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Listed status bid for hospital fails

A bid to get protected status for the old Johnson Hospital has been turned down. The 1881 opened Priory Road building has been derelict for a number of years and local resident Jackie Allen had applied to Historic England for it to be given listed status. Despite Jackie being successful earlier this year to put the former Christian Association building ...

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Man in court over firearms offence

A Spalding resident accused of a firearm offence has had his case sent to crown court. Mindageas Stakele (25), of Albert Street, is charged with possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. The offence is alleged to have happened in Spalding between August 15 and August 18, 2019, and involved a BB handgun. Stakele, who appeared ...

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Business park seeks planning approval seven years since it opened

A seven-year-old business park where around 40 people are employed has never been granted planning permission, it’s been revealed Now GH Myers, which owns Poplar Farm on Austendyke Road in Weston Hills, has submitted a retrospective planning application to South Holland District Council to change the use of units on the site from agricultural use to business. The company has ...

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Area will pay its respects to fallen

South Holland will remember the fallen in a series of events in and around Armistice Day. Remembrance Sunday on November 10 will see the Royal British Legion’s annual parade from The Market Place to Ayscoughfee Gardens, Spalding. Volunteers from the local branch of the legion have been in training for the parade which will makes its way through Bridge Street ...

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Bakers statue could rise again

Plans are in the oven to install a statue in the town centre that for nearly 20 years stood alongside the A16. The Spalding Figures, which is more commonly known as The Bakers, stood by the McDonald’s roundabout near the Addo Food Group’s Spalding Bakery until recently. The two aluminium resin figures which are slightly bigger than life-size were taken ...

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Children’s graffiti from day war broke out has poignant tale behind it

Finding children’s graffiti from the day World War One broke out on a barn door has sparked the poignant tale of a Quadring family. The graffiti showed the date of the start of the war on August 4, 1914, along with children’s drawings of horses, a bicycle, two ploughs and names and initials. The discovery was made by independent archaeologist ...

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Officer punched taking drunk to cell

A Spalding man punched a police officer as he was being taken to a cell after being arrested for being drunk and disorderly, a court has heard. Matthew Preece, 45, of The Meadows, who admitted the offences, had been arrested in West Street at 5pm on October 7 after officers found him slumped against a wall and magistrates heard how ...

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Man headbutted and spat at police

A man spat at and headbutted police officers attending reports of a single vehicle collision. Police called to a single vehicle collision in Hurdletree Bank found Andrew Fraser McDonald (63) of Cranesgate North, Whaplode St Catherinesat on the ground arguing with his wife, a court has heard. He provided a positive breath test, Boston Magistrates were told, and was ‘aggressive’ ...

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Drug-driver hit cyclist

A Spalding man was ‘spaced out’ on cocaine when he hit a cyclist with his car causing him to fall to the ground, Boston Magistrates Court has heard. Christopher Storm, 57, of Winsover Road, who admitted driving under the influence of drugs, was driving a Renault Clio when he knocked the cyclist off his bicycle in Park Road at 4pm ...

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Village community building burgled

A charity’s community hub in Surfleet was burgled over the weekend. Tonic 44 at Station Road, part of the Tonic Health group the specialises in health and welbeing, was burgled between 1.30pm and 8.40am on Saturday, October 26, police said, adding bottles of beer were stolen. A pane of glass was broken in the door to gain entry and items ...

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Pain patients in South Holland say new service hurts

The outsourcing of pain relief treatment in Lincolnshire has led to thousands being behind the treatment they need, it’s been claimed. One South Holland woman was told she was among 40,000 people in the county behind on pain relief treatment, though those who run the service say the number is “significantly less” than that. It follows the outsourcing of the ...

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Poet praises books at Holbeach bookshop’s first birthday bash

A charity bookshop in Holbeach has celebrated its first birthday and poet Benjamin Zephaniah, who opened the shop last year, was back to sign books, recite poetry and give a speech in praise of books and learning. Benjamin said he was on stage at Warwick the night before and a boy asked what he read as a child. “I had ...

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Crews called to Gosberton Risegate fire

Fire crews were called to a blaze inside a Gosberton Risegate property on Tuesday (October 29). Crews based at Donington and Spalding fire stations were called to the blaze on Chesboule Lane shortly after 3.30pm. The crews used two breathing apparatus and a positive pressure fan to put out the fire before dampening down hot spots. No casualties were reported ...

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Dot’s party raises hospital cash

A Holbeach woman’s 80th birthday party has raised more than £750 for the town’s hospital. More than 75 friends and family joined birthday girl Dot Gurd at Holbeach WI Hall on Saturday, October 26, and donated a total of £759.50 for her chosen cause. Dot has had treatment at the hospital and said it is “brilliant”. “You couldn’t ask for ...

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Council’s crisp packet scheme binned

Holbeach Parish Council has stopped its crisp packet collection scheme after the recycling company changed its criteria for drop-off points. The scheme was organised by Coun Isobel Hutchinson, who said: “Members of the public took it upon themselves to send them back to Walkers to make that point and it had been so well received here by parishioners as well ...

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Dentist looks forward to opening

Those behind a new dentists set to open in Spalding next year say you’ll be able to pre-register for the service soon. As reported last week, JDSP Dental Ltd is to open an 8am to 8pm, 365 days a year service in March 2020. Winsover Dental Care is due to open in The Spalding Voice’s former offices in Winsover Road. ...

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Barber Steve’s set for charity chop

A Spalding barber is turning Movember on its head and getting rid of the beard he’s grown for years. Steve Jackson has had the around-nine-inch beard for nearly seven years. The 28-year-old, who works at Stuart’s Barber Shop in Spalding, is doing so particularly to raise awareness of mental health issues. “I’ve wanted to take part in Movember for a ...

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Can you help the over 55 clubbers?

A group that brings together elderly people every week for activities is on the look out for financial support after having its funding cut. The over 55s that use the Ever Young Club at the Umbrella Centre on Westlode Street every Friday were so desperate to keep the club going they offered to pay some of it themselves. Following the ...

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Spalding singer and Twitch star’s big ambition

A Spalding woman has released her debut single with an eye on chart domination and is building up her profile on the livestreamer network, Twitch. Tune into 18-year-old Kyra Jinx’s Twitch channel online most days between lunchtime and around 10pm, and you’ll find her broadcasting from her bedroom, either just chatting to her followers or playing the online video game, ...

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Spalding shoplifter smashed bottle over security guard’s head

A shoplifter smashed a bottle over the head of a security guard who attempted to stop him fleeing from a Spalding supermarket, Lincoln Crown Court was told today (Mon).Adam Isham (33) ran towards the exit of Sainsbury’s when the security officer intervened.Isham then struck him with such force that the guard was knocked to the ground.Isham then ran from the ...

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