Community

Friends organise home food bank

A Long Sutton woman has set up a food bank from her home after gratefully receiving donations herself during a time of need. Julieann Ward set up Helping Hands as somewhere to go once people had exhausted their allocations with other local food banks, with which she’s not affiliated. She said: “I got stuck a few months ago and couldn’t ...

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Superstar sisters win awards

Two sisters from Spalding have won the Great Daffodil Award from Marie Curie charity. Elizabeth and Victoria Hammond have been awarded Mini Superstar Collectors 2019 for the Lincolnshire Region awards for their tireless fundraising. Lauren Alexander, Community Fundraiser for Lincolnshire, said: “These young ladies are by far the cutest collectors we have supporting our Great Daffodil Appeal. “Their endless array ...

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Volunteers help town bloom

A community space is in blossom after volunteers spruced it up together with Holbeach in Bloom. Lincolnshire Co-op colleagues and members re-planted the borders and tubs around All Saints’ Church in the town as part of the Big Co-op Clean, on Thursday, June 6. Colleagues from its Swineshead Food Store, Gosberton and Holbeach post offices, Holbeach and Spalding funeral homes, ...

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Councillor suits up the savers

The emergency first responders charity LIVES has had a boost from a councillor who has helped fund the purchase of three new suits – one for each LIVES responder in the district. Coun Tracey Carter said: “I approached other councillors to see if they were also able to assist, of which a number of other councillors from across South Holland ...

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Little Miracles gets even bigger

A charity that organises sessions for parents and their disabled children is opening a new session in Holbeach. The South Holland branch of Little Miracles was re-established last year by Elizabeth Kilbon whose 10-year-old son Jayden Batterham has ADHD. The first sessions held every Friday at Tonic Health in Spalding are coming up to celebrating their first birthday with around ...

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Local charity needs your furniture donations and purchases

A local charity is urging you to think of them when you’re getting rid of unwanted furniture rather than giving it away online. The Meadows, which was formerly part of Age UK, raises money for its Sir John Van Geest Day Centre by collecting and selling furniture from their Pinchbeck and Holbeach warehouses. The funds raised helps provide the elderly ...

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Get ready for the Crowland Show

The historic Crowland Show is back bigger than ever for 2019. Snowden Field will once again host the town’s top attraction on Saturday, June 29. The event has its origins in the pre-World War Two Crowland Foal Show but was reinvigorated as an annual event in 1978. It’s continued to grow since then and this year incorporates the Party in ...

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Aid to help area hit by cyclone

South Holland Freemasons have helped provide relief after a cyclone that affected 10 million people in India. All 21 Masonic centres in Lincolnshire, including those in Spalding and Long Sutton, have contributed to the £15,000 fund to support victims of the recent Cyclone Fani which particularly devastated the Indian state of Odisha. The aid has been given by the Freemasons’ ...

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Council footwear warning amid sewage in streets and further floods

With continued rainfall causing more problems, South Holland District Council has urged people to wear “adequate footwear”. The council said in an online notice that with reports of sewage rising in South Holland, people should wear adequate footwear when wading through standing water. SHDC officers are currently at Battlefields Lane in Holbeach, which has flooded. A spokesman said: “Our officers ...

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Ella’s artwork is unveiled at store

A primary school pupil’s artwork on what her community means to her has been unveiled in a nearby store. Ella Ebbage’s work was part of a competition organised by The Original Factory Shop to celebrate 50 years of trading. Her work was officially unveiled in a special ceremony at its Holbeach branch last month. Ella, of Fleet Wood Lane Primary, ...

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Mark’s royal medal honours for his voluntary work

Spalding man Mark Le Sage is celebrating after being awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Mark (52) is being recognised for the voluntary service he has done to help the community and aid the rehabilitation of offenders. He said: “It was such a wonderful surprise and a bit of a shock, however I feel very ...

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Gym owner’s heavyweight D-Day effort

Holbeach gym owner and former marine Sam Fowler completed the equivalent of 7.33 miles during a treadmill run in aid of the Royal British Legion, raising than £366 for the charity. The 75-minute feat was timed to coincide with events in the UK and France commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, 1944, a turning point in the ...

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Village school loses top Ofsted rating

A Pinchbeck school that was previously rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted has dropped to ‘requires improvement’. The Pinchbeck East Church of England Primary School Ofsted report from May this year has found the school ‘requires improvement’ in four areas, including effectiveness of leadership and management, and quality of teaching, learning and assessment. Two areas were rated ‘good’. In the school’s 2012 ...

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GALLERY: Pinchbeck Carnival 2019

Rain didn’t keep the crowds away from Pinchbeck Carnival at the weekend. The annual event offered something for everyone from dance demonstrations to the Essex Dog Display Team. Carnival Parade Queen, Abigail Slade and her assistants, Samuel Start and Gabriella Santana led the parade around the village. Other attractions included Diamondz School of Dance, Kuk Sool Wan, the Breaston Highlanders ...

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Academy rated outstanding again

A school tailored to the needs of young people with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder has been rated ‘outstanding’ in its most recent Ofsted report. Gosberton House Academy was last inspected by Ofsted in 2012, when it was again rated outstanding. The report, carried out in May, is the third consecutive Outstanding Award the school has received. Gosberton House Academy principal, ...

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Time for fun at bingo event

Whaplode Village Hall is £268 better off thanks to the bingo players that congregate there every month. The hall was again the setting for Phyllis Newton’s charity bingo session on May 17. And it was the beneficiary with the hall’s Lee Morris receiving the cheque at the end of the night. The next event at Whaplode Village Hall is on ...

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Holbeach Town and Country Fayre cancelled

This weekend’s Holbeach Town and Country Fayre has been cancelled after Holbeach registered one of the highest rainfalls in the country over the past two days. In a statement, organisers of the event, which was celebrating its 25th year, said: “After a lengthy meeting with the committee and the land owner, it is with great regret that due to the ...

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Time to party in Pinchbeck as the annual carnival comes to town

Pinchbeck Carnival is back this weekend with ‘Careers’ being the theme of three days of fun in the village. Newly crowned carnival queen Abigail Slade will lead the ever popular parade on Saturday flanked by prince Samuel Start and princess Gabriella Santana. It will leave Wimberley Way at 12pm and make its way to the Rotten Row Playing Fields were ...

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Holbeach knife arrest school: “We are working closely with the police”

A spokesman from the trust that runs University Academy Holbeach said it would like to reassure parents, pupils and carers that it is working with police on the yesterday’s knife arrest. On Tuesday, June 4, a 13-year-old boy was arrested at the school under suspicion of possession of a bladed article. The trust spokesman said: “University Academy Holbeach is part ...

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Sam’s fundraising effort in salute to D-Day

Holbeach gym owner and former marine Sam Fowler will be going the extra mile this week to raise funds for the British Legion.   Sam (31), who opened Royals Gym in August last year after completing six-and-a-half years’ service in the Royal Marines, aims to run for 75 minutes on a treadmill wearing his old assault vest filled with 7.5kg ...

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