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Mr C. Bell, 01673 818228.

LIBRARY CALL - The mobile library will call at Normanby-By-Spital Council Houses on Monday 7th February from 11.15am to 11.45am.

CHURCH SERVICE - On Sunday 6th February Evening Prayer will be held in St Peter and St Paul Church, Owmby-By-Spital, at 6pm.


Mr C. Bell, 01673 818228.

CHURCH SERVICE - Morning Prayer will be held in St Helen’s Church, Saxby, on Sunday 6th February at 9.30am.


Lynn Bywood, 01724 762065.

WHIST - Winners at the whist drive held in the chapel schoolroom on Tuesday 25th January were: ladies - C Patrick, F Johnson and G Brown; gents - P Skinn, G Housam and L Stephenson. G Brown partnered by G Housam won the miniature. The MC was Reg Stride.

METHODIST CHAPEL - Mr J Drayton will take the service om Sunday 6th February at 10.30am.


Mrs C. Bowler, 01427 788471.

OBITUARY - Friends and family were deeply saddened by the sudden but peaceful death at her home in Sturton of Jean Tapper, a well-known and much respected member of the community. Jean had lived in Sturton most of her life and was a victim of polio at a very young age spending many of her early years lying on a spinal carriage. She had lived all of her adult life in a wheelchair. As a young woman she went to college in Exeter to train as a seamstress and dressmaker. She was an excellent craftswoman with displays of her many talents in her home, including tapestries, pottery, painting, tatting, macrame and others with countless books on many subjects. Jean was a very independent person, travelling all over the country and abroad to visit family and attend meetings of the many organisations to which she belonged both in and out of the village and county. For many years she travelled in an Inva car often accompanied by her dog, Blodwyn. Jean had been a member of the village hall committee, Women’s Conservatives, Women’s Institute and Handbell Ringers, Friendship Club, youth club committee, Age Concern and the Voluntary Car Scheme as well as many groups involving the disabled, often holding office and responsible positions. She was always to be seen at village events, usually selling raffle tickets. Jean was born into a large family, having five brothers and four sisters. She is survived by her sister, Jessie, who lives in Wales, and many nieces. She was married to William for seven years. A large number of friends joined the family to pay their last respects at Sturton Methodist Church where a Service of Thanksgiving was conducted by the Rev Jo Lightowler with Christine Bowler at the organ. This was followed by interment in the Stow Road Cemetery. Jean will be remembered for her courage and determination and always in a cheerful manner. She will be missed by all who knew her. Everyone knew “the lady in the wheelchair”.

MARKET - The monthly market is back after an enforced break so come along to Sturton Village Hall on Saturday 5th February between 10am and noon and enjoy browsing round the many stalls including two new ones. Clothes for young children and all your pet and bird feeding needs will be available. Meet up with friends and enjoy the refreshments. You might even win the Lucky Number.

LIBRARY - The mobile library van will stop in Fleets Road on Wednesday 9th February at 11.30am.


Mrs L. Alsop, 01427 838502; email:

QUIZ - Last week’s quiz was for Community Crafts and Dave Farrow was the quizmaster. The winners were Len’s Lot and £135 was raised. This week’s quiz is for the Air Ambulance.


Mr C. Bell, 01673 818228.

ENTERTAINMENT - The monthly afternoon entertainment on Thursday 20th January welcomed Dave Logan from Boston as the entertainer. He gave a wide selection of songs from the past 50 years and interspersed these with witty stories. The next entertainment will be on 17th February when, due to increasing costs, admission will have to rise to £3 per head.

CASINO) NIGHT - On Friday 18th February from 8pm to late there will be a casino night which will be in aid of hall funds. A pie and peas supper will be provided but please bring own drinks. Tickets at £7.50 can be obtained from Steve Moore (01673 818983) or Christine Buckley (01673 818103).

LIBRARY CALL - The mobile library will next call at The Green on Monday 7th February from 12.15pm to 12.45pm.

BINGO - The next session is planned for Saturday 5th February in the Jubilee Hall at 7.30pm.

METHODIST SERVICE - On Sunday 6th February Mr Bill Smith, of North Kelsey, will preach in Waddingham Methodist Chapel at 10.15am.