Author Archives: Richard Rush

Seven fire crews were called to building ablaze

Seven fire crews were called to a building on fire in Gedney Drive End yesterday evening. The blaze on Pit Lane was reported at 6.35pm on Saturday, August 7. Crews from Long Sutton, Spalding, Kirton, Donington, Grantham, Crowland and Boston were all in attendance. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue said: “Last night at approx. 18:35 we were called ...

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Fleet teen blamed drink driving on lobster

A BMW spotted veering from side to side in the road had a drink-driving Fleet teenager at the wheel. Stewart Lee was stopped by police as he and his father returned from a pub meal on the WestNorfolk coast. King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court heard on Thursday that 19-year-old Lee “stumbled” away from thecar and admitted he’d had alcohol. He was ...

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Springfields announces new fashion outlet

A new fashion outlet is coming to Springfields with Saltrock opening on Saturday (August 6). The surf heritage brand was born out of North Devon, with a passion for the outdoors on the sea or land. The brand was launched in Braunton in 1987 selling products that are durable, wearable, practical, and comfortable.  Since then, Saltrock has grown to more ...

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Pupils recognised for Walking Tall

Youngsters from across South Holland have been recognised for achievement in the face of adversity, thanks to Spalding Lions. During the last week of school term, members of Spalding Lions visited local primary schools to present certificates and gift vouchers. In praise of young people, Walking Tall is an annual prize for a pupil in the last term of their ...

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Council still using 5m plastic sacks a year

Despite using almost five million plastic sacks a year, South Holland District Council is not joining a new scheme to collect dry recycling in a wheelie bin. Both the authority’s partners in the South East Lincolnshire Council Partnership have adopted a purple-lidded bin for clean paper and cardboard for recycling. South Holland is still the only council in the county, ...

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Army veteran Nigel’s 1,000 miles for charity

A 72-year-old veteran has walked a thousand miles to raise nearly £1,500 for an army charity. Nigel Wickenden set himself the goal of reaching the milestone in 100 days, actually completing it in 98 days on Wednesday, July 27. It included daily walks from his home in Smithdale Close in Spalding to either Money Bridge, Jobson’s Bridge in Pinchbeck or ...

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County bears the cost of rural crime

Rural crime hit Lincolnshire hard last year, with more than £2.4m put on the cost of thefts. It was the worst-affected county in the year. And the cost of theft in the UK rose by 40 per cent in the first quarter of this year, according to a recent report. Thieves returned to the countryside and farm vehicles remain a ...

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Marching back for Flower Parade

A band that’s led Spalding parades for a number of years is to return for next year’s Flower Parade. The Romford Drum and Trumpet Corps (RDTC) is one of the oldest independent youth marching bands in the country. It has played across the world but is set to return to Spalding when the Flower Parade is due to return in May. “We ...

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Call for path to link Spalding business park and Cowbit

A Spalding cycling group is looking to create a new path to help people get more easily to KFC, Taco Bell and Cowbit. Action group PEDALS is looking to create the New River pathway from the Little London Bridge and linking up with the Lincs Gateway Business Park. The majority of the proposed route would be along existing farm tracks ...

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Camera action amid concern over benches

A CCTV deterrent has been put up outside Spalding railway station amid claims thieves have tried to steal benches installed for the Queen’s jubilee. One of the benches in particular has been damaged and loosened from its footings, just weeks after they were installed. South Holland District Council leader Gary Porter and councillors Gary Taylor and Glynis Scalese used their ...

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Charities help duo make memories

Two people have been given the activities trip of a lifetime in The Lake District thanks to the local Rotary club groups. James Leverton and Harry Dobson were sent on the trip with the Calvert Trust charity thanks to the Rotary Clubs of South Holland and Spalding and the Welland. Both clubs are part of Rotary District 1070 which took ...

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£20m bid in for leisure centre

The £20m bid to revamp Spalding’s Castle Sports Complex has officially been submitted. South Holland District Council wants to extend the ‘dry-side’ of the complex so it can incorporate three pools. Other attraction on the site would include a new 3G floodlit football pitch, a changing pavilion and a multi-use games area for a variety of other sports including basketball. ...

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Owzat for helping veterans?

A very special cricket match is being held this weekend to raise money for two military charities. The Long Sutton club will be hosting its second Veterans’ Day on Saturday (August 6), and members are hoping to build on the success of last year’s inaugural event. It’s being sponsored by Tonic Health Veterans’ Project in association with the Veterans’ Foundation, ...

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Moped rider who crashed into car was twice drink drive limit

A Holbeach moped rider has been banned from driving after he collided with a car while more thantwice over the legal limit for alcohol. Brogan Moody, 24, of Rathkenny Close, who admitted the offence and one of having no insurance, wassaid to have collided with a car at 9.35pm on July 16 at Willington Road in Boston. Prosecuting at Boston ...

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Man fined for drunkenly swinging metal bar around when confronted by police

Police officers threatened to tasar a drunk man wielding a wheelbrace in Pinchbeck, a court has heard. Anthony Corrigan, 29, of St Johns Road, Weston Hills admitted possessing an offensiveweapon when he appeared before magistrates in Boston. Marie Stace, prosecuting, said officers were confronted by Corrigan when they attended the incident onJuly 17. She said he was shouting and swearing ...

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Town charity donates £20k

A Holbeach charity has donated £20,749 to local community groups since January. The amazing figure comes from the Chosen charity which has given amounts out from £80 to £1,300 to a range of different causes so far this year. Everything from jubilee celebrations in Fleet to Holbeach Football Academy and the Boxes of Hope for Ukraine all received money as ...

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Public meeting to be held over Boston Road South works.

The three-year saga of a Holbeach sinkhole will be on the agenda at a public meeting in the town. With work continuing on Boston Road South, the parish council is responding to a request to hold the meeting. Anglian Water, county highways and county and district council member Tracey Carter have all been invited to take part. A date within ...

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LETTERS – More like 1950s event please

Thank you so much to all who arranged and attended the 1950s event on Saturday, July 23, at Ayscoughfee Gardens, Spalding The entertainment was so very enjoyable. My friend and I sat all afternoon and loved every minute of it, a relaxed atmosphere. Children were well catered for as well. The man and lady who constantly sang were so entertaining. ...

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LETTERS – Difference between two plans

In the Voice of July 28, I read with raised eyebrows of two planning decisions, one good and one questionable, that show what a state the council is in and indeed how it allows itself to appear to bend to vested interests. On the one hand we have the far-sighted approach to the granting of planning permission for a new ...

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LETTERS – Expenses accounts for all?

An MPs basic salary is in the region of £83,000 so you would think that they would be in a better position than most of the population to pay their bills. On top of this they have an expense account, one of the perks is that they can claim all of their domestic household bills on the aforementioned expenses account. ...

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