Events

GALLERY – Community fair is a resounding hit

Village residents in South Holland came together at the weekend for a community event. With attractions galore for younger visitors, there was something for everyone to enjoy at the Gosberton Village Fair. The fair is usually held in June but was postponed this year until after the COVID-19 restrictions were lifted. There was no event last year because of the ...

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Friday Club ends after 66 years

A club for Holbeach’s elderly met for the final time last week, 66 years after forming. The Friday Club was set up in 1954 to give pensioners in the town somewhere to meet up. Demand meant another daily club The Pop In was launched around 1973 and that too ran until the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The organising committee of both ...

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Food festival was massive success

More than 3,000 visitors enjoyed the weather and the great food on offer at Holbeach’s annual Food Festival. Organiser Nick Worth is delighted with the way the event went, saying it had a “real community feel”. The event was held at Carter’s Park, this year over two days, and most stallholders reported having a great weekend. Nick said: “It was ...

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Scarecrows on parade in village’s day of fun

Mr Bean made a guest appearance in South Holland at the weekend, but he didn’t say much. Dolly Parton arrived to join the fun on Saturday as well. She had nothing to say either. It may well have had something to do with the fact they were made of straw and taking part in the Cowbit Scarecrow Festival. Resident Claire ...

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Music afternoon enjoyed by all

Visitors to Deeping St Nicholas Church enjoyed an afternoon of music recently. Arranged by Rodney Britten and Carolyn Sumner, the programme included various pieces of music from Andrew Lloyd Webber and The Beatles, as well as some traditional music played on the church organ. One young composer played her own piece on the piano called ‘Labyrinth’. An entertaining afternoon was ...

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Tasty treat to return to town

Holbeach Food Festival is set to return next month. Now in its seventh year, the festival is looking forward to bringing some normality and fun back into the town with a variety of food, drink and community stands on Saturday and Sunday, September 4 and 5. It’s being run once again in conjunction with Royals Gym which will be putting ...

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Rare chance to see archaeologists at work

For the past ten days a team from Newcastle University and the University of Sheffield have undertaken an archaeological excavation at Anchor Church Field, near Crowland. This work has identified important medieval remains, at a location traditionally associated with St Guthlac – a saint who lived as a hermit in the Fens during the seventh and eighth centuries AD. On ...

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Raise a glass to top festival

Thousands of visitors made their way to Holbeach for a great weekend of music and beer. With live music, food, rides and beer on offer, some 12,000 to 15,000 people helped made the event a huge success.Bands including The Upbeat Beatles, Wild Boys, Bon Giovi and Queen tribute band Flash – provided music for all tastes.“It was definitely our best ...

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Opening day for play area

Dozens of children flocked to Surfleet’s Glen Park for last Saturday’s re-opening of the children’s play area after a major refurbishment. Some 25 months after it was forced to close because of repair costs and the effect of the Covid pandemic – thanks to the efforts of two local businessmen and a small army of volunteers.Glen Park’s owners, Surfleet Play ...

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Outdoor Festival launch party

This weekend sees the launch of the South Holland Outdoor Festival which runs throughout August. There will be a range of activities at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field, Spalding, on Sunday. Arts and craft activities will be held with Red Granny’s Recreation Station and visitors will also be able to test their balance and coordination in a circus skills ...

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Walking group steps out again

A hugely popular community walk is to return. Donington Free Health Walks returns on Tuesday, August 3, and will meet at 10.15am in the Ruby Hunt Centre, Church Street, departing at 10.30am. The walks are completely free and last between 60 and 90 minutes. Eddie Finch, who helps to organise them, said: “We are looking forward to seeing old friends ...

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Spooky ball to help hospital

A hugely popular charity ball in aid of Spalding’s Johnson Hospital is set to make a spooky return this October. Tickets for the Johnson Community Hospital Ball are already close to selling out and the organisers behind the Springfield Events Centre bash are also on the look out for businesses and groups to get involved and donate prizes. Sally Brown, ...

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Car show revs up the summer

Holbeach’s first Classic and Modified Car Show proved to be a sizzling success. In beautifully sunny conditions hundreds turned out after organisers were inundated with requests to display their vehicles. Emily Day enjoys the trampolines. Alongside them was live entertainment from the McCurdy brothers, a strong man display from Royals Gym and a host of food and drink options. The ...

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Group get ready for festival display in Spalding town centre

You could help play a part in a new festival heading to South Holland next month. The South Holland Outdoor Festival is being put on by the district council which is planning events throughout the district. Many of the plans are still being kept under wraps but Spalding Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society (SADOS) are busy preparing for a role ...

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Plane sailing at Fenland

Blue skies, fluffy white clouds and sunshine brought aeroplanes and onlookers to Fenland airfield, Holbeach St John for the annual Tulip Fly-in. Sixty aeroplanes flew in from all over the country; some from as far away as Hampshire, to take part in the Vintage Aircraft Club (VAC) ‘Tulip Fly-in’ at the Fenland venue.It was part of the VAC’s programme of ...

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Council to put on car show

Holbeach is set to host a Classic and Modified Car Show on Saturday, July 18.The event, being organised by the parish council, is taking place at Carter’s Park.It’s hoped there will be over 50 vehicles there alongside activities and food and drink.Anyone who would like to take part is asked to contact isobelhutchinson@holbeachpc.comA litter pick for councillors in the town ...

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Helping make gardens grow

Many hands make light work and even the smallest helpers can bring a town to blooming perfection. When the Holbeach In Bloom team was out and about this week making sure planters were bursting, a group of young supporters were on hand. Young pupils at Small Saints pre-school were delighted to get their hands dirty for a good cause and ...

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Live music returns to shop

Live music returned to a Spalding record shop recently for a nationwide festival. Boston band Kings and Bears played an impromptu show at Uptown Vinyl in Baytree Garden Centre, Weston, as part of the BBC’s Airwaves festival. A host of local radio stations, including BBC Lincolnshire, put on the shows and broadcasted them over the Bank Holiday weekend. Due to ...

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Jeff set for 100 song challenge

A Pinchbeck opera singer is to sing 100 songs on his doorstep in memory of both his mother-in-law and Captain Sir Tom Moore. Jeff Woods, also known as Pavanotti, will on Sunday stand outside his Mountbatten Avenue home and belt out the songs to raise money for both Dementia UK and the bid to raise money to improve Pinchbeck’s parks. ...

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Dog show gets tails wagging

Dog lovers came from across the country to Whaplode Drove on Saturday. The East Anglian Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club held its first dog show since restrictions were lifted at the Elizabethan Centre in the village. And competitors came from as far afield as Wales for the event which boasted 83 entrants. Show manager Martin Johnson said: “It went absolutely to ...

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