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Vaccination Volunteers Appreciated - & More Needed

Over 350 people have put themselves forward to volunteer at Vaccination Centres across North Lincolnshire, including Brigg, Barton, Isle of Axholme, several Scunthorpe GP practices and the Ironstone Centre, ‘pop-up’ centres as the Mosque and Sikh Temple in Scunthorpe and the Baths Hall Mass Vaccination Centre.

Whilst GP practices and ‘pop-up’ centres have continued to administer second doses of the Covid vaccines and provide a local service for their patients and local communities, others are attending the mass vaccination site at the Baths Hall using the national online booking system.

Unfortunately mass vaccination sites nationally have been negatively impacted by issues related to the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine so sessions have been extremely quiet. It is anticipated that these issues will be resolved very shortly and sessions running to capacity (up to 1000 patients daily, 7 days per week). The Alliance Volunteer Hub would like to thank everyone that has registered to support the North Lincolnshire Vaccination Programme, getting up early, standing in freezing cold, wet car parks, or inside supporting patients through the process.

Patients regularly acknowledge the kindness and support volunteers give, and have donated food, drinks and even cash to show their appreciation.

Wrawby St Mary’s CE Primary School

Mrs Fawn, Executive Head, is pleased to be able to share with you the new appointment for Wrawby’s Head of School. Mrs A Askew will be in post from September 2021. Everyone is really looking forward to welcoming her to Wrawby and I know she will be an asset to the team. I am sure she will be visiting the school in the summer term to meet both pupils and staff.

Wrawby Windmill Mourns The Duke of Edinburgh

On the 17th April the sails on Wrawby Windmill were in set in the “mourning position” to commemorate the life of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, on the day of his funeral. The flag at St Mary’s Church was also flown half mast.

We join with many in celebrating the life dedicated to the service of Queen and country.

The Trustees fixed the sails this way as a mark of respect to HRH Prince Philip on the day of his funeral. The upper sail is fixed just past the highest position, meaning that life is going downhill & that there is a reason for mourning.

When the top sail is fixed just before it reaches the highest vertical position, it means that there is something to celebrate – such as a birth or marriage.

When the sails are fixed in a “+” position , this means that the miller is taking a short rest but when they are in an “X” position this means he is having a longer rest!


Have you any unwanted knitting yarn?

Wrawby Make & Sale group have embarked on a new project to ‘yarn bomb’ the Windmill to celebrate re-opening next year.

To do this we are knitting, crocheting, creating yarn designs to decorate the mill and so need any oddments of yarn to use. All donations welcome, contact Liz 651371, Louise 653526 or Sian at The Wool Shop, Brigg.

Yarn bombing is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colourful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk. It is also called wool bombing, yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, kniffiti, urban knitting, or graffiti knitting.

M.B.E. Awarded to the Chairman of the Wrawby Windmill Society

The Chairman of the Wrawby Windmill Society, Mr Jon Sass, was awarded an M.B.E in the Queens New Years Honours List.

The award is in recognition of Jon’s work recording and protecting the windmills and watermills of the UK. Many of you know Jon as one of the original team who restored Wrawby Mill in the early 1960’s and who has been involved here ever since. As well as restoring Wrawby Windmill, Jon has been instrumental in protecting and restoring many UK windmills and watermills. He has also recorded the historical and technical details of many mills that have since been demolished and written numerous books and articles. He is regarded as being one of the experts in the restoration and operation of Windmills in the UK and further afield.

Any of you who know or have met Jon will also know that he is a true gentleman. He has an infectious passion for mills, history and Lincolnshire in general, and is generous with his time and knowledge.

The MBE is not only very well deserved for Jon’s dedication to protecting part of our Heritage but also for the way he has inspired many others to do the same. We received hundreds of messages from across the world congratulating Jon and thanking him for inspiring them in their younger days to follow in his footsteps.

It is nice to think that what started as a young mechanic in Brigg who had an interest in windmills developed into a journey that took Jon around the world. A wonderful journey that started with his first restoration in Wrawby, in a community that he is still a part of to this day.

Great Gifts From Wrawby Mill

These and much more are available from The Wool Shop in Brigg and from Susan Day 01652 653699.