Business

Crowland firm masterminds UK’s largest-ever crane recovery

Crowland Cranes has completed the UK’s largest-ever recovery of a crane. In a delicate and meticulously planned operation, a toppled 96-tonne Liebherr crane – which was just two weeks old – was righted and put back on its 16 wheels again. The accident happened after the £3million purchase by Whyte Crane Hire sank into soft ground in Peterhead, Scotland, five ...

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Family run business continues to grow

It’s been more than 60 years since the Crowson name first started serving Spalding and South Lincolnshire with fuel and motor parts at Little London Service Station, and now the dealership on Wardentree Lane, Pinchbeck – its home for almost 20 years – is set to have further developments and expansions to meet demand. With a successful start to 2014, ...

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Plea to save doomed Winsover Road signal box

News that a Spalding signal box’s days are numbered has sparked a campaign to have it saved. Network Rail has confirmed that Winsover Road signal box will be demolished after work to automate the level crossing is completed next month. The crossing will then be overseen by a control room at Lincoln. Rail enthusiast Trevor Smith believes there could still ...

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Spalding School of Dance a step closer to permission for new premises

A new dance studio in Low Fulney is a step closer to receiving planning permission. Spalding School of Dance currently rents a base in Horseshoe Road, and wants to relocate to purpose-built premises in Rangell Gate, next to the home of school principal Claire Patman. The Environment Agency had objected to the original application due to a perceived flood risk ...

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Louisa’s sharing passion for dance with children

Opportunity knocks for youngsters wanting to learn some moves with the opening of a new dance school. Dance Vibe Academy is the culmination of 16 years of practice and passion for 21-year-old Louisa Harrison, who now wants to share her expertise and love of dancing with a new generation. Louisa, of Weston, started dancing when she was just five and ...

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Simpsons Butchers – one of Britain’s elite – opens Spalding shop

The very best in butcher’s shops will be unveiled in Spalding on Friday (Oct 3). Award-winning Simpsons Butchers, which is setting the benchmark for top-notch products and service, opens in Hall Place. Customers will benefit from the widest range of the best pies, pastries and cooked meats, with more lines such as hot baps and sandwiches to follow soon. Fresh wild ...

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A taste of luxury ‘under the stairs’ at Baytree

There’s something a little bit special lurking under the stairs at Baytree Nurseries these days – a spot where you can enjoy a proper cup of coffee in a relaxing setting. The Baytree Coffee Lounge, which is celebrating its first birthday, was the brainchild of Elke Biehler-Birch, who had a vision of bringing homemade cakes and real Barista coffee to ...

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‘Family’ at heart of furniture business

Selling good value, high quality furniture since 1919, Cammacks has become a familiar and respected presence in Boston. This year it celebrates its 95th year, during which much has changed but much has also stayed the same. From its humble beginnings as an outlet for cabinet maker Francis Cammack’s own furniture, the marble-fronted store in Wide Bargate now offers a ...

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Fewer flats proposed in change of use application for Spalding pub

The proposed number of flats which a Spalding pub could be converted into has been reduced. A resubmitted planning application for The Vine in Commercial Road requests permission for a change of use to four flats, not five. Spalding and District Civic Society, which commented on the original application that five was too many for the size of building, has ...

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Road tax discs no longer required – what it means for you

The requirement to display a road tax disc in vehicles ends on Tuesday. From October 1, roadside cameras will “capture” the details of untaxed vehicles. And a buyer of a used car will have to tax it straight away as the seller must reclaim any unused portion as well as immediately notify DVLA of a change of ownership. The move, ...

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Site managers earn seal of excellence

Two site managers at a Spalding housing development have been recognised as the best in their field after winning a top industry award. Andrew Smith and Greg Wimsey, site managers at Kier Living Eastern’s Kingfisher Court, won a National House Building Council’s Seal of Excellence for the Eastern region. The Seal of Excellence recognises and rewards the UK’s best site ...

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Showroom refurbishment puts Taylors firmly in 21st century

The company, which has been trading in Spalding for 34 years, has endured massive upheaval for the past four months while work has been done to bring its showroom bang up to date. Company owner and managing director Tim Taylor said: “It’s been ten years since we had our last refurbishment and it was definitely time for another. “Work started ...

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Training firm celebrates 500th young apprentice

Steadfast Training Ltd are celebrating their “500th Young Apprentice”. Matthew Tyrell, a previous Spalding Grammar School pupil, joined Roythornes Solicitors to undertake a Level 2 Business Administration Apprenticeship. He said: “I am pleased to be undertaking an apprenticeship at a solicitors with a good reputation, to help my employment opportunities in the future, whilst getting paid to learn. “The support ...

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Christmas cheer aplenty at Pied Calf pub

Christmas – a time to share with friends and family, eat, drink and be merry. And that is just what is on offer at Spalding’s Pied Calf this festive season. Throughout November, the cosy town centre venue has a host of offers to make those special moments even more memorable – and not because they cost so much! If you ...

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MP ‘charmed’ to open new Spalding shop

South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes was among the first to browse the range of home furnishings and gifts when he officially opened Spalding’s newest shop. Mr Hayes cut the ribbon to officially open Charmed Interiors in the town’s Sheepmarket, where he also met staff, including owner Jason Sutton and his brother Darren, who is manager of the ...

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Four generations turn St Nicholas House into a proper family affair

Four generations have taken over 18th century St Nicholas House creating a true family atmosphere. Hazel Bradshaw, who has been managing the hotel since June, has now taken joint ownership of the Georgian manor house with her parents Annette and Paul Tyson. Her grandmother Doris Tyson and children Emma and Andrew Bradshaw complete the family. The house has become a ...

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Gosberton House celebrating 25th Anniversary

Relaxed, homely and happy are all words you could use to describe the atmosphere at Gosberton House Care Home, where friendship, fun and family are as important as the professional and dedicated care those who use it receive. The care home, which provides round-the-clock nursing and residential care, is celebrating 25 years this year – but the principles of putting ...

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Scotland urged not to vote for independence

Scotland gaining independence from the United Kingdom would be a bad move, according to a leading South Holland businessman. Phil Scarlett is president of the Spalding and District Area Chamber of Commerce and believes a break-up of the union would be bad for the “fragile” recovering economy. Voters will have their say in a referendum on Thursday, September 18. It’s ...

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Manufacturing firm George Barnsdale celebrates 130 years in Donington

A manufacturing business renowned for the quality of its timber products has celebrated 130 years in Donington. George Barnsdale threw a birthday bash at its High Street site last Saturday. The event brought together three generations of the Barnsdale family, alongside past and present members of staff and their families. South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes attended to ...

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New town centre manager determined to realise Spalding’s potential

A new Spalding town centre manager has been recruited to shape the future of the town and help unite businesses. Ex-Army major Dennis Hannant has recently completed a 43-year career in the service and brings many years of military and commercial business experience to the role, which he starts in November. Dennis says he understands the challenges facing Spalding town ...

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