Author Archives: Rachel Mayfield

Three charged with fraud offences

Three men have been charged with various offences, including fraud and money laundering, following a criminal investigation led by police officers in the Economic Crime Unit (ECU). The investigation followed reports of suspected fraud, associated principally to a trading-based investment scheme run through the Lottery Syndicate Club Ltd based in Spalding. The scheme operated between 2017and 2019 and had several ...

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Festive fun with a twist in town

Festive shopping will have an exciting difference on Saturday, December 11, with the next free pop up event taking place in Spalding town centre. Transported and South Holland District Council are working together to launch Spalding Super Saturdays, which take place on the second Saturday of the month until February.At the December event, Spalding town centre visitors will be treated ...

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Santa Claus is coming to town thanks to South Holland Rotary

The South Holland Rotary Club will be taking Santa Claus out and about around Spalding again this December while raising money for local charities. From December 2-22 the volunteers will be pulling Christmas’s main man around for all the children to see.You can donate to the Rotary Club and the charities it supports without even leaving your home.You can text ...

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Bid to improve traffic issues

Measures to improve traffic flow in parts of Holbeach are being followed up with issues involving parking along High Street being raised as a particular issue. It was described as a ‘nightmare’ at the most recent meeting of Holbeach Parish Council.County councillor Tracey Carter told the meeting she was already working with the highways authority on a solution.“I’m already having ...

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Society’s calendar launched

Spalding and District Civic Society’s 2022 calendar is now on sale.The society’s A4 calendar for 2022 covers Spalding and the surrounding area and consists of 13 beautiful pictures with spaces for appointments, birthdays and reminders together with interesting bits of information.A spokesman for the society said: “Some photos will be expected – Ayscoughfee Hall, Springfields – but there are also ...

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Two decades of helping children

A South Holland couple who have been given a long-service award for foster caring over more than 20 years have urged others who can to get involved. Donna and Lee (who have asked us not to use their surname) have helped look after around 70 young people.They were among those recently presented awards by Lincolnshire County Council for their commitment ...

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Rolling with the Inner Wheel

A group for women who meet regularly is on the lookout for new members.The Spalding branch of the Inner Wheel Club of Great Britain is set for the organisation’s 100th anniversary celebrations in three years.It was set up in 1924 to help the poor in Manchester.It’s now grown to 104 countries with 108,000 members and is based on the ethos ...

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Jail after crashing into level crossing

An unlicensed and uninsured driver who smashed into a Lincolnshire level crossing causing tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage was jailed on Tuesday for 12 months. Tudorel-Dorinel Carmocanu had taken the car from a friend without permission when he collided with the Park Road level crossing in Spalding during the early hours of 26 October last year.Carmocanu (26), ...

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Guides’ recipes for success

Two guides have picked up prestigious awards.Freya Andrew and Florence Sweetland, of the 1st Pinchbeck (St Mary) Guides, have been awarded with their Silver and Bronze Guiding Awards at a recent meeting.Both girls are 13 with Freya the first Guide in the unit to reach that level.A spokesman for 1st Pinchbeck Guides said: “As part of the awards both girls ...

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Weekend date for Pride Awards

After a six-month delay thanks to the pandemic, the Pride of South Holland Awards are finally being held this weekend. The awards have been held annually since 2013 and the 2020 winners were due to be revealed at a ceremony last June.But the event had to be postponed and is now being held this weekend at the South Holland Centre, ...

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Big party invite for supporters

Veteran’s supporter Harold Payne has issued an open invite to supporters of the recent Holbeach Remembrance parade to a celeration. Mr Payne will be hosting the event on Sunday, December 5 at his Anglia Motel in Fleet Hargate.“Everybody who supported the parade is welcome to come along. They will need to collect a free ticket first so we know how ...

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LETTER: Hard time for hedgehogs

This winter could be particularly hard for hedgehogs as new RSPCA data reveals the number of them admitted to its wildlife centres have already topped figures for 2020.By mid-November the number of hedgehogs taken into the charity’s four wildlife centres was 1,896. Last year’s total figure was 1,883.The RSPCA receives thousands of calls about hedgehogs each year – more than ...

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LETTER: Thanks for your hard work

Spalding Branch of the Royal British Legion organised this year’s Remembrance Day Commemoration Service and other services held around the area on separate days last week, alongside the South Holland District Council, The Rotary and Ayscoughfee.Traditionally the parade is held on the nearest Sunday to Armistice Day, attended by many regiments and organisations who could not wait to be part ...

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Can you Donate a Cuddle?

A local charity is once again helping collect toys for young people this Christmas.The Donate a Cuddle appeal by Ella’s Project wants your new and nearly new soft toys and also toys to give to children in the local area.Donated toys must still display the kitemark.They can be dropped off at Birchgrove Garden Centre or any soft toys provided to ...

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Leisure contract under scrutiny

A proposed new swimming pool for Spalding looks a long way off as councillors discussed concerns over leisure provisions in the district. South Holland District Council’s Performance Monitoring Panel heard payments to operators Parkwood to subsidise the area’s leisure centres initially during the first lockdown are set to continue as usage and membership are not up to pre-pandemic levels.A ‘National ...

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Extra cash for hospital staffing

Lincolnshire hospitals have committed to investing an extra £2.6m into the nursing and midwifery workforce.The money will come in over the course of a year, to ensure wards remain safely staffed and to further improve the quality of patient care.United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust recently undertook an ‘establishment review’ looking at nurse and midwifery staffing across all of its hospitals.The ...

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Speeding driver in court

A Whaplode man who was helping deliver a BMW X5 to its new owner has been convicted of careless driving.Luke Fortune (24) was following the vehicle in a Range Rover Evoque in “treacherous” conditions on the A1M southbound at Stilton.He was driving his vehicle at excessive speed, too close to the BMW, constantly braking and changing lanes without indicating, Peterborough ...

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Petition plea to create art wall

The possibility of creating a wall for street artists in Spalding is due to be discussed this week. A petition with more than 800 signatures has been presented to South Holland District Council in a bid to create the new facility.The move was started by Karl Barfoot and Adam Sadd who have created popular murals in Spalding.“Many from around the ...

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Time to celebrate

A former agricultural worker who has lived in West Pinchbeck all his life has celebrated his 100th birthday.Herbert Strickson marked his special day on November 16 with visits from family and friends.Herbert was married to the late Marjorie for more than 60 years.They had three children, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.Herbert, who was born in West Pinchbeck, spent most ...

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Council needs to be ‘tougher’

A council needs to get tougher over fly-tipping, it’s been claimed, after concerns were raised over a lack of action. One councillor even expressed dissatisfaction that he’d approached a fast food outlet to get CCTV evidence of one fly-tipper, only to be told by South Holland District Council there wasn’t enough evidence to progress it further.The district saw a 90 ...

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