Author Archives: Rachel Mayfield

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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CallConnect cuts cost for Christmas

Passengers on Lincolnshire County Council’s CallConnect bus service are being offered a Christmas bonus. From December 23 until January 2 (inclusive) the countywide bus service is giving users the chance to travel free for 15s and under and only £1 for adults. This fabulous festive offer is available for travel on all CallConnect services including pre-bookable and timetabled. Paul Sanders, ...

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The sweet sound of the annual town school choir competition

Spalding’s schoolchildren were in fine voice at the amazing choir competition held last week. The packed St Mary’s and St Nicolas Church was filled with song as the sound of school choirs soared and lifted spirits. More than 400 people attended the concert, where St John the Baptist school took top spot. Second place went to St Paul’s Community Primary ...

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Traders ‘lose out’ at Christmas market

Market traders in Spalding claim to have lost a day’s takings after saying the district council’s Christmas lights switch-on forced them to abandon trading on Saturday. Trader Fee Taylor has run a toy stall at Spalding for five years and said traders at the Hall Place end of town were told two weeks ago they wouldn’t be able to pitch ...

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Reindeer bring real festive feel as Spalding’s Christmas lights are switched on

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas and Spalding is lit-up and ready for the big day. An afternoon of fun and games was held in the town on Saturday when a pair of reindeer joined the entertainment. Craft-making sessions were held at Ayscoughfee Hall Museum and Gardens where there was also a special Christmas story time with Father ...

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Thank you for 20 years of volunteering

It takes more than three hip operations and debilitating conditions to stop Jean Ruck from volunteering at Holbeach Hospital. This month marks 20 years of the Holbeach resident helping out at the hospital through its League of Friends. And at the monthly entertainment event she hosts for residents, this month with singing group Velvet Souls, the hospital surprised her with ...

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Tree-mendous effort by pupils

Pupils from Weston St Mary C of E Primary School have helped plant 150 trees in the school grounds. The school teamed up with London North Eastern Railway (LNER) and Carbon Footprint as part of a new project which aims to raise awareness regarding environmental issues. A combination of Birch (Silver), Common Alder, Dog/Guelder Rose and Green Beech species, totalling ...

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Fears over future of town play area

There are fears for the future of a Holbeach play area which was due to be refurbished. The Hall Hill Road site is owned by South Holland District Council and there is money in the bank to provide new equipment. But the parish council has been trying to secure a lease for 18 months in order to release the cash ...

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Last chance to Give a Gift this Christmas

It’s your last chance to help make a child’s Christmas by donating to the Give a Gift appeal. We’ve had a fantastic response so far but every gift will unwrap a whole world of delight for a young person aged between three and 14 on Christmas Day who might otherwise receive nothing. The generous people at Westlode Fisheries in Spalding ...

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Air Cadets hit the right note

Holbeach Air Cadets have drummed up enough support to allow them to start their very own marching band.   Members of the 2430 (Holbeach) RAF Air Cadets are now learning to play their instruments thanks to two fantastic donations.   Town based charity Chosen provided them with £500 worth of funding.   And that was backed up by a fantastic ...

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Vote for a festive window finalist

Holbeach Parish Council has announced the nine finalists in the town’s Christmas window competition. Between now and December 17, you can cast your vote to name the crown the festive shopfront in Holbeach. Numbers will be displayed on each of the shopfronts and that number can be used to vote at either the Parish Council offices or post on the ...

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Mum’s warning after “significant increase” in bike thefts

There’s been a significant increase in the theft of bikes with one Spalding mum urging others to be vigilant after her 11-year-old son’s bike he’d bought himself with birthday money was stolen in the town centre. Nichola Good is warning people to wary after son Thomas’s silver Carrera bike was taken while locked up outside Barclay’s Bank in the town. The ...

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Public Hall gets Masonic donation

A village’s public hall is a few hundred pounds closer to its goal of a new boiler thanks to a donation by a Freemasons lodge. Fenland Masonic Lodge of Long Sutton has donated £750 to Gosberton Public Hall. Rona Perry, treasurer and trustee of the Public Hall, said: “We are over the moon to get this unexpected and most welcome ...

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