Columns

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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COLUMN: Get out and about and enjoy our council events

by Coun Gary Taylor – South Holland District Council portfolio holder for community I’d like to start this column by thanking everyone who attended and helped to organise this year’s Spalding Pumpkin Festival. I’ve already had a lot of feedback from people telling me that this year’s event was the best one ever. The carnival atmosphere of the Pumpkin parade added ...

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COLUMN: Have a say on community grants fund

by Karen Johnson – South Holland District Council community development officer Local groups and individuals have been given the opportunity to participate in events such as the successful Spalding Pumpkin Festival and recent Give it a Go! event. However, there are other ways that they can contribute to our communities by having their say on future policies and decision-making processes. ...

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COMMUNITY COLUMN: Apps to help your healthy lifestyle

by Karen Johnson – South Holland District Council community development officer With the nights drawing in and mornings getting darker, for some of us it is an easy excuse to stay at home and relax. We would like to see more people buck this trend and that’s why we’re supporting a brand new campaign from Public Health England. One You ...

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Tulip Talk with Jan Whitbourn

Local talent, both human and canine, promises to be on prominent display at the Spalding People’s Parade this coming weekend.   Tulip Radio is helping to organise some of the entertainment for Sunday’s event, including Diamondz Dance Group, Helen’s Zumba class, local singers Jordan Howlett and Harry Birkett.   Although moved from its spring date to mid-autumn, the Parade hopes ...

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COUNCIL MATTERS: Bull & Monkie site, Holbeach car park latest and recycling bag proposal

by Coun Roger Gambba-Jones South Holland District Council portfolio holder for place The Bull and Monkie site in Spalding continues to be a plague on our house so to speak. Rather than chasing the owners to act responsibly time and time again, we are now looking at other options. The owners owe the council – and therefore local taxpayers – ...

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WILDLIFE COLUMN: It’s a great time of year to see marvellous mushrooms

by Dr Chris Andrews Visitor experience manager, RSPB Frampton Marsh Q: Why is the Mushroom King so popular? A: Because he’s a fungi to be with! Bad jokes aside, this is a great time of year to see fungi. With drifts of fallen leaves gently rotting on the ground, and the weather turning wet, they seem to be springing up ...

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SPRINGFIELDS COLUMN: Strictly’s Brendan Cole to turn on festive lights

The first of our new stores opened last Saturday when Ernest Jones Outlet Collection opened its doors to the public. The launch went down exceptionally well with many great offers on top brands. There will be plenty of offers throughout the coming months just in time for Christmas. The refit for Fat Face is moving along at a fast pace ...

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VET COLUMN: Watch out for Seasonal Canine Illness

We have seen rising cases over the last few years of what appears to be Seasonal Canine Illness in dogs during the months of August through to November. Although the cause is not yet known we do know that these dogs have been walked in woodland. Last year in our Bourne practice we saw the most cases and a lot ...

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Council Matters: Interesting responses to idea of having a mayor

There has been a lot of interest recently around the opportunities of a Greater Lincolnshire Combined Authority and the additional powers and funding coming to the County from Central Government. Residents received an invitation to give their views in a recent consultation and with the results now published, it is interesting to see what the County thought. There was an ...

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COLUMN: More exciting brands to join Springfields line-up

Following on from the announcement of Fat Face coming to Springfields last week there will be more exciting brands coming to join them. We will be announcing these new stores over the coming weeks so keep tuned into Springfields to join in with all our exciting news. With Fat Face coming, The Works has now completed its move to the ...

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COLUMN: Whatever your take on EU referendum result, value the fact we live in a democratic society

By Lord Porter of Spalding Leader of South Holland District Council We all know the country is facing some big decisions following the outcome of the EU Referendum. The direction will be played out over years to come, but what is clear is that people felt very strongly about the issue and went to the polls in high numbers. Here ...

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TULIP TALK with Jan Whitbourn

On Sunday, July 3, Tulip Radio will be hosting an Armed Forces Celebration Day in association with Harold Payne, from the Anglia Motel, Fleet Hargate. It will conclude a month of celebrations dedicated to the Armed Forces with many local veterans attending a meet and greet arranged for the community to come and enjoy a day of packed fun and ...

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