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Skeffling Wind Power

On the 20th of February quite a crowd gathered at the Village Hall to watch the installation of the wind turbine.

It was a calm, still day, with no wind.  Which was good while the wind turbine was being put together and lifted, but a lot of fingers were crossed for some wind to arrive to ensure everything was in working order and the power generated was being calculated and recorded on the system.

The following day a few gusts of wind drifted across the fields, then at about 10.30am a nice steady breeze  came our way and the blades started turning in earnest.  We were generating our own electricity!

A month later, on the 21st March, the wind turbine had generated 1000 kilowatt hours.  Exactly what was expected for this time of year.

The manufacturers, Proven, were emailed to tell them all was well.  The reply from Proven came as a complete surprise.  It seems that Skeffling's Wind Turbine is known all over the world.

When Proven checked their records they discovered  that  their 1000th wind turbine was installed at Skeffling Village Hall. They were so pleased they emailed all their customers. From Alaska to Australia, and a lot of places large and small in between, they informed them about Skeffling Wind Power.   This  means  that

Skeffling is now on the Global Map!

To commemorate this momentous occasion Proven will be presenting the Village Hall with a plaque at the Official Opening on 16th June.

It seems that a lot of people are interested in what we've done in Skeffling.  Since Proven's email went out The Big Skeff website has received 169 hits from the UK, 9 from the USA, 2 from Ireland, 1 from Germany and 2 unknowns.

A few interested parties have come to view the wind turbine, and letters and emails have been received congratulating the Council for their forward thinking and wishing us good luck in the future.

From an innovative idea to provide enough power for the Village Hall and cut the electricity bills to nothing, Skeffling has caused quite a stir.

 

Skeffling Wind Power - Official Opening

Any day now every household in Skeffling will receive an invitation to the Official Opening of the Wind Turbine.  This has now been registered as Skeffling Wind Power…

There will be two events during the day. The afternoon will be a formal event for local dignitaries, councillors from surrounding villages, the manufacturers of the wind turbine, representatives of the organisations who have provided the grants, and the media.

During  the  afternoon there  will  be  the  Official

Opening ceremony, followed by an opportunity for everyone to ask questions and view the display stands.  There will also be a small finger buffet, tea and coffee.

The evening celebration event will be an informal social night for all the parishioners of Skeffling to thank them for their confidence and support during this project.

It will include a cold buffet, and entertainment will be provided by Martin Jackson who will be singing for his supper!  In traditional Skeffling style you'll have to bring your own booze…

Your invitation will be RSVP, and there will be an attachment on the invite asking you to tick the box for the event you would like to attend.  The afternoon, the evening, or both.  This is for catering purposes, as both events will be by outside caterers and they need to know how many to cater for.

Replies must be received by Saturday, 12th May. You will then be sent a ticket to present at the events you choose to attend.  Because of the restriction on numbers at the Village Hall only bona fide ticket holders will be admitted.

There are several ways to reply.  Your acceptance can be handed in to Sue at the Post Office, you can email or telephone.  The email address and telephone number will be on your invitation, but the organisers must know by Saturday, 12th May.

A more detailed itinerary of the days events will be in the next issue of Skeffling News.

It is hoped that as many people as possible will come to at least one of the events as this is for the village.  It's not often everyone can come together as a community with a special occasion to celebrate.

As the first village in the East Riding to install our own Wind Turbine to provide enough power for the Village Hall, this is certainly a cause for celebration.

 

Village Hall News

There will be a Barn Dance at the Village Hall on Saturday, 5th May.

Music will be by the Banister Street Players, and there will be an experienced caller to help you get the dance steps right!

Tickets are now on sale at the Post Office, and prices will be:  £4 for adults, £3 for children, and there's a family ticket for £11 - this is for 2 adults and 2 children.  Doors open 7.30pm

Supper will be Home Made Meat Pies and Peas. The usual rules apply - bring your own booze!

The last time there was a Barn Dance at the Village Hall it was very lively, and there's no reason to believe it won't be this time.  So if you want to make sure of a seat, get your tickets now.

Local Elections

The local elections will take place on Thursday, 3rd May.  Voting will be at the Village Hall from 7am to 10pm.

Notices of candidates for the County Council are in the notice board and at the Post Office.

There will not be an election for Skeffling Parish Council.  The Council have been officially returned in an un-contested election. Two other candidates submitted nomination forms but these were rejected as they were too late for inclusion and did not have a proposer and seconder.

 

Hospital Closures

Latest News   The Primary Care Trust has postponed the decision to close our hospitals until 23rd May.

It was good news for the people who were preparing to attend the Board meeting at Pocklington and protest in person.

This news came in an email from Graham Stuart's office.  It reads as follows: "Recommendations on the future commissioning strategy for community services in the East Riding of Yorkshire will not be taken until May 2007 because of the high level o response to the consultation exercise.

East Riding of Yorkshire Primary Care Trust had hoped to present key findings and recommendations to the Board meeting on 28 March 2007.

Interim Chief Executive Claire Wood said:  "The overwhelming response to the consultation proposals means that no recommendations will be made until the Board meeting to be held on 23 May 2007".

More than 3,000 responses to the consultation proposals were received.

Claire Wood confirmed: "Over 3,000 responses were received the PCT and more time is needed given the enormity of the response.  Nearly 1,000 of the responses were received in the lat week and due to this and the variety and range of views given, we have decided it is right that more time is taken to ensure the feedback is considered properly and thoroughly."

"That is why recommendations will not be presented to the PCT Board until May 2007."

Apart from a few people who were not at home, everyone in Skeffling signed the letter protesting strongly against the hospital closures.  Other villages in the area produced their own letters, and this joint effort obviously had a pronounced effect on the PCT.

However, we're not out of the woods yet.

Decisions still have to be made on the future of our local hospitals, but at least the closures have been halted for the time being.

It's a credit to everyone involved in this joint effort, and proves beyond doubt that taking a firm stand has made the voice of the East Riding heard.

 

Charity Donation

At the 2006 Christmas Fayre, the handsome sum of £572 was raised.  Half of this was to go to the Special Baby Care Unit at Hull Women's and Children's Hospital.

The cheque for £286 was presented to the Unit by Alison Holden and baby Jack.

Bus Passes

For those of you who bought your red bus passes last year, they are now due for renewal.

You can renew your bus pass at any local Council Office.  Just present your bus pass with £10, and a new photo.  Unfortunately, they can't transfer the old photo onto a  new pass.

For anyone coming up to the big 60, it's easy to get the bus pass.  Just go along to the Council Offices in Withernsea with proof of your date of birth, proof of address, a passport style photo and £10.  You cannot get a bus pass until your actual birthday, so you'll have to wait until you're 60. But what a lovely birthday present, and it's done while you wait.

The Council Offices are open from 9 - 4.30pm on Monday to Thursday, and 9 - 4pm on Fridays.

If you would like more information on bus passes, the Contact Centre phone number for East Riding Council is 01482 393939.

Happy travelling...

 

Window Cleaning

If you've been looking for a window cleaner, there's a window cleaner who's been looking for you!

The company is FEENEY CLEAN, and they do the lot: windows, fascias, soffits, gutter cleaning and clearance.  Conservatory roofs and paintwork is one of their specialities.

If you'd like to know more the telephone number is 01964 615892, and the mobile number is 07738 116127.

 

Blue Bin Day

For those of you who have ‘lost the list’, the next Blue Bin Day is on Friday, 25th May.

Bin Day in May

Due to the May day bank holiday, on the 7th May, the revised green bin collection for that week will be on Thursday, 10th May.

 

Mobile Library Dates

The Mobile Library will be in Skeffling on Wednesday, 25 April and 9 May, arriving 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 the 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.

 

For Sale

Not for sale, but ‘free to a good home’!  A 1960s China Display Cabinet.  If you'd like to know more, please ring 650645.

 

Dates for your Diary

Blue Bin day  - Saturday, 14 April

Mobile Library - Wednesday, 25 April and 9 May

Local Elections - 3 May at the Village Hall. 7am to 10pm

Barn Dance - 5 May, 7.30pm at the Village Hall. Tickets available now. Green Bins in May - Thursday, 10 May

Blue Bins in May - Friday, 25 May

Invitations for the Official Opening of Skeffling Wind Power -  RSVP by Saturday, 12 May

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