District News - February 19

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terrington st john

Contact: Miss D. Diggle

32 Orchard Way PE14 7TD

United Service – Members of the parish church joined the united service at the Methodist Church.

It was conducted by the Rev. Peter Dewdney, from Friday Bridge, who led prayers and preached the sermon. Lessons were read by Mr Dewdney and Mrs Gwen Dewdney. The steward was Mrs Joan Cousins and the organist was Doreen Diggle.


Women’s Institute – Despite it being a cold evening, 23 members ventured out to the Village Hall for the February meeting, plus men who were keen to hear the speaker.

Patricia Haye was chairman. Forthcoming events were discussed, including the results of last month’s outing questionnaire. Anglesey Abbey was the most popular suggestion and a visit will be organised for the future.

Other popular choices were Thursford Christmas Spectacular, Ladies Day at Newmarket races (an excuse to buy a lovely hat), Sandringham Flower Show and a visit to the theatre at West Acre.

Once all the business was done, Paul Samways took members on a journey across America on Route 66.

His slides captured the spirit of his motorcycle trip and on occasions had members singing along to an appropriate soundtrack.

He spoke with great enthusiasm and passion about his experiences. Paul kindly judged the competition for a model vehicle; Patricia was first, Jenny Bailey was second and Brenda third.

Members then caught up with friends while enjoying the refreshments.

tilney st lawrence

Contact: Phil Cullen

01945 880718

Day Centre – The William Day Centre’s Valentine’s raffle raised £100 for the amenities fund. Winners were Dorothy Oldfield, Bob (bus driver), Bob Bright, Gwen Bishop, Ray Lister, Aileen Newell, Elizabeth Allison, Sherralyn Clark, Peter Kerrison, Peggy Wilkinson, Marie Spratt, Sylvia Simpole, Phil Cullen, Len McCarthy, Brenda Oakey, Michael Sutton, Christine Ayres, Veronica Nelson, Kay Waring, Doreen Hattigan, Carol Roberts and Anne Thompson.

Quiz – Three teams tied as winners at St Lawrence Bowls Club’s monthly quiz at the Coach and Horses. They were Minus Three Degrees, The Ringtones and The Medlers. A raffle was won by Phil Cullen and questions were set by Anne Thompson who was also quiz-master.

A sausage and chip supper was provided by landlords Mandy and Peter. The next quiz will be on Tuesday, February 26 at 7.15pm.

Bingo – The bingo at the village hall, organised by Abby Marshall, raised £144.55 for Terrington St John School.

Caller was Peter Kerrison, door stewards were Abby Marshall and Eleanor Marshall, ticket seller was Alex Marshall and the mystery game was run by Kay Rayner. Checkers were Helen Cook, Zoe Sandle and Audrey Calton. Refreshments were served by Laura Simpson, Theresa Lee and Abby Marshall and helpers were Geoff Spenton, Joe Sandle and Phil Cullen. The next bingo will be on Wednesday, March 20, for the 3rd Marshland Scout Group.

Village Committee – Chairman Keith Bodimeade welcomed two members of the public, Audrey Calton and Helen Cook, to the meeting at the village hall. Reports were given by treasurer Zoe Sandle and also by Phil Cullen on behalf of cleaners and caretakers. He reported that the car park had been upgraded with large pot holes filled and more stone spread. Zoe Sandle also read the bookings clerk’s report and it was agreed to put up curtains to the side of the stage. Bar supervisor Karen Thorpe said that work to improve the bar area had started.

Keith Bodimeade reported on the inspection of the playing field and recreation area and it was agreed to spend £40 on a clean-up of the equipment in the play area. Everything else was up to standard. Other reports included one from the parish council read by Phil Cullen. The parish council asked to deal with the playing field contract for gang-mowing costs.

Fundraising events under discussion were a casino night on Saturday, March 16 and a proposed summer fete with a craft fair. Anne Thompson said an Easter fayre is planned at the parish church over Easter weekend.

The next committee meeting will be the annual meeting on Monday, March 11.

The monthly 100 Club draw took place and winners were Sherralyn Clark (£17.50), Linda Petts (£10.50) and Christine Oakey (£7).