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Primary school reacts after COVID-19 case confirmation

A number of children are being taught at home after a confirmed case of COVID-19 was identified at a Spalding primary school. St John the Baptist School in Hawthorn Bank say a ‘member of the school community’ tested positive for the virus. It’s now said how many children are working from home this week following Friday’s positive test. Headteacher Paul ...

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Appeal after female driver stabbed by passing cyclist

A female motorist has been stabbed by a passing cyclist in Spalding. Lincolnshire Police haven’t said what time the incident occurred occurred today (Saturday), but have said the woman was waiting in traffic at the Winsover Road level crossing when the incident happened. Police say they’re looking for a group of teenagers after one of those cycling past stabbed the ...

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Redundancies at town’s last department store

Spalding’s last remaining department store has announced it has made a number of redundancies. Hills Department Store in Spalding have not said how many people have lost their jobs, but confirmed it was due to the current economic climate. The Voice understands that Hills Furniture store is not affected. A spokesman for Hills said: “I can confirm that due the ...

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Seagate Homes take 10 to check on each other for World Suicide Prevention Day

A local building firm took 10 minutes out to recognise World Suicide Prevention Day. Seagate Homes, whose head office is in Holbeach, asked all its employees to stop work at 10am on Thursday, September 10 and speak to each other about mental health. It’s all par of a global campaign to help those struggling with mental health. The company’s HR ...

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South Holland NHS staff say touching thank you to community for support

South Holland’s grateful NHS staff have thanked the local community for their kindness and support during lockdown with the publication of a special brochure. Teams based at Johnson Community Hospital in Spalding say they were overwhelmed by the ‘remarkable’ kindness they received as the community pulled together in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The brochure, which has been printed for ...

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South Holland to get own lottery to help good causes

Good causes in South Holland are set to receive a financial boost as the district council prepares to launch a new Lottery game. The local Lottery could see 60p in every pound spent going to charities within the district. Managed by an independent company, the new scheme may also offer residents the chance to win a £25,000 jackpot. The South ...

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Spate of incidents in Holbeach

Police were seen searching a Holbeach Park on Sunday night (September 6) after a spate of incidents within hours. Three incidents were reported in the town within hours. Incident 440 refers to the theft of beer and an assault at the Co-Op in Fleet Street. Police say they now believe the man responsible had previously stolen beer from the same ...

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Brothers Crimewatch appeal

The son of murder victim Claire Hart and their sister Charlotte have appeared on national television as part of an awareness campaign. Luke and Ryan Hart have spoken publicly about the domestic abuse which culminated in their father Lance killing both women in the car park of Castle Sports Complex. He took his own life in the same incident. Luke ...

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Consultation on changes to Spalding car parks extended after email address didn’t exist

A consultation on car parking charges in Spalding has been extended after it was revealed an email given for people to send their views to didn’t exist. South Holland District Council first advertised the changes, which include rises for parking at The Sheep Market and Westlode Street, on Thursday, August 13. People were asked to send representation to an email ...

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Affordable homes on the agenda

The issue of affordable homes was again a hot topic for South Holland District Council’s Planning Committee last week after a development of them in Spalding was deferred while the lowering of the number at a Holbeach site was passed. Councillors discussed new government planning policy as concerns were raised over the proposed development of 42 affordable homes on Loxmill ...

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Volunteers clean cemetery

Spalding Cemetery has had a lockdown clean-up thanks to a group of volunteers. Undergrowth has been cleared, ivy cut back and stonework cleaned by the group (pictured above). The town’s photographic group has also taken picturess of the oldest and most vulnerable memorials as a record of the site dating from 1854. The Cemetery Chapel and Johnson Mausoleum will be ...

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Annexe plan hits planning buffers

The company running a home that looks after people with learning difficulties, including autism, in Holbeach has been criticised by councillors as they refused planning permission for an extension. Achieve Together Supporting Limited had hoped to build add a one-bed annexe to the property on Spalding Road where it can currently look after up to five people deemed to have ...

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Allotment joy spoiled by crime

A family who look after an allotment taken on as a retirement present say their enjoyment of it has been spoiled by crime. After going on a waiting list, Tim Smith was given a plot on Horseshoe Road in Spalding as part of a retirement present. Tim says the whole family love getting involved in the land for which there’s ...

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Gosberton family want to turn living room into tea room for community

A 200-year-old former bakery in Gosberton could be set for a new lease of life as a tea room. Sapphira Waterson, who lives at 2 Wargate Way with husband Paul, has applied for planning permission to turn the entire downstairs of her home into something for the community to enjoy. Her daughter Jade Connolly-Beever, who already runs Pretty Baked Cakes, ...

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Woman died in hospital after fall

An elderly woman from Spalding died days after suffering a fall while being treated for lung cancer and heart disease at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital, an inquest has heard. Patricia Hodson, 83, died on May 9, 2019 four days after an operation on the fractured hip suffered as a result of the May 2 fall. She’d been admitted to the hospital ...

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Police appeal over two incidents

Police are appealing for information after two incidents where women were asked to get in a car. The incidents happened in Spalding and Boston, the incident in the former being reported in Halmer Gate at 2pm. A spokesman for South Holland Police, said: “We are appealing for witnesses to two incidents in which men in cars have asked women to ...

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Man banned from Spalding town centre

A man has been banned from Spalding town centre and contacting council staff after a spate of anti-social behaviour including drinking in the street. Matthew Bellerson received the interim injunction from the County Court at Lincoln last week after a judge ruled that his ongoing anti-social behaviour and threats of violence posed a significant risk of harm to staff of ...

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Person injured after accidentally setting car on fire

A woman has been injured in a car fire after accidentally igniting petrol fumes. Emergency services were called to a Ford Focus on fire on Bridgewater Lane in Pinchbeck shortly after 8pm last night (Monday, September 7). The Ford Focus as captured by Claire Cortes Nearby neighbours reported hearing a loud bang followed by flames and a cloud of smoke ...

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Confirmed COVID-19 case at Spalding school

Spalding High School is the first in the area to have reported a confirmed case of COVID-19 following the return of pupils. The Stonegate school, which remains open, sent a letter to all parents yesterday (Monday) stating a pupil had been sent home after testing positive for the virus. The letter states “This morning we have notified the Sixth Form ...

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Paper and card waste collection trial to be rolled out across the district – but not for a while

A trial of separate waste collections for paper and card is set to be rolled out across South Holland, though it could be a few years before it’s to be introduced. A total of 2,600 homes in Pinchbeck, Surfleet and northern Spalding have been putting the waste separately in purple sacks for the last year as part of the trial ...

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