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A jumble sale is planned for Saturday, March 14, 1pm onwards, in the village hall. Any items you would like to donate can be taken to the hall on the morning of the sale between 8am and 11am. Admission is 20p and the event is in aid of the village hall. For more details phone Amy Johnson on 01775 821898.


WHIST drive winners on February 11 were Mrs L Wyer, Mrs C Kane, Mrs B Hall, Mr T Kane, Mrs L Lord, Mr A White; partner, Mrs L Lord and Mr E Wyer, Mrs R Hull and Mr B Bothamley; donkey derby, Mr E King. Raffle winners were Mr N Sharpe, Mr W Moore and Mrs M Houldershaw.

SOLO winners on February 10 were Lyn Wyer, Barbara Hall, Jane Pearson; lucky score, Lavinia Lord; donkey derby, Mary Jennings, Rita Harris, Benny Crampton. Raffle winners were Barbara Hall and Jean Thompson.

Gedney Dyke

SOCIAL night for the young at heart is held every Friday in the village hall.

Doors open at 7pm and close at 11pm. There’s darts, pool table, carpet bowls, licensed bar, all making for a relaxed and friendly, fun night. Come along and enjoy the activities or just have a drink and socialise. Contact Dott or Rick on 01406 362064 for more information.

ADVANCED line dancing is held every Thursday, 10am, in the village hall.

Contact Mary on 01406 362782 for further information.


GOSBERTON Baptist Open Book Series, which was advertised for this Saturday, has been postponed to a later date, so there will not be a meeting at the church on this day. For information on a new date contact 01775 840693.

THERE is a Messy Church in the church hall tomorrow, 3.30pm to 6pm. The theme is ‘Jesus in the Temple’ and the meeting includes craft work, singing, stories and a meal. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Free admission, but donations towards food and craft materials are welcome.

THE Lightships book is now released. This is about church art and community in the Lincolnshire Fens with 135 pages of photos, quotes from local people and local history, and good value at £5. Available from the Gosberton vicarage.

THE parish magazine costs 50p per quarterly edition. To obtain a copy on a regular basis in the Gosberton area, contact Ray Lindley on 01775 841092. For Quadring and Clough and Risegate get in touch with the editor Annie Weatherly-Barton on 01775 840693, who would also be pleased to receive an article, advert or item for publication in the magazine.

FRIENDS of Gosberton House School, following Easter, are to start a new community group to provide social events for the community of the school. Mrs Howitt and Mrs Halden will be contacting parents and visiting local areas to find out who would like to get together to raise awareness as well as funds for the children.

GOSBERTON Baptist Fun and Fellowship on a Friday is on February 27 at the Risegate home of Des and Rene Curtis. It starts at 2pm through to 4pm and members enjoy playing Scrabble and other table games together with coffee and cakes. All welcome.

GOSBERTON Baptists had a get together following the morning worship on Sunday. To celebrate the birthday of member, Des Curtis, Carol Pearson had made a birthday cake, which she served with coffee, helped by Betty Wilson and Rene Curtis.

THERE is a service of favourite hymns and afternoon tea at the Methodist Church on Sunday at 4pm.

‘A crafty surprise’ was the theme of the Ladies Circle meeting on Thursday when Belinda Taylor welcomed Gill Smith who showed members how to make Valentine hearts (lavender bags), decorated with ribbons and buttons. The meeting shared a prayer in memory of Betty Chappell who has recently died. Refreshments were served by Shirley Sandall and Celia Hearth. Next meeting is an open evening and will be a flower demonstration by Wendy Goodliff, on Thursday, March 12, £3 and a raffle.

THERE was good support at the Methodist coffee morning on Saturday. Visitors enjoyed browsing round the many stalls staffed by: bric-a-brac, Kevin and Linda Cooper; raffle, Sue and Alex Richardson; 50/50, Michelle Smith; cake stall, Joyce and Mike Smith and Lisa Hearth; tombola, Doris and Terry Belton; pink and red stall, Dot Prutton and Celia Hearth; lucky square, Claire Hearth; refreshments, Eileen Thorold, Shirley Sandall, Belinda Taylor, Nicola Taylor. Proceeds were for the forthcoming flower festival expenses.

Gosberton Clough and Risegate

STUDENTS from the Gosberton Clough and Risegate Primary School had a fantastic day recently, when they all enthusiastically took part in ‘Mad Scientist Day’. They baked body bits cupcakes and made gruesome goo; played guess the body parts; made fake blood and tried lots of explosive experiments. To coincide with the World Book Day the Clough and Risegate primary school will be staging a book fair. On February 26, the Willow Class will be going to the Key Theatre at Peterborough to watch a West End production of ‘Dinosaur Zoo’ as part of their dinosaur topic which they are doing this term.

ST Gilbert and St Hugh’s Church has a Lincolnshire evening on Friday, February 27, in the church hall, 6.30pm for 7pm. Lincolnshire food, followed by a talk on ‘Remembering Spalding as it was’ by David Turner. Tickets are now on sale from Sandra Thompson on 01775 750370 or Jane Tidswell, Sue Murphy or Sally Spridgen.


ALL Saints’ Church has a family workshop today, 10am-noon. “The Good Shepherd” will feature games, crafts, songs to explore what the Bible has to say about Jesus, the Good Shepherd. Contact the Rev Rosamund Seal 01406 424989 or rosamund.seal@btinternet.com for more information.


THERE will be a cake stall in Long Sutton Church Hall on Saturday, 9am to noon, in aid of funds for Lutton Church. Cakes welcome, and can be given in on the day.


COME for a cream tea and enjoy Macel’s garden on Sunday, March 1, 1.30-4pm, at 20 Cherry Holt Lane. Cost is £2.50 inclusive. There will be a raffle and cake stall. Proceeds for St Mary’s Church flower fund.


SPALDING Gentlemen’s Society lecture tomorrow is ‘Barnack stone and the medieval Fenland economy’, with Professor Michael Chisholm. Stone from the Barnack quarries was the preferred material for monastic and church construction throughout the Fens of south Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire and Norfolk, the stone reaching as far as, and even beyond, King’s Lynn, Bury St Edmund and Cambridge. It is widely believed that stone was carted from Barnack some six or seven miles south to the river Nene and thence by barge. The alternative, northwards to the Welland, less than two miles from Barnack, has been almost completely ignored. It will be shown that the latter route is almost certainly the one taken by most of the stone. The key fact that has been largely overlooked is that Crowland, on the Welland, was connected to a branch of the Nene and thereby to the whole of the Fens. This fact in turn links to new evidence about hydraulic engineering in late Saxon times and hence to the ‘map’ of navigable waterways. With the Black Death in the mid 14th century, ecclesiastical building came to a virtual halt. In any case, the Barnack quarries were nearing exhaustion. How far was the decline of stone transport a factor leading to the decline of the waterways, evident in the 15th century and later?

The lecture takes place at Spalding Grammar School at 8pm. Admission is £2.

SPALDING Lions will be holding its annual race and supper night at the South Holland Centre on Friday, February 27. First race is at 7.30pm. A bangers and mash supper will be served. Tickets are £8.50 and can be obtained from Andrew Inkley at Inkley’s gents’ outfitters, The Crescent, Spalding or Lion, Eileen Robson on 07711 095686.

SPALDING East Townswomen’s Guild met recently at the Gleed Academy Library. Birthday greetings were given to Sheila Stewart and Elaine Winch. The next luncheon club meeting was due to be held at the Sunshine Cafe. Speaker, Richard Austin, and his wife, talked about the woods started by the owner of Downtown and Oldrids. Many members did not know about the woods and Mr Austin invited them to visit and said how nice they looked in June when the wild flowers were out. Competition winners were Val Wright and Margaret Woolsey. Members were reminded that subs are due. The next meeting will be on Tuesday at 7pm and the speaker will be David Turner from Hills, and the competition is for a cuddly toy. New members are always welcome.

Sutton St James

WE incorrectly reported in Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press that a gift and craft fair was due to be held in the village hall this Sunday. The fair did in fact take place on Sunday, February 15, and we apologise for this error.

Weston Hills

SHORT mat bowls takes place in the village hall on Wednesdays 2-4pm and Thursdays 7-10pm. For more information phone 01406 380126.


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