Author Archives: Richard Rush

Gearing up for a new season

Their bikes may have been stranded in Spain at one time, but the new British Superbikes season is finally in sight for G and S Kawasaki. While the championship should have started in March, a new calendar has been drawn up for the series to get back underway in August. There will be six meetings. It all starts at Donington ...

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Angling club first to return after lockdown

The first Tydd Gote Angling Club match of the season attracted a good number with the club delighted to see new faces joining in. Fished following the Angling Trust COVID-19 guidelines, there was strict social distancing in place. Conditions looked good with a bit of colour in the water, warm but overcast conditions and a bit of breeze but the ...

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Cricketers await the go-ahead

There was confusion as to whether the cricket season would be allowed to start following government announcements on Tuesday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said non-contact sport can be played, so long as club’s avoid using dressing rooms together. Cricket is classed as non-contact sport, but when asked about cricket in the commons he said that “the ball is a natural ...

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Traders express concerns over running of market

Traders have continued to express their disappointment at new measures brought in after markets returned to South Holland towns. The Voice reported last week that their were mixed views from Spalding traders with many glad to be back. But concerns were also raised that traders now had to book in every time online rather than pay a direct debit and ...

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Pubs, hotels, restaurants and hairdressers among those to re-open next month

Lockdown restrictions will be relaxed from July 4, the government has announced, allowing a host of businesses and groups to re-open. In a statement to the House of Commons this lunchtime, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that the two metre social distancing advice would be relaxed to one metre where needed when appropriate measures had been implemented to stop the ...

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Illegal 80-foot fishing net found in Coronation Channel

An 80-foot-long illegal fishing net has been removed from the Coronation Channel of the River Welland at Spalding by Environment Agency enforcement officers. The gill net stretched across the entire width of the channel – and to set it up, the offenders would have risked their lives to negotiate a dangerous, derelict railway bridge. Officers were able to remove the ...

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Holbeach road re-opens

A road that’s been closed for months has finally re-opened. Work to repair the collapsing Boston Road South has now been completed and is open to traffic. Large holes appeared in the road in March, and work was suspended until earlier this month as Anglian Water said it prioritised other works during the coronavirus lockdown. It led to annoyance for ...

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Virus sign vandalism ‘abhorrent’

The vandalism of signs put up to encourage social distancing in Spalding has been branded ‘abhorrent’. South Holland District Council, which erected the measures in the town plus those in Holbeach and Long Sutton, says it’s working with Lincolnshire Police to identify those responsible following the incidents over the weekend. The council posted on social media: “Several of our signs ...

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Fraudsters pretending to be police in South Holland

Seven incidents of scammers pretending to be police were reported in South Holland villages last week. Lincolnshire Police have warned residents to be vigilant after the incidents between June 16 and 19 which saw people call claiming to be from the police and asking for bank details. Four of the incidents were in Holbeach, two in Weston, one in Moulton ...

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Missing 12-year-old found

Lincolnshire Police have found a 12-year-old reported missing last night. A spokesman said: “We appealed earlier today about a missing 12-year-old girl from Spalding. “We are pleased to update she has now been found. We would like to thank the public and the media who have supported and shared our appeal.”

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Pensioner had purse stolen while shopping

A woman in her 70s had her purse stolen while out shopping in Spalding yesterday (Thursday, June 18). Lincolnshire Police have released images of a man they’d like to speak to in relation to the incident believed to have taken place in the Iceland store in Holland Market at around 10.30am. A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police, said: ” We would ...

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Three cut out of car after collision with lorry

Four were injured and three cut out of a car after it was involved in a collision with a lorry in Saracen’s Head last night. In total four people were taken to hospital following the incident which occurred just before 10pm last night (Thursday, June 18) on Washway Road. Fire crews from Spalding, Holbeach and Kirton attended the incident. A ...

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Resurfacing work on Spalding road to be carried out this weekend

Residents on Pennygate in Spalding have been reminded to move their cars from the road on Saturday (June 20) as resurfacing work is due to take place. The works are due to take place along the entirety of the road from Monkshouse Lane to Park Road. A spokesman for Lincolnshire County Council, said: “Cars must be parked elsewhere between 7:30am ...

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Free art boxes to be given out as part of project

South Holland artists of any age and ability are being invited to get involved with an art project next week and upload their work to an online gallery. Professional artist Chris Lewis-Jones has teamed up with local group Transported Art and will be touring South Lincolnshire next week to deliver and hand out free packs of art equipment for people ...

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Gypsy/traveller site plans in Whaplode recommended for approval

Controversial plans to create a residential gypsy/traveller site in Whaplode are recommended to be passed by planners. The application for the four berth site at Bleu Raye Farm on Millgate was deferred by South Holland District Council’s Planning Committee in February to request more information. It will now be decided next Wednesday as the authority holds its first online Planning ...

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Two new faces come in as duo depart Tulips

It’s two in and two out for Spalding United as the plans for the 20-21 season continue to develop as much as they can. Manager Lewis Thorogood is hopeful that the club will be able to begin pre-season next month ahead of the 20-21 Evo-Stik Division One South East season. The Tulips have brought in two players from Lincoln United ...

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Chief Constable to retire

Lincolnshire Police Chief Constable Bill Skelly has today announced his decision to retire from policing later this year. After 31 years in policing Mr Skelly has announced he will step down from his role on December 18. He said: “It’s been a privilege and an honour to lead this force.  There have been many challenges during my four years as ...

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Family’s plea over brave little Oscar

A Crowland family are fund-raising so they can be beside their eight-month-old with an extremely rare disease as he undergoes vital surgery to disconnect half his brain. Oscar Wright, who has Sturge Weber Syndrome, is currently in Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. It’s estimated that only between one in 20,000 to 50,000 have the genetic mutation, though symptoms can ...

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NHS worker returns from 12 hour shift on COVID ward to find front door vandalised

A woman who went to work on the front line of COVID-19 was left upset after she returned from a 12-hour shift on Saturday to find her front door vandalised. Debbie Poli had been working the overnight shift as the Personal Protection Officer (PPE) on the COVID ward at King’s Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital. She returned at 2pm on Saturday ...

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Viola’s 100 miles for charity

A Spalding 12-year-old has been inspired by a friend to cycle for 100 miles in 30 days. Viola Mallen-Wallace, who lives just outside Moulton Chapel, has already raised over £400 for the Little Princess Trust by getting on her bike. She was inspired to take on the challenge by her friend Alia Jones who cycled for 100 miles on her ...

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