Our exciting new competition SHout and About is up and running – but there is still plenty of time for people to sign up.
 

The 12 week competition invites people to take part in weekly fun activities including arts, crafts, walking, exercise classes, cooking, gardening, dancing and much more.
 
By completing the activities, participants will be awarded points which go towards winning a series of prizes.
 
SHout and About started on Monday with participants taking part in a photography contest.
 
Next week’s activities will see competitors enjoying a series of free gardening sessions.
 
You can come along even if you have not signed up to the competition yet and learn about all types of gardening including growing your own fruit and vegetables.
 
On Wednesday, September 2 we have two workshops being delivered by one of our competition sponsors, Silverwood Garden Centre in Long Sutton.
 
From 10am - 12pm and between 2pm - 4pm the head gardener at Silverwood will run a potting workshop in which participants can make a hanging basket of pansies and herbs.
 
We also have workshops being delivered by Lincolnshire Master Gardeners in Spalding, Crowland, Donington and Holbeach.
 
Participants can meet and talk with the master gardener and take home free pots to plant in their gardens.
 
The workshops are being held on Thursday, September 3 from 3.30pm - 5pm at Holbeach Youth Club and at Crowland Youth Club from 6pm – 7.30pm.
 
On Friday, September 4 workshops are being held from 3.30pm - 5pm in Ayscoughfee Hall Gardens and from 6pm - 7.30pm at the Ruby Hunt Centre in Donington.  
 
For more information contact South Holland District Council’s Community Development team on 01775 761161 or email shoutandabout@sholland.gov.uk.
 

Store has alcohol licence revoked
 
A Spalding off licence which was caught selling counterfeit bottles of whisky and vodka as well as illicit cigarettes has had its licence to sell alcohol revoked.

The action was taken by South Holland District Council’s Licensing Committee after Lincolnshire Police and Lincolnshire Trading Standards requested a review of the premises licence for Europe Store, based in Holbeach Road.

At a hearing on Wednesday, the Committee was told that Police and Trading Standards officers visited the store on June 19 and discovered bottles of Teacher’s whisky on sale with counterfeit labelling.

Non-duty paid bottles of vodka was also found on the shelves and illicit cigarettes were discovered in a box in a toilet room and in a rucksack under a sink in a store room.

Officers seized a total of 79 bottles of alcohol and 1,420 cigarettes from the store.

The drinks had been smuggled into the UK with no Excise Duty paid. The cigarettes were all foreign branded and not compliant with UK safety laws – potentially putting the health of customers at risk.

Alan Ahmad, the store’s licence holder, claimed the counterfeit spirits were already in the shop when he took over the business and that the illicit cigarettes belonged to a friend.

However, the Committee told Mr Ahmad that he had “seriously breached” the premises licence and “lacked credibility”. Mr Ahmad was given 21 days to appeal the revocation.

Speaking after the hearing, Cllr Malcolm Chandler, portfolio holder for licensing, said: “This decision has been taken to protect members of the public and ensure that businesses in the district conduct themselves properly.

“Selling non-duty paid alcohol undercuts law-abiding businesses and foreign cigarettes may not be safe for public use.

“The licensing team will continue to work with licensed premises operators to encourage high quality services and work to the standards of the voluntary Safer Spalding Code of good practice.  

“With the support of the other responsible authorities we shall continue work to protect members of the public and promote responsible alcohol retailing across South Holland. The action taken today will send a strong message to those who breach licensing conditions.”

Sergeant Kim Enderby, from the Alcohol Licensing Department, added: “None of these products would have been available from a legitimate wholesaler - they are distributed by criminal gangs via the illegal black market.

“The store potentially put the health of its customers at risk, as well as gaining unfair advantage over neighbouring legitimate stores".

“We are continuing to do visits to stores of this type across the County and I would appeal to anyone with information of this nature to contact us.” 

Shout and About launched in style
 
Our exciting new competition SHout and About kicked off in style at the weekend.
A special launch event for the contest was held at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field in Spalding on Saturday.
Visitors enjoyed a number of activities which will be featured in the competition, including hula hooping, arts and crafts and aerobics.
There were also live demonstrations, free food and the chance to meet with organisers from South Holland District Council’s Community Development team.
Cllr Gary Taylor, portfolio holder for community, said: “This was an excellent event and gave people a chance to see first hand what the competition is all about.
“It promises to be an exciting contest and there is still time for people to sign up.”
The 12 week competition invites people to take part in weekly fun activities including arts, crafts, walking, exercise classes, cooking, gardening, dancing and much more.
By completing the activities, participants will be awarded points which go towards winning a series of prizes.
The competition starts on Monday, August 24 and the first week’s activity is a photography contest.
SHout and About is open to everyone in the district and people can enter as individuals, families or in small groups (the maximum number is seven).
Competitors can choose to sign up for the contest in five areas – Spalding, Donington, Crowland, Holbeach or Long Sutton and Sutton Bridge – but activities can be completed anywhere in the district.
The team/family/individual with the most points in each area at the end of the competition will win a grand prize of £200 worth of vouchers.
For more information about SHout and About or to get an entry form contact the Community Development Team on 01775 764871 or email shoutandabout@sholland.gov.uk.
You can also download an entry form by visiting www.sholland.gov.uk/leisure/news/SHoutandAbout.htm


 
Celebrate Merchant Navy Day
 

On Monday, September 3 South Holland District Council will fly a Red Ensign as part of national Merchant Navy Day.
 
The event is being held to raise awareness of the UK’s ongoing dependence on Merchant Navy seafarers.
 
The flag raising ceremony will take place at 10am outside the council’s offices in Priory Road, Spalding and members of the public are welcome to attend.
 
Cllr Francis Biggadike, Chairman of South Holland District Council, said: “We are supporting a nationwide call from the Seafarers UK charity and the Merchant Navy Association for the UK Merchant Navy’s official flag to be flown on public buildings and landmark flagstaffs.
 
“It will be a very poignant ceremony and we hope to see many people attend.”
 
The charity’s president, HRH The Earl of Wessex, has endorsed the campaign, saying: “On this Merchant Navy Day, I very much hope you will support this campaign to remember the sacrifices, salute the courage and support the future of the often unsung personnel of our Merchant Navy.”
 
As an ‘island nation’ the UK relies on Merchant Navy seafarers for 95% of our imports, including half the food we eat. The UK has the largest ports industry in Europe.
 
A total of 75% of our exports (by volume) are shipped from UK ports, some of which are supporting the campaign by encouraging visiting ships to sound their horns at 10am on 3 September.
 
For more information about the event visit www.merchantnavyfund.org/merchant-navy-day



 

1940’s weekend a success
 
This year’s 1940’s Weekend at Ayscoughfee Hall Museum and Gardens proved a spectacular success with over 5,000 people attending the nostalgic event.
Crowds made the most of the warm weather and flocked to the historic Spalding venue for the two day event which featured memorabilia displays, re-enactments, demonstrations, stalls and period vehicles.
Jointly organised by South Holland District Council and Spalding Remembrance Association, the annual event attracted visitors of all ages from all over the district and even further afield.
Many guests dressed up in wartime attire and some even took the opportunity to dance around the sun-soaked gardens to live music.
On Saturday guests enjoyed a medley of wartime music and admired a spectacular BBMF fly-past.
The event culminated on Sunday with a poignant VJ Day parade, as the Spalding Remembrance Association paid tribute to those who gave their lives in the conflict.
More than 5,000 people attended in total over the two days – which is a record for the event.
A spokesperson for South Holland District Council said: “This year’s 1940’s Weekend was a spectacular success and the busiest one yet with over 5,000 people attending.
“We would like to thank everyone who came along, as well as the stall holders and re-enactors who took part.”
 


Residents across South Holland are invited to get active to win fantastic prizes as part of an exciting new competition.

SHout and About launches on August 17 and runs for 12 weeks. Competitors can take part in weekly fun activities including arts, crafts, walking, exercise classes, cooking, gardening, dancing and much more.
By completing the activities, participants will be awarded points which go towards winning a series of prizes.
Run by South Holland District Council’s Community Development team, the competition is open to everyone in the district and people can enter as individuals, families or in small groups (the maximum number is seven).
Competitors can choose to sign up for the contest in five areas – Spalding, Donington, Crowland, Holbeach or Long Sutton and Sutton Bridge – but activities can be completed anywhere in the district.
The team/family/individual with the most points in each area at the end of the competition will win a grand prize of £200 worth of vouchers.
Cllr Gary Taylor, Portfolio Holder for Community, said: “SHout and About promises to be 12 weeks of fun for everyone who signs up.
“But it will also offer a great chance for competitors to improve their health and wellbeing, learn new skills and meet new people within their communities. I wish good luck to everyone taking part.”
A special launch event for SHout and About is being held at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field in Spalding on Saturday, August 15 from 10.30am until 3.30pm.
This will feature demonstrations from clubs, previews of some of the activities featured in the competition and a chance to meet with organisers from South Holland District Council’s Community Development team.
For more information about SHout and About or to get an entry form contact the Community Development Team on 01775 764871 or email shoutandabout@sholland.gov.uk.
You can also download an entry form by here 


Road speed signs installed
 

New road signs which make drivers aware of their speed have been installed in Spalding – thanks to South Holland Councillors.
Earlier this year all Spalding councillors agreed to fund re-active road speed signs through their designated member budgets.
The two ‘dot matrix’ signs light up and advise drivers of their speed to remind them that they are in 30mph zones.
The signs are powered by rechargeable batteries and attach to a bracket on a post, they are designed to be moved between different areas.
The signs will be regularly moved around busy locations including Winsover Road, Bourne Road, Monks House Lane, The Parkway, Park Road, Woolram Wygate, West Elloe Avenue, Halmer Gate, Cowbit Road, Queens Road, Pennygate and Hawthorn Bank.
Councillors decided to act after receiving complaints about speeding drivers and joined forces with Spalding PC Craig Lockton and the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership to get the signs installed.
Cllr Angela Newton (Ind, Spalding Monks House) said: “We’re confident that the signs will make a positive difference in our communities and keep people safe on our roads.”
Cllr Roger Gambba-Jones (Con, Spalding Wygate) added: “If they make drivers more aware of their speed and the fact they are in 30mph zones then they will prove excellent investments.”
Cllr Christine Lawton (Con, Spalding Wygate) added: “This is a great way to make use of our ward budgets. The signs act as a quick and effective reminder for drivers.”
The Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership launched its Community Speed Watch initiative last year and since then over 100 community groups across the county have signed up and received similar speed signs.
As well as the re-active signs which have been bought for Spalding, six additional static signs have also been donated by Alan Hardwick, The Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire.    

Spotless Spalding off to a flyer
 

A new group set up to clear litter from Spalding town centre has got off to a flying start.
‘Spotless Spalding’ was started by Councillor Jack McLean, who was recently elected to represent South Holland District Council.
Cllr McLean set up the group after being inspired by the council’s successful Pride in South Holland campaign to clean up derelict sites across the district.
The group held its first meeting on June 27. Gathering at the flower beds near High Bridge, the party went on to collect 15 bags of litter.
Joining Cllr McLean were several members of the public as well as fellow Councillors Harry Drury and Gary Taylor.
Cllr McLean said: “It couldn't have been a more enjoyable or satisfying experience.
“When I arrived at the flower beds with the litter pickers I was greeted by a group all ready and waiting.
“Within minutes we were taking photos and picking spots to head to.
“We also got lucky with the weather. It made all the difference when turning back to see the difference we had made."
Meanwhile, the group has also been boosted by a generous donation from Pinchbeck firm 24/7 Personnel Ltd who handed over several eco-friendly canvas bags featuring the Spotless Spalding logo.
The group plans to meet on the last Saturday of every month from 6pm at locations around Spalding.
The next meeting will take place on Saturday, July 25 and will feature a walk through Vernatts Nature Reserve just outside the town centre. If you would like to attend, the group will meet at the Royal Mail Cart pub car park and head over the road to the reserve.
You can find more information on facebook.com/spotlessspalding or jackmclean.campaigningforyou.com you can also contact Cllr McLean on 07761098517 or jmclean@sholland.gov.uk

Walk for Health thisSummer

If you’re looking to get more exercise, improve your physical health or make new friends this summer then why not try joining a walking group in South Holland.
The Walking for Health scheme, which is supported by South Holland District Council’s Community team, aims to encourage more people to take up the pursuit.
The initiative is a great way to improve your health and fitness, meet new people and enjoy the beautiful landscape that South Holland has to offer.
There are free walking groups in Spalding, Donington, Crowland, Holbeach, Sutton St James and Long Sutton.
The groups are organised by friendly, trained volunteer health walk leaders and new members are always welcome.
There are short walks available in most groups to support you while you build up your fitness and a group based at Ayscoughfee Hall in Spalding caters for people with mobility difficulties.
If you prefer to walk on our own, with a small group of friends, or would like to try a different walking path there are lists of walks in South Holland on our website at www.sholland.gov.uk/health/walking.
Cllr Gary Taylor, portfolio holder for community, said: “This successful scheme is helping people across South Holland to get active and boost their physical wellbeing.
“We would encourage anyone thinking of joining a group to do so.”
In Spalding, a Walking for Health group meets every Monday at The South Holland Centre (Upper Lounge) at 10.30am for a 10.45 start. The walk is usually around three miles.
If you would like to know more about the Walking for Health scheme or join a walking group please contact the walk coordinator on 01775 762178.

Lincolnshire-wide crackdown on Benefit Fraud launched

A campaign has been launched by Councils across Lincolnshire in an attempt to crack down on Housing Benefit fraud and error.
A Parliamentary report which looked at the annual expenditure of Housing Benefit in the UK found that most councils were affected by claimant error or deliberate fraud.
In Lincolnshire the annual spend on Housing Benefit is £160 million pounds for around 52,500 households.
Lincolnshire authorities have joined forces and are working together to support the Government’s bid to cut the cost of fraud and error. 
The Lincolnshire campaign, called ‘Tell Us’ runs until March 2016. 
The campaign’s message to Housing Benefit claimants is simple. If you claim Housing Benefit you must tell your Council about all changes in your circumstances, including:
Money coming into the home - such as pensions, wages, other benefits or tax credits.
People who live in your home.
Savings and investments.All Lincolnshire Councils will be checking the Housing Benefit claims being made. 
As a priority, the initial focus will be on those considered a high risk of not having reported changes which means they may have received too much Housing Benefit which will have to be paid back.
Whilst most claims will be genuine and correct, the review is essential in order to find those that are wrong.
Some residents may have simply forgotten to let their Council know that they have had a change in their circumstances, such as children moving out or leaving full time education, getting a job or a pay increase. 
Changes such as these should be brought to the attention of their District or Borough Council as soon as possible to avoid claiming the wrong amount of Housing Benefit.
Now is the time to notify the Council of a change before fraud investigators take more serious action, which can include prosecution.
Cllr Peter Coupland, Portfolio Holder for Finance at South Holland District Council, said: “Anyone who claims Housing Benefit and has had a change in their circumstances that might affect the amount of benefit they receive should contact their local District or Borough Council immediately.
“Most residents will be claiming the correct amount, and therefore do not need to worry. 
“However, it is an offence not to declare changes in circumstances, and anyone found to be in receipt of Housing Benefit that they are not entitled to may have to pay back the money and could face court action or financial penalty.  
“Tell Us. We want to help claimants avoid being in such a position.”
 

Leading the way – innovation and new manager roles at South Holland 

South Holland District Council and Breckland Council are embarking on an exciting new phase of shared management and this week have announced the first phase of recruitment for a range of innovative new roles.
The two councils were one of the first to share a Chief Executive and senior management team in a move that has saved £4.4m, reducing the council tax demand on residents, despite reduced Government funding whilst leading to many service improvements.
“I am committed to building South Holland District Council as a new ‘free council’, keeping the council tax low and becoming financially independent of central government funding so we can drive enterprise and community growth for the benefit of local residents and businesses” says council leader Cllr Gary Porter, “and to do so we are launching a drive to bring the best manager talent to our transformational shared management team. 
“Our future successes, shared with Breckland Council in Norfolk, will be delivered through ambitious political leadership and a determined and entrepreneurial executive management team.
“I have tasked the chief executive, with her new executive management team, to deliver a radical and highly practical approach to community leadership, together with commercialisation of local services.
“Innovation combined with sound financial and resource management skills, is a key priority for all our senior people” commented Cllr Porter.
“Our successes to date in cost sharing and efficient joint working mean the council is now operating at the forefront of local government transformation and at the same time strengthening our distinct community identity” concluded Cllr Porter, who has already led the council through key stages of sharing and partnership development. 
Full details of the 13 senior manager roles and opportunities now available are at www.brecklandsholland.com

Arts bursaries up for grabs
 

Young artists in South Holland are being invited to apply for up to £1,000 in funding as part of a new bursary scheme.
The Lincolnshire One Venues (LOV) group, which is a network of ten arts venues including the South Holland Centre in Spalding, has recently secured new funding from Arts Council England, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation.
This has enabled LOV to set up a bursary scheme for 2015/16, specifically aimed at helping young artists and arts entrepreneurs across the county.
Young people involved in performing or visual arts or entrepreneurs in the creative industries can apply for up to £1,000 to support their development.
Gary Taylor, portfolio holder for arts development, said: “This is a fantastic initiative and will no doubt help young local people who want to pursue careers in the arts.
“It also shows that LOV is having a growing impact on arts activities and opportunities in the county.” 
Anyone interested in finding out more about the bursary scheme should contact Sally Harrison at the South Holland Centre on 01775 764777 or email sharrison@sholland.gov.uk.
Meanwhile, the South Holland Centre’s own LOV Youth Takeover group are currently organising their annual Music in the Market Place event which will be held on August 7.
Anyone aged between 12 and 25 who would like to get into music programming and promotion, event management, or just volunteering for fun can come along to the group’s meetings at the centre from 4.30pm on Tuesdays.
For more information about the LOV group visit www.lincolnshireonevenues.com.    

Extra care housing prioritised

The delivery of specialist housing for people with care needs has been adopted as a key priority for South Holland District Council.
Extra Care Housing is accommodation where care and support is provided onsite 24 hours a day in a communal setting yet residents retain a degree of independence over their own lives.
It is usually provided within complexes of between 40 and 60 units of self-contained accommodation.
Extra care housing schemes are often available across a range of tenures, from affordable rented and shared ownership through to market sale.
South Holland has been identified as a priority area for Extra Care Housing due to the area’s demographics and lack of existing supply.
Recently councillors unanimously approved the decision to make the delivery of Extra Care Housing a priority and work is now underway to identify opportunities to make the vision a reality.
Cllr Christine Lawton, portfolio holder for housing, said: “We are acting now to meet the demands and needs of an ageing population and increase the choice available in the local housing market to those who wish to remain in specialist accommodation whilst receiving care.”
The 2011 Census identified that around 27% of the district’s population is of pensionable age, compared with 18% nationally.
 Government population projections predict that there will be a 51% increase in the population of those aged 55 or over by 2036 and that over the same period, the population of those aged 85 or older will increase by 175%.
At the same time dementia rates in South Holland are anticipated to rise by 109%, along with an 88% rise in the number of people expected to suffer with mobility problems. 


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