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FISHLAKE'S quizlings met in the Hare and Hounds for a Christmas dinner on Tuesday, 22nd December. Cooked by landlord Martin Heath, the meal was declared to be excellent and was followed by a festive quiz arranged by Pam Pyatt. Marie Foster won the quiz and the jackpot was carried off by Pam. Jones.

Sunshine on Boxing Day allowed one tradition to continue : the post prandial walk along the river bank to help throw off those extra pounds.

The Village Hall Committee is appealing to villagers who have replaced their old vacuum cleaner over Christmas. The Village Hall's hoover has broken and is in urgent need of replacement. Would anyone be prepared to donate a second hand hoover to the Village Hall?

Villagers and friends have the choice this time of spending the New Year at Fishlake Mill, where a ball will be held along with a three course meal and entertainment by the fantastic Sam Harrison from seven till late, going to the Cricket and Bowls Club for a New Year's Eve party with live music featuring Reyno from seven till late (contact Phil. Wood on 07805176539), joining friends and neighbours in one of our two hostelries or celebrating and first footing at home.

The New Year will bring the now annual Forties ' Evening on 23rd January when the Village Hall will be transformed into a scene from Dad's Army complete with outfits and uniforms. The dress code is compulsory and the evening will feature Major Swing and Kitty along with famous singer Cherie Lawrence. Tickets cost £7 and may be obtained from Mo White (843673) or Sheila Hill (841086). There will, however, be no bar so guests are to bring along their own food and drinks.28/12/15


FISHLAKE  Educational Foundation is inviting students in tertiary education (i.e. post A level) from Fishlake and Sykehouse to request an application form and to return it before the end of December for consideration in January 2016 for a book grant. Forms may be obtained from Mrs F.Trimingham, Vine Cottage, Hay Green Corner, Fishlake, DN7 5LA or by ringing 01302 841411 or by contacting f_e_f@btinternet.com

The winners of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds were Maureen and Doug. White whilst Pam. Pyatt carried off the jackpot.

The Thursday Coffee club visited the Eden Arms on Thursday, 17th for a Christmas dinner.

Film maker Ruth Grimberg has been making a short fifteen minute documentary about Stainforth this month.

Did you spot last week's mistake? The fish and chip van visits the village at 4.45 p.m. on Thursdays and not Fridays!

A new landlord and landlady have arrived from working in York to take charge of the Old Anchor Inn. They are Paul and Julie Howe and have roots in our area. They inform me that they will open on Christmas Eve from noon till late, on Christmas Day form 11 till 2 p.m., on Boxing Day from 11a.m. till late and on New Year's Day from 12 till late. There will be a New Year's Eve disco with fun, games and food till late. The Hare and Hounds will be open from noon till 2 p.m. on Christmas Day.

It has become a tradition for John Marsden, choirmaster of Fishlake Village Choir, to have something new up his sleeve. This year he introduced Markham Main Brass Band to accompany the carols. Rev. Janet Franklin brought back many memories of childhood by reading from the Authorised Version of the Bible with its wonderfully poetic language whilst John Roe read  from Laurie Lee's 'Cider With Rosie' and gave us a flavour of children setting out to sing carols in a Gloucestershire village over a century ago. The choir this year excelled itself with its carols, hand bell ringing and numbers from 'Oklahoma' and 'West Side Story'.

Christmas Eve sees a crib service at 4 p.m. in Saint Cuthbert's whilst  Christmas Day sees Holy Communion given at 9.30 a.m. by Rt. Rev. Peter Burrows, Bishop of Doncaster. 21/12/15

LONGTOFT'S pupils were seen excitedly boarding a coach to visit the village on Friday but other children had already seen the action packed production of  'The Three Musketeers' by Fishlake Drama Group earlier in the week and had  given it the thumbs up. The stage was transformed into the Paris of the seventeenth century and the audience was encouraged to shout 'Bonjour' every time Billy Doo appeared. Good sword fights, excellent riding scenes and some very humorous exchanges gave us a real flavour of a pantomime set in Old France.

Visiting Fishlake on Thursday, 10th December were Father Christmas and his friends from the Lions. Christmas has really started in spite of the lashing we received  a week ago from Storm Desmond.

The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club in November were Muriel Benford, Margaret Edge and Glenys  Mashford whilst the winners of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds were Men United.

Many, many years ago a fish and chip van would visit the village. Residents are fortunate that another has started to visit at 4.45 p.m. on Thursdays when it is to be found in the Hare and Hounds' car park.

News has reached the village that  a food bank is being set up in Saint Mary's church in Stainforth from the middle of January. It is sad that this is necessary in a country which is still one of the most prosperous in the world but the operators would certainly be glad of contributions. News has also reached us that Fishlake's backpacker, Oliver Rothwell, has reached the icy tip of South America and is now working for his keep in a vineyard in Mendosa in Argentina. He hopes to swap countries and languages when he reaches Rio de Janeiro on New Year's Eve.

Continuing with the festive theme Fishlake Village Choir is presenting its Christmas Concert with carols at 7 p.m. on Saturday, 19th December. The evening will feature Markham Main Band this year. Tickets, which may be bought on the door, cost £5 for adults and 50 pence for children and the proceeds will be shared between the Parish Church Restoration Appeal and DRI's Scanner Appeal. Refreshments will be served in the interval.14/12/15


THE CHRISTMAS fair in the Village Hall made £720 for church funds last Saturday. Fishlake's PCC was very pleased with the support.

Ian Knott informs me that his November Nomads, i.e. Fishlake Walkers' Club , walked along the green lanes to Sykehouse where they enjoyed lunch in The Old George. Brave Ian sent his charming wife Suzy first across a field with  a large bull. Suzy was wearing a red coat. The next walk will take place on Wednesday, 27th January and will take advantage of the lengthening daylight by walking along the lanes and floodbanks of Sykehouse  for six miles and four hours. Walkers should take suitable clothing and footwear for the time of year.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Barbara Watson.

From Tuesday, 8th December until Saturday,12th  the Village Hall will become French territory but not the land of President Hollande. It will be a France of centuries ago ruled by kings where cardinals plotted and the honour of the queen was at stake and could only be saved by the Three Musketeers. Many tickets for this year's pantomime by Fishlake Drama Group have already been sold but a few remain and may be obtained from Mrs Joy Chaffer on 01302 351218.

From 1st Jan, 2016 legislation will require all horses to have a passport in the same way as cattle. This may make horse lovers feel better about the issue of stray ponies which has arisen in the village. 07/12/15

THE FIRST frosts of the winter have hit the village this week. Wednesday saw the Coffee Club's members travelling to Brigg Garden Centre to admire the  festive lights and to visit the Christmas Room upstairs for those special gifts.

Tickets for this year's pantomime in the Village Hall from 8th until 12th December are ready for collection. Fishlake Drama Group is presenting 'The Three Musketeers' and last minute tickets may be purchased from Mrs Joy Chaffer ( tel. 01302 351218).

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Margaret Shepherd with John Butterley carrying off the jackpot.

Friday, 27th November saw the A.G.M. of the Village Hall Committee which was re-elected for another year. 

A New Year's Eve party is to be held at the Cricket and Bowls' Club from 7 p.m. till late on 31st December. The evening will include live music featuring Reyno. Tickets cost £10 and may be obtained from Phil. Wood on 07805176539 or phildi10@sky.com

A very well attended Christmas Fair was held by St. Cuthbert's parish church on Saturday when many of us enjoyed our first mince pie of the season. Fishlake's last vicar and present vicar attended the event as did church wardens past and present. Saturday also saw two presentations of local playwright's 'Life and Crimes of Rev. Raccoon', a tele-evangelist from America's Deep South. The play which came straight to the village from the Buxton Fringe was a tour de force for actor, Gareth Watkins, who gave an hour long monologue which showed his ability to remember his lines and accent for the whole show. He is an actor to watch. 30/11/15


THE VILLAGE  quiz on 13th November raised £235 for Village Hall funds and proved to be a community event which brought the village together. The Golden Girls performed a hat trick with their third win in three years.

Meanwhile, the winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Andrew Redmond.

Animal lovers in the village will be pleased to learn that three beautiful stray ponies left in the pinfold have been fed and watered by a lady from the village. They have now been transported to a horse sanctuary in Yorkshire to live out their days in a rural setting, thanks to Fishlake Parish Council's care and kindness.

Reminding us that Christmas is just around the corner, Saint Cuthbert's will be holding its Christmas Coffee Morning between 10 and 12 noon on Saturday, 28th November in the Village Hall. The morning will feature crafts, unusual gifts, jams, cakes, a tombola mince pies and a raffle. Later that day at 3.30 and 7.30 p.m. Fishlake's very own playwright, Jeremy Fletcher, will be presenting his play 'The Life and Crimes of Rev. Raccoon' in the Village Hall. Tickets may be bought on the door and cost £4.50 or £4 for concessions, although the play is not suitable for children under fourteen.

Sunday, 29th at 10.30 a.m. sees the now traditional Christingle service at 10.30 a.m. in Saint Cuthbert's when parishes under Rev. Janet Franklin will meet in our parish church. The collection will be donated to the Children's Society from this very child-friendly service.

From the time of the Christingle service until the Crib service on Christmas Eve, Mary, Joseph and the donkey will be going on a journey around Fishlake adding to the festive atmosphere of Advent.

Thinking ahead to the New Year residents and friends are invited to a ball at the Mill on Mill Fields. Tickets for this splendid event on New Year's Eve cost £65 and include arrival drinks, canapés, a three course meal, live entertainment featuring the fantastic Sam. Harrison and a post bells supper. Fellow diners will be elegantly dressed as befits such an event. For more information please contact Mr Graham Atha. 23/11/15


TUESDAY'S meeting of the parish council was attended by DMBC's Conservation Officer who answered questions about our conservation area. The Coffee Club visited Harrogate to see its Christmas Market on 12th November.

The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was John Butterley.       

A meeting will take place on 27th November in the Village Hall. The following organisations may appoint a representative on the management committee of the hall :  Fishlake Parish Council, the P.C.C. ,the Women's Institute, Fishlake Drama Group, the Art Club, the Coffee  Club and Keep Fit.

Fishlake's own playwright, Jeremy Fletcher, has written 'The Life and Crimes of Rev.Raccoon'. This play will be performed on 28th November at 3.30 and 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall. Tickets cost £4.50 and £4 for concessions. The play is not suitable for children under fourteen.

Friday evening's quiz in the Village Hall was won by the Golden Girls for the third year running. Mrs Pam Pyatt  organised a very enjoyable evening which raised funds for the Village Hall.

Wednesday, 18th sees our Walkers' Club stepping out to Sykehouse, enjoying lunch in the Old George and returning by bus. 16/11/15

THE END of an era was marked on Saturday, 31st October when three parish councillors gathered to present Keith Milnes with a bottle of whisky and a bouquet of flowers for his wife, Julie. Cllrs. John Waite, David Chaffer and Doug. White handed over the gifts to congratulate Keith on his retirement after many years of service attracting many customers from neighbouring villages to his butcher's shop on Main Street with the quality of his meat.

Fishlake History Society met on Monday, 2nd November when Mrs Val. Geoghegan described the early railway built in in Braithwaite and Sykehouse---Fishlake never joined the railway age. Villagers shared their precious photographs, artefacts and newspaper articles with the group which had decided to create a virtual museum of Fishlake life which would also be accessible to exiles Down Under or in Canada. Mrs Fiona Trimingham scanned  the items before returning them to their owners. The group would also like to recreate the village as it was in 1960.

The Hallowe'en party was very well supported and raised £350 for Village Hall funds.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday was John Butterley with the jackpot being won by Pam. Pyatt. Meanwhile the Fishlake 100 winners for October were Mesdames Brenda Clarke, Margaret Holt-Taylor and Lynne Williamson.

Fishlake's Village Choir's concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, 19th December will feature the famous Markham Main Brass Band. This year, it is being suggested that concert goers contribute £5 each which will be shared between the Parish Church Restoration Fund and DRI's Scanner Appeal.

Fishlake folk love workshops and will be interested in one being held to make Christmas wreaths  at Garden Blooms in Fosterhouses from 10.30 to 1 p.m. on Sunday, 13th December by florist  and cut flower grower, Gill Tomkinson of Lavender Blue ( tel. 01430 421805 for bookings or see website www.lavenderandpinks.co.uk page 3321159html ).

The importance of Fishlake's patron saint, Cuthbert, in Anglo-Saxon England is borne out by references in  Bernard Cornwell's book, The Last Kingdom, which is being televised on BBC2.

A village quiz is to be held in the Village Hall on Friday, 13th November at 7.30p.m. Teams may consist of up to six members. Tickets cost £5 with the price including pie and peas and are available from Mrs Maureen White, Mrs Sheila Hill, Mrs Pam Pyatt or Mrs Jayne West. The proceeds will go to support the Village Hall.

The parish council points out that it is an offence to dump refrigerators by the roadside.

The next outing for Fishlake Walkers' Club is on Wednesday, 18th November at 10 a.m. when they will set off via the green lanes for Sykehouse, having lunch at the Old George. This route is four and a half miles and will enable the group to catch the 2.20 p.m. bus home. (Those who do not have time for a lunch break may catch the 12.20 back to Fishlake. Another option for hardy souls is to catch the 14.20 bus back and alight a mile from home. 09/11/15

CONGRATLATIONS to Fishlake's Over Fifties' Cricket Team who have won the plate in the Grey Fox Trophy in Scarborough.

Starting the week on Monday, 2nd November is a meeting of the History Society in the Village Hall between 2 and 4 p.m. The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Margaret Shepherd with Stephen Cook carrying off the jackpot.

Departing for the trip of a lifetime on Wednesday was young Oliver Rothwell who was flying from Heathrow to Santiago in Chile with the intention of visiting the southern extreme of Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia before travelling up through Argentina to tropical Brazil via Uruguay and eventually returning to Fishlake from Lima in the Andes .He is intending to use local buses and trains as he crosses the continent  brushing up his Spanish and Portuguese as he goes.

Thursday sees the opening of the library in the Village Hall when residents may call in and borrow a book from the Thursday Coffee Club between 2 and 4 p.m.

Tickets for this year's pantomime, which runs from 8th to 12th December, are now on sale from Mrs Joy Chaffer on 01302 351218. They cost £6 for adults and £4.50  with the bar opening at 6.45 and curtain up at 7.15 p.m.

Flying from the flagpole on the Landing this last weekend was the Hallowe'en flag.

We are coming up to Guy Fawkes Night which dates back to 1605.Fireworks , however, were  invented by the Chinese 2,000 years ago. Italy and France were the first European countries to have fireworks in 1300.They were first recorded in England at the wedding of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York in 1486. Coloured fireworks did not exist until the 1800s.The Cricket and Bowls' Club will this year, as usual, be building a bonfire ( on Saturday 7th November) and would welcome wood and garden  rubbish from villagers who are invited to push it through the gate but not to drive over the grass .For the first time there will be no fireworks but the bonfire will be free and the Cricket Club bar will be open.

Straight from the Buxton Fringe to Fishlake Village Hall at 3.30 and 7.30 p.m. on 28th November is the' Life and Crimes of Rev .Raccoon'. Tickets cost £4.50.. Rev. Raccoon was a conman, fake faith healer, US Army reservist, tv dinner Evangelical preacher until God found him. Telephone 01302 845077 or e-mail sheepishproductions@rocketmail.com    02/11/15


COMING up this week of the half-term holiday there is a workshop on Wednesday,28th October from 10 until 11.30 a.m. .for  children to take part in a morning making crafts about a Biblical superhero in the Village Hall. On the following day there is a gathering in the Village Hall for youngsters who are prepared to help prepare and decorate the Village Hall for Hallowe'en. Tea and coffee will be provided from 10 o'clock for adults who bring the children. Soft drinks should be brought by youngsters.

The actual Hallowe'en party is from 6.30 p.m. on 31st October in the Village Hall. with a spooky ghost walk planned down a lane at 7 p.m.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Tony Sewell.

Reread, the organisation based in Doncaster, has given the Village Hall a bookcase and some books to borrow. The books will be available on Thursday afternoon between 2 and 4 p.m. when tea or coffee will also be on offer from the Thursday Coffee Club in the Village Hall.

The parish council appointed Mrs Kirsty Evans  as its new clerk on Wednesday with  effect from 1st January 2016. At its next meeting in November the Conservation Officer for Doncaster is invited to answer questions about our conservation area.

A fund raising seminar is to be held on Friday, 30th October at the Cricket Club at 7 for 7.30 p.m. when New Horizons will organise an evening when village groups can learn how to access funding from bodies such as the National Lottery and other charities. The evening has been arranged by Mr. Phil. Wood and is funded partly by the N.H.S. as groups help physical and mental health in the community.

Keith Milnes , our local butcher, has announced his retirement for 31st. October. His butcher's shop has attracted trade from the whole area because of its good reputation. Many will miss Keith for his friendly service.

It may not be Christmas but holly trees are replete with red berries  and are ready for the festive season. 26/10/15

FRIDAY’S music evening in the Hare and Hounds was a great success and Graham and Lynn would like to thank all their supporters.

Marking the centenary of the Women’s Institute in England the Fishlake branch arranged to plant a tree with the help of the Monday Club. Mrs Pat Sheppard and other ladies gathered on 11th October to plant the tree.

The next quiz at the Cricket and Bowls’ Club will take place at 8.30 p.m. on 24th October.

Recently I caught the Fishlake Flyer after a long gap and discovered that the bus now travels up Trundle Lane before going to Kirkhouse Green and then on to Sykehouse from where it returns via Fosterhouses and Pinfold Lane.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Don Cutmore

Unusually, for  Fishlake the parish council will be meeting on Wednesday, 21st October at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall.

The Village Hall Committee would like to thank Ian Knott for his help with the odd job list, Allen Hodges from Moorends for his woodworking skills in replacing the dilapidated side gate and fence and John Williams for his instant response to their major electrical problem. The Village Hall would be lost without people’s community spirit.

Holy Communion will be taken at 9.30 a.m. in St. Cuthbert’s Church on Sunday, 25th October.

Here are two future dates for your diaries: 7.30 p.m. on Friday, 13th November sees the next quiz night arranged by Mrs Pam Pyatt in the Village Hall. Ticket , which cost £5 and include a pie and peas’ supper , are available from Mesdames Sheila Hill, Pam Pyatt, Maureen White and Jayne West.

Meanwhile Fishlake Village Choir is presenting its Christmas concert on Saturday, 19th December. 18/10/15


SINCE England's departure from the World Cup rugby fans in the old Anchor Inn have faced the problem of which home or Commonwealth country to support. Our genial host will no doubt keep a weather eye on his old home team of South Africa.

Thursday's winners of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds were Colin Simpson's team whilst Tuesday's was Lynn Atkin. Meanwhile the Fishlake 100 Club winners were: Pat. Hancock, Cathy Purcell and Jessica Duckitt.

In spite of monsoon like weather outside Fishlake History Society went ahead with its meeting on 6th October with topics such as evacuees and wills on the agenda. It was established that evacuees came from Hull and the East Riding to Fishlake and Sykehouse whereas city children from Leeds and Manchester went to Fenwick and Moss. A group of Dutch youngsters also lived in Nissen huts in Askern and were educated at the Children's Institute, Thorpe's chapel and Trumfleet Nissen hut. After a brainstorming session the meeting was able to put together a list of villagers who hosted evacuees and even the names of some of the evacuees----no mean feat after a gap of seventy-five years! Hosts received ten and sixpence per child. It was agreed that oral history could die with the present generation unless it was written down. Time was spent poring over  old wills from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with their interesting lists of goods and chattels and fascinating wording. The next meeting will take place between 2 and 4 p.m. on Monday, 2nd November.

The Coffee Club and its members travelled to Thorne's King's Chamber on Thursday for an enjoyable meal. The outing coincided with Mrs DeLau's eightieth birthday.

This year's bonfire at the Cricket and Bowls' Club will be on Saturday, 7th November. This year, however, it will not feature fireworks but will of course feature the bar.

Fishlake Drama Group's pantomime,The Three Musketeers, will run in the Village Hall from Tuesday, 8th till Saturday, 12th December. Tickets will be available shortly. 12/10/15


THE SEASON of mists and mellow fruitfulness has well and truly arrived. Mist covered, low lying fields characterise the village and its surroundings with white cobwebs on hedgerows emerging from the mist every morning.

After a vote at the Monday Club the new wood has been named the Monday Wood at Wrinkly Bottom. The club has been given a new pedestrian gate for the far end of its riverside walk.

The horses kept in the pinfold for a week have been removed to a farm by DMBC. Fishlake is becoming famous for its horses with a riding school and livery stables.

David Chaffer raised £350 when he undertook the Great North Run on 13th September. He is giving the money to the Alzheimer's charity and would like to thank his sponsors.

Fishlake's History Society will be meeting on Tuesday, 6th October at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall. The topics of interest will include wills, local railways and evacuees.

Local singer, James Lawrence, (Graham to you and me) will; be entertaining along with other professionals from Leeds in the Hare and Hounds from 8.30 p.m. on Friday. His wife, Lynne, will be catering and an enjoyable evening is guaranteed.

A few places remain on the Thursday Coffee Club's outing to the Royal Horticultural Society's Christmas Market in Harrogate. Tickets may be obtained from Mrs Joy Chaffer.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Mrs Barbara Watson.

This month's meeting of the parish council will be held unusually on Wednesday, 21st October.

The Village Hall Committee is organising a Hallowe'en party and is inviting youngsters and parents to help make themed decorations for the hall be coming to a workshop from 10 a.m. on Thursday, 29th October in the Village Hall.Tea and coffee will be available for adults but children are asked to bring along their own soft drinks.

Fishlake Walkers' Club is planning its next jaunt for Wednesday, 21st October. Once again they intend to let the train take the strain and will catch the 9.46 a.m. from Hatfield and Stainforth station to Conisbrough whose owner once owned Fishlake. Having admired the castle, where Sir Walter Scott set 'Ivanhoe', they will walk along the canal and picturesque banks of the river Don towards Doncaster stopping for refreshments at the Boat Inn in Sprotbrough and then on to Doncaster for a train home. For more information about taxis to the station or even an early dinner in town please contact Ian Knott  on 01302 844389. 05/10/15


RUNNING in the footsteps of Mo Farah parish councillor David Chaffer completed the half-marathon of the Great North Run  in two hours and 14 minutes last Sunday. Once again he was sponsored for the Alzheimer's charity.

This harvest time sees a bumper crop of wheat and other cereals. Ironically, for the farmers, this will push prices down. It is, however, a bonus for consumers.

Retirement beckons for Mrs Pam. Harrison, Clerk to Fishlake Parish Council, at Christmas. Expect to see the vacancy advertised shortly.

Fishlake's former curate, Rev. Eleanor Robertson, who is now the Rector of Snaith, will be abseiling down Snaith Priory for the Places  of Worship Heritage Weekend.

Rugby fans and patriots will be pleased to see that the Old Anchor Inn is to show all the matches of the Rugby World Cup on its large screen over the coming days and weeks.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Mrs Jan Threadgold.

Holy Communion will be distributed in Saint Cuthbert's on Sunday at 9.30 a.m.

Wags in the Monday Club and in the Thursday Coffee Club are arguing over the name of the second wood of mixed trees being planted now by the Monday Club on the bank of the river Don. Some favour 'Crinkley Bottom' (Noel Edmunds has a lot to answer for ) and others 'The Forest of Deanie'.

Fishlake Walkers' Club is preparing for its journey on Wednesday,30th September by taxi, train, foot and barge when it will set off for Worksop. The idea is to take a taxi to Thorne South or Stainforth railway station at 9.39 or 9.44 a.m. respectively, to catch the train to Lincoln and alight at Worksop where the walk continues along the Chesterfield Canal before boarding a barge to cruise along the canal and enjoy a buffet. The return home is planned for 6 p.m. For any help ( such as booking the taxi or a seat on the barge ) please contact Ian Knott on 01302 844389. 21/09/15


A HAPPY band of walkers met outside Saint Cuthbert's on Saturday tea-time as they took part in the Church of England's outreach walk from the village to Kirk Bramwith with the theme of 'talk and walk'. Rev. Janet Franklin and a churchwarden, Wendy Brownbridge, led the group along the river bank as they caught the last rays of the sun before nightfall. The walk is part of the Archbishop of York's initiative to revive Christianity in our county.

We have been given advance warning of a change in our bin day to Mondays by DMBC this week from 5th October.

A comedy, 'Family Planning', is to be presented by the Barnby Dun Players in Fishlake Village Hall on Thursday, 17th and Friday, 18th September. Tickets costing £5 are available from Joy Chaffer on 01302 351218.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Barbara Watson.

The inaugural meeting of Fishlake's History Society took place in the Village Hall on Tuesday. Much of the evening was spent discussing the way Fishlake and the neighbouring parishes of Sykehouse and Kirk Bramwith dealt with rural poverty in the days before the Welfare State. Local charities attempted to alleviate distress by giving grants of boots, coal and food, by providing bibles at christenings and by setting up one of the first endowed schools in Yorkshire. The Vicar of Fishlake was paid the sum of six shillings and eightpence to preach an annual sermon on Faith, Hope and Charity. Mrs Grafton, Rev. Eve Atherfold and Peter Trimingham all described their links with village charities and explained how the charities have been modernised for the twenty-first century. The next meeting at 7 p.m. on 6th October in the Village Hall will discuss evacuees in the village, local wills and railways in the area. 14/09/15


FISHLAKE folk will find themselves quite busy this week. Tuesday sees the first parish council meeting since July with the council meeting at seven o'clock in the Village Hall and the inaugural meeting of Fishlake's History Society also at seven o'clock in the other room of the Village Hall. For more information please ring Mrs Brenda Grafton on 01302 844681.

The Village Choir starts its rehearsals for its Christmas Concert on Wednesday, 9th September at 7 p.m. in St. Cuthbert's.

Five o'clock on Saturday,12th September sees a five mile walk from St. Cuthbert's church along the river bank to the picturesque village of Kirk Bramwith and back. Dogs are welcome and there will be the opportunity to talk to Rev. Janet Franklin and Rt. Rev. Tony Porter, Bishop of Sherwood. Everone is invited.This is part of the Northern Bishops' Mission for September. Refreshments will be served in our parish church afterwards.

Watch out on your television screens on Sunday, 13th for Cllr. David Chaffer who will be taking part in the Great North Run as he has for several years.

Our flagmaster seems to be ringing the changes of the home nations before the Rugby World Cup later this month.

The winners of the 100 Club for August were Eileen Purcell, Josh Smith and Maureen Bloor whilst Margaret Shepherd won the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds.

On Sunday, 13th September the morning service of worship will take place in Stainforth Market before continuing as a café service at 11 o'clock in St. Mary's church as part of the Crossroads/ Mission Partnership. 07/09/15


INSERTED into our copies of the Thorne Times this week was a the first edition of 'Moor Space' which told us about the wildlife on Thorne , Hatfield and Crowle Moors. which form part of the Humberhead  Peatlands  National Nature Reserve. Many of us have spent our lives driving around the moors to Scunthorpe or Goole and yet have seldom visited the moors themselves. The magazine describes ditch damming, the building of small weirs and forming walls of peat (bunds) to keep the water where it is needed. The European Union is funding the Life+ project carrying out a water level management plan.

Frequent downpours of rain followed by sunshine mean that this wet summer has led to a glut of sloeberries.

Last Wednesday we had visitors to our church. One gentleman who is eighty-five had bravely set himself the challenge of visiting the Jenkins collection, i.e.the five hundred churches mentioned in Simon Jenkins' book. He is now halfway through the list  and declared that Saint Cuthbert's was the best so far. He has since written to John Waite, the church warden, to thank him for the time spent with the visitors and for all the information.

The winners of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds were Maureen and Doug. White whilst Don. Turner carried off the jackpot.

Fishlake Walkers' Club will be catching the train to Worksop from either Thorne South or Stainforth railway station ( at 9.39 or 9.44. respectively) on Wednesday, 30th September. --Ian Knott is trying to arrange a taxi- Having alighted in Worksop the group will walk and then cruise along the Chesterfield canal for two hours. A buffet will be available on board and seating will be there for twelve people.The group will return on the six o'clock train. All are welcome but please contact Ian to confirm attendance and requirements. Phone Ian Knott on 01302 844389.

As autumn approaches do you have a dog that needs exercising when you have neither the time nor the inclination to undertake this after a hard day at work? A local pensioner who is also a dog lover and keen walker with  a good local knowledge is willing to take on these duties in any weather. For more information please contact 07891458090. 31/08/15


THE WINNER of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was John Butterley.We are entering harvest time and should not forget, whilst watching combine harvesters making their way through the village, that we supplement our fruit and vegetables with home grown produce which is no doubt tastier and freer of food miles and chemicals than shop bought food. Gardens, orchards and hedgerows across the village provide us with nature's bounty.

I must confess to being puzzled by our flagmaster's logic this week when he has flown first a pirate's flag and then the Welsh flag on the Landing. I would welcome any suggestions.

Cast your eyes skywards towards the rooftops and count the number of different weather vanes in the village. I would be interested in your findings.

After its summer break Fishlake Village Choir will reconvene on Wednesday, 9th September to start its rehearsals for its Christmas Concert.

Sunday, 30th August will see a service held in St. Cuthbert's for the whole benefice at 10.30 a.m.and will give villagers an opportunity to hear Rev. Janet Franklin. 24/18/15


FISHLAKE spent rather a quiet week with Stainforth Bridge closed yet again for repairs after an accident.This did not stop some villagers from escaping to the outside world, however. Fishlake Walkers' Club met at the Hare and Hounds where they boarded a coach for Bolton Abbey to gain the sobriquet Bolton Wanderers. After a lengthy delay near Harrogate they set off down the Wharf with a few brave souls crossing the stepping stones. Thus fired up they continued across Bardon Aqueduct bridge and were collected by the coach driver for lunch in Ilkley.Their next planned outing is on 30th September when they intend to catch the train to Worksop and to walk along the Chesterfield Canal. For further information please 'phone Ian Knott on 07891458090.

The winners of the quiz at the Hare and Hounds were Yvette Hodges and Sandra Turner.

Spotted, in training during our quiet week on the roads, was Cllr. David Chaffer who was practising for for the Great North Run on 13th September when he hopes to be sponsored for the Alzheimer's charity.

The family fun quiz held in the Village Hall on Friday was declared a success by all concerned. Pam Pyatt, the village's quiz mistress, had set questions which catered for different age groups whilst Sheila Hill and Doug. White acted as announcers on behalf of the Village Hall Committee. Every family was awarded a Prestigious Certificate of Achievement and to ensure fair play mobiles were banned.

Coming to the Village Hall on Thursday, 17th and Friday, 18th September  will be a comedy, Family Planning, performed by Barnby Dun Players. Tickets cost £5 and may be obtained from Mrs Joy Chaffer on 351 218.

Fishlake Coffee Club is organising a coach trip to Harrogate Showground to visit the Rural Craft Christmas Fair on Thursday, 12th November. The tickets which do not include entry cost £10 and may be ordered from Mrs Joy Chaffer.

Holy Communion will be served in our nine hundred year old parish church by Rev. Janet Franklin on Sunday, 23rd August at 9.30 a.m. 17/08/15

FURTHER proof of the improved health of the river Don was found in July when two sea-lampreys were caught in Crimpsall near Hexthorpe. Thanks to new fish passes they and salmon are managing to swim upstream returning the river to its former glory.             

There was high drama in the village on Saturday evening when the fire brigade had to be called after a bullock had fallen in the river.

The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club in July were Christopher Purcell, Pat Omar and Maureen Bloor whilst the winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Tony Sewell with Don Turner carrying off the jackpot.

Last Saturday the village roads were busy with horse boxes, farm machinery and other equipment returning home from Sykehouse Show. If only our village had a show to attract visitors.

According to the parish magazine the parishes of St. Cuthbert's Fishlake, St. Mary's Kirk Bramwith, St. Mary's Stainforth and Holy Trinity Sykehouse are moving towards becoming a united benefice. This means that individual parishes will share one minister. New service times and formats start in the autumn under Rev. Janet Franklin.

Flags flew last weekend across the village to celebrate Yorkshire Day.

Look upwards and see the swallows practising in their flying school as they glide along the air currants. We know so much about their lives here but so little about their lives when they leave us for Africa. Blackbirds are already pecking at early rosy red apples

The Monday Club has recently been alternating between the old river bed and the churchyard.

Coming up on Friday, 14th August  at 7 p.m. is the fund raising quiz evening  for the Village Hall when  the Village Hall Committee will host quizzes consisting of adults and children for a Family Fun Quiz. Tickets cost £10 per family and will include hot dogs and soft drinks . 10/08/15


CONGRATULATIONS to Garden Blooms, Fishlake's own plant nursery, tucked away on Mill Fields. Last week the nursery exhibited for the first time in the Royal Horticultural Show's Floral Marquee at Tatton Park Flower Show and was awarded a silver medal and received some very positive feedback.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounjds was Yvette Hodges.

Fishlake Walkers' Club is setting off for Bolton Abbey and along the river Wharf towards Skipton on Wednesday, 5th August and will be calling at Ilkley for lunch. The trip costs £15 and more information is available from Ian Knott on 07891458090. Fingers crossed for the weather which lately has been cooler than normal and has seen frequent downpours.

Technology has made rapid strides over the last thirty years. The young have grown up with these developments but older people are in danger of being left behind. Many job advertisements and much information is only available on line, telephones have morphed from fixed line Bakelite handsets to all singing, all dancing mobiles which take and send photographs and have instant access to the worldwide web as well as recording conversations. The video phone is upon us.The science fiction of a few years ago has become fact. In spite of the emergence of silver surfers there are still large numbers of the over sixties who are left behind without access to on line banking, e-mails, sending texts by mobile, using bank cards to gain access to cash or using Sat-navs in the car. The truth finds many of us struggling somewhere along the way towards this brave new world.

Fishlake Village Hall Committee which is organising its Family Fun Quiz on Friday,14th August is asking people to help by booking places in advance. This will make catering much easier. Tickets cost £10 per family and include hot dogs and soft drinks. Please 'phone 01302 841086 or 843673 for reserve your places.03/08/15


CONTRARY to some expectations, Stainforth library, which also serves Fishlake, has kept open and increased its services over the last three years since DMBC withdrew its librarians. Into the gap stepped Stuart Bolton and a team of volunteers who have coped with running a modern library and all that that entails. Books and computers are still on offer for adults and children whilst new services such as a film club,a chess club,a café and a job club are also available. Thanks to the charity shop the library run by Stainforth4all can now offer extra tuition for children on Saturday mornings and has undertaken a variety of educational trips to destinations such as Eureka, Sherwood Forest, Beamish  and coming soon The Deep in Hull. The deposit for these outings is returned on the trip thus ensuring commitment. Useful work experience has given a number of people a start in life before they take up paid employment and has given many of them the confidence to seek work. Several individuals from Fishlake have volunteered to help in the library since its change of status and the result has surprised many of the doom-sayers. Where other community libraries are open for a few hours a week Stainforth's is open for all the traditional library hours from Monday to Saturday with a half day on Wednesdays. Much of the work is unseen with applications for grants,administrative work and frequent courses to keep up to date. The group of volunteers is to be congratulated for its efforts.

Mrs Pam Pyatt won the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday.

Sadly, another former resident has passed away. Mrs Jenny Sheppard who lived at Riverside Bungalow on River Lane has passed away in a nursing home in Graizelound. She was a schoolteacher who became the headmistress of Sykehouse. She gave many demonstrations on the art of making corn dollies, loved amateur dramatics,travel and cats. Her funeral will take place in Beltoft Methodist Chapel on Thursday. 27/07/15

ATTENDING events last weekend required an almost military turn of mind as the calendar was crammed with festivities. Friday night saw a musical soirée organised by Graham and Lyn with top star singers from Leeds. Saturday dawned to see the Fishlake Falcons holding a fun day off Sour Lane whilst members of Fishlake Village Choir were readying themselves to perform in St. Mary's Church in Stainforth before some continued to the Cricket and Bowls Club for a successful evening of 'Fishlake Rocks'. Local bands provided high quality entertainment. The celebrations continued on Sunday with matches from morning till night of bowls between Fishlake and neighbouring teams whilst the long awaited arrival of the Over Sixties' team from Victoria in Australia took place. Do not be deceived by the age of these gentlemen from Down Under who are travelling the length and breadth of England showing the Mother Country what they are worth. They have kept themselves in trim, all the better to beat the Poms. Needless to say, the visiting Victorians departed victorious having thrashed the Yorkshire Over Sixties and given the village a good afternoon of cricket.

July's meeting of the parish council was attended by two DMBC councillors, Alan Jones and Austin White, who brought along a police superintendent and an inspector to hear problems of rural crime. Andy Rutherford, who is in charge of grass cutting at DMBC, was also present. He promised to look at the work done by contractors and explained that it is policy to cut up to one metre from the verge.The meeting, which was chaired by Cllr. John Waite, also heard that some street light attached to telegraph poles are to be replaced and Paula Simpson, PCSO, reported on burglaries and recommended post coding gardening tools and equipment.The speed gun has been used recently by the police and has caught some motorists.

During the week some farming families disappeared from the village, as they have for generations to attend the 157th Great Yorkshire Show which shows agriculture from the broad acres and the rural way of life at its best. Showgoers present on Tuesday caught a glimpse of Prince Charles whilst those on Wednesday found the BBC's One Show taking place around them.

Tuesday saw a group of elegantly dressed racegoers depart from the village for Beverley Races. That evening the winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds was Mrs Pam Pyatt.

Wednesday was St. Swithin's Day and fortune shone on the village with good weather.

The preacher in church at 9.30 a.m. will be Rev. Mark Wrigglesworth. 20/07/15

THE OPPORTUNITY to be wined and dined here in the village has come again with Sunday lunches and Friday tea-time fish suppers on offer at the Old Anchor Inn every week.

The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Barbara Watson with Neil West carrying off the jackpot. Meanwhile the winners of the Fishlake 100 Club for July were : 1) Fran Wade, 2) Jessica Brownbridge and 3) Joan Duckitt.

The annual general meeting of Fishlake Village Choir has taken place. John Marsden was re-elected as chairman, Wendy Brownbridge as secretary and Brenda Grafton as treasurer. Also elected to the committee were David Chaffer and Doug. White.

For any who missed the Village Choir's excellent summer concert recently it will be repeated at 7 p.m. on Saturday,18th July in Sykehouse's Holy Trinity church with tickets, which include supper, costing five pounds each. 13/07/15

HOW does Fishlake Parish Council have the knack of taking its trips for the Over Sixties in such good weather? Wednesday, 1st July saw a coach embark across the broad acres before reaching this year's destination of Scarborough at midday--traffic near York had delayed us--where brilliant sunshine greeted us. Soon residents were peeling off towards the cafés, shops or the beach. Braver souls undertook a boat trip and one or two disappeared into the Pavilion for some entertainment. Little knots of Fishlake folk hailed fellow countrymen in the crowded streets near the harbour and further afield as they stocked up with  shell fish and fudge with some favouring the watering holes along the sea-front. Like Richard III, whose favourite port Scarborough was, many trippers expressed their regard for the town which was Britain's first bathing resort. Richard even set up a new county with Scarborough as its county town although this move was later rescinded by Henry VII. It fell to Cllr. John Waite to shepherd us all back onto the coach at half past five where this time we had wonderful views of the East Riding as we returned. Perhaps the greatest surprise was our return to Fishlake where the air felt like a warm bath as the village had had its hottest day on record. We had spent the day with cooling sea breezes. Quite a contrast!

The winner of the quiz last Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was John Butterley.

Hidden corners of the parish of Fishlake harbour some unusual wildlife--peacocks gone native, deer, rare bats and unusual newts.

Left behind at an event recently in the Village Hall was a lady's jacket. It is a pink and grey wateproof by TOG 24. If you recognise this description, please contact Mrs Sheila Hill on 01302 841086.

The village has changed considerably over time. Talking to Mrs Valerie Noble (née Stones) last week I heard how she remembered her mother drawing water from the old river (near the sluice gates on River Lane) with  a bucket for washing clothes and drawing drinking water from a well near the church. In those days there were often fish swimming in the water from the old river.

This week has seen the closure of Hatfield Colliery in Stainforth, the last working pit in South Yorkshire, which was mining under Fishlake. With the loss of 430 jobs this really is the end of an era.

Coming up this week we have a music night on offer in the Hare and Hounds on Friday, 10th July from 8.30 till late. The evening will feature top class singers from Leeds and some of Lynn's excellent home-made cooking. Saturday,11th July sees another 'Fishlake Rocks' in the evening at the Cricket and Bowls Club where tickets cost £15 each and include a hog roast and music from the Hammerheads, Jerry and the Hat Tricks, the Band With No Name and Phil and Haley. The proceeds of the evening are to be shared between the Cricket Club and Sheffield Children's Hospital.

Worship on Sunday, 12th July at 9.30 a.m. in Saint Cuthbert's will be led by Mrs Wendy Brownbridge.The Cricket Club also sees the return of the Australian Over Sixties on Sunday at 1.30 p.m. when our visitors from Down Under will play the Yorkshire Over Sixties. Meanwhile from 10 a.m.  triple whistle stop bowls will take place all day with food available and the bar open. Take these opportunities to see the new electronic score board at the Cricket Club along with the sitescreen and covers. 06/07/15


SANCTUARY from the heat of the day and from the mayhem and murder in Charleston,Tunisia, Kuwait and Lyons was on offer in Saint Cuthbert's on Saturday evening when the village choir produced its summer concert. An other world was on offer. Mainly with an American theme, but in reality an eclectic mixture including powerful Negro spirituals, a modern version of 'The Lord is My Shepherd', Handel's 'Hallelujah Chorus' , 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow' ,'If I Were A Rich Man' ,songs from 'The Sound of Music' and strong contributions from The Band With No Name and their lead singer. Hannah Webb played 'Turkey in the Straw' before we were told by choirmaster, John Marsden, how hard the choir had worked over the last two years and was at a level where it could produce the level and variety needed for Saturday's performance. Excellent refreshments rounded off the evening's entertainment.

Both games of bingo were won last week by Mrs Ann Waite whilst the quiz was won by Mrs Doris Nicholls.The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Mrs Joy Chaffer.

The next meeting of the parish council will be held on Thursday, 2nd July at 7.15 p.m. in the Village Hall. All are welcome to attend. 29/06/15

PARTYING into the night last Saturday in the Hare and Hounds were Jade from Pure, Fishlake's hairdressers, and her friends who had gone along to wish her well before she goes backpacking in Australia.

The winners of the quiz on Tuesday were Doug. and Maureen White.

At June's parish council meeting two members of the public attended to raise concerns about roadside grass-cutting by DMBC and the lack of road sweeping on Trundle Lane. As Paula Simpson, PCSO, attended , the issue of stolen catalytic converters and a five-barred gate from Trundle Lane was  raised.The council is looking at a system of CCTV for the village. Tony Ransome from Hatfield Colliery Company informed the meeting that residents of Fosterhouses who are suffering from subsidence are being compensated. A new drain is to be dug to to prevent problems of drainage on the northern section of Pinfold Lane resulting from mining subsidence and a new pumping station is also under construction. The meeting was informed that work on the old river bed is nearing completion--a wood to the west of the site along with a new chain link fence at the rear of the Landing are scheduled for this autumn. The council heard that horses had been removed from the field at the bottom of Stainforth Bridge that morning. The next parish council meeting will take place on 2nd July at 7.15 p.m.

This week sees a visit to Walker's Garden Centre in Blaxton for lunch on Wednesday by the members of the Coffee Club. The ladies of the Women's Institute will be meeting on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall where their topic this month will be 'Reunited'.The week  also sees Fishlake Village Choir's summer concert in St. Cuthbert's church at 7 p.m. on Saturday, 27th. Memorable numbers from the shows such as 'Old Man River', 'Fiddler on the Roof' and other songs will be on offer.

Fishlake Walkers' Club,replete with blisters from Derbyshire, hope to meet next on 8th July to walk home from Sykehouse (this depends heavily on a new arrival in the Knott family).They are already planning their next long distance trek near Bolton Abbey on Wednesday,5th August and lunch in Ilkley.The trip by coach will cost £15. 15/06/15

HAY MAKING, poppies and the appearance of bats mean that summer is here! Hard work and hard selling of nearly new clothes and household goods in two hours on Saturday, 13th June raised £1,284 for Village Hall funds on a very wet morning. This disguises the weeks of work fetching and carrying the goods to the Village Hall which had taken place throughout spring. The committee would like to thank everyone who gave or helped in any way to make the event such a success. Visitors to the village appreciated the patriotic bunting which decorated the building to show off the recent refurbishment.

One surprise this week has been the closure for repairs of the wooden bridge over the Taining Drain on Church Walk. Churchgoers and dog walkers should beware.

Coming up on Saturday, 20th June will be a treasure walk organised by the Women's Institute culminating in a cream tea in the Village Hall. The afternoon is to celebrate the centenary of the national presence of the Women's Institute. Tickets cost £3 per person or £10 per family. For more information please contact Jane on 844687, Dorothy on 846687or Lynne on 841293.

Fishlake Bowlers' Club is spreading its wings this year by taking part in a three countries' competition. Members are leaving for Wales, Scotland and the northern reaches of England to participate on Sunday, 21st June. Meanwhile bowling will also be taking place in Fishlake on Sunday.The sponsored event is to raise funds for the club and for Sheffield Children's Hospital.

The winners of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday were John Butterley's team.

A music night is announced. The Hare and Hounds will be hosting another evening of top class singers from 8.30 till late on Friday,10th July with professional singers from Leeds performing for you. An excellent supper will be provided.

Fishlake Rocks is returning to the village. The venue will be the Cricket and Bowls' Club on Saturday, 11th July when four local groups : The Hammerheads, Jerry and the Hat tricks, The Band With No Name  and Phil and Haley will be providing music from the Fifties to the Noughties. Tickets, which include a barbecue, cost £10.The profits are to be shared between the club and Sheffield Children's Hospital.  On the following day, Sunday,12th July the Australian Over sixties will return to Fishlake Cricket Club to play against the Yorkshire over Sixties. This is an opportunity to see the new electric scoreboard, sitescreen and covers. Food will be on offer and the bar will be open.

The Village Hall Committee is planning a Family Fun Quiz for Friday, 14th August with mixed teams of adults and children. The cost , which includes hotdogs and soft drinks, is £10 per family and the fun will begin at 7 p.m. A Hallowe'en Family Disco is planned for Saturday, 31st October and a film night is also on the agenda. 15/06/15


THIS week has seen the flowering of the first wild roses and elderflower here in the village. Proof at last that we are moving from spring to summer. Elderflower has long been known as the Englishman's grape whilst the wild or dog rose was found during the second world war to contain more than twenty times the amount of vitamin C than an orange. As a result, school children in Fishlake during and after the war gathered rosehips to supplement their pocket money. Recently rosehips have been found to ease the pain of rheumatoid arthritis and coleoarthritis by reducing inflammation and helping prevent joint damage.

The now annual 'Nearly New and Jumble Sale' in aid of the Village Hall will be held on Saturday,13th June in the Village Hall from 10.30 a.m. until 12.30. The sale will feature clothes, bric-à-brac, textiles, handbags, household goods, books, toys, furniture etc. The admission fee will be 20 pence with refreshments served in the parish church.

At the turn of the millennium Cllr. Mrs Jean Greaves expressed the hope that Fishlake would one day follow our neighbours' example by setting up a history society. Her wish is to be realised this autumn when a local history group will be formed in the smaller room of the Village Hall at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, 8th September. The group will meet this autumn on a monthly basis. To obtain more information please contact Mrs Brenda Grafton on 844681.

The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club in May 2015 were 1) Ralph Wade, 2) Pat Hancock and 3 Dorothy Whitehead. Meanwhile the winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Cameron Brandon.

Celebrating a historic landmark for the Women's Institute nationally Fishlake's W.I. is organising a treasure hunt on foot followed by a cream tea on Saturday, 20th June at 2 p.m. starting from the Village Hall. Tickets cost £3 each or £10 for a family and may be obtained from Jane on 844687, Dorothy on 846687 or Lynne on 841293.

A mole has informed me that this year's pantomime is based on The Three Musketeers. Expect a swashbuckling performance from our resident  thespians.

Adding to efforts to improve road safety DMBC has been cutting the now high grasses of the verges around the village thus making traffic more visible and less confined.08/06/15


CONSIDERABLE change has taken place at the parish church recently and more is still to come! The new churchwarden is Mrs Wendy Brownbridge who has replaced Mrs Glenys Mashford who is to become the P.C.C.'s treasurer. Mrs Ruth Pridham is to be the new secretary and  Mrs Muriel Benford is to be the Safeguarding Children Officer. One element of security in this whirlwind of change is Cllr. John Waite who remains the other churchwarden. The other members of the parochial church council are Mrs Brenda Grafton, Mr Peter Pridham and Mrs Pat. Sheppard.

Cllr. David Chaffer recently ran Scunthorpe's Half Marathon in two hours and three minutes.

The winners of Tuesday's quiz in the Hare and Hounds were Sophie Brandon, Sandra Foster ands Yvette Hodges. with the jackpot being won by Allen Hodges.

The cuckoo has been extra busy in the village this week. He was even spotted by some villagers. Meanwhile some of our villagers who have migrated south to Spain --Terry and Nina Rhodes--have been spotted on a fleeting trip home.

Saturday,30th May was the date chosen by the village's Thursday Coffee Club to hold a coffee morning in aid of the Monday Club which is working to transform the village by improving access to the green lanes and paths and working on the old riverbed. Mrs Doris Nicholls, chairman, opened the proceedings by describing the work of the Monday Club and also described the generosity of Veolia in funding the refurbishment of the Village Hall. A provisional total of £540 was raised by a very grateful team.

Sadly, we have lost Mr Jim Curran, a popular figure in the village, after a year's illness. Jim was the husband of Flo. who has worked tirelessly on behalf of the elderly in Doncaster's Parliament for the Over Fifties.

We have reached late spring with foals leaping in the fields, young rabbits playing in daylight and mayflower cascading down the hedgerows.The greens are not as vivid as in early spring but there is a feeling everywhere of abundance.

The Village Choir's Summer Concert on Saturday,27th June will consist of a collection of melodies from the shows such as 'Fiddler On The Roof' and will also focus on the musical heritage of different regions of the United States with memorable numbers such as 'Old Man River' and 'Field of Gold'.

Monday, 1st June sees the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust swing into action with the members of the Monday Club to continue their work on the old river bed. More reeds are to be planted along with bluebells on the banks.01/06/15

MAY has been marked by unusual weather this year. Frequent cloudbursts have followed sunshine and below average temperatures. The strangest occurrence was on Tuesday when the village was hit by a hail storm which caused a power cut. Pictured here is Cllr. John Waite facing up to the onslaught in his garden.

Our intrepid walkers visited Bakewell recently under the leadership of Ian Knott. On arriving at the head of Lathkill, just outside Moneyash, they had good views of some small waterfalls and weirs. For five and a half miles they continued their journey on foot to Alport where they once more boarded the coach to drive to Bakewell where they sought the inevitable tart and bargains. Plans are already afoot to visit Bolton Abbey before walking along the river Wharf into Skipton.They also intend to catch the 'bus to Kirkhouse Green on 3rd June from the Old Anchor Inn to walk back to Fishlake.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Mrs Marylyn Fox. The lucky lady also won the jackpot.The quiz goers sang to celebrate Pat. Sewell's birthday.

Freedom and the open road once more beckoned on Wednesday when Stainforth Bridge reopened after its repairs. Visits to the doctors, chemists, library and supermarket are now much quicker.

Living in Fishlake it is impossible to miss the work of the Monday Club which is beavering away at never ending projects like mowing the churchyard, beautifying the river bed and clearing paths for walkers along our green lanes and flood banks. To support their endeavours Mrs Joy Chaffer and her Thursday Coffee Club are holding a coffee morning in the Village Hall from 10 till 12 noon on Saturday, 30th May. Expect to meet the members of the Monday Club who will talk about the problems encountered and the satisfaction derived from their voluntary work. The event will feature a raffle, a tombola and  the sale of books and cakes.25/05/15


DRIVING to the East Coast three weeks ago I passed through the village of Walkington which was bedecked with bunting, festooned with flags and strewn with scarecrows dressed as cyclists ready for the brand new Tour de Yorkshire which was coming that way after leaving Beverley. It made me think of the possibilities for Fishlake should the tour come through our village in future.

Sadly, the village has lost Mrs Ena Downes( née Croucher), a familiar figure in the village. She was born within a stone's throw of St. Cuthbert's , was married there and lived all her life in close proximity to the church. She proved to be a stalwart of village activities enjoying bingo, quizzes, Strictly and her membership of the Thursday Coffee Club with its theatre outings . 
Her first job had been working as a conductress on the buses before doing clerical work for Rockware Glass and Blue Line buses.

For a week now we have been becalmed since Stainforth Bridge closed for repairs. The old Chinese saying says you should be careful what you wish for and this has proved to be true with our stickers urging the traffic to slow down. The workmen on the bridge are making good progress and are optimistic about completing  the job early. One advantage of driving around via Kirk Bramwith has been to renew our acquaintance with the partridges, pheasants, wild garlic and cow parsley which is three quarters high to the hedgerows as we navigate the narrow lanes far from the madding crowd.

The winners of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday were : Allen Hodges, Neil Livesey and Don. Turner.

Coming up at the end of the week is the Spring Bank Holiday which for once coincides with Whitsuntide.18/05/15


REPAIRS to the historic bridge over the Don in Stainforth will take place from 8 a.m. on 11th May and will last until the evening of Wednesday, 20th May meaning that diversions will lead motorists through Kirk Bramwith or Thorne. Thirty-five severely displaced large stone blocks on the eastern prospect of the southern span have to be dealt with on this listed building following a recent collision.

On the same day as the general election local elections took place. Three candidates representing the Labour party, Alan Jones, Iris Beech and Austin White, won seats in the Norton and Askern ward, which now includes Fishlake.

Suddenly on 5th May we were stuck by an electricity cut which lasted for a couple of hours. Kettles stopped boiling, washing machines hung in mid-spin,computers failed and telephones refused to talk as we realised how dependent we are in the village where we have only one main source of energy.

Saturday,9th May saw an open day at Garden Blooms in Fosterhouses. Fishlake has many green fingered folk who welcome the opportunity to talk to experts and find new plants for their gardens.

The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Mrs Maureen White whilst Mrs Pam Pyatt won the jackpot question. Meanwhile the winners of the Fishlake 100 Club for April were: Paula Corner, Joe Rotherford and Ruth Pridham.

Residents may be interested in the PACT meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday,12th May at the EDDT building on Station Road in Dunscroft. These drop-in meetings can be a useful source of contact with the police.

This year's Ascension Day service will take plkace in St. Lawrence's church in Hatfield on Thursday,14th May between 7.30 and 8.30 p.m. 11/05/15


THE WINNER of the quiz on Tuesday at the Hare and Hounds was Mrs Maureen White whilst Mr Neil Livesey won the jackpot. A beautiful peal of bells calling worshippers to service rang across the village on Sunday morning from St. Cuthbert's. Whilst the nation's focus will be on the ballot box  members of Fishlake's Coffee Club will be having lunch at the New Inn on Thursday, relaxing as barges and waterfowl make their way past the establishment on the Stainforth and Keadby Canal. 

Residents and exiles may be interested to know that a fascinating video is available on You Tube. It's 'A Walk Around Fishlake', South Yorkshire.' by  presenter Leah Hather.

7 p.m. on 9th May in the Village Hall in Sykehouse sees Fishlake's very own 'Band With No Name' appear at Sykehouse's seventieth anniversary of VE Day.

The Thursday Coffee Club is travelling further afield on 11th May when it visits the Lyceum Theatre in Sheffied to see 'The Full Monty'.

"The cuckoo comes in April

, sings its song in May ..."and sure enough it was heard this year in Fishlake on 2nd May by John Waite. Apple blossom, bluebells and the arrival of the cuckoo mean that spring really is here.04/05/15

THIS WEEKEND saw the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign in the First World War when troops from Britain and the Empire unsuccessfully attempted to knock the Ottoman Empire out of the War by capturing Constantinople. To mark the occasion the Queen and prime minister were at the Cenotaph in London whilst Princes Charles and Harry were with the Australian prime minister, the New Zealand prime minister, the president of Ireland and the foreign minister of Canada ( representing the former Dominion of Newfoundland) at services in the Dardanelles peninsula in Turkey. Thanks to John Deeney and Jamie Quinn's book, Fishlake's Fallen, we now know that four brothers from Fishlake: Andrew, George,Thomas and William Waslin were present at Gallipoli. Not long before the outbreak of the First World War the four brothers had emigrated to New South Wales where they found work as station hands and enlisted to serve under the colours of the young dominion in the Australian 7th Light Horse Regiment. They were trained in Egypt before being sent to invade  Turkey at Gallipoli. Sadly, William Pickard Waslin died there at the age of twenty-two on 11th November 1915  and is buried in Shell Green Cemetery. His three brothers, fortunately, survived the conflict.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday was Mrs Marylyn Fox.

Here are two future dates for your diaries: A Coffee Morning will be held on Saturday,30th May at 10 a.m. in the Village Hall by members of the Thursday Coffee Club to raise funds for the work of the Monday Club and a jumble or nearly new sale will take place in the Village Hall from 10.30 till 12.30 on Saturday, 13th June to raise funds for the Village Hall.27/04/15



THE FIVE sitting councillors of the parish council: David Chaffer, Peter Trimingham, John Waite, Pam. Webb and Doug. White have been returned unopposed for this May's election. Although there will be no contest for the parish council the DMBC elections ,where we are now part of the Askern and Norton Ward, will go ahead as usual.

Tuesday's quiz in the Hare and Hounds was won by Tony Sewell. Meanwhile Pam Pyatt's enjoyable quiz evening in aid of the Village Hall on Friday was won for the second time by the Golden Girls  after a pie and pea supper. The evening raised £268 for Village Hall funds and was well attended by community minded villagers.

The Village Hall Committee is appealing for someone with a van or a trailer who is prepared to travel to Moss ( just once) to pick up jumble for the Village Hall's Nearly New Sale. Would any volunteer please contact Sheila Hill on 841086 ?

DMBC has placed posts with reflector lights along the part of Hay Green nearest to Camel's Hump as a safety measure. Stainforth Town Council is discussing adopting similar safety stickers to Fishlake's on its dustbins on Tuesday. Imitation is a form of flattery!

Rail journeys to and from Doncaster will be quicker from the end of this year. At the moment, Doncaster station has too few platforms with the result that trains arriving or departing often have to wait. A new Platform Zero and a bridge are to be built with part of a £21 million investment from this summer.

Motorists driving to Askern will find the level crossing at Moss and Fenwick closed for repairs between 18th and 26th April and 2nd and 4th May.This will have serious consequences for, among others, Rev. Janet Franklin to reach her services in Stainforth and in our three parishes as she lives in Askern and will be forced to make considerable detours.

Swallows arrived in the village on Friday,17th April, a full ten days after their house martin cousins. A casual stroll around the village on Saturday morning revealed violets and primroses blooming in the spring sunshine.

Saturday, 25th April will see a Mouse Hunt Morning in St. Mary's church in Kirk Bramwith between 10.30 and 1 p.m. Children will win a prize at the coffee morning if they can find all twenty-six wooden mice ( by Thompson of Kilburn) on the pews and pulpit.The little royal chapel is one of Doncaster's best kept secrets. 20/04/15

FLYING into Fishlake on Tuesday were the first housemartins of the season, no doubt tired after their long journey from Africa. John Waite spotted the first pair in Fosterhouses as they winged their way north.

The arrival of polling cards through our letterboxes signified the opening of national and local election campaigns.

An accident on the stonework of the parapet of Stainforth Bridge on 7th April has resulted in a camera being installed on a lamp post near the bridge.

The next meeting of the Women's Institute will take place at 7 p.m. on 23rd April in the Village Hall when the topic will be '3 Days as a TV Star'.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Tony Sewell.

Enjoying a short break in the capital, members of Fishlake Village Choir are following their choirmaster, John Marsden, to St. Paul's cathedral on Monday and Tuesday where they will attend evensong performed by John Marsden's own choir.

Residents are reminded that Sheila Hill (841086), Maureen White (843673) and Joy Chaffer (351218) are willing to collect and save jumble for this year's Grand Jumble and Nearly New Sale in aid of the Village Hall committee in June.

Friday,17th April sees a quiz evening arranged by Pam. Pyatt in the Village Hall from 7.30 p.m. Tickets cost £5 and include a pea and pie supper. Teams should not be larger than six members. Saturday,18th,meanwhile, sees an evening of food and music (featuring the group 'Rain') at the Cricket and Bowls Club. Tickets cost £10. 13/04/15

SAINT CUTHBERT'S Spring Fair raised £600 this year. The raffle winners were Betty Smith, Pat. Coddington, Rita Southgate, Ruth Pridham, Dorothy Whitehead and Sandra Liddle.

The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club for March were :1) Rita Southgate, 2) Ruth Pridham and 3) Josh Smith.

The ladies of the Women's Institute have been treated to an evening of truffle making along with a hilarious visit from Sharon Osborne's friend, Dave.

Coming up on Friday, 10th is an evening of music in the Hare and Hounds when the Leeds keyboard player, Godwin, will play. A buffet will be on offer. All are welcome.

We are being warned that Jubilee Bridge will be closed from 7 a.m. till 4 p.m. on Sunday, 12th April.

Bowling starts on Saturday, 11th April and the first cricket match will take place at the Cricket and Bowls Club on 18th April.

Tickets, costing £5, are now on sale for a pea and pie supper, hot drinks provided and a quiz evening in the Village Hall on Friday,17th April at 7.30 p.m. Teams are to consist of a maximum of six people.The evening organised by Mrs Pam Pyatt (842043) is to raise funds for the Village Hall.

The following evening sees an evening of music and food at the Cricket and Bowls Club. Tickets cost £10 and will include the group 'Rain' as its highlight. 06/04/15


AS NIGHT fell on Fishlake the service started in Saint Cuthbert's with beautiful singing from our village choir, ably abetted by supporting choirs from Tickhill, Gringley on the Hill and Finningley. It was wonderful to hear the poetic words of the Authorised Version coming through strongly in Stainer's 'Crucifixion'. The choir is responsible for bringing high culture to Fishlake. The evening's collection of £117 will be shared between the church and the choir.The choir is going on tour in its sister villages before taking a well earned rest and will reconvene on Thursday, 16th April when it will start rehearsals for its summer concert, planned for Saturday,27th June. The concert will be an eclectic mixture of items including part of Handel's 'Messiah' and numbers such as 'If I Were A Rich Man' from 'Fiddler On The Roof'. New members of the choir are most welcome.

Holy Week's services this year include one at 7 p.m. in St. Mary's in Kirk Bramwith on Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m. on Good Friday in St. Cuthbert's and 9.30 a.m. on Easter Sunday in St. Cuthbert's. Easter Sunday will see the final retirement of Rev. Eve Atherfold who came to live in Fishlake in 1999.  Local resident, Dorothy Wiltshire of Sykehouse, is to be honoured by the Queen on Maundy Thursday when she is to receive the specially made silver coins  in Sheffield cathedral.

Fishlake Walkers' Club will meet up again on 1st April at 9.45 a.m. when they will catch the 'Fishlake Flyer' to Sykehouse from the Old Anchor Inn and return on foot. Dubbed 'Walking With Dinosaurs' by leader, Ian Knott, the club is giving real pleasure( and blisters) to members.

A taskforce consisting of  Rowland Sheppard, Doug. White, Alan Brownbridge, Malcolm Greenslade, David Chaffer,John Deeney, Alan Buck, Pam. Webb, Peter Trimingham, Jeremy Foster, Jeff Illman, Mick Ryan, john Waite, Joe Rotherford and Bill Robinson is already at working placing labels on dustbins urging speeding motorists to slow down. Performing the same sort of work, but in a more authoritarian way last week, were police constables on Hay Green equipped with speed guns.

Following the Easter bank holiday householders are to put out their dustbins on Wednesday instead of Tuesday for one week only.

Last week, Richard III's body was reburied in Leicester cathedral. Fishlake's  most visible connection with the Plantagenet monarchs is Edward IV's falcon on the base of the church tower.( Edward was Richard's brother and the father of the Princes in the Tower). Although, it is interesting that Fishlake Parish Council has chosen Scarborough, Richard's favourite port, for its senior citizens' trip this summer.

         Last week it was birds, this week it's flowers. Wild ones to be precise. You are asked to vote for your favourite wild flower on www.plantlife.org.uk/wildflowervote In the running already are cowslips, honeysuckle, harebells and cornflowers although I am sure that there is room for others such as milkmaids.

The winner of the quiz last week in the Hare and Hounds was Mrs Barbara Watson. Willow branches are greening, buds are swelling, daffodils are blooming, horse chestnut buds are sticky, Easter is upon us and spring is arriving. 30/03/15

Motorists entering Fishlake on dustbin day are greeted with a serried phalanx of bins bearing the message 'Please Slow Down In Our Village!' . Action by Fishlake Parish Council, in co-operation with Fishlake's Neighbourhood Watch and the Monday Club, has seen teams of men across the village attaching safety labels to dustbins in imitation of the Norfolk village of Coltishall with the aim of reducing the speed of traffic.It seems that the weekly reminder by householders has a calming effect on traffic. 27/03/15


AMERICAN states all have their own state bird, France has its Gallic cockerel and India has the peacock and it is now suggested that Great Britain should choose its own national bird by going online to votenationalbird.com. Some suggestions already include robins, kingfishers, barn owls, blue tits, wrens, blackbirds, puffins, mute swans, red kites, and hen harriers. It would be interesting to see what Fishlake's choice would be. 

This year's Senior Citizens' Trip organised by the parish council will be to Scarborough on 1st July. Would residents please contact Cllr. John Waite on 01302 351649 to reserve a seat?

The labels urging road safety have arrived and show excellent co-operation between Fishlake Parish Council, Fishlake's Neighbourhood Watch and the Monday Club. They read 'Please Slow Down in our Village!' and, having been attached to our dustbins,with the  aim of  slowing  down speeding traffic which passes through the village on its way to the motorway.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday was Mr Graham Arnold. Incidentally, Mr Arnold and his wife Lyn invite you to an evening of song in the Hare and Hounds on 10th April when their musical friends from Leeds will entertain from 9 p.m. It is advised to arrive early because of lack of space. A free supper will be on offer.

Have you taken a stroll along the old river Don from the Landing to the Old Anchor Inn to view the work of the Monday Club and the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust this winter  with trees, flowers and an excellent view of the bund created in the old river bed?

The only holidays common folk had in the Middle Ages were often pilgrimages to shrines on holy days.They would spend their groats and pennies in cities such as York and Norwich. This phenomenon is being repeated in Fishlake in the twenty-first century when choirs and guests come to the village to support our choir and afterwards spend liberally in our local hostelries. Peep in through the windows and see the results of ecclesiastical tourism!

The village went dark for the eclipse on Friday morning. I can remember the last one in 1961.Friday was also the vernal equinox. Every day will now be longer than the night.

I stand corrected that our Cricket and Bowls Club offers  not crown green but lawn green bowling. The latest news from the Cricket Club is that the County Championship Games will be held there on 7th and 21st May when Bedfordshire and Norfolk Over Sixties will be playing. The other news is that the Australian Over Sixties will be playing the Yorkshire Over Sixties on Sunday, 12th July here in Fishlake.

Coming up on Saturday, 28th March will be St. Cuthbert's Easter Fayre between 10 and 12 noon. The morning will include cake stalls, jewellery, children's activities and a raffle with of course hot cross buns and will take place in the parish church. That same evening will see a quiz at the Cricket and Bowls Club. Palm Sunday's service will take place at 10.15 a.m. in Holy Trinity Church in Sykehouse on 29th March. 22/03/15


WHIZZING through Fishlake on Sunday,8th were cyclists in the 65 Roses Spring Classic which is a 67 mile race which attempts to recreate the Paris-Roubaix race from France here in South Yorkshire in aid of cystic fibrosis sufferers.

Curious yellow symbols have appeared on footpaths in the village and have now been acted upon by DMBC workmen when repairing our pavements in what will be the envy of surrounding areas.

Fishlake Parish Council is increasing council tax by 1.1% whilst DMBC is raising its rate by 1.9% in 2015. In Fishlake's March meeting three DMBC councillors from the new Askern Ward attended the meeting to offer to be a link between the village and DMBC.

If the weather is fine there should be the first solar eclipse to be visible across Great Britain since 1961 on Friday, 20th March between 8.20 a.m. and 10.41 a.m. Be careful if observing it with the naked eye.Do not look at it directly. The next one will be in 2090. Also on Friday in Stainforth's Resource Centre between 3 and 7 o'clock Waystone's will be making a presentation of the Unity Project in the Resource Centre. The project entails huge changes for the Stainforth and Hatfield area with opportunities for housing, business and boating.

Sadly, the village has lost a popular figure, Mrs Jeanette Travis, who was Secretary of the Parochial Church Council and was the daughter of Mr and Mrs Norman Williamson who ran Donside Stores in the 1950s and 60s.

A little late, but better late than never on Saturday, 21st the Cricket and Bowls Club will be hosting an Irish Night starring the Band With No Name. Tickets which include refreshments ( probably Irish stew) cost £5

Easter is almost upon us and so we have another opportunity to appreciate Fishlake Village Choir's version of Stainer's 'Crucifixion' in Saint Cuthbert's at 6 p.m. on 22nd March. Supporting our excellent village choir will be guest choirs from Tickhill and Gringley on- the -Hill.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday was Mrs Marylyn Fox. The next walk with Fishlake Walkers' Club will take place on 1st April when participants are asked to catch the 'bus from the Old Anchor Inn at 9.45 a.m. to Sykehouse's West End and to return on foot by some picturesque byways. If anyone is interested in walking in Derbyshire on Wednesday,13th May please contact Ian Knott on 01302 844389 as he is booking a coach to Bakewell which will leave from the Old Anchor Inn at 9 a.m. The fare will be roughly £15 and priority will be given to walkers.

The general election is two months off but the political parties are already active in the village. This time we have been treated to something heavier than leaflets; newspapers are coming through our letterboxes!

After her successful evening quiz  Pam Pyatt  intends to repeat the occasion in the Village Hall on Friday, 17th April. Tickets are available on 01302 842043 and include a pie and pea supper.Tea and coffee will be available but anything stronger must be brought along by participants. Each team should not be larger than six people. 16/03/15


MARCH certainly came in like a lion this year with high winds and snow.Let us all hope it will go out like a lamb. Fishlake has had its own 'lady with a pearl earring ' incident when Mrs Pennington of Thorne attended St. Cuthbert's on Ash Wednesday only to lose her pearl earring. Help, however, was at hand in the shape of Mrs Rita Southgate who discovered the earring later in a crack between the flagstones.

In spite of the snow the Monday Club continued with its plans to create two copses along the old river bed by planting saplings. The first consists of rowans and the second of mixed varieties of trees. The Monday Club is open to suggestions for names for the two copses.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Mrs Barbara Watson.

Traffic has lessened since the re-opening of Kirton Lane's bridge. Legally, tractors may travel a little faster from today when the government raises the speed limit from 20 m.p.h. to 25 m.p.h. to bring us into line with other European countries.

Local historians may be interested in Peter Robinson's talk to Thorne History Society on Tuesday, 10th March at 7.30 p.m. in the Old People's Centre when he will describe the discovery of the Stainforth Jewel which, it is believed, was dropped by a high-ranking official from the court of Charlemagne when travelling from Lincoln to York by the alternative route over Stony Ford.

Fishlake's Parish Council will meet at 7.15 p.m.in the VillageHall on Tuesday, 10th March.

Opening a new book in Waterstones last week, I spotted two familiar figures: John Waite and Jeff. Illman from our Monday Club were there working on the bed of the old river with  a tractor. The book is entitled ' River Don-- From Source to Sea' and was written by Elizabeth Reeve, being published by Amberley at £15.99. It has sections on Fishlake and on the Monday Club.

This Saturday, 14th sees a quiz in the Cricket and Bowls Club. All are welcome and no doubt Mothering Sunday will see much wining and dining in the village. 09/03/15

IN RESPONSE to requests from villagers and the parish council DMBC has cleared the Nab of wayside rubbish this week and has started work on repairs to potholes along Sour Lane.

Clouds Counselling service has contacted me to say that it is available for residents of Fishlake who need emotional support and counselling help for issues such as bereavement at its bases in Thorne and Stainforth. For further information please contact 07962907053 or www.cloudscounselservices.com.

Clouds Community Counselling Service have appointments available in Thorne, Moorends, Stainforth, Dunscroft and Hatfiedl by pre-arrangement.

Counsellors work with all issues no matter how big or small including anxiety/depression, low confidence/self-esteem, family and work issues and bereavement to name a few.


The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Rosa Robinson. Members of the quiz teams donated £82 to go to the British Heart Foundation in memory of the late Marlene Whittaker who was a regular, and much loved, member of the quiz teams.

This week is the spring half-term holiday. Village children from Mrs Franklin's parishes are invited to a Children's Workshop on Wednesday, 18th February in the Village Hall between 10 and 11.30 a.m. for a morning of craft activities and games based on a Bible superhero. For further information please contact Glenys on 01302 841852.

A special service for Ash Wednesday will be held on 18th February in Saint Cuthbert's church at 7 p.m.

Fishlake Walkers' Club visited Bramwith Aqueduct and crossed the New Junction canal, returning to the village via the Stainforth-Keadby canal and the banks of the river Don before consuming some well earned refreshments at the Hare and Hounds. Their next outing will take place on 4th March with a bus ride to Stainforth  at 10.30 a.m., a stroll along the canal to Thorne and then a walk back to Fishlake.The trip will cover six miles. 16/02/15

GRITTING lorries complete with a snowplough attachment on the bonnet have been active in the village recently following sprinklings of snow and frost. February has arrived---to our ancestors it was Sol monath ( mud month) or Kale monath (cabbage month) but to our neighbours in Kirk Bramwith  it signifies the Snowdrop Festival on Saturday, 14th and Sunday,15th. The festival entails leaving the modern world to enter a much older world centred around the ancient royal chapel of St. Mary's where coats of arms, tombs and flags take you back to a different age. Even the journey along twisting country lanes  is a million miles from the busy motorway with its thundering traffic.

Fishlake's Parish Council met, under the chairmanship of Cllr. John Waite, on 3rd February. Concerns were raised about speeding traffic on Hay Green, pot holes on Sour Lane and staw blocking drains on Pinfold Lane, Sour Lane and Main Street. The parish council has been contacted by officials from DMBC to respond to criticisms about disappointing services. The council, along with the rest of us, is waiting for spring before the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust can plant more reeds and seed the slopes of the old river Don with grass and meadow flowers. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, 10th March at 7.15 p.m. in the Village Hall.

In spite of the bleak, midwinter the parish church is offering hot drinks and a warm welcome at its Coffee and Chat mornings on Saturday mornings between 10 and 11.30 a.m.

The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club for January were Mrs Janet Rothwell, Mrs Anne Hall and Mr. Harry Fogg. Meanwhile, Mrs Pam Pyatt won the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday. Valentine's Day will be marked by a quiz at the Cricket and Bowls Club on Saturday.

Fishlake's branch of the Women's Institute was founded in  1949, but the first branch in Great Britain dates back to 1915 when the Llanfairpwll branch was formed on Anglesey. (The organisation as a whole originated in 1897 in Ontario in Canada). Members in the village are already preparing items of handicrafts,such as knitting and jewellery-making, for the national centenary exhibition. 09/02/15

CONCERNS raised by the public at the parish council meeting in January included a drainage issue on Pinfold Lane whilst two members of DMBC's Safer Neighbourhood Team were present to give an update on fly-tipping and the repair of potholes. The staff of DMBC are as frustrated  at the poor service on offer as are residents.The Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator reported speeding vehicles and fly-tipping as some of the concerns of villagers. Thanks to Councillor Joe Blackham, DMBC has now agreed to the parish council in partnership with Fishlake's Neighbourhood Watch and the Monday Club to provide stickers to be placed on dustbins urging motorists to slow down in our village.The evidence from Coltishall in Norfolk is that there is a gradual reduction in speeds through the village.It was noted that the volume of traffic in the village has increased since the closure of Kirton Lane between  Stainforth and Thorne.

The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds last Tuesday was Mrs Jan Threadgold from Sykehouse.

The third snowfall of the winter hit us on Wednesday after a snowthunder storm. As a result the shifting colours of Fishlake have produced a white landscape for us. Cheering up our bleak winter evenings has been the floodlit windmill on the Nab which acts as a beacon for returning motorists.Some future dates for your diary are : 1) the next meeting of the parish council in the Village Hall on Tuesday, 3rd February at 7.15 p.m.; 2) the A.G.M. of Fishlake Drama group at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall on Wednesday, 4th February; 3)Fishlake Village Choir will sing Stainer's Crucifixion in the parish church on Passion Sunday on 22nd March and will repeat the event on Palm Sunday at Gringley on the Hill with another performance in Tickhill on Good Friday. The Choir intends to visit London on Monday and Tuesday, 13th and 14th April to be present for Evensong in Saint Paul's Cathedral to witness choir master, John Marsden, singing with the Christopher Wren Singers, of which he is a member; 5) Excerpts from Handel's 'Messiah' will be sung in Saint Cuthbert's on 27th June and will of course include the Hallelujah Chorus. 02/02/15

PETER DUMVILLE has sent me these two photographs taken with a gap of one hundred and five years of the same view on Main Street opposite the Old Anchor Inn.

The Village Hall Committee is planning another jumble sale in early June to raise funds. They are urging everyone to store, collect or drop off articles to Mrs Sheila Hill (tel. 841086), Mrs Maureen White (843673), Mrs Jayne West (842987) or Mrs Joy Chaffer (351218). The Village Hall is undergoing refurbishment in stages, thanks to the Veolia Trust. The newly resurfaced flat roof has cured a long standing leak in the toilets whilst the plans for February include the installation of brand new suspended ceiling lighting.

French lessons in the form of songs, dancing and craft making for five to ten year olds are being held by Lingotots in Thorne library between four and five o'clock on Friday afternoons.

Snow arrived for the second time this winter during the week.

Mrs Marylyn Fox won the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday.

Feathered friends visiting bird tables in the village have been closely observed this weekend as part of the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch. This year is the thirty-sixth national bird count. 26/01/15

ENCLOSED is a photograph of one of the three new signs erected near the Old River Don reedbeds in Fishlake. The reed beds should come into their own this summer when the new reeds and bullrushes should be growing. The dream held by some villagers of restoring the 1950s' reedbeds is almost realised.

In spite of the cold, seasonal weather early snowdrops and catkins have made their appearance this week.

The winners of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday, 6th January were Mrs Pam Jones of Sykehouse and on 13th January Mrs Pam Pyatt of Fishlake.

An appeal is being made for villagers to learn campanology from Jim Hirst in Thorne ( on 0796 785 3774) so that St. Cuthbert's bells may be heard again. The practice night in Thorne is Wednesday with anyone over the age of nine welcome. Fishlake's bells are ancient in origin with the oldest dating back to 1506, being forty inches in diameter and weighing eleven and a half hundredweight.It is inscribed 'Sancta Nicholae ora pro nobis' ( Saint Nicholas pray for us). Bell ringing was once a family affair in the village among the Kershaws, Waites, Leasks and Coopers.

The next meeting of the Women's Institute will take place on Thursday,22nd January in the Village Hall at 7 p.m. whilst the highlight of January is to be the Forties' theme night on Saturday, 24th in the Village Hall. Tickets cost £7 and all guests must be in period costume. Expect to see Land Girls, army officers and
elegant ladies. 

Trundle Lane saw big changes in 2014 with the installation of Victorian style lamps for the first time. Once the road was known as Long Causeway and in the Middle Ages was surrounded by ponds owned and fished by the Abbot of Dunscroft. Fish was highly prized in those days as meat was forbidden by the Church from the menu on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays along with the whole of Advent and Lent. Roach, dace, bream, pike and eels were fished as was salmon from the nearby river Don. Only the well to do had three meals a day. Most folk did not break their fast first thing. 19/01/15


Message from Ian Knott of Fishlake Walkers Club See Fishlake Walkers' Club:

Very soon we shall be reaching the seventieth anniversary of the rescue by Kenneth Omar, aged eleven,of two boys (Roy and Victor King) from 12 to 15 foot of water in the river Don. He also helped a pregnant Mrs Irwin to safety from the water. As a result Kenneth was rewarded with an award from the Royal Humane Society by Colonel St.Andrew Warde-Aldam, chairman of Thorne Police Court. A special social was held in the parish hall where Mrs F.Trimingham presented him with a wallet containing £6..10s. raised by public subscription.

Congratulations to Hayley Goddard ( from Fishlake Drama Group) and Phillip Sanders on their engagement.

The next quiz at the Cricket Club will be on 17th January at 8 p.m.

The government has lent Hatfield Colliery £8 million this week to continue its activity.  It is currently mining under Fishlake.

Tuesday evening will see the first meeting of Fishlake Parish Council in 2015.

Friday saw our intrepid Thursday Coffee Club making its way in the gales towards the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield to enjoy a meal and a show. The general opinion was that it was their best outing yet with wonderful tap-dancing, colourful costumes and  marvellous dialogue in Cole Porter's 'Anything Goes'. Sitting on the front and second rows they had an excellent view of the performance. What a way to round off Christmas! 12/01/15