Autumn Quarterly Dossier 15

Dunston Dossier

Independent Newsletter for Dunston, Lincolnshire

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WELCOME to the first edition of the Dossier under new management.

From the editorial team of Moira, Pauline, Sue & Russ

& distribution team of Linda & Peter, Pam & Brian, Susan, Von & Kate, Helen & Roy, Debbie, Diana, Jean & Beth

Following more than 5 years of success with the Dossier, which was created and run by Jean and Diana for the benefit of village residents, there was a real sense of loss when they decided to call it a day. A small group from the village has agreed to keep it going as a quarterly publication starting in July 2015. In future publications will be at the end of October, January, April & July.

Our thanks go to Bob Hall in Back Lane for his encouragement of the new Dossier committee.



Dunston Parish Council

Our grateful thanks go to our two longest serving Parish Councillors who resigned this summer after prolonged public service to the village. Roger Hall and Len Bannister have each dedicated their time, wisdom, patience and expertise over many years to the benefit of the residents and we wish them well.

New councillors Bob Hughes, Bob Ford, and Angela Harrison have volunteered to take over and we are still looking for another candidate for the last vacancy.


Dunston Hub

Work in the Village Hall mean a change of venue in August. You are invited to The HUB – Garden Event – Ashbrook Lodge, Fen Lane (Diana’s place) – Thursday 13th August, 2 – 4. The crafters, produce stallholders, butcher and fishmonger have also been invited. The 50/50, raffle, tombola etc. and all proceeds will be donated to charity. We will be serving scones, jam and cream instead of the usual cake selection. If the weather is inclement there is plenty of room inside.

For new residents to the village, the Hub is an informal get together, held on the second Thursday of every month between 2 and 4 in the Village Hall (normally). It is somewhere to catch up with old friends and make new ones. It is a community venture, offering crafts, cakes, preserves, greetings cards, vegetables and fruit, books and the fishmonger and butcher also pop in.

Contact Diana 320460 or Jean 320810 if you need more info. Better still; come to Ashbrook Lodge on Thurs. 13th August at 2pm and meet everyone.


Dunston St Peter’s Church

Regular worship services at St Peters are held at 10.30am 1st & 2nd Sundays and 9.00am on 3rd Sunday each month.

St Peters Church are pleased to welcome the Rev'd Alan Coates. Alan is based in the new rectory in Metheringham and is responsible for St Wilfrid’s in Metheringham, St Oswald’s in Blankney as well as St Peter’s Church in Dunston.

The 3rd St Peters Church Golf Competition will take place on Monday 19th October at Blankney Golf Club followed by a presentation, raffle draw and meal at the Red Lion. All welcome. So, golfers put the date in your diary and Moira will be contacting you in September!

A very big thank you to everyone who supported the very successful concert on the 10th July. The school choir were fantastic singing with the Cranwell Military Wives Choir. So many people helped but an enormous thanks and the credit must go to Moira Rickaby for the idea and delivery. The evening raised approx. £740 which will help towards maintaining the church.

On Saturday 5th September 2-4pm the Franciscan Sisters from San Damiano, Drury Street, Metheringham (former vicarage) will be generously hosting a Strawberry Cream tea afternoon with proceeds being split between the Sisters and St Peters Church. Everyone is welcome!

Old Lincolnshire Churches Cycle Ride and Stride 12th September

Both the Church and Chapel are looking for people who would be prepared to cycle or walk around any of the county’s churches raising money for old Lincolnshire churches and the host church/chapel. For more details contact Mary on tel. 320303, Sue on tel. 320946 or Beth on tel. 321919.


Dunston Methodist Church

Regular worship services at the Chapel are held at 11am on 1st, 3rd & 4th Sundays each month (&5th Sunday when they occur.)

There is a joint service in St Peters Church on the 2nd Sunday each month

There will also be a ‘Churches Together’ Harvest Service at 6pm on the 27th Sept.

The Chapel successfully hosted an afternoon tea and entertainment for the residents of Westerley Christian Care Home on 14th July. Our thanks go to all those who attended and helped on the day, and especially to the children and teachers of Dunston St Peters Primary School Choir.

Lunch Club - monthly

There is no lunch club in August. Next lunch club is on 18th Sept.

Knit & natter - monthly

Next meeting will be on 27th August. Everyone is welcome

Mothers and Toddlers – weekly on Mondays

Meetings will resume after the holidays with the start of the school term in Sept.


Other Events – A Ladies Charity Event at Blankney Golf Club on 18th Sept at 7pm. Proceeds to ‘Guide Dogs for the Blind’. An evening of fun, laughter & music with Paul Jackson tribute act of Michael Buble & Robbie Williams – tkts £12 incl buffet

Any raffle prize donations would be appreciated – tickets from Moira tel. 322252


Medieval Weekend - 26th and 27th September 2015

Inspired by the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta we are planning to have a Medieval Weekend.

Organised instead of the Scarecrow festival by a team from the Dunston Village Hall, Silver Sounds Band and St Peters Church, monies raised will be spilt across the organisations.

So what’s going to be happening!

•Knights of Skirbeck, a re-enactment group, will be in the grounds of the village hall, they will be based there over the weekend staying in tents, demonstrating all aspects of life from Medieval times.

•The Lamyman room will turn into a tavern serving ale and cider.

•Silver Sounds band will be playing on the green opposite the village hall.

•On Saturday evening in village hall there will be a Medieval Feast with ‘King John’ serving Hog Roast and entertainment. Tickets will be on sale from 1st August from members of the organising groups & at the Hub. (£15 standard, £12 under 12 years – Hog Roast or Vegetarian Option, Dessert & a Drink).

•Children can learn how to dance with hoops and ribbons early Saturday evening and then ‘perform’ at the feast.

•Children’s medieval fancy dress competition Saturday at 2pm

•St Peters Church will be having a Medieval Flower Festival.

•Flower arranging competitions in church

Admission to all displays of £3/ adult and £1 child per day for unlimited entries.

Calling all knitters!!! - For the Medieval weekend we need over a 100 woollen 'cuff's', with spare wool and time can you knit small oblongs, measuring 7” x 3”, to be sewn in a round, contact Jean on 320810 or Sue on 320946

You can help make this a spectacular weekend by dressing up in medieval style & creating your own coat of arms displayed in the church, the village hall or outside your house. In preparation we are holding the following workshops in the village hall.

•Wed 12th Aug 10-12 & 2 to 4pm - Make a Costume. Knight, Lady, Jester, Friar Tuck, Robin Hood, Serving Wench, Beggar, medieval hoodie etc

•Sun 6th Sept 2-4pm – Create your own family Crest on a banner or shield

Calling all flower arrangers!!! -St Peters Church flower arranging competitions:

•Adults An arrangement ‘suitable for a ladies chamber’, the flowers used should all be native British. Arrangement to be no larger than 50cms wide and 70 cms high including the container. Entry Fee: £5 per arrangement.

•Children A miniature garden on an 8 inch plate. The flowers should be native British. No charge for entry.


For more information and timing of events and displays visit



Dunston Village Hall

Work starts in Aug. on a £18,500 refurbishment, thanks to grants of £9,289 from Awards for All, £2,500 from the Bernard Sunley Foundation and £2,000 from Dunston PC.

Visit the Village Hall website for information about regular events, exercise classes, clubs and classes at

Situations Vacant:

Secretary of the Village Hall Management Committee.

There are 5 committee meetings a year. Some matters are dealt with by e-mail or informally. It is an interesting time to be involved with the final phases of the refurbishment and promoting its use as a venue for new events. All members of the Management Committee are volunteers. For more information or an informal chat about being secretary call Jean on 07506330080 or 01526 320810.


£8 per hour. Approximately 200 hours a year. Some weekend & evening work.

The frequency of Caretaker duties at weekends and evenings will depend upon bookings for use of the Village Hall. The handyperson tasks will be agreed monthly with the Chairperson or Booking Clerk depending upon skills and experience of the successful applicant - however there will be a requirement for proficiency dealing with minor repairs, replacing washers, fuses, light bulbs etc.

For more information and a copy of the job description and an application form, call 01526 320810 or e-mail

In Sept, Wellhead Upholstery Classes, Pilates and Latino-Vibe return after a summer break and 2 new classes for Mum’s and Babies on Wed am. Visit our website for info. about all our activities and events


Dunston Bowls Club

The bowls season is well under way with matches in 3 leagues, usually on Monday & Wednesday evenings and also on Wednesday afternoons.

New members are needed and beginners would be welcomed.

For further info contact: Arthur Plummer 321588, Richard Phillipson 321245 or Russ McLuckie 321919

Dunston Carpet Bowls Club - Season resumes on October 14th 7 – 9pm in the Village Hall. New members welcome. Contact Mary 320303 0or Brian 323467.


Other events - Sunday 11 October, 11am to 4pm - Country Crafts – Free entry

Take part in traditional country crafts at Cogglesford Watermill & Navigation House. Try your hand at making a corn dolly, willow weaving and more.


Dunston Twinning Association

Dunston Duck Race

Dunston Twinning Association held the Dunston Duck Race on the 11th July. The village green was busy with many local residents and guests to enjoy an afternoon of fun and laughter, cheering on 50 plastic ducks racing down the beck. Stalls and BBQ, tombola and afternoon refreshments ensured everyone had much to do. The vice chair Stephen Hyde said “What a terrific afternoon, we are delighted so many people came along to support us”. The event raised £737.60 for twinning funds.

The Dunston duck race will be held again next year with an even bigger event!

The French visit 2015

The Dunston Twinning Association will visit our friends in France for 3 days on 25th October. Planning for the visit is now well advanced and members are looking forward to renewing old friendships as we visit France. The twinning association is now into its 26th year and many long term friendships have been made with members visiting their friends for family occasions outside of the twinning events. The Association is constantly looking for new members as there are French families with children keen to join, so if you want to know more please telephone Geraldine Gunner, Membership Secretary on 01526 323576.



The play equipment is now being well used and the team are hopeful that during August they will have sufficient funds to install an access path from the car park to the far side of the play equipment to enable parents with buggies and less abled people with mobility aids to enjoy the facilities. The IDEAS team have been busy behind the scenes raising funds for this project, and once the path is in place this will complete their phase 1 development. IDEAS, with the permission of the Parish Council, will also be installing two picnic benches.

IDEAS, is an independent community group, has over the last few years worked to achieve what you see on the field today. Some of the original team will soon have to bow out and it is now time for others to take over the reins. The village children need some parents to come on board and help progress the IDEAS project into the future. If you can spare some time, please contact Diana 320460.



DVH = Dunston Village Hall


12th Aug Medieval costume making at DVH 10 - 12 & 2 - 4 pm

13th Aug HUB garden event – Ashbrook Lodge Fen Lane 2 – 4 pm

27th Aug Knit & natter at the Chapel 2.30 pm

5th Sept Strawberry Tea at San Damiano 2 – 4 pm

6th Sept Make your medieval family crest at DVH 2 - 4 pm

12th Sept Old Lincolnshire churches cycle ride

18th Sept Lunch club at the Chapel 12.00

18th Sept Ladies Charity Evening – Blankney Golf Club 7.00 pm

24th Sept Knit & natter at the Chapel 2.30 pm

26th Sept Village Medieval Weekend 1 – 5 pm Medieval Feast - Hog Roast 7pm to 10 pm

27th Sept Village Medieval Weekend 1 – 5 pm

27th Sep ‘Churches Together’ Harvest Service – Chapel - 6.00 pm

10th Oct Dunston Hub DVH 2 - 4pm

16th Oct Lunch club at the Chapel 12.00

19th Oct St Peter’s Church golf competition at Blankney 10 – 12.00

22nd Oct Knit & natter at the Chapel 2.30 pm

31st Oct Hallowe'en Casino Night DVH 7 pm to 11 pm



20th Nov Lunch club - Chapel 12.00

26th Nov Knit & natter - Chapel 2.30 pm

6th Nov Joint IDEAS and Village Hall Fashion Show– DVH

12th Nov Dunston Hub DVH 2 - 4 pm

14th Nov HUB Craft Fair - Village Hall



We will in future be allocating a section on the forthcoming exceptional events in the lives of Dunston residents. So let us know if you have a BIG birthday, anniversary, wedding etc. to celebrate, or even a few words of comfort for someone who needs it.

•Well done to Paul Duncan on completing ‘The Outlaw’, an “Ironman” event of a 2 ½ mile swim, 112 mile bike ride & a 26 mile marathon (14hrs 34mins)

•We send good wishes to Len Bannister with his back problems.


The inclusion of any material in Dunston Dossier will be at the discretion of the editors whose decision is final. No responsibility for the accuracy of comments provided will be accepted.

Editors: Sue Glaister, Russ McLuckie, Pauline Moore & Moira Rickaby. E-mail: