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Churchill AND Hitler medals for celebrated Matron Casswell

Casswell is a well-known South Holland surname and this week’s Spalding Gentleman’s Society celebrates Margaret ‘Madge’ Casswell who had the rare, if not unique, distinction of commendations from both Adolf Hitler and Winston Churchill. Margaret was born in Gosberton in 1884 and served as a nurse during the First World War and worked in a military hospital in Gibraltar, where, ...

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Get ready for this year’s art competition

The South Holland District Council Open Arts Competition celebrates its 20th year with the 2019 instalment. Entry is now open and you’ve just over a month to get your entries in before the deadline of February 22. Entries will be displayed at a gallery at the South Holland Centre in Spalding between Thursday, April 4 and Wednesday, April 10. To ...

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Council’s bid for more electric car charging points in South Holland

Seven new charging points for electric cars, which would cost thousands of pounds to install, are being proposed for South Holland. There are currently 100 such vehicles in the area according to South Holland District Council, which is looking to install charging machines for them in Holbeach, Pinchbeck, Sutton Bridge, Crowland and at several locations in Spalding. The authority is ...

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Time for a new clock at Pinchbeck St Mary’s

A Pinchbeck landmark could be set for a timely update if a fundraising appeal is successful. After years of not working St Mary’s Church in the village is hoping to get its clock back ticking. The £1,000 works will also bring back the familiar sound of the bell chiming every hour. The historic Grade I listed building dates back to ...

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Theft from Gosberton Co-Op

Police are searching for a man who walked into the Co-Op in Gosberton and stole money from the till. The incident happened at the High Street store at around 9pm on Friday, January 4. Police have said no nobody was injured or confronted in the incident by the thief who then made off along High Street in the direction of ...

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Two wanted in connection with Crowland meat and wine theft

Police are looking for two people wanted connection with the theft of a meat and wine from a shop in Crowland. The theft from the Co-op store in West Street in Crowland was reported at 3.20pm on December 26. The woman is described as in her early 30s, with long brown hair. She was wearing a blue coat with a ...

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Spalding shop has licence revoked amid “very strange behaviour”

A Spalding shop where police said they witnessed “very strange behaviour” and found a hidden compartment has had its premises licence revoked for selling alcohol illegally. For the second time in three years a person has been stripped of their licence to run Spalding Express in Commercial Road. On Thursday, January 10, South Holland District Council’s Licensing Committee decided to ...

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Diver team search ongoing in Spalding

Lincolnshire Police are continuing to work with specialist diver teams after a concern for safety call at Cradge Bank. Police said they were called to Cradge Bank on Wednesday, January 9, at 10.50pm and had reason to believe a person had gone into the water. They said: “An underwater dive team and police officers have been searching the area but ...

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Man and woman arrested in Spalding on suspicion of handling stolen goods

A man and a woman were arrested this morning at Queens Road. Police said a 50-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods. A warrant was executed at a residential address on Queens Road at 8.55am Friday morning. Concerned residents on the school run took to social media to find out about the police ...

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Stolen car leads to drugs stash find in Long Sutton

A police raid on a vehicle workshop revealed a stash of illegal drugs, Lincoln Crown Court was told today (Thursday).   Officers targeted the workshop on Bridge Road, Long Sutton, in August 2017 after a stolen Audi A5 car was seen parked outside.   Amy Earnshaw, prosecuting, said that the vehicle, which was stolen five months earlier from  Essex, had been cloned ...

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Suspected shoplifter dies after arrest at Spalding store

A man has died after he was detained under suspicion of theft from Sainsbury’s in Spalding. On Tuesday, January 8, police were called to Sainsbury’s at Holland Market to assist with the man who had been detained. After he was arrested, police said it was clear he was unwell and he was given first aid by officers and shop staff. ...

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Sutton Bridge cocaine and cannabis driver ‘self-medicated’

A driver caught with cocaine and cannabis in his system twice in six weeks has been warned that he faces a suspended jail sentence. Lynn magistrates heard on Monday that Tyler James was first stopped by police in Queen Mary Road, Gaywood, Norfolk, just after 1am on August 12 last year. He failed a roadside Drugwipe and was arrested. Evidential ...

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Food recycling is part of strategy

Food waste recycling could be on the cards in South Holland as the council signs-up to a new strategy. The initiative aims to have all seven district councils in the county working together to deal with recycling and other domestic waste. Members of South Holland District Council are due to discuss the strategy at a meeting on Tuesday, and agree ...

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Drug-driver had smoked Spice

Police had to pursue a Long Sutton drug-driver off-road and then give chase on foot when he and a passenger decamped. When Josh Edward Lake (25) was caught, he failed a roadside drug wipe and a quantity of the drug Spice was in his uninsured car. Prosecutor Stacie Cossey told King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Monday that police followed the ...

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Plans for new dentists in Spalding cancelled

There will be no new NHS dental surgeries opening this month in Spalding. The news has come as a blow to South Holland residents with no access to regular health service dentists. Those already operating in the town don’t want to take on more patients, despite the possibility of funding. JDSP Dental Ltd was poised to move into Winsover Road ...

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Eight-year-old Oliver’s kind-hearted donation

A kind-hearted schoolboy spent some of his holiday raising money for other children. Oliver Stanley (8) bought toys for the children’s ward at the Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, for the third year running. He raised a total of £150 with a raffle and a donation from Moulton Harrox Sports and Social Club which gave £50. The tractor-mad youngster started his fundraising ...

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Norfolk nursery to create new jobs in Holbeach St Johns?

Plans for a major new nursery in South Holland have been submitted to the district council. The applicant, Blofield Nurseries, already operates in South Norfolk but cannot expand further on the existing site. “The existing site has been expanded to its limits and the new site is required to meet the growing needs of the business as it expands to ...

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Residents renew fight against fly-tip and rubbish ‘eyesore’ street corner

Residents of a Spalding street have vowed to renew their fight against an ‘eyesore’ corner of rubbish and fly-tipped items. For more than 10 years, Ken Ward has been in contact with South Holland District Council about the rubbish piled up at a corner near his house. The bulk of it comes from the estate of apartments and houses built ...

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Letters demand litter action from leaders

South Holland crusaders against litter and fly-tipping have called for urgent action from the district’s leaders. Regular letter-writer Paul Matten sent his latest findings to the press and the district council and is now threatening legal action on environmental grounds. He wrote: “I don’t expect any action from SHDC any time soon, but I will start prosecution proceedings against SHDC ...

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‘Brilliant’ year for cat donations

Generous animal lovers have risen to the challenge of the Spalding and District Cats Protection appeal for food and domestic items for the fostered four-legged friends. Sandra Gelsthorpe, who has run the local Cats Protection for 29 years, said the response has been brilliant and as well as dropping food off to The Voice office, people have taken items directly ...

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