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From Donington to West Pinchbeck

Cactus Society

SPALDING Cactus Society meet monthly on a Friday, 7pm for 7.30pm start at Weston Village Hall, Small Drove, PE12 6HU (near Baytree). On Friday, April 24, Stuart Riley will be giving a talk on US national shows showing the American way and new interesting plant introductions from the renowned Huntington Botanic Gardens. There will be plants for sale, a raffle and refreshments. Just turn up. More information on http://www.spalding.bcss.org.uk/


RUBY Hunt Centre quiz is on Friday, April 24, 7.30pm. Teams of four maximum. Tickets £, to include ploughman’s supper. To book phone 01775 822856 or 01775 820620.

THIS year’s scarecrow festival takes place on June 6 and 7 to coincide with Fun in the Park. Entry forms available from the Ruby Hunt Centre or the chemist.

WHIST drive winners on April 1 were Mrs B Hall, Mrs A Casswell, Mrs M Houldershaw, Mr T Kane, Mr W Moore, Mr E Wyer; partner, Mrs R Hull, Mr B Bothamley, Mrs J Thomson and Mrs L Wyer; donkey derby, Mrs R Cope. Raffle winners were Mr N Sharpe, Mrs R Hull, Mr T Kane.

RECENT solo winners were Lyn Wyer, Jean Thompson, Mary Jennings; lucky score, Mabel Burgess; donkey derby, Jane Pearson. Raffle winners were Richard Pearson and Eric Wyer.


A Gosberton and District Community Action Team is being formed and a meeting is to be held on Wednesday in the church hall at 7.30pm. For more information on this contact 01775 850494 or info@gosberton.org

WHAT better way of getting involved in the community than to help at St Peter and St Paul’s Church flower festival. There are lots of alternatives to which people can give a couple of hours or so during a period of ten days. The festival opens on Saturday, April 25.

DURING the flower festival, and its preparation, there will be no 9am Wednesday service in St Peter and St Paul’s church.

TOMBOLA and raffle prizes are required for the flower and craft festival at the parish church. There is a tub at the back of the church for donations.

PARISH Council meets in the Public Hall on Monday.

Messy Church is in the church hall tomorrow at 3.30pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

SUNDAY afternoon tea at the Methodist Church is this Sunday at 4pm. Contact John and Enid Parson on 01205 357832 for more information.

LADIES Circle met in the Methodist Church on Thursday when Barbara Pack of Project Linus gave a talk on how a group of friends and herself make patchwork quilts for children who are ill. She took to the meeting examples of the made products. The organisation has also donated to the Pilgrim Hospital, Lincoln Hospital and the hospitals in Nottingham. Three Ladies Circle members Carole Dennis, Gill Smith and Sue Wright had made quilts and donated them to the organisation. Next meeting on May 14 is afternoon tea at the Clay Hall Hotel, in Spalding. Anyone wishing to go should contact Michelle Smith.

Gosberton Clough and Risegate

GOSBERTON Churches Together meet today at 7.30pm at the Risegate Methodist Church.


TABLE top sale is on Sunday in the community centre in aid of the Lincolnshire and Nottingham Air Ambulance. Doors open 11am. For more information phone Les Ward on 01406 425947.

THE Old Ones and Young Ones charity pot bingo is on Monday at the Women’s Institute Hall, Park Road. The three local charities benefiting from the event are the Callum Pite Smile Charity, Boston and South Lincs Merchant Navy Association and Holbeach Primary Academy. Everyone welcome, eyes down at 7.30pm.

Long Sutton

LONG Sutton Outreach invites carers, and anyone who enjoys company, to the Royal British Legion Hall, West Street, on Thursday, April 16, 10am-4pm, to discuss future plans and events. Free admission and refreshments. Live entertainment with Alan and Sarah. Monthly meetings every third Thursday. Contact Joan Woolard for more info on 01406 426508 or email joanwoolard38@gmail.com


FRIENDS of Moulton Mill meet at the mill on Wednesday at 7.30pm. All welcome. Refreshments will be served.
MILL quilters exhibition at Moulton Mill takes place from Friday to Sunday, April 24 to 26, 10am-4pm daily. Admission £2. See www.moultonwindmill.co.uk for further information.


ADAM Evans and Mark Laflin play the theatre organs at the Burtey Fen Collection on Sunday, 2.30pm. Phone 01775 766081 for more information.

Spalding and District Stamp Club

MEMBERS attending the April afternoon meeting of Spalding and District Stamp Club had a change in the planned programme when members of Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea Philatelic Society encountered unforeseen difficulties and were unable to make the trip to entertain the group. Joyce Boyer who is a member of both clubs stood in and provided an interesting afternoon showing material from her Austrian railway collection based on small lines in Tirol. She started by showing early postcards depicting the light railway between Innsbruck and Hall in Tirol that opened in 1891 and closed in 1974. This was followed by material from the Stubaitalbahn, another light railway running between Innsbruck and Fulpmes. This was opened in 1913 and still operates today. A travelling post office operated on the line and examples of mail carried were shown in addition to post cards of the line and the villages it passes through. The Hungerburgbahn is a funicular railway from the centre of Innsbruck to the village of Hungerburg where it links with the Nordkettenbahn, a two stage cable-car to the top of the mountains. Joyce again showed postcards and postal cancellations relating to the service. Joyce opened the second half by explaining that trains using three different gauges operated from the station at Jenbach. The standard gauge main line that carries trains from Germany and eastern Austria to Italy and Switzerland through Innsbruck, the metre gauge rack railway to the Achensee and 760mm gauge Zillertal railways. She showed material relating to both of the smaller gauge railways including travelling post office cancellations and special stamps and cancellations relating to various railway anniversaries. In thanking Joyce for standing in chairman Frank Wilson commented that he had seen more TPO cancellations during the afternoon than in the several years he had organised an auction for the Railway Philatelic Group! The next meeting is on Tuesday at 7.30pm when members of King’s Lynn will be showing material from their collections. At the afternoon meeting on Wednesday, May 6, at 2pm, members will be welcoming Arthur Long from Lincoln who will be showing the second half of his collection of Zanzibar. Meetings are held in the Fraiser Room [next to the church], Gosberton Road, Surfleet. Visitors are welcome at all meetings and for more information contact Joyce Boyer on 01775 762661.


CARL Denton from Sleaford talked about his life as a paramedic to Surfleet Ladybirds on Tuesday. Next month’s talk on May 12 has Quakers, John and Anne Wood from Cranwell, talking with slide show, on the Quaker Community Tapestry Project. The tapestry is made up of 77 panels, worked by 4,000 people from 15 countries and finally finished in 1996. Meetings start at 7.30pm and cost £1 for members and £1.50 for visitors which includes tea or coffee. Yearly membership is £3.50.

If you would like a programme please contact Annette Rhodes on 01775 680235.

West Pinchbeck

WEST Pinchbeck Church Ladies meet on Monday in the village hall at 7.30pm. Ann Smith will be speaking on ‘Rambling in a wheelchair’. Visitors £2.50, which includes refreshments.

THE next monthly coffee morning in St Bartholomew’s will be held on Saturday, April 25.

For this month only, opening times will be 10am-11.30am. Tea/coffee and cake, books and bring and buy. All welcome.

ST Bartholomew’s flower festival commences on April 29 until May 4. Open daily 10am-5.30pm.

Opens 11.30am on Sunday, May 3, but everyone is welcome to attend the morning service at 10.30am. The church will be decorated with a beautiful array of flowers, and light refreshments will be available throughout.

Other stalls will include plants and vegetables, books and good quality bric-a-brac. On Friday, May 1, at 7pm everyone is invited to the Festival of Praise, to include poems, singing and the popular congregation’s choice of favourite hymns.