Posh puds help raise £519 for tower fund

PIES AND POSH PUDS - A supper of steak pie and luscious puddings followed by games provided fun for all who attended in the village hall on Saturday evening.

The event was arranged by St Mary’s Church committee members who cooked and served the meal, including the pies which were made and supplied by a local butcher with vegetarian quiche for the non meat eaters.

The luxury posh puds’ were all home made and donated by committee members and friends and guests were invited to take along their own choice of drinks and glasses with soft drinks available for those who needed them.

The fun games of beetle were organised by Jane Perkins and generated friendly competitive play and the winner overall was Tom Whyles, her young grandson.

His prize was a large box of roses chocolates and he very generously opened it up and shared them with other guests while there were many prizes in the raffle, run by Mary Jordan and her sister Megan for the owners of lucky tickets.

The total raised was £519 towards the maintenance of the parish church, thanks are extended to those who helped and gave their support.

THREE WAY QUIZ - A team from the Barkwith and District Gardeners Association with their supporters will be travelling to Market Rasen on Friday, March 30, to take part in the annual three way quiz with teams from Woodhall Spa Gardeners and Market Rasen Gardeners, who are this years hosts.

Sheila Minns, Kate Wright and Laura Pearce will form the Barkwith Gardeners team trying to find the answers to the rounds of questions on various gardening themes with the aim of notching up the top score to claim the championship for the club.

Everyone is very welcome to join the audience and refreshments will be served afterwards by the hosts.

This replaces the monthly meeting in the village hall for March and the next meeting of the Barkwith and District Gardeners on Friday, April 27, will also be held at a new venue.

Thorne’s Beehives of Wragby will be the hosts at their new home at Rand and members are asked to meet there at 7pm for a tour of the premises.

This will also be the last meeting of the winter session as a break is then taken during the light summer evenings before meetings resume again in September.

But for those who like to get out and about, Les Robinson has organised lots of his very popular coach trips to places of interest. The next one is to the Spring Flower Show at Harrogate on Thursday, April 26, followed by a tour of the church Flower Festivals at Sutterton and Long Sutton on May 4.

There is always a meal with good food at reasonable prices included in his package.

While they do get booked up very quickly, Les operates a waiting list in case there are passengers unable to make it at the last minute.

Conact Les on 01673 857063 for further details.

WI - Yvonne Bryson presided at the annual meeting of East Barkwith Women’s Institute held in the village Hall.

There was no election for the committee as those nominated - Kate Wright, Doreen Mitchell, Julie Griffiths, Margaret Tyson, Joyce Sayers, Rosarie Wright, Jessie Skellern, Yvonne Bryson, Jean Best, Mary Hoban, and Mary Jordan - were all re-elected unopposed. Yvonne was also re-elected as president with Mary Hoban vice president and Kate Wright secretary. Reports were presented by the treasurer showing a satisfactory balance in hand.

The secretary commented on the full and interesting programme which had been enjoyed during the past year with the members also taking an active part in county and Witham Group events too.

The very successful harvest meeting with guests invited for a talk and auction sale of produce in aid of charity had again been well supported and the Christmas meeting was as usual very popular with guests looking forward to the super buffet supper which East Barkwith is famous for.

Yvonne thanked all the members for their help and support with the events.

A birthday posy was presented to Doreen Mitchell.

Notice was given of the Witham Group Spring Meeting at Wragby Town Hall on Monday, April 30