Events

Rare chance to see archaeologists at work

For the past ten days a team from Newcastle University and the University of Sheffield have undertaken an archaeological excavation at Anchor Church Field, near Crowland. This work has identified important medieval remains, at a location traditionally associated with St Guthlac – a saint who lived as a hermit in the Fens during the seventh and eighth centuries AD. On ...

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Raise a glass to top festival

Thousands of visitors made their way to Holbeach for a great weekend of music and beer. With live music, food, rides and beer on offer, some 12,000 to 15,000 people helped made the event a huge success.Bands including The Upbeat Beatles, Wild Boys, Bon Giovi and Queen tribute band Flash – provided music for all tastes.“It was definitely our best ...

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Opening day for play area

Dozens of children flocked to Surfleet’s Glen Park for last Saturday’s re-opening of the children’s play area after a major refurbishment. Some 25 months after it was forced to close because of repair costs and the effect of the Covid pandemic – thanks to the efforts of two local businessmen and a small army of volunteers.Glen Park’s owners, Surfleet Play ...

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Outdoor Festival launch party

This weekend sees the launch of the South Holland Outdoor Festival which runs throughout August. There will be a range of activities at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field, Spalding, on Sunday. Arts and craft activities will be held with Red Granny’s Recreation Station and visitors will also be able to test their balance and coordination in a circus skills ...

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Walking group steps out again

A hugely popular community walk is to return. Donington Free Health Walks returns on Tuesday, August 3, and will meet at 10.15am in the Ruby Hunt Centre, Church Street, departing at 10.30am. The walks are completely free and last between 60 and 90 minutes. Eddie Finch, who helps to organise them, said: “We are looking forward to seeing old friends ...

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Spooky ball to help hospital

A hugely popular charity ball in aid of Spalding’s Johnson Hospital is set to make a spooky return this October. Tickets for the Johnson Community Hospital Ball are already close to selling out and the organisers behind the Springfield Events Centre bash are also on the look out for businesses and groups to get involved and donate prizes. Sally Brown, ...

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Car show revs up the summer

Holbeach’s first Classic and Modified Car Show proved to be a sizzling success. In beautifully sunny conditions hundreds turned out after organisers were inundated with requests to display their vehicles. Emily Day enjoys the trampolines. Alongside them was live entertainment from the McCurdy brothers, a strong man display from Royals Gym and a host of food and drink options. The ...

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Group get ready for festival display in Spalding town centre

You could help play a part in a new festival heading to South Holland next month. The South Holland Outdoor Festival is being put on by the district council which is planning events throughout the district. Many of the plans are still being kept under wraps but Spalding Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society (SADOS) are busy preparing for a role ...

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Plane sailing at Fenland

Blue skies, fluffy white clouds and sunshine brought aeroplanes and onlookers to Fenland airfield, Holbeach St John for the annual Tulip Fly-in. Sixty aeroplanes flew in from all over the country; some from as far away as Hampshire, to take part in the Vintage Aircraft Club (VAC) ‘Tulip Fly-in’ at the Fenland venue.It was part of the VAC’s programme of ...

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Council to put on car show

Holbeach is set to host a Classic and Modified Car Show on Saturday, July 18.The event, being organised by the parish council, is taking place at Carter’s Park.It’s hoped there will be over 50 vehicles there alongside activities and food and drink.Anyone who would like to take part is asked to contact isobelhutchinson@holbeachpc.comA litter pick for councillors in the town ...

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Helping make gardens grow

Many hands make light work and even the smallest helpers can bring a town to blooming perfection. When the Holbeach In Bloom team was out and about this week making sure planters were bursting, a group of young supporters were on hand. Young pupils at Small Saints pre-school were delighted to get their hands dirty for a good cause and ...

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Live music returns to shop

Live music returned to a Spalding record shop recently for a nationwide festival. Boston band Kings and Bears played an impromptu show at Uptown Vinyl in Baytree Garden Centre, Weston, as part of the BBC’s Airwaves festival. A host of local radio stations, including BBC Lincolnshire, put on the shows and broadcasted them over the Bank Holiday weekend. Due to ...

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Jeff set for 100 song challenge

A Pinchbeck opera singer is to sing 100 songs on his doorstep in memory of both his mother-in-law and Captain Sir Tom Moore. Jeff Woods, also known as Pavanotti, will on Sunday stand outside his Mountbatten Avenue home and belt out the songs to raise money for both Dementia UK and the bid to raise money to improve Pinchbeck’s parks. ...

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Dog show gets tails wagging

Dog lovers came from across the country to Whaplode Drove on Saturday. The East Anglian Staffordshire Bull Terrier Club held its first dog show since restrictions were lifted at the Elizabethan Centre in the village. And competitors came from as far afield as Wales for the event which boasted 83 entrants. Show manager Martin Johnson said: “It went absolutely to ...

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GALLERY – Tractor drivers on the Case

A charity tractor run in South Holland has helped two animal charities. The first run for more than a year saw a bumper amount of 50 tractors take to the roads on Sunday for a trip around South Holland. With every shape, age and size of tractor represented, £700 was raised for the Dogs Trust and the Cats Protection League. ...

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Long Sutton U3A are back on target

Long Sutton’s University of the Third Age group (U3A) was on target with its reopening last week. The group held its first sessions back recently and held an archery tournament for members. A spokesman for the group said: “We’re looking to restart as many of our 30 plus interest groups including archery, table tennis, computer skills, line dancing, bird watching ...

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New activities on offer

Transported has announced its latest activities – ‘The Creative Response to Loneliness programme – an initiative to combat the feelings of loneliness and isolation that the pandemic has brought through creative activity. The programme has been funded by Arts Council England to provide immediate, targeted relief through creative and cultural activity to those most at risk of loneliness as a ...

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Plans for Music and Beer Festival

It’s all systems go with the Holbeach Music and Beer Festival 2021. With the government saying its looking to lift all social distancing restrictions by the end of June, this year’s event looks as if it will be going ahead on August 6, 7 and 8. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday, a batch of 750 early bird tickets ...

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Date for Holbeach ball

Holbeach’s Community Ball is hoping to return later this year to raise funds for the town’s hospital. The popular event was last held in March 2020. That’s obviously not possible this year, but instead the event is hoped to go ahead on October 2. Tickets are already proving popular with only six tables remaining. This year’s theme will be ‘Fire ...

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Oddfellows are here to support

The local branch of a group aimed at beating loneliness is reminding people of the online sessions open to them. Nene and Welland Oddfellows is inviting anyone struggling with the impact of spending increasing time alone to join them at one of their regular free online social events. The group has a diary of upcoming Zoom events, which they can ...

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