Events

On your marks, get set, bake!

There will hopefully be no soggy bottoms on show as the current winner of The Great British Bake Off comes to Spalding for a special charity cake competition. As part of South Holland District Council chair Andrew Woolf’s fundraising for Mencap and Blood Cancer UK, he’s organised his own Bake Off as part of the authority’s Step Into Spring event ...

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Coastguard’s open evening

A rare insight in what it’s like to be a member of the coastguard is taking place next month. Sutton Bridge Coastguard is hosting an open evening at its station in Fleet from 7.30pm to 9pm on Thursday, March 7.A spokesman said: “If you’re interested in joining the team, or just want to find out more about what we do ...

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Blooming entrants aim to be Queen

These are the hopefuls looking to be the Spalding Flower Parade Queen for 2024. They include the first ever male hopeful in Keith Ratcliff who has made national headlines with his inclusions. Also up for nomination are Hannah MIchael, Ellie Warfield, Bethany Donnellym Demi Fontaine Gilchrist, Louise Hoppe, Molly Ireland, Sbigail Sara Ferrell and Rebecca Roberts. The winner will be ...

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Snowdrop walks help churches step into spring

Two churches are hosting open days to see the snowdrops in bloom. Snowdrops at Whaplode St Mary’s Church will take place on February 10, 11, 17, 18, 24 and 25.A spokesman said: “All are welcome to wander and experience the amazing display of snowdrops and aconites in their natural setting in a secluded area of the churchyard.“Step inside the church ...

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Laughs bring in the charity cash

An open mic charity night at the South Holland Centre had the pounds rolling in and those in attendance rolling in the aisles last Friday. Joining the headliner Keith Farnan and local comedian and compere Zeph Churchill were a host of brilliant acts, many of whom had never performed before.They include Jason Simmons, Christopher Jardine, Craig Fowler, Jason Curries, Alan ...

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Quilling it at crafty session

Local over 55s are invited to get creative and crafty at a fun, free paper quilling evening at Tonic 44 Community Hub in Surfleet, on Tuesday, February 6 at 6.30pm to 8.30pm. The free paper quilling evening is part of First Time for Everything, a programme designed by Royal Voluntary Service and supported by the People’s Postcode Lottery.Paper quilling is ...

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Parade will be ‘biggest ever’

The organiser of the Spalding Flower Parade says this year’s will be the biggest ever. It’s taking place on Saturday and Sunday, May 11 and 12 after returning after a ten-year absence last year drawing crowds in excess of around 200,000.Steve Timewell says there will be 60 floats and hundreds involved, all following this year’s theme of movies.He and an ...

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Keeper Shilton to star for Tonic Health

England’s most capped men’s footballer Peter Shilton is boosting a South Holland charity at a special fundraiser in April. The former Leicester City, Stoke City and Nottingham Forest keeper is heading to Springfields Events Centre on April 25 from 7.30pm.He appeared in four World Cups and two European Championships as well as winning two European Cups and the English league ...

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Cat show was purr-fect

A healthy crowd took in a cat-alogue of feline talent at Springfields in Spalding last weekend. The TICATs (The International Cat Association) and Cake Show proved a huge success with hundreds of people attending.And there were around 150 pets entered into categories for the cat agility show.The event manager Stefan Winman said: “It was amazing and far exceeded all expectations.“With ...

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Event to mark park’s centenary

A celebration to mark the centenary of Carter’s Park being open to the public will be the main event in Holbeach this year. It was revealed at a meeting of Holbeach Parish Council as part of an as yet unannounced programme of events.There had been some arguments about when the park was opened, but the meeting heard the authority had ...

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War museum curator steps in at society

Due to a late change in programme, the first Spalding Gentlemen’s Society lecture this year will be given by Dr Bryn Hammond, Principal Curator of Collections at the Imperial War Museum and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. First World War historians still know little about the armies of their allies – especially the French.However, in a modern internet-connected ...

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The time is meow for top cat show

Feline up for something different this weekend? A huge cat show is heading to Springfields. The 3rd International Cat Show, hosted by TiCats & Cakes Cat Club, will be coming to Springfields Events Centre on Saturday and Sunday, January 13 and 14.A spokesman for the event said: “With judges from as far afield as the USA, Sweden and Italy, and ...

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Get your mental health into step

A mental health campaigner is launching a series of walks during January including one marking the 25th anniversary of the death of a local councillor’s dad. Vanessa Browning, who runs Community Mind Matters, is taking part in Red January.It aims to get people out and about doing small exercises first before jumping into more strenuous exertions.“I’ve been doing Red January ...

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Festive gathering for Filipino community

South Holland’s Filipino community came together last week to celebrate Christmas, and they’re hoping to do more events going forward. They were brought together at The Sessions House by John Valmoria who moved to Spalding with wife Chikky from The Philippines s 20 years ago.“The Filipino population has really growing over the years,” said John who alongside his wife runs ...

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Free event was a fir-m fave

A group of over 55s from Spalding found their festive spirit last week at a fun, free, floral evening at Springfields Festival Gardens in Spalding. The seasonal evening was part of First Time for Everything, a programme designed by Royal Voluntary Service to support physical and mental health and wellbeing.Supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, First Time for Everything ...

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Village hall’s festive thanks for support

Saracen’s Head Village Hall recently held its annual Christmas party for older people and to say thanks for those who had supported it this year. There were 43 attendees who were entertained by Steve Carmell and fed a delicious three course meal by Dunmores of Boston.

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New block opens at cattery

A cat charity’s open day proved purrrfect as it raised money and potentially rehomed eight cats and kittens. The event at The Lodge Cattery on Dozens Bank, Spalding also doubled as the opening of its new cats protection block ‘The Four Seasons’.It was officially opened by Spalding Flower Parade organiser Steve Timewell.The Lodge’s Jan Bryant said: “It was a very ...

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Long Sutton Lighting Up Friday and Saturday

Christmas officially arrives in Long Sutton this weekend. The town’s Lighting Up events are being held Friday and Saturday (December 15 and 16) from 5pm to 9pm. There will be a host attractions in the town centre including entertainment from local performers and the West Norfolk Rock Choir. There will be games for children including a photography competition. Earlier in ...

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Light and bright tractor weekend run

There will be a very special tractor run at the weekend. Holbeach Marsh Vintage Tractor Events is holding a special illuminated road run on Sunday.Meeting at Fleet Road Industrial Estate, Holbeach, money raised from the event will be donated to Prostate Cancer Research.Any vehicle decorated for Christmas can take part. The entry fee is £10 plus £5 per passenger.The vehicles ...

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Young Farmers getting festive

Living in the heart of rural Lincolnshire, there can only be one way for Santa to arrive – by tractor. The Spalding and District Young Farmers organised a festive run on Sunday, and almost 100 vehicles took to the roads across South Holland.The Christmas road run was organised by club chairman Michael Sullivan, vice chairman Russell Newell and the management ...

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