Author Archives: Richard Rush

Fire crews rescue dog

Fire crews helped rescue a dog from water in Long Sutton yesterday (Saturday, July 2). Fire crews from Spalding, Holbeach and Boston together with Swift Water Rescue Teams attended the incident at around 1.30pm just off London Road. Crews used a four metre boat to rescue the dog.

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South Holland in top 10 of highest COVID-19 infection rates in England – but council leader says rate has slowed after peaking in May

South Holland has had the eighth highest COVID-19 infection rate in England new figures have revealed, though the district council leader has said the spread has now slowed. According to the latest government’s statistics the district has had 695 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. That works out at 739.5 cases per 100,000 people, the level which the govenment is measuring ...

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Concerns over more vehicles in Spalding town centre

Concerns motorists are flouting Spalding’s day time pedestrian areas have been expressed as a bid to encourage cycling and walking in the town and Holbeach has been announced. Since COVID-19 lockdown, more cars have been driving through Spalding’s Market Place and Sheep Market when it should be a pedestrian area, even now shops have re-opened. One member of the public, ...

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Tigers are shaping up for new campaign

The off-field preparations for next season are coming together at Holbeach United with a new signing identified and four of the club’s top talents signed on for the new campaign. Captain Spencer Tinkler, vice captain Jonno Fairweather, keeper Ricky Drury and striker Jonny Lockie have all committed to return to the Tigers for the 20/21 season. The Tigers do look ...

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Sport provides hoops of joy for all

Ahead of competing in a national tournament this week, Pinchbeck Croquet Club’s Gordon Mills has stressed why you should give croquet a try. Gordon is off to Colchester for one of the first national tournaments to be held in any sport. Croquet is fairly easy to play socially distant, and Pinchbeck has been back playing as a club for a ...

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Charges for car parks in South Holland to return on Monday – and council says they will be enforced

You’ll have to pay to use South Holland District Council car parks from Monday (July 6) with the authority saying they will be enforced. Charges to park at the car parks in Spalding, Holbeach and Long Sutton were officially waived when the COVID-19 lockdown was brought in, though previous to that the parking hadn’t been enforced for a lengthy period. ...

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South Lincs just keep swimming (training) during the lockdown

They may be set to be one of the last sports clubs that return to action, but that’s not stopped South Lincolnshire Swimming Club from continuing to train during the lockdown. Some members have even been able to create mini-pools and fitted them with restraints to continue to train. Esther Skells That’s just one of a host of creative measures ...

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Friend’s tribute to murdered Karolina

A woman murdered in a Spalding home has been described as extremely funny, smart, loving and strong by a friend fundraising to get her body home to Lithuania. Karolina Zinkeviciene (30) was one of two bodies found at a property in Winsover Road after police attended at 5.30am last Thursday, June 25. The other body was that of Breshnev Ruiters ...

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Threat of jail in Thailand for Spalding man is lifted

The threat of jail in Thailand has finally been lifted for a Spalding human rights activist. In September 2016 Andy Hall was sentenced by a Bangkok court to four years’ imprisonment, reduced by one year and suspended by two years as well as fine for interviewing workers at the Natural Fruit Co, Ltd. His interviews were part of a report ...

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Middle sections of relief road still unfunded as work on road begins

The councillor overseeing the soon to be started Spalding Western Relief Road has said funding is “incredibly difficult” when questioned by The Voice about how confident he was that the middle sections would ever be built. Preparatory work on phase one of five, the most northerly section of the controversial project from Pinchbeck Road, will start on July 6. Lincolnshire ...

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Legion move into new home

The Spalding branch of the Royal British Legion has marched into its new premises. The group, which has been supporting veterans in the town for nearly 100 years, has moved into new premises on Westlode Street. They’ve made the move to more modern premises in the town centre after moving from Spring Gardens. Chair Graham Hewitt said: “It will be ...

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Long Sutton Market is back this Friday

Long Sutton Market is to finally re-open on Friday (July 3). And it will be in the Market Place after objections were a plan to move it to a nearby car park. That’s held up its return, but a road closure order has now been finalised to allow the market to resume while also providing ample space for those attending ...

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Kindness team thanks businesses

A councillor has thanked local companies who supported the Spalding and Pinchbeck COVID Kindness Team. The group which provided help and vital equipment in the area during the COVID-19 lockdown were helped by a host of donations from local companies. They included Dalehead Foods. Coun Rob Gibson was one of the volunteers and on the committee of the team. He ...

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Tough fundraiser for new recruits

District councillor and businessman Harry Drury is joining Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue’s latest cohort of recruits to raise money for the Firefighters’ Charity by organising and participating in a sponsored 10km hose run. Harry, who is currently undergoing training to become an on call firefighter with Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, based at Spalding Fire Station, said: “Seven recruits will be ...

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Measures to stop anti-social behaviour in Pinchbeck

Railings are being erected at a Pinchbeck bridge in attempt to stop young people jumping into the water from it. Concerns over anti-social behaviour in the Crossgate area have led to the measures requested by Pinchbeck Parish Council for the Flax Mill Bridge. And the council’s online meeting on Tuesday night heard that Lincolnshire County Council work had already began ...

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LETTERS – Look at state of Channel

This is what the Coronation Channel looks like every morning – it’s hard to believe really. Bottles have to be fished out of the water before our dogs can swim. I ask them not to do it but they have no concern at all! Gill Smith via email

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LETTERS – Bring down salaries to fund licences

The Prime Minster has publicly announced being in favour of free TV licences for over 80s and that the possibility was being considered. Conversely the BBC have stated that they could not afford this. Another subject that we see frequently concerns women’s rights with equal opportunities for women, especially in the BBC with equal pay. Now, having been in lockdown ...

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LETTERS – Don’t risk a second spike

Unite, which represents workers throughout public transport including over 80,000 bus workers, is warning that a second spike in COVID-19 infections is becoming ever more likely due to increasing non-compliance with face covering and social distancing rules on public transport. Unite issued its warning on Friday after transport secretary Grant Shapps announced that bus and rail timetables will return to ...

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LETTERS – I didn’t get my bags either

In response to an article in your mail section re: When will we get more bags. At the end of February, beginning of March, the black and green refuse bags were rolled out in my area. I, for whatever reason, was missed. At my earliest opportunity and amidst the lockdown I was able to ascertain that whilst my neighbours had ...

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LETTERS – Capable of forming opinions

I was amused after reading Sir John Hayes’ rant published in the June 25 edition of The Voice, page 17. Is he serious? If so, we require context, it is just not good enough to cite an article from The Guardian, possibly three-years-old, and provide neither a date, nor the name of the ‘militant’ journalist. The readership of The Voice, ...

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