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BECKINGHAM

Daisy Bruce, 01427 848070; email: DynamoD22@aol.com

BOWLS CLUB - On Saturday 25th June there will be someone down at the bowling green (near the village hall) at 2pm to welcome anyone who wishes to call down and have a go, to see if they can get interested enough to play on a regular basis. Woods will be provided, but please wear flat shoes. Anyone who wishes to join the bowls club contact Audrey Rogers on 848621. Spectators will be made welcome to all our home matches, Audrey can tell you when they are being played.

PRIZE BINGO takes place today (Thursday) from 2pm to 4pm in the village hall.

CHURCH SERVICES - Today (Thursday), Holy Communion, 9.30am; Sunday 26th, Holy Communion, 10.45am; Thursday 30th, Holy Communion, 9.30am.

OPEN GARDENS - This year two gardens in Beckingham and two gardens in Everton will be open on Sunday 3rd July from 1pm to 5pm in aid of cancer charities as supported by the NGS. Just £3 gains entry to all four gardens - look out for the yellow signs. Refreshments will be available in the recreation room, Beckingham and the village hall, Everton.

CHARITY CONCERT - An evening concert featuring Andy Long (violin) and Ian Buckle (piano) entitled A Summer Serenade will take place in All Saints’ Parish Church, Gainsborough, on Sunday 3rd July 7.30pm. The concert in aid of Matthew Rusike Children’s Home, Zimbabwe. Tickets are £12, concessions £10 including soft drink. For further details and tickets contact Joan Sanger on 848636.

Bishop NORTON

Mr C. Bell, 01673 818228.

COFFEE MORNING - St Peter’s Church, Bishop Norton, are holding a charity coffee morning on Wednesday 29th June from 10.30am. Subject to emergency calls, the police will be present from 11am to give advice, listen to concerns or just have a chat.

BLYTON

EVERGREEN - On Thursday 9th June members enjoyed three games of bingo. The caller was Mr Arthur Bradbury. The next meeting is today (Thursday) when members look forward to pupils from the village primary school coming to entertain them. This will take place at the village hall at 2pm.

GAINSBOROUGH

SPONSORED CYCLE RIDE - Rain didn’t stop play for 26 cyclists who took part in Gainsborough’s Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance cycle ride on Sunday 19th June.

The event was part of National Bike Week and was arranged by Gainsborough Aegir Cycling Club, CTC and Church Street Cycles. The event was a great success with cyclists travelling from Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire to ride the event. Age is no barrier when riding a cycle, the age rage of participants being seven to 77 years of age.

A member of Gainsborough’s police force attended the event chatting to riders about cycling topics and he also saw the riders off safely.

The rides departed from Gainsborough Adventure Playground on Risholme Road and headed to Upton where some riders turned left to cycle the 10-mile ride crossing Sturgate Airfield to Heapham, before returning to Gainsborough.

The 15-mile riders carried on to Kexby, riding through the village then riding a loop to return to join the 10-mile route back to Gainsborough. The rest of the enthusiastic cyclists enjoyed the 30-mile route riding through Willingham-by-Stow, Stow, Sturton-by-Stow and Thorpe-le-Fallows. Arriving in Brattleby, the riders pushed hard on their pedals for the big climb up the hill on to the Lincolnshire Edge, and they were rewarded with fantastic views over the Trent Valley.

The riders enjoyed magnificent scenery as the ride progressed along Middle Street. Arriving at the A631, the riders headed into Harpswell village then across country to Heapham, returning to Gainsborough past Hewitt’s Windmill. The route then retraced the outward ride along Heapham Road finishing back in Gainsborough. The 30-mile ride was the most popular one this year.

Everyone enjoyed a fantastic ride through some of Lincolnshire’s finest countryside, the country lanes being full of flora and wildlife. Event organisers Trevor Halstead and Daniel Nicholson would like to thank all the riders and marshals who made the event such a great success.

Also thanks to Gainsborough Adventure Playground for their hospitality. A pedalling picnic also took place on the same day with cyclists from around the Gainsborough area packing their teatime goodies on to their cycles and pedalling to Richmond Park in Gainsborough to take part in the National Bike Week event which was arranged by Gainsborough Aegir Cycling Club, CTC and Church Street Cycles. In the afternoon sunshine there was time to enjoy a teatime picnic and talk about many cycling topics.

Also, a member of Gainsborough’s police force attended the event to discuss cycle security and safety. Event organisers Trevor Halstead and Daniel Nicholson would like to thank all who made the event a success including Holly Parker, activities officer at Richmond Park, who made everyone welcome.

PROBUS CLUB - Members met on Monday 20th June at 10am at the Gainsborough Old Hall when two Probus members, Dave Carter and Graham Bannister, under the title Two Photographers Are We, spoke about where photography had been a part of their lives.

Dave had from an early age been interested in photography and felt himself fortunate to have had the opportunity to earn a living through this skill, both in taking the pictures and in the developing and printing processes. Along the way he had owned his own businesses and worked for other firms, including a long spell at Roses. The work involved publicity materials as well as extensive experience in wedding photography. Graham’s experience of photography, apart from as a hobby, had been during National Service in the RAF. Having declared his interest in this area of work, he was involved in taking pictures of control towers, defective equipment and the processing of film, particularly concerned with aircraft identification. He was privileged also to be able to be the photographer at an RAF parade. Both Dave and Graham entertained the group with anecdotes, technical information, examples of their own pictures, and along the way the recent history of photography.

GLENTHAM

Mr C. Bell, 01673 818228.

BABY AND TODDLE GROUP - The group will meet at Glentham Methodist Chapel on Monday 27th June from 10am to 11.30am. The fee is £1 per adult. For more details tel. Jenny on 01673 878806 or Kathy on 01673 878248.

CHURCH SERVICE - On Sunday 26th June breakfast will be served at Glentham Methodist Chapel at 8.45am followed by morning service.

KIRTON-IN-LINDSEY

SOCIETY MEETING - The Kirton-in-Lindsey Society’s June meeting takes place next Tuesday (28th) in the Town Hall at 7.30pm and will feature David Robinson giving a talk entitled When Our Grandparents Went Seabathing. Entrance fee is 50p for members (including refreshments) and £2 for non-members. For further details tel. 01652 648435.

LEA

Jack Baird, 01427 613731, and Debbie Yeates, 01427 615237.

VILLAGE HALL - The raffle that took place on 11th June as part of the village hall celebrations raised £98. Six prizes are still unclaimed and the relevant numbers are 121,124, 185, 200, 241 and 268. Prizes can be claimed from Gill Gray on 01427 612125. Regular Weekly events in the village hall: Today (Thursday), Tai Chi, 12.30pm-1.30pm. Monday 27th June, Art Group, 2pm-4pm; Brownies, 5.15pm-6.45pm. Tuesday 28th June, Weightwatchers, 6.30pm-7.30pm. Wednesday 29th June, Vitality Keep fit for the over 60s, 10am-11am; Belly Dancing, 6pm-7pm. New members are always welcome - simply turn up and introduce yourself.

MISTERTON

Hazel Brand, 01427 891376.

OPEN GARDENS EVENT - Neighbours in West Stockwith will be opening their gardens to visitors to raise money for St Mary’s Church on Sunday 3rd July.

Start at the village hall to buy your ticket - £3 (children free), which includes a free glass of wine and a map of the gardens. Also on sale are cream teas.

Then visit the gardens, where there are plants, hot food, and ice creams on sale as well as bric a brac and books.

COUNTY COUNCIL REVIEWS DAY CARE - Day care services provided by the county council are up for discussion, and will be debated by the council at its meeting on 30th June. In July there are a number of meetings for users of day care services and their carers; the nearest is at Worksop Library on Tuesday 12th July from 10am to noon. Anyone wishing to attend should ring 0115 977 3305 by 4th July (or e-mail kelly.ward@nottscc.gov.uk). More information is available on the county council’s website: www.nottscc.gov.uk