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Update: Police name cyclist found dead in ditch

UPDATE: Wednesday 2pm – Police have named the cyclist found dead in a ditch as Allen Nicholas Meade (55) of West Drove North, Gedney Hill. Mr Meade’s body was discovered in a ditch in West Drove North, Gedney Hill, at about 9.30pm on Monday. It is believed he had been dead for several hours. The post mortem carried out on Tuesday was inconclusive and police are now ...

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Holbeach Youth Centre issues urgent plea for helpers

Holbeach Youth Centre is struggling to stay open due to a lack of volunteers. The popular place would appear to be a victim of its own success. One adult is needed for each 15 young people and sometimes around 80 attend the sessions, requiring six grown-ups. Lynn Katze, youth development officer for Holbeach Youth Centre, said: “We’re really struggling to ...

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The World Cup predictions of some familiar South Holland people…

Has anybody not realised that football’s World Cup starts this week? Love it or loathe it, expect wall-to-wall coverage of every minute of the action in Brazil for four weeks. Many South Holland residents will be glued to their televisions and use the tournament as a reason to fire up the barbecue at every opportunity. Others will be groaning as ...

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Motorists’ delight at Spalding bridge reopening tempered by two-week level crossing closure

An apology has been issued for the time Horseshoe Bridge in Spalding remained closed for repairs. But there was fresh frustration for motorists in the vicinity this week when the level crossing at South Drove closed for a fortnight. Horseshoe Bridge closed on April 3 and re-opened on Friday after nine weeks. Drivers had become frustrated at the length of ...

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The heroes who helped save Spalding driver from drowning in River Welland

  These are the two men who helped save a Spalding driver from drowning in the River Welland. Egidijus Radvila and Alex Carvalho had never met before they agreed to talk to the Voice about last Tuesday night’s drama. As we reported last week, a Vauxhall Corsa being driven along Haverfield Road failed to stop at its junction with London ...

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Close call as lorry hits home

A young dad and his 18-month-old daughter had to run to safety after a lorry crashed into the front of their home. The father, who did not wish to be identified, was just walking into the kitchen with the toddler when there was a “sound like an explosion”. His step-father-in-law Alan Holland said: “I think he practically leapt with her ...

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National St John Ambulance award for Spalding Air Cadet (17) after lifesaving actions

A teenaged corporal at Spalding Air Cadets has been recognised by St John Ambulance for his actions to try to save a life. In June last year, David Wait (pictured) came across a man suffering a cardiac arrest in Spalding. Having done first aid training at air cadets, he immediately went to offer assistance. Working alongside an East Midlands Ambulance ...

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Females lag behind in police fitness tests

Female police officers are lagging behind their male colleagues in tests designed to demonstrate their fitness to carry out their duties. A recent round of testing saw passes for 254 of the 256 male officers from Lincolnshire who took part – a pass rate of 99.2 per cent. But that figure dropped to 88.7 per cent for the female officers, ...

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Broadgate Homes offers to build new premises for Spalding Royal British Legion branch

A local developer has offered to help build much-needed new premises for the Spalding branch of the Royal British Legion. The generous gesture by Broadgate Homes – made at the very moment the 70th anniversary of D-Day was being marked at Ayscoughfee Gardens – came after The Spalding and South Holland Voice contacted the Weston Hills firm to highlight the ...

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Fresh homes plan lodged for Dun Cow site at Cowbit

The developer battling for permission to build homes on Ye Old Dun Cow site at Cowbit has submitted a fresh application. Market Homes Ltd has put in a new plan for nine homes on the cleared site at Barrier Bank. And the firm is hoping that South Holland District Council will be able to authorise a quick approval so that ...

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Work begins on £7m electricity upgrade

A £7million investment on the electricity network is underway in Spalding. The initiative involves Western Power Distribution (WPD) laying 7.5km of 33,000 volt cable between Clay Lake and Park Road, as well as upgrading two grid transformers and equipment at Spalding Grid substation. The project also includes the replacement of the two primary transformers at Park Road substation. All of ...

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Councillor was right not to vote on Spalding travellers’ site application, says planning chairman

A planning councillor who declined to vote on the controversial Spalding travellers’ site application has received the support of the committee chairman. Coun Roger Gambba-Jones says Coun Anthony Casson was right not to take part in last month’s vote, which was tied 6-6. The application was later granted on Coun Gambba-Jones’ casting vote. Some Cowbit residents were angry that Coun Casson – ...

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Seven-year-old hit by car

A seven-year-old was hurt after he was hit by a car in Spalding. The young boy was taken to Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, after the accident with a Ford Fiesta in Pennygate, at around 4.45pm yesterday (Tuesday). It is not known how serious his injuries were. Police are appealing for witnesses to the accident, which happened close to the playing field, to contact ...

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First £1,000 winner of South Holland’s Green Bag Lottery recycling rewards scheme to be revealed

The stage is set to reveal the first £1,000 winner of South Holland District Council’s recycling reward scheme. The Green Bag Lottery, which has been running since February, promotes good recycling practice. Every four weeks, ten households are randomly and secretly selected to take part. Each one that presents recycling correctly for at least three of the four weeks is ...

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Great South Holland recycling tonnages could be even better if contamination reduced

The amount of waste recycled by South Holland residents is on the up – but could be even higher if contamination is reduced. More than 659 tonnes was collected in April – up from 585 tonnes in February. That’s a rise of 12.6 per cent. The latest figures cover the period since the district council’s Green Bag Lottery recycling reward ...

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Cyclist found dead in Gedney Hill ditch

Police are investigating after a 55-year-old  man was found dead in the bottom of a roadside ditch. The man’s body was found in the ditch, which had about 18 inches of water in the bottom, with what is believed to be his bicycle. It was close to  Gedney Hill Golf Club on West Drove North, Gedney Hill. He was certified dead at the ...

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Cheers! Fenland branch of real ale club is 40

The Fenland branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) has been supping pints for 40 years – and is planning to brew a beer called Fenland 40 to celebrate. Back in 1974 the first informal meeting was held, at The Bull in Pinchbeck. On June 21 that year Fenland branch was formed at The Bull Inn at Market Deeping, with ...

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Vision for next 20 years of town transport

Consultation starts on Thursday (June 12) on a vision of transport in Spalding for the next 20 years. Lincolnshire County Council and South Holland District Council have drafted a strategy that sets out the vision for the town’s road network and outlines how necessary improvements will be delivered. The strategy has been drawn up following a previous consultation carried out before ...

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Survey for views on markets and car parking in South Holland

Retailers are being asked for their opinions as part of a review of markets and car parking across South Holland. The review, which focuses on the market towns of Spalding, Holbeach, Long Sutton and Crowland, will assist the district council to plan for the future. Quarterbridge Project Management is carrying out the work for the council and will be conducting the retailer survey ...

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Tydd ‘border hoppers’ set for longest day

Four brave members of Tydd St Giles Golf Club are taking on the toughest test on the amateur scene – the Macmillan Cancer Support Longest Day Golf Challenge. The quartet of Mark Whittaker (captain), Malcolm Stead, Ian Edrupt and Neil John will take on 72 holes of golf in one day (June 22). However, their task is being made even ...

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