Community News w/c February 17,2011

The very strong winds on Monday, 7th February, with plastic bins, bottles and cardboard flying about, were very worrying for anyone venturing out.

A lady was blown into the road in Broadway and was lucky not to have been run over. She suffered cuts, bruises and shock, and was taken by ambulance to DRI, but later asked to go home to recuperate.

St Lawrence Road Centre had some ridge tiles whisked away. Luckily there were no activities in the centre at the time. Very many thanks to Dazzy Jackson, who came to the rescue and replaced the tiles.

There is sad news as the village has lost two well-respected members of the community. Iris Answer sadly passed away on Saturday, 5th February aged 83. Our deepest condolences go to her husband, Arthur. Iris and Arthur were steward and stewardess at Ikeys (Dunscroft Social Club) for 17½ years and were friends to everyone. On retirement they moved down the road to Hatfield. Iris’s funeral will take place on Friday, 18th February at Rose Hill Crematorium at 2pm. Rest in peace Iris, you will be sadly missed.

Also, Fred Parr (Lanc) passed away on Sunday, 6th February in hospital, aged 78, after a long illness. Our deepest condolences go to his wife Ruth and family. The funeral will be held on Monday, 21st February at Hatfield Church at 2pm. Lanc will be sadly missed.

Just a reminder that East Doncaster Development Trust hosts regular surgeries and drop-in sessions for local councillors, Community Police, and benefits advisors at the Resource Centre on Station Road, Dunscroft.

Councillors’ surgeries are normally held on the second Friday of each month, and the Community Police/PCSO’s attend on the fourth Friday. The next PCSO surgery will be held on Friday, 25th February 3-3.30pm. It will be a good opportunity to speak with the PCSO’s in private but away from home on ‘neutral ground’. No appointment is necessary.

MAVIS Fletcher’s offer of used stamps was snatched up by a Stainforth resident. She will start collecting them again and if anyone else would like to save them for her she would appreciate it. They are to be used to buy dogs for the blind and she will arrange a pick up in due course.

Two Stainforth ladies are doing a sponsored five mile walk on Friday, 25th February starting at the Resource Centre on Church Road at 10.30am with proceeds going towards the British Heart Foundation. Miss Kerry Cherowbrier and Julia Keegan are the ladies in question. Sponsor forms available from Julia by telephoning (01302) 350862.

Spring half term holiday for pupils of Kirton Lane Primary school begins on Friday, 18th February until Monday, 28th February when school re-opens.

JUBILEE Bridge (pictured) was the main topic of questions in Fishlake Parish Council’s public participation last week.

Residents were informed that the Environment Agency was about to place grooves at each side for poles and sandbags to prevent flooding.

April was the target date for its re-opening after the construction of barriers to prevent use by wide vehicles. Part of the road along Sour Lane has slipped into the dyke and would need to be repaired.

During the meeting, chaired by Coun John Waite, Coun Chaffer pushed for more help for Fishlake’s roads. We were informed that grass cutting, in the form of strimming around the signs, had started. The council agreed the instillation charges for phase three of the lighting programme. A questionnaire will be sent to the residents of Grove Road to ascertain their views on lighting. The Christmas lights have been taken down from the church tower. Replacement lights are being considered for next year.

A club house and an anti-vandal unit are to be placed on the field along Sour Lane where the village’s footballers play.

The winners of the Fishlake 100 Club Draw for January were Messrs J. Rotherfold, J. Sylvester and Mrs K. Smith.

Ornamental palms in the village have been one of the casualties of our harsh winter. Several have completely lost their leaves.

Coffee morning in the Barn raised £214.36 for Victim Support. Raffle winners are mesdammes Beestone, Marshall, Snowdin, May, Camplejohn, Currie, Thompson. Misses Shannon, Jones and Messrs Render and Troope.

Town clerk reported to the council that the village signs for Lindholme and Dunscroft had been completed and were awaiting erection.

Council have sent a letter to Inspector Adams of South Yorkshire Police pointing out that no representative of the police had attended the council meeting and no crime statistics had been received.

Coffee morning in the Barn on Saturday, 19th February will be in aid of the history group.

Friends of Hatfield Church Building Trust are holding a fashion show/clothes sale at Hatfield Woodhouse Village Hall on Wednesday, 23rd February, 7pm.

Chasers Club is holding a coffee morning with book sale and craft stalls on 26th February at Hatfield Library between 10.30am and noon.

Cavy Corner Guinea Pig Rescue Centre is visiting Hatfield Library on 24th February between 1-2pm. Free tickets are available from the library. For more details contact (01302) 842064. Come along to meet and handle the guinea pigs.

Rehearsals for ‘Barrage Balloons and Bisto’ are going well. Hatfield Woodhouse Players will be putting this show on in April.

The first night will be Wednesday, 13th April and will run for four nights. Tickets are available from Colin Hepworth on (01302) 840437.

Hatfield Woodhouse Chapel held a fundraising Valentine’s coffee morning last week and raised £352 for chapel funds.

This week the coffee morning will benefit their Project 2000. The preacher on Sunday, 20th February at 6pm will be Mr Peter Douglas from Bessacarr.