Author Archives: Richard Rush

Three day weather warning for rain issued for South Holland

South Holland is set for yet more wet weather with an amber warning for rain having been issued by the Met Office. It covers the period from 6am tomorrow (Tuesday) until 12pm on Thursday, January 21. It includes what has been named Storm Christoph with the rain due to start falling tonight (Monday). It comes days after flooding was reported ...

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NHS clarifies position amid vaccine confusion over appointments outside South Holland

The leader of South Holland District Council says no elderly or vulnerable residents should have to go outside of the district for the COVID-19 vaccine after reports people were being asked to go as far as Bedford for the jabs. Lord Gary Porter and other local politicians including Angela Newton say they’ve spoken to NHS Lincolnshire Care Commissioning Group (CCG) ...

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Firefighters help those affected by flooding at Surfleet

Fire crews helped pump water out of gardens last night (Friday) as the River Glen burst its banks at Surfleet Reservoir. The Environment Agency had yesterday put a flood warning ‘expecting’ flooding in the area around high tide. Another warning was put out for this morning following the rain that’s fallen in the last 48 hours. Last night at shortly ...

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Flood warning in place on River Glen – Surfleet Reservoir particularly at risk this evening

A flood warning has been placed on the River Glen following the more than 24 hours of rain and snowfall experienced yesterday. The Environment Agency say properties at Surfleet Reservoir are most at risk, particular ahead of this evening’s (Friday) high tide. The warning from the Environment Agency states: “Heavy rain has been falling on the River Glen catchment over ...

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Conditions changed on plans for retail units

A company building two new retail units on the A52 at Donington has been allowed to change conditions placed on the application just six weeks after they were granted permission. The application for a retail unit on the corner of the A52 Bicker Road and Church Street was back before South Holland District Council’s Planning Committee last week after being ...

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More details of Spalding vaccine site revealed

Images of the COVID-19 vaccination site at Springfields Events Centre have been published alongside details of how it will be operated. The hub is one of the main vaccine sites for south Lincolnshire and is due to go live in the next two days. The images inside have been published on social media by the Bourne Gatley Medical Practice. The ...

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Snooker return leaves Gray wanting more

A star of the Spalding and District Snooker League has landed at number four in the World Senior rankings on his lockdown inspired return to the elite levels of the sport after 18 years. Former pro Mark Gray has concentrated on professional pool for the last decade, but with no competitions currently available, took up the offer to play in ...

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Clubs mull over ‘null and voiding’ leagues

Spalding United will be without a game until at least March 6 as all football leagues consider whether to null and void the leagues for a second successive season. The Tulips’ Pitching In Northern Premier League have said they will ask clubs for their opinions on whether that should be done, having postponed all matches up to that date. It ...

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Facemask plea after ambulance driver daughter’s virus battle

The father of a 42-year-old ambulance driver who nearly died after contracting COVID-19 has urged others to wear a facemask where possible after the ‘worst weeks’ of his and his daughter’s life. On Christmas Eve the family of Emilie Sanderson, from Moulton Chapel, including partner Simon, were told to prepare for the worst after the keen equestrian was hospitalised with ...

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Volunteers are shipshape

Local volunteers have been saluted for their services to veterans. The Royal Naval Association (RNA) has recognised Terry Day, his wife Shirley and Jan Whitbourn for their commitment to the association and help in the community. Terry, the secretary of the Spalding branch of the RNA, has been awarded a life membership, the highest possible award. It’s after ten years’ ...

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Appeal for Kenzie (12) who’s lost the ability to stand up and walk

An appeal has been set up to help a Crowland 12-year-old regain some of his independence after he was left unable to stand or walk just before Christmas. McKenzie Goldsmith, known as Kenzie, was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy seven years ago, a genetic condition which means his muscles are weakening as he gets older. But in the run up ...

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Veteran Alan’s RAF call for 100th

A call from one of the top members of the Royal Air Force was among the highlights as a World War Two veteran celebrated his 100th birthday last week. The pair spoke about the RAF, Alan’s time in Burma during World War Two planes and about another of his loves, boxing. “He rang me and said they were organising something ...

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Freemasons’ boost for hospital

Long Sutton-based Freemasons have donated thousands of pounds to a hospital breast cancer unit. The Alexandra Lodge (985) have donated £2,800 to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn. The donation will go toward QEH’s Breast Cancer Unit development charitable fund following the fantastic care given to a close friend of Brother Dean Bowd, The Most Worshipful Master at Alexandra ...

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Savings sought in council budget

South Holland District Council is cancelling a planned two per cent pay increase for its staff alongside the raising of council tax to offset an estimated £1.52m loss for the next financial year. A Special Cabinet meeting on Tuesday heard that £759,000 of saving measures had been identified but £761,000 more savings needed to be found. Not providing the pay ...

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LETTERS – I was lied to the first time I voted

In response to I Sloan – I was also lied to 47 years ago, the very first time I voted. We were then told it would be free trade with all the countries of Europe. No one had any idea it would grow arms and legs and grow into the money wasting monster it is today. Where would it all ...

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LETTERS – Councillors could give old laptops

I have been reading, viewing and listening to all the concerns raised about children missing out from attending school. The issues are discussed as problems. However, they need not be ‘problems’, there are precedents and possible solutions for this situation. Open University – The OU has been operating for decades as a home/TV-based learning facility. Surely a similar scheme could ...

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LETTERS – I’m not reassured by response

Sir John Hayes asked Prime Minister Boris Johnson to reassure people in South Holland that local doctors’ surgeries will be equipped and supplied to vaccinate the vulnerable sooner rather than later. He replied: “It is our intention Mr Speaker that doctors surgeries will play a crucial part in the vaccination programme.” I for one am not reassured by this response. ...

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LETTERS – Thanks for sleigh support

President Richard Baker and members of South Holland Rotary would like to put on record our sincere thanks to the people of Spalding who contributed so generously to our Christmas Sleigh Collection in December. In this most unusual year we were unsure of what to expect and how we would be received. We were determined that Santa would be able ...

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LETTERS – Difficult to become a volunteer

With the advent of the pandemic it is noticeable that much goodwill by the general public as a whole has gone towards supporting local charities and those in need. As a pensioner myself, I am fortunate to be healthy and have time on my hands to also give some support. However, I have volunteered to assist two local causes but, ...

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Donington photographer’s accolade

A Donington photographer has beaten off tens of thousands of other entrants to be shortlisted for a prestigious national award. Joanna Banks’ image ‘Dominic’ is one of ten up for the Guild of Photographers’ Image of the Year Competition out of 16,000 entries.It shows friend of a friend Dominic Hitchings. ‘Dominic’ by Joanna Banks Joanna said: “I’m particularly interested in ...

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