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From Crowland to Whaplode St Catherine


CROWLAND’S Saturday Walkers will be walking from Northborough this Saturday. If you’d like to join in walkers meet by the new South View School by 10.25am to arrange transport for those that need it and leave at 10.30am. Just turn up, bring a picnic and wear clothes and footwear suitable for the weather conditions on the day. It can be muddy.

BECAUSE the bus timetable has been changed, the Crowland Walking for Health group has had to change the start time for their walk on a Wednesday back to 10.45am. Meet at the library before that to sign in, then walk for about an hour. There are light refreshments, supplied by Crowland Cares, for just £1, on return. Just turn up, you’ll be made very welcome.


GOSBERTON Baptists are putting on a lunch on Christmas Day for those who would otherwise be alone. It is advisable to book early to ensure a place. Bookings are to be made to Annie Weatherly-Barton on 01775 840693.

Lorna Webb and her team of helpers are organising another coffee morning, this time for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance. It is held at Mrs Webb’s home, 2 Poachers Gate, Pinchbeck on Tuesday, 10am-noon with coffee and mince pies, stalls packed with Christmas fare, a raffle and a jewellery stall, together with plants and vegetables.

LADIES Circle, on Thursday, received a visit from Lucy, of Doodles pottery from Low Fulney who took along a selection of ceramic Christmas tree decorations from which members could choose, paint their decoration, which was then taken away to be fired and returned to the respective members. It being the last meeting before Christmas, members enjoyed sausage rolls and mince pies with their tea and coffee. The Ladies Circle resumes on January 8.

MEMBERS of the Ladies Circle collect loose change for charity and have just sent £100 to the Johnson Community Hospital, in Spalding. A letter of thanks was read out at the November meeting.

THE last outing of the year for Gosberton Good Companions Club is on Tuesday when members and friends go out for lunch in north Lincolnshire followed by a visit to Brig Garden Centre. Usual pick ups.

THE Baptist Fun and Fellowship on a Friday will be held at the home of Des and Rene Curtis in Gosberton Risegate on November 28 at 2pm. For more information contact Des or Rene on 01775 840945.

Clough and 

A special service was held at the Gosberton Risegate Methodist Church to welcome Sue Goodenough and Phil Britain as members of the Gosberton Churches Together. Sue and Phil frequently host Churches Together events at the Duke of York, in Gosberton Risegate. They were welcomed in to the fellowship by the Rev Maurice Perry, the Rev Ian Walters and the Rev Steve Weatherly-Barton. Mr Perry also welcomed the congregation. He was assisted in the service by Mr Weatherly-Barton who gave a reading and Mr Walters who gave a talk using visual aids. Organist was Graham Haresign. Sue and Phil were presented with flowers and gifts. Afterwards members of the Risegate chapel laid on drinks of tea, sausage rolls, mince pies and biscuits.

THE Risegate Methodist Church has a Christmas fair on Saturday, November 29, at 1.30pm. There will be the usual stalls and competitions and a tombola.

THE Gosberton Relief in Need Charity Christmas gifts will be given out at St Gilbert and St Hugh’s Church Hall on Thursday, December 4, from 2pm to 3.30pm. Also at the Gosberton Public Hall on the same day from 10.30am to 1pm. All persons receiving the old age pension and living in Gosberton and the Clough and Risegate parishes will qualify. Representatives may collect for anyone unable to attend but identity must by produced. These gifts must be collected between these hours, no exceptions will, be made.


CHRISTMAS craft fair is at Moulton Mill this Sunday, 10am-4pm. There will be two floors of hand crafted items. Free entry to the event and parking. Refreshments available in the Granary Tea Room.


PRESIDENT Margaret Moyses welcomed members and one guest to the November meeting. Speaker Dorothy Wood gave an illustrated talk entitled ‘From bus pass to student card’. Dorothy had a dream - an ambition of hers was to go to university. This she did, after she qualified for her bus pass, and she gained a 2/1 degree at Nottingham University in garden design. After refreshments the business meeting was held and Paulina Roberts was thanked for the lovely table arrangement. Names were taken for the spring council meeting on March 10 at Springfields. Chris Best is to be the delegate at the AGM at the Albert Hall in June. Thank you letters had been received from the Baptist Church for donated flowers, from the food bank for provision of harvest goods and from Ruth Jones. Raffle winners were Pam Portas, Ivy Swallow and Anne York. Competition winners for the childhood photographic memory with comments was won by Barbara Berridge, Chris Hesketh and Susan Hensmanwright. The next meeting is on December 8 at 7.30pm in the village hall, which will be a Christmas evening with stalls, games and entertainment. There will be a special Christmas bring and buy stall. Donations instead of Christmas cards this year will go to cancer charities. Visitors are always welcome.


ST Thomas’s Road Methodist Church is holding a Christmas market on Saturday, 10am–noon. There will be a cake stall, crafts, bric-a-brac, lucky dip, seasonal refreshments and much more. Come along and bring a friend – all welcome.

CHAIRMAN of Spalding West Townswomen’s Guild welcomed members to the November meeting. The competition for a decorated wooden spoon was won by Joan Grantham. Several members had helped man the stall in Sainsbury’s set up by the Royal British Legion for the Poppy Appeal. Speaker was June Spouncer from Hearing Dogs for the Deaf. She was accompanied by hearing dog Rupert, a charming King Charles Cavalier spaniel, and Maggie, the lady he looks after. Members learned how the dogs and their recipients are trained and how people’s lives are transformed by these companions. Several dogs are sponsored each year by Children in Need for young children with hearing problems. The drama group meet on Tuesday. The next meeting is on Thursday, December 11 in St John’s Church Lounge, Hawthorn Bank, at 2.15pm. This will be a Christmas party with sherry and mince pies, a seasonal quiz and the competition is for a table decoration to use on the day. New members and visitors are always welcome.

SPALDING East Townswomen’s Guild met for their 0ctober meeting and birthday greetings were given to

Doreen Grummitt. The luncheon club had met at The Kitchen at Springfields and had a nice lunch. The November one is at Bookmark. The Christmas lunch is booked at the Swan at Moulton. The November sales table theme is anything Christmassy. Speaker was Anne Smith, who with her husband, spoke and showed slides on wheelchair rambling. Mrs Smith is disabled and used to walk a lot and now has a large mobility scooter which she can use up hills, etc. Raffle winners were Sheila Stuart and Val Wright. The competition winner was Mrs Winch. Mrs Pearson gave the report from the League of Friends meeting and the total raised at the summer fete was £1255.76, an excellent result. The next meeting in on Tuesday in the Gleed Academy Library at 7pm when it will be a social evening, making Christmas cards. Visitors are welcome.

A short Act of Remembrance led by the Rev Alan Barker was held during the weekly coffee morning at Broad Street Methodist Church hall on November 11.


AT the November meeting Surfleet Ladybirds’ members enjoyed an interesting talk about the Welsh coastline from the Gower Peninsula to the Pembrokeshire coast, by Nancy Ford. Afterwards there was refreshments and a raffle. The speaker for December 9 has had to cancel due to ill health, but Mr Waugh, a former butler from Burghley House has stepped in and will be giving a talk with a Christmas theme. The annual Christmas dinner is on January 13, 6.30pm for 7pm at The Crown Inn, Surfleet. Also in the New Year members are planning to go ten pin bowling on January 27 at Spalding. The planning committee have been busy organising a full calendar for next year and have some interesting speakers and outings planned so do try to go along to meetings on the second Tuesday of the month. Membership is £3.50 a year and a £1 per meeting. Visitors and guests are welcome. Meetings are held in the Fraiser Room at 7.30pm. For more information contact the chairman, Hannah Avery, on 01775 680646 or the secretary, Heather Girdlestone on 01775 821130.

West Pinchbeck

ST Bartholomew’s Christmas coffee morning will be held on Saturday, 10am-1pm in church. Refreshments, crafts and jewellery, home made cards, cards, gifts and Christmas items from Olive Tree, books, and a Christmas tombola. Donations of cakes and tombola prizes welcomed. Free entry.

VILLAGE Hall Committee Christmas fair is on Sunday, November 30, 1pm-4pm, in the village hall. Christmas shopping, gift stalls, refreshments, games, raffle and Santa in his Grotto.  Entry 50p, includes free raffle ticket.  Proceeds to help maintain the village hall.

Whaplode Dove

CHILDREN will be decorating their tree ready for exhibiting in the Christmas Tree Competition in December, at this Sunday’s Family Get2gether, 11am at St John the Baptist Church. Refreshments are served during this informal meeting.

Whaplode St 

QUIZ night is being held in the village hall on Saturday. Great questions, super food and a lovely atmosphere. Doors open 7p for a 7.30pm start. More information on 01406 540733.