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Church set to celebrate 150 years

Holbeach St Marks Church is celebrating its 150th birthday with two days of celebration starting Friday (September 21). The celebrations will be in full swing from noon to 5pm tomorrow and between 11am and 4pm on Saturday. Among the attractions will be a chance to see the original registers and log book which will provide a glimpse into the history ...

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West Pinchbeck Tractor Run from on high

The second annual West Pinchbeck Tractor Run took place this weekend – and a drone was there to capture the action from a different angle. On Sunday, September 9, a host of vintage vehicles set off from West Pinchbeck village hall, in a convoy that took in the local area before returning to enjoy the stalls and refreshments. Pictures by ...

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‘Pushing to the limit’ to send Riley on holiday

A Sutton Bridge boy who is recovering from brain cancer treatment will get a well-deserved holiday with funds raised by a country-spanning bike ride this Saturday. Family and friends of 11-year-old Riley Watts will set off from Wales in the early hours of Saturday morning and arrive back at Sutton Bridge on Saturday evening. The welcoming committee will be at ...

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Help for hospital treating teenager

Fundraisers are helping the children’s department of a Norfolk hospital where a Holbeach teenager is being treated for a debilitating condition. Asher Denman (14) was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease two years ago and has never been in remission. There are some days he has to drag himself to school after little sleep, but his family say he doesn’t let the ...

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Bears in the air at church

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? – No it was teddy bears falling from the sky in Quadring. Villagers aged from under five to over 80 took part in the regular sponsored Teddy Bear Jump on Saturday, September 8. While the church was open for a Heritage Open Day, those dropping the teddies aimed for a target on ...

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Piling up the pounds for charity

A number of those looking to lose weight have put their best foot forward to raise money for charity. Members of the Holbeach Slimming World group that meets on Mondays have collected £90 so far thanks to a Walk All Over Cancer event. The Holbeach group’s consultant, Mel Horscroft, said of the charity effort: “I’m so incredibly proud of my ...

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River Welland views inspire art competition

A display of the entrants of Spalding Arts and Crafts Society’s latest competition is currently taking place at Spalding Library. Members were asked to paint a scene of the River Welland between Crowland and Fosdyke. A spokesman for the group said: “We had 13 excellent entries showing the range of scenery the Welland has to offer.” You can vote for ...

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Crowds Celebrate Surfleet in style

Villagers came out in force to Celebrate Surfleet and raise money to go towards new defibrillators on Sunday. The annual fete and dog show drew the crowds for its eighth running at Surfleet Village Hall and Glen Park. There was fun for all the family with live entertainment throughout the day, a host of community stalls and fun and games ...

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Two centuries of church memories

A Spalding church is about to celebrate its 200th year and is asking for people to share their memories as part of the anniversary. United Reformed Church in Spalding brings up the double century next year and will be holding events throughout 2019 to celebrate. Ahead of the celebrations, church secretary Anne Mews has asked people to think back about ...

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Couple’s perfect 10 after weight loss crusade

A Crowland couple are celebrating having lost a combined almost ten stone in the last 18 months. Craig and Helen Walton, who have been married for nearly 20 years, say they’ve now become activity junkies as a result of shedding the pounds. The pair attend the Saturday morning Weight Watchers group at The Umbrella in Spalding, Helen having first joined ...

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Top talent rocks Pinchbeck charity show

This week might have seen the return of The X Factor, but the true talent was on stage in Pinchbeck for the Uptown’s Got Talent charity concert that raised more than £1,000. Organiser and Uptown Vinyl Records owner Alan Barnsdale said: “This was the first Uptown’s Got Talent showcase of local talent which proved a great success and the crowd ...

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Chips are up for Spalding charity

A fish and chip shop has helped a local charity that’s been hit by thieves. Westlode Fisheries on Westlode Street decided to donate 10 per cent of all its takings on Friday, August 24 to St Barnabas Hospice. It comes after its High Street charity shop and cafe was twice targeted by thieves last month, on the eve of week ...

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Q&A sessions over Pennygate Surgery future

Question and answer sessions are being held this week as patients prepare for the closure of Pennygate Surgery on Friday, September 7. South Lincolnshire Care Commission Group (CCG) is closing the practice after its general practitioner, Dr Azmeena Nathu, announced her retirement. Residents have called for the service to remain open after it was revealed Dr Nathu, who owns the ...

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South Holland mentors sought for convicted women

Lincolnshire Action Trust (LAT) is appealing for women to volunteer to help “females with convictions”. The charity, which provides support and advice to people with convictions and their families, is in need of some more volunteer mentors – especially for its dedicated women’s service. Set up in January 2017, the service helps LAT’s female clients and aims to reconnect them ...

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Helping young people reach new heights in Holbeach

Youngsters are missing out on a host of activities on their doorstep, the commanding officer of an air cadet squadron that’s been going since 1947 has said. The 2430 (Holbeach) Squadron’s commanding officer flight lieutenant Keith Bates (59) has been involved with the air cadets since he was 13-years-old and he’s disappointed so many people are missing out on what ...

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Chance to perform at Spalding Pumpkin Parade with free samba class

Samba, the irresistible Latin style of music that can’t help but shake hips, is coming to Spalding with free lessons starting this month. Experts and beginners alike are welcome to take part in the sessions, and the group’s first outing will come at this year’s Spalding Pumpkin Parade on Friday, October 12. “No previous experience is necessary, just a willingness ...

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Dishonoured in Hong Kong

A Hong Kong man who visited South Holland last month has taken a copy of home-grown action movie Dishonoured back to Asia with him as a memento. The film, written by and starring Holbeach Film Company’s Stephan Genovese, was influenced by 80s and 90s action cinema, a genre that was forged in Hong Kong by directors such as John Woo ...

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Saddling up as a thanks for Joshua

A special cycle ride is to be held to thank Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for its treatment of a young Deeping St Nicholas boy who was born with a hole in his heart. Joshua Lawson was just six weeks old when his family were told of the condition in 2014. It meant young Joshua needed open heart surgery, which ...

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Little Miracles take-off

A family fun day organised by Little Miracles Charity raised more than £600. The event, at the Fun Farm, Weston, was organised at short-notice for the charity which only opened a branch in the area a month ago. Despite some last-minute hitches and blustery weather, which meant inflatables couldn’t be used, the event earlier this month was hailed a success ...

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Pride as University Academy Holbeach GCSE grades continue to improve

The principle of University Academy Holbeach has praised his school’s pupils and listed a host of subjects that have this year seen improvement. Stood on the first floor stairwell and proudly overlooking the pupils opening their results, principle Steve Baragwanath said: “I’m very proud and very pleased with all the kids. “We’ve got some 8s and 9s, I’m pleased with ...

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