Community

Video appeal to recruit more On Call Firefighers

Local firefighters have starred in a video to mark On Call Firefighters Awareness Week. Graham Minard of Donington and Harry Dury of Spalding both feature in the video created by Lincolnshire County Council which is aiming to recruit more such officers. You can see the video below. Coun Nick Worth, executive councillor for emergency services at the county council, said: ...

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Footballer’s running support for great nan ahead of American adventure

A Spalding footballer who is soon off to play the sport in America is running throughout February to support his 89-year-old great nan who has supported him so many times on the sidelines. Sam Bayly (18), of Spalding, is running 5K every day to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Society, a condition Maxine Andrews suffers with. Sam hasn’t been able ...

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Capturing a Spalding sunrise

A Low Fulney man has taken on the challenge of photographing the sunrise every day for 30 days. Steven Granville took on the feat to improve his photography skills. The father-of-two has long photographed as a hobby and recently had a side job of providing stock images alongside his usual delivery driver work. He’s also a licensed drone pilot and ...

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Plans for Music and Beer Festival

It’s all systems go with the Holbeach Music and Beer Festival 2021. With the government saying its looking to lift all social distancing restrictions by the end of June, this year’s event looks as if it will be going ahead on August 6, 7 and 8. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday, a batch of 750 early bird tickets ...

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Crafty idea for budding plans

The team behind a project to remember Spalding Flower Parade while looking to the future is looking for some crafty help. Local artists Laura Mabbutt and Kathleen Smith are part of the Flower Power project which is being spearheaded by Chain Bridge Forge. It’s being funded by £15,000 from the Arts Council to gather people’s memories of the parade, which ...

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Surfleet larder helps residents

The Surfleet Good Neighbour Scheme is now offering a food larder and take away service. The Bishop Grosseteste University and the Lincolnshire Food Partnership have provided funding for the venture which started last week. Both services are based at the Tonic 44 Cafe, Station Road, and are aimed at residents in and around Surfleet plus who have a genuine need ...

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Grandma’s charity effort with family to aid recovery after cancer treatment

A grandma who has just completed chemotherapy is saying thanks and getting fit by raising money for charity alongside her daughter. Teresa Thorpe was diagnosed with colon cancer in November after her condition had previously been mis-diagnosed since March. Now the 54-year-old, daughter Kimberley Waite and occasionally grandson Evan (3) are running and walking a total of 56 miles through ...

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New bins and new members for expanding Wombles

Spalding’s Wombles have bought new bins, been praised by the Town Forum and appeared on county radio in the last few days. With almost 2,000 members, the group has opened a bank account for donations to help supply equipment and to provide litter bins. The ten bins will be sited in liaison with the district council and there’s an online ...

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Ollie’s treks for the homeless

A Weston nine-year-old has raised over a thousand pounds as well as awareness for those who are homeless by taking on a sponsored walk every night for seven days. Ollie Carrington-Ford has already raised over £1,000 for the Light Project in Peterborough and is set to bolster that further by holding a raffle. Previously the Spalding Whites U9s FC and ...

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Husband and wife team

A new priest has been appointed in charge of St John the Baptist in Spalding. The Bishop of Grimsby announced the appointment of the Rev Greg Bannister during an online Sunday service last month. Greg’s wife Sophie will also be licensed to St John’s as a non-stipendiary Assistant Priest and they will both be licensed on February 22 via Zoom. ...

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Date for Holbeach ball

Holbeach’s Community Ball is hoping to return later this year to raise funds for the town’s hospital. The popular event was last held in March 2020. That’s obviously not possible this year, but instead the event is hoped to go ahead on October 2. Tickets are already proving popular with only six tables remaining. This year’s theme will be ‘Fire ...

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Oddfellows are here to support

The local branch of a group aimed at beating loneliness is reminding people of the online sessions open to them. Nene and Welland Oddfellows is inviting anyone struggling with the impact of spending increasing time alone to join them at one of their regular free online social events. The group has a diary of upcoming Zoom events, which they can ...

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Community centre’s laptops appeal

Long Sutton Market House is appealing for donated laptops for local schools. Volunteers who run the community centre at the town facility, are asking for people to donate any old, unused laptops to benefit children in the area who are currently learning at home. A spokesman said: “Children throughout the country are being asked to stay home and not travel ...

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Project’s logo competition

Those behind a project to create a new community space in Spalding are looking for young designers to help create a logo for it. The St Thomas’s Project is turning the former Methodist Church on St Thomas’s Road into the new hub aimed to be used by the whole community. The building was bought by the adjacent St Norbert’s Roman ...

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Struggling families are offered support as Baby Bank is born out of COVID-19 help initiative

Struggling families across South Holland are being offered a lifeline thanks to two kind hearted women. Steph Jennings (30) and Sarah Phoenix (35) have just launched the Spalding and Surrounding Baby Bank, off the back of the success of the Holbeach Heroes Covid Bank which Sarah started in October. The idea is for people to donate unwanted baby items to ...

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Lockdown duck tales for Holbeach family

Lockdown has been quackers for a Holbeach family after they took to helping ducks. Cheryl Potts and her daughters Willow (12) and Rowan Ravenscroft (11) have been helping nurse some of the town’s wild animals back to health. It all started in the first lockdown after one of the family cats brought a Mallard back to their Hallgate home. “Luckily ...

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Plea for memories of Spalding’s Flower Parade

Memories of Spalding Flower Parade are being sought for a new community project, which will also explore potential ways of reinvigorating the event for future generations if there is a demand for it. South Holland Heritage, which is part of Chain Bridge Forge, in Spalding, has secured £15,000 Arts Council funding for the multi-phased project, which aims to collate people’s ...

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Cranes close nature reserve

A nature reserve has closed temporarily in the hope that the newly arrived pair of cranes will repeat the breeding success last year – the first time the birds bred in Lincolnshire for 400 years. Willow Tree Fen near Tongue End will not be open to the public to increase the chances of the pair of cranes breeding again. The ...

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Book nooks will brighten up towns

Transported and South Holland District Council are inviting Spalding residents to send in their stories and memories to transform them into pieces of art. Transported, a community arts project, wants to take memories sent in by local people and craft them into reality. The selected stories will be turned into book nooks – pieces of artwork by designers and makers ...

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Group continues to campaign for cyclists

A group that aims to promote cycling says it’s continuing its work throughout the pandemic in a bid to “look for a better deal for Spalding’s present and future cyclists”. PEDALS has been campaigning for better and safer cycling facilities for over 37 years. And they’ve continued to do so throughout 2020. That includes holding small, socially distanced outdoor steering ...

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