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Cactus Growers

THE Cactus Growers meet at Weston Village Hall, Small Drove, on the third Friday of each month at 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

On Friday, July 17, speaker John Arnold will be talking about his trip to South America and the Opuntia/prickly pear cacti he saw in habitat while there.

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. For further information, go to www.spalding.bcss.org.uk.


COWBIT Ladies Club will meet in the village hall tomorrow at 7.30pm to hear Duncan McGowan give a presentation on glass bead making.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served. Members and new faces are welcome.

For further information, contact Val Day on 01406 380756.


A Matthew Flinders celebration is being held at St Mary and the Holy Rood Church on Friday. The service starts at noon and there will be music and readings from the primary school, high school and Flinders Founders.

Everyone is welcome to the service to celebrate the life of Matthew Flinders.


A SEA Sunday service and blessing of the boats will be held at Surfleet Seas End reservoir on Sunday, July 26, at 2.30pm (high tide).

Boat owners are being contacted, the sound system is booked and the service sheets will be available. Please invite any boat owners you may know.

Why not take along your own picnic and make an afternoon/evening of it (drinks provided).

The event is organised by Churches Together in Gosberton and district. Meet by the lock gates on the River Glen.

GOSBERTON Parish Council met on June 29. There were no members of the public for the open forum.

The council has been trying to obtain extra dog bins for the parish and a meeting was due to be arranged with Tony Crofts at South Holland District Council following discussions with Coun Clark.

However, it was noted that a new bin had already been placed in Lowgate. Coun Pell agreed to check one of the other locations that had been requested before an appointment is made between the chairman and Mr Crofts.

The clerk reported that negotiations were still ongoing with regards to the potential purchase of a portion of the playing field which is owned by Lincolnshire County Council.

The process had been delayed due to changes within Mouchel, with many of its functions being taken over by Cerco. It looks as if the land and property will now continue with Mouchel.

It was agreed that the clerk will keep councillors informed when she receives any further information from the land agents.

It is hoped that a quotation will soon be received for renovation work on the rocking horse in the playing field.

Coun Pell is hoping to be able to help with replacing the slats on the seat on the playing field.

Five planning applications were discussed, with objections lodged on two and the results of six previous applications reported.

One application that had been rejected was going to appeal. The parish council will advise the inspectorate of its concerns as it is recognised that it may not be fully aware of the previous objections.

There have also been changes at the planning department as comments that are submitted by non-statutory consultees to the district council are no longer uploaded to the district council’s website.

Councillors feel that this discriminates against residents who are not personally able to travel to Spalding to view the planning files.

This also means that unless a resident raises concerns with a parish councillor, the counil may not know that there are potential problems and cannot therefore respond to an application in the most appropriate way.

The clerk was advised to write to SHDC to raise these concerns, which are also being supported by Lincolnshire Association of Local Councils.

Problems with overhanging trees were reported along Risegate Eau and Siltside. The clerk said she would contact Welland and Deeping Internal Drainage Board about this.

The clerk was also asked to report a property that is again badly overgrown to the Environmental Health Department.

A complaint had been received about the way dustbin lorries are collecting rubbish and this is being taken up with SHDC.

PCSO Abbotts was unable to attend the meeting and advised that since the last meeting there had been vehicle thefts in Risegate Road and Spalding Road, a theft of a bicycle in High Street, a theft in Siltside, Risegate Road and Gosberton Bank, two road traffic collisions in Boston Road and Peter Seadyke Lane.

The next meeting will be held at the public hall on Monday, August 10, at 7.30pm.

GOSBERTON Churches Together meets at the Baptist Church on Thursday at 7.30pm.

A new member was welcomed to Gosberton Baptist floristry class on Tuesday. All enjoyed arranging flowers in terracotta pots before being shown how to make a hand tie bouquet.

Anyone interested in joining these popular classes should phone Annie Weatherly-Barton on 01775 840693.

The next messy church is in the church hall on Friday at 3.30pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Gosberton Clough and Risegate

THE Woodbine Study Group is a Christian group which meets to study the Bible, to pray and to learn. For information, contact Mary Burton on 01775 750213 or 07989 070330.

Holbeach Drove

THERE will be a songs of praise event in the Methodist Chapel on Friday, July 24, at 7pm. Go along for a good sing and warm fellowship.

Long Sutton

LONG Sutton Outreach welcomes anyone enjoying a chat and company, especially carers, at the Royal British Legion Hall, West Street, on Thursday.

Free refreshments and afternoon entertainment by Spalding Folk Club. Doors open at 10am. Volunteers and raffle prizes especially welcome.

Moulton Chapel

A bingo in aid of Peterborough City Hospital’s breast cancer unit is in the youth and community centre on Wednesday, July 22.

Doors open at 6.30pm for eyes down at 7.30pm. Please bring a raffle or bingo prize. The June bingo raised £500.

Moulton Seas End

A FASHION show in the village hall is on Thursday, July 23, at 7pm.

Back by popular demand, Lincs Fashions is holding the event and purchases can be made on the night.

Tickets are available on the door or, to avoid disappointment, call Janet Creek on 01406 371371.

DATE for your diary – Moulton Seas End has Talent is on September 29. Further details later.

Parkinson’s UK

SPALDING and District Parkinson’s UK branch meeting is at Pinchbeck Village Hall, Knight Street, on Thursday, from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

Exercise class and Janette Olive, information and support worker. All welcome.


A ceilidh takes place at St Mary’s Church Hall, Rose Lane, on Friday. The Beltonas will be providing the music and there will be a display by Slapdash Dancers.

Doors open at 7.30pm and dancing is from 7.45pm until 10.30pm. Admission is £4, children free.

There is no bar so take your own drinks. Tea and coffee is included and home made cakes will be on sale. For more information, phone 01775 723026.


AT the July meeting of Rippingale and District Women’s Institute, the president welcomed speaker Veronica Hewens, who demonstrated the true art of Indian cookery by creating a chicken curry and aloo gobi, a vegetarian dish.

She told members that original Indian curry was always vegetarian, being safer to eat in a hot climate.

Veronica gave a potted history of her early years in India and how she came to live in England. Members then had chance to taste the dishes.

A report was given on the NFWI centenary annual meeting in London. The 2016 AGM will be held in Brighton.

The secretary said the ACWW charity would be supporting the women of Cameroon in education.

Members had a successful visit to Highgrove in June and several members spent an hilarious evening with the Canal Theatre in Market Harborough.

The president thanked members for their generous donations of cakes and hours spent manning the WI food marquee at the Lincolnshire Show.

Members also ran the refreshment marquee at the Rippingale Feast Day. Future events are a summer barbecue, theatre visit and a centennial fair in Harrogate.

A member will attend Denman WI College at the end of July for a weekend introduction to stained glass work for beginners.

The group meets again in the village hall on Thursday, September 3, at 7.30pm, when members will be treated to ‘Strictly fun dancing’. On September 17, there will be a centenary tea party.

As an organisation, the WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities and the chance to build new skills, to take part in a wide variety of activities and to campaign on issues that matter to them and their communities.

For further information on this friendly group, contact Michele on 01778 440368 or email michele@vikingsigns.co.uk.

Sutton Bridge

ST Matthew’s Church flower festival starts on Thursday, until Monday, with the theme ‘Well known men’. Refreshments will be available.

Weston Hills

A Beetle drive is in the village hall on July 24 at 7pm. Contact Viv on 01775 766907 for tickets.


A garage sale, to raise money for St Mary’s Church flower festival, is being held at Janet’s Yard, High Road, on Saturday, July 18 and 25, from 10am to 2pm.

Whaplode Drove

THE church PCC thanks everyone for their contribution towards the gift day weekend, those who exhibited, those who helped and all who worked and attended the lunch. It is most appreciated.

PRESIDENT Mavis Stancer welcomed members and guests from Gedney Hill, Holbeach St Johns, Crowland and Spalding Fulney to the Women’s Institute anniversary celebration.

Birthday flowers and greetings were given to Jean Johnson.

Members were reminded of the outings to Long Sutton glass blowing demonstration, and the Dads Army Museum.

Entertainment was provided by members Jane Sivers and Brenda Blankley who, in their own inimitable style, provided a ‘Great British Take-Off’, slap stick, hilarious and in Jane’s case, edible. Competition winners for an arrangement of flowers in an egg cup was won by Jean Cottam, Mavis Stancer and Kate Mellish.

Senior member Alfreda Brand cut the birthday cake and everyone enjoyed a delicious home-cooked supper.