Things to do

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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Film review: Atomic Blonde (15)

I love it when I’m genuinely surprised by how good a film is. Atomic Blonde, while being on my radar for its impressive cast, wasn’t really overly hyped ahead of its release. But I can’t help feel that it really should have been, given that the David Leitch-directed action spy thriller is up there with the most fun I’ve had ...

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Up to 10,000 people at Spalding 1940s weekend event

Record crowds were in Spalding over the weekend when the clock was turned back to the wartime years. It was the era of ration books, Lindy Hops and the dreaded Doodlebugs. But visitors were In the Mood when they dressed in their finest for the occasion. The 1940s event held at Ayscoughfee Hall saw around 10,000 people enjoy the sunshine ...

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Two years of jive dance classes

Jive dance couple Claire and Neil Seabrook celebrate two years of their company Boston Jive with a sold-out show at the South Holland Centre. Claire and Neil teach retro 40s and 50s dancing across South Holland five nights a week. To celebrate two years of Boston Jive, the couple have put on a dance night at the South Holland Centre ...

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Celebs score slots on charity football team

Famous faces from the likes of The X-Factor, Liverpool Football Club, Emmerdale and I’m A Celebrity will form an all-star football team in Holbeach Bank this Saturday (August 12). The Charity Football Tournament Family Fun Day will be held at Holbeach Bank Football Club. Local team Growers United will be led by Liverpool FC legend Alan Kennedy. The opposing team ...

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Village halls are at the heart of the community

Reasonable rental rates and a clear space suitable for almost all events put village halls at the heart of their local community. The diverse events on offer at our local hubs – from exercise classes to film clubs – are testament to the creative and community-minded organisers who book the space. Whaplode Village Hall is an excellent example of a ...

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Getting South Holland walking for health

A scheme aimed at getting more people in South Holland walking has celebrated its tenth anniversary. The Walking for Health initiative held a special event at the South Holland Centre which was attended by 130 walk leaders and volunteers. New members are always welcome to join the club which has eight walking clubs across the district offering 13 walks. A ...

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Wartime aircraft to fly over Ayscoughfee 1940s event

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will once again fly over Spalding this weekend. Spectacular flypasts of iconic World War Two aircraft will thrill people of all ages this Saturday and Sunday. The era of the war years, big bands and ration books will be vividly brought back to life at Ayscoughfee Hall Museum and Gardens. The historic Spalding venue ...

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Film review: Captain Underpants (U)

After such a great run of new films at the cinema in recent weeks, I suppose it’s apt that the sequence ended with Captain Underpants. We’ve been spoiled by SpiderMan: Homecoming, War For The Planet Of The Apes and Dunkirk over the past month or so. It’s fair to say that 20th Century Fox’s animated adventure isn’t in that league ...

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Chance to win tickets to watch Icons of the 80s in Castle concert

A star-studded line-up of 80s icons will be appearing in the county next month – and we have a pair of tickets to be won.   Spalding-based Live Promotions are staging an Icons of the 80s night at Lincoln Castle on Saturday, August 12, featuring the likes of Go West, Tony Hadley and T’Pau.   This year marks the 30th ...

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