Community

Polish books for patients

Patients recovering in hospital are now able to access a small collection of Polish books, thanks to kind donations from members of an online support group.   Staff from Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) made an appeal for books written in Polish after a special request for help from a homeless patient, who did not have anything to ...

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Forum in Spalding as part of Volunteers’ Week

Representatives from organisations that involve volunteers are invited to join together in Volunteers’ Week to share best practice and tips. The South Holland Volunteer Coordinators’ Forum, led by Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS), is for anyone who supports or manages volunteers or is involved in local community organisations and projects. Heidi Haxeltine, LCVS area officer for South Holland, said: ...

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Competition: Have your photo featured in Spalding Conservation Area exhibition

Here’s a chance to have your photograph in the Spalding Conservation Area exhibition this summer. The Voice has teamed up with Spalding Photographic Society and Spalding and District Civic Society to give readers a chance to have their images featured in the display moving throughout the town from May to September. There are four periods of entry: Thursday, May 4 until Wednesday, May 24; Thursday, ...

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Free CPR demonstrations as part of ‘Save A Life’ campaign

Free CPR demonstrations are taking place in Spalding tonight (Thursday).   The initiative is part of the BBC Radio Lincolnshire ‘Save A Life’ campaign.   St John Ambulance is one of the partners in this initiative which aims to teach 10,000 people CPR skills.   The demonstrations last between 30 and 45 minutes and will take place at 6.30pm and ...

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A blessing for brews at Spalding Beer and Music Festival

Some of the ales featuring at this year’s Spalding Beer and Music Festival have been blessed. The Rev Canon Steve Simcox (pictured right), minister at St John The Baptist Church, dropped in on Austendyke Ales in Weston Hills – one of the many local breweries supplying the festival – to taste a drop and read a blessing. The three-day event ...

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Open day to mark 70th anniversary

An open day is being held at Andrew and Co on Sunday to mark the business’ 70th anniversary.   The event at the company’s base at Welland Saw Mills in Little London runs from 10am-4pm and there will be lots to do for the whole family.   Along with craft stalls, Chain Bridge Forge will be showing off their amazing ...

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COMMUNITY COLUMN: Dementia could hit any of us

by Karen Johnson South Holland District Council community development officer This week has been Dementia Awareness Week, with the initiative aimed at making more people aware of the key facts about this disease. The Alzheimer’s Society in Lincolnshire has been encouraging residents to unite against dementia, to forget their differences to help to find a cure, improve care, and offer ...

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Competition: Holbeach in Bloom to reward top gardeners

Holbeach In Bloom has got cash prizes on offer again for the town’s best gardens. For the second year running, the group has teamed up with The Voice to run the competition and reward people making a big effort. Whatever your outside space – a garden, balcony or window box – Holbeach In Bloom wants to see it. Judges Terry ...

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Reunion in Holbeach for Fleet Hospital colleagues

Organisers of a reunion for former staff of Fleet Hospital want more people to hear about it. So far about 50 former colleagues are due to attend the event at Holbeach United Social Club in Park Road on Friday, June 16 (7pm). One of the organisers, Mick Lowe, said: “All past staff members are welcome to purchase a ticket and ...

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Three Peaks Challenge for primary school teacher Sam

A teacher at St Norbert’s Catholic Primary School in Spalding is taking on the Three Peaks Challenge to fundraise for a centre which Year 6 pupils visit each year. Sam Morton is hoping to make £1,000 for Briars Diocesan Centre in Crich, Derbyshire, by climbing Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in 24 hours, starting on Thursday, June 29. The ...

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Target hit! £10,000 appeal for cancer sufferer Kieran’s family completes

The family of cancer sufferer Kieran Taylor have expressed their heartfelt thanks to the community after a £10,000 appeal target was reached this week.(May 11)   It means seven-year-old Kieran’s parents Steve and Karen and sister Caitlin (9) will all be able to support him during treatment in America, expected to last two months. The Deeping St Nicholas family fly ...

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Happy 50th anniversary celebration for Holbeach’s air cadet squadron

Holbeach’s own air cadet squadron – correctly known as 2430 (Holbeach) Squadron RAF Air Cadets – has just celebrated 50 years as an independent squadron. There have been air cadets in Holbeach since 1941, but as part of the Spalding squadron. Holbeach moved to its headquarters in Church Street in 1964 and became 2430 Squadron 50 years ago this year. To ...

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Councillors’ budgets enable new dehumidifier at Moulton Methodist Chapel

A problem with dampness at Moulton Methodist Chapel should be resolved now thanks to a donation from South Holland district councillors. Ward members Anthony Casson, Rodney Grocock and Andrew Woolf chipped in £50 each from their designated members’ budgets to buy a dehumidifier for the Bell Lane building. Installation was done by a qualified member of the congregation.

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Fybromyalgia meeting scheduled in Spalding

A meeting to raise awareness of Fibromyalgia, a long-term condition which causes muscle pain and tiredness in the body, is being held in Spalding on Monday.(May 8) Christine Johnson, who runs support groups in Spalding and Stamford for people affected by Fibromyalgia, will be speaking about what it is like to live with the condition, the issues surrounding it and ...

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Former Squeeze member as keen with a brush as drumsticks

Gilson Lavis, the former Squeeze drummer and member of Jools Holland’s Big Band, is a very useful artist too. He’s painted portraits of Paul Simon, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and many other rock stars – some signed by the subjects. His latest work is Jeff Woods – aka local singer Pavanotti. Jeff spotted some of local resident Gilson’s pieces at Uptown ...

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22 winners in colouring competition which ‘amazed’ Springfields

The 22 winners in Springfields’ hugely popular Easter egg colouring competition have been announced. More than 3,000 children who took part in an egg hunt around the gardens were given the opportunity to enter the colouring competition, judged by staff at Thorntons. The overall winner was Beth McLaren (8), who gets a tour for four of Thorntons’ chocolate factory in Derbyshire. Runner-up was Tamzin Naish ...

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Eleanor sees sunglasses prize in Molsoms’ Easter competition

Five-year-old Eleanor Perkins was the winner of a Spalding town-centre Easter egg hunt organised by optometrists Molsom and Associates. The Hall Place business held the free competition for children aged four to 12, thanks to help from other local businesses and public buildings Eggs were displayed at Simpson Butchers, Flowers ‘n Things, Gibbs Shoes, The Loft, the library, Stennetts Jewellers, Hills Department Store, Bookmark and The South ...

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Ladies’ night in Donington in memory of Deneez

A ladies’ night in memory of a popular Donington woman raised £1,885 for Spalding and Holbeach Macmillan Cancer Support. Samantha Danyluk organised it to mark the tenth anniversary in June of the death of her mum Deneez Cook from pancreatic cancer at the age of 45. Samantha said: “Macmillan were our heroes during this time.  “Mum knew how to have ...

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Support fund for cancer sufferer Kieran (7) tops £9,000

The appeal to help Deeping St Nicholas cancer sufferer Kieran Taylor has topped £9,000. A table top sale at Spalding Grammar School last Saturday raised £540 and Spalding and District Round Table officially handed over a £2,500 donation on Monday (pictured). Kieran (7), a pupil at St John’s Primary School in Spalding, is to undergo specialist follow-up treatment in America following the removal ...

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Three Peaks climb for Pinchbeck work pals

Six work colleagues are temporarily swapping Pinchbeck for the Three Peaks Challenge. The friends from Coveris in Wardentree Park are hoping to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Mount Snowden all within 24 hours from 5pm on Friday, May 5. They hope to raise £1,500 for Clic Sargent, which is the company’s charity and has benefitted by £15,000 over the ...

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