Author Archives: Rachel Mayfield

LETTER: Record amount raised at Rotary golf day

Final accounts are now in for the Rotary Club of South Holland 2015 charity golf day. The event raised a record £2,780 for Rotary charities. That money will be well used to help the sick, disabled and needy – most of them here in Spalding, but some overseas. We have played our part, for example, in the Rotary International campaign ...

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LETTER: Parking still an issue at Chancery Court

I must thank you for placing the article re parking on Chancery Court. It seemed to work for a week or two. However today (October 20) was absolutely manic. At 11:45am Georgian Court residents and people living down Chancery Court were unable to gain access to the complex or their homes due to the number of inconsiderate drivers parked on ...

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Judge Jules at Loaded on Halloween

Following his huge success earlier in the year, DJing legend Judge Jules returns to Spalding’s Loaded nightclub on Saturday.(October 31) He remains one of the most well-known DJ’s and defines a generation in clubbing. Judge Jules first took to the decks in the late 80s whilst studying law at university, hence the ‘Judge’. Jules’ sets are the epitome of what ...

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Spooky Halloween fayre in Long Sutton

Get in a spooky mood this Halloween with the Wytches & Wizards Fayre. Organised by Rainbow Festivals, the event takes place in the greenhouse at Silverwood Craft and Garden Centre at Long Sutton from 11am to 4pm on Saturday. Be greeted by stunning live owls when you arrive, then go inside and mooch around the fayre for some cackling crafts, ...

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Free theatre company show in Spalding town centre

Physical theatre company Tangled Feet will be performing free outdoor show “Trade” in Spalding market place on Saturday. Following the success of the outdoor performance “Burntwater” in Spalding last year, the singing seed traders will return to set up their stall for a different kind of market. Based on the historic Hiring Fairs that once took place in the towns, ...

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Big Country take to the Spalding stage

Big Country South Holland Centre, Spalding Saturday, 7.30pm Tickets £24.50 Box office: 01775 476777 Scottish band Big Country exploded on the scene in 1983, with Top Ten hit Fields Of Fire, and the million selling In a Big Country. Their debut album The Crossing sold over two million copies (and went gold in the US), and their second album Steeltown ...

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Brass quintet open new concert season

South Holland Concerts will be opening its 32nd season with a performance by exciting brass quintet Pure Brass. The concert takes place at the South Holland Centre, Spalding, on Saturday, at 7.30pm. They will be playing music from traditional brass band compositions to classical renditions, modern compositions and vibrant jazz numbers. The quintet consists of Andrew Connell-Smith and Iain Archibald ...

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What’s On: October 1-7

TODAY South Holland Healthy Walks, 10.30am, Holbeach Services Club. Meet your Health Trainer, 9am-4pm, Sutton Bridge Community Centre, 07532 236616. Holbeach and Spalding Explorers: Spalding, 7pm-9pm; Holbeach 7.15pm-9.15pm, www.handsscouts.com Tots and Carers, 9am-11.30am, Moulton Village Hall. Vitality classes, Broad Street Methodist Church Hall, Spalding, 11.30am-12.30pm and 1.45pm-2.45pm; Weston Village Hall, 2pm-3pm, £1.50, 01529 411941. Vibe Contemporary Youth Choir, 5.30pm-7pm, South ...

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Tulip Talk with Jan Whitbourn

We recently had the pleasure of spending an hour in the company of the two stalwarts of the local branch of the Royal Naval Association, Keith and Yvonne Crawford. Keith told us of his early days in the Royal Navy and the square bashing he had to endure as part of his basic training. He later joined the Fleet Air ...

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Laugh out loud at comedians

Funhouse Comedy Club returns to the South Holland Centre, Spalding, tomorrow (Friday) for another laughter-packed night. Headlining is sharp and intuitive Irishman Keith Farnan, who has performed as a stand-up all over the world, from Montreal, to Amsterdam, to Hong Kong and has appeared on radio and TV including Michael Mcintyre’s Comedy Roadshow. Both charismatic and bold he delivers his ...

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Funny play about depression

Tomorrow night (Friday, October 1), the South Holland Centre in Spalding is hosting a play on national tour that has had all the critics raving. Gaining four star reviews across the national media in both the UK and New York, Every Brilliant Thing is a funny play about depression. Performed by Duncan MacMillan, it tells what happens when a six ...

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Wrestling night fun for all the family

The high-flyers and the bad guys descend on Holbeach Community Centre on Saturday, October 10 for another night of international professional wrestling action. The show, which is family friendly, will feature championship and tag team tournament matches. Wrestlers scheduled to appear include “Dangerous” Danny Steel, Captain Rick Wildfire, Mad Dog Maxx, Johnny Thunder, Big Paulie and many more. Tickets for ...

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Founder of Salvation Army honoured with Spalding blue plaque

A pioneering social reformer and evangelist is to be honoured in Spalding. The latest heritage blue plaque – which recognises a person of historical significance – is the fifth in the series and will honour William Booth, the co-founder of church and charity The Salvation Army, which is celebrating its 150th year. Booth’s 86-year-old great-grandson, Colonel Bramwell Booth, will conduct ...

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Working weekend offers a taste of the past

Fleet took a step back in time when tractor drivers descended for the annual Fenland Working Weekend. A field in Branches Lane was filled with tractor drivers from far and wide demonstrating how traditional machinery was used in the past. This popular event attracted many tractor drivers with farming machinery, along with farming enthusiasts who took their tractors and machines ...

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LETTER: Event well organised

On September 13 my wife Christine and I were invited by Douglas Marsh from the Royal Air Force’s Association to attend a service in commemoration and thanksgiving for victory in the Battle of Britain 1940. The service was held at St Matthew’s Church in Sutton Bridge. From the outset, I knew the service would be a dignified occasion because the ...

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LETTER: Green Bag Lottery sham

Having been recently retired I have noticed that when it comes to our weekly recycling collection, one of the refuse collectors goes ahead of the lorry and piles up all the road’s green bags in one pile – which obviously saves time and effort, and means they can collect more efficiently. I have spoken to council employees and I understand ...

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LETTER: Disgusted over plans

I am writing this email to you to express my disgust at the plans now being put in for more houses to be built in Holbeach. The problems with this are as follows: 1. There are already 900 new houses being put in by Mr King who seems to be able to build what he wants wherever he wants. He ...

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LETTER: Pool left me let down

I have just read your article about Spalding swimming pool being too cold. I went there two weeks ago for a leisurely swim with a friend and found the water temperature comfortable, and managed around 25 lengths. However, I visited again on September 16 and found it far too cold to swim in! My friend and I managed about five ...

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LETTER: We go to Boston pool

I used to go to Spalding Swimming Pool regularly to teach a friend, of 60 years old, to swim after she retired. I am 72, but the water was so cold standing helping her and she used to get cold after too short a time, plus the changing rooms had mouldy ceilings and were not pleasant places to be either, ...

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The Last Fare take on the Screwball Rally

Three friends have undertaken the trip of a lifetime in a bid to raise cash for a children’s charity. Mark Herd (37), of Pinchbeck, Jason Dixon (44), of Boston, and Tom Pell (27), of Swineshead, have travelled 2,000 miles around Europe in a decorated London black cab as part of the Screwball Rally. The trio, aptly named The Last Fare, ...

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