Author Archives: Rachel Mayfield

COLUMN: Community Champions

South Holland remains one of the safest places to live in the county. Crime rates continue to drop year on year and agencies work hard to ensure you continue to live in a place which is safe. Being part of a community can really help with your sense of belonging and it’s important that you feel you have a voice ...

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New ATC president

The civilian committee of 1406 Sqn Air Training Corps (Spalding) has a new president. Wing Commander Josh Fortune commissioned into the Royal Air Force Engineer branch in 2002 and has spent much of his career working with the Tornado aircraft. He has also been the senior engineer officer for the RAF Aerobatics Team – The Red Arrows. Outgoing president Air ...

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Six years in jail for Weston paedophile

A paedophile has been jailed for more than six years for a catalogue of sex offences against young girls. Robert Parrish (51), of Broad Gate, Weston, admitted eight sexual assaults, five exposures, and two counts of voyeurism at a hearing in June. The offences all happened in July, August and September of last year. Two of the sexual assaults happened ...

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Probus 25 years old

More than 30 people enjoyed Springfields Probus Club’s annual summer luncheon at Spalding’s Woodlands Hotel. It was the 25th anniversary of the club’s formation. An anniversary cake was provided to go along with the celebratory champagne after the buffet lunch. Pictured is the cake being cut by life members Dennis Martin Snr and Fred Bellam watched by the current club ...

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LETTER: Spalding looks wonderful

I was invited by the Spalding in Bloom Committee to attend the In Bloom judging on July 14. My first duty was to say a few words and thanked Couns Newton and Lawton for their contribution, the district council officers for shaping, cutting and weeding the flower beds and the army of volunteers for all the hours they have done ...

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LETTER: Planning permission was flawed

Long Sutton Parish Council has seriously reviewed the situation in relation to proceeding with a Judicial Review against the Sutton Park Development on the former Butterfly Park site. Due to the potential costs of between £30,000 and £45,000 to pursue the matter further, they decided not to proceed with the claim. That said, they remain of the view that the ...

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WARREN FREE TRIAL UPDATE 5.15pm: Sentencing decision on two teenagers

UPDATE Friday, 5.15pm: Two teenagers charged with perverting the course of justice have appeared before the judge for sentencing. A 14-year-old who denied the charge was convicted by the jury on a 10-2 majority. He was given a youth rehabilitation order with six months’ supervision. The second boy, who is 16, admitted perverting the course of justice by disposing of the metal ...

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New song to celebrate Fens

Pinchbeck singer Jeff Woods is presenting Songs for Summer at Crowland Abbey on Sunday (7.30pm). He has sung for some of Britain’s leading opera companies, on TV and radio and most recently on cruise ships. Jeff is a published songwriter and has been inspired to write a song for the occasion in order to express his admiration for the Fenlands ...

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What’s On (July 23-29)

TODAY South Holland Healthy Walks, 10.30am, Holbeach Services Club. Meet your local Health Trainer, 9am-4pm, Sutton Bridge Community Centre, 07532 236616. Holbeach and Spalding Explorers: Spalding, 7pm-9pm; Holbeach 7.15pm-9.15pm, www.handsscouts.com Tots and carers, 9am-11.30am, Moulton Village Hall. Vitality classes, Broad Street Methodist Church Hall, Spalding, 11.30am-12.30pm and 1.45pm-2.45pm; Weston Village Hall, 2pm-3pm, £1.50, 01529 411941. Vibe Contemporary Youth Choir, 5.30pm-7pm, ...

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Scarecrow Mania 2015

Scarecrow Mania takes place at Spalding’s Ayscoughfee Gardens on Sunday. Organised by the Rotary Club of Spalding and Welland, the event raises funds for the Two Lips Appeal which this year supports PHAB, Macmillan Cancer Support and the NSPCC. Charitable donations will be accepted throughout the afternoon. The event will take place between 1pm and 4pm and will welcome visitors ...

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Theatre: What’s on this week (July 23-29)

Stamford Arts Centre Box office 01780 763203 Art On The Map Summer Exhibition From today (Thursday) Stamford Shoestring presents The Chalk Garden by Enid Bagnold Today (Thursday), tomorrow (Friday) and Saturday, 7.45pm Glyndebourne – Mozart’s Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail – satellite screening Sunday, 5pm Animated Movie Making – Lost In Space! – workshop Tuesday and Wednesday, 10am Burghley Film ...

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Relax and learn at Music Cafe

Holbeach Town Band opens its doors to the public on Saturday when they host their second Music Café. Everyone is welcome whether you’re seven or 70, an accomplished player or brand new beginner, even if you fancy just popping along for a piece of cake and a brew. This will be the second Music Café that the band has run ...

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WARREN FREE MURDER TRIAL: Deliberations to continue into seventh day

The jury in the trial of six teenagers accused of the murder of Spalding man Warren Free are to continue their deliberations into a seventh day tomorrow (Friday). The jury of six men and six women, who retired on Thursday of last week at the end of a month-long trial, spent today (Thursday) continuing to deliberate without returning any verdicts before they were sent ...

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Quiz helps boost charity coffers

Thanks to everyone who supported The Spalding and South Holland Voice quiz night on Friday – we raised £302.45. The quiz, in aid of our Community Fund, was held at the Spalding Services Club, who kindly sponsored the event. Nine teams battled it out, with Zazzle Media taking the win. Thanks for their generous support also go to Simpson’s Butchers, ...

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WARREN FREE MURDER TRIAL: Judge will now accept majority verdicts

The jury in the Warren Free murder trial has been told that the judge will now accept majority verdicts. It comes after the foreman of the jury told Lincoln Crown Court at 2.10pm today (Wednesday) that the six men and six women had failed to reached unanimous verdicts on all charges against all defendants. The Honourable Justice Goss told the jury: ...

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Lots of fun in the sun

A total of 4,200 people enjoyed the annual Bakkavor Party in the Park and funday. Held at Springfields Events Centre, the weekend saw 3,000 people attend the funfair and It’s A Knockout competition during the day, with a further 1,200 passing through the gates in the evening for the Party in the Park musical spectacular. Organisers are still in the ...

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LETTER: Cameras only part of the solution

I note with interest the possibility of average speed cameras being introduced to the A16 between Spalding and Crowland (The Voice, July 16) and welcome this method against the fixed camera. I also favour the reactive signs that put up actual speeds because although not 100 per cent effective they do have an embarrassment factor. To me this is only ...

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Magic of the movies at show

Eight beauty students from the Post 16 Centre put their hearts and souls into their end of year show. The students chose the themes of Enchanted Wood and the Movies and created costumes to reflect the themes. Around 50 people went along to the show where they saw characters such as The Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts from ...

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Column: Plenty to do during summer holidays

July is almost over and the summer holidays are upon us once again and most families will be looking forward to getting away from it all and heading to the coast or on a holiday abroad. For those who cannot manage, or indeed afford a holiday away, there are a great many things on offer locally, especially for the kids ...

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LETTER: We will do whatever we can

As chair of planning for Holbeach Parish Council, I personally wish to apologise to the people of Holbeach, for the momentous decision taken by South Holland District Council, on Wednesday, July 1, in relation to the Manor Farm application. Having held a public open meeting, we formulated a comprehensive report, which we submitted to the district council on behalf of ...

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