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         MATTERSEY IN JUNE 2011
Thurs 2 June                  Ascension Day
                 7.00am       Holy Communion followed by breakfast
Sun 5 June       9.30am       Holy Communion
Wed 8 June       9.30am       mid-month Holy Communion in Clayworth
Sun 12 June                   Pentecost                                              The Village Magazine of
                 9.30am       Holy Communion
Fri-Sun 17-19 June            Four-Parishes Flower Festival in Everton
                                                                                  Mattersey & Mattersey Thorpe
Sun 19 June     6.30pm        'Flower Festival' Songs of Praise in
                              Everton Church with preacher:
                               Bishop Tony Porter, Bishop of Sherwood
Sun 26 June      9.30am       Morning Prayer

                      From the Church Registers

30 April 2011
     David Matthew Braithwaite & Lynne Elizabeth Ellen Clark

31 May 2011
     Denis Biggs (86)

                          YOUR CHURCH IS OPEN
 The Parish Church is open on a daily basis, normally from sunrise to sunset.
 The building can be an oasis of peace in a busy world. Please feel welcome to    Mattersey celebrates the Royal Wedding
 make use of your church for prayer during these periods. Please also feel free
 to contact me on 01777-817364 if there are any concerns that you would like
                                                                                  — Pictures inside                        June 2011
 to discuss or pray about.          Jonathan Smithurst, Priest-in-Charge

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Some useful telephone numbers:                                                      Editorial June 2011
Commercial Services:
Animal Hotel: Margaret A-Jones 01777-817379,
Babysitting: Alex Howe 01777-818527
                                                                                                       Doomsday or Domesday !
Boiler / Central Heating Service: Alex Perry 07846-708730,      Despite the recent (failed) predictions of Doomsday by US Evangelist
Challenge Carpet Cleaning: Martin, Freephone 0800-3287941                           Harold Camping, Domesday has more relevantly been in the news this month.
Dance Tuition-Ballroom/Latin/Rumba/Salsa: B. Mascareno 07989-346391 (Bawtry)        The BBC Domesday Project of 25 years ago has been uploaded from the
Electrician: David Foreman 01777-817506 & 07971-513286
Gardening Services: H.D Brantons 01302-532732 & 07732-421422                        previously inaccessible BBC computer records on to the Web. The relevance
Mobile Beauty: Dianne Longworth 01777-817639                                        to the village is that the Primary School of 1986 made records of Mattersey
Mobile Foot Healthcare: Robert Wasteney 01777-710000                                and Thorpe and the data can now be found at
Mobile Foot Healthcare: Mike Saint 01777-249331 & 07962-232491                      domesday/dblock/GB-468000-387000/page/1
Mobile Hairdresser: Nicki 07740-282927
Painter & Decorator: William Boulby 07974-208692 & 01777-705327                     Some of the records made at the time show:
Painter & Decorator: Tony Rosser 07849-770865 & 01302-867588                            The school had 51 pupils, 4 teaching staff, 6 non-teaching staff,
Plumber (Plumbright): James 01777-701668 & 07940-159459
                                                                                         a mother & toddler group of 15 toddlers. Also hosted a Youth Club,
Priory Garage: 01777-816606
Robert Fisher (Handy Person): 01777-817563 & 07816-068492                                night school classes for Keep Fit and Sewing
Tree Maintenance: Acorn Tree Services - John Robertson 07884-078273                     The football club won promotion to Div 2 Retford League and the
Yoga Teacher: Becky Lewis 01777-817983                                                   Presentation Night, held at a local hotel, had 80 attendees.
                                                                                        Medetcrown was a local heating installation & maintenance business in
Please email or phone the Editor if you would like to advertise your services
available to the residents of Mattersey and Mattersey Thorpe                             the village with 4 employees and 4 vacancies being advertised.
                                                                                        Mr Swinden, the Blacksmith, shoed around 20-25 horses a week
Community Services:
                                                                                        Chapel House when purchased in 1984 by Mr & Mrs Ruff had no bath-
Alcohol Advice Service: 01777-272244
Bassetlaw DC Councillor: Michael Gray 01777-700318                                       room or toilet inside but did have a pork curing-room & tiled floors.
Beavers: Nathan Fisher 01777-817563                                                      Previous tenant for 40+ years was famous ―scytheman‖ Jim Collishaw.
Church Hall Bookings: Jane Lewis 01777-818130                                           The Old Chapel purchased at the same time & intended to be a garage
Crimestoppers: 0800-555111                                                              Old Mattersey Thorpe had 5 farms but only 1 still working. Italian
Mattersey Primary School Head Teacher: Mrs Sharon Patton 01777-817265
                                                                                         POWs had worked on the farm during the war & lived in the attics.
Spiritual guidance: Jonathan Smithurst, Parish Priest, 01777-817364
Police: Community Policeman - PC Chris Glover 07595-074176                              The Summer Fayre had 4 floats, one for the Gala Queen, one for the
         PCSO Catherine Phillips 07525-409789                                            Brownies, one for the playgroup and one ―for anyone else who wanted
Notts Police—All non emergencies: 0300-300-9999                                          to go on it‖ ! The fayre was also attended by the Mayor of Retford
Credits:                                                                                 and Harworth Colliery Band.
Grateful thanks to all our sponsors for the printing paper, The Bible College for
printing the magazine, and to the Distribution Team for delivering the magazine.    Overall a fascinating insight into a period most of us will remember and
Contacts:                                                                           presumably some of the contributors from the school are still around—now
If you have any information/comments/ideas about the Idle Talk publication please   aged 30-35. If anyone recalls making the record then please let me know.
contact the editor at or phone on 01777-816694 or send hard
copy to Nursery Cottage, Main Street, Mattersey                                     Steve Digby (Editor)
Deadline: 24th of Month                                                             Stop Press: Pastor Camping has just delayed Doomsday until 21st October !

                                   On 6th May we celebrated the wedding of Prince
                                   William and Catherine Middleton, with a wedding
                                   of our very own. Two of our brave pupils, Alex
                                   Blackmore and Megan Hanson, volunteered to be
                                   Bride and Groom for the day and were ‗married‘
                                   by Mr Pete Hardy at a special service in the af-
                                   ternoon. Prior to the wedding itself the children
                                   had spent the morning engaged in different wed-
                                   ding themed activities, including decorating cup-
cakes, creating place and menu cards, traditional dancing and speech writing.

We had a special wedding meal at dinner time and
our cook, Mrs Twemlow, even made us a wedding
cake. All of the children and staff were dressed in
their wedding finery and joined in the afternoon by
parents, friends and members of the local commu-
nity. It was wonderful to see so many members of
the local community come into school for these cele-
brations and the children (and staff) thoroughly
enjoyed the day. A huge thank you must be said to
the Village Fundraisers who purchased commemorative coins for the children as a
memento of this occasion.

Here are a few of the photos taken during the celebrations by our official photogra-
phers – William Savage and Joseph Fullwood!

    Enjoying their first      Mrs Fullwood joining in
           dance                                          ‗Princes William and
                              with the Traditional
                                                          Harry‘ – looking nervous
                              style dancing!

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    Mattersey Group celebrates the Royal Wedding
    A group of Mattersey and Mattersey Thorpe residents had a very enjoyable eve-
    ning at the White Swan at Drakeholes. We enjoyed a buffet and live entertainment
    from Tony Casino, a local singer. It was good to celebrate such a memorable occa-
    sion and meet up with other residents. A very big thank you to Helen Woodhead for
    organising it! Liz Clark.
    Helen in turn would like to thank everyone whop turned up and made the occasion a
    success, Also Lesley Hunt & Bev Fulwood for distributing the invites and the Fund-
    raisers for providing a significant contribution towards the costs. Helen Woodhead

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Message Board

                  May Half Term Holiday Club                                      The ‘Villages Together’ forthcoming programme of events is published
                                                                                    below. Do come and join us in Mattersey Church Hall at 1.45pm.
                       (Tuesday 31st May – Friday 3rd June)
                                                                                  Tuesday 14th June       - Bowls at Everton
                                                                                  Tuesday 28th June        - Social
         At Mattersey Primary school                                            In May we had a superb talk & one man show by Jim Clark giving details

                Bookings are now being taken for the holiday club.              about the life of a World War 1 Soldier. Jim, who has been interested in
                                                                                Military history since a young boy, came dressed as a soldier with a genuine
                         Mornings - 8.00am to 1.00pm - £12                      uniform from the period and an actual rifle & bayonet as well as full webbing
                                                                                kit. He portrayed a soldier at the battle of the Somme in July 1916 getting
                        Afternoons - 1.00pm to 6.00pm - £12                     his kit ready to ―go over the top‖ within the hour. His wife Sarah came
                          Full day 8.00am to 6.00pm - £20                       dressed as a WW1 Nurse.

 Tues    31st   May       Sports and picnic
 Wed     1st    June      Bouncy Castle! (All Day)
 Thurs   2nd    June      Arts and Crafts Day, including painting flower pots
 Fri     3rd    June      Bike and Scooter obstacle course competition

    Sports equipment, craft activities, construction kits, Nintendo Wii and
               table top games available throughout the day.

         For further details on prices and to book your child in please
             contact Dan Chambers on 0782 4446427 or email on
                                             All are welcome to ‘Villages Together’ meetings which we hold every other
                                                                                Tuesday and if you have friends in other villages, please bring them along.
                                                                                See ‗Idle Talk‘ for the programme or call Sue on 01777 818880 for further
 The holiday club is run at Mattersey Primary School.                           information.
 You do not need to attend Mattersey Primary School to come to the club,
 everyone is welcome! The club is available for children aged 3-14 years.       Villages Together is supported by Blue Skies Community
 Choose from just one session to the whole week!                                Initiative Tel: Sue for further information on 01777-818880
                                                                                or 07921-132889
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                                                                                Every Sunday starting at 9.00 pm
                                                                                Challenging Fun Quiz for teams of
                                                                                             any size

June 20th        Take Better Photos (No more chopped off heads)                           Nominal Entry fee.
July 18th        Bess of Hardwick (Up close and personal!)                       Cash Prizes, Snowball, Knockout.
August 15th       Outing to Hardwick Hall                                       Free sandwiches & snacks provided

We are not ageist, we are friendly. Come and join us on the 3rd Monday
             of each month at 7-30pm in the Village Hall.
                      For more information ring:
    Rosa Wright - 01777 816073 or Ann Hickman - 01777 818993
                                                                                Another busy month for the Group, we have our usual Sunday walks together
                                                                                with Wednesday walks. We are now travelling out further to do more challenging
                                                                                walks, which rewards us with fabulous views over the Derbyshire countryside.
                                                                                If climbing uphill and down dale is not your cup of tea then why not come along
                                                                                on 5th June for a more gentle walk at Bardney or try the Evening Stroll at Blyth.
Home Fixtures in June 2011                                                      Whatever you choose to do you will be more than welcome.
                                                                                Hope to meet you soon.
Pensioners League:
7th June v Beckingham,                                                          Sun, 5 June @ 9.30 am       8 miles   Bardney Limewoods
                                                                                Tues, 7 June @ 6.30 pm      4 miles   Blyth
                                                                                Wed, 8 June @ 9.00 am       8 miles   Cressbrook
Wednesday 1st June v Ranskill @ 6pm,   Sunday 12 th June v Nettleham
                                                                                Wed, 15 June @ 8.30 am     10 miles   Lathkill Dale
@ 3.00pm,              Wednesday 29th June v Goosemoor @ 6.30pm
                                                                                Sun, 26 June @ 8.30 am      9 miles   Kinder Scout Edge & Snake Pass
Club member‘s roll up take place on Monday and Friday afternoons from           Weds, 29 June @ 8.30 am     9 miles   Hartington, Wolfscote & Beresford Dales
2-4pm and Friday evening from 6-8pm. We are looking for new members
who play bowls or would like to try playing bowls (bowls can be supplied) for   For further information contact 01777-818055
the summer of 2011.                                                             or 01777-838763
                                                                                or e-mail to
Prospective bowlers will be welcome at any club roll up.
                                                                                Sally Fraser — Chairman — Retford Ramblers Group
For more information contact Robin Jacques on 01777-817519

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                    MATTERSEY PARISH COUNCIL
                                                                                      The meeting gave an opportunity to discuss local problems with the Inspector
                                                                                      and this proved a fruitful debate for both parties.
Chairman: Mr. G. Brown, Vice Chairman: Mr. T.J. Roberts
Councillors: Mr. P. Barrett, Mr G Chambers, Mrs. L. Hunt, Mr R Kendall                Flies
Mrs. L.B.Saint,                                                                       There has once again been an influx of flies and the Parish Council has been
                                                                                      making representation on behalf of the residents. Three District Council Environ-
Contact Details: Mrs. Adele Haddon, Clerk to Mattersey Parish Council,                mental Health officers have been investigating and contact has been made with
Caudle Meadows, Wigthorpe Lane, Wigthorpe, Worksop. Notts S81 8BU                     Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, Idle Valley Nature Reserve. John
Tel: 01909 731565                        email:               Mann MP and District Cllr Michael Gray have also been involved and if any feed-
                                                                                      back is received it will be reported in Idle Talk.
     Meetings are held 1st Wednesday of each month (except August)
                in the Church Hall commencing at 7.30pm                               Wheelie Bin Stickers
                                                                                      At the last Parish Council meeting it was decided not to proceed with the idea of
                                                                                      putting speed warning stickers on residents wheelie bins due to a lack of
Annual Parish (Villages) Meeting                                                      interest.
This meeting enables local community groups and residents to come together to
review the activities of the previous year and to air any issues which affect the
area. It is not a Parish Council meeting but is organised by them. Reports were
received this year from the Millennium Green Trust, Mattersey Fund Raising
Group, Idle Talk, Tenants & Residents Association, the Police represented by
Inspector Jenny Madin, Tarmac Liaison Group and the Parish Council.
The work which all these groups do for the benefit of the community was praised                                                             Have your say
by the Chairman of the meeting. Progress has been made by all the organisa-                                                          Neighbourhood Priority Survey
tions but as always more support and help would always be welcome. The new
youth group, instigated by the TRA, seems to be benefiting both the young peo-
ple and the older volunteers alike and has helped to bridge the gap between gen-       Householders can also have an impact on the Policing of East Bassetlaw by
erations and forge a better understanding. Idle Talk is increasing in contributors     making their Policing needs known on the Nottinghamshire Police web site
and welcomes adverts from local businesses. The Editor was grateful to all those       on Upon accessing this site there is a
who distribute the magazine and will not turn any other assistance away. The           ―button‖ or prompt on the right hand side which reads, ― Have Your Say
Fund Raising Committee have contributed to a number of community projects
and has donated £1,230 in total. This included £5 Royal Wedding coins to each          Neighbourhood Priority Survey‖.
child at the village school. The Millennium Green Trust are looking forward to the     Clicking this link will take the user to the survey forms which are
area being utilised more in the future and hopes that in the year of the Queens        processed every 3 months at the end of December, March, June and Octo-
Diamond Jubilee there will be a party and the beacon will be lit.                      ber. The items raised are ―ranked‖ in order to determine Policing Priorities
The Parish Clerk explained the increasing role as consultees which the Parish          for East Bassetlaw.
Council is experiencing and that further opportunities to take over services previ-    Any problems, please feel free to contact me on the below number or via e
ously performed by the District Council may be considered in the future.               mail.
Inspector Jenny Madin and Sgt Tony Crofts explained that the Police have
changed from 4 Divisions to 2 in an attempt to be more efficient and to trim costs.    Sgt 879 Crofts
A review of front counter services is currently under way and comments on this
                                                                                       Harworth Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant.
should be made to the Police via their website. A new community alert system is
being launched in September and further details and the opportunity to sign up to      0300 300 9999 ext 8077360
the system can be found on                   

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                     Notts County Council
                Street Lighting – Energy saving
You may be aware from press and TV that Notts County Council are looking to
reduce energy usage, hence CO2 emissions and costs by modifying the opera-
tion of the street lights. They plan to
                                                                                                  Mattersey Thorpe
   Switch off completely some lights where they are no longer considered
 Dimming of some lights on main roads between the Mattersey
                                                          hours of 10pm and
    7am when traffic flows are low and a lower level of lighting will not affect
    road safety
Switch off some lights between midnight GMT and 5.30am GMT in residential
areas in consultation with local communities.

The County has issued a proposal for the street lights in Mattersey and Matter-
sey Thorpe and are looking for comments from residents about the proposals.
More details and a map is available on the County website at

Broadly their proposal is that there will be no change to the majority of street
lights in Mattersey Thorpe & Main Street, Mattersey

Lights will be switched off between midnight and 5.30am GMT on

   Wavell Crescent, Newall Drive                                                                             Mattersey
   Broomfield Lane between Bader Rise and Breck Lane

   Breck Lane

   Thorpe Road between Breck Lane and Main Street, Mattersey

   Abbey Road, Retford Road, Hall View, Dene Close, Job Lane
                                                                                         Lights off between 24.00—05.30 GMT
The County Council would like all responses to be co-ordinated through the
Parish Council and therefore we would like to hear from residents about their            No Change Proposed
views on the proposals either at the Parish Council meeting at 7.30pm on 1st
June or directly to a Parish Councillor.

Gordon Brown (Chairman Mattersey Parish Council)

                                       June Events at Idle
                                       Valley Learning Centre

Sat 4th June – How to identify Wild Flowers 10am to 4pm £25
Venue: Idle Valley Learning Centre - Call 01777 713945 to book
Sat 11th June – Photography – Plants and Patterns 1 to 3pm £6 12yrs+
Venue: Idle Valley Learning Centre - Call 01777 713945 to book
Tues 14th June – Health Walk 11am to 12noon
Venue: Idle Valley Learning Centre (Sorry, no dogs on walk).
Sat 18th June SUMMER FAYRE 10am to 4pm (Free) plus BBQ & Quiz
7 -10pm £12. Call 01777 713945 to book BBQ!
Venue: Idle Valley Learning Centre                                                            SUMMER THEATRE SEASON

             Things you didn‘t know—you didn‘t know                                Shakespeare’s Globe for the first time in Nottinghamshire
                                                                                          at Hodsock Priory performing ‘As You Like It’
In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by
ropes. When you pulled on the ropes, the mattress tightened, making the                  Tues 28th, Wed 29th and Thurs 30th June 2011
                                                                            5pm Gates open – Bring a picnic Licensed Bar Open & Refreshments on sale
bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase ...'Goodnight , sleep tight'
                                                                            7.30pm Show starts on lawn outdoors. Bring your own low backed seating
It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a          or blankets. Wear warm clothes. The show goes ahead whatever the
month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law     weather. No refunds.
with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their    10.30pm approx. Show finishes
calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which     Tickets £17.50 Adults £12.00 Children & Concessions (OAPs, Students)
we know today as the honeymoon.
                                                                            Bookings and Enquiries: Tel: Lindsay Jones on 07790 020 242
In Olde English pubs, ale was ordered by pints and quarts. When custom-     Email:
ers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them 'Mind your pints & Book online https://
quarts, settle down.‘ It's where we get the phrase 'mind your P's & Q's'
Years ago pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of
their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to
get some service. So 'Wet your whistle' is the phrase inspired by this
Maureen McDermott

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                  21st June -Summer Solstice
                                   A solstice is an astronomical event that
                                   happens twice each year when the Sun's
                                                                                                                               Ashton‘s Meadow is a grassland
                                   apparent position in the sky reaches its
                                                                                                                               surrounded by species rich hedgerows.
                                   northernmost or southernmost extremes.                                                      It has been designated as a Site of
                                   The term solstice can also be used in a                                                     Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due
                                   broader sense, as the day when this                                                         to its grassland type, and wide range of
                                   occurs. Solstices, together with the                                                        wild flowers. The meadow was
                                   equinoxes, are connected with the seasons.                                                  purchased by the Trust in 1985, and
                                   In some cultures they are considered to                                                     has been described as ‗the best
                                                                                                                               example of a species rich neutral
                                   start or separate the seasons, while in
                                                                                                                               grassland in Nottinghamshire‘.
others they fall nearer the middle. Here in England, the period around the
June solstice is known as midsummer, and Midsummer's Day is 24 June, about        About the Reserve
three days after the solstice itself. For the June solstice, Christian cultures   The reserve is an ancient meadow and has not been chemically treated or ploughed in
celebrate the feast of St. John.                                                  recent times. The ancient ridges and furrows are clearly visible. This traditional
                                                                                  meadow has a variety of flowers and grasses, including cowslip, green winged orchid,
                                                                                  yellow rattle, pignut, adders tongue and oxeye daisy. Such unimproved pasture
                                                                                  habitat is scarce in Nottinghamshire.

                 A clove of garlic, planted near a rose bush                      Conservation Management
                 will ward off greenfly and not affect the                        Management of the site is by traditional methods. The sward is allowed to grow
                                                                                  throughout the spring and early summer, before being cut for hay in July. During the
                         rose‘s wonderful perfume.
                                                                                  late summer and autumn the re-growing grassland is kept fairly short by grazing, and
                                                                                  before Christmas the animals are removed. This system maintains the rich flora and
                     If St Vitus day be rainy weather                             allows a range of butterflies and moths to flourish.
                     It will rain for forty days together.
                     (15th June)                                                  How to Get There
                                                                                  Ashton‘s Meadow is located 2km East of Treswell Wood in North Nottinghamshire.
                                  A swarm of bees in June                         Visitors are asked to avoid trampling the hay crop (May to June), and disturbing
                                   is worth a silver spoon.                       grazing animals (August to February). The entrance at (SK787800) can be reached
                                                                                  from South Leverton, along Rampton Lane (0.7km). A second entrance is at the
                  Sow beans in the mud                                            opposite end of Rampton Lane, at Catchwater Drain Bridge east of Treswell. A public
                                                                                  footpath crosses the site, running north south, just inside the western boundary.
                  they‘ll grow like wood.            Rambling Rose
                                                                                    Rambling Rose
   A monthly look at ways to Combat Crime
   With East Bassetlaw’s Neighbourhood
   Policing Inspector, Jenny Madin

                      Having a barbecue? – Don’t invite a thief.
    It’s usually around this time of the year when dad decides to dust off the barbe-
    cue, put on his apron and indulge in his annual spot of cooking.
Yes, with the light nights and warm summer                 Don’t leave garden tools and
weather it’s barbecue time once again, but          furniture out all night. It might be a
it is important that you do not invite an           nuisance putting them away every
unwanted guest to your party – a burglar.           night, but at least you’ll know they
And you probably won’t even know they               will be there the next time you want
have been, until it’s too late.                     them, and a thief cannot use them
Like you and me, thieves just love barbe-           to break into your house.
cues…warm summer weather…open win-                         Remember to lock your
dows…open doors…and everyone outside                garage and garden shed every
enjoying themselves. Exactly the conditions         night, using a good strong lock. If
a sneak thief is looking for.                       your shed has a window, cover it
The opportunities for sneak in burglaries           with a curtain so a thief cannot see
always increase at this time of year but            what is inside. Chain larger items
they are relatively easy to prevent. A few          together to make them difficult for a
simple precautions will keep a sneak thief          thief to take away and use a marker
out while you enjoy your barbecue.                  pen to mark your property with your
People think ‘It can’t happen to me’, but it        postcode and house number.
can – and it does.
So, I’ve put together a few points for you to   These are just common sense precau-
remember, these will keep your home se-         tions that everyone can take to make
cure while you enjoy a carefree summer          sure you enjoy the summer and a thief
evening outdoors.                               doesn’t.
       Never leave windows open if you are     And, a final word of warning to careless
not in the room. An open window is an           householders. If you do leave windows
open invitation to a thief. And never go out    and doors open and you are burgled, you
and leave windows open.                         could receive a further nasty shock when
       If you are out in the back garden,      you try to make an insurance claim.
make sure ALL the doors and windows at          A lot of insurance companies are now
the front are locked and secured.               reducing payments or even refusing to
       Don’t leave your car keys or other      pay out all together if doors and win-
valuables on the hall table or by a window.     dows have been left open, arguing that it
A thief will break a window to snatch your      is your negligence that has led to the
keys and valuables – and then come back         theft.
later for the car.
For more information on combating crime, you can contact your Safer Neighbourhood
   Team Beat Manager, Pc Chris Glover on 07595 074176 or PCSO Cath Phillips on
      07525 409789 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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 letter received from Bassetlaw District
Council Following The Petition re the FlIEs

                                                                                                                            The Parish Priest writes

                                                                                                   Dear Friends
                                                                                                   Once more many gardens are a riot of colour as plants come into bloom. Surrounded
                                                                                                   by so much beauty we might identify with the words of the modern hymn writer, David
                                                                                                   Mansell, who felt moved to write:
                                                                                                            'Jesus is Lord! Creation's voice proclaims it,
                                                                                                            For by his power, each tree and flower was planned and made.'
                                                                                                   I have recently come across the following poem by an anonymous writer (if you know
                                                                                                   the name of the author, please let me know):
                                                                                                                       God might have made the earth bring forth
                                                                                                                       Enough for great and small,
                                                                                                                       The oak tree and the cedar tree,
Preparation time less than 30 mins Cooking time 1 to 2 hours                                                           Without a flower at all.
                                                                                                                       He might have made enough, enough
Ingredients (to serve 8)                                                                                               For every want of ours,
For the Cake                                                     For the crumble topping                               For food, and medicine, and toil,
125g/4½oz unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing               100g/3½oz butter                                      And yet have made no flowers.
275g/9¾oz caster sugar                                           100g/3½oz flour
                                                                                                    Then wherefore, wherefore were they made        Our outward life requires them not;
2 free-range eggs                                                100g/3½oz demerara sugar           All dyed with rainbow light,                    Then wherefore had they birth?
125ml/4½fl oz full-fat milk                                      1 tsp ground cinnamon              All fashioned with supremest grace,             To minister delight to man,
200g/7oz plain flour                                              cream, to serve                   Up springing day and night?                     To beautify the earth.
2 tsp baking powder                                                                                 Springing in the valleys green and low,         To whisper hope, to comfort man,
                                                                                                    And on the mountains high,                      When'er his faith is dim;
200g/7oz raspberries
                                                                                                    And in the silent wilderness,                   For he who careth for the flowers,
                                                                                                    Where no man passeth by.                        Will much more care for him.
Preparation method
1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. Grease and line a 20cm/8in springform tin.
2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale yellow and fluffy, then whisk in the   This year our four parishes are joining once again in a Flower Festival to be held this
eggs and milk, a little at a time, until well combined.                                            time in Everton starting on the evening of Friday 17 June and finishing at 6.30pm on
3. Stir in the flour and baking powder, then fold in the raspberries.                              Sunday 19 June with a Songs of Praise service in Holy Trinity Church at which the
4. Spoon the mixture into a greased and lined 20cm/8in springform cake tin and bake in the         preacher will be Bishop Tony Porter, the Bishop of Sherwood. Do come and join us as
oven for 30-40 minutes.                                                                            we delight in the beauty of flowers and thank God for them.
5. Meanwhile, for the crumble topping, rub the butter, flour, sugar and cinnamon together in a
bowl until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
6. Sprinkle the mixture onto a baking tray and bake in the oven 12-15 minutes, or until pale       Yours in Christ                                                        Jonathan
7. Remove the cake from the oven and sprinkle over the baked crumble topping. Bake for a fur-      Contact details for our parish priest:
ther 10-12 minutes, or until golden-brown on top and a skewer inserted into the middle comes
out clean. (If the top of the cake is golden-brown before the cake is cooked through, cover the    For all queries about weddings, baptisms, funerals or other pastoral needs
tin with a sheet of aluminium foil to stop the top burning.)                                       please contact: the Reverend Jonathan Smithurst, The Rectory, Abbey Road,
8. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool slightly. Remove the cake from the tin and cool on   Mattersey, Doncaster, DN10 5DX. Telephone 01777-817364.
a wire rack.                                                                                       His day off is Friday.
9. To serve, slice the cake into wedges and serve with the cream.


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