Village News


There are now just 26 days before the end of our share offer period and today's total is a brilliant £131,250. This is more than we raised 2 years ago already and so we are very hopeful that we will reach our minimum target of £210,000.
We also have some other fantastic news and that is we were successful with our application to the Plunkett Foundation for a More Than a Pub grant and loan.  Provided we can raise £210,000 Plunkett will gives us a £50,000 grant plus a £50,000 loan.  The award is very competitive and was based on the strength of our application including our Business Case. Those of you who have read the Business Case will know that it included paying back a £50,000 loan to Plunkett and so is fully costed. It is more important than ever that we raise £210,000 as soon as possible as the offer of loan and grant is available for 3 months only.
With £310,000 we can buy the pub, do some modest refurbishment and reopen the pub and shop. In addition, however, once we have the pub other grants become available to us and may allow to do a complete refurbishment and give us the hub that we want.
So those who haven't invested yet please do so as soon as you are able. For those who have already invested please keep spreading the news and encourage others to support us.


The Marston Village Fete was a huge success this year. It was lovely to see so many people enjoying afternoon tea and socialising. The wonderful weather was a huge bonus.  Thank you to everyone who helped, donated items, and supported us on the day. £1,385 has been raised for Marston Church.

The winners of the games were –
Skittles - (Adult) Karl Ballaam, (Older Child) Matt Ross and (Younger child) Wilfie Rideout.
Golf Bagatelle – (Adult) John Taylor and (Child) Matt Ross
Champagne Bottle – Jenny Rand

Once again, thank you to everyone who helped make the fete so successful.
Caroline Brown


Work commenced over the weekend, 2-3 June, to clear the weeds from the Village Hall play area.  Much was achieved but another session is required.  Those taking part were:  Karl and Faith Ballaam, Peter and Valerie Bowes, Bob and Berni Chalklin, John Crozier, Richard Pearson, Andy Watson and Colin Weightman.


Coffee and Cake will be provided in Marston Church on Saturdays, 21 July and 18 August at 10.30 to 12 noon.  All welcome.


The Autumn Social in the Village Hall, incorporating the Pumpkin Club Annual Show, will be held on Saturday, 13 October 2018.


A big thank you to the 22 residents who turned out to support the sixteenth annual Marston Litter Pick on or prior to 25 March.  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.

We picked up the litter in the village and from the verges as far as the parish boundary in almost all directions.  Once again the biggest effort was in Toll Bar Road where we cleared as far as Harlaxton Engineering’s gate on one side and the Coldstore on the other.  The Toll Bar Road/A1 junction is a disgrace and the Parish Council has raised it with SKDC and Gonerby Parish Council – the land beyond Foston Beck belongs to Gonerby.  It is for consideration that we try to clean it ourselves next year, perhaps on a separate date.

Also included in the clean-up were Green Lane, Barkston Road and Sand Lane, together with Bridge Street as far as the Hougham junction plus the village hall and playing field.  Finally a huge effort was also made to clear all litter and fly-tipping down Frinkley Lane as far as the concrete pad.

A total of about 110 bags of litter were collected, together with a vast amount of other general rubbish.  It has all been taken away by SKDC and will most likely go to landfill.  It is a pity that we have not had time or labour to sort out the recyclable items.  Perhaps we might look at this next year – ideas and suggestions welcome!

Those taking part either on the day or during the week before were Simon and Caroline Brown, Phil and Jane Cartwright, John and Pat Crozier, Tim Deal, Mel Foster, Tim Found, Jennifer Hare, John Ivill, Phil Keogh, Stephen Manuel, David and Susie Mathieson, David and Val Morrell, Daphne Morton, Angela Parsons, Andy Watson, George Winter and Colin Weightman.