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Cactus Society

SPALDING Cactus Society meet this month on Friday, 7pm for 7.30pm start, at Weston Village Hall, Small Drove, PE12 6HU (near Baytree Garden Centre). Trevor Wray will be talking about his Andean adventures and the interesting cacti growing in that part of the world. There will be plants for sale, a raffle and refreshments. Just turn up, organisers will be pleased to see you.


COWBIT Ladies Club will meet in the village hall tomorrow at 7.30pm for a talk and presentation by Alan of A P Travel. Members and non-members welcome, refreshments will be served. Please contact Val Day for further information.


CROWLAND Wildlife Group presents an evening with Mr Tony Boughen at Crowland Library tomorrow at 7.30pm. We apologise for reporting in Thursday’s Spalding Guardian that this event was taking place last Friday.

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, refreshments and a raffle to round off the evening. For information phone 01733 210680.

Deeping St James

DUE to the absence of the secretary and treasurer the Priory Church Ladies Fellowship meeting on March 5 had to be re-arranged. The chairman Margaret Flegg advised members that the AGM would take Thursday at 7pm. Following business there was a demonstration of spring flowers by Jackie O’Hare, who showed members how to get the best results from flowers bought from a supermarket. One of the arrangements was given to Pat Abel for her birthday and others were won by members in the raffle. Names were added to the list for the fundraising lunch on March 27.


BEETLE drive will be in the church hall on Friday, March 27, at 7pm. A fun night out for all the family. Children £1, adults £2 to include tea and biscuit.

BINGO at the Ruby Hunt Centre is on Friday at 7.30pm.

SUNDAY lunch will be served at the church hall on Sunday. Bookings to Jane Stanley on 01775 821515.

THERE is no service at Donington Church on Sunday, March 29, this will be at 9.30am at Sutterton.

GOOD Friday (April 3) service at Donington is at 2pm and Easter Sunday service at Donington at 9.15am. Please note service times as they are different from the usual ones.

SOLO winners on March 3 were Jane Pearson, Marion Robinson, Benny Crampton; lucky score, Lavinia Lord; donkey derby, Richard Pearson. Raffle winners were Jean Thompson and Brian Robinson.

WHIST drive winners on March 4 were Mrs J Thompson, Mr R Lenton, Mr A Heppinstall, Mrs L Wyer, Mrs R Hull, Mrs L Lord, Mr B Bothamley; partner, Mrs M Houldershaw and Mr A White, Mrs J Thompson and Mrs L Wyer; donkey derby, Mrs R Hull. Raffle winners were Mr W Moore, Mrs R Hull, Mr A White.

Gedney Dyke

SPACES are still available for the craft fair in the village hall on Sunday. For further information contact Jo on 07932 155928

THERE will be a clairvoyant evening with Barbara Price, spiritual medium and healer, in the village hall on April 11, at 7pm. Tickets are £10 with proceeds to the village Hall. Contact Shirley for tickets on 01406 365209.

BINGO is on Thursday in the village hall. There will be cash and prize games, usual snowball and cash pot games includes an Easter egg raffle. Doors open 6.30pm, eyes down 7.30pm.


CHAIRMAN, Eddie Edwards, welcomed everyone to the Good Companion’s Club on Tuesday afternoon. It was especially nice to see Les Stephenson back and also to learn that another member is home from hospital. Bryan Waters was caller for bingo, assisted by Mary Mayfield and Chris Edwards. Tea and coffee was made by Chris Edwards and Mary Mayfield, helped by Maxine Dobney, Joyce Grantham, Linda Rookard and Dorothy Gillett. Mr Waters ran the auction with Maxine Dobney and Chris Edwards as the runners. New members are always welcome to join the club. The next meeting is on Tuesday, March 24, 1.45pm to 4.15pm.

MESSY Church will be held in the church hall on Friday, 3.30-6pm. The theme for this month is ‘Unfrozen’ and will consist of crafts, stories, singing and a meal. Free admission, but donations towards the costs are welcome.

AFTER Easter a new community group will be forming to provide social events for the community of Gosberton House School. Mrs Howitt and Mrs Halden will be contacting parents and visiting local areas to find out who would like to get together and raise awareness as well as funds for the children’s benefit.

THANKS are given to all those who leave groceries at the doors of the Baptist church for the food bank  The Baptists are a collecting point for the Agape Food Bank and items are then taken to Spalding.

THANKS are also expressed to all who collect newspapers to raise funds for St Peter and St Paul’s Church. The church porch is open from 9am to 4pm for anyone to leave the papers. It needs as much bulk as possible to try and equal the previous year’s total. Thanks are also expressed to all the invisible workers who help behind the scenes. Collections are every three weeks. Main organisers are Hilary Burt (01775 840802), Mike Hammond and Ray Lindley.

Gosberton Clough and Risegate

ST Gilbert and St Hugh’s Church has a message to all those who grow plants from seeds or take cuttings. If they have a surplus and would like to donate them to Friends of St Gilbert and St Hugh’s they can then be sold to raise money for the church. Plants need to be labelled. If you can help, please contact Barbara Berridge on 01775 714918 or email lambarmi2@tiscali.co.uk

THE Friends of St Gilbert and St Hugh’s are hoping to compile a book of memories of local residents to raise money for the church. If anyone has anything to contribute, it can be memories of sport, the church, the seasons, etc, and they could be sad, happy, funny or memories that are worth sharing. Please send them to Barbara Berridge at 1 Laxton Gardens, Pinchbeck, or email lambarmi2@tiscali.co.uk

ON Thursday, March 26, there is a beetle drive at the Duke of York starting at 7.30pm. Teams of four at £3 per person and there will also be a raffle. Organised by Gosberton Churches Together. Proceeds will be donated to the British Red Cross.

LAST Thursday the PTA at the primary school ran a Mother’s Day shop for children who wished to purchase a gift for their mums.

Long Sutton

A jumble sale is being held at the Baptist church on Friday, 9am-noon.

Moulton Chapel

A fashion show, hosted by Lincs Fashions, is being held at the youth and community centre in Woodgate Road on Thursday, 7pm (show starts 7.30pm). Clothes available are from many high street brands at very reasonable prices, and can be purchased on the evening.

A bingo in aid of Peterborough City Hospital breast cancer unit is on Wednesday, March 25, in the youth and community centre. Doors open 6.30pm for eyes down at 7.30pm. There will be a prize for the best Easter bonnet and a large Easter raffle. Please bring a prize for the next bingo. Ring Ann on 01733 210543 for further details.

Parkinson’s UK

SPALDING and District Branch Parkinson’s UK meet at Pinchbeck Village Hall, Knight Street, on Thursday, 10.30am-12.30pm. There will be Mel’s on the Move exercise class and information and support worker from Parkinson’s UK. All welcome .


PINCHBECK Photographic Group presents ‘Cuba’ by Stuart Crump ARPS DPAGB AFIAP. Stunning photography via digital projection about the history and people of Cuba. On Thursday, at Pinchbeck East C of E Primary School Hall, Fennell Road, 7.30pm. Admission £3.50 for non-members.


EVERGREEN Club has just had its bake a cake competition and the winners were Joan Taylor, Rubina Burr and Pru Staples. Bingo was won by Judy Stanley Franks, Joyce Thomson, Edna North, Sheila Williams and Sandra Townsend. Next meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2-4pm. The club is having a quiz afternoon, anyone who would like to join in can go along.


JIM Bailey from Heckington Mill explained to Rippingale and District Women’s Institute members how he became involved with the Windmill Project and how it has grown due to a dedicated group of volunteers. A royal garden party is to be held in June, celebrating the WI centenary; one attendee from each WI will be chosen by lucky dip. The resolution topic passed for this year was ‘Failing to care in long term care’. A visit to Highgrove has been booked. The April meeting will be the annual meeting followed by a ploughman’s supper. For further information contact president, Rebecca on 01778 440411 or email rebeccamain1@yahoo.co.uk


A year-long refurbishment of St John’s Church in Hawthorn Bank, will be marked with a concert by town-based chamber choir Cantemus on Saturday It will be the first event to be held in the church since the major project began. Cantate Domino, a concert of sacred music by the popular and talented choir led by Eric Wayman, will begin at 7.30pm. Composers will include Monteverdi, Purcell, Mendelssohn, Fauré, Ireland, Vaughan Williams, Britten, Tavener and Cecilia MacDowall. David Shepherd will accompany on the organ. Tickets are £10 (students free) and will be available at the door. Last September saw the premiere of the film Shadows of a Stranger, for which Cantemus provided the soundtrack, and in November they helped to raise £4,769 for Marie Curie and Macmillan nurses during the ManiFest week in St Mary and St Nicolas Church, Spalding, with their second concert with their patron, internationally-acclaimed opera singer Lesley Garrett.

SUPER soup lunch with bring and buy is on Friday, March 20, 11.30am to 1.30pm at Broad Street Methodist Church. Donations to Christian Aid. Any enquiries to 01775 762284.

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

MIGHTY Oaks and Sunflowers present an evening of clairvoyance with Ray Kane, on Friday, 7.30pm, at the Ivo Day Centre, Albion Street. £4 on the door with tea and coffee afterwards. The event is in aid of Paws2rescue and Romania Animal Rescue charities. For further details phone 01775 724514.


SURFLEET Ladybirds members had an informative and entertaining evening at their March meeting. They were given a talk entitled ‘From field to plate’ by Mike Harrison. Members were told about the affect of pesticides and GM crops, amongst other things. Everyone was given a potato and an apple and had to guess the amount of pesticides these items had been in contact with. There was a short quiz, the winners being presented with daffodils. Two new members were welcomed. It was agreed to make a donation to this year’s flower festival. At the next meeting, on April 14, the talk is entitled ‘Life as a paramedic’, with speaker Carl Denton. The group has a varied programme for 2015, including a trip on the river in June, various talks throughout the year, a guided walk around Boston in September and a sing-song at Christmas. Visitors are always welcome, why not go along and give the group a try. Membership is £3.50 a year and £1 per meeting. Meetings are on the second Tuesday of the month in the Fraiser Room, next to St Laurence Church, at 7.30pm. For more information about the group call Hannah Avery on 01775 680646 or Heather Girdlestone on 01775 821130.


THERE will be an Easter afternoon tea in the village hall on Thursday, March 26, 2-4pm. Tickets are £3.50 to include tea. Best decorated egg competition, guess the number of sweets in the jar and a raffle. Tickets available from Brenda on 01406 370775.

Whaplode St 

WHAPLODE St Catherine is holding one of its famous quiz nights on Saturday in the Memorial Hall. Doors open 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Good questions, super food and a lovely atmosphere for all. £1.50 per person, teams of up to six. Please book on 01406 540733.

THE psychic fair proposed for March 28 has been cancelled, due to a major event in the area of a similar line.

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