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FASHION show in the village hall on Wednesday, March 26, at 7.30pm. Clothes by Lincs Fashions. £3 admission to include tea and cake. Profits to Bicker Village Hall funds. Come along and find a new outfit for spring. Details on 01775 820784/820220.

Cactus Society

WOULD you like to learn about cacti and succulents? These fascinating plants with beautiful flowers can be grown on a window sill, garden frame, conservatory or greenhouse. Speaker will be Rob Stevenson on ‘Kingdom of madness/to infinity and beyond’. The society will meet on Friday, March 21, 7pm for 7.30pm start at Weston Village Hall, Small Drove, PE12 6HU. Free entrance and refreshments. Table show and plant raffle. All ages welcome. Further details from Ron Wood on 01775 750324 or email caronwood@sky.comwww.spalding.bcss.org.uk


CROWLAND Cares has an urgent need for volunteers, particularly drivers to support the South Holland Parish Voluntary Car Service Scheme, which is administered locally by Crowland Cares. If you have any time to spare, no matter how little, they would like to hear from you. Usual journeys requested are to the hospital, doctors and dentist. Mileage and hospital parking expenses are paid. Volunteer’s commitment to the scheme is at their convenience. For further information with no obligation contact the Crowland Cares help desk in the library on 01733 211797 or call into Crowland Library, Hall Street, Monday – Friday, 9.30am–12.30pm.

CROWLAND Cares 100 Club (now 150 Club) subscriptions can now be renewed for the coming year. As additional numbers are now available new subscribers are welcome. Ticket price for one share for a year is £12. Fifty per cent of subscriptions is reserved for two prizes per month. Once all 150 tickets are sold there will be three prizes per month. The November draw will be a super draw when the prizes will be significantly increased.

CROWLAND Cares next coffee morning will be held on Friday, 10am–noon in the library, Hall Street. There will be a raffle and tombola. Transport is available, to book contact the help desk on 01733 211797.

Deeping St James

CROSSKEY Clog Dancers entertained members of Deeping St James Women’s Institute at their February meeting. A group of eight dancers, accompanied by four musicians, performed the dance ‘Whitby Shindig’, which represented certain parts of Whitby. They demonstrated another dance before asking members to join in. Two of the dancers talked about how the Crosskey was formed in 1982 and how the dances originated in the north west of England and how clog dancing comes under the umbrella of Morris dancing. Members were able to examine clogs. The dancers can be seen at various events locally, from pubs and fetes, to festivals such as the Whittlesey Straw Bear. A very enjoyable evening concluded with a handkerchief dance from the Isle of Man, and brought happy memories for member Muriel Lilley of when she used to take part in clog dancing as a young girl. Competition winner for a clog was Carole Dyehouse. President, Sue Sheppard, informed members that the team comprising of herself, Barbara Barmby, Muriel Lilley and Sue Notley came third out of 18 in the ‘Clash of the Clubs’ quiz. The annual meeting is on March 27 at 7.30pm in the church hall. The competition will be for a decorated cup cake and there will also be a book sale.


DONINGTON Bowls Club annual meeting is on Friday at 7pm at the Men’s Club, High Street. New players always welcome. For more information contact Jean Coton on 01775 821909.


GUEST speaker at the recent Fenland Flywheelers evening at the United Services Club in Holbeach was Robert Tear, MD of Tears Recovery based in Sutton Bridge.

The subject was ‘Breakdowns large and small’ with an insight into the work of vehicle recovery with a video-visual display showing recovery that ranged from normal type vehicles to lorries, heavy plant and farming equipment and the occasional animal when required when all other means had failed as Tears are recognised as being one of the top specialist recovery companies in the country.

He was thanked by Robbie Thorpe who pointed out that this was the twelfth year of these meetings over the winter months and the next one will be on October 1.

The Flywheelers would like to hear from anybody who would like to speak or demonstrate their hobby, job or pastime subject that they feel would be interesting to an audience ranging from 40 to 60 people. For further information contact Darren on 07941 471802.


ANNUAL parish meeting is on Monday at the community hall, Hargate Close at 7pm.


LORNA Webb and her team put on an amazing coffee and pancake morning at Mrs Webb’s Pinchbeck home on Shrove Tuesday. Many people from Gosberton attended and around £400 was raised for the Spalding Jenny Freeman Lodge, St Barnabas Hospice. Mrs Webb thanks all who supported the event making, especially her helpers Jean Hill, Helen Fletcher, Sandra Thompson, Maureen Underwood, Irene Wright, Brenda Robinson, Carol Pates, Sue Waring and Janet Darlington.

THERE will be a police surgery in the church hall on Wednesday, March 19.

Gosberton Clough and Risegate

GOSBERTON Risegate Methodist Church has a coffee afternoon on Saturday, March 22 at 1.30pm. There will be refreshments, cake stall, bric-a-brac and other stalls, games and competitions. All welcome.


TABLE top sale on Sunday, March 16, 11am-2pm, in aid of the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

Holbeach Drove

THE service on March 23 at the Methodist Church will be led by the Rev Margaret Barnes from the Cornwall circuit, who will talk on her experiences with a project raising funds for a school in the Gambia.

Long Sutton

THE Friends of Long Sutton Market House are holding a charity valuation day with Batemans Auction House tomorrow, 11am to 4pm. Bring along your collectables and antiques, £2.50 per item valuation, teas and coffees available during this enjoyable day. If you would like to book a time or for more information please ring the Market House on 01406 366767 or just call in on the day.


TAI chi classes will begin in the village hall on Thursday, 3-4pm. All welcome.
ST Nicholas Church is holding its spring fair in St Mary’s Church Hall, Long Sutton ,on Saturday, 10am-noon. There will be cakes, tombola, produce, fancy goods and refreshments. Tables are available. Phone Pat on 01406 364261 to book.


SPRING craft fair at Moulton Mill this Sunday, 10am-4pm. Free admission. Disabled access. Refreshments.

Moulton Chapel

BINGO will be held in the community centre on Thursday at 7.30pm. For more details phone 01406 380518.


SPALDING-based choir Cantemus will perform a concert of sacred music in Spalding Parish Church on Saturday, March 15. Conducted by Eric Wayman, with David Shepherd playing organ, the choir will sing music by Palestrina, Monteverdi, Bach, Mendelssohn, Parry and Tavener. Tickets for Cantate Domino, which starts at 7.30pm, will be available on the door, £8, students free.


SURFLEET Ladybirds Club meeting today has a speaker from the Caddington Hedgehog Rescue Centre in Old Leake who will be talking about the rescue and care of looking after vulnerable hedgehogs. Meetings starts at 7.30pm in the Fraiser Room next to the church and cost £1.50 or £1 if you are a member. The 2014 Ladybird’s programme is available from Hannah Avery on 01775 680646 or Annette Rhodes on 01775 680235. New members always welcome.


VILLAGE quiz night is on Wednesday, March 19, at 7.30pm in the village hall. Teams of four, cost is £2.50 per head; take your own food and drink. Tea and coffee will be available and a raffle. Quizmaster will be Tony Raven.

Whaplode Drove

THE annual meeting of the Women’s Institute began with president Mavis Stancer presenting the rose bowl to Linda Wapples, competition winner for the last year. Carol Shutt, Kate Mellish and Carol Danielli were runners up. Birthday posies were presented to Liz Rosier and Jackie Driver. Annual reports were given and the president gave her address. She thanked the officers for their work and paid tribute to Marie Roe, who after many years with this WI was leaving. The president was thanked on behalf of members by Sue Lawrence. Mavis Stancer was unanimously re-elected as president. After a cheese and wine supper the business of the general meeting followed with the re-election of officers and committee. Invitations had been received from Tollgate WI and Hale Magna. Various visits were suggested and discussed and the programme for the forthcoming year was verified. The next meeting on April 1 is a ‘hands on’ craft evening.

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