Community

Volunteers transform Surfleet park

The popular Glen Park play area in Surfleet has become a more colourful place thanks to a group of volunteers who have spent the summer painting the fences bright colours. Surfleet woman Gaynor Fiske, who grew up in the village and moved back a few years ago, helped coordinate the efforts of a group of dedicated volunteers, who together have ...

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Which pharmacies are open on Bank Holiday Monday?

A number of pharmacies will be open over the Bank Holiday weekend for emergencies. But many GP surgeries and dispensaries will be closed until Tuesday morning. The NHS is urging people to make sure they are stocked-up with any over the counter medicine they may need ahead of the weekend if at all possible. Medical advice for non-emergency situations is ...

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So, you think you know South Holland well?

Put your local knowledge to the test and fill in the gaps with the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society (SGS) quiz. The 100-question quiz is themed Spalding and South Holland and is a good excuse to get out and about. SGS member Dave Jacobs said: “If you think you know your local history or, if not, would like to get to know ...

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Young citizens clean up Spalding and give to good causes

Members of Spalding’s National Citizen Service (NCS) volunteer programme have raised almost £400 for local causes. By spending a fortnight of their summer break in doing good deeds in Spalding, the 15 to 17-year-old NFC members raised £374 for the 5th Spalding Brownies and Spalding Rugby Football Club. The NFS programme, which is designed to build confidence and skills through ...

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Art leader’s final exhibition at Sutton Bridge

This year’s St Matthew’s Church, Sutton Bridge, Annual Art Exhibition will be organiser Geoff De Roux’s last as he steps down from the post. Geoff has organised the exhibition for the last seven years and now St Matthew’s Church is looking for someone else to lead the long-standing exhibition from next year. The exhibition runs from 10am on Saturday, August ...

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October hope for Spalding statue

A Spalding society hopes its specially commissioned bronze statue will take its place in Spalding town centre by October half term. The Hiring Fair depicts the meeting of a farmer and a shepherd and is hoped it will be sited at Hall Place, where hiring fairs traditionally took place each year in May. Currently the figures are stood in an ...

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Holbeach charity donation saves dog’s leg

Holbeach’s Chosen Charity has donated £500 to save the leg of a dog called Cappo after seeing an appeal online. At 15-weeks-old, Cappo was attacked by another dog and suffered a broken leg. Staff at Sutterton Hospital put out an appeal in an attempt to raise funds to repair the fracture and Chosen responded with a £500 donation. Amy Trigg ...

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Relax and refresh this September in Spalding

A new series of meditation and mindfulness courses starts in Spalding in September. The antithesis of modern living, meditation and mindfulness brings space and peace to our lives. Next month, there are two options for those looking to explore their inner peace. A spokesman said: “All living beings have a shared wish – to be happy and free from problems. ...

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Petition to keep Spalding surgery open

A petition to keep Pennygate Surgery open has been launched ahead of Monday’s public meeting on its future (August 20). Last week The Voice reported that Dr Azmenna Nathu, who runs the surgery and owns the building, is to retire and the surgery will close September 7. It follows two poor Care Quality Commission (CQC) reports. Now Coun Angela Newton ...

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New NHS dentist set for Spalding

A new NHS dentist is set to move into the former offices of the Spalding Voice. An application has been submitted to South Holland District Council by JDSP Dental for units 1 and 2, 14-16 Winsover Road. The applicant has been awarded a contract by NHS England Central Midlands to deliver NHS dental services. The contract includes a commitment to ...

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Community Speed Watch gets first green flag

The first community speed watch volunteers are set to take to the streets. Villages and towns are a step closer to having their roads monitored by safety conscious volunteers thanks to the first Community Speed Watch Training Day. The event, held at the Castle Sports Complex, got the first batch of volunteers up to speed with equipment and protocol. Community ...

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Grateful Long Sutton couple give back to hospital

The wife of a man whose life was saved at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 2000 began fundraising for the Critical Care Unit soon afterwards. On Friday (August 10), Maud Gillen presented the unit with a cheque for £1,000 to show their appreciation to the unit. Mrs Gillen was braced to lose husband Joe (now 86) when he spent three ...

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Community helps Spalding charity hit by theft

The community has rallied round to raise hundreds of pounds after a charity’s shop and cafe was targeted twice by thieves on the eve of a special celebration. The St Barnabas Hospice store is this week celebrating a year since moving from New Street, but a dampener was put on the celebrations when thieves broke into the shop overnight after ...

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Lift for Holbeach Weight Training Club as it celebrates 50 years

A club pulled together recently to celebrate its half century. Holbeach Weight Training Club recently held a fun day and display at its current Alison Avenue base. The club has more than 200 members with more on the waiting list to join. Past members include Holbeach shot putt legend Geoff Capes who regularly used to train with the club. It ...

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GALLERY: Spalding’s Salute to war years at 1940s weekend

Ration books, uniforms and classic cars all helped transport visitors back to the 1940s when the war years were revisited in Spalding at the weekend. Around 8,000 people took part in the special weekend which was organised by South Holland District Council. The two-day event concluded with a VJ Day remembrance parade which marked the day fighting in the far ...

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Appeal launched to help charity shop hit by thieves

After a charity was targeted by thieves earlier this week, a kind-hearted lady has set up an appeal to help recover the lost money. Emma Wilson decided to set up a Just Giving page so people could donate to St Barnabas Hospice after its shop and cafe was robbed overnight on Monday. Thieves stole two safes containing £800 worth of ...

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Scout’s campsite makeover

A long neglected Spalding campsite is getting a new lease of life thanks to the efforts of the South Holland Scout Association. On Saturday, August 4, Scout Association members and friends and family started a big clean-up at Pecks Drove Campsite. The campsite is used by around 350 Scout Association members in South Holland and the group hopes its use ...

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South Holland women braving the shave for a great cause

Two South Holland women won’t be feeling the heat as they brave the shave for a cancer charity. Georgina Harrison lightening the load after being successfully treated for a life-threatening tumour. She was diagnosed after a routine eye test at Spalding’s Molsom and Associates resulted in an immediate  referral to the Royal Eye Hospital in Boston. Unbeknown to her, she ...

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Crowds go head over heels for free circus event

More than 1,000 people rolled up to Ayscoughfee Hall last week for a fantastic celebration of circus skills. The South Holland Centre’s Family Circus Day saw potential performers of the future get a chance to try a host of circus skills including juggling and plate spinning on Thursday, August 2. It was held to mark the 250th anniversary of circuses ...

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Daughter’s charity run to help air ambulance save lives

The daughter of a man who died when his motorcycle was hit by a car will take part in her first ever sponsored run to help the service that tried to save him. On Saturday (August 12) Melissa Elam (27) will take part in the Nottingham 10K race, raising money for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance. The service is ...

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