Village News: Shining the spotlight on villages surrounding Grantham

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Let’s take a look at what’s been happening in villages in the area of late...

*In church - Buckminster & Sewstern

Last Sunday’s Holy Communion service was held in Holy Trinity Church, Sewstern, presided over by Canon Michael Covington. Readers were Janet Hart and Linda Wesson, intercessions by Jean Lee and organist was Dinah Nixon.

On Sunday a benefice Holy Communion service will be held in Holy Trinity Church at 10am. Everyone is welcome.

A whist drive will take place in Buckminster Village Hall at 7.30pm.

On Wednesday there is a coffee morning at the Blue Dog, Sewstern at 10.30am. In the evening there is Zumba in Sewstern Village Hall at 6.15pm.

Bingo will be held in Sewstern Village Hall tomorrow (Saturday) at 7.30pm.

**Events - Great Ponton

There was a good turnout for the annual duck race, held in Dallygate field. Races were started by Coun Gordon Taylor and Mandy Goulding sold ducks. Jean Taylor manned the tombola and Mrs Cruickshank sold raffle tickets. The barbecue and drinks area was manned by Mrs M. Jackson, Mr P. Jackson and Coun Harry Watson. Helpers were Bruce Felton and others.

The caravan rally held in the playfield was hosted by Lindum D. A. and raised £28 for playing field funds.

There is an unclaimed prize in the duck race - ticket 126, Sue-le-Gray.

Next event at the village centre is on Saturday, August 10, from 8pm to late, when there is a comedian. This is an adults only event.

Playing field committee members are wanted for charity fund-raising. Please contact Gordon (Tel: 01476 530482).

**Walking group - Wilsford

The parish council does not meet during August, therefore the next meeting will be on Tuesday, September 24 in the small room of the village hall. The first 10 minutes of the meeting will be Open Forum, where members of the public can address the council in person on matters of concern.

The Darby and Joan Club will take a break during August and will meet twice during September, on Wednesdays 4 and 18.

A new walking group - the Wilsford Wayfarers - has been set up and the group are enjoying walking the local footpaths and bridleways. Everyone is welcome to join them for the next two walks on Wednesdays, August 7 and 21, leaving the village hall at 6.30pm. The planned route is between three and five miles.

For further details contact Jacky Scott-Combes (Tel: 01400 231062) or Lindsey Townhill (Tel: 01400 230445).

The WI welcomed local author Lois Fenn, who gave a fascinating talk on her life in Hull at the beginning of the Second World War and her evacuation to Lincolnshire.

Next meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 17 in the village hall at 7.30pm. The topic is Help for Heroes, when there will be items for sale and a talk about the work of this organisation.

The 28th Wilsford Open Horticultural Show will be held in the village hall on Saturday, September 7. The fees are 20p per entry and entries can be taken to the hall between 9am and 11.15am on the morning of the show. The hall will close for judging between 11.45am and 1.15pm and reopens to the public at 1.30pm. An auction of produce will take place at 3.30pm.

Trophies from last year’s show should be returned to Betty Groves by August 4 at the latest.

The village hall committee met with members of the playing field committee to discuss joint ventures. Thanks to the efforts of Gary, Iain and their teams, £1,500 was raised from WILFEST which will benefit both groups. The merger is continuing with Debbie Scott handling all paperwork involved.

A race night will be held in the village hall on Saturday, September 21. Doors open at 6.30pm with the first race at 7pm.

Tickets, priced £6 adults, £4 children, can be purchased from the post office or from Jacky (Tel: 01400 231062) or Clair (Tel: 01400 230563).

The Book Group will next meet on Monday, September 2 at 8pm in The Plough.

They have chosen The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Shaffer and Barrows. They are now members of the Lincolnshire Library Scheme which enables them to borrow books.