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SPALDING TOWN FORUM: South Holland District Council offers help to military organisations in putting on Remembrance parades for two towns




Help in organising future Remembrance and military parades in Spalding and Holbeach has been offered by South Holland District Council.

Record crowds attended last year’s Remembrance Day commemorations in Spalding, but there was criticism about parts of the service at Ayscoughfee Gardens, including the way a list of organisations represented by wreath bearers was read out.

Coun Grocock said: "I’ve spoken to church leaders, Royal British Legion (RBL), other military associations and senior council officials in respect of Remembrance and all other parades in Holbeach and Spalding to ask them whether they need any help.

Coun Rodney Grocock (right), chairman of South Holland District Council, with Sir John Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings, at Spalding's Remembrance Day parade. Photo by Tim Wilson. 11118-22
Coun Rodney Grocock (right), chairman of South Holland District Council, with Sir John Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings, at Spalding's Remembrance Day parade. Photo by Tim Wilson. 11118-22

"Our veterans are getting older so maybe it's time for the district council to offer more."

Chris Carter, president of Spalding’s RBL branch, said: "It is incumbent on every RBL branch throughout the world to organise an Act of Remembrance every November and this is something the district council recognises."

Chris Carter, President of the Royal British Legion Spalding Branch. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-111118-168TW
Chris Carter, President of the Royal British Legion Spalding Branch. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-111118-168TW

. The future of Spalding’s Johnson drinking fountain is still to be decided but town councillors want a say in where it ends up.

Forum members are to give their views to South Holland District Council about the fountain which is "in storage" after it was removed from Ayscoughfee Gardens last year.

The fountain, built in 1874 in memory of Mary Ann Johnson, was moved to Ayscoughfee Gardens from Hall Place in 1954 but contractors deconstructed it to make way for the new memorial.

A contractor deconstructs the Johnson Drinking Water Fountain. Photo by Tim Wilson. (6891955)
A contractor deconstructs the Johnson Drinking Water Fountain. Photo by Tim Wilson. (6891955)

Forum chairman Coun Jack McLean said: "I believe the forum has an opportunity to be part of the discussion on any future location for the fountain.

"It’s unlikely to be something within the council’s control as it owns no land in the town centre."

A district council spokesman said: "Discussions between members of the Spalding Town Forum are ongoing on the future location of the Johnson Drinking Water Fountain."

Coun Rodney Grocock (second left) and WWII Memorial Committee members accept a cheque from the Masons, presented by David Turner (third right). Photo by Tim Wilson. SG031117-112TW (6892056)
Coun Rodney Grocock (second left) and WWII Memorial Committee members accept a cheque from the Masons, presented by David Turner (third right). Photo by Tim Wilson. SG031117-112TW (6892056)

. Uncertainty over the staging of free concerts at Ayscoughfee Gardens appears to be over after a renewed commitment to organise the events.

South Holland District Council’s communities team has confirmed to Forum members that the traditional Sunday concerts would be staged throughout the year.

Spalding Monkshouse ward district councillor Angela Newton queried whether the concerts would continue because £they had ceased to be the regular event people had come to enjoy", according to Coun Newton.

But a district council spokesman said: "We do have plans to hold summer concerts and once they are finalised, we will be advertising them in the usual way."

Spalding Monkshouse ward district councillor Angela Newton. Photo by Tim Wilson. 191118-6
Spalding Monkshouse ward district councillor Angela Newton. Photo by Tim Wilson. 191118-6


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