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From Deeping St James to Whaplode Drove

Cactus Society

INTERESTED in plants? Then why not go along to the Cactus Society meeting on Friday at Weston Village Hall, Small Drove (near Baytree Garden Centre), 7pm for 7.30pm. Speaker Cliff Thompson will be talking about his trip and the unique plants of Patagonia, Argentina and other highlights of Argentina. Free entrance and refreshments. Selection of plants on show, plant raffle. Further details from Ron Wood on 01775 750324 or visit www.spalding.bcss.org.uk

Deeping St James

ALAN Bycraft gave an interesting talk about ‘Free food and hedgerow foraging’ to members of Deeping St James Women’s Institute. Alan took along samples of free food, such as horseradish, wild strawberries, dandelions, nettles, chickweed and elderberries and gave suggestions on how to use them. He advised members to be careful if picking mushrooms, because the majority can kill or damage the kidneys. Alan had taken with him examples of apples, pears, celery and red peppers which he had dehydrated; members were able to taste. He showed his steam juicer which he uses to make cordials and jellies as well as juices and explained how he makes blackberry vinegar, which all members tasted, dandelion flower wine, hawthorn vodka and sloe gin to name just a few, and recommended various books that he uses. Members were able to sample more of his wines etc after his talk. The competition for a garden arrangement in a saucer was won by Margaret Flegg. Duncan Barker-Magowan will be speaking about ‘The art of glass bead making’ on August 28, at the Church Hall, at 7.30pm.


NEXT Fun and Fellowship on a Friday at the Baptist Church is on August 29, 2-4pm with games of Scrabble and dominoes, coffee, tea and cakes.

THE Baptist flower and craft festival is being staged over August bank holiday weekend, August 23-25, 10.30am-4.30pm- Saturday and Monday and noon to 4.30pm on Sunday. Entertainment by U3A singers on Saturday afternoon. Morning worship 10.30am Sunday and Songs of Praise 4.30pm. Together with floral displays, and craft work and paintings there will be bring and buy, cakes and plant stalls, quizzes and a variety of competitions. If there is anyone who would like to bake for the refreshments or stall they can phone 01775 821441, 01775 840693 or 01775 840185.

IF there is anyone who is interested in being confirmed they are invited to contact the vicar on 01775 840694. It is for anyone as from late primary school to 80 plus and involves a number of one hour sessions at a time that would suit the candidate.

GOSBERTON Church Fellowship meets in the church hall on the third Monday of the month at 7.30pm with an interesting speaker or entertainment. Members £1 and non members £3, includes refreshments and raffle. For more information contact Pat Walters on 01775 840694.

Long Sutton

THE Baptist Church Holiday Club for ages four to 11-years-old starts on August 26 until August 29, 9 30am-noon. There will be games, crafts and stories and the chance to meet new friends. Contact Iris on 01406 362746 or Corinne on 01406 424467 for details.

Whaplode Drove

PRESIDENT, Mavis Stancer, welcomed members to the August meeting of the Women’s Institute. A birthday posy was presented and greetings sung to Brenda Blankley. Correspondence included an invitation to Long Sutton WI for a fashion show, reminders about the group meeting and advance notice of a play at the South Holland Centre by St Nicolas Players. A letter of thanks had been received from the Elizabethan Centre Committee for members’ contribution to the village fair. Members were reminded that the group is hosting a coffee morning for the Macmillan Cancer Support on Friday, September 26. The Harvest meeting in September was discussed and also celebrations planned for the WI centenary next year. Speaker was Fenella Howard whose subject was ‘On the roof of the world’. With slides and excellent narrative she took members on a journey across China and into Tibet and Nepal. Competition winners were Carol Shutt, Carol Danielli, Jean Cottam and Linda Wapples.