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FRom Crowland to Whaplode St Catherine


CROWLAND Walking Groups have an outing to National Trust property, Blickling Hall in Norfolk, on October 8 and there are a few vacant seats costing £10. There is plenty to see and do at Blicking, the hall being Jacobean and full of history, so don’t feel you have to do the four mile walk. The gardens are worth a visit and there is a plant shop, an art gallery and a second hand book shop. There’s a pub and a couple of cafés. The coach will leave Crowland library soon after 9am and return to Crowland around 6.30pm. To book a seat call Linda on 01733 212687 or June on 01733 210282.

Deeping St James

ON September 20, the Priory Church Coffee Group held its autumn coffee morning when those attending were served with home made scones and biscuits. Helpers were Mrs Bellairs on the door, Mrs Wray raffle, Mrs Clark and daughter Lynn gift stall and Mrs Mills, Mrs Rowlatt, Mrs Cunningham and Mrs Flegg served teas and coffees. The event raised £255.70 for funds which are distributed next spring. Thanks to those who supported the event.

CHURCH Ladies Fellowship has a bric-a-brac and coffee morning on Saturday, October 11, in Priory Church Hall, 10am-noon.


COFFEE and Chat is on Saturday, October 11, 10am to noon in the church hall.

HARVEST service at St Mary and the Holy Rood is at 9.30am on Sunday, October 12. The harvest lunch will be at 12.30pm, bookings to Jane Stanley on 01775 821515. Harvest auction is at 2pm in the hall; proceeds to be divided between the church and the junior school.

BINGO is at the Ruby Hunt on Friday at 7.30pm.

Gedney Drove End

MONTHLY bingo takes place in the village hall tomorrow. Doors open at 6.30pm for eyes down at 7.30pm.

CRAFT and gift fair will be held in the village hall on Sunday, 10am to 3pm. For information contact Tracey or Bill on 07553 459582.

COFFEE morning, with proceeds for Macmillan Cancer Support, will take place in the village hall on Saturday, 11am to 2pm.

Gedney Hill

GEDNEY Hill Women’s Institute held a fish and chip supper in the Memorial Hall on Wednesday. Marilyn Collishaw was thanked by Mary Grevatt (president) for collecting the supper from Henry’s Fish Bar in Long Sutton. An invitation was received from Holbeach WI inviting members to its birthday party. Patty Hariss told members 2015 is the WI centenary year and various ideas were suggested on how to celebrate this event. Mary Grevatt suggested to the ladies that instead of sending one another Christmas cards their money could be sent to Associated Country Women of the World (ACWW). Members were all in favour of this proposal. Poems were read by Mary Grevatt, Patty Harris, Hazel Trent, Janet Coles, Liz Cowell, Sylvia Burchall and Fay Riley. Competition for an unusual spoon was won by Hazel Trent, Janet Coles, Patty Harris and Fay Riley. Raffle winner was Hazel Trent.

Tea Hostesses were Janet Coles, Dorothy Phillips and Liz Cowell. Next meeting will be in the Memorial Hall on Wednesday, October 22, at 7.15pm.

The speaker will be Liz Wright on the subject of a donkey sanctuary. Competition will be for a china animal.

Gosberton Clough and Risegate

DUKE of York is the venue for Gosberton Churches Together pub quiz at 7.30pm on Thursday. Proceeds are in aid of the Red Cross.


HOLBEACH and District Civic Society has a talk on the lost villages of Lincolnshire by David Robinson, this Thursday at 7.30pm in the Reading Room, Church Street. Members £3, visitors £4; light refreshments will be provided.

Long Sutton

WOMEN’S Institute held its monthly meeting on September 16 in the Conservative Club, where members and guests from Whaplode, Whaplode Drove WI and the Royal British Legion enjoyed a fashion show by Edinburgh Woollen Mill. The next meeting is on Tuesday, October 21, when it will the harvest supper, at the Conservative Club at 7pm.

THE Elloe and Fenland WI on September 22 in the Royal British Legion Hall, attended by seven Women’s Institutes within the group area. Speaker was David Palmer (auctioneer,) who gave everyone a brilliant evening with his stories on auctioneering.

Lutton Marsh

LADIES Group will meet at the Methodist Chapel at 2pm on Thursday when the speaker will be Tony Le Savage with a talk about his time as organist at Sandringham Church.

HARVEST festival will take place at the chapel on Sunday at 2.30pm. An auction of produce will be held on Monday, October 6 at 7pm.


PINCHBECK Carnival annual meeting will be held at the Adult Education Centre, Knight Street, on Thursday at 7.30pm.

PINCHBECK Photographic Group presents ‘The wider world of photography’ by Ashley Franklin. An evening of informative, inspiring, powerful and world-changing imagery, on Thursday at Birchgrove Garden Centre, Pinchbeck, at 7.30pm. Admission £3.50 for non-members.


MEMBERS’ night is the next meeting of Spalding and District Flower Lovers’ Club at the Grammar School tomorrow at 7.15pm.

SPALDING Probus president, Peter Nicholson, welcomed 58 members to the September luncheon meeting at South Holland Centre. He welcomed the speaker, Alistair Goodrum, and Ron Honor who was a guest of Eric Maltby. Raffle prizes were requested for tomorrow’s Ladies Day. The president inducted new member Maurice Elding who had been introduced by Derek Overton. The speaker, Alistair Goodrum, gave a talk entitled ‘They spread their wings’, concerning the exploits of three local pilots in World War Two. The next meeting is tomorrow and is the Ladies Day luncheon; members should ensure they take their tickets with them as they are entered into a raffle. For more information on the club phone Andy Wardman (01775 723893).

Sutton Bridge

VOLUNTEERS are needed for this year’s Poppy Appeal. If you can help contact Joyce Smith on 01406 350462 or a branch member.

Whaplode St 

THE monthly bingo is tomorrow at the Memorial Hall, doors open 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm. Good prizes, snowball cash prize and super refreshments. Ignore the late running road works, the hall is open and easily accessible. Phone 01406 540733 with any queries.