The Millennium
Feature ...

Millenium Feature on the Green

In the year 2000, at a Parish Council meeting, it was proposed by the then Chairman, Mr Peter Jackson, that a Monument should be built on the Village Green to commemorate the Millennium. This was agreed and after several false starts along with much discussion on the positioning and design, often taking place over a pint or two in the local hostelry, things finally got underway.
The work began in the late summer of 2001 and was carried out by two local building contractors, Pip Adams and Alan Killelay, ably assisted by Trevor Whiting and Peter Jackson. It was decided that an original stone, which had been discovered by Pip Adams whilst doing some building work in the village, should be incorporated into the design. The origins of the stone are uncertain, thought to be either a wheelwrights stone or a millstone bought into the village but never used.
Millstone
The stone lay for many years in a garden before being donated to the village for the Monument. It was recovered by many hands, assisted by Ron Heaton and his Telehoist, then stored in Robert Smithson's yard, where it was engraved by Bill Benson, a retired stonemason from Messingham.
Also included in the design was a Blacksmith's Anvil, believed to have been used to make tines which were fitted to wooden wheels, along with two Ship Mooring Bollards from Beckingham Shipyard, donated by Trent Wharfage. Most of the materials were donated, the bricks by Jackson Building Centre, coping stones by Ian Sykes, the paving stones and plants by Hugh Smith, seating by John Wharton and the gravel by Ernie Levick.
A time capsule was placed inside the Monument containing, photographs, local information and other items relating to the village and the year 2001. It was finally completed at the end of November that year.

An official Opening Ceremony was held on 8th December, together with the Village Carol Service and the turning on of the Christmas Tree lights, which was well attended by many people from the village. A short speech was given by Canon Frank Levick, who also blessed the Millenium Feature. The addition of lighting was proposed and added in April of 2002, making it an attractive feature on the Village Green, along with "Theo" the carved owl, to be enjoyed by both the community and visitors alike.

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