Community

Lorna (93) serves up another pancake treat

It wouldn’t have been Shrove Tuesday without a pancake fundraiser organised by 93-year-old Lorna Webb. A coffee and pancake morning was held by a team of friends raising money for the Jenny Freeman Lodge at St Barnabas Hospice in Spalding. There was plenty to enjoy besides traditional pancakes, with cakes, preserves and plants all on offer. A raffle was also ...

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September open date planned for Spalding alternative academy

The controversial Springwell Alternative Academy for youngsters excluded from other schools could open this September. After a residents’ uproar, a public consultation process was extended and the results are now in. A spokesman said the plans “got mix reviews” but the report isn’t yet complete. Once the data is collated, it will be presented to the Department For Education. However, ...

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South Holland District Council finances ‘strong’ – Worth

South Holland District Council’s deputy leader Nick Worth has stated the authority is in a “strong” position, but concerns have been raised about the future. The district council’s cabinet backed its budget and Mid Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) at its meeting on Tuesday, February 13. As reported in The Voice last week, the council faces a budget gap of around ...

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Long Sutton mum’s birthday blues in hospital

It’s been a difficult few months for the Long Sutton family who before Christmas raised enough money for their disabled daughter Alice Bates to receive a pain relieving bath. The 11-year-old’s mum Charlotte Bates spent her 40th birthday in hospital last weekend after complications during an operation to correct a slipped disk. She was left in intensive care following the ...

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Popular bus service might escape axe

The future of a popular bus service from Spalding to King’s Lynn may not be under threat. An online petition was launched to save the 505 which many people rely on for work or college, after operators Stagecoach said the Lynn depot would be closed. The company will be ceasing to run its services based there, and it was feared ...

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Planners flick the on switch for Donington’s new Viking Link project

Local approval has been granted for an electricity substation near Donington that one councillor described as being larger than Wembley Stadium. It’s among the facilities needed for the National Grid’s Viking Link project which will allow the UK and Denmark to trade electricity. Concerns have been raised about the development’s effect on the landscape with a petition signed by over ...

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Long Sutton’s Lucy to cut her locks for charity

A ten-year-old from Long Sutton is set to chop off her flowing locks so it can be turned into a wig. Lucy West is to donate her hair to the Little Princess Trust by chopping it off on Saturday. The charity makes wigs from real hair for those under 25 who have lost their hair be it due to cancer ...

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Spalding murders police team honoured

The police team which dealt with a brutal double murder that stunned Spalding have been commended at the Lincolnshire Police Annual Recognition Awards. The 13-strong group worked on Operation Leopard, the investigation into the murders of Elizabeth Edwards and her 13-year-old daughter Katie in Spalding in April 2016. The murders were committed by Elizabeth’s 14-year-old daughter Kim and Kim’s 14-year-old ...

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More than £20,000 donated to Forces charities

Donations topping £20,000 were distributed at a special event in Holbeach at the weekend. The town’s community centre was transformed for a thanksgiving party organised by Harold Payne of the Anglia Motel. His customers donated more than £20,000 via the charity boxes in the motel at Fleet and Mr Payne said he was delighted with the amount raised. “I am ...

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Help veterans in Lincolnshire

A charity for veterans and their families is looking for more volunteers to help in Lincolnshire. SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association) helps those leaving the services including helping them find employment and integrate back into civilian life. A spokesperson for SSAFA’s Lincolnshire Branch said: “Volunteering for SSAFA is a great way to give something back to your local ...

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Planning boost for community hub in Surfleet

A new community hub and changing facility for hockey players in Surfleet has been given the thumbs up by planning officers. Local charity Tonic Health, which runs projects geared around dementia and mental health, is looking to convert a disused art studio off Station Road into a kitchen and cafe area. It will also provide much needed changing facilities for ...

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Older musicians group gets grant

Community music group soundLINCS has received a £20,000 boost towards growing their New Tricks project. New Tricks provides people over 50 years old of all musical abilities the chance to shape a new musical group around their passions. The project takes place across the county and the South Holland session is in Spalding at the South Holland Centre. The £20,000 ...

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Spalding Hospice Foundation charity cake sale

Spalding Hospice Foundation got baking to raise money for the Tulip Suite at Johnson Community Hospital. Volunteers raised £200 for the ward by holding a cake sale at the Market House, Long Sutton after one of their members passed away in the Tulip Suite recently. Spalding Hospice Foundation treasurer Liz Sneath said: “They were so grateful for the wonderful care ...

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Joint approach to research dementia

Dementia patients and their families are being encouraged to get involved in research as all three health trusts and the county council join forces. It is the first time a whole county has promised to get behind the national campaign. By 2025 it is predicted more than a million people will be diagnosed with dementia in the UK. The National ...

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First prom event for Boston College: Spalding campus

Year 11 students from across the region attended Boston College’s first Prom Event at the Boston College: Spalding campus. School Proms are perhaps the biggest social event on the calendar for Year 11 and they are growing in popularity every year. Talented college students used this popularity to showcase their skills and help those anticipating their prom look and feel ...

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Almost a quarter of South Holland’s children are living in poverty

Just under 25 per cent of South Holland’s children are living in poverty, according to a campaign group. Coalition pressure group End Child Poverty’s January 2018 report states that after housing costs, 4,320 children in South Holland are classed as in poverty, which is 23.97 per cent. Before housing costs, 2,729 children are classed as living in poverty. The group ...

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Nick takes on five-day iron man challenge

Nick Franklin will be running, swimming and cycling his way to raising £5,000 as he takes on five half iron man challenges over five consecutive days. The mammoth challenge has been inspired by Nick’s dad Graham who died from a heart attack in 2009 and his in-laws Geoff and Lynda, who have both survived cancer. From March 20-24, Nick will ...

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Pay more and help the police proposed

Lincolnshire police aims to raise an extra £2.7m next year by a 5.8 per cent rise in council tax. Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones has revealed his proposed budget for the year and the rise would equate to 23p a week on a band D home. The increase appears to have support in the county as respondents to consultation ...

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Bobby Bear drops in at Cowbit school

Bobby Bear, PCSO Naomi Newell and PCSO Tim Nicholls visited key stage 1 pupils at Cowbit St Mary’s Primary School last week to talk about the police. PCSO Newell said this included “how we are here to help people and respond to emergencies”. She added: “We discussed safe strangers and what to do if a child was lost, why we ...

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New beginning for Peele community college

Approval has been given for the Peele Community College to become an academy. The regional school commissioner has approved the move which would see the college join Holbeach in the Lincolnshire Educational Trust (LET). The Long Sutton school was rated as ‘inadequate’ in the latest Ofsted report published in July. As a result, it could be joining the LET if ...

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