June 5, 2014

Timber Gallor



In a scene reminiscent of the Ealing Comedy film, Whisky Galore, which was released in 19-49 and was based on the real life sinking of the SS Politician in1941 off the coast of Eriskay,(Outer Hebrides) and the unauthorised removal of the cargo of whisky by the inhabitants of the island, and in which the residents were constantly at odds with The Customs and Excise men employed in trying to deter the ingenuity which the islanders displayed in removing the 50,000 cases,  the riverside village of Paull was soon to be experiencing a similar unexpected windfall with the sinking of the SS Bergsund on May the Twentieth 1949.

Built by Furness Shipbuilding Co Ltd and launched in 1948 for Swedish owners, the Bergsund sank in the River Humber off no 10 bouy after a collision with the Hull trawler Lord Hotham when inbound from Stockholm via London for Hull.

With the prevailing westerly winds blowing fairly strongly, part of the deck cargo of timber was soon washed ashore onto the river bank at Paull where it was quickly collected by residents, and was left to dry for a few days, before being put to various uses in and around the homes of the village. In the day’s following the sinking, more and more Spruce and Pine came ashore until the villagers were having trouble to accommodate the windfall of new and unused quality timber. this had been unavailable previously, especially so in the war years with residents having been used to salvaging used and fire damaged scorched timber, frequently after the air raids on the Hull Docks, or picking up used pounder boards which had been used in the storage of fish on board trawlers.

The appearance of small wooden cases washing ashore caused further excitement, when it was realised that they contained Danish bacon and butter, so much so that rowing boats (coggies) launched to intercept them before they reached shore, it was said that it tasted fine after a good wash in fresh water, other crates also washed ashore, clearly marked, American Sweetened Lard, but things took a sudden dramatic turn when HM Customs and Excise officers took an interest in the proceedings, this brought activities to a premature end.

At the time, I was in my fourth year of working for a living, being employed at Hull Distillery Co Ltd as an apprentice Joiner, so I was conversant with the difficulties in obtaining first grade Joinery timber, or any timber for that matter as it was still on licence, we would place a request to the relevant authority knowing full well that we would only receive half of it!. Usually delivered from Horsley Smith and Co of Hedon Road, Hull, it was a common occurrence when cutting timber with a large circular saw to hit remnants of shrapnel or a bullet, bullets were not too dangerous if they happened to be lead, as they didn’t fly through the air when hit.

With members of The Humber Conservancy Board arriving in the village, they were soon very interested in attempting to retrieve some of the timber, Paull and the vicinity took a sudden different appearance, with activities being carried out as though there was about to be a village inspection similarly efficient as a modern day clean up for a Britain in Bloom Competition.

It was rumoured that on careful inspection however, stamped ends of timber still peeped from beneath garden sheds, probably extra ceiling joists had been installed in attics, and loft floors were reinforced, suggestions were rife that some lengths also having been cut to fit the width of potato rows on the allotments, with the tops of Arran Pilots and other varieties of second earlies concealing them.

The allotments were on the site of where St Andrews Close is built now, so the spoils hadn’t needed to have been carried far.

One of the elderly residents, commenting on the quality of the netted enclosures built to protect the soft fruit such as raspberries, cultivated brambles and loganberries, had noticed that they were outstanding that particular year, said *my wod,iv’e nivver seen owt quite like it”. The question whether the authorities had noticed the quality of these masterpieces, and the extensive amount of new build chicken runs in the village, remains unanswered.

What’s the saying, It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good ?

                                                                                                                                   J R Uney,Hedon.


March 27, 2014



Car Boot sales Paull

Car Boot sales Paull







March 17, 2014

Take and Make -child at play

child at play


 ‘Take and Make 

Paull Village Hall’

            Take and Make is a NEW and FREE fun session aimed at children between 2-5 years, however younger siblings are welcome to join in too! The sessions are run by a community nursery nurse and focus on using craft activities to help your child’s development and readiness for school. There will be opportunities to buy craft supplies at very reasonable prices from a ‘not for profit’ initiative.
There is no need to book a place, just turn up! The session will run on the first Wednesday of every month, starting Wednesday 7 May 10:00-11:30am. We look forward to seeing you there!
For more information please contact Lisa at Hedon Children’s Centre on 01482 896300
Many thanks.
March 17, 2014

Calling all Residents




Calling all residents!

  As our one-year-old village hall goes from strength to strength in terms of popularity and usage,we find that our workload is increasing and we could do with a little extra help from the rest of the community in order to keep the momentum going! If any of you are willing to help with such things as distribution of the newsletter and flyers then your help would be much appreciated.It does not have to be on a regular basis, so no worries about long-term commitment, but just some help on a drop-in basis.
 Thank you 
March 6, 2014


Mike Bryan

Mike Bryan

John Dennis

John Dennis

Paull village Hall

Paull Village Hall

Well done.

We have fame at last!

The Paull Village Hall is a great venue for all our customers.

We won the award


ERYC Cllrs. John Dennis and Mike Bryan have nominate the Paull Village Hall for the East Riding Chairman’s Awards in 2 separate categories.

Cllr John Dennis said, ”The new Village Hall on Paull’s dramatic waterfront has been nominated in both the ‘Chairman’s Built Heritage’, and the ‘Community Awards’ categories, as we think the project deserves recognition and commendation on both levels. As a Built Heritage project, it is without doubt one of the most striking and charismatic buildings created in this area in recent years and is the result of a superb community effort, involving true teamwork, exceptional design skills, brilliant fund-raising, and the determination and inspired leadership of the late Paul Cross, who sadly passed away last year, a few months after the hall was formally opened. In the Community Awards context, the creation of this new facility has brought back the social heart to the village. With the opening of the new hall, this excellent facility is in regular and frequent use by community groups for leisure and learning purposes, and by residents for celebratory and family functions.”

December 8, 2013

SANTA came to Paull

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On Saturday the 7th December Santa arrived at the Paull Village Hall Christmas Craft Fair to a great fanfare. (All the pictures can be viewed on the Facebook site ) The children had a marvellous time talking to Santa and getting a present from him. 

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August 11, 2013

Paull Scarecrow Festival

First Place Missed the Fence

First Place
Missed the Fence

Second Place Unexpected Argos Delivery

Second Place
Unexpected Argos Delivery

Third Place The Big Race

Third Place
The Big Race

What a day!  The weather could not have been better, it was a balmy summer day and the sun was shining.  28 homes had produced a marvellous selection of scarecrow characters that made waking around the village of Paull a delight, some were funny, some serious but all were beautifully produced. If you would like to see a selection please go to the gallery section.

The new Paull Village Hall where organisation had taken place, was decked-out in all its glory with bunting and flags. Inside there were stalls of hot-dogs, refreshments, tombola, cakes, face painting, books, toys and children’s  games etc (the adults enjoyed them too). Everyone had a great time.

The writer

The writer

At the end of the day votes for the best Scarecrow where counted and the winners were:

1st Prize  £25     No12  Missed the Fence,  Julie Wells

2nd           £15     No 26  Unexpected Argos Delivery, Leo and Evie Norris

3rd            £10     No 18  The Big Race,  The Warrintons.

The winner of the voting return form was Charlie Marron, Barton upon Humber

Where's My Lottery Ticket

Where’s My Lottery Ticket

The Smallest Entrance

The Smallest Entrance


June 7, 2013

Parish Clerk Opens Office

Dianne Davies (Parish Clerk) will be opening a Parish Clerk office in the New Village Hall  every Tuesday  between 1.15pm and 3.15 pm

June 1, 2013

Village Hall Lottery

Every four weeks we draw 3 numbers in the Village Hall Lottery in aid of the Village Hall
Below are the recent results and winners.


Drawn on 23rd May 2014
1st         206         M Lloyd             £40
2nd         56         A Hunter          £25
3rd       322         B Burges            £15

It costs just 25p per number per week and you can have as many numbers as you like. If you are not already a member and would like to join then either send an email to barryosbournes@gmail.comcontact  or ring Barry Osbourne on 01482 896888 who will be only too pleased to sign you up. We can collect the money every 4 weeks from your house or if you prefer you can pay for a full year, £13 per number. Every four weeks we shall publish the names of the winners on this website.

May 8, 2013

Farmyard Bingo

Farmyard Bingo
The next Farmyard Bingo venue will take place in the New Village Hall. The usual format of Bingo, raffle, great prizes and jackpot.
A great fun night every second Thursday in the month with our Farmyard Bingo. A Book of 8 Games for just £1 and 2 Flyers available at £1 each.  Prizes will be vouchers for some great Farmyard Meat and Produce Prizes available care of Andrew Little Butchers, Market Place, Hedon. Doors will open at 7.00pm with eyes Down at 7.45pm.  

Following the recent increases in produce prices we have increased the total value of our prizes accordingly. We have also introduced a special Jackpot Prize on each Full House.  Same Cost more Prizes. Come and join in all the fun and have a Great Night Out.

April 25, 2013

1st Wedding at the Village hall

On 20th April 2013 the New Village Hall held its first Wedding Reception. It was the wedding of Mr Kenny Harrison and Miss Joanne Murray residents of the Village. It was a bright sunny day which began with their wedding at St Andrew’s Church, Paull at 1.30pm and followed by the reception at the Village Hall. If you would like to see a collection of photographs click here


April 21, 2013

50+ Club

50+Club in the Village Hall every Tuesday morning between 9.30 am and 10.30 am. For new comers the session involves light exercise and indoor games e.g. skittles, kurling, bowls, boccia etc. If you don’t know how to play don’t worry we have plenty of people on hand who will teach you. It only costs £1.50 for the hour which includes tea and biscuits. It is a great way to start your day and we know you will enjoy it. So come along each Tuesday and keep fit while having fun.

April 19, 2013


Approximately once a month we produce a newsletter that is delivered to all houses within the village of Paull keeping everyone up to date with current and future activities in the Village. Some people who live outside the village have asked if they can receive a copy. We have therefore set up a service so that if you send your email address to paullvillagehall@aol.co.uk we will send you a copy in a pdf format. Once we have your email on file we can also advise you of other events and activities coming up in the near future. For example in the Autumn we are planning a further showing of the historic photos of Paull that date back over 150 years and you will be one of the first to be notified.  

April 11, 2013

Official Opening of New Village Hall

Saturday 30th March 2013 was the day of the Official Opening of the New £500,000 Village Hall within Paull Village. It was a day of mixed feelings, there was great excitement that the day had finally arrived but great sadness at the fact that the man destined to conduct the official opening, Mr Dudley Hulme, had died just a few days before. Dudley, aged 92, was the one person who had done most for the Village Hall over the years and the ceremony was to be symbolic by Mr Hulme handing over the keys to the new hall to the younger children currently at the Primary School. We are most grateful to Mr Hulme’s children Dudley and Dawn who carried out the official duties on behalf of their Father.

Paull Village Hall opens 1

Dudley & Dawn Hulme Cutting the Ribbon

The Observation Deck was the idea of local resident Harold Beedle who officially opened it and is seen here on the balcony with Chairman Paul Cross after the Opening.

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The opening was followed by an open day giving residents to view the building and give their comments. Overall the view of the community was that the New Building exceeded their expectations. On the Saturday evening the hall held a special cabaret night which was enjoyed by all those who attended.

Sunday was another Open Day followed by a family Fun Night culminating in a splendid show of fireworks.

photographs copyright Terry Bearpark

April 10, 2013

‘Class of 43’

Sunday 7th April 2013 was the  70th ANNIVERSARY REUNION of a wartime incident when a barrage balloon exploded near to Paull School blowing in the windows, destroying the roof and closing the building for nine months.

Paull balloon 3

The above photograph shows the people who were registered at the school on that day and who met up at the Village Hall. The people relived the events of the day and also some that took place over the following 6 weeks were they were off school until the village hall was used for classes for the following 8 months.

THE MEMORY from each of the twelve Paull School ex-scholars involved is almost the same; “an explosion, flash… and then everything went black” – but the additional memories, anecdotes and stories from those involved when a wartime barrage balloon crashed and exploded next to Paull School in 1943 are unique treasures!

A 70th reunion of those involved in the incident took place at the Paull Village Hall on Sunday 7th April 2013. Over 30 people attended the event to reminisce and rekindle old friendships.

Forty two school students aged 5 – 14 began their lessons at Paull School on 7th April 1943. At around 9.30am that morning a barrage balloon escaped its Humber moorings and crashed down exploding next to the school. The windows were blown in and generations of dust from the old building and debris from the explosion filled the air creating the blackness remembered by all the scholars.

One half of the students were in scripture class, and in the middle of singing the hymn ‘All things bright and beautiful’ when the explosion happened.

“Miss Parrot was playing the piano. There was an almighty bang, and then everything went black.”

“‘Get under your desks!’ yelled the teacher, but then I remember getting carried outside.”

“I started to get under my desk, but then Shipyard broke down the door and got us out.”

“I just remember the flash, smoke and the dust.”

“There was a big flash, and then I was outside and went to Wilson’s shelter.”

The incident recounted by those present.

Colin Bunting was not at school that day. He was at home, he was ill and it was his 8th birthday.

“I was in my living room admiring my birthday cards, when suddenly the fireplace was turned into a huge orange fireball. The door was blown off and landed on the cot holding my baby sister Nancy, the ceiling fell on top of the door. And no one was hurt! I call this ‘my great escape’. 

Quite a few of the pupils were not at school that day and fortunately escaped the incident – but ironically the ailment that kept many of them away from their wartime lessons, including Colin, was German measles!

Colin and his family were very lucky to escape injury during the incident. In fact there were no serious injuries at all caused that day, just minor cuts and bruises. One of the students, Ann, got glass stuck in her hand and bears the scar to this day. Ann is now well-known in the local area as Ward Councillor Ann Suggit.

February 11, 2013

Parish Council Page

You will notice that we have added a new page at the top ‘Paull Parish Council’. This page is to enable you to keep up to date, very quickly, on information from the Parish Council. It does not replace the Parish Councils own site at http://www.paull-eastyorkshire.co.uk/ .

Our new page does enable you to leave your own comments by clicking ‘Leave a Reply’ at the bottom of the page. Your comment will come back to us and we can publish it for all the village to see including the Parish Councillors themselves. You can influence the policy making process without ever leaving your own home.

Our councillors work extremely hard to improve the community of Paull but would welcome your views.

January 8, 2013

Planning Notice Renewable Energy

A PLANNING NOTICE from the East Riding Council has notified residents that they can view or comment on a Local Development Order (LDO) that aims to grant blanket outline planning permission for renewable energy and low-carbon industry developments on agricultural land between Saltend and Paull. Paull LDO site boundary The 80 hectares of land under consideration in Paull parish has already been earmarked as the Paull Enterprise site of the Humber Enterprise Zone. The land will be used to support and encourage developments related to the renewable energies industry. The LDO will simplify the planning controls for the site and make it easier for permitted developments to take place by granting outline planning permission. The LDO will make it easier to get outline planning permission on the Paull Enterprise site for buildings and structures associated with renewable energy industries. Further information on the LDO is available on the East Riding Council’s Public Access Planning website tick the disclaimer box at the bottom of the page and search for application 12/04951/LDOC.

January 5, 2013

River Humber Pipeline Project

Recently National Grid set up a presentation suite on the Crown Inn Car Park to explain to residents their options for constructing a new pipeline as a long-term replacement of an existing natural gas pipeline under the River Humber. 

On 6 December, National Grid launched the first round of consultation on the plans to ask local people for their views on a number of possible routes across the Humber and the potential construction techniques. Over 100 local residents attended a series of events held in at East Halton, Goxhill and Paull. The feedback received will help inform the development of the plans and there will be further consultation in the future. National Grid is urging local residents to give their views on plans to replace the existing natural gas pipeline under the River Humber before the deadline of 21 January. 

The River Humber pipeline is a strategic gas pipeline that runs beneath the River Humber. The pipeline is one of the most important pipelines in the country – connecting a major import location for gas at Easington, on the East Yorkshire coast, to the national network and delivering gas supplies to millions of customers throughout the UK.

The pipeline was built in 1984 and runs in an excavated trench along the river bed, capped by gravel and aggregates, between above ground installations located near Paull, on the north bank of the Humber, and Goxhill, on the south bank.

Over time, the tidal patterns of the River Humber have eroded the river bed covering the existing pipeline, leading to parts of it becoming exposed. On recognising this issue, we developed an innovative engineering solution to protect the pipeline. This involved covering the exposed areas with gravel-filled bags with concrete ‘frond mattresses’ placed over the top. These incorporate plastic fronds to mimic seaweed and encourage the settlement of sand and silt.

This novel approach ensured the pipeline could continue to operate normally in the short term and inspections by maintenance teams have shown that the work has been effective and successful. Because of the importance of the pipeline, we are now looking at the options for constructing a new pipeline as a long-term replacement.

Information about the project and the consultation, including how people can give their views, can be found on the project website at www.nationalgrid.com/riverhumberpipeline or by calling the freephone number on: 0800 988 9144.

 Feedback can be submitted by post to: Freepost National Grid R H Pipeline Project or email to: nationalgrid@riverhumberpipeline.com


December 30, 2012

Church Pop In Coffee Shop

For those of you who are local and do your shopping at Asda Bilton you may be aware of their community giving initiative where you are given green tokens at the till to place in one of three charity boxes near the exit. We are pleased to let you know that in January and February 2013 the St Andrew coffee shop will be one of the three chosen charity/community projects. When you receive your green tokens as you go through the till area we would be most grateful if you could please pop them in the box which is marked for us (St Andrew Pop In Coffee Shop, Paull). At the end of the two months the one with the most green tokens in gets £200 and the runners up get £50 each. We greatly appreciate your help and thank you for supporting St Andrew Church and offer a huge thank you to those who nominated us.

December 1, 2012

Consecreation of New Village Cememtery


On Wednesday 5th December 2012 the Bishop of Hull, the Rt Revd Richard Frith, visitited St Andrew’s Church Paull in order to consecrate the new Paull Cemetry owned and run by the Parish Council. Approximately 40 people from Paull Village and surrounding communities, led by the Bishop, formed a silent procession around the edges of the burial area to be to be consecrated. This marked the boundaries of the cemetery to be consecrated for Christian burials. The remaining unconsecrated part of the cemetery is reserved for burials for those of other faiths or of no faith.

Following the marking of the consecrated ground the Bishop carried out the Consecration Service itself which included a proclamation that permission for consecration had been granted by the Archbishop of York. The ceremony was completed with proclamations from local Reverend Kathy Lawrie and representative of the Paull Parish Council, clerk Dianne Davies.

The Bishop, visitors and parishioners then retired to St Andrew Church to sign the official register of consecration, and enjoyed a marvelous buffet which had been prepared by the church volunteers.



November 3, 2012

Crown Land Development

The Planning Application for the development of the Crown Land to include 2  Holiday Flats and a shop has been APPROVED by the East Riding Council at the October meeting. You can view the plans on the East Riding Website by clicking here .

October 24, 2012

Graham Stuart MP visits Paull

L-R Andy Fell, Paul Cross, Graham Stuart MP, Mike Bryan

On Saturday 27th October 2012 our Member of Parliament, Mr Graham Stuart, visited the new Paull Village Hall to check on progress. Mr Stuart has provided a great amount of assistance in the development of the Village Hall and he is working hard on supporting our application for the Wind Turbine. He has always believed in the importance of rural communities developing their ideas and improving the local area. He understands how important a Village Hall is and was one of the people who originally wrote directly to the National Lottery telling them about how important our application was and the efforts of our community to fulfill our aim.

October 3, 2012

Paull Community First Responders

Following the request of some people within the village to train and become First Responders we recently organised a meeting of those people and Duncan Kirk from Keyingham First Responders who has offered to train the team. Following that meeting we can now provide more information.

We are looking at recruiting and training a team of COMMUNITY FIRST RESPONDERS in Paull.

Are you interested in volunteering to be part of this life-saving team?
Paull Community First Responders would be a team of dedicated volunteers who would aim to save lives and reduce the number of pre-hospital deaths in the village and surrounding areas.
Working with Yorkshire Ambulance Service you would be trained in basic life-saving skills; CPR (Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation), using an automatic external defibrillator, and the administration of oxygen. The Village would have to buy its own defibrillator which costs £1,500. The Village Hall Committee will be trying to secure the funding so that the team can be fully supported.
When an emergency call is received by Yorkshire Ambulance Service an ambulance is despatched. At the same time a Community First Responder on call in the village would be alerted to ensure that help reaches a patient as quickly as possible.
You would attend to emergency calls, typically to critically ill patients who have breathing, heart or other medical problems, usually within their homes. You would not attend traffic accidents or dangerous situations.
In a medical emergency, reaching a patient and providing effective treatment within the first few minutes before an ambulance arrives, could save a life.
Who can volunteer?
You must be over 18, with your own vehicle and have a full driving licence. You don’t need any previous medical training, just a willingness to be on call from home for a ‘shift’ of 6 hours a week.
You must be willing to attend a weekend of initial training, and regular monthly refresher training to be held in Keyingham on the third Monday of every month.
Interested? Then click here  print off the form  return the completed form to  either Myra Dale 17 Rosegarth Bungalows, Joan Brady 15 Holme Close or Brenda Foreman 13 Leonards Close or for more information call Paul Cross on 07711797200.
September 19, 2012

Development Land at Paull

It is understood that the plans for the development land at the entrance to Paull is now moving at a pace. We have recived site of a plan showing the current thinking

Development Zone 1 is where the tubes for the turbines will be manufactured

Development Zone 2 is where the blades for the turbines will be manufactured

Development Zone 3 is where the heads for the turbines will be manufactured

The black dotted line shows the new rail link to the site and the red dotted line the new dock road link to the site

The existing road bridge will be replaced and the site will operate 24 hours X 7 days per week.

September 15, 2012

Two more offshore windfarm vessels to be built at Paull

Interior of the Alicat Workboat

DUNSTONS the ship repairers have received an order for two more offshore windfarm boats to be built at the former Hepworths shipyard in Paull.

This means that five of the new state-of-the-art aluminum workboats will now be built at Paull. The 20 metre long vessels will be used to ferry technicians out to the wind farms in the North Sea.

Each vessel comes in the form of a kit and will be constructed under licence from Alicat Workboats and upon completion will be capable of carrying 12 technicians and reaching speeds of 30 knots.

The order has come from the Rix Shipping Group who, along with Dunstons, have set up distinct trading arms in order to fully take advantage of the opportunities presented by the renewables industry.

Hull company Dunston (Ship Repairs) has established Dunston (Ship Builders) after receiving a £5.1m order for three workboats from Hull company Rix Shipping.

The aluminium boats, which will be built under licence from Great Yarmouth-based Alicat Workboats – a subsidiary of the Gardline Group – will be used to service wind turbines in the North Sea as part of the UK’s drive to create energy from renewable sources.

The move marks a return to shipbuilding for the Dunston group, which can trace its history in the industry back to 1858. The company ceased building vessels in 1994 to concentrate on ship repairs at its base on William Wright Dock.

Richard Bourne, joint owner and managing director of Dunston Ship Repairs, said he was very proud to be spearheading a revival of shipbuilding on the Humber after years of absence.

He said that the order could well be the “start of things to come” as the renewables industry creates demand for a range of different vessels of both modern and traditional design.

“I’m extremely excited to be bringing the name of Dunston Ship Builders back to its rightful position on the Humber,” said Bourne.

“Establishing the new company will secure jobs in the region and as the offshore wind farms are developed will generate a lot of investment and create employment.”

Dunston Ship Builders will lease the J.R. Rix & Sons-owned Hepworths yard in Paull, East Yorkshire to build the vessels.

James Doyle, director at Rix Shipping, said when complete the boats would be used to transport technicians and equipment to offshore wind farms to service and maintain the turbines.

August 24, 2012

Scarecrow Festival 2012

Firstly, on behalf of the Village Hall Committee, can we say a very big Thank You to everyone who spent many hours creating the fabulous Scarecrows that were on show, they really made the day. The winners of the Scarecrow competition receiving £25 and the Phil & Bessie Guy Cup were, for the second year running, The Warrington Family with their entry “The Levitation Experiment”.

Levitation Experiment

Levitation Experiment

2nd Place receiving £15 was “Looking for Pooh” Pauline & Eric Acey,

Looking for Pooh

Looking for Pooh

Funny Hedgerow

and 3rd place receiving £10 was Julie & Charlie Weels “Funny Hedgerow”.

Other Prizes included Best Children’s Drawing receiving £5 Rosie Chapman, Chocolate Hedgehog, K. Acey, Treasure Hunt receiving £10 Lucy Witty.

To see a slideshow of all the entries click here or the tab at the top of this page headed Scarecrow Festival 2012

August 2, 2012

Play Area for the Children

Recently, on the Paull Village Hall facebook page, many people have commented about somewhere for the children to play. I thought is was an opportunity to bring the community up to date and get everyone’s view. The Parish Council recently purchased the piece of land shown here which lies between the Lighthouse and the Old Coastguard House. They have set aside £12,000 of funds to develop the land into some form of children’s play area. Much discussion has taken place as to the form it should take as there is an opinion that says putting swings etc on the land will encourage vandalism and misuse. The Parish council would welcome the views of everyone so they can plan the project within the village plan. There are also grants that are available but we do need a clear vision of what is required.

It would therefore be most helpful if people within the community could let us have there views. To do this click on ‘Leave a comment’ at the bottom of this article and have your say. All the views will then be collected and passed to the Parish Council at its next meeting which will be held on 6th September 2012.

This has been mentioned in the Village Hall newsletter and we will continue to update you but you can also read the Parish Council Minutes on the subject by going to their web page by clicking here and clicking on recent minutes.

July 17, 2012

Funding Granted for New Paull Village Hall

The BIG Lottery fund has announced this morning (17th July 2012) that it has granted £464,495  to Paull Village Hall. This grant, along with the £40,000 alredy raised by the local community will enable a New Village Hall to be built on the site of the old one. This is An artist impression is shown below

Work to demolish the current hall we hope will start by the end of July 2012 and the new building completed about Christmas 2012.

On behalf of the Management Committee can we thank everyone who has supported our application over the past 2 1/2 years of hard work, fundraising, preparing applications, etc. including the Paull Enhancement Fund whose support has no doubt brought the project forward by several years. Also all the people of Paull for all their support generosity, donations, and support at all events. THANK YOU

The current village hall began life as an army cook house. It was purchased from the War Department in 1939, moved to Paull and has been used as a community centre ever since. However, the years have taken their toll and the current building is no longer fit for purpose.

In recent years the village has also lost many of its basic facilities such as local shops, the post office and medical services. It is now classed by the government as a deprived rural community and the challenges of the economic downturn creates a high demand for services from voluntary and community organisation’s  to develop vital resources to support their local residents and help sustain their community.

In November 2009 the community of Paull was completing the renovation work to its church and the community spirit created from that project prompted the village to dream of replacing their seriously dilapidated village hall.

Public meetings were held early in 2010 and a new committee of 20 local people was formed to tackle the project. Fundraising began with all the usual events, craft fairs, sponsored events, scarecrow festivals etc. together with an application to the Big Lottery Fund.

The £464,495 award will enable the hall to become a focus for the community and provide access to a greater range of services and activities. The design of the enhanced facility will offer a more flexible, accessible and environmentally efficient community building to accommodate social, educational, health and other activities for a wide range of users.

Paul Cross (Chairman of the Management Committee) said: “Our successful application shows we have a valuable community asset that deserves support because of its key role in the life of the village. The award from the Big Lottery Fund is the fulfillment of a dream for the people of our small rural parish and is such tremendous news for our local community. We’re really looking forward to the future and making the most of this wonderful opportunity.”

“This funding will enable us to build a new, environmentally and financially sustainable village hall that will provide a community space that all 600 villagers, young and old, can use and enjoy. It will provide super-fast broadband to enable the community to develop IT solutions to some of its problems and the younger generation can play Wii games against other villages from their own halls.”

“The geographical position of Paull, on the banks of the Humber, provides the ideal location for a wind turbine to provide eco and community benefits. A planning application has been submitted to East Riding of Yorkshire Council and we hope for their positive support. It is expected the new building will be completed by the end of 2012.”

July 6, 2012

School Yellow Zig Zag Lines

The headmaster of our school, Mr Paul Rowe, has raised serious concerns about the number of incidents where people are parking on the yeloow Zig Zag lines outside the school. These lines are there to prevent parking outside the school so that the children can arrive and depart safely. He believes there is a serious accident waiting to happen on this busy main street which is also a bus route. Can we ask that people do respect the Health and Safety of our children and DO NOT PARK on these yellow zig zag lines. If you see anyone ignoring the signs would you please politely remind them of the serious health and safety hazards to our children,

June 5, 2012

Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Judging by the very kind comments posted on facebook we can safely say that the day was a huge success. When the new Village Hall Committee was formed one of its main objectives was to bring back that community spirit always associated with the Village Hall, it was, we believe, in abundance on that day.

We would like to thank everyone who contributed to make the day a success, including everyone who contributed to the Tea Party for the children, to all 3 pubs who entered into the spirit by entering rounders, football, tug of war and centepede races, to everyone who organised the events including the firework display and beacon lighting. Everyone in the village, particularly the children, created an event not only to be proud of but will be a talking point for many yeas to come.

Sue Robertson captured the day on film and many of the phtographs are included in a slide show on the page Diamond Jubilee” or simply click here. 

May 24, 2012

Sponsored Cycle Riders

Kenny Harrison, Pete Alan, Carl Southcoate, Dean Davis and Ian Smith completed the 220 mile trans pennine cycyle ride from Southport to Horsea and back to Paull at 4.30pm on Sunday 27th May 2012. They described the four day journey as the hardest trip they had attempted so far. There first words on arrival back were “Never Again”. I know I speak for the majority of people in the village in thanking them for all their efforts they put in not only on the ride but the planning, booking overnight stays, transport to Southport all of which was done entirely at there own expense so they could raise monies for Cancer Research, Hedon Rangers and Paull Village Hall.

We can advise you that the total amount raised by Pete for the Village Hall amounts to an amazing £500 You can still donate by either giving it to his wife Ann when you see her in the village or by calling Barry Osbourne who will come and collect it from your own home. Barry’s telephone number is 01482896888.

April 18, 2012

Say No to 0800 Numbers

This item has proved so popular on the website that we have now included it as a direct link down the sidebar on the right hand side of the page so you will always know where to find the link.

 You will be aware that many companies today give there telephone numbers as 0800 type numbers so that you are paying a premium rate for the call, particularly when you use a mobile to call them. What you may not be aware of is that most of these companies have normal numbers just like you and I, but how do you find it. Well there is now a website that can help you, SAYNOTO0870 and its address is http://www.saynoto0870.com/ You simply click on the address above and then ‘Search to find an alternative number’ at the top left of the page, then enter either the company name or the number you were given click Search and it will provide you with all their alternative numbers and the costs.  Alternatives numbers are listed for 0500, 0800, 0808, 0844, 0845, 0870
and 0871 numbers.

Give it a go and let us know if you found it useful.

April 7, 2012

Easter Egg Hunt

The weather was unable to stop the children having their Annual Easter Egg Hunt. On Easter Monday 9th April 2012 the hunt moved from its original planned venue of The Garden of The Old Vicarage to inside the Church. About 40 children attended the hunt and after searching for the clues and chicks all the children received an egg. Other prizes were also given for the Best Decorated Egg and Easter Bonnet. The entries for both were excellent and it was clear the tremendous amount of work had gone into the works of art. (the photgraph above was taken by Jim Uney and shows many of the children searching for those clues).

Thank you to every one who attended and made it such a wonderful day despite the weather.

April 3, 2012

Proposed New Village Hall

Our stage 3 and final application to the National Lottery Reaching Communities – Community Buildings is due to be completed and submitted at the beginning of April 2012. As part of the application we have made a short annimation DVD of what the Proposed New Village Hall might look like. Have a look and then click on ‘Leave a Comment’ and let us know what you think.

We are also working on submitting a planning application for a wind turbine to be installed and we have shown what this might look like and also welcome your comments.

March 30, 2012

Where They Drilling for Oil

A s the school children walked past the Village Hall on Thursday afternoon (29th March) this is what they saw.

The children were heard to say “There Drilling for Oil”  Well we were certainly drilling but unfortunately we did not find any oil. The drill went down 14 metres to examine the ground conditions upon which we hope the New Village Hall will stand. It confirmed that the first 2 metres is just rubbish that has been dumped or washed onto this area at one time reclaimed from the River. 3 metres down is nothing but water and below that the ground gets better with glacial boulder clay about 2 million years old and probably washed down by a glacier from the North. It confirms that we shall have to build the new hall on about 16 piles going down 10 metres.

March 23, 2012

Paull Enterprise Zone

In his speech to an audience of 250 businesspeople, MPs and council leaders, Mr Alexander confirmed that HM Treasury had approved the Humber LEP’s request to extend Enhanced Capital Allowances (ECAs) to the Paull site in the LEP’s second Enterprise Zone. The extra tax breaks could support up to £200m of investment in addition to up to £300m of investment on the first Enterprise Zone.

To read more click here

March 5, 2012

Dog Mess

Dog fouling is consistently raised as a concern by the public. The majority of dog owners behave responsibly and clean up after their pet. However, dog mess left by a minority of irresponsible owners is often the cause of complaints.

In recent weeks I have been asked, by some local residents and a member of the Parish Council, to remind the village about the increasing amount of Dog Mess left by irresponsible owners. One resident recently wrote to the website saying :-

“Dog mess – Irresponsilble dog owners !!!!! I am most disgusted to see the amount of dog mess left by some dog owners. I am a responsible dog owner who ALWAYS picks up my dogs poo. I take pride in where I live, I do not want it considered as a dog S**T village !!! Don’t be fooled, it is not always the people who visit our village that don’t clean up after their dog – I have seen for myself local village people who basically think they have a god damn right to not pick it up !!! WHY WHY WHY ?

If I witness one more person not picking up their dogs mess I personally will report you, there you have it. If you cant be bothered to take care of your dog properly, it is simple, don’t have one. I will name and shame you.”.

It is clear that feelings on this subject are running high and, although people are reluctant to report people, action will be required in the near future. If you are caught the fine is £1,000. Please take a dog poop scoop when you go out with your dog and please CLEAN IT UP.  Thank You

February 23, 2012

New Village Hall

As the planning process continues, futher artist impressions are created. Below is a couple we have created as part of our work in trying to persuade the planners to allow the construction of a wind turbine at the New Village Hall

This photo shows one possible position

To see a larger image of any of the photos just double click on anyone.

February 17, 2012

Paull Shipyard 1812

On May 11th 2012 it will be exactly 200 years since the Royal Navy ship of the line HMS Anson was launched from the Shipyard at Paull. The shipyard was further down the river than the present site of Hepworth’s Shipyard, it was at the end of Anson Villas near to the sportsfield. The shipyard was owned by a Thomas Steemson. 1812 was in fact one of their busiest years ever with the completion and launch of the Apollo in January for the East India Company and the preparation to launch HMS Anson in May.

Read about the history of this famous yard by Clicking Here

February 16, 2012

Under the Village Hall

In 1983 a brick skin was put around the wooden Village Hall. This meant that the younger memers of the village could no longer get underneath the hall to their ‘dens’. Recently, during the planning work for the New Village Hall, we had to go under the floor of the Village Hall and we took some photographs of what it looks like today. If anyone has any meories they would like to share then send them to Paul Cross at crosspaulg@aol.com and we will publish them. No doubt they will bring back some memories for certain people. If you want to see a larger version of the photograph simply double click on your choice.

December 28, 2011

Paull Holme Tower

Mr Simon Taylor (the owner of Paull Holme Tower) has provided an update on the efforts to save Paull Holme Tower which you can read on our Paull Holme Tower  page. The tower was open to the public, for the first time, in September 2011 as part of the English Heritage Weekend. Many of the people who visited the site that day (over 600) wrote to English Heritage saying that more should be done to save this 15th century site. English Heritage have responded and you can read the continuing storty on our Paull Holme Tower web page which you can access by clicking on the tab at the tob of this page.

November 17, 2011

Humber Enterprise Zone

THE HULL MAIL is reporting today, 16th November 2011, that new Humber Enterprise Zone proposals will include sites at Brough, Paull and Preston in the East Riding.

The report in the Mail indicates that these developments are now clearly on the agenda. Residents in the town (and those in Preston and Paull) now need more information and need to ensure that they can take full advantage of any benefits that the Enterprise Zone may bring – whilst opposing any measures that might be to the detriment of the area.

October 17, 2011

3D Model of New Village Hall

To give everyone a better idea of what the inside of the New Village Hall will look like our Architect, David Cross, has created a simple 3D model of what the inside of the New Hall might look like. We are looking for any comments that you have that you think might improve the design, style or efficiency of the hall. Most rooms you can easily identify but if you are in doubt of anything and would like more information then please do not hesitate to contact Paul Cross on 07711797200.

If you wish to see a larger picture just double click on the photograph.

October 17, 2011

Full Planning Permission received for New Village Hall

We can confirm that today Tuesday 18th October we have received FULL planning permission for the Annexe Building which will be built on the land, recently acquired, adjoining the village hall. This means that we now have Full Planning permission for the whole scheme for the proposed New Village Hall.

Should you wish to see the detail you can do so be visiting the East Riding Council Planning portal and key in the following reference numbers

Demolition of Hall ref: 11/02245/PCC

Erection of Annexe ref :11/02241/PLF

Erection of New Hall Ref:11/02244/PLF

April 22, 2011

Big Lottery Application for Funding

We recently reported that we had applied to The Big Lottery for funding to help with the construction of the proposed New Village Hall. Our application was sent off on the 11th February 2011 and after some discussions with the team at the Big Lottery we re-submitted our application on the 23rd March 2011. I have today (21st April 2011) received an email from them that reads:

“Dear Paul

I am pleased to tell you that we would like you to submit a full application to the Reaching Communities programme as your project is one that our committee might consider funding. Please find attached an application form and a letter that gives you some important information about your application”.

I am, therefore, very pleased to announce that our project to create a new Paull Village Hall that will benefit all sections of the community by improving its way of life, provide additional facilities, and reduce social exclusion has been accepted for the second stage of a three part application process.

We now have 3 months in which to complete this second stage to see if we will be accepted to the third and final stage. We stated in our application that the outcomes of the project are as follows:-

Outcome 1:       Improve the well-being, social and recreational opportunities, medical health of the community at an affordable cost and reduce social exclusion
Outcome 2:       Greater involvement from all sections of the community and creating a cohesive structure
Outcome 3:       Engage younger generation, providing additional resources to the school and social events to improve citizen skills and reduce anti-social behavior.
Outcome 4:       Ensure the elderly members of the community are kept physically, mentally and socially active

The second stage is all about demonstrating how these objectives can be achieved.

In the meantime can I thank the whole community for your help and support in reaching this point, and whilst there is still a long way to go we can all be a little more optimistic that we can achieve our dream of seeing this