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SATURDAY mornings from 10am. Welcome to the Methodist Chapel for tea, coffee and biscuits, and chat and laughter.


SOLO winners on January 14 were Lyn Wyer, Bryan Robinson, Mable Burgess; lucky score, Joan Hodgson; donkey derby, Lavinia Lord. MC was Jean Thompson.

WHIST drive winners on January 15 were Lynn Wyer, Gwen Jackson, Andy Tholby, Tim Kane, Bill Moore, Jean Thompson, Lavinia Lord; partner, Norman Sharpe, Jean Thompson, Lynn Wyer; donkey derby, Andy Tholby. MC was Jean Thompson.


HON Poppy Appeal organiser, Roger Green, thanks everyone in the Gedney Hill area for helping to raised £713 for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.


THE Rev Ian Walters presided over a meeting of Gosberton Churches Together on Thursday. The Christmas pub quiz at the Duke of York was not as well attended as sometimes, but was reported as successful and a good evening. All carol services in the churches were successful. There was a long discussion on a united candlelight carol service which will take place in St Peter and St Paul on Advent Sunday, November 30. The forthcoming united service for the week of prayer for Christian Unity is at the Baptist Church on Sunday at 3pm. All churches will have their usual morning and evening services on that day. The united Christian Aid service was fixed for May 11 at 3pm at Gosberton Clough Methodist Church and the Sea Sunday service will be in July depending on the tide. On March 20 a beetle drive is to be held at the Duke of York, Gosberton Risegate and another evening at the Duke of York is to be arranged in June. Bishop Howard had organised Easter posters for last year, of which there was a surplus; it was decided to use them for this year. The Methodist churches have a Passover meal on Maundy Thursday and the Baptists and Anglican churches have Holy Communion on that evening. The Good Friday walk of witness begins at St Peter and St Paul’s Church at 10.30am finishing with refreshments at the Baptist at around noon. Arch Deacon Douglas has volunteered to organise the readings and will provide the service leaflets. The Tuesday night Bible study on the second week of each month has continued at the Methodist Church, but it was suggested that it went round all the churches in the group. The Messy Church which has been meeting at Quadring will now meet in Gosberton. On February 10 the Gosberton Clough Messy Church has been invited in to the Clough and Risegate primary school hall at 1pm finishing with an assembly for the whole school. It was decided to have a day of prayer for the community on Ash Wednesday, March 5, when all churches would be open for people to go in and pray. Mention was made of Space 4 You which is a Christian counselling service held at the Broad Street Methodist Church in Spalding. Next meeting of Gosberton Churches Together and Glen Group will be in the Gosberton Risegate Methodist Church at 7.30pm on April 3.

WOMEN’S Institute met in the Public Hall when they enjoyed a talk by Miriam Carette on Katherine and the prince, a royal love story. 

THE monthly favourite hymns and afternoon tea at the Methodist Church was presided over by Mike Holmes, of Spalding, on Sunday afternoon.

GOSBERTON Baptists took part in the preacher’s exchange service on Sunday. Their minister was at the Spalding United Reformed Church and the preacher at the Gosberton service was Pastor Kevin Taylor of the South Holland Community Church. Janet Bullows conducted the service and Des Curtis led prayers. Organist was Rene Curtis.  Afterwards, coffee, cakes and biscuits were served by Carol Pearson, Janet Bullows and Betty Wilson.

NEXT film show at the Baptist Church is on Monday at 2pm and includes films of Liverpool and Cambridge University Gardens. Admission is £2 and includes the usual refreshments.

GOSBERTON Baptists have a fun and fellowship on Friday, January 31, 2-4pm with table games, coffee, tea and biscuits.

NEXT Good Companion’s Club meeting is on Tuesday at 2pm in the Public Hall.


ANYONE interested in joining the Friends of St Gilbert and St Hugh’s – at no extra cost to themselves – to help with the running of the church and the church hall, can phone Barbara Berridge on 01775 714918.


WOMEN’S Institute will meet on January 30 at 7pm in the WI Hall, Park Road. The speaker will be Paul Dalton from Wiltshire Foods. The competition is for the best snow picture. New members will receive a warm welcome. On February 19 members will be hosting a pancake and family fun day 11-2pm, also in the WI Hall. Coffee/tea, pancakes, soup and cakes will be served, everyone welcome.


THE Rev Erica Crust’s last service in the parish will be held at All Saints’ Church on Sunday, at 10am, followed by a bring and share lunch in the community centre. Everyone welcome. Erica will be moving to the Mid Elloes group of parishes.


CONTINUING their practice of conducting short local walks during the winter months, Spalding Ramblers will be leading a walk of about five miles in the Bourne area on Sunday. Meet in High Street in the village of Morton near Bourne for a 10.30am start. Further details are available from the walk leader on 01406 350335.


MOBILE library will be outside the village hall on Wednesday, 10.30-11am.

RECENT winners of the 500 Club draw were: week one, C Ross, R Smith; week two, R Goodge, K Short; week three, Mr M Craig, A Morris.


MONTHLY coffee morning is on Saturday in St Bartholomew’s Church, 10am-noon. Tea/coffee, cakes, bring and buy and books for sale. A parish councillor will be available should you have any concerns you wish to raise. All welcome.

GLU Children’s Club has resumed after the Christmas break. Children between the ages of seven and 11 years are welcome to join. An exciting programme of Bible stories, games, crafts, singing, prayers and teats has been planned, taking the group up to the February half term break. Meetings are held during school term time in the village hall on Thursdays, 5.45-7pm. For any further details contact Wendy on 01775 640296.

THIRSTY on a Thursday – St Bartholomew’s Church is open every Thursday between 9.30am and 11am for anyone to call in for tea/coffee and fellowship. On the first Thursday each month a short Eucharist Service is held at 10am.

A United Service for congregations in the Glen Group and Gosberton area will be held at Gosberton Baptist Church on Sunday at 3pm. All welcome.


TEA and cakes will be served in the church porch on Saturday, between 2pm and 4pm. All welcome.

WOMEN’S Institute begins its New Year on Tuesday, February 4, at 7pm in the Church Room. The talk will be on the work at an animal charity, come and join us.


MUMS and Tots have resumed after their Christmas break. They meet every Wednesday between
10am and noon. Any mums or dads in the area who want a coffee and a chat are welcome.

PRIZE bingo returns on February 5; doors open 6.30 pm, for eyes down 7.30pm. This will be held on the first Wednesday of every month.

A coffee afternoon will be held in the village hall tomorrow from noon when new ideas for events in the hall will be discussed.

Go along to give your thoughts and ideas on ways to appeal to as many people as possible.

POST office opening hours are Tuesday 11am-1pm and Fridays 2-4pm.

Enquiries to Angie on 01406 540458 or John on 01406 540733.


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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