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A quiz night is being held at the village hall on Friday at 7.30pm. Entry is £5 per person (including jacket potato supper), maximum teams of four. Please feel free to bring you own drinks. Tickets available from Sandie on 01775 820220.


BINGO at the Ruby Hunt Centre is on Friday at 7.30pm, all welcome.

QUIZ is at the church hall on Friday, May 22, 7pm for 7.30pm. Four to a team, £5 each to include supper. Bookings to Carol Holt on 01775 820248.

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

THE Village Hall Committee is holding its annual meeting on Tuesday, May 19 at 7pm. Volunteers are always needed at events and there are vacancies on the committee. Please contact Andrea Bennett on 01406 550771 for information and please attend the meeting if you would like to be involved with the running of the hall.

CAKE stall will be held at the forecourt of Geck and Hilary Bills Farm Shop at Gedney Marsh on Saturday, May 23, from 10am.The proceeds from the stall will be for Christ Church, Dawsmere, and donations of cakes, etc will be much appreciated and may be given to Mary Bills or Mary Vaughan.

Gedney Dyke

BINGO is tomorrow with cash prizes, lucky pot, snowball, raffle; refreshments available. Doors open 6.30pm for eyes down at 7.30pm.


ALTHOUGH several were unable to attend the Good Companion’s meeting due to illness, it was still a good meeting on Tuesday afternoon. Chairman, Eddie Edwards welcomed everyone and gave out the notices. He also called for the bingo, assisted by Mary Mayfield and Carol Nicholls. Les Stephenson made the tea and was helped by Maxine Dobney, Mary Mayfield, Carol Nicholls, Linga Rookard, Joyce Grantham and Joan Judge. The auction was run by Les Stephenson with Maxine Dobney and Eddie Edwards as the runners. Names were taken of those wishing to go to Bury St Edmunds on May 20. It is market day in Bury and there will be a coffee stop at the Peterborough Garden Centre. There are spare seats available and anyone wishing to join the party can contact Chris Edwards on 01775 841136. Names and deposits were taken for the Nottingham boat trip on June 9.

GOSBERTON community is having an orchid swap on June 20, noon-2pm, at Neldar, Northgate, Pinchbeck, PE11 4LJ. Free entry to this produce and plant swap but donations are welcome to cover the costs. Tea, coffee and soft drinks with biscuits will be available and there is a barbecue afterwards. Please bring your own meat and veggies. Contact 01775 750708.

A youth club worker is wanted for Gosberton Youth Club - three hours per week on Fridays from 7pm to 10pm. Hourly rate to be negotiated. Experience and relevant qualifications are preferred but not essential. Please send CV and covering letter to 6 Wargate Way, Gosberton or email youth@gosberton.org

ST Peter and St Paul’s Church will shortly have a Facebook page. Watch out for it over the next couple of weeks.

THE next Baptist Open Book meeting is in the Baptist Church on Saturday, doors open 9.30am for coffee and a 10am start.

NEXT film show at the Baptist Church is on Wednesday, May 27. Please note that this month’s showing is on a Wednesday and not the usual Monday.

NEXT Messy Church is in the church hall on Friday, 3.30-6pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


HOLBEACH Town and Country Fayre will be held on Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21 in King’s field off Fen Road, just outside the town, The event is taking shape with all the events in the programme now sorted and the field being prepared for all the assorted vehicle entries expected. Those who have not booked in, would they please contact Andrew on 01406 490642 to get their vehicle or exhibit entered. Due to the success of last year’s event entries are welcome from people or clubs with classic cars, motorcycles, tractors and farm machinery, plus custom cars, hot rods and military and commercial vehicles or anything that has wheels, it would be welcome in the line up. For other enquiries relating to trade stands etc phone 07599 634830.


PINCHBECK Photographic Group presents ‘Weather to photograph and what’ by Ann Miles FRPS MPAGB EFIAP. Rain, snow and mist - Ann shows images depicting her ‘perfect’ photographic weathers and discusses subjects and techniques when light is dull or when the sun shines too brightly. The group meets on Thursday at Pinchbeck School Hall, Fennell Road, at 7.30pm. Admission £3.50 for non-members. All welcome.


AT the May Rippingale and District Women’s Institute meeting John Kimbrey, a mountaineer instructor, took members through his year on an Antarctica expedition. Using slides he explained the flora and fauna, showing the spectacular scenery and highlighting the extreme conditions and isolation. He amused members with anecdotes of being the expedition’s dentist and how to cope sharing with eleven men with no contact with the world beyond. There followed a healthy discussion on the WI national resolution. It was voted that the delegate should use her discretion when voting at the annual meeting to be held in the Albert Hall. The president announced a very busy summer with outings to Highgrove, Harrogate, theatres, darts matches, quizzes, coffee mornings and barbecue. A request was made for baking for the Lincolnshire Show and Harley Davidson Super Rally. Members were asked to take part in the Rippingale Feast Day competitions. Stuart Gibbon, ‘How safe are we?’, will be the speaker in June. Guests welcome. For further details contact Michele Joint on 01778 440368 or michele@vikingsigns.co.uk


ST Norbert’s Catholic Church in St Thomas’s Road is hosting a gospel concert featuring the Peterborough Community Gospel Choir on Friday, May 22. The purpose of the concert is in celebration of Pentecost Sunday, two days later, May 24. The concert will commence with a short prayer service with music and songs led by the choir at 7pm, and this will flow into a full concert performed by the choir, which was founded in 2002 by its musical director, Errol Ballantine. You can expect to hear and enjoy such gospel classics as Oh Happy Days, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Lean On Me and many others. Admission is free, but, by ticket available from the parish office. Children are welcome. The licensed bar will be available during the interval and at the end of the performance, and there will be a retiring collection to defray costs. For more information contact the parish office on 01775 722056 or email your enquiry to admin@stnorberts.org.uk

SPALDING Primary School have been doing some fundraising and recently held a ‘Jump Rope for Heart’ event when the children took part in various skipping activities. An amazing £1,498.33 ws raised for the British Heart Foundation. The school held a non-uniform day on May 1 and invited children to make a donation for the Nepal Earthquake Appeal. The children raised the fantastic sum of £791.80 which will be donated to one of the charities sending aid to the people of Nepal.

Welland Seniors’ Forum

THE next open meeting of Welland Seniors’ Forum will take place at the United Reformed Church Hall, Pinchbeck Road, Spalding on Tuesday, May 19. The speakers will be Alan Lambert from Moulton Mill and Gordon Boswell of the Romany Museum. It promises to be an entertaining and informative afternoon. Refreshments will be available and a raffle will be held to help the forum’s costs. Any over 55s are always welcome. Any questions regarding the forum phone the chairman on 01775 711427.

Whaplode Drove

ANNUAL meeting of Whaplode Drove and District Playing Field Association is being held at the Elizabethan Centre, Parsons Lane, on Friday, May 22, at 8pm. All welcome.

AN event replacing Whaplode Drove Village and Country Fair for this year has now been created as Whaplode Drove Classic and Custom Vehicle and Craft Fair with auto jumble, which will be held on July 26, 10am to 4pm. For further details please phone 01406 330388, 014063 330144 or 01406 331434.

Whaplode St 

MEMORIAL Hall annual meeting is tomorrow at 7.30pm. This is a chance to see how the committee has been organising this successful hall, and what is planned for the future. The committee has released news of plans to extend slightly to provide a step free access to the hall, together with a unisex top standard disabled toilet. Fundraising will commence soon. The next quiz night is on May 23. The mums and toddlers group has seen a much needed increase in numbers lately, but there is loads of space, huge stacks of toys, and time for the mums to relax with a cuppa while the youngsters are safely looked after. Wednesday mornings, contact 01406 540733 for times and details

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