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Cadets can reach for the sky

If you know a young person who is reaching for the sky, Holbeach Air Cadets has just the thing. The 2430 Royal Air Force Cadets will be holding a recruitment event later this month. The squadron was founded in 1964 and is looking for new people to join. It meets at the Squardron HQ, Fairfield, Church Street and the open ...

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Rescue kitten numbers rocket

Spalding’s Cats Protection is bursting at the seams with kittens looking for a new home. There are currently 11 bundles of fun in residence with another 11 waiting for room. And volunteers are urging cat owners to make sure they have their pets neutered to help call a halt to the population explosion. “It is vital that people have their ...

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Brewing up for cancer charity

South Holland had its cake and ate it last week – all in the name of charity. A host of Macmillan Coffee Mornings have been to raise money for the charity that supports those affected by cancer. It’s something that people of all ages can get involved in with five-year-old Brogan Marshall from Deeping St Nicholas leading the way. He ...

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Charity shoot goes with a bang

More than £1,000 has been raised at a charity clay pigeon shoot for the Poppy Appeal.   The event, held earlier this month at the East of England Shooting Ground near Whaplode Drove, saw almost 40 contestants in teams of up to four competing for prizes including a Land Rover Experience donated by Duckworth Jaguar Land Rover of Kirton and ...

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Turn a new page for Libraries Week

Book yourself and your families into Libraries Week with Spalding Library among those hosting a number of events. Libraries Week is the annual showcase of the best that UK libraries of all kinds have to offer. In 2018, with a focus on wellbeing, libraries across Lincolnshire will showcase how they bring communities together, combat loneliness, provide a space for reading and ...

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Exhibition is a family affair

A family pottery firm is holding an arts exhibition at Ayscoughfee Hall for the second year running. Step by Step 2 by Tydd Pottery is returning from October 10 to October 27 with a special viewing taking place on October 13 with some of the artists including Tydd Pottery’s own Ant and Di Edmonds. They will be joined again this ...

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Vote for youngsters to visit Birchgrove Santa

South Holland schools and nurseries can take part in a special competition to win tickets for a festive fun event. The team at Birchgrove Garden Centre is planning an online poll to pick a group to meet Santa. Local schools and nurseries could win 20 free tickets for youngsters to enjoy the Santa’s Grotto on Wednesday, November 28. The visit ...

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Golden results for blooming district

South Holland is blooming brilliant – and the judges in a prestigious competition agree as the gold medals arrive in the district. The results for this year’s East Midlands in Bloom contest saw both Spalding and Holbeach receive a glorious gold in the large town and town categories. Long Sutton was awarded a Silver Gilt for the small towns. There ...

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MP in the pink for breast cancer

John Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings added pink to his usual attire to support Breast Cancer Now’s wear it pink fundraiser on Friday, October 19. Mr Hayes was joined by more than 200 other parliamentarians in Westminster, all encouraging people across the UK to take part on wear it pink day and raise money for Breast Cancer ...

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Hole lot of help wanted for Pode Hole hall

Volunteers are being sought to help keep an historic village hall running past its current 60 years. The Bromley Hall at Pode Hole remains busy, but more volunteers are needed to keep it that way. The three-person committee would like to bolster their numbers, particularly with younger blood. They would also like any body who could help as a caretaker ...

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Cuppa load of this cancer fight: Macmillan Coffee Morning round-up

Five-year-old Brogan Marshall is among those urging you to tuck into cake and coffee this week to raise money for a cancer supporting charity. Brogan is one of the many hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning in memory of a loved one. His Saturday event is in memory of his grandfather John Marshall. First up though in raising money for Macmillan ...

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Riley welcomes his heroes home

A group of Sutton Bridge friends who cycled from Wales to the town on Saturday to raise money for a boy recovering from brain cancer was welcomed with a sign that read “my heroes”. Riley Watts (11) is in remission and the riders wanted to raise money to send him and his family on holiday following their 18-month ordeal. The ...

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Alan’s Three Peaks climb raises a gr-eight sum

Gutsy grandad Alan Clucas helped raise more than £8,000 for his Cowbit-based family by completing the gruelling Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge on Saturday. Alan, along with daughter Victoria Darby and her husband Paul, successfully scaled Pen-y-Ghent (694m), Whernside (736m) and Ingleborough (723m) – with the ordeal taking 13-and-a-half hours. The trio were helping raise money for Victoria’s Mia, Charlie and ...

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Pinchbeck goes live this weekend

Pinchbeck Live returns this weekend with attractions across the village. Saturday will see a host of attractions at the Community Hub and Library between 10am and 4pm including a talk by the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society, a pinball competition, historic displays, live music from Peppermint Junction and a demonstration by Spalding Amateur Radio Society. Sunday sees St Mary’s Church Harvest Festival ...

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Open day sparks new group idea

A Heritage Lincolnshire open day at Spalding Cemetery was so successful it has set the ball rolling on the potential for a whole new organisation. As part of the county-wide open days, which let the public in on usually closed historic areas over two weekends in September, Spalding Cemetery’s Johnson Mausoleum was open and organisers Coun Elizabeth Sneath and Julia ...

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European visitors welcomed

Spalding Round Table and Spalding 41 Club (a club made up of ex Round Table members) played host to the their opposite numbers from Spalding’s twin town Speyer, Germany, as part of a partnership going back many years. The clubs meet up each year in Spalding and Speyer in alternate years. More than 80 people of all ages took part ...

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Help community scheme to get cash pot

A Gosberton and Quadring community scheme is in with the chance of a cash grant thanks to making an awards shortlist. The  Good Neighbour Scheme has been shortlisted in the Skipton Building Society Grassroots Giving 2018 awards and is in with the chance of winning £500. Voting closes on October 12 and this year Skipton said it has 165 pots ...

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Church set to celebrate 150 years

Holbeach St Marks Church is celebrating its 150th birthday with two days of celebration starting Friday (September 21). The celebrations will be in full swing from noon to 5pm tomorrow and between 11am and 4pm on Saturday. Among the attractions will be a chance to see the original registers and log book which will provide a glimpse into the history ...

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West Pinchbeck Tractor Run from on high

The second annual West Pinchbeck Tractor Run took place this weekend – and a drone was there to capture the action from a different angle. On Sunday, September 9, a host of vintage vehicles set off from West Pinchbeck village hall, in a convoy that took in the local area before returning to enjoy the stalls and refreshments. Pictures by ...

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‘Pushing to the limit’ to send Riley on holiday

A Sutton Bridge boy who is recovering from brain cancer treatment will get a well-deserved holiday with funds raised by a country-spanning bike ride this Saturday. Family and friends of 11-year-old Riley Watts will set off from Wales in the early hours of Saturday morning and arrive back at Sutton Bridge on Saturday evening. The welcoming committee will be at ...

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