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Surfleet villagers back tax rise for Glen Park

The majority of people at a Surfleet public meeting voted to add £12 a year to their Council Tax bill to support Glen Park. More than 100 people attended the meeting and now the charity SPARC which owns the facility says it expects the parish council to abide by the vote taken. A spokesman for SPARC said the parish precept ...

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Schoolchildren to help re-open Spalding Aldi store

A Spalding superstore is due to re-open its tomorrow (Thursday, September 28) after a refurbishment and extension. Children from St John the Baptist Primary will be part of the celebrations at Aldi on St Thomas Road when they help to officially cut the ribbon. The green-fingered pupils will receive a donation of gardening materials from the store to help maintain ...

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Weston St Mary school in special measures

A South Holland school has been put into special measures after Ofsted inspectors declared it inadequate. Weston St Mary Church of England Primary School has had six head teachers since 2014 and according to the report, fails its pupils. The school, which has 46 children on the roll, was inspected in July this year. “Leadership of the school is inadequate. ...

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Coffee, cake and charity at Macmillan’s Biggest Coffee Morning 2017

The only thing finer than coffee and cake is coffee and cake for a good cause. So choose your venue for the Macmillan Big Coffee Morning on Friday, September 29. Across the district, cafes, libraries and community hubs are hosting coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research. Pick your place and turn up for good food, a cup of ...

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Vintage shop with hair and make-up salon coming soon to Spalding

Dance tutors and events company Boston Jive continue to expand their retro offerings with the opening of a new shop in Spalding. Opening on Friday, October 6, Vera Rose House of Vintage is suitably decked out in 40s and 50s furniture and sells retro clothes in the boutique shop. There is also a hair and make-up salon and a the ...

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Book ahead for critically acclaimed independent films in Spalding

The latest South Holland Centre cinema programme has been released and features a selection of independent films chosen by the Lincolnshire One Venues (LOV) Young People’s Programme arts network. The cinema listings up to the start of December are now out. Alongside mainstream films such as The Emoji Movie, Victoria and Abdul and Murder on the Orient Express, LOVFilm Project ...

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Money awarded to help the homeless

An intensive programme of work to help 120 of the most vulnerable homeless people across Lincolnshire has been launched. The county-wide partnership ACTion Lincs has been set up to provide “life-changing support and tackle some of the most complex homelessness cases in Lincolnshire”, says a South Holland County Council spokesperson. ACTion Lincs pools nine district councils, Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation ...

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Firefighters scrub up and raise cash during charity car wash

Firefighters from Holbeach station turned their attention and hoses to the town’s dirty cars all in a good cause. The team spent Saturday in Tesco car park, Holbeach, washing cars and raising money for the National Firefighter’s Charity. The car wash raised £204 and was one of ten car wash events that took place across the county over the last ...

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Police tackle latest boy racer hotspots

Boy racers causing a nuisance in South Holland have been given a stark warning from Spalding police. Those causing trouble in the main hotspots – Spalding, Holbeach and Tydd St Mary – are under the watchful eye of the East Midlands Operational Support Service and they will be prosecuted if caught. The Support Service has traffic officers with specialist knowledge ...

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Donington parade to remember the fallen

A parade to remember the 1st Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers takes place in Donington on Sunday. The 1st Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers were billeted in Donington for nine months before departing for The Battle of Arnhem, known as Operation Market Garden and made famous by the film A Bridge Too Far. The parade will set off from the Market Place ...

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Plea for residents to support Surfleet’s Glen Park with £12 annual fee

Surfleet residents are being asked to foot a £12 rise in their Council Tax bill in an attempt to keep Glen Park running. The park committee has sent out letters asking villagers to attend a public meeting tonight (Thursday), where they will be able to vote on a proposed rise in the parish precept – the parish council’s part of ...

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Schoolgirl Molly is prize-winning poet

A Spalding schoolgirl has won a cash prize by taking top place in a county-wide poetry competition. Molly Hallissey (11) was in year six at St Norbert’s Primrary School when she wrote the poem for the Lincolnshire Chalk Streams Festival competition. She has since started at Spalding High School. Molly’s mum Liz, said when Molly found out she’d won the ...

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Parish School pupils rise to big workout challenge

Spalding Parish C of E Day School felt the positive results when they took up an excercise challenge set by Body Coach Joe Wicks, who was on a mission to get one million children exercising in one week. The 127 year five and six children from the Parish School, as well as the members of staff who also joined in, ...

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Suzanne celebrates 40 years hairdressing with Pinchbeck charity tea party

Hairdresser Suzanne Kinane-Waltham will celebrate 40 years of hairdressing with a charity tea party this Saturday (September 23). The event takes place at Killenaule Hair Studio, Knight Street, Pinchbeck. The party starts at 1.30pm and ends at 4.30. Entertainment on the day will include a raffle, tombola, a sweetie trolley, Pims, sandwiches and cakes. Suzanne says: “To all clients past ...

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Real ale campaigners CAMRA name South Holland’s best beer pubs

Four pubs in South Holland have been listed in the 2018 Good Beer Guide. They feature in the 45th edition of the Good Beer Guide, published by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Two pubs are highlighted as beer-lover destinations in the prestigious guide book, along with pubs in Donington and Gosberton Risegate. In Spalding, The Priors Oven and Drayman’s ...

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Holbeach Parish Council considers buying town’s empty library

Holbeach Parish Council is looking to move its headquarters and is considering the disused library in town as one option. The council is currently based at Coubro Chambers on West End in Holbeach. Considering options for a move, members discussed several options during the September council meeting. These included purchasing the old library, which became vacant in February. Lincolnshire County ...

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Exclusions down by half in Lincolnshire primary schools – but secondary school figures rise

A new strategy to tackle the rising rate of permanent exclusions in Lincolnshire’s schools has seen the number in primary schools drop by half to 24. However The Inclusive Lincolnshire Strategy – which was introduced to address the problem of a rising and unsustainable rate of permanent exclusions form Lincolnshire schools – has not been so successful in secondary schools. ...

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Great north runner sisters raise money for charity

Sisters Jasmin (24) and Laura Congreve (21) ran their longest race yet when they took part in The Great North Run in Newcastle, to raise money for charity. The sisters, who grew up in Gedney Hill, lost their mother six years ago. and now fundraise to raise awareness for the Anthony Nolan Trust. Laura said: “This is a charity very ...

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Tributes are paid to ‘energetic and enthusiastic’ Phil

Tributes have been paid to South Holland stalwart Phil Scarlett who died on Tuesday. Phil (65), of Sutton Bridge, had been fighting cancer for some time. He leaves wife Anne and daughter Natalie. Over the years Phil had been involved with many businesses and organisations. Most recently he was president of the Spalding and District Area Chamber of Commerce, non ...

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Auntie aiming to raise £50k to give her Cowbit niece with a rare syndrome the life she deserves

All-action auntie Victoria Darby is aiming to raise £50,000 for her Cowbit-based niece who was born with an extremely rare genetic disorder. Mia Clucas, who is the daughter of Victoria’s brother Andrew Clucas and his wife Nikki Clucas, is one of only a few hundred people in the world to have Coffin-Siris Syndrome (CSS). A random mutation in her SMARCB1 ...

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