Community

King’s honours for Jan, David and Hazel

Three South Holland residents have been given gongs in the King’s Birthday Honours list. Jan Whitbourn plus couple David and Hazel Burgess have been named as set to receive the Order of the British Empire (BEM) medals from King Charles III. Voice columnist Jan has been working in the community for the past few decades. The district councillor runs the ...

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Charity players take the field

A special birthday football match has been held to help a charity set-up in memory of a Crowland player. Michael Palmer collapsed while playing for the town’s reserve team in March last year.A charity, MP99, was established in his memory to provide referees with portable defibrillators for grass roots football teams to help protect players, officials and supporters in case ...

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Bridging the generation gap

Sixth form students from Spalding Grammar School have been making new friends across the generation gap. St John’s Care Home has been welcoming the young visitors as part of a scheme created to forge relationships between care homes and secondary schools.As part of the Yopey charity, the Country Court Care group is taking part in the initiative to see young ...

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Flower parade ‘will go ahead’

The Spalding Flower Parade will be going ahead in 2025, those behind it have said. An as yet unannounced venue has been decided, as has the date for next year’s event, following a meeting with South Holland District Council leader Nick Worth last Friday.A statement by the committee states: “After a positive meeting with the district council, relationships have been ...

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Chelsea’s top accolade

A Spalding hairdresser has won a national award. Chelsea Askey won the ‘Best for Blonde’ category at the Hair and Beauty Awards in Birmingham on Saturday.“I’m overwhelmed,” she said. “I’ve been in the industry now over 20 years and have won a few awards before but more local awards.“This is my first huge award with The Hair and Beauty Awards.”Chelsea ...

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South Holland to mark 80 years since D-Day landings

Events will take place across South Holland and beyond to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day today (Thursday, June 6). The Normandy landings on D-Day during World War II were the largest seaborne invasion in history, involving more than 5,000 vessels and 160,000 Allied troops.Allied casualties on the first day were at least 10,000, with 4,414 confirmed dead. The Germans lost ...

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Motors on show for Mania event

The sun shone brightly for fans of a Motormania weekend in South Holland. A parade of cars and bikes went through Holbeach and Fleet on Saturday afternoon when around 30 vehicles took to the roads to promote Sunday’s event. Cars and motorcycles from a bygone era were at their gleaming best for the show which was held at the Lawns ...

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‘Treasure’ hunt in Sutton Bridge

Sutton Bridge residents are being urged to donate items for an arts project as part of improvements to the riverside. The Perch Here project, part of the Sutton Bridge Place Making Scheme, is hosting an event at Sutton Bridge village green this Saturday (June 8) from 10am to 3pm.There will be a host of activities to try out, details of ...

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Shield event pays tribute to town hero

Spalding Town Tennis Club hosted its first charity tennis tournament in memory of Steve Machin MBE. He was a town resident and had been a much-loved member of the club as well as a Spalding Rugby Club coach.Steve was head of counter terrorism at Whitemoor Prison and was awarded the MBE for his heroism when involved in disarming a terrorist ...

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Vets to take on Legends in memory of Heather

A local man is holding a charity football match in memory of his mum. Carl Brown lost mum Heather to cancer in September, aged 61, and is now hoping to raise £3,500 for Macmillan Cancer Support.He said: “If you’re diagnosed, your worries are Macmillan’s worries.“Macmillan is doing whatever it takes, but without your help, Macmillan can’t support everyone who needs them.”The ...

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Cancer patient’s hopes for Vegas

A group of friends are rallying round to send a Spalding man with terminal cancer to see the sights of Las Vegas. Craig Dolan (52) has been given just six months to live, and his friends are fundraising to make his remaining time as special as possible.Top of the list are a trip to Las Vegas, a skydive and a ...

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Long walk to raise cash for charity

A Holbeach health care assistant will be joined by two colleagues on a 28-mile charity walk in memory of her dad. Andrea Graveling and friends Hailey Muller and Rachael Bowman will walk from Sutton Bridge to Hunstanton raising money for Prostate Cancer UK.Andrea’s dad Trevor Graveling died of the disease in February, and she chose the place where he lived ...

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Busy time for Flower Queen

Life is busy for Spalding’s newest Flower Queen who led the recent parade through town. Becs Roberts has been making guest appearances as part of her role.She visited the town centre branch of clothing store Bon Marche to present the winner’s award for the best dressed window over flower parade weekend.The staff received the special rosette for the second year ...

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Urgent plea for voluntary drivers

A vital voluntary service in South Holland is appealing for help. The Voluntary Car Service which covers the district is in urgent need of drivers to take patients to and from medical appointments.Last year the service conveyed more than 5,000 patients a total of 141,565 miles so they could attend their appointments.Trips can be very local, to a GP practice ...

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Lions charter birthday bash

Bow ties and ball gowns were the order of the day for members of Spalding Lions. The club marked its 53rd charter anniversary with a celebration event at Spalding’s Woodlands Hotel.The club was formed and chartered in 1971 with the first president Jack Smith, a local chartered accountant.Current president Stuart East and his wife Nita welcomed guests including District Governor ...

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Spalding Festival had the X-factor

Spalding Festival was just a little bit more special this year as thousands enjoyed the festivities at the weekend. Chart acts including Liberty X and the Hoosiers headlined three nights of entertainment alongside the usual fantastic array of beers and ciders.And, once again, a huge amount of money was raised for charities thanks to organisers, Spalding Round Table.Chair of the ...

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Hula-hooping and car washing to raise charity funds and awareness

Bakkavor employees from its UK sites not only celebrated GroceryAid Day, they also organised a Big Bakkavor Walk challenge to raise money for their chosen charity partner. GroceryAid offers a whole array of support services to people working in the grocery industry and their families – including counselling, legal advice and help with budgeting and financial grants.Every year, Bakkavor runs ...

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Dig in and help town’s hospital

Holbeach Hospital is looking for green-fingered volunteers to help maintain our gardens, especially over the summer period.The community-run institution’s gardens face the Ann Waltham Unit where end of life care is provided.It is looking for someone to help keep the gardens in top condition, particularly for the residents who view the gardens in the final days.Duties would include general weeding ...

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‘Inspiring’ Alison is among award winners

A mother talking to colleagues about the loss of her baby to help raise awareness, was among staff recognised by the Co-Op recently. Alison Merrison, a customer service assistant at Long Sutton Co-Op, was named the Inspiring Colleague of the Year at its annual awards.A company spokesman said: “Being inspiring means setting a good example to others. Alison shared the ...

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Meet and greet for author

A Spalding man who has written a book on autism and ADHD following his family’s experiences of the conditions, says he’s delighted with the reception it’s been getting ahead of a meet and greet event.James Wand self-published Autism and ADHD – A Family’s Perspective to put his experiences in the public domain, especially with his 13-year-old daughter Mia and nine-year-old ...

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