Author Archives: Rachel Mayfield

Florist’s flowery support for country

A Pinchbeck florist has donated 3,000 daffodils to a care company to hand out and show support for Ukraine.Evolve Flowers in Pinchbeck donated the flowers after the recent storms meant they had thousands of daffodils they were unable to sell.As a solution, florist Helen Chambers decided to give them to Home From Home Care, a family-run care provider which operates ...

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Lincolnshire fire crews’ help

Fire kit and equipment from Lincolnshire and every fires service in the UK is being sent out to Ukraine to support firefighters on the frontline. UK charity FIRE AID and International Development (FIRE AID), and the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) are coordinating donations of more than 5,000 items of fire and rescue equipment and PPE which will be sent in ...

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Amazing effort from local area

Local volunteers who have been collecting goods for Ukrainian refugees say they’ve been ‘overwhelmed’ by the generosity and support shown in the area. Both the St Thomas Project in St Thomas’s Road, Spalding, and The Anglia Motel in Fleet have been turned into drop off points for collections.Boxes of Hope, based at the motel, is working with the United Nations ...

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Free therapy offer to those fleeing war

A recently set up community club for Eastern European families living in and around Spalding is offering free mental health sessions for any Ukrainians in the area.The White Eagle Community Club has been set up by Justyna Lukaszuk. The mother-of-three runs the Prism Holistic Therapy Centre For Families as well as teaching Polish and English. And she’s offering free therapy ...

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SEND schools’ donations

Staff, parents and pupils at Spalding’s SEND (Special Education Needs and Disability) schools have been doing their bit for Ukrainian refugees.The Garth and The Priory schools have both been collecting goods.Senior deputy head Claire Moore said: “As a school community, we are deeply saddened with regards to the tragedy currently unfolding in Ukraine and desperately wanted to help.“To support our ...

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Residents looking to host refugees

Around 50 people locally have already signed up to accommodate Ukrainian refugees and more South Holland residents are being urged to come forward. The government announced its ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme on Monday, with people asked to provide homes or a spare room rent-free for as a long as they can.The South and East Lincolnshire Local Councils Partnership, which includes ...

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Council’s Easter break events

More than a week of events are being planned for the school’s Easter break by South Holland District Council.Everything from a park run to skate jam and learning to play a brass instrument have been lined-up at a variety of venues starting from Saturday, April 2.Skate jams will be held in Crowland and Spalding while discovery trails in the town ...

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Family band’s van stolen

A South Holland band of brothers are appealing for help after their van was stolen.The distinctive black Transit also contained equipment belonging to The Houndogs when it was taken from Weston Hills in the early hours of Monday.The van has sliding doors on both sides, which is unusual, and has the registration AY10 EVP.“We couldn’t believe it,” said Dave Wilson.Along ...

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Special ‘womble’ meet for Graham

Members of the Spalding Wombles group will be meeting on Sunday to hold a special litter pick. The team will be meeting to remember Graham Walmsley, known as Brian, who died at the end of January at the age of 64.One of the first members when the group started during the first lockdown, Graham became well-known for his lengthy posts ...

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Staff and students join forces for the Lily Foundation

Staff at a Spalding school will be jumping from planes and running marathons to raise money for a charity that is helping a pupil and her family. The new head teacher at St John The Baptist Primary School, Clare Robinson, will be skydiving in May as part of the campaign to help the Lily Foundation.The charity has been providing help ...

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LETTER: Councils are both wrong

I have read in The Voice that SHDC planning department are contesting a non change of use application for a caravan site at Sutton St James.Perhaps the person who owns the land might be interested to know that Holbeach Parish Council opened a dog exercise pen on Park Road without submitting a change of use application, without any follow up ...

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LETTER: Secure your heating oil tanks

Yesterday a heating oil price quote came in at 97p per litre.Today, from the same supplier, the quote is 105p per litre. That’s an eight per cent increase in 24 hours.Here in rural Lincolnshire thousands of domestic customers, but also farmers, schools and care homes depend on heating oil for heating and hot water.Both the local council and central government ...

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LETTER: No more than hollow promises

I read with interest the letter ‘Pinchbeck Fields Not Anymore’ as published recently which made some salient points to which, as a resident of over 40 years living directly opposite the said development site, I could identify with to some degree.The few points I would wish to make are in relation to the issues which occur once a development is ...

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Mum jailed for nine years for manslaughter

A young mother who killed her partner with a single stab wound to the heart was today (Thursday) jailed for nine years. Mum-of-two Charlie Stevenson (21) was cleared of murdering her on-off partner Christopher Higgs, also 21, after a trial last month. But the jury convicted Stevenson of unlawfully killing Mr Higgs at her home in Portland Street, Boston, Lincs. The jury ...

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Man denies murder and attempted murder

A man today (Thursday) denied charges of murder and attempted murder following two alleged attacks in Spalding on the same day.Darren Kirk (52) died following an alleged attack at a property in Cygnet Court, Spalding, on December 20.A second man, Mark Stone (46), was also taken to hospital in a critical condition on December 20 after an alleged serious assault ...

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Office Shop is taken over

Phil and Lesley Pell, owners of The Office Shop in Pinchbeck Road, Spalding, have retired after 20 years.The business has been acquired by AbbeyPrint Ltd and will continue from its premises in Enterprise Way, Pinchbeck.Phil said: “I started working at the Office Shop with the previous owner Colin Hayes, before taking over 20 years ago.“My wife Lesley then joined me ...

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Companies have combined forces

GlenFarrow has added a new string to its bow thanks to combining with hydraulic hose business MB Supplies. MB Supplies has been trading in Pinchbeck for around 25 years.The company was founded by Mick Bird, who passed the baton to James Johanesen (pictured) 11 years ago.James was looking to retire but also wanted a way of carrying on the business ...

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Raven swoops in to Rookery

Rookery Farm in Holbeach St Johns, a specialist picking and packing firm for the horticulture industry, has been acquired by Sarah Raven Ltd as part of the business’ growth plan and in response to increased demand.Previously an arable farm, and in the Robinson family for over 100 years, Rookery Farm is renowned for its growing, packing and despatching services to ...

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National award joy for South Holland builder

South Holland-based D Brown Building Contractors are celebrating after scooping a national award. The firm won Best Large Social Housing Development at the LABC Building Excellence Awards Grand Finals 2021.A panel of industry experts judged a list of the highest quality projects and teams from around England and Wales to showcase solutions to complex technical or construction issues, site constraints, ...

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Strum-thing good thanks to guitarist

A top local guitarist is heading to Whaplode this week to play a free gig. Antoine Fleuriot is heading to The Elizabethan Centre Social Club this Saturday (March 5) and is set to perform his fantastic cover versions honed over decades of touring the country.Doors at the Parsons Lane venue open at 7.30pm for the gig which is free to ...

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