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CROWLAND Wildlife Group present an illustrated talk by Paul Separovic (Fens Waterways Link Partnership manager) on the progress of the project in the area and beyond. He will be accompanied by Amanda Jenkins of the South Lincolnshire Fenlands Partnership and ‘Fens for the Future’ project who will inform on the conservation aspect along the route. The talk is on Wednesday in Crowland Library at 7.30pm. Members free entry, non members £2, all welcome. For information phone 01733 210680.


WHIST drive winners on March 5 were Rita Northern, Ron Lowth, Lyn Wyer, Lavinia Lord, Alan White, John Collins; partner, Ron Lowth, John Collins, Carol Kane, Tim Kane; donkey derby, Sylvia White.

MARCH solo drive winners were Mable Burgess, Joan Hodgson, Barbara Hall; lucky score, Elsie Wright, Benny Crampton; donkey derby, Lavinia Lord.

Gedney Dyke

BINGO will be held in the village hall on Wednesday, March 19 and 26. Eyes Down 7.30pm. All welcome.


USED postage stamps are being saved for the St Barnabas Hospice and can be left in a tub at the back of St Peter and St Paul’s Church or handed in to Quadring Post Office. Proceeds go towards the work of the St Barnabas Hospice.

A Lent lunch was served in the church hall on Wednesday. All enjoyed home made soups and a choice of dessert, tea and coffee.

GOSBERTON Baptist Fun and Fellowship on a Friday will be at the home of Des and Rene Curtis, in Gosberton Risegate on March 28 at 2pm, with table games, tea, coffee and cakes.

‘ROCK’ the film of the musical will be showing in the St Peter and St Paul’s Church today at 7pm. Free admission, refreshments will be served.

MESSY Church is starting in Gosberton and will be in the church hall (behind the parish church) on Friday, March 21, 3.30pm for 4pm start to 6pm. All young people must be accompanied by an adult. For more information contact the Rev Ian or Pat Walters on 01775 840694.

AFTER five years of editing the parish magazine, Elizabeth Stott would like to hand the role over to someone else. If interested, Elizabeth will be pleased to give more information and can be contacted on 01775 821843 or email theparishmagazine@hotmail.co.uk

THE Baptist Church was the venue for the Women’s World Day of Prayer service for Gosberton Churches Together and the Glen Group on Friday. Janet Bettinson presided and the speaker was Sheila Hance, of Spalding. Organist was Graham Haresign. Also taking part in the service were Nancy Kinnersley, Rene Curtis, Maureen May, Ruth Scrivener, Maureen Underwood, Hope Wells, Dorothy Gillett, Lorna Webb, Betty Dakers and Pat Walters. Those who provided the refreshments were thanked. There was a good response to a bring and buy stall.

NEXT film show at the Baptist Church is on Monday at 2pm with films of St Annes on Sea and the floats of the 2013 flower parade. Cost of £2 includes the usual refreshments.

Clough and 

TWELVE children and nine parents and grandparents enjoyed the Messy Church at Gosberton Clough Methodist Church on Friday afternoon. Theme was ‘families’ and the story was told of the parable of the Prodigal Son. Pictures of the children had been printed off for them to stick in to photo frames and they also coloured pictures inside of the frames. The children also made plaques to hang on a door. Humph Baker led a service and all enjoyed fish, chips and beans, jelly and cream before going home. Next Messy church in the Clough Methodist is on Friday, April 4.


A table top sale is being held in the community centre on Sunday, 11am-2pm. Set up 10am. Proceeds are to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance. Les Ward, organiser of the event, has raised over £30,000 for various charities over the last 21 years. Sunday, October 26, will be Les Ward’s last table top, with proceeds going to the Royal British Legion women’s section.

HOLBEACH Town Band’s next monthly bingo is at the Women’s Institute Hall tomorrow. The snowball has now reached up to £220. Eyes down at 7.30pm.

A table top sale is to be held on March 29 at the Reading Rooms, Church Street, 10am-noon in aid of Agape Care - Holbeach Community Larder. Refreshments will be available. Tables cost £5 and can be booked by calling Sue on 01406 366529.

Holbeach Bank

THERE will be an open morning at the primary school on Tuesday, 9-10.30am. Everyone welcome. For more information phone 01406 423375.

Long Sutton

BAPTIST Church lunches will be served tomorrow from 11am to 1.30pm. All welcome.


RETIRING president Ruth Hollings welcomed visitors, members and advisor Janet Turner to the annual Women’s Institute meeting. New members’ packs were presented to Rose Tomlinson and Susan White. Ruth gave a report on the Inspiring Women conference she had attended. Group reports were given for the month and home economics craft classes are to start again on Monday for six weeks. There will be a group meeting on March 31, 7pm; quiz night, April 11, 7pm and WI coffee morning, April 12, 10am-noon (£1.50 includes coffee and cake, raffle games and competitions and Pinchbeck School Choir in attendance), all in the village hall. After refreshments the annual meeting was held. Officers and group leaders read their reports and new committee members were welcomed - Maralyn Tansley, Joan Twyman, Chris Hesketh, Jean Bradshaw, Lesley Bamforth, Paulina Roberts, Trish Harvey, Susan Hensman White and Margaret Moyses. Margaret is the new president. Presentations were made and thanks given to retiring committee members. Advisor Janet Turner spoke about the formation of the South Lincs Federation in 1977.

Competition winners for a single flower were Barbara Berridge, Pam Portas and Jill Chapman. Janet Turner was presented with a basket of flowers which Jean Thomson had arranged. She then retired with the new committee to select officers. Members were entertained by Lesley Eldridge. The next meeting is on April 14 at the village hall at 7.30pm. Speaker, Pamela Driscoll ,will arrange spring flowers. Competition is for a flower arrangement in a saucer. Visitors welcome.


BROAD Street Methodist Church is holding a ‘super soup lunch’ tomorrow, 11.30am to 1.30pm, in support of Christian Aid. Homemade soup and bread rolls will be served for donations and there will be a bring and buy stall. Fairtrade goods will also be on sale. Nick Thorley from Christian Aid will be attending the lunch to share his experiences working for the charity. On Saturday there is a coffee morning and snack lunches, 10am to 1pm. The speaker at the Midweekers meeting at 7.30pm on Wednesday is Elizabeth Sneath, talking about the Tulip Suite at Johnson Community Hospital. On Saturday, March 22, Spalding Folk Club will be entertaining at the church. Tickets £6 including refreshments are available from 01775 769438 and 01406 381339.

ANN Holness was returned as president at Fulney Women’s Institute annual meeting. The new competition cup, donated by secretary Rosemary Knight, was won by Judy Dolton.

During the meeting the drama group performed a new play ‘Return to Great Snoring’ with the scene set at a WI meeting.

Several coffee mornings have been planned for several months ahead and funds raised go not only to Fulney but also to many other charities. The group meets on the first Wednesday of the month at the Ivo Day Centre, Albion Street, at 7.45pm.

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