Author Archives: Richard Rush

Brilliant result for Poppy Appeal

Generous Spalding residents have helped a retiring fundraiser provide nearly a quarter of a million pounds to The Poppy Appeal in the last decade, including £23,000 around the 2018 Remembrance Day. Peter Lyon has run the appeal for the Spalding branch of the Royal British Legion for the last ten years but is stepping down from the role due to ...

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On song with charity efforts

A local band’s latest release is another bumper cheque for charity. Six-piece band RetrospeKt have been going eight years and their 60s and 70s inspired guitar music has been raising money for a host of good causes. Their past 12 months of fundraising through gigs has led to a £1,300 donation to The Alzheimer’s Society. The band’s John Heron, said: ...

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LETTERS – Need to improve train services first

I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry when I saw the piece about the station refit. You could knock the existing building down and replace it with a copy of Buckingham Palace but if the train service is poor what difference will it really make to the travelling public? The actual day to day trip on the Spalding to ...

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LETTERS – Experienced karma first-hand

I’m sure that many of us will have heard the expressions “that’s karma” and also “they’ll get their comeuppance”, but has anyone actually witnessed this first-hand? I can now truly claim to have done so. The other day, I was walking along a street in Spalding when I observed a council civil enforcement officer (traffic warden) issuing tickets to wrongly/illegally ...

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LETTERS – Look forward to my place in Hell

If Tusk is right – I look forward to my special place in Hell and I will thank God that I have done my duty and Britain is free to be great again. Richard Fairman Cowbit

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LETTERS – Thanks for helping my husband

Thank you to the lady (I think her name is Theresa) who helped my husband Geoff up when he fell near Carphone Warehouse in Spalding on Monday, and helped him to the barber’s shop on New Road. Nancy Smythe Spalding

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LETTERS – Dog pen is waste of money

So Holbeach Parish Council is to increase its share of council tax by twice the rate of inflation, at five per cent, followed by the usual cry of lack of resources. Perhaps the chairman of the council could explain to the people of the district why, in view of the hardship cries, the 18 councillors voted to spend over £3,000 ...

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LETTERS – There is community spirit

With regard to litter in Spalding, I was heartened to read the letter of thanks to the community spirited people who go out on the litter picking operations (Jan 24). I would willingly join if it wasn’t for my age and infirmities. Well done Spotless Spalding Social Group. There is a community spirit in Spalding after all. I Sargent Spalding

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LETTERS – Don’t forget Borge Ousland

Regarding the proposal for a plaque to commemorate Captain Rudd’s Antarctica achievement (Letters, February 14): I acknowledge that Captain Rudd’s achievement was remarkable and challenging, but there are a few qualifications that also need to be understood if a plaque is considered. For instance, Captain Rudd and his American competitor (Colin O’Brady) did not traverse Antarctica from sea to sea ...

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LETTERS – Thank goodness for Mr Jackson!

Have you ever noticed on TV adverts particularly, how claims are made that a product, (makes my teeth feel stronger) or (makes my teeth feel healthier). This being evidenced by happy, smiling faces. Similar to feel, appear etc is also frequently used. They are all words intended to infer that the statement is true rather than what it really is, ...

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Court claim ends prospect of ‘Fortnite’ event in Spalding

The American company behind a multi-billion pound video game is suing the Spalding organiser of a ‘shambolic’ weekend which has reportedly led to the shut down of his business. It’s believed that a similar ‘Fortnite Live’ event planned to take place in Spalding next month has been cancelled. Epic Games, which owns the Fortnite game and its rights, contacted the ...

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Grand gesture by knitting group

A South Holland knitting group has donated £1,000 to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance. The Come Knit with Us members raised the money last year and recently presented a cheque to the charity (pictured left.) “We would like to thank all the people that came to our stalls in Crowland and Spalding and had a go on our unusual ...

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Generous gifts to air ambulance

A Spalding woman left an air ambulance charity £10,000 in her will. Noreen Clark (pictured) who passed away in May 2018, aged 88, left a generous donation of £10,000 for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance. The charity receives no direct Government funding, relying solely on the donations of people in the community. Noreen’s God daughter was recently invited to ...

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Care company getting better

A South Holland care company has been judged to require improvement by inspectors. Atlas Care, at Pode Hole, has been rated good for caring and effectiveness by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). But it requires improvement for safety, responsiveness and leadership. Atlas Care provides services to clients ranging from older people with dementia and those with physical disability. An inspection ...

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RAF Tornado flypast finale to pass over Holbeach later

The final UK wide flypast of the RAF’s Tornado aircraft is due to head over Holbeach later today (February 19). The nine planes are being retired from service and as one last farwell are flying in formation across the country. The released itinerary for today by the RAF states that they’re due to be above Holbeach at 3.27pm this afternoon. ...

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Drunk man drove into bedroom of house after attempt to steal railway sleepers

A Moulton Chapel man crashed his car into the bedroom of a house in Weston Hills while on the run after attempting to steal railway sleepers, a court has heard. Adam Hamilton, 44, of Thorpe Avenue admitted driving with excess alcohol, failing to stop after a road accident, driving without insurance or a valid test certificate, attempted theft and causing ...

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Jury unable to reach agreement on Spalding fish and chip shop owner accused of having sex with girl (14)

A fish and chip shop owner accused of having sex with a 14-year-old schoolgirl faces a possible retrial after a jury at Lincoln Crown Court was unable to reach a verdict in the case. Peter Donger, who runs the Chips Ahoy shop in Spalding,  denied any inappropriate behaviour towards the girl.   The jury spent seven and a half hours ...

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Veteran railwayman sits on drunk burglar

An 85-year-old veteran from South Holland sat on a drunk, knife wielding burglar and told him he’d shot “better men in Korea”. Korean War veteran John Headington and his 57-year-old wife Susan were praised by a judge who jailed drunk burglar Robert Barnes this week. Former railway worker Mr Headington, who has had two hip replacements, grabbed the burglar in ...

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Over 100 turn out in first hour of Relief Road consultation

Residents were queuing out the door as the first public consultation event on the Spalding Western Relief Road opened its doors on Tuesday afternoon. Within the first hour over 100 people had attempted to get into the Woodlands Hotel. After a consultation event at Pinchbeck Community Hub and Library today (Wednesday, 2pm to 8pm) the sessions continue at the hotel ...

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Man who had knife in Punchbowl sent to jail

A man seen with a folded lock-knife in a Spalding pub and subsequently chased by police has been sent to jail. Ben Heffernan, 22, of Wide Bargate, Boston, had already pleaded guilty to possessing a bladed article, namely a folded lock knife, in a public place in the incident at The Punchbowl on July 7 last year. He was sentenced ...

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