Gang disorder forces another group to move away from Vista

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The Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding has decided to move its meeting place from The Vista in Spalding following weeks of disorder from gangs in the area.

The group’s members took a vote last week on whether they should continue to meet at the St Nicholas Church Hall and decided that they should no longer go there.

John Baguley from the orchestra said: “We are genuinely sorry that it has come to this.

“The nuisance and discomfort caused by those who frequently use the Vista and its environs as a football pitch, adventure playground, rubbish tip and race track – irrespective of parked cars or pedestrians – mean that if we were to enjoy a very sociable activity we would have to find an alternative rehearsal venue.

“This has now been done.”

The orchestra is made up of around 50 people, aged between 11 and 83 who enjoy playing to a range of audiences in and around the Spalding area.

John says that the group wish to enjoy their very sociable activity in which they play instruments and sing a variety of songs.

John said: “The orchestra continues to be very busy and the welcomes we have received in the area could not have been more uplifting.”

The Ukulele Orchestra of Spalding are not the first group to move away from The Vista.

The 1st Spalding Guides, Brownies and Rainbows have also been forced to reconsider where they meet following a recent spate of disorderly conduct around the hall.