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Secondary school gets ‘good’ Ofsted

A Holbeach secondary school has been rated ‘good’ in its latest Ofsted report. University Academy Holbeach has been rated good in six of six areas in the latest Ofsted report, published on April 4. The school’s principal, Steve Baragwanath has been praised, along with his support team, for setting high expectations for pupils. The report said: “Leaders are capable and ...

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Petition for speed measures in Spalding

Two petitions have been launched calling for speeding measures to be brought in on Spalding roads. The separate petitions on www.change.org have been launched by Jack McLean calling for a speed camera to be placed on Winsover Road/Bourne Road and “traffic calming build-outs” to be installed in Pennygate. The Winsover Road petition states over the possibility of installing a speed ...

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MP’s criticism of planning policy

South Holland and the Deepings MP Sir John Hayes has criticised the amount and quality of new housing in the area – but the chair of the local planning committee has hit back saying planners are carrying out government policy. Sir John was speaking at a recent meeting of the Spalding and Pinchbeck Against Relief Road group and mentioned the ...

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Campaign for ‘safe places’

A campaign to make it law that all medical centre personnel are first-aid trained has been started by two Spalding residents. The campaign started after Spalding woman Naty Cruz was left “shocked and unempowered” after she claims staff at Munro Medical Centre in Spalding refused to call an ambulance for her friend who was unwell. The surgery has responded with ...

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Lifetime achievement award for nuclear campaigner

A Moulton man who was awarded a lifetime achievement award at a ceremony in London on Friday described the experienced as an “absolutely fantastic night”. Douglas Hern, who along with his wife Sadie, is the driving force behind the British Nuclear Test Veterans’ Association (BNTVA). Mr Hern was given the prestigious award at the Soldiering On ceremony, which was compèred ...

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Village history is man’s first book

A Surfleet man has published his first book – a collection of memories of the village in which he grew up. Tony Blissett’s first book, An Account of Surfleet in the 1950s, was released last week. His aim with the book is not only to share his memories of village life in the 1950s with people who’ll look back on ...

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Three drugs arrests after 14-year-old boy dies

A 14-year-old Holbeach boy died in the early hours of Saturday morning leading to three people being arrested on suspicion of drugs related offences. A Lincolnshire Police statement said: “Officers were called to an address in Fleet Street, Holbeach in the early hours of Saturday morning. “A 14-year-old boy was found dead at the scene and his family have been ...

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Skingsly showed ‘no remorse’ – Lincolnshire Police

A senior investigation officer with Lincolnshire Police has praised the family of Kevin Nix and said the woman who killed him had shown “no remorse”. Alison Skingsly, of Thames Road, Spalding, was cleared of murder but convicted of the manslaughter of the 46-year-old Kevin Nix and sentenced to ten years in prison. The incident took place on 24 June last ...

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Woman who killed partner by driving with him on the bonnet jailed for 10 years

A Spalding woman who killed her partner when she drove for 200 metres with him clinging to the bonnet of her car before braking sharply was today (Fri) jailed for ten years.   Mum-of-two Alison Skingsly, 43, claimed she suddenly applied the brakes on her Peugeot 307 to avoid a pigeon.   But a jury rejected her defence and found her ...

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Candidates for district and parish council elections announced

The 69 candidates for the 2019 district council elections for South Holland have been announced. The election takes place on Thursday, May 2. In total the prospective candidates number 35 Conservatives (Con), 20 Independents (Ind), nine Green Party (Green), two Labour (Lab), two UKIP and one Liberal Democrat (LD). There’s also parish council but only one in South Holland Pinchbeck, ...

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Jobs uncertainty as fruit site set to close

At least 100 employees at a Pinchbeck food firm face uncertain futures as another South Holland plant is set to close. A 45-day consultation has begun at the Enterprise Way site of Greenyard Fresh UK, one of two Greenyard Fresh sites in Pinchbeck. A Greenyard Fresh spokesman said: “It is not possible to determine the final impact on our colleagues ...

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Bikers join forces to help Jayden (11) salute granddad

An 11-year-old who recently lost his granddad in a motorcycle accident has properly saluted his memory thanks to a group of South Holland bikers. Emma Andrew of Pinchbeck saw a Facebook post from Jayden Mumby’s mum Cirsty, saying how her son has been saluting any motorbike that goes past in memory of his granddad Dave Mumby. Dave, from, Boston died ...

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MND sufferer Nigel set for World Snooker Championships platform

A Spalding snooker player who has Motor Neurone Disease has pocketed a place performing at the sport’s World Championships. Despite struggling to walk as a result of the condition, Nigel Brasier (49) has continued to play the sport he’s loved since he was eight-years-old. And on April 24 he will be appearing at the sport’s spiritual home, The Crucible in ...

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Gender pay gap is a ‘fallacy’ – councillor

A councillor has defended his position after saying that the ‘gender pay gap is a fallacy’. Jack McLean made the comments on Twitter after looking through South Holland District Council’s gender pay gap results which compares men and women’s average pay across the organisation. The council says its pay gap has increased by 0.65% up from 1.5% and way below ...

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Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable’s Brexit message

The Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police has addressed potential rises in hate crime by releasing a statement. Bill Skelly has released the statement in a number of languages amid what the force calls “Brexit uncertainty”. The Chief Constable said: “I understand that things are very uncertain, and that can impact on how you feel in your community. “I am working ...

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Carbon cuts for county council

Lincolnshire County Council is looking to reduce its annual £10.7m energy bill with a new carbon management plan. The plan, which runs to 2023, will cover a range of issues from using solar panels on council buildings to encouraging car sharing and aiming for a paperless office. The details were put before members of the council’s executive on Tuesday and ...

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Thief who unlawfully had knives in Sainsbury’s could be deported

A 63-year-old Lithuanian national living in Spalding was led away from court in handcuffs to face possible deportation. Kestutis Kisielius was appearing before magistrates in Boston today (Wednesday) to plead guilty to having a folding pocket knife with a 9.5cm blade on him in Sainsbury’s in Holland Market, Spalding. The court heard that Kisielius also had with him a kitchen knife ...

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Protests over Relief Road step up

A group to oppose the Spalding Relief Road protested outside two meetings this week for Bourne Road residents who could have their homes bulldozed this week. It followed on from the Spalding and Pinchbeck Against the Relief Road (SPARR) public meeting at The Vista on Saturday that the organisers claim was attended by just under 150 people. SPARR members with ...

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Help staff hit a charity bullseye

Table sponsors are needed for a charity event featuring former world champion darts player Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor. NHS staff are organising the professional darts night to raise money for Spalding’s Johnson Community Hospital. The star-studded event will also feature Wayne Mardle and current top 16 world players Joe Cullen and Jonny Clayton. Table sponsors are needed for the venue, ...

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Two plead guilty to drug dealing related charges

A Spalding man and a youth have appeared in court over the possession of and supply of cannabis. Jeremias Vata Joao (20) had about 40 grams of the drug on him when he was searched by police, as well as drug paraphernalia such as scales. Prosecutor Nick Todd told Boston Magistrates’ Court today (Wednesday): “On his phone were approximately 11,000 ...

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