Author Archives: Tom Cassidy

Top cop’s worry over town shop

Lincolnshire Chief Constable Bill Skelly has objected for a third time to the transfer of a licensed premises in Spalding, expressing concerns of criminal involvement. The alcohol licence for the Westlode Street store Delicja is up for discussion by members of the district council’s licensing committee on Wednesday. “This is the third objection Lincolnshire Police has made in relation to ...

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LETTER: This is what has changed, Mr Sinclair

I think Mr Sinclair is well aware that South Holland is a long way from the Hong Kong I lived in, in the late 70s where our blocks of flats had the only grassed areas in Kowloon Tong. A growing population does require feeding, but it also requires decent and affordable housing. South Holland’s population has increased from just over ...

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LETTER: Would you prefer a fine?

May I respond to James Penfold’s letter regarding Community Speed Watch volunteers and the role they play in community life. Firstly the programme is about educating the motorist to drive not only within speed limits, but also to drive safely through our villages and ultimately to save lives. All our volunteers receive the same training any police officers/PCSOs using a ...

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LETTER: Just a resident who’s fed up with speeding

I would like to take the opportunity to respond to James Penfold’s email about Community Speed Watch in the Spalding area. As a resident of Weston Hills, just outside Spalding, I was delighted to hear about the Community Speed Watch initiative and was one of the first to put my name forward. I retired due to ill-health and moved to ...

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LETTER: Mr Penfold has missed the point

I read with interest last week’s diatribe from James Penfold about so called ‘bib wearing narcissists’ and his indignant response to receiving an advisory letter from Lincolnshire Police notifying him that he had been observed speeding through Moulton Chapel. As one of the ‘green bib wearing narcissists’ I would suggest that he has completely missed the point during his rant ...

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LETTER: Could fire prone site be cleared?

Good to note the page two editorial within The Voice on April 18 concerning the flagrant abuse of the Pecks Drove (old Grooms site) in Spalding, by its current tenants/owner. Once again we have had to request fire services to this site – just imagine the expense incurred and of course at the moment all down to us taxpayers. It ...

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COLUMN: Healthy body and smile

Summer is just around the corner and already the supermarkets are stocking up on their variety of salad and fruit produce. Nutritious foods are not only healthy for your body but also for your teeth. The health of your teeth just like your body is dependant on a good variety of foods, if your diet is low in nutrients your ...

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Arts money projects include opera and sculpture trail

A leading local arts company has revealed its plans for the recently secured half-a-million-pound funding, with projects including a sculpture trail and an opera. Arts group Transported has been awarded £500,000 to be shared between projects in South Holland and Boston over the next three years. In South Holland, the programme is set to partner with the Spalding and District ...

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Vintage aircraft fly in to Holbeach St John’s show

The annual Vintage Aircraft Club ‘Daffodil’ Fly-in, at Fenland Aero Club airfield at Holbeach St John’s saw perfect conditions on Saturday, April 13. A total of 98 aeroplanes took to the air around the airfield in front of a number of spectators. The club’s Alastair Goodrum, said: “Pride of place undoubtedly went to the classic twin-engine Beech 18, G-BKGL, flown ...

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Society’s art goes out to you

Spalding Arts and Crafts Society are getting ready for their annual big exhibition at Ayscoughfee Hall. Their artwork will be on display in the Geest Gallery from May 2 to 30 and this year there will be a special ‘Meet The Artists’ event where you can talk to the artists about their artwork. That takes places on Saturday, May 11 ...

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Police appeal after Spalding pub assault

Police have released a photograph of a man they want to speak to following an assault at the Punch Bowl in Spalding last month. Police would like to speak to this man, who may be able to help an investigation following an assault at The Punchbowl, New Road. At around midnight on March 16/March 17, a white male described as ...

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Woman in her 30s dies in A17 collision

A woman in her 30s has died in a three-vehicle collision on the A17. Lincolnshire Police are appealing for information following a three-vehicle RTC on the A17 last night (April 16). It happened at around 8.45pm near Moulton Marsh, and involved a white Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, a silver Vauxhall Combo, and a black Land Rover. Police said the driver of the ...

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LETTER: The utmost respect

Regular readers may be surprised to hear that Craig Jackson and Alan Meekings, typically seen as representing opposite ends of the Leave-Remain spectrum, met recently in person in Holbeach to discuss how the current Brexit crisis might potentially be resolved and what our future trade relationships with the EU and the rest of world might look like. Interestingly, we agreed ...

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LETTER: Relief Road meeting response

Having attended the meeting at the Vista on Saturday March 30 to listen to concerns expressed by the action group, I would like to respond to what I believe are a number of pieces of misinformation that were presented. Let me start by saying that I agree that LCC has mishandled the process of consultation with the affected communities. LCC ...

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LETTER: Speed Watch volunteers needed

Recently another group attended the Castle Sports Complex for the Community Speed Watch Training Session. Leading the initiative in South Holland as the Community Speed Watch Police Support Volunteer for South Holland, this initiative is certainly working. It gives volunteers the power to track speeding motorists, Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Marc Jones thought this would be a great ...

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Three drugs arrests after 14-year-old boy dies

A 14-year-old Holbeach boy died in the early hours of Saturday morning leading to three people being arrested on suspicion of drugs related offences. A Lincolnshire Police statement said: “Officers were called to an address in Fleet Street, Holbeach in the early hours of Saturday morning. “A 14-year-old boy was found dead at the scene and his family have been ...

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Help staff hit a charity bullseye

Table sponsors are needed for a charity event featuring former world champion darts player Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor. NHS staff are organising the professional darts night to raise money for Spalding’s Johnson Community Hospital. The star-studded event will also feature Wayne Mardle and current top 16 world players Joe Cullen and Jonny Clayton. Table sponsors are needed for the venue, ...

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Sir John Hayes MP ‘supports the PM’ in Brexit vote

South Holland and the Deepings MP Sir John Hayes is backing the Prime Minister in an attempt to get Brexit over the line. The MP, knighted in November, had previously said he would not be voting for the proposal Theresa May originally brought before the Commons. But last week he did vote with the Prime Minister’s proposal and said this ...

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Drug driving arrest after A17 collision

The A17 remains closed after a collision involving two cars and a lorry – and Lincolnshire Police have confirmed they have arrested a 61-year-old man. In an update, police said: “A 61-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drug-driving and possession of Cannabis and is in custody. Two people were taken to hospital. One suffered serious but not life threatening ...

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A17 closed at Sutton Bridge – air ambulance seen landing

The A17 is closed at Sutton Bridge and the air ambulance has attended the scene. Lincolnshire Police said emergency services are on scene on the A17, Kings Lynn Road, just past Sutton Bridge, following a collision between two cars and a lorry. Both lanes are currently blocked and the road is expected to be closed for some time. Police are ...

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