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COFFEE morning will be held in the school room on Saturday, 10-11.30am. There will be a cake stall, raffle, bric-a-brac, etc, also refreshments.

Deeping St James

AT the April meeting of Deeping St James WI Judith Unwin presented the 2015 resolution calling on HM Government to remove the distinction between nursing care and personal care in the assessment of the needs of individuals in order to advance health and wellbeing. Judith told members that an estimated two million older people in the UK have social care related needs and recently more and more health organisations, think tanks and health experts have come to the conclusion that only a radical change to health and social care in Britain can ensure that we have a system which is financially sustainable and delivers care with dignity and compassion into the 21st century. After some discussion, with several members, who are experiencing these problems, giving their points of view, a vote was taken, with the majority of members choosing to abstain. An auction of a wide variety of unused gifts took place with Susanne Hoadley acting as auctioneer. The competition for an unusual shopping bag was won by Susanne Hoadley. Three bursaries were drawn on the night with Stephanie Stockwell winning the Denman one and Mary Lawrence and Susanne the Rosaleen Shattock ones. A WI centenary exhibition will take place in the church hall on May 16, 10.30am-4.30pm. Entry is free and refreshments will be provided, at a small cost.


WHIST drive winners: Mrs L Wyer, Mr A Heppingstall, Mrs R Northern, Mrs J Thompson, Mrs A Thorlby, Mrs L Lord; partner, Mrs L Lord and Mr E Wyer, Mrs L Wyer and Mrs J Thompson; donkey derby, Mr B Bothamley. Raffle winners were Mr N Sharpe, Mrs A Thorlby, Mrs R Cope.

SOLO winners on April 21 were Lynn Wyer, Jane Pearson, Jean Thompson; lucky score, Brian Robinson; donkey derby, Lynn Wyer. Raffle winners were Joan Hodgson, Betsy Stead.

Gedney Drove End

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


THERE are some seats spare on the Baptist film show group outing on Wednesday, June 24, to Wollaton Hall and Gardens in Nottinghamshire. Anyone is invited to join the party, the £16 cost will include the coach fare, entry to the hall and two floors of the National History Museum and to the gardens and the deer park. Then in addition for a further £4 concessions and £5 adults one can book a guided tour. There is a very good restaurant with a variety of food. Pick ups are from Spalding to Donington inclusive. Numbers have to be in at the end of May. Don’t miss out, book now. Phone 01775 840185.

GOOD Companion’s Club next outing is to Bury St Edmunds on Wednesday, May 20. This will coincide with market day at Bury and there will be a coffee stop at the Peterborough Garden Centre. For more information phone 01775 841136.

THERE is to be a Songs of Praise for village church choirs organised in conjunction with the Royal School of Church Music, Lincoln Area. This will take place at St Peter and St Paul’s Church on May 31. Rehearsal at 4.30pm and service at 6pm. This is an opportunity for anyone who enjoys singing to join with members of village church choirs, robed or unrobed, to sing and learn about a varied selection of hymns and other music. There will be a charge of £2 per singer to cover the costs. To help organise this please contact the vicarage by Monday, May 25.


THE recent live entertainment programmes are proving to be very popular at the United Services Club in Church Street, and the next event will feature popular entertainer Ray Ryan in the lounge bar on Saturday. Doors open at 7pm and going on until late with free admission to everybody. Further details can be obtained from the club on 01406 423134 during normal opening hours.

Long Sutton

BAPTIST Church lunches will be served Friday from 11 30am to 1.30pm; all welcome.

Lutton Marsh

LADIES Group meet at the Methodist Chapel on Thursday at 2pm. This will be an open meeting and all are welcome to join members for a visit from Edinburgh Woollen Mills. This is a social afternoon and there will be an opportunity to buy clothes, jewellery and accessories.

Saracen’s Head

NINETEEN ladies attended the Flower Club meeting on April 28. The arrangement was by Joan Healey and the ladies will copy this at the next meeting on May 12. Raffle winners were Mandy Buckbury, Brenda Munson, Pam Goddard, Ann Bailey, Joan Healey, Gill ward, Sandra Thompson, Marion Howes, Lorraine Clark and Judy Ingham.
ON May 13 a fund raising bingo for the Royal British Legion will be held in the village hall at 7.30pm. If you would like to donate prizes, etc, please phone 01406 422050.


SPALDING Flower Lovers Club meets tomorrow at Spalding Grammar School at 7.15pm. Flower arranging is by area demonstrator Pat Billing. For more information phone 01775 761740.

PRESIDENT, John Heron, welcomed 48 members, and the speaker, Sarah Jane Paul, to the meeting of the Probus Club of Spalding at South Holland Centre. He reminded members subscriptions were now due. New member David Smith was welcomed to the meeting. Grace was said by Probian Geoff Craft following which the members enjoyed their lunch.

The club’s singles bowls tournament took place on April 8 and the Probian indoor bowls competition was won by Geoff Craft. The president conveyed his and the committee’s thanks for the past committee members who had put such great effort into helping organise the club’s various functions during the past few years. The speaker gave a talk entitled ‘History of music within the RAF’. Members were entertained by Sarah Jane’s skilful and artistic presentation and superb musical ability with the clarinet. The next meeting will be at the same venue tomorrow, when the stewards will be Mike Jennings and Peter Godding, and the speaker will be Chris Andrews, whose subject will be ‘RSPB Reserve Frampton’. The Probus Club of Spalding is open to retired professional and businessmen, and further details can be obtained from Brian Geary (01775 714099) or from the website http://community.lincolnshire.gov.uk/probusclubofspalding.

Weston Hills

VILLAGE hall annual meeting is on Tuesday, May 12 at 8pm.

Whaplode St 

BINGO is tomorrow at the Memorial Hall, eyes down 7.30pm. Usual spread of 
useful prizes, home cooked food and super atmosphere. Phone 01406 540733 for 
further details.