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CROWLAND Abbey Holy Communion on Fridays December 7, 14 and 21 are at noon followed by a simple lunch of soup and cheese in the Abbey Pantry at 12.45pm. Instead of paying for this meal, those who come for lunch are invited to make a donation to support Christian mission overseas. If you cannot come to the Communion, you are still welcome to come to the lunch.

SATURDAY Strollers will be doing a circular walk from Barnack, taking in the Hills and Holes on Saturday. The walk is around five miles in very attractive countryside. Meet at the former St Guthlac School at 10.25am to share transport if required. Bring a picnic lunch. Some walks may be muddy.

CROWLAND Christmas Lights Committee has organised the Christmas lights switch on and street fayre in North Street this Saturday from 3.30pm. Entertainment and stalls. Santa will be in his Grotto and will switch the lights on at 5pm, helped by his reindeers.

WOMEN’S Institute is holding its Christmas meeting on Tuesday at the British Legion Hall at 7.30pm. The competition is for a favourite Christmas bauble.

WOULD you like to be one of Santa’s Little Helpers? Crowland Lions will be fundraising in Crowland with Santa and his sleigh on December 9, 15, 16 and 22. Please contact Tony Cuthbert on 01733 210340.

THANK you to everyone who helped with the Crowland Abbey St Nicholas Craft and Food Fair on Saturday when £1,245 was raised.


BINGO at the Ruby Hunt Centre tomorrow at 7.30pm will be the last one of the year. The next one is on Friday, January 18.

COFFEE and Chat with cake stall, tombola and the Christmas draw is at the church hall on Saturday, 10am to noon.


A charity fun dog show is being held this Sunday, 10.30am, in aid of Hands for Heroes. There will be pedigree and novelty classes and fancy dress. Entry £1.50 for pedigree, £1 for novelty. Tombola, raffle and refreshments also. For more information phone 01553 278894.


THE New Year’s Eve dance due to be held in the Public Hall has been cancelled.

GOSBERTON Methodist Church has afternoon tea and hymns on Sunday at 4pm. For more information contact John or Enid Parson on 01205 357832.

KIRTON Brass Band is in concert on Friday, December 14, 7.30pm, at Gosberton Parish Church. Tickets are £6 and available on the door. Home made mince pies served with refreshments during the interval. There is also a raffle, donations of prizes welcome.

GOSBERTON Primary School is having a Christmas fayre on Thursday, December 20, 3.15-5.15pm.

PARISH Council meet in the Public Hall on Monday at 7.30pm.

CHRISTINGLE Service at St Peter and St Paul’s Church is this Sunday at 3pm, in aid of the Children’s Society.

IT’S Carols by Candlelight around the lighted Christmas trees at the Baptist Church on Thursday, December 13 at 

THE festive fayre organised by Lorna Webb and her team of helpers on November 27 raised £426.75 for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance. Mrs Webb thanks everyone who came from different villages and to all who donated items.


A charity carol event is being held this Sunday at Holbeach Methodist Church at 3pm. The Priory
Singers will be in concert raising funds for Clic Sargent cancer care. All are welcome at the church in Albert Street.
CHRISTMAS services at the Methodist Church will be carols for all December 23, 6.30pm; Christmas eve 6.30pm; Christmas day, 10.30am.


CAROL Service at Holbeach Drove Methodist Chapel is on Sunday, December 16 at 2.30pm.


MOULTON Seas End Village Hall Committee would like to say thank you for your support over the last 12 months and invite you to its Christmas social event this Sunday, 2-4pm in the village hall. Live music will be provided by RetrospKt and Father Christmas will be making an appearance.


WOMEN’S Institute meet on Monday in the village hall at 7pm for a members’ Christmas entertainment evening. There will not be a competition.


BROAD Street Methodist Church is again holding its Christmas tree festival and Christmas fayre on Saturday, 10am-3pm. Donations in the decorated church will go to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance. In addition to various stalls there will be activities for children of all ages from 10am to noon and refreshments until 3pm. At 4pm on Sunday there is a Messy style Christingle, an opportunity to make your own Christingle. These will be lit in the church surrounded by the beautifully decorated trees.

THE nativity play, to be performed at the United Reformed Church this Sunday at 10.30am, has been written and directed by two of the church’s younger members. Teenagers Naomi and Joshua Baldwin have been involved in nativity plays there every year of their lives, Joshua as the baby Jesus at three months old. This year’s play will involve all members of the church’s youth organisations, Junior Church and the Girls’ and Boys’ Brigades. Everyone welcome to join the celebrations.


SENIOR Citizens’ Christmas party is on Friday, December 14, 3-6pm in the village hall. Admission is by ticket at no cost. The party is being given by St John’s Church. Contact Viv Prescott for tickets (01775 766907).

THE primary school’s Christmas bazaar is on December 14, 5-7pm. There will be Santa’s grotto, prize draw, tombola, games, stalls, refreshments and jacket potatoes. Free admission.


THANK you to everyone who supported and helped to make the recent Christmas bazaar, held in the Churchroom, such a success, when £362.70 was raised for the church.

THIS is the last weekend for visiting St John the Baptist Church to see the decorated Christmas trees and to vote for your favourites. The church will be open on Saturday, noon to 4pm and Sunday, 1pm to 4pm, with festive refreshments available for a small donation. The certificates, prizes and engraved plate will be presented during the Carol Service on Sunday, December 16 at 6.30pm.