Community

A summer holiday in Spalding

A Spalding church has helped local people ‘Holiday At Home’. Broad Street Methodist Church put on the sessions for those not able to get away this summer. Along with a host of games, church members put on a host of crafts for the attendees to try and there was also film screenings, including one of the Cliff Richard film Summer ...

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Funding plea for new play area

The race is on to find the final funding for a new play area for Moulton Chapel which was granted planning permission last week. The village’s Youth and Community Centre have, for the past two years, been working and fundraising for the project after being offered the opportunity to lease land next to the Moulton Chapel Road centre. So far ...

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Thousands head back to the 40s

Thousands of people were transported back to the 1940s last weekend as a popular event returned for another year. Ayscoughfee Hall’s 1940s Weekend again proved a huge hit with those of all ages. A host of re-enactors brought the period surrounding World War Two to life on both days. The weather cleared on Sunday enough for a special Battle of ...

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Festival to get Holbeach shuffling

A brand new free festival aimed at young people is coming to Holbeach later this month, filled with live music performances, activities, games and food. Shuffle, organised by South Holland District Council, will run from 11am to 3pm on Friday, August 16, at Carter’s Park in Holbeach. It is free to attend and will offer a range of activities and ...

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Eleanor’s historic award

The last ever Baden Powell Award to be given out in Spalding has been awarded to a hard-working Guide. Eleanor Mowbray (14), of 1st Pinchbeck (St Mary) Guide Unit, has been presented with her Baden Powell Award. To gain the award she had to complete ten challenges which included holding a Ready, Steady, Cook evening, gaining the water safety badge ...

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Art group readies exhibition

A collective of creatives is set to exhibit their work. Sutton Bridge Art Group are preparing for the upcoming art exhibition at St Matthew’s Church, Sutton Bridge. Members of the art group will be entering their paintings in a competition to be judged by the public. Last year’s winner was Lesley Robinson, this year herself and Chairman John Fitzsimmons are ...

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Lions celebrate achievements of the district’s determined children

A local charity group has celebrated some of the district’s most determined young people with its annual awards. The Spalding Lions Walk Tall awards each year celebrate youngsters in their final year of school who have succeeded in exceptional circumstances. Spalding Lions’ Elaine Mothers said: “Spalding Lions sponsor an Annual Prize for pupils in their final year of school to ...

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Cheers as Holbeach Music and Beer Festival hits the right note

There was plenty to raise a glass to as the Holbeach Music and Beer Festival  returned for another year. A host of top acts and a fantastic array of beers and ciders were on hand to be enjoyed at the King’s Field from Friday to Sunday. Tribute acts including Vicky Jackson as Pink and The Jam’d proved hits alongside local ...

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Lions help kids ride horses

Spalding Lions hosted an afternoon of horse riding for five children with cerebral palsy last weekend, from money raised from a recent event. The group’s 60s and 70s night paid for the day at Four Winds Equestrian Centre at West Pinchbeck. Lion Elaine Mothers said: “Thanks to Paula Matthews for making it a special afternoon for these special children. “They ...

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Pinchbeck pair’s platinum party

A West Pinchbeck couple who have regularly helped charities for decades have celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary. Maurice (90) and Vera Chappell (91) of Glenside South have lived in the village all their lives and were married is St Bartholomew’s Church on July 23, 1949. Throughout the past 53 years since their youngest daughter Claire was born with Downs Syndrome ...

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Chris is boxing clever for charity

A 42-year-old has landed nearly £1,500 and plenty of punches for charity. Chris Miller from Holbeach took part in a Ultra White Collar Boxing bout at the Peterborough Arena recently in memory of Angela Sedgwick (68) who passed away following a brain tumour. He won his bout against his matched opponent in the second round while raising £710 in online ...

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Domenique shines at Miss England

After finishing second out of 20,000 women looking to become Miss England, a former Spalding High School pupil is vowing to continue to inspire others and raise money for charity. Domenique Fragale (24) was named first runner-up in last week’s Miss England competition. She’d taken on the competition after years of fundraising for Leukemia charities after her dad Eric’s battle ...

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Sisters are doing it for others

Two young girls have raised over £600 for charity by having their long locks cut off and used for wigs for children. Isabelle (8) and Marley Bycraft (7) both wanted to have their hair cut after their granddad explained about children losing their hair and how they could help by speaking to the organisation of the Princess Trust to do ...

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Men’s Shed looks to expand in Long Sutton

After receiving fantastic support from Long Sutton’s Men’s Shed at a difficult time in his life a widower is now looking to help the group expand its home. After losing his wife Joan Tiller (74) last September Frank Heinrich-Tiller (70) became one of the 75 members of the town’s Men’s Shed initiative which aims to bring men together who may ...

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Kieran set for operation after fantastic community effort

A teenager is set for a potentially life-changing operation thanks to the support of the local community. Cerebral palsy sufferer Kieran Evans (17) is now awaiting confirmation of an appointment this month that will cut the nerves that affect his movement and lessen the effects of the debilitating condition. Mum Melissa has helped raise a fantastic £13,000 so her son ...

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Care home fête is a winner

The St John’s Care Home summer fête was a fun-filled fundraising success last week, raising £470 for the home. “Everyone had a lovely time,” said co-organiser Stephanie Lamont. Bishop Robert Gillion opened the fête and joined the residents and staff choir for three songs. The fête was held inside because of forecast thunderstorms. Stephanie added: “We had stalls with games ...

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Terry’s service badge award

A retired fire crew manager who served for nearly 30 years, including serving at Spalding Fire Station, has received a badge from the Fire Brigades Union (FBU). Terry Day, who stopped service in 2006 after completing 30 years with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, including 26 years at Spalding Fire Station, has been awarded the 40 year Membership Badge from the ...

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Rotary buys school a life-saver

Representatives from The Rotary Club of South Holland visited The Priory School in Spalding to hand over a brand new defibrillator. The Priory School supports pupils aged 11 to 16, who have a range of needs including moderate learning difficulties, autism, SEMH and communication issues. The school has always had use of a defibrillator stationed next door to them at ...

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GALLERY: Fun weekend is hailed a success

Bakkavor once again hosted a fantastic fun weekend at Springfields. Despite the odd shower and thunderbolt on Saturday, record numbers visited the event on both days. Bakkavor organises the daytime fun weekend in Spalding, by way of a big thank you to all its colleagues in the UK. The company gives out free entry wristbands to those who want to ...

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£33k allotments plan hoped to grow community

More than £33,000 has been awarded by Lincolnshire County Council from the Government’s Controlling Migration Fund for a “Grow and Share” allotment project in Spalding. The £33,699 project will work with migrant families to support integration in the community by learning to grow their own fruit and vegetables on a shared allotment site, with support centred on language, skills and ...

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