Community

Christmas visiting details for Johnson Hospital released

Spalding’s Johnson Hospital is to remain open to a select number of visitors over the Christmas period. The Lincolnshire Communities Health Services NHS Trust which runs the Pinchbeck Road site alongside hospitals in Louth, Gainsborough and Skegness, is putting in measures for those wishing to visit patients. To help reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus to vulnerable patients, all visitors ...

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Community support helps record number

Volunteers and supporters of a South Holland food bank have seen around four times the usual number of people because of coronavirus. The Holbeach Food Bank has been open throughout the pandemic, and will be helping many families during the festive season. The volunteers behind the community effort have even put together 56 parcels, complete with gifts, for Christmas. “We ...

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Christmas treats for area’s elderly

Some of the area’s most isolated elderly people have been given a Christmas cheer thanks to The Meadows Day Centre charity and Morrisons. Since the COVID-19 outbreak in March The Meadows hasn’t been able to accommodate the usual sessions bringing elderly people together for games and community. And one of their biggest highlights of the years is the Christmas party ...

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Thanks for your kind donations

Our annual Give A Gift appeal has now closed and we want to say thank you for the amazing support we have received once again this year. Along with members of the public donating gifts, several businesses across South Holland have got involved with the appeal. Spalding Academy and Giles Academy, which are part of the South Lincolnshire Academies Trust, ...

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Good Neighbour schemes take the next step

A new Good Neighbours Scheme for people in the south of the district is up and running while those behind a similar proposed project in Spalding say they’re ‘delighted’ with the response they’ve had from the public. The East Elloe Good Neighbour Scheme has begun to carry out some services despite the area being placed in the highest COVID-19 restrictions ...

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Jake’s amazing gesture

A Spalding 15-year-old has, for the fifth straight year, bought presents to bring children in care an extra reason to smile at Christmas. Jake Winkett uses his own money to donate toys to good causes, something that he’s done for several years. This year the Spalding Academy pupil donated tens of presents for the Kids Out charity to be handed ...

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Santa motors in for Fleet visit

Santa Claus arrived in style on a trike when a broken down sleigh didn’t stop him helping Fleet residents spread some extra Christmas cheer this year while raising a grand for the parish church. The village has looked to boost community spirit via the Christmas Cheerfulness Campaign which was launched this year. But the potential obstacle to last week’s celebrates ...

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Gifts bring joy to home residents

Kind hearted friends have brought some Christmas cheer to care home residents in Spalding. Trudy Roberts and Karen Dakin used social media to ask friends and family for donations of chocolates and toiletries which they packed into 222 parcels and delivered to care home residents. Initially the pair, who met through work, were going to give the parcels to residents ...

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Rotary’s sleigh ride fun

The first night out with Santa’s Sleigh proved successful for South Holland Rotary Club. Despite the difficulties of the pandemic, Santa was able to take part in the annual event organised by the charity. Social distancing measures might mean giving donations is not as easy as in previous years. A special text and donate service has been arranged so the ...

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Free bikes are ready for a festive delivery

Christmas will be extra special for a group of South Holland children who don’t know it yet. They will be unwrapping a brand new bike, complete with helmet and lock, thanks to the efforts of a local kind-hearted businessmen. Daniel Lunn and John Barton have been renovating donated bicycles and giving them to children who would otherwise go without. But ...

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‘Inspirational’ mum’s grand gesture in memory of friend

A big-hearted Holbeach woman has raised more than £1,000 by shaving her hair off ahead of chemotherapy treatment for a second cancer diagnosis. Vivienne Marler battled endometrial cancer in May 2019 when her six rounds of chemotherapy following major surgery saw her lose her hair. It grew back within a few weeks but the former hairdresser and her family were ...

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Only a few days left to help appeal

Spalding Academy is the latest organisation to offer its support to our annual Give A Gift appeal. Staff at the Spalding secondary have been buying for those children who otherwise would receive no or very few presents at Christmas. Assistant headteacher Daisy Bland said: “We really wanted to support the appeal this year and decided a gifting tree would be ...

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Santa and friends help charity

Santa and his friends at Holbeach Fire Station joined forces to raise money for charity at the weekend. Arriving in a fire engine instead of a sleigh, Santa and the crew held a tombola and a ‘name the bear’ competition to help raise funds. They also sold copies of the new Horsey Tales children’s book which has been launched to ...

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Gallery – Pupils step back to Victorian era

Children in Year Six at Ayscoughfee Hall School were transported back to the year 1899 to celebrate a Victorian Christmas. During the day the children experienced life in a Victorian schoolroom, being taught by an incredibly strict teacher and learning that children should be seen and not heard. Other activities that the children took part in included making Victorian style ...

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Nursery helps with festive spirit

A kind-hearted business has ensured a South Holland primary school has a Christmas tree for the pupils to enjoy. Nicola and John Chappell, of Glenside Nurseries, have donated the tree because there would normally be one in the school hall – but the children can’t be in there together all at the same time due to the COVID-19 restrictions. “This ...

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Ahoy me hearties!

Year 1 pupils at Spalding’s Ayscoughfee Hall School enjoyed a brilliant pirate day.They started the day with pirate PE in the hall with Zoe Lawniczak, there was shark infested water and lots of planks to walk.The fun continued with some face painting, cake decorating and games.In the afternoon the children entertained their parents via Zoom with pirate songs and poems ...

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Here’s where you can see Santa

Spalding Lions will be out and about with Santa and his sleigh again this year. The Lions will not be knocking on doors this month, but donations will be accepted on the night by any of Santa’s helpers with social distancing in place.Sadly the sleigh will not be stopping for Santa to chat with the children or to hand out ...

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Can you donate a gift?

Generous South Holland residents have been buying toys for our Give A Gift campaign to help make a child smile this Christmas.With more families than ever struggling this year, your gift is more important than ever.The Spalding Voice office will be open from 9am to 5pm weekdays to accept donations. Toys can also be taken to Courtyard Footcare Health and ...

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Horsey Tales for charity

A special book created in Holbeach to raise money for a firefighters charity is on sale.Horsey Tales has three illustrated stories about the adventures of a horse called Tarquin and his animal friends.It has been illustrated by Holbeach firefighter Mike Clarey and created by the author known as Johnny Mackindo.“We are trying to raise funds for the national firefighters charity ...

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Send the spirit of goodwill

A group of South Holland care homes is launching a Christmas Message Exchange for residents and the local community.Country Court homes is encouraging people to send messages by card or video as residents face a COVID Christmas.The video recordings can be songs, music or a festive message – and residents are planning on returning the good wishes.At this time of ...

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