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THERE will be a film show at the Baptist Church on Wednesday at 2pm when films will include Dalemain Mansion and Historic Gardens and several Cumbrian villages, Norwich and Aldeburgh. Cost of £2 includes afternoon tea. The film show group has an outing to Wollaton Hall, gardens, deer park and National History Museum on June 24, £16 inclusive. All are welcome, phone 01775 840185 to book.

LOOKING ahead to June 20, the Gosberton Community Orchard is having a produce and plant swap at ‘Neldar’, Northgate, PE11 4LJ, from noon to 2pm. Free entry, but donations are welcome to cover costs.

Tea, coffee and soft drinks are available. There will be a barbecue afterwards, please bring your own meat or veggies. Contact 01775 750708.

BAPTIST Fun and Fellowship is on Friday, May 29. For more information, call 01775 840945.

BAPTIST Open Book was enjoyed by the congregation on Saturday morning. Following the theme of ‘Mysterious history of the Holy Spirit’, Saturday’s session was the last in the series and was titled ‘The promise of the Father’.

It was led by the Rev Steve Weatherly-Barton. Following its success, another series is to follow in the near future.

Gosberton Clough and Risegate

THERE will be a messy church at Gosberton Clough Methodist Church on Friday, June 5, from 3.15pm to 6pm. It is enjoyed by young people aged from toddler to teens. For more information, contact Jane MacFarlane on 01775 750525.

THE Bishop of Lincoln will preside at a special 10am communion service at St Gilbert and St Hugh’s Church on Sunday, June 7, to officially open the new memorial garden. Refreshments will follow in the church hall.

GOSBERTON Clough and Risegate Primary School entered two teams of children in the Spalding Velo Prix. The team of girls came third and won a £25 cash prize for the school, while the boy’s team came a close fourth.

The girls have decided to share their winnings with the boys and are having a special picnic tomorrow. Four members of the team are going on a supervised trip to the supermarket to purchase delicious goodies for the picnic.

‘PUB Church’ at the Duke of York was much enjoyed on Thursday evening with a sing-along led by Spalding U3A Singers. They were accompanied by Jacqueline Kemp.

The evening was presided over by the Rev Maurice Perry, while the Rev Steve Weatherly-Barton spoke of the hardships of two women living in Ethiopia in connection with the proceeds of the evening going towards Christian Aid.

A raffle was organised by Margaret Wright, and everyone tucked in to chip butties supplied by Sue Goodenough.

Mr Perry expressed thanks to Sue and to Phil Britain for hosting the evening. His thanks were echoed by Mr Weatherly-Barton who also thanked Margaret for organising the raffle. The event was organised by Gosberton Churches Together.

A plant sale and coffee afternoon attracted a number of gardeners to Risegate Methodist Church on Saturday afternoon. Plants were sold by Michael and Sheila Lee.

Coffee and tea were made by Jane Harrison and Gail Tyler. A cake stall was staffed by Chris Allen and Marjorie Moore, while Irene and Paul Illingworth looked after the tombola.

Shirley Nicholls and Bev Purdom manned the raffle. The winner of the 50/50 donated the winnings to chapel funds.


THE live music and entertainment evenings are becoming very popular at the United Services Club in Church Street. This Saturday at 8pm sees the very welcome return of Clayton, performing live in the bar. Admission is free and everybody is welcome but must be 18 or over. Further details can be obtained from the club on 01406 423134 during normal opening hours.

THE recent flower festival at All Saints’ Church raised about £2,500, of which £250 has been sent to the Disasters Emergency Council for the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

THERE will be a family workshop in All Saints’ Church on Thursday, May 28, from 10am to noon. This will be to explore the House on the Rock story. Cardboard boxes (shoebox size and upwards) are needed. Please leave them at the back of the church.

HOLBEACH Community Larder is running short of teabags, jam, UHT and dried milk, small bottles of squash, and tins and packets of custard. Please leave in the tub in the back of the church.


TOMORROW there will be a cake stall in Long Sutton Church Hall, from 9am to noon. The proceeds will go towards buying flowers for Lutton flower festival, which will be held from August 28 to 31.

Also, on Friday, May 29, at 7pm, there will be an illustrated talk by Trish Rogers on ‘Cathedrals and cappuccinos’, which will describe Trish’s journey around all the cathedrals in England.

She has written a book which accompanies the talk, and will be on sale with all profits going to Christian Aid.

Please support both these events.

Moulton Chapel

A bingo in aid of the breast cancer unit at Peterborough City Hospital is in the youth and community centre on Wednesday. Doors open at 6.30pm for eyes down at 7.30pm. Please bring a raffle prize. A total of £500 was raised in April.


FLEET and District Royal British Legion women’s section meet at Stables Hall in the Baptist Church on Tuesday at 2pm. Current and new members welcome,
COFFEE mornings are held in Stables Hall every Tuesday at 10am.


BINGO is at the Victory Hall today at 7.30pm. Refreshments available.

Gedney Dyke

QUIZ takes place in the village hall on Saturday, 7.30pm start. There is a bar.


ST Norbert’s Catholic Church in St Thomas’ Road is hosting a gospel concert featuring Peterborough Community Gospel Choir tomorrow (May 22).

The concert is in celebration of Pentecost Sunday on May 24. It 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.

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 only (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

ST Thomas’ Road Methodist Church is holding a table top sale on Saturday, from 10am to noon. Tables £5. To book, call Gill on 01775 768998. Church services are held on Sundays at 10.30am and 6pm with Tommys’ Club at 10.30am.

THE chair of Spalding West Townswomen’s Guild was taken by chairman Joan Abbott with 24 members present for the May meeting. A literary item was read by Miss E Chester. Mrs S Johnson updated members on local events and cinema screenings, and also gave information from the national TG committee.

The competition for a rose was won by Mrs M Kendal and Mrs S Johnson. Mrs M Kendal also won a raffle prize with Mrs P Compton, both ladies took home a miniature rose tree.

After refreshments, the group heard an entertaining and amusing talk from Sue Stevenson from Puddle Paddock 2 who, with her husband Brian, has transformed a large grass field, empty except for a walnut tree and a barn, into a haven for wildlife and various rescued geese, chickens, ducks, complete with a pond full of goldfish, not to mention sheep and a pig, all while running a garden centre.

The next meeting is in St John’s Church Hall, Hawthorn Bank, on Thursday, June 11, at 2.15pm. The speaker will be Liz Walmsley from Age Concern and the competition will be a tiny tea pot. New members and visitors are always welcome.

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