Wet weather play donation to school and other Neighbourhood News

Christmas came early at Bicker Preparatory School and Early Years when the Parent, Teacher and Friends Association arrived with new games for children to play during wet weather.
The wet weather play donation at Bicker Preparatory School and Early Years.The wet weather play donation at Bicker Preparatory School and Early Years.
The wet weather play donation at Bicker Preparatory School and Early Years.

They also donated two Lego Education sets to further develop STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in school.

The School Council excitedly received the games on behalf of the other pupils.


* Millennium Probus

At the recent annual general meeting of the Millennium Probus Club of Boston, President Malcolm Shields was invested with his badge of office by outgoing president Mike Sharp.

Mr Sharp was, in turn, presented with his Past President’s badge.

The newly elected vice president is Bill Davis, with the other officers are: honorary secretary, Graham Chapman; honorary treasurer, Gus Goor; speaker arranger, John Davies; almoner, Alan Manton; press officer, Doug Moody; and luncheon secretary, Nick Rathbourne.

* Rotary

The Rotary Club of Boston’s annual Tesco Trolley Challenge has this year raised £1,018.27 for homelessness support in Boston.

The fundraiser sees Tesco customers guess the value of a basket of Christmas goods; the person who gets closest to the correct answer wins the contents.

This year’s winner – a Mr Dewsbery – asked only to take home the alcohol, requesting that all the food items go to the local food bank.

The money raised will go towards Centrepoint Outreach and the United Boston Churches Night Shelter.

The club gives its thanks to Tesco’s management, staff, and customers.


* Poppy Appeal

The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal for Gosberton and district for 2019 amounted to £1,660, it has been revealed.

Organiser Debbie Reynolds thanks all collectors and supporters.

* Carols by lights

The popular carols by candle and fairy lights at Gosberton Baptist Church takes place tomorrow (Thursday, December 19) at 7pm.

It will be followed by tea, coffee, and mice pies.

* Carol services

There will be a service with carols at the Gosberton Baptist Church on Sunday, December 22, at 10.30am.

The Methodist church will have a carol service on the same day, but at 6pm.

* Christmas Eve

St Peter and St Paul’s Church will hold a service for all ages, telling the story of Christmas, on Christmas Eve at 4pm.

On the same day, the church hosts a Midnight Mass, a joint service for the Anglican, Baptist and Methodist churches, starting at 11.30pm.

* Christmas Day

Christmas morning sees a service at Gosberton Baptist church at 10am and also a service at Gosberton Methodist at 10am.

* Good Companion’s

Gosberton Good Companion’s Club held its Christmas party in the Public Hall on Tuesday.

It featured a lunch of turkey or beef with all the trimmings, and a choice of Christmas pudding, fruit salad or cheese cake, plus tea, coffee and mince pies.

Afterwards, all enjoyed the entertainment by the singing duo Teal.

There was also a raffle, with tickets sold by Edna Richardson and Irene Wright.

* Women’s Institute

Gosberton Women’s Institute recently held its December meeting at the Public Hall.

Items were read from both newsletters, members were reminded that the annual subscription – £43 – is due in January, and new programmes for 2020 were distributed.

Ann Harvey was the only member with a December birthday and she received her birthday gift along with good wishes.

The speakers for the evening were Sue and Terry from Simply Crackers, who spoke of how they started their business making bespoke crackers for special occasions, before giving a demonstration of how they are made.

This was followed by crafting workshop, where members made their own version of the crackers.

All the finished crackers were judged in the competition and the winners were Sue Pengelly and Jill Fitzjohn.

Seasonal refreshments were available and several members helped in the kitchen.

The sparkly stall did brisk business.

The lucky raffle winners were Jeannette Webb and Jess Fitzjohn.

The next meeting is on Tuesday, January 14, at 7.15pm. It will take the form of a social evening and quiz with a soup supper and a bric-a-brac stall.

Anyone wanting further information, can contact secretary Eileen Johnson on 01775 750553.


* Carol services

St Gilbert and St Hugh’s was lit by numerous candles when the church held its carol service on Sunday.

The candles were set out by Brian and Jane Tidswell.

Jane Stacey and her choir performed several carols, with members of the church giving poems and Bible readings.

Afterwards, all enjoyed mince pies, shortbread, and sausage rolls served with tea, coffee, and mulled wine in the church hall.

At the Methodist Church, on the same day, a carol service was conducted by the minister, the Rev Francis Ballantyne.

Lessons were read by Jane Harrison and Sheila Lee, who later on the service performed a Christmas sketch.

The organists were Ray Gillett and Graham Haresign, with Jane Brigginshaw on piano.

John Lee was offertory steward.

The service concluded with a Christmas medley played by Jane Brigginshaw.

Following the service, the congregation enjoyed sausage rolls, mince pies and brandy snaps, with tea and coffee.

A carol service at the Duke of York was well attended on Tuesday.

The service was arranged by Mr Ballantyne and was led by Mrs Ballantyne, the Rev Ian Walters, and the Rev Steve Weatherly-Barton.

The organist was Jean Mews.

Organised by churches in district, the evening was hosted by Phil Britain and Sue Goodenough of the Duke of York who provided lasanga, curry, shepherd’s pie, and chips, followed by bread and butter pudding and doughnuts.

Thanks were expressed to Phil and Sue.

Proceeds from the event went to Centrepoint Outreach, in Boston.


* Carol service

A carol service will be held at St Helen’s Church on Saturday, December 21, at 3pm.

After the carol service, mulled wine, tea, coffee and mince pies will be served.

Following on from the carol service, there will be a village party for Stickford residents with a barbecue and live band ‘Itchy Fingers’ performing in the church.

* History

Coningsby and Tattershall Ukelele Band will be providing the entertainment at Stickford Local History Group’s next meeting tomorrow (Thursday, December 19) in Stickford Community Centre at 7.30pm.

Admission is priced at £2.50 (£1 for members), which includes refreshments.