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Spalding Speed Watch action date set

Volunteers willing to give up their time in a bid to reduce speeding in South Holland are invited to attend the group’s first action force meeting for Spalding. The town will recruit a group of Speed Watch volunteers and you can register an interest at the meeting on Monday, February 25, at the Castle Sports Complex at 6pm. Rural co-ordinator ...

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Breast screening unit at Johnson for Gosberton patients

Patients registered at a Gosberton GP surgery are being invited for breast screening at a mobile unit in South Holland later this month. The United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s (ULHT) Lincolnshire Breast Screening Service will be inviting women registered with Gosberton Medical Centre to attend an appointment on the mobile unit, which will be based at the Johnson Hospital in ...

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Royal to unveil Spalding’s new war memorial

The Duke of Kent is set to unveil the new Spalding World Two War Memorial in a ceremony next month. The Queen’s cousin will be at Ayscoughfee Hall on March 13 as the new memorial to those that lost their lives in the conflict is unveiled. Around £60,000 is being raised by the Spalding World War Two Memorial group set ...

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‘Let’s join forces to beat the fly-tippers’

A new community action group is aiming to tackle the blight of fly-tipping around Spalding. Launched on Facebook, Fly-tipping Watch Spalding and Locality has already attracted huge interest and will send all reports to South Holland District Council. It has been started off the back of the success of a similar site for the Boston area. Founder Mark Douglass said ...

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Donations lead to new scanner

A brand new scanner that it’s hoped will improve waiting times at Johnson Hospital is up and running thanks to charity funds. The £26,000 ultrasound scanner has been purchased by the hospital’s League of Friends partly with donations from the thousands raised by the Johnson Hospital Ball. The Venous Ablation machine can look at veins and arteries and as it’s ...

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Thanks all round at Pilgrimage Fund awards night

Fantastic donations were the highlights as the Anglia Motel Pilgrimage Fund held its annual awards evening on Saturday, February 2 to say thank-you to those who have helped out. For the past few decades the group has funded veterans to travel to Normandy to pay respects to the fallen, particularly around D-Day. Organiser and hotel owner Harold Payne put on ...

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Ball will build up funds for charities

Motown tribute act The New Foundations will provide the base for raising money for local charities as an annual event returns. The Rotary Club of Spalding and Welland’s annual Two Lips Charity Ball returns for a seventh year at Springfields Exhibition Centre on Saturday, March 16. The black tie event has raised thousands for local charities over the years and ...

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Police sergeant steps into role

The new Neighbourhood Sergeant for Spalding says rural crimes and the increasing problems of gangs are among the top issues he’s working on in the area. Sergeant Rick Mosley has been in the position since December. The 51-year-old was born in Canada but came to this country with his English mum when young. After growing up in Nottinghamshire he spent ...

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Say thank you with a hamper

A district councillor and a charity worker have clubbed together to create a great way to say ‘thank you’. Coun Tracey Carter and Chosen charity manager Samantha Flavell have joined forces this month to launch ‘Pamper Hampers’. Tracey said the concept was developed between them over the Christmas period. She said they both noticed “how generous local people were to ...

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Power of darts to help hospital at Spalding charity event

Darts legend Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor will be taking to the oche to raise money for Spalding’s Johnson Hospital later this year. He will be joined by top names Wayne Mardle, Joe Cullen and Jonny Clayton at the special event in September. The line-up will be hugely popular with darts fans from across the area. Organised by the team which ...

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Toasting 18-years of walks

Real ale lovers returned to Surfleet recently for an annual tradition that began in the village. The Fenland Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) began their annual walks in Surfleet 18-years-ago. Since then the members have met monthly at different pubs around South Lincolnshire on a Sunday. The recent Anniversary Walk saw 22 members take in establishments including ...

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Petition started after remains of Donington explorer discovered

A campaign has been launched to bring the remains of one of Britain’s greatest explorers back to his home village of Donington. Captain Matthew Flinders was the first person to lead the circumnavigation of Australia at the turn of the 19th century. His grave had been lost, but last week a coffin with an inscription on it claiming it to ...

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Bike show is a winter warmer

Motorcycle fans had the chance to meet champion riders at a show held over the weekend in Spalding. Steve Plater joined Brad Ray and Dean Harrison at the Springfields events and conference centre for the two day event. Club riders, vintage bikes and model-makers were all part of the 33rd annual Springfields Motorbike Show which highlighted its green credentials with ...

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From BAM to SLAM: a new name for bikers’ safety

A motorcycle safety charity has revealed its new name and reiterated its pledge to help fellow riders stay safe. Registered charity Boston Advanced Motorists (BAM) has been working tirelessly to improve road safety in South Lincolnshire, so its changed its name to South Lincolnshire Advanced Motorists (SLAM) to reflect its reach. “In reality, the group has been covering the whole ...

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Cheers – Beer festival plans given the go-ahead by councillors

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Spalding Beer and Music Festival will return in 2019 after councillors today granted the event a temporary licence. The event run by the town’s Round Table has raised tens of thousands for local charities in the last three years. But this year’s festival had been placed in doubt after South Holland District Council’s Environmental Health team objected to the awarding ...

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Desert trek will help air crews

A Spalding police officer who was rescued by an air ambulance is walking more than 60 miles across a desert to raise money for the charity. Sarah Draper was airlifted to hospital when she fell off her bike on a cycling holiday in Derbyshire in 2011. It was feared she had serious injuries as her bike helmet had split in ...

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Council objects to Spalding beer festival

Plans for a major fundraising Spalding beer festival could be stumbling as officials have objected to a licence application. The town’s Round Table has raised around £50,000 for local charities over the last three years and plans for this year’s event are already well under way. The festival has been held at the Castle Sports Complex and attracted thousands of ...

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Big boost for Spalding street pastors

South Holland District Council has donated £6,000 to the Spalding Street Pastors. Street Pastor coordinator Marion Sandhu expressed her gratitude and said the funding will help secure the service for the foreseeable future. Spalding Street Pastors patrol the town centre every Friday and Saturday night, and have done so since July 2013. Volunteers from local churches, the street pastors are ...

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Safety charity at Spalding’s weekend motorbike show

A local road safety charity is gearing up for this weekend’s Springfields Motorbike Show and aims to help bikers keep safe. The volunteers from Boston Advanced Motorcyclists (BAM) will be delivering their “Be Better – Be Safe” message to the area’s motorcyclist complete with special show offers including a £50 cashback for those that sign up and then complete the ...

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Changes in stroke care at Boston’s Pilgrim hospital

Stroke victims in South Holland who would normally be treated at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston will face a longer trip alternate weekends from February. At both weekends and Bank Holidays from next month, one specialist stroke team will alternate its time between the Pilgrim and the Lincoln Hospital. A report to Lincolnshire County Council states that United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS ...

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