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South Holland school choirs get together

Nine school choirs took part in this year’s South Holland Primary Schools’ Music Festival. The event was held at Ayscoughfee Hall School with choirs from Spalding St John’s, Holbeach, Long Sutton, Gedney Church End, Spalding St Norbert’s, Gedney Drove End, Holbeach William Stukeley, Bicker Prep and Ayscoughfee coming together for a morning of singing and performing songs from the first World ...

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Tulip Radio’s Jan Whitbourn tells of extremely moving trip to Normandy for D-Day anniversary

By Tulip Radio business manager Jan Whitbourn Chris Carter and myself travelled from Spalding to France in a very rare 1942 Austin K2 ambulance. Local farmers AH Carter Farms have owned it for over 55 years. It saw service with the Navy and it’s believed there are only two other Austin Navy K2s still in existence out of many thousands ...

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Spalding sensory garden takes shape thanks to community champion Mick

  Selfless volunteer Mick Clarkson is building a reputation as a community champion who makes things happen. First it was Pop’s Patch – a four square metre piece of rough council land in Royce Road which he transformed and maintains; now he’s helping to create a 50 square metre sensory garden at The Garth School. The 53-year-old father-of-three is working ...

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MBE surprise: Tables turned on deputy lieutenant Petronella Keeling

As a deputy lieutenant of Lincolnshire, one of Petronella Keeling’s roles is to recommend people for public honours and covertly gather some details on their achievements. So imagine her surprise when the tables were turned and it was she who received an On Her Majesty’s Service letter informing her of becoming a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). ...

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Lions’ pride in helping charity

A life-saving helicopter has received £2,000 to keep it airborne thanks to a “pride of Lions”. Spalding Lions played host to a Zone D meeting, which saw members from Bourne, Market Deeping and Sleaford get together to hand over of a cheque to Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance. The cheque was presented by zone chairman Paul Whitworth to Tom and ...

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Holbeach Youth Centre issues urgent plea for helpers

Holbeach Youth Centre is struggling to stay open due to a lack of volunteers. The popular place would appear to be a victim of its own success. One adult is needed for each 15 young people and sometimes around 80 attend the sessions, requiring six grown-ups. Lynn Katze, youth development officer for Holbeach Youth Centre, said: “We’re really struggling to ...

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Needlework workshop for all in Spalding thanks to #craftarmy

There’s an opportunity for anyone to learn more about knitting, embroidery, crocheting and other needlecrafts in Spalding on Saturday, June 14. Freelance artist Carol Parker is organising an Art On The High Street workshop called #craftarmy. Embroiderers, weavers and spinners will be on hand to show visitors the basics of the craft. Or people can just drop in for a ...

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Students at University Academy Holbeach organise concert in aid of Mencap

A concert on Friday, June 14 by Holbeach students – and organised by two of them – will raise money for learning disability charity Mencap. The University Academy Holbeach’s chamber choir and three soloists are playing a concert, including African and contemporary music, at Holbeach Methodist Church at 7pm. The event has been arranged by Chloe Plaice and Abigail Howard as part ...

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The World Cup predictions of some familiar South Holland people…

Has anybody not realised that football’s World Cup starts this week? Love it or loathe it, expect wall-to-wall coverage of every minute of the action in Brazil for four weeks. Many South Holland residents will be glued to their televisions and use the tournament as a reason to fire up the barbecue at every opportunity. Others will be groaning as ...

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Boot camp to Give It Some Fizz in gardens

A fitness instructor is hoping a new open air “boot camp” will entice more people to take up exercise. With the evenings getting longer and the weather getting warmer, Zoe Myall believes it is a great time to get fit and active, so she has set up the Give It Some Fizz sessions at Ayscoughfee Gardens, Spalding. Sessions are held ...

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Holbeach Bank pupils are first past the post in cycle challenge

Primary school pupils clocked up the miles to take home the trophy in a Big Bike Race challenge. Almost half of the youngsters at Holbeach Bank Primary School ditched the car in favour of their bikes to help rack up “virtual kilometres” on a route around the continents of the world. The event was part of an initiative by Lincolnshire ...

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Community supports hospital fair

Supporters came out in force to show their appreciation for Spalding’s Johnson Community Hospital at a summer fair. The event was organised by the Friends of the hospital, which marked its 60th anniversary with one of its most successful summer fairs – raising more than £1,000. Attractions during the day included a memory table looking back at the hospital’s past, ...

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Children’s chance to make music

Musically-minded youngsters can make some noise by signing up to a series of workshops bringing the sounds of Indonesia to South Holland. Children aged from five to 13 will be led in the Gamelan sessions by a music ensemble from Indonesia and will get the chance to play metallaphones, gongs and drums. Liz Lenten, of Scarlet Community Club, which is ...

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Cities of the world theme for carnival

London, Paris, Milan – expect to see them all represented at Pinchbeck Carnival 2014. The theme for this year’s event is Cities of the World and a number of local groups and organisations will be showing off their handiwork on colourful floats reflecting the theme. The carnival parade will start from Wimberley Way at noon and will be the highlight ...

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Tractors on the road for good cause

More than 30 tractors – mainly vintage – will be taking to the roads around Holbeach to raise awareness of breast cancer. The outing, which will see the convoy travel from Holbeach to Sutton St James on June 22, before moving onto Fleet and Gedney on its two and a half hour route, is the idea of tractor enthusiast Kevin ...

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A year to give thanks for our freedoms

This year is truly a year for commemoration and one in which it’s hoped many people might pause to remember the immense sacrifices made on our behalf by our forebears to enable us to live in peace and security. With the recent ceremonies surrounding the 70th anniversary of D-Day fresh in our memories, many people felt very humble seeing the ...

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Get your hands dirty and dig to learn about worms

Emily Walker (4, pictured), from Spalding, was among those who took part in the Riverford Big Worm Dig at Sacrewell Farm, near Peterborough. The Big Worm Dig is helping in a national survey of worms to improve understanding of the wriggly creatures, which have been described as the “new bumble bee” in terms of conservation. Worms are like mini-tractors, tilling ...

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Music in the park draws a crowd

Holbeach Town Band was the latest act to entertain the crowds in Ayscoughfee Gardens, Spalding, as part of its summer music programme. Scores of people came prepared with picnic blankets and deck chairs to enjoy the popular band run through its popular repertoire. The concerts are all held on the South Lawn (to the side of the museum) on Sundays ...

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Music deal for Crowland lad

A Crowland student is celebrating after signing his first publishing deal with Zelos Deep Records, and taking his music on tour through the UK and Germany. Mark Crawford initially enrolled on New College Stamford’s level two diploma in music, but after completing his level three music tech qualification, he successfully achieved a place on the college’s sought-after Foundation Degree for ...

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Flinders Founders offer fun for all

Donington’s Flinders Founders had some fun in the sun at their annual fun day. The event took place at the village’s Flinders Park and saw a good attendance. There was a whole host of activities on offer including games and face painting. Musical entertainment was provided by the ever-popular Holbeach Town Band. Flinders Founders’ next event is the Party in ...

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