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The recent garden party at the home of Jane and Tony Stanley raised £500 for the church. Prize winners were: 50/50 Mary Stanley, ski ball Peter Jackson, dice Ron Bailey and Steven Richardson, bowling through the hoop, Norman Stanley and bags Ann Jackson. Raffle winners were Don Crosby, Ann Rollinson, Pru Staples, Jane Faulkner, Pat Walton, Jane Stanley, Carol Holt, Caz Wright, Alan Walton, Jenny Hammond, Graham Cuthbert, Sheila Moore, Stella Thorold and Davis Woods.

BINGO is at the Ruby Hunt Centre on Friday, September 5, at 7.30pm.


FLEET Baptist Ladies meet on Tuesday in the Stables Hall at 2pm when the speaker will be Andrew Cole, ‘From farmer to chimmey sweep’. All Welcome. Further details on 01406 426781.

Gedney Hill

THE next church service will be a United Service at Sutton St Edmund Church on Sunday at 10.30am.

Saracen’s Head

Flower Club met in the village hall when 19 ladies attended. The arrangement was by Ann Bailey. Raffle winners were Jo Harvey, Marilyn Howe, Mary Cooper, Barbara Wheatley, Pat Robinson, Sally Gregory, Brenda Munson, Ann Bailey and Barbara Cole.

THE snowball at the last bingo on August 20 was not won on 56 numbers. The next bingo is on Wednesday. New Players are welcome; there’s good prizes in the first half and all other games are for cash.


AT the August evening meeting of Spalding and District Stamp Club members took along their displays for the competition to select the three entries required for each section of the annual competition against Mablethorpe and Sutton Philatelic Society to be held in October. In the first section titled ‘red’ those going forward will be Frank Wilson with his 1d red stamps from 1840/50 all on envelopes posted locally, Tony Boyer with stamps on cover showing the red poppy for remembrance and Joyce Boyer with a selection of red postal stationery cards from Austria. Other entries were from Peter Ball with birds either with red plumage or red in the name and Aileen Ball with stamps from communist (red) countries. The second section was titled ‘H is for ..’ and the displays selected were Peter Ball and Ian Barclay each with Hungary but whilst Peter had post World War One material Ian’s was from 1947, the third member will be Frank Wilson with a selection of mail from towns in Papua New Guinea whose names begin with H. Other entries were Aileen Ball with stamps of Haiti and Honduras and Joyce Boyer with the postal history of Huben, a village in Austria. The third section was for ‘Back of the book’ material – that is not every day stamps. The entries selected were Aileen Ball with parcel post, newspaper and revenue stamps from Uruguay, Tony Boyer with artists’ souvenir cards of Austrian self-adhesive stamps and Joyce Boyer with postal stationery cards. Other displays were Ian Barclay with revenue stamps from Great Britain and the Empire/Commonwealth, Peter Ball with postage due and newspaper stamps from Hungary after WW1 and a second entry from Joyce Boyer of cards received as a member of an Austrian Philatelic Club which are listed in the back of Austrian and German catalogues. The chairman thanked everyone for their varied displays and wished them well in the competition. The next meeting is on Wednesday at 2pm when members are asked to take items of philatelic literature to show what is available. Short displays on the theme of literature on stamps are also welcome. The next evening meeting is on Tuesday, September 16, at 7.30pm when Keith Farrow will be entertaining members. Keith collects a wide range of topics and is keeping members waiting until the night to find out what he will show. All meetings are held in the Ladies Room, Spalding Constitutional Club, Broad Street. Visitors are welcome at all meetings and for more information contact Joyce Boyer on 01775 762661.

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