Author Archives: Tom Cassidy

High cocaine readings a blow as Spalding pub loses licence

A Spalding pub has had its premises licence revoked after police found high readings of cocaine a year after it had been instructed to enforce a zero-tolerance policy. The Black Swan at New Road was under scrutiny today (Thursday) after a police visit in July this year found high readings of cocaine. Further investigation found conditions applied to its licence ...

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Cocaine and cannabis drug-driver banned and fined

A 29-year-old Spalding woman has been banned from driving after a court heard that she had illegal amounts of cocaine and cannabis in her bloodstream when driving her car.Amie Browne of Chestnut Avenue admitted three charges of driving under the influence of drugs and one of driving without insurance, when she appeared at Boston Magistrates Court.Magistrates heard she was stopped ...

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Kieran back on his feet after operation

After taking his first few independent steps again, 17-year-old Kieran Evans is aiming to walk to Spalding on his own and then travel to America and Germany after his life-changing operation. After nearly a year of fund-raising to have some of the nerves in the spinal cord cut, the cerebral palsey sufferer is back on two feet and pain free.As ...

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Hundreds of jobs under threat at Bakkavor site

Around 250 jobs are under threat at Bakkavor’s Spalding site.A spokesman for the company has confirmed that Bakkavor Salads is entering into a 45-day consultation period with 250 employees based at one of its factories at its Spalding site to propose a reduction in roles. He said: “We believe this reorganisation is necessary to ensure our factory remains sustainable for ...

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Creative night a huge draw

There was nothing sketchy about the first Drink and Draw event last Thursday at Gin Bar in Spalding.Organised by Weston comic shop Strange Apparitions and Spalding Picture Framing, the event brought together the region’s creatives for a night of drawing, which included a beer mat decorating competition, won by Jason Martindale.Strange Apparitions owner Alexander Hunt said: “It was so nice ...

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More cocaine use at pub say police

A Spalding pub’s licence will again come under threat when Lincolnshire Police’s bid to revoke it goes before the council after evidence of drug use was again found on the premises. The Black Swan in New Street faced its first licence review probe in 2011 and in May 2018 went before the South Holland District Council Licensing Committee. A number ...

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A decade of helping hospital

A shop that’s raised over £300,000 for the community run Holbeach Hospital celebrated its tenth birthday last week.Jenny Spencer and Eileen Ambrose were among those that set up the League of Friends shop in High Street which launched on October 3, 2009.The manager and chair of the shop respectively were both there ten years later with other volunteers to celebrate ...

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Illness inspired selfless Sophie

A selfless nine-year-old who has been growing her hair ever since she survived a rare illness is set to have the big chop for charity. Sophie Callow, of Clumber Drive, Spalding, has bid to help as many of the kind of children she found herself in hospital alongside after she contracted a rare skin condition.It involved a toxin in her ...

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Spalding Car Club’s charity drive

Spalding Classic Car Club have put on a fantastic fundraising drive for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.The group picked it as their chosen charity for the year and raised a fantastic £2,196 through a host of events.Most of the proceeds were raised at the club’s annual classic car run in June that attracted more than 70 cars, this year finishing at ...

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Hopping mad after rabbit found during litter pick

A live pet rabbit and bottles of ‘human waste’ were among the items a Girl Guides-led clean up of town grot sports found in South Holland. It’s led to calls for more bins in the area.Megan Rangeley took on the task of cleaning up areas of Spalding arranging several litter picks in the area including The Crescent car park and ...

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LETTER: SHDC acts quickly to clear mess

Mr Thackray refers to fly tipping on a large scale as he mentions the illegal disposal of white goods but also less pleasant items.Over the past six weeks in Holbeach we have suffered the removal of black plastic bin bags the night before collection day which are then taken to an alleyway and set on fire. This leaves a rather ...

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LETTER: Thank you to everyone who took part in the Pride Awards

I would like to thank everyone who took part in Pride of South Holland Awards this year.  Without the nominees and sponsors we simply couldn’t have done it without you.Firstly a huge thank you to all of our sponsors, without whom, none of this would have been possible. Coun Harry Drury, Rob Gibson, Manzur Hassan, Glynis Scalese, Elizabeth Sneath, Gary ...

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LETTER: Pride Awards was marvellous

The Pride of South Holland event was a marvellous celebration of the many wonderful people who live, work and volunteer in South Holland. This year’s event was made even more special by the amazing 89-year-old celebrity guest, Colin Thackery who sang to the enthralled audience. Well done to Jan Whitbourn for all her hard work, it all came together beautifully ...

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Clocks changing will affect street lights

Part-night street lights will be affected by the clocks going back at the end of the month, the county council has warned.The clocks go back on Sunday, October 27 and the authority has warned the around 42,000 that switch off between midnight and 6am will be affected.Coun Richard Davies, Lincolnshire County Council’s executive member for highways, said: “Over the next ...

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School raises hundreds of pounds for Macmillan

Monkshouse Primary School have raised hundreds of pounds for Macmillan with a special day of events.On September 27 they raised £710 by selling cakes, holding a non-uniform day and buying wish ribbons.A spokesman for the school said: “Becky Lane and Hayley Hedaux would like to say thank you to all the children, parents and staff who supported Monkshouse Primary School ...

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Surgery’s award for cancer care

A Crowland GP surgery is one of two in the county recognised for its cancer care. Abbeyview Surgery in Crowland and New Springwells Practice in Billingborough have both received a Lincolnshire Cancer Care Award for going above and beyond for patients affected by cancer.Helen Herbert, Practice Manager of Abbeyview said they were extremely proud to receive the award for excellence ...

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Get ready for the Pumpkin Parade

Get a slice of the action on Friday as the Pumpkin Parade returns to Spalding. Now in its 18th year, Spalding Pumpkin Festival, which starts at 11am and closes at 8pm, attracts thousands of visitors with lots of things to see and do for all the family.Among the attractions will be charity stalls, a face painting competition, stilt walkers, a ...

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Running to raise money for Ruth

A 36-year-old woman who thought she would never be able to run again has completed her second marathon in memory of a 92-year-old best friend. Mariola Pisarkiewicz (pictured), of Whaplode, befriended Ruth Peat after asking at a church what help she could do in the community.She was told about Ruth who needed help with care after suffering five strokes.The pair ...

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Join the audience for culinary radio show

A popular BBC food show will be broadcast from a Spalding venue next week, and you can get free tickets to attend.BBC Radio 4 show The Kitchen Cabinet is presented by Jay Raynor and will be on at 6.15pm on Tuesday, October 15.During the interactive show, Raynor will field audience questions.A BBC spokesman said: “The show is witty, fast-moving, and ...

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Christmas and cemetery cash debated at town forum

Councillors have called on more money to be spent on Christmas celebrations and on the town’s cemetery. The concerns were raised as the Spalding Special Expense, the part of council tax fee to be spent in Spalding, was discussed at the recent Spalding Town Forum meeting.Coun Angela Newton expressed disappointment more money wasn’t being put forward for this year’s events ...

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