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PHOTO GALLERIES: Festive fun at events in and around South Holland

Seasonal joy is in the air across South Holland as organisations have been busy with festive fairs, Christmas meals and parties. Even our canine friends have got into the spirit.

Our photographer Tim Wilson has been out and about capturing some of the fun from the events:

Around 55 people enjoyed a Christmas party for the over 60s at Saracen's Head Village Hall.

Alice Marston on one of the craft stalls at the Christmas coffee morning in St Bartholomew's Church in West Pinchbeck. (5594600)
Alice Marston on one of the craft stalls at the Christmas coffee morning in St Bartholomew's Church in West Pinchbeck. (5594600)

The event was for people from the village and Holbeach Bank.

A three-course meal was provided by Roffes Catering, followed by entertainment from the band Peppermint Junction. Warm mince pies and drinks were also served and a raffle raised £225 towards next year's party.

St Bartholomew's Church, in West Pinchbeck, hosted a Christmas coffee morning with card, gift and craft stalls, refreshments and a Christmas tombola.

Church warden, Wendy Houghton, said: "We had a lovely morning and raised in excess of £430 towards church funds."

At Broad Street Methodist Church in Spalding, the Christmas tree festival opened last Saturday with a Christmas fair in the hall.

Visitors could browse the prettily decorated trees and choir A Handful of Harmonies sang in the church.

Donations will go towards voluntary emergency services LIVES.

The festival continues this Saturday (December 8) with children's Christmas crafts in the hall and Spalding Parish Church school choir singing in the church at 11.30am.

Pooches were getting into the festive spirit at a Christmas charity dog show in aid of the Animal Health Trust at Gedney Victory Hall in the village.

It was organised by Delphi McWilliam.

She fundraises for the charity in memory of her labradoodle Penny who she lost to lymphoma last April. The event raised around £300 for the trust and dogs were dressed to impress in festive outfits.

Canine friends also dropped into a Christmas fair at Pinchbeck Village Hall to help raise funds for the Dogs Trust.

Marlene Aspden from Highfield Kennels, also based in the village, organised the event. It raised £1,638.25 and she thanked everyone who supported the event and volunteered on the day.

At Spalding Golf Club, the Forget Me Not Club, which is for senior citizens in and around the Deepings, held their Christmas party.

"It was really nice," said committee member June Wright. "The club has been running since 1985 and we had 62 people there for the meal.

"They enjoyed a two-course lunch with a free drink on arrival and tea, coffee and a mince pie afterwards."

Guests also all received a Christmas card, a pen and a £10 gift voucher to treat themselves.

At Donington Community Centre, adults and children enjoyed a Christmas party which helped raise money for the Flinders Founders' Teen Park.

Entertainment included a disco, games, face-painting and a raffle and children could visit Santa in his grotto.

Disney stars Mickey and Minnie even put in an appearance in festive dress.

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