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Margaret Roberts 1932 - 2012

It was with sadness we learned of the death of Margaret Roberts.

Margaret was well known and respected throughout the area, and her tireless work for St. Helen's Church, Skeffling was acknowledged by the Rt. Rev. Canon Stephen Cope at her funeral.

Ted Roberts would like to thank Mary Billaney, Margaret Meadley and Tom Revel for the beautiful flower arrangements at St. Helen's.  Thanks also goes to family and friends for their flowers and donations. The donations will be shared equally between Eastend Cancer Relief and Withernsea Hospital League of Friends.

Ted would also like to thank Ken Fewster for all his help in making the arrangements for Margaret's funeral, and to Stephen Cope for such a lovely service.  It was a fitting tribute to such a warm, generous lady and it gave a lot of comfort to the family at such a sad time.

Margaret enjoyed her life and her family to the full. Her contribution to Skeffling and St. Helen's will be remembered for a very long time...

Afternoon Tea...

Lots of people came to the Afternoon Tea at Skeffling Village Hall.  It was held to support RED, Reckless            Energetic

Dancing, the charity in Hull which holds discos and media workshops for people with learning disabilities and their friends.

And support them you really did.  The afternoon raised £240 which will be used to help build confidence and media skills for some very overlooked talented young people.

Thank you for your support, and thank you, too, for the abundance of raffle and tombola prizes donated for the afternoon. They were all gratefully received, and gratefully won!

60s Disco...

Time to search the back of the wardrobe for those gorgeous 60s outfits.  It's optional, but would be a lot of fun turning up at the 60s Disco in some Mary Quant or Biba creations!

Here are the details you've been waiting for...

The venue is Skeffling Village Hall.  The date is Saturday 31st March.  The doors open at 7pm, and from then on it's fantastic music all night!

As usual it's tickets only, and the prices are £9 for adults, £4 for children, and a family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children will be £22.

Supper will be a very classy buffet, with a lot of 60s style food.  If you've forgotten what made your taste buds tingle in the 60s, well you'll just have to come and relive those crazy dishes!

The puddings, though, will be the usual selection of fantastic calorific cream and meringue stuff the village hall are so famous for.  Sometimes I have to wonder if it's the puddings a lot of people come for, and I don't blame them!

There it is then...  Tickets are available from Sue at the Post Office, or any other committee member. Don't waste time though, for this particular gig they're selling like chocolate cake!


Yes, if you live in this part of the East Riding, you all know it's your post code. But HU12 has now become a whole lot more.

Thanks to Ray Duffil and www.HU12online.net Skeffling is well and truly on the map.

A few weeks ago Ray contacted Tom Hessell about Skeffling Community Website, saying it was the best Parish Council website around.  He was particularly complimentary about the Council section, and gave us a terrific write up on HU12 Online.

This is what he said: Skeffling Parish Council information is hosted by the fantastic Skeffling Community Website. Minutes are published on the website rather than linking to another file, councillors details reveal that they really are a ‘super’ team, and in addition you have a wealth of community information about the village!

HU12 Recommends this! Our comment: By far the best approach to a Parish Council website would appear to be the Skeffling Community model. The official council information is there – but there are lots of other reasons to visit the website as well!

Since then Tom and I were asked to write a short feature about Skeffling and it is now on the website for everyone to read.

It's really great when someone says such flattering things about Skeffling Community Website.  It makes all the hard work worth while..

Why not have a look for yourself, there's much more on it than just Council stuff. You might like to look at HU12 Online, too.  It's full of up to date information about so many things in Holderness. There's something for everyone.

Set-Back in Skeffling

There has been a lot of anxiety by Skeffling, Welwick and Easington residents at the Environment Agency's proposed flood defence plans.  Many of them think the Environment Agency has got it wrong.

Last week, Mike Turnbull of Skeffling wrote to The Gazette with his concerns. Here's his letter...

The Environment Agencies’ article regarding set-back at Skeffling contains  some  misleading

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facts which must be addressed before set-back takes place.

In the article the Environment Agency say the set-back will improve Skeffling, Welwick and Weeton’s flood defences. This is not the case. The weakness in the bank are to the east of the proposed set-back in Skeffling, and to the west at Welwick. The bank the Environment Agency intend to flood is the strongest part of the bank. The protection afforded by their plans would mean destroying the strongest bank, and allow the weakest parts of the bank to flood.

According to the Environment Agency they are obliged to put in the set-back. They are not obliged to do this. They claim it is necessary to provide a habitat for birds and worms. To do this they will have to destroy a greater habitat which has existed for hundreds of years, and is thriving. This proposed habitat creation is funded by the EEC, not the Environment Agency.

This project is pushed forward by the EEC Directive that no development can take place in the Estuary unless there is habitat creation made available of the same scale as the development area. Therefore, if anybody wishes to develop in the Estuary they must provide land equal to the land they want to develop as a wildlife habitat.

As a result the land which is going to be flooded in this area is rural agricultural land. We will then lose prime agricultural land and someone in the Estuary will gain industrial land.

If a fraction of the money they propose to use to buy land and create habitats had been spent on maintenance over the past 20 years, the Environment Agency would not need to do this.

No maintenance has been carried out on this bank for many years which has resulted in neglect. No maintenance plan has ever been put in place and executed in all this time.

The Environment Agency is there to protect and improve our environment, not destroy it.

As this project will affect all of us in this area, what are your views on the planned flood defences?

Do you think the Environment Agency is right or wrong?

Please let Skeffling News know by sending an email to:


Holderness Heroes

Do you know anyone who fits this particular bill?

If you do, The Gazette and Hornsea Freeport have teamed up to recognise the good work done by individuals in our region to give them the opportunity to be a special VIP guest at Hornsea Freeport.   The award will include shopping vouchers.

They are looking for ordinary people who do extra-ordinary things for the benefit of others.

So have a good think and if you know of anyone you'd like to nominate there's a coupon in The Gazette you can fill out and post to:

The Gazette, 1 Seaside Road, Withernsea, HU19 2QD

Help for Oil and LPG Users

For anyone living in an off-gas community and who is finding it difficult to pay for Oil or LPG and who has a long term illness, there is some support available from East Riding of Yorkshire Council .  This will include those living with a partner who has a long-term condition.

If you know of anyone in this situation, please ask them to ring 01430 434047 and their details will be passed on to the relevant Officer at East Riding of Yorkshire Council.  This offer will finish on 31st March 2012 so please act quickly.

Poppy Appeal 2010

It's a bit late letting you know how much was raised for the Poppy Appeal in our area, but Yvonne Atkinson has only just heard herself!

In Skeffling we raised £96.41p, and overall collections in the Easington area was £735.99p.

Thanks must go to Yvonne who, every year, visits each house in Skeffling collecting for the Poppy Appeal.  The final total for Skeffling is all due to her hard work.

Church Safety

Holderness Churches are being targeted by thieves. You can help stop them!

If you see a suspicious person or a vehicle at or near your Church, particularly at night. REPORT IT!

Contact Humberside Police on: Tel: 101.  Or in an emergency: 999.

Blue Bin Days

The next blue bin collection will be on Thursdays, 1st & 29th March.

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

Here are the Brown Bin days for March...

Thursday 8th March Thursday 22nd March

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.

Police Surgery

This next Police Surgery date is Wednesday, 14th March between 7 - 8 pm.

If you have any concerns the police officer at the surgery will be more than happy to help you..

Dates for your Diary

Brown Bin days - Thursdays, 8th March and 22nd March.

Blue Bin day - Thursday 1st March and 29th March

Police Surgery - Wednesday, 14th March,


Mobile Library - Wednesday, 7th March and 21st March

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