Author Archives: Tom Cassidy

Friends make the cut for charity

A woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer and her friend have had their heads shaved to raise money for charity. Alison Gray, of Pinchbeck, wanted to give something back, so recently took on the hair-raising tribute to raise £1,500 for Cancer Research UK’s Stand Up to Cancer campaign. Alison roped friend Melanie Rowbottom from Surfleet in for the cut ...

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Bands’ rehearsal room ransacked

Members of two Spalding bands are left without instruments and a place to play after thieves cleared their rehearsal room out of thousands of pounds worth of instruments. Members of the group are now appealing for a new space to regularly rehearse in the area. Dan Parker, who plays drums in I Am The Dice and Stephen Tanner and The ...

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Police appeal after serious injury on A16

Lincolnshire Police have appealed for witnesses and people with dashcam footage after an early-morning collision on the A16 which left one person seriously injured and the road closed well into the afternoon. A Police statement said: “We are appealing for witnesses, especially those with dash-cam footage, following a collision on the A16 at Cowbit this morning (19/06). “At 6:02am officers ...

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LETTER: Warm welcome at Oddfellows

Through a recent survey, we sadly discovered that it’s not uncommon for people who’ve lost a partner to also lose contact with friends. At a time when friends are needed most, people are left feeling even more isolated. Over 40 per cent of people questioned felt that others didn’t know what to say, while another third felt isolated after their ...

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LETTER: Blocking merger the right thing

Barry Fisher is absolutely right to praise the invaluable work of our MP, Sir John Hayes. (Voice 21/05/2019) It is difficult to overstate just how much damage the proposed merger between Asda and Sainsbury’s would have done to local farmers, growers and food firms, many of whom are already struggling to get decent conditions and a fair price for their ...

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LETTER: Risk of building on farm land

Following the recent lousy weather, the partially, deep, constructed road on this development now looks like a new Holbeach river! Surely the South Holland planning department should in the future now consider the potential risk to using prime agricultural land for development, because had this road been completed, where would the water have gone? Name and address supplied

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LETTER: Different opinion on flood issues

As I am sure you are aware things totally escalated last Thursday requiring residents of Battlefields Lane South to sandbag their homes and tankers were deployed to help remove the water. I genuinely believe this is a catalogue of errors by the authorities. I have lived in this house for 21 years, my neighbours have lived in their home for ...

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Volunteers help town bloom

A community space is in blossom after volunteers spruced it up together with Holbeach in Bloom. Lincolnshire Co-op colleagues and members re-planted the borders and tubs around All Saints’ Church in the town as part of the Big Co-op Clean, on Thursday, June 6. Colleagues from its Swineshead Food Store, Gosberton and Holbeach post offices, Holbeach and Spalding funeral homes, ...

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Flinders campaign lands in Parliament

The bid to bring the remains of explorer Matthew Flinders back to his birth place of Donington reached Parliament last week. MP Sir John Hayes brought the matter up in a debate saying “South Holland simply wants to pay its final farewell to our master mariner”. Mel Stride, leader of the House of Commons, described Flinders as “a very great ...

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Town to celebrate the Armed Forces

Current and former service personnel will be marching through Spalding on Tuesday (June 25) as part of Armed Forces Day celebrations. Schools, Cadets and Mini Police members are set to join in the celebrations of service personal which begins with a short service in Hall Place at 11am. The parade will then march through the market to St Mary and ...

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Get ready for the Crowland Show

The historic Crowland Show is back bigger than ever for 2019. Snowden Field will once again host the town’s top attraction on Saturday, June 29. The event has its origins in the pre-World War Two Crowland Foal Show but was reinvigorated as an annual event in 1978. It’s continued to grow since then and this year incorporates the Party in ...

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Pride Awards 2019

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Car on fire at petrol station forecourt

Shop staff with fire extinguishers rushed to a burning car that was parked at a Spalding petrol station on Thursday afternoon. Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue attended the scene at Applegreen Filling Station in Spalding on Thursday lunchtime. The driver of the Citroen, Steve Lumb, was on his way home near to Horncastle from Sussex with his wife when he pulled ...

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Council footwear warning amid sewage in streets and further floods

With continued rainfall causing more problems, South Holland District Council has urged people to wear “adequate footwear”. The council said in an online notice that with reports of sewage rising in South Holland, people should wear adequate footwear when wading through standing water. SHDC officers are currently at Battlefields Lane in Holbeach, which has flooded. A spokesman said: “Our officers ...

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Schoolboy’s bike stolen in Spalding town centre

A 12-year-old boy has had his bike stolen in Spalding. Police said the boy’s red/orange Carerra Hellcat junior bike was stolen from an alleyway on High Street at 3.20pm. In a statement, police said: “We’re looking for a white man, approx. 17-years-old, 5′ 10″, thin, wearing a black hoodie, joggers & maybe a puffa jacket.” Anyone with any information is ...

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Flood water reaches homes on closed Holbeach road

Flood water has reached houses along Edinburgh Walk in Holbeach and police have closed the road at both ends. The road was closed on Tuesday after flooding and a fire crew spent hours on Tuesday evening pumping water. After last night’s rainfall, which has continued today, the road is again flooded and homes are affected.  

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Street of pensioners evacuated in Holbeach flood

Heavy rain caused upset and upheaval in Holbeach this week as the highest rainfall in the country was recorded in the town. On Tuesday, South Holland District Council evacuated an entire street of mostly elderly residents after homes were flooded and sewage posed health issues. On Tuesday afternoon, the council moved 24 people from Lyndis Walk after carrying out checks ...

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Ella’s artwork is unveiled at store

A primary school pupil’s artwork on what her community means to her has been unveiled in a nearby store. Ella Ebbage’s work was part of a competition organised by The Original Factory Shop to celebrate 50 years of trading. Her work was officially unveiled in a special ceremony at its Holbeach branch last month. Ella, of Fleet Wood Lane Primary, ...

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Conviction after fox cubs fed to dogs

A Long Sutton man and woman have received suspended sentences after being found guilty of causing an animal unnecessary suffering after a court saw video evidence of fox cubs being fed to hunting dogs. Paul Oliver (40) and kennel maid Hannah Rose (30), from Sutton Crosses, were convicted at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court of causing unnecessary suffering to fox cubs. The ...

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Mark’s royal medal honours for his voluntary work

Spalding man Mark Le Sage is celebrating after being awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Mark (52) is being recognised for the voluntary service he has done to help the community and aid the rehabilitation of offenders. He said: “It was such a wonderful surprise and a bit of a shock, however I feel very ...

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