From the Editor: This month marks
25 years of Halam News! The late Miss Ida Glazebrook kindly loaned
me the first ever edition which was compiled and edited by Steven
Brown in July 1979. I believe she kept every edition of Halam News
since its conception, comprising a wonderful archive of village events
and concerns over the last 25 years.
Miss Glazebrook will be sadly missed. The first ever
edition included an article from John Ferguson, headmaster of Halam
School, who outlined activities such as a weekend expedition to Hadrian's
Wall, participation in a children's choir and an exhibition of children's
work in Southwell Minster, a performance of Dick Whittington by the
infants, and Sports Day on 7 July. The late Mr Eric Bust wrote an
article about the 'new look' District Council, following the elections
of 3 May 1979. A number of articles concerning the church were included.
At that time Halam had a thriving Mother's Union as well as Halam
W.I. which took part in the National Flag Relay and raised £2000 to
help provide a child care unit in Botswana. If anyone would like to
see or copy the original let me know.
Halam News relies on donations and advertisements in
order to exist, and has no other funding. It will fold if it is not
supported. If every household in the village donated £3 per annum
this would cover the cost of a more vibrant and detailed Parish News.
If you wish to make a donation, place an advert, or
have any items of news or events included - please contact me by the
24th of each month, but please note that it may not be possible to
include late submissions if the Newsletter is already full. Karin
Davis 815854 or e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Halam News is sponsored this month by Terry Buck.
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Miss Ida Glazebrook
Sadly Miss Ida Glazebrook of The Old Oak, Radley Road died on Tuesday
1 June after a short illness.
The funeral service, led by members of Southwell Baptist Church, was
held in Halam Church on Wednesday 10 June. Miss Glazebrook was 90
Members of the family have contributed the following tribute: 'Ida
was the youngest member of a family of eight children and was born
and brought up in Halam. She attended Halam School and helped in t
he family Market Gardening business. In 1944, as a mature student,
she attended the Bible Training Institute in Glasgow for two years
and went on to be a teacher, specialising in R.E., English and Natural
History. This was followed by teaching posts at Eversfield Preparatory
School, Solihull, and Bramcote Preparatory School in Nottinghamshire.
Past pupils testify to her caring and inspirational teaching, and
several 'Old Boys' remained in touch.
Ida was brought up as a Methodist but in later life she became a
member of the Baptist Church and this was both her joy and way of
She was a kind and caring daughter, sister, aunt and great-aunt,
and a good friend and neighbour to many. Although in many ways a private
and independent person, her great motivation was her faith and her
love for her church and family - not forgetting her garden and orchard
which occupied many hours of both time and energy up until the last
few days of her life.'
St Michael the Archangel: June Services
|Sunday 4th July : 4th Sunday after Trinity
||8am Holy Communion
9.30am Family Communion
|Sunday 11th July : 5th after Trinity
11.00 am Sung Eucharist
|Sunday 18th July : 6th after Trinity
|9.30 Family Communion
|Sunday 25th July : James the Apostle
11.00 am Sung Eucharist
For information contact Church wardens: Bev Perks (812181) David
Preist-in-charge: Rt. Rev. David Leening (812593)
Halam School News
Ofsted Praises Halam School: The recent Ofsted inspection
at Halam School confirmed that standards of teaching have been maintained
since the inspectors last visit (6 years ago), that the pastoral
care of the children is very good, that there is a clear vision
from the school leadership and that governance is strong.
In addition the lead Inspector was asked specifically to review
the strategic vision for Halam School, to give an independent assessment
of the 'new journey' which the school has embarked on. The 'new
journey' being spearheaded by Head Teacher Mrs Kate Brown is one
of maintaining and building on the school's high standards whilst
developing a curriculum which is more innovative and inclusive,
and it was pleasing to see the Inspection team thought that this
was indeed the right approach for a school such as Halam.
Well done to the staff, the children, and the wider school community
on such a good report!
New 'Buddy Bench': Halam School has received £500 from the
will of former teacher Miss Ruby Hucknall who died recently. This
money was combined with the proceeds from the children's stall at
last year's Christmas Fair and has been used to purchase a 'buddy
This has recently been placed in the school grounds and provides
some useful extra outdoor seating for the children in a shaded area.
New Investment: The LEA recently confirmed that they have
allocated up to £100,000 towards the cost of creating a proper school
hall for Halam School. This is something that the school community
and others have been campaigning for in the last 6 years, and is a
big vote of confidence in the school. It is hoped that the building
work can be completed in this financial year, subject to planning
and LEA workload considerations.
Peter Thompson (Chairman of Governors)
Halam & Edingley W.I.
The W.I. meets on the first Tuesday of each month in Halam Village
Hall at 7.30pm. On Tuesday 6 July the meeting will take place in the
garden of Mrs Debbie Kenyon at 7.30pm. New members will be made most
welcome. Contact Mrs Glenys Herbert (telephone 812335) for details.
Parish Council By-Election
I am just taking this opportunity to thank all
the villagers who were kind enough to turn out to give me their
supporting vote on Thursday 29th April 2004.
Halam Kids Club
There will be a fund-raising second hand toy and book
stall at the Halam School Sports Day on July 7th. Any contributions
for the stall will be gratefully received. Please contact Suzi Anderson
on 813913, or leave contributions at Sunningdale, Radley Road, in
the children's playhouse just through the gate which will keep them
dry! This is one of our main fundraising events of the year and all
support is very much appreciated.
Many Thanks Suzi
Committee Members Needed
The treasurer of Halam Kids Club, (the after school club) is standing
down at the end of this term and we are now looking for a new treasurer
and any other people who would like to help on the committee. We normally
meet once every couple of months.
Please contact Suzi Anderson (813913), Helen Stowers or Sarah Godfrey
if you are interested in helping.
- New Residents! A warm welcome to Sue & Simon Parker and their
children Emily and Finley who have moved into Halam Lodge, The
Turnpike. Also to Sarah & Andrew Godfrey who have moved into
Evergreen House, School Lane with their children Robert, Henry,
Camilla & Fergus
- Congratulations and good wishes to Katherine Jane Bust (Katy)
on her engagement to Christopher John Bevans
- Congratulations to Emily-Jane Thornewill who has a new job
at 'Lakeside' in Arnold. Mum, Dad, Simon & Chris are all very
proud of you!
- Congratulations: To Di McMurdo who has been awarded a BSc
in Food & Hygiene
- At the end of this month we must say goodbye to the Kirby
family who are moving to Oxfordshire. Carolyn & Paul have lived
in the village for 15 years and they and their children Grace
& Eliza will be much missed. We wish them every happiness in
their new home, new schools, and new jobs!
Parish Council Meeting, 7.30pm, Thursday, 10th
Present: G. Herbert, S. Bust, N. Armstrong (arrived later),
A. Fraser; A. Paris. Apologies: I. Sharman.
) Village Hall Questionnaire: The Chairman reported that District
Council would be unable to support the proposed project in the light
of the number objections raised through the questionnaire. It was
resolved that there was no point in the Parish Council pursuing this
matter further. It was agreed to request this information from the
District Council in writing. The existing village hall should be brought
up to standard re disabled access requirements. The Clerk to report
back next month regarding this and any other pressing maintenance
2) Parish Plan: The RCC are currently preparing a draft flyer regarding
the issues raised by the parish questionnaire. This will be circulated
as soon as it has been seen and agreed by the Parish Council. Following
that there will be an open meeting to gather further input from the
parish on these main issues. It was agreed that a letter of thanks
should be sent to all those who have volunteered help and assistance
through the questionnaire.
3) Financial Risk Assessment: A report from the Clerk was circulated
which highlighted some potential risks. It was agreed that all these
were covered by the Parish Council's financial procedures adopted
4) Budget: The Clerk circulated a report updating the Council's financial
performance against budget for the year to date. It was agreed that
the figures were broadly in line with budget.
1) The reoccurrence of youths gathering on Holme Lane with resulting
nuisance and litter was highlighted.
2) It was reported that Highways had been seen measuring up the road
for red tarmac by the 30mph signs at the entrance of the village on
Radley Road. The need and suitability of such 'urbanisation' was questioned.
3) The issue of lack of vision when emerging from School Lane was
raised again. It was stated that this was an ongoing problem.
It was reported that the application for the extension at Holbeck
Cottage, Radley Road was going before the District Council planning
committee. It was agreed to request a site meeting and that Di Parish
would represent the Parish Council at the committee meeting.
It was agreed to pay the village hall cleaners and the Parish Council's
annual insurance premium.
Date of Next Meeting: Thursday 8th July at 7.30pm.
Maintenance of the Churchyard
Halam is a delightful village in which to live. At the centre of
the village is the church with its surrounding churchyard, and it
is hoped that the churchyard will become a place where village people
can walk or sit and enjoy the peace and quiet which is often missing
in our busy everyday lives.
For almost 15 years my wife and I kept Jacob Sheep there for 3-4
months each year, and it was an amusing sight to see Glenys striding
off to the churchyard with the matriarch of the flock in a head-collar,
leading a procession of some 10 ewes and their lambs. Foot and Mouth
put an end to this, mostly because of the excessive paperwork associated
with flock movements.
Edward Gathercole kept the front of the churchyard and much of the
new burial ground in great order for many years, but this was an enormous
task. When Ed reluctantly relinquished this role a new strategy for
churchyard maintenance had to be worked out. The churchyard is still
open for burials, and no part is exempt from this, so a strategy was
developed, one first put into effect in Bolton Percy in Yorkshire.
Parts of the churchyard were designated 'natural' - these areas would
be left unattended to allow natural flora and fauna to flourish. A
mown path would allow visitors to view the wild grasses and flowers.
Other areas would be mown regularly, and finally, those areas difficult
to strim or mow would be treated with glycophosphate and then planted
with weed-suppressing plants of different types to deter the spread
of weeds such as couch grass and nettles.
Rebecca at the Waggon & Horses generously supplied food and drink
for working parties, and the churchyard returned to some degree of
order. Subsequently I have started a mowing and planting programme
and its effects can now be seen. We have been approached by the National
Garden Scheme which would like to include Halam Churchyard to their
list of open gardens in 2006.
In the recent village questionnaire 24 people stated that they have
regularly helped in the churchyard, and a further 24 offered their
services. A regular individual commitment would be of great help,
and those who volunteered should contact me so that a small regular
task can be allotted either on a weekly or fortnightly basis. The
task need only take 30 minutes but with many volunteers doing a regular
stint the churchyard could become a source of community pride.
David Herbert (Ashdene: Telephone 01636 812335)
The more observant amongst us will have noticed the aerial displays
of Swallows, Swifts and House Martins over our village. The first
Swallow arrived in Halam around the 13th April (first arrival in Notts
recorded on 17th March) probably from the Natal region of South Africa
although increasing numbers are now wintering in Southern Spain. House
Martins arrived soon after and the first Swift was seen on the 17th
May (early April in Notts). Swifts generally arrive later than Swallows
and leave earlier, some of them in July. It is hard to believe that
Swifts rarely land. A young bird born here in Halam may well migrate
to its wintering grounds in Africa, then return the next year and
never set foot on branch, building or ground until they nest. That's
nearly a year. They do everything on the wing, eat, copulate and even
· 'Music in Quiet Places' presents 'Mediva'
on Friday 9th July 2004 at 7.30 p.m.
Nottingham Symphony Orchestra: 'Music by
Woods, Parry, Elgar and Vaughan' on Saturday 10th July,
2004 at 7.30 p.m.
Lincoln Mystery Plays: Performance each
evening, Tuesday 13th July to Saturday 17th July 2004 at
Music in Quiet Places presents 'Acoustic
Triangle' on Friday 23rd July 2004 at 7.30 p.m. (Acoustic
Children's Puzzle Corner
Answer to last month's puzzle:
Fill the 5 litre container and pour 3 litres from it into the 3
litre container leaving 2 litres.
Empty the 3 litre container and pour in the 2 litres.
Fill the 5 litre container and fill up the 3 litre container with
the extra litre it needs, and this will leave you with 4 litres
in the 5 litre container.
This month's puzzle:
Three people check into a hotel. They pay £30 to the manager (£10
each) and go to their room. The manager finds out that the room
rate is £25 and gives £5 to the bellboy to return. On the way to
the room the bellboy reasons that £5 would be difficult to share
among three people so he pockets £2 and gives £1 to each person.
Now each person paid £10 and got back £1. So they paid £9 each,
totalling £27. The bellboy has £2, totalling £29.
Where is the remaining pound?
Thank you to all those who contributed and collected throughout
the village, - a total of £341.58 was given.
Notts Historic Churches Trust Cycle/Walk/Drive
Saturday 11 September
Once again it is that time of year when the Notts Historic Churches
Trust ask people to ride, walk, drive etc. and/or sponsor each other
to visit as many churches as possible, choosing your own routes with
the aid of a numbered map.
Most of us will attend a church at some time and when we do we like
the building to be as dry and warm as possible. The Trust gives grants
to churches of all denominations to help keep them weatherproof. We
are grateful that St Michael's was fortunate to have been given a
grant by NHCT for part of Phase 1 of the restoration programme two
This year I have pledged to ride and would invite everyone to consider
the valuable work done by the Trust. All monies raised will be divided
between the NCHT and a church nominated by the cyclist, walker etc.
- my nominated church is St. Michael's, Halam.
Anyone who would like more information on riding, walking, sponsoring,
or giving an hour of their time manning the church on 11 September
to welcome visitors should contact Bev Perks (tel.: 812181) or myself
in the evening (tel.: 812569 or at email@example.com
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