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Helping to mould their own futures through art

Artwork created by ‘life-saving’ groups for vulnerable adults is to be part of a unique exhibition at Spalding Library. Members of Spalding Safe Places, which provides support to people struggling with domestic abuse and those from Surfleet Dementia Group have produced the impressive array of pottery.It follows an initiative by Transported Arts and charity Tonic Health who run the groups.Eight-week ...

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Innovation on the menu at ‘world class’ centre

It’s attracting people from across the globe looking to make life better for the entire world – and it’s right here in Holbeach. Researching how the elderly eat food to aid care homes, using air vacuums to hoist up delicate berries to stop them bruising while placed in meals, finding more eco-friendly ways to produce foods and looking at methods ...

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Rolling with the Inner Wheel

A group for women who meet regularly is on the lookout for new members.The Spalding branch of the Inner Wheel Club of Great Britain is set for the organisation’s 100th anniversary celebrations in three years.It was set up in 1924 to help the poor in Manchester.It’s now grown to 104 countries with 108,000 members and is based on the ethos ...

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Pick up a pint in the pop-up pub at West Pinchbeck Village Hall

By Nigel Chapman How does a pint and the chance to play a traditional pub game sound? Well, that’s what’s being offered in a new pop-up pub at West Pinchbeck Village Hall this month. Families are being encouraged to support the move by enjoying time in a friendly atmosphere. The licensed bar will have beers, lagers and ciders as well ...

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Pete’s obsession is downright shirty

Picking a strip to support England is no easy matter for one Weston man. Football shirt fanatic Pete Hammond has 23 different Three Lions tops among a huge collection of 364 from all over the world. The wardrobes and drawers at his home near Spalding are all bulging with the assortment of shirts, worth up to £15,000. And with a ...

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Church remembers 50 years since it ran a postal service in South Holland

A South Holland church is remembering 50 years since it set up its own postal delivery and stamps. The Church of St Nicholas in Lutton set up the East Elloe Post during the postal strike of 1971 in a bid to raise money for a heating system. And it worked with collection points and deliveries organised across South Lincolnshire. Among ...

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Capturing a changing town

A drone operator is taking on a campaign to chronicle how Spalding looks from the air in 2020. Steve Timewell, of Lincolnshire Drones, is taking aerial images of the town and surrounding villages as well as creating a video. With the town and surrounding villages changing at an incredible pace, drone pilot Steve said: “I thought it would be good ...

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Column – Don’t treat us like big cities

In March, we pulled together in the national interest to protect the NHS. Thanks to the tireless work and ingenuity of the British people and the Government’s commitment, our National Health Service – with 33,000 more beds, 30,000 ventilators, ‘Nightingale’ hospitals on standby and the capacity to test over 330,000 people daily – is well prepared for whatever challenges we ...

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Steve’s New Horizons as first novel is published

A retired Crowland man is reaching new horizons himself by landing a publishing deal. Steve Borrett is releasing New Horizons – A Mayson Edmunson Adventure under the pseudonym SteVie May on September 30. The 62-year-old says he always harboured thoughts of writing a book but didn’t have the time until retiring from working in government services. The book takes on ...

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Time for the tragic story of HMT Lancastria to be heard

June 17 1940. Does that date mean anything to you? It most certainly does to me, writes Jane Webb, of Gedney. The beginning of June 1940 to most people brings to mind Dunkirk, when British soldiers were evacuated from France in an armada of small ships. At the time Winston Churchill told the British people that the British Army had ...

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School marks one hundred years of first class primary education

One hundred years ago this year, in a medieval manor house, two tiny rooms were opened to a few lucky youngsters from Spalding and the surrounding countryside. They were the first pupils in what became Ayscoughfee Hall School, South Holland’s only Independent Primary School, now housed almost opposite its original home in accommodation that includes a large hall, ICT suite, ...

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Sir John Hayes – Come together as one nation

Coronavirus is the greatest challenge our nation has faced since the Second World War. Yet we can find courage and confidence in a simple certainty – rooted in the kindness and resolve which has always seen the British people through, our country has overcome even greater challenges in the past. As the Prime Minister made clear in his televised national ...

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Sir John Hayes MP – Rise and shine as one nation

One hundred and forty eight years ago in Manchester, the great statesman, Benjamin Disraeli, articulated a bold mission for Britain, writes Sir John Hayes. Though his speech lasted for three hours, during which Disraeli consumed two full bottles of brandy (!), a simple phrase has come to represent his vision – ‘one nation’. January 31 at 11pm will mark a ...

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Tippler’s Memories: My first job in Spalding – part one

John Tippler returns with some of his memories for readers to enjoy. When I came to leave my first job, a business friend of my boss – seeing that I was still unsure about my longer-term career – chastised me: ‘I knew what I was going to do by the time I was 12’, he said. Maybe he did: I ...

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Time for pets to get festive and win with Rooke’s

Festive Pets is back and now is your chance to send in a photo of your pet in Christmas finery. Last year’s winner, Ozzy, received a £100 voucher from competition sponsor Rooke’s Pet Products. You can win the same this year by sending in a picture of your pet, not just cats and dogs, to the Voice. We will publish ...

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Air crashes, raids and cherryade

In the second part, John remembers what life was like as a young boy living in Spalding during the Second World War. I remember four plane crashes around Spalding. A Wellington bomber crashed and burnt out to the west of Spalding, killing all the crew. A Hawker Typhoon/Tempest fighter crashed near Beggar’s Bush Lane, the pilot reportedly killed. A Manchester ...

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Six decades for family at store

This week marks 60 years since 14 and 15-year-old siblings took over a Spalding business which their family has turned in to a local High Street icon. Hills Department Store & Hills Furniture Store has been built up by the Turner family ever since and they’re celebrating six decades of serving the town on Friday, November 8. The shop, then ...

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When the bombs fell on Spalding

For the next two weeks, John Tippler remembers the Second World War. I was ten when the war began. Young people got the first indication that war was something real when gas masks were distributed in 1938. They were fitted and issued in temporary places around the town – in our case a classroom at the Council School in Westlode ...

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Spalding’s rivers were not always so passive

This week, John Tippler talks about the waterways of Spalding. Spalding’s main river is, of course, the Welland, whose town section we now know as a pleasant, but passive, feature of the town.It was not always so passive. In the 1930s and earlier 40s it was still connected directly to the sea and was a salt-water river.Its personality was demonstrated ...

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Memories of the 1930s railways in Spalding

John Tippler has put some of his memories down on paper for readers to enjoy. In the 1930s, crossing the King’s Road footbridge, which spanned the 13 tracks of the shunting yard, was a small boy’s delight. There were usually several shunting engines at work, backwards and forwards, backwards and forwards, with great puffs of smoky steam billowing upwards to ...

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