July 2006


From the Editor

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St Michael the Archangel: July Services

Sunday 2nd July: Trinity 3

8.00am Holy Communion - Canon P Turner
9.30am Family Communion - Canon Brown

Sunday 9th July: Trinity 4 11.00am Sung Eucharist - Very Rev D Leening
A thanksgiving & celebratory service

Sunday 16th July: Trimity 5

9.30am Family Communion: Canon M Brown


Sunday 23rd July: Trinity 6

11.00am Sung Eucharist: Rev R Perry

Sunday 30th July: Trinity 7

9.30am Joint Service (St Giles Edingley) Rev Shackley
6.00pm Cluster Service (Halam): Very Rd D Leening

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

Celebratory Service & Halam Open Gardens: 9 July

On 9 July a service will be held in St Michael’s Church at 11am to celebrate and give thanks for all those volunteers who help to make Halam such a special place to live by giving their time, skills and friendship in the community for the good of all. Many people make a wonderful effort for special events and fund-raising, but also we must give thanks for those who perform everyday acts of care and friendship. In particular we will remember Linda Bass, a devoted and practical member of the church and who was church warden for many years.

Many of Halam’s gardens will be open to the public from 12.30pm on the same day. This event has attracted many visitors over the last 11 years and this year there will be teas served in 2 of the gardens, as well as plant and book stalls.

One of the ‘gardens’ will be St Michael’s churchyard. Over the last 3 years a new management plan has been in operation; upkeep has been simplified by creating 3 zones. One area is left wild; one is regularly mown; the third is extensively planted with perennials to suppress weeds. Maintenance is easier and there has been a marked increase in numbers of villagers and visitors walking around the churchyard each day. Visitors also enter the church to view the mediaeval windows and comment on how loved our church must be. Once again the church is perceived as being at the heart of village life.

It would be wonderful to see as many of you as possible at the service of Sung Eucharist & Thanksgiving at 11am on July 9 th. Open Gardens will take place 12.30pm – 6pm; Entry: £3 for adults, no charge for children.

David Herbert

WHAT’S ON  

Southwell Choral Society summer concert with the Junior Choral will take place in Newark St Mary’s Church at 7.30pm on Saturday 1 July and includes Jubilate: Bob Chilcott; Psalm 150: John Rutter and Mr Lear: Alan Bullard. Tickets: £5 from Music in the Yard.

Lincoln Mystery Plays in the Minster on Friday 7 th July & Saturday 8 th July at 7.30pm.

Saxophone Quartet : Music in the Great Hall series on Sunday 23 July at 8pm; ex-Halam school pupil Andrew Hill leads this group who will be playing a varied and eclectic programme of wind music. Free with a retiring collection.



Parish Pump  

  • Best wishes for a very happy birthday to Richard Winning who will be 50 on 18 July!
  • Happy 18th birthday Cate Davis on 28 July!
  • Best wishes to all those students who have been suffering the strain of exams – Alex Reid, Joe Hunt – GCSE; Tom Stoppard, Holly Fowler, Angus Perks, Beth Miller, Becky Paris have all done AS Level; Cate Davis, Jonathon Paris, Danielle Pepper have done A’ levels - we hope all of you get the grades you need. (If I have missed anyone sincere apologies! – The Ed.).
  • Christian Aid: A big thank-you to everyone who helped to collect and donate a total of £306.57. - Bev Perks (Churchwarden/PCC Sec)
  • Congratulations to Jackie and John Thornewill who will be celebrating their silver wedding, - 25 years of marriage, on 4 July 2006! And very belated 50th birthday wishes to Jackie – 8 April!
  • Congratulations to Ken and Wendy Miller who also celebrated their silver wedding anniversary in June.


Best Kept Village Competition

Halam has had successes over the last two years in this competition and we have entered once again. Judging usually takes place in July or at the beginning of August. It is really important to keep up the standards of past years – could everyone please make a real effort to make Halam really beautiful around this time, - it will be really appreciated!

Halam & District Women’s Institute

The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 4 July and will be held in the garden of Mrs Carole Layfield’s new home. Ideas for laying out her grounds will be the challenge for members! New members will be made most welcome. For information contact Glenys Herbert Tel: 01636 812335.

Church Study Group

 The next meeting of the joint Halam and Edingley Churches Study Group will be held on Wednesday 19th July at The Scypen, Radley Road Halam, starting at 7.30pm. All welcome!

Tony Andrews

Parish Council Meeting: 8 June 2006

Present: S. Bust; A. Fraser; G. Herbert; N. Armstrong.

Apologies: A. Paris; D. Parrish; I. Sharman.

Matters Arising from the Minutes:

  • Churchyard – quotes needed for re-gilding & new memorial plaque.
  • Housing Survey – deferred to next meeting
  • Seat Belts on School buses – Cllr Stewart will continue to lobby for these.
  • Design Statement – awaiting response from sub-committee.
  • Interactive signs – Cllrs Stewart & Laughton reported that a decision would be made in near future and they would continue to put on pressure.
  • Entertainment Committee – PTA would like to see the bonfire back in Halam; Harvest Supper will be October, date to be confirmed; possible treasure hunt and fete; some of funds raised will go towards a new notice board.
  • State of Roads – Mrs Holmes from NCC has visited Radley Rd – worst parts to be repaired, but not substantially until new financial year.

Open Meeting : Mr R Dix (N&SDC) is leaving end of year.

Correspondence : 1) RCC AGM: deferred to next agenda. 2) Interim Parish Conference 21 June – A. Paris, D. Parrish; G. Herbert to attend.

Village Hall Car Park : G. Herbert will arrange for weeds to be cleared.

Planning: Holbeck Cottage, St Michael’s Close: Erection of timber fence to Radley Road side of property and new planting; passed unanimously.

Finance : All agreed to pay village cleaners (2 bills)

Items for next agenda : 1) Harvest Supper 2) Memorial Tree Plaque 3) RCC AGM at Rolleston Village Hall 4) Speed Watch.

Date of Next Meeting : Thursday 13 July at 7.30pm

Village Hall : A. Fraser explained the proposed site map of position of Village Hall and houses. Next meeting would be how to phrase wording of referendum.

Meeting closed at 9pm.

Parish Council Meeting 15 June 2006 at 7.30pm

Apologies: I Sharman (pecuniary interest)

Single item agenda – Halam Village Hall Refendum : Discussion took place on the wording of the referendum which will be going out to all villagers; agreed to meet briefly to scrutinise final draft on 22 June.

Parish Council Meeting 22 June 2006 at 7pm

Apologies : I Sharman (pecuniary interest)

Single item agenda: Village Hall Referendum revised to Village Hall Referendum final version.

Mr Hallam attended the meeting to assist with distribution of the referendum; agreed to distribute by the 9 July at the latest and collect by the 20 July.

There was no further business; meeting closed at 8.15pm.

Date of next meeting: Thursday 13th July at 7.30pm in the village hall

Nature Notes: Butterflies

As we head into summer and hopefully better weather keep your eye open for the beautiful butterflies which are common in and around the village. You are probably familiar with Large, Small and Green Veined Whites, but have you noticed that there seem to be a lot of Orange Tip butterflies around already? You could well have seen the yellow Brimstone early in the year and there have also been Peacock butterflies around.

Others to look out for are Gatekeepers, Meadow Browns, Speckled Wood, Small Tortoiseshells, Commas and Red Admirals. You could also see either Holly or Common Blues. When you start to notice the different types it is surprising just how many you can see throughout the summer.

Elaine Gathercole

Ancient Village Occupations and Crafts

Village occupations complemented farming practice in Halam. Wool, hemp and flax must have been grown locally as there are records of a large number of spinning wheels in the village from an early date. Wool cards were household items, and early inventories of household items include lengths of woollen and linen materials. In the 19 th century there were framework knitters living in the village – the names of Hallam, Mitchell, Black and Adamson are recorded in the 1841 census. Another craftsman in the village was the cordwainer; the earliest named one was W. Gilby in 1763; J & H Glazebrook were cordwainers between 1832 and 1895. The making of rushlights was another skilled job for housewives; rushes cut from marshy areas of Halam were stripped and dipped in tallow.

Hops, fruit – especially apples, and willows were grown. The willows provided material for basket and chair-making. There were kiln houses and beer brewed. Bees were kept for honey production. There was a water mill and two windmills existed. Blacksmiths worked at different locations, and are recorded in at least one house name!

There were at least two wheelwrights at work in Halam at any one time, the earliest recorded in the mid 16 th century.

This is a wonderful photograph showing Halam village wheelwrights at work; I guess its date as about 1910 and think it was taken at Hill Farm. Can anyone say who gave this to the Millennium archive collection? If anyone has information about this picture please let the editor know!

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