INSIDE THE SOUTH HOLLAND CENTRE: Why not start something new in 2014?

The Hut People will be performing at the South Holland Centre in Spalding.
The Hut People will be performing at the South Holland Centre in Spalding.
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At the start of the New Year, as well as the packed film season, we now look ahead to a new live performance and activity programme to keep the winter blues at bay.

So if your resolution is to start something new in 2014, how about putting some of these in your diary?

Funhouse Comedy is coming to Spalding's South Holland Centre.

Funhouse Comedy is coming to Spalding's South Holland Centre.

Voices Unplugged is a relaxed adult singing group where you can learn a mix of songs from folk, pop and world music styles. The sessions, run by Jane Wells, start up again on Saturday, January 18. Or, as it’s cold outside, you can learn how to make your own fleecy hot water bottle cover at Live and Learn’s first Get Crafty session on Friday, January 31.

For the younger ones, Act II Theatre Company start a new Storybook Drama group for four to seven-year-olds here on Mondays from January 13; Vibe Youth Choir for eight to 18s with Liz Lenten starts on Thursday, January 9; then Tuesday, January 14 is the first date of Neon Youth Theatre’s new term, where young people aged eleven to 25 produce original shows from their own ideas.

If you are ready for a night of live music, check out Spalding Folk Club’s first date of the year. The Hut People deliver an infectious blend of folk music from around the world in the Centre’s lounge bar tomorrow evening (Wednesday) at 8.15pm.

This jolly duo consists of accordionist Sam Pirt, who performs with Radio 2 Folk Award winners 422; and percussionist Gary Hammond, who has recorded and toured with The Beautiful South for the past 12 years.

South Holland Concerts have two events in the season, the first of which features virtuoso pianist John Paul Ekins on Saturday, January 18. This accomplished, award-winning musician has played many prestigious venues including The Royal Albert Hall, and his concert in Spalding includes pieces by Mozart, Brahms, Liszt, Tippet and Beethoven.

Then, Funhouse Comedy opens its doors for the first time on Friday, January 31. Though new to Spalding, this comedy club is well established in the East Midlands and offers a refreshing roster of comedians to the South Holland Centre audience. There will be lots of bar deals on the night, including cones of chips and dips for the peckish.

Full details of shows, films and activities are listed on the South Holland Centre website.