Author Archives: Richard Rush

Landlord fined for letting unsafe home

A landlord has been fined for repeatedly allowing a home to be occupied despite being in a state which posed a serious risk to the health of those inside it. Action was taken against Jonathan Patrick Hoey, of Foremans Bridge Caravan Park in Sutton St James, after a property he owned, Seagate Farm in Long Sutton, was found to be ...

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Man arrested after incident on Spalding bridge

A 28-year-old man has been arrested on drug offences after police were called to a male seen on a bridge over the River Welland in Spalding this morning. Lincolnshire Police were called shortly after 8am this morning following concerns for a man’s safety on the disused rail bridge between London Road and Cowbit Road today (Thursday, October 3). He remained ...

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Charity cash taken in sixth burglary of year

Cash raised as part of a Macmillan Coffee Morning was among the items stolen as an independent hairdresser was hit by burglars for the sixth time in a year. Shear Shak on Pinchbeck Road is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, but its staff including Angela Barrand say they feel ‘vulnerable’ after being repeatedly targeted by criminals. The latest incident ...

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India (6) inspired by mum’s hair raising charity efforts five-years-ago

A charity effort five years ago has inspired a Spalding six-year-old. India-Rose White wondered why her mum Rachel Wood was completely bald in pictures at the Wygate Road home. In fact it’s because Rachel shaved her head raising £1,000 for Macmillan in solidarity with a friend who was remission from breast cancer at the time. Hearing about that has led ...

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Mystery over historic pub

The future of one of Spalding’s oldest buildings and historic pub is uncertain after it mysteriously closed its doors. Ye Olde White Horse on Churchgate, which is currently run by Yorkshire-based brewery Samuel Smith, closed its doors three weeks ago. It’s remained closed since while the brewery has ignored requests from the Spalding Voice for a comment on its future. ...

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Bursting with talent and pride

A big national winner and a whole load of local heroes made The Pride of South Holland Awards 2019 the biggest and best yet. Once again South Holland’s best and brightest stars packed out the South Holland Centre and were delighted by the top-secret special guest, Britain’s Got Talent 2019 winner Colin Thackery, who was paraded into the auditorium by ...

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Meaty donations for good causes

Local food firm Bakkavor has presented over £24,000 to local charities. The cash was raised at its annual Fun Weekend and Party in the Park music event. The firm described this year’s event as “the biggest ever” with the music event attended by a “record breaking crowd”. Every year Bakkavor financially matches all proceeds made from the two-day event which ...

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A scrum-ptious way to learn

Gosberton House Academy held a Rugby World Cup scouting for school’s afternoon to celebrate the start of the tournament in Japan. In their classes children learnt a ‘haka’ and designed their own team kits, rugby balls, colouring in flags of the countries and building up fact files about the competing nations. The whole school signed a Japanese flag that represents ...

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LETTERS – Another new road?

I’m finding it hard to believe Lincolnshire Highways are being allowed to build another road, the Spalding Western Relief Road, after the mess they made of the last one they built – the dreaded A16. Does no one in the government road and transport departments realise they are not capable – look at The A16 and Radar Corner (B1166). They ...

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LETTERS – Fly-tipping: Does anyone care?

I cycled past the bridal path between the River Welland and the Applegreen exit road north side of the bypass and am unsure how long this serious fly tipping has been here. Looks like a business, not lazy individuals, again within yards of the main road just down the bridal path. Several dozen must pass this mess daily but obviously ...

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LETTERS – Thanks for all your support

A coffee morning was held at the Broad Street Church Hall, Spalding, on Saturday, September 21, in memory of a dear father and husband Eric Loveridge. Twins Elaine Ladds and Diane Tilley and their mother Marlene chose this year Prostate Cancer UK (PCUK). We would like as a complete family not only to thank those who kindly came to help ...

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LETTERS – Contempt for good manners

Readers will by now have drawn their own conclusions regarding the behaviour of the Prime Minister in the House of Commons last week. For my part I felt that it was a disgraceful display of rabble rousing and a demonstration of contempt for good manners. What also disturbs me is the response of several MPs who leapt to their feet ...

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LETTERS – What’s the real cost of living?

As the Brexit shambles continues to roll on, the uncertainty for the many not the few is a true concern now. I note the latest RPI figure shows inflation running at 2.6 per cent. During the later part of September the UK Government’s Office for National Statistics (ONS) released the latest retail price index (RPI) figure. It shows that prices ...

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LETTERS – SHDC appointed contractors

Relationships can be difficult. Be it family, friends, relationships or business relations. It is with some surprise that SHDC are going to issue a schedule of dilapidations to 1Life the former contract holder for the Castle pool and other leisure facilities. Surely this is shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted? Let’s not forget SHDC appointed these contractors ...

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Thousands raised by ‘balling’ Tina

A Spalding woman who organised a charity ball to help her through her battle with cancer has helped raise over £17,000. Tina Rowe (41) put on the Boobie Ball at Springfields recently with the funds being split between Breast Cancer Care and Prostate Cancer UK. Over 500 attended the event, including Emmerdale stars Bhasker Patel, Liam Fox and Jonny McPherson. ...

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It’s a small world for miniaturist

A dolls house and teddy bear enthusiast from Spalding will set up stall in the Birmingham NEC at the weekend when she exhibits her handiwork at Miniatura – an expo for miniaturists. Christine ‘Kit’ Meggitt will also be teaching at the expo, something she also does locally. She has been “collecting seriously” for 25 to 30 years, she said. “I ...

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Munro celebrates a century

It’s 100 not out for the Munro Medical Centre who celebrated their centenary in style with some of their patients who are around the same age as the practice. It was set up by Dr James Ramsey Munro in September 1919 in High Street before moving to its current West Elloe premises in 1996. And on Wednesday, September 25 staff ...

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Community ball to celebrate roaring 20s

A new community ball planned for Holbeach will take place in March next year, 100 years after its theme – the roaring 20s. Organised by parish councillor Isobel Hutchinson and daughter Sophie, the ball at the community centre will raise money to fund projects in the town. Coun Hutchinson said: “We are both passionate about are town and are already ...

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Care home fun has plenty of legs

Rats, snakes, millipedes and lizards were among the creatures raising interests for the residents of a Spalding care home. Southernwood Care Home in Matmore Gate invited those residents that wished to enjoy some more exotic animals last week. Barbara Thomas and snake Chris Knowles from the company Zoolab brought in a host of exotic animals for the residents to hold ...

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Every spin’s a win with new facilities at gym

The Castle Sports Complex unveiled its state of the art spin class facilities last week, on National Fitness Day. A brand new spin class facility is among the updated offerings at the Castle Sports Complex gym in Spalding. Now operated by LEX Leisure, a division of Parkwood Leisure, the gym’s currently undergoing an overhaul – with brand new running machines ...

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