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Support Group

A new dementia support group is starting on Thursday, March 19, at the Royal British Legion hall, West Street, Long Sutton, and will meet every third Thursday each month, 10am-4pm. Free admission, tea and coffee. All are welcome, especially carers, dementia, stroke victims. Fully supported by Long Sutton Medical Centre but independently funded. Raffle prizes are always welcome. Further details from Joan Woolard 01406 426508 or email joanwoolard38@gmail.com


UNITED Reformed Church, Easter coffee morning is in the church schoolroom on Saturday, 10-11.30am, tombola and Easter egg raffle.

Deeping St James

ELIZABETH Inman gave an interesting and informative talk about Burghley Horse Trials, illustrated with slides, to members of the Women’s Institute. She told them that she, the event director, and eight others put together the event each year. Elizabeth told how young children start their early equestrian eventing by belonging to a Pony Club. Burghley Horse Trials have been running since 1961 and is now one of six four star events in the world and the longest continuous running event. The three day event consists of the dressage, cross-country and show jumping, all with their own specialities, with the opportunity of winning in excess of £60,000. There are three main income sources for the event, the gate, trade stands and sponsorship. There are 600 plus exhibitors, so shopping is often one of the main reasons for visiting the event. In 2014 the estimated turnover was £12m. Elizabeth finished her talk with slides of the 2008 trials, when everywhere was very muddy due to the rainy weather and they thought they would have to cancel. However, the event took place due to help in all areas, much of it from volunteers, and they received countless letters of praise on how they had coped. Elizabeth’s talk made members realise that although the trials only last three days, her job is a very high pressured one lasting all year round. The competition for ‘An item for a Burghley picnic’ was won by Heather Bumfrey. Social Group coffee mornings will be held on the second Friday of every month at 10.30am at The Stage. The next one will be on Friday. Next month it will be the annual meeting, taking place on March 26 at the church hall at 7.30pm.


A well supported audience attended the last of the current series of monthly meetings of the Fenland Flywheelers held in the United Services Club in Holbeach. Being the last event, this was a ‘memorabilia night’ when regular patrons took along their artefacts relating to their hobbies or pastimes. They were on hand to talk about their various interests that ranged from hand built scale model farm machinery to collections of old farming products and rural mementoes to transport books and rare manuals to photographs of current farming machinery and the people who operate them. This latest season has been very eventful and has gathered even more people to attend and the next season will start on the first Wednesday in October to run for six months. More details of the events will be made available nearer the time. Anybody wishing to attend these meetings as a patron are welcome, or as a guest speaker on any subject matter is always considered and not focused entirely on farming. Further information is available from Darren Hughes on 07941 471802.

Gedney Dyke

THE newly formed art group meets every Monday, 7-9pm in the Village hall. Weekly fee £3 including refreshments. There are a few spaces left. Experienced and inexperienced welcome to join. Further information from Maxine (07549 777049).

FUN quiz night is in the village hall on Saturday, March 28. Entry is £2 per person, maximum six per team. Start time 7.30pm. Bar open. Any queries to Sue (01406 364151).

BINGO is tomorrow in the village hall. All cash games including snowball, cash pot, raffle and refreshments. Eyes down 7.30pm, doors open at 7pm.

THERE’S still spaces left for the craft Fayre in the village hall on Sunday, March 22, at £5 per table. Free entry to members of the public. There will be a cake stall selling delicious hand made cakes, raffle and children’s stall where they can join in decorating various items. Contact Jo on 07932 155928 or visit the website at www.gedneydykevillagehall.com

Gedney Hill

A special Mother’s Day Service will be held in Holy Trinity Church on Sunday, 9.30-10.15am. Refreshments after the service and flowers for mothers.


GOSBERTON village has a club for over 55s which meets for a couple of hours every fortnight. It takes place in the Public Hall on alternative Tuesdays between 1.45pm and 4.15pm and plays bingo, has a raffle and an auction of local produce, groceries and lots of different goodies, proceeds from which go in to club funds to pay towards the hiring of the premises, meals and outings. There is a small annual fee and a small charge for tea and coffee and biscuits. It has a good programme of outings for the coming year for both members and friends of the club - providing there are seats available on the coach. Anyone interested in joining the club may contact the chairman, Eddie Edwards on 01775 841136 and those interested in the outings should contact Chris Edwards on the same phone number. A seat on the coach for friends of the club is only £12 regardless of the destination, and the coach will pick up at various points in the village.

THURSDAY craft club meets in the church hall every week between 10am and noon. It is a self help group with a weekly cost of £3 which includes tea, coffee and biscuits. New members welcome.

GOSBERTON Baptist film show is on Monday at 2pm. The films will include shots of Gooderstone Water Gardens; the Quadring parachute jump; Birmingham Christmas market; the last flower parade and the first Tulipmania; Doncaster and Bridlington. Cost of £2 includes a tea.

THURSDAY pop-in at the Methodist Church in Salem Street, re-opened after a winter break on Thursday and will be open each Thursday from 9.30am to 11am.

YOUTH Club annual meeting was held. The chairman gave his report, which highlighted the continued maintenance work that has been carried out on the building, this includes re-pointing, guttering repairs, replacing joists and flooring and asbestos removal. He also explained how difficult it has been trying to employ a youth worker to run the club. This was on going and there are a few applications in the pipeline for assistant youth workers to help supervise, but none for a trained youth worker. The trustees have advertised far and wide and will continue to do so. The sports hall repairs will cost £9,000 and will be paid for by grants; there is currently £3,545 of grants towards this. The treasurer reported that the bank account was quite healthy but that no further maintenance would be carried out until the sports hall had been repaired. The treasurer wanted to hold back funds in case some of the grants applied for were not forthcoming; the youth club could then put extra towards the repairs. The trustees elected to serve as officers were the Rev Ian Walters as chairman, Geoff Reynolds as treasurer and Debbie Reynolds as secretary. These appointments were agreed by all present. No date for re-opening the club was decided although there will be some fund raising activities that will be publicised in due course.

ANNUAL parish meeting preceded the parish council meeting. A minute’s silence was held in memory of the late Amanda Puttick who, as a district councillor, had been involved in the parish for several years. Included in the annual meeting was the chairman’s annual report which covered some of the many issues that the parish council had been involved in during the last 12 months. A resident who attended the open forum wished to know if there was any further news on Gosberton Playing Field. The parish council confirmed there were ongoing negotiations with Lincolnshire County Council and an offer was being made to purchase the portion of the playing field presently owned by Lincolnshire County Council and that a land agent had been appointed to act for the parish council. It was felt that whilst this would be unlikely to reach a speedy conclusion, that the initial steps were positive. During the PC meeting, the quotations were discussed to put in more cremation plots, and a quote was accepted and instructions are to be given for a further four block of plots to be erected. District Councillor King had been able to agree to use some of her budget to pay for the cost of the bin which has been located next to the jubilee seat. She felt this was appropriate as both herself and District Councillor Clark had contributed towards the cost of the jubilee bench. The PC was pleased with this. Parish Council is still in contact with Royal Mail regarding the issues of the post boxes in Gosberton Risegate and they have asked if the PC could suggest a suitable location which is not on private land to site a box. This is something that the PC is looking into. Couns Smith and Pell had attended the most recent meeting for the Community Interest Group that the Rev Ian Walters is in the process of setting up and they reported they believe that the group may now look to focus on some smaller projects/fundraising. Highways had completed their annual visit in January and the report included: standing water at Five Bells corner has been investigated and an order has been raised for the works which should help the situation under normal rainfall conditions. They will also organise work so that the access kerbs in front of the butcher’s shop are raised to ease the water situation. The keep left sign/bollard at Five Bells corner was discussed, and highways are content with the signage and they will not revisit the area. Sites that have been identified for the next financial year’s surface dressing programme are First Drove, Gosberton Bank and Highbridge Lane. Westhorpe Road has been identified for footway flurry sealing. Clerk advised that South Holland District Council had confirmed the notice of election will be published on March 30 and the nominations have to be received at the election office at South Holland District Council from March 30 to April 9. The office will be open 10am-4pm. There have been reports of increased dog fouling on the footpaths in Salem Street, Risegate Road and Lowgate Lane.

Long Sutton

BAPTIST Church lunches will be served on Friday, 11.30am-1.30pm, all welcome.


JUMBLE sale is on Saturday, 10am-noon, at the Baptist Church, Knight Street. Admission 20p, refreshments available.

VILLAGE hall annual meeting is on March 24 at 7.30pm at the hall. Everyone is welcome - go along to see how far the refurbishment has progressed. For more information phone 01775 769220.

COFFEE mornings are held on the third Wednesday of every month in the village hall, Knight Street, 10am-noon. Tea or coffee with biscuit,cakes and raffle. Go along and meet up with friends or make new contact. For more information phone 01775 769220.


MIGHTY Oaks and Sunflowers present an evening of clairvoyance with Carl Parker, on Friday, 7.30pm, at the Ivo Day Centre, Albion Street. £3 on the door with tea and coffee afterwards. For further details phone 01775 724514.

Ukulele Orchestra

THE Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding has had a busy February. In addition to weekly rehearsals, the group spent one Saturday involved in the annual ukulele workshop, where members were shown different playing styles and also given opportunities to demonstrate their own musical prowess. Members performed five gigs for a variety of enthusiastic audiences. Members began the month playing for a Women’s Institute group at Ivo Day Centre in Spalding, and followed that with a visit to a WI lunchtime gig in Deeping St James. Next on the bill was Florence House Nursing Home, Peterborough, and then a visit to the Paston and Gunthorpe Lunch Club. It’s final performance of the month was at Wyberton Village Hall for the Mayor of Boston’s charity fund raiser evening, with special guests and dignitaries from around the county. Most importantly, during February, the group managed to complete its donations distributions to four local charities/good causes. These were Boston Woodlands Trust, Spalding St Barnabas Hospice, Spalding Garth School and Anna’s Hope brain tumour charity. Each cause received £500. March promises to be equally busy, with gigs booked for Peterborough Salvation Army Social Club, Quadring Senior Citizens’ concert evening, Peterborough Age UK, Spalding Swallows Court residents’ concert and a joint concert with Spalding’s Voices Unplugged Choir in aid of Broad Street Methodist Church renovation scheme. Tickets for this are £6 each including refreshments, they can be purchased on the door, or at Tuesday coffee mornings or by calling 01775 769438.

Welland Seniors’ Forum

THE first open meeting for this year will take place at the United Reformed Church Hall, Pinchbeck Road, Spalding on Tuesday, March 17, 2-4pm. Speakers will be Jayne Thomas of the Health and Wellbeing Group and Val Duncan the community champion from Morrisons supermarket. Refreshments will be available and a raffle will be held. Any over 55s are always welcome. The next quiz evening will be on Friday, April 24, to help with forum costs. For any more information phone the chairman on 01775 711427.

St Catherine

A very successful psychic evening took place recently in the Memorial Hall, and last week saw probably the best attended bingo since this popular monthly feature was started. Next up is the lunch club (at last) which starts on Sunday, opens noon, serving from 1pm to 3pm. Choice of meats (or veggie by booking), two desserts, plus all the trimmings, £7.50 (children half price). Please book on 01406 540733.