New website for Hedon : on November
7th 2003 an appeal was launched to raise funds for the restoration and
development of St Augustine’s, Hedon’s parish church. During
a storm in late 1999 one of the pinnacles at the top of the tower fell
onto the tower roof and causing damage to the bells, and an inspection
revealed further problems with the stonework and roofing. Now three
years later that initial repair is virtually completed, but the report
on the church fabric showed the extent of work needed and it was clear
that an appeal was going to be needed to fund restoration. Substantial
sums of money are required, mainly due to the large areas of stonework,
roof slating and glass involved - in volume the church is the equivalent
of four or five average size parish churches (hence its title "The
King of Holderness”). Its height and position has exposed it to
the full force of the elements from all directions for over 800 years
so virtually every part of the church requires some work. Besides repairs
and restoration, the plans also include developing the interior of the
church with modern facilities of the kind expected in the early 21st
century in a major public building in the middle of a busy market town.
Blood donor presentation : Mr Edward Heath of Preston – who described himself to me as “the other Ted Heath” – has recently been presented with a crystal award at a ceremony in Bilton Church Hall to mark his 75th blood donation. This is a commendable achievement and Mr Heath asked me to tell you all that blood donors are always needed, for whether you are a common blood group (like me) or a rare one (like him), your gift could save several lives.
Litter in Paull : while we’re
on the subject of public-spirited citizens, I’d like to tell you
about another of the community’s unsung heroes – or in this
case, heroines. Every morning, while out walking my dogs across the
playing field and along the river front at Paull, I encounter a lady
with a large black bin bag, stooping over and collecting litter from
the field, car park and picnic area as she goes. Every day she fills
the bag and puts it in the bins (where the litter-droppers could have
put their rubbish in the first place) and if the bins are getting full,
on returning home she rings the council and tells them, and asks them
to empty the bins, which they do. This lady is Mrs Joyce Pickering and
she does it for no other reason than because, she says, she likes to
do “her bit.” At a recent Parish Council meeting the comment
was made that if even half the people in Paull were even half as public-spirited
as Joyce Pickering, Paull would indeed be a wonderful place to live.
D-Day celebrations in Hedon : “We’ll Meet Again,” a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings, is being held on Wednesday June 9th in the Alexandra Hall, St Augustine’s Gate, Hedon at 2.00 p.m. All seats cost £4.00 and tickets are available from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council Customer Service office on New Road (just round the corner from St Augustine’s Gate) or by telephoning the Ticketline on 01723 507186. This promises to be an afternoon of pure nostalgia!
Hedon Open Gardens : as a finale to the Hedon Flower Festival there will be an Open Gardens weekend around Hedon on Saturday June 12th and Sunday June 13th.
Holderness Lions : Holderness Lions
are now well into their second year and going strong. They now hold
two sessions of Farmers Bingo every month - the second Wednesday in
the month this is held at The Haven Arms, Hedon and on the fourth Wednesday
of the month at Barn Farm in Thorngumbald.
Midsummer Songs of Praise : there will be an open-air Sings of Praise service on Market Hill, Hedon on Thursday June 10th starting at 7.00 p.m. (in St Augustine’s Church if it rains.) Music will be provided by the Northern Lights Girls Brigade Band and the singing will be followed by a Ploughman’s Supper in the Methodist Church Hall, Church Lane. Supper tickets must be bought in advance from church stewards and cost £1.50, but the service of course is free and anyone is welcome to come along and join in.
The following church services will take place on Sunday June