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Mum found flat on fire

Five fire crews and an emergency response unit descended on a Donington cul-de-sac to a flat on fire on Monday evening. They were called to Arnhem Way at around 6.45pm to the fire that was mainly confined to a living-room cupboard. The flat is being rented by a 28-year-old man who wasn’t in at the time and whose mum was ...

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Golden show for Taylors

Taylors Bulbs have won their 26th consecutive Gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for their stunning display of British grown daffodils from its Holbeach farm. The display is made up of over 70 varieties of daffodils and 2000 flowers of all colours, shapes and sizes. The stand is truly a magnificent sight, regularly stopping visitors in their tracks ...

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County council service rated ‘good’

Lincolnshire County Council’s health visiting and children and young people nursing services have been rated ‘good’ by Ofsted. Following the February inspection services were rated good in effective, caring, responsive and well-led criteria. The county council has though been told that it ‘requires improvement’ in the category of being safe following concerns over hand hygiene, the cleaning of toys and ...

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Money in memory of Alex

More than £1,500 was roped in for charity in memory of a friend at Spalding’s Elizabethan Centre recently. A country and western afternoon was held by the centre’s social club in memory of Alex Ford who passed away aged 73 after suffering with Motor Neurone Disease. Acts Tennessee Stud and Dale Diamond entertained the 150 people at the event organised ...

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Rights worker’s Thai fine upheld

A Thai Appeals Court has ordered a Spalding migrant rights defender to pay 10m baht (£250,000) in damages to Thai pineapple company Natural Fruit. The Prakanong Court in Bangkok last week read an Appeals Court’s verdict on Andy Hall’s appeal against a 2018 10m baht civil defamation conviction, maintaining the lower court’s ruling and conviction. Mr Hall (pictured) said he ...

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Ladies’ big boost for charity

A group of women have helped raise more than £1,600 for the Alzheimer’s Society by holding a Cupcake/Fun Day. Kelly Greengrass-Smith, Kelly Scotney, Kodie Greengrass-Munton, Liz Greengrass, Lucy Waite, Sarah Barlow, Sandy Daniels and Zoe Dawson put on the private event in Spalding on Saturday, May which included a host of games and stalls as well as entertainment from The ...

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Hospital upgrade backed by MP

South Holland and the Deepings MP Sir John Hayes says he’s fully behind a proposal to upgrade the Johnson Hospital in Spalding to an Urgent Treatment Centre. As previously reported in The Voice, as part of the Healthy Conversation 2019 consultation that’s ongoing, the NHS is looking to improve the services at the hospital which is currently designated as a ...

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Public meeting on explorer’s remains

A group set up to bring the remains of a famous explorer back to Donington are holding a public meeting on Monday (June 3) to explain where they are in the process. The Matthew Flinders Bring Him Home group were formed earlier this year after the remains of the man who first named Australia was found during building work at ...

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Rotary helps shed light on villagers

A village in one of the poorest countries in the world has been given electricity, partly thanks to a South Holland charity. The Rotary Club of Spalding and Welland in partnership with the Church of Boston St Botolph has helped to provide the 850 villagers of Janneh Kunda in Gambia with solar power. Through fundraising initiatives the Rotary members were ...

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GALLERY: Thousands flock to Spalding Festival

Thousands flocked to the Spalding Festival last weekend with the event looking likely to raise even more money for local charities than previous years. Photos by Ben Chapman. It’s the fourth year of the Spalding Round Table event that was previously named a beer and music festival. There was plenty of both those on offer at the Castle Sports Complex ...

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Saddle up with White Horse Writers Open Mic night

Spalding’s White Horse Writers group is hosting its second open mic night on Thursday, May 30. Serge’s Tapas on Francis Street is again hosting the eclectic mixture of poetry, prose and music, all by local performers. It follows on from the success of the first such event at the end of March. The event starts at 7.30pm and all new ...

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Two arrested after armed police swoop on Pinchbeck

Two men have been arrested after armed police were called to Pinchbeck on Monday night. Police said armed officers were deployed to Blue Gowt Lane in Pinchebeck after reports of a man seen with an air weapon at 7.27pm on Monday, May 27. Two men, aged 41 and 29, were arrested in the area on suspicion of possession of an ...

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Fire destroys flat in Donington

‘Carelessly discarded smoking materials’ was the cause of a fire that severely damaged a Donington flat last night. An emergency response team and five fire crews including ones from Donington and Spalding attended the blaze at Arnhem Way at around 6.45pm yesterday evening (Monday). Two breathing apparatus and one hose reel was used to put the fire out. It’s not ...

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Drink driver crashed with 21-month-old son in car

A mum who crashed her car in Moulton while twice the drink-drive limit had her 21-month-old son with her. Katie Wilson’s Alfa Romeo careered into the garden of a cottage in Hallgate just before midnight on April 17.  Boston Magistrates’ Court heard today (Wednesday) that she told a police officer: “Oh my god, I think I fell asleep.” However, the ...

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Suicide verdict after man is hit by train

A troubled Spalding man deliberately put himself in the path of a freight train near his home, an inquest has heard. Jeremy (Jez) Gareth Spikings was instantly killed in the “utterly unpredictable” incident close to Cherry Holt Level Crossing in Pinchbeck in the early hours of December 7 last year. The hearing at Boston Coroner’s Court today (Thursday) was told ...

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Man appears in court on cannabis growing charges

A Whaplode man has appeared in court over a “large-scale growth” of cannabis. Alex Robert Robinson, of Kirkgate, is charged with three offences – all said to have taken place at a farm in Leamlands Lane, Lutton Marsh. The 44-year-old is accused of producing cannabis and possessing cannabis with intent to supply, both on November 21, 2017. He is also ...

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Zebra do it for dogs and dementia

Spalding rock group Zebra played to a full house at the Castle Sports Cafe and Bar last weekend a charity event organised by John Phoenix to raise funds for two charities close to his heart, Guide Dogs for the blind and Dementia UK. John said: “This is the best event I have put on here, everyone has had so much ...

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Charity effort packs a punch

A 42-year-old is being spurred back into the boxing ring to support a family who lost a loved one to a brain tumour. Chris Miller from Holbeach is raising money for Cancer Research and The Brain Tumour Charity by taking part in the Ultra White Collar Boxing Event at the Peterborough Arena on June 29. After taking part once previously ...

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Spalding Cemetery drugs arrest

Lincolnshire Police arrested a 47-year-old local man for driving whilst unfit through drugs in Spalding Cemetery on Monday morning and seized the uninsured vehicle. Police said at 11.10am they were called to Spalding Cemetery following a report of someone taking drugs in a car. “We arrested the driver for driving whilst unfit though drugs and seized the vehicle as it ...

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Assurances over under-threat centre

Assurances have been made to Holbeach Medical Centre patients after it was given six months to improve or face possible closure. As reported in last week’s Voice, the Park Road centre was rated ‘inadequate’ for a second time this year following Care Quality Commission inspections. Following the release of the report last week, South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has ...

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