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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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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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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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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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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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