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Film review: Fast and Furious 8 (12 A)

Very few film franchises reach an eighth instalment, but the Fast and Furious movies have never really looked like slowing down. What started as a series that paid homage to fast cars and introduced a likeable bunch of characters has slowly turned into an action series that isn’t afraid to speed beyond the realms of possibility. Love it or hate ...

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Delve into Victorian lives at Holbeach open day

A chance to discover the occupations of Victorians buried in a Holbeach cemetery and see inside its Grade II listed chapels is on offer on Saturday.(April 22) The open day is the latest event in a diary of activities being supported by a £49,000 Heritage Lottery Fund award. Gill Graper, a trustee of Holbeach Cemeteries Chapel Trust, said: “There aren’t many ...

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Film review: The Boss Baby (U)

From the moment I saw the first trailer for Dreamworks’ The Boss Baby drop, I was sure it was going to be a bit of a stinker. Truth be told, I was hoping that it’d fall on a week that had a few other more promising releases. But, to my surprise, it is nowhere near as bad as the promotional ...

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Ro revealed as Zebra new boy

The identity of Zebra’s new lead guitarist was revealed on Saturday night to an extremely packed and lively Lincolnshire Poacher.   Ro Barrett, who hails from near Stamford, has stepped up to take on the coveted role and has previously gigged with bands throughout Europe as well as having a successful career as a singer/songwriter.   The dance floor was ...

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Film review: Ghost In The Shell (12A)

Remaking a classic is always a dangerous game – and Ghost In The Shell certainly came in for plenty of criticism before it had even dropped a trailer. For those of you (like me) that haven’t seen the 1995 British-Japanese science fiction anime original, it is something of a cult classic with a 96 per cent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. ...

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Film review: Life (15)

I’m a sucker for a science fiction (sci-fi) film – so when I saw the stellar cast attached to Life, my expectations went through the roof. Not to be confused with the incredibly funny Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence film of the same name (1999), Life is directed by Daniel Espinosa (Child 44) and focuses on a group of astronauts ...

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Series of events for heritage lovers

Heritage lovers are in for a treat – a series of events to help people discover some of the fascinating venues on their doorstep take place next week.   The South Holland Heritage Forum has organised ‘Discovering Your Hidden Heritage’ which will see events take place across South Holland during the first week of April.   The events kick off ...

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Children’s Easter egg hunt in Spalding town centre under way

A free Easter egg hunt organised by Spalding optician Molsom and Associates is under way. Children aged 4 to 12 can collect a clue/entry form from the practice in Hall Place. The clues lead to paper eggs displayed in nine other shops/places in the town centre. Molsom’s Vicky Harvey said: “Each egg has a message to write on their sheet ...

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Men’s Shed South Holland – a place to socialise

Individuals are being invited to get involved in a new project designed to create a community shed where they can get together, socialise and share skills. The new Men’s Shed South Holland project seeks to create a shared space to work on individual or group projects in a friendly environment. The next meeting is on Friday, March 31, at 2pm ...

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New £200,000 high ropes course at Weston ready to launch

South Holland’s first high ropes course is due to open this month following a £200,000 investment and five-month project. It’s the latest attraction at Weston’s Fun Farm – originally a farm diversification project into soft play, which later expanded to include Laser Storm laser tag game. Owner Albert Slator said: “We wanted to do something different. From Easter through to ...

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Film review: Kong – Skull Island (12A)

If – like me – you enjoyed the 2014 Godzilla reboot, you’ve probably been looking forward Kong: Skull Island for quite some time. There’s just something great, especially on the big screen, about seeing a giant monster wreak havoc in an enjoyable environment. Skull Island certainly delivers on both fronts, with the new super-sizing of Kong – who is probably ...

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Marvel at local photographers’ talent in Spalding exhibition

Spalding Photographic Society’s annual print exhibition is under way. About 50 superb images are adorning the walls of The Geest Gallery at Ayscoughfee Hall Museum until Thursday, March 30. The prints, which cover a wide range of subjects from wildlife to landscapes, include  submissions by beginners through to experienced photographers. The society, which meets monthly from September to April at ...

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FIlm review: Logan (15)

It’s incredible to think that Hugh Jackman has spent 17 years playing legendary X-Men superhero Wolverine. The Aussie has hacked and slashed his way through eight different films since first donning the adamantium claws in 2000 – and for many people, he simply is the Wolverine. Logan marks the end of the road for Jackman’s version of the character, so ...

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Film review: Patriots Day (15)

When it comes to director/actor team-ups, the combination of Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg is becoming a really great one. If you’ve not yet seen the excellent Lone Survivor (2013) or Deepwater Horizon (2016), you should really put them on your to-do list. Patriots Day, the story of the 2013 Boston Marathon terrorist attack, sees Berg and Wahlberg again focus ...

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Film review: John Wick – Chapter 2 (15)

It’s easy to forget just how awesome the original John Wick film was. The 2014 story of the retired hitman, played effortlessly by Keanu Reeves, forced back into the murky assassin world after the death of his wife (and indeed the brutal murder his dog) was widely recognised as one of the best action films of that year. It was ...

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Film review: Fifty Shades Darker (18)

I often get asked what the worst film I’ve reviewed for The Spalding Voice is. It’s fair to say the original Fifty Shades of Grey film stands out as easily the poorest cinematic experience I’ve endured over the past three years. I get that the books by E.L James have a massive following and I also understand why some people ...

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International stars to wrestle at Holbeach

The high-flyers and the bad guys descend on Holbeach Community Centre next month for another night of international professional wrestling action.     The family-friendly show will feature championship and tag team tournament matches at the Fishpond Lane venue on Saturday, March 4.   Wrestlers scheduled to appear include ‘The Sellout’ Leo Addison, Notorious Kris Navarro, Mad Dog Maxx, Hotshot Scotty ...

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Helping hand for grown-ups during half-term

The South Holland Centre is giving grown-ups a helping hand this half term with a Stage ‘n’ Screen offer for £10 per adult or child.   This special deal includes a 2D matinee screening of the hit family film Sing, plus a ticket for a wonderful live show Fairytales Gone Bad with pre-show mask-making.   The hilarious family movie Sing ...

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Film review: Resident Evil – The Final Chapter 3D (15)

I fully expected the sixth and (supposedly) final Resident Evil film to be absolutely dreadful. After an encouraging start – yes, I am one of those people who enjoyed the first two films – the zombie horror/action films based on the successful video game series really have gone downhill. The last two offerings, Afterlife (2010) and Retribution (2012), were particularly ...

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Feel-good showing is highly-acclaimed

Fans of swinging jazz, blues or gospel are in line for a very special treat when highly-acclaimed words-and-music show Café Society Swing hits the Spalding stage later this month.     This feel good show tells the true story of ‘Café Society’, the first racially-desegregated jazz club in New York.   From 1938 to 1949, Café Society played host to ...

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