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Paul Swann

1970 - 2009

It is with great sadness I have to tell you of the death of Paul Swann.

For the past four years Paul was T'ai Chi instructor for the Skeffling T'ai Chi Group.  During that time he made many friends in the village and surrounding area.

Paul had a great affection for Skeffling and loved the Friday night T'ai Chi classes.  As an instructor he made learning fun and was an inspiration to many people.  He became popular for his quirky sense of humour and his love of life.  He will be missed a great deal.

Our thoughts and love go to his mother, Barbara, and his brother, David.

Paul's funeral will be at Haltemprice Crematorium at 4.30pm on Wednesday, 19th August.

Big Thank You

To everyone that sent cards and best wishes to Mike while he has been in hospital.

Mike is now at home and with rest will make 100% recovery.

Thank you again, all your thoughts were greatly appreciated.



Charity Horse Ride

Dalby Forest is the setting for a sponsored charity event on Sunday, 6th September 2009.

Hopefully it will be a nice day as Kate Turnbull has entered and will be doing a 15 mile  ride  on her mum's

trusty     steed,     Harvey!

Another entrant from the village is Hayley who will be riding Bramble.

The event is in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance, and both girls are hoping to raise lots of money for it.

Quite a few people from the area have benefited from the Air Ambulance, and in some cases their lives have been saved because of the service.  In remote areas such as ours it is the only speedy way to get to a hospital.  The Air Ambulance relies on donations from the public, and it is through their generosity the service can keep operating.

If you'd like to sponsor Kate in this very worthy cause you can sign the sponsorship form at the Post Office.  All sponsorship money must be received by the 1st October.

Strawberry Tea...

The day of the strawberry tea at the Village Hall was sunny and warm, and it didn't take long for all the tables to fill with people eating fresh scones topped with cream and strawberries.

Unfortunately, I wasn't there to witness either the enjoyment of the social occasion or the delights of the strawberry tea.  No sooner had I arrived than I was coerced into taking part in the Treasure Hunt.  I had barely a moment to glimpse the succulent looking scones being piled onto plates before I was dragged  off   to  search  for

strange items listed on the Treasure Hunt form!

Please see the item below for full details...

Back to the strawberry tea...

I have it on the best authority that the afternoon was, indeed, a tremendous success.  Those who stayed to enjoy the tea spent a pleasant couple of hours talking to old friends and catching up on the latest gossip.

Julie Newsam has asked me to thank everyone for their support.  The afternoon raised £456 which included donations.

Big Skeff would also like to thank Geoff Brooke for setting the Treasure Hunt.

The Treasure Hunt

When I paid my £1 to enter the Treasure Hunt, little did I realise I'd be trekking half way around the East Riding!

Jean and I set merrily off with her granddaughters, Kirsten and Katrina.  We were told, by Geoff, that it would take about 45 minutes.  And we believed him!

I left strict instructions that if we weren't back in an hour to send out a search party, and off we went.

The first clue was easy and Katrina found it without any trouble at all.  Delighted with our success we headed towards the Humber Bank, guided by the 'clues', and that's when it all went pear shaped.

At the bottom of the numbered 'clues' was a list of items to collect on the way.  A balloon, a leaf of clover,  a  yellow  flower,  a

pebble,    and    a    ribbon.

These items are now ingrained in my subconscious in case Geoff has another bright idea for next year!

Meandering along the road the two girls pounced on clover leaves, yellow flowers and had quite a few heated debates as to what constituted a pebble and not a stone.  Eventually, a pebble, a clover leaf and a yellow flower were stuffed into pockets to wilt and die and we were on the river bank.  Kirsten found the balloons, one of which joined the other items.

We located the name of the 'station', but where was the yellow fire hydrant and the two white discs.  You may well ask.

Just then the MOD police hoved into view and I flagged them down.  Eager to help they set off in search of the yellow fire hydrant and the two white discs.  It had them flummoxed, too.  Finally admitting defeat they went about their legitimate duties while we waited for three late entrants to catch up with us.

"Oh, you missed those two!"  they chortled gleefully, but we cribbed their answers anyway and all set off to find a branch with a number on it.  The nearest tree was miles away, but we sauntered along happily entranced by the rare powder blue butterflies and discussing flora and fauna.

We were almost at the tree when we spied Geoff walking towards us with a big cheesy grin on his face.

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"I wondered where you'd got to," he said as the grin widened.  "Everyone else is back!"

The omens weren't looking good at this point.  He kept us company while we followed yet more 'clues' and eventually collected the ribbons.  Then we arrived at the place where he'd parked his car!

To be fair he did offer us a lift back, but we were determined to finish the Hunt and justly claim our strawberry tea at the end. We should have taken him up on his offer!

On the way back we spied the yellow water hydrant and the two white discs.  Had we been looking up we'd have seen them, but we were looking at the ground in search of pebbles, etc.

Finally we arrived back at the Village Hall.  Hungry, thirsty and tired.  I could almost taste those strawberries and cream. And what did we find? Everyone had gone home and all the chairs and tables had been put away.

We were greeted by members of the Village Hall Committee, friends, and various stragglers with the cry:  "Where have you been?  It's half-past-four!"

So it took us two hours! True to his word though Geoff did come to look for us.  And I have to hand it to the Village Hall Committee, they put the kettle on and found a few stray scones and strawberries for us all.

I won't repeat the 'lively jests' made at our expense

Geoff assured me that the walk was about one and half miles.  Someone else said more like 6!  I'll split the difference and call it 5!

Did I mention the flooded tracks we had to wade through to get the ribbons? No, I thought I hadn't...

Stranded Animals

If you come across a stranded seal or dolphin, you can get help by knowing WHAT to do and WHO to call.

Seals regularly come out of the sea to rest.  Pups are often left alone on the shore by their mothers who may be offshore, where they can be surprisingly hard to see.  Adults and pups can be safely watched from a distance, but don't approach too close as the parents will be scared off and may abandon the pups.

If you think a seal is sick, injured or really abandoned...

1.  Telephone for help.

2.  Keep people and their dogs away until help arrives.

3.  Don't get too close to the injured seal or pup - they can bite.

Do not put yourself at risk, but send for help as soon as possible.  Make sure you give an accurate location and description of the animal.  Rescue for the stranded seals and dolphins can be called 24 hours a day on the following national emergency numbers: 01825 765546 - British Divers Marine Life Rescue. Or:  0870 5555999 - RSPCA National Hotline.

Police Surgery

This month the Police Surgery will be held on Wednesday, 26th August between 10am - 11am.

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

Council News

The monthly Parish Council meeting was held on Tuesday, 4th August at the Village Hall.

Two Police Community Support Officers from Withernsea attended the early part of the meeting to introduce  themselves  and

explain what their responsibility to the community was.  They also wanted to promote the Police Surgeries which will be held in Skeffling every month for the next year.

They were pleased with the outcome of the speed monitoring in Skeffling and felt their presence had had a good outcome.  They will continue to monitor speeding on a random basis, with no prior notice given to the public or car drivers.  This way they hope to educate motorists into observing the speed limit.

PCSO Phil Wriglesworth said he hoped more of the public would use the Police Surgery.  Although three residents did drop into the Village Hall it was more to say hello and have a chat than report any problems.

The Police Surgery isn't specifically to report crimes in the area, but to help and advise on home security, etc.

As the name suggests, the PCSOs are community based.  Their roles are evolving all the time and their responsibilities are increasing.  Every victim of crime will now get a visit within 48 hours if a crime, no matter how small, has been committed.

The dates and times of future Police Surgeries will be advertised locally.

Cllr. P. Payne reported that he, Cllr. Robinson and Cllr. Newsam walked the village prior to the Streetscene meeting arranged for Thursday, 6th August.  They identified 18 areas which need attention and supported their findings with photographs.  Cllr. P. Payne, Cllr. Robinson and Cllr. Rollinson will be available for the Streetscene meeting on 6th August.

It was agreed the September meeting would be     cancelled     due    to

harvest and holidays.  The next meeting will be on Tuesday, 6th October.

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.

Blue Bin Day

The next blue bin day is  on Friday, 28 August.

If you'd like to be absolutely positive when the Blue Bins will be collected , 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 Day

The next brown bin collections will be on Thursdays, 20th August and 4th September.

Mobile Library Dates

The Mobile Library will be in Skeffling on Wednesday, 26 August and 9 September. It will be at the top of Church Road at 11.15am, and stay for 30 minutes.

Dates for your Diary

Mobile Library - Wed. 26 August and 9 September Blue Bin Day - Friday, 28 August

Police Surgery - Wed, 26 August 10 - 11am at the Village Hall.

Website Info... http://skeffling.blogspot.com

This is the web address to go straight to the Blogs pages.  From there you can sign up to Skeffling Chatter and have your say on any subject.  See you there!


There will be a MARTIN JACKSON CONCERT at the Village Hall on 26 September, with chicken roast supper.  Full details next month...

August 2009

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