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Green Team column: Busy period as we spread the word on recycling services

By South Holland District Council waste and recycling officer Laura Simpkins It has been a busy few weeks for the waste and recycling team, who have been out and about in the community, and further afield, to talk to residents and learn more about how we can improve our recycling service. On September 16 I was at Spalding market talking ...

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Lorry and car crash in Pinchbeck

A woman had to be cut out of her car following a crash with a lorry. Wardentree Lane, in Pinchbeck, was closed following the accident about noon today (Wednesday). The female driver of the Chevrolet Matiz was taken to hospital. The extent of her injuries are not yet known. It is believed the lorry driver was not hurt.

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WWII veterans at annual Donington service to mark 70th anniversary of Arnhem operation

World War Two veterans from the 1st Air Troop Royal Engineers and 1st Parachute Squadron, including one who is a Chelsea Pensioner, made their annual pilgrimage to Donington for a moving parade on Sunday. It commemorated the 70th anniversary of Operation Market Garden in Arnhem. The Royal Engineers were based in Donington before they left for Arnhem and veterans return ...

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Family ‘amazed’ at support following drinking death of popular Spalding hairdresser Clayton Gilks

The family of a popular Spalding hairdresser who died after a heavy weekend drinking session have been comforted by the “amazing” reaction and support. Messages of sympathy flooded into the Donington family home of Clayton Gilchrist (formerly Gilks) following his death on May 27. And there have been few busier funeral services at Surfleet crematorium, with some mourners not inside. Nathalie ...

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Fewer flats proposed in change of use application for Spalding pub

The proposed number of flats which a Spalding pub could be converted into has been reduced. A resubmitted planning application for The Vine in Commercial Road requests permission for a change of use to four flats, not five. Spalding and District Civic Society, which commented on the original application that five was too many for the size of building, has ...

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Prospective youngest-ever South Holland district councillors wants more democracy for ward members’ budgets

A politician hoping to become the youngest-ever South Holland district councillor insists that he wants his prospective ward residents to have much more say in how members’ budgets are spent. Tory Jack McLean’s vision is at odds with that of Conservative council leader Gary Porter, who wants to see fewer hurdles to enable the funds to be spent. Every financial ...

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Days could be numbered for costly Spalding Parish Church hall

Outdated and loss-making St Nicolas Church Hall in Spalding could be replaced in the not too distant future. Members of the Parochial Church Council for St Mary and St Nicolas voted unanimously on Monday to investigate the costs and process of a new-build. The vicar of St Mary and St Nicolas was pleased with the outcome as it was part ...

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Man (33) accompanied by family members as he attacks ex-wife’s partner in Spalding street

A man who kicked and punched a love rival in a Spalding street has been jailed. Benjamin Lee Rodgers was accompanied by his father, two brothers and a cousin as he chased Richard Hare following a chance meeting. Tony Stanford, prosecuting at Lincoln Crown Court, said the victim had just bought cigarettes and alcohol from a convenience store when he ...

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Police appeal for witnesses to raid on Holbeach convenience store

Detectives are investigating a break-in at a convenience store in Holbeach in the early hours of Tuesday. A haul of cigarettes was taken during a raid on One-Stop Shop in West End at 2.50am. The area was cordoned off while a forensic examination was carried out. Lincolnshire Police are appealing for witnesses to get in touch by calling 101, quoting incident 29 ...

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Owner of 4×4 stolen from Surfleet found it for sale on eBay

The owner of a 4×4 stolen from Surfleet did his own detective work and discovered it had been put up for auction on eBay. The Isuzu vehicle, worth £27,000, went missing on July 21 but within days the owner spotted one bearing the same markings and identical damage to the windscreen being sold over the internet. Phil Howes, prosecuting at Lincoln ...

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Road tax discs no longer required – what it means for you

The requirement to display a road tax disc in vehicles ends on Tuesday. From October 1, roadside cameras will “capture” the details of untaxed vehicles. And a buyer of a used car will have to tax it straight away as the seller must reclaim any unused portion as well as immediately notify DVLA of a change of ownership. The move, ...

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Holbeach wins county Best Kept Town award for first time in 17 years

Holbeach has won its category in the CPRE Best Kept Village and Small Town competition 2014. After three rounds of voting, Holbeach just pipped Crowland to the title of best market town with fewer than 7,000 residents. It’s Holbeach’s first win for 17 years and has sparked celebrations among the hard-working Holbeach In Bloom committee, which comprises parish councillors, parish council ...

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New 37-home housing estate plan for Cowbit – but no shop

Plans for 37 new homes in Cowbit have been submitted to South Holland District Council. Holbeach firm Ashley King Developments wants to build the properties, which will include a 33 per cent provision for affordable housing, on 3.82 acres of land off Backgate. The plans originally included a village shop but after a public consultation it was dropped as a ...

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Pilot aims to use fire crews to cut 999 ambulance waiting times

A new pilot scheme which will see firefighters responding to medical emergencies has got underway in Long Sutton. Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue is working more closely with East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) to respond to life-threatening emergencies as part of the 12-month pilot Joint Ambulance Conveyance Project (JACP). It is hoped the project will help cut the length of time ...

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Campaigner calls for courts to take harsher stance on sale of ‘fake’ cigarettes

A campaigner against illegal cigarettes has called on courts to get tough on those caught selling them after a Spalding shopkeeper got away with a conditional discharge. Former Spalding retailer Julie Grant’s mum June Buffham was killed in a house fire started by a fake cigarette in April 2012. She is now a vociferous campaigner against the potentially lethal cigarettes ...

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Call for heads to roll over libraries

Hundreds of people have signed a petition calling on county chiefs to quit over the Lincolnshire libraries “debacle”. Campaigners against the move to close libraries, get rid of more than 100 mobile library stops and cut up to 170 jobs have set up the online petition asking for the county council’s executive “to do the decent thing by the residents ...

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Daughter greets cyclists at end of Ride for Robbie

Family of a man who died from cancer were at the finishing line to welcome riders who took part in a third charity cycle ride in his memory. Spalding postman Ade Mills was one of those to take on the 120-mile Ride for Robbie to raise cash for cancer charities in honour of his former colleague Robbie Coats. Robbie died ...

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School’s car park refurbished

Refurbishment of the car park at Spalding Grammar School is complete. The car park had deteriorated over the past few years and it was felt that something needed to be done to enhance the external appeal to compliment the school’s academic reputation. The school received a grant from the Academies Capital Maintenance Fund for the work. A spokesman for the ...

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Online donations for tragic cyclist Sally Preece’s cause top £21,000

Donations made following the death of a former Spalding woman during a charity cycle ride have topped more than £21,000. Sally Preece, whose parents Terry and Judy Wing still live in Spalding, was killed on the seventh day of the Ride Across Britain event – a nine-day charity ride from Land’s End to John O Groats. She was cycling as ...

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Spalding microlight pilot killed after mid-air collision

A pilot from Spalding died when two single-seater light aircraft collided in mid-air on Tuesday, causing one to crash to the ground. Stephen Spavins, a funeral director in Sandy, Bedfordshire, was commuting to work in his microlight. The crash between the microlight and a Cessna happened at Tempsford near the Black Cat roundabout on the A1 at about 8.30am. It’s ...

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