Author Archives: Rachel Mayfield

Visit from crime writer

Elly Griffiths will be returning to Spalding store Bookmark to talk about the latest in her Norfolk-based crime series featuring forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway. Woman in Blue is set in Walsingham and has Ruth drawn into a series of murders targeting women priests. The event is on Thursday, February 11 at 7.15pm. Evenings with Elly are entertaining and enjoyable, so ...

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LETTER: I feel like an outsider in my own town

How can you have integration in Spalding where when you drive into town via the A151 all you see is eastern European shops catering for people from Europe. I’ve never been in one of these shops as I feel like an outsider in my own town, and now China City has closed and become another shop (we don’t need any ...

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LETTER: New team not in time for Ofsted

Your article about Sir John Gleed School implies that the highly paid CFBT employees, (with no local knowledge/interest, as opposed to the unpaid local governors) “expert team parachuted in” by CFBT had some influence over the latest Ofsted report. The volunteer local governors were dismissed on November 26. The Ofsted inspection took place on December 8. I do not think ...

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LETTER: Let’s work together

After a remarkably productive inaugural meeting of the Riverside Community Forum in December, I paid a visit to the district council depot on West Marsh Road in order to discuss some items raised. Not only on that very day but also in the weeks previous, members of the team had been fighting an ongoing battle with vandalism to bins and ...

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LETTER: Vodka bottles are a disgrace

I belong to Holbeach walking for health. We meet every Thursday at the Services Club, Holbeach, and then have a walk around the town and surrounding fields etc. This particular route took us up Northons Lane and what we saw was unbelievable. Along the length of the field at the bottom of the lane field side were at least 27 ...

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LETTER: Should we control borders?

Europe is now experiencing a mass migration of people escaping from levels of extreme poverty, persecution and endemic war in their homelands. I too share some of Craig Jackson’s concerns about how to control the influx of migrants and how to maintain community cohesion among our citizens. Simply saying we will enforce Border Controls will not in itself diminish the ...

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What’s on – January 28 to February 3

TODAY South Holland Healthy Walks, 10.30am, Holbeach Services Club. Holbeach and Spalding Explorers: Spalding 7pm-9pm; Holbeach 7.15pm-9.15pm, www.handsscouts.com Tots and Carers, 9am-11.30am, Moulton Village Hall. Vitality classes, Broad Street Methodist Church Hall, Spalding, 11.30am-12.30pm and 1.45pm-2.45pm, Weston Village Hall, 2pm-3pm, £1.50, 01529 411941. Vibe Contemporary Youth Choir, 5.30pm-7pm, South Holland Centre, Spalding, £3.50. 1st Holbeach Brownies, 5.30pm-6.45pm, 01406 424084. Fitness ...

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Quiz night challenge

Test your knowledge at a fun quiz night this Saturday at The Elizabethan Centre in Whaplode Drove. Teams of a maximum of four people will be accepted and the cost is £1 per person. All money raised will be returned in prizes. Doors open at 8pm for an 8.30pm start. The next event is a Valentine’s Night evening with Mad ...

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Coffee and chat event

With mental health issues affecting one in four people each year, no-one should be ashamed to talk about them. To help get people talking about mental health, Give It Some Fizz Fitness, Sports and Education is hosting a coffee morning at Ayscoughfee Hall for Time to Talk Day on Thursday, February 4th. The coffee morning will run from 10.30am to ...

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Charity ball in Spalding

Local WeightWatchers leaders Helen Webster and Jackie Briggs are organising a Valentine’s Ball to raise awareness and funds for the British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK. Helen said: “Jackie and I both have parents who have needed help and support from these charities and we wanted to give something back.” The ball is on February 20 at the South Holland ...

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Night of laughter thanks to return of Funhouse comedy

Funhouse Comedy Club South Holland Centre, Spalding Friday, February 5, 8.30pm Tickets £10 Box office: 01775 764777 Funhouse Comedy Club starts its new season at the South Holland Centre on February 5 with a night full of laughter. Headlining is Scotland’s finest ginger-haired comedian, Brian Higgins, who has been likened to an early Billy Connolly. Whilst one of his principal ...

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FOOD REVIEW: Always delicious food at Ye Olde Red Lion

Ye Olde Red Lion Bicker Telephone 01775 821200 redlionbicker.co.uk Looking for a traditional, old-English style pub with great food and bags of atmosphere? Then look no further! Ye Olde Red Lion at Bicker ticks all these boxes and more. My husband Dan and I enjoyed dinner there on Saturday night with our friends Sharon and Gareth. We originally found the ...

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Fundraiser is hoping to resurrect festive fair

A Holbeach fundraiser is looking for volunteers to help him get the town’s Christmas fair up and running again. Les Ward, who holds regular charity bingo sessions and runs a charity stall on the market, says he would like to see the event resurrected. The traditional Christmas fair, which was held in the town for many years and saw the ...

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New home on the cards for Holbeach Town Band

The search for a new home could be over for Holbeach Town Band. The band will have to vacate its current premises in Back Lane by the spring when the lease ends and members have been searching for an alternative for some time. Now it seems the problem could be solved thanks to the library in Church Street. The library ...

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LETTER: The A16 is a death trap

I vowed I wouldn’t write another letter concerning the death trap of a road or lack of roundabout on the A16 because I feel no-one is listening. After Friday’s frightening experience at the Old Radar Cross Road, I’ve changed my mind. At 6pm there was a very heavy flow of traffic both ways. I was coming off the Holbeach B1116. ...

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LETTER: Looking for former members

Spalding Arts & Crafts Society is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Started in 1916 by surgeons at the Johnson Hospital to help rehabilitate wounded soldiers, it is one of the oldest art societies in the country. We are keen to hear from locals who were members, or who had family who were members, with a view to having a folder on ...

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LETTERS: Views on new pavilion

It’s very interesting to see South Holland District Council considering this construction. Surely at a time that all these cuts are being proposed, would it not be better to wait until more important issues have been resolved. Kay Weeks Holbeach   It is awful! It looks like something that belongs on the beach, NOT in Ayscoughfee Gardens. l fail to ...

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LETTER: Holbeach is woefully underfunded

In reply to Coun R Gammba-Jones’ letter 20/01/2016: Obviously Paul Foyster and Roger have differing political allegiances. The issues of market position can only be answered by trying it down at the new site. However Roger seems to imply that all is fair when it comes to the distribution of monies and services within the district. This, of course, is ...

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LETTER: Green bags not fit for purpose

I presume in the interests of economy, the council has changed the quality of the refuse collection bags. The green ones in particular are inferior and unsuitable. They are thinner and tear easily when full. They are not scored properly where they join, that’s if you can find the join, and tear easily when being separated. Whilst I appreciate we ...

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LETTER: Amazed by council’s response

South Holland District Council never ceases to amaze. I have tried to get something done about the speed vehicles travel down Broadgate, Sutton St James. It is a 30mph road but everyone seems to travel around 50mph. Cars, motorbikes, school buses, heavy huge farm implements and lorries all thunder through Broadgate, rattling houses and putting cracks in walls. When I ...

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