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Christmas Message

Christmas seems to come around so quickly these days.  My mother always told me that time goes quicker as you get older.  How right she was…

It only seems a month or two ago that I was wishing everyone a merry Christmas, now I'm doing it again.

So while I'm doing that I'd like to thank all the readers of Skeff News, in Skeffling, Easington and Welwick, for their support and encouragement during the past year.  It's good to know your views and opinions, and makes Skeff News very interesting to write!  Thank you, too, for all the news you pass my way - I couldn't do it without you.

That only leaves me to wish all of you the very best Christmas and a happy New Year.

Xmas Fayre

The Xmas Fayre was a stupendous success this year.  All the proceeds are to go to St. Helen's for the Fabric of the Church.  As a result of the generosity of everyone who attended, and some who couldn't get there, a massive cheque for £560 will be given to St. Helen's.

A total of £580 was raised, but the Village Hall Committee voted to give Bernard Blashill a donation of £20 for entertaining us with his hurdy-gurdy both on Bonfire Night and at the Xmas Fayre.  Bernard is a frequent visitor to the events at the Village Hall, and certainly brightens cold

winter days and nights with his incredible hurdy-gurdy.

The Village Hall Committee have asked me to thank everyone for their generous donations.

Burns Night

Here's the information a lot of readers have been waiting for!

Burns Night will be on Saturday, 26th January 2008 at the Village Hall. Doors will open at 7.30pm for an 8pm start.  Supper will be the now familiar tatties and neeps, which will accompany the traditional haggis.

Ticket prices have been kept down to last year's prices.  An adult ticket is £6.50, children £3 and a family ticket for two adults and two children will be £16.

As this very special night has become so popular tickets will be on sale after the New Year. If you can't get to the Post Office, or contact a Village Hall Committee Member, Sue will be happy to take your booking over the phone at the Post Office.

Most of you will be aware of the vast improvements made to the Village Hall since the wind turbine project was finished, but it didn't end there.  For the past two weeks workmen have been hard at it making even more improvements to the kitchen and toilets. Once the decorating is complete the Village Hall will look very different, and be extremely comfortable and energy efficient.

If you've enjoyed Burns Night in previous years and look  forward  to  repeating

the experience, please book early.  Last year tickets sold very quickly, so don't be left out.

Sue’s Marathon

Always ready to do something for charity, Sue Turnbull, our excellent Post Mistress, is taking part in a 26 mile marathon.  Where does she get the energy from!

It's being held at the Leisure Centre, Withernsea, but isn't the usual ‘running’ type marathon.  Participants can choose any of the disciplines available at the Leisure Centre, and can split the 26 miles into smaller sessions.  The complete mileage must, however, be completed by the end of December.

Sue has chosen to use the gym to reach her goals. The equipment she'll be using are the bike, the rowing machine and the treadmill.  In just two sessions she has already completed 13 miles, and is well on course to reach the magic 26 mile goal.

The charity Sue is doing the marathon for is the Asthma Charity, and she's looking for sponsors.  To sponsor Sue, please call in at the Post Office during opening hours and put your name down.  If you can't get to the Post Office she'll be happy to take your sponsorship over the phone - 650330.

Post Office

During the latest round of Post Office closures it was suspected we might lose our Post Office.

However, our Post Office IS  NOT  closing,  although

there will be a slight change to the opening hours.

From the week beginning 4th February the Post Office will be open on Tuesday morning from 9am to 12noon, and Wednesday morning from 9am to 1pm.  There will no longer be a service on Fridays.

Carol Service

Just a reminder that the Carol Service at St. Helens Church will be on Thursday, 20th December, staring at 7pm.

Everyone is welcome to attend the Service.

Parish Plan

The Council have been discussing the implementation of a Parish Plan for sometime now. Many local villages have already put a Plan in place which outlines improvements to facilities for the benefit of all residents.

A grant application to fund the work has been applied for, the result of which should be known by the middle of January.

This will be a great step forward for our village, but it will need the input and views of all the villagers. Everyone should have their say about how they'd like to see the village grow over the next 10 years.  There are a wide range of ages and hobbies in the village so it is important to make provision for as many interests as possible.

A Public Meeting is being held at the Village Hall on Wednesday, 9th January 2008 starting at 7pm where Karen  Wood  will  make  a

slide show presentation on the Parish Plan and the procedures for implementing it.  She will explain why we need a Parish Plan and how it will benefit Skeffling.

This will effect everyone in the village and it is hoped as many people as possible will be there.  Your views do matter, and this is the ideal forum to have your say.

A flyer with all the details will be delivered to every house in Skeffling after Christmas.  Please read it carefully as it does effect you.

Traffic Calming

With the new work at the gas site in Easington we will, once again, have heavy goods traffic going through the village.  There will be about 200 plus journeys per day, and the work is due to last at least 5 years.

Meetings are taking place to discuss what can be done to calm the traffic, and ensure drivers obey the 30mph speed limit.

We have been assured that the drivers are under strict instructions to stick to the speed limit and take care driving through the villages.

In the meantime the public are being asked to be extremely vigilant regarding this extra traffic. If you do witness a lorry speeding or being badly driven please taken the registration number so the matter can be reported to the relevant authority.

Blue Bins

This week we should all have received our 2008 calendar for Blue Bin collection days.

Just in case yours didn't arrive, or you threw it out by mistake, here's a list of the dates for next year.

Friday, 5 January

Friday, 1 February

Friday, 7 March

Friday, 4 April

Friday 16 May

Friday, 13 June

Friday, 11 July

Friday, 8 August

Friday, 5 September Friday, 3 October

Friday, 28 November

According to the list I have, there isn't a collection in December.  I suspect this is because it would fall during the Christmas period.

There will be a regular reminder in Skeff News of the bin dates for each month.

Compost Bins

For all of you who ordered compost bins last month these have now been ordered.  There's no firm date for their arrival - bearing in mind it is Christmas - but as soon as they are delivered you'll get your order within a day or two.

Dog Fouling

There have been several complaints about dog fouling at the bottom of Church Road, on the pathway towards the Church, Winsetts Road and outside the Village Hall.

Would all dog owners please clear up after their dogs as it is unpleasant and unhygienic for other people to have to clear up.

Council News

The Council meeting was held on Tuesday, 4th December.

The Parish Plan was discussed.  The grant application has been submitted and the Council should know if it has been successful in the middle of January.  The whole procedure takes about 10 weeks.  It was agreed that a Public Meeting be held on Wednesday, 9th January at 7pm at the Village Hall.  Karen Wood will do a presentation to explain the Parish Plan and the  work  involved.   There

will be a slide show.  The event will be well publicised and everyone in the village will receive notification of the meeting.

The Environment Agency have cleaned the dyke at Stothards Yard.  They have also taken mud and debris out of the clough and it is their intention to get the sluice gate working efficiently.

At the meeting with Yorkshire Water on the 15th November the matter of land surface water was discussed fully. Ways were discussed for the water to bypass the sewage plant. The Parish Council will be applying for funding of £5,000 from East Riding Council for the purchase of a pipe to take water from the dyke running behind the Village Hall and to bypass the sewage plant entirely. Yorkshire Water will place a manhole at a suitable site as an inspection hatch for the pipe.  This will increase the capacity of the water flow by 260% of its present rate.

The precept was discussed and it was agreed to set the precept for 2008/2009  at £1,100. An increase of approximately 3% which is in line with inflation.

East Riding Council will be reviewing the Emergency Preparedness Plan 2007 and have asked for feedback from local councils.  Cllr. P. Payne attended a meeting on the subject and told East Riding Council he thought they were pushing their responsibility on to Parish Councils who do not have the manpower or resources to take on this work.  The representative of Burstwick Council agreed with him. Cllr. Turnbull said we cannot accept this in the form currently outlined by East Riding Council.  They are expecting local councils to  cover  the work

of East Riding Council without any manpower or finances.  It was agreed to write to East Riding regarding the present form of the plan explaining we do not have the resources to deal with a major incident.

A letter from OCTIP has been sent to every house in the village.  A meeting is being organised to discuss traffic calming during the new work being done at the gas site in Easington. People should be vigilant regarding the increased heavy goods traffic.  If they see any bad driving or speeding the vehicle number should be taken so the culprit can be reported The Council meets on the first Tuesday of every month at the Village Hall. Everyone is welcome to attend 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.

Dates for your Diary

Blue Bin day  - Friday 5 January

Mobile Library - Wednesdays, 2 and 16 January

Xmas Carol Service - at St. Helen's church on 20th December, starting at 7pm Burns Night - 26 January at the Village Hall.  Doors open at 7.30pm.


 Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all

December 2007

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