Author Archives: Rachel Mayfield

Queues at filling stations despite no fuel shortage

Motorists have been queuing at filling stations around South Holland despite there being no shortage of fuel. A few garages in other parts of the country had reported problems with fuel deliveries which sparked an immediate burst of panic-buying and queues have been growing longer all morning. At Applegreen, on the A16, the pumps were busy from first thing, with ...

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Hundreds of cannabis plants found during police raid

Hundreds of cannabis plants were found growing in a Spalding house after police raided the building, Lincoln Crown Court was told today (Wednesday). Officers found that the electricity supply to the house in Bridge Street in the town was bypassed and rooms had been converted for growing cannabis. Andrew Fitch-Holland, prosecuting, said that a total of 783 cannabis plants were ...

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Two arrested as haul of catalytic converters seized

Two people have been questioned as part of an investigation into environmental crime in Lincolnshire. The man and woman, both in their 20s, were held at an address in Long Sutton. The arrests were part of a probe by the Environment Agency into catalytic converter theft across the county. Lincolnshire Police assisted the agency, recovering a large amount of cash ...

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Armed police deployed as two arrested for threats against school children

Two men are in custody after police received two reports of a man making threats to school children, parents, and teachers on Cathedral Drive in Spalding. The first incident was reported at 8.48am and the second at 9.11am today. Armed officers were deployed to the scene and the junction of Cathedral Drive and Park Close was closed shortly before 9.30am. ...

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Osprey lands at Springfields

A luxury leather, fashion brand has opened a new store at Springfields.Osprey London provides creative bags and accessories for men and women and has opened at the shopping outlet just outside Spalding.The new store is in a prime location at the front of the main mall.Ian Sanderson, director of Springfields, said: “Osprey London adds to our substantial fashion offer and ...

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Businesses urged to get connected

A new networking group has launched with the aim of fostering a spirit of support and collaboration among business owners in the south Lincolnshire and Peterborough area. The first Business Connection event was on September 10 with the next taking place on Friday (September 24) from 1pm.It follows a “tables” format where participants can choose to join video chats with ...

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Holbeach Town Band to offer free lessons for Learn to Play Week

Holbeach Town Band are offering free music lessons for brass instruments this Saturday as part of Learn to Play ’21, organised by Music for All.The 10-15 minute sessions are taking place at the Back Lane Bandroom from 2pm to 5pm.Mel Hopkin, musical director, said: “We invite anyone interested in learning to play to join us on Saturday for a free ...

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Sing loud in South Holland

There are opportunities to sing your heart out this week The South Holland Singers are recruiting new members and are looking for anyone to come to one of their practice sessions.The group meets on Thursday evenings, 7.30pm to 9pm at Spalding Baptist Church on Swan Street.A spokesman for the group said: “After the long inactivity forced upon us by Covid ...

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Lecture is tomorrow

The next Spalding Gentlemen’s Society lecture takes place on Friday and will be presented by John Gandy, Senior Librarian at Blickling Hall in Norfolk, the National Trust’s largest library of printed books.The event is at Broad Street Methodist Church, Spalding, at 7.30pm and admission is £3.Lectures are also via live stream on Microsoft Teams which must be booked and paid ...

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Mill times

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances Moulton Windmill will now only be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays each week from 10am-4pm each day.The mill will not be open on Thursdays until further notice. Trust members apologise for any inconvenience.

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All welcome at local health walks

Walk leaders Julie and Judy are pleased to announce that the popular walks for health will be resuming on Monday, October 4.Julie and Judy would love to welcome walkers old and new to join them at the new venue of Spalding Constitutional Club, Broad Street, Spalding, by kind permission of the club steward.Meet at 10.30am for registration followed by a ...

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Let the Good Times roll with comedian

Award-winning comedian Omid Djalili comes to Spalding next week and there’s still a handful of tickets left. The popular British-Iranian actor/comedian takes to the stage at the South Holland Centre on Friday, October 1 with his rescheduled UK tour The Good Times Tour.And it could not come soon enough for Omid – after experimenting with a Zoom gig where he ...

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Air Cadets take off again

Spalding Air Cadets have returned to face-to-face meetings with a host of exciting initiatives. The 1406 (Spalding) Squadron of the Royal Air Force Air Cadets have been meeting online throughout the pandemic, but have been able to get back to a more usual programme of activities in the last month.The opportunities to take to the air are returning with flight ...

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NHS prepares for jab boosters

The NHS in Lincolnshire says it is working around the clock to prepare for the imminent roll out of the Covid booster vaccinations for people aged 50 and over. Those living in residential care homes for older adults, all adults aged 50 years or over, frontline health and social care workers, all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying ...

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Brewing up for a good cause

It’s the season to raise a cup and some money for Macmillan Cancer Support.The official date for its annual coffee mornings to be held is Friday (September 24).But there’s plenty of mornings dotted around.Getting them underway was Saracen’s Head Village Hall on Thursday, September 16.They raised a brilliant £400 after volunteers baked a host of lovely cakes.A spokesman said: “It ...

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Decision day for parade plans

A decision on the Holbeach Remembrance Sunday parade was due to be made on Wednesday. A plea for volunteers to help steward the event went out earlier this month as there were fears it may not be able to go ahead.A final decision was due to be made when the town council and Royal British Legion held a meeting yesterday.Although ...

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Help keep floral display blooming

As towns and villages await the results from this year’s prestigious East Midlands In Bloom competition, one group is pleading for help to keep going. The regional competition is held each year and many entries come from supporters across the district who work hard to participate.Results from the regional rounds of the national competition are due to be today (Wednesday).Long ...

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Ian’s run in memory of mum

A son is to run the London Marathon in memory of his mum and raise money for The Tulip Suite at Spalding’s Johnson Hospital.Ian Tomblin is taking on the 26.2 miles close to the tenth anniversary of the death of mum Diane.And to say thank-you for the care she got at the hospital he’s already had over £1,000 pledged towards ...

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Celebrating all things pumpkin

Pumpkin celebrations will be coming to South Holland with a family-centred event in Spalding. The celebration of horticulture and harvest will be in the town centre from 10am to 3pm on Saturday, October 9, with a variety of entertainment alongside the usual weekend market.Local businesses in the town centre are taking part in the annual window dressing competition and there ...

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Joan celebrates 102nd birthday

The oldest of a family of five generations has celebrated her 102nd birthday.Joan Stanhope, of Spalding, reached the amazing age on Tuesday and celebrated the special occasion with visits from family and friends.Joan was born in Wisbech in 1919, one of 13 children, of which three are still alive.After leaving school, Joan went into nursing and moved to Spalding where ...

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