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Enya’s Eco-awards success

A Crowland pre-school is celebrating after winning a national environmental award. Enya’s Childcare was named Eco-Friendly Early Years of the year – topping last year’s Highly Commended in The Nursery World Awards. It was the first time the category was added to list available for entries.Directors Enya Mooney and Arron Last were also highly commended once more in the Pre-School ...

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School’s yellow ribbon tribute

A South Holland primary school is awash with yellow after staff, pupils and families adorned the fence with ribbons as part of the National Day of Reflection. Whaplode Church of England Primary held a minute’s silence last Tuesday when the nation looked back at a year since the outbreak of a pandemic. All the children currently in school and members ...

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Calls to fully reopen Spalding’s public toilets

Calls have been made that Spalding’s toilet facilities should be fully re-opened when non-essential shops open again on April 12. The amenities, which are managed by South Holland District Council, were closed across the district following the first lockdown in March 2020. The facilities in Holbeach, Donington, Long Sutton and Sutton Bridge have since re-opened Monday to Friday, 8am to ...

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Phonebox and new signs plan to brighten area

A bid to turn a historic phonebox into a display on some of Spalding’s history and new signs for the town are among new proposals. Coun Elizabeth Sneath is looking to adopt the Churchgate phonebox by the River Welland for a pound to preserve it going forward. It follows an article in The Voice on March 18 where the list ...

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Calls to make railway bridge safer for pedestrians

A plan to make Stepping Stone Bridge in Spalding safer for pedestrians is being resurrected. Members of the Spalding Town Forum have called for Network Rail to remove the panels surrounding the bridge to let in more light and improve the visibility. But Network Rail has told The Voice the bridge “meets current safety standards” and lighting is down to ...

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Wombles collect over 1,000 bags

Litter pickers in Spalding, including the hugely popular Wombles group that collected more than 1,000 bags of rubbish in a matter of days recently, are being urged to stay safe while out and about. The groups were praised by members of Spalding Town Forum members last week when it came up in a meeting. But concerns were raised about the ...

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Man threatened health professionals working on family court case leading to one having to move home

A court has heard that two health professionals were left ‘extremely distressed’ and one had to move home, after a Spalding man sent abusive, threatening and racist emails to them and a Facebook entry to a judge he had been dealing with in the Family Court. George Robert Lee, 42, of Hereward Road was appearing before magistrates in Boston following ...

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Member of the public helped police foil cement mixer theft

A member of the public has been thanked after helping police to foil the attempted theft of a cement mixer from a Gedney Hill building site. The person, who has not been named, witnessed men attempting to load the mixer into a van at 10.18pm on Friday, March 26. They took flight when the person challenged what they were doing, ...

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Serial offender says he’ll leave area after latest conviction for knife crime

A man described as having an “horrendous” criminal record plans to leave the district when he has completed his latest jail sentence, Lincoln Crown Court was told today (Monday, March 29). Matthew Bellerson’s most recent offences occurred in October last year when he brandished a knife and chased two men from his bungalow home in Pinchbeck threatening to kill them. Neighbours who ...

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Spalding one of the busiest property markets in the country

Spalding had one of the busiest property markets in the country last year, it’s been claimed. Using data from Right Move, mortgage company Haysto has worked out how many house purchases had taken place in 2020 compared with the population of the area. In Spalding there were 1,023 house purchases which equates to 281.6 homes sold per 10,000 of the ...

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Crowland home damaged after sofa caught fire

A Crowland home has suffered severe smoke damage after a sofa was accidentally set alight last night. Fire crews were called to a property on Horseshoe Court at 6.35pm last night (Sunday, March 28). Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue say the property suffered “severe” smoke damage throughout as a result of the blaze started by “carelessly discarded smoking materials”. The crews ...

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Sex offender given further jail sentence after staying at Spalding family home

A convicted sex offender was today (Friday) given a further jail sentence after police discovered he had stayed at a Spalding home where young children were living. Stephen Drury, also known as Stephen Pickering, was on the sex offenders’ register for life and as a consequence was required to reveal his past to the householder. But Drury failed to tell the ...

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Large fire in Weston Hills

Fire crews are battling a large blaze at a garage and domestic property in Weston Hills. The incident occurred on Broadgate at around 7.30am this morning, Friday, March 26. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue said: “We were called at 7.34am to a commercial garage and two storey domestic property on Broadgate in Weston Hills. Initially both crews attended ...

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Ambulance technician sacked over sex with vulnerable patient, inquest into death hears

An ambulance technician has been sacked after entering into a sexual relationship with a married 42-year-old mother who had attempted to take her own life and then died four days later. The inquest into the death of Sarah Marshall heard that Nigel Robinson broke COVID-19 lockdown protocols in April 2020 to visit her home in Allenby’s Close, Sutton Bridge. Mr ...

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Community help for blaze family

A family whose home was destroyed in a fire in the early hours of Christmas Day have spoken of the help and support they received from the South Holland community. The blaze gutted their Fleet Hargate home of 19 years and one of their pet dogs died as a result. But the offers of help, money and support from neighbours ...

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Spalding’s Johnson Hospital upgrade to go live next week with bookable appointments

Bookable appointments will be just one of the new benefits on offer at Spalding’s new Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC), which will open next week on Thursday, April 1. As previously reported the town’s existing Minor Injury Unit at Johnson Community Hospital is being upgraded to an Urgent Treatment Centre to offer a range of urgent care services to the local ...

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Kindness team’s Green Heart

The legacy of community kindness during the pandemic is set to create a new ‘green heart’ for Spalding. The Spalding COVID Kindness Team is rebranding as the South Holland Kindness Project and is hoping to transform an outdoor space into a new community project. It’s hoping the space will become home to a range of groups and organisations while providing ...

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Submitted dashcam footage could lead to prosecutions

Police could prosecute almost half of the drivers reported via a new dashcam footage scheme. In the first six weeks of the initiative, 11 clips have been sent to police by members of the public and action has been started with five of them. Offences captured by dashcam included driving without due care, running a red light and a vehicle ...

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South Holland Independents group together

Council members who have no political affiliation are joining forces under one banner. With live broadcasting of district and county meetings, the South Holland Independents hope members of the public will choose not to use politics to decide local issues. “I hope people will have seen that councillors belonging to a political party vote with the party leader and along ...

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Rows over village pub’s future

Those behind a bid to purchase and save a village pub are vowing to continue the fight. The Chequers in Gedney Dyke was listed as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) in 2018 following a campaign, but it’s subject to another planning permission to turn it into two homes. The ACV lasts for five years and means that before the ...

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