Community

Tractor run is a grand event

A popular tractor run returned last weekend to raise £1,200 for St Bartholomew’s Church and West Pinchbeck Village Hall. In total 38 tractors took part in the West Pinchbeck Tractor Run on Sunday, September 12. They left the hall at 10am returning around 11.30am.Meanwhile there was a BBQ, refreshments and stalls at the hall. One of the organisers, Paul Bellamy, ...

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Ball rolls through charity run

A Spalding great-grandad has returned to running at the age of 71 to complete the Great North Run without leaving South Holland in memory of a relative. Brian Ball was a keen runner before ill health meant he had to stop. However he wanted do something to raise money for cousin Clive Baker who died earlier this year after contracting ...

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GALLERY – Community fair is a resounding hit

Village residents in South Holland came together at the weekend for a community event. With attractions galore for younger visitors, there was something for everyone to enjoy at the Gosberton Village Fair. The fair is usually held in June but was postponed this year until after the COVID-19 restrictions were lifted. There was no event last year because of the ...

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Abbie’s South Africa opportunity

A 17-year-old is raising money so she can help teach young people in South Africa. Abbie Brown, from Crowland, is working with the charity Project Trust which sends people on gap year projects. She’s been inspired to do so after seeing her step-sister Charlotte take part in a trip to the country. Abbie, who is set to begin her final ...

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Flower Parade tribute rolls up at station

A remnant of Spalding’s historic Flower Parade has been erected to brighten up Spalding station. The volunteers that have taken it upon themselves to spruce it up have teamed up with Springfields and the Springfields Horticultural Society. Not only have they provided plants for the flower bed, but they’ve also provided the moss covered rabbit that’s been christened Tulipa. Jan ...

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Friday Club ends after 66 years

A club for Holbeach’s elderly met for the final time last week, 66 years after forming. The Friday Club was set up in 1954 to give pensioners in the town somewhere to meet up. Demand meant another daily club The Pop In was launched around 1973 and that too ran until the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The organising committee of both ...

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Food festival was massive success

More than 3,000 visitors enjoyed the weather and the great food on offer at Holbeach’s annual Food Festival. Organiser Nick Worth is delighted with the way the event went, saying it had a “real community feel”. The event was held at Carter’s Park, this year over two days, and most stallholders reported having a great weekend. Nick said: “It was ...

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Centre for elderly appeals for volunteers

A charity that provides weekday social sessions for the elderly is on the lookout for more volunteers. The Meadows, which runs The Sir John Van Geest Centre in Spalding, is getting busier as people return to its sessions. But that means it needs more volunteers to help it put on and feed its attendees as well as help them get ...

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What makes Lincs so dishy?

Food businesses and local chefs are invited to apply for the Greater Lincolnshire Menu competition ahead of Lincolnshire Day on October 1. “The importance of supporting local businesses has never been greater than it is now, Launched jointly by Lincolnshire County, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire councils, the competition aims to celebrate the exceptional food grown and produced across ...

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Bid to help refugees from Afghanistan

A call has gone out for any unwanted clothes and necessities to help refugees fleeing Afghanistan. And it’s being led locally by a Pinchbeck woman who has been helping others for years. Heidi Hayman is already getting bags of clothes thrown into her garden after putting the call out on social media That’s because she’s regularly helped charity efforts including ...

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Howzat for a fundraiser?

An annual cricket game strolled back to the crease this year and raised over £1,100 for local good causes. Sir John Hayes’s annual Lords and Commons XI match with Moulton Harrox Cricket Club returned on Sunday, August 29 in the village. The host club took the win, regaining the trophy from Sir John’s team who had retained it in the ...

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New bike night gets traction

Around 100 bikes came together in Holbeach last week following the setting up of an online community. A Facebook page called ‘Motorbike group for ride and general chat Holbeach and surrounding area’ has proved hugely popular, and last week it decided to meet up at The Tigers Bar at Carter’s Park. And organisers were left stunned when so many turned ...

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Generous donation to project

A new community project led by the Catholic Community in South Holland has received more support from a local self-employed Spalding resident. Local gardener Luke Britton, who has recently set up his own garden maintenance company Perfect Gardens, has donated £200 to Project St Thomas. It aims to provide a Community Café facility and provide Changing Places facilities for those ...

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Caring Cara’s a cut above

A six-year-old from Spalding has had hair cut short for The Little Princess Trust. Cara Smart-Waterfall became interested in wigs after watching the Netflix show Alexa and Katie where they were mentioned. Mum Norma Smart showed her You Tube videos about them including what the Little Princess Trust do for young people who have experienced hair loss due to ill ...

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Ambassador Jake’s charity walk

A Spalding teen has given up some of his summer holiday to raise money through a sponsored walk. Jake Winkett (15), of Spalding, is an ambassador of the Kids Out charity that aims to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Spalding Academy pupil had previously set up a Giving Tree to provide the young people with Christmas presents. And he ...

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Cundys gear up for Paralympics

A Long Sutton couple will be burning the midnight oil as their decorated son attempts to make yet more Paralympic history this week. Watching Jody Cundy in his seventh Paralympics will be a strange one for his parents Alan and Ann as they won’t be able to attend for the first time. But the pair will still be cheering from ...

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Scarecrows on parade in village’s day of fun

Mr Bean made a guest appearance in South Holland at the weekend, but he didn’t say much. Dolly Parton arrived to join the fun on Saturday as well. She had nothing to say either. It may well have had something to do with the fact they were made of straw and taking part in the Cowbit Scarecrow Festival. Resident Claire ...

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Farm’s £2m boost for wildlife charity

A Deeping St Nicholas farm has been thanked by a charity for raising over £2million for it. Vine House Farm has raised the figure for the Wildlife Trusts by giving percentage of its birdseed sales over the last 14 years. More than 400 acres of bird seed crops, hedges, ponds, and wildflower margins at field edges have all been created ...

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Dementia group’s tuneful tea

Members of Spalding based charity, Tonic Health Dementia Support Focus Group were treated to a special garden party with a brass band last week. More than 25 members attended on a pleasantly sunny afternoon at Park Farm and were entertained by St Nicolas Brass Band during the afternoon courtesy of Coun Nigel Pepper. “Their performances led by Tony Fell, were ...

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GALLERY – Pop-up picnic in the park is a hit

There was fun and games for all the family at a pop-up picnic in the park at Donington Community Centre. With everything from space hoppers to the Rock School Bus, there was plenty to keep visitors occupied. Ella Marie Harris (7) and Kelsey-Marie Lovelock (10). The event is part of the South Holland Outdoor Festival which is offering free events ...

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