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From Crowland to Surfleet


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

Deeping St James

ON Saturday, May 10 (7.30pm), in the Priory Church, a concert is taking place. Divers Voyces are singing music of the Deeping born composer Robert Fayrfax and his contemporaries, commemorating the 550th anniversary of his birth. Tickets are available at the door and from Bill Flegg (01778 347197), cost £8.


WHIST drive winners on April 23 were Gwen Jackson, Carol Kane, Andy Thorlby, Barbara Hall, Brian Bothamley, Norman Sharpe, Alan White; partner, Lavinia Lord, Arthur Hepinstall, Jim Thompson, Norman Sharpe; donkey derby, Bill Moore.

WINNERS of the solo on April 22 were Barbara Hall, Eric Wyer, Jean Thompson; lucky score, Marion Robinson; donkey derby, Lavinia Lord.

Gedney Drove End

SPRING fair and community yard sale will take place on Sunday, May 18. The fair at the village hall will be starting at noon until 4.30pm and the yard sale from 11.30am. Publicity and a village map of participating households will be provided for a donation of £3. The booking deadline is Friday, May 9. Spring fair stalls and car boot pitches are available at £6 for a single and £12 for a double pitch. Contact Vicki Bills (01406 550752) or Jackie Cain (01406 550680) for booking or further information.

VILLAGE Hall Committee will be holding its annual meeting on Tuesday, May 20, at 7.15pm. All are invited and the committee is keen to welcome new, active members to assist with the running, improvement and fundraising efforts for this great community building.

Gedney Dyke

A coffee morning will take place in the village hall on Saturday, 10am-noon.

MONTHLY table top sale will take place in the village hall on Sunday, May 11. Doors open 10am-2pm. To book a table contact Richard on 01406 364980 or Sue on 01406 364151.

BINGO will be held in the village hall on the following Wednesdays, May 14, 21 and 28. Eyes Down 7.30pm.


AT the Baptist Church April meeting David and Audrey Felstead gave members an insight into their fundraising for local charities through quizzes. Refreshments were served by Pam Caccavale and Enid Pearson. The next meeting will be Tuesday, May 6, at 2pm when Barbara O’Neil and Lisa Osborne from Age UK will be the speakers.
FLEET Baptist Church flower festival starts this Friday until bank holiday Monday, 10am each day. On Saturday at 7pm there will be a concert by Holbeach Town Band. Tickets £7, including refreshments, from Ross (01406 424556) or Joyce (01406 426781). On Sunday at 4pm there will be a Songs of Praise Service. Hot and cold meals will be served each day.


MOBILE library will be in Gosberton on Friday, Field Close, 10-11am and Godfrey Avenue, 11.05am-noon. For enquiries contact 01522 782010.

GOSBERTON Good Companions Club met in the Public Hall on Tuesday playing games of bingo. The caller was Bryan Waters. A raffle was organised by Edna Richardson and Lilian Crunkhorn. The auction saw brisk bidding with Les Stevenson as the auctioneer. The runners were Maxine Dobney and Mike Smith and the committee served refreshments. Names were taken of those wishing to go on the outing to Yarmouth on May 28. The next meeting is on Tuesday, May 6, in the Public Hall.

ST Peter and St Paul’s Church is collecting postage stamps for St Barnabas Hospice. A small border needs to be cut around the stamp and the stamps can be placed in a tub at the back of the church or handed in at Quadring Post Office.

A big thank you is extended to those who advertise in the Gosberton, Quadring and Clough and Risegate parish magazine. It is only with this support that the cover price is kept at 50p.

METHODIST Church flower festival opens on Thursday through to bank holiday Monday inclusive from 10am to 6pm. Theme is ‘A Biblical Menagerie’. Items of bric-a-brac are required for the stall. Refreshments will be served throughout.


HOLBEACH Royal Air Forces Association meet at the United Services Club, Church Street, on May 13 at 7.30pm. New members welcome (this also applies to none ex-service members of the public). For more information call B Storey, chairman, on 01406 422312.

ALL Saints’ Church flower festival ‘Holbeach Past and Present’ starts this Thursday, until bank holiday Monday. Special events during the festival will include a school’s concert on Friday, 7pm; teddy bear parachuting, Saturday, 10am-noon; have a go at bell ringing, Saturday 2-4pm; Maypole dancing, Sunday 12.30pm and fun dog show, Sunday 1-4pm. The church is open daily from 10am-5pm.

Holbeach Bank

THERE will be a pamper evening at Holbeach Bank School on Friday, May 9, 6.30-8.30pm. Admission is free but some stallholders may charge for treatments. Stallholders have been asked to donate raffle prizes rather than pay for table space. The Clotheshanger Dress Agency will display a selection of prom/evening wear and accessories and Abi’z will be giving hair advice for that special event. There will be opportunities for an Indian head massage, hand massage, nail painting and foot massage. Cupcakes and jewellery to buy, Avon for make up tips and Slimming World for weight loss advice and display by Julian Wheeler Photographer. For more information contact Erica on 07593 670470.

Long Sutton

ROYAL British Legion women’s section has a cake stall and raffle in St Mary’s Church Hall on Friday, May 9, 9-11.45am.

WOMEN’S Institute held its monthly meeting on April 15 when nominations for new committee took place for 2014/2015, and a competition for a pretty jug. The next meeting will be on Tuesday May 20, 7pm in the Conservative Club. This will be the annual meeting followed by a fish and chip supper. New members and visitors welcome.

THERE will be a coffee morning in the church hall on Thursday, May 22, 10am–noon. Various stalls, raffle and tombola; entrance £1 which will include coffee, tea and biscuits.

Lutton Marsh

LADIES Group will meet at the Methodist Chapel on Thursday, 2-4pm. Edinburgh Woollen Mill will be showing its summer range. This will be an open meeting and all are welcome.


FARMING photographer and conservationist Andrew Parsons travels from Sutton-in-Ashfield on Thursday to give an illustrated insight into his work as a farmer and his undying interest in the countryside and the enormous and varied species of wildlife that live in it. Andrew is “very upbeat” with his presentations and his visit into South Holland is one not to be missed. Casual visitors to the club’s headquarters, The Pavilion at Pinchbeck East Primary School, are welcome for an admission fee of £3.50. The entertainment begins at 7.30pm. For more information contact Peter Smith (chairman) on 01775 724870


EVERGREEN Club thanks those that visited the club for its Easter tea afternoon. Everyone had a lovely time and some prospective new members also attended. Bingo winners were Kaz Wright, Madge Jackson and Alice Cooper. The Easter bonnet prize went to Jean Grey and Madge Jackson and an Easter egg design was won by Pru Staples. Members will visit Sandringham and Hunstanton by coach on June 3; cost to visitors is £12. The coach leaves Donington at 8.30am and Quadring at 8.45am, returning approximately 6pm. Anyone welcome to join the trip, contact Jeanette 01775 820414 or Judy 01775 820974.


ST George’s theme folk night is on Friday, 7.30pm, at Moulton Mill. Music will be by Spalding Folk Club. Tickets are £7.50 to include a fish and chip supper and can be obtained on 01406 373237.

OVER this weekend and bank holiday Monday Moulton Mill will be open as usual, 10am-4pm. On Sunday a craft fair takes place with 20 stalls of traditional crafts and handmade items. For more information phone 01406 373237.


THE next meeting of the Fenland Woodturners Club is tomorrow. Members welcome the first visit of Shaun Clifford who will demonstrate the making of a ‘floating’ winged bowl. Shaun is a professional wood turner with many years experience who has only recently started to demonstrate his skills at club events. Meetings are held at Spalding Common Community Hall, 7pm. Members free, visitors £4. For more details contact Trevor Blackburn on 01775 767917.

AT the April evening meeting of Spalding and District Stamp Club members were entertained by Frank Wilson, the club chairman with a two-part display. In the first half Frank showed British aerogrammes. The aerogramme was introduced in 1942 for those serving in East Africa but they were later extended to those serving in South Africa, India and other places. They did not have an imprinted stamp as they were being used by those ‘on active service’ who were entitled to free postage. The first aerogramme with a printed stamp was issued before the end of World War Two. In the second half Frank showed the stamps of Summer Isles – a group of islands located near to Skye and Ullapool at the mouth of Loch Broom. On April 17, Frank Wilson, Mike Casswell and Joyce Boyer represented the club at a meeting of Peterborough Philatelic Society showing displays of Chinese first flight covers, Indian mail from Queen Victoria’s reign and the 1964 Winter Olympics. The next afternoon meeting is on Wednesday, May 7 at 2pm when Peter Wain will be showing more of the material he has collected mainly relating to the post office rather than actual stamps. The meeting on May 20 at 7.30pm will be an auction. Meetings are in the Ladies Room, Spalding Constitutional Club, Broad Street. Visitors are welcome, for more information contact Joyce Boyer on 01775 762661.


MIKI Weaver from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds will be giving Ladybirds members a talk on Tuesday, May 13, on the work she does for the society at RSPB Freiston Shore Reserve. Meetings start at 7.30pm in the Fraiser Room, next to the church, and cost £1.50 for non members. On Friday, May 9, there is a walk around Willow Fen Nature Reserve with warden, Sarah Evans. Starts at 5pm, followed by a meal at the Crown Inn, Surfleet. If you would like to join the Ladybirds on this evening phone Heather on 01775 821130.

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