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Gedney Dyke

NEW Year’s Eve dance is in the village hall, 7pm until late, tickets £7, children up to 14 years £3.50. Dance the night away to the disco. Bring your own drinks and nibbles. Tickets available from Emma Tear 01406 350835 or Heather Cole 01406 363654.

Gosberton Clough and Risegate

The Friends of St Gilbert and St Hugh have calendars on sale at £6. Contact Barbara Berridge or anyone connected with the church.

St Gilbert and St Hugh’s parish church was filled to capacity on Sunday evening for the annual service of nine lessons and carols. It was led by the vicar, the Rev Ian Walters with St John’s choir, Hawthorn Bank and Jane Stacey on the organ. The choir sang several pieces, and the service finished with a wonderful rendition of “Oh Come all ye faithful”. Afterwards all adjourned to the church hall for drinks and mince pies.

Christmas morning service at the St Gilbert and St Hugh’s Church is at 9am and will be united with members from St Peter and St Paul’s , Gosberton and Quadring St Margarets.

Gosberton

On Christmas morning there is a service at the Gosberton Baptist Church at 10am. This is followed by a pre booked lunch at noon for those who live alone. If interested phone immediately Annie Weatehrly-Barton on 01775 840693

Gosberton Methodists have a service on Christmas Day, also at 10am and on December 28 join the Clough for a united service with the Risegate Methodist as well at Gosberton Clough chapel at 10.30am

The Gosberton Good Companion’s Club enjoyed a Christmas party on Tuesday. Forty one sat down to a lovely lunch of roast turkey or beef followed by a choice of sweets and then mince pies and coffee. The caterers were ‘By George’, of Pinchbeck. After the meal the Friends of the Club who support the monthly coach excursions, were invited to join in for the remainder of the afternoon. There was lovely entertainment by Nikita, who sang for about two hours. During the interval wine, slur and Christmas cake were served and chocolate sweets were on the tables. Each person, including the Friends of the club, was given a wrapped Christmas present and there was a large raffle which was run by Lilian Crunkhorn, Edna Richardson, Mary Mayfield, Chris and Eddie Edwards, Ann Manning, Les Stephenson and Maxine Dobney. Bryan Waters auctioned off the table arrangements and the left over Christmas cake. Thanks were expressed to all those who were responsible for the organising.

Holbeach

A New Year’s Eve disco takes place on December 31 at the United Services Club in Church Street, from 7.30pm until late. Music will be supplied by The Edge Disco. Tickets available from the club during normal club opening hours, members £5, non members £6. The event is an adults only (18+) event. Further details from the club on 01406 423134.

Moulton Seas End

NEW Year’s Eve will be celebrated in the village hall with a disco by Limelight. There will be a licensed bar. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 from Pam Callaghan , 01406 371441. Accompanied children under 12 are free.

SPALDING

Members of Spalding & District Stamp Club had two very different meetings during December.

At the afternoon meeting members were asked to put up a display under the general heading ‘Feeling Blue’ and this was interpreted in very different ways. Aileen Ball opened by suggesting that we ‘Take we a look around us – it’s natural to be blue’ and showed stamps depicting nature. Peter Ball followed with a display of stamps and other items depicting some of the many Parrots with blue plumage. Tony Boyer showed stamps and postcards depicting the signs of the zodiac designed by his favorite Austrian designer Hannes Margreiter whilst Ian Barclay also took us to Austria and the other countries through which the ‘Beautiful Blue Danube’ flows – note it is generally brown not blue! New member Peter Hunt showed stamps depicting Blue items, including space, the Blue Train and others. On a more serious note Frank Wilson showed early mail from the Bluefields area of Nicaragua. This was followed by Tony Leigh with cards depicting cricketers from the 1938 Test match series where the matches were hopefully played under blue skies. The first half was completed by Joyce Boyer with a selection of blue aerogrammes.

In the second half Peter Ball showed more parrot stamps and Tony Leigh more of his cricketer items. Frank Wilson thanked everyone for their interesting displays.

The evening meeting was a non-philatelic event with partners invited. Andrew Inkley, a former junior member of the Club, brought a small selection of his postcards of Spalding and the surrounding area. A number of these were put on display but members were invited to look at others during the social event during the second half of the meeting. There was much talk about the cards and changes in the area over the years. He was thanked for coming by Frank Wilson who suggested that he come again to show more of the cards he has amassed.

There is no afternoon meeting on January 7. The next evening meeting is on January 20 at 7.30pm when there will be an auction.

All meetings are held in the Bowls Pavilion at the Spalding Constitutional Club, Broad Street Spalding. Visitors are welcome at all meetings and for more information contact Joyce Boyer on 01775 762661.