News

Spalding society’s shop front campaign

A Spalding heritage group has written to central government in a bid to get a planning law changed over the appearance of shop fronts. The Spalding Civic Society wants to ban the use of vinyl inside and outside of shop front windows to block them with images. Under current planning laws, shops are allowed to have the vinyl inside. The ...

Read More »

Council to build more new homes in Spalding

South Holland District Council is to build 20 more new affordable homes at the former Law’s Yard in Spalding. Following on from last week’s news that it had bought eight homes to rent and part-own, Willow Walk is being built in Commercial Road alongside Cross Keys Homes (CKH) and Minster Property Group. The district council says work is set to ...

Read More »

Royal honour for family business

The couple currently behind a 55-year-old family business say having the war memorial they built for Spalding unveiled by royalty is their highlight so far. The Holbeach Memorial Company were commissioned to create the World War Two memorial that was earlier this month visited by the Duke of Kent. It was a proud moment for Sarah Cook and Gary Huggins ...

Read More »

Harriet tops Boston College apprentice award

Harriet Ingamells was named Boston College’s Outstanding Apprentice of the Year in a recent ceremony to honour its apprentices. Harriet is an apprentice in ‘Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools’ with Gosberton Academy. She said: “I was very surprised to have received the ‘Outstanding Apprentice of the Year’ award. “It has helped me feel valued within my role and boosted ...

Read More »

Thieves smash beauty salon window

Thieves made away with under £20 after smashing a window to a Spalding beauty salon in the early hours of this morning. The Beauty Room in Victoria Road was targeted at around 2am today (Friday, March 22). Manager Louise O’Connor said it’s believed a brick was used to smash the windows allowing the thieves to reach a box of money. ...

Read More »

Grandmother on family outing found man hanging in town centre park

A 29-year-old man died five days after being found hanging in a Long Sutton park by a grandmother there with her family, an inquest has heard Boston Coroner’s Court today (Thursday) heard passers by were able to help Robert Lochnicki down still alive but he died from his injuries in hospital on June 12 last year. The 29-year-old, of Anfield ...

Read More »

‘I feel like the luckiest person in the world’ – Brain tumour inspires Paralympic bid

An inspirational mum of two who had a brain tumour removed last week says she feels like “the luckiest person in the world” after launching a bid to compete for her country at the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo. Just last Friday, Ginny Gray (41), of Sutton St James, was in hospital for the successful life-saving operation to remove the 4cm ...

Read More »

District and parish council elections open for nominations

You can now apply to stand in the forthcoming district and parish council elections. The votes take place on Thursday, May 2. A spokesman for SHDC said: “Candidates who wish to submit their nomination for this year’s district and parish elections in South Holland are being encouraged to make an appointment with the Council’s elections team. “Appointments can be made ...

Read More »

Friends’ marathon effort

A district councillor will run the London Marathon this weekend, raising money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Coun Andrew Woolf, district councillor for Moulton, Weston and Cowbit Ward, will be joined by friend and fellow Moulton resident Mark Schmidt. Coun Woolf said: “Mark knew I had run the London Marathon and Half-Marathons before and so started the conversation about wanting ...

Read More »

Group opposing relief road set up

A campaign group has been launched calling for further consultation on the Spalding Western Relief Road, planning applications for the first two sections of which were submitted last week. The Spalding and Pinchbeck Against Relief Road (SPARR) group has been set up to unite residents from both towns opposing the proposed road and it’s set to hold a public meeting ...

Read More »

2020 vision for local dentists

It’s back to square one in terms of attracting much-needed NHS dentists to South Holland, with May 2020 a new target for more to be opened in the area. After two dentists failed to open as planned in January citing problems with recruitment, NHS England has again called out for practices to open in the area. However it’s been warned ...

Read More »

Teenager’s a Crufts champ

A Spalding teenager proved you can teach an old dog new tricks when she sailed into first place at Crufts in the Rally Competition with her 11-year-old Australian Shepherd, Browse. Lara Pavitt (15) rehomed Browse three years ago, along with his nephew, Bobbie. Lara’s mum, Hilary, said Lara loves animals and was excited to have her own dog. After bonding ...

Read More »

Botched pothole fix mystery

A botched attempted pothole fix has led to flooding and homes shaking when lorries go past, neighbours have claimed. Those who have lived for years on Jekil’s Bank in Holbeach St Johns told The Voice they’d never known large vehicles to shake houses until the attempt to cover a pothole was made last month. Residents on both sides of the ...

Read More »

Council team’s £276k overspend

A district council department overspend increased to more than a quarter of a million pounds in the third quarter of this financial year. In the South Holland District Council financial report for Q3, the £276,000 Environmental Services overspend was put down to factors including the last year’s car park payment machines debacle, loss of market stall income, a reduction in ...

Read More »

Litter picking group finds gloves are all around

A new litter picking group has attempted to deliver over 100 disposable gloves from Sainsbury’s back to the superstore. Spalding Green Clean is meeting every other Saturday to tackle litter in a particular area of the town. The group, led by Alistair Crisp, claims that from one session around Sainsbury’s they picked up more than 100 disposable gloves. Alistair, who ...

Read More »

Body found in search for Valerie

The family of an elderly dementia patient who went missing in Spalding sparking a two day search have said her body was found on Tuesday night Valerie Bycraft was reported missing on Monday morning after last being seen by family and friends at around 6.45pm on Sunday, March 17. On Wednesday morning her son Timothy Bycraft posted on social media: ...

Read More »

Council buys up affordable homes

South Holland District Council has bought 18 properties to offer as affordable homes. The one-, two- and three-bed homes built by property developer Ashwood Homes are situated in Donington, Cowbit and Moulton. Six of the homes across the three sites will be available as part of the council’s shared ownership scheme. People who cannot afford the mortgage on 100 per ...

Read More »

Warning over trains increase

The chair of a railway action group has said that freight trains being diverted through South Holland will provide greater traffic problems than first realised. George Scott of the Spalding and Peterborough Transport Forum told a recent meeting of the Spalding Town Centre Forum that from 2021, he believes railway crossings in the town will be down to allow trains ...

Read More »

Check around your homes plea in search for missing Valerie

Spalding residents are being urged to check their outside properties as the search for a missing lady continues into a second day. Valerie Bycraft (77), who has dementia, was reported missing yesterday morning after last being seen at 6.45pm on Sunday. Lincolnshire Police says they’re “very concerned about her safety”. It’s been reported in social media posts online she lived ...

Read More »

Spalding Police ‘extremely concerned’ about missing Valarie

Police in South Holland are looking for Valarie Bycraft, who went missing from her Spalding home last night (Sunday). Valarie (77) who has dementia, was last seen at around 6.45pm last night and was reported missing this morning. She might be wearing nightwear and blue slippers. If you have seen Valarie, call the police on 101.

Read More »