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January 2011


Editor's Message

Happy New Year...

And wasn't the Old Year a snowy one!

Everyone seemed more than happy with the first fall of snow.  One morning I went for a walk, the sky was blue, the sun was shining and the snow was deep and crunchy.  It looked so gorgeous I took some pictures of Skeffling in the snow which are now on Tom's website.  If you'd like to see them the address is: thomas-hessell.co.uk.

Mind you, it wasn't long, a matter of days I think, before reality set in and people couldn't get to work, to the shops, and we were all wondering how long it was going to last.  Then came the ice, the falls, the injuries, and it was getting close to Christmas when there's always last minute shopping to do.

For those of you who are interested there are approximately 346 days to Christmas!  But you really didn't want to know that, did you!  So let's concentrate on 2011.

This year we have local elections in May, and at the same elections the Government would like us to tell them what type of voting system we'd prefer. No doubt as the date of the elections get ever closer we will be inundated with information on the types of voting systems on offer. We will then have to listen to advocates of each system telling us that theirs is the best.

Before that we have the 2011 Census to complete. This is in March, and I'll let you have all the details as they become available.  There is a rumour that this might the last 10-year Census as most of the information asked for is already held in a variety of other places.

So that's the start of 2011.  I have no doubt many other events will take place to make us gasp, with pleasure or dismay, but will give us plenty to talk about, too.

Burn's Night

For all of you who have been anxiously waiting for news of Burn's Night, here it is!

This year it will be on Saturday, 5th February, with the doors opening at 7.30pm and the entertainment beginning at 8pm.

As for supper...  Have you already guessed?  Here's the answer, haggis, neeps and tatties, followed by low calorie scrumptious puddings.  The only thing you don't know are the ticket prices.  Adults will be £10, children £5 and a family ticket for two adults and two children will be £25.

Unfortunately, I have to tell you that all the tickets have been sold, but Sue has a reserve list at the Post Office in case anyone drops out.  If you haven't got a ticket, but would like to be on the reserve list please give her a ring on 650330.

Xmas Fayre

Fortunately, this year the Xmas Fayre was held just before the worst of snow descended on us, so everyone was able to get into the Village Hall!

As in previous years the Hall was full, with people coming from all the surrounding villages.  The raffle was one of the best ever, and the Village Hall Committee would like to say a really big 'Thank you' to everyone who donated prizes.  Their generosity was overwhelming.

The Tombola, always a firm favourite, ran out of tickets in less than an hour, with over 200 prizes up for grabs!

In all this year's Xmas Fayre raised approximately £800, all of which went to  St. Helen's in aid of the Fabric of the Church.

Generosity is too small a word for the people of the East Riding.  Both the Church and the Village Hall Committee were amazed and extremely grateful for your support of the Xmas Fayre.  The money will go a long way to helping towards the upkeep of the Church during its current refurbishment.

2010 Competition

How good is your memory?   Can you remember news events of 2010?  If you'd like to test your little grey cells why not give the 2010 Competition a try.  It doesn't   end   there  either.

The first 10 people to get it right will win a very coveted prize!

So where can you find this challenging quiz?  It's on our Skeffling Community Website:  thomas-hessell.co.uk.

From the home page you'll find a link to the 2010 competition and the rest is up to you.

Oh, yes.  You'll want to know what the prize is. Now this is where it gets embarrassing...

Tom has created an e-book of some of my short stories and he's giving away 10 as prizes.  So why not have a go.  Even if you don't win one of the prizes, the quiz is a lot of fun.

If you like quizzes and have some time to while away, there are lots of them on Skeffling Community Website which will keep you entertained for hours.

Good luck...


Could you take on the family fit challenge 2011 and win a family holiday?

NHS East Riding of Yorkshire and East Riding of Yorkshire Council are working together to promote healthier living by launching the family fit challenge 2011.

They are looking for 4 to 6 families  who live in the East Riding to take part in the challenge.  The competition is targeted at families of all ages regardless of their current health  and fitness status. It is looking for families that

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are committed to making healthier choices and changes in the New Year, with a chance to win a family holiday, 4 nights self-catering accommodation in Yorkshire for up to 4 people.

To enter the competition say, in no more than 250 words, why you could be our family fit challengers for 2011.  If you don't have an official form please use a plain piece of paper and don't forget to add your name, address, and contact details.

The NHS and East Riding of Yorkshire Council are looking for fun, innovative ways in which your family can get fit together, and keep fit!  Deadline for entries is 31 January 2011 and the date of the holiday is Monday 30 May 2011 to Friday 3 June 2011.

Please send your application  to:- FREEPOST RRZE-LKKK-LJHY, Dawn Branton, Public Health, NHS East Riding of Yorkshire, Health House, Grange Park Lane, Willerby,  HU12 6DT.  Or by email to: change4life@erypct.nhs.uk

For more information please contact Dawn Branton on 01482 650700 or visit HERE

Doorstep Sellers

East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Age UK would like to make residents aware of companies targeting elderly and vulnerable resident trying to supply them with burglar or fire alarms at inflated prices.  Also on the increase are cold-calls about will writing and investment planning.  They offer free home consultations on how assets and homes can be protected from charges for care homes.

Age UK East Riding say they have received many enquiries from older people who    have   had   dealings

with unregulated companies.  These include misleading statements, people's rights to cancel agreements, as well as excessive fees being charged.

Here are some useful tips:

1.  Always use a security chain when opening your door and check the identity of all callers.

2.  If you are visited by a sales person when you haven't asked to be, advise them politely that you do not buy goods or services as a result of cold-calling and close the door.

3.  Ask someone you trust to be there with you if you are expecting a salesperson to all.

4.  Always read any document you are asked to sign before signing it, and always get at least three quotes to compare prices.

5.  Remember, it is your home.  If you are unhappy with the way a salesperson is behaving you can tell them to leave.

If you would like to report any incidents like this, or need general consumer advice, please contact Consumer Direct on 08454 040506.

Church Services

While St. Helen's is undergoing refurbishment, Church Services will be held at 'Windy Nook' on the 1st Sunday of the month at 9.30am.  The Services are open to anyone who would like to attend, and you will receive a warm welcome.

The next Church Service will be on Sunday, 6th February.

Police Surgery

This month the Police Surgery will be held on Wednesday,  12th January, then 16th February between  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, 12 and 26 January. It will be 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 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.

Council News

At the December meeting of Skeffling Parish Council the Precept for the year 2011/2012 was discussed. After a long discussion it was agreed unanimously that the Precept remain at £1,320 for the year.  It was felt by all councillors that with the current financial climate there should be no increase to the Parishes claim on taxpayers.

Council work was severely delayed in December due to the dreadful weather.  East Riding of Yorkshire Council sent daily updates on the work they were doing to keep roads clear and giving us up-to-the-minute weather reports.

This was a great help, but due to the severe weather conditions East Riding of Yorkshire Council were unable to keep side roads clear.  Their main objective was to keep traffic moving on main roads to enable people to get to work and make necessary journeys.

During this time Skeffling Parish Council purchased grit and councillors used this on pathways and elderly and infirm residents paths.  Then East Riding of Yorkshire Council offered a grant to all Parish Councils to  help  with  the  costs  of

dealing with the bad weather.  Skeffling Parish Council immediately put in for a share of the grant and were able to purchase a salt bin and rock salt. Another purchase of grit was made and councillors did all they could to keep the side roads and pathways as safe as possible.

With the help of volunteers Skeffling survived the snow very well. December was recorded as the coldest for 100 years, and gave us conditions we have not experienced for a long time.

Skeffling Parish Council will meet again on Tuesday, 1st February at 7.30pm at Skeffling Village Hall.

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.

Blue Bin Days

Blue bin collection is on Thursday, 27th January.

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 brown bin collections will be on Thursday 3rd February.

Dates for your Diary

Brown Bin days - Thursday, 3rd February

Blue Bin day - Thursday 27th January

Police Surgery - Wednesday, 12th January, then 16th February 7-8pm

Mobile Library - Wednesday, 12th and 26th January

Last Month. Next Month.