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From Algarkirk to Whaplode Drove


AN evening of festival food, entertainment and fun is guaranteed as part of the Christmas supper and auction on Sunday, 6.45pm, for 7pm, in the village hall. Tickets are £6 from 01205 462638 or 07989 787971.

ALSO on Sunday is a carol service and Eucharist in St Peter and St Paul’s Church at 11am. This will be followed by mince pies and refreshments.


TWO local charities pay out cash each year to eligible residents. The annual distribution will take place on Saturday, December 13, at 2pm at the Royal British Legion Hall. If you are over 70 years of age or a widow and have lived in Donington for at least seven years you will be entitled to a payment from these charities. If you think you may be eligible and are not on the present list please contact one of the clerks to the charities, Louise Pearson on 01775 820627 or Sue Inns on 01775 820055.

INFORMATION supplied, regarding St Mary and the Holy Rood Church Christmas activities, was incorrect. The carol concert, with Holbeach town Band, is on Friday, December 19, and not Sunday as reported in this week’s Lincolnshire Free Press. The concert starts at 7.30pm and admission is £5 (pay on the door) to include mulled wine and mince pies.


ADVENT fair takes place at St Mary Magdalene Church this Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm. Refreshments available throughout. Raffle etc. There will be a carol service at 4pm on Sunday.


BAPTIST Fun and Fellowship on a Friday was enjoyed at the home of Des and Rene Curtis on Friday. Members played table games and enjoyed tea, coffee and cakes provided by Mrs Curtis. Next meeting is on Friday, December 19 (a week earlier than usual due to Christmas) at the Gosberton Risegate home of Mr and Mrs Curtis at 2pm.

LAST week’s coffee morning put on by Lorna Webb and her team of helpers raised £393.20 for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance. Visitors from Gosberton enjoyed coffee and mince pies and browsed round stalls. Mrs Webb’s helpers were Ann Cooper, Helen Fletcher, Sandra Thompson, Jean Hill, Brenda Robinson, Susan Waring, Irene Wright. Mrs Webb thanked all who supported the event and especially the farmers who sent a large quantity of vegetables. This event is this year’s conclusion of a series of four coffee mornings which collectively have raised more than £2,000.

ST Peter and St Paul’s Church looked pretty decorated with around 40 Christmas trees for its Christmas tree festival which opened with a preview on Friday. The festival was held on Saturday and Sunday, with most of the organisations in the community decorating a tree including Messy Church, Royal British Legion, Thursday Group, LIVES First Responders, Wednesday coffee morning group, Woodbine Bible Group, St Peter and St Paul’s flower and craft festival committee, Gosberton Methodist Church, Friends of St Gilbert and St Hugh, Gosberton House School; Gosberton Women’s Institute, Gosberton Parish Council, The Parish Church Bell Ringers; Gosberton Baptist Church, Rainbow Playgroup, Gosberton Brownies, Gosberton Academy, Clough and Risegate school, police community support officers and junior PCSOs, St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Cowley and Brown’s School, SENSE, Good Companion’s Club, St Margaret’s Church (Quadring), Gosberton Girl Guides, Gosberton Church Fellowship, Village Crafts. The festival continues this Saturday and Sunday and December 13 and 14, 11am-5pm. A Christmas fayre will be running alongside the festival with crafts, bric-a-brac and bottle stall.

ON Saturday, December 13, the Baptist Church is also opening for a Christmas tree festival, the same time, 11am to 5pm. June Monk is organising a Christmas fair to run alongside the festival and would welcome any items for the stalls, cake, crafts and bric-a-brac.

NEARLY 250 people filled the pews and additional chairs, with some standing in the aisles and at the back of St Peter and St Paul’s Church for a community Carol Service on Sunday. Organised by Gosberton Churches Together, in addition to the seven churches, the parish council, Gosberton Guides, Brownies and Rainbows, Gosberton First Responders and LIVES, Gosberton Royal British Legion and the three schools of the Clough and Risegate community, Cowley and Browns, Quadring and Gosberton Academy, were all represented. The Rev Ian Walters welcomed everyone. Readings were given by the Rev Bob Pritchard (Gosberton Methodist), Trevor Lewis, (LIVES), Mark Taylor (Gosberton Parish Council), Daisy Terry (Gosberton Brownies,; Gene Waterfall, Gosberton RBL. Gosberton Academy, Clough and Risegate and Quadring schools each sang. The Baptist minister the Rev Steve Weatherly-Barton and his wife Annie introduced the various items. Prayers with pictures were led by the Rev David Curran (Gosberton Clough Methodist) and the Rev Maurice Perry (Gosberton Risegate Methodist). Organist was Kath Strutt. Offertory stewards were Val Baggott, Iris Bennett, Wendy Cardillo and Christine Pritchard. Following the service refreshments were served by the Methodist catering team.

MEMBERS and friends of the Baptist Church are going in on Monday at 11am to decorate a Christmas tree for the Christmas tree festival on Saturday, December 13.

NEXT Thursday, December 11, June Edwards is doing a Christmas floral workshop at the Baptist Church. Bookings are being taken by Annie Weatherly-Barton, those interested are asked to contact her for information as soon as possible on 01775 840693.

DON’T forget the Royal British Legion Band concert in St Margaret’s Hall, Quadring, on Saturday at 7.30pm with the Banovallum Band and Quadring School Choir.

ANYONE wishing to join Gosberton Baptists for lunch on Christmas Day should phone Annie Weatherly-Barton on 01775 840693. Transport can be arranged.

THE Methodists held a Christmas jumper children’s service on Sunday morning. It was led by Belinda Taylor and Lisa and Claire Hearth. Adults and children alike, went along to the service wearing pretty festive jumpers, and were told the story of Advent. The children made angels and stars. Organist was Jean Mews.

Gosberton Clough and Risegate

GOSBERTON Churches Together are having a busy time. The next event is at Gosberton Risegate’s Duke of York today at 7.30pm and will take the form of a Christmas quiz, carol singing and a raffle.

GOSBERTON Risegate Methodist Christmas fair was well attended on Saturday. Stalls and competitions were staffed by: cake, Molly Drakard, Chris Allen; bar skittles and bagatelle, John Flowers; lucky six, Arthur and Maureen Male; snowballs in jar, double decker match and count the squares, Sue Hosford; raffle, Shirley Nicholls and Bev Purdon; tombola, Paul Illingworth, Irene Illingworth; guessing items in socks, Jane Harrison; refreshments, Sheila Lee and Gail Tyler.


ST Nicholas fayre takes place at All Saints’ Church on Saturday and Sunday, 10am-4pm. This will be followed by on Saturday at 4pm the switching on of the tree Lights and on Sunday at 4pm a Christingle Service. The church and churchyard will be full of stalls and there will be a prize for the best dressed Victorian family (at least two generations).


ST Nicholas Church bazaar will take place in the church, in Lowgate, on Saturday, from 2pm. Please note
this will be held in the church so do come along and support us.


SATURDAY is the Pop-In lunch in the church hall, noon to 1.15pm. Cost is £4. All welcome.
MOTHERS’ Union Carol Service is at Pinchbeck Church on Wednesday at 2pm. Everyone is welcome. Refreshments afterwards. There will be collection of toiletries for the women’s refuge.

A no frills Christmas ceilidh is being held at St Mary’s Church Hall, Rose Lane, tomorrow. Santas, snowmen and reindeers will be given a warm welcome. Dancing starts at 7.45pm until 10.30pm with a short break for a performance by the Slapdash Appalachian Dancers. The Beltona band provide the music and the caller is Glenys Dawkins. The emphasis is on having fun and everyone is welcome, no expertise required. Home made cakes, mince pies and sausage rolls are on sale for 50p. Tea and coffee are included in the entry fee which is £4 for adults, children under 16 are free. There is no bar so please bring your own drinks. Further information can be obtained via the Spalding Folk Club web site spaldingfolkclub@gmail.com or email rose.lane.ceilidh@gmail.com


THE Evergreen Club is having a Christmas celebration in the church hall on Tuesday, 1.30-4pm. The local school children will be singing on stage and there will be sandwiches, cakes and refreshments available, plus a chance to win a raffle prize, all for the price of a £2 a ticket (pay on the door). Everyone is invited, please bring your friends.

Saracen’s Head

ON November 23 a Christmas fayre was held in the village hall. Inspite of the bad weather people turned up to support this annual event and although numbers were down those that attended supported the event very well and £783.20 was raised for village hall funds. There was a raffle with 16 adult prizes and 12 children’s prizes. Other winners were Christmas hamper, Maggie Rose; Christmas cake, Brenda Twigg; £1 in bucket game, Derek Rose (£27); fire blaster, Beckie Platt (£10). There was lots of stalls and something for all the family. Santa was in his Grotto giving free gifts to the children. Thanks to the stall holders, those who donated prizes and cakes, to everyone who supported and helped and to Nev Ward.

FLOWER Club met on November 25 and raffle winners were Judy Ingham, Lorraine Clark, Mary Cooper, Sandra Thompson, Annette Holder and Pat cook. This week ladies did Christmas arrangements. Ladies, don’t forget to take your bran tub gift to the next meeting, the last one of 2014.


CHRISTMAS at Chain Bridge Forge, High Street, this Saturday and Sunday. See blacksmithing demonstrations and information about local history, wheelwrights and farriers. Also see how the blacksmith’s art is being reproduced using the 21st century technology of 3D printing. Buy novel Christmas presents too! Opening times – Saturday 11am to 8pm and Sunday 11am to 3pm. Free entry.

BROADS Street Methodist Church Christmas tree festival and fayre continues this Saturday, 10am to 3pm. Decorated Christmas trees in the church. Donations to AGAPE food bank. Christmas fayre in the hall with gifts, cakes, plants, preserves, games, raffle, Traidcraft and much more. Fun activities for children from 10am to noon.

Spalding Ramblers

This Sunday’s Spalding Ramblers’ walk will be a short one of about five miles, starting from the South Square pay and display car park in Boston at 10.30am. Ring the leader on 01406 317492 for more information.

The final walk of 2014 will be part of the ‘Festival of Winter Walks’. This will take place on Sunday, December 28, at 10.30am and start from the Red Lion public house in Newton, near Grantham. Further details from the leader on 01775 725531.
Look out for the 2015 programme of walks which will soon be available from your local library, or the South Holland Centre.


‘CHRISTMAS past’ is the title of the talk by Kathy Holland at Surfleet Ladybirds Club on Tuesday. Meet at 7.30pm in the Fraiser Room (next to Surfleet Church). For more information phone 01775 680636.

Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding

AS 2015 hurtles towards a close, members of the orchestra would like to thank the many people of South Holland who have been kind enough to attend any of the 51 gigs they have performed this year (with another eight to fit in before a break for Christmas). The Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding currently has a full membership of 50 members, aged between 11 and 83. It rehearses every Thursday evening. It has three basic aims - to improve members’ playing, to enjoy themselves and to raise as much money as they can for local charities and good causes. The group plays for all manner of groups and there is no set fee; however, they do accept donations which at the end of the year is divided between local charities and good causes as chosen by members. Each year this figure has been in excess of £2,000, and this year may top £3,000. This is in addition to gigs where groups are raising funds for specified local causes; for example, this year members provided the free entertainment for the Butterfly Hospice indoor picnic, Bourne NSPCC ploughman’s supper and various church reparation fund evenings (Spalding, Holbeach St John’s, Holbeach, Gosberton). The orchestra also performs with other music groups/choirs in joint ventures such as the memorial concert at St Norbert’s Catholic Church (Spalding) with proceeds going to the leukaemia fund, and to a sell-out audience at the Key Theatre, Peterborough, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. The group has played for all manner of groups - Women’s Institutes, residential and care homes, schools, churches, social groups, hospitals, U3A, etc, as well as playing in Ayscoughfee Gardens and Boston market place.

West Pinchbeck

THE Christmas Miracle, a performance of the Nativity in song and tableau by the choir of Pinchbeck’s St Mary’s Church, will be held on Thursday, December 18, at St Bartholomew’s Church, at 7pm. Entry is free but voluntary donations in aid of church funds would be welcome.

Whaplode Drove

A Christmas fayre will be held in the Church Room on Saturday, 1-4pm, with a chance to view the Christmas tree exhibition.

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