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From Deeping St James to Whaplode St Catherine

Deeping St James

STEPHEN Perry made a very welcome return to speak to the Women’s Institute about the Peterborough Workhouse. He told how the responsibility for the care of the poor passed from the Feoffees in 1634 to the Board of Guardians at the end of 1835, then to the County Council in the 1930s and finally to Peterborough City Council. In 1722 the House of Maintenance decided to bring people together so two cottages in Cumbergate were converted to make one. The building which used to be Wortley’s Workhouse can still be seen today in Westgate. The Peterborough Union Workhouse in Thorpe Road opened in May 1837 and closed in 1963. Stephen accompanied his talk with a slide show of many of the buildings and their facilities together with copies of entries in the various registers displaying happenings in the workhouse, including the punishments the inmates had to endure. There was one advantage for the children, which was that they received education. The competition for a branded tin was won by Elaine Hitchens. The Women’s Institute Carol Service will take place at the Priory Church on December 1 at 2.30pm. A group of members, family and friends will be visiting Rockingham on December 4 for Christmas lunch and a tour of the castle. Speaker on November 30 will be Rachelle Chew with ‘A girl’s night out’, at 7.30pm.

DEEPING St James Parish Council met on October 30. During the open forum, Mr Peter Davies, chairman, from the Deepings Youth Centre gave a brief overview of how the club was now functioning. Now they have full staffing, they are planning a promotional drive to gain new youngsters to the centre. There was also a representative from the public with pictures of badly parked cars in the parish, usually on pavements that were blocking pedestrians. He also mentioned the state of the pathway in and around Benedicts Court where residents, who are elderly, have tripped over. The clerk will pursue this issue with county. Bulb planting on the Jubilee Park was a big success where 1000 bulbs were planted. Daffodils were also planted along the Spalding road at the junction with Park Road by the community team. Members were informed that the railway signal box had been removed, sympathetically, and put into storage, awaiting to be reconstructed elsewhere, if funds can be found. The normal council business of agreeing precepts followed, making grant applications to Market Deeping Scout Hut, Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal and Lincolnshire Credit Union. For full details of this meeting, and all meetings/minutes of the parish, please refer visit the parish council website www.dsjpc.co.uk/pc where information is displayed within a week of the meeting.


SEE Quadring for details of the Royal British Legion and RBL Club annual meetings.


NOVEMBER meeting of Fenland Flywheeler’s in the United Services Club in Holbeach, was truly entertaining when the guest, Neil Watson from Boston, gave a talk illustrated with period photos, drawings and models plus videos as he explained the background to Boston in the mid 1800s to the 1900s with the vast entertainment offered in the town by way of the fun fairs with emphasis on the century’s old May Fair that continues to this day. Neil Watson is an acknowledged expert and historian on the subject and has written and contributed to many books on the subject plus appearing on television’s “The Way We Were” series. The meeting concluded with questions and answers. It is hoped to have Neil back in the future to delve into other aspects of how Boston entertained. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, December 3, when the guest will be Chris Coleman discussing root harvesters.


A craft and gift fair is being held at the Victory Hall, Chapel Gate, on Sunday, from 11am until 4pm. Free admission.


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

AN audience of 27 enjoyed a film show in the Baptist Church on Monday. Sandwiches for the tea were provided by Betty Wilson and the cakes by June Monk, Marlene Twelftree and Phyllis Baxter. The meal was served by Marlene Twelftree, Ann Gorbutt, Margaret Smith, June Monk and Phyllis Baxter and the general helpers, the Rev Steve Weatherly-Barton, Dave Twelftree and Syd Manley. The film show group Christmas party is on Monday, December 1.

MEMBERS of the Good Companion’s Club each received a 2015 diary as a gift from the club, at the fortnightly meeting on Tuesday. Details were given of the Christmas meal. Members enjoyed a game of bingo with Bryan Waters as the caller. Lilian Crunkhorn and Edna Richardson organised a raffle. The auction was conducted by Les Stephenson with Mike Smith and Maxine Dobney as the runners. Tea, coffee and biscuits were served by members.

WOMEN’S Institute meet in the Public Hall today when the topic will be ‘A country year’ by Terry Barnatt. The meeting starts at 7.15pm and the stall is bits and bobs. For full details contact Eileen Johnson on 01775 750553

‘DOODLES paint a ceramic Christmas decoration’ will be fun at the November meeting of the Gosberton Ladies Circle on Thursday (7.30pm). Cost for members is £3 and for non members £5 (including refreshments).

SUNDAY afternoon tea at the Methodist Church is this Sunday at 4pm, also with favourite hymns.

Gosberton Clough and Risegate

RESIDENTS in Gosberton Clough and Risegate are looking forward to attending a coffee morning organised by Lorna Webb and her team of helpers. It will have a Christmas theme at Mrs Webb’s home, 2 Poachers Gate, Pinchbeck, on November 25, 10am-noon. Mince pies will be served with the coffee and all the Christmas fayre will be on offer on the stalls. There will be a raffle, vegetables and plants for sale. Proceeds are for the Notts and Lincs Air Ambulance.

A special Churches Together service will take place at the Risegate Methodist Chapel on Sunday at 4pm. This is organised especially for Sue Goodenough and Phil Britain of the Duke of York as a thank you for their commitment to Churches Together via the evenings at the pub which have been held over the past few years. Please give your support.


EAST Elloe Lions are holding a table top sale on Saturday at the community centre, 11.30am-2pm. Admission 20p. Details from 01406 425346.

HOLBEACH Royal Air Forces Association bi monthly meeting will be held at the United Services Club today at 7.30pm.

Long Sutton

BAPTIST Church lunches will be served on Friday, 11.30am-1.30pm.

A JUMBLE sale will be held at the Baptist Church on Friday, November 21, 9am-noon.

Moulton Chapel

MOULTON Chapel Youth Club Committee recently took the difficult decision to close the Friday evening youth club for the foreseeable future. The lack of youth club members, as well as problems recruiting regular, volunteers to plan and supervise Friday evening activities, rendered the provision unsustainable. If anyone locally wishes to resurrect the service they should to get in touch with the Youth and Community Centre Committee (chairman, Carolyn Eley; secretary, Lorna Poll). The Youth and Community Centre Committee are hosting a fashion show by Lincs Fashions on November 25, from 7pm. Entry is £2 and High Street clothing at cut down prices will be on sale.


THE annual meeting of Donington and Quadring Royal British Legion is on Monday, November 24 at 7pm, followed by the AGM of the Donington and Quadring Royal British Legion Club at 8pm. Both meetings will be held at the RBL Club, 3 Malting Lane, Donington. All members and those interested are welcome to attend.

Saracen’s Head

INVITES have now been distributed to residents of Saracen’s Head and Holbeach Bank for the over 60s Christmas party on November 29. The evening consists of a three course meal, followed by two acts for entertainment. The evening is free and those aged 60 or over are eligible to attend, along with their partner. If you haven’t received an invite phone 01406 422050 for details.

BINGOS on the first and third Wednesday will have Christmas goodies as the prizes in the first half with all other games cash. New faces are welcome. Doors open 6.30pm, eyes down at 7.30pm.


SUE Tagholme and Mark Fowler will be the mediums at a psychic afternoon on Sunday, November 16, 2pm, in the village hall. Tickets are £5 from John Johnson on 01205 460459.

Welland Seniors’ Forum

THE last open meeting for this year of the Welland Seniors’ Forum will take place at the United Reformed Church Hall, Pinchbeck Road, on Tuesday, November 18. The speakers for the afternoon will be from Diabetes UK and Healthwatch. Refreshments will be available and a raffle will be held to help the forum’s costs. Any over 55s are always welcome. The next quiz evening will be on November 14 to help with forum costs. Any questions regarding the forum phone the chairman on 01775 711427.

Whaplode Drove

PRESIDENT Mavis Stancer welcomed members to the Women’s Institute members’ social evening. Birthday posies and greetings were given to Pauline Marriott, Margaret Lawson and Carol Danielli. The competition for the evening was to wear a costume representing Guy Fawkes. Three entrants, Linda Wapples, Jean Johnson and Jean Cottam, were so impressive that as each deserved to win it was decided to award them each first prize. Correspondence included invitations to the spring council meeting in March, notification of the re-location of the south Lincolnshire office and news of the re-grouping of local institutes. Advance details were given of the centenary celebrations next September. The social part of the evening took the form of parlour games of bygone years including tiddlywinks, table skittles and marble slotting. These resulted in much laughter, great skill and competition. Winners were Margaret Lawson, Jean Cottam, Margaret Barrass, Jackie Driver and Sandra Allen. The bring and buy stall profits were sent to the Pennies for Friendship fund. After refreshments everyone left an enjoyable evening.

Whaplode St 

QUIZ night, with the ever popular refreshments, a super prize and some searching questions, will be held on November 22 in the Memorial Hall. Doors open at 7pm.

A psychic fair is planned for December 13, 10am-4pm in the Memorial Hall. For more information on either of the above phone 01406 540733.

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