Author Archives: Rachel Mayfield

Police injured at illegal rural rave

Five police officers were injured while trying to break-up an illegal rave in Holbeach St Marks at the weekend. Police arrested four people for violence or drugs offences when they were called to the event in the early hours of Sunday.Around 200 people were at the rave on the outskirts of the village. The police officers received minor injuries as ...

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Easy ripening for avocados

Ideas to improve Holbeach town centre including the possibility of making High Street one-way are being discussed amid concerns current plans won’t work. Holbeach Parish Council says it will also wants to hear ideas from the public on how to ease congestion in the town, particularly at the Market Hill junction.South Holland District Council is bidding for £4m of the ...

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Ideas to improve Holbeach traffic

Ideas to improve Holbeach town centre including the possibility of making High Street one-way are being discussed amid concerns current plans won’t work. Holbeach Parish Council says it will also wants to hear ideas from the public on how to ease congestion in the town, particularly at the Market Hill junction.South Holland District Council is bidding for £4m of the ...

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Councillor ‘stripped’ of roles

A South Holland District Councillor says he has been stripped of all his roles by his own party.Jack McLean, Conservative member for Spalding St John’s Ward, took to social media to disclose some details about what was happening.“I will no longer be the executive support member for the Communities or Place portfolios, or the vice chairman of the Policy Development ...

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Shops left with clear-up bills

A Spalding charity shop has been left with a bill running to thousands of pounds after it was broken into and damaged this week. The Sense shop in Station Road was hit just two days after The Barber Shop was also broken into.Cash and donated items were taken from the charity shop, which was also damaged and ransacked in the ...

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Police continue search for Bernadette

Police teams remain in Cowbit searching for the body of a murdered teenager.Cambridgeshire police have been in the Barrier Bank area looking for the body of Bernadette Walker whose parents were charged with her murder.The search team has been looking in areas around the River Welland.Sarah (37) and Scott Walker (50), both of Century Square, Peterborough were remanded in custody ...

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Inquest told biker hit 100mph before crash

A motorcyclist was riding at up to 100mph while overtaking a line of traffic at a junction in the seconds before he died, an inquest has heard. Lee Gardner (30) was riding a powerful track-standard BMW when he hit a car on August 23 last year on the B1192 at Langrick while he was heading for Cadwell Park.The Long Sutton ...

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Site for new town medical centre sold

A plot of land given to provide a new medical centre for Holbeach is being sold by the NHS. The 1.58acre site on Dam Gate is being auctioned off by Allsop’s with a guide price of £90,000.It was given to the health service by a local developer as part of a section 106 agreement over a decade ago.Local politicians have ...

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GCSE students score high despite uncertainty

GCSE students across South Holland are finally able to celebrate after months of uncertainty. Despite the controversy surrounding this year’s exams and how grades were calculated, students received their results yesterday (Thursday) as expected. Spalding High School saw 98 per cent of students achieving a Grade 4 or higher in English and maths, with 83 per cent achieving a Grade ...

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New solar farm on the cards for Sutton Bridge

A new solar farm could provide power to almost 10,000 homes if planners give the go ahead. EDF Renewables (EDF R) wants to develop a 49.9 MW solar farm next to the Sutton Bridge Power Station, which will be capable of generating enough renewable electricity for the domestic needs of 9,581 households annually.EDF R has been carrying out ecological and ...

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£120,000 windfall for Low Fulney lottery player

A lottery player in Low Fulney is in the money after scooping £120,000 in the People’s Postcode Lottery. The player, who has asked to remain anonymous, is one for four neighbours from Swindlers Drove who won big.The postcode PE12 6BS was announced as a winner of the Street Prize on Tuesday, July 14 with three residents landing £30,000 each, and ...

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500 jobs at risk due to proposed factory closure

More than 500 jobs are at risk after Bakkavor announced it is considering closing one of the salad factories at its Spalding site. A spokesman confirmed that the company is considering ceasing operations at Factory 1 at the West Marsh Road site and changing night shift patterns within the Deli. Functional support roles across the site will also be reviewed ...

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Council u-turn over opening of Spalding Cemetery

Spalding Cemetery is to reopen from Monday – albeit on reduced hours. The cemetery has been closed to the public during the coronavirus outbreak despite a number of complaints from people wishing to visit and tend the graves of their loved ones. At last Saturday’s central government coronavirus briefing, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick asked councils to keep open or reopen, ...

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TV review: The Mandalorian (episode 4)

If the first three episodes of The Mandalorian demonstrated just how effective a bounty hunter the titular character is, Friday’s fourth chapter offered some much-needed character building. Up until now, Pedro Pascal’s so-far faceless hero hadn’t showcased much more than a ruthless streak – although his critical decision to (spoiler alert) rescue Baby Yoda set him off down a path ...

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Club legend Phil Barnes named as Holbeach United’s new first team manager

Holbeach United have announced that club stalwart Phil Barnes will be their new manager. Barnes, who won the UCL Premier Division as a player with the Tigers, will be assisted by Dean Elston – another Tigers legend – at Carter’s Park. With Danny Hussey stepping down as boss following the early completion of the season, Barnes steps up from his ...

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Plenty of reasons to get in touch with Spalding United as they launch 200 Club

Spalding United have launched their ‘SUFC 200 Club’ – dubbed a great way to support the Tulips while having the chance to win prizes. You can sign up for just £10 per month, with three monthly cash prizes for winners, with the rest helping support the club during these difficult times. You can set up a standing order via treasurer ...

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RFU ruling sees Spalding RFC seal sixth in the final Midlands Three East South table

Spalding RFC’s final position for the 2019/20 Midlands Three East (South) season is sixth after the RFU moved to finish the season using ‘best playing record formula’. Town, who were fifth in the table before the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis caused the season to end early, slip behind Dunstablians – who had two games in hand on them – in the ...

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South Holland football legend ‘Oddie’ calls time on his impressive career

One of the finest and most enduring players on the local football scene has had his final competitive match. Holbeach United legend Steve “Oddie” Barnes announced his retirement on Saturday, March 26 soon after the season was declared null and void for the vast majority of non-league teams due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the 44-year-old is just thankful he ...

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TV review: The Mandalorian (episodes 1-3)

For many of you, The Mandalorian will be the reason you’ve either signed up for new streaming service Disney+ or are tempted by the idea. The Disney+ original series, created by Jon Favreau, is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order in the Star Wars timeline (that’s roughly between Return of The ...

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Pinchbeck United player/boss Dunn will use break to re-energise himself

Ian Dunn isn’t thinking much about football at the moment – but he reckons the enforced break will be good for stress levels. After years of success that saw the player/boss take the Knights from the Peterborough League to fourth place in the UCL Premier Division last season, 2019/20 was a shock to the system. Before the season was declared ...

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