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Flood Management

The Holderness Flood Defence Group (HFDG) has had a series of meetings to discuss the very high level of alarm regarding the Environment Agency's Humber Flood Risk Management Strategy ‘Planning for Rising Tides'.

Following these meetings the HFDG would like to highlight the following points:-

1. The total lack of concern by the Environment Agency and Natural England in regard to their attempts at public consultation and attitude towards individuals and whole communities.

2. The potential damage that this Strategy will wreak upon the area's economic and social development surrounding the Humber Basin is incalculable.

3. Loss of land to flood will be around 210 square miles.  An approximate cost for one lost crop per year at today's price would be circa £96,965,486.

4. Potential loss of some 142,006 properties and with incalculable loss to industry, commerce and agriculture.

5. The Environment Agency and Natural England are not so concerned with flood management and the protection of our lands for the benefit of all, but for providing additional natural habitat to meet their own targets and are using public funds to do so.

It is apparent that the people of this area and nationally DO NOT KNOW how the Environment Agency's   free   rein   will

affect them and, as a result, a vote of No Confidence in the Report and       that       of       the

Environment Agency was taken and was agreed unanimously with similar feelings towards Natural England.

The HFDG would like you to bring this to the notice of all the effected areas in Holderness for everyone to know about these intentions at first hand and show their concerns over this Report.

In addition, the HFDG has reviewed the Environment Agency's Humber Flood Risk Strategy document and are extremely concerned with its content and implications.  They, together with your support, can dramatically change the flood risk strategy for the Humber Region.

If you with to study the full document, please go to: Humber Flood Risk Management Strategy

This issue is obviously of great importance to the people of Skeffling, and representatives of Skeffling Parish Council are attending every meeting of the HFDG.

Skeffling News will keep you updated on this as it will affect everyone in the village.

Parish Plan

Work on the Parish Plan is progressing well.

The questionnaire has been prepared and is currently    being    printed.

These will be delivered personally to your door by the end of June.

Each question is relevant to life in Skeffling, and your answers    will    give    the

Parish Council a clearer idea of how to improve present facilities in the village and generate new ideas for the future.

Your opinions are valuable, and when the answers have been analysed an event will be held in the Village Hall to give everyone another chance to air their views.

On each questionnaire will be a number which will go into a drawer for a £50 prize.  Just tear the number off the questionnaire before it is collected and bring it with you to the event in the Village Hall where the drawer will take place.

It must be stressed that the questionnaires are strictly anonymous.  No household will be identified in any way.

Village Hall News

The Village Hall Committee Annual General Meeting was held on Thursday, 22nd May.

Linda Payne was once again elected Chairman, Sue Turnbull as Vice-Chairman, Julie Newsam as Treasurer and Alison Holden as Secretary.

In the Chairman's Report Linda Payne thanked the members of the Committee for all their efforts in the past year.  A lot of hard work went into the organisation and preparation of the launch of the Wind Turbine on the 16th June .  The afternoon event and the evening social night were a great success and was well attended.

Early in 2008 the final stage of the refurbishment of the Village Hall took place.  The Committee and

volunteers spent hours cleaning up after the workmen for the hall to be ready for Burns Night.

The Parish Council are applying for a grant to create paths around the hall and make a paved area for sitting.  If the application is successful the work will be carried out over the next few months.

Now that the refurbishment is complete it is hoped more people will use the Village Hall for private functions and meetings, etc.

Hiring Fees

Skeffling Village Hall is available for hire at very reasonable rates.  There is a fully equipped kitchen and chairs and tables to seat up to 100.

Social events are £5 per hour.

Business events are £10 per hour.

All day events are £75 per day.

To book the Village Hall please ring Julie Newsam on 01964 650069.

Welwick Quiz Night

If you missed Quiz Night at Skeffling there's another one at Welwick Parish Hall on Saturday, 28th June.

Entrance tickets are £5 each and this includes supper.  A bar has been applied for.

It's another chance for all you Quiz buffs to exercise those little grey cells, so take your pens along to Welwick Parish Hall on the 28th June and have a fun night with them.

Pipers Wanted…

Have you ever wanted to play an instrument and never had the opportunity?

The Kingstown Scottish Pipe Band has played at Skeffling Village Hall at every Burns Night, as well as many other venues in the East Riding.  They are currently looking for people to learn the pipes to join the Band as pipers, drummers and dancers.

Anyone is welcome to look in on their practice sessions at the Preston Methodist Church Hall on Monday and Thursday evenings between 7 and 10pm.

Don't get the impression they just play Scottish music either.  They're extremely good at rock 'n roll and popular sing-along tunes!  If you've seen them in action at Burns Night you'll know what they're capable of, and if you'd like to be a part of the Band they'd be delighted to talk to you about it.

The Band are also looking for musicians and singers to form a ‘Cielidh' (pronounced Celly) band within the Pipe Band.

So if you're between 10 and 100, male or female, boys or girls, why not pop in to the Preston Methodist Church Hall and find out what it's all about.   For more information call

Bob Small on 01964 614457. Maybe we'll see a few of you playing at the next Burns Night...

Quiz Night

Skeffling's Quiz Night set out to be fun, and it was.

The prize of £20, went to The Humblebums team from Easington.

Quite a few people asked when the next quiz will be. So, by popular demand it's on 9th August.  That'll give Skeffling teams a chance to get their own back!

The evening raised £139 which will go to the Macmillan Nurses charity.

Council News

AGM Report

The Skeffling Parish Council's AGM was held on 13th May.

Cllr. Turnbull was re-elected as Chairman, and Cllr. Linda Payne was elected Vice-Chairman.

In his annual report the Chairman thanked the Councillors and volunteers for the tremendous amount of work they have done this year. He said It had been a very busy year, and a few projects had been finalised.

The wind turbine was up and running and officially opened  on  the  16th June.

It is meeting its projection figures, and the Council were sure it would be of benefit to the village.

Cllr. Peter Payne and Cllr. Richard Newsam are moving ahead with the production of the Parish Plan. This, again, will be of benefit to the village as it will enable the Council to access grants for future improvements. The work on the Parish Plan is going well, and the questionnaire will be ready for distribution in June.

Following the flooding of last year, a solution was sought with East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Yorkshire Water and our drainage contractor. It was decided the only way to relieve the surface water flow in the village was to lay a 30" pipe, bypassing the filtration plant, and taking the water away from the village. Money for this was sourced from East Riding and the pipe has now been laid, and will, hopefully, solve the excess water problem in the west of the village.

It has taken a lot of time to sort these things out and a lot of hard work by councillors and volunteers. Cllr. Turnbull said the Council were on target with various projects, and would

work towards completing more projects this year. Council Meeting

The monthly Council meeting followed the AGM.

Yorkshire Water has finished work on the manhole and the 30" pipe has been connected.

Cllr. Newsam is dealing with the speed reactive sign issue.  Whilst we do qualify for this method of speed control, we are at the bottom of the list for funding.  Cllr. Newsam is investigating other ways to fund the sign.

The Environment Agency propose to do nothing regarding flood defences in the area. Regeneration meetings are taking place with other parishes and Agencies to gather support to change this view. Councillors will attend every meeting of the Holderness Flood Defence Group to strenuously put our opinions.

Annual Audit figures were put before the Council and agreed as being an accurate account of the Council's financial situation for the year 2007/2008.

The Parish Plan is progressing well, and the questionnaires will be delivered to every household by the end of June.

A grant is being applied for to landscape the exterior of the Village Hall.

The next Council meeting will be held on 10th June. 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.

Forthcoming Events

Please make a note of the following on your calendar.  There're things happening at the Village Hall this summer which you may not want to miss.

 20th September -  A Country and Western Night with the  popular Hog Roast. Tickets are £9 for grown-ups, £5 for children, and a family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) is £22.

5th November - Bonfire Night beginning at 6pm.

6th December - The Annual Xmas Fayre will be held between 10am and 12noon.  All the proceeds will go to the Fabric of St. Helen's Church.

January 2009 - Burns Night.  Details later.

This year Skeffling Village Hall's sponsored charity is the Macmillan Nurses. Proceeds from the events will go directly to them.

Even More Events…

19 July - Rock 'n Roll  at the Village Hall. DJ duo  'im'n'er' will be providing the  music, and supper is a Chicken Roast. Doors open 7pm. Tickets: £7 adults, £4 children, £18 family. Available from Toni, 650032 or Syd 650580

26 July - Books and BBQ! Inside the Village Hall a second-hand book sale and outside a BBQ.  The sale is 11am to 2pm.

9 August - Quiz night. Doors open at 7.30pm. Quiz starts at 8pm.

Needless to say, at all the evening events, bring your own booze.

Dates for your Diary

Blue Bin day  - 13 June Mobile Library - 4 and 18 June

19 July - Rock 'n Roll Night 26 July - 11am-2pm. Books and BBQ

9 August - Quiz Night

20 September - Country and Western

5 November - Bonfire Night 6pm

6 December - Annual Xmas Fayre.  10am-12 January - Burns Night

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