Events

22 winners in colouring competition which ‘amazed’ Springfields

The 22 winners in Springfields’ hugely popular Easter egg colouring competition have been announced. More than 3,000 children who took part in an egg hunt around the gardens were given the opportunity to enter the colouring competition, judged by staff at Thorntons. The overall winner was Beth McLaren (8), who gets a tour for four of Thorntons’ chocolate factory in Derbyshire. Runner-up was Tamzin Naish ...

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Eleanor sees sunglasses prize in Molsoms’ Easter competition

Five-year-old Eleanor Perkins was the winner of a Spalding town-centre Easter egg hunt organised by optometrists Molsom and Associates. The Hall Place business held the free competition for children aged four to 12, thanks to help from other local businesses and public buildings Eggs were displayed at Simpson Butchers, Flowers ‘n Things, Gibbs Shoes, The Loft, the library, Stennetts Jewellers, Hills Department Store, Bookmark and The South ...

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Winning photographs on display at Holbeach Cemetery Chapels’ busy open day

Tales of people draping dead moles around their necks to cure toothache were among those heard at an open day at Holbeach Cemetery Chapels on Saturday (April 22) attended by more than 60 people. Linden Secker, a leading researcher working with Holbeach Cemetery Chapels Trust (HCCT), led a trail of 20 graves telling stories of the occupations of the Victorians ...

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Delve into Victorian lives at Holbeach open day

A chance to discover the occupations of Victorians buried in a Holbeach cemetery and see inside its Grade II listed chapels is on offer on Saturday.(April 22) The open day is the latest event in a diary of activities being supported by a £49,000 Heritage Lottery Fund award. Gill Graper, a trustee of Holbeach Cemeteries Chapel Trust, said: “There aren’t many ...

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Springfields ‘overwhelmed’ as nearly 3,000 children do Easter egg hunt

A record number of nearly 3,000 children participated in this year’s Easter egg hunt at Springfields – more than double the previous highest. Children could complete a fun hunt in the Festival Gardens in return for a Thorntons Easter Egg and activity pack, which included entry to a ‘Design an Easter Egg competition’. The top prize being a family tour ...

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Porter’s horseshoe: Made in Spalding, hanging with royalty’s in Rutland

A symbolic horseshoe made in Spalding and bearing the name of South Holland District Council leader Gary Porter is now hanging on the walls of Oakham Castle to mark a celebratory event. Lord Porter was special guest at the venue for Rutland 20, a series of events to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Rutland regaining its status as an independent county. As part ...

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Appeal by Holbeach air cadets squadron ahead of 50th birthday

People with links to RAF air cadets’ 2430 Holbeach Squadron are invited to take part in its 50th anniversary celebrations in May. The squadron wants to hear from former cadets, staff and committee members to join a celebration party. The current commanding officer, Flt Lt Dave Suddards, said: “The squadron was formed in 1964, originally as a detached flight of ...

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More acts revealed as Spalding beerfest line-up takes shape

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More acts for the second Spalding Beer and Music Festival have been revealed.     The event at the Castle Sports Complex in Spalding from Friday, May 26 to Sunday, May 28 will be a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the town’s Barbeque 67 event.   Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Cream played at the long-gone Tulip Bulb Auction ...

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COLUMN: Make use of more daylight to improve your health

By Karen Johnson South Holland District Council community development officer With the clocks changing, now is a good time to take advantage of the extra hour of daylight in the spring evenings. Being physically active can significantly reduce the risk of several major health conditions. Walking is one of the most accessible activities available to us. It is free, fun ...

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Basic groceries shop to open in Holbeach St Marks village hall

Villagers in Holbeach St Marks will be able to buy basic groceries from a new shop being manned by volunteers. The store, aptly named Essentials, will open in the village hall for the first time on Friday.(March 24) Nick Worth (pictured), village hall committee chairman, said: “It is something villagers have been asking for for a number of years and the village hall ...

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Children’s Easter egg hunt in Spalding town centre under way

A free Easter egg hunt organised by Spalding optician Molsom and Associates is under way. Children aged 4 to 12 can collect a clue/entry form from the practice in Hall Place. The clues lead to paper eggs displayed in nine other shops/places in the town centre. Molsom’s Vicky Harvey said: “Each egg has a message to write on their sheet ...

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Rotary Club’s efforts bear fruit in Spalding churchyard

Spalding Parish Church grounds have a definite look of spring about them thanks to the efforts of The Rotary Club of South Holland. St Mary and St Nicolas Church has a ring of purple crocus outside the west door. Five thousand crocus bulbs were planted by members of the Rotary Club of South Holland on World Polio Day in October ...

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Bake sale for autism awareness by ‘Mascot Pete’ (9) at Tulips’ match

A challenge has been set for people to get behind nine-year-old Peter Bailey who will be running a bake sale to help others with autism at this weekend’s Spalding United match. Dedicated supporter Peter, a pupil at Gosberton House Academy, which caters particularly for those on the autistic spectrum, has earned himself the moniker Mascot Pete after last year selling ...

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Picture this competition at Holbeach cemetery

The latest venture by Holbeach Cemetery Chapels Trust to engage the local community in discovering and exploring an important heritage site is a photography competition. The theme is “Holbeach Cemetery – the chapels and their environment” and entry is free. There are three age groups – 5-11 years; 12-17 years; 18 years and over. The winner of each category will ...

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Hat-trick of Open Arts wins for Spalding painter Dina

Dina Perejogina has won the public vote trophy at South Holland Open Arts contest for a third time. Her painting ‘Stag Presence’ was the top choice of visitors to the exhibition at the South Holland Centre earlier this month. Dina, who lives in Spalding and specialises in paintings of animals, also won in 2014 and last year. She said: “I ...

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Men’s Shed South Holland – a place to socialise

Individuals are being invited to get involved in a new project designed to create a community shed where they can get together, socialise and share skills. The new Men’s Shed South Holland project seeks to create a shared space to work on individual or group projects in a friendly environment. The next meeting is on Friday, March 31, at 2pm ...

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Spalding Fulney WI members’ genie-ous rendition of Aladdin

There was laughter and booing as the drama group of Spalding Fulney WI performed its third pantomime. Tickets for the two performances of Aladdin, directed by Ann Holness, sold out quickly, with young and old alike enjoying booing the wicked Abanazar and the funny antics of Widow Twankey and PC Flung Dung. Members of the cast were responsible for making ...

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Chance to join or hear church choir’s rendition of Crucifixion

The choir of Holbeach Parish Church will be joined by singers from across the district to give a performance of the ever-popular Crucifixion by the Victorian composer John Stainer. Their performance will be enriched with the voices of two professional soloists – Howard Clinkard and Dominic Rose from Leeds Cathedral. David Shepherd, the organist at Boston Stump, will accompany the ...

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COLUMN: Free sporting activities taster in Spalding

by Karen Johnson – community development officer at South Holland District Council We would like to call out to all sports clubs and organisations in South Holland. We have a “Give it a Go!” taster event coming up on Sunday, April 2, 10.30am-3.30pm, on the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field, Spalding. We would encourage clubs interested to get in touch ...

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Half-day workshop in Spalding on managing volunteers

Community groups can take part free in a workshop on Monday focused on managing volunteers with extra support needs. The workshop at South Holland District Council offices, in Priory Road, Spalding (1pm-4.30pm) is by Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS). Ruth Copleston, LCVS senior community development officer, said: “This half-day workshop gives an introduction to managing volunteers with extra support ...

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