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Royal recognition for music director Mel

The musical director of Holbeach Town Band rubbed shoulders with Prince Charles and Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace at a garden party at which his “outstanding service to the local community” was recognised. Mel Hopkin has been musical director of the band for more than 20 years and was joined by his wife, Trish, at the Royal Garden Party. Mel ...

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Drugs found but no arrest in Holbeach raid

A “large quantity” of class A and B drugs has been found by police in Holbeach following “months of hard work” by Lincolnshire Police and Holbeach residents. On Friday, May 19, police found class A and B drugs after executing a search warrant under the Misuse of Drugs Act at an address in Holbeach, with support from Lincolnshire Police Dog ...

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Festival promises fun for the family

Spalding Festival is set to be even bigger and better as it returns for 2019 this weekend. This year’s Spalding Round Table event is both an indoor and outdoor spectacle promising even more fun for all the family than before at the Castle Sports Complex. Not only is there set to be the usual fantastic array of beer and cider ...

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Council will recover European Election costs

South Holland District Council will be able to claim back up to just under £130,000 of how much it costs the authority to fund polling stations and the local count for Thursday’s European Elections. There are 62 polling stations open, 14 more than in the district council election earlier this month. This is due to four of the wards in ...

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Holbeach Big Clean date coming up

The date has been set for this year’s Lincolnshire Co-op Big Clean. The event is set up to spruce up the town to help prepare for Holbeach in Bloom and takes place on Thursday, June 6. Meeting at All Saints’ Church at 9.30am, from 10am-4pm, volunteers can get together and get the town looking good. Lunch will be provided. A ...

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District council recommended not to object to relief road applications

South Holland District Council (SHDC) is being recommended not to raise objections to the planning applications for the first two sections of the Spalding Western Relief Road. Lincolnshire County Council’s planning committee will decide on whether the most northerly and southern sections of the proposed single carriageway road are given the go-ahead. But SHDC could object to it and its ...

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Spalding choir braves stage for charity

A Spalding choir made up almost entirely of newcomers hit the stage in Peterborough last week for a good cause. Never having sung before or with little experience, several men from Spalding got out of their comfort zone, took up the gauntlet and after auditioning, joined with others from all over the region, as part of the Men United in ...

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Church is hit by two lead thefts

A fundraising page has been launched after thieves twice stole over 100-year-old lead from a church roof within 24 hours. About six tonnes of lead from St Peter and St Paul’s Parish Church in Gosberton was taken on both occasions in the early hours of Friday and Saturday mornings. Reverend Ian Walters said: “It was Friday morning we got a ...

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Happy Healthy Minds at Ayscoughfee Hall

Hundreds of people visited Ayscoughfee Hall across two days for two Happy Healthy Minds events. South Holland District Council’s Community Development team put the events on as part of Mental Health Awareness Week. Around 350 people attended the classes, craft and information stalls on Saturday, May 11 followed by another 150 on Wednesday, May 15. A spokesman for the Community ...

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Wait for Spalding school building goes on

A new school for pupils who have may have been excluded or deemed challenging is finally up and running, but its wait to move into its Spalding premises goes on. Springwell Alternative Academy Spalding was due to open at the former Post 16 Centre on Matmore Gate in September 2018. The school officially became up and running on April 1 ...

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Opinions wanted as hospital survey is launched

Lincolnshire residents are being asked to share their views about the county’s hospitals to help with future improvements and to make them the best they can be. All are invited to have their say on the reputation of United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) through an online survey. A spokesman for The Trust said: “You don’t have to be a ...

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Landmark double for air ambulance

The Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance is celebrating two huge landmarks. The life-saving service has this month turned 25 years old and embarked on its 20,000th mission. Since airlifting its very first patient on May 13, 1994, the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance service has provided a life-saving Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for the local community. To mark the ...

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GALLERY: Talented young artists impress at show

Talented young artists from University Academy Holbeach showed off their creations in a final show of their work on Monday. The B-Tec and A Level students marked their final time at the academy with the impressive show. The works they displayed included creations they’d made as part of their exams. One exam involved creating something on the subject of ‘Duality’ ...

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Church is hit by two lead thefts within 24 hours

A fundraising page has been launched after thieves twice stole over 100-year-old lead from a church roof within 24 hours. About six tonnes of lead from St Peter and St Paul’s Parish Church in Gosberton was taken on both occasions in the early hours of Friday and Saturday mornings. Reverend Ian Walters said: “It was Friday morning we got a ...

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Two arrested after police chase

Two men have been arrested on suspicion to steal after a police chase from Spalding to Bourne. Lincolnshire Police says it spotted a grey Fiesta on the A16 just after 5pm yesterday (Sunday) believed to have involved in ‘bilking’ offences in several occasions, including in Spalding and Whaplode. Bilking means to obtain or withhold money from (someone) unfairly or by ...

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Triple-death drink and drug driver sentenced to eight years in jail

A Cowbit man who caused a collision which killed three members of one family, including a young mother and father, has been sentenced to eight years and four months in prison. Tommy Whitmore (26) pleaded guilty to three counts of causing death by dangerous driving at Peterborough Crown Court today (May 20). The judge also banned him from driving for ...

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‘Monster’ choir founder jailed for eight years for sex attacks on teenage boy

The “popular and charismatic” founder of a Lincolnshire choir was this afternoon (Friday) jailed for eight years at Lincoln Crown Court after being convicted earlier this month of sex attacks on a teenage boy.   Andrew Clingo (43), who was musical director of the Handful of Harmonies Choir and is a former primary school teacher, was also placed on the sex offenders’ register ...

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Bishop of Lincoln suspended over safeguarding fears amid historic sex abuse investigation

The Archbishop of Canterbury has suspended the Bishop of Lincoln, Christopher Lowson. Lincolnshire Police this afternoon (Thursday) released a statement regarding the suspension. “We are aware of the decision today of the Archbishop of Canterbury to suspend the Bishop of Lincoln from office and it would not be appropriate for us to comment on that decision. “The first phase of ...

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Ban for drink driver who injured five in collision with taxi

A man was nearly double the drink drive limit when he collided with a taxi, injuring the five occupants, a court has heard. Alexandru Radu (30) of Rookery Farm, Holbeach St Johns, admitted driving with excess alcohol when he appeared before magistrates in Boston. The court was told that he collided with the taxi at 10.30pm on Saturday, April 13 ...

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Upgrade on the cards for hospital?

Spalding’s Johnson Hospital could be upgraded to an Urgent Treatment Centre and South Holland residents are being urged to back the idea. The hospital is currently designated a Minor Injury Unit but, along with sites at Gainsborough and Stamford, is “being proposed or considered as an Urgent Treatment Centre” according to a report to Lincolnshire County Council’s Health Scrutiny Committee ...

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