Author Archives: Tom Cassidy

Holbeach principal praises pupils’ ‘outstanding performance’ in GCSEs

GCSE students collected their results at University Academy Holbeach this morning (Thursday) were met with praise from the school’s executive principal who was celebrating the school’s results. Executive Principal Steven Baragwanath said the school’s results were down to “the hard work from everyone concerned”. The year group had a 100 per cent pass rate in a number of subjects, including Biology, ...

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Town newsagents to close next month

One of Holbeach’s newsagents is set to close next month. McColl’s, on High Street, will shut up shop in September. A McColl’s Retail Group spokesman said: “Having explored all options, regretfully we have taken the difficult decision to cease trading at the McColl’s store on the High Street in Holbeach. The store’s last day of trading will be Friday, September ...

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A summer holiday in Spalding

A Spalding church has helped local people ‘Holiday At Home’. Broad Street Methodist Church put on the sessions for those not able to get away this summer. Along with a host of games, church members put on a host of crafts for the attendees to try and there was also film screenings, including one of the Cliff Richard film Summer ...

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Tragedy as postie Clive dies on holiday

The family of a 51-year-old fun-loving postman who died on the holiday of a lifetime in Italy have thanked the community for their support. Less than 24 hours after Clive Chapman, of Fern Drive in Spalding, was dancing to ABBA in a disco he was placed in an induced coma. The father of three was in Sorrento with youngest daughter ...

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Burglary at village primary school kids club

A village kids club was broken into and items including an iPad and cash were taken overnight on Monday. Lincolnshire Police said the Kids Club office at Pinchbeck East C of E Primary School was broken into on Monday, August 20. Aa social media post from a member of staff said the office was ransacked. Police said the offender(s) “climbed ...

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Drug deaths on the rise in region

Drug deaths in South Holland have continued to increase, with addiction experts blaming “budget cuts” for the rise in deaths. The latest figures released by the Office of National Statistics report a 20 per cent rise in drug poisoning deaths across the East Midlands over the past five years and a 26 per cent rise in drug deaths in Lincolnshire. ...

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Thousand flock to airfield open day

Miserable conditions didn’t stop a healthy crowd at Fenland Aero Club’s Wing and Wheels Open Day on Sunday, August 11. Though it did stop many of the planes from taking to the air, more than a thousand visitors were able to wander around the 50 trade stands and marvel at the collection of vintage and classic motor cars, motor cycles ...

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Rifles and shotguns turned in

More than 60 firearms have been handed in across the county during a two-week police gun amnesty. Sixty-three firearms have been handed in to Lincolnshire Police during the fortnight-long surrender. Of the 63 firearms, there were four air pistols, 44 rifles, and 15 shot guns. Detective Inspector Mark Seage said: “We had a selection of weapons handed in during the ...

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Farm machinery worth £35,000 stolen in Pinchbeck

Police are appealing for information after farm equipment valued at around £35,000 was stolen from a property in Pinchbeck. Between 8pm on Wednesday, August 14 and 7.30am the following day, four items were stolen from Herdgate Lane. They were: Orange Kubota Tractor – model M9540, VRM HF12 AUL Orange Kubota Tractor – model B2350, VRM AE66 BAA Silver Scott Brand ...

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REVIEW: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (18)

The ninth film by Quentin Tarantino is a kaleidoscopic trip into the old heart of Tinsel Town – while being funny, warm, mournful and occasionally very, very violent. About two and a half hours into Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, the woman in the cinema next to me turned to her friend and loudly exclaimed: “This is the sh***est ...

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Man fined more than £1,000 after his waste was fly-tipped

A Spalding man has been fined after waste from his home was fly-tipped when he paid for it to be removed. Robert Feodor of Teagans Close was identified by the Council after evidence of his details was found among the fly-tipped waste. The case was heard at Boston Magistrates Court on Tuesday, August 6, where in his absence Mr Feodor ...

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Spalding Sink hole closed road hoped to re-open ‘within the next month’

Anglian Water has announced today (Thursday) that works underway to repair the closed Albion Street in Spalding will be completed “within the next month”. An Anglian Water spokesperson said: “We have completed the initial assessment of the damaged section of sewer in Albion Street, Spalding and will be starting the excavation of the site on Monday. “We will be taking ...

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Great day for UAH as A-Level results improve again

University Academy Holbeach students celebrated this morning alongside teachers and staff as an increase in A-Level pass grades was once again recorded. The UAH sixth-form building was packed out this morning with pupils collecting their BTEC and A-Level results. Executive Principal Steven Baragwanath said: “I’m really pleased. I’m very pleased with the results. The pass rate’s gone up, we’ve gone ...

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Young heroes host great Baytree bake sale

Young volunteers raised an amazing £300 for charity on Tuesday (August 13) when they ran a bake sale at Baytree Nurseries as part of the National Citizen Scheme for school leavers. Project Manager Mackenzie Toner (16) said the group had to plan a fundraiser and chose between them a bake sale and all baked their own cakes. This was just ...

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Spalding man admits ivory charges

A Spalding man faces a possible jail sentence after he pleaded guilty to buying unworked sections of illegal elephant tusks.   Slawomir Kazmierczak (55) also admitted trading in illegal ivory jewellery which he bought on eBay.   Kazmierczak, of Redthorne Close, Spalding, will be sentenced in October after a judge said the culling of elephants for profit “could not be tolerated.” ...

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Funding plea for new play area

The race is on to find the final funding for a new play area for Moulton Chapel which was granted planning permission last week. The village’s Youth and Community Centre have, for the past two years, been working and fundraising for the project after being offered the opportunity to lease land next to the Moulton Chapel Road centre. So far ...

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LETTER: Might work out for millionaires

Alan Meekings’ letter drawing attention to Boris Johnson’s “do or die” Brexit pledge and the Charge of the Light Brigade is very apt as we rush towards October 31. I know that in the 1950s, the head of the charger that the Earl of Cardigan rode on in that maddest of missions was still hung in the hall of Deene ...

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LETTER: Is recent amount on top of £10b?

Funding levels seem to change as much as the position of PM these days. In Autumn 2016 the Tory government had pledged an additional £10 million of investment per year in real terms by 2020/21. This was to allow the NHS to offer 800,000 more operations and treatments and spend up to £2 billion more on new drugs. So was ...

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LETTER: Could pool become a charity?

Further to moans about the swimming pool, may I put my thoughts regarding the matter. As a swimmer of all local pools and beyond, I find Spalding pool clean and good – if you can get a swim. Yes, our pool and gym are past their sell by date and we should have a new centre asap. The trouble being ...

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LETTER: Disgusted over Coupland case

Referring to a letter from Phillip James in Spalding Voice August 8, I too was disgusted at the reporting of our local Councillor Peter Coupland. When I read the original story I was in disbelief that an innocent “off the cuff remark” could be deemed bad behaviour. And as Mr James pointed out, why was the complainant not named? Earlier ...

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