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Chris Harby joined Iliffe Media as senior reporter for the Stamford Mercury in January 2021. Prior to this, he worked as the sports editor for the Melton Times.

How one mum’s mission to help became a lifeline for Ukraine

24 February 2024
How one mum’s mission to help became a lifeline for Ukraine

How one mum’s mission to help became a lifeline for Ukraine

24 February 2024

A mum’s decision to send shoeboxes of essential items to Ukraine has grown into a group which is preparing to send its 25th lorry of aid.


Singing through the darkness

22 February 2024
Singing through the darkness

Singing through the darkness

22 February 2024

Almost 80 years since his father was freed from a Nazi concentration camp, a music teacher has formed a choir to help Ukraine refugees unite and sing.


Friends launch pubs podcast

21 February 2024
Friends launch pubs podcast

Friends launch pubs podcast

21 February 2024

Two friends who like a natter and a pint have launched a podcast to help promote a county’s pubs and give a voice to its interesting residents.


New strategy launched to help county volunteer groups

20 February 2024
New strategy launched to help county volunteer groups

New strategy launched to help county volunteer groups

20 February 2024

An elected group is to be set up to support the work of volunteers and community groups across the county.


Petrolhead wins £12,000 classic car with 76p of raffle tickets in one in 17,000 chance

20 February 2024
Petrolhead wins £12,000 classic car with 76p of raffle tickets in one in 17,000 chance

Petrolhead wins £12,000 classic car with 76p of raffle tickets in one in 17,000 chance

20 February 2024

A self-confessed petrolhead’s luck was in when he won a classic Italian car after buying just two 38 pence raffle tickets.


‘My husband is an optimist – it helps him to keep his head up during war and not go crazy’

19 February 2024
‘My husband is an optimist – it helps him to keep his head up during war and not go crazy’

‘My husband is an optimist – it helps him to keep his head up during war and not go crazy’

19 February 2024

Nearly two years since war broke out in Ukraine, a wife lives in safety with her son as refugees but her wounded husband faces a return to fighting.


Go batty on new guided nature walks

18 February 2024
Go batty on new guided nature walks

Go batty on new guided nature walks

18 February 2024

A charity aiming to revitalise a former town canal into a ‘green corridor’ have announced two new series of guided walks for 2024.


Volunteer recruits save raft race

16 February 2024
Volunteer recruits save raft race

Volunteer recruits save raft race

16 February 2024

A popular annual event which was in danger of sinking this year has been saved after volunteers answered a call for help.


Town celebrates spring with colourful flower trail

13 February 2024
Town celebrates spring with colourful flower trail

Town celebrates spring with colourful flower trail

13 February 2024

With the promise of spring just around the corner, a town trail has been launched to show off the season’s blooms.


Near-death experience inspired defiant tattoo for father of 5

13 February 2024
Near-death experience inspired defiant tattoo for father of 5

Near-death experience inspired defiant tattoo for father of 5

13 February 2024

Recovery from a life-threatening episode inspired a father-of-five to have a distinctive tattoo inked on his back.

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Young Ukrainians get busy in Ready Steady Cook challenge

09 February 2024
Young Ukrainians get busy in Ready Steady Cook challenge

Young Ukrainians get busy in Ready Steady Cook challenge

09 February 2024

Budding young chefs blended cultures as well as flavours at a Ready Steady Cook competition for Ukrainian teenagers.


Lucky Lottie recovers against the odds after fire rescue

07 February 2024
Lucky Lottie recovers against the odds after fire rescue

Lucky Lottie recovers against the odds after fire rescue

07 February 2024

A family dog has had a lucky escape after being rescued from a house fire last weekend.

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Road closed after crash

07 February 2024
Road closed after crash

Road closed after crash

07 February 2024

Motorists are being diverted after a crash closed a village road.


TV gardener guests at fundraiser for town charity

05 February 2024
TV gardener guests at fundraiser for town charity

TV gardener guests at fundraiser for town charity

05 February 2024

A gardening expert and TV presenter has teamed up with a town well-being charity for a spring fundraising event.


Town to get new music venue as pub reopens

03 February 2024
Town to get new music venue as pub reopens

Town to get new music venue as pub reopens

03 February 2024

A former customer is hoping to restore a town pub to its former glories when it reopens for the first time in five months under new ownership.


Hearing dogs receive late Christmas gift

02 February 2024
Hearing dogs receive late Christmas gift

Hearing dogs receive late Christmas gift

02 February 2024

A festive event has provided a boost for a charity which provides dogs to help the deaf.


New face brought in to run luxury hotel

01 February 2024
New face brought in to run luxury hotel

New face brought in to run luxury hotel

01 February 2024

A new boss has taken over at a luxury hotel as it prepares to unveil its latest development.


Schoolfriends go into business together after ‘idea came over a couple of drinks as all good ideas do’

01 February 2024
Schoolfriends go into business together after ‘idea came over a couple of drinks as all good ideas do’

Schoolfriends go into business together after ‘idea came over a couple of drinks as all good ideas do’

01 February 2024

A group of schoolfriends have decided to mix business with pleasure.


TV regular headlines new town comedy night

30 January 2024
TV regular headlines new town comedy night

TV regular headlines new town comedy night

30 January 2024

Laughter will be the best medicine for a countywide charity when a new town comedy night launches with a fundraising gig.


Community revives traditional celebration

25 January 2024
Community revives traditional celebration

Community revives traditional celebration

25 January 2024

Villagers rekindled a popular new year tradition last weekend.


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