Community

Celebrating 40 years at hospital

A woman who has worked at Holbeach Hospital for 40 years has been thanked for her service to the community. Diana Bailey worked at the community-owned hospital even before it was taken over by the Holbeach and East Elloe Trust in 1989. Since that time she’s been a secretary for the Trust and has continued to service the hospital and ...

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Cafe is just the tonic for area

A charity run community cafe has officially opened its doors. Tonic 44 on Station Road is adjacent to the village hall and Glen Park and will also double as Spalding Hockey Club’s clubhouse. It’s been created by the Tonic Health well-being charity in a former art gallery. Funding for the cafe has been received from Sport England, local donations as ...

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A heart-warming gesture

Spalding Academy have made a heart-warming gesture to help young people who may be the same age as themselves. Following a collection at the school they’ve donated two bags full of clothes for the Coats for Kids initiative. The charity has been set up to help provide coats to young people who might otherwise not be able to afford one ...

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Amir adds punch to show

Former world champion boxer Amir Khan has been announced as the special guest as Spalding’s annual boxing show returns with a bang. The Spalding and District Round Table Premier Boxing Event is back on February 15 for the 26th year having raised over £250,000 for local charities. There’s a three-course meal and eight amateur boxing fights via the England Police ...

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Pupils brighten building site

Artwork produced at Spalding Grammar School is making a building site in the town look more attractive, thanks to a former student’s business. Burmor Projects is building 20 social housing units in Willow Walk and managing director Luke Boekestijn came up with the idea to brighten up the site’s hoardings. The firm, which is based at Market Deeping, is registered ...

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Cat charity’s food and toy request

A charity that helps rescue and look after cats is appealing for donations of food and toys for 2020. The Spalding and District Cat Protection League has been running for 30 years and it’s just had a busy festive period. The group has around 20 volunteers who not only fundraise for their numerous activities, but also rake care of cats ...

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Can you bulk out charity’s gym?

Unused equipment is being sought by a charity looking to create a gym for recently re-homed people to use in Spalding. Framework UK works to re-home those with nowhere to stay in the town. They have 29 beds in South Holland, 15 in Holbeach and 14 in Spalding where those previously homeless stay for between nine and 12 months. The ...

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Voice readers make Christmas very merry

The generosity of the public will make Christmas a much nicer time for those in need as the Give a Gift campaign celebrates its most successful year to date. Spearheaded by Coun Harry Drury, Give a Gift has passed on donated toys to less fortunate children for the last eight years. Harry said: “Even after eight years of doing this, ...

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Agents in Long Sutton pack Santa’s suitcase

Children in Lincolnshire will receive a special Christmas present next week thanks to a Long Sutton travel agent and their Santa’s Suitcase initiative. The town’s branch of Lincolnshire Co-op travel have been collecting toys to be handed out by Lincolnshire County Council’s children services to those that might otherwise not receive a present this Christmas. Branch manager Jane Peacock, said: ...

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Can you help recycle Christmas trees for charity?

A hospice charity that is offering a fundraising Christmas tree recycling service has appealed for drivers or wood chippers in South Holland who might be able to help pick up trees in the new year. The St Barnabas Hospice Tree-cycle has launched once again, which will see staff and supporters of the Hospice driving across Lincolnshire to collect and recycle ...

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Sam’s amazing smooth effort

A man who pledged to shave his beard and head for charity has been left smoother and colder, while making a Spalding women’s charity an amazing £714 better off. Sam Fowler met the clippers at his workplace of Ladbrokes in Spalding on Tueday morning (December 10). “Because we raised so much money it made me look forward to it more ...

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Protect children around schools

Two parents are calling for better road safety measures around Spalding schools and are urging motorists to have more patience. Carl Rout, whose 12-year-old daughter attends Spalding High School, is campaigning to local councillors asking for pedestrian crossings in the vicinity, including ones safely close to the Halmer Gate/Stone Gate junction. And just down the road Mark Le Sage has ...

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Coffee morning for Eric

A coffee morning and craft fair in honour of the late Eric Loveridge organised by his family has raised more than £1,000 for charity. A coffee morning raised £932, which was added to daughter Elaine Ladds’ craft fair total for the year, allowing the family to present a cheque to Prostate Cancer UK for £1,275. The presentation took place at ...

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Hundreds of toys gifted for appeal

Ashwood Homes and the Fun Farm are the latest businesses to back our Give a Gift Appeal. The Spalding and South Holland Voice has teamed up with Coun Harry Drury to launch the Give A Gift appeal. The latest donations include £250 from Ashwood Homes which has been used to purchase a fantastic range of gifts, and a selection of ...

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Spalding steps into Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Spalding. Sunday, December 8 saw the town’s Christmas lights switched on and it was preceded by a day of fun and activities. The headline act once again was Santa Claus himself. Throughout the town centre and at Ayscoughfee Hall were a host of games and stalls. Real-life barn animals proved popular ...

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Lyn’s fantastic 40 year service award

A Spalding woman has been awarded for her 40 years’ service to the Guides. Lyn Kite, from Spalding District Guides, received her 40 year Long Service Award at a ceremony last month. Lyn has held many roles within Guiding, beginning as a leader in training with 7th Spalding (Methodist) Guide Unit in 1979. She was also the leader of Spalding ...

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CallConnect cuts cost for Christmas

Passengers on Lincolnshire County Council’s CallConnect bus service are being offered a Christmas bonus. From December 23 until January 2 (inclusive) the countywide bus service is giving users the chance to travel free for 15s and under and only £1 for adults. This fabulous festive offer is available for travel on all CallConnect services including pre-bookable and timetabled. Paul Sanders, ...

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Queen’s Award for Leanne

A Spalding Girls Brigade star has been presented with a Queen’s Award. On Sunday, at the South Lincs Girls Brigade Christmas Celebration, 25-year-old Leanne Peacock’s efforts were rewarded with the prestigious accolade, presented to her by District Commissioner Ruth Reho and team leader of the 1st Spalding Girls Brigade company which Leanne attends, Julie Lunn. The Queen’s Award is the ...

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Club’s charter dinner

The Rotary Club of Spalding and Welland Charter dinner took place at Woodlands Hotel in Spalding last month, with the local branch welcoming members from other groups nationally. Pictured above is Past District Governor Chris Chew, Club Secretary Ian Smee, Past President David Spenceley (both of whom have been presented with Paul Harris Fellowship Awards), President Elect Richard Baker, President ...

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The sweet sound of the annual town school choir competition

Spalding’s schoolchildren were in fine voice at the amazing choir competition held last week. The packed St Mary’s and St Nicolas Church was filled with song as the sound of school choirs soared and lifted spirits. More than 400 people attended the concert, where St John the Baptist school took top spot. Second place went to St Paul’s Community Primary ...

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