The Story of a 1940 Barnby Hero re-told

The Story of a 1940 Barnby Hero re-told

We’ve received this amazing story about the heroic act of a local Barnby resident in 1940. We would like to thank John Berge for sharing this story with us about his grandfather (Ted Streets).  John still has the inscribed gold pocket watch given to Ted Streets by the rescued pilot’s parents and presented by the Air Council. Please see the picture gallery below that helps bring alive this piece of history.

The Newspaper article (which was published below in 1990) reads:

A hero of the peace was honored by the royal Air Force on Saturday at an informal ceremony at an RAF station in Lincolnshire. Mr Edward Streets of Barnby Manor Farm, Newark, was presented by a commanding officer, on behalf of the Air Council, with a half- hunter inscribed gold watch — “in recognition of services rendered.”

Behind the prosaic  phrase lay the story of a ‘ gallant action performed last May, when a bomber crashed in a cornfield near Newark Golf Links, and the crew of five perished. 

Mr Streets, who is a farm bailiff to Captain Platt, was the first to reach the blazing machine. He hurried to the front of the plane and there glimpsed the face of a man huddled in the wreckage.  Although the flames were blowing towards him, he went forward, reached out, and by grasping his hand was able to drag the injured aviator clear, put out the flames on his body and strip off his clothes. However the rescued man died two hours later. 




Treasure Hunt

Treasure Hunt

The Treasure Hunt and Cream Tea raised £210 for the Village Hall funds. We would like to thank Gill for setting the questions, Joyce and Liliian for making lots of scones, and Marie for opening her garden and the Dovecote, and providing the cream teas.


Wind Farm Latest

Wind Farm Latest

We have been informed by the EnergieKontor Project Manager for the erection of 10x110m high wind turbines on Fulbeck Airfield that their planning application will be submitted to SKDC within the next couple of weeks.  We have spoken to the SKDC Planning Office who have confirmed that this is the case.  EnergieKontor will also be applying to NKDC for planning permission for some of the additional infrastructure that falls within the NKDC area to support the wind turbines.

Clearly, this has come as a bit of a shock given that RWE has backed off from the Temple Hill appeal.

The planning officer at SKDC – not Phil Moore – has stated that once the application has been validated they intend for it to go in front of the Planning Committee around a month later.  Parish Councils will have 21days in which to respond.

VETO is now gearing up to let the local residents know that the application is going forward and we would be most grateful if you would alert your parish council.  VETO will provide a detailed response to the EnergieKontor planning application and, should you wish, we will copy it to you as a matter of urgency to assist your councillors in formulating your response.

If you require any additional information please do not hesitate to contact us.

Yours truly,

VETO Core Committee

Wind Turbine Update – No News is Good News

Wind Turbine Update – No News is Good News

The last definite news we had on the proposed Fulbeck Airfield wind turbines was back in February 2015 at Energiekontor’s exhibition at Stubton village hall. We were told then that the planning application would be submitted to South Kesteven District Council “within 6 weeks.” Since then? NOTHING….

There are several possible reasons for this delay. First and foremost, in March the RWE proposal for 5 turbines at Hough Grange (Temple Hill) was decisively turned down by the South Kesteven planners. Since this site is only a couple of miles from Fulbeck Airfield, it is likely that the same response would be given to the Energiekontor proposal. Twice the number of turbines, and potentially visible from even further away because of the lie of the land, it is extremely unlikely that the council would look more favourably on this application. Of course, it is possible that RWE will appeal; they have until September to do so. The clock is ticking…But there are other factors at work which might possibly explain the silence on both of these proposals.

The Conservatives winning the election, and achieving a parliamentary majority, is a major factor. Of all the larger parties at Westminster the Conservatives were  the only ones before the election openly stating that on–‐shore wind was too heavily subsidized. That and the general unpopularity of wind farms wherever they are proposed led the Conservatives to make a pre-election pledge to  curb onshore wind development. Of course we can’t  always trust what politicians say…

Only this time,  maybe we can! In June 2015 the Energy secretary announced the plan to implement a substantial reduction in subsidies, starting in April 2016. This will affect any proposal that does not already  have planning permission. Both the Hough Grange and Fulbeck Airfield turbines will immediately become much less attractive to the developers. At the same time, proposals to give more say to local communities to oppose unpopular schemes in their area were announced. Both RWE and Energiekontor may be seriously concerned as to whether it is worthwhile to keep trying in our area, given the extent of local opposition.

We cannot be sure that these proposals are really just going to go away; time will tell. As soon as there is anything more to report, we will let you know. For now, all we can say is “NO NEWS IS GOOD NEWS”.

Celia Derbyshire, local spokesperson for VETO campaign.

Best Kept Village Competition

Best Kept Village Competition

Judging in the first round of this year’s competition will take

place between Monday 8th June and Friday 26th June. Last year, we came 4th in our category of under 300 population, so let’s aim to improve on that. Marks are awarded for:

  • Domestic (Houses, gardens, hedges, frontages) 30 marks
  • Community Facilities (Village Green, bus shelter, church, village hall, verges and gutters, signs etc)           40 marks
  • Commercial Premises (farms, pub)                    25 marks
  • Obvious Community Effort 5 marks

Judges look for evidence of PRIDE and INVOLVEMENT

Most of the village does look very attractive, and especially the Village Green and playing field where Les is doing a brilliant job, mowing every week. Thanks also to John (Dolan) who filled in while Les was away, and the other volunteers who are keeping the churchyard looking its best.

One thing which is letting the village down is the weeds and debris in the gutters at the sides of the roads. If everyone could weed and sweep outside their own house, (as Geoff has already done on the corner of Dark Lane and Back Lane), it could soon be cleared. Please have a look around and see what you can do.

The Parish Council is very grateful to Les Chaplin who is mowing the Green and field every week, and taking away the cuttings, which we had not been able to afford to do in the last few years since Keith retired. Les is freely giving his own time, which makes it even worse that before he can mow, he has to pick up dog mess from the grass. The Parish Council is considering a Dog Control Order for the Village Green which will make it an offence for any dog to be on there. The eggs of the Toxocariasis parasite which is found in dog faeces and which can cause serious illness and even blindness, can live in the soil for many months. If anyone sees a dog out in the village without its owner, or a dog owner not cleaning up a mess, please report it to the Parish Council.

We are grateful to Tim and Jane Snipe for allowing us to use their field behind the Village Green for recreation, and we certainly don’t want to see any dogs on there where children play. It is an offence to leave dog mess in any public place – not just on pavements, but also on grass verges and public footpaths. ‘Doggy bags’ can be put in any litter bin. Please remember to keep dogs on leads in the churchyard, and on farmland where there are crops or livestock.

BBQ Fund Raiser

BBQ Fund Raiser

In the paper: Newark advertiser

The Willow Tree will be holding a BBQ starting at 7pm 16th July 2015. The evening will be entrance by ticket only. Tickets will be £10 per person and in exchange Brett & Kathryn will provide ticket holders with a BBQ supper. They intend to donate the food themselves so that the entire £10 can be given to the church roof appeal fund. Tickets will be limited to 80 and a raffle will be held in the evening. If you wish to donate a raffle prize then please contact either Brett or Kathryn on tel: 629003.

We will be offering a set menu including our homemade burgers, sausages and skewed chicken – please let us know if you require a vegetarian option when buying your ticket. Tickets are available now from the willow tree. Please come along and help us raise a huge sum of money to contribute to the appeal fund.

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