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Peggy Shuttleworth is pictured receiving an autographed copy of Bill Turnbull's new book The Bad Beekeepers Club in Rand
Peggy Shuttleworth is pictured receiving an autographed copy of Bill Turnbull's new book The Bad Beekeepers Club in Rand

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Buzzing meeting - Nettleton and Moortown WI was a hive of activity when Celia Smith gave a talk on bees.

Information on the many species of bees showed how necessary these creatures are for the production of our food and flowers.

The ladies were also given an insight into a beehive colony, from birth to the final jar of honey.

The roll call of what the kept the ladies buzzing included children and chickens, football and shopping, and sunshine and singing.

At the next meeting, on March 14, Irene Kendall will be talking about the fun of running a B&B.


Whist Drives - Results of the whist drives held at Wragby Town Hall on Friday February 8 were as follows: 1st Lady, Mrs R Dixon, 2nd Lady, Miss E Hotchin, 3rd Lady, Mrs S Collins.

1st Gent, Mrs M Smith,2nd Gent, Mrs M Horton, 3rd Gent, Mr E Taylor. Most 4’s, Lady, Mrs M Needham, Most 5’s,Gent, Mr D Smith, Miniature, Mrs M Horton and Mrs R Hilton.

Friday 15 February, 1st Lady, Mrs B Blades and Mrs L Swift, 3rd Lady, and Mrs B Brumpton and Mrs R Dixon.

1st Gent, Mr R Dixon, 2nd Gent, Mrs M Horton, 3rd Gent, Mr R King. Lowest score, Lady, Mrs R Hilton, Lowest 2nd half, Gent Mrs M Treadwell and Mr E Taylor, Miniature, Mr E Taylor and Miss E Hotchin.

Wragby Supper Club.- More than 60 people attended the supper club meeting at the Methodist Church on Friday February 15 when the guest speaker was Julie Johnson.

Julie, eldest daughter of Sue and Johnny Johnson of West Barkwith, now lives in Wakefield, but still considers West Barkwith as her home ground and the Wragby Methodist Church remains important to her.

She was very pleased when £400 was raised during the evening for the church.

Her chosen subject was My recent climb up Kilimanjaro. She delivered this via an audio and visual display to an appreciative audience taking them through her eight day climb to the summit.

Julie said it had been the hardest challenge she had ever undertaken and there were times when she wondered if she would see it through mentally and physically.

The next supper club will be on Friday March 15, when the speaker will be Mr M J Gill-Stafford on his chosen subject, Crime and Punishment. Cost is only £4 per person, which includes the supper. All welcome.

Wragby WI - President Margaret Kane welcomed members and guests to the February meeting of the Wragby branch of the WI. Business was kept brief but Vicky James was congratulated on the successful publication of her poem entitled Wragby.

The guest speaker was Lorretta Rivitt who delivered a very funny and informative insight to her school days when the Lincolnshire dialect was her way of speaking. Margaret Kane gave the vote of thanks.

A Taste of Lincolnshire”was the theme of the supper.

The next meeting will be on Monday March 11 when the speaker will be Mrs Soper – a make-up artist for Black and White films. New members and guests are always guaranteed a very warm welcome.


Peggy Shuttleworth is pictured receiving an autographed copy of Bill Turnbull’s new book The Bad Beekeepers Club.

Bill, who presents B B C TV Breakfast,and has appeared on Strictly Come Dancing and Songs of Praise was the after dinner speaker at Lincoln Colonia Rotary Club’s fundraising dinner in aid of Bees for Development.

Around 150 guests enjoyed a three course meal at E. H .Thorne,s Buzz Stop Restaurant in Rand last Wednesday, before listening to Bill’s stories of T V, dancing and the hazards and pleasures of learning to be a proficient beekeeper.

Photo by John H Edwards