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From Bourne to Whaplode St Catherine


A COFFEE morning will be held in the United Reformed Church school room on Saturday, 10-11.30am. There will be the usual attractions and refreshments.

Deeping St James

DURING the open forum at the start of Deeping St James Parish Council meeting on January 28, Coun Phil Dilks, a Lincolnshire county councillor, outlined what had been happening with Deepings Library (and others) at Lincolnshire headquarters. It appears Lincolnshire County Council has ignored the ruling of the judge and continued with their original proposal to close the same libraries as stated earlier. This means Deepings Library is scheduled to be closed on September 30. The signal box continues its epic saga, and it seems that the railways have offered a piece of land for sale, to re-site the signal box. This is being investigated by those on the ‘Save the Signal Box’ team. ‘Carols in the park’ on the Jubilee Playing Field on December 19 was successful and many parishioners attended a night of music with plenty of festive spirit. The dates for the local walks were announced as June 4, nature reserve; July 8, Rose Pub; July 28, Woody Heights. The normal council business followed with the clerk’s report, correspondence, financial matters, etc. For full details of this meeting, and all meetings/minutes of the parish, please refer to the parish council’s website www.dsjpc.co.uk/pc where information is displayed within a week of the meeting.

MATTHEW Lee entertained members of Deeping St James Women’s Institute with his interesting, informative and amusing talk with slides, entitled ‘Pull up a bollard – dits from a WAFU’. He explained his intriguing title meant pull up a seat to listen to stories from a weapons and fuel user while he was in the navy. Matthew had always been connected with the navy, as his father had joined up at the age of 16 and went on to spend 49 years at sea. Matthew joined the Air Cadets and as he wanted to learn to fly he took up gliding, which led to him joining the Fleet Air Arm after leaving school. In January 1977 he went to BRNC Dartmouth where he qualified as a pilot, then 18 months later he learned to fly helicopters. Matthew told members that his claim to fame was that he had flown one of the helicopters involved in bringing Lord Mountbatten’s body back to England. He told many stories of his time flying Wessex, Sea King and Lynx helicopters, sailing on HMS Invincible and Ark Royal, with him eventually becoming an air traffic controller after also experiencing two nasty accidents. Matthew did go back to sea but now works in intelligence, where he said he is ‘still living the dream’. The competition for an unusual wine bottle was won by Susanne Hoadley. Centenary mugs were presented to Lynn George, Susanne Hoadley, Kath Jones and Pat Abel, to thank them for the beautiful embroidery they had done on the new tablecloth. A social group meeting has been arranged for members, particularly new ones, to come and chat to committee members to enable them to get to know each other and exchange ideas. This takes place on Thursday at the church hall at 7.30pm. The spring council meeting takes place at Springfields on March 10, when the speaker will be Paul Hayes, the antiques TV personality. 
The next meeting is on 
February 26, at the church hall at 7.30pm, when Elizabeth 
Inman, event director of Burghley Horse Trials, will be the guest speaker.


WHIST drive winners on February 4 were Mrs B Hall, Mrs L Wyer, Mr A Heppingstall, Mrs B Stead, Mrs R Hull, Mrs L Lord; partner, Mrs J Thompson and Mrs L Wyer, Mrs L Lord and Mr R Lenton; donkey derby, Mrs B Hall. Raffle winners were Mrs A Thorlby, Mrs L Lord, Mrs L Wyer.

SOLO winners on February 3 were Richard Pearson, Marion Robinson, Barbara Hall; lucky score, Brian Robinson; donkey derby, Benny Crampton. Raffle winners were Eric Wyer, Lavinia Lord and Richard Pearson.


THE guest speaker at the February Fenland Flywheelers’ meeting held in the United Services Club was Lincolnshire bee keeping and farmer Esmund Gadd. He gave an insight into the world of the humble bee and the production of honey which was supported with a very well produced video of the bees at work around the countryside and inside the workings of the bee hive itself. Esmund took a questions and answers discussion in which he described his initial interest in bee keeping and also the various aspects of the bee and honey production. The next meeting on March 4 will be the popular memorabilia night with enthusiasts presenting artefacts relating to their hobbies or pastimes.

Gedney Hill

ANNUAL meeting of Holy Trinity Church and St Polycarp’s Church, Holbeach Drove, Parochial Church Council will be held in St Polycarp’s Church on Monday, March 16 at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome.


THERE is a coffee morning at the Methodist Church on Saturday, 10am-12.30pm. Stalls include cakes, bric-a-brac, pink/red stall, tombola with a raffle and refreshments and light lunches. Proceeds for flower festival expenses.

LORNA Webb, of Pinchbeck, has enjoyed wonderful 90th birthday celebrations, taking place over a number of days, with her family and friends and the different organisations and churches in which she is involved, including Gosberton. Lorna’s birthday was on January 22, and together with many bouquets, plants and 141 birthday cards, gifts of money have amounted to £500 for the Children’s Society.

THE Baptist church is a collecting point for the Agape Food Bank. The food can be placed in a tub in the vestibule, or if the church is locked during the week, items can be left in bags at the door. The Baptist Church also collects goodies which are donated to the nurses of the Johnson Community Hospital to eat during their breaks. These can also be placed in a tub in the vestibule. Des Curtis, from the Baptist Church, collects plastic milk bottle tops, which he hands over to another collector to raise funds for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance.

NEXT meeting of Ladies Circle is on Thursday at 7.30pm and will be ‘A crafty surprise’.

Gosberton Clough and Risegate

ST Gilbert and St Hugh’s Church is having a Lincolnshire Evening on Friday, February 27, 6.30pm for 7pm. The meal, consisting of Lincolnshire food, will be followed by a talk by David Turner on ‘Remembering Spalding as it was’. Tickets are now on sale from Sandra Thompson on 01775 750370, or Jane Tidswell, Sue Murphy or Sally Spridgen.


AN evening with the Stamford Concert Singers, singing songs from Abba to Les Miserables, will be held on Saturday, March 7 (7.30pm) in Langtoft Village Hall. Tickets are £5 from 07834 346670. Refreshments and raffle. The evening is in aid of the Friends of Langtoft School.

Long Sutton

LUNCHES will be served at the Baptist Church on Friday, 11.30am-1.30pm, all welcome.


SPALDING Gentlemen’s Society Museum, Broad Street, will be open on Sunday for two tours, 1.15pm and 2.45pm.


YOU’RE invited to St Mary’s Church to experience thousands of snowdrops in the natural setting, in a secluded area of the churchyard, where you may also see some very attractive aconites. The walks will be organised from 11.30am to 3.30pm on Saturday and Sunday, February 14 and 15, 21 and 22, 28 and March 1. Refreshments will be available in the Heraldic Suite. Tours around the inside of this magnificent church to learn of its 900 years of history will be available.

Whaplode Drove

PRESIDENT Mavis Stancer opened the first Women’s Institute meeting of the year with acceptance of birthday posies, in the form of cupcakes, for herself, Janet Goose, Sandra Allen and Jean Cottam.

The celebratory bunting had been returned from competition and was admired by all. Correspondence included an invitation to visit the new offices in Sleaford, a project with the RSPB, voting forms and details of a possible viewing of the London AGM, which may be relayed to the South Holland Centre. Notice was given of a proposed visit to a mosque, and suggestions for a visit to the South Holland Centre in April. Due to the uncertain travelling conditions the speaker for the evening deferred her visit so a light-hearted quiz, organised by Sandra Allen, caused great hilarity.

Competition for a Valentine’s card was won by Carol Danielli, Linda Wapples and Kate Mellish.

St Catherine

THE lunch club planned for Sunday in the Memorial Hall has been cancelled due to 
circumstances beyond the 
organisers’ control.

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