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Join forces to bring festive fun to town

The schools may only just be finishing for summer, but more help is needed to bring fantastic festive cheer to Spalding this Christmas.   Despite the weather currently being way too warm for Santa, a call has gone out to help make the town centre sparkle in December.   Organisers are determined not to see a repeat of last year, ...

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Waiting list falls to leave council homes empty

Empty council homes are ready and waiting in South Holland with applicants on the waiting list falling by a massive 90 per cent.   While other parts of the country are crying out for housing, South Holland has empty properties which no-one seems to want.   A report due to be discussed by members of the district council’s cabinet on ...

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ULHT fined £1 million plus £160,000 costs following death of patient from Spalding

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust has been fined £1 million and ordered to pay £160,000 prosecution costs following the death of a patient from Spalding at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital.   The Trust was found guilty by a jury following a trial earlier this year of failing to discharge a duty of care in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act ...

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Coroner warns holidaymakers about driving through the night on return home

A coroner has highlighted concerns about the dangers of holidaymakers driving through the night on their return home following the death of a Spalding couple.   An inquest at Boston Coroner’s Court heard that Robert and Anne McCloud had returned from a week’s holiday in Cyprus when their car drifted into the path of an oncoming lorry in February of ...

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Prisoner threatened to kill victim of assault for which he was jailed

A man who was jailed for slashing his neighbour with a knife later threatened to kill his victim when on his release from prison, Lincoln Crown Court was told this week.   Shaun Smith made the threat during a meeting in Lincoln Prison to discuss arrangements for his release at the end of his 12 month jail sentence.   Gareth Gimson, prosecuting, ...

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Holbeach on song for In Bloom judges as Long Sutton target gold

Even the weather seemed to be backing Holbeach when the East Midlands in Bloom judges came to town.   And they were also serenaded by the town’s own Pavanotti who gave a free concert during last Thursday morning.   The operatic performer was outside the Aurora cafe to entertain visitors and residents alike.   It will be at least a ...

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Businesses rise up the rankings as ratings stay at all-time high

The number of businesses with top-ranked Food Hygiene Ratings in South Holland remains at an all-time high.   Latest figures show that the percentage of businesses in the district with three (satisfactory), four (good) and five (very good) ratings is 98.3 per cent.   Since October 2016, several businesses have seen their ratings increase up to five as a result ...

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American dream to be reality for Grammar School student Edward

A Spalding Grammar School pupil has beaten off competition from more than 1,200 students in a bid to land a place at one of the top 10 universities in the world.   Edward Tranter has become the first pupil from the Priory Road school to ever be selected for the Sutton Trust US Programme.   The Bentley House captain is ...

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Society’s award honour for leading light in horticulture

A leading South Holland horticulturist has been awarded a prestigious prize.   Brian Taylor was this year’s recipient of a trophy to mark his lifetime achievement.   He was presented with the Carlo Naef Trophy by the Springfields Horticultural Society as a mark of appreciation within the bulb industry with his family firm.   “Working alongside his brothers John and ...

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Mourning family warn others over diabetes dangers

The family of a 33-year-old South Holland man who died as a result of complications from diabetes are warning people to take the condition extremely seriously.   Ashley Grimwood died last month after an eight-week spell in Peterborough hospital and his funeral is due to be held in Moulton today (Friday).   But his mum Susan Lowe, of May Blossom ...

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Third of care homes in South Holland are not up to scratch

Almost a third of residential care, retirement and nursing homes in South Holland are not up to scratch according to inspectors.   Of 30 homes in the postal areas of Spalding and Holbeach, whilst the majority are ranked “good,” nine have been rated “requires improvement” in their most recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections.   Richard Barclay, of Age UK ...

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Increased police presence near Holbeach school after ‘suspicious incident’

Police are investigating a suspicious incident that is alleged to have happened in Holbeach around 3.30pm yesterday (Wednesday).   A 10-year-old boy walking home from school was approached by a man in Stukeley Hall Drive.   The man was described as a black male, 6ft tall, of slim build, wearing jeans and said to be holding a knife.   The ...

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Blooming fantastic effort by volunteers to help town blossom

Holbeach will be in the spotlight today (Thursday) when judges from East Midlands In Bloom will be heading to the town.   Town traders have boosted chances this year with a special effort to brighten-up windows and displays.   The newly-formed Action Team has been working with businesses to encourage participation and member Tracey Carter said they were delighted with ...

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County council set to lobby for extra cash

Soaring costs and swinging cuts will see Lincolnshire County Council lobby the government for extra cash.   Members of the council met this week and were asked to approve a document outlining the county’s position and putting a case for revised funding.   Lincolnshire is set to see its elderly population rocket by around 45 per cent over a ten year period, ...

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Kids’ play zone plan at Springfields Outlet

A bid is being made to create the ‘biggest ever JCB Young Drivers Zone,’ an American diner and elevated ‘Hobbit Village’ at Springfields shopping centre, Spalding.   Up to 40 new jobs will be created if the new £1 million family entertainment centre is approved by planners.   An application has been submitted to South Holland District Council by owners ...

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Bomb disposal experts visit station twice in days

Staff at Spalding police station had two unexpected deliveries needing bomb disposal attention during the last few days.   A World War Two mortar shell was taken to the station last Wednesday as part of a weapons surrender being run by the force.   Bomb experts were called out to deal with it – only to return on Sunday when ...

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Brothers turned on fire fighters trying to rescue their mum from blazing property

Two brothers turned on fire fighters who were trying to rescue their mother from her blazing property, Lincoln Crown Court was told on Friday.   Jason Dodd and Simon Harrison were aggressive and threatening towards the fire fighters who answered a call to deal with a fire at the property in Holyrood Walk, Spalding.   Dodd went on to produce an air ...

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Party time as annual Bakkavor event aims to top charity total

Organisers of the annual Bakkavor Party in the Park are aiming to top last year’s massive charity fundraising total at this weekend’s event.   Last year £15,000 was donated to charities from the event which takes place on July 15 and 16 at Springfields Event Centre, Spalding.   All proceeds from Party in the Park ticket sales and the Sunday ...

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Fruit packing firm set to create 50 new jobs

Up to 50 new jobs look set to be created by a Pinchbeck based fruit importer and packer that is consulting with staff over the introduction of a twilight shift.     Greenyard Fresh UK told The Voice its “business has grown by 150 per cent in the past five years,” which has led to the proposed expansion.   Stella ...

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House on stilts will help protect wildlife

The future of a Spalding green space is set to be secure – by building a “talking point” home on it.   A patch of land was left as an “amenity” off Magellan Way, but it has been left overgrown and unloved.   Now an architect is looking to building a futuristic-home on stilts on the site while protecting the ...

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