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From Cowbit to Whaplode Drove


COWBIT Ladies Club will be meeting in the village hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm, for a talk and demonstration by Unique Cottage Studios. Tea and biscuits will be served, non-members and new members welcome. Please contact Val on 01406 380756 with any queries.


QUIZ night will be held in the church hall on Friday. November 28, and not November 18 as reported in last week’s Spalding Guardian. Carol (01775 820248) and Jane (01775 821515) are taking bookings for tables of four. Cost is £5 per person and includes supper. Taking your own drink, glasses are provided.


COUNTRY music fans will be entertained by Merv, Maria and Nicky, at the Victory Hall, on Saturday, November 22, at 8pm. Tickets at £10 include a jacket potato supper with choice of fillings. For tickets phone Sandra on 01406 363318 or Roxanne on 01945 440008.
PRIZE bingo is on Thursday, November 20, at 7.30pm in the Victory Hall. Prizes include a drinks hamper. Refreshments available.


ROYAL British Legion Services of Remembrance took place in Gosberton Risegate and Gosberton on Sunday afternoon. Services at the Risegate memorial and the Gosberton war memorial were jointly conducted by the Rev Ian Walters, the Rev Steve Weatherly-Barton and the Rev David Curran. Wreaths were laid by Mark Taylor, chairman of Gosberton Parish Council and for Gosberton Royal British Legion, president, John Weeks, laid the wreath. The Royal British Legion standard bearer was John Hopkinson and at the Gosberton war memorial the guides were in attendance with leaders Helen Clarke and Ann Barnett. Jessica Algar was standard bearer and escort Megan Bean. Geoff Reynolds operated a recording of the Last Post and Reveille. The Act of Homage for the RBL was recited by Gene and Holly Waterfall and John Weeks gave the Kohima Epitaph. A service followed in St Peter and St Paul’s Church when Mr Walters welcomed the congregation and received the standard. He conducted the service with Eric Wayman on the organ. Prayers were led by Mr Curran. Readings were given by Gene Waterfall and John Weeks. The Armistice Service was held at the Gosberton memorial on Tuesday morning led by the local clergy and attended by local schools and some of the uniformed organisations.

Also, on Sunday, each of the individual churches held their own Remembrance Service.

THE Baptist Open Book was well received in the Baptist Church on Saturday morning. It was led by the Rev Steve Weatherly-Barton. Closing prayers were led by Jane MacFarlane. Annie Weatherly-Barton organised coffee and biscuits.

TO commemorate the anniversary of the Great War, some residents and friends of Gosberton House Care Home have knitted over 100 poppies which they have sold for Royal British Legion funds.

GOSBERTON Methodist Christmas coffee morning was well attended on Saturday. Visitors enjoyed browsing round the stalls and competitions staffed by Sue Richardson, Charlotte Dawson, Michelle Smith, Claire and Lisa Hearth, Terry and Doris Belton, Celia Hearth, Dot Prutton and Linda and Kevin Cooper. Refreshments were served by Eileen Thorold, Shirley Sandall and Wendy Gosling. Proceeds amounted to an excellent total of £565 for the Methodist Church funds.

THERE are spaces remaining on an outing to the Birmingham Christmas market on Thursday, November 20. Anyone interested to phone 01775 840693. Cost £18.

THE large dining room at Gosberton House Care Home was packed with stalls for the autumn charity fayre on Saturday. Proceeds were divided between MS Society, Parkinsons Society, Royal British Legion and the care home. The RBL stall was manned by Jenny and Gene Waterfall, Debbie and Geoff Reynolds and Alma and John Weeks; tombola for Parkinsons, Michael and Carole Baxter, Peter and Val Crew, Margaret Lomax and Pat Cummings; care home craft work, all made by residents, Sally Smith; cake stall for care home, Sandra Wrigglesworth and Pat Portas; 50/50 for care home, Alan Alexander; raffle for care home, Sue Kelk and Sandra Brigham; Sadie’s lucky tins for MS Society, Ian Cox, Ann Robinson, Ann Coleman and Dennis Coleman; care home bric-a-brac, Coralie Manning, Mick Manning; refreshments, Esther and Edward Skells, Heidi Skells, Heather Gilliett and Janet Eastgate.

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GOSBERTON Churches Together and the schools are doing the Operation Christmas Child Samaritan’s Purse shoe boxes. It is organised by Sheila Lee and the boxes can be taken to her home in Gosberton Risegate or left at the back of Gosberton Parish Church. 
FRIENDS of St Gilbert and St Hugh’s Church thank all the ‘friends’ for helping to pay £1,500 towards
the repairs to the drive at the church. The 2015 calendars are now on sale at £6, and the church tea towels at £5 each – both making ideal Christmas presents.
Friends of St Gilbert and St Hugh’s are decorating a Christmas tree for the Gosberton St Peter and St Paul’s Church Christmas tree festival.

GOSBERTON Clough Methodist Church was the venue for a Messy Church on Friday. Theme was Remembrance and the Rev Steve Weatherly-Barton gave a talk. There was drama, music by Humph Baker and all sang the chorus I am in the Lord’s Army. The young people made a garden of Remembrance, flags and poppy badges. They all tucked in to fish fingers, beans, jelly and cake.


EAST Elloe table top sale is on Sunday and not Saturday, at the community centre, 11.30am-2pm. Admission 20p. Further details from 01406 425346.

THE monthly Old Ones and Young Ones charity pot bingo will be held on Monday at the Women’s Institute Hall. Eyes down at 7.30pm. The October bingo raised £50 each for the three charities – Boston and South Lincs Merchant Seaman Association, the Callum Pite Smile Charity and Holbeach Primary Academy.

ALL Saints’ Hotshots meet tomorrow, 6.30-8pm in the Reading Rooms, Church Street, where there will be a visiting artist and preparations underway for St Nicholas Fayre. This is a Christian youth group for 11-16 year olds at a cost of £1 per session. Details from Carole Williams 01406 423547.

OASIS Club meets on Saturday at 10am in church. Contact Gill Graper on 01406 423803.

Mothers’ Union is collecting for Boston Women’s Aid and items can be taken to All Saints’ Church on Saturday or Sunday, November 22 or 23, or contact Jackie Sheldrake on 01406 423458. Items needed include cleaning materials, towels, toilet rolls, tissues, single duvets, cot bedding and tinned meat.

SATURDAY evening at the United Services Club in Church Street will have a special feel to it when it’s Nick Grattan’s birthday disco. Nick’s Treble Nine Roadshow will be providing the disco entertainment for the evening and if past events are to go by, it will be a fun packed evening again. Doors open at 7pm until late. Admission is free to everybody but children will only be admitted when accompanied by parents, guardians or similar family members. Further details from the club on 01406 423134 during normal opening hours.

Holbeach St 

ALONG with many other villages in the area Holbeach St Johns held a Service of Remembrance on Sunday, led by Geoff Barber. In sparkling sunshine the congregation walked to the war memorial, where ex-serviceman, Colin Hunter, laid a wreath of poppies. Walter Hilliam read the Homage. The Last Post and, after the silence, Reveille, were made all the more poignant by the haunting notes of flautist, Tim Galley. Finally ex serviceman Barry Joyce reverently read the names of the fallen. The significance of marking the 100 years since the beginning of World War One was felt by all.


A chocoholics party is being held on Monday at 7.30pm at Moulton Mill. Stock up on tasty treats for Christmas. Free entry.

Moulton Seas End

AS thousands across the country came together to honour those who serve in the armed forces and to remember those who lost their lives during conflicts, the villagers of Moulton Seas End gathered around the village cenotaph on Sunday. On such a solemn occasion it was heart-warming to see both young and old gathered to remember.

The address was given by John Heron, followed by readings given by Chris Chandler and Steve Walker.

Peter Breach read the Act of Remembrance and with the aid of modern technology the villagers were able to join the rest of the country and hear the Last Post from Whitehall. Following the laying of wreaths and crosses, led by Geoff Cooper, the group retired to the village hall for refreshments which were provided by the village hall committee.

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A CHRISTMAS fayre is being held in the village hall on Sunday, November 23, 2-4pm. Santa will be in his Grotto, with free gifts for all the children, lots of festive stalls and fun for all the family.


MIGHTY Oaks and Sunflowers present an evening of clairvoyance with Ian Doherty, tomorrow at 7.30pm, at the Ivo Day Centre, Albion Street. Entrance on the door is £3 and tea and coffee will be served afterwards. For more information phone 01775 724514.

SPALDING Gentlemen’s Society lecture tomorrow (8pm) at Spalding Grammar School is entitled Dylan Thomas 100 years on... This talk will feature Dylan Thomas’s background in Swansea and the early influences on him that led to his determination to become a poet. Then London in the 1930s, short-story writing and working for the BBC during the war, culminating in his finest poems such as Fern Hill, Do not go gentle…, and of course the famous play for voices, Under Milk Wood. His untimely and tragic death in New York cut short a career at its height, but has left moving and inspirational poetry and prose that endures today. The talk is given by Rodney Lines, poetry lecturer. It is open to the public and entry fee is £2.

WHAT? Where? When? Test your wits and local knowledge against fascinating clips from films in the Lincolnshire Film Archive. Spalding and District Civic Society, in association with Lincolnshire Film Archive, are hosting the evening at Spalding Grammar School (atrium) on Tuesday at 7.30pm. The first part of the evening will take the form of a quiz. There will be no prizes but animated discussion is expected. After refreshments everyone will be able to relax and enjoy more films. Entry is £2.50 and includes soft drink and nibbles. Come as a team or make one up on the night. For more details ring David Jones on 01775 766145.

ROYAL British Legion monthly branch meeting, followed by the annual meeting, is on Tuesday, assembling at 6pm ready to start at 6.30pm, the AGM will follow at 7.15pm. Both meetings are at 35b Spring Gardens.

MEMBER Bruce Townshend entertained members of Spalding and District Stamp Club at their November afternoon meeting. Although the talk was titled ‘silver jubilee’ this was covered in the second half of the display. Bruce opened his talk with a short family history of Queen Elizabeth II illustrated with stamps and other pictures depicting her parents King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, sister Princess Margaret and her marriage to Prince Philip. He then moved onto her accession whilst in Kenya before talking about her coronation. He showed the stamps as issued including first day covers and those overprinted for other territories. He also provided details of the four stamp designers and examples of the art work for stamps that differed from the actual stamps issued. Bruce has an interest in postal stationery, that is envelopes and air-letters with the stamp imprinted ready for use. He showed examples of many items with additional illustrations for the coronation many of which had not been seen by members before as this is an area of philately not often collected. In the second half Bruce concentrated on the Queen’s silver jubilee again showing stamps and postal stationery. However this differed from the first half because of the large amount of Post Office advertising material he had been able to find with posters for use in Wales having the wording in both languages. The next meeting is on Tuesday at 7.30pm when the Egg Cup competition will be held. There will also be a monthly competition and possibly a short display if time permits. The next afternoon meeting is on Wednesday, December 3, at 2pm when members are asked to bring a display under the title ‘feeling blue’ – this can be interpreted as you wish. 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.


TOMORROW South Lincolnshire Astronomical and Geophysical Society is hosting a talk by Daniel Weatherill from the OU at 7pm. He holds M Sci and BA in experimental and theoretical physics from Clare College, Cambridge. His talk will be about how imaging sensors such as CCDs have revolutionised astronomy since their introduction in the 1970s and are now in ubiquitous use in all areas from scientific space missions to back yard observatories. The talk will give a brief overview of the history of CCD (charge coupled device) and their younger cousins CMOS (complementary metal oxide silicon) sensors and try to give some basic idea as to how they work. The meeting is at St Nicolas Hall, The Vista, Spalding. There is an entrance fee of £5, although accompanied under 16s are free this talk is probably not ideal for them. Light refreshments and discussion time will be available afterwards. For more information email advertising@solags.co.uk

Whaplode Drove

WHAPLODE Drove Playing Field Association Social Club annual meeting is tomorrow at 8pm in the Elizabethan Centre. For further information phone 01406 330315.