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TV talent show twins hit the right note for charity

Identical twin singers who previously appeared on the talent TV show The Voice have helped Spalding Golf Club’s Ladies raise money for charity. Classical Reflection, who are made up of Hannah and Naomi Moxon, sung last week at the ladies’ annual charity dinner. Money raised is going towards ladies’ captain Lainy MacLennan’s chosen charity for the year of the Fenland ...

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Broadband boost for three South Holland primary schools

Three South Holland primary schools will get high speed gigabit-capable broadband. Fleet Wood Lane Primary School in Fleet, Whaplode Primary and Quadring Cowley are three of more than 100 rural schools that will get the fast connections as part of a £3m government pilot programme. Minister for Digital, Margot James said: “As well as making a dramatic difference for students ...

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No need to bin crisp packets with Holbeach collection point

Crisp packet recycling is now available in Holbeach. Holbeach Parish Councillor Isobel Hutchinson, chair of properties, has set up the local Parish Council offices at 11 West End, Holbeach as a collection point for the Walkers crisp packet recycling scheme. It is the first registered collection point in the town. Coun Hutchinson said: “We are always getting appeals for funds ...

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Paul’s party for his brain tumour

A Lutton Navy veteran threw a special party last week to mark 25 years of living with a brain tumour and raised over £700 for the hospital that’s helped him do it. Despite a doctor telling him in 1994 he might not live for five more years, Paul Sayers (58) remains a Long Sutton parish councillor, on the St Mary’s ...

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Glory, glory Men United singing group

A Moulton Chapel farmer is urging other men to get singing in the fight against prostate cancer. Last year, John Wakefield was one of 40 to sign up to Men United in Song, a choir that rehearsed over 10 weeks for a charity concert. The initiative from the charity Prostate Cancer UK is back again in 2019 with introduction sessions ...

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Brilliant result for Poppy Appeal

Generous Spalding residents have helped a retiring fundraiser provide nearly a quarter of a million pounds to The Poppy Appeal in the last decade, including £23,000 around the 2018 Remembrance Day. Peter Lyon has run the appeal for the Spalding branch of the Royal British Legion for the last ten years but is stepping down from the role due to ...

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Spalding’s Encore raises £18,000 for charity

Spalding-based recruitment agency, Encore Personnel has raised an impressive £18,000 for three children’s charities. Every year, staff from the New Road business nominate charities to support which are often influenced by causes close to their hearts. This year’s beneficiaries were The Sick Children’s Trust, Cardiac Risk in the Young and CLIC Sargent (Cancer Charity for Children and Young People). An ...

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Generous gifts to air ambulance

A Spalding woman left an air ambulance charity £10,000 in her will. Noreen Clark (pictured) who passed away in May 2018, aged 88, left a generous donation of £10,000 for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance. The charity receives no direct Government funding, relying solely on the donations of people in the community. Noreen’s God daughter was recently invited to ...

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Laura’s ball to support disabled Spalding siblings aims to sell 190 tickets

A charity ball aimed at raising money for two disabled South Holland siblings is pulling out all of the stops to be even bigger and better this year. Laura Powell helped raise more than £4,500 for Spalding toddler Mia Clucas last March when she organised and delivered Mia’s Ball at Bourne Corn Exchange. Mia, who is the daughter of Spalding ...

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Spalding Students build up reputation

A group of young engineers from Spalding Grammar School have been helping make a professional business more efficient. For the last three years the school has been in partnership with bulk materials handling firm Guttridge as part of the Engineering Education Scheme. Last year’s Year 12 students took on the challenge of re-creating one of Guttridge’s threshing machines but with ...

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South Holland scores low for young people

South Holland has little to offer young people, according to a BBC Newsbeat study, and the elderly population is set to almost double over the next two decades. The district scored just three out of ten in a national study that takes into account things such as going out opportunities, bus services and the numbers of young people. South Holland ...

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Where was Spalding school time capsule buried?

Do you know where a time capsule was buried on a soon to be demolished school? Kevin Scott and his friends dating back from the Goodfellows School are sure one was put into the ground in the mid 1970s, but none of them are sure where. The Spalding Common, building, which has stood since 1871, is due to be demolished ...

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Spalding Air Cadets officer hits new heights

Spalding RAF Air Cadets’ Training Officer Sergeant Mark Dormer has landed a prestigious promotion. The 57-year-old has been accepted as a Senior Non Commission Officer for the RAF Air Cadets organisation. He’s been a civilian instructor of the 1406 (Spalding) Squadron for a number of years. Mark works as an engineer in civilian life having previously served in the RAF ...

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COLUMN: Get moving for mental health

by fitness columnist Tracey Vowles. Most of us know that taking some regular exercise can make us generally feel physically better about ourselves, however evidence shows that regular activity can also improve our mental wellbeing just as much as our physical wellbeing. Being more physically active is thought to cause a chemical change in the brain which helps to positively ...

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Lions thank all sleigh helpers

Spalding Lions have presented cheques to organisations and groups who ho-ho-helped out with the Santa’s Sleigh Days and Nights. At an event last week, the Lions presented helpers with cheques. Spalding Lion Elaine Mothers said: “Without the support of all these organisations it would be a very difficult job to get round all the villages with Santa and for this ...

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Lincolnshire named worst place for people wanting NHS dentists

Lincolnshire is the worst place in the country for patients looking to find an NHS dentist. The news comes hard on the heels of the revelation that two promised surgeries in Spalding are not going to materialise. A 2018 survey carried out on behalf of the government has revealed that patients in South Lincolnshire have the lowest success rate of ...

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Happy Chinese New Year meal

Kung Hei Fat Choi! A Spalding school celebrated Chinese New Year in style with a day of events. Pupils at The Garth School at Pinchbeck Road saw in the Year of the Pig with a range of stimulating and varied educational experiences and activities. Highlights included Chinese cooking, tasting and investigating Chinese foods, tactile and sensory exploration of cultural artefacts ...

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Giving thanks to volunteers in Holbeach

A free meal to say thanks to volunteers in Holbeach is in the works. Last year, councillors Tracey Carter, Francis Biggadike and Nick Worth hosted a free buffet and thank-you gathering, paid for by themselves, for many of the volunteers who help within Holbeach. They said they wanted to show their personal appreciation to the people who, alongside them, care ...

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Spalding school’s gold award for special citizens

The Priory School has been awarded Gold Championship School status for its involvement in the National Citizen Service programme (NCS). During the summer term of 2018, 16 Priory School pupils took part in a bespoke NCS programme and through this developed their independence, problem solving and entrepreneurial skills, boosting their CVs in preparation for finding employment. Pupils took part in ...

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Young movie makers sought

A new digital studio offering people the chance to try out state of the art technologies is to open in Spalding town centre. Learning Curve is a collaboration between Chain Bridge Forge Museum’s innovation centre and Ark ICT Solutions and will offer a range of digital experiences including virtual reality. At Boston College Spalding Campus in Red Lion Street, professional ...

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