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Charity match kicks-off for hospice

A charity football match is being held on Saturday to raise money for St Barnabas Hospice at Holbeach United. The game will be in memory of Jonathon Britton who was a keen footballer and played for Holbeach United A Social Club and reserve teams until he was diagnosed with a rare cancer in 2010 at the age of 34. He ...

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Local runners raise thousands at London Marathon

Marathon runners from South Holland joined the crowds in London at the weekend and raised thousands of pounds for charity. Spalding runner Trevor Darnes clocked an impressive 3hrs 48mins for his first marathon in the capital. The environmental health officer for Fenland District Council also raised around £6,000 for Neuroblastoma UK. His daughter Ashleigh, 21, had the childhood cancer as ...

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Working theme for village flower festival

Moulton Chapel Methodist Church’s annual Flower Festival opens its doors today (Thursday, May 2). This year’s theme is “Working Day and Night” and, as ever, there will be a host of fantastic floral displays as well as stalls and refreshments on offer. The annual Village Parade take place at 3pm on Sunday May 5 and the church will be open ...

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Hair today, gone tomorrow for Barber Shoppe owner

He’s used to cutting other people’s hair, but the owner of a Spalding barbers has raised over £100 by having his own dramatic hair cut. Alan Mackey, of The Barber Shoppe in New Road, took on the shave to raise money for men’s mental health charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably). Thanks to donations through the shop, he was able ...

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Poetry and singing at care home’s Easter event

A Spalding care home raised £142.20 for the residents comfort fund when it held a special Easter event last Monday. The Rt Rev Robert Gillion, Assistant Bishop of Lincoln, attended the event at St John’s Care Home and members of the residents’ choir and poetry club sang hymns, read Easter poems and shared Easter memories. Stephanie Lamont helped organise and ...

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Battling daughter’s 21st birthday inspires dad’s marathon run

Celebrating his daughter’s 21st birthday prompted a Spalding man to sign-up for the London Marathon and raise cash for a cause close to their hearts. Ashleigh Darnes had only a 20 per cent chance of surviving a life-threatening childhood cancer when she was two years old. Her case of neuroblastoma was very severe and it spread from her kidney to ...

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Charity ‘stunned’ by sisters

A group that helps people with dementia were ‘absolutely stunned’ after two sisters donated over £1,000 they had raised. Marilyn Inglis and Anna Hodgson held a fantastically attended New Year’s Eve Party in Donington in aid of Tonic Health’s Movement 4 Memory Dementia Cafewhere their mum Brenda Hodgson attends. When Anna turned 70 last year, they also asked for donations ...

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Men’s Shed helps man’s recovery

The benefits of joining the Men’s Shed organisation has been highlighted by a South Holland man who was supported by members during cancer treatment. His wife died two years ago and the man, who wishes to remain anonymous, joined the Long Sutton branch of the charity which was established in 2017 and meets three times a week. During last year ...

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Egg hunt was a grand day out

Over 1,000 people had an egg-cellent time in the sun at Ayscoughfee Hall on Good Friday, raising more than a grand for charity. In total 420 young people and their families hunted the historic gardens to earn a chocolate in the Macmillan Easter Egg Hunt. Together with a host of games a total of £1,127 was raised for the charity ...

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Charity ball raises money and smiles

An Irish Ball organised as a charity birthday bash has smashed its target for a cancer charity by raising more than £5,500. “We did it, smashed my target,” said organiser and birthday girl, Elaine Allen from Spalding. Elaine, who is celebrating her ninth year in remission from cancer, marked her 50th birthday with the ball. “Thanks to all of you ...

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Coffee group gets on board

A group that encourages the elderly and retired of Whaplode to get together for a cuppa, were making waves recently. Those that attend the regular Coffee Pot group which meets on Wednesday mornings in the village were among the first this season to enjoy Spalding’s Water Taxi. The regular attraction between the town and Springfields is back running for 2019. ...

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Get quizzical for school fence bid

Supporters of a Spalding school are getting quizzical in a bid to help it beat the vandals. St Paul’s Primary School has suffered damage to its outdoor equipment on several occasions in recent months. It’s led to The Friends of St Paul’s Community Primary and Nursery School to try to raise enough money to fund £3,000 security fencing. The group ...

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Care company goes mad

The head office of a company that provides home care in Lincolnshire went mad for a day last Friday, all in aid of charity. Staff at Libertas Reablement, which is based at Apex Court in Pinchbeck, held a day-long Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in aid of Parkinson’s UK. They dressed as their favourite characters from Alice in Wonderland as well ...

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Go-Ride scheme gets boost

Spalding Cycling Club has had a £600 cash boost for the Go Ride scheme which aims to get children interested in cycling. Ten South Holland District Council members donated money from their budgets for the scheme and a total of £600 was handed over to the club’s John Wallis, who is hoping to become a Go Ride coach. A spokesman ...

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Huge cancer donations from the people of Crowland

Crowland Cancer Fund has held its annual presentation evening and gave £30,000 raised during the previous year to various cancer related charities. A spokesman said: “Despite the fact that our furniture warehouse closed in August, which reduced our earning ability, the total sum given away was £30,000 which was given in equal amounts to the following: Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall ...

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Villagers to battle with Parliament

The Parliamentarians are set to invade Sutton St James, all for the parish church. On the May Bank Holiday of 4, 5 and 6 May, members of the Sealed Knot re-enactment group will be occupying the village to re-create the role its men played in the English Civil War. In 1643, a number from Sutton St James stood standing alongside ...

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Groups for those with diabetes to be set up in Spalding and Long Sutton

Two new peer support groups for people living with diabetes and their friends and family are opening their doors. The Diabetes UK groups will be run in Spalding and Long Sutton by Hayley Gedney, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2017. The groups will meet monthly offering support, information and advice to anyone affected by diabetes or interested ...

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Geoff Capes to referee South Lincolnshire’s Strongest competition in Holbeach

A strength and endurance competition will be held in Holbeach this summer – and slots are now open for sign-ups. South Lincolnshire’s Strongest 2019 takes place at Carter’s Park on July 7 from 10am. The event, organised by the town’s Royals Gym, will be held during the popular Holbeach Food Fair and will be refereed by former World’s Strongest Man ...

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Rotary offers blood pressure tests

South Holland residents are being invited for a free health check that could help prevent a stroke. On Saturday, April 13, Spalding’s South Holland Centre will host Spalding Rotary Club and Stroke Association’s day of free blood pressure checks. A Rotary spokesman said of the day: “Blood pressures will be taken by health professionals who can give advice if there ...

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Half a million funding boost for arts projects

A £500,000 funding boost for the arts in South Holland and Boston has been announced. The long-running Transported programme will continue with funding from Arts Council England, which has announced the extension of six Creative People and Places schemes. Now in its seventh year, the Transported programme is a community-focused project creating more opportunities for people in the Lincolnshire area ...

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