Community

Litter pickers clean channel

A litter pick organised by Flamingo Flowers Ltd resulted in 26 bags of rubbish being cleaned up from the Coronation Channel. The volunteers covered an almost five-mile stretch of the channel and picked up a baby bath, a strimmer and 100s of beer cans. Managing director, David Brown said: “We were really pleased with the number of Flamingo staff (plus ...

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Amazing Sophie makes the cut

A Spalding schoolgirl has donated a fantastic 17 inches of hair to Little Princess Trust after years of growing it. Sophie Callow (9), of Clumber Drive, went for her first haircut in years at Short Cuts Salon on Wednesday, where hairdresser Susan Patman cut it for free and even a man having his hair cut before her donated to her ...

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GALLERY – Town pumped up with pride

It was another Spalding Pumpkin Festival to be proud of last Friday as an estimated 10,000 people celebrated in the town with a glorious parade. Fireworks flew to end the event, which had started in the morning with stalls and games, and met an explosive end in town after the evening parade. A spokesman from South Holland District Council said ...

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MP lends support at snooker day

A Donington man has celebrated his fifth charity snooker event. Nigel Brasier held his latest snooker tournament on Saturday at Spalding Constitutional Club, in aid of fundraising and awareness for Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA). Mr Brasier is affected by the condition himself and was joined on the day by Sir John Hayes MP, along with friends, family and a ...

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Nick’s marathon guide dog effort

A Spalding man who turns 50 years old next month is marking the occasion with a big American run to raise money for a guide dog charity. Nick Pearson got the idea to run for Guide Dogs for the Blind from his father, Dennis, who is blind. Dennis is a regular in Spalding with his guide dog, Ozzie. By running ...

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Creative night a huge draw

There was nothing sketchy about the first Drink and Draw event last Thursday at Gin Bar in Spalding.Organised by Weston comic shop Strange Apparitions and Spalding Picture Framing, the event brought together the region’s creatives for a night of drawing, which included a beer mat decorating competition, won by Jason Martindale.Strange Apparitions owner Alexander Hunt said: “It was so nice ...

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Get ready for the Pumpkin Parade

Get a slice of the action on Friday as the Pumpkin Parade returns to Spalding. Now in its 18th year, Spalding Pumpkin Festival, which starts at 11am and closes at 8pm, attracts thousands of visitors with lots of things to see and do for all the family.Among the attractions will be charity stalls, a face painting competition, stilt walkers, a ...

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Join the audience for culinary radio show

A popular BBC food show will be broadcast from a Spalding venue next week, and you can get free tickets to attend.BBC Radio 4 show The Kitchen Cabinet is presented by Jay Raynor and will be on at 6.15pm on Tuesday, October 15.During the interactive show, Raynor will field audience questions.A BBC spokesman said: “The show is witty, fast-moving, and ...

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India (6) inspired by mum’s hair raising charity efforts five-years-ago

A charity effort five years ago has inspired a Spalding six-year-old. India-Rose Waite wondered why her mum Rachel Woods was completely bald in pictures at the Wygate Road home. In fact it’s because Rachel shaved her head raising £1,000 for Macmillan in solidarity with a friend who was remission from breast cancer at the time. Hearing about that has led ...

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Meaty donations for good causes

Local food firm Bakkavor has presented over £24,000 to local charities. The cash was raised at its annual Fun Weekend and Party in the Park music event. The firm described this year’s event as “the biggest ever” with the music event attended by a “record breaking crowd”. Every year Bakkavor financially matches all proceeds made from the two-day event which ...

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Thousands raised by ‘balling’ Tina

A Spalding woman who organised a charity ball to help her through her battle with cancer has helped raise over £17,000. Tina Rowe (41) put on the Boobie Ball at Springfields recently with the funds being split between Breast Cancer Care and Prostate Cancer UK. Over 500 attended the event, including Emmerdale stars Bhasker Patel, Liam Fox and Jonny McPherson. ...

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Community ball to celebrate roaring 20s

A new community ball planned for Holbeach will take place in March next year, 100 years after its theme – the roaring 20s. Organised by parish councillor Isobel Hutchinson and daughter Sophie, the ball at the community centre will raise money to fund projects in the town. Coun Hutchinson said: “We are both passionate about are town and are already ...

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Care home fun has plenty of legs

Rats, snakes, millipedes and lizards were among the creatures raising interests for the residents of a Spalding care home. Southernwood Care Home in Matmore Gate invited those residents that wished to enjoy some more exotic animals last week. Barbara Thomas and snake Chris Knowles from the company Zoolab brought in a host of exotic animals for the residents to hold ...

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Pupils Recycle with Michael

Pupils at South View School in Crowland have had a phenomenal response to the Recycle with Michael initiative, collecting unwanted clothes and shoes for the Salvation Army. Upon collection of the bags by a representative of the scheme, the school was bursting at the seams with donations. The clothes are sent to the charity, whereby they will be weighed and ...

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Bakkavor boost for Air Cadets

Spalding Air Cadets have landed a cash boost thanks to local firm Bakkavor. Members of the 1406 (Spalding) squadron of the RAF Air Cadets have been given £3,200 by Bakkavor. It follows the cadets assisting with car parking at its annual Party in the Park in July. Flight Lieutenant Marc Fowler, Officer Commanding, said: “I am so grateful for the ...

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Joan’s century

A Spalding woman has celebrated her 100th birthday – and puts it down to a hearty breakfast. Joan Stanhope was born on September 21, 1919 and until two years ago, lived at Spring Gardens in the town and spent her working career at Johnson Hospital. She celebrated her birthday at her relatively new home of St John’s Care Home in ...

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World’s biggest coffee morning

It’s that wonderful time again, when you can wolf down cake, tea and coffee with a good conscience as it’s for a good cause. The 2019 Macmillan Cancer Support World’s Biggest Coffee Morning takes place nationally on September 27. There are plenty of places in South Holland taking part, why not try to fit in a couple and double your ...

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Phil Taylor powers fantastic hospital fundraiser

Pros and amateur dart players stepped up to the oche and raised a fantastic £7,000 for the Johnson Hospital with a charity darts night on Saturday. James Clayton beat Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor in the final of the tournament that included Wayne Mardle and Joe Cullen at Springfields. The organisers They also took on members of the public. Organiser and ...

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Planting day at cemetery

A tree-planting day will take place at Holbeach’s Hallgate Cemetery, this Sunday (September 22), starting at 10am. Recent cemetery improvements have included a memorial wall and garden, as well as resurfacing the roadway. Parish Council member Coun Rudkin said of Sunday’s event: “The cemetery has really come a long way since it opened in 2009 and I have been glad ...

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Memory walk for Mum a success

A Spalding woman who organised a Memory Walk and bake sale has raised more than £100 for the Alzheimer’s Society. Sandra Hudson, who is registered blind, set up the walk after her mother, Margaret Croft, was diagnosed with vascular dementia. She said of Thursday’s walk: “We all enjoyed a fabulous day in the Springfield’s garden and shopping centre. “The staff ...

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