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From Bicker to Whaplode Drove


BICKER Bowls Club is organising a fish and chip supper and race night on March 28 at the village hall at 7.30pm. Come along and enjoy the supper and racing, there is a bar. Tickets cost £6.50, phone 01775 820784 for further information.

SOCIAL bingo is held on Monday evenings in the Village Hall, starting at 7.30pm, refreshments available. Proceeds to hall funds.


SOLO drive winners on January 13 were Eric Wyer, Richard Pearson, Barbara Hall; lucky score, Marion Robinson; donkey derby, Eric Wyer. Raffle winners were Jean Thompson and Benny Crampton.

WHIST drive winners on January 14 were Mr R Lenton, Mrs L Wyer, Mrs A Thorlby, Mr W Moore, Mr A White, Mr E Wyer; partner, Mrs S Lord and Mr E Wyer, Mrs B Stead and Mrs R Northern; donkey derby, Mrs L Wyer. Raffle winners were Mr R Cope, Mr A White and Mrs L Lord.

Gedney Dyke

THE village hall committee is pleased to announce a weekly Friday adult ‘youth club’ for those young at heart. Entry is free and all are welcome. There will be long and short indoor bowls, darts and pool plus full bar facilities. Have a game or just socialise and have a natter and a drink. Opens at 7pm.

All proceeds will go to the charity and be used to continue to update the hall.


THERE will be a service of favourite hymns and afternoon tea at the Methodist Church on Sunday at 4pm. It will be led by Mike Holmes.

GOSBERTON Good Companions Club resumed in the Public Hall on Tuesday afternoon. Eddie Edwards welcomed members and called for the bingo, assisted by Mary Mayfield and Carol Nicholls. A raffle was organised by Edna Richardson and Lilian Crunkhorn. Mr Edwards conducted the auction with Maxine Dobney and Chris Edwards as the runners. Refreshments were served by Linda Rookard, Janet Dilloway, Maxine Dobney and Chris Edwards.

THE Baptist Church was the venue for a meeting of Gosberton and District Churches Together on Thursday. The Rev Maurice Perry presided over the meeting. The united Advent Service was a wow, with an attendance of about 300 people. It was thought that it coinciding with the Christmas tree festival had made it magical. The collection of around £300 will be donated to the air ambulance. A discussion took place about the possibility of a similar service at Easter. Reference was made to the pub events which are very good evenings, but there was a lack of attendance from all seven of the church congregations within the group. The Risegate Methodist has a Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, April 2. The march of witness will take place on Good Friday, April 3, starting from the Baptist church at 10.30am and finishing at the church hall for coffee and hot cross buns at around noon. The Christian Aid service will be at the Baptist Church on May 10 at 3pm. If anyone would like to do a sponsored walk over the Humber Bridge for Christian Aid, then contact Bob Pritchard. Date of Sea Sunday will be confirmed after Mr Perry has looked into the tide times. July 12 is the teddy bear’s jump from St Margaret’s Church tower at Quadring. There was a discussion on the united service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Messy church is going very well in both Gosberton and the Clough and has seen an increase in attendance especially at the Clough, thanks to Jane MacFarlane, the Rev David Curran and the Rev Steve Weatherly-Barton. The village Christmas cards were said to be well liked. Mr Pritchard spoke about the prayer walks on the last Friday of each month. Gosberton Methodists are forming a party to go and see Joseph at the South Holland Centre. Next meeting of Churches Together is at Gosberton Risegate Methodist Church on April 16 at 7.30pm.

PRESIDENT Christine Clark welcomed members to the first Women’s Institute meeting of the year at the Public Hall. Names were taken for those wishing to attend the spring council meeting at Springfields in March and members who wished to partake in a quiz at Quadring in February. Members also responded to invitations from Pode Hole WI for their 60s evening in February and to join the Surfleet Ladybirds for ten pin bowling later this month. There was no speaker so members enjoyed a light-hearted quiz. Prizewinners were Rosemary Sneath and Ann Harvey. Refreshments were served by Sue Pengelly and Sandra Saxby. Eileen Johnson was the raffle winner. Next month Karen Brammer from the Stamford Cheese Cellar will be talking about cheese. Visitors welcome. Anyone wanting further information please contact secretary Eileen Johnson on 01775 750553, or any committee member.

THEME of the Messy Church in the church hall on Friday was ‘The Story of Joseph’. The young people enjoyed different activities and crafts in connection with the theme, and had a celebration together of songs and prayers. The address was given by the Rev Ian Walters. All enjoyed a meal provided by Debbie Reynolds.

GOSBERTON Churches Together marked the week of prayer for Christian Unity with a united service in the Methodist Church on Sunday afternoon. The service was conducted by the Rev Bob Pritchard, who was assisted by the Rev Ian Walters and the Rev David Curran. Theme of the service was ‘The Well is Deep’ and a representative from each of the churches placed a little container of water next to a lighted candle. A drama on ‘the woman at the well’ was acted out by John and Enid Parson and Sheila Lee and Belinda Taylor. The traditional sermon was replaced by Any Question Time when Mr Parson interviewed Mr Walters and Mr Pritchard, asking them various questions to which they answered. Offertory steward was Celia Hearth, with proceeds going towards the Barnabas Fund (which is an international, interdenominational Christian aid agency). During the last hymn the congregation walked round shaking hands as a greeting to each other. Refreshments were served by members of the Methodist Church.


ROYAL Observer Corps Association 15 Group is holding a sausage supper in the Reading Rooms, Church Street, on Wednesday at 7pm. Tickets are £11 in advance and available from Frank Sauntson, 6 The Sidings Holbeach, 01406 423371.

THE annual meeting of Holbeach Town Band took place last week. Reports confirmed that the brass band had an excellent and busy year. With its main band, the training band, and the learner group it remains a successful organisation, despite worries about future accommodation needs. Yvonne Butter was re-elected as chairman, and Mel Hopkin remains the musical director. The musical director’s trophy for achievement was awarded to Adam Reece; the Jack Hopkins shield for the Victoria Training Band was given to Amelia Simpson, and the Cecil Cook trophy for the players’ player went to Thomas Judd-Cooper. The band meets on Wednesday evenings at its band room in Back Lane, Holbeach. New players are always welcome. Contact Mel on 01775 712420 for details.


WOMEN’S Friendship League meet today when Simon Rummery will speak on the RSPB in Lincolnshire. The meeting will be held at the United Reformed Church Hall, Pinchbeck Road, at 7pm. This is an open meeting and all are welcome.

WRETCHED Little Britons and the Roman Empire is the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society lecture tomorrow. Lecturer, Ronald Abbott, will give the talk at Spalding Grammar School at 8pm. In his Natural History Pliny the Elder asked ‘Who does not agree life has improved now the world is united under the majesty of the Roman Empire?’. But had life improved for everyone within the empire? A writing-tablet found at Vindolanda on Hadrian’s Wall discusses the military tactics of the Britons, but does not use the accepted Latin for Britons (Britanni) but ‘Brittunculi’ - a sneering diminutive. What did Roman authors say about Britain? What evidence can we gain from inscriptions and tombstones? And how revealing are the other personal writing-tablets preserved at Vindolanda? From the Caledonians (Scots) ‘with their red hair and large limbs’, to the Silures (Welsh) ‘with their usually curly hair’, to the Cantiaci (south-east Britain) ‘very like the Gauls’, the Romans tried to understand and work with the British. How did the Romans manage this part of their Empire ‘the largest of the islands which Roman geography includes’ shaped like ‘ an oblong shield or battle-axe’? This is a change to the advertised lecture. The life of Admiral Lord Cochrane lecture will now take place on November 13.

Spalding Ramblers

THE ramblers walk this Sunday will be a short one of about five miles along the isolated Wash sea bank at Holbeach St Matthews. Parking is available at the sea bank car park from where the walk will start at 10.30am. Further information is available from the leader on 01406 371951.

Whaplode Drove

A family get together will be held at St John the Baptist Church on Sunday at 11am. The theme this month is Burns Night.

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.

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