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From Gedney Hill to Whaplode Drove

Gedney Hill

THE recent bowls bingo held in the village hall raised £762. Thanks to everyone who supported this event which was organised by Margaret Claxton and Linda Hubbard.

NEW Year’s Eve buffet and dance will be held in the Memorial Hall with dancing to Top Notch. Tickets £20. Contact John Riley on 01406 330558.

CHRISTMAS Eve Carol Concert will be held in St Polycarp’s Church, Holbeach Drove, at 4pm

UNITED Service will be held on Sunday, December 28 at 10.30am in Holy Trinity Church. Refreshments available after the service.


ST Margaret’s Hall, Quadring, was filled with the large audience who enjoyed a Christmas concert on Saturday, presented by the Banovallum Brass Band, and featuring the choir of Cowley and Browns School, Quadring. Organised by the Gosberton and District Royal British Legion, chairman, Gene Waterfall, welcomed everyone. There was plenty of audience participation with all joining in the carol singing and singing in parts The Twelve Days of Christmas. During the interval tea, coffee and mince pies were served by Chris Edwards, Carol Nicholls, Debbie Reynolds, Jenny Waterfall, Ann Noble and Joan Mason. Door stewards were Gene Waterfall and Debbie Reynolds and the raffle was run by Alma Weeks and Jenny Waterfall. President, John Weeks, thanked the band, the school, the teachers, the supporters and all who donated raffle prizes and helped in any way. Mrs Waterfall gave sweets to the children taking part.

GOSBERTON Rainbow Guides have been busy recently making Christmas decorations and have completed calendars, tree decorations, door hangers, place mats and Christmas cards under the leadership of Tracy and Kerry Chadburn.

CAROLS by Candlelight at the Baptist Church is tomorrow at 7pm. The evening will include items by the newly formed Saints and Sinners Community Choir and tea, coffee and mince pies will be served.

THE Baptist Church is open for a Christmas tree festival on Saturday, 11am-5pm. At the same time June Monk is putting on a Christmas fair in the church with craft and cake stalls, tombola and a raffle and refreshments.

Gosberton Clough and 

THE Friends of St Gilbert and St Hugh’s Church still have calendars on sale at £6 each. They have also decorated a Christmas tree for the Christmas tree festival at St Peter and St Paul’s Church.

TWENTY two children had a lovely meeting at the Messy Church at the Clough Methodist on Friday. The children acted out a nativity play and sang carols, watched by some members of the church. The meeting ended with a party. Each of the young people were given gifts for Christmas which they played with after tea.

GOSBERTON Churches Together organised a Christmas quiz at the Duke of York on Thursday. Question master was the Rev Maurice Perry who welcomed everyone. Winning team was John Parson, John Flowers, Jean Mews and Kevin Adams. All enjoyed carol singing with Jean Mews as organist. Sue supplied chip butties. Thanks were expressed to Sue Goodenough and Phil Britain of the Duke of York and to Margaret Wright for organising the evening which raised around £100 for Centrepoint, a charity chosen by Sue and Phil.

CAROLS by candlelight at St Gilbert and St Hugh’s Church on Sunday is at 6pm.


OASIS Club meets on Saturday at 10am in the Reading Rooms, Church Street. Contact Gill Graper 01406 423803 or gill.graper@googlemail.com for more information.

ALL Saints’ Hot Shots meet tomorrow, 6.30-8pm in the Reading Rooms for a ‘Dippers and Dunkers’ party. Contact is Carole Williams on 01406 423547.

AS it is Christmas post time please donate the used stamps for the Mothers’ Union collection for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice. Just leave them on the table at the back of All Saints’ Church. The Hospices are in Ipswich, Milton and Quidenham.

FATHER Christmas will be popping in early to the Holbeach United Services Club in Church Street on Saturday to the annual Christmas family night in the function suite. Doors open at 7pm until late, with festive music from the Nick Grattan Treble Nine Road Show. This is a free admission event and everybody is welcome to attend but children must be accompanied by an adult. Further details can be obtained from the club on 01406 423134 during opening hours.


MESSY Church at All Saints’ Church is on Saturday 2-4pm.

CHRISTMAS concert and carols, by Holbeach Town Band, is at all Saints’ Church on Saturday at 7.30pm.

ALL ages are invited to the All Saints’ Church Christingle service on Sunday, 3pm. Make a Christingle to take home.


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

ST James Church carol service is on Sunday at 6.30pm. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served after the service.

BINGO will be held on Wednesday at 7pm in the Youth and Community Centre, in aid of St James Church.

CHRISTMAS Eve Holy Communion at St James Church is at 8pm.

Seas End

CHRISTMAS social is at the village hall on Sunday, 2pm. Free refreshments, free entry. Music will be provided by Retrospekt. All Moulton Seas End children attending will be given a present.


THE over 60s Christmas party was attended by 67 people from Holbeach Bank and Saracen’s Head. The evening started with a three course meal, with drinks, and afterwards everyone enjoyed entertainment by duo 5 O’clock Somewhere and Robert London. A grand raffle with 49 prizes raised £269, which goes towards next year’s party. Thanks for everyone for donating prizes. The committee is thanked for all its hard work. The next fund raising event is on March 14 when Mickey Wright will be entertaining in the village hall. Limited tickets will be available after Christmas, if you are interested phone 01406 422050.

EIGHTY two people attended the Christmas party bingo on December 3.

A plate buffet and drinks were enjoyed by all. Funds for this party is raised during the year and there was also extra cash for all games played. Thanks to all the helpers on the night.

A race night will be held in the village hall on February 7. This is a popular event and admission is by ticket only. These will go on sale after Christmas, phone 01406 423065 to book.


SPALDING Gentlemen’s Society public lecture tomorrow is ‘Merrily on high – the history of the English Christmas carol’. Peter Medhurst traces the progress of the English Christmas carol through seven centuries of continuous development and reveals that behind many of our best loved seasonal songs lie some fascinating - and even grisly – stories. The lecture is at Spalding Grammar School at 8pm. Entry is £2 on the door.


ST Mary’s Church Christmas tree festival is this Saturday and Sunday, 1-5pm. There will be tombola, bric-a-brac, raffle and refreshments.

Weston Hills

SENIOR citizens’ party is in the village hall on Monday, December 22, 3pm. If you would like to attend phone 01775 766907.

Whaplode Drove

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