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October 2023

Editorial: Jamie Petch
69a Station St, Rippingale

Rippingale Friendship Club. Following the cancellation of the proposed Nottingham trip in July, we were
very pleased to have an almost full coach for our trip to Sheringham and Holt. This took place on 22nd
August, which was a pleasantly warm, dry day and quite conducive for elderly folk to move around freely.
Our journey to Sheringham was easy apart from the Hardwick Roundabout in Kings Lynn. If only there was
another way to avoid this bottleneck. Most of us managed to see the sea, but unfortunately it was
inaccessible for most, so no paddling. Our second stop was the quaint little town of Holt. Here there are
numerous small independent shops. Apparently frequented by the now Queen Camilla, although there were
no sightings on that day. Everyone agreed that it had been a very successful and enjoyable day. Our next
outing is scheduled for November 1st and will be to Newark and then a Carvery at Muston Gap. The first pick
up will be in Bourne at 9.00 and then Morton, Rippingale, Pointon and finally Billingborough around 9.30. The
cost as usual will be £18.00. We hold a raffle on the coach and if everyone brings a raffle prize, you stand a
greater chance of being lucky. If you would like to join us please contact Bob on 01778 345536.
I know it’s a bit early for mentioning ‘that’ time of year, but it is coming. We hope to have our Christmas
Dinner at the New Inn Folkingham again. The date will be 6th December, and numbers, food choices etc. will
be required by 15th November, further details will appear in next month’s newsletter. Once again, we will be
asking you to bring a Secret Santa present to the value of £5.00.
Not a member of Rippingale Friendship Club, not a problem. Non-members are welcome to join us on any of
our outings. Of course, you could come along to our meetings which take place at Rippingale Village Hall
every other Wednesday from 2 – 4.
Our future meeting dates are.
• October 11th
• October 25th
• November 8th
• November 22nd
Our final meeting for 2023 will be December 13th when we will have our Christmas Party.
On 22nd November and 13th December, the meeting will start at 1.00 as food is involved on both occasions.
The programme for the end of the year will be decided nearer the dates. We hope to have a speaker at one
meeting and a demonstration at another. There is always a Raffle and Bingo at all of the meetings. So why
not pop along and give us a try.
Adventures of a Wildlife Photographer. Nick Williams of Owl Cottage, Station Street, will be the guest
speaker for the Len Pick Trust Memorial evening on Wednesday 11th October, at the Corn Exchange in
Bourne. To find out more and book a ticket to see "Adventures of a Wildlife Photographer" visit


The Revd Neil Bullen 01778 219626 or 07729 004642

Steve Warcup 01778 440704

Coffee Morning. This was one of the few coffee mornings this year that we were able to sit outside, and o boy
was it hot. Numbers a little down but this could have been due to heat and holidays, but we do hope you will
all come and join us at the next Coffee Morning Tuesday 3rd October 10.15
Just as a reminder we have very local fresh vegetables available and, we are very fortunate to people donating
freshly cooked cakes and bread for sale. The company is absolutely excellent and it’s a way of catching up on

all the local news. What more could you all wish for!! As you are aware social interacting is good for your well-
being with other elements, that's what we are all told.

You may have noticed a tree at the corner of the cemetery has been lopped which is just as well because the
tree surgeon on doing the job found it very rotten and in a dangerous state. Thank goodness we have done it!
Don't forget our Harvest Festival Friday October 6th at 6.00pm followed by a Harvest Supper in the Bull.
Tickets available for supper from Steve Warcup (above) or John Kimbrey (07570 963903)
200 Club. Many thanks to those who once again have signed up for the '200' Club and a special thanks to the
'collectors' who have collected subscriptions.
With some people moving and others not to choosing to rejoin there are plenty of spare numbers, the
subscription of £20 a year works out at about-to-about 38p a week. Half of the money goes back in prizes and
the other half to help maintain the church utilities and building.
If you would like to join, please contact Christine on 01778 441211 or email
The draw for September will be done at the October coffee morning.

Parish Council News

Chairman – Cllr Chris Charlton; 07908 540683
Parish Clerk (General enquiries) – Laura Davies: 07375 364742

Website –

Feast Day 2024 – after the hugely successful 2023 Feast Day and associated Dog Show we are looking for
volunteers to form a new Feast Committee to organise events for 2024. If you consider that you can
contribute and serve on a new Committee for the Feast in 2024, to help organise such an important aspect of
village life, please contact me for details.
Vacancy for Parish Councillor. There remains one vacancy for a Parish Councillor by co-option. This role
is stimulating and fulfilling. We are seeking a volunteer with a wide variety of skills and background. If you are
interested in contributing to supporting the Village, and would like greater information, please contact me. To
be eligible, you must be over 18, on the electoral role and have lived or worked within 3 miles of the Parish
for at least 12 months.
Hospital Car Service. The HCS relies on volunteer drivers to effectively run the system and transport
patients to their medical appointments. For various reasons the HCS now requires replacement volunteer
drivers to efficiently administer the service. Drivers, who need to be properly insured, are fully recompensed
with a 65p a mile allowance. If you have the spare time and wish to volunteer for this very worthwhile support
role, please contact the scheme administrator, Chris Ross, on 07806 327362. Please note the HSC is for
personal medical related use only.

Allotments. The Parish Council maintains a number of allotments near the entrance to the Village off Station
Street. These are available for rent to Rippingale residents only, at a reasonable cost. Please contact the
Parish Clerk for more detail.
Grass cutting. Thank you to residents who cut the grass verges outside their properties during this growing
season, saving the Village contract grass cutting costs and helping the Village to look neat and tidy.
Leaf clearance. As we approach autumn with trees shedding their leaves and the prospect of more rain and
higher winds, the potential for blocked drains, and possible flooding in the Village intensifies. I would ask that
if you have a drain outside your property that you clear it of debris regularly to allow rainwater to flow
Dog Waste. Generally, the village pavements and the playing field are clear of dog waste; however, it is
noticeable that a few dog owners are leaving dog waste on the public footpaths within the Parish boundaries.
This is anti-social and a nuisance to walkers; such dog owners are asked to bag and bin their dog waste if
using a public footpath.
Learn how to protect yourself from being a money mule
Criminals are using fake job adverts or creating social media posts about opportunities to make money
quickly to lure potential money mule recruits.
Money mules receive stolen funds into their account, they are then asked to withdraw it and wire the money
to a different account, keeping some of the money for themselves.
Allowing your bank account to be used by an unauthorised person makes you a ‘mule'. Protect yourself,
• No legitimate company will ever ask you to use your own bank account to transfer their money.
• Be wary of job offers from companies overseas as it will be harder for you to find out if they are
• Never give your financial details to someone you do not know.
Money mules risk their accounts being closed and could face up to 14 years in prison.
Find out more at:

Parish Councillor contact details and responsibilities:
Chairman: Cllr Chris Charlton 440986/07908 540683 or Welcome Pack:
Rippingale News & Council Newsletter: Finance: Grant applications.
Cllr Jamie Petch 440497/07808 094317. Parochial Church Council Liaison.
Cllr Kate Manley 07850 493261. Accessibility: Police Liaison.
Cllr Ian Bruce 07392407742. Contracts supervision.
Cllr Barry Ross 07740151601 / 01778440996. Allotments Liaison: Jubilee Playing Field and equipment.
Cllr Nicky Donley. 07494 489599.

Monday 9
th October 2023
General Meeting

Monday 13

th November 2023
Draft Precept and Budget

No planned meeting In

Meetings to be held in the Village Hall at 7.00 pm unless otherwise stated. Please see the Council
Noticeboard and Website for the Agenda and details of any changes.
Latest Planning Applications (view at

Mr Chris Charlton, Chairman