Spalding & District


A Warm Welcome

A picture of two of our members has been used by the Third Age Matters magazine to illustrate the warm welcome new and potential members are given.
The magazine is produced by the U3A and is available to members for just £3.10 per year. see link (Third Age Matters)

The article is to the right of this page.



No! I’m not swearing or being rude!

Needle 1 ‘Kantha is a hand stitching technique originating in India, a country famous for colourful stitched textiles. Kantha work is clearly recognisable with its characteristic rows upon rows of running stitches. This simple stitch has so many variations, it can be stitched in thick thread, thin thread, bright colours, pale colours; the possibilities are endless!’

This is what the two Needlecraft groups found out at their joint meeting in October in Moulton Community Centre from Angela Daymond of Fenland Textile Studio. It was a very enjoyable afternoon with everyone having the opportunity to work on a Kantha sample to take home and complete. We even learnt a new technique for threading a needle! needle

Angela also brought in a wide range of examples ranging from small pieces made in to wall hangings to vintage and modern throws for sofas or beds.

Angela can be found at her studio at Unique Cottage Studios – please see the website for details.


Congratulations to the History group on the publication of their book. A Guide to Medieval Spalding

History Group Spalding U3A History Group has been meeting at the Pinchbeck Community Hub and Library for approximately 7 years and during that time we have studied British History. Many of our members have come to live in the Spalding area from other parts of the country and wished to know more about the history of Spalding. We started a project ‘Medieval Spalding’ 18 months ago, in conjunction with Spalding Gentlemen’s Society, covering the period 1050 – 1550 and the result is now a book entitled “A Guide to Medieval Spalding”.

This period was to see a major change from Anglo-Saxon to Norman rule. Everyday life came to be dominated by the Priory in Spalding which grew to be very wealthy. Later the devastating effect of The Black Death was to change how people lived their lives. There is an imagined Sunday morning walk through the then town on the way to church…and much more besides.

Medieval History Book The book is amply illustrated with period prints, maps and drawings as well as more recent photographs. Not a book to be read cover to cover at a single sitting but one to savour and dip into section by section at leisure.

At a price of £5 per copy for a book of seventy pages, we hope it will appeal to all who wish to know more of the Town’s early beginnings and enjoy searching for its historical remains which they may pass by every day. With birthdays and Christmas in mind, it would make an ideal gift either for oneself, family or friends.

The book is available from Bookmark, Spalding Gentlemen’s Society and Ayscoughfee Hall and will be on sale at the Spalding & District U3A monthly meeting on 3rd October. Copies can also be obtained from members of the Medieval Spalding Group – please contact Sheila Field, Group Co-ordinator for information.


I was pleased to receive a telephone call of thanks from Spalding Indoor Bowls Club yesterday for U3A introducing bowling to ten members who have participated in club events this year.
Many thanks to David and Jan Staples, of S & D U3A, Ken Challens and Gill Fisher, of SIBC, for coaching during the season. Also thanks to Wendy, Pat and Mick Dunn for collecting monies from bowlers attending.


When I joined S&D U3A one of the joint leaders of the Happy Wanderers was Hilary Burt, I took over as the other leader with Hilary and we worked together for several years. Due to health issues Hilary had to stand down as a joint leader and a walker but became an active member and joint leader of the Strollers.
I have now learnt that Hilary is not renewing his membership of the branch.
I. and I am sure many Wanderers and Strollers, wish to express many thanks for all the work put into the walking groups by Hilary and to wish him and his wife a happy and healthy future.
We shall miss you.


Bowls The summer season started for S & D Indoor Bowling on Monday 29th April when 32 members met up at the Castle Sports Centre. It was good to see ten members taking their first taste of the sport with expert coaching from David Staples assisted by his wife Janet. many thanks to them both for their assistance. Twenty two 'bowlers' then sorted themselves out on other rinks and enjoyed a couple of hours on the carpet.


I had been invited to attend the Music Appreciation Group, Music Appreciation. although perhaps for me it was more “music apprehension” as I didn’t know what to expect. Would it be too high brow for me? Meeting with a friendly group of people I was soon made to feel at home as I took a seat on the sofa and the CD player was switched on. The beautiful music from composer Patrick Hawes filled the room as we listened to the soaring orchestral music and solo soprano performing “Prayer to a Guardian Angel”, the first track on his “Angel” CD. We travelled to Philadelphia with Dire Straits, and walked the shore line to the sound of the clarinet with Acker Bilk. The afternoon continued with tea and cake accompanied by our foot tapping to the familiar sounds of Doris Day and Glen Campbell, finally returning to the theme of angels to hear the haunting “The last lullaby”, the final track on the “Angel” CD. What a lovely relaxing afternoon. If you want to know more about this Group, who meet once a month just for the pleasure of listening to such a variety of music, and to share memories the music evokes, then please contact me, Sheila Field – Group Co-ordinator, for more information


Joan. Thank you Joan
On a lovely, sunny afternoon the Wednesday Luncheon Group met at the Bluebell Inn at Whaplode St Catherine where members had a traditional carvery and a wonderful choice of desserts. Joan Gibbs has been organising these monthly lunches, enabling members to sample the different restaurant and pub menus in the company of good friends, for ten years. This would be her last time as Group Leader as she felt it was time for someone else to take over.
A gift token and flowers were presented to Joan with the heartfelt thanks of everyone within the Group.


U3A Author’s first book - Surfleet in the 1950’s Tony Blissett
Our congratulations go to Tony Blissett who has had his first book published “An Account of Surfleet in the 1950’s”
Tony who leads the Tuesday Art Group and more recently, shares Group Leadership of the History Group, was always interested in the history of his home village, and he has for the past fifteen years, jotted down his recollections and memories.
Spurred on by his membership of the History Group and their general discussion for publishing ideas, Tony fished out his notes and with the help of his teacher daughter, the idea for his book was formed.
“Memories of the village and the people, their lifestyle, are all important. If they remain unrecorded then they are lost. These memories may not be highly important today or in ten years time, but as the years roll by they become more and more important”
Anyone who knows Surfleet now will see how significantly it’s changed over the years, typical of most villages. As Tony has said it was a different world then!