Community

Cheque out Masons’ latest donation

A group that provides horse riding sessions for disabled youngsters has had a boost thanks to the Freemasons. The local branch has donated £500 to the Fenland Riding for the Disabled Association. Tony Stanberry, from the St Godric Lodge 7517 in Spalding, presented the cheque recently to RDA volunteers including its chair Lynne Carroll. Mr Stanberry’s daughter Nicky Hastings, also ...

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Puzzle trail for Spalding game

Take part in a free interactive game on the streets of Spalding later this week. Based on an ‘escape room’ type theme, the Spalding Street Seekers game will be held for the first time on Thursday at 9am. The game will also repeat on Thursday, November 5 and Saturday, November 14 and is free to take part in. Participants will ...

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Helping fight killer disease

The South Holland Rotary Club has been back out on the streets raising money in a bid to eradicate polio. The Rotary movement has raised millions and played a large part in tackling the disease, lowering the number of annual cases by 99.9 per cent since taking on the fundraising effort 35 years ago. The South Holland branch has played ...

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Everybody needs Good Neighbours?

A survey is set to go out asking Spalding residents if everyone does indeed need Good Neighbours? The Good Neighbours scheme has been set up elsewhere in the country, including in the Long Sutton and Holbeach area, and involves volunteers carrying out tasks for those that need or request them. Now residents are to be asked if a Good Neighbours ...

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Make a date with Spalding Civic Society

The Spalding Civic Society have unveiled their annual calendar for 2021. The A4 calendar covers Spalding and neighbouring areas and consists of 13 beautiful pictures. A spokesman for the society said: “Where in Spalding is it possible to walk on part of the former railway line to Holbeach? “What is the black slug like creature on top of the Cowbit ...

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Grand milestone for fundraiser

A weekly sale started during lockdown to help keep a village hall afloat has reached a grand milestone. In May Pinchbeck Village Hall began the initiative as a one-off to raise funds while not being used due to the lockdown. But it’s proved a success and is now being held every Saturday morning between 10am and 12pm. And so far ...

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James continues his charity drive

A Cowbit man who has continued to raise awareness of the debilitating condition he suffers with is urging people to join him in wearing orange. James Wilson-White has continued the Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Awareness through his Racing 4 A Cure this year, despite the pandemic. CRPS Awareness Month starts on Monday, November 2 with Colour the World Orange ...

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Gym moves home

The popular gym that has been based in the community building on the Bakkavor site in Holbeach St Marks for the last ten years has moved to Holbeach St Marks Village Hall. It’s had to be moved due to Bakkavor needing the space to comply with COVID-19 restrictions. Holbeach St Marks Community Association has therefore taken the decision to move ...

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Pennies galore as charity winds down with £70,000 of donations

A Spalding charity that’s raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for healthcare in the town has wound down by giving away a total of £70,000 to local good causes. The Pennygate Patient Link was set up to raise funds for the surgery of the same name and since 2001 it has been responsible for the charity shop on Winsover Road. ...

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Project’s thanks to helpers

Special thanks have been given to volunteers who have helped Ella’s Project to aid the community during the coronavirus pandemic. The group, which is part of The Rightside Trust, has made a number of donations of items including protective equipment it sourced, particularly to healthcare workers. Mark Le Sage, who runs the project named after his daughter, recently thanked four ...

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Mask group raises hundreds for charity

A group of volunteers who’ve been creating face masks to keep people safe took to Spalding Market on Saturday – and even raised money for charity. The Spalding Community Mask Hub started making them for carers during the lockdown and has continued to create them for others. All they ask for in return is donations to the charities they support. ...

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Olympic effort for care home residents to enjoy

Residents at a Spalding care home have been enjoying their own Oomph-Lympics. Named after activity provider Oomph Wellness, the team at St John’s Care Home made flags and a banner to set the scene before holding games and awarding medals. There was even a torch-lighting ceremony and a video was made for the home’s Facebook page so families could see ...

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PHAB donation from lodge

It might be the first time in its 180 year history that they’ve not been able to meet, but a Spalding branch of the Masonic Lodge is still handing out charity donations. The Hundred of Elloe lodge regularly donate some of their takings to local charities. And recently longstanding lodge member, John Holmes presented a cheque for £500 to the ...

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Kind donations for school’s harvest festival help food bank and Spalding lady’s work in Uganda

A school has used its annual harvest festival to aid a Spalding lady helping families in Uganda and providing goods for local food banks. Bicker Preparatory School and Early Years weren’t able to attend church like they normally do every autumn. Emily Braybrook in Uganda Instead for their Harvest Festival they were encouraged to bring in food to donate to ...

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Praise for little litter pickers

Two youngsters have been out and about picking up litter in their local area. Siblings Shae (7) and Faith Gresswell (8) recently took it upon themselves to clear up the West Elloe Avenue roundabout and the alleyway connecting to Willesby Road near their Spalding home. The pair attend Spalding Parish Primary School. Dad Simon Gresswell said: “They found some litter ...

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Chosen still helping out

Despite coronavirus and only having one shop open – the Chosen charity has raised thousands of pounds this year. The Holbeach-based charity has given more than £18,000 to local good causes so far. The charity has moved shops, only had one open and was hit by lockdown restrictions. But it hopes to re-open its Fleet Street shop as a Christmas ...

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Marathon effort for our charity runners

It was a London Marathon like no other, but South Holland runners stayed the course to raise money for various charities. Only the world’s top elite athletes were in the capital on Sunday, while thousands of the individual, club and fun runners completed the distance in their own part of the world. Teacher Frances Crampton and teaching assistant Louise Compton, ...

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Santa pops into Holbeach

Was that Santa at Holbeach Fire Station last week? It might be a little early, but Father Christmas was indeed in town and spotted at the Station Street office. He’d popped in to help with a new charity calendar that Holbeach Fire Crew is putting together which will be available in the next few months. It’s looking to raise money ...

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Novel Halloween idea for children

A Spalding mum-of-three has come up with a novel idea to keep Halloween safe and fun this year. With COVID restrictions currently in place, trick or treating is being discouraged, so Michelle Repper has come up with the idea of Chasing Pumpkins. She has got 45 streets involved so far and the idea is that residents put a pumpkin in ...

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Pensioner and daughter’s walk raises £1,700 for Edie (6)

A 75-year-old from Long Sutton has raised over £1,500 towards a six-year-old with a brain tumour by walking 31.6 miles. Noel Bratt alongside his daughter Keily Cleary took 13 hours and 45 minutes to walk the distance from Ely Cathedral to his Long Sutton home. It was all to raise money for family friend Edie Jackson who is battling a ...

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