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Hatfield Woodhouse

Tuesday, June 7 is the monthly meeting of the Hatfield Woodhouse Amateur Gardening Society.

This month the speaker will be Mr Ellis who will talk about Streptocarpus plants. The meetings are held in the Working Men’s club and start at 7 30pm. New members are always welcome.

The coffee morning held at the Methodist Church last Saturday raised £212 for the Guide Dogs for the Blind.

This weekend is the Chapel’s Anniversary weekend. On Saturday it will be their Summer Fayre, with lots of activities and stalls.

On Sunday they are having an afternoon tea to mark the leaving of Rev Helena Harbottle - this will start at 4pm and will be followed by the evening service at 6pm.


A grand total of £590.18 was handed over to the Chatsfield Suite at DRI - proceeds of a Charity Night held in Stainforth’s Old Club recently.

Jo Thwaites and John Berry would like to thank local vocalist Sean O’Conner for entertaining them, the staff of the Old Club, on the Market Place in Stainforth, for all their help and Tracy from Thorne.

Kirton Lane Primary school pupils return to school on Tuesday, June 7. Their next break is from Friday, July 22 for the Summer Holidays.

St Mary’s Parish Church in Stainforth will be taking part in 10 days of prayer between June 2 and 12. This is part of a wider time of prayer initiated by the Bishop of Sheffield, The Rt Rev d Steven Croft and many churches across South Yorkshire will be joining in.

The time of prayer at St Mary’s will particularly focus on the community of Stainforth and they are inviting people to leave their prayer requests. There will also be a prayer request box in Stainforth library. St Mary’s will be open each weekday between 1pm and 3pm.

A planned Prayer Walk is to be held around Stainforth on Saturday, June 11, starting at St Mary’s at 11am.

For more details please contact either Rev Allington on (01302) 841295 or Rev Eleanor Simpson, Assistant Curate on (01302) 841088.

On Saturday, June 18 the Summer Fayre will take place, from 10am until 4pm, outside St Mary’s Parish Church. Refreshments, cake and craft stalls will be available, as well as competitions. All are invited so please come along.

There will also be an an Art Exhibition, including photography, held in St Mary’s Parish Church on Saturday, June 25 from 10am to 4pm. Admission is free and there will be refreshments and a raffle.

Come on you local photographers and display your work. For more details, contact Sheila White on (01302) 841817.

June 25 also sees Stainforth’s Annual Water Festival being held on the Central Club ground from 11am. If you would like a stall, please contact Lorraine Crosby on 07863 289866.

On the morning of Sunday, June 26, there is to be ‘A Blessing of the Boats’ service outside of The New Inn.


LITTLE did the wedding guests realise as they walked up the aisle on Saturday what a building site the medieval church had been forty-eight hours earlier.

Scaffolding had been brought down, flowers arranged and the nave made spick and span ready for the bride’s big day.

One beam revealed holes for statues of the Virgin Mary and Saint John standing at the foot of the Cross in pre-Reformation days.

Church Warden John Waite was proud to relate that the Restoration Fund has received £70,000 and not £50,000 from WREN, the environmental body, to use in repairs and the restoration of Saint Cuthbert’s.

Fishlake’s annual migration to the sea will take place on July 6, when the parish council organises its coach trip to Whitby for residents over the age of sixty. Trippers are asked to contact Cllr. John Waite on 351649 to book a seat. The excursion will leave from the Village Hall at 8.30am.

Fishlake Art Club has produced some impressive paintings over the years and meets every Monday, 7-9pm in the Village Hall. New members are always welcome.

Winding up the church clock throughout June will be Trevor Taylor.

Take your partners for the monthly dance in the Village Hall at 7.30pm on Friday. Proceeds are in aid of the Parish Church Restoration Fund.