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From Bicker to West Pinchbeck


There will be bingo in Bicker Village Hall on Saturday at 2pm. Cash prizes, everyone welcome, raising funds for the Older Residents’ Annual Party. Please phone Mrs J Thompson for any further details on 01775 820662.


The Society meets on Friday, 7pm for 7.30pm start at Weston Village Hall, Small Drove, PE12 6HU (near Baytree Garden Centre). Join us with our experienced speaker Ian Thwaits who is talking about his visit to Namibia, South West Africa, with illustrations of some very large unique plants in habitat. Free entrance and refreshments. Plant sales, plant display and plant raffle. Further details from Ron Wood on 01775 750324 or email caronwood@sky.com www.spalding.bcss.org.uk


President Chris Clark welcomed members and visitors to the public hall for the September WI meeting. Items from the newsletter were read out, including the chance for members to reconsider making an entry into the “Make, Bake and Show” exhibition due to take place at Hubberts Bridge in October. The deadline for entries is extended to the end of September. Some time ago, Chris set a challenge for members to make blankets for the premature baby unit at the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston. Many blankets have been produced and a presentation is due to take place this week at the hospital. Pat, Sue, Delcy and Rosemary were given birthday gifts and Betty gave details of the lunch group’s outing. The speaker for the evening was George Waugh, a retired butler who told us of some of his experiences while in service, including some years at Burghley House near Stamford. At next month’s meeting there will be a representative from Heckington Flour Mill baking some bread for consumption on the night and the competition will be for an old kitchen utensil.

The Gosberton Good Companion’s Club held its harvest festival on Tuesday, beginning with lunch. The meal was followed by the auction of harvest produce conducted by Les Stephenson and Bryan Waters. The runners were Mike Smith and Maxine Dobney.A raffle was organised by Lilian Crunkhorn and Edna Richardson. Members enjoyed playing bingo with Mr Waters as the caller. The Good Companion’s club has an outing to Bury St Edmunds tomorrow (Wednesday).

Lorna Webb and her team of helpers are taking part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for MacMillan Cancer Support. It will be held at Mrs Webb’s Pinchbeck home, 2, Poachers Gate from 10am to noon and there will be cake, preserves, plants, vegetables and jewellery on sale, together with a raffle.

Messy Church is in the Gosberton church hall on Friday at 4pm and the theme will be Harvest.

There is a meeting of the Gosberton St Peter and St Paul’s flower festival committee on 22nd September in the church hall at 7.30pm.

The Churches Together prayer walk will meet at Gosberton Methodist Chapel at 10am on September 26.

Gosberton Parish Council meeting was held last Monday. PCSO Abbotts advised that since the last meeting there had been an attempted burglary in Belchmire Lane, a robbery in Salem Street, reports of loud music and fireworks on Westhorpe Road, a road traffic collision in Beech Lane and theft of an alloy wheel frame from a garden in Risegate Road. The clerk reported that the gate at Gosberton playing field had now been completely broken and therefore there would not have been one in situ when the ROSPA report was done in August. The ROSPA report had only been emailed to the clerk on the day of the meeting and therefore it was decided that copies would be provided to each councillor well before the next meeting so that any issues raised could be discussed at the next meeting. The clerk is also in the process of finding out more about the rocking horse in the playing field as it is hoped that this can be restored and detailed photographs are to be provided to various organisations so that advice and quotes can be done. There had been a report on BBC Radio Lincolnshire relating to playing fields that were surplus to Lincolnshire County Council requirements being put up for auction and Gosberton playing field had been reported to be one such field. However, Rev and Mrs Walters had contacted them and they advised that they had jumped the gun and the position was that the portion of the field that had been for school use, which does not belong to the Parish Council, was likely to be sold at some stage but not in the immediate future, but that the Parish Council would be contacted. The Parish Council are aware that Lincolnshire County Council have now declared the part of the field that they own as formerly surplus and have approached the Parish Council for details of present maintenance/grass cutting arrangements and also to see if the Parish Council would be interested in purchasing this part of the field. The Parish Council are therefore now in contact with them and have expressed an interest in the purchase. Highways have reported that they will investigate the area where water stands in front of the shops on Five Bells corner and they have also raised an order to fill potholes along Boston Road and Spalding Road. John Hayes MP has written to the Parish Council to thank them for the support over his campaign to try and stop Spalding Magistrates Court being closed. The Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership had provided details of a community speed watch initiative to try and reduce speeding on the road. They provided details of trial results that had been carried out in another Lincolnshire village and would offer interactive signs that could be purchased at a reduced price and also some passive signs would be available to some of the early applicants but could also be purchased. A license would be required and there were strict guidelines relating to where the signs could be positioned, the frequency of when they had to be moved as part of the agreement etc. Looking at the trial results, it was surprising that the signs did not have a larger impact on traffic speed as the results showed only a 1mph reduction and that when the signs were moved the speed increased still higher over the limit. After discussion, it was felt that there were not enough suitable locations for the signs to be able to fulfil the terms of the agreement and therefore they would not be applying this time. The sanding orders were discussed as due to The Openness of Local Government Bodies Regulations 2014 that came in to force on August 6, there had been changes to the rights of public and press in the way council meetings can be reported and filmed and therefore the standing orders are to be amended to reflect the changes and a copy will then be provided to each councillor. In preparation for elections next year, South Holland District Council is undertaking a review of the polling stations and the parish council will advise them that the present polling stations are suitable for the purpose. Gosberton Parish Council still has three vacancies so if anyone is interested, please contact the clerk Sue Roe on 01775 760692. The next meeting will be held on Monday, October 20 at the public hall at 7.30pm.



Gosberton Risegate methodist church is the venue for a meeting of Gosberton churches together at 7.30pm on 23rd September.


Many WI members and guests enjoyed participating in a ‘burlesque dance class’ with Michaela at the September meeting. The president reminded all present to talk about organ donating with family and friends. One member spoke in depth of the problems for the hard of hearing. The trips to Tolethorpe Hall, Swan Lake at the Opera House, London and Houghton Hall in Norfolk were the highlights of the summer and members are looking forward to a full Autumn schedule of WI events, to include Resolution Day at Cranwell, quizzes, talks and crafts around the area, bowling, visiting the BBC studios in London and the theatre in Nottingham have been arranged. A weekend at WI Denman College in June 2015 was announced. The October 2 meeting will be Zoe Tant with ‘hands on’ craft making. For further information please contact Rebecca on 01778 440411 or email rebec camain1@yahoo.co.uk


The annual West Pinchbeck produce show was held in the village hall. It was very well supported, both from new entrants and regular competitors, and the standard of the entries was very high. Prizes were presented by Rev David Sweeting. The Children’s Cup for the highest number of points gained in the Children’s section was won by Aidan Sapsford. The Ladies Perpetual Cup was won by Elizabeth Sneath and the Bernard Parsons Shield by Maurice Chappell. Wendy Houghton won the WI Strawberry Jam Cup, and the cup for the Best entry in the Cookery Section was given to Ruth Neal for her cheese straws. The Derek Kennedy Memorial Cup for the best item in the show, as judged by the chairman, was won by Elizabeth Sneath for her sheep, a fruit and vegetable animal. First Prize winners were – Fruit and Vegetables: Cooking Apples – Jean Bratley, Dessert Apples – Philippa Peach, Plums – Anne Willson, Pears – Amanda Longland, Raspberries – Linda Rudd, Tomatoes – David Houghton, Coloured Potatoes – Mervyn Roberts, White Potatoes – Jean Bratley, Red Beet – David Houghton, Main Crop Carrots – Mervyn Roberts, Runner Beans – Wendy Houghton, 5 Different Veg. – Ruth Neal, Longest Runner Bean – Jean Bratley, Courgettes – Linda Rudd, Marrow – Mervin Roberts, Oddest Shaped Vegetable – Jean Bratley. Flowers: Dahlia – Jean Bratley, 5 Mixed Flowers – Vera Chappell, A Perfect Rose – Ruth Neal. Pot Plants: Fuchsia – Adrian Chappell, Flowering Plant – Maurice Chappell, Foliage Plant – Elizabeth Sneath, Cactus/Succulent – Betty Corfield. Floral Arrangements: A Pew End Arrangement – Elizabeth Sneath, Flower Arrangement in an Unusual Container – Ruth Neal, Foliage Arrangement – Carol Gruchlik, Miniature Arrangement – Carol Gruchlik. Cookery: Apple Pie – Coralie Couling, 3 Chocolate Cup Cakes – Coralie Couling, Cheese Straws – Ruth Neal, 3 Lemon Curd Tarts – Coralie Couling, Flapjack Fingers – Elizabeth Sneath, Lemon Drizzle Cake – Coralie Couling, 3 Bread Rolls – Elizabeth Sneath, Plum Jam – Ruth Neal, Raspberry Jam – Anne Willson, Strawberry Jam – Wendy Houghton, Chutney – Linda Rudd, Cold Tea Loaf – Linda Rudd. Men and Boys: Flower Arrangement in a Jam Jar – Maurice Chappell, Item of Handicraft – Chris Tuke. Handicrafts: Home Made Card – Maureen Underwood, Cross Stitch – Heather Young, Knitting – Margaret Urban, Painting – Pamela Wood, Any Other Handicraft – Ruth Neal. Miscellaneous: Limerick – Lisa Bannister, Fruit and Veg. Animal – Elizabeth Sneath, Lincolnshire Sky Snapshot – Vera Chappell, Humorous Snapshot – Elizabeth Sneath, Costume Jewellery – Lesley Wilkins, Miniature Garden – Wendy Houghton, A Decorated Plant Pot –Carol Gruchlik, Disaster Class – Wendy Houghton. Children’s Section: Seaside Scene in a Shoe Box – Briony Sweeting, Decorated Stone - Abbie Chappell, 3 Decorated Fairy Cakes – Age 8 and under – Sampson Couling, Age 9+ Aiden Sapsford, Miniature Garden Scene – Aiden Sapsford, Model made from Lego – Abbie Chappell.

West Pinchbeck Senior Club meet at noon tomorrow (Wednesday) in the village hall, arlier than usual as it is the harvest lunch, withgames to follow.