NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2020
Wow what a year we've had with Covid 19 and all its sadness and changes to our lives - hopefully things will start to improve soon as the children are now back at school and we can start to get back to some sort of normality.
First of all make sure to read the section on the Childrens Playground.
We are still not able to arrange any activities with large groups but will do so as soon as is possible and safe.
If you want to be part of something that matters in life why not join in our community activities .
They are put on for you to enjoy and it allows strong bonds to be formed.
YOUR INPUT WILL MAKE US ALL THAT MUCH STRONGER FOR IT.
VILLAGE HALL MANAGEMENT TEAM
We are still looking for more Volunteers to help with the running and up-keep of the hall.
Currently the team is looking to improve the heating system, kitchen facilities and ongoing maintenance of the hall.
PLAY AREA MANAGEMENT TEAM
The play area is now open but we are asking those who use it to make sure they clean the equipment afterwards to keep them, their children and everyone else safe. There is a notice on the fence to advise you on what to do - please take care and be safe.
The Parish Field is still being kept tidy for everyone to enjoy so hopefully you will take a stroll down there one day.
Arranged by the History Group but these are non-starters at the moment but we will arrange one as soon as we can. We are always looking for new members so if you wish to join you can always call Chris Wilson on 01673 858138
Thanks must go to Ned for repairing the lawn tractor so Chris could carry on clearing up.
Stay safe and we will be in contact with you all soon
Although we have no more news at the moment we wanted to wish you a very Happy and safe New Year. As we are in Tier 4 we cannot do anything except keep ourselves healthy but as soon as we have any news about what is going to happen in the village we will let you know.
Life in East Barkwith is still very quiet during this very trying time of Covid-19 and we hope that everyone is staying safe during lockdown.
The Parish has still been busy and we have seen more people out walking and cycling and finding places they have not seen up close and have been pleasantly rewarded for their endeavours.
The Parish Field
The field has had many more visitors strolling around it with a keen eye out for the rare species that exist on our doorstep, some said they did not know it was so nice. Thanks to all the hard work by Eric Brady and David for managing the area with their steady commitment to the improvement program which includes the maintenance of the ponds, trees and walkways providing safe access. Additional trees have been planted, locally harvested seeds being planted in the are to establish new colonies of ragged robin, cowslips, pink campion, king cup and cuckoo flower. The bluebells are getting nicely established as well.
The Countryside committee is also involved in many other projects around the Parishes that aim to improve our local environment. This includes obtaining support funding to provide materials for increasing habitat for our local wildlife, manufacture of nest boxes for Barn and Tawny owls and bats. Locals stepped forward and offered their time and skill in helping to manufacture these nesting boxes. Recently an injured owl was found on Hatton Road, Panton and was taken to the Lincoln Owl Rescue Group, nursed back to health and brought back to where it was found.
Unfortunately one of the oak trees has succumbed to a disease and will have to be taken down, the remaining ones will be trimmed back (lower branches and ones overhanging the lane), opening up the canopy will help to support existing flowers below.
Thanks again to Mr and Mrs D Garred for allowing their front verge to be left to grow wild flowers so the seeds could be harvested for planting around the Parishes. Seed from the pink forget-me-not in the Churchyard have been harvested and will be taken down to the Parish Field for distribution.
Local heroes Colin and Eric continue keeping the roadside verges tidy throughout the cutting season. Also a quick thankyou to the small army of volunteers of walkers who pick up litter from the verges that get thrown out of passing vehicles by drivers that have no respect for the area or the wellbeing of the environment.
After having one or two complaints of people not picking up after their dogs I contacted East Lindsey Council who checked the area and said we should be pleased how well the village was kept. They supplied me with extra posters which I put up down Willingham Road and one at the top of Panton Road (there is only one post to use). They also moved the bin at the bottom of Willingham Road and it is now waiting to be repaired. We continue to check the area and would like to remind all dog walkers to clean up after your dogs and hope that you will all respect our villages. It takes just one irresponsible dog owner to allow their dog to foul a place and then all dog owners get the blame.
It has been a very busy year, VE Day, VJ Day and an Act of Remembrance. Flowers were laid for one of our local veteran servicemen who passed away in March.
There were plans to hold a full-blown Village street party to celebrate VE Day and then Covid came along, but being British we did something to mark the occasion - bunting and flags were distributed around the Parish for individuals to put up in their gardens to hold their own celebrations on their drives/front gardens or on the verge and many did.
The Memorial was dressed up for the occasion to allow anyone wishing to come along and take time to remember and pay their respects to our fallen. There was a display on the history of our fallen. There were many visitors throughout the day from near and far, 40's style music was played all day.
Then along came VJ Day - again an opportunity to show our respect for own Mr Bradley and all the others who gave their lives in what became known as the Forgotten War. IT WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN HERE. Thanks to everyone who cam along and participated in the event (fifty plus) and thanks to the many who called in to view our tribute and to all those who pipped their car horns in passing, showing respect for the fallen (requested on a sign). Thanks to all the helpers who worked to put the event on. If you would like to know the History of all our local fallen heroes please contact a member of our local History Group or go to East Barkwith website.
Act of Remembrance
This was held on Sunday 8th November at East Barkwith Memorial. Due to the current national Covid restrictions only a limited number of people were in attendance, all had to follow the latest guidelines and the strict rules requiring regulation on social distancing and the wearing of face masks. Thanks to the following who took part: Paul Fuller for conducting the service, Ned Chamberlin and Layla Bollan for laying the wreaths, Mr and Mrs Bollan for reading out the names, the Scouts, Girl Guides, Brownies and Rainbows for painting the stones (poppies) also Robert Copeland for playing the Last Post which was followed by a two minute silence. Panton's own tribute was displayed by Mr and Mrs C Fincham. The Wragby and Barkwith Scouts could not attend the service so they did their own small Act of Remembrance at their hut in Wragby. They laid the poppy painted pebbles at the foot of the shadows as a mark of respect. It must be noted that the passing traffic showed a high level of respect by slowing right down, even to the extent that a car stopped and the occupant got out and joined in the service (from the other side of the road)
This too has had a busy year so far, after the Spring storms that affected the trees the Church Committee, for reasons of safety, conducted an inspection of all the trees. As a result work was undertaken to remove branches that were showing signs of decay. Although the Church had to be closed there is a small selection of secondhand books and puzzles in the porch entrance with all donations going to the Church funds. Progree is being made towards getting the toilet extension built on the site of the old boiler house. With the relaxing of the rules of lockdown Rev'd Chris Hewitt has started to do services at St Mary's as part of his extended group.
Thanks to Mr Tom Bollan for putting up the flags on the Village Flagpole on the days required throughout the year, for the Queen, the Merchant Navy, the Royals and for our Fallen.
Though the hall had to be closed due to Covid-19 it gave us an opportunity to get new heating installed in the main room. Work also has been undertaken to enable the hall to reopen when conditions permit, the whole of the hall and its equipment had been given a deep clean. New hand sanitizers have been installed along with cleaning equipment in all the toilets, line marking on the floor to help with social distancing. A full risk assessment and method statement has been undertaken, providing a set of guidelines to enable hirers to follow so they can use the hall safely. The Management Committee have been carrying on by having meetings electronically ensuring that the Hall is able to run and be ready when things are back to normal (or what will be normal when the current situation is over)
Dr Richard Starbuck M.B.Ch.B
Not everyone will know about our late Doctor. He lived in and served the people of East Barkwith and the surrounding Parishes from 1973 to 1995. Annually flowers are placed on the memorial stone, outside the Village Hall, to show gratitude for his outstanding contribution he made to the people he served.
During the lockdown maintenance work was carried out to keep it safe to use. Additional work was undertaken that was recommended by the RoSAP annual inspection, on top of what gets done on our early year clean up. New seats fitted to the main swings, bird guards fitted to the swing top rails, kick about wall topped off, goal post concreted in, swings painted, benches and seat stained. The Management Committee has been kept in touch electronically and by paper and phone. A full risk assessment and method statement has been undertaken providing a set of guidelines to enable it to be reopened. The weekly inspections are still being carried out by members of the committee, checking to ensure that the area is safe to be used.
But should you see anything that requires attention please contact on the committee members or let them know at the Post Office and they will let Chris Wilson know.
It is proposed to relocate the boundary fence closer to the Hall to better utilise the land for the benefit of the children ie play area.
Request from the children of the Parish on what they would like to have in the play area as follows:
Replace the slide
Thanks to all Play Area Management Committee Members for the continued commitment in ensuring that the area remains safe.
A few members of our community are looking to start up a table tennis club that will be run in the Village Hall. A request has been sent to the Parish Council for support funding, for equipment, tables, nets etc. The Council are looking into the use of the old youth club funds which have been kept for the sole purpose of being used to help youngsters keep active.
The group is still going strong despite the situation of not being able to hold face to face group meetings, they are holding their meetings electronically for now. Keeping up to date with new finds coming in and with people outside that are making contact through the website requesting information. Thanks to all members for their continued effort in their projects - Mrs Campion for her work on the history of dairy farms in the Parishes, Mr Copeland for continuing to work on the Church records and to Mrs Perkins for her continued work on the school.
If you would like to join the group, please contact Chris 01673 858138. We are not yet holding face to face meetings but can supply you with up to date projects.
Thanks must go to Chrissy Yates, Simone Hofer and Flo Kileo who organised the walk for the children of the village and to everyone who carved and lit up the pumpkins showing the way through the Churchyard and along Torrington Lane, many young children (with their guardians) ventured out on the walk.
Talking of an adventure
Thanks must go to Mr Tom Bollan and his daughter Layla for setting up a Geo-cache trail around the village with five locations set up for you to find (Barkwith Treasure Hunt) A fun way to explore the Parish with the family and find out some of our local history at the same time - why not try our new Geo-Caching trail! Geo-caching is effectively a real-life treasure hunt where 'caches' (treasure) is hidden in a location identified by a clue, on the Geo-caching website You can register for free on www.geocaching.com and find the treasure for yourself. Many visitors have come to the area taking part in this adventure giving the exercise gained from walking even more purpose.
A note from John and Pat Atkin - they regret not being able to hold a coffee morning in aid of MacMillan Nurses this year but they did get support from the post office which enabled them to place a fund-raising box in the shop for the month of October and managed to raise £120.00. They would like to thank everyone for their kind support.
A note from Chris - after everyone went out into the street to clap for the NHS what to you think about a one off Christmas Day special as most of us will be at home for the day - maybe about 3.30pm - let me know what you think - ring Chris 01673 858138 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also if you have any stories or things you did throughout 2020 that contributed to the wellbeing of the community or you feel will bring a smile to peoples faces please let me know so I can include them
in the next edition.
We might be in lockdown but we are still here together.
I wish to thank everyone who contributed to the events, activities and for supplying material for this publication.
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Take care of yourselves and stay safe.
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