Week beginning September 27th 2004

Free to good home! I have been told of a piano which is free to anyone who wants it, preferably to go to somewhere such as a church or village hall, community centre, school, residential home etc.. It is a nice instrument, light oak in colour, a bit well-used on the outside (it used to be a school piano in a former life) but nothing that a bit of elbow-grease couldn’t retrieve, and musically very sound. I believe that there is also a modern piano stool to go with it. If you would like this piano please contact me and I will pass on the details – they have also asked me to say that whoever takes it will have to arrange transport for it themselves, but considering the cost of a decent modern piano, this is a small consideration. My phone number is 01482 896712 or you can email me about it on ddavies@ourhouse.karoo.co.uk .

Go Wild At Paull : this is an advance notice about a family event to be held at Paull at the end of October, when the young people of the RSPB, the village school and the local Ranger Guide unit are working together to introduce people of all ages to the variety of interesting wildlife which can be seen in and around Paull and especially on the Paull Holme Strays south of the village. There will be a number of activities associated with the event, based in the Village Hall and also up on the Strays, all at no cost to the participants. Watch this column for more details in a couple of weeks’ time!

Hedon Friendship Circle - October Meetings : the Hedon Methodist Friendship Circle have two meetings planned for the month of October. The first, to be held on Wednesday October 6th starting at 7.30 p.m., is a Quiz and Games night, when everyone is welcome to come along and join in the fun.
A fortnight later, on October 20th, Valerie Billingham will be giving a talk entitled “Musically Speaking.” The Friendship Circle meets fortnightly in the Hedon Methodist Church Hall, on Church lane, at 7.30 p.m. unless any changes to the regular programme are notified in advance.

Hedon Police Community Liaison Committee : the recent meeting in Hedon Town Hall had an excellent attendance and a number of issues were raised and discussed. Some of the most significant ones likely to be of interest and use to readers of this column were call handling, local crime, young offenders and local policing.
With regard to call handling and contacting the Police, it was pointed out that at present all calls to all Police Station phone numbers are handled by one switchboard and calls will be routed to the correct station for the call; in the not-too-distant future a single call number will be introduced : this will be an 0845 number which will cost the equivalent of a local call and will again put you in contact with your local Police Station. It cannot be emphasised enough that for URGENT calls, you should still call 999 as before.
If you would like to speak to someone face-to-face, Hedon Police station is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9.00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m., with an hours closure for lunch. The Police Station will be closing for rebuilding later this year and will be temporarily relocated : I will inform you of where and when, when the time comes.
Local crime was also a very “hot potato” in the discussions, but it was pointed out that, out of an average of 400 calls throughout the whole of the Hedon Police area (which extends from Wawne eastwards to the coast and down through to the Humber) only 150 were about crimes, and although there is currently a problem with vehicle crime – theft of and from cars – serious crimes are few and violence is not a major problem. There are no persistent offenders in the region – the perpetrators come out into the East Riding from adjoining areas – and what local problems there are tend to be youths causing annoyance, nuisance motorbikes and vandalism.

The following church services will take place on Sunday October 3rd
Hedon : St. Augustine’s Parish Church : Sung Eucharist at 9.30 a.m., Evensong at 6.30 p.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 : Family Service and Baptism at 11.15 a.m.
Paull Methodist Church, Main Street : no service this week – next service will be on Sunday October 10th
Preston: All Saint’s Parish Church : Holy Communion at 11.00 a.m.
Preston Methodist Church : morning service at 10.30 a.m.

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