Village News


There will be a Hog Roast in aid of The Thorold on Saturday, 17th August at Hougham and Marston Village Hall starting at 3 pm.  Tickets are £15 for adults to include hog roast, dessert and one free drink, with discounts for children (5-17, under 5s free).  There will be no entry on the day and a maximum of 150 tickets - so buy them as soon as possible.

Tickets are available from Mel Ellerington (mweaver78@gmail.com07788 583223) and Jo Wright (; 07376 258222).

We can provide vegetarian/children's alternatives if you let us know at the time of buying the tickets.

There will also be a raffle - any donations to the raffle to Jo Wright, Grand Prix Cottage, Main Street, Hougham or bring to the Village Hall on the day.  There will be entertainment for children and a bric-a-brac stall.  All donations of bric-a-brac to be brought to the Hall by 10 am on the day. Alternatively contact Sandra Allen for collection (; 01400 251314; 07779 410286).
Should be a great afternoon - lets hope for some good weather!
Jo Wright


Unfortunately we were unable to guarantee a loan to enable us to submit the LEADER application yesterday.  We will now concentrate on the application to The National Lottery Community Fund. This also needs letters of support so please continue to send them to Sandra Allen ( or drop them off at the pub, with any other member of the committee or at Oliander House, Hougham.

Other fund-raising continues with the Hog Roast announced this morning to be held on 17th August. We have had lots of interest already to do contact Mel (07788 583223) or Jo (07376 258222) as soon as possible.

LotterySK continues to provide a steady income of around £157 per month from tickets and donations - 2 more winners donated their £25 winnings to the cause in June. It would be great to have more people playing as it does make a difference. You can sign-up for just £1 per week and you get a chance to win cash prizes up to £25,000 every week. We get 50p from every £1 ticket. To start supporting visit: and search for The Thorold Arms.

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Sandra Allen


The Village Fete was a great success yesterday. It was good see so many people there, enjoying afternoon tea in Val’s lovely garden. And the warm, sunny weather was a real bonus. 

£1074. 85 was raised for St Mary’s Church, Marston. This is a huge help towards our running costs. The insurance alone this year was over £2600, the electricity will be around £1000, as well as water rates, and the expenses associated with church services. And all this doesn’t include the essential maintenance that is ongoing – stonework on the spire needs fairly urgent attention, and we have leaks in the roof which will need expensive work in the near future.

 Marston Parochial Church Council are very grateful to several parishioners who make regular donations to the church. You don’t have to be a church goer to appreciate the architecture and history of our lovely church. If anyone feels able to make a regular donation, no matter how small, please contact me and I will let you have the details. This can be in the form of a standing order, or a cash or cheque payment via a church envelope. Using the correct stationery will enable us to claim Gift Aid if you are a tax payer and boost your donation by 25%.

Once again, thank you for supporting the Fete, whether you helped set up and clear away, ran a stall, or simply enjoyed the afternoon and spent a bit of money!
Caroline Brown


Mr. Chris Stephens of Main Street was co-opted onto the Parish Council at the meeting on 16 May.  He fills the one remaining vacancy following the local elections held on 2 May 19.


A big thank you to the 30 residents who turned out to support the seventeenth annual Marston Litter Pick on (or prior to) 24 March 2019.  It was a very bright but cool spring morning.  Thanks also to Brent Richardson and the staff of QK Cold Stores for cleaning the area in front of their premises, and to Richard Pearson for loaning a truck and for providing temporary storage for the rubbish.

This year once again we picked up the litter in the village and from the verges as far as the parish boundary in almost all directions.  In addition, a few days earlier John and Sam Ivill cleared the whole length of Frinkley Lane as far as the railway.  This has not been done before and about eight bags of litter were collected, with five of them being from the vicinity of the railway crossing.  In addition George Winter and Andy Watson removed a large amount of packaging from a field entrance in the same road which had been left by a fly-tipper very recently; this will be reported to SKDC.  Our main effort is always Toll Bar Road and this year we cleared all the way to the Cold Store gate. Sand Lane was done as far as the second bridge and we also cleared Barkston Road, Green Lane, Cliff Lane, Stonepit Lane, Bridge Street, and the playing field.

As usual the bulk of the litter was bottles, cans, crisp packets and coffee cups.  Waste polystyrene was very much in evidence in Toll Bar Road, together with CDs and dozens of the small size wine bottles.

I am quite sure that we were just as thorough as last year and we covered a larger area (Frinkley Lane) but the number of bags filled was only about half that of last year.  Clearly therefore less litter has been dropped, which is good news.   Some may have been missed, being hidden in the rapidly growing vegetation, but this would have been only a very small amount.

Those taking part either on the day or during the week before were Peter and Sheila Baker, Simon and Caroline Brown, John and Pat Crozier, Tim Deal, Simon Gray, John and Sam Ivill, David and Leslie Joyce, Phil Keogh, Sean Martin, David and Susie Mathieson, Robert, Mirielle and Francesca Morley, Daphne Morton, Kevin O’Sullivan, Angela Parsons, Alistair, Thomas and Benjamin Ross, Nick Sauer, David Smith, Andy Watson, George Winter and Colin Weightman.