Author Archives: Richard Rush

Travel agent speaks out on state of the industry

A local travel agent has used National Travel Agent’s Day today (Friday July 23) to make public her feelings on the government’s treatment of the travel industry throughout this pandemic. Christina Fitzpatrick, managing director of Holiday With Us in Spalding, said: “According to the government’s office of national statistics, travel is the worst hit industry with regards to Covid, and ...

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Surfleet homes plan refused

Plans to build 75 homes in Surfleet have been refused with councillors stating most of the site is outside the boundary of the village. Part of the site intended to be accessed off Sunnydale Close already had planning permission for 26 homes, but Ashwood Homes wants to build nearly three times as many on a larger site. However councillors on ...

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Decision deferred on plans to build 150 homes in Weston branded ‘absolutely ludicrous’

A decision has been deferred on plans to build 150 homes in Weston of which parts were branded ‘ludicrous’ ‘absolutely hideous’ and ‘dross’ by councillors. South Holland District Council’s Planning Committee wants Persimmon Homes to look again at its plans for the site off High Road which had been allocated for 135 homes in the South East Lincolnshire local plan ...

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Organisers of Clap for Live ‘delighted’ at public support for South Holland Centre and staff

Around 100 people descended on Spalding Market Place this lunch time to show their support for the South Holland Centre, the staff for which are subject to redundancies. Operators South Holland District Councils say the number of roles at the centre is being reduced from 24 to seven and the loss of many of the technical staff has led to ...

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New data shows COVID-19 related deaths reported at individual care homes in South Holland

New data has been revealed released to show how many deaths related to COVID-19 were reported by individual care homes in South Holland. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has released the data which relates to April 10, 2020 to March 31, 2021. The inclusion of a death in the published figures as being involved with COVID-19 is based on the ...

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Four weeks of road closures around roundabout

Daytime resurfacing works to the Halmer Gate roundabout in Spalding will start on Monday August 9. Lincolnshire County Council say the total programme of works is expected to last up to four weeks, Monday to Friday, subject to suitable weather. Weekend working may be used if required. As part of the project, a daytime road closure will be in place from 8am ...

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Tell us what the next stage is for theatre

More than 150 years of live performances by a Spalding group could come to an end if the South Holland Centre no longer supports shows. The stark warning came in a week when a public support event has been held in solidarity with redundancies at the centre and its been revealed three merging councils could “explore a single partnership for ...

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Fundraiser set up for one-year-old after dad’s murder

A fundraiser has been set up for a one-year-old whose dad was murdered last week. Christopher Higgs (21), of Spalding, has been named as the victim of the incident which occurred at Portland Street in Boston on Wednesday, July 14. Charlie Stevenson (20), of Portland Street, Boston, appeared at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court last Friday charged with his murder. The Go ...

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Gr-eight W Series debut for Pulling

Talented Gosberton racer Abbi Pulling impressed on her competitive W Series debut at Silverstone over the weekend. The South Holland teenager, who is a former British karting champion and a current competitor in the British Formula 4 championship, was part of the PUMA team for the W Series races alongside Formula 1 at the British Grand Prix weekend. The W ...

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Waste centres could use number plate system – but seven day opening ‘unlikely’

Number plate recognition could be brought in at Lincolnshire’s waste sites including the one in Spalding, as its likely to be too costly to open the doors seven days a week, it’s been claimed. While the tips have CCTV, Lincolnshire County Council is looking at automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) which could be used to stop others from outside the ...

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Tigers hampered by isolation and injury concerns

Holbeach United were forced to call off last night’s (Wednesday) scheduled pre-season date at Moulton Harrox due to player unavailability. Tigers boss Phil Barnes has been hit by the requirement for numerous players to self-isolate due to possible COVID-19 exposure, while others were suffering with injuries. It’s the second game Holbeach have been forced to postpone at short notice during ...

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Aaron’s ready to shoot for gold at Olympics

It has been a long wait – but finally the family of a South Holland Olympian can celebrate the Tokyo games. Aaron Heading is taking his place in Team GB and will be realising his Olympic dream as a Trap shooter in the delayed games. Unfortunately his Long Sutton family have been unable to join him because of the pandemic, ...

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Derby date between rivals Holbeach and Bourne will raise vital funds

A charity match between two friendly rivals is aiming to raise money for the Sue Ryder Hospice in Peterborough. The under-18 teams from Holbeach United and Bourne Town will clash one last time at Carter’s Park on Thursday, June 29 (7.45pm), with all monies raised going to the palliative, neurological and bereavement support charity. Entrance on the night is £3 ...

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Business elementary for Watson

A six-year-old has been running his first business through lockdown by growing and selling his own fresh food. William Watson decided to start growing vegetables as a lockdown project and he has been selling them outside his nan Anne’s Boston Road home. “He’s caused quite a stir,” Anne Watson said. “He’s been growing all sorts of plants and veg. “It’s ...

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Holbeach woman punched officer after driving into ditch

Magistrates at Boston have been told that a 27 year old Holbeach woman panicked after being arrested and put into a police van and punched a police officer on the cheek. Rebecca Duggan of Market Rasen Way, who admitted the offence, was said to have driven her car into a ditch in Boston on May 21 and when police came, ...

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Guides take to the water

A group of Guides had the wind in their sails last week after being invited on to the water by Welland Yacht Club. A total of 13 guides from the 1st Pinchbeck (St Mary) group took part in the taster session when the Spalding based club was only too happy to pass on expertise. A spokesman for the club said: ...

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The return to the dance floor

For the first time in 16 months dancers returned to the floor of a Spalding nightclub in the early hours of Monday morning. XO was booked out in advance as restrictions were lifted at the Westlode Street venue. DANPICS ©Stephen Daniels/DANPICS 19/07/2021 Owner Matt Clarke, said: “There was a lot more demand than we thought and everyone just seemed to ...

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Children’s charity’s plea over easing of COVID-19 restrictions

A charity that helps young children in South Holland has urged people to continue to do all they can to stop the spread of COVID-19, even now restrictions have ended. Little Miracles, which organise days and experiences, says many parents of the children they look after are “scared and feel like they’ve been forgotten” now legal restrictions have been removed. ...

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LETTERS – Supporting sustainable transport

I write in support of pro-sustainable transport proposals in Spalding, as a worrying trend seems to be pushing these ideas away, instead of supporting them. Spalding, like everywhere else, has to future-proof the infrastructure and I hear, with disappointment, that the car-free zoning in Spalding was pushed back. Come on Spalding, let’s be progressive. Road users include pedestrians, cyclists and ...

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LETTERS – Keep safe on the beach

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and Her Majesty’s (HM) Coastguardare calling for families to take care at the coast during the school holidays, as new figures released show RNLI lifeguards saved the lives of 54 children and teenagers last summer. Of those lives saved, 64per cent (35) were aged 12 or under, while RNLI lifeguards also came to the ...

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