Local News 2018

 

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WELL MET by moonlight old friends and neighbours met up in the churchyard and trooped into Saint Cuthbert's on 22 December to hear Fishlake Village Choir's Christmas Carol Concert. The full church fell silent to listen to Rev. Paul Mellars welcome us to the now annual concert which featured hand bell ringers from the village, Markham Main Colliery Band, choir master John Marsden BEM and Bible readings as they told us the two thousand year old Christmas story in a mediaeval building. Candles burnt, the choir sang and the congregation responded enthusiastically to the invitation to join in. Over the refreshments afterwards villagers and visitors discussed the concert and their plans for Christmas. A visitor from another region would have witnessed a brass band from the old Yorkshire coalfield accompanying a choir and congregation from a rural Yorkshire village.

Christmas Day proved to be 'white' in the sense of being frosty and sunny.

My holly tree which was laden with red berries at the beginning of the month was stripped of its berries by Christmas Eve. No doubt the birds needed the berries more than I did.

There is talk of a new regional park in the South Pennines stretching from Haworth to Haslingden. We in Fishlake are already fortunate in having easy access to three national parks: the Dales, the Moors and the Peak District.

The winner of the quiz on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn was Susan Hayes. New Year's Eve will see the Old Anchor Inn holding a casino night from 8 pm until late. Meanwhile the New Year will be greeted by the Yorkshire Farmers Bloodhounds at the Hare and Hounds at 12 noon. They will depart at 1.30 pm31/12/2019

 

CHRISTMAS is here. A crib service in Saint Cuthbert's will take place at 4pm on Christmas Eve and a service to welcome Christmas Day will be held at 8.45 am on Tuesday. Flags across the village are wishing us all a Merry Christmas. Memories of childhood Christmases come flooding back: decorating the tree with precious baubles, mother's hands daubed with flour as she baked mince pies, the arrival at school of rolls of silver paper minus the bottle tops from Northern Dairies which could be used as crowns for the three kings and  poring over envelopes when the post arrived to examine handwriting and postmarks to guess the provenance before they were opened.

The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Pauline Foster with Pam Jones taking first place in a festive quiz on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn. Die -hard quizzlings will be interested to hear that a quiz, set by Marylyn Fox, will be held on Thursday, 27 December in the Old Anchor Inn. 

The Hare and Hounds with its new landlord is serving meals every night between 5.30 and 8.30 pm and will be catering for Sunday lunches.

The Village Hall has a new sign on display and its committee would like to thank the Monday Club for clearing the undergrowth around the hall.

Fishlake History Society is already thinking about the New Year. At 3 pm on Wednesday, 9 January it will present a display in the Village Hall on the village's past and present, projecting images of bygone Fishlake onto a large screen, with large scale plans of the village from 1825 onwards, photographs, maps and articles. It should be well worth a visit. 24/12/2018

BITTERLY cold winds hit the village this weekend. Winter has arrived. More and more families are decorating trees and gardens with Christmas lights.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Joy Chaffer with Stephen Cook successful in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday. 

Fishlake's keepfitters will meet in the Village Hall at 10 am on Tuesday, 18 December and Fishlake Coffee Club will meet on 20 December at 2 pm in the Village Hall.

Saturday, 20 December will see Fishlake Village Choir present its Christmas Concert at 7 pm in Saint Cuthbert's church. The evening will include singing, readings, handbells and festive refreshments. It will also feature Markham Main Band which will show us what a traditional Christmas is all about.

Saint Cuthbert's intends to hold a new year feast from 11 am till 1 pm on Saturday, 12 January 2019 to thank all those who have supported the parish church over the last year---it has been an extremely active year with the Saint Cuthbert Exhibition and the huge poppy display to commemorate the centenary of the Armistice at the end of the first world war. If anyone is interested in attending the feast they should sign the sheet in the church. 17/12/2018

SAINT Cuthbert's Christmas Fair was held on Saturday,1st December and there was a buzz of excitement as villagers went from stall to stall. Coinciding with the beginning of Advent that weekend it announced the beginning of the festive season. The event raised £496.55 and was attended by Rev. Paul Mellars who had to dash half-way through to attend a similar event in Stainforth.

Coming this week to the Hare and Hounds will be new landlord, Ste McGuire, from the Olde Castle in Doncaster. He brings with him an excellent reputation for food.

We are experiencing dark days and low suns.Thank goodness for Christmas.

The village Women's Institute decided at its annual general meeting to close down because of the increasing bureaucracy of head office. However, rather like a phoenix, it intends to re-open at 7 pm on Thursday, 24 January 2019 as an independent ladies' group responsible for its own informal agenda and activities. The Women's Institute was started in Fishlake in the late 1940s.

4 December saw keepfitters from the village on their winter walk on a cold and frosty morning. 

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Lynn Atkin with Caitlin Croucher winning in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday.

Lights on the church tower coincided with the coming of Fishlake Drama Group's production of 'Cinderella' which has received rave reviews from villagers.

Have you noticed how villagers are checking their change for fifty pence pieces with Paddington Bear or characters from Beatrix Potter's stories?

Services in the parish church this Christmas will include a crib service at 4 pm on Christmas Eve and a service on Christmas morning at 8.45 a.m 10/12/2018

WONDERFUL paintings of woodland animals ( including a fox, a hare, a pheasant, and partridges) by local artist, Louise Pashley, are on sale at the Café Bleu.

This week from Wednesday to Saturday Fishlake Drama Group proudly presents its Christmas pantomime 'Cinderella' in the Village Hall.

Christmas lights are already twinkling across the village on houses and in gardens.

Congratulations to sixteen year old Oliver Beaglehole who has been selected to play  football for South Yorkshire Schools and will be representing them in Phoenix , Arizona, in February 2019 where he will compete against teams such as LA Galaxy and New York State. Oliver used to play for the Fishlake Falcons.

What a year for Fishlake! It started with the exhibition in the parish church about Saint Cuthbert. It attracted visitors from across the region and beyond. It was followed by the arrival of the Tour de Yorkshire, the village's biggest sporting event ever. The Cricket Club celebrated its fiftieth anniversary and the Bowls Club celebrated its thirtieth anniversary, the Old Butcher's won the Best East of Doncaster Eatery /Café , the spa Truffle Lodge won 'Gem of the Year 2018, the exhibition commemorating the centenary of the First World War, Oliver Rothwell's trip to Guatemala, Oliver Beaglehole being picked for South Yorkshire Schools and their forthcoming trip to Arizona,the magnificent return of a firework display to the bonfire at the Cricket Club for Guy Fawkes Night, Alison Slack( née Bee) winning the National Heartbeat of the Club Award at Lord's and the year is not over yet with Fishlake Drama Group's production of 'Cinderella' this week and Fishlake Village Choir's Christmas Concert still to come!

Father Christmas and the Lions will visit the village early this year. Look out for him on Thursday---his birthday.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Jeremy Foster whilst Hilary Simpson won on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn. 03/12/2018

 

AN IMPORTANT visitor will arrive on 6 December on his birthday. It 's Father Christmas in the company of Thorne Rural Lions who will travel through our streets in the early evening.

The quiz in the Hare and Hounds was won by Carole Smith on Tuesday whilst the Old Anchor Inn saw Pam Jones triumphant on Thursday.

Saint Cuthbert's Christmas Fair will be held in the Village Hall between 10 and 12 noon on Saturday, 1 December.

Sunday, 2 December at 9.30 am sees the now traditional Christingle family service in Saint Cuthbert's.

Wednesday, 5 December to Saturday, 8 December are the dates for Fishlake Drama Group's annual pantomime, Cinderella, which will be performed every evening in the Village Hall. Last minute tickets may be bought from Joy Chaffer  on 01302 351218.

Local history enthusiasts may be interested in a new calendar produced for 2019 and on sale in Stainforth library from Monday, 26 November. Its mainly black and white photographs show Stainforth as it was around a century ago with views of the canal, a windmill, the market hall, the digging of the pit and a view in colour of Stainforth Bridge, taken in the snow three years ago. The proceeds from the calendar are to go towards Stainforth's volunteer street cleaners for new equipment.

Fishlake Keepfit Group will be undertaking a winter walk from the Village Hall at 10.45 am on Tuesday, 4 December. The walk will be followed by a visit to the Old Butcher's Café and a festive raffle. However, if the weather is not favourable then the group will meet at the café at 11.30 am . 26/11/2018

OVER two thousand knitted poppies decorated the parish church to mark the centenary of the Armistice at the end of the First World War, including a handful of purple ones to remember the horses,donkeys and dogs who went to war. The congregation was welcomed by the Rev. Paul Mellars and Fishlake Village Choir was led by John Marsden, BEM, who pointed out the contrast between the light hearted popular songs of the day and the poignancy of the War Poets' poetry. At one time the choir transformed the church into an early twentieth century music hall echoing to the tune of 'Pack Up Your Troubles' and 'It's A Long Way To Tipperary'.Surrounding the congregation was an exhibition showing us scenes and articles from the Great War along with maps and displays of Fishlake folk's ancestors who took part. This display will remain in the church throughout November. A retiring collection was taken and shared between the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.

Fishlake Keepfit Group will meet on Tuesday, 4 December for a winter walk, lunch and a raffle. Go along and join them on a walk ( maximum of three miles). They intend to meet at 10.45 am, with lunch at the Old Butcher's Café at 12 noon and a seasonal raffle. If the weather is inclement they will meet at the Old Butcher's at 11.30 am If you would like to join them on the winter walk please contact Mary on 01302 845993.

Truffle Lodge, Fishlake's luxury spa run by Pam. Webb, has been awarded a 2018 Yorkshire and the Humber Enterprise Award as the 'Hidden Gem of the Year 2018'. Another 'first' for Fishlake!

The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds was Pam Jones with Marylyn Fox winning in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday.

The parish council met on 13 November under the chairmanship of Cllr. John Waite. One villager reported that the matrix sign near his home on Hay Green is having an impact. He feels that six or seven cars out of nine or ten are slowing down to the speed limit.Several villagers complained about fly-tipping and the problem of trespass aggravated by shooting with shotguns without the consent of landowners. a villager complained about traffic problems associated with the Cricket Club bonfire. It was reported that if a future bonfire took place extra stewards would be allocated to traffic management and parking. John Brooks from the DMBC Fly-tipping Team was made well aware of villagers' and councillors' concerns are the ongoing problem of fly-tipping . It was agreed to place cameras in the area. Two representatives of the Environment Agency joined the meeting. They reported that they had walked with the two flood wardens to inspect the flood protection for the village.Three sites are under review, the east end of Far Bank , the Nab Lane end of Far Bank and the Barrier Bank south of the village.

The members of Fishlake History Society met on Wednesday, 14 November to listen to Brian Peeps' presentation about keels and sloops around Stainforth and Thorne. Members loved the slides and the descriptions. The next meeting will take place at 3 pm on 9 January 2019 with a general exhibition including photographs, maps and a visual display illustrating the work and areas of study of the history society. 19/10/2018

CONGRATULATIONS to Alison Slack, secretary of Fishlake Cricket Club, who has won the National 'Heartbeat of the Club' Award at Lord's. The prize was a glass sculpture, champagne, a signed England shirt, a framed certificate and photographs of the day. In addition because of the Cricket World Cup next year  all winners received two free tickets to any group game of the World Cup. Alison won the county award out of 742 clubs in Yorkshire at Headingley on 29 August before going on to be shortlisted at Lord's.

Monday, 12 November sees the AGM of the Village Hall Committee at 7 pm in the Village Hall.

Brian Peeps will address the History Society on Wednesday, 14 November on the subject of keels and sloops on the waterways between Stainforth and Thorne at 7 pm in the Village Hall.

After last month's talk on the Liquorice Triangle in Yorkshire by Tom Dixon from Pontefract the Women's Institute will meet for the last time in the year on 22 November at 7 pm when they will be looking at Christmas decorations.

Tickets for Fishlake Drama Group's pantomime, Cinderella, are still available from Joy Chaffer on 01302 351218.

Fishlake Village Choir's keyboard is broken. Is anyone prepared to give or lend them a keyboard? If so please contact Wendy Brownbridge.

Joy Chaffer won the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds whilst Pam Pyatt claimed the honours in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday. 12/11/2018

 

FOLLOWING  A BREAK of several years the bonfire and firework display at the Cricket and Bowls Club is back and was more successful than ever. Cars were parked as far along Pinfold Lane as the Old School and families clustered around the club watching first the fire and then the fireworks. The display was very impressive and must have cost the earth. The final burst was greeted with applause before we made our way home.

    Sunday,11 November is the centenary at the end of the First World War. Poppies, which had grown on servicemen's graves and disturbed earth in Flanders and along the front line, became the symbol of remembrance. Anyone visiting Saint Cuthbert's this month will see some of the two thousand knitted poppies hanging from the pulpit along with maps, memorabilia and memories from the Great War giving us a flavour of the generation which went to war. A short service of remembrance will be held at the War Memorial ( the first one built in the Doncaster area) at  10.55 am with Fishlake Village Choir taking a leading role in the concert at 3 pm which will feature topical songs and poems under the direction of John Marsden, BEM. Throughout November the parish church will be open and manned to receive visitors who would like to see the village's connections with the first truly world conflict.All proceeds of the event will be shared between the Royal British Legion and Help the Heroes.

The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club in October were Muriel Benford, Dossie Croucher and Sandra Liddle. Meanwhile the winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Carole Smith with Stephen Cook claiming the honour in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday.

The 'Fifties and 'Sixties Dance in the Village Hall raised £544 to be split between Children In Need and the Village Hall Fund. Villagers jived and twisted they were exhausted whilst the Band With No Name played on. The organisers would like to thank everyone and the band for their support.

We are entering that time of year which has frosty mornings and low suns which do not help driving.

Some dates for Christmas are now available: Saint Cuthbert's Christmas Fair will take place in the Village Hall between 10 am and noon on 1st December. in the Village Hall.The annual Christingle service will take place at 9.30 am on Sunday, 2 December in the parish church. After the service Mary and Joseph will be starting their journey around the houses of the village before returning for the Crib service at 4 pm on Christmas Eve.

Residents who are interested in helping run the Village Hall in any way are invited to the annual general meeting at 7 pm on 12 November in the Village Hall. 'Help' can take many forms--be it cleaning, fund raising or sitting on the committee and coming up with ideas. 05/11/2018

 

CONGRATULATIONS to Claire and Louise Holling at the Old Butcher's Cafe who have won the Best Cafe/ Light Bite Eastside (Doncaster) Restaurant of the Year Award after a mystery diner nominated them and a public vote. To celebrate the event and the cafe's first birthday a  party will be held in the cafe on 3 November with a singer in the afternoon.

Globetrotter, Oliver Rothwell, has set off on his travels again. Having completed a tour of South America and a spell back home, he has now left for Guatemala hoping to see more of Central America. Oliver is taking Spanish lessons and is hoping to finance his stay by finding work.

British Summer Time, introduced after a campaign by a builder William Willett 102 years ago , has come to an end as we return to our original time zone of Greenwich Mean Time for the winter. Already the weather has changed.

There is good news and bad news about the next 'Forties Dance. The good news  is that the dance will take place on 19 January 2019 and the bad news is that the tickets are already sold out.

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

Congratulations to Alison Slack who won the Yorkshire Heartbeat of the Club Award and has now gone on to win the national award at the heart of world cricket at Lord's. Alison is the secretary of Fishlake Cricket Club and is the daughter of Ray and Josie Bee. Older residents will remember her grandfather who was a churchwarden in the 1960s.

A short service of Remembrance will be held on Thursday,1 st November at 7 pm in Saint Cuthbert's for the bereaved. 

A children's workshop will be held on Friday, 2 November in the Village Hall between 10 a.m. and 11.30 am. Primary school children ( and younger ) will be making poppies and other items to be included in the displays for Remembrance Sunday. This is organised by Saint Cuthbert's church.

Jenny Palmer will be opening Fishlake Playgroup in the Village Hall between 9.30 and 11 am on Friday, 2 November.

Bonfire Night will be celebrated with  fireworks on Saturday, 3 November at the Cricket and Bowls Club. The gates will open at 5 pm, the bonfire will be lit at 6.30 pm and the fireworks will start at 7 o'clock.Tickets for adults cost £2, children's tickets £1 and children under five go in free. 29/10/2018

STORM CALLUM's passage through the village was marked by huge quantities of leaves falling on gardens and roads. The year is marching on with darker nights coming. White frosts have arrived in the morning and holly trees full of red  berries are in winter mode.

The bad news this week has been the theft of lead from the south side of the parish church between 1 am and 3.20 /4.15 am on Tuesday, 16 October. Residents are asked to report any information to the Neighbourhood Watch and the police.

Villagers have received letters from Northern Powergrid informing them that the electricity supply  will be turned off for seven and a half hours ( from 9 am till 4.30 pm) on Friday, 26 October as Northern Powergrid needs to clear some overhanging trees and vegetation which has grown too close to overhead power lines. Fountains Forestry will be carrying out the work.

The Village Quiz in the Village Hall on Friday, 12 October raised £321 for Village Hall funds ( the sum includes £165 from the raffle). Devised by Pam Pyatt the quiz was won by the Deal or No Neil ( sic) team which includes Allen and Yvette Hodges, Don and Sandra Turner and Doug and Maureen White.The pies for supper were made by Anne Blogg.

Some residents were awoken by fireworks at 3.45 am The previous night a carload of people had been travelling round neighbouring villages setting off fireworks in the middle of the night.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Wendy Brownbridge with Margaret Shepherd sweeping the board in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday. 

Can anyone help with Dowsethorpe, the old name for Sykehouse. When was it used and why did it change?

Residents are looking forward to an Eighties Night on Saturday, 20 October in the Old Anchor Inn with drink deals, music, nibbles and fancy dress. 22/10/2018

TICKETS for this year's pantomime, 'Cinderella' are on sale. The production by Fishlake Drama Group will run from Wednesday, 5 till Saturday, 8 December.The bar will open at 6.15 pm with the curtain rising at 7.15. The tickets cost £7 for adults and £5 for children. They may be obtained from Joy Chaffer on 01302 351218.

The History Society met on Wednesday to hear Denis Wilcock  reminisce about his very clear memories of the village during and after the Second World War. He came to the village as a boy of twelve in 1939, married his wife Freda ( from Dumfries) in 1949 and worked at Dunstan's shipyard in Thorne. The next meeting will be held on 14 November when the topic will be 'Keels and Sloops in Stainforth and Thorne' with Brian Peeps describing the days of sail.

Fishlake Keep Fit Club will be limbering up on Tuesday, 16 at 10 am and Fishlake Coffee Club will meet on Thursday, 18 October at 2 pm.

The Parish Council met for its monthly meeting on Tuesday, 9 October. Twelve members of the public were present to hear DMBC official, Ian Wrigglesworth, answer questions about the perennial problem of fly-tipping and the length of time it takes to remove rubbish. Since April 2018 there have been one hundred and twenty three reports of fly-tipping in the parish of Fishlake. A flashing road sign showing car speeds  has been erected on Hay Green and will move to other locations in the village.

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

Booked in to the Village Hall on Saturday, 12 was a party of scouts from Sprotbrough. The scouts, aged from ten and a half to fourteen, were on a Scout Night Hike and were starting the evening at Thorne Methodist Church before navigating their way along the route to Fishlake Village Hall which  was to act as their soup kitchen and then returning to Thorne for the night. Waiting in the Village Hall was their scout leader, David Chaffer, who had organised the event. 15/10/2018

 

AN ANNOUNCEMENT has been made saying that the UCI ( The International Cycling Union)  Road World Championship is coming to Yorkshire in 2019 and will be passing through Thorne and Hatfield.

The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club in September were Lynne Williamson, Janet Cleghorn and Eddie Beaglehole.

Last week saw variations in the weather with our first frosts of the season. Walking along the Twichell one evening away from the street lights I noticed the starry skies above where countless stars waited to be discovered. I was taken back to  a sight which must have been commonplace for our ancestors.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Margaret Shepherd with Malcolm Hayes fighting his way to the top on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn.

The parish council will meet at 7.15 pm in the Village Hall on Tuesday, 9 October.

Fishlake History Society will meet for its monthly meeting at 7 pm in the Village Hall on Wednesday,10 October. The highlight of the evening will be a conversation with Denis Wilcock with a chance to learn from his memories of a lifetime in Fishlake.

Friday, 12 October will see the quarterly village quiz held in the Village Hall from 7 pm. Tickets cost £5 and must ( for catering purposes ) be bought in advance from Mo. White or the members of the committee. Pie and peas will be served.

Doncaster's Cast Theatre will present 'The Last Seam' , written by Garry Lyons who has written many programmes for the BBC. It will be performed at the Central Club in Stainforth at 7 pm on Sunday, 14 October. The theme is local people's memories of the miners' strike. 08/10/2018

 

FISHLAKE Festival Committee has given  a grant of £150 to the parish church to help with its commemoration of the centenary of the end of the First World War in November.

Fishlake Playgroup will meet on Monday , 1st October in the Village Hall.

Tuesday, 2 October sees the performance of Jeremy Fletcher's play, 'Communicate' , at Cast in Doncaster on the subject of bereavement.

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

Watch out for the new metal sign at the Village Hall.

Fishlake's quarterly village quiz will be held on 12 October in the Village Hall at 7.30 pm. Tickets cost £5 and must be bought in advance. The ticket includes pie and peas.

Posters are beginning to appear for this year's Bonfire Night at the Cricket and Bowls Club on Pinfold Lane, Fishlake, DN7 5LB on Saturday, 3rd November. The gates will open at 5 pm , the bonfire will be lit at 6.30 pm and the fireworks will start at 7 pm. Tickets for adults will cost £2, children's tickets will cost £1 and children under five will go in free.For more information please contact Phil. Wood on 01405 469274. 01/10/2018

 

STORM Bronagh blew into Fishlake at the very end of summer, blowing down a willow tree on Trundle Lane and throwing gallons of water onto the village.

Monday, 24 September at 6 pm will see a licensing service in Saint Cuthbert's for the Rev. Paul Mellars to be led by the archdeacon. For Mr Mellors this will mark the beginning of the final year of his curacy.

Advance warning is given for a '50s and '60s theme night at 8 pm on 27 October in the Village Hall. Tickets, which cost £7, may be obtained from Mo. White and Dorothy Whitehead. The evening will feature the Band With No Name which has a new member, Allen Hodges. The proceeds are to be shared between Children In Need and the Village Hall.

The theme of the Women's Institute's meeting at 7pm on Thursday, 27 September will be the Sweet '50s.

Villager, Jeremy Fletcher's three actor play, 'Communicate', will be performed at Doncaster's Cast Theatre on 2 October. The play will be on the subject of bereavement and last for an hour and a quarter.

One of the mourners at Doctor Hall's funeral was Martin Chuzzlewit Cook who lived on Hay Green in the 1950s and '60s. Since then he has been living in France and then Halifax. 24/09/2018

 

FAMILIES will be pleased to hear that Fishlake Cricket and Bowls Club is bringing back its bonfire on Saturday, 3 November along with an impressive firework display.( Should there be inclement weather the bonfire will be held on Monday, 5 November). New blood in the Cricket Club has meant new volunteers to organise the event which  is the biggest fund raising event of the year.

Sadly, Iris Illman has passed away on the day after her ninety-eighth birthday.She was the daughter of Hubert (Tiny) and Lucy Silvester,the wife of John Illman and the mother of Jeff and the late Robert. She bred and loved horses--one of which was bought by Buckingham Palace for the Trooping of the Colour. She also leaves grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her funeral will take place in Saint Cuthbert's at 12 noon on Tuesday, 18 September.

Fishlake Parish Council met on 11 September after its August break. A member of the public raised the contentious issue of lorries coming through the village outside permitted hours and the build-up of straw on village roads. The parish council has raised the issue of straw blocking drains in the village on a number of occasions. a member of the public questioned the need to fell the cherry tree on the Landing; it was explained that it was cut down after advice from DMBC's tree officer and a qualified tree surgeon that it was a danger to the public having lost a major limb owing to die-back and a major fungal infection. PCSO Wilson attended the meeting to ask villagers to look out for vehicles involved in lamping in Fishlake. Early on 11 September he carried out radar speed checks on Trundle Lane. Fishlake's young footballers, the Fishlake Falcons, were given a grant of £50 to help with their expenses. DMB Councillor Austen White reported on the situation with the recently re-opened Stainforth Bridge, saying that DMBC hopes to recover the cost of repairs from the insurance of the owners of the combined harvester involved in the incident. The parish council has asked DMBC to review weight limits and through routes in the village with an aim to protect villagers' homes and rural businesses including farmers. The parish council invites interested parties to contact any parish councillor to reinstate a Playing Field Committee as potentially significant funding is available for repairs and development. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, 9 October at 7.15 pm in the Village Hall.

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

Coming up at 6 pm on Sunday, 23 September is Saint Cuthbert's harvest festival which will also be an opportunity to meet the new vicar, Rev. Paul Mellars. The service will take the form of a 'songs of praise' with people requesting favourite harvest hymns via members of the parochial church council.The service will be followed by hot hog rolls.

Fishlake History Society held its annual general meeting on 12 September. The committee was re-elected and joined by Stephen Cook.The society had has a successful year and plans were made for the future. Later the group learnt that houses on Hay Green were originally only built on one side of the road facing south. Houses were not added on the other side until the twentieth century. Members named figures on old photographs of the village including people watching the first sod being dug for Pinfold Gardens at the beginning of the 1950s. 17/09/2018

 

Glorious September sunshine provided an excellent backdrop to the celebrations. The morning was spent on junior cricket coaching, followed by the presentation of Junior Cricket Awards. The afternoon saw a 20/20 match between a Yorkshire Cricket Association XI and a Fishlake Cricket Club XI

Five players from the team that played Fenwick back in 1968 enjoyed meeting old colleagues. Dennis Bee, Terry Nash, Brian Rudkin, Peter Trimingham and John Waite witnessed a close contest fifty years on. Yorkshire scored 165 from their 20 overs with Sam Drewery scoring a quickfire 39 including five 6s and Gareth Davies with 28 before retiring. The pick of Fishlake’s bowlers were Richard Copley with 2 for 18 and Keith Bee with 1 for 28. Fishlake’s reply was based on an excellent partnership between Mark Trimingham with 48 and Josh Mason with 40, despite a fighting knock from skipper Tim Elliot Fishlake fell 4 short of victory.

Recently, the Old Butcher's Cafe has started to serve take-aways and the Café Bleu has been colonised by cyclists on their way through our beautiful flat countryside. Congratulations to Louise from the Old Butcher's Café on her wedding to Andrew Holling.

Fishlake's last postmistress, Judith Taylor and her husband Trevor, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on 7 September.

To see a tour of Fishlake go to Walks About Britain---Fishlake, S. Yorks on your computer and view a short programme made a few years ago. The film is now on Youtube.

Tuesday, 11 September is the date for the first parish council meeting after their summer break. They have invited a representative of the Environment Agency to discuss concerns about potential flooding.

Fishlake History Society will meet after its summer break at 7 pm on Wednesday, 12 September in the Village Hall. Come along and enjoy a visual presentation of the photographs and people on our website. Who were the people and why were the photographs taken?

 The society is appealing for photographs related to the Great War.

The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club in August were 1) Christine Robinson, 2) Carol Todd and 3)Sheila Greenhall. 

The Women's Institute would like to thank the Monday Club for installing a bench purchased to mark the centenary of the organisation.

Sadly, the village has lost Dr. John Hall at the age of 77. He was based at the Field Road Surgery in Stainforth and gained a reputation as a caring and conscientious doctor. He loved music, theatre and films and has lived for many years on Hay Green with his wife Anne and their family.The funeral mass will take place on Tuesday, 11 September at 2 pm in Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church in Stainforth.

The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds was Carole Smith whilst the winner on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn was Marylyn Fox.

THE GOOD news this week is the appointment of a new vicar for Fishlake. An opportunity to meet the Rev.Paul Mellors will  be at 9.30 am on Sunday, 23 September when he will preside at Holy Communion in Saint Cuthbert's and later that day  he will lead the parish church's harvest festival at 6 pm. The service will be followed by hot hog rolls!  Mr Mellors is going to be an extremely busy man as he will also be Vicar of Stainforth, Vicar of Sykehouse, Rector of Kirk Bramwith along with Fenwick and Moss. Eventually  he will be living in Stainforth Vicarage. He has come from his curacy in Hoyland.

The good news about Stainforth Bridge is that DMBC hopes to have the bridge repaired and open soon and has vastly improved the signage showing the alternate routes.

Marie Foster won the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds whilst Margaret Shepherd won the excellent Yorkshire quiz in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday. Sadly, one of the quiz goers ran over a badger along the Nab  on his way home. Road kill is sometimes our only judge of wildlife in an area.

Villagers will notice the new sign which  has gone up next to the gate to the home of Mr and Mrs Bull at the Old School.The sign says Old School --endowed 1641--when it was one of the first three endowed schools in Yorkshire. The other date on the school is in the brickwork of the second classroom which was added in 1874 after the Education Act of 1870. 03/09/2018

CELEBRATING fifty years of the Cricket Club on Sunday, 2 September will be members, residents and guests with music, food and drink and  children's activities including coaching throughout the day from 10 am. The highlight of the day will be a cricket match when Fishlake takes on the rest of the world ( well, the rest of Yorkshire---or is that the same thing?) from 1.30 pm.

Work on Stainforth Bridge is continuing but visitors to the village are being led astray by poor or non-existent sign posting. People who do not know the easiest route through South and Kirk Bramwith  are ending up in Moss.

Sadly, the village has lost Justine Bassindale at the age of 47. She bred dogs and loved riding Arabian horses.

A date for your diaries is Friday, 12 October when the Grand Autumn Village Quiz will be held at 7 pm in the Village Hall. Tickets which include pie and peas will cost five pounds. Teams should consist of six members.Village quizzes are great fun and the questions range across many topics.The proceeds help the Village Hall survive.

The Village Hall is not organising a Hallowe'en party this year but that should not stop any other body or organisation from stepping in. They are very popular.

Margaret Shepherd won the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday and Marylyn Fox was victorious on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn. 27/08/2018

WORK has  started on the repairs of Stainforth Bridge, our major link with the outside world. It is still possible to walk across to gain access to the doctors' surgery, the barber's, the baker's or to Pippins. The closure of the bridge, which  necessitates traffic ( including the emergency services)  being diverted via Kirk Bramwith, has meant a five week closure which  is just a legal minimum and should be much shorter. 

The town of Stainforth is named after the crossing with the name meaning 'stony ford'.

There is no Coffee Club in August.

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

Sunday, 2 September sees the Cricket Club celebrate its golden anniversary with a 20/20 match featuring Fishlake versus the Yorkshire Cricket Association starting at 1.30 pm. Past players are asked to get in touch with the club or members to meet up with old team mates.

The parish council's notice board outside the Village Hall has been vandalised with the glass broken.

A Fifties and Sixties' Night is to be held in the Village Hall on  6 October at 8 pm to raise funds for Children In Need and for the Village Hall. Entertainment will be provided by the Band With No Name, period costumes are optional and tickets cost £7 with refreshments provided. 20/08/2018

 

THE WINNER of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Jeremy Foster with Marylyn Fox claiming the honours on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn.

Coming up soon will be the Women's Institute's visit to the Crown Derby Potteries with a meeting planned for 7 pm on 27 September when the speaker will describe the sweet 50s and the competition will take the form of making a homemade sweet.

The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club in July were 1) Eve Atherfold, 2) Liz Ozanne and 3) Christopher Purcell.The 100 Club contributed £505 to the Parish Church Restoration Fund over the last year.

Saint Cuthbert's is planning to serve hot hog rolls after this year's Harvest Festival service on Sunday, 26 September.The service will take the form of a hymns of praise service . The congregation may ask members of the PCC in advance for favourite hymns.

This year sees the centenary of the armistice which ended the First World War. Ladies in Fishlake are already knitting poppies to make a display on hessian hangings and a net hanging from the pulpit in the parish church from 1st November for a month. The poppies will be part of a display of artefacts, memorabilia and photographs about the Great War The collections from the services will go to the Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.

Following the sun's heat and rays over the last two months blackberries are ripe several weeks early.

A vehicle hit Stainforth Bridge on Monday destroying part of the parapet. The bridge is a listed building which  will be expensive to repair as it will entail a diver seeking fallen stones in the river and possibly new stones. At the moment the bridge is restricted to 2.5 metre (8 feet) width traffic but repairs will start this week and the road will be closed although pedestrian crossings will continue. A detour will be signposted via Kirk Bramwith. 13/08/2018

IT IS now many years since the answer to the question "Where are you spending your holidays?" was "Fishlake Sands". Since then villagers have travelled across the British Isles, to the Continent and to ever more exotic locations.

Villagers have been comparing the month long drought in July with the summer of 1976. Butterflies have enjoyed the hot weather, especially the Cabbage Whites so far.

Too much cloud prevented villagers from witnessing the much heralded blood  moon on 27 July.

Fishlake's playgroup will meet in the Village Hall at 9.30 am on Monday, 6 August.

Sykehouse Show on 5 August will see Fishlake Drama Group taking a stall to dress up as characters to promote this year's pantomime, Cinderella. 

Sadly, the village has lost Jane Burrows, aged 57, the wife of Rt. Rev. Peter Burrows , the Bishop of Doncaster. Mrs Burrows was a member of Fishlake Village Choir. Her funeral will be held in Doncaster Minster.

The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Marylyn Fox whilst the winner on Thursday was Susan Hayes.

Local resident, Jeremy Fletcher,  has written another play,"Communicate", which will be premiered at 'Cast' on 2 October before going on tour across the country. The play addresses the effects of bereavement and grief and deals with the importance of talking about how you feel and not letting your past determine your future.The play will be performed by three professional actors in the round and will last for 75 minutes. If people from the village use the code 'Fishlake' they will receive a 50% discount on the normal ticket price. The link to the show is www.castindoncaster.com/Event/communicate  06/08/2018

 

PARCHED grass and constant sunshine were features of the hottest day of the year, so far,on 26 July when thunder clouds arrived and the month long drought broke with a huge downpour which was repeated the next morning.

11 July saw the History Society's open meeting clash with one of the World Cup matches. However the society managed to put on displays, project old photographs onto walls and to show the public its website whilst answering questions about the village's past.

The Bowls Club celebrated its first thirty years on 21 July with speeches, supper and entertainment from the Band With No Name.

Ladies left the Women's Institute meeting on Thursday in pouring rain after hearing a fascinating talk from the housekeeper of Chatsworth House.

July's meeting of Fishlake Parish Council took place under the chairmanship of Cllr. John Waite and learnt that DMBC has successfully applied for a licence to move and enhance the 30 mph signs on approaches to the village. A representative of the Environment Agency will attend the September meeting of the parish council to address concerns over the safety of the river bank at the Nab end of Plumtree Lane and the necessary repairs to the riverbank south of Doncaster House ( the old vicarage).Similarly, the council is especially interested in the Environment Agency's longer term plans for the river flood bank area. 

The Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator, Cllr. Peter Trimingham, reported that in terms of crimes, logged with the police, it had been a relatively quiet month . 74 vehicles went through a PCSO radar trap on Sour Lane and 17 were over the speed limit. DMBC is collecting speed data from a recording device on Sour Lane, this is intended to provide further evidence for measures to reduce speeding. 

The next meeting of the parish council will be held on Tuesday, 11 September at 7.15 pm in the Village Hall.

Margaret Shepherd won the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds whilst Sheila Hill won in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday.

Our neighbours in Sykehouse will be holding their 133rd village and agricultural show on Sunday, 5 August.It is always worth a visit. If only we had something similar in Fishlake.

Fishlake's Keep Fit Group's Summer Event is to take place at the Cricket and Bowls Club on Tuesday, 7 August between 10 and 11.30 am and will feature a walk which could take the form of jogging, running, a pram push, and/ or playing games. Tickets cost £3 for adults and £1 for children  will include refreshments and may be obtained from Lynne on 841293, Mary on 845993 or Jane on 844687.

Anniversaries are coming thick and fast this year with Fishlake Cricket Club celebrating its golden anniversary on Sunday, 2 September with a 20/20 match of Fishlake versus the Yorkshire Cricket Association starting at 1.30 pm. The club is appealing for past players to get in touch with the club  or members to meet old team members. 30/07/2018

 

DAY AFTER DAY of hot weather sees Fishlake's gardeners out watering their plants under a cloudless sky.

Fishlake Village Choir presented its Concert of Summer Music in the parish church on 30 June with a medley of songs ranging from Leonard Bernstein, Simon and Garfunkel to Rogers and Hammerstein. The hand bell ringers performed 'Grandfather Clock' and 'Onward Christian Soldiers' whilst John Marsden, complete with his BEM medal, conducted and led the choir.The evening had a grand finale of 'Jerusalem' which  the audience loved. John Marsden appealed for new members of all ages to join by ringing Wendy Brownbridge on 842450. The guest musician this year was Matthew Pitts who played the organ and the keyboard to produce ragtime numbers.

Farmers have been busy for some time harvesting in daylight hours. It will be interesting to learn what this year's yields are.

4 July might mean Independence Day for the Americans but for Fishlake's over sixties this year it meant an outing to Whitby courtesy of the parish council.The group halted for refreshments in the picture postcard village of Thornton-le- Dale with its thatched cottage, inviting cafes and fascinating motor museum. Once in Whitby the trippers noticed the steam train waiting in the station. One tripper quickly bought a ticket and was seen hopping aboard before the train pulled out on its way up the beautiful Esk valley on its way to the purple heather clad North York Moors. Others enjoyed fish and chips before embarking on a sea trip from the harbour. Some walked along the beach to Sandsend whilst others spotted the flags of our Antipodean cousins flying from the Captain Cook Memorial Museum on Grape Street with its huge wickerwork kangaroo in the garden and popped in to see the exhibition celebrating the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Captain Cook's first voyage Down Under. Returning to the coach to  be counted by Cllr and Mrs Waite we learnt that the police had 'phoned to say  that two of our number would not be returning with us as they  were now in the care of Whitby hospital. Next year's excursion is booked for 3 July and the destination will be Scarborough.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and hounds was Doug White with Pam Pyatt winning in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday. 

Members of the Village Hall Committee have been decorating the Village Hall. Doug White and Jeremy Foster have been spotted painting the doors.

Fishlake Parish Council will meet on Tuesday, 10 July at 7.15 pm in the Village Hall. Meanwhile for anyone curious about the village's past the History Society will be holding a welcome meeting on Wednesday, 11 July in the Village Hall where it will present old photographs projected onto the walls, displays and answer questions about the society's activities.

The ladies of the Women's Institute are planning a visit to the Crown Derby Potteries on Tuesday, 14 August. 06/07/2018

FISHLAKE HONEY is produced by Stuart Twell and is on sale at the Old Butcher's Cafe. The word is that locally made honey helps fight hay fever.

Saint George's flag is flying proudly from the flagpole on the Landing showing Fishlake's support for the national team as they battle their way in the World Cup in Russia.

Be aware that Jubilee Bridge will be closed from 7 am till 4 pm on 6 and 7 July.

Unfortunately, the Little Theatre cabaret night on 5 July has been cancelled owing to a lack of support. Let us hope that this is not a sign of things to come that he Little Theatre will not think we are not interested in its efforts to bring theatre to the countryside.

Margaret Shepherd won the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday whilst Marylyn Fox won on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn.

The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club for June 2018 were: 1) Muriel Benford, 2) Eve Atherfold and 3) Pat Holgate.

Saint Cuthbert's has acquired ten beautiful wooden chairs to supplement seating for the choir and to be used for coffee mornings. A new altar cloth with a beautiful lace frontage has been donated to Saint Cuthbert's by Brenda Grafton.

The next meeting of Fishlake History Society will take place on Wednesday, 11 July at 7 pm in the Village Hall. The evening will include photographs of Fishlake's fascinating history and visual displays in the large room of the Village Hall. a donation of only £1 towards costs would be welcome. Have you seen the website  www.fishlakehistorysociety.uk ?

Fishlake's Women's Institute invites you to an open meeting on Thursday, 26 July. It is entitled Chatsworth-a housekeeper's tale and will take place at 7 pm in the Village Hall. Non-members will be charged £3 which will include wine and nibbles. All are welcome. 02/07/2018

LONG, warm sunny days have come and with them cloudless skies. Summer is here ! Lynn Buxton was featured in last week's Free Press having volunteered to help visitors to Doncaster Royal Infirmary for many years. Finding one's way inside DRI without help can sometimes be difficult in the maze of corridors.

Fishlake Coffee Club will be visiting the Crown Garden Centre for lunch on Thursday. The garden centre is on the A19 north of Askern.

Sadly, news has reached us that former resident John Kitching has passed away after a battle with cancer. John followed his father Jack as landlord of the Hare and Hounds.He was the brother of Maureen, Jacqueline and Lorna and the son of Jack and Nellie. He leaves a son.

The winner of the raffle, the jackpot and the quiz in the Hare and Hound on Tuesday was Margaret Shepherd with Hilary Simpson claiming the honour of quiz winner on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn.

Congratulations to George Chaffer, grandson of David and Joy, who plays hockey for the North East of England and has been selected for the British Lions Under 13 Hockey Team.  

Fishlake Village Choir will perform its summer concert in Saint Cuthbert's on Saturday, 30 June at 7 pm. 

A meeting will be held at 1 pm on Thursday, 28 June  in Saint Cuthbert's to plan for a special display to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War in November.   

Fishlake's Women's Institute will meet on Thursday, 28 June in the Cricket and Bowls Club for a games evening with guests from Mexborough. The evening will be followed by a bring and share supper.25/06/2018

Congratulations to Ian and Suzy Knott's son, Jonathan, aged 49, who has taken part in the Warrior Games in Colorado Springs in the USA where he gained two silver medals for Great Britain in June 2018 in the recumbent cycle events. Jonathan was invalided out of the RAF.

Margaret Shepherd won the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds with Malcolm Hayes winning on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn.

Was in Louth in Lincolnshire last week and saw one cafe luring in customers with its competition for the word of the week. The word was 'causey' which is a pavement or footpath. There is an idea here for Fishlake's cafes which could enticed customers with their Yorkshire word of the week.

The History Society met on Wednesday, 13 June and listened to an account of Haywood Church by Rev. Eve Atherfold. Rev. Yate Allen, vicar of Haywood, was taken into custody by the police in 1939 and interned on the Isle of Man because of his sympathies for National Socialism in Germany.

Coming up on Thursday, 28 June at 1 pm in Saint Cuthbert's church will be a poppy meeting to prepare for this November 's centenary of the end of the First World War.

Meanwhile on Saturday, 30 June Fishlake Village Choir will present its summer concert at 7 pm in the parish church. 18/06/2018

 

HONEYSUCKLE is in flower in gardens and on the hedgerows.The Nearly New sale in the Village Hall raised £1414 on Saturday morning, which is a good two hundred pounds more than previous years. A queue of people waited outside for the doors to open. Sheila Hill from the Village Hall Committee would like to thank everyone who helped, gave or bought to raise this marvellous amount. One side effect was that the church coffee morning doubled its takings thanks to the extra customers.

Welcome to Mr and Mrs Knol who have travelled from Auckland in New Zealand and are staying in Grove Road for six weeks.

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

Coming up this week we have a meeting of the parish council on Tuesday, 12 June at 7.15 pm in the Village Hall. Wednesday, 13 will see the monthly meeting of the History Society which will focus its attention on All Saints' Church , Haywood. It will answer questions on why it was built in the middle of nowhere, what the connection was between the vicar and the Nazis and where do bees come into this.All are welcome.

A date for your diaries is 'A Summer Extravaganza' in the Village Hall on 5 July at 7.30 pm Tickets cost £5 and may be obtained from Mo. White on 01302 843673. The evening will feature numbers from the Little Theatre's recent cabarets: 'All That Jazz', 'The Rhythm of Life' and 'Choo, Choo, Ch' Boogie'. 11/06/2018

 

SATURDAY, 26 May's barbecue at the Hare and Hounds saw £648 raised for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance with a hog roast and later live music. The pig was donated by the Goldthorpe family.

As June starts wild roses are in flower in the hedgerows.

The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club for May were Elaine Rowan, Dorothy Whitehead and Eileen Purcell.

The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Allen Hodges whilst the winner of Thursday's quiz in the Old Anchor Inn was Pam Pyatt.

Monday, 4 June sees the playgroup meet at 9.30 am in the Village Hall. The session will last until 11 am.

Last week's question about how the Japanese deal with Japanese knotweed has been answered this week by two national newspapers. It seems they cook and eat the tender young shoots.

The annual Nearly New Sale is being held on Saturday, 9 June from 10 am in the Village Hall. Entry is 20 pence. All proceeds will go towards the upkeep of the Village Hall.

The next meeting of the Women's Institute will take place on Thursday, 28 June at the Cricket and Bowls Club when a group of ladies from Mexborough will attend for a games evening and a bring and share supper.

Earlier that day at one o' clock in the parish church a meeting is to be held to discuss poppies and the centenary of the end of the First World War which falls in November. 04/06/2018

LAST WEEK'S royal butty morning at the parish church during the royal wedding raised £260 for Christian Aid.

Has anyone lost a white cat with a few black marks ? One has been begging for food at Far Bank in Fishlake for a week  or so. Please contact Sue. Marshall.

Once again Japanese knotweed is flourishing in colonies near Jubilee Bridge in spite of DMBC's repeated  efforts to poison them. It makes you wonder how they cope in Japan with this pernicious weed.

Will Holling from Fishlake played rugby for Yorkshire at Twickenham on 6 May and is now heading for the Gold Coast ( the site of this year's Commonwealth Games) in Queensland, Australia for four months.Will will be able to catch up with his uncle who lives in Australia.His grandfather , Malcolm Greenslade , would have been very proud.

Enjoying our spring, a family from New Zealand is spending six weeks in the village to visit the region.

The winner of the quiz in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday  was Jan Threadgold. 

The organisers of the jumble sale on Saturday, 9 June will be present every morning from 10 am on Wednesday 6, Thursday 7 and Friday 8 to receive items for sale in the Village Hall.

Fishlake Cricket and Bowls Club is celebrating the bowls club's thirtieth anniversary this year. Former members are wanted for a reunion. The anniversary event will be held from 4.30 pm on Saturday, 21 July. Please contact Les. Wodcke on 07789727884 for further details or e-mail fishlakebowlsclub@gmail.com 

Join Doncaster Ramblers on Wednesday, 30 May in Fishlake and two further walks on 1st June ( Fishlake and Barnby Dun-Bramwith Lock). See www.doncasterramblers.org/festivalwalks for more information.28/05/18

THE ROYAL FAMILY was the focus for Fishlake's attention this week. Tuesday saw Jeremy Fletcher and his wife Carolyn from the village travelling to Buckingham Palace for the first garden party of the year hosted by the Queen. Jeremy is a civil servant who is also  a playwright and a charity fund raiser. Present along with the Queen were Princes Andrew and Edward as well as Sophie Wessex. The guests watched the Yeomen of the Guard march past in glorious sunshine. The same sun which  shone on Windsor for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding also shone in Fishlake where many villagers watched the wedding on large screens erected in the parish church and at the Old Butcher's Cafe which was decked with red, white and blue bunting as were some villagers' gardens. The union jack flew proudly over the Landing as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex left church.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday was Jeremy Foster with Hilary Simpson winning on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn.

Coming up this week the Keep Fitters will be meeting at 10 am on Tuesday, 22 in the Village Hall. Thursday, 24 May will see the members of Fishlake Coffee Club meet at 2 pm in the Village Hall and on the same evening the Women's Institute will meet at 7 pm in the Village Hall to hear about the making of the book 'Black Diamond'. 

Red hawthorn trees , planted by the parish council, are in bloom and contrast well with the white mayflower on the hedgerows.21/05/18

 

FOR THE second week running a major sporting event came to the village on Tuesday, 8 May. This time it was the quintessentially English activity of cricket when the Yorkshire Over Sixties played Cheshire on the wonderful pitch of Fishlake Cricket Club.Cheshire,who batted first, won with 186 for 5 whilst Yorkshire were 118 for 6 on a day which was perfect for the game.

Wednesday, 9 May saw the arrival of the Stainforth Jewel in the village when Peter Robinson, Curator of Doncaster Museum, came to address Fishlake History Society in the Village Hall.With the help of slides he explained how the Stainforth Jewel might have come to Stainforth and how it originated in the Frankish kingdom possibly at the time of the emperor Charlemagne.

Unusually for a bank holiday thermometers gave a reading of 27 degrees Celsius on Monday,7 May.This went some way towards making us forget the long wet winter. Fields outside the village are now a patchwork of yellow oilseed rape with fields edged by hedgerows in bloom with mayflower.

Fishlake Parish Council met on 8 May. Cllr. John Waite was re-elected as chairman and a resident complained about people parking on pavements and dumping litter.The council is still pursuing with DMBC the idea of flashing 30 mph signs at the entrances to the village.The Tour de Yorkshire proved to be a great spectacle and several residents commented on the excellent response from DMBC  and wished that that level of service could continue. Residents were congratulated by the parish council on their welcome and decorations for the cyclists.The Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator said that reported crime had been relatively quiet over the month. There had been minor road traffic accidents, a police chase and ongoing complaints about speeding. The flood wardens and the parish council are still waiting for a reply to the clerk's letter expressing concerns about the safety of the river bank at the Nab end of Plumtree Lane . The next council meeting will take place at 7.15 pm on Tuesday, 12 June.

The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Margaret Shepherd with Joy Chaffer winning on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn. Meanwhile, elsewhere, Dossie Croucher won the jackpot at the Coffee Club.

Saturday,19 May sees the return of the weekly bacon butty mornings in the parish church from 10 till 11.30 am.

Last month's speaker at the Women's Institute was Michael, a very entertaining speaker, who has worked as a butler for the Queen, the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret. The next meeting will take place on 24 May at 7 pm.when the topic for discussion will be the making of the book Black Diamond.

Doncaster Ramblers will be visiting Fishlake on Wednesday, 30 May and will be organising a walk from Fishlake to Bramwith Lock on 1st June as part of the Ramblers' Walking Festival. For more information visit: www.doncasterramblers.org/festivalwalks 

The playgroup will be meeting up from 9.30 till 11 am on Monday, 4 June in the Village Hall.

A date for your diaries is 9 June when the Village Hall will be holding its annual Nearly New Sale.  14/05/18

 

ACTIVITY started early on the day. Dustbins were emptied before eight o'clock and last minute bunting was hung with council vehicles checking the potholes for the last time before the roads were closed to make way for the police, outriders and finally the peleton of women cyclists rushing into the village from Sykehouse. Knots of villagers waited by their gates while the cafes had placed seats outside for excited villagers craning their necks for a good view of the sportswomen. Houses from Fosterhouses to Main Street were trimmed to welcome the arrival of the Tour with yellow and blue bicycles and bunting. Some of the publicity cars seemed to have been left over from the Grand Départ of the Tour de France as they had their instructions written in French. Normally we go elsewhere for big sporting events. This time one had come to us. During the afternoon a party atmosphere reigned along with sunshine as the village waited for the arrival of the men's race at tea time with people popping in and out of the cafes and pubs and a guitarist playing live music at the Old Butcher's.The 3 May will stay in our memories.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Graham Arnold with Hilary Simpson claiming victory on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn.

The members of the Coffee Club went for lunch in the Old Butcher's Cafe on Thursday.

Elected on 3 May was Dan Jarvis from the Labour and Co-operative Parties as mayor of the new Sheffield City Region which includes Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and Barnsley.

The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club for April were : 1) Val. Geoghegan, 2) Ruth Pridham and 3) Ann Fogg.

Rev. Eve Atherfold's 'Jars of Change' Lent Appeal 2018 raised  £138.10 for Wateraid.

Last week's story of the lost Rottweiler puppy Elsa has had a happy ending. She has been reunited with her owners.

Fishlake Parish Council meets on Tuesday, 8 May at 7.15 pm in the Village Hall.

Residents are warned that Stainforth Bridge will be closed from 9 am until 5 pm on Wednesday, 9 May.

Wednesday, 9 May will also see the next meeting of Fishlake History Society at 7 pm in the Village Hall when the guest speaker, Peter Robinson, from Doncaster Museum, will address the gathering on the Stainforth Jewel which has shone light on our knowledge of the Dark Ages.

Following a successful Spring Flower Show and ahead of its appearance at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, Garden Blooms Nursery in Fosterhouses, will be having an open weekend on Saturday, 12th and Sunday, 13 May from 11 am until 4 pm Lots of unusual perennial plants will be on sale as well as refreshments and cakes. 07/05/18

IN A YEAR of superlatives the biggest sporting event in Fishlake's history will arrive in the village on 3 May.The long awaited Tour de Yorkshire will pass through the village in two peletons on Thursday. Ladies first just before lunch time and men around tea time. Posters, banners and bunting will appear over the next few days from the newly refurbished Cricket and Bowls Club to the cafes and pubs. The parish church will also be opening up for teas, coffees and chat.

The village decided to celebrate Saint George's weekend last week. Saint George's flags flew and a Vintage Afternoon Tea was held in the Village Hall on Saturday. Fifty-eight people attended and the consensus of opinion was that the occasion was wonderful with entertainment in the form of nostalgic songs from Graham Arnold.The event raised £400 which will be shared between the Village Hall Committee, the Thursday Coffee Club and the Keep Fitters. Sunday saw a bouncy castle and stalls appear behind the Anchor for a family fun day. The event raised £246 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, the official partner of the Tour de Yorkshire. Emily Pickersgill has thanked stall holders and everyone who baked or worked on the day. The raffle winners were Nicky Hill,Judith Parish, Sandra Kennedy, Mark Chappell, Ray Barker, Lesley Rumney and Guy and Danielle.

Just in time for the expected guests for the Tour the parish council has reprinted its Heritage Trail leaflets and they are now available in the pubs and cafes.

The winner of the quiz last Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds was Wendy Brownbridge with Jan Threadgold claiming the honour in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday.

Posters have appeared in the village appealing for the return of a Rottweiler puppy named Elsa who ran away along the river bank between Jubilee Bridge and the pumping station. She is micro chipped and wears a black webbing collar. A reward of £300 is offered. The owner's name is Rob and he may be contacted on 07702759873.

Tuesday, 1 May will see villagers meet outside the Village Hall at 10 am to join the Keep Fitters on their walk around the village.

Owing to the Tour on Thursday the polling station for the Sheffield City Region mayoral election is being moved from the Village Hall to a mobile unit at the junction of Trundle Lane and Far Bank.

Friday from 9.30 to 11 am will see the new Fishlake Playgroup meet in the Village Hall. 30/04/18

 

CONGRATULATIONS to Doris Nichols' granddaughter, Hannah Shaw, who took silver along with the rest of the England Basketball Team in the Commonwealth Games in Australia last week. 

Friday night saw Fishlake Village Choir visit Tickhill to help John Marsden, choirmaster, celebrate his seventieth birthday. John has nurtured the choir since its beginnings.

Speculation is growing in the village about what to do now that the Saint Cuthbert Exhibition is over. Suggestions have included a food or a beer festival.

Following complaints from villagers a taskforce from DMBC has been spotted picking up litter on the Nab and widening the footpath. They had obviously already been busy on Sour Lane which is spick and span at the moment.

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

This last week has been characterised by much warmer temperatures, the emergence of butterflies,vibrant birdsong, tulips in bloom and blackthorns blossom in the hedgerows. An early swallow was spotted on 20 April.  

The Women's Institute will meet on 26 April at 7 pm in the Village Hall when the group will hear a talk on 'The Road to Fothergay-Mary Queen of Scots' and the competition will be a Scottish brooch. 23/04/18

THE VILLAGE quiz organised by Pam Pyatt raised £281 for Village Hall funds. The Golden Girls reclaimed their crown after faltering for a couple of years. 

The first cuckoo of the season was reported to me on 7 April.

Coming up on Sunday, 22 April, or on Saint George's weekend as some villagers are beginning to describe it, there will be a family fun day at the Old Anchor Inn to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, which is the official partner of the Tour de Yorkshire. The day  will include a bouncy castle, a cake sale and raffle. The previous day( Saturday, 21 April), will see the Village Hall Committee host a St. George's Day Vintage Tea Party to raise funds.

Fishlake Parish Council met on 10 April under the chairmanship of Cllr. John Waite. The entrance to the village from Sour Lane is to have a flashing 30 mph sign. This idea could be extended to the other entrances to the village. DMBC Ward Councillors, Austen White and John Gilliver, supported this project.The Women's Race in the Tour de Yorkshire will pass through the village between 11.20 and 11.40 am whilst the Men's Race will cross the village between 5.20 to 5.50 pm. Bunting has already been allocated on a first come first served basis. The parish council acknowledged that there were major concerns about fly-tipping. The Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator reported that several roads, including Millfield and Westfield , have been blocked by fly-tipping.

Residents are advised to report it by ringing DMBC on 736000 or by going on line to www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/environmental/fly-tipping  

Litter is best reported to www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/environmental/littering                 

DMBC's Safer Neighbourhood Team is to  be found in Adwick and may be contacted on 01302 734143 and in Thorne on 01405 735921.

South Yorkshire Police have appointed a PCSO,Jane Hamill, to work on rural crime, including theft from farms and stray horses. Her e-mail is Doncaster_Rural_Crime@southyorks.pnn.police.uk  The flood wardens, Cllrs Waite and Trimingham, have reported to the Environment Agency and to DMBC's Emergency Planning Department concerns about the river Don bank on the Nab between Stainforth Bridge and Plumtree Lane. Seepage through the bank has worsened and flooding on the road posed a hazard as well as concerns over the integrity of he river bank. The clerk,Mrs Evans, is to write to the Environment Agency to ask for assurances from the engineer responsible as to the safety of the bank and enquire about the plans for dealing with the leak and enquire about the plans for dealing with the leak and removing trees growing through the concrete wall. It is hoped that the Monday Club will undertake repairs on the damaged posts on the roadside of the Landing and repaint the chains. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 8 May at 7.15 in the Village Hall.

Cllr. David Chaffer tells me that the reprints of the Heritage Trail leaflets have arrived.

Fishlake's History Society met on Wednesday, 11 April to discuss the 1901 Census and what it reveals about Fishlake. According to the census some in Fishlake were in receipt of Outdoor relief whist others were staying in the workhouse in Thorne. The outdoor allowance was half a crown but coal then cost one and a penny per cwt. The population rose from 450 in 1891 to 482 in 1901. Fishlake was very much still an agricultural village. In 1901 there were 133 dwelling houses in the village. Many families are still present. The next meeting of the History Society will take place at 7 pm on 9 May when Peter Robinson from Doncaster will talk about the Stainforth Jewel. 16/04/18

HEAVY rain throughout the day on Easter Monday swelled the waters of the Don. On 3 April the Environment Agency closed Jubilee Bridge and by 12 noon the height of the river was 6.25 metres. It took several days for the water to subside. Spring, however, can no longer be contained. Warmer temperatures have brought forth Forsythia flowers, daisies and celandines along with that first greening of the hedges.

Recent quiz winners have included Margaret Shepherd in the Hare and Hounds and on successive weeks in the Old Anchor Inn Caitlin Croucher and Susan Hayes.

The parish council will meet on Wednesday, 11 April at  7.15 p.m. in the Village Hall. On the same evening at 7 p.m. Fishlake's History Society will meet in the smaller room of the Village Hall to discuss the 1901 Census and its relevance to Fishlake.

Fishlake's Keepfit Group will be meeting as usual in the Village Hall for most of the month, but on 24 April and 1 May the session will be replaced by a walk around the village, meeting outside the Village Hall at 10 a.m. with the morning rounded off with a visit to a cafe or pub afterwards for refreshments.

Look out for the Commonwealth Games in Queensland, Australia this week for Hannah Shaw who is no. 9 in the England Basketball Team. She is local resident, Doris Nicholls' granddaughter.

Residents have received polling cards for the mayoral election on 3 May for the new Sheffield City Region ( which covers Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham an Sheffield). Owing to the route of the Tour de Yorkshire the polling station is being transferred from the Village Hall on Pinfold Lane to a portable unit on the junction of Trundle Lane and Far Bank Lane.

£38.65 were raised in the Old Anchor Inn up to 14 March for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.The Air Ambulance is the official partner of the Tour de Yorkshire and with the closure of some roads on 3 May air ambulances may be the only way to transport patients to hospital. The Old Anchor Inn will be fund raising for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance on Sunday, 22 April ( St. George's Weekend) with a bouncy castle, a cake sale and a raffle. 

Bunting for the Tour de Yorkshire is available from Diane Whiting on 01302 735922 or by e-mailing diane.whiting@doncaster.gov.uk 09/04/18

 

DAFFODILS, once known as Lenten lilies, bloomed across the village for Easter. Work has taken place on the Village Hall car park, funded by E.on's Tween Bridges Wind Farm in Thorne and by the Village Hall's own funds.

The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club in March were Eve. Atherfold, Glenys Mashford and Ken Duckitt.

Fame has spread across the world for the Band With No Name since Neil Livesey has returned from separate trips to Thailand and the United States with photographs showing him wearing t-shirts with the Band With No Name in exotic locations.

A Village Quiz will be held on Friday, 6 April from 7 pm in the Village Hall. Devised once more by Pam Pyatt, teams should consist of no more than six people and a home made pie and pea supper will be provided. Tickets cost £5. There will be no bar but tea and coffee will be available. You may bring your own drinks. The proceeds will go towards Village Hall funds.

Fishlake's Women's Institute's speaker in March was the author who writes under the pen-name of Victoria Howard. The next meeting will be on 26 April at 7 pm in the Village Hall when the talk will be 'The Road to Fotheringay---Mary Queen of Scots and the competition will be a Scottish brooch.

Fishlake Parish Council met last week and was chaired by Cllr. John Waite. Residents disagreed about the new DMBC sign on the Nab warning that the road is unsuitable for heavy goods vehicles.The sign is not mandatory but is advisory. Discussion continues on how to enhance the 30 mph signs at the entrances to the village. New street lights are to be fitted in Wood Lane  during the summer. The parish council is to reprint the heritage trail leaflets for walkers undertaking the route.

Two members of the Safer Neighbourhood Team reported on preparations for the Tour de Yorkshire coming through the village on 3 May. The women's race will pass through between 11. 20 and 11.40 a m with the men's race between 5.20 and 5.50 pm. These times will be confirmed/changed on the Tour de Yorkshire website. Road closures will be limited. Potholes will be managed by DMBC Highways Department. Residents are encouraged to decorate their gardens with bunting and yellow bicycles. 

The Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator reported that DMBC has twice gritted Sour Lane in response to photographic evidence of accidents owing to ice. The Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator reported that fly-tipping, theft of scrap and speeding are still major issues. During the five weeks there have been several reported cases of theft of scrap and one case of house -breaking. Villagers may report these issues to South Yorkshire Police by ringing 101 or for fly-tipping by contacting DMBC on 736000 ( or ring the Safer Neighbourhood Team based in Adwick on 01302 734143).

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, 11 April at 7.15 pm . 02/04/18

 

MORE SNOW, nicknamed the mini beast from the east this time, torpedoed the first day of the Saint Cuthbert Exhibition along with  bitterly cold winds. On the second day a car with the number plate Doncaster 1 glided into the village bearing Cllr .George Derx, Mayor of Doncaster, and his wife, Mrs Pauline Derx. They had come to open the exhibition officially. Ready to welcome them were the Bishop of Doncaster, Rt. Rev. Peter Burrows, Rev. Eve Atherfold, the last vicar of Fishlake, the churchwardens Peter Pridham and Wendy Brownbridge, a number of villagers and riders and their horses from Amy Grantham's Riding School. A picture of the mayor along with the horses in the snow made 'Photo of the Week' in the Free Press . The throng was joined by two of the DMB Councillors for the Norton and Askern Ward which includes Fishlake, Iris Beech and Austen White.  With every extra degree of temperature more visitors ventured out to see the exhibition and the local cafes began to benefit. The first evening saw a general overview of the history of Fishlake by Stephen Cook whilst the second saw the Village Choir sing wonderful sea shanties and a Cuthbert compline service on Saint Cuthbert's Day. This service was well attended. Wednesday evening saw retired headmaster, Frank McDermott , give  us an interesting talk on Saint Cuthbert, icon of Christ.

A class of children arrived by bus on Wednesdy from Our Lady of Sorrows School in Armthorpe along with their teacher Mrs Emma McGarry, (who lives in Fishlake), visited the exhibition having prepared Celtic designs for the display. They were joined by The Bishop of Hallam, Ralph Heskett, D.D.

Former residents, Delise  Maltby from Snaith and Lesley Bee from Canada, arrived to see the exhibition and renew old friendships.

Anna Lawson explained to us on Thursday what her father, Fenwick Lawson, who had sculpted Saints Bede and Cuthbert and the monks on the journey carrying Saint Cuthbert's relics, had gone through when sculpting. His all consuming dedication led him to ignore family, food and friends whilst it took over his whole life. Anna described how he had carved wood with a chain-saw. The last night's lecture was by Peter Robinson, curator of Doncaster Museum,who spoke about Anglo-Saxon churches in some of Doncaster's villages across the borough. The final day saw a Cuddy Duck Trail organised across the village with more children's activities in the church and to wrap up the week an ecumenical service in Saint Cuthbert's.

The quiz at the Thursday Coffee Club was won by Doris Nicholls with Margaret Shepherd claiming the honours in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday and Marie Foster winning in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday.

Mad March hares are running at last after the cold and snow.

Tickets for the Village Vintage Tea Party to celebrate Saint George's Day ( a little early for the actual day at 4.15  p.m. on Saturday, 21 April ) for £6 from Joy Chaffer.

The parish council has been told that bunting for the Tour de Yorkshire is available from diane.whiting@doncaster.gov.uk or by ringing 01302 735922. It is meant for parish councils, individuals and organisations. On 3 May the women's race will arrive towards 10.45 or 10.55 a.m. and the men's race will arrive at roughly 3.30 p.m. Tourism is now worth £8 billion to Yorkshire.

Good Friday will see a service at 4 p.m. in Saint Cuthbert's with Easter Day having a family service at 9.30 a.m. and Communion celebrated at 4 p.m. in Holy Trinity in Sykehouse  also on Easter Day.26/03/18

 

MONDAY, 12 March saw heavy rain fall on the village all day.The river rose, lawns were sodden and dykes overflowed. The History Society met on 14 March to discuss the Quaker settlement in Fosterhouses. Brenda Grafton had researched the Quaker families with connections to Warmsworth who came to live here. The first mention of the Quakers was in 1655 and by 1660 there were thirty-three adult Quakers living in the village. Geesenest Close was left to the Quakers and by 1701 they had a meeting house.Some of the Quaker families were the Holmes, Buntings,Perkins, Ladworths, Williams and Clarkes with the Pease family moving to Darlington in the nineteenth century where Edward Pease worked with George Stephenson on the Stockton and Darlington Railway. The society's next meeting will take place on Wednesday, 11 April when the 1901 Census will be discussed with reference to Fishlake.

The winner of the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds with Hilary Simpson claiming victory on Thursday in the Old Anchor Inn.

This week sees the official beginning of spring,although recent weather may make that difficult to believe.It has felt like a long winter.

Step back in time over one thousand years to an age when the early Anglo-Saxon kingdoms and Christianity were under threat from the Vikings. Monks from Lindisfarne fled with the relics of Saint Cuthbert and headed for the southern flank of Northumbria where they spent a night in Fisc lacu or the settlement of the fishy stream. Enter the ancient doorway of the parish church and find a different world with sculptures of the monks on their journey and explanations and illustrations of the Celtic church and the Lindisfarne Gospels. The exhibition starts at 10 a.m. on Sunday, 18 March and continues daily until Saturday, 24 March. Cllr. George Derx, the civic mayor of Doncaster, will open the display at 10 a.m. on Monday,19 March when he performs his first official visit to Fishlake. Along with the exhibition talks will be given in the evening at 7 p.m. with Monday's being entitled 'The History of Fishlake', Tuesday will have the Village Choir singing sea shanties from the North East ( shades of William Appleby) and a short service of Saint Cuthbert's compline, Wednesday's talk will see Frank McDermott describe the life of Saint Cuthbert, Thursday's lecture will be by the sculptor's daughter,Anna Lawson,who will describe her father's work 'From Wood to Bronze' whilst Friday will see Peter Robinson, from Doncaster Museum, explain about the Anglo-Saxon and Celtic churches.

Saturday afternoon is designated as a family fun day with a Cuddy Duck Trail (Saint Cuthbert loved eider ducks)  around the village followed by more activities for children in the parish church.

Wednesday, 21 March will see this month's parish council meeting in the Village Hall and Thursday, 22 will be the date for the monthly meeting of the Women's Institute when the topic will be 'What the Butler Saw' !

With spring we shall be putting our clocks forward on Palm Sunday, (25 March) and longer hours of daylight beckon. 19/03/18

 

THANKS to the thaw snowdrops and daffodils in bud emerged from the snow. Life and temperatures are returning to normal. Fishlake History Society will meet at 7 p.m.on Wednesday, 14 March when the topic for discussion will be the Quaker settlement in Fosterhouses,The answer to the quiz question set by the History Society was that Fishlake's stocks were situated between the west end of the parish church and the Hare and Hounds. The next question is 'Where was Saint Cuthbert's Haven'?

The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club in February were : Julie Latto, Brenda Grafton and Jane Richards.The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Wendy Brownbridge with Pam Jones victorious in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday.

A friend has given me a Yorkshire flag to wave when the eyes of all of Yorkshire will be on the village as the cyclists from the Tour de Yorkshire pass through on 3 May closely followed by television cameras. 

Irish eyes will be smiling in Fishlake on Saint Patrick's Day ( 17 March) from 7 p.m. in the Cricket and Bowls Club. Entertainment will include the Band With No Name. Tickets cost £5 including Irish stew. For more information see John Deeney, Harold Whitehead or Phil. Wood ( on 01405 469274).

The next meeting of Fishlake Parish Council will take place on Wednesday, 21 March. 22 March will see the Women's Institute meeting at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall when the topic will be  'What the Butler Saw' and the competition will be a saucy postcard. Then, on 27 March the Vermuyden Group of Women's Institutes will meet in the Cricket and Bowls' Club. 

Easter will be celebrated in Saint Cuthbert's at 9.30 a.m. on 1 April.12/03/18

 

THE Beast from the East arrived in Fishlake with snow which settled on 27 February. The snow swirled on 28. Branches were heavy with snow and the wind whistled in the chimney pots. March came in like a lion as Storm Emma also began to make her presence felt. Schools closed and some children took advantage by sledging on the river bank.Some of our local farmers proved to be knights of the road when they attached snow ploughs to tractors and cleared the roads whilst  DMBC sent its gritters.Foot paths, however,became treacherous and choir practice and the Cricket Club's quiz were cancelled. One farmer played the Good Samaritan when he used his tractor to rescue the Fishlake bus from a ditch in Wormley Hill. Birds survived thanks to kind hearted villagers putting out nuts and fat..

The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday was Margaret Shepherd whilst the winners on Thursday  were Nick Shaw's team who beat the truly committed who had braved the bitter cold.

Dustbin day is changing for us. It will now be Thursdays starting on 8 March when the new blue bins are to be put out. The blue bins will take ( rinsed and squashed) cartons and plastic bottles ( without tops), aerosols, cans, tins and foil, paper and cardboard. The green dustbin will go out on the same day as the blue bin. The black bin will go out on 15 March.

Following a petition signed by 200,000 people PG Tips has decided to remove the plastic from its tea-bags making them more environmentally-friendly. 

BBC 4 has shown two programmes in late February entitled 'How the Celts Saved Britain' narrated by Dan Snow. They are still available on BBC i-player. They describe the origins of Celtic Christianity and talk about Saints Columba and Aidan and the Synod of Whitby in 664 A.D. It sets the scene for the exhibition about Saint Cuthbert in the parish church from 18 to 24 March. The exhibition will start on Sunday, 18 but will be officially opened by the Mayor of Doncaster, Cllr. George Derx and his wife Pauline at 10 a.m. on Monday, 19 March. It is hoped that horses and riders from the Granthams' Riding School on Trundle Lane will be there to greet the mayor on his arrival, emphasising the rural nature of the village. Village organisations like the choir and the History Society will be involved in the week's events.05/03/18

CLLR. John Waite informs me that Fishlake Parish Council's precept will rise by 3% this year. The parish council is concerned about dog fouling on Stony Lane and asks residents not to leave dog fouling bags on hedgerows on Stony Lane but to take them home and to dispose of them there.

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

Sadly, the village has lost Sheila Osgerby at the age of 81. Mrs Osgerby was the wife of Rev. Dr. John Osgerby and the mother of Catherine. Her funeral will take place in St. Nicholas' Church in Haxey on 1 March. Dr. Osgerby was the predecessor of Rev. Eve Atherfold. The family is requesting donations to Christian Aid rather than flowers.

Fran Wade tells me that since July 2017 she has collected one thousand aluminium cans from the verges and hedgerows. This is excellent news for her son's football team and for the idea of recycling but what an indictment on our times as rubbish reappears quickly after it is cleared.

Fishlake History Society has a quiz question to ask. The village used to have stocks could anyone help with suggestions where they might have been? Please contact me on Wllco65@aol.com I shall be interested to see the answers.

New books and reprints of old books about Saint Cuthbert are still coming thick and fast before his day on 20 March. The latest I have been shown is  ''With An Account Of The State In Which His Remains Were Found Upon The Opening of His Tomb In Durham   Cathedral in the Year 1827' by James Raine.

Congratulations to Doris Nicholls whose granddaughter has been chosen to represent England in the basketball team in this spring's Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia,

The Cricket and Bowls Club is holding a social evening on Saturday, 3 March from 7 p.m. onwards. The quiz will start at 8 p.m. and all are welcome. 26/02/18

 

FISHLAKE Parish Council met on Tuesday, 13 February, under the chairmanship of Cllr.John Waite, to hear concerns from villagers about heavy lorries travelling through the village and making houses shake. The parish council said that DMBC felt unable to block off roads to help the situation. The council also discussed the forthcoming Tour de Yorkshire and its implications for the village. DMBC is to fill in potholes along the route of the Tour which is good news for residents of  the road from Wormley Hill, Pinfold Lane, Main Street and the Nab.

Fishlake History Society met on Wednesday, 14 February and took a trip down memory lane with the Fishlake Endowed School, its foundation, customs and, of course, the Edwardian 'Monkey Trial'.  Memories came flooding back of the arrival of oranges from the Educational Foundation on Shrove Tuesday, the arrival of rolls of tinfoil at Christmas from Northern Dairies ( with gaps for milk bottle tops) to be used as crowns for the Three Kings in the Nativity Play and as hats for the Christmas party. The History Society was cock-a-hoop because it had received a grant of £1,250 from E.on's Tween Bridge Wind Farm Community Benefits Fund towards the cost of purchasing  presentation equipment . The society's next meeting will take place on 14 March when the topic to be discussed will be the Quaker settlement in Fishlake.

The parish council is appealing to residents for a copy of the green leaflet produced to advertise the Heritage Trail around the turn of the millennium. If you have one, will you please lend it to Cllr. David Chaffer as the parish council would like to print new ones?

It is Lent and the Church of England is suggesting that people give up plastic as far as is possible on environmental grounds.

This year the Cricket Club is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary and the Bowls Club its thirtieth. 

The winner of both quizzes in the Hare and Houses and in the Old Anchor Inn was Marie Foster.

Last week Fishlake Coffee Club visited the Old Butcher's Café for lunch on Thursday. 

The quiz at the Coffee Club was won by Muriel Benford, Ann Waite, Sheila Greenhall and Brenda Clarke.

Some members of Fishlake Choir will be singing 'The Crucifixion' at Easter in Dinnington, Gringley On The Hill and at Saint Mary's in Tickhill on Good Friday. 

Mr and Mrs Barry Hill are appealing for nearly new clothes and jumble for sale in aid of the Village Hall. The items can be picked by Sheila and Barry on 841086, Joy and David Chaffer on 351218, Christine Robinson on 843576, Joe Rotherford on 844687, Mo and  Doug White on 843673, Jayne West on 842987, Val. Geoghegan 350011 or Jeremy Foster on 352909. 19/02/18

 

OLD CUSTOMS live on in Fishlake with families across the village celebrating Shrove Tuesday with pancakes this week. Tuesday, 13, also sees the monthly meeting of the parish council at 7.15 p.m. in the Village Hall.

The Stay and Play group is flourishing but is appealing for help with serving drinks and snacks. Please phone Jenny Palmer on 07920058610 or 01302 849164.

Doug White won the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday whilst the winner in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday was Susan Hayes.

Being the half-term holiday a Children's Workshop is being organised for Wednesday morning from 10 till 11.30 a.m. in the Village Hall by the parish church. Adults are welcome to stay for a hot drink. For further enquiries please contact Glenys on 01302 841852.

The History Society will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, 14 February in the Village Hall to discuss Fishlake Endowed School.

Saturday, 17 March is Saint Patrick's Day with the Cricket and Bowls Club celebrating from 7 p.m. The ticket costing £5 and will cover a bowl of Irish stew and entertainment from the Band With No Name.For more information please see John Deeney, Harold Whitehead or Phil. Wood ( 01405 469274).

Fishlake's PCC is appealing for volunteers to help clean Saint Cuthbert's .If interested please speak to either of the church wardens. 12/02/18

 

31 JANUARY saw a very unusual event over Fishlake, when not obscured by cloud. A blue moon occurred--defined as the second full moon in a calendar month---which was also a super moon and would appear 14% bigger and 30 % brighter in the sky as it reached its closest point to earth. 

Ill health is forcing Paul and Christine Mills to retire from their mobile fish and chip van which has been visiting us on Thursday tea times for some time. Villagers will miss the friendly service from their I.Deal van and the Mills would like to thank residents for their custom.

A sign that winter cannot last for ever is the annual Snowdrop Festival at Saint Mary's in Kirk Bramwith on Saturday, 10 and Sunday, 11 February between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. with its variety of stalls. It is ideal for an outing with visitors. Remaining plants etc will be sold on 17 and 18 February from 12 noon till 4 p.m. 

The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club in January were 1) Frank Gillespie, 2) Carol Todd and 3) Harold Whitehouse.

Outlined in the headlights whilst driving near Jubilee Bridge last week was a beautiful owl.

The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday, 30 January was Graham Arnold with Marie Foster claiming the honours on Thursday, 1 February in the Old Anchor Inn.

This week has seen a real feather in Sheila Hill's cap when she received notice from the Tween Bridge Wind Farm Community Benefits Fund that her application for a grant for £4,740 for the Village Hall has been successful. The money will be added to £3,000 to pay for a sceptic tank to be infilled and the car park area to be resurfaced.

Two dates for your diaries are the next village quiz on Friday, 6 April in the Village Hall and a vintage tea party to celebrate Saint George's Day ( or at least the nearest Saturday !) on Saturday, 21 April. Tickets which  are limited, may be obtained from committee members. 05/02/18

 

CONFUSION with someone elsewhere led to last week's report of the demise of Mr Gilleard. Happily, I can report he is in fine health and that rumours of his demise were much exaggerated.

Blue bins arrived, courtesy of DMBC, on 22 January. From March they are to be used to recycle plastic bottles, aerosols, tins, foil, paper and cardboard. glass bottles and jars are to continue to go into the green recycling box. For more information please contact the customer contact centre on 01302 736000 or online at www.doncaster.gov.uk/bluebin

Stainforth library has led the way by creating a display advertising the Saint Cuthbert Exhibition from 18 till 24 March this year here in Fishlake. Thorne library is following with its own display very shortly. The cafes are planning to expand their hours for the week to welcome the influx of visitors. Indulging in friendly rivalry the cafes are competing with a focus on locally sourced food--it all saves on food miles--with one offering Taty Tom's Taties and the other Pashley's Perfect Potatoes from a radius of three miles.

Storm Georgina blew into the village last week.

People were asked to spend an hour this weekend watching the birds in their garden by the RSPB. Conditions through the winter have been relatively favourable and expectations were for a 'bumper weekend ' for sightings. Fishlake's results should be interesting.

Margaret Shepherd won the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday with Pam Pyatt winning in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday. 29/01/2018

 

KEEN to show off their dance steps Fishlake folk put their best feet forward on Saturday night at the Forties' Night in the Village Hall. This year's dance once again featured Major Swing and Kitty along with the fabulous Natasha Harper. We must thank Barry and Sheila Hill for brightening up a cold January. 

Sleet and snow fell on the village on Sunday. 

Finishing touches are being put to the new war memorial which will go in Doncaster's  Elmfield Park in August. Sculptor, Steve Winterburn, has created the statue in his foundry in Hull from cast metal in memory of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry which fought through two world wars. Four of Fishlake's fallen in the First World War served in the KOLI.

Driving along the motorway to Goole a week ago my wife and I counted eleven deer in the fields alongside. What a sight!

Snowdrops put in an appearance in gardens on 17 January. Spring will come. Collared doves are foraging for food among the fruit of the ivy.

Doug White won the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds whilst Marie Foster was victorious in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday.

Fishlake Drama Group is holding its annual general meeting on Monday, 22 January at 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall.

The Women's Institute will meet for its monthly meeting on Thursday, 25 January at 7 p.m. in the Village Hall. The topic will be 'Resolutions'.

Sadly, the village has lost George Gilleard who farmed and ran a transport firm from Thorninghurst  off Sour Lane. He was famous for playing a mean game of dominoes. 

DMBC officials say that roads on 3 May , when the Tour de Yorkshire heads our way, will be closed half an hour before and for twenty minutes after the cyclists ride through the village. 22/01/2018

 

MEMBERS of Fishlake History Society met on 10 January to hear and watch a presentation by Peter Trimingham on historic floods in the village.  We were told that in 1697 the church bells were rung backwards to warn villagers of the approaching waters. That year flooding did £3,000' worth of damage ( estimated at £3 million' worth at today's prices.) in the parish of Fishlake which then included Sykehouse. Horses, cows, sheep and pigs drowned and corn, hay and clover in stacks and barns were badly damaged. some houses were two foot deep in water. In 1886 Tom Smith, chairman of the parish council, recorded the water to be nine foot deep. Photographs of floods were shared by Robert Downing and family knowledge of the floods was shared by Brenda Grafton. In May 1932 water rushed down the Don after thirty hours of heavy rain. Members identified some of the villagers in the photographs. One photograph showed residents in a boat on the brickyards' pond on Trundle Lane. The next meeting will take place on 14 February when the topic for discussion will be Fishlake Endowed School.

Cllr John Waite is asking residents over sixty to contact him if they would like to go on the council's trip to Whitby. The visit will take place on the first Wednesday in July.

The parish council met on 9 January under the chairmanship of Cllr. John Waite. It announced that a defibrillator training course is to take place on Tuesday, 30 January from 7 till 9.30 p.m. Places may be booked through Sandra Liddle on 844998 or Peter Trimingham on 841411. The cost is £10 per person.Clubs, societies and local businesses are advised to take up places.The Monday Club is to cut the large hedge at the rear of the container on the Village Playing Field to ease future maintenance.Once again the clerk, Mrs Evans, has written to DMBC to request that the 30 mph limit signs should be enhanced as a traffic monitoring device and installed as was agreed at the meeting last year between parish councillors, DMB councillor Austen White and a DMBC officer . The Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator reported that fly tipping, the theft of scrap metal, speeding and a return to the problems with stray horses have been the major issues. The parish council wants to work with local businesses and organisations to coordinate plans for the Tour de Yorkshire which will pass through the village on 3 May. The next meeting of the parish council will be held on 13 February at 7.15 p.m.

Sadly, the village has lost Mrs Hilda Holgate, wife of the late Jim Holgate , who farmed at the Poplars Farm in Fosterhouses. She leaves two sons , Michael and Terrance. The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust praised Jim Holgate for the way that he farmed Fen Carr in harmony with nature.

Pam Pyatt won the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday, 9 January and Hilary Simpson was triumphant in the quiz in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday, 11 January.

News of the forthcoming exhibition about Saint Cuthbert hit the Doncaster Free Press this week when an article by Peter Pridham, churchwarden, appeared. The article was accompanied by colour photos of items in the exhibition which are being brought down from Durham to Fishlake in March.

Members of the Coffee Club returned for their visit to Sheffield's Crucible theatre on Tuesday full of praise for the meal eaten in the Crucible Corner and the production of 'The Wizard of Oz' with excellent acting, singing and scenery. 15/01/2018

 

TWELFTH night saw Fishlake's Christmas lights extinguished, pine needles hoovered and precious baubles put back for another year. 

Storm Eleanor blew into the village on 3 January 

The History Society will meet to discuss the 1923 Floods at 7 p.m. on 10 January in the Village Hall whist the Village Choir will also start its rehearsals for its next event on Wednesday, 10 January in the Village Hall. Dancing on Friday evenings has already recommenced for the new year from 7 till 8 p.m. in the Village Hall. There is a waiting list so please contact Christine on 843576.

Keep Fit sessions are starting again on Tuesdays from 10 till 11 a.m. The cost is £3 per session. For more information please contact Mary on 845993.

Fishlake Parish Church is supporting Our Lady of the Assumption's efforts in Stainforth to collect good quality sleeping bags for Syria after the civil war's destruction of towns there. Would people leave the bags in church or give them to Wendy Brownbridge, church warden.

The Play and Stay group has started 2018 with sessions on alternate first Fridays and Mondays of the month. The first was on Friday, 5 January, the second will take place on Monday, 5 February followed by Friday, 2 March and then Monday, 2 April. A donation of one pound is suggested. For more information please ring 01302 849164.

Not long ago I was sold a raffle ticket which resulted in my winning a meal for two at the Hare and Hounds. This week my wife and I visited the hostelry for a very enjoyable meal and can thoroughly recommend the food and the service.

Yesterday, I was shown two books which made reference to Fishlake. The first was 'Retraced: Saint Cuthbert's Final Journey' by Paul Alexander Knox and Richard W.Hardwick. ( Lapwing Books from Durham at £24.99). Published in 2013 the authors visited 47 places visited by the monks who fled the Vikings with the saint's relics. That included 36 churches named in honour of the saint. The book is topical because of this spring's exhibition about Saint Cuthbert in the parish church. The second book is by Rita Wood and is entitled' Paradise--the World of Romanesque Sculpture' It costs £25 and has the ISBN number 978-0-995588202. It shows the beautiful carvings on Saint Cuthbert's Norman doorway.

Margaret Shepherd won the quiz on Tuesday in the Hare and Hounds and Allen Hodges winning the jackpot whilst the successful quizling in the Old Anchor Inn on Thursday was Pam Pyatt. Fishlake's Coffee Club will be visiting the Crucible in Sheffield on Tuesday to see 'The Wizard of Oz'. They hope to include dinner at the Crucible Corner before the musical. 08/01/2018

BEAUTIFUL lights sparkled in trees in gardens and on houses across the village this year. Cards arrived with a colourful display of rooftops in Bethlehem, robins and reindeer with the occasional one standing out where time has been spent hand crafting the design to personalise the message.Many doors were decorated with festive wreaths. They all light up our lives in the depths of winter.

The results of our postal referendum in Doncaster on devolution filtered through before Christmas with 85.2% backing a wider Yorkshire deal rather than the Sheffield City option. The turn-out was 20.17%.

The winner of the quiz in the Hare and Hounds on Tuesday, 19 December was Pam Jones with Jan. Threadgold claiming the honour on 21 December in the Old Anchor Inn. The very last quiz of 2017 was won by landlady, Emily Pickersgill in the Old Anchor Inn.

Snow fell on 27 December and we awoke to a light covering on 29th when the rest of the country was coping with drifts. DMBC's gritter made its way through the village along the bus route. Patterns on icy windscreens brought back memories from childhood of winter windows before central heating.

The Fishlake 100 Club was won in December by Harry Fogg, Pat Holgate and John Hall. 

December's Christingle service in Saint Cuthbert's raised £117.36 for the Children's Society. The Christmas tree display can be seen in the parish church until 6 January with donations going to 'Riding for the Disabled' and to 'Crisis at Christmas'. Saturday mornings' Coffee and Chat group in the church is proud to announce that it raised £2,180.08 for church funds in 2017 and will re-open for the new year on 6 January. As a way of saying 'thank you' to its helpers and supporters throughout the year the parish church will be holding a party from 11 a.m. till 1 p.m. on 13 January. Please sign the list in church if you can attend to ease catering problems. Mrs Fogg, also known as the 'jam fairy', was delighted to reveal that her efforts raised £800 for church funds over the year.

The Play and Stay Group for little ones starts at 9.30 a.m. on 5 January in the Village Hall. It offers tea, biscuits and healthy snacks.for a suggested donation of £1. 

2018 is to be Fishlake's year with an exhibition from 18 to 24 March about Saint Cuthbert and the role of the monks who fled Lindisfarne with his relics when the Vikings attacked and spent years wandering around Yorkshire at a time when the very existence of Christianity in our islands was in danger. The culturally curious will be drawn from across our region to see the exhibition in the parish church. Cafés and bed and breakfasts will benefit. A similar effect will be felt when the Tour de Yorkshire arrives on Thursday, 3 May en route from Beverley to Doncaster passing along Pinfold Lane, past the Cricket and Bowls Club,  the two new cafés and the two pubs whilst cycling along Main Street towards the Nab. 01/01/2018