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From Gosberton to Whaplode Drove


REPRESENTATIVES from Gosberton Churches Together and the Glen Group attended a preparation day for the forthcoming Women’s World Day of Prayer service at St Thomas’s Road Methodist Church in Spalding. Sheila Hance welcomed everyone, including the representatives from the national committee, and also the Rev David Curran who came in to operate the computer. Mrs Hance led opening devotions before handing over to Nola McCormick, who is the Congregational Federation representative on the committee, and who gave a detailed background of the Bahamas. She went through the order of service prepared by Christian women of the Bahamas. Pianist was Gwen Bassingham. After a lunch break, Muriel Stonehewer, the committee representative from the Wesleyan Reform Union of Churches gave a prelude to a Bible study before talks by Freda Ball on the Agape Care Food Bank; Diane Clay, on the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and Ruth Hunter on street pastors. Coffee, soup and bread were served by Judith Dodds and helpers. The Gosberton Group Women’s World Day of Prayer Service is at St Peter and St Paul’s Church on Friday, March 6 at 2pm.

GOSBERTON Baptists are starting a new series of ‘Open Book’ Bible teaching. The first one is on Saturday, February 21 (not February 14 as stated in the parish magazine) at 9.45am for coffee, to begin the talk at 10am. All welcome. For more information contact Annie Weatherly-Barton on 01775 840693.

THERE will be a coffee morning in the Methodist Church, Salem Street, on Saturday, 10am-12.30pm with usual stalls including cakes, bric-a-brac, pink/red stall, refreshments and light lunches.

Gosberton Clough and Risegate

LORNA Webb and her team of helpers are organising a coffee and pancake morning on Shrove Tuesday, February 17, 10am-noon at Mrs Webb’s home, 2 Poachers Gate, Pinchbeck. It is in aid of the Jenny Freeman Lodge, St Barnabas Hospice. The event, which always attracts a large number of people from the Clough and Risegate and Gosberton, will have its usual popular cake and preserves stalls; plants and vegetables and a raffle.

THE Gosberton Risegate Silver Link Club held its first meeting of the year last Wednesday in the Methodist Church. Meetings are held every fortnight at 2pm. Tina Sandall welcomed the members and told them it had been a bad start as sadly her mother had died, together with a dear member Betty Chappell, who had loved coming to the club. It was also with great sadness to learn that other members of the club are suffering from ill health or immobility and unable to attend. Bingo was played. Caller was Tina Sandall, helped by Joan Howard and Margaret Staff.

A total of about 30 adults and children went along to the Messy Church in the Clough Methodist Church on Friday. Theme was ‘creation’ and the children made planets on a mobile, prayer boxes and did some glass painting. They all tucked in to hot dogs and jelly.


HOLBEACH Town Band’s next monthly bingo is at the Women’s Institute Hall tomorrow. Eyes down at 7.30pm.

Saracen’s Head

BINGO was held in the village hall on February 4 when a good crowd attended. A new snowball was started. Bingo evenings are held on the first and third Wednesday of each month. New players welcome.

SEVENTY people attended the race night in the village hall on February 7. Darren Peall was MC and a 28-prize raffle raised £163. Thanks to everyone who sponsored the races and horses, donated prizes and helped in any way. Special thanks to Gill and Nev Ward who organised the event. The total profit was £678, which goes to the village upkeep.

A music night with Micky Wright from Norfolk will be held in the village hall on Saturday, March 14. There’s a few tickets left at £6, including a buffet. No bar, bring your own alcohol. For tickets phone 01406 422050.


MIGHTY OAKS and Sunflowers present an evening of clairvoyance with Sheila James, tomorrow at 7.30pm, at the Ivo Day Centre, Albion Street. Admission is £3 on the door. Tea and coffee afterwards. For more information phone 01775 724514.

Spalding and District 
Stamp Club

TEN members attended the first meeting of Spalding and District Stamp Club at its new venue in the Fraiser Room at Surfleet. This was an ‘in house’ meeting where members gave short displays under the title ‘G is for…’. Ian Barclay opened with a selection of envelopes showing stamps of George VI from all parts of the Empire. Next was Frank Wilson with examples of the railway letter stamps from the Great Central Railway, he was followed by Richard Moss with mail sent from Gough Island in the South Atlantic during the Cambridge University survey and mapping project in 1956. Peter Hunt showed a few items from Guernsey and was followed by Joyce Boyer with mail from the Gurgl Valley in Austrian and Mike Caswell completed the first half with stamps from the French colonies of Gabon, Guadeloupe and Guinea. In the second half Tony Boyer put up a German railways calendar as this is his interest, followed by Mike Caswell with mail between Great Britain and India, Richard Moss with mail from the South African weather station on Gough Island in 1957 and Joyce Boyer with mail showing cancellations from the village of Garsten in Austria including the annual Christmas market and special post coach journey. The next meeting is on Tuesday at 7.30pm when the club’s annual competitions will be held followed by a bring and buy session. At the afternoon meeting on March 4 Colin Hepper will be showing part of his collection of Nepal. The March evening meeting is on Tuesday, March 24, when Joyce Boyer will be showing Olympic Games material from Austria – twice hosts for the Winter Games. Meetings are held in the Fraiser Room [next to the church], Gosberton Road, Surfleet. Visitors are welcome at all meetings and for more information contact Joyce Boyer on 01775 762661.

Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding

FOR the Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding, 2015 has started on a high note. During the first few weeks of this year the orchestra has been busy re-donating money which it received from generous audiences at performances in 2014. After refusing to accept donations from small clubs and societies, who were trying to raise money at the orchestra’s concerts for their own worthy projects, a total of at least £1,000, the orchestra still had donations in its bank account of a
further £2,000. This money, after votes from orchestra members, has been shared among four local charities and worthy causes, to the tune of £500 each. This year’s donations have now been presented to St Barnabas Hospice (Spalding), Boston Woods Conservation Trust (Boston), Anna’s Hope (brain tumour charity) and the Garth School (Spalding). Thank you to everyone who has given their generous support during 2014, members hope this will continue. If January
is anything to go by, the total target of £4,000 for 2015 is certainly attainable. In January, the orchestra has performed for North Bretton Friendship Club, Eye Lunchtime Social Club and Pinchbeck Baptist Church. The Pinchbeck evening was in aid of a renovation project at the church, and raised £500 towards its £10,000 target. February promises to be even busier, with bookings for two Women’s Institute groups, a nursing home, a lunch club and a charity fundraising evening organised by the Mayor of Boston. The remainder of the year sees a fully booked diary, with another 52 gigs confirmed, including a free concert in the summer at Ayscoughfee Gardens. Full details of all the public concerts the UOofS will be performing this year are available on the events page on the web site at www.ukuleleorchestraofspalding.co.uk

West Pinchbeck

WEST Pinchbeck Church Ladies meet on Monday in the Village Hall at 7.30pm. Andrew Parsons will be talking about the history of the family business, Bennett’s Butchers. Visitors £2.50, includes refreshments. Contact Helen on 01775 640854.

ENJOY freshly made pancakes and tea/coffee for £1 on Shrove Tuesday, February 17, in the village hall, 4-6.30pm. All proceeds to help maintain the village hall.

A Service of Wholeness and Healing will be held at St Bartholomew’s on Thursday, February 19, at 10am, during Thirsty on a Thursday, when the church is open 9.30-11am for anyone to drop in. This is a new venture, and the service could be held on the third Thursday each month. All welcome. Tea/coffee provided.

A Lent House Group in West Pinchbeck will be held every Tuesday during Lent, starting on February 24 at 2pm. Venue to be confirmed. For details contact the vicar on 01775 725698.

Whaplode Drove

LUNCHES served in the Church Room on Saturday were enjoyed by all who came. Jacket potatoes, with a variety of fillings, or sandwiches, followed by home-made desserts quickly sold out and

£281 was raised . Next session is on March 7, 11am-2pm.

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