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THERE will be a traditional craft fair at Crowland Abbey on Monday, May 5, 10am–3pm. There will be over 20 stalls, with beekeepers, wood turners, patchwork, soaps and a variety of traditional crafts on display, also a barbecue. Free entry to the event.


BINGO at the Ruby Hunt Centre tomorrow is at 7.30pm. All welcome.

BINGO will be held at the church hall on Friday, April 25, at 7.30pm. All welcome.

IF anyone would like to donate a prize or anything for the tombola stall during the flower festival contact Carol on 01775 820248.

SERVICES at St Mary and the Holy Rood Church will be tomorrow, Good Friday, 2pm; Easter Day Holy Communion, 9.15am. There will be no service on Sunday, April 27 or May 4. As from Sunday, May 11, the morning service will be 9.30am.

SOLO winners on April 8 were E Wyer, M Robinson, M Jennings; lucky score, R Harris; donkey derby, B Robinson.

WINNERS of the whist drive on April 9 were B Bothamley, L Wyer, B Hall, A White, N Sharp, T Kane; partner, C Kane, T Kane, Lavina Lord, Rita Northern; donkey derby, B Hall.


PRESIDENT Chris Clark welcomed members and visitors to the Public Hall for the April meeting of the Women’s Institute. The speaker was unable to attend so members had a full evening of business and a sharing of information. Betty Dakers gave a light hearted report of the spring council meeting, encouraging others to go if given the chance. She made members all wish they had been there. Eileen Johnson said she had been inspired by the conference she had attended in Peterborough recently. It was the ‘Inspiring Women’ conference put on by the National Executive and made everyone feel a real part of the countrywide organisation. Chris talked about the centenary baton, currently touring the country to celebrate 100 years of WI. Gosberton is due to receive the baton on the morning of June 5. Members will have a coffee and cake morning at the Public Hall to welcome the baton (arriving by vintage tractor) and then see it on its way to Spalding, where it will travel by water taxi to Ayscoughfee for more celebrations. Contained in the baton is a memory stick with information and photographs of each area it visits. Members are asked for photographs depicting ‘what my WI means to me’ to be considered for inclusion in the baton. Jenny Pocock talked about the new programme and asked members to give their preferences by filling in a questionnaire. After refreshments, members heard about the resolution chosen to go forward to the annual meeting in Leeds in June regarding organ transplants. To bring the evening to a close, members had a light-hearted game of ‘donkey’, with the winners being rewarded with chocolate. Chris’s apple pie with cheese was voted as the winning farmhouse recipe. Next meeting is on May 13 when Julie Payne will be talking about aromatherapy. It will also be the annual meeting. Visitors always welcome. Anyone wanting further information can contact the secretary, Eileen Johnson, on 01775 750553.

PARISH Council met on April 7. All councillors were in attendance, but there are still two vacancies on the Gosberton Ward. Sgt Paul Coleman and PCSO Abbotts were present for the start of the meeting and this gave Sgt Coleman the opportunity to introduce himself and to advise what they were trying to do given the tight financial and time constraints that all police forces are faced with. Ideally they would like to be able to spend more time in the village so as to raise the police profile as this in itself would help to build residents’ confidence and also improve bad parking and speeding habits which the parish continues to see. Concerns have been raised about the crossing close to the school on High Street as this is not a formal crossing but people are treating it as such and this means that it could be only a matter of time before someone is hurt crossing at this point. It has been agreed that the police will visit the school to remind them and the parish council will be writing to the school also asking them to write to all of the parents to advise them that this is not an official crossing. The issue of prolonged problems in Salem Street with people making excessive noise which makes other residents feel intimidated was discussed and assurances were given that the police would spend time in this area. Details were given of the various crimes that had occurred since the last meeting. Judi Byrne from the Butterfly Hospice had asked to spend some time at the meeting so she could speak about the work that the hospice does and how vital it is in this area. The facilities are based at the back of the Pilgrim Hospital and it is hoped that they will soon be in a position to be able to offer a six-bed facility for providing end of life care. The majority of the money required will need to come from fundraising and if anyone is interested in helping with this then she would be pleased to hear from them. There continues to be a problem regarding the rubbish left out at the Five Bells flats as soon as the rubbish has been collected, which is a health hazard as well as making the area unsightly. South Holland District Council have visited the site and tried to speak with the residents but none could be found so they have been written to to advise them that this practice must stop. As it is the time for audit requirements to be covered, the risk register was discussed and updated and Coun Smith has agreed to take over the role of reviewing the effectiveness of the parish council system of internal control with the clerk which Coun Noble had previously done. This is to be carried out before the next meeting so that it can be reported back. The annual audit has not been received and will be advertised from May 2. The risk assessment at the playing field was completed on March 31 and various issues were highlighted which will be carried out in the next few weeks. It was disappointing to report that the goal posts had been pulled up and thrown in a tree over the weekend of March 30 and if there continues to be a problem with the goal posts then the parish council may have to consider taking them out on a permanent basis so they would like to ask everyone to treat the playing field with the respect that it deserves. Highways have been contacted again about the problem of the water near the butchers shop on High Street and they have agreed to continue with their investigations particularly when it has been raining. They have also advised that they will add the request for a footpath on Belchmire Lane to the list for assessment using their standard criteria. Lincolnshire County Council is also to carry out a pedestrian survey on High Street. Five planning applications were discussed and the results of one previous application was reported. The next meeting , which will be the annual Gosberton Parish Council meeting, is on May 19 at the Public Hall at 7.30pm.

AT the April meeting of the Ladies Circle, Belinda Taylor welcomed Jim Bailey, manager of Heckington Mill, and his wife, who presented an interesting evening in the Methodist Church on Thursday. Mr Bailey spoke on the history of the windmill and Mrs Bailey took along flour etc, which was for sale. Refreshments were served by Shirley Sandall and Celia Hearth. Members were reminded that the next meeting will take the form of a dinner outing on Thursday, May 15 (please note this is the third Thursday of the month and not the usual second).

TICKETS are now on sale for a two course meal and beetle drive at the Baptist Church on May 24, 5.45pm for 6pm start. Admission is £6.50 and there will also be a raffle. Contact Des and Rene Curtis on 01775 840945. It is advisable to book early as space is limited.


ALL Saints’ Church has a busy Easter week with an All Age Workshop and lunch today, Maundy Thursday, beginning at noon. On Good Friday a service at 2pm, At the Foot of the Cross. On Saturday an Easter vigil service at 8pm and on Easter Day, Holy communion at 10.30am and Deanery Evensong at 6.30pm.

Moulton Chapel

A bingo in aid of Peterborough City Hospital breast cancer unit is on Wednesday, April 23 in the youth and community centre at Moulton Chapel. Doors open 6.30pm for eyes down at 7.30pm. Please take a raffle prize.

The bingo in March raised £525.


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

FRIENDS of Ayscoughfee Gardens have arranged a celebratory programme of alfresco musical entertainments to take place in Ayscoughfee Gardens during the summer. The full programme is advertised in today’s Spalding Guardian. The Friends’ cause for celebration is that after 18 years a performance/bandstand arena is to be created in Ayscoughfee Gardens to be a permanent venue for musical entertainment, dance and theatre performances .

The district council and the Spalding Town Forum have agreed that some of the community development monies should be spent on providing a facility that will, for many years to come, provide summer entertainment for the residents of the town and district .

BROAD Street Methodist Church will be holding an Easter coffee morning, plus snack lunches, on Saturday, 10am-1pm. On Sunday there will be a service at 10.30am to include Communion. The church is not holding a flower festival on Saturday, May 3, but will be providing refreshments from 10am to include snack lunches. Crafts, preserves and Fairtrade will be on sale.

CHAIRMAN of Spalding West Townswomen’s Guild welcomed 23 members to the April meeting. There was a competition for the best Easter bonnet which was won by Miriam Bates and the prize was an Easter egg kindly donated by Jean Huett. It was the 50th anniversary of the group and members celebrated with tea and cakes. The spring dinner in March was enjoyed by all and arrangements will be made for one to take place in the autumn. The strawberry tea will be on June 26. Speaker was Victor Parrock from Lincolnshire and Nottingham Air Ambulance. He showed slides of the work they do. Mr Parrock judged the Easter bonnets and presented the prize. The next meeting is on May 8 in St John’s Church Lounge, Hawthorn Bank, at 2.15pm. The competition is for a tiny teapot. New members and visitors are welcome.

Weston Hills

VILLAGE Hall Committee meet on Tuesday at 7.30pm in the village hall. This will be followed by the AGM at 8pm.

MOBILE library will be in the village hall car park on Wednesday, 10.30am-11am.

West Pinchbeck

ST Bartholomew’s flower festival will take place this year from Wednesday, April 30 until Monday, May 5. The church will be open 10am-5.30pm daily. Light Refreshments available, together with fruit and veg, plants, bric-a-brac and books. Donations of books (contact Janet Iszatt, 01775 640340), bric-a-brac and refreshments items welcome. If you can offer any time to help man the stalls, this would be appreciated. Contact Wendy on 01775 640296. On Friday, May 2, the popular Festival of Praise will take place at 7pm. Poems, songs and congregation’s choice of favourite hymns. Members of GLU Children’s Club will be singing one of their favourite songs.

Whaplode Drove

THERE will be a Maundy Thursday Elloe Fen Benefice Service at St John the Baptist Church this evening at 7pm.

THERE will not be an Easter service this Sunday at St John the Baptist Church. Instead there will be services of Holy Communion at Holy Trinity, Gedney Hill, at 9.30am and at Sutton St James Church at 11am.

THANK you to all who helped with, and everyone who supported, the recent Saturday lunches, when a total of £330 was raised. The next lunches, with home-made food being served alongside great portions of friendliness, will be on Saturday, May 10, 11am-2pm in the Church Room.