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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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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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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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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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MOTORING: Hope for the best and prepare for the worst during winter

When it comes to motoring through the winter it’s always best to hope for the best but prepare for the worst. Here’s some things you can do to prepare for bad weather. Antifreeze – check coolant level regularly and, if required, top-up with a mixture of the correct type of antifreeze. Your garage should check concentration to ensure adequate cold ...

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Tis the season to start creating a cosy home

As the nights draw in and Christmas draws ever nearer tis the season to be inundated with house guests. As a nation, we have admitted to spending £5 billion a year trying to create the perfect “hometel” to impress people who come to stay, and most of the wallet-dipping goes on in the weeks before Christmas. But a sense of ...

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WILDLIFE COLUMN: It’s time for lovestruck spiders

Well, October and Halloween are on the way. What nicely spooky creature should I look at? Well, personally I think there can only be one candidate, not least because this is the time of year when they appear in our homes. Spiders! Great big hairy ones too, that enliven a night’s TV viewing by scuttling across the floor. These are ...

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Wardrobe inspiration for ‘on trend’ autumn

As the summer sunshine fades it’s time to turn your thoughts to what’s hot in the fashion stakes this autumn. Here are a few of our favourites: 70s and 80s – 70s inspired fashion is still hot for autumn, but is joined by a flashback to the 80s. Think power shoulders, colour block knits and rainbow colour combos which defined ...

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Plan ahead for best New Year’s Eve party

Summer may well only just be over, but it’s never too early to start thinking of ways to keep your spirits up during the bleak midwinter. And what better way to stay cheerful than plan for a big night out over the festive period of Christmas and New Year. If you are looking for something to do to see in ...

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Plan now for a less stressed Christmas

Lots of us already consider our lifestyles hectic so add in Christmas shopping, wrapping gifts, writing and delivering cards, Christmas parties and everything else that goes with the festive season, there is no better time than right now to start preparing for the big day! If you follow these steps now you won’t be frazzled by mid-December 1. Set your ...

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French market will bring flavour of the continent to Bourne

A specialist French market will visit Bourne next week to give South Kesteven a flavour of the continent. A group of 14 traders will promote and sell French food, fashion and goods in Bourne outside the Corn Exchange in the market’s usual location, hosted by SKDC. Vintage music and family entertainers will welcome shoppers from 8am to 2pm. SKDC’s portfolio ...

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Bourne: Friendly, vibrant place to spend some time

Bourne is a small historic market town just ten miles from Spalding, with a truly unique charm and friendliness. The town is fortunate to be situated in an outstanding location, which is both pretty and idyllic, with an abundance of green open spaces, woodland and water ways. This makes Bourne a great place to explore on foot or by bike, ...

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