Author Archives: Rachel Mayfield

Former headteacher found guilty of child sex offences

A former Lincolnshire primary school headteacher caught sexting and arranging to meet someone he thought was a 14-year-old boy was today (Friday) found guilty by a jury at Lincoln Crown Court.James Shawley, who was head of St Bartholomew’s Primary School at West Pinchbeck, until his arrest in December 2019, was caught in a sting operation when he contacted an undercover police ...

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Spalding shop refused alcohol licence

A Spalding shop has been refused permission to sell alcohol after owners were unable to prove they have moved on from historic failings. On Thursday (April 22) South Holland District Council’s Panel of the Committee of the Licensing Authority rejected Global Foods’ application for a Premises Licence to sell alcohol. Global Foods, based on Winsover Road, had applied for the ...

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A17 surfacing works start this weekend

As part of the surface dressing programme for this year, Lincolnshire County Council will be redressing sections of the A17 between the roundabout at Boston Road, Holbeach, and Sutton Bridge starting on Saturday (April 24) and running until May 27. Works will take place at weekends and during evenings from 6pm to midnight and the road will remain open throughout, ...

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Man without driving licence jailed after high speed police chase

A driver who had never held a licence was today (Wednesday) jailed after Lincoln Crown Court heard how he drove at 110mph in an attempt to evade police. Tracy Hercules was driving a Mercedes Benz in the Spalding area when a police car approached with its blue flashing lights and siren on. The police vehicle was on its way to ...

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Plans put 90 new jobs on the horizon

A South Holland company is creating around 90 new jobs in the fresh food industry that is a mainstay of the local economy. Two planning applications have been submitted, one for FreshLinc and the other for Lincolnshire Field Products, which would result in 30 jobs on one site and 60 on another – both near Spalding.Operations Director at FreshLinc, Lee ...

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Drivers warned that swing bridge shutting

Cross Keys swing bridge in Sutton Bridge is closing overnight Thursday (April 22) for engineering work.The closure, which will take place from 7pm on Thursday until 6am on Friday, will allow the repair of a hydraulic jack that helps it open and close. The bridge will need to be swung open so that engineers can access it.There will be very ...

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Council tax bill error for town residents

Council Tax bills have had to be sent out again in Spalding after an error was spotted which cost £5,713. Residents in the town were re-sent their bills for this year to correct an error in the calculation which was in the first version.“Following the mailing of annual council tax bills in March, we became aware of a calculation error ...

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A thousand thanks Sir Tom

The late Capt Sir Tom Moore would have approved of the fundraising efforts at Spalding Rugby Club.Inspired by the efforts of the 100-year-old, club treasurer Peter Jullien is set for a 100 challenge of his own.Mr Jullien is marking his 70th birthday and will be completing 100 laps of the ground every day for ten days to raise money and ...

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Police object to alcohol licence

An application to sell alcohol in a Spalding store has hit massive opposition from the police. Members of South Holland District Council’s licensing committee will discuss the application for Global Foods, Winsover Road, at a meeting on Thursday.But the police are recommending refusal as the premises and the applicant ‘has a history with regards to licensing.’Officers attended the shop in ...

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Police investigate red kite poisoning

Police are investigating the poisoning of a Red Kite in the Crowland area.The raptor was found dead last year and tests revealed it had been poisoned and a detailed multi-agency investigation has been conducted.Addresses in the Crowland area have been searched and items linked to the poisoning and suspected banned pesticides were recovered.Raptor persecution is a wildlife crime and the ...

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Teen’s business bakes

A Weston teenager’s business idea has got tails wagging and is raising money for charity.Tallulah Stamp, of Weston, has used lockdown to set up her new Lula and Pip dog treats venture.The 13-year-old had researched what goes in to the dog treats her cocker spaniel Pip likes and was surprised with how unhealthy many of the shop bought ones are.So ...

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New coronavirus test centre opens

A COVID-19 testing centre has opened in Spalding for people who have no symptoms. Lincolnshire County Council has opened the new lateral flow testing site at Four Seasons House, 10 Enterprise Way, PE11 3YR.The facility is open from Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday 9am to 5pm.The doors opened on Monday, but there was no sign-posting ...

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Councils purchase land for new part of FEZ

Lincolnshire County and South Holland District Councils have announced the acquisition of a 28-acre site to increase the size of the South Lincolnshire Food Enterprise Zone in Holbeach.The land is for the second phase of the site, the first of which is under construction.A spokesman for the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The additional 28-acre site, part of phase ...

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Village gym set to bulk out?

A village gym could be set for extra muscle after a planning application has been submitted for it to be extended.The Holbeach St Marks facility moved to the village hall so it could be used safely with COVID restrictions last year.And it’s proved such a hit, those behind it are looking to expand to ensure it can stay there while ...

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Fundraiser Pat aims for the skies

Would you jump out of a plane for one of your colleagues? In the case of Pat Newton the answer is yes and she and ten fellow Fowler Welch employees are set to take on a parachute jump in her latest fundraiser for Parkinson’s UK.Pat (53), of Pennygate, Spalding, was diagnosed with the condition five years ago.“It was a big ...

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Bakkavor’s positive report for the future

Fresh food company Bakkavor has seen its financial position strengthen over the last year with Brexit having a ‘minimal’ impact.In a trading update released this week, the company said it saw sales grow by 56.2 per cent in mainland China in the first 13 weeks of the year.“We continue to see reduced demand in Hong Kong due to ongoing lockdown ...

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Get in on the act with group

What is believed to be the UK’s oldest amateur dramatic society is on the lookout for new members. Last year the Spalding Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society (SADOS) turned 150.For obvious reasons, however, they weren’t able to do much by way of celebrations for their special anniversary.Now the group is looking firmly to the future.SADOS chairman Jodie Schweikhardt said: “We ...

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LETTER: Lots of reasons to keep pub

I am writing regarding your article in The Spalding Voice regarding the application for a change of use to the Plough pub in Holbeach St Johns.My husband has been in the village for over 50 years, and I have been here for over 30. The Plough has always been an integral part of village life and we are shocked and ...

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LETTER: Well done for pushing flags

Sir John Hayes’ April 8 column hit the issue on the nose regarding our flag.It isn’t something to hide away out of shame, but rather an emblem of personal and shared pride that we can all gather around as one nation.As Sir John rightly calls out, our so-called betters in the media, academia and politics have tried to turn national ...

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LETTER: Old hospital is definite eyesore

I have recently been following the stories about disused village pubs which locals have been calling an eyesore. It seems as if these problems have now been corrected.Well forgive me for saying so, but if those disused buildings were called an eyesore then words fail me as to what description could be given to the old Johnson Hospital in its ...

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