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Australian support for Donington’s Flinders bid

Direct descendants of Matthew Flinders and the Agent General for the Government of South Australia area are among those backing the bid to bringing the former explorer’s remains back to Donington. Around 50 people attended the Ruby Hunt Centre for the Matthew Flinders Bring Him Home group meeting which is looking to have his remains brought back to the village ...

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Open garden raises cash

The winners of the 2018 Holbeach in Bloom Best Garden Award opened their acclaimed green space to the public last weekend and raised hundreds of pounds for a the couple’s local church charity. Eileen Gilliatt and her husband Colin, who previously won a Spalding in Bloom award at their old address, put on the event to raise money for their ...

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Lexi makes the cut for charity

A woman who hates having her long hair cut had 12 inches off last week to provide a young child with a wig. Lexi Coote, of Spalding, who is in training to be a primary school teacher, had the dramatic cut for the Little Princess Trust which creates wigs for children who suffer hairloss due to illness. She’s also raised ...

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Money in memory of Alex

More than £1,500 was roped in for charity in memory of a friend at Spalding’s Elizabethan Centre recently. A country and western afternoon was held by the centre’s social club in memory of Alex Ford who passed away aged 73 after suffering with Motor Neurone Disease. Acts Tennessee Stud and Dale Diamond entertained the 150 people at the event organised ...

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Ladies’ big boost for charity

A group of women have helped raise more than £1,600 for the Alzheimer’s Society by holding a Cupcake/Fun Day. Kelly Greengrass-Smith, Kelly Scotney, Kodie Greengrass-Munton, Liz Greengrass, Lucy Waite, Sarah Barlow, Sandy Daniels and Zoe Dawson put on the private event in Spalding on Saturday, May which included a host of games and stalls as well as entertainment from The ...

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Saddle up with White Horse Writers Open Mic night

Spalding’s White Horse Writers group is hosting its second open mic night on Thursday, May 30. Serge’s Tapas on Francis Street is again hosting the eclectic mixture of poetry, prose and music, all by local performers. It follows on from the success of the first such event at the end of March. The event starts at 7.30pm and all new ...

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Zebra do it for dogs and dementia

Spalding rock group Zebra played to a full house at the Castle Sports Cafe and Bar last weekend a charity event organised by John Phoenix to raise funds for two charities close to his heart, Guide Dogs for the blind and Dementia UK. John said: “This is the best event I have put on here, everyone has had so much ...

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Charity effort packs a punch

A 42-year-old is being spurred back into the boxing ring to support a family who lost a loved one to a brain tumour. Chris Miller from Holbeach is raising money for Cancer Research and The Brain Tumour Charity by taking part in the Ultra White Collar Boxing Event at the Peterborough Arena on June 29. After taking part once previously ...

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Festival promises fun for the family

Spalding Festival is set to be even bigger and better as it returns for 2019 this weekend. This year’s Spalding Round Table event is both an indoor and outdoor spectacle promising even more fun for all the family than before at the Castle Sports Complex. Not only is there set to be the usual fantastic array of beer and cider ...

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Holbeach Big Clean date coming up

The date has been set for this year’s Lincolnshire Co-op Big Clean. The event is set up to spruce up the town to help prepare for Holbeach in Bloom and takes place on Thursday, June 6. Meeting at All Saints’ Church at 9.30am, from 10am-4pm, volunteers can get together and get the town looking good. Lunch will be provided. A ...

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Spalding choir braves stage for charity

A Spalding choir made up almost entirely of newcomers hit the stage in Peterborough last week for a good cause. Never having sung before or with little experience, several men from Spalding got out of their comfort zone, took up the gauntlet and after auditioning, joined with others from all over the region, as part of the Men United in ...

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Happy Healthy Minds at Ayscoughfee Hall

Hundreds of people visited Ayscoughfee Hall across two days for two Happy Healthy Minds events. South Holland District Council’s Community Development team put the events on as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. Around 350 people attended the classes, craft and information stalls on Saturday, May 11 followed by another 150 on Wednesday, May 15. A spokesman for the Community ...

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Women’s charity supported by Inner Wheel

A charity that helps victims of domestic abuse has been given a cash boost by the charitable efforts of the Spalding Inner Wheel. An Inner Wheel spokesman said: “Following a very interesting and informative talk given by Sarah Smith regarding her work with SoLDAS / Boston Women’s Aid Charity, Inner Wheel President Carole Cooke presented her with a cheque for ...

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GALLERY: Talented young artists impress at show

Talented young artists from University Academy Holbeach showed off their creations in a final show of their work on Monday. The B-Tec and A Level students marked their final time at the academy with the impressive show. The works they displayed included creations they’d made as part of their exams. One exam involved creating something on the subject of ‘Duality’ ...

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Lexi’s locks set for the chop

A Spalding gymnastics coach is to dramatically cut her hair for charity.   Lexi Coote is having 12 inches cut off to be donated to the Little Princess Trust Charity that creates wigs for children who suffer hair loss due to illness.   “I am the worst person for not getting my hair cut,” said Lexi who as well as ...

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Mia is Sense’s shining star

National disability charity Sense has thanked Spalding toddler Mia Clucas after she helped them raise an amazing £172,300 as the face of its 2018 Christmas appeal. Mia, who is three in August, was born with two extremely rare genetic conditions – Coffin-Siris Syndrome and PCDH12 – which have left her with a malformed brain and rendered her severely disabled. But ...

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Diane takes the plunge in memory of husband

  A flight attendant who jumped out of a plane at the weekend in memory of her husband says it was “the best feeling ever”.   Diane Virden (51), of Spalding, took the plunge at Sibson airfield to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support, the charity which helped husband Simon when he was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer which had spread ...

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Litter pick group hopes to pick up sponsors

A group that aims to keep Spalding clean is looking for businesses to help support its litter picking. Spotless Spalding, organised by Coun Jack McLean, is looking to hear from anyone who could sponsor litter picking equipment. He set the group up four years ago to improve the area. “We have branched out into community gardening a few times and ...

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Phil returns to London Marathon

Twelve months after saying last year’s London Marathon was going to be his “first and last”, Phil Newton was back at the event this year. The 42-year-old from Sutton St James once again raised over £1,500 for the charity World Horse Welfare by completing the 26.2 mile course. He hadn’t even taken on a run until Christmas 2017 but smashed ...

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Regular sessions for activities club

A Holbeach activity group for adults with learning disabilities now holds sessions two days a week. Following its open day taster day session in February, the Goldhay Arts club now runs weekly at Holbeach Hub and will next month hold a coffee morning for people to go along and see what members have been up to so far. The regular ...

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