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Editor's Message

Hello, everyone...

This is just a short message to tell you, sorry, but there won't be a December issue of Skeffling News.

Unfortunately, there simply won't be time to do it.  I've got a lot of Council work to do in the next month, and have a few family commitments before Christmas.  I've been delving into my family tree and have decided, with a lot of encouragement from my family, to write our family history down for future generations.

One of the things I'm going to do is visit my cousin in Devon.  He's 90 years old, and, having been an actor and writer, has a wealth of memories which I want to record.  It's going to be a long job, but I'm looking forward to it.

I've also been asked to do an interview on Rhondda Radio, who would like to use my short stories in their Women's Hour section.  It's all really exciting and I'm thrilled to have been asked, but it means more trips to Wales early next year.

So I'd like to say to you all, thank you for reading Skeffling News and for giving me stories and tit bits to go in it.  It couldn't happen without your help.

Have a lovely Christmas and welcome 2011 with a great big party!  I'll see you all again in January.

Barn Dance

The Barn Dance held on Friday, 29th October was a resounding success. All the tickets were sold and the proceeds went towards Bonfire Night.

As promised, it was a fun packed evening. The dances were a lot of fun, and there was no shortage of volunteers willing to take part. In fact the only time the dancing stopped was when everyone tucked into their supper!

Well done to the Village Hall Committee for another enjoyable evening, They, in turn, would like to thank everyone who came and donated so generously to the raffle.

Bonfire Night

The 5th November was wet and miserable, but it didn't stop a record crowd from coming to enjoy Skeffling's Bonfire Night.

As always the Village Hall Committee made the evening a lot of fun and the fireworks were superb. There was a constant stream of people queuing up to buy homemade chicken soup, tea, coffee and soft drinks. Outside burgers and sausage rolls were being consumed fast!

One very welcome sight was Bernard's Hurdy Gurdy. Many people didn't think we'd be seeing it again at the Village Hall, but, thanks to Syd Rollinson, it was there, making       the       evening

complete and continuing to raise money for charity.

The Village Hall Committee would like to thank everyone who came to Bonfire Night and, for the first time ever, managed to cover all their costs and make £100 towards the upkeep of the village hall. They would also like to thank everyone who gave donations and to the Skeffling T'ai Chi Group for their donation of £100 towards the fireworks.

So thank you for making our Bonfire Night a success, and it'll be a pleasure to see you all again next year.

Xmas Fayre

This year Skeffling is holding a Christmas Coffee Morning on Saturday, 27th November, at Skeffling Village Hall. It starts at 11am, and will give you a chance to buy all those special little treats for Christmas Day.

Every year there is a wonderful display of Table Decorations, expertly made and a wonderful showpiece for that special Christmas Dinner table.

Tombola, a raffle, a cake stall, bric-a-brac, and lots of other things to tempt you. If you missed breakfast you can tuck into a delicious bacon bap followed by a cup of tea or coffee and a mince pie. It's a lovely introduction to a bit of Christmas socialising.

All the proceeds will go to the Fabric of St. Helen's Church.  The money will be

used to help with the refurbishment, and will be a welcome donation to these funds.

The repairs to St. Helen's is progressing well, and the Church is already looking a lot different.

One piece of news Stephen Cope has been promoted to Reverend Canon Cope, which gives him a seat in York Minster. Congratulations, Stephen...

Post Office

There has been a change to the time of the early postal service at the Post Office.  The early post used to be collected at 11.30am (when the Post Office was open), this has now changed to 10.30am.

With Christmas not far away a lot of people use this early post service for parcels and cards.  Please get anything to be posted to the Post Office by 10.30am.

Planning Applications

A lot of people wishing to view planning applications for Skeffling on the East Riding of Yorkshire Council website have been finding it a bit tricky to find.  To make it even harder, the page isn't always available and you are asked to try again later.  Thanks to Thomas Hessell there's now an easy way to access the planning application page.  He's put a link on the Skeffling Website which will take you straight there.  The address, which is quite long, is:

Page 2

http://www.thomas-hessell.co.uk/parish_counc il/planning-applications.html

That'll take you straight there and all you have to do is pick the application you want to see.  Easy peasy...


If you're over 50 this might be of interest.

The East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS) are developing a large database of activities, interest groups, social activities  and  support. Their hope is to help improve fitness, enjoyment, health and independence for the over 50's.  There are a huge variety of groups from yoga to lunch clubs, gardening to coffee mornings, theatre trip groups to those learning a new language. Why not find out more about local history or join a biking or rambling club? You may want to volunteer and support your local community.

For instance PAGER is a group run for older people, by older people. Members enjoy a busy social agenda with frequent meetings, day excursions and a wide range of activities.  PAGER also involves itself with the more serious concerns of older people such as transport, pensions and poverty, housing, health and social care, crime, access to leisure services and age discrimination.

The Yorkshire Countrywomen's Association cater for many interests. Crafts, competitions, holidays, outings, or just fun and friendship.  You can join your local branch who will look forward to welcoming you.

PRIME offers lots, lots more for the over 50's... If you'd like to see the range of their activities you can find  them on the internet at

www.eastriding.gov.uk/pri me

Housing Benefit

Times are getting hard and everyone is being asked to tighten their belts. For a lot of families this is asking a lot, but there is help available and a simple phone call could make life a little bit easier.

Did you know that 50% of working people who are entitled to Housing Benefit are not claiming it...

Could you be one of them?

The benefits system can be a minefield, but it's money you are entitled to. If you think you might be eligible for one or more benefit call 0800 915 0381. It's the Benefit and Money Advice Service run by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, and they're there to help you.  More than that, they want to help.

If you'd prefer to send them an email it’s:

benefit.takeup@eastriding. gov.uk

The staff are helpful and maybe you just might be entitled to some extra help. Why not give them a ring, you won't know if you’re eligible if you don't ask...

Eastend Newsletter

There's been a new addition to the Skeffling Website this week.  As well as being able to read Skeffling News on it, you can also read the Eastend Newsletter.  You'll be able to see what's going on in Easington as well as Skeffling, and won't miss a single event. The address is:


Hiring Fees for Village Hall

If you're looking for a good venue for a special celebration, 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.

Police Surgery

This month the Police Surgery will be held on Monday, 13th December - 6pm - 7pm

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

Mobile Library Dates

The Mobile Library will be in Skeffling on Wednesday, 1st and 15th December.  It will be arriving 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.

Blue Bin Days

Blue bin collection is on Thursday, 23rd December.

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

The next brown bin collections will be on Thursday 2nd and 16th December.

Paddock Produce

Fresh vegetables such as onions, carrots and potatoes.   Local free range

eggs. All at very competitive prices.

Just ring Paddock Produce of Easington on 01964 650362 and they'll deliver it all, free of charge.

With Christmas coming up it'll save all that carrying the heavy stuff from the shops.  Can't be bad...

Need a Gardener

Edward is available in the evening from 4pm for gardening and maintenance. Give him a ring on 07809 483057 for an estimate.  His rates are reasonable, and his work is first class. Edward is also a dab hand at bespoke metalwork.  If you've got ideas for an arch, ornaments, in fact anything, why not give Edward a ring and discuss it with him.

Window Cleaning

If you've been looking for a window cleaner, there's a window cleaner who's been looking for you!

The company is FEENEY CLEAN, and they do the lot: windows, fascias, soffits, gutter cleaning and clearance.  Conservatory roofs and paintwork is one of their specialities.

If you'd like to know more the telephone number is 01964 615892, and the mobile number is 07738 116127.

Dates for your Diary

Brown Bin days - Thursdays, 2nd and 16th December

Blue Bin day - Thursday 23rd December

Police Surgery - Monday, 13th December 6 - 7pm Mobile Library - Wednesday, 1st and 15th December

Xmas Fayre - Village Hall, Saturday, 27th November, 11am

A very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all...

November 2010

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