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From Bicker to West Pinchbeck


PROM day on Sunday, February 2, 10am-4pm, in the village hall. The perfect opportunity to find the perfect dress and accessories for school prom night. Entry £1.
A LINCS Fashion Show will be held in the village hall on Wednesday, March 26, 7.30pm. Entry £3 to include light refreshments.


WALKING for Health group walks every Wednesday from the library. It is free, is very sociable and helps to keep you fit. The walk takes about an hour and is about two miles. Light refreshments on return supplied by Crowland Cares for £1. You will need sensible and comfortable shoes and clothes to suit the weather. Meet at the library at 10.30am. Further information from Linda Barton 01733 212687.


GOOD Companion’s Club met in the Public Hall on Tuesday. Chairman Bryan Waters mentioned Joan Clark and Dot Prudden who are indisposed. Members enjoyed a game of bingo with Mr Waters as the caller. A raffle was organised by Edna Richardson and Ann Manning. Members were reminded the next meeting is the AGM on January 28 at 2pm in the Public Hall.

NEXT film show at the Baptist Church is on Monday at 2pm and will be of Liverpool and Cambridgeshire university gardens. Entrance is £2 and includes the usual refreshments.

MOBILE library will be in Gosberton on Friday. Field Close, 10-11am and Godfrey Avenue, 11.05am -noon.

ST Peter and St Paul’s Church is encouraging tax payers to gift aid. There is a declaration form in the parish magazine.

GOSBERTON House School is excited to have a new website which is up and running. From the school’s Christmas fayre it has been able to send a donation to Water-Aid, and gifts from the harvest festival went to Centrepoint at Boston. The school has been the recipients of two wonderful cash donations from the Spalding Ladies Golf Club and Bakkavor of Spalding. Parents have been able to join the children for an art afternoon when they made ceramic tile pictures together.


MOBILE library will be in the Risegate on Thursday, 1-1.30pm at the Five Bells.


BAPTIST Church hot lunches will be served on Friday, 11am-1.30pm. All welcome.


MORTON and Hanthorpe Parish Council met on January 14. Public Forum: PCSO Brommell introduced PCSO Mielander, a recent addition to the local policing team. It was agreed a speed awareness check be carried out on the A15 today at 2pm and that local representatives are welcome to attend. This would be a good opportunity to see the speed radar in action and also compare the individuals’ perceptions of speed. Records showed that over a ten year period lower speeds were now recorded in surveys. Council vacancy: Coun Lucy Taylor tendered her resignation as a councillor in December, because of family commitments. Since no by-election had been claimed within the required 14 day period the council was able to use the co-option process to deal with this matter. Candidate Michael Holden was proposed for co-option and was duly co-opted as a parish councillor, to serve until May 2015. Clerk’s report: the contractor has cut the playing field hedge but not the area around the trees on the field. The East Lane entrance still needs clearing. The chairman said he would carry out the remaining work himself when conditions allowed. Both the police and Lincolnshire Highways were informed of the complaint about a car parking on the grass in High Street but no action could be taken unless damage was being caused. The matter of parking in the area around the Station Road council bungalows was raised by Couns Lack and Lawrance. Coun Lawrance was particularly concerned that non-car owners should have preference as tenants for such properties. Lincolnshire Co-op acted promptly to move the barriers back as requested after the last meeting. A Hanthorpe resident contacted Coun Lack about the poor state of the Hanthorpe pond.

She was informed that volunteers had previously dealt with the clearance of the pond. She was willing to help with any future efforts. Couns Creasey and Hyde said they would help to clear out the pond. Following recent accidents at Northorpe, a Hanthorpe resident had expressed concern at the lack of a crossing. The clerk had assured her that the parish council is always urging for a solution and she was also advised to forward her concerns to Lincolnshire Highways. A local resident, who attended the last meeting, had submitted comprehensive objections to the King’s Head and Lord Nelson applications and had copied these to the clerk. She said she would be prepared to attend a planning committee (as it was likely both applications would be dealt with together) and speak on behalf of the parish council, if that is acceptable. Councillors thought that a parish councillor ought to attend as well. Due to district council response requirements the following applications had to dealt with by consultation before the meeting – K Watson for dwelling, adjacent 12 Haconby Lane, change in orientation, councillors expressed concern about overlooking neighbouring property otherwise no objections; Mr and Mrs Pottle, first floor extension, 39 Station Road, no objections; 211 notice, tree pruning, 2 Knott’s Close, no objections. Outside Reports: County councillor Woolley said there would be no increase in the county council proportion of the council tax in the forthcoming year. District councillor Cartwright reported that £4.7m had been spent on council house improvements and that 30 council houses were being built – the first for 15 years. The council had produced a film featuring the district’s four market towns. Planning application: because the following application was received too late to be included in the agenda it was dealt with on a consultation basis. Mr and Mrs P Emmingham, one dwelling, 24 Edenham Road, Hanthorpe, there were no objections to this application. Other matters: following the expressions of councillors’ concerns district councillor Cartwright was asked to see if it was possible for tenants to be reminded to park lawfully and not to use verges. Coun Holden suggested residents could offer their drive spaces as parking places in such a situation. The High Street verge on the north side of the church was now very badly rutted and the clerk was asked to report the matter to Lincolnshire Highways. The clerk was also asked to contact highways and request that the hedges of Pearce’s Lane should be cut back. At present it would probably not be possible for emergency vehicles to attend the properties on the lane. Coun Chubbuck reported the footpath on Hanthorpe Road was flooding near the Crescent. The clerk had already reported this to highways and arrangements were in hand to improve the situation. The next meeting will be on February 25. It will be preceded by a public forum at 7.15pm.

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THE first coffee morning of the New Year is at the Methodist Church on Saturday, 10am-noon. Stalls will include cakes, local produce, books and craft items.


“SMALL is beautiful” (the world of macro photography) is the subject of visiting speaker Stuart Hall at Pinchbeck Photographic Group’s next meeting at The Pavilion, Pinchbeck East Primary School on Thursday, at 7.30pm. Stuart will cover the theory and practice of macro photography, explaining the differences about close -up (macro) lenses and how to achieve 1:1 and above. The use of flash, photo stacking for enhanced depth of field and photographing aquatic insects and their larvae, will also be discussed. While there will be images to view, Stuart will concentrate more on equipment and techniques. Visitors are welcome (£3.50) while club members or members of PAGB affiliated clubs will pay an entrance fee of £2.

PINCHBECK Village Hall presents Chris Kamara Live and DJ Ian Parker for an evening of sensational soul and Motown on Friday, February 7, 7.30pm. Tickets at £8 in advance are on sale from Debbie Pearson on 07752 008171 and Alan Hansard 01775 722200. Tickets at the door will be £10. The event is in aid of the village hall refurbishment fund.

PRESIDENT Ruth Hollings welcomed members and visitors to the January Women’s Institute meeting. Entertainment was by magician Paul Vickers, who, with assistance from members, performed tricks and gave a talk outlining the history of magic. After refreshments the business meeting was held. Treasurer Lesley Eldridge presented the financial statement. Group reports were given and Janet Bettinson gave a village hall report. Diary dates were given: January 31, RNLI coffee morning at 112 St Thomas’s Road, Spalding, 10am-noon; March 11, spring council meeting at Springfields; April 11, quiz at PVH, 7pm; April 12, WI coffee morning at PVH, 10am-noon; June 4, baton relay to be arranged. Competition winners for a “joke” were Rosie Smith, Trish Harvey and Barbara Berridge. Joyce Hammond was thanked for the daffodils that Janet Bettinson had arranged for the top table. The next meeting on February 10 is at 7.30pm in the village hall. Speakers are from The Stamford Cheese Company.

The competition is for a handmade chocolate Valentine treat.

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ARE you interested in keeping your village hall open? Volunteers are needed to give a little time to the Bromley Memorial Hall to aid its running, at committee level and general support. The roof is in need of replacing and it is crunch time for the hall’s future. If you would like to help please attend an open meeting on Thursday, February 6, at 3pm.


MEMBERS of the Rippingale and District Women’s Institute organised the January meeting, with a soup supper, followed by an eclectic mix of 60s and 70s music played by Chrissie and Gerry from Helpringham. Members enjoyed singing their final tune which was a jazzed-up arrangement of ‘Jerusalem’. A fantastic visit to the Broadway Theatre, Peterborough to see Blood Brothers was enjoyed by many members. The next meeting, on February 6, will be a “cheesy evening” with Stamford Cheese Cellar. For further details contact Rebecca Main (president) on 01778 440411 or email rebeccamain1@yahoo.co.uk


SPALDING East Townswomen’s Guild will meet on Tuesday, January 28, at the Gleed Academy Library at 7pm.

This meeting will be a social evening with refreshments, and members are reminded the sales table is for unwanted Christmas presents.

Visitors and new members are welcome to attend.

LADIES Probus Club held its annual invitation lunch at the Woodlands Hotel when 54 members and guests had lunch and afterwards were entertained by local vocalist Phil Wigger.

The club welcomes new members, please contact the secretary Mrs Madeleine Grimmett for more details on 01775 760099.


THE first meeting of the New Year for the West Pinchbeck Senior Club is tomorrow at 2pm in the village hall. Secretary Pauline Ashton is due to present this year’s programme to the membership.