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TOP. Last Month.

August 2011

Charmain Parsonage 1951 - 2011

Charmain and I have been close friends for over 40 years, and I make no apology for admitting how very much I miss her.

Knowing her so well it's hard to pick out just a few of her many qualities, but I'd have to put loyalty at the top of the list.  She was a loyal, loving, caring person who couldn't bear to see anyone in distress, Charmain would do everything she could to help.

Next must come respect. Whilst working her way up to being PA to Tim Hollis, Chief Constable of Humberside Police, Charmain gained the respect of everyone she came into contact with. This was more than evident at her funeral where so many of the people she worked with came to say their final goodbyes.  From the many sympathy cards Tom received the word 'respect' was written over and over again.

Charmain had lived in Skeffling for 35 years and prided herself on being an active part of the community.  When Gwen Simpson announced the crazy idea of moving and rebuilding the Village Hall. Charmain was one of the first to volunteer her help.  It took a while, but they did it. Organising fund raising events, collecting jumble, even   bags   of    concrete,

Charmain was in the middle of it all.

Skeffling Village Hall has changed a lot over the years, but every time I go there I'm reminded that Charmain played a big part in its creation.

All through her life Charmain worked hard, and when she retired last October she had a very big 'To Do' list.  In March this year she gave her precious garden a thorough make-over, fully intending to spend lazy summer days sitting in the sunshine and enjoying it.  Unfortunately it wasn't to be.  However, her garden will continue to bloom.  A fitting tribute to a special lady.

This sounds as though Charmain did nothing but work hard, but she knew how to have fun, too, as her many friends in the East Riding will testify!

Charmain's life went through many changes and when she met Tom it changed yet again.  They were partners for 25 years, and they were happy, loving years.  I know that because Charmain told me, and another of her attributes was that she never lied.

She will be missed by so many people, and whenever we go out in future all her friends will be aware of an empty place at the table or seat in the concert hall.

I am deeply proud and privileged to have been her friend...

On Yer Bike!

Congratulations to Mike and Gaz.  They did it! Lands End to John O' Groats, 1,050 miles from one end of the country to the other!

And it wasn't easy.  They had hoped to complete the journey in 3 weeks, but it took a few days more.  Our British weather did all it could to slow them down, and the first part of the ride was horrendous.  Rain made sure they were wet most of the time, and the wind slowed them down even more.

Towards the end of the trip they knew they were going to miss their ride home if they carried on. Jenny Turnbull had arranged a holiday to John O' Groats so she could pick them up and bring them back to Skeffling. Decisions had to be made…

Should they abandon the challenge and finish it later in the year, or push on and then give some thought to how they'd get home..  In the end the decision was made for them.  Gaz's very generous boss gave him an extra week off and James Robinson drove up to Scotland to meet them and bring them home.

It was a big enough challenge to start with, but the bad weather added many unwanted problems.

The outcome of this journey by Skeffling's champion bike riders was to raise money for charity. And   they   did!       So  far

they've raised a massive £1,500!

And because the lads are who they are it doesn't end there…

In September Mike is planning a Hog Roast in the Village Hall to thank everyone who donated their time and their money to help them.  There's no date yet - it depends on the harvest!  Once the date has been decided Skeffling News will let you know.

As with their previous Hog Roast celebration night, there will be no charge, but there will be a very big donations bin.  So it'll be up to you how much you'd like to contribute.  Every penny collected will go to the two charities nominated, and when all the sums have been done Skeffling News will let you know how much and where it's going to.

Once again, Mike and Gaz...  Excellent job, very well done…

Village Hall AGM

The Village Hall and Big Skeff Annual General Meetings were held at the beginning of June.  It was decided that the Charity for the coming year would be a group call Hull Red which has been chosen by James Robinson.

This group provide events for people with learning disabilities and very rarely receive any donations. Information regarding their work and aims will be in the next issue of Skeffling News.

At the meeting the following events were agreed.

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On Friday, 23 September there will be a play titled 'My Brilliant Divorce' at Skeffling Village Hall.  It starts at 7.30pm and there will be light refreshments during the interval.

Bonfire Night will be on Saturday 5 November.  The BBQ will be ready at 6pm and the firework display begins at 6.45pm.

The Xmas Fayre will take place on Saturday, 3 December at Skeffling Village Hall beginning at 11am.

More details on the above will be in future issues of Skeffling News with more events in the New Year.

Lynda Payne, as Chairman of the Village Hall Committee and Big Skeff, would like to thank everyone who provide raffle, tombola prizes and donations throughout the year, plus all the baking which mysteriously arrives for various events.  Thank you, too, to the T'ai Chi group for their generous donation towards Bonfire Night every year.

Lynda would personally like to thank the Committee for all the work they do to put on these events, the time they give and the fact that not one member of the Committee claim any expenses for all they do.

Martin Jackson

The Village Hall Committee would like to thank everyone who came to our evening with Martin Jackson and we hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did...  Lynda Payne.

We did, Lynda.  Martin Jackson Nights are always a lot of fun, and Martin just gets better and better…

My Brilliant Divorce

My Brilliant Divorce was nominated for 'Best Entertainment' at the Olivier Awards after playing a sell-out season in London's West End

And now it's coming to Skeffling!

The only difference is, you won't have to pay West End prices to see the play.

My Brilliant Divorce is a comedy with just a touch of pathos, brilliantly written and superbly performed, and it's on at Skeffling Village Hall on Friday, 23 September.

Tickets are £6, and it starts at 7.30pm.  Light refreshments will be available during the interval. Tickets can be bought from Skeffling Post Office or ring Sue on 650330 or Julie on 650069 and they're ready to buy right now, so there's no need to ring to book your seats.

It promises to be an excellent night and tickets are selling fast, so don't leave it too late.

Welcome Home…

To Ted Douglas of Skeffling.  He's been in hospital for a while, but is home and doing well.  Take care, Ted, it's nice to have you back…

St Helen's News

The refurbishment of St. Helen's is now complete. To celebrate this, an official reopening ceremony will take place on St. Helen's Day, Thursday, 18 August at 6pm.  The Archdeacon of the East Riding and the Deanery Choir will join the celebrations.  Everyone is welcome to attend the ceremony and take part in the service.

St Helen's holds a special place in the hearts of local people and is visited regularly by many families. It also has a proud history which, due to the refurbishment, will ensure it will continue well into the future.

The Lions

Everyone knows about The Lions, but all too often the wonderful work they do

for the community goes unnoticed.

For instance, how many times have you gone to the doctors and not noticed the special bin at reception where you can put your old spectacles.  These are cleaned and repaired and then sent out to third world countries to help people improve their eyesight.

Another invaluable service The Lions provide is a taxi service to our hospitals on Sundays.  We all know how important it is to have visitors when you're in hospital, but if you don't have your own transport you'll know all too well that without a Sunday bus service or a kind friend to take you, you won't be able to visit that special friend or relative in hospital.

That's where the Lions come in.  They will pick you up at a convenient place in the village, take you to Hull Royal or Castle Hill, wait for you, then bring you home.  Strictly speaking there's no charge for this service, but a donation is very gratefully received.  And worth every penny.

To take advantage of this excellent service all you have to do is ring Reg Gale on 612865 before 12noon on Saturday and book your seat.  Their mini bus will pick you up on Sunday at about 1pm.and get you home at about 5pm.

Local charities such as The Lions do excellent work, and they need our help and donations.  So let's support them in any way we can.

BTs Wind Turbine

BT are hoping to submit their plans for 5 wind turbines in Skeffling and Easington at the end of August.

They will be holding Exhibitions at the beginning of October to outline their plans and work schedule.

There will be an Exhibition in Easington Community Hall, and the following week it will move to Skeffling Village Hall. This will give everyone in the area the opportunity to see what BT is proposing and get a better idea how it will affect both villages.

Skeffling News will keep you up to date.

Late News

I'd like to thank the anonymous person who left a bag of vegetables outside my door.  It was very generous and kind of you. Please give me a ring so I can thank you in person…


Sorry there were no issues of Skeffling News in June and July.  My computer blew up in the thunderstorm of 10th June.

Police Surgery

The next Police Surgery is on Monday 5th September at 7 - 8pm.  If you have any concerns the police at the surgery will be more than happy to help you.

Mobile Library Dates

The Mobile Library will be in Skeffling on Wednesday, 24th August and 7th September.

Blue Bin Days

The next Blue bin collection is on Thursday, 8th September

Brown Bin Days

The next brown bin collections will be on Thursdays 18th August, Friday 2nd September and 15th September.

Dates for your Diary

St Helen’s reopening ceremony Thursday 18th August.

My Brilliant Divorce, Village Hall, Friday 23rd September, 7:30p.m.

Xmas Fayre, Village Hall, 3rd December, 11:00a.m.

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