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Fun in the summertime

Coun Gary Taylor (3254250)
Coun Gary Taylor (3254250)

This summer is proving to be very interesting, eventful and exciting for my area of council and cabinet responsibilities.

The Communities team has been heavily involved with various activities across our area. This includes sharing the secrets of the force with our successful Train like a Jedi event at the Peele Sports Centre in Long Sutton, running health challenges at the recent 1Life Festival alongside top British aquatic athletes Katie Clark and Adam Whitehead and our Give it a Go event, where almost 500 people came together to try a new sport or activity.

We are also about to start our Activate programme, a series of free family fun days this summer. The first is in Holbeach on Wednesday August 1. This programme will also run in Holbeach, Crowland, Pinchbeck, Sutton Bridge and Gosberton throughout the month.

These are designed to give children, young people and their families a free opportunity to try new sports and arts activities within their local community, which gives them something engaging and fun to do during the school holidays.

We are also very pleased to see our two new community wardens begin their work across the district, providing a visible presence in our area. The scheme aims to deal with concerns surrounding anti-social behaviour and community safety by reassuring residents. Their aim is to provide information, education and, if this is not sufficient, enforcement through fixed penalty notices.

The majority of us want to live in a clean, litter free and safe environment. Those who drop litter are selfish and lazy, damage our environment and harm our quality of life. We are not prepared to accept this or other anti-social behaviour and I hope you will join me in wishing Rob and Dave, our new wardens, all the best in their new roles.

Ayscoughfee Hall and Gardens promises to be a hive of activity this summer. This weekend, July 28 and 29, our second Festival of Archaeology will be running, with an opportunity to learn about and have hands-on experience of the history of Spalding and the Fens.

Also, taking place on August 11 and 12, is our ever-popular 1940s weekend. Entry is free and there is lots to see and do, including displays, live music, period vehicles and fly-pasts. This event is always memorable and is well worth making the effort to visit, as well as encouraging friends and relatives to come along.

Our invaluable Summer Fun brochure is now available online and is jam-packed with activities for all ages across the area. You can find these listings online at www.sholland.gov.uk/summerfun and I can almost guarantee you will find something up your street to get involved in.

So make sure you make the most of the sun this summer by trying something new!

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