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A coffee morning will be held in the United Reformed Church school room on Saturday, 10-11.30am, with all the usual attractions.

Deeping St James

IT was resolutions and pudding night at the April meeting of the Women’s Institute. Sue Sheppard introduced the resolution: the NFWI notes that three people die every day whilst waiting for an organ transplant and every member of the WI is asked to make their wishes regarding organ donation known, and to encourage their families and friends, and members of their local communities, to do likewise. Sue informed members that the UK’s consent rate is one of the lowest in Europe - last year, four in ten families said no to allowing their loved one’s organs to be donated, even in cases when that person was on the Organ Donor Register. The number of people on the register in the UK needs to outstrip the number of people needing a transplant, because while over half a million people die each year in the UK, fewer than 5000 die in circumstances where they can become donors. After some discussion the majority of members voted for the resolution. Delegate, Sarah Oldfield, will take the result to the AGM in Leeds in June. Diets put on hold, members were then able to enjoy some of the delicious puddings made by the committee. The selection included Mississippi mud pie, treacle tart, Mars cheesecake, raspberry and frangipani tart, whisky trifle and chocolate refrigerator cake. The bursary draw took place with Yvonne McCulloch winning the Denman one and Georgina Hitchcock and Jo Astle the Rosalene Shattock ones. The competition for a tape measure was won by Lynn George. A visit to the Woodhurst Raptor Centre near Huntingdon has been arranged for August 5. Tickets are £12 which include a barbecue supper. Next month Peter Carter, ‘The Eel Man’ will be speaking about ‘Life on the Fens’ on May 29, in the church hall at 7.30pm.


THERE will be a Messy Church in the church hall on Friday, May 16, 3.30pm for 4pm start. Children must bring an adult and adults at least one child for a time of crafts, activities, drama and song. For more details contact the Rev Ian or Pat Walters on 01775 840694.

GOSBERTON Church Fellowship meets in the church hall on May 19 at 7.30pm. £1 for members, £3 non members. For more information contact Pat Walters on 01775 840694.

PARISH Church coffee morning, which was not held during the flower festival, will resume tomorrow.

Next film show at the Baptist Church is on May 21 (not the usual Monday) and films will include Coton Manor Gardens, Holt, Lowther Castle and gardens, Beatrice Potter Museum, Mainsgill, Acorn Bank at Temple Sowerby and Kendal. Cost of £2 also includes the usual refreshments. It starts at 2pm

BOOKINGS are currently being taken for the Baptist Church beetle drive on May 24, 5.45pm for 6pm start. The tickets of £6.50 include a two course meal. Contact Des and Rene Curtis on 01775 840945.

Gosberton Clough and Risegate

MOBILE library will be in the Risegate on Thursday, May 15, at the Five Bells, 1-1.30pm.

GOSBERTON Methodist Church has a plant sale and coffee afternoon on Saturday, May 17 at 1pm. All welcome.

GOSBERTON Clough Methodist Church is the venue for Gosberton Churches Together Christian Aid Service on Sunday at 3pm.

THE church coffee afternoon is in the hall on a Thursday from 1pm to 3pm. All welcome.


A SPRING fair is being held on Saturday, 10am-3pm, at the Cecil Pywell Community Hall in Cecil Pywell Avenue. There will be a cake stall, bric-a-brac, tombola, crafts, books and refreshments and money raised will be for the Cecil Pywell residents’ comfort fund. For any more information phone 07853 226264.

Long Sutton

BAPTIST Church lunches are being serviced this Friday, 11am-1.30pm. All welcome are welcome to go along.

ROYAL British Legion women’s section has home made cakes and sausage rolls for sale this Friday, 9am-11.45am, in St Mary’s Church Hall.

A cash bingo will be held on Monday, May 12, at the Royal British Legion Hall, West Street. Doors open at 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm. Refreshments available.

All money raised from both these events will go towards the welcome of servicemen, service women and their families serving and retired.

Moulton Chapel

MOULTON Chapel Youth Club annual meeting is on Monday, May 12, at 7.30pm in the youth and community centre. Please come along and support this if you want the village to keep its Friday evening youth club.

Saracen’s Head

A quiz night was held in the village hall on April 26, attended by 48 people. Quiz master was John Hopkins and a buffet supper was arranged by the Village Hall Committee. A profit of £226 was made.

Ladies Group meetings are held on the last Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm. At the next meeting on May 28 there will be a talk by Terry Grantham on the origins of hospices. Non members welcome. For more information phone Sophie on 01406 258304.

SEVENTEEN ladies attended the Flower Club meeting on Tuesday. Raffle winners were Pat Robinson, Yvonne Walsh, Barbara Cole, Ann Bailey, Joan Healey and Pam Goddard. Brenda Munson was thanked for doing the flower arrangements at Holbeach Hospital. Two members were sent gifts from the ladies to wish them a speedy recovery.

Spalding Ramblers

NOW that summer is almost with us and the days are getting longer Spalding Ramblers will be leading short Wednesday evening walks of about five miles during May and June. The first of these will start from the car park in Bourne Wood tomorrow at 7pm. For more information call the walk leader on 01406 371492. The next two Wednesday walks will be on May 21 (Moulton Seas End) and Tydd St Mary on the June 11.


THE next meeting of Spalding and District Flower Lovers’ Club will take place at Spalding Grammar School tomorrow at 7.15pm. Julia Knight will be the demonstrator.

PRESIDENT, Peter Nicholson, welcomed 60 members, and the speaker, Brenda Arthur, to the April meeting of the club at South Holland Centre and reminded members that subscriptions were now due. Grace was said by Probian James Newby and after lunch, the president proposed the Loyal Toast and Mick Jennings proposed the Probian Toast. The president reported that there was now a new vice president, John Heron, and a new speaker finder, David Hall. The speaker’s subject was ‘Putting the house to bed’. The topic covered the operations and formation of the National Trust and the crucial necessity for house management. The regular raffle was drawn. The next meeting will be at the same venue tomorrow, when the stewards will be Doug Best and Graham Brooks, and the speaker will be Richard Frisby, whose subject will be ‘Life as an auctioneer’. The Probus Club of Spalding is open to retired professional and businessmen, and further details can be obtained from Andy Wardman (01775 723893) or from the website www.community.lincolnshire.gov.uk/probusclubofspalding

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