Local News 2016


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THE CAST of Beauty and the Beast received a well deserved standing ovation on the last night of the production. 

Fifty-two people were present to be trained in the use of the new village defibrillators last week which should ensure a wide spread of individuals capable of using the new equipment.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Margaret Shepherd whilst the winner on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn was Hilary Simpson.

A packed church awaited this year's Carol Concert by Fishlake's Village Choir on Saturday. The congregation lustily participated in traditional carols which benefited from the candlelight and the effect of the white Christmas trees. John Marsden,choirmaster, and Wendy Brownbridge thanked the choir and the village for its support whilst the conductor of Markham Main Brass Band complimented the choir on the purity of its singing. Handbells added that touch of magic to the proceedings. The use of the authorised Version for the reading took us back to our childhoods and placed us firmly in the mainstream of the last four centuries.

The Village Choir is to visit Victoria Lodge in Edenthorpe on Friday, 23rd to give the residents that special touch this Christmas.

Fishlake resident, Susan Jordan, is to retire as Chief Executive of Saint Leger Homes this Christmas and is to retire to Bolton.

The parish church welcomes families and individuals for its crib service at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and to its midnight mass at 11.30 later that evening. Worshippers are invited to Saint Mary's in Stainforth at 9.30 a.m. on Christmas Day.

Emily at the Old Anchor Inn will be serving mulled wine and mince pies on Christmas Eve from 7 p.m. On Christmas Day it will open its doors at 11.30 and will remain open till 3 p.m. Boxing Day will see it open from 12 noon till midnight with a pool tournament on offer with cash prizes for fist and second place. Customers are invited to watch the important football matches and races on its wide screens. New Year's Eve will see the pub open from noon till late. Entry is free and the pub will be offering a D.J. and snacks at midnight.

Tom at the Hare and Hounds tells me that his hostelry will also be serving mulled wine and mince pies on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day he will be open from 11 till 2 p.m. whilst Boxing Day will have normal opening hours. New Year's Eve will see a party in the marquee outside the Hare and Hounds. Tickets cost £25 and will include food and drinks on arrival. He will be open all day on New Year's Day. 19/12/16


EXCITED children ran to greet Father Christmas when he arrived with the Rural Lions on Wednesday. The Lions reach out to rural settlements which miss out on many festive attractions. This year's attraction at Saint Cuthbert's is the display of Christmas trees entitled 'A White Christmas' where local organisations have decorated a silver tree with ingenious decorations representing each charity or village body. The parish church will be open during daylight hours and refreshments will be served at the weekend on Saturday, 17th December between 10 a.m.and 12 and on Sunday, 18th December between 2 and 3.30 p.m. Donations are invited towards the village defibrillators.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Wendy Brownbridge. Meanwhile, on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn the winner was Stephen Cook.

Fishlake Coffee Club celebrated with mince pies and sherry on Thursday at their weekly meeting and will be enjoying a festive dinner at the New Inn by the Stainforth-Keadby Canal this Thursday. On Saturday, 10th members of the club were driven to Sykehouse Parish Church to hear Fishlake Village Choir's Carol Concert at Twighlight at 4 p.m.

Saturday at 7 p.m. in Saint Cuthbert's on Saturday, 17th sees Fishlake's Village Choir aided by Markham Main Band  give us their now traditional concert. However, there is always something new and no two concerts are ever the same. Tickets cost £5 for adults and 50 pence for children with the proceeds to be shared between Fishlake's defibrillators and the upkeep of the parish church.

The Benefice Carol Service will take place at 6.30 p.m. on Sunday, 18th December in the 'Mouse church' of Saint Mary's in Kirk Bramwith. 12/12/16

SAINT Cuthbert's Christmas Fair raised £657.70 on 26 November to the delight of the P.C.C.

Newly refurbished Stainforth Library which serves Fishlake now offers a children's homework club, a job club, a charity shop, coffee mornings and educational trips. For more information please ring 841239.

Winter visitors are flying in to Fishlake enticed by rowan berries, cottoneaster and hawthorn berries along our fields and in our gardens. Redwings, fieldfares and mistle-thrushes fly in from Scandinavia via Bempton.

The lights on the church tower( visible from the motorway for residents driving home for Christmas) were switched on to coincide with Fishlake Drama Group's first night of their 2016 production 'Beauty and the Beast' which was a new venture for our versatile cast. The story is the traditional one of morality play about a shallow prince and a beautiful girl. The beast, in real life, is a professional wrestler who has also appeared in Shakespeare in Doncaster's 'Cast' theatre. The props and scenery were extremely professional with a dedicated backstage and front of house staff.The cast included castle servants with French and German accents,a pantomime cow, revolting villagers and a menacing enchantress.

Training for the use of the two new village defibrillators is being offered for villagers. Would anyone interested please contact 01302 841411 ( between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.)

The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club in November were Phil. Wood, John Hall and Muriel Benford. Meanwhile the winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Maureen White with Pam Jones claiming the honours on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn.

The Vermuyden Group of Women's Institutes in our area is holding its carol service on 5th December at 7 p.m. in Saint Cuthbert's. Tickets, which cover refreshments, cost £2 and may be obtained from Sandra Liddle on 844998.

Applicants, aged between 18 and 25, in tertiary education from Fishlake and Sykehouse are invited to apply to Fishlake Education Foundation for consideration for a book grant before the end of December. Please apply to Fiona Trimingham. 05/12/16


CHRISTMAS is coming, the goose is getting hot....Holly trees are laden with red berries.The Christmas lights on Saint Cuthbert's tower will be switched on  on 1st December. This year's pantomime, 'Beauty And The Beast' runs from Tuesday, 29th November till Saturday, 3rd December with the curtain rising at 7.15 p.m. Tickets cost £7 for adults and £5 for children and last minute purchases may be had from Mrs Joy Chaffer on 01302 351218.

A white Christmas is being celebrated by Saint Cuthbert's with Christmas trees, decorated in white by different village charities and organisations, may be viewed daily from Monday, 5th December. There is no charge, but donations may be left in the wall safe towards the cost of the village defibrillator. Refreshments will be on offer on Saturday from 10 till 12 noon and on Sunday from 2 to 3.30 p.m. 

Books about Fishlake's history and postcards of the village are now on sale in the Café Bleu. 

Former miners from Hatfield Main in Stainforth  and Joe Solo have released a number, 'Happy Christmas from Hatfield Main' which is available on YouTube.

Storm Angus left a very high river Don on Tuesday and Wednesday last week. Fortunately, a couple of low tides settled the problem.

The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday last week was Margaret Shepherd with Colin Simpson winning in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday and Caitlin Croucher carrying off the jackpot.

Over twenty residents attended the annual general meeting of the village's Neighbourhood Watch on Tuesday. Cllr. Peter Trimingham was re-elected as chairman and the meeting agreed that dog fouling had become less of a problem but that speeding in the village was still a major concern. Both the parish council and the Neighbourhood Watch are anxious for action to take place. A defibrillator has been placed  outside the Village Hall and is waiting for electrical installation and for staff to be trained.28/11/16


REMEMBRANCE  Sunday saw the annual visit to the village from the Badsworth and Bramham Moor Hunt with horses, dogs and their owners heading for the Hare and Hounds for a traditional stirrup cup. The hunt has been coming to the village for many years. The Badsworth Hunt, dating from 1730, merged with the Bramham Moor Hunt,which itself dates from the 1740s, in 2002.  

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Margaret Shepherd with Lewis Foster triumphing on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn.

Coming up on Tuesday, 22nd November is the annual general meeting of Fishlake's Neighbourhood Watch in the Village Hall at 7 p.m. 

Saturday, 26 November sees Saint Cuthbert's Christmas Fair from 10 till 12 noon in the Village Hall. Children will help prepare items for Sunday, 27th's Christingle service in the parish church at 11 a.m. Following the service Mary, Joseph and the donkey will begin their annual journey around the village.

A Yorkshire Cheese and Wine party is to be held in the Hare and Hounds on 26th November.

Are you dreaming of a White Christmas? Fishlake is !  From Tuesday, 6th December eleven Christmas trees will be on view in Saint Cuthbert's, fully decorated in white by local charities and groups. The History Society, the Drama Group and others will be participating. The church hopes to be open in daylight hours with refreshments on sale from 10 a.m. till 12 noon on Saturday, 10th and Saturday, 17th December and from 2 till 3.30 p.m. on Sunday, 11th and 18th December. Donations may be placed in the wall safe to support equipment for heated defibrillators for the Cricket Club and the Village Hall. 21/11/16


THIS WEEK sees a super moon as it is at its closest position for seventy years. Watch the skies ! Wednesday,,9th November saw a light covering of snow in Fishlake. Winter has arrived.

The History Society met on Wednesday and discussed information found in Doncaster library about the Bladworth family who were Quakers. The group decided to meet next year on the second Wednesday of the month with the exception of December and August.The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, 11th January 2017.

Cllr. John Waite informs me that the next Over Sixties' Annual Trip to Scarborough organised by Fishlake Parish Council will take place on 5th July 2017.  The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Marie Foster with Hilary Simpson winning in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday.

The Village Quiz raised £311 on Friday. Once again devised by Pam. Pyatt and extremely well attended, the quiz proved to be a difficult series of questions and provided useful funds for the Village Hall.The winning team was Dave. Croucher's team with the Poldarks team winning the raffle.

Watching on Sunday, 13th November in York Minster were Barry and Sheila Hill who were there as proud parents to see their son, Bobby, participate in the Remembrance Service along with the Signals Regiment before they marched to the cenotaph in York at 11 a.m.

Fishlake Coffee Club visited Harrogate's Christmas Craft Fair last week. Expect some unusual gift this Christmas.14/11/2016

THE FIFTH saw the opening of the new coffee shop, Café Bleu, next to the Hare and Hounds and a successful evening at the Cricket and Bowls' Club where the traditional bonfire, tasty fish and chips and the Band With No Name, went down a treat.

Coming up this week we have the History Society meeting on Wednesday, 9th November at 7 p.m. and the popular village quiz held in the Village Hall on Friday,11th November.The well supported Hallowe'en party recently raised £330 for Village Hall funds.

Later this month Saint Cuthbert's Christmas Fair will take place on 26th November when children will be asked to help prepare the Christingle for the following day.

The winners of the 100 Club in October were Peter Pridham, Richard Holgate and Richard Walker.

Work started on 3rd November on resurfacing the footpaths along Hay Green and part of Pinfold Lane.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Marie Foster. Doug. White won the raffle. Meanwhile on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn Colin Simpson won the quiz.

Sources at Saint Cuthbert's reveal that the memorial service last Sunday was very well attended and remind people that the parish church is open on Saturday mornings for tea, coffee, buns and a chat between 10 and 11.30 a.m.

Fishlake's Village Hall will be holding its annual general meeting on 18th November at 7 p.m. The following organisations may appoint a representative to serve on the management committee: Fishlake Parish Council, Saint Cuthbert's P.C.C., Fishlake's W.I., Fishlake Drama Group, the Art Club, The Coffee Club and Keep Fit. Each organisation should notify the secretary of the Village Hall Committee with the name of its representative as soon as possible.

Fishlake's Neighbourhood Watch has booked a room in the Village Hall for its annual general meeting on Tuesday, 22nd November at 7 p.m. All residents are welcome.

Winter is on its way. We have had sharp frosts and snow has reached Scotland and Northumberland. 07/11/16


DARKER nights have brought back our owls and moles and have sent our local squirrels scurrying to bury acorns.

The new manager of the Old Anchor Inn is locally raised Emily Pickersgill .

The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Mick Turner whilst Caitlin Croucher came first in the quiz in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday.

Wanderlust has hit our local globetrotter,Oliver Rothwell, again. Having rested up from his epic journey from head to toe of South America he is already eyeing up a trip to Australia. This is not the sort of journey which can be accomplished easily in a number of hours by British Airways or Quantas but instead will involve catching the Trans Siberian Railway, alighting in Mongolia before travelling down through China and then Indo-China and dropping in on Singapore where he intends to find work on a freighter heading for Darwin with the ultimate aim of taking the Ghan across the Australian Outback.

A speed check by the police, at the request of the parish council and the Neighbourhood Watch, took place on 28th October and found that 30 % of the vehicles on Hay Green exceeded 34 mph through the village. Following three accidents in the village over the last few weeks this gives an indication of the problem.The Neighbourhood Watch and the parish council are pressing the police for more speed checks and DMBC for better signage.

'Remember, remember the fifth of November!' we chanted as children. This year Saturday, 5th November will be memorable in Fishlake because ten o'clock will see the grand opening of the village's new coffee shop attached to the Hare and Hounds. Known as Café bleu, the coffee shop will specialise in English breakfasts, teas ( including speciality teas), coffees and cakes and should be ideal for villagers wanting to drop in for a chat, for walkers following the Heritage Trail and for cyclists who love our flat countryside. The café will also sell household necessities like bread, butter, sugar and milk with an array of locally sourced vegetables. Emily Goldthorpe, the proprietress, intends to offer afternoon and cream teas and will at first just be opening during daylight hours with Wednesdays as closing days. 

The next meeting of Fishlake's History Society will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, 9th November. Important research on the village's road network took place at the October meeting.

The bonfire at the Cricket Club will be lit at 7.30 p.m. on Saturday. There will be no firework display. Tickets,( for adults) costing £5 from Phil. Wood on 01405 469274, will cover a fish and chip supper, entertainment from the Band With No Name and a Guy Fawkes' Night quiz. 31/10/16


WARNING is given by DMBC that Stainforth Bridge over the river Don will be closed from 9 a.m. till 3.30 p.m. on Tuesday,25th October as the bridge is undergoing a safety inspection. Plan time for a detour via Kirk Bramwith or Thorne.

Half-term means activities for the children. Wednesday,26th October sees a workshop for youngsters of primary school age organised by and in Saint Cuthbert's from 10 a.m. till 11.30. The workshop will be based on our very own superhero--Saint Cuthbert--and will consist of craft making and games. Adults are free to stay for a coffee.

The Women's Institute will hold its annual general meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 27th October in the Village Hall.

Friday, 28th October sees sticking and gluing to decorate the Village Hall for Hallowe'en from 10 a.m. Bring pumpkins but no candles-only LED lights.

Saturday,29th October is the date chosen for a traditional neighbourhood and family Hallowe'en party from 6.30 p.m.with a disco, themed games, a raffle, competitions for prizes,a ghost walk, food and a licensed bar. Tickets cost only one pound and may be obtained from Maureen White on 843673, Sheila Hill on 841086 or Joy Chaffer on 351218.

The winners of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds were Doug. White, Margaret Shepherd, Neil Livesey, Allen and Yvette Hodges. Meanwhile the winner of the quiz in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday was Colin Simpson with Rita Southgate carrying off the jackpot.

Tickets for 'Beauty and the Beast' are already on sale from Joy Chaffer on 351218.The production will run from Tuesday, 29th November to Saturday, 3rd December. Tickets cost £7 for adults and £5 for children.

Tickets are also on sale from Maureen White for the 1940s evening on Saturday, 28th January 2017.

The Thursday Coffee club is repeating its successful visit to the Christmas Fair in Harrogate on 10th November. 17/10/16


THE MONDAY Club has started to tidy up three local footpaths: Church Walk, Stony Lane and the Barrier Bank path connecting Camel's Hump with the bank of the river Don. Where appropriate the surface of the paths has been improved with wood chippings. Work on the Old River bed and the Monday Wood continues, with the current emphasis on tending the hawthorn hedge and rustic fence that now provides the northern boundary to the area.

Fishlake's Parochial Church Council is installing a drop-box at the back of Saint Cuthbert's to receive donations for Stainforth's food bank. I am waiting to hear from Mrs Mashford if the food needs to be in packets and tins. Some supermarkets make 'two for one' offers which could be shared with the food bank.

Brian Barnes' funeral will take place at 12.20 p.m. at Rose Hill Crematorium on Monday, 24th October followed by meeting up at the Cricket and Bowls Club to reminisce with his family and friends in a place that Brian loved. 17/10/16


DAYS are shortening and temperatures are falling with almost a frost some mornings.Most leaves are still green but for how much longer with changes in the weather?

News has reached us that former resident, Brian Barnes, has passed away from cancer of the oesophagus. Brian and his wife, Hilda, lived in Fosterhouses for many years. He enjoyed a game of bowls and loved the village. He was a prominent member of the Friends of Fishlake Old School  where he used his fundraising skills to such an extent that there was hardly a household in the village which had not purchased a book, a postcard, a tea towel or notelets sold to pay for plans to be drawn up for the preservation of the historic building. Brian leaves a son and a daughter who lives in the Cayman Islands.

The Parish Council will meet on Tuesday evening in the Village Hall at seven o'clock and the History Society on Wednesday also at 7 p.m..

The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Mick Brown whilst the winner of the quiz in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday was Pam, Pyatt.

Pantomime tickets for 'Beauty and the Beast' are now on sale from Joy Chaffer on 01302 351218. also on sale are tickets for the Village Hall's Hallowe'en party at one pound each from Sheila Hill, Maureen White and Joy Chaffer.

The popular village quiz will be held this year on 11th November. 10/10/16


EARLY WARNING is given of the closure of Stainforth Bridge on 25th October for an inspection. Please mark this date in your diaries.

The harvest bacon butty morning raised £454-75 towards the restoration of Saint Cuthbert's. This year's children's workshop in October is about Saint Cuthbert, a Christian superhero and our own patron saint. The produce from the harvest festivals in Fishlake and Sykehouse has been taken to the DN7 foodbank at Saint Mary's church in Stainforth.

The Monday Club was active this week cutting the grass and tidying up our historic pinfold.

Some residents have experienced telephone and internet cuts this last week as BT staff have been working along the Nab.

Fishlake Keep Fit sessions in the Village Hall run on Tuesdays from 10 till 11 a.m. They are supported with funding from E.ON's Tween Bridges Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund. Everyone is welcome to its gentle but effective keep fit session led by Donna.Take part in a range of fun experiences designed to keep you subtle, mobile and entertained within a social and friendly atmosphere, especially through the winter months, Each session costs £3.

The winner of the quiz on Thursday at the Old Anchor Inn was Pam Jones. Meanwhile the winners of the Fishlake 100 Club for September were Marie Watson, Val. Geoghegan and Tim Duckitt. 03/10/16

THURSDAY,22nd September was the autumn equinox which brings prospects of darker nights and colder weather but also the cheery thoughts of Hallowe'en, Bonfire Night and Christmas before our days start to lengthen again.

The winner of the quiz last Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Marie Foster with Jan Threadgold winning the quiz in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday. Meanwhile Mrs Kath. Delau won a full house at bingo in the Thursday Coffee Club.

Saturday, 1st October sees the return of quizzes to the Cricket Club at eight o'clock.

Fishlake's patron saint passed a law on Inner Farne to protect the local colony of eider ducks--Cuddy's ducks---which was one of the first ever bird protection laws.

A Making and Decorating Day is to be held for adults and children in the Village Hall from 10 a.m. on 28th October. Please go along and help decorate the hall for the Hallowe'en party. The morning will include mask making, pumpkin carving, and ghost modelling with free tea, coffee, pop and biscuits.

The Village Hall Committee is holding a quiz night on Friday, 11th November with a pea and pie supper. Tickets cost five pounds and a raffle will be held. 26/09/16

THE PARISH council met last Tuesday and heard complaints about the amount of straw littering the village and blocking drains. Overhanging hedges and trees are exacerbating the problem. The council also heard that footpaths were being made unsafe by hedges in need of cutting.One resident also brought up the issue of horses on the pavement and in the Twitchel.

The Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator reported that the local PCSO had carried out a speed check on Sour Lane (accompanied by three parish councillors).Over sixty minutes one hundred vehicles passed by of which thirty-four drove in excess of 35 mph, with one over 50 mph and a further twelve over 40 mph.

The parish council agreed to support a local charity buy one or two defibrillators to be sited in the village.

Representatives of our flood wardens are to meet DMBC and Employment Agency staff next Wednesday to use the latest digital maps to enhance plans for prioritising future sandbag distribution according to danger and need.

The next parish council meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, 11th October in the Village Hall.

The winner of Tuesday's quiz in the Hare and Hounds was Margaret Shepherd.

We have lost two former residents of the village who were also enthusiastic members of the Cricket Club. The first was Mark Thorpe, who lived at West Lea House in the 1970s and '80s. He has died suddenly on a family holiday to Crete.He leaves his wife, Liz, and daughters Sarah and Aimee. His daughters attended Fishlake Endowed School before the family removed to Marple as Mark was to work as a civil engineer on the G-MEX Exhibition  Exhibition Centre in Manchester.

The second was Bill Simcock who has died after a long illness. He and his wife Marlene lived on Trundle Lane with their two sons, John and Phillip,before removing to Thorne. Bill was a milkman.His funeral is on Tuesday, 27th September at 3 p.m. at the crematorium. 19/09/16

CONGRATULATIONS to Sheila Hill who won the Thorne Times competition at Thorne's Festival by answering the question 'How Could The Thorne Times Help The Community Most?' with the idea that the Thorne Times should make a diary which local organisations and charities would fill in to avoid clashing with each other over dates. She and her husband, Barry, will be enjoying the prize this autumn, a mini-cruise with P&O to Amsterdam.

Look out from Tuesday for the new plastic five pound notes bearing a portrait of Sir Winston Churchill. They are supposed to last longer and be cleaner than the old paper notes.

The winners of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday were Doug. White and Neil Livesey with Marylyn Fox taking first place in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday.

Rob. Downing, who has strong family connections with the village, addressed the History Society on Wednesday where he described the efforts the village went to in the eighteenth and nineteenth century to avoid paying out on parish relief ---unmarried mothers were forced to name the child's father so he could contribute to the child's upkeep and incomers were sent back to their own parish if they had no job or means of income. He showed the group some of the wills lodged in York by villagers which along with the inventories lodged in York showed what some countryfolk owned. He also talked about the visitation in1743 for the Archbishop of York and about the growth of dissent in the area.He urged members to delve into a number of areas in the village's past. The next meeting of the History Society will take place on Wednesday, 12th October at 7 p.m.

Fishlake Drama Group is meeting on 12th September at 7 p.m.in the Village Hall. For more information please contact Cat. Williams on 07599 524765. Meanwhile the parish council will be meeting at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall on Tuesday, 13th.12/09/16

HEAVY DEWS, families gathering blackberries from the hedgerows and the presence of crane flies can only mean one thing. We are approaching autumn. It means back to school for children and the revival of community life in the village.

The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club in August were 1) Rita Southgate, 2 )Margaret Holt-Taylor and 3) Dossie Croucher. Over the last twelve months the 100 Club has raised £542 for the Parish Church Restoration Fund with £600 going for prizes.

Tuesday's quiz winners in the Hare and Hounds were Yvette Hodges, Margaret Shepherd and Maureen White with Marie Foster carrying off the jackpot. Meanwhile the winner of the quiz in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday was Pam Jones.

This year's harvest will be celebrated on Saturday, 24th September in Saint Cuthbert's 'between 10 a.m. and 12 noon with bacon butties, stalls with cakes, jams and pickles,books crafts, a tombola, a raffle and a children's activity which will entail helping to decorate the church for the harvest festival the following day. The proceeds from the morning will go towards the Saint Cuthbert's Restoration Fund.The  harvest festival itself will take place at 9.30 a.m. on Sunday, 25th September which this year coincides with Back to Church Sunday.

Coming up soon are the first autumn meeting of the History Society on Wednesday, 7th September at 7 p.m. when Rob. Downing will give a talk on local history documents relating to Fishlake's past. The drama group will be meeting on 12th September. for more information please contact Cat. Williams on 07599 524765.

Fishlake's Parish Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, 13th September in the Village Hall. 05/09/16

GOOD news from the reed beds in the old river Don. The reeds planted by our own Monday Club, in conjunction with the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, are flourishing as are the trees planted in the small woods nearby. Sadly some grass cuttings have been dumped on the reeds which will only smother growth.

Here are some dates for your diaries: Saturday, 24th September will see bacon butties on offer between 10 a.m. and 12 noon in Saint Cuthbert's along with a number of stalls. This year's harvest festival will take place on Sunday, 25th September and the church's Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday, 26th November.

Meanwhile, Fishlake Family Hallowe'en Party will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, 29th October with fun for all the community. Children, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, good friends and neighbours are invited to a disco with themed games and competitions with prizes for all ages.The evening will include the now traditional ghost walk, a licensed bar with food available and a raffle. Tickets, costing £1, are limited and are available from Maureen White on 843673, Sheila Hill on 841086 or Joy Chaffer on 351218. 

The winners of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday were : Maureen White, Margaret Shepherd and Yvette Hodges whilst the winner in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday was Margaret Shepherd.

Friday afternoon saw three parish councillors from the village accompany the police armed with a speed gun  on Sour Lane as they observed motorists driving into Fishlake. This is part of a response to concerns from the public to speeding in the village. 29/08/16

Councillor Alan Jones, who represents the Askern and Norton Ward on DMBC which includes Fishlake and Sykehouse, died on Tuesday at the  relatively young age of 67. He had been a borough councillor since 2011 and was married to the elected Mayor of Doncaster, Ros. Jones. He was a member of the Audit Committee, the Planning Committee and also sat on the external Police and Crime Committee.

The Olympic flag has been flown by Guy and the Union Flag have been flown by our flagmaster to celebrate the gold rush by British sportsmen and women in Rio.

Congratulations to Benjamin West, a student from our village at John Leggott College in Scunthorpe where he has gained three A-levels including an A* in Maths, an A in Further Maths and an A in Physics.He has been interviewed by the Scunthorpe Telegraph and by Yorkshire Television's 'Calendar'. Benjamin is destined for a course in Theoretical Physics at Sheffield University from September.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Neil Livesey. It was  Neil's lucky day as he also carried off the jackpot and won the raffle for a bottle of wine. Meanwhile Thursday's quiz winner in the Old Anchor Inn was Joy Chaffer.

Congratulations too to Emily Pickersgill who has recently completed a 10 kilometre walk in the Peak District in aid of the Walk for Wards Charity which raised £595.

An interesting book, published in 2015 and now on sale here is 'At The Coalface' by Joan Hart and Veronica Clark. It is published by Harper Collins and sells at £7.99. The book tells the story of Sister Hart who worked in Hatfield Main Colliery before, during and after the miners' strike. Some of the names mentioned will be familiar to us as she worked closely with the mining community, the management and local doctors.22/08/16

THE WINNER of the quiz on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn was Pam Jones. The next quiz will take place on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds with another quiz evening in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday.

Fishlake's Women's Institute is running a trip to Lichfield, the home of Doctor Johnson and of Saint Chad's beautiful cathedral, on Tuesday, 23rd August. The trip will include a visit to the National Memorial Arboretum which commemorates Great Britain's colonial and national services and conflicts. The coach will leave from the Village Hall at 8.30 a.m. and will return at roughly 6.30 to 7 p.m. A few places are left if anyone is interested and friends and family are welcome. Tickets cost £10 per person and may be obtained from Jane Richards on 01302 844687. 15/08/16

YORKSHIRE'S flag flew proudly over the village from the Landing on Yorkshire Day, 1st August. The 2nd August saw the hairdresser's and beautician's, Pure, reopen as Juxtapose, representing the old and new ownership of this important business in the village's economy which is sited near the old butcher's on Main Street.

We live in what the Chinese call 'interesting times' as Barry and Sheila Hill discovered on their recent trip to Turkey when they were caught up in a coup d'état. They landed at a military base near the resort of Sarigiene to find that planes were leaving from the same base to bomb Ankara. During their stay they caught a glimpse on television of foreign minister, Boris Johnson, warning Britons to stay inside.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Marie Foster with Wendy Brownbridge winning the bottle of wine. Meanwhile Thursday's winner in the Old Anchor Inn was Barbara Watson.

Complaints that there are more flies than ever this summer suggest that there may be a link with the lagoon on Barnby Dun Road between Stainforth and Barnby Dun which accepts animal waste.

Fishlake Village Choir is recruiting new members. It is entering its fourth year of singing and is keen to invite new members to join. It currently has about thirty-five members including the choir master and the committee.

The choir provides a rare opportunity for people to meet each other in a non-threatening, friendly environment  to make music. No audition is necessary to join the choir, just a love of singing and a willingness to ' give it a go'. The list of pieces varies from 'A Spoonful of Sugar' to 'Non Nobis Domine' and no special training is needed.

The first rehearsal for the coming winter season is on Tuesday, 6th September at 7 p.m. in Saint Cuthbert's Church here in the village. For more information please ring Wendy Brownbridge on 842450. 08/08/16

IT'S HOLIDAY time and organisations like the Thursday Coffee Club are closing down for August to allow the helpers to go away with their families.

Jeremy Foster won the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday whilst the winner in The Old Anchor Inn on Thursday was Marylyn Fox. 

John Roe and Sandra Liddle have been elected to the committee of the Village Choir.

Fishlake Drama Group is appealing for recruits to join them this autumn as they prepare for this year's pantomime, Beauty and the Beast, which will take place from Tuesday, 29th November until Saturday, 3rd December. Applicants need to be over 14 years of age and committed to weekly rehearsals from 12th September. If interested, please contact Cat Williams on 07599 524765 or turn up at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall on Tuesday, 2nd August.

Our friends in Sykehouse will be holding the 131st show at Poplars Farm (DN14 9AS for satnavs) on Sunday,7th August. If only Fishlake held something similar.

Fishlake Parish Council met last week. Visiting the council were DMB Councillor for the Askern Ward, Austin White, and DMBC officer, Ian Wigglesworth, who assured residents that the grass cutting service would improve as a new contractor is covering our area.Concerns were raised about potholes in the village's roads especially where heavy lorries damage the edges of the roads. 

A villager raised concerns about the speed of traffic through the village and the use of mobiles by tractor drivers with bales on 40 foot trailers.

The Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator, Cllr. Peter Trimingham, reported that our local PCSO has been able to carry out a number of speed checks in the village. Several parish councillors have agreed to accompany the PCSO to  get a clear picture of the issues. 

The next meeting of the parish council will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, 13th September. 01/08/16


IT'S OFFICIAL Pokémon are alive and loose in Fishlake ! Youngsters have been spotted making their way around the village on the trail of Pokémon. Some were eventually found near the Cricket Club. You've got to catch them all!

Local resident, Peter Hayley, has handed over the presidency of Thorne's Rotary Club to his son, Richard, who also lives locally. The pair have raised over £30,000 for the Polio Education Charity which helps people across the world.

Residents are aware that this year's hay harvest is underway with farmers working morning, noon and night to bring it in.

The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club in July were 1) Judith Parish, 2) Lynne Williamson and 3) Helen Jackson.

Fishlake's choirmaster, John Marsden, is leading a special concert to celebrate Yorkshire Day, 1st August, in Saint Mary's Church in Kirk Bramwith  with a selection of popular songs, hymns and music featuring John on the organ and Hannah Webb on the clarinet followed by a buffet supper. There will be a retiring collection for the upkeep of the beautiful mediaeval church. The concert will begin at 7.30 p.m. 25/07/16

BINGO is on offer on Monday, 11th July in the Old Anchor Inn with more bingo in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday. The winner of the quiz in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday was Pam Pyatt.

Fishlake's annual over sixties' trip to the sea took place on Wednesday when Fishlake folk boarded one of Saxon Coaches' vehicles to journey to Whitby via the picturesque village of Thornton le Dale for a coffee stop. The party slipped out of the village by the back way via Askern and was treated to cornfields brimming with golden corn and red, red poppies. After Thornton the heather started and was just coming into bloom. The first sight of Whitby from the Moors was the ancient abbey with the sea behind. The passengers teemed out of the coach near the tourist office and disappeared into Whitby's many streets selling crafts, jet and of course shell fish. Fascination with the boats, the history and the different sea food is part of the attraction of Whitby where many villagers gained a suntan in the beautiful weather. Boat trips, steam railway rides across the Moors and fossil hunting trips make Whitby a unique destination for villagers who yearn for somewhere different. Coupled with beaches, early Christianity and the legend of Dracula there is something for everyone. Councillor John Waite and his wife Ann, who led the trip ,could be seen shepherding passengers back to the coach for the five o'clock departure for Fishlake. More satisfied customers have a reason to thank Fishlake Parish Council.

The parish council meeting on Tuesday, 12th July has been cancelled owing to holidays and unforeseen circumstances and will now take place on Wednesday, 20th July.

The Thursday Coffee Club is going to visit California Gardens for lunch.

Fishlake Rocks ! will take place on Saturday, 16th July from 7 p.m. till late in the Cricket Club. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for under 14s may be obtained from Tim Elliot on 07773378462 or Jamie-Lea Hainsworth on 07398718917. The evening will feature live music and a hog roast. 11/07/16

THE END of June and the beginning of July has brought rain  in abundance to the village with lawns and hedges growing at a rate of knots. One sign of the season is the presence of wild roses everywhere. 

The winners of the 100 Club for June were Ann Fogg, the late Malcolm Greenslade ( still helping his village beyond the grave) and Michael Silvester. Meanwhile the winner of the quiz in the Old Anchor Inn was Mrs Marie Foster with the West Wing +2 team, consisting of Jayne West, Barry and Sheila Hill, leading from start to finish in the Hare and Hounds quiz on Tuesday.

Fishlake's Parochial Church council has announced that its policy this year has been to divide the churchyard or God's Green Acre into three separate areas  to contribute to the biodiversity of the country and to help energy efficiency. Ninety-four species of plants have been identified. The majority of the churchyard will be cut as usual but grass mowings will be mulched into small pieces to allow them to return nutrients to the soil. The second area which includes snowdrops and primroses  will continue to be preserved whilst the third area will allow plants to grow until they have flowered and produced seeds. They will be cut back at he beginning of August and then cut regularly until the autumn. The PCC will welcome people who come to see the Lady's Smocks, Fox and Cubs and the Ox-eyed daisies.

The rain held off for the garden party on the bishop's lawn on Saturday, 2nd July where a wonderful afternoon tea, assorted stalls and children's games  raised £340 whilst guests paraded in vintage costumes. The winner of the the best costume was Mrs Holgate with a beautiful Edwardian dress. Mrs Holgate received the prize of tea and scones for two at the Coffee at No. 4 in Hatfield.

Fishlake Village Choir likes to produce something different at its concert. This time the audience was encouraged to participate in what was often a singalong with numbers from the 1930s and '40s  before moving on to the 1960s via 'South Pacific' , 'My Fair Lady' and two solos from Isobel Robson from Tickhill and the welcome return of the 'Band With No Name'. 04/07/16


A CHANGE OF PLAN has been announced by Fishlake History Society for its next meeting on Wednesday, 7th September when Robert Downing will now talk about a selection of original local family history documents relating to Fishlake's past. 

This week we have been through the summer solstice and a referendum which will change the course of our history. Meanwhile Mrs Pat. Omar has passed through a milestone of her own : her eightieth birthday.

Marie Foster was the winner of the quiz in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday. 

This weekend sees two major events in the village's calendar. Saturday, 2nd July sees the annual church garden party from 2 till 4 p.m. on the bishop's lawn i.e. the lawn of Doncaster House ( the old vicarage) when some guests will be attending in Victorian dress and Fishlake Village Choir will be presenting its summer concert, featuring songs from 'South Pacific', at 7 p.m. in Saint Cuthbert's.

Fishlake Walkers' Club will meet next on Thursday, 7th July on the Hare and Hounds car park ready for a walk in Owston. 

Fishlake Rocks is the title chosen for the event at the Cricket and Bowls Club on Saturday,16th July from 7 till late. The evening will feature live music and a hog roast with tickets costing £10 ( £5 for under 14s). Please contact Tim Elliot on 07773 378462 or Jamie-Lea Hainsworth on 07398 718917. 27/06/2016


THE FLAGS flying over Fishlake have undergone a subtle change this week as we moved on from the Queen's birthday represented by Union Jacks to flags supporting England's national team in the European Football Championship taking place in France as represented by Saint George's flags. Meanwhile Fishlake's Festival Committee has been instructed by DMBC to remove the patriotic bunting around the Village Hall left over from the Queen's ninetieth in case it is seen as a statement about the referendum on Thursday, 23rd June when the country will decide on its future relationship with the European Union.  As the Village Hall is to be used as a polling station the Thursday Coffee Club will move to the Old Anchor Inn for lunch whilst in the evening the Women's Institute will move its open meeting from the Village Hall to the Cricket and Bowls' Club beginning at 7 p.m. The evening will feature the vocal duo, Change for Two Tenors, who will provide a medley of folk and popular tunes  along with songs from musicals. All are welcome.

Trevor and Judith Taylor have travelled north to see their son Nigel run along Hadrian's Way between Carlisle and Newcastle which once marked the border between the Roman empire and the barbarian world.

If anyone left a phone charger at the streetparty would they please contact Joy Chaffer?

Fishlake Parish Council met last Tuesday and was chaired by Cllr. John Waite. The report from the Neighbourhood Watch included a warning about frauds and scams whilst the council was given an update on the progress of its many requests to DMBC.20/06/16


A REMINDER has been received from Cllr. John Waite has been received that villagers over sixty wishing to visit Whitby on Wednesday, 6th July should contact him on 07983919722 to book a seat on the coach which will leave the village at 8.30 a.m. for the annual trip to the sea.

The winner of the quiz in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday was Colin Simpson with Allen Hodges' team winning on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds after four lucky guesses.

Fishlake History Society met on 8th June and discussed the finer points of applying for a grant to enable it to save oral history of the village before it is too late.  The group decided to take a summer break in the months of July and August and to meet up next on Wednesday, 7th September when Rob. Downing will talk to the group about life in Fishlake in the nineteenth century. Rob. Downing comes from an old Fishlake family.

Fishlake Falcons' under 12s  have been to the Keepmote Stadium to receive a cup and individual medals for their success in the Doncaster League where they will soon be entering the premier league. Congratulations to Dean Edwards and the team.

The Old Anchor Lions Pool Team has had the most successful season since it joined the Thorne and District Winter Pool League many years ago. The team finished third in the league; its highest ever position, losing only one game in the second half of the league season.It reached the semi-final of the Doubles, Landlords and Captains and Danny Vance Trophies. Amy Grantham reached the final of the Ladies' Singles Trophy and Martin Coy won the blue ribbon event : the Main Singles Trophy. The team is looking to build on this success next season commencing in autumn. New players are always welcome in order to achieve this and help the Old Anchor Tigers to develop. If you are interested please let Paul Howe at the Anchor know.

A night of rain made us fearful for the day when Fishlake was to gather for a street party on 11th June to celebrate the Queen's ninetieth birthday. However, notwithstanding occasional dark clouds, the rain held off and the floats from the Fishlake Falcons and the Drama Group pulled out of Southwell's farm at 12 noon to make a tour around the village. The Rockingham Band from Barnsley played patriotic songs as the floats returned and residents tucked into their picnic lunches. The winners of the competition for the best decorated table were Rebekah Cleghorn and her party who made thrones, crowns, candelabra, cakes and even a pop up royal corgi. The magician's show proved to be a great success with youngsters and face painting certainly added to the atmosphere. Meanwhile the Thorne Male Voice Choir sang beautifully before the village waited for the evening's entertainment by the Doncaster based rock band, Kick the Habit, and the wonderful hog roast which rounded off the royal occasion.13/06/16


A WHOPPING £1,385  was raised on Saturday, 4th June by members of the Village Hall Committee and other volunteers who had over months assembled an impressive sale of  Nearly New Clothes and Jumble. Elated committee members would like to thank helpers and customers who made the morning such a success. Clutching bargains, many customers repaired to the parish church to drink tea and to compare their purchases.

Resident Eddie Beaglehole has received the Alick Jeffrey Award in Doncaster's Keepmoat Stadium for his contribution to grassroots football in the borough.

The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club for May were : Pat. Holgate, Harold Whitehead and Janet Rothwell. Meanwhile the winner of the quiz on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn was Colin Simpson.

Fishlake's History Society will meet on Wednesday, 8th June at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall. All are welcome.

 The next major event in the village's calendar is the street party planned for Saturday, 11th June in honour of the Queen's ninetieth birthday. The party will centre on the Village Hall and will last from 12 noon till 11 p.m. Prizes are to be awarded for the best decorated table, crowns and queen !  A wheelbarrow race will be held between the two public houses and the afternoon will feature floats parading through the village, Thorne's Male Voice Choir, Mr Magic, Punch and Judy and the Rockingham Brass Band. Anyone wanting tickets ( which cost £2.50) for the evening's hog roast must apply as soon as possible to either Claire Holling on 01302 351592 or Joy Chaffer on 01302 351218. The evening will also feature a rock band, Kick the Habit, to entertain at the disco.06/06/16


LAST WEEK I dropped in on Garden Blooms' open days. The nursery had an impressive variety of  plants and  with its café gave the village a new focus. If only it were open more often. It certainly proved to be a success.

Travelling up from Cornwall this weekend the roads were surrounded by banks of mayflower whose beauty is truly one of the wonders of the world.

Coming up on Saturday, 4th June is the annual Nearly New and Jumble Sale at 10 a.m. when for an admission fee of twenty pence clothes, handbags, household goods, bric a brac, textiles, books, toys, shoes and furniture are on offer. This sale has, over the last few years, become an important source of income for the Village Hall which is to the credit of the hall's committee who work hard for this event for months in advance.

After all the hurly burly of the sale if you feel like a drink in quieter surroundings then pop into the nearby parish church for  a relaxing tea or a coffee with a piece of cake and lap up the village atmosphere which has reigned for centuries.30/05/16


THE VILLAGE has received two pieces of good news this week. The Fishlake Falcons, our youngsters' football team, have had another success. Coached by Dean Edwards, the under 13s have become the first  Fishlake team to have reached the premiership after successes in the Doncaster and Selby Leagues. Meanwhile Fishlake Village Choir has received a grant of £4,317 from Eon's Tween Bridges' windfarm in Thorne (via  the South Yorkshire Community Foundation). The money is to be used to buy handbells for the choir's use in concerts.

Posters are appearing across the village with details of the programme for the Queen's ninetieth  birthday celebrations in the village on 11th June.

Sheila Hill is making a final appeal for nearly new goods and jumble to be sold in aid of the Village Hall on 4th June. She is begging householders to undertake a spring clean now and to give unwanted goods to her team.

The winner of the quiz on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn was Katie Croucher.

We are informed that to raise funds for its historic buildings the Church of England  is offering the use of its towers and spires for the rollout of broadband in rural areas as in some rural areas only 4% of the population are connected to broadband and the NFU says that it can take farmers up to fifteen hours to download a countryside stewardship guidance booklet. 

Fishlake's  History Society met on 18th July in the Village Hall where they discussed their contribution to Doncaster's History Fair, examined a scrapbook full of articles about the village, made a recording of Ken Omar's memories and welcomed retired Fishlake teacher Peter Tidball who brought along recordings made by his pupils in the 1990s.  Carole Smith talked about the location of Fishlake's twelve public houses whilst Pam Pyatt brought along some wills dating back as far as the Elizabethan period. Val. Geoghegan described the life of Thomas Steemson, a boat builder who moved from Fishlake to Waterside in Thorne and eventually to Paull near Hull where he built  an impressive East Indiaman in 1813 which featured on a Royal Mail stamp in 2013. The next meeting of the History society will take place on Wednesday, 8th June at 7 p.m.

The Women's Institute will meet up on  26th May at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall to hear the history of Tom Wood, the florist. The evening will include a demonstration.

An important future date for your diaries is 2nd July when Saint Cuthbert's Garden Party will take place on the bishop's lawn and will be followed that evening by the Village Choir's Summer Concert  in the parish church at 7 p.m.23/05/16


THE RECENT race night at the Cricket and Bowls' Club raised £500 for club funds. The club would like to thank its supporters.

Dr. Billings, the newly re-elected Police and Crime Commissioner, intends to make fly-tipping a priority in the days ahead.

Bells rang out from Saint Cuthbert's belfry across the village before last Monday's confirmation service. Rt. Rev. Peter Burrows,Bishop of Doncaster, confirmed six members ( of different ages) of the Church of England. A congregation of seventy took part in the service which was also supported by Fishlake Village Choir.

The first cuckoo in the village was heard by John Waite in Fosterhouses on 8th May.

May's meeting of the parish council saw Cllr. John Waite re-elected as chairman of  the parish council for another year. The council made a grant of £300 towards the cost of a street party on Saturday,11th June when it is hoped to organise wheelbarrow races between the two pubs and to enjoy a hog roast. Concerns were raised about the police having to attend an incident from as far away as their headquarters in  Rossington nowadays and questions were asked about the voles on Wood Lane. 

The winner of the quiz on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn was Barbara Watson.

Wednesday, 18th May sees a meeting of Fishlake's History Society at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall.The society is spreading its wings with new fields of research and additions to its website. Residents  with green fingers will enjoy the two open days of Garden Blooms, the nursery on Mill Fields in Fosterhouses, on Saturday, 21st and Sunday, 22nd May from 11a.m. till 4p.m. Tea and cake will be available.

Fishlake Walkers' Club is hoping to include the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Five Rise Locks at Bingley along the Leeds-Liverpool canal to Salt Mills in Bradford on its future programme of outings.16/05/16

A SOUND like an explosion had people running from their houses in their night wear on 2nd May. A second bang or sonic boom followed soon after and two aircraft were glimpsed flying over as Typhoon jets were scrambled from RAF Coningsby to follow an unresponsive civilian aircraft which turned out to be an Air France plane which had radio communication problems. The aircraft landed at Newcastle.

The first cuckoo of the season was heard by Neil Livesey on 30th April.

The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club for April were Sue Duckitt, the late Malcolm Greenslade and John Atherfold.

Meanwhile the winner of the quiz on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn was Michelle Brandon with Lewis Foster winning the jackpot.

Dr. Alan Billings was re-elected as the Police commissioner for south Yorkshire on Thursday, 5th May. Dr. Billings represents the Labour Party.

Fishlake Village Choir will be singing in the confirmation service in Saint Cuthbert's  at 7 p.m. on 9th May when Rt. Rev. Peter Burrows, Bishop of Doncaster, will confirm new members of the Church of England. 

The next meeting of the parish council will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, 11th May in the Village Hall.

Rt. Rev. Steven Croft, the Bishop of Sheffield since 2009, is leaving his diocese to become the Bishop of Oxford. He has been a member of the 

House of Lords since 2013.

Fishlake was represented by Mrs Val. Geoghegam at Doncaster's Heritage Festival on 7th May in Doncaster Museum on Chequer Road. Mrs Geoghegam could be heard describing the Pease family , Fishlake's Quaker settlement in Fosterhouses and the village's shipbuilding past.

This year's Jumble and Nearly New Sale will be held at 10 a.m. on 4th June in aid of the Village Hall. Residents are urged to undertake a spring clean and to give items to Mesdames West, Hill, White or Chaffer. They are also encouraged to offer their help as volunteers on the day. 09/05/16


YELLOW bikes decorated the route to Doncaster via Sprotbrough, Tickhill and Bawtry as mixed weather greeted the Tour de Yorkshire. Perhaps one day it will come to Fishlake with our ideal cycling country?

Monday, 25th April saw the funeral of Rev. Dr. John Martin Osgerby in Saint Nicholas Church, Haxey. Rev.. Osgerby was the Vicar of Fishlake before Rev. Eve Atherfold came to the village. He leaves a wife, Sheila, and a daughter Catherine.

Unseasonable weather--snow---hit us on 27th April. Sometimes Wordsworth's words do not ring true.

Elections are taking place for the post of South Yorkshire's Police Commissioner on Thursday, 5th May and as a result the Coffee Club will be moving its meeting from the temporary polling station of the Village Hall to the Old Anchor inn for lunch.

Friday, 6th May sees a race night being held at the Cricket and Bowls Club at seven for 7.30  with Fishlake represented at Doncaster's History Fair at Doncaster Museum  from 11 till 4 p.m. on Saturday,7th May.

Neil Livesey won the jackpot of £150 at the Hare and Hounds last week whilst the winner of the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday was Mrs Marylyn Fox.

People often joke that travellers crossing the river Don from Stainforth or Thorne need a passport but fact is often stranger than fiction and the website www.historyfiles.co.uk / kingdom of Elmet suggests that the Don was once a frontline  between the Celtic kingdom of Elmet based in the area which became the old West Riding of Yorkshire and the growing Anglo-Saxon kingdoms of Lindsey, Mercia and Deira.It is interesting but perhaps not too surprising  to think of the village and surrounding area holding out against the tide of history after the fall of the Roman empire. 02/05/16


UNION FLAGS flew across the village on 21st April to celebrate the Queen's ninetieth birthday. The village will mark the occasion on 11th June when the street in front of the Village Hall will be closed for a party. Villagers will be encouraged to wear crowns and to decorate their own tables and place settings.

Oliver Rothwell has been spotted in the village. He has returned from his great adventure in South America and will no doubt have to tell the tale many times of his journey from the icy tip to the tropical Amazonian basin as residents catch up with him after months of absence. 

The winner of the quiz in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday was Hilary Simpson.

Food is now being served at the Old Anchor Inn with pizzas on Mondays and Tuesdays and other dishes as the week progresses.No booking is necessary.

The next meeting of Fishlake Walkers' Club will take place at 10 a.m. on 4th May. The Village Hall will be holding its Nearly New and Jumble Sale on Saturday, 4th June. Would people donating items or offering help please contact Mrs Sheila Hill, Mrs Maureen White, Mrs Jayne West or Mrs Joy Chaffer ?

Over sixties who enjoy trips out are urged to contact Cllr. John Waite on 07983919722 to book a seat on Fishlake Parish Council's annual visit to the sea. This year the visit is to Whitby on Wednesday, 6th July with a stop en route in the picturesque village of Thornton le Dale.

Fishlake Parish Council met earlier this month and was chaired by Cllr. John Waite. Concerns were expressed about heavily laden trailers and large tractors passing through the village leaving damage to verges and sludge in their wake. A  lack of load covers and tyres coming off tractors after hitting the kerb. It was resolved to contact DMBC and the police about these concerns. Root blockages are to be cleared from the western end of the drain on Hay Green by contractors for DMBC. Fishlake's floodplan is to be re-written by Environment Agency officers, DMBC's Emergency Planning Teams and representatives of Fishlake's flood wardens.

The Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator, Cllr. Peter Trimingham, reported that the next PACT meeting would be in Stainforth's Resource Centre on Tuesday, 10th May. He also reported that villagers were having difficulty in contacting Askern and Norton Police instead of using our traditional links in Thorne and Stainforth. Residents were also experiencing a long wait when contacting South Yorkshire Police via the 101 number. 25/04/16

FISHLAKE'S Women's Institute will be meeting next on  Thursday, 28th April at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall  when the topic under discussion will be 'Unmentionable Foundations' ! Meanwhile the W.I. is advertising its open evening 'Change for Two Tenors' on Thursday,23rd June when all are welcome.

The next meeting of Fishlake's History Society will be on Wednesday,18th May at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall.

The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Thursday was Colin Simpson.

A tragic loss for the village was the death of Robert Illman of Pinfold Lane on his sixty-eighth birthday.  Robert was the second son of John and Iris (née Silvester) Illman. He attended Fishlake Endowed School and later worked for DMBC's Planning Department,  where he was instrumental in revealing the Donnygate Scandal. Later, Robert went with his wife to work in South Africa where he loved the scenery, wildlife and mixture of peoples. He  served his village by becoming a parish councillor and helping to purchase the School Field from DMBC after the closure of the village school. His funeral will take place in Saint Cuthbert's on Monday, 25th April. He leaves his mother, brother Jeff and his family.

The winner of the quiz on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn was Colin Simpson.

Local historians may be interested in the Local History Fair at Doncaster Museum between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, 7th May. 18/04/16


PLASTIC fencing has appeared along the river bank near Jubilee Bridge and has caused much curiosity. It seems that it has been put in place by the Environment Agency to protect rare great crested newts from work soon to be undertaken on the river bank.

The latest meeting of the History Society took place on 5th April when members discussed evacuees, the Pease family, the Quaker settlement in Fosterhouses (where 200 people once attended the meeting house), the situation of former public houses in the village and examined a programme for Fishlake Feast from 1912.

The enjoyable quiz evening devised by Pam Pyatt on 1st April raised £252.17 for Village Hall funds and was won for the third time by the Golden Girls.Meanwhile, Sheila Hill from the Village Hall Committee has been invited to lunch at the House of Lords by Baroness Howe of Idlicote, CBE, to mark her efforts in obtaining funds last year from Veolia for the refurbishment of the Village Hall.Lady Howe is the wife of the late Lord Geoffrey Howe but is also a baroness in her own right.

Cllr. John Waite spotted the first swallows in the village this spring on 6th April.

The winner of the quiz on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn was Hilary Simpson.

A suggestion has been made to hold a Referendum Part on 23rd June on the night of the referendum about our future relationship with the European Union. It is proposed that people could either celebrate or commiserate on the result. An early indication of the results should be given by the publication of the exit polls at 10 p.m. when television screens will be very busy. 11/04/16

A NEW flagmaster, Mike Ryan, has been appointed by the Monday Club to succeed Malcolm Greenslade. It is only appropriate as he was a friend of  the late Mr Greenslade and frequently helped him.

The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club in March were : Sheila Greenhall, Wendy Brownbridge and Joe Rotherford.  

On the first day of the new chef's career at the Hare and Hounds my family and I tried Sunday lunch in the pub. The meal was excellent with other diners concurring.

Storm Katie hit the village on Easter Saturday and Monday before calming down. Jubilee Bridge has reopened after the repairs by DMBC to the roadway where a car was burnt out. 

Last week Jeremy Foster won £150 at the quiz in the Hare and Hounds whilst the overall winner was Margaret Shepherd. Meanwhile, the winner at the Old Anchor Inn was Pam Jones. 

Birds across the village are busy nesting. One area to watch is the churchyard or God's Green Acre with its bats in the belfry and birds. Ivy which is a parasite and a nuisance to the rest of us produces fruit which is a superfood for thrushes, blackcaps and wood pigeons.

The village quiz on 1st April organised by Pam Pyatt in aid of the Village Hall was won by the Golden Girls again with the raffle alone raising £85.

The fish and chip van will now be standing next to the Village Hall at 4.45 p.m. on Thursdays.

Fishlake Village Choir will reconvene at 7 p.m. on Monday, 4th April. On the agenda for this summer will be numbers from 'South Pacific'. One member of the congregation watching 'Jerusalem Joy' was so impressed by the choir that she resolved to join it.

The History Society will meet at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall on Tuesday, 5th April and will welcome new members.

A quiz night is to be held in the Cricket and Bowls' Club on 9th April at 8 for 8.30 p.m.

Polling cards have arrived for the election of South Yorkshire's Police Commissioner on Thursday, 5th May. Meanwhile the Cricket Club is planning a race night to raise funds at 7 for 7.30 on Friday, 6th May. 04/04/16

2016's EASTER concert by Fishlake Village Choir took place on the night before Palm Sunday in Saint Cuthbert's when John Marsden presented Roger Jones' cantato, 'Jerusalem Joy', in a popular, modern style from the 1970s . Some of the highlights included 'He was despisèd' ,an aria played by David Chaffer  from Handel's 'Messiah' , 'Gethsemane' was accompanied by John Roe and Gerald Finzi's 'Prelude' played by Hannah Webb on the clarinet. This year, John Marsden introduced the youth branch with its song and percussion instruments .Proud parents and grandparents hung on every note.

Here is a date for the diaries of senior citizens of the village:  the annual village trip to the coast will be to Whitby on Wednesday, 6th July. It is the organisers' intention to leave the village at 8.30 a.m. and stop on the way for coffee in Thornton-le- Dale. To reserve a seat  please 'phone Cllr. John Waite on 01302 351649.

Fishlake's new flagmaster flew the Belgian flag in sympathy with the victims of the terrorist attack on Brussels last week.

Jungle drums have brought news of our intrepid traveller, Oliver Rothwell. He is going to visit the Tayrona National Park as he cuts across Colombia before going rafting in the mountains and on a lost city trek. He will eventually leave Santa Cruz for Lima to return home.

Leaflets have come through our letterboxes this week. The referendum campaign about our relationship with the European Union has started.

Fishlake Walkers' Club made an Easter trip to Sykehouse where they completed five and a half miles---some did a further four miles. They have plans for their next jaunt on 13th April when they will cover five miles along the green lanes of Fishlake and will end at the Hare and Hounds for refreshments!

The winner of the quiz in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday was Marie Foster.

To our despair Jubilee Bridge has closed again for week. DMBC is having to repair the road leading up to the bridge after a burnt out car ruined the road surface. 28/03/16

FISHLAKE History Society met on 15th March and discussed a variety of topics. One member brought up Fishlake's past as an inland port and as a shipyard where a whaling boat had been built. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, 5th April in the Village Hall where all are welcome.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Richard Foster whilst Barbara Watson won in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday.

 The Thursday Coffee club has been to visit the Branton Vintage Tea Room for afternoon tea to savour the 1950s atmosphere and enjoy the food.

Older residents will remember David Pillipson who was the organist in Saint Cuthbert's for many years. He also represented the insurance company here in the village. Sadly, he has passed away at the age of 79. His funeral will take place on Monday, 21st March in Saint Nicholas' church in Thorne.

News has reached us that Fishlake Drama Group has decided to present 'Beauty and the Beast' as its pantomime next Christmas.

Fishlake Parish Council has chosen Jeremy Foster and Stephen Cook to represent it in the vacancies on the Fishlake Educational Trust.   

Fishlake Walkers' Club will meet at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, 23rd March in front of the Village Hall to catch the bus to Sykehouse for a walk along the New Junction Canal stopping off at the Old George for refreshments. The next outing is pencilled in for 13th April.

The Women's Institute will be meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 24th April in the Village Hall. The topic this month will be Yorkshire dialect entertainment.

Friday, 25th March will see the return of a music evening arranged by Graham and Lynn Arnold in the Hare and Hounds.

This year's Easter services will include a joint service in Kirk Bramwith at 7 p.m. on Maundy Thursday, a service at 2 p.m. in Sykehouse on Good Friday and at 7 p.m. in Fishlake on Good Friday and a service at 9.30 a.m. on Easter Day in Saint Cuthbert's in Fishlake. 21/03/16

QUITE a busy week is coming up for Fishlake folk with the History Society meeting on 15th March at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall, a visit by Fishlake Coffee club to Branton Garden Centre on Thursday, 17th March and a quiz night at the Cricket and Bowls ' Club at 8 p.m. on Saturday, 19th March to raise funds for the club. Fishlake Village Choir is presenting a musical, 'Jerusalem Joy', by Roger Jones about the central belief of Christianity i.e. the events of Holy Week from Palm Sunday to the Resurrection.  The evening, starting at 7 o'clock in the parish church on 19th March, will include toe-tapping rhythms and more dramatic tunes. This year's production will welcome Hannah Webb, playing the clarinet, and children from the village and surrounding area singing with the choir.

Sadly, the village has lost another of its stalwarts, Mrs Edna Kershaw, once a farmer's wife at Thorninghurst who as a widow later moved to Trundle Lane. For many years she cleaned the church and taught in Saint Cuthbert's Sunday school along with making sure that the flowers on the altar were always beautifully arranged. Her funeral will take place at 1 p.m. on Monday, 14th March. She leaves behind two children, two grandchildren and five great grandchildren

The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club in February were : Joe Rotherford, Fran Wade and Ethel Watson. Meanwhile the winner of the quiz in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday, 10th March was Pam Jones.

Fishlake Festival Fund Trust is offering trips to residents ( with priority given to families with children) . The visit to Bridlington will take place on Saturday, 20th August and the booking fee ( which will be returned on arrival in Bridlington ) is £10. The Trust would welcome applications from Fishlake based organisations by providing funding for community events they may be staging. Please contact the treasurer, Paul Sheldrake, on 840471.

Fishlake Parish Council met on Tuesday, 8th March when the councillors received a presentation about the way mining subsidence is dealt with. This is highly relevant for Fosterhouses where two new pumping stations will be installed ( at a cost of £2 million) and water will be moved away from Fishlake towards Sorrel Lane. Complaints were received about cars parked on the pavement in the village. The next meeting of the parish council will take place on Tuesday, 12th April.

Recent spring tides and heavy rainfall have raised the level of the river Don. To gain  up to date news of the level of the river search out the European Project's Doncaster  website to see the results of the radar sensor at Jubilee Bridge on http://wesenseit.quinary.iy/doncaster/login/?newsaccount

Freedom to roam via Thorne or the M18 returned to us with the reopening of Jubilee Bridge on 11th March after a month's closure for repairs. 14/03/16

SNOW came to Fishlake twice last week. First of all on the 2nd March and then more heavily on 4th when the village received a good covering. Better late than never this winter.

The winners of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday were Mesdames Joy Chaffer and Pam Pyatt. Quiz goers are reminded that next week's quiz will start at 8 p.m. Villagers will be pleased to hear that food will start to be served in the Hare and Hounds on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings and all day on Saturday and Sundays from 16th March. The landlord hopes that much of the produce will be sourced from his own farm here in the village.

Residents will also be pleased to hear that work has been taking place on Jubilee Bridge and has been watched by eagle-eyed villagers.

Pilates, I am informed, is a holistic approach to exercise that is suitable for everybody. The health benefits are numerous, but can include improving flexibility, posture, joint mobility and balance, and reducing back pain that is associated with weak core muscles. Caroline is a fully qualified and experienced Pilates instructor who is already running classes in the area) is looking into the possibility of running a class in Fishlake Village Hall. If interested please contact her on 07752587600, or e-mail her on caroline@flexibleexercise.co.uk or message her via facebook.com/flexibleexercise to find out more.

Pam Pyatt is to hold a village quiz in the Village Hall on Friday, 1st April  at 7 p.m. Tickets, costing £5 per player, will include pie and peas, but teams should be no larger than six. They are available from Pam Pyatt on 01302 842043, Sheila Hill on 01302 841086 and Mo. White on 01302 843673. There will be no bar available so bring your own drinks and please make clear how many will be attending when buying tickets so that catering arrangements and place settings may be made.

Amateur historians who are interested in Fishlake's patron saint Cuthbert may volunteer for an archaeological dig on Holy Island in Northumberland. Sir Tony Robinson, of Time Team, is convinced that there is more to be found of the early monastery where Saints Aidan and Cuthbert lived. It will be hard labour and will cost volunteers up to £525 for a week!

Fishlake Parish Council will meet at 7.15 p.m on Tuesday, 8th March in the Village Hall.07/03/16

SOME people who love Fishlake  are born here, others come to live here. Malcolm Greenslade belonged to the latter group. He was an exemplary landlord of the Old Anchor Inn, never forgetting a face, raising thousands for charities, making a success of a country pub in difficult times by knowing how to appeal to different generations and taking part in village life by being a governor of Fishlake Endowed School.  He later repeated his success at the Hare and Hounds before becoming our village flagmaster in his retirement. His enthusiasm for rugby came through with his marking championships and other international events. He has left children and grandchildren and many friends. Poignantly, the Old Anchor Inn closed out of respect, flags on the Landing and at the Hare and Hounds flew at half mast in his memory and flowers were left at the base of the village flagpole in his memory.

Last Tuesday's quiz in the Hare and Hounds was won by Marylyn Fox.

The Thursday Coffee Club enjoyed a meal at the King's Chamber on Thursday.

Fishlake Walkers' Club have stepped out recently and have walked back to the village to the village along towpaths and green lanes. Afterwards they were provided with an excellent buffet by Janine and Emily Goldthorpe at the Hare and Hounds. Their next outing will take place on Wednesday, 23rd March when they will meet at 10 a.m. at the Village Hall before heading off to the New Junction Canal and the Trans Pennine Trail and later refreshments at the Old George in Sykehouse.

Fishlake Drama Group has held its annual general meeting on 23rd February.

Here are some dates for your diaries: Saturday, 19th March will see Fishlake Village Choir present its Easter concert, Jerusalem Joy, in Saint Cuthbert's at 7 p.m. Graham and Lynne Arnold will be holding a music evening on Good Friday ( 25th March) with eight singers and Godwin ,the keyboard player. 29/02/16


FISHLAKE History Society met on 16th February. They were told about the new history website...www.fishlakehistorysociety.uk/   ....whose content is growing .The fate of the evacuees was discussed, an electoral list of the village from 1926 was examined and old photos and maps scrutinised. The next meeting will take place on 15th March at 7p.m. in the Village Hall. All are welcome whether from the village or not.

Our flagmaster, Malcolm Greenslade, has found a clever way of commemorating the matches in the Six Nations Rugby Championship. For every match he flies two flags together on the same pole giving the impression of one flag but with two different sides.

Valentine's Day brought snow to the village as winter bit back against the mild weather of December.

Barbara Watson won the quiz last week in the Old Anchor Inn whilst John Butterley won in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday.

A desk, a wash basin and a snooker table are on sale to raise funds for the parish church. Please apply to Mrs Wendy Brownbridge of The Custom House.

Fishlake resident Rt. Rev.Peter Burrows, Bishop of Doncaster, spoke out this week against the 'bedroom tax' imposed on tenants of council houses.

Truffle Lodge on Trundle Lane is now advertising itself as offering an oasis of luxury with leisure and spa facilities. It boasts

 a swimming pool, a sauna, a steam room, a jacuzzi and an outdoor hot tub for guests who want that special sensation of being pampered. Its motto is 'Need a break from life's kerfuffle? Spend a night or two at Truffle!'   More information is available on www.trufflelodge.co.uk

Once again Sour Lane and Hay Green are becalmed with Jubilee Bridge out of action. DMBC has filled in some of the pot holes along Sour Lane taking advantage of the calm.

Tuesday, 23rd February   will see Fishlake Walkers' Club setting off  from the Village Hall on the half past ten bus to South Bramwith for a four and a half to five mile walk back to the village. Walkers are advised to take a packed lunch with them.         

Resuming their normal meetings on 29th February after a winter break will be Fishlake Art Club every Monday from seven till nine in the Village Hall. New members are welcome. 22/02/16

Fishlake's History Society will meet at 7p.m. on Tuesday, 16th February in the Village Hall. Meanwhile Fishlake Coffee Club will be visiting the King's Chamber in Thorne for lunch. on 18th February.

 More news has been received that Fishlake's intrepid traveller has now left Brazil ( just when the Carnival is taking place) and is now crossing Colombia.

The good news this week is that the Hare and Hounds intends to start serving food soon and hopes to source the ingredients on the landlord's own farm here in the village ( starting with beef and potatoes). The winners of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday were Yvette Hodges and Sandra Turner.

Fresh fish is being delivered weekly on Monday afternoons from Grimsby docks.

Three members of the public attended the parish council meeting on 9th February and took part in public participation. One person asked if something could be done about the disused bustop on Pinfold Lane near the old school, the Festival Committee asked for a grant towards planned celebrations for the Queen's ninetieth birthday in June and questions were asked about the untidy telephone kiosk near the Village Hall in what is a conservation area. The council was pleased that DMBC is going to restart community meetings with the police in Stainforth.It is hoped that Fishlake's DMBC councillors from the Norton and Askern Ward will attend the next meeting.

The DN7 Foodbank is now operating from Saint Mary's parish church hall in Stainforth. The drop-off points are Stainforth4All ( i.e. the library), the Old Village Café, Victoria Close Centre, the Pit Club and the Central Club (any day after 4 p.m.). The items needed include : cereals, tea bags, coffee, pasta, rice, longlife milk, tinned food such as minced beef, beef stew, baked beans, spaghetti, soup, tuna, sardines, pilchards, peas, carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, all day breakfasts, Fray Bentos pies and tinned fruits or packets of soup, biscuits, potatoes, noodles, cakes, and diluted orange-and blackcurrant juice. No fresh, chilled or frozen foods, please.

Fishlake Village Choir now has two junior branches consisting of youngsters from Fishlake and Sykehouse.

Sadly, Mrs Dorothy Guy passed away last Friday evening. Her funeral will take place at Rosehill Crematorium at 9.20 a.m. on Tuesday,16th February. Her coffin will be travelling from her home in Fishlake at 8.30 a.m.  The family has requested donations to Cancer Research instead of flowers for the funeral.15/02/16

NEWLY decorated, the Hare and Hounds, reopened on Friday night with customers spilling out onto the car park. The new managers are Tom Hill and Emily Goldthorpe who welcomed villagers and others from further afield. Quizzes will resume on Tuesday, 9th.

The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club in January were : Joe Rotherham, Emma Duckitt and Judith Parish whilst the winner of the quiz in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday was Barbara Watson.

The Forties Dance in January raised £318 for Village Hall funds. Meanwhile the Christening of Lacey Marie Duckitt took place in January. Toilets have been installed in the vestry of St. Cuthbert's this month. The new 'Dad's Army' film was released last week. The Home Guard featured in Fishlake's Second World War experiences. It was based in the Old Smithy, between the pinfold and Anvil House. Regular battles with Thorne's Home Guard were masterminded from Pinfold Lane.

The next meeting of Fishlake's History Society will take place on Tuesday,16th February at  7 p.m. in the Village Hall. For more information please ring 01302 844681.08/02/16

FLYING down to Rio ( in the footsteps of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers) on New Year's Eve for a family reunion with Oliver were Dave and Janet Rothwell . Oliver had worked his way up backpacking in South America from the tip of Patagonia to the famous city of carnival and this year's Olympics. The three of them made a host of memories and photographs  which will last them a lifetime as they climbed Sugar Loaf Mountain, saw the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer and dropped in on Copacabana Beach before plunging into the Amazon Jungle to visit the opera house in Manaus and to experience time sleeping in the open air under mosquito nets in the jungle. A kaleidoscope of memories will stay with Oliver as he crosses Brazil before returning to Fishlake via the Andes and Lima in April. Fishing, swimming and learning Spanish are just some of the activities which Oliver has undertaken as he befriended a wide range of nationalities when crossing Latin America.  Before he leaves Brazil he hopes to do voluntary work in the Amazon Basin.

Last Sunday morning Trevor and Judith Taylor met comedienne Jo Brand as she made her through Thorne on her sponsored walk for charity. Jo was struggling but later managed to complete the walk.

Member of the Thursday Coffee Club visited Sheffield for a wonderful production of the classic musical 'Showboat' before moving on to Piccolino's for a very special Italian meal.

Heads are being put together in the village to think of how Fishlake can celebrate the Queen's ninetieth birthday this summer. The Festival Committee has already made some suggestions.

Lunch at the Old George acted as an incentive for Fishlake  Walkers' Club when they visited Sykehouse on 27th January after a journey of five and a half miles.They are planning their next outing by bus to Barnby Dun on Tuesday, 23rd February when the return trip will consist of five miles of footpaths, towpaths and green lanes back to Fishlake.

Miss Margaret Shepherd won the first quiz of the new series of Thursday quizzes which have reconvened at the Old Anchor Inn.The Hare and Hounds will reopen on 5th February.

A food bank opened at St. Mary's Church in Stainforth on 29th January. 01/02/16

ROMANTIC  FICTION and Fishlake were two things I did not associate together until Friday when a friend from Thorne telephoned to tell me about Joseph Smith Fletcher's novel 'The Harvest Moon' which starts and ends in Fishlake but whose action moves to Bruges and Rome. Written in Edwardian times the heroine, who is of Dutch origin, inhabits a farmstead outside the village ( it is thought to be Thorninghurst) and is led by fate to Belgium and a tragic denouement in Rome. J.S. Fletcher was a popular writer of detective fiction in the Edwardian era.

The Hare and Hounds will reopen on 5th February. A team of decorators is already busy. Deer are sometimes spotted on the outskirts of Fishlake. James Barker is an MSc  student at Sheffield Hallam University studying environmental management. He would like to hear about the movement of deer in our area and would be grateful if you would contact him via : ukeconet.weebly.com/deer-survey-thorne

President of Thorne Rotary Club and Fishlake resident, Peter Haley, has presented a cheque to Barry Bailey of DRI's Scanner Appeal. Rotary has also been very active in the fight to eradicate polio.

The first meeting of Fishlake's Women's Institute in 2016 will take place in the Village Hall at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 28th January. new members are welcome.

Fishlake Parish council met last Monday with its new clerk, Mrs Kirsty Evans. The meeting was told about plans to close Jubilee Bridge for up to four weeks from15th February for inspection and repairs. It was resolved to ask the clerk to write to DMBC to have Sour Lane repaired and cleared of litter. The clerk was also asked to write about the condition of some drains in the village, such as the one on Pinfold Lane which leads to the Taining Drain and is currently blocked. a meeting is to be held soon between the chairman and vice chairman of Fishlake Flood Wardens with the Environment Agency, Danvm Drainage Commissioner and DMBC's Emergency Planning Team. The Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator, Cllr.Peter Trimingham, reported that he had met the new PCSO covering our area. He expressed concerns about the reduction in numbers of PCSOs and the police service and that monthly PACT meetings have ended. The meeting resolved to write to ask for monthly PACT meetings to be reinstated. The next meeting of the parish council will take place on Tuesday, 9th February. 25/01/16

THE VILLAGE Hall Committee welcomed on board two new members on 8th January. David Chaffer represents Fishlake Drama Society  whilst Joy Chaffer represents the Thursday Coffee Club. It is hoped that other users will also elect representatives on the committee. The committee asks villagers to keep an eye out for items for this year’s jumble sale in June.

Concerned at the way religion is becoming marginalised in today’s society local man, Giorgio Roversi, has written ‘The Amorality of Atheism’ as a defence of Christianity. This erudite volume is available from Amazon for £4.50. Giorgio was born and educated in Italy but now lives with his wife and children in Stainforth.

The Village History Society met on Wednesday and perused scrapbooks of articles about the twentieth century history of our neighbours in Sykehouse. The group was informed that the new website was up and running and may be found on www.fishlakehistorysociety.uk . Old and new photographs of the village,  articles and maps are shown on the website. Both residents and interested parties across the world will be fascinated by the display. One of the articles was written in 1950 and was an interview with Mr Tom Smith, father of Olive. He was then aged 84 and could remember when Fishlake had several mills, two or three malt kilns and at least two buildings where they swingled flax. He could also recall the bad floods of 1886 and talked about folk memories of the 1846 floods. A cloth backed map of Fishlake and its waterways was produced and created much interest.

The first snow of the winter arrived on Thursday, 14th January. No doubt it was a harbinger of more to come.

Having been postponed from last Tuesday the monthly parish council meeting will now take place at 7.15  p.m. on Monday, 18th January in the Village Hall. 18/01/16

COMING up this week the Thursday Coffee Club will be travelling to Sheffield's Crucible Theatre on Tuesday to see the well reviewed production of 'Showboat' followed by an Italian meal at Piccolino's.

That same evening will see the first meeting of Fishlake Parish Council at 7 p.m.in the Village Hall. The meeting will be chaired by Cllr. John Waite and will have the new clerk, Mrs Kirsty Evans, taking the minutes.

Residents will be pleased to see the return of the History Society after its Christmas break. The group will meet on Wednesday in the Village Hall at 2p.m.

Last Tuesday's winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds was Miss Margaret Shepherd. Pam Pyatt had won the previous week's jackpot. The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club for December were: Becky Cleghorn, Richard Holgate and Kath .Smith.

Sadly, the village has lost another member of the community who saw many changes in his lifetime. Frank Blogg, aged 91, of Pinfold Gardens, was the husband of the late Phyllis and the father of Tony, Peter and Kevin. The funeral was to have taken place on Monday, 11th January but now has had to be postponed. Enquiries to B.A. Wright. 11/01/16

AMONG the last actions of the Monday Club before the New Year was moving Jacob's Ladder or stairway down to the old river from the Landing to a site nearer the Old Anchor Inn where the Club planted a small wood in 2015.

The sound of fireworks and music drifted across the village at midnight on 31st as we greeted the new year. We later awoke to find the first frost of 2016 and were later to hear the sound of horns, cries and dogs as the Badsworth Hunt along with its hounds maintained tradition by paying a festive visit to the village. 

The winner of the final quiz of the year in the Hare and Hounds was Mrs Barbara Watson.

Life is beginning to return to its normal rhythm with the Village Choir returning to rehearsals on 5th January( this time for Easter), the Walkers' Club preparing to undertake their next visit to Sykehouse on Wednesday, 27th January and  the Women's Institute  welcoming new members on Thursday, 27th January at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall and tickets costing £7 being sold by Mrs Mo. White for a 'Back to the Forties' Dance Night at 7.30 p.m. on Saturday, 23rd January in the Village Hall. To reserve tickets please 'phone 01302 843673 and do bring your own refreshments and drinks. Guests are expected to wear period costumes and are invited to take part in all the dances. 04/01/16