Archived News 2013

 
JOINING the New Year Revelers at the Cricket Club is by ticket only. Phone Phil Wood on 01302 350353 or Lynne Williamson on 01302 841293 to buy those last minute tickets. Others will be celebrating in the village's two public houses or at home with friends.
Celebrating Christmas with visits to Doncaster Bowl were groups of youngsters from the Fishlake Falcons. Subscriptions are paid yearly or monthly and the budding footballers meet up every Saturday at 10 a.m., either at the Cricket Club or on the field on Sour Lane with teams for the under 6s, under 7s, under 12s and under 15s. although some play on Sundays against teams from across the Doncaster area. For more information contact Dean Edwards on 01302 351769.
This week's dustbin collection is the black bin on Tuesday, 31st December.
First footing by a dark haired man with a piece of coal who is rewarded with a glass of whisky still takes place at midnight on 31st in Fishlake as we welcome in the New Year.
Sports lovers, suffering from nostalgia and withdrawal symptoms for the 2012 Olympics, have plenty to look forward to in 2014. Early on will come the Winter Olympics, with the Tour de France starting from Leeds in July and then the Commonwealth Games hosted by Glasgow.
Local historians will be queuing to see the newly discovered Stainforth Jewel which has gone on display in December in Doncaster Museum. The rare silver Carolingian dynasty cross was found by Andrew Wilson (tantalisingly close to the Fishlake boundary) and is thought to have been lost by a high ranking envoy from the Frankish court in Anglo-Saxon times when he was travelling along the alternative route from Lincoln to York via Stony Ford or Stainforth.
Television over the festive season had some local connections with Roy Clarke' s "Still Open All Hours" filmed in Balby. Roy Clarke lives in a converted  windmill in Sykehouse and taught in Thorne whilst the BBC's "Death Comes to Pemberley" was filmed with the help of Yorkshire Screen at Harewood House and in and around Beverley in the East Riding.
Keep Fit reconvenes at 11.30 a.m. on 7th January in 2014 in the Village Hall. 30/12/2013

OVER 200 people crowded into the church for Fishlake Village Choir's Christmas Concert on Monday for candle lit carols, folk songs, prayers and Bible readings. The choir dressed in red,black and white provided us with an evening which will be long remembered and will stand out like the Queen's Diamond Jubilee as one which brought the village together. Three parish councillors sang in the choir which proved to be a triumph for John Marsden and the choir's founder, Wendy Brownbridge. Afterwards the congregation enjoyed mince pies and mulled wine. The choirmaster invited newcomers to join when the choir reconvenes in 2014.
The winner of the quiz on Tuesday was Alan Hodges and the jackpot was won by Michelle Brandon.
Wednesday saw the annual visit from Thorne and District Rural Lions accompanied by Father Christmas on his colourful sleigh.
The winter solstice on 21st December was remarkable for its fine weather in a season of high winds, wild weather,short days and beautiful sunsets.
Coming up this week are a Crib service at Saint Cuthbert's on 24th December at 4 p.m. and, later that evening, at 11.30 p.m. Midnight Mass with  a Group Service on Christmas Day at 9 a.m. in St. Mary's in Kirk Bramwith and a Group service in St. Mary's in Stainforth at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday, 29th December.
Spare a thought for the Monday Club on Boxing Day when you go for a walk along one of the green lanes or the river bank to walk off the turkey. They have spent several Mondays clearing the paths this autumn by hacking away at overhanging branches or shoring up banks. 23/12/2013

TICKHILL'S answer to Gareth Malone has been guiding a growing number of men and women throughout the autumn. They will sing their hearts out for us on Monday,16th December  at 7 p.m. in the parish church as part of a Christmas celebration replete with readings and featuring handbell ringers from St.Mary's in Tickhill. The brain child of Mrs Wendy Brownbridge, the choir has really taken off this year attracting men and women from across the village and not just thespians from the Drama Group. Following the concert mince pies and mulled wine will be served. Do wrap up warmly for this winter's night time spectacular because  Saint Cuthbert's can be cold as you are soaking up the historic atmosphere..
Even the horses in the fields are now wearing their winter coats on days which seem to alternate between overcast, dismal times and low, almost blinding sunshine which waits for us around corners.
Tuesday,17th sees Spotlight's Dance School's Christmas Concert in the Village Hall.
A dispute over pensions and their retirement age has led fire fighters to strike on Thursday and Friday evening this last week. For all concerned let us hope that this dispute will soon be settled. 16/12/13
 
IT'S THE TRADITIONAL story by Charles Dickens with an extra twist. The great author would recognise the characters, the setting and the moral but would have been surprised by the twentieth and twenty-first century additions with foot tapping songs and jokes galore as Fishlake Drama Group presented "A Christmas Carol-the Pantomime" this week to very appreciative audiences. Full houses bore witness to the Group's marketing skills and reputation whilst the wonderful props and scenery made an immediate effect on entering the Village Hall. We can take pride in the commitment and dedication of the cast and back-stage people who give up their time to brighten up our winters. Sue Williams has directed yet another success with a mixture of old and new hands treading the boards. Knowing the actors certainly adds to the fun of the evening, but a perfect stranger to the village would have enjoyed the performance and been put in the mood for Christmas.
Another winter tradition was fulfilled last Tuesday when the Badsworth Hunt arrived in the village complete with hounds.
Just in time for their granddaughter's christening, Judith and Trevor Taylor arrived home in the village from a trip Down Under where they managed to visit former neighbours, the Medlocks, in Adelaide and to drop in on old Aussie friends,the Royles, who lived in Grove Road in the 1980s. Trevor was able to join the Barmy Army as it watched those other Tourists during their stay in this year's battle for the Ashes.
The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club for November were Harold Whitehead, Ena Downes and Kath Dulieu. Mr Tony Sewell won the quiz in the Hare and Hounds whilst Miss Margaret Shepherd won the jackpot. Thoughtfully, the Monday Club had erected the festive lights along the crenellations of the church tower before the village received its annual influx of visitors for the pantomime.
Another arrival in the village has been that of boulders delivered by the Environment Agency as part of its work to protect the approached to its flood defences at Stainforth and Jubilee Bridges.
The next PACT meeting for our area will be held on Thursday, 12th December at 6 p.m. in the EDDT building in Dunscroft.
Yet again Fishlake Cricket and Bowls Club will be hosting a New Year's Eve Celebration on Tuesday, 31st December with a live band, Misty and Co. Tickets cost £5 with children under 16 free and may be bought from Phil Wood on 01302 350353 or Mrs Lynne Williamson on 01302 841293. Entry is by ticket only and food is on a bring and share basis. 09/12/13

 

LAST minute tickets for this year's pantomime , "A Christmas Carol", may be bought from Mrs Joy Chaffer on 01302 351218 for those wishing to start the Christmas season with a laugh and perhaps a tear. For others part of the pleasure of the festive season is eating out with friends. The Women's Institute will be dining at the Cricket Club, the Coffee Club is travelling to Owston Lodge and the Tuesday Quizlings are celebrating at the Hare and Hounds.
Last Saturday's Christmas Coffee morning organised by the parish church raised £539-31 towards its funds. The morning was a first opportunity to try this year's mince pies and for youngsters to meet Father Christmas.
Ian Knott from the Monday Club is appealing for petrol mowers and strimmers to help with their useful work in the village. Work has finished for this year in the churchyard but the club is in need of new equipment. It  may seem like toys for the boys but we all benefit from their work.
Coming up soon are Fishlake Choir's Christmas Concert at 7 p.m. on 16th December in the parish church and  Spotlight Dance School's Christmas Concert on 17th December in the Village Hall. 02/12/13

 

CHRISTMAS is in the air. Sunday, 1st December  at 10.15 a.m. sees the charming annual child- friendly service of Christingle in our parish church. A collection will be taken in aid of the Children's Society. Meanwhile the figures of Mary, Joseph and the donkey will be travelling, looking for lodgings in homes around the village throughout Advent.

Preparations for winter are taking place with a new roof on the old school to shelter it from the elements and the Monday Club planting colourful primulas in the boat on the Landing.

Thursday, 28th November is the next meeting of the village's Women's Institute at 7 p.m. when the topic will be hats and chat.

Last week's winners of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds were Mrs Marylyn Fox and her team.

The end of an era in farming has been marked this year. There are no longer any dairy farmers in Fishlake or Sykehouse. Not so long ago it was commonplace to see churns of milk waiting for collection at farm gates. Older residents will remember Northern Dairies in Thorne and we were all familiar with Mr Southwell's cows trooping through the village to be milked. One local farmer puts the loss of dairy farms down to the demise of the old Milk Marketing Board which organised collective transport. 25/10/13

 

IT IS A universally acknowledged truth that a single landlord in possession of a country public house in Fishlake must be in want of a landlady with the result that, after only a few months in the village, Martin Heath has found his business partner, Sue Lovatt, who is buying into the Hare and Hounds.
On Remembrance Sunday and on 11th November the Union Flag  hung at half-mast in memory of the village's and the nation's dead in conflicts over the last century.
The Thursday Coffee Club managed to include a fashion show and a jazz session in their visit to the Harrogate Show Ground for its Christmas Market. Members thoroughly enjoyed the trip and made a start on their Christmas shopping.
Michelle Brandon won the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds.
DMBC's gritters were active in the village on 14th November when we had a foretaste of winter.
Fishlake Parish Council met last week and decided that the next tranche of Victorian street lighting would be erected along Trundle Lane from April 2014. Cllr. Mrs Pam Webb would be designing a questionnaire asking senior residents whether they would prefer next year's village outing to be to Whitby, Scarborough or Bridlington. New material ( 'safer grass matting') is to be placed by the parish council next to the swings on the Old School Field to make the surface more robust. The parish council has received news that Hargreaves Company will be mining from Hatfield Colliery under the area from Fosterhouses to Trundle Lane. A map of the areas affected will be placed on the notice board on the Landing. In its police report the council heard that many of the stray horses had gone after an ultimatum of 11th November was given. A letter from the Mayor of Doncaster, Mrs Ros. Jones concerning the horses, was read out. Pot holes in the village were yet again highlighted.
Jubilee Bridge is to be closed from 7 a.m. till 4 p.m. on Sunday, 1st December for its annual floodgate maintenance works by AMCO on behalf of the Environment Agency.
Tickets for the Forties' night in January are to be collected from Mrs Mo. White at Don Cottage or 01302 843673 by 1st December.
Saturday, 23rd November will see a Christmas Coffee morning organised by Saint Cuthbert's church in the Village Hall between 10 a.m. and noon. Father Christmas will be making an appearance at 11 o'clock. Expect mince pies, cakes, jams, cards, Christmas decorations and children's activities.18/11/13

 

SPOTTED last week the Monday Club was continuing its mission of beautifying the village. Its members could be seen planting trees in a parcel of land along the Nab. Aching backs were the reward for some although their work will be appreciated in the long term by villagers, visitors and by the wildlife which colonises the triangle of land facing the river bank.
The other success story in the village is the village choir which will be meeting at 7 o'clock on Tuesday evening this week in the parish church. Numbers grow weekly and the aim is now to hold a a concert on Monday, 16th December at 7 p.m.
Last week's winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds was Mrs Jan Threadgold from Sykehouse with Mrs Margaret Shepherd winning the jackpot.
Glimpsed on a menu at Thorne's Belmont Hotel this week were Fishlake sausages. Tasty local produce using barely any 'food miles' is all the rage nowadays.
The country is gaining a new respect for orchards with mosses, lichens and crenulated barks on apple trees providing us with spring blossom and autumn fruit. Fishlake is well stocked with orchards which are satisfying from many different points of view. Meanwhile as the leaves still fall from the trees it is interesting to see them fall at different rates from different varieties and even from neighbouring trees of the same variety.
Fishlake educational Foundation is offering book grants to tertiary students, aged 18 to 25, who must apply and return their forms to Mrs Fiona Trimingham by the end of December. Her address is Vine Cottage, Pinfold Lane, Fishlake, DN7 5LA / f_e_f@btinternet.co or telephone 01302 841411.10/10/13
 
GUNPOWDER, treason and plot were not forgotten in Fishlake at the Cricket Club on Saturday when in spite of heavy rain preceding the lighting of the bonfire the firework display with its predominance of reds and greens was once more impressive. The crowds were smaller this year owing to the day's rain.
Last Saturday's coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Nurses raised £510. The winners of the raffle were :- 1) John Butterley--a basket of fruit, 2) Patsy Denton- wine and chocolates, 3) Jeremy Foster- champagne, 4) no. 911-915 unclaimed- a handbag and 5) Rita Southgate -a bottle of sherry. A full list of raffle winners may be found in the window of Keith Milnes' butcher's shop on Main Street. Fishlake Coffee Club, the organisers, would like to thank everyone who donated gifts, raffle prizes and their time to the day.
Thursday, 7th November sees a PACT meeting at Victoria Close Community Centre off East Lane in Stainforth at 1 p.m.
The Fishlake 100 Club's winners for October were 1) Pat Holgate, 2) Colin Bloor and 3) Val Geoghan.
Fishlake was represented by Rev. Mrs Eve Atherfold, Cllr. and Mrs John Waite and Mrs Glenys Mashford ( churchwarden) last Monday when Rev. Eleanor Robinshaw was introduced to her new parish of Great Snaith by Rt. Rev. Peter Burrows, Bishop of Doncaster and resident of Fishlake. Mrs Robinshaw spent time as Mrs Atherfold's curate here in the village.
Our first frost of the year followed by a flurry of fallen leaves was on 30th October.
Local historians will be interested to hear that a new book has been published. Called Stainforth Past and Present, the book, which is full of pictures, is on sale at Stainforth library and Doncaster's tourist office in Hall Gate at a cost of £4. The author is retired teacher Peter Dumville.
Lady Luck cast her eye on Mr Butterley a second time last week when he also won the quiz in the Hare and Hounds.
Fresh from its triumph with its fund raising event for the Macmillan Nurses the Thursday Coffee Club is venturing out to the Harrogate Show Ground on Thursday, 8th November to a Christmas Craft Fair. 04/10/13

 

BEING half term Monday morning sees a children's workshop from 10 till 11.30 run by the parish church in the Village Hall. Primary school pupils from the three rural parishes are invited to participate in craft activities about a Bible superhero.
Mrs Pam Pyatt won last week's quiz in the Hare and Hound on Tuesday.
According to the Woodland Trust the colour changes are hitting leafy Fishlake two weeks late this year owing to the mild weather.
Numbers going to the village choir in Saint Cuthbert's rise each week and the choir is in danger of being a victim of its own success as it may have to seek new accommodation as it fills the area near the font in the church.
Friday, 1st November has tickets for this year's pantomime, Charles Dicken's  A Christmas Carol, go on sale. The prices are £6 for adults and £4.50 for children's tickets which may be obtained from Mrs Joy Chaffer on 01302 351218. The curtain goes up at 7.15 with performances by Fishlake Drama Group daily from Tuesday,3rd December till Saturday,7th December. Friday is also Hallowe'en with the Old Anchor Inn marking the occasion with a party.
Hard on the heels of Hallowe'en the village is celebrating Bonfire Night on Saturday, 2nd November at the Cricket Club whose gates will be open from 6 p.m. The fire will be lit at 6.30 and a spectacular firework display will take place at 7 o'clock.28/10/2013

 

FISHLAKE'S patron saint's followers' wanderings throughout the north of England and Southern Scotland prove to be  the key to the answer to a mystery murder "A Very Private Grave" by Donna Fletcher Crow published here in 2010. The heroine follows the route of the monks fleeing the Vikings with Saint Cuthbert's bones from Lindisfarne to Whithorn, Whitby, Chester-le -Street and Jarrow in search of the murderer in the twentieth century. Unfortunately, she doesn't visit Fishlake but her findings will be of interest to all lovers of whodunits and true Fishlakians.
This autumn has been a bumper year for apples and fruits of the hedgerow.
Sadly, the government has sold the Royal Mail ( held by the Crown since the reign of Henry VIII) this week. It will be interesting to see what sort of service rural areas like Fishlake receive in five years' time.
Thursday saw the annual general meeting of the Neighbourhood Watch with 15 people present. The meeting was addressed by its co-ordinator Peter Trimingham and by Inspector Andrew McFarlane who spoke of the value of neighbourhood watches in strengthening communities and reducing crime. The inspector urged members (of whom there are now 96 )to report strange cars and suspicious activities. PACT meetings were discussed as were cold calling pedlars, runaway horses, petty vandalism and speeding. Questions were asked about the possibility of a mirror being placed on Jubilee Bridge to aid navigation by cars and the dumping of cannabis plants was brought up. Cllr. Mrs Pam Webb thanked the inspector for his speech and also thanked Peter Trimingham for his hard work over the last year. It was proposed and accepted that Mr. Trimingham should continue with his work as the co-ordinator of the village's neighbourhood watch.

Fishlake Coffee Club is holding a coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Nurses on Saturday, 26th October from 10 till 12 noon in the Village Hall with a cake stall, raffle, tombola, book stall, children's drawing competition and a Punch and Judy show. Prizes are needed as are volunteers to bake cakes and pies. Please contact Mrs Joy Chaffer on 01302 351218.21/10/2013

 

GENEROUS villagers and friends gave over £900 towards the Macmillan Nurses when they met for a coffee morning held by Councillor Claire Holling recently. Mrs Holling would like to thank her guests for their support.

Householders have received leaflets setting out plans for a gas pipeline, running from Thorpe Marsh to Camblesforth, asking their views which may be given at drop-in meetings in Drax, Carlton, Snaith and Kirk Sandall between 15th October and 16th November. In accordance with the Planning Act of 2008 people within a radius of five kilometres of the 18 kilometre pipeline are being consulted.
Congratulations to Luke Brownbridge of the Customs House who gained an M.Sc. in Applied Science and Technology from the University of York a fortnight ago.
The new choir has had a successful start with a well supported first meeting in the parish church.
Mrs Pam Pyatt has two reasons to celebrate on Tuesday last week. The first was her birthday and the second was winning the quiz in the Hare and Hounds.
The Staircase to Heaven, dubbed 'Jacob's Ladder', has been completed by the Monday Club and is ready for inspection by Fishlake folk as it leads a pathway up the old river bank to the Landing.
DMBC workmen have been spotted tackling the problem of the colonies of Japanese knotweed near Jubilee Bridge. Unfortunately, the knotweed is extremely difficult to eradicate but it is good to know that they are trying to deal with this pernicious plant.
Saint Cuthbert's parish church is requesting volunteers to deliver parish magazines and / or help clean parts of the centuries old parish church. Volunteers should contact churchwardens or any member of the PCC.
This Thursday sees the annual general meeting of Fishlake's Neighbourhood Watch at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall where Inspector Andrew Mc Farlane will address the gathering.
Sunday, 20th October will see a group service in Saint Mary's in Kirk Bramwith instead of a service in Saint Cuthbert's.14/10/2013

 

BATS, Mice and Sykehouse Russets decorated the large cake given to Rev. Eve Atherfold as a gift from her three parishes at the morning service on Sunday to mark her retirement. The bats represented some of the inhabitants of Saint Cuthbert's, the Sykehouse Russet apples represented our nearest neighbours and of course the mice represented the Thompson of Kilburn carved woodwork in Kirk Bramwith. Friends, family and parishioners ( including a clutch of old mayors) gathered to wish her well, to raise a glass and to thank her for her years of service to the three parishes. The three churches have witnessed so many of our rites of passage over the years and the future is uncertain that it was only right that the villagers should meet to commemorate the occasion.

The winners of the 100 Club for September were Sue Duckitt, Muriel Benford and Ethel Watson.
A mixture of music is to be sung at Wednesday evenings from this Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Saint Cuthbert's where John Marsden of Tickhill will help and encourage singers.
One of the problems with Forties' dances is finding a costume. Charity shops are ideal for unusual items of clothing.
Photographs of last week's Scarecrow Festival will shortly be found on www.fishlakevillage.co.uk . Already conspicuous by their absence are the swallows which are winging their way to winter in Africa.
The annual general meeting of the Neighbourhood Watch will be held on Thursday, 17th October at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall. Addressing the meeting will be Inspector Andrew McFarlane of South Yorkshire Police. 07/10/2013

 

THE GENERAL consensus was that this year's Scarecrow Festival was of a really high standard with no.10 coming first--the Village Kids by the village children, Ellie Knott's no.7--royal baby came second and David Chaffer's no.14--Sir Bradley Wiggin coming third. The coffee morning was particularly well attended and raised £566.

Last week's Jumble and Nearly New sale raised over £1200 for much needed Village Hall funds with organisers expressing their gratitude for the support.
Michelle Brandon won the quiz at the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday whilst popular landlord Martin Heath has been confirmed by the brewery as the permanent landlord of the hostelry.
Communications with Sykehouse have suffered this week owing to road closures as large dykes are built to protect Fosterhouses from flooding due to possible mining subsidence.
Fans of Forties' fashions and dances will be delighted to hear that another dance is planned for Saturday,25th January 2014 when Major Swing will be in charge. Period dress will be the order of the day and guests are to bring their own rations and drink. Tickets may be obtained for £6 from Mrs Maureen White on 01302 843673 and should be ordered before 1st. December.
Sunday is retirement day for Fishlake's first female vicar, Mrs Eve Atherfold, when her three parishes will meet in Saint Cuthbert's at 10.15 a.m. to wish her well for the future.30/09/13

 

JACOB'S LADDER is the nickname for the new steps, leading up to the Landing from the old river bed, hewn by the Monday Club. The steps will lead to a walk next to the bed of the old river Don whose course was straightened by Cornelius Vermuyden in the 1620s. Once again the Monday Club has excelled itself in its choice of an improvement project.

Councillor David Chaffer raised roughly £300 when he undertook the 13.1 mile Great North Run between Newcastle and South Shields last Sunday. He finished the half-marathon in 2 hours and 3 minutes in the rain and once again intends to donate the money to the Alzheimer's Society.
Look out this week for the first edition of the local free newspaper which should be delivered to all houses in the area. The Thorne Times will be coming through a letter box near you.
Fishlake Parish Council intends to consult the village's over sixties on the destination of its next trip to the seaside.Cllr. Pam Webb is preparing a questionnaire.
27 Scout Groups from Doncaster will be heading for Fishlake on 5th October when they will set off overnight from Fishlake Village Hall to undertake a 15 kilometre walk "off road" before spending the night at Thorne Methodist Church.
We have now passed the autumn equinox and it is time to expect the village to become the centre of a certain amount of media coverage this weekend as Saint Cuthbert's celebrates its fifth Scarecrow Festival. Wednesday is a key date as scarecrows may be registered between 2 and 3.30 p.m.---or telephone Mrs Wendy Brownbridge on 01302 842450 to obtain that all important number----Saturday, 28th will see a Scarecrow Coffee Morning when villagers and visitors are invited to come and vote for their favourite. Voting will continue until 3.30 on Sunday, 29th September. Sunday at 9.30 a.m. is the time for the annual Harvest Festival which coincides this year with "Back to Church Sunday".23/09/13

 

THREE busy ladies have been spending part of the summer collecting jumble for this Saturday's Nearly New Sale in the Village Hall at10.30 a.m. Joy Chaffer, Sheila Hill and Maureen White have stored the jumble which will be sold to raise funds for the Village Hall Appeal. The ladies are hoping to repeat their success of last year on Saturday. The sale will include clothes, books, household goods, bric a brac, tools and furniture.

As the days shorten we know that it is time for blackberry picking and the Great North Run. Once again Councillor David Chaffer will be undertaking the run to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Society.
The winner of the quiz on Tuesday was Mrs Pam. Pyatt.
Villagers and others who attend the special service at 10.15 a.m. on 6th October in Saint Cuthbert's will be witnessing a sad event in the village's history. There have been first of all rectors and then vicars of Fishlake stretching back to 1242 through the Reformation, a Civil War and two World Wars with Rev. Eve Atherfold being our first lady vicar. She, of course, has had the busy task of looking after three parishes: Fishlake, Sykehouse and Kirk Bramwith. However, she is not to be replaced by another vicar living in the village. Instead, after a couple of years as one parish with the other villages, Fishlake will be part of a cluster of parishes served by a visiting vicar. Already Fishlake Vicarage, home of many past vicars, is inhabited by the Bishop of Doncaster and is now known as Doncaster House. The loss of two chapels, a garage , the school, the post office and general store is now to be compounded by the loss of a vicar.16/09/13

 

ACCORDING to the BBC's Summer of Wildlife the number of water voles ( Ratty from Wind in the Willows) has fallen by 90% since the 1990s, partly due to a loss of wetland habitat but mainly to predation from mink introduced from North America. Fishlake is fortunate in still having water voles but it also formerly had a mink farm run by John England on Pinfold Lane from where mink occasionally escaped. Mr England sold the pelts to the Hudson Bay Company in London. Another loss has been a dip of one million ponds nationally since 1945 with the destruction of valuable wetland habitats for great crested newts whose numbers have fallen by 50 %. Fishlake too has lost many of its ponds since my childhood but still has populations of newts in the remaining ponds. Caring gardeners have welcomed them into their garden ponds.

The retirement of Rev. Eve Atherfold has been announced for 6th October when her last service is scheduled to take place in Saint Cuthbert's at 10.15 a.m. Of course, she will not disappear from our lives as she has a home on Hay Green and will still be available for certain services.
The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club in August were 1) Pat Holgate, 2) Joan Duckitt and 3) Mary Silvester.
The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Tony Sewell.
The next meeting of the parish council will take place on Tuesday, 10th September at 7 p.m. in the Village hall. Also coming up this week is the next PACT meeting at 1 p.m. at Victoria Close Community Centre in Stainforth on Thursday, 12th September.
Our congratulations to Andy Slater and Rebecca Clark on their engagement.09/09/13

 

THE GOOD NEWS this week is the birth of a new newspaper which will serve the Thorne area. Its editor, Karren Wake, is launching the first edition of the Thorne Times at the end of the month when the free paper will be distributed in Thorne, Hatfield , Stainforth, Dunscroft, Moorends and Fishlake. Karren has set up shop in Finkle Street in Thorne and may be contacted on 01405 947278.

As a child I can remember going to see "Carry On Screaming" in Thorne's Kensington cinema. Sadly, after its transformation to a bingo hall and then to Merlin's, a nightclub, the former art deco picture house has lain derelict for a number of years. Its transformation to a private dwelling by Gwyn and Kate ap Harri will be shown on Channel 4's flagship programme, Grand Designs, on Wednesday, 4th September at 9 p.m. Giving new life to old buildings has happened and is happening in Fishlake but we can all learn from our neighbours' experience.
Traffic has  crawled through the village this week  at a maximum of 20 m.p.h. to avoid pebbles breaking windscreens as DMBC workmen toiled to resurface our roads before the winter sets in.
For people, like me, who have got out of step, this week's bin for the recyclers will be the black one.
Unfortunately, gremlins once again attacked the Fishlake Findings last week: our area code is of course 01302 and one of the winners of last week's quiz was Mrs Susan Jordan and not Mrs Susan Johnson! 02/09/2013

 

'SNAKES alive! ',seems to have been the reaction of South Yorkshire Police when nine royal pythons were found, apparently dumped on the river bank, this week. They are golden in colour and are two to three feet long. One had already died owing to overnight temperatures. If there are any more sightings residents are asked to report them to South Yorkshire Police.

The team which includes Mrs Wendy Brownbridge, Mrs Marie Foster and Mrs Susan Johnson won the quiz at the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday.
The stage in the Village Hall has been extended by Adrian Williams by four feet this week to accommodate this year's production from Fishlake Drama Group. Charles Dicken's "Christmas Carol"  will be a new venture for the Drama Group to start the festive season.
New members are welcome in the travelling library which will visit the village on 12th and 26th September and 10th and 24th October and every fortnight after that.  To join just take along proof of identity. The van carries adult fiction, paperbacks and large print books along with a selection of non-fiction material and spoken word cassettes and CDs and DVDs. For children there is a range of picture books, stories, non-fiction and DVDs. The DMBC library van will be calling on Pinfold Lane between 9.30 and 9.50, Grove Road between 9.52 and 10.05, Trundle Lane between 10.07 and 10.20 and West Lea Farm between 10.25 and 10.40 a.m.
"What's in a name?" the old expression goes, but there's also the mystery of the ever lengthening telephone numbers. Back in the 1950s and '60s Fishlake was on the old Stainforth exchange and private telephones were not in every house. Trunk calls were connected to areas beyond Stainforth by telephonists. Automation led to our area being taken over by Doncaster and the old G.P.O. allotted us the prefix 841 although rising numbers of private telephones led to other areas within Doncaster sharing their numbers with us--843 and 351 are examples. STD (Subscriber Trunk Dialling) gave us 0203 as our area code for Doncaster into which British Telecom later was to insert a figure 1 giving us our present 01302 code with which we prefix our calls to other areas and mobiles. We have now reached the dog days of summer with autumn not far behind. I saw the first daddy long legs of the season on Friday. 26/08/2013

 

IN AN ATTEMPT to raise much needed funds for the upkeep of the Village Hall three ladies, Joy, Sheila and Maureen, are appealing for goods  for a jumble and nearly new sale of toys, clothes, books and household items. The sale will take place on Saturday, 21st September at 10.30 a.m. in the Village Hall. The three ladies may be reached on the following numbers: 351218, 841086 and 843673.

The organisers of the Saturday morning Coffee and a Chat Club in Saint Cuthbert's parish church tell me that numbers are growing for this event which offers community spirit and fresh coffee every week between 10 and 11.30 a.m.
The winner of the quiz jackpot last Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Mr Neil Livesey who won £118.
Villagers were treated to a free show of shooting stars last Monday when Perseids Meteorite Shower was clearly visible above the area.
Today ( Monday,19th August) could be the answer to a harassed parent's prayer for help in the school holidays when Mrs Glenys Mashford and Mrs Wendy Brownbridge will lead a workshop in the Village Hall from 10 till 11.30 a.m. on scarecrow making ready for this year's festival. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the festival with its unusual scarecrows decorating the village. Come along and have your children learn a skill which will benefit the community. 19/08/2013

 

WANTED ! Craftsmen and women who will help put Fishlake on the map ! Children are invited to a workshop on Monday, 19th August in the Village Hall from 10 a.m. to 11.30 to a session led by Glenis Mashford and Wendy Brownbridge to learn how to make scarecrows for the village's fifth festival. It is hoped that more householders will participate this year in our village's festival which will attract visitors to our ancient church and to the village. New ideas are welcome for the festival which takes place on 28th and 29th September.

The organisers of this year's Strawberry Fair raised £524-45 for the Parish Church Restoration Fund.
John Butterley won this week's quiz in the Hare and Hounds whilst the quiz for the Thursday Coffee Club was arranged by Summer Swaby, Mrs Jean Greaves' granddaughter, who has returned on holiday to the village from her home in Newlyn in Cornwall where her parents, Andrew and Heidi, are farming. Like her father Summer was born in the village.
 Still performing useful jobs, the Monday Club was spotted last week erecting goalposts on the Old School Field. The club has given many hours of voluntary work in its labour of love to improve the facilities and look of the village. 12/08/2013

 

FISHLAKE folk love to communicate with flags. The Chaffers greeted the birth of Prince George with the unfurling of their huge Union Jack whilst our flag master has been flying the Australian flag to welcome home from Perth, Down Under, his son Simon, who returned to the village for the wedding of his brother Daniel to Natasha Hobbs in the parish church. Guests were pulled to the reception by Peter Southwell on a decorated tractor as if on a hay ride. With family obligations over, the flag master was ready to mark Yorkshire Day with our own blue and white flag on 1st August.

Sadly, the village has lost James Wilfrid Bulmer, aged 74 and Mrs Gladys Hamilton aged 90.
The next PACT meeting will be held at the EDDT building on Station Road in Stainforth at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, 6th August.
The library van will be visiting the village every fortnight. The next visits will be on 15th and 29th August on Pinfold Lane between 9.30 and 9.50 a.m., Grove Road from 9.52 to 10.05, Trundle Lane from 10.07 to 10.20 and West Lea Farm from 10.25 to 10.40 a.m.
The Women's Institute is planning a visit to the new BBC studios in Salford followed by a tour of the Lowry Centre. The August meeting of the Women's Institute will be a bowls' night and supper at Fishlake Bowling Club in a joint meeting with Mexborough W.I. 05/08/2013

 

BUTTERFLIES and bees seem to be back in abundance with the warm weather. Be prepared for 11th August which is Butterfly Counting Day.The Women's Institute has been entertained with a talk on the stars of the old music hall and more recently with the James Herriot story.Travelling to the coast recently I passed through Catwick in the East Riding. Catwick was one of the handful of 'Thankful Villages' in the country ---and the only one in Yorkshire--where all the men who left to fight for King and Country in the two world wars returned alive. Fishlake was not one of the thankful villages, as the war memorial in the churchyard will bear out. Important research on the names has been carried out by Jamie Quinn of Thorne, an ex-army man who keeps his animals in the our village. He has solved some mysteries, such as why some names of village residents were listed as serving in the Australian forces. Unfortunately, his research came too late to be included in the second edition of our village history book but in time for the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. A copy of 'Fishlake the Story of a South Yorkshire Village' has been placed this week in the British Library in Euston Road, London. Jamie Quinn, meanwhile, regularly takes his farm animals from the village to re-enactment events and Second World War weekends in places like Pickering.29/07/2013

 

SUN-WORSHIPPERS were delighted with this year's Saint Swithin's Day weather when hot sunshine prevailed. The Jet Stream has fled to the north of Scotland, with temperatures in the eighties as we enter high summer and the longest hot spell for seven years. The whiff of honeysuckle and meadowsweet assails the nostrils and the sight of ox-eye or dog daisies greets the eye in fields of long grass. One side effect of the heat has been tar melting on the roads making life unpleasant for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists alike. Quick off the mark, Cllr. John Waite requested sand-spreaders from DMBC to ease our passage, giving the winter gritters a summer job. The parish council would like residents of Hay Green and Pinfold Lane to adopt one of its red hawthorn trees to water in this dry weather as some of the younger ones are in danger of wilting. The Armed Forces' Day flag over the village was in memory of drummer Lee Rigby who was attacked and killed in London. The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Mrs Wendy Brownbridge.
22/07/2013

BUNGEE jumping has reached Fishlake! The craze which started in more exotic climes has reached our own village with the Old Anchor Inn hosting an evening of the sport on Tuesday. The crane which lifted the contestants was twice the size of the church tower. Mark, the landlord, and six others performed their feats of derring-do in front of a good crowd on a beautifully warm night as part of a sponsored event in aid of the life-saving Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Sore sides and strange sensations accompanied the barbecue that followed and are still giving problems.

Culture vultures and lovers of all things to do with Fishlake will be interested to learn that Saint Cuthbert's Gospel, Europe's oldest surviving book, which may have been brought to the village along with his relics when the monks from Lindisfarne were fleeing the Vikings, is forming  part of an exhibition in the Palace Green in Durham where the saint is buried in the nearby cathedral. the Gospel is on loan from its new owners the British Library in London.
One week has made such a difference to the village. Playful foals gambol on the river bank and where seven days ago wild flowers and long grasses grew in meadows, they have been now felled and harvested under a blazing sun.The fields of wheat are turning into golden corn.
Commuters, shoppers and holiday-makers will be pleased that after a gap of over five months the trains are once again running from Thorne and Stainforth's stations. The landslip from the pit tip has been removed.
Our congratulations go to Rev.Eleanor, who came to Fishlake and Stainforth to learn from Rev. Andrew Allington and Rev. Eve Atherfold, as she has recently married Mr. Paul Blackshaw and is to join the Snaith group of parishes.
The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club Draw for June were 1) Mrs Dorothy Whitehead, 2) Mrs Pat Coddington and 3) Mr Keith Milnes.15/07/13

 

UNLIKE the forecast the day's early rain did not bode well for Fishlake Parish Council's annual trip for the over sixties to Whitby on Wednesday. However, knots of people began to gather at the Village Hall under drier skies and the watchful eye of our leader ,Cllr. John Waite, whose task it was to shepherd us aboard the coach and our journey to North Yorkshire. As we slipped out of the village the back way, via Moss and Askern, we were able to view the countryside from a higher level than usual and could see for ourselves what a green landscape it really has. Very quickly, definite roles became obvious among the intrepid travellers. Our village flagmaster was the life and soul of the party after years of practice playing 'mine host' in our local hostelries. He informed me that his present predilection for flying the Welsh flag above the Landing was to celebrate the presence of so many Welshmen representing the British Lions Down Under this year. It is customary to break the journey en route and sure enough a halt was announced in the picture postcard village of Thornton-le-Dale where the party split with some in search of a full Yorkshire breakfast and others seeking solace in a cup of tea and a scone by the stream's pure running waters outside a café in the centre of the beautiful village. I was greeted by the cry from one traveller that the last time he and I had been on an excursion together was on a school trip to Flamingo Park in 1968! Leaving Thornton's stone clad cottages behind we rose through Kirkby Moorside to the trees, ferns and finally the heather of the North Yorkshire Moors before catching sight of Whitby's Abbey which gradually drew nearer. Greeted by the cry of seagulls and the smell of the sea we disembarked and began to wander the narrow streets of the seaside town. Twinned with Anchorage and Port Stanley, we were informed and perhaps some day soon Fishlake. From time to time we hailed other compatriots exploring or hunting for jet or fossils before emerging to be rewarded with sudden glimpses of the harbour, the iconic Whalebones and Captain Cook's statue or found ourselves looking up the ninety-nine steps. Groups of villagers could be seen poring over jet and other crafts in the fascinating shops which are strung along the streets. Lunch had to be freshly caught local fish in its many forms on offer in the seaside town whilst some ventured on to the beach, others were seen to embark on the replica of Captain Cook's Endeavour to take a spin around the bay, which resembled a millpond, and learn about the captain's life and voyages. Great interest was shown in the repairs to cottages made after the landslip owing to last year's torrential weather and some were tempted by the displays on Dracula, the art galleries and the amusements. There is something for everyone in Whitby!

Thank you, Fishlake Parish Council for an excellent day! 08/07/13

 

THE VILLAGE is surrounded by cornfields sprinkled with poppies. As yet, there is no golden corn but it will surely soon follow. Fishlake Drama Group has been spreading its wings taking "You Can't Stop The Beat" to Barnby Dun where the production was well received.

Saturday's Strawberry Fair raised £500 for the Church Restoration Fund and took place in the grounds and inside the building of Saint Cuthbert's. The sunny event was attended by the Bishop of Doncaster, Rt.Rev. Peter Burrows, who lives in Doncaster House, and gave many villagers an opportunity to meet him. 
The Thursday Coffee Club visited one of their favourite haunts recently when they drove to Brigg Garden Centre to view plants, garden furniture and unusual gifts.
An adults' dance class is opening for business on Tuesday evenings at 7.30 in the Village Hall when Sara Douglas will offer many steps including tap. 01/07/13

 

BEWILDERED by the flags appearing from the village's flagpole I can only appeal to residents to explain why certain flags are flown by our flagmaster at certain times.

This week's news centres around the village church of Saint Cuthbert's with the annual Strawberry Fair from 2 till 4 p.m. on Saturday, 29th June in the beautiful setting of the historic church. The afternoon will include cake stalls, cards, plants, knitted toys, children's activities and a raffle with all the proceeds going to the village church restoration fund.. 
Sunday sees a joint service for Fishlake , Sykehouse, Kirk Bramwith with Fenwick and Moss and Stainforth take place in St. Cuthbert's at 6.30 p.m. where Fishlake resident, the Bishop of Doncaster, Rt. Rev. Peter Burrows will preach to a congregation from the four parishes. For villagers who have not yet met the bishop this is their opportunity. 24/06/13

 

PARISH Councils have been described as the first line of defence of local democracy. You may observe ours on Tuesday at 7.15 p.m. in the Village Hall. The first quarter of an hour is reserved for public participation where residents may make observations on recent events in the village.

Fans of our excellent drama group will be able to take advantage of last minute tickets for the forthcoming production, "You Can't Stop The Beat"  at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall on Friday and Saturday (14th and 15th ) with tickets costing £6 each from Mrs Joy Chaffer on 01302 351218.
The Women's Institute is to have a demonstration of card making in the Village Hall at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 27th June and, as summer has arrived, the parish church is already making plans for its annual Strawberry Fair in Saint Cuthbert's on Saturday, 29th June between 2 and 4 p.m. with stalls and children's activities. The event will take place in our mediaeval parish church towards whose  restoration the proceeds will go.
One surprise recently has been that some people seem to think the village playing field (i.e. the Old School Field) to be a campsite. Attempts by the parish council to prevent this have been rebuffed.10/06/13

 

It is now sixty years since the Coronation and a full year since the whole village pulled together to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee by closing the road, hiring a band and choir and partying like it was 1953. If only such moments of community spirit would last. This weekend saw the resumption of Coffee Mornings on Saturdays at St.Cuthbert's parish church from 10 till 11.30 a.m. The winners of Fishlake's 100 Club Draw for May were 1) Mrs Joy Chaffer, 2) Alan Brownbridge and 3) Mrs Cathy Purcell. The winner of Tuesday's quiz in the Hare and Hounds was Mrs Pam Pyatt. The Thursday Coffee Club is to visit Brigg Garden Centre  on 21st June with the parish council planning its annual visit for the over sixties to Whitby on 3rd July. A break-in occurred over the weekend at the Environment Agency's depot near Jubilee Bridge. Amongst other items, Environment Agency overalls were stolen. Villagers are warned to be vigilant if strangers should call wearing them  Extra identity should be asked for.03/06/13

 

HALF-TERM activities offered by Doncaster's nature reserve at Potteric Car include a workshop from 10.30 a.m.to 12 noon on Tuesday, 28th about frogs entitled Hopping Friends, Ants in Your Pants from 10.30 till 12 on Wednesday and Pond Dipping from 10.30 till 12 on Thursday, 30th. Meanwhile, Helen Batt is urging residents to get involved with efforts to improve the water quality, wildlife and appeal of the river Don by logging on to www.yorkshirewater.com/riverdon

Fresh on the heels of last week's news, of one of our three DMBC joining the newly elected mayor's cabinet, this week comes the news that Cllr. Mrs Barbara Hedley, one of the remaining two ward councillors, has been made the official consort or mayoress of the new civic mayor Cllr. Eddie Dobbs.
 Once again John Butterley won the quiz at the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday with Mrs Marie Foster sweeping the floor with her opponents in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday.
The good news for travellers is that Network Rail hopes the line carrying the Cleethorpes  and the Hull trains should reopen at the end of July. Owing to a landslip in Stainforth the line has been closed since February and is the scene of feverish activity on the part of the pit owners, Hargreaves, and the railways.
Nowadays collared doves in Fishlake are two a penny, but it is interesting to think that  the first few pairs only arrived in the east of England from Romania and Bulgaria in the late 1950s. A sudden spurt of growth has taken place with frequent rainfall and now some sunshine. Queen Anne's Lace (or Mother Die as we called it in my childhood) is over a yard high and fields of oil seed rape are turning yellow.
 Fishlake Drama Group's production, "You Can't Stop The Beat !", has some excellent musical numbers with tickets available for £6 from Mrs Joy Chaffer on 01302 351218. The performances are at 7.30 p.m. on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th June in the Village Hall. 27/05/2013

 

VILLAGERS joined the family of Mrs Mary Heyworth, our former assistant postmistress and co-proprietress of Donside Stores, in a service and meal at Thorne Methodist church to celebrate her 90th birthday on Sunday. Tributes were paid to her lifetime of Christian service in the area. The congegation included Rev. Tom Pardy from Australia and over one hundred guests.

New 'Victorian style' street lights are being installed on Hay Green and Pinfold Lane past the Old School. The next stage of the lighting programme will be along Trundle Lane.
Cllr. John Waite was re-elected as Chairman of the parish council on Tuesday. The meeting resolved to write to Police Commissioner ,Shaun Wright, regarding runaway horses on the roads. The same issue had been raised at three PACT meetings warning that an accident would occur unless something were done. Sadly, events on Thursday bore out these warnings when a pony ran out in front of one resident's car when driving along the Nab with the result that the car received a smashed windscreen and the pony met its end. The driver was badly shaken.
The winner of last week's quiz at the Hare and Hounds was Mrs Marylyn Fox who will have the honour of setting this week's questions.
Milkmaids and bluebells are already in bloom as is delicate crab apple blossom hidden down lanes. However, we are still waiting for the May blossom ,which is late even allowing for the eleven days' difference from  the old calendar. One unwelcome sign of the season is the return of two colonies of Japanese Knotweed to the verge near Jubilee Bridge.
Residents will be pleased to hear that the annual Scarecrow Festival will be held on 28th and 29th September.20/05/2013

 

"YOU Can't Stop The Beat", a variety show, will be presented by Fishlake Drama Group in co-operation with Barnby Dun's thespians in the Village Hall on Friday,14th and Saturday, 15th June with a further production in Barnby Dun on 22nd June. The bar will be open from 7 p.m. with the production at 7.30 p.m. Tickets costing £6 are on sale from Mrs Joy Chaffer on 01302 351218.

The newly elected Mayor of Doncaster, Mrs Ros. Jones , has chosen one of the three councillors who represent Fishlake, Stainforth and Moorends on DMBC to sit in her cabinet. Cllr. Joe Blackham is to be in charge of Enforcement and Trading Services.
The quiz on Tuesday was won by Messrs Neil Livesey and Don Turner.
Spotlight Dance Group meets every Tuesday at 4.30 p.m. in the Village Hall. The principal is Sara Douglas.
New life for an old building is being created by Mr and Mrs Bull from Kirk Sandall who have bought Fishlake Endowed School from the Educational Foundation. The building was founded with money left in the will of Rev. Richard Rands on the eve of the English Civil War and was to be a grammar school teaching Latin and Navigational Skills before becoming an all-age elementary school and finally a First School before finally closing in 1994. Mr and Mrs Bull intend to make the Old School their new home.
Sunday, 19th is Pentecost or Whitsuntide and the church service will be held at Saint Mary's in Kirk Bramwith at 10.15 a.m.
Celebrating her 90th birthday on Whit Sunday will be Mrs Mary Heyworth who was our assistant postmistress for many years. 13/05/13

 

FIREFLY, the charity which transports cancer patients from Doncaster to Sheffield's Weston Park Hospital, will benefit to the tune of £500 from the efforts of three Fishlake men: Shane Pollard, Joe Rotherford and Chris Watson, who undertook the thirteen miles of North Lincolnshire's Half -Marathon in Scunthorpe last weekend. Congratulations to all three ! Firefly is also being supported by Fishlake's Women's Institute this year.

The winners of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday were Alan and Yvette Hodges.
The Spotlight  Dance Group, whose principal is Sara Douglas, proudly presents its show "Dance The Night Away" on Friday,17th and Saturday, 18th May at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall. Tickets, for the show of ballet and tap dancing, may be purchased from Sara on 07763859901  at £6 for adults or £5 for concessions.
The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club Draw for April were :  Joan Silvester, Di Wood and Jessica Duckitt.
Better late than never the first three swallows were spotted in the village on Sunday, 28th April. Coupled with the flowering of once rare magnolias well across the village, the season seems to be righting itself. 06/05/13

 

PATRIOTIC flagmaster, Malcolm Greenslade, flew the flag of Saint George high over the village on England's national day. Sadly, there were no mummers to welcome in the day this year.

Every elector in the village has received a booklet from DMBC reminding us that Doncaster's mayoral election will be taking place on Thursday and outlining the views of the ten candidates for this important post.
Last week's quiz was again won by John Butterley on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds with some of the questions focusing on the national day and patron saint.
A gourmet evening is to be held in the Hare and Hounds on Friday,3rd May at £25 a head and a bottle of wine included between two people.
Fishlake Art Club meets every Monday evening in the Village Hall at 7 p.m. Newcomers are welcome 29/04/13

 

SWALLOWS, swifts, cuckoos and housemartins were spotted near Bristol a week ago and an advance party at Potterick Carr and York yesterday. Expect them in the village any day now after their long flight from sub-Saharan Africa. Sadly, many birds have perished owing to the lack of insects on their arrival following the long winter. Frogs have only recently spawned.

The winner of both the quiz and the jackpot question in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was John Butterley.
This year's pantomime will be Charles Dickens' Christmas Carol with the Vice-chairman ofthe parish council playing Scrooge ! A variety show is to be held in the Village Hall on Friday and Saturday,14th and 15th June by Fishlake Drama Group. Tickets are already available from Mrs Joy Chaffer on 01302 351 218.
Since last week, with the closure of Maltby Colliery, Hatfield Colliery based in Stainforth which is mining under Fishlake is only one of two working collieries in Yorkshire. During the 1980s there were 56 pits in Yorkshire employing 60,000 workers.
The Fishlake Falcons Junior Football Club trains every Saturday between 10 a.m. and 11.30 on Sour Lane Field---look out for the Falcons' logo outside the field just beyond Camel's Hump. All coaches are F.A. and C.R.B. checked.They welcome boys and girls from School years: Reception and Year 1.
Fishlake Cricket Club recently introduced a new age group for boys and girls of 7 years and under on Friday evenings from 6 till 8 p.m. at the Cricket Club on Pinfold Lane. It's great fun and is an opportunity to make new friends whilst the adults may enjoy the bar and supper. 22/04/13

 

EXPECT trippers from across the Broad Acres as Saint Cuthbert's church has hit the April edition of Yorkshire's nostalgia magazine, "Down Your Way". John Gilleghan has written an interesting article, illustrated with good shots of our parish church. With the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in 2014, the focus should be on tourism in Yorkshire and there may well be scope for more houses offering bed and breakfast in the village.

A co-ordinated pincer attack by the Monday Club and DMBC workmen took place last week with the Nab and Sour Lane being cleared of rubbish. The Monday Club gathered over 40 bags of litter from the Nab which  DMBC removed along with tyres, a full car grill and headlights to the tip.The difference was immediately noticeable.
The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Carol Smith.
Calling all gardeners! Fishlake's Women's Institute is hosting an open meeting on Thursday, 25th April at 7 p.m. in Fishlake Village Hall with Andrew Sankey addressing the meeting on Funny Garden Features. All are welcome, but non-members will be asked to make a donation of £2 to Firefly. Refreshments will be available and a raffle held.15/04/13

 

MY GUESSES had to be inflated when I tried to estimate the number of bin bags of rubbish taken away from tidying up the Nab last Tuesday. The Monday Club can be justly proud of its latest venture which is to remove waste paper,bottles,tin cans and take-away wrappers from the main bus route leading to Fishlake. The final tally was 22 black bin liners before the public spirited group was to call it a day and the result may be plainly seen when arriving in the village. The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club Draw for March were Mrs Anne Waite and Messrs Ralph Wade and Richard Walker. The last two meetings of the Women's Institute have featured Mrs Caroline Dale-Leach, the owner of Red House Stables and Working Carriage Museum near Matlock, who spoke about her horses and carriages being used by film and television producers and also a talk on the history of dance bands. We now take mains water for granted but in fact it only reached the village in 1956, before which households relied on supplies from water butts, wells and water drawn from Southwells' pond. The mains sewerage system was to follow in 2000 when most residents were able to abandon their cesspools. 08/04/13

 

A BITTERLY cold, snowy morning was the setting for the Spring Coffee Morning in Saint Cuthbert's which raised £455-10. The organisers were very grateful to those who turned out.

The new Thorne Camera Club meets every Saturday morning at 10.30 a.m. in the Old People's Centre in Church Street and includes talks, workshops, demonstrations and the  use of software. The first meeting is free for budding photographers.
Over the Easter weekend a higher than usual police presence, on foot and in cars, was noticeable in the village. The work of the Neighbourhood Watch is paying off.
Tuesday will see a mass litter pick by the Monday Club along the Nab, making the entrance to the village both more attractive and safer.
Pursuing its social agenda, the Cricket and Bowls Club will be holding a Curry 'n Karaoke evening on Saturday, 6th April at 7.30. Families welcome.01/04/13

 

APATHY brought out only two new volunteers to replace members of the Festival Committee who were standing down this week with the result that it was decided to cancel this year's festival and to freeze the assets until next year. Sadly, the festival which has brought people together, and has helped many local causes so successfully, has suffered a reverse which may be difficult to overcome.

This week sees the monthly meeting of the Women's Institute on Thursday at 7p.m.in the Village Hall and two special services for Holy Week in Saint Cuthbert's ---on Good Friday at 7p.m. and on Easter Day at 10.15 a.m.
Snow has hit the village yet again with the big question being "Shall we have a white Easter?" Before the arrival of the snow the Monday Club and DMBC's Countryside Rangers were busy with their work : clearing paths, planting trees and reeds in the Old River bed and preparing for spring.
The parish council has met and has discussed Highway Matters; large lorries are trying to use the village as a shortcut to the motorway. DMBC is to be approached. Crime in the Doncaster area has diminished by 14%. Payment has been made to DMBC for work to begin on replacing the street lighting on Pinfold Lane and Hay Green. Work is to start straightaway. The Monday Club has purchased a new pedestrian gate to give access to the Old School Field as the double gates will be locked to prevent unauthorised access. It is hoped that European funding will be available to fund more accurate information on the level of the river Don during periods of high water. There is to be a Green Lanes and Public Rights of Way meeting in Sykehouse Village Hall on 13th May. the next parish council meeting will be on Tuesday, 9th April at 7.15 p.m. 25/04/13

 

COMING up this week are the A.G.M. of the Festival Committee on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall when an appeal for more help is being made, a Spring Coffee Morning on Saturday,23rd in Saint Cuthbert's church between 10 and 12 noon (which will include the sale of cards, jewellery and children's activities) and a spot of Mad March Mayhem at the Cricket and Bowls Club on Sunday, 24th March when children and adults will be competing from 2 p.m. in fun and games. The event will be ticket only ( contact Carol Barker  on 07967881957 or Peter Webster on 07775274167) and will include hot dogs and pie and peas.

Unnoticed, but nevertheless important, Fishlake reached the end of an era last Tuesday when the system which had served the village for over a century of a man or woman climbing the church steps to rewind the clock came to an end. Henceforward, a simple press of a button will suffice.
Our flag master, Malcolm Greenslade, marked Saint Patrick's Day this year by raising the Irish tricolour over the Landing. Others will have celebrated by downing a pint of Guinness or a glass of Baileys.
Lambs along with Wednesday's vernal equinox are a sure sign that spring is well on its way to Fishlake after a lingering winter. One excellent way of helping birds through the winter has been to give them strings of nuts or fatballs which provide them with food and give us an opportunity to see them at close quarters.
Fridays are now a good night to enjoy home cooking here in the village by trying the Old Anchor Inn's steak and ale pie, between 5 and 8, or trying out the Hare and Hounds' fish night at 6.30 p.m.
Political activity for this year's mayoral election in Doncaster has started in the village with householders receiving their first leaflets through their doors.
The Monday Club invites walkers to test its handiwork by taking the route along the food bank from the Camel's Hump to the river bank. 18/03/13

 

GREMLINS attacked last week's Fishlake Findings. The Saint Patrick's Night quiz and Irish band will be on Saturday,16th March at the Cricket and Bowls Club with the bar open from 7 p.m. and a bring and share buffet from 8 p.m. For more information please contact Phil. Wood on 01302 350353. Adding to that will be an event on Palm Sunday, 24th March at 2 p.m. when the Cricket Club will be indulging in a little Mad March Mayhem with an egg hunt and fun and games. It's a ticket only event at £2.50 for adults with pie and peas thrown in and £1.50 for children. Please contact Carol Barker on 07967881957 or Peter Webster on 07775274167. The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club Draw for February were Christopher Purcell, Pat Holgate and Dorothy Bulmer. Unwanted and old spectacles are requested by Saint Cuthbert's Church, as the frames and lenses can be forwarded to Africa to be recycled to people in need of visual correction. Please hand in old glasses to Runswick House or leave them on the table in the church. Are you interested in photography? Meetings are taking place in the Old People's Centre in Thorne at 10.30 to 12 noon on Saturday mornings. For more information please contact 07970895809. Over £90 was raised for the charity Water Aid by this year's pancake celebrations by Rev. Eve Atherfold at Runswick House. A desperate cry from the heart has been issued by the organisers of the annual Fishlake Festival which is holding its annual general meeting on Tuesday, 19th March in the Village Hall. Some of the committee are stepping down  and must be replaced if this important part of village life is to continue.11/03/13

 

POLICE with speed guns have been present in the village reflecting the new priorities of the PACT meetings.Saturday  night saw Stephen Cook, his family and friends stepping out in a traditional barn dance in the Village Hall to celebrate his 60th birthday. Many of the steps have been danced in country areas for centuries.

The Hare and Hounds is expanding its repertoire with a curry club on Tuesdays and a grill night on Thursdays. Meals are now served every evening.
Last week's information about the website showing a review of George Wade's second edition of the Fishlake book proved to be misleading. An easier way of reaching it would be to type in Southumbria: Book-Fishlake-The Story of  a South Yorkshire Village.
The flag on the Landing has been flying at half mast for Mrs Ruth Foster, aged 86, widow of the late George Foster, who was born in Retford and trained as a nurse at Leeds General Infirmary before marrying Mr Foster and coming to live in Fishlake. Here in the village she ran a shop on Pinfold Lane. Mrs Foster loved her garden and her pets, had five children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A case of mistaken identity involving a Doncaster man and a Fishlake resident has arisen recently. A man and his brother travelled up to Scotland to go fishing. Unfortunately, the man fell into the river and broke his leg. His brother immediately 'phoned the emergency services giving the relevant details. Whereupon a helicopter arrived and whisked him away past two cottage hospitals to a large hospital on the coast where he was placed in a private room. He was somewhat surprised at the deference shown by the staff and the fact that they addressed him as "Your Grace". Eventually, the matron arrived and he expressed his surprise to her. "But, you are Peter Bishop of Doncaster?" was her reply, "Well, yes and no. I am Peter Bishop but not the Bishop of Doncaster!"
Irish Eyes will be smiling a little early this year with a Saint Patrick's Night celebration consisting of a quiz and a local Irish band, "You Three", at the Cricket and Bowls Club on 16th March starting at 7p.m. with a bring and share buffet. For more information please telephone Phil. Wood on 01302 360353 04/03/13

 

WHERE is the best place in Fishlake to view snowdrops? Unfortunately, we can't rival Kirk Bramwith but the sight of snowdrops disappearing up the Bishop's drive at Doncaster House reminds us that spring is on its way.

Rave reviews have been received by George Wade's second edition of the Fishlake history book on http://prorieshistoricalsociety.blogspot.com/2011/02/book-fishlake-story-of-south -yorkshire.html. Copies are still available from Garden Blooms in Fishlake, Stainforth, Thorne and Hatfield libraries and from Doncaster's tourist office.
The BBC's programme "Countryfile " informs us that one in six houses in the countryside is now living below the poverty line.
Do not be surprised if the news "Papam habemus" drifts across Fishlake first, from one of the Monday Club's bonfires announcing the election of a new pope, well before the rest of the world this spring.
Winding up the church clock throughout March will be Ian and Chris Holiday.
Do not forget Saturday night's quiz at the Cricket and Bowls Club from 7.30 p.m.
The village has lost Mr Harold Hargraves, at the age of 88, from Edelweiss on Main Street, Born in Stainforth, he worked at Hatfield colliery and met his wife Joan Schofield at a dance in Fishlake Village Hall. He became an executor for Zion Methodist church in Fishlake and during the Second World War saw service as a fireman for the Thorne and Hatfield Fire Service before becoming a safety officer at the pit head. He leaves his wife and a daughter, Sandra. 25/02/13

 

BEING the half term holiday, Fishlake Parish Church is inviting all primary school children from the vicar's three parishes to a workshop in the Village Hall on Wednesday, 20th February from 10 till 11.30 a.m. for a morning of craft activities based on Bible stories. Adults are welcome to stay and enjoy a cup of coffee. For further information contact Dorothy on 01405 785294, Liz on 01302 700654 or Glenys on 01302 841852.

Celebrating Saint David's Day with a quiz night, Fishlake Cricket and Bowls Club invites you to its bring and share buffet on Saturday, 2nd March from 7 p.m. Weekly quizzes, of course  are taking place on Tuesdays in the Hare and Hounds and on Thursdays in the Old Anchor Inn. Wednesday evening nowadays is Music Night at the Hare and Hounds, with impromptu sessions from 8.30 led by Blue, and a music quiz.
Villagers may be interested to know that Mrs Mary Hayworth, our former assistant postmistress, will be 90 on Sunday,19th May.
The parish council held its monthly meeting on Tuesday. A heated discussion took place on stray ponies on the roads, in gardens and fields. Reports were made about rubbish being dumped in the Fishlake area and that Fishlake has been accepted as a priority area by PACT which should merit more attention from the police. Mining subsidence was dealt with by Tony Ransom from Hatfield colliery. DEFRA had refused the original DANVM Drainage application for two pumping stations as two objectors had been successful in putting their case that the plan would cause environmental damage. a new application is to be made involving cutting three new dykes in fields so as to leave over 900 metres of existing hedges undisturbed. Natural England and the Environment Agency support the latest plan. Work to extend the programme of new street lighting along Pinfold Lane and Hay Green is to restart in spring or early summer. The council would like to resurface the area around the swings on the Old School Playing Field and is asking for quotes and advice from DMBC. Concern was expressed by members of the public that recent resurfacing of the roads by DMBC had left loose chippings etc which were damaging cars. The council has contacted DMBC and has arranged for roads and paths to be reswept.18/02/13

 

NO RISE in the parish precept is the good news from Fishlake Parish Council this week. Another cause for celebration is that the Cricket and Bowls club is offering residents complimentary membership for 2013 to mark the twentieth anniversary of the clubhouse on Pinfold Lane. ( The grounds were bought at auction in 1987). Social membership can be registered by entering your name and contact details in the book behind the bar in the clubhouse. From 2014 and onwards a fee of £2 will be payable for social membership.

Local M.P. ,Rt. Hon Ed Miliband will be available for constituents at Stainforth Library from 10.40 a.m. on Friday, 15th February in Stainforth Library. Appointments, however,must be booked in advance.
The vicar of Fishlake, Rev. Eve Atherfold, will be holding her annual Pancake Party at 6 p.m. on Shrove Tuesday, this week. All proceeds will go towards Water Aid.
Fishlake resident, Rt. Rev, Peter Burrows, the Bishop of Doncaster, has spoken out this week against the high rates of usury charged by loan sharks.
The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club Draw for January were 1) Diane Gallagher £25, 2) Val.Geoghegan £15 and 3) John Atherfold £10.
Lent will be marked with Holy Communion in St. Cuthbert's at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening with a follow-up service led by Rev. Eleanor Simpson at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, 20th February in St.Mary's in Stainforth and a lenten course led by Rev. Canon Dr. John Thomson with four sessions at Thorne Methodist church from 27th February.11/02/13

 

RECITING a nursery rhyme to my granddaughter recently made me think of their true origin. An excellent book, "Pop Goes the Weasel" by Albert Jack, borrowed from Stainforth library, explains that many nursery rhymes are genuine historical events ,as if preserved in amber ,from the Middle Ages. At that time open opposition or satire about the powers that be could result in extreme danger for the teller of a tale ,so comments were often coded. Doctor Foster is supposed to be Edward I whilst the Tudor period is particularly rich in the origins of our rhymes e.g. the king in "Sing a Song of Sixpence" counting out his money is based on Henry VII, whilst "Little Boy Blue " is Cardinal Wolsey, "Little Jack Horner" describes an abbot in the Dissolution of the Monasteries, "Mary, Mary Quite Contrary" is said to have been no less than Mary Tudor attempting to pull England back to Catholicism after the Reformation ( the cockle shells stand for the pilgrims, the silver bells for the mass and the pretty maids for Mary's ladies in waiting) and "Ride a Cockhorse to Banbury Cross" is meant to be Good Queen Bess. The rhymes did not stop with the Tudors but continued to "Hickory, Dickory Dock" (said to represent Tumbledown Dick, Oliver Cromwell's son), and of course to "Georgie Porgie", the Price Regent later George IV.

Winding up the church clock throughout February will be Councillor John Waite. Wining and dining in the village is once again possible with Sunday dinners now available from the new landlord of the Hare and Hounds at £5-25. The Environment Agency is now repairing the banks of the culvert on Sour Lane  at Taining Lane where there has been a leak from an outfall during the recent high water.The sum of £400.62 has been donated to Help the Heroes by the organisers of the 1940s dance which took place in January.
Former resident of the village, Mrs Sheila Kilner, is now living in Adelaide  with the rest of the family ,the Medlocks, in sunny South Australia.04/02/13

 

SURELY but imperceptibly life is changing fast. Recently  reading a novel written just before the turn of the millennium I realised how quickly life was changing: the novel had people smoking in public buildings, using films in cameras, shopping at Woolworths and Comet and listening to tapes and viewing videos. All these things have been swept away with online shopping, texting, e-mailing, smoking bans, and the arrival of DVDs over the past dozen years. Even new foods like quinoa have burst on the scene whilst increasingly cork screws are rendered obsolete by screw tops. Not that long ago ordering a cup of coffee in a café was simple but now it involves choosing from a myriad of varieties: latte, cappuccino, espresso etc for which a knowledge of Italian is necessary.

The snow here in the village has been topped up by new snowfall and has produced some beautiful sunrises over Fishlake.
Naturalists and local fishermen will be interested in a talk given by Chris Firth of the Don Catchment River Trust at 2.30 p.m. on Wednesday ,6th February in Doncaster Museum on the River Don Salmon Project.
Sadly, the village has lost Mrs Irene Buck of Green Royd, at the age of 90. Mrs Buck leaves a son, Alan, and was passionately interested in all things to do with Fishlake. Her funeral will take place on Monday, 28th January in Saint Cuthbert's.
Photographs of the Hills and Whites' 1940s evening will shortly be appearing on the village website: www.fishlakevillage.co.uk
Village organisations will appreciate the offer of Doncaster's tourist office to publicise events by placing posters in their window. The tourist office is to be found on 38-40, the High Street, Doncaster ( next to the Danum Hotel) or on 01302 734309 and can be useful in attracting those extra customers. 28/01/13

 

UNDAUNTED by the weather, Fishlake folk gave their full support to two village activities on Saturday evening: the first was a long planned Forties dance which featured an excellent George Formby lookalike and his wife Beryl, dances such as the Palais Glide, the Dashing White Sergeant, the jive and the Gay Gordons and food from the time of rationing--even the raffle prizes were disguised as Red Cross parcels---and the second was the quiz night in the Cricket and Bowls Club where families competed for prizes and the funds raised went towards the upkeep of the club. Great attention to detail had been made by the 1940s dancers who were to be seen sporting trilbies, uniforms and costumes from all walks of life. The proceeds of the evening went to Help for Heroes.

Snow has been with us for a week now with temperatures falling below zero. Wednesday saw a hoarfrost lingering on twigs and  glistening on spiders' webs in the winter sunshine. Other days saw the snow topped up and lying heavy on the the branches. DMBC has been assiduous in gritting treacherous roads both in the evening and early morning. Underneath the snow the first snowdrops are already peeping through as a harbinger of spring.
We are asked to report any signs of Chalara fraxinea ( Ash Dieback) to the Food and Environment Agency ( Fera) on 08459 335577 or e-mail plant.health.info@fera.gsi.gov.uk to give them a broader picture of the spread of the disease. 21/01/13

 

QUIZLINGs will love Saturday's social evening at the Cricket and Bowls Club when Woody's Big Quiz starts at 8 p.m ( with a separate quiz for children).The bar will be open from 7 p.m. and the evening will include a bring and share buffet. For more information telephone  Phil on 01302 350353.

The parish council met on Tuesday and was informed that Jubilee Bridge had been closed for 93 days in 2011 and 2012 whilst Stainforth Bridge was closed for 66 days in the same two years.The council was disappointed to hear that DEFRA has refused the Danvm Drainage Commissioners( the old Dun Drainage Board) consent to carry out the necessary drainage work to protect the Fosterhouses area from flooding caused by mining subsidence. The parish council is to contact our M.P.,Ed. Miliband, and DEFRA.
Concern was expressed at the poor quality of recent road surfacing by DMBC and the issue of runaway ponies was also broached. One visitor to the village has suggested that this could be a case for reinstating our village pinder. Residents of Pinfold Gardens raised the matter of overgrown hedges and badly kept ditches near them.
Local and social historians will be interested in Bryan Robson's book "The Freedom To Roam Without Fear" which is now on sale in Stainforth Library for £3. Bryan Robson was born in Stainforth and has lived in Moorends and Thorne  whilst working at Hatfield Main Colliery. His description of his work as an N.U.M. representative and of life in this area in the second half of the last century will be of interest to everyone.
The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club for December were Phil Wood, Mary Latto and Joy Chaffer. 14/01/2013

 

SHEENA and Graham Atha would like to thank all the people from far and wide who enjoyed a fun-filled night and excellent food at the New Year's Eve ball at the Mill. The musical entertainment was provided by the talented Sam Harrison as guests danced the night away with tunes from D.J. Funky Bri. They would like to wish all their supporters a wonderful 2013.

A theatre trip is on the agenda for 17 members of the Thursday Club when they travel to Sheffield's Crucible to see Dominic West in My Fair Lady on Wednesday. The visit will include a meal at The Old Monk.
Two long term residents are celebrating their new status as octogenarians this week. Mrs Muriel Benford was 80 on 29th December and Mrs Rita Southgate will attain the dizzy height of eighty on 11th January.
The church clock will be wound up throughout January by Howard Mason.
The Bishop of Doncaster, Rt.Rev. Peter Burrows, has endured a baptism of fire (or at least must have thought he had taken a wrong turning and entered an Ealing Comedy) when he spent his first New Year in the village. Heavy rain flooded the field next to Doncaster House and then he found the vicar Rev. Eve Atherfold ejecting runaway ponies from the churchyard only to find them taking refuge in the grounds of Doncaster House.07/01/13
 
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