Community

Friends of hospital celebrating 60 years of helping patients

Sixty years after its formation the Spalding hospital League of Friends is going from strength to strength. Over the years the group, which is officially known as the Friends of Johnson Community Hospital, has fundraised to pay for things ranging from Christmas gifts for patients to hi-tech equipment. The League of Friends of Spalding Hospitals was formed by a group ...

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Musical memories from war era

Music from the era of the First and Second World Wars rang out across Ayscoughfee Hall School as pupils performed for special guests. Senior members of the community were invited along to the school for a performance of “musical memories” by the whole school and to enjoy tea and refreshments. Headteacher Clare Ogden said: “It was a fantastic afternoon in ...

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Animal lover appeal to help people look after their pets

Pets can bring great joy, companionship and comfort – but what happens when their owners fall ill or are injured and can no longer take care of them? Animal-lover Gillian Burch is trying to recruit volunteers in the Spalding area for a charity which provides a vital lifeline. Tracey Sweetland met Gillian to find out more about The Cinnamon Trust ...

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Online auctions for cancer charities

A Spalding mum is holding an online auction through Facebook to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Since January Liz Batterham has dedicated her spare time to raising money for cancer charities by holding a series of auctions and events. Liz’s two previous auctions raised £515 for Cancer Research and £1,600 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Items on offer in ...

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Spalding cadets put in good first aid and athletics performances

It’s been a busy few weeks for Spalding’s air training corps as cadets have celebrated successes in two competitions and packed bags to raise funds. First aid teams from 1406 Squadron ATC Spalding took part in the annual Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire Wing First Aid Competition in Cambridge, with young adult and youth teams taking first place, claiming gold medals and ...

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Pamper party fundraiser

More than £100 was raised to boost the coffers at Holbeach Bank Primary School thanks to a pamper evening. Organised by the Friends of the School, the free event offered something for everyone thanks to the variety of stalls and services available. Attractions on the night included cushions and bags by Laura’s Textiles, prom and wedding hair design, treatments from ...

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Scarecrows to take centre stage at fair

A popular village fair is hoping to showcase eye-catching motorbikes, trikes and scooters at this year’s event. Whaplode Drove and Country Fair wants to hear from anyone keen to exhibit a vintage vehicle at the July event. The entries will be lined up alongside the fair’s annual display of classic vehicles. Committee chairman Mandie Collier said: “We’re always looking at ...

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National outstanding service award for Moulton nurse

Further national recognition has been awarded to a community nurse from Moulton. Candice Pellett, a senior case manager and community practice educator from Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS), was one of five nurses to collect The Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, Award for Outstanding Service last week. The award from the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) is presented to ...

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Church Life – with Ben Clark, Spalding Baptist Church

What a splendid publication the Voice is! A fresh start in the local press world. I’m sure all of the Voice’s readers would want to wish them well as they embark on their exciting new endeavour. I am one of the team of deacons at Spalding Baptist Church, and firstly would like to extend an open invitation to all the ...

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Holbeach Food Festival links up with town’s annual fayre

CCF16052014 The first Holbeach Food Festival launches next month to promote locally grown produce. And organisers are linking in with the ever-popular Holbeach Town and Country Fayre on the same weekend. Visitors will be shuttled between both sites free of charge by the Holbeach Community Bus. South Holland district councillor Nick Worth said: “We’re hoping that people will enjoy a ...

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Two Lips ball raises £3,000 for good causes

A Take That tribute band, a live auction and a raffle helped to raise more than £3,000 at the Two Lips charity ball. Held at Spalding’s Castle Sports Complex and organised by the Rotary Club of Spalding, the event saw around 150 get their gladrags on and dance the night away. Rotarian Alan Porter, who is chairman of the Two ...

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Sheep fun for families in Spalding

Sheep and sunshine combined to make a baa-lmy weekend all round at Unique Cottage Studios, Spalding. The weather was a real bonus for the fifth annual sheep and wool day – held to highlight the many crafts associated with sheep and wool. Carolyn Goodwin, owner of the Low Fulney studio, said: “We had a fantastic turnout for the day and ...

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Darts challenge hits the bullseye raising £866

A darts challenge event has raised £866 for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance. Organised by the Seaton family, the Wally Seaton 2014 Memorial Darts Trophy took place at the Tigers Social Club in Holbeach and saw Chris Fiddler from Bourne walk away the winner. Runner-up was Gary Mace from Long Sutton and nine dart winner was Simon Hill with ...

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Still time to sign up for bowls

There’s still time to get involved with learner sessions at Spalding Indoor Bowls Club. Ten-week courses of instruction for beginners of all ages start at the Castle Sports Complex in Albion Street next week. An evening course starts at 6.30pm on Tuesday, May 27 and a daytime course begins at 2pm on Wednesday, May 28. Cost is £10 for the ...

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Rare chance to visit Spalding Gentlemen’s Society

There is a rare opportunity to look around Spalding Gentlemen’s Society on Wednesday, June 4. Founded in 1710, the Broad Street establishment is one of the oldest learned societies in the country and the earliest provincial association for the encouragement of antiquarianism. Among its many notable members were Sir Isaac Newton and his biographer and antiquarian William Stukeley. Join curator ...

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£35,000 for play area in Moulton Seas End

Children and young people in Moulton Seas End are being encouraged to get out and play this summer thanks to a £35,000 grant. The grant will be used to update some of the existing equipment and to buy new play equipment for the village’s play area which has become run down. The play area will comprise a variety of multi ...

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Evening for Spalding Lions to celebrate 43rd charter

Spalding Lions celebrated its 43rd Charter with an evening of fun and formalities. Distinguished guests, including Lion Zone Chairman Paul Whitworth and his wife Sue, Rotary Club of Spalding President Richard Thacker and his wife Jane and South Holland Rotary Club President Bruce Alexander and his wife Anne, joined members and their partners as well as Lions from clubs across ...

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Treasure hunt fun

St Barnabas Spalding Hospice is holding its first car treasure hunt to boost its funds. This fun event takes place on Sunday from 2pm and is open to everyone looking for an afternoon out. The hunt starts and finishes at The Thatched Cottage, Pools Lane, Sutterton. Entry is £10 per car and each car will be sent off with a ...

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Swinging time at Jungle Book event

Jungle Book themed activities were the order of the day at a special event held at the South Holland Centre, Spalding. Children attending the day of fun took part in a drama and music workshop, a dance based workshop, craft activities and cupcake decorating. The day was rounded off with a screening of Disney’s The Jungle Book.

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It’s all Greek to Ayscoughfee School pupils

Pupils at Ayscoughfee Hall School in Spalding have been learning about all things Greek during a special day. The children all got dressed up in traditional Greek clothing including togas and head-dresses and set about making shields, spears and clay pots.

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