Author Archives: Rachel Mayfield

LETTER: Grandad inspired me to vote ‘in’

I don’t know about you, but I’m fed up with the clanging statistics and jarring soundbites of this referendum. Brexit is such a black box, such an unknown, that it seems leaving would be the equivalent of stepping across the event horizon of a black hole. I’m going to save you a headache and not wade further into this messy ...

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LETTER: ‘Accepting’ works both ways

Us British born are always being told to be more accepting of immigrants but this works both ways. I wanted an ingredient which I felt I could purchase in a Polish supermarket so walked in and joined the queue. All the language spoken was Polish and when I was spoken to I asked if they spoke English. The whole shop ...

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LETTER: What will the EU look like in 40 years?

The EU debate now enters its final phase. The Remain camp have given up their claim that to leave is a leap into the dark. They are now forecasting exactly what Brexit will entail. Loads of details have appeared but a general “end of life as we know it” seems a fair summary of their opinions. The Labour and Liberal ...

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LETTER: What about High Street businesses?

As reported in The Voice on May 26, Roger Gambba-Jones says his priority is the long term viability of the bi-weekly market. It wasn’t his priority when it was closed down for a week to accommodate the fair. And what about the businesses on the High Street and their long term viability? Doug Stinton Holbeach

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Councillors hit back at ‘jobsworth’ claims

“Jobsworth” councillors have hit back at claims that they are standing in the way of a popular town event. Long Sutton Parish Council has been accused of refusing permission for this year’s Music in the Park – a free, live music event held in Winfrey Park over August Bank Holiday. A petition has been started by former councillor Bobbie Ashton ...

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Fun day out for all

There’s a funday at the Lighthouse Church in Spalding on Saturday. Running from 1pm-5pm, there will be a range of stalls, face painting, glitter tattoos, balloon modelling, a bouncy castle and games. The event will raise money for a new minibus to get children to and from the Supaclub, after their minibus was written off in an accident.

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Share stories of Brian’s adventures

Join Brian Blessed, actor and explorer, who will be live on stage at the South Holland Centre in Spalding on Thursday, June 9. Brian will be sharing tales of his adventures to the North Pole, climbing Everest, training as a cosmonaut and more. A seasoned Shakespearian actor and well known film and TV personality, Brian’s credits include seasons with the ...

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Get your wellies and get down to the farm

Visiting a farm on Open Farm Sunday, this weekend, is a wonderful way to discover the world of farming. Modern farming is incredibly diverse and impacts on all of us – from the food we eat, to clothing, medicine, fuel and manufacturing. Agriculture is vital to our future too – so go along and find out more! Hundreds of farms ...

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Friends of Johnson annual fayre

The Friends of Johnson Community Hospital hold their annual summer fayre at the hospital on Saturday. The programme of entertainment provides the chance to relax and enjoy light refreshments (indoors if wet) while enjoying music and dance. This year, the Slap Dash Dancers will perform a programme of Appalachian dances and the Beauvale Ensemble will play a variety of music ...

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Author visit

Author Ruary Mackenzie Dodds will visit Spalding next month to talk about his new book The Dragonfly Gardener. Ruary’s an entertaining and enthusiastic speaker who will have you thinking about dragonflies in a whole new way! He will be at Bookmark on July 5 at 7.15pm. Tickets are £3.50 from The Crescent shop.

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Classic car run

June 12 is a big day in the Spalding Classic Car Club’s calendar. It is the day of their 19th annual classic car run, this year starting from Baytree Garden Centre in Weston. With an entry list already topping 50 classic cars, organiser Barry Aistrup is confidently predicting an enjoyable day out around the rural lanes of Lincolnshire, Rutland and ...

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Vocal group Blake perform in Spalding

Blake South Holland Centre, Spalding Saturday, June 11, 7.30pm Tickets £22 Box office 01775 764777 Blake are touring the UK and they’re performing at the South Holland Centre on June 11. Known for their ability to perform a huge mix of genres, the group use rich vocal harmonies to perform classic songs in their inimitable style. The tour follows appearances ...

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WILDLIFE COLUMN: Myths about moths

Welcome again to the monthly RSPB column, this time about moths. “Moths?” I hear you cry. “Drab brown things that eat holes in my clothes and bash against the window at night.” Well, not exactly. Right, let’s start off with them eating your clothes. Yes, there is a species of moth which can cause holes in your favourite sweater. It ...

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LETTER: Donations helped to raise £7.14m

I would like to extend a warm thank you to Tesco colleagues and customers from Lincolnshire for their dedicated efforts to raise funds for Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to date. Since the three-year National Charity Partnership between the two charities and Tesco launched in January 2015, customer donations, along with store colleagues’ fundraising, have contributed £7.14m ...

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LETTER: Speed measures are needed

I live on Park Road. The speed limit on this road is 30mph and I often watch traffic go past my home, and always see motorists on their phone, talking or looking down texting, not watching where they are going. Over time it seems to have got worse. It was school-run time, several mums were speeding with their kids in ...

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VET’S VOICE: Why looking after your pet’s teeth is so important

Dental disease is one of the most common conditions we see in dogs and cats. Like ours, our pets’ teeth need looking after to keep them at their best. There are plenty of products available that claim to help improve dental hygiene, from chews and toys to dietary supplements and antibacterial mouthwash. For these to be effective they need to ...

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LETTER: Some more facts on EU referendum

Here for your readers are some more “facts” regarding the EU “in or out” vote. The UK’s trade deficit with the rest of the EU was circa £61.5billion in 2014 (ONS), which grows relatively poorer as new members join (just wait for Turkey who the Conservative government, Labour and the Liberal Democrats all want into the EU), at what cost ...

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LETTER: Six of the seven experts want to remain

At the South Holland Centre on Monday last week, there was an event advertised as a panel of academics and experts answering questions from the audience about the EU and June referendum. The hall was about half full and they did try hard to seem impartial. Unfortunately a simple Google search revealed that six of the seven people taking questions ...

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LETTER: Amazed at poor hygiene rating

We are completely amazed to read in The Voice the latest food hygiene rating on Wimberley Hall. We have used this wonderful establishment since it opened, an asset to the area. Most certainly cleanliness and hygiene in the restaurant and the loos and the farm shop are obviously paramount, so how the preparation behind the scenes could fall to a ...

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Your chance to name newborn reindeer

What would you name a baby reindeer? Obviously Rudolph, Dasher, Dancer, Blitzen and a few others come to mind, but it’s time to think outside the box! Staff at Baytree Garden Centre at Weston have welcomed three calves into their herd of reindeer and are giving readers of The Voice the chance to name them. William Wallis said: “We’ve had ...

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