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‘They’re a greedy lot of scumbags’

A senior citizen has condemned people who allegedly barged past supermarket security last week during shops’ ‘Elderly Hour’ events. Iris Boland (84), from Holbeach, said: “I lived through World War II and I assure you, nothing like this ever happened.” Amid panic buying last week, supermarkets piloted ‘Elderly Hour’ on Friday, which the government suggested would help elderly people – ...

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Town gets a new defibrillator

Spalding has a new defibrillator in the town centre. The emergency medical device was put on the wall of Hughes Electrical at Sheep Market on Friday, March 20. Jan Whitbourn, from Tulip Events, helped raise money for a previous defibrillator and this new one with the help of district councillors. Jan wrote about the event in her weekly Tulip Talk ...

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Virus effects the local economy

Businesses across South Holland are temporary closing or adapting after the government ordered the entire country to stay at home on Monday night. Many shops and businesses had already temporary closed ahead of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement in which he ordered all “non-essential” shops to shut. Supermarkets, newsagents and chemists are to remain open. It followed Friday night’s ordered ...

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‘MP must support NHS workers’

A Spalding businessman has demanded South Holland and The Deepings John Hayes MP push for the government to support NHS workers with tax relief during the coronavirus crisis. Matt Clark, who runs the Activ group, said in an open letter to Sir John: “One of the things that I can’t fail to see is that the NHS are working harder ...

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Kindness Group have been helping out some of the area’s most vulnerable

A group of volunteers working to help the vulnerable and isolated are looking to set up a hub to send out supplies straight from the supermarkets. The Spalding COVID Kindness Team was set up by mum of two Keira Williamson and has had a busy week responding to requests for help. After a call for volunteers, eight teams have been ...

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Supporting isolated villagers

A host of Street Ambassadors have been helping the vulnerable in rural villages. Coun Andrew Woolf helped organise volunteers in his district council ward after seeing so many offers of help online. A fantastic 76 people were on hand to deliver essential items and help out in Moulton, Moulton Chapel, Moulton Seas End, Weston, Weston Hills and Cowbit. Coun Woolf ...

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Man (82) saved items from fire

An 82-year-old man went into a burning building to rescue a barbecue and a lawn mower last week. David Derby says he lost £1,000 worth of equipment in the blaze that destroyed an outbuilding and shed at his Starlode Drove home in West Pinchbeck on Saturday, March 14. But the retired floor fitter did manage to rescue one of his ...

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‘It was the nicest knock and run you’ve ever seen’

As South Holland got used to self-isolation following the Covid-19 outbreak, a councillor helped organise 50 volunteers to keep spirits up on Mother’s Day by delivering around 3,500 flowers. District councillor Rob Gibson was offered the flowers by Green Partners of Moulton. He asked on social media if people would come forward to help him distribute them and a whole ...

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Spalding firm creating 100 jobs

A firm that delivers recipe boxes to homes is looking to recruit 100 people in Spalding. Gousto, which has a warehouse in Marsh Road, has announced its creating the roles immediately and it’s part of the 700 staff it intends to hire by 2020. Timo Boldt, CEO and Founder of Gousto says; “We know how worrying the coronavirus outbreak is ...

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Changes to bus timetables

Many bus services in South Holland have been curtailed – possibly stopping a potential new route from opening on April 6. Last week an extended 57 service was advertised which would see the number 57 route operated by Stagecoach that has previously run from Skegness to Boston to extend from Spalding from April 6. However on Monday Stagecoach announced changes ...

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Reduction in reports of fly tipping – council

The number of fly-tips reported to South Holland District Council reduced significantly recently towards the end of last year, it’s been claimed. Coun Tracey Carter told a meeting of its Cabinet last week that 135 fly-tips were reported in South Holland between October and December, down 88 from the same time the previous year. The average time of five days ...

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Lincolnshire hospitals treating nine for Covid-19 – four in Pilgrim

The number of people confirmed to have Covid-19 and being treated in Lincolnshire Hospitals has risen to nine, with four of those being treated in the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston. A spokesman for United Lincolnshire Hospitals said: “We can confirm that we are treating nine patients with confirmed COVID-19 in our hospitals. “Four are being cared for at Pilgrim Hospital, ...

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Nominate your health workers

South Holland and The Deepings MP Sir John Hayes is calling for nominees to enter official NHS Parliamentary awards in recognition of staff “who go above and beyond the call of duty”. The NHS Parliamentary Awards, sponsored by Fuji Film UK, offer a chance to celebrate NHS staff, carers and volunteers for all the hard work they do to look ...

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Patient visiting at Johnson Hospital suspended

Patient visiting at the Johnson Hospital is to be suspended. Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust (LCHS) has suspended visiting at the Spalding hospital as well as at John Coupland Hospital, Community Hospital Louth and Skegness Hospital. Amid the current Coronavirus Outbreak, Tracy Pilcher, Director of Nursing, Allied Health Professionals and Operations at LCHS said: “We understand this may be ...

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Hospital appeals for catering and housekeeping services support

Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital is looking for people with catering and housekeeping experience to work. A hospital spokesman said plans are being put in place to re-deploy staff and seek additional support for services across United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust.The spokesman said: “We are in particular seeking temporary staff to support catering and domestic work at Lincoln County Hospital, Pilgrim Hospital, ...

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Government orders people to stay at home

The government has ordered people to stay home and gatherings of more than two people in public not from the same household will be banned. Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the demands that come into force immediately in an address to the nation tonight, Monday, March 23. People will only be allowed to leave home for shopping for essential items, ...

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Donington man jailed for child rape and sexual assault

A Donington man and a 26-year-old Grimsby woman have today (Monday, March 23) been sentenced to a combined 48 years in prison, for offences of rape and sexual assault against children in 2017. Following a joint investigation between Lincolnshire Police and Humberside Police, both Oliver Wilson (28) of Donington, and Rebecca Holloway (26) of Rutland Street, Grimsby, were charged with ...

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Don’t take garden waste, wood or rubble to the tip

In an effort to reduce the number of people on site and cut queues, Lincolnshire tips – including Spalding’s West Marsh Road Site – will refuse certain types of waste. Household Waste Recycling Centres (tips) are currently remaining open as usual, Lincolnshire County Council said. A spokesman added: “We are, however, limiting the number of cars on site at any ...

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Appeal after daylight sexual assault in Spalding town centre

Police are appealing for information after a woman was sexually assaulted outside Vine Street public toilets in Spalding earlier this month. The victim, a women in her 30s, is believed to have been sexually assaulted by a man at around 1pm on Thursday, March 12. Lincolnshire Police are appealing for information and are particularly looking to speak to a woman ...

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Routine surgeries postponed at hospitals

The trust that runs Pilgrim Hospital has postponed all ‘routine elective surgery’ at its hospitals from tomorrow. It was revealed by University Hospitals Lincolnshire earlier today that two people have tested positive for Covid-19 are being treated in the Boston hospital and a further case at the County Hospital in Lincoln. Now the trust has cancelled all non-emergency operations at ...

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