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WHIST drive winners on April 15 were Mrs B Stead, Mrs B Hall, Mrs B Bothamley, Mrs B Reeson, Mrs J Thompson, Mrs L Lord; partner, Mrs B Hall, Mr W Moore, Mr N Sharpe, Mr A Heppingstall; donkey derby, Mrs J Johnson. Raffle winners were Mrs A Casswell, Mr N Sharpe, Mr T Kane.

LATEST solo drive winners were Joan Hodgson, Lavina Lord, Eric Wyer; donkey derby, Barbara Hall; lucky score, Mabel Burgess. Raffle winners were Benny Crampton and Marion Robinson.

Gedney Dyke

QUIZ due to be held on Saturday has been cancelled. The next one will be Saturday, May 23.


ST Peter and St Paul’s Church flower and craft festival opens on Saturday, until Monday, May 4, 10am to 5pm daily; admission is free. The theme is ‘Music in bloom’ and there are over 40 flower displays depicting different songs. There will be various craft stalls, plus a cake stall, bric-a-brac, plants, vegetables, books, tombola and a raffle. The church hall is turned into a café which will be serving delicious home made refreshments from 10am to 4pm every day. Events happening in and around the church during the festival will include guest organists, steam traction engine rides and a display of Morgan cars by the local branch. Volunteers are still needed to help at the flower festival. Just a couple of hours would help with either stewarding the church or helping on stalls and in the kitchen, serving food etc, also with the clearing up on preparation days. Also baking would be appreciated and raffle and tombola prizes.

BAPTIST Church is starting a new series of Open Book on Saturday. Doors open at 9.30am for morning coffee followed by the lecture at 10am. Theme of the series is ‘The amazing history of the Holy Spirit’ and Saturday’s session will be titled ‘The wild wind of God’. All welcome.

GOSBERTON House School is having a family outdoor gardening afternoon on Saturday from 1pm to 4pm.

FOR information on the Royal British Legion contact membership secretary Gene Waterfall on 01775 840519 daytimes and 01775 750491 for dates of meetings which are in the church hall , usually on a Wednesday evening, at 7.30pm or visit www.britishlegion.org.uk/branches/gosberton

PRESIDENT Chris Clark welcomed members to the Public Hall for the Women’s Institute annual meeting. Betty Dakers was thanked for organising the birthday lunch at Boston College and Chris Clark also received the thanks of members for making the special WI 80th birthday cake. Correspondence and notices were read out and these included an invitation to a table top sale at Fulney WI on May 29; a DVD and leaflets about climate change; details of the centennial fair at Harrogate in September; open days at national headquarters in London in November; a crime scenes investigation lecture at Lincoln in June and a request for help at the Harley Davidson Super Rally to be held at the Lincolnshire Showground in May. The resolution concerning care was read out and discussed and members agreed it was a very emotive topic which affects nearly everyone at some point in their lives. Lots of ideas were discussed about a special meeting in September to mark the 100th anniversary of the WI – watch this space! The full committee agreed to stand for another year and Chris Clark was returned as president. Refreshments were served by Ann Harvey and Betty Dakers, and Jenny Pocock was lucky in the raffle. The competition for a supper dish was won by Jenny’s ‘cheesy whispers’. Next meeting is on Tuesday, May 12, at 7.15pm when Carl Denton will be speaking  about forensic science and emergency medicine. Visitors are always welcome. Contact secretary, Eileen Johnson, on 01775 750553, for further information about the WI.

Gosberton Clough and Risegate

ON Saturday the Clough Methodist Church has a Sankey night at 7pm led by Bob Abbot and an evening sing-along with the Wesley Gospel Singers. This will be followed by a supper.

FRIENDS of St Gilbert and St Hugh’s Church are looking for any spare plants, left over from planting up your gardens etc. If you can held contact Barbara on 01775 714918.

Handful of Harmonies

ACCORDING to the national press ‘powerful women are wowed by pink’. So ladies go and be wowed at a Handful of Harmonies choir near you. Their trademark pink can be seen whenever they perform. Their term starts this week with the chance to bring a friend for a free taster session. Go along and find a friend or two and see what fun these ladies have making beautiful music and enjoying all the health benefits from singing together. You don’t have to wear pink! Spalding choir meet at Bromley Memorial Hall, Pode Hole, 1.30-3pm tomorrow Further information available www.handfulofharmonies.co.uk or call 01778 345857.


HOLBEACH Town Band are performing a spring concert with afternoon tea at the Women’s Institute Hall, Park Road, on Sunday, May 10, at 3pm. Tickets £5 adults, £3 children (including afternoon tea) from band members and LGYM estate agents. For more information phone 01775 712420.

THERE is a table top sale on Sunday at the Women’s Institute Hall, Park Road, 10am-2pm. Admission 20p, children free. Proceeds to Little Miracles. Phone Rachel Flood on 07880 750060 for more information.

HOLBEACH and District Community Association has its AGM on Monday at 7pm in the community centre, Fishpond Lane. New committee members welcome.

OASIS Club meets on Saturday in All Saints’ Church, 10am to prepare for the flower festival. Contact is Gill Graper 01406 423803.

THE Banner Project Sewing Group meets on Saturdays, 10am-noon, and extra help is urgently needed. Contact the Rev Rosamund Seal on 01406 424989 or rosamund.seal@btinternet.com if you can help.


AT Sunday’s church service a presentation was made to Winifred Bakes of a book describing the flora and fauna of the Bible. Win is leaving the village to be near her daughter in Theale. She has served the village well, starting the Little Nic’s mother and toddler group; as chairman of the Mothers’ Union and member of the PCC. Together with husband Deryk, they will be greatly missed, and they are wished well in their new home.


SPALDING Ramblers walk this Sunday will be in the lovely grounds of historic Holkham Hall. It will be well worth travelling the extra distance to walk in this popular part of Norfolk. As the ramble is only about six and a half miles long there will be time afterwards to visit the hall or go on to the Norfolk coast. Starting point is the village car park in Holkham which is located on the right hand side of the driveway to the hall. Ring the leader on 01406 350335 for further information.

Sutton Bridge

SUTTON Bridge based Buns and Roses Ladies Group held its April meeting at the Curlew Centre with guest speaker John Ward the renowned eccentric inventor from Moulton Seas End. With the theme ‘From bra warmer to cabbage hurling’, Mr Ward entertained everybody with demonstrations of his assorted inventions and creations together with poster prints of items and inventions created over many years that would have been impossible to have taken along. He explained the background to his Reliant Robin based fire engine, which has caused much interest via the media. He drives this to outdoor shows and events around the country and collects donations for Macmillan Cancer Support with it. He talked about the cabbage hurling and onion wanging events he initiated for the Holbeach Town and Country Fayre event that have a fun element which has gained media coverage both local and globally.


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