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Cactus Society

THERE was a good turnout for the June meeting of the Cactus Society and members were pleased to welcome several new people.

The talk and pictures presented by Chris Davies about his visit to Mexico in 2012 was detailed and informative.

He travelled from Chihuahua to Morelos in the western central part of Mexico and back along the coast of the Sea of Cortz, Baha, California. The audience was shown different cacti growing in a variety of habitats.

The journey went through countryside with some spectacular mountain scenery, as well as through small towns and villages which added to the enjoyment.

The group meets on the third Friday of the month in Weston Village Hall at 7.30pm.

At the next meeting on July 17, the speaker, John Arnold, will speak about his travels in South America and the cacti in the opuntia/prickly pear group. Go along to enjoy what promises to be an interesting evening.


IT was another excellent year of entries for the marquee exhibition run by the ladies of Crowland Women’s Institute at Saturday’s Crowland Show.

The standard was excellent and members were pleased to see the regular entrants taking in their treasured craft items.

Flowers had been nurtured, cookery entries practised, art and photos captured.

The best thing for organisers is seeing the faces of entrants, both young and old, when they are allowed back into the area after the judges have awarded certificates for their work and best in show cups.

One family, who come from Bath, enter the classes every year and are always cheerful, whether they win or not.

Out of 25 categories, 20 of these were won by members of the public and not WI members, so next year think about entering the show with your exhibits.

Results – craft: hand knitting - 1 Mina Pope, 2 Marion Dowell, 3 Marilyn McMahon; quilted/patchwork cushion – 1 and 2 Iris Chalk, 3 Christine Gray; cross stitch - 1 Laura Packwood, 2 Teresa Murphy; pearl anniversary card - 1 Marilyn McMahon, 2 Andrea Kettles; beadwork - 1 Wendy Pooley; best in show - 2 Dawn Prosser, 3 Audrey Elliot; something new from something old - 1 Tean Johnson, 2 and 3 Gaye Burchnall; any other craft - 1 Iris Chalk, 2 Tean Johnson, 3 Iris Chalk, h/c Christine Gray, Carol Shutt.

Flowers: single rose - 1 Jan Tysoe, 2 Audrey Elliot, 3 Carol Shutt, h/c Marilyn McMahon, Ann Hill; vase of roses - 1 Jan Tysoe, 2 Vanessa Boom, 3 Ann Hill, h/c Lola Rose; vase of garden flowers - 1 Jen Alcock, 2 Vanessa Boom, 3 Carol Shutt, h/c Anne Weyers; vase of sweet peas - 1 Caroline East, 2 Tony Boom, 3 Caroline East; cup and saucer arrangement - 1 Jen Alcock, 2 Jill Cross, 3 Caroline East, h/c Carol Shutt; pearl wedding arrangement - 1 Libby Jackson; best in show, 2 Ann Hill.

Photography: animal portrait - 1 D Stock; best in show, 2 Barbara Wheeler, 3 Emily Colhoun, h/c Phillip Green; sporting moment – 1 Tony Boom; celebration; 1 Paul Austin, 2 Vicky Sthiel, 3 Dawn Prosser, h/c Sean Housden.

Art: pastels - 1 Aline Caspari, 2 Bruce Hicks; watercolour - 1 Shirley Walton, 2 Tean Johnson, 3 Aline Caspari, h/c Shirley Walton, Bruce Hicks; pencil drawing - 1 Wendy Quinnell; best in show, 2 Wendy Quinnell.

Cookery: apple pie - 1 Brian Porter, 2 Brian Porter and Elaine Larkins, 3 Christine Gray; coffee and walnut cake - 1 Sue Parrott, 2 Jen Alcock, 3 Jan Tysoe, h/c Karen Jinks; Eccles cakes - 1 Christine Gray; best in show - 2 Elaine Larkins, 3 Bron Lambert, h/c Jan Tysoe; bread plait - 1 Sue Simmons, 2 Elaine Larkins; strawberry jam - 1 Ann Caprio, 2 and 3 Vanessa Boom, h/c Jan Tysoe; piccalilli - 1 Vanessa Boom, 2 Elaine Larkins, 3 Vanessa Boom. Children’s : sweet peas - 1 Callie Madden; two decorated gingerbread people - 1 Zillah Austin, 2 Samuel Annible, 3 Fenn Austin and Thomas Annible; decorated stone - 1 Lola Rose, 2 Zillah Austin, 3 Lilly Cross, h/c Megan Horner, Rachel Weston, Callie Madden, Kip Ingram, Fenn Austin, Craig Al-Rousi, Scott Al-Rousi.

Thanks go to everyone who entered. Next year’s programme will be published in the Crowland town magazine early 2016.


HOLBEACH Food Festival takes place in the grounds of William Stukeley School in Spalding Road on Saturday, from 10am to 4pm. It will feature local food, local culture and local music. Free entry.

AT the last meeting of All Saints’ Ladies Group, members visited Octavia Hill’s house in Wisbech.

Octavia was born in Wisbech and was one of the great social reformers of the Victorian era. Some members were trapped in the lift and had to be rescued.

The annual meeting will be on July 10 in the Reading Rooms at 7.30pm when, following a business meeting, there will be a buffet and some poetry reading.

Contact Gill Graper on 01406 423803 for further information.

THE live music and entertainment evenings are becoming very popular at the United Services Club in Church Street, as on Saturday, at 8pm, sees the very welcome return of Jayne, performing live in the bar.

Admission is free and everybody is welcome, but must be 18 or over. Further details from the club on 01406 423134 during normal opening hours.

Saracen’s Head

VILLAGE hall annual meeting will be in the hall on Monday at 8pm. Please go along and give your support as without the village hall lots of social events would never take place.

The village hall offers lots of functions nearly on a daily basis. Plans for the future of the village hall will also be discussed at the meeting.


IT is a little bit churchy, very messy and very sporty. That is the sports edition of messy church at Spalding Baptist Church in Swan Street on Saturday, from 4pm to 6pm.

On offer will be basketball, football, hula-hooping, balloon volleyball, arty stuff, games, food, Olympic doughnut eating and more.

This is fun for all the family and children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is £1 each. For more information, call 07825 173926 or visit www.spaldingbaptist.org.uk.

SPALDING East Townswomen’s Guild met at the Gleed Academy Library and birthday greetings were given to Margaret Crampton.

The guild had been invited to the West Guild’s strawberry tea and four members were going.

The luncheon club had met at the Sunshine Cafe and had a nice meal. The next one is at the Red Lion Centre on July 15.

Speakers Chris Carter and Jan Whitbourn, from Tulip Radio, gave a presentation with images; a lot of members did not realise all that Tulip Radio does in the area.

Jan asked the guild to take part in the Spalding in Bloom competition when a canvas has to be decorated; it was agreed to take part.

Raffle winners were Mrs Hilton and Mrs Winch and the competition winners were Janet Bain, Doreen Grummit and Margaret Woolsey.

The next meeting is on July 28 when the speaker will be from Simpsons Butchers and the competition is for a farm yard animal.

If you would like to join the group, go along on July 28 at 7pm - or phone 01775 711958.


A DANCE will be held in the village hall on Saturday, July 11, from 7.30pm to 11.30pm. Doors open at 7pm.

Admission is £5 and includes tea/coffee and biscuits and a raffle ticket. Bring your own soft drinks.

Donations of raffle prizes would be appreciated.

For more information, contact Brian Utting on 07979 987180.