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Recounts and very tight margins as Tories retain district council

Amid several close votes and a number of recounts, the Conservatives have retained control of South Holland District Council but lost four of their seats to Independent candidates. Following Thursday, May 2’s election they have 24 seats to the Independents’ 13 on a night where the Tories lost control of many local council nationally. But the celebrations were muted as ...

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ASB fighter officer commendation

A police officer who has fought anti-social behaviour in South Holland has received a Chief Constable’s Commendation Certificate at an awards ceremony in Lincoln. PC Craig Lockton joined the Metropolitan Police in 1999 and transferred to Lincolnshire in December 2003. He was posted to South Holland where he has worked between Spalding and Holbeach until the present day. PC Lockton ...

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Doll donation in aid of dementia

Special sensory dolls aimed at stimulating dementia patients have been donated to a Spalding Care Home. John Lewis & Partners in Peterborough has donated 14 dolls to Tanglewood’s Cedar Falls care home in Spalding for residents living with dementia. The donation was organised by Simon Ragsdell, whose mother lives at Cedar Falls and who extensively fundraises throughout the year for ...

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Mum launches ‘uplifting’ group

A former teaching assistant who had to give up the career she loves due to a painful condition has set up a weekly group she hopes will help others. Fern Shaw (31) of Spalding believes she’s been battling with fibromyalgia, an almost constant pain in her body, since she was a teen, but it’s only been diagnosed within the last ...

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Young Crowland talent wins music award

A Crowland student has won a prestigious music award after music industry bigwigs unanimously chose his song. Peterborough Regional College student William Barkhouse, who is currently studying the BTEC Level 3 90-Credit Diploma in Music, recently took part in a music competition run by Rethinkyourmind, which is a mental wellbeing charity, at Leicester College ‘s Sue Townsend Theatre. A poem ...

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‘Charismatic’ choir founder faces jail over sex attacks on teenage boy

The founder of a Lincolnshire choir was today (Friday) warned he faces a substantial jail sentence after he was convicted of sex attacks on a teenage boy. Andrew Clingo, who became musical director of the Handful of Harmonies Choir and is a former primary school teacher, denied three charges of sexual assault but the jury at Lincoln Crown Court took ...

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Conservatives keep control but lose four seats in district council elections

It’s been a long night of ties and recounts, but at just before 5am, the final result was announced and the Conservatives have kept their majority in South Holland District Council but lost four seats, with Independent candidates making gains. The Conservatives now have 24 seats, with 13 Independent candidates holding power. To see how it played out and read ...

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South Holland District Council Elections LIVE BLOG

 

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Roll up, roll up…..Tuby’s fair is here.

Pupils from several local schools for children with disabilities were once again among those to get the first to get a taste of Tuby’s Fun Fair as it rolled into Spalding again today (Thursday). For the last 40 years that the fun fair has arrived in town its teamed up with the Spalding Branch of Lions International for a sneak ...

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Rural Post Office service “temporary” closure

A rural post office service has closed Fleet Post Office has for the last two-years been based at The Chestnut Tea Rooms in Topgate between Fleet Hargate and Gedney. But on Monday customers were unable to access the service. The Post Office has told The Voice that the closure is “temporary” and is due to the resignation of the postmaster. ...

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Crowland paedophile jailed for rape and indecent assault

A Crowland man who admitted sexually abusing three young girls was today (Wednesday) jailed for 17 years.   Edward Church (68) raped one of his victims in a car when she was just 12 years old.   A jury at Lincoln Crown Court found Church guilty of the rape which occurred ten years ago.   Church, of Alderlands Close, Crowland, ...

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Sir John Hayes MP’s lucrative charity pay day

South Holland and the Deepings MP Sir John Hayes has taken on another job, with a charity founded and chaired by a Tory donor and that will pay the South Holland and The Deepings MP £24,000 a year for 16 days work. He’s listed on the Register of Interests for MPs as taking up a role as non-executive director to ...

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Fantastic Finlay (9) walks for smiles

A Spalding schoolboy has completed an impressive 25km walk and raised more than £600 for a charity close to his heart. On Easter Saturday, nine-year-old Finlay Carratt took part in the 25km (15.5 miles) walk to raise money for the Anthony Nolan Trust, a blood cancer and disorder charity. When Finlay was three- years-old, his father, Michael, was diagnosed with ...

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Local runners raise thousands at London Marathon

Marathon runners from South Holland joined the crowds in London at the weekend and raised thousands of pounds for charity. Spalding runner Trevor Darnes clocked an impressive 3hrs 48mins for his first marathon in the capital. The environmental health officer for Fenland District Council also raised around £6,000 for Neuroblastoma UK. His daughter Ashleigh, 21, had the childhood cancer as ...

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Hair today, gone tomorrow for Barber Shoppe owner

He’s used to cutting other people’s hair, but the owner of a Spalding barbers has raised over £100 by having his own dramatic hair cut. Alan Mackey, of The Barber Shoppe in New Road, took on the shave to raise money for men’s mental health charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably). Thanks to donations through the shop, he was able ...

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Piano tuner punched during Land Rover argument

A row over a vehicle sale boiled over into violence on a Cowbit drive, a court heard. Graham Stephen York, who was under a suspended sentence order imposed for an ABH offence, punched piano tuner Warren Goodwin “hard” in the face, magistrates in Boston heard today (Wednesday). York (44) had returned to his Backgate home to find Mr Goodwin sitting ...

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Care company is ‘Outstanding’

A Long Sutton care company has been awarded the top grade of Outstanding after a recent inspection. Action Homecare looks after people in their own home and covers the Long Sutton, Sutton Bridge and Holbeach area. The inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said that people were at the heart of the service offered by the company. “Staff had a ...

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Ribbon cut at country club

A new development of lodges has been officially launched in South Holland. Tydd St Giles Golf and Country Club opened St Andrews, the new on site lodge development over the Easter weekend. The owner of Pure Leisure group, which operates the facility, John Morphet cut the official ribbon, with guests including lodge owners and staff in attendance. The club’s newly ...

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County second for crack and heroin

Lincolnshire has the second highest amount of crack cocaine and opiate addicts in the East Midlands, according to government estimates. Lincolnshire has an estimated 3,669 addicts, second only to Nottinghamshire in the East Midlands, which has an estimated 4,292 addicts. A spokesman for addiction treatment experts UKAT said: “Worryingly, these figures don’t even include anyone using cocaine in powder form, ...

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The Hiring to get unveiling in Spalding

A sculpture commemorating the historic May Hiring Fair in Spalding will be unveiled to the public for the first time on Monday, May 6. The cast bronze artwork, which will be revealed in Hall Place at 11am, depicts a farmer taking on a young shepherd for the next year, as would happen in that location each May until about 100 ...

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