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From Deeping St James to Whaplode Drove

Deeping St James

Jonathan Oldfield gave an interesting and informative talk to the WI about ‘the weekly shop, an insider’s guide to the food we eat’. He said he currently works for Morrisons, where he looks after one of the fruit or flower factories. He initially started working for the Rannoch Food Group, which had a chicken farm preparing chicken in many ways and predominantly supplying Marks and Spencer. Jonathan began his job doing admin work, but then needed to sell. He had to convert value out of things that nobody wanted, needing to make a profit at each stage. The large supermarkets help to keep standards high. Jonathan went on to work for Marks and Spencer in Baker Street in London then he took a marketing role at Hazlewood Breadwinner, which was a sandwich making business for Sainsbury’s and airlines. Jonathan accompanied his talk with slides, explaining how fixed weights of chickens for example are achieved. He had donated a beautiful bouquet of flowers as a raffle prize. The competition for a vegetable creature was won by Susanne Hoadley. 
Next time Stuart Gibbon will be speaking about ‘Staying Safe’ at the church hall on August 27 at 7.30pm.

THE Coffee Group held an afternoon tea on the church hall lawn and over 50 people enjoyed the beautiful sunshine. The event raised £247 including a £5 donation, towards funds which will be distributed in May 2016. Margaret and Jane would like to thank all who attended and those who helped to make another successful event.


The new curate at All Saints Church is Michaela Dean from Sutton St James, who took her first Sunday Eucharist service on Sunday, July 26. She will be working two days a week plus Sunday and will be taking responsibility for the four care homes in Holbeach and will be chaplain to Holbeach Hospital and to the deanery branch of the Mother’s Union.

Holbeach Access Point for the Credit Union runs from the Reading Rooms, Church Street, alongside the Foodbank every Friday from 11am-2pm and anyone is welcome to join. Credit unions work to benefit their members, helping to provide communities with affordable loans and savings products.

ONCE again the Fenland Working Weekend is being held on Saturday and Sunday, September 19 and 20, at Branches Lane, Fleet PE12 8QU. The event attracts many tractor and farming enthusiasts who are able to take their tractors and machines along to plough and cultivate the fields in the traditional way. The event is open to both the exhibitor and those with working displays. Refreshments and hot food are available over the weekend. Minimum of £5 donation, which goes to charity, are the only charges to speak of – otherwise there are the fields to use as you see fit. Contact Alan on 07720 705158 or Andrew on 01406 490642 for further details regarding anything concerning this event. Spectators free. Starts from 10am until whenever you want to stop!

Long Sutton

Long Sutton WI held their monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 21 with a talk by Rainbows Hospice. A table of items were for sale which made over £100 towards the charity.

Tea and biscuits were served and a raffle.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, August 18 with a flower demonstration by Janet Doy.

The WI centenary celebrations will be held on Tuesday, September 15 with a talk about Laddies Ice Cream, a celebratory cake tea and coffee will be served also a raffle.

If you are or know of any past members and would like further information about this evening please contact Eileen Neal on01406 364529.

Market Deeping

LOCAL bargain hunters are encouraged to attend the Deepings Shopping Centre’s first ever charity car boot sale on Sunday with all pitch fees donated the Rotary Club of the Deepings. The shopping centre is calling on the people of Market Deeping to look through their cupboards and give those wardrobe a sort out in order to find any unwanted items to sell.

The event will run from 8am until 1pm within the long stay area of the centre’s car park and pitch holders are able to set up from 7am. A pitch costs £5 per car, and £10 with a trailer.

To reserve a pitch phone 01945 584109 or visit the front kiosk in the Co-op supermarket. The event is open to car booters only, trade stalls and food vendors are not permitted.

Whaplode Drove

The president, Mavis Stancer, welcomed members to the meeting of the WI and Jerusalem was sung, birthday flowers and greetings were given to Brenda Blankley.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and discussed and details of various invitations read, including outings to Holbeach St Johns, Whaplode and Cranwell Village for functions.

A new project for the ACCW was discussed and members will be contributing at some point.

A meeting on November 25 at Moulton WI to ponder the next resolutions to be put 
forward was briefly mentioned.

The speakers for the evening came from the Exotic Pet Refuge at Deeping St James and spoke interestingly and knowledgeably about the work of the refuge.

None of the animals are 
indigenous to this country and many were the result of 
people wanting exotic pets and being unable and 
inexperienced at looking 
after them. Pam Mansfield and Fiona told of the efforts and continuous efforts at fund-raising.

They brought with them a bearded lizard and a small owl who both seemed to enjoy the attention.

They were thanked by Jane Sivers.

Competition of a small 
animal ornament was won by Linda Wapples, Mary Stone and Margaret Lawson.