WE didn't manage a White Christmas here in Fishlake but we had the next best thing when snow fell on Boxing Day covering the village with a winter blanket at the end of a day when villagers sporting their festive jumpers went for a stroll to walk off those extra pounds.
Summoned by the church bells Fishlake folk met, full of anticipation, after last year's first concert by the Village Choir in St. Cuthbert's. A relaxed atmosphere reflected the effort made by the choir to pass smoothly from numbers from 'Oliver!' to Tudor melodies and then modern Christmas songs before John Marsden's well kept surprise was revealed: in this year of all things Scottish, Jo and Ellie Slater played the bagpipes and danced a jig in the aisles. The lights were doused, candles were lit and traditional carols were sung by the Choir and congregation: a village united in song whilst we listened to Bible readings from Margaret Tomlinson and John Atherfold. David Chaffer performed Hayden's Trumpet Concerto and the choir sang 'O Holy Night' before the Right Rev. Peter Burrows, Bishop of Doncaster,in episcopal purple, gave the final blessing and Rev. Eve Atherfold served mulled wine and mince pies.The collection raised £382 which will be shared between the parish church and the choir.
Villagers have festooned the outline of trees with twinkling lights this year which helped create the right festive atmosphere even before the snow arrived.
Quiz aficionados enjoyed two quizzes on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds. The smaller 'fun' quiz counted towards the larger one with Miss Margaret Shepherd sweeping the board.
Conspicuous by its absence this Christmas on our
greeting cards has been the Doncaster postmark. Virtually all post has been
franked 'Sheffield'. It's the end of an era ! 29/12/14
ATTACHED is a
newspaper article sent by local teacher and historian Peter Dumville about
the unveiling of Fishlake's War Memorial in the church yard in 1919-the
first in the Doncaster area.
Coming up thus week will be a Crib service in St.Cuthbert's at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and a service to celebrate Christmas Day at 9.30 in the morning.
My apologies to Mr and Mrs Sheldon whose surname I mangled a fortnight ago.
DMBC has informed us that the days that it collects our dustbins will vary slightly over the festive season: the collection scheduled for Tuesday, 23rd December will take place on the previous day i.e. Monday, 22nd, the collection scheduled for Tuesday, 30th December will take place on the following day i.e. Wednesday,31st whilst the collection for Tuesday, 6th January will take place on Wednesday, 7th January 2015.
Fishlake Walkers' Club has finished its outings for this year but will meet again at 10 a.m. on the Hare and Hounds car park on 7th January 2015 ready to start the new year in the right way.
Members of the various quiz teams who compete
furiously throughout the year met on Tuesday to eat a delicious turkey
dinner, complete with all the trimmings, cooked by our local landlord Martin
Heath. Of course the members rounded off the evening with a festive quiz
which was won by Mrs Marylyn Fox. 22/12/14
FRIDAY night was the coldest night of the year so far with the result that roads were frosty well into the following day. The main through road from Stainforth to Sykehouse was gritted as it is a 'bus route. However, roads like Sour Lane remained like a skating rink for much of Saturday.
Community libraries are now flourishing in our neighbouring villages of Stainforth and Sykehouse. Older residents will remember that a library once operated here in Fishlake from what was then called the parish hall (now the Village Hall) by Mr Beever, local headmaster, and Mrs Fox during the Second World War.
The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Mr Tony Sewell from Sykehouse.
Saturday, 20th will provide quiz lovers with a fun-packed evening at the Cricket and Bowls Club
At 7 p.m. on Saturday, Fishlake Village Choir will
also be presenting its second Christmas Concert in St. Cuthbert's which will
include a medley of traditional carols with modern and seasonal songs. Hot
drinks and mince pies will follow and the proceeds of the donations will be
shared between the parish church and the Choir. 15/12/14
THURSDAY turned into a magical day after dark. The
crown of lights on the parish church shone out like a beacon for miles
signposting the way to the village for Father Christmas and his elves from
the Lions as they visited clusters of children gathered by the roadside
before the hallowed time of a quarter past seven when the curtain rose for
'Treasure Island ' in the Village Hall. Time has moved on from the days
twenty-six years ago when Mary and Derek Shelby, clad as a pantomime cow,
drummed up support for a village pantomime in the two public houses. In
those days the productions were without special lights and all the costumes
were home made. This year's production by Fishlake Drama Group which is
attracting more members was Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Treasure Island'
adapted into a pantomime and directed by Sue Williams. To pick out any
individuals would be unfair as we have a strong cast who are dedicated to
giving children and adults an enjoyable Christmas experience complete with
jokes, fights, chases, wonderful props and songs. Children stared
open-mouthed at the antics of the pirates, cut-throats, dame, cannibals and
the clientele of the Admiral Benbow Inn as they struggled to retrieve first
the map and then the treasure from the island. A scout troop was in the
house to appreciate the word-play and the sweets and insults sent flying
from the stage into the audience even before the fisticuffs and battle which
ensued along the aisles.
Fishlake Drama Group certainly puts the village on the map as it attracts families from the whole area and galvanises villagers throughout the autumn in its quest to provide us with a quality production.
The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club for November were 1) John Atherfold, 2) Helen Jackson and 3) Kath Smith.
Mrs Pam Pyatt won the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds.
It is time now to reserve tickets for the very popular 1940s dance on Saturday, 24th January 2015. The evening costs £7 for a ticket and will include professional entertainment. The one proviso is that everyone must be in period costume. Tickets may be obtained from Mrs Maureen White on 01302 843673. 08/12/14
LAST-MINUTE tickets are still available for this year's ambitious production of 'Treasure Island--the Pantomime' by Fishlake Drama Group and may be obtained from Mrs Joy Chaffer on 01302 351218. Adults' tickets cost £6 whilst children's cost £4.50 for seats in the Village Hall from Tuesday, 2nd to Saturday, 6th December. The curtain rises at 7.15 p.m.
Last week's Christmas Coffee Morning made £711.53 at a well supported event. The proceeds will go towards St. Cuthbert's Restoration Fund.
The winners of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday were the duo ' Just Us Two'.
The Boundary Commission's definitive findings will place Fishlake in the new Norton and Askern Ward for DMBC elections from May 2015. Objections from villagers have been ignored.
The Australian flag has been flying over the village to welcome Mrs Janet Rothwell's visitors from Down Under. They have left the Australian spring for a dank and dismal season here where toadstools are flourishing and the last few leaves are waiting to fall when winter's frosts attack.
Representing the North East's Young Farmers at the annual Lord Mayor's Show in London was Jess Milner from the village. Through Bishop Burton Agricultural College where she is a student, Jess was invited by the NFU to represent the North East Young Farmers. The show was broadcast on BBC1 and Jess has been interviewed live on BBC Sheffield and Radio Humberside. She has also featured in Northern Farmer, Farmers Weekly and the Yorkshire Post and is about to appear in the next Student Farmer Magazine. She and seven other young farmers from around the country walked next to a John Deere combine harvester in front of half a million people in what she describes as a 'once in a lifetime opportunity'.
'Garlands, Conkers and Mother-Die' by Roy Vickery describes plant-lore in Great Britain and Ireland. It often bears out stories we heard here in Fishlake when we were children. It lists the use of dock leaves for nettle stings, onions for colds and tells of superstitions such as not taking cow-parsley or Mother-die into the house. It mentions the old ban on red and white roses being placed together in vases because of their resemblance to hospital bandages and to the two sides in the War of the Roses. Food and medicine from the hedgerows are given, as are suggestions for the origins of many legends which were familiar to us.
Coming up on Saturday, 6th will be a quiz night at the Cricket and Bowls Night. All are welcome. 01/12/14
'MARY Queen of Scots, the captive queen' will be the subject of the evening's address on Thursday, 27th November for the ladies of the Women's Institute in the Village Hall at 7 p.m.
Advent starts with the Christingle service at 10.15 a.m. in Saint Cuthbert's on Sunday, 30th November. A collection will be held for the Children's Society, the Church of England's charity. Congratulations to Fishlake's very own Lacey Jane Fennelly who has won the Doncaster Free Press's Cutest Kid Award. She is the youngest daughter of Jayne Harrington and is the sister of Ellie who was the 'Baby of the Millennium' in the Fishlake History book.
The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was John Butterley.
Heavy rain is causing mist to rise in and around the village this autumn.Expect increased traffic through the village from 5th January for eight weeks when Network Rail replaces the bridge over the railway which crosses Kirton Lane between Stainforth and Thorne. The bridge was identified as being in need of repair by DMBC after the accident which took place at Great Heck.
CHRISTMAS is approaching.
Saturday, 22nd November sees a Festive Coffee Morning in the Village
Hall between 10 and 12 noon. Do drop in for your first mince pie of the
season and peruse stalls offering cakes, jams, toys and books. Witness the
official launch of John Deeney and Jamie Quinn's book,' Fishlake's Fallen'
which tells the story of village men who left these shores and gave their
lives for King and Country. The morning's proceeds will go towards Saint
Cuthbert's Restoration Fund.
The winners of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds were Sandra Turner, Yvette Hodges and Sophie Brandon. Knowing that Fishlake folk love their quizzes, Mrs Pam Pyatt organised a quiz evening in the Village Hall on Friday, 14th November to raise funds for the Village Hall. The enjoyable and successful evening raised £254 with Mrs Pyatt acting a quiz master and the Golden Girls sweeping the board.
Another quiz evening is taking place Saturday, 22nd November in the Cricket and Bowls Club which is also hosting a live music night on Thursday, 20th November. Tickets cost £10 per person and the evening will feature music from the Sixties to the Nineties.Tertiary students ( post A-level students aged 18-25) from Fishlake and Sykehouse are invited to apply for grants from Fishlake Educational Foundation. Applications may be obtained from the secretary , Mrs Fiona Trimingham, Vine Cottage, Hay Green Corner, Fishlake, DN7 5LA ( 01302 841411), f_e_f (at) btinternet.com and should be returned before the end of December for consideration by the trustees in January 2015.17/11/14
WORK on the old river bed is moving on apace with the Monday Club, Alan Duckitt and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust using bulldozers to move huge amounts of earth to create a bund and clear the ground for the reeds. Villagers and others are invited to go down Jacob's Ladder from the Landing to see the new landscape.
Canon Doctor Alan Billings won the post of Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire for the Labour party on 30th October.
The winners of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds were Men United who consisted of Allen Hodges, Neil Livesey, Don Turner and Doug. White.
The first sharp frosts of the winter arrived on 4th November.
A short service of remembrance will be held at the war memorial in Fishlake churchyard on Tuesday, 11th November at 10.55 a.m.
The Fishlake 100 winners for October were 1) Wendy Brownbridge, 2) Luke Brownbridge and 3) Emma Duckitt.
Thursday, 13th November sees a PACT meeting at the EDDT building in Dunscroft from 6 p.m.
The village's Neighbourhood Watch held its annual general meeting on Thursday. Concerned residents raised the issues of speeding, fly-tipping, the state of footpaths and street-lighting. Peter Trimingham was requested by the meeting to continue in his role as co-ordinator for the coming year.
Fishlake Village quiz is holding a fund raising quiz on Friday, 14th November at 7 p.m. Tickets cost £5 and include a pie and pea supper---but bring your own liquid refreshments. Teams should have a maximum of six members ,although smaller teams are welcome. Enquiries and tickets may be obtained from Mrs Pam Pyatt on 842043, Mrs Sheila Hill on 841086 and Mrs Maureen White on 843673.10/11/14
COLOURFUL smoke drifted across the cricket pitch as a wonderful firework display took place on a dry night with below average crowds for the Cricket Club's fundraising night of the year. Many of the helpers were double booked as they were singing with Fishlake Village Choir in Holy Trinity Church in Sykehouse. Hallowe'en, the previous evening, had quickly become Bonfire Night in the village with a quick change for the groups of ghouls, ghosts and witches wandering the streets.
Banners and posters for this year's pantomime, 'Treasure Island', are appearing along Pinfold Lane. Tickets may be obtained from Mrs Joy Chaffer.
Wednesday, 5th will see our Village Walkers intrepidly setting off at ten o'clock from the Hare and Hounds for Barnby Dun before returning for a light lunch .Meanwhile on Thursday, 6th November sees the annual general meeting of the village's Neighbourhood Watch in the Village Hall at 7 p.m. It is important that,although Fishlake is not 'Hot Fuzz',the village should show its support for this organisation if it is to succeed and keep crime to a minimum.
Sadly, Mr Denis Wall who preached in both of the village's Methodist chapels from the 1950s to the 1970s has died this week. He continued to preach in local chapels throughout his life.
I was lucky to receive a conducted tour of the old river bed this week. The Monday Club showed me the work already undertaken, including the unblocking of drains last used twenty-five years ago and their plans for the reed beds next spring. Tracks could be seen where JCBs and other diggers had cleared the area.
A mild autumn,so far without frost, has meant that strawberries have continued to flourish.Quiz lovers will enjoy the Cricket and Bowls Club's quiz on Saturday, 8th November at the Cricket Club with the bar open. Further quizzes will take place on 6th and 20th December.03/11/14
WEDNESDAY morning at ten o'clock sees another Children's Workshop organised by the parish church in the Village Hall. These popular events entail craft activities and games focused on a Biblical superhero. Adults are welcome to stay and enjoy a cup of coffee. Ring Glenys on 01302 841852 for more information.
Thursday, 30th is polling day for the by-election to replace Shaun Wright as South Yorkshire's police commissioner. There are candidates from the Conservatives, the English Democrats, Labour and UKIP.
Some members of Fishlake Village Choir may find themselves doubly booked on Saturday when they are on tour in Sykehouse Parish Church commemorating the First World War and on duty helping the Cricket and Bowls Club light its bonfire. Tickets for the concert in Holy Trinity Church at 7 p.m. cost £5 including refreshments whilst the bonfire will be lit at 6.30 p.m. and fireworks at seven. Entry for adults is £1.50 with children from 5 to 17 charged £1.
Concerns about speeding traffic were expressed at Fishlake Parish Council's monthly meeting last week. The parish council is looking into the viability and price of labels stuck to dustbins urging motorists to slow down. The council expressed its disagreement with being attached to the Askern and Norton Ward by the Boundaries Commission on the grounds of distance. The parish council was pleased to see that work on installing the eighteen new street lamps on Trundle Lane and Dirty Lane had been completed.
Chris. Elliot is planning a great night of live
Sixties, Seventies, Eighties and Nineties music at the Cricket Club on
Saturday, 22nd November. Tickets cost £10 per person. 27/10/14
TICKETS for this year's pantomime,Treasure Island, are now on sale from Mrs Joy Chaffer on 01302 351218 with adults' tickets costing £6 and children's £4.50. The performances by our local drama group will take place in the Village Hall from 2nd to 6th December. The standard is usually high and popular nights book up early.
John Butterley won the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday.
Members of the Thursday Coffee Club could be found at the Crown Garden Centre in Whitley Bridge this week. Many an early Christmas present was bought before the group repaired to the café.
Former resident of the village, Paul Coddington, who represented Bessacarr for the Liberal-Democrats on DMBC and became the civic mayor, has crossed the floor this week to bring the total of UKIP borough councillors to three.
Doncaster is set to become a railway town once again with the establishment of a college for the new High Speed 2 line. Fishlake , unlike our neighbours in Sykehouse, never joined the railway network.20/10/14
APPROPRIATELY enough Fishlake Village Choir celebrated its first birthday this week by singing 'Happy Birthday' at the start of its rehearsal. The Choir is planning its next concert for Holy Trinity Church in Sykehouse on 1st November.
The members of the Village Hall Committee are pleased to accept the gift of £650 raised by Tim Elliott with his evening of music and hog roast in August.
The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Cllr. David Chaffer.
Sadly, we have lost another member of our village
community. Mrs Dorothy (Dolly) Turner of Dorvic in Grove Road has passed
away. Originating in Lancashire, she had been a Bluebell Girl in her youth
and still loved dancing. She married Robert (Bob) Turner and lived in
Stainforth before moving to Fishlake. Bob worked for the Home Coal
organisation at Hatfield Main Colliery and was to represent Fishlake and
Stainforth on DMBC. Their daughter Victoria (Vicky) attended Fishlake
Endowed School and eventually after studying languages went to work for the
United Nations in Vienna, a city which Dolly visited and loved. 13/10/14
TWO PEOPLE have contacted me with names of those in the photograph showing the RAOB or the Buffs on Church Parade at St.Cuthbert's on Oakapple Day in 1927. Susan Candow has rung me from Thorne to tell me that she recognises her great grandfather , Alexander John May,wearing a tie and a moustache and standing between the two men with regalia. He was on Fishlake Feast Committee in 1927 and had been born in Newark in Nottinghamshire in 1873. He was a miner and lived at Church Farm. Meanwhile Rob. Downing has e-mailed to say that he recognises James Downing with his characteristic high cheekbones standing on the back row, second from the left.
The Fishlake 100 Draw winners for September were 1) Paula Corner, 2) Richard Walker and 3) Adam and Sarah.
Mrs Marie Foster won the quiz on Tuesday with Mr Neil Livesey taking home the jackpot of £398.
Number have grown since local dance group, Spotlight, held its 'Bring a Friend' meeting in September. Classes are every Tuesday at 5 p.m. for three year olds and above and the group is now rehearsing for next year's show.
A new target date for the launch of the book by John Deeney and Jamie Quinn about Fishlake's fallen in the two world wars has been made for 22nd November when the Parish Church Restoration Fund holds its Christmas Coffee Morning in the Village Hall from 10 till 12 noon. Meanwhile orders are being taken by Mrs Atherfold at £4 a copy.We are reaching a dangerous time of the year for drivers when the sun shines directly in their eyes during rush hours which coincide with sunrise and sunset.06/10/14
MEMBERS of Fishlake Village Hall Committee are cock-a -hoop this week with the grant of £12,350 they have received from the Veolia Environmental Trust (VET) towards phases 2, 3 and 4 of their refurbishment project. The roof and the suspended ceiling of the Village Hall will be replaced and its stage will be reconfigured and rewired. Phase 1 is already seeing the instillation of an accessible toilet suitable for all, including users with disabilities.The grant comes from money paid to landfill sites.
Mrs Joy Chaffer won the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds.
Just in time for Harvest Festivals across the country Michaelmas Daisies are showing their characteristic touch of blue at the end of September. Reading the lesson clearly on Sunday at Thorne Methodist Church's Harvest Festival was Mrs Mary Heyworth, now in her ninety-second year. Mrs Heyworth was Fishlake's last assistant sub postmistress and has retired to Thorne from her home at Donside Stores.
The latest boundary changes were floated in the Free Press by DMBC this week. It would mean a huge change for Fishlake which would be detached from the Stainforth and Moorends Ward and attached to rather distant Askern ! Time is now running short for these changes which must be in place before May 2015.
Sadly, our village community has lost two stalwarts recently: Mrs Barbara Creaser, née Silvester, who has lived in Willow Cottages since she was married. She leaves behind her three children and Mr Arthur Harry Blogg of Pinfold Gardens,aged 85, the husband of Joan and the father of Jeanette, Elaine and Trevor.29/09/14
SHOWING its support for Hatfield Colliery which is mining under Fishlake the National Union of Mineworkers has invested heavily this week in the Employee Benefit Partnership which runs what will probably soon be the last deep coal mine in the United Kingdom if Kellingley in Yorkshire and Thoresby in Nottinghamshire go ahead as planned and close.We shall be part of history.
Mrs Carole Smith won the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday with Mr Neil Livesey winning the wine.
Work is continuing along Dirty (the former ' Mucky ' ) Lane with installing new street lights but not without problems as they encounter other services underground as one or two anguished householders can bear witness. Meanwhile we are experiencing the driest first half of September for fifty years.
The Women's Institute will be meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the Village Hall and Saint Cuthbert's will be holding its annual Harvest Festival on Sunday, 28th September at 9.30 a.m.
the success last year of its quiz night the Cricket and Bowls Club intends
to repeat the enjoyable evening on Saturday, 4th October . The bar will open
at 7 p.m. and food will be available, although the quiz itself doesn't start
until 8 p.m. All are welcome.
FISHLAKE Falcons Football Club kicked off its new season on 7th September on its home ground on Sour Lane. The club, which was set up on 2009, now has almost fifty members from the age of six to sixteen playing in the Doncaster and District Sunday League.Now in its fifth year the club continues to attract children from the local and surrounding area and budding superstars can be found on the field every Saturday and Sunday morning enjoying their football. Funds to help the club are generated from the sale of refreshments and the Falcons have been very fortunate to receive a donation for the last three years from local residents, Mr and Mrs Haley. The club would like to thank them for their generosity and hopes to see them and other members of the village supporting youngsters on Sunday mornings.
Stephen Cook won the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday.
The parish council met on Tuesday and was addressed by Tony Ransome from Hatfield Colliery. He reported that two new pumping stations are to be completed by Christmas and that new mining is to start under Fishlake on Face 9 in the vicinity of the Cricket Club from roughly October 2015 till May 2016. The face runs from Wormley Hill Road, through Pinfold Lane (near the Cricket Club)crossing East Field Lane ending short of Trundle Lane. The initial plan is to cut a new drain, before mining starts, to take water to the Sour Lane drain via East Field Lane.
New fixing pegs are to be fitted to the safety mats around the swings on the Playing Field. Expect the Monday Club to be very busy over the coming weeks--no doubt, we shall see smoke rising from their bonfire--as plans have emerged drawn up by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, the Environment Agency and Danvm Drainage to undertake work on the Old River Bed near the Landing where the former reed bed is to be restored.The Monday Club and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust will be examining hollows and facilitating the planting of reeds and other plants. The area should then become a haven for wildlife .Grant aid for the project has been received from the South Yorkshire Community Foundation and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. The next meeting of the parish council will take place on 14th October at 7.15 p.m. 15/09/14
THIS week has seen the arrival and partial installation of Victorian street lamps for Trundle Lane. No doubt it will be much easier for residents to attend social functions in the village on dark winter nights.
As if in response to questions from villagers, Doncaster's archdeacon Venerable Steven Wilcockson has written in a letter to churchwardens that the benefices of Fishlake, Sykehouse and Kirk Bramwith and that of Stainforth are growing together. He is proposing that they should unite under Rev. Janet Franklin around June 2015. Mrs Franklin, who is married to the Vicar of Askern, is already the Vicar of Stainforth. This should allow Mrs Atherfold to retire properly.
The winners of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds were Don Cutmore and his son in law John Butterley.
The Women's Institute was visited by Sue Clifton from the RSPB in August. She talked about garden birds and the charity's work which touches on climate change, education and conservation. She donated her fee to the RSPB and to a Christian school in Pakistan. The Women's Institute has sent £310 to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Leger Week, the highlight of Doncaster's social calendar, sees Mrs Claire Holling holding a special St.Leger party with caterers in aid of the Village Hall. Expect fine food and elegant costumes.
September's edition of the BBC's 'History' magazine tells the story of Ecgfrith of Northumbria. In 2015 ,'Ecgfrith: High-king of Britain' by Nick Higham will be published, describing the life of Ecgfrith and his father Oswiu. Oswiu was also king from 642 to 670 AD and had to face a massive invasion led by Mercia. The Battle of Winwaed took place in late autumn 654 with most of the invaders slain next to the river Went, a few miles from Fishlake. Ecgfrith was later to appoint Fishlake's patron saint, Cuthbert, a bishop.The parish council will be meeting in the Village Hall on Tuesday at 7 p.m. with the Village Choir recommencing in St. Cuthbert's after its summer break at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.08/09/14
LAST week's photograph has so far only attracted one reply. It showed a group of 'Buffs', the Royal Ancient Order of the Buffaloes, on church parade with the bishop of Sheffield at St. Cuthbert's on Oakapple Day (29th May) 1927. Mr Rob. Downing of Doncaster has come forward saying that the man standing second from the left on the back row is his relative James Downing. Does anyone else have any suggestions?
Bank Holiday Monday was a washout with cold, downpours of rain.
The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Mr Don Cutmore.
Fishlake's Health and Fitness group in the Village Hall will begin at 10 a.m. instead of 11 a.m. on 2nd September.
Fishlake is situated roughly equidistant from London and Edinburgh and now has inhabitants who travel to work in each direction. This week I met a local man returning to the village from his job on the oil rigs off Aberdeen and I also know a lady who commutes daily from Fishlake to a fashion house in London. Steam trains from Doncaster to King's Cross took three and a half hours in my childhood, but their electric successors now take merely one hour and fifty minutes.
Preparations are starting for the next 1940s dance which will take place in the New Year.The dance, featuring Major Swing, Kitty and Heather Marie (a professional singer and entertainer with a great repertoire of all your favourite 40s songs ) and a great Red Cross parcel raffle. Limited tickets are available at £7 from Mrs Maureen White on 843673.
The Parochial Church Council has cancelled the proposed Heritage Weekend on 20th and 21st September in Saint Cuthbert's owing to conflicting commitments of the members. The book about Fishlake's fallen soldiers will ,however, still be available from Rev. Eve Atherfold.
The Fishlake 100 Club winners for August were: 1) Diane Gallagher, 2) Richard Walker and 3) Eileen Purcell.01/09/14
ATTACHED is a photograph of a social event in Fishlake in 1927. Does anyone recognise anyone in the picture?
Fishlake's very own stars, The Band With No Name, will be playing from eight till late on Saturday, 30th August in the Hare and Hounds.
The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Joy Chaffer whilst Doug. and Maureen White won in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday.
A trip is being organised by the Thursday Coffee Club to the Rural Craft Christmas Fair on 5th November at Harrogate Showground. Tickets, which cost £10 ( excluding entry) may be obtained from Joy Chaffer.
A Fishlake Village Quiz is to be held in,and in aid
of, the Village Hall in early November for teams of six. Tickets, which
include supper of pie and peas, cost £5 each.
A full fortnight in advance this year sees the first
autumn crocuses thrusting forth whilst the elderberries are already black
and rosy-red apples cover the branches. 25/8/14
LAST week's sponsored horse-ride and dog-walk organised by Justine and Andy Holling raised £856 for Cancer Research at Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield.
The winners of the pub quizzes this week were: Wendy Brownbridge in the Hare and Hounds and Margaret Shepherd and Marylyn Fox in the Old Anchor Inn.
Do you want to make a difference to someone's life in Fishlake, Hatfield, Stainforth, Dunscroft, Thorne and Moorends? Would you like to volunteer as a driver or a befriender? If so, RSVP is for you. RSVP is a programme of Community Service Volunteers (CVS) which promotes voluntary and community service nationwide. If you have a few spare hours a week to help local people travel to health care, appointments or social events then please contact Mavis Francis on 07881 483485 or e-mail MFrancis@cvs.org.uk
It may well still be summer for most of us but our thespians' eyes are already on the future. One well kept secret has been revealed this week. Fishlake Drama Group's pantomime this Christmas will be 'Treasure Island'.No wonder our flagmaster occasionally flies the skull and crossbones.18/08/14
LIGHTS were doused in the village between ten and eleven o'clock on Monday, 4th August to mark Sir Edward Grey's remarks about the lamps going out all over Europe on the outbreak of the First World War exactly one hundred years ago.
Last Sunday saw a very successful Sykehouse Show. What a pity we no longer have a festival to show off our village.
For several days this week the Nab has been closed owing to a burst sewage pipe . We have all made the long detour via Kirkhouse Green.
This summer's good weather and last year's mild winter has brought on early blackberries and bigger numbers of bees and butterflies.There is evidence that blackberries were eaten in Britain in Neolithic times and were used by the Greeks and Romans as medicine. They are an excellent source of vitamins C and K, containing manganese and copper .However, they should not be picked after Michaelmas as tradition tells us that witches then spit on them.
Equipped with binoculars and strong boots,a dozen members of Fishlake Walkers' Club met at six o'clock on Wednesday, 6th August at the Hare and Hounds ready for a ramble on Hatfield Moors.
The winner of the quiz at the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Mrs Sandra Turner.
A party atmosphere reigned as horse riders and dog walkers set off from Justine and Andy Holling's house on Farbank on Saturday. Everyone had to wear something pink--one of the ponies was even painted pink--to raise funds for Cancer Research at Weston Park in Sheffield. Balloons were released ( pink, of course) and a minute's silence was held to remember victims of the disease as the group made its way around the village before returning to a barbecue, bouncy castle and a bucking bronco on what turned out to be a lull in Hurricane Big Bertha's ravages on Britain.
Fishlake Rocks is being held by Tim Elliot at the Cricket Club on Saturday,16th August from seven till late in aid of repairs to the Village Hall. The evening will feature a hog roast,a licensed bar and live music with the Hammerheads Phil and Haley plus two more supporting groups. Tickets cost £15 with concessions for children. Details and tickets may be obtained from Tim on 07773378462 or by e-mailing email@example.com 11/08/14
PRE-ORDERS are being taken from Sykehouse Show onwards for a new book which will be released on 20th and 21st September at the parish church's Heritage Weekend. The authors of 'The Story of the Fallen on Fishlake's War Memorial' are John Deeney and Jamie Quinn who have researched the history of soldiers who left our village to give their lives for their country and who now lie in France, Belgium, Italy, Malta and Burma in two world wars. Many of the names are familiar to us older residents and the book makes a fitting memorial to those men whose remains are scattered across Europe and the rest of the world. The cost of the book is £4 with the proceeds going to Saint Cuthbert's.
A quick change of flags by our village flagmaster, Malcolm Greenslade, has seen the flag of Saint George to mark our support for the national team in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow followed by the Yorkshire rose to celebrate Yorkshire Day on 1st August whilst Mr Haley has been flying a flag in memory of the Fallen in the First World War one hundred years ago.
The Coffee Morning held in aid of the Monday Club by the Coffee Club raised £401 with the three main raffle winners being: 1) John Waite a meal voucher, 2) Lynne Williamson a bag and 3) Gloria Hunter chocolates and wine.
Fishlake Walkers' Club meets at the Hare and Hounds at 6 p.m. on 6th August. This month's walk will take place on Thorne Moors with a drink and a sandwich afterwards.
The Fishlake 100 Club's winners for July were: 1) Joan Silvester, 2) Janet Rothwell and 3) John Atherfold.
A sponsored ride and dog walk will be held on Saturday, 9th August from Moseley House on Trundle Lane at 12 noon. The twenty mile horse ride and the five mile pony ride or dog walk will be in aid of Cancer Research (Weston Park). Participants must wear approved hats and riding gear ( and something pink) with the day including a barbecue, a rodeo bull and a bouncy castle.
Tim Elliot and his band are having 'a bit of a do'
in aid of the Village Hall on Saturday,16th August.. The evening, known as
Fishlake Rocks, is from seven till late at the Cricket Club and will include
a hog roast, a licensed bar and live music featuring the Hammerheads Phil
and Haley plus two more supporting groups. Tickets cost £15 with concessions
for children and may be obtained from Tim on 07773378462 or by e-mail
or from Jane on 077723193380. 04/08/14
MRS JUDITH Taylor raised £408 last week when she held a Yorkshire Pudding Evening in aid of Cancer Research. I am told that the puddings and their toppings were delicious.
The winners of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds were Men United ( Messrs Hodges, Turner and White).
The village has been basking in sunshine for some time with the result that ripe blackberries were to be seen on 24th July which is very early.
Our flagmaster is showing support for England's team in the Commonwealth Games by flying St. George's flag above the village this week.
Saturday's Coffee Morning in aid of the Monday Club included display boards showing the work achieved so far and plans to convert the Old River bed into a reed bed to attract wildlife such as reed warblers and kingfishers. There are also plans for a small wood on the opposite bank.
Fishlake choir has accepted an invitation from Stainforth Town Council to sing in front of the cenotaph in Stainforth cemetery at 10.15 a.m.on Monday, 28th July to commemorate the outbreak ( on the Continent) of the First World War. A service of remembrance will be held before the gathering crosses to the Methodist Church for refreshments and to see a display of photographs of Stainforth at the beginning of the twentieth century before travelling on to the library to see an exhibition of books, contemporary articles and letters home from the trenches along with a film loop showing scenes from the Great War. 28/07/14
EXCELLENT weather accompanied the parish church's Strawberry Fair last week which raised £538.50 whilst this week's well attended Jumble and Nearly New Sale in the Village Hall raised a grand total of £1,433. The organisers would like to thank everyone who gave time, support or jumble to the event which took place before the weather broke and torrential downpours arrived in Fishlake. It is hoped to start on the refurbishment of the toilets next week.
The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Don Turner.
News has been received from Canada that Alan Young has passed away on 7th July at the age of 80. Alan came from Armthorpe and married Doreen Goldthorpe of Fishlake. He studied metallurgy and engineering at Birmingham University before the couple travelled to Tsumeb in South West Africa (now Namibia) and later to Moncton in New Brunswick. Mrs Young wrote to the children at Fishlake Endowed School describing their journeys across the Commonwealth. She was related to the Goldthorpe family and to Miss Olive Smith of the Carpenters Arms on Main Street.. They are survived by three children.
Taking place at the moment is the Big Butterfly Count by members of the public in gardens, parks and the countryside. Last year was a good year for butterflies and it is hoped that this year will prove to be even better for numbers and for rarer species.
Coming up on Saturday morning will be a Coffee Morning to be held by the Coffee Club in the Village Hall between 10 and 12 noon. The proceeds will go to support the good work of Fishlake's Monday Club which is improving our environment in many ways. 21/07/14
LAST week the village had a very strong French connection with Chris Watson going to be a supervisor of the Tour makers along a one and a half kilometre stretch of the route of the cycling Tour de France in Yorkshire near Harrogate. He was in charge of crossing points, bollards and crowds waving flags and, although the day involved nine hours of waiting for nine seconds of action, he thought it well worth the effort and considered the Tour to be very well organised. Meanwhile Cllr David Chaffer was at the Grand Départ from Harewood House whilst Cllr. John Waite was watching near Ripon.
The village is welcoming Kevin Malton, the new landlord of the Old Anchor Inn, who along with his brother Dean originates in South Africa.
Loud cheers erupted around the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday when Germany beat Brazil decisively 7-1 in the World Cup semi-final.
Coffee Mornings are still continuing on Saturday mornings between 10 and 11.30 in Saint Cuthbert's church.
The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Mrs Jan Threadgold.
Look out for the weather on Saint Swithin's Day on Tuesday, 14th July.
Congratulations to Liz Webster of Garden Blooms in Foster Houses who was awarded a gold medal for her display in the Garden Show at the Great Yorkshire Show.
From July's parish council meeting we learnt that Keith Mitchell from Hatfield Colliery is to attend the September meeting to talk about future plans. We also learnt that Fishlake will shortly receive super broadband for its computer connections.
Saturday, 19th July sees a Nearly New and Jumble Sale
in the Village Hall from 10.30 till 12.30 with proceeds going to
refurbishment of the toilets. The sale will feature quality items, household
goods, bric à brac, toys, shoes and small items of furniture. 13/07/14
WEDNESDAY saw a coach load of travellers from Fishlake arrive in Bridlington for the parish council's annual trip for the over-sixties to the sea. As usual the outing was led by Cllr. John Waite. Many of the party enjoyed fish and chips in the sunshine by the harbour before indulging in a spot of shopping.
The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club for June were 1) Mary Silvester 2) Glenys Mashford and 3) Colin Bloor.
Mrs Rita Southgate from the village was confirmed by the Bishop of Doncaster in Snaith Priory in June.
The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Mr Don Cutmore.
Mrs Joy Chaffer won the competition at the Women's Institute with an ornamental garden snail made from recycled materials. Mrs Doris Nichols was second with a singing frog.
A sign of the times is the fall in the number of dairy farmers in Great Britain from 100,000 in 1970 to 10,000 today.
A PACT drop-in meeting will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, 8th July at the EDDT building in Dunscroft.
Coming up on Saturday, 12th July from 2 till 4 p.m.
will be St.Cuthbert's annual Strawberry Fair. Stalls selling cakes,
cards,books, plants, knitted toys and children's activities will be there
and all proceeds will go towards the Parish Church Restoration Fund.
THE CHOIR'S third major presentation was Saturday's Summer Proms when, as the church clock struck seven and the last member of the 170 strong audience crept in to Saint Cuthbert's, a medley of songs from 'The Sound of Music' was sung. In this year which marks 75 years since the Normandy Landings and the centenary of the First World War the audience belted out 'We're Hanging out the Washing on the Siegfried Line' , 'It's a long Way to Tipperary' and an evocative rendering of 'Lili Marlene' before giving a tribute to the 97 year old Vera Lynn with 'We'll Meet Again'. Negro spirituals, interspersed with St. Mary's Handbell Ringers from Tickhill playing under the royal arms from 1754 with 'Grandmother's Minuet' by Grieg and Latin verses such as 'Laudate Dominum' echoed around the mediaeval building along with Alice Johnson's solo 'Pie Jesu'. However, the audience came into its own when singing 'Jerusalem' ( and not only the W.I. ), 'Rule Britannia' and 'Land of Hope and Glory' to the accompaniement of the organ, flag waving, emotion, party poppers and 200 voices singing as one.
John Marsden and Wendy Brownbridge are giving a new sense of community to our village.
The winner of the quiz was Mrs Marie Foster. The village is saying 'Goodbye ' to Mark and Julie Andrews at The Old Anchor Inn this week. Farewell parties are already taking place for friends and customers.
The Village Oil Club is selling oil for 50.6 pence a litre. Join in and benefit !
The Cricket and Bowls Club is offering training for
junior bowlers and adult beginners to the sport at one for half past on
Saturdays. Coaches are qualified and CRB checked. For more information
please ring Mrs Lynne Williamson on 01302 841293. 30/06/14
FISHLAKE Choir's third presentation will be their Summer Proms Evening on Saturday, 28th June in St. Cuthbert's at 7 p.m. Tickets cost £5 for adults and £2.50 for children and will include light refreshments. They are available from Mrs Wendy Brownbridge on 01302 842450.
Expect to join in with the patriotic songs.
In keeping with England's football fortunes the flag flying this week on the Landing willing us on in Brazil is St. George's. Elsewhere in the village hay-making is gathering pace and the ears of corn are swelling.The Monday Club has been busy repairing the chain fence on the Landing and litter-picking on the Nab.
The Village Hall Committee is appealing for clothes and household goods for its Nearly New and Jumble Sale on 19th July. Items may be dropped off with Mesdames Chaffer, Hill, West or White. The intention is to use the proceeds to update the toilets in the Village Hall.
The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds last week was Mr John Butterley. There was no quiz in the Old Anchor Inn owing to the World Cup match.
The next PACT meeting will be a drop in session at the EDDT building on Station Road in Dunscroft at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, 8th July if residents have any problems they wish to discuss with the police.
The parish council has finally some good news on the
lighting front. Fifteen Victorian lamp posts will be erected on Trundle Lane
and four on Dirty Lane from 1st September with a damaged lamp post on Hay
Green being replaced.The clerk is writing to Hatfield Colliery to request
further information about mining in the area. DMBC's Emergency Planning
Department has erected a soil moisture meter near the Landing to record
variations in soil through out the year as part of its flood prevention
ALL EYES are on Brazil this Father's Day for fooball's World Cup with the result that the Brazilian flag is floating high above our village.
The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Mrs Lynn Atkin with Mrs Pam Pyatt winning the jackpot.
The Robinson family returned to the village on Thursday from their home in North Wales. Mr Robinson, who will be 94 shortly, lived with the rest of the family in Vermuyden House on Pinfold Lane. His sons and daughter attended Fishlake Endowed School before leaving the village in 1962. Upto that date, older residents will remember, Mr Robinson was chairman of the parochial church council and regularly participated in Fishlake Drama Group's performances.
Local history buffs will be pleased to see the launch of Peter Dumville's second history book ,"Stainforth and District. Past and Present.",which will be available by the !st July from Stainforth Library.
Friday, 20th June sees an evening of entertainment in
the Hare and Hounds when James Lawrence and friends sing Sinatra, Monro and
Michael Bublé from 8.30 till late. 16/06/14
D-DAY +70 saw former publican and present day flagmaster from the village, Malcolm Greenslade, volunteer with members of his son Simon's rugby team to help with the veterans attending the ceremonies on the Landing beaches in Normandy where the Queen, the Presidents of France, the United States and Russia, Commonwealth prime ministers and many other monarchs and heads of government marked the anniversary of Operation Overlord.
Saturday night was a sell-out for Fishlake Drama Group's 'Glitz, Glamour and Laughter' in the Village Hall. An eclectic mixture of songs was combined with well timed jokes to provide an evening of real pleasure and enjoyment. Songs such as 'Cabaret' , 'Let's Face The Music', Nine to Five', 'Blue Suede Shoes' and the classic 'Anything Goes' were interspersed with uproarious sketches from The Goons and other comedies giving us strong performances and humour.
The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club for April 2014 were Richard Walker, Kath Dulieu and The Monday Club whilst those for May were Mrs Pat. Omar, Harold Whitehead and Joe Rotherford.
As befits the beginning of June wild roses are everywhere as are the elderflower blooms.
Mrs Pam Jones won the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday.
The Women's Institute will go on a summer outing to
Dennam College in Marcham in Oxfordshire. on 15th August. It offers a
variety of courses for members. The next meeting of the W.I. on 26th June
will feature a talk on Lanscape Architecture. 09/06/14
APOLOGIES for last week's
mistake. The wedding taking place in the village was between Mark Timothy
Duckitt and Jenna Elaine Liddle. The happy couple are on honeymoon in the
United States.Our village is part of the
Yorkshire and the Humber constituency in the European Parliament where UKIP
took three of the six seats last week, Labour took two and the Conservatives
features on the new South Yorkshire Way, whose Boundary Route is 170 miles
long. Opportunities are there for the taking ranging from public houses
offering food, drinks and accommodation to local houses and farms offering
bed and breakfast. The trail intersects with another one inside the county
at Thorne North railway station. More information may be found on
The quiz winner at the Hare
and Hounds last Tuesday was Mrs Yvette Hodges.
The only tickets available
for the variety show in the Village Hall are for Saturday,7th June when
'Glitz, Glamour and Laughter' will be presented by Fishlake Drama Group with
the curtain up at 7.30 p.m. For an evening's entertainment contact Mrs Joy
Chaffer on 01302 351218 or Mrs Maureen White on 01302 843673.
Charles Dicken's Mr Micawber famously said " Annual
income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen shillings
and sixpence, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual
expenditure twenty pounds no shillings and sixpence result misery. Sadly,
this is St. Cuthbert's' experience in Fishlake where income from a small
congregation is not keeping pace with the bills which have to be paid to
upkeep a fine mediaeval building as a parish church which also hosts a
number of community events. Expenditure is £7,619.73 and regular income from
villagers is £4,707.55 with the result that the parochial church council is
appealing for help from residents who might only use the building
occasionally.In 2013 congregants gave £3,696.38 through the envelope planned
giving scheme and £1,011.17 through additional money on the collection plate
whilst the church had to find £4,173.90 for insurance, £2,618 for heating
and lighting, £500 for graveyard maintenance (grass cutting), £58 for water
rates and £269.83 for fire extinguisher maintenance.
THIS week has seen a ten inch tortoise go walkabout in the village before being reunited with its grateful owner thanks to a sharp-eyed member of the Neighbourhood Watch.
Thursday's election for our seat on DMBC ( the Stainforth and Moorends Ward) was won by Mrs Barbara Hedley for Labour with 1,036 votes although she was closely followed by Mr Mike Overton's 989 votes for UKIP, with Mr Martin Drake for the Conservatives trailing with 373 votes and Mrs Mary Jackson for Trade Unionists and Socialists against Cuts gaining 132 votes.
Congratulations to Genna Wade and her fiancé Mark who married in St. Cuthbert's on Saturday.
The winner of the quiz on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn was Miss Margaret Shepherd.
Tickets for Fishlake Drama Group's cabaret, Glitz,
Glamour and Laughter, in early June are on sale from Mrs Joy Chaffer ( 01302
351 218) and Mrs Maureen White ( 01302 843 673). Dancing will follow the
show till late. Tickets cost £7 for adults and £6 for children.
FREQUENT downpours have been replaced with baking sunshine this week and to complete the picture the village church is now framed with horse chestnut flowers which resemble candelabra. Gardens are alive with the buzz of bees and the Monday Club is working overtime cutting and mowing.
Local resident and retired headmaster Edgar Beaglehole has received a lifetime achievement award at the sixth annual Doncaster Free Press Sports Awards at the Keepmoat Stadium celebrating his work for children's football.
The new course of yoga in the Village Hall is receiving rave reviews from villagers, although some activities such as the Thursday Coffee Club have been transferred to St. Cuthbert's this week owing to the local and European elections. The winner of Tuesday's quiz in the Hare and Hounds was Mrs Pam Pyatt.
Cllr. John Waite was confirmed as chairman of the parish council on Tuesday, but relations between Fishlake and DMBC are worsening to the point that a David and Goliath battle is on the cards with Fishlake's anger spilling over into a quarrel with the metropolitan borough over what it sees as its neglect of the village covering a whole range of issues. A lack of progress over the next tranche of streetlights, clearing public footpaths, speeding traffic and dog fouling has irritated the parish council to distraction.
We were informed that Stainforth Bridge will be closed from 22nd May for up to three days whilst super broadband is installed on the Stainforth side. Residents who appreciate the peace and quiet brought about by bridge closures are more than outweighed by those who need to shop or work in the outside world. The parish council is to inform DMBC that leaving Ferry Lane from Jubilee Bridge and gaining access to the A614 is becoming increasingly dangerous owing to overhanging hedges and long grass.
The Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator warned of local
break-ins and pointed out that the village now has an increased police
presence. He also thanked the local church for hosting a display of
information leaflets and ultra violet marker pens. The parish council is to
take advice from the Yorkshire Local Councils' Association on the offer from
the Environment Agency to lease the western part of the Old River bed and to
enable the Monday Club to reinstate it as a reed bed. 19/05/14
AN INNOVATION for Fishlake this year was the marking of World Organ Day with John Marsden playing Bach, Handel, Dvorak and Andrew Lloyd-Webber before taking requests in St.Cuthbert's. A group of 26 villagers assembled to participate in the event.
The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds was Mrs Pam Pyatt with first Mr Neil Livesey and then a week later Mrs Michelle Brandon claiming victory in the Anchor.
Every household has received a newsletter from the new Village Hall Committee informing us about future events and appealing for help with the jumble sale or with baking.
Visitors to the village are greeted with banks of greenery and cascades of white Mayflower with its lingering aroma before they notice the apple blossom and the jungle of Queen Anne's Lace.
Am I alone in experiencing problems with my car radio which quickly flicks across the air waves on leaving the village to serve up a mixture of local radio stations from across the Broad Acres? Journeys to Thorne or Stainforth seldom remain on one station without being interrupted by news from York, Hull and Sheffield ! I only have to change direction to receive a different station.
Members of the Coffee Club left the village on Thursday for an enjoyable outing to Gilberdyke Garden Centre in East Yorkshire.
Friday saw the departure of the Giro d'Italia cyclists from Belfast which will be a forerunner of Yorkshire's Grand Départ in July. Another treat on Friday was the fly-on-the -wall television documentary on BBC2 from York Minster, the centre of Anglican worship in our county.
An appeal is being made by Mr Ian Knott for any old petrol mowers which the Monday Club could beg for use when cutting grass in the churchyard.
Expect the closure of Stainforth Bridge for a couple
of days from the 20th when super broadband is installed on the Stainforth
side. Alternative routes will take us via South Bramwith, Barnby Dun or
THE MAY DAY bank holiday sees John Marsden, Fishlake's choirmaster, celebrating World Organ Day with an organ recital from 4 p.m. in St. Cuthbert's. Many residents can remember children, taught by Mrs Kershaw, dancing round the maypole on the Landing on May Day.
The winner of the quiz in the Old Anchor Inn was Mrs Pam Pyatt whilst the winner in the Hare and Hounds was Miss Margaret Shepherd.
This week police have been walking from house to house in the village warning residents about theft and advising them to secure their outhouses and belongings. Goods may be marked with ultra violet pens for extra safety.
A familiar sound was heard across the village at the end of April when the cuckoo called. We were reminded of rural weather lore when the oak trees burst into leaf well ahead of the ash. Many will pin their hopes in the belief that "...If the oak is out before the ash we are in for a splash,
Whereas if the ash is out before the oak we are in for a soak ..."
History buffs and true Yorkshire folk will be interested in two talks taking place in Doncaster Central Library. The first is 'What's in a Name?' on 14th May and concerns place names in the locality led by Carolyn Dalton from 5.30 p.m. till 7 p.m. and costs £1 including refreshments and the second is entitled 'A Portrait of Richard III' led by Helen Cox from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. and costs £4 including refreshments.
New members of the Village Hall Committee include Mr Bill Robinson, Mr Barry Hill, Mr Joe Rotherforth and Cllr. Doug.and Mrs Maureen White.
Fishlake Drama Group has informed me that it intends to present 'Glitz, Glamour and Laughter', a cabaret on Thursday, 5th, Friday,6th and Saturday, 7th June in the Village Hall.The curtain will rise at 7.30 with the bar open from 7 p.m. After the show dancing will continue till late with tickets costing £7 for adults and £6 for children available from Mrs Joy Chaffer on 01302 351218 and from Mrs Maureen White on 01302 843673.There will be no service in St. Cuthbert's on Sunday, 11th May. Instead, a group service will be held with Holy Communion at Holy Trinity Church in Sykehouse led by Rev. Mrs Janet Franklin at 6.30 p.m.05/05/14
A NEW activity is to start soon in the Village Hall. Yoga is to be taught by Judy Grindley, who is part of the British Wheel of Yoga, beginning on 12th May from 5.45 till 7.15 p.m. The lessons are aimed at all abilities and are good for physical and mental well being.
April showers have characterised the week with apple blossom, lilac and milkmaids putting in an appearance and may blossom about to burst into flower.
Fishlake's choirmaster, John Marsden, intends to celebrate World Organ Day at 4 o'clock on 5th May by giving an organ recitation in St. Cuthbert's.
Congratulations to Mrs Doris Nichols, a whist novice, who recently had thirteen tricks in one of her first drives.
The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Mr John Butterley.The Spotlight Dance Group will present a concert in the Village Hall at 7.15 p.m. on 16th and 17th May. Tickets cost £6 for adults and £5 for concessions and may be obtained from Sarah Douglas on 07763859901.28/04/14
NEW Village Hall Committee assures me that clutter can cause stress and your
caring, sharing Village Hall could do with unwanted items for its fund
raising jumble sale in June. The funds are much needed for repairs and
jumble may be given to or collected by Sheila Hill on 01302 841086, Jane
West on 01302 842987, Maureen White on 01302 843673 or Joy Chaffer on 01302
THE CONGREGATION left Saint
Cuthbert's last Sunday clutching palm crosses after a moving service where
the village choir assisted by choirs from Tickhill and Gringley on the Hill
presented Stainer's 'Crucifixion' in an extremely professional manner only
eight months after its formation.The choir is moving on to St. Mary's in
Tickhill for another performance at 7 p.m. on Good Friday.
RUNNING this week in the
London Marathon will be Shane Pollard representing Fishlake in aid of the
Bowel Cancer Charity. This follows his recent fund raising event in the Old
Anchor Inn in cooperation with Malcolm Greenslade.
POSTERS are appearing across the village for Fishlake Village Choir's first Easter performance of John Stainer's Crucifixion at 6 p.m. in St. Cuthbert's parish church on Sunday, 6th April when the village choir will be joined by guest choirs from Tickhill and Gringley on the Hill under the musical directorship of John Marsden.
With milk being used by supermarkets as a lost leader at four pints for £1 it is no wonder that no dairy farmers are left in our village. One dairy farmer is going bankrupt every day.
From 5th until 11th April the Hare and Hounds will be closed for stocktaking as it changes ownership from the brewery to the Goldthorpe family. The winner of last week's quiz was Mrs Wendy Brownbridge whilst Mr Allen Hodges won the jackpot.
Wednesday, 2nd April sees an open meeting of the Village Hall Committee at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall. Two volunteers have now come forward to sit on the committee and two others to undertake practical maintenance jobs but at least one new member of the committee is needed. Do come with ideas and practical suggestions.
What are the sounds of Fishlake? The church clock
chiming, horses' hooves clip-clopping, birdsong,cattle lowing, cars,
cockerels crowing, the hum of the motorway, distant trains and owls hooting,
dogs barking across the village at night, waggons groaning with hay in the
summer, lorries trundling through, tractors and farm machinery, the thwack
of rubber on willow from the cricket club and, of course, our very own
rookery. These are the sounds of Fishlake. 31/03/14
IRISH eyes were definitely
smiling as the Irish tricolour flew over the village on St. Patrick's Day.
John Deaney, who confided in the audience that his mother had wanted to call
him Dan,sang and played guitar with Harold Whitehead in the Hare and Hounds. 24/03/14
THE LAST roast dinner of
the season is being offered by Mrs Lynne Williamson at the Cricket and Bowls
Club on Sunday,16th March. Cooked to order, the meals are highly recommended
by local gourmets. Arrive for 1 p.m. to sit down for half past, individuals
or groups should ring Mrs Williamson for the menu and book numbers on
SHROVE Tuesday will be marked by Rev. Eve Atherfold with a pancake party at Runswick House at 5.30 p.m. The proceeds of the event will go to Water Aid which helps the Third World. Lent, of course, starts on Ash Wednesday with Saint Cuthbert's holding a service at 7 p.m.
Tuesday also sees a meeting in the Village Hall at 7 p.m. to discuss the future of the Village Hall. The present trustees, having served the village for a number of years , wish to stand down, but also wish to hand over the reins to other volunteers. All contributions will be welcome. The Village Hall plays a pivotal role in village life and needs our support.
Fishlake's love affair with horses is still plain for everyone to see in the twenty-first century. Youngsters clip clop peacefully through the village as they learn to ride, the Badsworth Hunt comes to visit, Robin Worthington and his daughter Ethel travel to the Continent and to Ireland to win ploughing competitions with their shire horses, adults compete at Sykehouse Show, Mrs Lorraine Waite raises her beautiful Shetland ponies in Fosterhouses, several gentleman own or have owned shares in racehorses which have thrilled the crowds at Doncaster Races, Mrs Mary Sheldon helps weekly with the charity Riding for the Disabled at the Northern Riding College and some of the Travellers' horses are traded as far away as Appleby.
A report from the Neighbourhood Watch indicates that crime is falling in Doncaster's East Area with burglaries, antisocial behaviour and other reported crimes down.
The winners of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday were John Buttterley and Carol Smith with Mr Lewis Foster winning the wine. Mrs Marie Foster won the quiz at the Old Anchor Inn and Mrs Pam Jones won the quiz at the Cricket Club.
Something different has been announced by the Cricket and Bowls Club for Saturday, 8th March. This Saturday's social evening will include a Fishlake Bygones Quiz with artefacts from the village's past at 8 p.m. The bar will be open from 7 and food will be available. All are welcome and specialised local knowledge is not essential for an evening which should prove to be enjoyable. 03/03/14
THE HARE and Hounds has changed hands. Bought from the brewery by the Goldthorpe family from the village it will continue with Martin Heath as its tenant. The Goldthorpes also own the Old Anchor Inn.
Signs of spring are everywhere. Crocuses are suddenly in bloom with a few early daffodils sprouting. Since Valentine's Day the birds have been examining old nests with a view to a let or new build. Could anyone help with the reason birds are singing in the small hours under the new lamp posts in the village? Is it the height or intensity of the lights?
Tickets for 'The Vicar of Dibley' to be produced in the Village Hall by the cast of Doncaster's Little Theatre may be obtained by ringing 01302 340422 or by contacting Mrs Joy Chaffer on 01302 351218. Tickets cost £6.
The Thursday Coffee Club is planning an outing to the Grand Theatre in Leeds in March to see the musical "42nd Street". Practical help for the victims of the floods in the Somerset Levels and the Thames Valley may be shown on Saturday morning between 10.30 and 12 in the parish church when a coffee morning is being held by the P.C.C. to raise funds for Prince Charles' Countryside Relief Fund.
The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Mrs Pam Pyatt.
Wednesday sees a workshop for primary school children
led by churchwarden, Mrs Glenys Mashford, as a half tem activity in the
Village Hall from 9 till 11.30 a.m. A Bible superhero will be the focus of
the craft morning. 24/02/14
Raise the Roof, which was patronised by all ages on 7th February, raised the amazing sum of £1,718.99 for the charity Beating Bowel Cancer with a rock concert in the Village Hall organised by Mr Shane Pollard. Reviews by locals were very favourable.
The quiz at the Cricket and Bowls Club on 8th February was won by Miss Margaret Shepherd.
Fishlake Drama Group will be holding its annual general meeting in the Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. on 19th February. Last week's winner of the quiz at the Hare and Hounds was Mrs Marylyn Fox with Mrs Pam Pyatt, Mrs Michelle Brandon and Miss Margaret Shepherd being recent winners at the Old Anchor Inn.
The parish council, in its monthly meeting on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Cllr. John Waite, discussed the future of the Village Hall. It was agreed to hold an open meeting of the Village Hall Committee at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, 4th March in the Village Hall. All are welcome. The parish council resolved to write to DMBC concerning the amount of litter on the approach roads to the village. Residents were informed that PACT meetings were taking on a new format of drop-in meetings and that 'phoning 101 with any suspicions would help the police. The next meeting of the parish council will be at 7.15 p.m. on 11th March.
Half-term is fast approaching and Mrs Glenys Mashford, churchwarden, is offering the opportunity for primary aged youngsters from the three parishes to get involved in a craft workshop based on a Biblical super hero from 10 till 11.30 a.m. on Wednesday, 26th February.For more information 'phone 01302 841852
Perhaps the most surprising news of the week is that Doncaster's Little Theatre is coming on tour to Fishlake Village Hall on Thursday, 20th March at 7 p.m. to present 'The Vicar of Dibley'. Tickets for this comedy cost £6 and may be obtained by ringing 01302 340422.
Inspired by the wettest winter for 250 years ( even
we have been lashed by gales and rain) and the plight of people in the
Somerset Levels and the Thames Valley the parochial church council has
decided to organise a Coffee and Butties morning in Saint Cuthbert's church
on Saturday, 1st March between 10.30 and 12 noon. All proceeds will be
channelled via Prince Charles' Countryside Relief Fund to help with flood
HIGH on the agenda for Tuesday's parish council meeting will be the issue of the future of the Village Hall. The building has known three names: the parish room, the parish hall and the Village Hall in its century long existence and is now facing a question mark over its future. Public spirited individuals are need to help with taking bookings and cleaning the hall along with others prepared to give some thought to the building's repairs. Many organisations and individuals depend on the building for their activities in the village.
Mr and Mrs Barry Hill are proud to announce the donation of £324.50 from their 1940s evening in January to the Help the Heroes charity.
Thorne man, Roy Clarke, who lives in a windmill in neighbouring Sykehouse, is to follow up his success on Christmas Day (when he gained 9.4 million viewers) with six more episodes of the programme 'Open All Hours' filmed in Balby for the BBC.
Once again, the Top 50 Power List for Doncaster in 2014 includes two Fishlakians. Coming in at no.30 is Mrs Susan Jordan, Chief Executive of St. Leger Homes who have 21,000 properties across the borough and at no.31 is Rt. Rev. Peter Burrows, the Bishop of Doncaster.
Thursday saw another visit from the Badsworth Hunt to the village. Tuesday,meanwhile, was a day of triumph for Richard Caile,a local optician, when he won the quiz in the Hare and Hounds.
Fishlake's choir is busy rehearsing John Stainer's Crucifixion and parts of the Sound of Music ready to go on tour to Gringley on the Hill and Tickhill at Easter.
Later this month members of the Women's Institute
will hold their monthly meeting with a visitor, Denise Dunn, from local
charity Firefly. Last year the institute's chosen charity was to support
Firefly which provides transport for cancer sufferers from the Doncaster
area to reach the hospitals and clinics in Sheffield. Denise will accept a
cheque and describe the work of the Firefly Express which is a free,
comfortable, door to door taxi service. Anyone interested would be welcome
to attend on 27th February. 10/02/14
ANOTHER link with old Fishlake was lost last Saturday when the School House was demolished. Designed over three centuries ago to serve families teaching in Fishlake Endowed School, the school house had thick walls which kept it warm in winter and cool in summer. In the headmaster's bedroom was a walk-in cupboard with pegs for wigs, there was a huge range in the kitchen and two pumps near the back door.The house is to be rebuilt, using many of the same materials. Fortunately, the old school, which dates from 1642 and was one of the first three endowed schools in Yorkshire, is to be preserved. It is part of the village's heritage, having been set up with part of the £300 left by Rev. Richard Rands in his will and having seen a 'monkey trial' in Edwardian times. At first a grammar school, later generations of children from the village, and at one time even from Sykehouse, learned to read and write there.
Twenty villagers met on Wednesday to discuss the future of the Village Hall at its annual general meeting. Questions were asked about its charter and appeals for help were made. The future is still undecided and more meetings will be called.
The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club for December 2013 were : Mrs Muriel Benford, Mrs Wendy Brownbridge and Mr John Waite whilst January's winners were : Mrs Dorothy Guy, Mrs Cathy Purcell and Mrs Maureen Bloor.
Mrs Margaret Shepherd won Tuesday's quiz in the Hare and Hounds.
The next PACT meeting will be held on Thursday, 6th February at 6 p.m. in the EDT building in Dunscroft.
Coming up on Friday,7th February from 7p.m. till midnight in the Village Hall will be a Raise the Roof music concert featuring Kick the Habit, Haley and Phil, The Hammerheads and Tsunami in aid of beating bowel cancer. Tickets may be obtained from Shane Pollard on 07525744884. They cost £10 and include pie and peas.
Following its recent success, the Cricket and Bowls Club is holding a social evening on Saturday, 8th February with the bar open from 7 p.m. and the quiz starting at 8 p.m. Food will be available.
The next meeting of Fishlake Parish Council will be
held on Tuesday, 11th February. 03/02/14
FISHLAKE Parish Council met on Tuesday and was chaired by Councillor John Waite who rose from his sickbed. Planning permission for the new Don Valley Powerplant in Stainforth and its links to Thorpe Marsh were noted, parking along our roads was raised and a lighting officer from DMBC came to discuss the next tranche of street lights in the village.The flood wardens have been given super phones to patch in information aboiut the height of the river with photos of flood water and other information. In the police report break-ins to outhouses on the edge of the village were discussed as were stray ponies and the arrival of boulders to block access onto the river bank.
A wide ranging discussion took place about the future of the Village Hall.
The winner of the quiz on Tuesday was John Caile with Neil Livesey winning the jackpot.
Since the closure of Fishlake Post Office residents have used a variety of post offices with many gravitating to the nearest office on Thorne Road in Stainforth. This post office is to close on 19th February and will move along the street to McColl's shop where it will be open the next day from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
A biography by Max Adams, called 'The King of the North' has been published
recently about King Oswald of Northumbria and has solved the mystery for me
of why the statues of Saint Cuthbert on the tower in Fishlake parish church
and on the font show the saint holding King Oswald's head. King Oswald
fought at the Battles of Heavenfiield and Hatfield Chase, was in exile in
Dal Riata where he made a vow to Saint Columba, and established the
monastery along with Irish Christianity at Lindisfarne on Holy Island. He
was later killed fighting the pagan army of Penda, king of Mercia, near
Oswestry, where his body was divided up and his head was sent to Holy
Island. The monks later fled with his head and Saint Cuthbert's relics when
the Vikings attacked. According to legend,one of the places where their
journey took them during their flight was Fishlake. King Oswald's story was
later to inspire J.R.R. Tolkien to create the character of Aragorn in 'Lord
of the Rings'. 20/01/14
STARTING off the New Year the Monday Club has been repairing the notice board in front of the Village Hall. On the same day the first Forsythia flowers of 2014 were spotted in the village.They are always a forerunner of spring.
The Christingle service in Saint Cuthbert's raised £150 for the Children's Society.
Mrs Susan Jordan and her team won the quiz on Tuesday.
After the success of New Year's Eve the Cricket and Bowls club is putting on another social evening on Saturday, 18th January with the bar open from 7 p.m. and food available.The main quiz will start at 8 p.m. All are welcome . Do bring friends.
The next meeting of the Women's Institute will be on Thursday,23rd January at 7 p.m.
Members of the Thursday Coffee Club thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield where they saw "Oliver" and had a pre-show meal at Crucible Corner. The actors playing Oliver and Fagin were particularly appreciated.
Like our neighbours in Stainforth, we too can now boast that we have a singing postman since David's solo in the choir's Christmas concert.
to deepest Lincolnshire in search of this spring's snowdrops are not
necessary for us. Kirk Bramwith's Snowdrop Festival will take place on 8th
and 9th February when visitors will be welcomed with hot drinks and stalls
in this jewel of a royal chapel. 13/01/14
FIREWORKS greeted the New Year in Fishlake as they have since the millennium and many groups are now gearing up to resume after their Christmas break. Keep Fit reconvenes on 7th January in the Village Hall at 11.30 a.m., the Coffee Club will be visiting Sheffield on 8th January to see 'Oliver' with a pre-show meal at Crucible Corner, the ever growing choir will meet up at 7 p.m. on 14th January and the parish council will be holding its first meeting of 2014 on Tuesday, 14th January.
Gales interspersed with calm, fine days hit the village over the Christmas period and we are now treated to the sight of bare trees which David Hockney's views of the East Riding have made us appreciate.
The organisers of the 1940s dance arranged for 25th
January in the Village Hall are requesting guests who find they can no
longer attend to return their tickets as there is a waiting list of
villagers who are prepared to dress up and cut a dash at the Gay Gordons,
the Dashing White Sergeant or the Military Two Step. Please contact Mrs
Maureen White on 01302 843673 if you are no longer able to attend. 06/01/14