Hi, Everyone,

We’re off again, after being rudely disturbed by Christmas and New Year celebrations. I hope that you all had an enjoyable time with friends and family.

First of all;

Village Lunches

2020 monthly Village Lunches are undergoing some changes.

The first lunch of this year will be on Monday 27th January, at the usual time of 12.30, in the Parish Room.  The meal will be Fish Pie (no shell fish), and a choice of a hot or cold pudding.

The cost will be £3 for the main course, and £2 for pudding.  Tea or Coffee will be free.

Should you like to enjoy this lunch, and chat time, please let either Judy (892409) or Florence (892056) know before Friday 24th January.  We look forward to enjoying your company then. f there are any vegetarians who do not eat fish please let us know.

We plan to have the lunches on a Monday in future and will publish the dates well ahead


Friday 7 February – Pub Night. 7:30-11:00pm. Come and enjoy a drink and a natter with friends old and new.

Saturday 8 February – Holy Communion in the Church 09:30-10:00am followed by Air Ambulance Coffee Morning in the parish rooms and the LAP will be open in the Main Hall. There will be a Foodbank collection, in the kitchen as usual.

Wednesday 19  February – Mr Keith and his mini “orchestra” of multi-instrumentalists.  He is a popular performer on the Live & Local touring circuit and I can only say get your tickets in good time! This will be in the Main Hall with a licenced bar, doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30pm. Tickets are available from Anita at South Scarle Post Office which is open Tuesday and Thursday mornings 0900-1200, or by ringing Anita on (01636) 892003

Tuesday February 25 – Shrove Tuesday Pancakes in the Parish Room. 11.30am-1.15pm. As usual donations will be gratefully received, don’t miss out on this very popular event.

17th January 2020

Comedy Night at South Scarle Community Centre

Naomi Paul is a Comedienne who previously visited SSCC with a Village Ventures production three years ago. She returned with her solo show in October, fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe. Greeted by cries of ‘welcome back’ as she took to the stage’ , she had us laughing – and singing – from the start. The biscuits were good too!

Ably assisted by her newly-recruited soundman (Ian) we were treated to a sterling performance which also proved that there really are still comedians that can be very funny without having to use bad language or lewdness! It was good clean fun, suitable for everyone and a very successful evening.

I think the cries of ‘welcome back’ when Naomi first came on you first came on summed it up, really! We made some profit for the Community Centre too which is a bonus. Thank you to all those that supported the event.

To see Posters and further info on any event, please go to the ‘Event Details’ section

Friday 8th February at the SSCC – ‘Two Gents Productions’ present

‘The Importance of Being Earnest’

Doors open at 7pm. Licensed Bar. Tickets £10 adults, 11-16 years £5, available from South Scarle Post Office 892003

Friday 1st February 2019 – Pub Night!

Monday 28th January 2019: South Scarle Nature Group are hosting a talk by

Langford Lowfields RSPB Nature Reserve – Joe Harris

£2 on the door, tea/coffee and biscuits included. All welcome!

New Years Eve at the SSCC!  December 31st 2018, from 9pm til late.

Live music by Steven Clements

No bar, so bring your own drink, glasses and nibbles.

Tickets £8 each, available from Roger or Ann Clay 893355, or from South Scarle Post Office.

All proceeds to South Scarle Community Centre.

CAROL SERVICE at St Helena’s Church on 9th December 2018 at 5pm

PUB NIGHT on Friday 7th December in SSCC!  Your hosts will be Brian and Elaine!

Friday November 16th – Amy’s Boys – a war-time commemoration in the SSCC

A remembrance in sound, word and song of a Lincolnshire family’s extraordinary war-time sacrifice. Tickets are on sale now, £10 from Judy on 892409  or from Anita at South Scarle Post Office on 892003

Licensed Bar.  Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Proceeds to St Helena’s Church and SSCC.

Quiz Night at Coddington – Village Hall – £8 per ticket

Always a very relaxed, informal evening with a good buffet. This is hosted by the bell-ringing team who have used funds collected from previous quiz nights to support our Bell Tower works funding, so please support if you can. Details are on the poster on the ‘Events’ tab on this site

Weds 31st October -Farnham Maltings Theatre presents “BRILLIANCE” at the SSCC

1963, winter. Everyone gathers in the village hall……  A warm, energetic and humorous musical-theatre show charting the life-changing impact of electricity arriving in the village, illuminating every corner of local life

Tickets £10 from Anita at South Scarle Post Office on 892003

Licensed Bar. Proceeds to SSCC

Saturday May 19th 2018 – ‘Whalebone’ concert in the SSCC. Tickets are £10 each or £6 for kids. Licensed Bar. Doors open at 7pm.  To preview, click on links to three of their videos:

Anglicana https://youtu.be/wJ2WpoEuaU0
John Barleycorn  https://youtu.be/B5aAETJdbHw   The Boxer  https://youtu.be/-FgtP7tpg1A
There’s lots more information on our website www.whalebone-music.com  Tickets are now available from Linda on 892007, South Scarle Post Office on 892003, Judy 892409 .

St Helena’s Big Breakfast is on 19th May starting at 9am.

Rock Night is back! on May 12th “Sneaky Feelin”are at the South Scarle Community Centre. “It’s a bit of a last minute but we had a gig cancelled and the church was free”. Sneaky Feelin are one of the Midlands ‘premier Rock Cover Bands, blasting out classics from the 60s to present day,  from ‘Free’ to ‘the Foo Fighters’. The ‘Sneaky brand of driving rock guarantees a great night!! See poster below for further details and tickets. See also ‘Event Details’ section of this Website to view larger poster

Next Pub Night is on May 4th

Badapple Theatre presents ‘Amy Johnson’a play by Kate Bramley, in South Scarle Community Centre on Wednesday 18th April 2018 at 7.30 pm.   Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are £10 adults, £5 age 10-16 .  Licensed Bar. Contact South Scarle Post Office 01636 892003 for tickets or more details

It will be Pub Night on Friday 6th April, starting around 7:30pm to 11:30pm. Hosted by Ann & Roger, the Ale will be ‘American IPA’

Soup and good company – join us for lunch! at South Scarle Community Centre  on Wednesday March 21st 12-30 to 2-00pm. We will be serving a choice of homemade soups & bread roll, and /or cake and beverages.Further Details Lyn 893482 or Jean 892134.

***CANCELLED DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER ****  Village Ventures: Saturday, 3rd March 2018, 7:30 PM – NEW DATE WILL BE ARRANGED – PLEASE CONTACT ANITA ON 892003
“Truth and Truffles” presented by Cat Weatherill & Naomi Paul
A fabulous two-header delivered by wonderfully gifted performers, the compelling and masterful storyteller Cat Weatherill and the satirical and hilarious deadpan comic Naomi Paul. Irresistibly blending humour and heart, this is a captivating and beautifully crafted show for adults, of stories, comedy songs and musings about being a grown up, and the little indulgencies that make life worth living (chocolate).
Contact Anita on  01636 892 003

PUB NIGHT FRIDAY 2ND MARCH “Keep calm, pub night is still on despite the Beast from the East.” Starts about 7:30pm

CANCELLED DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER – RESCHEDULED FOR 26TH MARCH Living Landscape” – A local nature conservation talk by Mark Speck of Notts Wildlife Trust

Monday 26th February 7.30pm at South Scarle Community Centre

Green corridors, quality habitats & Besthorpe Nature Reserve

£2 including light refreshments. School-age children enter free of charge. All welcome

Soup and good company – join us for lunch!

at South Scarle Community Centre  on Wednesday February 21st 12-30 to 2-00pm. We will be serving a choice of 2 homemade soups with a bread roll, and /or cake

 Further Details Lyn 893482 or Jean 892134.

There will be a ‘Pop-In Pancake Party’ on Tuesday 13th February 2018

Come and enjoy a freshly made pancake with us! 11.30 am to 1pm in the SSCC at St Helena’s Church.  Free – but donations welcome

Pub Night  is on Friday 2nd February 2018 and is being hosted by Mel Scotney:

“The next pub night at the Community Centre will be on Friday 2/2/18. This will be a ‘Beer and Curry Night’ in memory of Graham Scotney who sadly died last February, and will be hosted by Mel and her family. There will be a cask of ‘Snake Eyes’ (3.8% IPA from the Black Iris brewery in Nottingham), mini kegs of ‘Ubu’ (a 4.5% amber premium ale from Purity Brewing, Warwick), and a local cider, all at £2 a pint, plus the usual bar offerings. All bar proceeds will go to the Community Centre funds. Various curries and accompaniments will be available for a donation which will go to Beaumond House. The fun starts at 7:30pm; Mel and the family really hope that you can join them.”

Murder Mystery Play in SSCC on Feb 17th 2018 – SOLD OUT Mr Murderie’s Players present ‘Murder at South Scarle Crossing’The play is set in the 1940s – fancy dress optional but there is a prize for the best!Supper is ‘pie and peas or beans’ which will be served in the interval.Start time is 7.30pm, supper wlll be at approx. 8.30pm

This is a fund-raiser towards the phase 3 works so thank you to everyone that has bought tickets!

Pub Night on December 1st

It’s the last one of 2017 so do come along! The guest beer is ‘Beer Humbug’ from the Pheasantry Brewery

Phase 3 Project Fundraising – Good News!

We have received a cheque from Garfield Weston for £3000 towards the £22,000 we need for the Project. Just £6000 left to raise! See the ‘Fundraising’ tab on this website for more details on how the Project is progressing.

Toot Hill Big Band Night, November 18th 2017

This was the third appearance at SSCC for the Toot Hill Big Band and was as good as ever – if not the best one yet! It was another sell-out and raised an amazing £531.30 which was split between Cancer Research and the SSCC.

Our village ‘Strictly’ dancers kept the dance-floor busy and were joined by the rest of us for some barn dancing and St Bernard’s Waltzing! Well done to Pete and Sue, Lyn and John for putting on such a good show.

Thank you to Coddington Bell-Ringers for their donation of £40 towards our bell-tower works – your support is really appreciated!

Quiz Night 20th October 2017

thank you to all who came to the Quiz Night. We raised £531 towards the Phase 3 Project funding for the works proposed for the Bell-Tower. As well as being a sell-out, the support included some lovely cake-baking as well as excellent catering. Our Quiz-Master put in an entertaining performance – thank you Pete Severn! – and the Bar Man worked really hard too.

The first prize went to a team from Swinderby & Wellow, with one of the teams of bell-ringers coming a close second. It was a lot of fun, in a great atmosphere. See the next (December)  Scarlian for photos and a more detailed report


Harvest Celebration Supper, 22nd September  2017.Starts at 7pm. Tickets are £6 per head, though free to under-12s. Bring your own drinks!  This is a very popular village event so get your tickets early from: Florence 892056, Judy 892409 or Anita at the post office 892003.

posted on: 29th August 2017

Pub Night! is on Friday 1st September. We should have a pin of Ale from Pheasantry.Starts around 7:30pm.

Quiz Night Hold The Date – Friday 20th October 2017

We will be running a Quiz Night as a fund-raiser for the SSCC Project works (outer porch door, ringing floor and second loo). Bar and Buffet. Details will be published soon!

POSTED ON: 16 August 2017

Our New Sign!     

After the opening of our wonderful Community Centre within the church over three years ago  ( where does the time go, we must be having fun !)  we now have a sign . People coming to events or just passing through our village can now find us, so we are now on the map, yippee.

Remember it is August Pub Night Friday 4th

Starting about 7:30pm. We will have some beer from the Cat Asylum Brewing Co. to try: Nutty Brown, a nineteenth century brown ale, and 1963 bitter, made to the 1963 recipe for Watney’s Red Barrel. Plus all the usual drinks!

Yoga Class at SSCC – next term’s dates confirmed

Term starts again on 15th September 2017. Classes will be on 15th, 22nd 29th September, 6th 13th 20th October, (no class on half term week 27th ),3rd, 10th,17th,24th November 2017 9.15-11.15 am Fridays

New members welcome! Barleys contact details can be found under the ‘Classes’ section on this website

A Date for your Diaries:  19th May 2018 in the SSCC.

A first visit by ‘Whalebone’ who are a professional touring trio of instrumental acoustic guitar and fiddle from Shropshire. Their music is a marriage of Celtic folk music and acoustic interpretations of classic guitar rock.

Village Ventures News!

Next season’s dates have been confirmed now. We have two dates in the diary so far for 2018 and these are:

Saturday 3 March 2018 7.30pm: “Truth and Truffles”.  A performance storyteller and quirky comedienne in a lively performance about being a grown-up, and the little indulgences that make life worth living!

Wednesday 18 April 7.30pm: Badapple Theatre presents “Amy Johnson”, a theatre performance featuring a 2/3 size replica bi-plane. Two humorous WAF girls trace the famous pilot’s story and final journey.

7th July 2017

Pub Night

It is July Pub Night on Friday 7th July starting 7:30pm.
It will be hosted by Linda & Ian Dales and David & Judith Duffield.
There will be two special ciders “Apple & Rhubarb” and “Hibernate”, there will be bottled real ales along with all the usual drinks.

South Scarle Scurry and Cream Teas 2017

Fortunately the sun was shining on Sunday 9th July as it was a busy day in South Scarle. The annual South Scarle Scurry raised £31 followed by this year’s Cream Teas which raised £330! Excellent scones!

South Scarle Beer Festival June 2017

The first South Scarle Beer Festival in June 2017 raised £450 for SSCC and Church funds! Thanks to all who worked so hard on it, to the Retromen who played just about all day, and to everyone that came along.

20th May 2017

The Annual Big Breakfast

The annual Big Breakfast on 20th May 2017 was another huge success. This is a ‘free’ event. However donations were made totalling £300 which will help SSCC and Church funds.

13th May 2017

Rodeo Jo

Rodeo Jo’s third SSCC appearance on May 13th 2017 was another excellent gig. Jo was superb, as always, and thanks to all who attended including our guest  singer, Terry, and those that danced the night away! We raised a total of £282.90 which was split between SSCC and St Helena’s.

February & March 2017

Two more successful events have raised money towards the forthcoming Church/SSCC improvements project! The ‘Pop-In Pancake’ party on 28th Feb 2017 was a free event but donations were made totalling £300. The Barn Dance on 11th March 2017 raised £370 for the Project Funds. Thanks for your support.

12th November 2016

The Big Band Experience

The Big Band Experience raised £160 towards St Helena’s Church and £160 towards Cancer Research UK

12th October 2016

Fashion Show

Our third Fashion Show was held in the SSCC on 12th October 2016

1st July 2016

Matt Shepherdson

The Matt Shepherdson concert raised £119 for the Newark Patriotic Fund.

July 2016

The July 2016 cream teas raised £401 for St. Helena’s Church. Thanks to everyone, helpers and those who “enjoyed” our labours. Lyn Broughton.

The Pop goes the Organ concert raised £251 for the Church Fabric Fund

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16th November 2014

Rock Night

In a thousand years St Helena’s Church has never seen a night like Rock Night! Three bands in one awesome venue – Status Duo, Acoustica and The Resurrection played an amazing set which left the crowd asking for more! A full report will appear in the next Scarlian but for now enjoy the photos.

26th June 2014

Rodeo Jo, Tractor Run, 1940’s Pub Night & Macbeth

As you can tell from the title it’s been another busy and fun month in our wee village. Mid-May saw Rodeo Jo perform to a sell out crowd and everyone entered into the spirit. Jo was kind enough to give some Scarlians the spotlight for a song or two. Terry Jacklin, Pete Severn, Pam Law and Blaise Thomas all performed for us but the limelight was well and truly stolen by Roger Davis’s granddaughter. The hall was draped in red, white and blue with the American stars and stripes in abundance – even on some of the headgear! The bar was not going to be left out and so it also got into the mood with American style drinks – Tequila, Bourbon and Budweiser – proving very popular. Jo performed right up to midnight and by the end we were all singing along and waving our hands in the air. An absolutely fantastic night all round. Jo has asked to play the SSCC again next year so look out for the date in due course. Photos can be found here.

The start of June was saw the return of South Scarle’s annual Tractor Run. The 36 mile journey started from Morewood Farm and was completed by 42 vehicles. A full report can be found in this months Scarlian. Photos can be found here.

The monthly Pub Night remembered all the heroes of D-Day by commemorating the 75th anniversary of Operation Overlord. Roger and Ann Clay hosted and villagers entered into the spirit by dressing in 1940s apparel. Of particular note were Terry and Carol Jacklin who looked fabulous! (How did we find the bar behind that camouflage?)

June finished on a high with The HandleBards amazing, high-energy performance of Macbeth. Four actors played all the parts……well almost. There were occasions when a little help was required from the audience. Those who ‘volunteered’ as an additional Bard for the night included Ann Clay, Peggy & Colin Edwards, Bethany Peterson, Sarah Adlam and Craig Law.

Bikes as horses, tennis rackets doubling for non-speaking parts and a plethora of costume changes. This was fun from the opening scene to the final curtain. That may be a strange thing to say for a Shakespearian tragedy but there you have it. The HandleBards promised Macbeth like we had never seen it before and they delivered in spades. If you missed this one, you’ll not want to miss the 2015 tour! Photos can be found here.

17th May 2104

Village Ventures Confirmed Shows for Autumn/Spring

We are delighted to announce the booking of 5 shows from the Village Ventures Rural Touring Catalogue. You can find out more about the shows on the events page.

Albert Einstein – Relativitively Speaking

Victor & Albert Pull a Couple of Crackers

Spoonface Steinberg

Swevry World


2nd May 2104

Pub Night & Village Venture Show Bid

It’d been another busy weekend with Blaise & Jim Thomas running Pub Night. Old Speckled Hen & Greene King IPA mini-kegs were added to the bar and had sold out by 9.30pm! Just goes to show, you can’t help but drink good beer! The updated photo gallery from Pub Night can be found here.

Looking further ahead the Village Ventures working group pooled their collective brain power to wade through the 54 shows on offer. There are a lot of really exciting shows this year and our bid has been submitted. No matter which shows we are allocated, there are going to be some fun nights ahead between September and May. Hopefully we’ll be able to update you by late June or early July.

26th April 2014

The Kingfisher

An audience of fifty enjoyed a night of gentle comedy from The Library Theatre Touring Company who performed The Kingfisher…….

A highly delighted Sir Cecil Warburton emerges from the bath where he has been reading the obituaries – no doubt happy to see his name is not mentioned – but the name that has caught his eye is Reggie Townsend, the man who stole the love of his life fifty years ago. With the arrogance of privilege (and of course being a man) he arranges to meet the newly widowed Evelyn – on her way back from the funeral no less – by the same tree where he kissed her fifty years earlier with the intention of making her his bride, but hasn’t considered the possibility that the lady might have other ideas.

Was Cecil telling the truth about his numerous amorous and exotic exploits, the many girls he had loved and left, or was it really something he and butler Hawkins had invented? When he first met Hawkins he was an ‘Adonis’ and the butler was most upset at being called (in a moment of anger) an unattractive old bitch. Was there a homosexual relationship here – a couple almost married? The author has a gentle dig at the eccentricities of his class with their lives of golf, fishing, tennis and bridge and inability to look after themselves without servants?

19th April 2014

What’s going on at the SSCC?

The Kingfisher is just one week away and we have tickets left at this stage. Buy online or give Craig Law a call on 07515 382 323. This comedy has been a hit on both Broadway and the West End.

Preparations are well under way for the next Pub Night on May 2nd. We will have two guest beers available this time – Old Speckled Hen & Greene King IPA.

Rodeo Jo is going to be lots of fun. A night of country music classics, the hall dressed in red, white & blue and american beer & shots at the bar. Oh and the bar will be manned by a Sheriff & Marshall so be on your best behaviour!

The Tour Director for The HandleBards has visited the SSCC ahead of their performance of Macbeth on June 20th. It’s safe to say they are very excited about performing in our unique venue. The HandleBards will be performing at the Edinburgh Fringe latter in the summer…..and we get them first!

14th April 2014

Rodeo Jo

Semi professional Country singer Rodeo Jo is coming to SSCC on 17th May 2014 for an evening of Country music covering  all the classic artists like Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Crystal Gayle, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Don Williams and many more.  We’re hoping she will ‘call’ a couple of line dances too!
Tickets are on sale to villagers only for the first week, then open to others, and cost £6 (£3 for children).  Doors & the bar will be open from 7pm.  Event starts 7.30pm, doors close 11.30pm. 
This will be a ticket only event, so to save disappointment reserve them now via Blaise Thomas (01636 892686),  through the SSCC website (coming soon) or from Blaise every Friday morning between 10.30-11am at SSCC.
Dust off the stetsons………..yee ha!

13th April 2014

Car Treasure Hunt

Ten cars loaded with 34 enthusiastic Treasure Hunters set off from St Helena’s today from 2.30pm. The route took them through Collingham, Holme, Winthorpe, Eagle Hall and North Scarle. Many interesting sights were forthcoming en route but the highlights appear to have been the Chelsea-loving gnome, the Pekinese living at Honeyrest Cottage! Lets not mention the very obviously positioned Easter Eggs to pick up on the journey. (Less than half the groups returned with one……..)

Upon our Hunters return to the SSCC they were greeted by a hall dressed in pink and white and an amazing buffet supplied in the most part by Pam Law. A few drinks, a few laughs, a review of the answers and the announcement of the winners. (But you’ll need to read the Scarlian for that one!)

4th April 2014

Pub Night

Candles were lit, tables dressed, music selection chosen and bar stocked. It was the first SSCC Pub Night. Around 45 villagers spent the night chatting, laughing and generally feeling perplexed by some of those logos they just couldn’t quite identify! (If anyone wants the answers just let me know.)

The atmosphere was palpable and as the sun set through the South Aisle window we enjoyed a ‘small sherry’ or two and chewed the fat of life.

Look out for ‘The Barman’s Tales” in the forthcoming Scarlian. In the meantime enjoy the photos. Craig Law

28th March 2014

Save The Date! 4 actors, 4 bicycles, 40 characters and a 1000+ mile adventure.

Fantastic news! The HandleBards are visiting South Scarle on 20th June 2014 with their performance of Macbeth.

After their hugely successful inaugural tour in 2013, the four-strong, all-male HandleBards company are back on their bikes and cycling the UK in June, July and August 2014, before setting out across Europe. On just four bicycles they will carry all the necessary set, props, costumes and camping equipment to perform two of Shakespeare’s greatest plays – ‘Macbeth’ and ‘The Comedy Of Errors’.

The HandleBards is Shakespeare done differently – using bikes to power various surprises and contraptions on-stage, whilst playing ALL the parts. You can find a short video from last year’s tour here.

22nd March 2014

A Trip Down Rock ‘n’ Roll Memory Lane

Native New Yorker, Steve Foti, played to a full house on Saturday night. Ninety enjoyed a trip through the beginnings of rock ‘n’ roll -from Elvis to DooWop and back again. In between songs Steve entertained us with the stories behind the songs. My favourite was Love Potion Number Nine and the joy of the wonderful lyrics by Leiber & Stoller –

“Whatcha need is
A bottle of Love Potion #9”
She bent down and turned around
And gave me a wink
She said I’m gonna make it up
Right here in the sink
It smelled like turpentine
And looked like India ink
I held my nose
I closed my eyes
I took a drink

They don’t write them like that anymore! A great night. Thanks to Judy Muirhead for organising  Steve’s visit to the SSCC.

21st March 2014

Upcoming Events

There are a lot of things coming up over the next few weeks. From music to theatre via Pub Night, Kickboxing and a Car Treasure Hunt, there should be something for everyone!

Tomorrow night sees New York guitarist Steve Foti play to a sold out audience. He will take us on a musical trip from the days of DooWop to Motown and through to Woodstock.

April 26th brings The Library Theatre Touring Company, preforming the comedy The Kingfisher. We are half full already, so if you want a ticket you can find the details here.

Our first Pub Night is just around the corner on April 4th when we look forward to socialising in the age-old fashion over a drink.

Next week on Thursday night will be the first Kickboxing class. Get fit, boost your confidence. Suitable for children (7+) and adults alike.

Fancy a Sunday afternoon drive? Join us for a Car Treasure Hunt on 13th April. Car numbers are strictly limited.

Phew….it’s going to be a busy and fun few weeks. See you there.

8th March 2014

Newark Foodbank Collection

The first of the monthly collections for the Newark Foodbank took place at the Air Ambulance Coffee Morning today. I would like to thank everyone who has generously donated food to the collection which will be delivered to them on Monday 10th March. If  you would like to donate, details can be found here. Brian Leak

3rd March 2014

South Scarle Book Club

The South Scarle Book Club met Monday evening in the South Scarle Community Centre. The book being discussed, over wine, was Bill Bryson’s ‘Notes From A Small Island’. Everyone agreed it made a nice change from the usual venue of someone’s house…..at least this time the husband didn’t have to be banished upstairs out of the way!

28th February 2014

Pub Night

Come and join us on 4th April for our first Pub Night. Doors will be open from 7.30pm. There will be plenty to keep you entertained or just kick back and enjoy the conversation with friends and neighbours. I know you’re exited but Keep Calm….It’s SSCC Pub Night.

14th February 2014

Extend Exercise Class

Ten people turned up for the second Extend Exercise Class, held in SSCC today, wearing something red to raise money for the British Heart Foundation! Thanks go to Judith for the lovely heart-shaped shortbread biscuits served with tea afterwards. Classes continue weekly, Fridays 9.30am – 10.30am. All welcome. (In association with Newark & Sherwood District Council. Blaise Thomas

13th February 2014

A Touch of Spring

The weather remains predominantly grey and wet but in the few moments where the sun has broken through it has worked its magic to reveal a few signs of Spring! Thanks to Brian Leak for the photograph and reminding us that we are nearing the end of winter.

4th February 2014

The Kingfisher

We are very excited to welcome Library Theatre Touring Company who will be performing The Kingfisher by William Douglas Home on 26th April 2014. Full details can be found here.

2nd February 2014

Official Opening & Dedication

In the time honoured tradition, the official opening of South Scarle Community Centre was held one week after the first event! Still feeling great from last week’s performance of UNMYTHABLE the sense of anticipation could clearly be felt by the organisers before the invited guests arrived. A quarter peel rang out to welcome the arrival of villagers, Rector David Yabbacombe, Bishop Tony Porter and invited guests.

Short speeches from the Bishop, Rector, Judy Muirhead & Florence Baldwin recognised the endeavours of many villagers, Interim Committee and the generosity of our major sponsors to enable the re-ordering of St Helena’s to provide a space for the use of our community. Bishop Tony and Parish Chairman, David Clarke, then cut the celebration cake to mark the occasion.

After the formalities everyone enjoyed a finger buffet, wine and good company. For those who had not yet seen the completed space the talk centred around the sense of space and the architecture. For others more familiar with the new surroundings conversation gravitated towards our next event, A Trip Down Rock’n’Roll Memory Lane. Blaise Thomas was in demand answering questions and taking bookings for her exercise classes. And then there was the usual banter between good friends! The clinking of glasses and laughter a sure sign that a good time was had by all.

Hope to see you all at our next event. SSCC Management Committee

25th January 2014


Fast-paced, funny, daring and delightful, UNMYTHABLE was a whistle-stop tour through the greatest Greek myths ever told. We joined our young hero Jason on board the Argo as he set off on his biggest mission yet – the quest for the Golden Fleece.

Along the way there were challenges and terrifying obstacles to overcome but, most importantly, there were stories under the stars. Legendary heroes, deadly monsters, epic fights and fantastical flights are all brought vividly to life, made this a theatrical voyage not to be mythed.

Our Argonauts numbered many and Legends were made.


24th January 2014

Phase Two Completion

We are finished! Doors open tomorrow.

22nd January 2014

Sneak Preview

One last look before the first guests arrive on Saturday for the UNMYTHABLE performance from Temple Theatre.

17th January 2014

Phase Two Update

It’s the penultimate week before the Community Centre hosts its first event, so it comes with more than a sense of excitement to be able to announce that we have wall to wall floor! It’s beautiful – the oak looks great against the stone pillars and arches and the Nave suddenly feels capacious and airy. Well done David.

Jim has been hard at work to ensure we have sockets. And lots of them! Any layout you can think of for tables and chairs in the Nave and you will never be far from power! The photos from last week showing off the new ceiling lights were only topped by seeing the hall light up after dark. You are going to love it when you get the chance to visit.

Most of the patching up has been completed but that said next week will be another busy one. Let’s think we have sockets and chandeliers to be wired, boxing in of pipes near the pulpit and painting. Then there’s the background scurrying around for the arrival of Temple Theatre and their production of UNMYTHABLE on the Saturday 25th.

Busy, busy, busy but really looking forward to welcoming you to South Scarle Community Centre. The Interim Committee

12th January 2014

Phase Two Update

It’s been three weeks since the last update and with the first event just around the corner, we are sure that many of you are wondering what further progress has been made. Fear not! The enforced break for seasonal festivities was well timed and has allowed the underfloor heating to run for a good period of time and let the building ‘come to temperature’.

The temperature and humidity levels have steadied off and allowed the new floor to acclimatise before being laid. Progress on this has gone very well with more than three quarters laid already.

The scaffold towers are down, which can only mean that working at height is complete and the uplighters are throwing light on the overhead carvings and beams. We fully anticipate that our first guests’ heads will be bobbing up and down looking between the amazing floor and beautiful ceiling. Enjoy the photos! The Interim Committee

11th January 2014

Unmythable – SOLD OUT!

Our first Village Ventures event, UNMYTHABLE, to be held on 25th January has now sold out. Thanks for your support and we look forward to welcoming you to our inaugural event at your new Community Centre. The Interim Committee

23rd December 2013

Phase Two Update

It’s cold outside, but the temperature inside St Helena’s is holding at a steady 15C! The heating is working well and the building appears to be retaining heat better than expected, which is good news. So, we should be in good shape for the floor to go down after the festivities of Christmas and New Year are out the way.

Jim has been very busy working on the lighting. The chandeliers in the chancel and South Aisle Arches are being converted to electric. For those with a keen eye and memory, you’ll know that we are have one more arch than chandelier but this will be remedied with the manufacture of a new third chandelier.

Work on the ceiling lighting is slow and demanding due to the height – a scaffold tower needs to be built and moved for every light fighting. Thank goodness Jim has a good head for heights. The Interim Committee

11th December 2013

Scarlian Editor Steps Down

Roy at Seasonal South Scarle Photography Competition

After ten years of magnificent service to our community as editor of The Scarlian, Roy Turner has decided to hang up his pencil, notepad and camera. It won’t be the last we will see of Roy as he will be starting a Drama Group when the community centre opens its doors.

My first memory of Roy is of our ‘welcome interview’ which was to be published in The Scarlian. I really didn’t know what to make of it – I had never been a celebrity before, local or otherwise! That was almost nine years ago and during that time he has continued to welcome all new villagers in the same manner.

Roy was an ever present at village events. From lurking in the background to organising a more formal shot, he was seldom seen without his camera, always angling for the best way to record events in the most memorable fashion.

I know our consumption of news is ever more instantaneous in this digital age, however it is my sincere hope that someone will take on the role of Editor as I feel there is a need for both community website and The Scarlian.  So if you are of a like mind and have the time, why not  volunteer and be the next Roy Turner?

Thanks again Roy. Great job. Craig Law

29th November 2013

Phase Two Update

It’s been an epic week, a week to remember for many years to come, a week to look back on with pride – St Helena’s has reliable heating for the first time in its history! The boiler sprung to life, gurgling like a new born at feeding time, as the air trapped in the system was expelled. Then slowly as the water temperature rose nearer and nearer to 65C, the pipes warmed and the wall radiators gave up some warmth. It was a magical moment – maybe you had to be there or have been following the progress for the last eleven weeks to feel the overwhelming sense of achievement, but take it from us it was magical. Next up the floor, curtains, chairs, bell tower, Management Committee Election, UNMYTHABLE and Official Opening. It’s going to be epic all over again. The Interim Committee

23rd November 2013

Phase Two Update

Frost, low temperatures and freezing fingers – it’s been a tough week for all concerned with most of the work being done outside. The oil tank is in place on its concrete pad and the trenches are ready for the connecting pipework. Later on this will be screened off for aesthetic reasons. Inside a second expansion tank was fitted next to the boiler and further electrical work was completed.The Interim Committee

17th November 2013

Phase Two Update & Community Centre Viewing

Villagers took up the opportunity to view the underfloor heating system before the floor goes down in the next month. A viewing ‘platform’ was placed near the pulpit and provided an excellent position from which to see how the system has been laid – aluminium trays, pipework with loop after loop and the ‘booster’ wall radiators.

From the Parish Room, the boiler, expansion tank and control system were on display. This area conveniently doubled up as our social room with drinks and nibbles enjoyed between conversations about future parties and events.

The next time the doors will be opened, the floor will be down and we can toast to the future success of South Scarle Community Centre. The Interim Committee

9th November 2013

Phase Two Update

Pillars, pulpit, font, arches, and steps! Just some of the obstacles that were encountered this week during the laying of the pipework for the underfloor heating. Six loops have been successfully completed this week with a further two due in next week. The wall radiators, which will provide an additional boost of heat when required, have been fixed in place and look rather good – flat fronted which blends in rather nicely.

If you want to see the work for yourself come along between 12 noon and 2 pm on Sunday 17th November. Drinks and nibbles provided. The Interim Committee

5th November 2013

Phase Two Update

Most of the visible work during Week Seven has seen our plumber, Simon, laying the trays for the underfloor heating. The are performed and are nailed into position on top of the floor joists. Each tray has a groove which will hold the heating pipe in place.

The first fit of the electrics was finished off by Jim. The Interim Committee

25th October 2013

Phase Two Update

The floor joists and the Xtratherm insulation boarding are all in position ready for the final layer of Rockwool (felting) on top. Next week work will start on the underfloor heating.

Despite the amount of rain this week the work outside moved on with both the concrete pads for boiler and oil tank going down.

A time capsule with various memories of the village was placed under the floor in the South Aisle. Wonder what our ancestors will make of it all in a hundred plus years when the floor is next up?! The Interim Committee

18th October 2013

Phase Two Update

As we move into the second month of work we remain on schedule and the space is beginning to take shape. There was considerable work to be done before the floor joists could go down. Simon, the plumber, has installed all the pipe work for the wall radiators and these have been sealed and pressure tested while Jim got all the electrical cabling and conduits completed.

David has made a start on the floor joists and he feels it is going well. Once the joists are in place and level an insulating board is positioned between each joist. On top of this sits a further soft felting as additional insulation. The net effect will be a snug fit for the underfloor heating to sit on and enable as much of the heat to be conducted upwards with minimal loss downwards.

The hope is that next week the underfloor heating will start to go down but you can check back to see the progress. The Interim Committee

13th October 2013

Phase Two Update

This week’s photographs probably don’t show just how much work has gone on but it’s been another busy week on site. Plenty of electrical works being undertaken by Jim, the plumbers arrived on Thursday and the first of the pipework is in position and David continued with building works.

4th October 2013

Phase Two Update

It’s been another busy week on site with work being carried out by both building contractor, David Clarke and electrical contractor, Jim Thomas.
The fourth and fifth walls which are in the South Aisle are in place. The three walls in the Nave have more yellow paint than a no park zone – the paint marks the position of the floor joists. This helps Jim with placement of the electrical conduits, especially if they need to cross the new walls, some of which have had a portion removed.
The remaining rubble has been removed and the site looks a little less dramatic than at the end of week one. No doubt it will get messier again before completion!
The Interim Committee

29th September 2013

Seasonal South Scarle – Photography Competition

Today, the Community Hall, played host to the entries for the photography competition arranged by Mo Tyler and Dave French. The theme was that of Seasonal South Scarle and attracted many, many entries from residents of South Scarle both past and present. No ‘photo-shopping’ was permitted and the photos were displayed in frames no larger than 8″ x 10″.

The winners were judged by the photography department from the newark Advertiser. Stephen Clements took first prize with ‘All Aboard’. The runners-up awards went to Roy Turner, Nicholas Bunting and Anita Clements.

The winner and runners-up photos together with an additional nine will form the basis of a 2014 calendar which will be sold at a cost of £6 in aid of the Community Centre. Pre-order is available via Mo Tyler on 01636 892 023. Christmas is not far away and the calendars could may a great little gift for friends and family. If you want to purchase one they will be available from Church Farm Shop soon. In due course the photos will also be available to view via the website.

Mo and Dave are not content to stop there and plans are already in place for the next competition. Look out for news of this in the Christmas Scarlian. Craig Law

27th September 2013

Phase Two Update

It’s only been five days since we were standing by the font and bell tower surveying the work. Since then  an estimated 10 tonnes of rubble has been removed and a second and third wall have been built. There is more rubble to come out today as the work on the fourth foundation begins. The work is progressing well and we remain on track to hold that opening party before the year is out. The Interim Committee

22nd September 2013

Community Centre Viewing

For two hours today, Scarlians took the opportunity to see how work is progressing on the Community Centre – around 35 to 40 villagers came to look around. The majority of the space was taped off but could be easily viewed from near the font and bell tower. Outside, on the North side, the trench for siting of the boiler and oil tank was available to view.

Drinks and nibbles were available and as people mingled conversation turned to the future use of the space. There were lots of suggestions including, music, plays, birthday parties and of course an opening party! A Village Ventures play, Unmythable, has been booked for January.You can read more about that here:


So what happened to the pews? The Victorian pews have been rehoused, mostly within the village. The medieval pews have a Deathwatch Beetle infestation and are currently being stored off-site until conservation work can begin. Most thought the Nave and South Aisle looked bigger without the pews and that their eyes were drawn upwards to the ceiling.

A mock up of the underfloor heating system and a sample of the new floor proved to be big talking point. David Clarke talked through how the system would work – a constant low level heat with the ability to give a boost when needed.

Judy Muirhead had prepared a mood board – an image of the new chairs and samples of the cloth and curtains.

Business cards, Village Ventures leaflets and fundraising details were provided by Craig Law. If you want to do your bit with fundraising, please review the information here: http://southscarlecommunitycentre.com/fundraising/

There were many requests for another chance to view the site as works progress. We aim to make this possible. So keep an eye out for the date. The Interim Committee

19th September 2013

Community Centre Viewing – A Little Teaser

The only way to get a sense of the size and space is to come and have a look but here is a little teaser in the meantime. The arches somehow seem more imposing.

Pete Severn hiding in the shadows!

Only a few days until we throw the doors open for two hours. Hope to see you on Sunday 22nd anytime between 12 noon and 2pm.

15th September 2103

Harvest Celebration on the Village Green

The Harvest Celebration was held on the village green this year while the work on the Community Centre is ongoing.  Now we could have been put off by the weather but not us Scarlians! There was a great turnout and everyone enjoyed music from Bottom of the Barrel and a rustic lunch. The donated harvest produce was auctioned to raise funds for the Community Centre. Pete Severn did a great job as auctioneer, encouraging us all to reach for our wallets and entertaining us with the adventure that was marrow pickle.

Thanks to all those who helped make this year’s unusual setting for our Harvest Celebration such a magnificent success.

14th September 2013

Photography Competition – Seasonal South Scarle

There is only one more week to show off your David Bailey side! Closing date is 21st September at 5pm. Photography Competition Rules

12th September 2013

Community Centre Viewing, St Helena’s Church

Drop in to St Helena’s and see how work is progressing on your Community Centre. Talk to the interim Committee about ongoing work and future plans. Join us on Sunday 22nd September 2013 12 noon to 2pm. The Interim Committee Open Day Flyer

11th September 2013

Phase Two is Underway

If you’ve been in and around Main Street over the past few days, you’ll no doubt, have seen David Clarke’s van parked outside St Helana’s. By now you’ll have guessed that the Phase Two work for our Community Centre has started. The under-pew heaters have been removed and are currently for sale at Church Farm Shop. Six have gone to better homes to date, so hurry if you would like one for your greenhouse.

The pews have been removed from their fittings and are due to be collected tomorrow for rehoming. Some proved to be more difficult to remove than others, with the two pews immediately in front of the pulpit being attached to the wall.

The fencing has arrived  onsite and will shortly be erected to close the site for safety reasons. We are planning an open night during the week commencing 16th September when samples of the new flooring, chairs and curtain fabric will be available to view. Hope to see you there. Date to follow soon. The Interim Committee

6th September 2013

Phase Two Start is Getting Closer

We are now just over a week before work will start on Phase Two! The initial preparation has been done – carpets have been lifted, the font, organ & chancel have had protective covers put in place and the pews are tagged in readiness for their new owners to collect. We’d love to know what your plans are for your new furniture. Email us a photo of your pew in it’s new home at info@southscarlecommunitycentre.com.

You’ll see some trench digging going on soon and we will have an archaeologist on site should we turn up anything unexpected. As interesting as finding some old bones would be, we hope for an uneventful dig so that the work can proceed unabated.

During the work there will be no access to the site for what we hope are obvious reasons. That said we are hopeful that we can arrange a viewing evening shortly after removal of  the pews. Everyone can then get an idea of what the community space will look like. Some of the contractors and the interim committee will be in attendance for any questions you may have. Notice will be posted on here, Facebook, Twitter and by the usual methods of posters & letterbox drop. The Interim Committee

18th July 2013

Village Ventures, Facebook & Twitter!

It was at Connie’s 90th birthday celebrations when I was approached by Judy Muirhead and Anita Clements to see if I would be interested in attending a promoters event for Village Ventures. You are no doubt asking the same question that I did, ‘What the heck is Village Ventures?’

Village Ventures

Village Ventures brings professional performances to village halls and communities across Nottinghamshire. Supported by local volunteer promoters, the programme hosts a wide range of touring companies and performers. From theatre to jazz, cabaret to folk music and dance to children’s shows, Village Ventures features a diverse and hugely enjoyable range of performers for all ages.

This is where I come in. After saying ‘yes’ to Judy and Anita, I find myself acting as the local promoter for Village Ventures events held at the new South Scarle Community Centre. But more of that soon. If you want to be added to our mailing list to hear of forthcoming events please contact me at info@southscarlecommunitycentre.com.

Facebook & Twitter

So what have I been doing recently in the role as local promoter? Well, I was afforded the opportunity to spend a day with a promotions and marketing expert who enlightened me to the joys of Facebook and Twitter.

Facebook is a great way of connecting us with each other and sharing our thoughts, photos and videos of village events. Have a look and see the buzz that was created around the Stomp, Scurry and Cream Teas. If you have a Facebook account please head over to www.facebook.com/southscarlecommunitycentre and ‘Like’ our page. If you’re new to Facebook, you can still take a look but will need an account to interact with others.

Twitter, in truth, was a bit of a mystery to start with. In the end it is easiest to think of it as a business to business link. I have endeavored to link with as many local businesses who are on Twitter as possible e.g. Grantham Rotary Club, Kelham House Hotel, Double Tree Lincoln and also as many local artists and musicians as I can find. It will build up slowly but should give the Community Centre a better online presence and therefore make it easier to promote events. Again if you have a Twitter account, please follow us @SouthScarleCC.

What Next?

Look out for work starting on Phase 2 of the Community Centre. You can follow the progress on Facebook. Shortly before work is completed the Community Centre will have its own webpage with details of how to hire the centre, forthcoming events and even our own blog!

I hope you are as excited as I am about the opportunities that the new space will provide. Just think we can have theatre, music, dances, quiz nights, beetle drives (one for the old school there), birthday parties…………….

Let us know what you would like? Email or join the conversation on Facebook. I am happy to help any technophobes where I can. Just stop me when you see me walking the dogs. I may look grumpy but neither me nor the dogs bite! Craig Law

13th July 2013

We Didn’t Know Owt

Well, as the title suggests, I didn’t really know what to expect from last night’s talk from local author Maureen Sutton. What we got was a tour of the taboo subject of sexuality and folklore between the 1930’s and the early ’60’s. Childhood innocence, menstruation, pregnancy & birth, illegitimate children………..not much was left to the imagination and yet it all sounded so familiar.

Maureen tells her subjects’ stories with affection, making her audience laugh at the absurdity of some of the superstitions and absurd beliefs. At that point, when you are at your most receptive, she makes you appreciate just how sad some of the tales truly are and the consequences for the young ladies concerned. Perhaps none more poignant than the sorries of mothers of illegitimate children who were termed feeble minded or moral defectives. They often found themselves as outcasts from society and forced to live in workhouses or asylums.

Although the material was gathered exclusively from the women of Lincolnshire, there was nothing which could not easily apply to anywhere else around our small island.

Maureen’s book of the same title as the blog is  published by Shaun Tyas (ISBN 978-1-900289-72-6) and can be purchased through Amazon resellers. http://goo.gl/6O15V