Community

Tapping into pupils’ talents as Holbeach school gets plumber qualification accreditation

The next generation of plumbers could be in the pipeline at University Academy Holbeach after its excellence in training them was recognised. It has been awarded Approve Centre status by the industry’s professional body, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE). Geoff Westall, National President of CIPHE presented the plaque to Miss Lucy Mawer, head of plumbing and ...

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Community Cuppa social events for over-50s begin in Gosberton

Hot drinks, cake and chat are on the menu for a new social scheme. Community Cuppa events launch throughout April, aimed at anyone aged over 50 who would like to find out more about what is going on in their local area. The scheme is designed to build connections between people in communities around Lincolnshire, helping tackle loneliness and social ...

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Hospice gets Easter treats from Spalding solicitors

Patients at Sue Ryder’s Thorpe Hall were delighted to receive 70 Easter eggs donated by Roythornes Solicitors and their staff. A spokesman for Roythornes in Spalding said: “The aim of the initiative was purely to bring a smile to the faces of the residents and to those benefiting from the hospice’s bereavement counselling services and day treatment.” The appeal was ...

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Taylors made to be together

A Pinchbeck couple celebrated 70 years of wedded bliss together last Tuesday. John (96) and Eve (94) Taylor met just after World War Two at a demob party at a pub in Sheerness. During the war John was a leading aircraftsman with the RAF and Eve aircraftsman two with the WRAF. They married in 1948 in the village of Walkington ...

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Holbeach road crossing is ‘more dangerous than ever’

A Holbeach campaigner has said recent adjustments have made crossing the A17 more dangerous than ever. In 2016, a petition organised by Paula Hayes raised more than 800 signatures and was presented to Lincolnshire County Council. The petition, which had the backing of John Hayes MP, called for better crossing provisions on the A17 but changes made during the recent ...

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Firefighters make a splash for charity

Local fire crews have been hosing down cars for charity. Those at Spalding station collected money for Lincoln based colleague Stefan Hawcroft who is raising funds for treatment for an inoperable brain tumour. Thanks to the donations and those that helped out they raised a brilliant £1,150. A spokesman said: “A massive thank you to everyone. We’re so humbled by ...

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Help for Holbeach hospital thanks to bingo

A full house helped raise over £900 for charity at a specially arranged bingo afternoon. Trevor and Teresa Gibbons put the event on at the Holbeach Women’s Institute Hall to raise money for the Holbeach and East Elloe Hospital on Saturday March 10. Thanks to the fantastic prize donations and raffle, a brilliant £928.30 was raised for the hospital. Rebecca ...

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Police double lock security tips for cyclists

Spalding police officers are reminding cyclists of the importance of bike security. They are recommending a double-lock with a D-lock and a cable lock adding extra layers of security. Officers also suggest cyclists change the bay used so there is no regular pattern to bikes being left. If possible, use an area with lights and CCTV. On April 6, the ...

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Gosberton and Quadring Good Neighbour Scheme’s boost

A group set up to help those in need in Gosberton and Quadring is set to launch at the end of the month after a donation from the Co-op. Gosberton and Quadring Good Neighbour Scheme, which after months of preparation is set to serve the area and has been given £500 from the fundraising total. Through Lincolnshire Co-op’s Community Champions ...

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New radio station set for take off

A new radio station is set to take to make waves in the Spalding area. Internet-based station Sound of Spitfire will officially launch on Monday (April 2). It is being operated by three local business owners, Chris Hyde, Thomas Smith and Zandra Tiitso. “We are already getting lots of interest via our Facebook page,” said Zandra, commercial and marketing director. ...

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Spalding society enjoys two-colour watercolour display

Stephen Martyn is the latest artist to pass on his expertise to the Spalding Arts and Crafts Society. The Norfolk based painter provided a display of watercolours at the groups recent March meeting at Pinchbeck Village Hall. He used just two colours to create the picture of Cley Mill in Norfolk – French ultramarine blue and brown madder. A full ...

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All aboard the Spalding water taxi for 2018

It’s that time of the year again – the Spalding Water Taxi sets sail for the 2018 season on Good Friday (March 29). The link between the town centre and Springfields has its first journey at 11am tomorrow and it will continue every day throughout the summer until the end of September. Last year the not-for-profit organisation ferried over 10,000 ...

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West Pinchbeck man has spent half his life helping his community

The 90-year-old who has helped those with learning difficulties in the area for the last 45 years has vowed to keep going after celebrating his birthday with the people he helps. The Spalding Gateway Club’s meeting on Friday, March 16 coincided with founder Maurice Chappell’s landmark birthday. And to celebrate the group had cake and put on a spread for ...

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Flower power that will inspire the senses in new Spalding garden

A garden designed to inspire the senses of dementia patients is being created in Spalding. Work has already begun on the Cedar Falls Community Garden Project. It will be based at Cedar Fall care village in Spalding through a sponsorship by its owners Tanglewood Care Homes, Living Through Landscapes, Thrive, Groundworks, Tesco and Homebase. The garden is set to include ...

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Carer Jayden (9) looks after family

Playing and homework is the only worry for most nine-year-olds, but Jayden Reynolds also has to look after his family. Due to his mum’s mobility problems through disability and his father’s long working hours to provide money for the family, Jayden, of Holbeach, does a huge amount of the family’s housework, including the cooking for his younger sister Kacy (7). ...

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Sports appeal for Priory pupils

A National Lottery Award secured sports equipment for Priory School pupils but an appeal has been launched to help make it useful in all weathers. A year ago, The Priory was installed two large Multi Use Games Areas (MUGA) ends which include football goals, basketball hoops and cricket stumps. They are however positioned on grass and during bad weather cannot ...

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Shelves almost bare at Holbeach food bank

A sharp increase in demand has left a Holbeach food bank in dire need of donations. Holbeach Community Larder and Cafe provides food parcels to households in need. Organiser the Rev Rosamund Seal said the rise in people forced to use the service has left them short on essentials. “We are down to our last few boxes of cereal and ...

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Spalding couple launches vegan crusade

A Spalding couple have launched a crusade to promote vegan food in the town. Ian Tarplee and Karina Saunders have been into local restaurants and cafes asking for them to have vegan options on their menus. They’re also frequently seen handing out information leaflets and recipes promoting not eating anything that utilises animal products. Several restaurants have already come on ...

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Rotary’s variety show

A host of performers from the district took to the stage last week for The Rotary Club of Spalding and Welland’s annual Age Concern Concert. The event on Tuesday, March 6, was specially put on by the Rotary members as a night out for the community’s elderly population at the South Holland Centre. Compère Richard James oversaw the entertainment which ...

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Praise for Lincolnshire charity following inspection

Lincolnshire life-saving charity LIVES has received a glowing report from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following an inspection. The inspectors focussed on key areas: whether the organisation is safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs and well led. It involved examining LIVES governance and policies, interviews with staff and volunteers, as well as seeing some of the team in action ...

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