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BICKER Bowls Club is organising a fish and chip supper with race night in the village hall on Saturday, March 29, at 7.30pm. Admission by ticket only, £6.50, available from Sheila (01775 820784).

VILLAGE Hall Committee thanks everyone who purchased a 200 club ticket for the 2014/2015 draw. All tickets are now sold and the first draw will take place on March 31 at the social bingo. Bingos are on Monday evenings (excluding bank holidays) at 7.30pm in the village hall.

Cowbit

COWBIT Ladies Club meeting is tomorrow at 7.30pm in the village hall. Guest speaker is from Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, accompanied by one of the dogs. The group meets on the third Wednesday of the month. Membership fee for the rest of the year is £12, or ‘one off’ visits £2. Membership is not restricted to Cowbit residents. Programme for the year is available from Val Day (01406 380756).

Deeping St Nicholas

THERE will be a prize bingo at the Methodist Chapel on Friday at 7pm.

Gedney Drove End

SUNDAY bingo, with all cash prizes, will take place in the village hall on Sunday. Doors open at 1pm with eyes down at 2pm.

Gosberton

GOSBERTON Good Companion’s Club met on Tuesday. Good wishes were sent to Glad Parker and Les Stevenson. Details were given of the first outing of the year, April 15 to Stratford upon Avon. Anyone interested can contact Bryan Waters on 01775 840069. Members played bingo with Mr Waters as the caller. Refreshments were served and a raffle was organised by Edna Richardson and Lilian Crunkhorn.

THE annual parish meeting was held on March 3, which included the chairman’s annual report which showed that the last 12 months had been challenging with a substantial amount of unexpected expenditure both at the cemetery and the playing field. The only resident who was present stayed for the Parish Council meeting as he wished to become a parish councillor and the Parish Council could co-opt up to two vacancies at this meeting. There was still one position vacant before the date had passed following the statutory notice period and the parish council could co-opt for Coun Noble’s position. Michael Pell was proposed and seconded. There are now two vacancies in Gosberton Ward and anyone interested in becoming a parish councillor should contact the clerk on 01775 760692. The crown reduction work required on three ash trees bordering the playing field had been completed. Highways had sent a comprehensive letter following their visit in January and unfortunately some of the works that had previously been scheduled had either been cancelled or rescheduled due to budget constraints. They hope work on Wargate Field Lane will be done later in the year but no promises could be given. They intend to carry out carriageway slurry seal at Sheppersons Avenue, Gosberton Risegate and footway slurry seal works at Westhorpe Road, Lila Drive and Poplar Drive later in the year. They have checked the drainage along Churchfleet Lane and whilst they see it appears to be working they acknowledge that there is standing water near some of the gullies which they say is down to minor defects around the gully grate but again due to budget constraints they will monitor these areas but they do not intend to patch the areas. Although Highways believe the work has been done near the butchers shop on High Street, there still continues to be a problem with the water when it has rained and the clerk is to contact them about this issue. A resident raised concern about the lack of footpath on Belchmire Lane and the clerk was instructed to write to Highways about this. The clerk has heard from Network Rail regarding the vegetation near to Westhorpe Bridge and there is to be another meeting and they hope to report back to the parish council in the near future. Highways has confirmed that Lowgate will remain on the secondary gritting route which means it will only be gritted when there are prolonged periods of snow and ice and only when resources allow. Lincolnshire County Council advise that they review the routes in the summer and that the parish council has requested Lowgate be put forward for scoring and consideration. No response has been received regarding street lighting in Lowgate. Planning applications were discussed. PCSO Abbotts was unable to attend but emailed the clerk to advise that since the last meeting, there had been criminal damage to a shed in Belchmire Lane, report of mud on the road at Beech Lane, hare coursing reported in First Drove, Gosberton Clough, and a burglary in Wargate Way. Again there has been a problem at the flats on Five Bells corner as they are putting the rubbish out on the day that it has been collected which is a health hazard, dangerous and makes the area look untidy. The clerk is to contact South Holland District Council again about this. Next PC meeting is on April 7, 7.30pm in the Public Hall.

Long Sutton

‘THE history of clocks in Long Sutton’ is a talk by Ray Norman on Saturday at noon in the church hall, followed by lunch. Tickets are £8.50. In aid of recent church repairs. For more information phone 01406 362033.

Moulton Chapel

A bingo in aid of Peterborough City Hospital breast cancer unit is on Wednesday, March 26 at the youth and community centre.

Doors open at 6.30pm for eyes down at 7.30pm.

Donations of bingo or raffle prizes would be welcome. The bingo on February 26 raised £521.

Pinchbeck

PINCHBECK Village Hall Committee will be holding a coffee morning tomorrow in the village hall, Knight Street, 10am-noon.

Rippingale

RIPPINGALE and District Women’s Institute members hope they are better communicators after listening to Nancy Appleyard explaining the muddles and misunderstandings when meeting and talking to people and also the philosophy behind the art. Competition was for the best ‘one line joke’ which ladies entered enthusiastically. Members ticked the many things to see and do lists which included, gardens, theatres, quizzes, Indian food demonstration with lunch, the Great Food day to be held in May at Hubbert’s Bridge and crime scene investigation at the forensic science department at Lincoln University. The April meeting is the AGM and the speaker will be from Action for Hearing Loss. This is a lively group and extend a welcome to visitors. For further details contact Rebecca Main (president) on 01778 440411 or rebeccamain1@yahoo.co.uk

Spalding

Members of Spalding and District Stamp Club attending the afternoon meeting on March 5 enjoyed two very different displays from Colin Hepper under the title ‘Aspects of Nepal’. Colin opened by giving a little history of the country which had fought wars to establish its boundaries including one in 1814/16 with the East India Company.

It was this war that showed the English the fighting prowess of the Gurkha soldier and led to them later being recruited to serve in the British Army.

Colin showed examples of mail from Nepal explaining that this was all sent through the British Residency, later the British Legation and finally the British Indian embassy.

The mail was cancelled with a stamp reading ‘Nepal’ and it was not until 1930 that the name Kathmandu appeared on the postmark.

In the second half Colin showed modern material. Since Nepal had opened its borders expeditions to Mount Everest and the other mountains in the country had quickly increased in number.

These were expensive to organise and one form of fundraising was to have postcards prepared which the mountaineers signed, had cancelled in Nepal and then sold to collectors.

One example Colin showed was a set from the 1976 British Army Nepalese expedition which had cards and cachets for all sections of the trip from leaving London, arriving in Nepal, at base camp, other camps and the summit.

Although not intending to collect this material Colin had amassed a large collection which formed the basis of the display.

The next meeting is today at 7.30pm when members will be entertained by the Peterborough Philatelic Society.

The next afternoon meeting is on Wednesday, April 2 at 2pm when Arthur Long will be showing the first part of his Zanzibar collection. All meetings are held in the Ladies Room, Spalding Constitutional Club, Broad Street.

Visitors are welcome at all meetings and for more information contact Joyce Boyer on 01775 762661.