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COFFEE morning and book swap,with hot fresh bacon rolls as well as cakes and other refreshments, takes place on Saturday, January 3, 10am-12.30pm. Phone 07432 155928 for further information.


The annual general meeting at Gedney Hill memorial hall for the golden link will take place on Wednesday, January 7 at 2.15pm.


GOSBERTON Baptists have a carol service on Sunday at 10.30am.

A CAROL and Christingle service is at the Methodist Church on Sunday at 6pm. Those wishing to make a Christingle should arrive at 4pm.

ON Christmas Eve there is a family nativity service at St Peter and St Paul’s Church at 4pm and later at 11.30pm Gosberton Churches Together have a joint service of Holy Communion at the church.

CHRISTMAS Day service at the Baptist Church is at 10am followed by a pre booked lunch and a service at the Methodist Church, also at 10am.

GOSBERTON Baptists held a day’s Christmas floral workshop on Thursday. Under the tuition of June Edwards the group made an arrangement for a mantle piece and a door wreath, plus several smaller Christmas arrangements. The workshop was organised by June Edwards and Annie Weatherly-Barton.

A LARGE congregation filled Gosberton Baptist Church for carols by candlelight and Christmas trees on Friday. The chapel looked extremely pretty with the candles, different coloured fairy lights and Christmas floral arrangements. Christmas trees were decorated by: Jimmy Cole, June Monk, Marlene Twelftree, Betty Wilson, Rev Steve Weatherly-Barton, Des and Rene Curtis, Gill Adlard, Phyllis Baxter and Annie Weatherly-Barton, and the numerous Christmas floral arrangements by: June Edwards, Debbie Reynolds, Jenny Waterfall, Annie Weatherly-Barton and Phyllis Baxter. Candles and lighting was arranged by Annie Weatherly-Barton. The service was led by the Rev Steve Weatherly-Barton and Rene Curtis was organist for the congregational hymns. The newly formed Saints and Sinners Community Choir, accompanied and directed by Alison Bishop, made their first appearance, singing three items which were very much enjoyed by the congregation. Some of the congregation commented on the high standard of the singing. Afterwards all enjoyed tea and mince pies, organised by Rene Curtis and served by Gill Adlard, June Monk, Marlene Twelftree, Betty Wilson, Des Curtis, Phyllis Baxter.

GOSBERTON House School held a Christmas Fayre in school on Friday, December 5. The school’s carol concert attracted parents, friends and relatives on Friday, December 12.

JUNE Monk organised a Christmas fair in the Baptist Church on Saturday, which was open all day giving the community the opportunity to view the Christmas trees and decorations as well as supporting the fair. Mrs Monk arranged several stalls, making a large quantity of craft work and organising the tombola, which she manned on the day; Jimmy Cole looked after the stalls; Des and Rene Curtis organised the raffle and Betty Wilson and Phyllis Baxter served refreshments made by Mrs Monk.

CAROL services in Gosberton on Sunday are at the Baptist Church at 10.30am and at the Methodist Church at 6pm, which takes the form of carols and christingle. Those wishing to make a christingle should arrive at 4pm.

THE Gosberton Baptist Fun and Fellowship tomorrow is at the Gosberton Risegate home of Des and Rene Curtis at 2pm. For more information contact 01775 840945.

THIS last weekend the Gosberton St Peter and St Paul’s Church completed 
its third weekend of the Christmas tree festival and Christmas fair. The trees can now be viewed only when there is a service in the church.


THERE is a service of Holy Communion at St Gilbert and St Hugh’s Church on Christmas Day at 9am.

GOSBERTON Clough Centenary Methodist Church carol service is on Sunday at 2.30pm and will be taken by Pat Gooding. The service will be followed by mince pies. On Sunday, December 28, there will be a united service for Methodist Churches in the Gosberton district. Preacher will be Mike Holmes.

GOSBERTON Clough and Risegate Primary School held a very successful Christmas Fayre on Friday, December 12. There was a visit from Santa, a selection of stalls with Christmas gifts and there were many games and competitions. Refreshments were on sale. The school has created a new website to keep parents up to date with school news and notices and showcase some of the pupils’ achievements.

THE Gosberton Clough Centenary Methodist Church has a carol service on Sunday at 2.30pm led by Pat Gooding. The service will be followed by tea and mince pies. On Sunday, December 28 the three Methodist churches in the Gosberton area will have a united service at Gosberton Clough Methodist led by Mike Holmes at 10.30am.


‘SATURDAY Live’ Music Night, with live music from popular vocalist Marcia is in the club lounge at the United Services Club, Church Street, on Christmas Eve, from 8pm until late. Free entry and everybody welcome. Further details from the club on 01406 423134.

CHRISTMAS Eve disco on Wednesday, with music from the Nick Gratton Treble Nine Roadshow, takes place at the United Services Club, Church Street, 7.30pm until late. Free entry and everybody welcome. Further details from the club on 01406 423134.

THE Town Carol Service takes place on Sunday at 6.30pm in All Saints’ Church. On Tuesday there will be carols round the tree in the churchyard at 6pm and the Crib Service at 4pm on Christmas Eve. Midnight Mass begins at 11.30pm on Christmas Eve and All Age Communion at 10.30am on Christmas Day.


A TRADITIONAL carol service is on Sunday (6pm) at All Saints’ Church, with the church choir singing. Refreshments will be served.

‘CELEBRATION’ crib service on Christmas Eve is at 4pm at All Saints’ Church. Children are invited to dress as Christmas characters, animals, soldiers, etc, and will hear the Christmas Story.


WI President Margaret Moyes warmly welcomed members and visitors to the December meeting that had the theme of a mini Christmas Fayre. There was a variety of stalls including Guess the weight of the cake, how many sweets in the jar, a Christmas treasure map and name the baby competition. Plus a craft and gift stall. Members who had decided not to send Christmas cards this year had the opportunity to make a donation instead to the Pancreatic cancer charity. A short business meeting was held. The sum of £50 had been collected for the ACWW. The date for the Spring Council meeting is Tuesday, March 10, 2015. The afternoon guest speaker is English antiques expert and TV personality Paul Hayes. After refreshments of mince pies and tea/coffee the Drama team entertained in their unique style with carols, readings, poems and comedy sketches. John Bland was thanked for assisting with the music. After much applause from the audience, Margaret Moyes gave thanks to the Drama group and to everyone who had helped in any way with stalls etc. The evening closed with the announcement of the winners of the competitions and the raffle prizes. Shake it all about! Keep fit with Cheryl is the agenda for the January meeting, held in Pinchbeck Village Hall on Monday 12th at 7.30pm. The competition is ‘A comical representation of your new year resolution’. Visitors are most welcome.


THE chair of Spalding West Townswomen’s Guild welcomed members to the December meeting when over 31 members, friends and guests from Spalding East Guild, with Mrs Langley, accompanied by her daughter Sue, from Peterborough North Guild, enjoyed a Christmas party.

Minutes and treasurer’s report were given as usual then the proceedings opened with a quiz, followed by two sketches from the drama group. Refreshments of sherry, mince pies and small cakes with tea or coffee were then enjoyed by all.

After a monologue, given by Miss Barsley of the drama group, a large raffle preceded the Guild choir ‘The Singers’ who entertained with seasonal songs and carols. Members were invited to join in ‘White Christmas’ sung in memory of former member and chorister Aimee Bradbear who passed away earlier this year and is fondly remembered for her enjoyment of life.

Next year’s programmes were distributed and a post box for donations in lieu of sending Christmas cards raised over £23.

A Christmas lunch was booked for members and friends on Wednesday 17th at the Castle Sports Hall.

The first meeting in 2015 is on Thursday, January 8 when the speaker will be MrGary Simpson talking of his life as a butcher. The competition is for a coaster and as always, new members and visitors are very welcome to join us.


THE Christmas Miracle in Song and Mime will be performed by St Mary’s Church Choir in St Bartholomew’s Church on Thursday, December 18 at 7pm. No charge, but donations will be appreciated. The short performance is suitable for all ages, and will be followed by refreshments. All welcome.

St Bartholomew’s Service of Nine lessons and Carols will be held on Sunday, December 21 at 3pm, followed by refreshments. All welcome. Please note there will be no morning service.


PARISH church Christmas tree festival continues this Saturday and Sunday, 1-5pm, with tombola, bric-a-brac, raffle and refreshments.

CHRISTMAS services at the parish church are Sunday, December 21, carols by candlelight, 6pm; Christmas Eve, 11.30pm, midnight communion.