Author Archives: Rachel Mayfield

Man jailed for horrific threats

A man who shouted “horrific and frightening” threats to his ex-girlfriend and her new partner has been jailed for two years. Dominic Stubbs (24), of Peterborough Road, Crowland, split up with the woman last year. On September 16 this year, the woman and her new boyfriend returned home in Peterborough at about 1.30pm and were confronted by Stubbs who was ...

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Three schools report positive tests

Three South Holland schools are among 22 across Lincolnshire that have reported positive coronavirus tests over the last seven days. According to data provided by Lincolnshire County Council, Moulton’s John Harrox Primary School, St John the Baptist Primary School in Spalding and Sutton St James Primary School have been in contact over the last seven days (25 Nov-1 Dec) to ...

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Ahoy me hearties!

Year 1 pupils at Spalding’s Ayscoughfee Hall School enjoyed a brilliant pirate day.They started the day with pirate PE in the hall with Zoe Lawniczak, there was shark infested water and lots of planks to walk.The fun continued with some face painting, cake decorating and games.In the afternoon the children entertained their parents via Zoom with pirate songs and poems ...

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Wrong tier says leader

South Holland should not be in Tier 3 and doesn’t meet the government’s own criteria, says leader Lord Gary Porter.The current infection level in this area does not meet the five key tests used to determine tier placement, says a letter sent to Health Secretary Matt Hancock.Lord Porter wants assurances that the district can come out of Tier 3 at ...

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Business will pay the cost in tiers

National TV cameras came to Spalding this week as the town prepares to enter the highest tier of restrictions. ITV’s Good Morning Britain broadcast from the town centre to highlight the inequality of putting an area with low coronavirus transmission into the most severe Tier 3.South Holland District Council leader Lord Gary Porter was interviewed along with Karen Slator, who ...

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Here’s where you can see Santa

Spalding Lions will be out and about with Santa and his sleigh again this year. The Lions will not be knocking on doors this month, but donations will be accepted on the night by any of Santa’s helpers with social distancing in place.Sadly the sleigh will not be stopping for Santa to chat with the children or to hand out ...

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Murder charge update

The parents of a murdered teenager appeared at The Old Bailey this week.Sarah Walker (37), and Scott Walker (50), of Century Square, Millfield, Peterborough, were charged with the murder of Bernadette Walker in September.The 17-year-old was reported missing by her parents after she had not been seen for three days.Police officers extensively searched the A16 corridor around Cowbit but no ...

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Can you donate a gift?

Generous South Holland residents have been buying toys for our Give A Gift campaign to help make a child smile this Christmas.With more families than ever struggling this year, your gift is more important than ever.The Spalding Voice office will be open from 9am to 5pm weekdays to accept donations. Toys can also be taken to Courtyard Footcare Health and ...

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Centre closed to end of March

The South Holland Centre will remain closed until the end of March – a full year since it last opened its doors to members of the public. Support funding to the tune of £170,860 has been offered through the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the money will be used to create a ‘sustainable and resilient long-term future for ...

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Blow to head caused death

A woman died after suffering a blow to the head, an inquest has heard.Francesca Laing (70), of Georgian Court, Spalding, was found dead in her home on September 13.The inquest into her death at Lincoln Coroner’s Court heard she had no health issues and it was not known how she suffered the injury which caused a haemorrhage.In a statement read ...

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Horsey Tales for charity

A special book created in Holbeach to raise money for a firefighters charity is on sale.Horsey Tales has three illustrated stories about the adventures of a horse called Tarquin and his animal friends.It has been illustrated by Holbeach firefighter Mike Clarey and created by the author known as Johnny Mackindo.“We are trying to raise funds for the national firefighters charity ...

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Other towns have not been forgotten

Measures that work in Spalding and Holbeach to improve the town centres will be rolled out to other parts of South Holland it’s been said amid worries other towns in the area have been forgotten. While Town Improvement plans have been drawn up for those two towns, Coun Chris Brewis, South Holland District Council ward member for Sutton Bridge, has ...

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Spotlight on mental health in Lincolnshire

Mental health will be under the spotlight in South Holland with new initiatives. Community Mind Matters will be going live via Zoom next month for training.The December 11 session will concentrate on training your brain for happiness.It will be hosted by committee member and hypnotherapist Emma Rose.“Through this session people can begin to understand the workings of their brain and ...

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LETTER: Speechless over town plans

I would like to know what planet our local councillors are living on?I was speechless after reading plans they have put forward regarding the traffic flow through Holbeach High Street.Have they not learned the lesson from paving over the High Street in Spalding?Twenty years ago it was a busy and bustling town with lots of lovely shops. Now it is ...

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LETTER: Note difference between votes and peerage

Several correspondents have recently, yet again, drawn attention to the imbalance between the voting record of Sir John Hayes and the alleged benefits he brings to his constituents.In that context it should be noted that what an MP says in the constituency may bring votes, what is said in the House of Commons may bring a peerage.It appears that Sir ...

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LETTER: What about leave it as it is?

Thank you for your very revealing article in The Voice (November 26) relating to Holbeach Parish Council’s proposed changes to Holbeach High Street.The council gives only two choices but surely there should be a third one – leave it as it is.As Holbeach residents we regularly travel along the High Street to shop or pass on to Spalding and all ...

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LETTER: Water taxi is very popular

A. Dear writes (Spalding Voice November 26) that SHDC is blinkered and that he/she didn’t even know Spalding had a town centre manager. Also, that the water taxi is a ‘ridiculous service’. Those comments lead me to think that they may be the blinkered ones.Most retailers around at the time appreciated having somebody dedicated and committed to the promotion and ...

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LETTER: Raise your game planners

Lockdown has given me the opportunity to explore on foot some of the newest house building in Spalding.Some areas have nice play areas, wide pavements, attractive planting, little quiet areas, linking walkways, neat signing – all as one would expect. But, to me, several things seemed missing. There was a significant lack of planting of mature trees; very few cycle ...

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LETTER: Time to try something different

Phillip James (letter, 26 November) says he is irritated to read or hear EU spokespersons or Remain supporters ranting on about how damaging a No Deal Brexit would be to the UK economy, and that “no mention is ever made of the reciprocal damage to the EU economy”.I don’t know what newspaper or voice programme Mr James relies on, but ...

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Warning to drink and drug drivers

The annual Christmas drink and drug driving crackdown has started in Lincolnshire with police warning motorists that those who take the risk will be caught.Ten per cent of the 1,369 drivers tested for alcohol in December last year failed a roadside breath test and 40 per cent of the 115 who were tested for drugs were positive.Officers will breath test ...

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