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PLOUGH Sunday service will be held in Holbeach Drove Methodist Chapel this Sunday at 10.30am.

MANY thanks to everyone who supported the New Year’s Eve dance, enjoyed by 124 people in the Memorial Hall . The buffet was provided by the ladies of the hall committee and entertainment was provided by Top Notch.


PLANNED giving secretary for St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Mr Hilary Burt, thanks the many donors to Gosberton Parochial Church Council through Gift Aid. It can be by cheque, standing order or weekly. Tax payers can recover 25p in the £1 from HMRC. Since April 2013 a new scheme GASDS has been started for charities to recover a similar amount from HMRC on recorded small donations on the plate in church. Amounts not exceeding £20 in cash or in envelopes on the plate from possible non tax payers can also be enhanced to a certain figure. There are still a few weekly envelope boxes available. Please contact Mr Burt.

NEXT meeting of the Women’s Institute is in the Public Hall on Tuesday at 7.15pm and will be a quiz night with a white elephant stall.

THE Baptist Church is the venue for the next meeting of Gosberton Churches Together on Thursday, January 15 at 7.30pm


HOLBEACH RAFA next bi-monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday at the United Services Club at 7.30pm . New members welcome.

ALL Saints’ Hotshots meet tomorrow in the Reading Rooms, Church Street, 6.30-8pm for a Portugese evening with food. This is a Christian youth group for those aged 11-16 years. Contact Carole Williams on 01406 423547 for further information.

DURING the last session of the Oasis Club the children explored the story told by Jesus of the master who gave his servants talents. There were drama and craft activities and the children performed a short play. The next meeting is on Saturday at 10am in the Reading Rooms. The New Year party will be on Sunday, February 1, at 2.30pm. Contact Gill Graper 01406 423803 for more information.


MIGHTY Oaks and Sunflowers present an evening of clairvoyance with Cheryl Perkins, tomorrow at 7.30pm at the Ivo Day Centre, Albion Street. Admission is £3, tea and coffee will be served afterwards. Phone 01775 724514 for more information.

‘LONG Live Mobile Robots’ is the title of the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society lecture by Prof Tom Duckett from the School of Computer Science, University of Lincoln. The lecture takes place at Spalding Grammar School tomorrow at 8pm. A mobile robot is an automatic machine that is capable of locomotion. A service robot is a robot which operates autonomously to perform services useful to the well-
being of humans. Putting these two concepts together, the mobile service robots of the future will be required to run for really long periods of time in dynamic human-populated environments. These robots will live together with people and adapt to the changes that people make to the world. Such long-lived robots must be able to learn from a wider range of experiences than has previously been possible, creating a whole new generation of autonomous systems able to extract and exploit the structure in their world, including 3D shapes, objects, people, and models of activity. This talk will explain the research challenges involved and present some of the novel solutions developed to meet these challenges. There is a £2 entry fee payable on the door. Please note the lecture on January 23 has been rescheduled. Please visit spalding-gentlemens-society.org for further details.

FIFTY-six members attended the Probus Club of Spalding December meeting at the South Holland Centre. President, Peter Nicholson, welcomed members and the speaker, Paul Vickers. Sadly the president had to report the death of John Belcher, a long-standing member of the club and past president and member of the Springfields Probus Club. Members enjoyed their lunch, the president proposed the Loyal Toast and Ray Lawton proposed the Probian Toast. The president thanked Ray Lawton and John Belcher for the donation of the day’s raffle prizes (this had been arranged before John’s death). A new member Ron Honour, introduced by Eric Maltby, was inducted. Speaker finder, David Hall, introduced Paul Vickers whose subject was ‘Magic from early times to World War Two’. The club is open to retired professional and businessmen, and further details of the club can be obtained from the secretary, Andy Wardman (01775 723893).


THE first Sunday walk of 2015 will be led this week by Spalding group chairman, Mike Chapman, who will be leading a five-mile ramble around the village of Weston. Meet in the car park at Baytree Garden Centre for a 10.30am start. For further information call Mike on 01775 680404.

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