Features

Find the perfect place to learn to ride horses

If you love horses and are looking for a pastime that will keep you fit in the great outdoors, horse riding is for you. It’s a rewarding and exciting sport that can be enjoyed by all ages. However, finding somewhere to ride, especially for the first time, can be a bit daunting. But don’t worry – The British Horse Society ...

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Get the most out of wedding show visit

You are now engaged and have set the date – it’s time to get planning! Cupids Autumn Wedding Show takes place on Sunday from 10.30am to 3pm and is the region’s largest wedding event. With over 60 exhibitors, a goody bag for the first 200 brides and spectacular fashion shows, this is a must for any bride to be. Visiting ...

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Ayscoughfee Hall is perfect for weddings

The medieval Grade I listed Ayscoughfee Hall in Spalding is the perfect venue for your big day. Set in five acres of formal gardens, Ayscoughfee Hall, built in 1451, is a museum featuring exhibitions and educational displays. But when the museum is closed to the public there is a suite of ground floor rooms licensed for civil wedding ceremonies for ...

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‘Volunteering helps me in choosing the career path I want’

A 23-year-old South Holland woman has shared her experience of how volunteering is helping her on the path to a new career. Kathryn Crawt, who grew up in Holbeach and is a former Spalding High School pupil, works in a kids’ club on cruise ships. In January, she decided to focus on volunteering in between trips. She said: “When I’m ...

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Historic hall is perfect for business meetings

If you’re looking for a meeting or conference venue then look no further than historic Ayscoughfee Hall in Spalding. Inside are a variety of modern rooms that will accommodate up to 40 delegates. Outside are picturesque gardens and ample car parking facilities. Guests are provided with screens, projectors and flipcharts as well as free tea and coffee. The hall has ...

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Campaign to improve horse safety on roads

A campaign to improve road safety for horse riders across the UK is gaining momentum. The British Horse Society’s Dead Slow campaign follows a number of accidents involving horses on the nation’s roads – many of which may have been avoided if drivers were better informed of the road safety issues. Petrol pump advertising has been rolled out to 96 ...

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DAY IN THE LIFE: ‘Why I love my role with the licensing committee’

Angela Harrison is a South Holland district councillor for Crowland and Deeping St Nicholas. A councillor since May 2007, at first she also had two other part-time jobs, but it’s now a full-time occupation. Coun Harrison has served on the licensing committee for eight years and enjoys it “immensely”. She says: “I particularly like the challenge and responsibility of being ...

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Abbeygate provides a ‘good’ home-from-home

Abbeygate Rest Home in Crowland offers a home-from-home for those who are no longer to live independently in their own homes. Set in its own grounds in the centre of the historic market town, the home is within walking distance of a range of shops and facilities, including grocers, butchers, newsagents, hardware, cafe, bakers, public house, garden centre, dentists, doctors, ...

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ELDERLY VOICE: Older people fear savings will run out

The biggest financial worry for over a fifth (21 per cent) of people aged 65 and over is that their savings will run out. Meanwhile more than a third (34 per cent) have run out of money before the end of the month. That’s according to a new survey by Independent Age, the older people’s charity, to launch its new ...

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Romany museum gives a glimpse of gypsy life

You don’t need to go far to find a fun, interesting and educational way to spend a few hours this Easter holidays. The Gordon Boswell Romany Museum is a gem hidden right here in South Holland – introducing visitors to a glimpse of a bygone age and the Romany lifestyle and traditions. At the museum you can see a collection ...

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Ragdale Hall is the perfect antidote to stresses and strains of everyday life

Total relaxation, luxurious pampering, great food and beautiful surroundings – sound like your idea of heaven? Mine too – so when I was offered a day at Ragdale Hall Health Hydro and Thermal Spa I jumped at the chance. The spa, which is situated in the beautiful Leicestershire countryside, offers everything you need to unwind and forget the stresses and ...

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Explore a diverse range of shops in historic Boston

Boston’s handsome Market Place has been the venue for open-air trading fairs and “marts” for hundreds of years and is still the point at which to begin to discover the town’s diverse range of retailers. Pescod Square Shopping Centre is adjacent to Oldrids and houses many familiar brand name shops specialising in clothing and entertainment, as well as eateries. For ...

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Share the passion for kick boxing at Shadow

Learning a martial art is a great way of making new friends, getting fit and gaining self confidence and this ever-popular pastime is available to everyone in Holbeach. Shadow Martial Arts is a kick boxing governed by FSKA. All instructors are CRB registered, first aid trained and insured. It is open to everyone over the age of six and prides ...

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Jan realises her dream to open a flower shop

After years in retail Jan Vertigan has realised her lifelong dream of opening her own flower shop. When the Pick of the Bunch florists closed in Crowland in December after trading for more than 20 years, Jan saw her chance. She had trained as a florist after leaving school and had continued it as a hobby ever since while working ...

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Lots going on for all ages in Crowland

Crowland Cares – a charity which operates from a base at the town’s library – celebrates its 20th year in 2016. The charity is involved in a number of schemes and events throughout the year to benefit the people of the town. One of the things it does is run a South Holland voluntary car scheme using volunteer drivers. In ...

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FEATURE: Bakkavor offers variety of roles for apprentices

One of South Holland’s leading employers runs a successful apprenticeship scheme which gives school-leavers a foot in the door to the food industry. Bakkavor, which has sites in Spalding, Sutton Bridge and Holbeach St Marks, is now accepting applications for apprenticeships starting this September. The company runs two levels of apprenticeships: Accelerated Management Scheme (AMS) provides a fast track route ...

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FEATURE: Learn career skills as an apprentice

An apprenticeship offers young people the chance to learn skills necessary for various careers while earning at the same time. An apprenticeship will often suit young people who do not want to go into full-time further or higher education, but still want to gain extra qualifications that are work related. There are more than 190 different occupations in which you ...

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FEATURE: Week to highlight apprenticeships

Apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on businesses and the wider community will be celebrated later this month. National Apprenticeship Week will be held from March 14-18 and will see a variety of activity aimed at increasing awareness and take-up of apprenticeships and traineeships by: lPromoting small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) apprenticeships lhighlighting the support available and why offering ...

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Clinic’s new services for women with cancer

A well-being clinic in Spalding is set to become the first of its kind to provide skincare, make-up, diet and exercise support for women and teenagers affected by cancer. Essential Well-Being will offer the services and support from its new location on London Road in Spalding, supporting the international charity Look Good Feel Better. The monthly clinics will run alongside ...

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CARE OF THE ELDERLY: Things to consider in choosing home

Moving to a care home can be a big decision. If you’re helping or caring for an older relative or friend, you may be wondering if it’s time to talk to them about moving into permanent residential care. Perhaps the person needs a lot of care both during the day and at night, and their need for help can no ...

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