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Spalding day nursery is ‘outstanding’, say government inspectors

Just seven months after opening, a Spalding day nursery has scored top marks with government inspectors. Ofsted pointed to the quality management, strong partnership with parents and children’s happiness in rating Little Oaks Childcare “outstanding”. Delighted manager Jen Holmes said: “We are so pleased. “The team at Little Oaks have put in a huge amount of effort, and worked incredibly ...

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Pinchbeck building needs vote clicks from South Holland residents

A church hall is in need of help from South Holland residents – with just a click of a computer’s mouse. St Mary’s Church Hall in Pinchbeck is trying to win a public vote to be awarded £25,000 for urgent repairs. Organisers have already found the money for some of the refurbishment – but desperately need help to fund the ...

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Spalding duo raise £2,000 with midnight walk in London

Two Spalding women were among 17,000 women and some brave men who walked a marathon at the weekend all in aid of breast cancer. Sharon Macaulay, a solicitor from Calthrops, and Tammy Staples, school secretary of Ayscoughfee Hall School, took part in the annual London Moonwalk, which started at midnight on Saturday. Participants have to walk either a half marathon ...

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U3A members enjoy a night at the races

Members of Spalding U3A had a night at the dogs after sponsoring a race at Peterborough Greyhound Stadium. It was the group’s second outing to the venue and due to the success of the evening it is sure to become a regular event. Member, Ian McCallum (on the right) organised the event. From Thursday, June 5, the group’s monthly meetings ...

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Makers and bakers show off their skills

Talented makers and bakers showed off the best of what their village has to offer with a Handmade in Moulton weekend. The event was organised by Mary Brice on behalf of the village’s Methodist church and guests were able to see homemade items including jewellery, lace, cakes, preserves and honey. There was also needlework and the work of some of ...

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Air training cadets on target for success

Cadets are raring to show off their sharp shooting skills after learning their craft on a shotgun skills course. Several of the cadets from 1406 Sqn Air Training Corps (Spalding) took part in the training, which first saw them learn how to shoot and handle shotguns safely before putting into practice what they had learned by having a go at ...

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It’s all Greek for young students in Spalding

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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Friends take to streets in bras to fight cancer

Two Spalding women were among 17,000 women and some brave men who walked a marathon at the weekend all in aid of breast cancer. Sharon Macaulay, a solicitor from Calthrops, and Tammy Staples, school secretary of Ayscoughfee Hall School, took part in the annual London Moonwalk, which started at midnight on Saturday. Participants have to walk either a half marathon ...

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Big ‘reveal’ of Dakota’s DIY SOS transformation

A TV transformation of the home of a severely disabled girl will be revealed on Monday. Presenter Nick Knowles and the DIY SOS team moved in to Dakota Read’s home in Weston Hills in February last year and over the course of a week completely remodelled the bungalow to help the youngster live an easier, happier and hopefully longer life. ...

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Holbeach sports academy construction to start in June

  A proposed sports academy in Holbeach has received a £340,000 grant and could be built by the end of the year. Kings Academy, as it will be known, will comprise five grass pitches, four changing rooms, an officials’ room, kitchen and community hall. Holbeach United Football Club has always had a thriving youth section and this project – started ...

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Sarah’s ready for the rat race

A Spalding mum gave it her all in a half marathon as she put the final touches to her training for a race billed as the “largest assault course on Earth”. Sarah Le Sage took part in the Plymouth Half Marathon as part of her training for the Burghley Dirty Weekend Rat Race, which takes place this Saturday. She finished ...

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Special guests enjoy day at fair

More than 150 children from special schools enjoyed all the fun of the fair for a special event. The youngsters were the guests of Roger Tuby Jnr and his wife Sophie for an afternoon of rides and candyfloss, organised with the help of Spalding Lions Club. The outing for children and adults from Spalding’s Garth and Priory Schools, Chappell Centre, ...

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Probus has new president at helm

The Springfields Probus Club elected its new president at its latest meeting. The April meeting, held at The Woodlands Hotel, was the annual meeting when new president Larry Spector was elected in succession to John Belcher. Any retired gentleman can apply to join the club which holds its meetings on the third Wednesday each month at the hotel.

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Latest winners

Our latest competition winners are: Ragdale Hall Experience Day – Miss Ingrid Sheard, Wygate Road, Spalding. Truckfest family ticket – Vicki McClenaghan, Jubilee Close, Spalding; Mrs M Burton, Park Road, Spalding; Tim Embleton, Shackleton Close, Spalding and Miss E Batterham, Carrington Road, Spalding.

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Tulipmania takes over Bank Holiday weekend

Great weather and a good turnout helped to make the first ever Tulipmania event a success. Held at Spalding’s Springfields Events Centre and Arena, the event saw hundreds of people turn out to soak up the warm sunshine and great atmosphere. Entertainment was provided in the form of solo singers, bands, dance troupes, go-kart racing and various stalls and games. ...

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Sunshine and support made parade great

Holbeach Town Band, the Schuhplatter Dance Troupe and numerous community groups made Moulton Chapel’s Tuliptime Parade one of the best yet. Sunday’s parade saw 17 floats take part and was led by the parade queen Amber Bell and her princesses Matilda Sexton and Sadie Groom. Jenny Stanberry, who took over as chairman of the parade committee this year, said: “We ...

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Funeral home events

Three of South Holland’s funeral homes will be opening their doors to the public as part of Dying Matters Awareness Week. The week runs from May 12-18 with the theme ‘You only die once’ and people are encouraged to take five simple steps to make their end of life experience better, from telling family their wishes, to planning ahead with ...

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How will you support Two Lips fundraising this month?

The Rotary Club of Spalding’s push to raise £10,000 for a third successive Two Lips campaign is well under way. Fundraising events are on throughout this month but the focal week starts on Monday and culminates in a ball at the Castle Sports Complex in Spalding on Saturday, May 17. Tribute acts to Take That and Robbie Williams are the ...

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Be quick to get your activity or event in Summer Fun brochure

South Holland District Council’s Summer Fun brochure is being compiled at the moment and submissions for inclusion are invited. Any community group, venue or organisation running arts, sports or cultural activities for children and/or young people in South Holland over the summer holidays can have their activities and events listed free of charge. The brochure is distributed to every pupil ...

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Volunteers help Surfleet look spick and span again with Litter Blitz

  Surfleet is looking smarter now thanks to a litter pick by members of the community. Seven people took part in South Holland District Council’s latest Litter Blitz venue. The pick focused on local litter hotspots including the A16 underpass and the reservoir. Local resident and Surfleet parish councillor Judy Chapman organised the event as part of the environmental parish ...

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