Author Archives: Richard Rush

Spalding Academy students shine

Students at Spalding Academy School are celebrating after some excellent GCSE results. The school says that the results show improvement for the third year in a row and students continue to be above the national average. On the new vocational BTEC programme they enjoyed a 100 per cent pass rate. Top performers included Julija Bindzaite, Matthew Walker, Katie Wiliamson and Luke ...

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Five fire crews called to large fire outside Crowland

Four acres of field and one tonne of hay bales have been destroyed in a fire outside Crowland today (Tuesday). Three fire crews from Cambridgeshire aided Spalding and Market Deeping crews in putting out the fire off Spalding Road which was reported at around 12.30pm this lunch time. Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue say the firefighters used beaters and jets to ...

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Family’s inspiration after difficult months

They cared for their disabled sister and their paralysed mother while studying – now Abigail and Emily Bates are aiming for medical careers after being inspired by their family. It’s been an incredibly tough 18 months for Long Sutton mum Charlotte Bates who left doctors baffled as to why she lost all functions below the chest. Her daughter Alice (12) ...

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Revamped cafe’s potential big plans

The newly revamped Ayscoughfee Cafe hasn’t finished its facelift yet, as the owners hope a dramatic remodelling  is on the cards. New cafe managers Sarah Hall and Ellie Clay took over the cafe in July and have revamped the look, feel and menu, with fresh white walls and locally-sourced produce.   But the pair hope the building, which is owned ...

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Row over park funding

A long-standing row over the funding of Glen Park in Surfleet is coming to a head as the park remains closed during the busy summer months. The park has been fenced off since May after a safety inspection showed problems with some pieces of equipment including the Everest Tower, aerial runway and climbing nets. Surfleet Play and Recreation Charity (SPARC), ...

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Gun report sparked man hunt in Spalding last night

A report a gun was pointed at a person driving through Spalding led to a man hunt last night (Tuesday). The Lincolnshire Police helicopter was involved in the search for two men after it was reported two men pointed a black hand gun at the vehicle a witness was driving along Hereward Road between 7.40pm and 7.45 pm on Tuesday, ...

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LETTERS – Fortunate to have Sir John as our MP

It is very encouraging when you see the diligence and effectiveness of a Member of Parliament to know that he represents you and the place in which you live. We are fortunate to have such an MP in Sir John Hayes. John is exceptionally diligent and highly effective. As I read how he had responded to the excellent coverage given ...

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LETTERS – Will No Deal help community?

May I thank Peter Cole of Sutton Bridge for his response to my letter two weeks ago, though needless to say I am disappointed that he failed to provide any reasons whatsoever as to why the National Farmers’ Union are wrong to say that we must avoid a No Deal Brexit “at all costs”. Surely an organisation with such influence ...

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Ju-jitsu, piano playing and chicken farming

This week’s featured Pride of South Holland nominee is a proactive youngster who has been nominated in the Young Achiever award – Elsie Lewis-Smedley of Spalding High School. The person who nominated Elsie for the Molsoms and Associates Opticians sponsored award, said: “Elsie is a determined and proactive student who manages to fit an inordinate number of activities into her ...

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Police investigation after quad bike rider left seriously injured

Lincolnshire Police are investigating after a man was seriously injured when his quad bike fell into a ditch. The incident happened in the Red Cow Drove area at Moulton March between 6pm and 6.30pm on Saturday, July 20. Police say the rider, who is in his 20s, “received serious but non-life threatening injuries” as a result of the incident. They’re ...

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Grammar School delighted with “best ever” results

Top future professionals had a day to remember as Spalding Grammar School claimed its “best ever” A Level results. Students at the school particularly excelled at engineering and mathematics as the school recorded fantastic grades. They include Bradley Ivatt who earned 2 A*s and an A to book a place reading Maths at Cambridge and Will Hughes whose 4 A*s ...

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Fantastic results at Spalding High School

There was plenty of celebrations as the bright young things at Spalding High School celebrated excellent A Level results. Flori and Eliza Margaritescu picked up 3 A*, 4A and a B between them, despite the fact they’ve only been in the British education system for the last two years. After their mother moved to the country from Romania to work ...

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New warden hits the street

South Holland is back to two Community Wardens as it welcomes an experienced new member to the beat. Jason Farmer will be working alongside existing warden Rob Duckett, taking the place of David Rodwell who retired earlier in the year. A South Holland District Council spokesman said the wardens “aim to address concerns around anti-social behaviour and community safety in ...

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Thousands head back to the 40s

Thousands of people were transported back to the 1940s last weekend as a popular event returned for another year. Ayscoughfee Hall’s 1940s Weekend again proved a huge hit with those of all ages. A host of re-enactors brought the period surrounding World War Two to life on both days. The weather cleared on Sunday enough for a special Battle of ...

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Toilet habits led to woman’s death

A 91-year-old woman died after developing pressure ulcers from sitting on the toilet for too long, an inquest has heard. Margaret Higgins passed away on August 28, 2018 at the home in Foxes Low Road, Holbeach, she’d shared with her son Vincent Higgins since suffering a fall in 2012. Boston Coroner’s Court heard Mrs Higgins had several medical conditions that ...

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Eleanor’s historic award

The last ever Baden Powell Award to be given out in Spalding has been awarded to a hard-working Guide. Eleanor Mowbray (14), of 1st Pinchbeck (St Mary) Guide Unit, has been presented with her Baden Powell Award. To gain the award she had to complete ten challenges which included holding a Ready, Steady, Cook evening, gaining the water safety badge ...

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Rural crime rises across county

Rural crime in Lincolnshire rose last year, making it the second-worst affected county in the UK. Rural crime cost Lincolnshire more than £2,558,000 last year, making it the second worst affected county in the UK by cost, with a rise of 20.9 per cent from 2017. In its 2019 Rural Crime Report, rural insurer NFU Mutual looks at the impact ...

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Holbeach Hospital Trust

This week’s featured nominee is the Holbeach & East Elloe Hospital Trust, which is up for the Bakkavor Local Charity Champion Award. The person who nominated them said: “Holbeach is extremely lucky to have Holbeach Hospital, such a fabulous facility which gives its heart and soul into its patients and residents. “By being run by the community, with a board ...

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Show off your garden and win

The Holbeach Front Garden competition is back, with prizes on offer to the green-fingered cultivators who take the top three spots. Whether your blooming garden is your pride and joy or you’re looking for a reason to get stuck into some landscaping, the Holbeach Front Garden competition is the perfect reason to share your time and effort. Organised by Coun ...

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Lions celebrate achievements of the district’s determined children

A local charity group has celebrated some of the district’s most determined young people with its annual awards. The Spalding Lions Walk Tall awards each year celebrate youngsters in their final year of school who have succeeded in exceptional circumstances. Spalding Lions’ Elaine Mothers said: “Spalding Lions sponsor an Annual Prize for pupils in their final year of school to ...

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