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News from the Lincs Free Press and Spalding Guardian, spaldingtoday.co.uk, @LincsFreePress on Twitter

A quiz night is being held at Bicker Village Hall on Friday, April 11 at 7.30pm. Teams of four are required, bring your own drinks. Ticket are £5 each which includes jacket potato supper. Proceeds to hall funds.


Monthly bingo takes place at the village hall on Wednesday, April 2. Doors open at 6.30pm with eyes down at 7.30pm.

n The village hall committee is delighted to have been awarded the sum of £2,254 from the Co-op ‘Community Champions’ Project. This is a very generous donation and it will be used to re-vamp and re-decorate the entrance hallway.


The Long Sutton branch of the Womens Institute held their monthly meeting on Tuesda, March 18, where members enjoyed a talk by Mike Thompson about aloe vera plants. A competition for an unusual atomiser was won by Margaret Hurst.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 15 at 7pm – there will be a talk on “Staying Safe” by Stuart Gibbons, and also the nominations for the new committee 2014/15.

New members and visitors welcome.


The monthly service will take place at the Methodist Chapel on Sunday, April 6 at 2.30pm.

n Ladies Group will meet at the Methodist Chapel on Thursday, April 3 at 2pm when the speaker and demonstrator will be Paul Dalton from Wiltshire Farm Foods.


A musical presentation of the life of Jesus, from Palm Sunday to Easter Day will be held on Sunday, April 13 at 6.30 pm in St Mary’s Church, Pinchbeck.

n Pinchbeck Photographic Club members will be putting their most recent work to the test on Thursday when a new judge on the circuit will be passing judgement on their entries in the club’s opening round of the Annual Aggregate Competition.

The competition is open for prints and digital images with each member able to enter four pieces of work in either one or both categories.

Passing judgement will be member of the Royal Photographic Society, Stan Stubbs, who has recently moved up north from the Salisbury area to Oakham. He is a member of the Melton Mowbray Club.

The meeting is held in the Pavilion of Pinchbeck East Primary School and starts at 7.30pm. Casual visitrors are welcome for an attendance fee of £3.50.

n Preparations are already well in hand for this years carnival weekend which is June 13 to 15. We have chosen ‘Cities of the world’ as our theme. However, before then we are holding a dance to find our 2014 Carnival Queen and attendants.

It is on Friday at Pinchbeck Village Hall from 7pm-10.30pm. Entry fee is £2 per adult and £1.50 per child (under 16). The categories for the competition are: Carnival Queen – secondary school age; Princess – primary school age (nine to eleven years) and Prince/Princess – primary school age (six to eight years).

To enter the competition you must either live, go to school or belong to an organisation in Pinchbeck or Pinchbeck West. As well as taking part in our carnival parade, the new queen will also have the opportunity to take part in Hornsey Carnival on July 5, which starts from Alexandra Palace, London.


Tollgate WI held its monthly meeting at St John’s Church Lounge, Hawthorne Bank. Madam President welcomed members and visitors.

Notices included the home economics meeting in Pinchbeck on March 31, a visit to Tollthorpe Theatre on April 8 and Gibbs shoe evening on April 30.

A report on the spring council meeting held at Springfields was given by our delegate Mrs A. Church. Refreshments were served and then speaker Tony Wicks gave a talk on his life as a policeman in Essex which was very humorous and enjoyed by all.

A social time was held and the raffle was drawn. Members were reminded next month’s meeting will be on April 15. Speaker Maggie Rampley on corsets, camisoles, swimsuits and smiles. Visitors welcome.

n Some 67 members of the Probus Club of Spalding attended their March meeting and annual general meeting in the Function Room of the South Holland Centre.

The president of the club, David Hall, welcomed members and pointed out that copies of the annual accounts of the club were available on each table for members to consider before the annual general meeting.

He welcomed Doug Hern, who is a guest of John Heron, and Phillip James, a guest of Eric Maltby. Members’ names were still required on the list circulating for grace duty, toasts and stewardship. The annual accounts were issued to every table.

Kevin Miller then said grace, following which the members enjoyed their regular carvery lunch. After lunch, the president proposed the loyal toast, and the Probian toast was proposed by John Gills.

The president then announced that at next month’s meeting, the new handbook of the club would be available for members, thanks, again, to the work of Connie Cronin.

A coach trip was discussed and then the president inducted Phillip James to the club. John Heron spoke about the members’ perceptions of speakers and other related matters. A short recess then followed.

The outgoing president David Hall, then introduced the annual general meeting. The secretary, Andy Wardman, read the minutes of the annual general meeting held on March 6 2013. The minutes were confirmed by the members and signed by the president.

The outgoing president then gave his report for the year, indicating that the time had gone by very quickly. He had enjoyed his period in office and much appreciated the support that he had received from the committee. He thanked Peter Godding and Barry Hewson for their continued support in running the bowls section.

Andy Wardman read his hon secretary’s report indicating that there had been an average over the year of 55 members attending. The treasurer, Barry Hewson, reported that the finances of the club were in a healthy position. The members accepted the annual accounts, and thanked the treasurer for his work during the past year.

The outgoing president, David Hall, then inducted the new president, Peter Nicholso, and presented him with the chain of office. In turn, Peter Nicholson presented the immediate past president’s medal to David Hall.

Currently there is no vice president. The following were elected to serve as officers and committee members for the coming year, and these were hon secretary, Andy Wardman; hon treasurer Tony Holdsworth; speaker finder,none at the moment. asst treasurer Stan Cousins. press officer/asst hon secretary, Brian Geary. Elected committee members Alan Bain and Barry Hewson. Co-opted members, regalia officer, Peter Grimmett. Events organiser Roger Perkins and Mike Jennings. David Wright remains hon auditor.

Details were read out about the achievements of the bowls sections over the last 12 months. The outdoor bowls event will be on August 13 this year. Wednesday, April 9 will be the indoor bowls competition date.

The new president, Peter Nicholson, then closed the meeting, indicating that the next meeting would be on Wednesday, April 2 at the same venue, when the speaker will be Brenda Harper and her subject will be ‘Putting The House to Bed’. Subscriptions for the coming year are also payable at that meeting.

The Probus Club of Spalding is open to retired professional and businessmen, and further details of the club can be obtained from Andy Wardman (01775-723893) or from the club’s website http://community.lincolnshire.gov.uk/ProbusClubofSpalding.


Musical afternoon open to all at Sutton St James Baptist Chapel, Chapelgate, starting at 2pm on April 8. Alan and Anne Coe will entertain.


Norman Rossiter, the well known local artist, will be leaving his studio to entertain the West Pinchbeck Senior Club at their meeting on Wednesday, in the village hall in West Pinchbeck.

He will doubtless be showing members how easy painting can be with years of experience.

Members of the club went to The Fortesque Arms, in Billingborough, on their March 19 meeting and enjoyed a pre-booked fish and chip lunch.