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Hi Everyone,
Firstly thank you to all those who attended the playground meeting, it was fantastic to see you all.

Sorry it has been a while to post these I have had a few things going on these past few weeks and just haven’t had the time, so… I am going to try and make a playground thread re equipment – here is links to two potential companies, you can view the majority of equipment online…

If people could have a browse and comment on this thread with anything they would like to see,
I will go through the comments and take ideas from this thread!

2020 Great British Spring Clean

Local Heroes wanted for Great British Spring Clean 

 20th March to 13th April 2020

North Lincolnshire Council is calling on litter heroes to step forward once again to take part in the 2020 Great British Spring Clean. Get involved in the biggest ever litter campaign and help clean up your community – and country. 

This year, the biggest ever litter campaign includes the Easter period to hopefully allow more people to get involved in cleaning up their local area. 

The council continues to back the national campaign to inspire half a million people across the country to get outdoors, get active and help clear up rubbish that lies around us. 

Local people, community groups, charities, sports clubs, businesses and town and parish councils in North Lincolnshire are being called on to join in the big clean up weekend. Join the growing army of ‘litter heroes’ who have had enough of other people’s litter and are willing to do something about it. 

Last year’s Great British Spring Clean was a huge success in North Lincolnshire. Around 400 volunteers rally together to collect over 1000 large bags of rubbish over the clean up period. 

The Great British Spring Clean is led by Keep Britain Tidy and they quote the following facts – 

Nationally in 2019, over 563,163 people, including 175,055 students, volunteered their time to take part in our campaign – the biggest ever! Cleaning up streets, parks and beaches, #LitterHeroes across the country have been making big improvements to the environment on their doorstep.

  • 17,097 clean-ups were held and 957,377 bags of litter collected – that’s 239,344 wheelie bins full of rubbish or 4,308 tonnes worth.
  • Around 61% of the litter collected was ‘general waste’ and approximately 39% has been recycled (18% plastic, 21% aluminium). 
  • Over 1.1 million hours have been dedicated to the campaign – equivalent in time to 128.5 years (24/7).



If you would like to get involved and organise a big clean up locally, get in touch with North Lincolnshire Council by the end of February, on 

01724 297670 or email

The council can offer support including providing litter picking equipment and removing the rubbish you collect. We can also provide useful guidance for group leaders and a risk assessment template. Completion of the appropriate documentation ensures the group is covered on the Councils’ employers’ liability insurance policy.

You can also register online with Keep Britain Tidy at where you can download the guide, get advice and tips. This will ensure all our efforts are recognised as part of this national initiative and the litter pick will be shown on a map of the country.

When you carry out the litter pick please take photos and submit to us, along with a summary of your efforts, including the amount of bags collected. 

Andy Tate
Principal Neighbourhoods Officer
Assets and Infrastructure

Live Music Performance

St. Bartholomew’s Church, Eastoft, North Lincolnshire is to present extracts from Handel’s magnificent choral work, Messiah on Saturday 7th March 2020 at 7.00 p.m.

The choir will be formed from amateur singers from the area who will come together on the day to rehearse between 2.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m.

The soloists will be Carolyne Storey, Pam Waddington-Muse, James Allen and Barny Haywood.

The conductor will be Daniel Fields and the accompanist is James Longden.

Any one wishing to join in the performance should contact Carolyne Storey on 01405 704533 or via email on

St. Bartholomew’s Church will provide a truly atmospheric setting for this performance and this will be a great opportunity to hear highly talented local musicians coming together to perform this much loved work.

Tickets for the performance are limited and must be purchased in advance by contacting Ian Bishop on 07587268476 or via email on

There is a cost of £7.50 to attend as a performer and tickets for audience members are also £7.50.

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Washinghall Lane Memories

I was looking at your website and enjoyed seeing the photos from the past.  I thought that you might want a copy of this photo of William Stringwell and Emma Stringwell (nee Jackson) and their granddaughter Florence Emma Stringwell outside their home in Wash Hole Lane.

I’m not sure exactly where they lived on Wash Hole Lane (now Washinghall Lane),  or if the house is still there.
My Gran (Florence) was born in Dec 1917, so I assume that she’s about 9 in the photo, so it would have been taken around 1926, roughly.

They appear to have lived in the village between 1910 and 1940…and their children did too…Albert, Ada, George, Arthur, Florence.

In 1911, William and Emma lived with their niece, Betris Emma Wray.

And I know, Ada’s husband, Norman Hewes, was working as a “horseman on a farm” according to the 1939 census, and seemed to use the ‘wash hole’ in Wash Hole Lane to clean the horses each day.

1911 Census

Their home was listed as #1 Council House in the 1939 census, I believe…not sure if it’s the same house as William and Emma were living in in this photo.
I believe that William, in the photo, was an agricultural labourer.

1939 Census

Both William and Emma appear to be buried at St Bartholomew’s Church.
Hopefully this is of some interest to you, and may help preserve a little bit of the history of Eastoft.

Ryan Matthews


The Washing Hole

My great grandfather, Edmund Oates, Eastoft village’s boot and shoemaker had a small farm, Gaythorne Farm, Washing Hole Lane, Eastoft.

The powers that be stating,
“We cannot have a lane named after the place that the poor people of Eastoft did their laundry”   have renamed it Washing Hall Lane. My father was highly amused when this happened.

The Washing Hole was a pond with firm clay bottom about 18 inches deep. It was where the farmers and farm workers took their carthorses after a days work in muddy field to wash their fetlocks before they returned to the stables.

The position of the hole is still there but it is now filled in, a square of grass on a 90-degree bend in the road.

Original Text Posted by Bill Goldthorp   on

The Washing Hole Green Today


Assessed on: 19.07.2018

The group continues to work on the appearance of their village with the support of the Parish Council. They maintain displays along the main road as well as enhancing a corner of the village that otherwise could look untidy and be overgrown. Planting continues to develop, using donations from local residents and more distant relatives. There is enough here to provide colour over a long season through spring and summer….

Eastoft Gardening Club 



Parish Council Meeting

This is a meeting to discuss the application for a grant from the NLC for a VE Day celebration.  Is there any interest from the village for doing something on the day.

The Village Hall will be available or maybe a 40’s themed street party?

Or any other ideas that YOU can put forward for discussion. Let the Parish Council or the ECWA know…..