Author Archives: Richard Rush

Appeal to help run historic hall

Holbeach could lose its historic Women’s Institute (WI) Hall unless new blood is found to run it, it’s been warned. Shirley Wilson (76) has been a member of the Women’s Institute for 60 years, involved with the running of the hall for 45 years and spent 15 years as the chair of the committee that runs it.However, that committee needs ...

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Woman died in hospital after fall

An elderly woman from Spalding died days after suffering a fall while being treated for lung cancer and heart disease at Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital, an inquest has heard. Patricia Hodson, 83, died on May 9, 2019 four days after an operation on the fractured hip suffered as a result of the May 2 fall. She’d been admitted to the hospital ...

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Video – Delight for woman who won new car and £10k cash

A delighted Spalding woman has won a new car – along with £30,000 cash. Nicola Elphick will be sharing her good fortune with a friend who needs a hip replacement. She won a Renault Sport Megane which will replace her ageing Toyota which she’s had for more than 20 years. She said she was ‘stunned’ by her win with online ...

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Police appeal over two incidents

Police are appealing for information after two incidents where women were asked to get in a car. The incidents happened in Spalding and Boston, the incident in the former being reported in Halmer Gate at 2pm. A spokesman for South Holland Police, said: “We are appealing for witnesses to two incidents in which men in cars have asked women to ...

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Man banned from Spalding town centre

A man has been banned from Spalding town centre and contacting council staff after a spate of anti-social behaviour including drinking in the street. Matthew Bellerson received the interim injunction from the County Court at Lincoln last week after a judge ruled that his ongoing anti-social behaviour and threats of violence posed a significant risk of harm to staff of ...

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Person injured after accidentally setting car on fire

A woman has been injured in a car fire after accidentally igniting petrol fumes. Emergency services were called to a Ford Focus on fire on Bridgewater Lane in Pinchbeck shortly after 8pm last night (Monday, September 7). The Ford Focus as captured by Claire Cortes Nearby neighbours reported hearing a loud bang followed by flames and a cloud of smoke ...

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Confirmed COVID-19 case at Spalding school

Spalding High School is the first in the area to have reported a confirmed case of COVID-19 following the return of pupils. The Stonegate school, which remains open, sent a letter to all parents yesterday (Monday) stating a pupil had been sent home after testing positive for the virus. The letter states “This morning we have notified the Sixth Form ...

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Paper and card waste collection trial to be rolled out across the district – but not for a while

A trial of separate waste collections for paper and card is set to be rolled out across South Holland, though it could be a few years before it’s to be introduced. A total of 2,600 homes in Pinchbeck, Surfleet and northern Spalding have been putting the waste separately in purple sacks for the last year as part of the trial ...

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A wheely great initiative from cycling duo

Two South Holland men are joining forces to deliver bikes to children who might otherwise not have one. Daniel Lunn and John Barton are buying old bikes, reconditioning them and giving them to families who need a hand. They have already completed two refurbishments which have gone to new homes this week. “I am happy to give them away to ...

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Print room Pete’s 46 happy years

Few jobs have escaped the march of technology, but the print trade has changed beyond recognition during the 46-year career of Pete Boekestyn. Pete retired as general manager of Welland Print on Monday having spent his working life at the company he joined at the age of 16 on September 2. Pete at Welland Print. When he started from Spalding ...

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New look for open days

South Holland will be taking part in this year’s Heritage Open Days event, despite the coronavirus pandemic. The Holbeach Cemetery Chapels will be open on Saturday, September 12, from 11am to 4pm. There will be an exhibition about leisure and pastimes in the iconic Victorian chapels in the town. A guided cemetery trail will be complete with anecdotes about those ...

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Heartbreak as family’s pet cat is shot

A family have been left ‘heartbroken’ after their pet cat died after being shot. The Perkins family of Nicollete Way in Spalding only found out what had happened to their six-year-old pet Jerry after taking him to Alder Vets. There, a pellet from an air gun was discovered lodged in his paw. Jerry’s condition was too advanced and vets decided ...

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Losing the locks for charity

A sport loving ten-year-old is netting money for charity while also donating 20 inches of her hair. Freya Willerton, a pupil at St Paul’s Primary School, is donating the hair and money so a wig can be made for a child that’s lost their own hair for medical reasons. Freya Willerton. As well as her long locks, she’s also hoping ...

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Dave is best in the region

A local man has landed a prestigious building award. Dave Rogers, who works for Ashwood Homes, has been named the Local Authority Building Control Site Manager of the Year for the East Midlands. A spokesman for Ashwood Homes said: “It’s an amazing achievement. “Dave is a hard working and dedicated site manager committed to providing quality homes for our clients.”

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‘UK Food Valley’ branding for Holbeach Food development?

South Holland could be branded among the ‘UK Food Valley’ as part of marketing proposals for Holbeach’s Food Enterprise Zone. Work is already underway on phase one of the multi-million business park being created for food technology companies and City of Lincoln University. Partner Lincolnshire County Council commissioned ‘visioning work’ from consultancy firm Collison and Associates earlier this year who ...

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LETTERS – I do not take kindly to being misled

I refer to your letters column in the August 13 edition in which I ask a number of questions regarding the links, if any; between Sir John Hayes and Imogen Sinclair of London (Sir John is wonderful MP, letters August 6). Sadly neither Sir John nor Imogen Sinclair has clarified the situation.In the circumstances I felt obliged to do some ...

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LETTERS – Meetings will restart when able

King’s Lynn & District Ostomy Support Group meets at the Reffley Community Hall in King’s Lynn on the first Saturday of March, June, September and December. The group covers North and West Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire and is run by Colostomy, Ileostomy and Urostomy patients for patients, their families and friends. Informative talks on health-related matters of interest to the ...

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LETTERS – Don’t have to accept permanent cuts

The COVID-19 crisis has obviously impacted the finances of many businesses and service providers, that is a fact. But the reality is that many of those employers with serious cash flow problems now, have enough liquid assets and reserves to weather much of the storm. There are also firms that have continued to make money throughout the crisis and those ...

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LETTERS – Is this how we want our club to be run?

It has been brought to the attention of a number of members of the Spalding Services and Social Club, High Street, Spalding, that on lockdown in March, a certain amount of the committee members and one or two members were in the club drinking. They were let in and served while playing snooker in the snooker room. This was breaking ...

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Firm’s outdoor gift for school

Pupils at Quadring Cowling and Brown’s Primary School will have an improved outdoor environment to return to this week thanks to the actions of a South Lincolnshire company. A couple of weeks ago the school appealed for materials and help to relocate a large shed to enable a new outdoor seating and recreational space to be created. This was to ...

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