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From Bourne to Spalding


BOURNE United Reformed Church coffee morning is in the school room on Saturday, 10am-11.30am, with the usual attractions.


WASTE freighters will be at the groundsmen’s shed, Snowden Field, on Saturday, 8-11am. One takes household waste, and the second takes green waste for composting (no plastic bags please).

WOMEN’S Institute will meet on Tuesday, January 14, at 7.15pm in the Royal British Legion Hall. Competition is for a photograph of nature’s beauty.


DONINGTON and Quadring Royal British Legion Club has a sequence dance with Les Allitt on Friday and Mark Diamond on Sunday. For further information phone 01775 821112.

SCRABBLE has resumed at the Ruby Hunt Centre for more details phone Barbara on 07732 387096.

SOLO resumes today at 1.30pm in the men’s snooker club. New players are welcome.

WHIST resumes tomorrow in the men’s snooker club at 7.15pm. For more information phone Jean on 07949 001101.

BEETLE drive will be on Friday, January 31 in the church hall at 7pm, a date to keep free for an entertaining night out for all the family.

THE next Sunday lunch will be on January 26, bookings to Jane on 01775 821515.


FLEET Baptist Ladies meet today at the Baptist Church when speaker will be Jenny Asher from Shaw’s Coaches.

Saracen’s Head

THE New Year bingos start tomorrow in the village hall. Doors open at 6.30pm for eyes down at 7.30pm. All cash prizes. Everyone is welcome to the fortnightly session.

RACE night is on Saturday, February 8. This is a good night which includes a sausage and mash supper. Tickets are limited so book early on 01406 423065.

MUSIC night, to raise funds for this year’s over 60s party, is on March 15. Music by JET skiffle band and buffet supper. Tickets at £6 are limited and are on sale on 01406 422050.


TODAY, in conjunction with the BBC’s Stargazing Live, South Lincolnshire Astronomical and Geophysical Society, SOLAGS, will be holding a public stargazing event at St Paul’s Church, from 7pm until 10pm. This is depending on the weather.

DECEMBER meeting of the Probus Club of Spalding was attended by 51 members and the speaker, June Barton, at South Holland Centre. President, David Hall, welcomed members and called for a moment’s silence in memory of Ray Noble and Mike Darlow, who had both died earlier that month. Visitor Eric Wetherill, a friend of John Barker, attended the meeting. Grace was said by James Newby, after which the members enjoyed their regular carvery lunch. After lunch, the president proposed the Loyal Toast and Michael Jennings proposed the Probian Toast. The president read a letter from member, Peter Sivil, who was resigning through ill health. It was reported that the secretary of The Probus Bowls League wished to retire and was seeking a replacement as soon as possible. Any volunteers would be welcome. The president inducted Eric Maltby in to full club membership. Speaker was June Barton, whose subject was “A year on the marsh”. This talk proved to be interesting especially to the members who had resided in and around Spalding for most of their lives. The next meeting will be on January 15 at Springfields Exhibition Centre at the normal time of 12.15pm for 12.45pm lunch. The speaker will be Douglas Hern and his subject will be “Surveying the Humber estuary”. Stewards will be Frank Knights and Roy Herd. The Probus Club of Spalding is open to retired professional and businessmen, and further details of the club can be obtained from the secretary, Andy Wardman (01775 723893).

A member of staff from Pilgrim Hospital will be attending the service at Spalding United Reformed Church in Pinchbeck Road, Spalding on Sunday to receive toys and donations for the Childrens’ Ward.

If anyone wishes to donate outgrown or unwanted toys, games, books etc, these would be most welcome and can be brought along either to the coffee morning in the church hall on Saturday between 10am and 11.30am or to the service which commences at 10.30 am on Sunday.

Regretfully any cuddly toys cannot be accepted due to hygiene regulations.

Monetary donations which will help towards the purchase of medical equipment for the Childrens’ Ward, however, are always much appreciated.

The church has been holding these toy services for many years as a way of remembering the gifts given to the baby Jesus by the Wise Men.

Editor’s note

Since the decision to change our policy on village news content, the editor has taken on board the comments from our readers and has decided to re-introduce reports from village events and organisations back into the page.

We hope you will be delighted by this news and we welcome contributions from correspondents old and new.

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