Author Archives: Tom Cassidy

Santa and Rotary’s Spalding touring plans

Santa Claus has set out his route for Spalding and surrounds, with help from the Rotary Club of South Holland. His journey has already started, see last week’s The Voice or website to see if he’s near you. They will also be taking Santa to Morrison’s in Pinchbeck on December 12, 20 and 23. Here’s a list for the visits ...

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Child cyclist ‘clipped’ by car in Spalding

A 12-year-old boy was ‘clipped’ by a car in Spalding this morning (Thursday). The incident took place at High Bridge / Church Street at 8.30am and a witness reports seeing a child on the floor. A Lincolnshire Police spokesman said the boy sustained minor injuries.

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Holbeach woman kicked police officer

A 61-year-old Holbeach woman, who had been arrested after being abusive and swearing following a domestic incident, kicked a police officer at Boston Police Station, a court has heard. Magistrates in Boston heard that police had been called to the home of Judith Browes in Lawyer’s Close at 3.20pm on August 22 because of a domestic incident and found her ...

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Music festival gets boost

The date has been set for next year’s Going Forward music festival and the Long Sutton Masons have helped kick-start it with £1,000. Members of the Alexandra Lodge handed over the cash to the festival organisers, whose first event earlier this year was put on for people with disabilities to attend alongside their family and carers. Alyson Commons, of the ...

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LETTER: Plug in to local events

I was staggered to read the disingenuous words of Alan Meekings in your paper recently (21/11). Of course, Mr Meekings is right that Conservative Governments had to make tough decisions to repair our economy following the catastrophic recession triggered by years of financial mismanagement by Gordon Brown’s Labour Party. However, I’m confused why he then concludes his letter by declaring ...

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LETTER: Frustrated by Brexit

Like every other voter across the UK, I’m hugely frustrated by how Brexit negotiations have gone since the EU referendum in 2016. Obviously, Theresa May and Boris Johnson have both done everything wrong in this respect from the outset. I could say more about this, but won’t, as our country is where it is now, and there’s no going back. ...

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LETTER: No interest in welfare

For a change I decided to buy the Sunday Times last weekend. Page 5 highlighted its seasonal appeal aimed at bringing “respite to children whose lives are blighted by deprivation”. This was supported by a more in depth article in the Sunday Times Magazine. I confess to being deeply moved by the conditions in which some of these children and ...

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LETTER: Proud to lay a wreath

In response to the letter entitled “They should be ashamed” may I say that it is the norm for political leaders with over six MPs in Parliament to lay wreaths at the cenotaph. All party leaders do this, it is expected of them. We, as the local Labour Party, have been doing this locally for the past few years. We ...

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LETTER: Being local matters

Surely, when it comes to standing for Parliament on behalf of a defined area, being local matters. Why then, has the Lib Dem candidate been bussed in from hundreds of miles away? It is astonishing that so many people think they can just swagger into an area which they have never previously visited and expect to win election. I’m quite ...

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LETTER: Thanks for Poppy help

May I, through the columns of your newspaper, extend my warm thanks to all who donated to this year’s Poppy Appeal in and around Holbeach? The two-week period running up to Remembrance Sunday saw remarkable generosity from many people and made a significant contribution to the total raised, which now stands at some £14,000 since the start of October. I ...

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LETTER: Impeccable record

Nathan Murphy’s ad hominem attack on Sir John Hayes just goes to show the desperation of the Labour Party in being unable to defend either their clueless leadership or disastrous manifesto! Sir John’s impeccable record as a tirelessly-working constituency MP speaks for itself. During his time as our MP he has taken up over 25,000 individual cases on behalf of ...

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LETTER: Shame on you Sir John

Recently we have read two excellent letters by Messrs. Sadd and Meekings which demonstrate the failures in society directly attributable to the governing political party. Since then we have also had the suppression of a report regarding possible Russian interference in British politics and the reports of millions of pounds being donated to the Conservative Party. With regard to the ...

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The first festive pets are here!

We’ve had lots of entries to this year’s Festive Pets competition already – here are the ones in this week’s paper. Festive Pets is back and now is your chance to send in a photo of your pet in Christmas finery and be in with the chance to win a £100 Rooke’s voucher. We will publish all the pictures submitted ...

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Police award for domestic abuse campaign brothers

Two brothers who have campaigned to speak out about domestic violence after their father murdered their mother and sister in Spalding have been given a public service award. Luke and Ryan Hart were recognised by Lincolnshire Police at a ceremony in Lincoln. A police spokesman said: “Since [their] heart-breaking experience, Luke and Ryan have demonstrated an outstanding ability and commitment ...

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‘There is still good and kindness’ – Holbeach man thanks good Samaritans

A former civil servant and army veteran who was left without cash when his card was eaten by an ATM has thanked a pair of good Samartians who brought him money for a coffee. Ernest Goldie (73), from Holbeach, was at Springfields Outlet last Wednesday when he used the cash machine to draw out money but was shocked when his ...

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Christmas appeal for town food bank items and entertainer

A Holbeach food bank has released a list of items required to get hampers ready for Christmas for those in need. Hampers made up for people and families in Holbeach and surrounding areas, including Moulton, Whaplode and Weston, are produced each year by Holbeach Community Larder and Cafe Food Bank and cafe. Organisers have requested the following items are dropped ...

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Make Sam go bald for a Spalding charity

The chance to make a man beardless and bald for Christmas is here as he has pledged to go “complete egg” for a Spalding charity. Sam Fowler (27) has spent 2019 growing his beard. “People that know me know how attached I’ve become to it, despite numerous comments to get it shaved off,” he said. He said things “recently escalated” ...

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Hospitals to go smoke-free

Staff, patients and visitors to Lincolnshire hospitals – including Boston’s Pilgrim hospital – will no longer be able to smoke on hospital grounds when a new ban comes into place next year. Smoking is currently permitted within designated areas of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) sites at Lincoln, Boston, Grantham and Louth, but will cease entirely with effect from ...

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Police warning after man enters house in Holbeach and garden gear stolen

Lincolnshire Police have issued a warning after a man entered the back door of a home in Holbeach. PCSO Jane Gardner from Holbeach Neighbourhood Policing Team this morning issued an alert after police received a report of “an unknown male” entering the rear of a property via an insecure door in King George V Avenue. The occupants were home at the ...

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WIN: an Evening Spa Experience for two at beautiful Ragdale Hall Spa

Combining state-of-the-art facilities with the charm of traditional Victorian architecture, Ragdale Hall Spa offers luxurious and extensive spa facilities. The Rooftop Infinity Pool (Ragdale Hall’s sixth pool) is heated to 35°C and offers stunning views across the rolling Leicestershire countryside. Awarded ‘UK’s Best Destination Spa’ by the Good Spa Guide and renowned for outstanding customer service, Ragdale Hall Spa has ...

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