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Cactus Society

THE next meeting of the Cactus Society will be on Friday, May 16, 7pm, at Weston Village Hall, Small Drove, PE12 6HU. Speaker will be Paul Hoxey talking about his favourite plants and their cultivation. Further details from Ron Wood on 01775 750324 or visit www.spalding.bcss.org.uk

Gedney Hill

NATALIE Winford gave a talk on her personal experiences dealing with autism to the Women’s Institute in the Memorial Hall. An invitation was received from Whaplode Drove for May 6. A birthday pen was presented to Liz Cowell. A group photograph was taken by John Grevatt, husband of president Mary Grevatt, for submission as one of the photographs for the centenary baton. The mystery competition was for the heaviest handbag and won by Brenda Harper, Janet Coles and Mary Grevatt. Raffle for June to be provided by Brenda Harper. Next month will be the birthday party and the talk will be ‘The Quaker tapestry’ by Anne Wood. New members are always welcome to the meetings which take place in the Memorial Hall on the fourth Wednesday each month except August when the Meeting will take place at the secretary’s, Patti Harris’s, home. December will be the holiday month.


ST Peter and St Paul’s Church is attracting a large number of visitors, with coach parties coming from all over the country to look at the flower and craft festival. This year’s theme is ‘children’s storytime’ and it is well worth a visit to view the 28 splendid displays depicting the different stories. The Gosberton Rainbows and Brownies depicted the Brownie Story and the local Guides ‘My sister sleeps on the mantelpiece’. Gosberton Thursday Group depicted Harry Potter and Cinderella and the Rainbow Playgroup portrayed Rainbow Fish. ‘Jungle Book’ was made by Quadring Primary School and the Gosberton Royal British Legion gave a display. Gosberton House Care Home portrayed ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ and Gosberton Clough and Risegate school presented a display on book week. Women’s Institute depicted ‘Jungle Book’ and Gosberton House School ‘The stories of Roald Dahl’. Lots of other volunteers had helped in church depicting ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’, ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, ‘the Gingerbread Man’, ‘Alice in Wonderland’, ‘The Gruffalo’, ‘Pinocchio’, ‘Snow White’, ‘The Three Bears’, ‘Peter Pan’, ‘The Wizard of Oz’, ‘The Ugly Duckling’, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, ‘Three Little Pigs’, ‘The Tiger who came to tea’, ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’, ‘Wind in the Willows’, ‘The Little Mermaid’, ‘Rapunzel’ and ‘Hansel and Gretel’. There is a display by the Community Art Group and beautiful lemon and white displays on the pew ends; and the font is decorated in lemon. Many people have taken a craft stall in to the church. The LIVES First Responder display is outside and refreshments are served throughout the day in the church hall. Organising committee is chairman, the Rev Ian Walters; flower co-ordinator, Val Brocklehurst; crafts, Pat Walters; raffle, Diane Ralph; cakes, Queenie Dennis and Mary Hammond; refreshments, Geoff and Debbie Reynolds; plant stall, Betty Dobney; bric-a-brac, Val Baggott; books Simon Steinhaussen. Thanks are expressed to the sponsors, all who have helped in any way and of course the visitors. The festival is open until Monday.

THERE will be no 10am service at St Peter and St Paul’s Church on Sunday, due to the flower festival. There will, however, be a service of Holy Communion at 8am and a 6pm service of Common Prayer. 10am services will be held at the Gosberton Clough and Risegate St Gilbert and St Hugh’s and Quadring St Margaret’s.

A group of people enjoyed playing table games at the Baptist Fun and Fellowship on a Friday held at the home of Des and Rene Curtis last Friday. Mrs Curtis served coffee, tea and cakes. Next one will be on Friday, May 30 at 2pm.


THE community flower festival starts today, until Monday, in All Saints’ Church and in the Reading Rooms. Taking the theme of Holbeach Past and Present, there will be flower displays, exhibitions, craft stalls and a host of special events. To finish the weekend off Holbeach Town Band on will perform on Monday afternoon. The church will be open daily 10am-5pm. The official opening is today at 10am by Holbeach’s oldest residents.


MOULTON Mill will be closed to the public this Friday until 2pm for a private function. Members apologise for any inconvenience caused.


NEW president Margaret Moyses was given a warm welcome at the April meeting. Speaker and demonstrator Pamela Driscoll was introduced and the lovely flower arrangements she produced were aimed at those members who are less skilled. The arrangements were raffled. The birthday cake, made and iced by Brenda Robinson, was cut by Margaret and past president Ruth Hollings. Tina Maddison won the draw for the Denman Bursary. Thanks were given to Lesley Eldridge and Larraine Hansard for organising another excellent quiz; members for helping at the recent coffee morning, when £269 was raised and Paulina Roberts for the lovely table arrangement. Secretary Marilyn Tansley gave diary dates: May 1, Luncheon Club; May 14, ten pin bowling; June 7, hospital gala. Treasurer Jean Bradshaw gave a financial report and group leaders gave their monthly report. Annual trophies were presented to the overall winners of the monthly competitions. First Trish Harvey, second Barbara Berridge, third Lorna Wright, Irene Wright and Pam Portas. April’s competition for a flower arrangement in a saucer was won by Nancy Kinnersley, Doreen Snushall and Barbara Berridge. The next meeting at Pinchbeck Village Hall is on May 12 at 7.30pm. It is a resolution discussion and quiz time. The competition is to make a head dress suitable for a May queen. Visitors welcome.

Saracen’s Head

ON April 23 a special bingo was held in the village hall with all proceeds for ‘Heroes of War’. A good crowd attended and a total of £620.30 was raised. The event was arranged by Gill Ward and June Taylor. Thanks to all who supported, helped and donated to this event.

EASTER bingo was held in the village hall recently and an excellent crowd attended. During the interval there was an Easter bonnet parade with 16 people taking part, displaying some excellent bonnets. The winners were Doris Edmonds, Dave Baldwin and Pat Walmsley (see picture above). They received prizes while all the other entrants received chocolate.


BINGO is on Monday at 7.30pm in St Paul’s Church Hall, Fulney.

BROADSTREET Methodist Church will not be holding a flower festival over this weekend, but will be open for light refreshments and snack lunches on Saturday from 10am. Also on sale will be crafts, preserves and Fairtrade goods. The church will be open to visitors from 10am.

THE chairman of Spalding East Townswomen’s Guild welcomed 12 members to the April meeting. A moment’s silence was observed to remember Pam Herd, a former chairman, who had died. Birthday greetings were given to Ruth Tyrrell. Last month’s meeting was the AGM and no new officers were elected so the committee continues as last year. The competition tray for the year was won by Marina Hilton. The luncheon club had met at Wimberley Hall Farm and had an enjoyable lunch. The next one will be on May 13 at the Shanghai Gardens Chinese Restaurant in Market Place. Speaker June Barton talked about life on the Lincolnshire salt marshes. June was born on a farm on the marshes and was keen to tell members of her life there. An enjoyable evening was had by all. Competition winners were Mrs Winch, Mrs Woolsley and Mrs Stewart. Next month’s meeting is on May 27 and the speaker will be Irene Davies from Agape Care. Members were asked to bring items for the food bank, also bric-a-brac and books for the stall at the hospital fete on June 7. New members are welcome meeting in the Gleed School library at 7pm.


FLOWER festival, art exhibition and cafe at St Laurence Church continues up to and including bank holiday Monday. Open daily 10am-5pm. Homemade cakes, marmalade, plants, crafts, fresh flowers and tombola are on offer and paintings by local artists are on display. Tasty hot meals, salads, coffee, tea, cakes and pastries will be served in the ever popular Fraiser Room Cafe. All are welcome. For more information phone 01775 680746.

Weston Hills

ST John’s Church flower festival takes place this Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10am-4pm. Teas will be served and raffle tickets sold ready for the draw on Monday at around 3.30pm.

BINGO is on Saturday, May 10, 7pm with prizes and money games, in the village hall.

DOG training takes place on Saturday, May 10 in the village hall, 9am-noon. Contact Lincs Training K9 on 01775 761795 or 07971 393832.