District News: Crowland to Whaplode Drove

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CHRISTMAS and New Year deadlines for the district pages will be Monday, December 23, for the combined edition of December 26; Friday, December 27 for the Lincolnshire Free Press of December 31 and Monday, December 30 for the Spalding Guardian of January 2. Copy should be received by 9.30am.

We would like to wish all our correspondents and contributors a merry Christmas and a happy New Year.


NEW Year’s Eve charity dance at the Royal British Legion Hall starts at 7.30pm until late. Music and disco provided by ‘The Sound Injectors’. Two course buffet and raffle. Tickets £25 in aid of the Royal British Legion and the Alzheimer’s Society. Over 18s only. Tickets from Nicky Rostron 01733 211379.

Gedney Drove End

SERVICE of Carols and Lessons will take place at Christ Church, Dawsmere on Christmas Eve at 3pm. The PCC thanks all those that supported the stall at the Christmas fayre which raised £226.50 for church funds.

ROYAL British Legion collected £300.99 for the Poppy Appeal including £30 collection from the Remembrance Service at Christ Church. A stall at the Christmas fayre raised £51.45 for branch funds.

MACMILLAN Cancer Support benefited by £880 from a bingo afternoon on November 24 organised by John and Pam Disdel in aid of the charity. They thank all those that supported the event in any way.


MOBILE library will be in Gosberton on Friday, December 27, Field Close, 10-11am and Godfrey Avenue, 11.05am -noon.

GOSBERTON Good Companion’s Club Christmas party is in the Public Hall today, starting with a Christmas lunch followed by entertainment.

BAPTIST Church has a Carol Service on Sunday at 10.30am when the church will still be decorated with the fairy lit Christmas trees, together with all the Christmas decorations. Also on Sunday the Methodist Church has a Carol Service at 6pm. On Christmas Day the Baptists have a service at 10am followed by a Christmas lunch for those who live alone. Please book with Janet Bullows on 01775 713341. The Methodist Church has a service also at 10am. A Christingle service will be held at St Peter and St Paul’s church at 4pm on Sunday, January 5.

PARISH Council met on December 9. A two minutes’ silence was observed in memory of the late Ray Noble who had died on November 26. There were no members of the public for the open forum and but there was a member of the public present who wanted to observe the council meeting as he had previously seen on the website that the parish was trying to co-opt new people as they were two councillors short in the Gosberton ward. He was unaware that sadly the council was now short of three councillors. Out of respect the clerk will not contact South Holland District Council until after Coun Noble’s funeral has taken place, and then they will have to advertise the positions. Neither Coun Clark or the clerk have had any success in reaching Network Rail who have still not been and cleared the vegetation close to Westhorpe Bridge, but they will keep trying. The precept for 2014/2015 is usually set at the December meeting but the clerk had received details from South Holland District Council earlier that day to say that they were still considering the responses to the consultation that ended on November 29 and that they will then support their Council Tax Support Scheme on January 22. They will contact the parish councils with further information. The precept form has to be submitted by January 31. In view of this, no further discussions could take place and this will be an agenda item for the next meeting. One of the sycamore trees had blown down in the strong winds at the playing field and the clerk is to report this to Richard Littlewood, at Lincolnshire County Council, who is providing a tree report covering the trees on the playing field, and also to Diane Fairchild at South Holland District Council. The parish council had contacted highways as Green Lane is getting bad again and they have visited the area and will continue to monitor the situation. Four planning applications were discussed and the results of three previous applications were reported. There continues to be a problem with rubbish being dumped in Lowgate and the clerk is to report this again to South Holland District Council. The next parish council meeting is on January 20, 7.30pm, in the Public Hall.

Gosberton Clough and Risegate

THE post office is in St Gilbert and St Hugh’s Church Hall each Monday and Thursday, 2pm to 4pm.

GOSBERTON Clough Methodist Church has a Carol Service on Sunday at 2.30pm. Tea and mince pies will follow the service.

A UNITED service for the three Methodist churches of Gosberton Clough, Gosberton Risegate and Gosberton Salem Street will take place at the Gosberton Clough Centenary Methodist on Sunday, December 29, at 10.30am.


ROYAL British Legion meets tomorrow at 7pm at Holbeach United Services Club for a social evening, with a buffet and quiz. It is hoped the county chairman, vice chairman and their spouses will attend. There will also be a raffle.

ALL Saints’ Ladies Group enjoyed their Christmas meal at the Chestnuts, Gedney, on Tuesday. Following a meal everyone received a raffle prize and then sang Christmas carols. Next meeting will be a talk by the Rev Rosamund Seal on January 8, at 7.30pm in the Reading Rooms, Church Street. New members welcome.

Holbeach Hurn

CHRISTMAS services at St Luke’s Church are: Carol Service, Thursday, 6.30pm, with mulled wine and mince pies; Christingle, Christmas Eve, 3pm; morning prayer, Christmas Day, 10am.

Holbeach St Johns

THERE will be a Carol Service at the parish church on Sunday at 3.30pm. A warm welcome is extended to anyone wish to join in the service, and afterward, tea/coffee and a mince pie.

Lutton Marsh

CAROL Service will take place at the Methodist Chapel on Thursday at 3pm.


CAROLS by Candlelight is on Sunday, 6pm, at St Margaret’s Church.

Whaplode Drove

TOMORROW, beginning at 7pm, there will be carol singing on the village green led by the Community Choir. Seasonal refreshments will be available for a small donation, with all money going to the Peterborough City Hospital premature baby unit.

THE presentation of certificates, prizes and the engraved plate for the Christmas tree competition will take place during the carol service this Sunday at 6.30pm in St John the Baptist Church. Would all exhibitors have a representative at the service, please.

THANK you to all who helped with and everyone who supported the recent Christmas bazaar, held in the Church Room. A total of £371 was raised for the upkeep of St John the Baptist Church.

MIDNIGHT Eucharist will be at Holy Trinity Church, Gedney Hill, at 11.30pm on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day Holy Communion will be at St John the Baptist Church at 10am.

THE fifth Sunday service on December 29 will be a united service at Holbeach Drove Methodist Church at 10.30am.

Editor’s note

SINCE the decision to change our policy on village news content, the editor has taken on board the comments from our readers and has decided to re-introduce reports from village events and organisations back into the page.

We hope you will be delighted by this news and we welcome contributions from correspondents old and new in the New Year.

Email your village news to denise.vickers@jpress.co.uk