having a village hall. 20/6/2011

MOST of the village has been hit by Stainforth's loss of telephone and therefore Internet connections this week, making contact with the outside world somewhat difficult. Ironically the news about the phones coincides with a warning from the parish council to be aware of the need to report any crime. One spot of bright news has been the reopening of the Hare and Hounds by the brewery. New bus routes and timetables should be starting at the end of July. Look out for more information on the parish noticeboard.Stall holders for this year's festival are requested to contact Mrs Joy Chaffer on 01302 351218 if they have not already reserved a table for this year's event on 9th July.Saint Cuthbert's will be holding its annual Strawberry Fair on Saturday, 18th June between 2 and 4 p.m.with stalls offering cakes, cards, books, plants, a tombola and children's activities. The event will coincide with South Yorkshire's Heritage Weekend which should attract visitors to the village. 13/6/2011

DEPARTING from Mexborough Railway Station on Saturday, 18th June  will be a coach trip organised by Pat McLaughlin to discover Doncaster's hidden treasures as part of South Yorkshire's Heritage Weekend. Their destination includes Saint Cuthbert's Church in Fishlake where canny parishioners will be ready to greet the visitors with a Strawberry Fayre. Long awaited repairs to the Nab have taken place this week which will smooth the visitors' way. The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club Draw for May were Gladys Hamilton, Sarah Duckitt and Phil Wood. 6/6/2011

LITTLE did the wedding guests realise as they walked up the aisle on Saturday what a building site the mediaeval church had been forty-eight hours earlier. Scaffolding had been brought down, flowers arranged and the nave made spick and span ready for the bride's big day. One beam revealed holes for statues of the Virgin Mary and Saint John standing at the foot of the Cross in pre-Reformation days. Churchwarden, John Waite, was proud to relate that the Restoration Fund had received £70,000 and not £50,000 from WREN the environmental body to use in repairs and restoration of Saint Cuthbert's. Fishlake's annual migration to the sea will take place on 6th July when the parish council organises its coach trip to Whitby for residents over the age of sixty .Trippers are asked to contact Cllr. John Waite on 351 649 to book a seat. The excursion will leave from the Village Hall at 8.30 a.m.Fishlake Art Club has produced some impressive paintings over the years and meets every Monday from 7 till 9 in the Village Hall. New members are always welcome.Winding up the church clock throughout June will be Trevor Taylor.Take your partners for the monthly dance in the Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. on Friday. Proceeds are in aid of the Parish Church Restoration Fund.30/5/2011

THE RECESSION has led to the closure of the Hare and Hounds this week. Andrew and Carol Hempsall are moving to Thorne. During their time in the village they participated fully in village life by joining Fishlake Drama Group and performing in the mummers' plays and pantomimes and serving on the Festival Committee. Andrew also became a parish councillor for five years. The final quiz on Tuesday was won by Marylin Fox and Margaret Lamb and the last snowball by Pam Pyott. Customers bade farewell at a special party. News of the village plan. Progress with analysis is being made. The rate of returns was 34.5% which is better than the expected 30%. Anyone wishing to hire the village hall should contact Mrs Joy Chaffer on 01302 351218.There will be no service in St. Cuthbert's this Sunday. Instead, a Rogation Sunday Service will be held at Smallhedges Farm at 1015 a.m. between Sykehouse and Moss. 23/5/11

WHEN the parish council met on Tuesday it was two members under par. Fortunately, two residents stepped forward and were co-opted with the result that the parish council now  has its full complement of five members. They are Peter Trimingham and Douglas White. The new council chose Councillor John Waite to be its chairman with Councillor David Chaffer as its vice chairman. The council was addressed by Tony Ransome of Hatfield Subsidence Ltd, agent of Hatfield Colliery Ltd, who explained that the colliery was now under the ownership of a Dutch bank and would be continuing to mine under Fosterhouses.  Ladies from Fishlake's Women's Institute gained first place in a tie breaker in a Vermuyden Group quiz. The team consisted of Mesdames Brenda Grafton, Val Geohagen, Jane Richards and Sue Thrower. Thursday, 26th May will see the W.I .receive a talk by Hazel Crowe, a talented stained glass artist, at 7.15 p.m. in the Village Hall.Two dates for your diary are the Wedding Fayre on Sunday from 11 .am. till 3.30 p.m. at Fishlake Mill on Eastfield Lane and the Strawberry Fair at St. Cuthbert's Church on Saturday, 18th June from 2 till 4 p.m. 16/5/11

THURSDAY was election day and the Village Hall doubled as a polling station with the result that the Thursday Coffee Club took the opportunity to visit York. The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club Draw in April were Dennis Cozens, Hazel Barnes and Gladys Hamilton. Winding up the church clock throughout May will be Ian and Chris Holiday.The Parish Church Restoration Fund has received a grant for £50,000 from WREN ( Waste Recycling Environmental ) to fund repairs on the church roof and to reglaze the windows in the clerestory.A Wedding Fayre is to be held at Fishlake Mill on Eastfield Road, on Sunday, 22nd May from 11a.m. to 3.30. Admission is free. 9/5/11

Jacobean English has been the norm in Fishlake this weekend with the use of the Authorised Version in the royal wedding and the arrival of the mummers  at the two pubs on Sunday.
The annual mummers' play, George and the Dragon, went on tour to Hatfield  Woodhouse, Whitley Bridge and Sykehouse before the two performances in the village. The mummers welcomed Claire Jennings, Graham Rainford, Ellie Stenson and Paul Thompson into their ranks this year.
A strong odour of wild garlic and mayflower has hung over the village this week. The may blossom, helped by a warm Easter , has been up to two weeks early.
The meeting of the Women's Institute on 28th April was treated to a talk by Geraldine Hughes on 'My Adventures as an e-bay trader'.
The village web site, www.fishlakevillage.co.uk , is expanding all the time and now shows pictures of last year's mummers' play as well as two years of scarecrow festivals.
A meeting with South Yorkshire Passenger Transport last week revealed that the Sir Cornelius Vermuyden 'bus route is to be changed. It will no longer have the destination of Askern but will terminate and turn round in Sykehouse. The service has been guaranteed for another five years. 2/5/11

EASTER Day was marked by the reopening of the Garden Blooms nursery in Fosterhouses and by a quintessentially English game of cricket  in brilliant sunshine. Friday will see celebrations at the Old Anchor Inn for Prince William's wedding with tea, cakes, bunting and children's entertainers.  Pushed by circumstances to Sunday, 1st the St. George's Day annual mummers' play will be performed at the Old George in Sykehouse at 2 p.m., at the Old Anchor Inn in Fishlake at 3 p.m. and finally at the Hare and Hounds at 3.30 p.m. Anyone with visitors or children wishing to have a flavour of olde England should not miss these productions. Particularly noticeable this year are the oak trees in leaf well ahead of the village's ash trees.We shall see if the old adage holds true that when the oak is out before the ash we are in for a splash ,but when the ash is out before the oak we are in for a soak 25/4/2011

THE FIRST swallow was spotted in the village on 8th April. The Thursday Coffee Club and its members went to see "Barrage Balloons and Bisto" in Hatfield Woodhouse which they thought to be fantastic. The Old Anchor Inn is planning to celebrate the royal wedding on 29th April with bunting, tea and cakes, a children's entertainer and of course a commentary and pictures of the actual wedding on the wide screens in the Anchor. Last week's parish council meeting saw Chairman John Waite thank the two councillors ( Mrs C.Holling and Mr Ken Hayes), who are standing down this month, for their service. The precept is to be maintained at £34,800. The parish council agreed to pay half of the costs of restoring the village war memorial and also to join the Campaign for the Preservation of Rural England. The council objected to planning permission for land on Trundle Lane and discussed the potholes in the village. Victorian style street lights are to be installed along parts of Hay Green and Pinfold Lane. The destruction of an area of Special Scientific Interest has occurred in the village to the council's dismay. Anthony Myott is to be invited to attend  the June meeting of the council to answer questions about the Wetland Habitat.Services for Good Friday will take place at 7 p.m. and for Easter Sunday at 9.30 a.m. in St. Cuthbert's parish church. 18/4/2011

STOLEN from the Village Hall recently was a large quantity of heating oil. Thieves obviously think that community property is there on a help yourself basis. The winners of the 100 Club Draw in March were Mrs Gladys Hamilton, Mrs Christine Williams and Mrs Latto(snr).Spotted in the village this week were Jeanette Medlock and her daughter Lauren who had returned from Adelaide in South Australia to visit Jeanette's seriously ill father.Only three candidates have come forward for the parish council's five seats. They are David Chaffer, John Waite and Mrs Pam Webb. This contrasts poorly with our neighbours in Sykehouse where eleven candidates have come forward. Meanwhile six candidates are standing to represent us on  our DMBC seat whose election is 5th May.Look out for some of the pictures appearing in the Village Hall showing the Fishlake of yesteryear donated by Mrs Carol Hempsall.Busily spring cleaning on Saturday were the supporters of Fishlake's Cricket and Bowls Clubs who are preparing for this year's season. 11/4/2011

A WELL attended Coffee Morning was held by the members of the Saint Cuthbert's Restoration Fund on Saturday. The winner of the Easter Bonnet Competition was Mrs Eileen Purcell whilst the children had also made great efforts with their entries and were awarded a host of prizes. The winners of the raffle were white ticket 206 Mrs Benford, green 135 Mrs Robinson, white 249 Harold Whitehead, white 269 Mrs Noble, green 107 Mrs Bowden, green 48 Mrs Sheppard, white 193 Sarah Williamson and white 259 Rev. Eve Atherfold. Fishlake's festival committee will be holding an open meeting in the Village Hall at 7 p.m. on 13th April. Groups wishing to apply for funding from the proceeds of last year's festival need to apply in writing.Winding up the church clock throughout April will be Councillor John Waite. New members and newcomers to bowling are welcome to join the Bowling Section of the Cricket Club whose season starts on 17th April. Social bowling takes place every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at 1.45 for 2 o'clock start. For more information please contact Mrs Lynne Williamson on 01302 841 283. 4/4/2011

THE OPEN road and freedom beckon once more as Jubilee Bridge is open again after months of repairs. Journeys to Thorne and beyond will be that much quicker now that the road link is renewed, although it will take us time to learn how to negotiate the new traffic islands at either side.  Saturday morning  from 10 till 12 will see Saint Cuthbert's Restoration Fund holding a coffee morning in the Village Hall with all the usual stalls, children's activities and competitions for the best child's and adult's Easter hat. The following day is Mothering Sunday and a service will be held in Saint Cuthbert's at 9.30 a.m. when flowers will be given out to mothers.Last week's meeting of the Women's Institute was treated to an interesting talk on 'An Elizabethan Lady's Wardrobe Revealed' by Maureen Taylor.Good news for fishermen and nature lovers! The Environment Minister Richard Benyon has announced a spring clean for the river Don from April as one of ten pilot schemes to improve water quality. 28/3/2011

TUESDAY'S parish council meeting revealed that planning issues would henceforth be received in electronic form. No progress had been made on the issue of Dirty Lane's becoming a one way street. Grass cutting by DMBC would recommence in April. Quotations are awaited for the next section of street lighting. It is intended to invite Tony Ramsden from Powerfuel to the next meeting to discuss future mining under Fosterhouses. Anthony Myers will also discuss the Habitat Area and progress made so far. The council is waiting for the parish plan to be evaluated. By a majority vote the council opposed the application from the Educational Foundation to relax the Conservation Area controls and to demolish and rebuild the school house on Pinfold Lane.
Saturday will see six bikini clad beauties washing cars at the Old Anchor Inn from noon till 5 p.m. in aid of Comic Relief. The same evening will see the Hare and Hounds holding an Irish Night featuring a local band, U3, and serving Guinness at £2 a pint. Slainthe! 14/3/2011
CELEBRATING her one hundredth birthday on 19th March will be Mrs Edna Naylor at West Lea Farm on Trundle Lane in Fishlake. Change has been the order of the day since her birth in 1911 when she was born in Fenwick. At the age of four she moved to Thorpe in Balne, but for the past ten years she has lived with her daughter, Mrs Joan Duckitt,in Fishlake.
The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club Draw in February were Mr Harry Whitehead,Dr. John Hall and Mr Holgate.
Howard Mason will be winding up the church clock throughout March.
Walking around  the village's Heritage Trail have you ever wondered what happened to the Quakers who used to live in the village? From family history records online it seems that the Pease family from Fishlake moved to Darlington where they were to provide six Members of Parliament and were to become railway pioneers and slavery abolitionists before marrying into the Fry family of prison reform ,chocolate and the Fabian Society fame. It would be interesting to know what happened to the gravestones which were demolished from their graveyard before the Second World War. 7/3/2011
MRS MO. WHITE has received a letter of thanks from the children's hospice , Bluebell Wood, for the fifty pound donation sent from the raffle one evening at Fishlake Drama Group's pantomime before Christmas.Wintering in Fishlake's Wildlife Habitat this year according to John Deeney, member of Fishlake's Monday Club, are whooper swans, goosander, teal duck, wigeon, herons, tufted duck. shelduck, grey lagged geese and Canada geese. Some will be leaving shortly  us for northern climes while others will stay. It will be interesting to see how the area develops. Keen fisherman ,Mr Deeney, has caught sea trout, roach, bream, flounder and a 15 lb carp here in the village proving what progress the Don is making towards its targets of cleanliness.Householders have received letters from DMBC's senior engineer, Andre Czlapska, telling them that work began on Jubilee Bridge on 10th February and is expected to take seven weeks. The weight restriction will still be in place with an additional width restriction of six foot six.Friday night at 7.30 p.m. is time to take your partners in the Village Hall when Carol and Walter will entertain at the monthly dance in aid of St. Cuthbert's Restoration Fund. 28/2/2011