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IN GOOD VOICE: Ladies of A Handful of Harmonies entertain the audience at Crowland Abbey.
IN GOOD VOICE: Ladies of A Handful of Harmonies entertain the audience at Crowland Abbey.
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THANKS to all who entered the scarecrow festival and to all who supported the event over the weekend of June 6 and 7.

The best scarecrow was ‘Scarecrow school’ entered by Vanity Fair and the best children’s scarecrow was ‘The farmer’ entered by Quadring School.

Raffle winners were Mrs Cumberworth, Anita Bastow, Rita Harris, Freda Snowden, Jean Coton, Ann Rowlinson and Margaret Cannon.

Gedney Hill

THANKS to everyone who supported the Holy Trinity Church gift day on Saturday. A total of £465.90 was raised from the tombola, plant stall, raffle and donations.


A floristry course has started at the Baptist Church on Tuesday evenings, from 7pm to 9pm.

The cost is £6, with users asked to bring bring their own flowers. The floristry course is being run by a fully qualified florist.

The church  will also be running the Saturday Flower R Us days with June Edwards. Places are limited so first come, first served. Please let Annie Weatherly-Barton know if you are interested in joining. Phone 01775 840693.

A coach party of 46 members and friends of the Gosberton Good Companions Club had great fun and a lovely time on their outing on Tuesday. 

Thirty-four members of the party took a boat trip on the River Trent, also enjoying a lunch on board while 12 members went in to the city for shopping and sightseeing. The outing was organised by Chris Edwards.

THERE are a few seats left on the Baptist Film Show group’s outing to Wollaton Hall and gardens on Wednesday at £16 inclusive. Anyone wishing to go may contact 01775 840185.

THE Banovallum Brass Band, of Horncastle, presented a splendid concert at Quadring on Saturday evening.

Organised by the Gosberton and District Royal British Legion, the chairman, Gene Waterfall, welcomed the audience and band.

Under the baton of Steve Ingham, they played a variety of music, concluding with a ‘Last Night of the Proms’ fantasia of sea songs, Jerusalem and the Pomp and Circumstance March.

Door stewards were Gene Waterfall, Debbie Reynolds and Alma Weeks, while raffle tickets were sold by Jenny Waterfall, Carol Nicholls and Holly Waterfall.

President of the branch, John Weeks, called out the 21 raffle winners, thanking all those who had kindly donated prizes.

Refreshments were baked by Jenny Waterfall and Debbie Reynolds and served by Debbie and Jenny, plus Carol Nicholls and Chris Edwards.

The evening made a profit of £226 for Gosberton RBL. The band will be making a return visit on December 5 for an evening of Christmas music and favourite carols.

AFTERNOON tea is at the Methodist Church on Sunday, June 28, at 4pm. For more information, contact John and Enid Parson on 01205 357832.

GOSBERTON Community Orchard produce and plant swap is on Saturday at ‘Neldar’, Northgate, from noon until 2pm.

There will be a plant and shrub and seed swap, fruit and veg swap, compost, canes and other garden accessories. Please label plants as accurately as possible.

Free entry, donations welcome to cover costs. Tea, coffee, biscuits and soft drinks available.

A barbecue will also be held, please bring your own meat or veggies. Look on Facebook: GosbertonCommunityOrchard.

MESSY Church is in the church hall tomorrow, from 3.30pm to 6pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Singing, crafts and food.

PRESIDENT Chris Clark welcomed members to the public hall for the June Women’s Institute meeting.

Those members who had watched the national AGM from the Royal Albert Hall – screened at the South Holland Centre in Spalding – had enjoyed the experience. It was almost as good as being there.

Correspondence received included invitations from Pode Hole WI to its recycling event on July 7, and from Tollgate WI, which is hosting a picnic at Springfields on July 24.

Federation events include a quiz at Quadring in September and a talk, tea and cake event at Bicker in October.

The federation is also looking for members to join the various committees held at Sleaford. The 2016 Women’s Institute is available to order now.

The new WI programme was distributed and thanks were given to Jenny Pocock for arranging the speakers for the coming year.

Betty Dakers gave details of the lunch group for June 30. Please contact her if you would like your name added to the list.

Members celebrating June birthdays were Jean Butler, Chris Clark, Sandra Saxby and Pat Walters.

The speaker was unable to attend, but at short notice Alan Barnsdale stepped in and spoke about his music collection, memorabilia and about his vinyl record outlet in Spalding Lifestyle.

He had members reminiscing about music and the groups and singers of earlier years, whose records, tapes or CDs may or may not be of value to a collector.

Refreshments were served by Val Brocklehurst and Pat Martin. The competition for something old was won by Jean Baker with her button hook, while Queenie Dennis won the raffle.

On July 14, the speaker will be June Barton, talking about life on the Lincolnshire salt marshes. Visitors are always welcome.

Please contact secretary, Eileen Johnson on 01775 750553 for further information about the WI.

CHOIRS and singers of many different ages from around South Holland gathered at the parish church for a special Songs of Praise Service conducted by Eric Wayman. The organist was Patrick Mews and the presenter, the Rev Ian Walters.

It was preceded by an hour’s practice, during which Mr Wayman coached and encouraged everyone. The event was organised by Mr Wayman for the Lincoln area of the Royal Society of Church Music.

Gosberton Clough & Risegate

THE Good Samaritan was the theme of the messy church held in the Gosberton Clough Methodist Church on Friday. 

The young people sang songs, did a lot of craft work, including making a Father’s Day card, a prayer tree and a place mat. 

On the place mat, they stuck pictures of fruit, vegetables, burgers and hot dogs and drinks. The mats were then laminated and the children took them home to use or give away as a gift. 

They also cut a potato and scooped out the middle, stuffing with cotton wool and sowing water cress, and with a polystyrene cup, filled with soil, they planted grass seed. 

The children were very good and enjoyed the music played by Humph Baker, finishing off with sandwiches and cakes. The next messy church is on Friday, July 3.

Handful of Harmonies

A Handful of Harmonies was inundated with compliments by the audience who attended their recent concert.

Crowland Abbey was full to bursting with Crowland residents and friends and family of the choir to enjoy a selection of songs from these local ladies.

Andrew Clingo, the choir director, said: “The venue presented a beautiful backdrop for an evening of song that was enhanced by the amazing acoustics offered by the Abbey.”

Some of the pieces were presented for the first time in public, as well as their medley from My Fair Lady which they sang at London’s Theatre Royal earlier this year.

The result was £1,060 profit for the abbey and a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

The choir (pictured) is made up of ladies from the various choirs across the area who enjoy singing for pleasure. They welcome new members and would be pleased to help organisations with their fund raising.

Further information is available from www.handfu lofharmonies.co.uk or phone 01778 345857.


HOLBEACH Town and Country Fayre takes place on King’s Field, off Fen Road, this Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 5pm.

Entertainment includes a falconry display, owl displays, marching bands and a fun dog show. Car show includes tractors and farm machinery, classic cars, steam engines and motorcycles.

Sunday includes cabbage hurling for over 18s and onion wanging for 12 to 17 year olds. Admission is £5 for adults. Children under 16 free with a fee paying adult.

A total of £758.94 has been sent to Christian Aid, which was raised by All Saints’ Church (Co-op store collection, fish supper and quiz evening) and Methodist Church soup lunches and the red envelopes in both churches.

Moulton Chapel

A bingo in aid of the breast cancer unit at Peterborough City Hospital is being held on June 24 in the youth and community centre. Doors open at 6.30pm for eyes down at 7.30pm. Any raffle prizes would be welcome.

To date, £7,000 has been donated to the unit and some of the money is being used to train nurses in speciality nursing for cancer patients.


CHAIRMAN Joan Abbott took the chair at the Spalding West Townswomen’s Guild June meeting with 23 members present.

The meeting began with a minute’s silence for former popular member Sue Sandall, who died recently. The literary item titled Miss Me, but Let Me Go was chosen and read especially in memory of her.

Mrs S Johnson updated members on local events and cinema screenings. The competition for a small teapot was won by Mrs D Lefevre, with Mrs M Dempster coming second.

Mrs Lefevre also won a raffle prize with Mrs Hollingshead, both ladies taking home a miniature rose tree.

After refreshments, the group had a talk from Liz Walmsley, from Age UK. She discussed the various ways the society helps local people with day care, running an information and advice service and how families and friends are also affected when dementia has been diagnosed in a loved one.

On June 25, there will be strawberry tea afternoon at 26 Exeter Drive, and one member who has a birthday on that day has promised to bring in cake for the occasion.

The July 9 meeting is in St John’s Church Hall, Hawthorn Bank, at 2.15pm. The speaker will be Sally Sneath, talking about ‘Pat Dogs’ and the competition is for an ornament of any animal. New members and visitors are always welcome.

West Pinchbeck

VILLAGE fete is on Saturday starting at 2pm in the village hall and grounds. Attractions include refreshments, raffle, tombola, cakes, plants, swing boats, games, stalls and children’s races.

In the early afternoon, children from St Bartholomew’s Primary School Choir will entertain. Free entry.  

For any further details, or offers of help, please contact Anne Peach on 01775 640271.

ST Bartholomew’s next monthly coffee morning will be on Saturday, June 27, in the church, from 10am to noon.

Tea/coffee and cakes, books, bring and buy. Friendly faces and someone to chat to. Free entry; all welcome.  

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