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Helping others to ride horses

A group of volunteers that helps young people with disabilities take part in equestrian events celebrated its end of term with its annual summer gala. The Fenland branch of the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) regularly holds sessions with the pupils from The Priory and The Garth schools. The gala itself saw extra games and attractions as well as ...

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Kickboxers’ muddy charity effort

Members of a kickboxing club took on the X-Runner recently for a host of charities. The group from Sutton Bridge based AKA Kickboxing raised around £900 thanks to donations after running the 10km muddy obstacle course around the National Watersports Centre near Nottingham. The charities the money will be divided between include the Amy Winehouse Foundation for those struggling with ...

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GALLERY: Fun weekend is hailed a success

Bakkavor once again hosted a fantastic fun weekend at Springfields. Despite the odd shower and thunderbolt on Saturday, record numbers visited the event on both days. Bakkavor organises the daytime fun weekend in Spalding, by way of a big thank you to all its colleagues in the UK. The company gives out free entry wristbands to those who want to ...

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£33k allotments plan hoped to grow community

More than £33,000 has been awarded by Lincolnshire County Council from the Government’s Controlling Migration Fund for a “Grow and Share” allotment project in Spalding. The £33,699 project will work with migrant families to support integration in the community by learning to grow their own fruit and vegetables on a shared allotment site, with support centred on language, skills and ...

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Show off your garden and win

The Holbeach Front Garden competition is back, with prizes on offer to the green-fingered cultivators who take the top three spots. Whether your blooming garden is your pride and joy or you’re looking for a reason to get stuck into some landscaping, the Holbeach Front Garden competition is the perfect reason to share your time and effort. Organised by Coun ...

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New Lion head is here to serve

The new president of charitable organisation Spalding Lions has seized the chance to explain the ethos of the club. New President Lion Stuart East has been handed the Chain of Office by former president Terry Patey. Mr East explained: “As president of Spalding Lions, and with the help of my fellow club members, I would like to raise our awareness ...

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Change at the top of Rotary

The Rotary Club of South Holland has a new president. Jon Martin has taken over from David Spenceley in the role as president of the club. The occasion was attended by members of the club and guests at a lunchtime barbecue at the new president’s garden in Spalding. A spokesman for the club said: “We look forward to an interesting ...

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MP takes up treatment fight

South Holland and the Deepings MP Sir John Hayes has taken on a family’s fight to allow a 12-year-old girl to get the medication she needs to stop her delibitating condition worsening. Rae White, of Gedney Hill, has type two Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), a condition that slowly stops her body functioning. A new drug that’s been shown to control ...

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Accountants take a swing and raise fore!-hundred pounds

Accountants Moore Thompson has managed to raise almost £400 at its Annual Client Golf  Day. Held at Spalding Golf Club in Surfleet, the event saw more than 40 people attend the fundraising event, which pitted some of the region’s top business owners and professionals against one another. During the day the firm held a charity raffle to raise funds for ...

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‘Make a Change’ to your behaviour with police help service

People concerned about their behaviour towards a loved one can now get the support they need to change following the launch of a new website. The website, developed by the ‘Make A Change’ project, means that anybody concerned about the way they are treating a partner – as well as family, friends and professionals who want to help them change ...

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Councillors recommended to pass first two sections of Spalding Western Relief Road

Councillors are being recommended to pass the first two sections of the Spalding Western Relief Road when they decide on the applications later this month. Lincolnshire County Council’s Planning and Regulation Committee has been told by planning officers that it should give planning permission to build the sections from Spalding/Pinchbeck Road to the north of the town and from Spalding ...

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REVIEW: Disney’s The Lion King rehash plays like BBC Planet Earth cover version

Realistic animals, no fun. In 1994, when the original animated version of The Lion King was released, Disney was enjoying a new golden age. Hit after hit flowed from the company, a solid run of modern classics and beloved favourites: Beauty and The Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King. For the couple of decades, Disney innovated again with its partnership with ...

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Frequent offender banned from Spalding shops

A man has been banned from every shop in Spalding, except Boots. A Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) has been made againt James Caraccio (49) of Roman Bank in Spalding following a number of reports of him stealing from shops and of threatening and abusive behaviour. South Holland Police appliced for the CBO which was granted by Boston Magistrates Court. Its ...

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Man took ninja weapons collection and BB gun to Spalding park

A man who collects and plays with ninja weapons has been given a suspended prison sentence after being found using them and a replica gun in a Spalding park. Stanislavs Bazutins, 33, of Cortez Close, Spalding admitted three offences of possessing shuriken throwing stars, three offences of possessing throwing knives and one of possessing an imitation firearm, a gas powered ...

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Town gets that sink-hole feeling

Holbeach has been dubbed susceptible to sink holes after two opened up in the town in the last four months. In April, Boston Road North was closed for weeks due to a sink hole opening up in the middle of the carriageway. The road has since started to sag again in the same place, as well as further towards town. ...

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Listed bid for old hospital building

A Spalding resident who has successfully had listed building status granted for a town centre property has now turned her attention to saving the Old Johnson Hospital. Jackie Allen, of Victoria Mews, has had her application to protect the 1871-built former Christian Association on Spring Gardens accepted as a Grade Two listed building by Historic England. Now she’s also appealed ...

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Awards for dedicated staff

Two women who have worked for the same department store for a combined 84 years since they were teenagers have been given long service awards. Karen Baker and Sue Berridge have worked for Hills in Spalding for 44 and 40 years respectively. Karen joined the family firm straight from school and as well as working in every department at some ...

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Can you name temporary GP surgery?

A GP surgery that’s meant to be a temporary service is asking for people to come up with a name for it. What’s currently known as the Johnson GP surgery was set up at the Johnson Hospital for the patients of Pennygate Health Centre which closed last September after being rated ‘inadequate’ by the Care Quality Commission. Health officials say ...

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GALLERY: Academy pupils are outstanding

Spalding Academy students have shown they’re outstanding once again. At the end of each school year, every year group has an awards evening at Springfields where two students from every subject are nominated for awards. There’s also nomination for Outstanding Progress throughout the academic year and one nomination per year group for a student that has shown Outstanding Effort in ...

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Spalding Bakery closure plan puts more than 400 jobs at risk

Spalding Bakery owners are looking to close the plant next year, with 405 jobs on the line. A statement from parent company Addo Foods said following a comprehensive business review, Addo Food Group has today entered a consultation process over a proposal to close its Spalding bakery site in Lincolnshire during 2020. It will transfer products to its Poole and ...

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