Community

Council footwear warning amid sewage in streets and further floods

With continued rainfall causing more problems, South Holland District Council has urged people to wear “adequate footwear”. The council said in an online notice that with reports of sewage rising in South Holland, people should wear adequate footwear when wading through standing water. SHDC officers are currently at Battlefields Lane in Holbeach, which has flooded. A spokesman said: “Our officers ...

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Ella’s artwork is unveiled at store

A primary school pupil’s artwork on what her community means to her has been unveiled in a nearby store. Ella Ebbage’s work was part of a competition organised by The Original Factory Shop to celebrate 50 years of trading. Her work was officially unveiled in a special ceremony at its Holbeach branch last month. Ella, of Fleet Wood Lane Primary, ...

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Mark’s royal medal honours for his voluntary work

Spalding man Mark Le Sage is celebrating after being awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Mark (52) is being recognised for the voluntary service he has done to help the community and aid the rehabilitation of offenders. He said: “It was such a wonderful surprise and a bit of a shock, however I feel very ...

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Gym owner’s heavyweight D-Day effort

Holbeach gym owner and former marine Sam Fowler completed the equivalent of 7.33 miles during a treadmill run in aid of the Royal British Legion, raising than £366 for the charity. The 75-minute feat was timed to coincide with events in the UK and France commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, 1944, a turning point in the ...

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Village school loses top Ofsted rating

A Pinchbeck school that was previously rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted has dropped to ‘requires improvement’. The Pinchbeck East Church of England Primary School Ofsted report from May this year has found the school ‘requires improvement’ in four areas, including effectiveness of leadership and management, and quality of teaching, learning and assessment. Two areas were rated ‘good’. In the school’s 2012 ...

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GALLERY: Pinchbeck Carnival 2019

Rain didn’t keep the crowds away from Pinchbeck Carnival at the weekend. The annual event offered something for everyone from dance demonstrations to the Essex Dog Display Team. Carnival Parade Queen, Abigail Slade and her assistants, Samuel Start and Gabriella Santana led the parade around the village. Other attractions included Diamondz School of Dance, Kuk Sool Wan, the Breaston Highlanders ...

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Academy rated outstanding again

A school tailored to the needs of young people with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder has been rated ‘outstanding’ in its most recent Ofsted report. Gosberton House Academy was last inspected by Ofsted in 2012, when it was again rated outstanding. The report, carried out in May, is the third consecutive Outstanding Award the school has received. Gosberton House Academy principal, ...

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Time for fun at bingo event

Whaplode Village Hall is £268 better off thanks to the bingo players that congregate there every month. The hall was again the setting for Phyllis Newton’s charity bingo session on May 17. And it was the beneficiary with the hall’s Lee Morris receiving the cheque at the end of the night. The next event at Whaplode Village Hall is on ...

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Holbeach Town and Country Fayre cancelled

This weekend’s Holbeach Town and Country Fayre has been cancelled after Holbeach registered one of the highest rainfalls in the country over the past two days. In a statement, organisers of the event, which was celebrating its 25th year, said: “After a lengthy meeting with the committee and the land owner, it is with great regret that due to the ...

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Time to party in Pinchbeck as the annual carnival comes to town

Pinchbeck Carnival is back this weekend with ‘Careers’ being the theme of three days of fun in the village. Newly crowned carnival queen Abigail Slade will lead the ever popular parade on Saturday flanked by prince Samuel Start and princess Gabriella Santana. It will leave Wimberley Way at 12pm and make its way to the Rotten Row Playing Fields were ...

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Holbeach knife arrest school: “We are working closely with the police”

A spokesman from the trust that runs University Academy Holbeach said it would like to reassure parents, pupils and carers that it is working with police on the yesterday’s knife arrest. On Tuesday, June 4, a 13-year-old boy was arrested at the school under suspicion of possession of a bladed article. The trust spokesman said: “University Academy Holbeach is part ...

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Sam’s fundraising effort in salute to D-Day

Holbeach gym owner and former marine Sam Fowler will be going the extra mile this week to raise funds for the British Legion.   Sam (31), who opened Royals Gym in August last year after completing six-and-a-half years’ service in the Royal Marines, aims to run for 75 minutes on a treadmill wearing his old assault vest filled with 7.5kg ...

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Australian support for Donington’s Flinders bid

Direct descendants of Matthew Flinders and the Agent General for the Government of South Australia area are among those backing the bid to bringing the former explorer’s remains back to Donington. Around 50 people attended the Ruby Hunt Centre for the Matthew Flinders Bring Him Home group meeting which is looking to have his remains brought back to the village ...

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Open garden raises cash

The winners of the 2018 Holbeach in Bloom Best Garden Award opened their acclaimed green space to the public last weekend and raised hundreds of pounds for a the couple’s local church charity. Eileen Gilliatt and her husband Colin, who previously won a Spalding in Bloom award at their old address, put on the event to raise money for their ...

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Lexi makes the cut for charity

A woman who hates having her long hair cut had 12 inches off last week to provide a young child with a wig. Lexi Coote, of Spalding, who is in training to be a primary school teacher, had the dramatic cut for the Little Princess Trust which creates wigs for children who suffer hairloss due to illness. She’s also raised ...

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Money in memory of Alex

More than £1,500 was roped in for charity in memory of a friend at Spalding’s Elizabethan Centre recently. A country and western afternoon was held by the centre’s social club in memory of Alex Ford who passed away aged 73 after suffering with Motor Neurone Disease. Acts Tennessee Stud and Dale Diamond entertained the 150 people at the event organised ...

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Ladies’ big boost for charity

A group of women have helped raise more than £1,600 for the Alzheimer’s Society by holding a Cupcake/Fun Day. Kelly Greengrass-Smith, Kelly Scotney, Kodie Greengrass-Munton, Liz Greengrass, Lucy Waite, Sarah Barlow, Sandy Daniels and Zoe Dawson put on the private event in Spalding on Saturday, May which included a host of games and stalls as well as entertainment from The ...

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Saddle up with White Horse Writers Open Mic night

Spalding’s White Horse Writers group is hosting its second open mic night on Thursday, May 30. Serge’s Tapas on Francis Street is again hosting the eclectic mixture of poetry, prose and music, all by local performers. It follows on from the success of the first such event at the end of March. The event starts at 7.30pm and all new ...

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Zebra do it for dogs and dementia

Spalding rock group Zebra played to a full house at the Castle Sports Cafe and Bar last weekend a charity event organised by John Phoenix to raise funds for two charities close to his heart, Guide Dogs for the blind and Dementia UK. John said: “This is the best event I have put on here, everyone has had so much ...

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Charity effort packs a punch

A 42-year-old is being spurred back into the boxing ring to support a family who lost a loved one to a brain tumour. Chris Miller from Holbeach is raising money for Cancer Research and The Brain Tumour Charity by taking part in the Ultra White Collar Boxing Event at the Peterborough Arena on June 29. After taking part once previously ...

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