Community

Years roll back for Land Girl Bun

A former Land Army girl celebrated VE Day in style in Spalding. Bun Smith (96) was delighted to mark the special anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Now a resident at Spalding’s Cedar Falls Care Home, Bun was even happier when she heard that activities coordinater Sharon Kendall was dressing in honour of the day. Bun pictured ...

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Matt’s to move for Mind Over Mountains

A Spalding man who works for the police says his life has been turned around thanks to a charity that aims to improve people’s mental health by getting them closer to nature. Matt Heaton was one of 20 people who took part in the Mind Over Mountains arranged trip to the Peak District last weekend. He was so impressed by ...

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Thanking the area’s nurses

Nurses have been given special treats to mark National Nursing Day. Mark Le Sage and members of the South Lincolnshire branch of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) went around the area with gift bags on Thursday, May 12. The day marks the birthday of Dame Sarah Swifts who founded the RCN. Mark, pictured left with Sam Showler of Deepings ...

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Ace way to mark club’s 50th

The kings and queens of Spalding Duplicate Bridge Club held a special celebration competition recently to mark its half century. Members held a special bridge competition at the Spalding Services Club on Saturday, May 7 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its formation in 1972. It originally met at Ayscoughfee Hall before moving to the South Holland Centre and then ...

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Local Age UK branch hosting sessions to hear what South Holland’s elderly want

A charity is looking to speak to the elderly in the area to find out what they need and which issues are especially important to them at this time. Lincoln and South Lincolnshire Age UK is hosting a ‘focus group’ at the Chappell Centre on Tuesday, May 17. The sessions are at 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm at ...

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Community sessions for area

Residents new to the area were invited to join a drop-in session at the new Holbeach Meadows estate. Coun Tracey Carter, PC Paul Freeman, PCSO Fylippa Bennett and Sherine Angus, from All Saints Church, were on hand. Sherine is new to the area and Coun Carter said it was ‘great for her to have the opportunity to meet some more ...

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Careers taster day is a hit

Pupils at Spalding’s Priory and Garth schools have been experiencing careers from equine care to pizza making. A special day was held which also allowed the children to go fishing – in the school’s swimming pool. “Whilst we acknowledge it is unlikely any of our pupils will access some form of employment, we take the world of work seriously and ...

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Searching for our first Poet Laureate

The search is on for the first ever Poet Laureate for South Holland as part of the celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The contest is open to everyone in South Holland over the age of 16 and the theme of the piece is the jubilee. Entries need to be submitted by 5pm on Friday, May 27 and entries will ...

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Charity bags shop donation

Customers at a Holbeach shop have helped provide a sizeable donation to a town charity. The Original Factory Shop has been able to donate £519.33 to the Holbeach Community Larder thanks to sales. It was presented to the charity’s Jane Francis recently. Julia Bowhill from The Original Factory Shop, said: “We are proud to help our local community. “Thanks to ...

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Lots of S-miles for colleague

Workers at the local branches of an opticians have set themselves a charity challenge to remember a former colleague. Those from Specsavers in Spalding will walk/cycle the equivalent of 780 miles from their store to the Eiffel Tower and back in memory of their colleague, optician Shyam Lakhani, who passed away suddenly last year. The ‘S-miles for Shyam’ will see ...

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‘Time to Talk’ with senior forum

A group that aims to help the over 55s in and around South Holland has launched a new coffee morning to encourage people to get out the house and meeting other people. The Welland Senior Forum has launched the Time to Talk sessions at Baytree Garden Centre’s cafe. It met for the first time recently with the next meeting set ...

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Giving back to air ambulance

A woman who has been airlifted to hospital twice has taken on a charity abseil for the air ambulance. Hayley Rylott (27) was aged just four when she was thrown through the windscreen of a car after the driver fell asleep at the wheel as they drove along the A52 near Donington in 1998. When emergency services arrived on scene, ...

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Tree-mendous effort to mark Queen’s jubilee

Around 70 trees have been planted to mark The Queen’s Jubilee just outside Spalding. Jan Whitbourn organised £3,000 of sponsorship to purchase the trees and was looking for land to plant them. Ashley King, of Ashwood Homes offered land around the company’s Goodison Road offices for the trees and is funding a memorial plaque to be erected soon. A team ...

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Supermarket helps fund sessions

Sessions that aim to help those with mental health issues in Spalding have been funded for a number of months thanks to a supermarket’s donation. Tonic Health’s Safe Places invites people in to talk to each other and volunteers and hang out with refreshments. And the cost of running them for several weeks has been covered thanks to a £1,000 ...

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Shed builds up skills for young people

A group of 11-year-olds have been the first to take part in a new brick-laying course laid on by the Long Sutton Men’s Shed. The Youth Shed is seeing six children being taught how to lay bricks over ten weeks by professionals Coun Jack Tyrrell and Rick Lorenz. The course is being sponsored by Buildbase which has supplied the tools ...

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GALLERY – A Night in Wonderland raises thousands

A charity ball has raised around £7,000 to allow parents to stay in hospital with their children. Organised by Hayley Warner, who is the ward sister at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital, the A Night in Wonderland ball was a huge success. The event, which took place at Springfields, Spalding, raised money for the young person’s assessment unit at the hospital. The ...

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On board with water taxi

Spalding Water Taxi is set to go at Lightspeed this summer. Lightspeed Broadband has announced it is to sponsor the attraction that provides trips on the area’s waterways. Providing a 40-minute leisurely cruise for shoppers and visitors wanting to take in the sights of the market town, the water taxi will be running every day 10am-5pm throughout the summer. Anthony ...

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Good neighbours to mark first year of scheme

The Spalding Good Neighbour Scheme is set to mark a special anniversary. After successfully recruiting a team of volunteers working alongside the committee, the organisation has supported a number of residents. The scheme offers practical help such as shopping trips, befriending services, letter writing and a range of other ways to help. The annual meeting will be held at Tonic ...

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Play plan for police pounds

A fenced off football area and new play equipment are among the items a total of £15,000 will go towards in Sutton Bridge at the culmination of a police project. A community group is set to put on drama performances and the Curlew Centre will have its CCTV improved as part of the Mutual Gain initiative being run by Lincolnshire ...

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A job lot of top career ideas

The South Holland Jobs Fair is returning to the Springfields Events Centre on Friday, May 13. Employers, training providers and those looking for an opportunity will be in the Marquee Room from 10am to 2pm. It’s being run by South Holland District Council in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership. ...

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