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Editorial

It's nice to be back in Skeffling, but I'd have been more than happy to spend another couple of months in Manhattan!

What a fantastic place. Standing in Times Square that first evening, I really felt I'd come alive.  It was amazing being surrounded by theatres, lights, and people having fun!  Now I'm saving up to go back.  I was only in New York for 2 days, and you really need longer to see it all.

Now I'm home, with three Hard Rock t-shirts, and fridge magnets to keep the memories alive.  Along with 1371 photos!

So what's been happening in Skeffling while I was exploring America? I'm still catching up, but Mike and Gaz have totted up the sponsorship money from their massive bike ride, and Mike had the Hog Roast to say thank you to everyone who supported them.

Unfortunately, I was on my way to Heathrow when that happened, so I missed it!  Although Sue did keep me some slices of the Hog. It was gorgeous!  I thoroughly enjoyed that when I got home.

I hope you'll come to the Xmas Fayre in Skeffling on Saturday, 3rd December. It's always good to see old friends, and share a gossip! And it's all in a good cause. Every penny of the proceeds go to the fabric of St.  Helen's  Church. Whilst   the   refurbishment

is now finished, St. Helen's always needs money to cover the day to day running costs.

All being well, there will be a December issue of Skeffling News, but just in case, I'd like to wish all my faithful readers a Wonderful, Happy and Peaceful Christmas, closely followed by A New Year filled with even more happiness and joy...

The Editor

 

On Yer Bike...

Earlier in the year we all waited in anticipation for Mike Turnbull and Gaz Watts to complete their bike ride marathon from Land's End to John O' Groats.  All 1,050 miles of it, using nothing but pedal power.  It was a tremendous achievement, and all in aid of Charity.

Now I'm happy to tell you the sponsorship money has been collected and Mike and Gaz are ready to make their donations.

As I reported, the money will be split equally between The Stroke Ward of Hull Royal Infirmary, and Resolution.

Very soon Mike will be presenting a cheque for £1,262.50. to the Stroke Ward, which will be spent on helping make patients lives more comfortable and, hopefully, their recovery quicker.

The other charity is Resolution - Rebuilding Lives.  This is a charity Mike  is particularly keen to support. It's a military charity   with   an  outreach

programme to help veterans and TA struggling to reintegrate into a normal work and family life.

So many of our military personnel come home suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder following their experiences in war zones, and they frequently need help to readjust to life. In some cases life outside the military can lead to excessive drinking, which in turn leads to crime, and suddenly a life is in tatters.

Resolution is there to help repair the damage and rehabilitate the sufferers.  It costs approximately £600 to treat one person, which includes counselling.  Their help has been invaluable to many ex-military personnel, and their success rate is 80%.

When Mike contacted Resolution to arrange to send the cheque he was told he was eligible to have the total amount match funded by The Big Give. So Mike and Gaz's donation of £1,262.50 will be matched by the same amount, making a total of £2,525 which will go to Resolution.

This means that at least 4 people will be helped back into civvy life.

Now for the breakdown. Sponsorship money for the bike ride raised £1,611, and a further £914 was raised at the Hog Roast.  A total of £2,525, and there are still donations of about £80 to come.

It was an amazingly tough challenge with a fantastic outcome.

Well done, Mike and Gaz. You've made Skeffling proud.

 

Hog Roast

To thank everyone for their sponsorship and logistical help Mike invited everyone to a Hog Roast in Skeffling Village Hall.  He decided to have this on Friday, 14th October, the day I went on holiday!  So, although I couldn't be there, there were plenty of people to tell me what a wonderful night it was.

Helping to make the night a success were the Pub Lads.  Skeffling's very own band!  They're gaining quite a reputation in the area these days, and certainly helped Mike and Gaz's special night to really rock.

Once again, everything was donated, with Peter and Lynda Payne donating the hog itself, Mike and Sue providing a lot of the food, and the Pub Lads playing for the love of it. There was no entrance fee, instead everyone was asked to make a donation. This amounted to £914, for which Mike has asked me to thank everyone for their generosity.

During the evening Mike said 'thank you' to quite a lot of people.  Bob, for getting them to Cornwall for the start of the bike ride, and James for driving up to Scotland to bring them home at the end.  In between there were many people who helped with the logistics        and        who

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sponsored them in other ways.

It was a successful bike ride, and an entertaining social evening.  From which many people will benefit in the future through the two charities...

 

Xmas Fayre

It's almost Christmas again, folks.  So it's time to announce Skeffling's Xmas Fayre.

This year it's on Saturday, 3rd December from 11 - 12noon.

All the fun of Christmas will be right there in the Village Hall.  So why not come and share a cup of coffee and a mince pie with your friends in-between buying your raffle tickets and trying your luck on the tombola stall.

There'll be all sorts of Christmas goodies to buy which will bring a sparkle to your Christmas dinner table, and cards to send Season's Greetings to your family and friends.

As in previous years, all the proceeds from the Xmas Fayre will go to the fabric of St. Helen's Church.

Last year it snowed quite heavily on the morning of the Xmas Fayre - let's see what happens this year. Wear your boots, just in case...

 

We Thank You...

As most of you know Kate Turnbull and Ben Briggs now live in Skeffling!

For most of this summer they've been really busy refurbishing their new house, hoping to be in by winter... Well, they made it! It took a lot of hard work, and loads of help from loads of people.

So they've asked me to say a huge 'Thank You Everyone...' for the help, encouragement, and the massive pile of cards sitting on the windowsill.

The house is now lovely and  cosy,  and  toasty  for

the winter.  Be happy there, you two, and enjoy your home...

 

SAW it going...

but not sure where it went!   This is a plea from Mike Turnbull.  Some months ago he lent his chainsaw sharpening kit to someone and isn't sure who!  It's in a blue metal box.

So if you borrowed Mike's sharpening kit, could you please return it as he has a great need to sharpen his chainsaw.

If you're not sure of his number, it's 650330.  He'd be very grateful for a call...

 

Welwick Auction 2011

Last Friday, 11th November, the 45th Annual Welwick Xmas Auction took place.

It's hard to believe this popular night at Welwick Village Hall began 45 years ago. It began as a Harvest Auction, but when it moved from the pub to the Village Hall it was changed to the Xmas Auction.

During those 45 years an awful lot of money has been raised for local charities.  It would be nice to know exactly how much...

When I spoke to Eric Billaney he said the evening had been a great success.  There were so many lots to be auctioned it took 4 hours to get through it all.  But get through them they did, with everyone bidding far above the asking price.

By the time the last lot was gone, at close to midnight, our persuasive auctioneers had raised over £5,000!

The proceeds of the Xmas Auction will be added to the Heritage fund, and all of it will be presented to the respective charities in January next year.

Council News

The monthly meeting of Skeffling Parish Council was held on Tuesday, 1 November 2011.

Following a discussion It was decided that due to the present financial situation in the country the Precept for the year 2013/14 remain unchanged. This will be the fourth year the Precept has been held at £1.320.

We are still waiting to hear about the proposed BT Wind Farm.  Mr. Bob Swainson had arranged with the Parish Clerk to give a presentation to the Council before the meeting, updating us on BTs current position regarding the proposed Planning Application. He found he was unable to do this and would send a written report instead. The Clerk did not receive the report and has not heard from Mr. Swainson. This matter, therefore, is still pending.

The next meeting of the Council will be held on Tuesday, 6th December at Skeffling Village Hall.  It will start at 7.30pm.

Everyone is welcome to attend Council meetings and put their views and ideas to the Council.

However, please note that abusive, insulting and disruptive behaviour by the public will not be tolerated.

 

Police Surgery

This next Police Surgery date is Wednesday, 7th December between 7 - 8 pm.  If you have any concerns the police officer at the surgery will be more than happy to help you..

 

Brown Bin Days

Here are the Brown Bin days for the rest of the year...

Thursday 24th November Thursday 8th December Thursday 22nd December

Blue Bin Days

The next blue bin collection will be on Thursday, 1st December.

If you'd like to be absolutely positive you don't miss it, you can ask East Riding Council to send you a text message. It's a free service and they'll send you a prompt the day before the collection is due. To get this service text 'Blue' to 07786 201286.

 

Mobile Library Dates

Here is the list of dates for the Mobile Library to the end of the year... Wednesday, 30th November Wednesday, 14th December Wednesday, 28th December

The van will be in Skeffling, waiting at the top of Church Road at 11.15am, and staying for about 30 minutes.   It's very easy to join.  You need two proofs of identity such as an electric bill and something with your signature on, and that's it.  The staff are very friendly and helpful, and if you'd prefer to listen instead of read, there's a wide selection of audio tapes and CDs which are free of charge.

 

Dates for your Diary

Xmas Fayre - Skeffling Village Hall, Saturday, 3rd December, 11 - 12 noon. Brown Bin days - Thursdays, 24th November, 8th and 22nd December

Blue Bin day - Thursday 1st December

Police Surgery - Wednesday, 7th December 7-8pm

Mobile Library - Wednesday, 30th November, 14th and 28th December

 

A Very Merry Christmas and an extremely Happy New Year...

November 2011

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