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Spalding Festival 2021 cancelled

The Spalding Festival has been cancelled for a second successive year, but organisers have promised it will return bigger and better than ever. Those behind the Castle Sports Complex based highlight have taken the decision to not hold the 2021 event during the late May Bank Holiday due to the ongoing pandemic which also forced the cancellation of the 2020 ...

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South Holland to be moved into Tier 4 of COVID-19 restrictions within hours

South Holland is to be moved into Tier 4 of COVID-19 restrictions from midnight tonight (Wednesday, December 30). It means all non-essential shops, gyms, hairdressers and beauticians will be among the businesses that have to close. Lincolnshire will join around three quarters of the population of England in moving into the highest tier of restrictions, health secretary Matt Hancock told ...

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Appeal launched after Christmas Day fire ‘destroyed everything’ family owned

An appeal has been launched to help a Fleet Hargate family who have ‘lost everything’ in a Christmas Day fire. Fleet residents are rallying around the family that owns the property on Eastgate where the fire broke out earlier this morning (Friday, December 25). Eileen Gilliatt has set up the appeal titled ‘Weʼre raising £5,000 to family in Fleet Hargate ..fire Christmas Day ...

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Voice readers make Christmas very merry

The generosity of the public will make Christmas a much nicer time for those in need as the Give a Gift campaign celebrates its most successful year to date. Spearheaded by Coun Harry Drury, Give a Gift has passed on donated toys to less fortunate children for the last nine years. Harry said: “Even after nine years of doing this, ...

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Jailed after a spate of incidents including five charges of assaulting police officers

A Spalding man has been jailed for 34 weeks after a spate of incidents, including five of assaulting emergency workers. Timothy Philips (52), of Park Road, came before Lincolnshire Magistrates’ Court on December 12 on a number of charges. On July 12 he pleaded guilty to assaulting three police officers after being found to be driving while nearly three times ...

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Bank’s festive present to town

The Spalding branch of Nationwide has provided its own present to the town – a new defibrillator. Staff at the Market Place branch have raised the money for the equipment themselves. And they’ve also been trained up on how to use it thanks to Lincolnshire’s first responder charity LIVES. It was funding thanks to generous customers alongside raffles and fundraising ...

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Luke and Ryan are ‘Inspirations’

Two brothers have been named as 2020 inspirations by the BBC as their message on domestic abuse became ever more important during the year. Following the 2016 murder of their mum Claire and sister Charlotte by their dad at the Castle Sports Complex in Spalding, Luke and Ryan Hart have been campaigning and raising awareness of what the brothers call ...

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Driver’s takeaway trip ends in court

A motorist who decided to go to a drive through McDonald’s and was involved in a minor collision was nearly three times the drink-drive limit. The 51-year-old decided to drive out for a takeaway and was involved in a minor collision which resulted in police being called because he smelt of alcohol. Sean Jason Hoyles, of Beccelm Drive, Crowland admitted ...

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Hospital trust calls in military

A Lincolnshire hospital trust has turned to the military for help in the face of rising coronavirus numbers. A request for military support was sent by the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (ULHT) on December 2. “Subsequently 18 military healthcare personnel commenced at Lincoln County Hospital on December 7 for an induction, started work on December 8 and have been a ...

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Virus effect on hospitals detailed

It could be March before all the staff at a hospital trust have been given the COVID-19 vaccine it’s been revealed, as health bosses gave an update on how the virus is affecting Lincolnshire. The United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT), which oversees hospitals including Boston, has more than 1,000 staff off ill, a meeting of Lincolnshire County Council’s Health ...

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Barman accused of stealing from pub

A former barman accused of stealing money from a Spalding pub will go on trial in May next year. Luke Jackson, 31, faces 29 charges of theft from the Moorings pub in Commercial Road between 26 May 2019 and 3 November 2019. Jackson, of Sewell Way, Spalding, appeared by video-link at Lincoln Crown Court today(Tues) for a pre-trial hearing. No ...

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Government announces changes to guidance on Christmas celebrations

South Holland residents are being told they can only mix with other households on Christmas Day this year after the government announced a change to COVID-19 protocol. Previously it had been announced that you could meet with up to three households over a five day period around December 25, but the identification of a new variant of the coronavirus in ...

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Annie has the top card

Nine year old Annie Clough from South View Community Primary School has been chosen as the winning artist for South Holland District Council’s Chairman’s Christmas Card Competition. The Council had invited primary school pupils from across the District to send in their best festive designs and ideas for the card, which is sent out every year to partners on behalf of the council chairman. Picking ...

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Family traveller site permitted

A family have been allowed to turn a paddock into a site for their family in Whaplode St Catherine. Whaplode Parish Council objected to the part retrospective planning application for an allocated travellers site only for the family of applicants Mr and Mrs Smith at Hurdletree Bank, claiming the site was ‘unsustainable’. Despite there being no objections from the public, ...

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Police appeal to drive carefully after rise in serious traffic collisions

After seeing a recent rise in the number of serious traffic accidents in the county, Lincolnshire Police is urging people to drive carefully this Christmas. The force says that in the first 17 days of this month, they attended seven collisions which left five people seriously injured and two dead. In the last three days 14 people in the county ...

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South Holland will remain in Tier 3 of COVID-19 restrictions over Christmas

South Holland will remain in the highest tier of COVID-19 restrictions, the government has announced today (Thursday). All of Lincolnshire will remain in Tier 3 at least for the next two weeks. South Holland and the Deepings MP Sir John Hayes, had hoped that the district could be moved down to Tier 2. But the member of parliament for the ...

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Community support helps record number

Volunteers and supporters of a South Holland food bank have seen around four times the usual number of people because of coronavirus. The Holbeach Food Bank has been open throughout the pandemic, and will be helping many families during the festive season. The volunteers behind the community effort have even put together 56 parcels, complete with gifts, for Christmas. “We ...

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A17 closed after three vehicle collision

The A17 at Long Sutton is currently blocked after a three vehicle collision. The Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance is among the emergency services called to the road’s junction with with the A1101 following the incident which occurred at around 1pm this afternoon (Wednesday, December 16). Lincolnshire Police said the incident involved a green and red DAF HGV, a red ...

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Mixed message over tier review

There are mixed messages about which COVID-19 tier Spalding will be put in this week. South Holland and the Deepings MP Sir John Hayes is still optimistic that the district will drop down to Tier 2. But council leader Lord Gary Porter is convinced that the whole county is likely to stay in Tier 3. Meanwhile, reports from Whitehall suggested ...

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Injuries following A16 collision

A number of people were taken to hospital after a collision between two cars which closed the A16 on Tuesday, December 15. The incident involved a black Audi A3 and a grey BMW estate and occurred around 4.40pm just outside Cowbit. The road remained closed until 7.15pm. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police said: “The driver of the BMW was taken ...

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