Events

Celebrating blooming success in South Holland

Hard work in South Holland has been rewarded with a raft of medals from East Midlands in Bloom this year. Spalding and Holbeach were both awarded gold medals in the large town and small town categories. There was also a Judge’s Award for the work carried out at Spalding railway station. Long Sutton took a silver gilt, also in the ...

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Schoolchildren to help re-open Spalding Aldi store

A Spalding superstore is due to re-open its tomorrow (Thursday, September 28) after a refurbishment and extension. Children from St John the Baptist Primary will be part of the celebrations at Aldi on St Thomas Road when they help to officially cut the ribbon. The green-fingered pupils will receive a donation of gardening materials from the store to help maintain ...

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Coffee, cake and charity at Macmillan’s Biggest Coffee Morning 2017

The only thing finer than coffee and cake is coffee and cake for a good cause. So choose your venue for the Macmillan Big Coffee Morning on Friday, September 29. Across the district, cafes, libraries and community hubs are hosting coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research. Pick your place and turn up for good food, a cup of ...

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Donington parade to remember the fallen

A parade to remember the 1st Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers takes place in Donington on Sunday. The 1st Parachute Squadron Royal Engineers were billeted in Donington for nine months before departing for The Battle of Arnhem, known as Operation Market Garden and made famous by the film A Bridge Too Far. The parade will set off from the Market Place ...

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Plea for residents to support Surfleet’s Glen Park with £12 annual fee

Surfleet residents are being asked to foot a £12 rise in their Council Tax bill in an attempt to keep Glen Park running. The park committee has sent out letters asking villagers to attend a public meeting tonight (Thursday), where they will be able to vote on a proposed rise in the parish precept – the parish council’s part of ...

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Suzanne celebrates 40 years hairdressing with Pinchbeck charity tea party

Hairdresser Suzanne Kinane-Waltham will celebrate 40 years of hairdressing with a charity tea party this Saturday (September 23). The event takes place at Killenaule Hair Studio, Knight Street, Pinchbeck. The party starts at 1.30pm and ends at 4.30. Entertainment on the day will include a raffle, tombola, a sweetie trolley, Pims, sandwiches and cakes. Suzanne says: “To all clients past ...

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Two hours of nun fun with Sister Act stage show in Spalding

Spalding theatre group Act II will perform the stage version of Sister Act at the South Holland Centre. Director Karl Gernert describes the show as “two hours of unashamed fun” and he says the music by Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors/Disney’s Beauty and The Beast) is “outstanding.” “They take the best bits of the film and add a great ...

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Stepping back in time to the cold war in Holbeach

Visitors had the chance to step back into the Cold War last week. The town’s former Royal Observer Corps bunker was opened-up to the public by owners Heritage Lincolnshire. Former members of the corps were on duty with Heritage Lincolnshire personnel to take visitors back in time. The bunker was part of a chain around the country ready to plot ...

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Motorcycle training at Cadwell Park for safer winter riding

Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership is hosting its Performance Plus motorcycle day, a fun get-together for riders with a serious side focused on riding skills and learning road safety awareness. The Performance Plus day takes place at Cadwell Park on Tuesday, September 19. “We get 80 riders out on the track and show them how to handle motorbikes in low speed ...

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Holbeach to host free Alzheimer’s carers support course

Free Alzheimer’s carers support courses will take place throughout Lincolnshire this autumn and winter. Organised by Alzheimer’s Society, the Carers Information and Support Programme courses are designed to offer the chance for attendees to learn more about the condition and how it affects people. The courses begin in September throughout Lincolnshire, with the South Holland course taking place in Holbeach, ...

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Add your Fenland tale to a collection by mobile historian

Historian and musician Danny Pedler (pictured) is touring South Holland on the mobile library to collect Fenland stories. As part of the project Field and Dyke: Your Fenland Stories, he will tour the district playing folk songs and tunes from South Lincolnshire. He will be collecting memories, anecdotes and tales from the area to inspire future projects. The sessions are ...

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Top turnout for first West Pinchbeck tractor run

Twenty tractors set off from West Pinchbeck Village Hall in the village’s first tractor run event and the public turned out to wave them on both at the start and along the way. Tractor enthusiasts got up early on Sunday morning for the drive that took the convoy of vintage and modern machines through West Pinchbeck, Pinchbeck village, Surfleet and ...

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Junior PCSOs train as good values enforcers

Primary school children across South Holland will meet once a month with a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) to tackle issues commonly concerning children. Over the summer holidays, year four pupils from 14 participating local schools completed an application form to register an interest in the scheme. PCSO Naomi Newall oversees the junior PCSOs (JPCSOs) for Holbeach and rural. “The ...

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100-years-young Jean throws her big birthday bash

Spalding woman Jean Cowles spent her 100th birthday surrounded by family and friends. With boundless energy Jean worked the room, going from table to table, talking to the 220 friends and family in attendance at Springfields Exhibition Centre. She could be found by listening out for her distinctive and regular laugh. To say Jean is energetic is an understatement. Jean ...

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Activate summer activities days prove a hit

Hundreds of youngsters enjoyed the summer programme of Activate arts and sports held across South Holland over the summer. The free sessions, run by South Holland District Council’s communities team in partnership with other organisations, have been held at Sutton Bridge, Spalding, Gedney Drove End, Crowland and Cowbit. “All five events were very well attended and our communities team received ...

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Plans ahoy for Spalding raft race to launch next year?

Spalding may be in line for its own annual raft racing event if plans come to fruition. The idea is taking shape and it is hoped individuals, groups and companies will come forward to help make it a success. Resident Mark Le Sage, who had the idea, said the project was one step closer to becoming reality after he had ...

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Fantastic fundraisers help to support Focus Club members

A fantastic fundraiser saw more than £300 collected for a Spalding club. The Focus Club arranged the event which included a range of stalls, tombola, a raffle and bric-a-brac. The £325 raised will be used to pay for running costs and to provide a trip for members. The Focus Club is aimed at people with early-onset dementia and offers a ...

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Places of worship open in festival of exploration

Places of worship have long been a landmark in the South Holland area. Countryside churches are visible right across the flat landscape and many of them are hidden treasures waiting to be explored. A two-day festival next month will help visitors explore some of these special places. The first Holland Places of Worship Festival will be held on Saturday, September ...

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Young skaters flip tricks at Spalding extreme sports festival

The extreme sports festival Skate & BMX Jam returned to Spalding Skate Park for a day of tricks and tips, as well as to spread a message of respect for the facility. Coun Pete Williams organised the event, which featured displays by extreme sports display group Team Extreme. Team Extreme offer skateboard, scooter and BMX coaching for newcomers or rookies ...

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Blooming success for Holbeach gardeners

Green-fingered residents of Holbeach pitted their skills to take part in a contest. Run by Holbeach in Bloom in conjunction with the Spalding Voice, the competition was open to people living in the town and surrounding villages. Entrants submitted pictures of their gardens, either prints or emails, to be considered for judging. The closing date was scheduled for the end ...

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