Things to do

Coffee, cake and charity at Macmillan’s Biggest Coffee Morning 2017

The only thing finer than coffee and cake is coffee and cake for a good cause. So choose your venue for the Macmillan Big Coffee Morning on Friday, September 29. Across the district, cafes, libraries and community hubs are hosting coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research. Pick your place and turn up for good food, a cup of ...

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Book ahead for critically acclaimed independent films in Spalding

The latest South Holland Centre cinema programme has been released and features a selection of independent films chosen by the Lincolnshire One Venues (LOV) Young People’s Programme arts network. The cinema listings up to the start of December are now out. Alongside mainstream films such as The Emoji Movie, Victoria and Abdul and Murder on the Orient Express, LOVFilm Project ...

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Donington parade to remember the fallen

A parade to remember the 1st Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers takes place in Donington on Sunday. The 1st Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers were billeted in Donington for nine months before departing for The Battle of Arnhem, known as Operation Market Garden and made famous by the film A Bridge Too Far. The parade will set off from the Market Place ...

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Film review: American Assassin (18)

Few films start as well – or as brutally – as American Assassin. We’re introduced to main character Mitch Rapp (Dylan O’Brien) in an idylic beach setting, but it soon becomes the scene of a horrifying terror attack that lays the foundation for a pretty solid revenge thriller. Fast forward 18 months and Rapp’s something of a vigilante after failing ...

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Real ale campaigners CAMRA name South Holland’s best beer pubs

Four pubs in South Holland have been listed in the 2018 Good Beer Guide. They feature in the 45th edition of the Good Beer Guide, published by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Two pubs are highlighted as beer-lover destinations in the prestigious guide book, along with pubs in Donington and Gosberton Risegate. In Spalding, The Priors Oven and Drayman’s ...

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Two hours of nun fun with Sister Act stage show in Spalding

Spalding theatre group Act II will perform the stage version of Sister Act at the South Holland Centre. Director Karl Gernert describes the show as “two hours of unashamed fun” and he says the music by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors/Disney’s Beauty and The Beast) is “outstanding.” “They take the best bits of the film and add a great ...

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Motorcycle training at Cadwell Park for safer winter riding

Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership is hosting its Performance Plus motorcycle day, a fun get-together for riders with a serious side focused on riding skills and learning road safety awareness. The Performance Plus day takes place at Cadwell Park on Tuesday, September 19. “We get 80 riders out on the track and show them how to handle motorbikes in low speed ...

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Add your Fenland tale to a collection by mobile historian

Historian and musician Danny Pedler (pictured) is touring South Holland on the mobile library to collect Fenland stories. As part of the project Field and Dyke: Your Fenland Stories, he will tour the district playing folk songs and tunes from South Lincolnshire. He will be collecting memories, anecdotes and tales from the area to inspire future projects. The sessions are ...

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Film review: Stephen King’s IT (15)

If a generation of people grew up with a strange fear of clowns, you can bet that Stephen King’s IT and the subsequent 1990 mini-series are to blame. Fast forward 27 years (that number won’t be lost on fans) and Pennywise the demonic killer clown is back to terrorise another generation, this time on the big screen. Directed by Andy ...

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Hillbilly hoedown from Utah coming to Spalding

Americana band 3hattrio travel from Southern Utah to the South Holland Centre for a night of stripped-back, barnstorming music. As part of their UK tour, the group plays Spalding on Thursday, September 14. The band comprises singer and guitarist Hal Cannon, Greg Istock on acoustic bass and foot percussion, and the classically trained violinist Eli Wrankle. World music magazine Songlines ...

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Film review: Annabelle Creation (15)

Even if you’re a fan of horror movies, it’s likely that the eery trailer for Annabelle: Creation sent a shiver or two down your spine. Serving as both a follow-up and prequel to 2014’s Annabelle, the David F Sandberg-directed Creation also tells the story of how the creepy doll introduced in both the original and The Conjuring (2013) came to ...

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Spalding Folk club serves up The Teacups

Folk festival favourites The Teacups will play Spalding Folk Club on Wednesday, September 6. The a capella group will bring to town their “murder ballads, exotic shanties and traditional songs of love and loss” that make up their second album, Of Labour and Love. The Teacups perform traditional folk music alongside their own original songs. They are another young group ...

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Places of worship open in festival of exploration

Places of worship have long been a landmark in the South Holland area. Countryside churches are visible right across the flat landscape and many of them are hidden treasures waiting to be explored. A two-day festival next month will help visitors explore some of these special places. The first Holland Places of Worship Festival will be held on Saturday, September ...

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Young creatives get chance to run a new arts festival in Spalding

Youngsters who want to get into the arts have the chance to plan, organise, perform at or run a mini-festival at the South Holland Centre. South Holland Centre’s Youth Takeover Team and Lincolnshire One Venues network host the Emerge project that aims to give young people a start in the arts. The scheme will also offer an arts award. “There ...

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Film review: The Dark Tower (12A)

I was expecting great things from The Dark Tower. Based on the acclaimed series of books from celebrated author Stephen King, many fans have described it as his best work. But there lies the problem, with director Nikolaj Arcel (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 2009) attempting to crowbar eight books worth of material into around 95 minutes of film. ...

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Motor nuerone disease fundraiser snooker tournament returns to Spalding

Spalding League snooker player Nigel Brasier combines his passion for the game with fundraising for the third time as he raises money for a cause close to his heart. The third ‘Nigel The Brave Charity Tournament’ will again raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA). Nigel (48), from Donington, was diagnosed with the incurable condition in 2013 and ...

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Food and crafts set for Holbeach’s first Saturday market

Holbeach is to host its first Saturday market in Church Street. This Saturday (Aug 19), the monthly market launches with a range of stalls. “We have crafts and food at present, including cards, gifts, retro items, furniture and cakes,” said Holbeach Parish Councillor Isobel Hutchinson. It is hoped the market will not only please Holbeach shoppers but also encourage traders. ...

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Elizabeth’s organ concert at Burtey Fen Collection, Pinchbeck

Organist Elizabeth Harrison will play a two-part concert at the Burtey Fen Collection organ theatre in Pinchbeck on Sunday. The Lancashire organist and keyboard player will begin the concert playing the brightly-lit vintage 1934 Compton Cinema organ and finish on the iconic Wurlitzer built in 1929. Elizabeth is one of the busiest performers on the circuit, thanks to her 25 ...

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Sutton Bridge annual art exhibition celebrates its 20th year

The annual art exhibition at St Matthew’s Church in Sutton Bridge celebrates its 20th year. In reaching its second decade, the event has become the longest running art exhibition in the area. More than 200 works were entered into this year’s event, which features works from 70 artists from Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. The exhibition opens on August 26 and ...

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Spalding Arts and Crafts Society welcome artist Naomi

Established artist Naomi Clements-Wright gave her inaugural demonstration to Spalding Arts & Crafts Society at their August meeting. Time constraints meant that she didn’t quite finish the painting but she posted this photo of the finished picture. More can be seen on the society blog – follow the SACS News link on the website www.saacs.org.uk The next demonstration will be ...

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