Village News


Lots of reminders today:

Management Committee
 Anyone wanting to stand for the Management Committee needs to contact Sandra Allen (; 01400 251314; 07779 410286) before Friday 20th September. We need new members as we move forward and different skills will be needed as we will shortly have an open pub and shop.

Annual Members Meeting
The annual members meeting will be held on Sunday, 13th October at 3pm in the Village Hall NG32 2JQ (see agenda at ). The accounts for the year 2018-2019 are on the website ( Please contact Sandra Allen if you would like a hard copy.

Lincolnshire Co-op Community Champions
We are Lincolnshire Co-op Community Champions until 29th November. It is hoped to raise around £1000 just through people using their dividend card every time they shop at the Co-op in Long Bennington.

Pub Progress
By the end of the month both electrical and heating and plumbing work should be completed. The new floor for the whole of the downstairs pub area is starting to be laid next week and the commercial kitchen will be installed week beginning 14th October. Work on the management flat should start soon.  Advertisements for the management couple have been placed in The Caterer, Morning Advertiser and on social media.

Sandra Allen on behalf of The Thorold Arms Community Benefit Society Limited Management Committee


The weather was perfect and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves at the Hog Roast on Saturday. Many thanks to everyone who turned up to support us and for donations of raffle prizes.

Many, many thanks to everyone who helped with organisation and on the day with bric-a-brac stall, selling raffle tickets, serving at the bar, helping serve desserts, children's drinks and food, collecting glasses, washing up, providing games for the children, announcing raffle prizes and providing music. We raised £1,705.

The refurbishment is still progressing well and the downstairs is now plastered enabling second fit for electrical, plumbing and fire alarm installations to progress along with repairs to some of the panelling. Further grant applications have been submitted and others are in preparation. However, we won't hear about bigger grants for at least 3 months and so current work is concentrating on downstairs areas to try and enable us open as soon as possible.

We have received our first payment from Easyfundraising of £26.89. Don't forget if you are booking hotels as well as any other on-line shopping there are over 3,300 on line stores that will make a donation to us at no cost to you if you sign up and nominate us ( Download the donation reminder ( and it will pop-up whenever you are shopping on-line to let you know if you will get a donation.

We have had more winners on LotterySK with one lucky winner recently getting £250. Even if you only win free tickets we get 50p for every free ticket you win! So far this year LotterySK has raised £1,168.50 for the pub and individuals have won a total of £650.


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.