Events

Spalding’s latest blue plaque marks link with The Salvation Army founder

The latest blue plaque to be put up in Spalding marks the town’s association with The Salvation Army founder William Booth. His great-grandson Col Bramwell Booth and Spalding and District Civic Society member John Honnor unveiled it in Bridge Street on Saturday (October 17), accompanied by Boston Salvation Army Band. William Booth lodged on the site now occupied by Boots Opticians ...

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Willy Wonka ball a sweet success

More than 400 people made the 2015 Willy Wonka-themed Kidney Research Ball a sweet success. Held at Spalding’s Springfields Events Centre, guests were welcomed to the venue by members of Diamondz Dance Group dressed as characters from Willy Wonka. They also performed a dance routine and guests were further entertained during the evening by live music from Crazy Ape and ...

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Busy time at Sneath’s Mill Trust annual show

The new president of Sneath’s Mill Trust – South Holland and The Deepings MP John Hayes – attended the third annual Autumn Show at Lutton Village Hall with his family. Show entrants received certificates for first, second and third places in each of the categories. Winners in the children’s section received certificates and book tokens. The overall winner of the ...

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First Cowbit Fun on the Field event is worth repeating

Two community groups have shown that teamwork can make the dream work after pulling together a big village event in double quick time. Cowbit Parish Council and the village hall committee worked together over just eight weeks to organise Fun on the Field, which included entertainment, fairground rides, refreshments and sporting activities for the young and not-so-young. Peter Simspon, of ...

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Home-Start volunteers help area’s families

Volunteers who help a charity which supports struggling families were invited to a coffee and catch-up event to thank them for their contribution. Home-Start South Holland relies on its volunteers to help families who have at least one child aged under 11 who are finding it hard to cope for a variety of reasons, such as disability, isolation, family bereavement ...

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Veterans remember the fallen at Donington service

A parade and remembrance service gave Donington the chance to honour those who gave their lives for their country. Veterans paraded through the village in beautiful autumn sunshine, accompanied by a bagpiper, before laying wreaths at the village’s Arnhem Oak Tree. They then attended a service at St Mary and the Holy Rood Church, which has an Arnhem memorial in ...

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Founder of Salvation Army honoured with Spalding blue plaque

A pioneering social reformer and evangelist is to be honoured in Spalding. The latest heritage blue plaque – which recognises a person of historical significance – is the fifth in the series and will honour William Booth, the co-founder of church and charity The Salvation Army, which is celebrating its 150th year. Booth’s 86-year-old great-grandson, Colonel Bramwell Booth, will conduct ...

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Working weekend offers a taste of the past

Fleet took a step back in time when tractor drivers descended for the annual Fenland Working Weekend. A field in Branches Lane was filled with tractor drivers from far and wide demonstrating how traditional machinery was used in the past. This popular event attracted many tractor drivers with farming machinery, along with farming enthusiasts who took their tractors and machines ...

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Holbeach Hub open day achieves aims

An event to relaunch Holbeach youth club and promote the building as a community hub has been hailed a “100 per cent” success. One of the trustees of the “Holbeach Hub”, in Boston Road, Tracey Carter said several community groups had expressed an interest in holding meetings and events as a result of the open day. The building boasts a ...

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Harvest fun for families in store at Spalding Pumpkin Festival

Families are being urged to make Spalding Pumpkin Festival another big hit. The annual event takes place on Friday, October 9, with the pumpkin parade (6.30pm from Sheep Market) and fireworks display (Market Place, 7.30pm) the highlights. There’s also daytime entertainment from 11am including a charity market, street entertainment, activities and competitions. In the evening, there will be live entertainment ...

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Flu campaign under way and new defibrillator at Spalding medical centre

Munro Medical Centre is taking bookings for free flu protection. The sessions are at its Spalding surgery this Saturday (October 3) and Saturday, October 17, and at the Church Walk branch in Pinchbeck on Wednesday, October 14. Patients considered at risk of flu include all aged 65 years and over, people living in residential care, main carers of the elderly ...

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Families go green-fingered

Green-fingered families enjoyed a gardening workshop as part of South Holland District Council’s SHout and About competition. The event took place at Silverwood Garden Centre in Long Sutton where participants learned how to fertilise and care for plants as well as enjoying a variety of gardening-themed games. They also got to take away a hanging basket of pansies and herbs. ...

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Gold winners Spalding In Bloom going for top spot in 2016

Spalding In Bloom committee chairman Angela Newton says the town is gunning to come first in East Midlands In Bloom 2016. Spalding won gold for a second year running in this year’s awards in the large town category, with 172 points out of a possible 200. But the town was placed behind fellow gold winners Belper and Market Harborough, which ...

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Foodbank and hospital trust to talk at South Holland Voluntary Sector forum

Two South Holland-based not-for-profit organisations are to share details of the work they do. Presentations from Agape Foodbank and the Lighthouse Projects and Holbeach and East Elloe Hospital Trust form part of this month’s South Holland Voluntary Sector forum. The free forum is an opportunity for charities, community groups and not-for-profit organisations to meet up, share information and promote their ...

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Arnhem remembrance parade and service in Donington

There is a remembrance service and parade in Donington on Sunday (September 27). The 1st Air Troop Royal Engineers the Parachute Regiment World War Two veterans will be parading at 10am in Market Place, followed by a 10.30am service at St Mary and The Holy Rood Church and the laying of wreaths at the Arnhem Oak Memorial. Eveyone is very ...

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Busy consultation event on 1,000 new homes and primary school for Holbeach

More than 200 people took the chance to find out more about a huge housing and commercial scheme proposal for Holbeach. Organisers are sifting through feedback from an information day at the University of Lincoln campus on September 17. About 1,000 homes and a new primary school are planned on parcels of land owned by Lincolnshire County Council, Bovis Homes and a ...

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Good early response to appeal for clothes for Syrian migrant children

Organisers of an appeal to help clothe Syrian migrant children have been overwhelmed by the initial response. But Spalding couple Mark and Sarah Le Sage say it is still early days and urged people to keep donating clothing suitable for 0-18 years. Within three days of Ella’s Syrian Appeal being published in The Voice (September 17), 28 bags had been ...

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Fun day launch at Willow Tree Farm Nature Reserve for South Lincolnshire Walking Festival

A new five-week long walking festival has its launch event at a free family fun day at Willow Tree Fen Nature Reserve on Saturday (September 26). South Lincolnshire Walking Festival gets under way on Friday (September 25) and runs until Saturday, October 31. It will feature 76 free guided walks in South Holland, North and South Kesteven, and Boston. Heritage Lincolnshire and Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust ...

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St Nic’s Players offer children chance to get into the theatre

Children are being given the chance to learn more about what the theatre has to offer by one of the country’s oldest amateur dramatic groups. St Nicolas Players have written to around 50 schools across South Holland inviting pupils to see its latest production of Little Shop of Horrors and then take part in a question and answer session with ...

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Stunning Lincolnshire church images scoop top prizes in Long Sutton photography group competition

These are the winning entries in the Lincolnshire Churches competition run by Market House Photography Group in Long Sutton. This year the competition attracted 77 pictures and while the three winners were from Long Sutton and Holbeach, entries were received from North East Lincolnshire, Lincoln, Boston and the surrounding areas. The competition is run on an annual basis and is ...

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