Community

Fitness DVD to help Parkinson’s group

A group supporting people with Parkinson’s Disease is offering a specially created fitness DVD to help during the pandemic. Usually the Spalding and District branch of Parkinson’s UK meet with those with the condition and their carers on the third Thursday of every month at Pinchbeck Village Hall. But they’ve not been able to do that since March.Instead, it’s a ...

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Charlie saddles up for charity

A seven-year-old is getting on his saddle to raise money for new library books for his school.Charlie Edgeley is planning to ride his pony Olaf for 10 miles along the Moulton Marsh sea barrier in January.He’s doing so to raise funds for the Friends of John Harrox Primary School group.Charlie himself is in Ahlberg class at the school while mum ...

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Santa Claus is coming to town

After several years, Santa is to return to parading through Holbeach in the run up to Christmas, thanks to a town pub.John Budworth and Martin Forward, who run The Crown in Holbeach, have organised the Holbeach Santa Swarm.They’ve had a word with Father Christmas himself who has agreed to sit on the sled they’ve built around town, around Whaplode and ...

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Help charity doll out cuddles

Ella’s Project is asking you to Donate a Cuddle this Christmas.The charity has teamed up with Simon Lord, of Lord’s Collectables, for this year’s bid to raise smiles at Christmas.As previously, Ella’s Project founder Mark Le Sage is asking for your donations of brand new soft toys.They’ll be provided as presents to children who might otherwise not receive them.Due to ...

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Schemes want to hear from you

Surfleet is the latest area to launch its own Good Neighbours scheme while Spalding residents are being urged to let their views known on the proposed one for that town. The idea behind it is to organise a group of volunteers who will look to carry out tasks such as picking up prescriptions or shopping for those that need it ...

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Vote for Hearts of Holbeach

Voting is now open for the Heart of Holbeach Awards after the finalists in each category were announced.Coun Tracey Carter has set up the awards to recognise those making a difference to the town and asked for nominations.They’ve now been whittled down to a fantastic list of finalists by the judging panel of Coun Carter, Coun Nick Worth and Helen ...

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New director at YMCA

The YMCA in Lincolnshire has appointed a new Director of Community Development.Chris Kirkwood joins the 150-year-old charity from the Lincoln Drill Hall where he spent more than seven years as the chief executive officer.He will spearhead the charity’s childcare and youth work while driving its programmes which support vulnerable people across the county.“In the current climate, the range of services ...

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Here’s when Santa’s set to visit a Spalding street near you in the run up to Christmas

Santa Claus is all set for his proposed annual tour of Spalding. His friends at the Spalding with South Holland Rotary Club have once again organised him to tour the streets of Spalding from Thursday, December 3. He’ll be driven round as many streets as possible through December and also visiting Hall Place, Morrisons in Pinchbeck and the Holbeach Road ...

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Family’s banner success

A Whaplode St Catherine mother and daughter have raised nearly £500 for the Poppy Appeal by making and selling bunting flags. Sam Heanes, alongside mum Wendy Heanes, wanted to say thank you and provide support to the Royal British Legion that runs the appeal after collections and parades were affected and cancelled due to the current pandemic. The pair designed ...

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Amy looks to go the distance

Disney songs are helping a Spalding hairdresser raise money for charity by running for 50 miles during the second lockdown. Hairdresser Amy Harris spent the first lockdown taking part in the couch to 5K challenge. Now she’s literally taking the running a whole lot further and is looking to amass a combined 50 miles during the current lockdown. “I am ...

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Cyclists rack up the miles

Cyclists have been wheeling around South Holland raising funds for a veterans charity. Karl Perryman and Mark Howard, who are veterans themselves, took on a sponsored bike ride for The Bridge for Heroes. The Kings Lynn-based charity has been supporting serving and veteran armed forces personnel for the last 10 years. The pair, supported by the SouthEast Hand-Cycle raised £667.10 ...

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Say Elloe to the Good Neighbours

A new Good Neighbours scheme has been officially launched to help people in the south of the district. The East Elloe Good Neighbours scheme is a group of volunteers aiming to help those that need it in Long Sutton, Sutton Bridge, Fleet and Tydd St Giles. And more potential volunteers are being urged to come forward in the area. It’s ...

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Red Arrow help for air ambulance auction

A day with the Red Arrows is the top prize being offered as the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance’s latest fundraiser. The LAACA Christmas Auction, launched by members of the Lincolnshire Air Ambulance Countryside Appeal (LAACA), opened on November 6 where bidders can win some fabulous prizes. They include a VIP day with the Red Arrows, relaxing breaks in stunning ...

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Give gifts and make a child’s Christmas

It’s the time of year when we ask our readers to dig deep and help make Christmas very special for local children who may otherwise miss out. Our annual Give a Gift campaign is being managed a little differently this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. To comply with government guidelines regarding the lockdown and social distancing we have less ...

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Call for district to scrub up

The call has gone out for more donations of materials to make scrubs for healthcare workers. Ella’s Project has been providing them as created by the Spalding branch of the For the Love of Scrubs and other needed items throughout the pandemic. The project is now again seeing an increase in the need for scrubs as cases of COVID-19 continue ...

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Santa hopes for sleigh ride

Spalding Lions are hoping their friend Santa will be able to visit South Holland – while keeping to all the pandemic rules. Every year members of the organisation accompany Santa on his visit to the area while raising money for their charity. Despite coronavirus there are plans for this year from December 6.Quadring, Cowbit, Donington, Gosberton, Surfleet, Pinchbeck, Weston, Moulton, ...

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Artists create poppy homage

A group of South Holland artists have joined forces to create a piece of artwork marking Remembrance Sunday. The Artists Incorporated group in Pinchbeck chose to use the poppy as theme for eight individual pieces which were put together to form the picture. The group usually meets at the Pinchbeck Hub and has been in existence for around five years. ...

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Recognition for emergency worker

A former firefighter has been thanked for his service after leaving for a career with the ambulance service. Until recently Errol Dunham served as a retained firefighter at Holbeach for 14 years. And it’s inspired him to train and take a full time position as a technician with East Midlands Ambulance Service. He was presented with a special commemorative axe ...

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Cheque out Masons’ latest donation

A group that provides horse riding sessions for disabled youngsters has had a boost thanks to the Freemasons. The local branch has donated £500 to the Fenland Riding for the Disabled Association. Tony Stanberry, from the St Godric Lodge 7517 in Spalding, presented the cheque recently to RDA volunteers including its chair Lynne Carroll. Mr Stanberry’s daughter Nicky Hastings, also ...

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Puzzle trail for Spalding game

Take part in a free interactive game on the streets of Spalding later this week. Based on an ‘escape room’ type theme, the Spalding Street Seekers game will be held for the first time on Thursday at 9am. The game will also repeat on Thursday, November 5 and Saturday, November 14 and is free to take part in. Participants will ...

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