MACLA Newsletter no. 5 - Christmas 2001

Metheringham History Group

A personal message from Heather Routledge:

First of all, please let me thank everybody who helped to make this year’s Fayre and Feast such a success. I must apologise to all of those who I have failed to thank personally, but life carries on at a pace and my best intentions seem to get overtaken.

The medieval display on the stage of the village hall was particularly successful, especially when visitors realised that it was meant to be interactive. And the medieval food which had been prepared by History Group members was very popular. (Booklets of medieval recipes are still on sale at £2 each. Each booklet has 40 pages of recipes, some of which would make a great change for your family and friends over the Christmas period).

I was especially pleased with the Mummers Play put on by Metheringham’s own Amateur Dramatic group. It was exactly the right type of performance for the medieval theme and I thank them for their hard work and preparation.

We are already putting our minds to next year’s Feast and, as a History Group, we are attracted to the idea of a Civil War theme. But it’s still early days, so watch this space.

Those of you who had the opportunity to see Lord Burgh’s Retinue in action certainly gave them a good reception. They were so taken with the friendly crowds and the village atmosphere that they are hoping to come back for a weekend during the Summer. We are hoping that we can get them camping on the Glebe fields and organise a medieval banquet for one of the evenings of their stay.

The Old Post Office fund was increased by £140 as a result of the Feast.

On the subject of the Old Post Office, I am very pleased to be able to tell you that we have made an arrangement with the Lincoln Co-op for you to be able to donate dividend points to the fund. When the scheme is up and running, you will be able to ask for the points on your shopping to go to the Metheringham Old Post Office fund.

For those of you looking to buy a few special Christmas Cards, a series of cards showing photographs of old Metheringham have been produced. They are on sale at the new Post Office counter (inside the Metheringham Co-op store) for just £1 each.

People keep asking me about the next village walk. Although the exact date has yet to be fixed, we are looking to do one in March. Look out for posters in the usual places.

Another note for your 2002 diary; the 18th of August will be the 400-year anniversary of the Dedication of St Wilfrid’s Church. Information about how this special occasion is to be celebrated will appear in a future Newsletter. But keep the weekend clear!

Finally, just a reminder that the History Group continues to meet as normal on the last Monday of every month at 7.30pm in the Metheringham Methodist Chapel hall. New members are always welcome.

Heather Routledge (01526) 320156