Author Archives: Richard Rush

Don’t neglect health check ups

Health bosses are encouraging patients to get tested for suspected bladder cancer after a number of people choose not to attend their appointment. Since June this year, over 70 people have declined a cystoscopy test for suspected bladder cancer saying they would not be able to self-isolate for 72 hours before their appointment because of work or other commitments. Andrew ...

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Two court cases deal with Spalding bike thefts

Two men have pleaded guilty to thefts of bikes in and around Spalding in separate trials. Thomas Parr of Lyttleport Close in Pinchbeck pleaded guilty to three sperate thefts at Lincoln Magistrates Court. The 22-year-old admitted stealing bikes worth £325 from outside McDonalds in Spalding on September 24, worth £297 from outside Sainsbury’s the next day and worth £250 from ...

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Helping to feed those most in need

South Holland companies and groups have been helping feed youngsters this half term after MPs voted not to fund school meals during the half term and at Christmas. One business owner said she served 75 free meals in the first two days of the campaign inspired by Manchester United and England striker Marcus Rashford. He campaigned to extend the free ...

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Cheque out Masons’ latest donation

A group that provides horse riding sessions for disabled youngsters has had a boost thanks to the Freemasons. The local branch has donated £500 to the Fenland Riding for the Disabled Association. Tony Stanberry, from the St Godric Lodge 7517 in Spalding, presented the cheque recently to RDA volunteers including its chair Lynne Carroll. Mr Stanberry’s daughter Nicky Hastings, also ...

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Hare coursers face long trip back

Four people who had their car and dogs confiscated because they were hare coursing in South Holland had travelled from Blackpool. Lincolnshire Police were called to North Drove, near Tongue End, at 10.15am on Saturday, October 24. Dogs were also confiscated as a result of the incident. A statement from PCSO Colin Abbotts, of Spalding North Rural, sent out via ...

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MP’s urge on lockdown as virus cases rise

South Holland and the Deepings MP Sir John Hayes has urged against lockdown restrictions for the area as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. More schools have been affected in the area in recent weeks while Pilgrim Hospital has closed three wards and stopped visitors from attending after an outbreak there The Voice understands local care homes are also being affected ...

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Female cyclist left with serious injuries after collision with car

A woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries after the bike she was riding was involved in a collision with a car. The incident occurred at 6.25am on Northgate in Pinchbeck, close to the junction with Glenside South and the bridge over the River Glen. It’s not known how old the woman was that suffered the serious injuries or ...

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Puzzle trail for Spalding game

Take part in a free interactive game on the streets of Spalding later this week. Based on an ‘escape room’ type theme, the Spalding Street Seekers game will be held for the first time on Thursday at 9am. The game will also repeat on Thursday, November 5 and Saturday, November 14 and is free to take part in. Participants will ...

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Helping fight killer disease

The South Holland Rotary Club has been back out on the streets raising money in a bid to eradicate polio. The Rotary movement has raised millions and played a large part in tackling the disease, lowering the number of annual cases by 99.9 per cent since taking on the fundraising effort 35 years ago. The South Holland branch has played ...

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Senior district council role for former chief exec

A senior role at South Holland District Council has been given to the former head of an organisation which had a ‘significant bullying problem.’ Nathan Elvery was the chief executive of West Sussex County Council but left last November with a £265,000 pay out. A report for the Department for Education said the council had a bullying problem that was ...

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Everybody needs Good Neighbours?

A survey is set to go out asking Spalding residents if everyone does indeed need Good Neighbours? The Good Neighbours scheme has been set up elsewhere in the country, including in the Long Sutton and Holbeach area, and involves volunteers carrying out tasks for those that need or request them. Now residents are to be asked if a Good Neighbours ...

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Make a date with Spalding Civic Society

The Spalding Civic Society have unveiled their annual calendar for 2021. The A4 calendar covers Spalding and neighbouring areas and consists of 13 beautiful pictures. A spokesman for the society said: “Where in Spalding is it possible to walk on part of the former railway line to Holbeach? “What is the black slug like creature on top of the Cowbit ...

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Plans submitted for eight new homes on former pub site

Proposals have been submitted to build eight homes on the site of a former pub in West Pinchbeck. The former New Bridge Inn has been demolished and plans to redevelop the land have been sent to South Holland District Council. If approved, two blocks of three terraced homes and two detached houses will be built on the junction of Slipe ...

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LETTERS – Working together is stronger

Over the last decade, the local residents of Carrington Road and surrounding areas have been blighted by an eyesore that has overstayed its welcome. The site was bought after the closure of Burden’s Garage, on the junction of Carrington Road with Bourne Road. On several occasions in the past I have raised my concern in the local press and spoke ...

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LETTERS – Objection over bank closure

My wife and I herewith register our absolute objection to the proposed closure of the Long Sutton Branch of TSB. This is the last remaining bank branch in the town, and would be greatly missed by many customers, particularly the elderly, local businesses, and market traders. A visit to the nearest branch of TSB at King’s Lynn would be a ...

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LETTERS – You ain’t seen nothing yet

I write with reference to the questions posed, and the request for enlightenment, from Mr C Ayres in his letter to this publication of October 22. Sir, you have moved to a predominately poorly (or, at best, poorer) educated, unskilled, unsophisticated, blue collar, working class area. My experience of life is that this socioeconomic demographic is nearly always devoid of ...

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LETTERS – Who authorised hiring?

I have to ask, who authorised the hiring of Nathan Elvery? See bottom left, page 21 of Private Eye No 1533 dated 23 October to 5 November 2020. Nigel WickendenSpalding

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LETTERS – Thanks for being brilliant

Can I through your letters page say a massive thank you to all of my supporters who have still donated goods for me to sell on my charity car boot sale in aid of Springhill Hospice, even in this most difficult time. Also thank you to the customers who have come out and purchased the said goods. My total now ...

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LETTERS – Despair over town centre

I despair. What’s happened to common sense when Coun James Avery states in the Voice 15/10 “that more outlets at Springfields will be beneficial to the town centre”. What town centre? Who’s going to get back in their car from Springfields and come to a ghost town and pay exorbitant car parking fees as he suggests? These 18 new outlets ...

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Grand milestone for fundraiser

A weekly sale started during lockdown to help keep a village hall afloat has reached a grand milestone. In May Pinchbeck Village Hall began the initiative as a one-off to raise funds while not being used due to the lockdown. But it’s proved a success and is now being held every Saturday morning between 10am and 12pm. And so far ...

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