REVIEW OF THE YEAR: September

APPEAL RESCUED: Spalding Poppy Appeal organiser Peter Lyon celebrates after readers volunteer to help. SG160914-141TW
APPEAL RESCUED: Spalding Poppy Appeal organiser Peter Lyon celebrates after readers volunteer to help. SG160914-141TW
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Town’s Poppy Appeal saved

It was a little girl’s dream but the playhouse that her dad built in Crowland fell foul of council planning rules.

Olivia Fokt (9) spent all winter working on the design and her dad, Pawel, built it from wood on a raised platform.

The family didn’t realise they needed planning consent. They applied and it was refused.

Mum Marta told us: “When Olivia found out someone had complained and the playhouse might have to come down she cried all morning.”

* Spalding Springfields Retail Outlet shopper Rachel Smith, of Deeping St Nicholas, bagged a £10,000 car at the complex.

* A Spalding bakery was branching out to make treats for dogs – pup cakes rather than cup cakes.

Emily Wadsworth, who runs The Cakery, said: “I’ve been making dog treats, biscuits in particular, for a little while now.”

* Spalding won Gold in East Midlands in Bloom and towns across South Holland gained their best ever results with all of them achieving nothing less than a Silver.

* Lung transplant grandmother Pam Mohr, from Little Sutton, was preparing to take part in a sponsored walk to raise funds for the hospital that helped her and to raise the profile of the NHS Organ Donor Register.

* Magnificent Spalding Guardian readers were the heroes of the hour as they stepped forward to volunteer and saved the town’s Poppy Appeal.

Poppy Appeal organiser Peter Lyon said: “I think they are wonderful human beings. Not only have they put a smile back on my face they are doing something for the people who have made sacrifices for their country.”

* Spalding was in shock as police launched a murder inquiry following the death of Warren Free (42).