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January 2012

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I'd like to wish all my readers a very Happy New Year, and thank you for staying with Skeffling News.

So it's 2012...  It's hard to believe I've lived in Skeffling for 13 years, and been Parish Clerk for 12 of those years.  It's flown by so quickly, and it's never been dull!

At least we didn't welcome in the New Year in several feet of snow as we did last year.  In fact, it's been unseasonable warm.  There were daffodils in full bloom in Main Road in December, I wonder will they grow again in the spring...

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Scourge of the Sewers

Last week it took 3 men in 3 vehicles, 2 hours to free the sewage pump at the crossroads of the scourge of baby wipes.

It's a well known fact that baby wipes, and feminine hygiene wipes are excellent products and invaluable in this modern age, but they do have their drawbacks. The main one is that they do not disintegrate or deteriorate.  In fact they're as strong as rope, and the guys who have to disentangle them from sewage pumps will tell you just how many problems they cause, and how many pumps have to be replaced.

The message they have for households is "Please do not put these products into the toilet!"  they do not

disintegrate like toilet paper.  In fact the only thing you should put down the toilet is toilet paper.  This disintegrates and moves along the system very nicely.  Baby wipes and similar products do not.  They make their way down to the pump and wrap themselves around it.  The pump then grinds to a halt, burning itself out in the process.  This then has to be replaced, which is very expensive.

When this happens everything in the sewer can't get any further and starts to back up.  Raw sewage  will then back up into your toilets, baths and sinks and you could have a serious health issue to deal with.

It's not a very nice picture, but that's what happens.

So please, please, do not put these products into the toilet.  They should be disposed of with the normal household waste, just as you dispose of nappies.

In Greece it is an offence to put toilet paper into the toilet.  This is because their pipes and sewage system cannot cope with anything apart from human waste. Wherever you stay in Greece you'll find notices telling you that if you do put toilet paper into the toilet and it blocks the drains you will be charged 200 Euros to have the drains unblocked.  In every private and public toilet in Greece there is a small bin specifically to dispose of toilet paper.

Would it be so difficult to use the same system here. A small bin in the bathroom to put the baby wipes and hygiene products before they are transferred to the normal household bin.

Having to repair the sewage pump is expensive, and so easily avoided.

This warning also applies to septic tanks and other waste disposal methods. Please take heed, it only takes a slight change in your habits and it can save an awful lot of inconvenience and expense.

Winter Gritting Service

All of us remember last January and the dreadful snow and ice covering our roads.  East Riding Council didn't have the resources to clear any of the side roads and had to concentrate on the main roads in the area.  So far we've escaped really bad weather, but that might not last.

Wilkin Partners of Welwick, East Riding of Yorkshire Council approved contractors, are offering a road gritting and/or snow ploughing service to Parish Councils.

Their tractor mounted spreader is ideal for small village roads where lorry grip spreaders are too large to gain access, including side streets and cul-de-sacs.  They can either supply the grit to be spread and/or spread grit supplied by individual Parish Councils.

Ploughing and gritting can be undertaken in one pass with the plough mounted on the front of the tractor and the grit spreader on the back.

If you'd like more information or a quotation to pass on to your Parish Council please telephone Mick Wilkin on 07836 756460.

Afternoon Tea...

If you fancy having Afternoon Tea with your friends, you couldn't do better than come on down to Skeffling Village Hall 2:00 pm on Saturday 18th February. There'll be tea, coffee, cakes, and I guarantee the company will be terrific!

As well as a good old chat, you can buy a few raffle tickets, try your luck on the Tombola, and buy some lovely cakes to take home for tea.  There's also a bric a brac stall for all those little treasures you didn't know you needed!

It'll be nice to see you there.  A good start to 2012...

Proceeds of the afternoon will go to charity...  Please see the item below...

'RED' Nightclub...

...is based at Armstrong's bar at Hull University and run entirely by volunteers.  RED Nightclub happens every 3 months, although a lot of people say this isn't often enough.

RED - short for Reckless Energetic Dancing - was set up just over 5 years ago to provide a nightclub for adults with learning disabilities,      and      their

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friends, in Hull.  With a bar, DJs and a live band, there is also an 'open mike' session for punters to show-case their own talents.

One of the aims is to involve people with learning disabilities in the running of their nightclub and to enable those who do to perform on stage.  RED already have some volunteers with learning disabilities who assist with selling merchandise and stewarding.  They would like to have DJs and some dance performers with learning disabilities.  An inclusive band would be amazing!

RED was inspired by the inclusive pop group MiXiT who came and performed at RED, singing cover songs and performing dance routines.  RED would like to have their own Hull version.

Some adults with learning disabilities have beautiful voices, but have rarely been encouraged to sing.  Some are amazing dancers, but have no platform on which to perform.  Often they lack the confidence to try any more.  People with learning disabilities generally get the 'short straw'.  RED aims to change that and in so doing, help to change the public's perception of people with learning disabilities, so that more people see ability, not disability.

RED would like to use any donations towards this end:  to engage adults with learning disabilities in singing, dance and DJ skills workshops with the aim of forming an inclusive performance company.

The work this charity does is amazing, and with very few donations.  It's mostly volunteers, but they do need money to keep things going.  Young people love nightclubbing, but if you're disabled it's not easy to mix and mingle in Hull nightclubs.

RED gives them the opportunity to enjoy a night out without feeling 'out of it', and to give them confidence to explore and use the talents they have.

60s Disco...

The last time we had a 60s disco at Skeffling Village Hall, it was a great success.  So much so that they're having another one!

At the moment there aren't too many details, they'll be in the February issue...  But I can confirm the date will be Saturday, 31st March, and there'll be a buffet supper.

Our DJ will be Terry Payne and he's coming all the way from the South Coast, and he's got a fantastic collection of 60s stuff.

So watch out for all the finer details in next month's issue, like the ticket price!

One thing I can tell you now...  As it's a 60s night you can rummage in the back of your wardrobes for all those gorgeous 60s fashions you couldn't bear to part with.  I know I've got some Biba tops somewhere...  Must go look for them...

Watch Out - There's a Thief About

Detective Inspector Paul Kirby is in charge of a dedicated team of officers who investigate home burglaries and vehicle crime offences across the East Riding and he has a message for residents.

While the East Riding is one of the safest places to live in the country, we must acknowledge that there are a small number of criminals who will take any opportunity to steal from houses or cars.

A third of burglaries occur because a home or car has been left insecure.

Unlocked doors and windows, especially rear or conservatory door, are a target.  Valuable items left within easy reach of an open window also make things easier for the criminal and harder for the police to catch them.

With vehicle crime, the most desirable item is the sat nav system.  People leave the sat nav system on view when they get out of the car, and those who remove them may still leave the cradle or charging wires in view.  Even the sucker marks on the windscreen can attract the criminal.

Here are some points to make you safer...

1. Keep the doors to your home locked, even when you are in.

2. Ensure you close your windows when you are out, gone to bed, or in another part of the house.  Some opportunist burglars will climb through windows.

3. Keep valuable property away from doors and windows.

4. Keep your car keys accessible, but away from doors and windows.

5. Car doors and windows must be secured when you leave your vehicle.

6. Never leave your car unattended with the engine running.

7. Never leave property on view.  Remove tell-tale signs of a sat nav system.

8. Be neighbourly.  Keep an eye on each other's property.

For further advice contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team through the new non-emergency contact number 101.

There is also a police surgery in Skeffling Village Hall every month.  Just go along and discuss any concerns with the Police Officer there.  Dates and times of the surgery are in Skeffling News and on Skeffling Community Website’s events page.

Blue Bin Days

The next blue bin collection will be on Thursday, 2nd February.

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 January...

Thursday 12th January Thursday 26th January

Mobile Library Dates

The next two dates for the Mobile Library are Wednesday, 25th January and 8th February.

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, 8th February 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, 12th January and 26th January.

Blue Bin day - Thursday 2nd February

Police Surgery - Wednesday, 8th February,


Mobile Library - Wednesday, 25th January, and 8th February

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