News from the Village of Carlby – May 2022

CARLBY KOFUKAN KARATE-DO CLUB practises an old traditional form of karate
in the style of Shito-Ryu. We practice Kata and fighting techniques for gradings and
competitions under the instruction of Nigel Parsons 5th Dan blackbelt. We hold a
mixed session of children and adults every Monday at Carlby Village Hall Monday
6.30- 8-30pm. Please contact Nigel on 07802223388 or

VILLAGE HALL HIRE: The hall is available for hire. If you would like to book the
village hall please email: with your name, address
(special rates for Carlby villagers) and details of when you would like the hall.

CARLBY AND DISTRICT WI next meeting is on Tuesday 10th May in Carlby village
Hall at 7.30pm when Keith Appleyard will give a talk entitled ‘Bletchley Park and
Cracking of the Enigma Code.’ This is an open meeting so husbands, friends, and
members of other WIs are all welcome. There will be a charge of £5.00 for visitors.
We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, usually in Carlby Village Hall, and
welcome new members and visitors. For more information please contact Sue
Blessett 01778 590312 or .

CARLBY BOWLS CLUB summer season starts on 24th April with a club open day
and the Arthur McBain Trophy Competition. Part of the green will be used for
potential new members to try the game for free with bowls provided by the Club.
Fairly smooth soled shoes are better for the green. Villagers are welcome to come
with friends for a good day from 10am to 3 p.m. and maybe then join the Club.
Summer entry into the Stamford League has been made and the League programme
will be worked out on Team Captain’s Day on 14th April . Seven friendly matches
have been organised and other competitions including singles and doubles
championship events on 24th July. Members can play any time in daylight through
the summer and so no need to play competitions if not of interest.

CARLBY WALKERS monthly walks take place on the 2nd Wednesday of the month
and all villagers and their friends are welcome to come along for a walk of between 3
and 5 miles. These walks are relaxed and friendly led by volunteers and information
of the route is sent out to regular walkers or can be obtained by contacting Dave
Richardson a week prior to the walk on 07817 776341 or email
Our next walk is on 11th May. No details available yet but the group will meet at
Carlby Village Hall for 10.30 a.m departure to the start of the walk.

The full Minutes of Parish Council meetings held can be viewed on the Carlby Parish
Council website. Extracts of interest from the last meeting:
Local listing. There was discussion of the open meeting, held the week previously,
about Local Heritage Listing. Councillor Dair said that at least two things were
evident from this:
a. support for the principle that our stone walls and buildings are an asset to the
village (maybe our current exercise has re-awoken this awareness). This was
underlined by the examples given where homeowners go to some lengths to
maintain their property, particularly their walls.
b. strong dislike for and suspicion of the process of ‘listing’, even in the innocuous
form taken by Local Heritage Listing. It was also pointed out that Local Listing was at
an early stage of development throughout the country and that other means of
underlining the importance of local heritage assets were available, such as
Neighbourhood Plans.
Accordingly, Councillor Dair proposed the following motion: Carlby Parish council
continues to regard Carlby’s old stone walls and buildings as important in contributing to the village’s heritage and character and the Parish Council
acknowledges that this view is widely shared by villagers, many of whom take steps
to maintain their property with this in mind. Equally, the Parish Council is aware that
support for Local Heritage Listing, as a means of furthering the conservation of the
old walls and buildings, is not evident to any great degree. Therefore, the Parish
Council will suspend any such action currently but will seek other ways in which the
conservation of our old walls and buildings can be assisted e.g. by this becoming a
material consideration in planning through the Neighbourhood Plan revision and ad
hoc via comment on planning applications.
Date of next meetings: 3 May (Annual Meeting of the Parish Council), 26 July, 27
Sept and 29 Nov.

The Playing Field Committee Annual Meeting was held on 20th January 2022 and
committee members voted in for the next year. Phil Norman is continuing as chair
person, Wil Halford as deputy chair person, Errietta Panagiotopoulos as secretary &
Ruth Dickens as treasurer. The meeting reviewed the activities of 2021, finances for
the previous and coming year, along with plans for 2022.
Climbing Frame & Slide Project. Great news— the new combined climbing frame
unit and climbing net (play equipment) have been installed. This was completed in
the third week of March, just in time for the sunshine and then the snow!
Thank you to everyone who supported this project and the grants from South
Kesteven Community Fund, Calor and Persimmon Homes. Also thank you to the
bowls club for helping out by letting the installers use their facilities.
It is great to see the project become a reality for our kids and their friends. Even
better that it was finished in time for the school Easter holiday. Let’s just hope spring
is here to stay and we get nice weather for the kids to play outside.
We have added photos and an update to our Facebook page too and hopefully
everyone will agree it has been worth all the effort and the wait.



We meet at the Church at 10.30am and take a circular route round the Village – with prayers for the community at intervals and tree planting! We finish at the Village Hall for a light lunch (no charge) at around 12 noon. Any donations will be given to the Stamford Food Bank. 


Saturday 21st May We’re off to Italy this month for a touch of La Dolce Vita! Enjoy our themed quiz and free nibbles. 

Fully licensed bar – with real ale 

Doors open at 8.00 p.m – 11.00 p.m