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Round the bend over lack of signs in Gedney Hill

Vandalised signs alerting motorists to a sharp bend in Gedney Hill will not be replaced despite safety concerns. The bend on Hillside, which is also on the junction with North Road, used to be marked by warning signs but no longer is. Villager Terry Seale says that despite a lower speed limit on the road, vehicles still take the corner ...

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‘Unclear’ if woman who drowned at Moulton Marsh went in water deliberately or fell

A coroner has said its “unclear” if a 35-year-old former NHS worker, who drowned in the River Welland looking for a dog, deliberately entered the water or fell in. Seonaid Patel, of Moulton Seas End, was walking four dogs at Moulton Marsh Nature Reserve on the morning of Wednesday, June 13 when the incident happened. An inquest into her death ...

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MP in the pink for breast cancer

John Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings added pink to his usual attire to support Breast Cancer Now’s wear it pink fundraiser on Friday, October 19. Mr Hayes was joined by more than 200 other parliamentarians in Westminster, all encouraging people across the UK to take part on wear it pink day and raise money for Breast Cancer ...

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Hole lot of help wanted for Pode Hole hall

Volunteers are being sought to help keep an historic village hall running past its current 60 years. The Bromley Hall at Pode Hole remains busy, but more volunteers are needed to keep it that way. The three-person committee would like to bolster their numbers, particularly with younger blood. They would also like any body who could help as a caretaker ...

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Volunteer defiant after funding cuts

The founder of local groups providing help for those struggling with mental health has vowed to continue running them despite having her NHS funding cut. Vanessa Browning (pictured) was effectively made redundant by the cost-cutting measures, but will keep hosting the Safe Places groups she’s helped set up for people with mental health issues. The 50-year-old says she can’t let ...

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Elderly man scammed after police no-show

Lincolnshire Police have apologised after officers failed to show up when a disabled octogenarian told them fraudsters were coming to fleece him for hundreds of pounds. The man, who The Voice has chosen to keep anonymous, was visited at his South Holland home by two people claiming to be gardeners on Tuesday, September 11. After what the victim describes as ...

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Family speak of the high cost of treating child’s cancer

A South Holland family who spent hundreds of pounds on petrol taking their son for cancer treatment is backing calls for government help. Jo and Gareth Devaney are supporting a campaign by charity CLIC Sargent after statistics revealed children with cancer travel twice as far and spend twice as much on transport than adults. On average, the families of patients ...

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Riley welcomes his heroes home

A group of Sutton Bridge friends who cycled from Wales to the town on Saturday to raise money for a boy recovering from brain cancer was welcomed with a sign that read “my heroes”. Riley Watts (11) is in remission and the riders wanted to raise money to send him and his family on holiday following their 18-month ordeal. The ...

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Alan’s Three Peaks climb raises a gr-eight sum

Gutsy grandad Alan Clucas helped raise more than £8,000 for his Cowbit-based family by completing the gruelling Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge on Saturday. Alan, along with daughter Victoria Darby and her husband Paul, successfully scaled Pen-y-Ghent (694m), Whernside (736m) and Ingleborough (723m) – with the ordeal taking 13-and-a-half hours. The trio were helping raise money for Victoria’s Mia, Charlie and ...

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Have your say on support to pay council tax

A consultation has been launched into the future of council tax support in South Holland. A total of £4,110,223 discount on council tax is provided to 5,363 cases in the district, the majority of which (57.8 per cent) are the elderly. Lincolnshire County Council picks up 76.1 per cent of the costs, the Police and Crime Commissioner 13.4 per cent ...

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Stand-in referee’s wallet and phone stolen from Spalding Castle Sports Complex changing room

A man who stepped in to referee a football game at the last minute was left out of pocket after his wallet and £350 phone was stolen during the game. Paul Sellars took charge of the game between Spalding Athletic and Netherton Reserves at the Castle Sports Complex as a favour so the Saturday, September 8 game wouldn’t be postponed. ...

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Drugs operation at two night spots

Nearly one in 10 revellers in Spalding last Saturday night were found to have taken drugs as a campaign to kerb increasing town centre violence was launched. On Saturday night (September 15), Spalding police launched Operation Hammersmith with a night at two establishments, testing for drugs. In partnership with the landlords of Spalding pub The Punchbowl and night club Loaded, ...

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Tulip Queens to cut ribbon on new Spalding pub

The finishing touches are being put to Spalding’s newest lodge and restaurant. Around 60 new jobs have been created at the £4m Tulip Queen on the Lincs Gateway site alongside the A16. Two former Tulip Queens will officially cut the ribbon at the Marston’s venue which opens to the public on September 24. Janet Bray was the winner of the ...

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Thank you for former firefighters

Two former firefighters have been thanked for their services to the community. Dave Ginnety and Gordon Scott had been part of the retained Holbeach Fire Crew for 20 and 16 years respectively before their recent  retirements. They both returned to the station on September 11 to be promoted with axes by station manager Mark Housam. Dave, a former Junior Officer at ...

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Opportunities to be heritage hero

Volunteers have the chance to forge a new path for themselves thanks to a number of vacancies at Chain Bridge Forge blacksmiths and museum. Last week, manager Martin Bawden left the Forge to relocate and a replacement is being sought. Director Geoff Taylor said: “Martin’s been a fantastic asset to us, he’s really done a wonderful job. “The volunteers he’s ...

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Masked teens carried out ‘terrifying’ armed robbery at Holbeach newsagents

Three young men who carried out a “terrifying robbery” at a Holbeach newsagents, after arming themselves with two knives and wearing Halloween masks have each been sentenced to over two years youth custody.    Manager Paula Shaw was working alone at McColls in Holbeach at around 7.30pm when she was confronted by the two 17-year-olds and a 16-year-old.    Lincoln ...

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Open day sparks new group idea

A Heritage Lincolnshire open day at Spalding Cemetery was so successful it has set the ball rolling on the potential for a whole new organisation. As part of the county-wide open days, which let the public in on usually closed historic areas over two weekends in September, Spalding Cemetery’s Johnson Mausoleum was open and organisers Coun Elizabeth Sneath and Julia ...

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European visitors welcomed

Spalding Round Table and Spalding 41 Club (a club made up of ex Round Table members) played host to the their opposite numbers from Spalding’s twin town Speyer, Germany, as part of a partnership going back many years. The clubs meet up each year in Spalding and Speyer in alternate years. More than 80 people of all ages took part ...

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Help community scheme to get cash pot

A Gosberton and Quadring community scheme is in with the chance of a cash grant thanks to making an awards shortlist. The  Good Neighbour Scheme has been shortlisted in the Skipton Building Society Grassroots Giving 2018 awards and is in with the chance of winning £500. Voting closes on October 12 and this year Skipton said it has 165 pots ...

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Op Galileo needs good neighbours

Lincolnshire Police are hoping neighbours of hare coursers become good friends. As part of Operation Galileo, the fight against hare coursing, letters have been sent out to ten people known to have taken part in the last season. And they’ve also sent 143 letters out to those ten people’s neighbours. Lincolnshire Police’s lead for rural crime, Superintendent Phil Vickers has ...

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