Author Archives: Richard Rush

Appeal after female driver stabbed by passing cyclist

A female motorist has been stabbed by a passing cyclist in Spalding. Lincolnshire Police haven’t said what time the incident occurred occurred today (Saturday), but have said the woman was waiting in traffic at the Winsover Road level crossing when the incident happened. Police say they’re looking for a group of teenagers after one of those cycling past stabbed the ...

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Redundancies at town’s last department store

Spalding’s last remaining department store has announced it has made a number of redundancies. Hills Department Store in Spalding have not said how many people have lost their jobs, but confirmed it was due to the current economic climate. The Voice understands that Hills Furniture store is not affected. A spokesman for Hills said: “I can confirm that due the ...

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Seagate Homes take 10 to check on each other for World Suicide Prevention Day

A local building firm took 10 minutes out to recognise World Suicide Prevention Day. Seagate Homes, whose head office is in Holbeach, asked all its employees to stop work at 10am on Thursday, September 10 and speak to each other about mental health. It’s all par of a global campaign to help those struggling with mental health. The company’s HR ...

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South Holland NHS staff say touching thank you to community for support

South Holland’s grateful NHS staff have thanked the local community for their kindness and support during lockdown with the publication of a special brochure. Teams based at Johnson Community Hospital in Spalding say they were overwhelmed by the ‘remarkable’ kindness they received as the community pulled together in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The brochure, which has been printed for ...

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South Holland to get own lottery to help good causes

Good causes in South Holland are set to receive a financial boost as the district council prepares to launch a new Lottery game. The local Lottery could see 60p in every pound spent going to charities within the district. Managed by an independent company, the new scheme may also offer residents the chance to win a £25,000 jackpot. The South ...

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Spate of incidents in Holbeach

Police were seen searching a Holbeach Park on Sunday night (September 6) after a spate of incidents within hours. Three incidents were reported in the town within hours. Incident 440 refers to the theft of beer and an assault at the Co-Op in Fleet Street. Police say they now believe the man responsible had previously stolen beer from the same ...

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Brothers Crimewatch appeal

The son of murder victim Claire Hart and their sister Charlotte have appeared on national television as part of an awareness campaign. Luke and Ryan Hart have spoken publicly about the domestic abuse which culminated in their father Lance killing both women in the car park of Castle Sports Complex. He took his own life in the same incident. Luke ...

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Consultation on changes to Spalding car parks extended after email address didn’t exist

A consultation on car parking charges in Spalding has been extended after it was revealed an email given for people to send their views to didn’t exist. South Holland District Council first advertised the changes, which include rises for parking at The Sheep Market and Westlode Street, on Thursday, August 13. People were asked to send representation to an email ...

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Walk for girl (6) with brain tumour

A 75-year-old former driving tutor is to walk 32 miles for a six-year-old with a brain tumour. Noel Bratt is walking from his Long Sutton home to Ely with daughter Keily Cleary to raise money for Edie Jackson. Noel and his wife Janet are longtime friends of Edie’s family having grown up alongside his grandparents in Essex. And after hearing ...

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Affordable homes on the agenda

The issue of affordable homes was again a hot topic for South Holland District Council’s Planning Committee last week after a development of them in Spalding was deferred while the lowering of the number at a Holbeach site was passed. Councillors discussed new government planning policy as concerns were raised over the proposed development of 42 affordable homes on Loxmill ...

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Tea treat for retiring clerk

Members of Sutton St James Parish Council said farewell to the clerk with a special event. Lin Pilcher had been working with the council for seven years before retiring earlier this month. Along with her husband Alan, Mrs Pilcher was treated to a socially-distanced afternoon tea at The Chequers in Weston to mark the occasion. Bill Harrison, council chairman, said ...

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Bra-vo! Keleigh’s charity bid

A Spalding lady is urging women to send her their old bras to raise money for a breast cancer charity. Keleigh Smalley-Willows, (pictured) who runs The Melty Wax Company, is collecting the items for the Against Breast Cancer Charity. Bras donated are recycled by the charity who are then given money to go towards research work. Keleigh has a Bra ...

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LETTERS – Was letter fact or hearsay

Fact or Hearsay? In response to the recent publication regarding the Spalding Social Club, I would like to respond as follows. Firstly, no drinks were served from the club premises bar to the snooker room. Secondly the police were in attendance of the club premises on one occasion only and not two as stated in the letter. This was instigated ...

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LETTERS – Watching the traffic go by

The people of Spalding and those visiting need to up their game, I was sat on the wall outside the vets in Kirton and for around 40 minutes not one driver was seen using their phone, only two seemed to be slightly above the speed limit – I’m guessing at this though as I have no speed gun. I also ...

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LETTERS – Disagree with fee changes

I totally disagree with the proposal to increase the car parking fees in Spalding town centre. We don’t need to drive people away when local business needs the increase in footfall. No wonder people are going elsewhere to shop and supporting local economies in other towns. We must be able to come out of the COVID-19 crisis by helping the ...

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LETTERS – Should alarm everyone

Readers of this correspondence will be aware of criticism (Voice August 20) thrown at suggestions that charities favoured by the establishment could make a greater contribution to the causes proponents cherish if better run. Therefore reports that this same establishment intends to remove its support for what it formerly claimed were the most important causes of all should alarm everyone. ...

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Volunteers clean cemetery

Spalding Cemetery has had a lockdown clean-up thanks to a group of volunteers. Undergrowth has been cleared, ivy cut back and stonework cleaned by the group (pictured above). The town’s photographic group has also taken picturess of the oldest and most vulnerable memorials as a record of the site dating from 1854. The Cemetery Chapel and Johnson Mausoleum will be ...

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Annexe plan hits planning buffers

The company running a home that looks after people with learning difficulties, including autism, in Holbeach has been criticised by councillors as they refused planning permission for an extension. Achieve Together Supporting Limited had hoped to build add a one-bed annexe to the property on Spalding Road where it can currently look after up to five people deemed to have ...

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Allotment joy spoiled by crime

A family who look after an allotment taken on as a retirement present say their enjoyment of it has been spoiled by crime. After going on a waiting list, Tim Smith was given a plot on Horseshoe Road in Spalding as part of a retirement present. Tim says the whole family love getting involved in the land for which there’s ...

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Gosberton family want to turn living room into tea room for community

A 200-year-old former bakery in Gosberton could be set for a new lease of life as a tea room. Sapphira Waterson, who lives at 2 Wargate Way with husband Paul, has applied for planning permission to turn the entire downstairs of her home into something for the community to enjoy. Her daughter Jade Connolly-Beever, who already runs Pretty Baked Cakes, ...

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