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RAF Tornado flypast finale to pass over Holbeach later

The final UK wide flypast of the RAF’s Tornado aircraft is due to head over Holbeach later today (February 19). The nine planes are being retired from service and as one last farwell are flying in formation across the country. The released itinerary for today by the RAF states that they’re due to be above Holbeach at 3.27pm this afternoon. ...

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Drunk man drove into bedroom of house after attempt to steal railway sleepers

A Moulton Chapel man crashed his car into the bedroom of a house in Weston Hills while on the run after attempting to steal railway sleepers, a court has heard. Adam Hamilton, 44, of Thorpe Avenue admitted driving with excess alcohol, failing to stop after a road accident, driving without insurance or a valid test certificate, attempted theft and causing ...

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Spalding Students build up reputation

A group of young engineers from Spalding Grammar School have been helping make a professional business more efficient. For the last three years the school has been in partnership with bulk materials handling firm Guttridge as part of the Engineering Education Scheme. Last year’s Year 12 students took on the challenge of re-creating one of Guttridge’s threshing machines but with ...

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Jury unable to reach agreement on Spalding fish and chip shop owner accused of having sex with girl (14)

A fish and chip shop owner accused of having sex with a 14-year-old schoolgirl faces a possible retrial after a jury at Lincoln Crown Court was unable to reach a verdict in the case. Peter Donger, who runs the Chips Ahoy shop in Spalding,  denied any inappropriate behaviour towards the girl.   The jury spent seven and a half hours ...

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Veteran railwayman sits on drunk burglar

An 85-year-old veteran from South Holland sat on a drunk, knife wielding burglar and told him he’d shot “better men in Korea”. Korean War veteran John Headington and his 57-year-old wife Susan were praised by a judge who jailed drunk burglar Robert Barnes this week. Former railway worker Mr Headington, who has had two hip replacements, grabbed the burglar in ...

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Plans for 64 new village homes in Pinchbeck

Plans have been submitted for 64 new homes on the outskirts of Pinchbeck. The site would be accessed from Surfleet Road and incorporates a smaller site which has already been approved for housing. Currently agricultural land, some 55 per cent of the 10-acre (4.07 ha) site already has approval for homes and both areas will have 25 per cent affordable ...

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Over 100 turn out in first hour of Relief Road consultation

Residents were queuing out the door as the first public consultation event on the Spalding Western Relief Road opened its doors on Tuesday afternoon. Within the first hour over 100 people had attempted to get into the Woodlands Hotel. After a consultation event at Pinchbeck Community Hub and Library today (Wednesday, 2pm to 8pm) the sessions continue at the hotel ...

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South Holland scores low for young people

South Holland has little to offer young people, according to a BBC Newsbeat study, and the elderly population is set to almost double over the next two decades. The district scored just three out of ten in a national study that takes into account things such as going out opportunities, bus services and the numbers of young people. South Holland ...

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Where was Spalding school time capsule buried?

Do you know where a time capsule was buried on a soon to be demolished school? Kevin Scott and his friends dating back from the Goodfellows School are sure one was put into the ground in the mid 1970s, but none of them are sure where. The Spalding Common, building, which has stood since 1871, is due to be demolished ...

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Man who had knife in Punchbowl sent to jail

A man seen with a folded lock-knife in a Spalding pub and subsequently chased by police has been sent to jail. Ben Heffernan, 22, of Wide Bargate, Boston, had already pleaded guilty to possessing a bladed article, namely a folded lock knife, in a public place in the incident at The Punchbowl on July 7 last year. He was sentenced ...

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Spalding Air Cadets officer hits new heights

Spalding RAF Air Cadets’ Training Officer Sergeant Mark Dormer has landed a prestigious promotion. The 57-year-old has been accepted as a Senior Non Commission Officer for the RAF Air Cadets organisation. He’s been a civilian instructor of the 1406 (Spalding) Squadron for a number of years. Mark works as an engineer in civilian life having previously served in the RAF ...

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Litter problem raised in House

South Holland MP Sir John Hayes has called for a national debate on the “national crisis” of litter as well as bringing back milkmen. Sir John said recently in the House of Commons: “Across Britain, a trip up any road or down any street will be a chance, sadly, to see the litter — the detritus of our throwaway culture: ...

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Lincolnshire named worst place for people wanting NHS dentists

Lincolnshire is the worst place in the country for patients looking to find an NHS dentist. The news comes hard on the heels of the revelation that two promised surgeries in Spalding are not going to materialise. A 2018 survey carried out on behalf of the government has revealed that patients in South Lincolnshire have the lowest success rate of ...

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Satnavs sending lorries down lane

The poor condition of a Moulton road has prompted a resident to take action against HGVs he said shouldn’t be using it. Lorry drivers travelling through Moulton being misinformed by their satnavs is one major cause of the problems the road faces, said John Carter, a resident of Shivean Gate. Mr Carter has spoken to land owners, Sir John Hayes ...

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Giving thanks to volunteers in Holbeach

A free meal to say thanks to volunteers in Holbeach is in the works. Last year, councillors Tracey Carter, Francis Biggadike and Nick Worth hosted a free buffet and thank-you gathering, paid for by themselves, for many of the volunteers who help within Holbeach. They said they wanted to show their personal appreciation to the people who, alongside them, care ...

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Spalding school’s gold award for special citizens

The Priory School has been awarded Gold Championship School status for its involvement in the National Citizen Service programme (NCS). During the summer term of 2018, 16 Priory School pupils took part in a bespoke NCS programme and through this developed their independence, problem solving and entrepreneurial skills, boosting their CVs in preparation for finding employment. Pupils took part in ...

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Breast screening unit at Johnson for Gosberton patients

Patients registered at a Gosberton GP surgery are being invited for breast screening at a mobile unit in South Holland later this month. The United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s (ULHT) Lincolnshire Breast Screening Service will be inviting women registered with Gosberton Medical Centre to attend an appointment on the mobile unit, which will be based at the Johnson Hospital in ...

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Man (85) and wife sat on knife wielding burglar

An 85-year-old man and his wife have been praised for their “remarkable bravery” after sitting on a knife wielding burglar who had broken into their home just outside Spalding with a brick.   Former railway worker John Headington and his wife Susan, 57, managed to sit on intruder Robert Barnes, 28, for several minutes until police arrived at their home ...

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Lincolnshire Police to cut around 100 jobs despite 11 per cent council tax increase

The number of police officers is to be reduced and more than a quarter of PCSOs cut in the county despite an 11 per cent rise in Lincolnshire Police’s council tax share. The force have announced the measures today (Monday February 11) as part of £3.2 million worth of cutbacks that will see around 100 roles lost, including 70 from “front ...

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Internet connection to 200 homes deliberately cut

Around 200 homes around Holbeach St Johns were left without an internet connection for more than 24 hours after a cable was deliberately cut. BT Openrech say it believes the issue was the a result of an attempted theft after being reported on Wednesday, February 6. The connection itself was cut at the junction of Jiggle’s Gate and B1165 Raven’s ...

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