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Ted Douglas

1929 - 2012

It's with great sadness we have to say a final goodbye to Ted Douglas.

Ted was a lovely, warm, fun-loving man.  For almost all his life Ted worked on the land.  He didn't have time for retirement either! When he did eventually stop working, he still helped out at harvest time until his health wouldn't let him drive a tractor any longer.

When his health started to let him down Ted didn't lose his sense of humour. We'd often sit in the bus shelter waiting for the bus and Ted would have a fund of funny stories all ready to share.  The only thing which made him cross was when he couldn't tend his garden the way he wanted to.  And Ted's garden was beautiful.  flowers or vegetables, Ted had the magic touch when it came to making things grow.

He was also a staunch supporter of the Village Hall.  He was determined to go to every event and someone  was  always  on

hand to give him a lift there and back.

Ted was a family man through and through.  His was a quiet, proud love, but it shone in his eyes, his family meant everything to him.

Yet you can't mention Ted without thinking of Betty.

Theirs was an old-fashioned love which grew deeper and stronger with every year.  In time that love stretched to include children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  There was plenty to go around, and lots left over for friends and neighbours.

Ted will be sadly missed by so many people.  With deepest sympathy to all the family...

The Pub Lads

WOW!  What a night that was.  The Village Hall was packed and the music really rocked!

Skeffling's very own band, The Pub Lads, are getting better and better.  And this time they had a new drummer.  Another Skeffling lad (albeit a newbie!).

Ben Briggs hasn't been living in the village very long, but, happily, he moved in with his drum kit.

He's been playing since he was 14, and previously played local pubs in and around Beverley.  He hasn't played for 4 years, he's been busy studying and getting a degree.  Then The Pub Lads offered him a job and Ben thought he'd give it a try.

When I asked him how he was settling in with the band, he said:  "I'm having fun and enjoying it.  I love playing live music!  I've only had about four rehearsals, but it's great to be drumming again!"

As well as The Pub Lads, Andy Wells sang a few of his own special songs about local people and the area.  There was also a solo spot by Eddy Moxon, another very talented local teenager.

But the highlight of the night was the auction. There was only one lot, a brand new acoustic guitar with the price label still attached!

The bidding went up to £100 and it was sold.  We were then told that it had been bought by a consortium of local people and it was the fourth time it had been auctioned this year!  They always made sure they got the guitar then donated it for the next gig!  Generous people in these parts.

And the generosity shone through that night, to the tune of £1,150.90p.  All of which will go to this year's nominated charity, Pancreatic Cancer.

It was the highest money every raised at the Village Hall.  It really was a fantastic night, and that, as they say, is rock 'n' roll..

Cherie Lawrence

Cherie Lawrence has been to the Village Hall three times now, and been a success every time. She's a talented singer and covers a range of material to suit every taste.

It was a lovely evening with music from the 40s up to the 90s.  Cherie is a very versatile singer and a great entertainer.

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Supper was spit roast chicken and salad, followed by all the delicious cream-filled puddings, as well as cheese and biscuits for those who don't have a sweet palate!

Hopefully, Cherie will be back again soon.  She certainly knows how to make an evening go with a swing...

Village Hall News

At the Village Hall AGM the Chairman, Lynda Payne, said that very little had happened during the financial year.  It had been hoped that general maintenance and repair work would be carried out on the playground but due to various other commitments this did not happen.  Since the work carried out in July on the Wind Turbine everything seems to be working well.

This year, for the first time in the Village Hall, we held a play which was enjoyable and well supported.  It is our intention to have another during the coming year.

Bonfire night was a success and our thanks again to those who donated financially and in various other ways to make the evening a success.

Big Skeff Charity Group

All the functions carried out during the year were well supported with the proceeds going to RED. This was the charity chosen by James Robinson for adults with learning difficulties being given the opportunity to become more involved in running their own nightclub and for those who chose to perform on stage.

With the donation received from Big Skeff Charity Group they are hoping to plan workshops so that some of their members can become more involved in providing dance displays and DJing

on RED nights.  They are hoping this could lead to an ongoing musical theatre. They would like to invite anyone who is interested to attend one of these evenings.

All our other functions were a success and our thanks to everyone for their kind donations.

My thanks to the committee for their hard work during the year.

Events for 2012/13

This is the bit you've all been waiting for, so grab a pen and make a note on your calendar so you don't forget...

Friday, 21st September, is the promised play! Happy Jack by John Godber is a heart-warming mix of comedy and pathos. It follows the lives of Jack and Liz from early courtship to retirement.  It's a celebration of a life of love and will definitely leave you with a warm glow in your heart. Tickets are £6 and there will be light refreshments during the interval.

Please ring Sue on 650330 or Julie on 650069 for tickets.  Word of warning, they really are selling fast for this popular play.  It's a smash hit everywhere it goes, and it's wonderful to have such a celebrated performance at Skeffling Village Hall.

Monday, 5th November is, of course, Bonfire Night. The BBQ and kitchen will be open from 6pm and the Firework Display will be at 6:45pm.

Saturday, 1st December, is the Xmas Fayre at the Village Hall.  This will start at 11am, and there'll be a raffle, tombola, cake stall, and lots of lovely Christmas goodies to make the festive season sparkle.

Saturday, 2nd February, is Burn's Night!  I know lots of you will be delighted about that, and will look forward to the Haggis and Neeps supper.

Bring your dancing shoes, too!  The Kingsdown Pipe Band don't just play the traditional Scottish Aires, but frequently get down and boogey with some great rock 'n roll.

Saturday, 23rd March, something new to the Village Hall.  Coleen’s Fancy is an Irish Folk Duo, and to complement the music there will be a traditional Irish Supper. You'll have to wait and see what that is, but I'm sure it'll be superb.  Where food's concerned the Village Hall Ladies never let us down!

As with last year, unless otherwise stated, tickets will be £10 for adults, £5 for children and £25 For a family ticket.

The Charity for 2012/13 was chosen by Lynda Payne and is Pancreatic Cancer.

Blue Bin Days

The next blue bin collection will be on Thursdays, 11th October & 8th November.

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.

Brown Bin Days

The next three Brown Bin days are:

Thursday 20th September , 4th October & 18th October

Mobile Library Dates

The next two dates for the Mobile Library are Wednesday, 7th March and 21st March.

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

Brown Bin days - Thursdays, 20th , 4th October & 18th October.

Blue Bin day - Thursday 11th October & 8th November.

Mobile Library - Wednesday, 19th September & 3rd October

Friday, 21st September, Happy Jack by John Godber. 7:30pm at the Village Hall

Monday, 5th November, Bonfire Night.  6pm with Firework Display at 6:45pm

Saturday, 1st December, Xmas Fayre, 11am at the Village Hall

Saturday, 2nd February, Burn's Night!

Saturday, 23rd March, Coleen’s Fancy, 7.30 at the Village Hall

Well, that's it, folks, the last Skeffling News.

I hope that over the years you’ve found it interesting to read, informative, and even educational at times.

Last week I was asked if this really is the last issue. I’d like to say never say never, so now and again in future you might find a copy of Skeffling News on your mat.

I know a lot of people keep it to hand for news of local events, so maybe there’ll be a special edition for Village Hall events.

Thank you all, once again, for your support, encouragement and help..

September 2012

Last Month. TOP.

Editor's News

Dear Readers,

I am sorry to have to tell you that this will be the last issue of Skeffling News.  My 8 years as Editor have been a lot of fun and I've enjoyed it immensely, but I feel the time has come to call it a day.

Time is so precious to all of us and just recently I have taken on some new projects and there aren't enough hours in the day to accommodate everything I now have to do.

I'd like to thank the many people who have helped over the years, in particular Sue Turnbull and Syd Rollinson for delivering Skeffling News to the outskirts of Skeffling, Welwick and Easington.  I really couldn't have increased the readership without them.  Also I'd like to thank Thomas Hessell for doing his share of deliveries, and for regularly posting it on the Skeffling Community Website.  It's really lovely to know our local news is being read all over the world by ex-Skeffling residents who still keep in touch.

Finally, I'd like to thank all of you who have supported Skeffling News over the years.  Without you, it wouldn't have been such a pleasure to write.  Thank you all.