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A centenary service is being held on Sunday, February 15, at the Methodist Church in Reform Street at 10.30am. There will be a guest preacher.

AS part of the Methodist Church’s centenary celebration a musical extravaganza will be held at the Reform Street church on Saturday, February 21, 2pm. Tickets are available at £5 from Mick Goodman or Margaret Smith, 01775 713704 or 01733 210480.


DONINGTON Bowls Club annual meeting is on Friday, 7pm, in the Snooker Club. New members welcome.

THERE is a wedding and prom fair in support of Donington LIVES First Responder group in the community centre on Sunday, 11am-4pm. There will be a full range of stalls covering all aspects for organising a wedding or dressing up for a prom.

Gedney Drove End

BINGO is tomorrow (always the first Wednesday of every month) in the village hall. Cash and prize games, raffle, instant win games, snowball game and refreshments. Doors open at 6.30pm for eyes down at 7.30pm, all welcome.
AN evening of clairvoyance, with Cheryl Perkins, is taking place on Tuesday, March 3 in the village hall. Doors open at 7.30pm for a prompt 8pm start. Adults only (16 years +), £6.50 per ticket (includes tea/coffee and biscuits at interval). Only 50 tickets available so purchase now to avoid disappointment. Contact Mrs J Hallam on 01406 550508 (after 6pm) or Mrs A Bennett on 01406 550771 for tickets or more information.

ROYAL British Legion branch meeting will take place at Christ Church, Dawsmere on Tuesday, February 10 at 7pm.

Gedney Hill

WOMEN’S Institute started its first meeting of 2015 in the home of president Mary Grevatt. The planning programme for 2015-2016 was discussed and monthly meeting topics are garden meeting, Stoke Pottery, stories from the Fens and marshes, Indian spices, meet the midwife and the power of women. £21 was raised for ACWW which was donated by the members instead of sending each other Christmas cards. Hazel Trent thanked secretary Patty Harriss for providing the mince pies in November. Ladies put forward their names to attend the annual meeting to celebrate 100 years which will be linked to Spalding’s South Holland Centre from London’s Albert Hall on June 4 at 10am. Birthday Greetings were sung to Mary Grevatt, Brenda Harper and Jackie Downing. A quiz was won by Jackie Downing, Marilyn Collishaw and Ann Ramakarran. The next meeting will be in the village hall on Wednesday, February 25 at 7.15pm when there will be a talk on Puddle Paddock and the competition will be for a duck. Mary Grevatt to provide the raffle and tea ladies will be Marilyn Collishaw and Fay Riley. Guests are always welcome.


THERE are two Messy Churches running in Gosberton and district. One meets in the Clough Methodist Church on the first Friday of the month, the next meeting is on Friday at 3.30pm to 6pm for young people from toddlers, to teens, accompanied by an adult. For more information on this contact Jane MacFarlane on 01775 750525. Then a Messy Church takes place in Gosberton Church Hall on the third Friday of the month, the next being February 20 at the same times. For information on this one contact the vicar on 01775 840694. Both groups are looking for more helpers.

THERE is a change of venue to the Women’s World Day of Prayer preparation day. It will now be held at St Thomas’s Road Methodist Church (not Broad Street) on Friday, 10.15am-2.45pm. This involves Gosberton Churches Together and the Glen Group.

THE annual meeting of Gosberton Good Companion’s Club was held in the Public Hall last Tuesday. Bryan Waters resigned as vice chairman and from the committee, Margaret Waters stood down as welfare officer, and Della Skells resigned as treasurer; all for health reasons. Eddie Edwards was voted back in as chairman and Chris Edwards was re-elected as secretary. Maxine Dobney was re-elected as vice chairman and Janet Dilloway as treasurer. Seven members were re-elected on to the committee, but there are three vacancies which have not been filled. It was agreed to raise the annual fee to help towards the increase in the cost of the hall. The club gave appreciative gifts to Bryan and Margaret Waters and to Della Skells. The usual fortnightly meeting followed with members enjoying a game of bingo. Caller was Bryan Waters, assisted by Eddie Edwards, Mary Mayfield and Les Stephenson. Mr Stephenson conducted the auction with Maxine Dobney and Ann Manning as the runners. A raffle was organised by Lilian Crunkhorn and Edna Richardson and refreshments served by members. A gift was sent to member Lorna Webb who had celebrated her 90th birthday. Next club meeting is on Tuesday, February 10, at 2pm, to which new members are invited.

GOSBERTON Parish Council met on January 19. Eleven members of the public were present for the open forum and PCSO Abbotts also attended. He advised the meeting what had taken place in the parish, which included three incidents of mud on the road, three road traffic collisions on Boston Road due to the weather, a road traffic collision on Broad Drove, three cattle loose on Wargate Way, a theft of birds in Salem Street, theft of logs on Siltside, scrap metal stolen on Wargate Way, a road traffic collision on Beech Lane, two goats loose on High Street, a vehicle theft in Salem Street, hare coursing on Beech Lane and a road traffic collision in Wargate Way. He also advised that the ASBO figures showed that there had been 171 incidents in the last year. However despite these figures, overall the area is still one of the lowest areas for crime. He advised that they had visited the area of the school and people that were parking poorly were given warnings and the driver details were taken. This same exercise will be carried out in Gosberton Risegate as requested in due course. All but one of the residents who attended the open forum were present as they were concerned over rumours about what was going to happen with the playing field. The main concern was that the village was going to lose the playing field which would mean that there would not be an area for people to go to. Apparently there was also rumours that the area may be built on. The parish council advised them that the reason that this issue has come up is because it was reported on BBC Radio Lincolnshire that Lincolnshire County Council was to sell off playing fields that were deemed surplus to their requirements and as the school in Gosberton was now an academy it had advised that they no longer used the field and therefore the field would be sold. The clerk had contacted Lincolnshire County Council in view of this report and they advised that the report had “jumped the gun”. However, the parish council advised the members of the public present that the field is jointly owned by the PC and Lincolnshire County Council and that LCC own 46.6%. The portion owned by the PC is the front part which borders High Street, and LCC own the back section. It was confirmed the village would not lose the playing field in its entirety; at worst it would be smaller than now. The PC advised that it is currently in negotiation with LCC regarding the possible purchase of the land. Lincolnshire County Council has asked if it was to be sold would the parish council be interested and the PC has advised they would be interested at purchasing the land if it was at the right price. The land would be sold as amenity land which means that it would not be built on. The chairman confirmed that full details could not be given at the present time due to the sensitive ongoing negotiations. A member of the public asked if this discussion could be minuted and advertised, and it was agreed that the report that is done for the newspaper and website would also be put on the parish council notice boards in Gosberton and Gosberton Risegate so that more people could see the report. It was also decided on this occasion, the PC would issue a statement regarding the playing field which would also be put on the notice board. One resident who had recently moved to the area raised concerns over the speeding traffic on the B1397. He is also concerned about the road and pathways in the area. The chairman confirmed that this had again been raised recently and highways had been contacted and that the area was due to be looked at again when the highways inspection takes place. Clerk advised that the bin had now been purchased and this was to be sited next to the jubilee seat in Gosberton. The Rev Ian Walters said the Community Interest Group would hopefully be fully formed within the next four to five weeks and he was encouraged by the response he was receiving from residents. Three people had already come forward with ideas which he hoped could be progressed further. He very much hoped that this will work well with the parish council and that one of the ways that they would like to help would be in helping with funding for play equipment. He will ensure that the PC is kept fully informed of what they are wanting to do. Quotations had still not been received regarding the refurbishment of the Hirst rocking horse, and also another quotation was still being prepared relating to additional cremation plots in Gosberton cemetery and it is hoped that both of these issues be discussed at the next meeting. The precept was discussed and being election year, the clerk had asked for an estimate of possible election costs to the parish and it was estimated at £4,000. This therefore needed to be built in to the precept and after discussion the precept was requested at £26,000. A list of areas to be visited during the highways inspection was compiled and Couns Pell and Taylor are set to meet with highways representatives. Two planning applications were discussed and the results of an appeal to a previous decision was reported. The clerk is to write to Spalding Sorting Office regarding problems with the letter boxes in Gosberton Risegate. The next meeting which will be the annual parish meeting will take place at the Public Hall on Monday, March 2 at 7pm.

Lutton Marsh

LADIES Group will meet at the Methodist Chapel on Thursday at 2pm for a social afternoon.


PROBUS Club of Spalding January meeting was attended by 44 members at the South Holland Centre. President, Peter Nicholson, welcomed everyone. Regrettably he had to report the death of one of member, Alan Gibbon, who was 88. Silence was observed to remember a good friend. Grace was said by Brian Wells, after which the members enjoyed their usual carvery lunch. After lunch, the president proposed the Loyal Toast and John Rayner proposed the Probian Toast. The committee is seeking an assistant treasurer, secretary and assistant secretary for the 2015 committee to be elected at the next AGM. Speaker finder, David Hall, introduced speakers John and Steve who discussed and performed folk music. The next meeting will be tomorrow at the South Holland Centre at the normal time. Speaker will be Peter Carter and his subject will be poaching. Stewards will be John Rayner and Brian Wells. For more information on the club phone Andy Wardman (01775 723893).

THE January evening meeting of Spalding and District Stamp Club opened with a discussion regarding the future venue for meetings. Since there have been changes at the Spalding Constitutional Club the Ladies Room was no longer available for the club’s use. This was the third meeting in the bowls pavilion but this was not entirely satisfactory and would bring more problems once the bowls season started. Having made enquiries the committee had now made a booking for future meetings at the Fraiser Room, next to the church, in Surfleet. The main event of the evening was an auction where members brought surplus material for sale. Many members went home with items to add to their collections whilst others had a little extra money for future purchases. The next meeting is tomorrow at 2pm when members are asked to bring a display under the title ‘G is for …’. The evening meeting on Tuesday, February 18, is the annual competitions night. Once these have been judged there will be a bring and buy. Meetings will be held in the Fraiser Room, Gosberton Road, Surfleet. Visitors are welcome at all meetings and for more information contact Joyce Boyer on 01775 762661.


SPALDING and District Stamp Club has moved meetings to the Fraiser Room, with the first meeting tomorrow at 2pm. The club is a small, friendly group with members collecting a wide range of material and topics. Among these are 1969, British Commonwealth, RAF aircraft, birds, Chinese airmails, Austria, Christmas, GB Machins [Queen’s head stamps] and many others. The group has many ‘in house’ meetings where members give a short display to a title and tomorrow it will be putting up displays under the heading ‘G is for…’ – who knows what that will bring! Visitors and prospective members are welcome to all meetings. For more details and/or a copy of the programme contact Joyce Boyer on 01775 762661.

Sutton Bridge

SUTTON Bridge Carer’s Luncheon Group meet at the Constitutional Club, New Road, on the second Wednesday of every month from 11.30am to 3.30pm. On arrival a hot drink and biscuits will be available followed by a meal, after which there will be entertainment. A warm welcome awaits all new members. For further information phone Eric Ormond on 01406 370014.

West Pinchbeck

WEST Pinchbeck Senior Club’s first meeting of 2015 is due to take place tomorrow in the village hall at 2pm. West Pinchbeck, in the club’s name, only refers to where the club is headquartered and now where members have got to reside. So anybody over the age of 50 is welcome to come along and join in.

Whaplode Drove

THE Church Room will be open on Saturday from 11am to 2pm with the usual stalls, raffle and light lunches. Home cooked food and a warm welcome. Come and join us.

St Catherine

BINGO is in the village hall tomorrow, doors open at 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm. Useful prizes, super food, raffle and a growing cash snowball. Call 01406 540733 for details.