Village News: What’s been happening in the villages surrounding Grantham

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Here’s a look at what’s been going on in the villages surrounding Grantham recently.

Talk - Ancaster

The next St Martin’s coffee morning will be held on Saturday, August 17 from 10.30am to noon in the parish hall. There will be home-made cakes and a raffle. Everyone is welcome.

Proceeds wll go to the church.

St Martin’s Fellowship will not meet during August. Next meeting is on Tuesday, September 17. For more details contact Frances (Tel: 01400 230964).

Last month members of the ladies club enjoyed a coach outing to Spalding, followed by a meal. Their next meeting is on Thursday, when Rosemary Gibson will talk about Life On A Canal, and in particular, the Grantham Canal.

Meetings are held in the social room at Angel Court from 8pm. All ladies welcome.

The Scrabble club continue to meet on Wednesday afternoons in the sports and social club. They play three games of Scrabble between 2pm and 4pm and welcome new players. For more details ring 01400 230469.

The afternoon tea party held at Old Farm, Sudbrook, during July, raised over £600 for church funds.

Fete - Eastwell

The 20th annual church fete will take place on Saturday, August 17 in the historic grounds of Eastwell Hall, from 11am to 5pm.

Among the attractions are a craft fair, stalls, entertainment, children’s games, barbecue, bar, cream teas and more.

Anyone wishing to book a stall should contact Sue Watson (Tel: 01949 861256) for further details.

Lunches - Foston

Bingo, with cash prizes, will take place in the village hall tonight (Friday), starting at 7.30pm. Doors will open at 7pm. Sessions continue fortnightly on Fridays.

The next village lunch will be on Wednesday, August 21 in the village hall from noon to 1.30pm. Everyone is welcome to go along. Lunches take place on the third Wednesday in the month.

Cabaret - Great Ponton

Tomorrow (Saturday) an adults only Cabaret Night, featuring AJay, comedienne/vocalist, will be held in the village centre from 8pm.

Tickets are £10, including table buffet.

The horticultural show held last Sunday was a success and a fun day was had with some amusing entries.

Richard Booth won the cup for Best Village Garden and two vegetable classes.

Other class winners included Harry Watson, Sibyl Meadows, Marjorie Roberts, Ian Spridgens, Michelle Podam, Bruce and Jeanette Felton, Sylvia Murphy, Agnes Humphries and Jo Gilbert.

The children’s section attracted some clever works of art and each child was given a small prize. Winners’ rosettes were presented to Nataniel Mason and Jade.

Lee Cobb and Victor Alsopp, from Hoby, judged the horticultural classes and Eileen Booth judged the cookery section.

It is hoped to organise a talent night at the village centre to raise money for a special care unit bed for critical care at Grantham Hospital. This will be in memory of Dawn and Steve, who recently died and were very much a part of the village social scene, always helping out at events, and friends of many villagers. Anyone who would like to help with this event should call 530220.

Rideability - Hough on the Hill

Kesteven RiDeAbility will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Saturday at The Paddocks Riding Centre (NG32 2BE), from 1pm to 5pm.

There will be pony rides, a bouncy castle, lots of fun and games, meet the cuddly ponies, refreshments and a fun dog show.

Entries for the dog show will be taken from 1pm, with an entry fee of £3 per class. Classes include: Most handsome dog; Fastest biscuit eater; prettiest bitch; best six legs; best trick; musical sits; fancy dress; waggiest tail; most appealing eyes and dog the judge would most like to take home. The show starts at 2pm.

For more information visit

Dog show - Stathern

A Family Dog Show will be held on Sunday in the paddock adjacent to Dove Cottage Tea Rooms, near Stathern (LE14 4EX), starting at 1.30pm.

There are a variety of classes for both puppies and adult dogs.

Proceeds from the event will be divided between Dove Cottage Hospice and The Cinnamon Trust.

Open gardens - Welbourn

On Sunday, two village gardens will be open for the first time as part of the National Garden Scheme, which raises money for a number of charities.

The Old House, The Green, and Walnut Tree Cottage, 6 Hall Lane, will open from 2pm to 6pm. Combined admission is £3, with children admitted free of charge.

Home-made teas will be available at the village hall and wine will be available at The Old House between 4.30pm and 6pm. Walnut Tree Cottage will also have plants for sale.

The village blacksmith’s shop and forge, dating from 1864, and still in working order, will be open with Friends of the Forge on hand to answer questions.

Vintage cycles - Vale of Belvoir

A vintage cycle rally has been organised by the Peterborough Vintage Cycle Club - an affiliated member of the National Association of Veteran Cycle Clubs - to celebrate its Diamond Jubilee Year.

The costumed ride will be held on Sunday, September 1 and will cover a 14-mile route around villages in the Vale of Belvoir. There will be two refreshment stops en-route at The Plough, Stathern and Granby Village Hall.

Riders will assemble for the start of the rally at the Vale of Belvoir Inn and Hotel, on the A52 between Grantham and Nottingham at 10.30am.

At present 110 riders have entered from all parts of the UK, Holland and Belgium. Cycles entered cover the history and development of the cycle from the 1860s to 1935, including boneshakers, penny farthings, solid tyred tricycles, early pneumatics and tandems.

For more details contact the secretary, Jane Denton (Tel: 01664 813151), or email:

Fund-raiser - Youth football

Colsterworth Colts youth football team are looking to raise funds for the club and have organised a fundraising event to be held tomorrow (Saturday) at Ingoldsby Social Club, starting at 3.30pm.

There will be a barbecue, games, a tombola, raffle and car wash.