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Hundreds of toys gifted for appeal

Driving to Folkestone and back twice is among the fantastic efforts from our amazing readers in helping those less fortunate have a Christmas to remember. The Spalding and South Holland Voice teamed up with We’ll Let Your House director Harry Drury to launch the Give A Gift appeal and since then readers have been leaving gifts at drop-off points across ...

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Festive plans for the Holbeach Hospital

Holbeach Hospital is getting itself well and truly in the Christmas spirit with a range of events over the coming days. The community facility will be holding a Festive Friday this week with everyone encouraged to wear that fantastic Christmas jumper lurking at the back of the wardrobe. There will also be a cake sale and some busking and a ...

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New Tommy stands tall in Holbeach cemetery

Thanks to the generosity of Holbeach residents and businesses there is a new ‘Tommy’ standing guard in the cemetery. The second Tommy arrived after Remembrance Sunday and joins his comrade already in place at the grave of someone who died in World War I. The silhouette outlines of soldiers from the era were sold by a charity organisation to mark ...

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Market house is full of festive fun

Market House in Long Sutton will become a winter wonderland full of the festive food and gifts at the Long Sutton Festive Feast. The event takes place this Sunday, December 9, and is sheltered from the elements inside the historic building. Entry is free and the event runs from 10am to 3pm, with live music and more. Nine local businesses ...

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Christmas cheer at Spalding children’s choir competition

The heartwarming sound of children singing filled a Spalding church during its annual choir competition. On Friday, November 30, St Mary’s and St Nicolas Church hosted the Christmas School Choir Competition and 11 schools took part singing Christmas songs. With t-shirts that spelled out a festive message from the school, St Paul’s Community Primary School took the top spot, leaving ...

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Baytree backs Give a Gift appeal

The Give A Gift Appeal has received a huge boost this week thanks to Weston’s Baytree Garden Centre donating 300 presents. The gifts will be added to scores of amazing presents given by our generous readers, ensuring children who wouldn’t normally get a present will have a happier Christmas. Harry Drury, of We’ll Let Your House, said: “I would like ...

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Win £100 for your special friend with our Festive Pets competition

Festive Pets is back and now is your chance send a photo of your pet in Christmas finery. Last year’s winner, Frank, received a £100 voucher from competition sponsor Rooke’s Pet Products. You can win the same this year by sending in a picture of your pet, not just cats and dogs, to the Voice. We will publish all the ...

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Freemasons boost air ambulance

Freemasons in Lincolnshire have helped give the air ambulance that serves the county a lift. Members of the group have donated £4,000 to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance to help keep it running. David Wheeler, the Lincolnshire Freemasonry’s provincial grand master, said: “We all hope never to need the valuable support of the air ambulance, but tragedy can strike ...

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Whaplode Christmas bingo cash delight

There was plenty to celebrate at the bingo earlier this month. The total raised by Phyllis Baxter at Whaplode Village Hall saw a cheque for £576.60 presented to the village hall funds. “Many players were wearing Christmas jumpers and it was lovely. It made it go so well and everyone got a free mince pie and all the prizes were ...

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Chance to make a cat’s Christmas

Spalding Cats Protection League is hoping South Holland residents can help make Christmas for the animals in their care. The organisation was so overwhelmed by the amount of contributions collected by the Spalding Voice last year, that it is hoping to repeat the result this Christmas. Staff and volunteers have had a really busy year, with more cats and kittens ...

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Spalding community worker makes awards finals

A Spalding community worker who saved a group for lung disease sufferers has been honoured. Suzanne Wills had been involved in the Spalding Happy Breathers COPD group as part of her job with Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service. Funding for the group ended in the summer but Suzanne has carried on as a volunteer in her own time to keep ...

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Donors help raise cash for Spalding charity shop

Two anonymous donors are helping Spalding’s Sue Ryder Bookshop with two ‘extraordinary’ donations. The first item handed to the shop in The Crescent is a brand new Hornby 00 gauge model locomotive called ‘Thorpe Hall’ – which is the location of the charity’s hospice in Peterborough. “The donor deliberately presented us with this item because he was hopeful that the ...

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Spalding store’s hamper appeal

Staff at Spalding Travel are hoping you can pack for other people as they’re looking to provide Christmas Hampers for those most in need. Its parent company Holiday With Us Group are working with charities Agape and Salvation Army to provide extra festive cheer to disadvantaged families. The hampers will be packed with items such as Christmas goodies, food, toys ...

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Lions are planning Santa’s South Holland timetable

Spalding Lions have announced dates for this year’s Santa visits in the area. The charity will also be holding its static sleigh collection in Spalding. The dates and locations for visits are: Monday, December 3, Donington: Park Lane, Gleed Avenue, Church View Close, Church Street, Main Road, Church Lane, Browntoft Lane, Manchester Way, Badgate Lane, Crosslands, Mill Lane, Mallards Reach, ...

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Give gifts and make a child’s Christmas

It’s the time of year when we ask our readers to dig deep and help make Christmas very special for local children who may otherwise miss out. The Spalding Voice office is a collection point for the annual Give a Gift Campaign and we are hoping to pack the office with toys galore. “Having founded the campaign seven years ago ...

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Lincolnshire A&E waits are the worst in the country

Accident and emergency waiting time figures for the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust are the worst in the country. Figures released earlier this week show that the trust achieved just 67.2 per cent in the maximum four hour wait target for A&E. This put it at the bottom of the pile of 130 trusts with an A&E department and it hasn’t ...

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Pudsey piles up the pounds at Greggs

Hundreds of pounds was raised at Applegreen Services in Spalding on Thursday when Children in Need mascot bear Pudsey stopped by and spent the morning outside rattling a collection bucket. A spokesman for Greggs said £220 was raised during the morning’s collection alone. The Greggs store had been fundraising for Children in Need all week, with a stall by the ...

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Posh’s Peter Burrow hops across the county border to visit children in Spalding and Cowbit

Peter Burrow, the big rabbit mascot of Peterborough United football club, aka Posh, stopped off at schools in Cowbit and Spalding as part of the The Peterborough United Schools Initiative. All of the pupils at the school received a free ticket to watch the football team play. and another ticket to take along a parent or carer. Press Officer Phil ...

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Mission accomplished for former Royal Marine’s charity push

A Holbeach gym owner has raised almost £1,000 for RBL and Royal Marines Charity by completing a Centenery Challenge that took almost 10 hours of gruelling physical pain. Former Royal Marine Sam started at 6am on Friday and for the next nine hours and 54 minutes, people dropped in to donate and cheer him on as he attempted to run ...

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Plucking brilliant charity haul

A sell-out charity concert by the Ukelele Orchestra of Spalding raised an astonishing £4,000 for charity. Several members of orchestra went back to the South Holland Centre venue to present the impressive amount to the East Midlands Alzheimer’s Society last week. The orchestra members covered the cost of hiring the venue and the services of the centre staff, to ensure ...

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