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Theft of £20 leads to £80 fine

A 33-year-old man snatched £20 from the till of a Spalding store when he went to pay for a can of coke, Boston Magistrates Court has been told. Matthew David Hall of Walpole Drive, Pinchbeck, but who was of no fixed address at the time, admitted the theft. The court heard that he grabbed the two £10 notes from the ...

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Four days of weather warnings for Spalding

Four days of weather warnings over strong winds for South Holland begin tonight. The Met Office has issued a “Yellow” weather warning at some time every day for the area up to and including Saturday, February 9. Today’s weather warning starts at 10pm for strong winds and is in force until 9am tomorrow. Another warning for “very strong winds” comes into ...

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An extra rise for Council Tax bills

Council Tax bills across Lincolnshire are set to rise by more than previously expected. The county council was discussing a 3.95 per cent rise at meetings in December. But a meeting of the executive was held this week when another one per cent was agreed. The increase will see the county’s part of a Band D property’s bill rise to ...

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Hero ‘night owl’ saves lives in arson attacks

A hero neighbour helped save lives after two suspected arson attacks within minutes and yards of each other on Weston Hills homes. The local resident, who does not wish to be named, helped evacuate a couple and a family including three young sons from the two separate properties around 100 yards apart on Old Fendyke Road in the early hours ...

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Cash boost for Pride scheme

The budget to tackle litter in South Holland is set to be boosted by £100,000 for the next financial year. The amount of money South Holland District Council spend on the Pride Team last year was £24,891.23 but rising complaints and increasing litter means more needs to be done. The proposed extra £100,000 would create another Pride Team to keep ...

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Mystery over power outages

Mystery surrounds why more than 2,000 homes suffered power issues and around the same time a bright flash lit up the skies of South Holland at 6pm on Friday, February 1. Many in the area took to social media to say they’d experienced their power drop out for a short period of time at the same time others had witnessed ...

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Royal to unveil Spalding’s new war memorial

The Duke of Kent is set to unveil the new Spalding World Two War Memorial in a ceremony next month. The Queen’s cousin will be at Ayscoughfee Hall on March 13 as the new memorial to those that lost their lives in the conflict is unveiled. Around £60,000 is being raised by the Spalding World War Two Memorial group set ...

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‘Let’s join forces to beat the fly-tippers’

A new community action group is aiming to tackle the blight of fly-tipping around Spalding. Launched on Facebook, Fly-tipping Watch Spalding and Locality has already attracted huge interest and will send all reports to South Holland District Council. It has been started off the back of the success of a similar site for the Boston area. Founder Mark Douglass said ...

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Donations lead to new scanner

A brand new scanner that it’s hoped will improve waiting times at Johnson Hospital is up and running thanks to charity funds. The £26,000 ultrasound scanner has been purchased by the hospital’s League of Friends partly with donations from the thousands raised by the Johnson Hospital Ball. The Venous Ablation machine can look at veins and arteries and as it’s ...

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Filmmaker guns for Berlin

A Cowbit filmmaker has taken his comedy cop buddy movie to the Berlin Film Festival Film Market in the hope of securing wider distribution. The Blazing Cannons stars Cowbit man Mark Noyce, who co-wrote and co-directed the movie with filmmaking partner Ben Shockley. Mark’s home village features in the film, alongside scenes shot in nearby Peterborough. The pair shot the ...

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Mixed news in school’s report

A South Holland Primary School requires improvement, according to its latest Ofsted report. Pupils at St Mary’s Church of England Primary School do not make good enough progress, the inspection body say. The report, published this week, says the school requires improvements in three out of five key areas. But pupils get off to a good start in the early ...

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Crash at Spalding Common junction campaign spot

Two cars have been involved in a collision at a Spalding Common spot that is the subject of a recently reignited safety campaign. The cars collided on Saturday evening at the junction which Lincolnshire County Council previously said had “no history of accidents being caused by low levels of light”. Last week, Spalding man Rodney Sadd re-launched his campaign to ...

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Homes bid for lifestyle centre

A bid to build 72 homes on the current Spalding Lifestyle and Garden Centre commercial premises next to Johnson Hospital has been submitted. Kaplan Property Group is looking to build 57 two-storey homes and 15 two- and three-storey flats as well as a public open space on the site just off Spalding Road in Pinchbeck. Spalding Lifestyle is currently home ...

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Porter’s warning to government

Communities may suffer the loss of leisure and cultural facilities, fewer bus services, unkempt parks and green spaces, and see fly-tippers go unpunished without investment in under-pressure councils, the group chaired by South Holland District Council leader Lord Gary Porter has said. Lord Porter chairs the Local Government Association (LGA) which represents all local authorities. It says it has made ...

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Last look at school for a former pupil

A former pupil returned to the historic school he left 80 years ago recently just before demolition work is carried out. The former Goodfellows School in Spalding Common which opened in 1871 is making way for a new care home. It closed in 2004 after 133 years of educating children, first for all ages before becoming solely a Church of ...

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Thanks all round at Pilgrimage Fund awards night

Fantastic donations were the highlights as the Anglia Motel Pilgrimage Fund held its annual awards evening on Saturday, February 2 to say thank-you to those who have helped out. For the past few decades the group has funded veterans to travel to Normandy to pay respects to the fallen, particularly around D-Day. Organiser and hotel owner Harold Payne put on ...

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Police sergeant steps into role

The new Neighbourhood Sergeant for Spalding says rural crimes and the increasing problems of gangs are among the top issues he’s working on in the area. Sergeant Rick Mosley has been in the position since December. The 51-year-old was born in Canada but came to this country with his English mum when young. After growing up in Nottinghamshire he spent ...

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Say thank you with a hamper

A district councillor and a charity worker have clubbed together to create a great way to say ‘thank you’. Coun Tracey Carter and Chosen charity manager Samantha Flavell have joined forces this month to launch ‘Pamper Hampers’. Tracey said the concept was developed between them over the Christmas period. She said they both noticed “how generous local people were to ...

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Large fire destroys plant pot storage building

Five fire crews battled a large fire on the outskirts of Spalding in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The blaze was at a satellite nursery of Opperman Plants on the former Geest site on Pecks Drove West and was reported at around 6.20am. The building, which was, being used to store plant pots, was completely destroyed. Lincolnshire Fire and ...

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All aboard for multi-million station refit

Spalding Station is set for a £2.5 million refit. East Midlands Trains has announced the measures for the Grade II listed three storey building at Spalding station in Lincolnshire which will include creating retail space at the building’s frontage. It’s measures that have long been campaigned for by the Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum have been calling for. A spokesman for ...

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