Author Archives: Richard Rush

Meeting called as villagers look to save pub from closure

Villagers in Holbeach St John have called a meeting as they look to save a nearly 200-year-old pub. As previously reported a change of use planning application has been submitted to turn The Plough on Jekils Bank into just a home. The owner, Ian Osborn, only took over the establishment last July and has been unable to open due to ...

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Teens to be asked about town parks as improvement ideas mooted

Holbeach Parish Council is to ask teenagers what facilities could be created for them in the town’s open spaces. The authority is set to launch both online and physical surveys to gauge what could help young people, particularly with regards to its open spaces such as Carter’s Park. It was proposed at last week’s parish council to engage with teenagers ...

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Daffodil display to delight this weekend

A new display of daffodils is set to be on display at Springfields this weekend. In celebration of this wonderful year for daffodils, Springfields has a free display of competition-quality daffodils in the outlet, prepared by the Springfields Horticultural Society, and beautifully manicured Spring walks throughout the gardens. This includes the Taylors Bulbs displays, Daffodil of the Year, Daffodil Walk, ...

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NHS call for people to keep second vaccine appointments while over 45s can now book for first dose.

People in Lincolnshire who are booked in during April to have their second COVID vaccination are being urged to keep their appointments. To-date across the UK, the NHS has given over 39 million vaccines as at 13 April, including over seven million second doses, which means that over one in ten people have now received both a first and a ...

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Plans for two 5G masts refused

Applications for two masts to bring 5G phone signal to Spalding have both been refused by councillors. South Holland District Council’s Planning Committee had been recommended to refuse a 20 metre high pole and associated workings on the corner of Claudette Avenue and Wygate Park, but accept the 18m application at the Birch Grove and Matmore Gate junction. Planning officers ...

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Positives for Knights after double loss

Pinchbeck United returned to action with back-to-back 2-0 defeats, but manager Lewis Thorogood says he’s seen plenty of positives. On Saturday they were defeated by Harborough Town through Callum Milne and Ben Williams goals, in the opening fixtures of the Kingfisher Lighting Premier Division Cup. And that was followed up with a friendly loss at home to Wisbech Town on ...

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Long Sutton and Moulton Harrox begin season by taking on each other

Long Sutton and Moulton Harrox Cricket Clubs get their South Lincs and Border League Premier Division campaign underway with a derby match at Harrox Field on Saturday (1pm). The pair finished in the top two of last year’s mini East division, Harrox pipping Sutton to that title by virtue of five bonus points picked up in the six games as ...

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Wind returns to Welland YC’s sails

Andy Prior was back on top as Welland Yacht Club’s 2021 season got underway on Sunday with the Robert Creek Shield. Contested over two races, seven boats took to the start of the first one. With a reasonable breeze accompanied by strong gusts Prior (Laser) took the early lead in the short reach to the first mark followed by Tom ...

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Darley is the victor

Some 37 ladies celebrated the return of golf by contesting a Stableford at Spalding Golf Club last week. Top spot at the Surfleet course went to Jane Darley with a score of 39 points.Edged into second on countback was Elaine MacLeman, who also managed 39 points. Lesley Williams followed in third with 35 points, while Jenny Pipe was fourth on ...

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On-form duo take Tydd title

Tim Hines and David Leedle celebrated victory at Tydd St Giles Golf Club’s January Pairs Catch up event. The duo scored 46 points in the men’s section event, which was three better than second-placed Mark Cooper and Neil Morphew (43pts). Third place went to Brad Simpson and Bally Sigurdsson (42pts). * Results: Men’s section: Men’s January Pairs Catch up – ...

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Hot Harrox hit ground running with fine win

Moulton Harrox enjoyed an eye-catching win over perennial rivals Netherton United as the ChromaSport PDFL returned at the weekend. With the season declared null and void, a large number of South Holland sides were among those competing in the three supplementary competitions organised by the league. Harrox, who were unbeaten in the Premier Division before the season was curtailed, romped ...

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Former favourite Nel stars as Spalding Town beaten

Spalding Town 1st made a losing start to the new South Lincs and Border League Premier Division season as hosts Skegness 1st handed them an eight-wicket reverse on Saturday. In the only fixture of the day, new Town skipper Chris Dring lost the toss and Spalding were bowled out for 148 in 43.1 overs after being put into bat. A ...

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Inter-club action as part of Spalding’s

A small slice of normality resumed for Spalding Hockey Club’s players on Saturday as they returned to match action – albeit in the form of inter-club matches. With the COVID-19 pandemic ending the regular season prematurely at the end of 2020, this was the first chance the players have had to put stick to ball in a competitive manner so ...

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Golden showing from SCC quintet

Spalding Cycling Club’s riders made an impressive return to action as they took the overall team prize at the King’s Lynn CC 25-mile open time trial. The squad of Josh Wallis, Neil Palmer, Frazer Wallis, Simon Wright and Elliot Stones were on fine form at the Downham Market event, clocking a combined time of 2.53.30hrs. Josh Wallis was Spalding’s star ...

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Successful camp as tennis makes return

Last Tuesday saw Spalding Town Tennis Club return to the court as they held an Easter Camp for juniors. Run by club coaches Glenn Perkins and Ellie Blackbourn, the event was a success with 18 participants of all abilities attending the Holyrood Walk camp. The day, which benefitted from sunny weather, consisted of tennis-based drills, games and match play, before ...

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Drunk driver congratulated police for catching him after chase

A Holbeach driver who ran off after being stopped by police, told a court that he only did so because his friend in the passenger seat had run off and then he congratulated officers for catching him! Terry Fleckney, 34, of Victoria Street, admitted driving with excess alcohol when he appeared before magistrates in Boston. Prosecuting, Jim Clare said Fleckney ...

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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is life saving

A South Holland teacher has told how Prince Philip was instrumental in helping to save his daughter’s life. Jason Martindale learned vital first aid skills while on a Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme and he later used them to save his own daughter. “The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has been the best thing that I have been involved in,” he ...

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Towns reopen as restrictions lifted

South Holland’s towns are beginning to look more like themselves as the majority of businesses reopened on Monday when more COVID-19 restrictions were lifted. Non-essential businesses are now open, alongside pubs with beer gardens. Many shops opened their doors for the first time, gyms welcomed people back into their properties and queues emerged outside hairdressers in the area’s towns and ...

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Review after door step calls

South Holland Police are to conduct a ‘lessons learned’ review after what they say were false reports of people entering properties in Holbeach. Reports, videos and pictures were placed on the Spotted Holbeach Facebook group of individuals in and around people’s properties on Cecil Pywell Avenue and Chestnut Avenue on Wednesday, April 7. Following enquiries, police say the people were ...

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Charlie and Olaf’s ten mile trek

A seven-year-old has raised over £500 towards new library books for his school by riding his pony Olaf more than ten miles. John Harrox Primary School pupil Charlie Edgeley and his horse trotted along the Moulton Marsh Sea Barrier for 10.7 miles last week. After the event was delayed from January due to COVID restrictions he completed the trip which ...

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