District News

From Bourne to Whaplode Drove


UNITED Reformed Church coffee morning will be in the schoolroom on Saturday, 10-11.30am, with all the usual attractions.

THE United Reformed Church will be holding a special strawberry tea in the schoolroom on Saturday, June 21, 3-4.30pm. Other attractions will include a raffle, tombola and bric-a-brac. Tickets are £2.50 from church members or at the door.


FENLAND branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, CAMRA, is celebrating its 40th anniversary and on Sunday is presenting the landlord Bert Murray, of the Bull Inn in Market Deeping, with a certificate. It was here that the first meeting took place on June 21 of the Fenland branch which went from Lincoln to Cambridge in those days. Past and present members are welcome to go along to the Bull Inn for the presentation at 3pm on Sunday.


ANCIENT and historic Crowland Abbey will echo to the sound of music from across the centuries tomorrow. Spalding-based Cantemus will sing sacred songs from the 16th Century all the way through to show tunes of the 21st. The concert, which begins at 8pm, will feature Palestrina, Monte Verdi, Bach and Brahms through to Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber. And Song from Matilda by Tim Minchin will bring the programme bang up to date. Crowland Abbey is big enough to accommodate all and there are no tickets and no admission charges (retiring collection only) so just turn up.

Deeping St James

WHOEVER would have thought ‘Life on the Fens’ could be so interesting, but members of Deeping St James Women’s Institute found this to be so when Peter Lee talked to them about ‘Eels, punts and willows’. Peter, from Outwell, spoke about how his family have lived and worked in the Fens since the 1400s. In those days the fen marshes hadn’t been drained so there was plenty of wildfowl and eels. Peter makes his eel traps from willow, in the same way they have been made for generations. He goes out on the river in his punt in the early evenings to set his traps, then returns to collect the eels in the early mornings, to sell in his shop or at market. Peter has met many famous celebrities including Aled Jones, Ben Fogle and Sheila Hancock, to name just a few, and spent half an hour talking to the Queen, when he was presented to her. He makes various items from willow, draws and paints portraits and wildlife and has appeared on television. The competition for ‘something beginning with e’ was won by Margaret Flegg. There will be a WI cake stall at Deepings Carnival on July 6. Val Gemmel will be speaking about ‘Life as an air hostess’ at the next meeting on June 26 in the church hall, 7.30pm. There will be a book sale to raise money for ACWW.


SOLO drive on May 27 was won by Bryan Robinson, Marion Robinson, Mary Jennings; lucky score, Lynn Wyer; donkey derby, Mabel Burgess. MC was Jean Thompson. Raffle winners were Elsie Wright and Edgar Bettinson.

WHIST drive winners on May 28 were Barbara Hall, Gwen Jackson, John Collins, Alan White, Roz Hull, Betsy Stead; partner, John Collins, Ron Lowth, Carol Kane, Tim Kane; donkey derby, Lyn Wyer. Raffle winners were Jean Thompson, Ron Lowth, Rita Northern.

FLOWER ladies, don’t forget coffee and cake at the church hall on Thursday at 2pm. Any new flower arrangers are welcome.

THIS Friday at 7pm in the church hall, a fashion show by Baytree Fashions will be held. Pay on the door, £5 including a glass of wine and nibbles.

COFFEE and Chat is in the church hall on Saturday, 10am-noon.

BOOKINGS should be given to Jane Stanley for the summer lunch on Sunday, June 29. Phone 01775 821515.

Gedney Drove End

CAKE stall, for the benefit of Christ Church, Dawsmere, will take place at the forecourt of Geck and Hilary Bills’ Farm Shop, Gedney Marsh, on Saturday, 10am to 1pm.


THE hand over of the Women’s Institute centenary baton from Sutterton Women’s Institute to Gosberton took place in the Public Hall on Thursday morning. At the same time the branch put on a well organised coffee morning. Together with coffee and tea, there was a wide selection of cakes and scones served by Sandra Saxby, Delcy Moore, Jenny Pocock. A tombola was staffed by Betty Dakers and Queenie Dennis ran guessing the teddy’s birthday competition. A stall displayed the different craft items the WI members have made and also a sample of the knitted garments they make for the new arrivals at the premature baby unit at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital. Following the coffee morning, the baton was taken to Spalding.

THE Methodist Church is open every Thursday at 3pm for a quiet hour when anyone is welcome to drop in.

GOSBERTON Good Companions met in the Public Hall on Tuesday, enjoying a game of bingo. Caller was Bryan Waters. The auction was conducted by Les Stevenson with Maxine Dobney and Mike Smith as the runners. A raffle was organised by Edna Richardson and Lilian Crunkhorn. An extraordinary general meeting has been called for Tuesday, June 17, to elect a new chairman and secretary.

A meeting of the Gosberton Churches Together will be held in the Gosberton Baptist Church on Tuesday, June 17 at 7.30pm.

GOSBERTON Churches Together Bible study and fellowship meeting takes place in the Methodist Church on the second Tuesday of each month.

AT the Women’s Institute meeting in the Public Hall today there is a talk by Colin Bower on ‘Being a passenger liaison officer on the Nevessa’. The competition is for a holiday photo and the stall will be general bring and buy.

Handful of Harmonies

MEMBERS of the Ladies choir, A Handful of Harmonies put on their pink polo shirts and joined in with the Race for Life at Burghley Park on Sunday. The ladies, including those from Pode Hole, Deeping and Langtoft, between them raised well over £2,000 towards Cancer Research. Their music director Andrew Clingo walked round the five kilometres with them in support. This was just another way the ladies raise funds for a variety of causes, although it is generally using their voices. Their next event will be at the Indigo2 in London, an evening organised by 1640 Productions with an all amateur cast, at which they will be singing a medley from Les Miserables, an Abba medley and the Power of Love. For a concert nearer to home or details of how to join these fun-loving ladies look on the website www.handfulofharmonies.co.uk or phone Andrew on 01778 345857.


HOLBEACH Town Band’s next monthly bingo is at the Women’s Institute Hall on Friday. Eyes down at 7.30pm.

Holbeach St Marks

ROYAL British Legion is having a summer concert on July 12, 7.30pm, in the village hall. Holbeach Band will be playing. Tickets are £5 from any member or phone 01775 760252.

Long Sutton

BAPTIST Church will be serving lunches on Friday, 11.30am-1.30pm.

Lutton Marsh

LADIES Group will be having a cake stall to benefit the Methodist Chapel at St Mary’s Church Hall, Long Sutton, on Friday, 9am-noon.

Moulton Chapel

LINCS Fashions is hosting a fashion show on behalf of Moulton Chapel Youth and Community Centre and Friends of the School, on Thursday, June 26, at 7.30 pm in the community centre. All garments are perfect, no seconds. Entrance is £2 on the door.

Moulton Seas End

THE first of three audition sessions for Moulton Seas End’s Got Talent will take place on Friday at 7pm in the village hall. The competition is open to residents of Moulton Seas End and surrounding area, so can you sing, dance, juggle, tell jokes or play a musical instrument? Are you young, old or in between? Entry is free so go along for an audition where backing music etc can be sorted. Need more information? Call Steve Walker on 01406 372624 or e-mail him on contactme@swalkon.co.uk. The grand final takes place on Saturday, June 28, at 7pm. One of the judges will be former Spalding Flower Queen Inca Honnor. Entrance on the day costs £3 while competitors will have the opportunity to buy up to four tickets for family and friends at £2 each. There will be two more audition sessions on June 20 and 27.

IF you’re celebrating or having a party then why not consider holding it in the village hall? For information, competitive pricing and availability, contact the bookings secretary, Loretta Ferguson on 01406 373757 or 07957 675714.


PATRICIA Rayner gave an inspiring talk with photos to members of Rippingale and District Women’s Institute, on the history of the Japanese garden. Members learned that the Japanese drop the seed of the cosmos by plane onto the harvested rice fields to create a beautiful colourful scene as it is their favourite flower. Final preparations were announced for receiving the WI Baton in Rippingale and passing it on to Dyke then through to Bourne. Members recently enjoyed a Gareth Malone concert in Nottingham. Many invitations had been received to garden parties, quizzes, course for Tweeting and lunches. Rippingale WI is now on line. The speaker on July 3 will be Jill Collinge, her subject ‘The city on the Hill’. For further details contact Rebecca Main (president) on 01778 440411 or e-mail rebeccamain1@yahoo.co.uk

Saracen’s Head

THE village hall is available to hire and offers a large hall and a smaller independent hall, suitable for small functions. For details phone 01406 423065.


THE village hall is open for a games and social afternoon on the first and third Monday of each month, 1-4pm. Drop in for tea and coffee, a chat or a game. At the get together on Thursday, July 3, a strawberry tea will be available, 2-4pm. Tickets available from Brenda on 01406 370775.

BELL ringing practice is tomorrow at St Mary’s Church, 7pm. New members always welcome. For more details phone 01406 371900.

Whaplode Drove

PRESIDENT Mavis Stancer welcomed members to the June Women’s Institute meeting. A birthday posy was presented to Mary Stone. The centenary baton event arrangements were given. Next month’s anniversary meeting was discussed and catering arrangements made. Speaker was Dorothy Wood who spoke of her attendance at university long after her children had grown up and the realisation of a dream. Her talk was both informative and amusing as she took the members through the process of doing a course later in life with students half her age. Competition winners were Linda Wapples, Sandra Allen and Sue Lawrence.