Author Archives: Rachel Mayfield

Council u-turn over opening of Spalding Cemetery

Spalding Cemetery is to reopen from Monday – albeit on reduced hours. The cemetery has been closed to the public during the coronavirus outbreak despite a number of complaints from people wishing to visit and tend the graves of their loved ones. At last Saturday’s central government coronavirus briefing, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick asked councils to keep open or reopen, ...

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TV review: The Mandalorian (episode 4)

If the first three episodes of The Mandalorian demonstrated just how effective a bounty hunter the titular character is, Friday’s fourth chapter offered some much-needed character building. Up until now, Pedro Pascal’s so-far faceless hero hadn’t showcased much more than a ruthless streak – although his critical decision to (spoiler alert) rescue Baby Yoda set him off down a path ...

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Club legend Phil Barnes named as Holbeach United’s new first team manager

Holbeach United have announced that club stalwart Phil Barnes will be their new manager. Barnes, who won the UCL Premier Division as a player with the Tigers, will be assisted by Dean Elston – another Tigers legend – at Carter’s Park. With Danny Hussey stepping down as boss following the early completion of the season, Barnes steps up from his ...

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Plenty of reasons to get in touch with Spalding United as they launch 200 Club

Spalding United have launched their ‘SUFC 200 Club’ – dubbed a great way to support the Tulips while having the chance to win prizes. You can sign up for just £10 per month, with three monthly cash prizes for winners, with the rest helping support the club during these difficult times. You can set up a standing order via treasurer ...

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RFU ruling sees Spalding RFC seal sixth in the final Midlands Three East South table

Spalding RFC’s final position for the 2019/20 Midlands Three East (South) season is sixth after the RFU moved to finish the season using ‘best playing record formula’. Town, who were fifth in the table before the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis caused the season to end early, slip behind Dunstablians – who had two games in hand on them – in the ...

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South Holland football legend ‘Oddie’ calls time on his impressive career

One of the finest and most enduring players on the local football scene has had his final competitive match. Holbeach United legend Steve “Oddie” Barnes announced his retirement on Saturday, March 26 soon after the season was declared null and void for the vast majority of non-league teams due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the 44-year-old is just thankful he ...

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TV review: The Mandalorian (episodes 1-3)

For many of you, The Mandalorian will be the reason you’ve either signed up for new streaming service Disney+ or are tempted by the idea. The Disney+ original series, created by Jon Favreau, is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order in the Star Wars timeline (that’s roughly between Return of The ...

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Pinchbeck United player/boss Dunn will use break to re-energise himself

Ian Dunn isn’t thinking much about football at the moment – but he reckons the enforced break will be good for stress levels. After years of success that saw the player/boss take the Knights from the Peterborough League to fourth place in the UCL Premier Division last season, 2019/20 was a shock to the system. Before the season was declared ...

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Outgoing Hussey rues not being able to finish off his ‘journey’ with Holbeach United

Last week’s decision to end the non-league season means that Danny Hussey is no longer the manager of Holbeach United. Having announced his intention to resign at the end of the season just weeks before the coronavirus crisis stalled the entire sporting scene, Hussey is now leaving the role earlier than expected. He was confident that his Tigers, fifth when ...

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Thorogood honoured to land job as Spalding United manager on permanent basis

Lewis Thorogood has revealed his “honour” at being handed the role of Spalding United manager on a permanent basis. Having stepped up as interim manager following Matt Easton’s resignation from the BetVictor NPL South East Division club back in December, former number two Thorogood will lead the Tulips next season. It’s his first permanent role in men’s football having been ...

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UCL bosses Dunn and Hussey agree with big decision to null and void football season

Pinchbeck United are “obviously very happy” that the FA have expunged all record of the 2019/20 season. That’s the frank and honest assessment of player/boss Ian Dunn, who also admits that he feels for the teams that were having great seasons in the wake of last week’s big decision. The Knights were looking odds-on to be relegated from the Uhlsport ...

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Film review: Lost Girls (15)

With the cinemas among the first places to be shut down by the coronavirus pandemic, it’s natural that we’ll be turning to the many streaming sites for our film fix over the coming weeks. Lost Girls, based on the true story of the of the investigation surrounding the Long Island serial killer, is the latest offering to be snapped up ...

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Sam’s amazing smooth effort

A man who pledged to shave his beard and head for charity has been left smoother and colder, while making a Spalding women’s charity an amazing £714 better off. Sam Fowler met the clippers at his workplace of Ladbrokes in Spalding on Tueday morning (December 10). “Because we raised so much money it made me look forward to it more ...

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Protect children around schools

Two parents are calling for better road safety measures around Spalding schools and are urging motorists to have more patience. Carl Rout, whose 12-year-old daughter attends Spalding High School, is campaigning to local councillors asking for pedestrian crossings in the vicinity, including ones safely close to the Halmer Gate/Stone Gate junction. And just down the road Mark Le Sage has ...

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Coffee morning for Eric

A coffee morning and craft fair in honour of the late Eric Loveridge organised by his family has raised more than £1,000 for charity. A coffee morning raised £932, which was added to daughter Elaine Ladds’ craft fair total for the year, allowing the family to present a cheque to Prostate Cancer UK for £1,275. The presentation took place at ...

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LETTERS – Not worth the bother

Karen Kozminski (VMail, 28 Nov 19) says, “Let’s get Brexit done by voting for Sir John Hayes.” I understand why Karen feels this way. Indeed, after 3.5 years of total mismanagement of Brexit negotiations by the Conservative Party, who wouldn’t wish Brexit to end now? But is Brexit really still in the best interests of our country? Back in 2016, ...

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Spalding steps into Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Spalding. Sunday, December 8 saw the town’s Christmas lights switched on and it was preceded by a day of fun and activities. The headline act once again was Santa Claus himself. Throughout the town centre and at Ayscoughfee Hall were a host of games and stalls. Real-life barn animals proved popular ...

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Pensioner jailed in charges over girl (9)

A pensioner has been jailed for four years over sexual offence charges involving a nine-year-old child. Melvyn John Brannan (pictured), of Glen Avenue Pinchbeck, was sentenced by Lincoln Crown Court on November 14. The 65-year-old was given four years for causing a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity and two years to run concurrent for engaging in sexual ...

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Football club hit by fire at ground

There could be no festive football at Holbeach United this Christmas after a fire damaged the away changing rooms on Saturday. The Carter’s Park club’s reserves were due to play there on Saturday, but at 9.50am machinery on fire was reported to Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue. A spokesman for Holbeach Parish Council said it was believed the fire was started ...

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Lyn’s fantastic 40 year service award

A Spalding woman has been awarded for her 40 years’ service to the Guides. Lyn Kite, from Spalding District Guides, received her 40 year Long Service Award at a ceremony last month. Lyn has held many roles within Guiding, beginning as a leader in training with 7th Spalding (Methodist) Guide Unit in 1979. She was also the leader of Spalding ...

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