Author Archives: Rachel Mayfield

LETTER: Offering friendship and mercy

In a recently published interview entitled “The Name of God in Mercy” Pope Francis described the quality of mercy as the most important message that Jesus gave. In the sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, Jesus tells us “blessed are the merciful for they shall have mercy shown them.” Mercy should not be confined to the virtuous but to all ...

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COUNCIL MATTERS: A snapsnot of my diary to show how I spend my time

Along with a number of all-party district councillors I regularly take part in Local Democracy presentations to groups of schoolchildren. One of the questions recently asked was ‘what do you actually do?’ and I thought it might be useful to use my diary to show aspects of what district councillors and particularly cabinet members get up to. So here is ...

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MP claimed more than £4,000 towards London visits for kids

South Holland and the Deepings MP John Hayes has claimed thousands of pounds in expenses for his children to stay with him in his tax-funded London flat. Mr Hayes’s sons William (15) and Edward (11) spend most of their time at the family home in Moulton but the Home Office security minister has claimed £4,850 above his annual rent allowance ...

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Rapist involved in police stand-off jailed for eight years

A rapist armed with a knife who barricaded himself inside a house resulting in a stand-off with police has been jailed for eight years. Steven Saint had the large kitchen knife with him when police arrived at a house in Sutton Bridge to detain him. Jonathon Dee, prosecuting at Lincoln Crown Court on Tuesday (February 9), said the officer who initially arrived at ...

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Spalding takeaway owner jailed over filthy shop

The owner of a Spalding takeaway described as being so dirty that it posed an imminent threat to the health of customers eating the food has been jailed for 12 months. Rafat Thoun, who ran pizza, kebab and fried chicken takeaway Time Square at 25 Winsover Road, was also given a food hygiene prohibition order banning him for life from being involved ...

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Tulip Talk with Jan Whitbourn

On Sunday, February 21, Tulip Radio, in association with Majestic Bingo, will be holding a charity bingo afternoon at the Regent Bingo Club in Westlode Street, Spalding. Tulip Radio is very privileged to be working alongside Regent Bingo Club, helping to raise funds for local Armed Forces: SSAFA, Royal Navy Association, Royal British Legion and the Lincolnshire Regiment. They have ...

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Brit Award winners on stage

Brit Award winning vocal group Blake appear at the South Holland Centre, Spalding, on June 11 and tickets are selling fast. Known for their ability to perform a huge mix of genres, the group use rich vocal harmonies to perform classic songs in their inimitable style. The tour follows appearances on The Graham Norton Show, The One Show and Strictly ...

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60s & 70s fundraiser

A charity event at Pinchbeck Village Hall will help the victims of the UK’s December floods. The 60s and 70s night is being held at the hall on Friday, February 19. Entertainment will include live music from 70s recording artist Fraz and there will be a disco and raffle. Doors open at 7.30pm and there will be a licensed bar. ...

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Love is in the air this half term at Frampton

Love will be in the air this half-term holiday as the RSPB put on special events at their Frampton Marsh site. Starting on Saturday, February 13 and running every day through the whole holiday, you can follow the Lovebirds activity trail around the reserve. Pick up your entry sheet from the visitor centre before setting off around the surfaced trails. ...

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LETTER: Thanks for handing in my ring

On Monday, January 18, I went shopping in my buggy to Aldi. When I got home I discovered I had lost my Russian wedding ring (which is of sentimental value to me and very old). After a sleepless night, I telephoned around all the shops I had visited. I phoned Aldi and someone had found it and handed it in ...

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LETTER: Now I’m picking up after others

On Sunday, February 7 I decided to go against my own principles and clear up other people’s rubbish. This was in my own street, Carrington Road, Spalding. I just felt I had enough of seeing such a mess along the street in my local neighbourhood. I do appreciate that a group of people have embraced the initiative to clean up ...

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LETTER: Pavilion will do nothing for gardens

What is wrong with designers for the council? The proposed pavilion will do absolutely nothing for the gardens. It is not in keeping with the surroundings I suppose we shouldn’t be too surprised though, look what they built in place of the old Corn Exchange. That does not blend in with its surroundings either. My friends and I go to ...

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LETTER: It’s not a suitable place

Regarding the proposed design for a new pavilion in Ayscoughfee: my concern is the site, which is next to the children’s play area and the aviary, not a suitable place to listen to a concert. I feel the right place would be on the site of the old bandstand. Mrs B Watson Spalding

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LETTER: Disgusted by the council

I live in Park Road, Spalding and I am disgusted and appalled by the council for agreeing to the numerous off licences in Spalding. The town is going downhill and the appearance is a big problem for us local long-time residents. I really hate walking into town now and avoid it as much as possible. This has to stop now. ...

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LETTER: No need for another off-licence

We do not need another off licence in the town. Do we assume that all these shops cannot do enough trade and make a living without having an off licence. We live just off St John’s Road so we have garage at Little London that sells alcohol – cross the road from there we have the shop, again selling alcohol. ...

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LETTER: No need to sell alcohol at 6am

Well done on your front page article regarding Enough is Enough. I have already written to John Hayes MP on this matter and hope he will get involved too. There is absolutely no need for anybody to be selling alcohol at 6am as Mr Korwan has asked for in his application. Licences have been given too easily in the last ...

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LETTER: Time to keep your pledges

I’m reading last week’s edition of The Voice, which carries the front page headline “Enough Is Enough” and goes on to say how the residents of Spalding are fed up with the proliferation of licensed premises in the town centre. The Voice goes on to say: “Many readers vented anger at the latest premises licence application for the former China ...

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LETTER: Please, no more off licences

I have just read your front page article in The Voice and I heartily agree that Spalding is inundated with off-licences. It is time to put a stop to them. If people want to buy alcohol there are supermarkets and pubs. The licences that have been revoked should not have them renewed. Please, no more off-licences. They are a detriment ...

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LETTER: Town is losing its appeal

I am writing following your excellent front page this week highlighting the growing public concern over off-licences and foreign food shops. It is high time the local council listened to the long held beliefs that this town is losing appeal because of the spread of tacky convenience stores and takeaways. Winsover Road is rapidly becoming the fag-end of Spalding as ...

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LETTER: Panel has blatant disregard

I read your latest headline with a sense of relief – relief that someone is listening and prepared to make a stand for the people of Spalding. The town has reached saturation point with off-licences and simply doesn’t need any more. As you quite rightly point out, the high number doesn’t encourage the diversification of shops and increases anti-social behaviour ...

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