Features

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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South Holland mum uses grief of losing only child to cancer as inspiration to support others

When Christine Bowyer-Sopp’s son was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she didn’t know where to turn for help. And she’s now a long way along the path to ensuring no-one else is left in the same position. Christine (56), of Hocklesgate, Fleet Hargate, has dedicated years to building a new charity to support those with cancer and their families and with ...

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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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Day in the Life: Information and signposting officer at Healthwatch Lincolnshire

Healthwatch Lincolnshire is a consumer champion for health and social care issues. It is not part of the NHS, but will raise issues of local significance to Healthwatch England for it to use as influencing evidence at government level. Here, information and signposting officer Julie Evans (pictured) describes a typical day at the office in Swineshead…  My day starts with ...

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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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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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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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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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TOWN CENTRE MANAGER: What’s coming up in town

Having attended the South Holland Pride Awards last Saturday afternoon, I was again reminded that without ready and willing volunteers, how much poorer our community would be. I congratulate all the winners and all of those nominated and thank them for their selfless contribution to our society. Jan Whitbourn and her team at Tulip Radio also deserve our gratitude, as ...

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COMMUNITY COLUMN: ‘Souper’ idea to attract funding and turn your ideas into reality

by Karen Johnson Community development officer at South Holland District Council We are currently working on an exciting new initiative aimed at turning impressive ideas into reality. The district is the latest community to get involved in the Global Soup movement which organises live crowd funded events. South Holland Soup will see people coming together to pitch ideas for improving ...

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Tulip Talk

Caring Neighbours are the people who we are looking at with the sponsors this week for the Pride of South Holland Award. The Pride of South Holland Awards are only a couple of weeks away, tickets are going fast and the judging for the winners has begun. This week we are looking at the Caring Neighbour Award which is kindly ...

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