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From Gosberton to Whaplode St Catherine


GOSBERTON Good Companions Club met in the public hall on Tuesday afternoon.

Members were welcomed by Maxine Dobney. They all enjoyed playing bingo, with Maxine and Les Stephenson as the callers.

The auction was run by Les Stephenson who was assisted by Ann Manning and Mrs Dobney.

Tea and coffees were made by Mr Stephenson and Mary Mayfield, served by members. Lilian Crunkhorn and Edna Richardson organised the raffle.

St Peter and St Paul’s Church continues to collect stamps for St Barnabas Hospice.

A small border needs to be cut around each stamp and these can be left in a tub at the back of the church, handed in to Quadring Post Office or dropped through the letter box at 119 High Street, Gosberton.

MEMBERS of the Gosberton Baptist floristry class enjoyed making a modern, all-round table arrangement last Tuesday.

Today, the group will make a fireplace display in a casserole dish using summer flowers.

Gosberton Clough and Risegate

GOSBERTON and District Churches Together organised a beetle drive at the Duke of York last Tuesday.

The Rev Steve Weatherly-Barton welcomed everyone and took on the role of MC for the evening.

Sheila Lee was the solo winner, with Mick’s team taking the group title.

Margaret Wright was door steward and sold raffle tickets. There were several prize winners in the raffle.

A lovely supper of chip butties and a delicious banana cake was provided by Sue Goodenough. Thanks were expressed to Sue and Phil Britain for their hospitality.


ON Saturday, between 2pm and 4pm, Holbeach Town Band will open its doors to the general public when it hosts its second music café.

Anyone is welcome to attend, whether you are seven or 70, an accomplished player or a beginner, even if you fancy just popping along for a piece of cake and a brew.  

The band had a successful music café in April and everyone involved had a great time, so the band has decided to do it again as a way of advertising the annual Learn to Play week (August 3 to 8).

Band members will be helped by their supporters, who will be running the cafe.

It starts at 2pm at the Women’s Institute Hall and you will have the chance to meet members of the band and the Holbeach Victoria Training Band, and see them perform.

Bring your own instrument (or borrow one from the band) and you can join in the playing; or you can try out some of the instruments.

Players will give demonstrations of their instruments throughout the afternoon and there will be the chance to grab a cuppa and a cake.

Long Sutton

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

LONG Sutton Baptist Church has a table top sale on Friday, July 31, from 9am to noon.

Contact Corinne on 01406 424467 or Iris on 01406 362746 or call in the church for further details.


ENTERTAINERS Pinchbeck St Mary’s Church Choir, led by Trevor Cummins, were welcomed to Pinchbeck Women’s Institute’s strawberry supper by president Margaret Moyses.

A short business meeting was held and members were thanked for the donations of cakes and the help given at Pinchbeck Carnival, with £105 raised.

Thank you letters had been received from Deeping St Nicholas and Holbeach WIs in appreciation of Margaret Moyses arranging the centenary celebrations at South Holland Centre.

Dates for the diary: August 10, informal get together at Lesley Bamforth’s, Blackwater, Old Fen Lane, PE11 3SL; September 14, centenary celebration at Surfleet Golf Club, 7pm for 7.30pm; September 19, afternoon tea at Pinchbeck Village Hall, a centenary celebration - everyone welcome; September 21, Welland South Group centenary celebration, 7.30pm, Pinchbeck Village Hall, ticket £8, entertainment by St Nicholas Players and fish and chip supper.

After a delicious strawberry supper prepared by Trish Harvey, members enjoyed the well-known songs sung by the church choir, some of which members joined in.

Table flowers, which were beautifully arranged by Irene Wright, were given to Trish Harvey.

There were many raffle winners. The competition for a holiday snap was won by Eileen Pacey, Judy Wilson and Trish Harvey.

In September, the group meets at the golf club for its special celebration.


A garage sale, to raise money for St Mary’s Church, Whaplode, is being held on Saturday at Janet’s Yard at 206 High Road, from 10am to 2pm.


EVERGREEN Club had its meeting on Tuesday during which a quiz afternoon was held.

Members were given 50 questions and they were in a team of two.

Winners were in first place, Sheila Williams and Sandra Townsend, second Dee Johns and Len Scott and third Madge Jackson and Edna North. All received a prize.

Dee Johns received a card and flowers to congratulate her on her 70th birthday.

On Tuesday, July 28, the club has its musical afternoon with Brian Johnson in the church hall.

All are welcome; £2 admission includes sandwiches, cakes and refreshments plus a raffle.


SOUTH Holland Local History Group meets in St John’s Church Lounge, Hawthorn Bank, on Friday at 7.30pm.

The speaker is John Hastings Thompson with the subject ‘building the new patriot class locomotive (the unknown warrior)’. Admission is £2 and refreshments are available at 50p.


ON a fine evening in June, a group from Surfleet Ladybirds had an interesting walking quiz around the village.

The quiz, which was ably set by member Frances Richardson, consisted of questions related to Surfleet.

Members visited all four points of the village and discovered what an interesting place they live in. Thanks to Frances for her hard work.

Afterwards, the group enjoyed a meal at The Crown. Members also recently had a garden party at the Fraiser Room with the theme of the ‘Roaring 20s’. Many members dressed up accordingly.

Thanks to everyone who made the effort. Members enjoyed delicious food supplied by members.

There was a quiz, guess the weight of the cake (provided by Pauline Ogden and won by Jean Bratley), games and raffle.

The Ladybirds has a varied programme and later in the year has a guided walk around Boston, a sing-song at the Christmas meeting and interesting talks in between.

Why not go along and give them a try. Membership is £3.50 a year and £1 per meeting. Visitors and guests are welcome.

Meetings are on the second Tuesday of the month in the Fraiser Room by St Laurence’s Church at 7.30pm. The next meeting is on August 11.

Any queries about the group, contact Hannah Avery on 01775 680646 or Heather Girdlestone on 01775 821130.

Whaplode Drove

SUPER summertime special prize bingo is at the Elizabethan Centre on Thursday. Doors open at 7pm for eyes down at 7.30pm.

There will be a cash flyer, accumulator, raffle and refreshments and a free glass of punch for each player. No unaccompanied under-18s.

Whaplode St Catherine

A quiz will take place in the Memorial Hall on Saturday, July 25. Doors open at 7pm.

Come and test your knowledge for just £1.50 per person, with teams of up to six.

This is proving a very popular event and is being held monthly from September. Great food, freshly cooked. Book your place by calling 01406 540733.