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Cactus Growers

THE Cactus Growers meet on the third Friday of every month, 7pm for 7.30pm start, at Weston Village Hall, Small Drove, PE12 6HU. On Friday, May 15, speaker Cliff Thompson will be talking about his most recent trip to Mexico, Sierra Madre Oriental and the cacti that grow there , particularly the flowering cacti Ariocarpus. There will be plants for sale, a raffle and refreshments. Just turn up, everyone will be pleased to see you. Entrance charge is £1.50. For more information visit www.spalding.bcss.org.uk


EVERYONE is welcome to go along to the Cake Break MS event at the village hall on Saturday, May 23, 10am-2pm, when there will be a variety of stalls, tea, coffee and cakes. For more information phone 01406 380802.


WINNERS of the whist drive last week were Mrs L Wyer, Mr N Sharpe, Mrs J Johnson, Mrs B Reeson, Mrs L Lord, Mrs R Hull; partner, Mr B Bothamley, Mrs R Hull, Mrs L Wyer, Mrs B Reeson; donkey derby, Mrs J Johnson. Raffle winners were Mrs J Johnson, Mrs R Northern, Mrs J Johnson, Mr N Sharpe.

SOLO drive winners on April 28 were Lynn Wyer, Joan Hodgson, Rita Harris; lucky score, Lavinia Lord; donkey derby, Richard Pearson. Raffle winners were Brian Robinson and Benny Crampton.

Gedney Hill

A group of villagers have formed a community group, with the sole purpose of putting on events for villagers of Gedney Hill and the surrounding villages. Their first event, which is a meet and greet, will take place at the Memorial Hall on Saturday, May 16, 9-11.30am. Tea, coffee and bacon rolls will be served. Everyone is welcome to pop in and have a chat, and see what exciting plans are afoot. Villagers will also have the opportunity to let the team know what events they would like to see going on. Not all events will be in the village, some will involve day trips and theatre trips. They have a diary of events for the rest of the year, everything from yard sales to parties. They are also going to be introducing a knowledge share, in order to encourage a community spirit and encourage people to talk to each other. They will be organising events with a view to improving community spirit in the area, encouraging people of all ages to meet and get to know each other, in the hope of building new friendships. Further details can be found on Facebook at Gedney Hill Community Group, or calling the secretary Jane on 07530 843466. A website will also be available soon, which will have more details.


GOSBERTON Rainbow Guides have enjoyed out door activities. They went along to the village playing field, playing on swings and other playground equipment and have also played games in the church yard. The girls have been working on spring and have made lovely daffodils out of foam and also took part in the cheeky monkey marathon challenge on Tuesday.

Visitors from far and near flocked in to the Methodist Church flower festival over the bank holiday weekend. This year’s theme was A Biblical Creche. In the entrance hall white displays by Wendy Cardillo and Maurita Taylor depicted ‘The birth of Jesus’. ‘Cain and Abel’ with the sheep, wheat, plants and bright orange for the fruits of the soil was arranged by Janice Smith while John and Alma Weeks’ ‘Moses in the bulrushes’ saw the baby among the rushes with displays in pale pink, white, gold and purple together with the different accessories. A striking floral display in red, white and purple against a gold cloth to represent the altar and with incense was arranged by Elizabeth Steele for ‘Samuel in the temple’ and in the front of the pulpit Sandra Thompson depicted ‘David - shepherd boy’ with a floral display in yellow and orange on beige and hessian drapes with little white posies for the sheep. Jean Spridgen chose orange, red and yellow for her pedestal arrangement. In the front of the church and also down the centre among the pews Dorothy Thorpe and Sally Spridgen portrayed ‘Let the children come to me’ with a large white display on a two- tier pedestal and two four-tier pedestals supported colourful arrangements with the smaller ones down the church representing the children. All included printed hands by the Rainbow Playgroup. Wendy Gosling and Eileen Thorold produced a lime green arrangement with candles at the organ while Shirley Sandall and Graham Haresign depicted ‘David and Goliath’ in purple, orange and lemon on a hessian drape complete with a shield, a sling, a sword and armour, which proved to create interest among the visitors. Sue Garth chose ‘Isaac’ with a brown, red and orange fire. Impressive fish in a net together with loaves in a basket and a large salmon, cream and white floral arrangement represented the boy on the hill arranged by Sue Wright and Gill Smith while Angela Nicholls and Liz Stott arranged displays at the back of the church in lime green, orange and red and Michelle Smith made a lovely arrangement in yellow and purple. Table arrangements were by Mary Stanhope. Thanks were expressed to all who supported the festival in any way at all, especially to Gosberton House Care Home, Lincs Co-Operative, Mr and Mrs D Machin, Proctor Bros (Gosberton), Andi Signs, Trev’s Tyres, Trevor Sharpe Butchers, Gosberton, and Hargraves Butchers, Pinchbeck. A flower festival Songs of Praise was led by the Rev Bob Pritchard on Sunday evening, with Eric Wayman on the organ. The congregation were welcomed by John Parson and offertory steward was Jean Mews. Yesterday a Thanksgiving Service included Holy Communion.

THE mid-week Holy Communion Service at St Peter and St Paul’s Church resumes on Wednesday at 9am.

THE Lightships Book, now released, is about church, art and community in the Lincolnshire Fens. There are 136 pages of photos and quotes from local people and local history. It is available from the vicarage at £5.

A Christian Aid service organised by Gosberton Churches Together will be held at the Baptist Church on Sunday at 3pm.

Gosberton Clough and Risegate

THE Duke of York is the venue for an evening with the U3A singers organised by Gosberton Churches Together on Thursday, May 14, at 7.30pm. Entry is £3 per person and there will be a raffle. Money raised will go to Christian Aid.

Holbeach St Marks

HOLBEACH St Marks Royal British Legion is holding a bingo at Saracen’s Head Village Hall on Wednesday at 7.30pm. There will be a cake stall.

Long Sutton

LONG Sutton Women’s Institute will be celebrating its 80th anniversary in June, and also have two members who will be celebrating their 80th birthdays. President, Eileen Neale, thanks the committee and members for all their help and support at the recent coffee morning to raise funds for celebrations which will be for present members only. To mark the centenary, Long Sutton WI will be sending one member to the AGM at the Royal Albert Hall and another to the garden party at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Duchess of Cornwall. On September 15 members will be celebrating the centenary with a talk by Richard Ladbrook, owner of Laddies Ice Cream, plus a special cake made for the occasion. Members welcome any past members of Long Sutton WI to their 100th anniversary celebrations, contact Eileen Neale for information on 01406 364529.

Members will also be attending the Elloe and Fenland group meeting in September, which is being held in Holbeach.

Spalding Ramblers

SPALDING Ramblers’ walk this Sunday will be led by keen nature lover Eileen and will start at 10.30am from near the church in the village of Lower Benefield in Northamptonshire. The village is located just off the A427 between Oundle and Corby and is in the area of Rockingham Forest where several red kites can be seen. For further information call the leader on 01775 768359.
The following Sunday, May 17, the walk will be nearer to home at Uffington, near Stamford. Walkers should meet near the church in Casewick Lane for a 10.30am start. More details are available from the leaders on 07770 652722.

Ukulele Orchestra

THE Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding held its annual meeting on Thursday. Members were congratulated on their splendid efforts over the past 12 months to bring lots of ukulele inspired fun and entertainment to a wide variety of audiences in the local area. As has been mentioned previously, the orchestra performs several times each month, with proceeds from donations (it does not charge a set fee to perform) being spread to local good causes. There was a unanimous vote at the AGM in favour of making a donation to the disaster fund for the Nepalese earthquake victims, but this will not affect the amount of local donations at the year’s end. Since the 2014 AGM the orchestra have performed 52 concerts; a further 38 concerts are booked for the remainder of 2015, which means they are unable to fit in any more bookings this year. Next year is also looking busy, as they have 50 gigs booked. Thanks to everyone who has given support. Membership is currently full, with 55 members; there are also several names on a waiting list. There were five gigs performed in April, at the Thomas Walker Medical Centre (Asthma sufferers); Holbeach Methodist Church social evening; Glinton Friendship Club; St Norbert’s Church, Spalding and Gosberton Parish Church flower festival. Sadly, a further performance at St John’s Care Home, Spalding, had to be cancelled due to illness amongst the residents. In May performances are planned for Eye Social Club; residents at Southfield House, Woolram Wygate, Spalding; the veterans of the Royal Lincs and Anglian Regimental Association and the Spalding Blind Club at Pinchbeck
Village Hall.


THERE will be a fashion show in the village hall on Friday, May 15. Doors open 6pm for refreshments before the show by Baytree Fashion. Tickets £3.50, call Brenda on 01406 370775.
A quiz night, including supper, is planned for Saturday, June 20, in the village hall. Doors open at 6pm followed by supper before the quiz. Tickets £7.50, call Brenda on 01406 370775.

Whaplode St Catherine

LUNCH Club is on Sunday at the Memorial Hall, doors open noon for serving from 1pm until 3pm. Lovely freshly cooked food. Choice of meats, vegetables and sweet. Vegetarian option if booked. Book on 01406 540733.


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