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New supplier takes over domestic abuse service in county

Victims of domestic abuse in South Holland will now be directed towards a new service as of this week. Lincolnshire County Council has recommissioned the service it offers for those experiencing problems at home. The provider of these services across the whole county is now West Lincolnshire Domestic Abuse Service (WLDAS). Referrals to the Service for support will primarily be ...

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Holbeach RBL duo set for First World War pilgrimage

Two members of the Holbeach branch of the Royal British Legion are to join thousands on a pilgrimage of remembrance in Belgium. Rhys Midwinter and Michael Barter will take part in the Great Pilgrimage 90 (GP90), parade around World War One battlefields which culminates in a ceremony in Ypres. The event marking the Hundred Days Offensive takes place from August ...

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Couple and lodgers flee Long Sutton blaze

A retired couple and their lodgers have spoken of their horror after their front yard was incinerated in a blaze off High Street in Long Sutton last night (Tuesday, July 31). Robert (69) and Maureen Green (76) were woken by a neighbour just before midnight, to find their shed on fire which spread quickly to a camper van, two cars, ...

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GALLERY: Pupils who ‘Walk Tall’ awarded by Spalding Lions

Some of South Holland’s top young talents have been recognised for their school achievements by the Spalding Lions. Every year the group asks schools to nominate a student for their Walk Tall awards for those whose achievements have stood out for a host of different reasons. Over the last few weeks the of school term the Lions visited the schools ...

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Explosion heard as huge fire rages in Long Sutton High Street

Almost 40 firefighters from crews around the area tackled a blaze in Long Sutton last night (Tuesday). A Long Sutton resident said she “heard a really loud explosion” at around midnight. Lincolnshire Fire and Rescuse said 39 firefighters extinguished a burning garage, three cars and “adjoining living area”. Fire crews from Long Sutton, Holbeach, Spalding, Wisbech, Terrington & West Walton ...

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Jail for drug addict driver who fled death crash scene

A drug addict driver who killed a motorcyclist and caused catastrophic injuries to his victim’s pillion passenger was today jailed after a court heard he fled from the scene driving off to take cocaine.   Daniel Pryce had two young children in the Ford Galaxy people carrier he was driving when he overtook another car and drove straight into the path of the oncoming ...

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Met Office issues ‘amber’ warning for thunderstorms for this afternoon

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning as it says heavy thunderstorms are likely this afternoon (Friday, July 27). The warning was issued an hour ago and runs until 8pm this evening. A less severe, yellow warning of thunderstorms is in place until 2am tomorrow morning. The warning states to expect:  Flooding of homes and businesses is likely ...

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Get diggy with it at Ayscoughfee archeology festival

Grab a trowel, the second annual Festival of Archaeology takes place this weekend at Ayscoughfee Gardens in Spalding. On Saturday and Sunday (July 28/29), visitors can dig deep into dirt pits to unearth fossils and get hands-on with a host of activities and crafts, as well as talks, walks and demonstrations. The first festival weekend last year was a success ...

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New NHS dentist for Spalding and Johnson Hospital dental service returns

Johnson Community Hospital dental surgery will resume full service in 2019, along with a new general practice accepting NHS patients in Spalding. The NHS will be reopening the Johnson Community Hospital NHS Dental service in January 2019 with a new provider. “This will be excellent news for Spalding and district residents,” a statement from Healthwatch Lincolnshire said. The service will ...

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Appeal to help re-home fish

A Pinchbeck man who has seen around 40 of his 400 fish die overnight is appealing for anyone to come forward who may be able to re-home them. Chris Walder says the water levels have dropped so low at his Seckford Lodge pond that a worryingly large proportion of his carp are dying. He said: “I think I lost 40 ...

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New schools planned for South Holland

A new 1,100-place secondary school for Spalding and new primary schools both for the town and Holbeach are on the cards. Other primary schools in South Holland will be expanded to increase the provision for an expanding population. The proposals are revealed in the latest stages of the South East Lincolnshire Local Plan which have just gone out for public ...

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Library move is backed

A plan to move Spalding Library from Victoria Street to the Red Lion Quarter will be an “improvement for customers” a councillor has claimed. The Voice revealed last week Lincolnshire County Council is working to move the facility to Red Lion Street. Coun Nick Worth, executive member for libraries is backing the move. He said: “We’re currently working with our ...

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BBC Radio’s Any Questions? comes to Spalding

The BBC Radio Four political panel show Any Questions is coming to St Mary and St Nicholas Church in Spalding this week. It’s being broadcast live on the airwaves on Friday, July 27 at 8pm. Doors are open from 6.30pm with the programme live from 8pm. Tickets are available from the parish office on Halmer Gate (01775 722772) and by ...

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Drugs pub given second chance

A Spalding pub can continue trading despite eight police visits and evidence of cocaine use on both sides of the bar. The Black Swan, New Road, was visited by officers “more than any other premises of any other size in the county,” police told members of South Holland District Council Licensing Panel when they met on Tuesday. Sgt Kimble Enderby, ...

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Concerns over district council practices

South Holland District Council says it is working to improve after an audit raised “serious concerns” over how areas of it is run. A report by the Eastern Internal Audit Services rated the council the ‘Limited Assurance’ grade in relation to framework of governance and risk management the second lowest it could be. “Significant improvements are required to improve the ...

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Brothers’ book shining a light on domestic abuse

Two brothers whose mum and sister were murdered by their dad before he turned the gun on himself say the book they’ve published helped bring them closer together. Luke and Ryan Hart released Operation Lighthouse on Thursday, July 19, the second anniversary of the shooting of Clare (50) and Charlotte Hart (19) by Lance Hart (57) outside the Castle Sports ...

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Spalding man ‘terrified’ by 3am burglars

A terrified householder hid under bedclothes as two women burgled his home at 3am, Lincoln Crown Court was told. The man was woken up in the early hours by the noise from the intruders after they broke into the Willow Walk property in Spalding. Rebecca Coleman, prosecuting, told the court: “he was terrified. He hid under the bedclothes. “He pretended ...

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Sunshine brings out the roadworks in South Holland

As the schools close for summer, the roadworks move in with work at 963 locations across Lincolnshire until September. The county council is working alongside partners Kier with Lincoln-based Minster Surfacing to carry out the mammoth project while traffic is lighter during the holiday season. “When everyone else goes off for their summer holidays, we’re hard at work repairing roads ...

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Supplies back on after burst main left hundreds without water

Over 100 homes to the south west of Spalding were without water for most of this morning after a burst water main. Anglian Water’s website says the affected areas of town included around Hawthorn Bank and Little London plus Cuckoo Bridge, Spalding Common and Tongue End. An Anglian Water spokesperson said: “Our teams were called this morning to repair a ...

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Huge increase in reported potholes

The number of reported potholes in Lincolnshire has risen by more than two and a half times it has been revealed. Lincolnshire County Council revealed it had received 23,438 complaints about potholes in the 12 months before June 1, 2018. Over the same period the previous year the number of complaints was just 9,034, 30 more than in the 12 ...

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