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Amazing Alfie (2) walks 27 miles to help other families like his

An incredible two-year-old who has fought off a host of medical issues has completed a 27-mile sponsored walk. Alfie Barraclough, of Holbeach, has raised over £1,000 for the charity Bliss which helps the family of premature or sick babies such as himself. Alfie was born 12 weeks premature, weighing just 1lb 7oz and has battled health issues for most of ...

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School’s golden boys and girls

Pupils at Gosberton Academy have put together a golden charity effort. To mark Go Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month all of the pupils dressed up in gold or yellow on Friday, September 25. And with two pupils at the school battling leukaemia, the children were only too happy to raise money for the initiative set up by the Children’s ...

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Brothers get on their bikes

Two brothers are set to cycle 100 miles for a nine-year-old from Spalding with a rare disease.Adam Jones, who owns Everybody’s Gym in Bedford Place, and his brother Ben will be cycling 100 miles to Goulston on Sea to raise money for The Lily Foundation this Sunday.It’s all raising funds for gym regular Becki Hilling’s nine-year-old daughter Kiya who has ...

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Home’s flower power

Residents and staff at a Holbeach care home have landed a blooming marvellous award.Beech Lodge Care and Nursing Home beat off the competition of 33 other care homes to land the Country Court in Bloom competition thanks to the flower displays they created.Each care home sent in photos of their entries that were reviewed by the judging panel that included ...

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Town will still remember fallen

There won’t be a remembrance parade in Holbeach this year but the parish council is still looking to organise services. Due to COVID-19 restrictions authorities such as Lincolnshire County Council will not be closing roads for parades this year.So the Royal British Legion is urging local authorities to take on any services which was brought before a meeting of the ...

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Volunteers join in big clean up

Volunteers have been helping with slightly delayed Great British Spring Clean events to help tidy Spalding. Independent councillors have organised the tidy ups with the final one due to take place at Fulney Skate Park this Saturday (meet at 10am).A number of volunteers have been helping out, with 13 at the first event on Monkshouse Lane on Wednesday which split ...

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Big clean events to still go-ahead

A group of independent councillors are set to hold socially distanced litter pick events in Spalding. Councillors Anthony Cronin, Angela Newton, Rob Gibson and Manzur Hasan will be taking on what’s being called the Great British Spring Clean events as they say South Holland District Council is not holding them this year. Coun Newton said: “Despite South Holland District Council ...

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Week of living on refugee rations

A Spalding couple are spending this week living on the rations given to Syrian refugees as they look to held feed a similar sized family for a year. Sam and Craig Luff are taking part in Concern Worldwide’s Ration challenge with all of their meals this week set to come from rice, flour, 170g of red lentils, 85g of chickpeas, ...

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Seagate Homes take 10 to check on each other for World Suicide Prevention Day

A local building firm took 10 minutes out to recognise World Suicide Prevention Day. Seagate Homes, whose head office is in Holbeach, asked all its employees to stop work at 10am on Thursday, September 10 and speak to each other about mental health. It’s all par of a global campaign to help those struggling with mental health. The company’s HR ...

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Walk for girl (6) with brain tumour

A 75-year-old former driving tutor is to walk 32 miles for a six-year-old with a brain tumour. Noel Bratt is walking from his Long Sutton home to Ely with daughter Keily Cleary to raise money for Edie Jackson. Noel and his wife Janet are longtime friends of Edie’s family having grown up alongside his grandparents in Essex. And after hearing ...

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Tea treat for retiring clerk

Members of Sutton St James Parish Council said farewell to the clerk with a special event. Lin Pilcher had been working with the council for seven years before retiring earlier this month. Along with her husband Alan, Mrs Pilcher was treated to a socially-distanced afternoon tea at The Chequers in Weston to mark the occasion. Bill Harrison, council chairman, said ...

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Bra-vo! Keleigh’s charity bid

A Spalding lady is urging women to send her their old bras to raise money for a breast cancer charity. Keleigh Smalley-Willows, (pictured) who runs The Melty Wax Company, is collecting the items for the Against Breast Cancer Charity. Bras donated are recycled by the charity who are then given money to go towards research work. Keleigh has a Bra ...

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Appeal to help run historic hall

Holbeach could lose its historic Women’s Institute (WI) Hall unless new blood is found to run it, it’s been warned. Shirley Wilson (76) has been a member of the Women’s Institute for 60 years, involved with the running of the hall for 45 years and spent 15 years as the chair of the committee that runs it.However, that committee needs ...

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A wheely great initiative from cycling duo

Two South Holland men are joining forces to deliver bikes to children who might otherwise not have one. Daniel Lunn and John Barton are buying old bikes, reconditioning them and giving them to families who need a hand. They have already completed two refurbishments which have gone to new homes this week. “I am happy to give them away to ...

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Print room Pete’s 46 happy years

Few jobs have escaped the march of technology, but the print trade has changed beyond recognition during the 46-year career of Pete Boekestyn. Pete retired as general manager of Welland Print on Monday having spent his working life at the company he joined at the age of 16 on September 2. Pete at Welland Print. When he started from Spalding ...

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New look for open days

South Holland will be taking part in this year’s Heritage Open Days event, despite the coronavirus pandemic. The Holbeach Cemetery Chapels will be open on Saturday, September 12, from 11am to 4pm. There will be an exhibition about leisure and pastimes in the iconic Victorian chapels in the town. A guided cemetery trail will be complete with anecdotes about those ...

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Losing the locks for charity

A sport loving ten-year-old is netting money for charity while also donating 20 inches of her hair. Freya Willerton, a pupil at St Paul’s Primary School, is donating the hair and money so a wig can be made for a child that’s lost their own hair for medical reasons. Freya Willerton. As well as her long locks, she’s also hoping ...

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Dave is best in the region

A local man has landed a prestigious building award. Dave Rogers, who works for Ashwood Homes, has been named the Local Authority Building Control Site Manager of the Year for the East Midlands. A spokesman for Ashwood Homes said: “It’s an amazing achievement. “Dave is a hard working and dedicated site manager committed to providing quality homes for our clients.”

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Firm’s outdoor gift for school

Pupils at Quadring Cowling and Brown’s Primary School will have an improved outdoor environment to return to this week thanks to the actions of a South Lincolnshire company. A couple of weeks ago the school appealed for materials and help to relocate a large shed to enable a new outdoor seating and recreational space to be created. This was to ...

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Tributes to former teacher

A woman who it’s claimed set up the first pre-school in the area has passed away. Jane Hill (78) is the wife of Rev David Hill who moved to Lutton from Richmond-on-Thames In 1968. Jane, with her husband, Rev David Hill, moved from Richmond-on-Thames to the Vicarage. Before moving she was a bilingual secretary in London and Geneva. She set ...

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