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OLD Doningtonians Grammar School girls only reunion lunch is on June 17 at the Church Institute. Interested? Phone Barbara Hall on 01775 822249 for further details.

SOLO winners on May 5 were Mary Jennings, Jane Pearson, Barbara Hall; lucky score, Marion Robinson; donkey derby, Lynn Wyer. Raffle winners were Joan Hodgson and Barbara Hall.

ALAN White was MC at the whist drive on May 6. Winners were Mr B Lenton, Mrs J Johnson, Mrs L Wyer, Mr B Bottomley, Mr B Moore, Mr A White; partner, Mrs R Cope and Mrs J Johnson, Mr L Lord and Mrs E Wyer; donkey derby, B Stead and N Sharpe. Raffle winners were Mrs J Johnson, Mrs B Stead and Mr E Wyer.


THERE was a good attendance at the Baptist Open Book on Saturday morning. Theme of the series is ‘The mysterious history of the Holy Spirit’. The Rev Weatherly-Barton welcomed new people, giving a brief resume of the last session. Saturday’s lecture was on ‘The new man and the new age’, which was followed by questions and discussion. Next meeting is on Saturday at 9.30am for coffee and a 10am start and the theme ‘The promise of the Father’. All welcome.

GOSBERTON Ladies Circle are having afternoon tea at the Cley Hall Hotel in Spalding today. Anyone interested in joining them is to phone Michelle Smith on 01775 840839.

NEXT Sunday afternoon tea at the Methodist Church is on Sunday at 4pm. For more details contact John and Enid Parson on 01205 357832.

POLICE surgeries will be held in the church hall. Please contact PC Ian Coulson for the dates. Times will be 10am to noon. PC Coulson’s phone number is 07939 984188.

GOSBERTON Churches Together Christian Aid service was held in the Baptist Church on Sunday. This year’s focus was on Ethiopia and the service was led by Baptist minister, the Rev Steve Weatherly-Barton. He illustrated with images the story read by Annie Weatherly-Barton of Loko, on how she and her children lived from her collecting and selling fire wood, her only income from which to purchase food. Sheila Lee followed with the story of Adi, a widow with eight children – also illustrated by Mr Weatherly-Barton – who worked as a day labourer to bring in food for her children and the difference a cow makes as from the milk she was able to make and sell butter which led to buying more livestock, and being involved in the self help group. A reading was given by the Rev Bob Pritchard, Mr Weatherley-Barton gave the address and a talk on ‘The difference a cow makes’ was given by the Rev Maurice Perry, who also led prayers of intercession. Organist was Graham Haresign and Mick Lee was offertory steward. The Rev Ian Walters closed the service. Afterwards tea, cakes and biscuits were supplied by Baptist Church members.

Gosberton Risegate

A pamper evening takes place today at 7pm at the Marjorum Hall. Refreshments, raffle and stall consists of Body Shop, crafts, jewellery, threading, Forever Living, massage, nails and beauty. £2 on the door

CAR boot and table top sale is being held on Sunday, June 14, 11am-2pm, in the Marjorum Hall. Barbecue and refreshments available. For more information phone 07768 257202.

GOSBERTON Risegate Methodist Church is having a coffee afternoon and plant sale on Saturday from 1.30pm. A wide selection of plants at good prices.

Handful of Harmonies

THE Spalding ladies from A Handful of Harmonies held a soup and sandwich lunch before their weekly sing at Bromley Memorial Hall, Pode Hole. Music director Andrew Clingo made a pot of soup, along with a couple of others and a selection of sandwiches followed by delicious desserts completed the meal. They were joined by members from Langtoft, Bourne and the Deepings. The total raised of over £160 will be donated to the Thorpe Hall Hospice appeal, which all of the choir has adopted as its charity for this year. After lunch the weekly sing took place. New members are always welcome, 1.30-3pm. No auditions, friendship and laughter. Further information at www.handfulofharmonies.co.uk or phone 01778 345857.


QUIZ and fish and chip supper is in the Reading Rooms tomorrow from 7pm. Tickets £10 to support Christian Aid from Glyn Ramsden 01406 420485.

OASIS Club meets on Saturday at 10am in the Reading Rooms. Contact Gill Graper 01406 423803 or email gill.graper@googlemail.com

THERE is a coach trip to Cambridge on June 24, leaving Tesco at 8.30am. Tickets £19.50 from Lisa’s, 47-49 High Street or phone 01406 426446 daytime or 01406 425387 evenings.

MEMBERS of Holbeach and District Civic Society had planned a visit to Castle Rising on May 7 but the weather did not turn out to favour them. Members dodged the showers and managed to enjoy the tour around the Norman castle, and especially an examination of the earthworks surrounding it.

Long Sutton

THE popular valuation day with Bateman’s Auction House takes place on Wednesday at the Market House from 10am to 2pm. Valuations are £2.50 per item. Tea, cake and coffee available. To book a time please phone 01406 366767, or call into reception, or just turn up on the day.


AT the May Women’s Institute meeting member Margaret Wyeth presented the national resolution: ‘This meeting calls on Her Majesty’s Government to remove the distinction between nursing care and personal care in the assessment of individuals in order to advance health and well being’. A lively and healthy discussion followed. Two members voted against and all other members abstained. Chris Best is Pinchbeck’s representative at the centenary annual meeting and she will take that vote to the Albert Hall. Many members will attend the live screening of the annual meeting at the South Holland Centre in Spalding on June 4. After refreshments the business meeting took place. Brenda Robinson and Irene Wright were thanked for their arrangement and portrayal of St Martha at the successful church flower festival. Paulina Roberts was thanked for the table arrangement which was presented to Jean Dobson in recognition of her special birthday. Group reports were given by Joan Twyman and Hope Wells, and she reminded members about the Johnson Hospital gala on June 4. The competition for an arrangement in a small watering can was won by Janet Bettinson, Ann Gill and Trish Harvey. Raffle winners were Joan Twyman, Joan Belding and Pam Amess. Tina Maddison and Ann Gill were thanked for running the successful bring and buy stall. Margaret Moyses reminded members of the next meeting on June 8 at the village hall at 7.30pm. Members will be able to taste Indian food and learn about its culture. The competition is an Indian artefact. Visitors welcome.


THE Evergreen Club met on May 5 and members had a nice afternoon playing bingo. Winners were Joyce Thompson, Sheila Williams and Fred Allan. Raffle winners were Maureen Crunkhorn and Sonia Pacey. Cards were played by Judy Stanley Franks, Beryl Collishaw, Maureen Crunkhorn and Doreen Allan. On May 7 some members went on a trip to Waterside Garden Centre and had a lovely afternoon.


MIGHTY Oaks and Sunflowers present an evening of clairvoyance with David Pinch, tomorrow at 7.30pm at the Ivo Day Centre, Albion Street. Entry is £3 on the door and tea and coffee will be served afterwards. For more information contact Michael on 07818 721067 or 01775 724514.

THE Royal Lincolnshire and Royal Anglian Regimental Association is hosting an evening with the Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding on Friday, May 22, at the Lighthouse Church, Haverfield Road, 7pm. Tickets are £7.50 and include a buffet. Funds raised will be for the Royal Anglian Regiment Benevolent Fund. Tickets from Ken Willows (01775 723268), Janet Doys (01406 350985) or on the door.

THE Bookmark reading group met on Tuesday, a week earlier than normal because Andy McNab will be visiting on Monday. Books to read for next month were chosen – ‘A Man Called Ove’ by Fredrik Backman and ‘We Are Called to Rise’ by Laura McBride – which will be discussed at the next meeting on June 22, 7-9pm (this is a week later than normal so that the group can meet during Independent Booksellers’ Week). The group will be back to normal meetings on the third Monday of every month.

SPALDING East Townswomen’s Guild held its annual meeting recently and there was no change of officers. Birthday greetings were given to Val Wright and Janice Pearson. A beetle drive was arranged and enjoyed by members at the last meeting. Birthday wishes were given to Mrs Tyrell. The luncheon club met at Bookmark recently and the next lunch will be on May 22 at the Sunshine Cafe. Janet Leigh was the speaker talking about and demonstrating canal boat art. She is trying to keep this old art going with having her work in several canal shops. Competition winners were Mrs Winch, Mrs Walkers and Mrs Woolsey. Raffle winners were Mrs Winch and Mrs Marshall. The next meeting is on May 26 and the speaker is Chris Carter from Tulip Radio.


At the recent flower festival there was a grand draw and the winners were Beverley Elsdon (first prize of £50 cash), Bryan Leggate, Peter Hurst, Tony Keen, Mary Wilkins, Phil Mason, Jill Wright and Jane Parham.

West Pinchbeck

WEST Pinchbeck Church Ladies meeting, planned as a visit to Bookmark in Spalding on Monday, has had to be postponed to later in the year, due to unforeseen circumstances. A meeting will now be held in the village hall at 7.30pm when Lisa Bannister will talk about the prison service. This is an open meeting and everyone is welcome to come along to listen. Visitors £2.50, to cover the cost of refreshments.

THANKS to everyone who supported St Bartholomew’s flower festival in any way. The church looked amazing, and received many very favourable comments. Approximately £3,560 was raised to help maintain the church.

PLEASE note there will be no coffee morning in St Bartholomew’s on Saturday, May 23.

Whaplode Drove

WOMEN’S Institute members were welcomed by the president Mavis Stancer and Jerusalem sung.

Birthday posies and greetings were given. The outing to Butters was finalised and other suggested outings discussed. Members were reminded that the AGM in London was being screened at the South Holland Centre, Spalding. The resolution regarding the boundaries and criteria for adequate care in the community was discussed and the conclusion reached was unanimous. Competition for a limerick was won by Sandra Allen, Kate Mellish and Jackie Driver.

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