Community

Green Tree award for school

Staff and pupils at Bicker Prep School have been delighted to be awarded a platinum level Green Tree award for their work with the environment. Activities carried out by the children include a wildlife photography competition which was judged by local wildlife photographer Dean Eades and as part of the ‘wild trails’ element of the award, Year Three and Four ...

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Pavanotti performance for those affected by flooding

An operatic tribute act is putting on a special concert this weekend to raise funds for those affected by flooding in Wales. Jeff Woods, aka Pavanotti, from Pinchbeck will be performing in Caffe Aurora, Holbeach on from noon on Saturday (February 22) to raise funds for those affected by the dreadful flooding in the Rhondda Valley where Jeff lived for ...

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Support for rural mums

An event for mums in Holbeach St Marks has proved a huge hit. NCT Birth and Beyond Community Supporters held its first rural drop-in morning in the village which aims to support mums and mums-to-be in the area. As well as BBCS Volunteers, the local Children’s Centre, the police, the community midwives, Better Births Lincolnshire and the Job Centre all ...

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Celebrating Santa’s helpers

Representatives of charitable groups and good causes came together on Tuesday, February 4, at The Woodlands Hotel, Spalding, for an evening with members of the Rotary Club of South Holland where donations were made to them for all for their help in December’s Christmas Sleigh campaign. President Jon Martin thanked them for their help with the collections explaining that they ...

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Art society exhibition next month

Spalding Arts and Crafts Society celebrated another successful demonstration and members are preparing for an art exhibition next month. At the most recent meeting, artist Sonia Bacchus detailed laying out the bone structure of a horse. The group’s next exhibition takes place at Spalding Library, Victoria Street, from March 12-26 and all paintings on display will be for sale. The ...

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Boxing clever for local charities

Former world champion Amir Khan was the star turn alongside a host of talented young boxers as Spalding’s annual Boxing Night at Springfields again proved a knockout success. In its 26th year, the Spalding and District Round Table event saw thousands of pounds raised for local charities. Attendees witnessed eight fantastic bouts of boxing on the night with the home ...

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Quest to detail the war dead

A historian is appealing for information on the people who died during the two World Wars buried in Spalding Cemetery. Andrew Hill is currently collating data on the approximately 30 male and female military personnel with Commonweath Graves in the cemetery, in the hope the public will be able to fill in each person’s story and provide a photograph. Mr ...

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Golfers club together

Golfers have teed up a fantastic donation of £5,000 to help people with disabilities ride horses. Spalding Golf Club made the fantastic donation to the Fenland Riding for the Disabled Assocation (RDA) a group of volunteers who put horse riding sessions on for pupils of the Priory and Garth School. Spalding’s 2019 ladies’ captain Lainy MacLeman and senior captain Peter ...

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Rapunzel fans help homeless

Charitable panto-goers over Christmas have helped Polka Dot Pantomimes raise more than £1,000 for a homeless charity. The company’s version of Rapunzel was the panto on over Christmas at the South Holland Centre in Spalding. A Polka Dot Pantomimes spokesman said: “£1,179.18 was the total amount of donations made by the wonderful audiences who came along to watch Rapunzel at ...

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Sleigh run funds for nursery

A Crowland nursery has been awarded funds following the fire station’s great efforts during the recent Sleigh Run over Christmas. A spokesman for Crowland Fire Station said: “Some of the crew were pleased to be able to hand over a cheque for £781 to Abbey 345 Preschool recently, following the sleigh run in December. “We look forward to hearing more ...

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Gallery – Having a ball at glamorous event

Over £4,000 was raised for local charities as a glamorous ball returned for an eighth year. The Rotary Club of Spalding and Welland’s Two Lips Ball returned to Springfields last Saturday. This year’s event raised thousands in aid of the St John’s Ambulance and local Rotary supported charities. £2,000 was raised thanks to the raffle which had fantastic prizes including ...

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Diabetes support group’s good start

A new diabetes peer group has celebrated its successful first sessions and is looking forward to welcoming more people to its next meeting. The new peer support groups for Diabetes UK sessions take place in Spalding and Long Sutton on a monthly basis and have been set up in the hope of diabetic community coming together to offer advice and ...

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Stars in town for all things sci-fi

Springfields wlll be packed out with movie stars, cosplay fantatics, props and stalls at the end of the month for the next edition of Geekmania. The sci-fi and fantasy convention will welcome stars from the likes of Harry Potter, Star Wars and Torchwood, as well as acclaimed authors and artists on Sunday, February 23. A visual spectacle, cosplayers dressed as ...

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Events to mark 850th birthday

A Long Sutton Church has a packed series of events this coming year in celebration of turning 850 years old. Long Sutton St Mary’s Church’s history dates back to 1080, when the first chapel was built by Cluniac monks by the port at Manor House, near what is now the A17. The monks erected a temporary wooden chapel in the ...

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Pupil power prompts police

Traffic passing through a village is being monitored by police thanks to its primary school pupils. Last term, Year 5 and 6 children in Elm Class at Weston Hills CE Primary School wrote to Sir John Hayes MP to express their concerns and offer solutions to a range of issues including plastic pollution, deforestation, Brexit, meat production, animal welfare, gun ...

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Isla’s dress-up day for Oz

A West Pinchbeck schoolgirl sparked an animal-themed fundraising day to help Australia. Class teacher Rachel Cannon said: “Pupils at St Bartholomew’s Primary School were shocked to hear the news about the Australian bush fires and how they are growing at an alarming rate, causing devastation to people and wildlife. The teachers got involved. “In the school Isla Pattinson asked if ...

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Down and dirty with workshop

A composting workshop for families is coming to a Spalding allotment this month. A family composting workshop for beginners is being held at Spalding’s Grow and Share Community Allotment. While adults pick up tips on composting, children will be able to have a go at making a bird feeder and take part in a bug hunt. The sessions, which are ...

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Sally’s abs-normal birthday

Sally-Sharman Gray had a cheeky birthday wish granted last week. “For my 60th birthday, I’d like two young guys, around 30ish, easy on the eye, fit, well muscled and under-dressed to help me pack my shopping at the supermarket checkout” had been the hint given over a number of years to her husband, Andy when the weekly shop arrived at ...

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Wok a tasty treat for pupils

Children were given a Chinese treat recently as part of a new partnership between a food firm and local school. St John the Baptist Primary School were last week visited by Bakkavor staff including London-based chef Yun Ko. She cooked noodles and veg for children who then tasted them using chop sticks. There was also a sensory session involving different ...

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Community plan for former chapel

A former Methodist chapel in Spalding could be turned into a new centre for the community. The St Thomas’s Road chapel was bought by the next-door St Norbert’s Roman Catholic Church following a donation by a parishioner. The Methodist Church itself had already moved to Broad Street. In what they’re calling Project St Thomas those at St Norbert’s had initially ...

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