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Gosberton Clough barn fire images captured by drone

A drone user captured dramatic images of firefighters attending a barn fire in Gosberton Clough. Fire crews were called to the barn at Beck Bank at around 5.30pm on Thursday, January 24. Crews from Spalding and Donington attended the fire. A Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue spokesman said there was fire damage to 100 per cent of the building and contents. ...

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Weston Hills teenage driver caused death by careless driving

A Weston Hills teenage driver, who killed a 47-year-old cyclist when he knocked him off his bicycle, has escaped a custodial sentence at Boston Magistrates Court. Hadley Fisher (19) of Broadgate, Weston Hills, admitted causing the death of Jason Ingle by careless driving on February 17 last year. Prosecuting, Ruth Snodin said that during the evening, Fisher was using a ...

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Cheers – Beer festival plans given the go-ahead by councillors

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Spalding Beer and Music Festival will return in 2019 after councillors today granted the event a temporary licence. The event run by the town’s Round Table has raised tens of thousands for local charities in the last three years. But this year’s festival had been placed in doubt after South Holland District Council’s Environmental Health team objected to the awarding ...

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Thanks for trying to save husband

The widow of a renowned landlord has thanked those that tried to save his life after he collapsed and died in Spalding town centre. Dick Morgan, the steward of the Constitutional Club on Broad Street, died in Herring Lane car park on Tuesday, January 15. The former landlord of pubs in Cowbit and Pinchbeck was about to be driven to ...

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New school is delayed again

The doors of a new Spalding school will now not open for at least another year. The Wellspring Academy Trust has confirmed that its planned April opening will now not take place. The school, on Spalding’s Matmore Gate, will take 65 pupils who have been excluded from elsewhere, or who are deemed to be challenging. Originally the opening date was ...

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Council objects to town festival

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Plans for a major fundraising Spalding beer festival could be stumbling as officials have objected to a licence application. The town’s Round Table has raised around £50,000 for local charities over the last three years and plans for this year’s event are already well under way. The festival has been held at the Castle Sports Complex and attracted thousands of visitors. But ...

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Desert trek will help air crews

A Spalding police officer who was rescued by an air ambulance is walking more than 60 miles across a desert to raise money for the charity. Sarah Draper was airlifted to hospital when she fell off her bike on a cycling holiday in Derbyshire in 2011. It was feared she had serious injuries as her bike helmet had split in ...

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Scout hut hits new roof target

After a long fundraising campaign, Holbeach Guide and Scout Hut Committee has hit its target for a new roof. A spokesman said the group would like to say “a huge thank you to Kev Forman Roofing for doing such a great job, help and advice”. They would also like to thank everyone who helped with the fundraising: Coun Tracey Carter, ...

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Council objects to Spalding beer festival

Plans for a major fundraising Spalding beer festival could be stumbling as officials have objected to a licence application. The town’s Round Table has raised around £50,000 for local charities over the last three years and plans for this year’s event are already well under way. The festival has been held at the Castle Sports Complex and attracted thousands of ...

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Big boost for Spalding street pastors

South Holland District Council has donated £6,000 to the Spalding Street Pastors. Street Pastor coordinator Marion Sandhu expressed her gratitude and said the funding will help secure the service for the foreseeable future. Spalding Street Pastors patrol the town centre every Friday and Saturday night, and have done so since July 2013. Volunteers from local churches, the street pastors are ...

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‘Disgraceful’ councillor and son fined for assaulting man

Spalding landlord and South Holland district councillor Peter Williams was today (Wed) fined £600 after admitting punching a drunk who smashed a window at his pub.   Williams, together with his son Ben, pursued Gary Ward who ran off after breaking the window at the Punchbowl Inn.   Mr Ward was caught and punched once by Ben Williams. Then as Ben ...

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From Whaplode to a solo trip in Antarctica

A former Whaplode man has become only the second person ever to cross Antarctica unaided – and the first to ring his granddad in Holbeach from the South Pole. British Army Captain Louis Rudd MBE, a former Spalding Grammar School pupil, took part in the Shackleton Spirit of Endurance challenge that saw two men travel across the entire 920-mile continent ...

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Appeal over man wanted for assault

Lincolnshire Police have issued an appeal as they look for a man in connection with an assault. The force says Aaron Bates was last seen in South Holland but has not released details of the alleged incident. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police, said: “Aaron Bates is wanted in connection with an assault. “It is believed he was last seen in ...

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Town looks for parking solution

Crowland Parish Council has written to South Holland District Parish Council asking about the possibility of purchasing land that could be turned into a car park for the town. Concerns over parking in Crowland have frequently been aired, particularly in respect of a lack of spaces which many have argued puts people off using town centre amenities. A spokesman for ...

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Planning decision on Long Sutton homes is deferred

A decision on whether to build six affordable homes outside Long Sutton on the A17 have been deferred. The development had been recommend for refusal by planning officers but several councillors at South Holland District Council’s Planning Committee meeting last week argued it should be accepted. In planning terms the development site is classed as “open countryside” but properties are ...

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‘Alternative’ way to offer dental care ?

The NHS is to look at “alternative models of service delivery” after failing to land two new dentists in Spalding. As previously reported in The Voice, plans to open full-time dental surgeries at the Johnson Hospital and Winsover Road have been shelved with the companies behind them citing recruitment problems as the reason. An emergency dental service is continuing for ...

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New resident’s concerns over refuse

A woman who has moved to South Holland has expressed her shock on discovering there is no separate collection for incontinence pads as her black bags are ripped open. The woman moved from an area that offered clinical waste collections and secure rubbish in wheelie bins. “It’s a health hazard,” said the Spalding resident, who needs to change her incontinence ...

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Bereavement suite plan for Pilgrim

A planned bereavement suite in Boston’s Pilgrim hospital will help provide families with comfort and support following the death of a baby. A suite is already open at Lincoln County Hospital and is “there to make memories and give families and chance to grieve in a quiet, comfortable space away from the hospital”, a United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust statement said. ...

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Council backs town precept increase

Holbeach Parish Council agreed at its January meeting to increase the Council Tax precept by five per cent in the face of cost increases in key areas such as staffing and delivering on services. Council chairman Paul Foyster said the initial proposal was 18 per cent but the council “kept in mind the effects of austerity and whittled it down ...

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Safety charity at Spalding’s weekend motorbike show

A local road safety charity is gearing up for this weekend’s Springfields Motorbike Show and aims to help bikers keep safe. The volunteers from Boston Advanced Motorcyclists (BAM) will be delivering their “Be Better – Be Safe” message to the area’s motorcyclist complete with special show offers including a £50 cashback for those that sign up and then complete the ...

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