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A strawberry and cream tea will be held at the United Reformed Church on Saturday, from 3pm to 4.30pm.

There will be a raffle, tombola, bric-a-brac and refreshments. The cost of the tea is £3.50.

Gedney Drove End

CLASSIC and vintage vehicle show, organised by the local branch of the RBS, will take place at the old school field at Dawsmere on Armed Forces Day, this Saturday, from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

Entry is free and there will be lots to interest all the family and, if the weather permits, there will be a Spitfire fly-past.

CHRIST Church, Dawsmere, is holding an open weekend with flower displays and an exhibition of old photographs of the area, stalls and refreshments in church.

This takes place this Saturday and Sunday, from 10.30am to 4.30pm, finishing with songs of praise on Sunday at 3pm.


ANNUAL meeting of the Gosberton Ladies Circle was held recently after a brief meeting to discuss the last year’s programme.

Members decided that any loose change they collect this year will be donated to Project Linus UK, a charity that makes quilts to provide a sense of security and comfort to children and teenagers who are sick.

The group will next meet on September 10 when Janet Doy will give a flower demonstration. After the business had been discussed, the ladies enjoyed a quiz about Gosberton, followed by light refreshments.

EDDIE Edwards opened the fortnightly meeting of the Good Companion’s Club in the public hall on Tuesday afternoon.

He advised of the welfare of members who have not been able to attend recent meetings.

He talked of the forthcoming outing to Skegness on July 21 and of the rose competition, which will be at the next meeting.

Mr Edwards called the bingo, assisted by Chris Edwards, Mary Mayfield and Janet Dilloway.

Refreshments were provided by Les Stephenson and Mary Mayfield, who were helped with the serving by Maxine Dobney, Joyce Grantham, Linda Rookyard and Chris Edwards.

Les Stephenson took the auction, assisted by Maxine Dobney and Chris Edwards.

The next meeting is on Tuesday, June 30, and if anyone is interested in joining the members then or on the outing to Skegness, phone 01775 841136.

THERE was a good attendance at the second meeting of the floristry course which has started in Gosberton Baptist Church.

In a tall ceramic container, members made a modern arrangement using gerberas and roses or similar flowers with fatsia leaves and other foliage.

Classes are organised by Annie Weatherly-Barton and anyone wishing to join should phone her on 01775 840693.

THE minister, the Rev Steve Weatherly-Barton, presided over a meeting of Baptist church members on Wednesday.

After opening devotions, the general business was discussed. Mr Weatherly-Barton said that he was to start another open book series in the near future.

The newly-started floristry classes are going very well and, in addition, June Edwards is to run a day-long workshop in the foreseeable future.

Ideas are still being put forward for special celebrations during 2016 when the Baptist church celebrates its 350th anniversary. It is still worshipping in the original building.

Old photos and press cuttings are required to have on display during the celebrations. The next meeting is on September 10.

Long Sutton

On Tuesday, June 16, Long Sutton WI celebrated its 80th anniversary with afternoon Tea, which was enjoyed by all.

Guests Janet Turner and Patricia Read were welcomed by president Eileen Neal on behalf of the committee and members.

Janet Doy did the catering, also making the anniversary cake, which was cut by June Bowskill who celebrates her 80th birthday this month.

Each person present received a gold coloured pen with the inscription ‘Long Sutton WI – 80 years’ as a memento of the occasion.

During the evening, there was a who’s who quiz arranged by the secretary Margaret Hurst.

Members were asked to supply a photograph of themselves up to the age of five years, and then each person had to identify which photograph belonged to which member. It was great fun.

Entertainment was provided by Dollie Duo, with a selection of songs for us to sing along to if we so wished.

The raffle was organised by Pam Caccavale and Aneta Wallace.

Birthday cards and a small floral arrangement were given to June Bowskill, Marjorie Hannam and Janice Smith, who all celebrate birthdays in June.

Floral arrangements were given to Janet Turner and Pat Read, which were made by Gill Gould, who also did the floral table decorations.

The president thanked all who had helped with the preparations and hoped everyone had enjoyed the evening.

LONG Sutton Baptist Church will be serving hot lunches on Friday, from 11.30am to 1.30pm. All are welcome.


MORTON and Hanthorpe Parish Council met on June 16. During the public forum, PCSO Parrett reported on recent changes in the local policing team and warned of some scams active locally.

A parishioner expressed concern about the King’s Head site.

In the clerk’s report, it was reported that the district council had confirmed that the necessary costings were being looked at in order to carry out the work of overhanging bushes in the church yard.

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 - 211 notice, F Richardson, work on salix tree, rear of The Grange, High Street. Councillors had no objections to this notice.

South Kesteven District Council approvals: 211 notice, P Knapp, removal of leylandii to rear of 35 High Street and 211 notice; F Richardson, work on salix tree to rear of The Grange, High Street.

Fibre optic broadband: the clerk had received publicity advising that this was now available throughout the parish. After checks, it was established that only properties to the east of the church were able to access this service at present. No firm date was available for the rest of the parish.

The annual external audit has been completed by Grant Thornton. The required completion notice is displayed on the High Street notice board.

Analemmatic sundial, High Street: the 2000+ Committee had written asking for the sundial, situated in the High Street grass verge, and previously looked after by volunteers, to be maintained by the parish council, as the agreed ‘continuing body’, as there was concern that it may be damaged if it became overgrown.

The clerk had spoken to Pilgrim Services and they had agreed to trim back the edges when they carry out the grass cutting.

Planning applications: P Middleton, change of use of land to residential gardens, 69-81 Millfield Road; J Cooper, demolition of outbuilding and building of single-storey rear extension, Elvidge’s Farm, Morton Drove; J Cooper, demolition of agricultural building and replace with steel framed building, Elvidge’s Farm, Morton Drove; Mrs J Hammond, timber outbuilding, 61 Haconby Lane.

Councillors considered these applications and had no objections to approval.

A15 crossroads/crossing issues - proposed pedestrian crossing: the parish council is aware that section 106 money from the Larkfleet development, held by the district council, is available towards any future crossing.

Further 106 funding would be added if the proposed convenience store plans on the Lord Nelson site were to be approved. However, as district councillor Cartwright explained, these amounts would not cover the cost of any traffic light-controlled project.

The parish council could consider the possibility of borrowing the necessary funds, which would necessitate an arrangement to increase the precept (council tax) in order to repay the debt.

Although a crossing may undoubtedly be an excellent idea, it may also be the case that such an increase would not be popular with some parts of the parish populace, concentrated in the east of the village, with less priority for an A15 crossing.

Another suggestion put forward was that of a mini-roundabout, which would slow traffic giving pedestrians more opportunity to cross the road.

Councillors resolved to invite an officer from the county council’s highways department to attend a public meeting, on a date to be arranged, to inform the parish of the county view on the Lord Nelson application and on any crossing projects or safety improvements which may be applicable to the A15 at Morton, along with any cost estimations.

King’s Head site: as it was apparent that the Lincolnshire Co-op had no clear plan for the use of the site, it was suggested that the council should contact the Co-op to put forward the suggestion that the site would lend itself to an appropriately-sized commercial concern, with a requirement for light traffic use.

Bourne Road verges: the clerk was asked to contact the highways deparment to see if kerbing could be installed along the Bourne Road verge opposite Hillview, in order to combat vehicles running on to this area.

Bourne Road litter picking: unfortunately, litter remains a problem in many parts of the parish.

The parish council receives a grant from the district council which does not cover the amount paid out for the present, long standing, litter picking regime covering the High Street and adjacent areas.

It was not felt that the area covered could be extended to Bourne Road.

Other matters: Coun Lawrance suggested that the purchase of a new seat for the junior play area should be considered on the next meeting agenda.

He also reported that a group of dog owners, disregarding notices prohibiting dogs, were using the playing field for dog training purposes. Coun Lawrance had spoken to them about the matter.

Coun Cartwright said she would look into the problem of estate agents notices being fly-posted.

Coun Hyde brought to the council’s notice his concern, and that of others, regarding the commencement of work to repair the church hall roof causing disturbance to nesting swifts.

Several individuals had already been in touch with the church authorities about this matter and it was agreed that this was not an issue that need involve the parish council.

The clerk was asked to deal with the following matters: write to Mr Seed regarding the overgrown hedge at 2 Stainfield Road, Hanthorpe, and look into the possibility of a byelaw to prevent dogs being brought on to the playing field.

The next parish council meeting will be held in Morton Village Hall on Tuesday, July 28, preceded by a public forum, commencing at 7.15pm.


AT the June meeting of Rippingale and District WI, the president welcomed Stuart Gibbon, a retired policeman, who enlightened members on how robberies happen to family homes.

Excellent advice was given on how to deal with scams and mobile phone theft.

Michele reminded members of coming events – a barbecue, afternoon tea and chat at her home, also an afternoon tea organised by a member to raise money for a defibrillator at Rippingale Village Hall.

Members were asked for contributions of cakes for the Lincolnshire Show, also help and cakes for Rippingale Feast.

The speaker for July will be Veronica Hewins with Indian cookery.

For further information, contact president Michele Joint on 01778 440368 or email michele@vikingsigns.co.uk.

Saracen’s Head

FLOWER Club met in the village hall on June 9, with 19 women in attendance. The arrangement was by Mandy Buckbury.

Raffle winners were Ann Bailey, Mary Cooper, Gill Ward, Annette Holder, Barbara Wheatley, Marilyn Howe, Barbara Cole, Jo Harvey, Mandy Buckbury and June Taylor.

A vote was taken regarding this year’s charity tea party. Proceeds from the party will go to the Alzheimer’s charity and air ambulance. The tea party will take place on September 1.


SOUTH Holland Local History Group will meet in St John’s Church Lounge, Hawthorn Bank, on Friday at 7.30pm. Speaker, with assistants, is Tom Lane, talking about folklore and customs. Admission is £2 and refreshments are available.

Sutton Bridge

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

After a meal, entertainment is provided. For further information, call Eric Ormond on 01406 370014.

Weston Hills

ST John’s Church is holding a quiz in the village hall on Friday at 7pm. Tickets are £4 from 01775 766907. Refreshments available.

Whaplode Drove

SATURDAY is the church gift day. There will be a craft exhibition in the church from 10am to 4pm and light lunches or refreshments will be served in the church room from 11am until 2pm. Everyone is welcome.

The church will also be open on Sunday from 2pm to 4pm for the exhibition.

PRIZE bingo, plus cash flyer, is at the Elizabethan Centre on Thursday. Doors open 6.45pm, eyes down 7.30pm. Refreshments. No unaccompanied under 18s.