Local News 2017


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IN THE bleak midwinter...Fishlake Village Choir presented its Christmas concert in Saint Cuthbert's on 16 December as car windscreens froze over and villagers huddled in warm coats.John Marsden, conductor and choirmaster led the proceedings and a full church appreciated the carols and Christmas songs. The centuries old church echoed to the Markham Main Brass Band and to the clear notes of the hand bells. The Gospel reading was read by Brenda Grafton and Kipling's Christmas poem by Wendy Brownbridge. Candles added to the light at the darkest time of the year. The evening made £515. Afterwards the congregation caught up with old friends as they ate mince pies and drank wine and hot drinks.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Margaret Shepherd with Pam Pyatt winning on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn. Malcolm Hayes won the elusive jackpot.

BT has been active in the village for some time now improving broadband reception.

The Badsworth Hunt has visited the village and has drunk a stirrup cup at the Old Anchor Inn. 

The Fishlake Coffee Club enjoyed a festive meal at the New Inn beside the Stainforth-Keadby canal.

Christmas Eve will see a crib service at 4 p.m. on Sunday,24 December in Saint Cuthbert's and Holy Communion will be served by Rt.Rev. Peter Burrows, the Bishop of Doncaster, at 9.30 a.m. with Glenys Mashford reading from the Bible on Christmas Day.

            The Old Anchor Inn will be open on Christmas Eve from 12 noon till late. Mince pies and  mulled wine will be on offer. On Christmas Day the opening hours will be from 11.30 a.m. till 3 p.m. whilst on Boxing Day they will be from midday till late. The pub will be arranging a poker competition and a pool competition along with wide screen racing and live football. On New Year's Eve the pub will be open from 8 p.m. till late and part of the entertainment will be a roulette wheel  and blackjack table. Entry is free and there will be complementary prosecco and nibbles at midnight. On New Year's Day the pub will open from 12 noon till late offering live coverage of football and horse racing.

The Old Butcher's Café will be closing for the Christmas period from 25 December till 5 January. 18/12/17


AN EARLY Christmas present was received by Fishlake this week when the announcement was made that the offshoot of the Tour de France, the Tour de Yorkshire, will be passing through our village on 3 May. The route that day will lead from Sykehouse to Blaxton via Fishlake, Stainforth,Hatfield and Hatfield Woodhouse. Expect full cafés and pubs, yellow bikes, huge banners and excited crowds.

Saint Cuthbert's is once again holding a Christmas tree festival. The donations will be given to the charities Riding for the Disabled and the Salvation Army's Crisis at Christmas.

The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club in November were 1) Ken Duckitt, 2) Sandra Liddle and 3) Elaine Rowan.

Villagers have received ballot papers this week to give an opinion on whether the Doncaster area should join the Sheffield City Region or the wider Yorkshire Region to benefit from the chances offered by devolution. Postal votes need to be returned before 20 December.

More snow fell on the village on 7 December.

Fishlake Educational Foundation is inviting students of tertiary education ( post 18 years old)  from Fishlake and Sykehouse to apply for a grant and return it before the end of December for it to be considered by the trustees in January. Apply to Mrs F. Trimingham at Vine Cottage,Hay Green Corner , Fishlake, DN7 5LA.

The Fishlake Festival Funding Trust has given £150 to the parochial church council to buy frames to hold the Christmas lights on the church tower.It has also given £50 to the Monday Club for clearing overgrowth around the container on the Old  School Field.

Sadly, the village has lost Margaret Warr, a member of the Coffee Club.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Margaret Shepherd with Pam Pyatt victorious on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn. 

Cagefighter,Matty Omar, who is the 34 year old son of proud Fishlakian, Ernie Omar, beat Athos Konstandi from Greece on 2 December in one minute and forty seconds at the Dome in Doncaster. Matty boxes with the Almonds Boxing Academy in Thorne.

Fishlake Coffee Club will be enjoying a Christmas meal at the New Inn in Stainforth on Thursday.

Saturday, 16 December will see Fishlake Village Choir giving its Christmas concert at 7 p.m. in Saint Cuthbert's Church. The evening will feature Markham Main Brass Band with festive favourites and handbells. Entry  will cost £5 for tickets and 50 pence for children.

A week long exhibition of artefacts related to Saint Cuthbert will be hosted by the parish church from 18 to 26 March. School parties, church groups, historians and other tourists will be welcomed from near and far. The display will be open every day from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. and will illustrate the story of the Celtic Christian saint who was buried on Lindisfarne but whose relics were rescued by monks when the Vikings attacked.One of the places where the monks rested for the night was Fishlake---hence the dedication of the parish church.Visit www.fishlakestcuthbert.org.uk to learn more about this potent mixture of saints and sinners  with Anglo-Saxons, marauding Vikings and monks seeking refuge.

Catering for the visitors with food, drinks and accommodation is a real opportunity for the village's cafés, public houses and bed and breakfasts. Plans to cater for the influx are already being made. 11/12/17


SNOW came to Fishlake on the last day of November--snowflakes as big as half crowns fell on the village as we used a vocabulary unfamiliar for some time: sleet, sludge, frozen puddles and driving snow as we encountered traditional winter weather  on slippery pavements and icy roads. The same night saw crowds scurrying to the Village Hall from near and far to see this year's production from Fishlake Drama Group, 'The Wizard of Oz', complete with local references.It proved to be the most professional pantomime for a number of years with smooth continuity, excellent acting and good songs. The right ingredients were there with glamour, jokes, singing, heroes and villains. Glamour was provided by Beth Jeeves as Dorothy and the Munchkins, Sophie Bates, Amelia Hutchinson, Chloe Oliver, Jasmine Pollard and Lily Knot who were on their journey from Kansas to the Emerald City via Fishlake. Congratulations must go this year to Graham Arnold, who played the Lion who lacked courage, for his singing and acting in a role which seemed to be tailor made. April Garth, an old hand at pantos, was the Scarecrow, who lacked a brain, was very professional and David Chaffer, as Anita Repeater,  was suitably evil, having specialised in a number of menacing roles over the years. A special mention must be made for Benjamin Holloway who played the Wizard aka the King of Fishlake for his impressive achievements.Toto, the dog, was played by Milian Maddison, with enthusiasm and Liam Shaw played the tin woman who lacked a heart. Neil Livesey, another 'old hand' ,played a 'jobs worth' guard of the Emerald City with a realistic touch and Nikki Windmill brought the house down as Sweaty Betty. We should not forget that the Drama Group depends on the goodwill of individuals who are backstage, preparing props, making tea and selling tickets. They are a credit to the village. Christmas is coming.

Pam Pyatt won the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hound on Tuesday. Graham Arnold scooped the jackpot for Marie Foster's team and Stephen Cook handed in the winning quiz sheet at the Old Anchor Inn  on Thursday.

This week sees the Thursday Coffee Club visiting Bakewell Market before travelling on to Chatswoth House to see the stately home lit up with festive lights for Christmas.

Last Tuesday members of Fishlake's Keep Fit group had a walk in the sunshine instead of a session in the Village Hall. The walk finished at the Anchor Inn where Emily provided a lovely lunch. The Christmas raffle raised £40 towards the future continuation of the group. Keep Fit sessions are held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays in the Village Hall and cost £3 per session. You are invited to join. The last before Christmas will be on 5 December and will return in the New Year on 9 January.

Mr and Mrs Paul Mills, who drive the fish and chip van to Fishlake Village Hall, between 4.45 p.m. and 6.30 p.m.on Thursdays plan to have a well earned rest between Christmas and the New Year and will not be present.

Good news for Fishlake's youngsters in the New Year. A Stay and Play Group is being set up in the Village Hall on the first Friday of the month from Friday, 5 January 2018 from 9.30 to 11 a.m. Parents, carers and children living in the village and surrounding areas are welcome.Tea and biscuits are on offer as are healthy snacks. A suggested donation of one pound is requested and any volunteers or toy donations would be most appreciated. 04/12/17


THE FIRST mince pie of the season proved to be tasty as Christmas started in Fishlake a week ahead of Advent. Crowds gathered to support the parish church restoration fund on Saturday morning. Business boomed as stalls made money hand over fist with a total of £1,209.05 raised in the two hours of trading .Naturally, the raffle's £810 contributed as the ladies had worked hard pestering Fishlake's businesses for amazing prizes. A special thank you was sent to Pat Holgate and Pat Sheppard for their hard work.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday at the Hare and Hounds was Jan Threadgold with Malcolm Hayes claiming the honours in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday.

The women's Institute was very well entertained with an interesting talk on bees and honey on Thursday.The W.I. will be holding a Christmas meal at the Café Bleu whilst Sykehouse's Ladies' Circle will also be going to the Café Bleu for afternoon tea over the festive season.

Saint Cuthbert's will be holding a Christmas tree festival in December for the second time.

An interesting footnote of village history has been raised. John Kennedy's son can remember his father frying and selling fish and chips in the old smithy (which is now Jeremy Foster's garage) in the years before the Second World War.

Tuesday, 28 November sees the curtain rise on Fishlake Drama Society's pantomime,'The Wizard of Oz', Tickets cost £7 for adults and £5 for children and may be obtained from Joy Chaffer on 351218. The bar will open from 6.15 p.m.and the pantomime will run until Saturday, 2 December.

Another sign of Christmas is the annual Christingle service at 9.30 a.m. in Saint Cuthbert's on Sunday, 3 December. The collection will go to the Children's Society.

The annual Forties dance will be held on 20 January. For tickets please contact Sheila Hill.

Fishlake Parish Council met on 21 November under the chairmanship of Cllr. John Waite and will meet again at 7.15 p.m. on Tuesday, 9 January. The council dealt with policing reorganisation and first aid courses. It was informed that five street lights are to be erected in Wood Lane and that the Monday Club has removed two fallen willow trees from the river bed behind the Landing.The trees are to be pollarded to enable new growth. New traffic signs were discussed as was the clearance of straw from drains in preparation for winter. 27/11/17


FRIENDS from the village, Stephen Kale and Joe Cook, received their degrees ( in Graphic Design and Mathematics respectively) together on Monday at a Sheffield Hallam University graduation ceremony presided over by Lord Robert Winston in Sheffield City Hall on Monday. The colourful ceremony took two hours to complete as the time included speeches and created life long memories for students and proud parents.

Sadly, at the age of 82, the village  has lost Mrs Zoe Beaglehole who lived on Trundle Lane. Mrs Beaglehole once taught in Moorends and later in Sykehouse. She leaves a husband, Eddie, three children, Steven, Andrew and Helen, and grandchildren.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Margaret Shepherd with Marylyn Fox claiming the honour on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn.

Coming up on Thursday, 23 November will be the monthly meeting of the Women's Institute at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall. The evening's topic will be honey bees and tasting.

On the same evening, Fishlake man, Jeremy Fletcher, will see his play, 'The Life and Crimes of Reverend Raccoon' presented in Doncaster's prestigious theatre,'Cast'.

Help with different dance steps from the 1940s is on offer this Friday from 7 p.m. in the Village Hall. 

Saturday,25 November reminds us that Christmas is approaching.The parish church's Christmas Fair is to be held between 10 a.m. and 12 noon in the Village Hall and will offer unusual Christmas presents, crafts, a bran tub, cakes and jams, hot mince pies and a tombola.

Tickets are selling fast for Fishlake Drama Group's festive pantomime: The Wizard of Oz. Tickets may be obtained from Joy Chaffer. 20/11/17


A FORETASTE of winter arrived a week ago with a night time frosty temperature of minus 4 degrees Celsius.

A short service of remembrance was held marking  the eleventh hour of the eleventh day on Saturday, 11 November at Fishlake's war memorial in the churchyard. Twelve young men did not return to the village from the two world wars.

Pam Jones won the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds with Jan Threadgold winning in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday.

Aprons made by Wendy Brownbridge are now on sale in the Café Bleu to raise funds for the parish church. Saint Cuthbert's has a new website which is already informing us about a week long festival of Saint Cuthbert's based around the saint's day in March 2018. It is www.fishlakestcuthbert.org.uk

The Monday club is offering willow saplings which are ideal for our wetlands. Approach any of the members for more information.

Fishlake's History Society met on 8 November and learnt that the village was quite isolated before Stainforth Bridge was built and continued to be until Jubilee Bridge took shape in 1887. The topic this month was fords, ferries and bridges across the tidal river Don.The talk was illustrated with maps which  helped us situate roads, shipyards and ferrymen's dwellings.More items are appearing on the society's website. The group will meet again on 10 January 2018.

Two dates for your diaries are the Christmas Fair on Saturday, 25 November at 7 p.m. and the Village Choir's Christmas Concert on Saturday, 16 December in Saint Cuthbert's at 7 p.m.

Stainforth Town Council has paid for four old photographs to be enlarged and placed in the library.Each photograph represents part of Stainforth's heritage of farming ( a windmill on Doncaster Road), the canal, the old market hall and the colliery (a group of miners going on a shift). 13/11/17


THERE WAS a real buzz in the air as I entered the Old Butcher's Café on Saturday morning. Villagers of all ages, past and present , were there to witness the opening, sip the prosecco and taste the locally sourced pork pies, quiche and sausage rolls. Claire and Louise passed between the tables serving trays of teas and coffees as locals and visitors sampled the fare and bought daily newspapers, bread and other staples of life. With a nod to its previous existence the former butcher's shop has been transformed into a comfortable and welcoming café where neighbours can catch up on the latest news.

Stainforth library is now providing children with free fruit as part of its mission to aim for a healthier lifestyle.

Fishlake History Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, 8 November in the Village Hall.

We are approaching Remembrance Sunday. In advance of that a short service of remembrance will be held on Saturday, 11 November at the War Memorial in the churchyard at 10.55 a.m.

The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club in October were Maureen Bloor, Helen Jackson and Sheila Greenhall. 

You are invited to acquire or brush up on a useful skill. Learn the waltz or the quickstep with a friendly group in the Village Hall where Pat Holgate is on hand to give instruction and support. Contact Christine on 843576.The group meets from 7 till 8 p.m. every Friday in the Village Hall.

Mary, Joseph and the donkey will be travelling around the village again in December. Ring 841852 before 15 November to offer a roof for the night between the Christingle service and Christmas Eve.

The Parochial Church Council is organising a week long exhibition of Saint Cuthbert's life and work in the parish church in March 2018. 

'Look North' has reported that otters have returned to the river Don in Sheffield. Once the most polluted river in Europe the Don is now much cleaner. Let us hope that the otters will work their way downstream to our reedbeds here in the village.

Marie Foster won the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds whilst Pam Pyatt won in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday. 06/11/17

HALLOWE'EN was a whole weekend this year in Fishlake. Children loved the ghost walk and other spooky activities in the Village Hall on Saturday and then met creepy creatures ( lizards, snakes, owls and snails) in the petting zoo at Grantham's Riding School on Trundle Lane on Sunday, 29 October. Costumes were de rigueur as they took part in decorating horse shoes and going for pony rides before devouring the tasty refreshments and watching a ghostly gymkhana. The weekend also coincided with changing the hour which  we have been doing since 1916  as a  way of saving fuel.

A friend brought me three Sykehouse Russets to taste last week. The rare local variety was very sweet and tasty.

One half -term activity for children will be provided from 10 till 11.30 a.m. on Wednesday, 1 November by the parish church in the Village Hall. The workshop is aimed at children but parents are welcome to stay for a coffee.

Doris Nicholl's team won both quizzes in this week's Coffee Club with Brenda Clarke scooping the bingo jackpot.  

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Marie Foster with Margaret Shepherd winning on Thursday.

Saturday, 28 October saw so many ramblers in the village that they were forming a queue at the door of the Café Bleu. 

Saturday, 4 November will see the grand opening of a second café. This time it will be known as the Old Butcher's ( in whose accommodation the café is) and will be open six days a week. The café opens its doors at 7.30 a.m. mornings from Tuesday to Saturday and closes at 6 p.m. with Sunday opening from 9 a.m. till 12 noon. The Old Butcher's Café hopes to sell bread, milk and newspapers as well.

Saturday, 4 November also sees the Cricket and Bowls' Club holding a Non fire Night when it will provide a fish and chip supper and entertainment from the Band With No Name. Tickets cost £5 and may be obtained from Phil. Wood on 01405 469 274.

The Village Hall Committee will be holding its annual general meeting at 7 p.m. on Friday, 10 November. The meeting is for residents of the village only.

Tickets for this year's pantomime are already on sale. The dates for the 'Wizard of Oz' are  Tuesday, 28 November till Saturday, 2 December and tickets costing £7 for adults and £5 for children may be obtained from Joy Chaffer on 351218. 30/10/17


A WEEK AGO,  Monday 16 October, saw dust from the Sahara and Iberian fires turn our skies in Fishlake  yellow, dark and red with a very orange sun as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia arrived. This weekend we are to be buffeted by Storm Brian.

Saturday, 28 October will see games, a disco, a yukky dip and fancy dress in the Village Hall to celebrate Hallowe'en . The spooky ghost walk will set off at 7 p.m. Tickets cost £1 from committee members but must be bought in advance. No ticket no admittance.

Meanwhile, Sunday, 29 October will see a Hallowe'en Farm Fun Day at Trundle Lane Riding School from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. The cost is £5 per person and will include creepy creatures, a petting pen, pony rides., spooky show jumping,a gymkhana, a tractor display, pumpkin carving competition, horseshoe decorating and  hot and cold refreshments. All the family is welcome. Phone Amy on 07717310890.

Congratulations to Dave and Dossie Croucher on their golden wedding anniversary.

Yvette Hodges won the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds and Pam Pyatt claimed victory in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday.

Bernard and Vera Maltby will be teaching dancing one Friday evening in November in the Village Hall to prepare villagers for the Forties ' Night on 20  January 2018. Tickets for the dance will cost £7 and may be ordered now but paid for and confirmed in December.

A new café is to open on Saturday, 4 November in the old butcher's shop on Main Street. Business partners Louise McCormack and Claire Holling will be offering a warm welcome to the café which will be open six days a week. From Tuesday to Saturdays the café will be open from 7.30 a.m. till 6 p.m. whilst on Sundays it will open from 9 a.m. till 12 noon. Comfortable seating, free Wi-Fi and charging points for mobiles will be on offer. Homemade specials will be prepared by Louise and Claire who aim to use as much local produce as possible. They intend to expand to sell newspapers, eggs, bread, milk etc. in the near future and hope to become a farm shop/ delicatessen too.23/10/17

CLLR. DAVID Chaffer would like to thank Fishlake folk for their generosity when the amount of money he raised rose to £500 for Alzheimer's from his sponsored attempt at the Great North Run.

A dream has come true in Fishlake. Two years ago the Monday Club hoped to restore the old river Don's bed to the state it was in in the 1950s. Rubbish was cleared, drains were unblocked and reeds and trees  were planted by the Environment Agency, the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust and the Monday Club. The result two years later is a restored habitat for wildlife and birds and a chance for young people to see how that part of the village once was. Reeds and bullrushes now stand tall on the riverbed and slowly, slowly nature has crept back.

My mistake last week was to say that Robin Hood's Well is on the M1. It is of course on the A1.

The Monday Club is not resting on its laurels but has this week been repairing the gate from the path along the flood bank from Camel's Hump onto the river bank. The gate had been damaged by cattle. Dog walkers and others will be grateful.

Tuesday,10 October saw the monthly meeting of the parish council under the chairmanship of Cllr. John Waite.. The parish council has asked DMBC to clear straw from the ditches and drains in the village.Two residents attended with concerns about traffic speeding through the village. The council has written to DMBC to ask them to improve the 30 mph signage and to ask for a black tube to be placed across the main road to record motorists' speed. It was announced that the Monday Club has cleared out the pinfold and the Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator informed the meeting that the yellow lines near the Custom House and the Hare and Hounds needed repainting.

Fishlake's History Society met on 11 October. Old Photographs of Fishlake were projected and enlarged on the walls of the Village Hall and members had to guess the date they were taken using clues like styles of windows, costumes, the presence of a flagpole on the church tower and the presence of a motor car. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, 8 November.

The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Marie Foster with Barry and Sheila Hill winning in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday. Meanwhile Doris Nicholls won the quiz at the Coffee Club.

Residents will have been surprised to see a double decker bus travelling through the village recently. We are unused to such an urban phenomenon and are usually well served by our single decker bus.

Friday, 13 October  saw the Village Quiz, organised by Pam Pyatt, take place in the Village Hall. Stiff competition led to the Craisons winning for the first time. Not far behind were the Golden Girls and then the Poldarks. The enjoyable evening raised £263.50 for Village Hall funds. 

A variety of autumn trees provides us with wonderful hues and shades. Both native and imported trees contribute to the picture adding different colours in their autumn foliage before gusts of winds or early frosts arrive and create a new covering on the ground. 16/10/17


SAINT CUTHBERT'S has been granted 'Major Parish Church' status ---only 300 of the Church of England's 12,267 places of worship are classified as Major Parish Churches which indicates the importance of our village church's medieval architecture. The business of repairs, restoration and improvements should now be easier.

The Fishlake 100 Club winners for September were : Ann Hall, Peter Pridham and Harry Fog.

High winds on 2 October blew away some residents' green boxes.

Wednesday, 4 October saw Wendy Brownbridge, John Marsden and David Chaffer drive to Loughborough to fetch Fishlake Village Choir's newly cast set of handbells from the foundry. The bells were in time to be rung for the Choir's fourth anniversary. 

Tuesday, 10 October is the next monthly meeting of Fishlake Parish Council.

Wednesday, 11 October will see Fishlake History Society meeting at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall.

Last week's quiz winner in the Hare and Hounds was Pam Jones with Margaret Shepherd claiming the honours in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday.

The Café Bleu is now branching out with cut and artificial flowers provided by Frankie Van Eijk of Tilted Tulip. Flowers ( along with candles and cards) may be ordered or delivered.

Our village is quiz mad. The next 'village quiz' will take place in the Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. on Friday, 13 October. Tickets cost £5.

The Cricket and Bowls' Club is organising socials on Monday evenings from 7 p.m. It's free and here's an opportunity to play cards, dominos, chess, ludo or short mat bowling.  In addition, there is a licensed bar.

Local man, Jeremy Fletcher, who wrote and presented his play, ' The Life and Crimes of Rev. Raccoon' , in the village in 2015 is going to present his play at Doncaster's 'Cast' theatre on 23 November. Tickets cost ten pounds fifty but if you enter the code FISHLAKE you can buy a ticket for five pounds. on www.castindoncaster.com/Event/the -life-and-crimes-of-reverend-raccoon 

Saint Cuthbert's is appealing to businesses and individuals for prizes for this year's Christmas Fair on 25 November. Raffle  prizes may be dropped off   at the church coffee mornings on Saturday mornings. and the following people would be glad to collect them : Pat Holgate 351510, Pat Sheppard 350500 and Joy Chaffer 351218.

Fishlake Cricket and Bowls Club is providing a fish and chips supper and entertainment from the Band With No Name on Saturday, 4 November. Tickets cost five pounds from Phil.Wood on 01405 469274. 09/10/17


THE GOOD news this week is that a meeting is to take place in Saint Cuthbert's church at 9.30 a.m. on Friday, 20 October to discuss the setting up of a new 'Stay and Play' parent and toddler group for the village and surrounding areas. For anyone interested in attending or helping and who would like more information please contact Jenny Palmer  at Trundle House Farm, Trundle Lane, Fishlake, DN7 5LN or 07920058610.

Friday, 13 October will see a repeat of the Village Quiz night in the Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. Participants will be charged £5 each.

Residents have received leaflets from Suez/ DMBC informing us that we are to receive a blue bin to join our black and green bins in 2018. The blue bins are to be used to recycle tins, aerosols and plastics and the existing green bins will not be collected in winter.

J.Salmon's postcards business has  just closed its doors in Sevenoaks following in the footsteps of John Hinde's and Bamforth's. The heyday of postcards was in the 1960s when millions were sent. This is another sign of the times with e-mails replacing paper correspondence. Of course, Fishlake's postcards are still on sale at the Café Bleu.

Cllr. David Chaffer raised £440 for the Alzheimer's Charity when he took part in the Great North Run early in September.

Historian, Michael Wood, argues persuasively in October's edition of the BBC's History Magazine that the Battle Which Saved England in 937 AD, the Battle of Brunanburh, took place not at Bromborough on the Wirral as was supposed but at the Fort on the Spring ( Robin Hood's Well near the M1) on the river Went in South Yorkshire. The battle pitted Aethelstan,and the West Saxons against the invading Vikings, led by Anlaf, and Constantine, King of the Scots, and Owain, king of the Stathclyde Welsh. The river Went flows into the Don near Jubilee Bridge. The river Went may be short but it is obviously a historic river.

Kath Dulieu scooped both prizes at bingo at the Coffee Club on Thursday. Meanwhile the winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Marie Foster with Joy Chaffer winning on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn.

More entertainment is on offer for Hallowe'en. Trundle Lane Riding School is planning a Hallowe'en Farm Fun Day for Sunday, 29 October from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. entrants will pay £5 each and the day will include creepy creatures, a petting pen, pony rides , spooky show jumping, a gymkhana, a tractor display, pumpkin carving competition, horse shoe decorating and hot and cold refreshments. All family members are welcome. Telephone Amy on 077717310870 or e-mail amy-g@hotmail.co.uk. 01/10/17


NEW lights are being erected in Fosterhouses casting more light onto the rural roads. Elsewhere in the hamlet darkness still reigns and we are reminded that the darker the skies the brighter the stars.

According to Harrogate Flower Show's organisers the weather this year and especially this autumn has been perfect for berries. Villagers and wildlife will be grateful.

Years after the retirement of Mr and Mrs Rhodes and the closure of the Water Gardens in Fosterhouses the occasional motorist still stops me asking directions to the Water Gardens which sold fish and aquatic plants for garden ponds.Its café provided local youngsters with an opportunity for a Saturday job. There is still a gap here for someone to fill.

Anthony Bagshaw of Avanti Gas will be at the Café Bleu on Wednesday, 27 September to meet residents of Fishlake and explain his company's rates for LPG gas.

Thursday, 28 September sees the monthly meeting of the Women's Institute with Quarto entertaining for an hour with songs, sketches and jokes in the Village Hall from 7 p.m. Non-members are very welcome but will be charged £3 which will include wine and nibbles.

Peter Dumville, local retired teacher and historian, has come up with an interesting newspaper cutting  from the First World War describing the heroics performed by Corporal J. Tombs, the Warrington Victoria Cross, holder, who reportedly taught at Fishlake Endowed School. He was awarded the Victoria Cross on 12 August 1915 by George V at Buckingham Palace for gallantry near Rue du Bois in France on 16 June. He crawled repeatedly under a heavy shell and machine gun fire fire to bring in wounded men who were lying in front of the trenches, and he succeeded in rescuing four men. Corporal Joseph Tombs was 25 years of age. After the First World War he emigrated to Canada where he worked in Montreal for Sun Life Assurance and later the Canadian Pacific Railway. He died in Toronto on 28 June 1966. Fishlake History Society is investigating this story.

Stainforth's Catholic Church, Our Lady of the Assumption, is celebrating our common Christian Mission   and 500 years of the Reformation on 30 September ( 10 -4 p.m.) and 1st October( 11 a.m. -4.30 p.m.) with a festival of flowers. Saint Cuthbert's is contributing a display entitled ' Jesus Calms the Storm'. 

Saint Cuthbert's will be holding its own Harvest Festival and All Age Worship at 9.30 a.m. on Sunday, 1st. October. Donations of food are to be taken afterwards to the DN7 Foodbank.

Looking forward to Hallowe'en you are invited to a family party in the Village Hall on Saturday, 28 October in the Village Hall. On the menu are games, a disco, a yukky dip and a fancy dress competition. A spooky ghost walk will leave around 7 p.m. and a limited amount of tickets costing £1 are available from the Village Hall Committee. 25/09/17

LAST WEEK'S Fifties and Sixties' Dance raised four hundred and eighty-five pounds for Children In Need. The committee would like to thank all of those who made the event such a success.

Mo. Farah may have come first in last weekend's Great North Run but our own entrant, David Chaffer, took 2 hours and 17 minutes to complete the run. He is now collecting his sponsored money  to give to the  Alzheimer's Charity.

Storm Aileen buffeted the village in the early hours of Wednesday last week. It is strange that we had our first 'winter' storm when it was still technically summer.

Maureen White and Yvette Hodges won the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds with Pam Pyatt carrying off the jackpot. Meanwhile, Hilary Simpson was victorious on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn.

Fishlake History Society held its annual general meeting on 13 September. The committee was re-elected and a discussion took place regarding finances and planning future events which would appeal to the general public. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, 11 October.

The parish council met on Tuesday,12 September under the chairmanship of Cllr.John Waite. Residents raised concerns about overgrown hedges on Stony Lane and the amount of straw littering the roads. The large amount of wet straw on the corner of Hay Green and Pinfold Lane is seen as a hazard to cyclists and motorbikers. Similarly, many of the roadside drains are blocked with straw.

The parish council has agreed with Doncaster to start improvements to street lighting in Fosterhouses and on Wood Lane. The playing field fencing and play area has been repaired for the parish council by TJ Landscapes. The missing swing seat is to be replaced by DMBC. The Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator reported that he regularly meets Ben Wilson, the local PCSO, to discuss villagers' concerns over break-ins and continued speeding through the village.The Safer Neighbourhood Team has used fixed cameras to try to catch fly tippers at several locations in and around the village. The next parish council meeting will take place on Tuesday,12 October.

Fishlake Village Choir will be travelling to Barnby Dun Methodist church on Thursday, 21 September and will be singing from 7 p.m. to help them celebrate the harvest season.The charge will be five pounds and will include light refreshment.

'The Vicar of Dibley' will be presented on Friday, 22 September in the Village Hall by Doncaster's Little Theatre. Tickets cost five pounds and may be obtained from Mo White. The episodes presented have previously not been seen in the village. The doors will open from 6.30 p.m. 18/09/17

TUESDAY, 12 September sees the resumption of parish council meetings in the Village Hall after their summer break.  Villagers are able to participate at the beginning of the meeting.

Wednesday, 13 will see the resumption of History Society meetings at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall. Visitors are always welcome.

The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club in August were 1) Ruth Pridham, 2) Sue Knott and 3) Peter Pridham.

Pam Jones won the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds whilst Susan Hayes won in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday.

Once again Japanese knotweed is flourishing near Jubilee Bridge in spite of numerous attempts by DMBC to eliminate this pernicious plant.

Saint Cuthbert's is hoping to achieve 'Major Church Status' from the Church of England's Church Care Division to receive more funds for its programme of repairs and restoration. The Parochial Church Council has established a pattern of services which means there will be a service in Saint Cuthbert's every Sunday at 9.30 a.m. A Family Service will be held on the first Sunday of the month with a Holy Communion service on the second Sunday, Morning Prayer on the third and a service of Holy Communion or Morning Prayer on the fourth.

Returning to the village on Tuesday, 5 September was Jamie Twell, who grew up on Hay Green. Twenty-five year old Jamie had just spent forty-eight days driving in the Mongol Rally from Goodwood to Ulaan Battor in a VW Lupo. Jamie and his fellow paramedic, Joe from Leeds, drove across Europe taking the ferry from Odessa in the Ukraine to travel to Batumi in Georgia en route for Mongolia via Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgystan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan whilst raising funds for an environmental charity, Cool Earth, and MIND because Jamie thinks that many of his patients have mental health issues. He tells me that suicide is the biggest killer of men between 18 and 49. The two friends have been followed on Facebook by colleagues, family and friends who have raised nearly £2,000 so far. Along the way they stayed in backpackers' hostels, roadside homes, hotels or simply camped and witnessed yak and camel herding, yurts and a traditional nomadic way of life which stretches back many centuries. He even woke one morning to find the lady of the house, dressed in traditional costume, churning milk into butter. The memories he made will last for life and have given him an insight into another world. To see more about Jamie's travels visit www.yorkshirenomadsrally.com 

Naturally, it was not all smooth travelling and following delays, a collision with  a dead dog which  ripped off the fuel filter and an explosion in the wheel bearing on one side of the VW did not help. The sheer mileage and the effects of dusty, rocky, wandering desert roads took their toll so that the idea of driving home had to be abandoned and the friends opted for a flight home via Moscow which proved to be fascinating. 11/09/17


LAST  week's bank holiday weekend will be remembered for its sunshine and lack of rain. Villagers were able to mark the end of August with barbecues  and a final outing with children before their return to school.

A nasty collision occurred on Pinfold Lane near the junction with Hay Green last week between a biker and a tractor. The motorbike was badly damaged but the rider walked away unhurt.

Pam Pyatt won the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday with Hilary Simpson winning in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday.

Watching the new film 'Dunkirk' at Doncaster's Vue Cinema reminded me that John Illman,the father of Jeff and Robert, was present at the battle.

Fishlake Art Club and Fishlake Village Hall have both received grants from Stainforth4All to help with running costs. Stainforth4All raises funds by operating its charity shop in the library and awards them to bodies helping the community.

Thursday, 7 September at 7 p.m. sees the first rehearsal in Saint Cuthbert's for Fishlake Village Choir's annual Christmas concert.

Two events are taking place on Saturday, 9 September. The first is a Fifties and Sixties Theme Night from 7.39 till late in the Village Hall. Tickets cost £7 and are available from Maureen White on 843673. Bring your own drinks. The proceeds will go towards  Children In Need. The evening will feature the Band With No Name.

The second event is the return of Fishlake Rocks from 7 p.m. until late at the Cricket and Bowls Club.The proceeds will go towards charities here in the village. To obtain tickets please contact Tim Elliott on 07773378462 or Jamie-Lea Hainsworth on 07398718917.

Later this month, on Saturday, 30 from 10 a.m. till 4.30 p.m. and on Sunday, 1 st. October from 11 a.m.till 4.30 p.m. Saint Cuthbert's will be participating in an ecumenical flower display in Our Lady of the Assumption's Catholic Church in Stainforth. Saint Cuthbert's is contributing with a display entitled 'Jesus Calms the Storm on the Sea of Galilee'. The floral display is to mark five hundred years of the Reformation and will lead to a service of church unity beginning at 3.30 p.m. on Sunday, 1st. 04/09/17

HEAVY dews and the blooming of autumn crocuses tells us that summer is on its way out. Let us hope for a burst of late sunshine after our poor summer. 

Residents will be pleased to hear that the threatened strike by Unite members against Suez has been called off and collection of our dustbins will go ahead on Tuesday.

Wednesday saw the funeral service of Barbara Hedley in Saint Wilfrith's church in Moorends. Barbara represented Fishlake when it was part of the Stainforth and Moorends Ward on DMBC.

Rather like Sleeping Beauty Fishlake will awaken in September. The various clubs will re-open from their summer slumbers and will come back to life.

Tickets for 'The Vicar of Dibley' on 22 September in the Village Hall cost £5 and may be obtained from Maureen White on 843673 or Sheila Hill on 841086.. The doors will open at 6.30 p.m. and the production will be based on the Christmas and Easter specials of the popular programme.

A DMBC transit lorry has collected a full load of black plastic bags of litter from around Jubilee Bridge and Cowick Lane. The litter was exposed by recent roadside grass cutting.

One forthcoming event is the return of Fishlake Rocks on Saturday, 9 September from 7 p.m. in the Cricket and Bowls' Club for an evening of heavy metal. Tickets may be obtained from Tim Elliott on 07773378462 or Jamie-Lea Hainsworth on 07398718917. All proceeds will go towards Fishlake village causes.

A music night is announced for the Hare and Hounds from 8.30 p.m. on Friday, 29 September when Godwin and guest singers from Leeds will perform with our very own James Lawrence ( known to us as Graham).

The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Margaret Shepherd with Pam. Pyatt claiming the honours in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday. 28/08/17

FISHLAKE Coffee Club has received a cheque for £250 from Fishlake Funding Trust to help with its general expenses according to Paul Sheldrake.

The Keep Fit Summer Event on Tuesday, 15 August at the Cricket and Bowls Club raised £129. Members and others walked, played games and chatted. The group received fantastic support and will use the proceeds to help pay for its rent of the Village Hall. Weekly sessions are held between 10 and 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and, of course, everyone is welcome. Keeping fit at the age of sixty-eight is villager, Ian Knott, who has just taken three days to cycle from Fishlake the hundred and seventy-eight miles to Liverpool where his new granddaughter, Edie, had just been born. The first lap of his journey took him to Saltaire, a journey of fifty-one miles, whilst the next following the Leeds-Liverpool Canal over the Pennines led him to Chorley, a distance of seventy-four miles before reaching his destination of the Albert Dock  on Tuesday evening. No doubt this tale will be handed down in the family in years to come informing Edie how her grandfather cycled one hundred and seventy-eight miles to catch his first glimpse of her.

The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Marie Foster whilst Marylyn Fox came first in Thursday's quiz in the Old Anchor Inn.

Is it just my impression or is agricultural machinery getting bigger? 

Fishlake Village Choir will meet for its first rehearsal for its Christmas Concert on Thursday, 7 September at 7 p.m. in Saint Cuthbert's.

A service of Holy Communion will be held at 9.30 a.m. on Sunday, 27 August in Saint Cuthbert's. 21/08/17


            BLACKBERRIES and tomatoes ripening came as signs of summer until Tuesday when a full day of heavy rain drenched my garden to the extent that an ancient apple tree laden with fruit was uprooted and is now lying on its side.  With so many village activities closing down for the summer the parish magazine has painted a picture of bored residents wandering aimlessly in the village, kicking tin cans into the road until September arrives.

 However, one activity is coming up this week. Tuesday, 15 August sees Fishlake Keep Fit Group hold a summer event from 10 a.m. till noon at the Cricket and Bowls Club. On offer will be gentle exercise, a walk and games for all or just time to enjoy the refreshments ( tea, coffee, juices and cakes). All are welcome and the entrance fee is three pounds for adults and one pound per adult.  The aim, of course, is to enable the keep fit group to continue once its grant money has been used up.

Tuesday’s quiz in the Hare and Hounds was won by Sheila Hill whilst Thursday’s was won by Pam. Pyatt in the Old Anchor Inn with Jan Threadgold carrying off the jackpot.

Tickets are now on sale for the 50s and 60s’ theme night on 9 September in the Village Hall from 7.30 p.m. till late. The evening features the Band With No Name and as there will be no bar it is advisable to bring your own drinks. Tickets cost seven pounds and may be obtained from Maureen White on 843 673. The proceeds will go towards this year’s Children In Need Appeal.14/08/17


RAIN  has fallen on the village to the extent that one villager measured a rainfall of two and a quarter inches in one week. As a result Sykehouse Show has been cancelled owing to a waterlogged field.

Young people are travelling much further than previous generations. Jamie Twell, 25,who grew up on Hay Green and is  now a paramedic in Doncaster, and a colleague based in Leeds are driving overland to Mongolia. As part of the Mongol Rally, Jamie and Joe set off from Goodwood in the company of entrants from Great Britain, France and Germany in cars of 1200 c.c. or less to raise money for MIND because many of their patients have mental health problems. Jamie was last heard of in Armenia before heading east. He has been interviewed by Trax FM and may be followed and supported financially via the website www.YorkshireNomadsRally.com or on Facebook. Half the funds raised will go towards Cool Earth which buys up endangered rainforest and the other half would go towards MIND.

The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club for July were: 1) Brenda Grafton, 2) Malcolm Waite and 3) Joan Silvester.

The funeral of Joan Hargraves has taken place. Rev. Christine Sutherby, Methodist minister for this area, officiated. Mrs Hargraves, born a Schofield, married Harold Hargraves  and lived on Main Street at 'Edelweiss' , was the daughter of Percy and Maud Schofield who looked after Zion Methodist Chapel on Pinfold Lane. She leaves a daughter, Sandra, and was one of last links with the village's Nonconformist heritage which stretches back at least to the early nineteenth century. 

Martyn Johnson addressed the last meeting of the Women's Institute and described his life as a copper on the beat in Sheffield's Attercliffe before 1969. He proved to be an interesting speaker.The next meeting will be held on 28 September and will be an open meeting. It is to entitled 'Quarto'.

Cllr. Peter Trimingham, Fishlake Neighbourhood Watch's co-ordinator,laments that Fishlake is the only village to be in different areas for policing (Rossington) and for a Safer Neighbourhood Team (Askern) and that this leads to problems in joined up thinking.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Joy Chaffer with Susan Hayes winning in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday. 

After illness last year, Cllr. David Chaffer will resume his efforts in this year's Great North Run on 10 September in an attempt once more to raise funds for the Alzheimer's charity. 07/08/17


CONSPICUOUS by their absence some of the resident peacocks have been trapped and taken to a new home in Moss. thus ending the divisions within our community.

 A date for your diaries is Friday, 22 September when Doncaster's Little Theatre will present 'The Vicar of Dibley' at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall.

Former pupils of Fishlake Endowed School will remember Peter Tidball who taught there just before its closure in 1994. Peter has brought out another CD, 'Those Days Are Gone' featuring fifiteen self-written songs. The price is £5 ( or £6-20 by post) and Peter may be contacted on his music website:pete tidball music.com and also on Facebook. Peter lives in Sykehouse but still takes a keen interest in  the village.

In July's parish council meeting the council agreed to work with a group of villager to improve the Old School Field. Volunteers should contact Claire Holling through a parish councillor. The parish council has received notice that DMBC is to erect Victorian lights in Fosterhouses on behalf of the parish council. The next parish council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, 12 September.

An absence of ten days from the village has made me notice much plumper and more colourful apples on my return.

Rob. Downing has provided us with the family tree of the Wormley family. Local historians will be fascinated by the tree which stretches back to Normandy before 1066 and which has given us the name of Wormley Hill and the coat of arms above the Custom House's door. The Wormleys were related to the Simpsons who lived in the Hall. To see this interesting family tree just type in www.wormleyfamilyhistory.com 

Sadly, the village has lost Derek Sheldon who contributed to local life by helping among other things to reinvigorate Fishlake Drama Group and by volunteering in his retirement in Stainforth Community Library.

The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Pam Pyatt whilst the winners in the Old Anchor Inn were Marylyn Fox and Margaret Shepherd.

Watching John Godber's play, ' Shakers', proved to be a 'marmite' experience for the audience in the Village Hall with vastly different reactions on the two nights. Friday's comedy about four cocktail waitresses, a hen party and two male drinkers gained applause from the audience whilst Saturday's production of the comedy which included offensive language provoked a walk-out by some.

Next weekend sees Sykehouse's annual show. Many Fishlake folk will participate in the competitions. 31/07/17


SPENDING last week with the Goldthorpes last week was Miranda Mersereau, 21, from beautiful Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. Miranda's grandmother, Doreen Young, (née Goldthorpe) grew up in Fishlake where she was raised by her aunt, Miss Olive Smith. Before leaving the village on Saturday, Miranda was able to see the maple tree on the Landing which  Miss Smith planted when her niece emigrated to Canada. During her stay here Miranda also visited another relative, Edward Smith, before catching the King's Cross train to see David Smith in Croydon. A few years ago Miranda brought her grandfather's ashes to the village to be buried in the churchyard.

The Neighbourhood Watch has received news that the hedges on Ferry Lane will be cut by Fishlake Commercial Motors and by the Environment Agency to allow motorists to see traffic approaching on the A614, better known to us as Selby Road.

A steady stream of villagers could be seen crossing the village on 5 July to join the parish council's annual outing for the over sixties to the coast. This year's destination was Scarborough. The trip was led by Cllr. John Waite and despite cool weather the day was enjoyable.

I have received rave reviews for the Café Bleu this week. New menus for tasty lunches costing under five pounds have been introduced. Excellent service is combined with beautiful fresh food.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Doug. White with Joy Chaffer claiming the honours in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday, after two tie-breaks.

History buffs will be interested to learn that Cllr. Mrs Lorraine Crosby, Mayor of Stainforth, will be presenting a copy of the translation of Stainforth's Market Charter from 1346 to Stainforth library at 1.30 p.m. on Tuesday, 11 July. All are welcome to attend. 11/07/17


THIS week brought good news for Fishlake Village Choir. Their request for a microgrant from Stainforth4All has been successful and the money will be used by their handbell group. Stainforth4All runs the community library on Church Road in Stainforth and its grants are financed by its successful charity shop.

Neighbourhood Watch bulletins ( and the Fishlake Findings) are now reaching 127 households across the village.

The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club for June 2017 were : 1) Pat Hancock, 2) Cathy Purcell and 3) Ann Fogg.

Mick Turner won the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday whilst Caitlin Croucher was victorious on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn.

Posters have appeared across the village for a production of John Godber's play,'Shakers', which will be staged on 14 and 15 July in the Village Hall. Tickets are available from Joy Chaffer.

The next meeting of Fishlake Parish Council will take place on Tuesday, 11 July. 

A rough guide to summer tells us that if meadowsweet is in flower along the hedgerows then the barbecue season is upon us. Long summer evenings, warm weather, music playing, sausages sizzling and friends and neighbours chatting as dads , showing off their culinary skills, stoke up the barbecue , will be the order of things for the next couple of months.03/07/17


CHOIRMASTER, John Marsden, awarded a BEM in this month's Queen's Birthday Honours, led Fishlake Village Choir in its fourth summer concert on Saturday,24 June, which included numbers from Rogers and Hammerstein, stirring songs by the Band With No Name, David Chaffer's trombone version of Ave Maria, a Negro spiritual and Susan Boyle's classic number, 'You Raise Me Up', before ending with a grand finale of  'Land of Hope and Glory'. Excellent refreshments awaited the congregation whilst the proceeds went towards the Parish Church Restoration Fund.

Challenging folk-etymology, Carole Smith argued at the History Society that the true meaning of the name of Small Hedges farm is not the obvious, but possibly 'smallage' i.e.wild celery.

Cllr. John Waite asks if anyone ( of any age) would like to join Fishlake's over -sixties on their outing to Scarborough would they please contact him. The cost of seat on the bus on 5 July will be £7.50. 

Last week's heatwave rose to  a crescendo of 31 degrees on Monday,19 June.

Congratulations to Jessica Omar,21, from Trundle Lane Riding School, who is celebrating after winning the City and Guilds Apprentice of the Year for Coaching and Teaching. She was put forward by Bishop Burton Agricultural College. Amy Grantham at Trundle Lane Riding School said that it was good to see Jessica's efforts and achievements recognised.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Doug. White. Meanwhile, on Thursday, the winner in the Old Anchor Inn was Margaret Shepherd.

Seven members of Fishlake Drama Group on Friday, 23 June, attended a cabaret production in Hatfield Woodhouse in support of fellow thespian, Neil Livesey, who is now treading the boards in two villages.

An impressive display of geraniums has been planted in front of the pinfold by Jeremy Foster.

The Old Anchor Inn is organising a day at Beverley Races in memory of well loved landlord, Malcolm Greenslade. Tickets cost £35 per person. 

Another £45 has been added to the grand total raised for the Village Hall Fund last week at the Nearly New Sale. 26/06/17


FISHLAKE's History Society met on Wednesday, 14 June. Carole Smith brought us up to date on her studies of our history. She had researched the Earl of Crewe who had sold a great deal of land in Fishlake in the early years of the twentieth century. The auction was held in Doncaster's Guildhall  and he donated land for a parish room ( the present Village Hall).She mentioned the four watering places in the village and made a particular study of the houses which stood on Church Street and Church Lane. Her research showed a village much poorer than today's community. Thanks were given to Carole for her work and it was decided to reconvene on the second Wednesday of September.

The parish council met on Tuesday, 12 June under the chairmanship of Cllr. John Waite and was informed that ten Victorian- style street lamps would be erected in Fosterhouses. Parish councillors felt that this would aid the efforts to extend the thirty m.p.h. speed limit out from the centre of the village. Concerns were expressed for the hedges on Ferry Lane which leads from Jubilee Bridge to the A614 as they are overhanging the road and blocking the view of the main road. Fourteen residents were present to raise the issue of the peacocks yet again. The parish council is awaiting guidance from DMB Cllr. Austen White and a DMBC officer on how to react to this issue.

The quiz in the Hare and Hounds was won by Pam Pyatt with Carole Smith carrying off the jackpot. Meanwhile Pam. Jones won the quiz on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn.

Blazing hot sun shone down on the queue of customers which snaked around outside the Village Hall on Saturday, 17 June as the annual nearly new sale took place. The organisers have proudly announced a grand total of £1,120 raised for Village Hall funds. Sheila Hill would like to thank all who donated and who volunteered to help. One side- effect of the event was an increase in takings at the parish church coffee morning where £77 were raised.

The Old Anchor Inn will open early at 8 a.m. on Saturday, 24 June with bacon and sausage sandwiches on offer for those wishing to see the match between the British Lions and the All Blacks with a bouncy castle and music available all day.

That evening Fishlake Village Choir will perform its summer concert in Saint Cuthbert's. Tickets cost £5 and may be bought on the door. The Village Choir will be going on tour for a Singalong in Saint Mary's church in Kirk Bramwith at 7 p.m. on Saturday, 1st July.

A future date for your diaries is Saturday, 9 September when a Fifties and Sixties ' Night will be held in the Village Hall , featuring The Band With No Name. The proceeds are destined for 'Children In Need'. 19/06/17


THE WINNERS of the Fishlake 100 Club for May were : 1) Rita Southgate, 2) David Chaffer and 3) Ethel Watson.

The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Pam. Pyatt with Margaret Shepherd winning in the Old Anchor Inn. An elated Sheila Hill left with £241 when she won the jackpot. 

Fishlake Parish Council will meet on Tuesday evening in the Village Hall whilst the History Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the Village Hall. 

Saturday, 17 June sees the Nearly New and Jumble Sale in the Village Hall from 10 a.m. --refreshments will be available in the parish church from 10a.m. till 12 noon.

Meanwhile a family fun day is to be held in Sykehouse Village Hall from 2 p.m. on Sunday, 18 June.Ticket's cost £1 for adults with children free.

Mrs Lyndsay Moxon is asking for entries from Fishlake for the 132nd Sykehouse Show on Sunday, 6 August by contacting her on 01405 785591 or by visiting www.sykehouseshow.org.uk 

Fishlake's Women's Institute will meet on 22 June at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall.when the topic will be the making of the book,'Black Diamond'. 12/06/17


GENEROUS patrons helped the Café Bleu raise £500  last Saturday morning ( 27 May ) in aid of Cancer Research. Janine Goldthorpe was delighted with the sum raised.

Hot weather alternating with heavy rainfall has caused runner beans to race up bean poles as is only possible in  the weeks at the end of May and the beginning of June. Right on time wild roses are covering the hedgerows.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was David Chaffer whilst Marylyn Fox won in Thursday's quiz in the Old Anchor Inn against some pretty stiff opposition. The quiz mistress was Pam. Pyatt. 

Bird lovers in the village are delighted with the six cygnets born to a proud penn and a cobb in the village's nature reserve created by the Environment Agency.

Friday afternoon saw heavy rainfall throughout the afternoon and evening replacing the hot, dry weather of the last week.

The general election on Thursday means that Fishlake Coffee Club will give up its headquarters which will become a polling station. Instead the Coffee Club will be going to the King's Chamber in Thorne for lunch whilst the rest of the country decides its fate. 05/06/17


SHARP eyed residents will have noticed that the post is being collected from the red boxes in the village at the slightly later time of 4.45 p.m. nowadays.

The village basked in sunshine on the two hottest days of the year so far on Thursday and Friday with villagers quickly donning summer wardrobes.

The reaction of locals to a taster session of a three course meal at the Hare and Hounds on Saturday was highly favourable. Graham and Lynn Arnold raved about the staff, the management, the food and ambiance of the evening. New chef, Daniel Head, will be offering meals from Thursday, 1st June with special theme nights and a redecoration of the pub. A calligrapher will arrive soon to place new signs on the old landmark. Snacks as well as meals will be served.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Margaret Shepherd with Pam Pyatt claiming the honours on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn. 

'Your village needs you!' is the slogan being used by Sheila Hill in her appeal for volunteers to help with the Nearly New and Jumble sale on 17 June in the Village Hall  from 10 a.m. Please contact Sheila on 841086 to offer your services.

A coffee morning for Cancer Research was held in Le Café Bleu on Saturday.

The John Godber play,'Shakers' , will be performed by Fishlake Drama Group on 14 and 15 July in the Village Hall. Tickets are on sale from Joy Chaffer on 351218. 29/05/17


Greetings from  53-613 N and -1.0112 W  otherwise known as Fishlake! Heavy rain, followed by bursts of warm sunshine, has  brought quick growth to fields of corn and hay around the village this week.

Sadly, the village has lost Bernard Buck, a well known character, this week. He was a father, grandfather and a brother whose funeral will be held in Saint Cuthbert's on Tuesday, 23 May at 11 a.m. 

Margaret Shepherd was triumphant in both quizzes this week and scooped the kitty in the Hare and Hounds and the Old Anchor Inn.

At some time we all use the Village Hall which is in need of help. Funds for its upkeep are raised by the committee. One such event is the now annual Nearly New and Jumble Sale which will be held on 17 June from 10 a.m. Sheila Hill is appealing for more items to be donated for sale--clothes, handbags, household goods, bric-à- brac, textiles, books, toys, shoes and furniture. Committee members can call and collect the items if villagers will contact Sheila on 01302 841086.

The next meeting of the Women's Institute will take place in the Village Hall on Thursday, 25 May at 7 p.m. Go along and find what will succeed last the recent talk on Yorkshire dialect.

Holy Communion will be served in Saint Cuthbert's on Sunday, 28 May ( the first Sunday after Ascension Day) at 9.30 a.m. 22/04/17


FISHLAKE is a divided village. Unlike the rest of the country, which is split asunder over the consequences of Brexit or what choice to make in the general election, Fishlake is divided into two camps of pro- and anti- peacock people. Over the last few years the rich biodiversity of the village has been joined by a family of peacocks who, having escaped from captivity, have gone wild along Trundle Lane. For some these magnificent birds add a dash of colour to our landscape with their elegant carriage and their exotic cries whereas for others the birds leave a trail of dirt and wreckage. Three supporters of the latter view attended the parish council's annual general meeting on Tuesday, 9 May. The council spent forty minutes trying to reconcile the two groups. Sadly, there is no meeting of minds on this issue.

At the meeting Cllr. John  Waite was re-elected as chairman and Cllr. David Chaffer was re-elected as the representative to the Parish Councils' Joint Consultative Committee. The councillors were concerned that DMBC is ignoring Fishlake councillors' views on planning.They want to meet the assistant director responsible for planning .DMBC has provided the council with a schedule for grass cutting around the village and hopes to provide a better service.The Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator, Cllr. Peter Trimingham, met Mr A. Stuart from DMBC and DMB Councillor Austin White to discuss ideas to limit speeding in the village; ideas including the siting and design of speed signs on approaches to the village and to look into the provision of electronic speed signs similar to the new sign on the entry to Barnby Dun from Stainforth. The group looked at the extension of the speed limit through Fosterhouses and the regulations on the erection and siting of digital speed limit signs. Many villagers have suggested speed bumps but were told that there was no possibility of putting in speed bumps. Parish councillors have the support of Cllr. Austin White in pressing for progress on this vital issue.

The parish council's Over Sixties' trip is on Wednesday, 5 July. This year's coastal destination is Scarborough. Please contact Cllr. John Waite on 01302 844648 to book a seat.

Fishlake Village Choir raised £428.15 from its concert in Priory Place Methodist Church in Doncaster and has given the money to Doncaster's Cancer Detection Trust. 

Dry weather continued up to 12 May when rain hit us. Gardeners were crying out for rain and the river Don was falling below its usual height. Charms of goldfinches have arrived in search of grasses and seeds.

The next meeting of the History Society will be on 14 June.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Marie Foster  with Jan Threadgold claiming the honours on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn.

The vintage tea party held on 6 May raised £343 for Village Hall Funds and was declared to be a great success.

The Coffee Club has received a grant from Stainforth4All . The club invites people to drop in for a coffee (or a tea) and a chat on Thursday afternoon at 2 p.m. Please contact Joy Chaffer on 01302 351 218. If anyone has any problems with transport a lift may be arranged. 15/05/17


THE FIRST CUCKOO was heard on 30 April. The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club for April were Eileen Purcell, Lynne Williamson and Richard Walker. 

Fishlake Village Choir raised £428.15 and donated it to Doncaster's Cancer Detection Trust after its concert in Priory Place Methodist Church.

Here is a date for your diary: 7 p.m.on Saturday,24 June  will see the Village Choir's summer concert in Saint Cuthbert's. This will be followed by a 'Summer Singalong' at 7 p.m. on Saturday, 1 st July along with supper at Kirk Bramwith.

Fishlake Drama Group hopes to present a John Godber play in the Village Hall in July. Meanwhile the Little Theatre in Doncaster has approached the Village Hall with the intention of presenting 'Allo, Allo' in September.

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

April proved to be a very dry month. This year the ash trees were weeks behind the oaks when coming into leaf. According to local weatherlore this is a sign of a good summer.

Thursday's local elections saw Mrs Ros. Jones re-elected as the Mayor of Doncaster with Iris Beech, Austen White and John Gilliver elected for Labour in the Norton and Askern Ward in DMBC which includes Fishlake. 08/05/17


FISHLAKE History society was represented at Doncaster's Local History Fair on 22 April by Valerie Geoghegan and Carole Smith who demonstrated Fishlake History Society's website to other history societies and to the public.

Saint George's Day celebrations at the Old Anchor Inn went well on 23 April.

The afternoon of 25 April saw a return of winter complete with a hailstorm.

This year's annual charity nearly new and jumble sale will take place in the Village Hall at 10 a.m. on Saturday, 17 June  in the Village Hall. 

Congratulations to Sue at the Hare and Hounds who has just become a grandmother.

Carole Smith's team won the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds whilst the winner on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn was Pam Pyatt with Emily winning the 'words' section.

We are heading into the May Day bank holiday and the village is looking its best with apple blossom everywhere and mayflower making Fishlake look a picture.

There will be no Coffee Club on Thursday, 4 May as the Village Hall will be used as a polling station for the local elections. 

Afternoon tea will be served at 3 p.m. on 6 May in the Village Hall to raise funds for the Village Hall. Tickets cost £6.01/05/17


EASTER Day's egg hunt at the Old Anchor Inn proved to be a great success. Refurbishment prevented a quiz this week at the Hare and Hounds although Marylyn Fox was the winner at the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday. 

Members of the Fishlake Coffee Club declared themselves pleased with their lunchtime visit to Walker's Nursery last week.

Patriotic villagers and people from the area will be pleased this Sunday ( 24 April) when the Old Anchor Inn celebrates Saint George's Day with a barbecue from midday with a bouncy castle, ice creams and drinks' deals. This would have been an ideal venue for Fishlake Drama Group to perform their Saint George and the Dragon play in the open air.

Holy Communion will be given on Sunday, 23 April in Saint Cuthbert's at 9.30 a.m. 

The Women's Institute will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 27 April in the Village Hall when the guest speaker will address the subject of dementia.

Sadly, the village has lost Valerie Noble ( née Stones) who lived most of her life in Fishlake and who truly loved the village. She was the last caretaker of Fishlake Endowed School and fought valiantly with others to keep it open. She is to be buried with her husband Johnny ( known to many as 'Jock') and the funeral will be held in Saint Cuthbert's at 10.30 a.m. on Wednesday, 26 April. She leaves behind her a sister, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Milkmaids are now in flower on grassland. These flowers are also known as cuckooflowers ( they come into flower as the cuckoo arrives) or lady's smocks (  a vestige of mediaeval England when they were named 'Our Lady's smocks' after the Virgin Mary) in other parts of England.25/04/17


VISITORS to the village Garrett Downing from Illinois and his friend Egdar from Saint Louis arrived at the Landing last week in the footsteps of Garrett's ancestors, the Downing family. Guided by local man, Rob. Downing, they met various villagers who could trace their family trees back to Elizabethan times and even to the Norman Conquest, before dropping in on the Custom House and then the parish church  where youngsters were making preparations for Easter.

I am informed by Cllr. John Waite that the first housemartins of the year arrived in Foster Houses on 8 April. 

Just in time for Easter apple blossom and bluebells were in bloom this year.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday was Margaret Shepherd whilst Malcolm Liddle claimed the honour in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday.

The Women's Institute has recently made paper flowers and fabric brooches. Some members travelled to York to see the newly refurbished Theatre Royal before indulging in afternoon tea. The next meeting will take place on 27 April at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall when the speaker will address the difficult subject of dementia.

Talking about afternoon tea, the Village Hall is holding a Vintage Tea Party at 3 p.m. on Saturday, 6 May. Tickets cost £6 and may be obtained from Sheila Hill ( tel. 841086), Mo. White ( 843673), Joy Chaffer (351218), Val. Geoghegan (350011), Christine Robinson (843576) and Jayne West (842987).

Fishlake's Coffee Club visited Walker's Nursery in Blaxton on Maundy Thursday.

Mrs Sheila Hill is appealing for items for this year's Nearly New sale which raises much needed funds for the Village Hall. 17/04/17


FISHLAKE Village Choir went on tour on Wednesday to Priory Place Methodist Church to sing 'Jerusalem Joy', Negro Spirituals and 'All In An April Evening'. Good acoustics and support from Fishlake folk who had made the journey to Doncaster helped create a wonderfully memorable atmosphere. Coupled with the fact that Methodists make good bakers the evening was declared to be a great success with Hannah playing the clarinet, John Marsden playing the grand piano  and the organ and John Roe narrated.

Children from the three parishes are invited to 'A Walk Around Easter' on Monday, 10 April between 10 and 11.30 a.m. in Saint Cuthbert's to join in activities which will include glitter, paint, sandwiches and feet washing!

Fishlake's History Society will meet on Wednesday, 12 April at 7p.m. when Charles Kelham, Chief Archivist of DMBC, will talk about Fishlake. All are welcome. 

We are entering Holy Week. Services in the parish church begin with Palm Sunday at 9.30 a.m. Maundy Thursday will see a service at 7 p.m. in Saint Cuthbert's  followed by a service for Good Friday at 7 p.m.in Fishlake  and an Easter Day service with Holy Communion at 11 a.m. in Kirk Bramwith. 

Later in the month Saint George's Day will see Holy Communion served in the parish church at 9.30 a.m. on 23 April and a Partnership Communion in Saint Mary's in Kirk Bramwith at 10 a.m. on 30 April.

The Very Reverend Peter Wilcox has been appointed as the new Bishop of Sheffield, whose diocese includes Fishlake.

Last week saw Graham Arnold win the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday whilst the winner in the Old Anchor Inn was Joy Chaffer.

Fishlake Coffee Club hopes to visit Walker's Nursery in Blaxton on Thursday and Graham and Lyn's friends will be singing from 8.30 p.m. till late in the Hare and Hounds on Friday..10/04/17


WONDERFUL sunsets,daffodils, blackthorn blossom and magnolias in bloom show us that April is here and Easter is just around the corner.

This Wednesday sees the Village Choir go on tour to Priory Place Methodist Church in Doncaster where it will perform 'Jerusalem Joy' , Negro Spirituals and ' All in an April Evening' at 7 p.m. Tickets cost £5 and are available from Sandra Liddle on 844998. Included will be light refreshments and the proceeds will go to Doncaster Cancer Detection Trust.

My search for the new twelve-sided pound coin was fruitless this week. Television had given the impression that they would be poured into circulation from last Wednesday.

Word of mouth among walkers and cyclists is spreading the fame and use of our new café : the Café Bleu in the centre of the village.

Polling cards have arrived through our letter boxes this week reminding us that mayoral elections and DMBC elections will be taking place on 4 May.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Margaret Shepherd with Pam Pyatt and Emily winning in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday.

The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club Draw for March were : 1) Jessica Brownbridge, 2)  Tim Duckitt and 3) Brenda Clark.

The six monthly village quiz took place on Friday evening with fierce competition for the top place. This year the Silver Locks managed to beat strong rivals and come first. The evening raised £295 for Village Hall funds.

The Old Anchor Inn is holding an Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday ( and guaranteed chocolate for the best decorated basket) between 11 a.m. and 12 noon and is also planning to celebrate Saint George's Day on 23 April with a bouncy castle, a barbecue, ice cream and it is hoped stalls from 12 noon.

Fishlake History Society has received a grant from Stainforth4All this week to help it improve its website of its virtual museum. 03/04/17


CONFUSION last week led to different stories about the new landlord of the Hare and Hounds. He is Ben Parr, son of the rock star ,John Parr, who stormed to Number One in the American market with 'Saint Elmo's Fire' and later sang the theme songs to several Hollywood top films. Ben, along with his business partner Paul Dixon, has big plans for the Hare and Hounds with brand new signage and a new dining area with food on offer every evening and at lunchtimes on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. There will be three theme nights per week with steak on Tuesdays, pies on Wednesdays and fish and chips on Thursdays.

Pam Pyatt is organising a village quiz in the Village Hall at 7.30 p.m. on Friday, 31st March. Tickets cost £5 per player including pie and peas and are available from Pam Pyatt on 842043, Sheila Hill on 841086 and Maureen White on 843673. There will be no bar at this fund raiser for the Village Hall so bring your own beverages.

Singing on Friday, 7 April in the Hare and Hounds will be James Lawrence ( known to us as Graham) and his show biz friends from Leeds. Godwin will be on the keyboard and the evening will start at 8.30 27/03/17


THE NEWS of the week is that the new landlord of the Hare and Hounds is Paul Dixon.

Coming up this week will be a meeting of Fishlake's Women's Institute in the Village Hall at 7 p.m. on 23 March. The visiting speaker will have as a theme 'Comic Monologues and Origins'.

Fishlake's Keep Fit Group had two young visitors during February half-term when one of the members took her grandchildren along. they enjoyed the activities and the opportunity to enjoy boxing. Younger relatives are welcome during holiday times when accompanied by a family member of the Keep Fit Group. The Group has received a grant from the South Yorkshire Community Foundation to help it  continue.

Sessions cost £3 and take place on Tuesday mornings from 10 till 11 a.m. All are welcome.

The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Jan Threadgold whilst Colin Simpson claimed the honours in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday.

Fishlake Parish Council met on 14 March under the chairmanship of Cllr. John Waite and agreed to use the pinfold as a collection point for black bags of rubbish collected by volunteers. Meanwhile the gloves and litter -picking equipment provided by Ian Wigglesworth of DMBC are to be stored at the back of the parish church. The parish council is to meet representatives of DMBC to agree on siting new flashing speed signs at the entrances to the village.

Saturday's 'Bacon Butty' morning raised £234-65 for the Parish Church Restoration Fund with the tombola stall raising £53 for the DN7 Food Bank.

Dancing sessions take place on Fridays in the Village Hall from 7 p.m. when Mrs Pat Holgate will lead the group. The group has a maximum number of thirty and there is a waiting list. for more information please contact Mrs Christine Robinson on 01302 843576.

Fishlake Village Choir will present  'Jerusalem Joy' along with spirituals and 'All in the April Evening'  at Priory Place Methodist Church at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, 5 April. Tickets, which cost £5 ( children are free with an accompanying adult), may be obtained from

Sandra Liddle on 01302 844998.20/03/17


A HAILSTORM hit Fishlake on 6th March reminding us that winter had not quite finished. Even so, lambs are already present in the fields. Rev.Eve Atherfold made £77 from her pancake party on Shrove Tuesday in aid of Wateraid which raises funds for clean water in the Third World.

The big news recently is the announcement that the construction of a slip road to the motorway is to start this July linking Stainforth with the M18 service station.This will provide employers with easy access to the motorway network and should be a boon for companies in Stainforth and Hatfield. It may also reduce traffic which takes a short cut through Fishlake on its way to the roundabout in Thorne leading to the motorway.

Fishlake History Society met on Wednesday, 8 March and examined the fifty-seven different spellings of the village's name which were used between 1086 and 1735. The group was informed that its website has been updated with more photographs and  articles. Time was spent identifying faces of villagers from the early 1950s. Many of the photographs may also be enlarged to give greater clarity and some interesting essays by Rob. Downing have been added. The website may be found by typing www.fishlake historysociety.uk into a computer. In the next meeting on 12 April Charles Kelham, chief archivist of DMBC will talk about Fishlake. All are welcome.

Thursday, 9th saw a major spring clean of the village by DMBC. Grass was cut, roads and paths were swept and litter was picked. Areas like Mill Fields and Sour Lane, where rubbish had been fly-tipped, were blitzed by Ian Wigglesworth's staff. Several villagers are planning a volunteer litter pick.This will include a chance to sponsor runners taking part in the Great North Run this autumn to pick up litter and support their favourite charities. Ian Wigglesworth has agreed to provide bags, gloves, pickers and yellow high vis. jackets, including children's sizes. There will be a pick-up point for bags and full bags will be dumped at a central point still  to be agreed.

Friday, 10 March saw Yorkshire Water start to flush out our pipes to ensure cleaner drinking water. The process will continue until Wednesday, 22 March and has occasionally had the side effect of producing discoloured water and some sediment.

Villagers have received their council tax bills for 2017 till 2018. DMBC is increasing its tax by 2%, whilst Fishlake Parish Council is reducing its precept by 1.2%, 2% has been added to cover Adult Social Care with another extra 2% going to South Yorkshire's Fire and Rescue Authority and an extra 3.3 % going to South Yorkshire's Police Force.

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

Coming up this week a party to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day will be held in the Old Anchor Inn from 8 p.m. on Friday, 17 March with refreshments and the Cheltenham Gold Cup followed on a large screen interspersed with Six Nations' Rugby , racing and football.

On Saturday, 18 th March Saint Patrick's Day will be celebrated by the Cricket and Bowls Club from 7 p.m. Music will be provided by the Band With No Name and a bowl of Irish stew will be served. Tickets cost £5 and may be obtained from Phil. Wood on 01405 469274.

Saturday,18th also sees a Bacon Butty Morning in Saint Cuthbert's from 10 a.m. till 11.30 in aid of our ancient church's restoration. 13/03/17

EARLY breeds of golden daffodil bloomed in time for Saint David's Day. Elsewhere we had to be contented with crocuses.

Yorkshire Water bills for the next year have arrived with an average rise of 2.06% which have kept the rise below the rate of inflation of 2.19%.

The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club for February were: Glenys Marshall, Josh. Smith and Lyn Williamson. Meanwhile the quiz winner in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Yvette Hodges with Colin Simpson triumphing in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday. 

Gill Grantham has given the Monday Club a large gatepost to rehang the gate that gives the DANVM  Drainage people access to the reedbed to clean the Taining dyke out.

A number of villagers want to litter pick which should help to clear up our verges.

Christine and Bill Robinson's fund raising evening in the Cricket and Bowls Club raised £906-50 for Joseph's Kilimanjaro Appeal which will help with his sponsored ascent of Africa's highest peak in aid of Action Against Hunger (in the Third World). The night was a great success and they would like to thank all their generous supporters.

Fishlake Coffee club visited the Café Bleu for afternoon tea on 2nd March.

Fishlake History Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday,8 March.

Our M.P. Ed. Miliband will be visiting Stainforth library for a surgery on 12 May. Appointments need to be booked by ringing 875462.

Friday night is dance night in Fishlake with graceful movers meeting up in the Village Hall at 7 p.m. 06/03/17

FLAMES were clearly visible on the Nab from a fire in Fosterhouses on Tuesday. Soon Fishlake echoed to the sound of fire engines rushing to the village from Thorne, Askern and further afield. The firefighters found approximately 16,000 bales of hay on fire.This was a tragedy for our village.

Storm Doris hit the village on 23rd February. We were battered but less so than some parts of the country.

Yvette Hodges won the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday whilst Barbara Watson won in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday with Stephen Cook scooping the jackpot.

Shrove Tuesday is with us this week and Rev. Eve Atherfold is holding a pancake party from 6 p.m. The church is continuing Eve's tradition of collecting pennies for Wateraid throughout Lent. A Mission Partnership service linking Thorne, Hatfield, Dunscroft and Stainforth is to be held at 7.30 p.m. in Saint Cuthbert's on Wednesday, 1 st March to mark the beginning of Lent.

An announcement of closure for the HSBC bank in Thorne has been announced. This follows in the footsteps of the Yorkshire Bank and is a sign of the times when online banking has become so popular.

B.T. removed the telephone box from the village on Tuesday. How many phone calls have been made from there over the years?

A quiz night is to be held at the Cricket and Bowls Club on 4 March at 8 p.m.

Another Village Hall fundraising quiz is to be held on Friday, 31st March at 7.30 in the Village Hall. Tickets cost £5 per player including pie and peas and are available from Pat Pyatt  on 842043, Sheila Hill on 841086 and Maureen White 843673. There will be no bar so bring your own refreshment.27/02/17


BALLROOM dancing lessons have started in the Village Hall appropriately enough on Valentine's Day at 7 p.m. with Mrs Pat Holgate and Mrs Christine Robinson leading the sessions. Never let it be said that Fishlake folk are not putting their best forward for this useful skill.

Farmers have been very active lately in a rush to go hedging before the nesting season.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Neil Livesey whilst the winner on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn was Pam Jones.

After suspicious activities in the lane which leads from the Nab to West Bank residents of the Bank have erected iron gates across the lane which will prevent passage after dark. 

Half-term is upon us and a children's workshop is on offer on Wednesday, 22 February from 10 till 11.30 a.m.in the Village Hall. The subject this time is a 'special lady in the Bible'. There will be the opportunity to make something for a special lady in your family. Adults are welcome to stay and drink a cup of coffee.For more information please 'phone Glenys on 841852.

An opportunity to help a young man raise funds for Action Against Hunger will come on Saturday, 25 February at 7.15 when proud grandmother Christine Robinson ( tel. 843576) is holding a charity evening at the Cricket and Bowls Club. Tickets cost £5 each, include a pie and peas' supper, and entertainment will be provided by the Band With No Name.There will be a fully licensed bar. Joe, the man involved, intends to raise £3,000 by climbing Africa's highest peak, Kilimanjaro this summer after scaling peaks nearer home at Easter.

A date for your diaries is 7 April when a number of friends of Graham and Lynn will sing in the Hare and Hounds from 8.30 p.m. onwards. The evening will feature Godwin on the keyboard.20/02/17


STAINFORTH library was re-launched by S4All last week in the presence of M.P. Ed. Miliband and the elected mayor of Doncaster, Mrs Ros. Jones, who admired the new mural showing children's authors and their characters. Stuart Bolton, Phil. Bedford and their volunteer staff proudly showed off the new services offered by the library including the educational trips across the county funded by the charity shop. The library no longer merely offers books and computers but also a homework club and extra tutoring for children falling behind at school.

Fishlake History Society met on 8 February with eleven members present. We were informed that information about wills from Fishlake as far back as 1657 may be found in the National Archives. Carole Smith gave a very interesting talk on the ferries which preceded Jubilee Bridge.The rowing boat ferry across the river Don was known by three different names: Hangsman's Hill Ferry, Fretson's and Low Hill Ferry at different times. The cost of building the bridge was £600---£300 of which was promised at a public meeting ( £50 came from the Badsworth Hunt) and construction took less than a year. It was opened in 1887 ( Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee hence the name) and the ceremony was followed by a dinner at Pease Hall in Thorne. It collapsed several times but was eventually adopted by the new West Riding of Yorkshire County Council.The group also examined old photographs and paintings of the village from the 1920s and '30s. The group intends to be represented at the Doncaster and District History Fair in Doncaster Museum on 22 April.

Sadly, the village has lost Jane Flavell, at the relatively young age of sixty. She leaves behind her a family and many friends. She will be remembered for her work leading the Beavers and later the Woodcraft Folk for children from Sykehouse and Fishlake. She helped raise funds to buy equipment such as swings and roundabouts for the Old School Field.

Fishlake Drama Group is holding its annual general meeting on Monday, 13 February in the Village Hall.

Coming up this week is a quiz at the Cricket and Bowls Club at 8 for 8.30 p.m. on Saturday,18 February.

Barry and Sheila Hill are appealing for jumble for the now annual Nearly New Sale in the Village Hall in early June.They are prepared to collect and store items which will be sold to raise funds for the Village Hall. 

Cllr. John Waite has reported the fly tipping which has taken place along Mill Fields and the road as far as Bramwith Lane End. Individuals may report rubbish left by the roadside to DMBC's Flag It Up service.

The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Mick Turner whilst Jan Threadgold won the quiz on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn.

The Old Anchor Inn will be providing free snacks throughout the Six Nations Rugby cup season.

The Old Anchor Inn will also celebrate Saint Patrick's Day with a party on Friday,17 March from 8 p.m. and the Gold Cup race at Cheltenham on a large screen. Meanwhile the Cricket and Bowls Club is celebrating Saint Patrick's Day twenty-four hours late ( on Saturday, 18 March). Tickets cost £5 and may be obtained from Phil.Wood on 01405 469274 and the evening which starts at 7 p.m. will include entertainment from The Band With No Name and a bowl of Irish stew. 13/02/17


'TAKE your partners for the Foxtrot..., the Valeta...,the Dashing White Sergeant...., the Waltz....,the Gay Gordons...and the Palais Glide ..!' could be heard as Major Swing and Kitty instructed us and entertained us with more than a flavour of Forties' music and dances which kept the home fires burning in our hour of peril. The fabulous Natasha Harper whipped the audience into a frenzy of patriotism with her rendition of 'Land of Hope and Glory' with Union Flags waving and one hundred per cent audience participation in an evening of sheer nostalgia. Miss Harper was booked on an early morning flight next day for a gig in Norway. The evening raised £373.05 for Village Hall funds.

Stainforth resident, Giorgio Roversi, could be seen at the weekend in the Village Hall making a publicity trailer for his book, 'The Amorality of Atheism' which is already selling well on the Internet. Are we to become the Hollywood of Europe?

The Diocese of Sheffield is to have a new bishop: Rt. Rev. Philip North is to become the next holder of the office.

The winners of the Fishlake 100 for January were : 1) Kath Dulieu, 2) David Chaffer and 3) John Hall.

One sign of the cold weather this year is the number of dogs and horses wearing coats.

The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Neil Livesey with Caitlin Croucher claiming the honours in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday.

6 February is yet another anniversary for the Queen. This time the date marks her Blue Sapphire or sixty-fifth anniversary of her accession.

Fishlake's Keep Fit Group will be meeting on 7 February at 10 a.m. in the Village Hall.

Wednesday, 8 February sees the next meeting of the village's history society at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall.

The week will end with that old favourite the Snowdrop Festival in Saint Mary's Church in Kirk Bramwith from 10 till 4 p.m. on Saturday, 11 and Sunday, 12 February. On Sunday morning there is also to be an assembly of vintage tractors in Church Field at 11 o'clock with a parade through Kirk Bramwith later in the morning.

Contributions towards Stainforth's food bank are being received in a drop box at the back of Saint Cuthbert's.06/02/17


'A CORMORANT in Fishlake? ' was my first reaction when I first saw the black seabird, which fishes for a living, on Saturday from Jubilee Bridge. It seems that increasing numbers are wintering inland. Its presence is a testament to the cleaner water polices pursued by the Environment Agency over the last thirty years.

What is the link between recycling a tin or a bottle in Fishlake and Britain's last imperial venture? The link is the French company Suez which now is in charge of Doncaster's recycling programme. Suez is a descendant of Ferdinand de Lesseps' company which built the Suez Canal in Egypt with Anglo-French finance to create a short cut from Great Britain to her Indian Empire. Ownership of the canal ended in the 1950s with the Suez Crisis but the company lives on and was eventually awarded the contract,as SITA and then as Suez Recycling and Recovery UK Ltd, to remove and sort out waste in the Doncaster borough in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.

The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Margaret Shepherd with Barbara Watson claiming the honours in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday.

'The egret has landed!' sounds like a coded message from Wartime, but, like the cormorant mentioned above, this white bird from the heron family has also come to winter here on the ponds created as a bird reserve by the Environment Agency near the river bank.Once again these birds rely on an available supply of fish and are increasing their range having been once hunted for their feathers which were used to decorate ladies' hats.

Rehearsals have started on Wednesdays for Fishlake Village Choir with Easter already in mind. Newcomers are always welcome.30/01/17


PROUD grandparents, Bill and Christine Robinson invite you to a pie and peas' supper with the Band That Has No Name, a whisky board and raffle in the Cricket and Bowls' Club on 25 February. The evening is to support their eighteen year old grandson, Joe, raise £3,000 for the charity, Action Against Hunger, which works in fifty countries. His dream is to be sponsored climbing  Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania. Joe, a Physics student at Nottingham University, will be using his Easter holiday to climb peaks such as Ben Nevis and Snowden to practise for the ascent in late August. Tickets, costing £5, may be obtained from  the Robinsons by ringing 01302 843576.

The new website reveals that Saint Cuthbert's is unusual for an Anglican church in having a statue of a pope on its fourteenth century font where the side facing the altar represents Pope Gregory.To his right is Saint Nicholas of Myra and on his left is Saint Cuthbert holding the head of King Oswald.

The Thornensians Rugby Club is holding a club dinner on 17 February as an opportunity to remember Malcolm Greenslade,a much loved publican here in the village. The guest speaker will be Alan Kennedy,formerly of Newcastle United and Liverpool. The MC and comedian for the evening will be John Stiles, who knew Malcolm well.Tickets cost £35 and may be booked through stevepamgoulding@outlook.com or by 'phoning 07967664995.

A sign of the times is that one off the decisions made by Fishlake Parish Council last Monday was to ask British Telecom to remove our vandalised telephone kiosk from near the Village Hall as modern life with the ubiquity of mobiles has made it redundant. What a contrast from the days when the GPO installed the original smart red box when even home landlines were as rare as hens' teeth and mobiles were an item of science fiction.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Margaret Shepherd and the winner on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn was Pam Jones.

Snowdrops are already peeping through. Spring will come!

Thursday, 26 January sees members of the Women's Institute gather for the first time this year and then 7.30 p.m. on Saturday, 28 January is time for villagers to don costumes for a Back to the Forties' evening. 23/01/17


HUNDREDS of people attended Saint Cuthbert's in December for ordinary festive services, carol concerts and for the white Christmas exhibition  but how many looked up at the back of the church and noticed that the bell ropes were no longer in evidence? A recent professional survey of Saint Cuthbert's tower, clock chamber, bell chamber, bells and bell frame uncovered a level of decay in the floors and the bell frame that is considered serious, which means that the bell ropes have been withdrawn and the bells cannot be rung again until the upper contents of the tower have been restored.

It is estimated that this area of restoration will cost close to £100,000 plus VAT. Saint Cuthbert's Parochial Church Council has engaged a new architect, Chris. Cotton of Purcell UK, with relevant experience of repairing, improving, maintaining and restoring Grade 1 Listed Churches across Britain.

Members of the Thursday Coffee Club visited Sheffield's Crucible Theatre on Tuesday for a delicious meal and an enjoyable production of 'Annie Get Your Gun'.

Fishlake's History Society met on Wednesday, 11th January to examine the progress made in the website  (www.fishlakehistorysociety.uk) which now features oral recollections and reminiscences, including Ken Omar's.

The society also examined old wills dating from the First World War with  probate granted with the proviso that money should not be paid out to enemy aliens in Germany, Austro-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire.The next meeting will take place on 8th February.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Margaret Shepherd with Barbara Watson carrying off the title on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn.

Snow fell on Friday morning in the village. So far the amount does not compare with Scotland or the south of England.

Coming up this week the parish council will be meeting on Monday, 16 January at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall and the Village Choir will be reconvening on Wednesday, 18 January. 

Advance notice is given that the Cricket and Bowls' Club will be celebrating Saint Patrick's Day a day late this year with a dance and live music from the Band With No Name on Saturday,18th March. Irish eyes will definitely smiling that night.Tickets cost £5. 16/01/17


THE CHRISTINGLE service before Christmas raised £107 for the Children's Society. The Fishlake 100 Club was won by Richard Walker, Mick Silvester and Josh. Smith in December.

Fishlake's patron saint, Cuthbert, features in a new novel by Jill Dalladay, The Abbess of Whitby, which tells the story of the life of Saint Hilda who served as a handmaid of the Saxon goddess, Eostre, before ending her life as the abbess of Whitby and presiding over the synod between the Celtic and Roman churches in 664 A.D. 

There were no bells ringing in the New Year this January. Instead we received another visit from the Badsworth and Bramham Hunt on 1st January who gathered outside the Hare and Hounds for their traditional stirrup cup. A steady steam of horses and riders galloped through the streets in the pouring rain.

The History Society will meet on Wednesday, 11th January in the Village Hall at 7 p.m.

On Tuesday members of the Thursday Coffee Club are having an outing to Sheffield's Crucible Theatre for dinner and a performance of 'Annie Get Your Gun'.  

Marie Foster won the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday and Margaret Shepherd claimed the honour on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn.

Exiles and residents may be interested that information about the three churches in the benefice may be found on 'a church near you' and Saint Cuthbert's now has its own facebook page.09/01/17


THE WINNERS of two separate quizzes in the Hare and Hounds and the Old Anchor Inn were respectively Joy Chaffer and Barbara Watson. in the week before Christmas. 

Last minute present buying was made more difficult by Storm Barbara which hit us on 23rd December.

Application forms for the Fishlake Educational Foundation book grants need to be returned by the end of Friday, 6th January 2017. The book grants are available to all university/ college students and apprentices normally resident in the parishes of Fishlake and Sykehouse who were 18 before September 2016. Application forms can be obtained by e-mailing F_E_F@btinternet.com or telephoning 01302 841411.

A celebration communion service will be held by the Mission Partnership at 11 a.m. on Sunday, 1st January at Saint Edwin's  in Dunscroft.

Dustbins normally emptied on Mondays will be collected a day late this week owing to the Bank Holiday.

The next quiz in the Cricket and Bowls' Club will be held on Saturday, 7th January at 8 p.m.

Fishlake's History Society is meeting for its first gathering of 2017 at 7 p.m. on 11th January in the Village Hall. New members  and visitors are always welcome. 02/01/17