Community

School makes protective masks for hospital as community rallies round

Facemasks specially made by staff at a school are among the ways the community has come to the aid of Holbeach Hospital in the last few weeks. University Academy Holbeach staff have donated face maks made by staff in the school’s workshop to the community run hospital so it can help protect staff from COVID-19. There’s also been donations from ...

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GALLERY – Lockdown ‘rush hour’ in Spalding

Normally at 9am on a Tuesday the streets in Spalding would be at their busiest. But with the current coronavirus lockdown, schools and many shops closed and the majority of people working from home it was a more quiet scene at that time this week. Registered journalist Steve Timewell, of Lincolnshire Drones, sent up one of his machines at 9am ...

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Home among region’s top 20

A Holbeach St Johns care home has been named in the top 20 in the East Midlands. Beech Lodge Care Home has been given the accolade as part of the annual Carehome.co.uk awards. The Frogs Abbeygate-based home enjoyed an average rating of 9.9 out of 10 from reviews left by residents as well as their family and friends. Karen Atillo, ...

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School spreads happiness

A school has helped spread a little happiness by delivering bouquets of flowers. The Lidl Neighbourly Team donated six pallets of flowers to Spalding Parish C of E Day School. They were delivered by local man Dave Leworthy and his son, just in time for all of the Year Six pupils to take a bucket of flowers home for Mother’s ...

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Society hopes you get quizical in isolation

The Spalding Gentlemen’s Society has set a new quiz to help pass the time away while we’re all self-isolating. The word quiz will be £1 to enter and will have the usual prizes of £20 for first place, £10 for second, and a £5 random prize, picked from all entries. A spokesman for the society said: “The closing date is ...

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Gardeners want to help charities

Gardeners whose Crowland-based group closed after 40 years are on the lookout for charities to give its remaining money to. The Crowland Allotment and Garden Society held its last meeting in September 2019 due to the advancing age of the group members. It used to hold annual flower and vegetable shows in the town as well as its Christmas buffet ...

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Owl centre’s plea to help feed its animals

A plea to help pay for food for the animals has been made by a hugely popular owl and wildlife centre that was due to open for the summer next week. The Easter holidays is traditionally one of the busiest times for the Baytree Owl and Wildlife Centre and it’s just completed some renovations ahead of the annual post winter ...

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Spreading joy from inside out

Families in South Holland following the rules to stay at home and in self-isolation are spreading colourful messages of hope by painting rainbows and other colourful things to display in their windows. One such family is Crystal Barnett (25), partner Stephen Rudd (21) and their three children Ethan (5), Blaze (3), and Poppy (2), who have been “extra busy” making ...

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The West End at St Paul’s

A theatre group based in London’s West End helped St Paul’s Community Primary School and Nursery celebrate World Book Day. One of 85 trained drama teachers came to the Spalding school to host theatre workshops based on particular books. Phase 4 (Year 5 and 6) interpreted the story of Coraline, Phase 3 (Year 3 and 4) then looked at The ...

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Freemasons help hospice

Care for cancer sufferers has been given a helping hand by the Freemasons’ charity the MCF. A donation of just over £1,900 has been handed to Lincoln’s St Barnabas Hospice in-patient unit as a contribution to the £12m-a-year costs of the organisation – which costs £22 a minute to run. The money will particularly help the ‘hospice at home’ service ...

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NHS hospital staff being offered free taxis

A taxi firm is offering to take NHS staff from Spalding to work at hospitals within ten miles for free. Smart Cabs is also offering to pick up food and medication for people. Workers would need to order the taxis via the firm’s app for between 7am and 11pm, select to pay by cash and then show proof of employment ...

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Sponsored walk for Sports Relief

Two Spalding High School pupils put their best foot forward to raise money for Sport Relief. Year Seven pupils Evie Ireland and Eleanor Lloyd did a sponsored walk of nearly six miles from Baytree Garden Centre at Weston to Laddies ice cream shop in Holbeach on Saturday, March 14. They were accompanied by their parents and raised £200 between them. ...

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Freemasons raise thousands for hospital ward with charity ball

Freemasons have raised £2,500 for a hospital ward as a thank you for the care the ward has given. The Alexandra Masonic Lodge, which is based in Long Sutton, put on their annual Ladies’ Festival on Saturday, March 14, to raise money for the Breast Cancer Unit at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in King’s Lynn. It follows the fantastic ...

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Bus company says its timetables will change on Monday

One of the bus companies that runs services in Spalding has announced it will change its timetables from Monday. However Stagecoach has said it does not yet know what those changes entail. A statement on Stagecoach’s website, said: “Our services will be temporarily changing from Monday 23 March until further notice. “Please bear with us as we work hard to ...

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Ayscoughfee Hall and Moulton Mill among places to close

Ayscoughfee Hall and Moulton Mill are among the places in South Holland to close as a result of the current Covid-19 outbreak. Moulton Mill is to close for the ‘foreseeable future’. A spokesman for the mill, said: “The Directors/Trustees of Moulton Windmill have decided to close the mill for the foreseeable future to safeguard risks to our volunteers.  This will ...

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Volunteers and businesses are here to help

As the Covid-19 virus turns life in South Holland upside down, the community and businesses are doing what they can to help the district’s most vulnerable and each other. A host of groups have been set up online with volunteers offering to provide help to those self-isolating, be they aged over 70 or suffering from medical conditions. Many have been ...

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Spinning a yarn for residents

A knitting group has provided vulnerable people with knitted gifts. Members of the Pinchbeck Baptist Church ‘Knit and Natter’ group presented residents at St John’s Care Home in Spalding with beautiful knitted gifts this week. Members have been busy knitting hats, gloves and twiddle muffs for residents who were delighted with their new accessories. The ‘twiddle muffs’, decorated with items ...

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Gosberton Ladies give to hospice

A women’s group has donated money it raised with charity events to a hospice. Michelle Smith and Belinda Taylor, from Gosberton Ladies Circle, said the group was pleased to make a donation of £250 to local charity, the Butterfly Hospice. “The ladies group chose the Butterfly Hospice for their donation this year as so many people are affected both directly ...

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Party for village’s elderly

A party that’s been put on for everyone over 65 in Quadring has entered its eighth decade itself. Every year for the last 71 years the hugely popular Quadring Senior Citizen Party has been put on for the village’s elderly. And this year was no exception with 97 people at the village hall. A special presentation was made to the ...

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Special run for group’s first birthday

The first anniversary of a Crowland parkrun takes place in April and hopes to welcome new runners to the group. Parkrun events have become regular fixtures across the country and a year ago, South Holland got its first. Snowden Field parkrun event director Adam Carress makes it clear the regular running session is just that – a run rather than ...

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