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IT is in the best interest of the residents of Gedney Dyke to attend the Parish Council meeting at the Victory Hall on Tuesday at 7pm when a discussion will be held regarding the future of the football and play area which became the Queen Mother Memorial Garden. The council needs to know what the residents want it used for, residents do not have to have a united front just give an opinion on what they consider their need of a public amenity is. The parish council will be discussing selling this field and using the money to fund a play area at Gedney, close to Long Sutton, which has play areas.

A FUN time was had by all at the village hall on Sunday. People came from as far away as Kendal to enjoy the Country and Comedy Show organised by Mary Garret and Eddie Sutton. Country singers Merv and Maria (father and daughter) had everyone clapping hands and singing along whilst Nigel Boy Syer had them holding their sides with laughter as well as singing superbly. All profits went to the village hall to assist with the ongoing fund raising to replace the hall chairs. Mary and Eddie are arranging another event on October 25. Tickets are £10, including unlimited tea and coffee and a light buffet. The village bar will also be open. Contact Mary on 01406 362782 for further information.

The village hall is enjoying a new lease of life with many new events, activities and classes. Further details are available on the website www.gedneydykevillagehall.com


EVENSONG is cancelled this Sunday at Holy Trinity Church.


THE Methodist Thursday pop-in for coffee re-opens, following a winter break, today 9.30-11am. All welcome.

WOMEN’S World Day of Prayer Service for Gosberton Churches Together and Glen Group takes place tomorrow in St Peter and St Paul’s Church at 2pm. There will be a bring and buy stall and refreshments will be served.

Confirmation preparation for all ages, adults and children, is beginning now. Anyone interested should contact the Rev Ian Walters on 01775 850694.

GOSBERTON and District Community Action Team (GCAT) have had two preliminary meetings with a good turn-out of people. Anyone may attend these meetings and if they wish sign up for the action committee which will listen to those who have ideas and projects that would in some way benefit the community. GCAT will be a ‘community interest company’. One of its first projects is to invest in replacing or renovating the children’s play equipment in the corner of the playing field. Another project is to support the parish council in its securing of the future of the county council owned portion of the field. The team is also prepared to help with projects in neighbouring villages. Once formed it can be a hub to bring people together to support one another. If anyone out there would like to know more then email info@gosberton.org or phone 01775 840694.

THE next film show at the Baptist Church is on Monday, March 16, at 2pm. Cost of £2 includes a tea.


BRIAN Tidswell welcomed 75 people who sat down to St Gilbert and St Hugh’s Lincolnshire evening. Grace was said by the Rev Ian Walters. Sandra Thompson organised the selling of the tickets for the meal which consisted of Lincolnshire food (i.e. chine, haslet, ham, jacket potato, fruit pie and trifle). Afterwards David Turner spoke on his own aspects of Spalding, of Hill’s retailers and how it began with his great grandfather in the 1800s, of their different buildings over the years and of the fish and chip shop, and of the history of the building they use today. The catering team was Jane Tidswell, Sally Spridgen, Sue Murphy, Bobby Mowbray with thanks also to Pat Walters, Mary Hammond, Kirsty Berridge and Penny Casswell for the additional pies and trifles, and also to the committee and visitors who took along prizes for the raffle. The raffle was run by Sandra Thompson, assisted by David Spridgen and Peter Berridge. The evening made a massive profit of £750.


HOLBEACH Royal Air Forces Association annual meeting will be held at the United Services Club on Tuesday, at 7.30pm. New members welcome, including non-serving personnel who may become associate members.

WOMEN’S World Day of Prayer Service is being held at the Methodist Church at 2.30pm tomorrow.

ALL Saints’ Church flower festival will be held from April 28 to May 4. As well as flowers it will feature crafts, stalls, concerts, entertainment and refreshments. Contact the Rev Rosamund Seal on 01406 424989.


THANKS to everybody who bought cakes and raffle tickets last Friday helping to raise £240 for Daniel Oldfield to help him go to Sri Lanka for his cricket debut for Lincolnshire under 16s team.


MOULTON Chapel Tuliptime Committee annual fund raising pub quiz is on Sunday, March 22, at 7pm at the Jolly Farmer Pub, courtesy of the landlord and lady. Entry is for teams of up to six. Entry fee is £2.50 per person. The event was very well attended last year so booking is advisable, either direct with the pub on 01406 380 042 or Tuliptime Committee on 01406 380551 or email mail@tulipland.co.uk for further details.

THE search is on to find the village’s Tuliptime Queen, Prince and Princess who will ride on a decorated float leading the 36th village parade celebration on Sunday, May 3. Entrants must be in the age categories: queen 11 plus years, prince six plus years and princess six-ten years. The winners will receive various commemorative prizes and gift vouchers. All entrants will receive a gift to take away. The judging and crowning of the three will take place at the community centre on Thursday, March 26, at 6.30pm. Moulton Chapel residents, poet and writer Benjamin Zephaniah and village children’s author Anna Mandell, have kindly agreed to judge the competition. To obtain any further details email mail@tulipland.co.uk with your questions.


WOMEN’S World Day of Prayer is tomorrow at Gosberton Church at 2pm. A combined Pop-In and Lent lunch will be held on Saturday in the church hall, noon to 1.15pm.

MOTHERS’ Union meet on Thursday, March 12, at 7.30pm in the church hall. Speaker is Lesley Pemberton talking on First World War poetry. All are welcome to attend any of the above events.


A TALK by Alastair Goodrum on ‘Old Spalding 1890-1910’, with images kindly loaned by Spalding Gentlemen’s Society, is on Wednesday, March 18, at 7.30pm at St Mary and St Nicolas Church. Doors open at 7pm (bring a cushion!). Tickets are £5 from the Parish Office on 01775 722772.

BROAD Street Methodist Church is hosting a spring fayre on Saturday, 10am to 2pm, with children’s crafts, from 10am to noon. Refreshments, snack lunches, cakes, plants and flowers.

THE local Action Medical Research fund raising committee is holding a charity auction on Saturday, March 21, at Springfields Events Centre. Viewing is from 9am to 10.30am with the auction starting at 10.30am. Around 300 lots will be sold including collectables, books, records, art, furniture, household goods and china. There’s no commission, no VAT, no entry fee. To view items go to www.facebook.com/SpaldingAMRcharityauction


SPALDING Gentlemen’s Society lecture tomorrow is ‘Dinner with a duke – dining at Welbeck 1695–1914 by Philippa Glanville, lecturer and curator. Why did the Duke of Portland’s upper servants drink port from silver tankards? How much beer could female servants drink? Why did the third Duke of Portland as Home Secretary publish a recipe for cooking potatoes? Drawing on the unrivalled and little known collections of porcelain and silver at Welbeck Abbey, old photographs and the rich Portland archives in Nottingham, Philippa Glanville, FSA, will describe how the Dukes of Portland and their servants and guests dined. Rarely seen silver from Welbeck’s famous plate collection, such as late 17th century Dutch silver water fountain, made for William of Orange; the earliest recorded silver wine and sauce labels and the largest group of porcelain ice pails still in private hands will be talked about. Combined with manuscript ‘receipts’ collected by a young duchess, daily lists of food and wine consumed, the letters of a head gardener to the fifth duke, and descriptions of royal visits, this talk is a window into the domestic machine required to keep a pre-eminent family and more than 50 house staff in food and drink, and a taste of how they entertained. Philippa Glanville, former keeper of metalwork at the V&A and a social historian, wrote Elegant Eating (V&A 2002) and The Art of Drink (V&A 2007). As curatorial adviser to the Harley Foundation, she researched and devised the popular Dinner for a Duke exhibition at the Harley Gallery. Copies of the accompanying small book will be available on the evening. The lecture is at Spalding Grammar School, tomorrow at 8pm. Entry £2 on the door.

The Society also presents a lecture on March 20 by Andrew Graham-Dixon – Caravaggio: A life sacred and profane. Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio lived the darkest and most dangerous life of any of the great painters. The worlds of Milan, Rome and Naples through which Caravaggio moved and which Andrew describes brilliantly in this talk, are those of cardinals and whores, prayer and violence. He is one of the leading figures in broadcasting in the UK, having presented several major television series on art for the BBC. He has spent a decade piecing together the scraps of evidence left of Caravaggio’s life and here he answers questions that have long puzzled scholars. The lecture starts at 8pm with doors opening at 7.15pm, at Spalding Grammar School. Tickets are £5 available from South Holland Centre, 01775 764777.


IN addition to the usual three- mile walk on Monday morning (March 9) the Spalding Walking for Health team will be leading a shorter, slower walk of one-and-a-half miles for those who wish to walk with a friendly group, but at a more leisurely pace. Walkers are invited to go along to the upper lounge at Spalding’s South Holland Centre to meet with the leader for a 10.45am start.


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