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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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Brilliant result for Poppy Appeal

Generous Spalding residents have helped a retiring fundraiser provide nearly a quarter of a million pounds to The Poppy Appeal in the last decade, including £23,000 around the 2018 Remembrance Day. Peter Lyon has run the appeal for the Spalding branch of the Royal British Legion for the last ten years but is stepping down from the role due to ...

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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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LETTERS – There is community spirit

With regard to litter in Spalding, I was heartened to read the letter of thanks to the community spirited people who go out on the litter picking operations (Jan 24). I would willingly join if it wasn’t for my age and infirmities. Well done Spotless Spalding Social Group. There is a community spirit in Spalding after all. I Sargent Spalding

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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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Court claim ends prospect of ‘Fortnite’ event in Spalding

The American company behind a multi-billion pound video game is suing the Spalding organiser of a ‘shambolic’ weekend which has reportedly led to the shut down of his business. It’s believed that a similar ‘Fortnite Live’ event planned to take place in Spalding next month has been cancelled. Epic Games, which owns the Fortnite game and its rights, contacted the ...

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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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Grand gesture by knitting group

A South Holland knitting group has donated £1,000 to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance. The Come Knit with Us members raised the money last year and recently presented a cheque to the charity (pictured left.) “We would like to thank all the people that came to our stalls in Crowland and Spalding and had a go on our unusual ...

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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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Generous gifts to air ambulance

A Spalding woman left an air ambulance charity £10,000 in her will. Noreen Clark (pictured) who passed away in May 2018, aged 88, left a generous donation of £10,000 for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance. The charity receives no direct Government funding, relying solely on the donations of people in the community. Noreen’s God daughter was recently invited to ...

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Care company getting better

A South Holland care company has been judged to require improvement by inspectors. Atlas Care, at Pode Hole, has been rated good for caring and effectiveness by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). But it requires improvement for safety, responsiveness and leadership. Atlas Care provides services to clients ranging from older people with dementia and those with physical disability. An inspection ...

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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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