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Three more Covid-19 deaths at Lincolnshire hospitals confirmed at weekend

Three more people have been confirmed to have died as a result of Covid-19 in Lincolnshire’s hospitals. It takes the total up to four in the county after the first death reported on Friday, that of a woman in her 80s. The latest confirmed deaths were aged between 65 and 80 and all had underlying health problems, said the United ...

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Women in her 80s first to die in Lincolnshire after testing positive for Covid-19

A women who was aged in her 80s is the first person to die in Lincolnshire after testing positive for Covid-19. The United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust said the women died yesterday (Thursday), though they’ve not said where she was being treated. A spokesperson for ULHT said: “Sadly we can confirm that a woman who was being cared for at one ...

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Lincolnshire firefighters step up to help in fight against coronavirus

Lincolnshire firefighters are set to help in the battle against the Covid-19 virus outbreak. A national agreement has been made so firefighters can deliver food and medicines, drive ambulances, and retrieve dead bodies during the coronavirus outbreak. Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue already work closely with partners to help in communities, with many firefighters carrying out extended duties, assisting ambulance service ...

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Suspected Covid-19 patient with underlying health problems praises staff at Peterborough City Hospital

A Cowbit father of two who has a weakened immune system and suspected Covid-19 has praised the staff of Peterborough City Hospital. James Wilson-White (45) was taken to hospital yesterday, but is now back home with wife Emma, who is looking after the family. Despite the family having self-isolated, James who has Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), started developing symptoms ...

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Three deaths from Covid-19 at Peterborough Hospital – Lincolnshire hospital stats won’t be provided to public

Peterborough City Hospital has recorded three deaths of confirmed Covid-19 cases to date, while the trust that runs Pilgrim Hospital in Boston says it won’t be making public how many cases are in their hospitals. The trust that runs the hospital said that all three Covid-19 cases and one in Hichingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon that had passed away after testing ...

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M&S Food Hall in Spalding to remain open for now

The proposed closure of the Marks and Spencer Food Hall in Spalding town centre has been put on hold. The store was due to close next in April, but will continue to operate for the moment. Gibbard, M&S head of region for South East Midlands, said: “Supporting communities and our customers during the current unprecedented health crisis is our absolute ...

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Owl centre’s plea to help feed its animals

A plea to help pay for food for the animals has been made by a hugely popular owl and wildlife centre that was due to open for the summer next week. The Easter holidays is traditionally one of the busiest times for the Baytree Owl and Wildlife Centre and it’s just completed some renovations ahead of the annual post winter ...

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Spalding special school is ‘outstanding’ across the board

A Spalding school that caters for those with specialist needs has been rated ‘outstanding’ in every category by Ofsted inspectors. The Priory School, which caters for pupils aged 11 to 16, who have a range of needs including Moderate Learning Difficulties, Autism, SEMH and communication issues, has been upgraded from ‘good’ in March 2019. Ofsted were full of praise for ...

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Head charged with child sex offences

The head teacher of St Bartholomew’s C of E Primary School in West Pinchbeck has been charged with three counts of online sexual offences against a child. Lincolnshire Police said James Shawley (43), of Hereward Street in Bourne, has been charged with the following online offences: Attempting sexual communication with a child, attempt to cause or incite a child to ...

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‘They’re a greedy lot of scumbags’

A senior citizen has condemned people who allegedly barged past supermarket security last week during shops’ ‘Elderly Hour’ events. Iris Boland (84), from Holbeach, said: “I lived through World War II and I assure you, nothing like this ever happened.” Amid panic buying last week, supermarkets piloted ‘Elderly Hour’ on Friday, which the government suggested would help elderly people – ...

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Town gets a new defibrillator

Spalding has a new defibrillator in the town centre. The emergency medical device was put on the wall of Hughes Electrical at Sheep Market on Friday, March 20. Jan Whitbourn, from Tulip Events, helped raise money for a previous defibrillator and this new one with the help of district councillors. Jan wrote about the event in her weekly Tulip Talk ...

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Virus effects the local economy

Businesses across South Holland are temporary closing or adapting after the government ordered the entire country to stay at home on Monday night. Many shops and businesses had already temporary closed ahead of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement in which he ordered all “non-essential” shops to shut. Supermarkets, newsagents and chemists are to remain open. It followed Friday night’s ordered ...

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‘MP must support NHS workers’

A Spalding businessman has demanded South Holland and The Deepings John Hayes MP push for the government to support NHS workers with tax relief during the coronavirus crisis. Matt Clark, who runs the Activ group, said in an open letter to Sir John: “One of the things that I can’t fail to see is that the NHS are working harder ...

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Kindness Group have been helping out some of the area’s most vulnerable

A group of volunteers working to help the vulnerable and isolated are looking to set up a hub to send out supplies straight from the supermarkets. The Spalding COVID Kindness Team was set up by mum of two Keira Williamson and has had a busy week responding to requests for help. After a call for volunteers, eight teams have been ...

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Supporting isolated villagers

A host of Street Ambassadors have been helping the vulnerable in rural villages. Coun Andrew Woolf helped organise volunteers in his district council ward after seeing so many offers of help online. A fantastic 76 people were on hand to deliver essential items and help out in Moulton, Moulton Chapel, Moulton Seas End, Weston, Weston Hills and Cowbit. Coun Woolf ...

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Man (82) saved items from fire

An 82-year-old man went into a burning building to rescue a barbecue and a lawn mower last week. David Derby says he lost £1,000 worth of equipment in the blaze that destroyed an outbuilding and shed at his Starlode Drove home in West Pinchbeck on Saturday, March 14. But the retired floor fitter did manage to rescue one of his ...

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‘It was the nicest knock and run you’ve ever seen’

As South Holland got used to self-isolation following the Covid-19 outbreak, a councillor helped organise 50 volunteers to keep spirits up on Mother’s Day by delivering around 3,500 flowers. District councillor Rob Gibson was offered the flowers by Green Partners of Moulton. He asked on social media if people would come forward to help him distribute them and a whole ...

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Spalding firm creating 100 jobs

A firm that delivers recipe boxes to homes is looking to recruit 100 people in Spalding. Gousto, which has a warehouse in Marsh Road, has announced its creating the roles immediately and it’s part of the 700 staff it intends to hire by 2020. Timo Boldt, CEO and Founder of Gousto says; “We know how worrying the coronavirus outbreak is ...

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Changes to bus timetables

Many bus services in South Holland have been curtailed – possibly stopping a potential new route from opening on April 6. Last week an extended 57 service was advertised which would see the number 57 route operated by Stagecoach that has previously run from Skegness to Boston to extend from Spalding from April 6. However on Monday Stagecoach announced changes ...

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Reduction in reports of fly tipping – council

The number of fly-tips reported to South Holland District Council reduced significantly recently towards the end of last year, it’s been claimed. Coun Tracey Carter told a meeting of its Cabinet last week that 135 fly-tips were reported in South Holland between October and December, down 88 from the same time the previous year. The average time of five days ...

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