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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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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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COLUMN: Please keep your custom in Spalding in this tricky year for traders

by Darren Sutton, chairman of Spalding Town Retailers’ Association We had a variety of different weather for January – freezing temperatures, fog and, thankfully, very little snow. This brings out all the colds and flus with the change of weather, but at least the month has gone and we can look forward to spring… It could be a difficult year ...

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COMMUNITY COLUMN: Apply now to new East Coast funding scheme

by Karen Johnson South Holland District Council community development officer It is really exciting to learn when a new community fund is announced and in particular one that I am personally involved in. That’s why it is great to tell you about the East Coast Community Fund. Each year for the next 20 years, approximately £390,000 will be available from ...

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COMMUNITY COLUMN: Plenty going on in Sutton Bridge

by Karen Johnson, community development officer at South Holland District Council There have been various activities taking place recently in Sutton Bridge organised by the community development team and funded thanks to a successful bid with Leisure in the Community. So far, we have seen some cooking sessions at the Children’s Centre with the first five week course starting on ...

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COLUMN: Time for all to pull together for good of Spalding Christmas Market 2017

By Darren Sutton – chairman of Spalding Town Retailers’ Association In the last week there has been press and social media comments regarding the Christmas Market in Spalding. Yes, it was a disappointing turnout compared to previous years. The retailers’ groups Spalding Town Retailers’ Association and The Crescent Traders’ Association did not have any involvement in the recruitment of stalls ...

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COLUMN: Our advice on how to stay warm and well this winter

By Karen Johnson South Holland District Council community development officer The first signs of winter have begun to creep in. It’s amazing how after changing the clocks the nights soon start to draw in and many of us start to light our log burners or turn up the central heating in a bid to keep warm and toasty in our ...

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COLUMN: Look out for tits banding together in roving flocks

by Dr Chris Andrews Visitor experience manager, RSPB Frampton March This time I’d like to talk about tits. Oh dear, I can hear the sniggering already. Yes, there is a whole family of birds called tits. The name ‘tit’ means ‘small’, as in the word ‘titbit’ for a small morsel of food. So what do they look like? Well, basically ...

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COLUMN: Bids for funding to find solution for homelessness

By Coun Christine Lawton South Holland District Council portfolio holder for housing landlord This year marks the 50th anniversary of the BBC’s polemical drama Cathy Come Home in which a young husband and wife with three children were inexorably driven into homelessness and despair. An accident leads to rent arrears and eviction, compounded by unsympathetic bureaucrats and outdated legislation. The ...

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COLUMN: Springfields is packed with events in coming weeks

With half term now under way there is plenty happening at Springfields this week. Many of our top stores such as Gap, Marks and Spencer and Clarks have great offers so make sure you pop in to get yourself a bargain. Remember the new Fat Face store is now open with clothing for all the family and this new outlet ...

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