Author Archives: Richard Rush

Survey launched on how local care homes have dealt with COVID-19 pandemic

A group that aims to be the voice of the Lincolnshire public in healthcare wants to hear from you about how local care homes have dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic. HW Lincs says care home deaths in Lincolnshire are the lowest in the country and has launched a survey and is looking for care home staff, residents and their families ...

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Gnomes’ Fleet-ing visits to village homes

Two gnomes that have been christened Dom and Boris have been turning up unannounced at the doors of homes in Fleet. For the past two weeks different families have awoken to find the two 2ft 6in figurines outside their homes. Pictures of where the pair have turned up that morning have appeared on the Friends of Fleet Facebook page. And ...

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Councillors support LIVES

A host of district councillors have donated money to the first responders charity LIVES. Each elected member of South Holland District Council has a designated ward budget to provide to a local charity, and 29 of them have helped donate a total of £5,050 to the Lincolnshire charity which looks to responds to emergency’s as quickly as possible. Like all ...

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Inspirational Violet beats coronavirus

A 95-year-old woman is back in her own home after two months in hospital beating coronavirus. Violet Sismey spent eight weeks in hospital battling COVID-19 and her family were told to prepare for the worst. But Violet refused to give up and on Thursday was discharged from the Welland Ward at Spalding’s Johnson Community Hospital to return home. Violet was ...

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Convoy leads NHS praise

A group of local businesses are continuing to show support for the NHS and provide masks for carers. Once again last week the trio of Barry Disdel, Sam Crane and Gary Goldsmith were out clapping carers at a local hospital, this time Peterborough City Hospital. The convoy organised was even featured on the BBC’s Clap For Carers programme. For the ...

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Caravan site gets year round permission

A holiday caravan site is to be allowed to open all year round, despite opposition from Long Sutton Parish Council. Permission for Foreman’s Bridge Caravan Park on the A17 west of McDonald’s was given in 2008 on the proviso static caravans were not allowed on the site from November until March. However South Holland District Council’s development manager this week ...

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Donations for the Agape food bank

Spalding’s Agape Food Bank is the latest group to benefit from our Donate A Dinner appeal. The food bank, which is operated by Chas Sandhu of the Lighthouse Church, will be the beneficiary of any items donated this week. The Spalding and South Holland Voice teamed up with Coun Harry Drury to launch Donate A Dinner – an appeal which ...

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Market stall holders keen to be back

Market traders are eager to get back as the easing of lockdown restrictions continue to be announced by central government. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced this week that markets could open from Monday June 1 so long as they were “COVID safe”. The chair of Spalding’s Market Traders, Dave Burgess told The Voice that many market traders were raring to ...

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Couple’s virtual ceremony to mark postponed big day

A Spalding couple who marked what would have been their wedding day with a virtual ceremony, said they both had pre-ceremony jitters. Kirsty Woods and Ryan McClenaghan organised a virtual handfasting ceremony over Zoom on Saturday – the day they would have wed had their big day not been postponed due to the coronavirus crisis. Kirsty said: “The day before ...

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Work on sewer begins again

Repair work has finally begun again on a road that collapsed in Holbeach. Boston Road South has been closed between Cecil Pywell Avenue and Holbeach Primary Academy since early March after issues with the sewer led to large holes opening up. Repair work was paused following the lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak, with Anglian Water saying it was prioritising ...

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LETTERS – Tip instructions are too involved

Having read the article ‘Tip to re-open’ dated May 6, I’m compelled to say I think this is a big mistake and will only add to the existing fly tipping! The instructions in order to tip something is far too involved – people will not bother. Firstly, how can you know in advance when you will need to go or ...

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LETTERS – What action to retain free TV licences?

An open letter to Sir John Hayes: Dear Sir John, I understand that with the dangerous COVID-19 outbreak that what I am about to mention may seem insignificant to yourself. However, I’m speaking on behalf of many pensioners, not on pension credit, but not rich, who do not have a powerful voice on social media. We would be pleased to ...

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LETTERS – Well done to one and all at tip

Today I used the recycling centre after booking a slot as required by the powers that be. We went there not knowing what to expect and from start to finish we were there for approximately ten minutes and were very well directed on entry and around the site. I can only praise the staff who work there under the stress ...

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A cool way to raise money

A motor neurone disease sufferer who has raised thousands of pounds for charity is hoping to raise awareness of the condition while raising a bit more cash. Nigel Brasier, of Donington, has reinvented the Ice Bucket Challenge – renaming it the Ice-Olation Bucket Challenge – in a bid to raise awareness of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. The Ice Bucket ...

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Plans submitted for small developments in Cowbit and Moulton Seas End

Plans for small developments in two South Holland villages have been submitted. The planned developments are for Moulton Seas End and Cowbit. A plan to build six bungalows has been submitted for land at Fairview Farm on Mill Drove in South Cowbit. A similar application for the site on already built land had been refused permission in February. The original ...

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Group behind illegal camp move from playing field to village green

A travelling community who left an illegal camp on a village playing field this morning have began another camp just yards away. The group set up camp on Sutton St James’s Fred Hoyles Playing Field on Friday, villagers said. Lincolnshire Police this week told The Voice that the village’s parish council had begun legal proceedings to move the group on. ...

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Soaring efforts from air cadets

The lockdown hasn’t completely grounded Spalding Air Cadets with creating hundreds of items of protective clothing among the activities they’ve been carrying out. So far the 1406 (Spalding) Squadron of the RAF Air Cadets have printed and made over 300 face masks and 1,500 ear savers. Spalding Air Cadets’ Keris Moore (15) is among those making protective equipment and is ...

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GALLERY – Donations galore presented with help from Ella’s Project

Protective masks for a local school and more scrubs for NHS staff are among the items donated by a Spalding charity this week. Ella’s Project, set up and run by Mark Le Sage, has been helping provide support where needed. And they’ve teamed up with the For the Love of Scrubs group which are co-ordinating those making equipment in Lincolnshire. ...

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Thanks shown to teaching staff

Parents have shown their appreciation for the teachers supporting their children during lockdown. Parents of pupils at Spalding’s St Norbert’s Primary School gave teachers gifts and did a mini clap for teachers to say thank you. Melissa Ford, whose son Noah (7) attends the school, said: “I have always felt the staff there go above and beyond for all of ...

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Fruit firm’s fantastic gesture

Spalding-based company Worldwide Fruit Ltd has been buy helping out a host of local initiatives. The company put a call out to staff to ask if they knew of any groups that needed help. And it led to donations for the Spalding COVID Kidness Team with employee Tracy Philpott volunteering with the group. They also helped Jan Whitbourn who provided ...

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