Community News - Skegby

Daneswood School

At a recent weekly assemble deputy headteacher, Mrs Fritchley, gave out ‘mentions’: Literacy -- Reece Marriott, Joe Bridge, Callum Smith, Ty Smith and Marissa Tindall; numeracy -- Stephan Stevenson, Jonathon Morley, Joshua Walsh, Lucy Hardwick and Wayne Percival; improvement in work or outstanding behaviour -- Chloe Wasley, Ella Bridge, Alex Housely, Chloe Horner, Jake Bradley, Poppy Gordon, Kayce Hassell, Ben Maddock and Aden Vaughan. Team of the week was ‘Teversal’ and captains Tia Wheatcroft and Sam Martin. Year three was awarded best class in assembly mascot and Joshua Walsh and Poppy Gordon were cited as good examples. Year six pupils ran fundraising for Children In Need and raised more than £85. Colouring competition winners were Leah Harrison, Jessica Atkins, Trinity Meakin, Luisha Charleton and Kyarena Harrison. Guess the Teddy bear’s name winner was Alex Eadson. Thanks were given to helpers and those who donated prizes and cakes.

Methodist Church

Wednesday week’s Holidays at Home event for senior citizens was organised by Kathleen Bramwell. Ashley Boyd and helpers provided meals and Rita Kirkwood, Mary Hemsley and Joan Hollingsworth arranged craft activities. Group Take Note sang Christmas music and a Laurel and Hardy film was shown. Karen Grice provided makeup sessions and Katie Keighley, manicures. Sutton Library set up an exhibition about Old Sutton. Lazy Gardener Rob Foster demonstrated potting plants in containers. Some people attended Sutton Seniors 50 Plus Forum meeting to listen to a talk by an Age UK representative. Sandra Burgess led Sunday week’s service opened by Anne Baines. Door stewards were Jean Hutson and Ann Patrick and vestry stewards Stuart Bramwell and Brenda Johnson took the offertory with junior church members. Di Smith operated the clavinova and Doris Taylor gave a PowerPoint presentation and manned the sound mixer desk. Len Jones, Stuart Bramwell and Trevor Johnson gave Bible readings. Anne and John Baines led junior church. Daphne Thorpe and Margaret Rutledge served refreshments.

St Andrew’s Church

Associate Priest, the Rev Adrian Dempster, celebrated Sunday week’s early said Holy Communion and with the Vicar, Canon Dr Richard Kellett, led sung parish communion. Organist was John Dunn and the vicar played guitar. Averil Allison, Katie Smith and Jane Crafts gave Bible readings and David Swain led prayers. Pam Clarke and Jennie Sharpe were in the ministry team and stewards were Jeff and Joan Aldread. Averil Allison, Marlene Smith and Sheila Clarke served refreshments. At an afternoon service the vicar baptised Amelia Bartholomew and Eva Collins and led thanksgiving for Daisy Faith Hutchison. .

Beechwood Court

Chairman of 50 Plus Club, Mr Norman Broadbelt, opened Thursday week’s meeting attended by 32 members. Vice-chairman Mr Jim Clarke was bingo caller and did kitchen duties with Mr T. Rowe, Mr A. Key and Mrs J. Turner. Mrs S. Key and Mrs S. Clarke served teas and Mrs J. Boyer and Mrs M. Marchant sold tickets. Mrs Turner and Mrs Marchant assisted with bingo and raffle winner was Mrs R. Stones. Members played dominoes and sang birthday greetings to Mrs N. Picconi who provided refreshments to celebrate.

Busy Bees Club

At Anchor Centre last Tuesday week’s meeting was attended by 10 pre-school children, accompanied by adults, and a representative of SureStart. Thursday week’s meeting was attended by nine accompanied pre-school children who made a Christmas-theme frieze for the hall wall, ready for the group’s coffee morning and Christmas parties.

Monday Club

At Healdswood Community Centre chairman Mr David Franks opened Monday week’s meeting attended by 28 members. He and Mrs P. Patton sold tickets. Bingo callers were Mr J. Clarke and Mrs M. Wallace and raffle winner was Mrs R. Franks. Mrs J. Hague and Mrs R. White did kitchen duties. Mrs R. Goddard provided refreshments to celebrate her birthday.


On Wednesday week members with leaders Pam and Bethany Peake went to Cedar Wildlife Sanctuary, Kirkby.


Star of the week awards went to Noa Arapi and Brooke Riley at Wednesday week’s meeting. Weekly awards were given to Brooke Riley, Abbie Smith, Paige Dear and Alex Shaw. Activities about people who help, including the Fire Service and dentists, included a visit by school patrol warden Claire Gilder, who showed her ‘lollipop’ and uniform. Members did dramas on the subjects. Leaders Jo, Pam and Bethany Peake and Jamie Brelsford were assisted by Guide Charlotte Peake.


Craft activities at Monday week’s meeting included making Christmas decorations. Members also practised carol singing. Leaders were Catherine Willis, Natalie and Louise Flint and Michelle Niblett.

G Force Line Dancing

At yesterday week’s meeting at Anchor Centre Gaye Teather taught a country cha cha.