Author Archives: Richard Rush

Letters – Treat all road users the same way

In response to I M Sloan, Holbeach, regarding cycling on pavements and parking on pavements. I totally agree with his comment that it is unlawful, but it is also a traffic offence. A bicycle is classed at a vehicle as is the car. All vehicles are governed by the DVLA, and laws enforced by our police. If you are committing ...

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Letters – Send your invoices straight to LCC

I read your article on van break-ins with dismay as I was a target 20 years ago when I had three of my vans done in one night on my drive when I lived in Boston Road, Holbeach. I have been lucky up to now, it would appear. You report that the police have given advice but when the idiots ...

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Clarity requested on Spalding rate

The committee that oversees how Spalding’s proportion of council tax is spent has asked for more clarity. The precept Spalding residents pay towards the town is being increased by 5.7 per cent, which had already been backed by South Holland District Council’s cabinet even before the Spalding Town Forum met on Thursday, February 15. The forum, set up as Spalding ...

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Wellbeing centre has cash for facelift

Spalding based Tonic Health charity was the fortunate beneficiary of a substantial grant to the value of £11,199 from business Mick George Ltd late in 2017. The organisation has acted quickly in its pursuit of improved premises. Just four months on and much needed refurbishment works have been completed to the popular health and wellbeing facility. It has proved a ...

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Stained glass lessons learned at craft day

Holbeach was made a little more colourful after a stained glass workshop taught attendees how to add a dash of colour to their lives. Holbeach Cemetery Chapels Trustees organised a stained glass workshop, led by Gillian and David Wing from Strawberry Glass. The event was one of the final activities funded by the Heritage Lottery, which has supported the trust ...

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Man dies after being knocked from bike

A man in his 40s has died following an accident just outside Spalding on Saturday night (February 17). The collision between a cyclist and a VW Golf occurred at around 7.40pm on Kellett Gate. The man was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham but died as a result of his injuries. The teenage driver of the vehicle has ...

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Lorry driver guilty of drink driving

A SPALDING lorry driver’s conviction for driving with excess alcohol will have a ‘catastrophic impact’ on his life, a court has been told. David Rose, (56), of Austendyke Road, Weston Hills, admitted driving with 97 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 milliitres of breath when he appeared at Boston Magistrates Court. The legal limit is 35. The court heard that Rose ...

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Man who used cannabis as painkiller sentenced for driving under the influence

A 27 YEAR old Spalding man who has been smoking cannabis as a painkiller following injuries sustained in a hit and run accident 11 years ago, was found to be more than three times over the drug limits for driving. Arran Lee Chambers of Clough Road, Holbeach Clough admitted driving with seven microgrammes of cannabis per litre of blood when ...

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Justice finally for drink driver too drunk to take test

A drink-driver who escaped justice when a judge accepted he was too drunk to provide a breath test has finally been convicted after the decision was overturned following a costly appeal. Michael Camp (52) was almost three and a half times over the drink-drive legal limit after being pulled over by police in Spalding, Lincs, in November 2015. The salesman ...

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Lorna (93) serves up another pancake treat

It wouldn’t have been Shrove Tuesday without a pancake fundraiser organised by 93-year-old Lorna Webb. A coffee and pancake morning was held by a team of friends raising money for the Jenny Freeman Lodge at St Barnabas Hospice in Spalding. There was plenty to enjoy besides traditional pancakes, with cakes, preserves and plants all on offer. A raffle was also ...

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Counting high cost of white van thefts

Police are appealing for help after tradesmen were left counting the cost of a spate of van break-ins. There have been 20 recorded raids on vans belonging to various trades over the last few days. One South Holland business lost around £10,000 of equipment when four of its vans were hit. Seven vans were broken into in Holbeach alone and ...

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Lions Santa sleigh cheques

Good causes and organisations received the gift of charity donations drummed up from the Spalding Lions Christmas sleigh outings. Representatives from the South Holland groups attended the ceremony on February 8 in Spalding. All that is except inclusive charity Spalding PHAB and Donington Fire Brigade, who were called out to an emergency when they arrived. The Lions’ John Steer said ...

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Slashed tyres ‘crime wave’

Crowland residents are being asked to report any incidents of crime right away in a hope to curb a spate of vandalism and theft that last weekend left a trail of destruction in the town. Over the weekend, tyres were slashed, windows were smashed, wing-mirrors were knocked off cars and rocks were thrown through the windows of Crowland Abbey. Councillor ...

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Paedophile had ‘cruel’ material

A Sutton Bridge man who downloaded hundreds of indecent images of children has been jailed at Lincoln Crown Court. Police officers who checked the computer of Russell Nason found images of children as young as four years old being abused. And the search history of the computer revealed that Nason had carried out searches specifically aimed at finding child abuse ...

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Donations to groups who help Santa sleigh

A South Holland charity organisation has raised more than £230,000 with its annual sleigh event. The town’s Rotary Club hit the road in December to take Santa on a tour of the area. And members were helped by a total of 14 organisations this year. Representatives were invited to join the Rotary members for a meal and to receive a ...

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Drivers warned of Roadworks on A17

Motorists are being warned that there will be roadworks on the A17 from Monday. A package of carriageway replacement work will be carried out in two phases until Saturday, March 24, subject to weather conditions. The first phase will take place between Hurn Road and Lowgate in Fleet Hargate and will run until Friday, March 9. The second phase will ...

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Spalding Grammar School pupils chosen to showcase Warhammer

Pupils from a Spalding school have been chosen to showcase the game they love. Those behind the internationally popular Warhammer game visited Spalding Grammar School’s thriving club that’s dedicated to the tabletop war game last week. The Spalding Grammar Hammers are one of the largest clubs in the country with over 30 members. They’re regulars in national competitions, finishing fifth ...

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Council looks to give Holbeach’s Peppermint Park businesses planning head start

A council is looking to guarantee outline planning permission to businesses wishing to locate to a new Holbeach business park It comes following the official launch of phase one of the Holbeach Food Enterprise Zone, to be called Peppermint Park. The park aimed at the agricultural industry is to be built near to the A17’s Peppermint Junction. Phase one of ...

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Patrick’s prize winning poster

A Year Eight student at The Thomas Cowley High School has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognised artist by winning a local competition sponsored by Spalding Lions club. Patrick Delaney’s poster for peace has been crowned the local winner of the 30th annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. He is one of 600,000 entries submitted worldwide in ...

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Extra £1.7m for pothole repairs

The constant work needed to patch up Lincolnshire’s roads has been given a boost thanks to a government grant of more than £1.7m. Lincolnshire County Council said more than 4,000 potholes were dealt with in December 2017 alone and this winter’s weather has been “especially bad” for roads. Coun Richard Davies, Executive Member for Highways and Transport, said: “While this ...

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