December 2006

From the Editor:

May I take this opportunity to wish you peace and every joy and happiness this Christmas time!

Thank you to Scott and Elaine Miller of Gray Lane, who have kindly sponsored and advertised in this month’s news, and to Dora Rylatt, who has sponsored the news in memory of her daughter Melanie.

If you would like to sponsor Halam News (£10 per edition), advertise, make a donation, or have items included (deadline 25 th – later submissions may be carried over) contact: Karin Davis: Tel: 815854 or email

I have a list of people who, for various reasons are interested in what happens in Halam and receive Halam News by email; if you know anyone who would like to receive the news in this way do let me know.

What’s On

Village Ventures
Brendan Power and Frank Kilkenny This amazing harmonica and guitar duo, are performing in Halam Church on 16 January 2007.
Tickets £7 each include a glass of wine and are available from: Karin Davis (815854) Bev Perks (812181) & Glenys Herbert (812335).

Carols for All will take place in the Minster on Saturday 16 December. Tickets are available from Penny at ‘Music in The Yard’ Bull yard Southwell (Tel: 01636 814411) or from the Minster Shop on Church Street.

St Michael the Archangel: December Services

Sunday 3rd December: ADVENT
8am Holy Communion - Canon R. Turner
9.00am Family Communion
Sunday 10th December: ADVENT 11.00am Sung Eucharist - Rev. R. Perry
Sunday 17th December: ADVENT
9.30am Family Communion - Canon Austin
6.30pm: Carols & Lessons: Sister Barbara
Sunday 24th December: CHRISTMAS EVE

11.00am Sung Eucharist - Rev R Perry
5pm Crib Service: Sister Barbara
11.15 pm Midnight Mass: Rev. R Perry

Monday 25th Dcember: CHRISTMAS DAY

9.30am: Family Communion - Canon Peter Hill

Sunday 31st December 9.30am: Family Communion: Joint with Edingley at St Giles - Rev. R Perry

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

The Renaissance Singers: Carol Service Sunday 17 December

Once again this year Halam is privileged to have the Renaissance Singers to entertain us and lead our carol service on Sunday 17 December at 6.30pm. Do mark this date in your diary and come along and enjoy some lovely singing, readings and carols.

In Memory of Kathleen Shaw

14th March 1925 – 15th November 2006

Kathleen Shaw came to the village in 1972 when she and her family moved to Rose Cottage from Nuttall.  She was a kind and caring member of the village community and an active community worker being a commissioner in the Girl Guide movement. She was an active member of the Church family in Halam and worked hard to make the Church relevant in the life of the village; she went out of her way always to greet newcomers and visited them within a short time of them arriving in the village. She and her husband moved to Farnsfield in 1995 after 22 years of living in Halam, but returned here often to take gentle walks around the village. In the last 10 years she became too infirm to visit Halam any more.

Her funeral took place in St Patrick’s Church, Nuttall on Wednesday the 22 nd of November, and a number of those villagers who knew her attended. A maple leaf from her favourite tree was given with the service sheet to those who attended, and the wonderful passage on the subject of charity from Corinthians Chapter 13 verses 4-13 was read.

She was a quiet, kind person. When we think of her we remember William Wordsworth’s lines:  “That best portion of a woman’s life, her little nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love."

David Herbert


There will be an interesting and stimulating talk by Derek Clark, organised by the Notts Branch of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, covering climate change, energy consumption and improving your ‘ecological footprint’. It will take place in Southwell Minster Great Hall on 1 February 2007 at 7.30 for 8pm.

Derek Clark (BA, MSc, CEng, MRAes) has a very impressive C.V. including Head of Control at RAF Cranwell, international lecturer and Open University tutor on the subject of ‘The Environment and Sustainable Energy’.

Tickets cost £7.50 and include a glass of wine. Send a S.A.E. to Middlebeck, Gray Lane Halam Newark Notts NG22 8AL stating your requirements and enclosing a cheque payable to CPRE (Notts)

Carol Singing in The Village

Enjoy festive carol singing on Friday 22 nd December; we will meet in the Waggon & Horses car park at 6.30pm. Mulled wine and mince pies to follow!

Farm Sunday: 11 th June
at Hill’s Farm Shop Edingley
10am – 2.30pm

Don’t lie in … dig out your wellies … come and join us on a real farm with your family and friends! There will be:

Farm Walk · Demonstrations · Picnic

 Contact: John Hill: 07970 465513

Please remember to dress for the weather.
Farm Sunday is a national Open Farm Day
co-ordinated by LEAF;

Halam & District Women’s Institute

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 6 June when speaker Mr Rostance will be talking about Egyptian Hieroglyphs. The competition is to create a hieroglyphic image for Halam W.I.! New members will be made most welcome.

Parish Council Meeting: 9 November 2006

Present: A. Fraser (Chair), N. Armstrong, G. Herbert, A. Paris, D. Parrish & I. Sharman

Apologies: S. Bust

Village Hall Refurbishment
Ian Sharman wished it to be recorded that he felt any significant expenditure on the present village hall would be a waste of money due to the limitations of the current building and its site. Discussions took place with Mr John Thornewill regarding work on the existing village hall. He agreed to produce some sketch drawings for the next meeting.

Matters Arising
1) Roads – Cracking on the bridge (The Turnpike); erosion of bank on Holme Lane; Highways Area Manager has inspected and remedial work is programmed
2) Draft Regional Spatial Strategy – A. Paris to report back for discussion at next meeting
3) Government White Paper regarding Local Councils – C.Cllr. Stewart recommended the P.C. should look at this as it concerns Parish Councils.

Village Hall
Village Hall Cleaning – further discussion is needed with Tony Denyer.

Loan Sanction
A. Paris reported on a letter received from Paddy Tipping MP indicating that we are very unlikely to resolve the problems of the current mortgages.

Parish Plan
Actions up to date.

Design Statement
Next meeting: Monday 13 November. All information will be passed to the P.C before publication.

Harvest Supper
A very successful Harvest Supper was held on Friday 13 October. £297.02 was raised. Many thanks to all who contributed to the success of the evening.

Xmas Tree
To be erected outside the Village Hall; agreed to fund this to a maximum of £200, D. Parish to organise after investigating the health & safety/legal implications.

District Cllrs. Nora Armstrong & Bruce Laughton have secured £500 funding for this from Newark & Sherwood District Council; a letter of thanks will be sent. Further investigation will be made into having a noticeboard made for the village.

Open Meeting: Matters raised
1) Objections to the planning application at Bramley, Halam Hill
2) Village hall refurbishment
3) Objections to planning application at Grange Farm, Radley Road

Correspondence : NALC AGM – 15 th November; S. Bust to attend ‘Future of Sherwood’ – no action to be taken

1. Fairfield House, School Lane – Demolition of existing conservatory and erection of two-storey extension: supported unanimously;
2. Grange Farm, Radley Road – Change of use farm buildings for B8 (storage) & B1 (light industrial) use. Build new barn, stables & garage, and alterations to farmhouse (re-submission): Ian Sharman declared an interest and took no part in discussions. Planning Application – supported 3 for: 1 against: 1 abstention. Listed Building Consent – supported unanimously.
3. Bramley, Halam Hill – Demolition of existing bungalow and erection of two-storey dwelling with double garage (re-submission): rejected unanimously. Grounds (same as previously) 1) contrary to Policy H31 – size/scale of replacement dwellings, 2) loss of amenity for neighbours, 3) over-intensification of site, 4) building line, 5) loss of mature trees, 6) loss of a more-affordable property, 7) detracts from the views to and from Grade I Listed Building (Halam church).

Finance : Resolved to pay the village hall cleaners

End of Year Accounts
Internal auditor’s report was discussed in detail. Action points were noted, including agenda item re accounts/budget to be raised every quarter. A. Paris agreed to look at the P.C’s Risk Assessment documents and to discuss the Clerk’s salary with E. Gathercole (with clerk’s input). Many thanks to Elaine for her auditing and input over the past three years.

Date of Next Meeting :- Thursday 14 November at 7.30pm

Halam School Autumn Term News Report

We started off the term with a trip to Twycross Zoo. There we learned all about animals. We did writing and modelling to show what we thought about Twycross.

On the 14 th of November Middle Primary and Upper Primary went to Nottingham Castle Museum to learn about the Romans. Also we are now learning our plays: Key Stage 2 are doing ‘The Snow Queen’ and Key Stage 1 are doing ‘The Bossy King’.

We wish Mrs Brown a very safe return because she is coming back from Ghana on the 2 nd of December. Halam School would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

Evie Hoggard (Junior Reporter)

As our Christmas fundraiser Halam School are buying goats to send to Africa. To raise the money we are selling stamps £1 for 5 to send to each other in school. If you want to give a contribution to this please give your money to a Halam School parent.

At the Lions sponsored swim we have raised over £200 so far. The book fair raised £928.66 which means each class will have £130 of new books in their classrooms!

Last year’s girls’ football team won the Newark area competition and came 3 rd overall in the Nottinghamshire sports final.

On Tuesday 5 th of December new children will be visiting the school.

Dates for your Diary

 Saturday 2 nd December: School Christmas Fair 2pm
Thursday 7 th December: Christmas performances 2pm & 6pm
Thursday 14 th December: Carol Service in Halam Church

Emma Anderson (Junior Reporter)


Saturday 2nd December: 2pm – 4pm

In Halam School

 Donations will be gratefully received for the Children’s tombola and the Home Produce stall.

Millennium Picture Archive:

Laying the Foundation Stone of Halam Village Hall

 Mr Cedric Hallam has contributed this photograph and the following article:

‘The photograph in the October edition of Halam News showing the Methodist Chapel (now the village hall) at the end of the 19 th century prompted me to re-read the account of its being built:

“At a meeting on 8 th May 1896 it was decided to invite tenders to build a new chapel. On 23 rd May a tender from John Pogson of Farnsfield was accepted on condition that it should be completed within 3 months! This tight schedule was met, the stone-laying taking place on 18 th June and the opening ceremony on the 17 th September, and by the end of the year all the funds had been raised.”

This information is taken from a book containing the Minutes of Trustees’ Meetings for a period of over 80 years. This document is now deposited at the County Records Office in Nottingham, but I have photocopies of all the pages and would be happy to show them to anyone on request.’

Parish Pump

  • House to house collection 2006 : Many thanks to all those who so generously donated to the MARIE CURIE CANCER CARE envelope collection. The total amount raised was £61.30. – Tony Denyer
  • Hallowe’en – There were a few problems with gangs of unsupervised older children this year creating an unwelcome disturbance in residents’ gardens. This is a very dubious imported American tradition and can be extremely threatening for older or more vulnerable people in the village . Please ensure that your children are supervised and only go to people’s houses who are happy to receive them. I have been asked by several householders to put this in the News. – The Ed. (It's not the "American tradition" that's the problem, it's the yobbish culture so prevalent in our British society today. In the US the tradition is a big, happy family event with children in fancy dress - not just as the ghouls and ghosts we see here in the "Chav-ridden" UK, but as faries, super-heros, story-book characters and the like. It is a much more joyous and friendly celebration in he States; it's in Britain that it has become so associated with evil and, bad behaviour, and so out of hand - The Webmaster)
  • Poppy Collection: Thank you to everyone who bought poppies for Remembrance Day. A magnificent £162.33 was given by villagers. – Dora Rylatt

Halam Kids’ Club Play Worker Needed!

£6 per hour
Hours of work: 2pm – 6pm
Job share possible

 We are looking for a committed, reliable and enthusiastic person to replace or job-share with Maria Gaskell, our current play-worker. The club operates Monday – Friday from 3.25 – 5.50pm. The start date will be 3 January 2007. We are Ofsted regulated. NVQ qualifications are desirable but not essential. The most important thing is that you can help deliver a fun and interesting programme for the children. Full details can be obtained from the school office or call in and chat to Tina Hopewell the Play leader.

Halam & District Women’s Institute

The W.I. annual over 60’s Christmas party will take place on Tuesday 5 th December at 7.30pm in Halam Village Hall and we hope that many of you will join us to celebrate the festive season with good food, entertainment and carols. Everyone really enjoys this annual event.

Halam and Edingley Women’s Institute meets on the second Tuesday of each month in Halam Village Hall at 7.30pm. We begin the evening dealing with business and then go on to the main part of the evening. We have an interesting programme of speakers and demonstrations lined up for 2007 and hope that you will consider joining us in the New Year. Feel free to come and try us out before joining – you will be made most welcome, or if you are simply interested in one particular speaker do come – men as well as women are invited. For further information about meetings and events please contact:

Glenys Herbert (Chairman) Telephone: 01636 812335

Scott Miller
Tel: 01636 819 528
Mobile : 07840 760 127


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1st Halam & Edingley Guides (photo circa 1967/8)

It would have been Melanie Rylatt’s 50 th birthday on the 29 th December. Dora Rylatt is sponsoring the second page in Halam News in her memory and has asked that the photograph below be included in this month’s edition.

The photograph shows the guides cleaning the church. Dora supplied me with the following information but did not know one name – can anyone supply this?

Front row : Mrs Betty Godper; Linda Smith; Simone Roberts; Bryony Godper; Melanie Rylatt.

Back row : Sharon Widdowson; ?; Louise Rylatt. Clive Godper is in the front of the picture.

Church Children’s Choir

 I am hoping once again to be able to put together a small children’s choir to take part in our annual Crib service on Christmas Eve. If you would like your child to take part please attend a short rehearsal to be arranged - I will give details, or you can contact me. We will do pieces which they already know. If any of them would like to bring small percussion instruments that would be great. - Karin Davis

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 glasses.

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!

Halam Church Fabric

There are several projects in progress at the moment to preserve and improve the fabric of the church. The first is to install a handrail at the side of the chancel steps and this will be dedicated to Lynda Bass and include an inscribed brass plaque in her memory.

Secondly conservation work is in progress to the historic Donations Board which hangs on the wall of the tower near to the heating boiler.

Finally work is due to start in January on redecoration of the internal walls of the tower and this is to be followed later by work on the remainder of the church.

The cost of work to the Donations Board is to be partly met by a grant of £300 provided by Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd (WREN) 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. Simon Settle of WREN 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."

Also the generous contributions from Halam Arts towards the cost of the fabric work are gratefully acknowledged and contributions from other sources towards these projects would be very welcome.

Tony Hallam

And finally a little topical humour from Pooch...

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