Author Archives: Rachel Mayfield

Traders ‘lose out’ at Christmas market

Market traders in Spalding claim to have lost a day’s takings after saying the district council’s Christmas lights switch-on forced them to abandon trading on Saturday. Trader Fee Taylor has run a toy stall at Spalding for five years and said traders at the Hall Place end of town were told two weeks ago they wouldn’t be able to pitch ...

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Reindeer bring real festive feel as Spalding’s Christmas lights are switched on

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas and Spalding is lit-up and ready for the big day. An afternoon of fun and games was held in the town on Saturday when a pair of reindeer joined the entertainment. Craft-making sessions were held at Ayscoughfee Hall Museum and Gardens where there was also a special Christmas story time with Father ...

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Thank you for 20 years of volunteering

It takes more than three hip operations and debilitating conditions to stop Jean Ruck from volunteering at Holbeach Hospital. This month marks 20 years of the Holbeach resident helping out at the hospital through its League of Friends. And at the monthly entertainment event she hosts for residents, this month with singing group Velvet Souls, the hospital surprised her with ...

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Tree-mendous effort by pupils

Pupils from Weston St Mary C of E Primary School have helped plant 150 trees in the school grounds. The school teamed up with London North Eastern Railway (LNER) and Carbon Footprint as part of a new project which aims to raise awareness regarding environmental issues. A combination of Birch (Silver), Common Alder, Dog/Guelder Rose and Green Beech species, totalling ...

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Fears over future of town play area

There are fears for the future of a Holbeach play area which was due to be refurbished. The Hall Hill Road site is owned by South Holland District Council and there is money in the bank to provide new equipment. But the parish council has been trying to secure a lease for 18 months in order to release the cash ...

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Last chance to Give a Gift this Christmas

It’s your last chance to help make a child’s Christmas by donating to the Give a Gift appeal. We’ve had a fantastic response so far but every gift will unwrap a whole world of delight for a young person aged between three and 14 on Christmas Day who might otherwise receive nothing. The generous people at Westlode Fisheries in Spalding ...

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Air Cadets hit the right note

Holbeach Air Cadets have drummed up enough support to allow them to start their very own marching band.   Members of the 2430 (Holbeach) RAF Air Cadets are now learning to play their instruments thanks to two fantastic donations.   Town based charity Chosen provided them with £500 worth of funding.   And that was backed up by a fantastic ...

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Vote for a festive window finalist

Holbeach Parish Council has announced the nine finalists in the town’s Christmas window competition. Between now and December 17, you can cast your vote to name the crown the festive shopfront in Holbeach. Numbers will be displayed on each of the shopfronts and that number can be used to vote at either the Parish Council offices or post on the ...

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Mum’s warning after “significant increase” in bike thefts

There’s been a significant increase in the theft of bikes with one Spalding mum urging others to be vigilant after her 11-year-old son’s bike he’d bought himself with birthday money was stolen in the town centre. Nichola Good is warning people to wary after son Thomas’s silver Carrera bike was taken while locked up outside Barclay’s Bank in the town. The ...

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Public Hall gets Masonic donation

A village’s public hall is a few hundred pounds closer to its goal of a new boiler thanks to a donation by a Freemasons lodge. Fenland Masonic Lodge of Long Sutton has donated £750 to Gosberton Public Hall. Rona Perry, treasurer and trustee of the Public Hall, said: “We are over the moon to get this unexpected and most welcome ...

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Freemasons pick wellbeing charity

A Spalding Freemasons lodge has donated hundreds of pounds to one of the town’s health and wellbeing charities. Michael Morris, Chair of Trustees for Tonic Health, the local health and wellbeing charity, was delighted this week to receive a donation of £750 from Welland Lodge 9556 towards the Focus Group which is run from Tonic Health for those with dementia ...

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Toasting the Suffragettes to mark the centenary of women voting

Today (Friday, December 14) marks exactly 100 years since the first women voted in a General Election. And to celebrate, some prominent local women held a Suffragettes Tea Party at Ayscoughfee Hall last week where they paid tribute to those women who helped take huge steps in the fight towards equality. They included Jennifer Alcock who recently found out her ...

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Afternoon of rail history

If you are interested in the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway, there is a special presentation on Saturday. The M&GN Circle is hosting an open afternoon for anyone interested in local railway history. There will be a presentation from what is probably the most complete collection of 35mm colour slides from the late 1930s to present day, followed by ...

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Comedian Hal takes to stage

Hal Cruttenden: Straight Outta Cruttenden South Holland Centre Friday, 8pm Tickets £18 Box Office 01775 764777 www.southhollandcentre.co.uk Top comedian and Edinburgh Festival veteran Hal Cruttenden makes his hotly anticipated debut on the Spalding stage with his Straight Outta Cruttenden tour. Star of his own Radio 4 sitcom, Hal has also been seen on TV in comedy shows including Have I ...

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Sneath’s Mill annual show

Sneath’s Mill Annual Autumn Show will be held in Lutton Village Hall on Saturday. Show entries can be delivered to the hall on Saturday between 9am and 11am, the hall will then be closed for judging and will reopen at 2pm. Look out for the show booklets which include details of both adult and children’s categories, the entry form and ...

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Fashion show for charity

Long Sutton fashion shop Shelia Tiller hosts an evening on “What to wear and how to wear it” at Gedney Church on Tuesday. The event starts at 7pm and tickets are £10, to include a glass of Prosecco and canapés. All funds raised will go to the church. Tickets are available from 01406 550207, 364624, 363673 or 363536.

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Inspiration for brides-to-be

Brides-to-be can get inspiration from two wedding fayres this weekend. The Break charity shop and Holbeach All Saints’ Church have teamed up to hold a fayre at the church from 7pm-9pm on Saturday. On Sunday the Loving Hearts Wedding Fayre takes place at Fydell House, South Street, Boston, from 11am-3pm. Admission is £1 and includes entry to prize draw.

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All welcome at quiz night

Paul’s Quiz Night takes place on Saturday at the Elizabethan Centre, Whaplode Drove. Teams of 4 are invited and the cost is £1 per person. All proceeds are given back in the way of prizes and a raffle Doors open at 8pm for an 8.30pm start. All welcome. For further information call 01406 330768.

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Coffee and cake event

Lorna Webb and her team of helpers are holding a coffee morning as part of Macmillan’s World’s biggest coffee morning. It will take place at Mrs Webb’s home, 2 Poachers Gate, Pinchbeck, on Tuesday, from 10am to noon. As well as the coffee, there will be stalls selling cakes and preserves, vegetables, plants and a raffle.

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See what Pinchbeck has to offer at special event

Pinchbeck Live this weekend showcases what the village has to offer. St Mary’s Church will be decorated for harvest. There will be tower tours, a quilt display, children’s crafts and stalls (Saturday 10am-4pm; Sunday 12pm-4pm). On Saturday night there will be a free concert from 7pm. The Baptist Church has a flower festival, stalls, art sale and display, with Lunch ...

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