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From Bicker to Whaplode Drove


THANKS go the Poppy Appeal collectors Mrs A Johnson £28.62, shop £53.54, Parish Council £25 (wreath), parish church collection £35, parish church £20 (wreath).


UNITED Reformed Church grand Christmas coffee morning is in the school room on Saturday, 10am-11.30am. It will include the usual stalls plus Christmas and tombola stalls and mince pies.


CROWLAND Lions’ Santa and sleigh will be in the village on Friday between 6pm and 8pm.

Deeping St James

A fun evening was enjoyed by members of Deeping St James Women’s Institute when Rachelle Chew entertained them with her ‘Girls night out’. Rachelle lived in California with her family for a while and whilst there became a shopaholic for her friends, who loved to see what she had in her closet.

She launched ‘’R’s Closet’ and when the family returned to England she carried on the business which led to two parties a week where she concentrated on accessories, trying to take an outfit from day to evening wear. Six members, Sue Sheppard, Susanne Hoadley, Gill Anderson, Lynn George, Jan Fisk and Penny Hurst were models and Rachelle showed how an outfit’s appearance could be changed by adding different accessories, such as jewellery, scarves and bags.

The competition for a decorated parcel for the Women’s Refuge was won by Susanne Hoadley.

The Christmas party will take place on Thursday when members will be entertained by cabaret magician, Keith Downs.


POPPY Appeal collectors in the village were Mr J Newell £44, Mrs M Taylor £34.96, Mrs L Robinson £48.23, Mrs M Cannin £98.91, Mrs C Pick £79.07, Mrs S Gurney £69.21, Mr C Hammond £91.17, Mr S Staples £52.41, Mrs H Hammond £42.55, Mrs H Hibbitt £89.62, Mrs L Moses £95.31, secondary school £191.94, primary school £116.78, Costcutters £46.75, Co-op £121.37, Lloyds Bank £5.75, Black Bull £44.18, legion centre £114.74, Get Ahead £43.09, parish council £100 (wreath), parish church collection £115, Royal British Legion wreaths £100, donation £600. Mr J Newell thanks all the collectors.


THE December meeting of the Fenland Flywheelers at the United Services Club in Holbeach attracted a large audience as guest speaker Chris Coleman of the King’s Lynn based CTM farming equipment group gave both an entertaining and informative look into the world of root harvesters which covers the gathering of sugar beet from the fields. The history of the German made ROPA world renowned harvesting machines was outlined both in photographs and videos – from the original idea by a single farmer in his shed years ago making various prototypes in an attempt to harvest the beet, through to modern computer aided machines of today. These machines costing thousands are marketed in many countries which evolved from this lone man’s efforts to make beet farming both cost effective and less labour intensive. It was pointed out that one of these specialised machines is operated in this area by local LFP Farms. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, January 7, with guest speaker Patrick Limming with his theme of ‘the accidental shopkeeper’.

Gedney Dyke

BINGO is tomorrow in the village hall when there will be cash prizes, raffle and snowball. Phone 07432

155928 for more information.

LINE dancing is on Thursday in the village hall, 10-11am, £4. For more information phone 07432 155928.

TICKETS for the New Year’s Eve dance are on sale from Emma Tear (01406 350835) or Heather Cole( 01406 363654). Tickets are £7, children (up to age 14) £3.50. Dance the night away to the disco, bring your own drinks and nibbles. The evening starts at 7pm until late. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Gedney Hill

CROWLAND Lions’ Santa and sleigh will be in the village on Thursday between 6pm and 8pm.


CAROLS by candlelight at the Baptist Church is always a very attractive service and very popular. This year’s is on Friday at 7pm.

AROUND 50 people went to the Baptist Church on Monday afternoon for the film show group Christmas party. Jimmy Cole, the Rev Steve Weatherly-Barton, David Twelftree, Junk Monk and Annie Weatherly-Barton went ahead to decorate the church with festive decorations. Superb entertainment was provided by the Spalding U3A singers, who delighted the audience with an hour of music, everyone joining in the Christmas songs and carols. They were directed and accompanied on the organ by Jacqueline Kemp. Ruth Perry gave a monologue and together she and the singers performed a comedy version of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” Steve and Annie Weatherly-Barton rendered a fun song, writing the lyrics themselves, which in the chorus included the names of the film show group team. In another number, by special request, they were joined by Clint Weatherly-Barton. Clint made his debut at last year’s party, which was remembered by many in the audience. Afterwards all enjoyed a lovely Christmas buffet, food supplied by Marlene Twelftree, June Monk, Margaret Smith, Ann Gorbutt, Betty Wilson, Gill Adlard, Mavis Green and Phyllis Baxter. Helpers were Jenny Waterfall, Syd and Valerie Manley, Gill and Maurice Adlard, Marlene and Dave Twelftree, Ann Gorbutt, Annie Weatherly-Barton, June Monk, Margaret Smith, Phyllis Baxter and Steve Weatherly-Barton. Entertainment was organised by Tessa Chapman and introduced by Peter Chapman.

A Christmas floral day and floristry will be held in the Baptist Church on Thursday from 10.30am to 4pm. This will be led by June Edwards. Bookings are being taken by Annie Weatherly-Barton on 01775 840693.

MRS Weatherly-Barton is also currently taking bookings for those who wish to have Christmas lunch at the Baptist Church on Christmas Day. Ring her on 01775 840693.

Gosberton St Peter and St Paul’s Church Christmas Tree Festival and Christmas Fayre is on  Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th December from 11am to 5pm.

BAPTIST Church has a Christmas tree festival and Christmas fair on Saturday, 11am-5pm. Refreshments, tombola, crafts, cakes and raffle.

GOSBERTON Good Companion’s Club members enjoyed their meeting in the Public Hall on Tuesday. Bryan Waters was caller for the bingo. A raffle was organised by Edna Richardson and Lilian Crunkhorn. Les Stephenson conducted the auction with Mike Smith and Maxine Dobney as the runners. The committee served refreshments. Final arrangements were made for the Christmas lunch on Tuesday, December 16, at 12.30pm. Friends of the club who support the club outings are invited to go along between 1.30pm and 2pm to enjoy the entertainment that follows the lunch.

‘THE art of knotting’ by Miss W Smith is the topic at the Women’s Institute meeting in the Public Hall today at 7.15pm. The competition is for a piece of craft work and members are asked to take wrapped Christmas gifts for a raffle.

Gosberton Clough and Risegate

CAROLS by candlelight is at St Gilbert and St Hugh’s Church on Sunday at 4pm.


HOLBEACH RAFA Association will be having a Christmas get-together at Bill Payne’s Farm Cafe on Saturday noon for 12.30pm, not 1.30pm as previously reported.


FRIENDS of Moulton Windmill has a Christmas gathering, with refreshments, today at 7.30pm. All welcome.
ALL Saints’ Church has a Christmas concert with Holbeach Town Band, including sing-along carols and seasonal refreshments on Saturday (7.30pm). Free admission with a retiring collection. Enquiries to Brian Smith 01406 370805.

CHRISTMAS sing-along and luxury hamper draw takes place on Sunday, 1-4pm, at Moulton Windmill. The mill then closes at 4pm and reopens on January 15. Thanks to everyone for their support during 2014.


CHRISTINGLE Service this Sunday at Pinchbeck Church is at 10.30am. There will be a collection of food items for the Spalding and district food bank.


POPPY Appeal collectors in the village were Mr J Newell £76.19, Mrs B Dakers £75.82, Mr and Mrs D Faulkner £170.23, Mrs A Barnett £176.67, Mr Patrick £11.49, Mrs Patrick £91.09, shop £64.42, Parish Council £50 (wreath), parish church £90. Poppy organiser, Mr J Newell, thanks all the collectors.

Whaplode Drove

Whaplode Drove Community Choir will be singing Christmas carols on Friday, 7pm, in the Church Room (junction Broadgate and Parsons Lane). For more information phone 01406 330315.

THE December meeting of the Women;s Institute began with a carol service in the church, compile  and performed by members. Guests from Crowland, Gedney Hill, Holbeach St Johns and Spalding enjoyed the service and the social time in the Church Room. Competition for six mince pies was won by Mavis Stancer, Margaret Barrass and Jean Cottam. After a brief business discussion members and their guests took part in a light hearted quiz, organised by Sue Lawrence and shared in refreshments. Next meeting is in February.