Author Archives: Richard Rush

Foster family’s help for Destiny

A Pinchbeck family whose 19-month-old daughter was recently diagnosed with leukaemia have received a much needed boost thanks to a foster family’s charity walk. Kaylee and Luke Portor say they knew something was seriously wrong straight after daughter Destiny’s birth, but only received the partial diagnosis three weeks ago. Health officials have said they believe Destiny has other conditions, so ...

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Former teacher who downloaded more than 45,000 indecent images of children spared jail

A former teacher who downloaded more than 45,000 indecent images of children onto his computer devices was today (Wednesday) spared an immediate jail sentence. Ian Bradbury, 66, who was described as having an addiction to downloading material onto his devices, was arrested after police carried out a raid on his home in Long Sutton back in August 2019. Eunice Opare-Addo, prosecuting, ...

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Footballer’s running support for great nan ahead of American adventure

A Spalding footballer who is soon off to play the sport in America is running throughout February to support his 89-year-old great nan who has supported him so many times on the sidelines. Sam Bayly (18), of Spalding, is running 5K every day to raise money for The Alzheimer’s Society, a condition Maxine Andrews suffers with. Sam hasn’t been able ...

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Dorothy Perkins staff say thanks to customers

The staff at a recently closed Spalding shop have marked its closure with a picture and said thank you and goodbye to their customers. Dorothy Perkins shops are being closed across the country, including the Spalding branch in Market Place. This week staff said their final goodbyes to the shop. Kelsey Candler the branch’s key holder whose worked their for ...

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Capturing a Spalding sunrise

A Low Fulney man has taken on the challenge of photographing the sunrise every day for 30 days. Steven Granville took on the feat to improve his photography skills. The father-of-two has long photographed as a hobby and recently had a side job of providing stock images alongside his usual delivery driver work. He’s also a licensed drone pilot and ...

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Youth football kit taken in van theft

Thieves broke into a van and took tools worth thousands of pounds along with kit belonging to a youth football team. Owner Jay Vernalls was diagnosed with COVID-19 and returned to his Spalding home last Thursday afternoon and went to bed for two days. When he was able to get up on Sunday he realised his white Fiesta van, parked ...

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Plans for Music and Beer Festival

It’s all systems go with the Holbeach Music and Beer Festival 2021. With the government saying its looking to lift all social distancing restrictions by the end of June, this year’s event looks as if it will be going ahead on August 6, 7 and 8. Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday, a batch of 750 early bird tickets ...

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Crafty idea for budding plans

The team behind a project to remember Spalding Flower Parade while looking to the future is looking for some crafty help. Local artists Laura Mabbutt and Kathleen Smith are part of the Flower Power project which is being spearheaded by Chain Bridge Forge. It’s being funded by £15,000 from the Arts Council to gather people’s memories of the parade, which ...

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LETTERS – Consider this at elections

I’m hoping this letter can remind local people of some important facts. The county council elections are now taking place in May and it is seen as an opportunity to send a message to those in charge by voting Independent. I once would have supported this view, until the 2013 county council elections. Local councillors Chris Brewis and Angela Newton ...

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LETTERS – Cash is better spent on repairs

There are a million potholes in Britain, probably most of them in Lincolnshire. At least that’s what it feels like when driving around Holbeach and Spalding. The rural roads in the region are in an atrocious condition, but they have been like this for almost as long as I’ve lived here, since 2005. I’ve written to the local newspapers on ...

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LETTERS – Eat more chicken legs!

Reference your reader’s letter February 18 2021 “Why not source from the UK?” In respect of chicken I can shed some light on the issue albeit a little technical. Much is due to carcase imbalance. In the UK we eat more chicken breast than the dark meat of thighs and drumsticks so much so that we have to export these ...

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Nominate your lockdown heroes

The Pride of South Holland Awards are on the lookout for those heroes who have come to the fore since the COVID-19 outbreak. The annual celebration of the area organised by Jan Whitbourn was unable to take place last year as a result of the pandemic. And when it returns it wants to honour those who have played a huge ...

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Submarine veteran pens memories

A Royal Navy veteran from Surfleet has published his life story ranging from 34 years in submarines and his current battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Ports, Posts and Parkinson’s is the work of Tony Ford, 59, who grew up in Surfleet where his parents John and Maureen Ford still reside. Tony spent more than three decades in the Royal Navy Submarine ...

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Plans for 96 new homes off Wardentree Lane submitted

Detailed plans for 96 new homes in Pinchbeck have been submitted to South Holland District Council. The site, off Wardentree Lane, is set to be developed by Bellway and will be a mix of new homes from one to four bedrooms, including 24 affordable units. An outline application had been submitted in July 2018 but some modifications have been made, ...

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Cost of COVID-19 to health group is revealed

The COVID-19 pandemic has cost Lincolnshire’s county Care Commissioning Group £38.2m to the end of January. A report to the board of the group (CCG) outlines the cost in terms of finance, and the impact on other services across the county. “Lincolnshire has continued to experience a high number of positive cases as a county over the last month; however ...

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Spalding tip to allow garden and general waste collection on any day it’s open from March 8

Residents will be able to take general and garden waste on any day a Household Waste Recycling Centre is open from March 8, Lincolnshire County Council has announced. Since the tips were reopened after lockdown one, certain categories of rubbish could only be taken on certain days. Now the county council says the tips, including the Spalding site on West ...

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KFC and Taco Bell planning application submitted for Spalding

Plans to build KFC and Taco Bell restaurants and drive thrus just off the A16 in Spalding have been submitted. The application is for a single unit to be shared by the restaurants on the Lincs Gateway Business Park, near to the Applegreen Service Station. Applicant Erindale Ltd said it hopes to create up to 60 jobs. There’s long been ...

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‘Excellent progress’ made on vaccinations in Lincolnshire as next stage begins

The first round of vaccinations for over 70s in Lincolnshire has been completed with the over 65s and those with underlying health conditions now being called for them. Lincolnshire Care Commissioning Group say they’re making “excellent progress” after offering the first dose of a vaccine to everyone in the first four identified groups. A CCG spokesperson said: “We are making ...

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Banned driver pretended to be brother after being caught behind the wheel

A driver who appeared “unnerved” by police on patrol on the A17 at Sutton Bridge was found to be banned. Nicholas Horne was pulled over and initially tried to offer his brother’s details. But officers’ suspicions were raised when he stumbled over giving the address. King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court was told on Thursday that 37-year-old Horne was “extremely nervous” and ...

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Fire at business near Long Sutton

Three crews were called to put out a fire at a business south of Long Sutton in the early hours of this morning. Crews from the town, Holbeach and Spalding were called to a commercial premises on Winters Lane shortly after 1am. No-one is believed to have been injured in the incident which Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue say was started ...

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