New president Joan Wines welcomed members to the February meeting. Unfortunately, due to illness, member, Monica Marsh was unable to entertain as planned so members enjoyed a social evening playing table games instead. The competition for a pot plant was won by Marion Wells and the raffle winner was Joyce Metcalfe. Tea hostesses were Paula Justham and Fran Lewis.
There was a good attendance for the monthly meeting of Sturton-by-Stow History Scoeity held in Sturton Village Hall which began with the AGM. Chairman’s report recalled a number of interesting speakers and special events and the financial statement showed a successful year and a healthy balance. It was agreed to replace the membership fee with an admission fee of £2 per month and everyone attending would automatically become a member. The raffle would continue as usual. The new programme for 2014 was available as was a number of leaflets and other material. The ordinary meeting followed when Graeme Wade invited chairman Clive Thompson to give his talk on Thomas Spencer, a well-known figure in the 19th Century in Bransby, Sturton and Stow. As Thomas was a member of a Quaker family, Clive’s talk included some most interesting information about the Quaker Movement of which there is well-known evidence within the village - the Quaker Meeting House, now converted to a house at 40a High Street and the Quaker Burial Ground at the rear of the old Primary School on Ashfield.
This was well attended at Sturton Methodist Church and led by James and Karen Elvidge who spoke about living by rules - school rules and God’s rules of how to live good lives. Songs accompanied by Christine Bowler at the piano and James on guitar included Seek Ye First sung as a round, Our God is a great big God and Make me a Channel of your Peace. David Justham gave the reading from Leviticus.
The monthly market will be held in Sturton Village Hall on Saturday 1st March between 10am and noon when there will be a variety of stalls for browsing or finding a bargain including books, jewellery, bric-a-brac, home produce, greetings cards, pet food and others. The Lucky Number will be worth £30.
Sturton Methodist Church’s 50th anniversary will be celebrated on the 15th and 16th March. On Saturday 15th March at 7.30pm there will be a concert given by Degrees of Harmony followed by a supper, admission £5, and a service on Sunday 16th March at 10.30am when the preacher is Christine Blackburn of Reepham. There will be a chance for people to share any memorabilia of past events and special occasions - weddings etc. Contact Pam on 01427 788329, Chris on 788471 or Marion on 788869.