Features

COLUMN: Teaching your dog an important command

The recall is one of the most important commands for your dog to learn.   For it to work your dog has got to know two things – 1. its name and 2. the command ‘come’.   Never let your dog off in an open public area if you think that you will not be able to get him to ...

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COLUMN: Walk your way to a healthier you

by Karen Johnsom South Holland District Council community development officer Spalding’s Walking for Health group recently celebrated their tenth anniversary with 40 walkers joining together for a walk, buffet lunch and celebratory anniversary cake. In May 2007, the district’s first-ever Walking for Health scheme was put in place. The Spalding group was the first to be set up. Today 40-50 ...

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COLUMN: Troubled times but remember our year-round local heroes

by Coun Gary Taylor South Holland District Council portfolio holder for communities and facilities Following the recent horrendous terror attacks we hear so many examples of the extraordinary bravery from members of the emergency services and from passers-by, as they put the safety of others before their own welfare.   Events such as this change lives and their life and ...

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COMMUNITY COLUMN: Dementia could hit any of us

by Karen Johnson South Holland District Council community development officer This week has been Dementia Awareness Week, with the initiative aimed at making more people aware of the key facts about this disease. The Alzheimer’s Society in Lincolnshire has been encouraging residents to unite against dementia, to forget their differences to help to find a cure, improve care, and offer ...

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50 years on from day Hendrix, Clapton and Pink Floyd played Spalding in UK’s ‘first-ever’ rock festival

Colin Ward was – by his own admission – a rather naïve 17-year-old at the time of a musical phenomenon written into Spalding’s history. Barbeque 67 is indelibly etched into the memory of the Moulton resident who still pinches himself when he thinks of those he rubbed shoulders with almost 50 years ago to the day. Drummer Colin was, and still is, a member of Sounds Force 5, ...

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COLUMN: Gardens can be a dangerous place for four-legged friends

It’s that time of the year when we are all getting back into our gardens and enjoying the weather.   But for our four-legged friends gardens can be a dangerous place. When selecting plants for your garden you should consider whether they could be poisonous to our pets.   Don’t forget to read the labels on the plants to see ...

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COLUMN: Local business leaders to form lobby group

by Coun Nick Worth Portfolio holder for commercialisation and growth, South Holland District Council At our most recent business breakfast one of our main topics for discussion was the government’s consultation on their industrial strategy. Feedback from our local businesses is that for more rural areas such as South Holland a focus on transport infrastructure needs to encompass rail and ...

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COLUMN: Phishing – think before you click!

by Stuart Brown Cyber security expert Phishing emails are online scams that are reliant on you, the reader/end-user, being tricked into doing something without thinking about it. They can take many forms and the ingenuity these days knows no bounds as scammers are now researching their potential victims in far more detail than ever before. Phishing, vishing and smishing can ...

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COLUMN: Lots to learn for everyone

We often spoke about adding a dog to the family, but which one? The first thing I would recommend to anyone having the same thought…”do your research” and boy, we did. Looking at the Internet, books or speaking with dog owners, we did the lot.   When we went to look at Walter (at roughly six weeks old) the breeder ...

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COLUMN: Sport has many health benefits

By Karen Johnson South Holland District Council community development officer It was great to see so many people come along to the Give it a Go! event at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field on April 2. More than 350 people came to meet South Holland’s sports clubs and try activities including football, golf, rugby, rowing and bowls. Playing sports ...

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COLUMN: Make use of more daylight to improve your health

By Karen Johnson South Holland District Council community development officer With the clocks changing, now is a good time to take advantage of the extra hour of daylight in the spring evenings. Being physically active can significantly reduce the risk of several major health conditions. Walking is one of the most accessible activities available to us. It is free, fun ...

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COLUMN: Dealing with a demand for money with menaces on your computer

By Stuart Brown Cyber security specialist 2017 it seems will be the year of ransomware. Already this year malicious developers, or black hat hackers, have released newer and more powerful versions of computer programs that, put simply, “demand money with menaces”. Ransomware works by anyone clicking on a download link of an infected picture or file that has been tampered ...

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Leaving your dogs when you go away on holiday

It’s that time of year when we are all thinking about our summer holidays.   However, you must also remember to book your dog’s holiday. Good dog care gets booked up quickly.   There are different options to suit your budget and your dog’s needs. Standard kennels are the cheapest, most common option. Luxury kennels are a bit more expensive. ...

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COLUMN: Free sporting activities taster in Spalding

by Karen Johnson – community development officer at South Holland District Council We would like to call out to all sports clubs and organisations in South Holland. We have a “Give it a Go!” taster event coming up on Sunday, April 2, 10.30am-3.30pm, on the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field, Spalding. We would encourage clubs interested to get in touch ...

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COLUMN: Discussion this month on Spalding Christmas Market

by Darren Sutton Chairman of Spalding Town Retailers’ Association February was a strange month, especially the weather, with some of the country having snow and obviously Storm Doris causing damage across the country. Hopefully now going into March we will see the nights start pulling out and some warmer weather leading into Easter in April. February has generally been a ...

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COMMUNITY COLUMN: Boom time for Open Arts exhibition

by Karen Johnson South Holland District Council community development officer This week our team has been busy preparing for South Holland Open Arts 2017. The annual art exhibition and competition is one of our most popular events and so far this year has been no exception. We have received an abundance of entries, the most for several years in fact, ...

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NEW COLUMN: Cyber security and your responsibilities

by Stuart Brown Cyber security specialist Last week (February 14) the Queen opened the new National Cyber Security Centre in London, part of a £2billion government investment in cyber security. Is that enough to make us safe on the internet? Does that protect our homes, our businesses, our suppliers, our friends and family every day? Does that make the government ...

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FEATURE: The landmark through which every drop of fresh water in Spalding area passes

It’s a massive landmark able to be seen from miles around and it is due to undergo a facelift this year. You might have passed it hundreds – or even thousands of times – but what do you actually know about the water tower in Spalding? And where does that H2O come from? To find out more, news editor Nigel Chapman ...

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COLUMN: A well-balanced diet is important for your dog

Lincs Training – Dog Training Made Easy   The old adage ‘you are what you eat’ applies to our canine friends as well.   Choosing a well-balanced nutritional diet for your dog is very important, not only for the correct growth of puppies but as it can also alter their mood and behaviour.   The required protein levels for puppies ...

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COLUMN: The app for those to keep their sweet tooth in check

by Karen Johnson South Holland District Council community development officer How many of us dive into the biscuit jar or grab a chocolate bar from the cupboard when we are feeling hungry? Who can walk past the baker’s shop without being tempted? But do we actually know how much sugar is in our food? Families are being encouraged to sign ...

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