District News

From Gedney Hill to Whaplode Drove

Gedney Hill

A talk on a donkey sanctuary by Liz Wright will be held in the Memorial Hall on Wednesday at 7.15pm.

WHAPLODE Drove and Gedney Hill Bowls Club will be holding its annual meeting in the Bowls Pavilion on Sunday, November 2, at 2.30pm. The Spalding League EBA and EBF teams finished mid-tables in their leagues and Fay Riley’s team won the Sutton Bridge Banks Rose League once again. John Ivatt, Ian Lawson, Robin Harris and Danny Stanton were successful at the County Finals. Congratulations also to Phil Beeken, Robin Harris and Danny Stanton for winning the Spalding League Triples. Bowls presentation evening is on Saturday, November 15, in the Memorial Hall with dancing to Sounds Familiar, buffet, 8pm-midnight. Tickets £10, Contact John Riley on 01406 330558.

BOWLS Club bingo will be held in the Memorial Hall on Thursday, December 4 at 7.30pm.

THE sum of £781.24 was realised at the harvest supper in the Memorial Hall, which was organised by members and friends of Holy Trinity and St Polycarp’s Churches. Thanks to Bill Congreve as auctioneer and everyone who contributed towards this event.


GOSBERTON Baptists received a visit on Saturday from their link missionary, Judith Ellis, who has just retired as principal of the Kathmandu International Study Centre in Nepal. It was a lovely evening when Judith gave an amazing account of her work in Nepal and of the education system over there. A buffet tea preceded, which was provided by Betty Wilson, Phyllis Baxter, June Monk, Rene Curtis and Annie Weatherly-Barton. The harvest festival service followed on Sunday morning led by the Rev Steve Weatherly-Barton. Organist was Rene Curtis and presentations were given by Annie Weatherly-Barton. The church had been beautifully decorated with flowers, fruit and produce by June Edwards, Annie Weatherly-Barton, Angie Green and Phyllis Baxter.

THE Rev Bob Pritchard conducted a service of favourite hymns with afternoon tea at the Methodist Church on Sunday afternoon.

DON’T forget the Bowls and Snooker Club race night and supper in the Public Hall on Saturday at 7pm.

A community choir for male and female singers is starting in the Baptist Church, led by Alison Bishop and Annie Weatherly-Barton. The choir will sing a variety of music. Anyone interested in singing and would like to join can phone 01775 840693.

MOBILE library will be in the village tomorrow at Field Close 10-11am and then Godfrey Avenue, 11.05am-noon.

PARISH Council meets in the Public Hall on Monday at 7.30pm and the fortnightly meeting of the Good Companion’s Club is on Tuesday at 2pm also in the Public Hall.

GOSBERTON Fun and Fellowship on a Friday is in the Baptist Church on October 31 for table games, coffee and cakes.

NEXT film show at the Baptist church is on Monday, November 3 at 2pm. Cost of £2 includes tea.

THE inaugural meeting of the proposed Gosberton and District Local History Society is on Monday, November 3 at 7.30pm. For further information, and if you would like to attend, contact the vicar on 01775 840694.

FOLLOWING the Community Action meetings in the summer there is a meeting on Wednesday, October 29, at 7.30pm for those who wish to learn more and be involved in the forming of a Community Interest Company to seek finance and ongoing active support for local projects, or be on the board of the company. Projects under consideration include securing the future of the playing field, new play equipment for the children, supporting the youth club and play group and setting up a local nursing/visiting scheme for the elderly and housebound.

Contact the Rev Ian Walters on 01775 840694 for more information.


THERE will be a St Nicholas fayre on December 6 and 7 in All Saints’ Church and in the churchyard. It will have a Victorian theme and will culminate in the switching on of the Christmas lights and a Christingle service. Potential stall holders please contact Jane Francis 01406 425601.

ALL Saints’ Hot Shots meet tomorrow, 6.30-8pm in the Reading Rooms, Church Street.

This is a Christian youth group for those aged 11-16 years. £1 per session. Contact Carole Williams on 01406 423547.
The bingo, which is held on the third Monday of the month, is on October 20, eyes down at 7.30pm at the Women’s Institute Hall. Last time the charities Callum Pite Smile Charity, the Boston and South Lincs Merchant Seaman Association and Holbeach Primary Academy all received £40, thanks to the Old Ones and Young Ones charity pot.

Moulton Chapel

SINCE January two Crowland ladies, Ann Broderick and Ruth Ellis, have been running a monthly prize bingo at Moulton Chapel Community Centre in aid of Peterborough City Hospital’s breast cancer unit. To date they have raised £3,000 which has been used to purchase equipment and resources for the prevention and treatment of breast cancer. In 2009 both Ann and Ruth received treatment in Peterborough and because of that wanted to raise awareness and support for others. To further support the unit Ann and Ruth are organising a ‘pink’ themed bingo evening in the community centre next Wednesday, October 22. The evening starts at 7pm with a short talk by Claire Hall, a breast care specialist nurse from City Hospital. There will be a raffle, lucky squares, refreshments and eyes down is at 7.30pm. It is hope that those attending will join in the spirit of the evening by wearing something pink, whether it be a hat, jewellery or even a tie. If you would like to donate a prize or require more information phone Ann on 01733 210543 or Ruth on 01733 210087.

Moulton Seas End

THERE will be an Act of Remembrance on November 9 at the village cenotaph, meeting at the memorial at 10.45am for the Act and then retiring to the village hall for refreshments after the placing of wreaths and crosses. There will be an area in the hall for anyone with memorabilia which they may wish to share, including a display by Mr Chris Chandler of the village. It would be a great idea if everyone could make an extra special effort in light of the many local personnel that lost their lives defending the country in conflicts all around the world, especially as this is the centenary year of World War One.


OCTOBER harvest meeting of Pinchbeck Women’s Institute was opened by president Margaret Moyses. The table activity was to make a harvest table arrangement with the specimens provided. Table number two won the competition. A delicious supper, which was prepared by the catering committee, was enjoyed. The competition ‘witches’ paraded around the hall and the winners were Susan Hensmanwright, Gill Roberts and Sue White.

Janet Bettinson was thanked for the president’s table flower arrangement. Lesley Eldridge and Larraine Hansard were thanked for arranging the outings to Denman College and two theatre visits. The next WI team quiz will be on November 21 at Hayle Magna Village Hall.

The federation Christmas bazaar will be held at the Petwood Hotel on November 12 and 13. The home economics group is meeting at the old school each Monday 1.30-3.30pm. Joan Twyman led the harvest celebration songs and Susan Hensmanwright, Lesley Bamford and Chris LeSage read poems, while Janet Bettinson said prayers.

Doreen Snushall, Paulina Roberts, Jean Kennedy and Barbara Webb won raffle prizes.

The next meeting is on November 10 at 7.30pm in the village hall. Speaker Dorothy Wood’s topic is ‘At the drop of a hat ...from bus pass to student card’.

The competition is a photo of a childhood memory with a short explanation. Visitors welcome


SOUTH Lincolnshire Astronomical and Geophysical Society will be holding a meteor watch, for the ‘Orionid’ meteor shower, at the RSPB reserve on Frampton Marsh overnight on Monday/Tuesday. If there is a clear(ish) night the best of the watch will not start until after midnight so those attending need to wrap up warm and if possible bring hot drinks. This is all dependant on the weather and clear skies. Enquiries to advertising@solags.co.uk


MIGHTY Oaks and Sunflowers present an evening of clairvoyance with Christine Stewart tomorrow at 7.30pm, at the Ivo Day Centre, Albion Street. Christine will do flower readings so take a flower. Cost is £3 on the door, tea and coffee served afterwards. For more information phone 01775 724514.

MEMBERS were welcomed to the October meeting of Spalding West Townswomen’s Guild. Speaker, David Turner, of Hills Department Store, talked about the shops in Spalding around the 1960s. This was an interesting subject and evoked happy memories for those members born in the area, whilst members who have moved here more recently were amazed to hear of the wonderful array of small shops in the town. There will be a lunch for members and friends at the Castle Sports Hall next Wednesday. Several members have offered to help with the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal again this year. The next meeting is on Thursday, November 13, 2.15pm, in St John’s Church Lounge, Hawthorn Bank. Speaker is from Hearing Dogs and the competition is for a decorated wooden spoon. New members and visitors are always welcome.

THE speaker at the last meeting of the Women’s Friendship League was Alison Smith, who gave a talk on what the Georgians ate. Members were surprised at the quantity of eggs in many of the recipes from that era. A very interesting evening. Forty-nine members and friends had an enjoyable day in York last week. The weather was kind and everyone enjoyed their time sightseeing and shopping. The next meeting is today.

Whaplode Drove

WHAPLODE Drove Community Choir begins its autumn term on Monday in St John the Baptist Church porch, 7-8.30pm. Anyone of any age or ability is welcome to join. There are no fees, auditions or solo singing. If you require any further information, please telephone Liz McRoberts on 01406 540892. Regular members, please remember to bring all music, including any Christmas songs.