GAINSBOROUGH: Autumn Fair

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St George’s Church Community Hall, Heapham Road, Gainsborough will be holding an Autumn Fayre and Table Top Sale on Sat November 8th from 11am-2pm. There will be a raffle, tombola stall, cakes, gift stall and many other stalls.

Tables may be booked at a cost of £3 and stall holders will be admitted from 10.15am. To book a table contact 01427 611575 or 01427 613948. Admission will be free. Refreshments will be available.

Adult Learning

Programme: Food Hygiene Course: 24th November, 9am-3pm at Hemswell Cliff CC.

Encourage Your Child to Eat Healthy: 26th November-17th December, 9.15-11.15am at Gainsborough CC - Market Arcade Site.

Budgeting: date and time to be confirmed but will take place at Gainsborough CC - North Marsh Road site.

Enterprising: 4th February-4th March 2015, 9.15-11.15am at Henswell Cliff CC.

If you are interested in any of the courses we have on offer, contact the Children’s Centre the course is at, and the CSSA will add your name to the booking list. If there is any course that you feel we have missed this year then do not hesitate to let the centre CSSA know.

Telephone numbers are as follows:

Hemswell Cliff - 01427 667643.

Gainsborough MA - 01427 617767.

Gainsborough NMR - 01427 617767.

Sturton by Stow - 01427 788971.

Probus

The Gainsborough Probus Club speaker on the 13th October was Chris Lines of The National Coastwatch Institution (NCI).

Based at Skegness Chris, who retired some years ago from The Merchant Navy, is one of many volunteers who man some 50 watch towers around the coast of Britain. His presentation liberally interspersed with many pictures was very informative and illustrated how far reaching the observations made from the NCI vantage points are used by many other agencies such as HM Coastguard, The Life boats, Fire & rescue, Water companies, The Border Agency and others as well as protecting people who use our coastline for business or pleasure.

NCI was founded in 1994 to restore a visual watch along the UK coastline following the loss of life of two Cornish fishermen immediately below a recently closed Coastguard station.

Many small coastguard stations were closed down in the 1990s due to Government cuts and today there is little visual surveillance of our coastline other than by way of NCI.

Today there are now some 50+ stations mainly along the South Coast and the Bristol Channel all manned by volunteers during daylight hours and funded by money raising events, donations or by support from local businesses or councils. The primary aim is to take the Search out of the expression “Search & Rescue” by monitoring all kinds of activity that may endanger the public particularly yachting, canoeing, boardsailing, swimming, jet-skiing, diving and fishing with the ability to notify the appropriate agency before an incident becomes a disaster.

Whilst on watch volunteers also log a variety of other information including the movement of shipping, local weather, beach pollution, stranded or distressed animal and marine life and in the case of the East Coast particularly the presence of “washed up” ordinance.

The nearest NCI monitoring units are at Mablethorpe and Skegness and more information on NCI can be obtained from National Enquiries on 0300 1111202 or East Region Enquiries 01754 610900.