Things to do

Film review: The Snowman (15)

Boasting a very strong cast and based on best-selling source material, The Snowman (no, not that one) has long-looked like being one of the big films of the year. Led by the always excellent Michael Fassbender as flawed police detective Harry Hole, Rebecca Ferguson, JK Simmons, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Toby Jones, Val Kilmer and James D’Arcy all star in the big ...

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Early Christmas for Crowland slimmers

Members of a South Holland slimming group are getting in early with their festive celebrations. The group has already lost a total of 120 stone so far this year, and they marked the start of their annual season slim down with a pre-Christmas celebration, complete with decorations and party food. “Christmas is a magical time of year and the weeks ...

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Smashing pumpkin parade autumn fun in Spalding

The Pumpkin Parade returns this Friday, October 13, with fun for all the family. The annual South Holland District Council Pumpkin Parade celebrates everything autumnal with parades and games. This Friday evening, families in fancy dress will parade through Spalding in a celebration of the fun side of the season. Festivities begins at 11am and run all day to 8pm. ...

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Film review: Blade Runner 2049 3D (15)

One of the hardest tasks is cinema is delivering a sequel – but that pressure is ramped up to the extreme when it comes to following bona-fide classics. Enter Blade Runner 2049, which serves as a direct sequel to Ridley Scott’s cult 1982 hit Blade Runner… a film considered by many to be one of the best science fiction offerings ...

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From the comfort of the South Holland Centre, travel Sussex with a merry band of men

Tomorrow (Thursday, October 12) comes the chance to explore Edwardian Sussex with a merry band of men who on their four-day trip travel 92 miles and polish off 300 pints of beer. The journey will take place on the stage of the South Holland Centre and takes the form of The Four Men, a play adapted from a story by ...

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See much-hyped Blade Runner sequel at Boston West End Cinema this week

If you’re planning a trip to the cinema this weekend, I’d wager that Blade Runner 2049 is on your radar. That’s right, Ridley Scott’s iconic 1980s sci-fi film finally has a sequel some 35 years later – and the early rumblings are that it’s going to be pretty awesome. If you’ve not seen the 1982 Harrison Ford classic, it’s perhaps ...

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Singing for Life to raise hospice cash

A group of South Holland women will be adding their voices to a charity concert later this month. Sing for Life will raise money for Sue Ryder’s Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough. The gala will be at The Cresset, Peterborough, on Sunday, October 21 and more than 100 specially-recruited singers will take part in the fundraiser. Tickets are available via ...

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Songwriting course for young musicians in Holbeach

A free course in Holbeach will give creative youngsters the chance to write, craft and record an original song before making a music video ready for YouTube. George Barnett from Spalding indie-pop duo Alfie Jack – who gig nationally and have appeared on the BBC – runs the six-week course at Holbeach Hub. Alfie Jack have released two EPs and ...

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Creative family show off their talents at new Spalding art exhibition

A talented family of potters and painters will display their crafts at Ayscoughfee Hall Museum this October. Anthony Edwards and his wife Di this year celebrate 45 years of master craftsmanship. The couple run Tydd Pottery at Pode Hole and their Step By Step exhibition is at Aysoughfee Hall Museum throughout October. Anthony’s stepson Mike and Mike’s partner Emma will ...

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Schoolchildren to help re-open Spalding Aldi store

A Spalding superstore is due to re-open its tomorrow (Thursday, September 28) after a refurbishment and extension. Children from St John the Baptist Primary will be part of the celebrations at Aldi on St Thomas Road when they help to officially cut the ribbon. The green-fingered pupils will receive a donation of gardening materials from the store to help maintain ...

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Film review: Kingsman – The Golden Circle (15)

It felt like 2014’s Kingsman: The Secret Service flew a little under the radar – which was something of a surprise given that it was one of the better action films of the year. The tables have turned a little for the hotly-anticipated sequel, The Golden Circle, with expectations through the roof this time around. Let’s get one thing out ...

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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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