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CROWLAND Abbey has a craft fair on Monday, 10am-3pm. There will be bee keepers, wood turners, painting, barbecue, refreshments and traditional crafts for sale.

Gosberton Clough and Risegate

THE Clough Centenary Methodist Church was filled to capacity with a large audience who enjoyed the Wesley Gospel Choir on Saturday evening. It was led by Bob Abbot and all joined in with some of the singing. They were welcomed by Ken Templeman. Afterwards all enjoyed a lovely buffet supper prepared by members of the church.


ST Peter and St Paul’s Church is a mass of striking floral displays in vibrant colours for this year’s flower and craft festival which runs though to Monday. This year’s theme is ‘Music in bloom’ and the beautiful, well thought out displays, include ‘All you need is love’ in red flowers and ‘Greensleeves’ in lime green, which greeted the many visitors in the front porch. Inside the church ‘The circle of life’ was followed by colourful flowers and insects for ‘In an English country garden’. Gosberton Brownies portrayed ‘Brownie bells’ with a brown owl and a toadstool among the flowers and the Gosberton Guides chose ‘Campfire songs’.’The four seasons’ were depicted in the appropriate materials for each season followed by ‘The Blue Danube’ and a display by Gosberton Academy School of ‘All things bright and beautiful’ for which they made really large animals. The Boston Embroiderers’ Guild put on a display and Gosberton Women’s Institute chose ‘All things bright and beautiful’ with colourful posies and red flowers and drape portrayed ‘Lady in red’ while Messy Church displayed a painting. Flowers from the funeral of the late John Dennis, who was a life long stalwart of the church were placed in the memorial chapel. ‘New York, New York’ was depicted in red, white and blue and ‘Nine to five’ was set in an office scene with typewriter etc followed by a striking display for ‘Toreador’s song’. The bold display from Gosberton House Care Home portrayed ‘Royal fireworks’. A celebration of the life of Shoshanna Manch, who passed away earlier this year, was arranged in shades of pale blue and white, which led in to the set piece of ‘Singing in the rain’ arranged in the same colours, with black drapes, stand and umbrella. ‘Food, glorious food’ incorporated fruit and vegetables in its orange and cream pedestal and ‘Skaters’ waltz’ was in white and ice blue. White floral arrangements and props depicted ‘Diamonds are forever’ and ‘Angels’ in the Lady Chapel altar together with ‘Rhapsody in blue’. In the high altar visitors viewed depictions of ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Ava Maria’ and down the chancel the Rainbow Playgroup made animal posies for ‘Old Macdonald had a farm’. Cowley and Brown’s school at Quadring boldly displayed the London street scene from Oliver for their choice of ‘Who will buy?’. The Royal British Legion’s pedestal was in red, yellow and blue . ‘Planet Suite’ portrayed the different planets followed by ‘Puppet on a string’ and Gosberton Clough and Risegate primary school’s display of ‘Joseph and the amazing technicolour dreamcoat’. ‘Green green grass of home,’ in lime green, black and dark purple had a red wreath at the foot of the tomb stone. This was followed by ‘Rule Britannia’ and ‘Any dream will do’ concluding with ‘Food glorious food by Gosberton House School. The festival continues until Monday, 10am to 5pm. Refreshments are served throughout and there are a variety of stalls. Organisers are secretary, Debbie Reynolds; treasurer, John Ralph; flowers co-ordinator, Val Brocklehurst; catering, Lydia Edwards; cake stall and tombola, Mary Hammond; book stall, Simon Steinhaussen; other stalls, Pat Walters; raffle, Diane Ralph. Thanks are expressed to all helpers, sponsors and visitors who support the festival.

GOSBERTON Methodists, in Salem Street, start their flower festival today, until Monday, 10am to 6pm. This year’s theme is ‘Biblical creche’. Refreshments are served throughout and there are bric-a-brac and plants stalls. There will be a Songs of Praise on Sunday at 6pm.

THE Baptists have started a new series of ‘Open Book’ for which the theme is ‘The mysterious history of the Holy Spirit’ Saturday’s session was titled ‘The wild wind of God’. The next session is on Saturday, May 9, 9.30am for 10am lecture on ‘A new man for a new age’ (there is no meeting on Monday as it is bank holiday).

MEMBERS of the Baptist Fun and Fellowship enjoyed playing Scrabble and other board games on Friday. It was held at the home of Des and Rene Curtis in Gosberton Risegate. Mrs Curtis provided tea, coffee and cakes.


WOMEN’S Institute has an evening of music supplied by local skiffle group Jet and Magic with magician Paul at the Women’s Institute Hall, Boston Road on Saturday, May 9, 7.30pm. Tickets, adults £6 and children £3, include tea/coffee and cake available from Gill Corby 01406 423321 or Shirley Wilson 01406 424669.

HOLBEACH community flower festival starts today until Monday. All Saints’ Church will be open daily 10am-5pm with flower arrangements, exhibitions, displays, demonstrations and refreshments. The Reading Rooms will be open Saturday to Monday with an art exhibition by David Tibbs. Sunday lunch served from noon on May 3. Craft and charity stalls will be along Church Street. Special events will include a display by Little Warriors Martial Arts, Maypole dancing and Elvis and Sinatra tribute artists.


MOULTON Mill craft fair takes place on Sunday from 10am to 4pm; Admission to the event is free. Various handmade items will be for sale and there will be tours of the mill until 3pm. The mill is open on bank holiday Monday, 10am-4pm, for refreshments and tours.

Moulton Chapel

TULIPTIME village parade, flower festival and scarecrow festival are all taking place this weekend. The scarecrow festival starts today until Monday and this is a new venture for the village. Scarecrows will be at prominent viewing places in the village and winner of the first prize will receive £50 and second prize £25. The winner will be announced on Sunday. For more information on this phone 01406 380551. The Methodist Church flower festival theme is ‘The magic of the musicals’ and it starts today until Monday. Opening times are 10am-5pm daily except Sunday which is noon to 5pm. There will be craft stalls, tombola, books, bric-a-brac and refreshments. The village parade is on Sunday, the parade starts at 3pm but entertainment will be ongoing before and after the parade. Entertainment will be provided by Holbeach Town Band, Die Apfeitizers Oompah Band, the school, Endana School of Dance, Polka Dots and Spalding Folk Club. There will also be the decorated floats, classic cars and vintage tractors.


POP-IN will be on Saturday, May 9, noon to 1.30pm at the church hall. Cost £4.
PINCHBECK Mothers’ Union meeting is on Thursday, May 14, at 7.30pm in the church hall. Speaker will be Robert Kedzlie taking a look inside the food industry. All welcome.

Saracen’s Head

A bingo was held in the village hall on April 22 to raise funds for Carters Park Bowls Club. A good crowd attended and £654.48 was raised. During the evening a cake stall raised £69. A big thank you to all who came along and supported on the night, to those who donated prizes, cakes etc, and the helpers. Money was handed to chairman of the bowls club Dick Dunham and treasurer Norman Adcock by June Taylor, who organised the event .


ST Mary and St Nicolas Church’s flower festival with the theme ‘No More Sea’, is open daily until Tuesday. Refreshments and tower climbing. Bric-a-brac sale takes place in the church grounds all day Saturday.

MEMBERS of Spalding and District Stamp Club welcomed four visitors from King’s Lynn Philatelic Society to their April evening meeting, who provided the displays. Don Birdseye opened the evening with a selection of the material he has acquired relating to the 75th anniversary of the Boy Scouts movement. Boy Scouts was founded by Lord Baden Powell in 1907 and has grown into a world-wide organisation. Many countries issued stamps and other items to mark the special anniversary year which was also the 125th anniversary of the birth of Baden Powell. This was followed by a very different display from Jon Higgins who collects items from British Borneo. Jon started with a history of the territory which was operated as a private company from 1881. It was occupied by the Japanese from December 1941 until 1945 during World War Two. The company was unable to recover from this and was declared bankrupt in 1947 which lead to it becoming a British Colony. It attained independence in 1963 later joining with Malaysia and taking the name Sabah. Jon opened by showing a collection of postcards depicting the countries railway which still operates today despite its apparent poor state of construction together with examples of mail carried on the trains. He followed this with examples of the postage stamps of the country. Mike Kentzer opened the second half with examples of the high value stamps issued for the reign of King George V. These stamps with values of 2/6, 5/-, 10/- and £1 are known to collectors as ‘seahorses’ because of their design and are attractive stamps. They had a limited use for normal mail but can be found used on airmail letters. Mike explained how mail was carried to the Americas initially using a ship to cross the Atlantic Ocean but later by using a ship based in mid-Atlantic where the plane could land and the mail be passed to a second aircraft that could be launched by the ship. The introduction of Zeppelin flights meant that the cost of sending a letter increased thus needing more high value stamps to be stuck on the letter. Terry Wagg closed the evening showing what used to be available at a post office in the past and what is not always available today. In thanking the visitors from King’s Lynn for the interesting and very different displays Joyce Boyer commented that whilst she had seen some scout material in the past she had not realised just how much was available for any one anniversary. She also said that she had never seen so many examples of used seahorse stamps in one display. The next meeting is the afternoon meeting next Wednesday at 2pm when members will be welcoming Arthur Long from Lincoln who will be showing the second half of his collection of Zanzibar. The evening meeting on May 26 at 7.30pm is an auction. 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.


ANNUAL flower festival at St Mary`s Church starts tomorrow until Monday, 10am-5pm daily. Theme this year is ‘A year in the life of the church’. There will be sale of bric-a-brac, a tombola, raffle and refreshments. All proceeds to church funds.

Weston Hills

ST John’s Church flower festival is on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10am-4pm daily. The theme this year is TV comedies.


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