Author Archives: Tom Cassidy

Paul’s party for his brain tumour

A Lutton Navy veteran threw a special party last week to mark 25 years of living with a brain tumour and raised over £700 for the hospital that’s helped him do it. Despite a doctor telling him in 1994 he might not live for five more years, Paul Sayers (58) remains a Long Sutton parish councillor, on the St Mary’s ...

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Rush to new Cowbit ropes attraction

Cowbit has an exciting new play area after roping in a £20,000 donation from a house builder. The new Rope Rush was officially opened by parish councillors on Tuesday, February 19. The village’s Parish Council says it was disappointed to be denied the chance to fund the equipment from Section 106 money. But Ashwood Homes, which is building near the ...

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Plan for ‘pay to use’ loos in South Holland

Brand new toilet facilities that the public would have to pay to use are being looked at for towns in South Holland. Councillors branded the current public facilities as being in ‘dire need of replacing’ as a report on their state came before South Holland District Council’s cabinet last week. It led to SHDC’s portfolio holder for place Coun Roger ...

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Retirement project goes up in flames in Moulton Chapel

A man’s retirement project went up in smoke after a large fire in Moulton Chapel on Tuesday afternoon. Paul Baggaley (61) had been watching TV in his workshop to the back of their Moulton Chapel Road home when he’d popped out for a cup of tea at around 1pm. He then heard a bang and found the workshop he had ...

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Pinchbeck family business targeted twice

A single mum of two is devastated after a mayonnaise-loving thief stole everything from the Pinchbeck cafe business she describes as her “life”. Nicki Cooke, who runs, the mobile truck The Nosh Box says she’s concerned about her livelihood after her Enterprise Way trailer business was hit by two thefts within a fortnight. The float, a charity box with an ...

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Dirty vehicles and low morale at Spalding ambulance site

Dirty ambulances and low staff morale were reported by inspectors looking at a service contracted in South Holland. The Thames Ambulance Service staff had no access to running water in Spalding and inspectors found dirty vehicles when they checked the site in October. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) report was discussed by county councillors at a meeting this week. Members ...

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Glory, glory Men United singing group

A Moulton Chapel farmer is urging other men to get singing in the fight against prostate cancer. Last year, John Wakefield was one of 40 to sign up to Men United in Song, a choir that rehearsed over 10 weeks for a charity concert. The initiative from the charity Prostate Cancer UK is back again in 2019 with introduction sessions ...

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Charity closes Pinchbeck residential home

Anger and upset has greeted the sudden planned closure tomorrow (Thursday) of Sense’s residential home in Pinchbeck for people with complex needs. Staff and families of the residents are unhappy at the manner and speed with which it has been done. Families were only notified on January 11 and say finding new accommodation in such a short space of time ...

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Sir John Hayes MP officially knighted by Prince Charles

South Holland and the Deepings MP Sir John Hayes received his knighthood from Prince Charles last week. Sir John, Lady Hayes, their sons William and Edward (pictured left) travelled to Buckingham Palace to attend the ceremony. He said the event was a huge honour for him and his family and had been memorable. He also had the chance to chat ...

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Drainage cost to South Holland tax payers reaches £2.4m

The cost of keeping South Holland flood free has increased by two per cent to over £2.4 million, 18 per cent of South Holland District Council’s budget. That’s how much the authority estimates it will pay the drainage boards using its share of the council tax money in the next financial year. During last week’s cabinet meeting of the authority, ...

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Rising staff costs in council budget

The amount South Holland District Council pays for its employees is estimated to rise to around £1.6m more next year than it originally estimated for this year, its budget shows. According to the document, what the council pays towards its employees is expected to rise to just under £9.2m in 2019/20. During the current financial year it was originally estimated ...

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Spalding’s Encore raises £18,000 for charity

Spalding-based recruitment agency, Encore Personnel has raised an impressive £18,000 for three children’s charities. Every year, staff from the New Road business nominate charities to support which are often influenced by causes close to their hearts. This year’s beneficiaries were The Sick Children’s Trust, Cardiac Risk in the Young and CLIC Sargent (Cancer Charity for Children and Young People). An ...

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Good rating for Spalding care home

Staff, residents and families at Ashwood Nursing Home in Spalding were delighted to continue to be rated ‘Good’ in all areas in their latest Care Quality Commission report. The report praised the homes open and inclusive culture and noted that residents continued to receive care from staff who were kind, patient and considerate. The report highlighted that people were comfortable ...

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Laura’s ball to support disabled Spalding siblings aims to sell 190 tickets

A charity ball aimed at raising money for two disabled South Holland siblings is pulling out all of the stops to be even bigger and better this year. Laura Powell helped raise more than £4,500 for Spalding toddler Mia Clucas last March when she organised and delivered Mia’s Ball at Bourne Corn Exchange. Mia, who is the daughter of Spalding ...

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Spalding Students build up reputation

A group of young engineers from Spalding Grammar School have been helping make a professional business more efficient. For the last three years the school has been in partnership with bulk materials handling firm Guttridge as part of the Engineering Education Scheme. Last year’s Year 12 students took on the challenge of re-creating one of Guttridge’s threshing machines but with ...

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Plans for 64 new village homes in Pinchbeck

Plans have been submitted for 64 new homes on the outskirts of Pinchbeck. The site would be accessed from Surfleet Road and incorporates a smaller site which has already been approved for housing. Currently agricultural land, some 55 per cent of the 10-acre (4.07 ha) site already has approval for homes and both areas will have 25 per cent affordable ...

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South Holland scores low for young people

South Holland has little to offer young people, according to a BBC Newsbeat study, and the elderly population is set to almost double over the next two decades. The district scored just three out of ten in a national study that takes into account things such as going out opportunities, bus services and the numbers of young people. South Holland ...

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Where was Spalding school time capsule buried?

Do you know where a time capsule was buried on a soon to be demolished school? Kevin Scott and his friends dating back from the Goodfellows School are sure one was put into the ground in the mid 1970s, but none of them are sure where. The Spalding Common, building, which has stood since 1871, is due to be demolished ...

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Spalding Air Cadets officer hits new heights

Spalding RAF Air Cadets’ Training Officer Sergeant Mark Dormer has landed a prestigious promotion. The 57-year-old has been accepted as a Senior Non Commission Officer for the RAF Air Cadets organisation. He’s been a civilian instructor of the 1406 (Spalding) Squadron for a number of years. Mark works as an engineer in civilian life having previously served in the RAF ...

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Litter problem raised in House

South Holland MP Sir John Hayes has called for a national debate on the “national crisis” of litter as well as bringing back milkmen. Sir John said recently in the House of Commons: “Across Britain, a trip up any road or down any street will be a chance, sadly, to see the litter — the detritus of our throwaway culture: ...

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