Community

Kind gesture after bench for hospital NHS staff is smashed to pieces

A bench installed and paid for by volunteers to allow somewhere peaceful for NHS staff to sit down has been destroyed – but another group has stepped in to help The Vernatt’s Volunteers who look after the Vernatt’s Nature Reserve put in the two benches 18 months ago at the back of the Johnson Hospital in Spalding But one of ...

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Generous gift to George

A five-year-old who had to be cut out of the bike he became entangled in is back in the saddle thanks to a generous gift. As reported last week, George Hallifax, of Holbeach, was left a little bruised but otherwise unhurt after he fell from it and became trapped. But the firefighters who cut him out teamed-up with JR Cycles ...

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Trio walking miles home for charity

Three friends are walking a “Hundred Miles Home” to raise cash for three charities that are close to their hearts. Hollie Atkin (25), Lauren Day (33) and Charlotte Walsh (26) will be dropped off in Hemsby on August 17 and over the following five days will be walking their way back home. They will be camping on the way which ...

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Kind donation from keen knitter

A South Holland grandmother has made the most of her lockdown time to get creative and knit more than 100 hats. Sina Booth has spent the last three to four months working tirelessly on the bumper bundle which she has earmarked for Oxfam to distribute. “I love knitting and have quite a lot of wool and I wanted to knit ...

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Village Hall turns over new leaf

Pinchbeck Village Hall is taking to a different kind of booking than it normally does to keep income coming through. The committee who run the amenity are putting on weekly book sales from 10am to 12 noon event Saturday. It’s hoped sales will help recoup some of the loss of income due to the usual coffee mornings and gatherings not ...

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Moulton Mill to re-open

Moulton Mill is to re-open to visitors this weekend. It will only be open for Saturdays and Sunday from 10am to 4pm at the moment. Tea/coffee and cakes will be available, with tours available on the hour. Last tour at 3pm. A spokesman said: “Government restrictions re coronavirus will apply. “Please follow staff for advice. Until further notice, the mill will only ...

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Discount Diva’s generous donation

A Long Sutton shop owner has helped provide a special thank you to staff at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital. Emma Lilley, who runs Discount Diva, asked customers to provide donations for hand creams. And with the money she raised she was able to provide a bumper delivery delivered by Samantha Disdel from Holbeach who works at the hospital. Emma said: “I ...

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Biking 6,500 miles for veterans

An army veteran is looking to raise money for charity by riding his motor bike from his Long Sutton home to the Arctic Circle. Alex Belokon, who will turn 70 in November, is hoping to bike over 6,500 miles to North Cape in Norway, the most northerly road in mainland Europe. And he’s hoping to raise money for The Veterans ...

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Ella’s Project continues to help others across South Holland

The lockdown may be easing but a Spalding group is continuing to work with others to provide essential items such as PPE where needed. Ella’s Project led by practicing nurse Mark Le Sage has been busier than ever with a host of projects. And it’s received a financial boost after Coun Angela Newton and Elizabeth Sneath provided it with some ...

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Campaign is back on track

After seeing off suspected COVID-19 a Cowbit man is back to raising awareness of his condition through his passion for motorsport. James Wilson-White (45) has long been raising awareness of the debilitating condition Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), largely through his love of motorsport and the organisation CRPS Awareness Racing 4 a Cure. That’s involved a number of racers and ...

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Little litter picker is an inspiration

Many of us have taken up a hobby or new interest in lockdown – and for one seven-year-old it’s picking up litter. Robert Page spent his daily exercise with mum Annette walking the family’s four dogs around Monkshouse Playing Field, but became alarmed at the amount of litter others were leaving. Inspired by seeing South Holland District Council workers picking ...

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Recognition for pride of Lions

Spalding Lions have marked the end of term with a host of socially distanced presentations. President Stuart East’s last act before his term of office ended was to present vice president Lion Elaine Mothers, second vice president Lion Eileen Robson and Lion John Steel with a Melvin Jones Fellowship Award for all their hard work and commitment to service within ...

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Award for diabetes volunteer Hayley

An incredible volunteer who has dedicated her time to supporting people with diabetes in her local community has been presented with an award by Diabetes UK. Hayley Gedney, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2017, works tirelessly to support people living with diabetes in her local area. She was instrumental in setting up peer support groups in Spalding ...

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Glastonbury vibes in Spalding

A group of Spalding neighbours have used lockdown as a reason to improve community spirit in their street. Residents of Farthingales started out by joining in with the clapping for carers. Steve Marriott said: “During the weeks of clapping for carers our neighbours all came together to support each other. “We looked at ways in which we could all make ...

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Legion move into new home

The Spalding branch of the Royal British Legion has marched into its new premises. The group, which has been supporting veterans in the town for nearly 100 years, has moved into new premises on Westlode Street. They’ve made the move to more modern premises in the town centre after moving from Spring Gardens. Chair Graham Hewitt said: “It will be ...

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Kindness team thanks businesses

A councillor has thanked local companies who supported the Spalding and Pinchbeck COVID Kindness Team. The group which provided help and vital equipment in the area during the COVID-19 lockdown were helped by a host of donations from local companies. They included Dalehead Foods. Coun Rob Gibson was one of the volunteers and on the committee of the team. He ...

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Tough fundraiser for new recruits

District councillor and businessman Harry Drury is joining Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue’s latest cohort of recruits to raise money for the Firefighters’ Charity by organising and participating in a sponsored 10km hose run. Harry, who is currently undergoing training to become an on call firefighter with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, based at Spalding Fire Station, said: “Seven recruits will be ...

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Secateur sessions to tidy cemetery

“Secateur Sessions” are being held at Spalding Cemetery to help keep the site tidy. A few members of the Friends of Spalding Cemetery group have recently started meeting at the cemetery to work together in a practical way. Coun Elizabeth Sneath, Heritage Champion at South Holland District Council, said: “We Friends volunteers are holding ‘Secateur Sessions’ to clear undergrowth and ...

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Charity launches ‘Vitals for Veterans’ packages

Age Concern UK Lincoln and South Lincolnshire have launched a new ‘Vitals for Veterans’ scheme. Funding from the Armed Forces Covenant is aiming to deliver 1,800 packs free of charge, to veterans in need of some support. The packs will contain essential items such as tea, toilet roll, hand soap, biscuits, and other food items as well as a few ...

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Free art boxes to be given out as part of project

South Holland artists of any age and ability are being invited to get involved with an art project next week and upload their work to an online gallery. Professional artist Chris Lewis-Jones has teamed up with local group Transported Art and will be touring South Lincolnshire next week to deliver and hand out free packs of art equipment for people ...

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