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Cactus Society

ON Saturday, April 25, 10am to 3pm, the Spalding Cactus Mart will be held at Holbeach Community Centre, Fishpond Lane, PE12 7 DE. There will be 15 growers and nurseries participating selling a wide range of plants and an extensive selection of refreshments will be available during the day. There will be ample free parking and admission is free. For more information visit http://www.spalding.bcss.org.uk/cactusmart.html

Gedney Drove End

VILLAGE hall committee meeting will take place today at 7pm.

THE Parochial Church Council will be holding its annual meeting at Christ Church, Dawsmere tomorrow at 7pm. This is an open meeting and all are welcome to attend.

FRIENDSHIP Club will meet at the village hall tomorrow at 2pm for a social afternoon of bingo, whist and dominoes.

LINCS Fashion Show will take place at the village hall tomorrow, 7pm for 7.30pm start. There will be a wide range of styles for all ages and sizes from 8 to 24. There is also a licensed bar, raffle and refreshments. Entry at the door will be £3.50 and will include free tea or coffee.


BAPTIST Church Fun and Fellowship is at the home of Des and Rene Curtis in Gosberton Risegate on Friday at 2pm. For more information phone 01775 840694.

GOSBERTON Baptists are starting a new series of Open Book on Saturday at 9.45am for coffee with the lecture beginning at 10am. Theme is ‘From Passion to Pentecost’ .Phone 01775 840693 for more details.

Gosberton Clough and Risegate

ST Gilbert and St Hugh’s Church Parochial Church Council meeting takes place on Monday, April 27, at 7pm in the church hall.


MO’S concert, with solo performances and performances by the UAH Chamber Choir, takes place on Friday, 7pm, at Holbeach Methodist Church. All proceeds will go to Mission Direct to fund Mo’s trip to Uganda to work in a school for children with special needs. There will be a presentation about the Uganda trip and a raffle. Tickets are £5 adults, £2.50 children. For more information, or to buy tickets, phone Mo on 07717 209704.

HOLBEACH Forum has a VIP meeting on tomorrow at Whaplode Village Hall at 2pm. Any members who want to attend will be welcome, including past and present committee. Speaker will be ‘Bossy Boots’.

Long Sutton

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


ALL Saints’ Church flower festival ‘Homes and gardens’ starts on Saturday, until Monday, May 4. There will be a Dedication Service on Saturday at 10am and a Songs of Praise on Sunday, May 3, at 6.30pm. The festival is open daily from 10am to 6pm. Plants, china, craft stalls, light refreshments will be available and meals can be booked on 01406 371201. For more information phone 01406 370805 or email brijes@uwclub.net

Moulton Chapel

MOULTON Chapel Methodist Church’s flower festival theme this year is ‘The magic of the musicals’. The church will be open for viewing from Thursday, April 30, to Monday, May 4. Opening times: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, noon to 5pm. Why not go along and see the flower arrangers’ interpretation of famous West End and USA musicals. There will also be craft stalls, tombola, books and bric-a-brac. Light refreshments will be available throughout the festival. The church is wheelchair/disabled friendly. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted for festival and church funds.

MOULTON Chapel Tulip time committee has been busy organising this year’s parade and festivities. There will be plenty to see in the village from Thursday, April 30 until bank holiday Monday. A new venture for 2015 is a scarecrow festival . Anybody can enter; the scarecrows will be displayed at prominent viewing positions within the village for everybody to view. Judging will take place over the bank holiday weekend with the winner and runner-up being awarded their cash prizes on Parade Sunday. On Sunday, May 3, a full afternoon’s entertainment will be available to satisfy the whole family. Best of all it’s a free show. The parade starts at 3pm, but entertainment will be available prior to this and will continue after the parade has finished. Craft stalls and trade stands will be exhibiting items at the community centre. Holbeach Town Band, Die Apfeitizers Oompah Band, Moulton Chapel School, Endana School of Dance, Polka Dots, decorated floats, classic cars, vintage tractors, Spalding Folk Club are just some of the day’s attractions. The parade will be led by the float carrying the Tuliptime queen, prince and princess. A wide range of catering options are available from the Nippy Chippy bus, ice cream and the local pubs serving their usual food and drinks. Organisers are determined that its 36th parade will be an entertaining day with more content and involvement than ever before; a day that the whole family can enjoy. The committee thanks SNG Electrical for its contribution in sponsoring the events, Crusader Roads for the signage and Finlay Flowers UK for supplying flowers. For further information phone 01406 380551.


PRESIDENT Margaret Moyses welcomed members and guests to the Women’s Institute 92nd birthday meeting. Speaker Alan Lambert, and his wife, were introduced. His talk and slide show about Moulton Windmill was excellent. In the 12 years he has resided in the village much of his time and energy has gone into making the improvements at the mill with a band of enthusiastic volunteers. Before refreshments the birthday cake, made and iced by Trish Harvey, was cut by Tina Maddison (it was her birthday). The annual competition awards were presented to Barbara Berridge, Trish Harvey and Susan Hensmanwright. The April competition winners for a hand crafted scene depicting a windmill was won by Susan White, Joann Parish and Anne Yorke. After secretary Susan Hensmanwright and treasurer Jean Bradshaw had given their reports the draw was made for the Denman Bursary. Jean Kennedy was the lucky winner. Janet Bettinson was thanked for the flower table arrangement and she also gave the village report. Hope Wells thanked those who had helped and those who had attended the Lent lunch; £100 was realised. Brenda Robinson and Irene Wright will be doing the flower arrangement (St Martha) at the flower festival and members will be manning all stalls, etc all day on April 30. Chris Best was the lucky winner of the birthday dip. Raffle winners were Joan Belding, Ellen Newman, Jean Bradshaw, Marie Tooke and Anne Yorke (she won the donated Moulton Mill voucher). Next month the resolution and quiz evening is on May 11 at 7.30pm in the Village Hall. The competition is for a flower arrangement in a small watering can. There will be a bring and buy stall. Visitors welcome.


A ploughmans supper was enjoyed at the annual meeting of Rippingale and District Women’s Institute. Michele Joint was elected the new president as Rebecca Main had served her three years, also a new committee was voted in. The WI centenary celebrations are in full swing with a member chosen to attend the garden party at Buckingham Palace and an evening with Bunny Guinness, the designer and gardener at South Holland Centre, Spalding. The visit to Highgrove in Gloucestershire has been booked. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, May 5, due to the General Election. The speaker, Jim Latham, will talk about Rippingale’s ‘wonderful women’. For further details phone Michele Joint on 01778 440368 or michele@vikingsigns.co.uk


South Holland Local History Group meets on Friday at 7.30pm in St John’s Church Lounge, Hawthorn Bank. A talk, with slides, showing archive film of Spalding and the area, will be given by Peter Ryde. Admission will be £2 and refreshments will be available.

Whaplode Drove

PRIZE bingo is in the Elizabethan Centre on Thursday. Doors open 6.45pm for book sales and bingo starts at 7.30pm. Raffle, cash flyer and accumulator. Refreshments. For more information phone 01406 330388.

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