Festive fever has us all spellbound

Some of the stars of the Christmas panto at Swan Street Baptist Church in Spalding. SG051215-168TW
Some of the stars of the Christmas panto at Swan Street Baptist Church in Spalding. SG051215-168TW
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With only a couple of weeks until Christmas, clubs and organisations all over South Holland are in the festive spirit.

At Saracen’s Head the village’s fortnightly bingo club met for their party night in the village hall.

Fleet Baptist Ladies' president Joyce Waterfall (front) and Pastor Ross Dean with committee members at their party. SG011215-125TW

Fleet Baptist Ladies' president Joyce Waterfall (front) and Pastor Ross Dean with committee members at their party. SG011215-125TW

Players had put aside enough cash during the year for food, drink and great bingo prizes on the night.

Some 83 people attended and enjoyed a tasty buffet from Roffe’s Catering of Sutton St James.

At The Curlew Centre in Sutton Bridge, the Festival of Gifts and Crafts for Pets focused on Christmas treats for our four-legged friends as well as presents for humans who are just crackers about animals.

Organiser Naomi Katze, from Rainbow Festivals, said there were around 30 stalls and the event raised about £200 for Lincolnshire, Essex and Trent Boxer Rescue.

Christmas is for pets, too. Dawn Nicholls, from Boxer Rescue, Georgia Quant and Naomi Katze with Missy at The Curlew Centre. SG061215-100TW

Christmas is for pets, too. Dawn Nicholls, from Boxer Rescue, Georgia Quant and Naomi Katze with Missy at The Curlew Centre. SG061215-100TW

She said: “We had all kinds of Christmas tree gifts for dogs and cats, things like coats and bandanas, and for people who are mad about their pets we had things like cushions with Labradors on.”

Fleet Baptist Ladies and guests – 77 in all – enjoyed their Christmas celebration at Gedney Victory Hall.

As well as having a wonderful meal, the gathering was serenaded by an Irish singer.

Janet Doy, treasurer and programme organiser with Fleet Baptist Ladies, said members received diaries and visitors had Christmas gifts,

She said: “It was an absolutely brilliant day. Everyone went away happy.”

A tale of the high seas, The Pirates of the Curry Sauce, entertained a 150-strong Christmas party gathering at Swan Street Baptist Church in Spalding on Saturday.

Two pirate crews had come across a treasure map and encountered monsters and ghosts as they fought one another to be first to the booty.

Church secretary David Taylor said Santa Claus had a busy time, giving out nearly 80 seasonal selection boxes.

There were also refreshments for those attending.