Community News w/c January 13, 2011

LAST week’s loss of telephone communications with the outside world was due to thieves stealing the copper pipes on New Year’s Eve in broad daylight. BT’s men have battled to reconnect us. Residents are asked to be vigilant in case of further crime.

The members of the Thursday Coffee Club travelled to Hatfield Woodhouse to see the Phoenix Players produce Dick Wittington last week.

The winners of Fishlake’s 100 Club Draw for December were Mrs M. Benford, Mr R. Walker and Mrs A. Fogg.

MEMBERS of the Wednesday Friendship Group, who meet in the Resource Centre on Church Road, celebrated Christmas in January with the help of Rev Andrew Allington and assistant Curate Eleanor Simpson by holding a special Epiphany service, owing to missing the original service due to bad weather conditions - snow.

There will be a Wedding Fayre held at St Mary’s Community Centre on Field Road in Stainforth on Saturday, February 12, Curate to the Church Eleanor Simpson is asking if any exhibitors would like to come along. Please contact Eleanor on (01302) 841088 or Andrew on 01302 841295 for further information.

Stainforth Community Resource Centre on Church Road offer a huge variety of events:

The Over 50s Club on Monday and Wednesday evenings; The Tuesday Club in the afternoon from noon; The Adult Social Support Club (Wednesday Friendship Group) from 9.30am until noon. There is no bingo held but guest speakers and armchair activities are held.

Bingo sessions are held on Thursday and Saturday evenings from 5.30pm. Over 16s are welcome.

On Saturday mornings, from 10am until Noon, Ward Councillors hold their Advice Surgeries. DMBC Councillors Barbara Hedley, Joe Blackham and Ken Keegan. Telephone numbers are available from the library, while on Tuesday January 18, Stainforth Town Council hold their first meeting of 2011.

Any subject you wish to discuss should be notied in writing and should reach the Clerk not later than seven days before meeting. It is also open to residents to raise any pressing issues with the Clerk between meetings.

AFTER the extreme weather of recent weeks caused the cancellation of so many events, the St Lawrence Centre has now re-opened and got back into full swing. The Wednesday Club resumed last week, and is now meeting weekly as normal. Other activities to note are:

Martial Arts classes from Doncaster’s leading Martial Arts School on Tuesday evening. Children’s martial arts at 5.30pm, adults’ kick-boxing at 6.30pm.; Bingo - Monday, Thursday and Friday evenings, 7-8pm, and Sunday evenings, 6-7pm; Line Dancing - Monday evenings, 8-10pm; Country Dancing - Tuesday evenings, 7.30-10pm.

Bookings are also being taken for birthday parties. Contact Norma Sturrock on (01302) 883264.

Meanwhile, at East Doncaster Development Trust, on Station Road, Dunscroft, the training courses have resumed after the Christmas break. These include Basic English, Basic Maths, Computers and Lifestyle courses. Some places are still available. Contact EDDT on (01302) 844844.

The new Dunsville Parish Plan will be officially launched on Sunday, January 16. Anyone wishing to view it may do so at Dunsville Community Centre on Sunday, 2–4pm.

RENE Adams died on Friday morning. Her funeral will be at Hatfield Woodhouse Methodist Chapel. She had been not very well for some time and she had been in Lockermarsh nursing home in Thorne for a while.

Rene was the mainstay of Hatfield Woodhouse Chapel for as long as anyone can remember and when she retired a few years ago she was greatly missed. Our condolences go to all the family.

The coffee morning held on Saturday, January 8 raised £86.40 for Project 2000.

Next week’s coffee morning will be to raise funds for SAFFA and will be hosted by Ray Harper. There will also be a raffle, tombola, cake stall, Bric a Brac etc.

The preacher next Sunday, January 16, will be Mr Peter Gilliland from Thorne.

The Rainbow group (5 to 7 year olds) who meet at the Chapel will start again this Thursday at 4pm.

FUNDRAISERS are appealing for unwanted balls of knitting wool for Cancer Research. For more information, contact Mrs Hoff on (01302) 842389.

December meeting of Hatfield WI was a Christmas dinner held at the Punch Bowl Hotel, Thorne with after dinner entertainment given by a quartet of singers led by Margaret Waterhouse. They sang carols known and unknown and a trio of members rendered their version of ‘I want a man’ much to the amusement of the onlookers.

Raffle was won by Mesdames: Leeming, Birch, Downing and Howarth. Next meeting of the WI is on January 10 when the AGM will take place.

Mr Drummond Window MBE RVM OPR of the Dunscroft, Hatfield and Stainforth branch of the Royal British Legion is standing down this year as Parade Marshall of Hatfield’s Remembrance Sunday parade after 44 years of service.

The position was handed over to Mr Michael Bizeray who is also a member of the branch town council.

Mr Window was awarded with a certificate of appreciation for services to the local community. He has also retired as Hatfield District Poppy Appeal Co-ordinator.