Week beginning February 16th 2004

“Return To Nanny Goat Island !” An exhibition at Hedon Museum will bring back special memories for many in the town- but especially for people whose families are recalled in the display. Bond, Richardson, Doy and McKee - just some of the names of families that lived in a very special area of Hedon. The area became known as Bond's Estate after William Bond, a builder and landowner in the town nearly a hundred years ago. A new exhibition at Hedon Museum is devoted to the story of this place.
Nanny Goat Island? The exhibition will reveal all! Many families, not only in Hedon but also further afield, will have fond memories of a time when a close community evolved and lived happily until times changed and their way of life became the subject of history. Many photographs, together with documents and maps, feature in the exhibition. There is also a “Memory Book,” so that visitors may write and recall their memories of Bond's Estate. These will remain in the Museum Archive to be preserved for future generations. The exhibition opened on Saturday, February 14th and runs until March 17th.
There are also new archaeological finds from the Hedon area, including a Bronze Age clasp, on show in the Baxtergate Room. The Museum is open every Saturday and Wednesday from 10.00 a.m. until 4.00 p/m. and admission is free.

Hedon Friendship Circle : members are reminded that their night out takes place on Wednesday February 18th when they are going for a meal at Barn Farm, Thorngumbald, so will all friends please meet outside the Methodist Church Hall at 7.15 p.m. The next regular meeting will be on March 3rd, when Judith Edwards will talk about “My Travels.” This meeting will start at 7.30 p.m., and old and new members are always welcome.

Reminder – Slide Show in Paull : just a last reminder about the slide show in Paull Village Hall on Thursday February 19th : once again there will be some fascinating old photos of the village as it used to be which are sure to start off some lively and interesting debates. Immediately prior to the slide show there will be a short public meeting concerning a sum of money which the village has been allocated to spend on recreational facilities. Villagers are invited to come along and have their say, and even if you don’t live in the village I would advise getting there at 7.00 p.m. to make sure of a seat as these slide shows are always very popular.

Wheels To Work : this is a moped leasing scheme aimed at helping young people living in rural areas get over the initial problem of getting to work or work-related training where no suitable alternative transport exists. To be eligible you must be between 16 and 24 and in need of transport to travel to work or training. Your journey must be practical on a moped (no commuting to London!) and there must be no other means of getting there. Included with the moped will be Compulsory Basic Training at no extra cost, safety equipment (crash helmet?) insurance, tax and servicing. The only cost will be a contribution of £5.00 a week to cover general tyre wear. There are currently 29 mopeds available, so if you think you are eligible and would like more information, contact the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Wheels to Work Coordinator on 01377 249670.

Advance notice : Hedon Playgroup : March brings the 40th anniversary of the founding of the original Hedon Pre-school Playgroup and a reunion is being planned. After forming in 1964, the group grew rapidly and became so successful that it split into two, one meeting at the Church Hall and the other at the Methodist Hall. The Methodist Hall group subsequently closed but the other is still going strong today. Anyone who had anything to do with the playgroup is invited to the reunion lunch planned for Tuesday March 23rd – for more information contact Valerie Wigglesworth on 01482 890034 or Barbara Harvey on 01482 897962. So start digging out all those old photos now!!

A light at the end of the tunnel? Those of you who live within sight (and sound) of the Saltend works must have noticed that the flare on the VAM plant has finally gone out as promised. According to my “reliable source” there is to be a lengthy period of testing before there is any prospect of the process restarting, so don’t be alarmed if you see a new flare coming out of the stack any time in the next few weeks: the ethyl acetate plant shares the same stack (which was news to me) and so there will be a brief flare when the plant is shut down for routine maintenance and another when it restarts again – but nothing like the major flare we have grown so used to!

The following Church Services will take place on Sunday February 22nd
Hedon : St. Augustine’s Parish Church : Sung Eucharist at 9.30 a.m.
Hedon Methodist Church, Church Lane : morning service at 10.30 a.m., evening service at 6.30 p.m.
Saints Mary & Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Baxtergate, Hedon : Daily Mass times : Sunday 10.30 a.m., Monday 9.15 a.m., Tuesday 9.15 a.m., Wednesday 7.30 p.m., Thursday 9.15 a.m., Friday 7.30 p.m., Saturday 6 p.m.
Hedon Pentecostal Church meets every Sunday at 10.30 a.m. in the Jubilee Room of the Alexandra Hall, St. Augustine’s Gate; a Sunday School is also held at 10.30 a.m. every Sunday.
Paull : St Andrew’s Parish Church : Holy Communion at 11.15 a.m.
Paull Methodist Church, Main Street : no service this week – next service will be on Sunday February 29th
Preston: All Saint’s Parish Church : Holy Communion at 9.30 a.m.
Preston Methodist Church : morning service at 10.30 a.m.

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