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WHIST drive winners on July 8 were N Sharpe, A Casswell, B Stead, J Thompson, B Bothamley and E Wyer; partner, R Cope and J Johnson, A Casswell and N Sharpe; donkey derby, J Johnson. Raffle winners were N Sharpe, J Thompson and R Northern.

MC at the solo drive on July 7 was Jean Thompson. Winners were Jean Thompson, Lynn Wyer and Eric Wyer; lucky score, Betsy Stead; donkey derby, Joan Hodgson. Raffle winners were Barbara Hall, Lavinia Lord and Betsy Stead.


LOCAL brownies will be joining in the messy church in the church hall tomorrow from 3.30pm onwards. The theme is ‘Looking after God’s World’. All children accompanied by an adult are invited to go along.

PEOPLE living in Gosberton are invited to go along to help paint the outside of the Quadring Church Hall. Contact Tony Quinton on 01775 680232 if you can help.

TRANSPORTED Art is doing free silk painting workshops which are taking place in the mobile library.

It is for people of all ages and abilities. Workshops will last from 30 minutes to an hour depending on the length of time of the library stop.

A youth club worker is still required. Contact 01775 840694 if you can help.

GOSBERTON House School held a wonderful open gardens event on Sunday.

Thanks were expressed to all pupils and staff for working so hard at producing lovely gardens and also to the visitors who supported the day, making it successful.

It was in association with the Lincolnshire Garden Trust.

GOSBERTON House School is having a summer fun day on Saturday, inviting family and friends to go along between 1pm and 2pm.

The school has been busy and last week staged a summer concert, which was well attended by parents and friends.

GOSBERTON Academy launched a new website in June, enabling those interested to subscribe to a feed of the latest news items.

Gosberton Clough and Risegate

Clough and Risegate Community Primary School has a new website.

As part of Road Safety Week, the school received a visit from two representatives from Gist who, to the children’s delight, arrived at school in a lorry.

Each class had an hour’s presentation followed by outdoor activities with the lorry.

On Tuesday, the Oak class enjoyed a visit to Burghley House, Stamford, to ‘meet the Tudors’. School reports have been sent home to parents.

THE parable of the boy with loaves and fishes was the theme of Gosberton Clough messy church held in the Methodist Church on Friday.

The young people made bread and butter and, with a metallic pen, coloured in fish.

They made sun catchers and were told the story of the parable before tucking in to fish fingers, chips, bread rolls and jelly.

THE Clough Centenary Methodist Church was filled to capacity for its 80th chapel anniversary celebrations on Saturday.

A songs of praise event was led by Michael Jessop, of Boston. Duets were rendered by Edith Fell and Trevor Cummins to Mr Cummins’ guitar accompaniment, and Ruth Perry amused the congregation with her monologues.

Graham Haresign played the Dambusters March on the organ, and duets of organ and piano were played by Mr Haresign and Jane Brigginshaw.

Offertory stewards were Ken Templeman and Nigel Fear. Ken Templeman welcomed everyone and the Rev David Curran gave a vote of thanks, leading the singing of Happy Birthday to the chapel.

All enjoyed a strawberry supper. The anniversary celebrations continued on the following day with a service conducted by Captain Paul Whitley, followed by tea.


UNIVERSITY Academy is holding its annual arts festival today, from 7pm to 8.30pm. Admission is free.

There will be music and art work provided by a number of the departments in the school.

People can come at any time during the event and wander around, looking at and listening to the pupils’ work.

HOLBEACH Town Band are delighted to be returning to Crowland Abbey on Saturday to perform a summer brass concert.

The concert starts at 7.30pm and will contain a variety of music to suit all tastes, but there will be a ‘Britishness’ about many of the pieces.

Tickets cost £7.50 and are available from band members, Crowland Abbey and on the door.

THE Old One’s and Young One’s bingo will be on Monday at the Women’s Institute Hall, Park Road, raising money for Holbeach Primary Academy, the Callum Pite Smile Charity and Boston and South Lincolnshire Merchant Navy Association. Eyes down at 7.30pm.


THE next community ceilidh is tomorrow at St Mary’s Church Hall, Rose Lane. Dancing starts at 7.45pm until 10.30pm, with a short break for a performance by the Slapdash Appalachian Dancers.

The Beltonas band provide the music and the caller is Sue Gray. The emphasis is on having fun and everyone is welcome, no expertise required.

Home-made cakes are on sale for 50p. Tea and coffee are included in the entry fee, which is £4 for adults, children under 16 are free.

There is no bar so take your own drinks. Further information can be obtained via the Spalding Folk Club website at spaldingfolkclub@gmail.com or email rose.lane.ceilidh@gmail.com.

Pode Hole

THE past few weeks have been a very exciting time for Pode Hole Women’s Institute.

On June 25, 14 members went out for an enjoyable meal at the Swan Inn at Moulton.

At the meeting on July 7, 20 visitors from Tollgate, Fulney and Holbeach joined members for a Swish evening clothes swap.

The meeting opened with a talk by Dave Rodweĺl, from South Holland District Council, on the local recycling policy.

Everyone found it interesting and Dave answered lots of queries.

After a buffet supper, everyone had the chance to recycle clothes, shoes and bags they had taken to the meeting.

For each item that members took to recycle, they received a token which they could then exchange for something they liked that someone else had taken along.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the evening and about 120 items were exchanged.

On Saturday, eight members attended the Pride of South Holland awards at the South Holland Centre and were delighted to win the Spalding in Bloom canvas competition organised by Tulip Radio.

The competition was judged by local MP John Hayes and his wife. There were about 50 fantastic colourful canvases, so members were proud to be judged the winner.


CHAIRMAN Joan Abbott welcomed 23 members to the Spalding West Townswomen’s Guild July meeting.

A new member was introduced and welcomed. Mrs S Johnson updated members on local events and gave a vote of thanks to Margaret Dempster for holding the recent strawberry tea afternoon at her home, which everyone agreed was enjoyable.

The competition for an animal ornament ended with Mrs J Abbott, Mrs M Rhodes, Mrs R Henderson and Miss K Barsley all tying in first place.

The raffle was won by Miss K Barsley and Mrs J Reader.

After refreshments, the group had a talk from Sally Sneath accompanied by her dog Harry.

The two of them visit nursing homes and hospitals under the PAT scheme, Pets as Therapy, a charity which was started in 1983.

Cats are also used to visit under the scheme and last year over 130,000 people were visited.

Stroking a dog or cat is proven to be good for calming and reducing tension and, if a patient in hospital has had to leave their own pet at home, a visit from Harry or one of his colleagues is a wonderful boost.

The next meeting is in St John’s Church Hall, Hawthorn Bank, on Thursday, September 10, at 2.15pm.

The speaker will be Alan Lamb telling ‘stories from fens and marshes’. The competition is for a pen, the more unusual the better. New members and visitors are always welcome.


THE church fete will be held in the church room garden from 2pm on Sunday. All welcome.

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