Events

Marvel at local photographers’ talent in Spalding exhibition

Spalding Photographic Society’s annual print exhibition is under way. About 50 superb images are adorning the walls of The Geest Gallery at Ayscoughfee Hall Museum until Thursday, March 30. The prints, which cover a wide range of subjects from wildlife to landscapes, include  submissions by beginners through to experienced photographers. The society, which meets monthly from September to April at ...

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Jenny and Seamus are first two winners at South Holland Open Arts 2017

The first two winners in South Holland Open Arts 2017 have been announced. The best newcomer prize, sponsored by Riverbank Studios, went to Jenny Wood for her seascape painting View to Isle of Arran. The best photography award, sponsored by Shutter Hub, went to Seamus Bryans. Coun Gary Taylor, South Holland District Council’s portfolio holder for arts development, said: “I would like ...

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Spring clean in Spalding streets by keen volunteers

Several roadsides in Spalding are looking much tidier thanks to a spring clean by Spotless Spalding and friends last Saturday. The group started near The Robin Hood pub in Bourne Road and covered Winsover Road, Green Lane and St Thomas’s Road, including behind a wall which is becoming known as a litter hotspot. Spotless Spalding founder Jack McLean, a South Holland ...

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Series of free sessions in Moulton for dementia sufferers and carers

People living with dementia and their carers can meet others, get active and join in a range of activities at a short course of free sessions in Moulton. The ‘Keep Healthy, Keep Active’ sessions, offered by Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service (LCVS), may include activities such as quizzes, cooking, gardening, laughter yoga and seated exercise as appropriate. There will be ...

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Big sing in Pinchbeck church for St David’s Day

A singing extravaganza with a Welsh theme will be held in Pinchbeck on Wednesday (March 1) to mark St David’s Day. Anyone who enjoys a good old-fashioned sing is invited to the Big St David’s Day Sing (7pm start) where the church choir and soloists will be performing. Pinchbeck singer Jeff Woods (aka ‘Pavanotti), who lived in the Rhondda Valley ...

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Celebrating 20 years of Holbeach Horticultural Society

The popular Holbeach Horticultural Society is keen to welcome more members after celebrating its 20th anniversary. The group – which held its first meeting on January 9, 1997 – was the brainchild of Heather Beedle, aided by Betty Humphries and Ann Wellington among others. Whether a novice or experienced gardener, or just interested in seeing the beautiful efforts of others, ...

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Spalding launch of Men’s Shed South Holland social group

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. Heidi Haxeltine, of Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service, has been ...

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Bakkavor and Tonic Health team up for children’s healthy eating workshop

Food manufacturer Bakkavor and Spalding health and wellbeing charity Tonic Health have teamed up again to promote healthy eating. The second educational workshop for schoolchildren aged from 5 to 12 focused on wraps and other nutritious alternatives to bread. It followed another successful workshop last month on the importance of fruit and salads for a healthy diet. These workshops are ...

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Charity champion abandons plans for Holbeach Christmas parade

Holbeach fundraiser Les Ward has scrapped his plans to put on a Christmas market and parade in the town this year. The 73-year-old blamed difficulties in getting approval for a road closure in High Street. Mr Ward said: “I’m finished with it. I had people willing to help me but I just felt there was no way forward with the ...

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Covers band Zebra ready to ‘Phil’ gap after losing one of its stripes

Popular Spalding covers band Zebra bid farewell to long-serving lead guitarist Phil Wright with an emotional gig at The Granary in Long Sutton last Saturday.(Jan 28) Lead singer Kev Arnold said: “It’s a sad day for us as we have all been friends for a long time but a new chapter in Zebra’s evolution.” The band will reveal the Gibson ...

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Crowland panto will be tribute to late town dentist John Hartley

Here’s a roll call of almost everybody involved in Crowland Amateur Dramatic Society’s forthcoming panto Jack and the Beanstalk. And as a tribute to society founder member and town dentist John Hartley, who died in November 2015, the show will use the script which he wrote 39 years ago. Producer John Munton – another founder member and now chairman of ...

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Phil’s fond farewell marks momentous musical occasions

2017 is going to see some momentous occasions in Spalding’s musical history.     Not only is it 50 years since BBQ67 and the second Spalding Beer and Music Festival, but Zebra’s lead guitarist is playing in his last gig on Saturday night at The Granary in Long Sutton.   Phil (Walter Trout) Wright first played with the band 33 years ago and ...

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Call for community to get involved with Holbeach Flower Festival

Community groups, local businesses and associations are all being encouraged to take part in this year’s Holbeach Flower Festival.     The event runs from Thursday, April 27, until Monday, May 1, and organisers are hoping that as many people as possible will get involved in the community project.   This year’s theme will be Noah’s Ark which organisers hope ...

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Strictly Come Dancing stars quickstepping to Johnson Community Hospital summer ball

The star attraction at the annual Johnson Community Hospital ball this summer is Strictly Come Dancing stars Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag.  The pair will hit the dance floor as special guests of The Strictly Johnson Glitter Ball at Springfields Events and Conference Centre in Spalding on Saturday, July 8. The ball committee is offering sponsorship packages for the ...

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Laughter Yoga: Go on, let yourself go a little more

Who doesn’t need more laughter in their lives? It’s supposed to be the best medicine (except maybe for those recovering from abdominal surgery!) On Blue Monday – the January day deemed by some to be the most depressing of the year – we decided to try out a Laughter Yoga session in Spalding. Here’s Louise Chapman’s take… Laughter yoga felt ...

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Learn to help dementia sufferers with gardening activities training

Carers and individuals connected with people living with dementia are invited to a training course aimed at helping them to set up therapeutic gardening activities. ‘Gardening for the Brain’ is a new one-day training course being held by South Holland District Council in conjunction with Green Synergy, a charity which uses community gardening and horticultural therapy to help improve people’s ...

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Final call for entries into South Holland Open Arts Exhibition

Artists have just a couple of weeks left to enter a competition designed to showcase the best work created by professionals and amateurs across the region. Deadline for entries into the 17th South Holland Open Arts Exhibition is Monday, January 30. Artists can submit their work and an independent panel of judges will choose the pieces which will be displayed at ...

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Jack tells of rewarding Rotary Young Leadership Award challenge

A Spalding man who earned the Rotary Young Leadership Award has been recounting his rewarding experience. Jack Wycherley (26) was The Rotary Club of South Holland candidate and went to a members’ meeting on Tuesday (January 10) to be presented with the award and talk about his experiences at Grafham Water, near Huntingdon, last July. He spoke about the friends he had made, the ...

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Bakkavor teams up with Tonic Health to educate children on importance of healthy diet

Food manufacturer Bakkavor has teamed up with Spalding-based health and wellbeing charity Tonic Health to promote healthy eating among local schoolchildren. An educational workshop for children aged between 5 and 12 on the importance of fruit and salads for a healthy diet was led by Sam Hetherington, development chef at Bakkavor Salads in Spalding. The workshop at Tonic Health’s base at Broadgate ...

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You’re having a laugh! (in Spalding…and feeling better for it)

With the festive season a fading memory, your credit card bill on the horizon but your summer holiday not, you could be forgiven for finding little to laugh about this month. But help is at hand in the form of a one-hour laughter yoga and mindfulness session in Spalding on Monday.(January 16) Holistic therapist Linda Nightingale (pictured) is a Laughter ...

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