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Ghoulish garden boost for charity

A Halloween mad man is to raise money for a charity that brings cancer care closer to home throughout Lincolnshire and is helping prolong the life of his uncle. Jamie Knight is set to once again deck his Cathedral Drive front garden out with all kinds of spooky treats. But this year’s fundraiser is particularly poignant for him as he’ll ...

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Lions donation hits right note

A local band has been given a boost thanks to the Spalding Lions. Lions president Eileen Robson, along with Lions Carole Bell, Alastair Bell and Richard Pacey, made a visit last week to the Spalding Marching Ambassadors to present them with a donation of £500 to assist them in securing the future of the band. The group were formed in ...

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GALLERY – Roman (3) scores on and off pitch

Thousands of pounds were netted for the family of a football mad Holbeach three-year-old who are looking to create the best life possible. Roman Fest was held for Roman Wilson at Donington Community Centre on Sunday as part of the fundraising efforts to build a swimming pool that would help ease the daily pains he experiences. The day involved a ...

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Tasty treat for breakfast clubs

Wygate Park Academy’s breakfast club is one of many in the county to receive a boost from the Lincolnshire Co-Cop. The school was chosen to unveil the group’s Community Champions fundraising total – a fantastic £221,275 – raised through various activities and sales of shopping bags. Each of the 193 schools in the country that have breakfast clubs will get ...

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All aboard model railway club

It’s full steam ahead again for Spalding Model Railway Club which is on the look out for new members to get on board. The club, which is based above Pinchbeck Village Hall in Knight Street, has over 40 members aged 14 and over. It meets from 10am on Tuesday or from 7pm on Fridays. A spokesman for the club said: ...

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Rebellion in the air at Gentlemen’s Society

There’s rebellion in the air at Spalding Gentlemen’s Society. The group’s latest lecture this Friday (October 22) is entitled ‘Rebellion, Revolution, Reform’ and is being delivered by dealer, author and lecturer Jasper Jennings. It will cover the surprising and intriguing stories to be found behind antiquarian prints during what historians call ‘the long 18th century’. SGS lectures at Broad Street ...

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Springfields fireworks display to mark centenary of Royal British Legion

Springfields Shopping Outlet annual firework display is set to mark the 100th anniversary of the Royal British Legion ahead of its returning Remembrance Parade. The fireworks is set to be a fabulous display specially choreographed to great music for all generations at 8pm on November 4, with access from 6pm. The music has been put together especially for the event ...

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Festival set to help football loving Roman (3)

A festival in Donington this Sunday is set to help a Holbeach three-year-old lead his best life. The Roman Festival is being held as part of the fundraising for three-year-old Roman Wilson was left brain damaged after suffering two strokes before he’d even been born. He’s already defying doctors predictions with his development, though is paralysed on his right hand side, ...

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Fleet inventor is ‘no longer afraid of Parkinson’s’ after breakthrough

A Fleet inventor is looking to create a centre of excellence into the treatment of Parkinson’s in Long Sutton after her invention that’s improved her life and that of others with the condition officially launched. Sandra Mcdonough had to retire from her role as a payroll clerk aged 37, but now aged 59 she’s launched her first business after inventing ...

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Anniversary provides food bank boost

Two couples celebrating wedding anniversaries have raised money for a charity food bank. One of the couples, Barbara and Tony Button, were celebrating their 60th anniversary. They held a joint party in Sutton St James with their daughter and son-in-law, Alison and Danial English, who were celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary. Together they raised £1,500 for Long Sutton Food Larder. ...

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Pumpkin fun attracts the crowds

Spalding’s Pumpkin Festival has been hailed a success with a great turnout. The event, which took place on a Saturday this year rather than the traditional Friday evening, saw hundreds of people attend, enjoying the attractions organised by South Holland District Council’s Communities Team. Coun Gary Taylor, portfolio holder for communities and facilities, said: “It went very well. “It was ...

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Raising funds with cake sale

Spalding Parish Day School hosted a cake stall to raise money to help Macmillan Cancer Support do whatever it takes for people living with cancer. Jess, a Year Five pupil, organised it as part of her ‘Make a Difference Project’. The children, in Year 5, also hosted a raffle with Macmillan merchandise to win and held a ‘Guess how many ...

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Phone box idea moving forward

A telephone box that’s planned to be a free mini-museum exhibition in Spalding could be moved a short way. Coun Elizabeth Sneath is adopting the box opposite Ayscoughfee Hall for £1 and working with the museum’s Julia Knight and South Holland District Council’s conservation officer Greg Watkinson on the project to fill the box with images of Spalding’s past. But ...

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Gallery – Monkshouse pupils look to India

Children at Monkshouse Primary School in Spalding have been given The Indian Experience ahead of Diwali. The school was visited by Sunita Patel who helped children create traditional Rangoli artwork as shown, as well as speaking about some of the stories surrounding the festival that gets under way next month. The sessions have been run by Lincolnshire-based The Indian Experience ...

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Lots of pumpkin fun

Pumpkin celebrations are coming to South Holland this weekend with a family-centred event in Spalding. The celebration of horticulture and harvest will be in the town centre from 10am to 3pm on Saturday with a variety of entertainment alongside the usual weekend market. Local businesses in the town centre are taking part in the annual window dressing competition and there ...

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Shopping idea among incentives

A new incentive scheme to encourage people to shop in Spalding is to launch next month in time for the town’s Christmas celebrations. The bid to encourage people to buy from local independent businesses and potentially win a cash prize is the latest in ideas being worked up as part of the Town Centre Steering Group. Other new ideas being ...

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Amazing work from Audrey (97)

Most people would not be looking to take on extra tasks at the age of 87. But sprightly Audrey Forman did just that for ten years to benefit fellow residents in sheltered housing in Lyndis Walk and other areas of Holbeach. Mrs Forman organised events and acted as committee treasurer. Along with monthly coach trips through the summer to places ...

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Roaring charity fun

The owner of a Spalding hotel braved the shave during a charity coffee morning. The Red Lion hosted a cake and coffee sale for Macmillan and, with headshave, more than £800 was raised. “It was a delight to see so many people join us as we raised money for a charity close to the hearts of many. The efforts of ...

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Marathon efforts for brilliant causes

Fun runners returned to the London Marathon this weekend and there was plenty of South Holland interest. They included two teachers, Frances Crampton and Haidee Paul, of St John’s Primary School. Frances Crampton and Haidee Paul, of St John’s Primary School. The pair got the children involved with their campaign before completing Sunday’s race. So far Miss Paul has raised ...

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Lions send 76,836 pairs of spectacles

Thousands of pairs of glasses have been donated to charity by people around Spalding and the latest batch has been sent for sorting. Over 13 or 14 years, Spalding Lions have collected a total of 76,836 pairs of spectacles which are taken to a central point in Chichester. John Steel, a Spalding Lion, has taken the latest eight boxes recently. ...

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