December 2004

Season’s Greetings!

From the Editor: Best wishes to you all for the Christmas season of peace and goodwill. All the pictures in this month’s Halam News suggest well-known Christmas songs & carols (except the cartoon). For readers under 14 the Christmas Competition is to name them all, in order. The first correct entry to be drawn out of a hat will win a small prize (don’t get excited!). Answers by email or on paper by 21 December.

Thank you to Eleanor Bust who has generously sponsored this month’s newsletter. If you wish to sponsor (£10 per edition), advertise, make a donation, or have items of news included (deadline 24 th - if the newsletter is full it may not be possible to include late submissions) please contact: Karin Davis Tel: 815854 or email

Poppy Collection

Altogether £166.09 was raised for the annual Poppy Day Appeal. Many thanks to all those villagers who donated so generously. - Dora Rylatt

Jo Weston

Those villagers who knew Jo Weston of Littleturncroft Farm, Edingley would like to extend their sympathy to Alan, Susan, Michael & the family on her death recently. Jo loaned their donkey for Halam’s Palm Sunday services for many years.


Find us at the top of Edingley Hill
Margaret & John Hill: Telephone 01623 882664

Fantastic Local Produce!
Turkeys & Hams to order now
Home-grown Christmas Trees & Holly Wreaths
Table Decorations
Fresh & Dried Flower arrangements
Hampers from £3 upwards - make great presents !

Opening Times: Mon-Weds 9am-5.30pm
Christmas opening : Sunday 19 December: 10am-1pm
Thursday23 December: 8.30am-6pm
Christmas Eve: 8.30am-1pm
Open for fresh-cut produce: Thurs. 30 December 9am-5pm
& New Year’s Eve 9am-5pm
Resume normal opening Tuesday 4 January

Season’s Greetings & Thanks to all our loyal customers !

St Michael the Archangel: December Services

Sunday 5th December : ADVENT 2
8am Holy Communion
9.30am Family Communion
Sunday 12th December : ADVENT 3

11.00am Sung Eucharist

Sunday 19th December : ADVENT 4

9.30am Family Communion
6.00pm Carol Service

24th December : CHRISTMAS EVE 5.00pm Crib Service
11.15 Midnight Mass
25th December : CHRISTMAS DAY 8am Holy Communion
9.30am Family Communion
26th December : St Stephen, Martyr

No services

For information contact Church wardens: Bev Perks (812181) David Herbert (812335)
Preist-in-charge: Rt. Rev. David Leening (812593)

Parish Pump

  • Sadly we say goodbye to the Layfield family who have moved temporarily to Kirklington, and will be moving to Farnsfield when their new house is ready. Carole, David, Jane, Simon & Mark have lived in Halam for almost 20 years and will be much missed
  • A warm welcome to Rachel & Jeremy Smith and their children Ben & Anna, who moved into Walnut Tree Cottage, Radley Road at the end of October
  • Congratulations and best wishes to Laurence Gramlick who celebrated his 21 st birthday on 11 November

Halam & District Women’s Institute

 Halam & District W.I. are looking forward to the over 60’s party on Tuesday 7 December, and hope lots of friends join us. The entertainment this year comes from a local theatre club who will perform a short comedy sketch.

For our 4 January meeting we have asked John Meredith to come again. He was so very interesting last year when we went on an exciting rail tour of Northern India & Kashmir. This year we are off to Switzerland, which should be equally fascinating. This will be an open evening when we warmly welcome all who wish to join us – last year the gentlemen outnumbered the ladies! Seasonal light refreshments will be served. Do come – 7.30pm in the village hall!

What's On Locally

Hill’s Farm Shop Tasting Day : On Saturday 4 December 10am – 2pm; Fantastic local produce, meats; marinades; soups; cheese & chutney etc. – come& try before you buy! Details from: Margaret & John Hill - Tel: 01623 882664

Christmas Fayre : Saturday 4 December 1-3pm in Halam School. Come and enjoy coffee, mince pies and leisurely shopping. Stalls include crafts, toys, cards, cakes and handmade chocolates. Have fun with games and try your luck on the tombola.

Christmas Clothing sale: This fundraising event in aid of the Southwell Festival will be held at The Admiral Rodney, King Street, Southwell on Saturday 4 December from 10am- 3pm. Quality brand-name clothing will be on sale.

A Christmas Coffee Morning: in aid of the RNLI, saving lives at sea; Southwell Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild are holding a coffee morning in Trebeck Hall, Bishops Drive, Southwell on Friday 3 December. Entry, including coffee is £1.50. There will be a raffle & stalls.

Tea at 2.30: takes place in the village hall, every Tuesday afternoon.

Carols For Everyone : Saturday 18 December at 7.30pm in Southwell Minster. This event raises money for charity, and is enjoyable for all the family.

A Christmas Cracker! : On Wednesday 22 December at 8pm in the Great Hall, Southwell Renaissance Singers will be giving their final public performance in their own concert of carols and entertainment. Tickets include a glass of wine & nibbles and are available from the singers or the Minster Shop. Proceeds will go to the Southwell Live At Home Scheme.

Halam School Senior Citizen’s ‘Carols & Mince Pies’ : takes place Wednesday 15 December at 10.00am in Halam School hall. All over 60’s are warmly invited to attend this seasonal musical concert performed by the children. Coffee & mince pies will be served.

Nature Notes: Southwell Trail

Nottinghamshire County Council is proposing to make the Southwell Trail into a Local Nature Reserve. This recognises the importance of the site for nature conservation and will ensure that all important features are safeguarded. They have drawn up a management plan which is currently going through a consultation process. This proposes to enhance the ecological value of the site, maintain access for walkers, cyclists and horse riders while controlling unauthorised use, raise public awareness of its historic and wildlife value, develop opportunities for practical conservation work and encourage local people to take an active interest and involvement in the site. A “Friends of Southwell Trail” initiative is being considered. I will provide further details when I hear more.

Elaine Gathercole

Southwell Live at Home Scheme

The Parish Plan questionnaire asked for volunteers to help fellow villagers with tasks such as shopping or just keeping someone company. Ways in which volunteers could be put in touch with people who would like their help are being examined but there are certain legal issues which need to be looked in to first.

As an alternative, I’d like to let people know about the Southwell Live at Home Scheme. It is a volunteer-based scheme which offers support and friendship to older people in the community who may be isolated and unable to get out and about as they used to. Volunteers are matched with an older person whom they visit regularly. There are also coffee mornings which the older people can attend. Volunteers are also needed to help take people to coffee mornings, assist in the office and help with fundraising. As part of security procedures, volunteers are asked to provide references.

If you are elderly and would like to become a member of the scheme, or someone with an hour or two a week to spare to become a visitor, please contact The Live at Home Co-ordinator at Southwell & District Live at Home Scheme, Southwell Methodist Church, Prebend Passage, Westgate, Southwell, Notts. NG25 OJH, or ring 01636 816565. The office is manned on Tuesday & Thursday afternoons. Although the scheme has links with the Methodist Church, its services are available to any older person in need – not just Methodists.

Greeting Cards  

There is a beautiful selection of high quality greeting cards showing details of angels from the Burne-Jones windows in Halam Church available for you to buy for Christmas or general use. A pack of 5 cards costs £3 and all proceeds will go to Halam Church. Contact Karin Davis (815854) Glenys Herbert (812335) Tony Hallam (812580) Bev Perks (812181) - while stocks last!

Recipe For A Very Merry Christmas…

Dry Martini (makes 4 glasses): 8fl oz dry gin; 4fl oz dry vermouth; ice cubes; 4 strips lemon rind. Impale an olive on a cocktail stick. Pour gin & vermouth into a jug with a handful of ice and stir gently. Strain into glasses. Twist a strip of lemon rind over each glass to release the oils then drape over the edge of the glass.

Buck’s Fizz (makes 8 glasses): 8fl oz fresh chilled orange juice; 1 bottle chilled champagne. Pour juice into a large glass jug & add champagne; pour into glsses.

White Lady (makes 4 glasses): 4fl oz gin; 2fl oz cointreau; 2fl oz fresh lemon juice; white of an egg (optional); 4 maraschino cherries; 4 orange slices; ice cubes. Put ice & all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake, then strain into glasses.

And don’t forget to invite the neighbours

A Busy Term for Pupils of Halam School

The children of Halam School have taken part in many varied activities this term. Kate Brown, Head Teacher, comments: “The academic standards of our school are consistently high but there is far more to a good education than the 3R’s. At Halam School, we have an innovative and creative curriculum which allows the children to enjoy a wide range of activities both in and outside of the classroom.”

Upper Primary went on a wonderful trip to Thorney Abbey Farm in October. “I liked looking at the wildlife on the farm – there were tree-sparrow and owl boxes. I also really enjoyed inspecting the milking machines.” said Ben Garside (year 6).

As part of the school’s multi-cultural education programme, years 3 & 4 visited Bestwood County Park, where they put on a play about the story of Divali . They also joined in Indian dance lessons. “I really like Indian music and dance and I would love to wear a sari.” said Emma Anderson (year 3).

The youngest members of the school have been extremely busy too. They visited the Leicestershire Food and Farming Festival and have honed their cooking skills, producing delicious pizzas, fruit fools and crumbles. Year 2 held a very successful cake sale, raising over £82 for charity. Reception pupil, Evie Ockelford, said “I try to eat healthy food and carrots are my favourite vegetable - but I do like cakes too!”

The children have taken part in a variety of sporting activity. Following a skipping work-shop, playtime is taken up with all sorts of skipping fun and games. Pupils have also benefited from specialist gym coaching from an external instructor.

As always, music plays a very important part in school life. All pupils are now practising hard for the upcoming Christmas shows on Wednesday 8 December at 2.00pm & 6.30pm, which are sure to be the usual extravaganza of music and drama. The Christmas church service is on Thursday 16 December at 2.30pm.

The pupils and staff of Halam School would like to wish Halam villagers a very merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Halam Church Windows

 Work has started at Halam Church on the specialist cleaning, repair and conservation of the mid 14th century window known as the 'Adam and Eve Window', and the other seven stained glass windows. The work is being carried out by glass specialist Keith Barley of York with a grant to cover the full cost being provided by Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd who distribute the Landfill Tax Credits of Waste Recycling Group plc.

The allocation and distribution of the grant has been made by the Nottinghamshire Historic Churches Trust. Tony Foster, the Regional Manager for WRG, says ' We are very pleased to be able to help finance this project which will ensure that a bit of Nottinghamshire's rich church heritage is preserved for generations to come'.

Please contact me if you would like any information about the stained glass windows. - Tony Hallam

Who to phone with a problem

Electricity: 0800 056 8090

Gas: 0800 111999

Water: 0800 783 4444

BT Phone faults: 0800 800 151

Halam School Internet Shopping Site

Halam School has embarked on a major fundraising initiative as part of the project to build a much needed school hall. To assist with this the PTA have set up an internet shopping site where internet shoppers can access major retailers’ websites and indirectly earn Halam school a small commission through purchases made. The commission comes from the marketing budgets of suppliers, not the buyers. There are 80 retailers including high street stores, such as Marks and Spencer, Littlewoods, The Early Learning Centre and John Lewis. You can send flowers and chocolates to loved ones, buy books online, and even change your power supplier!

If you go to and follow the simple instructions this will get you started. The site is secure; - questions about security are clearly answered on the opening pages. The School would be most grateful if you would look at what’s on offer and consider shopping through this website to help raise much needed funds for the new hall project.

But remember unless you access the shops’ websites  via the   link the school will not earn any money. Many thanks,

Halam and Edingley PTA: Charity no. 1043653

Puzzle Corner

Boris, living in St Petersburg, buys his girlfriend Natasha, who lives in Moscow, a beautiful diamond ring for Christmas. (I hope all you gentlemen out there are taking the hint!) He has no way of getting it to her other than by using the very corrupt postal system. (No train, plane, friend to help etc.) All parcels and letters containing anything, regardless of value, are opened and robbed by unscrupulous postal workers.

However, the sorters never bother with anything with a lock as there are easier rich pickings elsewhere. Boris has a strongbox to which a number of padlocks could be attached. He could padlock the ring in the box, send it and know it would get to her intact, but she would not have a key. He can’t send the key separately as it would be opened and removed by the corrupt workers.

Boris phoned Natasha and they hatched a clever scheme to get the Christmas gift delivered through the post safely. How did they do it?

Parish Council Meeting: Thursday, 11 November 2004

Present: S. Bust, G. Herbert, A. Fraser, A. Paris, D. Parrish

Apologies : N. Armstrong; I. Sharman

Matters Arising from Minutes :

1) Village Hall: Architect Clive Booth has been appointed to draw up initial plans & costings for discussion at the December P.C. meeting. There may be additional charges over the approved quote to cover the cost of a quantity surveyor.
2) Cllr Stewart: a) The interactive 30mph sign promised for Halam will be shared with at least 10 other parishes. The road ‘gating system’ is still possible and will be pursued further.
b) Cllr Stewart stated that under the new legislation children could be refused a place at the village school as there is an alternative school within 2 miles of Halam.
c) Seat-belted coaches are available for school trips, but the school have to pay the difference in cost. Pressure will continue to be applied for all approved coach providers to have seat belts in their vehicles.
3) Neighbourhood Watch: The scheme is progressing and should be in place by the end of November. It was agreed to fund the purchase of files, folders and photocopying for the re-launch of the scheme.
4) Community Speed Watch: ARP is looking for a volunteer to take on the role of Lead Coordinator. If you are interested in helping to organise this scheme and to act a police liaison please contact Andrew Paris on 815844

5) Licensing Act: The District Council will be releasing their policies in February. No action until that time.
6) Harvest Supper: This event raised £544.58. GH suggested that some of this should be donated to a chosen charity. It was agreed that as this was not the original purpose the money should be used for the village hall as previously publicised in the village. It was agreed that another Harvest Supper should be held in early October 2005.
7) Drains in Village: The County Council and Severn Trent have been working to improve the situation. Please report any further problems in writing to the Parish Clerk.
8) Village Hall Lettings: Bookings will continue as usual and the situation will be re-visited at the December meeting.
9) Parish Plan: Parish Council agreed to adopt Draft 3 of the action plan and to have it circulated to the other appropriate organisations.

Open Meeting: Items raised: - 1) A public meeting was requested if further plans are submitted for Halam House Farm. It was agreed 3 for, 1 against and 1 abstention that a meeting would be held to give an opportunity for the parish to discuss any future plans that may be put forward for this site.
2) New admission rules at the school will not affect Halam residents but may affect Edingley.
3)It was confirmed that Halam school does pay for buses with seat belts when transporting children to the swimming pool.
4) If a new notice board is purchased (under the Building Better Community scheme) can it be sited in a more prominent position that the present notice boards?
5) Any volunteer help/transporting scheme in the village will need official clearance and appropriate insurance. This needs further investigation (through NALC).

Correspondence : None this month.

Parish Council and Press Representation : Further to a recent press article re the proposed Halam House Farm development it was resolved (4 for; 1 abstention) to refer all press enquiries to the Parish Council Press Officer.

Planning :
1. Halam House Farm – plans have been withdrawn

2. Beckside Cottage, Gray Lane – application for extension and re-modelling has been rejected by the District Council (Policies DD1 and H24)

3 . The Scypen, Radley Road– insert additional window in 3 rd bedroom: AF declared an interest as an immediate neighbour and took no part in discussions and abstained. Passed 4 for with 1 abstention.

Finance : It was agreed to pay the village hall cleaners

Items for next agenda:
1) Village Hall Plans
2) Village Hall Lettings
3) Budget
4) Parish precept

Date of Next Meeting: Thursday 9 December at 7.30pm.

Halam Footpath Group

As part of the Parish Plan process, issues were raised regarding the maintenance of the footpaths and green lanes in our village. The Action Plan which has been created suggests a group of volunteers survey every right of way in the parish at least twice a year and report any issues to the County Council Footpaths Officer for our area. Can I ask all those who would be interested in helping with this task to give me their names by ‘phoning me 01636 813760 by the end of December. Once I know who is interested, I will organise a meeting in January to which I will invite the Footpaths Officer to discuss the process and any help he can give us such as copies of definitive footpath maps. The aim would be to carry out the first full survey in the Spring.

Elaine Gathercole

And finally a little seasonal humour from Pooch...

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