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From Donington to Whaplode Drove


THE 1st Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers Memorial Service at St Mary and the Holy Rood Church takes place on Sunday: 10am Market Place, parade to the church, 10.30am church service.

Everyone welcome to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of Arnhem.


ALL are welcome to go along to the Baptist Church on Saturday, October 11, to hear a talk by the church’s link missionary, Judith Ellis, who has been principal of the Kathmandu International Study Centre, in Nepal. The meeting begins with a meal at 5.30pm followed by Judith’s talk.

The following day, October 12, is the Baptist’s harvest at 10.30am and the previous day, October 10 the Baptists are having a flower arranging workshop. To join the workshop contact Annie Weatherly-Barton on 01775 840693.

GOSBERTON Churches Together have a prayer walk which meets at the Methodist Church in Salem Street tomorrow at 10am.

THE Methodist Church harvest festival is on Sunday at 3pm followed by a tea. The harvest continues on Monday at 7pm with a harvest supper and sale. Tickets for the supper at £3.50 are available from Belinda Taylor or Celia Hearth.

GOSBERTON and District Royal British Legion members are looking forward to the return visit of the Banovallum Band, who are giving a concert in the Quadring St Margaret’s Hall on October 3 at 7.30pm. Tickets at £6 are available from Gene Waterfall on 01775 750491. Donations of raffle prizes and offers of help are welcome.

GOSBERTON Baptists are having an outing to the Birmingham Christmas market on Thursday, November 20. For more information contact Annie Weatherly-Barton on 01775 840693.

Clough and 

THE Methodist Church was beautifully decorated for its harvest festival recently. On the Sunday afternoon Mick Lee welcomed the New Name Group from Sibsey who took the service. This was followed by a tea prepared by members of the church. The harvest continued on the Monday with a supper and sale of harvest produce. Proceeds for the Risegate Methodist funds.

GOSBERTON Risegate Silver Link Club met on September 17 when Tina Sandall welcomed members and a visitor. The club was told that popular member Glad Parker was celebrating her birthday, so all enjoyed trifle and birthday cake with their drink of tea. All enjoyed bingo called by Tina Sandall and helped by Margaret Staff. Joan Howard ran a raffle and there was a game of donkey derby. Members were reminded that the club has received an invitation from the Quadring Evergreen Club to its harvest festival on October 9 at 2pm. It was suggested that the two clubs get together and again at the Christmas party, along with other Age UK activities.

ST Gilbert and St Hugh’s Church celebrates its harvest festival on Sunday with a service at 11am. This will be followed by a harvest lunch at noon in the church hall. Tickets at £8 are available from Sandra Thompson on 01775 750370 or Sue Murphy on 01775 750334. Donations of raffle prizes will be welcome.

HARVEST festival service for Gosberton Clough and Risegate Primary School is on Monday in St Gilbert and St Hugh’s Church. It starts at 1.45pm to which family members and friends are welcome.

Handful of 

A Handful of Harmonies is holding a Macmillan coffee event at their Spalding choir tomorrow. Members from the Deepings, Bourne, Langtoft, Peterborough, Stamford and Oundle are all welcome to come along. Spalding Ladies meet every Friday at Bromley Memorial Hall, Pode Hole, 1.30–3pm. Their normal choir session will take place followed by tea/coffee and cakes and fund raisers afterwards. Ladies who may have been interested in joining this choir are welcome to come along for a donation to Macmillan charity and enjoy supporting the event and join in the singing. Choir members are currently celebrating the launch of their first CD. They are also rehearsing for their next visit to Her Majesty’s Theatre at the beginning of October. They can also be seen at several events in the area including a concert at Stamford Arts Centre on December 6. Further information is available at the website www.handfulofharmonies.co.uk or phone Andrew on 01778 345857.


HOLBEACH Community Larder is running low on jam, squash, tinned fish and tinned fruit, all of which can be left in the tub in the back of All Saints’ Church. The food bank is open on Fridays 11am-2pm, café open for hot lunches on Fridays noon-1.30pm and Credit Union access point Fridays 11am-2pm. All in the Reading Rooms, Church Street.


AS part of this weekend’s harvest festivities the Pinchbeck Cake Off looks set to be a lot of fun. Entries should be at the parish church before noon, ready for judging at 3pm. Saturday’s events, including flower festival, stalls, exhibitions, activities, refreshments and lots more are live from 10am until 4pm. On Sunday the church services are at the normal time of 10.30am with the Baptist Church flower festival continuing into the afternoon. A parish bring and share lunch follows the harvest service at St Mary’s Church. For further information phone 07767 003853.


SPALDING Ramblers’ walk this Sunday will take place around the nature reserve at Castor Hanglands, two miles north of the village of Ailsworth, near Peterborough. Meet in Southey Wood car park for a 10.30am start. Further details are available from the leader on 01775 680402. Members of Spalding Ramblers group are reminded that the AGM will take place at St Nicolas Hall, The Vista, Spalding, on Tuesday, October 14, at 7.30pm.


THE September meeting of Tollgate Women’s Institute was held at St John’s Church Lounge, Hawthorn Bank. Correspondence and business was dealt with before the president handed the meeting over to Mrs N Clark. As it was member’s night she introduced Evette Mayo who gave a talk on her work as a podiatrist and answered questions on foot care. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, October 21, when the speaker will be Freyer Titman, on bee keeping and honey. Visitors welcome.

THE Birds is holding a coffee morning tomorrow, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. The morning starts at 9am until noon at the Hungry Horse pub on Halmer Gate. As well as coffee and cakes for sale there will be a best home made cake competition with prizes on offer. For more information call 01775 723329.

Moulton Chapel

Moulton Chapel Youth and Community Centre’s harvest supper and auction will now take place on Saturday, October 11 (6.30pm), and not this Saturday as previously advertised. Cost is £6 each.


BINGO will be played in the village hall on Sunday, eyes down at 3.30pm, in aid of The Callum Pite Smile Charity supporting teenagers with cancer in Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

ROYAL British Legion is holding its annual meeting on Tuesday, October 7, at 7.30pm in the Baptist Church Hall, Knight Street.

Saracen’s Head

FLOWER Club recently held a china tea party to raise funds for Lincolnshire Air Ambulance and at the meeting on September 16 members welcomed Mr and Mrs Chambers, who came along to collect a cheque for £1,097. Mrs chambers thanked members for the wonderful amount raised, and also gave a short talk on the air ambulance. Raffle winners were Ann Bailey, Lorraine Clark, Joan Healey, Marilyn Howe, Mary Cooper, Pat cook, Brenda Munson, Annette Holder, Jo Harvey and Pam Goddard. June Taylor thanked the club ladies for their support at the tea party. She welcomed two new members, Chris Phillips and Maggie Allen.

BINGO was held in the village hall on September 17. The snowball was not won on 60 numbers so rolls over to the next bingo on Wednesday.


COFFEE Pot pop-in has a charity morning in aid of Air Ambulance on Wednesday, October 1, 9.30-11am, in the village hall.

Whaplode Drove

A total of £300 was raised for St John the Baptist Church, from ticket sales and donations received at the recent concert, ‘A night at the musicals’, by Whaplode Drove Community Choir, held in the Church Room. Thank you to all choir members and accompanists Pauline Marriott and Robert King, not only for all of their hard work, but also for putting on such a memorable show. Also thank you to those who provided the refreshments and Mary Stone, Brenda Blankley and Nelia King for serving them, as well as Philip Bosworth and Marilyn McMahon for their help with the tickets, fliers and programmes. The choir is having a few weeks rest but will begin again on Monday, October 20, in the church porch, 7-8.30pm. New members are always welcome. For further details please contact Liz McRoberts on 01406 540892.

PLEASE come along to support the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, Macmillan Cancer Support’s largest fundraising event, in the Church Room tomorrow, from 10am until noon. Show your support of those affected by cancer by joining us to enjoy home-made cakes, tea or coffee and good company.

THE theme for this Sunday’s Family Get2gether, at 11am in church, is the harvest of the sea. The children will be making a collage of the sea during this informal gathering, during which refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

THE recent Saturday lunches held in the Church Room raised £230 for St John the Baptist Church. Thank you to all who helped in any way and everyone who gave their support.

The next lunches will be the annual fundraising event for the orphanage in Bulgaria, which will be on Saturday, October 25, 11am-2pm.