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From Bicker to Whaplode Drove


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.


CROWLAND Wildlife Group presents an evening with Tony Boughen tomorrow at Crowland Library, at 7,30pm. Tony is a RHS speaker and published photographer who will explain ‘how to take better photographs of our gardens and other flora’. He will bring a selection of photographic equipment to demonstrate his techniques. Members and children free entry, non members £3 on the door. There will be refreshments and a raffle to round off the evening. For more information phone 01733 210680.


COFFEE and Chat at the church hall on Saturday, 10am-noon, will give everyone the chance to see the newly refurbished hall. On Sunday a Mothering Sunday Service at St Mary and the Holy Rood Church is at 9.30am.


ST Peter and St Paul’s Church was the venue for the Women’s World Day of Prayer service for Gosberton Churches Together and the Glen Group. The 2015 service was written by the Christian women of the Bahamas and leader Janet Bettinson, after welcoming the congregation, gave a brief resume of the World Day of Prayer committee of The Bahamas. Members of the Gosberton and Glen Group of churches who took part in the service were Molly Gay, Nancy Kinnersley, Maureen May, Rene Curtis, Lorna Webb, the Rev Ian and Pat Walters, Debbie Reynolds, Alma Weeks, Ruth Scrivener, Maureen Underwood, Hope Wells, Ann Rayner, Jean Thompson. Organist was Graham Haresign. Offertory stewards were Pam Portas and Ellen Newman. Mrs Bettinson thanked Mr Walters for hosting the service, Mr Haresign for playing the organ and those who supplied refreshments. A bring and buy stall was staffed by Phyllis Baxter and the refreshments were provided and served by Pat Walters and Debbie Reynolds.

THE chairs in the church hall need replacing and a request has gone out for people to help with the appeal

DON’T forget the Gosberton Ladies Circle flower arranging demonstration in the Methodist Church today at 7.30pm. It is an open evening costing £3 and the demonstration is by Wendy Goodliff.

Gosberton Clough and Risegate

MESSY Church was held at the Clough Methodist Church on Friday. Theme was ‘Reflection of ourselves and God and how we treat one another’. The young people painted a beautiful glass Easter window. They made masks and name badges and sang two songs with actions, finishing the meeting with pasta, hot dogs, cake and jelly. At the request of the children there will be a Messy Church in the Clough on Good Friday from 10.30am to 12.30pm

A musical evening at the Gosberton Clough Centenary Methodist Church attracted a large number of people on Saturday. Ken Templeman welcomed everyone. The minister, the Rev David Curran presided over the evening leading opening prayers. Organ recitals were given by Graham Haresign and organ and piano duets by Graham Haresign and Jane Brigginshaw. Poems were by Jane MacFarlane and Pauline Bingham and a reading was given by Nigel Fear. Eileen Thorold and Shirley Sandall sang two duets, accompanied on piano by Graham Haresign. The audience joined in a sing along of hymns and gospel songs, accompanied on organ by Graham Haresign and piano by Jane Brigginshaw. Collection stewards were Ray Gillett and Nigel Fear.

All enjoyed a lovely buffet supper prepared by church members.


OASIS Club meets on Saturday in All Saints’ Church at 10am when preparations will be made for Mothering Sunday. If you have a primary school age child who would be interested contact Gill Graper on 01406 423803 or email gill.graper@googlemail.com

MONTHLY bingo, for the Callum Pite Smile Charity, Holbeach Primary Academy and Boston and South Lincs Merchant Navy Association, will be on Monday at the Women’s Institute Hall, Holbeach. Eyes down 7.30pm. Last time £50 was given to each charity. All welcome. More information available from Brenda on 01406365279.


ON Saturday there will be an Easter workshop for children of all ages in the village hall, from 10 am to 3pm. Refreshments will be provided. Come along and have lots of fun. There will be arts, crafts, baking and singing.
Also the spring fayre will be held in Long Sutton Church Hall on Saturday, March 21, 10am-noon.


MOULTON Ladies have recently presented £500 each to Moulton Community Centre, St Barnabas Hospice, Kidney Patient (Pilgrim Hospital) and Dementia Carers (see picture on right). The money was raised from monthly meetings. An additional £3,200 was raised at a ladies luncheon and a fashion show by Cindy’s, which was given to St Barnabas Hospice and Marie Curie.

Pictured from left: Tim Martin of Moulton Community Centre, Vikki Allen of St Barnasbas Hospice, Pam Stanley presenting on behalf of Moulton Ladies, Eric Ormond of Dementia Carers and Mandy Abbott of Kidney Patient.


JANET Turner, a Women’s Institute advisor for South Lincs Federation was given a warm welcome at the March general meeting of Pinchbeck WI. Retiring secretary Marilyn Tansley dealt with correspondence and gave dates of forthcoming evenings: April 28 to May 4, St Mary’s flower festival; June 2, garden party at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Women’s Institute’s centenary. One member from each institute is allowed to attend and everyone agreed the president Margaret Moyses should represent Pinchbeck; June 24 and 25, Lincolnshire Show. Competition winners for a handmade Mother’s Day card were Barbara Berridge, Laraine Hansard and Carole Pates. Raffle winners were Sandra Greetham, Pauline Killigrew and Su White. After refreshments the annual meeting was held. Jean Bradshaw gave the financial report and secretary Marilyn Tansley and president Margaret Moyses gave their reports. Annual reports were given by group activity leaders. Margaret Moyses is to stay on as president and Jean Bradshaw remains as treasurer while Susan Hensmanwright will be the new secretary. Other committee members are Lesley Bamforth, Trish Harvey, Chris Hesketh, Paulina Roberts and Joan Tywman. A number of other members are to take on ‘specific’ duties. Marilyn Tansley was presented with a gift in appreciation for the work she had done as secretary. While the new committee retired for a meeting members took part in a quiz. Winners were Ann Rayner and Jean Dobson. The next meeting in the village hall is on April 13 at 7.30pm and it will be the birthday meeting. Alan Lambert will be the speaker, his subject, Moulton Mill. The competition is for a piece of craft work depicting a windmill somewhere. Photographs not allowed! Visitors welcome.


ST Margaret’s Church is holding a Mothering Sunday Family Service at 10am. Hymns, readings, prayers and to follow tea coffee, squash and simnel cake and a birthday wish for Jeanne, chocolate cake and candles.


A TALK by Alastair Goodrum on old Spalding 1890-1910, with images loaned by Spalding Gentlemen’s Society, takes place tomorrow in St Mary and St Nicolas Church. Tickets £50 from the parish office on 01775 722772.

West Pinchbeck

ON Sunday you are invited to St Bartholomew’s for the Mothering Sunday Service at 10.30am, and bring your Mum along with you! This will be an All Age Service and there will be an opportunity to get a bunch of flowers to give to your mother. Refreshments after the service. Everyone welcome.

WEST Pinchbeck Church Ladies meet on Monday at 7.30pm in the village hall to hear Marion Sandhu talk about the work of the street pastors in Spalding. This is an open meeting and everyone is welcome to go along to find out what is involved with this venture. Visitors £2.50, including refreshments.

Whaplode Drove

PRESIDENT Mavis Stancer welcomed members to the annual Women’s Institute meeting. Birthday greetings were given to Jackie Driver and Liz Rosier. After deliberations the committee were re-elected and the president agreed to continue. Jane Sivers gave a vote of thanks on behalf of the members to the president. Competition winners for the year were Linda Wapples, Carol Shutt, Jean Cottam, Mavis Stancer, Carol Danielle and Sandra Allen. Next year’s programme was outlined and approved. Mavis Stancer thanked the officers and members and is looking forward to another enjoyable year. A delicious cheese and wine supper was enjoyed.

LUNCHES on March 7 in the Church Room were a success socially as well as financially and a total of £320 was raised. Thanks to all who attended and worked so hard to make them such a good occasion.