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UNITED Reformed Church coffee morning is in the church schoolroom this Saturday, 10-11.30am, with all the usual attractions.

Cactus Society

CACTUS Society meet on Friday, July 18, 7pm for 7.30pm. Experienced speaker Neil Oakman will be talking about the unique plants of Soquotra, Island of Dragons. Free entrance and refreshments. Further details from Ron Wood on 01775 750324 or visit www.spalding.bcss.org.uk

Deeping St James

VAL Gemmell spoke to Women’s Institute members about ‘Life as an air hostess’. Her brother was a pilot, which she also very much wanted to be, but as this was impossible she decided to apply for work as cabin crew. Val travelled all over the world eventually becoming the senior member of cabin crew. She told many, often amusing, stories of her travels, but included one particularly serious one about a Japanese man who had treated one of the Japanese stewardesses inappropriately. A man who helped her deal with the situation turned out to be the CEO of Nissan and after the flight he rewarded her with champagne for the competent way she coped. During her working life Val fought for equal rights for women. She has not been on an aircraft since she retired. She now works with the Guild of Spinners and Weavers. The competition for a postcard from abroad was won by Jennie Deller. Several members will be going to Tolethorpe in July to see Alice in Wonderland. Next month Alan Bycraft will be speaking about “Free food and hedgerow foraging” on July 31 at the church hall at 7.30pm.


BEETLE drive at the church hall on Friday at 7pm; £2 adult, £1 for child.

COFFEE and Chat at the church hall on Saturday is a good place to meet new friends, 10am-noon.

THIS year is a very important year for the village as it is the 200th anniversary of the death of Matthew Flinders. The annual church service is on Friday at noon at St Mary and the Holy Rood Church.

THE Ruby Hunt Centre treasure hunt and strawberry tea is on Sunday. Treasure hunt starts from the centre at 1.30pm, £2; strawberry tea from 3pm, £3 adult, £1.50 child. For more information call 01775 820620, 01775 821321 or 01775 822856.

Gedney Dyke

A country and comedy concert will take place in the village hall on Sunday at 2.30pm. Tickets are £10 including refreshments. For information and tickets phone Mary on 01406 362782.

BINGO will be held in Gedney Dyke Village Hall on the following Wednesdays, July 9, 16, 23 and 30. Eyes Down at 7.30pm.


MOBILE library is in the village on Friday at Field Close 10-11am and Godfrey Avenue 11.05am-noon.

GOSBERTON Brownies have completed the Healthy Heart Badge. They learned about asthma, healthy eating and exercise. The brownies have planned a sleep over for the end of term when the theme will be ‘Under the sea’.

RAINBOW Playgroup fashion show was well attended by parents and friends in the Methodist Chapel. It was presented by Lincs Fashions and made £286 for playgroup funds. Thanks to all supporters.

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

LINCOLNSHIRE Police will have a surgery in the church hall tomorrow, 10-11am.

GOOD Companions Club met in the Public Hall on Tuesday. Chairman, Eddie Edwards, welcomed four potential new members and took names for the forthcoming outing on July 22. Members played bingo with Bryan Waters as the caller. The auction was conducted by Les Stevenson with runners Maxine Dobney and Mike Smith. Edna Richardson and Ann Manning organised the raffle.

Gosberton Clough and Risegate

MOBILE library is in Gosberton Risegate on Thursday at the Five Bells, 1-1.30pm.


RAFA meets today at 7.30pm in the United Services Club.

Holbeach St Johns

SPALDING Ukulele Orchestra played to an audience of 75 in the village hall recently and received a standing ovation. There was also an unexpected visit by Francois Matarasso of the Light Ship project. An excellent supper on offer by the church family. A donation offered to the orchestra was returned resulting in £500 being raised for church funds. Churchwardens Paul Arnold and Alan Sears thanks everyone for their support.

Long Sutton

BAPTIST Church lunches will be served this Friday from 11 30am to 1 30pm.

Lutton Marsh

A summer meal will be held at the Methodist Chapel on Saturday, July 19, 6pm for 6.30pm. Please contact Jasmine Coe on 01406 365725 or Brenda Putterill on 01406 362209 for more information and with numbers for catering.


It was a sunny morning when 52 members of Spalding and District U3A boarded Fowlers Coach to journey to Ely. The first stop was Ely Cathedral and after coffee members were divided into three groups and guided around the cathedral. After lunch members were led on a tour of the city by two guides who described the development of the area, from a waterlogged island to a thriving community, as a result of drainage pioneered by the Dutch settlers. Oliver Cromwell, was a prominent figure in the city and although being born into relative humble means, acquired wealth by virtue of his work as a tax collector and MP. Anyone wanting to find out more about Spalding U3A are welcome to go along to its open afternoon at Surfleet Village Hall on Thursday, August 7, at 1.45pm, or contact Gill on 01775 766504.

Whaplode Drove

PRESIDENT, Mavis Stancer welcomed members from Gedney Hill Women’s Institute and former members to the WI birthday party. A minute’s silence was held in memory of a former member and Jerusalem was sung. A birthday posy was presented to Jean Johnson. Members were pleased to hear that Jane Sivers and Carol Shutt had won both won first prizes at Crowland Show for their respective entries and with Carol winning best in show for her crafts. Invitations had been received from Long Sutton WI to a fashion show in September and from Fulney for a ‘swishing’ evening on August 22.

Members were reminded about the outing to Caythorpe Mill. Competition for a single flower in a vase was won by Jean Cottam, Brenda Blankley and Kate Mellish.

The president gave a full and interesting account of her attendance at the NFWI meeting in Leeds. Speaker, Doreen Reed from Heacham, entertained the group with her poems, of life reflections, both humourous and serious. All enjoyed a home-cooked buffet and were able to talk to the guest speaker.