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Cactus Society

CACTUS Society meets this Friday, 7pm for 7.30pm start, at Weston Village Hall, Small Drove, PE12 6HU. Rodney Simms will be talking about aloes and their cultivation. Free entrance and refreshments. Selection of plants on show, plant raffle. Further details from Ron Wood on 01775 750324 or visit www.spalding.bcss.org.uk


ON June 9, 49 members and one visitor attended the Deepings Lunchtime Women’s Institute meeting, where they were welcomed by vice president Barbara Derbyshire who was standing in for the president who was going to be dashing off with several others to the ‘baton’ get together at Bourne Corn Exchange. The meeting started with members singing Happy Birthday to Margaret Flegg. A delicious lunch was served which was followed by the giving out of birthday posies to Pauline Adkins, Sylvia Alpe, Betty Green, Jo Moore, Eileen Nichols, Dot Turner and Margaret Flegg. The business part of the meeting began and members were asked if they would like to take part in the entertainment for Christmas, to be organised by the Federation in December. A reminder was given about the invite from Baston WI; mention was made about the invitation from Carlby WI to their meetings over the year; quizzers are invited to make up a team of four at Swineshead on September 5. The Members Advisory Committee is hosting a ‘How modern is your WI’ on October 15. Orders are being taken for the 2015 diary, cost is £3.70 each. The August meeting has been changed to August 4. Speaker, Brian Jones, who had stepped in at the last minute, spoke about ‘Things that happen in June’, explaining how folklore tells us how foxgloves came into being and several recipes from several hundred years ago. The competition for a cheese knife was won by Carole Mills, Margaret Flegg and Susan Notley. The raffle was taken by Joyce Carnell and Jessie Battle. Craft group meets on Monday, June 23, at 9.30am at Benedict Court where members will be making a concertina card with Georgina Hitchcock, cost £1.50. The book group will meet at 2.30pm at the home of Moira Small. Walkers are to meet at the Deeping Lakes on Wednesday, June 25 at 10.30am. The next meeting is on July 14, which will be a members’ meeting when there will be a scarf, hat and handbag bring and buy sale, the competition is for a scarf ring.


PRAM and Toddler Church in the church hall on a Tuesday at 2.15pm to last about 30 minutes enough time after to pick the older children up from school. A chill out time for mums or even dads. Tea, coffee, squash and biscuits provided.

LATEST whist drive winners are Ron Lowth, Lyn Wyer, Barbara Hall, Norman Sharpe, Tim Kane, Sylvia White; partner, Norman Sharpe, Arthur Heppinstall, Jean Thompson, Lyn Wyer; donkey derby, Ron Lowth. Raffle winners were Ron Lowth, Norman Sharpe and Jean Thompson.

SOLO on June 3 was won by Jean Thompson, Mary Jennings, Joan Hodgson; lucky score, Mabel Burgess; donkey derby, Benny Crampton. Raffle winners were Rita Harris and Mary Jennings.

Woodturners’ Club

THE next meeting of the Fenland Woodturners’ Club is on Wednesday, June 25. Making a return visit to the club will be the popular duo Chris and Rita Norton, who will entertain with their demonstration and accompanying banter. Meetings are held monthly at Spalding Common Community Hall at 7pm. Members Free, visitors £4. For more details contact Trevor Blackburn on 01775 767917.

Gedney Hill

WOMEN’S Institute will be meeting in the Memorial Hall on Wednesday, June 25 at 7.15pm. This should be an interesting evening as a talk will be given about the Greyhound Trust. Competition will be for a posy of herbs. The Women’s Institute welcome anyone who would enjoy meeting with happy ladies, so go along and join them for refreshments during the evening. Meetings are held every fourth Wednesday except December. A garden meeting will be held at the home of secretary Patti Harris on August 27 at 7.15 pm.


PRESIDENT Chris Clark welcomed members and visitors to the Public Hall for the June Women’s Institute meeting. She thanked everyone who had helped make the coffee morning enjoyable and the centenary baton had passed through successfully. Details were read out of various forthcoming events including Sleaford Carnival on July 13, a quiz at Swineshead on September 5 and a computer event at Quadring on October 15. There is to be a national competition for ‘Tomorrow’s WI heirlooms’ in various categories, and members were reminded that entries for the Make Bake and Show competition need to be in by July 29. Holbeach WI are having a strawberry tea with music on July 12 and Pinchbeck invited members on their outings to Denman in September and also a mystery tour on August 11. The Gosberton Baptist film show group invited members on their outing to Gooderstone Water Gardens on July 5. The lunch group will meet at the Fortesque Arms, Billingborough, at 12.15pm on Tuesday, June 24. June birthdays were celebrated by Chris Clark, Pat Walters, Sandra Saxby and Jean Butler who all received their birthday gifts. Speaker was Colin Bower. He told humorous tales of his life as a passenger liaison officer on cruise ships, including the converted troop ship, the Nevassa which took school parties on educational cruises. It was a very amusing and enjoyable talk, especially as some members had personal experience of the Nevassa. There were several winners of raffle prizes as well as winners on the tombola stall, held over from the coffee morning.The lucky winner of ‘guess Parker’s birthday’ was Delcy Moore with August 24. Next meeting on July 8 is a fun and games social evening. Visitors always welcome. Please contact secretary, Eileen Johnson on 01775 750553 for further information about WI.

THERE are some seats available on the coach outing to Gooderstone Water Gardens on Saturday, July 5. Cost is £17 inclusive. Picks ups in Donington, Quadring, Gosberton, Surfleet, Pinchbeck and Spalding. For more information contact 01775 840185.


HOLBEACH Seniors’ Link welcomes all over-50s to attend the next meeting on Wednesday, June 25, at Moulton Village Hall from 2pm, to enjoy the wonderful Ukelele Orchestra of Spalding. Free admission, cuppas and biscuits. If you can’t get there by other transport remember Call Connect will take you and bring you back if you register with them and book within one week of the journey, free with bus pass.

Long Sutton

LONG Sutton Baptist Church is holding a jumble sale on Friday, 9am-noon, coffee and tea available, all welcome .

Moulton Chapel

A bingo in aid of Peterborough City Hospital breast cancer unit is on Wednesday, June 25, in the youth and community centre. Doors open 6.30pm for eyes down 7.30pm. Please bring a bingo or raffle prize for next time. £412 was raised in May so a further £1,000 has been given to the breast unit. Thanks to everyone for continuing to support this worthwhile cause.

Moulton Seas End

FOLLOWING on from the success of the first audition, a second audition session 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 the question is, can you sing, dance, juggle, tell jokes or play a musical instrument? Entry is free so go along for an audition. If you need more information phone Steve Walker 01406 372624 or e-mail him on contactme@swalkon.co.uk. The grand final of the competition will take place on Saturday, June 28, at 7pm. Entrance on the day has been reduced to £2 while competitors will have the opportunity to buy tickets for family and friends in advance. There will be a third audition on June 27.


AFTER welcoming members to the June meeting, president Margaret Moyses introduced Adrian and Rachel from the Local Crime and Community Service. Adrian is a magistrate and Rachel works for the probation service. After an interesting introduction members played the role of the ‘bench’ and a ‘case’ was presented to them. After much discussion members decided on a ‘sentence’. Rachel outlined the probation service’s role. With all the information members were to decide the purpose of sentencing and was it prison or not? Most members decided not prison! After refreshments the business meeting was held. Marilyn Tansley, secretary, reminded members to take items to the July meeting for the Smile Charity stall which takes place on August 2 on the Glebe field. Cakes should be taken fresh on the day. Margaret thanked members for their great support at the successful centenary baton relay event where Pinchbeck was honoured to carry the baton on the water taxi from Springfields to Spalding as Pinchbeck was the oldest institute in attendance. Chris Best reported on the National AGM. The resolution for organ donation was passed with 97 per cent of members in favour. Hope Wells thanked members for their special help at the 60th anniversary gala of the Welland Hospital. Pinchbeck’s stall and game raised £203. Irene Wright was thanked for the table decoration which was sent to an indisposed member. Competition winners for a ‘mug shot’ were Anne Cooper, Doreen Snushall and Christine Best. Raffle winners were Ellen Newman, Barbara Webb and Pauline Killigrew. Next meeting is the strawberry supper on July 14 at 7.30pm in the village hall. Members £2.50, visitors £3. There will be a bring and buy stall. Entertainment is by folk singers Nigel and Terri. Competition: come dressed in, or with something red.

Pode Hole

PODE Hole Over 60s Club met in Bromley Hall recently for an enjoyable afternoon playing whist and bingo followed by tea and biscuits and a raffle. At the end of the meeting Tina Rodgers, chairman of the Bromley Hall Committee, presented Mrs Exton, Miss Hubbard and Mrs Loveridge with flowers and a framed certificate to mark their retirement after serving many years on the Bromley Hall Committee. Ms Rodgers also reported to club members the good news that the hall is going to be redecorated and will have a disabled toilet installed as well as a new cooker and new floor in the kitchen. New members are always welcome at the Over 60s Club which meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 2pm.

PODE Hole Women’s Institute had a special visitor to their last meeting in the form of a two day old baby hedgehog. He was brought in by the speaker for the evening Angela Smith who runs a hedgehog rescue and rehabilitation centre at Old Leake. Mrs Smith explained the baby had been brought in that day after his mother deserted the nest and she had to bring him in because he needed feeding every two hours. Mrs Smith gave an informative talk about the hundreds of hedgehogs she has cared for and then returned to the wild. President Mrs Campbell presented Mrs Storey with her new member’s pack. The competition winners for a hedgehog ornament were Mrs Storey, Mrs Healey and Mrs Berridge. The evening ended with the raffle draw and members went home looking forward to the celebrations to mark the arrival in Spalding of the centenary baton.

Pode Hole WI meets in the Bromley Hall on the first Tuesday in the month at 7pm. At the next meeting on July 1 Ros Savage will be speaking about prison life.

Saracen’s Head

A good crowd attended the bingo on June 4, the snowball was not won.

VILLAGE hall annual meeting is on Monday, July 7, 8pm. It is hoped the general public will go along to give their support to the committee. Light refreshments will be served after the meeting.

NINETEEN ladies attended the Flower Club meeting last Tuesday. The arrangement was by Brenda Munson. Raffle winners were Annette Holder, Pat Cook, Maurita Taylor, Pam Goddard, Lorraine Clark, Doris Etridge, Sandra Thompson, Barbara Wheatley and Pat Robinson. New member, Marilyn Howe, was welcomed to the group. This year’s china tea party will be in September and not July as in previous years. Details later.


SPALDING East Townswomen’s Guild met recently in the Gleed Academy Library. Birthday greetings were given to Margaret Crampton. The luncheon club had recently enjoyed meals at Shanghai Gardens Chinese restaurant and the Swan at Moulton. The theme for the July sales table will be fruit and veg. Speaker was Mrs Davies from Agape Foodbank, talking about the service it provides. Members took along donations for the foodbank. Raffle winner was Mrs Whitaker and competition winners were Doreen Grummit, Val Wright, Marina Hilton and Margaret Woolsey. There is no June meeting as the guild’s 55th birthday lunch is at the Moorings on June 24. The July meeting is on July 22 at 7pm; new members welcome.

AT the meeting of Spalding and District Stamp Club on June 4 members attending gave displays under the title ‘Modes of transport’ and as usual this was interpreted in many different ways. Ian and Mike showed a wide range of stamps depicting many forms of transport from walking, skiing, and riding to trains, boats, aircraft and helicopters. Taking individual types of transport Aileen showed aircraft of the Royal Air Force, Chris showed steam trains whilst Peter opted for World War Two vehicles from tanks and guns to staff cars used by both the allies and German armies. Frank showed mail from Papua New Guinea that has been carried by ship explaining that these varied from small local inter-island vessels to visiting cruise liners. Bruce showed examples of two Great Britain issues depicting motorbikes and tall ships including the Post Office advertising leaflets in both English and Welsh. Joyce closed the first half with covers from the Austria village of Christkindl carried by horse-drawn coach, old-timer bus and balloon. In the second half Peter, Ian, Chris and Frank showed further examples on their themes. Joyce said that she had found a sheet of ten advertising labels for an international philatelic exhibition held in Vienna in 1933. These showed different modes of carrying the mail from early day to that time and went on to show material either illustrating or carried on the different types of transport shown. The next meeting of the club is tonight at 7.30pm which is the AGM and presentation of awards followed by a bring and buy. The meeting on July 2 at 2pm will again be a bring and buy. At the evening meeting on July 15 at 7.30 pm Richard Fleming will be giving a display of Channel Islands. All meetings are held in the Ladies Room, Spalding Constitutional Club, Broad Street. Visitors are welcome. For more information contact Joyce on 01775 762661 or Frank on 01775 766117.

Whaplode Drove

THERE is a craft fair in the church on Saturday 10am-4pm. The vicar and churchwarden will be in church during these hours to receive gifts on the Patronal Festival. Lunches or light refreshments , with the usual raffle and cake stalls, will be held in the church room, 11am-2pm. Go along and enjoy the company, home made food and just browsing.