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QUIZ night in the village hall on Friday, April 11 at 7.30pm. Teams of four. Bring your own liquid refreshments. Tickets cost £5 per person to include jacket potato supper. Telephone 01775 820220 or 01775 248062 to book.

St Nicholas

THERE will be a coffee morning at the Methodist Chapel on Tuesday, 10am-noon.


SOLO winners on March 25 were Barbara Hall, Rita Harris, Edgar Bettinson; lucky score, Bryan Robinson; donkey derby, Edgar Bettinson.

WHIST drive winners on March 26 were Rachel Cope, Arthur Heppinstall, Rita Northern, Tina Collins, Brian Bothamley, Alan White; partner, Sylvia White, Brian Bothamley, Rachel Cope, Andy Thorly; donkey derby, Roz Hull.


NEW people were welcomed to the March meeting of the Baptist Fun and Fellowship on a Friday. They all enjoyed playing Scrabble and other table games. Coffee, tea and cakes were served by Rene Curtis.

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

THE annual meeting of the Gosberton Bowls and Snooker Club, followed by a bowls meeting, is on Wednesday at 7pm in the club room. Anyone interested in bowls or snooker is invited to the meeting. The season starts at the end of April. For more information contact either Denis Wilkinson on 01775 840974 or Stan Cousins on 01775 750096.

MOBILE library will be in Gosberton tomorrow at Field Close, 10-11am and Godfrey Avenue, 11.05am-noon.

WOMEN’S Institute meeting on Tuesday will be on ‘Tales from a farmer’s wife’ by Jane Barnes. The competition is for a farmhouse recipe. The meeting starts at 7.15pm and for more details contact Eileen Johnson on 01775 750553.

AT the Gosberton Ladies Circle in the Methodist Church on Thursday, April 10, there will be a talk on Heckington Mill. It starts at 7.30pm and admission is £3.

A new editor is required for the Gosberton parish magazine. Anyone willing to undertake this is asked to contact Elizabeth Stott on 01775 821843.

Clough and 

AN evening with the Wesley Gospel Choir led by Bob Abbott was held in the Gosberton Clough Centenary Methodist Church on Saturday. Afterwards members and friends of the Clough Methodist put on a lovely supper.

GOSBERTON Risegate Methodists raised a total of £371.45 for their church funds at a coffee afternoon. Helpers with the stalls and competitions and refreshments were Shirley Nicholls, Bev Purdom, Chris Allen, Mr and Mrs Male, Sheila Lee, Mick Lee, Molly Drakard, Jane Harrison and Gail, John Flowers, Irene Illingworth and Paul Illingworth.

CHURCHES Together for Gosberton and District organised a beetle drive at the Duke of York. MCs were the Rev Ian Walters and the Rev Maurice Perry. The proprietors of the Duke of York, Phil and Sue, provided food. A huge thank you was given to them. The evening was organised by Margaret Wright, with approximately £70 being raised for charity.

A meeting of the Churches Together committee will take place at the Risegate Methodist Church today at 7.30pm.

MOBILE library will be in Gosberton Risegate on Thursday, April 17, at The Five Bells, 1-1.30pm.

Handful of 

LADIES choir, Handful of Harmonies, are booking up for singing workshops during the Easter break. Music director Andrew Clingo has organised three workshops where participants will be singing songs from Les Miserables at the Langtoft Village Hall workshop on Friday, April 11 (7.30-9.30pm) and the Beatles at Tinwell Village Hall, April 16 (7.30-9.30pm). Monday, April 14, will see a rare evening where gentlemen are invited to join the ladies at the ‘Bring a Bloke’ workshop. This will be held at the Royal British Legion Hall in Crowland (7.30-9.30pm).

There will be a charge of £6 for each workshop to include music. This is a great way to have a ‘taster-sing’ in a friendly environment if you are interested in joining one of the seven choirs in the area.

The choir’s fundraising group is holding an Easter fayre on Saturday at Red Hall, Bourne, 2-5pm.

The junior choir Harminies will be singing at this event where there will also be face painting and games for youngsters and craft stalls, tombola and tea and cakes.

A great family afternoon out. Further information available from the website www.handfulofharmonies.co.uk or you can phone Andrew on 01778 345857.


HOLBEACH Town Band is opening its doors to the public with an open day on Tuesday, from 10am to 4pm. Visitors of all ages can try out instruments while chatting to band members over a cup of tea or coffee. There will be training sessions throughout the day and Holbeach Victoria Training Band will give an informal free concert at 2.30pm.

HOLBEACH and District Civic Society has a talk on the history of Spalding Flower Festival by Doug Braybrooks, today at 7.30pm in the Reading Room, Church Street. Cost is £3 for members and £4 for visitors; light refreshments will be provided. The society will visit Woolsthorpe Manor and Easton Walled Gardens on May 1 and Peterborough Museum on June 19. Contact Roger Taylor (01406 422266) or Jenny Worth (01406 422319) to arrange transport.

ON Sunday at All Saints’ Church at 6.30pm there will be a devotion for Passiontide led by the Deanery Choir, called ‘The Cross of Christ’. This is a traditional service with readings from the passion, anthems, congregational hymns and prayers.

HOLBEACH and East Elloe Hospital Trust is celebrating 25 years since it formed the trust with a service of thanksgiving at 3pm in All Saints’ Church, this Sunday.

Long Sutton

ROYAL British Legion Women’s Section will have fish and chips at the Holly Fryer, Wisbech, today, noon for 12.15pm. Members will also attend an Easter fayre at Coningsby. Members meet on Monday at 7pm in the RBL Hall, West Street, when the competition will be for the prettiest photo frame and ring (50p entry).


BINGO is being held on Monday at 7.30pm at St Paul’s Church Hall, Fulney.

BROAD Street Methodist Church is holding its spring fayre on Saturday, 10am-2pm. Refreshments will be available including snack lunches. A variety of stalls include home-made cakes and preserves, plants, Easter gifts, crafts, Traidcraft and games. There will be activities for children from 10am. Take them along to enjoy a fun morning while you relax and sample the refreshments and browse the stalls.

MEMBERS of Spalding and District Stamp Club attending the meeting on March 18 were entertained by four visitors from Peterborough Philatelic Society. Gordon Stern opened the evening with a display of stamps and other material showing space exploration, but not manned flights. He started with early Russian flights that experimented with sending animals into space and recovering them and went on to the various exploration flights from all countries to distant planets, the space station and both early and modern communications satellites. Gilbert Smith followed with his display of stamps from Obock, a port area in the Horn of Africa. Initially they overprinted French Colonies’ stamps with their name before issuing their own stamps in 1893. The administration was moved to Djibouti and the Obock stamps were overprinted accordingly. The whole area was subsequently absorbed into the French Somali Coast. Colin Hepper showed a collection of US first flight covers. Pan Am was founded in 1929 and issued a large number of covers to mark the first flight to many destinations. Since the early aircraft could not fly long distances these covers often referred to the different stages in a flight – the first Clipper flight from New York to Vienna, Austria, was made in seven stages and special first flight covers were available for most legs of the flight. In 1925 the USA authorised a number of airmail routes giving them official numbers CAM (contracted air mail) for inland mail and FAM (foreign air mail) for overseas mail and Colin showed a number of items with these cancellations. He completed the display with helicopter mail explaining that there were designated helicopter routes round New York, Los Angeles and Chicago with the helicopter landing on buildings to collect mail, thus saving time in these very busy cities. Alan Berrisford completed the evening with a display of fiscal and tax stamps on documents. Alan explained that the Austrian authorities taxed almost everything. At first these were embossed onto the document but later stamps were issued – these were very ornate to make them difficult to forge in view of the often high value. He showed a variety of documents with different values of stamp including an early ‘permit to travel’, newspapers, work testimonial, invoices, court evidence papers, school reports and a chimney sweep’s receipt. In general these taxes ceased in Austria after the end of world War One in 1918 but they continued to be used in Poland and Russia until 1935. Joyce Boyer thanked the Peterborough members for displaying such a wide range of material. The next evening meeting is Tuesday, April 15, when Frank Wilson will entertain members with something from his various collections. Meetings are held in the Ladies Room, Spalding Constitutional Club, Broad Street. Visitors are welcome and for more information contact Joyce Boyer on 01775 762661.


APRIL meeting of Surfleet Ladybirds is on Tuesday in the Fraiser Room next to the church at 7.30pm. Abby Johnson will be talking about her fascinating life as an opera singer with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, which is famous the world over for its productions, Pirates of Penzance/HMS Pinafore, by the duo Gilbert and Sullivan. Abby is a riveting speaker so come and join us. Tickets £1.50 or £1 for members. Programmes for 2014 are available from Hannah on 01775 680646 and Annette on 01775 680235.

Weston Hills

BINGO will be in the village hall on Saturday, April 12 at 7pm.

THE Good Friday and Easter Sunday services at St John’s Church are at 9.15am.

West Pinchbeck

ST Bartholomew’s Primary School PTFA fundraising Easter bingo will be held in the school tomorrow. Doors open 6.30pm, eyes down 7pm. Lots of Easter prizes. Refreshments available during the interval. Raffle.


MRS Harris, organiser for the last ten years of the 55 Club bingo, is calling it a day. The last bingo will be held tomorrow at 7.30pm in the village hall. Mrs Harris thanks everyone for their support over the years.

Whaplode Drove

HOME-MADE food will be served this Saturday in the Church Room between 11am and 2pm. Whether you prefer morning coffee and a cake or a satisfying lunch, all in a friendly atmosphere, you will be made welcome. Also there will be a cake stall, craft stall, white elephant items and raffle.

Editor’s note

Since the decision to change our policy on village news content, the editor has taken on board the comments from our readers and has decided to re-introduce reports from village events and organisations back into the page.

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