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Two plead guilty to drug dealing related charges

A Spalding man and a youth have appeared in court over the possession of and supply of cannabis. Jeremias Vata Joao (20) had about 40 grams of the drug on him when he was searched by police, as well as drug paraphernalia such as scales. Prosecutor Nick Todd told Boston Magistrates’ Court today (Wednesday): “On his phone were approximately 11,000 ...

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Half a million funding boost for arts projects

A £500,000 funding boost for the arts in South Holland and Boston has been announced. The long-running Transported programme will continue with funding from Arts Council England, which has announced the extension of six Creative People and Places schemes. Now in its seventh year, the Transported programme is a community-focused project creating more opportunities for people in the Lincolnshire area ...

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Rotary offers blood pressure tests

South Holland residents are being invited for a free health check that could help prevent a stroke. On Saturday, April 13, Spalding’s South Holland Centre will host Spalding Rotary Club and Stroke Association’s day of free blood pressure checks. A Rotary spokesman said of the day: “Blood pressures will be taken by health professionals who can give advice if there ...

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Camera club skills on show

Are you a dab hand with a camera or want to improve your skills alongside likeminded people? A camera club’s April events might put it all in focus. The Spalding Photographic Society’s season has just wrapped up and as usual its members are celebrating with an exhibition of more than 40 photographs at the Geest Gallery, Ayscoughfee Hall, from April ...

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Drug drive arrest after stolen car is driven into Spalding home

A man has been arrested on suspicion of drug driving in a stolen car that was driven in to the front of a family home in Spalding in the early hours of this morning (Wednesday). The home on Magellan Way, opposite the junction with St Thomas’s Road, was hit by the car at around 5.20am. The Voice understands the family ...

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Sir John Hayes MP ‘supports the PM’ in Brexit vote

South Holland and the Deepings MP Sir John Hayes is backing the Prime Minister in an attempt to get Brexit over the line. The MP, knighted in November, had previously said he would not be voting for the proposal Theresa May originally brought before the Commons. But last week he did vote with the Prime Minister’s proposal and said this ...

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Drug driving arrest after A17 collision

The A17 remains closed after a collision involving two cars and a lorry – and Lincolnshire Police have confirmed they have arrested a 61-year-old man. In an update, police said: “A 61-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drug-driving and possession of Cannabis and is in custody. Two people were taken to hospital. One suffered serious but not life threatening ...

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A17 closed at Sutton Bridge – air ambulance seen landing

The A17 is closed at Sutton Bridge and the air ambulance has attended the scene. Lincolnshire Police said emergency services are on scene on the A17, Kings Lynn Road, just past Sutton Bridge, following a collision between two cars and a lorry. Both lanes are currently blocked and the road is expected to be closed for some time. Police are ...

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Full of the joys of spring… cleaning

The national initiative to clean up Britain has taken off in a big way in South Holland, with teams taking to the streets on Tuesday morning and two major clean-up groups joining forces in Spalding. “We’re just trying to make the place better, that’s what it comes down to,” said Mark Douglass, who at the end of last year formed ...

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Wheelchair-bound man died from gas inhalation during house fire

A fatal house fire was probably started by a portable gas heater toppling over as the victim tried to turn it off, an inquest has heard. Wheelchair-bound Richard Jackson (64) died from the inhalation of fumes from the fire at his home in Water Gate, Quadring Eaudyke. A resumed inquest at Boston Coroner’s Court on Tuesday was told that the ...

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Crowland garden centre closing doors?

A Crowland garden centre is to close at the end of next month after a buyer could not be found for the business. The Wyevale centre has struggled with footfall since the A16 bypass was opened, and is one of a number of centres being off-loaded by its parent company. Up to 19 members of staff face the possibility of ...

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Cup drama brings back bad memories for Holbeach boss

Holbeach United now have a date and seemingly a new opponent in their League Cup Final. The show-piece is set to take place at Raunds Town on Bank Holiday Monday, May 6. But rather than play Deeping Rangers in a local derby, they will instead play Future Lions United Counties League leaders Daventry who lost the semi-final between those two ...

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Damning Ofsted report of Long Sutton school

Peele Community College in Long Sutton has been rated ‘inadequate’ in six out of six categories in a recent Ofsted inspection – but has set out a statement of intent to improve. The school released a statement saying it is “disappointed” by its recent ‘inadequate’ Ofsted rating but is “confident the school can build on its strengths” to move out ...

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Holbeach St Johns carers aim for new heights

Five members of staff from a Holbeach St Johns nursing home are set to climb Snowdon to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society. Carers Belinda Rivett, Danielle Cooper, Kayleigh Elleray, Jodie Clayton and Sarah Mason who work at Beechlodge in Frog’s Abbey Gate, are looking to raise £1,000 by climbing 1,085m to the summit of Wales’ highest mountain in June. ...

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Spalding Special school remains ‘outstanding’

A Spalding special school has retained its ‘outstanding’ status following a short Ofsted inspection last month. The Garth School on Pinchbeck Road was judged outstanding in June 2015 and after the February’s visit, retains its status. The Ofsted report praised many areas of the school, including the high level of care pupils receive and the school’s governance as a whole. ...

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Spalding town centre toilets closed

Two town centre public toilets have been out of action in Spalding this week. South Holland District Council closed both the Vine Street and the Sheep Market facilities on Monday. A spokesman said it was hoped the Vine Street toilets could re-open by Wednesday, once a drain blockage had been cleared. But the Sheep Market loos were likely to remain ...

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Spalding Relief Road protest group set for big launch

A big crowd is expected for the first public meeting of a new group set-up to oppose plans for a relief road around Spalding. The Spalding and Pinchbeck Against Relief Road group (SPARR) is also organising two protests against the scheme. The group has been created to establish a united voice against the Western Relief Road proposal. One of the ...

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Application for more Holbeach homes

A planning application for 84 homes in Holbeach has been submitted to South Holland District Council, expanding on a previously submitted huge development. The proposed development at Fen Road has been submitted by Spalding developer Ashwood Homes, and the application states the land is adjacent to a larger development where Ashwood Homes has gained outline planning permission for 900 homes ...

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Learn like an Egyptian at St John’s

It’s been a busy month for Years Two and Three and St John the Baptist C of E Primary School in Spalding with The Great Fire of London and the Egyptians on their agendas. Year Two have been studying the 1666 fire and shared everything they had learned in a presentation to parents. They were also treated to a visit ...

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Baker puts the cherry on top of superb Long Sutton season

Long Sutton Men’s 1s crowned their best season points-wise for 19 years with a 6-0 demolition of Bourne Deeping 2nds. After picking up just four points from their first four fixtures, a positive season for the young side ended with three straight wins. Sutton have developed into a passing, attractive hockey playing unit. This proved to be true right from ...

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