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Donations for the Agape food bank

Spalding’s Agape Food Bank is the latest group to benefit from our Donate A Dinner appeal. The food bank, which is operated by Chas Sandhu of the Lighthouse Church, will be the beneficiary of any items donated this week. The Spalding and South Holland Voice teamed up with Coun Harry Drury to launch Donate A Dinner – an appeal which ...

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Market stall holders keen to be back

Market traders are eager to get back as the easing of lockdown restrictions continue to be announced by central government. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced this week that markets could open from Monday June 1 so long as they were “COVID safe”. The chair of Spalding’s Market Traders, Dave Burgess told The Voice that many market traders were raring to ...

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Couple’s virtual ceremony to mark postponed big day

A Spalding couple who marked what would have been their wedding day with a virtual ceremony, said they both had pre-ceremony jitters. Kirsty Woods and Ryan McClenaghan organised a virtual handfasting ceremony over Zoom on Saturday – the day they would have wed had their big day not been postponed due to the coronavirus crisis. Kirsty said: “The day before ...

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Work on sewer begins again

Repair work has finally begun again on a road that collapsed in Holbeach. Boston Road South has been closed between Cecil Pywell Avenue and Holbeach Primary Academy since early March after issues with the sewer led to large holes opening up. Repair work was paused following the lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak, with Anglian Water saying it was prioritising ...

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Plans submitted for small developments in Cowbit and Moulton Seas End

Plans for small developments in two South Holland villages have been submitted. The planned developments are for Moulton Seas End and Cowbit. A plan to build six bungalows has been submitted for land at Fairview Farm on Mill Drove in South Cowbit. A similar application for the site on already built land had been refused permission in February. The original ...

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Group behind illegal camp move from playing field to village green

A travelling community who left an illegal camp on a village playing field this morning have began another camp just yards away. The group set up camp on Sutton St James’s Fred Hoyles Playing Field on Friday, villagers said. Lincolnshire Police this week told The Voice that the village’s parish council had begun legal proceedings to move the group on. ...

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Fruit firm’s fantastic gesture

Spalding-based company Worldwide Fruit Ltd has been buy helping out a host of local initiatives. The company put a call out to staff to ask if they knew of any groups that needed help. And it led to donations for the Spalding COVID Kidness Team with employee Tracy Philpott volunteering with the group. They also helped Jan Whitbourn who provided ...

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Convicted rapist living in Spalding had hundreds of indecent images of children

A convicted paedophile and rapist is back behind bars after he was caught downloading indecent images of children as young as two years old. Raymond Whittle attracting the attention of police again in April 2019 after a mobile phone linked to him was discovered to have accessed the illegal images. Whittle, who had previously spent nine years in custody after ...

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Man who was living in car jailed for series of burglaries

A burglar who carried out a series of raids after finding himself homeless was today (Friday) jailed at Lincoln Crown Court. Darren Reegan, who at the time was living in his car, smashed his way into a property on Main Road, Hop Pole, and stole items including an I-pad, a laptop and jewellery. Noel Philo, prosecuting, told the hearing, which ...

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Fire crews in Gedney Hill after bonfire goes out of control

A bonfire got out of control causing fire damage to two workshops and fence panels this afternoon (Thursday, May 21). Fire crews from Spalding, Crowland and Holbeach were called to Highstock Lane in Gedney Hill shortly before midday. Two metal framed workshops and 10 fence panels were damaged by the blaze. Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue say it was “caused by ...

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Support for food banks, one of which has seen a huge year-on-year increase in use

Two local food banks have been given thousands of pounds to be able to continue to help some of the most vulnerable in South Holland with one reporting a nearly 550 per cent increase in its service last month. Both the Agape Food Bank in Spalding and Holbeach’s Food Bank have received the grants to help them continue through the ...

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Virtual ceremony to mark wedding

A Spalding couple who were due to marry on Saturday are marking what would have been their big day with a special virtual ceremony. Kirsty Woods (29) and Ryan McClenaghan (31) had been planning their wedding for two years and were devastated when the coronavirus pandemic forced them to postpone. Kirsty Woods and Ryan McClenaghan Kirsty said: “We were having ...

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Air ambulance attends women in her 70s

An air ambulance landed in Spalding yesterday (May 19) after a women in her 70s fell ill. The helicopter, which is based in Huntingdon and usually serves the Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire area, was seen flying low over the town and landed at 3.50pm. A MAGPAS spokesman said: “At 3:50pm yesterday afternoon (20th) Magpas Doctor Simon Lewis and Critical Care Paramedic ...

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Council won’t hold online planning meetings amid legal concerns

More planning applications will be decided behind closed doors during lockdown after South Holland District Council decided not to hold online Planning Committee meetings yet. In March, central government changed rules to allow councils to hold planning meetings online. Many have done so, including neighbouring South Kesteven. SHDC’s Full Council held an online meeting last week where they voted to ...

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Cemetery hours extended

Spalding Cemetery is open for almost all of its normal hours now, following a period of closure and then reduced opening hours. The cemetery was closed to the public during the coronavirus outbreak despite a number of complaints from people wishing to visit and tend the graves of their loved ones. At the central government coronavirus briefing on April 18, ...

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Masks presented amid NHS thanks

Face masks are being created and delivered to NHS workers and carers thanks to kind-hearted local businesses. For the past few Thursdays, organised convoys have been visiting local hospitals for the 8pm clap for the NHS. Kel Hodds and son Scott. And at the last one in King’s Lynn, landscaper Barry Disdel presented 105 masks he’d paid for to be ...

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Food bank is our latest recipient

Holbeach Food Bank is the latest group to benefit from the Donate A Dinner appeal. The Spalding and South Holland Voice teamed up with South Holland district councillor Harry Drury to launch the campaign at the start of April. Since then generous donations have ensured that scores of groups and individuals across the district have been supported. The idea behind ...

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Kindness Team will disband in June

The Spalding COVID Kindness Team will disband at the end of next month. The committee behind the team has decided to close it on June 28. On a post on their Facebook page, founder Keira Williamson said: “This decision has not been an easy one to make. “We are not by any means out of the COVID woods yet, but ...

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Access support, people with diabetes told

People with diabetes are being urged to access support available to them as the NHS says they’re ‘significantly’ more at risk of COVID-19. The plea comes as new NHS research has revealed that people living with diabetes face a significantly higher risk of dying with Covid-19. The study shows that people living with type 1 diabetes are at three and ...

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Mariola’s May charity drive

A Whaplode women is raising money for the Stroke Association during the lockdown. Mariola Pisarkiewicz is urging those she’s been running online activity classes for to donate to the cause via Facebook as well as holding an online auction and raffling off key rings. May is the Stroke Association’s annual month of fundraising and with many events cancelled due to ...

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