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THE annual meeting of Morton and Hanthorpe Parish Council, the first meeting since the election, was held in Morton Village Hall on May 12.

As there had been only 10 candidates for the council’s 11 seats, the parish election had been uncontested and all were returned to serve as councillors.

The new council chose to elect Coun Richard Wells to serve as chairman and Coun Michael Holden as vice-chairman.

Public forum - Coun Woolley, as a parish resident, was concerned that the grass cutting regime was clarified as there had been some confusion in the Paddington Way/Templemeads area as to which authority was responsible for certain pieces of grass.

The clerk said he had been in discussion with a district council officer about the matter and would investigate further.

There were concerns the number of rats appearing at properties near to the boarded-up Lord Nelson. District Councillor Cartwright said that she would arrange for the environmental health department to look at the property.

Co-option – if a council is short of the full complement of councillors, it is empowered to co-opt a person to complete the required number. The only candidate for co-option to the council was Julie Jones, who was duly was co-opted to fill the remaining vacancy.

Clerk’s report - a resident of Bourne Road had emailed expressing concern about the condition of the A15 verge, the amount of litter and the continuing lack of a pedestrian crossing.

It was agreed that these matters should be included in the next agenda to be considered more fully.

The holes at the cemetery entrance have been filled but the clerk has asked if the work was complete. Coun Mumby agreed to inspect the repair and decide whether any further work is considered necessary to make it satisfactory.

The play equipment has been moved and reassembled. The surfacing remains to be completed. Coun Lawrance has lowered, and refurbished, the playing field sign at the school entrance and it should now be more visible.

Planning application consultation - because of district council response requirements, it was necessary to deal with the following application before the meeting, by consultation with available councillors – J Davies, single storey rear extension, 5 Clark’s Close, Morton. Councillors had no objections to this application.

South Kesteven District Council approvals – D Williams, single storey side extension, 21 Meadow View; P Hallam, dwelling, 9 Haconby Lane; J Mottram, change of use of amenity land to residential use, 25 Templemeads Close.

Pensions requirements - as from April 2015, all employers, including most parish councils, are required to make some pension provision for staff paid above a certain level – called automatic enrolment.

According to present information and advice, the parish council does not need to have a scheme in place, though the clerk has details of a pension scheme, if needed.

Transparency code - brought into force in April is the Smaller Authorities (Transparency Requirements) Regulations 2015/494 requiring ‘smaller authorities’, such as the parish council, to publish annual detailed information on a website.

The clerk said that much of the information is already provided, in some form, on the council website and with some additional details, such as payment dates, the requirements should be fulfilled.

Reviews – as is required, all the parish council’s documentation, insurance cover and procedures were reviewed.

Annual audit – the report of the independent auditor was received and approved.

Accounts and external audit – the annual accounts, prepared by the clerk/responsible finance officer, were approved and the audit return was duly signed by the chairman.

General power of competence - this allows the parish council some wider powers of expenditure. The eligibility requirements are that the council has over two thirds elected councillors and a qualified clerk. The council meets these requirements.

Councillors’ dispensations - because councillors may be deemed, as householders/property owners within the parish, to have personal/pecuniary interests in setting the budget and annual precept, it is necessary to apply for dispensation. Councillors, as they are able, granted themselves, as a body, this dispensation.

Other matters - the clerk was asked to look again into the situation regarding the overgrown shrubs at the east end of the churchyard. The next parish council meeting will be held in Morton Village Hall on Tuesday, June 16, preceded by a public forum, commencing at 7.15pm.

South Holland Local History Goup

THE next meeting of South Holland Local History Goup is in St John’s Church Lounge, Hawthorn Bank, Spalding, on Friday at 7.30pm.

The speaker, Geoffrey Lee, will give a talk on the history of mills and millers. This will be accompanied by slides. Admission is £2; refreshments available.

Spalding and District Stamp Club

AT the May afternoon meeting, members of Spalding and District Stamp Club gave a warm welcome to Arthur Long when he returned to display the second half of his Zanzibar collection.

Arthur told how Zanzibar was made up of two main islands off the East African coast and recapped details of the early postal history of Zanzibar, as shown in the first part, when the country’s postal system had been administered by Germany and then France before becoming a British protectorate in 1895 using overprinted stamps of British India or British East Africa before the issue of its first stamps in 1896.

On the death of his father in 1913, Sultan Kalif bin Harub ascended the country’s throne and reigned until 1961.

New stamps and postal stationery was needed and Arthur showed examples of these with a number of varieties and continued by showing similar material in respect of changes in design and a change of currency in 1936 together with the occasional special issues.

Special topics in this section included airmail letters that were taken to Dodoma to connect with Imperial Airways flights through Africa and mail sent during the Second World War, much of which was censored by the authorities.

These were followed by early post-war issues, including examples of the British Empire omnibus issues for Victory and George VI’s silver wedding.

The country issued a completely new set of definitive stamps in 1952, with the low values showing a portrait of an older Sultan and the high values the Seyyid Khalifa Schools – Arthur’s father had a connection with the building of these schools.

Following the Sultan’s death, his successor’s only set of stamps were issued in 1961. In 1963, there was unrest and rioting resulting with the post office being closed for a time.

In January 1964, the country became a republic resulting in stamps being overprinted before new issues could be prepared and, in April, it merged with mainland Tanganyika and the area soon adopted the name Tanzania.

Arthur showed a selection of the colourful stamps and covers from this period. The next meeting is today at 7.30pm, which is an auction.

At the afternoon meeting on Wednesday, June 3, at 2pm, Gerald Carver will be showing items from his collection of penny reds and blacks.

The evening meeting on June 16 at 7.30pm is the annual meeting followed by a bring-and-buy sale.

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 or Frank Wilson on 01775 766117.


THANKS to all who visited St Laurence Church during the flower festival. Thank you also to those who gave donations and all those who helped in any way.

A grand total of over £6,800 was raised for church funds. In addition £313, was raised for the earthquake disaster appeal in Nepal.

SURFLEET Ladybirds members had an interesting and informative talk at their May meeting. They were given a slide show by Anne and Martin Wood about the Quaker Community Tapestry Project.

The tapestry was made by over 4,000 Quaker men, women and children from all over the world between 1981-1996.

It is made up of 77 panels and Anne showed slides of some of the panels, inspiring members and visitors to take up tapestry. This amazing piece of work is on display in Kendal.

Afterwards, members enjoyed refreshments and the raffle.

On Tuesday, June 9, members will take a two-hour river trip down the Welland. The trip will be leaving outside the back of Hills department store at 6pm. Picnics are welcome to enjoy on the trip. The cost of the boat trip will be £8.

On Friday, June 19, courtesy of Francis Richardson, the group is planning a walking quiz around Surfleet village and, for those who would like, a meal at the Crown afterwards.

Meet at the Fraiser Rooms at 6.15pm for the quiz. If you would like to join the group for the meal, that is booked for 7.30pm. The meal cost is £6.95. Names for any of these events, please to Hannah Avery or Heather Girdlestone before June 1.

In July, the group has its annual garden party, in the Fraiser Room with the theme 1920s/flappers. Members are encouraged to go dressed accordingly and are asked to take a plate of food along.

Later in the year, members have a guided walk around Boston, a sing-song at the Christmas meeting and interesting talks in between.

Why not go along and give them a try. Membership is £3.50 a year and £1 per meeting. Visitors and guests are welcome.

Ladybirds meet on the second Tuesday of the month in the Fraiser room by St Laurence’s Church, at 7.30pm. For more information about the group, contact the chairman, Hannah Avery, on 01775 680646 or the secretary, Heather Girdlestone, on 01775 821130.

Deeping St James

CHAIRMAN Margaret Flegg welcomed members to the Priory Church Ladies Fellowship meeting on May 21. Margaret introduced Sue Lee, the demonstrator for the evening, and the Rev Sue Patterson, the new vicar of the parish.

It was announced that the coffee morning on May 9 had raised £253.30 and that, during the event, £1,000 was given out to local charities.

Members were asked to add their names to a list if they wanted to go on an outing to a local farm on June 18.

Sue Lee showed members how she uses flowers from her garden to make a display. She also used shop-bought flowers to make a pedestal display in yellow to depict the sun.

Next, she made an arrangement suitable for a coffee table, finishing with a large pink display. All the flowers were raffled winners Rosemary Fisher, Carole Mills, Sue Patterson, Margaret Flegg, Jane Thompson and Pat Abel.

The competition winner was Beryl Stratton. The next meeting is on the June 4 when Maria, from The Beauty Retreat, will be demonstrating her skills.

Sutton Bridge

SUTTON Bridge Carer’s Luncheon Group meets at the Constitutional Club, New Road, on the second Wednesday of every month, from 11.30am to 3.30pm.

On arrival, a hot drink and biscuits will be available followed by a meal, after which there will be entertainment.

A warm welcome awaits all new members. For further information, phone Eric Ormond on 01406 370014.


A number of choirs and individuals are taking part in a Songs of Praise event at the parish church on Sunday. Anyone else interested is to contact the vicar on 01775 840694.

It is organised in conjunction with the Royal School of Music and will take place at St Peter and St Paul’s Church at 6pm, with rehearsals starting at 4.30pm.

Whaplode Drove

PRIZE bingo is at the Elizabethan Centre on Thursday, doors open 6.45pm, eyes down 7.30pm. Cash flyer, raffle and refreshments. No unaccompanied under 18s. For more information, phone 01406 330388.

Whaplode St Catherine

BINGO on Wednesday, June 3, in the Memorial Hall, opens at 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm. Super prizes, loads of freshly cooked food and that WSC atmosphere. Details from 01406 540733.


BINGO will be held in the village hall on Saturday at 2pm. Cash prizes. Proceeds to the annual party fund.

Gedney Hill

THERE will not be a service at Holy Trinity Church on Sunday. Instead, there will be holy communion at Sutton St Edmunds Church at 9.15am. The congregation of Holy Trinity and St Polycarp’s churches are welcome to attend.


A mega bingo is being held at the Women’s Institute Hall, Park Road, on Saturday in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital. Doors opens at 1pm for eyes down at 2pm. For more information, call 01406 425947.

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