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From Donington to Whaplode Drove


QUIZ night on Friday, May 23, 7.30pm in the church hall. £5 per person including supper, take your own drinks, glasses provided. Four to a team. Bookings to Carol Holt on 01775 820248 or Jane Pearson on 01775 820158.

BINGO will be played at the Ruby Hunt Centre on Friday, May 16, at 7.30pm.

WHIST drive winners on April 30 were Sylvia White, Andy Thorlby, Ron Lowth, Norman Sharpe, Jean Thompson, John Collins; partner, Betsy Stead, Rita Northern, Ron Lowth, John Collins; donkey derby, Ron Lowth. Raffle winners were Arthur Heppinstall, John Collins, Alan White.

RECENT solo winners were Jean Thompson, Edgar Bettinson, Benny Crampton; lucky score, Joan Hodgson; donkey derby, Mabel Burgess. Raffle winners were Rita Harriss, Jean Thompson.


‘A Biblical Menagerie’ was the theme of the Methodist Church flower festival which attracted a large number of visitors last weekend. The theme began with ‘The snake’ depicting the serpent in the garden with Adam and Eve which was arranged by Susan Garth. Jean Spridgen portrayed ‘The plague of the frogs’ with green and yellow floral arrangements and Janice Smith depicted ‘Daniel in the lion’s den’. ‘Consider the ravens’ was by Sally Spridgen and Dorothy Thorpe made a striking display to represent ‘Noah’s Ark’ with ‘The animals came in two by two’ down the centre of the church arranged by Angela Nicholls and Elizabeth Stott. The Rainbow collage was made by the village Rainbow Playgroup. ‘The lost sheep’ was by Wendy Gosling and Eileen Thorold. In the piece ‘Taking care of the pigs’, Alma and John Weeks portrayed the parable of ‘The Prodigal Son’ and ‘Little donkey’ by Graham Haresign and Shirley Sandall depicted the nativity story with Mary in shades of blue, purple and lemon and the angel in white. Elizabeth Steele arranged ‘Fish’ with a large pedestal and three smaller ones in blues and whites, and cut out fish, a net and a basket. ‘The owl and the ruin’ by Gill Smith and Sue Wright was arranged in shades of cream and yellow and Sandra Thompson put in a pedestal arrangement in pink/purple and lime green in memory of the late Judy Berridge, who was a valued member of the flower arranging team. Wendy Cardillo and Maurita Taylor decorated the entrance hall and Michelle Smith arranged the flowers next to the serving hatch. The table arrangements were by Mary Stanhope. On the Sunday morning of the festival the church held an All Age Worship and in the evening a flower festival Songs of Praise. It was led by the Rev Bob Pritchard and organist was Pattrick Mews

THERE is a two-course meal and beetle drive at the Baptist Church on Saturday, May 24, 5.45pm for 6pm start. Tickets are available from Des and Rene Curtis at £6.50. Contact number is 01775 840945.

WOMEN’S Institute meet in the Public Hall on May 13 for the annual meeting and aromatherapy by Julie Payne. For more information contact Eileen Johnson on 01775 750553.

Gosberton Clough and 

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

POST office opens every Monday and Thursday, 2-4pm (not 1-3pm) in St Gilbert and St Hugh’s Church Hall. Also on a Thursday the church coffee afternoon takes place from 2pm to 4pm.


HOLBEACH Town Band’s next monthly bingo is at the Women’s Institute Hall, Park Road, tomorrow. The snowball has now reached up to £240. Eyes down at 7.30pm.

ALL Saints Hot Shots, the youth group for those aged 11-16years, will meet tomorrow at 6.30pm in the Reading Rooms, Church Street for a quiz night.

Long Sutton

Royal British Legion women’s section has a cash bingo on Monday in the RBL Hall, West Street. Doors open 7pm, eyes down 7.30pm. There will be a raffle and refreshments available.


A CONCERT of well-known music performed by the church choir, followed by presentations to choir members and refreshments, will be held at Spalding Parish Church this Sunday at 6.30pm. Free admission, retiring collection.

Sutton St Edmund

FUN dog show and open gardens is being held on Saturday at Guanock House, Guanockgate, PE12 0LW, 11am-5pm. There’s 16 classes to suit all dogs of all ages in the dog show, starting at noon. Entry to the event is £3 and dog owners will get three classes free with their entry fee, for each class entered after that it’s £1. Children’s entry is free and there’s free games for the children at 2pm. There’s also stalls, barbecue, refreshments and a birds of prey static show and handling. If you’d like to book a stall phone 07733 330947 or for more information visit www.fenrats.com

Sutton St James

THE parish church will be holding its annual flower festival on the weekend of Friday, May 23 to Monday, May 26. The theme this year is ‘1914-2014 100 years of Sutton St James’ and it will be celebrating the life of the village over the past 100 years. The festival will be open daily from 10am to 4pm and refreshments will be available in church. There will be a marquee for the school to display the children’s ‘garden plate’ exhibition and competition in front of the tower and out on the front lawn there will be marquees with stalls selling cakes, preserves, jewellery, books and plants, plus the tombola. Lunches will be served daily from noon to 2pm in the church hall in Bells Drove, and for added interest there will be a dolls house exhibition and an exhibition of photographs of the village during the past 100 years. On the Sunday a Songs of Praise at 6.30pm will be followed by refreshments including the now infamous ‘churchwarden’s punch’!

Welland Seniors’ Forum

WELLAND Seniors’ Forum meet on Tuesday in Pinchbeck Church Hall, Rose Lane at 2pm. The first speaker is Dave Winterton from the Department of Work and Pensions, who will explain the recent changes to benefits and the effects. The second speaker, Annie Best, will talk about fire safety in the home. Refreshments will be available and there will be a raffle to help with forum’s costs. The group has a supply of carbon monoxide alarms, which will be available at the meeting at the reduced price of £7. Members will be taking a coach trip to Cromer on June 24 and bookings can be made at Tuesday’s meeting.

Whaplode Drove

LUNCHES, with home-made food, will be served in the Church Room this Saturday from 11am to 2pm. You are sure to find someone to chat with, and you can browse around the stalls.