Community

Plan in place to keep children’s ward open at Pilgrim Hospital

Childrens and maternity services will be maintained at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital, the Board of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) has today agreed despite fears staff shortages would lead to closure. Today the ULHT board agreed to move towards an interim model for the services, which sees women and children who present to Pilgrim continuing to be seen and assessed ...

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Spalding waves the flag for our armed forces

Pupils from Spalding’s St John’s Primary School, military personnel and veterans attended a flag raising ceremony to mark Armed Forces Day. South Holland District Council hosted the event at its Priory Road offices on Monday. South Holland District Council Chairman Rodney Grocock said: “It was fantastic to see such a large and diverse turnout for the event, bringing together people ...

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Hundreds ‘give it a go’

Almost 500 people went to the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field on Sunday to a ‘Give it a Go’ event. The event, part of South Holland District Council’s SHout and About health and wellbeing campaign and the Great Get Together weekend in memory of Jo Cox MP, gave people the opportunity to try a new sport or activity for free, ...

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Crowland’s 40th show a success

The 40th Crowland Show proved one of the most popular in recent years, attracting more than 2,000 people. Profits, often totalling around £1,500, are donated to community causes. This year a free ‘Party in the Park’ is being planned for September 8, 2pm-10pm at Snowden Field. Crowland Show Committee deputy chairman Helen Turpin said: “We’d like to thank all our ...

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Sunny Long Sutton Horse and Pony Show

Show jumping made a return to the programme at this year’s annual Long Sutton Horse and Pony Show. There were four rings and 37 classes at this year’s event as well as a family dog show, including a dog agility ring, rally and scurry. Ring Four was dedicated to have-a-go jumping with a mixture of show jumps and working hunter ...

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Pride Awards 2018 Nomination Form

Download the nomination form for the 2018 Pride of South Holland awards here and email it back to us at news@spaldingvoice.co.uk Nomination Form (.docx format) This year’s categories are: Caring Neighbour, sponsored by Regent Bingo. Senior Citizen, sponsored by Calthrops Solicitors. Community Hero, sponsored by Coun Angela Newton. Special Achievement, sponsored by Springfields. Community Sports Group, sponsored by Coun Harry ...

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Springfields Adventure Land to open with a weekend of family fun

The long-awaited new funpark at Springfields Outlet will open at the end of June. On Saturday, June 30, Springfields Outlet will open its highly anticipated new leisure destination, Adventure Land. To celebrate, there will be a full programme of family-friendly activities and entertainment across the whole weekend. At 11am on Saturday, Coronation Street actress Samia Longchambon, aka Samia Ghadie (Maria ...

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Garden party this Saturday in bid to launch new women’s group

A garden party for women is being held this Saturday by a Whaplode lady who is looking to launch a new group she’s called She Shed. Pamela Medwren says she wants to open a ladies version of the Men in Sheds groups set up as an attempt to avoid loneliness where people can come together to learn skills and take ...

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Colourful station donation hung

Spalding Railway Station has been given a splash of colour in time for summer thanks to the donation of 21 hanging baskets. Spalding Station Adoption Team member Kevin Mothers said after reading an appeal for plants in The Voice, David Ball and Richard Priestley from Neame Lea Nursery in Spalding asked if they could help and provided a colourful collection ...

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Jordan lands his Gold Wings

A Spalding Air Cadet has earned his “Gold Wings”. Cadet Warrant Officer Jordan Bertolaso (19), recently returned from Tayside Aviation in Dundee where he successfully completed the Air Cadet Pilot Scheme, a 12-hour flying scholarship, The course provides flying experience in the Aquila A211 aircraft with the end goal to be the cadet flying solo. Students must learn the principles ...

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Future calling for phone box

A disused iconic red phone box in Crowland has begun a journey to its second calling. The phone box was disconnected by BT years ago and the telecoms company sold it to the Crowland Parish Council adoption committee for £1. The out of town phone box has suffered at the hands of vandals lately so this weekend was removed, will ...

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Walk to highlight wild medicine

To celebrate Herbal Medicinal Week a group set up to promote the medicinal qualities of plants is running a special riverside walk this weekend in Spalding. The Fenland Natural Health Group is hosting the Wild Medicine River Walk which leaves Ayscoughee Hall at 2.30pm on Sunday, June 24. The mile long walk which last roughly an hour is one of ...

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South Holland police dish out dirt from raids

Soil found on South Holland Police drugs raids has been donated to three local schools. Unopened bags of soil seized on the raids have been donated to Wygate Academy, Spalding Primary School and St Paul’s County Primary School to be used in school gardens. The idea came from PCSO Tim Nicholls who hand-delivered the soil to the schools. It’s the ...

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Share in the big beerfest benefits

The 2018 Spalding Beer and Music Festival has raised more than £20,000 – and wants to share that among local youth organisations. In a statement online, Spalding Beer and Music Festival organiser Sam Nundy said: “After finalising this year’s accounts we are delighted to announce that this year’s festival raised just over £20,000.” “Thank you to everyone who sponsored, donated, ...

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Holbeach Town and Country Fayre is a record breaker

Organisers hailed last weekend’s Holbeach Town and Country Fayre a record breaker. The event, in its 24th year, attracted more than 800 visitors to Kings Field on Saturday and up to 2,000 Sunday. Colin Newell, committee vice chairman, said: “It went brilliantly and smashed all records. It is the best year we have had. It makes all the hard work ...

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Labour leader, Pub Landlord and MP back Moulton man’s nuclear medal bid

A Moulton man’s campaign for medals to be awarded to nuclear test veterans has received big-name backing. Douglas Hern (81), is the historian for the British Nuclear Test Veterans (BNTVA) and has been a driving force in the group’s campaign for recognition for the damage suffered as a result of exposure to radiation. The cause was furthered this week with ...

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Remarkable Alan soars into service

After not flying since he helped oversee the Japanese surrender in Singapore in 1945, Alan Barkes was back in the air for the second time in a few weeks last weekend to attend a special ceremony. Despite the Leading Aircraftsman’s services in Burma during World War Two, the 97-year-old had never been invited to the annual Project Propeller memorial event ...

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South Holland Community Wardens set out

Two community wardens paid for with money from a “controlling migration” grant have started work. The wardens, whose roles were created after South Holland District Council bid for £127,000 from the government’s Controlling Migration scheme, will perform uniformed patrols in South Holland in a bid to develop safer and stronger communities. A spokesman for the council said: “The scheme aims ...

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Tommy guards first war grave in Holbeach

After a successful appeal to raise money for a ‘Tommy’ sculpture to commemorate the First World War, the specially commissioned steel soldier has been posted at his first grave. Tommy now stands at the grave of Robert Diss of the Lincolnshire Regiment in Holbeach Cemetery. Mr Diss died on October 7, 1915. Spokesman Michael Brett said: “So far we have ...

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A good show at charity event

Dogs of all shapes and sizes competed for prizes at a charity dog show. Two charities joined forces for the Fun Dog Show, with Spalding Hospice Foundation and Guide Dogs benefiting from the event. The event was held at Unique Cottage Studio at Low Fulney and raised almost £1,000 for the two causes. A spokesman for the event said the ...

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