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PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY - Members of Retford and District Photographic Society showed off their versatility this week with their colour and monochrome portfolios comprising of five images covering different aspects of their photography. Judged by Brian Davis, the winner of the colour print section was Alan Townsend with Alan Burkwood and John Heath in second and third places respectively. Highly Commended and Commended were entries by Jennifer Smith and Bart Hoga. In the monochrome section Alan Townsend did well again, coming second to the winning selection of prints by Russell Cooley. Paul Hanson was third with Agnes Hoga gaining the Highly Commended place. Bart Hoga’s images were Commended. Entries were also submitted by the members in the Enprint section, where five photographs on one theme were displayed. The winning entry was by Tony Williams. Rachel Cooke was placed second and Lesley Wilson third. Pat Oakes’ photos were Highly Commended with Jayne Mair’s being Commended. For further information on RDPS please visit or contact the club secretary on 01777 818792.


Lynn Bywood, 01724 762065.

WHIST - Winners at the whist drive held in the chapel schoolroom on Tuesday 15th February were: ladies - S Snell, F Johnson and C Fox; gents - G Housam, J Wilson and R Stride. M Booth partnered by J Stretch won the miniature. The MC was Reg Stride. Whist Drives are held in the chapel schoolroom every Tuesday evening at 7.15pm.

WOMEN’S HOUR - Kay Edgar presided and Jean Savage was the pianist when Women’s Hour met in the chapel schoolroom on Wednesday 16th February. Kay introduced the speaker Caroline Coley from Age Concern. Caroline told of her work with Age Concern and of the services they were able to offer. She had a goodie bag for everyone which contained literature about the various services. Members were reminded of the approaching anniversary meeting which takes place on Wednesday 9th March starting at 2pm when the group will be enjoying a musical afternoon by Pure Class with Duane Tow. The Rev Lyn Gregg will be the speaker when Women’s Hour meet on Wednesday 2nd March.

METHODIST CHAPEL - The Rev D Woodward will take the service on Sunday 27th February at 10.30am.

WOMEN’S WORLD DAY OF PRAYER - This international and interdenominational service takes place on Friday 4th March when women from around the world will celebrate Women’s World Day of Prayer. The service has been written by the Women of Chile and has been given the title How many loaves have you, it is an appropriate theme for bread is eaten at every meal and is very much part of everyday life. The service this year takes place in the Methodist Chapel starting at 2pm.

DATES FOR MARCH - 4th, Women’s World Day of Prayer in the Methodist Chapel at 2pm; 9th, Women’s Hour Anniversary meeting in the chapel schoolroom at 2pm; 11th, First Lent Lunch in the chapel schoolroom at noon (all Lent Lunches will be held in the chapel schoolroom this year on Friday at noon); 11th, Children’s activity at the library from 3.45pm; 12th, Coffee morning in the chapel schoolroom in aid of Guide Dogs; 13th, March meeting of Messy Church in the chapel schoolroom from 10.15am; 14th, Toddler Praise at the Methodist Chapel at 2pm; 18th, Family History drop-in at the Library 2.15pm onwards; 25th, Reminiscence group meet at the library at 2.15pm.


WHIST - Winners on 9th February at Scotton’s weekly whist drive were: ladies - Mrs S Purdy, Mrs F Johnson and Mrs S Snell; gents - Mrs M D Smith, Mrs C Patrick and Mrs M Dickin. The miniature drive was won by Mrs S Snell and Mrs M Johnson. Winners on 15th February were: ladies - Mrs M Booth, Mr S Symons and Mrs C Roberts; gents - Mr G Staples, Mrs C Patrick and Mr R Dickinson.  Mrs C Roberts and Mr H Page won the miniature drive.  A reminder was given of the forthcoming whist drive in aid of the Sheffield Area Kidney Association which is to be held on Wednesday 15th March.


Mrs C. Bowler, 01427 788471.

WOMEN’S INSTITUTE - President Mavis Benson welcomed members and visitors to the February meeting when the roll call was a church. Business was kept to a minimum. Transport arrangements for the lunch on 3rd March were organised and it was announced that the schedules for the Lincolnshire Show are now available. Nominations for the new committee were taken. Linda Tilbury was then invited to give a talk on St. Hugh. This proved to be very interesting and informative as she revealed his life story from childhood when he grew up in France and became a monk. His later life had many connections with the local area, including his country home at The Manor on Stow Park Road from where the legend of the swan originates. Bishop Hugh was responsible for the rebuilding of Lincoln Cathedral and is remembered for his great influence on the church in his time. Sturton’s village sign incorporates the swan along with a Roman soldier and the Till Bridge, reminders of the village’s long and fascinating history. The raffle was won by Mavis Benson, Sheila Bradshaw and Doreen Panter and the competition winner for a bell was Peta-Ann Mellor and Joan Wines. Tea hostesses were Sheila Bradshaw, Chris Bowler and helpers. The next meeting is on Tuesday 15th March at 7.30pm. This will be the annual meeting.

HISTORY SOCIETY - Sturton and Stow History Society met in the village hall when David Lucas brought his wonderful collection of photographs of Old Sturton and Stow. Everyone enjoyed reminiscing about people and events of yesteryear recalling and evoking many stories of village life and how it used to be. It is hoped to prepare a project to make the photographs more available. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 15th March at 7.30pm. More details later.

FAMILY WORSHIP will be celebrated at Sturton Methodist Church on Sunday 27th February at 10.30am. This is a specially prepared service for all ages, especially the young people when lively songs and activities will be incorporated to make it lively and inspiring. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

PARISH COUNCIL will meet in the Old Schoolroom on Wednesday 2nd March at 7.30pm when members of the public are welcome to attend and make comment or air their views on parish matters. There will also be representatives from West Lindsey District Council present to discuss the Stow Road Flood Relief Project.

MARKET - The monthly market will take place in Sturton Village Hall on Saturday 5th March between 10am and noon. Come along and browse among the many stalls, buy your bird and pet food, find a good read or choose your celebration cards for all occasions. Refreshments, including bacon butties, are available and the Lucky Number is worth £30.


Mrs L. Alsop, 01427 838502.


CRICKET - Upton and Kexby Cricket Club are holding their AGM on Sunday 6th March at 8pm at the Rose and Crown. Please would all members and players attend this important meeting, if anyone wishes to join the club they would be most welcome.

QUIZ - Last week’s quiz was for the playing field when Dave Farrow was the quizmaster the winners were the Oblong Table and Jennys team. £107.50p was raised. This week’s quiz is for All Saints’ Church.

MX-5 OWNERS - The MX-5 Owners Club, Lincolnshire, meet on the last Wednesday each month at the Rose & Crown, Upton, near Gainsborough at 8 pm. We also have regular drives and events throughout our region.

all enthusiasts welcome, you don’t have to be an owner, just come along.

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Mr C. Bell, 01673 818228.

AEROBICS - A new programme of aerobics will start tonight (Thursday) from 7pm to 8pm at Waddingham School. Beginners will be most welcome. The cost is £2.50 and all proceeds are for Waddingham School fund.

ANGLO-SAXON HOARD - Dr Kevin Leahy (national advisor on antiquities) will talk about this famous treasure find in Waddingham Village Hall on Wednesday 9th March at 7.30pm. Tickets at £5 are available from Angie Allport (01673 818464) or Anne Ford (01673 818335), email Any profits will be shared between the Triangle Group and Waddingham Methodist Chapel.

BINGO - The nextr session in Waddingham Jubilee Hall is on Saturday 5th March at 7.30pm.

LIBRARY CALL - The mobile library is due at Waddingham Green on Monday 7th March from 12.15pm to 12.45pm.

CHURCH SERVICES - On Sunday 27th February the Rev Michael Sheard will celebrate Holy Communion in St Mary and St Peter Church, Waddingham, at 9.30am; the Rev N. Barnard will preach in Waddingham Methodist Chapel at 10.15am.