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Gedney Drove End

MONTHLY bingo will take place at the village hall tomorrow when doors will open at 6.30pm with eyes down at 7.30pm.


GOSBERTON House school is just gearing up for the open garden afternoon on Sunday, July 6. The children have been busy making sculptures for the grounds which are fantastic they have done some super work - the school garden’s open afternoon will be on the same day from 10am to 4pm. Some of the children are off to Lincoln to take part in the dance festival. As well as being very busy with SATS the children have also been making their summer visits to Skegness, Natureland and Hammerton Zoo and the year six leavers have been visiting their new secondary schools ready for the September transition. School will finish with a summer celebration concert, a year six leaver’s assembly and picnic.

NEXT meeting of the Women’s Institute is a games/garden party on July 8. For full details contact Eileen Johnson on 01775 750553.

DO you care about what is happening to your life and your community? If so there is a meeting in the church hall tomorrow at 7.30pm where people can put forward ideas to raise the standards for everyone to benefit, or for those who feel vulnerable or helpless and need someone to turn to. Anyone requiring more information can contact the vicar on 01775 840694.

Long Sutton

JAYNE Gedney will be demonstrating scarf and jewellery making to members of the Royal British Legion women’s section on Monday, July 7, at 7pm in the RBL Hall, West Street. Cost is £5 to make a bracelet.

AT the recent Women’s Institute meeting members enjoyed a talk given by Alan Lambert about Moulton Mill. This was followed by a raffle and refreshments. The next meeting is on Tuesday, July 15, at 7pm in the Conservative Club and there will be a demonstration on sequin art boxes. New members and visitors always welcome.

Lutton Marsh

LADIES Group will meet at the Methodist Chapel on Thursday at 2pm, when the speaker will be Terry Grantham with a talk about bookbinding.

Morton and 

MORTON and Hanthorpe Parish Council met in Morton Church Hall on June 17. Public forum: PCSO Atkinson encouraged use of the 101 number to report incidents and matters of concern. He also said that any local crime records, and other reported issues, could be accessed by entering the postcode on www.police.co.uk website. The parish website has a link to this website. Clerk’s report: the playing field East Lane entrance has now been cleared. Further repairs have been carried out to the play equipment safe surfacing following damage by vandalism. Auditors, Grant Thornton, completed the annual audit and found the accounts and return dealt with in accordance with proper practices with no matters of concern. A letter of reassurance had been received from South Kesteven District Council for the poor grass-cutting service on the areas covered by their contractors. New contractors were trying to rectify the situation (the problems do not refer to areas cut by the PC contractor, who is doing an excellent job). SKDC planning decisions: approved – R Tomlinson, conservatory at 39 Millfield Road; M Griffin, single storey front extension at 36 Paddington Way; Frederick Smith Builders, dwellings (amendments), adj to 12 Hacconby Lane; Towngate Developments, variation, revised designs at 25 Edenham Road, Hanthorpe. Refusal – Aegis Architects, for food store, Lord Nelson, 2 Bourne Road. Notice of appeal - Mr and Mrs P Emmingham, dwelling adj to 24 Edenham Road, Hanthorpe. Consultations: due to district council response requirements the following planning applications had to be dealt with by consultation prior to this meeting – C and J Supplies, change of use from racing car showroom to locksmiths workshop and offices, 3 Bourne Road; Mr and Mrs A Gaches, demolition of outbuilding and replacement with garage, 41 High Street. Councillors consulted had no objections to either application. Planning application: Mrs G Clingo, Bourne United Charities for two storey dwelling and alterations to existing access boundary wall adj to Morton House Farm, 35 High Street. Full Planning and listed building consent. Although councillors had no objections to the application the clerk was asked to point out several inconsistencies on the application form. Play equipment removal - Morton Primary School, with the agreement of Lincolnshire County Council, plans to extend the school grounds which necessitates the removal of junior play equipment owned by the parish council. Initially the school put forward a plan to replace all of the existing play equipment with additional activity facilities, which was subject of a grant application submitted by the school and supported by the parish council. The application was unsuccessful and leaves the school and parish council with a decision as to the responsibility for the necessary removal of the junior play equipment. The school has informed the council that school authority is only prepared to make a payment of £1,500 towards any removal and relocation costs, estimated at around £6,000. Councillors discussed the matter at length and the clerk was asked to prepare a letter of response to headmaster, Mr Trafford, expressing surprise and disappointment that the full cost of removing and re-locating the junior play equipment had not been factored in to the original costs of the school project. Councillors, have no wish to be obstructive, and have already agreed to the extension plan, as long as there are no costs to the council. The PC has limited income, the annual precept, to pay for expected, budgeted expenditure providing, maintaining and administering a number of local services. Regretfully the council does not have the resources to re-locate the equipment and councillors finally resolved that, on the understanding that the grounds extension work is carried out at the school’s expense, the council requests, that the play equipment is dismantled, retained and the council will arrange for its storage. The junior play equipment, therefore, will not be available for use in the foreseeable future. Parish website: Coun Lack, who manages and operates the parish website suggested that he could not sustain it in its present form. The annual server renewal is due in December and some decision about the future of the site would need to be considered.

A period of notice is required if the present service is discontinued.

It was agreed to consider alternatives at a later meeting. The chairman said councillors appreciated the considerable time and effort Coun Lack had put into building the site over a number of years.

The next parish council meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 29, and will be preceded a public forum, at 7.15pm.

Moulton Chapel

DON’T forget to get your ticket to see 1960s international recording star Ricky Valance at the Methodist Church on Friday, July 11 (7.30pm). Admission is by pre-paid ticket only. Tickets are £10 from 01406 380443 or 01406 381429.


THE next no frills ceilidh at St Mary’s Church Hall, Rose Lane, is on Friday, American Independence Day. Feel free to sport your stars and stripes. Dancing starts at 7.45pm until 10.30pm with a short break for a performance by the Slapdash Appalachian Dancers. The Beltona band provide the music and caller, Sue Gray, is there to help every step of the way. The emphasis is on having fun and everyone is welcome, no expertise required. Home made cakes are on sale for 50p. Tea and coffee are included in the entry fee which is £4 for adults, children under 16 are free. There is no bar so please bring your own drinks. Further information can be obtained via the Spalding Folk Club web site spaldingfolkclub@gmail.com or email rose.lane.ceilidh@gmail.com


THE grand Quadring teddy bear jump, from the top of St Margaret’s Church tower, is on Sunday, 3-5pm. Those taking part should make their own parachute and the cost is £1 per jump, and teddies may jump more than once. There will be prizes for the most accurate landing and longest airborne teddy. No entry form needed, just turn up. Refreshments and other attractions in church. Francois Matarasso, writer and community artist, who is doing a project about 14 Fenland churches, will be there on the day. Parking is next to the primary school.


THE Probus Club of Spalding June meeting was attended by 59 members. They were welcomed by President, Peter Nicholson, who introduced the speaker Sue Wray. Grace was said by David Newby, following which the members enjoyed the carvery lunch. After lunch, the president proposed the Loyal Toast and Geoff Craft proposed the Probian Toast. Members were reminded this year’s outside bowls tournament would be held at the Castle Sports Complex on Wednesday, August 13 and about subscriptions. Ladies day tickets for the October meeting are now on sale. Speaker, Sue Wray, spoke about the Spalding Hospice. Members were given information on the activities and locations of such venues as the Tulip Suite and Butterfly Trust and their role in the hospital final care system. The next meeting is tomorrow in the function suite at South Holland Centre when the speaker will be Alan Lambert on ‘The 800 million sting’. Stewards will be Brian Tegerdine and David Hall. The Probus club of Spalding is open to retired professional and businessmen, and further details can be obtained from the secretary, Andy Wardman (01775 723893) or from the club’s website www.community.lincolnshire.gov.uk/probusclubofspalding


IT is 40 years this year since the Surfleet Ladybirds Club was formed and they are celebrating with a garden party at the home of Annette Rhodes from 6.30pm on Tuesday, July 8. It is hoped that former members of the club will join in the celebrations at 110 Station Road. If you have any old photos of the club members would like to see them. Members and guests are invited to wear something red and to bring a plate for the buffet. Please phone Heather on 01775 821130 if you have any queries.

Sutton Bridge

PURE Vinyl (retro disco) will be at the Riverside Bar this Saturday. Everyone welcome, 9pm until midnight. Its free. A real retro disco night with vinyl records.

Weston Hills

MOBILE library will be in the village hall car park on Thursday, 2.15-2.45pm. Please note the changes.

ST John’s Church Messy Church is at the village hall on Friday at 3.30pm.

GIFT day and strawberry tea will be held in the church this Saturday, 3-5pm. The gifts will go towards the repairs of St John’s Church tower.


A mega garage sale, in aid of Whaplode Church is being held at 206 High Road, Moulton, PE12 6NU on Saturday, July 5, 10am-3pm.

STAWBERRY cream teas will be available in the village hall on Thursday, 2.30-4pm. There will also be a light hearted mini tennis quiz and a raffle. For more information phone Brenda Morris on 01406 370775

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