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Fleet Baptist Church will hold its summer fayre and barbecue on Saturday at 2pm.

There will be a cake stall, tombola, games, craft stall and refreshments. It will take place inside if wet. All are welcome.

Coffee mornings are held in the Stables Hall at the Baptist Church every Tuesday at 10am.


After the singing of Jerusalem, president Margaret Moyses introduced the speaker, Veronica, and her graduate son who assisted her.

We were looking forward to the tasting of the authentic Anglo Indian food she was going to cook for us.

Firstly, she spoke about the origins of Indian cookery and the spices used, telling us the belief that everything we eat affects both the body and the mind. All the spices used had recognised health benefits.

Veronica’s lively talk and cooking demonstration was excellent, as was the chicken curry and potato/cauliflower dish she presented to us for tasting. Pam Portas gave the vote of thanks.

After refreshments, the business meeting was held. Members were thanked for serving refreshments at the parish open day. A thank you letter and donation was received from Barbara Camps.

Brenda Robinson was thanked for making and icing the celebration cake made for members who attended the South Holland Centre centenary of WIs relayed live from The Albert Hall.

This was a very special occasion enjoyed by all. Chris Best, our delegate at the Albert Hall, gave her report of the occasion.

Margaret Moyses thanked us for choosing her to attend the Buckingham Palace garden party, an occasion she will never forget.

Treasurer Jean Bradshaw gave her report and Hope Wells thanked members who had helped and supported the recent Johnson Hospital gala. We raised £237 through a tombola and beanboard game.

Hope also gave a report on the successful celebration lunch that the walking group had attended. They have been keenly walking once a week for 10 years.

The competition for an Indian artefact was won by Joan Twyman, Anne York and Barbara Berridge. The raffle winners were Ann Rayner, Ann Caress and Barbara Webb.

Lorna Wright was thanked for the beautiful basket of flowers.

Our next meeting is the strawberry supper in the village hall on July 13 which commences at 7pm. Cost £3.50 members or £4.50 visitors. Visitors most welcome.

Entertainment is to be provided by John Bland and the choir of St Mary’s Church. The competition will be for a favourite holiday snap.

The Spalding and District branch of Parkinson’s UK will meet on Thursday from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Pinchbeck Village Hall, Knight Street, Pinchbeck.

The speaker will be Alan Lamb, who will give a talk More Stories of the Fens and Marshes. All welcome.


On a fine, sunny, if a little chilly, June evening, members of Surfleet Ladybirds had a cruise down the River Welland.

Many thanks to our pilots, Marcus and Anthony, for a very entertaining trip and to Spalding Water Taxis for the hire of the boats.

We sailed down the Coronation Channel, the River Welland and up as far as the sluice gates in Spalding.

We were told about the history and other interesting facts along the way. We saw a variety of wildlife, and one boat was chased by a swan.

Everyone took a picnic that they shared. It was agreed that it was a most enjoyable evening.

Our July meeting is our annual garden party. This year, it is being held in the Fraiser rooms and will begin at 6pm. The theme is the 1920s/flappers.

I am sure you will all do your best to come dressed accordingly. We ask that you bring a plate of food along. We look forward to seeing you there.

We have a wide and varied programme. Later in the year, we have a guided walk around Boston, a sing song at our Christmas meeting and interesting talks in between.

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

We meet on the second Tuesday of the month in the Fraiser Room by St Laurence’s Church, Surfleet, at 7.30pm. Come and see what we have to offer.

Any queries you may have about our group please contact the chairman, Hannah Avery, on 01775 680646, or the secretary, Heather Girdlestone, on 01775 821130.

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A Strawberry high tea buffet will be held at St Mathew’s Church on Sunday from 3pm to 5pm.

Advance tickets for this very popular and scrumptious event – held outside in the church grounds if fine – cost £5 and are available to book on 01406 350030/350010.

On Sunday, July 5, a pet service will be held in the church. For those enjoying an early start to proceedings, a breakfast will be served at 8.30am inside the church. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Breakfast will be followed by a service at 9.30am, blessing the pets in attendance. Bring your pets along with you to this wonderful and special service.

The much-admired flower festival will take place again this year between Thursday, July 16, and Monday, July 20. Flowers on display will reflect the theme of ‘well-known men’. A range of refreshments will be available, too.


The Cactus growers meet on the third Friday of each month in Weston Village Hall, Small Drove (near Baytree Garden Centre), at 7pm for a 7.30pm start,

On Friday, speaker Chris Davies will be telling us about his trip to Mexico, to the west central states of Chihuaha to Morelos and about the cacti that grow there which we can all grow in our greenhouses and on our window sills.

There will be plants for sale, a raffle and refreshments. Just turn up for an interesting and informative evening. There is a small admission charge of £1.50.