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From Gosberton to Whaplode St Catherine


THOSE requiring tickets for the Baptist beetle drive on Saturday, May 24, should contact Des and Rene Curtis on 01775 840945 before Sunday. The two-course meal and drive costs £6.50. Raffle prizes will be welcomed.

IF there is anyone in Gosberton and surrounding area who has time on their hands and is looking for something to do there are vacancies for a budding new parish magazine editor, singers, budding singers, musicians, painters, youth club helpers, cleaners, caterers, messy church helpers, website updaters and people who care about the community. Interested in any of these, contact the Rev Ian Walters on 01775 840694.

CHILDREN from Gosberton House School have enjoyed wonderful visits to local RAF bases which were organised by the Lincolnshire Arts Council. The first visit was to East Kirkby Aviation Centre, near Spilsby, where the children learned about how RAF pilots prepared themselves for the air raids over Germany. They saw the famous Lancaster aeroplane ‘Just Jane’ and learned about ‘Tail End Charlie’ and took turns sitting in the cockpit at the controls of an old plane. The second visit was to RAF Coningsby where they visited The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. They saw some of the planes that took part in the Battle of Britain and had the opportunity to dress as evacuees. The second part of the day took the party to RAF Digby where in a bunker they saw the Air Force World Ward Two control room. They thoroughly enjoyed the visits learning much about World War Two.

The school recently raised over £1,000 at its Easter fayre.

SUNDAY afternoon tea and favourite hymns is at the Methodist Church on Sunday at 4pm. For more details contact John and Enid Parson on 01205 357832.

Gosberton clough and 

THE Clough Methodist Church was the venue for Gosberton Churches Together Christian Aid Service on Sunday afternoon. It was conducted by the Rev David Curran and organist was Graham Haresign. The Rev Ian Walters, the Rev Maurice Perry and the Rev Bob Pritchard gave readings on which they briefly spoke. Prayers were led by the Rev Steve Weatherly-Barton and offertory stewards were Mike Smith and Ken Templeman. Tea and biscuits were served by members of the church.

MOBILE library will be in Gosberton Risegate today at the Five Bells from 1pm to 1.30pm For enquiries ring 01522 782010.

Handful of 

A Handful of Harmonies is at it again … singing for charity! Tomorrow sees them having a ‘Night in for Macmillan’ to support this national event. The village hall at Langtoft is booked from 9-11.30pm for anyone to join for an open house event. Free tea and coffee will be available and you are welcome to bring your own (alcoholic) drinks and snacks for a fun evening. There will be a raffle and donations to go directly to Macmillan Cancer Support. A great night is guaranteed.

The following evening at the same venue there is an evening of song from the ladies with a selection of songs from their repertoire. Tickets are only £3 and you are welcome to bring your own refreshments. Contact the phone number below for tickets.

If that wasn’t enough a team of the choir members have signed up to the Stamford Walk for Life at Burghley House on June 1, to raise funds for Cancer Research UK. They are keen to have your sponsorship. So either contact any member of the choir for further details or visit them on their Facebook page ‘Just Giving Handful of Harmonies page’.

If you can’t make any of these dates, but would love to have a sing sometime then further information is available from the website www.handfulofharmonies.co.uk or you can phone Andrew on 01778 345857.


A group of people are bringing bingo back to the Women’s Institute Hall on the third Monday of the month starting on May 19. There will be ten games of cash, five games of prize, a charity flyer and a big house flyer. The bingo will be known as The Old Ones and Young Ones Charity Pot Bingo. Roy Glencross for the Boston and South Lincs Merchant Seaman’s Association, Brenda Munson for the Callum Pite Smile Charity and Tanya Fidler for Holbeach Primary School hopes players will turn up to raise funds for these three worthy causes.

OASIS Club will be meeting in All Saints’ Church at 10am on Saturday, exploring the story of Noah through drama, puppetry, music and craft activities. All primary school age children are welcome. For more information contact Gill Graper on 01406 423803.

Holbeach Bank

THE pamper evening was enjoyed by all and £119 was raised by Friends of Holbeach Bank School. There were some fantastic raffle prizes, as the stall holders gave a raffle prize rather than pay for table space. Other prizes included two tickets to ladies night donated by Huntingdon racecourse, photography vouchers donated by local photographer Veena Cornish, and vouchers for afternoon tea on the Boston Belle. The committee thanks Molly Booth for her continued support over the years with her excellent cakes and quiches which have been enjoyed by many. The next open morning at the school is on Wednesday between 9am and 10.30am. All welcome to look around the school. Free refreshments will be available. Phone 01406 423375 for more details. The whole school will take a trip on Thursday, May 22, to Bewilderwood, and the cost of the coach has been funded by FOHBS. The school will be a polling station on this day.

Moulton Chapel

A bingo in aid of Peterborough City Hospital Breast cancer unit is on Wednesday, May 28, in the youth and community centre. Doors open 6.30pm for eyes down at 7.30pm. Please bring a prize which can be either used on the raffle or as a prize in the next bingo in June. A total of £453 was raised at the April bingo and organisers will soon be handing another £1000 over to the cancer unit.


WOMEN’S Institute president Margaret Moyses welcomed members and congratulated Ann Gillespie and Dougie Gill on their recent wedding. Member Margaret Wyeth presented this year’s WI resolution - increasing organ donation. Members were given outline facts and statistics about organ donation. Three people die every day waiting for an organ transplant. A good discussion followed and members voted for the motion with one abstention. After refreshments the business meeting was held. Brenda Robinson and Irene Wright were thanked for arranging the flower festival display for the WI and other members were thanked for their help at the flower festival. Trish Harvey was thanked for the table arrangement and it was presented to Ann Gill. Margaret Moyses gave details of the centenary baton relay which takes place on June 5. Members are asked to greet the baton at the water taxi stop (back of Hills store)at 12.30pm and line the roads to Ayscoughfee gardens where a celebration picnic will be held. Sandra Bradshaw gave the financial report and secretary Marilyn Tansley gave Federation news. Diary dates were given: June 7, Hospital League of Friends jubilee gala, 2pm; June 12, Luncheon Club at Spalding Lifestyle, noon; August 2, WI stall at the Glebe field (various activities including a football match raising money for Callum Pite); August 11, mystery outing (money paid in at next meeting). Competition winners for a May Day headdress was won by Betty Berridge and Trish Harvey. Raffle winners were Pam Amess. Ann Gill and Anne Rowell. The next meeting is on June 9 in the village hall at 7.30pm. The talk is presented by the Local Crime Community Service. Competition is for ‘your favourite baby mug shot’. Visitors welcome.


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

MESSY Church is at St Paul’s Church, Fulney on Saturday at 2.30pm.

KIRTON Brass Band will be performing a Dambuster concert this Saturday in the beautiful surroundings of Spalding Parish Church, 7pm. Entry on the door is £5 and there will be light refreshments and a raffle. All proceeds will go the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight to help with maintenance and to keep the aircraft in the air.

OVER 90 members attended the May meeting of Spalding and District Flower Lovers Club. Chairman Wendy Goodliff introduced the demonstrator Julia Knight with her presentation ‘Let’s dance the night away’ depicting dance from around the world using the most stunning flowers and foliage. Tickets are on sale for the annual open evening at the South Holland Centre on June 18.

THE Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding (UOofS), now in its sixth year, recently held its AGM at The Vista Community Hall, and reflected on a busy and successful 2013. Re-elected chairman, Bee Nowell, welcomed 37 members, and reported that, since last year’s annual meeting, 41 gigs had been performed in the Spalding, Boston and Peterborough area by the UOofS. Thirty-four concerts are still to be played this year, with 37 bookings already in the pipeline for 2015. Special days during the past year for the UOofS were participating in the final Tulip Parade in the town centre in 2013; the annual NSPCC concert at Bourne, which brought standing ovations and immediate bookings to return and play again in 2014. A recent gig at the Amberhill WI’s 79th anniversary supper evening was a triumph, as was the Quadring gig in March, along with a lovely afternoon last month spent making music at Gosberton Church’s flower festival. The gigs at Spalding’s Ayscoughfee Gardens always bring appreciative crowds, with all proceeds going to local charities. Gosberton Risegate fete and playing in Central Park, Peterborough, were also good days out. UOofS has recently welcomed five new members. The popularity of the instrument has meant that a waiting list for new members is now held. The membership is full again at 50 players, whose ages range between 11 and over 80 years. Donations at concerts last year enabled the UOofS to pass on around £2000 to charity. The continued support and enthusiasm from the local community is invaluable and much appreciated, said the committee. The UOofS has recently recorded their second CD, sales from which will again go to local charities. The CD entitled ‘Jumping Fleas’ features 12 songs from the orchestra’s ever increasing and varied repertoire. Some traditional favourites are there, like ‘Freight Train’ and ‘You are my sunshine’, alongside more recent popular songs, including an original arrangement by musical director Zeph Churchill, of Adele’s ‘Make You Feel My Love’. Copies will be on sale at £8 at all future gigs. The band will be in concert at Ayscoughfee Gardens, Spalding, 2-4pm, on Sunday, July 6 and again on September 14 and will be hoping for fine weather at these open air events. Details of their public concerts are available on the new UOofS web site www.ukuleleorchestraofspalding.co.uk. The web site also features samples of the songs on the CD. The band will be raising funds for the Broad Street Methodist Church at a concert on May 31 at 7pm. They return to Wyberton Church arts and crafts festival on June 19, and will perform in aid of Holbeach St John’s Church on June 28. They will help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Holbeach and East Elloe Hospital Trust at their fete on September 7. Later this year will bring a host of gigs at smaller venues, playing for community groups, harvest suppers, WI meetings, etc. A gala charity night in aid of Macmillan nursing is scheduled for Saturday, November 15, at Peterborough’s Key Theatre. As the end of the year approaches a full Christmas booking calendar is in place for the band throughout December.


SPALDING Ramblers will be leading a walk this Sunday, starting from the village of Ryhall, just north of Stamford, at 10.30am. More details are available from the leader on 01406 371492.
The group will continue to lead shorter evening walks during the next two months. The next will be on Wednesday starting from the car park of the Golden Lion public house in Moulton Seas End at 7pm. Contact John on 01406 370368 for more information.

West Pinchbeck

WEST Pinchbeck Church Ladies meet on Monday at 7.30pm in the village hall. Terry Grantham will be talking about the work of the St Barnabas Hospice movement. Visitors £2.50 including refreshments.

STATIONS of the Resurrection - a follow up to the Lent meetings in West Pinchbeck, which studied the Stations of the Cross. Starts next Tuesday at 1.30pm, and will be hosted by Trevor Cummings at Glen Lodge, Glenside North. It is anticipated there will be four to five sessions. For any further details contact the vicar. All welcome. You do not need to have attended any of the previous meetings.

ST Bartholomew’s monthly coffee morning will be held on Saturday, May 24, in church, 10am-noon. Refreshments, books, bring and buy. A parish councillor and district councillor will be in attendance if you have any concerns you wish to raise. All welcome to drop in.

ST Bartholomew’s is open every Thursday between 9.30am and 11am for Thirsty on a Thursday. Call in at any time for coffee and a chat. All welcome. On the first Thursday of each month a short Eucharist Service is held at 10am.

Whaplode St Catherine

A reminder to book your table for the quiz night this Saturday. Call 01406 540733 to book, there a few tables left so do it soon.