the patch - april 2015 - Lincolnshire County Council
Issue No 4
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THE LANCASTER IS COMING!!
We have been advised that the Parish Council has planned a ‘Family Fun Day’ with a bouncy castle, a
cake stall, a raffle, various other stalls. There will be a heritage display in the foyer. A football
tournament is planned, face painting and much much more.
Brookenby Parish Council
We have been reliably informed that the meeting held on 3rd March included issues only of a routine nature,
and nothing of significance featured on the Agenda.
The next meeting of the Council will be held on Tuesday 7th April starting at 7.00 pm. The Agenda for
that meeting together with Minutes of the previous meeting are usually posted on the noticeboard
outside the old shop a few days before the meeting. Residents may attend this meeting and ask
questions in the public forum which precedes each meeting. Any resident wishing to contact the
Council should refer to the Parish Clerk Sam Coulam on 399652 or write to
There will be an election for Parish Councillors on 7th May, along with West Lindsey District Council elections
and, of course, the General Election. There is a need for seven committed individuals to step forward to fill the
Parish Council seats. The commitment is for no more than two hours per week and if you feel you have
something to contribute to village life, please step forward. No previous experience is necessary and the
appropriate form can be obtained from West Lindsey District Council.
We have been informed that the Planning Application for two wind turbines has now been refused by West
Lindsey District Council. The reasons given are that it would intrude significantly on an Area of Outstanding
Natural Beauty, would pose a threat to aviation safety due to the unacceptable impact on Claxby Radar and
London Air Traffic Control.
Community Centre Update
As part of the consultation process with residents, as reported in the last issue, an online questionnaire
prepared by Geoff Birch Associates was posted and every household in Brookenby (approximately 300) and
on Kingsmead Park (approximately 60) received a printed copy. Every user group was also invited to
participate in this questionnaire.
After discussion with Geoff Birch, whose company is carrying out the feasibility study for the future of the
Centre, it is understood that some 70 responses were received from individual households and a further 15
from user groups. The responses will be used as the basis for establishing a list of priorities for the Centre and
will be the subject of further discussion and debate on 25th April in the Lancaster Room during the afternoon,
although we have no precise details on the format.
The Wold View Bar will close on 26th April – as reported elsewhere. We urge all residents with an interest in
the Centre to attend the meeting on 7th April at which this issue will be discussed.
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Wold View Bar
You will by now be aware that the Bar will close on 26th April. For some time now Lynn Johnson has struggled
with low attendances and in such circumstances, it is entirely reasonable for Lynn to give up her tenancy of
this facility. I am sure all of us, particularly those who have been patrons during the last eight months, would
like to extend their thanks to Lynn and her team for their service. We are happy also to record the following
contribution from Sam Coulam, Parish Clerk: “Brookenby Parish Council would like to thank Lynn
Johnson and her staff for their efforts at Wold View Bar. The future of the bar area will be discussed at
the next Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 7th April at 7pm in the Lancaster room, Brookenby
The closure of the Bar is disappointing, to say the least, since it was always intended to be the centrepiece of
the Community Centre, around which other activities and events would be focussed and although we may all
have our own theories as to the lack of support from within the village – and Brookenby is not unique in this
respect – nevertheless, the loss of the income must have a serious effect upon the viability of the Centre. With
three tenants in 2 ½ years, all of whom have left for differing but understandable reasons, there must be
serious questions over the prospects for a fourth tenant. We would therefore urge anyone who has an interest
in the Centre to attend the next Parish Council meeting as referred to above.
St Michael & All Angels Church
Please come and join us at 10.00 am on 25th April for a special ANZAC Day Service to be led by Revd John
Other services in April:
5th – Holy Communion for Easter Sunday (Anglican led); 12th – Methodist-led Service; 19th – Morning Prayer;
26th – Methodist led Service. All services commence at 10.30 am.
Morning Prayer – every Tuesday at 9.30 am followed by the Singing Group practice at 10.30.
Bible Study – Monday 6th and 20th at 2.00 pm.
We are collecting used postage stamps for the Leprosy Mission – all contributions gratefully accepted. There is
a box situated inside the worship area. Jean
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RATS’ panto production this year was ‘The
Wizard of Oz’ inspired by the L Frank Baum’s
children’s classic tale. Performances on the
8th, 14th and 15th March were gratifyingly wellattended with the usual contributions from the
audience of “Boo” and hisses whenever the
Wicked Witch of the West appeared, and
“She’s behind you”.
Altogether an enjoyable experience and
grateful thanks due to all cast members and
‘behind the scenes’ helpers.
The next production is The Rocky Horror
Monster Show on 9th/10th May.
Photo – Dave Riddall
Lincolnshire’s Finest – Colin Dexter
Colin Dexter was born in Stamford, Lincolnshire, in 1930 and was educated at
Stamford School, a boys' public school. After completing his national service with the
Royal Corps of Signals, he read Classics at Christ's College, Cambridge, graduating
in 1953 and receiving an honorary master's degree in 1958.
In 1954, he started his teaching career in the East Midlands, becoming assistant
Classics master at Wyggeston School, Leicester. A post at Loughborough Grammar
School followed before he took up the position of senior Classics teacher at Corby Grammar School,
Northamptonshire, in 1959.
In 1956 he married Dorothy Cooper, and they had a son and a daughter.
In 1966, he was forced by the onset of deafness to retire from teaching and took up the post of senior assistant
secretary at the University of Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations (UODLE) in Oxford, a job he held until his
retirement in 1988.
Dexter featured prominently in the BBC programme How to Solve a Cryptic Crossword as part of the Time Shift
series broadcast in November 2008, in which he recounted some of the crossword clues solved by Morse.
The first books he wrote were General Studies text books He started writing mysteries in 1972 during a family
holiday. "We were in a little guest house halfway between Caernarfon and Pwllheli. It was a Saturday and it was
raining—it's not unknown for it to rain in North Wales. The children were moaning... I was sitting at the kitchen
table with nothing else to do, and I wrote the first few paragraphs of a potential detective novel.” Last Bus to
Woodstock was published in 1975 and introduced the character of Inspector Morse, the irascible detective
whose penchants for cryptic crosswords, English literature, cask ale and Wagner reflect Dexter's own
enthusiasms. Dexter's plots are notable for his use of false leads and other red herrings.
The success of the 33 episodes of the TV series Inspector Morse, produced between 1987 and 2001, brought
further acclaim for Dexter. In the manner of Alfred Hitchcock, he also makes a cameo appearance in almost all
episodes. More recently, his character from the Morse series, the Sergeant (now Inspector) Lewis features in 27
episodes of the new ITV series Lewis.
Dexter is currently a consultant on the TV series Endeavour, starring Shaun Evans and Roger Allam. This series
is a prequel to Inspector Morse. As with Morse, Dexter occasionally makes cameo appearances in Lewis and
Dexter selected the English poet A.E. Housman for the BBC Radio 4 programme Great Lives in May 2008.
Dexter and Housman were both Classicists who found a popular audience in another genre of writing.
Dexter has received several Crime Writers' Association awards: two Silver Daggers for Service of All the Dead
in 1979 and The Dead of Jericho in 1981; two Gold Daggers for The Wench is Dead in 1989 and The Way
Through the Woods in 1992; and a Cartier Diamond Dagger for lifetime achievement in 1997. In 1996 Dexter
received a Macavity Award for his short story Evans Tries an O-Level. In 1980, he was elected a member of the
by-invitation-only Detection Club.
In 2000 Dexter was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to literature. In
September 2011, the University of Lincoln awarded Dexter an honorary Doctor of Letters degree.
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QUIZ FOR APRIL
When is Maundy Thursday?
What is the name of the song which
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What do the initials A V stand for in
AVRoe Aircraft Company?
What year is it hoped that the first
human crew will leave Earth to settle on
Who is Jorge Bergoglio?
Answers from March: 1. H2O2, 2. Michael
3. A traditional Welsh soup 4. Suzanne
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The fourth annual Jubilee Games will take place this year at RAF
Scampton on Saturday 6th June. Volunteer participants and helpers are
being sought by Happy Hearts, who run this annual event for Brookenby. If
you feel you can help in any capacity, please call Sarah on 398593.
Please note: because RAF Scampton is still a functioning MoD site,
the use of private cars to visit the site is being discouraged.
However, an 80 seater coach is being provided to run from
Brookenby, so if you wish to attend please let Sarah know.
JOB VACANCIES IN BROOKENBY
The Lincolnshire Wolds Training Centre (LWTC) has received full Government funding for it's YES YOU
CAN project. This Centre covers the old MOD sites. Its main aims are to improve employment in these areas.
The Brookenby Job Club is already up and running, thanks to a few of its residents. This is a social group that
helps each other with the grind of finding work that offers permanent contracts, with fixed hours.
Contact Ricky for more information on 07770648400.
The LWTC helps those in the club or outside of it, to improve their skills so employers will hire them. It
believes that every person has the right to work, build a career and receive a decent wage.
It works with the DWP - so reducing the amount of time of you having to call in at the Local Job Centre.
WE now need help, so we are offering jobs, with payments, so the project becomes a success.
An Apprenticeship in Administration. Part - time . Minimum hours per week 16 hrs. If more hours required we
will find you that job.
A Tutor experienced in helping those with problems in getting on line or understanding how the Office
Part time: A Person familiar with basic coding and programming - able to teach others using Raspberry Pi.
Part-time: A Temporary post for a person who can build web sites and set up blogs
The two IT posts above could be combined. Age Range 19+.
Whether male or female, over 55, taking medication or you have physical disabilities - you are all equal. So
don't be shy - if you have the know how - please apply to: The Principal at [email protected] and attach
a CV or a brief letter that tells us why you should have the job. Postal Applications also accepted.
Write to Admin, LWTC, c/o 71 Gordon Field, Market Rasen, LN8 3AF. Payment - dependent on applicants
experience - paid monthly. Travel and meal expenses possible
Apart from the Web builder, these jobs are for 12 months and for longer if we succeed. This Centre is yours.
Let's make it work.Only those interested in working on behalf of their Community should apply
Brookenby Job Club
We meet every Monday and Thursday 10.30 – 12.30
Contact: Ricky 07770648400 for more details
The Brookenby job club is suitable for all ages and abilities. We find you jobs
with proper contracts with fixed hours, paid holidays and personal pensions
We can help you create a CV, help you with your Job searches, find you an
Employer and you can take your English an Maths assessments and Exams with us, as our
Local Training Centre has now been accepted by an online Provider
It’s a social group so come along and see what we do or just pop in for a chat.
We meet on Monday and Thursday mornings
Thieves Steal Memorial Plaques.
An article in the Market Rasen Mail dated 11 March reported the theft from
Wickenby airfield of two bronze plaques from the Icarus Memorial. The
squadron plaques remember those from 12 and 626 Squadrons who died in
World War 2, and were attached to the sides of the memorial. 12 Squadron
were in fact stationed at RAF Binbrook prior to moving to RAF Wickenby in
1942 and returned to Binbrook after WW2.
“This memorial is to commemorate those who died and to take that from
such a place is absolutely disgusting,” said Wickenby Museum curator Anne
“By getting as much publicity through social media and the press we just
hope it may jog someone’s conscience and they may end up back on our
The RAF Wickenby Museum is located in the control tower and its opening
hours are: 1 April to 31 October 9.00am till 5.00pm and 1 November to 31
March 9.00am till 4.00pm.
For further information please contact the museum via email on:
To Absent Friends of 460 Squadron
Written by Bomber Command Veteran, Geoff
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn,
So truly says the Ode,
And as we age we think of them,
For whom life’s course has flowed.
Some died still boys in cruel war,
For some the tears have not yet dried,
But all have given us a store
Of memories, to recall with pride.
Of ops we shared, and the life we knew,
And the Squadron where we tried,
To Strike and Return each time we flew,
But sadly, where many died.
Sometimes I hope that when I die,
There will come a ghostly Lanc,
Winging through the night-time sky
To land on a soft cloud bank.
And out will step some Angels,
And those Angels all will be
Those Squadron mates of every rank,
Come to escort me.
And the pains of age will leave me,
As through the skies we soar,
With the sounds of Angels singing,
And the Merlin’s ghostly roar.
THE NOMAD TRUST
The Nomad Trust is a charity based in Lincoln which helps homeless people by providing
emergency shelter and, in conjunction with “Beattitude” at St Mary le Wigford Church,
people in need can also get breakfast and an evening meal.
The Trust is especially concerned with ex-armed forces personnel and so has move-on
accommodation for those who have served their country and find themselves in difficulty
Working very closely with the Royal British Legion, the residents act as a support system for each other as
they are uniquely placed to understand the after effects of leaving the forces. Recently released statistics
reveal that the issue of homelessness is on the increase; figures for ex-forces homelessness outstripping
other groups. The move to support this worthy cause in Brookenby came originally at the initiative of the
Methodist element within St Michael and All Angels Church.
During Lent, the Church has been collecting tinned and packet foods in support of the Nomad Trust. Please
support this worthwhile cause by taking something along to the church or give your donation to either Doreen
Wallis, Jean Sinclair or Dave Clark. Even if it’s only a tin of baked beans it will be gratefully received.
Binbrook & District Women's Institute March Report.
Monthly meetings, 1st Thursdays of the Month 7 pm for 7.15pm start. Binbrook Village (Queens) Hall. Plenty
of Free Parking. Visitors welcome (unless otherwise stated)
NEXT MEETINGS: Thursday 2nd April Speaker Mags Bradley, Bookbinder & All Bound Up. A short talk &
demonstration with ideas on how to give tatty old books a new life as something completely different ! (Bring
along a small (no longer wanted) paperback book to transform)
MONDAY 11th May Speaker Jackie Cheetham MBE. - The day I met the Queen. A humorous inspirational
talk by our former Lincolnshire North WI Federation Chairman.
Last month we had our annual meeting, we looked back over the past year, it was noted that we had raised
more money than ever for ourselves and for our chosen local charities, St Andrews Children's Hospice and
the Women's refuge in Grimsby. We had also received thank you letters from the RAF Association, The
Chernobyl Children's Lifeline and Binbrook's premier athlete Jamie Carter for the donations from our 'special'
raffles. We were very pleased at how many visitors had joined us since we moved to the village hall with it's
plentiful parking, at least six per ordinary meeting to the magnificent thirty-six at February's Open meeting.
The annual presentations took place. Every month 4,3 or 2 points are awarded to the first three places and 1
point to all who take part in each competition. It was very close this year with many members taking part
every month. The flower of the month had four joint second winners, Loreta, Lesley, Kathy and Barbara P, on
12 points. A very surprised Pat Robinson won 1st prize,with 19 points, she received our WI cut glass vase
trophy The themed competition winners were in 3rd Marian Nichols 15 points, 2nd Ann Williams 20 points and
in 1st place me! Hilary Harris with 21 points. I received an engraved trophy. After a short break for
refreshments, Helen Wilks from Jerry Green Dog Rescue Centre at Brigg gave a talk about the function of
the 5 centres situated in Lincolnshire and South Yorkshire. Only when a dog is matched up with a suitable
new owner by a process similar to Match. Com is the dog re-homed, usually within 2 months, sometimes
longer if any health or behavioural problems need sorting. Brenda from Brookenby brought two of her
rescued dogs Bertie & Bicii along to show how rewarding it is to give a home to a dog that needs it.
The glass mosaic workshop was thoroughly enjoyed by all who took part. Only one person took up the offer
to see us creating our masterpieces. Since joining the WI, I have begun to realise that I can create artistic
items and not just 'make the tea' which was my past answer.
For more information phone Marina 01472 399501 or Bunny 01472 399009 Visitors £3.50 Members free
Raffle 50p Refreshment included.
Green wheelie bin collections started on Tuesday
31st March and continue on every alternate Tuesday
until the end of November.
THE “HUNGER WINTER” AND HOW THE RAF AND USAAF
HELPED SAVE THE DUTCH IN 1945 by Robin Sadler
By April 1945 the Dutch had endured a bitterly cold winter with very little food, remembered to this day as
Hongerwinter (Hunger Winter). In reprisal for Dutch strikes in support of the battle for Arnhem (in
September, 1944) the occupying Germans had stopped food supplies into the Netherlands, flooded much
farmland, and over 20,000 people had died of hunger. Sugar beet and tulip bulbs were eaten, and even
people’s pet cats and dogs. But the end of the war was in sight, with British, American and Russian forces
already deep into Germany. Allied strategic bombing had already flattened many German cities, and further
bombing seemed pointless; saving the Dutch from famine became a high priority, and the Dutch
government in exile in London begged the Allies to help.
So began two of the most remarkable air operations of the Second World War – Operation Manna, and
Operation Chowhound. The Dutch first heard of the plan on 24th April, 1945, when it was announced on
BBC radio. On 27th April tests were carried out which showed the four-engined Lancaster bombers chosen
for the mission would need to fly slowly at 500 feet or lower; any higher or faster and the food packets burst
on the ground, as no parachutes were used. (Lancasters normally flew at around 16,000 feet on bombing
The RAF’s Operation Manna was scheduled for 28th April, but bad weather delayed it until 29th April. The
United States Army Air Force (USAAF) joined in with B-17 bombers from 1st May in Operation Chowhound,
and flew 2,200 sorties (dropping 4,000 tons food) to the RAF’s 3,100 sorties (and 6,680 tons food).
Lancasters and Mosqitoes from RAF Bomber Groups 1, 3 and 8 took part, as well as B-17 Flying Fortress
bombers from three wings of the US Eighth Air Force. Food was dropped in pre-arranged drop zones in
Rotterdam, Amsterdam, The Hague, Delft, Leyden and Gouda. Air operations continued until VE (Victory in
Europe) Day on 8th May, 1945. Thereafter, with the German surrender and the end of the German
occupation of Holland, the Allies were able to deliver more food by road.
The food which was to be dropped came from two main
sources. The Royal Air Force (RAF) got their supplies
from the Ministry of Food stockpiles which had been laid
down five years earlier in case of a German invasion, and
which the Ministry was now keen to run down. This food
consisted of powdered eggs, biscuits, tinned foods,
coffee and flour.
The United States Army Air Force drew on the stocks of
K-Rations which had been developed for the US Army,
but which by now had proved unpopular with the troops
and were being replaced by later ration packs or fresh
food. K-Rations comprised a one-person meal (which
needed rehydrating with water), a tinned dessert, biscuits,
chocolate and even cigarettes. Remember, this was
wartime, rationing was in place in the United Kingdom,
and even retail food shops had to get supplies from the nearest wholesaler to save fuel consumption in
It was not like today when food manufacturers or supermarkets can run huge promotions or give-aways,
contribute to food banks, and offer a wide choice of food. The Operation Manna foodstuffs were to be
dropped from bomber aircraft at low altitude and low speed without parachutes. Even so there was a risk of
packages and tins bursting on impact, so these were packed into two sacks, one inside the other, which
limited and contained any damage.
Times Gone By
100 Years Ago – April 1915
1. N Sea: Germans sink three British trawlers
1.UK: Over 33,000 women have now signed up for
5. W. Front: French army begins broad offensive
from Meuse to Moselle
6. Rome: Italy demands South Tyrol, Trieste and
Istria from Austria as price of its neutrality
7. UK: Businessmen appeal for prohibition of
8. Egypt: Attempted assassination of Sultan of
15.London: Lloyd George is put in charge of
15.Vienna: Austria sets the age limit for recruits at
18. Italy: Neutrality talks with Austria break down
20. US: President Wilson urges strict neutrality in
20. London: Lloyd George urges the adoption of war
24. UK: Sheffield Wednesday beat Chelsea 3-0 in
the FA Cup Final
25. Turkey: British, ANZAC and French forces land
on Gallipoli Peninsula
27. Adriatic: Austrian submarine sinks French
29. London: Commons adopts Lloyd George’s
proposals for heavy increases in duties on alcohol
30. W. Front: Dunkirk in state of panic at
bombardment from heavy German guns apparently
22 miles away
30. E. Front: Germans invade Russian Baltic
7. US blues singer Billie Holliday (d 1959)
23. British poet Rupert Brooke in Aegean campaign
27. Russian composer Alexander Skryabin (b 1871)
75 years ago – April 1940
1. Berlin: A law is passed completing the annexation of
Austria, or “Ostmark” as it is now to be called
2. Rome: Mussolini orders the mobilisation of all
Italians over 14 years old
2. Holland: Dutch troops are put on full alert along the
4. Paris: 36 out of 44 Communist deputies are
sentenced to five years in jail
5. UK: Lord Stallbridge’s Bogskar wins the Grand
National at Aintree
8. Oslo: Norway protests as the Royal Navy begins the
mining of its waters to hinder ore exports to Germany
9. Scandinavia: Germany invades Norway and
10. Stockholm: Sweden insists on neutrality
13. Washington: Roosevelt condemns invasion of
Norway and Denmark
14. Norway: The Allies recapture Narvik
18. London: Advance ticket sales for the premiere of
‘Gone With The Wind” have reached a record £10,000
19. Berne: The Swiss government issues instructions
for the mobilisation in the event of invasion by
23. London: The War Budget introduces a purchase
tax; cigarettes now cost 8 ½ pence a packet
25. Dublin: Six people are killed by an IRA land mine at
29. Washington: Roosevelt appeals to Mussolini to
help end the war in Europe
30. Norway: The Germans claim they have advanced
and taken the towns of Dombass and Stoeren
9. British actress Beatrice Tanner; Mrs Patrick
Campbell (b 1865)
18. British historian and Liberal statesman Herbert A.
L. Fisher (b 1865)
28. Italian soprano Luisa Terrazzini (b 1871)