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From Deeping St James to Whaplode St Catherine

Deeping St James

DURING the open forum at the start of the parish council meeting, Sue Shaw representing The Deepings Gang Show advised that this would be the gang show’s 30th year. Sue told the meeting all about the show and how rehearsals were going. The show will be performed in February with a ‘Frozen’ theme. A representation from South Kesteven District Council and the Deeping’s Leisure Centre gave an outline of the future of the centre. Paul Stokes said 1 Life, the company that looks after the centre, has been awarded a full contract until December 2020. This means the centre can now plan for the longer future and improve/upgrade its facilities, for all of the Deepings and the surrounding area to continue and enjoy. A representative from 1 Life spoke about future events being planned to maximise the use of the centre, and to improve the way they advertise these events. The overall amount of people using the centre has gone up year on year. Normal council business started and it was reported the signal box is still being pursued, but there is a cost and members will continue to keep an eye on this. The community team has been busy in the area including clearing weeds, overgrown bushes and trees, painting cemetery railings, etc. Although they are there to repay society, they do a good job for the parish. For full details of the above, and other items on the agenda, plus all meetings/minutes of the parish can be found on the website www.dsjpc.co.uk/pc where information is displayed within a week of the meeting.


THE Baptist Church Christmas services are today, coffee and carols, 10am-noon; Sunday, carol service, 3pm; Christmas Eve, Watch Night Service, 11.30pm; Christmas Day service, 10am. More details if required from Pastor Ross Dean on 01406 424556.


CHRISTMAS bingo is at the Victory Hall on Thursday, eyes down 7-30pm.

Gedney Drove End

CHRISTMAS bingo will take place at the village hall on Sunday. Doors open at 1pm with eyes down at 2pm.

CAROL service will be held at Christ Church, Dawsmere, on Christmas Eve at 3pm, followed by seasonal refreshments and mulled wine.

NEW Year’s Eve party is a ticket only event and includes a licensed bar and disco. Advance tickets on sale until this Friday are £8 per adult, two adults for £15. After this date, tickets will be at ‘on the door price’ of £10 per adult. Entry is free for children, 17 years and under and they must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are on sale from Jayne Hallam on 01406 550508.


PRESIDENT Christine Clark welcomed everyone to the Public Hall for the December Women’s Institute meeting. She thanked those who had helped with decorating the WI tree in the Christmas tree festival and also those who had performed in the recent “Christmas Crackers” event at Great Hale. Among correspondence received included details of a quiz at Quadring in February, fabric box making in March and a visit to Peterborough Mosque in April. Also, Pode Hole WI sent an invitation to their 60s night in February. A December birthday was celebrated by Ann Harvey. Speaker, Wendy Smith, talked about the origins of knotting - the superstitions surrounding knots, their uses, both as decoration and for practical purposes. She showed lots of examples of her work, including some copies of Anglo Saxon clothing made from knotted string and also jewellery. Festive refreshments were served by Val Brocklehurst and Patricia Martin and the Christmas raffle was organised by Sue Pengelly, Delcy Moore and Sandra Saxby. Everyone took home a prize.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, January 13. There will be a social evening and quiz and also a white elephant stall.

GOSBERTON Rainbow Guides had lots of fun at a Christmas party last Tuesday. They enjoyed playing games and were thrilled to see Santa. All tucked in to a party tea. This was the last meeting for leader Tracy Chadburn who is handing over to her daughter Kerry when they resume on January 6 (5-6pm) in the church hall. Kerry is no stranger to the unit as she has been helping her mum for some time.

The group has recently enjoyed a visit to the pantomime Cinderella at the South Holland Centre.

ANYONE on their own on Christmas Day is invited for lunch at the Baptist Church. Please pre book with Annie Weatherly-Barton on 01775 840693.

Lutton Marsh

CAROL service will take place at the Methodist Chapel on Thursday at 3pm. All are welcome.

Morton and Hanthorpe

A meeting of Morton and Hanthorpe Parish Council was held on December 9. In the public forum a Hanthorpe resident expressed his frustration at the treacherous, muddy condition of Edenham Road, Hanthorpe, caused by vehicles moving to and from a building site at 25 Edenham Road. He said that he and other residents had tried to deal with contractors on the site without success. Little regard had been shown to nearby residents and their property during the operations. The issue had been reported by a councillor and the clerk and police had attended and requested a clear-up. County Councillor Woolley was still trying to improve the situation. Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership speed checks in the village are likely to take place in January. Local residents have expressed concern about a fence that has been put up on the Larkfleet field adjacent to Hillview, Bourne Road, apparently for health and safety reasons. The clerk was asked to contact Larkfleet and ask for an explanation. Couns Cartwright and Woolley are attempting to arrange an on-site meeting with Lincolnshire Co-op to discuss the overgrown area at the Kings Head site. Due to South Kesteven District Council response requirements it had been necessary to consider a planning application by consultation before this meeting; D Parkes had submitted plans for change of use of paddock land to residential curtilage. There were no objections to this application. SKDC approvals were given to Roger Hill Design to convert, alter and extend the old school canteen, Ford Lane and Ms J Hammond to retain store at 61 Haconby Lane. Bourne United Charities are appealing against the refusal of an application to erect a two storey dwelling with access alterations on land adjacent to Morton House Farm, High Street. Councillors considered the following planning applications: G Trafford, 2.4m welded steel fence, Morton C of E School, Station Road - no objections; Panson Design and Build, two storey dwelling and garage, to rear of 27 Edenham Road, Hanthorpe - councillors decided to object against this application as an earlier outline application had been submitted, and approved, for a single storey dwelling on this site. The present application for a two storey dwelling and garage would be too dominant and intrusive for the three adjacent bungalow properties, which it would inevitably overlook to some degree. The Parish Council was pleased to formally accept the offer of a contribution from the county council which will cover the costs of relocating the play equipment. The Parish Council has decided to hold future meetings in Morton Village Hall. After some consideration it was agreed to adopt use of the free parish council website provided by the county council. Coun Gordon Lack, who set up the present successful village/parish council site and has administered it throughout, was thanked by chairman David Creasey, councillors and clerk, for his many hours spent on the various aspects of the site, dealing with, and solving, inevitable problems. Coun Lack expressed his willingness to help with the change over and transfer of information. It had become apparent that action now needed to be taken to control moles at the cemetery and the clerk was asked to make arrangements for the work to be carried out. Although the clerk had tried to get quotes for repairs to the cemetery entrance, none had been forthcoming. Couns Creasey and Hyde agreed that between them they would carry out the work to fill the roadside holes at the entrance to the cemetery. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 13, in Morton Village Hall and will be preceded by a public forum, at 7.15pm.


CAROL singing on the village green takes place on Thursday at 7pm. Mince pies and mulled wine will be served in the community centre afterwards.


AT the December meeting of the WI the Ringstone Ringers gave a delightful repertoire of Christmas music on the hand bells, before a festive buffet. Many dates were put into diaries for 2015, including a visit to Peterborough Mosque, the spring council meeting with antiques expert Paul Hayes, ‘Flanders and Swann Recaptured’ at the Bourne Corn Exchange, and many more. The January meeting will be run by members, and in February the speaker will be Dawn Blunden with ‘A cake maker to royalty’. For further information call Rebecca on 01778 440411 or email rebeccamain1@yahoo.co.uk

West Pinchbeck

THE Christmas Miracle, a performance of the Nativity in song and tableau by the choir of Pinchbeck’s St Mary’s Church, will be held on Thursday at St Bartholomew’s Church, at 7pm. Entry is free but voluntary donations in aid of church funds would be welcome.

Whaplode Drove

A bingo is being held on Thursday in the Elizabethan Centre. There will be super prizes as it is a Christmas special, and a free cup of tea/coffee and mince pie for every one as well as the usual refreshments.

Whaplode St


THE Memorial Hall Committee is organising a Christmas party for local children up to 14 years old, on Saturday, starting at 1pm. The party will be opened by a well known local figure, followed by a disco, party food and Santa with presents for all.

Free to Whaplode St Catherine residents, a small charge will be made for those outside the village. Please book on 01406 540733 to ensure a place.