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LADIES Club meets tomorrow in the village hall at 7.30pm. “We knead the dough” is the title of the talk and demonstration by Fay Knight of Heckington Mill. She will demonstrate a variety of breads using their own milled flour, and a chance to taste some! All welcome, contact Val on 01406 380756 for any further details.


VICTORY Hall Easter bingo on Thursday starts at 7.30pm. Refreshments available. All welcome.

Gedney Drove End

EASTER egg hunt and Easter event will take place in the village hall on Saturday, noon to 4pm. The fun afternoon will include Easter games, stalls, raffle, and much more. Refreshments will be available and the egg hunt will start at 2pm with entry at £3 per child.

THE annual meeting of the Parochial Church Council takes place at Christ Church, Dawsmere on Wednesday, April 23, at 7pm. All in the community are welcome to attend.

MOTHERS’ Union members will meet at Deans Farmhouse on Thursday, April 24, at 7pm.


GOSBERTON Good Companions Club enjoyed an Easter lunch on Tuesday when more than 40 members sat down to a meal of steak pie and sausages. This was followed by the usual meeting. Joan Clark was welcomed back. Bryan Waters was caller for the bingo. A raffle was organised by Edna Richardson and Lilian Crunkhorn. An auction was conducted by Mr Waters and Les Stevenson. Runners were Maxine Dobney and Michael Smith.

THERE was a good attendance at the annual meeting of the Bowls and Snooker Club on Wednesday. Officers elected are president, Mike Callaghan; chairman, Denis Wilkinson; secretary, Stan Cousins and treasurer, Andy Shepard. A report was given on the bowls club which had seen a very good season and was well received. The snooker season has just finished and has done well with a team going forward for promotion. The club is open to new members. Anyone is welcome to join and invited to go along and have a go to find out if they like it. There are four teams in the bowl’s league and they are playing on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. There are four snooker teams and one billiard team. The club has its own bowling green and very good snooker table. Enquiries to Denis Wilkinson (01775 840974).


THE function suite of the United Services Club in Church Street this Good Friday will be the venue for the Easter family night event with the ever popular Easter bonnet competition, with prizes on offer for the best bonnets of the evening. Admission is free and is open to everybody but children must be accompanied by an adult. Doors open 7pm until late with dancing along to the Nick Grattan Treble Nine Roadshow. Further details from the club on 01406 423134.

Long Sutton

GOOD Friday Children’s Service will include children’s activities and the story of Jesus, noon to 1pm. ACT II will join the group for music with drumming for Jesus, there will also be puppets, crafts, Easter egg hunt and hot cross buns. The young people will be joining in with their drumming during the Easter Sunday service at 10.30am.

Easter Day Dawn Praise is at 5.15am on Sunday, praise and sing Alleluia outside the church porch with a dramatic reading of the Gospel. Experience the sunrise on Easter morning with members then join them for breakfast in the church hall.

Lutton Marsh

EASTER Day Service will take place at the Methodist Chapel on Sunday at 2.30pm.


EASTER egg hunt at Moulton Mill this Sunday, 10am-4pm, £2 per child.

VINTAGE tractor rally on the field opposite Oldershaw’s this Sunday, from 10am. Contact Paul Beecham 07825 609575 for more information.


JAPANESE wildlife is the subject for Pinchbeck Photographic Group’s next meeting on Thursday (7.30pm) in the pavilion at Pinchbeck East Primary School in Fennell Road. Presenting the illustrated talk is Susan Wilson who has recently secured a directorship award with the PAGB. Susan has been interested in photography for a number of years with a main interest of wildlife. She is well travelled and in addition to giving talks she also judges competitions around the Midlands region. Casual visitors can attend meetings for a cost of £3.50.


AT the April meeting of Rippingale and District Women’s Institute the speaker, Helena Pellier from Action for Hearing Loss, gave an informative talk on the charity and aids and hints to help people who experience this disability. Members were informed about the film fundraising event in April to help fund the WI centenary baton celebrations to be held on Rippingale Village Green and Bourne Corn Exchange on June 9. Members were told about forthcoming events of Leasingham WI Pudding Club in June, a members’ cucumber and strawberry tea in July and Rippingale’s August outing to Houghton Hall, Norfolk. The next meeting on May 1 will be jewellery making with Chris West. For further information contact Rebecca Main (president) on 01778 440411 or email rebeccamain1@yahoo.co.uk

Saracen’s Head

FLOWER Club ladies met at the Golden Lion for a meal prior to starting 2014 flower meetings. Twenty three members enjoyed a meal. The first meeting starts today in the village hall at 7.30pm.

BINGO will be held tomorrow in the village hall, and will be an Easter bingo. During the interval there will be an Easter bonnet parade, with prizes for the best three decorated hats. Eyes down 7.30pm, doors open 6.30pm. Lots of cash games and all prizes will be for Easter. All welcome.

SPECIAL bingo will he held on Wednesday, April 23, with all proceeds going to ‘Heroes of War’. It is hoped that some affected by the wars will attend the bingo. Excellent prizes have already been donated as well as cash games. If anyone would like to donate anything please phone June on 01406 422050 or Gill on 01406 423065. There will also be a cake stall.


AT the meeting on April 2 members of Spalding and District Stamp Club welcomed back Arthur Long from Lincoln with the first part of his Zanzibar collection covering the period up to 1913. Arthur opened by giving members a short history of the area – now two islands off the east coast of Africa but which at one period also included part of the mainland. Early settlers were the Portuguese and Arabs but it was also a staging post for people wanting to explore Africa. Zanzibar was also the centre for the East African slave trade. There was an Indian post office in Zanzibar 1868/69 and again from 1875 using Indian stamps with only the postmark indicating use in Zanzibar. The German and French postal authorities established post offices on the island about 1890 using their own stamps and these operated for about 15 years. Arthur showed some examples of the French stamps including some errors and postal stationery. In 1895 the area became a British Protectorate and initially Indian stamps overprinted ‘Zanzibar’ were used for postage. Including additional overprints to the value as some stamps were used up, there were 40 Indian stamps recorded as being used. However, due to errors, varieties both major and minor there are nearly 350 listed in the specialist catalogues. These were followed by British East Africa stamps with the same Zanzibar overprint and all had the head of Queen Victoria in the design. In 1896 the first stamps specifically for Zanzibar and depicting the reigning Sultan arrived in the state to replace the overprinted stamps. In the second half Arthur showed stamps, postal stationery, postage due and revenue stamps relating to the second and third Sultans. The currency was initially the anna and rupee with the anna being replaced by the cent in 1908. However, Arthur did have one stamp with a value of 20/-. He explained that this was a very specific revenue stamp used only for the duty payable for a passport and then showed a copy of a passport with the stamp attached. The third Sultan died in 1913 and as his successor reigned for over 40 years Arthur has philatelic material relating to his reign in a second collection. The next evening meeting is today at 7.30pm when Frank Wilson will entertain members. At the afternoon meeting at 2pm on May 7 Peter Wain will be showing more of the material he has collected mainly relating the post office rather than actual stamps. All meetings are held in the Ladies Room, Spalding Constitutional Club, Broad Street. Visitors are welcome, for more information contact Joyce Boyer on 01775 762661.


EASTER services at St Mary’s Church are at noon on Good Friday and 11am Easter Communion on Sunday.

West Pinchbeck

MEMBERS of West Pinchbeck Senior Club will meet tomorrow in the village hall at 2.30pm and enjoy an Easter tea. There will also be a quiz. As well, members are reminded to bring their efforts at making an Easter card for the competition.