Community

Big clean events to still go-ahead

A group of independent councillors are set to hold socially distanced litter pick events in Spalding. Councillors Anthony Cronin, Angela Newton, Rob Gibson and Manzur Hasan will be taking on what’s being called the Great British Spring Clean events as they say South Holland District Council is not holding them this year. Coun Newton said: “Despite South Holland District Council ...

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Week of living on refugee rations

A Spalding couple are spending this week living on the rations given to Syrian refugees as they look to held feed a similar sized family for a year. Sam and Craig Luff are taking part in Concern Worldwide’s Ration challenge with all of their meals this week set to come from rice, flour, 170g of red lentils, 85g of chickpeas, ...

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Seagate Homes take 10 to check on each other for World Suicide Prevention Day

A local building firm took 10 minutes out to recognise World Suicide Prevention Day. Seagate Homes, whose head office is in Holbeach, asked all its employees to stop work at 10am on Thursday, September 10 and speak to each other about mental health. It’s all par of a global campaign to help those struggling with mental health. The company’s HR ...

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Walk for girl (6) with brain tumour

A 75-year-old former driving tutor is to walk 32 miles for a six-year-old with a brain tumour. Noel Bratt is walking from his Long Sutton home to Ely with daughter Keily Cleary to raise money for Edie Jackson. Noel and his wife Janet are longtime friends of Edie’s family having grown up alongside his grandparents in Essex. And after hearing ...

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Tea treat for retiring clerk

Members of Sutton St James Parish Council said farewell to the clerk with a special event. Lin Pilcher had been working with the council for seven years before retiring earlier this month. Along with her husband Alan, Mrs Pilcher was treated to a socially-distanced afternoon tea at The Chequers in Weston to mark the occasion. Bill Harrison, council chairman, said ...

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Bra-vo! Keleigh’s charity bid

A Spalding lady is urging women to send her their old bras to raise money for a breast cancer charity. Keleigh Smalley-Willows, (pictured) who runs The Melty Wax Company, is collecting the items for the Against Breast Cancer Charity. Bras donated are recycled by the charity who are then given money to go towards research work. Keleigh has a Bra ...

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Appeal to help run historic hall

Holbeach could lose its historic Women’s Institute (WI) Hall unless new blood is found to run it, it’s been warned. Shirley Wilson (76) has been a member of the Women’s Institute for 60 years, involved with the running of the hall for 45 years and spent 15 years as the chair of the committee that runs it.However, that committee needs ...

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A wheely great initiative from cycling duo

Two South Holland men are joining forces to deliver bikes to children who might otherwise not have one. Daniel Lunn and John Barton are buying old bikes, reconditioning them and giving them to families who need a hand. They have already completed two refurbishments which have gone to new homes this week. “I am happy to give them away to ...

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Print room Pete’s 46 happy years

Few jobs have escaped the march of technology, but the print trade has changed beyond recognition during the 46-year career of Pete Boekestyn. Pete retired as general manager of Welland Print on Monday having spent his working life at the company he joined at the age of 16 on September 2. Pete at Welland Print. When he started from Spalding ...

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New look for open days

South Holland will be taking part in this year’s Heritage Open Days event, despite the coronavirus pandemic. The Holbeach Cemetery Chapels will be open on Saturday, September 12, from 11am to 4pm. There will be an exhibition about leisure and pastimes in the iconic Victorian chapels in the town. A guided cemetery trail will be complete with anecdotes about those ...

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Losing the locks for charity

A sport loving ten-year-old is netting money for charity while also donating 20 inches of her hair. Freya Willerton, a pupil at St Paul’s Primary School, is donating the hair and money so a wig can be made for a child that’s lost their own hair for medical reasons. Freya Willerton. As well as her long locks, she’s also hoping ...

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Dave is best in the region

A local man has landed a prestigious building award. Dave Rogers, who works for Ashwood Homes, has been named the Local Authority Building Control Site Manager of the Year for the East Midlands. A spokesman for Ashwood Homes said: “It’s an amazing achievement. “Dave is a hard working and dedicated site manager committed to providing quality homes for our clients.”

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Firm’s outdoor gift for school

Pupils at Quadring Cowling and Brown’s Primary School will have an improved outdoor environment to return to this week thanks to the actions of a South Lincolnshire company. A couple of weeks ago the school appealed for materials and help to relocate a large shed to enable a new outdoor seating and recreational space to be created. This was to ...

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Tributes to former teacher

A woman who it’s claimed set up the first pre-school in the area has passed away. Jane Hill (78) is the wife of Rev David Hill who moved to Lutton from Richmond-on-Thames In 1968. Jane, with her husband, Rev David Hill, moved from Richmond-on-Thames to the Vicarage. Before moving she was a bilingual secretary in London and Geneva. She set ...

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Get quizzical with society

A new fundraising charity quiz has been created, to help us all during these difficult times, and to exercise those little grey cells. Spalding Gentleman’s Society’s latest is themed on ‘Numbers’ and has been created by Dave Jacobs. Dave Jacobs with the quiz. There will be three prizes, £20 for first place, £10 for second, and a £5 random prize, ...

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Water taxi hopes to be back stronger next year

Those behind Spalding’s water taxi hope a year without the service will entice more users in 2021. The attraction which ferries people between the town and Springfields was not able to open in March in line with government guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although those guidelines changed to allow it to operate, it would have left just five weeks ...

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Recognition for litter picker

A Long Sutton resident has been recognised for his hard work around the town. James Bailey was presented with a Community Award and a bottle of malt whiskey by Long Sutton Parish Council chairman John Clarey. Mr Bailey tirelessly clears the town of litter including the parks, the Market Place, around the Co-op area and as far out to Wisbech ...

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Project continues to give

Ella’s Project is continuing to help provide scrubs for care staff. The team recently drove over to Newark to collect material to supply Spalding Scrub Hub which was kindly donated by the local sewing team over there and gratefully accepted by the coordinator Chloe Spinks. Delivering to Chloe Spinks Ella’s Project also received some great news when Simon Lord organised ...

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Runners set own marathons

The 2020 London Marathon may not be taking part for the non-elite, but that’s not going to stop local runners like Samantha Hall and Shaun Turner. After ten years of trying, Shaun (43) was delighted to finally get into this year’s event, initially set for April before being put back to October 4. Samantha Hall It’s now been cancelled but ...

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Crafty way to beat loneliness

A South Lincolnshire arts group is offering craft kits to help beat loneliness. Transmission Arts are providing the kits as part of the Craft Catalyst Club to those who request them across South Holland. A spokesman for the arts collective said: “If you know someone that is still staying at home, may be feeling isolated and may not have access ...

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