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WOMEN’S Institute will meet on Tuesday, February 11, at 7.30pm in the village hall. Speaker will be Pat Pomeroy, ‘Who do you think I am’. New members welcome.


SATURDAY Strollers will walk from Exton on Saturday. The walk is about six miles. Meet at the former St Guthlac School at 10.25am, and take a picnic lunch.


VALENTINE’S Dance on Saturday, February 15, 7.30pm-late at the community centre for the over 16s only. Tickets are £6 (including nibbles on each table) available from committee members or by contacting the entertainment committee at doningtoncommcentre@aol.com or phone 07546 343128. Music will be by Silver Dollar Disco.

WEDDING and prom fayre is being held at the community centre on March 8, 10am-4pm. There are still a few stalls left for suppliers of wedding dresses and groomswear, make-up, etc. If you are a business that offers services for weddings or proms and would like to promote yourself at this event contact the entertainment committee by email doningtoncommcentre@aol.com or phone 07546 343128.

SOLO drive winners on January 21 were Rita Harris, Barbara Hall, Marion Robinson; lucky score, Elsie Wright; donkey derby, Mary Jennings.

WHIST winners on January 22 were Barbara Hall, Sylvia White, Andrea Thorly, Lavinia Lord, Alan White, Jean Thompson; partner, Ron Lowth and John Collins, Gwen Jackson and Alan White; donkey derby, Ron Lowth.

Gedney Hill

A dance and buffet will be held in the Memorial Hall on Saturday, February 22, 8pm-midnight. Dancing is to Sounds Familiar. Tickets are £10 from J Riley on 01406 330558.

HOLY Communion this Sunday will be held at St Polycarp’s Church, Holbeach Drove, at 9.30am.


ANNUAL meeting of the youth club is on Monday, February 17, at 7.30pm. The club is looking for more helpers. Anyone interested please phone the vicarage on 01775 840694.

GOSBERTON Churches Together with the Glen Group celebrated the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with a service at the Baptist Church on Sunday afternoon.  To the theme ‘Is Christ divided?’ it was jointly led by the Rev Steve Weatherly-Barton, the Rev Ian Walters, the Rev Tony Kinnersley and the Rev David Curran.

The address was given by Mr Weatherly-Barton and organist was Graham Haresign. Readings were given by Sheila Lee, Lorna Webb and Trevor Cummins. Afterwards tea and cakes were served by Carol Pearson, Betty Wilson, Liz Styles and Phyllis Baxter.

DON’T forget the Fun and Fellowship afternoon at Gosberton Baptist is tomorrow, 2-4pm, with table games, coffee and cakes.

YOUTH Club AGM is on Monday, February 17, at the Youth Club, High Street, at 7.30pm. Copies of the agenda are available by email from youth@gosberton.org or by telephone 01775 840694.

PARISH Council met on January 20. One resident attended the open forum.. He provided the parish council with a letter from the Gosberton Patient Participation Group and they asked if the parish council could look in to the issue of gritting in Lowgate as they are aware that the smaller gritter that was used last year was only on trial with Lincolnshire County Council and not a permanent fixture.

Members will contact Highways again regarding the gritting. One issue that had been mentioned in the letter was that another parish council was looking if it was possible to provide a spreader for gritting but obviously this in itself could cause problems as someone will need to be responsible for gritting the areas.

Another issue raised was that of street lighting in Lowgate and the clerk confirmed there are presently no grants available for street lights and that once the parish council put one in place then they are responsible for the costs thereafter.

It was noted the present lights use the older sodium bulbs and the parish council will write to see if it’s possible for them to be upgraded so that they give out more light. It was reported that sadly Coun Houldershaw would no longer be able to continue with his council duties due to health issues; he will be sadly missed on the parish council. The clerk had spoken to South Holland District Council following the death of Coun Noble and the vacancy notice has been displayed.

However because the parish council was already two councillors short prior to Coun Noble’s death in the Gosberton ward, and these positions have previously been advertised, then permission was given for the parish council to co-opt straight away.

Barry Waterland was appointed as a councillor. There are now three vacancies in the Gosberton ward and anyone interested in becoming a parish councillor should contact the clerk on 01775 760692.

Further information has now been received relating to the crown reduction work that is required on three ash trees that border the paying field and the clerk has applied for planning permission as the trees are subject to tree preservation orders. Quotations are being obtained for this work.

Highways had met with Couns Taylor and Clark and a comprehensive visit undertaken. Highways advised that they will be looking at conducting a traffic survey to see if it is feasible to put in a crossing somewhere along High Street. This is dependant on funding being available. They will also look at Five Bells area again although this is likely to be in the longer term.

They will be looking at completing works in Churchfleet Lane, Wargate Field Lane and Spalding Road and accept that some of the works that should have been done in November has now had to be rescheduled. One planning application was discussed and the results of one previous application was reported.

Lincolnshire County Council had provided an update on the library consultation and advised that the libraries at Spalding and Boston, being the nearest two to the parish would be open 40-48 hours per week as they are deemed to be tier one libraries.

They have advised that as the usage of the mobile library at Gosberton Risegate exceeded six people in 30 minutes during the period July 2012 to August 2013 then they will continue to provide a mobile stop of at least 30 minutes per month.

The precept was discussed and the figure is to be submitted to SHDC by January 31. There is a problem again with bins not being emptied properly and the clerk is to speak with SHDC again about the issue. The next meeting will be the annual parish meeting on March 3 at the Public Hall at 7.30pm.

Handful of 

FOLLOWING reports that singing is good for the heart and emotions and helps to aid relaxation as well as improving breath control, physical stamina and emotion there are suggestions that being part of a choir means that moving and breathing in time is thought to add a feeling of cohesion.

People who sing with others are happier with their lives and choir members are also more satisfied with their lot than people who play team sports.

To find out the benefits you are invited to a concert where the ladies choir, A Handful of Harmonies, under the direction of Andrew Clingo, is performing at the United Reform Church, Pinchbeck Road, Spalding, on Sunday, March 2 , 2.30pm.

Tickets are available from 01775 720923. An afternoon of songs old and new with refreshments available. Adults £6, hildren under 12, £3.

Handful of Harmonies meet at the Bromley Memorial Hall, Pode Hole, on Fridays, 1.30pm.

Further information about the choir is available on www.handfulofharmonies.co.uk or you can phone Andrew on 01778 345857.

Long Sutton

ROYAL British Legion women’s section beetle drive is on Monday, 7pm, at the RBL Hall, West Street.


THERE will only be a service at 8.15am this Sunday at All Saint’s Church and no 10am service.


THIRSTY on a Thursday at St Bartholomew’s is on February 6, 9.30-11am. A short Eucharist Service will be held at 10am.

All welcome to go along for the service, or just for coffee and a chat.

SNOWDROP weekend will be at the home of Alice and Paul Cook, February 22-23. Further details later.

PHIL Kelsall OBE, resident organist at Blackpool Tower, will be playing the theatre organs at the Burtey Fen Collection on Sunday, February 16 at 2.30pm.

Phil recently made a guest appearance on ITV’s Coronation Street in the storyline that gripped the nation involving the character Hayley Cropper. Phil was seen playing the Blackpool Tower Wurlitzer organ for a scene where ‘Hayley’ has a dying wish to dance at the famous Tower Ballroom.

Tickets to see Phil at Burtey Fen are priced at £10 including refreshments. Phone 01775 766081.


THERE is a table top/craft fair this Saturday, 10am-4pm, at the Hole in the Wall pub, off Francis Street, Spalding. Refreshments available. 07748 626468.

TOLLGATE Women’s Institute’s last meeting was the AGM. This was followed by a talk given by the owner of A P Travel, who explained how his business began and grew over the years. The next meeting will be on Tuesday February 18, at 7.30pm, in St John’s Church lounge, Hawthorn Bank. The speaker will be Miriam Carette on ‘Katherine and the prince’. Visitors welcome.

FIFTY two members attended the postponed January meeting of the Probus Club of Spalding, held, in the Springfield’s Exhibition Centre. President, David Hall, welcomed members and the speaker, Douglas Hearn. A prospective new member, Peter Francis, was introduced by the secretary Andy Wardman. Grace was said by John Rayner, after which members enjoyed a carvery lunch.

After lunch, the president proposed the loyal toast and Derek Cox proposed the Probian toast. The committee was still seeking a speaker finder. He said the committee was arranging for entertainment for this year’s ladies day. Discussions were under way with a singing act known as ‘The Cover Girls’. Speaker, Douglas Hearn’s subject was ‘Surveying the Humber Estuary’.

His talk described his activities as a skipper, employed by Anglian Water, on the various waterways in and around Lincolnshire. The next meeting will be on February 5, back at South Holland Centre, at the normal time. Speaker will be Chris Smith and his subject will be ‘Montana and Wyoming plains Indians’. Stewards will be Mike Jennings and David Head.

BEETLES of all shapes and sizes were to be seen at Broad Street Methodist Church on Saturday when 55 members and friends enjoyed a beetle drive, which raised £330 for Vision 21. This Saturday there is a coffee morning and snack lunches from 10am to 1pm with Fairtrade and other stalls. At 7.30pm on February 5, Steve Weatherley-Barton will be talking to Midweekers about Tulip Radio.

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