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From Cowbit to Whaplode Drove


LADIES Club meets tomorrow at 7.30pm in the village hall.

Deeping St James

FOLLOWING the Priory Church family service the social committee served a harvest lunch, cooked by Margaret Flegg, of steak pie and assorted puddings to those attending. This was followed by a harvest auction conducted by Trevor Harwood. Proceeds from the lunch, of £150, were towards the purchase a gazebo for use during events in the church hall gardens. The auction raised £211.24 which will be given to the Deepings Food Bank. Thanks goes to all who supported the event, and were generous with their bids, and to those who donated items to sell. Special thanks to Mr Watts of Vine House Farm for his generous gift of organic produce.

Deeping St Nicholas

THERE will be a talk on clocks and watches at the parish church on Tuesday, October 21, at 6.30pm. Time Assured will be giving a presentation showing the refurbishment work they have done on the church’s tower clock. After an interval Kevin Taylor from the Clock Shop in Bourne will give a talk on timepieces. Do go along for an unusual and interesting evening. Donations towards the refreshments will be welcome

Fenland Aero Club

FENLAND Aero Club has an autumn fly-in this Sunday from 10am. For more details phone Fenland Airfield on 01406 540330.


NEXT Open Book is at the Baptist Church on Saturday, 9.45am for coffee, 10am start. For more information contact 01775 840693.

PARISH Council meet in the Public Hall on Monday at 7.30pm.

ST Peter and St Paul’s harvest festival is on Sunday at 11am. This will be followed by lunch in the church hall for which tickets are available from Pat Walters at £8 each. Offers of help and donations of raffle prizes are welcome.

MOBILE library will be in the village on Friday, Field Close, 10-11am and Godfrey Avenue, 11.05am-noon.

GOSBERTON and District Royal British Legion concert presented by the Banovallum Band had a good turn out last Friday in St Margaret’s Hall, Quadring. Primary school children had a good time singing the old songs and waving Union Flags in the second half, just like on the last night at the proms. The first half was a variation of music. A raffle was organised by the children. The next concert is a Christmas one, with the school children, on Saturday, December 6, at 7.30pm. Tickets £6 on the door or from any member of the legion.

GOOD Companions Club met in the Public Hall last Tuesday. Bryan Waters was the caller for the bingo. An auction was conducted by Les Stephenson with Maxine Dobney and Mike Smith as the runners. A raffle was organised by Lilian Crunkhorn and Irene Hunter. Names were taken for the Christmas shopping trip to Doncaster on Tuesday, October 28. Anyone interested to contact Mr Waters on 01775 840069. Next general meeting of the club is on October 21 at 2pm.


HOLBEACH Royal Air Forces Association thanks everyone in the Holbeach and district for their generosity, which raised the sum of £1443.46 for the Battle Of Britain Wings Appeal. Thanks to all those who collected at Tesco and Budgens including Holbeach ATC. Special thanks to member Carl Davies who put in a marathon shift.


THIS Friday there is an evening of musical entertainment by the Joystrings at St Nicholas Church at 7pm. Tickets costing £5 are available at the door, and all proceeds go to the church restoration fund.


MOULTON Mill will be closed to the public this Sunday from 1pm due to a private event. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

ALL Saints’ Church harvest thanksgiving lunch is being held at 6 Hawthorn Chase on Friday.


AN event is being held at 23 Viceroy Drive to raise funds for the Leprosy Mission on Friday, 10am to 4pm. Admission is £1. Leprosy Mission gifts and Christmas cards, refreshments, stalls, excellent raffle prizes.
Lunch served between noon and 1.30pm - cost £4.50 (home made quiches and salad and a sweet). Please book for lunch in advance with Lesley on 01775 760437.

PINCHBECK Photographic Group presents ‘More from Mike and Joy’ by Joy FRPS, MPAGB and Mike Hancock. A print lecture of images mostly captured taken with bridge cameras on Thursday at Birchgrove Garden Centre, Pinchbeck, at 7.30pm.

Admission £3.50 for non-members.
A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, November 2, at 4pm at St Mary’s Church.

If you wish to purchase a lily in memory of a loved one please sign the list at the back of the church or telephone Pat Lake on 724487. These will be £2.50 each. Please let Val Markham have the money by October 26 at the latest, either in church or at 29 Rose Lane.

If you wish to have a loved one’s name read out during the service you will need to sign the second list at the back of the church.


WHAPLODE Village Hall charity committee has a quiz night and fish and chip supper on October 18 at 6pm. There’s a prize for the winning table and raffle. Tickets from Brenda Morris on 01406 370775.

Whaplode Drove

WHAPLODE Drove and District Playing Field Association Social Club annual meeting is at the Elizabethan Centre on November 14 at 8pm.

LUNCHES will be served on October 25, 11am-2pm in the Church Room. Home cooked food, stalls and raffle with proceeds to help in the upkeep of an orphanage and children’s hospice in Bulgaria.

PRESIDENT, Mavis Stancer, welcomed members to the October Women’s Institute meeting. Birthday gifts were presented to Carol Shutt, Shirley Blood and Linda Wapples. It was reported the Whaplode Drove entry for the national competition for ‘Tomorrow’s heirlooms’, to mark the centenary of the WI, had reached the final. This had been designed by Carol Shutt and worked by members. A letter was read from Fenland Airfield offering flights and flying lessons and with details of the restaurant facilities available. The resolution discussion meeting at Holbeach WI on November 26 was noted and an invitation to their birthday party on October 30. Members have been asked by the national chairman to submit names of ladies who have made an outstanding contribution within their area. Jane Sivers and Brenda Blankley gave a cookery demonstration which proved to be both instructional and amusing as they made, in a very light-hearted way, risotto and buns. Competition winners were Carol Shutt, Linda Wapples and Kate Mellish.

THE annual harvest supper was held in the Church Room recently, with a lovely meal being enjoyed by over 50 people and the sale of tickets raising £245 for church funds. Thanks to all who served and supplied the food, particularly the scrumptious home-made desserts. Auctioneer of the produce, Morris Stancer, led the very lively bidding, which produced much humorous, competitive rivalry, but best of all resulted in the very generous amount of £262 being raised for Cancer Research. Donations for the drinks, supplied and given by Mr and Mrs Keith Allen, raised £100 for Church Room funds. Thanks go to all who helped, donated and supported in any way.

IF anyone would like to exhibit a tree in the tenth and final Christmas tree competition, held in St John the Baptist Church in December, then please get in touch with Liz McRoberts on 01406 540892 for further details. The tree may be decorated by an individual, family, group, club, organisation or business from the local area. It is hoped that there will be a record number of entries to make this final competition a memorable bit of festive fun. If a previous exhibitor from 2005 onwards has not been contacted yet, then also get in touch.