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Community Road Watch

At the public meeting in Skeffling Village Hall PCSO Phil Wriglesworth outlined the pilot scheme for the Community Road Watch programme.  He also demonstrated the equipment which would be used.  From the 20 people who attended from Skeffling, 10 volunteered for the scheme.

The first Road Watch, with two local volunteers, took place on 29th October between 4.30pm and 5.15pm.  During this time 13 cars were recorded at driving between 38 - 43mph.  Their registration numbers were taken, the date and location logged.

Road Watch will be on random days and two volunteers will be at the location with the police. The reason for this is not to punish speeding drivers, but to help educate them about speed limits.  We have a 30mph limit in Skeffling, and through other local villages, for a very good reason.  It's to avoid possibly fatal accidents. The faster you go through the villages, the more likely you are to have, or cause, an accident.

Please observe the 30mph speed limit and help keep everyone safe.

Xmas Charity Auction

Once again it's nearly Christmas and the Welwick Christmas Charity Auction is all set for Friday, 13th November at Welwick Village Hall.

There'll be lots of things to bid for, and as you'll be in the hands of a very well respected auctioneer, Mr Eric Billaney, you'll have a lot of fun and be excellently entertained as he prises the money out of your wallets!

On the night there will be a bar, and plenty of food which you can purchase with your drinks.  You might want to get there early, about 7ish, to get a good seat...

Charity Horse Ride

When Kate and Hayley decided to do a sponsored ride through the Dalby Forest, little did they realise what an arduous task lay ahead, or how much they'd make in sponsorship money!

They did it though, and secretly enjoyed every minute!

Well done Kate and Hayley.  Not to forget the horses!  Between them they raised £110.40 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Service.

The line up on the photo is Kate on Harvey, Hayley on   Bramble   and   Jo-Ann

Steenvorden on Harry.

Kate has asked Skeffling News to say a big, big thank you to everyone who sponsored them.

Our pleasure, Kate, and thank you for raising so much money for a really worthwhile cause.

Xmas Coffee Morning

A gentle reminder that the annual Xmas Coffee Morning will be held on Saturday, 28th November at Skeffling Village Hall between 10am - 12noon.

All your favourites will be there. A cake stall, raffle, bric-a-brac, tombola, etc.

You'll also be able to have breakfast as there'll be bacon sandwiches, tea and coffee.

All the money raised will go to the Fabric of St. Helen's.

71 Bus Route

Wasn't it wonderful to see in the Gazette that EYMS has won the coveted Large Bus Operator of the Year Award.

I was particularly interested to read that the Chairman, Mr. Peter Shipp,

was quoted as saying: "It is very gratifying to know that our efforts to provide a consistently high quality bus service have been recognised by other people in the industry who know about these things".  He then goes on to say:  "...but we shall certainly not be resting on our laurels, and this award will make us want to do even better in future".

But is he going to do better for the 71 bus route from Easington to Withernsea?

After the last bit of publicity another bus was put on the route.  A 31 seat bus.  Big enough for the task in hand during the winter when holiday makers are few, but rather a stretch when it comes to the school children who use the service.

There are 28 school children who use this route every day to and from Withernsea.  As this particular bus only holds 31 passengers it meant that when the school children got on the other passengers had to get off because every school child must have a seat of their own.  The phrase 'not fit for purpose' springs to mind!

This bus was quickly taken off the route and we're now back to the old rickety, rattle-traps we've put up with for so long, and there's no sign of a decent bus coming our way either.

The other day I saw a lady struggle to get her fold-up wheelchair onto the bus.  Not an easy task when there's a huge bar dividing  the  entrance  into

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two parts.  In fact she couldn't manage it and went home again.

When I remarked on this another passenger told me his mother-in-law had the same problem and, even though she was quite independent, the only way she could get to Withernsea was if a member of the family took her by car as she couldn't get her wheelchair onto the bus.

Peter Shipp might be absolutely delighted to have a shiny new award sitting on his mantelpiece, but his thoughts obviously don't go any further.  When it comes to those passengers with mobility problems, mums with buggies, people with bags of heavy shopping, he's just not interested.

In the recent poll I put on the Skeffling Website, 93% of people who responded said they were not satisfied with the buses we have to travel on.

So where do we go from here?  Is it too much to ask that the 71 bus route has a bus that is actually 'fit for purpose'?

If anyone's got any ideas how we can get through to Peter Shipp and persuade him how desperately we need a low level, modern bus, please let me know.

Won't it be nice when everyone will be able to use the bus and not have to rely on car owners to give them their independence.

Golden Hope

Skeffling News has received an appeal from the owners of Golden Hope regarding Captain Duncan.

They are anxious to find out anything about the Captain.  So far their enquiries have taken them to the SKEALS website, which has a lot of information,  but they would

like to find out more about Captain Duncan, the pendant and Golden Hope.

Can any reader help?

It would be nice to fill in another piece of Skeffling history.  If you can help please contact me, the Skeffling Website, or Peter Martin on the SKEALS website.

Shoreline Management Exhibition

A public consultation is to be held on the draft Shoreline Management Plan.

This provides short, medium and long-term policies and options for the future management of coastal flooding and erosion along the East Riding and Lincolnshire coastline.  This will take into account the impact on people and the built, natural and historic environments along the coast.  It sets out how the coast will be effected by coastal flooding and erosion over the next 20, 50 and 100 years, and provides a policy framework for how this should be dealt with.

An exhibition will be held on Tuesday, 8th December from 1pm - 7pm at Skeffling Village Hall.

It is hoped as many people as possible will go along and give their views on the draft document. Based on feedback received during this consultation period, it is hoped the final plan will be completed by the end of June 2010.

Copies of the draft plan will also be available to view at County Hall, libraries and customer service centres, along with feedback forms for people to provide this comments.  Interested residents can visit the project website www.hecag-smp2.co.uk

and give their comments electronically.

This has been talked about for quite a few years now, and will effect residents of Skeffling.  If you would like to know more, or have your say, the exhibition is open to everyone.

Skeffling Website

Now and again Tom has a look at the Skeffling website to see who's been logging on.

It's amazing how many people all over the world are taking a look at what's happening in Skeffling.

The latest is someone from Kenya who Googled in the phrase 'wind turbine farm'!  Whoever it was not only read that page, they had a good look at some of the others, too.

It's great that people in other countries are interested enough to check out Skeffling Website.

The Village Hall wind turbine put Skeffling on the worldwide map, and now the website is following in its footsteps.

Council News

The monthly meeting of Skeffling Parish Council, due to take place on Tuesday, 3 November was cancelled due to illness and business commitments.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 1 December 2009, at 7.30pm as Skeffling 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.

Police Surgery

This month the Police Surgery will be held on Wednesday, 25 November between 10 - 11pm  

November 2009

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

Blue Bin Day

The next blue bin day is  on Friday, 20 November.

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, 12 and 26 November

Mobile Library Dates

The Mobile Library will be in Skeffling on Wednesday, 18 November and 2 December. It will be at the top of Church Road at 11.15am, and stay for 30 minutes.

Dates for your Diary

Welwick Charity Auction  Friday, 13 November, Welwick Village Hall

Xmas Coffee Morning Saturday, 28 November, 10 - 12noon, Skeffling Village Hall

Shoreline Management Exhibition. Tuesday, 8 December, 1 - 7pm, Skeffling Village Hall. Brown  Bin days Thursday, 12 and 26 November,

Blue Bin day.   Friday 20 November

Mobile Library Wed - 18 November, 2 December Police Surgery Wed, 25 November, 10 - 11am  

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