Community

Damning Ofsted report of Long Sutton school

Peele Community College in Long Sutton has been rated ‘inadequate’ in six out of six categories in a recent Ofsted inspection – but has set out a statement of intent to improve. The school released a statement saying it is “disappointed” by its recent ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating but is “confident the school can build on its strengths” to move out ...

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Spalding Special school remains ‘outstanding’

A Spalding special school has retained its ‘outstanding’ status following a short Ofsted inspection last month. The Garth School on Pinchbeck Road was judged outstanding in June 2015 and after the February’s visit, retains its status. The Ofsted report praised many areas of the school, including the high level of care pupils receive and the school’s governance as a whole. ...

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Holbeach St Johns carers aim for new heights

Five members of staff from a Holbeach St Johns nursing home are set to climb Snowdon to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. Carers Belinda Rivett, Danielle Cooper, Kayleigh Elleray, Jodie Clayton and Sarah Mason who work at Beechlodge in Frog’s Abbey Gate, are looking to raise £1,000 by climbing 1,085m to the summit of Wales’ highest mountain in June. ...

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Learn like an Egyptian at St John’s

It’s been a busy month for Years Two and Three and St John the Baptist C of E Primary School in Spalding with The Great Fire of London and the Egyptians on their agendas. Year Two have been studying the 1666 fire and shared everything they had learned in a presentation to parents. They were also treated to a visit ...

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‘I feel like the luckiest person in the world’ – Brain tumour inspires Paralympic bid

An inspirational mum of two who had a brain tumour removed last week says she feels like “the luckiest person in the world” after launching a bid to compete for her country at the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo. Just last Friday, Ginny Gray (41), of Sutton St James, was in hospital for the successful life-saving operation to remove the 4cm ...

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2020 vision for local dentists

It’s back to square one in terms of attracting much-needed NHS dentists to South Holland, with May 2020 a new target for more to be opened in the area. After two dentists failed to open as planned in January citing problems with recruitment, NHS England has again called out for practices to open in the area. However it’s been warned ...

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Charity ball full of musical magic

The annual Two Lips ball took place on Saturday, and organisers expect the charity extravaganza raised more than £5,000 on the night. The ball is the seventh of its kind organised by the Rotary Club of Spalding and Welland and took place at Springfields Exhibition Centre last Saturday. More than 200 people attended this year’s event, which raised money for ...

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GALLERY: Duke of Kent opens Spalding’s new war memorial

The Duke of Kent was in Spalding this morning (Wednesday) to officially open the town’s new Second World War Memorial at Ayscoughfee Gardens. The Duke arrived by helicopter and then attended a service at The Parish Church of Saint Mary and Saint Nicolas. From there he braved the bracing wind to head to Ayscoughfee for the unveiling. A large crowd ...

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Firefighter’s long service award

A Spalding man has been thanked for nearly 21 years of firefighting in his spare time. Rick Hare (48) has racked up more than two decades as a retained fire fighter with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue while also holding a full-time job. The father of three and granddad to one currently also works as a section leader at Bakkavor as ...

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Dementia Café opens

The Crowland Dementia café got off to a successful start on Thursday, March 7 with more than 50 people in attendance. The project is a collaboration between Spalding community health and well-being Charity Tonic Health, Abbeyview Surgery, Crowland and Crowland Cares. Michael Morris, Chairman of Trustees of Tonic Health said: “We are delighted to bring the dementia café to Crowland ...

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Fire cadets set to start in town

South Holland is to get its first branch of the Fire Cadets at Spalding Fire Station. Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Fire Cadets will offer young people aged 12 to 17 in the area the opportunity to learn essential fire safety skills, firefighting skills and get involved in community based activities. A Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue statement says participation also “aims to actively ...

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Get ready for a Spring Clean

The dates for The Great British Spring Clean events in South Holland have been revealed. As stated previously in The Voice, South Holland District Council’s Pride team is getting on board with the national campaign. It has organised dates across South Holland, and you can join the team to help with making your area look sparkling. The dates of community ...

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Red Nose Day fun planned

This Friday is Comic Relief Red Nose Day and like every year that’s gone before, there will be a whole lot of fun fundraising going on. One group that will be out in force is the Spalding and District U3A (University of the Third Age). Members will be outside The Red Lion at Market Place in Spalding on Friday from ...

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Platinum party for pensioners

A special event for the pensioners of Quadring has celebrated its 70th anniversary. The Senior Citizen Party took place recently at the village’s Church Hall. It has been held every year since 1949 after being set-up by a group that organised events for the community following the end of World War Two. Though the group itself has long since stopped ...

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New group clicks all the right boxes

A new social group to bring Holbeach ladies together has launched. Clicked-in (which stands for Companionship, Laughter, Inclusion, Creative, Kindness, Enjoyment, Dreams, Improving Negativity) is a social group for women aged over 18. The group that will meet every Friday in the Reading Rooms has been set up to allow women to get together and spend time alongside several guests. ...

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Battle for Alethia (10) and her family

A Spalding businesswoman is running her first ever marathon to help the family of a ten-year-old girl battling illness. Monika Todd will be pounding the streets of the capital for the London Marathon next month and has extra motivation to succeed. She is raising money for Alethia Greenfield who is waiting for a vital appointment at Great Ormond Street Hospital ...

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Blooming great fundraisers

Two young people gave up their weekend to raise money for six hours of nursing care for someone local with cancer. Elizabeth (6) and Victoria Hammond (3) joined mum Hannah in collecting for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal. The pair collected over £122. Elizabeth said: “I have been helping my mummy since I was a baby and now my best ...

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Santa’s helpers get donations from Rotary

South Holland organisations that helped the Rotary Club with its Santa Sleigh rounds this Christmas have been given donations at a presentation night. At Woodlands Hotel in Spalding, Jon Martin, President Elect of the Rotary Club of South Holland South Holland, presented donations to representatives from the following groups: Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Spalding Rugby Football Club, 5th Spalding ...

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Moulton Ladies help good causes

A mums’ group that’s been going for over 30 years has helped seven local good causes. Moulton Ladies raised £700 over the past year through events and, as with every year, they nominated charities, groups and organisations to receive the cash. This year’s nominated good causes that received cheques were Tonic Health and Dementia, Abbeygate, Moulton Community Association, Mia, Charlie ...

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Holbeach man Kev gears up for charity ride

A Holbeach motorbike enthusiast is set to ride the entire length of the British Isles in just one day raising money for two charities. In May, Kev Howard is to ride his 1250 Suzuki 800 miles from John O’Groats to Lands’ End within 24 hours. He’s doing it for the Holbeach and East Elloe Hospital Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support. ...

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