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Gedney Dyke

A coffee morning will take place in the village hall on Saturday, June 7. Go along for coffee, cake and a natter. Kettles on 10am until noon.

THE monthly table top sale will take place at the village hall on Sunday, June 8. Doors open 10am-2pm. Indoor or outdoor pitches available. Refreshments available. 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, June 11, 18 and 25. Eyes down 7.30pm. Refreshments available.


GOSBERTON Baptists held a successful beetle drive on Saturday evening. A lovely meal of cold meats, salad and potatoes followed by a choice of dessert was supplied and prepared by Des and Rene Curtis and Colin and Carol Pearson. Afterwards all enjoyed the drive. MC was Des Curtis and Rene Curtis was the adjudicator. Prizes were presented by Annie Weatherly-Barton to the winners: solo, Tony Keen, runner-up, Madge Dolby and lowest, June Monk; partner, winners, Jim and Pauline Seymour, lowest, Mavis Green and Carol Nicholls. Among the prizes for the raffle were two vouchers for a portrait sitting and a folder mounted image donated by Veena’s Photographic Studio of Holbeach Bank, plus other prizes kindly donated by friends. Winners were Phyllis Baxter, Lucy Pacey, Pauline Seymour, Mavis Green, Jean Boor, Madge Dolby, Greta Norman, Rene Curtis, Tony Keen, Charlotte Williams, Irene and Pete Richardson. Mr Curtis thanked all who had helped especially Carol and Colin Pearson who helped with the meal. The Rev Steve Weatherly-Barton asked for an applause for Mr Curtis.

THE annual Gosberton Parish Council meeting was held on May 19. There were no members of the public for the open forum. Before the start of the meeting a minute’s silence was held in memory of Lynne Fretwell who had passed away in April. She had previously been a parish councillor and her work had been much valued. The election for chairman and vice chairman for the ensuing year took place and Coun Mark Taylor will continue in the role of chairman. Coun John Clark who had taken on the role of vice chairman after Coun Ray Noble will continue in this role. The clerk confirmed a letter had been sent to Gosberton Academy to advise that the crossing near the school is not a formal crossing point as concern had been raised over safety as people have been treating it as such, and asked if they could write to the parents about this. PCSO Abbotts will also visit the school in due course to re-emphasise this point. The dog bin in Mill Lane has still not been mended by South Holland District Council and a photograph will be sent to them so they can clearly see the issue. The lack of general/dog waste bins was discussed as certain areas of the village do not have any bins and the clerk is to write to SHDC to see if they can provide some additional bins and also confirm that they will be on the route for emptying. Various residents have received a letter from SHDC to confirm that no rubbish bins should be put out earlier than 6pm on the day before the collection and then by 7am on the day of collection. Since this has been sent, there has been an improvement and it is hoped this continues throughout the parish. Coun Tim Smith and the clerk reported that they had carried out the effectiveness of the parish council system of internal audit on May 12. The annual audit report was discussed and the clerk is now to finalise completion for submission by June 16 in line with the regulations. Sadly the clerk reported the playing field gate had been broken off again and this is to be put back again now that the parish council has a new gate fastener. Highways had been contacted following the last meeting to see if further signs could be put up at the Five Bells junction as vehicles continue to be turning in the village on the wrong side of the keep left sign. However, they advise that the current signage is at the correct height and meets their standards so they will not be able to alter this in any way. They have confirmed that they will be replacing the damaged bollards at Five Bells corner as promised earlier in the year. Pot holes continue to be a problem on the roads in the parish and photographs have been taken of some of the worse ones which the clerk will send to Highways and the pot holes continue to be reported to pot hole patrol. The clerk had written to Highways about the barrier along Windmill Lane that Network Rail have put up and they advise that senior officers are currently looking into this issue and they will report back in due course. A survey has been conducted to see if there can be a zebra crossing in High Street. This was done from 8am to 6pm on April 24 but unfortunately the data received gave a factor or coefficient of 0.348 and a factor of 0.800 is required to allow this to go ahead so no further action will be taken. Three planning applications were discussed and the results of three previous applications were reported. PCSO Abbotts was unable to attend the meeting but advised that since the last meeting there had been a broken window in Wargate Way, theft of a strimmer from a shed in Mill Lane, theft of cash from a vehicle in Salem Street, hare coursing in Beach Lane and a theft of two folding chairs from a summer house in Wargate Way. People are reminded to be extra vigilant particularly in the summer months where garden equipment and furniture are often targets for theft. The annual review of the clerk was carried out before the end of the meeting as this is an audit requirement but it had not been possible to do in April as in previous years. The next meeting is on June 30 at 7.30pm in the Public Hall.


HOLBEACH Royal British Legion has a quiz night at the Horse and Groom on Sunday, 7.30pm for 8pm start. Teams of four – £1 per head. All proceeds to the Poppy Appeal.

ROYAL British Legion has a social evening and cheque presentation on Wednesday, June 18, 7pm, at the Services Club, in Church Street. The legion will present cheques to Halsey House (Cromer) and Alderson House (Bridlington).

The legion also has a pool competition, which starts on June 8 at the Services Club. The competition is being sponsored by Bet Fred. For more information contact Alan Sheppard on 01406 426812.


THE next meeting of South Holland Local History Group is tomorrow, 7.30pm, in St John’s Church lounge, Hawthorn Bank. The speaker will be author and aviation historian Alistair Goodrum, who will talk on his book ‘They spread their wings’. The talk will be accompanied by slides. A donation of £2 is requested.

BROAD Street Methodist Church is hosting a concert by the Ukulele Orchestra on Saturday on 7pm. Tickets , £6 to include a drink and biscuits, are available on the door or phone 01775 769438.

PRESIDENT Peter Nicholson welcomed 59 members, the speaker, Richard Frisby, and Douglas Hearn (guest of John Heron) to the May Probus Club of Spalding meeting at South Holland Centre. A silence was held in memory of Alec Harrison who had died the previous week. It was also reported that a member was poorly. Members were reminded that subscriptions were now due.

Grace was said by Probian Andy Wardman following which the members enjoyed their usual carvery lunch. After lunch, the President proposed the Loyal Toast and Mike Jennings proposed the Probian Toast. He also congratulated the Spalding Probus bowls ‘B’ team as they were the winners of the Probus League during the past winter period, and furthermore, the ‘A’ team were third. The Probian Indoor Bowls competition was won by Ian Haggar. Speaker, Richard Frisby, gave members an interesting and humerous talk on his young life and his pathway to becoming an auctioneer. The next meeting will be at the same venue on June 4, when the stewards will be Ken Gooderson and Roy Brewerton, and the speaker will be Sue Wray of the Spalding Hospice.

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 http://community.lincolnshire.gov.uk/probusclubofspalding

West Pinchbeck

THE village fete will be on Saturday, June 21, from 2pm in the village hall grounds. Stalls will include plants, tombola, raffle, books, cakes, barbecue, refreshments, bric-a-brac plus games and side shows. Children’s races will be held during the afternoon. Something for all the family. If you can offer any help please contact Anne Peach on 01775 640271.