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LADIES Club will be meeting in the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm for a talk on auctioneering by Richard Frisby from Hix and Co. Tea and biscuits will be served, non members or new members welcome. Please contact Val on 01406 380756 with any queries.


THIS Saturday sees the annual Party in The Park on Abbot’s Field. The fun starts at 1pm through to 11pm. There will be a Memorial Flight flypast, circus skills workshop, fairground rides, tombola, climbing wall, Zorb balls, stalls, barbecue, refreshments, raffle and ten hours of music with live folk, jazz, acoustic, pop, rock and blues. Bands performing will include Amber Club, Atlantic Avenue, Glass Onion, Gypsy Heart, Lloyd Watson Band and Scarpa Flow. Tickets before the day are £4 adults, £2 under 18 and on the day £5 adults and £3 under 18. Tickets can be purchased from Thomas Cowley High School or phone 07748 474717.

SOLO drive winners on July 1 were Barbara Hall, Joan Hodgson, Lyn Wyer; lucky score, Benny Crampton; donkey derby, Jean Thompson. Raffle winners were Marion Robinson and Mary Jennings.

RECENT whist drive winners were Mr A Heppinstall, Mrs A Thorlby, Mrs B Hall, Mrs R Hull, Mr T Kane, Mr B Bothamley, Mrs J Thompson; partner, Mrs J Thompson and Mrs L Wyer, Mrs R Hall and Mr R Lowth; donkey derby, Mr A White. Raffle winners were Mrs B Stead, Mr A White, Mr A Heppinstall.

Gedney Hill

THE Evensong Service this Sunday, in Holy Trinity Church, has been cancelled.


SEVERAL spectators from Gosberton and the Clough and Risegate went to St Margaret’s Church, Quadring, on Sunday afternoon to take part in, or just to watch the teddy bear parachute jump, organised by the vicar, the Rev Ian Walters. While eating and drinking visitors were treated to Grizzly Bears in concert. It is hoped that this will be an annual event.

A coach party of members and friends of the Gosberton Baptist Film Show Group enjoyed an outing to the beautiful water gardens at Gooderstone. After a rainy start when most went in to the cafe for morning coffee, the sun shone and it was a beautiful, warm afternoon. Many from the coach party went in to the bird hide and spotted a kingfisher. On the return journey they stopped at Caithness.

NEXT film show at the Baptist Church is on Monday, July 21 at 2pm, with films of Durham, Hexham. Angel of the North, Beamish, Newcastle/Gateshead, Holy Island, Seahouses. Cost is £2 and includes the usual refreshments.

Clough and 

EIGHTEEN children, including three or four new ones, plus a new helper, attended Messy Church at Gosberton Clough Methodist Church on Friday. Theme of the meeting was Daniel’s three friends. The group performed a play when the Rev David Curran played the part of Nebuchadnezzar. For their activities the children made holes in can tins and tied them together with string and talked through them as telephones. They made musical instruments and did glass painting. They made their own pizzas which they ate with crisps, cakes and chocolate biscuits.

THERE was a full church for the Clough Centenary Methodist Chapel anniversary on Saturday evening. It took the form of a Songs of Praise with members of the congregation choosing a favourite hymn. Michael Jessop presided. Duets were rendered by Edith Fell and Trevor Cummins accompanied by Trevor on guitar, and piano and organ recitals were given by Jane Brigginshaw and Graham Haresign. Jane MacFarlene recited poems. Ken Templeman welcomed everyone and the minister gave a vote of thanks to all who took part and attended and also to those who put on a lovely strawberry supper which was enjoyed afterwards. Beautiful floral displays were arranged by Graham Haresign, and offertory stewards were George Briggs and Steve Cooke. The celebrations continued on the Sunday with a service conducted by the Rev Tony Barnes, followed by tea.

ST Gilbert and St Hugh’s garden fete saw the best turn out ever, in the gardens of Brian and Jane Tidswell at Riseholme Farm on Saturday afternoon. The Ukulele Band came in full, with 22 members including 11-year-old Archie Lewis, the youngest player. Una Hollingsworth judged the children’s competition which was to design a lunch bag. Winners were: under fives India Fletcher; five to seven years, Cole Murdoch; eight to 11 years, Collette Kerfoot. Among the highlights was a mock Red Arrows flypast, organised by John Weeks and he himself made the planes out of paper. There were the usual games and competitions and an enormous raffle. Robin Dennett went along with ice creams and John Hazlehurst took his steam engine, giving rides. Whisky in the tree was won by the vicar. Most of those attending enjoyed taking cream teas on the lawns, in a pleasant setting, listening to the band. Proceeds were for the St Gilbert and St Hugh’s Church.

Handful of 

‘OUR Big Gig’ is a community music celebration taking place across England and Scotland from tomorrow until Sunday. This annual event aims to bring communities together to celebrate their local musical talents and get more people involved in music making. A Handful of Harmonies has picked up the baton for a second year and is the only one in south Lincolnshire. After last year’s successful event it will be bigger and better. Already they have booked a great variety of acts to perform on the centre stage from barbershop to African drumming, 60s and 70s cover bands to the Handful of Harmonies themselves, fresh from their performance at Indigo at O2, and their children’s choir Harminies. There is also contemporary dance plus audience participation and workshops. In addition there will be stalls of crafts, pots and jewellery, wood and clothes, plants, books, jams and tombola. There is plenty of free parking and entry is free. There is a bar, barbecue, ice-cream, tea/coffee and cakes. There will be lots to entertain the whole family, especially the children, including a bouncy castle. So bring your chairs for a fun family afternoon out on Sunday, 1-6pm. The event will be held at the sports field pavilion, Manor Close, Langtoft, PE6 9NB.


HOLBEACH Women’s Institute has a strawberry tea on Saturday, 3-6pm at the Women’s Institute Hall, Park Road. Entertainment will be by singer Travis Graham. Tickets in advance are £5 adults, £2.50 child, or on the door £6 and £3. Phone Shirley Wilson 424669.

ALL Saints’ Hot Shots meets tomorrow, 6.30-8.30pm for a barbecue in the vicarage gardens. There will be games as well as food and current year sixes who may wish to join the group in September. Contact Carole Williams 01406 423547.

OASIS Club meets on Saturday at 10am in the Reading Rooms, Church Street. Contact Gill Graper 01406 423803 for more information.

HOLBEACH Town Band’s next monthly bingo is at the Women’s Institute Hall tomorrow; eyes down at 7.30pm.

Holbeach St 

THE July meeting of the Women’s Institute was partly recorded by Rebecca Lee from Sound in Lincolnshire, which is supported through the Creative People and Places Initiative. This will be broadcast on Tulip Radio later this year. The programme for August will be on car maintenance, given by a local garage proprietor.

Moulton Chapel

THIS Friday sees the return of Ricky Valance (pictured above). The musical evening is at the Methodist Church at 7.30pm and tickets at £10 will include light refreshments during the interval. For tickets phone 01406 380443 or 01406 381429 or buy them on the door.

AT the annual meeting of Moulton Chapel Tulip Time Committee, enthusiasm was high after a very successful year. In her address to members, chairman Jenny Stanberry, said: “The sun shone for the village on Sunday, May 4, and I think we can be proud of the fact that the Moulton Chapel tradition continued in a very successful manor. The involvement of new participants can, only going forward, be built upon and increased for future years”. Jenny thanked everyone for their involvement, help and enthusiasm in keeping the parade tradition alive. Officers elected were: Jenny Stanberry, re-elected chairman; Tracy O’Leary, vice chairman; Karen Hemmant, secretary and Nicola Smith newly elected treasurer. The committee is looking forward to another successful year. Events will commence with the pumpkin party on Saturday, October 25 at the community centre. Details of this event to be published nearer to the date.

Moulton Seas End

LADIES come and enjoy a Lincs Fashion Show on Thursday, August 14, at 7pm in the village hall. All well known brands available, buy on the night so remember your money! Tickets are available for £3 from Janet on 01406 371371.


SOUTH Lincolnshire Astronomical and Geophysical Society meets tomorrow at St Paul’s Church Hall, Fulney, from 7pm. They will be holding a ‘telescope workshop’ where anybody can bring their telescopes, or just themselves, with any queries they have about setting up, adjusting, maintaining and using their equipment. The evening is free to new visitors, light refreshments are available.


THE Mighty Oaks and Sunflowers presents an evening of clairvoyance with Christine Malkin, tomorrow at 7.30pm, at the Ivo Day Centre, Albion Street, PE11 2AU. Admission is £3 on the door. Refreshments will be available. For more information phone 01775 724514.

A weekly tea dance, with ballroom, sequence and social dancing, starts on Tuesday, July 15, at Spalding Common Community Village Hall, PE11 3AS, 2-4.30pm. Everyone is welcome to join in this friendly atmosphere and the cost is £2.50. For more information phone George or Helen on 01775 680281. There is a bus stop outside.

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

Welland Seniors’ Forum

FORTY four members and friends of the forum recently took an enjoyable day trip to Cromer. The next open meeting will take place at the United Reformed Church Hall, Pinchbeck Road, Spalding, on Tuesday, when the speakers will be Alison Thorold from Age UK and Geoff Taylor from Spalding’s Chain Bridge Forge. Refreshments will be available and a raffle will be held to help the forum’s costs. Any over 55s are always welcome. Any questions regarding the forum phone the chairman on 01775 711427.

Weston Hills

THE primary school’s annual summer fayre is on Saturday, 2.30-5pm and as it’s Mrs Turnell’s last year organisers are going all out to make it the best yet. There will be lots to see and do including craft stalls, tombola, side shows, huge raffle, refreshments, cake stall and more. Everyone welcome including former pupils and parents of the school.

BINGO is in the village hall on Saturday, 7pm.


A garage sale will be held on Saturday, 10am-2pm at 206 High Road, Moulton, in aid of Whaplode Church.

Whaplode St 

A quiz night is being held in the village hall on Saturday, 7pm. Great food, raffle and prizes. Cost is £1.50 per person, maximum six to a team. Booking essential, phone 01406 540733.

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