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Does your pet love everything about Christmas? £100 prize for the most festive furry, feathered or scaly friend

Do you have a festive feline or maybe a horse that’s in the holiday spirit? If the answer’s yes, then why not enter them into our Festive Pets Competition? Sponsored by Rooke’s Pet Products, the winner will be the pet that judges think shows the most Christmas spirit. Whether you have a Christmassy cat, a merry mutt, a festive fish ...

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Safety tips for winter walkies

The dark nights are well and truly upon us, but our dogs still have to have their daily walks. The safety of both ourselves and our dogs is paramount. Our advice to you is to make sure that both you and your dogs are visible. High-visibility jackets or light coloured clothes with reflective bands or patches should be worn by ...

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COLUMN: The loss of a much-loved pet

For most of us our pets are part of the family, giving us unconditional love, which happens every day without even thinking of it. After a busy day we go home and we talk to them, stroke them, walk them and tell them our secrets. They need us as much as we need them, but their lives are not as ...

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COLUMN: Council-related matters ‘a way of life’

By Peter Coupland, South Holland District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Regulatory Services Council-related matters are a way of life for me as I am a parish, district and county councillor. My parish issues relate to matters in Fleet mostly concerning planning, waste collection, street cleaning and dog fouling etc. As a district councillor, I not only have responsibilities for representing ...

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Tim’s new mental health charity Mind Kicks aims to break down stigma

A mentally-ill father who has tried several times to take his own life is using his experiences to help break down barriers and encourage other men to talk more openly about their feelings. In March 2016, the Spalding Voice ran a series of articles on Tim Stoodley (28) where he talked frankly about his experiences of suffering from depression. Since ...

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Forty years’ service celebration for Spalding ambulanceman

A Spalding man who was the region’s first ever paramedic has celebrated his 40th year in the ambulance service. Tony Fell (62) joined the service aged 22 and still works full time in what he described as “the best job in the world”. “It’s been a great joy to serve people in the community at their time of need,” he ...

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Keep history alive with South Holland railway stories

Railways were once the arteries of South Holland, connecting village and town stations large and small. Chain Bridge Forge museum has provided these photos from its archive and wants to hear from anyone with memories of the heyday of the railway and its workers. If you have any stories of the railways, contact The Voice or Geoff Taylor at chainbridgeforge@gmail.com ...

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COLUMN: Before becoming a beagle owner

Before becoming a beagle owner, we researched the breed. Everything we read said that beagles are intelligent, noisy, stubborn dogs. Alfie, now five, was a very independent and naughty puppy. No house is dog-proofed like ours but Alfie quickly learned how to open the back door and trained us to give him a treat before he came back in! He ...

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Pictures illustrate South Holland’s fascinating heritage

They say that pictures are worth a thousand words. These evocative pictures of Spalding in the past show the town has always been a busy, bustling place. They come from the online archive of the Chain Bridge Forge Museum. Set on the banks of the River Welland, this is a living history museum that is well worth a visit. It ...

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COLUMN: The right time for a new dog

 BY LINCS TRAINING – DOG TRAINING MADE EASY We at Lincs Training – Dog Training Made Easy, often get asked by our clients the right time to add another dog to their existing family. We would always recommend that you wait from 18 months to two years before introducing a newcomer. Think carefully and ask yourself the following questions: Can ...

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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: 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: 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: 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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