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Free bikes are ready for a festive delivery

Christmas will be extra special for a group of South Holland children who don’t know it yet. They will be unwrapping a brand new bike, complete with helmet and lock, thanks to the efforts of a local kind-hearted businessmen. Daniel Lunn and John Barton have been renovating donated bicycles and giving them to children who would otherwise go without. But ...

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‘Inspirational’ mum’s grand gesture in memory of friend

A big-hearted Holbeach woman has raised more than £1,000 by shaving her hair off ahead of chemotherapy treatment for a second cancer diagnosis. Vivienne Marler battled endometrial cancer in May 2019 when her six rounds of chemotherapy following major surgery saw her lose her hair. It grew back within a few weeks but the former hairdresser and her family were ...

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Only a few days left to help appeal

Spalding Academy is the latest organisation to offer its support to our annual Give A Gift appeal. Staff at the Spalding secondary have been buying for those children who otherwise would receive no or very few presents at Christmas. Assistant headteacher Daisy Bland said: “We really wanted to support the appeal this year and decided a gifting tree would be ...

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‘Highest level’ drink driver is banned

A man, arrested after a positive breath test revealed a reading more than three times the legal limit, has been given a suspended prison sentence after he admitted to a court that he was a ‘binge drinker’. Vytautas Linkis (36), of Cannon Street, Wisbech, but who was living in Bourne Road, Spalding, at the time, admitted driving with excess alcohol ...

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Council Tax help for Special Constables?

South Holland residents who serve as Special Constables could be eligible for a 25 per cent discount on their council tax bill. Proposals due to go before the council’s cabinet on Tuesday outline the plans. “The contribution Special Constables make in supporting their regular colleagues is invaluable; during the 12 months to the end of May 2020 the Special Constabulary ...

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Proposed Christmas Market for Spalding cancelled

A proposed Christmas market in Spalding will not now go ahead this year over COVID-19 safety concerns. The market was initially due to happen in November and had then been pencilled in for December 19 and 20. But South Holland District Council has announced the event can’t take place this year. A South Holland District Council spokesperson, said: “It is ...

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Bid to add town to national footpath

Plans for an improved coastal footpath linking Sutton Bridge to Hunstanton have been unveiled. Natural England are looking to secure public access rites to most areas of beach, cliff and coastal land between the towns to make it part of the England Coast Path. A consultation has been launched to get views on the proposal to improve the footpath from ...

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New facilities block officially opened at Garth School

Staff and students at a Spalding special school have celebrated the official opening of a new facilities block. The Garth School, which caters for pupils with complex and profound learning difficulties, has been remodelled to create five new classrooms with external play space. Headteacher Claire Moore said the new extension will ‘transform’ the learning environment at the school. An appeal ...

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Vera is first to receive COVID-19 vaccine at hospital

A 92-year-old from West Pinchbeck was the first person to receive the COVID-19 vaccination at Peterborough City Hospital yesterday. Vera Chappell had an early morning appointment for a regular injection for her eyesight anyway (Wednesday, December 8) and was asked if she’d also take the new coronavirus vaccine. She was among four of the initial people to be lined up ...

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Jailed for threats to ex and new partner

A man who shouted “horrific and frightening” threats to his ex-girlfriend and her new partner has been jailed for two years. Dominic Stubbs (24), of Peterborough Road, Crowland, split up with the woman last year. On September 16 this year, the woman and her new boyfriend returned home in Peterborough at about 1.30pm and were confronted by Stubbs who was ...

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VIDEO – Owl rescued after being stuck in pipe at Spalding home

A tawny owl had to be rescued after it became stuck in a pipe in a Spalding home last week. The RSPCA and Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue were called to a property in Mayfair Drive on Friday, December 3 after an occupant heard scuffling behind their kitchen wall and then spotted an owl through a hole above their kitchen cabinets. ...

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Community order for man who had knife in town centre and later assaulted police officer

A man who was found to have a knife while in Spalding town centre and also later assaulted a police officer has been given a community order. Jake Glenn of Alexandra Road in Spalding pleaded guilty to the two charges in a hearing at Lincoln Magistrates Court. He admitted possessing a lock knife without good reason or lawful authority in ...

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Man assaulted two police officers

A man has been placed under curfew and given a suspended jail sentence after assaulting two police officers. Henrikas Lenderskis of Willesby Road, Spalding pleaded guilty to the assaults which took place in the town on November 22. He also pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and of damaging a police prisoner van on the same date. Taking into account the ...

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Police officer jumped in to icy ditch to save motorist

A man has thanked emergency services for saving his life after his car ended up upside down in a Pinchbeck ditch in the early hours of this morning (Monday December 7). Dave Anthony escaped without injury after his car ended up in the icy water at the side of Cherry Holt Lane at 4.52am this morning. PC Phil McAllister was ...

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Man jailed for horrific threats

A man who shouted “horrific and frightening” threats to his ex-girlfriend and her new partner has been jailed for two years. Dominic Stubbs (24), of Peterborough Road, Crowland, split up with the woman last year. On September 16 this year, the woman and her new boyfriend returned home in Peterborough at about 1.30pm and were confronted by Stubbs who was ...

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Three schools report positive tests

Three South Holland schools are among 22 across Lincolnshire that have reported positive coronavirus tests over the last seven days. According to data provided by Lincolnshire County Council, Moulton’s John Harrox Primary School, St John the Baptist Primary School in Spalding and Sutton St James Primary School have been in contact over the last seven days (25 Nov-1 Dec) to ...

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Wrong tier says leader

South Holland should not be in Tier 3 and doesn’t meet the government’s own criteria, says leader Lord Gary Porter.The current infection level in this area does not meet the five key tests used to determine tier placement, says a letter sent to Health Secretary Matt Hancock.Lord Porter wants assurances that the district can come out of Tier 3 at ...

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Business will pay the cost in tiers

National TV cameras came to Spalding this week as the town prepares to enter the highest tier of restrictions. ITV’s Good Morning Britain broadcast from the town centre to highlight the inequality of putting an area with low coronavirus transmission into the most severe Tier 3.South Holland District Council leader Lord Gary Porter was interviewed along with Karen Slator, who ...

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Murder charge update

The parents of a murdered teenager appeared at The Old Bailey this week.Sarah Walker (37), and Scott Walker (50), of Century Square, Millfield, Peterborough, were charged with the murder of Bernadette Walker in September.The 17-year-old was reported missing by her parents after she had not been seen for three days.Police officers extensively searched the A16 corridor around Cowbit but no ...

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Centre closed to end of March

The South Holland Centre will remain closed until the end of March – a full year since it last opened its doors to members of the public. Support funding to the tune of £170,860 has been offered through the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the money will be used to create a ‘sustainable and resilient long-term future for ...

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