Things to do

Crowds Celebrate Surfleet in style

Villagers came out in force to Celebrate Surfleet and raise money to go towards new defibrillators on Sunday. The annual fete and dog show drew the crowds for its eighth running at Surfleet Village Hall and Glen Park. There was fun for all the family with live entertainment throughout the day, a host of community stalls and fun and games ...

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Film review: Final Score (15)

There’s something of an art to making a film be both pretty rubbish and very entertaining at the same time. Growing up, I remember loving the now cult classic Starship Troopers, despite recognising that it had a lot of obvious flaws. While I can’t say that I felt the same warmth to the quite frankly ridiculous Final Score, it does ...

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Film review: BlacKkKlansman (15)

A black undercover police detective infiltrates the Ku Klux Klan. As far as movie plots go, that’s a compelling pitch. What’s more, it’s a true story. With BlacKkKlansman, veteran American director Spike Lee (Malcolm X, Do The Right Thing) brings the historic story to the screen and holds up a mirror to modern society. In late-1970s America, Ron Stallworth (John ...

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Book reveals awesome animal jobs

A Spalding first-time author has released a book packed with animal facts, detailing jobs they have around the world. Phil Clay began his working life on a farm and has maintained a lifelong interest in animals and wildlife. He then channelled his interest into finding weird and wonderful facts about working animals into his book What Have Animals Ever Done ...

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Helping young people reach new heights in Holbeach

Youngsters are missing out on a host of activities on their doorstep, the commanding officer of an air cadet squadron that’s been going since 1947 has said. The 2430 (Holbeach) Squadron’s commanding officer flight lieutenant Keith Bates (59) has been involved with the air cadets since he was 13-years-old and he’s disappointed so many people are missing out on what ...

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Sunday song at Spalding choir open day ahead of next year’s big gigs

Spalding Parish Church Choir holds its annual Open Evening at 6.30pm on Sunday (September 9). During the free concert, the choir will perform well-known music, and the evening will conclude with refreshments and a raffle for choir funds. This year, the group of 20 boys and 18 men sang Evensong at St George’s Chapel, Windsor, and next year, the choir ...

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Chance to perform at Spalding Pumpkin Parade with free samba class

Samba, the irresistible Latin style of music that can’t help but shake hips, is coming to Spalding with free lessons starting this month. Experts and beginners alike are welcome to take part in the sessions, and the group’s first outing will come at this year’s Spalding Pumpkin Parade on Friday, October 12. “No previous experience is necessary, just a willingness ...

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Dishonoured in Hong Kong

A Hong Kong man who visited South Holland last month has taken a copy of home-grown action movie Dishonoured back to Asia with him as a memento. The film, written by and starring Holbeach Film Company’s Stephan Genovese, was influenced by 80s and 90s action cinema, a genre that was forged in Hong Kong by directors such as John Woo ...

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Film review: The Darkest Minds (12A)

The Young Adult (YA) genre has often been a guilty pleasure of mine over the years. The Harry Potter films, the Hunger Games series and the Maze Runner offerings were all very enjoyable, while I was even partial to the first two Divergent movies (until it got really, really bad). Next in line to present a dystopian future where children ...

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Holbeach air cadet Helen flies into camp

A Holbeach air cadet has marched into a prestigious national camp. Cadet Sergeant Helen Savory (17) was one of a just 300 invited to Beckingham training camp for the RAF Air Cadets Drill and Ceremonial Camp. There she learned and took part in drill displays usually saved for the professionals such as the famous RAF display team. Helen said: “I’ve ...

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Local RBL branches in huge pilgrimage

Representatives of five Royal British Legion (RBL) branches in South Holland took part in a huge pilgrimage to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. In one of the largest ever RBL operations, thousands of people travelled to Ypres, Belgium, for a three-day event. Representatives from Fleet and District, Holbeach, Spalding, Pinchbeck, Long Sutton and ...

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So, you think you know South Holland well?

Put your local knowledge to the test and fill in the gaps with the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society (SGS) quiz. The 100-question quiz is themed Spalding and South Holland and is a good excuse to get out and about. SGS member Dave Jacobs said: “If you think you know your local history or, if not, would like to get to know ...

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Art leader’s final exhibition at Sutton Bridge

This year’s St Matthew’s Church, Sutton Bridge, Annual Art Exhibition will be organiser Geoff De Roux’s last as he steps down from the post. Geoff has organised the exhibition for the last seven years and now St Matthew’s Church is looking for someone else to lead the long-standing exhibition from next year. The exhibition runs from 10am on Saturday, August ...

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Relax and refresh this September in Spalding

A new series of meditation and mindfulness courses starts in Spalding in September. The antithesis of modern living, meditation and mindfulness brings space and peace to our lives. Next month, there are two options for those looking to explore their inner peace. A spokesman said: “All living beings have a shared wish – to be happy and free from problems. ...

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Film review: The Meg (12A)

I’d wager that, if you’ve seen any of the promotional material for The Meg, you’d think that it’s more Sharknado than Jaws. I mean, pitting a massive prehistoric shark called a Megladon (The Meg for short) against a group of humans headlined by action maestro Jason Statham does have a bit of a ‘straight to DVD’ feel about it. But, ...

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Flypasts set for 1940s weekend in Spalding

History comes to life again in Spalding this weekend at the Ayscoughfee 1940s Weekend. Set for the two-day event is a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flypast on both days, weather permitting. On Saturday and Sunday (August 11 & 12), Ayscoughfee will be full of memorabilia displays, stalls, vintage vehicles and entertainment, including dancing and singers. At 2.30pm on Sunday ...

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Film review: Ant-Man and The Wasp 3D (12A)

One of Infinity War’s lingering questions (other than the wider reaching ramifications of Thanos’ actions) concerned the whereabouts of Ant-Man/Scott Lang. Locked up in a cell after his part in Captain America: Civil War, Scott was only briefly referenced in Marvel’s game-changing Avengers offering a few months ago. Well, if you’re hoping that Ant-Man and The Wasp will answer all ...

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Film review: Mission Impossible – Fallout 3D (12A)

The Mission Impossible films may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but you can’t deny that they’ve found a winning formula over the past two decades (that’s right, it’s 22 years since the original). If you want to see Tom Cruise’s legendary character Ethan Hunt save the world by pulling off death-defying stunts and catching bad guys, Fallout – the ...

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Get diggy with it at Ayscoughfee archeology festival

Grab a trowel, the second annual Festival of Archaeology takes place this weekend at Ayscoughfee Gardens in Spalding. On Saturday and Sunday (July 28/29), visitors can dig deep into dirt pits to unearth fossils and get hands-on with a host of activities and crafts, as well as talks, walks and demonstrations. The first festival weekend last year was a success ...

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Film review: Skyscraper (12A)

It’s fair to say that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has become the champion of the action blockbuster genre over the past few years. Be it in the Fast and Furious films, disaster epic San Andreas or the largely ridiculous (but still fun) Rampage, you know what to expect when you see the former WWE star attached to an action project. ...

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