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FAMILY fun is on the cards this Easter with the return of the Deeping Shopping Centre’s Easter Fun Day, with the new addition of a craft and gift market, on Saturday, April 4. The free Easter family attractions will run from 10am until 2pm in the car park located opposite Deeping News, with the craft and gift market running throughout the day. As part of the events, children can get their face painted and play on an exciting fairground ride. There will also be a balloon modeller on hand to give out balloon creations. All for free. Young children will be able to take part in an Easter egg hunt with prizes for every child who can identify all of the eggs hidden in shop windows. The shopping centre will also be running a decorated hard-boiled egg competition which will be free to enter.

The child who arrives at the centre with the best decorated hard-boiled egg will win a children’s Easter hamper. For more information please contact the Deeping Shopping Centre on 01945 584109.


BEETLE drive due to be held this Friday has had to be cancelled.

IF you can help with meeting and greeting in church during the flower festival, April 25 to May 3, or with playing music or helping on a stall, contact Carol on 01775 820248.


THE Baptist Church will be having a Lent Lunch in the Stables Hall on Friday at noon. All welcome, no need to book. Proceeds to Christian Aid.

Gedney Drove End

MONTHLY bingo will take place at the village hall tomorrow. Doors open at 6.30pm with eyes down at 7.30pm.

EASTER event will take place at the village hall on Saturday, April 4, 11am to 4pm. The Easter egg Hunt starts at 1pm.

There will be Easter themed competitions; best decorated egg, best Easter bonnet, best Easter cup cake, best dressed teddy. Entry forms for the competitions are on the website or from Andrea Bennett.

Please contact her for all enquiries on 01406 550771 and return completed entry forms to her by 5.30pm on Friday, April 3.

A DATE for your diary is Wednesday, April 22, at 6pm when a Lincs Fashion Show will be held at the village hall. Tickets may be obtained from Andrea Bennett.

Gedney Dyke

VILLAGE Hall annual meeting is on April 1 at 7.30pm in the hall.

FUN quiz in the village hall is on Saturday. £2 per person entry fee, maximum six per team. Raffle. Start time 7.30pm. Bar will be open. Just turn up and join in the fun.

BINGO on Thursday in the village hall starts at 7.30pm. Doors open 6.30pm.


GOSBERTON Baptist Fun and Fellowship is on Friday, 2-4pm, at the home of Des and Rene Curtis in Gosberton Risegate. All welcome to go along to play Scrabble and other board games, with coffee, tea and cakes. For more information phone Mr and Mrs Curtis on 01775 840945.

BOTH members and non members are invited to attend the annual meeting of Gosberton Bowls and Snooker Club on Wednesday, April 1, at 7pm in the club room at the back of the Public Hall.

A large audience filled the Baptist Church for a film show on Monday afternoon, watching films of Doncaster, Bridlington, Gooderstone Water Gardens, the Quadring parachute jump, Birmingham Christmas market, the last flower parade and the first Tulipmania. Sandwiches for the tea were supplied by Betty Wilson and the cakes and popcorn by Phyllis Baxter. Two members celebrating birthdays cut a birthday cake. Marlene Twelftree took a large box of chocolates, and following the meal all attending were served with birthday cake and chocolates. Helpers were Gill Adlard, Marlene Twelftree, Jenny Waterfall, Phyllis Baxter, Maurice Adlard, David Twelftree, Ivan Fox and the Rev Steve Weatherly-Barton.

GOSBERTON Churches Together are having a March of Witness on Good Friday starting from the Baptist Church at 10.30am finishing at approximately noon at the parish church hall for refreshments.

THERE will be a police surgery in the church hall on April 15, 10am-noon.

Gosberton Clough and Risegate

THE Duke of York has a beetle drive on Thursday at 7.30pm. Teams of four. Cost is £3 with proceeds for the British Red Cross. There will be a raffle.

MAUNDY meal and Holy communion will be held at the Risegate Methodist Church on April 2 starting at 7pm. Following the Churches Together March of Witness on Good Friday, a service of the cross will take place at St Gilbert and St Hugh’s Church at 2pm. It is a service of prayers and readings recalling the final hours up to the crucifixion.


MEGA bingo is on Saturday in the Women’s Institute Hall, Park Road. Doors open at 1pm for eyes down at 2pm. For more information phone 01406 425947.

HOLBEACH Royal Air Forces Association bi-monthly meeting was held on March 10 at the United Services Club. The chairman opened the meeting and welcomed everyone and Mr G Ramsden read the dedication. A minute’s silence was held for recently deceased members Mr R Sellens and Mrs E Davidson. A talk on the activities of Holbeach ATC Squadron was given by commanding officer Flt Lt Simon Rodgers, who said that they had a waiting list of people wanting to join but at present were at capacity due to the small premises. A larger building would answer this problem as they were well staffed to cope with more cadets. The AGM followed and officers elected were Mr F Sauntson president, B Storey chairman, F Calcutt vice chairman, G Ramsden treasurer, Sqd Ldr C Laurence secretary. The next meeting will be at 7.30pm on May 5 at the United Services Club.

Long Sutton

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

WOMEN’S Institute held its monthly meeting last Tuesday at the Conservative Club. A cheese tasting evening and a quiz were enjoyed by members and guests, tea and coffee were also served and a raffle drawn. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 21, when there will be a talk by Stuart Gibbon on safety in the home. Nominations will also be taken for the new committee.

ON Thursday there will be a coffee morning with various stalls and a visit from Edinburgh Wool Mill with spring fashions. This is being held in the Conservative Club, 10am-noon. Everyone welcome.

Moulton Seas End

MOULTON Seas End Village Hall Management Committee has been successful in an application for £7,980 from the National Lottery’s “Awards For All” scheme. The money will be used to replace the 14 old, damaged, arched windows with hardwood framed double-glazed windows. The manufacture and installation will be carried out by local firm, Old Forge Woodturners. Forthcoming events at the village hall include the annual meeting on April 7; Retrospek and barbecue on June 20 and fashion show on July 23.


ROYAL Air Forces Association, Spalding branch, annual meeting is on Monday, March 30, at 84 Woolram Wygate, Spalding. New members welcome.

CONCERT by Voices Unplugged and the Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding takes place on Saturday, 7pm, at Broad Street Methodist Church. Tickets £6, includes light refreshments. Phone 01775 769438 for further information. Proceeds to Church Vision21 Project.

SOUTH Holland Local History Group met on Friday at 7.30pm in St John’s Church lounge, Hawthorn Bank. Speaker will be Jill Collinge, who will give a talk with slides on curios and curiosities of the county. Jill is a Blue Badge Guide and able lecturer. Admission is £2, refreshments 50p. All welcome.

AT the February meeting of the Probus Club of Spalding, the president, Peter Nicholson, welcomed 62 members and the speaker, Ray Nicholson. He also welcomed David Smith who had come with Probian David Wright. The meeting was held as usual in the function room at the South Holland Centre. Grace was said by Andy Wardman, followed by the luncheon. The loyal toast was proposed by the president and the Probian toast by Albert Leonard. The president said there were forms issued for completion by members for future steward duties and Grace and Probian toasts. An entry form was circulated for members to enter the annual indoor bowls event organised by Peter Godding. The match is on Wednesday, April 8, at the Castle Sports Complex. Speaker, Ray Nicholson, had kindly volunteered to stand in for the scheduled speaker at the last minute. Members were rewarded with an interesting insight into the development and activities of the local Fenland Airport. It was probably enhanced by the fact that Ray was operating as airport controller which meant that his descriptions of the activities were extremely well informed. The club is open to retired professional and businessmen, and further details can be obtained by contacting Brian Geary on bgeary@sky.com or 01775714099.

MONTHLY meeting of Tollgate Women’s Institute was held on March 17 at St John’s Church lounge. The correspondence was read by the secretary and included an invitation to a royal garden party to be hosted by the Duchess of Cornwall on June 2, when every WI in the country can send one member to the WI centenary celebration. A WI centennial fair will be held in Harrogate, September 3 to 6, and the group is hoping to hire a coach for this event. The speaker was Fay Knight who represented Heckington Windmill. Her demonstration was ‘We knead the dough’, and when she had baked all the goodies members ate them with tea and coffee. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 21, when the speaker will be from Laddies Ices. Visitors welcome.

Whaplode Drove

THURSDAY’S great Easter bingo will be held in the Elizabethan Centre. Doors open 7pm for ticket sales and bingo starts at 7.30pm.

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