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From Donington to Whaplode Drove


THE pond in Mill Lane is becoming home for rats as well as the ducks (see story at foot of page). The Parish Council is trying to address this problem but for the time being can everyone please refrain from feeding the ducks, as the bread that the ducks are leaving is attracting the rats. If you do go down to feed the ducks please take home the bread you may have taken as there are also rats in the bins.


A well supported audience heard about the life and times of Holbeach shopkeeper Patrick Limming during the recent Fenland Flywheelers meeting held in the United Services Club in Holbeach. Patrick explained the beginnings of the family business as started by his late father and how it progressed to the present day and has formed the basis for his self penned book ‘The Accidental Shopkeeper’, that has gathered interest both near and far. He illustrated his talk with family film together with photos. A collection was taken afterwards and over £40 was raised and Patrick will be donating this to the Salvation Army. The next meeting is on Wednesday evening, February 4, when the subject will be bee keeping given by Esmond Gadd.


Monday at 2pm is the date of the next film show at the Baptist Church when films will include Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Otterton village and mill, Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre, Bude, Tavistock, Princetown, House of Marbles. Cost of £2 includes tea. All welcome.

MESSY Church is in the church hall on Friday, 3.30pm to 6pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the session which includes singing, crafts, stories and a meal. For more information contact the vicar on 01775 840694.

GOSBERTON Church Fellowship resumes on Monday in the church hall at 7.30pm, when Ambrose Garner will be showing a film with commentary on ‘A trip to Africa’. Members £1 and non members £3. For more information phone 01775 840694.

A meeting of the Public Hall trustees will take place in the hall on Friday, January 23, at 7.30pm.

GOOD Companions Club resumes today in the Public Hall at 2pm.

COPY for the Gosbeton and district parish magazine should be sent to the editor Annie Weatherly-Barton as soon as possible.

THANKS are expressed to the many people who have saved newspapers for St Peter and St Paul’s Church. The church porch is open from 9am to 4pm daily for newspapers to be left. Hilary Burt, Mike Hammond and Ray Lindley thank all the invisible workers who help behind the scenes.

Gosberton Clough and Risegate

THERE is a PTA meeting for the Gosberton Clough and Risegate primary school on Friday to discuss the events for the year. It begins at 3pm and new members are always welcome.

THE Clough and Risegate primary school launched a new website last month, keeping parents up to date with school news and notices.

Long Sutton

BAPTIST Church will be hosting a jumble sale on Friday, 9am-noon, all welcome.

Whaplode Drove

PFA fundraising quiz night, with supper, is at the Elizabethan Centre on Saturday, January 31, at 7.30pm. Maximum six per team. Prizes and raffle. Entrance by ticket only which are £5 available from Mandie on 01406 330144.

AS a fore-runner to the fundraising year teas will be served in the church porch on Saturday from 2pm to 4pm. Come along for a cuppa and a chat. Next lunch is on February 7.

Editor’s note

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