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Man charged with criminal damage

A man has been charged with criminal damage in Holbeach. Mantas Busevicius (20), of no fixed abode, has been charged with criminal damage and using threatening behaviour, following an incident at Holbeach Police station on May 4 during which a window was damaged. Busevicius was remanded in custody to appear before Lincoln Magistrates today (Tuesday).

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Spalding lifesaver Adam is helping in Nepal rescue

A lifesaver from Spalding has flown to Nepal to help the victims of the earthquake which left thousands dead and injured. Adam Turner (22) has been a LIVES First Responder for more than a year and is now putting his first aid skills to good use as part of a 14-strong rescue team. Adam (pictured as he set off for ...

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Casting call for Dishonoured film

Anyone with aspirations to appear on the big screen has another chance to land themselves a leading role in a movie being made in and around Holbeach. Auditions are due to be held for Dishonoured on May 3 after would-be actors and actresses put themselves forward for roles on the film’s Facebook page. But Steph Genovese, of Holbeach Film Company, ...

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Progress on second phase of Spalding relief road

Residents will be able to have a say on the next stage of a Spalding relief road when a consultation is launched later this year. The public will be asked their views on the route of phase two of the Western Relief Road, which aims to connect Spalding Common and Pinchbeck Road, in November, alongside a consultation on the district’s ...

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Government may face legal action over library cuts

Campaigners are considering a legal challenge against the Government over plans to slash Lincolnshire’s libraries. Save Lincolnshire Libraries group has already announced it is looking a taking further legal action against Lincolnshire County Council, which plans to slash opening hours and close some libraries in a bid to save money. But this week the group said it is now “considering ...

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Summer opening hours at Spalding recycling centre

The Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) in Spalding is now open seven days a week for residents to recycle their household waste. The centre on West Marsh Road, Spalding, is open every day until October 31, from 8am to 4pm. Keen gardeners will be able to get rid of their garden waste whichever day suits them best. It’s worth noting ...

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Day In The Life: The head gardener helping to keep Spalding’s Ayscoughfee Gardens beautiful

Ayscoughfee Gardens looks fantastic year-round and is one of Spalding’s top attractions. The way it looks and how it is run is down to the hard work and dedication of Dan Cooper and his staff. Head gardener since 2008, Dan (39) has a wealth of horticulture and agronomy knowledge and keeps the gardens in top shape, with the help of ...

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Holbeach martial arts group alive and kicking thanks to selfless volunteer team

One of the volunteer team behind a successful martial arts group in Holbeach hasn’t been able to use her kitchen table in years. It’s covered in the paperwork that goes with Gemma Holland’s administrative role with Storm UK – and she wouldn’t have it any other way. “I get more out of this than I do anything else,” she said. ...

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Industry magazine accolade for Spalding chippy

Spalding fish and chip shop Oh My Cod has been rated one of the best in the UK. A mystery shopper competition run by Fry Magazine saw the Alexandra Road chippy finish in the top 50 of almost 500 entries. The shop, run by Bill and Sandy Rai, scored 97 per cent after being rated across several categories including taste ...

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Direct address to Voice readers by candidates for South Holland and The Deepings MP seat

This election is about who speaks for you in Parliament and who governs Britain for the next five years. Because only David Cameron or Labour’s Ed Miliband will be Prime Minister from May 8th, it’s not about protests, fringe parties or single issues. Living at the heart of our area – using the same schools, doctors, roads and shops as ...

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Mission impossible for Green Party’s Dan Wilshire, but he impressed at hustings

Ex-journalist Andrew Brookes gives his take on the hustings for the South Holland and The Deepings seat in Spalding on April 23: Unlike the national leader face-offs, this was not suffocated by spin and soundbites but was a refreshing debate epitomised by its youngest contender. The Green Party’s Dan Wilshire (19) impressed in a performance which was self-deprecating, honest, interesting ...

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Police investigate woman’s death in West Pinchbeck

UPDATE Tuesday: Police continue to investigate the circumstances of a woman’s death in West Pinchbeck.  A police spokesman said: “A post mortem examination has taken place but further forensic tests are ongoing and will take some weeks to complete.” The scene guard has been lifted at the address but enquiries remain ongoing and the death continues to be treated as unexplained ...

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Queen’s Nurse title for Claire

A case manager based at Long Sutton Medical Centre will be given the Queen’s Nurse title at a ceremony in London on May 11. Claire Walpole’s award by The Queen’s Nursing Institute recognises a commitment to high standards of learning, leadership and patient care. She said: “I was nominated by a patient for the title because she was really pleased ...

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Hayes: I would resign from government if no EU referendum or if Conservatives go into coalition with UKIP

John Hayes says he would resign from the government if he is re-elected as MP for South Holland and The Deepings and David Cameron does one of two things Mr Hayes is staunchly against. He told a hustings event in Spalding on April 23 that he would stand down if Mr Cameron reneged on his offer of a referendum on Britain’s ...

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Spalding mum’s fear for son Jake Whyles in Nepal earthquake

 UPDATE: Monday 6.30pm: Spalding man Jake Whyles, who was close to the epicentre of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal at the weekend, is “safe and well”. Jake’s mum Maria contacted the Spalding Voice to say Jake had been in touch from Doha, the capital of Qatar, where he was staying in a hotel after catching a flight out of ...

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Alan spins new venture in Spalding out of lifetime vinyl collection

One of the largest personal record collections in South Lincolnshire is on sale as part of a new business venture. Uptown Vinyl Records has opened at Spalding Lifestyle Centre in Spalding Road, Pinchbeck. Alan Barnsdale – a record collector for more than 30 years – has amassed around 40,000 vinyl singles and albums, as well as CDs. And with vinyl ...

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Spreading the word of South Holland far and wide with FreshLinc trailer artwork

A fleet of lorry trailers belonging to Pinchbeck firm FreshLinc have been transformed with artwork reflecting South Holland. Ten trailers are now carrying images created by artist Alisha Miller, who was commissioned by arts programme Transported. The £30,000 project was funded by Transported. Communications and relationships manager Melissa Poulson said: “This project is the cornerstone of Transported’s ethos – that ...

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Team Wild’s 3,000-mile Scumrun car rally across Europe for juvenile diabetes charity

A head-turning car bought for just £250 is about to embark on an epic 3,000-mile rally. The Fiat Multipla has had a makeover ahead of taking part in next month’s Scumrun, an annual five-day mystery journey across Europe, which this year is raising money for national juvenile diabetes charity JDRF. On board the banger and taking turns behind the wheel ...

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Veterans get to go back to Normandy at least once more thanks to Harold

War veterans’ champion Harold Payne makes no apology for breaking a pledge – after agreeing to return to Normandy again. The Fleet businessman vowed that last year’s trip for the D-Day 70th anniversary celebrations would the final one after two decades. But to the relief of many elderly war heroes he’s been cajoled into organising at least one more. Harold ...

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Inspection report says Spalding primary school ‘outstanding’

St Norbert’s Catholic Primary School in Spalding has been rated “outstanding” in an inspection report. Now with 209 pupils (up from 144 five years ago), the school has improved two grades from its previous rating of “satisfactory”. It has pupils from 15 different nationalities and 61 per cent have English as an additional language. Nottingham Roman Catholic Diocesan Education Service ...

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