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And we will ride 100 miles

A group of South Holland cyclists braved atrocious weather to cover 100 miles and raise more than £10,000 for charity. The gang of six hit the road at 5.30am on Saturday and battled wind and rain all day for their challenge. They are raising money for an appeal to build a Maternity Bereavement Suite at King’s Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital. ...

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Generous Ena (6) donates first ever hair cut to charity

A kind-hearted schoolgirl had her long locks cut to help another child enjoy princess hair. Ena Betts (6) had never had her hair cut before but she decided that she would share it with others. She donated it to the Little Princess Trust and raised £1,200 as well. “She loves her hair cut and I think she will get a ...

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School’s breakfast club boost

A Spalding school’s breakfast club has been given a boost thanks to Kellogg’s. The Garth School has been given £1,000 by the cereal company to enhance the club and help feed children in the morning. Claire Moore, headteacher, said: “We are so grateful to receive this generous donation. “Thanks to the support from Kellogg’s we can improve our services for ...

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Care homes salutes Sir Tom

Residents and staff at Ashwood Care and Nursing Home and St John’s Care Home in Spalding have joined the charity challenge issued by the family of Captain Sir Tom Moore. His family asked people to follow in his footsteps and come up with their own challenge based around the number 100 that they can complete over what would have been ...

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Marathon charity ride for Stephen

The loss of a best friend has prompted a South Holland cyclist to embark on a marathon ride to raise money. Chris Peel is aiming to complete 100 miles a day for seven consecutive days and has been training hard for the event. His best friend Stephen Fennelow (pictured left) died from lung cancer four years ago but Chris has ...

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Charity needs a financial boost

A South Holland charity has not stopped working during the pandemic, but it faces a tough future if things don’t change. Ella’s Project usually collects and distributes children’s clothes, aged 0 to five, to families in need.But COVID-19 put an end to the regular role of the charity and its supporters. Thanks to the support of two local companies and ...

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Wellbeing Wombles on duty

While the Wombles of Spalding Common continues to grow in support and numbers, a special offshoot has been created to help people with mental health issues. The first Wellbeing Womble was held at the weekend and it’s hoped to make it a fortnightly event in the Spalding area. Organised by Vanessa Browning from Community Mind Matters and Mark Le Sage, ...

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Celebrating all things on Earth

A group of South Holland pupils put the world on their shoulders to celebrate Earth Day last week. A range of activities were carried out at Wygate Park Academy to mark the day which emphasised the importance of our planet and the fact it needs looking after. Children were allowed to wear blue and green clothes and some of them ...

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Three figures for accountant John

A birthday card from the Queen and a family gathering in the garden all helped celebrate 100 years for a Pinchbeck man. John Taylor hit three figures on April 19 and was delighted to receive a card from the Queen despite being in mourning for Prince Philip. Mr Taylor and his wife, Eve, were able to celebrate in the sunshine ...

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A thousand thanks Sir Tom

The late Capt Sir Tom Moore would have approved of the fundraising efforts at Spalding Rugby Club.Inspired by the efforts of the 100-year-old, club treasurer Peter Jullien is set for a 100 challenge of his own.Mr Jullien is marking his 70th birthday and will be completing 100 laps of the ground every day for ten days to raise money and ...

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Teen’s business bakes

A Weston teenager’s business idea has got tails wagging and is raising money for charity.Tallulah Stamp, of Weston, has used lockdown to set up her new Lula and Pip dog treats venture.The 13-year-old had researched what goes in to the dog treats her cocker spaniel Pip likes and was surprised with how unhealthy many of the shop bought ones are.So ...

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Village gym set to bulk out?

A village gym could be set for extra muscle after a planning application has been submitted for it to be extended.The Holbeach St Marks facility moved to the village hall so it could be used safely with COVID restrictions last year.And it’s proved such a hit, those behind it are looking to expand to ensure it can stay there while ...

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Fundraiser Pat aims for the skies

Would you jump out of a plane for one of your colleagues? In the case of Pat Newton the answer is yes and she and ten fellow Fowler Welch employees are set to take on a parachute jump in her latest fundraiser for Parkinson’s UK.Pat (53), of Pennygate, Spalding, was diagnosed with the condition five years ago.“It was a big ...

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Get in on the act with group

What is believed to be the UK’s oldest amateur dramatic society is on the lookout for new members. Last year the Spalding Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society (SADOS) turned 150.For obvious reasons, however, they weren’t able to do much by way of celebrations for their special anniversary.Now the group is looking firmly to the future.SADOS chairman Jodie Schweikhardt said: “We ...

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Mason’s a top salesman

A Wygate Park student has raised hundreds for charity by selling his own stuff.Mason Scase (6), of Spalding, held a table top sale outside his nan’s house in Tallington recently to raise £340 towards the Make a Wish foundation.He’s following in the footsteps of mum Sammie-Lee Bird who works in retail herself.“He was in his element,” Sammie-Lee said. “He loves ...

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Arts project brightens town

New artworks are brightening up a closed department store’s window in the heart of Spalding.Transported Arts working with artists from Making Up Your Street have created bespoke art for the former Beales Department Store shop front.A spokesman for Transport Arts, said: “Artists Laura and Kathleen from Making Up Your Street gathered stories and memories from Spalding residents and crafted them ...

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Recognition for air ambulance

The life-saving crew of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance has been presented with an award from the High Sheriff of Lincolnshire.The award was presented to chief pilot Llewis Ingamells and pilot David Kemp on behalf of LNAA’s clinicians and pilots.Throughout the pandemic, the crews have continued to deliver life-saving care to adults and children at the scene of incidents and ...

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Stunning spring show

Springfields’ head gardener Andy Boyton had time to survey the results of his team’s hard work at the weekend.There was free entry into the popular gardens and visitors made the most of the weather to get out and about after a long lockdown.The colourful show was added to by a range of Delft-style tile designs which had been submitted as ...

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Water taxi boats to be hired out

Spalding’s Water Taxis are to return to the water this summer, but only to hire out. The popular attraction hasn’t been able to operate as a regular taxi service between the town and Springfields and wasn’t able to run at all last year due to COVID-19 restrictions.But the easing of some of those restrictions mean that from May, the boats ...

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Easing boredom during lockdown

Residents at Cedar Falls Care Home in Spalding have been sharing how they have kept themselves and others engaged during lockdown periods and while they’ve been unable to see their loved ones. Janet Boor who has lived at Cedar Falls since 2013 likes doing word search puzzles to keep her mind busy. Janet is often found sitting contentedly on a ...

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