Community

Charlie and Olaf’s ten mile trek

A seven-year-old has raised over £500 towards new library books for his school by riding his pony Olaf more than ten miles. John Harrox Primary School pupil Charlie Edgeley and his horse trotted along the Moulton Marsh Sea Barrier for 10.7 miles last week. After the event was delayed from January due to COVID restrictions he completed the trip which ...

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Long Sutton U3A are back on target

Long Sutton’s University of the Third Age group (U3A) was on target with its reopening last week. The group held its first sessions back recently and held an archery tournament for members. A spokesman for the group said: “We’re looking to restart as many of our 30 plus interest groups including archery, table tennis, computer skills, line dancing, bird watching ...

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Staff at core of fundraising bid

Staff at a Spalding salad factory have joined an initiative to collectively journey the length of the country. A group of colleagues from the Greencore salads site, together with colleagues from their sister site in Boston, have embarked on a challenge to cover the equivalent of the journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats, a total of 1,083 miles by ...

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Spalding and Long Sutton libraries to reopen on Monday

Spalding and Long Sutton’s libraries are to reopen on Monday (April 12). In order to maintain social distancing, the study space, reading areas and toilets will remain closed. Events and activities will remain online for now, including story times, craft sessions, author talks and fitness classes. To see or take part in these, visit @Lincslibraries Facebook and Twitter channels. Louise ...

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Dash for foodbank

South Holland Rotary Club members went for an early morning trolley dash to help a local charity. The team headed to Lidl, Holbeach Road, before opening time on Thursday to shop for the Agape Care Food Bank. The £573 bill was paid for by the Rotary from donations made to the Christmas sleigh appeal. “We are delighted we have been ...

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Egg-stra Easter fun thanks to Chance

A five-year-old Womble’s egg-cellent initiative has helped raise smiles across the Easter weekend. Chance Savic told his parents he wanted to do something to make children happy over Easter. So he and his family have been painting Wombles on rocks and hiding them around Spalding to be found. Children who discovered them could trade them in for an Easter egg ...

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Artists brighten town riverbank

Three graffiti artists have helped brighten up another Spalding grot spot. Adam Sadd, Karl Barfoot and Edgars Bokans have each created a display on the riverside wall of Westons Farm Supplies off Roman Bank. The project follows up on the work they did earlier this year at Dead Man’s Drop off Mitchell Drive. The trio spent most of Easter Sunday ...

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Spalding Air Cadets want your memories ahead of anniversary

This year the Air Training Corps celebrates its 80th anniversary and 1406 (Spalding) Squadron is looking to discover more about its history as part of this celebration. The squadron and staff have a general knowledge of the last 20 years, but they would love to know more. The squadron is reaching out and hoping to be heard by ex-cadets or ...

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Postmen’s first class delivery in charity match

A group of footballers used their return to the football pitch to raise money for the Children’s Ward at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital by taking on a team of postmen. South Lincolnshire Swifts, whose 1st XI play in the Boston and District League and were previously known as Pinchbeck United Sports, try to do a couple of fundraisers a year. They’ve ...

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Good Neighbours get ready to help

An army of volunteers are being mobilised in Spalding with a new scheme aimed at helping those in need in the process of going live. The Spalding Good Neighbours Scheme is getting in touch with all those who have offered to volunteer ahead of a required interview process that would allow others to enter people’s properties to carry out work ...

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Salute for former firefighter

The flag was at half-mast as the funeral cortege of former fire fighter Philip Hardy stopped at Holbeach last week. Mr Hardy, who died on February 28, aged 83, spent more than 30 years in the fire service before retiring in 1992. Fire service personnel stood to pay their respects to the retired Sub Officer on his final journey last ...

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Spring crafts for Fenchurch

Spring definitely sprung this week, even if the Easter forecast is for things to turn a tad chilly again. The short warm spell came just as residents at Country Court Care Homes have been celebrating the season. Easter-themed crafts have been going on in Fenchurch House, Spalding, where residents have created cards for relatives and friends. They have also been ...

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Kindness team’s Green Heart

The legacy of community kindness during the pandemic is set to create a new ‘green heart’ for Spalding. The Spalding COVID Kindness Team is rebranding as the South Holland Kindness Project and is hoping to transform an outdoor space into a new community project. It’s hoping the space will become home to a range of groups and organisations while providing ...

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Support buddies for pupils

Pupils at a Spalding school have their very own little companion thanks to the support buddy scheme. Headteacher at St John’s Primary School Clare Robinson came up with the idea for everyone to have their very own mascot, friend, companion, partner in crime and work buddy. She spoke to The Friends of the School who then contacted lots of local ...

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Special Wombling for mental health

There will be a special Womble for mental health in Spalding later this spring. The popular Wombles of Spalding Common group is supplying equipment for the planned event. Vanessa Browning, from Community Mind Matters, and Mark Le Sage, of the Rightside Trust, are joining forces to host the event when restrictions allow. “The outside world and nature is very important ...

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Jodie’s Honduras project

A Spalding Grammar School pupil is getting on her bike to raise money to allow her to teach in Honduras. Jodie Rhodes (17) is looking to teach English in the central American country of Honduras for 12 months from September as part of her gap year. She’s gone through a long selection process to be one of 90 children selected ...

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GALLERY – Superheroes show mettle again raising money for Comic Relief

People across South Holland have been showing they’re superheroes themselves to raise money for Comic Relief. One of those heroes was 10-year-old Lola Willson who raised £460 by baking and selling cakes and then shaving her dad Jack’s moustache. Lola with her bake sale Mum Clare put a message out on social media about who might want the baked goods ...

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Spalding Civic Society AGM to take place tomorrow

Historic places manager for Lincolnshire County Council will be the guest speaker at the AGM of Spalding and District Civic Society tomorrow (Tuesday, March 23). Ian will be giving a visual presentation entitled “Heritage, historic character and place making” as part of the Zoom meeting going live at 7.30pm. He’s worked for the county council, as an inspector of ancient monuments ...

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Community unites to help mum and baby

A struggling mum and her baby boy have been overwhelmed with support following an appeal to help with heating and food. A post on The Holbeach Heroes COVID Bank Facebook page recently detailed how the single mum, who is a key worker on maternity leave, was finding it difficult to heat her home and afford food. The Holbeach area woman, ...

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Community can adopt red boxes

Communities are being offered the chance to adopt an iconic red telephone box and putting it to good use. Whether it’s to house a mini-library or a defibrillator, kiosks all over the country have been adopted by communities and put to a variety of good uses. Now there are five in South Holland which British Telecom is putting up for ...

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