Community

Fundraiser set up for one-year-old after dad’s murder

A fundraiser has been set up for a one-year-old whose dad was murdered last week. Christopher Higgs (21), of Spalding, has been named as the victim of the incident which occurred at Portland Street in Boston on Wednesday, July 14. Charlie Stevenson (20), of Portland Street, Boston, appeared at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court last Friday charged with his murder. The Go ...

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Derby date between rivals Holbeach and Bourne will raise vital funds

A charity match between two friendly rivals is aiming to raise money for the Sue Ryder Hospice in Peterborough. The under-18 teams from Holbeach United and Bourne Town will clash one last time at Carter’s Park on Thursday, June 29 (7.45pm), with all monies raised going to the palliative, neurological and bereavement support charity. Entrance on the night is £3 ...

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Business elementary for Watson

A six-year-old has been running his first business through lockdown by growing and selling his own fresh food. William Watson decided to start growing vegetables as a lockdown project and he has been selling them outside his nan Anne’s Boston Road home. “He’s caused quite a stir,” Anne Watson said. “He’s been growing all sorts of plants and veg. “It’s ...

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Guides take to the water

A group of Guides had the wind in their sails last week after being invited on to the water by Welland Yacht Club. A total of 13 guides from the 1st Pinchbeck (St Mary) group took part in the taster session when the Spalding based club was only too happy to pass on expertise. A spokesman for the club said: ...

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Spooky ball to help hospital

A hugely popular charity ball in aid of Spalding’s Johnson Hospital is set to make a spooky return this October. Tickets for the Johnson Community Hospital Ball are already close to selling out and the organisers behind the Springfield Events Centre bash are also on the look out for businesses and groups to get involved and donate prizes. Sally Brown, ...

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Car show revs up the summer

Holbeach’s first Classic and Modified Car Show proved to be a sizzling success. In beautifully sunny conditions hundreds turned out after organisers were inundated with requests to display their vehicles. Emily Day enjoys the trampolines. Alongside them was live entertainment from the McCurdy brothers, a strong man display from Royals Gym and a host of food and drink options. The ...

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Libraries and hubs to hire out litter picking kits

You can now hire litter picking kits from libraries From 19 July, over 500 free kits will be available for hire via libraries and a number of community hubs across the county, including Spalding, Donington, Long Sutton and Pinchbeck. Kits contain high-vis jackets, litter grabbers, bags, advice and risk assessments. Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “Our communities do ...

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Caring Alexis is a cut above

While we normally gain stuff on our birthday, one Spalding youngster has lost 19 inches of hair to mark turning 11. Alexis Dakteris, a pupil at Spalding Academy, has also raised £300 for the Little Princess Charity which will use her brown locks to turn into a wig for a child who has lost their own hair due to medical ...

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In Bloom judges visit town

Long Sutton was looking blooming marvellous last week as East Midlands In Bloom judges descended on the town. It proved a somewhat soggy visit, but the visitors were still left impressed with the floral displays created by the dedicated volunteers. Kay Jenkinson chair of Long Sutton In Bloom, said: “John Constable the East Midlands in Bloom judge was impressed with ...

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Joseph’s legacy will live on at The Garth

Children at a Spalding special school helped open a new play area in memory of a former schoolmate on what would have been his 15th birthday. A new sensory room has been unveiled at The Garth School thanks to money that was raised by the family of Joseph Bradshaw, who died in April. When he was born, Joseph, of Moulton ...

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Wombles clear street planters

Spalding’s Wombles have been busy in the town again with neglected planters targeted for a renovation. Members of the Wombles of Spalding Common have been clearing the streets of litter all year and at the weekend the sorry-looking planters at a town centre building were given a make-over. The concrete planters outside the BT building were full of weeds and ...

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Sky’s the limit for daredevil Lisa

The sky is literally the limit for a South Holland woman who is raising money for charity by leaping from an aeroplane later this year. Lisa Piccinelli is looking forward to her charity parachute jump in October, even if her mother Ann is less sure. Lisa (33) has autism, epilepsy and learning difficulties but is determined to help two charities ...

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Window on new look church

A new stained glass window has been erected in a Spalding church in memory of former preachers. The work was part of renovations to Spalding Methodist Church which held an open day last Saturday to showcase them. The window was donated by Doff Pollard in memory of parents Fred and Isobel Pollard, who for many years were local preachers in ...

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Group get ready for festival display in Spalding town centre

You could help play a part in a new festival heading to South Holland next month. The South Holland Outdoor Festival is being put on by the district council which is planning events throughout the district. Many of the plans are still being kept under wraps but Spalding Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society (SADOS) are busy preparing for a role ...

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Kieran’s defib bid for Applegreen

A man who suffered a heart attack at work is fuelling the drive to get a defibrillator at every branch of the nationwide chain where he works. Kieran Vertannes (64) fell unwell on his first shift back at Applegreen Service Station after taking a holiday to see his first grandchild in 2019. He spent three weeks in hospital but has ...

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Steph to donate her own hair to support niece who has lost hers during chemo

A Holbeach woman is set to donate her hair to thank a charity who gave her eight-year-old niece who is going through chemotherapy a wig. Steph Greenhalgh has been moved to help out after seeing the care received to Lexie after an unknown virus caused her to have anaemia and bone marrow failure. Lexie spent months in hospital enduring chemotherapy ...

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Teachers take on a marathon test

Two Spalding teachers are running the London Marathon for their next test and their pupils are joining in with their training. Frances Crampton and Haidee Paul of St John’s Primary School will take on the 26.2 miles in October. But they’ve already started their training and everyone at the school is set to get involved as part of its sports ...

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A taste of normality returns as Pinchbeck heads to park

It wasn’t the village’s normal carnival and there was still plenty of social distancing –but last Sunday a glimpse of normality returned to Pinchbeck. Picnic in the Park proved a hit as villagers came together to look around the host of stalls and attractions laid on for free. The event was organised by the Pinchbeck Carnival Association after it became ...

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Award for artist’s mighty work

A Pinchbeck artist has won a prestigious award for her image of a Lincolnshire plant. Julie Eyett from Pinchbeck was one of three winners named out of 130 entrants for the Lincolnshire Plants Exhibition. It’s part of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s National Lottery Heritage Fund supported LoveLincsPlants project which this year asked for entrants to create works based on the county’s ...

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Plane sailing at Fenland

Blue skies, fluffy white clouds and sunshine brought aeroplanes and onlookers to Fenland airfield, Holbeach St John for the annual Tulip Fly-in. Sixty aeroplanes flew in from all over the country; some from as far away as Hampshire, to take part in the Vintage Aircraft Club (VAC) ‘Tulip Fly-in’ at the Fenland venue.It was part of the VAC’s programme of ...

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